October 27,  2003 Moanday

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Iraq: An expensive, corrupt Vietnam?
Capitol Hill Blue, VA -10-27-03
The human and financial costs of the war in Iraq-symbolized by death-a-day news reports and President George W. Bush's $87 billion funding request-are ...

       NEWSWEEK COVER: 'Bush's $87 Billion Mess' - Yahoo News (press release)
       What Will Iraq Cost Bush? - MSNBC

Click here for entries-Contest ended 10-28-03

Religious coalition walks the corridors of power
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - Oct 26, 2003
... officials and members of Congress say the religious coalition ... an unusual influence
on one of the most religious ... they were instrumental in making sure that Bush ...


Does anyone remember when Barbara Bush had a "cat fight" with Nancy Reagan in the early 1980's?  I would love a news link to what was said.  If you have a link please email me at lisa@allhatnocattle.net


Democrats in Debate Attack Bush on Iraq
Washington Post - 10-27-03
... Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (Mo.) defended his votes backing Bush on Iraq ... This was the fifth debate among the Democratic candidates in eight weeks and also ...

Striking at a Key Symbol of US Power
Washington Post, DC - 10-26-03



Hi Lisa,
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your website. I surf a lot of anti-right wing websites and yours is one of my favorites. Whenever I am feeling depressed after watching the news about how badly Bush and his band of rightwing thugs have bungled things up here at home, as well as in Iraq, I can always come to your web site for a few good laughs to help cheer me up. It gives me hope for the future. Keep up the good work. Peace.

Dean C.

Dear Dean,

Thank you. Always at your service to unspin the news through my cartoons!


Compassionate Conservative Quotes

"In the past twenty years, one-hundred percent of terrorist attacks against this country have been by Muslim extremists, Naturally, the democrats won't let us look for Muslim extremists. When there is a one-hundred percent chance that the next terrorist attack will be made by a Muslim extremist, it's no longer a profile, it's a description of the suspect."

-Ann Coulter October 9, 2003 speaking at John Hopkins University

"Howard Dean said the American flag 'does not belong to Gen. Boykin,' it belongs to all Americans. Could someone rustle up a liberal who actually owns a flag? " -Ann Coulter


Ann seems to have forgotten about Tim McVeigh , and the Christians who gladly gunned down pro-choice doctors and their escorts, and the hundreds of bombings of women's clinics.

Hey, Ann, I own 2 flags, one that covered my father's coffin and one I bought.

Employees urged to defend Iraq contracts
Guardian, UK - 10-27-03
... Officially, Mr Cheney severed his links to Halliburton when he ran for election
in 2000. But Democrats have questioned whether the Bush administration has ...

       Halliburton asks employees to help defend company - CNN International
       Halliburton Defends No-Bid Iraq Contract - Aljazeerah.info
       Halliburton Asks Staff to Defend Company - WJXX

Lisa, Thank you. I am seriously concerned that we are immolating our candidates, attack ads already, debates with barbs that are immediately used by the right, even before the contest actually begins. One note that terrifies me and should scare anyone is the closing comment on the USA Today note on the debate last night. Immediately after the debate, reporters didn't talk to the candidates, they had a "rebuttal" chat with Republican house members by phone to point out the attacks on each other and that the Dems have nothing to sell but fear. The relentless right is continuing it's march to take over our country....we need to be on the offensive against the right, not each other. Possibly we should ask Lieberman to check his membership card, though? He may be participating in the wrong debate....

May I suggest that you feature a flattering article or piece by each candidate one a week and that you allow that candidate's supporters to send commentary? We have 9 candidates who have strong supporters and good points. This party has room for all of us and one we aim to bring down....let's get the good things across and send the bad things back to Texas where they belong.

Keep up the good work....

Cheryl Poling
Minnesota Coordinator, Clark for President chpoling55@hotmail.com

Thanks for writing Cheryl,

I have been featuring the Democratic candidates.  Your candidate, Wesley Clark, was featured yesterday.  As the election grows nearer AHNC will continue to post relevant information about all the fine group of candidates.


Compassionate Conservative Christians Protesting The Anti-War Protesters

Busloads Converge in Washington for Anti-War Protest
Washington Post - Oct 25, 2003
Small groups of protesters carrying signs demanding an end to the US occupation ... A
counterdemonstration was also planned for Saturday by the DC chapter of "Free ...

