February 24, 2004 Tuesday
Bush backs amendment banning gay marriages
Governors' Meeting Ignores Gay Marriage
Schwarzenegger would let immigrants seek presidency
Aren't we fighting in a war?
"You know that, up until this year, we never even considered putting the word 'wedding' in the Constitution. I don‘t think wedding should be in the Constitution... And if we have weddings in there, I think we also should have birthdays. We need an amendment about birthdays." Bill Maher
"When Bill and I were told we were going to get a huge tax cut, we had no idea George Bush wanted to take such good care of us in our post- White House years," Hillary Clinton click here for news article
Education chief calls teachers union 'terrorist organization'
USATODAY.com - 2-24-04
Education Secretary Rod Paige called the National Education Association, the nation's largest
teachers union, "a terrorist organization" during a private meeting with governors Monday...
"It's scary that you can't voice an opinion in this country without being called a terrorist. ... I don't care if it was a joke or what it was, that was a totally inappropriate comment." - Diana Garchow, a special-education teacher at Highland Elementary School in Bakersfield, Calif. Click here for news article
'Qaeda tapes' warn of more attacks
CNN – 2-24-04
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- Tapes attributed to Osama bin Laden's top deputy,
Ayman al-Zawahiri, have warned that more terror attacks are coming and ...
CIA Had Hijacker Name, Number Before 9/11, Report Says
Reuters - 2-24-04
The CIA was given the first name and telephone number of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers two
and a half years before the attacks on New York and Washington,
For Sale: Nuclear Expertise
Los Angeles Times - Sun Feb 22, 7:56 AM ET
Emerging details of a Pakistani scientist's network raise questions about how far it spread technology
and why it wasn't stopped sooner.
U.S. Shelves Nuke Safety Rules Proposal
AP - Mon Feb 23, 9:11 PM ET
The government shelved a proposal Monday that would have let contractors at federal nuclear
facilities pick which safety rules they should follow….
U.S. Air Force Plans for Future War in Space
SPACE.com - Sun Feb 22,10:59 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force has filed a futuristic flight plan, one that spells out need for an armada of space
weaponry and technology for the near-term and in years to come.
U.S., Pakistan Deny They're Closing in on Osama
Reuters - Mon Feb 23, 8:09 AM ET
Osama bin Laden's whereabouts remain a mystery to U.S. and Pakistani forces as they crank up
efforts to flush out al Qaeda and Taliban rebels hiding near Afghanistan's eastern frontier,
officials said on Monday.
ZoneAlarm Flaw Opens Firewalls To E-mail Attack
TechWeb - Sun Feb 22, 4:00 PM ET
Several versions of Zone Labs' personal firewalls vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack that could
lead to malicious code assaults; affected editions include the 4.0 versions of ZoneAlarm, ZoneAlarm
Plus, and ZoneAlarm Pro; ZoneAlarm Pro 4.5; and Zone Labs Integrity Client 4.0 and 4.5.
Bush Portrays Kerry As a Waffler
AP - 2-24-04
President Bush, casting aside his desire to appear above the political fray, struck back at his
Democratic critics, portraying presidential front-runner John Kerry…
Kerry Accuses GOP of Attacking Patriotism
AP - Mon Feb 23, 8:08 PM ET
Democratic front-runner John Kerry said Monday that he considers Republican criticism of his
voting record on defense and national security…
White House Letter With Ricin Released
AP - Mon Feb 23, 4:58 PM ET
A letter containing the deadly poison ricin, intercepted before reaching the White House last fall,
warned that Washington would be turned into a "ghost town" unless…
FBI, CIA Heads Outline World Terror Threat
AP - Tue Feb 24, 3:51 AM ET
The Olympic Games in Greece and the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating
conventions are among the FBI's top security concerns this year…
Audit: U.S. Inmates Get Poor Health Care
AP - Mon Feb 23, 9:18 PM ET
The U.S. Marshals Service does a poor job of providing medical services to thousands of
federal prisoners and doesn't adequately track those with contagious diseases such as tuberculosis,
according to a Justice Department audit.
Court Won't Take Primary Election Case
Mon Feb 23, 3:16 PM ET - (AP)
The state of Washington on Monday lost an appeal to the Supreme Court to save its wide-open
primary election system, an expected setback that forces state leaders to find a new way for
political parties to choose candidates for office.
Supreme Court Stays Out of Coal Dispute
AP - Mon Feb 23,10:52 AM ET
The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether the government improperly loosened
rules for underground coal-mining operations, changes that critics contend threaten beautiful
parkland and other treasured sites.
