I woke-up this morning to the sad news about Tony Snow (RIP). As a reporter, he was good. As a White House Press Secretary, he was probably the best. His passing has dominated US airwaves today and I am really saddened by this news. Can you say "Wag the Dog"? President George Bush: 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter': Robert Winnett (Deputy Political Editor) and Urmee Khan, also of Telegraph.co.uk, report that that GWB ended a private G8 meeting with the words: "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." Seems that this GWB blooper surprised at least one attendee who stated:
Seemed as if there was nothing else of import going on in the US or world today until I began to surf some of my usual international spots.
So, I offer you: Say What? I didn't hear that...
Iran tried to deceive world by 'testing' old missiles, US experts believe: According to this Telegraph.co.uk article by By Philip Sherwell (New York) and Carolynne Wheeler (Jerusalem), U.S. intelligence officials and independent analysts believe that Iran's missile testing last week was actually an attempt to deceive the world. Iran's claims of testing a new version of the Shahab missile with a 1,250-mile range are under severe scrutiny as all evidence suggests that the "test" actually involved a lone 10-year-old missile. The article alleges that there is evidence of doctored up photos, videos, and misleading statements from the Iranians. But, have no fear, the Pentagon is on it viewing the tests "as an attempt further to destabilise the region". Pentagon spokesperson, Geoff Morrell goes on to say:
We don't believe this exercise to have been an illusion. They were not testing new technologies or capabilities, but rather firing off old equipment in an attempt to intimidate their neighbours and escalate tension in the region.
Can you say "Wag the Dog"?
President George Bush: 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter': Robert Winnett (Deputy Political Editor) and Urmee Khan, also of Telegraph.co.uk, report that that GWB ended a private G8 meeting with the words: "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." Seems that this GWB blooper surprised at least one attendee who stated:
Everyone was very surprised that he was making a joke about America's record on pollution.Can you say "Jesse, pass GWB the nuts"?
World's largest mortgage providers teeter on the brink of collapse: In this The Independent on Sunday article, writers Guy Adams (Los Angeles) and Margareta Pagano (Business Editor) reported that all 33 branches of the Indymac Bank in California closed early this past Friday keeping hundreds of "jittery investors" from withdrawing their money before the Pasadena-based bank went under. Government officials closed down Indymac late on Friday, citing a massive run on deposits by worried customers. All 33 branches of the Pasadena-based bank closed three hours early, locking out hundreds of jittery investors hoping to withdraw their savings before it went under. As the reporters so aptly remind us:
Indymac, known ironically as a "thrift" bank, becomes the second-largest savings firm in US history to go under, after the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company, which collapsed in 1984.Can you say Bear Stearns, Neal Bush, Savings & Loan, Desert Storm"?
Warrant for Sudan's president over Dafur war crimes: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the International Criminal Court in the Hague will seek the arrest of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur. According to the US State Department, the prosecutor intended to go before the Court and request a warrant of Bashir's arrest. Sudan, of course, is pretty ticked off with this news and says:
it [the arrest and trial of Bashir] would destroy the peace process.
Can you say "Let the Games Begin!"?
I'm scrapping my post about McCain lying about having an affair with Cindi while he was still married to his first wife. Somehow, that just doesn't seem important anymore.