February 19,  2004  Thursday

KFMB, CA -2-19-04

President Bush touts his economic stewardship as a top re-election asset, yet offhand remarks and mixed signals by leading members of his economic team are proving politically embarrassing and handing fresh ammunition to Democrats....

FEC ruling may aid Dems in campaign
Los Angeles Daily News, CA - 2-19-04
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission said on Wednesday that advocacy groups that were established to get around fund-raising restrictions in the new campaign finance law may continue spend unlimited donations...

W.House Struggles to Halt Flap Over Jobs Report
MSN Money - 2-19-04
... about the damage being done to President ... The chairman of Bush's re-election campaign, Marc Racicot, continued a general Bush ... the number of jobs in 2004 ...

It wouldn't surprise me if W suspended the presidential election.

Bush's Approval Rating Slips In New Hampshire
WNNE-TV, VT – 2-19-04
DURHAM, NH -- A new poll shows President George W. Bush's approval ratings
in New Hampshire have fallen to their lowest levels since his election. ...


Subject: Age of Aquarius

Have you ever noticed how history seems to repeat itself? Your last e-mail got me to thinking about this. Have you noticed the resurgence of '50s nostalgia? Motorcycles are designed after the old Harley V-twins. Look at the Chrysler PT Cruiser, or the Ford Thunderbird, or the "new" Chevy SSR. Even Buick has the ghost of Harley Earl in its commercials. Have you noticed the number of television commercials being shot in black & white?

Now look at the political scene. McCarthy had us looking for a communist next door. Ashcroft wants us to find a terrorist. Civil Defense has been replaced with Homeland Security. The House Committee on Un-American Activities, shelters in the basement, stockpiles of rations, emergency preparedness, and evacuation routes are all back in some shape or form. The words "under God" were inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance during the Eisenhower administration. The "new" Republicans want the Ten Commandments hung everywhere. The fifties are back, just a little skewed, like we went through a time warp and picked up some unwanted pieces along the way. You almost expect to hear that spooky music and see Rod Serling appear.

Remember who took us into the next era? A congressman from Massachusetts with a warm smile and a thick head of hair. He was a Naval war hero. His wife had a sense of style and an appreciation of the arts. Together, they brought a sense of hope and encouragement to an America that desperately needed it. We called it Camelot. His initials were JFK.

This election won't be decided by the Supreme Court. It's already been foretold in the stars. I can feel it. Can't you? Remember the old 5th Dimension song from '69? Pour a glass of wine, close your eyes and sing along.

"When the moon is in the Seventh House
and Jupiter aligns with Mars
then peace will guide the planets
and love will steer the stars...."

I'm already digging in the closet. I think there's still a pair of bell-bottoms here somewhere. Peace....

Don G

Excellent commentary Don.
I do feel as tho I am in a time warp from the fifties...I'm expecting Bush to tell women to put a pillow between their knees for birth control.

I always looked good in bell bottoms. Is the Age of Aquarius over?  I am not too knowledgeable about astrology.

Thanks so much for writing.

The Vietnamese government says there are three million victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam, and that the number is growing as the defoliant continues to contaminate livestock and fish eaten by Vietnamese decades after it was used.

Legal action by Vietnamese Agent Orange victims was inevitable
Channel News Asia, Singapore - Feb 8, 2004
HANOI : Three Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange have begun legal action ... Vietnam War,
a move analysts say was inevitable ...

I wonder when the Iraqi's will start suing the US for the pre-emptive strike and all the radioactive material left by the Shock and Awe bombing campaign?

"Now there's speculation that President Bush had a nose job; probably what happened was, it started growing when he started telling those stories about the National Guard." Jay Leno


Disturbing News


Bush Administration 'Distorts Science' -Report

Reuters - Wed Feb 18, 4:57 PM ET

Top scientists and environmentalists on Wednesday accused the Bush administration of suppressing and

distorting scientific findings that run counter to its own policies.


