A Cardboard Sign Paints a Thousand Words!
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And I want Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to make a mockery of his Harvard medical degree by misrepresenting the details of my case in ways that might give a boost to his 2008 presidential campaign.
I want Frist and the rest of the world to judge my medical condition on the basis of a snippet of dated and demeaning videotape that should have remained private.
Because I think I would retain my sense of humor even in a persistent vegetative state, I'd want President Bush - the same guy who publicly mocked Karla Faye Tucker when signing off on her death warrant as governor of Texas - to claim he was intervening in my case because it is always best "to err on the side of life."
I want the state Department of Children and Families to step in at the last moment to take responsibility for my well-being, because nothing bad could ever happen to anyone under DCF's care.
Because of human demand for food, fresh water, timber, fibre and fuel, more land has been claimed for agriculture in the last 60 years than in the 18th and 19th centuries combined.
An estimated 24% of the Earth's land surface is now cultivated.
Water withdrawals from lakes and rivers has doubled in the last 40 years. Humans now use between 40% and 50% of all available freshwater running off the land.
At least a quarter of all fish stocks are overharvested. In some areas, the catch is now less than a hundredth of that before industrial fishing.
The New York Times reported that the documents show Federal Bureau of Investigation agents gave personal airport escorts to two prominent Saudi families who fled the United States, while several other Saudis were allowed to leave the country without first being interviewed, citing newly-released US government records.
In recent days, San Antonio-based Clear Channel Communications Inc. has flipped one of its local channels from urban hip hop music to a liberal -- or what the radio industry bills as progressive -- talk format featuring Springer and others. Gone is KHTY-FM, and in its place is "progressive" KRPT-FM.
Now Houston-based Border Media Partners' (BMP) Tom Castro says his company is preparing to flip one of its San Antonio stations. Castro says that "in a few months," KZDC-AM will switch from Spanish programming to a progressive format featuring the well-hyped Air America line-up. Among Air America's staples is actor/comedian/author Al Franken.
More than 16 years ago, far from the political passions that have defined the Schiavo controversy, the DeLay family endured its own wrenching end-of-life crisis. The man in a coma, kept alive by intravenous lines and a ventilator, was DeLay's father, Charles Ray DeLay.
Then, freshly re-elected to a third term in the House, DeLay waited all but helpless for the verdict of doctors.
As for the current chief executive, his mother jokes that when he was a boy, she "just hoped he'd grow up."
Kimery's motives go deeper than preventing people from watching the channel, which he acknowledges can be done without the Blocker. But he likens his device to burning a draft card, a tangible example of disagreement.
And he's taking this message to the network's advertisers. After buying the $8.95 device online, would-be blockers are shown a letter that they can send to advertisers via the Fox Blocker site.
"The point is not to block the channel or block free speech but to raise awareness," said Kimery, who works in the tech industry.
Bush's delayed public reaction to the shooting stood in contrast to his swift and high-profile intervention this week to prolong the life of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman in Florida whose feeding tube was removed.
Opinion polls show Bush's approval ratings have slipped to a new low and some pollsters say his intervention in the Schiavo controversy may have been a major factor.
Nearly a quarter of western Germans and 12 percent of easterners want the Berlin Wall back -- more than 15 years after the fall of the barrier that split Germany during the Cold War, according to a new survey.
Dr. Coleen Grissom serves as Professor of English at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After undergraduate studies at East Texas State University, she received the Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966. She has been on the faculty of Trinity University for more than 45 years. She retired from her administrative role on June 1, 2000, learned to loll during a year's leave of absence, and returned to teach full-time at Trinity in the fall of 2001.
After 17+ years of living in one of Trinity University’s residences on Oakmont Court, Coleen moved in December, 1999 to the boonies. There her six toy poodles – Tippy, Champion Callidora, and her three sons, Rufus, Eliot, and Wilbur, along with Rudy, a tiny, cranky soul rescued from a Florida puppy mill – form what perhaps may be euphemistically called a “pack of poodles” but live in harmony with the various critters of the wild as well as with her beloved #1 cat, Isadora, and two new kittens, Dorie & Nellie.
Just think of it – not only self-assured felines but also a veritable herd of tiny poodles gamboling under the live oaks in the shadow of the windmill, secured by cedar posts and hog wire fence! Life is good.
