Some websites don't keep material a real long time, so some of these links will expire.
SITE WAS ON VACATION THRU SEPT. 7
(still ended up drawing 965,045 hits)
I'm voting NO on Proposition 12. Proponents say doctors are disappearing because of high medical malpractice damage awards, but the Texas Board of Medical Examiners website START HERE shows that there are more and more doctors all the time. San Antonio Express-News troublemaker Carlos Guerra addresses the contradiction in his Sunday column "''Liar, liar, pants on fire' hurled at claim of vanishing doctors" HERE.
Proposed constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to cap non-economic damages in ALL civil actions (not just malpractice)!
and US will back down over WMDs
The Express-News did run the strip Newspapers horrified by "masturbation" killed Sunday's Doonesbury strip in question is HERE
Nothing about exit strategy Bush wants to double Iraq spending
Colorado redistricting scheme goes to state supreme court today
Fine print would exempt Halliburton hydraulic fracturing Tucked inside an 800-page energy bill winding its way through Congress is a short section that would exempt from federal regulation a lucrative gas-drilling process perfected by Halliburton
Rising Casualties in Iraq Prompt Memories That Generate Doubts Veterans Increasingly Vexed Once staunch Bush supporters, many Vietnam veterans are increasingly critical of administration's handling of the conflict in Iraq, and its attempts to cut proposed spending increases for veterans' health care.
Largest known dinosaur dropping found in Canada
Man trapped in bathtub 6 days
Junk fax industry threatened
Naked man sleeps in bank
Cook gets 4 years for cop caper
Personal: There is a bullet hole in my little airplane. Someone took a shot at me. From the entry and exit angle, it's hard to figure out how the slug missed the prop. It hit a couple of feet from a fuel tank, and about four feet from the pilot. The bullet could have collapsed the wing, exploded the fuel tank, shattered the prop and vibrated the plane apart, and it could have hit me. I have half a mind to call the FBI, and probably would if they weren't so overworked lately. Whoever tried to shoot me down, you are a yellow-bellied sniveling spineless bastard coward.
Texas Dems coming home
Paul Krugman commentary ".. the Iraq war was the mother of all bait-and-switch operations."
Librarians Do It With Screaming Hot Dangling Modifiers
A new action
figure of a frumpy-looking librarian who moves her index finger to her
lips with "amazing push-button shushing action!" is prompting
librarians around the world to raise their voices in protest, no really,
sort of, OK not really "around the world," OK maybe just one
or two somewhere in Jersey, but hey.
Antonio Exceeds Ozone Limit for 2003
but wait 'til you see these details!
For the second year in a row, San Antonio has exceeded the EPA 8 hr ozone limits of 85ppb for CAMs 58 and 23 in the northwest side of town.
Proponents of auto emissions testing are hoping that this year illustrates the need to spend millions of dollars per year to test our cars.
Since you probalably won't hear "the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey likes to say, here are some important facts about this year's ozone events.
1. The highest 8hr ozone average occurred at CAM 23 (John Marshall HS), with a reading of 91ppb. This reading occurred on a Saturday. According to AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments)data, there is an average of 33% less vehicular emissions on Saturdays. Of the 4 highest days recorded at CAM 23 this year, two were on Saturday.
2. The highest 8hr ozone average for CAM 58 (Camp Bullis), with a reading of 89ppb, occurred on a Saturday. Three out of the 4 highest ozone days for CAM 58 have been during the weekend. Even more amazing, is the 3rd highest reading for CAM 58 was 88ppb and that occurred this past Sunday. According to AACOG data, vehicle emissions are 48% less on Sundays.
3. High ozone levels were recorded in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Victoria and Corpus, this past weekend. In fact, Victoria on Sunday had higher levels of ozone (95ppb) than San Antonio.
4. During this weekend's event, the difference in ozone reading between San Antonio and a rural site in Seguin, was 16ppb on Sunday and 21ppb on Saturday. Using Seguin's readings as "background data" then 82% of the ozone that was recorded in San Antonio on Sunday was transported into our area and 77% recorded on Saturday.
Cars were not the problem this weekend. Transported pollution from other parts of the country and naturally occurring volatile organic compounds from trees were.
Just thought you might want to know....
