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I will be off Thanksgiving


Paseo Del Rio Association is selling tickets for the 2004 Holiday River Parade this Friday. Tickets range from $10 to $20, depending on the river area. (210) 227-4262 or thesanantonioriverwalk.com

2004 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

"Where to hide?" was Ovinia's only thought as she raced madly across the field outside Aberdeen and up a grassy incline, frantically seeking escape from the man who was hell-bent on possessing her, on making her his and his alone, having succumbed to her beauty, drawn into near madness by the watery depths of her brown eyes and lured by the exotic perfume of lanolin and newly-mown hay which wafted from her thick coat as she grazed.

 

 

LATER THIS WEEK -- Is a covert US Government experiment killing soldiers and causing Gulf War Syndrome? The well-researched book "Vaccine A" says yes, and claims GIs are only the first victims. If you believe the US government performed radiation and other dangerous experiments on Americans without their informed consent, it won't take much of a leap of faith to believe this. Vaccine-A.com website with forum

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Airman sues over anthrax shots

Ten-Foot Poll on PGA Village---RESULT
posted 11p Sun 11/21 - 9p Tue 11/23/2004
If PGA Village is reborn in some form, who should decide whether it gets tax breaks?
Elected officials
56
17%
Voters
269
83%
Total votes 325
 

Exploding cell phones, and how to avoid them

Tax-peek provision still in spending bill A proposal to let more lawmakers see income tax returns is going to stay alive into December, thanks to Democratic complaints over how the one-sentence provision was stuffed into a gargantuan spending bill.

2 Mexican cops lynched by mob It took the mob several hours to kill the agents, but police said heavy traffic and instigators of the violence blocked them from moving in until the two agents were dead.

Lexmark and HP admit their printers call home But the printer manufacturers claim they are doing nothing wrong in monitoring users' printing habits. Hewlett-Packard's difference is that it asks for the active opt-in consent of its clients, according to a spokesman for the firm.

2004 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

As Amy reached for the envelope her heart fluttered in anticipation like the wings of a fruit bat that has eaten a fermented peach, and even though she knew the statistic that you are more likely to be hit by a meteorite than to win the lottery, she was still quite surprised when opening the envelope to be hit by a meteorite.

Andy Borowitz
BUSH KILLS TURKEY, PARDONS TOM DELAY
Departure From Thanksgiving Tradition

President George W. Bush broke with White House tradition today, killing the ceremonial White House turkey and pardoning House Majority Leader Tom DeLay instead.
The reporters and busloads of school children who had gathered on the White House lawn to see the president pardon this year's turkey, named Biscuits, were surprised to hear Mr. Bush adopt a hard-line stance toward the bird.
"I have political capital, and I intend to spend it -- first by killing, and then by eating, this delectable turkey," Mr. Bush announced to the stunned onlookers, who watched as Biscuits was dragged away by two burly secret service agents.
Mr. Bush then said that he would use his traditional Thanksgiving pardon to free Mr. DeLay from any charges of campaign finance wrongdoing, and then paraded the Texas congressman across the lawn to complete the festive holiday ceremony.
Jenny Colver, 11, of Silver Spring, Maryland, expressed a view shared by many who witnessed the history-making event: "He pardoned the wrong turkey."
As news of the Thanksgiving-themed reprieve spread, some in Washington argued that the president's pardoning of the House Majority Leader was unnecessary, since House Republicans already passed a law last week declaring Mr. DeLay an endangered species.
But White House spokesman Scott McClellan defended the president's action as in keeping with the holiday spirit: "This holiday is all about giving thanks, and right now Tom DeLay is extremely thankful that Republicans are calling the shots."
Elsewhere, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced his resignation today but said he had "no specific information" about when or where his resignation would take place.

 

2004 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

"I've never done this before," she said softly, and she was trembling, shaking really--shaking like a Harley-Davidson idling at a stoplight, one of the ones with the old Evo-style engine, where people's dentures vibrated out as they rode--and yet when I touched her skin, it was smooth and inviting like one of the new Harleys, the ones that copy the Japanese engineering and use rubber mounts and counter-balancers . . . not that I would know, because I ride a British bike anyway and haven't been able to get it cranked in nearly six years, which is why I was shaking hands with her, because she owned a bike shop and had never touched a Vincent Black Lighting.

 

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A recent e-mail showing an alligator swimming with a deer in its mouth was purported to be in Lake Conroe. The link below tells the truth of the story's origin.
John T

Photos show an alligator swimming across a lake with a deer clutched in its jaws. TRUTH HERE

 

Bexar funds 1604 toll road, wants to limit tax freeze

Death row guard injured in spear attack

Detroit, San Antonio mayors enter elephant dispute


AUSTIN STATESMAN EDITORIAL
Invasive, offensive searches at airports uncalled for
Airline passengers scheduled to fly on this busy holiday weekend should be ready for long lines, some delays and offensively intrusive strip searches by airport security.
New rules allow the federal Transportation Security Administration screeners to choose passengers for body searches and to pat down breasts, buttocks and genital areas.

 

2004 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

"This town's not big enough for the two of us," growled Slim Jenkins, "but I think that if we can get the townspeople to agree to issue a bond to annex the Carter Ranch, we can then incorporate and there should be plenty of room for everyone."

 

Hackers used websites and ads to infect PCs Hackers co-opted several popular Web sites including comedycentral.com over the weekend, using them to infect thousands of computers with a virus that can be used to steal passwords, bank accounts and other personal information.
Hackers also can use the virus to plant programs on victims' computers that send out spam, flood monitors with pop-up advertising or attack other Web sites

Army Guard recruiting lags Prior service soldiers reluctant


Wounded total rises over 9,000
The number of U.S. troops wounded throughout Iraq since the Fallujah offensive began Nov. 7 has surpassed 850, and the wounded total for the entire war has topped 9,000, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Immigration enforcement grows weaker Immigration enforcement efforts actually have become more lax since the September 11 attacks and have had "no meaningful impact" on the growing number of immigrants now in the United States


"Sex and the City" star gets Israeli cover-up


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2004 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

It was a stark and dormy night--the kind of Friday night in the dorm where wistful women/girls without dates ovulated pointlessly and dreamed of steamy sex with bad boy/men in the backseat of a Corvette--like the one on Route 66, only a different color, though the color was hard to determine because the TV show was in black and white--if only Corvettes had back seats.

 

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