March 11,  2004  Thursday

GOP wants apology for Kerry comment

Tacoma News Tribune, WA - 3-11-04
... These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen. It's scary.".
Bush-Cheney campaign chairman Marc Racicot called on Kerry to apologize. ...

Kerry calls Bush team band of ‘ crooked ’ liars
Boston Herald, MA - 3-11-04
President Bush is demanding an apology from Democratic rival John F. Kerry ... Bush campaign chairman Marc Racicot said Kerry's comments were...

Tweaking the Elephant's Booty
Austin Chronicle, TX - 3-11-04
... He said the state's interest at stake in campaign finance law is "clean and fair ... of Republicans in the two dozen House races it focused on in 2002 campaign. ...

Kerry should apologize when the sun sets in the east.

"Over 20 members of Iraq's governing council made history by signing a temporary constitution. President Bush said he is thrilled because although the constitution isn't perfect, it bans gay marriage." —Conan O'Brien

"A California state senator has proposed lowering the voting age to 14. Three words for people who think this is a good idea: Governor Jessica Simpson." —Jay Leno


Wednesday, overheard comments by Democratic Senator
and candidate John F. Kerry sparked outrage from the
Republican high command. Sen. Kerry called the Bush
Administration "crooked" and characterized the White
House as routinely "lying." Republicans have demanded
an apology from Sen. Kerry.

Senator Kerry ought not to apologize. He should seize
this opportunity and do the precise opposite.

Mr. Bush's record--and his life--are strewn with
official lies. Many go back several decades. With
media attention trained on his Chicago comments,
Senator Kerry now can bring Bush's dishonesty into
sharp, public focus.

Kerry should begin with September 11, 2001. Here are
some really obvious examples:

--Before September 11, 2001, specifically what
prior warnings about imminent terrorist attack did
Bush receive from specifically which foreign sources?
Documentation shows he got warnings from such
countries as Egypt and Israel.

--Why did Attorney General Ashcroft suddenly stop
flying on commercial airliners weeks before the
attacks? Was it in response to a hijack warning?
Documentation suggests it was.

--What was the content of the August 6, 2001,
CIA-issued Presidential Daily Brief? Documentation
suggests a possibly specific terrorist-threat warning.

--When Condoleezza Rice claims Bush had "no idea"
that hijacked airliners might be used in attacks, is
she--and therefore the Bush Administration--being
truthful? Documentation suggests they may be lying.

The Bush Administration has repeatedly declined to
answer each of these questions.

As candidate for president, Senator Kerry has a
patriotic duty to bring the issue of Bush's
(dis)honesty before the public. Lots of evidence
exists to show that official lie backed by private
threat is a favorite Bush Administration tactic.

Don't believe it? Go ask White House-smeared career
diplomat Joseph Wilson and his wife, White House-outed
career CIA employee Valerie Plame. Wilson's "crime"
was proving that Bush and Tony Blair had lied to us
about Iraq's obtaining H-bomb ingredients from
Nigeria, to be used against us.

If Mr. Bush can air grisly political-ad video showing
Ground Zero corpse removals, he can answer
(truthfully) a few polite questions. Or with the
entire nation watching him, he can refuse. George
Dubya Bush can tell us September 11, 2001, is none of
our damn business and that we're all traitors for

Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry needs
to stand up and say just that, loudly.

John Ford "Jeff" Leon
Mill Spring, N.C. 28756

copyright 2004, J. F. Leon

Thank you so much for writing.

Donald Doublespeak Rumsfeld- Secy. of Offense


Spy Unit Skirted CIA on Iraq

Los Angeles Times - Wed Mar 10, 7:55 AM ET

Pentagon group's role in shaping White House views about ties between Hussein and Al Qaeda was greater than known, Senate panel hears.


I wonder if the above spy unit (created by this Pentagon) also gave the misinfo about weapons of mass destruction?  Hmmmm.

Squandering the trauma of September 11

Having failed to create consensus, Bush is left with a negative campaign

Sidney Blumenthal
Thursday March 11, 2004
The Guardian

"Lucky me, I hit the trifecta," said George Bush in the immediate aftermath of September 11, according to his budget director. War, recession and national emergency liberated him to soar in the political stratosphere. But after several faltering starts this year, he felt compelled to relaunch his campaign with $4.5m (£2.5m) of television advertising in 16 key states. In 60-second commercials he would lock the sequence of recent history into the American mind, his narrative of his presidency as he wished it to be understood. Images of September 11 cascaded across the screen, firemen carrying a flag-draped coffin at Ground Zero juxtaposed against another firefighter raising the flag. Bush's slogan: "Steady leadership in times of change".