See for yourself: http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/monops/8hr_4highest
Citizens Organized for Good Science
Sept 10 41765
Perry calls third redistricting session
3rd try set for remap session
Natalia school uniform battle continues: Levi's allowed for one
"Big" turnout in early voting a big surprise
DaimlerChrysler struggling Five years after Daimler-Benz paid $36 billion to buy the Chrysler Corporation, the trans-Atlantic giant finds itself out of step with much of the auto industry. Not surprisingly, perhaps, it faces trouble on nearly every front.
Cameron Diaz most unaccomodating autograph signer
Man who was married last weekend jumps to his death at lighthouse
Rapist who blamed two-headed demon gets 313-year jail term
D.C. budget crunch ignored, officials get big bonuses
Will IRS EVER finish probe of teachers' union tax scam?
RIAA settles with 12-year-old girl for $2K
Discovery of low celestial sound waves may help explain how galaxy clusters regulate their growth What?
More "black boxes" being built into cars
There were some terrific comments in yesterday's Ten-Foot Poll about Jessica Lynch's Bronze Star. They're still available. Go to the calendar in the right column, click on the 9 for yesterday's page. Click "View Results" under the SUBMIT VOTE button. Well, that sounds like it requires effort, and I wonder whether it's worth it...
Some 9-11 response images that were carried on this website are archived here
1 Bush hoping to make long arm of the law even longer "..expand the death penalty to include terrorist crimes and to pass legislation that would deny bail to suspected terrorists.."
2 Bush's Counterterror Proposals Could Be a Hard Sell "President Bush appears to have calculated that renewed memories of the Sept. 11 attacks will outweigh rising concerns over civil liberties."
Charges against man who flew Crate Class
Carlos Guerra: Remaining 10 return from exile to raucous Valley welcome (Note from Brad: Sen. Frank Madla told me yesterday to not bet the rent money on there being a quorum on Monday in Austin, so despite Dem denials, there may be something being cooked up)
Roddy Stinson: Tab for Kelly authority's staff/board training 'retreat': $52,959
City board to rethink pet adoption rules
SeaWorld marks milestone dolphin birth
Maureen Dowd We're not happy campers On 9/11's second anniversary, seven in 10 Americans still believe Saddam had a role in the attacks, even though there is no evidence of it, according to a Washington Post poll. That is because the president has done his level best to conflate 9/11 and Saddam and did so again in his speech on Sunday night.
Saudi police say Barbie dolls a threat to morality
Another Day, Another Windows Patch
Swiss-cheese Border For a second year, U.S. government screeners have failed to detect a shipment of depleted uranium in a container sent by ABCNEWS from overseas as part of a test of security at American ports.
Disney hot coffee spill nets $668K damage award
Woman (250 pounds) accuses one-legged boyfriend (116 pounds) of assault
Man jailed for starting fire to avoid sex
Mother convicted of poisoning baby with breast milk
Britney and Madonna kiss live
Jennifer Lopez with no makeup
Japanese optical illusions
Sept 12 45698
Johnny Cash dead at 71 DIABETES
John Ritter dead at 54 HEART
Proposition 12 ads ads short on facts
Midland woman files "peep show" suit against Abercrombie and Fitch
Lopez puts marriage on hold after visit to her 'mystic adviser' "Lopez has become close to Merle Gonzalez, a follower of the Caribbean quasi-religion Santeria, who lives in a ramshackle wooden house in a run-down Los Angeles suburb. Her influence over the actress, whom she calls her "goddaughter", is immense."
Florida vet faces foreclosure on home for flying US flag
Janes reports Chinese probably saw classified stuff on downed US plane
Tommy Chong gets 9 months for selling bongs
Cambodians urged to eat more dogs
Let's roll! Get a lawyer! Lisa Beamer sues over lack of airport security
Tommy Lynn Sells makes it official, admits killing Mary Bea
Today's Express-News report shows me that the editor should assign someone else to write the stories about air pollution in our area. It contains a mistake about how ozone is formed, an unchallenged endorsement of vehicle pollution monitoring, and worst of all, it leaves out a key fact both times the air pollution level exceeded the federal limit were on weekends, when fewer cars are on the roads, so it wasn't the cars that caused all the problem. And outlying monitors also recorded excess ozone, so what was happening in the city was happening in the country, too. It wasn't cars, folks, it was something that blew in from somewhere else. Can you find that in the story?
Area's air quality suffers again
reluctant to intervene in Texas Dem remap battle
Quiet fadeaway for patients' rights Nearly three years after President Bush assured the public he would work for a federal law to protect patients' rights, the government provides no federal safeguards for Americans in managed-care plans.
