March 30, 2004 Tuesday
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.
Administration agrees to let Rice testify publicly
Bush pays costs of secrecy
..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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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.
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>
Exclusive photo of George W. Bush's New Tattoo!
Scroll down please
Seen on www.bartcop.com
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon Mar 29, 9:33 PM ET
Researchers have put some fang in a newfangled way to lift stubborn blood stains from dirty laundry.
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.
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.
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
By SIEGESMUND VON ILSEMANN,
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Richard Clarke: He could have
secured the Net
Bush's party admits oversight
in poll that angers Philippines, ...
Quite frankly, teachers
are the only profession that teach our children.
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.
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)