March 30,  2004  Tuesday


White House Backs Down and Rice Will Give 9/11 Evidence

The Scotsman  3-30-04

The White House backed down today and agreed to let National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The policy reversal was made on condition that the panel seeks no further public testimony from White House officials, the administration said.

In addition, President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have agreed to a single joint private session with all 10 commissioners, with one commission staff member present to take notes of the session, said said White House counsel Alberto Gonzales…


Administration agrees to let Rice testify publicly
 San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 3-30-04
 National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will be allowed to testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the failure to prevent the Sept. ...

Bush pays costs of secrecy
Working for Change, CA - 3-30-04

..National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's furious attacks on Clarke got her trapped in a series of statements that contradicted other administration officials and sometimes herself. And Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will surely come to regret his vicious speech...

Does this reversal make Bush an official flip flopper?

"I am troubled that someone would sell a book, trading on their service as a government insider with access to our nation's most valuable intelligence, in order to profit from the suffering that this nation endured on September 11, 2001." Bill Frist on the Senate floor criticizing Richard Clarke's book

You mean like this book, Senator?



Disturbing News


Oil Rises After Saudi Backs OPEC Cut

Reuters -3-30-04

Oil prices rose on Tuesday after OPEC's most influential member Saudi Arabia threw its weight behind imminent supply cuts, though divisions within the cartel prevented a steeper rally, analysts said.

S. California Heat Wave Brings Power Woes

AP - -3-30-04

Unseasonably warm temperatures set records across Southern California Monday and contributed to an electrical emergency caused when the state's power reserves dropped suddenly.

Senators Say Bush Weakened Fight on Terror Funds

Reuters - Mon Mar 29, 6:10 PM ET

Two influential senators accused the administration on Monday of weakening the government's ability to clamp down on terrorism financing and urged President Bush to create a central agency


One Dead, Seven Hurt in Iraq Car Bombing

AP - -3-30-04

A suicide bomber blew up explosives in his car outside the house of a police chief south of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing himself and wounding seven others, officials said. The attack came after the head of a U.N. team said better security is vital if Iraq wants to hold elections by a Jan. 31 deadline.


Eight Terror Suspects Arrested in England

AP - -3-30-04

Police arrested eight men Tuesday and seized half a ton of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be used to make bombs, in anti-terror raids in and near London, the capital's Metropolitan Police force said.


Nineteen Killed in Uzbek Siege, Say Officials

Reuters - -3-30-04

Nineteen people were killed when Uzbek special forces stormed a suspected Islamic militants' hide-out in a suburb of the Uzbek capital Tashkent Tuesday, an Interior Ministry official said.


"In my country we go to prison first and then become President."
Nelson Mandela

Dear Lisa,
     There you go again, isolating Christians.  I'm warning you you're just going to lose every Christian Democrat out there.  You're tactics will fail you.  You should be reaching out to everyone you can, including right wing Republicans.  Anyone can see this race will be extremely close.  Insulting anyone is just going to tip the delicate scales to the Republican side.  Also, as an 18 year old I'd also like to tell you to quit talking about Kerry's veteren status and Bush's AWOL.  We really don't care about Veitnam.  I know this might come kind of late, but just remember it for future reference.  I'm not saying Veitnam wasn't important, but it isn't really isn't an issue especially if you're parents are too young to have been a part of it.  In fact, the only story that really interested me was the story of the American sniper Carlos and his Veitnamese counterpart Cobra.  It was a cat and mouse chase similer to "Enemies at the Gate." 
     I hope this email has helped.  Remember above all else to reach out instead of closing out.  It can only help out the Democratic party.  If that means no more Bush insults, then so be it.  And remember, no matter how you vote, vote.  It's the most patriotic thing you can do.
      here's my hate, and here's my cattle

Hi Nick, First of all this is a political humor website. How did I isolate Christians?  With the letter to Dr. Laura in yesterday's edition?  I find the Christian right hypocrisy funny. 

I realize that you are only 18, but if we don't learn from our past mistakes (Vietnam, correctly spelled), we will repeat them. In fact, we already have with Bush going after Saddam instead of Al-Qaeda.

