March 20-21,  2004 Weekend Edition

Details of US government post attack, MI - 3-20-04

…Bush set by executive order in December 2001 the lines of succession, generally designating an undersecretary or general counsel to take the helm should a secretary and the deputy be killed or incapacitated.

There also is a clearly defined line of succession to the presidency, starting with the vice president. But how to keep Congress functioning if a large number of members are killed is not so clear.

The Constitution allows state governors to quickly appoint new senators. It does not specify how to repopulate the House beyond holding special elections that would take weeks or months to conduct, leaving the House unable to conduct its business….

Eisenhower Letters Show Secret Gov't Plans
Guardian, UK -3-20-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - A few weeks after the Soviets launched the first manmade satellite in 1957, shattering America's sense of security, CBS President Frank Stanton was summoned to the White House to see President Eisenhower.

Stanton learned Eisenhower also was wrestling with how best to ensure the U.S. government could function if a Soviet attack wiped out many American leaders….

…During the Reagan administration, then-Rep. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, who was chief executive of the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle & Co., were key players in a secret program to set aside the legal lines of succession and install a new president in a catastrophe, The Atlantic Monthly reported this month.

Clinton Aides Plan to Tell 9/11 Panel of Warning Bush Team on ...
New York Times - 3-20-04
WASHINGTON, March 19 — Senior Clinton administration officials called to testify next week before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks say they are prepared to detail how they repeatedly warned their Bush administration counterparts in late 2000 that Al Qaeda posed the worst security threat facing the nation — and how the new administration was slow to act.
They said the warnings were delivered in urgent post-election intelligence briefings in December 2000 and January 2001 for Condoleezza Rice, who became Mr. Bush's national security adviser;

This administration wanted to attack Iraq after 9-11?  This administration ignored the warnings from the Clinton administration about Al Qaeda?

I want to wake up from this nightmare.

Sept. 11: Before And After
CBS News - 3-20-04
... They were talking about Iraq on 9/11. They were talking about it on 9/12," says Clarke ... including President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, in the ...

Adviser: Rumsfeld wanted Iraq attack after 9/11 - Houston Chronicle

Group says visits to hospital blocked
Boston Globe, MA - 3-20-04
... hospital and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have yet to ... was prompted both by post-9/11 security concerns ... and wounded veterans arriving from Iraq, even as ...

"The price of oil hit a 13-year high. What a coincidence, wasn't it 13 years ago the last Bush was president?" -Jay Leno

Famous Texans

In 1953, Bush got money from Brown Brothers Harriman and, with partners Hugh and Bill Liedtke, formed Zapata Petroleum. By the late 1950s they were millionaires. Bush bought subsidiary Zapata Off-Shore from his partners and went into business on his own in 1954. By 1958, the new company was drilling on the Cay Sal Bank in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. These islands had been leased to Nixon supporter and CIA contractor Howard Hughes the previous year and were later used as a base for CIA raids on Cuba. The CIA was using companies like Zapata to stage and supply secret missions attacking Fidel Castro’s Cuban government in advance of the Bay of Pigs invasion. The CIA’s codename for that invasion was “Operation Zapata.” In 1981, all Securities and Exchange Commission filings for Zapata Off-Shore between 1960 and 1966 were destroyed. In other words, the year Bush became vice president, important records detailing his years at his drilling company disappeared. In 1969, Zapata bought the United Fruit Company of Boston, another company with strong CIA connections.

Click here for entire biography of George H W Bush

Can you see the trees through the bushes?

A Senator’s son moves to Texas in search of oil.

He strikes oil and befriends the CIA.

He runs for the US Congress on an anti-civil rights platform and loses.

He tries again and wins, serving two terms.

He is tapped by the president to head the CIA

He claims a nuclear war is winnable.

He becomes vice president.

He casts three tie-breaking votes to renew chemical weapons production, supports the sale of missiles to “terrorist” Iran and the illegal arming of the Nicaraguan contras and other paramilitary groups he called “freedom fighters.

He chairs The Presidential Task Force on Deregulation – many Savings and Loans collapse a few years later.

