Friday, April 28, 2006

Where's Monica when we need her?

Give Peace a Chance


VIENNA, Austria - The International Atomic Energy said Friday that had enriched uranium and persists with related activities in its nuclear program in defiance of the U.N. Security Council.
Just before the report was released, Iran's president said the country "won't give a damn" about any U.N. resolutions concerning its nuclear program.
The eight-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, said that after more than three years of an IAEA investigation, "the existing gaps in knowledge continue to be a matter of concern."
"Any progress in that regard requires full transparency and active cooperation by Iran," said the report, written by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
The finding set the stage for a showdown in the U.N. Security Council, which is expected to meet next week and start a process that could result in punitive measures against the Islamic republic.
But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said no Security Council resolution could make Iran give up its nuclear program.
"The Iranian nation won't give a damn about such useless resolutions," Ahmadinejad told thousands of people Friday in Khorramdareh in northwestern Iran.
"Today, they want to force us to give up our way through threats and sanctions but those who resort to language of coercion should know that nuclear energy is a national demand and
by the grace of God, today Iran is a nuclear country," state-run television quoted him as saying.

HOLY SHIT - A SCHOOL YARD FIGHT WITH NUKES

'Green roofs' growing more popular


NEW YORK (AP) -- An architectural organization has unveiled a new "green" roof for its own building to showcase a trend toward environmentally-friendly technology.






http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/04/27/green.roofs.ap/index.html

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Updated approval ratings...

Congress...ouch...
http://www.pollingreport.com/CongJob.htm

President...pretty good...considering...
http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm

Direction of the country...yowzaa...
http://www.pollingreport.com/right.htm

please...by all means...feel free to contribute, mulletts....

Riverfest Lineup...

Okay people...looking pretty good...this from The Arkansas Times and Fox:

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=9c8a5a70-cdba-42dd-9049-ae5312a99d8a&rss=315

a few highlights:

The Doobie Brothers
Kool and The Gang
Phat Phunktion
Del McCoury
Dwight Yoakam
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
The Neville Brothers
Live
Boondogs
Pat Green

Sister of Iraq's New Sunni Arab VP Killed

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A sister of Iraq's new Sunni Arab vice president was killed Thursday in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad, a day after the politician called for the Sunni-dominated insurgency to be crushed by force.
Mayson Ahmed Bakir al-Hashimi, 60, whose brother, Tariq al-Hashimi, was appointed by parliament as vice president on Saturday, was killed by unidentified gunmen in a BMW sedan as she was leaving her home Thursday morning with her bodyguard in southwestern Baghdad, said police Capt. Jamel Hussein. The bodyguard, Saad Ali, also died in the shooting, Hussein said.
It was the second recent killing in Tariq al-Hashimi's immediate family. On April 13, his brother, Mahmoud al-Hashimi, was shot while driving in a mostly Shiite area of eastern Baghdad.
On Thursday, two of the vice president's brothers, one an army officer, raced to the scene to recover the body of their sister, Hussein said. She had worked on the government's audit commission and was married with two grown children.


can we get the hell out of this nightmare? maybe the mob would have better luck running this place....

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Fired C.I.A. Officer Denies Role in Leak

By MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE
Published: April 25, 2006
WASHINGTON, April 24 — The lawyer for a Central Intelligence Agency official dismissed last week after being accused of leaking classified information said on Monday that his client denied disclosing any classified information and was not the source for newspaper articles about secret C.I.A. prisons abroad.

Ty Cobb, a Washington lawyer recently retained by the official, Mary O. McCarthy, who was fired last Thursday and escorted out of agency headquarters, said his client had never been granted access to the information she was accused of leaking, referring to material used in Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Washington Post about C.I.A. prisons.

In his Monday broadcast, Rush Limbaugh, the radio personality, called Ms. McCarthy a "Clinton person" and part of a "shadow government in opposition," suggesting that she was one of a number of C.I.A. officers who had worked against the White House. "When we've said that the C.I.A. was at war with the White House, we were more right than we knew," Mr. Limbaugh said.

