April 22, 2004  Thursday

Woman Fired Over Coffin Photo
WCCO, MN - 4-22-04
... the photo of the 20 flag-draped coffins awaiting transport from Kuwait to the United States would show the relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq that civilian ...

We will be in Iraq for years: Britain
The Australian, Australia - 4-22-04
... Straw came as Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida terrorist network was linked to the wave of suicide bombings in southern Iraq and Saudi Arabia that killed more than ...
Pentagon: Iraq war running over budget, faces $4 billion ...
Boston Herald, MA - 4-22-04
... On a day when nearly 70 people were killed by suicide bombers in Iraq's southern city of Basra...

The presidential election is about 7 1/2 months away...and the Bush & Co. are already going after Kerry's military awards. I guess they don't want America to know that Bush didn't win any awards.

"Kerry courted controversy for much of the week by refusing to release his 'full' military records, prompting Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett to contrast Kerry's behavior with that of the president. Quote, 'The president made a pledge to the American people, and he made his complete file available to the media and the public.' Yes. The president's complete file. The one that didn't quite prove he ever reported for service in the Alabama National Guard."  Jon Stewart

The – World – Is – A – Safer – Place – Without – Saddam News


Saudis outraged by Riyadh car bombing
Reuters AlertNet, UK - 4-22-04
By Dominic Evans. RIYADH, April 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top cleric said on Thursday the people behind a suicide car bombing ...


Bush pledges Iran'will be dealt with'
Boston Globe, MA - 4-22-04
WASHINGTON -- President Bush told newspaper editors in Washington yesterday that Iran ''will be dealt with, starting through the United Nations" if it does not ...


Increasing reports al-Qaeda is operating in Iraq
ABC Online, Australia - 4-22-04
MARK COLVIN: Has al-Qaeda struck again? The coincidence of yesterday's devastating blasts in Iraq's southern city of Basra, and ...


Basra Grieves After Suicide Bombs Kill 73 in Iraq
Reuters - 4-22-04
By Abdel-Razzak Hameed. BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's southern city of Basra mourned its dead on Thursday after suicide bombers ...


Pakistan warns US against encouraging terrorism
Times of India, India - 4-22-04
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia: A new US-backed Israeli strategy in the Palestinian territories is likely to breed more terrorists, Pakistan's foreign minister warned on ...


Letter sparks security fears for US Asia allies
Reuters, India - 4-22-04
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The embassies of Pakistan and South Korea in Thailand have received letters threatening attacks on Asian countries involved in the US-led ...

Kidnapped Dane Found Dead in Iraq, Denmark Says
Reuters - 4-22-04
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Reuters) - A Danish businessman kidnapped in Iraq has been found dead, Denmark's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. ...

U.S. Warns Fallujah Fighting Could Resume

AP - 4-22-04

Guerrillas and residents in Fallujah have "days, not weeks" to turn in heavy weapons, the top Marine commander in Iraq said Thursday, warning that fighting could resume and that a U.S. push to take the city could be costly for both sides.

AP Poll: Terror Attack Fears Remain High

AP - 4-22-04

With fears about a future attack running high and anxiety about Iraq growing, many Americans now wonder if the terrorists may be winning, an Associated Press poll found.

U.S. Warns of Attacks on Asia Shipping, Finance Hubs

Reuters - Thu Apr 22, 4:36 AM ET

U.S. officials warned Asia on Thursday to be on guard against terror attacks in crowded sea lanes and in financial centers such as Hong Kong.

Senator says US may need compulsory service to boost Iraq force

AFP - Tue Apr 20, 1:24 PM ET

A senior Republican lawmaker said that deteriorating security in Iraq may force the United States to reintroduce the military draft.



"A new poll shows that most college students would rather have President Bush as a roommate than John Kerry. Yeah, but which one would you rather cheat off of in class?" —Jay Leno



Disturbing News


Without a Trace

Mysterious Disappearance of Boeing 727 and Pilot Remains Unsolved
By Adrienne Mand ABC News
April 19 — Ben Charles Padilla, an aircraft mechanic, flight engineer and cargo pilot, traveled the world plying his trade for various private companies...


