Thursday edition - September 13, 2007



Tonight, the Petraeus plan becomes the Bush plan
Chicago Tribune, United States -9-13-07
by Mark Silva President Bush will ask Americans once again tonight night for patience and sacrifice at war, but congressional leaders say their patience has...


Republicans See a Healthy Economy, Democrats a Bad One in Poll
Bloomberg - 9-13-07
More than six in 10 voters in the three states who plan to participate in their Democratic 2008 primary said the economy is doing badly, while about eight in 10 Republican voters in each of the states said it's doing well.

Words of Saddam Hussein heard at New York trial of Texas oilman
International Herald Tribune, France - 9-13-07
AP NEW YORK: Saddam Hussein's voice wafted through a courtroom as tapes were played from a 1990 meeting with a former Texas governor and an oilman now..

I guess the surge is in it's last throes, too.


General Petraeus said the troops can start coming home next summer. ... I believe his exact words were, 'And then it's Hillary's mess.'" --David Letterman


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


"I guess the Secret Service had a little scare yesterday. ... For a couple of hours, they could not find President Bush. Turns out he was just hiding behind General Petraeus." --Jay Leno



By Don Davis




Harriet Miers Update


House Democratic leaders have decided to postpone a vote on a criminal contempt resolution against White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers for several weeks, and possibly longer, according to top lawmakers and aides....But the slowdown, approved by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her top lieutenants, is also stirring objections among Democrats.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) said he is uncomfortable with the delay and worries the House will be seen as toothless unless it moves quickly to hold top officials in contempt for failing to provide documents and testimony in congressional probes.



Disturbing News


"The general testified yesterday before the Senate. After listening to him, Senator Larry Craig said, 'I'm feeling a surge of my own.' ... Senator Craig from Idaho is blaming the media for his guilty plea, especially that cute guy from the Associated Press." --David Letterman





D.C. Madam Wants to Subpoena Senator Leahy


The alleged D.C. Madam said she wants to subpoena ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) in hopes of showing she's the victim of a political prosecution...Leahy, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be able to attest to Bush administration Justice Department officials' political interference in cases.

A spokesman for Leahy's office dismissed Palfrey's proposal as among the more wacky requests the senator's office has received.

Republican Shenanigans

Remember Senator Frist?


President Bush on Wednesday nominated former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to the board of an international aid program that seeks to encourage democracy and openness in poor countries.


Rock-The-Voter News

All In The Bush Family


An independent watchdog agency has asked the Department of Education to investigate why President Bush's younger brother, Neil, has received money earmarked for the president's signature education initiative to sell a curriculum program that has not been subjected to the rigorous evaluation it deserves.

Neil Bush, 52, who has no background in education, founded Ignite! Learning in 1999 with donations from his parents and a slate of international business interests. The company produces "Curriculum on Wheels" devices -- computer/projectors that are pre-loaded with software aimed at preparing students for standardized tests that are the central tenet of the president's No Child Left Behind law.




"In his latest video, Osama bin Laden urges all Americans to reject democracy and convert to Islam. Well, I can see that happening. Is this guy living in a cave? ... No, bin Laden said he wants Americans to convert to Islam ... because there are no taxes in his world. Which is true. There's also no music, no ice, no books ... and from the looks of bin Laden, no toothpaste or deodorant either." --Jay Leno




Biz-Tech News

Bush-Prison-Torture News


"Several Jewish groups are upset because President Bush issued Rosh Hashanah greetings over a week early. So they're saying that Bush doesn't know when Rosh Hashanah is. Bush says he'll make up the mistake by sending them all something nice for Christmas" --Conan O'Brien


Go-F***-Yourself News


Bush asks for calm in wake of Britney fiasco  - Grant Gerver,



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Odd News




In a photo provided by Don Dobbin, surfer Joe Riopelle, left, pulls in Matt Smolenski and a rescued dog Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2007, off the Grand Haven, Mich., pier. Smolenski rode a wave on his stomach to reach and rescue a struggling dog that had been swept off a Lake Michigan pier by a big wave. Smolenski said he grabbed the pooch's collar just as the exhausted, black-and-brown mixed breed stopped dog-paddling on Tuesday afternoon. "He put the dog up on his surfboard, and the dog rode the surfboard in to shore," Royce Rodgers, an off-duty Muskegon Heights police officer who witnessed the rescue, told The Muskegon Chronicle for a story published Wednesday. Photo/Don Dobbin