April 8, 2004 Thursday
Clarke vs. Rice: Former colleagues at odds
US had no "silver bullet" to stop September 11:
Rice Clashes with 9/11 Commission on Al Qaeda
Bush watched Rice testimony
Would you classify Condoleezza Rice-A-Roni as a hostile witness?
Transcript of Rice's 9/11 commission statement - CNN
"It took two and half years to get two and a half hours testimony from Condoleezza Rice." Kristen Breitweiser, 9 11 widow who fought for hearings on why 9 11 happened
Some more questions for Condoleezza
Bush's national security adviser sabotaged the road map to peace
Thursday April 8, 2004
Condoleezza Rice is to be questioned in public only about the Bush administration's policy on terrorism before September 11. But her negligence and incompetence encompasses the entirety of the Bush foreign policy…
Control Parts of 3 Iraq Cities
Qaeda Man Calls for Killing Americans-Website
Reuters - 4-8-04
Forces of a renegade adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai have overrun the capital of a northern province, a defense ministry official said on Thursday.
AP - 4-8-04
Three Japanese and eight South Koreans were kidnapped in Iraq on Thursday, according to media reports. The Arabic TV station al-Jazeera aired video of the Japanese blindfolded.
7 South Korean missionaries released
AP - 4-8-04
Iraq's interior minister, in
charge of police and security forces, announced he was resigning Thursday at
the request of top U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer to maintain the
Shiite-Sunni balance in the government.
AP - 4-8-04
Iraq's Shiite Muslim uprising is transforming America's coalition partners from peacekeepers into warriors — a role few of them wanted or were equipped to handle.
AP - Thu Apr 8, 6:58 AM ET
Chicago Tribune - Mon Apr 5, 9:40 AM ET
Delhi feels insult after Powell visit
"Ralph Nader has called for President Bush to be impeached for deceiving the American people about the war in Iraq . Ralph Nader wants Bush impeached? Ralph Nader, he got him elected in the first place." -Jay Leno
Graphic By Brad
"Condi Rice threw a wrench into everything," Ms. Van Auken, 9 11 widow who fought for hearings on why 9 11 happened
Click here Vigilant Widows Wait For Condi With Suspicion
"President Bush says he is sticking to his plan for handing over power to the Iraqis on June 30. It's also part of his plan to hand over power to John Kerry January 20." David Letterman
Anti-U.S. Uprising Widens in Iraq; Marines Push Deeper Into Fallujah
washingtonpost.com - 4-8-04
BAGHDAD, April 7 -- Violent resistance to the American occupation of Iraq spread to new parts of the country on Wednesday, including previously quiet parts of Baghdad, as U.S. and allied forces struggled to quell separate uprisings by Sunni and Shiite Muslim insurgents.
Marine Killed in Fallujah Fighting
AP - 4-8-04
A U.S. Marine was killed in fighting in Fallujah on Thursday, the military said.
U.S. General Vows to Retake Iraqi Cities
AP - Thu Apr 8, 7:22 AM ET
White House Asks Court to Void POW Award
AP - Thu Apr 8,12:20 AM ET
The Bush administration urged an appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's order awarding nearly $1 billion in Iraqi money to 17 Americans taken prisoner by Saddam Hussein's government during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Jury Clears Marine of Parachute Charges
AP - 4-8-04
A Marine was acquitted of charges that he tampered with parachutes used by three servicemen, but still faces up to 51 years in confinement for his conviction on drug charges.
Mother's Iraq visit surprises US soldier
Gary Younge in New York
Thursday April 8, 2004
Nick Galleymore, a 26-year-old ranger serving in Iraq, did everything he could to prevent his mum from visiting him at work. He warned her it was too dangerous and refused even to tell her where he was based.
Great story about a California mom!
WASHINGTON — The only
member of the U.S. Congress with a child serving in combat said
Wednesday that he voted for the war in Iraq under false pretenses.
Curveballs on WMD
AP - Wed Apr 7,11:32 PM ET
The top U.S. envoy to Taiwan resigned Wednesday, but the State Department denied the move had anything to do with complaints about her from Beijing.
AP - Wed Apr 7,10:34 PM ET
Peter H. Coors, the head of the Coors brewing empire, is entering the race for an open Colorado Senate seat, Gov. Bill Owens said Wednesday.
AP - Wed Apr 7, 2:42 PM ET
The Treasury Department's inspector general is looking into the agency's decision to analyze presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's tax proposals. "We're going to do a preliminary inquiry into what was produced," Richard Delmar, counsel in the Office of Inspector General, said Tuesday.
AP - Wed Apr 7,10:18 PM ET
Seven U.S. senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman on Wednesday, urging her to withdraw a proposal that could allow live cattle shipments from Canada to the United States as early as this spring.
AP - Wed Apr 7, 5:23 PM ET
Four of President Bush's nominations for top jobs at the Environmental Protection Agency were put on hold Wednesday by Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., who said he was protesting the agency's refusal to provide him documents over the past three years.
AP - Wed Apr 7,12:13 PM ET
The Supreme Court will release audio tapes immediately after oral arguments in major cases about the U.S. government's response to terrorism and Vice President Dick Cheney's closed-door sessions to develop a national energy policy, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The government on Wednesday awarded a California aviation company the first license for a manned suborbital rocket.
