August 12, 2004  THURSDAY

Kerry takes lead over Bush in Florida poll
USA Today -- 8-12-04
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrat John Kerry has taken a slight lead over President Bush in Florida — the essential swing state ...

Iraqi Nuke Scientist Denies British Claim
Guardian, UK -- 8-12-04
LONDON (AP) - Iraq did not seek uranium in Africa in the 1990s because it already had a good supply, the father of Iraq's nuclear program said. ...
1000th US death in Iraq looms for Bush
Reuters, UK -- 8-12-04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States faces a painful moment probably next month when its military deaths in Iraq ...

Returning to Florida was bittersweet -- two hurricanes heading our way, but Kerry is leading in the Florida polls! It is so good to be back.

"President Bush was in Florida where he asked voters to once again send him to the White House. Voters in Florida said, 'Hey, we never sent you in the first place. That was the Supreme Court!' "  Jay Leno

U.S. to Get International Election Observers -- Wed Aug 11, 9:14 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug 11 (OneWorld) -- An effort by more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers to bring international observers to monitor the November elections has paid off with an invitation by the State Department to the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ..

"This week, G.I. Joe celebrates his 40th birthday. And today, Republicans questioned his military service" -- Craig Kilborn

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

"Republicans are now trying to energize their Amish vote. Dick Cheney is really pandering to the Amish. Today he told a senator to go f--- thyself." —Bill Maher

"When they say they served with Kerry in Vietnam, what they really mean is that they were in Vietnam at the same time. Kind of like how Snoopy served with the Red Baron" -- Jon Stewart on the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, who have attacked Kerry's military service record

Disturbing News

"Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that he will not be attending the Republican convention. Uh oh. So I guess they're going to have to find another black guy." -- Jay Leno

Let the games begin.

"I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified."
-- PORTER GOSS, President Bush's nominee for CIA director, to documentary-maker Michael Moore's production company during the filming of the movie "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Editorials on Goss nomination to head CIA
Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN -- 8-12-04
Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Porter Goss told a Florida magazine how a mistaken turn at a Yale University jobs...

Republican Shenanigans

Dub & Dick's Limerick

George Dub has a Veep named Dick Cheney.
Next to Dub he appears rather brainy.
But they both lie and scheme.

The rest is here:

Good News


George W. Bush sucker-punches a rugby opponent at Yale

Bush-Prison-Torture News

Go-F*** -Yourself News


Kerry/Edwards News


Lady Balloonist Needs Help

She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude. She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Democrat." "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me." The man smiled and responded, " You must be a Republican." "I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?" "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air.
You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem.
You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met but, somehow, now it's my fault."

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A Malaysian giant stick insect rests on an admirer's arm at the London Zoo on Thursday. The species is the longest insect in the world, measuring up to 17.7 inches long. The giant stick insect is just one of more than 100 exhibits at London Zoo's biodiversity and conversation center. (London Zoo/John D. McHugh)