I think the only people that are closed out from this site, as you say, are humorless people.

Keep visiting AHNC, Nick,  and you will become educated and laugh at the same time.

Thanks for writing.


Military News


US Military Takes First Step Towards Weapons in Space
ABC News - 3-30-04
... wonder. More recently, some US military planners have looked skyward and seen something very different — the next battlefield. ...

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe, MA - 3-30-04
... Non-hostile injured numbered 441. A soldier was killed Monday in a bomb explosion near a US military convoy west of Baghdad. Marine Pfc. ...

Rural veterans' needs put strain on local VA
Wichita Eagle, KS - 3-30-04
... Wichita this year. That's three times as many as in 1997, the year a new enrollment system made all veterans eligible for VA benefits. ...


Scientific Innovations Serve Troops Today, Tomorrow - 3-30-04
... Near-term benefits of such technology, he noted, could be applied "to our injured veterans, who would be able to control prosthetics in a natural way never ...

Army Developing New Rifle to Replace M16
Newhouse News Service (NNS) - 3-30-04
After nearly 40 years, the US Army is ready to replace ... as possible to ease the load of troops who go ... down by more than 50 pounds of body armor, electronics and ...

Citizen soldiers: Called to fight, on the cheap
Oregonian, OR - Mar 27, 2004
... of Vietnam shaped the modern US military, now ... of reservists have resorted to buying body armor, two-way ... Some rebalancing of troops between the active-duty and ...


Hi Lisa,

I enjoy your site, and I was going to suggest adding this article if you haven't already:

The more people we can educate about how religious extremists have taken over the government, the better a chance we have of saving our country from turning into Iran.

Take Care,

David S.


Thanks David. I posted that story in yesterday's edition, thanks to you.

It is frightening to see the Christian right distort the teachings of Jesus Christ.  And these same "Christians" are embraced by this administration and put in high political office.

Separation of Church and State was created for a very good reason by our forefathers and is now ignored by the Bush flag wavers.

It is my honor to expose these hypocrites on my site. <deep curtsy>

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"My challenge to the Bush administration would be, if Clarke is not believable
  and they have reason to show it, then prosecute him for perjury because he is
  under oath. They have a perfect right to do that."
   --John Kerry, calling Bush's bluff that Clarke committed perjury 



Odd News


John Kerry faces hand-shaking ban

Mon Mar 29,10:27 PM ET

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, who will undergo minor shoulder surgery on Wednesday, faces a politician's worst nightmare while recovering -- no shaking hands.

City Wants Bigger Bust for Mermaid

Reuters - Mon Mar 29,10:33 AM ET

The mermaid patron of a Polish coastal town faces plastic surgery after councilors decided her breasts were too small and hips too wide, a city official said Monday.

Spanish Students Win Top Marks for Election Success

Reuters - Mon Mar 29,10:38 AM ET

A Spanish school teacher will be giving his whole class top marks after a political party they formed to explore how democracy works won nearly 70,000 votes in the recent general election, he said Friday.

Christ Movie Sparks Neo-Nazi Confession in Norway

Reuters - Mon Mar 29,10:33 AM ET

A Norwegian neo-Nazi has confessed to two bombings a decade ago after a pang of repentance triggered by watching Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ."

Man Confesses After Seeing 'The Passion'

AP - Mon Mar 29, 8:34 PM ET

A 20-year-old man confessed to a half dozen burglaries, saying he felt guilty after seeing the movie "The Passion of the Christ."
German Clerk Catches Thief with Own Stolen Card

Reuters - Mon Mar 29,10:34 AM ET

A German man was arrested for credit card theft after trying to buy $90 worth of beer and cigarettes at a gas station with a stolen card that belonged to the cashier, Berlin police said Monday.



Four-Eared Kitten Finds 'Normal' Home

Reuters - Thu Mar 25,10:09 AM ET

A four-eared German kitten has been given a new home after a German animal shelter was deluged with requests to adopt the animal born six months ago with the genetic defect.

