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Arizona Says NO to Unfunded Mandate Real ID Act! Homeland Security Threatens *Real Consequences* (salon) Yeah. Only the latest state to soundly reject Real ID, otherwise known as the 666 National Identity Card.Napolitano said her primary concern is that Congress, which imposed the mandate, has yet to cov.....- 6/21/2008 5:11:56 PM
Video- Luminant Rep Describes the 3 Types of Hazardous Waste a Nuclear Plant Makes (salon) Yeah. Only the latest state to soundly reject Real ID, otherwise known as the 666 National Identity Card.Napolitano said her primary concern is that Congress, which imposed the mandate, has yet to cov.....- 6/21/2008 4:56:41 PM
Rush Holt on Why He Voted Against the FISA Bill Yesterday-With Video (salon) First, videoNow, what he said on TPM.This bill alters the basic protections of the Fourth Amendment. It permits massive warrantless surveillance. (The authors of the bill dispute this, but if we mean .....- 6/21/2008 2:56:42 PM
Not Just the Telecom Immunity-But Permanent NSA Powers to Spy On Americans Without a Warrant (salon) Via McBlogger, who has a FISA roundup, this article by Froomkin in the WaPost. Two quotes.What kind of a country is it where, when the head of state asks you to do something that may well be illegal, .....- 6/21/2008 2:51:31 PM
Not Just War Spending Approval-BUT THE LARGEST WAR SPENDING BILL TO DATE (salon) and Chet Edwards voted for it. The only good thing, sort of, in the bill, is that Jim Webbs's proposal to give college tuition to veterans is in it. You may remember, McCain and Bush were COMPLETELY A.....- 6/21/2008 2:40:43 PM
Lovely Wilderness Area? Law Against Pipelines Through Roadless Areas? Pffffffffffffffffff! (salon) Colorado- Environmentalists lose an appeal to stop a gas pipeline from going through a roadless wilderness area EVEN THOUGH there's a law against doing it. I'm sure they'll appeal but as they say, pro.....- 6/21/2008 2:28:54 PM
Religious Stuff in the News-Branding Students and Lawsuit Against *I Believe* License Plates (salon) This first is just plain nutty. Via Jobsanger - A science teacher, who apparently wasn't really teaching science but favored creationism, branded crosses into the arms of some students.Freshwater.....- 6/21/2008 2:21:20 PM
You can do without gas, but WHAT ABOUT WATER? Banderas County, Texas (salon) It's another really hot day here, Saturday, and I'm staying inside because already by 8 in the morning it's stifling in the heat. A day to sit and drink cool drinks and maybe go work on making a cushi.....- 6/21/2008 1:43:59 PM
Self-Serving Texas Energy Report Written by Perry's Task Force THAT INCLUDES PHIL WILSON (salon) Yesterday I wrote about how, um, inappropriate it is that Phil Wilson, is Secretary of State in Texas until he goes to work for Luminant. Well, here's more gas on THAT fire. I read last night about a .....- 6/21/2008 1:09:41 PM
Video from NRC Meeting in Glen Rose-the Front Group of the Nuclear Energy Institute Attended (salon) I have put some more video of the audience comments and questions up on Youtube, still not done but hope to have all I wanted to put in the next few days. Had to call out one in particular. A guy stoo.....- 6/21/2008 12:13:30 AM
Heh! Unpopular Bush Can't Get a Hello-Video from Countdown (salon) I have put some more video of the audience comments and questions up on Youtube, still not done but hope to have all I wanted to put in the next few days. Had to call out one in particular. A guy stoo.....- 6/20/2008 11:56:30 PM
Ugh. Obama backs the FISA *compromise* (salon) What is there to say? I deeply, deeply not only disagree with Obama's stance on this but believe that anyone that was for this has disrespect for the constitution and rule of law. Suppose that the gov.....- 6/20/2008 3:49:36 PM
Pathetic! US Wants to Rewrite Evidence Against the Gitmo Prisoners Before Civilian Trials (salon) Attorneys for the detainees criticized the idea, saying the government is basically asking for a last-minute do-over."It's sort of an admission that the original returns were defective," sai.....- 6/20/2008 3:17:29 PM
Appropriate for Phil Wilson (Tx Secy of State) To Leave Mid-Term to Work for Luminant? (salon) Excellent editorial by Mitchell Schnurman about how this hire is not only inappropriate but causes people to lose trust in their state government when you see the dance between corporations and big go.....- 6/20/2008 2:40:09 PM
