February 25,  2004  Wednesday

Halliburton smoke
Boston Globe, MA - 2-25-04
Battered by accusations focusing mostly on its contracts in Iraq -- worth $8 billion and climbing -- the politically connected Halliburton company has gone on ...
       Halliburton under scrutiny - International Herald Tribune
       Cheney's unprecedented power - Boston Globe

Israeli Company to Supply Fuel to US Army in Iraq
Israel National News, Israel

Halliburton probe could spread to US embassy staff
Financial Times, UK - 2-25-04
US embassy officials in Kuwait could be drawn into a criminal investigation into Halliburton's fuel imports into Iraq. The Pentagon ...
`Kelly was Murdered' Says UK Intelligence Insider
Infoshop News -2-25-04
... Foreign Affairs Select Committee that he was not the source of a BBC story which had accused the Government of making false claims about Iraq's WMD. ...

The Bush Cheney shenanigan machine sure makes me long for the days of Bill Clinton.


Our jobs are disappearing
To nations far and wide.
While Dubya has no plan at all
To stem this risky tide.

His people make up numbers
Of jobs they will produce.

The rest is here:

Graphic by OZ

Disturbing News


Terror ties? No, but U.S. detaining Brazilians



Bush Health Tax Credits Won't Aid Uninsured, Study Says

Reuters - Wed Feb 25,12:43 AM ET

Tax credits for the poor to buy health insurance such as those proposed by the Bush administration

are unlikely to reduce the rolls of the estimated 43 million U.S. uninsured, a study released on

Wednesday said…


How Saudi wealth fueled holy war

Chicago Tribune - Sun Feb 22, 9:40 AM ET

Charity leader funded fighters to spread and defend Islam…


Report: Slavery 'Alive and Well' in U.S.

AP - Wed Feb 25,12:14 AM ET

Modern-day slavery is alive and well in Florida, the head of a human rights center said Tuesday

as it released a report on people forced to work as prostitutes, farmworkers and maids across the state.


Astrophysicist Hawking in Hospital Again

AP - Tue Feb 24, 3:33 PM ET

Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has been admitted to a hospital again for treatment of pneumonia,

 the hospital said Tuesday…


Supreme Court OK's Holding of Secret Trials

OneWorld.net - Tue Feb 24, 9:38 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 24 (CSM) -- The US Supreme Court has given a green light for the government

 to conduct certain federal court cases in total secrecy…


Israeli Troops Raid Palestinian Banks

AP - 2-25-04

Israeli security forces raided four branches of Palestinian banks in this West Bank city Wednesday, in their

widest search yet for large money transfers from abroad to Palestinian…


Latest MyDoom Outbreak Spreading, Deletes Files

Reuters  - 2-25-04

Security experts issued fresh alerts over a new, file-deleting version of the MyDoom e-mail worm

that was targeting computer users with greater ferocity on Wednesday….


Deputy Police Chief Assassinated in Iraq

AP - 2-25-04

Gunmen assassinated the deputy police chief in the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday, and

militants warned of further attacks on Iraqi security forces and Kurdish…


Scientist Says 'Asian Brown Cloud' Threatens Gulf

Reuters - Tue Feb 24,11:05 AM ET

A body of pollution which has been identified in the skies across Asia is now threatening to engulf the

Middle East and make the planet a drier place, a leading environmental scientist said on Tuesday..



Study: Half of Young Americans to Get Sex Diseases

Reuters - 2-25-04

Half of all young Americans will get a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25, perhaps because

they are ignorant about protection or embarrassed to ask for it, according to several reports issued on Tuesday.


Hormone Therapy May Affect Hearing, Study Shows

Reuters - Tue Feb 24, 4:07 PM ET

Hormone replacement therapy, already blamed for raising the risk of stroke, heart attack, some

 kinds of cancer and even Alzheimer's disease, may also cause hearing loss, researchers said on Tuesday.


Chemical PBDE Showing Up in Breast Milk

AP - Tue Feb 24, 8:09 AM ET

High levels of flame retardant chemicals called PBDEs turned up in samples of breast milk from nine

 Puget Sound women who participated in a new study by the nonprofit Northwest Environment Watch.


"I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally," Bill Maher

Graphic by www.gopsheeple.com

Lifestream Technologies Engages Rush Limbaugh to Promote Home Cholesterol Monitor  
Business Wire (press release) - 2-25-04
... and marketer of consumer cholesterol monitors and professional screening instruments,
announced today that the Company has signed Rush Limbaugh to promote the ...

Gee, do you think Lifestream Technologies is a republican owned company? How many of you really believe Rush is off of OxyContin.

"Rush Limbaugh has been going after my scarves and the fact that I have unruly hair! Give me a break!" -Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of John Kerry

Why Men Shouldn't Baby-sit

Thanks for the pic Doc!

"Why does Rudy Giuliani get to be married three times and Newt Gingrich three times and Rush Limbaugh three times and a gay man never once? Why is that fair?" Paul Begala on Crossfire click here for full transcript



Boy Suspended for SI Magazine in School

AP - Tue Feb 24, 8:13 PM ET

A sixth-grader started serving a three-day suspension Tuesday because he refused a lesser punishment

for bringing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to school, the schools superintendent said…


Suspects Claim Organs Instead of Pot

Tue Feb 24, 6:03 PM ET

A pair of drug suspects mistakenly claimed two packages of human organs instead of the 140 pounds of

marijuana that had brought them to the airport, federal authorities said Tuesday.