Experts warn of new worm threat A worm could emerge within several hours or days that takes advantage of a newly discovered flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating system. It and could be far more damaging than Blaster, experts said
1 'Patriot II' plan getting cool reception in congress
2 Has post-9/11 dragnet gone too far? As White House pushes to expand domestic terror laws, critics worry limits on civil liberties will become permanent
Iraq: better than you think
Pet psychic has worked with 6,000 animals -- at $1.75 per minute She told of going to consult on a horse farm not long ago and having a man run out of the house when she pulled into the driveway. "I think this is a bunch of crap," the man said. "And I can't believe my wife is paying you for this."
Missouri gets concealed weapons law over governor's veto The measure, set to become law in 30 days, makes Missouri the 45th state to grant people permits to carry concealed guns on their bodies and in their vehicles.
Sept 15 40865
6,000+ Americans evacuated from Iraq for medical reasons "It is military police policy to announce that a soldier has been wounded only if [he was] involved in an incident that involved a death."
U.S. cuts its hopes for help in Iraq
Congratulations to my colleagues Ricci Ware and Carl Wiglesworth, who are among 37 broadcasters just cited by the Texas Radio Hall of Fame "for their significant, notable and substantial contributions to Texas radio." The TRHOF website explains that these Hall of Honor awardees "remain eligible to be future candidates for induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame."
Lenders are moving fast to offer new line of credit Texas law allows homeowners to take out only one home equity loan at a time. Before Saturday's vote, that meant that borrowers often had to take out a larger loan than they needed, because they couldn't tap that source of equity again without refinancing the loan. The line of credit is intended to let them borrow multiple times, up to 50 percent of their home's value, as they need the money
Ono naked: fine art? John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono could end up stark naked on a Paris stage as she performs her one-woman art show "Cut Piece", in which members of the audience are to cut off pieces of her clothing.
Maureen Dowd Gunsmoke and mirrors This is how bad things are for George W. Bush: He's back in a dead heat with Al Gore
Bush seeks to expand access to private data The president is seeking broad new authority to allow federal agents - without the approval of a judge - to demand private records and compel testimony
Oregon group thrives despite al Qaeda ties An affiliate of a Saudi-based Islamic group said to have ties to al Qaeda continues to operate with tax-exempt status in Oregon while many of its international offices have been shuttered
Passengers duct-tape troublesome Austin airline passenger
|Superhero-costume man freeing London wheel-clamped cars|
$10,000 engagement ring lost--but answer is still yes
What's that in the road... a head?
Swastika crop circle in Germany
12 "honor" killings in Jordan so far this year
Patriot Act not just for terrorists anymore "In the two years since law enforcement agencies gained fresh powers to help them track down and punish terrorists, police and prosecutors have increasingly turned the force of the new laws not on al-Qaida cells, but on people charged with common crimes. ... Civil liberties and legal defense groups are bothered by the string of cases, and say the government soon will be routinely using harsh anti-terrorism laws against run-of-the-mill lawbreakers. 'Within six months of passing the Patriot Act, the Justice Department was conducting seminars on how to stretch the new wiretapping provisions to extend them beyond terror cases,' said Dan Dodson, a spokesman for the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. 'They say they want the Patriot Act to fight terrorism, then, within six months, they are teaching their people how to use it on ordinary citizens.'"
Sept 16 50521
Arnold discusses sex and politics on Oprah
East Coast wary of Isabel
The War - It was gonna be last week. Then it was gonna be Monday. Now
1 Indefinite delay on Iraq WMD report
2 Iraqis attention turns to crime and jobs
The question of whether the Americans can transform Iraq is asked with increasing frequency.
3 USA Today Patriot Act at heart of Ashcroft's influence
Since losing his seat in the U.S. Senate to a dead man in the 2000 elections and barely surviving Senate confirmation hearings for his current job, Ashcroft emerged after 9/11 as one of the most formidable members of the Bush administration.
4 Ashcroft rips anti-Patriot Act 'hysteria'
Ashcroft denounced as "hysteria" the contention by some librarians and civil liberties groups that the FBI can use a new anti-terror law to snoop into Americans' reading habits.
(In the story, he doesn't deny that the power exists)
5 Antiterror proposal uncertain in House
A key plank of President Bush's antiterrorism legislation that gives government agents subpoena power is facing scrutiny in the House.
6 Defense team hit for Iraq failures
The Pentagon's policy-making shop is getting internal criticism for failing to predict the ongoing guerrilla war in its planning for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, military officials say.
