March 17,  2004 Wednesday   Happy St. Paddy's Day

Cheney and Scalia are friends
Bennington Banner, VT - 3-17-04
Supreme Court arguments are only six weeks away in the Sierra Club's challenge to the secrecy surrounding Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force and ...
Justices must avoid conflicts - Kalamazoo Gazette
Stirrings in Florida bespeak 2000 dispute - Boston Globe
Ginsburg joins Scalia in compromising court - Tuesday , March 16 ...  - The Missoulian

The Best - - or Worst - - of Bush's Iraq Whoppers
The Nation - 3-17-04 By David Corn
... of the administration's false remarks about Iraq's WMD and the al Qaeda-Iraq relationship. ... 237 specific misleading statements made by Bush, Vice President ...

Democrats Tally 'Misleading' Iraq Statements

Reuters - Tue Mar 16,11:53 PM ET

President Bush and four top advisors made a combined 237 misleading public statements on the threat posed by Iraq, Democrats charged in a congressional report released on Tuesday...

How ironic, Cheney is French!

"And the Bush administration is under fire for hiring actors to pose as reporters in video segments praising his Medicare law.... in other words people think they're watching the news but it's really the Bush administration talking, kind of like Fox News." -Jay Leno

Happy St. Paddy's Day Condoleezza Rice


The name Rice in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Maolchraoibhe Sept of Counties Down and Armagh. This Sept name was also anglicized as Mulcreevy. The Rices of Munster Province are usually of Welsh origin, the name being taken from settlers named Ap Rhys. The name Rhys is also used.

My now deceased, very Irish mother-in-law would have lovingly called Condi Rice  --  Smoked Irish.


Large explosion heard in central Baghdad; witnesses say bomb ...
940 News, Canada - 3-17-04
BAGHDAD (AP) - A large explosion hit a hotel in central Baghdad on Wednesday night, sending flames shooting into the sky. Witnesses ...
Explosion heard in central Baghdad - Boston Globe
Huge fire burns after explosion destroys hotel in central Baghdad - Billings Gazette
Massive Explosion Levels Baghdad Hotel -


The White House Telephone Game:

CIA to Cheney: "We have no proof Iraq has WMD"

Cheney to Bush: "We just don't know if we can prove Iraq has WMD"

Bush to public: "Iraq has WMD!"

CIA to Cheney: "What the President said is inconsistent with intelligence reports"

Cheney to Bush: "What we've said has been consistent with intelligence inconsistencies."

Bush to public: "What I have said has been consistent all along."

CIA to Cheney: "What in the world? Is everyone in the White House nuts?"

Cheney to Bush: "We would've been nuts not to go after Saddam Hussein"

Bush to public: "Saddam is a madman and the world is better off without him."

(R. J. Matson, The New York Observer and Roll Call)

Sent in by Gini

"God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear." —George W. Bush, Los Angeles, Calif., March 3, 2004

Republican Shenanigans

Romney says convention should move
Boston Globe, MA - 3-17-04
... Philip W. Johnston, chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, accused Romney of meddling with the Democrats' event on behalf of the Bush-Cheney campaign. ...

Family-values group mired in a divorce

The Christian Coalition of America (CCA), once a formidable political voice whose advocacy for traditional family values helped propel the Republican Party to power, finds itself at the center of a nasty divorce between top employees....

Kisses! The new Sexy Urinal by Bathroom Mania, as seen at the JFK  Airport Virgin Lounge. (Courtesy:Bathroom Mania/ Photo credit:Meike van Schijndel./HO)

Unwired Travel: Virgin Potty Talk

Fashion Wire Daily - Tue Mar 16,12:45 PM ET

Today in History - March 17

0432 St Patrick, a bishop, is carried off to Ireland as a slave

1753 1st official St Patrick's Day

1762 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC

1776 British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War

1836 Texas abolishes slavery

1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

1861 Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed

1894 US & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US

1905 Eleanor Roosevelt marries FDR in New York

1927 US government doesn't sign league of Nations disarmament treaty

1929 Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera closes university of Madrid