Fuel Rod Pieces Missing At Vt. Nuke Plant
Guardian, UK -4-22-04
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Two pieces of a highly radioactive fuel rod are missing from a Vermont nuclear plant, and engineers planned to search onsite for the ...

Australian Police Arrest Terror Suspect

AP - 4-22-04

Police on Thursday arrested an Australian man accused of planning a terrorist act and having links to a French terror suspect implicated in a plot to attack a nuclear reactor on Sydney's outskirts, a top police official said.

Saudi Ambassador Denies Oil-Election Link

AP - Thu Apr 22, 4:42 AM ET

The Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday denied any linkage between the U.S. presidential election campaign and a Saudi pledge to the Bush administration to push for lower oil prices.


Man Held in '85 DEA Agent Slaying Freed

AP - Wed Apr 21, 8:31 PM ET

A Mexican immigrant arrested in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of a federal agent in Mexico was ordered released Wednesday after authorities determined he had been mistaken for another man with a similar name.

Man Arrested After E-Mail Threat to Kerry

AP - 4-22-04

A man has been charged with sending an e-mail threatening presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.



Complaints Meet Bush Pick for Archive Head

AP - Tue Apr 20, 9:36 PM ET

Some historians and professional groups are complaining about not being consulted before President Bush nominated a historian to head the National Archives who is best known for a book that concluded Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy.




Republican Shenanigans

Supreme Court Considers Mexican Trucks

Wed Apr 21, 4:00 PM ET - (AP)

A Bush administration lawyer told the Supreme Court Wednesday that the president must be able to open America's roads to Mexican trucks without delays for an environmental study.


"Let's go to environmental news. The government has put the sturgeon, that's the fish that produces the Beluga caviar, ... on the endangered species list. That's when you know you have Republican administrations, when the big environmental issue is 'my God save the caviar."'  Jay Leno

Graphic by Bradley

Major Fetzel whispered [to Richard Clarke], "but I can't hear the crisis conference because Mrs. Cheney keeps turning down the volume on you so she can hear CNN...and the vice president keeps hanging up the open line to you." Excerpt from Richard Clarke's book Against All Enemies

I have read the first four chapters of AGAINST ALL ENEMIES.  No wonder they are making it into a movie.

I will be posting more excerpts over the next week.

I will do the same with Bob Woodward's book and Greg Palast is coming out with a new Book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"

Second lady's first book a steamer
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, FL - Apr 19, 2004
... That didn't stop the New York Theater Workshop from staging a reading from the book by the "Lynne Cheney Players." Or excerpts being posted on the satire site ...


Tech News

Report: Shanghai Will Monitor Internet

AP - 4-22-04

SHANGHAI, China — Authorities are installing video cameras and high-tech software in Shanghai's Internet cafes and bars to make sure customers don't look at forbidden Web sites, a state-run newspaper reported Thursday.

Cisco Router Flaw Could Snarl Net, Officials Say

Reuters - Wed Apr 21, 1:42 PM ET

A flaw in traffic-routing computers made by Cisco Systems Inc. could knock Web sites offline, snarl e-mail and disrupt other Internet activity, U.S. cybersecurity officials warned on Wednesday

Movie Downloads Prove Popular

PC World -usic isn't the only thing Web surfers want to acquire online, study shows.


Business News

Greenspan Sees Increase in Interest Rates

AP - Wed Apr 21, 7:09 PM ET

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday extra-low interest rates "must rise at some point" now that the economy is hitting its stride


Medical Products Co. Baxter Cutting Jobs

AP - 4-22-04

Baxter International Inc. said Thursday that it is cutting another 3,500 to 4,000 jobs, or 7 percent to 8 percent of its work force, in an ongoing restructuring by the medical products company.



JetBlue Reports First Earnings Decline

Reuters - 4-22-04

Low-cost airline JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU.O) on Thursday reported its first decline in quarterly earnings since it went public, as competition increased and seasonal sluggishness affected some of its routes.



Inflation Mounting, but Where's the Fed?

AP - Wed Apr 21, 4:18 PM ET

Federal Reserve officials keep talking about how inflation isn't a threat. But if you're buying a cup of coffee or shopping for new clothes, you might see things differently.



