July 29, 2004
New page by 10 a.m. Monday-Friday
most-used exit link from this home page is usually today's Commentary.
The two most-hit photos on this site, ever, remain the "tasteful
nudes" of Charlotte
Ross and Arnold
hit total as of midnight 2,198,701
(1) I sent the picture home to my husband, a professional photographer
and graphics artist. He's really good at finding the Photoshopped
details. I'll let you know his response.
(2) Fake, from initial look. There are shadows behind his legs,
etc. He's right behind the thing; how come there's no hog shadow
on him? The angle should cast one. Also, take a measure of the
man vs hog. Honestly, it's probably 8-9 ft tops.
(3) Addendum: Hubby says feral hog meat is VERY good; his cousins
used to hunt it out regularly. So that excuse for burying the
evidence isn't good. And moose heads can be as big as this purported
hog, and are mounted just fine. I smell something in this story,
and it ain't hog meat.
Your commentary quote that "people will believe anything"
is fortunately correct, otherwise the dollar bill would just be
what it is: a piece of paper. But, considering all things, there
is at least some evidence of the Hogzilla, which is more than
we can say about certain unnamed WMDs. And unfortunately for about
5,000 dead and wounded GI's, the WMDzilla is still an object of
belief by some people.
night one of the TV stations had a story claiming that motels would
have to photocopy guests' driver's licenses and keep them on file.
The reporter interviewed a couple of citizens who were worried about
motels keeping their personal info where almost anyone could get
The reporter obviously had not read - or did not comprehend - the
proposed ordinance (below) which doesn't require anything of the
kind. It is, in fact, laughably vague-- with no specific requirement
about ID retention other than "to document the type of identification"
and keep that record for two years. It would be enough, as the proposed
rule is now written, to scrawl "Texas DL" as the type of ID and
let it go at that, with no copy required.
This is typical of the weak structuring of some local ordinances
written by the weak City Attorney's office.
Ten-Foot Poll on Motel ID---RESULT
posted 810am-9pm Wed 7/28/2004
A law requiring photo ID to get a hotel or motel room in
San Antonio would be
Thursday's San Antonio City Council agenda:
Ordinance amending Section 15-83 of the City Code to require
persons registering in any hotel/motel to present a valid
official photo identification sufficient to establish the
person's identity, or in the alternative, documentation that
the person guaranteed payment using a valid credit card issued
in the name of the registrant; prohibiting a person from registering
in a hotel/motel or attempt [Ed.
note: "attempting" would be correct English]
to do so under any false name or identify or by providing
false identification; requiring the owner or operator of the
establishment to document the type of identification provided
and [to] maintain
this information for a period of two years; and providing
for a criminal fine not to exceed $500.00 for violation of
this ordinance; as requested by Councilman Ron H. Segovia,
District 3. [Presented by Albert A. Ortiz, Police Chief; Christopher
J. Brady, Assistant City Manager]
Wednesday's Commentary: Motel ID
Your website seems to indicate that the reason given for the new
ordinance that makes it a crime (by which party, or both?) not
to present a proper ID or credit card when registering at a hotel/motel
is to reduce prostitution.
That may be so, but it looks suspiciously like something that
would be desired by the Department of Internal (homeland) Security.
That statute has resulted in initiatives to get local law enforcement
under the thumb of the federal government or at least to try to
get local police to go along with certain "programs."
I would hope that the ordinance is truly just directed at the
world's oldest profession.
Even then, how can it be a crime not to present an ID? Since not
every type of bad conduct is a crime (breach of contract, etc.),
the idea is that only behavior that is really bad can be said
to be a crime "against the peace and dignity of the State,"
as the charging papers say in Texas. Since when is not presenting
an ID such a bad act that it becomes a crime?
Another incursion on the rights of private property and private
NY TIMES EDITORIAL
Kerry and War
Mr. Kerry, as the world already knows, is not a black-and-white
kind of thinker, especially when it comes to foreign policy. That's
good - it should give voters a real sense of choice this fall,
given George Bush's tendency to view the world in absolutes. But
it's not an excuse for fudging every issue. Mr. Kerry's history
on the critical Iraq question has been impossibly opaque.
Post convention highlights HERE
veterans remain sharply divided Vietnam vets in particular
are torn over Kerry's combat record, while support for Bush is
far from solid.
balks, but mayor wants taxes to fund symphony San
Antonios Cultural Arts Board late Tuesday issued
its preliminary grant recommendations for next year, and the San
Antonio Symphony was conspicuous by its absence from the list.
One proposed recipient (again) is Blue
Star Arts Complex
80, paid $10,000 ranson for his beloved terrier He got the
dog back. A detective says: "I wouldn't pay 10 grand for
my dog, but I guess he felt he had to. It's all he has for whatever
time he has left in his life."
worker finds $46,000, turns it in
'Fahrenheit 9/11' screened in Bush's hometown Hundreds
gathered in Crawford to support Bush, or to watch Michael Moore's
documentary film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' at the Crawford High School
Football Stadium parking lot Wednesday night.
movie stirs up Crawford Michael Moore didn't show, but
the Crawford debut of his Fahrenheit 9/11 turned the streets of
President Bush's adopted hometown into a political circus Wednesday
a factor in an FBI firing
A classified investigation has concluded that an F.B.I. translator
was dismissed in part because she said that the bureau had poorly
translated important terror documents.
Peterson's defense scores big points in early stages
testimony in Bryant case won't be secret for long
The judge in the Kobe Bryant case said he will make public all
or part of secret testimony from a closed hearing about the sex
life of the woman who's accusing the pro basketball player of
Transcripts of the hearing were accidentally sent to several news
organizations, sparking a First Amendment fight after Ruckriegle
ordered the organizations to destroy the documents.
prisoners allegedly forced to dance like Michael Jackson
Ultrasonic squirrel a mammalian first A species of squirrel
uses ultrasonic frequencies to warn fellow members of its group
of impending danger, the first time an animal has been found to
use high-frequency sound this way