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North Korea asks for help
Kerry Criticizes Bush - really! 
Baathist Policy Poorly Applied 
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  Friday   April  23, 2004


"We're prosperous now, which is good, particularly if you're the guy seeking the vote."
   --Dubya, on the economy Attribution

 But Smirk, what about the 3,000,000 people who lost their jobs?

 Fuel Trains Crash in North Korea, many dead

  Click  Here

 Two fuel trains collided and exploded in a North Korean train station near the Chinese border
 Thursday, according to South Korean media, which reported large numbers of casualties.
 One television station said 3,000 people were believed killed or injured.

 In another sign of the accident's magnitude, the secretive North Korean government cut
 phone lines to prevent news of the collision from leaking across its borders.

 Damn, these guys are almost as secretive as the Monster Monkey.

North Korea asks for international help
   It's rare when they even speak to other countries

"I think we should teach Lil' Kim a lesson..."

  Click  Here

 Secretive North Korea, in a rare admission of need, called for international help on Friday
 to deal with the huge explosion at a train station that killed several hundred people and injured thousands.

 The request was made to the United Nations (news - web sites)' central emergency relief organization,
 the New York-based U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

 North Korean officials have said several thousand were injured in the blast which razed part of the town
 of Ryongchon near the Chinese border, Britain's Foreign Office said.

 The never-elected fraud could use this opportunity to extend the hand of peace,
 but his crime family can't make any money with peace, so look for Amerikkka
 to get all belligerent when they could build on this.

  Care to comment?



"The spoils of war add up to more than capturing expansive palaces and luxury cars. As Marketplace reporters
  have discovered, not all of the $22 billion being spent to rebuild Iraq is going where it should. Who's watching the
  money as it streams through Baghdad? Just about no one, and bribes and black marketeering are rampant,
  witnesses say. A leading anti-corruption group claims as much as 90 percent of U.S. money spent in Iraq is being
  lost to corruption. From Halliburton subsidiaries charging double for gas, Iraqi officials and Arabic translators
  unrestrained from pocketing millions of dollars, or even members of the interim governing Council accusing each
  other of taking tens of millions in bribes. Trouble is, the root of the problem can't be found anywhere near the
  Green Zone. Try the White House, and Capitol Hill, where oversight of Iraqi construction crews and U.S.
  contractors like Halliburton has only just begun to be assigned ... more than a year after the war began."
    --Marketplace, "Spoils of War"  Attribution

 Kerry Criticizes Bush on Saudi Meeting
  Demo candidate shows signs of life

  Click  Here

 John Kerry on Thursday criticized Bush's secret meeting with a top Saudi official,
 contending that consumers are paying billions of dollars in higher gasoline prices
 while the president is chummy with big oil producers.

"I believe the American people deserve a president who just isn't going to have a friendly talk,
 but who is going to fight to guarantee that we lower prices for Americans," Kerry said.

 Kerry criticized a meeting in which, according to a broadcast report, Bush and Bandar
 discussed increasing oil production to drive down prices as the election nears.

"I don't know if it was a deal, I don't know if it was a secret pledge, I don't know if it was
 just a friendly conversation among friends," Kerry said. "The fact remains that whatever it was,
 the American people are getting a bad deal today."

 Kerry needs me on his team real bad. He needs some simple, friendly bartcop aggression.
 I would have Kerry handle it this way:

"What did Bush and Bandar really talk about at that meeting?

 Did Bush really say what Woodward quoted him as saying?

 Did Bush really make a dead with the Saudis to wait to lower prices?

 Why does Bandar want to see Bush elected to the White House?

 Has some sort of deal been made that we can't know about?

 What deals has the Saudi oil billionaire made with Halliburton, Cheney and Bush?

 Why is Bush the Smarter an agent for another country - Saudi Arabia?

 When Poppy says, "Son, Bandar needs a favor," does the president comply?

 Have the Saudis gotten special treatment from the Bush administration?

 Were the Saudis given a pass for 9-11 even tho most hijackers were Saudis?"

 Saying "the American people are getting a bad deal today" isn't putting up much of a fight.
 Jesus, it's still April and Kerry sounds tired.
 Hey John, get a little bit angry - where's the fight?

 You need a speech writer from outside the beltway - and stop being so damn polite.
 Carter, Mondale, Dukakis and Gore were all polite, but not Bill Clinton.  Clinton answered every
 false accusation within the hour, putting Team Bush on the defensive for the entire 1992 campaign.

 You guys need me real bad.
 Hell, I'll do it for free on the telephone or via e-mail, but you guys needs help.
 Polls show you're running 6 points behind the stupidest bungler in presidential history.

  Care to comment?


