Bush to take snipers to London
BUT BRITS REFUSE SHOOT-TO-KILL PERMISSION
LONDON GUARDIAN STORY DOWN COLUMN
London" readies for Bush visit
LONDON (Reuters) - Armed police have turned the capital into "Fortress
London" amid heightened fears of a guerrilla attack on the eve
of US President George W. Bush's visit.
don't agree with the cartoon: I'm glad he's back and I wish he was still
on KTSA. I used the 'toon because it's whimsical.
return aims at ears of friends, foes
It is a piquant cultural moment: Rush Limbaugh, the nation's most popular
radio host, returns to the airwaves today after spending 33 days in a
rehab center after a public disclosure that he was addicted to prescription
columnist Ellen Goodman characterized the situation as "when bad
things happen to annoying people."
GM truck owners sue over engine noise "..vehicles
with the engine knock problem include 1999 through 2002 Chevy and
GMC pickups and sport-utility models with 4.8-, 5.3- and 6.0-liter V8s.."
sues after finding a worm in her Wendy's baked potato
Actually, she only found half a worm. She says she ate the other part.
owner forgot to evacuate diners
school girls duped into cutting hair
awards $47,000 in Austin runaway pet case
'R' Closing Stores, Cutting Jobs ".. widened its third-quarter
loss due to higher overhead and flat sales, and announced plans to close
to more than 180 poorly performing stores and cut as many as 3,800 jobs
by Jan. 31."
shows might in Saddam's hometown
TIKRIT, Iraq -- Angered by bomb attacks in Saddam Hussein's hometown,
the commander of a U.S. battalion in Iraq sent his tanks and armoured
vehicles through the streets on Monday in a demonstration of firepower
launches new offensive in Iraq
Operation targets Saddam loyalists, 'foreign fighters'
(CNN) --The U.S. military has unleashed what it describes as a massive
offensive against insurgents around Saddam Hussein's ancestral homeland
of Tikrit in north-central Iraq, American military sources said.
The operation began Sunday night as part of the 4th Infantry Division's
Operation Ivy Cyclone.
Iraq war dead exceeds early Vietnam years
count for Iraq apparently surpassed the Vietnam figure last Sunday, when
a U.S. soldier killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack south of Baghdad
became the conflict's 393rd American casualty since Operation Iraqi Freedom
began on March 20.
Iraq casualties top 9,000
That brings total casualties among all services to more than 9,200, and
represents an increase of nearly 3,000 non-combat medical evacuations
reported since the first week of October. The Army offered no immediate
explanation for the increase.
set for officer who used scare tactic
The case has raised the ire of pro-military people across the country
and has been much discussed on talk radio and television.
I had the first media
interview with Col. West's lawyer. My producer Susan has maintained contact
as attorney Neal Puckett makes his way to the base in Iraq where the Article
32 hearing will take place. I will stay ahead of this story.
BUSH LONDON TRIP
LONDON -- "..refused to grant diplomatic immunity to
armed American special agents and snipers travelling to Britain
as part of President Bush's entourage this week [in case of]
the accidental shooting of a protester.."
BUSH LONDON TRIP
dread Bush UK trip
Blair faces revival of 'US poodle'
"In the corridors of No 10 [an] insider, contemplating
the visit, expressed exasperation: "That man seems to
cause us no end of trouble, doesn't he?"
NEW YORK TIMES
Hand-wringing diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic are saying
that "it seemed like such a good idea at the time."
They are having second thoughts about this week's full-fledged
state visit of a U.S. president to the United Kingdom.
media outlets protest treatment in Iraq
Claim: Reporters Harassed, Tapes Confiscated "..organizations,
lead by The Associated Press ... have "documented numerous
examples of U.S. troops physically harassing journalists.."
troops hostile to media
Military Works to Cut Down on Incidents in Iraq
Media people have been detained, news equipment has been confiscated,
and some journalists have suffered verbal and physical abuse
while trying to report on events ... anecdotal evidence suggests
it has risen sharply the past two months.
Italy's Nasiriya dead home from Iraq
President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is cutting
short a trip to the United States to attend the service
Pentagon Imposes New Rules Restricting Coverage of Military Funerals
"People ought to know what's going on. They ought to see the real
thing. And the real thing is a very humble thing. The real thing is a
casket draped with an American flag. It just does something to your heart.
You know that person sacrificed for their country."
a retired sergeant major who lives in Clarksville, Tenn., discussing
why he opposes the ban on media coverage at Dover Air Force base, where
soldiers' coffins arrive from overseas.
Many in Clarksville, Tenn., normally a bedrock of support for the war
like so many other military communities, are feeling jittery and increasingly
impatient with a conflict in Iraq that shows no signs of ending.
Rock soldier comes home to Texas
Alan Babin, seriously injured during a firefight in Iraq in March,
is recovering in a San Antonio hospital.
Alain Babin watched
as the C-130 carrying his injured son landed at Kelly Air Force Base in
San Antonio on Sunday.
I have listened to the commentary on KTSA about the proposed power line.
I have, being a "rich" landowner potentially affected, researched
this matter since its announcement in September. In my opinion, there
are a number of misconceptions:
Paragraph One was corrected Sunday 11-16 to delete reference to a golf
course which was proposed but never built
1. The Government Canyon is not "pristine." I see no
conceivable way in which power lines would impact the aquifer more than
biking trails. My completely undeveloped land is friendlier to the environment.
2. The Government Canyon was not acquired to protect endangered species.
It was acquired to protect the aquifer. My undeveloped and uncleared land
is more protective of the golden cheeked warbler and other bird species
than the golf course on Government Canyon is.
3. Other landowners, perceived as less wealthy and powerful than the 250
or so of us protesting, have already been protected. Earlier and more
direct routes for the power line were discarded because of their
impact on very small properties. Some of those "poorer" properties
(not "big, rich landowners" like us) have million dollar homes
on their small properties and also have powerful developers protecting
their interests. The current routes, including the Government Canyon route
are the routes remaining after these other "small" property
owners were protected.
4. I believe that the proposed route through Government Canyon would only
clip an outside portion of the property (you might want to check that--
we haven't gotten all the information yet). Private property routes would
take out huge sections from the middle of some properties which would
seem to impact us more than an corner clip of Government Canyon.
5. If the route goes through private property, it becomes very difficult
sell the property (who would want it?), and we would still have to pay
taxes on the property in the CPS easement. The taxes are not even lower
than those on non-affected property. So, we would be paying twice for
the privilege of having the power line (unable to sell, unable to use,
same tax rate.)
6. Government Canyon is not even fully open. It has been promised to open
for more than a couple of years now. Only a few lucky or well-connected
folks can use it now. We have tried through Scouting and civic organizations
to gain access, but we can't. Which city councilmen can?
7. We are not rich. We saved everything we had for years in order to buy
our 80 acres and we live on that land. Our taxes are breaking us even
now. The proposed line would wipe out the entrance to our property. We
would have to go under the power line every time we entered or left the
property since there are no other access points. This is not a small thing.
This is not about big, rich politicians and their influence. This really
is about property rights. We are not even in the City of San Antonio.
We have no City Council lobbying for us. The County Commissioners have
not been of any assistance.
Is it wrong for
us to get help anywhere we can? It is not fair for a few to give up so
much for the many when the many could give up far less.