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Entries from May 2006

Ethanol Fuel Comes To Texas

May 29th, 2006 · No Comments ·

No one drives more than Texans. Our cities are huge and sprawling, with downtown business centers located huge distances from where people live in suburbs or exurbs. My obervation on Dallas is that no matter where you live or where you're going it always takes 45 minutes to an hour to get there, and the […]

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Bush at Arlington - Memorial Day 2006

May 29th, 2006 · No Comments ·

As he has every year since he was first elected, President Bush took a trip over Memorial Bridge this morning to Arlington Cemetery. There he paused to recognize the contributions made by our service men and women, both living and dead, to keeping America a free and sovereign nation. He spoke in the plaza around […]

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A Memorial Day Poem: Life in a Time of Death

May 28th, 2006 · No Comments ·

There was a time when I was possessed by the poetic muse and spat out poetry compulsively. I even made some money at it, which is something, since 'Poet' isn't exactly listed on the Business Week catalog of the top paid professions. About once a year the muse comes back and randomly slams a poem […]

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Religious Tolerance in Kurdistan

May 27th, 2006 · No Comments ·

According to reports from Iraq originating on Radio Sawa and passed on by Omar at Iraq the Model, the people and government of Kurdistan are setting an example of religious tolerance which is in sharp contrast to the recent story of a man faced with the death penalty for converting to Christianity in Afghanistan. According […]

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The Courts Have Spoken. We're Journalists. We Have Rights.

May 27th, 2006 · No Comments ·

In an important decision for bloggers' rights, the 6th District Court of Appeals has ruled in the case of O'Grady vs. Apple Computer. In their unanimous ruling they declared that bloggers are essentially indistinguishable from traditional journalists and enjoy the same legal protections. This case originated with Apple Computer's efforts to track down employees who […]

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When Politicians Write the History

May 27th, 2006 · No Comments ·

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Liveblogging the Capitol Crisis

May 26th, 2006 · No Comments ·

One anonymous phonecall and the media is off to the races. Someone heard a gunshot on the same parking level of the Rayburn House Office Building where the firing range is located and it's lockdown time, room to room searches, and lobbyists locked in hearing rooms sizing each other up to find the best cuts […]

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At Long Last an Iraqi Government

May 21st, 2006 · No Comments ·

It took a hell of a long time - five months in all - but the questions have been answered and the deals have been made, and Iraq finally has a fully functional government with executive leadership to go with the Parliament which has been wrangling over the assignment of jobs since the end of […]

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Bush Offers a Rational Plan for Immigration and Border Security

May 15th, 2006 · 2 Comments ·

Confirming many of us in our belief that President Bush is at heart a rational moderate, tonight he outlined a plan for immigration which addresses the nation's border security concerns, our need for immigrant labor, and our tradition of welcoming those who want to live and work and become American citizens. What he expressed in […]

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NSA Data Gathering Leads to Lawsuits

May 14th, 2006 · No Comments ·

This week two lawsuits have been filed in response to the recently publicized National Security Agency program of gathering telephone call information from major phone service providers. Both suits are class action suits targeting Verizon for their role in voluntarily providing information on what numbers hundreds of thousands of customers called since 9/11. One suit, […]

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