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        Thursday, April 27, 2006

       Bush Comic: Nuclear Football

This is a 6 part comic strip:

Bush Carries the football, Fumble

See the Rest Of The Strip Here

       VIDEO: Snow Says He Regrets Criticizing Bush


Today on Special Report with Brit Hume, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow expressed regret for his past criticisms of President Bush, detailed yesterday on Think Progress. Watch it:

    Snow changes his mind quickly. He leveled some of his harshest criticism at Bush in the last six months.

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    Putting pork in its place.

    oink oinkWelcome to Congresspedia, the "citizen's encyclopedia on Congress" that anyone can edit. Congresspedia is a collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy ( and the Sunlight Foundation ( and is designed to shine more light on the workings of the U.S. Congress. Congresspedia is part of SourceWatch, a collaboratively-written, wiki-based website documenting the people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda.
    Back room deals and bridges to nowhere. It's pork rolling at its finest.

    535 articles and growing.
    H.L.s Advertisers are the only thing keeping this site going. So please, Cruise on over.

           News: U.S. Trying to Stop 9/11 Families from seeing Evidence, Wounded Vets facing Bill Collectors at home.

    U.S. seeks to keep evidence from 9/11 families

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CNN) -- Prosecutors asked a judge to rethink granting 9/11 families suing airlines access to evidence gathered for the criminal case against al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.

    ABC News
    Wounded Soldiers Fight Off Bill Collectors at Home

    April 26, 2006 — Hundreds of soldiers wounded in battle in Iraq have found themselves fighting off bill collectors on the home front, according to a report to be released tomorrow. The draft report by the Government Accountability Office, which ABC News obtained, said that hundreds of wounded soldiers had military debts incurred through no fault of their own turned over to collection agencies.
    "Financial friendly fire," said Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform. "Because their financial records are so bad, this is a friendly fire where we are hurting and wounding our own."

    Topple Bush
    A Prius in Every Pot by Maureen Dowd

    Excerpt:It's taken over five years, but George W. Bush finally made a concession speech to Al Gore.
    He conceded that America needs to conserve, by buying hybrid vehicles and developing new energy sources.
    Trying to calm the yips in his party and the country over exploding gasoline prices...The U.S. could have begun developing alternative fuels 30 years ago if Dick Cheney hadn't helped scuttle an ambitious plan in the Ford administration.

    Daily Kos
    Air Force Censors Liberal Websites, But Leaves Conservative Ones Alone

    Earlier today, a friend of mine who flies for the Air Force sent me an email reporting that sometime in the middle of the day today, the Air Force's IT people put a block on DailyKos

    Raw Story
    Snow: Racism no longer 'a big deal'

    Tony Snow, conservative pundit and incoming White House press secretary, told television viewers in 2003 that racism is no longer a "big deal," RAW STORY has learned.
    Ironically, the remarks were made in defense of Rush Limbaugh's assertion that quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated by a media showing preferential bias to "black quarterbacks."

    Empires Fall
    Bush voters aren't very bright.

    Those of you who have been around for a while may have noticed something about the conservative blowhards on the net. I'm not just talking about the ones here, but in general. A great example is guns-and-gear forums, which swarm with the kind of person I'm talking about.
    The observation?
    These people aren't much for the written word. They can't spell. They mangle grammar and syntax to varying degrees, sometimes to the point where they're almost unintelligible. And the worse the problem is, the more vociferous they are about supporting George Bush.
    What do I conclude from this?
    I conclude something we've always suspected. I conclude that Bush voters aren't very bright.

           They are trying to take the Internet Away, Lets stop them.

    A Letter to the Verizon/AT&T Five

    Matt Stoller, Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 06:13:30 PM EST

    I've been asked for background, so here goes. This post refers to a vote on internet freedom (or 'net neutrality') that took place in a House Committee today. Right now your broadband ISP isn't really allowed to block legal web sites or services to their customers. A law that passed in a House Committee today lets them. It's a little more complicated than that, but that's the gist. Pretty soon your broadband provider will be allowed to block Google, Vonage, or your favorite blog if a competitor pays them, if they develop a competing service, or if they just don't like you. This sort of undermines the whole internet thing, and I'm fighting against it. More info is at These five people I'm highlighting are the Democrats who voted against a free internet, and I'd like you to call them up and let them know that their vote against the Markey Amendment (that's what the amendment was called) is simply outrageous. They need to know people are mad.

    Dear Verizon/ATT Five,

    I know how much you enjoy getting campaign contributions from telecommunications interests, and I hope that you find yourself swimming in contributions. I mean, you've earned it, since voting against freedom on the internet isn't going to get you many fans. I'm also glad you're so accessible to your constituents, and I've taken the liberty to list the amount of money you received from cable and telephone interests, as well as your office's phone number.

    1. Ed Towns (NY-10) received $22,000 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you reach you at (202) 225-5936.

    2. Al Wynn (MD-04) received $19,100 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you reach you at (202) 225-8699.

    3. Charlie Gonzales: (TX-20) received $16,500 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you reach you at (202) 225-3236.

    4. Bobby Rush: (IL-01) received $21,000 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you reach you at (202) 225-4372.

    5. Gene Green: (TX-29) received $12,000 from cable and telecom company interests. I'm glad I can you reach you at (202) 225-1688 tel.

    It's hard work to make hundreds of thousands of internet users really really mad. But you persevered, and in all likelihood your reelection campaigns will be that much richer. Congrats, guys, you made Santa's naughty list.

    Oh yeah, and incidentally Blogpac is making a list of people to primary and people to make nice with in 2008. You know, the PAC for the internets, which is raising money here.


    The Internets

    PS. And as an aside, we didn't include Eliot Engel (NY-17) and Bart Stupak (MI-01) on this list, because they changed their votes and decided to protect freedom on the internet. The other Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Republican Heather Wilson of New Mexico, voted to protect the internet as well. Thanks. They can be thanked and should be thanked here.

    Lots more really good stuff at

           Happy Hour International

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    H.L. is a partner in this site. Happy hour, bar, club, & Entertainmet guides for all the big cities. So far we just have L.A. and N.Y. up, but it will be expanding soon. Write in with your favorite watering holes, happy hours, or whatever else is fun to go out and do. (email address at the top) Thanks.


    From drop us a line From The Freedom Toast (These guys are one of our advertisers. I did a write up on them yesterday.

    Thanks for the great write-up! One minor error, though: The "Shrill O'Reilley" bit was a fictitious review/hate mail that we made up because as a new unknown act, we had no critiques, and seeing as how we were bound to generate some right-wing hate mail, we figured we'd beat them to the punch and give ourselves some. But there is no song about O'Reilley--yet!!! You can hear Ken Lay lament his exile from Washington society, or Karl Rove pour his guts out, or Bush tell what he does on his eternal vacations, but no right-wing hate radio hosts yet.

    You HAVE, however, given us some food for thought for our next round!

    Best regards,