April 26,  2004  Monday

The Book That Tops the White House Best-Spinner List
New York Times - 4-26-04
As anyone paying the slightest attention in Washington knows, the White House spent last week aiming a hose at the political fires set off by Bob Woodward's new book, "Plan of Attack," which portrays President Bush as hellbent on war with Iraq....

US Military Affirms TV Cover Ban on Iraq Coffins
Wired News -4-26-04
... Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry accused President Bush Sunday of trying to hide the consequences of the war by restricting coffin pictures. ...

Kerry rejects GOP questions about medals
Albany Times Union, NY - 4-26-04
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Monday rejected as a Republican-driven controversy...

Is it honorable and dignified to smear a war hero?  Or is that called compassionate conservatism? No wonder I always take a shower after producing this website.

"A lot of people marked Earth Day by walking to work. They're not environmentalists. They can't afford the gas."  Jay Leno

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

Fighting rages in Fallujah

Monday, April 26, 2004 Posted: 7:39 AM EDT

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. Marines patrolling a section of northwest Fallujah on Monday engaged in a raging firefight with insurgents that left 10 Marines injured, four of them seriously, according to Marines on site.


US backs off in Fallujah
King County Journal Newspapers, WA - April 26, 2004
by Jason Keyser. FALLUJAH, Iraq -- The US military extended a cease-fire for Fallujah on Sunday for at least two more days, backing ...


Fallujah truce is extended 2 days
Arizona Republic, AZ - April 26, 2004
FALLUJAH, Iraq - The US military extended a cease-fire for Fallujah on Sunday for at least two more days, backing down from warnings of an all-out Marine ...


Explosion Levels Building in Baghdad

AP - April 26, 2004

An explosion leveled a building in northern Baghdad on Monday, setting four U.S. Humvees nearby on fire. At least one U.S. soldier and several Iraqis were wounded.

Army Rushing More Armored Humvees to Iraq

AP - Sun Apr 25, 6:02 PM ET

Deafening noise, confusion and fear erupted as the roadside bomb slammed into the U.S. Army Humvee, knocking over Spc. Stephen Monti, who was manning a gun in the turret.

Shots Fired at Bulgaria President in Iraq

AP - April 26, 2004

Shots were fired by unknown assailants at Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov during his brief visit to Iraq, a senior security official said Monday.

U.S. Troops Enter Najaf, Pressure Militia

AP - April 26, 2004

U.S. soldiers rolled into a base in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Monday to replace withdrawing Spanish troops and put pressure on a radical anti-American Shiite militia in control of parts of the city.

Saudi Ambassador: Iraq Pay-Off Could Avoid Bloodshed   photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration might have avoided a deadly insurgency in Iraq by buying the loyalty of its former military for about $200 million, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. But Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan declined to say whether he had actually...

Police, troops regain control after Muslim-Christian violence ...
Jakarta Post, Indonesia - April 26, 2004
AMBON, Maluku (AFP): Hundreds of Indonesian troops and police appeared late Monday to have regained control of the eastern city of Ambon, where 23 people died ...


Disturbing News

North Korea Rejects Overland Aid from South-Yonhap

Reuters - Mon Apr 26, 1:49 AM ET

Communist North Korea rejected a South Korean offer on Monday to send emergency supplies for train blast victims directly overland across the two countries' heavily fortified frontier, Yonhap news agency reported.

All states' welfare plans deficient, report finds
Indianapolis Star, IN - April 26, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators have found widespread problems in child welfare programs intended to protect children from abuse and neglect, and no state ...

Sharon has no plans yet to kill Arafat, deputy says
The Globe and Mail, Canada - April 26, 2004
Jerusalem -- Israel has no immediate plans to kill Yasser Arafat despite Ariel Sharon's latest threats against the Palestinian leader, the Prime Minister's ...

Worse than Watergate by John W. Dean
Denver Post, CO - Apr 25, 2004
... Bush administration's revengeful act of leaking the name and CIA identity of the wife of an administration critic, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, as "worse ...



Republican Shenanigans

Renewed Focus on Scalia Trip

Los Angeles Times - Sun Apr 25, 7:55 AM ET

Justice's 2002 ruling on redistricting cleared the way for hunting partner Rep. Charles W. 'Chip' Pickering to retain his seat in Congress.

Scalia scoffs at notion that he's biased toward Cheney
USA Today - April 26, 2004
... Antonin Scalia won't be sitting out the dispute over whether Cheney must disclose internal documents from the task force that helped shape the Bush ...

