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Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Schwarzenegger to pay $4.5 million after court rebuke

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he would pay $4.5 million on top of the $5 million he already spent to be elected after a judge ruled the actor broke a state campaign finance law by taking out a loan.

In a characteristic show of upbeat spin, Schwarzenegger praised the judge's decision against him and said he had always intended to pay back the money.

"The four and a half million we got loaned from the bank, I always intended to pay that back myself, so it was a great decision," Schwarzenegger told a Sacramento Press Club lunch. "We never wanted to raise the money to pay it back. I myself pay for that."

A California judge ruled yesterday that the former Mr Universe broke the law by borrowing more than $4.5 million on his own account to finance his run for governor in last October's recall election.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Questions for relatives, annotated:

1. What kind of oil did Ashcroft have his wife pour on his
head when he became a senator?

2. How much duct tape does Homeland Secretary Ridge recommend to
protect us from evil Iraquis?

3. Who said; "Trees are a major source of pollution." ?

4. What religious group did Jesus belong to?

5. How much Oxycontin can you ilegally purchase before you
get in trouble with the police?

Clue, it depends on the color of your skin, and your income level.

6. How much money did Bill Bennett lose gambling while he wrote
"The Book of Virtues" ?

7. While Bill CLinton was a Rhodes Scholar at Ozford, how many times
did Gerorge W. Bush get in trouble with the police?

8. What brand of lighter did Colin powell use to burn down inocent
Vietnamese people's houses?

9. Who paid the airline tickets and hotel bills for the brownshirts
who stopped the vote counting in Florida?


1. Crisco (Associated Press)
The former Missouri governor also wrote that he was anointed before each
of his gubernatorial terms and on the evening before he was sworn into the
U.S. Senate a friend brought out Crisco cooking oil for anointing when no
holy oil could be found.

2. Several rolls
Ridge defends `duct tape' tip

February 13, 2003 Chicago Tribune

By Frank James and Rick Pearson,

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, responding to days of debate
over duct tape and plastic sheeting, on Thursday defended his new department's
recommendations on how Americans can best protect themselves during terrorist
attacks and promised even greater guidance in the near future.

Responding to critics who belittled some of the suggestions, Ridge said his
department had worked for the last eight months, even using focus groups, to
find the best ways to prepare the public in the event of terrorist attacks.,0,6113119.story?coll=chi-news-hed

3. President Alzheimers

"Remember Ronald Reagan's famous line about how pine trees are a major
source of pollution of the environment?"

4. Jewish
5. it depends on the color of your skin, and your income level.

Rush Limbaugh vs. Oxycontin Sentences

6. 6 million dollars

The Bookie of Virtue
William J. Bennett has made millions lecturing people on morality--
and blown it on gambling. By Joshua Green
7. At least twice, maybe three times.

Michael Moore:
"With the revelation last night of the drunk driving arrest and conviction in 1976
of George W. Bush, this marks the third arrest -- that we know of ...
The first arrest of George W. Bush was for theft at a hotel.
The second arrest was for disorderly conduct at a football game.
The third arrest, we've now learned, is for a very serious crime -- drunk driving."
8 Zippo, (from his autobiography)

"While success against the armed enemy was rare, Powell's ARVN unit
punished the civilian population systematically. As the soldiers
marched through mountainous jungle, they destroyed the food and
the homes of the region's Montagnards, who were suspected of
sympathizing with the Viet Cong. Old women would cry hysterically
as their ancestral homes and worldly possessions were consumed
by fire."

"We burned down the thatched huts, starting the blaze with Ronson
and Zippo lighters," Powell recalled.
From "My American Journey", by Powell quote in Consortium news:

9. Enron and Halliburton (according to the official Repulican party report).

Aug 5, 2002,

The documents show that the Bush organization put on the payroll about 250 staffers,
spent about $1.2 million to fly operatives to Florida and elsewhere, and paid for
hotel bills adding up to about $1 million. To add flexibility to the travel
arrangements, a fleet of corporate jets was assembled, including planes owned by
Enron Corp., then run by Bush backer Kenneth Lay, and Halliburton Co., where
Dick Cheney had served as chairman and chief executive officer.

Only a handful of the Brooks Brothers rioters were publicly identified, some
through photographs published in the Washington Post. Jake Tapper’s book on the
recount battle, Down and Dirty, provides a list of 12 Republican operatives who
took part in the Miami riot. Half of those individuals received payments from the
Bush recount committee, according to the IRS records.