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"It is precisely because of our overwhelming power and our certainty of victory that we believe
  we can win this war and remove the regime while still striving to spare innocent lives. Our military
  capabilities are so devastating and precise that we can destroy an Iraqi tank under a bridge without
  damaging the bridge. We do not need to kill thousands of innocent Iraqis to remove Saddam from power."
     --Donald Rumsfeld, last year,   Attribution

 If that's true, that you could remove Saddam without
 killing thousands of innocent Iraqis, why didn't you?

 Quagmires is bad

 Subject: file sharing


 Something I've been wondering for a while.  I've heard you talk about file sharing before,
 and I agree with your opinion--technology marches on, it's freaking SHARING, and so on.

 I was only curious whether that would change if people were sharing your product.
 That is, what if I had a web page (I don't) and I posted my username and password for BCR?
 And then people could listen to your show but not pay you any money.
 Would you be, like, all pissed and stuff?  Or would you feel the same?

 Dude, you may have misunderstood. The debate was never about my feelings.
 The debate was always "you can't stop the inevitable."
 We have safe guards to prevent your scanrio from happening.
 I think the limit per day is five visits, so your idea wouldn't really catch fire.

 Plus, if I had $100 million in the bank like Lars, all radio shows would be free
 because I could afford to eat the costs of the traffic. Fortunately for me, there's not
 much demand for the product, which was another reason I thought Lars was a jerk.
 Nobody wants to share your work product if you're unknown.

 I think file sharing is a very interesting debate.  I can make mixed tapes of all my cds
 and put them in every mailbox in town, if I want.  I can burn all my cds and do the same.

 I can even email files containing the information necessary to reproduce the music to a bunch
 of random email addresses.  The only thing I CAN'T do is give away free music efficiently to
 people indicating that they want a song I have or obtain music from other strangers.
 I think that's stupid.  Your thoughts?


 I've always compared file sharing to a teenage boy with X-ray classes.
 You can tell him all day to stop looking at girls, you can make it illegal and
 you can threaten them with jail time like Lars did - but he's still going to do it.

   Click  Here  for a damn interesting article about the birth of Hollywood

 The Hollywood film industry was built by fleeing pirates. Creators and directors migrated from the East Coast
 to California in the early 20th century in part to escape controls that film patents granted the inventor Thomas Edison.
 These controls were exercised through the Motion Pictures Patents Company, a monopoly "trust" based on Edison's
 creative property and formed to vigorously protect his patent rights.

 California was remote enough from Edison's reach that filmmakers like Fox and Paramount could move there and,
 without fear of the law, pirate his inventions. Hollywood grew quickly, and enforcement of federal law eventually
 spread west. But because patents granted their holders a truly "limited" monopoly of just 17 years (at that time),
 the patents had expired by the time enough federal marshals appeared. A new industry had been founded, in part
 from the piracy of Edison's creative property.   Meanwhile, the record industry grew out of another kind of piracy.

 So the super-rich pirates ought to be ashamed of themselves.

  Care to comment?

 Former NFL Player Pat Tilman Killed in Afghanistan 


  Click  Here

 Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan after walking away from a multimillion-dollar
 NFL contract to join the Army Rangers, U.S. officials said Friday.  Tillman, who
 served with the Army Rangers, was 27.

 Although the military had not officially confirmed his death, the White House put out
 a statement of sympathy that praised Tillman as "an inspiration both on an off the football field."

 Former Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis said he felt both overwhelming sorrow and
 tremendous pride in hearing about Tillman, who "represented all that was good in sports."

"Pat knew his purpose in life," McGinnis said. "He proudly walked away from a career
 in football to a greater calling."

 In 2001, Tillman turned down a $9 million offer from the St. Louis Rams out of loyalty
 to the Cardinals, and by joining the Army, he passed on millions more from the team.

 At least he died fighting a war that needed to be fought.  It's much sadder for those who died
 in Iraq, for no other reason than to enrich the criminals who stole their way into the Oval Office.


 A shot of Chinaco for every brave hero who died for their country.

  Care to comment?

 Bremer Says 'Baathist' Policy Poorly Applied
  This must be Bremer's mistake, because Bush doesn't make mistakes

  Click  Here

 Iraq's administrator concentration camp commandant Paul Bremer said Friday a policy
 to root out members of Saddam's Baath Party had been unjustly applied. He announced
 changes to its implementation that he said would allow thousands of teachers sacked for
 holding party cards to return to work and thousands more to receive pensions.

 From whose pocket - ours?
 Why are my tax dollars paying the pensions of Iraq teachers when American teachers
 are struggling to live on $30K a year?  Why can't Bush ever get anything right?

Click and see what these guys do

 Subject: my first chinaco experience

 Hi Bart,

 Had to share this one with you. I was out with a few buddies of mine the other night before
 a concert we were going to. We discovered the show started at midnight, so we hit the bar
 for to kill a rather large expanse of time. During my first drink I noticed a beautiful hand blown
 bottle there behind the bar, and when I squinted my eyes, sure enough, it said Chinaco Anejo.

