Tuesday, May 31, 2005

"Maybe nobody'll see me

if I hide behind the flag. It's not like it's the first time I've done that..."

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Students from Southside Elementary School

pay a visit to the Tallahassee Home for People With Mental Disabilities...

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Art Linkletter is Deep Throat?

Moles say the darnedest things!

REUTERS/Lou Dematteis

No, really. What IS it with the South?

Probe: Boy Scouts Lied About Black Members


ATLANTA - An independent investigation of the Atlanta-area Boy Scouts found that the organization inflated its number of black Scouts by more than 5,000 in a program for inner-city youth.

The executive director of the Atlanta Boy Scouts resigned after the report was released.

Auditors said Scout officials assigned to inner-city areas may have felt pressure to demonstrate membership growth, which is a part of their performance evaluations. Membership numbers also are used to help determined funding from the United Way, a major Scouts donor.

The audit found that former Scouts too old to participate remained on the memberships lists and that boys who had only attended informational meetings about the program were signed up.

In one example, an official changed the birth date of 87 Cub Scouts so they would be old enough to participate in the program. In another case, an official continued to report membership of a church Boy Scout unit although the church had burned down three years earlier.

The inflated numbers also included 200 Scout units that did not exist.


Oh, and I would advise against using the word "probe" and "boy scouts" in the same headline.

Condi Rice demonstrates the Bush Administration's

new Rapid Response to dropping poll numbers:

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

(either that or that new do is sapping her life force)

Bush struggles to remember

what the word "gulag" means:

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Oh, great. Now ALL of the

Deep Throats are going to come out of the closet...

Ex-FBI man claims to be 'Deep Throat'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vanity Fair magazine said on Tuesday that Mark Felt, a former FBI official, had revealed himself to be "Deep Throat," the legendary source who leaked Watergate scandal secrets to the Washington Post and brought down President Richard Nixon.

Unmasking the identity of "Deep Throat," a key source for Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, would solve one of the greatest political and journalistic mysteries of recent history.

The magazine said Felt, now a retiree living in Santa Rosa, California, had admitted his role in the scandal to his family and had cooperated with the story. It is the first time a major potential source has claimed to be "Deep Throat.

He needs some new idioms.

He's wearing "freedom's on the march" and "people who hate America" out.

Bush Calls Human Rights Report 'Absurd'


WASHINGTON - President Bush called a human rights report "absurd" for criticizing the United States' detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said Tuesday the allegations were made by "people who hate America."

"It's absurd. It's an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world," Bush said of the Amnesty International report that compared Guantanamo to a Soviet-era gulag.

In a Rose Garden news conference, Bush defiantly stood by his domestic policy agenda while defending his actions abroad. With the death toll climbing daily in Iraq, he said that nation's fledging government is "plenty capable" of defeating terrorists whose attacks on Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers have intensified.


The Cult of Ana

Until this society accepts women who are NOT some bizarre, idealized, unattainable male fantasy, until the entertainment industry gets in touch with reality and casts women who aren't a size 0, until the print media stops putting out magazines with headlines that read: "Lose 10 lbs. in 5 days" next to "The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe," this kind of self-destruction will continue:

Cult-Like Lure of 'Ana' Attracts Anorexics


CHICAGO - They call her "Ana." She is a role model to some, a goddess to others — the subject of drawings, prayers and even a creed. She tells them what to eat and mocks them when they don't lose weight. And yet, while she is a very real presence in the lives of many of her followers, she exists only in their minds.

Ana is short for anorexia, and — to the alarm of experts — many who suffer from the potentially fatal eating disorder are part of an underground movement that promotes self-starvation and, in some cases, has an almost cult-like appeal.

Followers include young women and teens who wear red Ana bracelets and offer one another encouraging words of "thinspiration" on Web pages and blogs.

They share tips for shedding pounds and faithfully report their "cw" and "gw" — current weight and goal weight, which often falls into the double digits. They also post pictures of celebrity role models, including teen stars Lindsay Lohan and Mary-Kate Olsen, who last year set aside the acting career and merchandising empire she shares with her twin sister to seek help for her own eating disorder.


continue reading here for more disturbing information.

