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  • 'Bump Key' Can Let Thieves Enter Your Home (most home locks are vulnerable)

    02/06/2007 8:24:56 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 71 replies · 5,339+ views
    CBS 11 TV (Dallas) ^ | 2/1/07 | Bennett Cunningham
    Do you think your house is safe from a thief? It's not if they have the key to unlock your door. According to recent FBI data, burglaries are the third most reported crime to police. Now an old culprit is making a new appearance. They're called “bump keys” and they can open up popular locks. When Sarah Jackson's opened up the door to her Fort Worth home, she says someone used a key similar to the one she uses to access her house. The problem is, it wasn't her key. It may have been a “bump key.” The internet is...
  • Will the GOP Heed the Warnings of Pollster Frank Luntz?

    02/01/2007 9:41:17 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 50 replies · 1,897+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 1/31/07 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Pollster Frank Luntz for the past decade issued warnings to his fellow Republicans that they did not want to hear, but never has been so out of touch with them as he is today. "The Republican message machine is a skeleton of its former self," Luntz told me. "These people have no idea how the American people react to them"... ...He has clashed frequently with Rep. John Boehner, the current Republican leader of the House who stifled ethics legislation last year when he was still majority leader. Boehner, elected chairman of the House Republican Conference when the party...
  • Angleton man tied to Myspace video of cat mauling (Another pit bull owner, shows no remorse)

    01/31/2007 7:46:51 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 56 replies · 1,591+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/31/07 | RICHARD STEWART
    ANGLETON — A 17-year-old Angleton man has been charged with cruelty to animals after he allegedly tied up a stray cat and let the pit bull he got for his birthday tear the cat apart while he videotaped the incident. The video ended up on the popular Web site MySpace after he gave the video to friends, but it was quickly yanked. Paul Miguel will probably be booked today, Angleton police detective Sgt. Kirk Coleman said. The dog, a brown and white female named Brook, was seized by agents from the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,...
  • Webb & Military Support (The truth about his bogus 'military' poll)

    01/24/2007 1:50:02 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 32 replies · 2,281+ views
    National Review Online's "The Corner" ^ | 1/24/07 | Jonah Goldberg
    A professional GOP web toiler sent this around: Last night – despite the fact that Bush is changing the way the war is being fought — Jim Webb claimed that “the majority of our military” does not support “the way this war is being fought”. This is the poll that is being cited as evidence of his claim: “Only 35 percent of the military members polled this year said they approve of the way President Bush is handling the war, while 42 percent said they disapproved. […]Just as telling, in this year’s poll only 41 percent of the military said...
  • Dershowitz raises warning flags about new terrorist tactic (Criticizes media enabling)

    01/18/2007 6:57:35 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 18 replies · 1,467+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/18/07 | MELANIE MARKLEY
    The civil liberty activist says news media must realize democracies are in a no-win situation Author and civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz called on the American news media Wednesday to take greater stock of the way international terrorists fight their wars by deliberately putting civilians in harm's way. Dershowitz, who met with the Houston Chronicle editorial board, was in Houston for a speech arranged by the Holocaust Museum Houston titled, "Is There a New Anti-Semitism?" A commentator on wide-ranging issues that involve Israel, the war on terror and civil liberties, Dershowitz said that today's terrorists have a new way of...
  • New black mayor's death sparks conspiracy theories (Westlake, LA)

    01/05/2007 4:53:36 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 39 replies · 1,595+ views
    houston chronicle ^ | 1/5/07 | DOUG SIMPSON
    WESTLAKE, La. — In the hours before his death on the evening of Dec. 30, the first black mayor of this overwhelmingly white town started learning his new job. About noon, he set City Hall's alarm system for the first time. He got instructions on how to raise and lower the U.S. flag. He had already ordered a new mayoral letterhead with his name on it and a button-down shirt embroidered "Gerald Washington, Mayor." A few hours later he indulged in a hobby, placing a $4 bet at a nearby horse racing track. But by 10 p.m. Gerald "Wash" Washington...
  • Illegal workers the talk of Texas (creative state bills filed to address problem)

