April 24-25, 2004 Weekend Edition
Is the president's religion too much a part of policy?
Militia has holy Iraqi city on edge
Iraq Occupation Watch, CA - 4-24-04
Thursday 25 tribal leaders in Najaf called on all armed groups to lay down their weapons and disband. NAJAF, IRAQ - Nabil Mahdi's ...
Fighting unabated in Sadr
NDTV.com, India - 4-24-04
Fighting continued on Saturday in Sadr City, an eastern mostly Shiite district of Baghdad, when US forces launched raids against suspected militiamen, sparking ...
Today's cartoon was inspired by an AHNC viewer, vox pop. Thanks!
"On '60 Minutes' on last Sunday Bob Woodward suggested that the main reason President Bush took the country to war is that he thinks he's on a mission from God. Of course the problem with that is, it's also Osama bin Laden's reason." —Jay Leno
Boat Bombers Attack Key Iraqi Oil Terminal
More than 33 Iraqis
killed in day of attacks; rebel rockets kill ...
Soldiers Killed in Attack on Iraq Base
AP - Sat Apr 24, 5:10 AM ET
A car bomb exploded near the main U.S. base in the northern city of Tikrit on Saturday, a U.S. official said. At least three people were killed.
AP - Sat Apr 24,12:23 AM ET
The number of American troops wounded in Iraq soared in the past two weeks as the insurgency flared in south-central Iraq and in the Sunni Triangle north and west of Baghdad.
Americans killed in Nigeria ambush
Palestinian prime minister calls on world to protect Arafat
to Bush: Arafat a Target
Says Bush Opposes Any Attempts on Arafat
US is critical of
Palestinians for letting militants free ...
AP - Fri Apr 23, 7:07 PM ET
U.S. missile defense systems may not have faced testing rigorous enough to ensure they would work during an attack, said a congressional study released Friday.
Los Angeles Times - 4-24-04
A senior cardinal says politicians who support legal abortion must be denied Communion.
Reuters - Sat Apr 24, 7:07 AM ET
Israeli forces killed three Palestinians, including a teenager, in the West Bank on Saturday in disputed circumstances.
authorities are telling anyone who wants information about risks in the
violence-torn country to seek it elsewhere.
House members targeted Kerry, Democrats fired back
amplify criticism of 9/11 commission
fined for posing as Democrats
tries to ban first photos of coffins returning from Iraq
President Bush is spending nearly $10 million over 12 days on campaign advertising with commercials that seek to portray Democratic rival John Kerry as weak on national security.
AP - Thu Apr 22, 6:27 PM ET
A consumer watchdog group filed a complaint Thursday accusing a Republican donor of flouting campaign laws by funneling money to a Kentucky Republican through an anti-abortion group's political action committee and others.
"We have worked in confidence with the U.S. government, and I think we can convince them this was a special case." -- Mexico Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha on the fact that the U.S. Treasury Department, angry about the leaking of confidential information, has stopped sharing information with Mexico on everything from money laundering to terrorism financing.
"Republican Senator Chuck Hagel says it may be time to reinstate the draft. When President Bush heard about that, he said, 'Uh oh, does that mean I have to go back to Alabama?" —Jay Leno
UNCLE BAM - EVIL TWIN OF UNCLE SAM
"The Bremmer-ization of a nation"
AP - Fri Apr 23,11:04 PM ET
Consumers are likely to see milk prices rise, probably to record levels, because the Agriculture Department is raising the minimum price paid to farmers to a record high, dairy experts say
Reuters - Fri Apr 23, 6:06 PM ET
Libyan state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Friday it had confirmed its first cargo to the United States in more than 20 years for loading in May after Washington lifted many of its economic sanctions.
USATODAY.com - Fri Apr 23, 6:20 AM ET
Four years of falling interest rates have caused many consumers to become complacent about sub-6% home mortgages, 3% home equity lines and no-interest car loans. But if you're a borrower, the trend is no longer your friend. Mortgage rates have been creeping higher since March. If the Federal Reserve raises short-term interest rates, the cost of consumer loans will increase..