Funny, I have the urge to

kick John Tierney's supercilious, chauvinist ASS!

Was somebody just dumped for a better, newer model, John?

"Ah grew up on a farm in Georgia.

Of COURSE ah had sex with a mule!"

What happens to Snowflake Babies

who aren't pureblood:

Snowflake Babies you won't be seeing at your local "embryo adoption" center:

I cannot WAIT

to see the Bush-De Villepin press conference! Ooooh lala! Besides being frightfully handsome, Monsieur De Villepin is also frightfully articulate.

Chirac Names De Villepin Prime Minister

PARIS - President Jacques Chirac appointed Dominique de Villepin, a loyalist who was France's voice against the Iraq war, as prime minister Tuesday.

Villepin, formerly the interior minister, replaces Jean-Pierre Raffarin, dumped after voters on Sunday roundly rejected Chirac's call for the ratification of a European Union constitution.

Chirac charged Villepin, 51, with the task of forming a new government.

Villepin arrived at the presidential Elysee Palace just minutes after Chirac bid farewell to Raffarin with a handshake on the palace steps.

Villepin was Chirac's foreign minister during the Iraq war. He is best known for his eloquent defense of the French stance against a U.S.-led invasion.

Monday, May 30, 2005

And her qualifications would be...

what, exactly?

First lady Laura Bush would defeat U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if the two were to face each other in the 2008 presidential contest, Vice President Dick Cheney said on May 30 2005. Cheney made the prediction after his wife, Lynne Cheney, suggested the matchup in an interview on CNN's 'Larry King Live.'

Molly Riley/Reuters

Hope she'll finally learn to straighten that pinkie out when she puts her hand on the Bible.

"Wonder what Lump's makin' for dinner tonight."

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

See All Evil, Speak All Evil, Too Stupid to Hear Evil

REUTERS/Mannie Garcia

You want to honor them, Mr. President?

then bring our troops home now.

REUTERS/Gregg Newton

Irony, thy name is Cheney.

"US Vice President Richard Cheney launched a personal attack Kim Jong-Il, calling him an irresponsible leader, who 'doesn't take care' about [sic] his people as he strives for nuclear power status for his country."

(Caption for photo of Kim Jong Il)

Sunday, May 29, 2005

"Please don't hurt me."

"I didn't know 'Skullfucker' was really your name."

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

It's that time of year again,

when the Mister Softee trucks are out in force, blaring that infernal theme song through tinny speakers, hammering the nagging melody deep into one's corpus callosum, even amidst the din of car alarms, honking taxis, rumbling subways and the background buzz of a thousand simultaneous conversations. Well, there are LYRICS to that song:

The creamiest, dreamiest soft ice cream

You get from Mister Softee.

For a refreshing delight supreme

Look for Mister Softee.

My milkshakes and my sundaes and my cones are such a treat.

Listen for my store on wheels—ding-a-ling down the street.

[first four lines repeat]

S-O-F-T double E

Mister Softee!

© 1960 Mister Softee Co.

(Only because this subject came up at dinner/drinks tonight.)

I'm a little disappointed that Rummy

didn't break out the Harley leathers he's got tucked away in the closet:

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

(A biker stands guard as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, rear, speaks during the annual Rolling Thunder memorial ride at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Sunday, May 29, 2005. The Rolling Thunder event, coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend, has been focusing attention on POW-MIA issues since 1988. Riders also advocate for veterans' rights.)

"Hey, watch this!

C'mon, Lump, piggy back ride!"

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Now that's one CLEVER lawyer.

Jaywalking chicken ticketed
No fowl play suspected when $54 citation dismissed

RIDGECREST, California (AP) -- A chicken that got a ticket for crossing the road has clawed his way out of it.

The $54 citation for impeding traffic was dismissed Friday after Linc and Helena Moore's attorney argued that the fowl was domesticated and could not be charged as livestock.

State law restricts livestock on highways, but not domestic animals.

The chicken was ticketed March 26 for impeding traffic after it wandered onto a road in Johannesburg, a rural mining community southeast of Ridgecrest.


Well, at least she wasn't his sister.

