February 9, 2004 Monday

The Mirror UK - Feb 9 2004

TONY Blair was yesterday accused of acting like a salesman in talking up the 45-minute WMD threat.Former chief UN weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix put the PM in the same league as the Fast Show's secondhand car dealer Swiss Tony.

Bush Was Surprised at Lack of Iraqi Arms
Washington Post - 2-9-04
... Using many of the same lines he employs in stump speeches, Bush repeated earlier assertions that the Iraq war was justified regardless of what weapons are ...

Beat the Press
The Nation - 2-9-04
...Russert is a master of the legitimate gotcha question...But he must have checked them before passing through the metal detectors at the White House. ..

I was expecting Bush to start tap dancing.


Today in History - February 9

1775 English Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion

1867 Nebraska becomes 37th US state

1886 President Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

1909 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)

1922 Snow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii

1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists

1963 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet

1966 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points

1987 Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide

1994 Israeli minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO's Arafat

Mass Distraction

By MadKane

A Massachusetts Liberal
They call him with a hiss.
For wingnuts could there ever be
A better Kerry diss?

They can't defend the man they back
By using truth and facts.
So Bushies hurl their epithet,
Transparent to the max.

The rest of my poem is here:


Ricin Update:

Homegrown Terror

Time - 2-8-04
A potent poison. A Senate mail room. Echoes of the unsolved anthrax attacks—with a dash of angry truckers

...investigators tell TIME that the powder found in Frist's mail room was mostly paper dust, with traces of ricin so minute, they can't even be evaluated for particle size or purity. No envelope or note has been found, and no other piece of mail from the Senate has even a trace of ricin on it. Neither do any door sills, doorknobs, railings or surfaces anywhere in the building. Same goes for air filters, which should catch floating particles...




American Airlines Pilot Plugs Christianity


...Passenger Amanda Nelligan told WCBS-TV of New York that the pilot called non-Christians "crazy" and that his comments "felt like a threat." She said she and several others aboard were so worried they tried to call relatives on their cell phones...


Transatlantic Allies Poles Apart Over Breasts


Britain and the United States stand shoulder to shoulder in war and peace -- but when it comes to breasts on television, the two cultures are poles apart.


Uncle Sam's genitals go on display

Reuters - Mon Feb 9, 4:28 AM ET

Uncle Sam, that symbol of U.S. patriotism, has a front seat on an extravagantly decorated float


Men take to the streets of New York to demand freedom to wear skirts

Sun Feb 8,10:16 AM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - About 100 men in minis, midis and even tutus took to the streets of Manhattan to call for an end to the tyranny of trousers.


U.S. coach says football "sex" parties needed

Sat Feb 7,12:22 AM ET

The head football coach at the University of Colorado has told a former colleague it would be harder to recruit star athletes if the school did not show them a good time and take them to sex parties.


American jailed for obscene gesture

Sat Feb 7,11:19 AM ET

The second American in a month was arrested while entering Brazil for making an obscene gesture while being photographed by an immigration official, police say.


Jackson Flash Heightens Piercing Interest

Sun Feb 8,11:27 AM ET

Piercing studios didn't pay for advertising during the Super Bowl, but they still got plenty of exposure. Shops and distributors around the country are reporting a surge of interest in nipple piercing and adornments...




Subject: another lie...

This is what John Kerry had to say last year. He said that his colleagues are appalled at the quote "President's lack of knowledge. They've managed him the same way they've managed Ronald Reagan. They send him out to the press for one event a day. They put him in a brown jacket and jeans and get him to move some hay or move a truck, and all of a sudden he's the Marlboro Man. I know this guy. He was two years behind me at Yale. I knew him, and he's still the same guy.”
Did you know him at Yale?

President Bush:

How could Bush not know the upper classman who gave the valedictorian speech and future fellow Bonesman? They may have not taken warm showers together but not know him???? Kerry says he knew Bush....another Bush lie?




Bush can't remember much from his college days--he was too wasted.




Text: President Bush on NBC's 'Meet the Press'



A real WMD

Thought you might be interested in seeing what a modern day torpedo can do.
Go to the site below.






Dubya: A Good Ole Sport

By Walt Brasch

            You can tell a lot about  a person from whom he chooses to have dinner with.

            The day after he delivered the State of the Union, George W. Bush was in Mesa, Ariz., to push one of his programs and to campaign for re-election—although the White House was firm in stating the trip was presidential not political. Had it been political, the Republicans, not the taxpayers, would have had to pay for it.

            Nevertheless, after eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in mid-day, the President decided to dine in nearby Phoenix with millionaire Anaheim Angels owner Arturo Moreno; Jerry Colangelo, managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks; general manager Joe Garagiola Jr.; and manager Bob Brently.

            Earlier in the day, he exchanged handshakes, but didn’t discuss anything with Gov. Jane Napolitano, who had wanted to talk about federal assistance to fight forest fires. Apparently, since she wasn’t a baseball player or a Republican lobbyist, the governor wasn’t worthy of his time.

