TGIF/Weekend edition - February 2-4, 2007



Boston police defend reaction to signs
Contra Costa Times, CA - 2-2-07
In nine cities across the country, blinking electronic signs displaying a profane, boxy-looking cartoon character caused barely a stir.

But in Boston, the signs -- some with protruding wires -- sent a wave of panic across the city, bringing out bomb squads and prompting officials to shut down highways, bridges and part of the Charles River.


Iraq plans summit with Iran and Syria
Los Angeles Times - 2-2-07
The Iraqi government Thursday invited Iran and Syria to Baghdad for talks next month on regional security, amid growing tension and accusations by the Bush administration of foreign meddling in ...

Agent: Libby may have talked of outing operative with Cheney
Boston Globe, MA - 2-2-07
Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby acknowledged he may have discussed with Vice President Dick Cheney whether to tell reporters that a prominent war critic's wife worked at the CIA, an FBI agent testified yesterday.


Only in Dubya's World would people be afraid of a cartoon character. Is there any medication for this?


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“Iran announced today plans to open a bank in Baghdad. I believe it’s [called] the Bank of Death to America." - Jay Leno




The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News




"Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards ... is now being criticized by conservatives for living in a mansion while talking about poverty. As opposed to Republicans, who live in a mansion and talk about a tax cut." --Jay Leno


Coult 45


Ann Coulter will be among the speakers at the "Reclaiming America for Christ" conference, March 2-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The annual event "is aimed at stirring and equipping Christians to be ... agents of moral witness in American public life and culture," according to a press release.

Coulter -- who was in the news last year for various "jokes" about killing liberals and other people -- writes a conservative column for Universal Press Syndicate.



By Don Davis




Disturbing News



"Good thing we've still got politics -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented." -- the late great Molly Ivins


Oily Ancestors


[Mary] Cheney also expressed some impatience with women who complain about the difficulties of "having it all," noting that one of her forebears "gave birth in the back of a wagon and had no support system," living in a tent on the oil fields outside of Casper, Wyo.


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"This weekend, the President of the United States went on National Public Radio to explain that he knows [Vice President Dick] Cheney. Cheney is not delusional, just optimistic [on screen: Bush saying Cheney reflects a 'half-glass-full' mentality]. ... How twisted is your administration when this guy is your Pollyanna?" --Jon Stewart




Republican Shenanigans

Coult 45 Backfires


Senate Chaplain Barry Black has canceled his scheduled appearance at a Christian evangelical conference after he was pictured with columnist Ann Coulter and other prominent conservatives in a brochure promoting the event.




"[Joe Biden] attacked all the candidates equally. He also said that the Democrats made a mistake the last two times by nominating blow-dried candidates. I'm no political expert, but maybe the guy with bad hair plugs shouldn't be talking about other people's hair." --Jay Leno


Rock-The-Voter News


"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." --Presidential hopeful Joe Biden (D-DE), on presidential hopeful Barack Obama (D-IL)



"Joe Biden, on the day of announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, called Barack Obama 'the first mainstream African-American who is articulate, bright and clean.' I think we've seen the shortest presidential campaign in history." --Jay Leno







"President Bush visited the New York Stock Exchange. There was an awkward moment when President Bush asked, 'When do I get to meet Dow Jones?'" --Conan O'Brien




Biz-Tech News



Exxon Mobil just posted its best-ever annual profit! How come I didn't? - Grant Gerver,




"We are at that weird stage in this administration, where half the White House staff is on C-SPAN and the other half is on Court TV." --Jay Leno


Bush-Prison-Torture News


"Happy Birthday to Vice President Dick Cheney. He turned 66. Isn't his annual autopsy coming up soon?" --Jay Leno



Go-F***-Yourself News

Costa Rica Stuff


A good friend of mine just returned from visiting in Costa Rica - here's his blog and pix PuraVidaYall


Also here is a great Costa Rican newspaper- PDF  or the (online version) the Large Editor edits.


I am having a heckuva time answering emails.  Please be patient. Thank you.



“And donut manufacturers --because of all of the bad publicity recently, donut manufacturers announced they are starting to manufacture healthy donuts. Healthy donuts. Donuts with more natural ingredients and no transfat. Yeah, yeah. Healthy donuts, yeah. It’s like gun makers coming out with bullets that have eight essential vitamins.” - Jay Leno



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Odd News


Sun Ming Ming of China holds a basketball. The Maryland Nighthawks signed the 7 ft 9 inch center on Wednesday, introducing the world's tallest professional basketball player. (Photo/Chris Keane)