April 15,  2004 Thursday

Bush responds eagerly to Israel views
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA - 4-15-04
WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was elated. The Palestinians were furious. And much of the Arab world will probably be riled....

EU down on Sharon-Bush agreement
EUobserver.com, Belgium - 4-15-04
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The EU has reacted with wariness to an apparent shift in US policy towards the Middle East.
"The European Union will not recognise any change to the pre-1967 borders (of Israel) other than those arrived at by agreement between the parties", Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen said in a statement on behalf of the EU presidency.

Bush's policy change on refugee return angers Palestinians

AFP - Thu Apr 15, 4:09 AM ET

President George W. Bush broke with a decades-old US policy by stating Israel could keep some Arab land captured in the 1967 war, infuriating Palestinian leaders who condemned the US leader..


Would Bush's reversal on the Israeli-Palestinian road to peace qualify as a major flip flop?

Gee, it even brought Osama out of his cave.

"President Bush released his tax returns yesterday. He listed the economy as a liability so he gets to write that off. " Jay Leno


I just read an AP story about Bush's endorsement Wednesday of
Sharon's plan for Israel to keep part of the West Bank. That's it. Peace
process is dead. We will see Islamic terrorism/conflicts for the rest of our lives
and possibly well into our children’s lifetime.

I agree.  That single act by Bush yesterday has created probably,  another thousand terrorists, or a hundred thousand? This way Bush has ensured that his war on terror will be very active.


The Mirror, UK - 4-15-04
... His keynote address to the American nation, watched by millions, saw the president at his cringe-making worst.

In the glare of the live television cameras he grimaced, sighed, rambled and chuckled under his breath, before saying he could not think of a single mistake since the September 11 attacks...

"It was a tough press conference for President Bush. He spent the first ten minutes trying to pronounce 'Fallujah."'   Dave Letterman

News from Bush’s Dumb Decisions


U - turn on the roadmap
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands - 4-15-04
by our Middle East editor Bertus Hendriks, 15 April 2004. In a dramatic change of direction in official United States policy, President ...


Bush Responds Eagerly to Israel Views

AP - Thu Apr 15, 6:04 AM ET

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was elated. The Palestinians were furious. And much of the Arab world will probably be riled.


Under pressure, a leader stumbles in the spotlight

Chicago Tribune - Wed Apr 14, 9:40 AM ET

In Iraq, a painful daily drip of bad news has been coming for weeks--horrific photos, escalating body counts and scenes of mob rule. At home, a commission examining the failures of the administration's law enforcement and intelligence functions before the Sept. 11 attacks so far has yielded few stories of success.



Bush Makes Three Mistakes While Trying to Cite One

Reuters - 4-15-04

While struggling unsuccessfully this week to think of a single mistake he has made since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush committed three factual errors about weapons finds in Libya, the White House said on Wednesday.


Venezuela Chief Raps Bush on Iraq Deaths

AP - Thu Apr 15, 5:33 AM ET

President Bush is to blame for the death and violence that is going on in Iraq, said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is a fierce critic of the U.S. administration.


Palestinians Urge World to Challenge Bush Policy

Reuters - 4-15-04

Furious Palestinians tried to rally the world against President Bush Thursday for breaking with decades of U.S. and international policy to say Israel could keep parts of the West Bank.


"The press conference came from the White House. Maybe you heard this noise in the background, a small commotion, shuffling around and things being moved. I called my buddy down at the White House ... and asked him what that noise was in the background. And he said, 'Oh, oh, that was John Kerry measuring for drapes."'  Dave Letterman



"President Bush got some bad news after his televised speech. The FCC fined him $10,000 for saying 'Shiite."'  Craig Kilborn

9/11 Commission News

Tenet Misspoke About Not Meeting Bush

AP - Wed Apr 14, 6:40 PM ET

CIA Director George Tenet misspoke Wednesday when he told a federal panel reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks that he did not meet with President Bush in August 2001.


Sept. 11 Panel Unsure How to Enact Reform

AP - 4-15-04

The reasons behind the pre-Sept. 11 intelligence failures just kept growing: not enough staff, poor technology, inadequate information-sharing, a piecemeal approach to intelligence analysis.


Sensenbrenner Seeks Gorelick Resignation

AP - Wed Apr 14,11:09 PM ET

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner called for Jamie Gorelick to resign from the Sept. 11 commission Wednesday, citing a memo she wrote as a deputy attorney general on separating counterintelligence from criminal investigations.


