Bumper sticker of the week: 5% of the world’s population consumes a third of its resources and makes nearly half its waste. That 5% is US.

– Quotes of the week: "Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse." Lily Tomlin

"Old age ain’t no place for sissies." Bette Davis

– Bush’s media machine: American University’s School of Communications just completed a survey that shows the media self-censored much of the news reported on the Iraqi war since the invasion, already two years ago. Much of what was reported directly from Iraq was edited out by the pro-Bush media. Most reporters in Iraq were closely monitored by the military. 39% of those surveyed were not allowed to show images of dead Americans. 22% were not allowed to show images of hostages. Welcome to Bush World, where the news is severely censored so as not to upset the flag-waving, patriotic robots that make up Bush’s fan club.

– Congress steps on states’ rights – again: In an illegal late night maneuver, Congress interferes with a case in Florida involving a lady who has been brain dead since 1990. Her husband wants her taken off a feeding tube, which would result in her death. As is typical of them, our right-wing Christian brothers in Congress and the President have stepped forward to once again demonstrate that they know what is best for all of us. These people need to stick to the business they are accustomed to, which is ruining the country. If this action is found to be legal, we are all screwed.

– Ways to reduce global warming:

1. Get rid of Bush.

2. Don’t pay your heating bill.

3. Walk everywhere, or ride a bike.

4. Reduce waste: Don’t shop at Wal-Mart.

5. Throw away all your appliances, particularly the Maytag ones.

6. Take one shower per week.

7. Reduce state and federal government by 100%.

8. Live on the street.

9. Wash your clothes in cold water.

10. To stay warm, make love, not war.

Reasons to start your own religion:

You’re not only a member, you can be the supreme being.

• The government is dumb enough to call you non-profit.

• Bush will personally give you money for charitable works, like helping to get him elected.

• I would make a few more commandments, like having to say "bless you" when someone sneezes, or endorsing same-sex marriages.

• The T-shirt concession alone would be worth it.

Speaking of screwed: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge got it by Congress. Bush’s filthy rich Republican buddies finally got their way. For what amounts to not over a drop of oil in the world’s oil supply, they are about to ruin one of the world’s last pristine areas. They tagged it onto the budget bill, which is a clever little scheme congressmen use to pass bills that can’t get through on their own. I say we should send them all to the Arctic to help. Let them experience firsthand what they have done, although they really deserve worse, like having to live on minimum wage in Detroit.