April 28,  2004  Wednesday

Making it personal
Boston.com, MA - 4-28-04
... Karen Hughes, one of the president's closest advisers, was on CNN on Sunday portraying Kerry as an unprincipled pretender of a protester. ...

Karen Hughes' high-octane gall
Joe Conason Salon (Subscription) 4-28-04

With amazing chutzpah, the Bush flack says reporters should ask more questions about John Kerry's military history. What they really ought to explore is her role in covering up Bush's spotty National Guard record.

Who's French Now, Karen?
CounterBias.com - 4-28-04
... Karen Hughes, one of George W. Bush’s chief propagandists, was herself born in France...

Bush is bringing back his big guns with the return of Karen "Thugalina" Hughes.

"What does Al-Jazeera mean in English? Fox TV." Elayne Boosler

Bush, Cheney, Kerry During Vietnam War
Guardian, UK - 4-28-04
By The Associated Press. Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard in 1968 after graduating from Yale University. During his first ...




Oil-Slick Jim Moves In
Excerpt from The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
—By Greg Palast, Utne.com

Available In Stores Monday April 26, 2004

I avoid The New York Times but lately, it's become a compulsion, though only for the new daily column titled, "Names of the Dead." Today's listing: "DERVISHI, Ervin, 21, Pfc, Army. Fort Worth."

I'm not one of those cynical people who thought Bush sent us into to Iraq for the oil....


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


Marines, Sunni insurgents battle in Fallujah
Boston Globe, MA - 4-28-04
By Jason Keyser, Associated Press, 4/28/2004 07:28. FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) A series of explosions and gunfire rocked Fallujah Wednesday ...


U.S. Forces Renew Strikes in Falluja

Reuters - 4-28-04

U.S. Marines launched a fresh air and ground assault in the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja Wednesday, local residents said.


Kimmitt: Cease-fire still on in Fallujah
WTVO, IL - 4-28-04
Baghdad, Iraq-AP -- Coalition troops have not begun an all-out offensive in Fallujah, Iraq. That's according to Brigadier General ...


US forces have to hit religious sites
Newsday, NY - 4-28-04
BY ROBERT STEWART. In early 1944, Allied forces in World War II faced a decision that is now disturbingly common in Iraq: What to ...


US kills 64 rebels in intense Najaf fight
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN - 4-28-04
US forces killed 64 Iraqis on Monday and Tuesday in battles with militiamen outside the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said. ...

Questions surround attack in Damascus near UN building
Seattle Times, WA - 4-28-04
By Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. DAMASCUS, Syria — Explosions and gunfire roared through this city's diplomatic quarter ...

Al-Qaida warning by Saudi Arabia's most wanted man
Guardian, UK - 4-28-04
A statement attributed to an al-Qaida leader who is Saudi Arabia's most wanted man yesterday warned that the terrorist group intended to launch "fierce ...

AP: Iraqis Grumble About Sovereignty
Washington Post, DC - 4-28-04
... US officials suggest that sovereignty will be full, but that Iraqis should accept limits on power that simply reflect the reality in Iraq. ...


Tanks Sought to Protect Soldiers in Iraq
Guardian, UK - 4-28-04


U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

AP - Tue Apr 27, 9:42 PM ET

As of Tuesday, April 27, 719 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 518 died as a result of hostile action and 201 died of non-hostile causes.

Soldier's sisters won't return to combat
San Jose Mercury News, CA -4-28-04
By Monica Davey. At the urging of their military commanders, two sisters of a soldier killed in Baghdad this month have chosen not ...



"I think a lot of veterans are going to be very angry at a president who can't account for his own service in the National Guard and a vice president who got every deferment in the world and decided they had better things to do, criticizing somebody who fought for their country and served."  John Kerry

In Memory of the Spirit 03 Crew of the Spectre Gunship in Gulf War 1

click here to read about Spirit 03

This is the same type of gunship that is being used in Fallujah during the current cease fire.

Special operator: The AC-130U has sophisticated weapons control
The AC-130 Spectre gunship was designed for close support of ground forces.

