Wednesday, November 23, 2005
St. Paul teachers who plug in told to pay up: "In an effort to cut soaring energy costs, the St. Paul School District is asking employees who have their own 'personal appliances' to get rid of them. Or, if they must keep them, to pony up $25 per appliance per year.
The 'personal appliance fee' idea came down in a memo to all staff members from interim Superintendent Lou Kanavati. To perhaps no one's surprise, teachers aren't exactly thrilled.
'I'm not going to pay the fee,' said Kimberly Colbert, an English teacher at Central High School who has a small refrigerator in her room. In addition, the English teachers share a microwave."
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash.
A source said: 'There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it.' Al-Jazeera is accused by the US of fuelling the Iraqi insurgency."
Does Qatar - an ally - pose an imminent threat to the United States? Does Al Jazeera? No and No. Yet President Bush thinks they deserve to be bombed? Wow.