Graphic by Bradley

"Earlier today, the White House released President Bush's tax return. Yeah. Not surprisingly, under dependents, the President listed Iraq."  Conan O'Brien

Disturbing News


China urges US to stop arms sales to Taiwan
Xinhua, China - 4-15-04
BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhuanet)-- China firmly opposed US arms sales to Taiwan, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan here Thursday at the regular ...


Bush Remembers No Specific Mistakes Since 9/11

Reuters - Wed Apr 14, 8:55 AM ET

President Bush grimaced, sighed, rambled and chuckled under his breath on Tuesday, before saying he could not think of a single mistake he had made since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


A Neighborhood of Poisoned Dreams

Los Angeles Times - Tue Apr 13, 7:55 AM ET

Lawsuits over the effects of PCB contamination gave hope to residents of Anniston, Ala. But the settlements have created new bitterness.


Purported Bin Laden 'Truce' Is Rejected

AP -4-15-04

A man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden offered a "truce" to European countries that do not attack Muslims, saying it would begin when their soldiers leave Islamic nations, according to a recording broadcast Thursday on Arab satellite networks.


Liberal Radio Pulled From Two Stations

AP - Wed Apr 14, 6:04 PM ET

Just two weeks after launching, a new radio network aimed at liberal audiences suffered a setback Wednesday when a dispute with a business partner resulted in the network's signal being pulled from stations in Chicago and Los Angeles.



Iraq War News


Army Lengthens Iraq Tours Despite Pledge

AP - 4-15-04

For about 21,000 American soldiers, the Army's promise to limit tours of duty in Iraq to no more than 12 months has fallen victim to the surge in anti-occupation violence.


Iraqi Militants Execute Italian Hostage

AP - 4-15-04

Iraqi militants executed an Italian hostage, officials confirmed, in the first known killing among nearly two dozen foreigners being held in Iraq.


Three Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq

AP - 4-15-04

Three Japanese captives in Iraq were freed unharmed on Thursday, ending a week-long hostage crisis.


Italy, Japan Undeterred by Iraq Hostage Murder

Reuters - 4-15-04

Italy and Japan vowed on Thursday to keep their troops in Iraq even as the killing of an Italian hostage sent chilling proof of the new risks foreigners face from insurgents battling the U.S.-led occupation.


First secretary at Iranian embassy in Baghdad gunned down: official

AFP - 4-15-04

The first secretary of the Iranian embassy in Iraq was gunned down in central Baghdad by unknown assailants, an Iranian diplomat at the scene told AFP.
Marines in Iraq Trade Training for Bullets

AP - Thu Apr 15, 3:02 AM ET

On a rooftop overlooking Fallujah's industrial wasteland, Lance Cpl. Tom Browne pokes his machine gun muzzle out of a hole in a barrier wall, singing to himself to pass the time.


"I think that what we did in Iraq needed to be done, personally. I think that Saddam eventually would have caused a problem for the United States and other countries."
Newly crowned Miss USA, SHANDI FINNESSEY

Do you think Shandi is a member of the Young Republicans?

Speaking of Young Republicans I got the following email from one that attends the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

From: Justin Fortney justin@uwrfrepublicans.com from http://uwrfrepublicans.com/ (student republican website)

Subject: Here is MY donation, Tip and Question

We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be
prepared, so we may always be free.
President Reagan-Normandy, France, June 6, 1984

My tip
"Accomplish something, and only then, have you earned the right to
Justin Fortney-River Falls, WI April 13, 2004

My question
What have you accomplished in your life besides to dishonor those who
have accomplished many great achievements despite ignorant loudmouths
like yourself?

Does the University of Wisconsin River Falls teach you to call people names that disagree with you?  You should take a class in political science or possibly a debate class. Or better yet, read the first amendment to the Constitution and Miss Manners.

Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam in happier days.

One accomplishment of Reagan that comes to mind is that it was his administration that armed Saddam with WMDs, negotiated by Donald Rumsfeld.  I bet you didn't know that.

To answer your question. Click on the following link  ABOUT US

In case you haven't noticed, my latest accomplishment is this political humor website, which will be online 4 years  in November .

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
- H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

Ashcroft blames Clinton govt for 9/11 attacks
The Statesman, India - 4-15-04
... official inquiry into the 9/11 Al Qaeda strikes on the USA, Attorney General John D Ashcroft laid the blame for the attacks on the Clinton administration and ...

"President Bush gave a press conference earlier this evening. And this is very thoughtful. Did you see this? He was willing to break up his vacation just to talk to us. And I thought that was great."  Jay Leno

Tech News


WWW Inventor Receives Technology Prize

AP - 4-15-04

The MIT Scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been awarded the first Millennium Technology Prize.

