Happy New Year!  12-31-03  Wednesday

Ashcroft recuses self in CIA leak probe
Buffalo News, NY - 12-31-03
... said that while the probe had widened to include the CIA, the State ... one person they interviewed recently that investigators were "zeroing in" on the leaker. ...
       Leak probe shifts gears - Atlanta Journal Constitution
       Ashcroft steps aside in leak probe - Barre Montpelier Times Argus
       Bush Administration Names Prosecutor in CIA Leak Case (Update4) - Bloomberg
Chicago lawyer assigned CIA case
Chicago Daily Herald, IL - 12-31-03
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft removed himself Tuesday from the ... newspaper columnist, and a career federal prosecutor from Chicago was named ...
The Right Thing, at Last
New York Times - 12-31-03
... General John Ashcroft finally did the right thing yesterday when he recused himself from the investigation into who gave the name of a CIA operative to the ...

I wonder why Ashcroft appointed a Chicago prosecutor so far away from DC , when there are dozens of experienced special prosecutors right there in Washington DC?

“Washington floats on a sea of leaks. What was unusual about this [CIA Leaker} was that he did not call one or two reporters, as is the usual practice, but called a half dozen reporters. The intent of the leak becomes more clear and more serious.” –Jonathon Turley on CNN AM 12-31-03

SUBJECT: John Gibson on FOX

Hi Lisa,
Roger Ailes hasn't changed his style since he was running Reagan's
disinfo machine.

Hahahaha, Steve.  I heard another blonde from the bimbo brigade, KellyAnne Fitzpatrick (the GOP blonde pollster with teeth like Steven Tyler from ArrowSmith) on some cable news show yesterday---she was literally spitting out moralistic judgments about Bill Clinton and how disgusting a husband and president he was.
Roger Ailes is the President of the Dumbing Down of America.  His definition of fair and balanced news is Fear and Ballistic news. Thanks for the great toon and comment.

Halliburton Flap Prompts Change
CBS News - 12-31-03
... products into Iraq under a mission awarded without competitive bids. Cheney headed Halliburton before running for vice president. ...

Cheney's Multi-Million Dollar Revolving Door

As Bush Sr.'s secretary of defense, Dick Cheney steered millions of dollars in government business to a private military contractor -- whose parent company just happened to give him a high-paying job after he left the government.

…In 1992, the Pentagon, then under Cheney's direction, paid Texas-based Brown & Root Services $3.9 million to produce a classified report detailing how private companies -- like itself -- could help provide logistics for American troops in potential war zones around the world….After Bill Clinton's election cost Cheney his government job, he wound up in 1995 as CEO of Halliburton Company, the Dallas-based oil services giant -- which just happens to own Brown & Root Services….


“When Dick Cheney was CEO of the oilfield supply firm Halliburton, the company did $23.8 million in business with Saddam Hussein…” - Molly Ivins

“You’ve got to go where the oil is. I don’t think about it [political volatility] very much,” Cheney told the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association annual meeting in 1998.

The Bush family connections go back to 1984 when Jeb Bush began a close association with Camilo Padreda, a former intelligence officer with the Batista dictatorship overthrown by Fidel Castro. –The Guardian 12-2-02

Columba Bush - In 1999, she publicly apologized after she was caught by customs officials trying to sneak $19,000 worth of Paris goods into the country. -Online Journal

The Relatively Charmed Life Of Neil Bush (washingtonpost.com)
The Relatively Charmed Life Of Neil Bush Despite Silverado and Voodoo,
Fortune Still Smiles on the President's Brother By Peter ...

The Bush scandals really make me long for the Clinton scandals.

"A little learning is a dangerous thing. I must say that Rush Limbaugh is increasingly becoming a warning to kids of the perils of dropping out of school."
Arianna Huffington when she was still a conservative

Graphic by Oz

Will mad cow damage Bush's presidency?
Reuters, UK - 12-31-03
... President George W. Bush is faced with the first outbreak of mad cow disease in the
United States and his administration is worried about the political fallout ...


Mad cow outbreak contributed to British PM defeat
Reuters AlertNet, UK - 12-31-03
... President George W. Bush is faced with the first outbreak of mad cow disease in the
United States and his administration is worried about the political fallout ...


Subject: Wes & Bill

[A Clark-Clinton ticket would be the fastest way to clean up the Bush Inc. mess.]

So, If Bill's Vice Prez, (the Constipitution doesn't ban that to my knowledge) and IF the Right Wingers manage to off another Democrat in some unfortunate "accident"......does that mean Hastert gets the presidency????

-Swami Damnam Bandanaman

I would think the right wing has covered all of their bases, or have they?


Dear Lisa,
Happy New Year and thanks for all you do for us. You continue to be
very brave. Just a quick question. Would it be accurate to say that the
country has been suffering from Mad Cow Disease ever since the 2000
Elections? Or would that be Mad Cowboy Disease? Given the name of your site,
I thought you would be the one to ask.
Your faithful reader,
Phil Schultz

Happy New Year Philip!  All I know is that the Mad Cowboy doesn't have any cattle following him, only sheep.

"All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)
U.S. writer, poet, philosopher


Two Easy Ways to get a Democrat back in the White House.



1.  Tell the truth


2.  Show pictures.


Bush was told the second tower was hit (9-11-01)





One minute 15 seconds after Bush was told the second tower was  hit



Four minutes 45 seconds after Bush was told the second tower was hit


Why did Bush just sit there?

Would Clark, Dean, Gore, or Clinton just have sat there?

Inquiring minds deserve to know.



Subject: Pants on Fire tour hits FL!

Dear Lisa, do your best to recruit, and alert your local media. We are.

Jan 6 - Mar 1 !!!! Volunteer to drive ! Or at least a place for it to park!


p.s. attachment is : One FL Family's Orange Alert Christmas...in front of an
*orange* tree, natch.

Yours truly,
Naples, FL

Dear Mayre, Good luck with your tour!  Have a happy and healthy new year.

"If you ever see me getting beaten by the police, put down the video camera and come help me."
-- Bobcat Goldthwait



The Stardust spacecraft, developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The small spacecraft, weighing only about 770 pounds (350 kg), is scheduled to gather particles of a comet January 2, 2004 and later jettison a Sample Return Capsule containing the comet particles, which is scheduled to land January 2006 in a desert area of the state of Utah in the United States. The sample return capsule is pictured at left of spacecraft, with aero gel dust collector extended. (NASA/HO)