April 19, 2004 Moanday
Woodward: Plan of Attack
New York Daily News - 4-19-04
President Bush may have a bigger bankroll for TV campaign commercials, but some prominent filmmakers are ready to do battle with him in the movie theaters. Among the flicks due for release before the November election:
Reuters - Sun Apr 18, 4:40 PM ET
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, promised President Bush the Saudis would cut oil prices before November...
Isn't it fun watching what we all knew about Bush, come to fruition, with the help of republican journalist Bob Woodward?
The irony of it all.
"This week, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney released their tax returns. Cheney made more money than the President. Yeah, when asked about it the President said, 'That's true, but he also made more decisions.'" Conan O'Brien
Schakowsky slams Bush, Iraq policy
The Daily Northwestern - 4-19-04
... Congresswoman Jan Schakowksy, D-Evanston, and three members of Military Families Speak Out.. She opened her statements with an apology.
"Clearly your government has done an enormous disservice to you, particularly to military families, their brave loved ones in Iraq, and peace in this world," Schakowsky said. "I'm sorry."...
"You have to put on your war uniform." Bob Woodward quoting GW Bush telling Colin Powell about his plans to invade Iraq.
Bush Bad Decisions News
AP - 4-19-04
Iraqi security forces will not be ready to protect the country against insurgents by the June 30 handover of power,
domestic security task force
A Heady Mix of Pride and Prejudice Led to War
Airing of Powell's Misgivings
Tests Ties in the Cabinet
US army says will wait before moving on rebel cleric
Terrorism Inciting News
Sharon's banana republics
Israel vows to hit Hamas abroad
New and Revised Dumb and Dubya! Great stuff.
"Vice President Dick Cheney released his tax records yesterday. Kind of embarrassing. He listed President Bush as a dependent." Jay Leno
Police gun down guardsman
Reuters - Sun Apr 18, 5:04 PM ET
Several Islamic militant groups are preparing attacks on London, making such a strike unavoidable, a radical Muslim cleric said in an interview with a Portuguese magazine published Sunday.
AP - Sun Apr 18, 6:32 PM ET
For Jannie Coverdale, the search for suspects in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed her two grandsons and 166 other people did not end with the arrests of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
Reuters - Fri Apr 16,10:10 AM ET
Anyone who doubts the gravity of global warming should ask Alaska's Eskimo, Indian and Aleut elders about the dramatic changes to their land and the animals on which they depend.
AP - Sun Apr 18, 1:34 PM ET
Robert Randall never knew free speech could cost so much in dollars and in compromises until he tried to organize a large-scale, peaceful demonstration for this summer's G-8 summit.
AFP - Sun Apr 18, 5:14 PM ET
US regulators are preparing to slap fines on Riggs Bank for not reporting millions of dollars in potentially suspicious transactions, and investigators are eyeing Saudi accounts in a money-laundering probe.
Iraq War news
AP - Sun Apr 18, 9:50 PM ET
Ten U.S. troops were killed on Saturday in combat across Iraq including five U.S. Marines killed in pitched battles near the Syrian border and an eleventh soldier died in a tank rollover, the military said.
AFP - Sun Apr 18, 4:32 PM ET
A spokesman for radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr called for the sending of UN peacekeeping troops to Iraq and demanded the immediate withdrawal of US-led occupation forces, in an interview with Bulgarian television.
AFP - Sun Apr 18, 3:16 PM ET
Ex-military commandos armed with M4 rifles are fighting insurgents in Iraq as part of a private contracting force, many of them hired by the US-led coalition, raising some deep concerns.
Jesse Jackson takes up cause
of abucted driver
Iraq job fair draws applicants
washingtonpost.com - 4-19-04
This is the second of five articles adapted from "Plan of Attack," a book by Bob Woodward that is a behind-the-scenes account of how and why President Bush decided to go to war against Iraq. Simon & Schuster.
AP - Sun Apr 18,10:26 PM ET
Staff Sgt. Eric DiVona didn't notice the small bumps on his face and left earlobe until he returned from serving nine months in Iraq. Nothing much, he thought, probably just a spider bite. But soon those bumps erupted into open sores, one growing to the size of a half dollar.
