Tue Jan 24 2006
Hit count for 2005 was 24-million-plus
Gov. Perry inspects troops in Iraq
No, wait, that's the Queen of England doing the inspecting...
CORRECTION: Here's Gov. Perry:
Perry visits troops in Iraq, urges patience back home
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, visiting Texas troops in Baghdad today, urged Americans to remain patient despite fresh news of hobbled rebuilding efforts in Iraq
On my program tomorrow: Gov. Perry live from Baghdad
Thanks, Richard H.
Texas homeowner-protection panel doesn't
An agency designed to protect homeowners from construction defects actually shields builders from responsibility, according to an audit released by the Texas Comptroller's Office.
"It is clear that the Texas Residential Construction Commission functions as a builder protection agency."
Senate committee convenes hearings
today into federal response
White House had accurate pre-Katrina damage info
In the 48 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, the White House received detailed warnings about the storm's likely impact, including eerily prescient predictions of breached levees, massive flooding, and major losses of life and property
President Bush, in a televised interview three days after Katrina hit, suggested that the scale of the flooding in New Orleans was unexpected. "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did anticipate a serious storm," Bush said in a Sept. 1 interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Mayor Nagin "Got Milk?" T-shirt
Nagin "chocolate" gaffe becomes stuff of legend
'Chocolate city' parodies proliferate on web and TV
Lobbyists getting cooler response from lawmakers
Skyboxes are suddenly empty. Trips have been canceled. Members of Congress and their aides are insisting on paying for their own meals — if they're willing to be seen in public with a lobbyist at all.
In honor of Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday
More than 500 different photographs of all-things-Franklin were shot by Inquirer photographer Tom Gralish around Philadelphia in the last year. The photos were processed through Arcsoft PhotoMontage software to build this 1200-image portrait. Zoomify software was used to make this interactive Flash graphic.
Lackland, other bases sold un-cleared equipment
Pentagon inspectors say officials at four Air Force bases often approved selling equipment as surplus without ensuring removal of components or data that America does not want to fall into the hands of enemies. That includes selling computers without verifying that their memories were erased.
GOP closed-door deal made $22-billion difference
Republican negotiators criticized for closed-door changes to Medicare legislation that would save the health-insurance industry billions
email thanking vets
A fellow I was interviewing the other day was a Korean Vet. During the course of the interview his buddy who is also a Korean Vet and wears a baseball hat with that on it, said that recently younger people, from 16 to 25 have stopped him in the mall or when he is traveling around and said, "Thanks for your service." He said he was amazed because its only lately that this has been occurring. Something is going on, you can feel it, but we can't see yet.
Fairies stop developers in their tracks
"..The Planning Inspectorate has no specific guidelines on fairies but a spokesman said: “Planning guidance states that local customs and beliefs must be taken into account.."