TGIF/Weekend edition -September 5-7, 2008
Hockey. Drilling. Troops. Moose.
Palin is Republican star and Obama the target
Barack Obama looks to Hillary Clinton for campaign boost
"Obviously, they're keeping the less popular Republicans out of the spotlight.
President Bush gave a speech which couldn't have been more than five minutes
long. Dick Cheney is in Azerbaijan, which I think is the farthest possible point
from Minneapolis on the globe, and they actually locked Senator Larry Craig in
the convention center men's room. Either that or he locked himself in, I'm not
sure." --Jimmy Kimmel
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4154 The Daily Advance, NC
2 US soldiers killed in Baghdad roadside bomb
White House spied on Iraq leaders, says Bob Woodward book guardian.co.uk, UK
US Bombs Pakistan
US forces in Afghanistan
were today continuing to launch attacks on alleged militants
border in Pakistan.
The strikes have been maintained despite vigorous complaints from Islamabad over a US special forces ground raid in which at least 15 villagers died on Wednesday.
"Well the good news: John McCain raised $47 million in the month of August. The bad news? He can't remember where he put it." --Jay Leno
"Speaking of Sarah Palin, she said she's a life-long member of the National Rifle Association. Which may explain why she's in favor of shotgun weddings." --Conan O'Brien
Strong Hurricanes Getting Stronger; Warming Is Blamed National Geographic
Hanna leaves many in Haiti desperate for food, shelter Detroit Free Press
Hanna heads to Carolinas; Ike not far behind CNN International
19-square-mile ice sheet breaks loose in Canada
Soldier Suicides Increase
Soldier suicides this year could surpass the record rate of last year, Army officials said Thursday, urging military leaders at all levels to redouble prevention efforts for a force strained by two wars...If all are confirmed, that means that the number for 2008 could eclipse the 115 of last year — and the rate per 100,000 could surpass that of the civilian population...
Drilling for oil a hot topic at GOP
2 Republican talking heads caught on live mike trashing Sarah Palin
McCain campaign gauges Obama rhetoric can be used against him
Four More Years For Jack
Jack Abramoff, the onetime
flamboyant lobbyist who amassed a fortune by showering gifts on congressional
and executive branch officials while bilking Indian tribes of millions of
sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.
Obama acknowledges success of US troop surge in Iraq Boston Globe
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse
has endorsed a Sept. 11 conspiracy theorist for a congressional seat.
Ventura came out Thursday in support of Kevin Barrett, a Libertarian running against incumbent Democrat Ron Kind for western Wisconsin's seat.
admit, [Sarah Palin] looked very comfortable at the podium 'cause it's kinda
like Alaska: you look out on that convention floor, nothing but white as far as
the eye can see." --Jay Leno
"The notion that many questions about her work in Alaska is somehow not relevant to her potentially being vice president of the United States doesn't make too much sense to me" - Barack Obama
Gas prices not falling as fast as oil's drop Seattle Times,
Oil prices mean jackpot for Alaskans Chicago Tribune
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.,
the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, now admits some
ways and means he hadn't told the IRS about.
The New York Times reports that Rangel never reported to the state or federal government the more than $75,000 in income he gleaned from renting out a $500-a-night beachfront villa he has owned since 1988 at the Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic.
"Delegates were captivated by Palin's
speech; at one point while she was speaking, the room got so quiet, you could
hear Larry Craig's toilet flush." --David Letterman
Ombudsman probe into 'Guantanamo Bay' jail The Canberra Times
"Say what you will about this Sarah Palin, women love this candidate. Am I right about that? ... As a matter of fact, last night at the convention, security had to restrain Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter." --David Letterman
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has the nickname “Barracuda,” which inspired the use of the Heart song of the same name during Palin’s speech at the RNC on Wednesday night. Heart sent out a statement Thursday afternoon announcing they had sent a cease-and-desist letter asking the campaign to stop using the song. “The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission.
NATO to top talks between Cheney, Ukrainian leader The Associated Press
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male monkey named Wukong (R) and a 6-year old female monkey named Xiaoya are
seen during a special wedding ceremony at a zoo in Wenling, Zhejiang province in
September 4, 2008. The zoo organized the special wedding ceremony hoping to
attract more visitors, local media reported.