    01/03/2007 9:51:00 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 13 replies · 895+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/3/07 | R.G. RATcliffe
    AUSTIN — They work as maids and busboys. They build homes and highways. They bone chickens on the way to market. They are worth billions of dollars to the Texas economy, but as members of the working poor they also are a drain of hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers. They are the 1.4 million illegal immigrants that the federal government estimates live in Texas. Half are divided evenly between the Dallas and Houston areas, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, with an additional 20 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Less than 5 percent live in...
  • New Dallas DA fires eight prosecutors (Democrats take over and purge)

    12/29/2006 11:46:40 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 53 replies · 1,719+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/28/06 | AP
    First Democrat to hold spot since '86 has said he plans no major overhaul DALLAS — The newly elected Dallas County district attorney fired eight of his top prosecutors, and at least nine others are resigning before he assumes the post on Monday. Craig Watkins, the county's first black district attorney and the first Democrat to hold the office since 1986, sent termination notices to the eight prosecutors Wednesday. Watkins' election in November was part of a Democratic resurgence in Dallas County that saw the party take 42 judicial races and six other countywide offices. Watkins, a longtime defense attorney,...
  • More speaking up in battle for Texas speaker's seat (Jim Pitts (R) - Waxahachie)

    12/29/2006 11:18:02 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 208+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/29/06 | LISA SANDBERG and PEGGY FIKAC
    AUSTIN — Tom Craddick's bid to remain House speaker appeared increasingly uncertain Thursday with the announcement by a once-trusted member of his leadership team that he would oppose Craddick in what suddenly has become a three-way race among Republicans. Jim Pitts, 59, the affable Republican from Waxahachie whom Craddick appointed to chair the influential Appropriations Committee in 2004, said he decided to challenge the 63-year-old speaker from Midland because he is convinced he can win. While refusing to name names or discuss precise numbers, Pitts said at an afternoon news conference that he'd done the math and, unlike either of...
  • Senate candidate blue - literally(Blue-skinned Stan Jones, MT Libertarian who gave Dems the Senate)

    11/09/2006 7:37:02 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 139 replies · 4,541+ views
    (DN) ^ | October 3, 2002 (11/9/06 repost) | AP
    Thursday, October 3, 2002 GREAT FALLS, Montana (AP) -- Montana's Libertarian candidate for Senate has turned blue from drinking a silver solution that he believed would protect him from disease. Stan Jones,a 63-year-old business consultant and part-time college instructor, said he started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage of antibiotics. He made his own concoction by electrically charging a couple of silver wires in a glass of water. His skin began turning blue-gray a year ago... ...He does not take the supplement any longer, but the skin condition, called argyria, is...
  • White House Annoyed With Crist's Snub Of President (FL Governor candidate)

    11/06/2006 11:35:50 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 87 replies · 2,468+ views ^ | 11/6/06 | AP, via
    PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The White House did not hide its irritation Monday at Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist for ducking President George W. Bush at a campaign rally in the Republican friendly Panhandle. Crist said he considered the Pensacola area so firmly in his camp that it made more sense to campaign elsewhere in the state as the race to replace outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush tightened. On a tarmac in Texas where the president boarded Air Force One for the trip east, Bush political strategist Karl Rove mockingly questioned what kind of alternate rally Crist could put together that...
  • Taking credit, or not, for pump price slide: (dumb) News release by House speaker pours fuel on fire

    10/20/2006 9:31:45 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 13 replies · 597+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/20/06 | DAVID IVANOVICH
    WASHINGTON — Oil company executives have been cringing at the poll results, economists all but screaming. Nearly a third of all Americans believe the oil industry, in cahoots with the White House, is orchestrating the recent drop in energy prices to help Republicans in November. So there was groaning again on Thursday when House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., issued a news release that was headlined: "Gas prices continue to fall during a Republican majority." "Oh, that just fuels it," Jim Glassman, senior economist for JP Morgan Chase in New York, said with a laugh. "That will just reinforce suspicions. ......
  • Former President Bush (41) and his daughter interviewing on Larry King right now (doing great!)

