March 27-28,  2004 Weekend Edition

Newsview: Cross Bush, Face Payback
Guardian, UK - 3-27-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is playing supercharged hardball in going after his own former anti-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke. It's a risky strategy that shows the single-mindedness of Bush and his re-election team in trying to deflect politically damaging criticism.

Loyalty is a hallmark of Bush's administration, with the president and his top lieutenants quick to turn on those who stray from the fold....


White House Trying to Explain Rice Policy

AP -3-27-04

Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration has a good story to tell about fighting terrorism and she's pouring it out in television appearances, interviews and newspaper articles. The one place she won't talk is in public, under oath, before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...

Kerry says White House commits 'character assassination' against ...
San Diego Union Tribune, CA - 3-27-04
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John Kerry said the White House is committing character assassination with its treatment of former counterterror chief Richard Clarke to avoid responding to questions about national security that Clarke raised....


Didn't God say: Revenge shall be mine?  I guess W missed that Bible study lesson.






What gives...or rather am I surprised? Now the Very Reverend Dr. Bill Frist has made moves to declassify secret testimony that Richard Clarke gave to a Congressional committee last year concerning terrorism so that the GOP can see whether he committed perjury under oath because he gave two very different stories...under oath.'

But then, the Right-Wing Very Reverend Dr. Frist said that he had not read Mr. Clarke's Congressional testimony, so he had no way of knowing whether Mr. Clarke had indeed told two different stories or that he had indeed committed perjury.

Well, Billy, which is it?...


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Dear Lisa

The pResident’s disgusting performance making a joke of the reasons for war and therefore the war itself, is unconscionable.
What I think is absolutely imperative to know is, those people who were laughing at his sick humour – did any of them have children in Iraq?
Did anyone in that room have children or relatives in Iraq, fighting for their Country so that the pResident can make jokes about it?
Where’s the guest list to that room?

Wal Cooper



Sadly, the dinner Bush was attending was the Television and Radio broadcasters of America.



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This basically sums it all up...

While vacationing on a ranch one August day, G W Bush gets thrown from
his horse, lands on a rattlesnake, gets bit and dies because the emergency
room at the nearest hospital is too understaffed to treat him in time. So
his soul arrives in heaven and he is met by St. Peter at the Pearly
"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there
is a problem. We seldom see a Republican around these parts, so we're not sure
what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in; I'm a believer." says Bushie.

"I'd like to just let you in, but I have orders from the Man Himself. He
says you have to spend one day in Hell and one day in Heaven. Then you must
choose where you'll live for eternity."
"But, I've already made up my mind, I want to be in Heaven," replied

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts him to
an elevator and he goes down, down, down, all the way to Hell . The doors
open and he finds himself in the middle of a lush golf course; the sun is
shining in a cloudless sky, the temperature a perfect 72 degrees.
In the distance is a beautiful clubhouse. Standing in front of it is his
dad and thousands of other Repugnicans who had helped him out over the years
Ford,, Nixon, Reagan . . . The whole gang was there . . .everyone laughing . . happy and casually but
expensively dressed. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the
good times they had getting rich at expense of the "suckers and peasants."
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.
The Devil himself comes up to Bushie with a frosty drink. "Have a
Margarita and relax, George!"

"Uh, I can't drink no more, I took a pledge," says Bushie, dejectedly.
"This is Hell, son you can drink and eat all you want and not worry, and it
just gets better from there!"

Bushie takes the drink and finds himself liking the Devil, who he thinks
is a really very friendly guy who tells funny jokes like himself, and pulls
hilarious nasty pranks, kind of like they pulled on the 9-11 inquiry and tax
promises. They are having such a great time that, before he realizes it,it's
time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves as Bushie steps on the
elevator and heads upward.

When the elevator door reopens, he is in Heaven again and St. Peter is
waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit Heaven," the old man says, opening
the gate. So for 24 hours Bushie is made to hang out with a bunch of
honest, good-natured people who enjoy each other's company, talk about
things other than money, and treat each other decently. Not a nasty prank or
fratboy joke among them; no fancy country clubs and, while the food tastes
great, it's not caviar or lobster. And these people are all poor, he doesn't
see anybody he knows, and he isn't even treated like someone special!

"Whoa," he says uncomfortably to himself. "Daddy  never prepared me
for this."

