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JFK assassination is a
week from tomorrow
Bush won't meet bereaved US families.... but he will meet British ones:
Bush to meet bereaved British relatives
What a rat.
Just a little
Limits Funeral Coverage
Arlington to Keep Reporters Away The Army tightened rules yesterday
on press coverage of funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, directing
that reporters be kept far enough away from the graveside that they would
likely be unable to hear a chaplain's eulogy.
1:04 p.m. update:
refers to above story
Rest of the Story
Pentagon Limits Funeral Coverage; Arlington to Keep Reporters Away
Recently, I was quoted in a Washington Post article entitled Pentagon
Limits Funeral Coverage; Arlington to Keep Reporters Away. Anyone
who deals with the media will understand that often the one comment that
gets printed does not reflect the overall conversation or feeling of the
interviewee. The comments in the Washington Post article are mine and
they are 100% accurate, but what you dont see or get to read
is the reason why I said them.
cancels police leave to handle Bush protesters British police
are bracing for what could be the largest demonstration ever organized
against a foreign head of state when President Bush arrives for a state
visit on Tuesday.
(this is a real,
ranting anti-war tirade)
stays blind to Iraqi casualties Medact, the British affiliate
of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention
of Nuclear War, this week published a report that estimates the number
of Iraqi civilian deaths during the invasion to range from 5,708 to
7,356. The report estimates that the number of civilian deaths after
May 1, when Bush declared an end to major combat operations, ranges
from 2,049 to 2,209.
Damage" report to which the above Globe story refers is HERE
war looms for high-speed Net access The cost of high-speed
home Internet access has dipped below $20 a month in some areas as cable
and phone companies battle for customers.
kids flunk reading
Nearly three-fourths of Texas' fourth-graders lack proficient reading
skills. So do nearly three-fourths of the state's eighth-graders, according
to national exam results released Thursday (2003 National Assessment of
cyanide poison scheme confirmed A Tyler man linked to anti-government
and white supremacist groups pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing the
chemical weapon sodium cyanide
Posing More Danger The U.S. commander for Iraq said that
[we face] about 5,000 "brutal and determined" guerrilla
Risks In 'Iraqification' At least four factors forced the
administration to overhaul its military and political strategy in
Iraq, despite the danger that a new approach might actually diminish
U.S. control over the country's future.
Soldiers sent to Iraq despite failing drug tests The routine
urinalysis administered to Iowa Army National Guard troops at Camp Dodge
last spring and summer screened for marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine,
PCP and other illegal substances
Medicare Trojan Horse ".. prescription drug legislation ..
may turn out to be a Trojan horse that finally allows conservative ideologues,
who have unsuccessfully laid siege to Medicare since the days of Barry
Goldwater, to breach its political defenses."
prices sizzle Home prices in more than 40 U.S. metro areas experienced
double-digit growth for the third quarter. Prices rose 8.3 percent
in San Antonio. But those increases were nothing compared to what's
going on in some other areas of the country.
RESULT 218 votes CPS waives late fees
on the bills of senior citizens, and a disabled man now says his
late fee should be forgiven, too, or it'll all be kind of unfair.
It turned out that this entire discussion and Ten-Foot Poll were
based on an erroneous newspaper story, which said in its headline
and in the body of the story that CPS waives late fees for seniors,
when in fact their late fees are NOT waived but are imposed only
after an additional ten-day grace period. Punt!
warranty seller seeks bankruptcy
Warranty Gold of Austin puts 67,000 customers who bought extended
repair contracts over Net in limbo
Subject: You are a horsh person
You need to learn to keep your mouth shut when you don't know what you
are talking about. Rich people like you think they know everything,
But let me tell you something, You don't even know anything about what
really happens to disabled people really go through. My brother went to
college to be a business manager and when he started looking for a job,
He had a lot of offers but when they found out that he was blind, they
turned him down. Now do you call that discrimination? If we took your
money away, you would know what I am talking about. You hurt a lot of
people today when you were talking on the radio. People that are disabled
try and try to make more money and there are people like you that discriminate
against them and talk bad like you do. What do you want the disabled people
to Or do you want us to live with mom until we die. I am just lucky that
my parents own a business and I work with them. They are going to sale
it in the near future and I will be without a job more than likely. I
am just lucky my wife is working and is also going to college to be a
teacher. After that happens, I will not have to worry about much. I have
liked listening to you but lately, You have been getting on my nerves
with your comments. They are rude and stupid, I guess you don't think
about what you say. You are one sorry person. I hope you get more nasty
emails in your inbox. Probably not because they have to scrimp and save
to pay there electric bill, momorgage, phone bill, car payment, and also,
for the food and clothes they need to. I want to know how you do that
all on $600.00. Learn to keep your mouth shut
Noreen's email stated that seniors are exempt school taxes.
