December 27-28, 2003 Weekend Edition

Rise in religion could change voting
Contra Costa Times, CA - 12-27-03

The increasing influence of religion in American life is widely expected to shake up the 2004 presidential contest, realigning some traditional voting blocs in ways that might surprise both major parties, political pollsters and experts say.

Some Jewish and Muslim voters appear to be abandoning their past party affiliations and fewer evangelical Christians may go to the polls, adding to the volatility of the race.

The Bush administration's strategy to lure Jewish voters away from the Democratic Party seems to be working, said...

Israel "will dig own grave" if it attacks Iran nuclear sites: ... - 12-27-03
... Iranian nuclear sites, the head of the Iranian air force General Seyed Reza Pardis told a news agency close to the Islamic regime's hardliners. "The threats of ...
Jersey Chemical Plants May Be Terror Targets
1010 Wins, United States - 12-26-03
... the nation's level of terrorism preparedness a week ago, calling an "orange" alert due to general reports of threats against nuclear ... Al-Qaeda has ...

Has Pat Robertson ever been held accountable for saying he wanted to nuke the State Dept?

Editorial: Peace on Earth? Not quite
Wisconsin State Journal, WI - 12-27-03
At the close of the year, in the too quick period between Christmas and New Year's Eve, it is good to reflect on the progress of the planet and its people.

Is this a more peaceful globe today than it was a year ago?

Is this a more secure and sympathetic time than when last we paused to reflect?

The answer should be obvious now that the Department of Homeland Security has raised the terrorism alert level to "high."...


"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
- H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

Limbaugh's woes can't be pinned on Democrats
Wisconsin State Journal, WI - 12-26-03
Guess who's claming to be a victim now? Rush Limbaugh says he's a victim of Democratic smears by people who are using his admitted drug addiction as a means of wrecking his reputation through leaks of his legal problem. <

Limbaugh's legal problem is that Florida investigators think he may have gone "doctor shopping" to get his drugs. After checking pharmacy records and finding four doctors prescribed him 2,000 highly addictive painkiller pills, they seized the radio personality's medical records. The assumption is no sane doctor would prescribe 2,000 pills....

''Let's pretend that Saddam Hussein is a late-term fetus and we're just going to abort him. Does that make it easier for you liberals?'' -Rush Limbaugh

Merry Christmas from Dick Cheney
Working for Change, CA -  By Molly Ivins - Dec 26, 2003

VP holiday greetings make frightening reference to God and empire

AUSTIN -- Vice President Cheney's Christmas card this year not only offers best wishes in this holiday season but also bears the following quotation from Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention: "And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" Food for thought there: a heavy meal, in fact...

"Black holes are where God divided by zero."
- Steven Wright


I'm trying to find for a friend a video I believe you had linked to...
it was a comparison of the timeline about what Bush said he knew and where
he was when things happened Sept 11... I'm sure you remember the video...
it was very powerful and striking assuming it was correct. Can you point
me to it, or what issue you covered it in?


- Tab

Tab, here is the link

Glasgow Daily Record, UK - 12-27-03
... A total of 331 US troops have died since Washington announced the end of major combat in Iraq on May 1. ... The rising death toll is putting George Bush ...
       Iraq insurgents make Christmas week a deadly one - Channel News Asia

"God, please save me from your followers!"
- Bumper Sticker

Hello. My husband Allen and I absolutely loved Dan Tyler's 12/22/03
WWJD? column. It was deeply moving. We're having a bit more trouble with
finding the charity in our hearts for the referenced individual, but Dan is
right on! Thanks so much for bringing him to your website. Love the website!

Merry Christmas and a hope-filled New Year to both of you and your
loved ones.

Nancy C

I am glad you enjoyed Dan's column...I did too.
I am not a religious person but I admire Christians with kindness in their hearts, unlike compassionate conservative hypocrites.
Thank you for writing and visiting my site!
Have a wonderful holiday!

FDA blasted over past enforcement
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA - 12-27-03

Long before mad cow disease appeared in Washington, the federal government slammed the Food and Drug Administration for failing to adequately enforce feed regulations, a key piece of the nation's firewall against the disease...

US cow infected with mad cow disease was imported from Canada: US
Servihoo, Mauritius - 12-27-03
The first US cow infected with mad cow disease was imported from Canada, the US Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said. ...

"Maybe this world is another planet's Hell."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Frank Luntz with fellow GOP spinner/gambler, Bill Bennett.


Wreckreation: Paying to play on public lands
Working for Change, CA - Dec 10, 2003

...Was Secretary Norton pulling language from the playbook of Frank Luntz, the nationally known GOP consultant and polling whiz?

Nearly a decade ago Luntz helped draft then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America." A year later, Luntz wisely recommended that the party tone down its rhetoric when an editorial in The New York Times maintained that "it became clear that the Gingrich revolution had gone too far in its attacks on environmental law...


"I don't read books, but I write more than anyone else...." -Frank Luntz, Republican huckster/pollster on C-SPAN 12-27-03

"I would have made a good Pope."
- Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)

Uncle Bam - Evil Twin of Uncle Sam

Today's 'toon focuses on a "Year's End" re-cap of Bush business.

click here

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Today in History - December 27

1831 Darwin begins his voyage to South America on board the HMS Beagle

1900 Carrie Nation's 1st public smashing of a bar (Hotel Carry Annex Bar, Wichita KS)

1927 Stalin's faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky expelled

1932 Radio City Music Hall opens (New York NY)

1934 Shah of Persia declares Persia now Iran

1937 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

1943 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government

1968 Apollo 8 returns to Earth

1968 China People's Republic performs nuclear test at Lop Nor People's Republic of China

1979 Soviet troops invade Afghánistán, President Hafizullah Amin overthrown

1983 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)

1992 Harry Connick Jr is caught with 9mm gun in New York's JFK airport

1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3792.93

I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. ~Original Pledge of Allegiance, 1892

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"The United States is not a Christian nation. It is a great nation with Christians, among others, in it. But our greatness is based on the fact that there is no official religion." ~Former Senator Lowell Weicker (R-CT)


 An artist's impression shows the Beagle 2 probe entering the atmosphere of Mars, with its heat resistant shield in action in action as it hurtles toward the red planet. There has been no contact from Beagle 2, which was supposed to land on Christmas Day. Rumor has it that it was Bill Clinton's fault. (Ho/European Space Agency ESA )