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Bush skirts question about criticism of pre-war intel:
Statements by President Bush on Iraq, made during a news conference on Wednesday in Pretoria, South Africa, as transcribed by the Federal News Service:
QUESTION: Yes, Mr. President. Do you regret that your State of the Union accusation that Iraq was trying to buy nuclear materials in Africa is now fueling charges that you and Prime Minister Blair misled the public?
BUSH: There is no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world peace. And there's no doubt in my mind that the United States, along with allies and friends, did the right thing in removing him from power. And there's no doubt in my mind, when it's all said and done, the facts will show the world the truth. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind. And so there's going to be a lot of attempts to try to rewrite history, and I can understand that. But I am absolutely confident in the decision I made.
QUESTION: Do you still believe they were trying to buy nuclear materials in Africa?
BUSH: Right now?
QUESTION: No, were they? The statement you made...
BUSH: One thing is for certain, he's not trying to buy anything right now. If he's alive, he's on the run. And that's to the benefit of the Iraqi people. But, look, I am confident that Saddam Hussein had a weapons of mass destruction program. In 1991, I will remind you, we underestimated how close he was to having a nuclear weapon. Imagine a world in which this tyrant had a nuclear weapon. In 1998, my predecessor raided Iraq, based upon the very same intelligence. And in 2003, after the world had demanded he disarm, we decided to disarm him. And I'm convinced the world is a much more peaceful and secure place as a result of the actions.
Live worm found in man's
brain during surgery
I was taken by the Chinese
worm story but not because it was gross and bizarre (which it was.)
What intrigued me was the animal ingestion (zoonosis?) tie in. I don't
know if you are familiar with the terms "visceral larva migrans"
and "cutaneous larva migrans". These two are human conditions
after infestation with either dog or cat round worms.
Gonzales 4th local pol convicted of skullduggery The sleaze claimed he took bribes to "investigate" bribery. Express-News story quote: "I know there is a good possibility that I'm going to be behind bars, but at least I'll go to prison knowing there will be a better ACCD board," he said. "The citizens will have their dollars go where they're supposed to, rather than line someone's pockets."
Riting skils dekline in Texus skools
Aragon gets 20 years in girlfriend car assault
Hubble 'scope finds 118th known planet
Governor won't get to keep budget secrets
Americans still moving south and west
Three conflicting stories about presidential references to crudely-forged documents that purported Iraq had shopped for uranium in Africa
hair and tooth up for auction
AOL, Microsoft fighting anti-spam proposals
McDonald's lockdown after cops served glassburgers ".. the translucent pieces of glass were nestled between the patties and looked just like onions."
Bush family reacts to elephants mating "For a minute or more, the earth fairly shook. The president smiled sheepishly and then covered his face with a baseball cap. First Daughter Barbara threw her head back in embarrassment, covering her face with both hands. Chuckling, the president whispered something to the first lady. She slapped him good-naturedly on the leg. And then it was over."
EXCELLENT WRITING Boy's message in bottle found 19 years later
Huge lottery winner wants to "finally get me a tractor with brakes"
Danish Army gives Iraq desert troops snow plow
Federal park a "No-First Amendment Zone" but free expression is allowed two blocks away
Rumsfeld: Iraq may need larger force
Advisers defend phrasing of Bush remark on Iraq Bush defenders shift to "the-meaning-of-is" style legalese. Rumsfeld: ".. it's not known, for example, that it was inaccurate. In fact, people think it was technically accurate."
Advisers: Bush remark should have been removed from speech "In the address, Bush said "the British government has learned" of the Iraqi approach, but he did not mention that U.S. agencies had questioned the validity of that intelligence."
CIA got uranium story cut in October
20 LIES ABOUT THE WAR I include this link although some of the material appears to me to be slanted
Why Bush had no plan for postwar Iraq
Time magazine A soldier's life How the war is straining U.S. soldiersand haunting those they left at home READ THIS STORY ABOUT A SOLDIER WHO DIED IN THE IRAQ WAR AND SEE IF IT DOESN'T COME CLOSE TO DRAWING TEARS IN ONE OR TWO PLACES
National House of Waffles By MAUREEN DOWD The Bush administration has known all along that the evidence of the imminent threat of Saddam's weapons and the Al Qaeda connections were pumped up. They were manning the air hose."
Reality TV mogul blasts The Smoking Gun website The Smoking Gun site here
Walk-by hacking with wireless laptop "wireless technology that can quickly connect computers will literally broadcast every bit of transmitted information to anyone with a computer and a $40 wireless networking card."
