March 12,  2004  TGIF

Kerry Not Sorry for Swipe at GOP Critics

Guardian, UK - 3-12-04
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says he does not intend
to apologize for describing his critics in the Republican Party as ``the most crooked ... lying group I've ever seen.'' ...

RNC leader attacks Kerry on spy, '91 war votes
Chicago Tribune (subscription), IL - 3-12-04
... Pyongyang. "In fairness, at least one foreign leader has stepped forward to help boost the Kerry campaign," he joked. The DuPage ...

Vets not ‘ all for one ’ in elections
The Desert Sun, CA - 3-12-04
... Smoldering resentment over White House and congressional actions on veterans benefits
may be the spark that unifies the nation’s 26.4 million veterans ...

Maybe Kerry should apologize to the Republicans when they unimpeach Bill Clinton?

"President Bush says today he knows exactly where he wants to take this country. Is that good? Last time he took us somewhere it was Iraq." Jay Leno


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

Lisa, were you being facetious?

Hopefully there will be more public debate on the source of the
information that the administration used to sell this war to the
American people. David Kay, the resigned WMD searcher for the
administration concluded that there were no WMDs nor any programs for
WMDs. The administration is trying to make the CIA the scapegoat,
despite the CIA's efforts to demonstrate that Chalabi's info lacked

Please read this article published last spring from Seymour Hersh of
the New Yorker on the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans.

Reprinted here.

Seymour M. Hersh is one of America's premier investigative reporters.
In 1969, as a freelance journalist, he wrote the first account of the My
Lai massacre in South Vietnam. In the 1970s, he worked at the New York
Times in Washington and New York; he has rejoined the paper twice on
special assignment. He has won more than a dozen major journalism
prizes, including the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting
and four George Polk Awards.

He is also the author of six books, including The Price of Power:
Kissinger in the Nixon White House, which won the National Book Critics
Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Target Is
Destroyed: What Really Happened to Flight 007 and What America Knew
About It, and The Samson Option: Israels Nuclear Arsenal and Americas
Foreign Policy.

You go girl.

Me, be facetious? Only sublimibubbly.

Thanks for the excellent links.


US Senate Panel Accord on Memo Probe Collapses

Reuters - Thu Mar 11, 9:43 PM ET

... With no Democrats present, committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, announced on Thursday evening he was not going to take any further action on the memo probe and would leave it up to the Senate sergeant-at-arms to decide what to do next.

The sergeant-at-arms, whose preliminary report into the documents was made public last week, told Reuters he needed to "digest what I just heard" before making a decision on whether to refer the matter to federal prosecutors. Earlier in the day, he said he thought a referral to the U.S. attorney's office was probably the right course of action.

Democrats were caught by surprise, thinking they had a few more minutes to cast votes on the Senate floor before returning to the Judiciary session. …

Kerry was right, these right wing republicans are crooked.

Mad Kane Hires An Ombudsman    

For years I've been flooded with emails challenging the accuracy of At first I did what most publications do -- I ignored them. But as time went by, I realized that something had to be done. So in keeping with recent trends and in the interest of sound journalism, I've appointed an ombudsman who'd like to be known only as "Bud." Here is Bud's first report:

The poem entitled
Dubya's Poetic Injustice states that during George W. Bush's Election 2000 campaign, Bush promised to be a "compassionate conservative" and to have a "humble foreign policy." After this poem was published, we learned that Bush was "crossing his fingers" whenever he made those promises, so "they didn't really count." We regret this error.

According to a
State of Disunion crossword puzzle clue, President Bush believes that raising twins is even harder than waging war. While Bush did in fact make that statement, he has since changed his mind and now acknowledges that waging war is "an itsy-bitsy bit harder than raising twins." We are sorry for failing to keep up to date on this issue.

Dubya's Don't Blame Me Song the lyricist itemizes several things as not being George W. Bush's fault, including the jobless rate, 9/11, the mission accomplished banner, and the lack of WMD's. We have since learned that many more things weren't the President's fault and we regret our lack of comprehensiveness.