 So, I told my buddies all about you, called over the barman and ordered up a shot. With copious ceremony
 I raised the glass and, in my traditional manner, said a toast to Dick Cheney's heart, and took some down.
 Not all at once, just a healthy-sized sip, and... it was awful. I'm so sorry Bart, but man, there ain't no
 accountin' for taste, and to me, it tasted bad. Maybe there was something wrong with it. To me it was like
 industrial solvent. Complex industrial solvent, I'll give it that, but solvent nonetheless. Perhaps it's my naive
 25 year old palate, more accustomed to Tanqueray gin than fine tequila. Anyway, had to drop you a line
 and let you know. I'll keep an open mind. Maybe someday.


 Matt, that makes you a bad person.
 They put something in the Chinaco that makes it taste bad for bad people.

 Actually, there are some possibilities.
 Suspect Number One would be - have you ever tasted straight liquor before?
 If you have, and you've been, say, drinking Cuervo Gold straight, you really have a serious problem.
 Suspect Number Two would be you just don't like fine tequila. The way you described it is the
 same way I describe silver tequila. It tastes like turpentine in a doctor's office.
 Suspect Number Three would be they forgot to cork the bottle one night.

 Unlike the people who unsubscribe when I say John Wayne couldn't act,
 I allow for differences in taste without taking anything personally.
 But next time, if there is one, try putting two drops on your tongue.
 You'll taste the mango, the papaya, the baked apple and the wildflowers.
  Then you'll want to try two more drops.

  Care to comment?

 Saudi Cleric Denounces Riyadh Bombings
  That'll teach Al Qaeda. I'm sure there will be no more bombings

  Click  Here

 House OKs Speedy Elections if Attacked
  If 100 members die in an attack, elections are 90 days later

  Click  Here

 Chargers Told Not to Draft Eli Manning
  Archie doesn't want his boy playing for a loser

  Click  Here

 Judge Throws Out Tyson Beef Case Verdict
  A federal judge says Tyson did not illegally manipulate cattle prices.

  Click  Here

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 Subject: Pat Tillman's funeral

 Hey Bart,

 How much you want to bet that Bush will exploit former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman's death
 by attending his funeral and/or being at Andrews when the coffin returns home?  I can just see
 the "He died serving his country against the Evil Doers of the world" soundbytes he'll offer up.


I don't know who gets the credit for this,
but she's a biggie and I'm grateful to whoever got it.


 I just got word that my new film, "Fahrenheit 911," has been selected by the Cannes Film Festival
 to premiere there in competition next month!

 This is only the second time in the last 48 years that a documentary has been chosen to be in the main
 competition (the first being "Bowling for Columbine" in 2002) -- and, in fact, another documentary has
 also been chosen for this year. The non-fiction film revolution rolls on!

 I am deeply honored by this announcement, considering it comes from our mortal enemy, the French.

 This year's jury in Cannes is headed by Quentin Tarantino and also includes director Jerry Schatzberg,
 Kathleen Turner, Tilda Swinton and others.

"Fahrenheit 911" will be in theaters across the U.S. (and the rest of the world) this summer.
 More info, gossip and all the juicy details to follow...

 Thanks everyone for your support.
 Michael Moore

  Care to comment?   Now with working link!

 Pentagon Angered by Coffin Photos

  Click Here

 Photographs of flag-draped cases bearing American casualties from Iraq should not have been
 made public under a Pentagon policy prohibiting media coverage of human remains, officials said.

 A Web site published dozens of photographs of American war dead arriving at the nation's largest
 military mortuary, prompting the Pentagon to order an information clampdown Thursday. Pentagon
 spokesman Lt. Col. Gary Keck said release of the photos appears to be in conflict with policy.

 The photographs were released last week to First Amendment activist Russ Kick, who had filed a
 Freedom of Information Act request to receive the images. Air Force officials initially denied the
 request but decided to release the photos after Kick appealed their decision.

  Care to comment?



"Oh, come on. People are fungible. You can have them here or there."
       --Rummy, about why 20,000 American troops can't come home, Rumsfeld's 'fungible' facts  Attribution

 Fantasyland of the free   by Molly Ivins
  Is Bush in hock to the Saudis? Plus, more reaction on that nutty press conference

  Click  Here

 "I got a lovely question last week: "Why do you and your ilk hate George W. Bush so much and love bin Laden?"
 If that's what public discussion has come down to, we really are in trouble. In fact, we're in trouble anyway.

 According to the Rand think tank study on peacekeeping, we would need 500,000 troops in Iraq just to provide security.
 Guess what? We don't have 'em. We're stuck big time. It may not be Vietnam, but it's sure a quagmire...

