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"Surreality" shows and deadly "Comedies"

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For those too engrossed (during the last week) by the latest hit "surreality" show, "Harriet and Scooter", directed by those entertainment wizards, the Compassionate Conservatives, the following is a listing of some other shows that aired (but went largely unnoticed) during the week obtained from C-SPAN's CapitalNews. It's a partial compilation of the work of the main subsidiary of the Compassionate Conservatives- the Congress, which never fails to produce short shows, generally unseen but with a lasting impact, while the audience is tuned to the "sexy" productions.

A partial list of "episodes" (Headlines- in bold) produced during the period of 10- 25 and ending with 10- 29 follows:

Senate Majority leader Frist Says Senate Won't Probe CIA Leak
(See also, "Frist says Frist won't investigate self...)

Fmr. FDA Head Held Shares in Regulated Firms as Late as '04
(See Frist...)

Rep. DeLay Admits He Failed to Fully Report Contributions
("The Hammer doth protest too much, methinks"- a comedy...)

Lawmakers Express Concern Over Civil Liberty Curbs in Hong Kong
(A twist on the "Living in Glass Houses" plot-line..."

Bush says military action against Syria "last resort"
(A sequel to Iraq I, and Iraq II...)

WHouse seeks to shield CIA from detainee rules
21 Detainees Killed in U.S. Custody in Iraq, Afghanistan
White House List of Disrupted Terror Plots Questioned
U.S. Building New Iraq Prisons to Close Abu Ghraib
Pres. Bush Says Iraq War Will Require "More Sacrifice"
U.S. Might Pull Some Troops From Iraq Within Year
U.S. Troops in Iraq at 161,000, Highest Level Since War's Start
Military Spokesman Says 2,000 Soldiers Killed "Not a Milestone"
Bush Says Progress Is Being Made in Iraq
Sunni Leaders Reject Iraq Charter as "Fraudulent"

(Strong language, nudity, violent content...)

Texas Oilman Pleads Not Guilty in U.N. Oil-for-Food Probe
State Dept Says Oil-For-Food Scam Signals Need for U.N. Reform


Bill Will Punish Lawyers in Frivolous Suit
(Lawyer jokes.... this episode, along with the "Cheesebureger" Bill episode earlier this month, the Bill that barred suits against gun manufacturers- also earlier this month, the class action tort reform- earlier this year, and other tort reform laws under current consideration are sure to bring laughs! Since the average person only had a limited key to the courthouse in the past, watching "Joe Average" and his wife and kids run around a courthouse trying to get in with all of these laws in place is "Priceless"...)

Sup. Ct. Justice Scalia Turns Away TV Reporters at D.C. Event
(A retrospective as one of the stars of "W- the First Four Years" can't find the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment [No State shall...deny to any person...the equal protection of the laws] for detainess [regardless of citizenship] that he and his friends loaned "W" in 2000. Looks to "W" to return it but is talked out of the effort by Cheney during a private hunting trip discussing the Energy Task Force...)

House GOP Leaders: Oil Companies Should Build U.S. Refineries
(Hilarity abounds as, after forcing through two pieces of legislation with significant [around $14.5 billion in taxpayer funds] benefits for the oil industry this year, House Republican leaders call for oil companies to return the favor by building new refineries and taking other steps to increase fuel supply and lower gas prices. Red Cavaney, president of the American Petroleum Institute [with money already in hand, responds] "What we are trying to say is, tell us what you want, not how to make it happen...")

Louisiana's Unemployment Rate Reaches 11.5 Percent
Labor Dept. Reports Hurricane-Related Job Losses Top 500,000
Homeland Security Sec. Chertoff Asks for Floridians' Patience
Miami-Dade Mayor Says FEMA Supplies Dwindling

FEMA to Keep Former Director on Payroll for 30 More Days
(Side-splitting comedy as Homeland Security Sec. Chertoff says, "We don't want to sacrifice the real ability to get a full picture of Mike's experiences; we don't want to sacrifice that ability simply in order to make an image point...")

Republicans Cut Several Programs in Budget
(Comedy that brings tears to the eyes as House Republicans voted to cut student loan subsidies, child support enforcement and aid to firms hurt by unfair trade practices as various committees scrambled to piece together $50 billion in budget cuts. Minority Democrats opposed virtually everything that was done, saying Wednesday's actions are part of a broader GOP budget blueprint that also calls for $106 billion in new tax cuts over the next five years.)

House Panel Passes $11-Billion Medicaid Cuts
House Committee Cuts $844 Million From Food Stamp Program

(Another great comedy as, on a party-line vote, after slashing Medicaid, the Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives committee voted to cut food stamps by $844 million on Friday, just hours after a new government report showed more Americans are struggling to put food on the table.)

Senate Panel Approves $10 Billion Cut in Medicare, Medicaid
Senate Rejects Bid to Boost School Aid by $5 Billion
Senate Votes Against Increased Funding for Home Heating Program

(The Senate, getting in on the hijinks, caps off a sterling performance of taking from the poor as it, for the second time this month, voted against putting more money into a program that helps low-income families meet home heating costs. Citing budget restraints, not mentioning the oil company subsidies nor the tax cuts favoring the top 1% of the population, nor the upcoming attempt to repeal the estate tax...)

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