Click the link below for more laughs

MadKane gives me a good belly laugh! Her site is ALWAYS worth a visit.

"Attorney General John Ashcroft had surgery this week. His condition is listed as orange. ... He had his gall bladder removed, which is good, I think we could all use John Ashcroft with a lot less gall. ... Actually, that's the second thing John Ashcroft has had removed, if you count, of course, the Constitution." —Jay Leno

"Bush went on to attack the Democrats' policies. (Bush says) 'Their agenda is to increase federal taxes, to build a wall around this country and to isolate America from the rest of the world.' Hmm. So you're concerned the Democrats might do something that would damage America's standing in the world. Interesting...that you would think that's still possible."  Jon Stewart

Disturbing News


Bomb Blast Kills 2 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

AP - 3-12-04

Two American soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb damaged their Humvee, the military said Friday. U.S. officials worried that Iraqi police — not impostors in their uniforms — may have been behind the shooting deaths of two coalition staffers and their translator.


AP: Firms Awarded Iraq Pacts Tied to D.C.

AP - Fri Mar 12, 2:55 AM ET

The former employer of the Pentagon's top contracting official in Iraq shares part of $130 million in reconstruction business awarded this week.


U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

AP - Thu Mar 11,11:57 PM ET

As of Thursday, March 11, 554 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 380 died as a result of hostile action and 174 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.


Purported Qaeda Letter Says U.S. Strike Near Ready

Reuters - Thu Mar 11, 4:45 PM ET

A letter purporting to come from Osama bin Laden's militant Islamist al Qaeda network said a big attack on the United States was in the final stages of preparation, a London-based Arabic newspaper said on Thursday.


Spain Mourns 'Our September 11,' Qaeda Link Probed

Reuters -

Spaniards mourned Friday the deaths of 198 people in Europe's worst attack in 15 years as investigators tried to pin down whether Basque separatists or Muslim militants were to blame for the carnage.


Bremer Sees Threat of Iraq Attacks Next Month

Reuters - Thu Mar 11, 6:50 PM ET

Attacks in Iraq will increase as the date for a U.S. handover of power nears and there are fears a religious event next month could be a target, the U.S. governor of Iraq said Thursday.


Pentagon Pressed for Iraq War's Costs

AP - Thu Mar 11, 6:31 PM ET

Pressed to estimate the cost of future operations in Iraq, the Pentagon has repeatedly said it is just too hard to do. Now the ranks of disbelievers are growing — in Congress and among private defense analysts. Some say the Bush administration's refusal to estimate costs could erode American support for the Iraq campaign, as well as the credibility of the White House and lawmakers.


Senate OKs McClellan As Medicare Chief

AP - Fri Mar 12, 2:09 AM ET

The Senate approved Mark McClellan's nomination early Friday to head the government's mammoth Medicare program, despite his rankling of many in Congress by opposing the importation of prescription drugs.


TV: S.Korea's Roh Confirms His Powers Suspended

Reuters - Thu Mar 11,11:34 PM ET

South Korea's Roh Moo-hyun confirmed Friday his powers as president had been suspended after parliament voted to impeach him.


Mass. Lawmakers Bar Gay Marriage in First Step

Reuters - Fri Mar 12,12:46 AM ET

Massachusetts lawmakers late on Thursday dealt a blow to same sex couples anxious to marry by moving one step closer to amending the state constitution to bar same-sex marriages but allow same-sex unions.


Halliburton Admitted Faulty Iraq Costs

AP -

Pentagon auditors found a Halliburton Co. subsidiary gave faulty cost estimates on a $2.7 billion contract to serve American troops in Iraq and Kuwait, and company officials acknowledged making mistakes, Defense Department documents show.


FTC Chairman Doubtful of Anti-Spam List

AP - Thu Mar 11, 9:25 PM ET

The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday he is skeptical that a national anti-spam list will mean fewer unwanted e-mails for computer users.


Study: GM Corn Threatens Mexico's Crops

AP - Thu Mar 11, 5:58 PM ET

If left unchecked, modified genes spread by imported U.S. biotech corn threaten to displace or contaminate native ancestor varieties in Mexico, the birthplace of corn, a NAFTA watchdog group reported Thursday.


