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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Archieved articles 11-14-05 through 12-19-05

update 11/14/05George Bush's chINAgate Straight founder Ambassador Melvin Sembler and his hometown Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young scheme to get US taxpayers to buy a $113 million monument in Rome and name it after themselves When Al Kamen and The Washington Post first broke the story of the $83 million Mel Sembler / Congressman Bill Young monument to themselves, he only covered half the scheme. He missed $30 million to modernize their memorial; $50 million to replace the causeway out to the Florida island Mel lives on; $3 million to build a research center for Ms. Sembler's latest drug rehab venture; and $10 million for a skeptical Italian project for an AIDS vaccine. The Post gave both Sembler and Young its Narcissism Run Amok Award for 2005 tampaindy dcindy italyindy who's covering the story Wash Post expose

11-16-05 Sembler's failed first attempt to get a monument erected to himself In 1991 while he was ambassador to Australia, a proposal was made to the St. Petersburg, Fl. Chamber of Commerce to build a stone monument to Mel Sembler's Greatness. The bill was submitted by a business partner of Straight's attorney. But the proposal was voted down when the local paper editorialized, what would the monument be Two hands majestically reaching out for hundred-dollar bills? our story

11-16-05 Sembler may have been foiled a second time to get a St. Pete monument to His Greatness, but Craig Sher's last dinner with the Chamber of Commerce was clearly a Sembler show? our story

Darlene Love's Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) with Paul Shaffer last night on David Letterman VIDEO

12-19-05 Wayne Allen Root's Millionaire Republican link

12-16-05 Blast from the past: The firing of Big Ray Blanton for selling pardons and the woman who stood up to him Jewish World Review

12-15-05 Dick Cheney's Last Throes by Ray McGovern, AlterNet. Cheney, whose unbridled chutzpah has led him to take credit for being the intellectual author of U.S. policy on torture, has become such a glaring liability that his tenure may be short-lived. STORY

12-15-05 The End of Democracy in Ohio? by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Free Press New legislation passed by Ohio Republicans may just institutionalize those famous "voting irregularities." STORY

12-13-05 Reverend Doctor Miller Newton has another friend besides Betty Sembler Our STORY.

12-10-05 Deadly institutional restraint claims its 20th victim in Texas. A staffer at Star Ranch in Travis County, Texas smothered to death 12 year old Christening "Mikie" Garcia while allegedly restraing the troubled child in an effort to keep him from hurting himself. STORY

12-10-05 Suicidal Former Straight client Bradley Martin remains on death row in Pennsylvania, but the judge has granted a new sentencing hearing. He cited the abuse Martin sustained at Straight as a mitigating circumstance in the murder he later committed. Ray Bradbury and Wes Fager are working with Mr. Martin's legal appeals team. Bradley Martin is not the only former Straight client with major issues. Read this recent posting on Fornits (a Straight Survivors' discussion forum). LINK

12-02-05 Buzz: The St. Pete Times has a blog blog

11-30-05 This story is a heartbreaker There is a divorced man in California who picks up his four year old daughter for visitation. Whenver he does he claims she is covered in brusies. con't

12-03-05 Newsweek puts focus on LDS church founder The cover story of Newsweek magazines that hit newsstands Monday [Oct 10] focuses on the 200th birthday of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, who the magazine refers to as "prophet and polygamist, mesmerizer and rabble-rouser, saint and sinner." deseret news

11-16-05 Sembler's failed first attempt to get a monument erected to himself In 1991 while he was ambassador to Australia, a proposal was made to the St. Petersburg, Fl. Chamber of Commerce to build a stone monument to Mel Sembler's Greatness. The bill was submitted by a business partner of Straight's attorney. But the proposal was voted down when the local paper editorialized, what would the monument be Two hands majestically reaching out for hundred-dollar bills? our story

11-16-05 Sembler may have been foiled a second time to get a St. Pete monument to His Greatness, but Craig Sher's last dinner with the Chamber of Commerce was clearly a Sembler show? our story

12-02-05 Farkas says he will answer Senate inquiry on Canadian gambling junket See Times Also see related article on Sembler's neighbor state Senator Dennis Jones.

12-02-05 Polk County circuit judge reprimanded by Florida's Supreme Court link

11-29-05 Tampa Bay business leaders Lee Arnold, Jr., Judy Genshaft and Mel Sembler among organizers of Tampa Bay's $100 million American Comerce Bank link

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