January 31,  2003 Weekend Edition

 Devil in a Blue Dress

Panel Reveals US Missteps Ahead of 9/11
Guardian, UK - 1-31-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - At a two-day hearing this week, the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks revealed U.S. authorities had numerous opportunities to stop the hijackers, including many face-to-face encounters.

The missteps included miscommunications about al-Qaida operatives dating back to the mid-1990s, hijackers who were allowed to repeatedly enter the United States even with false or the wrong visa papers, and missed chances to stop suspects at airport security checkpoints despite warning signs....


Bush sidesteps call for Iraq WMD probe
Reuters, UK - 1-31-04
... to compare what the Iraq Survey Group has found with what we thought prior to going into Iraq," Bush said when asked if he would support an independent probe. ...

Bush Says His Budget Will Show Compassion
Miami Herald, FL - 1-31-04
WASHINGTON - President Bush says his 2005 budget will balance national security, social needs and fiscal responsibility, but Democrats say his policies have ...


Thanks to Steve for the great cartoon. Bush looks good in that blue dress.  How much did we spend investigating Monica's blue dress? 100 million?



Something everyone seems to have forgotten. Remember the fuss when Bush used the Niger nuclear reference in the State of the Union [2003], and it came out that the CIA had already removed it from his speech in Cincinnati the previous October. The White House stumbled around with excuses, and it all seemed to go away. Why this charge against the CIA now?
Eleanor S

Thanks for writing Eleanor.
Your excellent point points directly to Bush ignoring the intel from the CIA--no wonder he doesn't want an investigation to find out why there have been no WMD found or even more importantly, no WMD were ever used. The CIA was right on that point and Bush outted the CIA wife of the man who investigated that claim, Joseph Wilson.
We've been hoodwinked and over 500 Americans have been killed because of Bush's deceit.
I hope Bush will be handcuffed and duct tape put over his mouth. Fat chance of that happening with the republicans in charge of Congress and the Supreme Court.
Take care.





Graphic by Oz


"This week has been a tough week for President Bush. Yesterday ... David Kay testified before Congress on weapons of mass destruction. He said, 'We were almost all wrong.' You never hear a politician say that. We were almost all wrong. President Bush hasn't heard those words since he took his SATs." —Jay Leno




[Yesterday] you wrote: I wonder if Osama will be found in a hole or a cave? Anybody taking bets?.

My money's on Osama is right now sleeping in a guest room at the sprawling Bush compound in Kennebunkport, being waited on hand and foot by Bush Family illegal alien manservants.

We all know how the Bushes treat their business partners. I can't imagine them hanging the one who brought them so many, many millions of dollars in business out to dry. He'll be "captured" sometime in the early fall, well enough ahead of the elections to raise Dumbya's poll ratings to ensure his election (with the help, of course, of the family friends at Diebold).

But then, that's just my opinion. Anyone taking any bets?

Roy Adams
Tyler, TX


I received many responses.  See another below.


Here's my take on Osama...
Osama has been in our control for quite a while,
and the threats, etc that we have "heard" on the news have been
programmed by the DoD.
Osama will be "found" just in time to turn the election tide
in bush's favor.
A miracle !! Just as God wants.
From burning bush's mouth to God's ear.

Cheers :-(

Leslie W.


Thanks for writing Roy and Leslie.







Uncle Bam - Trigger Happy Twin of Uncle Sam

David Kay ... what did he say!



Excellent toon!



Top Ten Mexican Nicknames For George W. Bush

10. Guacamoron
9. Loco en el Coco
8. El Otro White Meat
7. Tex-Mess
6. Bandito de la Eleccion
5. El Dorque
4. Los Er
3. No Habla Ingles
2. Adios In 2004
1. Senorita Cheney

Sent in by Tom S.