China grain shortage to push up global food prices: Earth Policy Institute

AFP - Thu Mar 11, 3:42 AM ET

China is increasingly unable to meet its rising food demand and will be forced to turn to the world market to import 30-50 million tons of grain annually, according to a leading agro-economist.


Gay Marriage Stalls in Calif., Mass.
Los Angeles Times (subscription), CA - 3-12-04
... No Hatred. Just loving biblical truth," read posters held by some of
the opponents of gay marriage who gathered on the Statehouse steps. ...

Gay Marriage Stalls in Calif., Mass. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


Democrats beware...

"A Bush Man", created by James W Johnson, 2004

 Excellent flash animation  click here

“Under this [Indecency] bill, Janet Jackson's right breast would be fined but her left breast would go free.” Andy Borowitz on CNN 3-12-04

Republican Shenanigans in the News


Freddie Mac Lobbyist Leaving Amid Inquiry

AP - Thu Mar 11, 4:22 PM ET

…Delk staged at least 50 fund-raisers for congressional Republicans in the past few years as the government-sponsored company fought off attempts in Congress to bring it under tightened federal regulation. …


US Bars Brain Trauma Experts from Global Research Conference in Cuba; Decision Denounced as Harmful to US Health, Political Payoff to FL

Thu Mar 11, 2:48 PM ET

Four leading organizations devoted to legal travel by Americans to Cuba have written Secretary of State Powell and Treasury Secretary Snow to denounce the Bush administration's decision to bar leading U.S. experts in brain injury from attending a global conference on coma and death that is occurring now in Cuba.


Utah woman who refused Caesarean charged with murdering fetus
Detroit Free Press, United States - 3-12-04


House Passes Indecency Fine Increases

AP- 3-12-04

Angered by what they called an increasing coarseness on over-the-air television and radio, House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to raise the maximum fine for broadcasters and personalities who air indecent material.



"Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women, I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties.  -- George Clooney

Hey George, it didn't stop Dubya.



Germans to Bush: keep off our moon rock

Thu Mar 11, 9:57 AM ET

Futuristic lunar labs are great in theory, but a tiny community in the hilly depths of rural Germany fears US President George W. Bush's ambitious space programme will harm their pieces of moon.

Bush Administration Weighs Condom Warning

AP - Thu Mar 11,10:05 PM ET

The Bush administration is considering requiring warning labels on condom packages noting that the contraceptive devices do not protect users from all sexually transmitted diseases.


Dutch find cocaine in tomato paste

Thu Mar 11, 8:56 AM ET

Dutch customs officers have found a novel ingredient after they checked a Moldovan truck containing barrels of tomato paste -- cocaine.

 China to build world's highest weather station on Mount Everest

AFP - Tue Mar 9, 1:58 AM ET

China is to build the world's highest weather station at an altitude of 5,300 meters (17,490 feet) on Mount Everest.


Mars Stinks: Sulfur Deposits May Make Red Planet Putrid - Mon Mar 8, 3:47 PM ET

If you've got a nose for news, here's a bulletin: Mars may smell to high heaven.


Drivers Spot X-Rated Films in Other Cars

AP - Thu Mar 11, 8:56 AM 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.


Sea Lion Grabs Fisherman Off Boat

Thu Mar 11, 7:44 PM ET

A 19-year-old fisherman is recovering from an encounter with a sea lion that leaped out of the water, grabbed him as he worked on his grandfather's docked boat and pulled him into the harbor at King Cove.

Wrong Patient Gets Heart Procedure

Thu Mar 11, 9:56 PM ET

The wrong patient received a heart catheterization at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, officials said Thursday.

Powerball Winner Robbed Twice in a Week

Thu Mar 11,11:38 PM ET

The man who won the largest single lottery jackpot in U.S. history has had a run of bad luck this week: He's been robbed twice and sued.


