April 8,  2004 Thursday

Clarke vs. Rice: Former colleagues at odds
CNN - 4-8-04
(CNN) -- Fifteen days after former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke disparaged her before the 9/11 commission, national security adviser ...

US had no "silver bullet" to stop September 11: Rice
Channel News Asia, Singapore 
Bush made al-Qaeda a priority, Rice testifies
The Globe and Mail, Canada 

Rice Clashes with 9/11 Commission on Al Qaeda
Reuters, United States - 4-8-04
By Alan Elsner. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National security adviser Condoleezza Rice clashed sharply with Democratic members of the commission on Sept. ...

Bush watched Rice testimony
Boston Herald, MA - 4-8-04
By Associated Press. The White House says President Bush [related, bio] watched the live TV coverage of National Security Adviser ...

Would you classify Condoleezza Rice-A-Roni as a hostile witness?


Transcript of Rice's 9/11 commission statement - CNN

"It took two and half years to get two and a half hours testimony from Condoleezza Rice."  Kristen Breitweiser, 9 11 widow who fought for hearings on why 9 11 happened

Some more questions for Condoleezza

Bush's national security adviser sabotaged the road map to peace

Sidney Blumenthal
Thursday April 8, 2004
The Guardian

Condoleezza Rice is to be questioned in public only about the Bush administration's policy on terrorism before September 11. But her negligence and incompetence encompasses the entirety of the Bush foreign policy…


Disturbing News


Militiamen Control Parts of 3 Iraq Cities
Guardian, UK - 4-8-04


Saudi Qaeda Man Calls for Killing Americans-Website
Reuters, United States - 4-8-04


Afghan City Falls to Strongman as Troops Fly In

Reuters - 4-8-04

Forces of a renegade adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai have overrun the capital of a northern province, a defense ministry official said on Thursday.


8 Koreans, 3 Japanese Kidnapped in Iraq

AP - 4-8-04

Three Japanese and eight South Koreans were kidnapped in Iraq on Thursday, according to media reports. The Arabic TV station al-Jazeera aired video of the Japanese blindfolded.


7 South Korean missionaries released
Jerusalem Post, Israel - 
... The South Koreans were Christian ministers who'd left for ... meeting after Shiite militiamen seized a South Korean relief worker ... Both men were later freed unharmed ...

Iraqi Interior Minister to Resign

AP - 4-8-04

Iraq's interior minister, in charge of police and security forces, announced he was resigning Thursday at the request of top U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer to maintain the Shiite-Sunni balance in the government.
Iraq Uprising Shifts Role of U.S. Allies

AP - 4-8-04

Iraq's Shiite Muslim uprising is transforming America's coalition partners from peacekeepers into warriors — a role few of them wanted or were equipped to handle.

Polish, Bulgarian Army Attacked in Karbala

AP - Thu Apr 8, 6:58 AM ET

India bristles over Pakistan's new U.S. status

Chicago Tribune - Mon Apr 5, 9:40 AM ET

Delhi feels insult after Powell visit


"Ralph Nader has called for President Bush to be impeached for deceiving the American people about the war in Iraq . Ralph Nader wants Bush impeached? Ralph Nader, he got him elected in the first place."  -Jay Leno

Graphic By Brad

"Condi Rice threw a wrench into everything," Ms. Van Auken, 9 11 widow who fought for hearings on why 9 11 happened

Click here Vigilant Widows Wait For Condi With Suspicion

"President Bush says he is sticking to his plan for handing over power to the Iraqis on June 30. It's also part of his plan to hand over power to John Kerry January 20."
David Letterman

Military News


Anti-U.S. Uprising Widens in Iraq; Marines Push Deeper Into Fallujah

washingtonpost.com - 4-8-04

BAGHDAD, April 7 -- Violent resistance to the American occupation of Iraq spread to new parts of the country on Wednesday, including previously quiet parts of Baghdad, as U.S. and allied forces struggled to quell separate uprisings by Sunni and Shiite Muslim insurgents.


Marine Killed in Fallujah Fighting

AP - 4-8-04

A U.S. Marine was killed in fighting in Fallujah on Thursday, the military said.


U.S. General Vows to Retake Iraqi Cities

AP - Thu Apr 8, 7:22 AM ET


White House Asks Court to Void POW Award

AP - Thu Apr 8,12:20 AM ET

The Bush administration urged an appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's order awarding nearly $1 billion in Iraqi money to 17 Americans taken prisoner by Saddam Hussein's government during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.


Jury Clears Marine of Parachute Charges

AP - 4-8-04

A Marine was acquitted of charges that he tampered with parachutes used by three servicemen, but still faces up to 51 years in confinement for his conviction on drug charges.