BusinessWeek Online - Fri Apr 23, 8:10 AM ET
President George W. Bush could not have been more emphatic in his remarks about Iraq before editors at the Newspaper Association of America's annual convention in Washington, D.C., on Apr. 21. "We're not going to cut and run if I'm in the Oval Office," Bush declared. Of course, the U.S. wouldn't cut and run even if Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) occupies the Oval Office in January, either. If anything, Kerry is even more adamant about bringing international help to police Iraq for years to come
Al Qaeda's Tribal Allies
Submit to Pakistan Army
Fri Apr 23, 6:11 PM ET
Ms. President PAC and American Women Presidents today thanked Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun for running for U.S. president by giving her the 2004 Ms. President Award at the National Womens Democratic Club in Washington, DC.
"They're debating now whether or not to bring back the military draft and it would be limited so you wouldn't be drafted if you're married or you're gay. Well, you thought you saw a lot of gay marriages before." —Jay Leno
Still Carries Shrapnel in Leg from Vietnam
Reuters - 4-23-04
... military records were released by the campaign under pressure from Republicans after one of Kerry's former commanders questioned his first Purple Heart and the ...
Files Show Kerry Earned Medals for Wounds From Shrapnel, Which Is ... - New York Times
"Boy, this campaign is getting ugly. You know, I'm not taking sides here but now some Republicans are suggesting that John Kerry actually tried to win three Purple Hearts in Vietnam because he knew that if you won three, you get to go home early. What an easy way to get out of combat by letting yourself get shot three times." —Jay Leno
AP - 4-24-04
Prince Johan Friso, the second son of Queen Beatrix, married human rights activist Mabel Wisse Smit Saturday without the approval of the Dutch government, giving up his claim to the throne for love.
AP - Fri Apr 23, 5:30 PM ET
A federal judge ordered makers of a fledgling bourbon to change its name because it too closely resembles that of a brand that has been on the market longer and is a leader in the super premium bourbon category.
the Model Goes to UN to Help Fight Hunger
touts his green credentials
predicts that with a Packers win, Kerry’s in
AP - Fri Apr 23,11:48 PM ET
A small plane was forced to land at an airport Friday night after possibly flying into restricted airspace during President Bush's visit to the Miami area, officials said.
Fri Apr 23, 3:01 PM ET
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - The Israeli military is reaching back into history to equip its anti-smuggling patrols on the Israel-Egypt border: it's using camels.
Fri Apr 23,10:31 PM ET
Rym Brahimi, daughter of U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, is engaged to Jordanian King Abdullah II's half brother, Prince Ali, and will resign her job as CNN correspondent, the network says.
Fri Apr 23,12:06 PM ET
Leonardo da Vinci is revered around the world as a master of Renaissance painting and an ingenious engineer, but few have thought of him as the father of the modern car.
Fri Apr 23, 3:13 PM ET
A woman who was lecturing high school boys on the perils of drunk-driving knew she had driven her message home when some teenagers in her audience began to blanche, buckle and heave.
Fri Apr 23,11:22 PM ET
A couple on the Atkins Diet have a beef with a local restaurant after being booted from the buffet for eating too much meat.
Fri Apr 23,10:11 PM ET
As hunters leave the city for the spring turkey hunting season, some gobblers are finding refuge strutting around inside the city limits.
Fri Apr 23, 7:37 AM ET
People who wear low-slung pants that expose skin or "intimate clothing" would face a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time under a bill filed by a Jefferson Parish lawmaker.
Thu Apr 22,11:20 PM ET
Two gay lovers — a man in a black dress and a boy in only a pair of shorts — protested their families' lack of understanding for their relationship by climbing a Central Park tree on Thursday, stripping, performing lewd acts in front of onlookers and refusing to come down for hours.
"John Kerry has three Purple Hearts for his war wounds and Dick Cheney has one Purple Heart from deep dish pizza." —Jay Leno
All The President ’ s Men
Sunday Herald, UK - 4-24-04
... The folly of Bush and Blair, a legacy for generations to come, is almost ... For Tony Blair, too, the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing week.
The Debt To the Penny from the US government
Graphic by OZ
Subject: Hypocrisy du jour
So let's recap the latest revelation: if you show pictures of
flag-draped coffins returning home from Iraq, you get fired (and so
does your husband). That's because the President respects the will of
the families. But, if you show a flag-draped coffin in your first
re-election commercial, that's okay. And when actual victim's families
protest, you flip them off and claim they are playing politics. Orwell
would be proud.
