“Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone?”
- Democratic chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Henry Waxman on the committee’s investigation into nearly nine billion dollars of unaccounted-for funds which were shipped to Iraq, in cash, between May 2003 and June 2004.
“It’s a man’s world, sweety, and the sooner you learn that, the better of you’ll be.”
- Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of Harvard recalling in a New York Times article advice her mother gave to her when she was young.
Hoohaa versus Vagina
In Atlantic Beach, FL, a marquee advertising the play “The Vagina Monologues” was censored to read “Hoohaa Monologues” after the theater received a complaint from a local woman.
The woman told the theater she was offended by having to explain the play’s title to her young niece.
“We got a complaint about this play ‘The Vagina Monologues,’” Bryce Pfanenstiel of the Atlantic Theater in Atlantic Beach told the local television station. “We decided we would use child slang for it. That’s how we decided on ‘Hoohaa Monologues.’”
The play, which was written by Eve Ensler, was being presented at the Atlantic Theater by a group of law students. Two days later the marquee was changed back to the play’s original title after the students complained. They said they have the rights to the play only if they did not censor the content.
NASA officials are reviewing their screening and psychological evaluations of astronauts after Captain Lisa Nowak was arrested for attacking a woman in Florida.
Nowak drove 900 miles from Texas to Florida to confront the woman, Colleen Shipman, who police say was a rival for another astronaut’s affections. In her haste to arrive in Tampa, Nowak wore adult diapers to avoid having to stop for bathroom breaks.
Disguised in a black wig and tan trench coat, Nowak ran up to Shipman in an airport parking garage. Shipman, who was already in her car, rolled the window down slightly when Nowak requested to use her cell phone. After doing so, Nowak sprayed Shipman with pepper spray.
Nowak is being charge with attempted murder after police found items that included a knife, steel mallet, rubber tubing, latex gloves and garbage bags in her car.
“We arrived as refugees; we have no rights. We can’t work, and we can’t send the children to school. We have three daughters, aged six, three and one. We are considered illegal residents in Amman, although we are refugees.”
- Ahmed and Mayyada Abdel Salam, Iraqi refugees who fled to Amman, Jordan from Baghdad in 2005. The family is one of four profiled on the BBC Web site. Every month it is estimated that 50,000 Iraqis flee the country, usually to Syria and Jordan.
“One state, the United States, has over-stepped its national borders in every way…This is very dangerous. Nobody feels secure anymore, because nobody can hide behind international law…Until we get rid of unilateralism in international affairs, until we exclude the possibility of imposing one country’s view on others, we will not have stability.”
- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s criticism of the United States at a security summit in Munich.
compiled by Karin Fleming