April 17-18, 2004 Weekend Edition

The Mirror, UK - 4-17-04

..Bush called him "a stand up kind of guy". Standing up for what? The perpetuation of hard-line Right-wing Republican politics that crooked its way through the last presidential election and now aims to buy its way into future power?...


Arab press scorns Bush, Blair pledges
BBC News, UK - 4-17-04
... Bush and Blair's meeting at this critical moment has a number ... all its resolutions are made to serve Israel's hostile settlement ... Bush is no longer the US ruler. ...
Israel assassinates Hamas leader
Guardian, UK - 4-17-04
The Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi was killed today in an Israeli missile attack on his car, hospital officials said. Rantissi's ...

Fleet Street is spot on.


The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~John Kenneth Galbraith



I have fallen in love with the above website.

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. ~P.J. O'Rourke

Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against. ~W.C. Fields

Bush began to plan war three months after 9/11
MSNBC - 4-17-04

WASHINGTON - Beginning in late December 2001, President Bush met repeatedly with Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his war cabinet to plan the U.S. attack on Iraq even as he and administration spokesmen insisted they were pursuing a diplomatic solution, according to a new book on the origins of the war...


George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles. ~Author Unknown


Bush vs. Saddam the sequel

Faced with a new threat, the President hits hard and offers a hint of a steely policy for Baghdad

CNN/TIME - Johanna McGeary

February 19, 2001

...Last week the second President Bush took his first whack at the problem: 24 U.S. and British warplanes slammed five Iraqi radar and communications centers that had become a danger to the planes patrolling the no-fly zones imposed on Iraq after Operation Desert Storm. The military objectives were easy enough to accomplish. Pentagon officials believe the target sites to the south of Baghdad were nicely "degraded," and all planes returned safely to base...

Click here for the AHNC cartoon done  in February 2001

 To: Internal Revenue Service

 Department of the Treasury Washington, DC 20001

 Enclosed is my 2003 Form 1040, together with payment. Please take
 note of the attached article from USA Today archives. In the
 article, you will note that the Pentagon paid $171.50 each for
 hammers and NASA paid $600.00 each for toilet seats.

 Please find enclosed in this package four toilet seats (value
 $2,400.00) and six hammers (value $1,029.00). This is in payment for
 my total tax due of $3,429.00.

 Out of a sense of patriotic duty, and to assist in the political
 purification of our government, I am also enclosing a 1.5 inch
 Phillips head screw, for which HUD duly recorded and approved a
 purchase value of $22.00, as my contribution to fulfill the
 Presidential Election Fund option on Form 1040.

 It has been a pleasure to pay my taxes this year, and I look forward
 to paying them again next year in accordance with officially
 established government values.
Another satisfied taxpayer

Sent in by Bobby

They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men. ~Clare Booth Luce


Chan Lowe cartoon


Trivia: The above cartoon was done by Chan Lowe, Sun Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida).  Chan is the son of Carol Channing.


Short issue today.  I just had to run errands.


Have you visited www.buckfush.com  lately?



Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico. Only twice a year, near sunset on the equinox days, does this zigzag pattern of triangles of sunlight and shadow appear on the side of the north-facing stairway (left in the photo) of the Pyramid of Kukulkán. (Photo credit: David Rosenthal)