TGIF/Weekend edition - April 4-6, 2008



More Than 1000 in Iraq’s Forces Quit Basra Fight
New York Times - 4-4-08

More than 1000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen either refused to fight or simply abandoned their posts during the inconclusive assault against Shiite militias in Basra last week, a senior Iraqi government..


Poll: 81 Percent Think US on Wrong Track
The Associated Press - 4-4-08
NEW YORK (AP) - More than 80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, the highest such number since the early 1990s, according to a new survey

Iraq PM seeks to ease tensions with militia
Reuters - 4-4-08
raqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday his security forces would stop arresting militiamen if they give up their weapons, apparently seeking to defuse tensions with Shi'ite cleric Moqtada


I wish we could glue Bush's lips shut.


Forget ‘Old Age’ — McCain ‘Bio Tour’ Proves He’s a Man of the ‘Middle Ages’

By Don Davis




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

Meanwhile, Back In North Korea


North Korea's rising tensions with South Korea and the United States, coupled with soaring international grain prices and flood damage from last year, will probably take a heavy toll among famine-threatened people in the isolated country, relief experts said Thursday.






Disturbing News


“And MSNBC is reporting there’s a chance that John McCain will pick Condoleezza Rice as his vice president. Well, actually, I think that’s a perfectly balanced ticket, right? I mean, he’s white, she’s black. He’s a man, she’s a woman. He’s always steamed, she’s Rice. See what I mean?” - Jay Leno

Meanwhile, Back In U.S.S.R. Russia


President Vladimir Putin told NATO leaders on Friday Russia sees scope for better cooperation with the alliance but reiterated Moscow's objections to NATO enlargement, a source in the Russian delegation said.


Republican Shenanigans

Meanwhile, Back In The Obama Camp


It was an unexpected showdown of surrogates for Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton here Wednesday, and it sure looked like Obama's representative whipped up the most excitement.

As former President Bill Clinton was extolling his wife's credentials, Obama's campaign office in Bloomington began giving away tickets to Sunday's Dave Matthews concert at Assembly Hall.



"It is so great to be here, I was so worried I wasn't going to make it. I was pinned down by sniper fire." - Hillary Clinton on the Jay Leno Show, 4-3-08




Rock-The-Voter News

Barack Obama said in an interview Wednesday he's of two minds over whether the U.S. should participate in the Beijing Summer Olympics. Nobody called him out for waffling. Cable news networks reported that Barack Obama is so smart he has two minds. - Argus Hamilton




"We're leaning more and more about John and Cindy McCain. He's on this big biography tour. I guess his wife Cindy is worth over $100 million because the family made money selling Budweiser beer. So he has a wife 20 years younger than him, free beer, and unlimited money. I think I speak for all guys when I go, 'Why is he running for president?'" --Jay Leno





7:52 pm: Remembering the day Martin Luther King Jr. was shot
Anderson Herald Bulletin, IN 


Biz-Tech News

Olympics Update


An envoy of the Dalai Lama urged Beijing to cancel "provocative" plans to run the Olympic torch relay through Tibet, but China promptly dismissed his call Friday as a bid to sabotage the Games.



"This campaign is kind of fascinating, because the three major candidates have to be very careful when they criticize each other. Like, you can't criticize Hillary. Ooh, that's sexism. You can't criticize Barack. Ooh, that's racism. And you can't go after McCain, because that's elder abuse." --Jay Leno




Bush-Prison-Torture News


The Russian News Service reported Tuesday that Soviet Union dictator Josef Stalin's longtime oil minister Nikolai Baibakov died in Moscow Monday at the age of ninety-seven. Dick Cheney's going to go to the funeral. He wants to apply for the job. - Argus Hamilton


McCain Was Against MLK Day Before He Was For It


John McCain as a young congressman in 1983 voted against a federal holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most Republicans in the House voted for the holiday (89 voted for the holiday, 77 opposed), though all three Arizona House Republicans were opposed. Reps. Dick Cheney, R-Wyoming, and Newt Gingrich, R-Georgia, voted for the holiday. (Cheney had voted against it in 1978.)



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Alexa Rodriguez, 13, left, is attacked by a red-tailed hawk during a school tour of Fenway Park Thursday in Boston. Rodriguez sustained a cut to her scalp and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Photo/John Tlumacki