1941 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC opens

1942 General Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander

1957 Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted

1959 Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India

1960 Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA

1961 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth

1969 Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th Prime Minister

1973 St Patrick's Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday

1988 Iran says Iraq uses poison gas

1991 Irish Lesbians & Gays march in St Patrick Day parade

1992 Islamic Jihad truck bombs Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires Argentina killing 29

1995 Sinn-Fein leader Gerry Adams visits President Clinton at the White House

Gerry Adams

1997 CNN begins Spanish broadcasts

2000  In Kanungu, Uganda, a fire at a church linked to the cult known as the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments killed more than 530.

2003 President Bush delivered an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack.

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 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Here in conservative pro-Bush NW
Montana it is refreshing to view an objective site. thanks for your work.

Now some clarification regarding the 3/9/04 posting regarding
Presidents who died a year ending in zero. From all that I have read that it stems
From the Battle of Tippacanoe when William Henry Harrison defeated Tecumseh
And his brother Tesnkwatawa The Prophet. While the Prophet was dying from
A mortal wound he cursed Harrison, saying something to the effect that on
The eve of his greatest victory he would suffer a defeat. The Battle of
Tippacanoe was in the year 1811. Harrison was elected president in
On his inauguration Harrison was apparently too proud to wear proper
clothing, an overcoat. The weather was nasty, he became ill,
pneumonia?,and died one month to the day of his inauguration. Ever since then
every president that has been elected has either been shot or died in office.
Oooh spooky stuff!!
The operative words are been elected. Dubya was selected not
elected so he is probably immune. Even though I have little respect for Pres.
Bush I would not wish anything violent to happen to him. The facts about
Kennedy having a secretary named Lincoln and vice versa is not true. The other
facts, excluding Marilyn Monroe, can be substantiated.
My answer, there are odd circumstances in the world, I personally do
Not believe in curses but it makes for a pretty good history story. I do
Teach high school U.S. History, the students enjoy this story.
Again I tell them it maybe just circumstance. For instance if you
had a roomful of monkeys sitting at keyboards they would eventually write
Shakespeare. Or perhaps if you had a roomful of Dubya's sitting at a
keyboards they would eventually be able to draft some legislation that
made sense. Until then, I sometimes fear the worst.

Be well Lisa, keep up the great work.
Randall H.

Thanks for writing.  I learned something new today! History is stranger than fiction.

Keep up the great work by keeping kids interested!


Kerry calls on Clinton weekly for `thoughts'
By Andrew Miga
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sen. John F. Kerry [related, bio] last night said he's been getting a wealth of valuable campaign advice from the last Democrat to capture the White House, former President Bill Clinton.

``He's given me a lot of thoughts,'' Kerry said in a wide-ranging Herald interview on the night he officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. ``He's had some very astute observations. He's one of the smartest observers of American politics.''...

"Money does not equal victory." - Democratic consultant Paul Begala, sending a cautionary message to President Bush, whose campaign coffers are bulging with more than $160 million.

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Disturbing News


Snow Says 'Lawsuit Abuse' Costs Jobs

Reuters - Tue Mar 16, 9:26 AM ET

U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow on Tuesday said that runaway lawsuits were costing American jobs and urged an overhaul of rules that permit personal injury lawyers to launch huge legal cases.


Muslim group threatens France

Group plans to inflict 'terror into the heart of the French people'

Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Posted: 12:50 AM EST (0550 GMT)

PARIS, France (CNN) -- French police have opened an investigation after a Paris newspaper received a letter from a Muslim group threatening spectacular attacks that would make "blood run to (its) borders."


Threats Against Medicare Analyst to Be Investigated
Miami Herald, FL - 3-17-04
Mar. 16--WASHINGTON - The Inspector General's office will investigate whether the nation's top Medicare cost analyst was ordered not to tell Congress that the ...