    10/05/2006 6:21:27 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 19 replies · 874+ views
    cnn | 10/5/06 | me
    Heads, up! He is giving a great interview, calm, very charming, still witty, a nice contrast to the liars and backstabbers on the other channels right now.
  • (More than just a) Golf legend Byron Nelson dies

    09/26/2006 12:57:49 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 22 replies · 900+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/26/06 | BRAD TOWNSEND
    Golf legend and Roanoke resident Byron Nelson, a man revered for his benevolence and humility as much as his on-course accomplishment, died Tuesday at the age of 94... ... Even his swing was the stuff of legend. As wood-shafted golf clubs were being converted to steel, he was the first notable player to incorporate his feet and legs for extra power. He is widely credited as being the father of the modern swing, to the extent that the U.S. Golf Association's club-testing apparatus is called the "Iron Byron."
  • 'Border baby' boom strains S. Texas (70-80% of births mothers are illegal aliens)

    09/24/2006 6:36:02 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 83 replies · 4,498+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/24/06 | JAMES PINKERTON
    RIO GRANDE CITY — First it was a trickle, now it's a flood. Rising numbers of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America are streaming into Texas to give birth, straining hospitals and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, health officials say. Doctors and health officials say they are overwhelmed by both the new arrivals and those immigrant mothers who already are in the state. Even Houston's feeling the pinch. An estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of the 10,587 births at Ben Taub General Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital last year were to undocumented immigrants, administrators...
  • Her work earns Japan's thanks (Political Correctness crusader goes after Texas road names)

    09/21/2006 10:36:11 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 64 replies · 1,785+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/21/06 | ERIC HANSON
    Sandra Tanamachi, who led a lengthy campaign to get the slur "Jap" removed from street maps in Jefferson, Orange and Fort Bend counties, is being recognized for her work with an award from the Japanese government. In 1992, Tanamachi was teaching school in Beaumont when she noticed newspaper advertisements, billboards and radio spots for businesses on "Jap Road." "I found it very offensive. I started thinking other minorities would not tolerate anything like it. I just didn't feel it was right especially since I had uncles who were soldiers and veterans," Tanamachi, 61, said Wednesday. Houston Japanese Consul General Yoshi...
  • Draft ethics ruling: Don't do the math (TX 'Ethics' Comm. proposes not reporting donation amounts)

    09/20/2006 11:15:36 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 6 replies · 183+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/20/06 | LISA SANDBERG
    AUSTIN - Texas politicians who receive suitcases full of cash may not be required to report the amount of it, according to a draft ruling by the Texas Ethics Commission. Under the proposal, candidates for state offices could satisfy Texas disclosure laws by simply calling it "currency." Watchdog groups deplored Tuesday's draft opinion by the agency established to monitor campaign-finance laws. Agency commissioners are expected to vote on it Friday. "If the Texas Ethics Commission adopts this opinion ... public officials can take millions of dollars in cash and legally write 'currency' on their disclosure form," Craig McDonald, director of...
  • Teacher bitten by bat back on the job (but batty babe is bothersome)

    09/20/2006 8:50:38 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 11 replies · 408+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/20/06 | HELEN ERIKSEN
    A Katy music teacher bitten by a bat returned to work Tuesday as another bat captured at the school tested negative for rabies. A public health official said students are not at risk of contracting rabies from the Mayde Creek High School orchestra teacher because he is not infectious. "He's perfectly fine once he has had his shots," said Rita Obey, of the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Department. Michael Jones, who was bitten Monday before school, declined to comment. He began rabies-vaccination treatment at Christus St. Catherine's Hospital in Katy as a precaution. As Jones was about...
  • Bell is bold, Kinky bolder ("I want to be your Good Shepherd" - sacrilegious or savvy?)

