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Regarding the JFK assassination 40th anniversary this Saturday
45% A week of tributes, investigations and special reports is just plain overkill
36% There may still be something to learn and I want to know what it is
20% Who?

 

 



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  Clean Air / Auto Emissions meeting 6pm - See TUESDAY LINEUP box below

 

  'Embarrassed & humiliated' Paris Hilton burning with shame Those infamous sex tapes of Paris Hilton finally accomplished the seemingly impossible: made her blush.

 

What do London polls say? Take Your Choice...


London protests begin but majority backs Bush visit

Support for war surges
The survey shows that public opinion in Britain is overwhelmingly pro-American with 62% of voters believing that the US is "generally speaking a force for good, not evil, in the world". It explodes the conventional political wisdom at Westminster that Mr Bush's visit will prove damaging to Tony Blair. Only 15% of British voters agree with the idea that America is the "evil empire" in the world.

 

'We don't want Bush visit'
Almost two-thirds of Londoners do not think it is the right time for President Bush to come to the UK, according to a This is London poll. Just 35 per cent of the 1,000 people who voted agree that he should visit now. Bush's impending arrival has seen security reach unprecedented levels.


Blair defends George Bush visit

14,000 British police on protection assignments
Tony Blair has insisted he made the right decision by inviting US President George Bush to the UK as a huge security operation gets under way.

 

TUESDAY LINEUP
12:05

Michael Amezquita, Chief Appraiser, Bexar County Appraisal District

In the past, Texas taxpayers who failed to “render” (or report) the amount of personal property they owned and used for the production of income were not subject to sanctions. Senate Bill 340, adopted by the 78th Texas Legislature, changed that. Now, taxpayers who do not make such a rendition may face criminal and civil penalties.
12:35

Carol Schuster, owner of Licorice the dead dog

Her miniature schnauzer, Licorice, got away from Petco employees after a grooming, was run over by a vehicle and died. Schuster sued Petco pet care chain and was awarded $47,000
1:05

Mark Langford, President, Citizens Organized for Good Science

••• Clean Air public hearing tonight •••
6-8pm Tuesday, AACOG Hqs, 8700 Tesoro near Loop 410
This could be a pivotal meeting on the issue of using expensive car inspections to try to cut down our area's air pollution. Tailpipe testing seems to fascinate the folks who are making up a plan to clean our air. Emissions testing is virtually useless for several reasons, the biggest currently being that the dirty air here almost always blows in from someplace else.

 




 

Col. West Update
Prisoner mistreatment" pretrial hearing for US officer
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) A U.S. military court opened a hearing Tuesday into accusations that an American lieutenant colonel manhandled and threatened to kill an Iraqi detainee, allegedly firing his gun near the man to get information on a possible plot to kill him.



Stop loss set for Army units preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan
For the second time this year, the Army is imposing a stop-loss/stop-movement order on all active-duty units preparing to deploy into Iraq and Afghanistan — this time, to serve in the second major rotations of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom



Fighters, gunships bomb guerrilla positions
TIKRIT, Iraq — U.S. fighter jets pounded suspected insurgent positions Tuesday in the largest bombardment of guerrillas in central Iraq since President Bush declared the end of major combat in May


Sgt. Russell of Portland Texas is victim of Iraq Blackhawk crash 101st Airborne soldier played highschool football here. Sgt. John Wayne Russell was crazy about the Army and liked selling it to kids as a recruiter, but with America at war he felt he had to do something more.
  Appeals Court Weighs Case of Enemy Combatant "judges sharply questioned whether the president alone had the power to designate a U.S. citizen as an enemy combatant, and one of them noted that the [9/11] attacks "didn't repeal the Constitution."

Soros Buys Off Watchdogs, GOP Says Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie on Monday accused campaign finance watchdog groups of failing to protest multimillion-dollar contributions by financier George Soros to pro-Democratic organizations because Soros's foundation also had given large sums to the watchdog groups.


Dan Morales' family facing crisis Former attorney general in prison. Pregnant wife struggling, "trying to figure out a day-to-day plan for navigating life."


Wind gust blows windsurfer onto roof
Mobile phone started ringing inside coffin

DOD denial : no link between Saddam and al Qaeda
DEFENSE DEP'T NEWS RELEASE HERE


Burger King finishes first (that's worst) in dirty dining list. Arby's in second place.  

 


Artist, city clash over dirt "snake" built on public grass
Six years ago, she built a mound in the shape of a cat in the front yard and covered it with sunflowers, milkweed, sedges, natural grasses, forked aster, strawberries - more than 80 native plants...




Diebold electronic voting machine firm fighting to keep criticism and insider revealations secret
Students fight e-vote firm's DMCA claims
The wealth of Diebold e-mail, which totals about 11MB when compressed, includes internal conversations that cast doubt on the company's ability to sell secure software. Some messages note that lists of bugs were "irrecoverably lost," while others complain of never having been at another company that has been so mismanaged.

 


 

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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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