2002

Some websites don't keep material a real long time,
so some of these links will expire.

Aug 22
Brad: Attached are:
20022 3.gif. This plot of TNRCC clearly establishes the connection between high ozone and particulates (smoke) over San Antonio during early August. The data are from the TNRCC web site.

Seawifs.gif. This Seawifs image clearly shows smoke entering Texas via the Gulf of Mexico. The numbers indicate the brightness of the ocean. Low numbers mean deep blue water. High numbers mean intervening haze and/or smoke.

Louisiana Smoke.jpg. This shows 2 of 10 photos from a collage shown at the AACOG meeting. Photo at left is relatively clear sky at my site on 4 August. Photo at right is very hazy sky caused by smoke from Louisiana on 5 August.

You have my permission to publish these photos on your web site. The Seawifs image is from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Please let me know if you have questions.

Best regards,

Forrest M. Mims III
Geronimo Creek Observatory
Seguin, Texas

again from Dr. Mims:

Below are two letters [from Brad: only one is printed here] I sent to AACOG staff this morning.

An AACOG leader became very upset when I said the web site had errors. Had they replied by now, I would probably not send this to you. But since they have failed to acknowledge my letters, it's time for you to see this.

You have my permission to post these letters on your web site. If either or both letters contains an error on my part, I apologize in advance and will immediately correct same.

There is entertainment value in the AACOG web site. The tragedy is that these are the same people who have assembled the Clean Air Plan....

Forrest


LETTER 1.

Greetings:

Thank you for being flexible during tonight's air quality meeting. I was impressed that the chairman followed principles espoused by the International Association of Public Participation, an organization that has received substantial support from the EPA.

I especially appreciate Mr. Bella's assistance with the computer projector.
Prior to the AACOG public meeting on 20 August 2002, three AACOG staffers asked for specific examples when I stated that the AACOG web site includes errors.

Below is a list of representative errors primarily related to science. This list was compiled quickly tonight (after the meeting) and is by no means complete. The list below does not include important topics that, while highly relevant, are not included on the web site.

Beyond the errors and misleading assertions, the level and quality of writing on the web site needs serious help and careful copy editing. The writer appears to have been very rushed, for much of the web site is at a rough draft level.

Some students in area schools use the AACOG web site as a resource for classroom assignments and science fair projects. Therefore, I trust that the errors and misleading statements listed below will be promptly corrected and that offending pages will be closed until the corrections are made.

I will be happy to provide air quality data and related information to AACOG during a mutually convenient staff and/or board meeting. My data set both clarifies and quantifies anecdotal assertions made by three persons at tonight's meeting who spoke in favor of the AACOG Clean Air Plan.

I close with a disclaimer which I did not provide tonight because of a discussion before the meeting: I have served as a consultant for the EPA. I am presently co-principal investigator on several projects funded by the National Science Foundation [Brad: bolding is mine] and other government agencies. The data I presented tonight were based on uncertified TNRCC measurements or measurements made by me using instruments calibrated each year at the Mauna Loa Observatory.

Any opinions expressed by me tonight are my own and not necessarily those of my colleagues or co-investigators.

Best regards,
Forrest M. Mims
Geronimo Creek Observatory
Seguin, Texas


AACOG WEB SITE: ERRORS AND MISLEADING AND INCOMPLETE STATEMENTS

[AACOG text is quoted as-is. Comments by Mims in ALL CAPS.]
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Learning.html

Ozone Molecule
ERROR. THE OZONE GRAPHIC IS INCORRECT. OZONE IS THE bond of 02 AND 0 THAT FORMS TRIATOMIC OXYGEN OR O3. THE DRAWING SHOULD SHOW AN O2 MOLECULE WITH AN O ATOM BONDED TO ONLY ONE OF THE MOLECULE'S ATOMS, NOT BOTH.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