He becomes President.

He attacks two countries. He leaves one leader in power.

He loses the election for a second term.

He sees the country prosper in relative peace for eight years guided by the man who defeated him.

His son becomes president in a controversial election in the state that his brother governs.

Nine eleven happens.

His son goes after the enemy then changes direction to oust the leader his father left in power.

His son claims victory .

His son’s victory is marred by daily terrorism upon his troops and the people he liberated.

His son says the world is a safer place even though terrorism increases worldwide.

He says he wants to jump out of an airplane on his 80th birthday.

We deserve presidential timber instead of sticks from a bush.



Papa Bush in 1999 on his 75th birthday



"Vice President Dick Cheney was giving a speech at the Reagan Library, trumpeting President Bush's achievements in the Middle East and attacking John Kerry ... but unfortunately, at the exact same moment Dick Cheney was praising our stabilizing effect on the world, someone was blowing up a hotel in Baghdad. But ironic violence wasn't about to stop the vice president from explaining how, if John Kerry were in charge, we'd all be speaking German." –Jon Stewart

Disturbing news


Pakistan Doubts Al Zawahri Among Those Surrounded

Reuters - Sat Mar 20,10:24 AM ET

Pakistan's army has arrested over 100 suspected militants after five days of intense battles near the Afghan border, but said it was unlikely al Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahri was among those still surrounded.

Iraqis Still Afraid a Year After War Began

Reuters - Sat Mar 20, 7:59 AM ET

When U.S. troops invaded Iraq a year ago to topple Saddam Hussein, traffic policeman Saad Mutachar was given an AK-47 by his boss to help defend Baghdad against the state-of-the-art weapons of the Americans.

State Dept. Warns Americans Overseas

AP - Fri Mar 19, 6:43 PM ET

The State Department on Friday updated its warnings about the security of U.S. citizens overseas, saying there are continued indications that the al-Qaida terror network is preparing to attack U.S. facilities abroad.

US Chopper Attacks Pakistan by Mistake, Wounds 3
Reuters, United States - 3-20-04
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - A US helicopter gunship mistakenly strayed into Pakistani territory from Afghanistan while chasing militants and wounded three ...

 Pakistanis Battle Militants; Arrest 100 Suspects
New York Times - 3-20-04
The officials suggested that the leader of the militants might be protecting a Chechen or local Pakistani leader. Pakistani paramilitary ... 

Siege against al-Qaida sends Pakistanis fleeing
Chicago Sun Times, IL - 3-20-04
BY RIAZ KHAN. KARIKOT, Pakistan -- Up to 400 tribesmen and foreigners hunkered down in mud fortresses Friday, exchanging fire with ...

 Different takes on Yee
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA - 3-20-04
There are a lot of ways to tell the latest story of US Army Capt. James Yee, a Fort Lewis-based soldier who served as a chaplain ...

Homeland Seeks 'Entertainment Liaison'

AP - Sat Mar 20, 8:29 AM ET

Protecting America against terrorist attacks and other disasters requires strong interagency communication and superior intelligence-gathering. Oh, and a little help from Hollywood.
FCC to Broadcasters: F-Word Out of Bounds

AP - Fri Mar 19,11:28 AM ET

For broadcasters seeking more guidance on what is indecent, federal regulators have some warning: Don't use the F-word.

Ex-USA TODAY reporter faked major stories - Fri Mar 19, 9:29 AM ET

Seven weeks into an examination of former USA TODAY reporter Jack Kelley’s work, a team of journalists has found strong evidence that Kelley fabricated substantial portions of at least eight major stories, lifted nearly two dozen quotes or other material from competing publications, lied in speeches he gave for the newspaper and conspired to mislead those investigating his work.

Limits Urged on Eating Tuna - Sat Mar 20, 2:38 AM ET

For the first time, the federal government has warned pregnant and nursing women and young children away from eating more than a limited amount of canned albacore "white" tuna because of potential hazards from mercury in the fish.