That's right Rush, you fat ass...it's a conspiracy. Clinton holdovers are trying to dominate the C.I.A. Take another pill shit face...

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/25/washington/25leak.html?hp&ex=1146024000&en=96ca987869aa551a&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Huckabee says detainees in Cuba are treated fairly


Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - Inmates at the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainee camp in Cuba are being treated fairly by the U.S. government, Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday after returning from a trip to the camp.

Huckabee said the detainees at the camp, which he visited on Friday, are fed respecting their religious requirements and that each detainment cell is marked, showing the direction toward Mecca.

Huckabee said he thinks the detainees' cells at Guantanamo are more comfortable than many cells in Arkansas' state prisons.

Huckabee said that, during his tour of the facility, the governors withnessed the interrogation of a detainee who was suspected of having ties to terrorist organizations. "Instead of whips and torture, we saw lengthy, yet polite exchange between interrogators and the detainee," Huckabee said.


Well there you have it. Cells are better than Arkansas and no whips and torture. Life couldn't be better. I wonder why he didn't mention the fact that they have had no right to counsel? I guess that's irrelevant since there are no whips and torture.. Thanks Governor for your diligent inquiry into the abuse.

Monday, April 24, 2006

WWJD?



The Progressive's Matthew Rothschild has an interesting article in "McCarthism Watch" in which a fifteen year old animation producer has received some grief for critical cartoons and videos of Bush's mishandling of Iraq. Click on the link within the article to hear our favorite, "Jesus loves me..."

http://progressive.org/mag_mc042406

Friday, April 21, 2006

Oil Price Touches Record Above $74

NEW YORK Apr 21, 2006 (AP)— Crude-oil prices reached a new record above $74 a barrel Friday amid concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions and declining U.S. gasoline stocks.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=1871568

"Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." –Vice President Dick (head) Cheney, April 30, 2001

world's best hot dog cooker

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Weird News Of The Day-Hardee's Sandwich Piles Meat on More Meat

(AP) As if the Hardee's family of Monster Thickburgers didn't offer enough meat, the company's latest version adds steak meat on top of an already large slab of beef.The meat-on-meat Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger, launched Tuesday, features one-third of a pound of Angus beef, along with both Swiss and American cheeses, green peppers and onions. And piled atop all of that is thinly sliced steak meat."We actually found in this case, the only way to make a burger taste like a cheesesteak was to literally put the steak on it," said Brad Haley, executive vice president of marketing for the St. Louis-based chain.Not surprisingly, the sandwich isn't for the diet-conscious. It contains 930 calories, along with 63 grams of fat, and 24 grams of saturated fat. That's a full day's worth of the recommended amount of fat, and almost half the recommended 2,000 calories.By Hardee's standards, it's not that extreme. The chain's Monster Thickburger has 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat. Overall, Hardee's offers five sandwiches with more than 1,000 calories.The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, said Hardee's continues to add unhealthy offerings at a time when the nation is suffering from an obesity epidemic."What's next _ a pork chop on top?" CSPI senior nutritionist Jayne Hurley asked. "I'm always amazed _ they can always go one step further than I can imagine."As usual, Hardee's makes no apologies."We have salads on our menu, we have charbroiled chicken breast and a variety of low-carb options," Haley said. "But we don't see anything wrong with making the delicious, decadent burger available to people who want it."You almost get two sandwiches for the price of one."The Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger is being offered for only the next three to five months, though Haley said it will last longer if customer demand is there. It sells for $3.99, or $5.79 with fries and a drink.The chain is a division of CKE Restaurants Inc., based in Carpinteria, Calif. CKE operates 3,160 restaurants in 43 states and 13 countries, including 1,993 Hardee's restaurants.

C'mon all you fat asses!!! Pile 'em on!!! Let's break the bank on future health care for all of these fuckin' idiots!!!

anyone going to Hardee's for lunch?!