Some S. Dakotans Concerned About Pigeons

AP - Mon Mar 29,12:38 PM ET

The Aberdeen Downtown Association is getting complaints about too many pigeons — and their droppings — and is thinking about using hawks to reduce the population.
Ice Cream Vendors in Turf War Tussle

AP - Mon Mar 29,11:32 PM ET

Two ice cream vendors were charged with attempted murder for an alleged pipe attack on two of their competitors, authorities said.

Snake Venom Helps Launder Blood Stains

Mon Mar 29, 9:33 PM ET

Researchers have put some fang in a newfangled way to lift stubborn blood stains from dirty laundry.

Visible Numbers Halt Scratch-Off Games

Mon Mar 29, 8:38 PM ET

The Louisiana Lottery Corp. has stopped sales of three scratch-off games because numbers supposed to be hidden could be read without scratching off anything.

AOL Connection Leads to $2,500 Phone Bill

AP -

When Mark Walters received a $2,500 bill in the mail for Qwest long distance, he figured it had to be a mistake. It turned out to be his daughter's boo-boo.

Alligator Bites Woman in Back of Pickup

AP - Mon Mar 29, 8:28 PM ET

A 65-year-old woman is recovering from an encounter with an alligator that bit her as she was sitting in the back of a pickup truck.


A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.
William Randolph Hearst


"Saddam Hussein has an attorney now. And this attorney, I've never heard of him but apparently he's a smart guy, apparently he's already had the trial moved to Los Angeles. ... The slogan for the trial is 'No weapons in Tikrit, you must acquit.'" —David Letterman


Fatal Error


Published: March 29, 2004
Richard Clarke, Washington's director of counter-terrorism for many years, has delivered a devastating condemnation of the Bush administration with his sensational revelations.

The whole affair reads like a script for a catastrophic film in the best Hollywood tradition: The White House is in panic and a heavily armed Secret Service team quickly whisks Vice President Richard Cheney to a nuclear bunker and command post underneath the White House; its principal tenant, George W. Bush, jets through the skies above the Midwest in his enormous Air Force One, searching for a safe place to land….In the center of the eye of the hurricane, in the White House situation room, a room bristling with monitors, Richard Clarke, a hero and the President's special counter-terrorism advisor, takes control of the situation. On September 11, 2001, as soon as the scope of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington becomes apparent, his boss, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, does not hesitate to place him in charge of managing the crisis…

The reason we start a war is to fight a war, win a war, thereby causing no more war - George W. Bush

Excellent Graphic by Brad

Another broken Bush promise

Backlog of Immigrant Paperwork Growing

Los Angeles Times - Mon Mar 29, 7:55 AM ET

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, as a presidential candidate hoping to draw Latino votes, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush vowed to slash the backlog of applications for legal immigration. No one would have to wait longer than six months, he promised...

Good News


Clarke Charges on Bush Seem to Have Sticking Power

Reuters - Mon Mar 29,12:32 PM ET

The White House may have mishandled accusations leveled by their former counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke by attacking his credibility, keeping the controversy firmly in the headlines into a second week, political analysts said.


Democrats Abroad Rally for Votes

Reuters - Sun Mar 28, 2:36 PM ET

U.S. Democratic Party members living overseas Sunday called for a mass voter turnout of Americans abroad to ensure their ballots counted after the narrow Republican White House win in 2000.


Stem Cells Help Attack Cancer in Mice

Reuters - Mon Mar 29,10:49 PM ET

Stem cells, immature cells already showing promise as tools to regenerate and replace damaged tissue, may also help target and destroy cancer, U.S. scientists said on Monday.


"It's interesting. I see all these political ads and all these commentators say it's our job as Americans to vote. Let me tell you something, with Bush in charge of the economy, this might be the only job you have all year." —Jay Leno


Assorted Political News



Kerry Announces Plan to Control Gas Costs

AP -3-30-04

With gasoline prices at a record high, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is calling for the government to stop pumping oil into its emergency stockpile.


