Thursday, July 23, 2009

Joe in Georgia, Friday Dictator Watch...

Sam Parker
Dana Milbank
David Ignatius

Sam Parker talks about the difference in the man al Malicki between his visits to the White House. Dana Milbank is writing about the recent concealed gun permit vote in Congress, and how our Colorado Congressmen were ready to vote against it. David Ignatius writes about that pesky CIA hit squad...

Joe Biden is touring the Ukraine and Georgia, and gave a rational to the BBC about their involvement in Afghanistan: "It is worth the effort we are making," he said, warning that the terror groups on the border with Pakistan could "wreak havoc" on Europe and the US." More specifics, please, Joe... and Georgia is taking this opportunity in solidarity to ask for more weapons.

In India, the trial of the Pakistani shooter in Mumbai will continue after his guilty confession. They're still puzzled about what to do, but since so much time and effort has been compiled, the prosecutor feels he's got a slam dunk here and convinced the judge to make this a showpiece for Indian jurisprudence...

Bryant Neal Vinas, a Latino American who joined al-Qaeda and was arrested in Pakistan last Nov, according to an update by the Christian Science Monitor: "He was handed over to US authorities and in January pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit murder for a rocket attack on US forces in Afghanistan, receiving military-type training from a terrorist group, and providing material support to a terrorist organization, according to documents unsealed Wednesday.

While an extremely small group of Americans have trained with Al Qaeda overseas, Mr. Vinas may be the first to have had extensive access to top leaders and operational planning meetings. He told authorities that he provided expert information to terrorist leaders about the Long Island Railroad commuter train to help plan a possible attack. The information caused a security clamp down on the railway in November, reports the BBC.

Other information he provided has reportedly helped officials target Al Qaeda camps with drone attacks and arrest key operatives. He also gave a statement that will be used as evidence against three Belgians accused of training with Al Qaeda" We'll be hearing a lot more about this kid in the near future, I know here is one mind I'd like to understand, from the Bronx to Afghanistan, sighting a rocket propelled grenade against American soldiers...

Friday is Dictator Watch: even though all mediation talks have broken down between the two factions in Honduras, Mr. Zelaya is promising once again to fly into his homeland. There have been no promises to not blow his plane out of the sky by the Honduran Air Force, which puts some edge to the whole affair and should be entertaining if you are a betting man...

late night jokes:

"President Obama throws out the first pitch at the All-Star Game. And people are criticizing him because he had the big baggy jeans on, but Obama says Americans have it all wrong if they want a president who looks great in tight jeans. I think that was Al Gore's campaign slogan, wasn't it?" --David Letterman

"I want to tell you something. In all honesty, if we had wanted a president who looked good in pants, we'd have elected Hillary. You know what I mean?" --David Letterman

"Yesterday, Obama extended Dick Cheney - you remember Dick Cheney, Vice President Dick 'Ka-Boom' Cheney, you remember him? He extended his Secret Service protection for another six months. Hey, I'll tell you who needs protection, Cheney's hunting buddies." --David Letterman

"Cheney needs protection. Yeah, protection from bacon." --David Letterman

"You remember before the election, in October and September, and the big convention, all people could talk about was Sarah Palin and John McCain? And now, this is Sarah Palin's last week in office as governor of Alaska. Isn't that crazy? Going back to her old job as IHOP hostess." --David Letterman

"But Sunday will be a big day for Sarah Palin. That's the day she plans to go on her porch and wave goodbye to Russia. Then she'll run back in the House and jiggle the handle." --David Letterman

"Here's how bad the economy is. Now people can't afford to be buried in a cemetery so they're being buried in their backyard. Well, I mean, you think about it. You sink all your money into real estate. Why not go with it?" --David Letterman

"On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced that the U.S. will send an additional 22,000 troops to Iraq to speed up the withdrawal effort. It's all part of the Administration's new exit strategy, 'Reverse Psychology.'" --Jimmy Fallon

"A new book reveals that George Bush's twin daughters Jenna and Barbara were a nightmare for Secret Service to keep tabs on. The girls responded, 'That's not true. We had tabs at every bar we went to.'" --Jimmy Fallon

"Good News for California. This just came out. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has apparently found a way to close the state's $26 billion budget shortfall. Schwarzenegger says it won't be pretty, but times like this call for a sequel to 'Jingle All The Way.'" --Conan O'Brien

"Seriously, though, this is very good news. You should be happy. Schwarzenegger has found a way to close the state's $26 billion budget deficit. It's giant. Now I can't get into all the details, but in short, Fresno is now part of China." --Conan O'Brien

"Yesterday, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, the three astronauts from Apollo 11 visited the White House. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were allowed to set foot inside the White House, while Michael Collins was forced to drive around in circles outside." --Conan O'Brien

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