April 09, 2004

Catch up on the ancient Olympics while the torch is carried around the world.

Apparently, not all Postal Service employees are disgruntled.

As the 60th anniversary of the end of the second world war approaches, the (UK's) New Opportunities Fund has announced a multi-million pound scheme to commemorate the effort on the home front.
Thanks to 24Hour Museum.

From Condi Rice's opening statement to the "9/11 Commission":
The terrorists were at war with us, but we were not yet at war with them. For more than 20 years, the terrorist threat gathered, and America’s response across several administrations of both parties was insufficient. Historically, democratic societies have been slow to react to gathering threats, tending instead to wait to confront threats until they are too dangerous to ignore or until it is too late. Despite the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 and continued German harassment of American
shipping, the United States did not enter the First World War until two years later. Despite Nazi Germany’s repeated violations of the Versailles Treaty and its string of provocations throughout the mid-1930s, the Western democracies did not take action until 1939. The U.S. Government did not act against the growing threat from Imperial Japan until the threat became all too evident at Pearl Harbor. And, tragically, for all the language of war spoken before September 11th, this country simply was not on a war footing.
Since then, America has been at war. And under President Bush’s leadership, we will remain at war until the terrorist threat to our Nation is ended. The world has changed so much that it is hard to remember what our lives were like before that day.
Rumor has it she doesn't want to stay on in the next Bush administration. But how about 2008?

From the Simon Wiesenthal Center:
Simon Wiesenthal, the 95-year-old Nazi hunter and humanitarian was awarded an honorary Knighthood, one of the United Kingdoms' top honors for "a lifetime of service to humanity" pursuing Holocaust perpetrators.

From Daily-Humor:
My first, last and only IRS joke:
A businessman on his deathbed called his friend and said, "Bill, I want you to promise me that when I die you will have my remains cremated."
"And what," his friend asked, "Do you want me to do with your ashes?"
The businessman said, "Just put them in an envelope and mail them to the Internal Revenue Service and write on the envelope, "Now you have everything."

I thought this was interesting:

Who would you rather have in control of our Tax dollars? Pay attention, we may quiz!

Q: Which party took Social Security from an independent fund and put it in the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic- controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which party put a tax on Social Security?
A: The Democratic party.

Q: Which party increased the tax on Social Security?
A: The Democratic Party with Al Gore casting the deciding vote.

Q: Which party decided to give money to immigrants?
A: That's right, immigrants moved into this country and at 65 got SSI Social Security. The Democratic Party gave that to them although they never paid a dime into it.

Then, after doing all this, the Democrats turn around and tell you the Republicans want to take your Social Security. And the worst part about it is, people believe it!
2004 Election Issue in 04' ? You bet!

Marylaine Block's Neat New Stuff I Found This Week

The Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, is renowned for its non-partisanship and in-depth analysis, but it does not make its reports available to the public. This tweaking of Google allows you to search within the text of Congressional Research Service Reports which have been posted online.

PC Magazine - Top 100 Web Sites, 2004
Each site comes with a brief review.

Pulitzer Prizes, 2003 Winners

Topix.net - News organized by topic and location
I use this one myself

© Marylaine Block, 1999-2004.

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