January 12,  2004   Monday


Bush was gunning for Saddam from start
Reuters, UK - 1-12-04

...O'Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits -- expected to top $500 billion (270.7 million pounds) this fiscal year alone -- posed a threat to the U.S. economy.

Cheney cut him off. "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter," he said, according to excerpts. Cheney continued: "We won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due."

A month later, Cheney told the Treasury secretary he was fired....


Bush planned Iraq war from the start, former treasury chief says
Detroit News, MI - 1-12-04
WASHINGTON -- Paul O’Neill, President Bush’s Treasury secretary in the first two years of his presidency, says the Bush administration was planning to ...
Clark says he's vindicated by O'Neill book
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 1-11-04
Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark says a book by former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill vindicates what he has said all along about the US invasion ...

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Thank you all for your fabulous submissions!

How high the moon, how deep the debt
The Globe and Mail, Canada - 1-12-04
... In July of 1989, on the 20th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's Giant Leap, president George Bush Sr. made his own plea for more lunar missions and a Mars landing ...
       Bush Gets 'Vision Thing' and Embraces Big Risks - New York Times

"President Bush was in the hospital the other day for an MRI on his knee. That can be a painful procedure. In fact, they had a pretzel standing by in case he needed to be knocked out." —Jay Leno

Bid for Senate by Harris would create a frenzy
Miami Herald, FL - 1-12-04
The race for Bob Graham's Senate seat will be in the national spotlight if Katherine Harris, of 2000 election fame, decides to run, possibly against White ...

"President Bush said this week he wants to send men to the moon and then he was told we already did that back in 1969 and he said 'I was drinking then I don't remember the '60s." —Jay Leno


Hi Lisa,
First of all I want to say that I love your site, and it gives me great hope, as an world citizen, that so many Americans like you think for themselves and use the little freedom of speech you (still) have to reach people and make them see, be it in a lighthearted kind of way, what's really going on.
My question is: Are there any attempts in the U.S. at any level to reform your loopy electoral system? After the '00 election there was a slight buzz going on about how it wasn't of this time and not very democratic etc.. But then I never heard of it again...

That's it. Keep up the good work in 2004! lots of luck in the new year

Gys Rozestraten
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dear Gys, Thanks for writing.  I know of no serious attempt to do away with the electoral system.  But I found this interesting opinion piece click here


"President Bush signed what's being billed as the Healthy Forest Restoration Act. This is part of what he calls his clear skies legislation. Do you know why they call it that? Once you cut down all of the trees you have a clear view of the sky." —Jay Leno



Laura Bush to Star in Fox Sci-Fi Movie Special


From: freetobreathe@yahoo.com

Subject: Suggestion

You should rename your website "all cattle brains no
heads" to reflect the absurdly low level of
intelligence shown on the internet.

Happy New Year to you too. I know that factual information is always difficult to understand, but try.


In 1993, Pat Robertson declared: "Just like what Nazi Germany did to
the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians.
It's no different. It's the same thing. It is happening all over again.
It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the
homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and
discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today.
More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history."

Gee, I didn't know that liberals murdered millions of evangelical Christians?

Today in History - December 12

1493 Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily
1773 1st US public museum established (Charleston SC)
1861 FL state troops demand surrender of Fort Pickens
1863 President Davis delivers his "State of the Confederacy" address
1865 Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher NC
1906 Football rules committee legalizes the forward pass
1906 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
1915 House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women the right to vote
1932 Hattie W Caraway elected 1st woman senator (D-AR)
1945 US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea
1952 University of Tennessee admits its 1st black student
1966 LBJ says US should stay in S Vietnam until communist aggression ends
1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
1974 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
1976 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organization
1990 Civil Rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Brooklyn
1991 US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq
1996 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)

"I need to put food on my family." -Lisa


SUBJECT: Inner Peace

I am passing this on to you because it has definitely worked for me...and at this time of year we all could use a little...calm!!! By following the simple advice I read in an article, I have finally found inner peace........The article read:

"The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you've started." So I looked around the house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished....and before coming to work this morning I finished off a bottle of red wine, a bottle of white, the Bailey's, Kahlua and Wild Turkey, my Prozac, some Valium, the last of the weed, my cigarettes and a box of chocolates."

You have no idea how freakin good I feel....

You may pass this on to those you feel are in need of Inner



"Women are taking so many jobs from men that they have been reduced to sperm donors." -John Ashcroft


I think Bush looks like he is wearing the Pillsbury Doughboy's hat, not a halo.

FROM: MadKane.com

Subject: Second Annual Dubya Quote Quiz.

It's time for my Second Annual Dubya Quote Quiz. (You'll find my First Annual Dubya Quote Quiz here.) As I said last year, Dubya's use of the English language is so ... uh ... creative, that it's often hard to tell a made-up quote from the real enchilada. So once again, as a public service, I offer a Dubya Quote Quiz, this one based exclusively on quotes from 2003.

Each question consists of four quotes -- three of which George Dubya really said last year and one of which is a fictitious quote straight out of my satirical Dubya's Dayly Diary. So have a good time testing your Bush quote knowledge. You'll find a link to the answers at the end. No cheating now!

1   (a) "I recently met with the finance minister of the Palestinian Authority, was very impressed by his grasp of finances."

     (b) "First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill."

     (c) "Next time the liberal press'll think twice before pesterin me fer a press conference. Cause I sprung one on em Wednesday, and I was fabulous! Those reporters were on the hunt, but they sure as hell didn't have me on the run!"

     (d) "There's what they call 'actionable intelligence,' to which our military has responded on a quick basis is improving."

2   (a) "I think war is a dangerous place."

     (b) "Laura's freakin cause it leaked out that she had someone buy a kiddy's book fer some TV appearance & then returned the used book fer credit. I don't see what the problem is -- she's just settin a good frugal example fer the American people."

     (c) "We've had a great weekend here in the Land of the Enchanted."

     (d) "When you hear about war all the time on your TV screens, the speculation of war and the discussion of war, it's not conducive to a confident tomorrow."

The rest of the quiz is here:

The answers are here:


Roflol--you do wonderful work! Thanks Mad. I flunked.

"Perhaps the president will be looking for the weapons of mass destruction on the moon and Mars since they have not been found in Iraq."-Dennis Kucinich

Sept. 11 commission will request Bush, Clinton to meet with panel

New York Daily News

WASHINGTON -- The federal Sept. 11 commission has formally decided to ask President Bush and former President Bill Clinton to meet with the panel and to extend its investigation by several months...

I wonder if Bush will show up?

Clinton suggested for ancient military honour
Reuters, UK - 1-11-04
LONDON (Reuters) - Former US President Bill Clinton has been put forward
for what is considered to be Britain's oldest military honour. ...



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