Phone Booth Offers Condoms for Sale

Thu Mar 11,10:53 AM ET

A public telephone that mysteriously gives free local calls has been given an odd companion — a condom machine.

U. of Georgia Not Laughing Over Easy Exam

Thu Mar 11, 2:32 PM ET

It doesn't matter that University of Georgia professor Henry Schaefer III is a Nobel Prize nominee and one of the most-cited chemists in the world. Even he hasn't been able to escape ridicule over "the test."


Clothes unmake the man who robbed a shop

CourtTV - Thu Mar 11, 5:34 PM ET

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (Court TV) — If you are going to return to the scene of a crime, at least change your outfit.


"A California state senator has proposed an amendment to the California state constitution that would lower the voting age to 14. This is ridiculous, do you know what would happen if we allowed 14 year olds to vote? We'd end up with someone like an action hero as governor." —Jay Leno


All Hat No Cattle Flashback - One year ago today

We must attack France

Are you having a good time?



Elephant Mail:

Subject: how surprised am i? not very

how quickly your "friends" forget you..... (notice all the D's next to the politicians' names ...each of these particularly moronic...)

American Charged In Iraqi Spy Case

Authorities Claim Woman Visited Iraqi U.N. Mission

Mar 11, 2004 2:39 pm US/Central
NEW YORK (AP) A former journalist and ex-press secretary for three members of Congress was arrested Thursday on charges she acted as an Iraqi spy before and after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, accepting $10,000 for her work, prosecutors said Thursday.

Susan Lindauer, 41, was arrested in her hometown of Takoma Park, Md., and was to appear in court later in the day in Baltimore, authorities in New York said.

She was accused of conspiring to act as a spy for the Iraqi Intelligence Service and engaging in prohibited financial transactions involving the government of Iraq.

Lindauer worked for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. in 1993 and then Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in 1994 before joining the office of former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun as press secretary in 1996. From March to May 2002, she worked for Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

"Her position was eliminated in the downsizing following the 1994 elections," said Josh Kardon, Wyden's chief of staff. Wyden is now a senator. "She worked for us a short period of time."

Moseley-Braun's current spokesperson, Loretta Kane, said the former senator does not remember Lindauer.

Gee, I wonder if her cousin, Andrew Card, Bush's aide remembers her.

You should read the entire story before inserting foot in mouth.

Bush aide's cousin charged with aiding Iraq
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - 3-12-04
WASHINGTON - A distant cousin of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card was charged
Thursday with working for the Iraqi Intelligence Service, after Card turned ...

You just can't stay away from this website can you?

Good News


Colo. Democrats Eyeing GOP Senator's Seat

AP - Thu Mar 11, 3:05 PM ET

The year was 1987, a very good time for Colorado Democrats. Former Sen. Gary Hart was a presidential contender, former Rep. Pat Schroeder was weighing her own White House bid, and the party held three of the four statewide elective offices and made up half the state's congressional delegation.


Second Top Colorado Republican Says No to Senate

Reuters - Thu Mar 11, 5:01 PM ET

Rep. Bob Beauprez said on Thursday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat from Colorado being vacated by fellow Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell, leaving his party still without a strong candidate to defend a crucial seat.


Robotic Legs Could Produce Super Troops

AP - Wed Mar 10, 4:40 PM ET

Move over Bionic Man and make room for BLEEX — the Berkeley Lower Extremities Exoskeleton, with strap-on robotic legs designed to turn an ordinary human into a super strider.



Saskatchewan Home Security


"Yesterday, Attorney General John Ashcroft had surgery to remove his gall bladder. Doctors say the surgery was difficult because Ashcroft refused to take his clothes off." —Conan O'Brien

Today in History – March 12

1365 University of Vienna founded
1496 Jews are expelled from Syria

1609 Bermuda becomes an English colony

1664 1st naturalization act in American colonies
1664 New Jersey becomes a British colony

1773 Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable found settlement now known as Chicago
1789 US Post Office established

1868 Congress abolishes manufacturer's tax

1884 Mississippi establishes 1st US state college for women

1925 British government of Baldwin refuses to ratify Geneva agreement

1930, Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi begins a defiant march to the sea in protest of the British monopoly on salt

1933 FDR conducts his 1st "fireside chat"

1938 Nazi Germany invades Austria (Anschluss)

1945 New York is 1st to prohibit discrimination by race & creed in employment

1951 Communist troops driven out of Seoul

1956 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)

1964 Malcolm X resigns from Nation of Islam

1969 120 joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home

1975 Vietcong conquer Ban me Thuot South Vietnam

1982 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"

1985 - Former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announced that he planned to drop Secret Service protection and hire his own bodyguards.

