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Fri Dec 2 2005

Battle of Katrina MP3

posted 1030a Sat Dec 3 2005
This song is controversial. Should Brad have even put the link on this website? No-- Yes-- Result


add 12/3

Katrina Blue-Roof Christmas display Metairie Louisiana 2005BLUE-ROOF CHRISTMAS IS BACK
Metairie mall resurrects display of Hurricane Town
A model train runs past home models with blue tarps, debris and repair work in progress in a Christmas display at Lakeside Mall in Metairie, La. The display mirrors the lives of residents in the New Orleans area.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Four more photos of Lakeside Mall Christmas Village HERE

'Murder by perjury' in Cantu case?
Juan Moreno, who survived being shot nine times to testify it was Ruben Cantu who pulled the trigger, later recanted, but not before Cantu was executed. Now the San Antonio DA tells Chronicle columnist Rick Casey she is considering charges against Moreno, not for perjury -- but for murder.

Political appointees had final say on Texas redistricting
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Friday defended decisions by political appointees on the Justice Department staff to approve a Texas congressional redistricting plan despite objections from the agency's civil rights division.

Some stores get tough on returns
Sears, Target and many others slap fees on returned items— but not Walmart

U.S. has a long way to go to achieve objectives in Iraq
President Bush has laid out his markers for victory in Iraq, which raises an obvious question: How's it going over there?

ALL BELOW from 12/3

Plan to allow scissors on planes opposed
"..strident opposition from flight attendants, families of victims of the Sept. 11 hijackings and several lawmakers."
Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Scissors in Airplanes---RESULT
posted 9a Fri Dec 2 - 9a Sat Dec 3, 2005
TSA would like to again allow scissors (up to 4-inch blades) in carry-on luggage on commercial flights.
Good idea
Bad idea
Total votes 271-


Justice Dep't staff said Texas Districts hurt minorities, overruled by bosses, whole issue was put under unusual gag order
Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act, according to a previously undisclosed memo obtained by The Washington Post. But senior officials overruled them and approved the plan.

Zeta gangbangers
Zeta execution blamed on corrupt Mexican feds

"corrupt federal agents working for drug traffickers are the primary authors of a shocking video in which four enforcers for a rival cartel are interrogated and one is shot in the head, a top Mexican prosecutor said..."

FEMA squeezes Houston over apartment leases
Despite written statements to the contrary, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cease honoring the 24,000 year-long leases, backed by the city, signed between hurricane evacuees and local apartment landlords. As a result the city could fail to deliver on a promise made to nearly 100,000 storm-ravaged evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — a safe roof over their heads for a year.


Andy Borowitz


Vows to Create Additional Slogans to Defeat Insurgents

One day after making a speech on Iraq at the United States Naval Academy in front of a giant placard reading "Plan For Victory," President George W. Bush pronounced the "Plan For Victory" slogan an unqualified success.

"Much time, thought and effort went into creating the 'Plan For Victory' slogan," Mr. Bush said today at a White House press conference. "I think we can all agree that the hard work that went into that slogan has really paid off."

The president said that not only were the words "Plan For Victory" catchy and memorable, but the choice of yellow letters against a blue background was perfect: "The yellow against the blue really made the letters stand out in a victory-like way."

Mr. Bush told reporters that he believed that "time and patience" were the ultimate keys to success in Iraq, adding, "It took time and patience for us to come up with a really effective slogan like 'Plan For Victory.'"

But even as he praised his administration's latest slogan, Mr. Bush said he would not rest on his laurels, vowing to create additional slogans to defeat the insurgents in Iraq.

"The insurgents may have many weapons at their disposal, but they are not as good as we are at coming up with slogans," Mr. Bush said. "So far the only one they've come up with is 'Jihad' - not catchy at all, if you ask me."

Elsewhere, major retailers cheered the early results of the holiday shopping season, announcing that sales of totally useless items surged fifty percent.


Quote of the Day
Daryl Kagan of CNN
CNN's Daryn Kagan (9:07 a.m.)
to a reporter
"Is propaganda a common tool in fighting a war?"


Sales of some SUVs off more than 50 percent from last year

Toyota, Honda leave domestics in dust
Japanese automakers report record sales in November as American counterparts struggle

Lamar Smith: Illegals hurt Americans
Illegal immigrants who take low-skilled jobs reduce wages and take jobs from both citizens and legal immigrants.
Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, is the former chairman and a current member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims

Refurbished laptops with a great warranty
B.J. Associates - The Laptop Specialists
Mention Brad for a $50 rebate

A Phoenix news crew with hidden cameras went around the city to see if the homeless people would actually accept work as their cardboard signs claimed story with video link

Christmas lights video: Lights coordinated with music

Okay, is this real, or some spliced-up
Photoshop fakery? As usual, to check
on such things, go to


Stop-action photos of bullets hitting different stuff



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