Luminant Files Application for those 2 New Mitsubishi Reactor in Glen Rose (Comanche Peak) (salon) Interesting. So Luminant aka Energy Future Holdings (formerly TXU) told the NRC that it's going to file a license for the 2 new reactors on Sept 19 (90 days notice). IS Luminant actually going to buil.....- 6/20/2008 2:23:54 PM
Video from Shortened FISA Capitulation Today (salon) Interesting. So Luminant aka Energy Future Holdings (formerly TXU) told the NRC that it's going to file a license for the 2 new reactors on Sept 19 (90 days notice). IS Luminant actually going to buil.....- 6/20/2008 2:42:18 PM
Paradise Lost: Who 'sez' oil companies are NOT drilling in the U.S.? (pstern) If you are thinking about buying a new home and/or land in Texas, be very careful.One person's view of paradise may change in an instant.I believe until we determine other alternative sources of energ.....- 6/20/2008 1:20:23 PM
Only TWELVE percent of Americans Have Confidence in Congress (salon) When you see disgusting sell-out shenanigans like the one perpetrated today on FISA OR last night okaying AGAIN Bush's war funding, it's no wonder. AT least in the House, it's not like there aren't en.....- 6/20/2008 12:49:05 PM
The FISA Compromise Bill Passed-That Was a Quick Sellout! (salon) I went out for a bit and when I came back, it had already been voted on. So now lawbreakers have immunity from prosecution-with Congress' help. ppppfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffftAnd here's the .....- 6/20/2008 12:32:43 PM
PUNISHED for Making certain kinds of purchases with credit cards? (salon) Sigh. At one point in the past, I worked for a furniture store in Brazoria County. When someone wanted to get something, like, say, a Lane recliner, there was a formula used to determine whether the p.....- 6/20/2008 10:47:33 AM
FISA Debate Started-What a travesty-TELL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON TO VOTE AGAINST THIS (salon) Michael Acuri (D) of New York has been talking about how proud of the compromise. Why is it left up to the Senate to stop this? There are really enough weak Democrats that are going to pass this and g.....- 6/20/2008 9:14:08 AM
Gee! Gramps McCain Said He Didn't Love His Country Before His Capture (salon) Michael Acuri (D) of New York has been talking about how proud of the compromise. Why is it left up to the Senate to stop this? There are really enough weak Democrats that are going to pass this and g.....- 6/20/2008 12:53:35 AM
Um. Video about That Certain Word that John McCain Called His Wife (salon) Michael Acuri (D) of New York has been talking about how proud of the compromise. Why is it left up to the Senate to stop this? There are really enough weak Democrats that are going to pass this and g.....- 6/20/2008 12:48:24 AM
Barack Obama *Country I Love* Ad (salon) Michael Acuri (D) of New York has been talking about how proud of the compromise. Why is it left up to the Senate to stop this? There are really enough weak Democrats that are going to pass this and g.....- 6/20/2008 12:29:25 AM
Countdown Video about the Democrat's Capitulation on FISA (salon) Apparently the House is all for it, but the Senate, who has at least SOME principled people, will work to defeat it.Well, I'll be watching C-span tomorrow. And calling Chet Edwards to urge him to DEFE.....- 6/19/2008 11:27:20 PM
SHAME on the Democrats for Capitulating on our constitution (salon) Well, looks like they will tomorrow, when there's a vote. I already knew that the Republican party has no shame when it comes to ignoring the rights in the constitution, but what is the Democrat's exc.....- 6/19/2008 8:59:16 PM
New Business Tax: Good or Bad for Texans? What about for Businesses? (pstern) The GOP are going after Gov. Perry and his band of merry legislative cohorts in court for developing and implementing the current "New Business Tax", which took the place of the old "Bu.....- 6/19/2008 6:26:56 PM
Spending the day watching Kathy Griffin and the D List and Cleaning the House (salon) When I woke up this morning IT WAS RAINING. Yoo-hoo! So much for the hot hot drought that's been going on for what seems like FOREVER. Now I don't have to water anything today which is just terrif. An.....- 6/19/2008 1:54:13 PM
Poor Mr. White Killed While Crossing Highway in Glen Rose (salon) Ugh. I actually saw the poor man after it happened. I had gone to lunch with a friend, and when I got back home, hub said he wanted to get some lunch from Burger King. (I guess he was feeling a little.....- 6/19/2008 12:42:08 PM
