Friday, June 18, 2004
Gone fishin' -- thanks for your support.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
One of the best kept secrets of the war involved the Japanese balloon bomb offensive, prompted by the Doolittle raid on Tokyo on April 18, 1942, as a means of direct reprisal against the U.S. mainland.

Some 9,000 balloons made of paper or rubberized silk and carrying anti-personnel and incendiary bombs were launched from Japan during a five-month period, to be carried by high altitude winds more than 6,000 miles eastward across the Pacific to North America. Perhaps a thousand of these reached this continent, but there were only about 285 reported incidents.

Most were reported in the northwest U.S., but some balloons traveled as far east as Michigan.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Best known as the singer of one of the leaders of the late '70s/early 80s California punk explosion, X, Exene Cervenka has also issued solo albums, launched sevearl side bands, and penned books.
Saturday, June 12, 2004
This much is certain: The law is not nearly as forgiving to the nonwhite and the non-protected. According to the Sentencing Project, African-Americans account for 13 percent of the drug-using population, but a disproportionate 55 percent of those convicted of drug offenses.
I've been away for a little while, and I just read this e-mail from the HR administrator at my primary employer. Creepy.

In Memory of Ronald W. Reagan we will dedicate a portion of the day tomorrow during the national funeral service to take place from 11:30 am ET through 1:00 pm ET (8:30 am PT -10:00 am PT) to remembrance of our 40th president.

Please feel free to take time for reflection and/or to tune company televisions to the National funeral service at Washington National Cathedral.

To feature:
Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will perform Franz Schubert?s ?Ave Maria.?
Former Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo., is officiating.
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O?Connor will read John Winthrop?s ?We shall be as a City Upon a Hill.?
Eulogies planned by President Bush, former President George H. W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Thank you.

Friday, June 11, 2004
Ten years earlier, had Reagan taken Gorbachev's deal, Afghanistan probably still wouldn't have emerged as the "friendly, neutral country" of Gorby's dreams. Yet it might have been a neutral enough country to preclude a Taliban takeover.

And if the Russian-Afghan war had ended earlier -- if Reagan had embraced Gorbachev on the withdrawal, as he did that same autumn on the massive cutback of nuclear weapons -- Osama Bin Laden today might not even be a footnote in history.

Thursday, June 10, 2004
Protesters in the city were yelling "George Bush, terrorist," yet the president was insulated from the anti-war demonstrations, tucked safely away in plush digs behind high stone walls and razor wire.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
One sunny day in 2005 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here." The old man said, "Okay" and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here." The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U. S. Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"

The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow."

MAKE IT HAPPEN -- VOTE (and get others to vote, too)
Job Announcement
Community Research Foundation has the following opportunity available:

Title: Consulting Psychologist

Location: Halcyon Crisis Center

1664 Broadway

El Cajon, CA 92021

Hours: 16 - 20 hours consistent weekly schedule

Brief Job Description

The Consulting Psychologist is responsible for supervising all clinical interns, post-doctoral registered psychologists, and staff. The potential candidate must be available 100 % of the time for consultation as needed. Additionally, the candidate will coordinate tri-weekly treatment team meetings, and monthly Friday evening group supervision. Duties include reviewing assessments and treatment plans for clinical accuracy, assisting with the training of interns and staff, and interacting with the management team regarding program development.

This position requires a high degree of organization, good time management, strong management/supervisory skills, and strong clinical acumen.


Licensed in the state of California as a Clinical Psychologist
Experience managing and supervising interns and/or staff for 2 plus years
Be available to begin at the facility by July 1, 2004.

To be considered as a candidate for the above position, please fax a letter of intent, and updated resume or curriculum vitae to the attention of Barry Levin, Program Director, at 619-579-1969.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
"The failure to thwart the 9/11 catastrophe was in part the result of the failure to communicate both internally and externally about information collected by our intelligence agencies," he said. "Had there been effective use of the information, the possibility exists the 9/11 plot could have been disrupted."
Monday, June 07, 2004
His advice to good people: Dissent, disobey, rebel.
Drowning Death of Child

Deputies from the Vista Station were dispatched to 1616 Calle Colorado, Vista, as the result of a 911 call from that residence. reference a non-breathing one year old child. Deputies arrived on scene within minutes. Upon arrival, they learned that the victim was a 15 month old girl who had drowned in the bathtub. Deputies initiated CPR until relieved by Vista Fire Department Paramedics. The victim was transported to Children's Hospital, via air ambulance, but did not survive. Statements from the mother indicated that she left the victim and two year old brother together in the bathtub unattended for a short time. When she returned, the little girl was face down in the tub. A follow up investigation will be conducted.
We will receive a new refrigerator in the downstairs lunchroom on Monday. Until the new refrigerator has been delivered, set up and is cold enough, please use the refrigerator in the HR/West Wing.
Friday, June 04, 2004
The agency knew long before 9/11 that men who had attended an al-Qaida meeting in Malaysia were coming to the United States, but it didn't put their names on a terrorist watch list until August 2001. That month, Zacarias Moussaoui was arrested, and Tenet received an internal memo headlined, "Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly," but he didn't brief Bush about it or mention the information at a Cabinet meeting a week before 9/11.

In January 2003, Tenet failed to read?and Bush failed to provide him with?the final draft of the State of the Union address, in which Bush embraced reports, found spurious by a CIA investigator a year earlier, that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger. In December 2002, according to Bob Woodward, Tenet told Bush that Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction was a "slam-dunk" certainty. And in February 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell presented the United Nations with "evidence" of Iraqi WMD, given to him by the CIA, that has since been discredited.

What does Tenet have to say about these failures?

"Our record is not without flaws," he said today in a masterpiece of understatement.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
I am not young enough to know everything.

-- J. M. Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Send help ... I will try to write soon.

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