The day done, St. Peter returns and says, "Well, you've spent a day in Hell
and a day in Heaven. Now choose where you want to live for eternity."
With the 'Jeopardy' theme playing softly in the background, Bushie
reflects for a minute, then answers, "Well, I would never have thought I'd
say this-I mean, Heaven has been delightful and all-but I really think I
belong in Hell with my friends."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down, all
the way to Hell. The doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a
barren scorched earth covered with garbage and toxic industrial waste.kind
of like Iraq after he was done!!. He is horrified to see all of his friends, dressed in rags
and chained together, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags.
They are groaning and moaning in pain, faces and hands black with grime. The
Devil comes over to Bushie and puts an arm around his shoulder.
"I don't understand," stammers a shocked Bush, "Yesterday I was here and
there was a golf course and a clubhouse and we ate lobster and caviar and
drank booze. We screwed around and had a great time. Now there's just a
wasteland full of garbage and everybody looks miserable!"

The Devil looks at him, smiles slyly, and purrs, "Yesterday we were
campaigning; today you voted for us!"


Disturbing News


Guerrilla Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills 2, Wounds 13

Reuters - 3-27-04

Guerrillas fired rockets at the city hall building in Mosul on Saturday, killing two people and wounding 13, in another deadly attack on Iraqis working with U.S.-led occupation forces.

Officials: Intelligence Hindered by Rules

AP - 3-27-04

More than two years after the Bush administration won pledges of support from dozens of countries eager to join the war on terrorism, Washington and its allies still keep a jealous hold on intelligence — snarling the information sharing needed to shut down al-Qaida.

As Gas Prices Rise, So Do Thefts at Pump

AP -3-27-04

When gas thieves strike Salim Gillani's Chevron station, all they leave behind is a leaky pump. "It's like they're driving the pace car at a NASCAR race," said Gillani, whose station is near one of Atlanta's interstate highways. "Catching them, that's the hard part."


Palestinian Boy Killed in Firefight

AP - 3-27-04

A 7-year-old Palestinian boy was killed Saturday by what the Israeli military said was haphazard Palestinian gunfire toward an army jeep in a West Bank refugee camp.

U.N. Agencies May Have to Cut Gaza Aid

AP - Fri Mar 26, 8:06 PM ET

Several United Nations agencies may be forced to cut back or end humanitarian work in the Gaza Strip because of Israeli restrictions on their movement into and out of the territory, a U.N. statement said Friday.

Supreme Court Weary of New Patient Laws

Tue Mar 23, 4:52 PM ET - (AP)

Several Supreme Court justices suggested Tuesday that patients cannot expect to collect fat damage awards in court if their health plans refuse to pay for necessary medical care.

Most U.S. Companies Plan More Outsourcing-Survey

Reuters - Fri Mar 26, 1:58 PM ET

Most U.S. companies plan to outsource more of its back-office functions overseas where labor is cheaper, despite a public relations backlash and weaker prospects for cost savings, according to a survey of 182 companies released on Friday.


"Taxing less and spending more... it's fun in the short run, but it's a recipe for disaster. "
Bill Clinton



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In his memoirs, "A World Transformed", written five years ago, George Bush, Sr., wrote the following to explain why he didn't go after Saddam Hussein at the end of the first Gulf War:

"Trying to eliminate Saddam would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible......we would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq......there was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of our principles.
Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we
hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."

Assorted News

"The Passion of the Christ" a hit in Beirut, Damascus

AFP - Fri Mar 26,11:08 PM ET

Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ," accused by some Jewish organizations of encouraging anti-Semitism, is drawing a sizeable if unexceptional audience here while apparently touching an emotional nerve in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Close Bodyguard Led U.S. Forces to Saddam -BBC

Reuters - Sat Mar 27, 6:09 AM ET

The man who led U.S. forces to Saddam Hussein's underground hiding place in Iraq was one of the deposed president's closest bodyguards, a BBC program says.

French Lawyer Says He Will Defend Saddam

Reuters - Sat Mar 27,10:03 AM ET

The French lawyer known for defending Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and guerrilla Carlos the Jackal said Saturday that Saddam Hussein's nephew had chosen him to represent the deposed Iraqi president.

 Caribbean Leaders Don't Accept Haiti Gov't

AP - 3-27-04

The 15-nation Caribbean Community withheld recognition from Haiti's U.S.-backed interim government Saturday as leaders closed a summit renewing calls for a U.N. investigation into the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Prosecutors recommend charging Sharon
Reuters, UK - 3-27-04
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's chief prosecutor has drafted an indictment against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a long-running corruption scandal that could ...



"From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people." Howard Dean


Graphic by Brad

White House, 4/01/01: Focus on Bin Laden "A Mistake"

A previously forgotten report from April 2001 (four months before 9/11) shows that the Bush Administration officially declared it "a mistake" to focus "so much energy on Osama bin Laden." The report directly contradicts the White House's continued assertion that fighting terrorism was its "top priority" before the 9/11 attacks...

CNN article  talks about it... 



Graphic by Oz

If a president knows more and does less in matters of security to the homeland, the public has a right to know.