I Sure Hope Michelle Obama Isn't Going to Be Changed For Political Expediency (salon) I heard yesterday that there are plans to essentially school Obama on how to be the proper presidential wife. Ugh. According to what measure? I already admire her greatly and think she will make a fan.....- 6/18/2008 11:40:56 AM
McCain-Confused AGAIN (salon) One of THE most interesting things about McCain is how much he contradicts himself, his own policies, appears not to understand what they even mean, and then how often his people say he was *confused*.....- 6/18/2008 11:17:07 AM
Editorial on Bush Versus the Bill of Rights (Spying on Americans Without a Warrant) (salon) Congress is apparently ponying up a horrific *compromise* for the problem of Bush\'s illegal spying on Americans and the court cases about the telecom companies who have been doing it. Excellent e.....- 6/18/2008 11:02:18 AM
Major Dinosaur Fossil Discovery in Southeastern Utah (salon) Pretty cool!An excavation revealed at least four sauropods, which are long-necked, long-tailed plant-eating dinosaurs, and two carnivorous ones, according to the bureau. It may have also uncovered an .....- 6/17/2008 4:19:44 PM
Mr Sulu Gets Marriage License-Is Going to Marry his Partner of 21 Years (salon) On that California decision that said that it was discrimination against gays not to allow them to marry.The 71-year-old actor, known for his role as Sulu on the "Star Trek" sci-fi TV series.....- 6/17/2008 4:16:39 PM
North Bosque Dairy Waste is Still Polluting Lake Waco (salon) On that California decision that said that it was discrimination against gays not to allow them to marry.The 71-year-old actor, known for his role as Sulu on the "Star Trek" sci-fi TV series.....- 6/17/2008 11:10:54 AM
Mulching and Mowing the Yard the Next Few Days (salon) Usually it takes until July for the trees in the yard, especially the Burr Oak, to get stressed enough to start losing leaves and turning yellow... but not this year. It's been really hot the last wee.....- 6/17/2008 10:58:42 AM
Omigod! John Cornyn Trying to Reinvent Himself as a Cowboy (salon) Usually it takes until July for the trees in the yard, especially the Burr Oak, to get stressed enough to start losing leaves and turning yellow... but not this year. It's been really hot the last wee.....- 6/16/2008 7:07:17 PM
Military Community Asks Important Questions to Obama and McCain (pstern) Interesting site to review what the important questions are for those in the military community.They are being provided the opportunity to ask those questions to presidential hopefuls Obama and McCain.....- 6/16/2008 12:05:31 PM
So, where do U.S. tax dollars REALLY go in Iraq? (pstern) The real story of "mega" U.S. bases built using our tax dollars.http://baltimorechronicle.com/2008/061608Engelhardt.shtmlIt's important at least that U.S. taxpayers know where their money go.....- 6/16/2008 11:49:19 AM
When is *Fair Use* of an article Stepping Over the Line? AP Brouhaha (salon) I was discussing with Peter Stern yesterday the idea that, on this blog, we attempt to include some representative paragraphs from articles we read on the internet but don't put the entire articles up.....- 6/16/2008 12:05:16 PM
Small Wonder Why Our Veterans are Hurting Under the VA System (pstern) VA Underestimates Basic Costs Yes, the Veterans Administration is a huge, bureaucratic federal program that also works at the state level.There are many ways that the current system does NOT work.....- 6/16/2008 11:28:10 AM
If You Can't Afford GAS for your CAR, What Makes You Think You'll Afford TOLL ROADS???????? (salon) It ought to be no surprise to anyone that, not just at the Texas level, but also at the national level, there have been real pushes to privatize our highways, ie, You Want To Drive On Our Roads? You'l.....- 6/16/2008 10:34:46 AM
What If Your Water Is Contaminated? Texas Residents Fight Back Against O&G Waste (salon) I noticed last night that, during the local news, there was a commercial from Chesapeake Energy that featured Tommy Lee Jones-there were images of people bicycling and doing other natural activities, .....- 6/16/2008 10:21:09 AM
Letter to Editor Contrasting John McCain's Tax and Spend Characterization of Democrats (salon) from the Weatherford Democrat (go read the whole letter, it's GOOD!)Democrats support strengthening our economy by providing tax breaks to those who need it most. This includes seniors, renters, .....- 6/16/2008 9:43:18 AM