Clean-Air politics stink Coal-burning generators produce mercury: EPA "employees say they have been told either not to analyze or not to release information about mercury, carbon dioxide and other air pollutants."
Americans want unbiased reporters "Americans want their journalists to show some patriotism, respect the public, increase accuracy and lessen bias."
Crowd chases and beats driver who hit boy
Does your car have a 'black box' recorder?
Clean Air issue now totally nuts "Residents likely will face mandatory auto emissions tests in Bexar County."
Roddy Stinson: 'Do you know Dan Cook?' ... 'What is he REALLY like?'
Estate seizure worries Texans
New Braunfels to raise picnic table fees and others
Congress hearing today on Laney plane hunt
Bush in MUCH deeper, says CIA doubts on Niger Forgery were "subsequent" to his speech Bush's position was at odds with those of his own aides, who acknowledged over the weekend that the CIA raised doubts that Iraq sought to buy uranium from Niger more than four months before Bush's speech.
Intel use "a pattern of dishonesty"
Iraq hawks in US: "pattern of corruption"
3ID in Iraq extended again
Should they have known better? Well, yes and no. Prewar intelligence draws growing scrutiny over accuracy and spin.
Accused flasher protests "I'm not that big!"
Toe-sucker gets life in prison
U.S. Highway 666 in NM finally to be re-numbered
Appeals court: No damages for Davidians
Giants like Verizon are miscast as small firms for federal contracts
Big Surprises for Coma Man "The dad who woke after 19 years in a coma is about to discover his wife has had three kids by another man and his baby daughter is now a stripper." STORY
"A Denver foster mother faced charges of child abuse Friday after a 15-year-old developmentally disabled girl was found bound in a closet.." STORY
Murder suspect arrested outside anger management class
Claudette hit 100+mph
Clean Air SNAFU gets stupider and stupider "in addition to the already likely possibility that San Antonio residents will face mandatory vehicle emissions tests, other measures might now be required, such as lower speed limits and the use of cleaner but more expensive fuel in government fleets."
Trial set in Brit human catapult death
Scot kid torturers get short prison terms
"I was electrocuted in the boot room.
"Brother Benedict saw that as some sort of kick.
"Your punishment was to stand there while he turned these sort of dials. You were shaking. You could not let go."
Ford police car mod fails tests, gas tank "split like a melon"
Core of weapons case crumbling "Of the nine main conclusions in the British government document "Iraq's weapons of mass destruction", not one has been shown to be conclusively true."
Reuters: U.S. troops shocked by move to keep them in Iraq
Intelligence Unglued by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Bush faced dwindling Iraq evidence "A review of speeches and reports, plus interviews with present and former administration officials and intelligence analysts, suggests that almost all the evidence on Iraq's nuclear program prior to the State of the Union had either been undercut or disproved by U.N. inspectors in Iraq."
G.I. in Iraq convoy killed by rocket grenade
Columbia astronauts lived a minute after last signal
Cuba reportedly jamming US radio to Iran
Under-endowed man cleared in flashing case
Woman killed husband with hot wax
Largest deficit in American history, GOP still wants tax cuts
Victoria Claudette cleanup
Victoria Advocate photos
Surgeon forgot titanium rod for patient's back, used a screwdriver shaft instead: nurse reported him
Paintball thugs blinded homeless man
Email spam filter software making big bucks
What's wrong with trained pilots having guns? By sabotaging the armed-pilots program, the Bush TSA is resolutely continuing to undermine the will of the American people and the express determination of the United States Congress.
Calif. Group Threatens to Go Public With Lawmakers' Social Security Numbers
Doctor must pay to raise boy "a surgeon who bungled a woman's sterilization is liable for the cost of bringing up her child to the age of 18."
New Braunfels may privatize trash pickup
Feds will pay to expand Gov't Canyon 855 acres in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone in Northwest Bexar County.
NASA inspectors hampered
Texas Senate would add $30 to each traffic ticket would raise millions for trauma care centers and highway projects
Yearlong tours possible for Iraq guerrilla war
Illinois to tape all homicide interrogations
US and Brits didn't share Iraq intel
Death toll passes Gulf War I
Texas Monthly denies pro-Bush bias editor Evan Smith says ... he was just trying to be polite when he offered to edit "bullshit" out of a Q&A with former president George Bush.
Q: Prof. News, why are the news media going negative on the Bush administration's Iraq policy?
When presidential words don't line up Four months after the US and its allies invaded Iraq, no weapons of mass destruction or elements of a reconstituted weapons program have been discovered there. Deposed President Hussein remains at large. American soldiers are dying every day, and there appears to be no exit strategy.
