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Hot Santa’s

Would have liked to have been present for this one.

Under The Bus, Sarah!

Looks like Margaret Cho threw our favorite Russia-Seeing politico under the bus. Surprisingly, she actual says Bristol is very nice.

The full post by Margaret Cho can be found HERE.

Priestly D’Oh!

$30 Million Is Awarded Over Abuse by Priest

Which directly leads into this:

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NOW Can We Impeach Them?

From CNN.Com just now comes this:

Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001, according to a study released Tuesday by two nonprofit journalism groups.
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President Bush addresses the nation as the Iraq war begins in March 2003.

“In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003,” reads an overview of the examination, conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and its affiliated group, the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

According to the study, Bush and seven top officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice — made 935 false statements about Iraq during those two years.

The study was based on a searchable database compiled of primary sources, such as official government transcripts and speeches, and secondary sources — mainly quotes from major media organizations.

The study says Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

Bush has consistently asserted that at the time he and other officials made the statements, the intelligence community of the U.S. and several other nations, including Britain, believed Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

He has repeatedly said that despite the intelligence flaws, removing Hussein from power was the right thing to do.

The study, released Tuesday, says Powell had the second-highest number of false statements, with 244 about weapons and 10 about Iraq and al Qaeda.

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Press Secretary Ari Fleischer each made 109 false statements, it says. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz made 85, Rice made 56, Cheney made 48 and Scott McLellan, also a press secretary, made 14, the study says.

“It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al Qaeda,” the report reads, citing multiple government reports, including those by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the 9/11 Commission and the multinational Iraq Survey Group, which reported that Hussein had suspended Iraq’s nuclear program in 1991 and made little effort to revive it.

The overview of the study also calls the media to task, saying most media outlets didn’t do enough to investigate the claims.

“Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organizations — have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical,” the report reads. “These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, ‘independent’ validation of the Bush administration’s false statements about Iraq.”

The quotes in the study include an August 26, 2002, statement by Cheney to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” Cheney said. “There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

Scro-Dumb Squabble

Our Human Interest stories for the day:

Lawmaker Seeks Ban On ‘Testicle’ Hitch

January 15, 2008 – 3:10pm
RICHMOND, Va. – Drive across Virginia with an outsized rubber replica of testicles dangling from your trailer hitch and you face a fine under a bill before the General Assembly.

Delegate Lionel Spruill introduced the legislation Tuesday, saying the sight of masculine genitalia is a safety issue because it distracts drivers.

Spruill, a Democrat from Portsmouth, would make display of the ornamentation on a motor vehicle a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $250.

He says the idea came from a constituent whose young daughter had spotted the facsimile sex organs and asked her father to explain them.

The Virginia legislature has some experience with offbeat bills. Three years ago, it attracted worldwide attention for its effort to outlaw baggy pants worn so low they expose underwear.

Man Claims Hospital Forced Rectal Exam

Lawyer: Client Went Through Hell

POSTED: 1:54 am EST January 16, 2008

NEW YORK — A construction worker has filed a lawsuit claiming that when he went to a hospital after being hit on the forehead by a falling wooden beam, emergency room staffers forcibly gave him a rectal examination.

Brian Persaud, 38, said in court papers that after he denied a request by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital emergency room employees to examine his rectum, he was “assaulted, battered and falsely imprisoned.”

His lawyer, Gerrard M. Marrone, said Tuesday that his client was injured while working at a construction site in midtown Manhattan on May 20, 2003, and at the hospital later he got eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow.

Then, Marrone said, emergency room staffers insisted on examining his rectum and held him down while he begged, “Please don’t do that.” He said Persaud hit a doctor while flailing around and staffers gave him an injection, which knocked him out, and performed the rectal exam.

Persaud woke up handcuffed to a bed and with an oxygen tube down his throat, the lawyer said, and spent three days in a detention center.

Marrone said he and Persaud later learned the rectal exam was one way of determining whether he had suffered spinal damage because of the accident.

A request by the hospital to dismiss Persaud’s lawsuit was denied by Justice Alice Schlesinger, who ordered a trial to start March 31.

Hospital spokesman Bryan Dotson said, “While it would be inappropriate for us to comment on specifics of the case, we believe it is completely without merit and intend to contest it vigorously.”

Marrone said his client “went through hell.”

“He has a right to refuse a medical procedure,” Marrone said. “The guy was assaulted and arrested for needing stitches.”

The lawyer said his unmarried client, who lives in Brooklyn, has not been able to hold a job since the incident.

“He’s just not the same psychologically,” Marrone said. “He felt like they were trying to rape him.”

Persaud’s lawsuit, filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, seeks unspecified damages.

A judge dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against him.

Changing Meanings

Another bathroom sting went down yesterday netting 9 men, including a school teacher and a former elected official. It was over at a mall in Daytona Beach, Florida. Read this article first:

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A group of men, including a former candidate for mayor and a high school teacher, was arrested on charges they performed sex acts or exposed themselves in a Central Florida mall bathroom, according to police.

Investigators said nine men were arrested Thursday night in a Sears department store men’s room located in the Volusia Mall.

“These men would go into the men’s room and they would tap their feet, zip their zipper, make all kinds of noises and even reach under the stall,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said.

The men arrested included SeaBreeze High School health teacher David Behringer and former city Commissioner Mike Shallow.

“The undercover officer told me he actually tried to come under the stall, where he was actually looking up at the undercover officer while he was performing his act,” Chitwood said.

A 70-year-old man was also arrested during the 10-hour sex sting, police said.

“The bothering thing is that you are coming up on the Christmas season, so you are out there shopping in the mall and your kid wants to run to the bathroom, you have a bunch of sick, degenerate, vile perverts in there doing their thing,” Chitwood said.

Officers said the sting was prompted by tips from mall security.

“Of course, everybody denies, (and says) ‘It wasn’t us,'” Chitwood said. “We certainly didn’t go there and entice anybody, and we didn’t put an ad out.”

Now read all the slogans Sears has used through the years (courtesy of Wikipedia) and see how appropriate each one now sounds.

Advertising Slogans

* Where America Shops For Value …and free sex in the bathrooms!
* There’s More For Your Life..at Sears …in the stalls…at night…
* Your Money’s Worth and a Whole Lot More ’cause the bathrooms are free
* Your Money’s Worth..and More Well, that depends whose on the other side of the glory hole, now, doesn’t it?
* Sears: You Can Count on Me …to be waiting in the second stall from the left
* Come See the Softer Side of Sears …and a 70-year old deviant in the bathroom!
* The Good Life at a Great Price. Guaranteed. You can’t beat free blow jobs!
* Sears: Where Else? Well, the bathroom at the rest stop usually has a lot of action, or the steam room at the “Y”…
* Good Life. Great Price. Gratuitous STD’s.
* Sears: Where It Begins …with a tapping foot and a hand under the stall wall.

Everyone have a good weekend…and stay out of the Sears men’s rooms.