January 27,  2004  Tuesday

The President Makes Danger His Campaign Theme
New York Times  January 25, 2004
THERE was something familiar in the language that President Bush used in his State of the Union speech Tuesday when he asked Americans to stay with him through the journey that began on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. "We've not come all this way through tragedy and trial and war only to falter and leave our work unfinished," Mr. Bush said, in words that bore the strong imprint of his chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, an evangelical Christian....


COMMENTARY: Limbaughnic Plague offers unfilled promises
Desert Dispatch, CA - Jan 26, 2004
... You are experiencing severe delusions; for example, believing that George W. Bush is a true, blue small ... Then, clip an eight-inch swath of duct tape and ...

State of the Union invokes flashbacks of Baghdad Bob
Nashville City Paper, TN - 1-27-04
... The problem is, in so doing, he lied or twisted the truth on each and every issue. Which may be OK for Baghdad Bob, but not for George W. Bush. ...

Bush looks good as a wall hanging.

Leak against this war
US and British officials must expose their leaders' lies about Iraq - as I did over Vietnam

Daniel Ellsberg Tuesday January 27, 2004
The Guardian

After 17 months observing pacification efforts in Vietnam as a state department official, I laid eyes upon an unmistakable enemy for the first time on New Year's Day in 1967. I was walking point with three members of a company from the US army's 25th Division, moving through tall rice, the water over our ankles, when we heard firing close behind us. We spun around, ready to fire. I saw a boy of about 15, wearing nothing but ragged black shorts, crouching and firing an AK-47 at the troops behind us. I could see two others, heads just above the top of the rice, firing as well...

Subject: "Oh really"?


While waiting to be called for Jury Duty yesterday I overheard 2 men discussing politics. It seems Bill Clinton created the present deficit. Bill Clinton because during his term he decimated the number of troops and military equipment, George Bush had to spend all that money to rebuild the military so we could go into Afghanistan and Iraq. Therefore in reality Bill Clinton created the deficit.
With this logic and waiting to be called as possible jurors, someone was going to be in more trouble than they thought.
Bill C.
Tampa, FL


The Republican Mantra is when all else fails blame Clinton. I sure hope they didn't get on a jury since they can't tell reality from spin.

Thanks for writing.









"Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter." —George W. Bush, advising quail hunter and New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, Roswell, N.M., Jan. 22, 2004


Polish President to press US on visa rules
EurActiv.com, Belgium - 1-27-04

...Analysts say the US may lose one of its best allies in what has become known as the "new Europe" if Mr Kwasniewski has to return to Warsaw empty-handed. "The visa regime is too harsh for Poles," Mr Kwasniewski has said recently. `"Having so much mutual gratitude to each other, we should reach an agreement."

Complaints about the American visa regime, which is applied to 27 nations, have become a prime irritant in bilateral US-Polish relations. Poland is a major supporter of the US occupation of Iraq...


"I want to thank the astronauts who are with us, the courageous spacial entrepreneurs who set such a wonderful example for the young of our country." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. Jan. 14, 2004


Repugnant Republican News


Chief Justice Balks at Ethical Questions

AP - Mon Jan 26, 6:08 PM ET

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on Monday rebuffed two Democratic senators who questioned Justice Antonin Scalia's impartiality in an appeal involving Scalia's friend and hunting partner, Vice President Dick Cheney....


White House May Be Probed on CIA Leak

AP - Mon Jan 26, 4:41 PM ET

Six Democratic lawmakers on Monday called for a congressional investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's name..


Thompson rips veep's ex-firm
New York Daily News 1-27-04

WASHINGTON - New York City's controller accused Vice President Cheney's former employer Halliburton yesterday of taking blood money from state sponsors of terrorism, such as Iran and Libya.


Comments by President Bush about Iraq 's alleged weapons of mass destruction from September 2003 back to September 2002:

We are interviewing Iraqi citizens and analyzing records of the old regime to reveal the full extent of its weapons programs and its long campaign of deception. —
Sept. 23, 2003, speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
Intelligence throughout the decade showed they had a weapons program. I am absolutely convinced with time we'll find out that they did have a weapons program. The credibility of this country is based upon our strong desire to make the world more peaceful, and the world is now more peaceful after our decision. —
June 9, 2003, remarks to reporters after Cabinet meeting.

Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly. Yet our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. —
March 19, 2003, address to the nation.
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. —
March 17, 2003, address to the nation.

The dictator of Iraq has got weapons of mass destruction. He has used weapons of mass destruction. He can't stand America and what we stand for. He can't stand our friends and allies. —
Jan. 22, 2003, speech in St. Louis.
It's important for our fellow Americans to understand that, when we're talking about Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), we're talking about a man who said he has had no weapons of mass destruction, yet we believe has weapons of mass destruction — a man who has not only had weapons of mass destruction, but he's used weapons of mass destruction. ... He's a threat and he's a danger. —
Dec. 3, 2002, speech in New Orleans.
Today this regime likely maintains stockpiles of chemical and biological agents, and is improving and expanding facilities capable of producing chemical and biological weapons. Today Saddam Hussein has the scientists and infrastructure for a nuclear weapons program, and has illicitly sought to purchase the equipment needed to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon. Should his regime acquire fissile material, it would be able to build a nuclear weapon within a year. —
Sept. 14, 2002, radio address.

Public Bombards Operators to Save Hubble

AP - Sun Jan 25, 6:21 PM ET

The operators of the Hubble Space Telescope are being bombarded by suggestions from the public on how to save the craft — which NASA has decided not to service anymore — and say they are considering all offers...

Subject: fear

My take on the State of the Union address: "Now is the time to fear
fear itself."
John Grant

That is the Bush mantra!  Thanks for writing John.

Kay Testimony Impeaches Bush

By Robert Scheer, AlterNet
January 26, 2004

Can we now talk impeachment?

The rueful admission by the chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction or the means to create them raises the prospect that the Bush administration is complicit in the greatest scandal in U.S. history. Yet, we hear no calls for a broad-ranging investigation of the type that led to the discovery of Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress....

Commentary: Bob Witkowski

1/26/04 - Dennis Miller; New Hampshire

Well, there's Dennis Miller on his new show looking fit and dandy and mightily conservative. And he's even trying to justify his newfound love for machismo and unfettered love of country and hatred of terrorists. And he promised he'll be hard on assholes and gentle on sincereists(?) and he'll give the Moron a pass because he's loyal to his pals....

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"President Bush is in a mock-free zone.
I like him. I'm going to give him a pass. I take care of my friends."
Dennis Miller - opportunist comic


Cost of this photo: 500+ American lives

Media Whores Online: Report that Howard Kurtz Has Some Ethical Problems Brewing at the Post

Michael Moore readies new film
Traverse City Record Eagle, MI - 1-26-04
... Now he’s working on another film, “Fahrenheit 9-11,” due for release
late this summer. As the title implies, the subject is terrorism. ...

Today In History - January 27

1302 Dante becomes a Florentine political exile

1671 Pirate Henry Morgan lands at Panama City

1785 1st US state university chartered, Athens GA

1870 After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to Union

1880 Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

1915 US Marines occupy Haiti

1944 Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days with 600,000 killed

1951 US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site

1964 Margaret Chase Smith (Senator-R-ME) tries for Republican Presidential bid

1967 Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee

1973 William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign US-N Vietnam treaty

1984 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

"I hope this book will cause young people to aspire to improve our political process. For me, the reason for doing this book in the first place was to provide an opportunity for young people to have a deeper understanding of what goes on inside of government and to ask more of their political leaders." -- former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill on the book, "The Price of Loyalty," which portrays President Bush as a disengaged chief executive in a White House where Vice President Dick Cheney and the political team wielded the real power.




A giant hot air balloon of Van Gogh's face flies behind a Swiss chalet in the ski resort of Chateau d'Oex, in the Swiss Alps, Saturday Jan. 24, 2004, during the opening day of the 26th International Hot Air Balloon week. (AP/HO)