Thursday, May 25, 2006
Former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were found guilty by a Houston jury today of multiple counts that resulted in the collapse of their former company. Former Chairman Lay was convicted of all six counts against him. Former CEO Skilling was convicted of 19 out of 28 counts. Sentencing was scheduled for September 11th.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Fifty million files in a vast archive in the German town of Bad Arolsen will be opened for the first time to researchers according to an agreement on May 16, 2006. The decision was made by the 11-nation International Commission that oversees the archive. The panel has kept the archive locked away since World War II. The files are expected to be available by the end of the year.
An example of documents in the archive was shown to reporters in April. It was the the camps Totenbuch, or Death Book, for 1942 and 1943 at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Three hundred prisoners were executed in just a few hours on April 20, 1942. The camp commandant did it as a birthday gift for Adolf Hitler.
On the same day, the Department of Defense released a video tape allegedly showing American Airlines Flight 77 striking the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Judicial Watch brought a lawsuit that resulted in the release. The legal action followed a 2004 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch that was refused by the Pentagon. Judicial Watch, a self-described public interest foundation and legal watchdog, is an extreme right-wing group hoping to put Flight 77 conspiracy theories to rest. Are they joking?
At Nuremberg, General Franz Halder stated in an affidavit that Hermann Göring had joked about setting the Reichstag fire. The joke was heard at a lunch on April 20, 1942 Adolf Hitlers birthday.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Pflugervilles Deutschen Pfest, an annual festival in Pfluger Park, happens every third weekend in May the same weekend that the biggest blockbuster movie of the summer hits theaters, usually. This year is no exception. The nearest movie theater to Pfluger Park is about four miles away.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Mayor Cat Callen and other muckety-mucks broke ground last Thursday for the Pflugerville, Texas version of Wal-Mart.
In this local cartoon, we revisit the oft repeated story of the small town in financial trouble, courted by the latter-day robber barons of Wal-Mart.
Pflugervilles lawmakers are certain, however, that their town will not meet the fate of so many others left high and dry and back in financial trouble when Wal-Mart decided it no longer needed them, left an abandoned building too large to sell at a profit, and unemployed residents.
In April, a Spanish song inspired by the national anthem heated up the debate over illegal mexican immigration.
I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, Bush said at an April 28 news conference in the Rose Garden. And I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English, and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.
It was soon remembered by some in the media that Bushs scripted 2001 inaugural ceremony featured the national anthem sung in Spanish by Jon Secada. It was further reported that Secada sang the anthem in Spanish as a regular feature of the Bush campaign.
To that we simply say, E Pluribus Unum.
As national lawmakers debate the immigration bill, the summer movie season begins, and the much anticipated Superman Returns hits theaters nationwide June 30. The latest Superman movie reminds us that as a baby, Superman arrived from his home planet Krypton in a rocketship, crashed in a field, and was found and adopted by a childless farming couple, Jonathan and Martha Kent, who named him Clark. Superman became a hero by living a secret life, doing low-paid work that most could not, or would not do. As a hero, he is not like stereotypical illegal immigrants, who face racist abuse at the hands of their adopted country.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
May 1, 2006 was the third anniversary of President Bushs photo-op on an aircraft carrier, wearing a flight suit, in front of a huge banner reading Mission Accomplished. Today, another suicide bomber blew himself up. The attack was aimed at a line of recruits outside Fallujahs police headquarters. The bomber killed at least 15 people and wounded 30. The purpose of the attack was to discourage Sunni Arabs from joining forces controlled by U.S. occupiers and their puppet government.
This is another local cartoon. What happens in Pflugerville stays not in Pflugerville.
An article in the Metro section of the April 26, 2006 Austin American-Statesman detailed the 6-1 vote by the Pflugerville School Board trustees to allow stricter dress code policies if individual schools desired them.
The trustees had voted down strict dress codes a month earlier. With this second vote, they caved in to totalitarian voices calling for less freedom for public school parents. School leaders who make allowances in favor of repressive dress codes are clowns, and should dress accordingly.
The editorial accompanying this cartoon in the May 4th Pflugerville Pflag, which favors a universal, strict dress code, creatively spun the second vote as having unfortunately caused the death of a system-wide, strict dress code for the 2006-2007 school year, but leaving hope alive for the possibility of such a dress code next year.