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Dec. 17 = 100th anniversary of controlled, powered flight EAA Countdown to Kitty Hawk



More victim reports in Colonies North cat mutilations

Texas Republicans split on Perry, Hutchison If voters went to the polls today, Gov. Rick Perry would face a tough task winning re-election against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, according to the latest Texas Poll.

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Cow attacks cars and a grandma near Plainview “About that time, the cow jumped up and rammed that car and busted the driver´s side window, then he charged me. He was digging his hooves and put his head down. I moved from side to side but he would follow me.."


US bars France, Germany and Russia from bidding on Iraq projects

High payments to Halliburton for fuel in Iraq "..paying the Halliburton Company an average of $2.64 a gallon to import gasoline and other fuel to Iraq from Kuwait, more than twice what others are paying to truck in Kuwaiti fuel.."



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"..unknown number of reservists and National Guard officers whose promotions are on hold while they are deployed..."


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Cadet refuses to reveal alcohol provider, faces dismissal

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — In a striking example of how discipline is changing at the Air Force Academy in the wake of its sexual assault scandal, a cadet may be expelled after turning herself in for taking a single sip of whiskey.

Ten-Foot Poll 8:50am-6:15pm RESULTS
  • Whoever provided it should confess. Honor pertains to all, man or woman!
    Providing alcohol to a minor is illegal. Maybe the young lady has misplaced integrity.
  • This is the military I spent 21 years in? How politically correct can you get? If she can put her life on the line for her country, she should be awarded ALL adult rights. Get real, this is such a non-issue that would have been laughed at twenty years ago.
  • Both should get dishonorable discharges and sent to a Chinese slave factory
  • Give her the "Stupid" award for turning herself in AND the "Courage" award for NOT turning in her classmate.
  • Give me a break. She turned herself in, which is commendable, but stupid, under the circumstances and now they want to know who provided it. That way they can punish both of them and show the AF that they are being serious. That is BS.
  • When young people first arrive at any military academy, they agree to abide by the Honor Code and other regulations pertaining to their admission to said academy. If they transgress the code or regulations, punitive measures are called for. Period!
  • Follow the rules or go home and make room for someone who will!
    Accept her disipline and move on
  • This girl turned herself in because of her strong belief and adherence to the academy's honor code. It is this same honor code that requires her to name the one that provided the alcohol. She may be a real "stand-up" girl for refusing to do so, but she isn't allowed the option of picking and choosing which part of the honor code she'll follow that day. The true weasel is the upperclassman that is leaving her twisting in the wind and not standing up as she did. They aren't worth her protection, but that's the choice she's making.


This story appears today in the Army Times newspaper. Col. West's attorney broke the story yesterday on my program on KTSA

Administrative action recommended for officer accused of abusing Iraqis The Article 32 investigating officer in the case of Lt. Col. Allen B. West, charged with firing his 9mm pistol next to the head of an Iraqi he was interrogating, has recommended that West’s case be administratively, rather than criminally processed, West’s lawyer said today
and it's the lead story on the Washington Times website this morning

2 'Great news' for West in assault case It's extremely good news," said Neal Puckett, Col. West's attorney, who defended him at a pretrial hearing last month in one of Saddam Hussein's Tikrit palaces. "This is what we think the Army should have done from the very beginning."

and if Col. West's wife and children see this from Fort Hood, best regards from KTSA producer Susan Farris and me, and best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement. Thanks for your family's 20 years of military service!

added 10:08 a.m.
Subject: LTC West to accept NJP
LTC West will be accepting Article 15 non-judicial punishment from the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division on Friday, in Tikrit, Iraq. Major General Raymond Odierno will hold the hearing and determine whether LTC West is guilty or not guilty of the charges he faces. If he is found guilty, the punishment could include a letter or reprimand and perhaps some forfeiture of his pay. That punishment would be recorded in his official military record. Such punishment does NOT amount to a federal conviction, which can only be adjudged by a court-martial. We presume that he will be ordered back to Ft. Hood thereafter, but a timeline for his return has been neither established or nor promised by the Army. All indications are that LTC West will not be ordered to face trial by general court-martial, and will be allowed to retire in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel sometime in the spring of 2004.
Neal A. Puckett
LtCol, USMC (Ret)
Attorney at Law


Commentary: Internet sales tax ambush?

Texas redistricting foes may seek delay in trial


Man stuck up tree trying to rescue cat An animal lover has been plucked to safety by firemen after he became trapped for 24 hours after climbing up a tree to rescue a cat.


Talk-radio caller hurt in SUV accident

Security alert: Beware email that reads "Hi Friend"

Fund-raising questions surround DeLay When U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay attends a fund-raiser in Austin today, the invitations to donate to his re-election campaign will warn, "No Corporate Money."

Austin pastor says he doesn't know how many times he struck child


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FTC asks media to reject misleading weight-loss ads
The FTC issued a list of seven common claims seen in misleading ads and asked media outlets to voluntarily stop running ads that make those "red flag" claims.


New Yorker
New Iraq plan: SpecOps assassination teams A new Special Forces group, designated Task Force 121, has been assembled from Army Delta Force members, Navy seals, and C.I.A. paramilitary operatives, with many additional personnel ordered to report by January. Its highest priority is the neutralization of the Baathist insurgents, by capture or assassination.

Der Gropenfuherer reneges on groping investigation "..Schwarzenegger said he has decided against initiating an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him, despite promising to do so before the Oct. 7 recall election."

Man swallows keys in divorce fight
"Santa" bank robber faces jail


Jacko allegations cleared by memo
Investigators found no basis for claims that Michael Jackson abused boy
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Summary of the latest developments in the CLEAN AIR and tailpipe emissions testing stories HERE on the website of Citizens Organized for Good Science


British army dog named Buster given bravery award for actions in Iraq

Mayor upset CHP called him "dude" during traffic stop



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