Does Bush have a food taster?
"President Bush was in California today. He was addressing the troops at Camp Pendleton. While there, Bush took a moment to thank all the people in California who voted for him. That is all it took; a moment." -- Jay Leno
Bush acknowledges toll war taking on military San Francisco Chronicle
Returning Fallujans will face clampdown Boston.com
"Kerik was a goon," said John Jones, a former hospital manager, who said he felt harassed by the security team. "They were Gestapo. . . . They made my life so miserable."
George Dubya's named his nominee
To head Homeland Security.
He's Rudy's man from head to toe.
But why Bush wants him, I don't know.
Can Kerik keep our homes secure?
The challenges are great, for sure.
With risks throughout our land and sea,
It's tough to keep us terror-free.
So what's on Kerik's resume
That makes Dub think he'll save the day?
He served as Rudy's bodyguard,
And kept him safe. I guess that's hard.
He also ran our New York jails,
A job at which some say he failed.
The rest of Kerik Alert is here:
Politics & Shopping
An activist from the environmental group Greenpeace pretends to be U. S. President George W. Bush carrying an umbrella, during a demonstration carried out to warn about the dangers of global warning as the world summit on global climate change continues in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 8, 2004. Scientists predict the rise in temperatures will accelerate melting glaciers and polar ice caps, leading to a rise in sea levels, extreme weather like heat waves, the spread of tropical diseases and the collapse of forests, coral reefs and farming. (Greenpeace)
"I think that Matt Lauer is -- how do I say this? -- I think being friends with the Bushes and ingratiating yourself to the Bush White House is terribly important to him, and I think he probably got high marks in September." – Kitty Kelley
Stabbing at USDA Shuts Down Building Washington Post
How Dire Is the Asian Bird Flu Threat? National Geographic
Reporters Trail Badly (Again) in Annual Poll on Honesty and Ethics Editor and Publisher
“Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?” -- Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team asked Donald Rumsfeld followed by applause.
Chief Petty Officer Suzette Dugger of the Navy's Surgical/Shock Trauma Platoon at the U.S. military camp in Taqaddum, Iraq, helps offload a wounded Marine from an ambulance after he was hurt during combat operations against insurgents in the western Iraqi city of Falluja, in this photograph released on Dec. 8, 2004. In the first six days of the U.S.-led offensive, the 63 surgeons, nurses, corpsmen, and other personnel of the platoon treated 157 patients and performed 73 operations. (USMC/Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin)
Flu shot purchase contentious Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
"Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson resigned from President Bush's cabinet. In his resignation speech, he said he can't understand why terrorists haven't attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do. He also said the rear kitchen door to the White House is always left unlocked, the guard at the Statue of Liberty falls asleep at 3 a.m. -- oh and Bush's likes to sleep with the window open." -- Jay Leno
Hi Lisa -- I'm not sure if this is up your alley but Sibel Edmonds the FBI whistleblower has taken her case to the American people. Her ONLINE PETITION to Congress needs support from anyone interested in transparency and accountability.
Best regards, Mimi
Trade persuades Europe to review China arms ban Guardian, UK
The Business Of Blogging BusinessWeek Online
Wineries look to high court for change in shipping rules San Diego Union Tribune
IBM Sells Its PC Business PC World -
Thanks so much for the humor and for giving us links to important
issues that the mainstream press often overlooks (or, dare I suggest it...
suppresses). I wonder if you know of this report:
Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for
"vote switching" software (By Wayne Madsen)
If you can see fit to do so, please post this on your web-site. We
need to spread the word about this as much as possible.
Graphic By Patricia Gerber -- San Francisco
"Early in 2002, the Taliban was split. About 50 percent of the Taliban leadership hated Osama bin Laden and wanted him out. We could have worked with them. But we went ahead and treated the Taliban as one entity. The Taliban has survived. Al Queda has survived. We wanted to eliminate crazy people who want to fly planes into buildings. But instead we dehumanized everyone in Afghanistan and Iraq." -- Seymour Hersh
PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY DESTROYED BY FIRE
Crawford, Texas -- A tragic fire on Saturday destroyed the personal library of
President George W. Bush. Both of his books were lost. A
presidential spokesman said the president was devastated, as he had not finished coloring the second one.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s new concept vehicle, the i-unit, is unveiled in Tokyo on Dec. 3, 2004. The one-seater resembles a wheelchair and will be displayed at an exposition in Aichi, central Japan, next year. (Shuji Kajiyama)