April 12,  2004 Monday

The Silent President
New York Times, NY - 4-12-04

...No reasonable American blames Mr. Bush for the terrorist attacks, but that's a long way from thinking there was no other conceivable action he could have taken to prevent them. He could, for instance, have left his vacation in Texas after receiving that briefing memo entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." and rushed back to the White House, assembled all his top advisers and demanded to know what, in particular, was being done to screen airline passengers to make sure people who fit the airlines' threat profiles were being prevented from boarding American planes...

9/11 debate doesn't end with memo's release
Newark Advocate, OH - 4-12-04
... briefing memo on al-Qaida has President Bush and his critics giving opposing versions of whether he should have acted more aggressively to avert the ...
Bush Says Brief on Al Qaeda Threat Was Not Specific
Wilmington Morning Star, NC - 4-12-04
... may not have done enough to head off the attacks. "That's what the 9/11 commission should look into, and I hope it does," he said. ...

The way the Bush administration is treating the 9/11 investigation is so offensive, by them being so defensive.

"If you are having a brief that is entitled `Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S.,' and then it lays out specific things ... you would think that that would raise enough caution flags that you would haul in the FBI, that you'd put out an all-points bulletin." -- Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

The infamous August PDB has been declassified and released and the Bush & Co excuses continue:

Ode to the August PDB

When Condoleezza Rice speaks out
Does anybody buy her?
It's hard to fathom how she fumbled warnings, oh so dire.

"Historic," Condoleezza shouts
About that August briefing.
I guess that's why that PDB did catch the Bushies sleeping.

Old Dub joins in with his excuse,
Explaining his inaction:
Without Osama's detailed plans, you shouldn't expect reaction.

We did not have a time or place,
Or even a location.
Without precision info, I'm entitled to vacation.


Ode to the August PDB


Bush Got Pre-9/11 Memo on Break at Ranch
Guardian, UK - 4-12-04

Despite the 100-degree temperature on Aug. 6, 2001, President Bush laced up his running shoes to go for a 4-mile jog, roamed his sprawling Crawford, Texas, ranch and fished a pond for bass. Into this scene of relaxation, routine and outdoor activity was dropped a memo from the CIA with the explosive title ``Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US.''

Whether that caused a ripple like a pebble thrown into the pond or something more significant that Bush and company hid very well, is unknown. ...



Disturbing News



Around 770 Die in Recent Iraq Fighting

AP - 4-12-04

About 70 U.S.-led coalition troops and 700 Iraqi insurgents have been killed in fighting across Iraq since April 1, but there is no authoritative figure on Iraqi civilian deaths, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said Monday.


Seven Chinese citizens latest foreigners to be kidnapped in Iraq

AFP - 4-12-04

Seven Chinese citizens have become the latest foreigners to be kidnapped in Iraq, the Chinese government said, while pledging no efforts would be spared to rescue them.


Philippine Armed Men Take 3 Hostages from Boat

Reuters - 4-12-04

Armed men in speed boats intercepted a tugboat towing a barge off the Malaysian state of Sabah, taking its Indonesian captain and two Malaysian crew members hostage, the Philippine navy said on Monday.


U.S. Targeted Fiery Cleric In Risky Move

washingtonpost.com - Sun Apr 11,11:36 AM ET

BAGHDAD, April 10 -- "Bremer follows in the footsteps of Saddam," screamed the headline in al-Hawza, a tabloid newspaper run by firebrand Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr. With incendiary language, the article accused L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator of Iraq, of deliberately starving the Iraqi people.


Bush Was Satisfied on Pre-9/11 Probes

AP -4-12-04

Now that it is public, a pre-Sept. 11 briefing memo on al-Qaida has President Bush and his critics giving opposing versions of whether he should have acted more aggressively to avert the terrorist attacks.

ovide a traveling Supreme Court justice with security.


Town Awaits Word on Man Kidnapped in Iraq

AP -4-12-04

In his hometown in eastern Mississippi, Thomas Hamill is known as a good guy a family man with two children who took a job driving trucks in Iraq to make ends meet after his dairy farm took a hit.


US says Iraqi soldiers refused to fight

FT.com - Sun Apr 11, 5:15 PM ET

Mediators from Iraq's US-appointed governing council and from religious groups in Iraq were on Sunday desperately trying to secure the release of hostages and halt a multi-pronged insurgency from entering its second week.


North Korea says standoff with US at "brink of nuclear war"

AFP - Sat Apr 10, 4:45 AM ET

North Korea said Friday the standoff over its atomic ambitions was on the brink of nuclear war as US Vice President Dick Cheney headed to the region for talks with key Asian allies.


Israel Troops, Palestinians Exchange Fire

AP - Mon Apr 12, 6:47 AM ET

Israeli troops exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen near an Israeli settlement in the Northern Gaza Strip early Monday, killing at least three of the assailants, the army said.


Vietnam's Central Highlands in Lockdown

AP - Mon Apr 12, 6:33 AM ET

Vietnam's Central Highlands remained sealed off Monday by police and security officials following protests by hundreds of ethnic minority Christians over Easter weekend.