Bush brings honor and dignity to the White House Quotes

"F--- Saddam. We're taking him out." - President Bush, March 2002


"There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times." - President Bush, 9/4/2000


"'What do you and [your father] talk about?' 'Pussy,' George W. replied." - Salon, 4/9/99


"You no good f---ing sonofa bitch. I will never f---ing forget what you wrote." - George W. Bush, April 1986


Military News

Navy F-18 Crashes at Raleigh Airport

AP - Fri Mar 26,10:49 PM ET A Navy F-18 fighter jet on a training mission caught fire on the runway of the Raleigh-Durham airport during takeoff Friday, but the pilot ejected, authorities said.

National Guard soldier charged with desertion
CNN -3-27-04
(CNN) -- The US Army charged a Florida National Guard soldier, who went absent without leave while on a two-week break from duty in Iraq, with desertion...

Hand Art


Uncle Bam -Trigger Happy Twin of Uncle Sam

The 9-11 hoax ... for feeble minded folks.

Republican Shenanigans

GOP Survey Question Draws Ire in Asia

AP - Sat Mar 27, 2:44 AM ET

A voter survey tied to a Republican effort to raise money for House candidates mislabels Thailand and the Philippines as countries that "harbor and aid terrorists," say officials from both governments.

GOP Wants to Reveal Clarke Discrepancies

AP -3-27-04

Key Republicans in Congress want to declassify 2002 testimony by former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, hoping to show discrepancies between his recent criticisms of the Bush administration and positive remarks he made as a White House aide.


Making money in the stock market is easy. Just buy stock in companies that will merge. Here are merger predictions from Gary in New York, who knows lots about these matters:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R. Grace Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers will join forces and become: Poly, Warner Cracker.

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and issue forth as: MMMGood.

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Miningwill merge and become: ZipAudiDoDa.

5. FedEx is expected to join its major competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: Poupon Pants.


Lisa, here's the banner and the song links if you choose to help out in
spreading this further. Released Friday with TM, Artemis Records, and
AUdiolunchbox, by Tuesday it had been downloaded over 100,00 times

Thanks and keep up the great work


Thank you Stephan.

Odd News

Man Accused of Putting Nude Photos on Car

Fri Mar 26, 6:44 PM ET

Authorities in Carroll County have arrested a Villa Rica man in connection with nude photos left on car windshields.

Gun Hidden in Stove Shoots Texas Woman

Fri Mar 26, 6:45 PM ET

A woman was shot in the hip Friday morning while cooking a meal after the heat of the oven discharged a .357 revolver that she didn't know was hidden inside.

School District's Link Leads to Porn Site

Fri Mar 26, 6:47 PM ET

An expired link from the school district's Web site has been removed after a town official clicked on it and landed at a porn site.

Navy wants Minnesota mechanic to return salvaged WWII plane

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The federal government has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota mechanic to retrieve the wreckage of a Corsair fighter that the U.S. Navy abandoned after it crashed in a North Carolina swamp in 1944.


Cops ride shotgun as students run riot
By Natalie Williams
March 27, 2004
POLICE boarded a school bus yesterday to escort the driver after children went on a rampage, pelting him with food and other missiles and ripping fittings from the bus.

Internet pop-ups lead to jacked-up phone bill

Jeff Reikowski is dreading the arrival of his March phone bill. Over the past two months, he has been charged for more than $1,000 in international calls he didn't make, to a place he'd never heard of — Sao Tome

Don King backs Bush
From correspondents in Washington
March 27, 2004
COLOURFUL US boxing promoter Don King has thrown himself into the political arena by lending his voice to a Republican Internet "game" attacking Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, the Republican National Committee announced today.

Clinton note is highlight of German love-letter exhibition

A scrawled, amorous message from a certain Billy Clinton, 15, was a highlight of an exhibition of love letters that opened on Wednesday in the German port city of Hamburg.


"If you want to rock the Vote, You have to Rock the Boat. "
Dennis Kucinich


Good News

Senate Democrats Take Stand on Judges

AP - Sat Mar 27,10:06 AM ET

Senate Democrats on Friday threatened to stop all of President Bush's judicial nominees until the White House agrees not to appoint any more judges while Congress is out of town.

Book criticising Bush anti-terror efforts flying off shelves

Fri Mar 26,12:42 PM ET

A book that charges President George W. Bush with failing to take al-Qaeda seriously enough before the September 11 attacks has shot to the top of the bestseller lists on a wave of hype and controversy.


NASA successfully tests unmanned jet that could reach 5,000 mph
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 3-27-04
Three years after its first test flight ended in an explosion, NASA successfully launched an experimental jet capable of reaching speeds approaching 5,000 mph. ...

More hand art.

Peace and have a great weekend.