AOL's Garden Might Flourish Without Rainman

washingtonpost.com -  4-15-04

America Online is uprooting its walled garden and replanting it on the World Wide Web. The move raises the question of whether AOL may one day wind up with fewer walls and more open turf, like the rest of the Web.

Google may let users opt out of email advertising: report

AFP - Wed Apr 14, 7:04 PM ET

Internet giant Google Inc. may allow users of its planned free email service -- Gmail -- to opt out of an advertising service, which has been panned by privacy advocates, it was reported.


Google Launches Local Advertising Program

Reuters - Thu Apr 15, 2:22 AM ET

Google Inc., the world's No. 1 Web search provider, on Thursday it was launching a local advertising service that aims to help companies reach nearby customers.

Amazon Launches Test Version of New Search Site

Reuters - Thu Apr 15, 2:22 AM ET

Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday unveiled a test version of its new Web search service, marking the latest entry in the fast-evolving business of Internet search.


Lindows Changes Name of Operating System

AP - Wed Apr 14, 9:05 PM ET

Lindows Inc. on Wednesday changed the name of its Lindows OS operating system to Linspire, responding to a federal judge's refusal to halt Microsoft Inc.'s trademark infringement lawsuits outside the United States.


Almost Half Of Spam Bugged

TechWeb - Wed Apr 14, 6:00 PM ET

Does spam really bug you? Here's why.

Debunking the E-Mail Virus Sending Scam

AP - Wed Apr 14, 9:04 PM ET

Q. Why do I keep getting e-mails telling me I've been sending e-mail viruses to other people — usually folks I've never even heard of — although I know my computer isn't infected?


University Networks Attacked

PC World - Wed Apr 14, 7:00 PM ET

Concerns rise when hackers target supercomputing centers for science research.



"Well, the argument continues about President Bush and whether he did anything about that memo. You know, the famous memo that said terrorists are planning a major attack inside the United States. Actually, it turns out Bush was more concerned about another urgent memo he got from Attorney General John Ashcroft that said two gay guys in San Francisco may be planning to get married."  Jay Leno

Graphic By OZ



Hey. Great site!

I just wanted to alert you to a freshly-minted liberal media site you might enjoy/link to called The Raw Story, http://www.rawstory.com , which culls and composes progressive news, arts and business reporting from around the world. Similar to Buzzflash, but with a much more user-friendly design and updated far more frequently. But what we say doesn’t matter -- check us out and decide for yourself.




Thank you for writing John.  Excellent site, I love it.  Good luck.




Business News


IMF: U.S. Deficits Threaten World Finance

AP - 4-15-04

Uncontrolled U.S. budget deficits would pose a serious threat to global prosperity in coming years as rising interest rates depress economic growth in the United States and around the world, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday.

U.S. Jobless Claims Climb to 360,000

AP - 4-15-04

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits, after having fallen to the lowest level in four years, shot up last week by the biggest amount since late 2002. The new report dealt a setback to hopes that the economy is finally beginning to produce a sustained recovery in jobs.


Citigroup's Earnings Climb 29 Percent

Reuters - 4-15-04

Citigroup Inc. (C.N) on Thursday said first-quarter profit rose 29 percent to a record high, on double-digit growth in consumer and investment banking and all other major product lines.


"And Paula Jones, remember her? The big Bill Clinton scandal. Well, she's written a new book she's trying to get published. The book is called, 'I Said No.' Apparently, it's her attempt to answer the question, 'Is there anything you won't do for money?'"  Jay Leno

Good News

Bush to Scale Back on Re-Election Ads

AP -4-15-04

His advertising budget topping $50 million, President Bush's re-election campaign is curtailing its ads in 18 competitive states — for now.


Poll: Kerry Favored Over Bush in N.Y.

AP - 4-15-04

Democrat John Kerry has a hefty double-digit lead over President Bush among New York state voters, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday.


Kerry: New Ads Will Define Him for Voters

AP - 4-15-04

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told well-heeled party donors on Thursday he plans to launch an advertising campaign next week that is designed to define him for voters largely unaware of him.


GOP Worried About Iraq's Role at Polls

AP -4-15-04

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican ally of President Bush, says Iraq is "a mess" and voters are rattled. He ought to know: He's attending two funerals this week of servicemen killed in the Persian Gulf nation.


Iraq War Prompts Voter Questions in Key U.S. State

Reuters - Wed Apr 14, 4:59 PM ET

Mounting violence and casualties in Iraq may be straining support for President Bush in Ohio, a Midwestern state that could well determine his re-election this November.


