July 19, 2004 Monday
Exploring Possible Iran-9/11 Link
Iraqi Envoy to US Hails Iran's Help
Guardian, UK - 7-19-04
... of 200 Afghan fighters as one example and Iran's expected attendance Wednesday in Cairo at a conference of Iraq's neighbors. President Bush said Monday that if ...
NBC accuse Fox of stealing ideas for shows
Chicago Sun Times,7-19-04
The whole thing is playing out like a scene from any one of a dozen reality TV shows:
I have been without news and TV for nine days. It's good to be back. I have missed you.
THE LARGE EDITOR - AHNC
In the four years since the presidential election farce, I’ve had an unusual perspective from which to watch public disenchantment grow into outrage at the bumbling, stumbling Bush administration.
My wife – now for better or worse my boss – launched All Hat No Cattle in response to the 2000 debacle. Lisa’s a political junkie, and
AHNC initially was little more than a personal protest against the Republican takeover of the White House.
From the beginning, the response to AHNC was generally positive. Most of the e-mail Lisa received then – and now – has been favorable. Even some conservative viewers who wrote to disagree with her phototoon satires of Bush and the far right acknowledged that they found humor in the web site. And providing some laughs during dark times was exactly her intent.
Some e-mail in those early days was derogatory, generally sent in by humorless or history-challenged conservatives who parroted Neo-Con dogma. Occasionally, it came from the fanatically religious or the militantly far right – the American Nazi Party types I’d seen rallying while I grew up in Chicago during the ’60s.
I’ve watched as the tone and number of disparaging e-mails has dwindled to almost nothing. People who formerly would have zipped off an e-mail in disagreement with AHNC have less and less to say as scandal and controversy mount around the Bush administration and the body count climbs in Iraq. The guy who claimed to be a police officer in California no longer writes to say that liberals like Lisa need to be dragged off by their hair, handcuffed and beaten with nightsticks. Fewer Christian conservatives write in to say that it is divine destiny of the United States to challenge the Muslim world and unquestioningly support Israel because that’s where the Second Coming will occur.
I’ve watched as AHNC has become one of the more popular political satire sites and a full-time avocation for Lisa. The gradual success of AHNC also has enabled me to come on board at a time when I wanted a break from daily newspaper journalism.
So what can I tell you about Lisa that will provide insight to the personality and creativity at the core of AHNC?
For more revelations about the woman mastermind of AHNC sprinkled among commentary about the machinations and misdeeds of the unrighteous far right, check out this space. Future columns will appear in weekend editions.
Until then, keep up the good fight. The political conflict now underway in the United States will be as historically critical as what happened in Spain in the 1930s. And a lot of Americans and free-thinking people of other nations thought that was worth dying for.
I wonder what Dave wants?
"Now trailing in the polls, President Bush unveiled some new weapons today: his daughters Barbara and Jenna, who have hit the campaign trail with their dad for the first time. In a recent interview, Jenna Bush says she's 'not political' and the electoral process doesn't interest her. Oh, she's daddy's little girl." —Craig Kilborn
More abuse reports from Iraq, Philippines withdraws troops Indian Express, India
Iraq PM authorizes air strike Newsday, NY
Car bomb kills 9 in Iraq Rediff, India
"I trust God
speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job."
-- President Bush, quoted in the Lancaster New Era, during a private meeting with an Amish group.
Acting CIA boss sees no need for a new spy czar Chicago Sun Times, IL
Probe into lost Heathrow anti-terror plans Reuters, UK
EU lambasts Iran over murdered photographer trial EUbusiness, UK
Los Alamos lab faces security probe CNN International
"Republicans say they don't want the terrorists to determine the election. No they want the governor of Florida to determine the election." —David Letterman
Republicans Helping Nader To Help Themselves Washington Post, DC
DeLay paid his jury Houston Chronicle, TX
Jay Leno: “Florida officials announced this week, starting this November, they will allow felons to vote. You thought Bush stole the election before. Now, they're working with the pros.”
Enron E-Mail a Window on Political Money The Porterville Recorder, CA
Checking Account Fraud Is Increasing washingtonpost.com
Baghdad Real Estate Sizzles Amid Chaos Los Angeles Times
Amber Alert links up to Web Monday USATODAY.com
Mr Clinton told Sir David Frost: "Let me just say one other thing. Now this doesn't apply to the UK, it applies to America. There is no evidence that the CIA told the president or the White House that Saddam Hussein had gotten uranium yellow cake from Niger or was close to having a nuclear weapon, a representation that was made.”
'Secret film shows Iraq prisoners sodomised'
Belfast Telegraph (subscription), UK
Lower profile for elusive Rumsfeld BBC News, UK
David Letterman: “George Bush has the two twin daughters, and Jenna Bush is moving to New York City. Did you realize that? Yeah. She'll be searching for margaritas of mass destruction.”
Go F*** Yourself News
Gov. Criticizes Legislators as 'Girlie Men' Los Angeles Times
Halliburton plan to settle asbestos cases OK'd Monterey County Herald, CA
Jenna Bush Busting Out On The Campaign Trail
Flick mosquitoes away say doctors BBC News, UK
Texas town uneasy after polygamist sect moves in USATODAY.com
The fully restored and cleaned polychrome terracotta statue of Apollo from Veio is displayed at the Etruscan Museum of Valle Giulia in Rome, July 15, 2004. The statue of Apollo from Veio is one of the masterpieces of Etruscan art from the end of the 6th century BC. (HO)
Peace, and it is good to be back.