The ultimate responsibility for our environment is our own.
ERROR. WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER POLLUTED AIR THAT CONTAMINATES OUR ENVIRONMENT WHEN SUCH AIR ARRIVES FROM DISTANT SOURCES, INCLUDING BOTH MEXICO AND LOUISIANA IN 2002. IN SEPTEMBER 1988, I PHOTOGRAPHED AND MEASURED FOR SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ENORMOUS AIR POLLUTION OVER SOUTH TEXAS ARRIVING FROM THE YELLOWSTONE FIRES. SINCE THEN I HAVE MEASURED NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF CONTAMINATED AIR ARRIVING FROM DISTANT SITES, INCLUDING DUST FROM THE GOBI DESERT, DUST FROM THE SAHARA DESERT AND SMOKE FROM MANY SITES.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

Healthy people also experience difficulty in breathing when exposed to ozone pollution.
ERROR. THE LEVELS OF OZONE CONSIDERED BY THE EPA AS "POLLUTION" DO NOT CAUSE "DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING" IN HEALTHY PERSONS.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

What Causes "Bad" Ground-Level Ozone?
INCOMPLETE. REGIONAL SOURCES ARE IGNORED. ALL OF THE OZONE VIOLATIONS IN BEXAR COUNTY SO FAR THIS YEAR WERE ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHLY POLLUTED AIR ARRIVING FROM OTHER REGIONS.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

A small amount of ground-level ozone is natural,
INCOMPLETE. "SMALL AMOUNT" REQUIRES A DEFINITION. A REASONABLE NUMBER WOULD BE, PERHAPS, 30 PPB. THE AVERAGE OZONE AT CAMS 23 DURING THE AACOG PUBLIC MEETING ON 20 AUGUST 2002 WAS 32 PPB. THIS IS A REASONABLE, NON-ANTHROPOGENIC BACKGROUND LEVEL FOR THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

Too much here . Cars, trucks, power plants and factories all emit air pollution that forms ground-level ozone or smog.
ERROR. THE HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS ALONG THE GUADALUPE RIVER DO NOT EMIT AIR POLLUTION. FURTHERMORE, SAN ANTONIO'S COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS PRODUCE FAR MORE AIR POLLUTION THAN THE NATURAL GAS FIRED PLANTS IN GUADALUPE AND HAYS COUNTIES. THIS DISTINCTION IS CRITICAL WHEN POWER PLANT POLLUTION IS DISCUSSED.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

Anyone who spends time outdoors in the summer may be affected [BY OZONE POLLUTION].
ERROR. THIS STATEMENT CANNOT BE SUPPORTED BY ANY SCIENTIFIC OR MEDICAL REFERENCE OF WHICH I AM AWARE.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

Too little there. Many popular consumer products like air conditioners and refrigerators involve CFCs or halons during either manufacture or use. These chemicals damage the earth's protective ozone layer.
ERROR. VERY FEW CONSUMER PRODUCTS "INVOLVE" ( SURELY "USE" OR "INCORPORATE" IS MEANT) CFCS OR HALONS. THE EPA EVEN BANNED CFCS AS PROPELLANTS IN INHALERS USED BY ASTHMATICS UNTIL A PUBLIC UPROAR ENSUED.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/Difference.htm

Down low, in the air we breathe, ozone destroys our earth and air.
ERROR. OZONE DOES NOT "DESTROY OUR EARTH AND AIR." BOUNDARY-LAYER (SURFACE) OZONE IS AN IMPORTANT OXIDANT THAT REMOVES MANY POLLUTANTS AND ABSORBS UV-B RADIATION IN SUNLIGHT MORE EFFICIENTLY THAN STRATOSPHERIC OZONE DUE TO MULTIPLE SCATTERING CAUSED BY AEROSOLS.