"President Bush's dog Spot passed away ... so they took Spot back to the ranch in Texas ... and buried him next to, I believe, 10,000 Al Gore ballots." David Letterman
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Long time no write. Sorry, babe. Did you miss me?
When I got a load of the photo of Fidel Castro on your
site with a caption that he resorted to humor to
defend himself from American hostilities I laughed out
loud. You DO have a humorous little site after all!!
Think all the prisoners in Cuban jails laughed too?
How about the starving and sick Cuban citizens he
oppresses? How about all the Cubans he murdered for
simply speaking out against him AND COMMUNISM over the
last fifty years? When was the last time you saw
people escaping American hostilities in manmade rafts
for the Cuban shore?
Let's see, you like Saddam and now Castro. Do you have
a sick fetish for swarthy aged murdering dictators?
And you have the nerve to call Bush evil? Funny stuff
Why not unlock your bikini collection and take a trip
to Havana and stay there? You can publish your little
hate America site on a Havana beach in your thong
(yechhh). Fidel would probably pay you to write his
Maybe Fidel will even treat you to a fine cigar, kind
of like the one shared by Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky!
Oh, you’re the stalker with the word spam in your email name.
I like Saddam and Fidel? Poor boy, you are delusional.
had the opportunity to see me in my American flag thong, you would drop to your
knees and arise a Democrat.
"Dennis Kucinich is campaigning in Hawaii. President Bush is not worried. He said he's sticking to campaigning right here in America." Craig Kilborn
FBI says ricin-laced letter sent to White House last fall
Seattle Times, WA - 2-24-04
... The White House ricin mailing had been kept secret until after the Frist discovery,
and the FBI had not officially acknowledged its existence until yesterday. ...
White House- bound ricin letter posted on Web - CNN International
More information revealed about ricin letter sent to White House - KAIT
"The big rumor in Washington is that Vice President Cheney might be dumped from the ticket. Actually, they're not going to dump him, the plan is to take him to another undisclosed location and then just leave him there." Jay Leno
Well, we knew it was coming, of course: Republican chicken hawks ramping up their election year smear machine. Cowardly right-wingers questioning the patriotism of wounded, decorated war veterans such as John Kerry or anyone else who stands in their way. Max Cleland was just a warm-up for them.
We knew the massive hypocrisy was coming, but still, witnessing it to such a degree is stunning. And it's barely just begun. Their cowardly hypocrisy is bad enough.
How many Americans even realize, believe or remember the fact that:
1. The Bushites had plenty of warnings that 9/11 was coming, but chose to ignore them and let it happen to further their own political agenda. Sounds like a treasonous felony to me.
2. The Bushites looked the other way as Saudi Arabia actively supported terrorism. (Don't want to jeopardize that flow of oil.) Let's see, how many of the 9/11 highjackers were Saudis again? Shouldn't that be another treasonous felony?
3. The Bushites blew the cover of CIA agent Valerie Plame and helped to compromise the security of our country because of their mean-spirited vindictiveness. That action qualifies as yet another treasonous felony.
4. One word: Iraq.
We are living in historic times. Never before has the United States been so threatened from within by ideologues who take much of their playbook straight out of Nazi Germany. John Kerry may not be the perfect candidate, but the Bushite fascists are so far to the right they are off the charts.
Throw in Diebold, Ralph Nader, etc. and even if the Democrats should win in November, it's going to be a maddening, frightening ride until then. I hope that enough true patriots in our country are up to the challenge to hold their noses, wade in and take on the enemy. Too much is at stake to fail.
Thanks for writing Ron. I have been wearing my rubber hip waders since 11-00.
Below is a picture of Theresa Kerry hugging the war hero Max Cleland. I want to hug Max too.
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Editorial: Our voting machines
Stuart News, FL - Feb 21, 2004
Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood is boasting that new touch-screen voting machines mean "Florida is no longer haunted by those ghosts of 2000" (see her letter to the editor on this page). Perhaps she should re-read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to remember that Floridians would do well to fear the ghost of the election to come. ...
Bin Laden Top for U.S. Pay-Per-View Execution?
Reuters - Mon Feb 23, 4:11 PM ET
One in five Americans would likely pay to watch a televised execution of al Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden if he were found guilty and sentenced to death but more than a third said
executions should not be televised, a poll released on Monday said.
The Bottomless Cup and the Topless Waitress?
