It drives me nuts that the Star Telegram and Morning News (and hundreds of other) web sites require you to register before you can view them. It's free, but annoying. I normally create a fake profile making me a 60 year old man from Iowa. But not more. This site has a database of usernames and passwords that will let you by-pass that registration process. For example, type in www.dallasnews.com and you'll see what I mean. I'm pretty sure this doesn't qualify as a technical "sin".
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney urged Americans Thursday to do a better job of saving . . . . "The American dream begins with saving money and that should begin on the very first day of work," Cheney told a conference here exploring how to encourage people to boost savings and be better prepared for retirement. That's pretty easy to say for a guy whose net worth (two years ago) was estimated to be at least $50 million.
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"In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage. "Bush didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: 'We are fully prepared.'" Another body blow to the GOP. Edit: This is really odd. It's the lead story on the Dallas Morning News web site but it was not even mentioned on the NBC Today show. Source.
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According to Bob Sturm (of KTCK - The Ticket), the Google videos below all star Texas A&M basketball player Chris Walker. This will make every Longhorn fan howl with laughter. And make a huge question mark form over the rest of our heads. This stuff is Gold Thug Luv <------ You have to watch this one What a Wonderful World Total Eclipse of the Heart …… The Monster Mash … As Bob said on his Blog, "Do they have shirts in the basketball dorms at Aggieland?" Edit: A Longhorn Blog is on to them.
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From the news wire: Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the First Amendment. Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey. The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms. (Full story)
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Tonight on the ABC Evening News which featured an interview of President Bush by the (very hot) Elizabeth Vargas: VARGAS: When you look back on those days immediately following when Katrina struck, what moment do you think was the moment that you realized that the government was failing, especially the people of New Orleans? BUSH: When I saw TV reporters interviewing people who were screaming for help. It looked - the scenes looked chaotic and desperate. And I realized that our government was-could have done a better job of comforting people.
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From the Star Telegram FORT WORTH -- The Bank of America, 500 W. Sixth St. in downtown Fort Worth, was robbed at 11:28 a.m. Tuesday, for the third time in less than two months, police said. Officers at the scene said they heard that suspects may have been arrested after leaving the bank. The bank was robbed previously on Feb. 8 and Dec. 23. A suspect in the first robbery was arrested.
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ESPN ran a story yesterday about a mildly autistic high school basketball manager who got to suit up for a game. The coach put him in with four minutes left and the rest was magic. The CBS news clip of the same story is here. It is worth watching for the crowd and player reaction.
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FLAG FLAP — There won’t be any Confederate flag flapping in the breeze over the Wise County Courthouse – but it will be displayed inside. That was the decision Monday by commissioners after hearing a request by Clyde McMurray of Bowie . . . . Commissioner Mikel Richardson supporting flying the flag and Commissioners Terry Ross and Robert Rankin opposing the request. Commissioner Kevin Burns suggested a historical display inside the courthouse with the flag and his idea passed unanimously. I want the Republic of Texas flag displayed next. And then the Mexican flag. And then . . .
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Today, the Supreme Court will hear a very boring probate/federal jurisdiction case. It also involves Anna Nicole Smith who is expected to walk up the Supreme Court steps this morning (I can't wait for the video footage of that). The standing joke is that she'll try and hit on 85 year old justice, John Paul Stevens.
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All the buzz yesterday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis involved a supposed score of “6” by Texas quarterback Vince Young on the Wonderlic test. That test is supposed to measure the size of your brain. 50 is the highest. 0 is the lowest. A sample test is here.
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. . . . but very, very cool. http://www.patmedia.net/marklevinson/cool/cool_illusion.html
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You know, the best part of the Messenger is buried in the "Inside Wise" section of the Editorial/Letter to the Editors pages. I learned from this weekend's issue that the County Commissioners will hear from some guy from Bowie on Monday who "wants to commissioners' approval to fly the 'national' flag (as opposed to the battle flag) of the Confederate States of America on the courthouse flagpole." Delicious. (Various flags of the Confederacy are here)
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I watched the documentary Grizzly Man this weekend. It was about the the life and events of Timothy Treadwell, a 40+ year old man who lived for thirteen summers in Alaska among grizzly bears. He videotaped about 100 hours of his trips until he was eaten by one of the bears. The guy was a freak but it was pretty darn good. He spent most of the time talking to himself, the bears, and foxes. Very odd. (The morbidly curious viewer - like me - will be disappointed to learn there is an audio of the final deadly attack that the documentary refused to include.)
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On Saturday morning the news broke that a deadly poison called Ricin had possibly been found in a dorm at the University of Texas. Today we learned that it was not Ricin after all. All that aside, this was a very funny sign at last nights Texas - Kansas basketball game.
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