Wednesday edition - April 16, 2008
State Department warns diplomats of compulsory Iraq duty
Iraqi Unit Flees
Post, Despite American’s Plea
big White House crowd to greet pope on his birthday
"General David Petraeus was grilled by the presidential candidates and other congressional leaders on Capitol Hill for two days last week. He said he couldn't wait to get back to Iraq, where the government is much more friendly and compassionate." --Jay Leno
Dozens Killed in Bombings in Four Iraqi Cities New York Times
The fourth suicide this year among mentally ill patients treated at the Dallas VA Medical Center has led the hospital to close its psychiatric ward to new patients, and investigators from the national Veterans Affairs office are expected to arrive next week to assess safety.
Barack Obama was called elitist on Sunday for saying small-town Americans turn to guns and religion when they get bitter. He should admit to being elitist. After eight years of a regular guy in the White House, a guy who is better than everybody might be a nice change of pace. - Argus Hamilton
Texas punishes 800 for abusing disabled patients Houston Chronicle
Explosives seized at Tibetan monasteries, agency says
"Barack Obama had said small town Americas cling to things like their guns because they're bitter. That is ridiculous. You don't cling to your gun because you're bitter. You shoot your gun because you're bitter. Then you cling to it because it's so nice and warm." --Stephen Colbert
CNN said Wednesday that
commentator Jack Cafferty was referring to China's leaders — not the Chinese
people — when he described them as a "bunch of goons and thugs," and apologized
to anyone who thought otherwise.
On Tuesday, China demanded an apology for Jack Cafferty's comments broadcast on CNN, in which he also described Chinese products as "junk."
McCain's Gas-Tax Holiday BusinessWeek
Bloggers Find Something Fishy In McCain Site's 'Family Recipes'
"Barack Obama got himself into a little hot water in Pennsylvania, when he said small town people become bitter, and cling to guns or religion because of economic problems. Well, sure, you pray your house doesn't repossess, and when they take it, you pull out your gun. Makes perfect sense." --Jay Leno
A parody of the Wall Street Journal that features a full-page spread of a topless Ann Coulter has miffed News Corp. execs to the point that they’re apparently attempting to keep the tabloid off the stands.
Obama Support Among “Bitter” Voters Unchanged
100 Pennsylvania mayors endorse Hillary Clinton for president Carlisle Sentinel, PA
Clinton sketches agenda for first 100 days as president The Associated Press
pledged Thursday to raise fifteen million dollars for John McCain's campaign.
Perhaps he thinks it will help him get the VP nod. Perhaps he doesn't see the
raids on Texas polygamy ranches giving him a perception problem down the road. -
2 unions will try to ground merger Detroit Free Press
China GDP grows strongly; inflation high
Southern California home prices take another hit Los Angeles Times
"You know we all hate paying taxes, but the truth of the matter is without our tax money, many politicians wouldn't be able to afford prostitutes." - Jimmy Kimmel
Introducing the other Guantanamo Asia Times Online, Hong Kong
"The Pope will be here tomorrow. You know who's picking him up at the airport? President Bush. This is true. It's the first time the President has ever picked up a visiting leader at the airport. See, that's when you know your presidency is winding down, when you're picking up people at the airport. And they expect tens of thousands of well-wishers to show up. Tens for Bush and thousands for the Pope." --Jay Leno
Judge denies request to subpoena Cheney in arrest lawsuit The Associated Press
GJPD costs top $5K for Cheney visit Grand Junction Free Press, Colorado
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Pope, in US, Is ‘Ashamed’ of Pedophile Priests New York Times
BRIDGET BARDOT STANDS TRIAL OVER RACE SLURS PR-Inside.com
Pakistani beauty queen wants to date Musharraf! Times of India
French Bill Takes Chic Out of Being Too Thin
Porites matrices grow in the Bravo Crater in this handout photo made available April 14, 2008. Coral is again flourishing in the crater left by the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated by the United States, 54 years after the blast on Bikini Atoll, marine scientists said on Tuesday. Quick, raise your hand if you want Bikini Atoll Mahi Mahi for dinner tonight.
Photo/Australian Research Council