    09/15/2006 7:21:08 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 32 replies · 467+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/15/06 | RICK CASEY
    CHRIS Bell is taking a bold new step in his race for governor. Tired of watching Republicans such as Gov. Rick Perry openly using some evangelical churches the way Democrats traditionally used labor unions, Bell is unabashedly wearing his Christianity on his sleeve. "It's the biggest mistake that the Democratic Party has probably made in the last 25 years," he told Peggy Fikac of the Chronicle's Austin bureau last week. "For us to leave people with the impression that we're not concerned about faith, that we're not concerned about morals and values, and that we're not going to be a...
  • He's a Crunchy nut... advert showing man riding dog sparks fury (England, PETA flakes)

    09/13/2006 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 33 replies · 1,173+ views
    This Is London ^ | 9/13/06 | This Is London
    Breakfast food company Kellogg's has come under fire from animal lovers furious about a television advert showing a man riding a dog like a horse. Nearly 100 complaints have been made against the new Crunchy Nut Cornflakes advert, which shows a very small man finishing work and riding home on the back of an Irish Wolfhound. Dog lovers say the behaviour in the scene is cruel and could be copied by children. However, no action is to be taken by the Advertising Standards Authority, which has dismissed the complaints. It says viewers would be able to spot that the scenes...
  • Shared-ride shuttle plan to airports debated (Houston conservative Mike Berry pushing for monopoly)

    09/12/2006 6:15:52 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 2 replies · 133+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/12/06 | ALEXIS GRANT
    Despite testimony from a market consultant who said Houston would be better served by one shared-ride company to shuttle travelers to and from the city's airports, several members of a City Council committee on Monday expressed concerns about awarding a contract to only one vendor. Council members have long agreed the city needs a shared-ride service, but the debate over whether to work with several companies or create what some council members call a monopoly has stalled the contract at City Hall for years. Chairman of the transportation committee Michael Berry called the last-minute meeting to try to put council...
  • Fires, injuries, arrests after college football win (Ohio State in Columbus)

    09/10/2006 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 18 replies · 929+ views
    AP, via WALB TV ^ | 9/10/06 | AP
    Fires, injuries and arrests are reported in Columbus, Ohio, following last night's Ohio State win over Texas. The nation's top-ranked college football team knocked off number-two Texas 24-to-7 in Austin. That kicked off a wild celebration back in Columbus. A fire battalion chief says more than 30 fires were set, mostly in trash bins and couches left outdoors. There was little property damage but five people have been arrested. The chief says he and a university official and her husband suffered minor injuries when a car ran into them at a command post set up in a student union driveway....
  • 69% of poor evacuees are here to stay (Houston)

    09/08/2006 9:10:11 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 75 replies · 1,349+ views
    Houston Comical ^ | 9/8/06 | ALLAN TURNER
    Life in Houston hasn't been easy, with many lacking health insurance, jobs, survey finds Houston may be hot, unfriendly and frustratingly difficult to navigate, but more than two-thirds of the poorest New Orleans evacuees who fled to the city after Hurricane Katrina plan to stay, a Rice University survey released today shows. Almost 69 percent of the 1,081 people queried in the National Science Foundation-funded study conducted in July by political science professors Rick Wilson and Robert Stein said they likely will remain in Houston. That figure is up from about 57 percent in October and 51 percent in September...
  • Florida Marlins rookie Anibal Sanchez pitching a no-hitter in the 9th (live on ESPN now)

    09/06/2006 6:18:08 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 13 replies · 830+ views
    espn | 9/6/06 | The future ghost of Nolan Ryan
    Would be the first no-hitter in the major leagues since May 2004, the longest drought of no-hitters since World War II.
  • (TV political analyst/Dem candidate Alan) Lichtman: Arrest at Senate Debate was Unnecessary (LOL)

    09/01/2006 3:34:02 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 5 replies · 360+ views
    AP, via WTOP ^ | 9/1/06 | AP
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Democratic Senate candidate Alan Lichtman said Friday his arrest for trespassing at a televised senatorial debate the night before was unnecessary because he was involved in a peaceful protest. He was protesting the decision by sponsors of the debate to allow only Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume to participate. Lichtman and his wife, Karyn Strickler, were arrested along with a campaign worker when they tried to enter the Maryland Public Television building and refused repeated requests to leave a small vestibule at the entrance to the building. "I did not have to be arrested because I was...
  • Kinky Friedman: A Texas Twister of a Candidate ("I'm not a liberal." ???)