"President Bush has refused to declassify portions of the congressional 9/11 reports about the Saudis, because he says it will help the enemy. Not Al Qaeda, the Democrats." —Jay Leno

EMAIL: Peter Miller Truth and Literature

SUBJECT: Clark vs Hartwell

Dear Lisa,

Your various emails about Hartwell and Clark seem to me to miss the key point: the politics. Granted that Bush is stupid, spoiled, and all the rest, but the core of our objection to him is his politics. In the spirit of being willing to vote “for Barney the Purple Dinosaur if he had ANY chance to kick DUMBya out of the White House,” I’ll express a willingness to vote for some stupid, spoiled bastard if he would definitely pull the US out of Iraq, undo the Patriot Act and establish civil liberties in this country, and change the tax laws to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor.

My point is that putting a Democrat in the White House does not guarantee better politics. Instead of concentrating on candidates—Clark, Dean, whomever—we need to concentrate on the politics. For example, on the Iraq situation, the US needs to pull out NOW. Anything else is support for Bush, who is very capable of co-opting calls that give any legitimacy to the US occupation.

The Democratic candidates understand this very well, which is why most of them issue weasily “Bush Lite” pronouncements on Iraq. We need a President who will actually change Bush’s policies, and it is only by attacking the policies that we can discover who is really willing to do that, whether he’s a purple dinosaur or not.

Good debate! Keep up the good work.

Peter Miller.

Dear Peter,

Thanks for writing.  We should pull out of Iraq now and turn the re-building of Iraq over to the UN.  I have only heard Dean make that suggestion.  Has anyone else heard of another candidate to make that statement?  Email me if you have lisa@allhatnocattle.net


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Israelis shoot Australian activist
October 26, 2003

An Australian activist campaigning against Israel's occupation of the West Bank was shot

through both legs during a protest, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) said.

Perth university student Joshua Taaffe, 24, was shot through both legs by Israeli troops

who used a searchlight to spot him, ISM spokesman Michael Shaiq said....



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Big wheels coming off Bush wagon
The Herald, Canada - Oct 26, 2003
... trying to direct a policy debate that is now Rice's ... The new tension between the White
House and the ... and overshadowing a long-standing rivalry between Rumsfeld ...



"The Justice Department has barred a group of gay employees from holding their annual gay pride event at the department's headquarters. The move was a part of Attorney General John Ashcroft's new 'Don't ask, Don't be gay policy.'" —Conan O'Brien


I just found your website, and I love it! I just thought that I would let you know that us Texans also have another saying for wanna be cowboys and that is; "drugstore cowboy". I just thought I would let you know.
Have a great day!


Dear Gar,

Thanks for writing. Here's a take I did on W last year.

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History of the Pledge of Allegiance

In 1892 Francis Bellamy was also a chairman of a committee of state superintendents of education in the National Education Association. As its chairman, he prepared the program for the public schools' quadricentennial celebration for Columbus Day in 1892. He structured this public school program around a flag raising ceremony and a flag salute - his 'Pledge of Allegiance.'

His original Pledge read as follows: 'I pledge allegiance to my Flag and (to*) the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.' He considered placing the word, 'equality,' in his Pledge, but knew that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans. [ * 'to' added in October,
1892. ]

Dr. Mortimer Adler, American philosopher and last living founder of the Great Books program at Saint John's College, has analyzed these ideas in his book, The Six Great Ideas. He argues that the three great ideas of the American political tradition are 'equality, liberty and justice for all.' 'Justice' mediates between the often conflicting goals of 'liberty' and 'equality.'

1923 and 1924 the National Flag Conference, under the 'leadership of the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution, changed the Pledge's words, 'my Flag,' to 'the Flag of the United States of America.' Bellamy disliked this change, but his protest was ignored.

In 19
54, Congress after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, added the words, 'under God,' to the Pledge. The Pledge was now both a patriotic oath and a public prayer.
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California fires as seen from a satellite. Fires burning are, at left left, Simi Valley and Moorpark; center, the combined Grand Prix and Old Fire, north of San Bernadino and Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario; bottom right, the Scripps Ranch fire in the San Diego area. (NASA)