Employers Of Illegal Workers Arrested

(AP) Immigration agents arrested seven executives and hundreds of employees of a manufacturer of crates and pallets Wednesday as part of a crackdown on employers of illegal workers.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/20/politics/main1517046.shtml

Many things to be considered here people...but c'mon...wusamatta with a little work?!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Weird News Of The Day-Man Accused of Repeated Flashing Arrested

HORATIO, Ark., Apr. 18, 2006

(AP) A man accused of repeatedly exposing himself to the same woman has been arrested after the woman took a picture of him naked standing on a highway and called police.The man had exposed himself five times in the last six months to the woman as she traveled on Arkansas 41 for work. She did not know the man, police said."I think he had singled her out, and she was loaded and ready for bear the next time she saw him," Arkansas State Police Cpl. Ray Gentry said. "She slowed down in her car to about 40 mph and got a picture of him."Robert Ernest Vallee, 37, of Lockesburg was arrested in Sevier County on two counts of indecent exposure stemming from incidents Thursday and Jan. 19 and one count of harassment. All are misdemeanors."He admitted he was the suspect in question and he had exposed himself to her. He admitted he was nude except for a shirt covering his face," Gentry said.The woman said she didn't want to press charges.Authorities also had gotten a complaint from a 17-year-old female of a man exposing himself. He reportedly would stand on the side of the highway next to his car.Vallee was arrested Thursday after the woman called a dispatcher, saying a man in a silver Dodge Neon had exposed himself to her, according to a Sevier County Sheriff's Department report. The woman said the vehicle turned onto Arkansas 24 East and she waited for an officer at a Horatio convenience store.Gentry encountered the vehicle traveling east on Arkansas 24 near its intersection with Arkansas 329 and stopped it."He had put his pants back on by the time I made the arrest. He was worried I was going to charge him with reckless driving for putting his pants back on while driving," Gentry said.A Sevier County deputy took the woman from the store to the traffic stop and she identified the vehicle.Vallee was taken to the Sevier County Jail in De Queen. He posted bond and was released from jail Friday.

White House Staff Shake-Up Continues

Bush said McClellan had "a challenging assignment."
"I thought he handled his assignment with class, integrity," the president said. "It's going to be hard to replace Scott, but nevertheless he made the decision and I accepted it. One of these days, he and I are going to be rocking in chairs in Texas and talking about the good old days."
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1860608

Yo, Prez...what days you talkin' 'bout?! I got no job, can't afford gas ta put in my car...'course 'at got flooded out in 'Trina anyhoo...an' my FEMA dough run out a month ago. Y'all mus' be livin' on some otha planet...sheesh...

Carl Bernstein calls for Senate Hearings to investigate Bush

http://www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/060417roco03

How much evidence is there to justify such action?
Certainly enough to form a consensus around a national imperative: to learn what this president and his vice president knew and when they knew it; to determine what the Bush administration has done under the guise of national security; and to find out who did what, whether legal or illegal, unconstitutional or merely under the wire, in ignorance or incompetence or with good reason, while the administration barricaded itself behind the most Draconian secrecy and disingenuous information policies of the modern presidential era.


The first fundamental question that needs to be answered by and about the president, the vice president, and their political and national-security aides, from Donald Rumsfeld to Condoleezza Rice, to Karl Rove, to Michael Chertoff, to Colin Powell, to George Tenet, to Paul Wolfowitz, to Andrew Card (and a dozen others), is whether lying, disinformation, misinformation, and manipulation of information have been a basic matter of policy—used to overwhelm dissent; to hide troublesome truths and inconvenient data from the press, public, and Congress; and to defend the president and his actions when he and they have gone awry or utterly failed.

