Tue Mar 21 2006
Hit count for 2005 was 24-million-plus
Associates Laptop Specialists 344-4563
3/21 TFN Mention Brad's name for $75
off a refurb laptop
Gov. Rick Perry has invited some media types to his mansion for an event that will include introducing his proposed revamping of Texas taxes, which will be considered during the upcoming special session of the legislature. Some of the other KTSA talk hosts will drive up to Gomorrah-on-the-Colorado to hobnob. I have declined. I find the governor is available to me when he wants something: otherwise, never.
AP TODAY'S NEWS CONFERENCE
Bush defends Iraq policies, sees progress
President Bush said Tuesday there will be “more tough fighting
ahead” in Iraq, but added that “we’re making progress” and denied
claims that Iraq is in the grips of a civil war three years
after the U.S.-led invasion.
For Bush, optimism on Iraq is moving target
As President Bush tells the tale, the battle for Tall Afar offers a case study in how U.S. and Iraqi forces working together can root out insurgents and restore stability. "The example of Tall Afar," he told an audience here Monday, "gives me confidence in our strategy."
Reports from the streets of Tall Afar, half a world away, offer a more complex story.
Gunmen kill 19 officers in bloody Iraq jail raid
As many as 100 insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades stormed the judicial compound in Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles northeast of the capital. At least 33 prisoners were freed in the jail break.
agent sent many warnings about "20th hijacker"
An FBI agent who interrogated Zacarias Moussaoui before Sept. 11, 2001, warned
his supervisors more than 70 times that Moussaoui was a terrorist and spelled
out his suspicions that the al-Qaeda operative was plotting to hijack an airplane.
"You thought a terrorist attack was coming, and you were being obstructed,
right?" MacMahon asked.
"Yes, sir," Samit answered.
Samit said he kept trying to persuade his bosses to authorize the surveillance
warrant or a criminal search warrant right up until the day before the planes
hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"You never stopped trying, did you?" MacMahon said.
"No, sir," Samit replied.
|Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Iraq --- RESULT
Three years later: Has Iraq been worth the costs?
||} 34% positive
||} 66% negative
Total votes 446-
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."
FAIR's sampling of pundit error in the Iraq War. Your favorite reporter, anchor or talking head is probably in here somewhere
"Iraq Is All but Won; Now What?"
(Los Angeles Times headline, 4/10/03)
"Now that the combat phase of the war in Iraq is officially over, what begins is a debate throughout the entire U.S. government over America's unrivaled power and how best to use it."
(CBS reporter Joie Chen, 5/4/03)
"Congress returns to Washington this week to a world very different from the one members left two weeks ago. The war in Iraq is essentially over and domestic issues are regaining attention."
(NPR's Bob Edwards, 4/28/03)
"Tommy Franks and the coalition forces have demonstrated the old axiom that boldness on the battlefield produces swift and relatively bloodless victory. The three-week swing through Iraq has utterly shattered skeptics' complaints."
(Fox News Channel's Tony Snow, 4/13/03)
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
FREEZING NUNS A RESULT OF PATRIOT ACT MOVE
When checks began bouncing at Holy Name Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters last year, Sister Jean Abbott knew something was fishy. Her calls to the bank revealed that the St. Leo, Fla., account was frozen for five days because one of the account's signatories -- an 80-year-old nun -- didn't have an identification card on file. The bank blamed the USA Patriot Act for the account freeze.
HOUSTON CHRONICLE EDITORIAL
[Congress'] Short attention span
Congress' drive to reform lobbying loses steam as Abramoff scandal fades from the front pages
Thank you very much for your site and show. I've just learned, from their bragging, about FEMA monies going to 12 men at the rate of 4 grand a week apiece for guarding empty trailers in New Orleans. And I'm sittin' here 60 years old with teenagers and can't buy a job. Thanks for letting a desperate, angrily frustrated man blow off a little steam.
Gov. Perry to order hurricane evacuation plan
The executive order will require the governor's Division of Emergency Management to develop a detailed plan for implementing contraflow highways during evacuations. The division also will be charged with developing a plan for distributing fuel to service stations and making fuel available to motorists along evacuation routes.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
32 Southlake girls can be cheerleaders
The problems began in December, when only 14 girls posted scores high enough to make the 2006-07 squad. Later, four incoming seniors were allowed on the squad even though they hadn't qualified at the tryout.
Parents of others who didn't qualify protested, prompting school officials to allow everyone who tried out to be on the squad.
Carroll High website | WFAA-TV earlier story
Austin to vote on raising council donation limit
Austinites for a Little Less Corruption was tired of big gobs of cash flowing into City Council campaigns. So in 1997, the activist group gathered enough signatures to put a $100-per-donor campaign limit to a citywide vote.
Texan exonerated after 18 years in prison
A man who spent 18 years behind bars for allegedly attacking a woman in her home has been released after DNA testing excluded him as the attacker.