A huge cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert in San Antonio
LEAD STORY: BBC LIVE AT 12:08 p.m. Body may be British weapons adviser The body may be that of the scientist who may or may not have been a source for a BBC story claiming the British government had "sexed up" a report on Iraq's alleged WMDs, including the ludicrous claim they could be launched "in 45 minutes"
"CIA UPROAR" New info on Bush uranium claim "..testimony conflicts with the version provided by the White House.."
US may hire ex-Iraqi soldiers as guards "The Pentagon is considering a plan to train a private Iraqi security force and make it responsible for guarding pipelines, government buildings and hundreds of other sites in Iraq.."
Vancouver, BC, Canada Sun Like the Vietnamese, Iraqis not ready to surrender hearts and minds to U.S. "Let's see, to give away 2,000 chickens to starving people, he needs an escort of 16 armored vehicles, machine guns and combat troops. Is there something here that suggests self-delusion in Washington?"
Postwar Window Closing in Iraq "A team of outside experts dispatched by the Pentagon reported Thursday that the window of opportunity for achieving postwar success is closing and requires immediate and dramatic action by U.S. military and civilian personnel."
Bush visits Dallas as critics grow louder
Advanced scanning technology makes it possible to reconstruct documents previously thought safe from prying eyes, sometimes even pages that have been ripped into confetti-size pieces
Anyone know where there's a GOOD detailed Texas map online? email Brad
I believe this is the map you're looking for.
Glad I could be of assistance. :-)
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Thanks a LOT, Russ, butt no, this isn't it
This site has a map for all occasions; one might suit your needs. www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/texas.html By the way I like your show, and your sense of humor. If you ever think of changing the theme song on your program you might look for ' We all live in a split level head by Napoleon the 14th. It is very fitting for SA.
Ron, that is truly the mother of all Texas map pages. Fabulous! My search is over. Thanks!
Bryant's accuser had dark secret
Big screaming naked man scares daycare kids
San Antonio inner city tax appraisals called absurd
Border truck X-rays working well
More Alamo Wing (433rd Airlift Wing) reservists return
Touch-screen voting set for Sept. 13 election
William Safire Troop losses drove Clinton out of Somalia, Eisenhower out of Lebanon, Johnson and Nixon out of Vietnam. In occupied Iraq, only one death a day ó sustained for months with pictures of bereaved families on television ó would, in Saddam's thinking, not only demoralize the occupiers but also increase political pressure in the U.S. and Britain to bring the troops home.
Oct. Report Said Defeated Hussein Would Be Threat Declassified portions of a still-secret National Intelligence Estimate from October show concerns about the dangers posed by a defeated Saddam Hussein and the failure to find any of his alleged stocks of chemical and biological weapons.
The Next Debate: Al Qaeda Link The connection the administration asserted between Iraq and Al Qaeda seems more uncertain than ever.
Maureen Dowd Let's Blame Canada The more Bush officials try to explain how the president made the bogus uranium claim in his State of the Union address, the more inexplicable it seems.
41 Marines to Liberia
Another GI dies in Iraq
Saddam's loyalists thwart polygraph tests Captured Saddam Hussein loyalists in Iraq are proving adept at beating lie-detector tests, frustrating attempts to find banned weapons and to learn what happened to Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher.
White House didn't vet "45 minutes" claim The White House, in the run-up to war in Iraq, did not seek CIA approval before charging that Saddam Hussein could launch a biological or chemical attack within 45 minutes, administration officials now say.
The claim, which has since been discredited, was made twice by President Bush..
shun Patriot Act About 165 communities nationwide have passed resolutions
condemning the USA Patriot Act. But one little city in northern California
has taken its opposition a step further, making it a misdemeanor for city
employees to cooperate in enforcing the federal antiterrorism measure.
Stars and Stripes Lawmakers, Bush under fire over concurrent receipt
Printed matches at bars, cafes "flaming out"
Driver's license denied "upside-down signature guy"
A pile of bricks and debris on which a man has planted a sign in memory of the 2001 terrorist attacks outrages some of his neighbors. STORY
Saddam's sons killed
Paul Krugman commentary The New York Times Who's Unpatriotic Now?
Dante Chinni commentary Christian Science Monitor Bush wants to 'move on,' but his problem persists
Arrest after confession in Dehenney case at Baylor
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Public ire over Iraq increases
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Secret Service investigates pro-Bush editorial cartoon by Pulitzer winner
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and daughters see West Texas prisoners strip searched
Sinkhole eats Buick and damages home
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Bill to ease imports of less-costly drugs gains in House: vote set next week
Why clout of lobbyists is growing As term limits force out state lawmakers, special-interest power rises, spurring a revolt.
