June 16,  2004 Wednesday

Panel Says No Signs of Iraq, Qaeda Link
Reuters - 
By Deborah Charles. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investigators have found no evidence Iraq aided al Qaeda attempts to attack the United  States, a commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings said on Wednesday, undermining Bush administration arguments for war...

McCain Links N.J. Man's Abduction, Saudis' Past Policies

Senator: Kingdom 'Paying Price' For Backing Groups That Perpetuate Terror

June 16, 2004

WASHINGTON -- As a U.S. hostage is held in Saudi Arabia, Sen. John McCain says the kingdom's past policies are coming back to haunt it...

US accuses Iran of 'bullying' UN
BBC News, UK - 6-16-04
The US has accused Iran of bullying foreign diplomats, in an escalating row over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. US diplomat Kenneth ...


Franklin Pierce embraced the southern slave owners pre-civil war. And now both Bushes embrace the Saudis.

It very well may be genetic. Look out, Iran, you may be next.

 The White House biography of Franklin Pierce is here

FYI: Barbara Pierce Bush (W's mother) is the descendent of Pierce.  It seems that W has bad decision genes on both sides of his family!

"After another week of violence in Saudi Arabia, the Bush Administration has warned the Saudis they need to do more in the war against terror. Like for example, fight on our side."  -Jay Leno

Cuomo to seek PG-13 rating for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
CNN International - 6-15-04
(CNN) -- Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo announced Tuesday that he will be fighting to get the widest available audience for Michael ...

“I was worried about Bush the father with this parachute thing. Like, what if that didn’t open, we would have had another week of funeral coverage. One week of funeral coverage, after another would have been intolerable.”Al Franken


"I want to make sure that when sovereignty is transferred, Saddam Hussein stays in jail." -- President Bush

Does Bush know the definition of sovereignty?

"There is no talk of inviting the United States to keep the Republican Palace as an embassy supplement. We asked that the Republican Palace be vacated in the fastest opportunity. It is a symbol of Iraqi sovereignty." -- Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

TBH Politoons

Top Ten Things Going Through Former President Bush's Mind At This Moment (Skydiving) Dave Letterman

10. "I'm falling faster than my son's approval rating"

9. "Hey, who's that white-haired dude waving at me? Oh, it's Barbara"

8. "Would it be unpresidential to urp on 350 people?"

7. "I feel like I'm 75 again"

6. "I thought this kind of thing was only allowed in Massachusetts"

5. "How can I break it to George that I'm voting for Kerry?"

4. "I don't remember having so much jowl resistance last time"

3. "If this doesn't impress Carmen Electra, I give up"

2. "Read my lips: Holy crap, I'm gonna die"

1. "It's a good thing I'm drunk"


You have to see this photo of Cheney, click here



Dump Bush Song

sung to Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, perfect for Bush's next appearance in an elementary school classroom:

We must defeat George W. Bush,
George W. Bush, George W. Bush.
We must defeat George W. Bush.
Vote Kerry this November.

Cheney and Bush are our nation's foes,
Our nation's foes, our nation's foes.
Cheney and Bush are our nation's foes.
Vote Kerry this November.

The rest is here:


"Former President Bush, to celebrate his 80th birthday, jumped out of an airplane. And if you've seen the polls, you know he's not the only Bush in freefall." —David Letterman

Republican Shenanigans

Letter to Donald Rumsfeld from David Brock

June 15, 2004

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
1010 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1010

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld:

I am writing today to follow up on my letter of May 25 regarding the Department of Defense's broadcast, via American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), of Rush Limbaugh's radio program. As I pointed out in my earlier letter, Mr. Limbaugh has repeatedly downplayed, dismissed, and even endorsed the horrific abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib….

I had the pleasure to speak briefly with David Brock at Bartcop's Juliefest in 2002.  He is an elegant and eloquent man.

"Last week, President Bush meant with Iraq's interim president. See, Bush figured this would be a good time to meet with him, while he's still alive." -Jay Leno

TBH Politoons

Disturbing News

5500 to get $6.9 billion from fund for victims
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA 

"The Supreme Court now has preserved the use of the word God in the Pledge of Allegiance. But now, this next part makes no sense to me, they also for some reason changed the word 'flag' to 'monkey.'" -David Letterman

Biz/Tech News

"Former President Bush parachuted with an Army Ranger holding him so he wouldn't get hurt on his 80th birthday. This is the same method they use when his son rides a bike." —Craig Kilborn


Hi Lisa!

Thank you for a voice of reasoning amid Resident Shrub's
miscommunication, misinformation, obfuscation and outright lies regarding our reasoning
for being in Iraq. We now have a government panel (the 9-11 panel) stating
that there is no credible evidence that al-Qaida was involved in Iraq (no
surprise there) (link at the bottom of this message). The story raises
so many questions that they can't all be listed here, but there are a
couple things that everyone should think about.
1 - The commission states that there is no credible evidence of a link
between Iraq and al-Qaida, yet the Big Dick, as recently as yesterday,
continues to state that those ties are one of the major reasons for our
military invading Iraq.
2 - Resident Shrub, again as recently as yesterday, defended that
reasoning, stating that the presence of al-Qaida in Iraq now as proof of those
ties. Isn't it more likely that our presence opened the door for them to come
3 - The report will state that al-Qaida will continue to exploit leaks
of national security information. If Resident Shrub knows of these are
exploitable leaks, why hasn't he taken action to plug them? Is he too
busy trying to think of a new reason for our presence? Maybe he is just too
busy...between his vacation schedule and fund raising efforts, he must
be pretty busy.

Keep up the great work. There are many of us in the military who don't
believe the lies propagated from D.C. but still must support them on
the surface. Please don't use my military information in identifying
me...the White House SS troopers are everywhere.



I am disturbed that so many republicans have defended Bush on everything from the pre-emptive strike on Iraq to the use of torture.

It seems we are on the edge of fascism.

We need more Howard Deans and Al Gores bellowing about these Bush blunders. It is music to my ears.

Good News

Jeb Bush Shenanigans



President Ronald Reagan  appearing at the White House News Photographers Association's annual dinner in Washington, Wednesday, May 19, 1986, placed his thumbs to his ears and wiggled his fingers at the photographers saying, I've been waiting for years to do this. It was not immediately clear if the President knew the funny face was being carried live by C-Span, a cable television service that provides coverage of Washington events.Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was ``morning again in America." (C-SPAN Video grab)

Odd News


This bread creation by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is on display at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris June 15, 2004. Gaultier turned the foundation into a gigantic bakery with designs made of bread and wicker. The bread creations have been produced by l'Equipe de France de Boulangerie. (FRANCE-BREAD-FASHION)