D Cupples had something surprising to whisper in your ear about a certain defense contractor.
In Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 68 people. Sixty-eight people---in one single blast. Meanwhile, US intelligence officials were apparently debating whether it might be best to keep the next progress assessment to themselves. We, the public, will be informed on a need-to-know basis, I suppose.
D Cupples explains why housing prices are dropping and really need to drop.
There were 63,000 jobs lost in February. On the bright side, you'll be glad to know that the subprime mortgage crisis didn't prevent the CEOs of the three hardest-hit companies from taking home massive amounts of compensation. It's an ill wind that blows nobody good!
Meanwhile, while the Obama and Clinton campaigns were badgering one another and getting us Dems all upset, Bush announced that he would indeed veto the legislation that would have banned use of waterboarding by the CIA. Say what else you will about him, he's consistent.
If the economy looks pretty moribund to you, take heart: it's not a recession till the National Bureau of Economic Research says it is. It's NOT. Please return to your normal activities.
In Illinois, a Democrat, Bill Foster, beat Republican Jim Oberweis in an election for Dennis Hastert's secret. Cries of joy would have been universal if Dems weren't busy flinging stones at one another across the barricades and putting ground-up glass in each other's food.
In Iraq, the troops were getting sick from the dirty water provided to them by a military contractor.
There's a rumor abroad that one of the companies whose CEO's took home millions while shareholders lost millions might be under investigation for securities fraud.
Some scientists said that the tipping point for climate change might be coming round sooner than you think and that the current measures to reduce global warming won't be anything like enough to stop it. Was anyone listening over the uproar of the Democratic primary? I bet Al Gore was. Thank God for Al Gore. (Pssst, Al---don't let them talk you into it!)
The Senate Intelligence Committee said that it would release a 'detailed report' critiquing the Bush Administration's claims during the run-up to the Iraq War.
Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York, former prosecutor of prostitution rings, landed in some hot water due to an unfortunate predilection for expensive prostitutes, and some Democrats actually stopped squabbling long enough to wonder whether he had been targeted for being a successful Democrat. Should he resign? some asked.
Speaking of the politicization of the Justice Department, the House Judiciary Committee filed civil suits against Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolton for noncompliance with its subpoenas. Hurray for Chairman John Conyers, my hero!
Admiral William Fallon, head of CENTCOM, has just resigned. That is not good news. Fallon was one of the military leaders who opposed Bush on military action in Iran.
Did you know that Bush is still president? It's true.
In the Department of Say It Ain't So, D Cupples notes that Dawn Wells---Mary Ann in Gilligan's Island---was busted for possession of marijuana.
Before Spitzer resigned there was talk of his resignation, and lots of talk about how many years he'd been purchasing the services of prostitutes and immense personal expense. Among other problems, he moved around the money in ways that violated federal money laundering laws.
In The New York Times, more news on the FBI's data mining activities. Apparently the dragnet is still wider than advertised. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (hero!) had a thing or two to say about that.