November 11,  2003  Tuesday


Rumsfeld retreats, disclaims earlier rhetoric
Rumsfeld denies he ever made several pre-war statements.

..."Do you expect the invasion, if it comes, to be welcomed by the majority of the civilian population of Iraq?" Jim Lehrer asked the defense secretary on PBS' "The News Hour."

"There is no question but that they would be welcomed,"...

..."Before the war in Iraq, you stated the case very eloquently and you said . . . they would welcome us with open arms," Sinclair Broadcasting anchor Morris Jones said to Rumsfeld as the prelude to a question.

The defense chief quickly cut him off.
"Never said that," he said. "Never did. You may remember it well, but you're thinking of somebody else. You can't find, anywhere, me saying anything like either of those two things you just said I said."...

Row over Bush security as Blair defends visit
Guardian, UK 11-11-03

Dreamers and idiots
Guardian, UK - 11-11-03
Those who would take us to war must first shut down the public imagination. They must convince us that there is no other means of preventing invasion, or conquering terrorism, or even defending human rights. When information is scarce, imagination is easy to control....
Robert Fisk: How we denied democracy to the Middle East
Infoshop News - 11-10-03
... So let's take a look at the latest lies. ... Bring 'em on. The new "Rummyworld" war on
terror is in Iraq. ... And we expect the Arabs to trust Mr Bush's promise?

The good news is that the U.S. media is beginning to report the lies told by this administration.

Cheney’s Long Path to War
The Hard Sell: He sifted intel. He brooded about threats. And he wanted Saddam gone. The inside story of how Vice President Cheney bought into shady assumptions and helped persuade a nation to invade Iraq

By Mark Hosenball, Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas

click here


Click here for the Faces of the Fallen provided by the Washington Post

Remember those who gave their lives on this Veteran's Day.

In Iraq, it's security Rambo-style
Sun 9 November, 2003 12:50
By Michael Georgy

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A man swivels and trains his mounted machinegun on the buzzing crowd as his jeep tears across a busy city..
Another Rambo movie?
No. The man with his finger on the trigger is one of the thousands of private bodyguards flooding the mean streets of postwar Baghdad to protect Westerners....

"CBS cancelled its miniseries on the life of Ronald Reagan after the Republican National Committee protested what it called 'historical inaccuracies.' The RNC also objected to the networks unflattering look at George Bush, until they realized it was just a live press conference." Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update"


Subject: It's All Clinton's Fault

Something to think about......

If the GOP can make CBS remove a show from the air

What can they do with the news?

Münsingen Switzerland

The same thing, Charlie, the same thing.

Thanks for writing.



How dare you make fun of a man (Ronald Reagan) who
right now is in critical condition and just keep
poking fun at him. Even if you didn't like him the
leased you can do is show your respect. God's sake he
is 92 years old and very ill. How would you like it if
you were almost dying and I made disrespectful
pictures of you? I have more dignity then that.
Thankfully CBS cancelled their horrible insulting
portrayal of one of our great Presidents (Roosevelt
was my favorite however). You have a right to free
speech but PLEEEASE have some respect.


I didn't make any disrespectful pictures of Ronald Reagan.  This is an actual picture of Reagan expressing his disdain

for those who disagree with him. This picture ran in every major newspaper in the 1980's when Reagan decided to make faces.

Too bad Reagan didn't show respect for the mess he made in Iraq and Iran-Contra.

Ronald Reagan sent Donald Rumsfeld to sell WMDs to Saddam Hussein, see pic below.

A picture is worth a thousand words, eh?

Thank God for the Internet that Al Gore invented.

 Here's my latest song parody about the CBS Ronald Reagan brouhahah, rightwing pressure tactics, and media cowardice:

St. Reagan's Song (to be sung to "Just You Wait" from "My Fair Lady")

He's a saint, Ronald Reagan, he's a saint!
You'll be sorry if you dare to say, he ain't.
A fine bloke who's kind and cunning,
Beat the Russians, great with money.
He's a saint, Ronald Reagan, he's a saint!

Reagan's great, scream the wingnuts. Stop that flick!
Don't you dare disparage Reagan. They'll be ticked!
They'll go off and say we're haters,
Threaten boycotts, claim we're traitors.
He's a saint, Ronald Reagan, he's a saint!

The rest is here:

Hope you enjoy it.

