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Mon Mar 20 2006
Hit count for 2005 was 24-million-plus
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WELCOME TO YEAR 4

 

 


Bush upbeat on Iraq outcome
On third anniversary of war, White House hails progress, but Iraqi prime minister warns country is edging toward "the point of no return."
Allawi contradicted Bush's progress report.
"We are losing a day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more," Allawi said on BBC's "Sunday AM" program. "If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."
Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Iraq --- RESULT
3/20/2006
Three years later: Has Iraq been worth the costs?
Yes, absolutely!
75-
17% } 34% positive
Yes.
75-
17%
Absolutely not!
206-
46% } 66% negative
No.
90-
20%
Total votes 446-
   

Scott Peterson
The Christian Science Monitor

US influence wanes as
full-scale Iraq civil war looms

Today's grim reality is in sharp contrast to the faith many Iraqis once held that the Americans would bring a better life. 

 

 


Texas state parks struggle to stay afloat
The state has no money to acquire new parks or repair and improve the roughly 120 parks and historic sites already in the system.
"We've absolutely been existing day to day," Dabney said. "We haven't bought any equipment. We haven't filled full-time jobs."
Texas state parks need volunteers
McKinney Falls State Park and other state
parks recruit outdoors lovers to help out.

AR-TELEGRAM AUSTIN BUREAU
Texas electricity rates up, not down, after deregulation
Under electricity deregulation, Texans have paid some of the highest rates in the nation -- a reversal of at least a decade of relatively cheap electricity under the state's old regulated system.


Jesus painting
Why We're All Jesus' Children

Go back a few millennia, and we've all got the same ancestors
If Jesus had children (a big if, of course) and if those children had children so that Jesus' lineage survived, then Jesus is today the ancestor of almost everyone living on Earth.
Photograph of Jesus painting by Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Bush's Values --- RESULT
3/17-18/2006
Do YOU question Bush's commitment to conservative principles?
Not at all
86-
28%
Maybe a little
38-
12%
Yes. Isn't it obvious?
183-
60%
Total votes 307-
 

 

Saddam statue falls 4/9/2003
Iraq timeline 2003-2006

MARCH 30, 2003
MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: "... is it curious to you that given how much control U.S. and coalition forces now have in the country, they haven't found any weapons of mass destruction?"
SEC. RUMSFELD: "... We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Victory in Iraq --- RESULT
3/15-16/2006
Do you believe President Bush when he says he has a "strategy for victory" in Iraq?
Yes, no doubt about it.
132-
23%  
Maybe, but it isn't apparent to me.
98-
17% }
} 78% negative
}
I have strong doubts.
109-
19%
A strategy? He wishes.
241-
42%
Total votes 580-
   

 

 

Wind rocks FEMA trailers:
here comes hurricane season

Louisiana Recovery Authority asks why FEMA is spending $75,000 on trailers when small, hurricane-proof cottages cost less than $60,000.
The "Katrina Cottage," a 400- to 750-square-foot prefabricated home that sleeps four, can be erected in days, and could eventually be expanded into a full-size permanent home.

Some Rita victims STILL waiting for trailers
This week marks six months since Hurricane Rita severely damaged his house 18 miles southeast of Beaumont. Mr. Keith is still waiting for a travel trailer FEMA promised he could stay in while making repairs.

 


email NOLA
Brad, here's another one: That $85 Billion that was promised by Bush? Straight to the pockets of the so-called contractors.
What a surprise.
Virginia

Multiple Layers Of Contractors
Drive Up Cost of Katrina Cleanup

New Orleans trash cleanup
NEW ORLEANS -- How many contractors does it take to haul a pile of tree branches? If it's government work, at least four: a contractor, his subcontractor, the subcontractor's subcontractor, and finally, the local man with a truck and chainsaw.

 


 

 

Security flaws could cripple
US missile defense network

The network that stitches together radars, missile launch sites and command control centers for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) ground-based defense system has such serious security flaws that the agency and its contractor, Boeing, may not be able to prevent misuse of the system, according to a Defense Department Inspector General’s report.

 

Your debit card works well for thieves in Moscow
How does someone in Moscow step up to a cash machine and withdraw money from an account holder half a world away? Even when the debit card is still in the victim's wallet?

 

 

 

 

Nebula is twisted double helix
Twisted double-helix nebula found in Milky Way

Cosmic nebulae usually look like blobs in space, but astronomers using the Spitzer Space Telescope report they have found a nebula twisted like the double helix of DNA.

 

Harvard researchers uncover cause of asthma
"Now, we have to rethink the results of so many studies. Our new findings were totally unexpected."

 

Saved by 'sand' poured into the wounds
Realizing it would be some time before the ambulance arrived, Johnson opened a packet of sand-like material and poured it into the wound. Within seconds the bleeding had practically stopped, and the man survived.
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The Prom Shop Project (Austin, Dallas and - soon - San Antonio)
Volunteers collect, clean and provide formal dresses to students who can't afford to buy them for prom and other special occasions. Over 70% of the girls receiving dresses come from families that live on less than $15,000.00 a year.

Some Texas legislators take exception to O'Connor's warnings
Now that she's left the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor has a few things to get off her chest. One of the first was to warn that the nation could slide into dictatorship if harsh critiques of the judiciary – from the likes of Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Tom DeLay –go unanswered.

 

 

I'm thinking about leaving this cartoon onsite for, oh, a few years. It highlights my disappointment in what what the US has become under the "leadership" of George W. Bush.

Messy daughter fights back by humiliating dad