1 Runaway Democrats make dramatic return
2 What punishment for quorum busters?
3 Senate adjourned before Dems got there
4 Carlos Guerra: Texas Senate reconvenes amid cheers, jeers and big questions
5 Special session off to rowdy start
6 They're back, but they're not happy about it
"... 25 minutes into the speeches by the returning senators, invisible Republicans cut off their microphone.
The move only emboldened the crowd which chanted, "Turn it on! Turn it on!" and the senators, who responded in even loftier terms.
"The mike may be off but the voice of freedom will always stand true," Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio said to raucous approval."
Jessica Lynch interview goes to ABC on Veterans Day CBS News was embarrassed in June when it was revealed the Viacom-owned network had hinted at publishing and MTV deals in its pitch for a Lynch interview. The network had no comment about Lynch's decision.
SBC Internet stands firm, won't disclose customers names
Malaria affects many US Marines who were in Liberia
Job losses unsettle Republicans Congressional Republicans are watching warily as President Bush's approval ratings slide on two major issues -- the economy and Iraq -- and wondering if voter anxiety might cost them seats in next year's election.
What crisis? Malpractice premiums don't force out docs This time, it's the GAO. Others have said the same: we are NOT losing doctors, despite what the AMA and President Bush claim for their own purposes
First tokers of Health Canada cannabis call it disgusting, want money back
Wrong home bulldozed "Yes, we have knocked your house down."
Meeting discusses S&M librarian "..people like Shahan, but there are residents who disagree with her lifestyle."
Worst jobs in science
1 "Sixteen healthy subjects volunteered to eat pinto beans and insert small plastic collection tubes into their anuses... After each 'episode of flatulence,' Levitt syringed the gas into a discrete container, rigorously maintaining fart integrity.
There are many more...
Sept 17 39483
Fees increased by Texas Legislature HERE
Texas license plate law rewrite HERE
US troops facing revenge attacks The commander of the US-led coalition in Iraq said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday that US forces, already under heavy pressure from guerrilla-style operations by resistance fighters, now face revenge attacks from ordinary Iraqi's angered by the continuing American occupation.
Bush still claims Iraq connected with 9-11 attacks(!)
Cheney still going with fiction that Saddam did 9/11 Vice President Dick Cheney, anxious to defend the White House foreign policy amid ongoing violence in Iraq, stunned intelligence analysts and even members of his own administration this week by failing to dismiss a widely discredited claim: that Saddam Hussein might have played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Rumsfeld says NO link between 9-11 and Iraq
EDITORIAL Cheney in Wonderland
Seeking honesty in U.S. Iraq policy JOSEPH WILSON was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 1988 to 1991. In July, he called into question the Bush administration's assertions about Iraq seeking uranium from Africa by revealing that he had been asked by the U.S. government to look into such claims -- and had reported in early 2002 that they were unfounded.
Iraqis' bitterness called bigger threat than terror New intelligence assessments are warning that the United States' most formidable foe in Iraq during the months ahead may be the resentment of ordinary Iraqis.
Poll of Iraqis shows some optimism 50 percent of those polled thought America would do more to hurt than help Iraq over the next five years, versus 36 percent who thought America would help. Women were particularly wary of the US.
"Purple People Eater" singer dies
Radio tags to replace bar codes
Texas googoo lawmaker wants "French" put back in fries
Dem poll: Bush "in over his head"
Did what she thinks hit her house really hit her house?
Home makes offer on Mirasol improvements
Attention, Alice in Wonderland! KB Home, found lacking in workmanship
and quality at Mirasol public housing project, offers to furnish maintenance
manager to keep track of whether KB homes are lacking in workmanship and quality
City tight on money, may close Sunken Gardens Theater in Brackenridge Park
Bush: Iraq NOT linked to 9-11 (!) No," Mr. Bush told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session at the White House, where he sought to set the record straight. "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with Sept. 11."
License frames: a fine mess New law prohibits accessories from obscuring text or numbers on plate Texas license plate law rewrite HERE
Super-speed internet research funded
Robber leaves clue: driver's license
Mobile car wash service cleaning up
Rick Casey in Houston Chronicle
Odd Houston mayor race debate format ".. no moderator, no panel of pompous print pundits probing ponderously. Just four candidates around a small table, close enough to smell each other's sweat. There will be no rules, not even a coin flip to determine who kicks off the discussion."
