December 8,  2003 Monday

Putin Hails Parliamentary Election; OSCE Criticizes Vote
VOA News 08 Dec 2003, 12:16 UTC

...a top official of the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe, Bruce George, said the balloting failed to meet international standards and represents a retreat from Russia's democratic reforms. Mr. George said the election was "overwhelmingly distorted" by the extensive use of state resources.

The pro-Kremlin United Russia party has nearly 37 percent of the vote, almost three times more than its closest rival, the Communist Party. The Communists were the top vote-getters in the previous two elections....

Putin Calls Elections Fair Despite Observers' Criticism
New York Times - 12-8-03
MOSCOW, Dec. 8 President Vladimir V. Putin today described as "free, honest, open and democratic" parliamentary elections here that international observers criticized only moments later as a step backward in Russia's democratic transition.
U.S. Expresses Concern on Russian Vote
Monday December 8, 2003 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration joined European human rights officials on Monday in expressing concern about the fairness of Russian parliamentary elections on Sunday that delivered big victories to allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Didn't W say he looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul?   Maybe it takes one to know one?


Storm brews as China tackles Bush
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 12-8-03

When the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, meets the US President, George Bush, in Washington today he will find a notably more restrained leader than the newly elected president of three years ago who vowed to do "all that it takes" to defend Taiwan and offered the island modern destroyers and submarines to protect itself against China....


On Google, "Miserable Failure" Links to Bush 12/8

Graphic by Oz

Denial of Purple Heart medals raises questions about casualty count
Knight Ridder Newspapers

GULFPORT, Miss. - (KRT) - An influential Mississippi congressman has raised the possibility that the Pentagon has undercounted combat casualties in Iraq after he learned that five members of the Mississippi National Guard who were injured Sept. 12 by a booby trap in Iraq were denied Purple Heart medals....


"I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes. "
-- Richard Nixon, US President

Graphic by DamnRebel

From Florida To Baghdad
Dar Al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia - 12-8-03
The name of James Baker was suggested more than once in Washington, and specifically at the White House, to manage the post-war Iraq file. And finally the former Secretary of State under George Bush senior was appointed to administer what appears to be a marginal issue, but really lie at the heart of the case: managing Iraq's debts; in other words, controlling Iraq's monetary policies in the post-war period, in an era of chaos and total uncertainty...

My fellow Dems, I think we have got ourselves a winner
Molly Ivins - 12-8-03
... But then I saw Dean laugh his way through a Chris Matthews interview (which he should
have done with Tim Russert, who was hell-bent on gotcha questions), and I ...



The Lybian army is capable of destroying America and breaking its nose.
-- Muammar Qaddafi


Graphic by Damn Rebel using Fresh Laundy's background generator

click here for the Bush Backdrop Generator


I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version.
-- Colonel Oliver North, from his Iran-Contra testimony

Space is almost infinite. As a matter of fact, we think it is infinite.
-- Dan Quayle, US VP, head of the Space Council

It's really hard to hate George W Bush. He reminds me of the little,
lost puppy trapped on a traffic island in the middle of a Manhattan

Oracle Jones

Haha.  He reminds me of a shark in a feeding frenzy.

Hi Lisa,
Here's another "prediction". I suspect Fox lies will be become more
virulent as the election season approaches.

Just think what rumors are to be spread by the GOP!  How exciting!  Maybe we'll soon see the headline in the NY POST  Hillary has Alien Baby.



I wanted to let you know that you need to correct the error that must have been made on your site. It says:
"Rush must be back on drugs" ~
somebody erased the bottom of the B to make it look like an R.
Please accept our apologies Rush.

Gotta love it!

Bush gets a Rush.

On This Day In History  December 8

1941 As a result of the attack on Pearl Harbour, Britain, the United States and Australia declared war on Japan

1962 - Striking workers of the International Typographical Union closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days, ending on April 1, 1963. A total of 5,700,000 readers were affected by the shutdown.

1980 - John Lennon was shot and killed on this day in 1980 as he stood outside of his New York City apartment house, the Dakota.

1991 The Soviet Union came to an end, with the forming of a 'Commonwealth of Independent States'

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.
George W. Bush, US President, Yale University commencement speech, 2001


A series of rocky outcroppings are a prominent feature of this Sahara Desert landscape near the Terkezi Oasis in the country of Chad. The image taken on October 22, 2000 by the Landsat  satellite.