July 22 2003 Tuesday
US had forged documents in 2001
... Forged documents which are at the centre of a dispute over the quality
of Washington's intelligence in the build-up to war with Iraq were passed on
to the United States as early as the end of 2001, a US lawmaker said in an
interview on Sunday.
Berlusconi May Tighten
Grip on Italian Media (Update1)
Berlusconi, through his
Fininvest stake, earned about $163 million in 2002 dividends from his three
publicly traded companies, according to Bloomberg calculations. Mediaset
dividends represented two-thirds of the total. The media tycoon is the
world's 45th richest man, worth $5.9 billion, according to Forbes magazine's
Bush stays close to
home and raises $7 million with new speech
... Bush could not resist tweaking the members of the news media as they stood in the blazing sun awaiting a glimpse of a Crawford tradition: the president, driving his white pickup truck, arriving to pick up his guests. As he passed a collection of sweating American and Italian reporters, Bush, showing his compassionate-conservative side, rolled down his window, waved, and said, "Let me turn down my air conditioner - how y'all doing out there?"
ALL HAT NO CATTLE
DIRTY LAUNDRY DONE DIRT CHEAP
"I find myself irresistibly attracted to Pat Robertson. Is he married or
single? I want a date with him. Did you know he owns his own diamond mines?
And to think I once considered a charge account a Zales as a high point on a
man's list." - Anita Beer at Zelda Morgan's "I am now a gold-diggin'
forty-niner" Hash and Stash Birthweek Bash By the Sea.
taking our country into a dirty war pales compared to the nightmarish horror
of lying about a blowjob.
Zelda was way ahead of the U.S. media on this story, eh?
think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of
Bush taking money from U.S. POWs to rebuild Iraq
Judge puts limit on spending of Iraqi money to protect claims of tortured
UK scientist inquiry could topple senior
I overheard this comment at a recent "cocktail party" I attended. " The UK scientist was probably approached by MI5 (the Brit's version of our CIA) and he was told to either commit suicide or we will eliminate your family."
Here's an interesting story I found in a Scottish newspaper about close friends, and their reactions, of the dead scientist.
Gloves off in village that wants answers on death
...Speaking up for the Bush administration, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said on the same program that the decision to include the sentence "was made by the speechwriters and by the folks in the White House" using various intelligence sources that were thought reliable. If it wasn't, he said, much of the blame falls on former President Clinton...
European Space Agency's handout photo issued Sunday July 20, 2003 of a view of the Earth and Moon pictured by Europe's Mars Express spacecraft on its way to the Red Planet from a distance of 8 million kilometres (4.97 million miles). The dramatic picture was taken on by Mission controllers pointed the spacecraft's high-resolution stereo camera towards the Earth as they carried out instrument checks. The image shows true colours, revealing the blue Pacific Ocean and white and grey clouds. Mars Express is due to reach the Red Planet in December, when Beagle 2 will detach from the mothercraft and parachute down to the surface. The landing is scheduled for Christmas Day. The Earth and Moon picture was taken on July 3, 2003. (AP Photo/European Space Agency, HO)