August 5  2003  Tuesday

US accused of intimidation in Iraq uranium flap
MSNBC - 8-5-03

... Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a key figure in the Iraq-Niger uranium controversy, accused the Bush administration on Monday of using intimidation tactics to stifle criticism about its handling of prewar intelligence on Iraq.... biggest political crisis for British Prime Minister Tony Blair's ...

'Some things are true even if George Bush believes them'
Guardian, UK - 8-5-03

In January last year, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, preparing to board a plane home, when he abruptly found himself very personally embroiled in the seething hostilities between Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell. He had been travelling with Joe Biden, the senior Democratic senator, and Rumsfeld - apparently out of political partisanship - had been making things difficult from the start of the trip. Now, suddenly, the order came from the Pentagon that no civilians could travel on the military aircraft waiting on the runway.

"I had visions of being stuck in Kabul for days," Friedman writes...

Blair does not understand history
Mail & Guardian, South Africa - 8-5-03

Why and how, future historians will surely ask, did such a consummate politician, possessed of an impregnable parliamentary majority, as well as intelligence, industry and fundamental decency, get himself into so much controversy and mess? What went wrong?...

...Much of the British public’s alienation, not just from Blair, but from politicians in general, stems from a sense that, as one man put it to me: “We’ve been sold.’’

I have always wondered why Tony Blair took a hard right turn when Bush wanted to attack Iraq. Blair knew he had everything to lose by backing Bush--Blair knew he would lose his political stature-- his credibility as a statesman-- and who would hire a liar of such magnitude? 

A Republican would.

 But the question remains, why did he do it?  What did Bush have on Blair? It had to be of a sexual nature: hence today's toon.  British politicians are always being polaroided in women's clothes while attending to Brunhilda's super-sized udders. Maybe Tony was tap dancing in his birthday suit, while his studded collar was tethered to his wife Cherie?  One of those Kodak moments. They do have about 1/2 dozen kids.

You should be glad that I used Dennis Miller's name in the toon and not Rush Limbaugh.  Now that is a disgusting visual.

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"Good job, Colin,  gettin' the press off me by leaking to the Post about you quittin'. It was really convincin'.

Hell, Laura had to calm me down, to remind me that I gave you the idea."




White House Dismisses Report on Powell
Rocky Mount Telegram, NC - 8-5-03

WASHINGTON (AP)--Secretary of State Colin Powell dismissed as gossip and nonsense
a published report that he had sent word to the White House he would not ...





"Fabulosa Condoleezza"
(Sung to the Tune of Nat King Cole's Mona Lisa)

Condoleezza, Condoleezza, Dub adores you.
You're so fine at saying falsehoods with a smile.
Is it cause you're female, Condi, that they've blamed you
For your fabulosa fakery and guile?

Do you smile to tempt the press men, Condoleezza?
Or is this your way to hide your lying art?
Dubya beams when you're brought to his doorstep,
Cause you lie here
While they die there.
Misinformed? Let's get real, Condoleezza.
You're just a cold mendacious gal without a heart.

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My fellow California republicans, the recall will put a republican in the Governor's Office.

As head of Homeland Security it is my sacred duty to secure all the votes that aren't republican.

-Tom Ridge (R-Color Blind Alert Leveler)


Feds to Warn Airlines on Carry-Ons
FOX News - 8-5-03

... The five-level, color-coded system was last raised to ... the government still was doing
too little to alert the public and key industries to terror ...

Death marches at double in Iraq but US public unaware
By Julian Borger in Washington - Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
August 5 2003

United States military casualties in Iraq are running at more than twice the number most Americans have been led to believe they are. The public is largely unaware of a high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths.

Since May 1, when President George Bush called an end to combat operations, 52 of his troops have been killed by hostile fire, according to Pentagon figures...



An old man lived alone in a Village. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:

Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting time. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren't in prison.


Shortly, the old man received this telegram:

"For Heaven's sake, Dad, don't dig up the garden!! That's where I buried the GUNS!!"

At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns. Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next.

His son's reply was:

"Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad.. It's the best I could do for you from here.


Ahh, the FBI --  it should be renamed the FBO, the Federal Bureau of Obfuscation. This is the group that drew the conclusion to fly the bin Laden family safely back to Saudi Arabia immediately after 9-11, instead of investigating them.

I just loved this joke.  I am going to forward it to some friends at the Dept of Corrections.  







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