GIs ambushed and killed in town where US mistakenly killed 14-year-old
NY Times analysis
Roadblocks for Bush in rebuilding Iraq ".. some defense officials are saying the occupation force's state of siege, combined with continuing difficulties in restoring services in Baghdad, is making Iraqis increasingly hostile toward those who are supposed to be their liberators.."
Garrels says Rather's Saddam chat was ''obsequious tripe" USA Today NPR war correspondent Anne Garrels is tough on Dan Rather and other journalists in her book, "Naked in Baghdad." She writes of meeting Geraldo Rivera in Afghanistan: ''He was catered to by an obsequious entourage. He was also surrounded by a contingent of armed guards he had hired. He had not yet announced that he, too, was packing heat, and ready to take on Osama bin Laden mano a mano , but it was clear he was playing by rules that blurred lines between journalist and combatant."
Naked Art "..pictures painted on naked bodies instead of canvases.."
GOP family feud Texas Republicans, having finally muscled the Democrats
into a corner in their four-month fight to redraw the state's congressional
district lines, have moved on to a new phase of the operation: Now they are
brawling among themselves over how to draw the map.
2 Tensions high as GOP senators debate fines, penalties for Dems
Email spammers to police themselves? "One of the primary bills in Congress to crack down on spam e-mail contains a new provision that would shield bulk e-mailers from penalties if they agree to police themselves, igniting new questions about the extent to which industry is influencing the legislation."
Coed printed fake money in dorm
Fan died going after sunglasses
Infrasound - sound pitched too low for human hearing - can induce odd feelings
Indian city spooked by 'ghost' photo story includes photo
£240,000 ($388,000) for penis plate story includes photos A leading museum has added a bawdy 16th century work of art to its collection, depicting a human head made up of small images of penises.
Man arrested after simulating sex with rock (no photo)
Sept 19 43513
1 Patriot Act library record powers un-used "If the Justice Department had been more forthcoming with the public," said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the Washington office of the American Library Association, "this high level of suspicion wouldn't have developed. But they've been fighting for two years not to tell people what they were doing, and that left a lot of people wondering what they had to hide." SEE TODAY'S COMMENTARY
2 Patriot Act monitoring claims dismissed Ashcroft labeled critics of the law "hysterics" and said "charges of abuse of power are ghosts unsupported by fact or example."
Some San Antonio city budget details
Drunk-driver breath tests tossed out, decision appealed
Singing driver wrecks when bee flies into his mouth (third item)
Woman, 81, goes into river while failing 6th driver's test
Librarian, told she's "too sexy" for promotion, sues Harvard
Waitress returns $2000 to tourist
Iraqi bigwig surrenders; 3 GIs dead in Tikrit ambush
Yuk! Ex-Texas trailer trash in animal sex case in Indiana
300-pound man dies climbing in window
Houston gay softball team complains opponent used straight guys
Magician to drive 12 miles blindfolded in "memory test"
New worm poses risk to corporate networks A new worm that masks itself within fake Microsoft security bulletins poses a medium to high risk to corporate networks, according to security vendor Aladdin Knowledge Systems.
Sept 22 40503
How Green Berets beat odds at Iraq Alamo "..previously classified mission was illuminated at an awards ceremony this week for two of the combatants."
Tomorrow Bush will ask U.N. for money and troops
US paid for secret Soviet raid to recover Romania uranium
Some dial-up internet connections are as fast as DSL
Original 9-11 plan had 10 jets on both coasts
Suicide by charcoal catches on as "painless"
Rick Casey, Houston Chronicle Grand jury didn't indict celebrity Yates-trial psychiatrist
Stevie Nicks calls Britney-Madonna kiss "obnoxious"
Man saved by kangaroo who thinks it is a dog
Local art project makes use of old appliances
Chipmunk rides from Utah to California
Texans invited to turn in litterbugs
Anyone could join planned Caucasian Club at highschool
Ex-WSJ newsman lives out of his truck while looking for work
Worm disguised as a Microsoft patch The latest virus to hit the Web poses as a security update from Microsoft and takes advantage of a two-year-old weakness in Internet Explorer
Invasive cogon grass may pass kudzu as plant scourge | photo
White House "ambushed" by criticism from US military community
Patriot Act opposition may be voted on soon in Austin
90 of 135 California recall candidates to be on Leno tonight
Air Force Academy sex abuse report due today
my notes on President Bush's U.N. speech HERE
2 CNN first report on speech HERE
Medals for his valor, ashes for his wife ".. a courageous lone stand against Iraqi foes may earn him the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. The division's medal application - which cites his "extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor" - is steadily making its way through the Army's bureaucracy. It would be the first awarded since two soldiers received it for actions in Somalia in 1993."
