TGIF/Weekend edition - March 14-16, 2008



Feds investigating whether Spitzer used campaign cash
USA Today - 3-14-08
Things keep getting worse for Eliot Spitzer. The New York Times says federal prosecutors are scrutinizing the outgoing governor's encounters with..


China hits back at US on rights, says Iraq war a disaster
AFP - 3-13-08
BEIJING (AFP) - China on Thursday accused the United States of human rights hypocrisy, as it branded the US invasion of Iraq the "greatest humanitarian disaster" of the modern world. In an annual response to Washington's criticism of China's human

New Centcom Chief Will Be a Quick Study
The Associated Press - 3-13-08
WASHINGTON (AP) - The abrupt departure of the four-star general in charge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has set off a scramble within the Bush administration to fill a job that requires vast combat experience, deft diplomatic skills,


"Do you ever notice politics is the only profession when a guy gets caught with a hooker, the wife has to stand by his side. You know, if this guy was a plumber and he got caught with a prostitute, he'd have his wife's SUV tire tracks over his head." --Jay Leno




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


Oh, No


U.S. authorities in Baghdad have received severed fingers belonging to five men -- one of them a student on leave from the University of Florida -- who were taken hostage more than a year ago in Iraq, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Four of the men had been working as contractors when they were captured in a brazen ambush of their 43-truck supply convoy on Nov. 16, 2006.


"Prescription medications have been discovered in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Or, as President Bush calls that, the Republican health care plan. You drink eight glasses of water a day, you get all your drugs." --Jay Leno







Disturbing News


"Well, you know something, this shows you how the whole world is backwards. I mean, you got Democrats. Now, they're supposed to be poor, right? Don't Democrats traditionally represent the poor people? They're paying $5,000 an hour for sex. You got the Republicans. They're supposed to be rich, right? They're cruising airport bathrooms trying to get it for free. What's going on?" --Jay Leno




Republican Shenanigans News

GOP Problems


The committee in charge of running House Republican campaigns said Thursday that a former treasurer "deceived and betrayed" the group, which is missing hundreds of thousands of dollars — and possibly more — due to fraudulent acts conducted over the past several years.

"If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed." - George W. Bush on the war in Afghanistan


"I saw 'Clueless' on TV last night. Geraldine Ferraro? Anybody see that? Well, Geraldine Ferraro was forced to leave the Clinton campaign after saying that the only reason Barack Obama is winning is because he's black, and you know, hey, there's some truth to that. The only way you're gonna get elected president of this country is you're a black guy. A rich old white guy? How many of those have we had?" --Jay Leno


Rock-The-Voter News

 Why Didn't Obama Denounce Him Years Ago?


Sen. Barack Obama's pastor says blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God damn America."...Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope."





"It's so sunny and bright outside that earlier today, Eliot Spitzer came out of a brothel squinting." --David Letterman





Biz/Tech News


"I don't want to rub it in to any of you visiting from New York, but here in California, our governor doesn't have to pay for sex. When he wants it, he takes it." --Jimmy Kimmel



The Wedding Decider


President Bush has started joking about the worst-kept secret in the White House: the May 10 wedding of his daughter Jenna.

"I had to face some very difficult spending decisions and I've had to conduct sensitive diplomacy," Bush said Wednesday. "That's called planning for a wedding."

Bush-Prison-Torture News


The Smog Decider


The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to weaken a key section of its new smog requirements announced this week after being told at the last minute that President Bush preferred a less stringent approach, according to government documents.



"Now, here's the deal about the tryst down there in a Washington, DC, hotel -- $5,000 and a hotel room. Five grand and a hotel room. And Senator Larry Craig -- you remember Larry from Idaho? He said, 'Well, that's crazy. For two quarters, I can have a pay toilet all night.'" --David Letterman



Go-F**k-Yourself News


"And Democratic officials in Florida and Michigan are talking about doing a re-vote. They want people to vote again in those primaries. In fact, Florida officials have been scrambling to re-program their voting machines, because most of them are still wired to pick George Bush." --Jay Leno




Subject: why?


hi lisa,

why, really, did you leave the US?

now that war with iran looks more and more likely, the dollar tanking
and so on - it looks more like a good idea.

so, i was just wondering if you know something i don't.



I'm only a part time expat! I haven't left the US.

I live in Alabama half of the year and Costa Rica the other half.

I am now enjoying a small investment I made down here inspired by the Bush theft of the presidency involving my beloved state, Florida. Costa Rican real estate has at least tripled in the 5 years since I first invested here, at a much higher rate than in the states. I sold my Florida home before the real estate prices plummeted, Lucky moves? Probably. But I always felt Bush and the GOP would ruin the economy and I wanted to invest outside of the US, if my fears came true.


I'm returning to the states next week and I dread the feeling I get when I turn on the TV or the radio -- I feel pummeled with right wing propaganda. That doesn't exist down here. Of course, modern conveniences, such as electricity access is often compromised here in CR, but that is getting better! And so are the roads!


I don't know anything you don't, I just acted on it quickly.


I'm going to flip my house in Alabama and reinvest in the states in the near future. It's one of my many occupations to keep my head above the water!






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Giovana Stephan of Brazil competes to win the synchronized swimming solo technical routine final at South American Aquatics Championship in Sao Paulo March 13, 2008.
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