Politics, Not Law, Dominates Cheney Dispute
Capitol Hill Blue, VA - April 26, 2004
... Also hanging over the case is controversy over a hunting trip Cheney took with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an old friend, just weeks after the high ...

Senators to launch hearings promoting traditional marriage
The Desert Sun, CA - April 26, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans this week will launch a series of hearings to promote the value of traditional marriage, a move some Democrats are calling an ...


McAuliffe Defends Kerry After Cheney Rap

AP - April 26, 2004

Vice President Dick Cheney has "zero credibility" when it comes to criticizing John Kerry's national security credentials, Democratic Party chairman Terry McAuliffe says, because Cheney as secretary of defense had proposed cuts to weapons programs being used by U.S. troops in Iraq.


2 GI's Killed in Iraq Blast in WMD Search
Guardian, UK - 4-26-04
... As part of the extended cease-fire, Marines are to begin joint patrols in Fallujah with Iraqi security forces - a measure aimed at showing some degree of ...


I was just thinking about Kerry this morning, and the old song "Holding Out For a Hero," by Bonnie Tyler, popped into my head. It seemed to fit him so well.

What a contrast between a brave man like Kerry and a rich, arrogant, pampered, spoiled Daddy's boy like Bush!

Knoxville, TN

Thanks for writing Annie. No wonder Bush smears real heroes like John McCain, Max Cleland and now John Kerry.  Maybe Bush should buy a medal detector.

Bremer's De-De-Ba'athification Gambit
CounterPunch, CA - 4-26-04
... Baathification in Iraq was a policy too stridently enforced by US civilian command. And by week's end, their remarks were answered by Paul Bremer, who, "with ...

"Today President Bush spoke about the environment, and he's against it." Jay Leno

Court Won't Reinstate Prayer at School

AP - 4-26-04

The Supreme Court said Monday it will not consider reinstating mealtime prayers at a state-funded military college, turning aside an appeal from Virginia officials who wanted to preserve the tradition....


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Maupin is hostage, not prisoner of war 

Cincinnati Enquirer - 4-25-04

That Pfc. Matt Maupin comes home from captivity in Iraq is the hope of every person who has tied a yellow ribbon on a tree or placed a candle in a window in recent weeks....

Are we at war or are we not?

Signs on the restroom wall

Friends don't let friends
take home ugly men
Women's restroom
Starboard, Dewey Beach, DE

Beauty is only a light switch away.
Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC

If life is a waste of time,
and time is a waste of life,
then let's all get wasted together
and have the time of our lives.
Armand's Pizza, Washington, DC

Remember, it's not,
"How high are you?"
"Hi, how are you?"
Rest stop off Route 81, West Virginia

Fighting for peace is like
screwing for virginity.
The Bayou, Baton Rouge, LO

No matter how good she looks,
some other guy is sick and tired
of putting up with her shit.
Men's Room
Linda's Bar and Grill, Chapel Hill, NC

At the feast of ego
everyone leaves hungry.

Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea, Tucson, AZ

It's hard to make a comeback
when you haven't been anywhere.
Written in the dust
on the back of a bus,
Wickenburg, AZ

If voting could really change things,
it would be illegal.
Revolution Books
New York, New York.

If pro is opposite of con,
then what is the opposite of progress?
Men's restroom
House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Express Lane:
Five beers or less
Sign over one of the urinals
Ed Debevic's, Phoenix, AZ

You're too good for him.
Sign over mirror in Women's restroom
Ed Debevic's, Beverly Hills,CA.

No wonder you always go home alone.
Sign over mirror in Men's restroom,
Ed Debevic's, Beverly Hills,CA

and the number one comment!~~~

A Woman's Rule of Thumb:
If it has tires or testicles,
you're going to have trouble with it.
Women's restroom
Dick's Last Resort, Dallas, TX



Business News



Chicago Tribune - Sun Apr 25, 9:40 AM ET

They are the forgotten ones unemployment numbers don't track

U.S. Gasoline Prices Up Another 3 Cents

AP - Sun Apr 25, 9:05 PM ET

U.S. gasoline prices climbed another 3 cents per gallon in the past two weeks on the strength of high crude oil prices, tight capacity and soaring demand, an analyst said Sunday.



Tech News

Britain Faces Prospect of High-Tech ID Cards
Reuters - 4-26-04
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain outlined plans on Monday to introduce identity cards for the first time in 50 years, in an attempt to clamp down on terrorism and ...


