"Analyzating" Bush's Grey Matter
MSNBC - 3-13-04

Ever wonder why President Bush says "nuculer" when he means "nuclear" or "subliminate" when he means "subliminal?" Or why he mixes up perseverance and preservation? Why does he mangle the English language often enough for Slate Editor Jacob Weisberg to produce three books of Bushisms such as "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."...

Iraqi Lawyer Says US Undermining Saddam Evidence
Reuters, United States - Mar 12, 2004

A top Iraqi lawyer coordinating preparations for Saddam Hussein's trial accused the U.S. military on Friday of hampering efforts to gather evidence by releasing detainees linked to the toppled dictator...

Official Says He Was Told to Withhold Medicare Data

washingtonpost.com - Sat Mar 13,12:54 AM ET

The government's longtime chief analyst of Medicare costs said yesterday that Bush administration officials threatened to fire him last year if he disclosed to Congress that he believed the prescription drug legislation favored by the White House would prove far more expensive than lawmakers had been told.


I find Bush's grey matter to revolve around his ego, power and pretzels.


"You can tell the campaign has shifted into high gear because whenever President Bush refers to John Kerry, he calls him 'the senator from that gay marriage state,'"  David Letterman


By LSmith








Iraq: the missing billions /23.10.03
A staggering US$4 billion in oil revenues and other Iraqi funds earmarked for the reconstruction of the country has disappeared into opaque bank accounts administered by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the US-controlled body that rules Iraq. By the end of the year, if nothing changes in the way this cash is accounted for, that figure will double.
• Iraq: the missing billions - Transition and transparency in post-war Iraq



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Sutton Impact
by Ward Sutton - Cartoonist
On the Set of a Bush Campaign Commercial




Unpaid Halliburton subcontractor threatens to end hot meals for troops
Federal Times - Mar 11, 2004

Halliburton celebrates serving hot meals to U.S. troops in Iraq in television commercials, but one subcontractor responsible for preparing the food says soldiers there may soon be eating cold sandwiches because Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root isn’t paying its bills...





Long ago, in ancient Greece, lived the Bush who started it all: HercuBush! Half God, half mortal and half Texan...


Click here for  the flash animation HercuBush



Disturbing News


Two U.S. GIs Die in Iraq Roadside Blast

AP  3-13-04

A roadside bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three Saturday, the first casualties suffered by an Army regiment taking over security in Saddam Hussein's hometown as part of a giant troop rotation in Iraq.


Spread Thin, Army Calling on Same Units

AP - Fri Mar 12, 3:12 PM ET

The Army is spread so thin around the globe that when it needs fresh combat troops for Iraq this fall it will have little choice but to call on the same soldiers who led the charge into Baghdad last spring.


U.S. Train Passengers Worry After Bombing

AP - Sat Mar 13, 3:14 AM ET

Security officials stepped up safety measures at rail systems nationwide after the bombings in Madrid, but Amtrak conductor Larry Lindbloom acknowledges he's worried as he runs his daily route between San Diego and Los Angeles.


Grieving Spaniards Gird for Elections


Traumatized by terrorism, Spaniards girded for general elections as a nation in grief, with the ruling party favored to win and insisting Saturday that Basque separatists remain the prime suspect in the rail bombings that killed 199 people.


Report Faults EPA for Water Claims

AP - Fri Mar 12, 6:47 PM ET

The Environmental Protection Agency incorrectly claimed to have met its goals of ensuring that at least 91 percent of the nation's drinking water was meeting federal health-based standards from 1999 to 2002, the agency's inspector general says.


Bush Aide Rove Didn't Influence Policy

AP - Fri Mar 12,10:43 PM ET

The Interior Department's inspector general has found no basis for a claim by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that White House political advisers interfered in developing water policy in the Northwest.

UN Finds Black Box Lost in Rwanda Genocide Probe

Reuters - Fri Mar 12,12:05 AM ET

A red-faced United Nations acknowledged on Thursday that an aircraft black box possibly linked to an air crash that triggered the 1994 genocide in Rwanda had turned up in a U.N. filing cabinet.


