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Day Trip to Austin -Confused by 183 Toll Road (salon) Drove down to Austin for something yesterday-I like all the legs of the trip, and particularly from Lampasses on down, on 183. Right outside of Lampasses on the left is a big iron dragon swimming in a.....- 12/23/2007 7:38:28 AM
Lloyd Doggett Queries Mary Peters About Federal Highways Into Toll Roads-Oct 07 (salon) I see now that this is how the federal government is doing end runs around pushing unpopular programs-say that the federal government is against them but then work on the state governments to implemen.....- 12/22/2007 10:51:18 PM
Mary Peters (USDOT) On Turning all Roads in to TOLL ROADS -from October 25, 2007 (salon) Video clip from House Budget Hearing on Surface Transportation. Watch this and realize that the Bush administration wants to make highway and bridge infrastructure privatized in the same way that tele.....- 12/22/2007 10:43:45 PM
Happy Holidays to all the Somervell County Salon Readers (salon) In our family, we celebrate Christmas, so we'll be having a gathering in a few days, the most important and delightful facet of which is being together. Hope your holiday, however or whatever your do .....- 12/22/2007 8:08:11 PM
I requested a copy of the powerpoint and video from the GRISD meeting and got back a letter from the attorney (pharper) Here was my request to the GRISD (Glen Rose Independent School District):---Subject: Open Records RequestI would like to get a digital copy of the video and PowerPoint that were presented at the schoo.....- 12/21/2007 3:36:18 PM
Boy! Medtronic BACK in the News-Court Injunction Against their Spine Screws (salon) It's ALMOST to laugh about except it's pretty creepy. First, I read about this bone-snatching scheme that Medtronic was part of. Then I read about how their defibrillators don't work right. NOW... The.....- 12/21/2007 1:40:58 PM
Grapes of Wrath Revisited- Brownsville, TX Migrant Workers Settle with Pioneer Hi-Bred Out of Court (salon) Grapes of Wrath is one of those books (and excellent movies, too) that you can't get out of your head once you see it. And I tend to think of migrant farmers being taken advantage of and snookered out.....- 12/21/2007 1:27:59 PM
Stuff for Bush's Library Going to Go to the Warehouse in Lewisville, Texas-the one behind Motel 6 (salon) This totally cracked me up, from the Flower Mound Leader. I used to live in The Colony, so I know right where Lakepointe Dr is, up north of the Vista Ridge Mall.Truck loads of items from the White Hou.....- 12/21/2007 1:05:58 PM
On TxDOT uses taxpayer funds to propagandize for the TTC- Lawsuit continues by critics (salon) I saw yesterday that the group Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom had a day in court about documents they had asked for from TxDOT-apparently the documents were too wide in scope, so the judge is g.....- 12/21/2007 12:18:07 PM
Battle Between Dallas and US P&W over the Neches River Wildlife Refuge (salon) Dallas: Yeah, yeah, we know that you made a 25,000 national wildlife refuge in Anderson and Cherokee Counties along the Neches River. But can't you just find some OTHER SITE? We WANT YOUR WATER!!! Gee.....- 12/21/2007 12:11:48 PM
Fencing-Out the *Aliens*: another lesson of ignorance, futility and profiteering (pstern) "The ongoing promotion of a bad idea does NOT make it a better option!" --- Peter SternDespite the majority of public opinion AGAINST building the border fence between Mexico and The United .....- 12/21/2007 10:45:41 AM
Is TEA trying to GUT public schools? On teaching creationism in public schools (salon) I'm always a little astonished, not that such groups as Institute for Creation Research exist that can pass out degrees. After all, people can, through their own faith believe what they want. But when.....- 12/21/2007 10:10:23 AM
Democrats Can't Get Much Done? It's because Republicans are Obstructionists (salon) from Supreme Irony of Life....cloture votes since the 93rd Congressional session in 1973-74. The most striking figure from the graphic, is that in the 110th Congess (current session), cloture has been.....- 12/21/2007 9:56:20 AM
Hugh's List of Bush Scandals-Because There Are Too Many To Remember (salon) from Supreme Irony of Life....cloture votes since the 93rd Congressional session in 1973-74. The most striking figure from the graphic, is that in the 110th Congess (current session), cloture has been.....- 12/21/2007 9:43:46 AM
One More on Mitt Romney-His Abuse of Power in 2003 re: Vacay Home Property in New Hampshire (salon) I don't have the same *You're a SCUMBALL* feeling about Mitt Romney that I do about Rudy Guiliani, who, as we know, used taxpayer money on behalf of the mistress-now-his-wife he was secreting seeing b.....- 12/21/2007 9:36:23 AM