"Blackwell – who turned his back to Millender-McDonald when she spoke and was told by the congresswoman to face him and speak up – had answers for all the problems cited. The shortage of voting machines was in part the federal government’s fault, he said, as HAVA required new machines – but only provided limited funding to buy those new machines. Thus he said he was unable to replace old machines or buy new ones, adding – and this is notable in itself – that even the newest electronic voting machines had unacceptable security flaws.
“Not every voter has a master’s degree. Not every voter has a bachelor’s degree. We want to make sure that information is on a level where everyone understands,” Millender-McDonald said.
“I used the language that a bipartisan (advertising) firm recommended,” Blackwell said.
“Bipartisan doesn’t mean a thing when they speak over the heads of the average voter,” Millender-McDonald replied.
This and other exchanges between Blackwell and the congresswomen typically ended with Blackwell saying he was following the “best practices” in the election field and defending state election workers as models for other states to follow."
"The scene on Capitol Hill this past week has been almost as absurdly macabre as the movie "Weekend at Bernie's," with Tom DeLay and Bill Frist propping up between them this poor woman in a vegetative state to indulge their own political agendas. Mr. DeLay, the poster child for ethical abuse, wanted to show that he is still a favorite of conservatives. Dr. Frist thinks he can ace out Jeb Bush to be 44, even though he has become a laughingstock by trying to rediagnose Ms. Schiavo's condition by video."
"Like many Americans, I suspect, I tried to picture how I would have reacted if a bunch of smarmy, camera-seeking politicians came anywhere near a hospital room where my own relative was hooked up to life support. I imagined summoning the Clint Eastwood of "Dirty Harry," not "Million Dollar Baby." But before my fantasy could get very far, star politicians with the most to gain from playing the God card started hatching stunts whose extravagant shamelessness could upstage any humble reverie of my own."
A FABULOUS Rat Story
A woman walks into a curio shop in San Francisco. Looking around at the exotica, she notices a very lifelike, life-sized bronze statue of a rat. It has no price tag, but is so striking she decides she must have it.
She takes it to the owner: "How much for the bronze rat?"
"Twelve dollars for the rat, a hundred dollars for the story," says the owner. The woman gives the shop-owner twelve dollars. " I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story."
As she walks down the street carrying his bronze rat, she notices that a few real rats have crawled out of alleys and sewers, and begun following her down the street. This is a bit disconcerting, so she begins walking a little faster. Within a couple blocks, the group of rats behind her grows to over a hundred, and they begin squealing.
She starts to trot toward the Bay. She takes a nervous look around and sees that the rats now number in the thousands--maybe millions--and they are all squealing and coming toward her faster and faster. Terrified, she runs to the edge of the Bay, and throws the bronze rat as far out into the Bay as she can. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jump into the Bay after it, and are all drowned.
The woman walks back to the curio shop. "Ah ha," says the owner, "I'll bet you have come back for the story?"
"No," said the woman, "I came back to see if you have a bronze Republican."
"They actually signed me up after they heard my radio show," Springer said Wednesday night, flashing his trademark self-deprecating wit. "I'm excited. I have no idea whether I can master the technique of radio. But I really felt I had 30 years experience on the substance of the matter, so it has never been, 'Gee, I'm getting a job in radio and what do I talk about."
"Public approval of Congress has suffered as a result; at 34 percent, it is the lowest it has been since 1997, dropping from 41 percent last month. Now at 43 percent, President Bush’s approval rating is also lower than it was a month ago."
"Offering an intimate look at rehearsals with the celebrated public faces of Air America - including author-comedian Al Franken, outspoken radio veteran Randi Rhodes, and comedian-actress Janeane Garofalo - LEFT OF THE DIAL reveals the nervous expectations of investors who staked their careers on the network. Among them are Evan Cohen, Air America's chairman, and David Goodfriend, who becomes Air America's general counsel. Cautiously optimistic, Cohen observes, "If we succeed, we'll succeed fabulously, but if we fail, at least we'll fail spectacularly."