Homeland Security Issues Transit Alert

AP - Fri Mar 12, 2:50 PM ET

Homeland Security officials issued a bulletin advising state officials, police and transit and rail agencies to be vigilant in light of the bombings in Spain.


Toilet seats are cleaner than keyboards or telephone dials: study

AFP - Thu Mar 11, 4:43 PM ET

Keyboards, computer mice and telephone dials are more infested with microbes than toilet seats, according to a University of Arizona study.



OPEC Divided on Dealing with Price Surge

Reuters -3-13-04

OPEC ministers on Saturday differed over how to deal with oil's price surge, as the UAE said OPEC may have to rethink a deal to reduce production but Iran said it was sticking to the cuts.


EBay Reports Attempt to Sell Women on Web

Reuters - Fri Mar 12, 8:27 PM ET

Online marketplace eBay Inc. (EBAY.O) on Friday said it had removed from its Web site a listing that offered three young Vietnamese women for auction and will report the person who posted it to local authorities.


Easier Internet Wiretaps Sought

washingtonpost.com - Sat Mar 13,12:00 AM ET

The Justice Department wants to significantly expand the government's ability to monitor online traffic, proposing that providers of high-speed Internet service should be forced to grant easier access for FBI wiretaps and other electronic surveillance, according to documents and government officials.


Multi-million-dollar fraud ring may have penetrated Canadian government, industry

Canadian Press - Fri Mar 12,11:14 PM ET

OTTAWA (CP) - Officials suspect a multimillion-dollar fraud ring may have been operating for up to 10 years in at least two federal departments - National Defence and Public Works - and possibly elsewhere, a key source told The Canadian Press on Friday.


Role in Haiti Events Backfiring on Washington

OneWorld.net - Fri Mar 12, 8:50 AM ET

WASHINGTON, Mar 12 (IPS) - Last week's U.S.-backed ''regime change'' in Haiti could yet backfire against the administration of President George W Bush, according to independent analysts and Democrats who are describing the U.S. role as another major foreign-policy blunder--or worse.


U.S. Isolated at Hemispheric Conference on Gender, Population

OneWorld.net - Fri Mar 12, 8:29 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C., Mar 12 (OneWorld) - Health officials from all but one of the 40 countries of the Americas Friday reaffirmed their commitment to an international program on family planning and reproductive health program at a hemispheric population conference in Chile, leaving the United States isolated as the only nation to refuse to join the final communique.

US Marines Kill Two More Gunmen in Haiti
Reuters - 3-13-04
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - US Marines said on Saturday they killed two more gunmen after coming under fire in Haiti, bringing to six the number of people killed by US forces struggling to restore order in the Caribbean nation after a revolt ousted ...


Haiti Leader Slams Jamaica Over Aristide Visit

Reuters - Fri Mar 12, 7:27 PM ET

Haiti's new leader fired a diplomatic broadside at Jamaica on Friday for allowing ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to visit, while U.S. and French troops came under renewed attack by gunmen.




From George W. Bush's latest ad



Gee, I didn't know that John Kerry's plan was to "weaken fight against terrorists"?


I must have missed that breaking news.



"The Bush camp wasted little time condemning Kerry's remarks as uncivil. Campaign chairman Marc Racicot called Kerry's off-the-cuff comment, 'unbecoming of a candidate for the presidency.' Bush never had a similar microphone mishap, has he? [Shows tape of Bush saying: 'There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times.' Cheney: 'Oh, yeah, he is, big time.'] I gotta tell you, I know there was that one, I was actually thinking more of this one. [Shows tape from Bush's 2003 State of the Union address: 'The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.'] Oh my God, was my mike on? D'oh!" —Jon Stewart










I have posted this flash animation link before.  But it really is worth a revisit. It always takes my breath away.









Swiss government supports end to absinthe ban

AFP - Fri Mar 12, 9:54 AM ET

The Swiss government approved draft legislation to end a ban on absinthe, the mythical herbal liqueur beloved of turn-of-the-century artists and blamed for driving some of them mad.



