February 20,  2004 TGIF!

Copies of electronic ballots not required, state says

By George Bennett, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

In a close election, the new opinion says, counties that use touch screens are not required to make paper copies of electronic ballot images to try to comply with state recount laws….


Black Students Walk Out On Jeb Bush's MLK Day Speech
WFtv.com, FL - Jan 19, 2004
-- About a dozen students walked out Monday before Gov. Jeb Bush gave a Martin Luther King Jr. day address at historically black Florida A&M University. ...

Environmentalists blast Bush's sewage proposal
Macomb Daily, MI - 2-20-04
... Land Use Institute, the Granholm administration has joined other states, including Florida, which is governed by the president's brother, Jeb Bush, in opposing ...


Yep, the Jebster has sure cleaned up voting in Florida.  No paper to shred.

2004 Election?  Bring it on. The truth is out there.





Katherine Harris to speak at Harding Day Dinner
Marion Star, OH - 2-19-04
While secretary of state, Harris oversaw the disputed vote count between presidential
candidates Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush. ...







Veterans Groups Express Need for Mandatory Funding of VA Health Care

Thu Feb 19, 6:51 PM ET

As veterans across the country continue to face health care rationing and longer waiting times due to

 inadequate appropriations, and the tardiness with which they have been provided, a partnership of

nine major veterans service organizations met today to urge Congress to enact legislation…




"President Bush said the only time two men should ever be in bed together is if one is a lobbyist and one is a politician." Jay Leno





Flori-dubya News


Fla. ballot lists 9 Democratic hopefuls

By Brian E. Crowley, Palm Beach Post Political Editor
Thursday, February 19, 2004

Florida Democrats will find they still have nine candidates on their March 9 presidential primary ballot. As required by law, Florida's Presidential Candidate Selection Committee met Jan. 7 and formally placed names on the ballot. That was nearly two weeks before votes were cast in the Iowa caucuses…


Bill would let disabled bypass lines when voting

By Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 13, 2004

Add disabled people to the list of those whose votes weren't counted in Florida's infamous 2000 presidential election.

In their case, however, it wasn't hanging chads, but long lines that kept their votes from being tallied.


In the midst of political prattle,
There's a website that's poised to do battle,
With a heap of satire.
Skip the formal attire;
Get dressed in All Hat & No Cattle

The Limerick Savant
Dedicated to no-nonsense nonsense




Thank you so much, Limerick Savant--love the name. And I love your site.  A must see for all.  Soothing and humorous. Deep curtsy to you.




Disturbing News


Army studies lessons of Iraq

USATODAY.com - Wed Feb 18, 9:47 AM ET

The U.S. invasion of Iraq may have rolled over Saddam Hussein's forces in a matter

of weeks - but it could be a poor model for future fights, a draft of an Army study of the war warns…


AP: Accused Nuke Trader Also Helped India

AP - Thu Feb 19,11:29 PM ET

An Israeli businessman accused of being a middleman in the nuclear black market worked

 to supply not only Pakistan but also its archrival India, court records indicate..


Frist May Make 2008 White House Run

AP - Thu Feb 19, 6:14 PM ET


Poor to Put 'Bushville' Tent City at NY Convention

Reuters - Thu Feb 19, 6:31 PM ET

A group fighting poverty announced plans on Thursday to erect a tent city called "Bushville"

during the Republican Party convention in August, one of several demonstrations expected

in a summer of political protest in New York.


House Starts Year With Leisurely Pace

AP - Fri Feb 20, 2:15 AM ET

These are the dog days of February in Congress, when visitors to the Capitol can view the

 statues of a lot of dead lawmakers but will have a hard time finding a live one…


U.N. Says Iraqi Elections Not Feasible by June 30

Reuters - Fri Feb 20,12:02 AM ET

The United Nations said on Thursday elections in Iraq were not feasible before the U.S.

occupation ends on June 30, as Washington has long contended, but was ready to help

 form an interim government if asked.


