March 10,  2004  Wednesday

Graphic by OZ


Bush Insults Kerry's Intelligence

The president's latest attack is even more dishonest than the last.
By Fred Kaplan

Slate, United States - 3-9-04

...Bush and his operatives are making a practice of mischaracterizing the voting record of the presumptive Democratic nominee. Two weeks ago, the Republican National Committee put out a "Research Brief" that flagrantly distorted Kerry's votes on weapons systems. (Click here for the real facts.) Bush's remarks yesterday are more dishonest still....


Bush party chokes on truth about WMDs in 'Uncovered' documentary - 3-10-04
... The Bush administration is uncomfortably strangled by its own words. ... us that it was a deliberate attempt to take information and say that Iraq had WMD But John ...

US Media Performance on Iraq 
Slammed in Report
Reuters, United States - 3-9-04
... for the current administration, in effect validating 
President (George W.) Bush's linkage of ... 
attention to the administration's point of view on 
WMD issues at...

Where you better off 4 years ago pre-Bush?  I sure was with 

"Yesterday the Bush administration announced a new plan to crack down on the finances of terrorists. I think this could work. If Bush is half as successful hurting the finances of terrorists as he is the finances of ordinary Americans I would not want to be in their shoes."  -Jay Leno

Forged Monroe-JFK letters sought
CNN International, World - 3-9-04
... purported to be the secret correspondence between President John F. Kennedy and actress
Marilyn Monroe are trying to stop the government from destroying them. ...


"I like being out of office. ... I get to talk to people the way they talked to me for 30 years. It's a hoot." -Bill Clinton

Bill: No plans for future office cuz private life's 'a hoot' 

New York Daily News 3-10-04

 'I think Hillary's doing a good job, and one of us in politics is probably more than enough'

Former President Bill Clinton is not running for mayor of New York because one Clinton in office is enough and private life is a hoot, he said Tuesday. ..

Ashcroft recovers in hospital after his gallbladder is removed
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH - 3-10-04
Washington- Surgeons removed Attorney General John Ashcroft's gallbladder on Tuesday
to prevent a recurrence of the gallstone pancreatitis that sent him to a ...

CIA director disputes Cheney Iraq assertion ByJONATHAN S. LANDAY

CIA's Tenet Defends White House on Iraq Guardian, UK 

Tenet kept in the dark about secret spy unit Sydney Morning Herald, Australia 

Tenet grilled by US Senate ABC Online, Australia 

another saying

Here's another saying for your list. In the Bahamas, they call it "All suit, no mon"

Chris W, Ft. Lauderdale.

"John Kerry has a purple heart from Vietnam. Big deal, Dick Cheney's got a purple heart from deep-dish pizza." -Jay Leno

Odd News

Gator Goes for Ride on Fla. School Bus

Tue Mar 9,12:56 PM ET

Middle and high school students were riding home from school when they spotted a 4-foot alligator crossing the road, were allowed off the school bus to catch it and took it home.


Doping scandal rocks Crufts


Fresh scandal has hit the competitive world of dog shows after the owners of a dog tipped to win a prize at Crufts said it had been doped by a jealous rival.


Teens crave old fashioned values

Tue Mar 9, 8:54 AM ET

Teenagers are not as rebellious as previously thought, believing in traditional values such as marriage and disagreeing with the possible legalisation of cannabis, a survey says.


British scientist jailed 7 years for trying to poison wife now teaches ethics


LONDON (AP) - A scientist who served seven years in prison for trying to poison his wife has secured a job teaching ethics, university officials said Wednesday.

Woman arrested in Georgia for trying to pass fake million-dollar bill

Tue Mar 9, 4:27 PM ET

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia woman who tried to use a fake $1-million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at Wal-Mart was arrested, and police later found two more of the bills in her purse.


Domestic Violence TV Show Leads to Shooting

Reuters - Tue Mar 9,11:32 AM ET

An Oklahoma woman shot her husband to death during a fight after the couple watched a daytime TV talk show on how to survive domestic violence, officials say.


Endangered monkey survives 70-kilometre Indian road trip beneath car

AFP - Wed Mar 10, 5:25 AM ET

An endangered monkey clung to the underside of a car on a 70-kilometre (43-mile) journey and survived with little more than sooty limbs, an animal rights group revealed.