 Bank of America Plans Up to 13,000 Cuts
NEW YORK - Bank of America Corp. (BAC) is planning to cut as many as 13,000 jobs as it completes its acquisition of FleetBoston Financial Corp. (FBF), people familiar with the expense cuts told The Wall Street Journal.


Training for Nuclear Plant Guards Off

AP - Tue Mar 16, 7:16 PM ET

Nuclear weapons plants have eliminated or reduced training for guards responsible for repelling terrorist attacks, leaving the government unable to guarantee the plants can be adequately defended, the Energy Department's internal watchdog said Tuesday.


Madrid Suspects Were Known Years Ago

AP - 3-17-04

Long before Jamal Zougam was picked up as a suspect in the Madrid bombings, he'd flitted across the radar screens of anti-terrorism investigators. Police knew his apartment — they searched it in 2001. And both he and his half brother, also under arrest, reportedly had been vouched for by an al-Qaida suspect in a monitored phone call.


Colombian Indians Caught in War, Face Extinction

Reuters - Tue Mar 16, 4:50 PM ET

Remote Colombian Indian communities are in danger of extinction as far-right paramilitaries and Marxist rebels target them for massacre, torture or forced recruitment, a United Nations official said on Tuesday.



Odd News


Bill Clinton's Boyhood Home on EBay

AP - Tue Mar 16, 5:06 PM ET

Gary Johnson and his mother, Elaine, have lived in the "little bitty house" at 321 E. 13th St. for about 10 years.


Irish ministers a hit abroad on St Patrick's Day

Tue Mar 16,11:09 PM ET

Irish government ministers will celebrate St Patrick's Day everywhere today -- everywhere, that is, except Ireland.


Ky. Politician to Hold Post From Jail

Tue Mar 16, 7:53 PM ET

A politician who was convicted of buying votes was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in federal prison, but he will continue to hold his post from his cell.

December Earthquake Uncovers Hot Spring

Tue Mar 16, 2:57 PM ET

Affectionately known as "The Hole From Hell," a stinking, steaming, simmering cauldron wafts a rotten-egg fog through City Hall, across the town park, and past the downtown cafes, antique stores and farm suppliers.


Woman Jailed After 'Flipping Off' Sheriff

Tue Mar 16, 1:05 PM ET

A woman made an obscene gesture toward an SUV Monday — one carrying the county sheriff and chief deputy — and ended up in jail, police said.


Woman Gives Birth to Two Sets of Twins

AP - Tue Mar 16, 6:03 PM ET

A Houston woman gave birth Monday to two sets of identical twins — something the couple said their doctor told them is only likely to happen in about 1 in 11 million pregnancies.


Poop Scooper Finds Job Fun, Refreshing

AP - Tue Mar 16, 9:53 PM ET

Whatever other people say, Jim Rindhage doesn't think his job stinks. Rindhage is a professional dog poop scooper. He is the owner of Scoop Master Pet Waste Removal Services and proudly displays his motto on his pickup door: "We Take a Load Off."

'Dirty Dancing' Shuts Down School Event

AP - Tue Mar 16, 6:38 PM ET

Dirty dancing may pack 'em in at the movie theaters, but at Bend High School, it's enough to shut down a school dance.

In Rio, land of the string bikini, police censor nude sand sculpture

Tue Mar 16, 6:36 PM ET

Copacabana beach, where bikinis set the standard for skimpy, became a cultural battlefield when police censored a display of nude sand sculptures.


DotComGuy seeks an end to the Internet life

Tue Mar 16, 2:37 PM ET

He spent four years as "DotComGuy," including a year holed up in a Dallas home living entirely off the Internet.


Bush losing credibility
The Hill, DC - 3-17-04
... that David Kay’s charge that the Bush administration had gotten the facts on WMD completely wrong ... issue of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. ...




Assorted News


Venezuela offers asylum to Aristide
Seattle Times, WA -3-17-04
... PRINCE, Haiti — Venezuela's strongly anti-American president yesterday offered asylum to former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, echoing allegations ...