AACOG Web Site
The stratospheric or "good" ozone layer extends upward from about 10 to 30 miles and protects life on earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays (UV-b).
MISLEADING.
1. TROPOSPHERIC OZONE ALSO PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ABSORBING UV-B. FOR EXAMPLE, UV-B ON A HAWAIIAN MOUNTAIN LIKE THE SUMMIT OF MAUNA KEA (4.3 KM MSL) IS TYPICALLY 15-20% HIGHER THAN AT A NEARBY BEACH.
2. "HARMFUL UV-B"? SOME UV-B EXPOSURE IS CRITICAL TO THE SYNTHESIS OF VITAMIN D PRECURSORS IN MOST VERTEBRATES, INCLUDING PEOPLE. NORMAL LEVELS OF UV-B ALSO PLAY CRITICAL ROLES IN LITTER DECOMPOSITION, STERILIZATION OF OUTDOOR AMBIENT AIR, STERILIZATION OF EXPOSED SURFACES AND UPPER LAYERS OF BODIES OF WATER, AND INSECT GUIDANCE AND RECOGNITION.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/AtoF.htm
AIR Public Information Committee.
THE LINK DOESN'T WORK. TRY THIS URL INSTEAD: http://www.aacog.com/air/WhatWeDo/SubComm.htm#PECOMM

AACOG Web Site
Ambient Air. According to the EPA, ambient air is the air surrounding us, the air outdoors. More specifically, it is the air in our atmosphere, the troposphere, which reaches about 10 miles up.
ERROR. AMBIENT AIR IS THE AIR IN ONE'S IMMEDIATE VICINITY. THE ALTITUDE IS IMMATERIAL.

AACOG Web Site
Biogenic. When discussing the formation of ground-level ozone, the term "biogenic sources" refers to natural sources of ozone precursors. These natural sources, such as trees and other plants, emit only volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
ERROR. PLANTS EMIT SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF GASES OTHER THAN VOCS. CHIEF AMONG THEM ARE WATER VAPOR, OXYGEN AND CARBON DIOXIDE.

AACOG Web Site
Clean Air Plan.
NO LINK OR DEFINITION IS PROVIDED.

AACOG Web Site
Ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone forms when pollutants released from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles, and oil-based solvents react with heat and sunlight. This complex reaction of hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and sunlight is harmful to humans, animals and plants. Ground level ozone can inflame breathing passages, decreasing the lung's working capacity. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, pain when inhaling deeply, wheezing and coughing. Ground level ozone can cause eye and nose irritation and aggravates respiratory symptoms and further impairs the ability to perform normal activities. It can dry out the protective membranes of the nose and throat and interfere with the body's ability to fight infection increasing susceptibility to illness. High levels of ground level ozone on Smog Alert days can result in increased emergency department visits, hospital admissions and, in severe cases, premature death.
INCOMPLETE AND MISLEADING. AT WHAT LEVEL DO THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS DESCRIBED HERE OCCUR? DO SUCH LEVELS OCCUR IN SAN ANTONIO? HOW DOES AACOG KNOW THAT PEOPLE IT REPRESENTS ARE BEING MADE ILL BY OZONE?

AACOG Web Site
VOCs. Volatile Organic Compounds, which are emitted from various sources, including motor vehicles, chemical plants, refineries, factories, consumer and commercial products, and other industrial sources.
MISLEADING.
PERHAPS 25% TO 50% OF VOCS IN A TYPICAL URBAN AREA IN THE EASTERN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES ARE EMITTED BY VEGETATION. THE PROPORTION OF BIOGENIC VOCS IS UNCERTAIN, BUT THEY MUST BE RECOGNIZED AS VERY SIGNIFICANT.
http://www.aacog.com/air/Learning/MtoS.htm#OZPRE

Ozone Precursors. Ozone is not attributable to direct emissions, but is instead a function of ozone precursor emissions.
ERROR. OZONE IS PRODUCED BY NATURAL ELECTRICAL DISCHARGES LIKE LIGHTNING. IT IS ALSO PRODUCED BY POWER LINE DISCHARGES, ELECTRICAL ARCS, PHOTOCOPIERS, LASER PRINTERS, ULTRAVIOLET LAMPS, ELECTRICAL MOTORS THAT EMPLOY BRUSHES, HIGH-CURRENT RELAY CONTACTS AND VARIOUS OTHER DIRECTLY EMITTING SOURCES.
http://www.aacog.com/air/WhatWeDo/WhatWeDo.htm

