March 4,  2004  Thursday


Americans Voice Strong Support for Veterans Health Care and Benefits; Most Say Veterans Issues Will Play Role in Election Decision
Wednesday March 3, 6:00 am ET

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A new nationwide survey shows that three out of four Americans (75 percent) believe veteran's health care should be a "top to high funding priority" in the federal budget. Most Americans (87 percent) also support making veteran's health care funding mandatory....


9/11 Victims' Kin Angered by Bush Ads
Guardian, UK - 3-4-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and a firefighters union said Thursday they're angry that President Bush's new campaign ads include images of the destroyed World Trade Center and firefighters carrying a flag-draped stretcher through the rubble. ...

US faces big test in ambitious troop rotation
USA Today - 3-4-04
... Military planners and experts who have studied the rotation plan say guerrillas will almost ... To reduce the risk of a spike in violence, the troop..

Bush using 9-11 in his new campaign ads is as cheap as the suits he wears. What’s next, showing him pray in church with a halo above his head?

"(John) Kerry now well on his way to reaching his magic number 2162. That's the total number of Democratic delegates he needs to win the nomination. See, for President Bush it's different; his magic number is five. That's the number of judges needed on the Supreme Court for him to win."  -Jay Leno

Is there any Bush relative currently serving in the military?

"President Bush said we will not get directly involved in domestic and economic problems in Haiti. Of course not, Bush doesn't even get involved in domestic and economic problems here." —Jay Leno

I must apologize if yesterday's vile email from the self proclaimed "Marine" offended anyone.  But it is so important to know what kind of people support Bush. I personally think he is a relative of Ann Coulter.

I received a plethora of responses ( I posted a few below).

Thank you all.

The fight has just begun.

I am a service-connected disabled veteran (100%) with 15 years of military service (Viet Nam and the First Gulf War). On behalf of all veterans (particularly the males with a sense of honor) I apologize to you for the crass, vulgar and tasteless note you received and printed in your Wednesday issue. I was appalled and ashamed when I read it. I was also taken to the point that Father Mulcahey said in a 'M*A*S*H episode, 'I am acrimonious!'... Ma'am, now I want you understand that I am somewhat conservative (due, perhaps, to my age, upbringing and military service). That being said, I will also say that I will NOT vote for Bush again (yes, I did in 2000) this time around. He and his ilk are liars and thieves, as have been proven by the facts daily. I also apologize for my stupidity in that regard, too... But, I will quote The Who from a song off their 'Who's Next' album... Won't get fooled again!
Robert Phillip Adams



I'm having difficulty believing you served in both the Marines AND the
Army's Special Forces
and didn't learn how to speak to a lady - or anyone else you may happen
to disagree with.

I served as a Green Beret in Vietnam in 1968, and in all my training on
Smoke Bomb Hill
and afterwards, I do not recall ever being taught to speak in such a
manner as you.

I think you owe Lisa Casey an apology.

Alan Charles


Hi Lisa,
I'm glad you haven't given up on the weekends, I was hoping you weren't still flu-ish.

That  guy has quite a "mouth", huh?

My father-in-law used to say that he could tell how classy a person was by the language they used. If they couldn't use decent language, they weren't very classy or intelligent. This came from a man who barely finished 8th grade in Ireland. Later, he came to America, worked, married and raised a family. He read all of Shakespeare because he wanted to - not because he had to. He could quote poets and playwrights. He died just a few years after I married, so I didn't get to know him all that well, but I knew he had class.

My grandmother used to say that "once you say something, it is out in the open and you can never take it back" and "People will know you by what they hear you say". Good god, these old, uneducated immigrants have left an enormous legacy for us to live up to.

Too bad  didn't have people like that in his life.

I am sorry that you are the target of such garbage.


Lisa ,

I think its just great when you publish things like this guys letter.
Unfortunately for America, this mail reinforces the TV image that so
many Europeans have of ordinary Americans - ie a load of sexist foulmouthed
inarticulate boneheads, who mindlessly whoop and holler at things like
Dubyas plastic turkey.

You are a shining light. Lets hope that November brings us what the
whole world (including the Arabs) is yearning for, an America that once again
leads the world towards peace, prosperity and real freedom, with
honesty, decency and compassion.

Kind Regards

Alan Goswell (from England)
ps That guy moved me to put my hand in my wallet for AHNC - I am sure
he didn't mean to do that !

I am humbled by all of your comments. This website helps me keep my sanity in these horrific times and I am doubly thrilled when I can bring out your emotions.

Deep genuflection.

Disturbing News

Files: Roe V. Wade Was Almost Overturned

AP - Thu Mar 4,12:55 AM ET

As lawyers and court watchers have long suspected, the Supreme Court was ready to effectively overturn

 the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in 1992, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy got cold feet,

and the vote went the other way.


Kerry Lags Behind Bush in Fund Raising

AP - 3-4-04

Sen. John Kerry is a whopping $100 million behind President Bush in ready cash as he embarks on

the next phase of his White House campaign, and dependent on outside groups he can't legally control to help close the gap.

