Rumsfeld to Testify on Iraq

Following intense pressure from legislators after claiming to be “too busy”, Rummy reversed course and has decided that he will testify Thursday morning in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee. (watch online).

Will he remember that he lost the Hamdan case? Will he be under oath? Will he tell the unfunniest jokes ever?

It’s a big day for the DoD as the “virtual pandemic” of corruption in Iraq will be discussed in a review of the SIGIR’s new report.

Any bets that Rumsfeld comes up with a better lie than yesterday’s?:

A civil war? I guess you can decide for yourself. And we can all go to the dictionary and decide what you want to call something. But it seems to me that it is not a classic civil war at this stage. It certainly isn’t like our Civil War.

For the record, HuffPo dilligently checked M-W and found “civil war” defined as: “a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country.”

Portions of Bush Presidential Memoirs Leaked!

Apparently, the decider-in-Chief is “really excited” about collecting not-yet-demolished remnants from his 8-year disaster, also known as a “nightmare of a vacation,” to publish as a memoir. I can’t wait to see the Amazon pitch to “buy this title along with Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef’s: Memoir of a Taliban diplomat held at Guantanamo and SAVE $$!

Letterman’s got the top 10 chapter titles here.

Suspected titles of memoir here.

Not to be missed, these intensely graphic and detailed ruminations on “What I Did on My Vacation From Reality.”

And finally, as if the Letterman top 10 wasn’t enough, I’m happy to host a preview of the best-selling documentary “Bushisms.”

U.S. Radio Goes Global With Yahoo! Widgets

Surprised to find a Radio SAWA widget today, while scrolling through the latest additions to the Yahoo! Widget Engine Gallery (download the Engine / View the Gallery).

Simply load into your widget engine and it will begin streaming… great way to touch up on your Arabic. (Sawa’s Web site: Arabic | English)

Bengali speaker? Try the Bangla Live New Radio widget, which offers BBC Bangla, Voice of America Bangla, Radio Japan Bangla and BBC Asian Network.

Take it even further East with Radio Tuner Singapore and tune into 23 Singapore-based radio stations streaming in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.

Plenty more radio ’round-the-world in desktop widget format here.

Calif. Acknowledges ‘Global Warming’; Makes Pact With UK

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, while visiting with the governor of the world’s 7th largest economy, agreed to work together to explore ways to fight the Bush Ad… err.. I mean… global warming.

Gov. Schwarzenegger, never afraid to distance himself from the Bush Administration’s hard-right GOP stance, said: “California will not wait for our federal government to take strong action on global warming.”

schwarzenegger and blair

we shall see what comes of this “green partnership“.

Trading Deadline MADness

greg maddux, dodgerAs if it’s not already the greatest day in a horrific year of being a Cubs fan (after the 4-game weekend sweep of the Cards), GM Jim Hendry completed a couple moves at the trade deadline to significantly brighten up prospects for next year and beyond.

The Cubs parted with 327-game winner Greg Maddux to the faltering — but still not out of the weak NL West race — Dodgers. In return, the Cubs get a few million bucks, and 2005 All Star Cesar Izturis, who is still getting his groove back after off-season Tommy John surgery.

This solidifies the Cubs infield for years to come, with Derrek Lee at first, Izturis at second, Ronny Cedeno at short and Aramis Ramirez at third. Izturis, originally a shortstop, was platooning at third base and in the outfield after coming off the DL this year. I find it hard to believe that the Cubs would be willing to move Cedeno — who has been mopping up as starting campocorto (SS) all season.

The Cubs also dealt veteran 2nd baseman Todd Walker, opening up the infield slot for the speedier and better fielding Izturis. In doing so, they acquired the pitching gem of the San Diego Padres farm system, Jose Ceda, a Dominican power-pitching right-hander who has torn up the Arizona rookie league.

By sending Maddux — a 40-year old with an expiring contract after 2007, and Walker — whom the Cubs have been willing to deal for two years — to two teams struggling to steal a title in a division in which it may only take 80 wins to do so, Jim Hendry pulled yet another coup in his GM stint. Additionally, picking up Ceda helps beef up the Cubs pitching prospects, after they sent stud rookie Ricky Nolasco (who tore up AA for the Cubs last year) to Florida during the offseason in favor of the STILL unproven and running out of time Angel Guzman. Nolasco, by the way is the second stud pitcher we gave the Marlins in favor of Guzman, the other being a lefty named Dontrelle.

Needless to say, not everybody is as optimistic about this trade as I am. Take Death at Goat Riders for example, who posts that he’d rather see Maddux retire as a Cub than see Izturis in Cubbie blue, adding: “Jeez. Hendry just can’t do anything right, can he?”

For more Cubs commentary — see my ‘next year is here’ links on my blogroll. Full details and insight on a rambunctious day of wheeling and dealing through MLB can be found at MLB-content & blog aggregator Ballbug.