            Also not worthy of his time were innumerable Arizona residents who were not props in his slap-hands photo-ops. He could have had dinner with Hugh Downs, former “Today Show” and “20/20” anchor, now a lecturer at Arizona State. But he didn’t. He could have had dinner with Marshall Trimble, a best-selling author and the state’s official historian. But he didn’t. He might have asked actors Barbara Eden or Debbie Reynolds to dinner. But he didn’t. If he was worried about what to say to someone more creative or intelligent than he, the President could have had dinner with mime Robert Shields, of Shields & Yarnell comedy fame, but he didn’t even think about asking him to dinner. There was also no way he would have asked Arizona residents Lynda Carter, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Baldwin, or Alice Cooper to dinner.

            If he was worried about dining with liberals, he could have asked Paul Harvey or former vice-president Dan Quayle to dinner. He probably should have tried to have dinner with straight-talking Sen. John  McCain, if only for the appearance of party unity. But he didn’t. He might even have given a call to former Watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy, currently a talk show host. But he didn’t. There were thousands of writers, artists, musicians, scientists, firefighters, social workers, and human rights activists he could have asked to his intimate dinner. But he didn’t. Nor did he ask any Native Americans, who compose more than five percent of the state’s population, to dinner.

            He chose as his dinner companions millionaires and sports figures. That alone says far more about the man than any of his policies.

            [Walt Brasch’s latest book is the witty and insightful, Sex and the Single Beer Can: Probing the Media and American Culture, available on-line, at most bookstores, or through www.walterbrasch.com. You may contact Dr. Brasch at brasch@bloomu.edu ]

1/9/04 - The Moron Speaks! Dean & The Dems

"When you do hard things, when you ask hard things of people, it can create tensions," Bush said. "I'll tell you though, I'm not going to change, see? I'm not trying to accommodate. I won't change my philosophy or my point of view."

-Edward G. Moron Prez

Can you believe this guy? This is what passes for resolute 'leadership' that many in the Red States stand up and cheer for. No grey area; no grey matter for that fact; no question; no nuance; no room for error. Some might call this Leadership. Many are beginning to call it arrogance or sociopathology....

Click here for Bob Witkowski's full commentary

"It's happening. It's happening. There is good momentum when it comes to the creation of new jobs." -- President Bush on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Spin explained

 A current spin, and an "incoming" spin.  Here we go:

 (a) THE FACT:
 No WMDs have been found in Iraq.

 (a) THE SPIN, part 1:
"But Clinton thought there were WMDs."

 (a) THE ANSWER, part 1:
 Clinton didn't send 200,000 men and women into Baghdad.


 (a) THE SPIN, part 2:

"But most other countries thought there were WMDS."

 (a) THE ANSWER, part 2:
 It's not like Sweden, Ethiopia, and Mexico have independent
 intelligence on these things.  *Most* nations that agreed there were WMDs in Iraq
 GOT THEIR INTELLIGENCE FROM US.  This is a major "duh" fact, and I
 haven't heard anyone get this point across on FOX or Clear Channel.  The
 fact is, EVERY country interested in Iraq's WMD programs gets their
 intelligence data from one of FIVE nations: the USA, the UK, France,
 Germany, and Russia.  Think about that list, and which 60% tried to stop us
 from going into Iraq!



 Here's the INCOMING spin,

 (b) THE FACT:
 George Bush went into the National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam, and
 numerous documents reveal his poor attendance while in the guard -
 including a whole year (May through April) of "unobserved" status & a
 missed medical appointment.

 (b) THE SPIN:
"The Democrats are attacking George Bush because they say the National
 Guard is an escape from real service... they're claiming that because
 George Bush served in the Guard his service was somehow not as brave as
 someone like John Kerry's.  But look at how many National Guardsmen
 (sic) there are in Iraq today!"

 Being a a firm believer in "know thy enemy" I heard this angle of

 attack yesterday on a fundamentalist FM radio station.  The smarmy

 b*tch repeated this twist at least FOUR times.  If Democrats

 let up the Rapture-ublicans are going to succeed in metamorphosing the
 argument quickly.

 Given the history of Terrible McAuliffe and his non-tactician Democrats

 I'm afraid this is inevitable.

 Phil T.





Bush defends Guard record
USATODAY.com - Mon Feb 9, 8:00 AM ET
President Bush said Sunday that news reports saying there is no evidence he showed up for duty in the Alabama Air National Guard from May to November 1972 are "just wrong."
...William Turnipseed, the retired general who commanded the Alabama unit at that time, told the Globe in 2000 that Bush never appeared for duty there.


John Kerry




Britton Keeshan is shown in this 2004 photo in Antarctica, where he climbed Mount Vinson Massif. Keeshan is attempting to become the youngest person to climb the tallest mountain on each continent and is the grandson of Bob Keeshan, who died Friday at the age 76 after a career that included entertaining millions of children as Captain Kangaroo.(HO)