December 23, 2003 Tuesday
' Old Europe ' - - Phrase of the Year
BERLIN (Reuters) -
"Old Europe" -- a term Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld used to
disparage Germany and France for resisting war in Iraq -- was named phrase
of the year in Germany by a panel of language experts.
By CHRISTOPHER MARQUIS NYTIMES
22 — As a special envoy for the Reagan administration in 1984, Donald H.
Rumsfeld, now the defense secretary, traveled to Iraq to persuade officials
there that the United States was eager to improve ties with President Saddam
Hussein despite his use of chemical weapons, newly declassified documents
A Political Scorecard for 2003
BusinessWeek - 12-23-03
It's impossible to finish a list of 2003 winners and losers without at least
one international honoree. ... But as the euro soars and the dollar drops,
could Old Europe get the last laugh?
Rumsfeld is quite an obfuscator who often inserts
foot in mouth.
Secrets, Lies and Media Privilege
Los Angeles Times, CA - 12-23-03
Should government agents, operating on their own authority
and in violation of privacy law, be allowed to smear Americans by leaking
false information to the media? Are journalists who print those lies
protected by the 1st Amendment from revealing their sources, thereby
preventing those falsely accused from obtaining justice through lawsuits?...
"It was like Ground Hog Day. He popped out
of a hole, and we got four more years of Bush." —Bill Maher, on Saddam's
25 Rules For Being A
by Michell Holman
1) Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you are
millionaire conservative radio jock, which makes it an "illness" and needs
our prayers for your "recovery".
2) You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve
success all on their own.
3) You have to believe that the US should get out of the UN, and that
our highest national priority is enforcing UN resolutions against Iraq.
4) You have to believe that government should stay out of people's
lives but it needs to punish anyone caught having private sex with the
5) You have to believe that pollution is ok, so long as it makes a
6) You have to believe in prayer in schools, as long as you don't
pray to Allah or Buddha.
7) "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving
their jobs to India.
8) You have to believe that a woman cannot be trusted with decisions
about her own body, but that large multinational corporations can make
decisions affecting all mankind with no regulation whatsoever.
9) You have to believe that you love Jesus and Jesus loves you, and
that Jesus shares your hatred of AIDS victims, homosexuals, and Hillary
10) You hate the ALCU for representing convicted felons, but they
owed it to the country to bail out Oliver North.
11) You have to believe that the best way to encourage military
morale is to praise the troops overseas while cutting their VA benefits.
12) You believe that group sex and drug use are degenerate sins that
can only be purged by running for governor of California as a Republican.
13) You have to believe it is wise to keep condoms out of schools,
because we all know if teenagers don't have condoms they won't have sex.
14) You have to believe that the best way to fight terrorism is to
alienate our allies and then demand their cooperation and money.
15) You have to believe that government medicine is wrong and that
HMO's and insurance companies only have your best interests at heart.
16) You have to believe that providing health care to all Iraqis is
sound government policy but providing health care to all Americans is
17) You believe that tobacco's link to cancer and global warming are
"junk science", but Creationism should be taught in schools.
18) You have to believe that waging war with no exit strategy was
wrong in Vietnam but right in Iraq.
19) You have to believe that Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed
him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney was
doing business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin
20) You believe that government should restrict itself to just the
powers named in the Constitution, which includes banning gay marriages and
censoring the Internet.
21) You have to believe that the public has a right to know about the
adulterous affairs of Democrats, while those of Republicans are a "private
22) You have to believe that the public has a right to know about
Hillary's cattle trades but that Bush was right to censor those 28 pages
from the Congressional 9/11 report because you just can't handle the truth.
23) You support state rights, which means Ashcroft telling states
what locally passed voter initiatives he will allow them to have.
24) You have to believe that what Clinton did in the 1960's is of
vital national interest but what Bush did decades later is "stale news" and
25) You have to believe that trade with Cuba is wrong because it is
communist, but trading with China and Vietnam is just dandy.
SUBJECT: Rumsfeld video/
shaking hands w/ Saddam
Unfortunately, there's no audio...
at least Rumsfeld went after the monster he helped create.
Bu$h's Top Ten Dog-Waggin' Reasons to Raise the Turror Alert:
10) The "liberal media"
is suggesting that the recent Syrian concession actually has absolutely
nothing to do with me or my pre-emptive policies, but is rather a result of
10 years of negotiations begun under Former Devil President Bubba together
with European allies that we used to have.
9) Laura has cut me off and is
making me sleep in the Lincoln bedroom alone (when I ask Tommy to boost
it to Orange or Red, she gets scared and calls me back to bed to spoon her
8) My polls are slipping, and
Howard Dean is beginning to make sense.
7) The"liberal media"
continues to suggest that The Very Hungry Caterpillar truly may be the only
book that I've ever read, and that I've never touched a newspaper other than
The Weekly World News.
6) The "liberal media" is
making fun of my Holiday White House Video, featuring hilarious footage of
Buddy the Dog from last year.
5) I've been acutely
embarrassed by Fox's invitation to star in an episode of Simple Life, and
scoff at suggestions that I could make Paris Hilton look like a rocket
4) Economists are
questioning my tax cuts' real affect on the economy, and are calling
attention to my historic deficits and unemployment numbers.