Hell Yes... unfortunately the Democratic leadership isn't taking the bull by the horns... where are you people?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Cheney files 2005 taxes - entitled to $1.9mm refund

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release April 14, 2006
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY AND MRS. CHENEY RELEASE 2005 INCOME TAX RETURN


Vice President and Mrs. Cheney released their 2005 federal income tax return today. The return shows that the Cheneys owe federal taxes for 2005 of $529,636 on taxable income of $1,961,157. The Cheneys' adjusted gross income in 2005 was $8,819,006 which was largely the result of the exercise by an independent gift administrator of stock options that had been irrevocably set aside in 2001 for charity. The Cheneys donated $6,869,655 to charity in 2005 from the exercise of these stock options under the terms of the Gift Administration Agreement and from Mrs. Cheney's book royalties from Simon & Schuster on her books America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Woman, and When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots. As provided in the Gift Administration Agreement, gifts were made to three designated charities named in that Agreement. The Cheneys' return was filed on March 20, 2006.
During the course of 2005 the Cheneys paid $2,468,566 in taxes through withholding and estimated tax payments. Taxes were withheld from their salaries and from the net proceeds of stock options that were exercised under the Gift Administration Agreement. Given that the option proceeds were dedicated to charity, there was a substantial over withholding in 2005 from the income attributable to the exercise of the stock options, which reduced the amount available for charity in 2005.
To enable the gift administrator to maximize the charitable gifts in 2005, the year in which the options were exercised, the Cheneys wrote a personal check in December 2005 to the gift administrator in the amount of $2,331,400. That amount, combined with the net proceeds from the stock options, was given to the three designated charities by the gift administrator. As a consequence, the Cheneys are entitled to a refund of $1,938,930. This refund returns the Cheneys to a neutral position of no personal financial benefit or financial detriment resulting from the transactions under the Gift Administration Agreement. Thus, the Cheneys received no financial benefit from the stock options. The transactions were tax neutral to the Cheneys. The amount of taxes paid by the Cheneys from their income, other than the income from the exercise of the stock options, was the equivalent of what they would have paid if the options had not been exercised.

So the office of VP earns roughly $200,000/year and the Cheney's are able to convert that into a $2,000,000 refund..
supply-side economics working its magic


also it's worth noting that the stock price of Halliburton is up 300% since we invaded Iraq.....
nice return Dick

Roller Derby is Back - Hop on Board w/ NWA Rollergirls


http://www.myspace.com/nwarollergirls
We are building a League in Northwest Arkansas! We need all the volunteers we can get. If you want to skate, be in the support crew, do creative work, run around and talk shite about us, whatever - let me know on here or at nwarollerderby@yahoo.com

Rollergirls and the people who love them. Peoples who want to help. Loudmouths, pencil pushers, whores, geeks, nerds, dorks, rich people with disposable money, rink owners, musicians, bitch boys (and girls), big strong peoples, little strong peoples, artists, designers, ANYONE who wants to be a part of the bad assness.



Sounds like the fireside chaps.. our kinda chicks.
One of our beloved sisters is one of the lead jammers... she used to wield a chainsaw, now she will be chopping down competition in the roller rink.

let's all support the nwakansas roller girls

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Report Raises New Questions on Bush, WMDs

WASHINGTON - The White House faced new questions Wednesday about
President Bush's contention three years ago that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq.

The Washington Post reported that a Pentagon sponsored team of experts determined in May 2003 that two small trailers were not used to make biological weapons. Yet two days after the team sent its findings to Washington in a classified report, Bush declared just the opposite.
"We have found the weapons of mass destruction," Bush said in an interview with a Polish TV station. "We found biological laboratories."
Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday that Bush was relying on information from the Central Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency when he said the trailers seized after the 2003 invasion were mobile biological laboratories. That information was later discredited by the Iraq Survey Group in its 2004 report. and DIA publicly issued an assessment one day after the Pentagon team's report arrived in Washington that said U.S. officials were confident that the trailers were used to produce biological weapons. The assessment said the mobile facilities represented "the strongest evidence to date that Iraq was hiding a biological warfare program."


I'm so sick of this bullshit.. why can't we just end this mother fucking nightmare???

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the situation in Iraq?"

http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm

Not to fear! We are going for the trifecta! Afghanistan, Iraq and now...IRAN!!!!! (crowd goes wild...)

PRESIDENT BUSH – Overall Job Rating

http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm

Of course, McClellan the fat ass says the President doesn't look at polls...
It is probably because he doesn't understand them...

