of the Full Flower Moon this evening
the "perfect wedding" photo
(61K) shows a lucky woman catching the bride's
flowers while reaching up a little too enthusiastically
wants recharge zone TIFs
"appears to create an opening for North Rim Village" San
TIF may not be a household word in San Antonio, but it has mushroomed
to a program that could raise nearly $660 million in tax revenue over
the span of two decades with much of that money going to developers.
SEE 10-FOOT POLL LEFT COLUMN
Mexico, tragedy is another blow to pride
Mexico: "Poor people," said one radio announcer, "They
leave because their country cannot provide them even the most basic
of needs. Why?"
official laments horror, misery of deaths
blame US policy for migrants' truck deaths (!)
A corrupt third-world
country that will not help its own job market, blaming us! Another
glaring example of people who always blame someone else for their
drunk driver ordered to visit grave
diocese sued over abuses can transfer assets
soldiers face mandatory emotional screenings
Infantry stops sending troops home
says Bush and Friends spread false stories
crisis in Colorado, too
cookie lawsuit dropped
man left on gym floor as people exercise
Brad, Your drunk-driving
commentary rings so true. No one has the right to endanger others with
their irresponsible behavior. I used to drink and drive. Luckily, when
I demolished my vehicle and my body in a rollover after a night of tequila
shots and rum chasers, I didn't take out a family of four coming home
from the late show or grandmas. I did learn my lesson, but at a price.
I got to experience the joys of wearing a halo and having life threatening,
life-altering surgery to repair my broken neck, not to mention the mental
trauma. I am ok now, but the scars, physical and mental, are a reminder
to me and a LOT of my family and friends that some things can never
be taken back. I could never have lived with myself for killing someone
else because I was so damn selfish I had to drink and drive; my pleasure
was paramount over others' safety. People who are caught D&D should
be publicly humiliated, flogged, and beaten. They are as dangerous as
any killer on the street. I used to be that person; not any more. I
HATE DRINKING AND DRIVING and the people that participate in this activity.
- I really enjoy your show and listen as often as I can. I've always
found your commentary to be witty, humorous, intelligent, well-thought
out and insightful. Because of this, I was very surprised to hear your
take on the whole tongue splitting issue.
I was waiting for the state inspection to be finished on my car and
picked up today's SA Express to pass the time. I read the tongue splitting
article and minutes later got my car back and tuned in to KTSA. While
I agreed with what you had to say about it being senseless and unattractive,
I was pretty shocked to hear you comparing it to killing someone? Or
that parents who allow their juvenile children to do this should be
deemed unfit parents?
My point was that
just as we program ourselves to know something is wrong if it ever
begins to sound reasonable to kill someone, we should also train ourselves
to know something is wrong if we start to think that cutting up our
body would be cool.
While you may find this "body enhancement" unattractive and
would never hire someone looking like that to work in your restaurant,
do you really think we should deny someone the right/freedom to do this
if they wish? I've always found you to be more respectful of our precious
few (and dwindling) freedoms in this country.
In any event, keep up the great work - you're still one of the best
shows out there.
One of the best!
Okay! I'll walk around humming the Army recruiting jingle "Be
All That You Can Be!"
Contact: Sean Michael Byrne
May 14, 2003
REPUBLICANS SEEK TO MISUSE LAW ENFORCEMENT
AUSTIN - Whether they're sending state troopers to harass nurses in
a neonatal unit or engaging a Homeland Security agency to track a state
legislator's airplane, the Republican response to the Killer D Walkout
shows a disturbing willingness to misuse state and federal law enforcement
authorities, said Molly Beth Malcolm, Texas Democratic Party Chairwoman.
Since the walkout began, the following has occurred:
o The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported that Speaker Tom Craddick asked
that former Speaker Pete Laney's plane be tracked. Subsequently, the
Air and Marine Interdiction and Coordination Center - a Homeland Security
agency - got involved in this state issue and tracked the former Speaker's
o In another attempt to insert the federal government into this state
issue, U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay told several newspapers
that the FBI and federal marshalls should be called in to assist in
apprehending the Killer D's. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported there
was an attempt to "federalize" the Texas arrest warrants for
the Killer D's.
o Several newspapers reported that Texas Department of Public Safety
troopers, at Craddick's direction, continue to harass the spouses of
Killer D's even though it is very well known the Democrats are in Ardmore.
o Today's Galveston Daily News and other papers reported on DPS troopers
harassing nurses at the neonatal unit where Craig Eiland's twins, who
were born premature, are being hospitalized. Craddick Press Secretary
Bob Richter said, "We're not going to call off the dogs because
they're in Oklahoma."
o The Republican Party yesterday began airing radio ads calling on the
public to phone the DPS in Austin to report sightings of Killer D's
even though it's well known they are in Ardmore.