Study Backs Coffee as Protective Against Diabetes

Reuters - Tue Mar 9, 4:35 PM ET

A study done in Finland, the heaviest coffee drinking country, provides more evidence that the world's most widely consumed beverage may ward off adult onset diabetes, researchers said on Tuesday.


Today in History - March 10

0418 Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire

1624 England declares war on Spain

1681 English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania

1862 US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 & $1000)

1874 Purdue University (Indiana) admits its 1st student

1876 1st telephone call made (Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson)

1905 Japanese Army captures Mukden (Shenyang)

1910 China ends slavery

1910 Pittsburgh Courier, begins publishing

1914 Suffragettes in London damages painter Rokeby's Venus of Velasquez

1927 Bavaria lifts ban on Hitler's speeches

1933 Major earthquake in Long Beach CA

1933 Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics

1951 FBI director J Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner

1952 Military coup by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

1971 Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18

1972 1st black US political convention opens (Gary IN)

1982 President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

1990 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1995 Car bomb explodes in Karachi at shiite mosque, 17+ killed

1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4035.64



Subject: GOP hypocrisy on soft money


While reading your post yesterday about GOP attempts to
challenge spending by groups opposed to Bush, I was amazed at the institutional
memory loss of the mainstream media...and I guess that's a polite way to put  it.
Conservative groups like the U.S Chamber, American Taxpayer Alliance
and the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (which operates out of the NRA
headquarters) continue to pump money into campaigns supporting GOP
candidates. And they do so without coming under any reporting or
spending requirements because of a federal court ruling in the case of U.S.
Chamber v. Moore. Here's the U.S. Chamber's press release praising the court
decision in their favor.

Basically, this ruling stated that an organization not operating in
collusion with a campaign could advertise without adherence to
campaign reporting laws as long as the ads do not explicitly call for the
election or defeat of any candidate. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the
case on appeal.

The entire ruling is here:

Also, a story about their role in helping elect a Republican governor
of who used to be Chairman of the Republican National

Your loyal snoop,


Thanks for the info W.E.--- methinks what is going to happen, as happened in 2000, is that BushInc is just going to sue anyone who is "agin' em"---  And that Haley Barbour the Gov of Ms. was let off the hook while he was RNC chair in that ponzie scheme loaning money offshore and defaulting on the GOP of him.

Thanks again and always great to hear from you.

"In his latest campaign commercial President Bush talks about times of change. If he thinks these times are changing, wait 'til November."  -Jay Leno


Hi Lisa :)

Bush Fund-Raisers Among Overnight Guests

AP -3-10-04

President Bush opened the White House and Camp David to dozens of overnight guests last year, including foreign dignitaries, family friends and at least nine of his biggest campaign fund-raisers, documents show

The Lincoln Bedroom is still for sale!!!

8 years of screaming about Clinton over this, I wonder if Dr. Oxycontin
will have anything to say about this.


PS - Thanks for a great site, and for using my caption (GLAAD banquet)

Bob G

Thanks for the link. We had to listen to the whining from the right about the Clinton's and the Lincoln bedroom for the same unrighteous right are stunningly silent. 

Here's a little trivia: Rush spent the night in the Lincoln bedroom when Papa Bush was in office. I wonder if Rush was popping OxyContin in the room of Lincoln!



Bush's Harvard Teacher Quotes Him As Grad Student: "People Are Poor Because They Are Lazy.", tsurumi


So, this is nothing new for GW...

I have been reading Molly Ivins' book, "Shrub: the short but happy political life of George W Bush". Like the lady author says: "look at the record..."  None of this should have been a surprise.


Take care... VOTE like your life depends on it.... It does.



Thanks for the link.  I voted in the Florida primary yesterday. I was the only voter there at the time.  I think my vote was counted.


Disturbing News


Freemasons, targeted by bombing, viewed with suspicion in Turkey


Freemasons, targetted by a suicide bombing in Istanbul, are viewed with suspicion in Turkey, a secular state with strong Muslim traditions, and all the more so by Islamic extremists who accuse them of having pro-Zionist aims.


Mystery deepens over plane seized in Zimbabwe with 'mercenaries'

AFP - Tue Mar 9,11:16 AM ET

Mystery deepened Tuesday over a plane seized in Harare carrying 64 suspected mercenaries and which Zimbabwe's government said was registered in the United States after South Africa said it took off from an airport near Pretoria. 


