January 1,  2004  Thursday

Fighter jets escort plane during terror alert
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - 1-1-04
... The incident at Dulles came as a nationwide terror alert ... desire to conduct attacks against commercial airlines within the United States," a Homeland ...
       FBI detains BA jet for 3 hours - Al-Jazeera
       BA jet searched at Washington airport - Reuters
       British Airways Passengers Questioned - Guardian

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
By Dave Barry

...On a brighter note, President Bush announces a plan to boost the sagging U.S. economy via a two-pronged stimulus package consisting of (1) visiting Crawford, Tex., and (2) prayer....

Bush Begins New Year by Hunting Quail
Guardian, UK -1-1-04
... Those were the first words Bush has spoken in public since Dec. 22, when he talked about the terror alert following a Hanukkah menorah candle lighting ceremony ...

Lucianne Goldberg has been rearing her head on cable TV lately. I wonder what she is up to?

Americans Greet 2004 Under Tight Security
Voice of America - 1-1-04
People in the United States greeted 2004 under some of the ... With the terror threat alert ... Meanwhile, in his New Year's message President Bush encouraged ...

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on."
Joe E Lewis.

Beware men bearing almanacs
Peoria Journal Star, IL - 1-1-04
... a hard time picturing a gaggle of terrorists crammed into a rental car, roaming aimlessly through the country until one says, "Hey, boss, whip out that almanac ...

"Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women, I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties."
-- George Clooney

SUBJECT: Answering machine message

Since January 1, 2004, my message on my answering machine announces please leave you name and number, etc., but also "if you plan to vote for George Bush in 2004, I may decide not to call you back."
What a great idea for everyone


Hahaha...thanks for writing!

"Some people say that I must be a horrible person, but that's not true. I have the heart of a young boy -- in a jar on my desk." -Stephen King

New Year 2004 celebration at the Parthenon.

"When I read about the evils
of drinking, I gave up reading."
Henny Youngman

SUBJECT: Sheep or Lemmings (your comment in 12-31-03 edition)

Personally, I think that perhaps sheep have more sense than to follow Bush. Are you sure it's not lemmings?

lem·ming ( P )
Pronunciation Key (lmng)
Any of various small, thickset rodents, especially of the genus Lemmus, inhabiting northern regions and known for periodic mass migrations that sometimes end in drowning.

\Lem"ming\ (l[e^]m"m[i^]ng), n. [Nor. lemming, lemende; cf. Sw. lemel, Lapp. lummik.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of small arctic rodents of the genera Myodes and Cuniculus, resembling the meadow mice in form. They are found in both hemispheres.

Note: The common Northern European lemming (Myodes lemmus) is remarkable for making occasional devastating migrations in enormous numbers from the mountains into the lowlands.

Of course, lemmings is the better choice!  What was I thinking?  Thanks for writing.


"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. "~William E. Gladstone, 1866


"In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican."
~H.L. Mencken


Happy New Year All Hat No Cattle Viewers

and many thanks to each and every one of you for a wonderful 2003!


Let's have more fun in 2004!


Evil GOP Bastard of the Year for 2003 - click below


"When I take action, I'm not going to fire a 2 million dollar missile at a 10 dollar empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive. "
-- George W. Bush (Newsweek, Sep 24, 2001)


"Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. "
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Gee, and to think, Dubya has abused both.


"All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand." -Steven Wright

Tune in tomorrow for the 2004 All Hat No Cattle Awards Ceremony



NASA's Stardust probe is seen approaching the comet Wild 2 in this artists rendering. After a five-year voyage of 2 billion miles Stardust is finally nearing the climax of its mission -- a close encounter with a comet to grab dust samples that could yield clues to the origins of the solar system. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said on December 30, 2003 that the space probe is scheduled on Friday to plunge into the 'tail' of gas and debris spewing from the comet Wild 2, passing within 188 miles of the streaking chunk of rock and ice. (NASA-JPL/HO)


Peace in 2004.