Tom D Ford 
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Re: “Time for the Truth About 9/11

Occam's Razor? I use and recommend a Norelco rechargeable. But if you insist on shaving with Occamâ ™s Razor, why not really use it? All that really was needed to allow 911 to happen was for the leaders in charge to ignore all the warnings about incoming terrorist attacks and just allow one to happen. There are plenty of folks in the world who hate the way the US businesses treat foreigners who have desirable resources and think that attacking the US is somehow a good strategy. Letâ ™s remind ourselves that the former US head of anti-terrorism, Richard Clark, testified that the Bush/Cheney administration ignored his warnings. So the question left is did the Cheney/Bush administration ignore those warnings intentionally or out of sheer bumbling foolish incompetence? Oh, and back in, I think, 1992, Richard Perle wrote an essay saying that such a large event was needed in order for his group, The Project For The New American Century, to take the power they needed. So. They had the motive, and the method, but did they commit the crime of allowing an attack on the US in order to take the power of War President in a never-ending war, a power which in essence suspends the United States Constitution and allows the President to rule as a military dictator? Or are they just bumbling incompetent people? Either way, letâ ™s throw the bums out! Er, dis-elect them!

Posted by Tom D Ford on 02/08/2008 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Tapped

I've been thinking about the bike lane glass problem that Bob Woodward has mentioned and here are some of my thoughts: Since the city street crews are responsible for keeping the streets clean I wonder if they could be persuaded to set up a bike lane phone number with a message machine that people could call anytime they see glass in a lane. Since so many folks have cell phones they could report in whenever they see a problem and report the location. The Sheriffs department sends out prisoner work crews to work on public projects as I've seen in Drake Park and the like but since this is a bike lane problem I suggest that bike cops like the Bend PD folks or maybe a new Sheriff Prison Guard bike group ought to take a prisoner out on bikes with a broom and dustpan and bike side racks with a suitable glass container and cleanup the locations reported by phone daily. Local media could do public service ads to get the public aware of this new service. Plus the bike shops could put up posters. The benefits I envision are: The city takes care of bike lane complaints and gets an image boost and they get their streetcleaning job done very inexpensively. Bike lane users get clean bike lanes. Bottle breakers get the idea that they are not going to win this battle and that the people of Bend won't tolerate it.. Prisoners get to exercise on bikes and might get converted to bicylists. And they contribute to their city in a caring way. Some Sheriff Deputy Guard or Police Officer who wants to integrate his or her love of bikes into their career gets to do that. The city saves the cost of a gas hog street cleaner just for a few bike lane glass problems. Maybe the County could do some version of this on roads within the county. I have considered carrying a broom in my car and stopping when I see broken glass and just sweeping it to the curb but I haven't yet. Maybe something similar to COTA could be created. Hmm, what if someone could check the city message machine daily and then use a sort of phone ladder to let a neighborhood contact person know of a problem in their area. Then the neighborhood person who is available that day would do the cleanup. Maybe someone could just cruise the main commuter routes early each morning and cleanup the nights mess. There's even an opportunity for some clever person to build a broom mount, maybe like a rifle scabbard for horses. I wonder what other communities do. I suppose folks like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or such could be called on but I think that since it is a bike problem bike people ought to step up. Bicyclists fought hard just to get those lanes and it looks like they are going to have to keep fighting to keep them usable, at least until the anti-bike people give in and quit throwing bottles. Thanks; Tom Ford

Posted by Tom D Ford on 08/19/2006 at 5:13 PM

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