Town Could Charge for Crash Investigations

Tue Feb 24, 8:40 AM ET

Out-of-towners who crash their cars on U.S. 12 and U.S. 20 in Porter may have to start paying for local police assistance…


Glare at L.A. Hall Said Heating Up Condos

Mon Feb 23, 6:42 PM ET

The glare off the Walt Disney Concert Hall's shimmering stainless steel curves is so intense it's heating up

nearby condos at least 15 degrees, neighbors complain..


Click here for full coverage

"Ralph Nader is so serious running for president this time, he's actually thinking about pressing his suit." —Jay Leno



"I'm telling you this gay wedding craze is starting to spread around the country. In fact, today a guy in Utah married five other guys." —Jay Leno

Things Found Only in America

1. Only in America......can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2. Only in America......are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3. Only in America......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. Only in America......do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.
5. Only in America......do banks leave both doors to the vault open and then chain the pens to the counters.
6. Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
7. Only in America......do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.
8. Only in America......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
9. Only in America......do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.
10. Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

Bush women in the News

Politics Questioned in Hospital Plan
Proposed children's facility in Iraq is backed by first lady and linked to a Bush family friend.

LA Times 2-24-04

WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, First Lady Laura Bush formed an unusual alliance with the White House National Security Council to fund a new state-of-the-art children's hospital in Iraq.

But rather than being embraced as a welcome addition to a nation with a shattered healthcare system, the proposed hospital has quietly become a battleground....

A new leaf for Laura
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - Feb 24, 2004
By Maureen Dowd. Laura Bush does not want that Chanel-wearing, shawl-draping,
senator-marrying Teresa Heinz Kerry to get her house. ...

People in the News: The 'It' boy is out at the White House

The first parents apparently have banned self-proclaimed "It" boy Fabian Basabe from all White House functions. If the name isn't familiar, Basabe, 25, is the young man who was photographed with first daughter Barbara Bush, 21, straddling his leg...

Courtin' trouble
New York Daily News, NY - Feb 14, 2004
Gotham gadabout Fabian Basabe - pictured in a hip-lock with Babs on the front page
of the Daily News yesterday - is wanted on three warrants in California. ...


Nader and Bush: Fear them both
by R. J. Crane, editor www.topplebush.com
February 24, 2004

"We're still trying to get to the bottom of what mystery article in a 'national publication' Racicot was referring about when he told Juan Williams that President had volunteered for service in Vietnam but had not been 'selected'."


"Some sad news, President Bush's lapdog passed away. Gee, I didn't even know Tony Blair was sick?" —Jay Leno

More Elephant Email

While I can appreciate a good argument, I came across your website
and had to laugh not at your political cartoons but specifically at you.
I have a middle of the road political agenda and want what's best for
this country. You, however, are so far to the left it's absurd. You
call the President a war criminal and praise John Kerry. Every left wing
person wants to point out Bush's military record like it's new news.
First of all it was brought out in the last election and he has
committed no wrong doings. If you call him a criminal because of Iraq...look
at your golden boy Kerry..he voted in support of going into Iraq without
UN backing. I find it amusing and often annoying that there is a
constant need to remind leftist extremists, who hate Bush just to hate him,
that the man you so often praise (ie. Kerry) voted WITH Bush on so many
of the reasons you degrade Bush. You might be a left winger if you
find fault with military action in Afghanistan..remember 911??? They
housed Osama!! Your sight is so leftist it makes me want to cry. I wonder
how old you are....your picture tells me maybe high school or early
college..if I'm mistaken then so be it...and if I'm not...and even if I
am...grow up...life is not la la land and everybody can't be nice to
everybody all the time...get a grip on life and find out the actual facts
on situations before you throw out opinions and generalizations.

-Chad Bowker

You are a prime example of how a little bit of information is dangerous. You spout accusations about me without knowing anything about my website.  Typical of the right wing.

I was glad that our military went after Osama in Afghanistan---I was angry that Bush switched the war in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq. NO WMDs were found or even USED by Saddam! And over 500 Americans are dead because of Bush's pre-emptive strike in Iraq.  That is not la la land as you say.  It is reality.

If you had bothered to read About Us, you would find out all about me.  But obviously you choose to attack me instead of getting the facts. Thanks for thinking I look so young...I eat right, exercise and vote.

 I go to great pains to make sure I have factual info on my site....show me where I don't.

By the way, John Kerry believed  Bush when he said Saddam had WMDs and was about to use them.  You should be concerned about the distortions of Bush.

"if you had the opportunity to see me in my American flag thong, you would drop to your knees and arise a Democrat."

I received dozens and dozens of responses to that comment I made!  See, I am from another generation where the word THONG had an entirely different meaning. See my American flag thongs below....scroll down.














Sorry to disappoint you guys!  I'll run a pic of me tomorrow that you will find more titillating!

"Well, first he dressed up like Top Gun on an aircraft carrier. Then he dressed up like Mr. Green Jeans on his phony ranch. And then he dressed up like a NASCAR fan before leaving the Daytona 500 early, before the checkered flag.

So here's my suggested slogan for Bush: The biggest right-wing cross-dresser since J. Edgar Hoover hung up his brassiere."
Paul Begala

Greenspan urges Social Security benefit cuts to tackle US deficit
CBC News, Canada - 2-25-04
... chair Alan Greenspan Wednesday urged Congress to consider a controversial solution
to the country's huge budget deficit – cut Social Security benefits for ...




At almost one mile in length, the outback Australian train known as the Ghan, heads north near the town of Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory on February 2, 2004. The train runs about 1,860 miles to Darwin from Adelaide and is named for Afghan camel drivers who used their animals to carry goods over a similar route more than 150 years ago.(Handout)