Reuters - Mon Feb 23,11:24 AM ET
Facing stiff competition from nationwide coffee shop chains, one Maine businessman wants
to offer more than just a regular cup of cappuccino to perk up his customers -- so he's hiring topless waitresses.
Love Your Taxes, Says England's Catholic Church
Reuters - Mon Feb 23, 9:52 AM ET
The Catholic Church of England and Wales launched a passionate defense Monday of one of
society's most reviled features -- taxes.
'Unlucky' Souvenirs Returned to Australia's Uluru
ALICE SPRINGS, Australia (Reuters) - To the unwary Englishman it was just a harmless little red pebble,
picked up as a souvenir at the base of Uluru, the immense monolith in the central Australian desert once
known as Ayers Rock.
"I am a uniter, not a divider." George W. Bush
A really good laugh, sexy Georgia Bush
"Can flipping hamburgers be considered a manufacturing job?
That is the question the new Economic Report of the President is asking. The latest edition, sent to Congress last week, questions whether fast-food restaurants should continue to be counted as part of the service sector or should be reclassified as manufacturers.
Counting jobs at Burger King, McDonalds and other fast-food enterprises alongside those at industrial companies like General Motors and Gateway might seem crazy but remember, this is the political party that attempted to classify ketchup in school lunches as a vegetable.
I can see the headlines now.
"Manufacturing up 400%. Reelect George Bush for a Strong American Economy!"
PS If these new manufacturing positions paid the same wage as General Motors, I could probably buy into this idiocy.
Yep, pretty soon Americans won't have money to buy imported goods, or any goods for that matter.
VP Tricky Dick Cheney News
Pentagon opens criminal probe of Halliburton's pricing
The US Defense Department has launched a criminal investigation into allegations that a
subsidiary of US energy and services group Halliburton has overcharged…
Group Wants Scalia to Leave Cheney Case
Mon Feb 23, 7:16 PM ET - (AP)
The Sierra Club on Monday called on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
to remove himself from a case involving the vice president, because of a "troubling"
hunting trip the two men took last month.
Victory in Ky. Gives House Dems Hope
AP - Mon Feb 23,10:48 AM ET
In winning a special election in conservative Kentucky, House Democrats quietly targeted
30,000 voters with a plea to "send President Bush a wake-up call,"…
Ky. Senator Withdraws From GOP Primary
AP - Fri Feb 20,12:04 AM ET
A Republican state senator withdrew her candidacy for a Kentucky congressional seat Thursday
after losing a special election for that same office to Democrat Ben Chandler….
Kerry Says Democrats Have Bush 'On the Run'
Reuters - Mon Feb 23, 7:25 PM ET
White House hopeful John Kerry said on Monday that Democrats had George W. Bush "on the run"..
Universe Has At Least 30 Billion Years Left
SPACE.com - Sat Feb 21,12:28 PM ET
UPDATE: Story first posted 2:30 p.m. EST, February 20. 2004
N.J. Set to Fund Stem Cell Research
AP - Sun Feb 22,10:44 AM ET
New Jersey is poised to become the first state in the nation to finance stem cell research.
Witness bolsters Martha Stewart's story
Evansville Courier & Press, United States - 2-24-04
NEW YORK (AP) -- Weeks before Martha Stewart sold her ImClone Systems stock, her
stockbroker mentioned his desire to get rid of her shares before they fell to ...
Bush Lies Uncovered
For those still puzzling over the why the Bush administration decided to invade Iraq, two key players offered important, but curiously unnoticed, clues this week.
Statements made by both men confirmed growing suspicions that the Bush administration's drive to war in Iraq had very little, if anything, to do with the dangers posed by Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or his alleged ties to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda – the two main reasons the U.S. Congress and public were given for the invasion….
"Secretary Paige and the Bush administration have resorted to the most vile and disgusting form of hate speech, comparing those who teach America's children to terrorists.." - Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf on Iraq: a second look —
Israel Faces More Condemnation at World Court
Israel faced a second day of condemnation at the World Court on Tuesday from countries backing the..
"I'm gonna make the tour. ... I'm not dead. I'm ready to rock, man." -- heavy metal legend OZZY OSBOURNE, saying he will resume performing in the summer, even as he recovers from a near-fatal accident that left him in a coma late last year.
Law enforcement officers watch from the Dames Point Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida, as the funnel of the Carnival Miracle cruise ship passes just six feet below the 177-foot-high span, February 23, 2004. (Carnival Cruise Lines HO)