April 30,  2004 Thursday

Bush, Cheney Face 9/11 Panel's Questions
Guardian, UK - 4-29-04
... Lee H. Hamilton, Democratic vice chairman of the bipartisan panel, who had a previously scheduled appointment to attend, and commissioner Bob Kerrey, a former Democratic senator from Nebraska, were seen leaving the White House around noon....
Bush Says He Answered All Questions from 9/11 Panel


Bush, Cheney Take 9/11 Questions for 3+ Hours
Reuters -4-29-04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush said he and Vice President Dick Cheney answered every question on Thursday from the panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks and denied the joint appearance was aimed at keeping their story straight.

Bush: Fallujah Getting Back to 'Normal'
Guardian, UK - Apr 28, 2004
By DEB RIECHMANN. WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said Wednesday he believes most parts of Fallujah are returning to ``normal'' despite ...

Lee Hamilton, the vice chairman of the 9 11 commission, had a previously scheduled appointment and left early. Huh? It was more important to have lunch with the visiting Canadian Prime Minister than his duties on the 9 11 commission ?

Bob Kerrey left early also.  I couldn't find any news articles to answer that question. Maybe Bush told Kerrey to leave?

And....Bush thinks Fallujah is getting back to normal?  Another bad judgment call by Bush.

"President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are scheduled to testify before the 9-11 commission. I guess right now they're finalizing the seating arrangements. Should Bush sit on Cheney's right knee or his left knee?" Jay Leno

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



Ten US soldiers killed; agreement to end siege of Fallujah
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 4-29-04
US Marines announced Thursday an agreement to end a bloody, nearly four-week-old siege of Fallujah, saying American forces will pull back and allow an all ...


US hurries to reinforce armour after casualties soar
Guardian, UK - 4-29-04
The Pentagon is rushing more armour to Iraq to protect its troops after casualties reached record levels this month, it emerged yesterday. ...


US bombs insurgents in Fallujah:
Contra Costa Times, CA - 4-29-04
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Sewell Chan. FALLUJAH, Iraq - US warplanes dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs and fired powerful airborne ...

Annan warns against violence in Iraq
Reuters, UK - 4-29-04
By Evelyn Leopold. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that US military action in the besieged

Report Blames Saddam's Service for Attacks

AP - 4-29-04

Former members of Saddam Hussein's security service are believed to be conducting a loosely coordinated campaign of bombings and attacks in Iraq that they prepared for since before the U.S. invasion last year, a defense official said Thursday, citing an intelligence report.

Mideast fuels new European anti-Semitism, meeting warns
Expatica, Netherlands - 1 hour ago
BERLIN - Meeting in the city where Nazi leaders plotted the Holocaust, participants at a major anti-Semitism conference have broadly agreed that today's rising ...

US warns against travel to Israel
CNN International - 4-29-04
The US State Department warned US citizens to leave Gaza immediately and to defer travel there and to Israel and the West Bank because of "safety and security ...


Attacks in Iraq kill 10 US soldiers
Baltimore Sun, MD - 4-29-04
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Ten US soldiers were killed today in Iraq -- eight of them in a car bomb explosion south of Baghdad. The two others ...

Alpha Politics

"A" is for John Ashcroft and the liberties he's mauled.
"B" is for
Barb Bush and hub. Dub's birth is all their fault.

"C" is for Ms.
Condi Rice, who speaks so many lies.
"D" is for the
Dixie Chicks, who dare to Bush despise.

"E" is for our soon to be
Ex-Prez George Dubya Bush.
"F" is for Al
Franken, and his mean and funny Rush.

"G" is for
Gen. Boykin, who believes Bush speaks with God.
"H" is for Ms. Karen
Hughes, who's tall of tale and bod.

"I" is for the imbeciles who buy
the pap Bush spews.
"J" is for
John Kerry, who has paid his wartime dues.

"K" is for
Ken "Enron" Lay, who's on Dub's ex-pal list.
"L" is for
Trent Lott, who lost his job to William Frist.

"M" is for
Mitch Daniels, who was never good with dough.
"N" is for Ralph
Nader, a huge help to Bush and Rove.

"O" is for Ms.
Oprah who can read, unlike our Prez.
"P" is for Dub's
Pootie-Poot, who's soulful, Dubya says.

"Q" is for George Dubya
quotes, which rarely make much sense.
"R's" for
Richard Clarke, who finds Bush stubborn and quite dense.

"S" is for the
9 Supremes who ripped off Albert Gore.
"T" is for Brit
Tony Blair, Bush poodle to the core.

"U" is for the USA, which needs a new
"V" is for
Veep Cheney, who's one-half a wicked team.

"W's" for Chris
Whitman, who betrayed the EPA.
"X," "Y," "Z's" for nothing, but
dump Dubya! Make my day!

www.madkane.com is always worth a visit!


"The issue of Kerry's military service has spawned a number of recent news-like events which have led to Republican charges the decorated war hero has something to hide. Because if there is one thing the Bush administration will not tolerate, it is ... other people's secrecy." Jon Stewart

Psalm of the 43rd

The Bush is my shepherd, I shall lack everything
He makes me sacrifice for privileged class tax breaks
He leads me beside the polluted waters
He restores my lack of faith in humanity
He guides me in the paths of deception for his family name's sake
As the nations walks through the valley of the shadow of terrorism
I will fear much evil
for Bush is in command
His plastic and duct tape, they horrify me

Bush prepares a table for his cronies before me in the presence of
newly established enemies
Bush anoints his pre-meditated wars with oil
Halliburton's cup runneth over
Surely conflict and hate will follow our country all the days of our lives
because of Bush
and we will dwell in an absolute hell forever.


