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Bush urges Americans not to lose heart, nerve
Facing sagging public support and rising death toll, president argues that Iraq insurgents are the same breed of terrorist that struck the U.S. on Sept. 11.

Ten-Foot Poll on Bush---RESULT
posted 1130p Tue 6/28 - 1115p Wed 6/29/2005
Did last night's speech (6/28) change your mind about how the war is going, or how the president is handling it?
I'm much more positive
500
10% }
} 249 positive
}
A little more positive
180
4%
No change: I remain a supporter
1810
37%
No change: I remain opposed
1160
24% }
} 240 negative
}
A little more negative
470
10%
I'm much more negative
770
16%
Total votes 4890
   

 

Truth Squad:
In his speech last night, President Bush ignored some uncomfortable facts about the U.S. enterprise in Iraq and overstated the extent of overseas support.

NY Times editorial comment:
"We did not expect Mr. Bush would apologize for the misinformation that helped lead us into this war, or for the catastrophic mistakes his team made in running the military operation. But we had hoped he would resist the temptation to raise the bloody flag of 9/11 over and over again to justify a war in a country that had nothing whatsoever to do with the terrorist attacks."

USA Today lead:
"President Bush again linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a nationally televised speech in which he also acknowledged the war's ongoing bloodshed to an increasingly nervous and skeptical American public."

Associated Press
Bush criticized for linking 9/11 and Iraq

 

Boston Globe analysis:
"In a bold redefinition of a war that began primarily as an attempt to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, President Bush yesterday said Iraq is where the United States will make its stand against terrorists from around the world who flowed into the country."

BBC:
"It is highly unusual for President Bush to mention al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden by name. Last night he did."

add 1130a Anthony Cordesman
"Key parts of his speech, however, were driven by spin, rather than a frank effort to warn the American people of the sacrifices necessary to win and the risks involved. The end result was to mislead in ways that could come back to haunt the administration and reduce longer-term public support."


email speech
Brad,
...the same old propaganda ploy. One of the quotes, “the terrorists can only win IF WE FORGET THE LESSONS OF 9-11.” This speech is ABOUT Iraq, and he has brought in 9 - 11 again. Same old dog food, in a different colored bag.
David P. in Wimberley

Ten-Foot Poll on Bush---RESULT
posted 10a-11p Tue 6/28/2005
Do you believe President Bush will have anything new to say about Iraq in his primetime speech this evening?
Yes
57
15%
No
326
85%
Total votes 383
 

 

email boy
Brad,
I'm a retired Chief Warrant Officer living here in San Antonio. I joined during Viet Nam. It kind of runs in my blood. My father, 3 uncles, several cousins are all retired servicemen. I heard your noon-hour broadcast today (as usual). You said to take a look at the picture on your web page of a little boy.
It's enough to break your heart. I tried to tell others about the picture but couldn't get the words past the lump in my throat. I instead just mailed them a link to your page. I hope a lot of folks get to see this picture and realize what the soldiers and families are giving. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for caring.
Frank G.

 

1,500 say goodbye to Houston-area soldier
On his 19th birthday, a private killed in Iraq is laid to rest in Columbus
Christopher Reed Kilpatrick's fellow seniors in the class of 2004 voted him "most outspoken." He played basketball for the Columbus Cardinals and was known for making long three-point shots. He was also an Eagle Scout.

Lawmakers to question Lotto's inflated jackpots today 'It was deceptive. How can you put up a billboard that says you've got $8 million in the jackpot when they only have 6.5 in the kitty?''

Freed captives in Mexico say Nuevo Laredo police abducted them

 

 

Texas measure seeks to limit power to take property
Some say the effort is strictly symbolic on lawmakers' part

Some lawmakers hope Gov. Rick Perry will expand the special session agenda so they can pass legislation to protect property owners in Texas.
Rep. Scott Campbell, R-San Angelo, and Rep. Frank Corte, R-San Antonio, have filed legislation that would amend the state Constitution to prohibit local governments from taking private property for economic development reasons.

 

 

HELP LIMIT PRIVATE LAND SEIZURES
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?

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
24
- 1%
Put it at Brooks
2578
- 99%
Total votes 2602
 

 

 

 

Toyota is cruising along: Buildings all but finished

Aldine teacher offered to pass teens if they'd torch car

Huh? Russian president pockets Super Bowl ring

Mom who put kids in trunk as punishment is missing

 

 

 


Andy Borowitz

TOM CRUISE BIDS FAREWELL TO EARTH

Returns to Planet of Origin on Eve of Film's Debut

Actor Tom Cruise stunned the worlds of cinema and space travel today, bidding Earth farewell forever as he returned to his planet of origin.

At a launch pad on the outskirts of Malibu constructed specifically for his intergalactic journey, Mr. Cruise spoke briefly to friends, well-wishers, and Larry King, who was covering the launch for CNN.

"Farewell, earthlings," Mr. Cruise told the crowd. "My work here is done."

The actor then engaged in a twenty-minute kiss with his fiancée, Katie Holmes, whom he said he would "send for later."

Tom Cruise and Oprah

Boarding the spaceship, Mr. Cruise delighted the crowd with the thumbs-up gesture he immortalized in the film "Top Gun," then told them, "I feel the need. for speed," before disappearing into the stratosphere.

While many had expected Mr. Cruise to return to his own planet at some point, the timing of his departure took many by surprise, coming as it did on the eve of the debut of his summer blockbuster, "War of the Worlds."

Executives at Paramount Pictures, who produced the film, expressed concern that Mr. Cruise's departure from the solar system would limit his availability to appear on the late-night talk shows.

But according to Buddy Schlantz, a veteran talent agent and observer of the Hollywood scene, Mr. Cruise's decision to return to his planet before the film's opening may be a masterstroke: "If Tom Cruise wanted to do something to make himself more popular, leaving Earth forever was a great place to start."

Elsewhere, in a deeply divided decision, the United States Supreme Court allowed the Texas State Capitol to display The Five Commandments.


 

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