 The perpetually peevish pundit George Will has condescended to explain to us all that our problems in Iraq are but the
 obligations of empire. Yup, Bwana Will-ji says we gotta take up the white man's burden. "Regime change, occupation,
 nation-building -- in a word, empire -- are a bloody business. Now Americans must steel themselves for administering
 the violence necessary to disarm or defeat Iraq's urban militias." That's us, gotta steel ourselves to administer the necessary
 violence because THEY are making us do it. One assumes after penning this advice, Bwana Will-ji grabbed the memsahib
 and headed on down to the Imperialists' Ball."

 Care to comment?

Marty's Entertainment Page


"John Kerry was "unofficially credited" with killing 20 enemy fighters during his six months in Vietnam,
  according to military records just released by the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign. The body
  count reference is included in a glowing 1969 Navy report that noted Kerry, a junior grade lieutenant,
  exhibited "all of the traits desired of an officer in a combat environment." For those keeping score at
  home: John Kerry 20, George Bush 0, Laura Bush 1."
      --TBogg, Attribution

 John Kerry's first Purple Heart


  Click  Here

 "Back in 1964 Bob Dylan wrote a lyric for the song "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)." At one point in it he asks
 whether nothing in American life is "really sacred." When retired U.S. naval officers, 35 years after the fact, start whining
 to the press that a war wound wasn't big enough to warrant a Purple Heart -- and the Boston Globe goes along for the ride
 -- you realize Dylan's prophecy. Today the tabloids truly are king. Call me naive, or too pro-veteran, but it seems to me we
 should be thanking every Purple Heart recipient for their duty to country, not demanding of them explanations for why their
 wounds weren't bigger or fatal. Ridicule Kerry on his liberal Senate record, or so-called aloofism, or even his outspoken
 Vietnam Veterans Against the War protests, but leave his old battle scars alone."

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 Diebold Machine May Get Boot

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"California voting systems panel recommended Thursday that the secretary of state decertify
 an electronic voting machine made by Diebold Election Systems, making it likely that four
 counties that used the machines will have to find others for the November election.

 The panel said the state should decertify the Diebold TSx. The TSx was used for the first time
 in California during the March primary in Kern, San Joaquin, Solano and San Diego counties.
 Kevin Shelley, California's secretary of state, has until April 30 to decide whether to act on the
 panel's recommendation. The state must give counties a six-month notice to take machines out
 of commission before an election.

 The panel discovered last November that Diebold had installed uncertified software on the machines."


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Bush's American soldier body count in Iraq
  April 1, 2004 - 600dead American soldiers.
April 23, 2004 - 706 dead American soldiers.

That's 106 dead brave soldiers in three weeks.
Things aren't getting better - they're getting worse.
This plane gets more full every day.

Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of coffins



 Woman loses her job over coffins photo


  Click  Here

 A military contractor has fired Tami Silicio, a Kuwait-based cargo worker whose photograph
 of flag-draped coffins of fallen U.S. soldiers was published in Sunday's edition of The Seattle Times.

 Silicio was let go yesterday for violating U.S. government and company regulations, said William Silva,
 president of Maytag Aircraft, the contractor that employed Silicio at Kuwait International Airport.

 Pentagon officials yesterday said the government's policy defers to the sensitivities of bereaved families.
 Maytag also fired David Landry, her husband.

I wonder if the heroes who are dying for Bush's oil snatch know their deaths are hidden?
You can't really argue with company policy - but why fire her husband?  If I was him I'd sue.

  Care to comment?   Now with working link!

 Subject: Election terrorism

 Most people believe that there will be some sort of terrorist attack against the United States before the election.
 And there probably will be because Bush wasted all our resources going after Iraq when he should have gone
 after Osama bin Laden. Now the real terrorists are not only free but stronger than ever. If we are attacked it
 will be a result of another failure of leadership of the Bush administration. This is the sort of thing that happens
 when we have a president who just isn't smart enough to do the job.

 Marc Perkel
 San Francisco, CA.

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 Pokerfest Palm Beach - Tuesday, April 27

 I know that sounds crazy, but I'll be damned if we let free airline tickets expire.
 We've never been to Florida, so we're going to fly in and spend a few days there,
 so the exact date is flexible, so let's shoot for the Palm Beach Princess Tuesday night.


 If you're in for cheap poker, or just like floating casinoes* - see you Tuesday night.

 We have plenty of room for tons more people.
 The game is Tuesday night.

 We'll be in Florida for the big Floating Pokerfest off Palm Beach next week, so publishing will be "spotty."
 I'll do what I can with the laptop, sitting on the beach, sipping Chinaco, taking digital pictures of the babes scenery.

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