November 24,  2003 Monday

Will senior citizen revolt of '89 repeat itself?
Buffalo News, NY - 11-24-03

... For Rostenkowski, the Illinois Democrat who at the time was the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, it all boiled over on a hot day in August when he failed to sell the new coverage to elderly activists at a senior citizens center on Chicago's North Side. Brandishing canes, some waving signs saying "Rottenkowski," they chased the sweating, panicked lawmaker to his car. When they surrounded his car, he got out and ran down the street.

Within months, Congress had repealed the law...

       This Isn't the Old AARP Los Angeles Times (subscription)
       Medicare Reform
       Medicare `Reform': Try Again Hartford Courant

GOP picks up Democratic senators' support for Medicare bill
Stamford Advocate, CT  - 11-24-03
... Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Ron Wyden of Oregon announced they would vote for the bill, bringing the number of announced Democratic supporters to nine. Republicans control the Senate 51-48 with one independent....

Democrats demand GOP pull ad
NH Primary, United States - 11-24-03
... nothing more than an attempt "to get the public's mind off the joblessness in America,
the bad prescription Medicare drug bill_. . . the energy bill, which ...

Who in their right mind would trust a republican to remake Medicare?


Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, invented on these very
shores. It is a good thing that we, as a people, spend one day a year
in prayerful communion with family and friends, counting our blessings and
practicing the gratitude attitude. Who can argue with a good meal,
football and a nap? And, better yet, the day after, it’s off to the
mall! Yes, Thanksgiving is quintessentially American. The story of the
English pilgrims and the original occupants peacefully sharing nature’s
bounty at tables of brotherhood is a comforting reminder that
bipartisanship has a long and enduring tradition. Of course, after a
promising start, it didn’t work out so well for you know who....

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Americans make an ass off Iraqi donkeys
Reuters, UK - 11-24-03

 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Since guerrillas used donkeys to outwit the high-tech defences of the U.S. military in Iraq, the life of the beast of burden has never been so miserable.

Attackers used donkey carts to launch Katyusha rockets at the Oil Ministry and two fortified Baghdad hotels on Friday. Two other donkey carts were stopped -- one carrying more rockets, the other a donkey-bomb wired up with explosives ...


North Iraq hit by fresh violence
BBC News, UK - 11-24-03


"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." Bertrand de Jouvenal


Pentagon bankers may bail out Black

'Ex-Presidents Club' ready to throw lifeline to embattled Telegraph owner

Sunday November 23, 2003  - The Observer

A powerful banking group with close links to the Pentagon, which has also invested money on behalf of the Bin Laden family, is in talks to bail out beleaguered Daily Telegraph owner Conrad Black...

Bush Inks $401B Defense Bill
CBS News - 11-24-03

Low-Yield Nukes
Why spend money on useless weapons?
By Fred Kaplan - Slate - Nov. 21, 2003, at 1:51 PM PT

A little-noted clause of the Fiscal Year 2004 defense bill, which both houses of Congress passed with barely a shrug last week, puts the United States back in the business—after a decadelong moratorium—of developing, testing, and eventually building a new generation of exotic nuclear weapons...


"This bill is purely a mechanism for the President of the United States to get votes. I don't think he gives one damn about the seniors he claims to be helping." - Dr. Howard Dean on the remaking of Medicare

Love Him , Hate Him
TIME - 11-24-03
... tend to love him or hate him without any complicating shades of gray. Shout "George
Bush" in a crowded theater, and people dive into two trenches. A new TIME/ ...

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” Edward Abbey

Democrats hit AARP's ties to insurers, Republicans
San Diego Union Tribune, CA - Nov 20, 2003
... leader Nancy Pelosi noted that AARP chief executive William Novelli wrote the preface
to a recent book on health care by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R ...


 " I don't care if you're on a 1200 baud modem - you MUST check this out.
  This is the smoking gun of how Bush lied and got hundreds of soldiers killed for no goddamn reason.
  His own words, assembled and strung together like a rosary of murderous lies." --Bartcop on




I want to buy the eyeliner he wears.




"First Rush Limbaugh, now Michael Jackson. Mom's whole world is crumbling." - David Letterman


Clinton Visits India, His Bus Breaks-Down & He Gets Left Out In ...
PHXNews, United States - 11-24-03
Bill Clinton took a bus to visit the Taj Mahal, but had to walk back to his hotel.
It seems the steering on his fast-moving bus failed, but the driver was able to halt the environmentally friendly bus without incident.
A later investigation of the incident involving Clinton found that a bolt holding the steering in place had broken off, causing the steering to freewheel...


Gee, that was a close call for Bill.




Today's highlight in history:

Today is Monday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2003. There are 37 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

In 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, accused of assassinating President Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television.

On this date:

In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution.

Ten years ago: Congress gave its final approval to the Brady handgun control bill.

Five years ago: America Online confirmed it was buying Netscape Communications in a deal ultimately worth $10 billion.

One year ago: The Iraqi government complained that the small print behind upcoming U.N. weapons inspections would give Washington a pretext to attack.


"Boy, they were big on crematoriums, weren't they?"

George H.W. Bush, (Comment made on tour of Auschwitz)

Queen's fury as Bush goons wreck garden

 By Terry O'Hanlon 1 Nov 23 2003

THE Queen is furious with President George W. Bush after his state visit caused thousands of pounds of damage to her gardens at Buckingham Palace.

Royal officials are now in touch with the Queen's insurers and Prime Minister Tony Blair to find out who will pick up the massive repair bill....





Speed boat race in the Florida keyes.