Laugh O Day- Body Parts on the Gulf Freeway in Houston (salon) I don't have the same *You're a SCUMBALL* feeling about Mitt Romney that I do about Rudy Guiliani, who, as we know, used taxpayer money on behalf of the mistress-now-his-wife he was secreting seeing b.....- 12/21/2007 9:32:41 AM
McCain Trying to Keep Explosive Lobbying Story Out of the NYTimes (salon) I don't normally read Drudgereport, but this title on digg grabbed my attention. Seems that one of the reporters at the NYTimes has a story about McCain giving special attention to a female lobbyist r.....- 12/21/2007 9:30:04 AM
Mitt Romney Caught In Another Lie-Says He Saw His Dad March with Martin Luther King (salon) except not only did he NOT see it, but his dad, George Romney, didn't do it.  From MSNBC.Romney says that it depends on what the definition of "saw" is. A defensive Romney was pepp.....- 12/21/2007 9:22:27 AM
Video from Glen Rose School Board Meeting -About the Optimum Fund Balance (salon) GRISD has an excess fund balance of more than $4 million, with year end balance $12,152,702 and over $2 million designated for projects. What was interesting about this was that apparently if you desi.....- 12/21/2007 8:51:40 AM
You Know You Have An Interesting Site When it's Banned by the Local GRISD School District (salon) I don't work at the school but was told earlier that, as of today, teachers and students can no longer access this website from school property. I was a little amused and wondered why that might be? W.....- 12/20/2007 11:15:47 PM
Sid Miller (Tx House Dist 59) Going for 5th Term in Texas Legislature (salon) I wonder who's going to run against him? If you know, please post. I do find something interesting with regard to the Glen Rose Reporter and the Stephenville Empire-Tribune articles. They are the same.....- 12/20/2007 10:48:13 PM
The Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper-New Look, Front page in color (salon) Just got the new issue, under new ownership of the Glen Rose Reporter for Dec 20, 2007. COLOR pictures on the front, including Santa with  Lloyd Wirt's daughter, Sara, pic of the Glen Rose ISD ja.....- 12/20/2007 8:59:38 PM
Larry Flynt Getting Ready to Out another Gay Republican Senator (salon) Wonder who it will be?“The other shoe’s going to drop any day,” Flynt says, speaking of the other senator. “It’ll surprise a lot of people that he’s gay. And I&rsqu.....- 12/20/2007 8:12:41 PM
High Home Insurance Costs: Finally, the media is picking up on this urgent issue! (pstern) Texas maintains the highest cost in nation!What does it take to undo what has been done in the name of profiteering?So, all of a sudden some of the media is recognizing that Texans are OVERPAYING on t.....- 12/20/2007 1:40:58 PM
Bush's Justice Department Delayed Probe of NH Phone Jamming Until AFTER THE 2004 Election (salon) The Justice Department delayed prosecuting a key Republican official for jamming the phones of New Hampshire Democrats until after the 2004 election, protecting top GOP officials from the scandal unti.....- 12/20/2007 12:34:13 PM
USAToday on the Bush Administration's Warrantless Surveillance Power Grab (salon) Most Americans surely want their government to monitor phone calls or e-mails between a suspected terrorist abroad and someone in the USABut what the Bush administration wants is much broader. It's se.....- 12/20/2007 12:10:15 PM
Ugh. Doctor Takes Photo of Man's Tattooed P**** and Passes it Around (salon) You'd think that when you're lying helpless and probably asleep on the operating table that the doctors in charge of fixing whatever is wrong aren't not only making jokes at your expense but SNAPPING .....- 12/20/2007 11:58:18 AM
Bush Won't Judge Destruction of CIA Tapes-OF COURSE NOT-HE KNEW ABOUT IT (salon) Sheesh. Another example of governmental waffling to make it look like the people saying this stuff are just interested bystanders. What baloney! Probably frustrated after he couldn't obstruct the.....- 12/20/2007 11:53:34 AM
Two Black Rhinos (One's from Fossil Rim) Being Sent to Abilene, Texas Zoo Next Year (salon) Picture of Black Rhino from this site.As part of an effort to expand its role in cooperative studies of endangered species, the Abilene Zoo plans to add more animals to its exhibits, and produce educa.....- 12/20/2007 10:47:56 AM
Heh. Same Old Corn... Different Flakes (salon) Picture of Black Rhino from this site.As part of an effort to expand its role in cooperative studies of endangered species, the Abilene Zoo plans to add more animals to its exhibits, and produce educa.....- 12/20/2007 10:25:17 AM
