April 7,  2004  Wednesday

Rice plans no apology in 9/11 testimony
Forbes - 4-7-04

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice has no plans to make a public apology for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in her public testimony before the 9/11 commission, a senior Bush administration official said Wednesday...

Nader calls for Bush to be impeached
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - 4-7-04
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader called Tuesday for President Bush to be impeached for "deceiving the American people night after night after ...

Powell rebukes Kennedy in rare political foray

AFP - Tue Apr 6, 4:47 PM ET

US Secretary of State Colin Powell rebuked a leading Democratic senator for comparing the war in Iraq..

Condi is practicing for her testimony under oath tomorrow...hmmm...I wonder if Bush and Cheney are practicing for their private, not under oath testimony?

 "Well, according to Time magazine, Condoleezza Rice has been rehearsing for her appearance this week before the 9/11 Commission. They say she's been practicing her answers by having her aides ask her questions. You know, wouldn't it be easier just to tell the truth? Then you wouldn't have to remember -- you don't have to remember the answer." Jay Leno


Disturbing News

Mosque Hit During Fighting in Fallujah

AP - 4-7-04

U.S. forces battling Sunni insurgents in this violent city apparently hit a mosque filled with people Wednesday, and witnesses said as many as 40 people were killed.



Amnesty: China, Iran and U.S. Top World Executioners

Reuters - Tue Apr 6,12:11 PM ET

China, Iran, the United States and Vietnam were the world's top users of the death penalty in 2003, accounting for 84 percent of known executions, human rights body Amnesty International said Tuesday.


Interior Accused of Shortchanging Indians

AP - Tue Apr 6, 7:57 PM ET

A court-appointed investigator has resigned from the multibillion-dollar lawsuit by American Indians against the Interior Department, contending the government wanted him off the case after he found evidence that energy companies got special treatment at the expense of impoverished Indians.



Senate Again Tries Medical Malpractice Bill

AP - 4-7-04

Senate Republicans are trying for a third time to persuade Democrats to curb medical malpractice lawsuits and help alleviate what proponents of limits call a health care crisis.


Newsview: Bush's Problems Mount in Iraq

AP - Tue Apr 6, 6:06 PM ET

President Bush's Iraq problems are piling up as violence spreads, U.S. casualties rise and his poll numbers fall at home.



Threat Names Thailand as Iraq Target 'After Spain'

Reuters - 4-7-04

Thailand's embassy in Sweden has received a letter threatening the Southeast Asian country with attacks like those on Spain in retaliation for sending troops to Iraq, Thai and Swedish officials said on Wednesday.


"President Bush says he is looking forward to the testimony from Condoleezza Rice before Congress. Well it makes perfect sense you know, he wants to know what was going on too." David Letterman

"Yesterday, Vice President Cheney threw out the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds opening game. President Bush, he threw out the first pitch at the Cardinals game. It's nice to see they've got time for that kind of stuff now that everything in Iraq is under control." Jay Leno


Military News


Rumsfeld Backs More Iraq Troops if Needed

AP - Wed Apr 7,12:35 AM ET

If violence in Iraq gets worse, U.S. military commanders will get the troops they need to deal with it, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.


U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes in Iraq

AP -  4-7-04

A U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing in the city of Baqouba on Wednesday after it was hit by small arms fire, the military said.


US toll mounts in Iraq as Bush vows to crush "thugs"

AFP -  4-7-04

US marines lost at least 12 dead in their worst single toll in Iraq this year as occupation forces battled Shiite and Sunni opponents and US President George W. Bush vowed to crush those he called "thugs and killers".


Up to 12 U.S. Marines Die, Iraq Violence Worsens

Reuters - 4-7-04

U.S.-led forces battled Sunni guerrillas in two cities on Wednesday and grappled with a radical Shi'ite uprising in a two-front war that has killed more than 30 soldiers and 160 Iraqis in three


Marine Sentenced For Selling Body Armor
Military.com - 4-7-04
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling stolen body armor over the Internet. ...


Helicopter blunders hit UK forces
CNN International, World -  4-7-04
... The report also found that Britain's fleet of military search and rescue helicopters was not ... to essentially ground eight Chinook helicopters worth £259 ...


"Yesterday, President Bush got a little upset with a reporter for calling him 'sir' instead of Mr. President. Man, how upset is he going to be after the election when they start calling him 'George' again." Jay Leno

Graphic by Bill B.  Thanks for the toon and link, Bill.

Make your own cartoon!  Click here


A friend found a very cute website. Go to google and type in Weapons of Mass Destruction and click the "I'm feeling lucky" button instead of search. The website it takes you to makes me love the internet so much more!

Thanks for your awesome website and if I have any cash left over after donating to Kerry's campaign, moveon.org, and the DNC, I'll send some your way as well.


Hahaha.  Thanks Angela.  A must read to the very end.  Love those Brits!


