February 6,  2004 TGIF

Tenet: CIA never said 'imminent'
Bremerton Sun, WA - 2-6-04

WASHINGTON -- Fiercely defending the intelligence community, CIA Director George Tenet on Thursday said his agency never warned President Bush that Saddam Hussein's regime posed an "imminent threat," but the top spymaster backed away from several claims about weapons of mass destruction that the White House had used to justify the invasion of Iraq....

Bush to announce Iraq WMD inquiry
BBC News, UK - 2-6-04

CIA passes the buck on Iraq war threat
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 2-6-04

CIA director George Tenet's insistence that his agency did not portray Iraq as an "imminent" threat puts new pressure on the White House to explain its decision to launch a pre-emptive war, and creates a potential division between the spymaster and the president....

It's report card time and we flunked Iraq
Yahoo News -2-6-04

...All of us should be deeply disturbed by the report card our government has received for its reason for going to war in Iraq.
"We were almost all wrong," former chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay said ...

So Bush is going to appoint a panel to investigate himself?  That sounds fair.




"The question now is: What did (Bush) know at the time?" -- Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark, wondering if the White House was aware that there apparently were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when the United States went to war


Quotations: Pre-War


"The history, the logic, and the facts lead to one conclusion: Saddam Hussein's regime is a grave and gathering danger. To suggest otherwise is to hope against the evidence." — Bush, Sept. 12, 2002, speaking at the United Nations
"He's a threat that we must deal with as quickly as possible."
— Bush, Sept. 13, 2002, remarks to press.

"We do know that he (Saddam) has been actively and persistently pursuing nuclear weapons for more than 20 years. But we should be just as concerned about the immediate threat from biological weapons." —
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Sept. 18, 2002, before House Armed Services Committee.

"On its present course, the Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency."
— Bush, Oct. 2, 2002, after reaching agreement with House leaders on Iraq resolution.



Businessman wants to name nappies after President Bush
Ananova, UK - 2-6-04
A Beijing businessman has applied for permission to use the name of
George W Bush for his brand of disposable nappies. Xinhua reports ...



Texas woman strikes oil in toilet

Reuters - Thu Feb 5, 3:51 PM ET

An East Texas woman struck oil a strange way when she came home to find her toilet gushing with the bubblin' crude....


Norwegian newspaper convicted of pimping; ordered to pay fines

Wed Feb 4,12:57 PM ET

OSLO, Norway (AP) - A Norwegian newspaper has been convicted of pimping and ordered to pay fines by an Oslo court Wednesday for publishing advertisements from prostitutes.


Woman's chastity belt set off airport security alarm


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"It's only a nipple and there are far more important things to talk about."
-Dixie Chick manager Simon Renshaw, who is British, saying he thinks the Janet Jackson Super Bowl controversy is much ado about nothing.



Ricin breeding and production projects
at Texas Tech University raise questions


(Austin and Hamburg) – Since the mid-1990s, researchers at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock have conducted several projects to produce ricin, a toxin found in the seeds of the castor bean plant. Ricin is deadly in very small quantities and is subject to tight restrictions under both the Chemical and the Biological Weapons Conventions…


AP Finds Bush Proposed Cuts to Research

AP - Fri Feb 6, 4:46 AM ET

President Bush asked Congress to eliminate an $8.2 million research program on how to decontaminate buildings attacked by toxins — the same day a poison-laced letter shuttered Senate offices...


Rumsfeld: 'I Don't Regret' Europe Remark

AP -2-6-04

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday he does not regret having referred to France and Germany as "old Europe," a comment in 2002...


Agriculture Secretary Downplays Mad Cow

WASHINGTON - After reviewing an expert panel's report that the United States likely has undiscovered cases of mad cow disease, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said there still is no cause for alarm....