Although some ozone comes from natural sources, scientists have shown that man-made emissions are the main sources of ozone, both in urban and rural areas.
MISLEADING AND INCOMPLETE. ENORMOUS VOLUMES OF OZONE ARE PRODUCED BY FOREST FIRES. EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CREATES LARGE VOLUMES OF REGIONAL-LEVEL OZONE BY CONDUCTING PRESCRIBED BURNS OF FORESTS AND GRASSLANDS. OZONE ASSOCIATED WITH MAJOR FIRES MAY EASILY EXCEED OZONE PRODUCED BY ANTHROPOGENIC ACTIVITIES.
http://www.aacog.com/air/WhatWeDo/WhatWeDo.htm

Other pollutants that cause problems in Texas are carbon dioxide, which comes from vehicle tailpipes; carbon monoxide, which comes from burning fossil fuels; and particulate matter, which comes from smokestacks and dust kicked up by vehicles.
ERROR. 1. CARBON DIOXIDE DOES NOT "CAUSE PROBLEMS IN TEXAS." 2. CARBON DIOXIDE HAS FAR MORE SOURCES THAN "VEHICLE TAILPIPES." FOR EXAMPLE, IT IS EXHALED BY THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE ERRONEOUS STATEMENT ABOVE. 3. "PARTICULATE MATTER" HAS MANY SOURCES BEYOND THE TWO LISTED ABOVE. IN SAN ANTONIO, POLLEN AND MOLD SPORES ARE BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTICULATE POLLUTANT. UNLIKE OZONE, THEY CAUSE READILY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH PROBLEMS. SOME DUST EVENTS ARRIVING FROM THE SAHARA DESERT CAUSE VERY SIGNIFICANT PARTICULATE CONTAMINATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE SOUTHEASTERN U.S.

