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The National Security Archive (guest in 2-230pm segment)

The David Horsey political cartoon I referred to at 1:45 in the conversation with Express-News reporter Gary Martin here. Horsey - a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize - is with his Seattle delegation at the GOP convention and is cartooning what he sees. It's liberal to be sure: he calls the president Dubbia the Incoherent. Today's cartoon here

 

Councilwoman gets DA in on City Hall fight

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Mayor Garza --- RESULT
posted 1120p Mon 8/30/2004 - 1110p Tue 8/31/2004
Which best describes how Mayor Ed Garza has handled the issue of whether to fire the City Manager?
Very professionally
6
1%
Fairly well
6
1%
A little bumbling
15
3%
Circus clown act
252
57%
Split personality mental case
160
36%
Total votes 439

Mayor denies violating open meetings rules
public hearing this evening on firing Brechtel
District Attorney Susan Reed is scheduled to talk with me Tuesday about the Open Meetings issue which has risen in the case of the mayor trying to get Council support to fire City manager Terry Brechtel.

 

Fort Hood loses its 100th soldier in Iraq war

Report claims air marshals hired despite offenses

Ban lifted, birthday cakes okay at schools

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Iraq is a no-win situation

 

 

 

Dallas Morning News
Let the Sun Shine: Unlikely bedfellows join recorded vote drive

Not a single elected Texas House representative from San Antonio supports ending secret votes in favor of recorded votes.

In the 2001 regular session, the House recorded votes on fewer than half of the measures it passed. In the 2003 regular session, among the actions the Legislature took without recorded votes were:

• Allowed the state to seize the homes of some deceased nursing home patients.
• Refused to expand prosecutors' authority to go after polluters whose illegal acts pose an imminent threat to public health.
• Voted on two key bill provisions regarding residential construction defects and mold remediation.
• Was poised to kill a bill about electronically filed campaign contributions until a recorded vote was requested – suggesting that votes change when the public knows how individual members vote.

 

 

COUNTDOWN TO SEPTEMBER 1
If the intelligence information announced Sunday 8/1

about a Terrorist Threat against 5 financial institutions actually justified placing defenses in public places in New York, Washington DC and Newark, then those guards should still be in place 30 days later, due to the vagueness about when any such attacks might happen.
If the guards are gone by 9/1 (and there has been no new intel to cancel the "attack threat") then I will believe the public measures weren't considered really necessary in the first place.

 

 

 

 

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