Mother's Iraq visit surprises US soldier

Gary Younge in New York
Thursday April 8, 2004
The Guardian

Nick Galleymore, a 26-year-old ranger serving in Iraq, did everything he could to prevent his mum from visiting him at work. He warned her it was too dangerous and refused even to tell her where he was based.

Great story about a California mom!


Assorted News



Senator upset about ‘horrific' Iraq situation
By Denise Ross, Journal Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The only member of the U.S. Congress with a child serving in combat said Wednesday that he voted for the war in Iraq under false pretenses.

"I voted to send my own son into combat on the assurance that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction — perhaps even nuclear weapons — and was an imminent threat to the United States. Now, that turns out not to be true," Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., said…


Curveballs on WMD
The press still needs to come clean on hyping Iraqi weapons that haven't been found.

By William E. Jackson Jr. – Editor & Publisher

(April 01, 2004) -- One year after the war in Iraq began, with media criticism of The New York Times' coverage of the search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) continuing, both Bill Keller and Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. (the paper's executive editor and publisher) have recently come to the defense of embattled star reporter Judith Miller….


U.S. Envoy to Taiwan Submits Resignation

AP - Wed Apr 7,11:32 PM ET

The top U.S. envoy to Taiwan resigned Wednesday, but the State Department denied the move had anything to do with complaints about her from Beijing.


Beer Exec Peter H. Coors to Run for Senate

AP - Wed Apr 7,10:34 PM ET

Peter H. Coors, the head of the Coors brewing empire, is entering the race for an open Colorado Senate seat, Gov. Bill Owens said Wednesday.



Treasury to Probe Kerry Tax Analysts

AP - Wed Apr 7, 2:42 PM ET

The Treasury Department's inspector general is looking into the agency's decision to analyze presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's tax proposals. "We're going to do a preliminary inquiry into what was produced," Richard Delmar, counsel in the Office of Inspector General, said Tuesday.


Senators Want to Withdraw Cattle Proposal

AP - Wed Apr 7,10:18 PM ET

Seven U.S. senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman on Wednesday, urging her to withdraw a proposal that could allow live cattle shipments from Canada to the United States as early as this spring.


Jeffords Holds Up Bush's EPA Nominations

AP - Wed Apr 7, 5:23 PM ET

Four of President Bush's nominations for top jobs at the Environmental Protection Agency were put on hold Wednesday by Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., who said he was protesting the agency's refusal to provide him documents over the past three years.


Court to Release Audio Quickly in 2 Cases

AP - Wed Apr 7,12:13 PM ET

The Supreme Court will release audio tapes immediately after oral arguments in major cases about the U.S. government's response to terrorism and Vice President Dick Cheney's closed-door sessions to develop a national energy policy, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.


Government Licenses First Private Rocket

AP -

The government on Wednesday awarded a California aviation company the first license for a manned suborbital rocket.



Maryland Governor Defends Bear Hunt

AP - Wed Apr 7, 2:18 PM ET


U.S. Terrorism Policy Spawns Steady Staff Exodus

Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 7:45 PM ET

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has faced a steady exodus of counterterrorism officials, many disappointed by a preoccupation with Iraq they said undermined the U.S. fight against terrorism...


John Kerry on Wednesday called the situation in Iraq "one of the greatest failures of diplomacy and failures of judgment that I have seen in all the time that I've been in public life."

The Faces of the Fallen

Thank you to the dozens of viewers who forwarded this picture to me. Does anyone know who created it?


Bush Hosts Fishermen, Hunters on Ranch
Guardian, UK - 4-8-04

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush was leading a tour of his ranch for hunting, fishing and land-conservation advocates Thursday, after national security adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony to the Sept. 11 commission.

Aides said Bush had given no indication of planning to watch the testimony Thursday live on television.

Well, I wonder what else Bush is going to miss while on another vacation.

Republican Shenanigans


Reporters forced to erase tape of speech by Scalia
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH - 4-8-04
... Scalia gave two speeches Wednesday in Hattiesburg, one at Presbyterian Christian High School and the other at William Carey College. ...


Energy Dept. Threatens No Nuclear Cleanup
Guardian, UK - 4-8-04

The Energy Department is threatening to withhold $350 million that was to pay for disposal of some of the most dangerous radioactive waste from Cold War bomb-making. First, it says, Congress and state officials must accept a cleanup plan already rejected in court.


Senate Set to Pass Pension Relief Bill

AP - Thu Apr 8, 2:51 AM ET

The Senate prepared to pass a bill that would relieve companies from contributing an extra $80 billion into their pension plans after Democrats signaled they were unable stop it.



