DAVID! THE CLASSIEST CHAMP!
New stuff is posted between 8:30 and 10:30
thermometers "personally tested"?
Hillary Clinton named after the Everest climber?
Jail or the Army. Peter
Holt had to choose
owner's life of battles, bottles
Tractor heir, veteran and onetime drunk shuns the spotlight.
"We flew pretty low to the ground. I was making the pilots keep landing
and buying me beer at these little convenience stores. What could they
do? They worked for me. I was going to fire them if they didn't stop."
Thanks for the link, Wimberly
of priest abuse panel to resign Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating
plans to step down amid turmoil over his public comments, including a
comparison of some Catholic bishops to the Mafia.
standing by secrecy charge
looks like little green cantaloupe
Fathers Day: "He's in Heaven, Baby."
in "checkbook journalism" flap over Pvt. Lynch CBS renewed
concerns among critics about the independence of news divisions owned
by media giants.
Okay, you want stories about how successful the war has been,
and stories about the US being accurate in warning about WMDs
you send me the story links.
mobile labs nothing to do with germ warfare, report finds An
official British investigation into two trailers found in northern
Iraq has concluded they are not mobile germ warfare labs, as was claimed
by Tony Blair and President George Bush, but were for the production
of hydrogen to fill artillery balloons, as the Iraqis have continued
hunt humiliates, angers villagers "I think the future's
going to be very dark," said Rahim Hamid Hammoud, 56, a soft-spoken
judge, as he joined a long line in paying his respects to Hashim this
week. "We're seeing each day become worse than the last."
marines diverted to Liberia A US marine expeditionary force
was heading for the strife-riven west African state of Liberia on
Friday night after Washington came under increased pressure to
deploy troops in what would be its biggest military engagement in
Africa since the early 1990s. The USS Kearsarge, carrying 1,800 marines,
1,200 sailors and attack helicopters, was diverted on its homeward
voyage from Iraq to prepare for the possible evacuation of civilians
from Liberia where rebel fighters have reached the edge of the capital,
says Saddam is alive (she "hopes")
support in Iraq fades after raids "..
the April disappearance from Baghdad and Tikrit of many elite Iraqi
security forces and senior leaders now looks like it may have been part
of a plan, said retired Army General Wesley K. Clark, a former NATO
''Perhaps they thought that the best way to get at Americans was to
wait, make them come in, and then pick them off, one by one,'' Clark
drought changing lives West
Texas residents report another telltale sign of the drought that has
locked much of Texas in a searing clench: Thirst has caused wild animals
to lose their fear of humans.
Academy boss: I'll kill you if you disclose file-swapping scandal
Vice Admiral Richard Naughton knew that nearly 100 midshipmen were using
a high-speed military Internet line to swap music and movies illegally,
but he didn't want word to leak out.
will vote on using homes for lines of credit
I was listening to your
show on the way home from San Marcos awhile ago 6/16/03 . You were talking
about following the President blindly about Iraq and not asking any
good questions. I kept hitting the steering wheel and saying, "Yes!
You referrred to "you
Vietnam people" and that would be me and my husband, who retired
after 20 years in the Air Force in 1973 and passed away in 1995. The
whole time he was in Vietnam we exchanged daily letters. I sent him
clippings from the paper about the war news and he wrote back what the
truth was in the cases he knew about. It was amazing. We often wondered
if it was the same war.
A lot of people wonder
why people involved in Vietnam have so much trouble living with it.
Maybe we were some of the first to realize that Presidents and their
administrations are, after all, politicians with their own agendas.
and they very often use our very expensive and valuable military to
their own ends. It's not a good feeling to realize that this is true
and what you have been asked to do in the name of patiotism.
I'm not saying we should
disbelieve everything that comes out of Washington, no matter how tempting.
I'm saying we should think for ourselves and not follow blindly, just
as you have been doing. And I did notice your support for the troops,
which was appreciated greatly. That's another thing that was very difficult
about Vietnam.the apathy or outright hostility of our neighbors, who
were all civilians.a good many with jobs directly or indirectly connected
to the military budget.
So, even though they were
military brats, our kids grew up being admonished to "think for
yourself".and now I've started on the grandkids.
Gee, it felt good to say
all that. I've been wanting to for a long time. Keep up the good work,
Brad. Even when I don't agree with you, it's good to listen to someone
who doesn't sound like a parrot. Listening with an open mind,
to bradmesser.com 6/16/2003, with my thanks to whoever dropped
it at the station front desk
questions value of emissions tests
June 2003, page 24
by Bob Brooks
at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the value
and fairness of state-run inspection/maintenance (I/M)
vehicle emissions testing programs has kicked off an internal
EPA review, with new directions to be announced by late summer.
The EPA acknowledged
in 1999 that the focus should be taken off the emissions testing
process and instead put on cleaning the air by whatever
method makes the most sense.
Greg Green, director
of the EPAs Certification and Compliance Section in Ann
Arbor, MI tells Wards the emissions-reduction gains attributed
to I/M programs are small - and declining annually because of
the annual turnover to new vehicles with more effective emissions-control
He says the EPA
also is increasingly concerned about the cost to repair older,
complex-technology vehicles. State-run I/M programs, whether using
tailpipe testing or data generated by the vehicles onboard
diagnostic (OBD) systems, require owners to have the vehicle repaired
- often at considerable cost - in order to be driven legally.
emissions tests that rely on OBD systems magnify motorist repair
liability by signaling more problems, some of which
are temporary. And older owners, who drive infrequently and seldom
at speeds and loads adequate to clear catalysts from sulfur effects,
are another group disproportionately impacted by emissions testing.
A spokesman for
the Missouri AAA Motor Club says the impact of I/M on lower-income
drivers must be viewed in context with the unfortunate fact that
30 percent to 50 percent of urban motorists dont carry legally
required vehicle insurance, and there is a growing problem of
stolen license plates and registration tags. The spokesman says
expensive repair consequences of I/M programs effectively adds
to the number of vehicles driven illegally.
While the EPA is
now reacting to the situation and shows concern for the social
consequences of expensive emissions-related repairs, states with
emissions-test programs are finding it difficult to adjust.
One example is Illinois.
Its EPA office recently issued a forecast (state implementation
plan) for vehicle pollution reduction. But in a document obtained
by Wards, Illinois SIP does not outline its I/M programs
actual contribution to pollution reduction.
Meanwhile, the EPAs
latest computer-model estimates (M6) indicate that in a typical
urban area, about 95 percent of vehicle hydrocarbon reduction
can be attributed to ongoing vehicle technology improvements -
and just 5 percent to I/M programs. The data has led one researcher
to label emissions-testing programs as irrelevant.