Saturday News Potpourri


Saturday News Potpourri

17 September 2005 at 7:23:56 AM

From the speech Bush gave on Thursday, which was statecraft as stagecraft. The electricity for Bush's visit was turned on 30 minutes before his speech (his advance team brought military generaters to light the area) and turned off again after he left, to audible groans.Mercury News:


For most Americans, the tidy, historic backdrop to the president’s speech won’t correspond with the images of destruction they’ve seen from New Orleans. But like much of the French Quarter, Jackson Square never flooded, and it saw only moderate wind damage from Katrina. ...

Crews had begun to tidy up the square by Tuesday and continued that work Thursday afternoon. At least a dozen trees fell inside the square during the storm, but other than fresh stumps, there were no limbs, leaves or debris left inside.

Outside the main entrance, dozens of brown trash bags were filled with leaves and other debris. Dozens more were stacked behind the main entrance. Advance crews set up floodlights to illuminate the statue of Andrew Jackson for Bush’s speech, as well as the Cathedral of St. Louis in the background.

Bush plans to earmark $50 million dollars for private school vouchers.

The Bush administration yesterday proposed nearly $500 million in federal funding to help displaced private school students from the Gulf Coast enroll in private schools elsewhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The proposal, fleshing out a goal President Bush had announced in a speech to the nation Thursday night, would amount to the largest federal school voucher program ever, if enacted. A groundbreaking school voucher program in the District receives about $14 million a year in federal funding.

Italy and Norway are continuing to withdraw troops from Iraq. 1899 US military have died so far.

Italy-Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Friday declared Italy's mission in Iraq "an absolute and total" success, and said Italy would continue to reduce its military presence there.

Berlusconi said Italy now has 2,900 troops in southern Iraq and noted that the withdrawal would continue gradually in consultation with allies and the Iraqi government.

Norway-Stoltenberg took the opportunity to assure Bush that Norway would continue its existing defense and security policy under the new left-center coalition, and take part in the global struggle against terrorism - but that they would also be withdrawing their remaining officers in Iraq

Government is raising Medicare premiums again

Senior citizens and the disabled will have to pay a monthly Medicare premium of $88.50 next year for doctor's visits and other services, a $10.30 boost in the fee.

The 13.2 percent increase in premiums for Medicare Part B was in line with what government actuaries had been predicting. Even so, the Bush administration tried to lessen the pain of the announcement by touting the prescription drug benefit that begins Jan. 1.

Governor Jeb Bush's son was arrested for drunkenness and resisting arrest in Austin.


It's not the first time Florida's first family has experienced legal problems with one of their children.

Noelle Bush, the governor's daughter, was arrested in January 2002 and accused of trying to pass a fraudulent prescription at a pharmacy to obtain the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. She completed a drug rehabilitation program in August 2003 and a judge dismissed the drug charges against her.

     Views: 639 
Latest Blog Post by salon -How is what Google did in Midlothian Texas transparent?

 You! Leave a Comment! You Know you Want To!
You must be a registered member to comment on the blog.
Your first post is held pending approval to make sure you're not a spammer bot

 Not registered? Or you can login!

LOGON - Name:Password:

New poster comments are moderated, meaning they won't show up until approved... or not.  Be patient-we have lives outside this blog, so it might take awhile You want to be rude? totally stupid? inappropriate? Racist? Bigoted? Flame war baiter? Your post may be deleted. Spammers or people posting pretend interest comments but really wanting to hawk their latest book or sell stuff or govt propaganda flacks won't see their posts published. Comments do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the site owner(salon).
If you have a problem with logging in or registering, please speak up right away. Love your comments. Oh, except spammers
More on commenting

Click Here for Main Page

Latest Posts

How is what Google did in Midlothian Texas transparent?
salon 2/16/2019

Wow! Trump Says He Didn't Need to do his Wall Emergency-So it's NOT an Emergency
salon 2/15/2019

Monarch Butterflies are Disappearing - That and Trump's Immoral Wall
salon 2/12/2019

Video about Nemo, Texas from WFAA
salon 2/11/2019

On Trump Violating the Magnitsky Act (2/11/2019)
salon 2/11/2019

Southern Baptist Sex Offenders- Houston Chronicle Created an online database
salon 2/10/2019

More Blog Headlines


salon > Hi, Peter. Long time no hear. The theme of my post, above, is about religous people who believe that god put trump in office. Do you have a specific opinion on that?  On your general comme.... (What is WRONG with ANY Religion that believes a god put a man like Trump in power)

pstern > What a nation of lost souls we have. Determined people are doing whatever they want...which is to create chaos and to bring down our government. While our government is a mess, it's still the b.... (What is WRONG with ANY Religion that believes a god put a man like Trump in power)

salon > From the Dallas Observer in 2015 Prestonwood Baptist Church and its supporters have never liked talking about the convicted pedophile who once worked there and have let that be known in very pointe.... (Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas Back in the News-Internet Sex Sting with Pastor)

salon > Saw this video today   (Pesky Black Buzzards)

Home | Blog Home | About | News | Piazza | Calendar | Audio/Video/Open Rec | Search
Write!  |profile | quotes |
top Daily | top Weekly |top Month | top Year | Top All! | archives | subscribe RSS