General Characteristics
Primary Function: Close air support, air interdiction and force protection
Builder: Lockheed/Boeing Corp.
Power Plant: Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines
Thrust: 4,910 shaft horsepower each engine
Length: 97 feet, 9 inches (29.8 meters)
Height: 38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)
Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (40.4 meters)
Speed: 300 mph (Mach .4) (at sea level)
Range: Approximately 1,300 nautical miles; unlimited with air refueling.
Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,576 meters
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
Armament: AC-130H/U: 40mm cannon and 105mm cannon; AC-130U: 25mm gun
Crew: AC-130U - Five officers (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer) and eight enlisted (flight engineer, TV operator, infrared detection set operator, loadmaster, four aerial gunners)
Deployment Date: AC-130H,
1972; AC-130U, 1995
Unit Cost: AC-130H,
$132.4 million; AC-130U, $190 million (fiscal 2001 constant dollars)
Active duty: AC-130H, 8; AC-130U, 13; Reserve, 0; ANG, 0

Click here for a video from the US Air Force website on the capabilities of this powerful gunship

The home of this mighty gunship is near my home. Since the Iraq War began the skies here have been absent of these gunships. In fact the skies here rarely have military aircraft fly overhead anymore.

Click here for a good I am a UNITER not a DIVIDER PHOTO

Republican Shenanigans


Supreme Court Weighs Cheney Secrecy Case

AP - Tue Apr 27,11:10 PM ET

The Supreme Court appeared troubled Tuesday by the prospect of letting the public have a look into private White House policy meetings, a hopeful sign for the Bush administration's aggressive defense of secrecy in the case of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.


Bush Admin. to Court: Cheney Papers Must Be Secret

Reuters - Tue Apr 27, 2:30 PM ET

The Bush administration argued at the Supreme Court on Tuesday that records of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force should be kept secret to protect the president's ability to get discreet advice when preparing legislation.


W.Va. Republicans Cross Over for Primary
Guardian, UK - Apr 23, 2004


National Republican changes tune on Parks' use of campaign funds
Arkansas News, AR - 4-27-04
Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - A national Republican spokesman who last week criticized a South Dakota Democrat for taking a salary from campaign ...


Lott giving to candidates, not PACs
SunHerald.com, MS -4-28-04
WASHINGTON - Sen. Trent Lott called himself a free agent Tuesday, indicating he has stopped playing ball with central Republican fund-raising organizations. ...


Judge orders radio talk show host back on GOP primary ballot
AL.com, AL - 4-28-04
 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A judge ordered the Alabama Republican Party to reinstate a Christian radio talk show host on the June ...


"President Bush's campaign is now attacking John Kerry  for throwing away some of his medals to protest the Vietnam War. Bush did not have any medals to throw away, but in his defense he did have all his services records thrown out."  Jay Leno

Disturbing News

Afghanistan forced to admit secret execution
Independent, UK - 4-28-04
By Justin Huggler Asia Correspondent. Afghanistan has carried out its first execution since the overthrow of the Taliban, it emerged yesterday. ...

Peruvian Officials Regain Control of After Mob Kills Mayor
Voice of America, DC - 4-28-04
Peruvian authorities have regained control of a southern town, where residents beat their mayor to death and took three city officials hostage Monday. ...

9/11 panel session won't be recorded
Indianapolis Star, IN - 4-28-04
By Ken Fireman. WASHINGTON -- There will be note-takers in the room but no official record made when President Bush and Vice President ...


Bush, Cheney Prepare for 9/11 Questioning
Washington Post - 4-28-04
In addition, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said, the White House has decided not to allow a recording or transcription of the appearance, in part ...


Congressional Trip to India Riles Workers
Monterey County Herald, CA - 4-28-04
SAN JOSE, Calif. - American technology workers riled by a congressional delegation's $165,000 trip to India say it amounted to little more than a junket ...


112 killed in Thai battle
Guardian, UK - 4-28-04
At least 112 people were killed in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south today in what police claimed was an attempt by poorly armed teenage militants to steal ...




Subject: Thugalina

This is just too much.  Chickenhawk George has to hide behind Karen  
Hughes while she attacks John Kerry over the difference between ribbons  
and medals.  Of course, how would they know?  With the exception of  
Colin Powell, no one in the administration has ever won anything.  I am  
SO glad that Kerry isn't going to take it.  Have you seen the latest on  
his web site?
Here's a link you might be interested in.
 Click here  
Karen Hughes should sit down and shut the hell up.
Keep up the good work,


Thanks Doug. I wonder when Bush Inc. will stop talking about Kerry's "undeserved" medals and start discussing issues we care about?

Biz News

Last Oldsmobile to Roll Off Assembly Line

AP - Tue Apr 27,11:04 AM ET

The Oldsmobile, the line of cars that started out in 1897 and featured models such as the Rocket 88 and the muscular 442, is coming to an end this week.

Why rates appear likely to rise - - and advice on your ...
Chicago Sun Times, IL -  4-28-04
BY TAMMY CHASE Business Reporter. Last week Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Alan Greenspan sounded an alarm not heard for a while: Those ...

