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Eclipse of the Full Flower Moon this evening

Mischief: the "perfect wedding" photo (61K) shows a lucky woman catching the bride's flowers while reaching up a little too enthusiastically

Mayor wants recharge zone TIFs
proposes rule that "appears to create an opening for North Rim Village" San Antonio Express-News: 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

In Mexico, tragedy is another blow to pride
In Mexico: "Poor people," said one radio announcer, "They leave because their country cannot provide them even the most basic of needs. Why?"

Mexican official laments horror, misery of deaths

Mexicans 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 problems.

Killer drunk driver ordered to visit grave

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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. Sincerely,

Brad, Hello - 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.
Larry M.

One of the best! Okay! I'll walk around humming the Army recruiting jingle "Be All That You Can Be!"

Contact: Sean Michael Byrne
(512) 478-9800
May 14, 2003
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 plane.
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 this matter."
"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.

A Texas Media Watch Editorial
            The 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.
            But the big Texas papers can claim some of the credit for the drastic political action.
            The 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.
            The 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.
            On 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
            The 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.
            After 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.' See Austin May 13 Editorial
            In a May 2 editorial, the Austin American-Statesman called the GOP move for a new congressional district map 'offensive' and 'Machiavellian.'   See Statesman Editorial.
            A 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 Column.
            The 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.
            'Mr. 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
            The 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.
            Before what the Morning News is calling the 'work stoppage' in Austin, they charged state GOP leaders with 'over-reaching.' 
            'Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,' according to the Morning News. See Dallas Editorial
            All 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.
            The 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)
            Instead, 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.
            Of 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.
            Good politicians used to say that it is fatal to believe your own press.  That old political rule is currently being tested in Texas.

Sherry Sylvester
For Texas Media Watch

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