February 7-8,  2004  Weekend Edition

Bush is off to 'Meet the Press' to discuss Iraq war, economy
Buffalo News, NY - 2-7-04
WASHINGTON - With polls showing him politically vulnerable, President Bush has
agreed to undergo questioning for a full hour by Tim Russert, host of NBC's ...


8 Questions for George W. Bush
02/06/2004 @ 11:25am Capital Games by David Corn

Tim Russert, the Grand Inquisitor of Sunday morning, is scheduled to have George W. Bush in the witness chair for a full hour on the next Meet the Press. He's a lucky man--Russert, that is. This will be high drama....

Questions on Bush's service
Miami Herald, FL - 2-7-04
Listen to Bigfoot journalists such as Peter Jennings and Tim Russert, and you'd think
that one of the most pressing presidential issues this year is whether Gen ...

Will you be taping Meet the Press on Sunday? I will.

"President Bush is now launching an investigation into pre-war intelligence over weapons of mass destruction. If we find out that we were wrong, do we have to put Saddam Hussein back in the hole?" óJay Leno





Gallery slammed for painting mocking Howard-Bush ties

Fri Feb 6,11:46 AM ET

A Melbourne public art gallery has rejected demands it remove a painting that obscenely mocks the close relationship between Australian Prime Minister John Howard and US President George W. Bush.


Priest Bagged for Growing Pot in Rectory

Fri Feb 6, 4:39 PM ET

A Roman Catholic priest accused of growing marijuana in his church living quarters pleaded innocent Friday.


U.S. coach says football "sex" parties needed

Sat Feb 7,12:22 AM ET

The head football coach at the University of Colorado has told a former colleague it would be harder to recruit star athletes if the school did not show them a good time and take them to sex parties.


Woman sues over Janet Jackson's breast

Reuters - Fri Feb 6, 5:44 PM ET

A Tennessee woman has sued Janet Jackson and others involved in her breast-baring Super Bowl halftime show, saying millions of people are owed monetary damages for exposure to lewd conduct, court records show.


Well, at least Michael has been out of the news.

"Did you see Justin Timberlake is still going to the Grammys? So, this is how it works: If you show a breast you get kicked out of the Grammys. But if you reach for a breast, you get to perform at the Grammys and be the governor of California" Jay Leno


 Poll: Bush Slip Began After Weapons News Saturday February 7, 2004 4:16 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's January decline in public opinion started soon after a top adviser on the search for weapons of mass destruction said he did not believe Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons, a tracking poll suggests.

"One critic in the L.A. Times said the problem with John Kerry is he looks like he's thinking too much. Well this is one place that President Bush has got him beat." Jay Leno

Disturbing News


U.S. Military Probes Sex Assault Claims

AP - 2-7-04

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has ordered an investigation into the treatment of servicewomen in the Gulf war zone who report sexual assaults by their male comrades-in-arms, the Pentagon said.


Jet Left Despite U.S. Security Concerns

AP - Sat Feb 7, 1:56 AM ET

During the recent high-threat terror alert, a communication breakdown led French officials to allow a plane to take off for America even though U.S. authorities had asked that it be held because of security concerns.


Whistleblower Slams EPA Sludge Data

AP - Wed Feb 4, 7:57 PM ET

A former government scientist accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday of knowingly using unreliable data when it denied a petition to halt the use of sewage sludge for fertilizer.


Israeli Air Strike Kills 12-Year-Old Boy

AP - 2-7-04

An Israeli helicopter gunship attacked a car carrying members of the Islamic Jihad on a busy Gaza City street on Saturday,

Documents for O'Neill Book Were Classified

AP - Sat Feb 7, 2:56 AM ET

Serious security problems resulted in the Treasury Department providing some classified documents to former Secretary Paul O'Neill for a book that painted an unflattering picture of President Bush and the inner workings of his administration.



Ex-Frist Staffer Files Ethics Complaint

AP - Fri Feb 6, 7:15 PM ET

A former aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist who resigned amid an investigation into Democratic strategy memos leaked to the media filed a Senate ethics complaint Friday alleging "public corruption" by Democratic senators and staff.


"Kerry is saying that Bush never showed up for his national guard duty ... and now Bush is on the attack. He's accusing John Kerry of ducking time in the national guard by hiding out in the jungles of Vietnam." -Jay Leno

The Smearing of Kerry has begun through a doctored picture and distorted words--below is an exchange of emails I decided to address.  I delete most elephant mail just for the reasons below.

"Robert L.Gore" BobGore@lvcm.com  wrote:

Dear Lisa,

Nothing increased the morale of the Viet Cong, the NVA, and the Hanoi Hilton prison guards more than John Kerry protesting the war, calling those of who remained over there butchers, rapists, ear slicers, etc. When we returned from Vietnam, it was not folks like George Bush who threw eggs at us; it was those like Kerry. It was the political left.

As a naval officer George Bush showed me deep respect when he landed on the Lincoln. John Kerry, on the other hand, showed me great contempt by accusing my friends and me of autrocities. Do you think I did those things? If not, shouldn't Kerry apologize for saying them?

Bob Gore, CDR (USNR-ret)

Dear Bob,
I see you are buying into the right wing spin. The same right wing spinners who chewed up John McCain's war record and spit him out. You like being in company like that?
Kerry never said any of those things, he did tell of incidents he experienced and other soldiers experienced. I had many friends and family serve in Nam and Kerry was correct in what he said. I won't bother impressing you with those facts.
Here is some suggested reading for you http://www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=614
I find people that denigrate people who have served this country despicable. I watched what the right wing did to Senator Max Cleland, who lost 3 limbs in Vietnam.
At least Kerry wants to ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve---unlike Bush who has tried to cut benefits.
I respect your service to this country.
I have a question for you. If Saddam was such a dangerous man armed with weapons of mass destruction why didn't he use them? What was he saving them for?
I do not think that over 500 American soldiers being killed was worth the picture of Saddam crawling out of a hole.
Saddam wasn't involved in 9-11...It was Osama and Al-Qaeda, remember them?
Bush is now at odds with the CIA.
Kerry is not my first choice for the Democratic nominee---but I won't denigrate his contribution to my country and neither should you.
Thank you for writing.