Aug 21
U.S. plans PR campaign for war against Iraq
Al Gore bans media from his paid speech to gov't workers
Two friends went fishing: 50% of them ended up dead
About last night's public meeting about vehicle emissions testing: Steve Gerhlein called and said that the AACOG Board obviously already had its collective bureaucratic mind made up in favor of the dreaded $40 inspections.
email #1
Brad,
Where were you tonight?
Steve Gerline did a great job as did several other speakers but we missed you. I took a poll of people there and everybody I spoke with showed up as a result of your show. Hell, when I made my presentation (I was the first one to speak) I even gave you thanks for spreading the word. Oh well.
I think the consensus is that our time was wasted - they already had their minds made up. However, we have some fighters in our group and I think we'll give them a run for their money. They tried to instill the fear of the EPA in us, blah, blah, blah but most of us saw through it. They underestimate us. How do say p-e-t-i-t-i-o-n?
By the way, if it makes you feel better about not showing up, Alan was there but didn't sign up to speak. KENS interviewed him and he was on the 10:00 news tonight...not the full of hot air politicians but dear sweet Alan. WOAI interviewed him too and he told them he gave credit to you for the showing of people. Then the reporter told him she was with a different station. Funny.
Thanks again for your help.
Nancy
email #2
to Brad, Jack etal at KTSAGentlemen,
Didn't see any of you at the meeting this evening. I somewhat expected to see you at least Brad; after all the promotion you've done buddy. But I understand how it is when you've got a job like yours waiting each day. Anyway, I thought I'd give you a report of the meeting this evening.
The meeting started at 7:00 with a dozen or so AACOG representatives up front. Although there were some representatives of state agencies (like TNRCC) in the audience, there was still at least 60-80 citizens there (including Steve Gehrlein). In fact, there were so many that some wound up standing along the walls and back.
The meeting started with a introduction and an overview of our 'current situation' by the moderator -- I think it was Jay Millikin, Commissioner of Comal County. He mentioned that this plan is being suggested for the four counties of Bexar, Wilson, Guadalupe, and Comal. He also talked about its implementation which I'll come back to (as it is a key point).
He turned the meeting over to Mr. Peter Bella who was the technical representative. Peter used a slide presentation to explain how the measurements were made, the EPA limits, and a ton of other technical information. He ended up with the statement: "This plan is nothing more than a promise to EPA to study the problem further". BUT -- his projected slide added to the end of that line: "and to implement proactive measures - if needed".
They then started calling in turn the people who had signed up to speak or ask questions. The first lady read a long statement that started with "I want to thank Brad Messer for bringing this to the public's attention". Sorry about that guys, I know it will swell his head - but she did say it. She read a statement that severely called AACOG to task for pushing this plan. Especially since she insisted that the EPA admits on their web site "Tail-pipe emissions testing doesn't reduce pollution levels".
There were 19 people signed up to speak at the meeting. One person gave his slot to Mr. Forrest Mims who is the astronautical engineer living in Guadalupe county. Mr. Mims spoke/presented to the council twice and did excellent jobs of bringing up key information. During his first presentation - he presented a ton of hard, factual information about smoke and pollution coming into the SA area from Louisiana (and elsewhere). Later, he asked if the council was going to work on the EPA to throw out those 'overage' measurements because of the outside influences. They reluctantly agreed to speak to the EPA about it.
Later, Mr. Mims spoke again to address something the council expert, Peter Bella, spoke about. Mr. Bella had spoken at length about the purported relationship between high ozone levels and asthma. Mr. Mims used health department statistics on asthma to show that occurrence levels are consistently higher in rural/country areas than in urban/city areas. This is true all across the US, England, Australia, and other countries. So, this fact kinda shoots to hell their assertion that the higher ozone levels in urban areas significantly contribute to asthma.
Of the 19 people signed up to speak this evening, two passed or left early. One speaker did a good job of riding the fence and made statements on both sides of the issue. TWO people spoke in favor of the plan. And a total of FIFTEEN people spoke against it. A seven-to-one ratio -- pretty good odds. But I won't put any bets on the council listening to the people and dropping their 'clean air plan'.
I asked a few questions about the implementation. Apparently, the AACOG has NO direct or derived powers. It CAN'T push or implement this plan. They can only suggest it to the counties and municipalities. After asking a question, I was told that each county governing body AND the council of the largest municipality in each county had to sign off on the plan to implement it. It would then be sent to the state to include in their state-wide plans.
I asked what would happen to the plan if any of the counties or municipalities did not approve. I was answered by two people from TNRCC, one who was a pleasant young lady named Katherine Williams. She insisted that the beauty of a "proactive" program" is that the counties/municipalities can pick and choose what they want to approve and what they don't. Katherine advised that if a county didn't like a portion of the plan, they could skip that portion while approving the rest of the plan.
The LIRAP (Low Income Repair Assistance Program) also came up a number of times. A Mr. England (a citizen representative to the council) explained that LIRAP is a state program! It was voted into existence by the legislature a few years ago and comes with any county implementing a 'tail-pipe emissions testing' program. A county can choose to not participate in LIRAP when they adopt the testing program, but that only keeps the county's citizens from getting the assistance. The citizens STILL have to pay the $6 per inspection to the state pot for the program.
When asking these questions, the moderator and others at the head table made some statements about how this program is a done deal. That if we don't implement it ourselves, the EPA will force us to implement a testing program sometime in the future -- along with a number of other 'mitigation' measures that will hurt industry, businesses, and individuals.
That spurred me to then ask how Dallas was getting away with failing compliance for years, thumbing their noses at the EPA, and yet they haven't lost any funding or suffered reprisals. I was told by some of the people at the head table that Dallas has had a emissions testing program for quite a while costing their citizens about $21 per inspection. Then the TNRCC people spoke up saying that the latest Federal register indicated that Dallas is about to be slapped with Federal sanctions because of the non-compliance and lack of a plan. True or not, that's what they said.
A person in the audience at one point asked if ANY significant city/municipality had EVER lost Federal funding because of non-compliance. The TNRCC people mentioned Los Angeles, Atlanta, and a number of other cities. I've heard you guys mention that the only city to ever suffer reprisals was a small town in Kentucky. So, I don't know who is right and who is wrong on this one. And it could be that those cities lost it short term and had it restored after kissing Uncle Sam's butt!
Steven Gehrlein brought up a good point that they couldn't answer. They had shown a 'vehicle maintenance' program that AACOG was pushing and using to help people maintain their vehicles (to decrease pollution). Steve checked with their own staff who told him that in the previous five years, only 100 people had participated (in testing I assume). That was an average of 20 people per year.
Steve talked about the program he, KTSA, and Texaco have run for years doing VOLUNTARY testing of emissions. He told them that his program had tested about 5,000 vehicles. Then he reminded them that when he had asked AACOG to participate, they turned him down flat. Steve asked them why, if they were so interested in decreasing pollution, they didn't participate in a proven/working program instead of coming up with their own that was clearly failing! No answer of course.
Anyway, that's about it. They kicked us out about 9:00. But they did suggest that we can send in comments or questions via e-mail to mail@aacog.com. I did speak to Mr. Bella after the meeting. I asked him to send to me the presentation slides he used for his talk. He agreed to e-mail them to me. I also got a contact number for Katherine Williams from the TNRCC. If any of you would like that information or slides, just send me a message back or phone at *******.
My overall observation from tonight was this meeting was just a formality they were putting up with. It appeared to be nothing more than a check-list block to mark 'DONE'. It was very apparent that they are going to go ahead with suggesting this plan to the local counties and municipalities. So, our only way to stop this thing will be to fight it on the local & county level. I hope you guys can pass this information out to our fellow citizens. Unless we bitch loudly enough to the city & county, we are going to be stuck with the testing AND the 'vehicle-welfare' system.
Thanks for getting the word out guys.
Chuck T.
Aug 20
Commander of "enemy" forces in largest-ever U.S. war games says the whole deal was rigged
satirewire.com Hackers beg boring people to stop encrypting their email
theonion.com Wedding enjoyed by no one except the bride
Ken and Clara's totally screwed-up lives
Vehicle Emissions links
Clean Air Plan