Fall of the American Empire? (pstern) History may point to it.As an avid reader of history, I have been leaning towards the view that we, as a nation, are causing our own collapse. It is a fact that the world great civilizations depi.....- 6/15/2008 9:59:04 PM
Bush Thinking of Writing His Memoirs-But First He Has to Buy the 64 Color Box (salon) History may point to it.As an avid reader of history, I have been leaning towards the view that we, as a nation, are causing our own collapse. It is a fact that the world great civilizations depi.....- 6/15/2008 8:11:09 PM
RFID Enabled Chair Follows You ARound the Library (salon) History may point to it.As an avid reader of history, I have been leaning towards the view that we, as a nation, are causing our own collapse. It is a fact that the world great civilizations depi.....- 6/15/2008 8:07:01 PM
Bush to UK- *My Empire Is Better Than YOUR Empire* (salon) Please. No More C Students for President. Ever... Again.George Bush believes that where the British Empire stumbled, what he calls 'Freedom's March' will succeed.The American President was asked by Sk.....- 6/15/2008 7:35:42 PM
So... What EXACTLY are Texas Legislators Investing Their Campaign Cash In? (salon) Who knew that Texas Legislators were even investing the money that hardworking people... or lobbyists were giving to them? TEC says that the Lege now has to tell the amount of money that they are inve.....- 6/15/2008 7:24:36 PM
Okay. This Picture Made Me Laugh, too (salon) Who knew that Texas Legislators were even investing the money that hardworking people... or lobbyists were giving to them? TEC says that the Lege now has to tell the amount of money that they are inve.....- 6/15/2008 7:11:53 PM
U.S. Foreign Policy: McCain vs. Obama (pstern) McCain complains that Obama feels that our American foreign policy with Cuban has been unsuccessful.Obama believes that McCain is foolish for not wanting to talk with leaders of other nations to chang.....- 6/15/2008 1:52:32 PM
NRC Event Reports for October 2007 (salon) Very interesting to see what types of error reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gets.Sept 26, 2006- Lost/Recovered Moisture Density Gauge-not sure why the report reads Sep 2006 but the event rep.....- 6/15/2008 1:11:01 PM
Kucinich still fighting impeachment with more articles (pstern) I see (for whatever his reasons) that Congressman Dennis Kucinich is trying to hold Bush accountable via 60 more articles if the Democrats let the "35 articles of impeachment" die in Congres.....- 6/15/2008 10:43:01 AM
NRC Meeting in Somervell County -Video - June 2008 in Glen Rose- About Comanche Peak Part 3 (salon) I see (for whatever his reasons) that Congressman Dennis Kucinich is trying to hold Bush accountable via 60 more articles if the Democrats let the "35 articles of impeachment" die in Congres.....- 6/15/2008 11:12:07 AM
Silver Lining for having to reinstall stuff on computer-found a great podcasting program (salon) As I mentioned, the ole computer went south on me a couple of weeks ago (but it seems like a LIFETIME) and one of the side effects was having to go back, find the original CDs and reinstall the progra.....- 6/15/2008 10:09:50 AM
NRC Meeting in Somervell County June 12 2008- Part 2 (salon) As I mentioned, the ole computer went south on me a couple of weeks ago (but it seems like a LIFETIME) and one of the side effects was having to go back, find the original CDs and reinstall the progra.....- 6/15/2008 10:01:37 AM
What Does The Nuclear Power Revival Require? (salon) From article "Nuclear Reactors quietly return" in the Laredo Morning Times.The nuclear revival is far from a done deal, however. Companies still must arrange financing, and will need federal.....- 6/15/2008 8:42:17 AM
I Shouldn't Even Be Up This Dang Early (salon) but the dang dog got me up about an hour ago and he ran STRAIGHT for a big bush by the pond. There, with glowing eyes, was another HUGE possum. I threw rocks at it and it ran up on the front porch beh.....- 6/15/2008 5:25:20 AM
Top Ten Worst Male-Bashing Advertisements (salon) but the dang dog got me up about an hour ago and he ran STRAIGHT for a big bush by the pond. There, with glowing eyes, was another HUGE possum. I threw rocks at it and it ran up on the front porch beh.....- 6/15/2008 5:18:24 AM
James Wolcott on the Town Hall Meetings -Heh (salon) Personally, I see no reason why Obama should squander his stardom livening up John McCain's chloroformed town hall meetings just so McCain can draft off of Obama's charisma and appeal to Battlestar Ga.....- 6/15/2008 4:29:36 AM