AP - Mon Apr 19, 2:09 AM ET
Spain's prime minister on Sunday ordered Spanish troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible,
Uncle Bam - Evil Twin of Uncle Sam
Click here for Al-Sadr and the invader
Bob Woodward on 60 Minutes
So Dubya goes to war because god told him to. There's a woman down in Texas who bashed in her kid's skulls for the same reason.
In the end, Religion will kill us all....
H.E.R.B. - Had Enough Religious Bulls**t?
Thanks for writing. I love the quotes on your site.
Flashback - 2001
Donald Rumsfeld holding the umbrella for Saudi Prince Bandar.
Secretary Rumsfeld escorts Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz ...
Department of Defense -
... Search News Photos: Secretary Rumsfeld escorts Prince
Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz into the Pentagon.
DoD News: SecDef Hosts Honor Cordon for Prince Bandar of Saudi
... Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will host an honor cordon to welcome Prince
Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz,
High costs depress makers of milk-based goods, delight
FEATURE-High US beef prices defy mad-cow scare Forbes 4-19-04
Inflation Makes A Comeback
Oil price up as Middle East tensions seethe
Air of US inflation has chilling effect on some Americans
Airline tickets prices to go
Rising oil prices splash through whole economy
Iraq Job Fair In Florida
Attracts Prospects Despite Deaths, ...
Web sites help locate cheapest gasoline
washingtonpost.com - 4-19-04
A relatively new kind of software that resides in many computers and tracks its users' Web-surfing habits or triggers pop-up advertisements has come under scrutiny by federal regulators who have already cracked down on deceptive or misleading spam
AP - Sun Apr 18, 3:28 PM ET
Delayed after post-Sept. 11 airline turmoil and bumped by its original U.S. patrons, Boeing Co.'s Internet service for commercial airplanes is finally getting airborne.
AP - Fri Apr 16, 5:19 PM ET
Hollywood's top draws, including Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Renee
Zellweger, "Friends" cast member Courteney Cox Arquette and actress Drew
Barrymore, are playing supporting roles in the candidacy of a Kentucky
AP - Sun Apr 18, 8:17 PM ET
President Bush's efforts to ban gay marriage are driving gay rights activists to plan protests and other attention-grabbing events in New York City this summer during the Republican convention.
AP - Sat Apr 17, 9:44 PM ET
Raising money to unseat
President Bush was a cakewalk Saturday, when a liberal advocacy group said
it organized at least 1,000 bake sales nationwide to raise money for the
A U.S.-Russian mission blasted off for the International Space Station on Monday, soaring into a perfectly blue sky above Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome.
It's not just liberals who are unhappy with George W. - Tallahassee Democrat 4-19-04
British Police Arrest 10 in Anti-Terror Raids
Reuters - Sun Apr 18, 7:02 PM ET
Years after President Bush set off alarm bells in the Muslim world by referring to his war against terrorism as a "crusade," the word that Arabs equate with Christian brutality has resurfaced in a Bush campaign fund-raising letter, officials acknowledged on Sunday.
Chicago Tribune - Sun Apr 18, 9:40 AM ET
White House backs teaching abstinence
Los Angeles Times - Mon Mar 29, 7:55 AM ET
WASHINGTON Four years ago, as a presidential candidate hoping to draw Latino votes, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush vowed to slash the backlog
AP - Sat Apr 17, 9:11 PM ET
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay urged the chairman of the Sept. 11 commission to tone down "partisan mudslinging" by the group's members, saying it could undermine the credibility of the final report.
AP - Wed Apr 14, 3:22 PM ET
A government agency has no power to impose limits on interest groups' use of corporate or union money in this year's election, and if it tried, it would violate the right of free speech, several organizations argued on Wednesday.
"Hey, how many of you saw President Bush in the big press conference the other night? How many of you thought he did a nice job? How many of you are thinking of moving to Canada?" David Letterman
Kerry slams Bush Iraq policy
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 4-19-04
Sen. John Kerry denounced President Bush's Iraq policy as "stunningly ineffective" while vigorously defending his Senate vote against last year's $87 billion ...
George Bush and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia.
Did the Saudis buy a president?
Salon(subscription) March 2004
How much money has flowed from the House of Saud to the Bush family and its friends and allies over the years? No one will ever know -- but the number is at least $1.477 billion.