Tech News


Groups Slam Google's New E-Mail Service

AP -4-7-04

Google Inc. hails its new e-mail service as a breakthrough in online communication, but consumer watchdogs are attacking it as a creepy invasion of privacy that threatens to set a troubling precedent.

Google's Gmail Headache Grows with Trademark Claim

Reuters -4-7-04

First, it was privacy advocates who vowed to fight Google's proposed e-mail service, Gmail. Now, a small-cap independent investment research firm said it owns the trademark to "Gmail" and it intends to battle to keep it.
Tech.gov: Your Right to X-Rated Sites

PC World - Wed Apr 7, 4:00 AM ET

The ACLU and the government butt heads over privacy, free speech, and protecting kids online--again.
FCC to Seek Stay of Cable Internet Ruling

Reuters - Tue Apr 6, 6:49 PM ET

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday it would join cable companies in seeking to suspend a ruling that could force them to offer rivals access to their high-speed Internet lines while they appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
New Bugbear Worm Exploits Unpatched IE Vulnerability

TechWeb - Tue Apr 6, 4:00 PM ET

Bugbear.e, also known as Tanatos.e and PWSteal Hooker, spreads via e-mail and uses a vulnerability in Internet Explorer to run a malicious program.


Business News


Asia's Stockpiles of Dollars Pose U.S. Economic Risks

Los Angeles Times - Tue Apr 6, 7:54 AM ET

HONG KONG — A massive buildup of U.S. dollars held by Japan, China and other Asian countries is fueling increasing unease among analysts and policymakers, who fear it poses risks to the fragile American economic recovery and global financial stability.


Higher Prices? Thank China

U.S. News & World Report - Tue Apr 6, 4:50 PM ET

China's insatiable hunger for raw goods is starting to sting U.S. consumers


U.S. Import Prices Powered Higher by Oil

Reuters - 4-7-04

U.S. import prices rose by much more than expected in March as the cost of imported fuel jumped, while home refinancings were dampened by higher mortgage rates, new data showed on Wednesday.


Rate Rise Dampens Mortgage Refinancings

Reuters - 4-7-04

A rise in mortgage rates dampened demand for home loan refinancings, but the rates remained low enough to encourage consumers to apply for loans to buy homes last week, a industry trade group said.


Bush Compares a Guest to His Mother
Miami Herald, FL - 4-6-04
... You and my mother go to the same hair-dye person," Bush said to Briery, whose blondish bob bore little resemblance to Barbara Bush's shock of white hair. ...

So this is how Bush charms people?

The 'Jewel Eye' piece is latest trend in body fashion and is implanted underneath the cornea of the eye.

Assorted News

Jailed Sept. 11 Plotter Released Pending Retrial

Reuters -4-7-04

The only man jailed over the September 11 attacks was freed in Germany on Wednesday pending a forthcoming retrial, the court said.

Gov't Workers May Face Drug Test Changes

AP - Tue Apr 6,11:01 PM ET

The hair, saliva and sweat of federal workers could be tested for drug use under a government policy proposed Tuesday that could set screening standards for millions of private employers.

US diplomats denied access to religious groups in Vietnam

AFP - Tue Apr 6, 8:42 PM ET

US Embassy staff in Vietnam have been prevented from meeting with representatives of religious groups due to apparent police action, the State Department said. 

Ex-President Bush Likens Kerry, Clinton

AP - Tue Apr 6, 8:01 PM ET

Former President Bush said Tuesday that John Kerry's Democratic presidential campaign is using the same rhetoric about the state of the economy against his son that Bill Clinton used against him in 1992.

U.S.: More Pot, Opium Poppies in Mexico

AP - Tue Apr 6, 8:49 PM ET

Despite intensive eradication programs, marijuana and opium poppy cultivation in Mexico increased during 2003, according to State Department estimates released Tuesday.

Saddam being held in Qatar: report

AFP - Tue Apr 6, 7:19 PM ET

Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is being held at a US military base in Qatar, rather than in Iraq.



"It was divine intervention. I have a great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe ... and had just looked up at the $2 million and said a little prayer to her when I hit the jackpot. Our Lady really looks out for me."
-- GUADALUPE LOPEZ, mother of JENNIFER LOPEZ, telling the New York Daily News how she hit a $2.4 million jackpot on an Atlantic City, N.J., slot machine.

Odd News


2-Year-Old Runs Cash Register at Eatery

AP - Tue Apr 6, 6:02 PM ET

Formosa Gardens restaurant has an unusual worker manning the cash register: 2-year-old Gordon Tan.


Entrepreneurs are born, but can they be taught?


With a mother like his, no wonder Richard Branson became an entrepreneurial dynamo.


Gymnast's Skills Save Him in Fourth-Floor Fall

Reuters - Tue Apr 6, 1:30 PM ET

A British junior gymnastics team member fell from the fourth floor of a Ljubljana hotel but suffered only a broken ankle after putting his gymnastics skills into practice, the Slovenian press reported Tuesday.

Diet of worms eases that gut feeling

AFP -  

Fancy a change from orange juice for breakfast?