3) Now that Saddam is captured,
all anyone wants to talk about is that pesky real turrorist- Osama
2) Santa called me last week to
inform me that since I so love to screw seniors, the environment, the
military, and helpless foreign countries.. he is bringing me a lump of coal
this year. The heightened alert may keep him at home.
and the number one reason I raised the turror alert to Orange:
1) Neocon lemmings will believe
it, and will ultimately blame the threat of turrorism on Clinton
-Bo (somewhere in the
Kelly widow to sell family home
Guardian, UK - Dec 16, 2003
The widow of Iraqi weapons expert David ... Dr Kelly ... whose
death sparked a major investigation
into the government's reasons for entering into war on Iraq ...
SUBJECT: Dan Tyler's column WWJD?
Just a few thoughts on [Dan Tyler's column] column, WWJD. After reading WWJD,
my first reaction was to get just a touch angry. Why you ask? A fuzzy
sweater wearing, granola-eating, tree hugging, love everyone and anyone,
folk singer is telling me he's gone off and forgiven DOTUS -- AKA: Dufas Of
The United States -- for all of those nasty neocon transgressions.
Damn! Are there little cartoon Disney characters circling around Mr. Tyler's
head singing "whistle while you work?" What planet is the left bank of the
creek on? C'mon Lisa, please tell Mr. Tyler to wake the hell up and smell
the dissolved mercury in the air.
With all due respect,. Mr. Tyler, in case you've been off visiting Middle
Earth for the last few years and haven't noticed, there's a freaking war
going on! No, it's not the all too familiar and well-worn WOT -- war on
terror, its the one the flat-earth gopers are waging against the ROW -- Rest
of the World.
Mr. Tyler, one of the main reasons we have been losing this war with the
fanatics on the right, is that as true Liberals, we have either forgiven or
ignored their outrageous and savage attacks on our Democratic beliefs and
ideals. Give gopers an inch, they take everything that aint nailed down, and
piss on your leg while they do it.
Sadly, this forgive and forget approach has been dismal failure for all of
us. Time for Plan B. We need to fight back. We need to hit these bastards
where it hurts -- send them packing. Vote the carpet baggers out of office
and prosecute the law-breakers.
Forgiving is for victors.
Bottom line....When dotus is playing drop the soap with lard mountain
Limbaugh in a federal "rest camp," I'll think about forgiveness. In the
meantime, "No Prisoners!
WWJD? Well, as I recall Jesus did run the money changers out of the temple
Tom, A lot of
people feel the way you do and others don't. The next email expresses
an opinion different from yours. I like to give all Democratic
points of view. Viewers of this site include atheist rockers and even
I say AMEN to Mr. Tyler's
article on "WWJD?" I am tired of seeing the Christian faith exploited not
only by him and other Republicans, but by politicians and others that are in
the media. His article makes a poignant statement on learning to turn the
other cheek, and loving our enemies. When Jesus teaches his followers how to
love, he emphasizes loving one's enemies. He knew this would be the hardest
commandment to follow. I say that if one is not prepared to follow the
teachings of the Bible rigidly they should not profess Christ at all.
Bush is an embarrassment, his ideals of Christianity are much different from
my own. For some reason, maybe it is because I have read my Bible and
understand what Christ means by love, I think I am right and Bush is wrong.
A real Christian does not allow working families to loose their jobs and
send men and women to die so that he and his friends can make money.
Christianity is about taking care of others, and that includes renouncing
worldly desires such as greed and hate. We are not to fight evil, America
has not been appointed to fight evil, for it cannot be destroyed however it
can be created.
Bush has created much evil in the world, and he spreads it. He puts up a
weak facade of faith, that can easily be destroyed. He cannot even defend
it, he can only give a brash answer that proves he is not a man of faith.
The Bible tells Christians to give answers so that they provoke love. My
only plea to Americans and the world is to please not judge Christians and
Christianity by the actions and words of Bush and the Right.
Another poignant point that Mr. Tyler makes is that he too must love his
enemy, Bush. I agree, how can the correct view of Christianity be seen if
those who truly believe do not do what is asked. I would be a hypocrite if I
refused to forgive Bush for the horrendous evil that he has committed. With
this said, I am still decided that I will not vote for him!
to you too Angeline.
In case any of you
missed Dan's column, see below.
Imagine this scene: Resident Bush is
holding one of his rare press conferences. He calls on one of his favorite
reporters, a “safe” and cynical television guy, wise to the ways of
Washington, whose softball “question” has been pre-approved by Karl Rove.
But, the night before, this reporter was visited by an angel and given
another question to ask the Resident. The experience shook the reporter to
his core and changed him deeply. When Bush calls on him, the reporter asks,
“Mr. President. Let me ask a simple question. In the war on terrorism,
what would Jesus do?”...
medical records ordered opened
San Jose Mercury News, CA - 12-23-03
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors can examine Rush
Limbaugh's medical records
to determine whether he should be charged with ``doctor shopping'' for ...
Bush & Democracy
Consortium News - Dec 22, 2003
... the Bush family has long done business with many
repressive states, including the
communist government of China, where George W. Bush’s brother, Neil
for a Teenager: Family Sees Tie to Ex-Presidents
New York Times
KENNEBUNK, Me., Dec. 18 — It was supposed to be simple, breaking
into a small boatyard near here and stealing a marine radio to monitor police
Jeb Bush's Office Shuts Out 'Palm Beach Post'
Editor & Publisher - Dec 18, 2003
... end interview with Gov. Jeb Bush
because his office said the newspaper's
bureau chief has treated staff members inappropriately. ...
artist's rendering, released December 19, 2003, shows the Freedom Tower which
will be built on the site of the former World Trade Center in lower Manhattan
with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground, left. The Freedom Tower, designed
by architects David Childs and Daniel Libeskind, will rise 1,776 feet above New
York becoming the world's tallest building. (Handout)