planned for wider Hwy 281 from northern San Antonio
through Comal County
Commissioners asked to oppose TTC plan If the entire Trans
Texas Corridor concept is realized, 580,000 acres of private land
will be taken by the state through eminent domain, according to
opponents. Kimble, Menard, Real, Edwards, Mason and Gillespie
counties have already passed resolutions opposing the TTC project
residents rage over A&M plan Several speakers worried
that if the city pays them fair market value for their houses, they'll
have too little to buy comparable housing elsewhere.
strategy: Diminish the press by not dealing with it
Former WSJ reporter Ron Suskind, who got inside the White House
in 2002 to report on the administration's communication strategy,
says: "I had a variety of discussions with them about their
newfangled message control machine, and their prized discipline.
They made a clear decision: We will ignore as best we can the mainstream
press and let's see if there's any penalty for doing that."
He says the position of former Bush chief communications advisor
Karen Hughes was: "'We're not concerned; we don't see there
being any penalty from the voters for ignoring the mainstream press.'
And there's been none to date."
BOAT VETS RIP AARP'S VIETNAM WAR RECORD
Battle over Social Security Gets Nastier In New Ad
The scorched-earth battle over the future of Social Security got
a little nastier today with the release of a new television ad in
which the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked the Vietnam War
record of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
The Swift Boat Veterans, dormant in the months following the 2004
election, called their anti-AARP ad "our finest work to date."
In the controversial commercial, a swift boat veteran named Davis
Debrew claims to have served on the same swift boat as the AARP
during the Vietnam War.
"While the rest of us were in the front of the boat shooting
at the Vietcong, the AARP was in the back of the boat talking about
how to bankrupt Social Security," Mr. Debrew says.
But within hours of the commercial's first airing, the AARP disputed
Mr. Debrew's claims, arguing that there was no way a retirees' organization
numbering 35 million members could ever have fit on a craft as small
and light as a swift boat.
The ad was released just as a new study from the Brookings Institution
found that the money spent on anti-AARP ads, if invested in Social
Security instead, could keep the program solvent until the year
In response to the Brookings study, swift boat veteran Debrew said,
"I served on the same boat as the Brookings Institution, and
when it came time to shoot at the Vietcong, they were no help at
Elsewhere, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein blasted U.S. officials
for arresting his half-brother but offered them the name and address
of his mother-in-law.