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BUSH LONDON TRIP

US 'Shoot-to-kill' demand
Bush to take snipers to London

BUT BRITS REFUSE SHOOT-TO-KILL PERMISSION
LONDON GUARDIAN STORY DOWN COLUMN
BUSH LONDON TRIP
Reuters
"Fortress 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.


I 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.

Rush's 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 painkillers.

Boston Globe 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.."

Woman 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.

Restaurant owner forgot to evacuate diners

High school girls duped into cutting hair

FILE
Judge awards $47,000 in Austin runaway pet case

Toys '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."


 

1 US 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 to insurgents.

2 US 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.


 


US Iraq war dead exceeds early Vietnam years

The casualty 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.

 


US 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.



Hearing 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.

 

London Guardian


BUSH LONDON TRIP
US 'Shoot-to-kill' demand
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
Some dread Bush UK trip
Blair faces revival of 'US poodle' image
"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?"


BUSH LONDON TRIP
NEW YORK TIMES WILLIAM SAFIRE
Together They Stand
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.

 

30 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.."
US 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.

 

 

CNN

Italy's Nasiriya dead home from Iraq

President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is cutting short a trip to the United States to attend the service

 

  MATT DRUDGE summarizes yesterday's LONDON TIMES poll on the state visit of President Bush
"ONE IN THREE BRITONS THINK BUSH IS STUPID - POLL"

 

ABC NEWS
Invisible Bodies
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."

---Harvey Appleman, 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.

 

Mourning Fallen Eagles
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.

 

Round 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.


 

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Dear Brad:
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 to
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.

Martha L.

 

 

 


 
   
     
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