Disturbing News


Maryland computer testers cast a vote: Election boxes easy to mess with

Russia planning maneuvers of its nuclear forces next month

Bush, Blair nominated for Nobel Peace Prize


You must visit www.makethemaccountable.com


Here is a snippet from her site



If this doesn’t get you working to change the Democratic Party, I don’t know what will.
From The New York Times

Givers and Takers


Published: January 30, 2004

...Using the Tax Foundation's analysis, it's possible to group the 50 states into two categories: Givers and Takers. Giver states get back less than a dollar in spending for every dollar they contribute to federal coffers. Taker states pocket more than a dollar for every tax dollar they send to Washington...

78 percent of Mr. Bush's electoral votes came from Taker states.

76 percent of Mr. Gore's electoral votes came from Giver states.

Of the 33 Taker states, Mr. Bush carried 25.

Of the 16 Giver states, Mr. Gore carried 12...


Be sure to read all the way down to the last map.
It will knock your socks off.

Click here


Reporter quits over Iraq story

    LONDON -- Andrew Gilligan, the reporter at the center of the bitter dispute between the British Broadcasting Corp. and the British government over whether the government had exaggerated the case for war against Iraq, resigned Friday from the BBC.
    Gilligan follows the BBC's top two officials, who left their posts after a scathing judicial report that accused him of sloppy reporting and accused his employers of a host of journalistic and management failures.
    Gilligan, 35, acknowledged he had made mistakes in the initial radio broadcast that touched off the furor. But he maintained that "most of my story was right....

From Buzzflash.com

GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Republican House Minority Leader Tom DeLay

"Political experts are saying the reason John Kerry is doing so well is because he’s 'electable.' Hey, so was Al Gore — in fact, he even got elected and it didn't help him at all." —Jay Leno

TBH Politoons

State of California to file antitrust suit in grocery strike
It alleges consumers hurt by stores' pact

SFGATE 1-31-04

Attorney General Bill Lockyer plans to file an antitrust lawsuit Monday against the grocery chains embroiled in a Southern California labor dispute, alleging that a mutual aid pact they formed hurts consumers by discouraging competitive pricing....

Pot use in medical cases widely supported

January 31, 2004

SACRAMENTO – California voters strongly support implementing a state law that allows sick people who have a doctor's permission to use medical marijuana, a new poll shows.

Proposition 215, passed by voters in 1996, has been under attack by the federal government, which has conducted raids and prosecuted locally sanctioned suppliers.

Federal authorities argue that marijuana cultivation and possession is illegal under federal law, regardless of what states decide.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has defended the state's right to enact the law, filing legal briefs to protect the law....

Dear Lisa,
Recently I've been thinking about George's phrase "Compassionate
Conservatism" and how this obvious mis-stating of reality could be
better rephrased as "Passionate Conservatism". While it doesn't have
the alliteration of the original it is more accurate.
Just a thought.
John Grant

Haha...and the pronunciation should have emphasis on the CON.

Arab-Americans switch:
Bush to Kucinich

Prominent group that backed president
in 2000 says they were 'stung'

Posted: January 31, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

Complaining it was betrayed, a key Arab-American group that endorsed George W. Bush in the 2000 election says it will back Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich for the Democratic nomination and stand behind that party's eventual nominee.


Krischer: Limbaugh probe hurt by state

By John Pacenti, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 30, 2004

WEST PALM BEACH -- State Attorney Barry Krischer on Thursday accused Attorney General Charlie Crist's office of trying to impede the Rush Limbaugh prescription fraud investigation for political reasons.

Krischer expected Crist's office to file the state's response to Limbaugh's appeal of a decision to unseal the commentator's medical records in the prescription fraud case. Crist's office pulled out of the appeal one hour before a Jan. 12 deadline imposed by the appeals court, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for Krischer's office.

I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast at any time'. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. Steven Wright


Thanks to the Hamiltons from Fairfield


'Paper Boat,' by Iranian artist Hossein Khosrowjerdi


This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula was the result of a supernova. (NASA/HO)