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The 2008 Snake Race: Just reach inside the bag and pick our next president! (pstern) The Snake Oil Salesmen are selling again, but what's inside the packaging?Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Al Gore, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Newt Gingrich, to .....- 12/11/2007 4:18:16 PM
City of Glen Rose City Council Meeting Dec 10 07 (salon) Here's an MP3 (audio) file of the meeting, it starts a minute or so after the beginning; I plan to put up some video snips in the next day or so.Impressions of the meeting. Glenn Wilson wanted and was.....- 12/11/2007 1:51:57 PM
Somervell County Commissioners Court December 10, 2007 (salon) Went to the commissioner's meeting yesterday; here's audio of the meeting MP3 (will put up some video clips in the next day or so when I get time). Several interesting things-first, there was .....- 12/11/2007 11:17:49 AM
Bush, Alcohol and the Pretzel- From Vanity Fair's Editor's Letter (salon) Heh. I'm in the middle of reading my new copy of Vanity Fair for January and saw this in Graydon Carter's editor column. About Bush's latest goofupsI wouldn't want to draw conclusions as to the cause .....- 12/10/2007 3:11:35 PM
On Huckabee the *Christian* Candidate (salon) Then there's the issue of the Iowa campaign ads in which Huckabee declares he is "the Christian candidate." We're all sophisticated enough to understand that's a not-so-subtle way of saying .....- 12/9/2007 3:04:07 PM
Hmmm. Luminant formerly TXU Joins FutureGen Project (salon) Texas' largest energy provider is joining the FutureGen project. The FutureGen Alliance announced on Thursday that Luminant, formerly TXU, has become the first Texas based company to join the nat.....- 12/9/2007 2:55:10 PM
Creepy! NAIS Supposed to be Voluntary, Right? So Why Would State Give Info to USDA? (salon) This is an article from Massachusetts, not Texas. But it makes me wonder, if people HERE do voluntary NAIS registering with the state, is their information passed on to the federal government.. UNLESS.....- 12/9/2007 2:30:00 PM
WHY Did Huckabee Choose Rapist Dumond As Target for Push to Parole???? (salon) I've been wondering this ever since I read about how Huckabee put pressure on the Arkansas parole board to pardon Wayne Dumond. Here's an explanation from the LA Times via Political AnimalThree [parol.....- 12/9/2007 2:22:53 PM
Nuclear News O Day (salon) When a nuclear reactor shut down in Canada, it caused thousands of patients to not be able to take some crucial medical tests. Why? Shortage of technitium-99. My question is this, was this the ON.....- 12/9/2007 2:12:42 PM
AUDIO of Oprah and Obama from the other day in Iowa (salon) From SloggerOprah ObamaI'm not a big Oprah fan, I think she's a gasbag. I think I have watched her show one time in the last 10 years and that was the Katrina show where she went down to New Orleans. .....- 12/9/2007 1:48:15 PM
The List of Women Political Bloggers is Now over 300! (salon) From SloggerOprah ObamaI'm not a big Oprah fan, I think she's a gasbag. I think I have watched her show one time in the last 10 years and that was the Katrina show where she went down to New Orleans. .....- 12/9/2007 1:09:14 PM
Perry Lied About School Tax Relief -*Wish I Had a String on My Vote and Could Pull It Back* (salon) No idea what the tax relief is for Somervell County, but here's a couple of articles from Houston and San Antonio showing that the relief is FAR FAR BELOW what Governor Perry said when Mr. 39 percent .....- 12/9/2007 12:53:46 PM
Remember how TXU Manipulated the Energy Market-And was Supposed to be FINED????????? (salon) Background - Seems that even though TXU was CAUGHT breaking the law, and even though a hearing with Administrative Law Judges was supposed to be occurring, TXU has come up with so many filings tr.....- 12/9/2007 12:42:36 PM
Religious Tolerance-As Long as You Agree With Me-One Last on Mitt The Mormon's Speech (salon) One thing that has always puzzled me is why some who believe strongly in a particular faith think that others are trying to stop them from belief simply because others would like to have religious exe.....- 12/9/2007 12:36:20 PM
HUGE Laugh O Day from Tom Tomorrow: CEOS Form Street Gang (salon) One thing that has always puzzled me is why some who believe strongly in a particular faith think that others are trying to stop them from belief simply because others would like to have religious exe.....- 12/9/2007 10:32:28 AM
