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Sunday, June 17. 2007
Israel will attack Gaza. via Drudge. I suspect they may show America how to do it right, but probably without an obsessional concern with collateral damage.
Repub Senators in danger. Surber. The worst part is that they deserve to be. They aren't called "the stupid party" for nothing. Most smart Repubs go into the world, not into politics, so you end up with bozos like Trent Lott, and with folks who cannot communicate, like George Bush.
60% of Baghdad not under control. It's crunch time. But Flopping Aces says stay the course. Clearly, there are problems trying to fight a compassionate war: it's an oxymoron. Speaking of which, read Habu's comments on the post prior to this one. A quote from Leon De Winter:
Voters are such an annoyance, Part 334. EU pursues superstate powers by bypassing national referenda. It's a perfect set-up for future civil war within the EU, because some people are trying to build an Empire without force of arms. Consider it - Napoleon and Austria and Germany and Russia tried to do the same thing.
Speaking of Ramblin' Jack Elliot. Elliot Agnopoz, born as the son of a doctor in Brooklyn. Even "authentic" show biz is fake. I do like Ramblin' Jack, though, even though "ramblin'" referred to his tendency to ramble when he speaks rather than riding the rails. Who doesn't like him?
Almost forgot to link that Schwartzenegger story about learning English. What a joke. Learn English - it's a fine language. I wish Bush could speak it.
Photo: A bit of Father's Day totty for the dads out there, from the Theo Spark Collection of Fine Art Photography. God bless all Dads, including my own Dad.
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David Horowitz's Frontpage offers this. It is a telling.
I have mentioned many times that the current Amnesty Bill being ramrodded through Congress is a head fake and cover for future impeachable offenses.
The real story is the formation Of the North American Union and the Security and Prosperity Partnership, bot organizations aimed at unifying Canada, the United States, and Mexico into one entity. Need less to say there are doubters and spinners in abundance. Read on. Also please take note of the bridges name.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
By DANIEL GILBERT / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
GRANJENO, Texas – On the western edge of this South Texas border town, a round wooden post with an orange arrow marks the location where, two years from now, more than a million cars and trucks will cross the 9,200-foot-long Anzalduas International Bridge and touch down on American soil.
Groundbreaking on the U.S. side is set for this month, and work on the four-lane concrete structure could begin at any time, a bridge official said recently.
In its quiet, 240-year history, this tiny community on the Rio Grande has never encountered anything like it.
And residents worry that they won't survive the new international bridge and the development wave the port is expected to bring.
The gateway to Mexico is bound to increase property values in the area, says Alberto Magallan, the 72-year-old mayor and Granjeno native. He worries the community of about 325 people will be a growing pain in the side of developers hungry for land and neighboring cities jealous of revenues from the bridge.
"We feel like they don't want us around," he said. "They don't want us to be a city."
While few question the potential economic benefits the port could bring Granjeno – including toll revenues from the bridge itself – the city's mayor is concerned it won't be around long enough to collect on the prosperity.
In contrast to the growth of neighboring cities, Granjeno remains much as it always has been: a residential crescent of less than half a square mile, bounded by agricultural fields and flood plain to the south.
Median household income was $19,423 in 1999, a figure less than half of the corresponding state and national incomes, according to the latest U.S. Census data available. More than half of Granjeno's 97 houses were built before 1969, and three quarters of them are valued at less than $50,000.
Half of the city's land belongs to Hunt Valley Development, whose parent company is the multinational giant Hunt Oil.
Hunt has a master plan for 6,000 acres in the area, a third of which has yet to be developed, according to a statement from the company.
The company is voluntarily giving about 475 acres to the bridge project, which will "obviously enhance the value of their land," said George Ramon, a member of the Anzalduas International Bridge Board.
How money will be split
Plans to build the Anzalduas bridge began more than a decade ago but moved forward on April 8 when the city of McAllen awarded a $28.5 million contract to build the 1.6 miles of the U.S. portion.
While the groundbreaking is scheduled for June 29, the project's builders – a Houston contractor and federal and state agencies – could begin moving materials and equipment into the area at any time, Mr. Ramon said.
The cities of McAllen, Hidalgo and Mission will split bridge profits three ways, once McAllen pays off the bond. And 6 percent of Mission's 23 percent stake will go into Granjeno's city funds.