CIA Struggles to Spy in Iraq, Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times – 2-20-04

Security problems and short-term assignments hamstring the agency, sources say. Its Baghdad

chief is again replaced and outposts are closed…


U.S. Expects Troops in Iraq for Years

AP – 2-20-04

American officials say U.S. forces will be needed in Iraq long after a sovereign government is

restored this summer,


Halliburton Falling Short in Iraq-Pentagon

Reuters - Thu Feb 19, 3:21 PM ET

Oil giant Halliburton is falling short in its billion-dollar commitments to supply U.S.-led forces

 in Iraq and rebuild the country's oil industry, a senior Pentagon official said on Thursday...


Artificial Blood Tested Without Consent

AP - Thu Feb 19,11:07 PM ET

Paramedics are testing an experimental blood substitute on severely injured patients

 without their consent in an unusual study under way or proposed at 20 hospitals around the country…


Scientist Is Watched for Signs of Ebola
Washington Post, DC – 2-20-04





Thanks to Jason.



"President Bush is now focusing on jobs. I think the one job he's focusing most on is his own. The White House is now backtracking from its prediction that 2.6 million new jobs will be created in the U.S. this year. They say they were off by roughly 2.6 million jobs." Jay Leno



Shark picture
it's a fake
I always check out www.snopes.com

Here is the story behind that picture.



Thanks Jo-Ann and everyone else who wrote in.



"Howard Dean really is the only candidate who has been able to inspire at the grass-roots level all over this country the kind of passion and enthusiasm for democracy and change and transformation of America that we need in this country." -Al Gore


Thanks you Howard Dean for giving a voice back to the Democratic party and thank you Al Gore for the Internet!


Dean and the Power That Lives On

By E. J. Dionne Jr.



Subject: The mangler

And the Mangler strikes again! Referring to the tiny middle
eastern country of Bahrain, GWB was heard to call it Baja Rain. Given
his woefully poor comprehension of geography, he probably thought it
was an island off Lower California.



I just want a president that can speak the English language properly.  Is that asking too much?



"I flew fighters when I was in the Guard, and I like speed. It would've been fun to drive up on these banks. ... I'd like to, but I'm afraid the agents wouldn't let me." - President Bush, on driving in Sunday's Daytona 500.







"I think President Bush might be afraid of John Kerry. Today, he came out against same-sex debates." —Craig Kilborn

Nader to announce Sunday whether he will run for president again
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 2-20-04
Ralph Nader will announce Sunday whether he will make another run for the White House,
but all signs indicate the consumer advocate plans to jump into the race ...








I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the
Lord's Prayer for several evenings at bedtime,
she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer.
Finally, she decided to go solo.
I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end of the prayer:
"Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us some E-mail.




Fetishist tied up in knots

Reuters - Thu Feb 19, 1:40 PM ET

A German bondage fetishist got so chained up he had to call police to remove

his cuffs after he was reduced to waddling around helplessly like a "penguin"…


Vodka maker bottom of class


A Polish vodka maker has put the old adage that alcohol loosens the tongue to

 the test, offering clients a free English language course with each bottle…


Mary Cheney's View on Gay Marriage Sought

AP - Thu Feb 19,11:56 PM ET

Where's Mary?


South American Piranha Fished from River Thames

Reuters - Thu Feb 19, 3:07 PM ET

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water; a ferocious,



1971 Photo of Kerry Doctored

By Michael Rothfeld
Staff Writer

As a 20-year-old photographer documenting the country's struggle over the Vietnam War, Ken Light snapped the picture of John Kerry at a peace rally in Mineola. It captured the future senator alone at a podium, squinting into the sun.

Light did not photograph Jane Fonda on that warm June Sunday in 1971. The actress, who is reviled by many Vietnam veterans for her vocal stance against the war, did not even attend...


Have you visited www.democratsforum.com ?


Had Enough Religious Bull

Articles, Quotations, and Cartoons For Those Of Us Who Prefer Not To Live In A Theocracy.

The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide
just because we can't agree on whose fairy tales to believe.
In the end, Religion will kill us all.
-- Ed Krebs


click below




The illustration above depicts a supermassive black hole ripping apart a star and consuming a portion of it, a long-predicted astronomical event confirmed by NASA's Chandra and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton X-ray Observatories. (NASA/CXC/M.Weiss/HO)