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I was able to pick up a signal from a Martian radio station last night!
I was very surprised to find that although the Mars landing is a huge
story up there, they led their news broadcast with the Britney wedding.
Dan from Blanco
did Calif. mad cow beef go? Meat
from a Washington state slaughterhouse that contained cuts from a
lone cow that tested positive for mad cow disease was sold in as many
as nine California counties, but current rules forbid the state or
counties from telling consumers exactly where recalled meat was sold.
One of the most-emailed amusements of the past few days is this
clip from a WFAA-TV sportscast from the Cowboys' locker room. Watch
the background and you'll understand why the MPEG is entitled "So
Much For THAT Myth" CLIP
dishwashers really work Thanks,
helps itself to another pay raise six raises totaling $24,500
since January 1998. And why does Congress feel it deserves them? That's
hard to answer. Congress isn't talking.
How Secret Service protects Bush from free speech
This is nothing
new. I personally witnessed Nixon's people doing the same thing in
the Vietnam war days
expected this week
Iraq duty expected for more troops To stem an exodus of
personnel, the Army may prohibit additional soldiers in crucial units
from retiring, leaving when enlistment ends or being reassigned.
Desperate to stretch its limited ranks, the Army is expected next
week to prohibit still more soldiers now in Iraq and soon to be deployed
there from leaving military service.
seeks to slow domestic spending
Compassionate conservatives got tax breaks for wealthy, now move to
reduce spending by controlling rising cost of housing vouchers for
the poor, veterans health care, biomedical research, job training
and employment programs.
Seriously, Roadrunner is great. I never get kicked off
like dial-up, nor do I have to try 5-10 times to log
on. Roadrunner makes it a pleasure to surf again, not
a hassle! Plus it is great not having to take up my
phone line while ATTEMPTING to log on and ATTEMPTING
to hold my connection. Surfing is no fun if it becomes
tedious and a chore; Roadrunner makes the internet
enjoyable again and it's always on and ready to go.
You are right; it is the difference between night and
day. Best Regards
As of Jan 1 the city
council campaign contribution database I set up will no longer
be accessible. The host that I use to drive the back end of the database
has stopped offering free web hosting and I'm not inclined to cover
the cost out of my own pocket.
As it stands maintaining such a database is a fair amount of work
for one person to do in his free time. Meanwhile, I'll continue to
look for a new free host. If I find one and decide to continue to
maintain the database, I'll pass the info on to you.
deserves recognition as a citizen who saw something that needed to
be done and did it. I have had a link to his material for a long time,
and with GREAT regret I have now deleted it.
He created a searchable database of City Council members' contributions
and expenditures, a thousand times better than the Council's
own material which was (deliberately or serendipitously) made
to be non-searchable and extremely inconvenient to access.
I am reminded that during his election campaign in District 9, Carroll
Schubert told me that, if elected, he would try to get the
city campaign finance material put into a searchable database. He
has made no effort to do so since his election in May, 2003 (although
he has been quite effective on a number of other issues).
New Year's Day 2004