February 4,  2004  Wednesday

Teams Search for Ricin in Capitol Mail
Guardian, UK - 2-4-04

...``We weren't notified promptly enough yesterday,'' said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who said one of his aides worked well into the evening in the Dirksen building. ``But that's OK. People make mistakes.'' ...Senate aides said 40 to 50 people were quarantined and decontaminated with showers...

Probe into leaked Democratic memos expands to Frist's office
Detroit Free Press, United States - Jan 27, 2004
... and Democrats did not want a Republican ... -Democrats ... year for improperly obtaining data from the computer ... by conservatives for going along with the investigation ...

Senate ricin probe seeks source as links emerge
WKRN, TN - 2-4-04
... An initial check found no extortion, threat or complaint accompanying the ricin found in Frist's office, said a second law enforcement source also speaking on ...

What a coincidence, Senator Frist's office is being investigated for leaked Democratic memos and voila, ricin appears in Frist's office. No dots to connect there.




Kerry Emerges as Big Winner in Tuesday Primaries, With Clark and Edwards Also Carrying One State Each




hey lisa. i know you appreciate funny pictures. here’s bob goodsell’s (at bob’s links and rants) rendition of janet jackson’s exposure: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bgoodsel/post911/2004_02_01_arch.htm#107582378510016493


Hahahaha...now that's a boob!


Many months ago, someone mailed anthrax to Democratic members 
of Congress.  Ashcroft's Justice Department has yet too identify, let 
alone, arrest and prosecute the offender.  But now, A Ricin tainted letter was
apparently sent to house majority leader Dr. Bill First, a Republican. 
I'm sure our anointed by God Attorney General will nab the culprit
without delay!


This should be interesting to watch to see where it leads.

Dick Cheney, Apparently Desperate For Good Press,  Speaks To Mad Kane


MADKANE: Mr. Vice President, welcome. Let's start with the rumor that you're about to be kicked off the Bush/Cheney ticket. Is there an imminent threat that President Bush will run with somebody else?

CHENEY: Absolutely not.

MADKANE: What about a dangerous threat?


MADKANE: A serious threat?

CHENEY: Negative.

MADKANE: An immediate threat?

CHENEY: None whatsoever.

MADKANE: What about a mortal or grave or serious and mounting threat?

The rest of the interview is here:


"During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee former U.S. Chief Weapons Inspector David Kay defended President Bush for saying Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Kay blamed the 'intelligence community.' And he doesn't want anybody confusing Bush with the intelligence community. I think we're okay there." —Jay Leno 


"A spokesman for the military said today they expect to catch Osama bin Laden this year. I understand they're shooting for the first week November." —Jay Leno

Remind us:  Why did we go to war with Iraq?

A must see flash animation!



Subject: Feb 30 issue




Hi Wal,
Good to hear from you!
Eric Blumrich is talented--combines art and truth beautifully.
Thanks for your kind words.
Bush looks in trouble re: No WMD found--there is hope after all!


"The chairman of the FCC announced he's launching an immediate and swift investigation into what they're calling 'Nipplegate.' ... We still have to wait until next year to find out why we went to war with Iraq, but we'll find out what happened with (Janet Jackson's) breast probably in 48 hours." —Jay Leno

Faulty Intelligence My Eye

By David Morris, AlterNet
February 3, 2004

David Kay was the perfect choice to head up Bush's search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He was in Iraq in 1991 with the UN inspection team. He was one of the most visible and vocal believers in the existence of WMDs in Iraq. And he was one of those who thought only an invasion and occupation would allow us to find and destroy them....

Artists, Actors and Award revocation


Satirical exhibit takes aim at Bush
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA - 2-3-04


Former Actor Challenging Bush in Primary
Yahoo News - Feb 3, 2004
The 72-year-old actor, who lives in Camarillo, is one of 13 candidates running
against President Bush (news - web sites) in the Republican primary. ...


Israel Prize panel to meet Weds. on revoking award to Tumarkin

WMD expert's blow to Blair
By Peter Wilson
February 5, 2004

TONY Blair's hopes of using a new closed-doors inquiry to move on from the controversy over Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction lasted less than a day before one of Britain's top weapons experts issued a devastating critique of his Government's pre-war claims....The analysis points to a new danger for the Blair Government - that members of the British intelligence services may now start speaking out because of the setting up of an inquiry that critics say is designed to blame faulty intelligence rather than the Government's own decisions for any exaggeration of the threat posed by Iraq....

I wonder if the inquiry Bush is holding on WMD will have such fast results?

 Disturbing News


Government to Begin Arming Cargo Pilots

AP - Tue Feb 3, 6:20 PM ET

The government said Tuesday that it will begin recruiting cargo pilots to carry guns in the cockpit for the first time, extending to them a right enjoyed by passenger pilots for almost a year.


Pentagon Can Deny Media Access to Troops

AP - Tue Feb 3, 7:22 PM ET

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Pentagon has no constitutional obligation to provide the media access to U.S. troops during combat.


Tauzin May Become Pharmaceutical Lobbyist

AP - 2-4-04

Rep. Billy Tauzin of Louisiana is stepping down as chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress


Press release: Another Year, Another Inadequate Budget Request for Veterans' Health Care, Says Paralyzed Veterans of America

Tue Feb 3, 4:45 PM ET

Yesterday, the Administration released its Budget Request for FY 2005 providing grossly inadequate funding of health care for our Nation's sick and disabled veterans for yet another year. The request includes only $310 million more than the FY 2004 appropriation which was only just passed two weeks ago, nearly four months late. This is the lowest appropriation request for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care made by any Administration in nearly a decade.


Post's Web Site Will Seek More Information on Visitors

washingtonpost.com - 2-4-04

The Washington Post's online operation, washingtonpost.com, yesterday said it would require visitors to register and provide information about their job status to view most of the Web site.


Job shift creates India tech boom

USATODAY.com - Tue Feb 3, 7:19 AM ET

Tech companies are hiring again as the economy rebounds - but many of the new jobs are in India.


David Podvin: The Scream


1789 1st electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President & Vice President

1822 Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa

1861 Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time, Montgomery AL, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi & South Carolina elect Jefferson Davis President of Confederacy

1899 Revolt against US occupation of Philippines

1914 US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law

1932 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria

1938 Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazi in key posts

1945 FDR, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta

1964 24th Amendment abolishes Poll tax

1971 Apollo 14 lander Antares lands on Moon (Shepard & Mitchell)

1972 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported

1974 Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army

1985 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture

1985 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan's defense budget called for a tripling of the expenditure on the "Star Wars" research program.

1986 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan liner (passenger plane)

1987 President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress

1993 - The “Family and Medical Leave Act” was passed by the U.S. Congress this day. The law gives employees unpaid leave in the event of a birth or a medical emergency in their family.

1998 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels Belgium

2003 A rare television interview with Saddam Hussein aired in which the Iraqi leader charged that U.S. claims of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in his country were a pretext to seize Iraq's oil fields.

"You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."
Ronald Reagan


Water bubbles. (AHNC photo)