Contact KTSA

Brad Messer headshot
AM 550 / KTSA
San Antonio, Texas
11 'til 1 • Mon-Fri

KTSA Online bug
Live stream

San Antonio now

Region readings

( ( ( RADARS ) ) )
Nexrad SAT still
WxUnd Zoom
South TX Loop
TX loop


Nat'l Wx Service

Wx Underground
AccuWx 15-day
Aviation Weather
BaghdadMore links

Jill Carroll
Christian Science Monitor
KIDNAPPED in Baghdad
Jan. 7, 2006


Need a dotCom name? Place to put your site? Web advice? Call my site host
I would hate to see you get lost in the hopelessly complicated and somewhat stupid TELEPHONE COMPANY web hosting system


DOD news site

Latest News and
Casualty Count


Iraq War Dead 1 2 (2 has personal message boards)
Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

DOD military casualty Info

Organizations that help you provide troop support HERE (donate Frequent Flyer miles, etc.)

Charter Inducted Member
Texas Radio Hall of Fame


Companies I endorse on my radio program, listed here at no charge to anyone

carpet / drapery cleaning
1 800 FOR COIT

water softeners and
biopure water filters

O'Brien's Tax Service

Arredondo Group
Foundations: San Antonio, Austin, Laredo
210 645-6811

Broadband Internet
and flat-rate phone

BJ Associates
Laptop Specialists and
On-site IT services
10823 Gulfdale map

3/21 TFN Mention Brad's name for $75 off a refurb laptop

Kendall County Air
Heating / Air Conditioning
830 816-1879

Cavco Home Center
Mfr & Modular Homes
New Braunfels
830 608-0208

Eurasian Auto Repair
The Dealer Alternative
11234 Gordon Rd



Fri Mar 24 2006
Hit count for 2005 was 24-million-plus

1108 Pedophile death penalty
1138 Texas state parks hurting
1208 East Texas' big FEMA problems after Rita
1220 Mississippi sheriff commandeered ice trucks after Katrina
1238 Drunks being arrested inside Texas bars

add 334p
email benefit
My wife, a teacher here in Uvalde and founder/director of Anthon Little Theater, has arranged two benefit performances of "Annie, Jr.", a trimmed version of the Broadway production.
The performances will take place at 7:00 pm this evening and tomorrow evening.
Location is the Janie Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House on the square in Uvalde. $2.00 per seat, all general admission. There will also be a donation jar at the door for those who wish to give a little something extra.
Monies raised will go to help local folks affected by Sunday night's tornado, which damaged or destroyed about 40 homes and displaced some 100 people. Some of the families lost everything but the clothes they were wearing.
Tickets may be reserved or donations pledged by calling Anthon Elementary School at (830) 591-2988, or, for people in the local area, come by the school
office. The school is located on Benson Road off West Main (US Hwy 90) behind the city yard.
Thank you for your time
Clyde Pollard

Gas price parody
Texas gas prices going up fast

Regular, self-serve gasoline averaged $2.48 per gallon, up 14 cents from last week and up 47 cents from one year ago.
The cheapest gas was in San Antonio, where the average price climbed 12 cents to $2.39 per gallon.

add 355p
Not a complaint - but it does seem to take quite a bit longer to load your page these days.

Yeah, I've put in some big graphics at times. I have broadband, so does a majority of my site users, so I sometimes backslide. Sorry.

email cancel
Gov. Rick Perry mugshot
From: Gov. Rick Perry’s Press Office
Due to the inability of most invitees to attend the special briefing on the Texas Tax Reform Commission, we are canceling the scheduled meeting on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this short notice.

Oh well. Some of my media-type colleagues now must cancel their fun trips up to Gomorrah-on-the-Colorado to hobnob. As I wrote the other day, I declined the invitation because the governor is available when he wants something, but never otherwise.