"Where the hell did they get those guys?" responded the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters. It turned out that the firefighters in the ads were hired actors - "cheaper and quicker", as a Republican party spokesman explained. Enraged members of the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Families Association described them as "disgraceful" and "hypocritical". While he used the flag-draped 9/11 coffin, he refused to allow the press to photograph coffins of US soldiers returned from Iraq….

Hi Lisa,

I swear, I was sitting at my desk when a time distortion from the year 2550 threw documents onto my desk. This picture was in the heap, lol.

Take care,



Top Ten Signs You've Been On The Campaign Trail Too Long presented by Dick Gephardt

10. "Every speech begins: 'It's great to be wherever the hell I am today'"

9. "You've hired Pete Rose to manage your campaign funds"

8. "You've been working tirelessly to secure endorsement of your imaginary friend Lester"

7. "You black out while campaigning in Nevada and wake up married to Britney Spears"

6. "You ask yourself, 'What would Schwarzenegger do?'"

5. "Last time you were home, America had 36 states"

4. "More and more debates are ending with you and Joe Lieberman on the floor wrestling"

3. "You actually attempt to show a pie chart on the radio"

2. "Agree to appear on lame late night talk show"

1. "Get caught polling yourself"


By Ted Rall

A Liberal University's Invention


A model is seen wearing the BLEEX, (Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton) in this undated submitted photo. Ultimately intended to assist people like soldiers or firefighters bearing heavy loads for long distances. 'The design of this exoskeleton really benefits from human intellect and the strength of the machine,' says University of California researcher Homayoon Kazerooni, professor of mechanical engineering and director of Berkeley's Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory. 'There is no joystick, no keyboard, no push button to drive the device, the pilot becomes an integral part of the exoskeleton.' The exoskeleton consists of a pair of mechanical metal leg braces that include a power unit and a backpack-like frame. The braces are attached to a modified pair of Army boots and are also connected, although less rigidly, to the user's legs. (University of California Berkeley)



Disturbing News


US Treasuries Gain as Madrid Bombs Raise Terrorism Concern
Bloomberg - 3-11-04
March 11 (Bloomberg) -- US Treasury notes rose with other global government bond
markets after bombs in Madrid killed at least 170 people, boosting demand for ...



Netsky Hacker Threatens Thursday Attack

TechWeb - Wed Mar 10, 9:00 PM ET

A message embedded within one of the most recent Netsky worm variants may spell trouble on March 11, according to analysis done by antivirus firm Panda Software.


Pentagon Pressed for Iraq War's Costs

AP - Wed Mar 10, 9:14 PM ET

Pressed to estimate the cost of future operations in Iraq, the Pentagon has repeatedly said it is just too hard to do.


Waxman: Halliburton Problems Uncovered

AP - 3-1--04

Pentagon auditors have found that cost estimates provided by Halliburton Co. for $2.7 billion worth of government contracts in Iraq were unreliable, a Democratic critic of the company wrote colleagues in Congress.


Newsview: U.S., N. Korea Decide to Wait

AP - Wed Mar 10, 1:59 AM ET

This may be one of those rare occasions when the United States and North Korea agree on something: Neither side seems interested in settling their long-running dispute over the communist country's nuclear weapons programs before the U.S. presidential election.


Bush Administration Opposes 40 Latin American Nations in Agreement on Women's Health; Santiago Conference Poised to Reaffirm 1994 Cairo Consensus

Wed Mar 10, 5:53 PM ET

In a repeat of its widely criticized behavior at the 2002 population conference in Bangkok, the Bush administration today stood alone in opposing a declaration of Latin American countries reaffirming the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development..


173 killed in Madrid blast
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - 3-11-04
A TOTAL of 13 bomb blasts struck Madrid today, killing 173 people and
injuring more than 600, Interior Minister Angel Acebes said. ...


New Haiti Prime Minister Arrives, Marines Kill 2

Reuters - Thu Mar 11, 1:03 AM ET

Haiti's new interim prime minister flew into his revolt-torn country on Wednesday and promised to improve security as U.S. Marines said they killed two more Haitian gunmen.


Contract Flaws in Iraq Cited

Los Angeles Times - 3-11-04

Rebuilding tasks suffer from poor oversight and questionable spending, agencies find. A delay in equipping the security forces draws criticism.


Nichols' Lawyers: FBI Withheld Documents

AP -

Setting up a possible murder trial defense, Terry Nichols' lawyers say state and federal prosecutors did not provide them more than a dozen FBI documents that raise the possibility of additional accomplices in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.