"A trend is developing here," Malcolm said. "At every
turn, the Republicans are trying to misuse law enforcement to deal with
"Similar to his attempt to impose a new redistricting plan, Tom
Delay is trying to bring in the FBI into this state matter," Malcolm
said. "And the answer is the same: this is a state matter and Tom
Delay should quit messing with Texas.
"As for the continuing harassment of Killer D families, Speaker
Craddick and the Texas Republican Party need to quit treating the DPS
like 'dogs' while wasting their time on needlessly frightening their
families or running off on red herrings," said Malcolm.
RELEASE: May 14, 2003
A Texas Media Watch Editorial
BIG TEXAS PAPERS EGGED ON DEMOCRATIC WALKOUT
Texas press has been busy blaming House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and
Texas speaker Tom Craddick for the political situation that led to the
walkout of 51 Democrats on Sunday.
the big Texas papers can claim some of the credit for the drastic political
anti-redistricting drum beat in the estate's largest and most influential
newspapers ñ the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle,
the San Antonio Express-News, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and the Austin
American-Statesmanundoubtedly egged the Democrats on. The editorial
page campaigns have created the impression there is broad opposition
to redistricting in Texas.
big papers' opposition to a Republican proposal to redraw Congressional
district lines has been bitter and unequivocal. No paper has reviewed
the GOP arguments for a new map and dismissed them. Instead, they have
repeatedly attacked GOP leaders for making the proposal.
April 19, the Ft. Worth Star Telegram called the Republican redistricting
initiative 'raw shameless politics,' See Ft.
Worth Editorial while the San Antonio Express-News described it
as a 'power grab.' See San
Antonio Editorial. After the Democratic lawmakers left for
Oklahoma the Star-Telegram supported the move saying the redistricting
process had been 'hijacked by Washington.' See Ft.
Worth May 13 Editorial
San Antonio Express-News called the Democratic quorum bust 'understandable'
and was the first to name Republican strategist Karl Rove as one of
the masterminds behind the GOP redistricting plan. See San
Antonio Express News Editorial.
the Democrats fled, the Austin American-Statesman justified the action
because 'a contingent of conservative ideologues in the House put the
partisan interests of the Republican Party over the interest of state
government and the people ñ all the people ñ it serves.'
May 13 Editorial
a May 2 editorial, the Austin American-Statesman called the GOP move
for a new congressional district map 'offensive' and 'Machiavellian.'
Houston Chronicle editorial provided muted praise for the Democratic
lawmakers, blaming House Majority Leader Tom DeLay for interfering in
the state process. See Houston
May 13 Editorial. Last week, Chronicle columnist Cragg Hines took
on the issue by calling DeLay a 'self-righteous prig.' See Hines
Dallas Morning News published an egregious misrepresentation of the
facts on redistricting, telling its readers that Republicans are trying
to destroy a non-partisan process.
Craddick should resist pressure from Congress to contaminate a generations-old
census-based exercise by converting it into an ill-considered purely
partisan power grab,' writes the Morning News editorial board. See Dallas
May 13 Editorial
current Congressional districting lines in Texas are not 'generations
old' or 'census based.' They were drawn after the 1990 census to serve
the best interests of Democrats just as the proposed map would be drawn
to serve the best interests of Republicans.
what the Morning News is calling the 'work stoppage' in Austin, they
charged state GOP leaders with 'over-reaching.'
get fat, hogs get slaughtered,' according to the Morning News. See Dallas
this pro-Democratic press clearly led the minority party to imagine
that they that they are not really the minority after all. After
making their stand in Oklahoma, they distributed copies of editorials
from the state's papers.
editorial pages have proclaimed that the Democratic lawmakers had few
choices other than open revolt. But the Democrats' high profile
retreat was made possible, in part, because the big Texas papers have
not done their job this legislative session. They have failed
to provide Texans with balanced news reports on both sides of the budget
and school finance debates and they have never objectively examined
the Republican argument on redistricting. (See Texas
Media Watch May 9, April 18, April 11 and March 25)
with virtually no data to support them, they have attempted to create
a kind of alternative Texas universe where the GOP sweep in November
never happened and the polls showing that Texans want limited state
spending are all wrong.
course, the state's big newspapers have a constitutional right to get
into this fight. The 51 Democrats in Oklahoma can rest easy knowing
that they've got 46 editorial board members from the state's largest
newspapers standing behind them.
politicians used to say that it is fatal to believe your own press.
That old political rule is currently being tested in Texas.
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