    08/22/2006 6:21:45 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 25 replies · 759+ views
    Newspaper Tree ^ | 8/22/06 | Sito Negron
    Kinky Friedman, who is to be in El Paso when this article comes out (Aug. 20-22), wants it to be known he isn't a politician, and despite his never-ending run of the mouth that appears to make light of issues, he is serious. “I'm not going to become a self-important politician. The circus needs clowns like donkeys need elephants. Will Rogers said the politicians were the greatest jokers of all. Every time they made a joke it turned into law and every time they made a law it turned into a joke,” Friedman said. Still, as the campaign heats up...
  • Woman faces charges in flight scare (actually confirms much of the early reports)

    08/17/2006 11:36:12 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 133 replies · 4,097+ views
    AP, via ^ | 8/17/06 | MELISSA TRUJILLO
    BOSTON (AP) — A woman on a trans-Atlantic flight diverted to Boston for security concerns passed several notes to crew members, urinated on the cabin floor and made comments the crew believed were references to al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an affidavit filed Thursday. Catherine C. Mayo, 59, of Braintree, Vt., was to appear in federal court later Thursday on a charge of interfering with a flight crew after disrupting United 923 as it flew from London to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The flight, with 182 passengers and 12 crew members, landed safely with the escort of...
  • Insurance firm wins storm damage lawsuit (Hurricane Katrina)

    08/15/2006 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 112 replies · 3,021+ views
    AP, via Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/15/06 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    GULFPORT, Miss. — A federal judge ruled today that an insurance company's policies do not cover damage from wind-driven water in a decision that could affect hundreds of upcoming cases related to property damage from Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. ruled that a Mississippi Gulf Coast couple cannot collect damages from storm surge caused by Katrina because Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.'s policies do not cover wind-driven water damage. Senter Jr. said Paul and Julie Leonard of Pascagoula could be compensated for damage that they could prove was caused by high winds, however. "Almost all the damage to...
  • Man married at least 7 times gets 15-year sentence

    08/09/2006 3:55:58 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 7 replies · 328+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/9/06 | PEGGY O'HARE
    With one of his ex-wives wearing a T-shirt that read "I Play Dirty," Eric Eugene Cooper pleaded guilty late this morning and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. State District Judge Mike Wilkinson imposed the sentence after Cooper, 30, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. A jury convicted him Tuesday of tampering with a government document for altering the car title of one of his wives. Seven ex-wives and former girlfriends of the convicted bigamist, who is accused of pretending to be a U.S. Navy officer, sat together in a Harris County courtroom Tuesday as the jury's...
  • Widespread Flooding Hits El Paso, Texas (National Guard activated)

    08/01/2006 4:42:42 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 29 replies · 618+ views ^ | 8/1/06 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    A third day of heavy rain caused widespread flooding around El Paso on Tuesday, swamping mountainside homes, forcing evacuations and closing major roads. Emergency crews juggled an onslaught of distress calls, but there were no immediate reports of any serious injuries. "We're doing OK at the moment," said police spokesman Javier Sambrano. Authorities said at least 60 people had been rescued, some standing on roofs, others atop cars. Fire officials said they were worried about boulders and other debris falling from rocky cliffs around several El Paso neighborhoods. Rosa Reyes was given five minutes to evacuate with her 6-year-old daughter...
  • Another Mexico rally draws 1 million, but some followers tiring (coerced attendance)

    07/30/2006 6:07:14 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 31 replies · 1,011+ views
    Dallas Morning News, via Grand Forks Herald ^ | 7/30/06 | Laurence Iliff and Alfredo Corchado
    MEXICO CITY - A month after losing Mexico's closest presidential race in history, leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rallied with hundreds of thousands of supporters Sunday and said he would live among 47 makeshift campsites to pressure for a vote recount... ...Organizers of the Sunday rally said they had met their goal of 2.5 million protesters, but some capital police put the number at half that. Many demonstrators flooded subway stations on their way out of downtown even before Lopez Obrador spoke... ...Cab driver Juan Carlos Granados, 31, said he has been bringing supporters in from the nearby state...
  • Fox, TBS ink deal to air MLB games (most playoff games will move to cable, TBS drops Braves)

