October 8, 2003
UPDATED by 10 a.m. MONDAY
'agreement in principle' reached on remap
DECLARES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPAL
Says primary may not be delayed
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in hacker case
should search his soul over pre-war claims
school settles suit over uniforms, Bates won't wear 'em
promises new map by weekend
launching war PR campaign today
Facing growing doubts at home about the wisdom of attacking Iraq, President
Bush on Wednesday will launch a campaign to defend the U.S. invasion and
cite progress being made even as U.S. troops face almost daily attacks.
chooses Ahnold, fires Gov. Davis
of shoulder-fired missiles still missing in Iraq, which is why Baghdad
Airport hasn't reopened yet
test cheating alleged
Some West Texas men on probation are in trouble for allegedly
using the Whizzinator to help them pass court-ordered urinalysis tests.
Whizzinator website HERE
man says tiger was best friend ("My only friend, really.")
What's this about?
"I was shocked when I watched the last City Council
meeting and saw Councilor Dwight dressed in a sequin evening gown, full
makeup, blonde wig and carrying a purse. Why would he degrade an elected
office and treat it as entertainment? Does he think elected office is
a joke?.." STORY
gets a pass on using the F word on TV
The FCC, using the F-word more often to explain its decision
than Bono did on the air, said the word "may be crude and offensive,
but, in the context presented here, did not describe sexual or excretory
organs or activities." That distinction is a key test to measure
whether a statement meets a federal standard for broadcast indecency.
forgotten war heroes
The US government fails to give WWII POWs the respect they deserve.
Chinese "taikonaut" to orbit Earth next Wednesday
Towers hotel spared from demolition
John Cleese, Fawlty's creator, stayed at the Gleneagles
while filming Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1971 and became fascinated
by its then owner, Donald Sinclair.
Mr Sinclair is alleged to have thrown Eric Idle's briefcase out of a window,
thinking it was a bomb, and to have criticised Terry Gilliam for leaving
his knife and fork on his plate at an angle, rather than straight.
tweaks Internet Explorer
the Patriot Act worries booksellers
I am a Hollywood Park resident. The notion that the photo of the deer
you have posted on your website is doctored is hilarious. Who is that
guy that came up with that????? He
has lost any credibility he ever held, which must not have been much.
If you knew the girl that took the photo, you would laugh out loud. The
reason she took the photo off of the TV is because she doesn't know how
to print a still shot from her video footage. The suggestion that she
would know how to perform "DIGITAL MANIPULATION!" ( . . . hold
on, I have to stop laughing . . .) is as ridiculous as suggesting that
I practice brain surgery (I'm not a doctor). I would laugh harder if this
matter wasn't so serious.
Unfortunately, we don't need to doctor photos of our starving deer. I'd
also like to point out that the deer in the photo is not only starved,
but it has the symptoms of what we suspect is poisoning. Notice the bulge
under the chin and the distended stomach (which your man points out).
I sent you a photo last week of a skinny deer that had been shot with
a pellet or BB. Why don't you post that one too, and let him dissect that
one for us?
Debra, thanks for the photo.
I scanned it for this website, but the BB wound just didn't show up
(although I could discern it with the naked eye). I am snail-mailing
your photos back. Thanks for the effort.
10/7/2003 POSTED 10:30 p.m.
I thought the Email from Mike QUESTIONING whether or not the photo of
the starving deer had been doctored was fairly modest in its question.
Even if his suspicion of photo doctoring was incorrect. I thought also,
that the Email from Debra T. was insulting and hysterical, even IF (?)
she was correct. I appreciate her amplification of the 'facts' concerning
her area and the person who took the photo, but that was no reason to
be so insulting to Mike who didn't have her inside information.
On Tuesday I asked my colleague
Susan Farris to invite the Hollywood Park mayor to come on KTSA and
explain what HP has gone through in trying to find a solution to the
problem of unwanted deer in neighborhoods. If there were a better way
than a feeding ban, I suspect HP would have discovered it by now.
10/7/2003 POSTED 11 p.m.
I just can't take it anymore. It's really hard for me to look at the starving
deer picture and not get angry with these people in Hollywood Park (although
I do feel bad for the deer), seeing that they're to blame in more ways
than one. This is a long story; I'll just provide some excerpts as I remember
them, from all the details my wife told me back then.
In 1999 (maybe 1998 or 2000, I can't remember) my wife was working on
her master?s degree in Wildlife Biology at SWT. She had (or was given)
a great idea for her thesis. The overpopulation problem of the deer in
Hollywood Park was well known even then, due to human encroachment on
formerly wild areas, as well as the rampant overfeeding of the deer actuated
by the ?eco-friendly? citizens of Hollywood Park.
The idea was to trap the deer and relocate them to Camp Bullis where their
movements would be tracked (through radio telemetry collars) and behavior
studied. The hope was that they would adjust to the new environment well,
and it would provide a humane solution to deer overpopulation problems
in other communities. The entire project was to be funded and staffed
by volunteers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and SWT, at no cost to the citizens
of Hollywood Park.
The trapping was about to begin, when a concerned citizen spoke out against
the plan in a town hall meeting. He suggested that it was mean and cruel
to trap the deer and relocate them (truthfully, some will die in the trapping
and relocating process), and that it would be better to shoot them with
darts containing birth control serum every year indefinitely (even though
scientific studies had shown this is a completely ineffective procedure,
and a significant waste of time and money). He got his way, and the thesis
was never implemented.
The citizens were told that their grandiose plan would not work, and the
time would come, after the first Lyme disease outbreak, too many flowerbeds
were destroyed, or too many people ruined their cars in accidents, when
they would themselves self-impose a ban on deer feeding, and rampant starvation
would occur (this is what happens when you artificially create an unnatural
population of wildlife through supplemental feeding).
My wife said then, that when this finally happened, she was going to go
drag the dead decaying deer carcasses out of the woods and deposit them
on the citizen's front lawns. Judging by the photograph on your web page,
we may be making a trip back to San Antonio very soon.
Maybe next time, the people of Hollywood Park will listen to the experts
who want to help them, and not some know-it-all PETA loving bunny hugger
in their community.
I've Cc'd this to my wife. Hopefully she'll correct any of the information
that's inaccurate, and add to the story. You might (if interested) email
her directly as well. I enjoy your web page (wish I could still enjoy
your show [will it ever be on the net again???])
KTSA will return to internet
broadcasting when our new owner, Infinity, decides it is time. I appreciate
the HP Deer history lesson. And please invite me to the Great Deer Deposit
of '03, okay?
Much of a Good Thing?
10/8/2003 POSTED 10 a.m.
There is and always has been a solution to the Deer Problem. It is called
a bow and arrow. Invented by an ingeneous caveman, this device has controlled
deer populations in certain areas (called Hunting Grounds) since the beginning
of time. There ARE careful hunters in this world. VEGETARIAN ia an old
Indian word meaning "Bad Hunter". PETA means "People Eating
Feeding the animals only compounds the problem by encouraging birth rate.
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This means the Democratic candidate for president could be decided by
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