School Speeches in Texas Get Mandatory Disclaimers (salon) I remember when news on television was clearly divided between facts and opinions AND, when someone would do an editorial on something, the station would first say something like "This person's v.....- 12/20/2007 10:23:34 AM
Guns in National Parks-Man Sentenced for Illegally Killing Elk in Mount Ranier National Park (salon) About those guns in national forests, national parks, and state parks.An Arlington man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court for illegally killing an elk inside Mount Rainier National Park in 2004.....- 12/20/2007 9:59:12 AM
Saw the documentary about Ralph Nader Last night- *An Unreasonable Man* (salon) "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."-Geor.....- 12/20/2007 9:49:56 AM
Another Reason Not to Vote for Cornyn-He wants GUNS in National and State Parks! (salon) from Jobsanger and the Fort Worth Star-TelegramNow I am not one of those who think we should outlaw gun ownership. I can read, and I know the Constitution guarantees the right of the people to own and.....- 12/20/2007 9:13:31 AM
Dale Henry for Texas Railroad Commissioner (with Video) (salon) He has a website! ElectDaleHenry.comThis week marked a major milestone for my campaign for Texas Railroad Commissioner: we formally filed our paperwork with the Texas Democratic Party with a press con.....- 12/20/2007 8:58:40 AM
Couple More Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Earmarks-Another One for Texas A&M (salon) Breaches discovered in the nation's food safety procedures is one reason why $21 million in appropriations has been earmarked for agricultural research at A&M. Edwards says the university's single.....- 12/20/2007 9:03:11 AM
Earmark for Nuclear Studies Slipped into Approp Bill by Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) (salon) Texas A&M sure does benefit by having Chet Edwards as our congressman because hecontinually bypasses the research grant process that to slip money in for projects. One of the latest ones I just re.....- 12/20/2007 8:45:13 AM
Federal Highways and Lanes TO BE TOLLED -with 1 year moratorium on EXISTING highways (salon) Kay Bailey Hutchison put forth an amendment in the Omnibus bill that there be a ONE YEAR moratorium on turning federal highways into toll roads. And guess what, it didn't include ANY prohibition on tu.....- 12/20/2007 7:45:00 AM
Ron Paul on Mike Huckabee's Christmas Ad (salon) Kay Bailey Hutchison put forth an amendment in the Omnibus bill that there be a ONE YEAR moratorium on turning federal highways into toll roads. And guess what, it didn't include ANY prohibition on tu.....- 12/19/2007 4:52:24 PM
Will Voting in Texas for the Democratic Primary FINALLY Matter? (salon) from JobsangerI can't even remember the last time Texas mattered in the presidential nominating process. For Republicans, Texas was able to give Ronald Reagan a big boost in 1976. But since I have nev.....- 12/19/2007 4:42:41 PM
Democrat Dan Barrett Wins Seat Held for 3 DECADES by Republicans- Tarrant County, Texas (salon)  A democrat has won a Tarrant County legislative seat held by republicans for some three decades. Democrat Dan Barrett, a lawyer, defeated Republican Mark Shelton, a pediatrician, in a runoff rac.....- 12/19/2007 4:08:58 PM
Art Rohsner from Navasota, Texas on Chet Edwards Patriotic Brochure (US House District 17) (salon) I've said before that I wish any time a politician sends out a status report about what he or she is doing, that they do it in a nice but inexpensive format. Yes, I know that black and white newslette.....- 12/19/2007 4:01:02 PM
Exelon To Try to Fast Track Nuclear Power Plant in Victoria, Texas (salon) From the last time I wrote about this.Now todayExelon Nuclear has chosen an 11,500-acre site in Victoria County in southeast Texas to pursue the possible construction of a nuclear power plant.Exelon o.....- 12/19/2007 3:52:23 PM
On Media Consolidation and Foreign Company Macquarie (salon) An article from November of this year talks about Macquarie's buying spree of local newspapers all around the United States.JUST weeks after completing the $1.35 billion takeover of Southern Cross Bro.....- 12/19/2007 2:46:06 PM
Subprime Mortgage Losses Slam Morgan Stanley-So They TAKE MONEY FROM CHINA! (salon) Morgan Stanley, the No. 2 U.S. investment bank, reported a $9.4 billion writedown on Wednesday from bad bets on mortgage-related debt, leading it to take a $5 billion infusion from an arm of the Chine.....- 12/19/2007 1:58:32 PM