A Food Fight Over a Fungus

Los Angeles Times - Fri Mar 12, 7:55 AM ET

Quorn, a substitute for meat, has been eaten by millions in Europe, but a U.S. activist says the 'odious' product is literally sickening.


Farmer finds WWII weapons cache inside tree

Fri Mar 12, 7:28 AM ET

A cache of World War II grenades and explosives was found hidden inside the trunk of a tree by a French farmer who was preparing to cut it down, police said.

Australian state legislator who complained about drunken colleague suspended

Thu Mar 11, 3:29 AM ET

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - An Australian state legislator allegedly showed up drunk to the legislature just hours after politicians debated - and rejected - a call to kick drunken legislators out of Parliament until they sober up.


This Sounds About Right....

Reuters - Fri Mar 12,10:55 AM ET

Americans spend far more time driving cars and watching television than they do exercising, researchers said on Thursday in a study that helps shed light on the country's obesity epidemic.


Sat Dish Installer Accused of Panty Thefts

Fri Mar 12, 7:31 PM ET

A man who installs home satellite dishes for a living is accused of pirating panties from his female customers.


Chinese acrobat to stay 27 days on tightrope in bid for Guinness

Fri Mar 12, 7:35 AM ET

A Chinese acrobat plans to spend 27 days on a tightrope in order to make it into the Guinness Book of Records.

Worker Suspended for Anti-Bush Message

Fri Mar 12,11:42 AM ET

A state maintenance worker was suspended after he displayed a sign with the word "traitor" on a snowplow while helping provide security for President Bush's motorcade, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.

China to Correct Great-Wall-In-Space Myth

AP - Fri Mar 12, 5:57 PM ET

The myth about China's Great Wall has come tumbling down, thanks to the nation's first man in space.


Church Nixes Good Friday Fenway Hot Dogs

AP - Fri Mar 12,12:35 PM ET

Opening Day ticket holders at Boston's Fenway Park this year who are Catholic face a dilemma: the Boston Archdiocese said since the afternoon game against the Toronto Blue Jays falls on Good Friday, they must refrain from eating meat, including hot dogs, sausages and pepperoni pizza.




Brave Leaders Lead Protest on March 12, 2004


Officials from several countries march with hundreds of thousands people in Madrid Friday March 12, 2004, to protest the bomb attacks on trains in the Spanish capital Thursday. The officials are front left to right, Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, Spanish Interior Minister Angel Acebes, Socialist opposition leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Spain's Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Spain's Prince Felipe, Princess Elena, Princess Christina and Popular Party candidate Mariano Rajoy.


Spain Announces Five Arrests in Bombings
Kansas City Star, MO - 3-13-04
MADRID, Spain - Spain's interior minister Saturday announced the arrest of five suspects in the Madrid bombings, including three Moroccans. ...


Assorted News


George Carlin Responds to Indecency Uproar

AP - Fri Mar 12,10:02 PM ET

George Carlin famously dissected "The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" as a way to explore what everyone was so uptight about.


Hundreds Reach Campaign Donation Maximum

AP - Fri Mar 12, 4:37 PM ET

Hundreds of people have given the maximum $25,000 per year they can send to the national party committees since a law capped their donations.


Some Hotmail Users Have Access Problems

AP - Fri Mar 12,10:53 PM ET

Microsoft Corp. said Friday that a "significant portion" of people who use the company's Hotmail e-mail system and other Internet-based products had trouble accessing the services for several hours.

FTC Warns Of New Phishing Expedition

TechWeb - Fri Mar 12, 4:00 PM ET

The new scam tries to trick consumers into giving up information by posing as mail from a government Web site.


Fifteen Robots Ready for $1 Million Race

AP -

A driverless Humvee converted by Carnegie Mellon University students was the favorite in a $1 million race between 15 self-navigating robots across the Mojave Desert.




Donald Rumsfeld -- Bringing Honor and Dignity....

