Ports company delays takeover
Dubai Ports World has agreed to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill. "We need to understand the concerns of the people in the U.S. who are worried about this transaction..."
Dallas Morning News
Subsidiary's extensive Texas operations fuel concerns
The British shipping company being sold to an Arab firm has operations at Texas ports from Beaumont to Houston to Corpus Christi, where it removes containers from cargo vessels, runs port terminals and even loads U.S. military ships headed for Iraq.
John Kelso: What's up, docks? Bush couldn't say
I'm having a hard time swallowing this business about President Bush saying he didn't know about the plan to let a company owned by the United Arab Emirates run six American ports until the deal already had been approved by his administration. What this tells me is that when W. wakes up in the morning, Karl Rove picks out his socks.
The New York Times
EDITORIAL: Reaping what you sow
Members of Congress asked for consultation and reassurance that the deal would not compromise already iffy security at one of the most vulnerable parts of the nation's homeland defense system. What they got was a veto threat and a presidential suggestion that they were all anti-Arab.
If the administration is in trouble with Congress, it's long overdue.
David Ignatius: Taste of the Future
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." The acidulous wisdom of Mark Twain speaks to us across the ages, and never more than this week during the great congressional mobilization to save America's ports from the dreaded hand of Dubai.
I know you're hearing all those Macias ads on KTSA alleging that incumbent Dist. 73 representative Casteel voted against school vouchers, but in fairness, check what her hometown newspaper said about that issue when it endorsed her:
Re-elect Casteel to represent us
The editorial explains a few things about the crusade being financed from the very-deep pockets of Jim Leininger. It also states that "The Macias campaign has misstated several of Casteel’s positions" and explains five such charges.
On the other hand...
James Leininger: School choice is good medicine
I have never made a secret about what motivates me politically: the need to improve the lives of poor children in Texas.
On yet another hand...
Rick Casey: Hit man put in bipartisan Austin post
bad is it in Austin? This bad: The men who pass for "leadership" have appointed an ideological hit man to head up one of the most important nonpartisan institutions of state government.
(With mentions of Wentworth and Leininger)
Backers of Guajardo pack council meeting
Handful of detractors are calling for her to step down.
Dickerson's emails HERE
NUMBER of DAYS SINCE the E-MAIL INCIDENT THAT
COUNCILWOMAN ELENA GUAJARDO HAS NOT RESIGNED
Feb. 3 10-Ft Poll HERE
|Yesterday afternoon I became the first to sign the new, online ELENA GUAJARDO RECALL PETITION addressed to the San Antonio City Council.
Please join me in signing. You can keep your email address private. This is not an official petition: it is simply a show of community opinion.