On Separation of Church and State.. and Mitt Romney The Mormon's Speech From the Other Day (salon) I wrote a few minutes ago about Romney's US Against Them speech, from the standpoint of watering down judeo-christian beliefs for the sake of uniting against secularism.Now I want to talk about the ve.....- 12/9/2007 12:09:30 PM
On Watering Down Theological Differences ....And Mitt Romney (the Mormon's) Speech The Other Day (salon) Mitt Romney's speech the other day attempted to overcome a reluctance (some might say an aversion) by some to vote for him, not because of his positions on issues, but because his faith of choice is M.....- 12/9/2007 9:26:14 AM
Quick Blog Note (2007) (salon) I updated the version of the blog software the other day-the programmer had changed the new version a bit, including the comments section, and, whenever a comment was posted, something was stripping o.....- 12/9/2007 2:17:01 AM
Final- Celina 70-Glen Rose 21 (salon) Celina running back Charley Waldrep scored six TDs, including five rushing and one receiving, to lead the Bobcats to a big victory over Glen Rose, 70-21, on Saturday in the Class 3A Division II, Regio.....- 12/9/2007 1:49:24 AM
Mike *Pardons for Rapists* Huckabee has opened a double digit lead in Iowa (salon) I totally borrowed that phrase from Slogger. Because it's so true!  Slogger quotes from Newsweek that despite Romney's *You And Me With Our Watered Down Religion Practicing Intolerance Towards th.....- 12/8/2007 12:33:38 PM
FINALLY Saw the Movie *Sicko* Last night and am disturbed (salon) We in this household are ones that wait for movies to come out on PPV. The last time I went to a movie theatre the film was grainy, had to notify the person running the screen (well, sort of, the pers.....- 12/8/2007 8:11:13 AM
Wise County (Texas) Residents Win Round Against the RRC and Gas Industry Re: Injection Well (salon) There's a link to the appeal decision doc in the story. Pic of Jim Popp at left.A group of Wise County residents has won a round against the natural gas industry and the Texas Railroad Commission.....- 12/7/2007 2:43:50 PM
Juan Cole:* Can a secular person even win the Republican nomination any more? * (salon) Extremely interesting article about Romney's speech the other day, entitled "Some Beliefs are more Equal Than Others*The unsavory aspects of this entire discourse are apparent in the op-ed of Nao.....- 12/7/2007 2:34:59 PM
Video from ABCNEWS on Huckabee and the Rapist-Interview with the Victim (salon) The rapist Huckabee pushed to get out of jail went on to rape and kill again. LINK to VIDEO from ABCNEWSAnd here's a link to an article that talk about documents that expose the fact that Huckabee is,.....- 12/7/2007 2:22:17 PM
Private Investigators Around Country Indicted for Illegally Spying on Americans (salon) Doesn't this sort of beg the question of why, when ordinary yokels like PI's are investigated AND INDICTED by the Bush administration's Justice Department, HOW COME BUSH IS NOT????????Ten private inve.....- 12/7/2007 2:09:08 PM
Huckabee to Rapist-*Dear Wayne ... My desire is that you be released from prison.* (salon) _ He understated his role in the release of a rapist, Wayne DuMond, who murdered a woman after being paroled. Huckabee blames former Arkansas Govs. Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker for making the rapis.....- 12/7/2007 2:05:11 PM
NO MORE DYNASTIES (salon) US News and World ReportThe nation has had the Adamses, the Harrisons, and the Roosevelts in the White House. We've already had 12 years of the Bush family, with the son's eight probably ranking him a.....- 12/7/2007 2:03:29 PM
Bush's Wrong Number on Speech Sent people to school in Ponder, Texas (salon) Heh.One Ponder school, the Freedom Christian Academy, became the unintended recipient of calls from homeowners seeking help from HOPE NOW, a counseling program touted early Thursday afternoon by Presi.....- 12/7/2007 1:58:57 PM
Um. Lisa Marie Presley Bloated and Her Mom's A Vampire (salon) Heh.One Ponder school, the Freedom Christian Academy, became the unintended recipient of calls from homeowners seeking help from HOPE NOW, a counseling program touted early Thursday afternoon by Presi.....- 12/7/2007 1:50:25 PM
Short Cuts for December 7, 2007 (salon) Bush Gets to Decide For Himself What is Constitutional and What Is NotCIA Covered up and then Destroyed Interrogation Tapes.  Durbin Asks Justice Department to investigate whether the CIA obstruc.....- 12/7/2007 1:54:57 PM
