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Saturday, October 14, 2006

 

What really bothers me.

You know what really bothers me about the story on the 14 year old girl being questioned about her MySpace posting? Well, it's the fact that she took down the posting in July and the Secret service took at least 2 months to get on the job and even then their intelligence was probably faulty.

The very fact that they had information and a picture that no longer existed on the internet and nothing in the way of verification that it was serious or not, after two months, makes their actions even more ludicris. If it had been a 30 year old Al Queda operative posting as a 14 year old girl, Bush would probably have been attacked by now.

I suppose, now, they will get a letter of commendation from Bush for defending the country--because Bush believes he is the country. Orwell is probably giggling his head off somewhere in the heaven where author who are also prophets go.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.


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Secret Service Agents Question 14 Year Old About Myspace Page

October 14, 2006 9:45 a.m. EST

Nicole King - All Headline News Staff Writer
Sacramento, CA (AHN) -

An eighth grader was pulled out of her middle school biology class and questioned by Secret Service agents Wednesday. Now her parents are saying the agents went too far.

Julia Wilson, 14, was pulled out of class after federal agents placed her on a checklist. Upset about the Iraq war, Wilson had posted a picture of President Bush on her Myspace page and wrote the words "Kill Bush" across the top with a dagger stabbing his hand.

Wilson replaced the page when she learned threats to the President are federal offenses. But agents had already seen the page. She was questioned for 15 minutes by the agents. Her parents say they should have been there. Wilson said the agents' questions led her to tears.

Her mother said an agent showed up at the family's home and spoke to her, but promised to return once her daughter was home. The school's assistant principal said he was given the impression her mother knew she would be questioned at school.

Legally, parents don't have to be present. Julia Wilson said the officers told her she could be sent to juvenile hall for making the threat. She says now, she's going to organize a student protest against the Iraq war.





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Sunday, October 08, 2006

 

We have to have a new direction.

For more than a decade the national and state Republican parties have been walking a fine line between right wing religionists and what might be simply called big money. They have been using the money given them by the puppeteers of big money, such as Mr. Abramoff, and the solid show-up voters who follow the right wing religionist demagogues, to win elections. Nationally, they have been hiding their venality behind a smoke screen of fear of terrorists and a manipulated war. In the states they have skewed and manipulated programs with excellent titles and little substance.

It has been published again and again that those in power, are removing money from programs that help children receive adequate medical care. This is especially true here in Texas.

This same Republican regime wants to give Texas land to foreign “big money.” They have already stated they will use eminent domain to remove Texas families who have farmed and ranched on that Texas land for generations. Even those who once called themselves Republican and now claim the title of independent have condemned this act.

Texas Governor, Rick Perry has stated that no one has come up with anything better. That is a lie. Regular and high speed rail has been brought up again and again to be ignored by the Republican power structure. The gasoline, oil, and highway contractors for building, using, and maintaining toll ways would not be needed if electric rail became a reality.

The fine line that the Republicans walk and their excellent titles on bills and statutes both nationally and here in Texas have gutted a poorly working educational system, but have offered no new way of educating children in the basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. They only offer more and more standardized testing. In Austin, more than a million dollars was paid out to buy standardized tests labeled “Benchmark Tests” in order to ready our children for the TAKS standardized tests. Whole days, that add up to weeks, are lost to the education of our children so that standardized tests may be given to prepare for standardized tests.

The Republicans have been winning elections with their big money mentors and right wing religionists. All the while, our whole country is losing the promise of generations past, present, and future. Even the Republicans are suffering on their own petard. Our Texas Governor constantly states that the Republican legislature and he have made it possible for property owners to pay, on average, two thousand dollars less property tax. At the same time the Republican elected to Comptroller of Texas states says it is fifty-two dollars less property tax. Try to explain the math in those statements. These are the same Republicans who want to guide our children’s education.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.


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