Arguing reasons for gas hike
Pioneer Press, MN - 4-28-04
BY JIM LANDERS. But US Deputy Energy Secretary Kyle McSlarrow disagrees, pointing a finger at crude oil supply cuts pushed by Saudi ...


Tech News

Is E-Voting Safe?
PC World -  4-28-04
Millions will cast their ballots this year using voting machines based on PC technologies. We answer the most pressing questions about ballot box security. ...

Massachusetts Charges Web Firms with Stock Fraud
Reuters -  4-28-04
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top securities regulator William ... he charged two elusive Internet firms with defrauding ... of dollars through an online stock scam ...


Signs Point to Worm Attack on SSL Vulnerability
eWeek -  4-28-04


Symantec May Have Found Windows SSL Worm Already
InternetWeek.com - 4-28-04
By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb News. Symantec late Tuesday afternoon captured a sample of malicious code that spreads by exploiting one ...

Test-Drive Linux

PC World - Thu Apr 22, 3:00 AM ET

You don't have to install it.


Senate Struggles With Internet Service Ban

AP - Tue Apr 27, 7:53 PM ET

Senators failed to reach a compromise Tuesday on renewing an expired ban on taxing the services that connect consumers to the Internet.



"What woman would blow up her shoes?" If I wanted to blow up an airplane, I would put my shoes on a different flight." Elayne Boosler


Odd News


Wine, Cigars, Deer Head -- Charge It to Uncle Sam

Reuters - 4-28-04

Surgical enhancements, a mounted deer head, designer briefcases and pricey wine are among goods improperly charged to U.S. government credit cards by employees, according to a report released on Wednesday.

U.S. army needs Nevada ski resorts' avalanche-control howitzers for Iraq

Tue Apr 27, 8:29 PM ET

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. military is demanding the return of five howitzers two Sierra Nevada ski resorts use to prevent avalanches, saying it needs the guns for the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

R.I. Post Office Drops Bogus Hero's Name

AP - Tue Apr 27, 5:38 PM ET

The plaque to name the Middletown, R.I., post office for hometown hero Bruce Cotta was planned, but the ceremony to hang it was quietly canceled before the plaque went up.

Newlywed busted for writing bad checks
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA -  4-28-04
... wedding ceremony won't be enjoying his honeymoon quite yet. He first has to deal with a warrant for writing bad checks in Montana. ...


Abuse of Narcotic 'Perc-A-Pops' Reported
Guardian, UK -  4-28-04



Dog gets prosthetic legs in Michigan
MLive.com, MI -  4-28-04
... Now he has prosthetic legs, thanks to an Ann Arbor prosthetist and orthorist who tackled the project of creating legs for the dog. ...

Half of Germans too fat

Tue Apr 27,12:50 PM ET

Half of Germany's 83 million population is overweight, according to the Federal Statistics Office, citing results of a survey of 370,000 people.

US radio pranksters fined after fooling Fidel Castro on air

Tue Apr 27, 3:02 PM ET

Two Miami radio journalists were fined 4,000 dollars for broadcasting a phone conversation that fooled Cuban President Fidel Castro into believing he was talking with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, they said.

Paterno wins Republican congressional nomination
Penn Live, PA -  4-28-04
BY BRETT LIEBERMAN. The Paterno name has been linked with victory, and Scott Paterno may have needed that name recognition to score a win last night. ...

Agency Moves to Make Sure Applicants' Academic Degrees Are ...
Washington Post, DC - 4-28-04
By Stephen Barr. In an effort to stop the use of bogus academic degrees to obtain federal jobs and promotions, the Office of Personnel ...

Skating Twins Break Arms on Same Day
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS -  4-28-04

"(There's) controversy about Democratic nominee John Kerry throwing away his military medals and ribbons. Not to be outdone, today President Bush threw away his Alabama National Guard spotty attendance ribbon."  David Letterman

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Today in History – April 28 

Muammar Gaddafi buys his bodyguards the uniforms from Janet Jackson's RHYTHM NATION video


An aerial photograph shows the Mount Ruapehu Crater Lake in this March 22, 2004 handout. The acidic lake sits atop New Zealand's most feared volcano, Mount Ruapehu, part of a trio of active volcanoes including Mounts Ngauruhoe and Tongariro which form the southern tip of the 'Rim of Fire', an arc of active volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean. Scientists warn that a life-threatening mudslide could break from the lake sometime between November 2004 and March 2005. Picture taken March 22, 2004. (Graham Hancox, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand/Handout)