Scalia-Cheney Hunting Trip Draws Fire

AP - Thu Feb 5,10:51 PM ET


Ricin Attacks May End Writing to Congress

AP - Fri Feb 6, 4:02 AM ET


Key Frist Staffer to Resign Over Leak

AP - Thu Feb 5, 9:17 PM ET

One of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's key staffers will resign Friday because of an investigation into how Republicans gained access to Democratic memos concerning opposition to President Bush's judicial nominees...


US blamed for Sept 11 acquittal as German prosecutors appeal
Channel News Asia - 2-6-04
BERLIN : German federal prosecutors and relatives of September 11 victims lodged parallel appeals over the acquittal of a suspect in the suicide jet attacks, as the United States came under fire for withholding vital evidence....


Moyers and Others Want History Channel Inquiry Over Film That Accuses LBJ


It is the most serious of public accusations, but it is so serious that serious people dismiss it as nuts. In a book published last fall and again in a television documentary, one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's personal lawyers asserts that Vice President Johnson was complicit in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy....



 They finally released the ingredients in Viagra:
3% Vitamin E
2% Aspirin
2% Ibuprofen
1% Vitamin C
5% Spray Starch
87% Fix-A-Flat




Subject: Bush on Gay Marriages

Is it me or does anyone else think that the Bush family should be the
LAST people to comment on family values and the sanctity of marriage?
As for Wingnut  James Dobson (whose idea of parental "discipline" is
out-and-out child abuse):  he needs to focus on his OWN damn family
and mind his own business.
Terry C

Yeah, Christian Compassionate Conservatives, my foot!

Get Me Rewrite!
New York Times -2-6-04
Right now America is going through an Orwellian moment. On both the foreign policy and the fiscal fronts, the Bush administration is trying to rewrite history, to explain away its current embarrassments.

Let's start with the case of the missing W.M.D. Do you remember when the C.I.A. was reviled by hawks because its analysts were reluctant to present a sufficiently alarming picture of the Iraqi threat? Your memories are no longer operative. On or about last Saturday, history was revised: see, it's the C.I.A.'s fault that the threat was overstated. Given its warnings, the administration had no choice but to invade...


It's Friday, and this morning on CNN, Jack "Crash" Cafferty was still ranting about the "scandalous" baring of the surgically enhanced breast instead of about the AWOL of the Deserter-in-Chief. Last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, one of the correspondents referred to the Nipple Alert Level being raised to Orange, which inspired me to create this toon.
By the way, yours is the first web site I click on each morning (after my daily dose of comic strips), and the one from which I forward the most stuff to my friends and relations. Keep up the freakin' excellent work! AHNC Rocks!

Roy "Chip" Adams

Thanks for writing and for the toon! My site wouldn't exist without input and contributions from viewers like you.  I, thank YOU!





Rising Anti-Bush Sentiment Driving Democrats to Polls

washingtonpost.com - Wed Feb 4, 5:17 PM ET


AP Poll Notes Decline in Support for Bush

AP - Fri Feb 6, 2:34 AM ET


Cheney's Staff Focus of Probe

Posted Feb. 5, 2004

By Richard Sale

Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Federal law-enforcement officials said that they have developed hard evidence of possible criminal misconduct by two employees of Vice President Dick Cheney's office related to the unlawful exposure of a CIA officer's identity last year. The investigation, which is continuing, could lead to indictments, a Justice Department official said....




The Real State of the Union


As the election battle begins, how does his first term add up?

232: Number of American combat deaths in Iraq between May 2003 and January 2004

501: Number of American servicemen to die in Iraq from the beginning of the war - so far

0: Number of American combat deaths in Germany after the Nazi surrender to the Allies in May 1945

0: Number of coffins of dead soldiers returning home from Iraq that the Bush administration has allowed to be photographed

0: Number of funerals or memorials that President Bush has attended for soldiers killed in Iraq

100: Number of fund-raisers attended by Bush or Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2003

13: Number of meetings between Bush and Tony Blair since he became President

10 million: Estimated number of people worldwide who took to the streets in opposition to the invasion of Iraq, setting an all-time record for simultaneous protest

2: Number of nations that Bush has attacked and taken over since coming into the White House

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