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VETERANS' DAY
MANY other war and veterans stories down-column.


By Rick Maze, Air Force Times, my noon guest
Veterans budget proposal is too small Read this and be surprised by what's being sold as "supporting the troops" and by what the Bush administration has been strongly opposing behind the scenes

BACKGROUND by Rick Maze
Retired generals urge Bush to stop opposition to concurrent receipt


 

Dallas experimenting with fining panhandlers Six months after the Dallas City Council banned soliciting at intersections, some police and city officials said they've seen a drastic decrease in the number of panhandlers ... The ordinance has driven them to the suburbs, to shopping centers and into the arms of family. It has also steered those newly down on their luck because of the economy into shelters and soup kitchens, officials said.


 

 

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll
CPS is about to decide where to run giant 200-foot transmission towers across the northwest suburbs. Sen. Phil Gramm and other influential property owners say the lines should avoid their private property, and instead go across the Government Canyon Natural Preserve. Total votes 247
Private property should be protected. Use taxpayer owned property instead. (146) 59%
Government Canyon is by and for the people and should be protected. (101) 41%

 

The introduction of 200-foot transmission towers within or near established residential neighborhoods is wrong. Consider the argument that some people want noise suppression for their homes near the airport. They built/purchased the homes when the airport was there. Now the noise is a problem? Tough! However, if unsightly transmission towers are installed within or near established private residential areas, there will be economic loss to the property owners and the potential for electromagnetic threats to residents' health

Tough call, but if it has to be only those two choices, then private property gets the nod for protection. It's almost a case by case call. Ralph Green

The majority of responders are misinformed or stupid.

Senator; eat our dust! You DIDN'T help Veterans as much as you could have (don't recall your support of Concurrent Receipt) except for lip service! j 30 yr AF

If the general public is to benefit from a project, then public/government property should be the first option to be utilized.

private property is private property

This needs to be resolved on a case by case basis. The confiscation of private property for the good of the state has gone on for years. The question here is "Should Government Canyon be protedted?" The answer here should be a loud and clear - Yes!

Neither are my choice. Lines must be put in for the 'greater' good of all. All the arguments can be made for the Interstate Hwy systems or the Alaska Pipe Line. Where's the damage? Where's the overall benifit? I don't like Gumby downtown, but I gott'a live with it.

Everybody wants to protect the natural habitat. But if you ask me, the most endangered thing is human rights!

Put the wires underground and in a few years only the surveyers will know where they are! Nobody should have these towers zussing, snapping, and crackling in their back yards. I might have a slightly different opinion if it was Henry C's place - he deserves it.

 

 

Same phone number for home, roam New rules allow transfer of land line numbers to cell; millions expected to switch.

Dallas News illustration
Q: What happens Nov. 24?
A: On that day, consumers who live in the 100 most populous metro areas will be able to transfer their home phone numbers to a cell phone if the cellular company operates in the same local calling area, according to new Federal Communications Commission rules. Consumers in those markets also will be able to keep their cell phone numbers if they switch to a competing wireless carrier. The rules will apply outside the top 100 markets six months later.

 

Your open, responsive state government at work
Gov. Perry sues to keep Boeing incentives plan secret

Small local Veterans’ Day observances planned

 


Lynch biography published today
It debunks early myths that U.S. troops waged a daring rescue
".. the suggestion by a handful of critics that Lynch may have contributed to the myth, deceiving others to enhance her heroism, enrages her family and makes Lynch herself cry, according to the book.
"Don't they know I'd give anything in this world if it never happened at all?" she says."

 
Hustler magazine claims to have topless Jessica Lynch photos

Excerpts from 'I Am a Solider, Too'


Jack Ruby's tux up for bids on eBay "Is there a demand for this sort of thing? Always," he said. "It's all part of the Kennedy saga. People want anything Lee Harvey Oswald, anything Jack Ruby, even some things from the police officers involved."

 

The Things They Wrote

Today is the 50th anniversary of the holiday renamed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 to "solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom." Before 1954 the holiday was called Armistice Day.

Observation this year of Veterans Day comes as about 130,000 troops (102,000 active military and 28,000 reserve) remain on duty in Iraq. As of yesterday, according to the Pentagon, 394 have died in the war.

Here are excerpts from among the final letters home of some soldiers who died there:

Final Letters Home


Vets Tell War Stories for Federal Project "For a long time people shy away from talking about painful subjects. They saw friends die and feel guilty almost," Ritchie said. "They have trouble bringing it up. They don't want to burden their families with stories."
Later, "they review their lives. They sort out the good and the bad, he said. "They go from wanting to talk about it to feeling compelled to talk about it."

Paul Krugman Commentary
Support the Troops

".. the magazine Army Times ran a story with the headline "An Act of `Betrayal,' " and the subtitle "In the midst of war, key family benefits face cuts." The article went on to assert that there has been "a string of actions by the Bush administration to cut or hold down growth in pay and benefits, including basic pay, combat pay, health-care benefits and the death gratuity paid to survivors of troops who die on active duty."

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Brad,
My friend has a son in Kirkuk. He is one of the 1000 that flew in from Italy and parachuted into northern Iraq during the height of the invasion. My friend spoke with her son on Friday.
When I mentioned that I wished we would withdraw all the troops and just nuke Iraq, she said her army paratrooper son stated that upon his return, he would explain a lot of things that are going on for the good but that can't be talked about. He said there is a good reason for the secrecy, and that what the media reports on CNN is one-sided. Her son said that if they gave everything they had going on to the media, it would compromise their mission(s). He said the enemy watches CNN, too.
So maybe, just maybe, Bush is doing all of this for the right reasons. I can't wait to talk to his mom after she speaks with him. He also said there is a rumor about a lot of troops coming home before the end of the year, but it's just a rumor. Her son is scheduled home in April.
Have a good day,
jsb

 

Iraq War: the Hospital Front With the number of amputees and burn victims from Iraq, the military's medical system is waging its own war.
Talk of a draft grows despite denials by White House The Defense Department fueled the debate this week when it placed a notice on its Web site asking for "men and women in the community who might be willing to serve as members of a local draft board."
Rumsfeld retreats, disclaims earlier rhetoric Rumsfeld denies he ever made several pre-war statements which are quoted here.
Cheney Theme of Qaeda Ties to Iraq Bombings Are Questioned Over the past several months, Mr. Cheney has aggressively sought to tie foreign terrorists, specifically Al Qaeda, to Iraq. In September, a few days after Mr. Cheney said the government did not know whether Mr. Hussein had some connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mr. Bush all but contradicted him.
Asked by reporters about Mr. Cheney's statement, the president replied, "No, we've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the 11th."
Mr. Cheney began mentioning the big Iraq bombings with major Qaeda-related attacks in some of his speeches about two months ago.

 

N.J. Tigers Begin Trip to Wild Animal Sanctuary here

Passengers Recount Moments of Dread Over Dulles The passengers sitting next to each other in Row 11 thought they were going to die yesterday afternoon after a voice from the cockpit of US Airways Flight 696 informed them they would be making an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Mystery of the Rain Forest Rash Michelle Eskinazi wanted to know what she'd picked up on her vacation to Costa Rica -- until she learned she had been bitten by a botfly and had two worms living in her legs.

First face transplant planned Ten British people have put their names forward to become the first in the world to undergo a face transplant.

Project Tooth Fairy
Using Baby Teeth as a Geiger Counter


Britain's first sex swap soldier shows off curves Yes, of course there are before-and-after photos

Fans spot mistakes in Matrix Revolutions "..mystery bracelets, disappearing suitcases and inexplicable olives.."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
       
     
     
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