Weird News Of The Day-World War II Secret Weapon: the Prune

(AP) The humble prune is set to be recognized as one of the secret weapons of World War II. A London auction house, Spink, is selling two grizzled prunes that it says were destined to be stuffed with maps or other documents and smuggled to prisoners of war. The prunes were part of the memorabilia collection of a British spy."They are very dry and hard and it's amazing that they have survived," Spink spokeswoman Emily Johnston said Tuesday.The prunes are part of a collection of World War II memorabilia collected by a British woman, the late Doreen Mulot, a former member of Britain's Special Operations Executive, which was set up to carry out operations behind enemy lines.Sometimes referred to as "the Baker Street Irregulars" after Sherlock Holmes' fictional group of spies, the executive was set up by Winston Churchill and Hugh Dalton to conduct warfare by means other than direct military engagement.Mulot was one of as many as a million operatives. Her collection is being sold as one lot by her great-nephew Richard Marshall from the town of Crook in northern England and is expected to raise more than 1,000 pounds ($1,800).Interviewed by telephone by The Associated Press, Marshall said his great-aunt had lived in a large house in the north London neighborhood of Hampstead "with a large bathroom where they prepared the prunes."The dried fruit were softened in water, then de-pitted to allow carefully rolled documents covered in waxed paper to be inserted. The fruit was then re-dried and packed into food parcels for the prisoners, who used the information to escape and find their way home."She told me how she and a colleague would sit over the bathtub filled with dried prunes," he said.Water was added, and "as the prunes swelled up they picked out the (pits) and filled the cavities with waxed paper. The prunes were then dried out and sent to prisoners in Red Cross parcels. It was quite ingenious, but not the sort of thing you usually associate with fighting a war."His great-aunt, he said, had "kept the two prunes as a souvenir." These particular prunes were never used in an operation, the auction house said.Marshall said the maps contained details of railway lines in Europe.Mulot, who was British, married a Frenchman before the war and moved with him to France. She returned home in 1940 when she discovered he was having an affair.In London, she continued to work with Free French fighters against the German occupation of France and joined the SOE.Her collection also includes accurate forgeries of official German rubber document stamps and elaborate plates used to counterfeit "camp money," which was used by prisoners of war to buy a limited range of goods inside the camps.There are also instructions on sabotage that were hidden in booklets that were made to resemble diaries, cookbooks, health manuals and pocket dictionaries

White House defends Bush's post-invasion WMD claims

Bush declared in a May 2003 television interview, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/04/12/iraq.weapons.ap/index.html

Really, Mr. President? Are you sure those aren't just trailers to make hydrogen for weather balloons?

McClellan dismissed the Post article and a report based on it that aired on ABC News Wednesday morning as irresponsible. He said ABC News should apologize and took issue with the way the Post story was written.
"The lead suggested that what the president was saying was based on something that had been debunked, and that is not true," McClellan said. "In fact, the president was saying something that was based on what the intelligence community -- through the CIA and DIA -- were saying."

Really, Mr. McClellan? You are an asshole...of the first order. How do you sleep at night, you fat ass bastard.

Deaths of U.S. Soldiers Climb Again in Iraq


http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/12/world/13cnd-iraq.html?hp&ex=1144900800&en=367630fb5e3cb849&ei=5094&partner=homepage

BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 12 - The death toll for American troops is rising steeply this month, with the military today announcing the deaths of two more soldiers, bringing the number of troops killed this month to at least 33. That figure already surpasses the American military deaths for all of March, and could signal a renewed insurgent offensive against the American presence here.