Culture War May Find WMD (white male defectors)
Infoshop News - 3-17-04
... over swing voters – those critical white male defectors – President Bush may find that his undoing in the culture war, just as in the war in Iraq, may be ...


Venezuela Divide Played Out on TV

AP - Wed Mar 17, 2:28 AM ET

Nowhere is Venezuela's political divide more obvious than on its TV stations.

Survey: Discontent with U.S. Growing Overseas

Reuters - 3-17-04

Muslim nations are angry at the United States and a growing percentage of Europeans want a diplomatic and military divorce from Washington, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released on Tuesday.


U.K. Restricts Blood Donations

AP - Tue Mar 16,11:44 PM ET

The British government said Tuesday it would ban blood donations from anyone who had received a transfusion since 1980, as a precaution against transferring the human form of mad cow disease.


Londoners, feeling vulnerable, on look-out for bombs

AFP - 3-17-04

Londoners, feeling vulnerable on the first anniversary of the Iraq invasion, peeled their eyes for bombs in their midst after being warned that a terrorist strike was inevitable.


G.I. Seeks Conscientious Objector Status


Shaken by a gunfight in Iraq that killed innocent civilians, a 28-year-old U.S. soldier declared the invasion "an oil-driven war" and said he won't return to the Middle East and fight.



"Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof - the smoking gun - that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud." President George W. Bush

Actually, I don't have a drop of Irish blood in me. Although,  I am married to a pure Mick. 

But everyone is Irish today!

Donations to All Hat No Cattle are especially lucky on St. Paddy's Day!


AHNC Trivia:

 Riverdancing was derived from the pretence of Irish dancing. The dancing was done to send a "code" that the British are coming.  This message was quickly sent house to house by the sound of the tapping.

The Irish have been terrorized by the British for about,  ohhh, let's round off the figure,  for 750 years.


The Casey Coat of Arms

Bowing allowed.



Dear Lisa,

    I guess I'm just in a poetic mindset these days. I became aware 
of the Poets Against the War movement over a year ago as the March to 
War was being broadcast. I don't recall seeing this address on your site 
though I could be wrong. 

    With the anniversary of the farce upon us I feel drawn to the time 
when we thought there was a chance it would never happen. Wishful thinking, 
that. But wishful thinking is not wrong. It may be naive but it's not wrong.

    One of the conservative notions that puzzles me the most is the idea 
that conservatives are somehow more mature and responsible than liberals. 
Which is more mature or responsible, to start a war or to prevent one; to 
save a life or to take one; to extend a hand or to strike with it?

    John Grant

Thank you so much for writing.  Your last two sentences speak volumes.

And thank you for the poetry.

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Good News


Space Dust to Unlock Mexican Pyramid Secrets

Reuters - Tue Mar 16,10:44 AM ET

Remnants of space dust that constantly showers the world are helping unlock the secrets of a 2,000-year-old Mexican pyramid where the rulers of a mysterious civilization may lie buried.


Action Group Aims to 'Redefeat' Bush

AP - Wed Mar 17, 3:30 AM ET

The name says it all: Committee to Redefeat the President.


Spirit Rover Begins Inspecting Mars Drift

AP - Tue Mar 16, 9:38 PM ET

NASA's Spirit rover rolled 59 feet around the rim of a crater Tuesday to begin inspecting firsthand a drift of windblown material that puzzles scientists.



Graphic by OZ


By Bill Gallagher

DETROIT -- We need St. Patrick to drive from our land and high offices the vipers of war, greed and intolerance. Topping the list of serpents more than ready for a slithering exit from the public scene are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Corporations, the religious right and neocon world dominators form the three pillars of the modern Republican Party and represent George W. Bush's base and hope of winning another term…

Legend has it St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, lifting the people from their pagan idolatry and implanting Christianity. The Christian faith got the Irish to stop fighting and killing all of the time and to devote themselves occasionally to more peaceful pursuits like reading and transcribing old books…


The Cliffs of Mohor, Ireland.

Erin go braugh (Ireland Forever).