Kerry Accuses Cheney of Distorting Record

AP - Mon Mar 29,10:52 PM ET

John Kerry lashed out at Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday, accusing Cheney of distorting his Senate record on taxes as the Democrat sought to shift the debate to President Bush's stewardship of the economy and spiking gas prices.


Gallic Clan Says Kerry Isn't Too French

AP - Mon Mar 29, 2:15 PM ET

John Kerry's relatives in France bristle at jabs from across the Atlantic that the presidential contender has a French connection. They say Kerry has no link to France other than the home his grandparents bought here.


Heinz Seeks to Disavow Kerry Connection

AP - Mon Mar 29, 5:18 PM ET

H.J. Heinz Co. has launched an election-year campaign of its own, this one to distance the ketchup maker from what is shaping up to be an acrimonious presidential race.


Annan Fires Security Chief Over Failures

AP - Mon Mar 29, 5:39 PM ET

Secretary-General Kofi Annan fired one senior U.N. official and demoted another Monday for failing to protect U.N. staff ahead of the Aug. 19 bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, which left 22 people dead.

U.S. Officials Say Saddam's Not Talking

AP - Tue Mar 30, 2:40 AM ET

He doesn't have a lawyer in the room, but Saddam Hussein apparently is practicing what most attorneys would advise: Don't talk. Diplomatic and military officials say the former Iraqi leader has provided little useful information in interrogations so far — and may even be having fun.

Dead al-Qaida man not intelligence chief, MI - -3-30-04
... Another member of Pakistani intelligence said the military was showing photos of ... A US intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier ...


Richard Clarke: He could have secured the Net - -3-30-04
I find it ironic that former US counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke is in the news at the same time that a major swarm of new viruses are circulating on the ...

Bush's party admits oversight in poll that angers Philippines, ...
Sun Star, Philippines - -3-30-04
... George W. Bush's Republican party on Monday admitted oversight in a voter survey that labeled Thailand and the Philippines as harboring and aiding terrorists. ...


Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.
Dan Quayle



Lisa: I think [yesterday's] edition was one of the best ever. Loved the Dr. "Laura" letter.


Thanks Jim!  My site sure has come a long way since November 2000.


Today in History - March 30

0239 -BC- 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1282 Furious inhabitants of Palermo attack French occupation force
1533 Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon
1603 Battle at Mellifont: English army under Lord Mountjoy beats Irish
1814 Britain & allies march into Paris after defeating Napoleon
1822 Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory
1858 Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia)
1867 US purchases Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2¢ an acre-Seward's Folly)
1870 15th Amendment passes, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
1870 Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union
1919 Gandhi announces resistance against Rowlatt Act
1932 Amelia Earhart is 1st woman to fly solo cross the Atlantic
1945 289 anti-fascists murdered by Nazis in Rombergpark Dortmund
1945 USSR invades Austria during WWII
1948 Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi
1950 - U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1972 North Vietnamese troops enter South Vietnam
1975 As the North Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets in desperation.
1976 Israel kills 6 Palestinians protesting land confiscation
1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1984 US ends participation in multinational Lebanon peace force
1987 Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for record £22.5M ($39.7 million)
1991 William Kennedy Smith allegedly rapes a woman (found not guilty)
2002 HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother dies at Royal Lodge, Windsor, at 101
2002 - An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 - Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.


Subject: Hail Oz

 If Oz gives the green light, pleeeze offer up the 'horses ass'
presidential seal for download. The wolf outside my door has been there so long it
wags its tail when I get home everyday, and it's beyond my means to lay cash
on deserving candidates (or blogsites, for that matter). But I would
definitely expend cartridge ink to download and distribute that
Indeed, I'd even take a stab at printing it on stickers, so as to
peel-and-place it in public spaces everywhere I travel. It is an
inspired piece of political art.

Jim Lynch

Sure Jim...just click on the thumbnail picture.  You can then print it or right click on it with your mouse and save it.

I just love Oz and his wonderfully funny artwork!


But Will Condi Bare Her Breast?



An extremely rare fluorescent yellow Port Jackson shark is shown to the public for the first time at the Sydney, Australia Aquarium. (AFP/HO)