My experience in Viet Nam is my experience, not right-wing spin.

1) Who denegrated McCain's war record? What did they say about him? I know John McCain, and I know the helicopter pilot who tried to rescue him, a man named Lynn Devries. As I said, it was the left who threw things at me upon my return from Viet Nam. Why are you in their company?

Right after the 2000 New Hampshire Primary, which McCain won, Bush Inc. began their attacks on McCain's POW status. Read the PBS interview Click here

2) "Kerry never said any of those things" but "Kerry was right". Which is it?

Kerry presented statements from dozens of soldiers.  Proof was presented.  I repeat, Kerry was right.

3) Saddam DID use weapons of mass destruction; against the Iranians and his own people.

Over 15 years ago.   Prior to the Gulf War. Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)

4) There is not a single record in Lexus/Nexus that shows anybody on the right questioning Cleland's war record. Show me proof if you have it.

Google the words Max Cleland Osama Saddam www.google.com

Saxby Chambliss, who sat out Vietnam with a bad knee, aired a spot featuring pictures of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein ... and Max Cleland. ...
Chambliss attack ad against Cleland both misleading, reckless ...

5) Your premise about the loss of life being worth Saddam climbing out of a hole is incorrect. We went into Iraq to take the battle to the enemy. Fight him on his own turf. Better in the Middle East than Manhattan, don't you think?

Osama bin Laden planned 9-11, no proof that Saddam did.

6) I don't care if Saddam was not involved in 911--even though you don't know that. We must have a presence there; force them to fight there; die there; let the Arab leaders know that if they harbor terrorists, we will take them out, too. Another World Trade Center equals another destroyed regime. It's how you win.

All Bush has won is more enemies against the US.

7) I do not denegrate Kerry's service while in uniform. Fact is, after removing the uniform, he gave comfort to the enemy. McCain says that the guards taunted them with photos of Kerry in front of the Viet Cong flag. Why did he pose in front of that flag? I just read the article you suggested. Why in the world do you think he angered us, our wives, and the wives of the POWs?



Hahaha...that is a poorly doctored picture you sent. The real background is the picture below. You sound like Rush Limbaugh.

You're in the company of liars and deceivers. I thank God and Al Gore for the Internet.
Enough said.

Sorry, viewers, sometimes I need to rant when people won't look at the facts but will believe a doctored picture! Lisa

"This week, both John Kerry and Wesley Clark are making campaign appearance with the guys who saved their lives in Vietnam. Meanwhile, President Bush is campaigning with a guy that once took a math test for him." óConan O'Brien

Public Service Announcement from www.panhandleforkerry.com :

For immediate release...

Feb. 6, 2004

A newly formed steering committee for the regional John
Kerry presidential campaign is urging potential volunteers
to attend the area's first national meet-up gathering at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Damon's Clubhouse, 605 E.
Gregory St., in Pensacola. Future meet-ups will be held on
the fourth Thursday of each month.

The committee also is reminding Kerry supporters to register
as Democrats by Monday, Feb. 9, in order to vote in the
upcoming state primary contest.

For more information, visit www.panhandleforkerry.com  or
call 850-492-7533 or 850-484-6002.

 "pedophile clergy playing cards"
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The Media Disappeared Howard Dean

by Rick Salutin

Has anybody else noticed the disappearance of Howard Dean from U.S. presidential politics? Maybe someone caught it on a surveillance camera in a mall. The figures who hustled him away were wearing media badges.

Why did they have to get him out of there? Because he was being disruptive. Not wrong exactly, but too loud, spoke out of turn, the sorts of things one doesn't say in mainstream politics....

Hey Lisa, I saw the picture today of the dog sleeping on the sofa. I
know it is a fawn Great Dane and I was just wondering if she was
yours...I am the owner of a beautiful blue Great Dane...REALLY love the
picture....Maria...Fort Myers

Hi Maria, thanks for writing. That wasn't my dog. I love that pic too. Here is a pic of my dog.

My mastiff in a Chicago Bears hat.


Laurence Silberman, a retired federal appeals court judge who served as deputy attorney general in the Nixon and Ford administrations. ( I'm seeing a red flag already). Silberman also won nomination to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan. Silberman and another judge, ( David Sentelle), in 1990 voided the convictions of Lt. Col. Oliver North and Admiral John Poindexter, want to bet it's rigged?, for crimes related to Iran- Contra affair.

Geoff Hoon has brazenly declared the 45-min claim about WMDs was "not a matter of great public concern." What color is the sky in his world?

Congress needs to impeach this circus!
Peace, Edwin

I'll save them a lot of time. 

I doubt Congress could or ever would connect those dots.

Leakergate Update

Now for a bit more on the Plame matter

By Josh Marshall

We've known for some time that the CIA nudged the Department of Justice to look into the Plame matter for some time before an investigation was finally launched in late September of last year.

Now we have a few more details....

357 skydivers representing 42 nations head for the ground Friday, Feb. 6, 2004 in Takhli district of central Nakhon Sawan province, 210 kilometers north of Bangkok. Karina Willerup, a spokeswoman for the organizers, World Team, claimed the jump from four Hercules C-130s belonging to the Thai Air Force set a world record for largest freefall formation. The organizers released the photo on Saturday, Feb. 7. (World Team,/HO)