Microsoft Says Latest Software Flaw 'Critical'

Reuters - Wed Mar 10, 6:55 PM ET

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O) upgraded a recent security warning to "critical" after discovering new ways in which an attacker could run malicious software on a vulnerable computer, the world's largest software maker said on Wednesday.


Weather Halts North Pole Search for Woman Explorer

Reuters - Wed Mar 10,10:19 AM ET

Severe storms Wednesday stalled efforts to find a female explorer who went missing at the start of her second attempt to become the first woman to make a solo trek to the geographic North Pole.


Republican National Convention . . .
News 10 Now, United States - 3-11-04
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the department's security costs
at the Republican National Convention this summer could climb to $65 million. ...


Graphic by Sam

"How can anyone legislate who you can love?" Barbra Streisand

Republican Shenanigans in the News


Bush Choice for Manufacturing Post in Question - Thu Mar 11, 1:27 AM ET

Six months after promising to create an office to help the nation's struggling manufacturers, President Bush settled on someone to head it, but the nomination was being reconsidered last night after Democrats revealed that his candidate had opened a factory in China.

FDA Chief Won't Lead Canada Drug Study

AP - Wed Mar 10, 5:56 PM ET

The Bush administration, responding to complaints from lawmakers, decided not to go ahead with the appointment of the government's food and drug regulator to lead a government study of importing drugs from Canada.


All-Republican Givers and Receivers
Washington Post, DC - 3-1--04
... . Barbour Griffith & Rogers reported recently on its successes at raising funds
for Republican candidates, "to keep and expand our Republican majority.". ...


Two 9-11 Widows Respond to Rush Limbaugh Attacks
Axis of Logic, United States - 3-11-04
... March 10, 2004-Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the subject of current
George Bush campaign TV ads with references to September 11, placed on ...

All detainees returned from Cuba released

Five freed without charge and back with families after questioning

Tania Branigan
Thursday March 11, 2004
The Guardian

All five Britons released from Guantánamo Bay are enjoying their freedom today after the four who had been questioned by anti-terrorist officers were released without charge late last night.

After around two years in the US camp in Cuba and just over 24 hours at a high-security police station, Tarek Dergoul, 26, from London, was freed at around 10pm….

Geez, another reason for the rest of the world to hate us.


Here is an interesting link.

Saw this on an article on MSNBC.COM under regarding military families coming out against the war in Iraq.

Also saw a story on under regarding Bush's appointee to oversee manufacturing. There nominee, it was discovered, recently built a new manufacturing facility...IN CHINA


Thanks for the link.  I have the Bush appointee story in today's edition.




Good News


Franken vows to bash Bush as host on new talk-radio network, MA - 3-11-04
... America Radio -- announced yesterday it will launch on March 31 in four cities with
comedy-oriented programming headlined by comedians Al Franken and Janeane ...


Liberal talk network gets airborne March 31
Chicago Sun Times, IL - 3-11-04
The network announced the start date Wednesday and added new names to its talk
show lineup, headed by satirist Al Franken, actress and comedienne Janeane ...


Sens. Push Law for Receipt of Votes Cast

AP - Wed Mar 10, 5:21 PM ET

Two Democratic senators often mentioned as possible candidates for the vice presidential spot on the 2004 ticket talked voting Wednesday — but not for themselves. Sens. Bob Graham of Florida and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York are pushing legislation that would ensure a printed receipt of votes cast on new touch-screen computer terminals, arguing it will restore voter confidence in the election process


Harvard eliminates tuition for some

Chicago Tribune - Wed Mar 10, 9:40 AM ET

Parents must earn less than $40,000


Democrats Forming Parallel Campaign - Wed Mar 10,10:31 AM ET

Led by veterans of presidential and congressional campaigns, a coalition of Democratic Party interest groups, armed with millions of dollars in soft money, is rapidly constructing an unprecedented political operation designed to supplement the activities of Sen. John F. Kerry's campaign in the effort to defeat President Bush.



Tonight I read some of the items in your website. I did not find any humor. I'll keep looking. BTW, the picture on the front page looks a lot like Vanna White.

Robert Womack, Rome, Georgia

Hi Robert, I admit, not everything on my website is funny. Some editions are much better than others. But I am glad you will keep looking.

You think I look like Vanna White?  I think I look like Barbra Streisand.



