Tuesday edition - July 17, 2007




Terror threat against US said serious
Houston Chronicle, United States - 7-17-07
The report makes clear that al-Qaida in Iraq, which has not yet posed a direct threat to US soil, could become a problem here. "Of note," the analysts said, ...


Dow Jones, Murdoch Reach a Deal
Washington Post - 7-17-07
 Executives from Dow Jones have agreed to the major terms of a deal to sell the company to News Corp., a move that would give Rupert Murdoch long-sought control the Wall Street Journal, the nation's preeminent financial newspaper, ...

In refuge in US, Iraq museum chief dreams of peace
Middle East Times, Egypt - 7-17-07
BROOKHAVEN, NY, USA -- In his little office at Stony Brook University east of New York City, the former director of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad has ...


In case of another terror threat, do we still stock up on duct tape?



"President Bush held a press conference yesterday to discuss the latest report out of Iraq. He says there's plenty of reason for optimism, although I'm starting to get the feeling he doesn't know what that word means." --Jimmy Kimmel





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


"According to the current issue of Sports Illustrated, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has become a 'golf nut.' She's pretty good, too. The only sand trap she can't get out of? Iraq." --Jay Leno




"I challenge the president or anyone who has us for 15 months to ride alongside me. I do another 15 months if he comes out here and rides along with me every day for 15 months. I'll do 15 more months. They don't even have to pay me extra." - on the front lines of Baghdad, Spc. Michael Vassell of Apache Company





Disturbing News


How Not to End a War



"It seems that a member of the Florida House of Representatives and the co-chairman of John McCain's Florida campaign, a man named Bob Allen, has just been arrested for soliciting an undercover male police officer for sex. He offered to perform a sex act on the police officer for $20. Remember the good old days during a campaign, when you only had to kiss babies? It is so competitive now for what you have to do to get elected." --Jay Leno


Republican Shenanigans


Dick Durbin on Iraq filibuster







"The President's approval rating just keeps getting lower and lower. Right now, he's somewhere between former President Richard Nixon and the hunter who shot Bambi. And by tomorrow, he's expected to rank somewhere between John Mark Karr and Chinese toothpaste." --Jimmy Kimmel


Rock-The-Voter News


This war will have its own image of surrender: Bush signing something on the deck of a dhow in the Tigris; Laura wearing a burkha; Jenna getting into a van with the Iraqi polo team. - Wonkette




Biz-Tech News



She's Baaaack!



KEYSER, West Virginia - Lynndie England, one of the most recognizable figures of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, has a new role as a volunteer member of a local recreation board in the United States...England, who now works in Hardy's law firm as a legal assistant, was released in March from a military prison in San Diego, California, after serving half her 36-month sentence. She was convicted of six counts involving prisoner mistreatment.

Bush-Prison-Torture News


Islam & Christian Fundamentalists Agree On Something


In the United States, opposition to the teaching of evolution in public schools has largely been fueled by the religious right, particularly Protestant fundamentalism....It is the voice of Adnan Oktar of Turkey, who, under the name Harun Yahya, has produced numerous books, videos and DVDs on science and faith, in particular what he calls the “deceit” inherent in the theory of evolution.


Go-F***-Yourself News



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This photo provided by Push Pictures shows British explorer and endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh diving into the waters of the Geographic North Pole, Sunday July 15, 2007. Pugh, Sunday braved sub-zero temperatures to become the first person to swim at the North Pole. Pugh took to the freezing waters in just his swimming briefs, cap and goggles to highlight the devastating impact of climate change on the natural world. It took him 18 minutes and 50 seconds to swim 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) in waters created by melted sea ice.  Photo Jason Roberts/Push Pictures