Reader Compliment for Somervell County Salon (salon) I hope this doesn\'t sound TOO self-serving, and I\'ll leave off the reader who sent this to me in case he wishes to remain anonymous online, but I was very tickled with this. I thought t.....- 12/19/2007 1:01:10 PM
Glen Rose Local Newspapers-the one that's not in good standing or the one owned by an Australian bank (salon) Sigh. Not much of a choice anymore. I really really liked the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper, but dang if I want to contribute to a newspaper that is part of a conglomerate owned by a foreign company. A.....- 12/19/2007 12:42:30 PM
Speaker Tom Craddick and Rep. Jim Pitts: Just another 2 dogs with fleas! (pstern) It's just the same ol' legislative story here in Texas...The ongoing petty and often ridiculous skirmish between Craddick and Pitts underlines what is wrong with our political system.It appears the vy.....- 12/19/2007 10:10:05 AM
Live in Texas? Even after *Reforms*, You'll Pay the HIGHEST Homeowners Insurance in the Country (salon) Um. The reason given here is that since Texas has such severe weather, we should just expect to pay the most. So... NO OTHER STATE IN THIS COUNTRY GET SEVERE WEATHER???? How come the premiums are more.....- 12/19/2007 9:29:18 AM
Does Greg Abbott Believe the Texas House Speaker's Position is That of Dictator????? (salon) I notice from this article in the Waxahachie Daily Light that Jim Keffer, who has Hood County, among others, in his district, has filed to be Texas House Speaker in the next session. Two Republican la.....- 12/19/2007 9:18:55 AM
Phil King (Weatherford)'s Spread of False Information about Texas Parent PAC Corrected (salon) From a letter to the editor by Carolyn Boyle in the Weatherford DemocratIn your Tuesday edition, Mr. King stated that Texas Parent PAC started as a “teachers union.” That is simply not tru.....- 12/19/2007 8:29:28 AM
More on Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper Owned by ACM (?) which is Owned by Macquarie (salon) A little background.As I said a bit ago, Macquarie Media out of Australia owns 100 percent of American Consolidated Media, which apparently has even more recently been on a huge buying binge for local.....- 12/19/2007 2:15:57 AM
Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper to be Owned by Australia's Macquarie Media Group? (salon) Heard a rumour that the local Glen Rose Reporter newspaper, the newspaper of record, has been bought by Erath Publishers. When I heard that, I immediately remembered that the Macquarie .....- 12/19/2007 1:15:37 AM
Illinois got the FutureGen contract (salon)  Illinois beat out Texas Tuesday for a futuristic power plant aimed at burning coal without emitting global warming gases, a $1.8 billion venture expected to bring hundreds of jobs to this centra.....- 12/18/2007 1:28:37 PM
Despite Bush Administration's Attempt to Obstruct Justice, Judge Orders Hearing into CIA Tapes (salon) A federal judge has ordered a hearing on whether the Bush administration violated a court order by destroying CIA interrogation videos of two Al Qaeda suspects. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kenne.....- 12/18/2007 1:26:30 PM
Paying too much for TXU electricity? Group asks FEC to Investigate Marketing of Power (salon) Customers are paying “unjust and unreasonable rates” for electricity because wholesale markets favor large generating companies, according to a broad coalition of industrial, governmental .....- 12/18/2007 1:14:02 PM
Mark Penn's Company Lobbied Texas Lege for TXU and Coal-Fired Plants (salon) Who's Mark Penn? Oh, right, he's Hillary Clinton's smarmy stooge that I saw on Hardball the other night bring up TWICE about Obama using cocaine even as he was decrying the use of dirty politics.Burso.....- 12/18/2007 1:09:45 PM
Coal-Fired Plants in Texas- Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Asking GAO to Review Clean Air Act (salon) This is good. It seems like most of the coal-fired plants that are contemplated around here are IN OUR DISTRICT.Environmental groups and Waco-area business and city leaders have opposed several new pl.....- 12/18/2007 12:45:09 PM
As Dodd Says *Bush Is Willing to Veto FISA Legislation to Protect a Handful of Phone Companies* (salon) This is good. It seems like most of the coal-fired plants that are contemplated around here are IN OUR DISTRICT.Environmental groups and Waco-area business and city leaders have opposed several new pl.....- 12/18/2007 12:41:32 PM
Fave Political Cartoon O Day (salon) This is good. It seems like most of the coal-fired plants that are contemplated around here are IN OUR DISTRICT.Environmental groups and Waco-area business and city leaders have opposed several new pl.....- 12/18/2007 12:37:33 PM