Mom Indicted for Hiring Stripper for Teen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A mother faces criminal charges after she hired a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son's birthday party. Anette Pharris, 34, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and involving a minor in obscene acts. The boy's father, the stripper and two others also face charges.

"I tried to do something special for my son," Pharris said. "It didn't harm him."

About 10 people under the age of 18 were at the birthday party in September, including minors who were not related to the family, authorities said.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said minors are not permitted in adult establishments.

"A person shouldn't be allowed to circumvent that law by hiring a stripper, a lady who took all her clothes off and spent a good amount of time dancing around minors," he said.

Anette Pharris took photos at the party and tried to have them developed at a nearby drug store. Drug store employees notified authorities, police said.

"Who are they to tell me what I can and can't show to my own children?" the mother said.


Saturday, May 28, 2005

What a great name for a book.

Dancing Bees Speak in Code

Michael Schirber

Scientists have long marveled over the dance of the bee. A little jitterbug seems to reveal to coworkers the location of a distant meal. But how and whether the dance really works has remained controversial.

A new study confirms the dancing is a form of communication.

Bees outfitted with tracking devices responded to the wiggling of one of their fellow foragers, who had just returned to the hive from some newfound bee vittles. The dance, which is performed on one of the honeycomb walls, is not an exact language, but it gets the job done.

The central element of the choreography is a shimmy, or waggle, along a straight line. For emphasis, the bee repeats this move several times by circling around in a figure-8 pattern. The angle that the shimmy makes in relation to an imaginary vertical line is the direction to the food source with respect to the sun.


rest here.

Because he can't be bothered to go

to their funerals. He just wears free, personalized windbreakers to show his respect:

Bush Honors War Dead in Radio Address

WASHINGTON - President Bush is marking this Memorial Day weekend with words honoring men and women who have died in the nation's service to provide freedom for Americans today.

"Our citizens live in freedom because patriots are willing to serve and sacrifice for our liberty," Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address.

On Monday, he will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to those he said made the ultimate sacrifice. He noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, a victory for freedom in which more than 400,000 Americans gave their lives.

"Today a new generation of Americans is making its own sacrifice on behalf of peace and freedom, and some have given their lives," he said.


REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


submits his entry for the next U.S. postage stamp "Mad Dictator lookalike" series.

AFP/File/Karim Sahib

(Banging forehead on desk)

Two U.S. Army analysts whose work was cited as part of a key intelligence failure on Iraq have received job performance awards for the past three years, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Why didn't he just accuse them of having PMS?

U.S. general assails 'shrill' Guantanamo criticism

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The general responsible for the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said on Friday Amnesty International's "shrill" criticism of the detention of foreign terrorism suspects was uninformed.

U.S. Army Gen. John Craddock, head of Miami-based Southern Command, added that he did not expect a military inquiry into whether U.S. personnel at the jail had mishandled the Koran would show more than the five cases acknowledged on Thursday.

In its annual report on human rights worldwide, Amnesty International said the detention facility had become "the gulag of our times," equating it to the vast, brutal Soviet system of forced labor camps in which millions of prisoners died.

"I think that's a shrill assessment. They probably exaggerated for emphasis. I don't want to speak for them, but I do not share that at all. I think that's an uninformed view," Craddock said.


but if you put it together with Abu Ghraib and Bagram Air Base, you're well on your way!!

My favorite days of the year.

Three times a year, the sun sets directly in the middle of the cross streets of Manhattan, from 14th St. north - today, tomorrow and July 11th. Assuming the sky is clear, the light is spectacular, with the sun casting a golden orange glow over the bricks and pavement.

From my roof, I grabbed these. Vertigo kept me from getting closer to the edge of the roof.

I hope to be able to stand in the middle of the street tomorrow night without getting crushed by a crosstown bus to get the full, head-on view.

These insurgents are just dead-enders...


Marines Return to Fight in Lawless Haditha


HADITHA, Iraq - More than 1,000 Marines, sailors and soldiers are taking part in a counterinsurgency operation in Haditha, a Sunni-dominated trouble spot 140 miles north of Baghdad, the military said Friday.

Two Marines have been killed in the operation, which began Wednesday.