That's odd... to hear the Bush Administration talk, you'd think that we were seeing fewer casualties. Thank god there's no civil war in Iraq

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Weird News Of The Day-Cosmonaut Aims to Hit Golf Ball in Space

(AP) There won't be a fairway or a green in sight, and it's a far cry from Augusta National, but the international space station could be turned into a driving range this summer.Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, who took over command of the space station last week, hopes to hit a gold-plated golf ball during an August spacewalk.Because of zero gravity, Vinogradov's drive will make golf's long-distance hitters like John Daly look positively feeble. The ball, equipped with a tracking device, is expected to remain in orbit for several years.The low drive from the space station _ which travels at 17,000 mph, 250 miles above Earth _ is a publicity stunt for Element 21 Golf Co., a Canadian-based golf club manufacturer.NASA officials met on Tuesday to review the safety of the stunt, which already has been approved by the Russian space agency. NASA is expected to make a decision at a later date."Being a golfer, I'm interested in it, too," Kirk Shireman, NASA's space station deputy program manager, said recently. "But we're absolutely going to make sure it's a safe thing to do before we execute it."NASA officials want to make sure a bad slice or hook won't send the golf ball careening into the spacecraft, or that a bad backswing or follow-through won't cause Vinogradov to strike the station with his six-iron.Vinogradov has practiced driving the ball in his baggy spacesuit in a training pool and in an airplane that simulates weightlessness.Element 21 Golf paid the Russian space agency an undisclosed amount to allow the stunt. Golf balls, the six-iron and a special platform were delivered to the space station in October.The company says it wants to publicize its new line of golf clubs and commemorate the 35th anniversary of the time astronaut Alan Shepard hit golf balls on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission.Certain adjustments for zero gravity were made. The company designed a special platform in which Vinogradov can hook his feet and a tee that spirals around the ball to hold it in place. Because of Vinogradov's bulky spacesuit, his swing will be one-handed."Golf is not a Russian game at all," said Nataliya Hearn, the company's president and chief executive. "It probably would have been easier for Pavel to hit with a hockey stick."Russia's cash-strapped space agency has allowed three space tourists aboard the space station for $20 million each and once charged PepsiCo $5 million to have cosmonauts float a replica of a soda can outside the Mir space station. The Russians also allowed Pizza Hut to paint its logo on a rocket and have a pizza delivered to the space station.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Next Stop, Iran - by: Seymour Hersh

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060417fa_fact

Heck, this experiment is going so well in neighboring Iraq, why don't we just try it on Iran.. I know, I know, Iran is twice the size as Iraq, but we'll just outsmart 'em.... he he he

one word: Armageddon

Why do you think Iran is attempting to build a nuke? A US invasion if neighboring Iraq is a pretty good reason, not to mention they hate us already. How can we manage to fight a ground war in Iraq, an air war in Iran, a ground war in Afghanistan and still have to deal with Syria to the West and Isreal and Palestine? This has WWIII written all over it.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Official: Iraq in 'Undeclared Civil War'


BAGHDAD, Iraq - A car bomb killed six people Saturday near a Shiite shrine south of Baghdad, and the death toll from the deadliest attack of the year rose to nearly 90. A senior official warned Iraq was in an "undeclared civil war" that can be curbed only by a strong government and greater powers for security services.
Fears of more attacks are running high in Shiite areas following the Thursday car bombing that killed 10 in the Shiite holy city of Najaf and the suicide attack the following day against a Shiite mosque in Baghdad — the deadliest attack in Iraq this year.
The attacks on houses of worship have stoked tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, especially after the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, an act that triggered reprisal attacks against Sunni mosques and clerics.
Despite the violence, U.S. officials have discounted talk of civil war. However, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday that an "undeclared civil war" had already been raging for more than a year.
"Is there a civil war? Yes, there is an undeclared civil war that has been there for a year or more," Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal told The Associated Press. "All these bodies that are discovered in Baghdad, the slaughter of pilgrims heading to holy sites, the explosions, the destruction, the attacks against the mosques are all part of this."

Ahhh.... General, maybe you didn't get the memo from the White House. Accounts of the civil war in Iraq are blown out of proportion.. just ask Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Condi and any of the Republican candidates running for President. They'll set the record straight...

