April 14, 2004 Wednesday
White House Goes On The Attack
Bush stumped on question of mistakes
Tacoma News Tribune, WA - 4-14-04
By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press. WASHINGTON ... contrition. Bush was asked in his prime-time news conference if he had made any mistakes.
A Black-and-White Presidency
April 14 - At his press conference on Tuesday evening, George W. Bush was strong, confident and aggressive—and weak, hesitant and defensive. ..
Whenever Bush gives a speech I become more confused.
"Hosni Mubarak visited the ranch at Crawford, Texas. At one point, Mubarak asked the President, 'Have you ever seen the pyramids?' And Bush said, 'You know, I'm more of a 'Wheel of Fortune' kind of guy.'" Jay Leno
The Primate Apprentice
AP - 4-14-04
Russia said Wednesday it would begin evacuating hundreds of workers from Iraq after a series of kidnappings in which at least 22 foreigners are held captive and four unidentified bodies were discovered in a shallow grave west of Baghdad.
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu will be barred from leaving the country and face a series of other restrictions when he is released from prison next week, an Israeli official said Wednesday.
OneWorld.net - Tue Apr 13, 7:07 PM ET
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 13 (IPS) - The United States and France have intimidated Caribbean countries into delaying an official request for a probe into the murky circumstances under which Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted from power in February, according to diplomatic sources here.
The CIA missed the big-picture significance of "tell-tale indicators" of impending terrorist attacks, partly because of its culture of a piecemeal approach to intelligence analysis, a federal panel probing the Sept. 11 attacks said Wednesday.
AP - Wed Apr 14, 6:25 AM ET
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is looking for a sign of approval from President Bush for retaining a large chunk of the West Bank in an eventual accord with the Palestinians.
AP - Tue Apr 13,11:00 PM ET
Florida Republicans cried foul over a newspaper ad by a local Democratic club that said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should be "put up against a wall" and someone should "pull the trigger."
Kidnapped French Journalist Freed in Iraq
AP - 4-14-04
Giving no ground despite rising casualties, President Bush says more American troops may be heading for Iraq with authority to use decisive force in a mission that "may become more difficult before it is finished."
AP - Wed Apr 14, 3:17 AM ET
Robert T. Starks, a 60-year-old political science professor at Northeastern Illinois University, labeled President Bush's answers to reporters' questions "vapid, confusing and evasive." He called Bush "an abomination to a great nation."
AP - 4-14-04
Iran said Wednesday that its attempt to work with the United States on Iraq had foundered, but that Washington can't resolve the upsurge in violence without consultations with Iraq's neighbors.
AFP - Wed Apr 14, 4:41 AM ET
US Vice President Dick Cheney met with China's top leaders, facing pressure over Taiwan while he reportedly hoped to use new intelligence to convince his hosts of the North Korean threat.
AP - Tue Apr 13, 7:17 PM ET
A conference on democracy in the Islamic world opened Tuesday with warnings from Turkey and Jordan that political reforms must not be imposed by outside powers, like the United States.
AP - 4-14-04
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says he would pay for his plan to give a free college education to young students who agree to public service by ending a $13 billion "windfall" that banks earn for making government-backed student loans.
AP - Tue Apr 13, 2:20 PM ET
John D. Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who played a central role in trying to win support for war with Iraq, is emerging as the leading candidate for the sensitive job of ambassador to Baghdad.
Reuters - Tue Apr 13, 6:06 PM ET
Slobodan Milosevic wants British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U.S. President Bill Clinton to be called as witnesses at his war crimes trial, a legal adviser of the ex-Yugoslav president said Tuesday.
AFP - Tue Apr 13, 8:29 PM ET
The United States said it had sent back to Sudan's stalled peace talks a diplomat it had withdrawn from the negotiations over the weekend in a bid to convince Khartoum and southern rebels to wrap up a peace deal quickly
Panel Says Bush Saw Repeated Warnings
Reports Preceded August 2001 Memo
By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
“I did never speak to him saying that I did not want to hear about terrorism.” John Ashcroft, engaged in tongue tying testimony that the acting FBI Director must have been lying when he said that Ashcroft did not want to hear anymore about terrorism from him.
"I did never.." what???
Bush's War and the Lapdog Press Corps
By Robert Fisk - Counterpunch.org
April 10/12, 2004
Just shut up. That's the new foreign policy line of our masters. When Senator Edward Kennedy dubbed Iraq "George Bush's Vietnam", US Secretary of State Colin Powell told him to be "a little more restrained and careful" in his comments. I recall that when the US commenced its bombing of Afghanistan, the White House spokesman claimed that some journalists were "asking questions that the American people wouldn't want asked"….
Rocket Hits Sheraton Hotel in
Grand Forks Herald, ND -4-14-04
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A rocket hit the Sheraton Hotel in central Baghdad on Wednesday, where foreign contractors and journalists are staying, breaking glass but ...
Cease-Fire Doesn't Stop Fallujah Fighting
WBAL Channel.com, MD - 4-14-04
A US Marine commander says an already shaky truce in the Iraqi city of Fallujah could end up crumbling. The truce was called earlier ...
Iraq Cleric Offers Peace Terms; U.S. Forces Poised
Reuters - 4-14-04
U.S. forces tightened their grip around one of Iraq's holiest cities Wednesday, and the rebel Shi'ite cleric they have vowed to kill or capture offered peace terms to spare Najaf a bloodbath.