National Debt Tops $7 Trillion

Reuters - Wed Feb 18, 6:10 PM ET

The U.S. government's national debt -- the accumulation of past budget shortfalls -- totaled more than

$7 trillion for the first time as of Tuesday, according to a Treasury Department report.


Experts: Executive Pay Still Out of Control

Reuters - Wed Feb 18,11:52 AM ET

Executive pay at U.S. companies is still out of control, with only the smallest glimmer of hope for

improvement, corporate governance experts said on Wednesday


Bush Backs Off Forecast of 2.6M New Jobs

AP - Thu Feb 19,12:43 AM ET

President Bush distanced himself Wednesday from White House predictions that the economy will

add 2.6 million jobs this year, the second embarrassing economic retreat in a week and new fuel

for Democratic criticism.


Nuclear Expert Tells AP Yucca Mt. Unsafe

AP - Wed Feb 18,11:24 PM ET

The nation's nuclear waste dump proposed for Nevada is poorly designed and could leak highly

radioactive waste, a scientist who recently resigned from a federal panel of experts on Yucca Mountain

told The Associated Press


New Netsky.B Worm Spreading on Internet

Reuters - Wed Feb 18, 2:44 PM ET

A new worm called "Netsky.B" emerged on the Internet on Wednesday, spreading by mimicking

familiar e-mail addresses and enticing users to open file attachments containing malicious software,

security experts said.


Mel Gibson's father says Holocaust exaggerated

AFP - Wed Feb 18, 3:05 PM ET

One week before the US release of Mel Gibson's controversial movie, "The Passion of the Christ," the

filmmaker's father has publicly reiterated claims that the Holocaust was exaggerated.


Judge Scolds Park Service Over Snowmobiles

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A federal judge threatened Tuesday to hold National Park Service officials in contempt

for violating his orders and deciding last week to allow more snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton

national parks…."It's just a nonchalant attitude of the government to a federal judge's order," the judge said,

setting a hearing for March 9 on a possible contempt finding….


University fury at coach's rape views
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand - 2-19-04
BOULDER - The president of the University of Colorado yesterday rebuked her head
gridiron coach for trying to explain the alleged rape of a woman player by



Graphic by Oz

NASCAR apologizes to fans for inconveniences during presidential visit


Last update: 16 February 2004

DAYTONA BEACH -- Race fans say the commander in chief took command of their seats.

Some Daytona 500 attendees seated near President Bush's suite Sunday complained they couldn't return to the grandstands after using the bathroom, grabbing a soda or buying a T-shirt...


Subject:  Attack of the Gay Agenda

Hi Lisa,

Thought you might get a kick out of this cartoon:


Keep up the good work!


I love Mark Fiore's flash animations!  Thanks for the link.



Stored Bullets Explode in Wis. Oven

Wed Feb 18, 8:11 PM ET

A man and his wife ducked behind a refrigerator when bullets began exploding in their oven, authorities say.


Car park as safe as Fort Knox

Wed Feb 18, 7:54 AM ET

A humble car park in Derby has been named alongside the bank vault at Fort Knox and the U.S.

President's plane Air Force One as one of the most secure places in the world.


New Internet technology not to be sniffed at

Wed Feb 18, 7:11 PM ET

Internet users in Britain might soon be able to spice up their e-mails with an added whiff of a

 well-chosen scent, according to a report.


Former Texas prison chef writes cookbook featuring recipes for final meals

Tue Feb 17, 2:46 PM ET

CROCKETT, Texas (AP) - With recipes for "gallows gravy" and "rice rigor mortis," Brian Price's

new cookbook brings a touch of dark wit to a subject seldom welcome at the dinner table: death.


Flasher With Nixon Mask Interrupts Class

AP - Wed Feb 18, 8:13 PM ET

Three classes at Iowa State University — two of them in the past two weeks — have been interrupted

by a man who flashed students and then ran.


State Mulls Drunk Driving Locks on All Cars

Reuters - Wed Feb 18, 9:06 AM ET

New Mexico is considering a law that would make all drivers exhale into an alcohol detection device

 in their cars before they could start the engine.