"It was a Washington rarity to see the American Civil Liberties Union line up with conservative lions like David Keefe of the American Conservative Union and former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga. But they were among those at a Washington press conference held to assail such Patriot Act provisions as those allowing law enforcement agents to look at library users' records or to conduct unannounced "sneak-and-peek'' searches on homes or private offices."
'It is not, and never should be necessary, to surrender our rights under the Bill of Rights to fight the war on terrorism,' said Barr, who as a House member voted for the Patriot Act, which passed overwhelmingly in the House and provoked only one dissenting Senate vote."
"Bush may be sincere but he is also pandering to his political base and paying more attention to the ideology than the facts,” said Michael McGee, vice president for education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which calls abstinence-only education “one of the religious right’s greatest challenges to the nation’s sexual health.”
"When the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a rule last week to limit mercury emissions from U.S. power plants, officials emphasized that the controls could not be more aggressive because the cost to industry already far exceeded the public health payoff.
What they did not reveal is that a Harvard University study paid for by the EPA, co-authored by an EPA scientist and peer-reviewed by two other EPA scientists had reached the opposite conclusion."
70% of Americans say it is inappropriate for Congress to involve itself in the Schiavo case.
- 67% of Americans “think the elected officials trying to keep Schiavo alive are doing so more for political advantage than out of concern for her or for the principles involved.” (Just 19% believe the elected officials are acting out of concern for her or their principles.)
- 58% of Republicans, 61% of independents and 63% of Democrats oppose federal government intervention in the case.
- 50% of evangelicals oppose federal government intervention in the case, just 44% approve of the intervention.
- 63% of Catholics and a plurality of evangelicals believe Schiavo’s feeding tube should be removed.
"Today there are thousands of blogs about thousands of topics out there. Some have millions of readers, others have none. But I guess it's a good thing that people are out there writing, keeping the written word alive in this era of the cell phone."
"Boxer pointed out that only 10 nominations have been blocked, while 204 have been approved. Blocking those 10, she said, had required Senator Leahy to find security protection for himself and his family.
"They want to make this country into a banana republic," said Schumer, "where if you don't get your way you change the rules." One of the nominees, Schumer said, had called slavery "God's gift to white people." Another had said that a woman must be subjugated to a man. Another opposed all zoning laws. Another opposed all labor laws, including laws on child labor."
"Conspicuous by their absence from Reid's Capitol steps event were two Democrats: Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who has voted against all but one of the Democratic filibusters since 2003, and Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Both men are up for re-election next year, and Nelson is running in a state Bush won with 66 percent of the vote."
"Wolfowitz's 35-year public and academic career, notably lacking in direct experience either with banking or development, let alone the Bank's supposed core mission of poverty reduction, has also steered a wide berth around both Africa and Latin America, two regions of enormous importance to the Bank."
"The Senate voted Thursday to strip all proposed Medicaid cuts from the $2.6 trillion budget for next year, killing the heart of the plan’s deficit reduction and dealing an embarrassing setback to President Bush and Republican leaders."
Still, "this is a big step," said Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who said he had tried for 24 years to open the refuge, but failed because Democrats blocked the effort through filibusters. The budget is immune from a filibuster, meaning drilling supporters will need only a majority - not the 60 votes required to break a filibuster - to succeed when the issue comes up for final action later this year.
"The video news releases — from the Pentagon, Agriculture Department, Census Bureau and other agencies — have the appearance of other segments in news programs and frequently are not identified by local stations as being produced by the government.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan suggested the lack of disclosure was the fault of the broadcasters, not the government."
"Allegations of overcharging for the fuel imports have swirled from the initial days of the occupation, but in this latest audit the scale of officially disputed charges is higher than previously reported."
1) On Monday, March 14, David Rovics, a very cool, radical folk musician, will be playing here for the first time! He will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church, at 7150 W IH 10, at 7pm. Proceeds from the event will go to Texans for Peace, and they are asking for a $10, or a sliding scale-whatever-you-can-afford, donation at the door. For more information about David, or to listen to his songs, please visit www.davidrovics.com.
2) On March 19, please join us in the streets to protest the continued occupation and destruction of Iraq. March 19 marks the 2nd anniversary of the US invasion of the country in 2003, and since then countless numbers of Iraqi civilians have died and over 1500 American soldiers have lost their lives. We must end this war, bring our troops home, and begin the effort to rebuild our communities. We will meet at 2:30 on Saturday on East Commerce St across from River Center mall. We will march to the Plaza de las Islas (Main Plaza, on Commerce, by the San Fernando Cathedral) for a peace rally and demonstration featuring speeches by many community activists, songs, and performances.
