Tuesday edition - February 21, 2006
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GOP Governors Threaten to Block Port
Rice Begins Mideast Mission,
Seeking Unity Against Hamas
US Reclassifies Many Documents
in Secret Review
"Outsourcing the operation of our largest ports to a country with long involvement in terrorism is a homeland security accident waiting to happen." -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Gee, aren't there any American companies capable of running our ports?
Outbidding the competition, al-Qaeda wins U.S. security contract. -- Grant Gerver
US deaths in Iraq Cleveland Plain Dealer
Rockets fired at British base in Iraq Irish Examiner, Ireland
Iraq provincial governor suspends US cooperation Reuters AlertNet, UK
US envoy calls for Iraqi unity Detroit Free Press
Unite or lose cash: US to Iraq Australian, Australia
MacKay confident of Iraq hostages' release
Controversy Deepens Over Iraq Prewar Intelligence Voice of America
Australia to send troops to Afghanistan Pravda, Russia
Hamas: We won't bow to threats Mail & Guardian Online
With No Progress, Iran's Talks With Russia Halt New York Times
Motorcyclists Roll To Soldier Funerals To Drown Out Protesters WBBM780, Chicago
There's a new comic book coming out where Batman goes after Osama Bin Laden. And you thought radical Muslims hated cartoons before. Holy Shiite, Batman! -- Jay Leno
Hope Fades in Philippine Mudslide ABC News
Reserves on high alert for bird flu ic NorthWales
Black enrollment at UF, FSU law schools slips Sun-Sentinel.com, FL
"This Mardi Gras will be a little different. This year when drunks yell up at the balcony, ' 'Show us your boobs!' Michael Brown and Michael Chertoff walk out." --Bill Maher
You're Fired -- You're Rehired
Two weeks ago, 32 workers, including
eight researchers, were laid off at the Energy Department's National
Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. The lab helps develop the
very renewable energy technologies the president is promoting.
Then, over the weekend, just before Bush's planned visit to the lab on Tuesday, the government restored the jobs.
Bush encourages spending on energy-saving products Seattle Times
Ex-Malaysia PM: Abramoff Was Paid $1.2M Washington Post
DeLay Got Indicted, and All We Got Was This $20 Gift Ban? Truthdig, United States
GOP insider out at investing firm Chicago Tribune
Drives to ban gay adoption heat up in 16 states USATODAY.com
Republican Takes A Cheap Shot
Arizona senators exchanged harsh words
during a floor session Monday as Republican Sen. Jack Harper
criticized the arrest of a Democratic candidate's son and was in
return denounced by another GOP lawmaker.
Harper, R-Surprise, said the arrest Friday evening of 24-year-old James Robert Pederson, son of former state Democratic Party Chairman Jim Pederson, "points to a culture of corruption in the Pederson household."
Candidates gang up on Topinka Chicago Sun-Times
Fundraiser sues suburb over security costs Chicago Tribune
Calculating poverty in US fuels debate Kentucky.com, KY
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"I would guess it didn't exactly represent a profile in courage for the vice president to wander over there to the F-word network for a sit down with Brit Hume. I mean, that's a little like Bonnie interviewing Clyde, ain't it?" --CNN's Jack Cafferty, on Cheney's interview with FOX News
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Selected by January magazine as its “best of Fiction, 2005”
The American Dream — psst ... it's
not real. Wake up!
From Democratic Underground
CIA: UAE is a drug transhipment
point (and money laundering)
From the CIA web site (scroll to the bottom – it’s the last entry):
The UAE is a drug transshipment point for traffickers given its proximity to Southwest Asian drug
producing countries; the UAE's position as a major financial center makes it vulnerable
to money laundering...
been implicated as a major financial source for the 9/11 attackers as well as a transshipment
point for nuclear armaments (and be sure to watch this video):
Companies keep an eye on workers' Internet use USATODAY.com
Torture: Bush Style
The Navy's general counsel warned
Pentagon officials two years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal
that circumventing international agreements on torture and
detainees' treatment would invite abuse, according to a published
Legal theories granting the president the right to authorize abuse despite the Geneva Conventions were unlawful, dangerous and erroneous, then-General Counsel Alberto J. Mora advised officials in a secret memo. The 22-page document was obtained by the New Yorker for an article in its Feb. 27 issue.
Abu Ghraib in our own backyard Philadelphia Daily News
Britain Says Guantanamo Closure is Bush's Decision Voice of America
US Envoy Defends Guantanamo Conditions Houston Chronicle
3 ambassadors: Close Guantanamo United Press International
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"To the vice president's credit, he did own up to it. On FOX News he said the fault was his, he can't blame anybody else. Boy, it's amazing, the only time you get accountability out of this administration is when they are actually holding a smoking gun." --Bill Maher
Hunting - Cheney Style
Vice President Dick Cheney went
pheasant shooting in Pennsylvania in December 2003, but unlike most
of his fellow hunters across America, he didn't have to spend hours
or even days tramping the fields and hedgerows in hopes of bagging a
brace of birds for the dinner table.
Upon his arrival at the exclusive Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township, gamekeepers released 500 pen-raised pheasants from nets for the benefit of him and his party. In a blaze of gunfire, the group—which included legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with major fundraisers for Republican candidates—killed at least 417 of the birds.
All Hat No Cattle FLASHBACK December 2003
Hunters defend Cheney at expo
Graham defends hunting pal Cheney
In New Orleans, the Paris Casino reopened and officials are calling it a sign of progress. If you didn't lose your house before, you can now. -- Jay Leno
US Mail: Lisa Casey - PO Box 88 - Ashford, AL 36312
Nelson makes Chardonnay slip-up Sunday Times.au, Australia
Yong Huang harvests lettuce that was grown using a new spiraling system created by his Epcot science team at the Epcot Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida February 20, 2006. Huang and the Epcot team created the agricultural system by combining a 'film' technique of nutrients with a spiral-shaped growing system to produce vertically grown lettuce. Once harvested, the lettuce will be served on salads at Walt Disney's Epcot theme park restaurants. Photo by Diana Zaluck