September 29,  2004  Wednesday


Iraq Study Sees Rebels' Attacks as Widespread

New York Times, 9-29-04

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Over the past 30 days, more than 2,300 attacks by insurgents have been directed against civilians and military targets in Iraq... according to comprehensive data compiled by a private security company with access to military intelligence reports...


First lady touts president's courage, United States, 9-29-04
... Unlike the president and Vice President Dick Cheney on the campaign trail, Laura Bush took the gentler and kinder approach of not mentioning Democratic ...

Newspaper from Bush's hometown endorses Kerry
MSNBC, 9-29-04
CRAWFORD, Texas -- A weekly newspaper that bills itself as President Bush’s hometown paper endorsed John Kerry for president

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on Bush.

"Are you all ready for the presidential debate this Thursday? It's kind of like "The Apprentice," except WE get to fire somebody." –- Jay Leno

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

"Late Show with David Letterman":

Top Ten George W. Bush Debate Strategies

10. Ask the question, 'We've never had a horse-faced president, so why start now?'

9. Instead of witty retorts, have Secret Service wrestle Sen. Kerry to the ground.

8. Use Kerry's long-winded answers to take much-needed bathroom breaks.

7. Hope one of them hurricanes cancels the debate.

6. Instead of water, fill Kerry's mug with Red Bull and vodka.

5. Find time to work in joke prop — giant waffle.

4. Moving his lips to pretend microphone isn't working.

3. Handle it same way he handled National Guard duty — don't show up.

2. If Kerry makes a good point, distract him with some chaw spit in the eye.

1. Point out Sen. Kerry's mispronunciation of the word 'nucular.'"

Disturbing News

“Bush and Kerry lawyers will be in several courts on election night. Thousands of attorneys are at the ready and -- unlike last time -- they have their strategies and casebooks ready to go”. –- U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL)

"The two sides have been going through all sorts of (debate) negotiations. Supposedly there’s a perspiration clause, which requires the room to be kept at a certain temperature to prevent sweating. The Bush team wants the president to be far enough away from Kerry that people won't see how much shorter he is.  Also on the height issue, the Bush people want a podium small enough that he doesn’t appear short, but still big enough that Dick Cheney can hide inside it." -- Jimmy Kimmel

Republican Shenanigans

"Comedy Central must have lost their sense of humor. Without Jon Stewart, Comedy Central would turn into the Great American Country Channel." -- Fox News Channel spokesman Rob Zimmerman.

What does that mean? That the Comedy Channel will only show reruns of Hee Haw and Green Acres?

Joseph Schlenk, sales manager for Deltec Homes of Asheville, N.C., uses a scale model of the circular house the company builds to explain how the homes are built. The extra-strength connections that bind roof to wall to foundation back up a design that means none of the roughly 1,100 Deltec homes sold in the past 12 years have collapsed from high winds, which is a big selling point for people who are looking to build a safer home in high-wind or hurricane prone areas. (AP Photo/Alan Marler)

Good News

"The thing about the San Andreas fault is, you have to appreciate it because it's what made California the most spectacular state there is. I'll take my earthquakes over those hurricanes any day." -- John Varian, who owns a cafe in Parkfield, Calif., about seven miles from where a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Tuesday.

Biz/Tech News

Bush-Prison-Torture News

"Absolutely everything is a violation. All these different [voting] systems in different counties with no accountability... It's like the poorest village in Africa." Dr. Brigalia Bam, who chairs South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission, was stunned by the patchwork of jurisdictions, rules and anomalies she found in Florida last week

 "It's all hurricanes all the time right now, and politics is sort of an afterthought." -- Political scientist Susan MacManus on Florida voters being more interested in weather forecasts than the presidential election.

 Go-F*** -Yourself News

Another View:
Why I will vote for John Kerry for President


Kerry/Edwards News

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Odd News

A picture taken from a height of 250 kilometers by Mars Express shows a perspective view of an area north of Valles Marineris. The sedimentation and morphological shapes in the Valles Marineris offer scientists valuable clues about the origins of the valley systems, which are still obscure. (ESA/DLR/Berlin)