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Fri June 24 2005 - New page ready around 10am Mon-Fri

Want to write, email or call your Texas state representative and state senator to encourage action to limit the eminent domain laws in Texas? Start here: Who represents me?

add 12:30p -- Just talked with Dist 123 state rep Mike Villareal and was impressed to learn he has ALREADY asked the Texas Legislative Council to come up with proposed language for a new state law that would LIMIT taking people's private property in order to give it to other private owners, developers and such. Am scheduled to talk with state rep Frank Corte Jr after the 1pm news about the same thing.
Supreme Court EMINENT DOMAIN coverage farther down this column.
add 1:30 -- Rep Corte says he has already contacted the governor in an effort to get this issue on the agenda for the current Special Session, which is just astonishingly fast action. I told him I appreciate it and admire him for doing it so rapidly-- and that if the governor does allow the issue to be considered during this session, I will never again call him Gov. Blow-dry.

add 12:55 -- Bruce Davidson of the Express-News just told me that the Sunday paper will have a report by Lynnell Burkett on the proposed Texas A&M campus on the South Side, which will reveal that A&M already owns 98.5 acres not far from where they want to confiscate people's houses to make room for the campus. This whole Espada Development District tax-break scheme is another deal where developers get money stuffed in their pockets by politicians. VOTE IN MY TEN-FOOT POLL BELOW


Congratulations to our
NBA Champion SPURS
Express-News Spurs Special Section
(However, if we played and defeated other NATIONS in the NBA Finals, I missed it, so I really don't understand the use of the term "WORLD champions")

Most valuable player Tim Duncan celebrates with the MVP and NBA championship trophies after San Antonio defeated Detroit last night


"Adios, mofo" is all the rage
Perry catch phrase catches on
A completely unscientific study conducted Thursday revealed that every radio personality in Texas has, over the past two days, worked "Adios, mofo," into their routines.
You can order the Adios Mofo Sweatshirt


Furious surge seen in Iraq car bombs
A third of 500 attacks in past year occurred after new Iraqi government took over in April

Iraqis raking in the big graft bucks
The abuses range from sweetheart deals on leases to payments for construction that was never done.

16 to 25? Pentagon has your number, and more
The Defense Department and a private contractor have been building an extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds, combining names with Social Security numbers, grade-point averages, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. The department began building the database three years ago, but military officials filed a notice announcing plans for it only last month. That is apparently a violation of the federal Privacy Act

OPINION - Paul Krugman
The War President
"..after 9/11 President Bush, with obvious relish, declared himself a "war president." And he kept the nation focused on martial matters by morphing the pursuit of Al Qaeda into a war against Saddam Hussein."

U.S. general sees no ebb in insurgency
The top American commander for the Middle East said Thursday that the insurgency in Iraq had not diminished, seeming to contradict statements by Vice President Dick Cheney in recent days that the insurgents were in their "last throes."



Council backs new mayor on earlier meetings
"..voted 11-0 to move the start time for the regular Thursday meetings from 1 p.m. to 9 a.m. The mayor's aim is to finish the Thursday meeting by 7 p.m. and if it's going long, the council can decide whether to push on or return Friday morning to finish.

Laredo awaiting promised 100 extra DPS troopers
A week after Gov. Blow-dry promised to send additional state troopers here to beef up security in the wake of bloody violence across the border, city officials here said they have yet to see the help.


Conroe cleaners charged with video in employees' restroom

Koreans nix cabbage inside baseball caps

DEA siezes $47K from woman's bra

Texas Lottery chief to explain shortfall
No one won June 8 jackpot, which was short by $1 million-plus.



White House stands behind Rove comments
A White House official said Friday the administration finds it "somewhat puzzling" that Democrats are demanding presidential adviser Karl Rove's apology or resignation for implying that liberals are soft on terrorism.

Ten-Foot Poll on Rove---RESULT
posted 930a-1130p Thur 6/23/05
Last night (6-22) Karl Rove said, "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." Do you agree with his statement?
Total votes 516



U.S. buffalo nickels are being recalled because the bison depicted is anatomically correct. True or not?



email two sons lost in two days
One was killed in Iraq and the other committed suicide because of his brother's death. How much more could that family take? I don't know and hope I never have to face something like this.

Soldier shaken by death of brother ends own life
Distraught over his older brother's death in Iraq and his own deployment this fall to the war zone, Justin "Paul" Byers purposely stepped in front of a pickup truck Monday night, ending his own life, officials said.



email no time off
Dear Brad,
I'm sorry to inform you that you will no longer be allowed to be sick, and more importantly, not allowed to die. (An occasional vacation might be tolerated.) Unfortunately, there are only a few sane people that have radio talk shows.. and you are one of them...
Doug O.


email eminent domain
Brad, isn¹t it astonishingly ironic how closely the Supreme Court ruling regarding property ownership parallels the Communist foundational belief that "whoever can make the best use of resources in order to provide for others deserves to get those resources." ...
Terry in Seguin

High court OKs personal property seizures
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses for private economic development.

email eminent domain
I just finished writing every elected representative short of Dubya regarding the eminent domain SCOTUS decision. I've not been this torqued off at the 'supremes' in a long time. Hopefully, we'll get some sort of executive/legislative double team against the judiciary on this case. Thanks for your excellent public service!
Jeff H.

Home seizure ruling doesn't play in Texas
After decision, an amendment is quickly proposed to limit powers of eminent domain

Hours after the court's 5-4 ruling came down, Rep. Frank Corte Jr., R-San Antonio, said he would seek "to defend the rights of property owners in Texas" by proposing a state constitutional amendment limiting local powers of eminent domain, or condemnation.
But officials in the beachfront town of Freeport, south of Houston, said they would move aggressively to condemn property owned by two seafood companies to clear the way for an $8 million private marina.

Ten-Foot Poll on Home Seizures---RESULT
posted 930a Fri 6/24 - 11a Sun 6/26/2005
Should people's homes on the South Side be seized for a new Texas A&M campus, or should the school be built on nearby land (Brooks City Base) that is already owned by the government?
Take their homes
- 1%
Put it at Brooks
- 99%
Total votes 2602

Land ruling favorable for D.C.
Supreme Court decision will provide leverage for stadium deal.

The whole ruling (pdf)



NASA update on the mission to a comet






email KTSA online
Today I was able to get a "register" page to come up. I filled it out and tried to go, and it came up blank with a little colored square off to the left top corner. I closed the page and tried again. This time a window came up saying : "You have a pop-up blocker enabled. Click here to launch the player! " So now I am going to click on that to see if it will run the player. IT WORKS! Thanks KTSA
Dave near Uvalde

The little colored square is all that I see, too, and at first you sit there wondering what it means-- but after a little while the audio signal begins. Maybe down the line the user interface will be tinkered with to make it easier to use. Thanks for writing.



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