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Down column see email from Boston Globe reporter who says Kerry NEVER SAID he'd been encouraged by "foreign leaders"

Every once in a while I'll get a call from the governor or a state rep or some such, asking that I invite them on my show so they can get some free airtime for whatever's on their mind at the moment. I most often say no. I suspect I'm the only one who does. Having done a few years in Hollywood my own self, celebrity or political clout doesn't impress me. I would rather go for content— and these politicians almost never have any which isn't disgustingly self-serving.

I-35 Corridor plan looking up Perry proposed the massive network of transportation alleys during the 2002 election campaign. The price tag is estimated at more than $180 billion, more than 30 years of the state Transportation Department's current budget.
Texas Corridor email down column



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DA won't prosecute drug agent in slaying

posted 11:30am Saturday 3/13 - 11:30pm Monday 3/15/2004
Thirteen months after the shooting death of 14-year-old Ashley Villareal, the Bexar County District Attorney has decided to NOT prosecute the DEA agent who shot her.

I assume this was an informed and fair decision
I suspect the DEA has a license to kill without accountability
Total votes 635


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Army says agents erred in UT investigation Two Fort Hood investigators overstepped authority at Islamic conference, military says. "..several groups had come forward to condemn the Army's actions, including event organizers, the National Lawyers Guild and the Texas Civil Rights Project."

New Braunfels cans cop in hit probe


email re Texas Corridor

Dear Brad,

Please tell your listeners about the Trans Texas Corridor. The "real" truth about it can be found at
The Govenor is lying, Ric Williamson is lying and the propaganda about what a great deal this "project" will be is a bunch of lies. Please alert your listeners to this looming environmental holocaust.
More realistic cost estimates (if there is such a thing) put this thing at 20 million dollars per year for every county in the State of Texas for the next 50 years. The reason the state and the govenor's office and Williamson's office don't want the public to know too much about it is because any fool could see that this is an extremely bad idea all around.
Once again here is another plan that will make the fat cats a little fatter and the working folk a lot poorer. Please help get the word out and ask your listeners to help stop this before it's too late.



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Weak on terror Polls suggest that a reputation for being tough on terror is just about the only remaining political strength George Bush has. Yet this reputation is based on image, not reality. The truth is that Mr. Bush, while eager to invoke 9/11 on behalf of an unrelated war, has shown consistent reluctance to focus on the terrorists who actually attacked America, or their backers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Blix busts Bush Hans Blix, the former chief United Nations weapons inspector, said Monday that the Bush administration convinced itself of the existence of banned weapons based on dubious findings before invading Iraq and was not interested in hearing evidence to the contrary.

"Bush's Brain" documentary credits Rove for president's success The film ... begins with the image of Bush confidently descending the stairs of Air Force One with Hail to the Chief signaling his arrival. Then comes the punch line. On a black screen with simple white lettering, the question is posed: How did this happen? (Laughter and applause erupted among the crowd of 1,200.) The answer the movie supplies: Rove.
SXSW 2004 Film Festival Screenings Bush's Brain

Kerry 'endorsements' under fire  The Bush administration yesterday challenged Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry to prove he didn't lie about the foreign leaders he says support his campaign, but the Massachusetts senator said he still won't name them.


Kerry NEVER SAID he'd been encouraged by "foreign leaders"

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Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:59 AM
Subject: here is email explaining what went wrong on the kerry quote --

      Given the growing attention to Senator Kerry's remark at the Fla. fundraiser about foreign leaders wanting him to beat Bush, and Kerry's subsequent statements that he'd merely "heard from" leaders, I went back to my recording of the event to re-confirm his remarks and put them in context. I wanted to provide that for all of you as well as CORRECT the record on a key word that I mistranscribed.

      When Kerry concluded his stump to the Florida fundraisers and donors, Milton Ferrell, Kerry's Florida finance chair, piped up:

MILTON FERRELL: "This is more than just the 50 states. You travel around outside the states, the people are still [inaudible] Europeans and elsewhere, they're counting on the American people. They hate Bush, but they know we're going to get rid of him. They're counting on us. [inaudible] It's a lot more than just [inaudible]-"

KERRY: "I've been hearing it, I'll tell ya. The news, the coverage in other countries, the news in other places. I've met more leaders who can't go out and say it all publicly, but boy they look at you and say, you gotta win this, you gotta beat this guy, we need a new policy, things like that. So there is enormous energy out there. Tell them, whereever they can find an American abroad, they can contribute," a reference to donations, prompting laughter from the crowd.

      Transcribing on the bus in Florida, and again on the plane ride to Tampa, I heard "foreign leaders" rather than "more leaders." Listening to the audio recorder now, in the quiet of my house, I hear "more leaders" and I am certian that "more leaders" is what Senator Kerry said. I am very sorry for this screw-up, and please feel free to hold me accountable to your editors and higher-ups.      

-- Patrick


Bush, Kerry battling to strike first in the war of perceptions At times, the candidates have described the other with identical language. Both Kerry and Bush call each other's policies and proposals "tired." They swap barbs about the other representing failed politics.

Poll: US moving in wrong direction George Bush and John Kerry are facing growing concern among Americans that the nation is veering in the wrong direction. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said it was unacceptable for candidates to use images from the World Trade Center's destruction in political advertisements.


Spain issues new currency


For first time, clergy charged for marrying gays


Suppressing the bad news on NCAA graduation rates Not to be outdone by the federal government's attempts to delete key portions of reports on global warming, health disparities, and racism within the Justice Department, here comes the NCAA. That august body is eliminating the graduation rates of basketball players.

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Sepultan a Héctor Alejandro Gramajo y a su hijo

Judge won't buy excuse that Bigfoot caused crash

Napa, California catches major electronic voting glitch "...electronic voting machines used in the March presidential primary failed to record votes on some of its paper ballots, which will force the county to re-scan over 11,000 ballots and possibly change the outcome of some close local races... the county was lucky that the problem occurred on a system with a paper trail."

Cop: Man committed no crime by nailing himself to a cross

Man shot to death during family spat over barbecue The accused shooter was said to be angry because "the barbecue was gone [and] he paid for it," says a relative.

Popcorn worker with lung disease wins $20M jury award

Man's longstanding erection draws a crowd A man has become a tourist attraction in the Dominican Republic after admitting himself to hospital with an erection that had lasted six days.


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