October 29,  2003  Wednesday

Bush incorrectly disavows 'Mission Accomplished' banner
Arizona Republic, AZ - 10-29-03
WASHINGTON - Six months after he spoke on an aircraft carrier deck under a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished," President Bush disavowed any connection ...

Secrecy restrictions on leak investigation leave out FBI official
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA -10-29-03

... In an unusual step, they have removed the director of the FBI's Washington office from the list of officials with access to the case....

Will Bush be a casualty of war?
The Desert Sun, CA - 10-29-03
... backdrop for his triumphant appearance on the aircraft carrier ... The ‘Mission Accomplished ... Abraham
Lincoln saying their mission was accomplished," Bush ...


Sniff...sniff...what is that odor I smell? Burning pants?



Guess who said this: "Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an
occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing
objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred
incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably
impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew
intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect,
rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs
deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under the
circumstances, there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating
another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously
trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War
world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United
Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international
response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the
invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying
power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically
different — and perhaps barren — outcome."

-President George H. W. Bush


"The world is more peaceful and more free under my leadership and America is more secure."

-George W. Bush publicly expressing his delusions in the Rose Garden 10-28-03


Drawing by a Iraqi school child from the Al-Assail Primary School in Baghdad (AFP/HO)



Is this the good news about schools being reopened in Iraq?


"I don’t want murder laws applied to my friends. "
-Ann Coulter on Scarborough Country

Click here for full transcript


I think I will dress up as Ann Coulter for Halloween--and I'll carry a machete with "Compassionate Conservative" engraved on the handle.

“If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens. You’re dealing with insane suicide bombers who are killing our people, and we need to be very aggressive in taking them out.”

-Senator Trent Lott (R- Draft Dodger who bravely led cheers at the University of Mississippi during Vietnam)

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In this handout picture made available Tuesday Oct. 28, 2003 by the Israel-based Cornershot Co. in Tel Aviv, Israel, a rifle is seen composed of two parts; the front, that can swivel from side to side, containing a pistol with a color camera mounted on top, and the back section which consists of the stock, trigger and a monitor. The pistol, produced by the Florida-based Cornershot Holdings, is being tested by the Israeli military. The unique weapon allows a soldier to remain behind cover, with only the barrel of the rifle exposed in the direction of the hostile fire. (HO, Cornershot)

Do you think Trent Lott should go to Iraq carrying the above gun and "mow down the whole place"?  Naw,  he'd mess up his pretty toupee.

Bush Smirk #5229

"We're working closely with those countries to let them know that we expect them to enforce borders, prevent people from coming across borders if, in fact, we catch them doing that." -George W. Bush ( Security Guard of US/Mexico Border)

Have you been to www.makethemaccountable.com  lately?

Caro Kay does a great job.


Political Candor 

In rare moments of candor, senior administrative officials discuss
the size of their


Bush Smirk #5298

"The White House is on a big PR campaign to convince the American people that things in Iraq are great. In fact, the White House has been kicking around a few slogans, like this first one: 'We didn't get Saddam, but we sure as hell got his statues' or this one, 'Iraq -- it's everywhere you don't want to be.' Or this one, 'Hey, it got Geraldo out of the country for a while, didn't it.' Finally the one they are going to go with, 'Got Goat?'" —Jay Leno


Rumsfeld's attitude may be his downfall
St. Petersburg Times, FL - 10-29-03

...His tantrum - "Don't you understand English?" he told a foreign reporter working the story - put Bush in an awkward position. The president responded that he was in charge of Iraq policy, not his aides.

Last week, in a confidential memo leaked to USA Today, Rumsfeld offered an assessment of the war on terror that ran counter to White House spin...


Top Ten Effects of the Geomagnetic Storm
David Letterman

10. Yankee bats rendered powerless

9. Straight men give gay men makeovers

8. For your safety, Taco Bell advises thinking inside the bun until storm is over

7. All cell phones have the same ring -- the theme from "Rocky"

6. George W. Bush speaks clearly

5. At grocery checkouts, all products scan as those Stella D'Oro butter cookies

4. Technical glitch causes old jokes to appear in Top Ten list

3. Clintern

2. Liza Minnelli kicks the crap out of everything in sight

1. A musclehead will rise to lead California

Another solar flare headed for Earth
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, FL - 10-29-03
... The resulting geomagnetic storm could be ranked among the most powerful
of its kind and last for 24 hours. It is expected to disrupt ...

All signs point to a massive U.S. success in Iraq and an imminent troop withdrawal. According to one crack official.



The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


A US Navy SH-60 Seahawk flies over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), as it heads to sea in front of the glow from nearby burning wildfires in southern California. (US Navy-HO)

"What's that? Is it like kabbalah?"
--BRITNEY SPEARS, when asked about Hinduism, in Newsweek.




British freediver Hannah Stacey is on her way up to the surface during her attempt to break the British women's constant weight freediving record off the coast of the Greek island of Spetses, on Monday, Oct. 27, 2003. Stacey first broke the British women' s record swimming 50 meters (160.04 feet) down and then set a new British women's record for going up again. (HO/Louise Murray, Ocean Images)