    07/12/2006 7:50:49 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 10 replies · 200+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/11/06 | DAVID BARRON
    Fox Sports and Turner Sports agreed Tuesday to seven-year contracts with Major League Baseball that will keep the World Series, All-Star Game and Saturday Game of the Week on Fox while moving the entire Division Series to cable and adding a Sunday afternoon Game of the Week on TBS beginning in 2008. Fox will pay about $250 million a year or $1.75 billion for the seven-year agreement, down from about $417 million per year under a deal that expires after the 2006 season. That figure included about $100 million a year for regular-season and Division Series rights Fox sublicensed to...
  • Updates From Mexico City - Michael Barone (and why we should copy Mexico's voter ID program)

    07/03/2006 8:12:04 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 29 replies · 1,235+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7/3/06 | Michael Barone
    Too long to post in a single thread, but a fascinating almost minute by minute recounting of last night and insight into Mexico's state and national election politics. Perhaps most interesting is his outlining of why Mexico probably has a much more fraud-resistant election system than we do: "9:58. Televisa is showing video of the process at the polls. When a Mexican voter enters the polls his voter ID card--with its picture and signature and hologram--is checked by one official with the list which shows a replica of each registered voter's card. Then the card is checked and held by...
  • “A Good Program…to Make Us Safer…Is Over.” (9/11 Comm. Co-Chair Kean on NY Times' latest treason)

    06/28/2006 10:08:24 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 7 replies · 950+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/28/06 | Byron York
    A September 11 commission co-chairman talks about the damage done by the latest New York Times leak. By Byron York Thomas Kean, the co-chairman of the September 11 Commission, was briefed several weeks ago about the Treasury Department’s terrorist-finance program, and after the session, Kean says, “I came away with the idea that this was a good program, one that was legal, one that was not violating anybody’s civil liberties…and something the U.S. government should be doing to make us safer.” Kean tells National Review Online that the New York Times’s decision to expose the terrorist finance effort — Kean...
  • Victory parade on boards for Mavs (Dallas. Oops!)

    06/21/2006 2:22:15 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 7 replies · 451+ views & Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/13/06 | DAVE LEVINTHAL
    Dallas: City plays the optimist, plans for 500,000 downtown ...If the Mavericks were to win the series in four games or five, Dallas would kick off a victory parade June 20, said Celia Barshop, manager of the city's Office of Special Events. A Finals victory in Game 6 would push the parade to June 22, and a win in seven means it would commence June 26, she said. The parade would begin at 11 a.m. for all scenarios, Ms. Barshop said... ... City officials say the Mavericks may feature various "crowd pleasers" during the parade, but there would be no...
  • Officer who criticized HPD's policy on car chases is fired

    06/03/2006 6:33:05 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 7 replies · 542+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 6/3/06 | ARMANDO VILLAFRANCA
    A Houston police officer who criticized the Police Department's pursuit policies in car chases was fired Friday. Chad Hoffman, Houston Police Officers' Union attorney, said officer Thomas Nixon received an 18-page letter of suspension outlining the reasons for his firing, which centered on his criticism of the department's pursuit policy. "We knew that it was coming," Hoffman said. "We knew that the department intended to terminate him for those comments." Houston Police Lt. Robert Manzo, department spokesman, confirmed the firing, but had no further details. Nixon, an 11-year veteran of the force, publicly criticized the department's car chase policy after...
  • GOP nominee (Dan Patrick, of Houston's KSEV) buys radio station in North Texas

    06/02/2006 8:28:45 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 25 replies · 397+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 6/1/06 | KRISTEN MACK
    Dan Patrick, whose years as a conservative radio pundit helped him win a Republican state Senate nomination, is expanding the reach of his voice with the purchase of a Dallas-area radio station. By Labor Day, Dallas-area residents will be able to hear Patrick on station KMGS-AM (1160), based in the enclave city of Highland Park. Patrick, who announced the deal Thursday during his afternoon drive-time show on Houston-based KSEV-AM (700), says he plans to duplicate KSEV's conservative talk format on the North Texas station. Patrick owns and manages KSEV through Houston Broadcasting, a limited partnership. Patrick said the radio station...
  • (Cross-dressing murderer) Durst gets terms of parole relaxed

