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Wed Nov 23 2005
Off Thanksgiving Day, returning Friday --Brad
Associated Press Protesters gather again near Bush's ranch
More than a dozen war protesters returned to a roadside near President Bush's ranch before dawn Wednesday, defying two new local bans on roadside camping and parking.
FEMA returns head to butt for vastly-overpriced Texas cleanup
Beaumont was paying more than $12 per cubic yard for the removal of the debris left by Hurricane Rita, until the Federal Emergency Management Agency slashed its reimbursement rate and prompted the city to turn over the cleanup to the Army Corps of Engineers. Now the federal government is paying 76 percent more for what local officials say is the same work
[The Corps of Engineers] confirmed that debris-removal contracts have been withheld from county officials. He said they contain ''proprietary information" that contractors do not want publicized. When asked what business secrets are contained in the Army's contract but not in the county's document, Haustein replied that he was repeating advice from a corps lawyer.
Vatican doesn't want "deep-rooted" gayness
The document from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education says the church deeply respects homosexuals. But it also says it "cannot admit to the seminary and the sacred orders those who practice homosexuality, present deeply rooted homosexual tendencies or support so-called gay culture." So... what? They'll develop a gauge to determine the depth of the rooting? "Whoa, this fella's gayness is rooted one-point-three increments too deeply..."?
"This looks like a diversionary tactic to deflect public attention away from the Vatican's real problem which is child sex abuse by clergy," said Peter Tatchell of the British gay pressure group OutRage! "The Pope should be tackling pedophiles within the Church, not witch-hunting gay people," he told Reuters.
Terror suspect indicted after 3 years in jail
In 2002, Padilla was linked by administration officials, including then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, to an alleged plot to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in the U.S. Officials later said he was involved in plans to blow up hotels and apartment buildings using natural gas, and that he had been trained in weapons and explosives by members of Al Qaeda. The indictment made no reference to either alleged scheme or to any planned attacks in America, triggering questions about the earlier claims.
Mr. Padilla's lawyers filed an appeal in the Supreme Court last month, asking a fundamental question: "Does the president have the power to seize American citizens in civilian settings on American soil and subject them to indefinite military detention without criminal charge or trial?"
The administration says there is no need to answer that question just now.
WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL Director for Torture (CIA DIRECTOR Porter J. Goss)
"... opened the way for the FBI to use cold cells and waterboarding on Americans."
Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Iraq Strategy---RESULT
posted 930a Mon 11/21 - 730p Tue 11/22//2005
Does President Bush have a strategy for getting our troops out of Iraq?