Monday edition - April 7, 2008




Iraq PM condemns US Blackwater contract extension
Reuters - 4-7-08
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has criticized the renewing of a US contract with Blackwater to protect American diplomats...


Iraq's Maliki threatens to bar Sadr from vote
Reuters - 4-7-08
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister raised the stakes in his showdown with followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, saying in an interview broadcast on Monday they would be barred from elections unless their militia disbands...

McCain Insists Iraq Buildup Is Working
The Associated Press - 4-7-08
(AP) - Republican John McCain insists last year's US troop buildup in Iraq brought a glimmer of "something approaching normal" there, despite a recent outbreak of heavy fighting and an American death toll that has surpassed 4000...


"While campaigning in Pennsylvania yesterday, Barack Obama told an eight-year-old boy if he wants to be president, he should work hard in school, get good grades and find a job that helps people. To which President Bush said, 'That's an April Fool's joke, right?'" --Jay Leno





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


Surge Unsuccessful


The United States is no closer to achieving its goals in Iraq than it was a year ago but a quick military withdrawal could lead to massive chaos and even genocide, according to a report released Sunday by a U.S. think tank.


Bush’s Final Reflections on Putin

By Don Davis





Disturbing News

Russian Bombing


An explosion injured two people in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi hours after Russia's President Vladimir Putin met U.S. leader George W. Bush at his villa on the outskirts of the city.



"The London Daily Telegraph says that more and more Democrats now believe their candidate for president should be Al Gore, not Hillary or Barack. And today, President Bush said, 'Well, if Al Gore can run again, that means I can too, right?'" --Jay Leno



Republican Shenanigans



Vets Fought For This?


Veterans Affairs employees last year racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in government credit-card bills at casino and luxury hotels, movie theaters and high-end retailers such as Sharper Image and Franklin Covey — and government auditors are investigating, citing past spending abuses.

All told, VA staff charged $2.6 billion to their government credit cards.

Rock-The-Voter News


"John McCain is rumored to be close to asking his former rival, Mitt Romney, to be his running mate. … John McCain and Mitt Romney, to me, look like two guys who model overcoats in Sears catalogs, right?” - Jimmy Kimmel




Many carjackers only choose vehicles with full tanks - Grant Gerver,





Biz-Tech News


High fuel prices have nothing to do with the Iraq War, per say. - Carly Fiorina, John McCain's Economic advisor on MSNBC's Morning Joe





"And Bush's secretary of housing announced he's stepping down. Well, sure, now that no one has a house anymore, he's got nothing to do." --Jay Leno



Bush-Prison-Torture News



Bush Loves The French Now!


 It's "Love me tender" between the United States and France after President George W. Bush compared French President Nicolas Sarkozy with rock'n'roll singer Elvis Presley.

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Odd News



A model is carried on the shoulders of two other models as she displays a diamond-studded thong during Viva La Eve by Triumph at the Singapore Fashion Festival April 3, 2008. The thong, valued at S$168,000 ($121,106), is decorated with 518 diamonds totaling 30 carats.
Photo/Vivek Prakash