January 15,  2004 Thursday

Surreal Moments Serving a Mythological President
Common Dreams -1-15-04

The weekend after September 11, George Bush's former Treasury secretary, Paul O'Neill, sat in a leather armchair at Camp David, the presidential retreat, devouring a pile of intelligence documents on al-Qaeda handed out by the CIA boss, George Tenet.

A two-day crisis meeting of Mr Bush's senior advisers had finally wound up. The President had gone to bed.

Across the room, the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, was singing hymns, accompanied on the piano by the Christian fundamentalist Attorney-General, John Ashcroft....


Cheney Target of Criminal Investigation
AlterNet - Jan 9, 2004
... report that French law enforcement authorities have made Vice President Dick Cheney the target of a criminal investigation for his role in a massive bribery ...

NASA Ames Center looks at problem of drilling on Mars

Petroleum News February 28,  2001

...Briggs said NASA has been working with Halliburton, Shell, Baker-Hughes and the Los Alamos National Laboratory to identify drilling technologies that might work on Mars....

The flu finally caught me.  Today's edition is a wee bit late.

Franken Signs With Liberal Radio Network
Louisville Channel.com, KY - 1-15-04
... A former writer and performer on television's "Saturday Night Live," Franken has
also written the best-selling books "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" and ...


"Believe it or not, even though a lot of people smoked pot, I think beer was still the drug of choice. It was for me."
-- Democratic presidential candidate HOWARD DEAN discussing his '60s experiences in Rolling Stone.

"President Bush announced we're going to Mars, which means he's given up on Earth." —Jon Stewart

U.S. Pilot Fined for Gesture in Brazil
Thu Jan 15, 9:18 AM ET

SAO PAULO, Brazil - An American Airlines pilot was fined nearly $13,000 Wednesday on accusations he made an obscene gesture when being photographed at the airport as part of entry requirements for U.S. citizens, officials said....


The Joke Is on Liberals, Says Dennis Miller, Host of His Own Show Again
New York Times By BERNARD WEINRAUB Published: January 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 — Dennis Miller, the liberal-turned-conservative comedian and defender of President Bush and the war in Iraq, is less than two weeks away from being the host of a new talk show on CNBC. For him it can't come soon enough.


"Suppose you were an idiot. Suppose you were a
member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
- Mark Twain

Today in History  December 15


"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservative."
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
British philosopher


Bill Clinton Following 'South Beach Diet'

Thu Jan 15, 7:47 AM ET By The Associated Press

NEW YORK - No more junk food for Bill Clinton — at least not for now.
The former president, whose White House tenure was accompanied by the staples of America's fast-food industry, showed up at his Harlem office Wednesday looking lean, but not mean...

Democratic Candidates Name-Drop Clinton
Thu Jan 15, 9:52 AM ET - Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidates are dropping the golden name "Bill Clinton," hoping to scoop up the support of voters who'd like nothing more than a Clinton-era economic comeback and other good things associated with his presidency....

"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy."--Albert Einstein