    05/09/2006 9:46:37 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 17 replies · 475+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/9/06 | KEVIN MORAN
    New York millionaire Robert Durst now must report twice a month instead of daily to his parole officer and no longer is subject to electronic tracking of his movements around the Houston area, his lawyer said. "Bob is just a normal parolee now," defense attorney Dick DeGuerin said Monday. Durst was acquitted of murder in November 2003 . He admitted cutting up Galveston neighbor Morris Black's body and dumping the parts in garbage bags into Galveston Bay in September 2001. State officials said Monday a routine review of Durst's parole status resulted in Durst's reduced reporting requirements and removal of...
  • Your next checkup could include HIV test (CDC recommendation)

    05/09/2006 9:04:54 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 29 replies · 727+ views
    AP, via Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/9/06 | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA - Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams for adults and teens if doctors follow new U.S. guidelines expected to be issued by this summer. Federal health officials say they'd like HIV testing to be as common as a cholesterol check. The guidelines for routine testing would apply to every American ages 13 to 64, according to the proposed plan by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One-quarter of the 1 million Americans with the AIDS virus don't know they are infected, and that group is most responsible for HIV's spread, CDC...
  • Memorial Cost at Ground Zero Nears $1 Billion (WWII Memorial was 'just' $182 million)

    05/05/2006 10:46:10 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 30 replies · 863+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/5/06 | CHARLES V. BAGLI and DAVID W. DUNLAP
    ...Rebuilding officials concede that the new price tag is breathtaking — "beyond reason" in the words of one member of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation board — and it is sure to set off another battle over development at the 16-acre site, with calls to cut costs, scale back theIt was supposed to be immune to the controversies that had en design or even start over... ...The new estimate, $972 million, would make this the most expensive memorial ever built in the United States. And that figure does not include the $80 million for a visitors' center paid for...
  • Goat rams his way into Plano elementary (thick-headed, but not Patrick Kennedy. No kid-ing)

    05/04/2006 9:29:06 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 23 replies · 453+ views
    WFAA-TV ^ | 5/3/06 | STEVE STOLER
    PLANO — An unexpected visitor suddenly showed up at a Plano elementary school and broke inside. All was quiet at Hickey Elementary Sunday until a surveillance camera caught images of a goat on the premises butting heads with a glass door. "Being a male goat, they're kind of territorial," said Jim Dunlap, PISD outdoor learning center. "If they see another male goat, they will try to establish some sort of domain and they will butt heads." The goat's horns rammed into the glass more than two dozen times until he broke through the glass. Dunlap said he believes the goat...
  • Texans to draft Mario Williams (will be 1st pick of NFL draft-R. Bush falls)

    04/28/2006 6:26:23 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 97 replies · 866+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 4/28/06 | JOHN McCLAIN
    NEW YORK -- In a stunning move that will reverberate through the first round of Saturday's NFL draft, the Texans have signed North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams to a contract, meaning he'll be the first player selected. The contract is for five years with an option year at a total of almost $54 million, with almost $26.5 million guaranteed. Williams' agent, Ben Dogra, didn't become seriously involved in negotiations until Wednesday night when he was convinced the Texans weren't using his client as leverage against Bush. Dogra, who also represents Longhorns' cornerback Michael Huff, exchanged proposals with vice...

    04/24/2006 7:03:57 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 71 replies · 2,102+ views
    National Review Online's 'The Corner' ^ | 4/24/06 | Andy McCarthy
    I substantially agree with Jonah’s point that the extraordinary amount of money at issue here is relevant but not dispositive when it comes to divining Mary McCarthy’s motives. But I do think it’s highly relevant – not just another fact in a firmament of facts. That’s because McCarthy’s situation cannot be considered in a vacuum. Even with McCarthy considered alone, we are not talking about a single leak – the reporting indicates that she may be a serial leaker, the black-sites story being only the most prominent instance. But the broader context here is an intelligence community that was, quite...
  • Key figure in Alabama recruiting scandal murdered

    04/12/2006 7:37:22 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 18 replies · 700+ views
    MEMPHIS - An Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide was killed in his home after a fierce, bloody struggle, police said Tuesday. Police had not confirmed the body was that of Logan Young, but his defense attorney said it was the 65-year-old Memphis resident. Police were not sure how he was killed, but investigators found "a lot of blood," police Sgt. Vince Higgins said. "The nature of the attack was brutal," Higgins said. "The entire house is a crime scene." Higgins said there were signs of a struggle...
  • Mother not guilty in severed arms case (killed her baby)