1993 - It was announced that Michael Jackson would team up with former President Jimmy Carter to help immunize thousands of pre-school children in Atlanta, GA.

1993 Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female attorney general of the United States.
1994 The Church of England ordained women priests for the first time in 460 years.
2002 The color-coded terror alert system was unveiled by Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge.
2003 The prime minister of the Serbian state (of Serbia and Montenegro), Zoran Djindjic, was assassinated.
2003 The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights off the coast of North Korea. The flights had stopped on March 2 after an encounter with four armed North Korean jets.


You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don't think there's really any oxygen. I think they're just to muffle the screams. Rita Rudner


Graphic by Sam

"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon'." - Chris Rock

Assorted News Articles

Aristide to Visit Jamaica Next Week

AP - 3-12-04

Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will visit Jamaica next week, returning to the Caribbean for the first time since fleeing into exile in Africa, Jamaica's leader said as violence continued in Haiti.


Bush's Lies About Iraq
The Nation - 3-12-04
... his 2003 State of the Union address to paint Iraq's allegedly vast arsenal of WMD
as a grave threat to the United States and the world, Bush wisely avoided ...


Bush Attacks Kerry on Taxes and Security
One Thousand Reasons, United States - 3-12-04
... lesson. It is no surprise that Bush chose to attack Kerry with half-truths. ... us.
Even when caught -- remember the unfounded WMD threat? ...


John Podesta Remarks at Princeton University
Center For American Progress, United States - 3-12-04

It is my view that the current administration has ignored the lessons of the past and has compounded our security problems by withholding vital government information from the American public.

The result has been corrosive for democracy. Public access to government information is a fundamental prerequisite to a functioning democracy. A democratic system is based on the notion that government legitimacy requires the consent of the governed. But to be meaningful that consent must be informed. In other words, elections are only legitimate if people know what they are voting for. And people can only know what they are voting for if they know what their government is doing….


Popcorn study

THE Environmental Protection Agency in the United States is studying
the chemicals released when a bag of microwave popcorn is popped or

Full article:



I feel compelled to point out something I haven't seen directly referred to as yet.
After viewing recent Bush campaign ads, and taking my own "barstool" polls, there seems to be an strange underlying belief among many that ONLY HE could have gotten our country through the aftermath of 9/11 (The right president at the right time).
The assumption is that any other president would have simply run up the white flag and moved Al-Qaeda into the White House basement.....Whew !...Think how close we all were to having to learn Arabic !
The reality, of course, is that in the days following 9/11 GW begrudgingly followed a logical path of action set forth by the proddings and advise of our lawmakers and public opinion....At least until he became terminally distracted by Saddam. I believe this is when his administration's flawed leadership truly revealed itself.
Thanks for everything...Johnny Ringo
BTW....From his commercial:

... "I know exactly where I want to take this country"
Doesn't it fit his machismo image that we know he'd never consider stopping to ask directions?

Thanks for writing Johnny.
Boy, do I hear you.
I hear that stuff all the time, here in the redneck riviera.
My response to that statement is "I'd rather have a president who didn't avoid VietNam by joining the National Guard, like---ummm, let me think...Al Gore."
I have this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that another 9-11 is going to happen before the election. I hope I am wrong.
Bush is not about to give up "his" presidency to something as trivial as an election...we saw that in 2000.
Thanks for writing and keep that duct tape close by.

Have a great day.

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand. Steven Wright



Really precise flying by the Air Force Thunderbirds. Sent in by Bobby. (Photo-Victor Archer)