Astronomers Spy Massive Diamond

AP - Fri Feb 13, 5:14 PM ET

If anyone's ever promised you the sun, the moon and the stars, tell 'em you'll settle for BPM 37093.

The heart of that burned-out star with the no-nonsense name is a sparkling diamond that weighs a

staggering 10 billion trillion trillion carats. That's one followed by 34 zeros.



Subject: Blended water

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

DERRIER A Refreshing New Trend In Bottled Water

A new product destined to hit grocery store shelves has left people choking for answers about it's unique taste.

"It's the sewage blending," says spokesman Ken Kirk, referring to Derrier's distinctive flavour. "Blending has been an accepted, environmentally beneficial practice for decades."

Produced By Hanlon-Bush Enterprises Inc.

// posted by Allison @ 4:32 PM

Ewwww…..I wonder if it’s healthier to have “blended” water instead of the radioactive water we have been drinking in the Florida panhandle?

Thanks for the clever email Allison!

Here is the link to the Chicago Tribune article  Click here

--------------------SHOCK & AWE------------------------


1.From Harding In 1921 to Bush in 2003
2.Democrats held White House for 40 years and Republicans for 42.5 years.
3.Democrats created 75,820,000 net new jobs -- Republicans 36,440,000.
4.Per Year Average—Democrats 1,825,200---Republicans 856,400.
5.Republicans had 9 presidents during the period and 6 had depression or recession.
6.DOW—grew by 52% more under Democrats.
7.GDP—grew by 43% more under Democrats.

Comparing Democrat’s hero-CLINTON—versus Republican’s hero--REAGAN

1.JOBS—grew by 43% more under Clinton.
2.GDP---grew by 57% more under Clinton.
3.DOW—grew by 700% more under Clinton..
4.NASDAQ-grew by 18 times as much under Clinton.
4.SPENDING--grew by 28% under Clinton---80% under Reagan.
5.DEBT—grew by 43% under Clinton—187% under Reagan.
6. DEFICITS—Clinton got a large surplus--grew by 112% under Reagan.
7.NATIONAL INCOME—grew by100% more under Clinton.
8.PERSONAL INCOME—Grew by 110% more under Clinton.

SOURCES—Bureau of Labor Statistics ( www.BLS.Gov  )--Economic Policy Institute (EPI.org)—Global & World Almanacs from 1980 to 2003 (annual issues)
www.the-hamster.com  (chart taken from NY Times)
National Archives History on Presidents. www.nara.gov

Please submit comments to cwswinney@netzero.net 

The Texas Souffle

A young George Bush in Montgomery in 1972; Who saw him, who didn't ...
AL.com, AL - 2-18-04
... Blount. Behind his back they called him "the Texas souffle," Archibald
said, because he was "all puffed up and full of hot air.". ...


Kerry, Edwards Lead Bush by Double Digits Among Likely Voters - Gallup Poll News


Subject: Those Who Love Bush Share His Fears

Hi Lisa:

Reading John Grants List '50 things Bush fears' prompted me to reply.

Think about it. Fear is all that comes from the White House these days. Its war against this and laws against that. Its on the nightly news and in every orange alert. Its aroma is in the air like a walk through the cosmetics counters in a department store. Its odor infects everything like a naughty Dubya letting off a stink bomb in his elementary school.

We stand in lines all aquiver and tremulous as we wait to board airlines or enter sports stadiums. We are told to go shopping all the while the President portrays himself as Gods appointed bulwark against some massive dark evil that threatens to crush the free world (screw them, he really means America) without his pious presence.

Fear is everywhere in the world of Dubya Bush. Its in the classrooms where evil evolution must be checked. Its in the water coolers at work, where outsourcing jobs is now a necessity in ruling a global empire and threatens families just coping with both parents working. It's in the churches where gay marriage is likened to upsetting Gods plan for all infinity.