Just a little something different. My son is active duty Army, a Military Police Officer stationed here in the United States (for now). I am retired from the Army. He brings home his friends on weekends. Two of them are going to Iraq soon. I don't want to see them hurt , but it could happen. Pray for them Brad, give them our support.
Media's dark cloud a danger
Thanks, TDB. Now here is a counter-viewpoint from The Nation:
Stretched Thin, Lied to and Mistreated On the ground with US troops in Iraq
Caught in the iron grip of the credit card
Indian Motorcycle stops production, lays off everyone The company specializes in cruisers -- large, relatively smooth motorcycles with a relaxed seating position and cushy suspensions for leisurely riding.
Before World War I, the company was the largest motorcycle maker in the world, producing more than 20,000 bikes a year.
USA Today / Gallup Poll Bush's strength waning Americans are split over whether the war was worth fighting; 50% say yes, 48% no. That is a dramatic drop from April, when, as Saddam Hussein's statue was falling in Baghdad, 76% said the war was worth it.
Further bad news for Bush: His job approval is at 50%, his lowest rating since taking office.
Washington Times op-ed The pot calling the kettle [expletive deleted] "We sympathize with the victims of intellectual-property theft, but we are skeptical of the RIAA's sudden concern for the preservation of the innocence of youth. Today's pop music is a leading contributor to the corruption of children."
California makes automobile "Black boxes" private California today adopted the nation's first law meant to protect the privacy of drivers whose cars are equipped with "black boxes," or data recorders that can be used to gather vital information on how a vehicle is being driven in the last seconds before a crash.
How Bush would spend $20 billion on Iraq reconstruction
Sept 24 71541
Link to nude Arnold Schwarzenegger is on today's Commentary page
Texas Senate okays redistricting map
Call for resignation shows rift in GOP
Trial of ex-City Councilmen moved from Alamo City
Sen. Kennedy war criticism "a slur on Texas"
Questions growing over Bush request for $87B
Boston Globe editorial Owning up to Iraq war deceptions Americans believed the White House so much that 57 percent of Americans in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll said the invasion of Iraq and the war on terrorism that began after Sept. 11 were the "same war."
President Bush's U.N. speech defending American action in Iraq mentioned the 9-11 attacks in the first paragraph. What a coincidence. I am baffled as to how Americans get the idea that Iraq and 9-11 are connected [speech text]
protesters sue Secret Service The American Civil Liberties
Union asked the federal courts Tuesday to prevent the U.S. Secret Service
from keeping anti-Bush protesters far away from presidential appearances while
allowing supporters to display their messages up close.
Carol Burnett's dead daughter sends signs from heaven and other current tabloid headlines
California bans email spam "The people sending the latest penis enlargement schemes are not going to pay attention to this," said H. Robert Wientzen, president of the Direct Marketing Association. "This is a group of politicians trying to cash in on a popular issue and will create more confusion and problems than solutions."
Iowa to get Rx drugs from Canada
Gambling with the dollar? The Bush administration has embarked on a high-stakes effort to reduce the value of the dollar in Asia, hoping to stimulate exports and jump-start the U.S. job market but risking a spike in interest rates and a slide on the stock market.
Affidavits describe Houston Police shakedowns at local cantinas The Houston police officers accused of taking bribes from local cantinas collected around $50 a night from more than 40 local bar owners, using business cards and cell phones to expand and conduct their illegal operation, according to their arrest affidavits.
Rick Casey, Houston Chronicle Psychiatrist who testified against Tub Mom was very well paid
Mom says Huxley's "Brave New World" could cause teen sexual arousal Julie Wilde and other parents want Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" taken out of classrooms. "This is pornographic literature and we do not feel it has a place in any school funded by taxpayer dollars," says the Texas mom. The books, she says, may lead to "inappropriate sexual arousal of young teens." (McAllen Monitor)
MSN to shut chat rooms over child sex fears
California: One-fifth of all recall money has come from tribes
London gym offers Boob Aerobics
Police pull plug on blindfolded mountain drive
Man cuts off penis 'to teach wife a lesson'
Ban on Russian ads depicting euro having sex with dollar
Longest dog ears
Sept 25 54891
Congress trying to save Do Not Call list
Dog Frisbee may be terminated here San Antonio city council votes this afternoon on a requirement that pets be restrained on leashes at Woodlawn and several other city parks [see 34 on agenda]
1 Hillary says 'No' but acts like a candidate
2 She's not a candidate ... probably
Houston man gets life for killing bedwetting 3-year-old
Document reportedly says no WMD found in Iraq "The effort by the CIA on Wednesday to emphasize the interim nature of any document seemed intended to minimize political fallout.."