"Democrats and their allies will have more money to spend attacking the president during the nomination battle than we will have to defend him," Marc Racicot  - George W Bush’s math challenged campaign manager


Just whom is making the profits, or raking in all the money from those OIL imports from Iraq??
I haven't seen one report or any mention of what is happening with those increasing imports
from Iraq! From the "Monthly Energy Review" at
it states quite clearly that the PETROLEUM IMPORTS FROM IRAQ were increasing at the end
of 2003 to an average of 706,000 barrels per day and probably even higher now! That is at least
$25 million/day that seems to be disappearing into someone's pocket! Is this a BU$H/CHENEY
retirement plan funneled into an offshore account that can't be touched?? Seems to me we were
LIED to again about the OIL paying for this desert fiasco, but $750 MILLION per month pays for
a lot of Halliburton meals, and that figure goes up considerably with the increase of OIL pumping
and importation into the U.S. Heck, maybe more is even being imported into the U.K. that we're
missing, and going to fund Blair's retirement as well. Just "show me the money" and who's
profiting so greatly here, while the taxpayers are taking it in the shorts!

One more thing that really has me bothered, is that the HIGHEST importation by the U.S. of
Iraqi crude OIL ever was the last 4 months of 2001 and January 2002, right after 9/11. WHY??
In those 5 months we averaged over one million barrels per day from Iraq, when the average for the whole year of 2002 was only 459,000 per day. We averaged 470,000 barrels per day throughout
2003, despite a WAR and being told that terrorists were blowing up the pipelines. The only month
we didn't get any imports of Iraqi crude OIL in 2003 was the month of June! I'm sure Halliburton
has most of the problems fixed by now at taxpayers' expense, and are probably pumping well
over 1 million barrels a day into someone's pocket!

Just whom is profiting from the Iraqi OIL bought and paid for by American taxpayers??



It sure isn't the average American profiting from the Oil War.  Like deep throat said during Watergate--Follow the money.  My bet the profiteers are rich, white republicans.  Do you think?


Thanks for writing CY.





Aussie publican bars regulars he said were casting spells in hotel

Wed Mar 10, 1:25 AM ET

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A Sydney bar owner has expelled a group of drinkers after accusing them of casting spells in his pub.


British subs have Canadians in a sweat

Tue Mar 9, 4:52 PM ET

Canada says it is looking at ways to cool down four trouble-plagued submarines it bought from Britain after a report revealed temperatures in one craft hit 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) on a patrol.


Milk good for gout

Thu Mar 11, 1:49 AM ET

Got milk for gout?

Drivers Spot X-Rated Films in Other Cars

Wed Mar 10, 5:27 PM ET

Andrea Carlton hadn't planned on telling her daughter about the birds and bees until she was 8 or 9. But that changed the night 4-year-old Catherine spotted a porno movie flickering on a screen in a minivan nearby.


Pilot fined after tipsy ride

Wed Mar 10, 2:31 PM ET

An airline pilot, reported by passengers for flying his Boeing 737 erratically, has been fined 1,000 pounds after a breath test showed he had been drinking, German police say.


Counterfeit Stamp Use on the Rise

AP - Wed Mar 10,12:23 PM ET

A large number of counterfeit stamps have surfaced over the past few months, Postal Inspector Tony Robinson said Wednesday.


Russian Inventor Patents Space-Ads Device

AP - Wed Mar 10, 5:16 PM ET

Orion, the Big Dipper and Andromeda could be joined in the heavens by ads for soft drinks and cigarettes if a Russian inventor's device catches on.


Cousins, Age 70 and 85, Die in Pistol Duel

Reuters  3-11-04

Two Mexican peasant farmers, cousins age 70 and 85, argued for years over water rights and finally faced off in an old-fashioned pistol duel that killed both, a judicial official said Wednesday.

Meat from Farm May Have Had Human Remains

Reuters - 3-11-04

Pork products processed and distributed from the farm of accused Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton may have contained human remains, police and health officials said on Wednesday.


Woman Gets $1M in Suit Over Priest Punch

Wed Mar 10,11:18 PM ET

A jury awarded more than $950,000 to an instructor of Roman Catholic principles who accused a now-deceased priest of punching her during an argument over how to teach.

Woman Thought $1M Bill She Used Was Real


A woman who tried to use a fake $1 million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at Wal-Mart said it was all just a misunderstanding — she thought the bill was real.


Thieves Make Off with Mossad Chief's Phone

Reuters - 3-11-04

Israel's Mossad spy agency may be the scourge of Arab militants and former Nazis, but it has failed to find thieves who stole the boss's mobile phone.


Artist Gets Sticky with Celebrities

Reuters - 3-11-04

Canadian artist Jason Kronewald gets friends chewing bubble gum and spits out life-like portraits of celebrity blondes.



Toyota Motor Corporation's new humanoid walking robot plays the trumpet as it makes a debut before reporters in Tokyo March 11, 2004.(Toyota HO)