Marshal Defends Erasure of Scalia Speech

AP - Sat Apr 10, 6:37 AM ET

A U.S. marshal said a deputy's erasure of two journalists' recordings of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was appropriate, given that one of the service's responsibilities is to pr


"You know, most Republicans are only in favor of electric cars if they have golf clubs tied to the back. It's the only time." Jay Leno


I keep wondering why no one has questioned the authenticity of the August 6, 2001 PDB. This whole thing may have been, and probably was, a setup from the beginning. The groundwork was laid for a "smoking gun" and the tension was allowed to build over time to a point that when "something" was presented as "THE" PDB, the press and "Condi" accusers instantly swallowed it "hook, line, & sinker." Too bad, that it was worse than a day-old-worm that had been in the bait bucket too long, the gullible just swallowed it anyway without comparing it to other authentic PDB's as to format, style, and content.

I wonder how many precocious, computer and internet savvy teenagers might have been able to concoct a more believable facsimile. Nevertheless, the media, more than trying to beat a truly dead horse, continue to try to make a silk purse out of this sow's ear.

Where is Richard Clarke on this red herring? What has he to say about its authenticity? How many PDB's has he seen in the past? Or, was he undercover, in his sheep suit, and part of the setup?

Where are the doubting Thomas' on this?



If I was going to make a facsimile of a PDB memo I sure wouldn't name it bin Laden ready to strike in the US . Not saying I wouldn't put it past this administration to put out misinformation.

I don't know if Richard Clarke would receive a PDB, after all, Dick Cheney said he was out of the loop.

Thanks for writing.

Graphic by OZ

Text of Aug, 6, 2001 Memo

AP - Sun Apr 11, 2:25 PM ET

Text of a declassified presidential daily intelligence briefing from Aug. 6, 2001, declassified by the White House and made public Saturday. Portions marked "x" were blacked out before release:

Military News


Afghan duty offers ultimate in unconventional warfare

USATODAY.com - Mon Apr 12, 6:15 AM ET

ORUZGAN, Afghanistan - Afghan fighters bristling with rocket launchers and machine guns pour into a government compound here to try to intimidate a small team of U.S. Special Forces soldiers in their midst. (Related graphic: A-Team in Afghanistan)

Marines Find Evidence of Suicide Squads

washingtonpost.com - 4-12-04

FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 11 -- When the U.S. troops entered the abandoned factory shed Sunday, they found a hastily abandoned campsite full of jumbled clothing and bedrolls, scattered sneakers and gym bags, broken eggs and dirty cooking pots.

Three U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq

AP - Mon Apr 12, 1:22 AM ET

Three U.S. Marines were killed in fighting in western Iraq, the military said Monday in a statement.


Business News

Rising property taxes scare off homeowners

USATODAY.com - Mon Apr 12, 6:15 AM ET

Andy Sanders would like to build a new home on his 2.6-acre lot in Orangeburg, S.C. But he's afraid he couldn't afford the taxes


Survey: Gas Prices Rise 2.5 Cents in U.S.

AP - 4-12-04

Gas prices climbed another 2 1/2 cents in the past two weeks as high crude oil prices and tight capacity boosted prices at the pump, a national survey said.


DuPont to Cut 3,500 Jobs

Reuters - 4-12-04

DuPont Co. (DD.N), the No. 2 U.S. chemicals maker, on Monday said it will cut 3,500 jobs, or 6 percent of its work force, as part of a previously announced plan to reduce costs by $900 million in the face of high raw material prices.


Booming China's Crude Oil Imports Soar

Reuters - Mon Apr 12, 4:33 AM ET

Crude imports in booming China, the world's second largest oil consumer, soared 35.7 percent year on year to 30.14 million tons in the first quarter of 2004, the official Xinhua news agency on Monday.


Gannett Profit Rises on Stronger Ad Sales

Reuters - 4-12-04

Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI.N), the biggest U.S. newspaper publisher, on Monday said quarterly profit rose 10 percent, as the advertising market strengthened from a year earlier when results were hurt by the war in Iraq.

Higher Costs Hurt New York Times Profit

Reuters - 4-12-04

The New York Times Co. (NYT.N) on Monday said quarterly net profit fell 15 percent as costs rose, but advertising revenue gained and profit topped analysts' estimates.



Assorted News


Bush Plunges Into Middle East Politics This Week

Reuters - Mon Apr 12,12:33 AM ET

The Middle East, overshadowed by violence in Iraq, receives renewed attention this week as President Bush launches a new round of diplomacy to lay the groundwork for Israel's withdrawal of settlements from the Gaza Strip.


Afghans Begin New Hunt for al-Qaida

AP - 4-12-04

Hundreds of Afghan and American soldiers are engaged in a new hunt for Osama bin Laden and other terror suspects in a mountainous region bordering Pakistan, the Afghan military said Monday.