Odd News



Betting It All on Vegas Roulette Spin

Reuters - 4-8-04

A British man who has sold all his possessions, including his clothes, will stand in a rented tuxedo on Sunday and bet everything on a single spin of the roulette wheel.


Mexican Woman Performs Own Caesarian to Save Baby

Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 1:45 PM ET

A woman in Mexico gave birth to a healthy baby boy after performing a Caesarian section on herself with a kitchen knife, doctors said Tuesday.


'Urban Warfare' Motorcycles on Sale in Baghdad

Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 1:28 PM ET

Feeling unsafe driving a car in occupied Iraq?


Inmate Allegedly Hides Cocaine Under Fat

Wed Apr 7, 9:50 PM ET

An obese inmate was caught hiding crack cocaine in a cigar holder under a roll of fat beneath his stomach, jail officials said Wednesday.


Wild Turkey Crashes Through Man's Window

Wed Apr 7, 8:12 PM ET

Todd Zukowski heard a crash while talking on the phone at his home, then entered the living room and was shocked to find a double-paned window had been shattered by a wild turkey.


Man Says Election Sticker Ruined Jacket

Wed Apr 7, 6:23 PM ET

A man says election day has left its mark on him and he is not happy about it. Robert Bonoff wants the city to pay for a new suede coat that he said has been ruined by a voting sticker.



Malaysian ghostbusters called in to exorcise national service camps

Thu Apr 8,12:28 AM ET

Malaysian ghostbusters were called in to exorcise spirits at a national service training camp after two groups of youths claiming to have seen ghosts became hysterical, according to a news report.


British man jailed for stealing cars... and cleaning them

Wed Apr 7, 7:19 PM ET

An obsessive car thief who carefully cleaned the vehicles he took before returning them to their owners in perfect condition has been jailed by a British court, a report said.


Actors Whip Easter Bunny at Church Show

AP - Wed Apr 7, 5:18 PM ET

A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.

Pole reversal: Feared "flip" of Earth's magnetic field takes 7,000 years

AFP - Wed Apr 7, 2:15 PM ET

A reversal of the Earth's magnetic field, a rare but feared event due to the catastrophic effect it could have on human life, takes about 7,000 years to complete, according to a study.


Hong Kong's elusive urban crocodile reappears -- but escapes again

Thu Apr 8, 2:33 AM ET

A runaway crocodile that has eluded capture in suburban Hong Kong for five months was spotted "sunbathing" on traps laid out for it before being scared off by a boatload of photographers.


Bremer has destroyed my country

Even the pro-US manager of Iraq's Pepsi plant feels betrayed by an occupation which has spawned fear, hatred and chaos

Naomi Klein in Baghdad
Saturday April 3, 2004
The Guardian

'Do you have any rooms?" we ask the hotelier. She looks us over, dwelling on my travel partner's bald, white head.

"No," she replies.

We try not to notice that there are 60 room keys in pigeonholes behind her desk - the place is empty...

"It is becoming increasingly clear that the United States has become involved in a family feud between the Bushes and the Husseins. With Saddam in prison and his two sons dead, the Bushes are clearly winning. The United States isn't."  ARNOLD SLOTKIN, Hollywood

``We're trying to explain how things are going, and they are going as they are going,'' he said, adding: ``Some things are going well and some things obviously are not going well. You're going to have good days and bad days.'' On the road to democracy, this ``is one moment, and there will be other moments. And there will be good moments and there will be less good moments.''   "The Donald" Rumsfeld speaking about the cakewalk in Iraq

Biz News


IBM to acquire India firm with 6,000 employees

USATODAY.com -4-8-04

IBM said Wednesday that it plans to buy Indian outsourcing firm Daksh eServices, an acquisition that could boost the computer giant's staff in India by more than 50%.


Consumer Credit Grew by $4.1 Billion

Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 3:32 PM ET

U.S. consumers added to their debt at a slower pace in February, the Federal Reserve said in a report on Wednesday.


Senator Questions Regulator on Riggs Bank

AP - Wed Apr 7, 8:25 PM ET

The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday questioned a federal regulator about Riggs Bank's compliance with anti-money-laundering rules as authorities investigate transactions in accounts controlled by Saudi diplomats.


"How many went to the beach this weekend? How many went to the mountains? How many just piled in the family car, sat in the driveway, and pretended you could actually afford gas to go somewhere?" Jay Leno

Tomorrow I will post many fabulous emails sent to AHNC over the past few days.


A Mayan statue from Copan, Honduras.  I think the Mayans invented sunglasses before Foster Grant.


Peace through laughter.