Bush puts all on line in Iraq
Mr. Bush continues to link Iraq to counterterrorism, even as a rising number of Americans question the ongoing loss of American life and the potential cost of rebuilding Iraq. Those costs could include a new call-up of National Guard and Reserve troops, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Afghan officials see Taliban resurgence
(Bush on May 2: "We destroyed the Taliban!")
woman NOT stoned
Mothers' milk contaminated
SMU race-based cookie sale stopped
Dowd visits with Arnold "The tyro Tyrolean pol had to offer more to California voters than the same message he gave to the distressed Linda Hamilton in "Terminator 2": "Come with me if you want to liff."
New Guinness record book ready "Keep bell-ringing till you are 101 years old or unhook 17 bras with one hand in under a minute and your place is assured in Guinness World Records."
Psychologist treating chickens
Taxes on online shopping? Congress could make it happen
All-you-can-eat crab special goofup gets Red Lobster boss canned
New kind of pop-up ad sneaks thru Microsoft defenses "..includes all Windows PCs sold in the past two years."
Father detained after son picks pebbles A German man is facing up to 10 years in a Turkish prison because his nine-year-old son picked up pebbles from a beach.
Sept 26 47864
Another ruling against Do Not Call list The second ruling ... erects a far higher hurdle ... said the registry was unconstitutional because the FTC allowed telemarketing calls from charities but not commercial enterprises, and violated the First Amendment.
Levi pulling out of San Antonio
Wentworth and Craddick squabbling over Texas redistricting
Chicago may join Patriot Act opposition
Austin attorney active in Patriot Act cases
Google: latest Patriot Act stories HERE
Man reunited with lost cat after 10 years
20-year-old internet whiz buys $1M home
Microsoft critic loses his job ".. was one of several corporate and academic security experts who wrote the report, which argues that Microsoft's dominance over personal-computer operating systems and other software programs makes it easier for malicious hackers to attack millions of machines and networks at once."
San Antonio expands leash law "Councilman Julián Castro said complaints about dogs running loose at Woodlawn Lake Park had sparked his interest in seeing the regulations changed. Unleashed dogs were getting into fights and making park patrons feel less secure, Castro said.
War news . . .
Republicans question Bush's Iraq budget request Five hundred experts, at $200,000 each, to investigate crimes against humanity. A witness protection program for $200,000 per Iraqi participant. A computer study for the Iraqi postal service: $54 million.
More Guard call-ups foreseen The Pentagon will activate additional National Guard combat brigades to sustain current force levels in Iraq if foreign nations do not contribute enough forces, official said.
USAF analysts feel vindicated on Iraqi drones
Weapon-grade uranium found in Iran
Troops home for two-week vacation The first U.S. troops serving in Iraq to get a vacation as part of the military's largest home leave program since the Vietnam war arrived Friday and were looking forward to seeing their children and eating some home-cooked food.
Daniel Schorr commentary A war still in search of a rationale It is more than six months since the invasion of Iraq, and it remains a war in search of a rationale.
gird for fight on Houston light rail proposal
Woman locked in storage unit 63 days - "near death" - files lawsuit
Highschool shooter was teased about acne As McLaughlin entered high school, however, the stress of constant teasing over his acne from some classmates apparently took a toll, the eighth-graders said.
Pigeon droppings cause roof collapse
Teacher sues five-year-olds for scratching her car
Iraqis love Saddam's torture home CDs
Another oddity in Penn. human bomb investigation
Farewell ROLAND LAWRENCE LaPRISE What with all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry La Prise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in... and then the trouble started... Thanks, John
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More workers get shut out of e-mail Some companies are reducing or eliminating e-mail in a bid to staunch the spread of disruptive computer viruses and spam.
CIA wants video game to teach "terrorist thinking" The CIA is set to spend several million dollars to develop a video game aimed at helping its analysts think like terrorists, The Washington Times has learned.
Iraq and 9/11 STILL linked by Cheney In making the case for war against Iraq, Vice President Cheney has continued to suggest that an Iraqi intelligence agent met with a Sept. 11, 2001, hijacker five months before the attacks.