U.S. forces returned to Haditha less than two months after they thought they cleaned up the Euphrates River town. But insurgents assassinated the police chief and devastated his force more than a month ago, leaving Haditha without a security force.


rest here.

Yup. We've got 'em on the run. They know they're losing.

"No thanks!

I'm allergic to tomatoes!"

AP Photo/Chris Gardner

I raise my mojito glass

to all the Mark Morfords out there! You restore my faith in men.

Female Orgasm: Proof Of God
Science can't explain it, evolution can't understand it and men can only lie there in awe

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

Women have orgasms because they can. Women have orgasms because it's the right thing to do.

Women have orgasms because by and large they refuse to launch monstrous ultraviolent illegal soul-deadening wars over oilsucking phallocentric powermad landwhoring BS powergrabs and therefore they fully deserve all the inexplicable otherworldly cosmically infused clitorally energized pleasures they can get.

Did you catch that keyword? That note of strangeness? It was right there, in the word inexplicable. Because apparently, as far as science is concerned and despite the obvious reasons I assert above, no one really seems to know exactly why women have orgasms at all.

Observe, won't you, a new book by a soft-spoken scientist named Dr. Elisabeth Lloyd, from Indiana U, that basically claims there is no justifiable evolutionary need for the female orgasm whatsoever, that it really serves no known biological purpose and that it's becoming, therefore, increasingly obsolete and redundant and more or less unnecessary.

Note how much fun Dr. Lloyd must be at parties. Or on a date.


the rest here. It's a fun read.

Oh. Never mind, then.

Inquiry Finds Some Quran 'Mishandling'


WASHINGTON - Investigators have confirmed five cases in which military personnel mishandled the Qurans of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, but they have found no "credible evidence" that a holy book was flushed in a toilet.

The investigation also found 15 incidents in which detainees mishandled or inappropriately treated the Quran, including one case of a detainee ripping pages from his holy book, Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood, the Guantanamo Bay prison commander who led the investigation, told reporters Thursday.


Does this mean Newsweek is still wrong?

"Bring me the head

of Han Solo!"

REUTERS/Mannie Garcia

New helmet design?

It's certainly more aerodynamic. Those tailfins created a lot of drag.

AFP/Awad Awad

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Now if they could just work on the grill...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

"Do I really have to swallow?"

Bush thought, "or can I go through the rest of the interview with it in my mouth?"

AFP/Paul J. Richards

I have a confession to make: At the moment, I'm probably drunker than this guy, but not by much. Damn those 2-for-1 mojito nights!

'Gimme a little Filipino sugar."

"I'm Indonesian."


"Get away from me, prick."

Is there a special Darwin Award for Extreme Geekiness?

"Sith" Fans Maimed in Lightsaber Mishap

By Charlie Amter

The Force--let alone common sense--was definitely not with them.

Two British Star Wars fans sustained critical injuries after constructing their own lightsabers from fluorescent light tubes filled with liquid fuel.

According to British media reports, a 20-year-old man and his 17-year-old female friend were filming a mock duel in homage to Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith, the latest chapter of George Lucas' record-breaking franchise.

The duo were reportedly emulating one of Sith's key battles, a lightsaber clash between Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker.

The two Brits suffered severe burns when their homemade sabers exploded. The two had been videotaping their clash. They have been hospitalized at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire since the accident Sunday.


Waaaaaaaah! Make the Internet Stop!

Rumsfeld Laments Global Reach of War News

By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA - One of the military's new wartime challenges is dealing with global media that can instantly spread around the world information that may be false or damaging to U.S. interests, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday.

The United States needs to respond to anti-American messages with greater agility and speed if it is to win the ideological struggle with Islamic extremists, Rumsfeld said in a speech to members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

"We'll need to develop considerably more sophisticated ways of using these new means of communication that are now available to reach the many and diverse audiences," he said.



Hands Across Iraq?

More importantly, which pop celebrities will be contributing to the theme song? And will Paris Hilton be able to exploit this for personal gain, too?