If the Saudis had been happy with the presidency of George H.W. Bush -- and they were -- they must have been truly ecstatic, in the summer of 2000, that his son was the Republican candidate for president. Indeed, the relationship between the two dynasties had come a long way since the seventies when Saudi banking billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz and Salem bin Laden had flown halfway around the world to buy a secondhand airplane from James Bath, George W. Bush's old friend from decades before. Even bin Mahfouz's subsequent financing of the Houston skyscraper for James Baker's family bank or the Saudi bailout of Harken Energy that helped George W. Bush make his fortune were small potatoes compared with what had happened since....
Graphic by Oz
Today in History - April 19
0607 Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 astronomical units (AUs) of Earth
1775 American Revolution begins-Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
1861 Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War)
1896 Herzl's "The Jewish State" is published
1919 Leslie Irvin of US makes 1st parachute jump & free fall
1932 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week
1933 FDR announces US will leave the gold standard
1936 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Palestine
1943 Jews attack Nazi occupation forces at Warsaw Ghetto under Mordechai Anielewicz
1945 US aircraft carrier Franklin is heavily damaged in Japanese air raid
1951 General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
1962 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to an altitude of 6,900 meter
1967 US Surveyor III lands on Moon
1982 Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut
1989 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
1993 Branch Dividians/FBI 51 day standoff in Waco TX ends with the deaths of 4 FBI Agents and numerous deaths from suicide of the cult members
1995 Truck bomb outside Alfred P Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma City, kills 168 & injures 500
Program would let military families pick school
Pensacola News Journal, FL - Apr 17, 2004
... takes advantage of the war in Iraq to expand private school vouchers. ... More than 24,700 military children attend public schools in Florida, according to ...
AP - Sun Apr 18, 1:32 PM ET
Prince William has made his debut on the water polo squad of the Scottish national universities. But his efforts in the pool were not enough to save his team from defeat.
Mon Apr 19, 6:12 AM ET - (AP)
The Supreme Court is taking up a case that reads like a best-selling legal thriller. A psychic's tip leads to a murder suspect, a tryst occurs between the defendant's lawyer and the prosecutor and a death sentence is imposed by a judge with a drug addiction
AFP - Sun Apr 18, 6:41 PM ET
Locust-like insects called cicadas will make their appearance soon in biblical proportions across large swathes of the United States for about three weeks -- only to vanish and re-appear again in 2021.
Reuters - Sun Apr 18, 8:46 AM ET
A Florida teen charged with hiring an undercover policeman to shoot and kill his mother instructed the purported hitman not to damage the family television during the attack, police said.
Sun Apr 18, 4:51 PM ET
The music swells and Annie Schlaff and her yellow Lab Danny slip into a lively cha-cha-cha. Across the room, straight-faced trainers reveal the finer points of dancing with dogs
Be good and you will inherit the kingdom of heavens, said Jesus. Vote yes in Cyprus's crucial referendum on April 24 and you will go to hell - or so says a Greek Cypriot bishop.
Sun Apr 18,10:31 PM ET
More than a quarter of parents are willing to lie to get their children into good state-run schools, a survey has found.
Sat Apr 17, 4:09 PM ET
Spain's new Defence Minister Jose Bono, best known abroad for calling Tony Blair a "complete jerk", has written to the prime minister to say it is time to put the comments behind them, a Spanish source says.
Sat Apr 17,11:04 AM ET
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's half-brother is set to feature on Germany's
version of the worldwide reality television hit "Big Brother", newspaper
Bild has said.
Fri Apr 16, 9:15 PM ET
Sat Apr 17, 6:50 PM ET
A Guadalajara, Mexico-based company has redesigned a large airplane in which the only turbulence passengers will experience might come from potholes in pockmarked roads.
AP - Sun Apr 18,10:44 PM ET
Hong Kong customs officials arrested five people for allegedly ordering marijuana by mail from Canada with a total local market value of about 2.1 million Hong Kong dollars (US$269,200), officials and news reports said.
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(IWR Photo Cartoon News Parody) - Here is the inspiration for this cartoon: Iraq duty deters re-enlistment.
Walking on water? Almost, a member of the Ukrainian Synchronized Swimming Team gets a little help from her underwater team mates. (AP/HO)