    04/07/2006 10:01:14 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 32 replies · 1,263+ views
    AP, via Houston Chronicle ^ | 4/7/06 | JULIA GLICK
    McKINNEY -- Dena Schlosser, who was being retried on a capital murder charge for the killing of her 10-month-old daughter by cutting off her arms, was found not guilty by reason of insanity this morning. Both sides waived closing arguments, and a judge issued the verdict after a brief proceeding. Schlosser, 38, of Plano, is expected to be committed to a state mental hospital for treatment. Police arrested Schlosser in November 2004 after finding her baby dying in its crib and Schlosser soaked in blood, holding a kitchen knife and listening to a hymn. Both sides agreed last week to...
  • Streaker interrupts news broadcast (Dallas-Channel 8, The Real Naked Cowboy?)

    04/05/2006 3:27:22 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 5 replies · 423+ views
    Dallas Morning Nudes ^ | 4/4/06 | WFAA staff
    TiVo users were busy pressing rewind Sunday night, following Channel 8's 10 o'clock news report on The Colony's wildfires. As WFAA-TV reporter Bert Lozano was describing the dry grass conditions on live television, a naked man ran between the camera and Lozano. The streaker appeared on screen for just slightly more than one second. "He came out of nowhere," Lozano said. "We figured the man was hiding in the bushes and decided to show his stuff. We think he had been given a cue from nearby residents that we were filming there"... ... Channel 8 was inundated with calls and...
  • Smart Talk and Girly Talk on the Campaign Trail(Study: Kerry depressed, Edwards girly, Cheney smart)

    04/04/2006 3:48:02 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 38 replies · 1,263+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/4/06 | Richard Morin
    President Bush and Vice President Cheney sounded more presidential than their Democratic counterparts. Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) seemed the most depressed or suicidal. And Kerry's running mate, Sen. John Edwards K(N.C.), sounded the most like a "girly man." Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin collected transcripts of 271 televised interviews, news conferences, town hall meetings and candidate debates conducted in 2004. The speech samples -- more than 400,000 words in all -- were run through a computer text-analysis program... ...The key to their study is previous research that has identified subtle but distinctive linguistic patterns and words...
  • Injuries reported amid walkouts (3/28 Dallas Protest for the Right to Play Hooky)

    03/28/2006 11:05:50 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 40 replies · 1,042+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 3/28/06 | DMN staff
    At least one girl was seriously injured Tuesday as hundreds of students from Dallas and other area school districts again converged on Dallas City Hall. By midday, buses were arriving to pick up the protesters and return them to school. Witnesses said an 18-year-old Spruce High School student's hand was severed when a van of students in which she was riding rolled over at an intersection... ... Meanwhile, hundreds of students streamed off trains at Union Station and marched up Young Street in downtown Dallas, whooping and hollering, waving the Mexican flag and chanting “Si, se puede,” meaning “Yes, we...
  • Leprechaun on the Loose in Mobile, AL ("I want da gold!")

    03/24/2006 2:28:04 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 11 replies · 1,971+ views and ^ | March '06 |
    Video news report from WPMI in Mobile, AL, currently on the left sidebar: For those with Firefox, can also find the video on Must See TV!
  • Bonne Terre woman accused of poisoning neighbor's wife (The picture says it all!)

    03/24/2006 1:17:44 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 81 replies · 4,467+ views ^ | 3/21/06 | Chris Cline
    BONNE TERRE - A Bonne Terre woman is in jail after allegedly poisoning the wife of the man she wanted to be with. Tina Vazquez, 33, Bonne Terre, is accused of poisoning Angie Hausler with sodium nitrite, a meat-curing chemical that is used at Vazquez's place of employment. Investigators said the poisoning took place Saturday morning. “Tina Vazquez allegedly gave Ms. Hausler two capsules which she believed to be the antibiotic amoxicillin,” said St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock . “The pills contained sodium nitrite. Shortly after taking the pills, Ms. Hausler collapsed and was taken to a local hospital....