S.A. elected officials

AACOG Board

how "poor" you have to be
to get your car fixed free with other people's inspection-fee money
Story about EPA and emissions tests in Florida

email: Brad, I think this is a Texas Bat. Oh, and if you post it on your website, don't forget to warn the prudes with no obvious sense of humor. I do not know if it is real photo, but it sure made me blush, and I am anything but a prude!
Teresa L. Here is the photo. It is very very disgusting.

Aug 19
NEA tells teachers not to blame anyone for 9-11 attacks
U.S.-Utah land swap "a $100-million giveaway"
"Free Willy" orca spotted 250 miles from Iceland
Car dealer sucked $$$ from mentally-impaired man
Aug 18
satirewire.com Iraq to require "Intent to Attack" notice, plus Environmental Impact study, hundreds of pre-invasion permits
Slave descendants: America owes us
Homicidal time bomb" set for Texas prison release in 2006
Boy writes essay "How would you spend your final 24 hours?" and then dies
Opinion: Roddy Stinson COPS "Project Qwest" cuts proposed
Army's malaria drug linked to Ft. Bragg wife murders Consumer Reports Five studies of Lariam Lariam Action USA Voice of America
Aug 17
Aug 16
savekaryn.com and dontsavekaryn.com
Elvis in a hayfield
Aggie media guide: Tech Red Raiders "classless clowns"
San Antonio may stop brush pickup
Three-day Davy Crockett birthday celebration at Alamo Alamo website's official schedule: click here
Smithsonian won't ask for PA miner-rescue capsule
Man gets 18 months in prison after sex with horse
PETA wants fishing banned in all state parks
Aug 15
Local trash pickup may be cut to once a week
Vets steamed as Bush cuts medical care $$$
White House caught off guard by Fox decision to snub Bush ranch invitation
Miami cops pose as construction workers to catch speeders
Iowa state fair cowchips are imported from Oklahoma
Aug 14
Screeners take 9-year-old boy's 2-inch G.I. Joe rifle
Internet panhandler raking in the cash
Nevada: brothels, blackjack AND BONGS?
Aug 13 (record to date set by today's 83198 hits)
Dog lost for six years returns home
Truck plows into grandma's apartment
A detail lacking in the otherwise-great prison escape
Elvis still blamed for racist remark he didn't make
Aug 12
(record to date set by today's 76503 hits)
Scanner shows you buck nekkid in Orlando
Scanner photo in MSNBC story from April
Crop circles— manmade and (?) otherwise
Is "bitch slap" okay for talk host to say?
Body Solutions cuts staff, ads
Emissions tests: Many cars would fail

