January 13, 2003  Tuesday

US wants O'Neill's document
Chicago Sun Times, IL - 1-13-04
... is seeking an investigation into whether a classified document might have been shown during a TV show in which former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill spoke out ...

 Furor Follows O'Neill's Kiss-And-Tell Book ABC News

Fired Treasury chief stirring up furor over kiss-and-tell book
Jackson Sun, TN - 1-13-04
...O'Neill said today: "The truth is, I didn't take any documents at all.''
Interviewed on NBC's "Today'' show, he said he had asked the Treasury Department's chief legal counsel "to have the documents that are OK for me to have.''...


Bush's motive for war: Remove threat or get revenge?
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI -1-13-04

...Could the president of the United States be so short-sighted as to use the power of the American military to avenge the tarnished legacy of his father, the first President Bush?
Or are the president's political enemies -- with Paul O'Neill as their current poster boy -- grasping at straws to bash a president as he launches his re-election campaign?...


I wonder how long this Treasury Department biography link for Paul O'Neill will be up?  Click here


Bono and Paul O'Neill in Ghana.

"Cabinet members should be loyal to a president, but they have a larger loyalty to the public.  If Paul O'Neill has come across something that is deeply disturbing or is likely to be deeply disturbing, then he has every right and indeed a responsibility to reveal that." -Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary in the Clinton administration and later wrote a controversial book about the experience

Backing Limbaugh, ACLU goes to court
Boston Globe, MA - 1-13-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh and the American Civil Liberties Union do not agree about much, but they are in accord that the conservative radio commentator's medical records should be off-limits to prosecutors....

"This week, Secretary of State Colin Powell admitted that there is no direct link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. So let that be a warning world leaders — if you have no direct link to al Qaeda, we will get you." —Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update"

Graphic by Oz

"Tom Ridge says we're no longer on high alert — so he said we shouldn't let our guard down. So I'm doing my part and staying high." —Craig Kilborn

Most Oppose Bush Immigration Plan

 ABC News 1-13-04

...An ABCNEWS poll found 52 percent oppose an amnesty program for illegal immigrants from Mexico; 57 percent oppose one for illegal immigrants from other countries. Both results are roughly the same as when the administration floated the idea 2 ½ years ago....



Global Human Referendum


Mission - Hold The First World Vote

A total of 4812 people dominate the world's decision-making process.

Less than 5000 people determine what you eat, where you can move to, what your child learns in school, how much you earn, what you see on television and how many bombs drop on your head.

5000 people are less than 0.000000077% of the world population.

99.999999923% of us are effectively shut out of the decision making process.


Bill Clinton discusses Muslim world, US's distorted views of each ...
Tacoma News Tribune, WA - 1-13-04

..."Too many Americans know too little about the Islamic world, and much of what they know they learned after Sept. 11 through the narrow lens of terror," Clinton told the forum, organized by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

"What people do out of anger, pain and fear both darkens and distorts reality," Clinton said....


Today in History - January 13

1610 Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

1785 John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times

1863 Thomas Crapper pioneers one-piece pedestal flushing toilet

1869 National convention of black leaders meets in Washington DC
1869 Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention

1874 Battle between jobless & police in New York City NY, 100s injured
1874 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king

1906 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile

1920 New York Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly

1927 US & Mexico battle over oil interests

1942 German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast

1943 Hitler declares "Total War"

1958 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban

1966 1st black selected for Presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)

1968 Beginning of Tet-offensive in Vietnam

1979 YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song

1986 Bloody coup overthrows government of South Yemen

1991 UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar meets with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad


Oops! US fighter drops bomb on Britain
Mon Jan 12,10:13 AM ET

LONDON (AFP) - A US Air Force fighter jet dropped an inert training bomb by accident last week over a sparsely populated area of northern England, causing no damage or injury, the British Ministry of Defence said.


Court Rejects Appeal on 9/11 Detentions

By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said it would not second-guess the government's policy of secrecy in holding hundreds of foreigners after the Sept. 11 attacks..

Court OKs Roadblocks to Hunt Criminals
By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court gave police leeway Tuesday to use random roadblocks to track down criminals....

Ok, I understand these two Supreme Court rulings, they are a part of the Bush round 'em up and throw away the key policy.


The Pieta by Michelangelo 1500

The sash across the chest of Mary has an interesting story behind it. Just days after it was placed in Saint Peter's, Michelangelo overheard a visitor remark that the work was done by another artist. That night Michelangelo sneaked into the Cathedral and carved an inscription on the sash running across Mary's chest: "Michelangelus Bonarotis Florent Facibat" (Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine, made this). This is the only work that Michelangelo ever signed. He later regretted his passionate outburst of pride and determined to never again sign a work of his hands. He was 24 years old when he completed the Pieta.