New Iraq Security Cordon to Ring Baghdad

By PAUL GARWOOD, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The government announced Thursday that a security cordon of 40,000 Iraqi soldiers and police will ring Baghdad starting next week to try to halt a spree of insurgent violence that has killed more than 620 people this month.


and when they start picking off the Iraqi soldiers and police?

President of Indonesia meets with

President of MAD Magazine.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

watertiger's "butthead" moment

"Bush to support, prod Palestinian leader"

huh huh huh huh huh...he said "prod".

(cut me some slack, people. it's almost a 3-day weekend.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

"Not until you've washed it.

It still smells like stallion."

AFP/Paul J. Richards

"Did you just...

goose me, Ahmed?"


REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

"Man, I gotta get me a set of those

retractable teeth," Cornyn thought. "Might come in handy when I gotta get on my knees for DeLay."

(AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

The latest installation at Madame Tussauds NYC

"The Day Judicial Integrity Grabbed Its Ankles"

REUTERS/Mannie Garcia

This can't be right.

North America Settled by Just 70 People, Study Concludes

A new study of DNA suggests North America was originally settled by just a few dozen people who crossed a land bridge from Asia during the last Ice Age.

About 14,000 years ago, humans crossed the Bering land bridge from Siberia to North America, most experts agree. But just how many intrepid explorers were involved has not been known.


First off, everyone knows that the Pilgrims settled North America. And second, since the world is only 6000 years old, nobody could've crossed some imaginary land bridge 8,000 years prior.

And now I'm off to adopt an embryo.

"Hey, hey, we're the Wingnuts!

Wanna push the People around..."*

*Sung to the tune of "The Monkees" . . . in case you couldn't figure it out.

What, those little flag lapel pins aren't big enough?

Hiding behind Old Glory, once again:

REUTERS/Mannie Garcia

Of course, Hastert's gonna need a bigger flag.

Your sometimes daily dose of Little Big Kitty blogging.

"Quit it, Ma! That tickles!"

"'Course, I'm only talkin' 'bout saving

the white embryos. All the ones labelled 'black girl' you can have."

AFP/Brendan Smialowski


(heh. and I haven't even SEEN "Sith".) Say it isn't so!

Britain suffers sense of humour failure due to worries of modern life

LONDON (AFP) - Britain is suffering a sense of humour failure, with laughter levels three times lower now than 50 years ago and nearly half of all adults unable to enjoy at least one big guffaw a day, research showed.

Money worries, relationship woes and even political concerns were among the reasons given for the collection of grim faces, according to the data, collected for the cruise company Ocean Village.


Let's party like it's 1955!

I'll get the martini shakers, you get the gasoline-soaked crosses and wire hangers!

Swingers, the lot of them.

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Chuck Grassley, my . . . hero?

No federal money could be spent to pay for Pfizer Inc.'s Viagra and other drugs for enhancing sexual performance under legislation unveiled on May 24, 2005 by a key Republican senator. Viagra and competing impotence treatments Levitra and Cialis are 'lifestyle' drugs that taxpayers should not have to cover, said Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I believe it's pronounced "Creee-tin."

Church Sign Sparks Debate

by Josh Humphries

FOREST CITY, NC -- A sign in front of a Baptist church on one of the most traveled highways in the county stirred controversy over religious tolerance and first-amendment rights this weekend.

A sign in front of Danieltown Baptist Church, located at 2361 U.S. 221 south reads "The Koran needs to be flushed," and the Rev. Creighton Lovelace , pastor of the church, is not apologizing for the display.

"I believe that it is a statement supporting the word of God and that it (the Bible) is above all and that any other religious book that does not teach Christ as savior and lord as the 66 books of the Bible teaches it, is wrong," said Lovelace. "I knew that whenever we decided to put that sign up that there would be people who wouldn't agree with it, and there would be some that would, and so we just have to stand up for what's right."


Josh Humphries/Daily Courier

I guess Bush needs to take her in for her tune up.

Her "eye leveller" gyroscopes appear to be malfunctioning.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

I guess mine is a bit . . . swollen.

Researchers Pinpoint Brain's Sarcasm Sensor

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

Oh yeah, right!