Friday, April 07, 2006

Mosque Suicide Bombers Kill 79 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Suicide attackers wearing women's robes blew themselves up Friday in a Shiite mosque, killing 79 people and wounding more than 160, police said. It was the deadliest single attack in Iraq this year and the second major bombing of a Shiite target in as many days.
Police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said the blasts were caused by two suicide attackers wearing black abayas at the Buratha mosque, which is affiliated with the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the main Shiite party.
Jalal Eddin al-Sagheer, the preacher at the mosque and one of the country's leading politicians, said there were three assailants. One came through the women's security checkpoint and blew up first, he said. Another raced into the mosque's courtyard while a third came to his office before detonating his bomb, said al-Sagheer, who was not injured.
He accused Sunni politicians and clerics of waging "a campaign of distortions and lies against the Buratha mosque, claiming that it includes Sunni prisoners and mass graves of Sunnis."
"Shiites are the ones who are targeted as part of this dirty sectarian war waged against them as the world watches silently," he told Al-Arabiya television.

ClusterFuckabee? I thought there was no civil war.. I thought it was being blown out of proportion.... I guess you'd just sit around, pray to Jesus H Christ and everything would turn out fine...
man, you should run for President.

Speech Mistake Prompts Bush Do-Over


(AP) Cameras were rolling. Microphones were on. President Bush stepped up to comment on a Senate compromise on immigration legislation.Wait. Was it energy or immigration?Maybe Bush had rising gas prices on his mind when he said he was pleased that Republicans and Democrats were working together to get a bipartisan, comprehensive "energy" bill.Realizing his mistake, he stopped and called for a Take 2."Let me start over," Bush said, standing next to Air Force One.Bush, often the first to admit that he's not a great orator, got it right the second time."I'm pleased that Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate are working together to get a comprehensive `immigration' bill," Bush said. "I want to thank the efforts of those involved in the process. ..."

he he he...what I really meant to say was, that darned yellowcake thingee is really making my head hurt! he he he...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Bush Authorized Leak to Times, Libby Told Grand Jury

http://nysun.com/timesleak.php

What the fuck..
could this be the tip of the iceberg?

Happy Birthday to Mr Baber (pronounced Babaarrr)


Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to meeeee... happy birthday to me.. and many more.....................

thanks for having us over for some good times.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

"Loyal" donkeys better than wives

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A textbook used at schools in the Indian state of Rajasthan compares housewives to donkeys, and suggests the animals make better companions as they complain less and are more loyal to their "masters," The Times of India reported Tuesday.

"A donkey is like a housewife ... In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents' home, you'll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master," the newspaper reported, quoting a Hindi-language primer meant for 14-year-olds.

hmmmmm...........................


no comment

Workers Have Retirement 'Overconfidence'

NEW YORK - The majority of American workers think they'll be able to retire comfortably, but most aren't saving nearly enough to meet that goal, according to a new study.
The Employee Benefit Research Institute's annual retirement confidence survey, released Tuesday, found that about 68 percent of workers are confident about having adequate funds for a comfortable retirement, up slightly from 65 percent in 2005.
At the same time, more than half of all workers say they've saved less than $25,000 toward retirement, according to the Washington, D.C., based research group. Even among workers 55 and older, more than four in 10 have retirement savings under $25,000.
"`Overconfidence' is the word that comes to mind," said Jack VanDerhei, co-author of the study.
He said that the poor savings performance was especially troubling because it comes as many of the nation's employers are eliminating the defined benefit plans — better known as pensions — that have buoyed the retirements of current workers' parents and grandparents. Many companies also are eliminating retiree health care coverage or asking retirees to contribute more for it.


$25,000?
That isn't even enough to cover their credit card debt.
If the Bush administration's inflation policy is successful, $25,000 might be enough to buy groceries for a couple of months.. maybe it will cover your electricity bill for the year but i doubt it..
another puke factor setting in..

note to self: pay off debt and save cash

Monday, April 03, 2006

Some homeowners struggle to keep up with adjustable rates

For 45 years, Robert and Lorraine Brown have lived in their ranch-style home in Florissant, Mo. One of their four children was even born there. But for the past eight months, the couple have been locked in a sleep-wrecking race to keep up with their rising mortgage bills. They've switched to cheaper phone service, cut back on groceries and sometimes put off ordering medicine.