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Odd News

Cat Survives 30-Day Trip in Shipping Box

AP - 4-15-04

A business owner opening a shipment of 400 bird cages sent from China got an additional order he didn't expect — a severely undernourished cat.

Town offering homes on the range

Chicago Tribune - Wed Apr 14, 9:40 AM ET

Taking a page from history, a Kansas community adds 50 acres and invites newcomers to be 21st Century homesteaders

28 Hours Needed to Fill Out Tax Forms

AP - 4-15-04

If it seems like it's taking you longer and longer to fill out your tax return each year, you're not imagining things. The government estimates it takes taxpayers 28 hours and 30 minutes to complete an average tax return with itemized deductions and income reported from interest, dividends and capital gains. That's 42 minutes longer than last year.

Tax refunds aren't as hefty as expected

USATODAY.com - 4-15-04

As tax season draws to a close, many taxpayers are discovering that predictions of a refund windfall were overblown.

FDA Approves Human Brain Implant Devices

AP - Wed Apr 14,10:41 AM ET

For years, futurists have dreamed of machines that can read minds, then act on instructions as they are thought. Now, human trials are set to begin on a brain-computer interface involving implants.

'Blonde Angel' Robs Frisky Hospital Patient

Reuters - 4-15-04

A man laid up in hospital with multiple fractures telephoned out for a prostitute to help him end weeks of sexual frustration.

Shopper Bitten by Rattlesnake

Reuters - 4-15-04

An Oklahoma man went into a home improvement store looking for shrubs but left in an ambulance after being bitten by a rattlesnake, officials said on Wednesday.

Fan Falls from Stands Chasing Historic Homer

Reuters -4-15-04

A fan seeking to catch Barry Bonds' historic 661st career home run fell about 20 feet from the right-field stands out of the stadium and was injured, a San Francisco Giants official said on Wednesday.


Say What? French Tag Slams President


Cat Survives 30-Day Trip in Shipping Box

AP -4-15-04

A business owner opening a shipment of 400 bird cages sent from China got an additional order he didn't expect — a severely undernourished cat.

Flasher Attacked by Schoolgirls Sentenced

AP - Wed Apr 14, 4:43 PM ET

A man who was tackled and beaten by a group of Roman Catholic schoolgirls after he flashed them outside their high school was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months to two years in prison.

Tryst Between Inmates Brings Pregnancy

Wed Apr 14, 8:01 PM ET

A female inmate at the Daviess County Detention Center got pregnant while incarcerated there, apparently after crawling through ductwork to meet with a male inmate, jail officials said.


Pfizer to reward regular Viagra users with free seventh prescription

Wed Apr 14, 5:03 PM ET

US drug giant Pfizer said it would mark the sixth anniversary of the launch of its erectile dysfunction drug Viagra by giving a free prescription to men "every time they fill six eligible prescriptions."

Minister dies from snakebite during service after refusing medical treatment

Wed Apr 14, 2:55 PM ET

JONESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A preacher bitten by a rattlesnake as he handled it during an Easter service at a rural church died after refusing medical treatment, authorities said.


Home, school vandalism probed, may not be linked
Bradenton Herald, FL - Apr 14, 2004
... a Lakewood Ranch couple, Steve and Carol Rosenauer, reported someone ... a Jewish couple, have challenged prayer at school ... is not a new concept in Florida, however ...

Former Nazi Guard's Citizenship Yanked
KYW, PA - 4-15-04
CAMDEN, NJ (AP) A former New Jersey blueberry farmer has ... stripped because of his past as a Nazi guard ... He grew blueberries at a southern New Jersey farm for many ...



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John Kerry Flash Ad


I think this flash animation borders on childish.  He should hire Eric Blumrich of  www.bushflash.com

Things you have to believe to be a Republican

1. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

3. Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of illness.

4. "Standing Tall" for America means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.

5. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

6. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

7. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

8. Group-sex and drug-use are degenerate sins unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.

9. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

10. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

11. HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at heart.

12. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

13. Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

14. If you inherited some blood money made off Nazi Germany from your grandfather, you've earned your well-deserved success and shouldn't pay any taxes on it. If, on the other hand, you dig ditches for twelve hours a day, seven days a week, no benefits and no breaks, at less than minimum wage, you're lazy scum and should be taxed through the roof.

"President Bush said he could not remember a single mistake he had made in the last two years. The president's exact quote was, 'I ain't made none mistakes never."' 
Conan O'Brien




Don't try this at home kids. A Chinese performer spews out a flammable liquid to form a fire ball.  Blowback is often a problem. (HO)