 Class-Action Against Firestone Rejected

AP - Wed Mar 17, 4:08 PM ET

A judge Wednesday refused to grant national class-action status to a lawsuit alleging deadly defects in a line of Firestone tires.

 New Bagle Worm Infects Windows Without File Attachments

TechWeb - Fri Mar 19, 4:00 PM ET

A new round of Bagle worms takes advantage of a security hole in Internet Explorer that lets them infect computers without having to convince users to open a file attachment.

60 Bottlenose Dolphins Dead in Florida Panhandle

Reuters - Fri Mar 19, 5:17 PM ET

More than 60 bottlenose dolphins have died in the waters of the Florida Panhandle in the past nine days under mysterious circumstances, U.S. marine researchers said on Friday.

Hundreds Of Howard Stern Fans Protest Indecency Crackdown
MTV - 3-20-04
Hundreds of Howard Stern listeners and free-speech supporters gathered in front of the Federal Building on Friday (March 19) to protest the Federal ...  
Stern drags Oprah into indecency battle - 
Boston Herald
Could Stern's anti-Bush rants shock the vote? - 


Atlanta morning show hosts suspended for sexually explicit talk
Access North Georgia, GA - 3-20-04
It also pulled radio personality Howard Stern off its stations and fired the disc jockey known as "Bubba the Love Sponge," whose programs brought the chain a ...

FCC's rush to regulation may restrict freedom of speech
Portsmouth Herald, NH - 3-20-03one of two Democrats on the five-member FCC, says the agency shares blame for any perceived indecency outbreak because of its ... 

Islamic group files complaint over radio skit
Contra Costa Times, CA - 3-20-04
... The FCC still needs ... Texas-based Clear Channel Communications, which last month announced a zero-tolerance policy toward indecency and pulled radio personality ...


Only in a compassionate conservative America would Martha Stewart be facing prison time while Ken Lay is walking free.

Budapest March 20, 2004

Rallies around the world protest Iraq war
CNN - 3-20-04
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Antiwar rallies were being held around the world on Saturday, the day after protests in Baghdad marked the one-year anniversary of the US ...


Good afternoon.  If you've never taken a look at Russ Kick's "The Memory Hole" at, you might want to take a peek.  Contains a lot of stuff that we are either supposed to forget about, or not know about in the first place.  Want to see the ads that pulled because they were to controversial?  They're there.  Look forward to your site updates every day. 

Thank you for writing.

Republican Shenanigans


Bush campaign sells banned Burmese goods
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - Mar 19, 2004
Reelection Togs May Have Come From Burma - Washington Post
Banned goods in Bush's '04 gear - San Jose Mercury News 


Colo. Rep. Schaffer Known for Sidesteps

AP - Sat Mar 20, 4:13 AM ET

Colleagues remember Bob Schaffer as the state legislator who snatched up pamphlets on condoms during an AIDS exhibit at the Capitol rotunda to keep them away from children.


Legislator drinks to new drunk driving laws

CourtTV - Thu Mar 18, 7:52 PM ET

ALBUQUERQUE (Court TV) — In their effort to strengthen state drunk driving laws, New Mexico legislators indirectly nabbed one of their own


The Spanish were right!

---- By Chip ----
Scanning the MSN editorial cartoon web page today, I noticed more than a dozen about the Spanish election. All of them seem to state that the result of the election was a major victory for terrorists.

I don't see it that way.

The way I see it is that the majority of Spaniards (who were against this stupid war in the first place) realize that illegal, immoral, illegitimate wars like Bush War II only fuel the fires of terrorism. What Bush is doing in Afghanistan and Iraq is exactly the same as Israel has been doing against Palestinian terrorists for decades, and we all know how well that has worked!

Maybe the Spaniards are smarter than we Americans (you and me excluded, of course). Maybe they realize the greatest army in the world can never hope to be successful against an enemy you cannot identify, much less recognize. Maybe the Spaniards know that one way to deal with terrorism is to treat the disease, not the symptoms, as BushCo. is doing.

And one way to treat the disease is through diplomacy and just plain concern for the citizens of the entire world — skills unfortunately not possessed by the current administration.