Sent in by Joi.

Hi Lisa,

I happened to be researching, for unrelated reasons, Aesop (of Aesop's
fables) and came across a list of quotations. There were over 30, but
first 8 really caught my eye, and how sadly applicable they are to our
current administration:

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

What a splendid head, yet no brain.


I really, really miss Bill Clinton.

Thanks for writing.

Republican Shenanigans


U.S. Deletes, Alters Gender Issue Web Data -Report

Reuters - Wed Apr 28, 6:13 PM ET

The Bush administration has stripped information on a range of women's issues from government Web sites, apparently in pursuit of a political agenda, researchers reported on Wednesday.

Bush declines to get tough on Chinese trade practices
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH - 
Washington- Resisting election-year pressure to toughen its stand on trade, the Bush administration Wednesday rejected requests that it open formal ...

NYC denies permit for huge anti-war rally during GOP convention
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 
An anti-war group planning a massive demonstration at the start of the Republican National Convention has been denied a permit to use Central Park because the ...


Schwarzenegger backs energy deregulation
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 
Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday called for renewed experiments with energy deregulation, saying large businesses ...


Georgia's Talmadge to run as a Republican
Washington Times, DC - 
... The decline of the once-solidly American Democrat South is continuing now that Georgia's Herman Talmadge III has decided to run for office as a Republican. ...


Disputes Fester Over Overtime Rules

AP - Wed Apr 28, 9:14 PM ET

Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and congressional Republicans on Wednesday accused opponents of new overtime regulations of waging a campaign of misinformation, insisting the Bush administration rules will benefit millions.


Graphic by OZ


An Illustrated Guide to Chickenhawks
New York Times - 4-29-04

Senator Frank Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey and a World War II veteran, who appeared on the Senate floor on Wednesday with a poster featuring an illustration of a chicken in a medal-bedecked military uniform.

In a take-no-prisoners display, (Video) the lawmaker lashed out at Republicans critical of Mr. Kerry, calling them chickenhawks. He decried Mr. Cheney, who received deferments from service during the Vietnam era, as the leader of the flock for his criticism earlier in the week that Mr. Kerry…

Excellent article by Carl Hulse.


Subject: Full context of message

I was asked for the full context of Barbara Bush's statement on the
"showning of caskets" and her beautiful mind. Was this just one blurp
or was there more to it than what is being printed?

Barbara Bush was on the ABC-TV Good Morning America show. She was asked if she and her husband, the former president, watch television.

"He sits and listens and I read books because I know perfectly well that - don't take offense - that 90 percent of what I hear on television is supposition, when we're talking about the news. And he's not, not as understanding of my pettiness about that. But why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it's going to happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Oh, I mean, it's, not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that? And watch him suffer."

It also seems you are willing to buffer your e-mails and requests or
possibly don't want to print some with tough questions. The rhetoric
comes thru, but when it comes to real matters of church and state, no stands
are taken, just re-print of articles.

I don't buffer emails.  Shiite, I receive hundreds a day and cannot answer all.  That is why I am planning to hire some help.

Ask me a tough question.

I rarely reprint articles, I provide timely links to legitimate news organizations and some fabulous columnists.

Here is a stand I took on "real matters of church and state" click here  and dozens of others... click here for the google search results

I believe I coined the phrase "Keep your rosaries out of my ovaries." Just kidding---but I love that phrase.

I'm one of the faithful readers of your "site" and enjoy it very much.
However, there doesn't seem to be a particular time for "going to

As I state in my website banner, I try to publish my site daily, around noon, central time. Saturday I post in late afternoon.  I am the only employee of AHNC, so some days I am late. Today I am late because of the 9 11 commission and I wanted to give you a timely cartoon.

I see your request for money. What happen to Zelda?
You have some good things going for your site, I guess it is like the
rest of the world, somedays chickens, somedays feathers.

Money is what keeps this website online. It is free for you to visit but pixels cost money. That is why I have run a recent request for a dollar a month from my fabulous readers and they have responded with great generosity. <if it keeps up, I will hire some one next month>

The last time I spoke with Zelda she was going to start her own website zeldamorgan.com.

Yep, I sure don't hit a home run every day on AHNC -- but I sure do try! Have you ever tried to put together a daily website of this size?  It is not easy.

Why are you allowing the abortion issue and the churches involvement
with trying to affect politics, go un-addressed? It's not that you don't
make note of it, you don't make a stand, just let the religious right have a
"pass" on criticism.

You don't seem very familiar with my site click here and
click here for American Taliban

Thanks for writing.

Best Regards,
Bill N

"Chickenhawks: they shriek like a hawk but they have the backbone of a chicken. We know who the chickenhawks are. They talk tough on national defense and military issues and cast aspersions on others. When it was their turn to serve, where were they? A-W-O-L, that's where. A-W-O-L." Senator Frank Lautenberg

Disturbing News


"With six months to go before one of the most important elections in modern American history, the presidential campaign is finally starting to crystallize around some key issues. Foremost among them: Did John Kerry throw a medal or a ribbon over a fence in 1971? Yes, with Armageddon seemingly scheduled for some time later this decade, the panties of the press corps have bunched up over what exactly John Kerry threw at an anti-war protest on the Washington Mall 33 years ago." 
Jon Stewart

Odd News



"I don't send my maid out to get drugs. I get my own!" Elayne Boosler referring to Rush Limbaugh's former dependency on painkillers



An Australian court has stepped in to halt filming of the 130-million-dollar Hollywood action film 'Stealth' in a world heritage-listed wilderness area outside Sydney. This is a shot from the film.(HO)