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Friday, June 18, 2004 New page by 10 a.m. Monday-Friday

12:29pm - Al-Arabiya reports that terrorists have beheaded American hostage Paul Johnson
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Report: U.S. hostage beheaded
1:06pm - CNN U.S. hostage Johnson apparently beheaded
HTA demands freeze on property taxes The group that led the citizens' campaign against the failed charter reform measures earlier this year, now threatens to force local officials into freezing property taxes for residents who are elderly or disabled.

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Prop 13 --- RESULT
posted 12am Fri 6/18/2004
Who should make the decision on capping San Antonio and Bexar County property taxes for disabled people and folks 65 and up?

Politicians should decide, and soon
36
13%
Politicians should decide, no big hurry
3
1%
Voters should decide, and soon
229
81%
Voters should decide, no big hurry
16
6%
Total votes 284
 
Proposition 13 is a Constitutional Amendment allowing cities and counties to freeze property taxes for people 65 and older, and for disabled people, if they want to. City councils and county commissions may decide on their own, or may let their citizens vote. So far San Antonio and Bexar County have done neither. My Commentary today is on this topic.

 

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9-11 panel now preparing its final report

 

Oh, Monica, get a grip...

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1 Bush, Cheney stick to Iraq-Osama story Despite a finding to the contrary by the panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush insists Iraq has "terrorist connections" to Al Qaeda.
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2 Bush defends assertions of Iraq-Al Qaeda link The president's statements put him at odds with findings of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission, which dismissed any connection between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda.
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3 Saddam, al-Qaeda, and the truth
The United States President, George Bush, is accustomed to speaking of Saddam and the war on terrorism in the same breath. He and his Vice-President, Richard Cheney, frequently suggest a link between Saddam and al-Qaeda. It is why a great many Americans, including US soldiers, think Iraq is where those responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US drew support. The connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam, however, has never been more than an assertion, even less believable than the other claimed basis for invading Iraq - Saddam's elusive weapons of mass destruction.
USA TODAY
4 Putin says Russia told US of possible Iraq plots says Russia didn't have any information that Saddam's regime was actually behind any terrorist acts.

 


Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on 9-11 RESULT
posted 9am-9pm Thur 6/17/2004
Prior to 9-11 neither the FAA nor the US military had planned responses to terrorist hijackings of airliners

People in charge should be fired
72
32%
No firings, but better supervision now
64
28%
No blame: no one can anticipate everything
90
40%
Vote Total 226

 

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1 Pork-filled corporate tax bill passes adds at least $34 billion to national debt
2 Sales tax write-off passes in House Average Texas household could save almost $300 a year.
3 Senate, House remain far apart on corporate tax bill 

 

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Adult diapers found in Larry King's garbage "An embarrassing photograph of Larry King's garbage has been pulled from an art exhibit because it shows a box of Depends adult diapers.."

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Out on the Mojave: space shot for the common man Monday's flight may represent a transfer of responsibilty from government to commercial organizations.


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