When they refinanced their home two years ago to pay off some bills, Robert, now 78, was working as a deliveryman. But his employer went out of business last April. Now he and Lorraine, 72, a retired nurse, are both seeking work. The rate on their mortgage has jumped from 7% to 10.5%.

"We were having a hard time meeting bills at the time we refinanced. It seems once you get behind, you do desperate things to catch up, and you never do," says Lorraine, trying to hold back tears. "At the time of the loan, they tell you, 'Well, it may go up, but it's probably going to go down.' You want it to be so, so you believe it."
They feel alone, but they're not. America's five-year real estate boom was fueled partly by a tempting array of cut-rate mortgages that helped millions of Americans qualify for home or refinance loans. To afford soaring home prices, many turned to adjustable-rate and other, riskier loans with low initial payments. The homeownership rate hit a record 70%.
Now, the real estate market is cooling, interest rates are rising and tens of thousands more Americans are starting to have trouble paying their mortgages. Nearly 25% of mortgages - 10 million - carry adjustable interest rates. And most of them went to people with subpar credit ratings who accepted higher interest rates, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.


"Thanks Mr. President. Thanks for fucking us up the ass. When I have to declare bankruptcy, I'll call you for some help."

he he he... i got a new slogan for the next republican nominee..." no money, no credit, no loans, no dice mother fucker.."
"sounds great Mom!!!!!"

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Whittaker shoots 4th RD 67 to finish -5 (T34) at Sugarloaf

Nice finish Ron Ron.. way to get back in the groove

FEMA Calls, but Top Job Is Tough Sell

WASHINGTON, April 1 — The calls went out across the nation, as Bush administration officials asked the country's most seasoned disaster response experts to consider the job of a lifetime: FEMA director. But again and again, the response over the past several months was the same: "No thanks."

well...NO SHIT! who wants to try to untangle this ball of bureaucracy?!

you can read the rest at
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/02/washington/02fema.html?hp&ex=1144036800&en=9ca2be50940e96e9&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Weird News Of The Day-Late Grateful Dead Leader's Toilet Stolen


SONOMA, California, Apr. 2, 2006

(AP) The long, strange trip continues for Jerry Garcia's toilet. Police say the Grateful Dead leader's commode was stolen recently from a driveway along with three other toilets and a bidet, The Press Democrat newspaper reported Saturday.Garcia's salmon-colored toilet was the subject of a legal battle before it was finally moved to Sonoma, to await shipment to a Canadian casino.It's unclear if the toilet was swiped by a wayward Deadhead or a thief remodeling a bathroom. Police have no suspects or leads.Henry Koltys bought Garcia's Marin County home for $1.39 million in 1997 and removed the toilet and other items he planned to sell to raise money for a charity.After Koltys sold the house to a friend of the band's, the new owner sued to block the auction. The dispute was resolved last year, and Koltys moved the items to his home in Sonoma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.Last month, Koltys sold the Grateful Dead singer's toilet for $2,550 to online casino Goldenpalace.com, which planned to use it as part of a traveling marketing exhibit. The casino is offering a $250 reward for its return.Henry Koltys said Friday that the toilet once stood in the master bathroom of Garcia, who died in 1995 at age 53. "It would have been his personal head," he said.The casino has made other unusual purchases in the last year _ it paid $25,000 for actor William Shatner's kidney stones and $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich that reportedly had the image of the Virgin Mary on it, Koltys said.Jonathon Lipsin, who worked for Garcia as a gardener and now owns a Northern California record store, said the toilet might appeal to dedicated Deadheads."It's a little gross," Lipsin said. "But I could see it at a rock 'n' roll museum, too."

Gen. Clark: Bush took U.S. on 'path to nowhere'

Ex-NATO head slams Iraq war, failure to stop nukes, find bin Laden-

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark accused the Bush administration Saturday of taking the nation on a "path to nowhere" with misguided moves on national security.

you can read the rest at
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/01/dems.radio.ap/index.html


give 'em hell, Wes!!!