November 6,  2003 Thursday

Abortions now restricted
Oakland Tribune, CA - 11-6-03
By Richard W. Stevenson, New York Times.

WASHINGTON -- Surrounded by cheering anti-abortion advocates who gave the ceremony the air of a presidential pep rally, Bush completed the final act of a years-long struggle to ban the procedure its opponents say is morally odious. It was the first time a specific abortion procedure has been legally prohibited since the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade 30 years ago guaranteed the right of a woman to terminate her pregnancy...


Bill may suspend use of RU-486 abortion pill
Tri-Valley Herald, CA - 11-6-03

WASHINGTON -- A bill named after a Livermore woman who died due to complications from taking the RU-486 abortion pill is scheduled to be presented to Congress today in an effort to stop the use of the drug.
Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said at least four dozen lawmakers are backing legislation he has developed that would suspend the Food and Drug Administration's approval of RU-486...

President signs ban on type of abortion
The Collegiate Times, VA - 11-6-03

...But less than an hour after Bush put his pen to paper, a federal judge in Nebraska sharply questioned the law’s constitutionality and issued a limited temporary restraining order against it. U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf said he was concerned that the ban contains no exception if the woman’s health is at risk as he issued an injunction applied only to the four doctors who brought the suit....



Soon we will be back to the days of barefoot, pregnant and back alley abortions.  There was not one woman standing with Bush signing the bill, and no wonder, there is no provision for the protection of the woman's life.


Editorial: Credit card war
Sacramento Bee, CA - 11-6-03
... A year ago, Lawrence Lindsey, top economic adviser in the White House, estimated that war and reconstruction in Iraq could cost $200 billion. He was shushed and soon sacked. Such large price tags were an exaggeration, we were told. Rebuilding Iraq, U.S. foreign aid director Andrew Natsios said last April, would cost U.S. taxpayers a total of $1.7 billion...

Bush to sign spending bill today  Capital News 9, NY 
Marines Slated for Iraq Troop Rotation
 ABC News



British Police Brace for Bush Visit
By WARREN HOGE  NYTIMES Published: November 6, 2003

LONDON, Nov. 5 — President Bush, who has been shielded from protests

in recent travels, arrives in Britain on a state visit in two weeks,

and the police here are weighing how to control promised street demonstrations

without resorting to crowd control measures that could be seen as curbing free expression...

Religion and politics clash in war on terror
The Lumberjack - 11-6-03
... I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol.”. ... Comments like these are
like dropping napalm on the California wild fires....

Boykin Wins Support of Religious Right – Zogby
Palestine Chronicle 

Bush's faith-filled life
Working for Change, CA

Congress gives final OK to 87 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan
WANE, IN - Nov 4, 2003

Congress has O-K'd 87 and a-half billion dollars in aid for Iraq and Afghanistan

in an anti-climactic voice vote attended by only a handful of senators...

School Allows Jesus, Saddam Parade Floats
Wed Nov 5,10:34 PM ET

ORLANDO, Fla. - Young Republicans can topple Saddam Hussein and Christian athletes can let Jesus rock their night away at the homecoming parade after high school officials agreed Wednesday to let their floats roll ...

I think Jesus would not approve of the Christian right debasing his religion.

Death Be not Loud
New York Times -11-6-03
... There are those who say the chief executive should have come out of his Texas ranch house

and articulated and assuaged the sorrow and outrage and anxiety the nation was feeling on Sunday after the

deadliest day in Iraq in seven months. ...




Great site. I check it every morning before I go to work (of course my
morning in Japan is +14 hours on EST). I would note, however that 6500
meters is more like 21,325.5 feet. (1 meter 39.37 inches, give or
` John Grant


Dear John,
Thank you for writing.
I am math challenged here in 'Merica---I lifted that sentence from the handout picture caption that was provided from JIJI Press.
I would love to go to Japan someday. How wonderful that you work there.
I still am awed with the reach of the Internet that Al Gore invented.
Take care.



"Yesterday the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing to investigate alleged favoritism and price gouging in the contracts being awarded to private companies in the rebuilding of Iraq. Their conclusion: buy Halliburton now!" —Jon Stewart


Halliburton may lose Iraq contract
Buffalo News, NY - 11-6-03
... from Kuwait to Iraq for $1.08 to $1.19 per gallon, compared with the $2.65 per gallon
that Halliburton charges the US government under a no-bid Army contract.

       US lawmakers say Halliburton to lose Iraq gasoline business - Channel News Asia
       Halliburton may lose job of trucking fuel into Iraq - Houston Chronicle
       Army Eyes Replacing Halliburton in Iraq - Guardian

"It's hard to be a European and an admirer of Ronald Reagan."

---George Bush, The Diplomacy Challenged President 11-6-03

Issue for Bush: How to Speak of Casualties?
By ELISABETH BUMILLER NYTIMES Published: November 5, 2003

...He [Bush] was offended, his friends say, by what he saw at times as President Bill Clinton's exploitation of private grief for political gain.

Like other presidents, Mr. Clinton appeared at some military funerals. In October 2000, he attended a memorial service in Norfolk, Va., for the 17 sailors killed in the bombing of the guided-missile destroyer Cole. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan attended a memorial service at Camp Lejeune, N.C., for 241 marines killed in Beirut. President Jimmy Carter attended ceremonies for troops killed in the failed hostage-rescue mission in Iran.



"After complaints from conservative groups, CBS has pulled the mini-series 'The Reagans' off the air because of historical inaccuracies. It will be replaced by a sitcom called 'The Clintons.'" —Jay Leno



"Zell Miller, the latest darling of the Neanderthal knuckle-dragging Right Wing. As a Democrat, he is loathsome. Just what is his problem? Why doesn't he just become a GOP slug and be done with it? I remember the days when I admired him. I remember the days when he was Bill Clinton's mentor and defender! But how he changed when he was named to the Senate. I wonder what he's been smoking or eating. Or just exactly what the GOP has on him."....


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"Iraqis, I think, feel that if we drove smaller cars, maybe we wouldn't have to kill them for their oil. " -Bill Maher









This NASA file image obtained August 29, 2002 shows a view of the planet Jupiter captured by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. (NASA/HO)







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