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By Rick Maze, Air Force Times, my noon guest
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
generals urge Bush to stop opposition to concurrent receipt
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.
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
should be protected. Use taxpayer owned property instead. (146)
Canyon is by and for the people and should be protected. (101)
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 -
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.
phone number for home, roam New rules allow
transfer of land line numbers to cell; millions expected to switch.
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
Perry sues to keep Boeing incentives plan secret
local Veterans Day observances planned
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."
from 'I Am a Solider, Too'
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
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.
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
Here are excerpts
from among the final letters home of some soldiers who died
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."
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
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,
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.