Concurrent Receipt Discrimination from Congress to the White House Disabled military retirees must give up their retirement pay to pay their own VA disability. No other federal employee must do this. Pass House Bill HR-303 (which Pres. Bush has threatened to veto) Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees white paper
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White House changes Niger story The information ... significantly alters the explanation previously offered by the White House.
NYTimes version Aide takes blame for Niger statement President Bush's deputy national security adviser [said] that the Central Intelligence Agency had sent him two memorandums warning that evidence about Iraqi efforts to obtain uranium in Africa was weak.
Budweiser mansion killer-boat probe continues
2 US soldiers killed; new Saddam tape surfaces
Bank robber uses own resume for heist note
Couple arrested for letting boys ride in car trunk
"Visible evidence" claimed in Kobe Bryant case
Direct evidence found for dark energy
Manger-scene sheep lover to get counseling, not jail
Hurricane Claudette cleanup slow in some areas
Dad says Baylor coach arranged pay for Dennehy
Dowd commentary: Weapons of Mass Redaction
Digital cameras kill up to 6000 Kodak jobs
James Brown takes full page ad to announce divorce
Blind girl drowns in front of blind lifeguards
Lambert-St. Louis airport losing half its flights
55,503 hits yesterday and 650,781 so far this month
Uday-Qusay death photos HERE US credibility prob? You bet. Photos called "purported" by CNN, other news agencies used careful language about whether photos are authentic. Later in the day, many news reports dropped the qualifiers and just said they are really photos of the really-dead Hussein boys.
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IN NEW TAPE, QUSAY AND UDAY CONFIRM THEY ARE DEAD
Author unknown - Thanks, Elizabeth!
Interview with Dead Husseins Could Bring Closure, U.S. Hopes
In a tape broadcast last night by the al-Jazeera television network, Saddam Hussein's sons Qusay and Uday acknowledged for a worldwide television audience that they are, in fact, dead, a move that many in the White House and at the Pentagon hoped would bring much-needed closure.
In the three-minute interview, a solemn-looking Qusay is the first to speak, saying simply, "I'm not going to sugarcoat this: we're dead, folks." Uday, who looks on silently for most of the interview, congratulates U.S. forces on killing him, but adds that he and his brother plan to "continue to speak out on the issues that matter to the Iraqi people." He also asks that "someone turn down the ---- heat here."
Interim Iraqi administrator L. Paul Bremer said that seeing the two dead Hussein brothers admit that they are dead on television could help the Iraqi people move on: "Many Iraqis already knew Qusay and Uday were dead, but it's still great for people to hear it straight from the horse's mouth."
He cautioned that
the dead brothers' stated intention of continuing to speak out in the future
served "no constructive purpose."
"If Qusay and Uday continue to appear on television making statements even though they've already confirmed that they're dead, that's at best confusing and at worst unhelpful," Mr. Bremer warned.
In a related story,
40,000 unemployed look-alikes of Qusay and Uday rioted today outside the northern
city of Tikrit, demanding job retraining, full health benefits and a shave.
July 25 off
ROUND ROCK -- Gov. Rick Perry signed a massive transportation bill Thursday that empowers Williamson and Travis counties to build toll roads together and adds fines for bad drivers to fund trauma centers.
An afternoon event in Round Rock capped a day of pageantry over House Bill 3588, the passage of which was led by two legislators who represent Williamson County: Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Round Rock, and Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan. The bill takes effect immediately. Reublicans are behind the toll frenzy.
"It's going to make
a dramatic change in the way we get from point A to point B in Texas,"
Ogden said. A lot more expensive!
In Round Rock for the third and final event of the day for the transportation bill, Perry said the legislation "will make Texas the national leader in progressive transportation solutions."
Before the hometown crowd of Williamson County leaders, Krusee got a little emotional when he compared the Round Rock signing with the other two events of the day. He said bringing together Williamson and Travis counties -- which he likened to "cats and dogs" -- in the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority boded well for his efforts to bring together the Legislature for this "bold" transportation initiative. RMA tolls are intended to be permanent. They may also earn 'profits' which are to be used as seed money for new toll road projects. They may also seize existing roads and convert them to toll roads, but they must first pay the state the full value of the road if they do (using bond money.)
"We're going to be able to build roads that we never could have built before," Krusee said.
The mobility authority won the power to issue bonds to pay for new roads and condemn land along the road path. The Central Texas coalition is the first regional mobility authority in the state and has named as its top priorities a toll-road bypass of U.S. 183 in Williamson County and Texas 45 South, another toll road in Southwest Austin.