NTSB: Half of Railroad Tankers Subpar

AP - Tue Mar 9, 6:39 PM ET

More than half the 60,000 railroad tank cars carrying hazardous materials are not built to current industry standards and are more likely to break open after derailing, federal safety investigators said Tuesday.


Iraqi Defector Blames CIA Over Weapons

AP - Sun Mar 7, 7:00 AM ET

Even though the CIA continually questioned the credibility of Iraqi defectors, the Bush administration largely used information from them to build a case for invading Iraq, says the man who led many of the defectors to the CIA.


Iran Blames U.S. 'Bullying' for U.N. Nuke Resolution

Reuters -

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna said Wednesday a draft nuclear resolution on Iran was the result of U.S. "bullying" and European nations should have done more to stand up to Washington.


Trade Gap Hits Record $43.1 Billion in January

Reuters -

The U.S. trade deficit widened to a record $43.1 billion in January, as rising oil prices helped keep imports near historic highs and exports retreated slightly despite the weaker dollar, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

Court Rules on Defendant-Counsel Rights

Mon Mar 8,11:13 AM ET - (AP)

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that while people pleading guilty to crimes are entitled to an attorney, judges don't have to warn them of the disadvantages of not seeing a lawyer.


Virginity Pledges Do Not Reduce Rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; More Evidence that Young People Need Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Tue Mar 9, 6:56 PM ET

A report released today at the National STD Prevention Conference in Philadelphia sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that virginity pledges do not reduce the rates of STDs.


Ohio School Board OKs Evolution Lesson

AP -

The state school board Tuesday approved a lesson plan for teaching evolution that includes what critics contend is a religious theory "cloaked as science."

 U.S. Gas Prices a Penny Short of Record


The average retail price of gasoline climbed 2 cents last week to $1.74 per gallon, the Energy Department said Monday, about a penny shy of the highest price since the department began collecting data.


Pension Fund Bill Negotiations Begin

AP - Tue Mar 9, 7:46 PM ET

House and Senate negotiators began work Tuesday on legislation that would temporarily reduce payments that thousands of companies must make to pension plans that provide retirement security for millions of Americans.


Turtle Advocate Fights Key West Dredging


A sea turtle advocate said Tuesday that the Navy's plan to dredge Key West Harbor violates the Endangered Species Act, and he has notified the government of his intent to sue.


Cuba Protests U.S. Curb on Science Articles, Trips

Reuters - Tue Mar 9, 7:31 PM ET

The Cuban Academy of Sciences accused the Bush administration on Tuesday of hindering scientific research by making it difficult for Cuban scientists to publish their papers in U.S. journals.


Graphic By Sam



Scientists May Have Spotted Britain's Beagle Probe

Reuters - Mon Mar 8,11:19 AM ET

Beagle 2, the British space probe which disappeared as it descended toward Mars, may have been detected on the surface of the Red Planet, scientists said on Monday.


Support for Bush Falls On Economy and Iraq -

President Bush, the target of months of criticism during the Democratic primary season, has seen public support fall to the lowest level of his presidency for his performance on the economy and the situation in Iraq, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll has found.


Mexicans enjoy candid peek at politicians caught on tape

Chicago Tribune -

Three times in recent weeks, sleuths with video cameras have provided footage of officials allegedly cashing in on their influence..

Gay Republicans turn on Bush, Canada - 3-10-04
... The 30-second spot by the Log Cabin Republicans shows Vice President Dick Cheney
at a debate four years ago saying, "People should be free to enter into any ...

Exclusive: Rehnquist mulling retirement
MSNBC -3-10-04
... months of partisan wrangling, and in the end, the republican candidate won. ... Scalia
recuse himself from a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney because the ...

Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL Sue Under New Anti-Spam Law (Update2)
Bloomberg - 3-10-04

Graphic By BH48

Prosecutors Argue for Limbaugh Records
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - 3-10-04
(AP)--Prosecutors who want to review Rush Limbaugh's medical records argued in court
papers that privacy rights shouldn't be used to hide criminal wrongdoing. ...


Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute unveiled the deepest portrait of the visible universe ever achieved in this image released March 9, 2004 taken by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-object Spectrometer (NICMOS). (NASA Handout)