Alabama Lawmakers Designate State Whiskey


Alabamans now have something to toast: The state has an official whiskey.


Ohio Priest Gets Probation for Growing Pot

Tue Apr 6, 6:40 PM ET

A Roman Catholic priest received two years of probation Tuesday for growing marijuana in his church residence. The Rev. Richard Arko, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal cultivation of marijuana related to 35 plants in the rectory of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church.

Austrian Air offers in-flight vote

Tue Apr 6, 8:54 AM ET

After in-flight entertainment, drinks and duty-free shopping, voting for your president in the air is all part of the service for Austria's national carrier Austrian Airlines Group.
Ohio woman found guilty of falsely claiming to have won a $162M jackpot

Tue Apr 6, 5:13 PM ET

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) - A woman who claimed that she bought and lost a $162-million lottery ticket was found guilty Tuesday of filing a false police report. She was fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community

British scientist's death blamed on gas leak as he made marmalade

Mon Apr 5,11:44 AM ET

LONDON (AP) - A scientist died while stirring homemade marmalade, unaware his faulty gas stove was emitting deadly carbon monoxide gas, the man's brother said Monday.



Republican Shenanigans


White House Refuses Panel Request for Rice Speech

Reuters - Tue Apr 6, 9:40 PM ET

The White House has refused to provide the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks with a speech national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was to deliver on that day touting missile defense as a priority rather than al Qaeda, sources said on Tuesday.


White House criticism disputed

USATODAY.com -4-7-04

Dealing with criticism that national security adviser Condoleezza Rice wouldn't testify in public before the 10-member commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, White House spokesman Scott McClellan complained last month that when she testified in private, "only five members showed up" to hear what she had to say.


Cross-Dressing Heats Up Republican Race

Reuters - 4-7-04

What started as a dull runoff race to field a Republican candidate for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives has heated up due to a controversy over cross-dressing.


 Pax Vobiscum, El Presidente'

I'm spending Easter in the Holy Land
Laying here in the sand
face down, with my arms wrapped 'round my gun

The moon shines like steel
Down on the oil fields
and on the ghosts of Babylon

And each side,
Feel they have justice in sight
Be it Shia, Sunni, or the Christian Right
But no, it's just the same old story

And I know,
If He were here tonight
Be it Krishna, or Allah, or Jesus Christ
He'd say, it's just the same old story

It's just the same old story.

Happy Easter GW, and be thankful

that you get to enjoy your Easter Ham

without the threat of flying bullets.


Keep Posting the truth Lisa, and have a Happy Easter.

Matt M.


Thank you Matt for the poem and the Easter wishes.

Here is a Easter Card for you!





Memories of the dead
and their families have led
our country to great introspection
But for Bush it's not truth
but the fall voting booth
Screw the truth, it's about re-election

They're made victims again
by the Bush marketing spin
Truth bent by Bush's 9/11 prism
Bush will piss on the dead
if it gets him ahead
"4 more years," that's the Bush patriotism

With a tear in their eye
Bush Cons mourn those who died
Laughter and cover up both quickly resume
Bush Cons conscience is missing
They'll join George in the pissing
But TRUE PATRIOTS wish the truth to exhume

Where's your line in the sand?
On which side do YOU stand?
Loyal US or loyal Bush soldier?
If your conscience doth burn
Perhaps you should turn
To see God looking over your shoulder

By Trace (posted on the AHNC Message Board)

Thank you Trace.

Today In History - April 7

0451 Attila's Huns plunder Metz

1348 Prague U, 1st university in central Europe, formed by Charles IV

1521 Inquisitor-General Adrian Boeyens bans Lutheran books

1645 Michael Cardozo becomes 1st Jewish lawyer in Brazil

1712 Slave revolt (New York NY)

1902 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms

1926 Mussolini's Irish wife breaks his nose

1933 Prohibition ends, Utah becomes 38th state to ratify 21st Amendment

1945 1st & last assault of German Rammkommando on US bombers

1945 US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission; superbattleship Yamato & four destroyers are sunk

1954 President Dwight Eisenhower fears "domino-effect" in Indo-China

1966 US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)

1967 Israeli/Syrian border fights

1969 Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material

1971 President Richard Nixon orders Lieutenant Calley (My Lai) free

1978 President Jimmy Carter defers production of the neutron bomb

1980 - The US broke diplomatic relations with Iran and imposed economic sanctions in response to the taking of hostages on November 4, 1979

1988 Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghánistán

1990 John Poindexter (National Security Advisor) found guilty on Iran-Contra scandal

1994 Vatican acknowledges Holocaust (Nazi's killing Jews) for 1st time

1994 Hutu extremists in Rwanda began massacring ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. In 100 days of killing, an estimated 800,000 are murdered.

2000 US President Clinton signed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000. The bill reversed a Depression-era law and allows senior citizens to earn money without losing Social Security retirement benefits.


The Hawaiian Islands. (NASA)