Texans still holed up in compound after almost four years "..Gray, a Bible-reading militiaman, doesn't see the impasse as simple issues of warrants defied and court orders ignored, but as a kind of life-and-death struggle between God and the devil government."
Contagious yawning may signal mutual understanding Mainly psychobabble about the subject and hardly any real facts
Catherine Zeta Jones sues cosmetics firm and Neiman-Marcus
British tested nerve gas on own troops 'It was like he was being electrocuted, his whole body was convulsing. I have seen somebody suffer an epileptic fit, but you have never seen anything like what happened to that lad... the skin was vibrating and there was all this terrible stuff coming out of his mouth...
Desperate woman in a trunk? No, a hoaxer with two cel phones
Survey: older women going after younger men Frequency of sex? Sixty percent of the women and 45 percent of the men said they hadn't had any in the past six months.
Regarding the "five-second rule" on dropped food Items dropped on infected flooring were indeed contaminated in less than five seconds.
Wallet returned to owner seven years after loss
Five-year-old girl makes bong for Show and Tell
Bill O'Reilly says he "very rarely" tells guests "Shut up!" O'Reilly writes: "[Al] Franken's job is to do exactly what Donald Segretti did for Nixon dig up dirt on people. He is not a satirist; he is not a comedian. He's someone who wants to injure people's reputations, and I think people have got to know that."
Ex-WSJ newsman who penned USA Today piece gets offers Former writer for the Wall Street Journal now lives in his truck and at campgrounds. His family has little sympathy for him.
Doubt about sunscreen lotions' protection
Towns find gold mine in garbage
Woman hid hubby's wheelchair A 90-year-old German women hid her husband's wheelchair to stop him from meddling with the housework.
Bush and Powell defend WMD claims President Bush and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell defended yesterday a statement made by Powell early in 2001 that Iraq's Saddam Hussein did not have "any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction."
Army Reserve fears troops leaving
Another day of ups and downs for Do Not Call list
Nazi flag doesn't fly with Texas crowd
Toddler survives almost three weeks on ketchup, mustard and dry pasta
Insiders' new company consults on doing business in Iraq A group of businessmen linked by their close ties to President Bush, his family and his administration have set up a consulting firm to advise companies that want to do business in Iraq, including those seeking pieces of taxpayer-financed reconstruction projects.
Doubt grows over prewar intelligence
Who let Saudis flee after 9/11? In the days immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, while the airways were still closed to all other flights, Americans couldn't fly into the country but relatives of bin Laden were able to fly out.
In W.Va., many Bush backers balk at $87b to rebuild Iraq
Paul Krugman commentary Who's sordid now? ".. even as the situation in Iraq slides downhill, and the Iraqi Governing Council demands more autonomy and control, American officials continue to block local initiatives, and are still trying to keep the big contracts in the hands of you-know-who."
Justice starts probe of CIA agent leak
Another journalist confirms getting call about Wilson, wife From Jim Romanesko's media website: "Mike Allen and Dana Milbank report another journalist confirms getting a call from an administration official providing information about Valerie Plame and her CIA job. "The journalist, who asked not to be identified because of possible legal ramifications, said that the information was provided as part of an effort to discredit (Plame's husband and former ambassador Joseph) Wilson, but that the CIA information was not treated as especially sensitive," write the Post reporters."
Texans assail repatriation flights Texas officials have joined the Mexican government in protesting a new US program that each week packs thousands of illegal Mexican immigrants onto chartered planes in Arizona, flies them up to 850 miles to Texas and shuffles them across the border there.
Stowaway who flew in crate released on bail
Dad pulls gun on son after Alabama loses to Arkansas in double-overtime
Man accused of firing at pizza delivery man for showing up late (2nd item)
Man guesses he's made $6.25 million selling land on the moon [In 1980] He filed his declaration of ownership in the local courthouse and quickly sent letters to the governments of the United States, Soviet Union and the United Nations. In those letters he expressed his ownership rights and intention to sell and subdivide the moon and planets. "I said if they had any problem with it, let me know," Hope said. "I am still waiting to hear from them."
Goodbye granny glasses New surgery for older people's eyes appears safe
Swiss inventors develop spaghetti plate with photo
Unpatched Explorer hole is hackers' 'gold mine' A long-ignored security hole in Microsoft Internet Explorer is a gold mine for hackers, providing an easy way for them to plant malicious programs on vulnerable machines through hacker websites and instant messaging applications.
FBI misusing anti-terrorist powers against journalists?