Roy Adams
Tyler, TX

"Some people are criticizing Kerry for going on vacation this week right when he needs to distinguish himself from President Bush. A newspaper printed the titles of the four books he's going to be reading in five days. Hey, just reading four books in five days distinguishes him from President Bush right there." Jay Leno

Hi Lisa,

I thought this "Photo-op" was typical until I noticed the veins popping out of the soldiers left hand as he was making a fist. You can almost tell what's going through his head. I think the only thing that kept him from slugging bush was not the Secret Service, but his Mother standing next to him, lol.

Take care,

Excellent photo of an American soldier in Baghdad, Iraq. Click here

Assorted news

Rumsfeld Calls Saddam an Uncooperative Prisoner

Reuters - Sat Mar 20, 9:24 AM ET

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Friday said ex-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, ousted from power one year ago by U.S. military forces, was an uncooperative prisoner.

Wall Street Rally Could Run Low on Fuel

Reuters - Sat Mar 20, 7:39 AM ET

With oil prices hitting 13 year highs, is the stock market rally running on empty?
AOL Blocks Spammers' Web Sites - Sat Mar 20,12:00 AM ET

America Online Inc. has adopted a new tactic against spam: blocking its members' ability to see Web sites promoted by bulk e-mailers

Critics Decry Interior Internet Shutdown

AP - Fri Mar 19, 9:50 PM ET

The court-ordered shutdown of many of the Interior Department's Internet connections is depriving American Indian children of educational opportunities and preventing public input on land management decisions, a leading senator and environmentalists say.

Newspapers Hold 7 Spots on Top 20 News Site List

Editor and Publisher - Fri Mar 19, 5:02 PM ET

NEW YORK Seven of the top 20 news Web sites or groups in the U.S. during February were affiliated with newspapers, according to audience statistics from Nielsen//NetRatings.
Web Site Shows Neighbor Campaign Donations

AP - Fri Mar 19, 4:44 PM ET

It's snooping on the neighbors with a political edge, courtesy of a new Web site. 

Democrats Watching GOP Jabs at Kerry

AP - 3-20-04

In Michigan, Tina Abbott says it seems like there are more George Bush ads than soap operas on television.


These are some of the mountainous regions of northern Pakistan where Osama bin Laden is suspected of hiding.



Defense Secretary Rumsfeld learns he's been speaking in prose

AFP - Fri Mar 19, 6:09 PM ET

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's jousts with the Pentagon press corps are legendary, but hardly music to anyone's ears -- until now.


Red Lobster to Trim All-You-Can-Eat Deals

Darden Restaurants Inc. said Thursday its Red Lobster chain will cut back on all-you-can-eat promotions, which generated customer traffic but hurt profit margins.


Virgin Atlantic cans lip-shaped urinals in U.S.

Fri Mar 19, 4:00 PM ET

Virgin Atlantic Airways has scrapped plans to install bright-red urinals shaped like women's open lips at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport, saying it had received complaints they were offensive.


Museum to be closed over wax Hitler figure

Fri Mar 19, 4:11 PM ET

A waxworks museum in Berlin that featured a life-size figure of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler has proved to be so controversial it is to be shut down.



Click here for a great cartoon from Internet Weekly



Uncle Bam - The Trigger Happy Twin of Uncle Sam


(Terrorism as an electoral tool)


Charges Dropped Against Muslim Chaplain

AP - Sat Mar 20, 9:46 AM ET

The Army's allegations last year were grave: A military chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was linked to a possible espionage ring and eventually charged with mishandling classified information. Six months later, all charges against Capt. James Yee have been dropped.





The Karakorum are unique range of mountains. They possess the loftiest peaks in the world in the smallest area. Within a radius of 100 miles from the towns of Gilgit and Skardu, there are as many as 100 Peaks, ranging from 18,000 feet to the world’s second highest peak K-2, at 28250 feet. The Karakorum are important for they stand like sentinel at the meeting point of four countries - China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the USSR. The USSR does not actually touch Pakistan but it can be seen by the naked eye from one of the Peaks in the Batura group. (HO)