Fear is Bush's raison d'etre, his calling card at every stump speech. Kerry will be weak on terrorism they say. Liberals are the cause for Americas weakness in the face of those who want the military out of Saudi Arabia, Iraq or wherever else "President" Bush, sends the military to govern ungrateful non christian populations

Love of Bush is fear of terrorists, fear of gay marriage, fear of strong independent women and foreigners and the poor who are always hungry and always poor. Everyone knows if God loved them as much as America they'd have refrigerated supermarkets and SUVs to bring the groceries home.

Its also fear of Janet Jackson's boob and boobs uncovered in statuary in the halls of justice. Its just plain fear of female sexuality which shouldn't be hidden in Burkhas or Hajib but in decent below the knee skirts and high button blouses like Laura wears to church.

Its fear of the youth culture and old hippy culture because they express an individuality that once defined America but is now out of step with "Family Values". Besides all that, young people should be loading their guns and slaughtering birds like real men. VP Cheney now being the pseudo smirking version of GOP Clint Eastwood in a beauracrats wet dream with his side kick for hire Scalia.

Those kids just might think for themselves and we can't allow that. No they need to love guns cause they'll need them when Shrub brings back the draft in 2005 to expand the war. But of course they won't say the kids have to go over there because of fear, but because of patriotism.

Fear is what buoys Dubya in the polls and when fear is replaced by thought about the economy and why people are dying, his ratings drop. So why would he ever stop dealing fear out to those who love him. Its worked for him so far and its an easy card to play again and again.

Fear leverages the real sadness over 9/11 into mindless wars that replace the sadness we should feel for every innocent death that followed. It justifies enormously expensive contracts for companies profiting from a war against people on donkeys whose annual income is less then the cost of our average prom date.

Do people love Bush or are they addicted to fear? Like taking your squeeze to a Friday the 13th marathon, is there some vicarious high in the melodrama of living a life viewed as being part of some titanic struggle against EVIL. Do some people relish the idea of being stripped and submitting to body cavity searches to prove their love for their leader?

Must be cuz some people just get all aquiver and moist over Patriot Acts and the idea that Spanky is going to punish all the baaad boys.

Fear is a tactic just like offering that first shot of heroin. It can be just as addicting and just as debilitating. When bits of a left over powdered donut starts you to thinking of Anthrax or you wonder if that Sikh driving your cab sympathizes with Osama, you know you're hooked.

Fear makes you avert your eyes when a person of color walks by. It automatically causes you to clench your purse or your anus when a group of young people turn the music up while you walk nearby.

Remember when Dubya said he was 'a uniter not a divider'? Well I've got 2 words for that "Orwellian Thinkspeak" Because people are never united in an atmosphere of fear unless i a lynch mob is our idea of unity.

Ok I'm on a bit of a rant but at least I know I'm alive and have yet to succumb to BUSHLOVE which is soul sucking mindless fear that drives people to hide inside of Hummers so they can crush anything that runs into them. Or whacking pheasants over the head with a baseball bat is some kind of victory over death by the cardiac challenged Cheney.

Most of all the more I know, the less I fear, and the less I like Dubya and his croneys who serve up fear as the recommended Atkins diet for anyone who still believes that patriotism requires as much courageous honesty from our leaders as from those who are asked to lay down their lives..

Dennis S

Whew...I proselytize before you.
Great rant...you sure put Dennis Miller to shame.
Bush's fear mongering has worked on me...I am terrified of him.
I just hope that our votes will be counted in the next presidential election, if there is one held.

Thank you for writing.


VOTE Bush Out



Subject: Real photo?

I'm curious about the photo of the shark lunging out of the water at the helicopter. Is that a real photo - undoctored? Did it take place by the Golden Gate bridge? Very curious.


I don't know if it is real....someone emailed me the pic and they had no idea whether it was real. Cool picture anyway!

Thanks for writing.



The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a new image of the 'Black Eye' galaxy, so named because an ancient cosmic smashup produced a dark ring and a roiling, conflicted interior. What looks like a black eye in the Hubble picture is actually a dark band of dust that stands out vividly in front of the galaxy's bright nucleus. (AURA/STScI)-Handout