Transcript of Mistrial Being Declared at Joelle Ogletree's Criminal Case in 2004 (salon) Before you read this, you need first to read the previous transcript pieces, particularly the testimony on Day 1 and Day 2 of Matt Brooks. You can easily see that he is getting tripped up by his incon.....- 12/18/2007 11:41:55 AM
On wearing religious symbols at Texas schools (salon) In a discussion we were having the other day about whether schools truly forbid prayer, the question came up as to whether or not schools restrict the use of wearing religious symbols. I said, in the .....- 12/18/2007 10:58:10 AM
Video of Glen Rose Elementary Kids Saying Pledge for School Board Dec 17 07 (salon) In a discussion we were having the other day about whether schools truly forbid prayer, the question came up as to whether or not schools restrict the use of wearing religious symbols. I said, in the .....- 12/18/2007 10:49:41 AM
Audio from Glen Rose Independent School Board Meeting Dec 17 2007 (salon) This was the second meeting I have ever been to, of ANY school board meeting and it was very interesting. Some of the agenda items were elementary school kids saying the pledge, recognition of the GRI.....- 12/18/2007 10:38:10 AM
Some Pics of the Somervell County Courthouse from Dec 17 2007 (salon) This was the second meeting I have ever been to, of ANY school board meeting and it was very interesting. Some of the agenda items were elementary school kids saying the pledge, recognition of the GRI.....- 12/18/2007 9:35:10 AM
Short Cuts for Dec 18, 2007-Links We Like (salon) This was the second meeting I have ever been to, of ANY school board meeting and it was very interesting. Some of the agenda items were elementary school kids saying the pledge, recognition of the GRI.....- 12/18/2007 9:02:15 AM
When a Neighbor Gets a Gas Drilling Well in Texas Less than 1/4 Mile Away from Prop Line (salon) A regular reader sent this-I took out the names-one man asking the other for advice on what to do. If anyone wants to comment for his benefit here, please do so. I need some advice. I just found .....- 12/18/2007 8:33:18 AM
I have a new respect for Senator Dodd (joe) As the day rolled on I wondered if the call I made to Senator Reid's office in DC (voice mail full) or to his Nevada office (I left him a voice mail) would do any good. It appeared my call would go do.....- 12/17/2007 9:46:43 PM
Rick Perry's Slam of Bush... and His Own Selective Memory (salon) Excellent article by Jaime Castillo pointing out the utter hypocrisy of Rick Perry's slam of Bush. For anyone not for Texas, Perry was lieutenant governor when Bush was governor-and GUESS WHICH OFFICE.....- 12/17/2007 4:57:44 PM
What? Rick Perry's Got NOTHING TO DO in the State of Texas? Like, um, GOVERN? (salon) He's off to South Carolina. Why do we even vote in people that are supposed to be working for US when instead people like Perry are off stumping for scumball Guiliani?And lest you think I'm picking on.....- 12/17/2007 4:38:01 PM
Bush's Abramoff Connection May Become Public Soon- Federal Judge Supports Release of WH Logs (salon) also, heh, Cheney's logs. You may remember that Bush has been trying to keep people from knowing about Abramoff's visits to the White House and Cheney's house. Judge says... Cough it up!Today, the cou.....- 12/17/2007 4:19:46 PM
John Cornyn Needs to be SMACKED for what he said on the floor about Warrantless Surveillance (salon) I'll update this after awhile with a clip of his remarks. I've had the teevee on most of the day listening to the arguments pro and con about the warrantless surveillance bill that is being debates. M.....- 12/17/2007 4:11:46 PM
Scrubya Dope on a Rope- IF ONLY IT WAS THIS EASY TO CLEAN UP! (salon) I'll update this after awhile with a clip of his remarks. I've had the teevee on most of the day listening to the arguments pro and con about the warrantless surveillance bill that is being debates. M.....- 12/17/2007 2:46:31 PM
If the GOV steps in for the telecoms in the lawsuits, wouldn't this put TAXPAYERS on the hook? (salon) I've been listening this morning to the FISA debate (on C-span2) and at least 2 senators have said that they want the government to step in, in place of the telecom companies in the lawsuits pending a.....- 12/17/2007 12:58:30 PM
Matt B's Testimony in Joelle Ogletree's Criminal Trial in 2004-Part 2 (Day 2) (salon) Here's the PDF of Day 2, scanned-best if you right click the link and save (save target as) to your own hard drive, especially if you have a slow link, as this has about 30-odd pages in it.Here are so.....- 12/17/2007 11:38:45 AM
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