Gramps McCain-Happy to Take Clayton *Lay Back and Enjoy It* Williams Money (salon) Oh, I remember when Clayton Williams was running against Ann Richards for Governor in 1990. I can't remember the context of why he said this but he compared rape to the weather, saying that "as l.....- 6/15/2008 4:18:11 AM
Not Only Is She a Cheating Bimbo-Cindy McCain Stole Drugs From her Own Charity (salon) Seems that one organization doesn't believe that the news media is being quite fair not ever to bring up all the dirt about Cindy McCain which is on the record (Witness that awful "Michelle Obama.....- 6/15/2008 4:06:58 AM
NAIS-Attorney Files Lawsuit Against USDA About Look into Massive Government Database (salon) Yeah. I LOVE reading this!  You must read the whole thing to see HOW INTRUSIVE NAIS is. LIke the part about opting in or opting out!Brown, an attorney with the Lancaster firm of Clymer & Muss.....- 6/15/2008 12:34:40 AM
Bwahahahah-Video- I'm Voting Republican! (salon) Yeah. I LOVE reading this!  You must read the whole thing to see HOW INTRUSIVE NAIS is. LIke the part about opting in or opting out!Brown, an attorney with the Lancaster firm of Clymer & Muss.....- 6/15/2008 12:13:41 AM
Some Audio-Video from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Meeting in Somervell County on Thursday-Part 1 (salon) I went to the NRC meeting for Comanche Peak that was being held to discuss the process of okaying 2 more nuclear reactors for Luminant (formerly TXU) and recorded the meeting. Here's audio of the whol.....- 6/14/2008 11:47:29 PM
Speaking of Permanent Bases.... What about GUAM? (salon) In the subject category of the militarism of the United States, sometimes we are so focused on watching the United States attempt to circumvent Iraq's sovereignty and become a permanent,long standing .....- 6/14/2008 9:06:43 PM
It Will Take Several Generations to Undo the Mess of George W. Bush (pstern) As a lifetime member of the GOP I am disheartened and saddened by the negative "legacy" left by the Bush administration.I became a Republican back in the 1950's when the U.S. was being .....- 6/14/2008 7:55:24 PM
Gee. Iraq doesn't WANT the US to be there for *Years*-Only McCain and Bush Do (salon) What is extremely disingenuous about what Bush says is that he wants the US to be over there for "years" but doesn't want to establish permanent bases.In February, US President George W Bush.....- 6/14/2008 7:51:41 PM
HOW MUCH is Texas Going to Pay for CPS Mistake with YFZ Ranch? 14 MILLION DOLLARS (salon) Pffttttt!The state's tab for operations associated with the roundup of more than 460 youngsters from a polygamist sect's ranch in West Texas has already topped $14 million, and a chunk of invoices for.....- 6/14/2008 7:29:11 PM
Jimmy Pierce-Hatter-Of Glen Rose in Star-Telegram Article (salon) Nice article about Jimmy Pierce, who makes custom hats!  There's also a video to watch at the link, too."I'm the guy you come to when other hat-makers can't or don't want to make a custom ha.....- 6/14/2008 7:23:55 PM
Gramps McCain Snubs the Texas Republican Party Convention (salon) Oh, he's coming to Texas all right. But on Monday. To raise money for himself. Not to try to shmooze a bunch of Republicans that don't like him anyway.  Even Phil King of Weatherford was surprise.....- 6/14/2008 6:44:59 PM
One More Comment about the Hate Crime in Friendswood Texas (salon) that precipitated THIS whole brouahah. According to this article in the Houston Chronicle....The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Houston sought permission to address the mostly Anglo student .....- 6/14/2008 5:41:45 PM
Stephenville's UFO Sightings Continue to Ignite Interest (whitkat) When the UFO sightings took place in Stephenville at the first of the year, the Erath county seat received world-wide attention.  Now the LA Times takes another look at the strange happenings in .....- 6/14/2008 3:24:20 PM
5 Internet Jokes That Will Make Obama Win (salon) When the UFO sightings took place in Stephenville at the first of the year, the Erath county seat received world-wide attention.  Now the LA Times takes another look at the strange happenings in .....- 6/14/2008 11:49:12 AM
*Still the One*? Nope- John Hall Tells Gramps McCain to QUIT PLAYING HIS SONG at rallies (salon) Hall, in fact, who was elected to Congress in 2006, demanded Bush to stop using his song in 2004, issuing cease-and-desist letters to the sitting president’s presidential campaign and the Republ.....- 6/13/2008 2:44:04 PM
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