Rumsfeld Stole 9-11 Evidence To Keep As Souvenir
Capitol Hill Blue, VA - 3-13-04

The Justice Department investigation that criticized FBI agents for taking souvenirs from the World Trade Center site also found that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and a high-ranking FBI official kept items from the Sept. 11 attack scenes.
The final investigatory report said the Justice Department inspector general confirmed Rumsfeld "has a piece of the airplane that flew into the Pentagon." The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report Friday....



Eating Their Words
William Rivers Pitt,  March 12, 2004

"I'm a firm believer in feeding people their own words back to them, when it's appropriate." -Trent Lott

As we hurtle headlong into the silly season, a high colonic for the mind is in order. There is going to be a lot of back-and-forth between the candidates regarding who said what and when. Feast, in that context, upon this small collection: ....

Below are some compassioante conservative friends of George W. Bush from the above article.

"I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you. This is not a message of hate; this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It'll bring about terrorist bombs; it'll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor." - Pat Robertson, speaking of organizers putting rainbow flags up around Orlando to support sexual diversity, The Washington Post, 06-10-98. For the record, Orlando remains undestroyed by meteors.

 "Probably nothing." - Jeb Bush, during his losing 1994 bid for Florida Governor, when asked what he would do for black people, quoted by Salon on 10-05-02

 "The fact of the matter is that this (increased American casualties) is a sign of the success of our operation, not its failure." - Ralph Reed, GOP strategist, on MSNBC's program 'Hardball,' 10-28-03

 "Quit looking at the symbols. Get out and get a job. Quit shooting each other. Quit having illegitimate babies." - State Rep. John Graham Altman (R-SC), addressing African-American concerns about the 'symbol' of the Confederate Flag, The New York Times, 01-24-97

 "And there is, I am certain, among the Iraqi people a respect for the care and the precision that went into the bombing campaign." - Donald Rumsfeld, defenselink.mil, 04-09-03

"When you strip it all away, Jerry Garcia destroyed his life on drugs. And yet he's being honored, like some godlike figure. Our priorities are out of whack, folks." - Rush (currently under investigation for drug use) Limbaugh, on the death of Jerry Garcia, 08-20-95.

 "Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist." - Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), House Majority Whip, during a debate on increasing the minimum wage, Congressional Record, H3706, 04-23-96

Lord, deliver us from these evil doers.




This is an illustration released March 2004 by SparkPR showing the recently issued affinity credit card that will help political fund-raising. The Democrtaic Party in Massachusetts is pitching this new Mastercard that returns a half-cent for every dollar charged back to the party. (SparkPR, handout)


Vote with your wallet
Boston.com, MA - Mar 5, 2004
... John M. Tobin Jr., a West Roxbury Democrat. He doesn't own the new card, he said, because he has too many fond memories of the Sears credit card he had in ...




 "Another scorcher here in California. Another 90-degree day. I was sweating like Jerry Falwell at a gay wedding."  -Jay Leno



One year ago today:


Forced into a diplomatic retreat, U.S. officials said President Bush might delay a vote on his troubled United Nations resolution or even drop it — and fight Iraq  without the international body's backing.


 The Senate voted 64-33 to ban a procedure that critics called partial birth abortion.








Missteps on Economy Worry Bush Supporters

washingtonpost.com - Sat Mar 13,12:00 AM ET

A string of glaring missteps by President Bush's economic team has raised alarm among the president's supporters that his economic policymakers may have lost the most basic ability to formulate a persuasive message or anticipate the political consequences of their actions.


9/11 Images Said Inappropriate by Voters

AP - Fri Mar 12, 2:59 PM ET

Undecided voters, by a 2-1 margin, feel it was inappropriate for President Bush's re-election campaign to use images from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a television commercial, according to a poll released Friday.

Kerry Unveils Ad Challenging Bush

AP - Fri Mar 12, 9:57 PM ET

Countering President Bush's negative ads, John Kerry begins airing a commercial Saturday that faults the Republican for "misleading America" and rebuts the president's claim that the Democrat has proposed a $900 billion tax increase.

 Oregon AG Says Gay Marriage Ban Invalid

AP -

Supporters of gay marriage are applauding an opinion by the attorney general that banning gay marriage probably violates Oregon's constitution.