The Miami protesters who were paid by Bush recount committee were: Matt Schlapp,
a Bush staffer who was based in Austin and received $4,276.09; Thomas Pyle,
a staff aide to House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, $456; Michael Murphy, a DeLay
fund-raiser, $935.12; Garry Malphrus, House majority chief counsel to the House
Judiciary subcommittee on criminal justice, $330; Charles Royal, a legislative
aide to Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. $391.80; and Kevin Smith, a former GOP House staffer,

Three of the Miami protesters are now members of Bush’s White House staff, the
Miami Herald reported last month. They include Schlapp, who is now a special assistant
to the president; Malphrus, who is now deputy director of the president’s Domestic
Policy Council; and Joel Kaplan, another special assistant to the president.
[See Miami Herald, July 14, 2002]

The Bush committee records show, too, that Bush’s operation paid for the hotel
where the Republican protesters celebrated after the Miami riot at a Thanksgiving Day
party. At the party, the activists received thank-you phone calls from Bush and Cheney,
and were serenaded by crooner Wayne Newton, singing “Danke Schoen,” German for
thank-you very much. [Wall Street Journal, Nov. 27, 2000;'s
"W's Triumph of the Will"]

Tuesday, January 20, 2004
A Dishonest War
By Edward M. Kennedy
The Washington Post

Sunday 18 January 2004

On Sept. 12 the president told the United Nations: "Iraq likely maintains stockpiles of VX, mustard and other chemical agents and has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon." He said Iraq could build a nuclear weapon "within a year" if Hussein obtained such material.

War on Iraq was clearly coming, but why make this statement in September? As White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. said, "From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August." The 2002 election campaigns were then entering the home stretch. Election politics prevailed over foreign policy and national security. The administration insisted on a vote in Congress to authorize the war before Congress adjourned for the elections. Why? Because the debate would distract attention from the troubled economy and the failed effort to capture bin Laden. The shift in focus to Iraq could help Republicans and divide Democrats.

The tactic worked. Republicans voted almost unanimously for war and kept control of the House in the elections. Democrats were deeply divided and lost their majority in the Senate. The White House could use its control of Congress to get its way on key domestic priorities.

CBS Cuts MoveOn, Allows White House Ads During Super Bowl
By Timothy Karr

The nearly 100 million viewers expected to tune in to next month's Super Bowl on CBS will be served up ads that include everything from beer and bikinis to credit cards and erectile dysfunction.

They will also see two spots from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. What's missing from America's premiere marketing spectacle will be an anti-Bush ad put forth by upstart advocacy group The group had hoped to buy airtime to run "Child's Pay", a 30-second ad that criticizes the Bush administration's run-up of the federal deficit.

CBS on Thursday rejected a request from MoveOn to air the 30-second spot, saying "Child's Pay" violated the network's policy against accepting advocacy advertising, a company spokesperson told reporters.


MoveOn co-founder,... Boyd claimed that the networks do place advocacy ads during the Super Bowl. worked with Washington's local ABC affiliate WJLA in 2003 to air "daisy" -- an ad based on the famous Lyndon Johnson 1964 campaign commercial -- which urged President Bush to let the UN Iraqi inspections work. has run afoul of Viacom, CBS' parent company, in the past. In February 2003, the grass-roots advocacy group-solicited donations from its email members to raise $75,000 to place an anti-war ad on billboards in four major American markets. The group claims that they raised the amount from members in two hours. When they approached Viacom Outdoor -- a division of Viacom and the largest outdoor-advertising entity in North America -- the company refused to post the ads, according to MoveOn.

In March 2003 MTV, another Viacom-owned entity, refused to accept a commercial opposing war in Iraq, citing a similar policy against advocacy spots that it says protects the channel from having to run ads from any cash-rich interest group whose cause may be loathsome. "The decision was made years ago that we don't accept advocacy advertising because it really opens us up to accepting every point of view on every subject," Graham James, a spokesman at MTV told the New York Times. The youth-oriented music station regularly airs recruitment ads for the U.S. Army.

According to, Super Bowl 2004 will also include product spots for AOL, Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline, Daimler Chrysler, FedEx, FritoLay, GM, H&R Block, Monster WorldWide, the NFL, Pepsi Cola, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Sony Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal Studios, Visa USA, and Warner Brothers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Missing Weapons Of Mass Destruction:
Is Lying About The Reason For War An Impeachable Offense?
By JOHN W. DEAN [of the Nixon Whit House]
Friday, Jun. 06, 2003

President George W. Bush has got a very serious problem. Before asking Congress for a Joint Resolution authorizing the use of American military forces in Iraq, he made a number of unequivocal statements about the reason the United States needed to pursue the most radical actions any nation can undertake - acts of war against another nation.

Now it is clear that many of his statements appear to be false. In the past, Bush's White House has been very good at sweeping ugly issues like this under the carpet, and out of sight. But it is not clear that they will be able to make the question of what happened to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) go away - unless, perhaps, they start another war.

Kerry at AL Franken's house:

William Rivers Pitt , Wednesday 10 December 2003

“I felt confident that Bush would work with the international community. I took the President at his word. We were told that any course would lead through the United Nations, and that war would be an absolute last resort. Many people I am close with, both Democrats and Republicans, who are also close to Bush told me unequivocally that no decisions had been made about the course of action. Bush hadn’t yet been hijacked by Wolfowitz, Perle, Cheney and that whole crew. Did I think Bush was going to charge unilaterally into war? No. Did I think he would make such an incredible mess of the situation? No. Am I angry about it? You’re God damned right I am. I chose to believe the President of the United States. That was a terrible mistake.”
Kennedy Says Iraq War Case a 'Fraud'
The Associated Press

Thursday 18 September 2003

BOSTON - The case for going to war against Iraq was a fraud ``made up in Texas"
to give Republicans a political boost, Sen. Edward Kennedy said Thursday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Kennedy also said the Bush administration
has failed to account for nearly half of the $4 billion the war is costing each month.
He said he believes much of the unaccounted-for money is being used to bribe foreign
leaders to send in troops.
Friday, January 09, 2004
O'Neill Calls Bush a Disengaged President

President Bush participates in a conversation with women small business owners, Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at the Commerce Department in Washington. The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in December to the lowest level in 14 months, but employers finished the year without many help wanted signs for the holidays, adding just 1,000 new jobs. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

January 9, 2004 02:28 PM EST Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, pushed out of the administration for not being a team player, says President Bush was so disengaged during Cabinet meetings that he was like a "blind man in a roomful of deaf people."