Aug 11
Many cars would fail emissions tests
Body Solutions cuts staff, ads
Texas Attorney General race Commentary by Bruce Davidson
Aug 10
Can yon Dam Link River-level info, photos of dam and river
Aug 9
Downstreamers anxious over Canyon Dam water release
11:15 -- Comal County Judge Danny Scheel "virtually guarantees" no homes will be flooded again. Dam release to begin this evening at 500 cubic feet per second, and be increased in slow increments to 5000CFS in "a day or two." At 5K he says the only effect will be water over the Gruene bridge.
NEXT THURSDAY homeowners at Horseshoe Falls will meet at 6 p.m. (Canyon Lake Baptist Church) for details of a buyout of their flooded homes-- who can rebuild, who can't, info along those lines.

Farewell Little Braveheart
The young dog which *Animal Defense League rescuers named Braveheart died Wednesday evening, about a month after being dragged behind a van for some three blocks and then abandoned. During one two-hour period, Brad Messer show listeners pledged more than $3000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the man and woman who abused the dog. They have not been found. But thanks for trying, folks.

email
Brad - I'm sorry about the DOG!!! I hope you find the ***HOLE! You do a damn good job! Thanks.
Dave

Brad, Thank you for all that you did to try to help dear Braveheart...
Nancy

Aug 8
Lead copy in Jeanne Jakle's Express-News column today: "I'll say this one more time. I never smacked my mama. I never stole her medication. I never smoked a joint on the front porch. OK? Nice reporting, guys. Now, let's move on."
Statement from President William Jefferson Clinton:
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky..."
Vehicle Emissions Tests Won't Address the Problem

NASA consultant Forrest Mims says smoke from Louisiana is causing this air pollution, and San Antonio shouldn't be blamed. Nevertheless we have politicians who want to start a "voluntary" air cleanup by charging more for vehicle inspections. CLICK HERE FOR 52K SATELLITE SHOT to see the smoke pattern.
Aug 7
San Antonio Express-News story about the Jeanne Jakle issue
Councilman Bonnie Conner said PGA Village is NOT dead and she's optimistic about a deal being cut.
Mayor has flown to Florida to re-romance PGA, gets back this evening.
County Commissioner Lyle Larson said there is active dealmaking right now to salvage the PGA Village, and yes, it will involve letting developers use tax money.
Urine dumped on San Antonio barge tourists
Woman lived with corpse for a month
Teamsters Union Supports Bush Spy Plan
Gerry Grant's wife: Stand by Your Man
satirewire.com Martha Stewart says laws apply only to people
UFOs over Washington, D.C.— then and now
Opinion: Gore not the one to question ethics
John Rocker says he was badgered into "fruitcakes" remark
Today Show booker punished for buying pants for rape victim
"Flying octopus" panics India: it goes for the face

Aug 6 (record to date set by today's 71775 hits)
Vigilante neighbors in court for branding molester
Is circumcision child abuse?