Study Warns U.S. Faces Asbestos Disease Crisis

Reuters - Thu Mar 4,12:38 AM ET

Ten-thousand Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases and the number appears to be

increasing in a growing public health crisis, according to a report by an environmental research group released on Thursday…


No Lawyer for Inmates in Guantanamo Parole Process

Reuters - Thu Mar 4,12:09 AM ET

Foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, do not have the right

 to a lawyer when appearing before a panel that will annually consider their possible release, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.


Electronic Voting Runs Into Some Glitches

AP - 3-4-04

Frozen screens and malfunctioning computers plagued some Super Tuesday voters who tried to cast electronic ballots,

and experts predict such problems will be repeated on a national scale in November.


Virus Writers Use Internet Worms for War of Words

Reuters - Wed Mar 3, 3:56 PM ET

The creators of the Netsky, MyDoom and Bagle e-mail viruses have taken to exchanging insults in what amounts to a war of words in computer code between rival hackers, anti-virus experts said on Wednesday.


Ky. Congressman's Brother Hurt in Shooting

AP - Wed Mar 3, 7:44 PM ET

The brother of Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) was recovering from a bullet wound at a Kentucky hospital Wednesday, 

a day after he was shot by an unidentified gunman.



"Senator Kerry has been in Washington long enough to take both sides on every issue" -The Great Uniter, Not A Divider President


It was to be with great fanfare the President George Bush would
announce the discovery liquid water once flowed on Mars. These plans
had to be shelved when later analysis proved that the composition was that
of French mineral water.


Hahaha...see below for my inspiration


Bush 'Welcomes' Kerry Into Race for Office

AP - Thu Mar 4, 4:05 AM ET

President Bush marked his first campaign appearance after John Kerry's ascension as the presumptive 
Democratic presidential 
nominee with a humor-tinged yet bare-knuckled critique of the Massachusetts senator.

Russia Gears Up for Dramatic Arctic Air Rescue

Reuters - 3-4-04

Russia prepared Thursday to launch a dramatic air rescue to pluck 12 stranded scientists from an Arctic
 research station all but crushed by a freak movement of ice.

Maryland: 'Geoffrey the Giraffe' Owes State Taxes

Reuters - 3-4-04

Geoffrey the Giraffe, the long-necked mascot of Toys R Us, the No. 2 U.S. toy retailer, is in trouble 
with the tax man in Maryland.

Man Sells Garage Sale Painting for $1M

Wed Mar 3, 9:12 PM ET

A man who paid $5 for a 19th-century painting he bought at a garage sale has sold it to a museum 
for $1 million, an art 
publication reported.

Norwegian fined for snowballing US embassy

Wed Mar 3, 9:32 AM ET

A 34-year-old Norwegian who bombarded the US embassy in Oslo with snowballs after an evening of 
heavy drinking has 
been fined 700 dollars (576 euros). 

Finnish anti-virus firm sends virus to customers by mistake

Wed Mar 3, 4:12 PM ET

Finnish Internet security company F-Secure said that due to human error at its London office thousands

of its customers in Britain had received emails from the company infected by a virus.


Barb…thanks for your inspiration. <deep curtsy>


States Bent on Collecting Internet Taxes

AP - 3-4-04

Remember all those gifts you bought online during the holidays? Now it's time to pay

sales tax on them, at least so say the income tax forms of 20 states.


Kerry Win Sends Czech Village Into Frenzy

Reuters - Wed Mar 3, 9:48 AM ET

The mayor of the tiny Czech village of Horni Benesov, which takes pride in being the birthplace of John Kerry's grandfather, 
could barely contain his delight when the senator clinched the Democratic nomination.

Scientists Give Access to Stem Cell Lines

AP -3-4-04

Harvard researchers are giving scientists free access to 17 new human embryonic stem cell lines that were developed
 without government money, the latest sign that U.S. scientists are forging ahead with the controversial research that 
the Bush administration has tried to limit.

Amateur Astronomer in Ky. Discovers Nebula

AP - Wed Mar 3, 8:18 PM ET

While poking around the night sky with a telescope at home, amateur astronomer Jay McNeil discovered a nebula.

School Program Curbs Teen Suicide Attempts: Study

Reuters - Wed Mar 3, 4:33 PM ET

A high school program that teaches teens about the link between suicide and depression cut suicide attempts by

40 percent at five U.S. schools, according to a study out Wednesday.


GOP Groups, Fannie Mae to Pay FEC Fines

AP - Wed Mar 3, 6:17 PM ET

The Republican National Committee, Senate Republicans' fund-raising arm and Fannie Mae are paying fines

to settle a case over improper use of political donations from the mortgage giant...


A helicopter hovers near the eyes of a 30-meter high (90-foot) Vincent van Gogh hot air balloon as it flies over Sydney, Australia, Monday, March 1, 2004. The van Gogh balloon, in Australia from its home country of the Netherlands, will participate in the upcoming Canberra Balloon Fiesta, which takes place March 6-15. (HO)