April 30,  2004 TGIF



US TV blackout hits litany of war dead
Guardian, UK - 4-30-04
Almost a quarter of households in the US will be prevented tonight from seeing an ABC TV network news programme that is to broadcast a list of American servicemen and women killed in action in Iraq...
Nightline' special puts face on dead - Indianapolis Star
Dead soldier roll call fans partisan outcry - Toronto Star

Sinclair Stations to Boycott 'Nightline' Tribute


Pentagon No. 2 comes up short on Iraq casualty count
CNN International - 4-30-04
WASHINGTON (AP) -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- Asked how many American troops have died in Iraq, the Defense Department's No. 2 civilian estimated Thursday the total was about 500 -- more than 200 soldiers short….

Cheney staff accused of role in CIA leak

By Mark Memmott, USA TODAY 4-30-04

WASHINGTON — Vice President Cheney was aware of a meeting held by his staff that started a chain of events that ended with the "effective betrayal of our country," former U.S. diplomat Joseph Wilson charged Thursday in an interview with USA TODAY.

Isn't freedom of speech one of the freedoms our soldiers are fighting for?

The above is an actual quote from Bush...minus "Here use my Bush blindfold."

"Reportedly, the commission's first question to the president was, 'You know al-Qaida and Iraq are two different things, right?'"  Craig Kilborn

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


Republican US Congressman Steve Buyer and US Senator Lindsey Graham congratulating each other that they don't have to actually fight in a war.

Buyer promoted to colonel by Bush
Indianapolis Star, IN - 4-30-04

"It's a political ploy that will help him out in the election because they want to keep him in office," said Dennis Hardy, a Danville Republican....Hardy has accused Buyer of lying last year about being called to active duty to serve in Iraq.

Buyer took an indefinite leave from Congress in 2003, saying he had been called to active duty.

But after about two weeks, Army officials told Buyer they could meet their needs without him and did not want to jeopardize his or others' safety by sending a congressman to a war zone...

The Beaufort Gazette: Sen. Graham promoted to colonel

Published Tue, Mar 9, 2004
The U.S. Senate last week approved the promotion of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to the rank of colonel in the Air Force Reserves.

Click here for Steve Buyer's biography


Click here for Linsey Graham's biography



Do you think their boots will ever be on ANY battlefield?

Just think if George Washington didn't want to "jeopardize his or others' safety by sending a congressman to a war zone."


"[9 11] Panel members said President Bush was very helpful. At one point even offering to have the CIA provide personal information about them and their mistresses."  Craig Kilborn


"You know who else's birthday is today? Saddam Hussein. And if you haven't gotten him a gift yet, he could use some weapons of mass destruction. You know, he doesn't -- apparently, he doesn't seem to have any."  Jay Leno


Troops Without Armor in Iraq  New York Times

From Dream to Nightmare By BOB HERBERT
Each death in Iraq reminds us of a lesson never learned from history — that fantasy must genuflect before reality...

In Front of Your Nose By PAUL KRUGMAN
I don't have a plan for Iraq, but I strongly suspect that all the plans you hear now are irrelevant...

A timely look at how faith informs Bush presidency

By Sam Allis, Globe Staff  |  April 29, 2004

George W. Bush may be the most openly religious president in memory, yet Americans have been neither privy to his personal journey on the road to Damascus nor fully aware of the political implications of the scales falling from his eyes…

Distressed American

Protest Art by Brad Russell

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'The Politics of Truth'
New York Times, NY - 4-30-04

A Strange Encounter with Robert Novak

Late on Tuesday afternoon, July 8, six days before Robert Novak's article about Valerie and me, a friend showed up at my office with a strange and disturbing tale. He had been walking down Pennsylvania Avenue toward my office near the White House when he came upon Novak, who, my friend assumed, was en route to the George Washington University auditorium for the daily taping of CNN's Crossfire. He asked Novak if he could walk a block or two with him, as they were headed in the same direction; Novak acquiesced. Striking up a conversation, my friend, without revealing that he knew me, asked Novak about the uranium controversy. It was a minor problem, Novak replied, and opined that the administration should have dealt with it weeks before. My friend then asked Novak what he thought about me, and Novak answered: "Wilson's an asshole. The CIA sent him. His wife, Valerie, works for the CIA. She's a weapons of mass destruction specialist. She sent him." At that point, my friend and Novak went their separate ways. My friend headed straight for my office a couple of blocks away....

Book accuses Cheney, Gingrich of helping gather dirt on outted ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscripition), GA

Ex-envoy says Bush staff tied to ID leak
Contra Costa Times, CA

Disturbing News

Republican Shenanigans

US probes Iraqi prisoners abuse case
Reuters, UK - 4-30-04
... Brigadier General Janice Karpinski, in charge of the prison, could be relieved of her command, blocked from promotion or receive a letter of reprimand after a ...

Click here for the 60 Minutes II graphic photos of U.S. troops mistreating and humiliating Iraqi POWs. Dan Rather spoke to Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt about the military's probe of the events.


Who trained these US soldiers that did these horrible things?  The KKK?

Good News

Bush's Approval Rating at All-Time Low -Poll
Reuters –4-29-04
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Bush's approval rating is at an all-time low and fewer than half of Americans now believe invading Iraq was the right thing to do ...

"This coalition in Iraq is not holding up well. ... It's kind of ironic. All these foreign countries are willing to take every American job except this one." —Jay Leno


Odd News

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This image, released April 29, 2004, of the Bug Nebula (NGC 6302) taken with the NASA /ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows. A dark, dusty torus surrounds the inner nebula (seen at the upper right). At the heart of the turmoil is one of the hottest stars known. Despite a sizzling temperature of at least 250,000 degrees C, the star itself has never been seen, as it is hidden by the blanket of dust and shines most brightly in the ultraviolet, making it hard to observe.(HO/ESA/NASA and Albert Zijlstra)