U.N. Nuclear Inspectors Arrive in Iran

AP - 4-12-04

Five U.N. nuclear inspectors arrived Monday to try to confirm whether Iran has stopped suspicious nuclear activities including the building of centrifuges for uranium enrichment.


Indian Minister Won't Send Troops to Iraq

AP - 4-12-04

India will not deploy peacekeeping troops in Iraq without a mandate from the United Nations because the situation there is "not favorable," a senior government minister said Monday.




Tech News

Progress in War Against Spam Hit or Miss

Reuters - Sun Apr 11,10:39 AM ET

E-mail, known as the Internet's "killer app," is getting killed.


Livewire: When You've Got to Google Better, Ask an Expert

Reuters - Sat Apr 10, 3:25 PM ET

When you search the Web, do you find lots of information, but not the answer to your question? If so, you're not alone.


Virus makers' war bombs businesses

USATODAY.com - Mon Apr 12, 6:16 AM ET

Matt Brown reacted instinctively when a deluge of virus-infected e-mail threatened to swamp ExecuScribe, a medical transcription firm in Rochester, N.Y.

Death2Spam: The Name Says It All

TechWeb - Fri Apr 9, 6:00 PM ET

According to the company, Death2Spam reaches 95% accuracy out-of-the-box and exceeds 99% accuracy in about two weeks.


"Vice President Dick Cheney now drives the Republican version of a hybrid car. It runs on gasoline and when its gets on the highway it switches over to even more gasoline." Jay Leno


Speaking of Memos...check out this memo sent to the FBI director in May of 2002

Coleen Rowley's Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller

Time Magazine  May 21, 2002

How many have blown the whistle on Bush?

"When we get an active Christian parents committee in operation in all districts, we can take complete control of all local school boards.""
Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition

Graphic By OZ

        Well, it now seems that President Bush required an engraved invitation in order to cut short his vacation and tend to the nations business.  After receiving his August 6th, '01 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "bin Laden determined to strike in the US," his response was to continue clearing brush, fishing and playing golf at his Texas ranch.
        Now that the PDB has been released, his response is "I am satisfied that I never saw any intelligence that indicated there was going to be an attack on America: a time, and a place of an attack."  He needed to know the where and the when in before alerting the country to a pending attack on our country?
        I'm not sure whether this guy's incredibly stupid or incredibly callous.  Either way, he is not fit to be President.

I agree. He misread that PDB and the WMD. As Gomer Pyle once said, "Surprise, surprise." Have you been to www.toostupidtobepresident.com  lately?


IRS audits of businesses declining
Baltimore Sun, MD - 4-12-04
... In a written response, the IRS said the study ignores the reasons for the decline in corporate audits and other enforcement actions taken against businesses. ...


Odd News

Israelis, Palestinians in Beauty Pageant

AP - Mon Apr 12, 4:00 AM ET

In three and a half years of fighting, Ravit Rubin and Grace Karaa have grown accustomed to the sound of shooting between their neighborhoods. But recently, the 15-year-old girls met amid the din of blow dryers in a hair salon to discuss their hopes in an upcoming beauty pageant


Briton Bets All on Vegas Roulette Spin -- and Wins

Reuters - Sun Apr 11, 6:17 PM ET

A British man who sold all his possessions, including his clothes, stood in a rented tuxedo on Sunday surrounded by family and friends and bet everything on a single spin of the roulette wheel.


Business Covers Nude Statues With Sarongs

Sat Apr 10, 7:53 PM ET

A garden center's nude statues proved a bit immodest for some in this small town. G & L Garden Center responded to complaints by covering up the classical-style statues with stylish, two-piece crimson velvet sarongs.

If Scots eat Indian food, they'll drink Indian whisky


Scots have a taste for Indian food, so a young entrepreneur here hopes they will be receptive to washing it down with an Indian blend of their favourite drink, whisky.

Malaysian ghostbusters called in to exorcise national service camps

Thu Apr 8,12:28 AM ET

Malaysian ghostbusters were called in to exorcise spirits at a national service training camp after two groups of youths claiming to have seen ghosts became hysterical, according to a news report.


Man dangles off bridge for nearly three hours before being rescued

Sun Apr 11,10:44 PM ET

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A man dangled from bridge for two hours Sunday before he was spotted by a taxi passenger, then spent nearly another hour suspended as rescuers worked to retrieve him, officials said.


What to tell the children

By Jane Chastain

 1999 WorldNetDaily.com

Members of the Senate who voted to acquit William Jefferson Clinton rushed for platforms to justify their actions. Politicians never are at a loss for words. However, few were as honest as Sen. Olympia Snowe. ...

What does W and Marie Antoinette have in common?

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It's nice to see the Bush girls  on Easter break.  They have been able to stay out of the news for quite awhile.  Gee, Jenna seems to have boo boos on her knees. I noticed her scrapped knees in the same batch of pictures.  I wonder how that could have happened?






Graphic by Bradley



Mt. Fuji in a photograph taken from the International Space station. (NASA/HO)