Kerrville Daily Times (Newspaper) - July 26, 1999, Kerrville, Texas
Page 2A — Kerrville Daily Times — Monday, July 26,1999Not all governors onboard for ‘Admit You’re Happy Day’
DALLAS (AP) — In these cynical times, it seems that even happiness can arouse suspicion.
At least, that’s what Pam Johnson discovered when she asked all 50 U.S. governors to declare Aug. 8 "National Admit You’re Happy Day."
The request was met with derision, hesitancy and head-scratching across the nation.
“We have no official position on happiness,” hedged a letter from New York Gov. George Pataki. “We’re going to wait and see what the federal government and other governors do."
Ms. Johnson, founder of the Secret Society of Happy People, proposed the day of observance as part of her ongoing campaign to drag contentment out of the closet.
Convinced that happiness has fallen out of fashion in the therapy-driven, angst-ridden 1990s, Ms. Johnson wages her unorthodox battle from her suburban Dallas apartment.
“Our culture doesn’t know what to do anymore with expressions of happiness,” she said Saturday. “It’s like a foreign language to us — we rush to get
it, and then we don’t have anybody to tell."
Ms. Johnson dreamed up this summer’s holiday to draw more attention to the society’s cause — but a scant 15 governors have agreed to declare Aug. 8 a day of admitted bliss, she said.
Seventeen did not issue a proclamation or had no society members in their states, earning “stick in the mud’ or “parade raining” titles from Ms. Johnson. An additional 17 state leaders, have not responded, she said. New York remained noncommittal.
“Well need to check with our attorneys,” ran the reply from Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating’s office.
This is not the first time the society president has locked horns with notables in the name of promoting contentment: During the holiday season, Ms. Johnson took Ann Landers to task after the advice guru opposed the ever-popular holiday letters that detail families’ successes.
Th Ms. Johnson, Ms. Landers’ advice represented another intolerant strike against happi
“It’s a pressure to keep happiness to yourself,” she said. “At work you’re not supposed to like your boss or your job, and with your friends you're not supposed to brag."
But nothing prepared the peppy Texan for the response to the day of national contentment she envisioned.
Even the notoriously offbeat Jesse Ventura — former professional wrestler and present governor of Minnesota — refused to bite.
“He represents the people of
Minnesota, and he really doesn’t see how this affects them,’ Ventura’s office told Ms. Johnson.
As of Saturday, fellow Texan and presidential hopeful George W. Bush was among the 17 governors who had not responded to the request, Ms. Johnson said.
Though bemused by the reaction, the society’s founder is steaming ahead with plans for the holiday. There will be a party, of course, as well as an open invitation to muse out loud over life’s pleasures.
House boosts defense spending, Cuts F-22 jet fighter
Washington (AP) — After But no member called for a
Woodstock ’99 bonfires get out of hand
approving $266 billion in defense spending, the House is leaving the fate of the Pentagon’s top priority F-22 stealth jet fighter to negotiations with the Senate.
The defense bill includes a 4.8 percent military pay raise and $592 million to improve military life and step up lagging recruitment. It provides $15.5 billion more than last year’s defense budget and tops President Clinton's request by $2.8 billion.
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., the Appropriations defense subcommittee chairman, who managed debate on the House floor, called it the first significant increase in a defense budget since the mid-1960s.
(n a tactic that gives House members leverage with senators in final defense budget talks, the House on Thursday approved the bill minus $3 billion the Pentagon wants for buying its first six production-line F-22s.
The decision not to restore $1.8 billion that Lewis’ panel had deleted from F-22 procurement came with a parade of members lauding the $200 million-plus radar-evading aircraft as essential to future U.S. air superiority.
vote to restore funding, and the bill passed 379-45.
Leading a one-sided F-22 debate that obscured appropriators’ concerns with its rising costs, Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., held up a Pentagon ad declaring the F-22 the “keystone for air dominance for the 21st century."
Several members, including Barr, have a stake in the F-22, with contractors and thousands of jobs spread across several states. The lead developer is Lockheed Martin, which oversees final assembly at its plant in Marietta, Ga.
An Appropriations Committee report accompanying the bill says the military appears unable to control the F-22’s cost and could maintain a 5-1 advanced fighter advantage through 2010 without it.
The Air Force says two F-22s built for testing are performing like no other aircraft on Earth, and any pause in procurement will escalate costs beyond legal limits and kill the program.
Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he would seek a compromise on F-22 funding to continue the program.
ROME, N.Y. (AP) - What began with scattered bonfires near the close of Woodstock *99 — just as peace candles were being handed out — ended in a destructive melee that was finally quieted early this morning.
Tents and booths were destroyed, concert light stands and a speaker tower were toppled and a mob tried to destroy a radio station truck over several chaotic hours beginning late Sunday.
“This is not the real Woodstock,” said a disgusted Mike Long, 31, of Detroit as police moved in. “They messed up. They messed up the whole name of Woodstock.”
Fire officials and state police, who maintained a presence of 500 officers throughout the three-day festival, were not available for comment.
Promoter John Scher, upset over the sudden turn of events, said early today that he had been told by troopers that there were no deaths. He was not aware of any arrests or serious injuries.