"Signaling what could be a new approach to getting around such restrictions, Wal-Mart will build adjacent stores in Dunkirk, Md. with one outlet being constructed so that it will be just under the 75,000 square-foot limit that is allowed by a Calvert County ordinance."
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This week, Bill welcomes guests Rep. Barney Frank, author Camille Paglia, comedian Richard Belzer, author Irshad Manji and Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough.
The Kendall County Area Democratic Women have submitted, on several occasions, information, event announcements and articles to "Hill Country View" newspaper in Boerne for publication. "The View" has consistently found excuses to not publish our information while giving the Republicans publicity. Admittedly, it is difficult if not impossible to find a balanced publication interested in investigation and truth and able to rise above the "he said, she said" journalism of today. From Rupert Murdoch's "San Antonio Express-News" to the "Boerne Star" they all seem to repeat the talking points of the right. But they at least publish meeting dates and give a corner every once in a while to our events and concerns. While "The View" may publish what it wishes, their attitude certainly does not represent the true journalistic ideals. We as consumers should evaluate all information when deciding what to buy or in this case what to subscribe to. Please consider the above when buying or subscribing to "The View."
"The Democratic National Committee raised $3.4 million in three weeks - more than double the amount raised during the same time in 2001 after President Bush was first elected, the new Democratic chairman said Monday."
"Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," Abou Rabeh said."
"From the hospital, Giuliana Sgrena told Rai News 24 by telephone that "we thought the danger was over after my rescue."
"And instead, suddenly there was this shooting. We were hit by a spray of fire," she told the television network. "I was talking to Nicola ... when he leaned over me, probably to defend me, and then he slumped over. That was a truly terrible thing."
"Bush has probably never read about Thomas Andrews, a "blink" thinker best known as the designer of the Titanic. Andrews went along on the maiden voyage of the great ship, knowing that it carried far too few lifeboats, but feeling secure because he supposed that the vessel was indestructible. Sheltered by his unique decision-making style, George Bush sleeps soundly, believing that because of NMD, and the other ill-considered policies of his administration, the United States is impregnable. Meanwhile, the good ship, America, steams unaware into the cold, iceberg-laden sea."
""I was watching the governors around the room," said Schweitzer, comparing the group to potential livestock buyers who assess the wares and express their intentions with head-nods or nose-crinkles.
"I was seeing more of this," he said, crinkling his nose as if detecting a foul odor, "than I was of this," he said, nodding his head. "I didn't see a lot of buyers in the room."
"At first glance, President Bush's tributes to freedom and democracy resemble Wilson's paeans to self-determination for nations around the globe. Under the Dubya doctrine, however, Bush believes that the United States can accomplish this feat on its own. He pursues Wilsonian ends via decidedly un-Wilsonian means.
Even more, he turns his back on the Founding Fathers themselves. Last time I checked, conservatives were supposed to preserve America's original principles and purposes. But the Dubya doctrine flouts them. A ''decent respect for the opinions of mankind"? That's, like, so 1776."
"I say we tell those liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippie, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and their music and whine somewhere else," Gibbons said to another burst of applause.
He said if they lived in Iraq or Afghanistan, "Ironically they would be put to death at the hands of Saddam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden."
"Though the Fed chairman has made similar pleas in the past, he spoke more urgently today and disagreed more adamantly with Republican lawmakers and President Bush who have steadfastly refused to put restrictions on new tax cuts."
"Following Clinton in the poll was Rice, with 42 percent of the respondents saying she should run in 2008, including 30 percent of Democrats. She has gained new prominence as the nation's leading diplomat. Although only 49 percent of Republicans said the United States was ready for a female president, 58 percent said they would vote for Rice."
""I'm appalled that these men and women not only have had to face the recovery from their war wounds but are simultaneously forced to navigate a confusing and seemingly uncaring system of benefits," said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), chairman of the committee. He called the impact of the flawed system on troops "the equivalent of financial and medical 'friendly fire.' "