Madeleine Begun Kane, Humor Columnist  (Notables Weblog)  (Dubya's Dayly Diary)

Thanks Madeline.  You always make me laugh.

"Would a Second Bush Term Mean a Return to Conscription? Why Dodging the Draft Would Be Trickier Than You Think" by BuzzFlash Columnist Maureen Farrell


All Hat No Cattle Flashback to October 2002

"It is very hard to convince [the Iraqi] people that democracy comes with an invasion."
-Madeline Albright Former Clinton Secretary of State on CNN 11-11-03

Fix for disabled vets likely not a cure-all
The Desert Sun, CA - 11-11-03
... paid one helluva price for that pension," said Jack Koch, a World War II veteran ... say
the proposal divides veterans by setting up a two-tier system for benefits ...

Presidential hopeful Clark pledges more support for vets
Arizona Daily Sun, AZ - 11-11-03
... disability pay and retirement benefits. Clark promised that if elected president
-- the commander-in-chief -- he would "make sure no soldier and no veteran is ...



Subject: Bush as Jesus pictures

You've seen the spate of Bush as Jesus pictures.  I know this because
yourecently carried an animated graphic of the Bush/Lord/Crown pic.  So...

I'm not religious - I'm a devout atheist - but in my recent encounters
with believers in invisible sky beings I came across this New Testament
quote which seems particularly germane to the recent spate of Bush as Jesus
pictures.  Perhaps you might like to collect them together along with
the biblical quote.  Below is the KJV version, the other bible translations
give different  renditions which are stronger in some places and weaker
in others.  Taken together, they are downright scary.

  2 Thessalonians 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that
day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man
of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

  2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that
is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Now, does that describe George WaNker Bush or does that describe George
WaNker Bush?  He has certainly had his spin-merchants "shew" him as God
in those recent pictures.  Well, Jesus-God as opposed to God-God or
Ghost-God, whom are all really God, but God is different from God-God
in some ineffable way (sorry, as an atheist I still find the concept of
the trinity incomprehensible gibberish).

Interesting point...  The Anti-Christ is assumed by most people to be
the antithesis of Christ.  In actual fact, according to religious
dogma,the Anti-Christ is an imposter falsely claiming to be Christ in His
second coming.  That is not George Wanker Bush - YET - but he loves
playing dress-up...


Thanks for writing bdf. Shame on George Bush.  But he did tell us that Jesus was his favorite political philosopher.

Yet, I have not found any Biblical reference on attacking your neighbors in a pre-emptive strike.  Has anyone?


"We have defeated Saddam Hussein and Iraq. The good news is Iraq is ours, and the bad news is Iraq is ours." —David Letterman

Graphic by Eric Maietta


Pro-Choice Group Plans Campaign To Repeal Ban On Abortions ...
Arizona Capitol Times, AZ - 11-11-03
... The challenge was brought by a 19-year-old unmarried Tucson woman who sought to have
an abortion at UMC, but was denied. The Supreme Court decision reversed a ...


Subject: Your website

Dear Lisa,
A friend brought to my attention your web site. I laughed my butt off. It's amazing to me that you really believe all the stuff you print. Although most of the material is getting old, you know, the stuff about republicans/conservatives polluting the air and water, mega tax breaks for the rich, pulling the wings off of butterflies, etc. However, there's nothing more enjoying than listening to liberals whine and whine about those "mean old republicans".
p.s. By the way, you might want to loose the cowboy hat. It really looks stupid when liberals/elitists wear clothing items that are normally worn by average people.

The Republicans have lifted pollution regulations on old factories.  Guess you missed that news. Click on this link for an education Groups protest changes to air act

Look at the budget deficit since Dubya gave all those tax cuts. Bush does fuzzy math.  My math shows if you don't have the money and you give a huge tax cut, you run a deficit. I only got one tax cut last year from Bush.  $400 dollars because I have a child. I still haven't received the one I am supposed to get this year.

The picture below is someone that looks really funny wearing a hat.

Thanks for writing.

Click here for your Uncle Bam Cartoon -Evil Twin of Uncle Sam




A special thanks to Andy and JTR.



NASA Terra satellite image shows the Caspian Sea. Turkmenistan has added its signature to a landmark environmental accord signed in Tehran on November 5 by the four other Caspian Sea states, officials said. (NASA-HO/File)