Mon Mar 6 2006
Hit count for 2005 was 24-million-plus
Fall of the Alamo March 6, 1836
TEXAS PARTY PRIMARIES TOMORROW
Jack Riccardi anchors coverage on KTSA
The Independent of London
Details of Camp Delta inmates released to public
"...even this limited glimpse into the closed world of Camp Delta shows the arbitrary nature of the arrests which led to hundreds being incarcerated, without charge, thousands of miles from home.
The Bush administration dismisses the detainees' claims of innocence without trying them. "They're bomb-makers,'' Vice-President Dick Cheney said recently.
RICK CASEY, Houston Chronicle
I'm watching 'Leininger 5'
If the "Leininger Five" beat Republican incumbents in the House, scattered from Longview to Lubbock, it will be an earthquake that will change the political landscape here and throughout the state.
...many of the ads attack the incumbents by misrepresenting their positions.
NOTE: On Friday, Carter Casteel challenger Nathan Macias received a huge last-minute infusion of $305,206, bringing his Leininger total to $753,890 (all of it from outside Macias' district)
I was on the road and listening your interview with Macias and Casteel on Friday. I called in and hope you got my message about what an excellent job you did. I get so tired of interviewers who cut slack for politicians who don't answer questions or who distort the truth.
Lord knows we don't need another Leininger goon up in Austin screwing with our lives. But the depth of my antagonism to Macias goes deeper than that.
He came to my front door. After delivering his sanctimonious speech about the unsurpassable level of his perfection, he said, "I saw the Kinky Friedman bumper sticker on your car."
I acknowledged that.
"You know," he continued, "If you vote in the primary election, you can still vote in the general election in November."
I said, "Yes. But that's not the issue, is it?"
"It's true," he said. "You can vote in the primary election and in the general election."
"But if I vote in the primary, I can't sign Friedman's petition, can I?"
"You can still vote in the general election," he said.
[I said] "Boy, now I have a serious decision to make. If I don't vote in the primary, I can sign Kinky's petition. If I do vote in the primary, I could vote against you. If wish I could do that early and often."
Then I said goodbye and shut the door while he was sputtering out something or another...
Casteel later reminded me that Kinky said on my show the other day that he expects an easy 100,000 signatures right out of the chute, so - her point - I could vote in the Casteel-Macias race, AND Kinky would still easily get enough petition signatures.
(Starting Wednesday, Friedman and Carole Strayhorn each have 64 days to collect 45,540 signatures from registered voters who did not vote in either the Democrat or Republican primary...)
ROBERT NOVAK, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
GOP lawmakers fear Katrina fallout
President Bush's visit to Katrina-ravaged Louisiana on Wednesday follows six months of bungling that threatens political catastrophe for the state's Republicans. He will boost his belated $4.2 billion plan finally to provide housing for people made homeless by the storm, but it may be too little, too late. The government's post-hurricane performance has been a mess, and Republicans get the blame.
Washington Post/ABC poll
Most Americans now believe Iraq civil war likely
Expectations for an all-out sectarian war in Iraq extended beyond party lines. More than seven in 10 Republicans and eight in 10 Democrats and political independents believe civil war was likely.
PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON
U.S. bases 'flying gunships' in Iraq
The U.S. Air Force has begun moving heavily armed AC-130 airplanes -- the lethal "flying gunships" of the Vietnam War -- to a base in Iraq as commanders search for new tools to counter the Iraqi resistance.