April 28, 2004 Wednesday
Making it personal
Karen Hughes' high-octane gall
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?
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....
Marines, Sunni insurgents battle in Fallujah
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.
still on in Fallujah
forces have to hit religious sites
64 rebels in intense Najaf fight
Questions surround attack in Damascus near UN building
warning by Saudi Arabia's most wanted man
AP: Iraqis Grumble
Sought to Protect Soldiers 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
"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.
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)
Inventory: 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
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.
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 ...
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. ...
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
Afghanistan forced to admit secret execution
Officials Regain Control of After Mob Kills Mayor
panel session won't be recorded
Cheney Prepare for 9/11 Questioning
Trip to India Riles Workers
killed in Thai battle
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.
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?
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 ...
reasons for gas hike
Charges Web Firms with Stock Fraud
Point to Worm Attack on SSL Vulnerability
May Have Found Windows SSL Worm Already
PC World - Thu Apr 22, 3:00 AM ET
You don't have to install it.
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
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.
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.
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.
busted for writing bad checks
of Narcotic 'Perc-A-Pops' Reported
gets prosthetic legs in Michigan
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.
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.
wins Republican congressional nomination
Agency Moves to Make
Sure Applicants' Academic Degrees Are ...
Twins Break Arms on Same Day
"(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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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)