No, it's true -- many of you don't go a day without dishing out several doses of sarcasm. But some brain-damaged people can't comprehend sarcasm, and Israeli researchers think it's because a specific brain region has gone dark.


The Incredible Shrinking President!

Gets smaller with drops in poll numbers! But add just a drop of terror and watch him grow back!

AP/David Duprey

Order before midnight and receive the Dick Cheney™ "Undisclosed Location" dollhouse for only $500.00. Offer limited, restrictions may apply.

Update: On further inspection, Bush looks like one of those loser. . . I mean fans of the Grateful Dead who stand outside the gig, holding up their fingers, and pleading "I need a miracle!" (code for I need X number of tickets - number of fingers = number of tickets)

Laura Bush, Expert on Global Democracy?

Brian Snyder/Reuters

(First lady Laura Bush sits down with students at the Om El Kora School in Alexandria, Egypt May 24, 2005. The first lady stepped into Egyptian politics on the side of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday, commending his initiative in changing the constitution and saying political reform must happen slowly.)

Egyptian opposition rejects Laura Bush comments

By Jonathan Wright

CAIRO (Reuters) - Opponents of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak objected on Tuesday to U.S. First Lady Laura Bush's support for Mubarak's approach to political reform, and several said she did not know what she was talking about.

"What she said is really frustrating for most opposition forces in Egypt," said Gameela Ismail, wife of opposition leader Ayman Nour and a spokeswoman for his Ghad (Tomorrow) Party.

"She seems not to know enough about Egypt. I'm really amazed," Ismail told Reuters outside a downtown cinema where police and men in plain clothes dispersed a small protest against Wednesday's referendum on the Egyptian constitution.


Just because you visited the fucking Pyramids of Giza doesn't make you a specialist. Stick to what you know, dear -- smoking 3 packs a day and popping Xanax, instead of pissing off even MORE people in the Middle East.

"Buh-bye, Frist's Presidential aspirations!

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, you schmuck."

A multitude of thanks to GWPDA for alerting me to this latest shot of Ron-ron.

"And I promise that when appointed to the 5th Circuit,

I won't change my parochial school, Nancy Drew hairdo."

Chip Somodevilla/Reuters

Monday, May 23, 2005


I don't have to go down to the Senate floor? Okay, good. Wake me when they vote on Social Security...zzzzzzz...."

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Compromising to secure the filibuster.

This is Joe Lieberman:

and this is Jello:

Any questions?

(actually, any opportunity I can take to poke fun at Joementum....)

I hope people far smarter than I are right, and this is a good thing.

St. Frist, the patron saint

of catkillers, fundamentalists, and the undead:

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Condi wins the hearts and minds of the AIPAC

conference by giving the attendees her "come hither" look:

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

I (heart) John Conyers.

By sending investigators to London, Conyers hopes to stir the US media into re-examining a story largely ignored in America since Bush’s re-election victory in November.

“I deplore the fact that our media have been so reticent on the question of whether there was a secret planning of a war for which neither the Congress nor the American people had given permission,” Conyers said.

“We have The Sunday Times to thank for this very important activity. It reminds me of Watergate, which started off as a tiny little incident reported in The Washington Post. I think that the interest of many citizens is picking up.”

full story here.

John Conyers is a one-man wrecking crew. Let's hope he doesn't get on any small planes.

"So shiny...so smooth....want to

touch it..."

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Irony's not dead...it's just flaccid.

N.Y. Audit Shows Sex Offenders Get Viagra

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press Writer

ALBANY, N.Y. - Scores of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in New York have been getting Viagra paid by Medicaid for the last five years, the state's comptroller said Sunday.

Audits by Comptroller Alan Hevesi's office showed that between January 2000 and March 2005, 198 sex offenders in New York received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after their convictions. Those included crimes against children as young as 2 years old, he said.

Hevesi asked Michael Leavitt, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a letter Sunday to "take immediate action to ensure that sex offenders do not receive erectile dysfunction medication paid for by taxpayers."


Is it me, or does Bush use a seat

restraint when he does these "seat and greet" photo ops?

"He certainly didn't pass on any of

his smarts to his progeny, did he?" Putin pondered.

REUTERS/Sergei Grits