You clarified this somewhat in that they are "capped". The
truth is that only the "tax rate" is capped. The same thing
happens to them that happens to us. We are told that taxes are not going
up but the tax bill is still higher and higher each year. The property
is simply higher and higher each year in value as appraised by the appraisal
districts. You know this happens.
I have a home in New Braunfels. In nine years the taxes have increased
threefold. My mom is in Williamson County and every year I have to explain
what the counties are doing to us (everybody!). She wonders why her
taxes keep going up. Well, she is in her eighties and just can't understand
the rape that is going on.
But I have been retired for ten years as I am approaching 60 and my
rate isn't capped, as my mom's rate has been. New Braunfels brags that
they are not raising taxes. And they do not raise the rate. But the
bill is sure as hell more. Mom and I are both on fixed incomes. Both
of our homes are paid for but I am estimating in four years, I will
have to sell and move somewhere like Belize or not pay my electric bill.
Yes, I have shifted gears but this was your topic today, however poor
the information you had was. I should be obliged to pay my bills on
time just like anyone else. New Braunfels Utilities simplified things
last year (I think) by simply giving a due date about three weeks after
the billing date.
Regarding your show today, 11/12, on compensation for Gulf
War I POWs must surely have been intended to be a joke. My former
husband, an Air Force pilot, was a POW in Vietnam from 1968 to 1973, went
through inimaginable torture, and a very turbulent homecoming. But that
was his chosen profession, and he knew being taken prisoner of war was
a real possiblity, but also part and parcel of the profession he chose.
He honored himself and his country with the dignity with which he endured
the 5-1/2 years in captivity. It infuriates me to think that these soldiers
hold their profession in so little regard as to sue for compensation.
Shame on them. God help us if these are the kind of folks defending our
Brad, In reference to your statement about individuals being
responsible. I tried that. I joined the military and, until the day
I retired in 1979, they told me, verbally and in writing, that I would
have my health care provided for me forever after retiring. Counting
on an authorized representative of the US government, I did not plan
for, or consider, health insurance. Well, it seems that the Department
of Deceit, was just that, deceitful. They reneged on the promised and
earned health care. But, you know the story, you have heard it from
many others, those more eloquent than I. We, the retired veterans,
working through the Military Information Network, are trying to right
this egregious wrong. Thank you for the support you have given not only
us, but those currently on active duty.
Dear Mr. Messer,
I just started listening to KTSA this week, having quickly tired of the
ranting and raving of WOAI's afternoon talk show hosts. I was enjoying
all the shows on KTSA until I heard yours today about CPS and giving a
break about late fees to the elderly.
When the elderly gentleman called in and tried to explain to you the situation
he, and others like him who are organized and trying to deal with reality
on a fixed income, face with CPS, your answer was very surprising. I was
disappointed by your insult to the caller, and I am disappointed
in the quality of your response. I was hoping that you would listen to
your callers and have real discussions and truly listen to what is being
You are missing the point in this discussion you've raised. The issue
is not unorganized elderly, but an inflexible electrical company who is
not accommodating their elderly customers, I'm sure many of whom have
been paying their electrical bills for decades in this city. What happened
to good customer service, and an appreciation of customer loyalty? Many,
many other companies would kill to have that kind of loyal customer base,
forced though it is for lack of competitors to CPS.
Instead of insulting the elderly, the disabled, etc., why aren't you finding
out just how efficient CPS truly is or is not?
And remember what happened to Rush Limbaugh (whom I admire greatly) -
he put down those who are addicted, and now he's suffering - you, too,
(if you survive long enough), will be elderly one day and may face a fixed
income. Your words may come back to haunt you.
Testing Triggered Baseball reported that as many as 84 of its
1,200 players tested positive for steroid use, triggering automatic testing
Villagers Apologize for Cannibalism
made to burn £5,000 boob job money
steps toward Man "creating life"