I had an epiphany the other day. Given Woodward's latest book (which I
haven't read but have on order), along with Richard Clarke's and Ron
Suskind, it's pretty clear that this Administration had a jones for
war with Iraq from day one, and for some of them, even before that.
Given the accumulating weight of evidence, I thought, "how much
information will it take to get people to finally wake up?" Then I
realized that no amount of information will ever be enough for Bush
supporters. You see, they don't think that way. They've reached the
conclusion that Bush is an honest man and a great President, and that's
that. Any facts that contradict their beliefs are immediately
discredited, and they are quick to shoot the messenger, too. And
that's when I realized that it all comes down to faith, which is also
the cornerstone of organized religion. Facts are irrelevant; what you
need is blind faith. So for the religious right that Bush panders to
at every opportunity, their minds are made up so don't confuse them
with facts. In order to defeat this Bozo, we need to target that small
group of undecided voters that actually think for themselves. And
that's where web sites like yours come in.
Keep up the good work,
I agree Doug. If only Bush followers would read! But, I think they let Rush do that for them.
Does any one know what happened to www.mediawhoresonline.com or www.gopsheeple.com ? Neither are online anymore.
A mother enters her daughter's bedroom and
sees a letter over the bed.
With the worst premonition, she reads it, with trembling hands: It is
with great regret and sorrow that I'm telling you that I have eloped
with my new boyfriend. I have found real passion and he is so nice, with
all his piercings and tattoos and his big Harley motorcycle. But it is
not only that mom, I'm pregnant and Ahmed said that we will be very
happy in his little trailer in the woods He wants to have many more
children with me and that's one of my lifelong dreams. I've learned that
marijuana doesn't hurt anyone and he'll be growing it for us and his
who are providing us with all the cocaine and ecstasies we may want. In
the meantime, we'll pray for science to find the AIDS cure in order for
Ahmed to get better, he deserves so much. Don't worry Mom, I'm 15 years
old now and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I will come and
visit you so you can get to know your grandchildren.
PS None of the above is true. But my report card is in the desk drawer and hopefully you will see that things could be worse.
By M Hubert
ANOTHER LATE NIGHT 'FREEDOM BIRD' FLIGHT.
DOVER, DELAWARE, FLIGHTS NO LONGER RARE,
AS MORE FLIGHTS THEY ADD FROM BAGHDAD.
FULL C-17'S ARE MORE ROUTINE.
SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, AND MARINES FULFILLING THEIR DREAMS.
BEEN GONE TOO LONG, NOW THEY ARE BACK HOME.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS AWAIT AS THEIR LONG JOURNEY ENDS.
AS WITH MOST NIGHTS WITH NO CAMERA LIGHTS.
FAMILY AND MEDIA NOT PERMITTED BUT OMITTED.
SLOWLY DOWN THE TAXIWAY WITH THE SAME DISPLAY.
THIS LAST MILITARY GROUP FORMATION FOR THEIR DEDICATION.
FLAGS BLOW GENTLY IN THE NIGHT BREEZE FOR THE RETURNEES.
COMING TO A STOP, THE REAR RAMP SLOWLY STARTS TO DROP.
THE NUMBER OF PERSONNEL STARTS TO SWELL.
AWAITING HANDS QUIETLY SQUEEZE AS THE TEMPERATURE DROPS A FEW DEGREES.
NO YOUNG SONS SALUTE THEIR DAD WITH A FEW WORDS TO ADD.
IN THE NIGHT AIR CHILLED, FOR EACH HIS DUTY FINALLY FULFILLED.
SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FOR EACH FROM THIS LOCATION.
NO MEDIA, NO CAMERAS, NO FAMILY, OR SECRETIVE NIGHT CAN HIDE THIS MORE FREQUENT RITE.
NO MASKING IT AS THEY QUIETLY UNLOAD EACH MILITARY CASKET!
A field of 1,500 runners makes its way across the longest of 43 bridges that help make up the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys, April 24, 2004 during the Seven Mile Bridge Run in Marathon, Florida. The race has been staged every year since 1982 and offers runners a unique opportunity to traverse over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. (Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout)
Peace and have a great weekend.