Sunday, August 19 in the news.....
- Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has admitted visiting a New York strip club during a drunken night while representing Australia at the United Nations. Mr Rudd yesterday issued a statement to The Sunday Telegraph, confirming he went to the club. But he said he could not recall what happened at the night spot because he had "had too much to drink". With these revelations Kevin Rudd has claimed the legitimacy to lead the nation, purporting to be a drunk among drunks.
- The Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, in a rare message on Saturday called on Afghans to shun their differences and join the militant Islamic movement's campaign to drive Western troops from Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the message will take some time to get out, as the man delivering it is riding a camel around to the villages.
- Russian and Chinese military forces started wargames on Friday, using a joint land and air assault on a mock town held by "terrorists" as a showcase for their military capabilities. For their next war games they are waiting for the Americans and British to give them ideas on what to claim as a threat next, upon which they will then use the advanced technology they stole from them as well.
- Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said they would not bow to pressure and threatened to "punch" the U.S., in their first response to Washington's plan to list them as a terrorist organization, newspapers reported Saturday. They also threatened to 'steal the USA's girl' and to 'puff their chest out', also Iran claimed to be 'doing weights hardcore'.
- Jim Cramer, the CNBC television host who led the howls for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates, got his wish today. "They obviously heard us, they acted," he said on the air. The Fed lowered the interest rate on loans to banks by 0.5 percentage point, to 5.75 percent. The surprise action came after weeks of debate between investors looking for looser credit and economists who argued that a rate cut could hasten inflation. Jim Cramer said it would take him all but 5 minutes to find good value cocaine and prostitutes in Manhattan now, rather than a credit crunch two months.