Love your web site.

I was looking at the latest copy of my favorite sailing magazine (Cruising World) and saw the headline "Bushwacked". While I can't claim to have read every issue, in over twenty years, I never remember them naming any politician, though they do occasionally comment on legislation. Anyway, it was a Presidential Proclamation that had them pissed. It seems that the Feds can confiscate any vessel "susceptible of being used, for voyage into Cuban territorial waters". It may seem anti-climatic with all the other nonsense, but it is one more brick in the wall.

You can skip to the paragraphs labeled sections one and two for the meat and potatoes.


Hi Mike,
Thanks for writing.
I guess I better keep my Sunfish out of the Florida Keyes.
I wonder if Bush plans to invade Cuba?
Take care.


"Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of
purpose between the almighty and them". Abraham Lincoln

.....To George's ear".

Jim Lynch

Good News

More in Congress Back Canada Drug Imports

AP - Thu Apr 22,12:18 AM ET

Support for legalizing lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada is growing in Congress amid an election-year clamor from states, lawmakers and the elderly.


Maryland Group Sues to Upgrade E-Voting Machines

Reuters - Wed Apr 21, 6:36 PM ET

A Maryland voters' group said on Wednesday it planned to force the state to add printers to electronic voting machines to ensure they can be double-checked after a disputed election, such as the 2000 presidential vote.

Church Group Raps Bush on Clean Air Act

AP - 4-22-04

A national group of Christian leaders is sending a scathing letter to President Bush to coincide with Earth Day, accusing his administration of chipping away at the Clean Air Act.


"I believe no matter what happens in this campaign Bush will be a two-term president. OK, one term for his father, one term for him."  Jay Leno

 Vegetable sushi roll topped with ginger and scorpions at New York's Museum of Natural History April 20, 2004. Noted chefs were preparing inventive dishes for school children with insects as part of the Museum's 'Adventures in the Global Kitchen,' a program that highlights cultures around the world through their cuisine. The Museum was launching the program in conjunction with the release of the new Imax film 'A Rainforest Adventure-Bugs.' Gene Ruka-Museum of Natural History-Handout

Odd News

Company Sends Ice Cream to the Dogs

Reuters - Wed Apr 21,10:04 AM ET

The maker of Eskimo Pie ice cream said on Tuesday it was launching cold treats for hot dogs who want to stay slim and cool this summer.
Poets die young - U.S. study

Reuters - Wed Apr 21,10:19 PM ET

Poets die young -- younger than novelists, playwrights and other writers, a U.S. researcher says.

German pair auction child for one euro

Reuters - Wed Apr 21, 1:53 PM ET

A German woman and a male friend face prosecution for human trafficking after they put the woman's daughter up for auction on the Internet at a starting price of one euro (66 pence), authorities say.

Friars Petition Mel Gibson to Make St Francis Film

Reuters - Wed Apr 21,10:11 AM ET

Franciscan friars in New York loved Mel Gibson's hit movie "The Passion of The Christ," so much they are petitioning him to follow-up with a film biography of the order's founder, Saint Francis of Assisi

Donkey Does Security Detail at R.I. Farm

AP - Wed Apr 21, 3:15 PM ET

Bonnie, the newest employee at the University of Rhode Island's Peckham Farm, is a four-foot-tall fuzzy brown donkey, and she appears to be taking her livestock-guarding responsibilities seriously.

German army to lift ban on sex in barracks

Reuters - Wed Apr 21,11:59 AM ET

A German army ban on sex in the barracks may soon be lifted because it's considered outdated, the government says.





Resembling a diamond-encrusted bracelet, a ring of brilliant blue star clusters wraps around the yellowish nucleus of what was once a normal spiral galaxy in this new image released on April 22, 2004 from NASA 's Hubble Space Telescope. This image is being released to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Hubble's launch on April 24, 1990 and its deployment from the space shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990. The sparkling blue ring is 150,000 light-years in diameter, making it larger than our entire home galaxy, the Milky Way. The galaxy, cataloged as AM 0644-741, is a member of the class of so-called 'ring galaxies.' It lies 300 million light-years away in the direction of the southern constellation Dorado.NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)/Handout