VIDEO of Waterboarding Captured on Tape (salon) Bush Gets to Decide For Himself What is Constitutional and What Is NotCIA Covered up and then Destroyed Interrogation Tapes.  Durbin Asks Justice Department to investigate whether the CIA obstruc.....- 12/7/2007 1:00:04 PM
So.. Troop Deaths in Iraq Are Okay Because the Soldiers Signed Up For It? (salon) Of all the really horrific things Mitch McConnell (Republican Senator from Kentucky) could have said.Nobody is happy about losing lives but remember these are not draftees, these are full-time profess.....- 12/7/2007 12:50:02 PM
Huckabee Clueless and Ignorant About NIE AND Nuclear Power! (salon) As Juan Cole of Informed Comment says, it's not just that Mike Huckabee didn't know about the NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) that said thatIran had halted weapons-related experiments in 2003; af.....- 12/7/2007 11:02:45 AM
Few Notes from the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper Week of December 6, 2007 (salon) Ran out to get the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper this morning and, on the front page is a photo of the Somervell County Water District\'s building burning! To the Ground! Happened on Saturday night.....- 12/7/2007 10:23:57 AM
Rudy Guiliani's Mistress Was getting Full Valet Taxi Service from NYPD in Early 2000 (salon) Ooops. So inconvenient when you're caught in yet ANOTHER lie. But the gist of this article from the NY Daily News  is that the excuse given for Nathan to get full taxi service (which yo.....- 12/7/2007 10:03:39 AM
Crash Victim on 144 by the Pine Grove Identified (salon) From the Hood County NewsCrash victim identified (Posted Wed 09:16 am)Garrick Hart of Walnut Springs, 34, was the man who died in a motorcycle accident Monday night at the pine grove on Highway 144. H.....- 12/7/2007 9:10:53 AM
CIA Lied to Federal Judge-Had Al Qaida Interrogation Tapes-DESTROYED THEM (salon) From the Hood County NewsCrash victim identified (Posted Wed 09:16 am)Garrick Hart of Walnut Springs, 34, was the man who died in a motorcycle accident Monday night at the pine grove on Highway 144. H.....- 12/6/2007 9:49:15 PM
Good! Pushback from Congress to Bush on his Permanent Presence in Iraq (salon) You remember that he said that Congress wasn't involved in his decision to keep troops and bases in Iraq on an *enduring* basis, because the deal he's making with Iraq isn't a *treaty* but an *agreeme.....- 12/6/2007 9:44:32 PM
Olbermann's Special Comment -Bush Deceiving the US on Iran (Video) (salon) You remember that he said that Congress wasn't involved in his decision to keep troops and bases in Iraq on an *enduring* basis, because the deal he's making with Iraq isn't a *treaty* but an *agreeme.....- 12/6/2007 9:34:11 PM
Phil King (Tx-Weatherford) To Push for Sales Tax Instead of Prop Tax to Fund Schools (salon) From the Weatherford DemocratState Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) wants a constitutional ban on the use of property taxes to fund public schools in Texas.“I am absolutely convinced that my const.....- 12/6/2007 9:37:55 PM
Sunset Commission Requests Public Input on Fixing TxDOT! (pstern) Is the Sunset Commission seriously considering changes to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) or is this merely another placebo, a sugar-coated placation going nowhere and doing nothing?Dec.....- 12/6/2007 9:02:02 PM
Senator Larry Craig Bathroom Video Joke O Day from George Clooney and Brad Pitt (salon) Is the Sunset Commission seriously considering changes to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) or is this merely another placebo, a sugar-coated placation going nowhere and doing nothing?Dec.....- 12/6/2007 8:47:05 PM
Random Thoughts About Mitt Romney After His Speech This Morning (salon) As usual, disclaimer that I vote Democrat (and sometimes think that's only because there aren't viable third parties in this country that could actually either win or not throw away my vote). But with.....- 12/6/2007 5:37:02 PM
Glen Rose Vs Celina -State Quarterfinal This Saturday (salon) Article from the Herald about Celina's team but good mentions of Glen Rose Tigers.Ford expects a Glen Rose offense that will surprise the public, and a Tiger defense that has been “shutting peop.....- 12/6/2007 2:52:23 PM
Kravis of KKR (Buyout of TXU) Made 450 Million Dollars Last Year - VIDEO -WAR ON GREED (salon) Article from the Herald about Celina's team but good mentions of Glen Rose Tigers.Ford expects a Glen Rose offense that will surprise the public, and a Tiger defense that has been “shutting peop.....- 12/6/2007 2:11:52 PM