Marines Investigate Photo Posted on Web
AP - Tue Apr 13,10:34 PM ET
"The annual White House Easter egg hunt, it wasn't quite as much fun this year because the Department of Homeland Security said all the eggs would have to be colored orange." Jay Leno
Graphic by Bradley
Bomber's Family Sees Home Destroyed Again
AP - 4-14-04
The Israeli military blew up the house of a suicide bomber in the West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday, the second time it has destroyed the home in the past two decades, the family said...
AP - 4-14-04
A frequent whistler, Sen. Mary Lundby's renditions of show tunes, movie themes and pop favorites can often be heard echoing in the marble-walled Iowa Senate chamber.
AP - Sun Apr 11, 3:30 PM ET
Haitians celebrated one of the year's most important Voodoo pilgrimages on Sunday, an event marked by drumming, sacrifices — discussion of whether Haiti's new government can heal a country still reeling from a bloody rebellion.
AP - 4-14-04
John Kerry, Young Republican? Or has the Democratic candidate for president been punk'd after nearly 40 years?
Wed Apr 14, 4:00 AM ET
Indian nuclear scientists say they have unpeeled one of the great mysteries of the soft-drinks world -- how to extract juice from bananas cheaply and simply.
Reuters - Wed Apr 14, 3:19 AM ET
Apparently doughnuts can clog more than just your arteries.
AP - 4-14-04
An entrepreneur has won his wiener war with city hall.
Reuters - Tue Apr 13,12:08 PM ET
San Francisco, which ignited a passionate nationwide debate by allowing thousands of gays to marry earlier this year, is selling its list of the newlyweds, the mayor says.
Tue Apr 13, 1:13 PM ET
A holiday couple marooned on a tiny, uninhabited island off the southwest coast of England were rescued after writing SOS in the sand, tourism officials said.
Reuters - Tue Apr 13, 2:32 PM ET
Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist plans to break recent tradition and campaign next month against Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle on Daschle's home turf of South Dakota.
Reformed Drunk Claims Bruise on Eye Came From "Pretzel Injury"
National Lampoon January - 2002
Isn't constant tongue movement a side effect of Thorazine use?
"And on CNN today, they said the price of milk will go up 50 cents a gallon. Milk -- 50 cents. What, is OPEC raising cows now?" Jay Leno
others among 'Jefferson Muzzle' award winners
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA -4-13-04
... and more recently the war in Iraq have created new pressures on free speech, an examination of this year's and previous Jefferson Muzzle winners reveals that ...
It Just Gets Worse!
First off, I'm really glad Phil won the Masters. I had a feeling this was his year and Tournament to finally win. [He's a left-handed golfter who's never won a Major PGA Event like the Masters, the PGA, the US Open and the British Open]
Now on to business.....
It just gets worse for the Moron, but even worse for our American soldiers. ...
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Let me see if I have this right. Both President Bush and National Security Advisor Rice have stated that if they had any indication that terrorists were about to hijack airplanes and crash them into high profile American targets, they would have done all in their power to prevent them. But since the warnings indicated only the possibility of hijacking planes in order to obtain the release of prisoners held in the US, they were not alarmed.
So hijackings that kill 3000 people are a No-No, but ordinary hijackings are OK? Am I missing something or what?
You're not missing anything. It seems the more this administration spins, the deeper a hole they dig for themselves.
Bushes, Cheneys Reaped Tax Benefits
AP - 4-13-04
1570 Polish Calvinists/Lutherians/Hernhutters unify against Jesuits
1614 Pocahontas, daughter of chief Powhatan, marries planter John Rolfe
1799 Napoleon called for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1860 1st Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco CA from St Joseph MO
Mobile AL is captured
1865 President Abraham Lincoln shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth
1902 Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium
President Theodore Roosevelt denounces
"muckrakers" in US press
1909 Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
1920 Tornadoes killed 219 people in Alabama & Mississippi
1931 Spain becomes republic with overthrow of King Alfonso XIII
1941 1st massive German raid in Paris France, 3,600 Jews rounded up
1945 American B-29 incendiary raids on Tokyo & damage the Imperial Palace
1948 A flash of light is observed in the crater Plato on the Moon
1960 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile
1967 In the Vietnam War, US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time
1971 President Richard Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
1973 Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal
1980 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida
1981 1st Space Shuttle-Columbia 1-returns to Earth
1986 US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
1989 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
1993 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript
1994 US F-15 accidentally shoots 2 US helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die
BUSH MISSED BILLBOARD OF OSAMA
60-Foot-Tall Sign Appeared Outside White House
The Bush administration today grappled with allegations that President George W. Bush did not see a sixty-foot-tall billboard featuring Osama bin Laden that appeared suddenly across the street from the White House in August 2001.
The gigantic billboard, which featured bin Laden¹s stern visage and the words ³I AM GOING TO HIJACK U.S. AIRPLANES VERY SOON,² was first spotted by a UPS driver, Clayton Spedding, while making his morning deliveries on Pennsylvania Avenue...
NASA Terra satellite picture showing the Falkland Islands. President Nestor Kirchner insisted that the Falklands were Argentina's, marking the 22nd anniversary of the South American country's war with Britain over the islands.(NASA/HO)