January 21, 2004   Wednesday

President Bush Falls Off Mark With Speech 

Guardian 1-21-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush declared ``jobs are on the rise'' - literally true, but listlessly so. His report on the death of the ``death tax'' was a bit premature. His account of Afghanistan moving toward freedom and normalcy is challenged by some of the realities on the ground.

Bush's State of the Union speech Tuesday was notably cautious in comparison with the one last year, when he made claims about Iraq that didn't stand up...

President George W. Bush uses State of Union address to call for steroid ban
Canada.com, Canada - 1-21-04

(AP) - US President George W. Bush used part of his State of ... Bush asked for team owners, union ... and players to set the right example and get rid of steroids ...

French Judge Probes Unit of Halliburton
Washington Post, DC - 1-21-04

PARIS -- A French judge is investigating allegations that a subsidiary of Halliburton Co. and a French firm were involved in millions of dollars in illegal payments during the late 1990s in connection with a contract for a Nigerian natural gas facility...

I didn't hear Bush mention Osama or the environment in the State of the Union speech.

"The state of the union looks great from the White House balcony..." - Howard Dean


Bush pushes for expansion of surveillance law
ZDNet.co.uk, UK - 1-21-04

President Bush on Tuesday evening called for the renewal of the USA Patriot Act, the controversial law that has expanded internet surveillance powers for police and partially expires next year... Many portions of the Patriot Act have no expiration date. ... The section permitting so-called "sneak and peek" warrants, which authorise ...

Did you know that Ashcroft can come into your home without your knowledge and place cameras, tap your phone and place software on your computer and never have to tell you OR get permission from a judge?

Sharon's future in doubt after bribe charge
Ananova, UK - 1-21-04
... court has indicted an Israeli businessman on charges of bribing ... Appel increases
the chances that Sharon ... The indictment also charged Appel with ...


Democrats rebut Bush's rosy view of US
Everett Herald, WA - 1-21-04
... California criticized Bush's "go-it-alone foreign policy that leaves us ... an immediate extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless ... At the rate ...

"30 years ago, three companies controlled 90 percent of everything we heard or saw ... It has been reconstituted. Instead of it being three channels that were controlled by a few people, there are now 500 controlled by a few people." -- On NOW with Bill Moyers, PBS Barry Diller, 04-Apr-03

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In honor of George W. Bush's 2004 State of the Union Address, I'm pleased to present my first interactive crossword puzzle:



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Microsoft Lightens Up on Teen's Mikerowesoft Site

Spacehab Files Shuttle Claim Against NASA

New York City says no vay to 'Oy Vey' sign in Brooklyn on bridge to Manhattan

Careful Conservatives, that website is Belinda.ca not Belinda.com

"President Bush has announced plans to send astronauts to Mars. I don't think President Bush really understands the space program. When he first heard about the Mars rover he said, 'Hey if we can put a dog on Mars we can put a man on Mars." óJay Leno

Clinton: Muhammad would let ladies drive
WorldNetDaily - Jan 19, 2004
Speaking at a conference in Saudi Arabia, former President Bill Clinton told a Muslim
audience Islam's founder Muhammad would have let women drive if cars had ...

Subject: one quick question

about your home page...
if you're getting UNscrewed, it turns counterclockwise, as it appears in my browser..........
shouldn't it......ah, turn the other way?


Alan Falk

Good point!  hahaha

But I do try to unscrew the screwing we're getting!

For Baby Boomers:

1973: Long hair
2004: Longing for hair

1973: The perfect high
2004: The perfect high yield mutual fund

1973: KEG
2004: EKG

1973: Acid rock
2004: Acid reflux

1973: Moving to California because it's cool
2004: Moving to California because it's warm

1973: Growing pot
2004: Growing pot belly

1973: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
2004: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

1973: Seeds and stems
2004: Roughage

1973: Killer weed
2004: Weed killer

1973: Hoping for a BMW
2004: Hoping for a BM

1973: The Grateful Dead
2004: Dr. Kevorkian

1973: Going to a new, hip joint
2004: Receiving a new hip joint

1973: Rolling Stones
2004: Kidney Stones

1973: Being called into the principal's office
2004: Calling the principal's office

1973: Screw the system
2004: Upgrade the system

1973: Disco
2004: Costco

1973: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
2004: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

1973: Passing the drivers' test
2004: Passing the vision test

1973: Whatever
2004: Depends


Sent in by Doc. Thanks.


A recent undated image from the Landsat 7 satellite shows the Turpan Depression at the foot of the Bogda Mountains in western China's remote Sinkiang province. The Turpan Depression is a strange mix of salt lakes and sand dunes and is one of the few landscapes in the world that lies below sea level. The Landsat 7 satellite is operated as a joint project by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS )and NASA. (USGS/Handout)