Will this be in the newspaper?
• I ask only because one participant is
Jeanne Jakle, media columnist for the San Antonio Express-News.
• Tom Rickhoff was appointed judge of Probate Court 2 in 2002 (replacing the departing judge Sandee Bryan Marion). He formerly presided over the 4th Court of Appeals

Story broke on my show before 2 on Monday. Court convened at 4:30 but JUDGE CLOSED DOORS and kept reporters out.

The Jakle daughters are battling over guardianship of their mother, after Jeanne allegedly put Mom in a nursing home. Jeanne Jakle's sister Bernessa is asking Bexar County Probate Court No. 2 Judge Tom Rickhoff to appoint her Guardian of their mom Florence Jakle. This went to court once before and Jeanne was appointed, but Bernessa claims inadequate notice of that court date and seeks another trial, claiming new evidence including witnesses willing to testify under oath that Jeanne struck her mother (who has senile dementia) on at least one occasion, and took the mother's medicine for herself. Here are two pages of the Motion submitted to Probate Court on Monday.

——— TUESDAY UPDATE 8/6/02 8:45 a.m. ———

During the session from which reporters were excluded by Judge Rickhoff, no ruling was made. Instead, the judge decided to hear the case at an undetermined future date.

One courtroom source told me that, at one point in the proceedings, the judge said [paraphrasing] that it doesn't matter if Jeanne struck her mother or used her medicine or even if she is currently using marijuana. I am unable to corroborate this allegation at this time. I am seeking a transcript of the closed-court session.

I placed calls to Jeanne Jakle Monday which went unreturned. This morning she answered her home phone and declined to be a guest on a KTSA talk show. According to the Producer with whom she spoke, Jeanne Jakle threatened to "get a lawyer" based on her stated belief that I was "lying" about her on the air Monday.

On my show today I plan to tell you what is in some of the documents that were filed with the court.

I could not find the story in the newspaper this morning. Hmmm.

Aug 5
The Jakle daughters are battling over their mother being stuck in a nursing home. Jeanne's sister Bernessa is asking Probate Court No. 2 in Bexar County to appoint Bernessa to be Guardian of their mother Florence Jakle. This went to court once before and Jeanne was appointed, but Bernessa claims she did not have adequate notice of that court session, and wants a new trial. Bernessa Jakle claims she has new evidence including witnesses who will swear that Jeanne struck her mother, and took the mother's medicine for herself. Here are two pages of the Motion submitted to Probate Court today (Monday).
Gerry Grant plea bargain: 5 years, no trial
Text of Grant's courtroom apology
"His genitals were exposed for about five minutes while he used a staple gun to tack his scrotum to his upper thigh."
"When local residents saw the hidden video on television, they attacked the babysitter in the street."
"Gellar says Elvis was a sandy blond whose hair eventually turned shock white."
A website I stumbled across: International High IQ Society
Nationwide use of Amber alert urged

Study says public is again down on news media
Paul Bunyan attacked
Aug 2
PGA Village deal canceled by council after PGA pullout
Kidnapped California girls were raped
Mac users may be smarter than PC users
Stanley Tools retreats from legal tax dodge
Lie detector tests mentioned for Congress
Why would anyone want to beat up an ice cream man?
Another financial scandal you may not have heard about
"America's Most Wanted" host unwanted by wife
Aug 1
PGA Village Dead
PGA letter August 1: “... we must withdraw our commitment at this time. The PGA does not wish to be involved in an issue that is creating so much controversy and divisiveness within the San Antonio community.”
Express-News reports councilman Garcia appears to have illegally padded expense claims
Addressing fluoride claims by activist Kay Turner, Luddite (includes definition of Luddite)
Dallas News report on the S.A. fluoride story
$3100 wedding winner may be child rapist
Supermarket loyalty cards are FBI evidence
Snakebite treatment: what “everybody knows” is wrong
Animal cruelty videotaped in U.S. labs
White House sensitive to vacation criticism
Yeah, Trafficant’s hair is a rug
Condit's wife still believes he never slept with Chandra, despite hubby's own testimony that he DID get some