Chet Edwards (US House District 17) Filed Monday To Run for Another House Term (salon) No Republican candidates have stepped forward to run against him.“As of now, we do not have a candidate to run against Chet Edwards,” said Dan Hunt, Johnson County Republican chairman. &ld.....- 12/6/2007 9:28:42 AM
The Creepy Man We Have as Chief Justice- John Roberts (salon) Yesterday the Supreme Court heard arguments about what rights the unfortunates in Guantanemo Bay have, specifically whether they have the right to challenge their detention in civilian courts. I think.....- 12/6/2007 9:24:34 AM
Short Cuts for Dec 6, 2007 (salon) White House Statements show that Bush lied about when he knew about the Iran NIE-what this means is that Bush KNEW Iran had no nuclear programs and yet was pushing the same fearful, tense rhetoric he .....- 12/6/2007 9:00:58 AM
Some editors don't know *Jack* about toll roads (pstern) What can you do when the media pushes for toll roads?Is information power?Apparently, special interests have bought most of the news media and/or many editors don't know "jack" or what they'.....- 12/5/2007 5:45:52 PM
Bush's Grasp of Reality is Tenuous (salon) from Juan Cole about the NIE reportWashington insiders say that Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell would certainly have been kept in the loop by the analysts producing this NIE. McConnel.....- 12/5/2007 3:55:44 PM
Is Bush LYING about what he knew about the Iran NIE.. Or is He Just Stupid? (salon) via ThinkProgress - video at link from Scarborough show. Yesterday in his press conference, President Bush asserted that Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told him “we hav.....- 12/5/2007 3:31:54 PM
TxDOT's Ongoing Irresponsibility: Double-Charging Homeowners for Road Work (pstern) More verification of TxDOT's unaccountability to the people of Texas!One year ago TxDOT's contractor resealed FM 1826 with poor quality and/or inferior "cold mix" materials. Since that time .....- 12/5/2007 10:17:37 AM
Power-players vote for tolls: We need intelligent leaders to develop rational cost-effective road revenue (pstern) Texans, we must contact our legislators to stop the pro-toll movement!Please join me in doing so:Dear Legislators:It is outrageous that the legislature is permitting the San Antonio MPO and Austin's C.....- 12/4/2007 5:42:13 PM
Bush Credibility Problem on Iran OR Why Does This Administration Keep Getting it Wrong on WMD? (salon) First a cartoon. By concluding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago, the national intelligence estimate released yesterday undermined a key element of President Bush\'s f.....- 12/4/2007 3:15:10 PM
Tom Burka: Rove Says Democrats Responsible for Entire Bush Adminstration Reign (salon) hehRove went on to blame the flawed policies of the "Democrats' Bush Treasury Department" for the decline of the dollar and the Democrats' "ridiculous love of the subprime mortgage".....- 12/4/2007 2:01:53 PM
*The Awful Truth* on Bush (salon) Dear Ted:Keep up the good (and accurate) reporting on the Prez and Laura. We D.C. natives know the truth when we read it. Loved your Turkey Day column, too, especially the shout-out to my fave actor, .....- 12/4/2007 1:57:18 PM
Bush.. Clinton.... Bush.... Clinton... The Notion of Political Dynasty (salon) From NPR- AudioSomething I didn't realize is that Clinton spends at least some part of every speech harkening back to her husband's "Good Old Days", thus resting on HIS laurels for what a nu.....- 12/4/2007 11:37:29 AM
Ugh! Hillary Clinton Says She Doesn't Want a *One Night Stand* with Iowa Voters (salon) I saw the clip of her saying this last night on Hardball."I want a long term relationship," she said. "I don't want to just have a one night stand with all of you."Um. Have you EVE.....- 12/4/2007 11:23:13 AM
John Wilder (Ex-TXU CEO) Sure Hasn't wasted any Time! (salon) John Wilder, former chief executive of Texan energy provider TXU, has rented space in a prestigious Dallas office complex and is said to be eyeing a new private equity venture focused on the energy se.....- 12/4/2007 10:42:21 AM
AUGGGHH!!! What happened to Joan Van Ark's FACE?? (salon) via Radar on UK's Daily Mail.If actress Joan Van Ark of Knots Landing fame could turn back time – it's safe to say the actress might think twice before ruining her once stunning looks with cosme.....- 12/4/2007 10:30:01 AM