"With the authority to form regional mobility authorities, local communities will have the flexibility they need to address local transportation needs, and they will have the added benefit of keeping locally generated transportation dollars in their local communities for future projects," Perry said Thursday. He called the mobility authorities the "most intriguing and most helpful piece of this legislation." Perry, like Bush, prefers to spend our gas tax dollars on other stuff. 38% of 'dedicated' federal gas tax dollars are now spent on welfare and warfare. Not sure how many state gas tax dollars are diverted but it's probably enough to fix one road like 1604 every year.
Williamson County Commissioner Greg Boatright agreed that the strength of the mobility authority is the local decision-making that will enable the counties to "control our own destiny and be able to get some projects completed."
When the bill moved to the Senate, Ogden eliminated many of its provisions relating to the mobility authority out of concern that the untested government body was getting too much power. Krusee argued the changes hamstrung the authority's ability to finance the toll roads and build them quicker and cheaper. Those powers were restored during House-Senate negotiations. Ogden cut out a section that allowed RMAs to immediately evict people and bulldoze their property instead of first suing them in court if they refuse to sell. I forget the other provisions but all were detestable and all were included in the final bill.
The authority also can convert existing free state highways to toll roads, but only after holding public hearings, receiving approval from the Texas Transportation Commission and reimbursing the state for the past construction and maintenance costs of the road.
Unlike SA's proposed projects which appear to be designed to relieve existing congestion, Austin's projects are more in the way of providing new infrastructure in undeveloped areas that will make a few landowners VERY wealthy. I don't know if this form of graft will come to SA but beware of RMAs. RMAs have to be authorized by the legislature.
Iraqis killed in raid by Saddam-hunter GIs
Patrick Dennehy's body ID'd
Hit by lightning? Cow dung to the rescue!
Was Florida man lynched? Public meeting today
Cigs spiked with super-addictive "freebase" nicotine
Labels warn of just about everything
Matt LeBlanc's "Friends" character gets spinoff "Joey"
Astronomers: Don't kill Hubble
Condoleeza Rice image suffering She has been made to appear out of the loop by colleagues' claims that she did not read or recall vital pieces of intelligence. And she has made statements about U.S. intelligence on Iraq that have been contradicted by facts that later emerged.
War case: Truthful or tainted? White House accused of tailoring intelligence to justify Iraq invasion
U.S.: 'Noose is tightening' around Saddam
British scandal over Iraq is growing
Brit envoy says take Saddam alive
300+ Iraqis killed in six weeks of mid-night raids as 4ID switches to new tactics The continuing casualties -- such as the four soldiers killed Saturday -- are the direct result of the intensified U.S. offensive, the military officials added.
Shelby: Release classified material A leading Republican senator yesterday called for the release of classified information in a report on September 11 and suggested Saudi Arabia will be the target of a congressional investigation into terrorist financing.
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Scientists say 'nay' to computerized voting
Van de Putte and 10 fellow senators jet to Albuquerque to kill Texas Senate quorum and GOP redistricting bill
Hundreds Flee Montana Blaze
House targets judicial 'errors' with a new strategy
The political science of climate
Tackling robber made man "feel great"
Baghdad angry over no electricity, high crime
More neighborhoods getting the word out by going online
Uday's romantic rivals were fed to lions
Rat-brained cyborg creates Internet art Meet the latest spaced out modern artist - a picture-drawing robot arm in Australia whose brain sits in a petri dish in the US.
US kidnaps Iraqis as "motivational tool"
First legal challenge to the USA PATRIOT Act
Imposter / con man pleads guilty
Doctors asked to help older drivers
"Lebanese Loop" ATM scam
Loch Ness monster hunt: zip
Memo to airlines: more hijackings expected
Reconstruction of Iraq to cost $7.3 billion this year
GOP disputes global-warming cause
Foreign visits to US drop sharply
Cartoonist Michael Ramirez re. Secret Service call after this cartoon
metal jock keeps job
María Felix-Ortiz: Use of Spanish in columns continues to generate comments
Re-ran Spanish words item, with poll
María Felix-Ortiz: Use of Spanish in columns continues to generate comments
Sales tax holiday Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Bush backs ban on gay marriages
The same Vatican that takes NO interest in curbing sex abuse in its own churches begins a Campaign against gay marriage
Bob Herbert commentary: Dying in Iraq
Iraqi guerrillas devise new tactics
Street sweeper stops to solicit hooker
Unwanted sofas thrown from 6th floor
Woman stole ring from body in coffin
Dog dragged to death behind truck
Hunting naked women with paintball guns was a hoax
Baptist church will pay white people to attend
Reader's Digest will cut 580 jobs
Government drags feet on air safety
Birdman glides from England to France