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May 13, 2003

In a prime example of why school vouchers should not become SOP, we turn to the latest news from Louisiana.

Committee members voted 3-2 against the bill. Only Sen. Bill Jones, a Democrat from Ruston, offered any explanation, complaining that the bill does not require schools receiving vouchers to adhere to the state accountability program. Catholic leaders oppose any effort to hold their schools to state standards.

"Accountability is conformity, and we are not going to be made into a public school," Ducote told the Senate committee.

Hey, if they're not going to be held accountable for their curriculums and for the actual level of education the students wind up getting, they shouldn't be financed with public money. That seems pretty simple.

Drugs are expensive. And not just the kind you buy in seedy alleys or from guys wearing shapeless overcoats (or however the drug crowd dresses, I'm no expert). $897 million is the figure put on developing a new drug and getting it to market.

CNN has a longer version of the Texas Legislature story and let me just say that using Texas's "Amber Alert" (Department of Public Safety) board to publicize their political woes is one of the lower things I've seen Republicans do recently. I also think it says something about the way the Republicans intend to fight this one - they're already labeling the dissenting legislators as "public safety" problems.

I guess it's not just speaking about against the war that makes you a criminal in the Republican Party's eyes any more. Now all you have to do is disagree with some action of the Parties to make the list.

Oh, look at this, from the bottom of the article.

the GOP plan is being rammed through the Legislature by national Republicans, led by Texas congressman Tom DeLay -- the U.S. House majority leader.
Well, that explains a lot, doesn't it?

Those elusive Weapons of Mysterious Disappearance continue to be...elusive. We find things, but nothing we can really point to as proof.

It was unclear what purpose the first trailer would have served other than a mobile lab, but intelligence officials told The Washington Post that it was unclear if the lab had ever actually been used to create toxins and, if so, when.

The vehicle had been cleaned with a caustic substance, however, so no toxic agents were found.

The second trailer could have been for missile maintenance or agricultural work, according to experts quoted by the New York Times.

Missile maintenance or agriculture? How cool is that?
In testimony to the United Nations in February, Powell said four human sources had led the U.S. to believe Iraq had seven mobile labs, comprising around 18 trucks, capable of producing anthrax and botulinum toxin.

"We believe there are weapons of mass destruction and we presented last week some evidence of one such program," Powell said, referring to the first trailer.

Poor Powell. He keeps having to defend smoke and mirrors.

Oh, wait, on the same site, another story is saying three trailers.

U.S. forces in Iraq have located and are testing three trailers that could be part of mobile biological weapons labs, according to media reports, as some weapons hunters prepare to head home after more than a month of all but fruitless searches.
Are there two or three? If three trailers have been found that might be connected with WMD development, then the searches haven't been "all but fruitless."

The media drives me nuts.

Now the main military search team the 75th Exploitation Task Force is preparing to hand off the search to newly created Site Survey teams comprising some 2,000 people.

Those teams are charged with investigating everything from potential war crimes committed by Saddam's regime to alleged terrorist connections with al Qaeda.

But the change in command will not mean beefing up the size of the search teams. In fact, two officials said the field teams under pressure from Washington and overburdened by a mammoth list of suspected weapons sites could become smaller.

Color me so surprised.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:31 PM