Telecoms-Extensions of Our Spy Agencies? Why They Should NOT Get Immunity (salon) You'd think anyone who remembered J. Edgar Hoover's FBI and Nixon's CIA, the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 -- let alone the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution -- might be concerned a.....- 12/4/2007 10:14:40 AM
Senseless War- Letter to the Editor (salon) From the Cleburne Times Review (Written in response to this.What are you so afraid of? You have a much greater risk of being killed by a semi from one of these oil rigs while tuning your car radi.....- 12/4/2007 10:10:04 AM
Funniest Scumball Guiliani Scam-Secretly Using Funds for His Mistress (salon) so that the NY Police Department Could Walk Her Dog!The records show that - in addition to using City Hall funds to take Giuliani and Nathan to 11 secret trysts in the Hamptons, as has been previously.....- 12/4/2007 10:06:58 AM
Larry Craig SHOULD Stay on in the Senate-Nothing Wrong With Closeted Gays Serving (salon) but he needs to be excoriated if he votes against bills that deny other closeted gays the same rights he has.  (This in response to Larry Craig's comments that he intends to continue to serve out.....- 12/4/2007 9:32:30 AM
Group Wants More Global Warming Taught in Schools (salon) as part of the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) act.One would think this would be a tough sell in Texas, where Chris Comer, Science Curriculum Advisor, was just forced out of her job.A Texas science educat.....- 12/4/2007 9:16:45 AM
More on those CUSHY Texas School Superintendent Jobs (salon) Wrote about this the other day after seeing an article in the Dallas Morning News.From the Galveston Daily NewsMost area superintendents receive some type of incentive as well, including cell phone st.....- 12/4/2007 9:05:18 AM
Stegal Well #7 Being Drilled in Robertson County, Texas (salon) from a regular readerThis photo shows the Stegall #7 well being drilled in Robertson County behind the new high school just outside the town of Franklin. Earlier this year there was the Hancock #2 wel.....- 12/4/2007 8:55:20 AM
Why I write! (pstern) Here's exactly the type of thinking our government wants all of us to maintain. It is the reason I write --- to confront American stupidity before we all kill ourselves!This is a comment provided by a.....- 12/4/2007 4:33:12 AM
When Rep. Mike Krusee Retires, Let's Make Sure We Get Rid of Him For Good! (pstern) It's almost worth paying the plump retirement pension and benefits to get rid of him.The retirement of Rep. Mike "Mr. Toll Roads" Krusee is the best news for Texans since former Congressman .....- 12/3/2007 4:45:03 PM
Good! Rep Solomon Ortiz Wants to Know How Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Money spent (salon) I wondered about this, too, concerning Countrywide. How IS his slush fund being spent (and don't forget it's OUR tax dollars that fund it) Via South Texas ChismeDemocratic critics and some government .....- 12/3/2007 4:35:54 PM
Tesla Founder Unhappy at Company- That's the SEXY ELECTRIC CAR company! (salon) background. Now, today.Tesla Motors founder Martin Eberhard, or at least a person who claims to be him on an online message board, says he's not happy about being pushed out of the management tea.....- 12/3/2007 4:11:24 PM
Wah! John Snow's Cerberus Company Can't Renege on their Deal (salon) They're trying anything they possibly can to wriggle out of buying United Rentals, now that the financial markets are going south. (A little history in case you forgot).The United Rentals dispute has .....- 12/3/2007 4:01:50 PM
Short Cuts for Dec 3, 2007 (salon) What happens when a prison, with malice, prevents a prisoner from observing Jewish holidays?Lawsuit proceedsPentagon removes reprimand from file of airman who criticized the military's anthrax vaccine.....- 12/3/2007 3:55:22 PM
Um. Iran Halted Nuclear Program... in 2003.... (salon) Senior U.S. intelligence officials say Iran halted its nuclear weapons development program four years ago but is continuing to enrich uranium and may still be able to develop a weapon between 2010 and.....- 12/3/2007 2:59:20 PM
Warren Buffett Buying TXU Junk Bonds from Goldman Sachs (salon) From Forbes- Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway (nyse: BRKA - news - people ) is reportedly paying $2.1 billion to buy TXU junk bonds from Goldman Sachs (nyse: GS - news - people ). Buffett, with a fortune o.....- 12/3/2007 2:57:29 PM
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