Monday edition - June 18, 2007




Iraq now ranked second among world's failed states
Reuters AlertNet, UK - 6-18-07
The 2007 Failed States Index, produced by Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace, said Iraq suffered a third straight year of deterioration in 2006 ...


Italian Judge Slows CIA Abduction Trial to Await Court Ruling
Bloomberg - 6-18-07
An Italian judge today delayed the kidnapping trial of 33 suspected US and Italian intelligence agents to await a ruling on whether some of the prosecution's evidence is based on classified ...

US: 60 pct. of Baghdad not controlled
Times Picayune, LA - Jun 16, 2007

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces in Baghdad have full control in only 40 percent of the city five months into the pacification campaign, ..


Everything Bush touches turns to fool's gold.



George W. Bush: "The Paris Hilton of Presidents" - Grant Gerver,


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


Here's a puzzle you'll not soon solve: what can't you blame on Bush?  - Grant Gerver,


Disturbing News




"Wait, can I just ask a question? How did those [Albanian] people get so close to the president? They're hugging him, they're playing with his hair. We're not even allowed to ask the guy questions" --Jon Stewart



Bush being greeted by Albanians.



Republican Shenanigans


The richest candidate appears to be Republican Mitt Romney from Massachusetts. He’s worth over $300 million. He’s so rich, even his butler is a Republican. - Jay Leno


Rock-The-Voter News


"The country of Iran announced this week they're going to publish the writings and speeches of the Iranian president ... which, of course, answers the question 'What's the worst Hanukkah gift you could give someone?" --Jay Leno






Biz-Tech News



"Last week when President Bush was in Albania, they named a street after him. During the street naming ceremony, Bush told the Albanians, 'I am honored to be standing here on Lame Duck Boulevard'" --Conan O'Brien




Bush-Prison-Torture News


"We violated the tenets of the Geneva Convention. We violated our own principles and we violated the core of our military values. The stress of combat is not an excuse, and I believe, even today, that those civilian and military leaders responsible should be held accountable." - Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, the Army two-star general who led the first investigation into detainee abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison




Go-F***-Yourself News


"Vice President Dick Cheney is going into surgery. He's having a new pacemaker installed. ... Doctors are confident that Cheney will be up and sneering in no time." --David Letterman




Odd News

The life-size silicone and fibreglass artwork "The Embrace" (2005) by artist Patricia Piccinini, is displayed at 'Art 38' in Basel, June 12, 2007. The international art exhibition is running from June 13-17. Photo/Siggi Bucher