AP - Wed Apr 7, 2:18 PM ET
U.S. Terrorism Policy Spawns Steady Staff Exodus
Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 7:45 PM ET
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has faced a steady exodus of counterterrorism officials, many disappointed by a preoccupation with Iraq they said undermined the U.S. fight against terrorism...
John Kerry on Wednesday called the situation in Iraq "one of the greatest failures of diplomacy and failures of judgment that I have seen in all the time that I've been in public life."
The Faces of the Fallen
Thank you to the dozens of viewers who forwarded this picture to me. Does anyone know who created it?
Hosts Fishermen, Hunters on Ranch
Guardian, UK - 4-8-04
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush was leading a tour of his ranch for hunting, fishing and land-conservation advocates Thursday, after national security adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony to the Sept. 11 commission.
Aides said Bush had given no indication of planning to watch the testimony Thursday live on television.
Well, I wonder what else Bush is going to miss while on another vacation.
Reporters forced to erase tape of speech by
Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH - 4-8-04
... Scalia gave two speeches Wednesday in Hattiesburg, one at Presbyterian Christian High School and the other at William Carey College. ...
Dept. Threatens No Nuclear Cleanup
Guardian, UK - 4-8-04
The Energy Department is threatening to withhold $350 million that was to pay for disposal of some of the most dangerous radioactive waste from Cold War bomb-making. First, it says, Congress and state officials must accept a cleanup plan already rejected in court.
Senate Set to Pass Pension Relief Bill
AP - Thu Apr 8, 2:51 AM ET
The Senate prepared to pass a bill that would relieve companies from contributing an extra $80 billion into their pension plans after Democrats signaled they were unable stop it.
Reuters - 4-8-04
A British man who has sold all his possessions, including his clothes, will stand in a rented tuxedo on Sunday and bet everything on a single spin of the roulette wheel.
Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 1:45 PM ET
A woman in Mexico gave birth to a healthy baby boy after performing a Caesarian section on herself with a kitchen knife, doctors said Tuesday.
Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 1:28 PM ET
Feeling unsafe driving a car in occupied Iraq?
Wed Apr 7, 9:50 PM ET
An obese inmate was caught hiding crack cocaine in a cigar holder under a roll of fat beneath his stomach, jail officials said Wednesday.
Wed Apr 7, 8:12 PM ET
Todd Zukowski heard a crash while talking on the phone at his home, then entered the living room and was shocked to find a double-paned window had been shattered by a wild turkey.
Wed Apr 7, 6:23 PM ET
A man says election day has left its mark on him and he is not happy about it. Robert Bonoff wants the city to pay for a new suede coat that he said has been ruined by a voting sticker.
Thu Apr 8,12:28 AM ET
Malaysian ghostbusters were called in to exorcise spirits at a national service training camp after two groups of youths claiming to have seen ghosts became hysterical, according to a news report.
Wed Apr 7, 7:19 PM ET
An obsessive car thief who carefully cleaned the vehicles he took before returning them to their owners in perfect condition has been jailed by a British court, a report said.
AP - Wed Apr 7, 5:18 PM ET
A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.
AFP - Wed Apr 7, 2:15 PM ET
A reversal of the Earth's magnetic field, a rare but feared event due to the catastrophic effect it could have on human life, takes about 7,000 years to complete, according to a study.
Thu Apr 8, 2:33 AM ET
A runaway crocodile that has eluded capture in suburban Hong Kong for five months was spotted "sunbathing" on traps laid out for it before being scared off by a boatload of photographers.
Bremer has destroyed my country
Even the pro-US manager of Iraq's Pepsi plant feels betrayed by an occupation which has spawned fear, hatred and chaos
Naomi Klein in Baghdad
Saturday April 3, 2004
'Do you have any rooms?" we ask the hotelier. She looks us over, dwelling on my travel partner's bald, white head.
"No," she replies.
We try not to notice that there are 60 room keys in pigeonholes behind her desk - the place is empty...
"It is becoming increasingly clear that the United States has become involved in a family feud between the Bushes and the Husseins. With Saddam in prison and his two sons dead, the Bushes are clearly winning. The United States isn't." ARNOLD SLOTKIN, Hollywood
``We're trying to explain how things are going, and they are going as they are going,'' he said, adding: ``Some things are going well and some things obviously are not going well. You're going to have good days and bad days.'' On the road to democracy, this ``is one moment, and there will be other moments. And there will be good moments and there will be less good moments.'' "The Donald" Rumsfeld speaking about the cakewalk in Iraq
IBM to acquire India firm with 6,000 employees
IBM said Wednesday that it plans to buy Indian outsourcing firm Daksh eServices, an acquisition that could boost the computer giant's staff in India by more than 50%.
Consumer Credit Grew by $4.1 Billion
Reuters - Wed Apr 7, 3:32 PM ET
U.S. consumers added to their debt at a slower pace in February, the Federal Reserve said in a report on Wednesday.
Senator Questions Regulator on Riggs Bank
AP - Wed Apr 7, 8:25 PM ET
The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday questioned a federal regulator about Riggs Bank's compliance with anti-money-laundering rules as authorities investigate transactions in accounts controlled by Saudi diplomats.
"How many went to the beach this weekend? How many went to the mountains? How many just piled in the family car, sat in the driveway, and pretended you could actually afford gas to go somewhere?" Jay Leno
Tomorrow I will post many fabulous emails sent to AHNC over the past few days.
A Mayan statue from Copan, Honduras. I think the Mayans invented sunglasses before Foster Grant.
Peace through laughter.