Tuesday -- December 7, 2004





1,000th U.S. soldier killed in action in Iraq
Reuters, 12-7-04
BAGHDAD -- A U.S. soldier has been shot dead on patrol in Baghdad, bringing the number of U.S. troops killed in action in Iraq to 1,000. ...


Karzai takes presidential oath
Albuquerque Tribune, N.M., 12-7-04
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Hamid Karzai was sworn in today as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president, calling for sustained help from the international ...

CIA memo paints bleak picture of Iraq's future
Houston Chronicle, 12-7-04
... being offered by the Bush administration before the elections scheduled for Iraq next month, the officials said. The cable was sent to CIA headquarters after ...

1,000 U.S. soldiers dead because of Iraq.  Osama bin Laden must be pleased.

"Tommy Thompson, the secretary of Health and Human services, has resigned. And when he resigned he said, 'I can't understand why terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it's so easy to do.' And today Osama Bin Laden said, 'Tommy, thanks for the tip.' " -- Jay Leno


Subject: No More War


This website has been our truth-line to Iraq for some weeks, and I don't know if you've had the link on your Allhatnocattle, so this is why I'm sending it. I read this dispatch this morning:
This is what the U.S. is doing to a country in the name of freedom.
Please spread the word.
And the "trophy hunters," the U.S. soldiers who see these victims as less than human, are the representatives of you and me, of democracy:

The independent journalist, Dahr Jamail, is highly respected and used by many news services, including the BBC. His home page is: Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches: http://dahrjamailiraq.com/index.php

We can't stand by and let our country destroy these children,
families, sacred mosques, and ancient civilization. We must scream out a collective, "NO MORE WAR!"

Yours for truth,

M. Ross

The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News

"So, you're Sean Combs" — that's what President Bush kept saying yesterday as he gave the hip-hop mogul a private tour of the White House. Click here

"President Bush has nominated Bernard Kerik to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security.

Kerik is a former prison warden. See, Bush wanted him around to make sure nobody

 else in the Cabinet tries to escape."  – Jay Leno

Disturbing News


Republican Shenanigans

"For the last month, we've had to listen to a lot of conservative pundits talk about how Democrats need to run away from Hollywood. It's actually the opposite. Democrats need to embrace Hollywood, because this is where they need to come to learn how to tell a story." -- "Fahrenheit 9/11" director Michael Moore.

Rock-The-Voter News


"Because of my age, I can't party with the big guys anyway. I haven't seriously smoked pot in years." -- Tommy Chong, 66, who is taking a role in the off-Broadway show "The Marijuana-Logues" after serving nine months in prison for selling a bong, as quoted in the New York Post.

Good News

"No wonder right-wingers are so afraid of education! It opens minds, instead of closing them. — Caro, www.makethemaccountable.com

Graphic By Patricia Gerber, San Francisco


Hiya Lisa:

I wrote the following short poem back in December of 1990 when our troops were getting ready for the first gulf war...I came across it over the weekend and found it (sadly) to be more relevant today. Do you think there is any chance that the Ghosts of Christmas will haunt GW and show him the error of his ways. If they do, I hope they don't refer to themselves as apparitions, because that will throw Dubya for a loop. Anyway Merry Christmas to you, the large editor, and all the allhatnocattle visitors.

I'm spending Christmas in the Holy Land
Lying here in the sand
Face down with my arms wrapped 'round my gun

The moon shines like steel
Down on the oil fields
And on the ghosts of Babylon

And I know if he were here tonight
Be it Krishna, or Allah, or Jesus Christ he'd say
It's the same old story

And I know if we'd take the time to look
And take the time to read their books, we'd say
It's the same old story

I'm spending Christmas in the Holy Land
Lying here in the sand
Clinging to a picture of you and I

Matt Mahoney
Springfield, Ohio

"In the past four years, a campaign fund run by Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
has lost over half a million dollars in the stock market. But he says he can't worry about that right now.
He's too busy with a new plan to privatize social security."
-- Jay Leno

Biz-Tech News

"The president and Laura Bush sent a record two million Christmas cards. One for each resigning member of his cabinet." -- Jay Leno

Bush-Prison-Torture News

Bush Arrested! From FauxNewsChannel

Go-F***-Yourself News


Hi Lisa,

I'm stunned that the latest news on the
abstinence-only sex-education programs sponsored by
the Monkey Boy administration hasn't caused the uproar
that Janet Jackson's breast did during that Super Bowl
halftime show. After all, we're talking about what
kids learn in school here, a place where they're
supposed to become less, and not more ignorant.

Maybe this has to do with the efforts by the vast
right-wing conspiracy that wants to get as many
Americans as possible sold on the idea that knowledge
might be some kind of Hollywood value, and that
ignorance is one of the most important Heartland
values (and, by definition, at least according to
dopes like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rush
"Hillbilly-Heroin King" Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, the
Savage Weiner and their friends, the only values that
should exist in this country.)

From a redneck point of view, that makes sense; after
all, I don't think there is any better way to make
sure that today's kids getting that kind of education
will become the proud Red-Staters of tomorrow. This is
just too sickening and disgusting. I just hope someday
people will see what ignorance is good for: electing
GOP candidates that will always favor big corporations
and religious fundamentalists, such as Jerry Falwell,
over working people that have got little or nothing of
the Dubya tax cuts.

Take care,

Daniel L

What may save us from the dumbing down of America is the Internet Al Gore invented.
The pixel pen is mightier than the bayonet.

"San Diego's Petco Park has announced they are going to start selling organic hot dogs.
So now when you go to a baseball game, the hot dogs are clean -- it's just the players
that are packed with artificial fillers." 
-- Jay Leno

Odd News

This artist's conception by architect Series-Series-Maitre de Vallon is one of 454 'Olympic Landmark' designs presented at the Arsenal Pavillon in Paris on Dec. 7, 2004. The Paris 2012 organization launched an international architecture competition open to designers as part of the Paris bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. (Series-Series-Maitre de Vallon)