Bush to Push High-Speed Internet Access Agenda
Wired News -- 4-26-04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush Monday will call for making high-speed Internet access more affordable and stepping up hydrogen fuel cell research. ...


Ban on Internet tax in limbo
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - 4-26-04
... President Bush strongly supports the proposal ... does not regulate sales taxes on Internet purchases, except ... local governments' ability to set their own tax policy ...



Microsoft Debuts Subscription Game Service Via Instant Messaging
Mediapost.com, CT - 4-26-04
Microsoft Corp. has launched a new subscription service for playing games via is MSN Messenger instant messaging (IM) application. ...


1,150,000 March on Washington, DC to Voice Opposition Government Attacks on Women's Reproductive Rights and Health
Yahoo News (press release) - 4-25-04
... 1,150,000 descended on the National Mall in Washington, DC today to give ... Black Women's Health Imperative, Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National ...
The March for Women's Lives' and Abortion Rights - NPR (audio)

"This administration is filled with people who disparage sexual harassment laws, who claim the pay gap between women and men is phony, ... who consider Roe v. Wade the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history." - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.

"We will not make abortion illegal during (Bush's) presidency. But we will have stepping stones during his presidency." - Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue and director of a counterprotest.

Good News

Women's Rally Draws Vast Crowd

washingtonpost.com - 4-26-04

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the Mall and marched along Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday to show their support for abortion rights, loudly identifying President Bush as the leading enemy of "reproductive freedom."

Clinton's a hit at NAACP dinner
Detroit Free Press, MI - 4-26-04
BY AMBER HUNT MARTIN. She came to answer a single question: 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education, how far have we come? Sen. ...


Wounded BD speaks to war's insanity
Detroit Free Press, MI - 4-26-04
... Sacrificing "Doonesbury" star BD to this misbegotten war might have shaken folks up more than losing 700 flesh-and-blood Americans has so far. ...

Odd News

Drunk Run Over by Train, Lives

Reuters - Mon Apr 26, 8:52 AM ET

A Mexican man who got drunk, fell asleep on railroad tracks and was run over by a train slept through the entire episode and escaped unharmed, local officials said on Friday.

Police Stop Drunk Bulldozer Joyrider

Reuters - Mon Apr 26, 9:06 AM ET

German police stopped a 17-tonbulldozer weaving through Berlin's streets at 3 a.m. by jumping onto the excavator, smashing the window and spraying mace into the driver's face.
1,000 World War One Grenades Found in Field

Reuters - Mon Apr 26, 8:40 AM ET

The Belgian army said Friday it was clearing more than 1,000 grenades uncovered in a field in western Flanders, the scene of heavy fighting during World War One.

Miami radio station fined over Castro crank call

AFP - Sun Apr 25, 7:54 PM ET

The Spanish-language radio station in Miami that crank called Cuban leader Fidel Castro faces a 4,000 dollar fine, according to federal regulators.

Actress Goes From 'Sesame' to 'Sopranos'

Sun Apr 25, 6:51 PM ET

After filming an intimate scene with his girlfriend in "The Sopranos," Steve Buscemi's good-natured angst over actress Alison Bartlett's other job on "Sesame Street" was laid bare. "Everybody's going to hate me!" Buscemi moaned. "I'm bedding down Gina!" What would Elmo say?

Aviation's ugly duckling takes to the skies


A British Army pilot has set off to break one of the world's last remaining aviation records -- circumnavigating the globe in an autogyro, the neglected predecessor to the modern helicopter.

Hunt for Atlantis leads to Cyprus

Mon Apr 26, 9:45 AM ET

A U.S. researcher who is convinced the fabled city of Atlantis is lurking in the watery deep off Cyprus will launch an exploratory mission this summer, he says.
Disabled teenager conquers North Pole

Sun Apr 25, 1:30 PM ET

A 15-year-old Pole has become the youngest disabled person to walk to the North Pole unaided, according to private news channel TVN24.

Bon appetit... Mediterranean diet now in orbit


Two cosmonauts on the International Space Station(ISS) are testing a high-tech version of the Mediterranean diet, the nutritional lifestyle praised for longevity in countries around the Mediterranean rim.

Iranian police issue national alert over Internet addiction


Iran's youth has now been warned: the Internet can jeopardise your bodily well-being, make you lose your friends and turn you into an anti-social, faithless and mentally damaged individual.



Penguins on an ice floe in the Antarctic near New Zealand. The penguins are looking for weapons of mass destruction.