“It’s a great shame that this happened because in so many ways it was so uplifting,” he said. “It puts a permanent blemish on what happened here. I think the kids made a mistake. They did not intend for this to happen.”
The violence erupted after almost 72 hours of peace and
A man waves a Tibetan flag in front of the stage on the opening day of Woodstock ’99 in Rome, N.Y., Friday. Soul star James Brown
AP photo by Dave Dupreywas the first to take the stage. Other performers at the mega-concert included Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and Ice Cube.
love at Woodstock ’99. It came as the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in the midst of their festival-closing set and a group
named Pax handed out candles to the audience.
Scher said the show was stopped when the first fire
was set near the East Stage, but fire officials decided it was a controllable ground fire and the band played on.
Morocco buries its king as world leaders mourn loss Border initiatives lead to
surge in criminal cases
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — King Hassan II of Morocco was laid to rest in a funeral attended by kings, princes and presidents from some 30 countries, reflecting his reputation as peacemaker, spiritual leader, and an anchor in a volatile region.
In a more than four-hour ceremony Sunday that mirrored the grief of a kingdom and the stature of its late king, Hassan’s casket was borne through Rabat atop a military vehicle amid a noisy wave of emotion from chanting crowds.
Security forces struggled to contain the fervor of Hassan’s grief-stricken subjects chanting
praises for their king — who also served as spiritual leader — along the funeral procession’s two-and-a-half-mile route.
Hassan died Friday of a heart attack at the age of 70. He was buried in the mausoleum near his father, Mohamed V.
The new king, 35-year-old Mohamed VI, Hassan’s son, walked solemnly behind the casket in a traditional white robe and red fez hat. President Clinton and French President Jacques Chirac followed closely behind.
Clinton and Chirac were among dozens of world figures attending the funeral.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat also was there, at one point on the arm of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Israeli President Ezer Weizman and Prime Minister Ehud Barak, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and King Juan Carlos of Spain were among others following the casket.
Only family members were present when Hassan was removed from his casket, shrouded in white cloth in accordance with Muslim tradition, and entombed.
Ahead of the procession, foreign delegations came to the royal palace to pay final
The casket, draped in a green cloth with gold embroidered inscriptions from the Koran, the Muslim holy book, then moved toward its final resting place.
In a display charged with symbolism, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria — which has endured tense relations and near war with Morocco for more than two decades — pressed his hand to the back of the vehicle carrying Hassan’s casket.
Almost 90 minutes later, at the mausoleum’s esplanade, the casket was lowered onto red carpets for a kiss from Morocco’s new king and a first series of prayers.
HOUSTON (AP) - Justice Department initiatives to close U.S.-Mexico smuggling routes spurred huge increases last year in the number of criminal cases filed in South Texas and across the Southwest.
Statistics from the U.S. Attorney’s office for fiscal 1998 showed the prosecution of immigration crime in the Southern District of Texas climbed 93 percent over the previous year, the Houston Chronicle reported today
And the trend extended across the Southwest, accord
ing to a study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University which showed the number of immigration prosecutions jumping to 14,616 in fiscal 1998 — nearly twice the number six years earlier.
Most of the 1,093 cases filed in South Texas fell into three categories: illegal entry into the United States from Mexico, illegal re-entry and immigrant smuggling, Mariela Melero spokeswoman for the U.S Immigration and Naturalize tion Service.
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No lotto winner; $ IO million pot next
No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said.
The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 16, 30, 38,45, 47 and 49.
A ticket matching six number would have been worth $7 million.
Wednesday night’s drawing will be worth an estimated $10 million.
US-China troubles cause business to step up lobbying
WASHINGTON (AP) -American business leaders are lobbying hard to assure that Congress doesn’t undercut their ability to do business in China in retaliation for allegations of spying and illegal campaign contributions.
Besides the usual face-to-face meetings on Capitol Hill, business groups are running ads in local newspapers and encourag
ing business leaders back home to call their local legislators.
“We’ve got to continue to mobilize our folks outside of Washington,” said Myron Brilliant, manager of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Asia International Division.
The U.S. business community is taking nothing for granted in its annual battle to renew China’s normal trade status with the United States. American companies exported $18 billion in goods and services to China last year, and the Chamber of Commerce has given lawmakers a state-by-state breakdown of that trade.
President Clinton announced on June 3 he was renewing the status, but Congress has 90 days in which to overturn it if it chooses. Lawmakers are set to vote as early as this week.
President’s coalition wins sweeping assembly election victory
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez’s leftist coalition won a sweeping victo-
ry in elections for a cons tional assembly, promptinj former coup leader to dei that corruption-plaj Venezuela is “free again.”
But opponents warned Chavez’s triumph could i in dictatorial rule in oi Latin America’s oldest de racies, since the assemb expected to temporarily down both Congress anc Supreme Court.
Standing on a balcor Miraflores presidential p; late Sunday night witl wife at his side, Chavez t cheering throng of 5,000 pie: “We are constructi true democracy in a way those who destroyed the i try from here didn’t know to.”
With 78 percent of the counted, Chavez’s Patr Pole coalition won 119 o 128 assembly seats that up for grabs, according t National Electoral Council
The two biggest vote-ge were Chavez’s wife, Mans and his former chief of i Alfredo Pena. Venezu Indian tribes elected threi egates last weekend.