August 3, 2004 TUESDAY

Reports That Led to Terror Alert Were Years Old, Officials Say


Published: August 3, 2004 - New York Times

WASHINGTON -- Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terrorist plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way…


A Battle Over Blame
Rumsfeld may be rebuked by his own commission investigating prison abuse

By Michael Hirsh and John Barry - MSNBC

… NEWSWEEK has learned the Schlesinger panel is leaning toward the view that failures of command and control at the Pentagon...

Rocco Martino: 'I am the Source of the False Niger/Iraq Uranium ...
Collective Bellaciao, France -- 8-3-04
... recently that conservative attacks on the credibility of Ambassador Joseph Wilson

Bush isn't looking very well these days.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart":

"Now, on the subject of the convention, most observers agreed last week it brought a newly energized Democratic party, one focused on a common goal. With the party now in the spotlight, many people are wondering ...

(Stewart handed a piece of paper)

Oh. Terror warning. Guess I'll have to stop talking about the Democrats."

Hearing begins for Army reservist England
CNN -- 8-3-04
By Susan Candiotti and James Polk. FORT BRAGG, North Carolina -- Army Pfc. Lynndie England, almost seven months' pregnant and ...

The Lynndie England Defense Fund Blog, CA -- Jul 28, 2004
I'm trying to imagine who might donate to the Lynndie England Defense Fund. Rush "Blowing Off Steam" Limbaugh? FReepers? Republican neocons? ...

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





    On Monday you posed the question, "Which poll do you believe?" I just want you to know I don't believe any of them.

    I took a post-graduate course in mass communication at the University of Oklahoma back in the '80s, and public opinion polling was a major part of the curriculum. I learned then that fewer than 50% of those asked to participate actually agree. Yesterday, on "Hollywood Squares" of all places, I learned that in the 21st Century, more than 60% of those asked to participate in the Gallup Poll refuse.

    That leaves me with the conclusion that only the bored and socially challenged among us makes up the core of people whose "opinions" are related to the public.

    I refused to believe in the '80s that fewer that 1,500 people could accurately reflect the opinion of the masses, and I believe it even less today, knowing what I know now. On the contrary, I am convinced that a significant number of Americans base their opinions on what they are told by opinion polls. The polls create opinion, rather than measure it.


Roy I. Adams, SMSgt, USAF, Ret.

Tyler, TX

 “And you know, [Kerry] started off his speech by saying, ‘I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty.’ And today, President Bush said, ‘Great, send him to Iraq.’ ” -- Jay Leno

Disturbing News

"The president announced a new position for one man to be in charge of all terrorism-related decisions. Don't we have this? Isn't this called the president?"  -- Craig Kilborn 

 Republican Shenanigans


A regular antidote to the mainstream media

Good News


"Bush and Cheney have a new campaign theme: 'Heart and Soul.' I think that sounds better than their first choice, 'Oil and Gas.' " -- Jay Leno 

TBH Politoons

Bush-Prison-Torture News



Subject: Thanx for the comic relief

I shouldn't be on your site I suppose, as I hail from Sweden not from the US at all...
Nevertheless I debate US conservatives on a Death Penalty board, being an anti myself, and I find the US politics quite fascinating.

I read Ann Coulter today, and my eyebrows disappeared into my hairline (which really is receding to my neck :D ).
I can hardly credit people taking her seriously - such utter and total mix of bigotry, hate, religious zeal, childishness, lack of empathy and plain old BS.
I had to google her name to see what people are saying about her - and so I stumbled on your site.
I had a good laugh and please keep it up.

Thanks for making my surf session ;D


Thanks for writing.
Swedes and all other people are welcome here at AHNC.
I think if Ann Coulter ate food she might have a better attitude. Hunger makes some people mean.
Mission Accomplished: You enjoyed my site.

Go-F*** -Yourself News

"Bush spent all morning reading the latest security briefing even though it took time away from ignoring the middle class." -- Craig Kilborn

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Kerry/Edwards News


Daily News Haiku (August  3)

"Our economy Is on the right track," says Don.
Let's try the left track.

"They hate our freedoms."
"Extend the Patriot Act."
hates our freedoms?

More are here:

Odd News

“I was watching all the pundits and all the critics today, and they said it was very smart of John Kerry to portray himself as an old soldier reporting for duty. They thought that was very clever. Of course, President Bush can do that. He can portray himself as an old soldier. Although in Bush's case, the reporting for duty thing might be new.”  Jay Leno


 In this picture made available by Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, an embryo elephant is seen during an ultrasound examination of Tamar, a twenty-year-old pregnant Asian elephant at the zoo, on July 31. Tamar underwent an ultrasound examination by a team of German specialists, who found her in good shape in her fifth month of a 22-month gestation period.