O'Neill, who has kept silent about the circumstances surrounding his ouster from the Cabinet 13 months ago, is now ready to give his side of the story with a tell-all book that paints Bush as a disengaged president who didn't encourage debate either at Cabinet meetings or in one-on-one meetings with his Cabinet secretaries.

Wesley Clark Calls 9-11 Assertions 'Lies'

January 9, 2004 12:18 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. - Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark said "the two greatest lies" of the last three years were that the Sept. 11 attacks could not have been prevented and that a future attack is inevitable.

In previous statements, Clark blamed President Bush for intelligence failures that contributed to the attacks in New York and Washington. The chairman of the federal commission investigating the attacks has said mistakes had left the nation vulnerable but did not blame the Bush or Clinton administrations.

Meeting on Thursday with the Monitor editorial board, Clark said: "I think the two greatest lies that have been told in the last three years are: You couldn't have prevented 9-11 and there's another one that's bound to happen."

Associated Press

Every Child Left Behind: Three Years of Unfunded Mandates

The President Has Repeatedly Broken His Promise to Provide Federal Support for Education. In the two years since the President signed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, none of his budgets have come close to meeting the level of funding authorized in the Act. The FY 2004 budget submitted by President Bush fell $9 billion short of the amount authorized for 2004 and his FY 2003 budget fell $7.2 billion short of approved funding. [Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 6/9/03; Associated Press, 2/24/03]

A November 2003 survey of nearly 2,000 superintendents and principals found that 9 in 10 viewed No Child Left Behind as an unfunded mandate. States and localities have struggled to keep up with the new requirements. Between fiscal years 2002 and 2004, education spending in 35 states was unable to keep pace with increases in inflation and enrollment. [The Wallace Foundation,; Education Week, 1/7/04]

Bush Administration Spends Fifty Times More on Tax Cuts Than Increased Education Spending. Federal tax cuts over the past two fiscal years totaled $478 billion, while Department of Education spending increased $9.4 billion -- a ratio of more than 50 to 1. Overall spending by the Department of Education increased from $56.2 billion in FY 2002 to $60.4 billion in FY 2003 to $61.4 billion in FY 2004 (projected) leaving a total of $9.4 billion in additional spending over the past two fiscal years. During that same period the federal government handed out $186 billion in tax cuts in FY 2003 and $292 billion in FY 2004 for a total of $478 billion in lost tax revenue. [;]

Funding Shortfalls Undermine the Goals of No Child Left Behind
Despite A Mandate In "No Child Left Behind" To Qualify All Teachers, Bush's Budget Cut Teacher Quality Programs. Bush's FY 2004 budget proposed $3.1 billion for teacher quality programs, 7.9% ($268 million) below 2003 enacted levels. A year earlier, Bush proposed freezing teacher quality initiatives for the 2003 budget. Yet Bush's own No Child Left Behind Act called for every teacher to be have obtained a state certificate or license to teach by 2005. [House Budget Committee Minority Staff, 3/9/03; House Appropriations Committee Minority Staff "President Bush's FY 2004 Budget, Department of Education, A Preliminary Analysis, 2/3/03; House Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 2/5/02]

Important "No Child Left Behind" Programs Were Eliminated In Bush's FY 2004 Budget. Important programs for comprehensive school reform, rural education, dropout prevention, school counseling, training teachers to use technology and a program to provide resources to reduce class size were all eliminated from Bush's FY 2004 budget. Each program was part of Bush's own No Child Left Behind Act. [; Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 6/9/03]

Friday, January 02, 2004
Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?

By WILLIE NELSON , December 30, 2003

Willie wrote this song on Christmas, 2003, and will perform it for the
first time at the Kucinich for President fundraising concert in Austin,
Texas, on Jan. 3, 2004.

There's so many things going on in the world
Babies dying
Mothers crying
How much oil is one human life worth
And what ever happened to peace on earth

We believe everything that they tell us
They're gonna' kill us
So we gotta' kill them first
But I remember a commandment
Thou shall not kill
How much is that soldier's life worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

So I guess it's just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let's just kill em' all and let God sort em' out
Is this what God wants us to do

(Repeat Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

Now you probably won't hear this on your radio
Probably not on your local TV
But if there's a time, and if you're ever so inclined
You can always hear it from me
How much is one picker's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

But don't confuse caring for weakness
You can't put that label on me
The truth is my weapon of mass protection
And I believe truth sets you free

And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

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