Pedophile death penalty bill delayed
The So. Carolina Senate put off action on a proposal to execute people convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting children, deciding to wait to hear from State Attorney General
Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Child Molesters --- RESULT
Should repeat child molesters get the death penalty in Texas?
Total votes 545-

add 350p
email death for pedophiles


As someone who has defended quite a few death penalty cases I have to tell you that this proposition is ludicrous as a practical matter.

As you know, in Texas we only allow the death penalty for that small percentage of murders under special circumstances that amount to Capital Murder. The state seeks the death penalty in only the most egregious of even these murders, unless a police officer or someone in the social register gets killed.

Forget for the moment the moral implications of executing a pathetically sick individual who hasn't actually taken a life and would already receive an automatic life sentence as a second offender. Assume that the Supreme Court would even sign off on such a statute.
The biggest problems include:

(1) Finding a jury of 12 people who would vote unanimously to execute such a person.

(2) Finding an offender whose own sexual history was not so screwed up that he would be spared by mitigating evidence.

(3) Finding a prosecutor's office that isn't already so overwhelmed by trying to get killers executed that they could devote the manpower, expense and time (it takes about 8 weeks to try a capital case) to executing someone that they could get a life sentence on in a one week trial or less.

(4) The expense extends not only to the prosecutor. It currently costs in the millions of dollars to execute an offender.

Consider the unintended consequences:

(1) For those who believe in deterrence, please explain to me what incentive a pedophile would have to leave his second victim alive if he's likely to face the death penalty in any case. (Note: it is already a Capital offense to kill a child or anyone else in the course of a sexual assault)

(2) The lack of finality for the victim and victim's family while they're waiting ten to fifteen years for the offender's execution. (In California the victim might be eligible for social security by the time the sentence is carried out)

Your poll is a good reason why some vote hungry politician will try to ram this proposal through the next legislature. It's such an emotional issue that people will automatically favor it, the practicalities be damned.

Other than legislators, the only people who might benefit from this idea are lawyers like me who are paid by the taxpayers to represent Capital defendants. Hmmm, please disregard the preceding paragraphs.


Ken Rodriguez
Kinky's platform: Ideas and answers as meaty as cotton candy
A young lady wants to know how Kinky would address the health care crisis in small cities.
Kinky rattles off lots of words, but offers no plan.
"I'm being very general here," he says.
Translation: He has no idea.

Judson Board reinstates sci-fi book
The critically acclaimed novel "The Handmaid's Tale" was reinstated to Judson Independent School District's Advanced Placement curriculum after board members voted 5-2

BJ Associates Laptop Specialists 344-4563
3/21 TFN Mention Brad's name for $75 off a refurb laptop

Too many eyes on personal health data
The most endangered species on the planet? It's not the snail darter. Or the Calabasas County jumping field mouse. No; it's the privacy of your medical information. In one of the worst examples ever of the federal government creating a problem, purporting to solve the problem and then making it much worse, the Congress and the Bush administration have made it all but impossible for you to maintain the confidentiality of your most personal information.

Texas cracking down on drunks in bars
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is sending undercover officers into bars to look for the exceedingly drunk, issuing citations or making arrests for public intoxication even if patrons haven't left the building.

Clerics insist on execution of Christian convert
Senior Muslim clerics demanded yesterday that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity be executed, warning that if the government caves in to Western pressure and frees him, they will incite people to "pull him into pieces."

Editorial: Bush flopped big-time in his defense of Iraq
The misbegotten war follows a tortured path to a difficult end.
President Bush was beyond pathetic on the issue of Iraq during his press conference this week.
If he and his handlers expected an upward blip in the polls from a week of presidential statements and speeches devoted primarily to Iraq, they're in for a major disappointment.

Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement
When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers.

U.S. no-bid contract with China to scan cargo for nukes

Katrina evacuees score low on TAKS

Can the government ban Fred Phelps from picketing funerals?

Tennessee fainting goats are an endangered species

Ice block may have fallen from plane toilet

Man says Vonage put him on hold while his house burned

Trouble with the phrase "Jesus will be with you soon."