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ABC-TV airs new Iraq abuse photos: smiling over dead man

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Iraq Progress RESULT
posted 930am-12am 5/20/2004
Is the US making progress in "winning the hearts and minds" of the Iraqi people?
Yes, a lot of progress
Yes, a little
Not very much
Not at all
Total votes 310

USDA allowed Canadian beef in despite ban The Agriculture Department allowed American meatpackers to resume imports of ground and other "processed" beef from Canada last September, just weeks after it publicly reaffirmed its ban on importing those products.

Houston mayor plans to offer homeowners some tax relief "..plans to raise the homestead exemption for senior citizens and lower the limit on increases in property valuation while keeping the property tax rate unchanged."

Okay, friends, I'm almost certain that the inspired leaders of San Antonio will hear of the Houston Plan and decide it would be good to implement the same kind of tax relief in the Alamo City, right? (Oh, wait. Perhaps I'm delirious from the humidity.)

I forwarded the Houston article on tax relief to Wolff and Adkisson. I attended a Town Hall conducted by Adkisson and have been gathering petitions to put the matter on the ballot if they don't take action. As a public service, why don't you list the tax-freeze site?
Jim R.



Prisoner abuse hearing followup
Exerpt from Dowd's column today:
"Senator John Cornyn of Texas weighed in, suggesting that Mr. Warner, a Navy officer in World War II, a Marine lieutenant in the Korean War and a Navy secretary under Nixon, and Mr. McCain, who lived in a dirt suite at the Hanoi Hilton for five years, were not patriotic. Their "collective hand-wringing," Mr. Cornyn sniffed, could be "a distraction from fighting and winning the war."

This again illustrates one of the more disgusting mindsets of many ultra-conservatives: to criticize or question administration policy on any aspect of the invasion and occupation is unpatriotic or even traitorous. It's a major disappointment to see yet another politician who ought to know the Constitution better, decrying free speech and demands for open government as "a distraction from fighting and winning the war."

Doesn't Mr. Cornyn have the same
free speech rights as you?
Bob T.

Bob, the difference is, I do not suggest that he is unpatriotic for expressing himself.

After taking a second look I totally
agree with you.
Bob T.

Now if my wife would just adopt a similar attitude at all times...



US calls supervisors who'll stay in Iraq "advisers" and "consultants" About 200 American and international advisers will continue to work at 26 Iraqi ministries as consultants after the June 30 transfer of authority to Iraq, Bush administration planners said Wednesday.
"We want the Iraqis to understand that we are not abandoning them..."

Bush to detail Iraq handover Monday ".. will lay out details of the U.S. plan for the Iraq transition at a major speech Monday in a bid to counter mounting public anxiety over escalating violence and uncertainty less than six weeks before the handover of political power in Baghdad.."

Iraq poll not good news for US An Iraqi poll to be released next week shows a surge in the popularity of Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical young Shia cleric fighting coalition forces, and suggests nearly nine out of 10 Iraqis see US troops as occupiers and not liberators or peacekeepers.

1st Cav's big score could get bigger
Fort Hood's First Cavalry Division officials are analyzing artillery shells that were part of a weapons cache seized Saturday night outside Baghdad.

27+ Abu Ghraib prisoners died in custody The deaths include the killing in November of a high-level Iraqi general who was shoved into a sleeping bag and suffocated, according to the Pentagon report. The documents contradict an earlier Defense Department statement that said the general died "of natural causes" during an interrogation. Pentagon officials declined to comment on the new disclosure.
Another Iraqi military officer, records show, was asphyxiated after being gagged, his hands tied to the top of his cell door.


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