When Mr. Magallan talks about Granjeno's cut of the revenue, he does so in a hushed voice, as if speaking too loudly or too publicly could jinx the deal.
"They're things that can be done to make this a better city, but you have to fight so many people because they don't want us to exist," he said.
In the early 1990s, Mission annexed its smaller neighbor to the southeast. But Granjeno sued to maintain its independence. It succeeded in court, in the process getting a share of the revenue from the yet-to-be-built bridge.
"Mission had to give up a piece of its revenue stream so there would be no further divisiveness," said Pat Townsend, now president of the Mission Economic Development Authority, who was city manager at the time of the lawsuit.
'It won't disappear'
Still, it may be "at least seven years" before the bridge makes money, said Mr. Ramon, the bridge board member.
A spokeswoman for Hunt said the company's plans for developing its land in the area would be designed to "meet the needs of the community and maximize the economic impact of the bridge." New construction could include residential and industrial real estate, said Jeanne Phillips, a senior vice president for Hunt, in a statement.
But the company has no plans "at this time" to buy land from Granjeno residents, Ms. Phillips said.
Some with ties to Granjeno see no threat in the new bridge and pending development.
"It won't disappear," said Juan Anzaldua, 57, a Granjeno native and cousin of Mr. Magallan who lives and works as a paralegal in McAllen. "Those folk would rather not have a bridge than not have Granjeno. I don't think developers will push them out."
But Mr. Magallan described a hypothetical situation in which a developer offers a Granjeno resident $100,000 for his property.
"A lot of people around here are not going to sell," he said. "But if someone came to me and I have a piece of land that I know is not worth $12,000, I'd take it. I'd take it right now."
I suspect they may show America how to do it right.
Oh, I don't know. At the risk of uttering heresy, I will state that I don't think the IDF is that good. It has suffered from the neglect of the elites and, combined with Israel's dependence on undertrained reserves, that puts the country in a relatively weak position. Not to mention that Israeli politics are even more confused and left wing than the US version. Israel's good fortune is that Hamas and Fatah are in much worse shape.
Well, if that illo doesn't stiffen our resolve, nothing will.
What's her phone number? I don't need to see the front.
Go easy on the gals, Maggie's. You make it hard for us. In Winnipeg, we have to deal with real normal women, and most of the reasonably smart ones are overweight, other than the strippers.
Yeah, that war business is tough. The EU deserve everything it gets. I think the Israelis will make up for being fools last time. About that hottie....That's a tiny little waist she has.
Buddy - call 867-5309. Ask for Jenny.
Why do I talk like this? I'm a girl. And I love men! :}
I have a friend who has a counter on his blog of deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. I told him to put a traffic death counter up next to it and to be sure and make notations for all death caused by drunk drivers. Nope. He won't do it - it's all Bush's fault. BDS.
I wish Bush would speak better English, too. Just once, just one time, I wish he would look out at a gaggle of reporters or whiners or whatever and tell them off. Maybe flip them off. That isn't using the language more efficiently, but it is sending a message with some different body language - just as important.
Okay, I called the number--my great Aunt Mildred answered --VERY FUNNY!
But seriously, there's a video somewhere out there--I've seen it--of candidate-for-governor Bush doing a mike-check before a debate, where he did exactly that, shot the bird to the roomful of reporters. It's great, he did it with a big grin.
Nancy Pelosi's daughter (odd chance, that) did a documentary of Bush during his first candidacy. There is a scene on the plane where he comes back to chat with all the reporters. He walks back towards the front of the plane when someone stops him and mentions a name. It is inaudible, but you clearly hear Bush chortle and respond with gusto: "Oh, he is just an ass___!" He laughs and moves on.
I didn't see the documentary until Bush had been in office for about five years, and I can't tell you the delight I received out of that self-assurance and humor and then how quickly followed a feeling of extreme disappointment. It was as if someone had taken the punch out of him. I should say - "It IS as if..."
Oh... just for one kick-ass remark. With a cuss word. Or two. Heh....wouldn't it mess up the papers and TV news the next day... ha ha. Yay!
hah.... The one-finger victory salute. :)
That's doable. Isn't it?
LOL--yes--just once--aim it at that NBC stork, David something or other.