Mon Feb 13 2006
Hit count for 2005 was 24-million-plus
• Thursday 11a-12 O'Brien's Tax expert Jack Hrubetz •
Quail hunting in Texas
Bush team to sell Nat'l Forests, other public land
The Bush administration plans to sell off more than $1 billion in public land including National Forest property ... to help replace a federal subsidy [for roads and schools] that has been eliminated from President Bush's 2007 budget.
If any budget proposal deserves death, it's this
of proposed land sales
| Ten-Foot Poll on Councilwoman--- RESULT
|posted 945a Fri Feb 10 2006
What action should Councilwoman Elena Guajardo take in the wake of the suicide of a man who wrote her an email and was then fired?
|She should take no action
|She should apologize to the man's family
|She should apologize AND resign
Total votes 723-
On Friday 2/10 my producer Susan resumed inviting
Zachry Construction and Councilwoman Elena Guajardo to be my
guests on KTSA. Each had previously declined, citing a desire
to avoid placing additional strain on the family of fired Zachry
employee George "Tripp" Dickerson in the immediate
aftermath of his suicide. He took his life after being fired
for using a company computer to send a personal email to the
councilwoman, who says she informed Zachry of Mr. Dickerson's
personal use of company email. Many people are interested in
hearing the company's and the councilwoman's views on the various
add 1039a Mon
Zachry's PR spokeswoman tells my producer Susan that Zachry
will NOT be commenting on this "because that poor man needs
to rest in peace."
Cheney shoots fellow hunter in Texas accident
Vice President Cheney accidentally sprayed a companion with birdshot while hunting quail on a private Texas ranch, injuring the man in the face, neck and chest ... victim in intensive care
Corpus Christi newspaper says shooting distance was 30 yards
Whittington is influential in Texas politics
CHENEY SAYS SHOOTING OF FELLOW HUNTER WAS BASED ON FAULTY INTELLIGENCE
Believed Shooting Victim Was Zawahiri, Veep Says
Vice President Dick Cheney revealed today that he shot a fellow hunter while on a quail hunting trip over the weekend because he believed the man was the fugitive terror mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Mr. Cheney acknowledged that the man he sprayed with pellets on Saturday was not al-Zawahiri but rather Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old millionaire lawyer from Austin, blaming the mix-up on "faulty intelligence."
"I believed I had credible intelligence that al-Zawahiri had infiltrated my hunting party in disguise with the intent of spraying me with pellets," Mr. Cheney told reporters. "Only after I shot Harry in the face and he shouted 'Cheney, you bastard' did I realize that this intelligence was faulty."
Moments after Mr. Cheney's assault on Mr. Whittington, Mr. al-Zawahiri appeared in a new videotape broadcast on al-Jazeera to announce that he was uninjured in the vice president's attack because, in his words, "I was in Pakistan."
An aide to the vice president said he believed that the American people would believe Mr. Cheney's version of events, but added, "If he was going to shoot any of his cronies right now it's a shame it wasn't Jack Abramoff."
At the White House, President George W. Bush defended his vice president's shooting of a fellow hunter, saying that the attack sent "a strong message to terrorists everywhere."
"The message is, if Dick Cheney is willing to shoot an innocent American citizen at point-blank range, imagine what he'll do to you," Mr. Bush said.
Elsewhere, aviator Steve Fossett completed his three-day journey around the globe, setting a world record for wasting both time and money.
Chertoff to unveil sweeping FEMA reforms
wide-ranging changes to the nation's embattled disaster-response agency on the heels of a House report blaming government-wide ineptitude for mishandling Hurricane Katrina relief.
HSA so screwed up, Chertoff likely candidate for Presidential Medal of Freedom
Iraq IED-buster snagged in Pentagon red tape
A new high-tech vehicle that destroys roadside bombs has passed a series of U.S. military tests but has not yet been sent into battle, prompting charges that Pentagon bureaucracy is slowing the effort to protect American troops in Iraq.
Credit card firms hope to hook taxpayers
Issuers urge consumers to use plastic to pay Uncle Sam
Jeeves to disappear
U.N. report perceives torture at Guantanamo
A draft U.N. report on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay concludes that the U.S. treatment of them violates their right to physical and mental health, and, in some cases, constitutes torture.
U.S. gives Mexico millions for security
The U.S. government has sent more than $376 million to Mexico in the past decade for that country's military and police to help stop alien and drug smugglers, guard against terrorists and protect America's southern border, including $50 million due this year.
Perry says Republicans spending like Democrats
Texas Gov. Rick Perry took some jabs at his own party, telling a conservative group that Republicans are spending like Democrats and may be in jeopardy for doing so.
Worst Valentine's gifts for her
SEX OFFENDER sign was put at wrong house
93-year-old tenant wins eminent domain case
Grapefruit can't get website because of language wierdness
Really ugly 3-foot earthworm found in Washington state
Pencil-in-penis technique not recommended
Teacher ordered pupils to lick floor clean