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Bush would not be asking for immunity for the Telecoms if they HAD NOT BROKEN THE LAW (salon) If you don't make time today for anything else, call up John Cornyn, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Chet Edwards, as well as the Democratic leadership in both Congressional branches. Bush has declared that .....- 10/12/2007 8:47:49 AM
If Precinct Chairs have challengers then they can't be Election Judges for that election (Chair) Taken from the Texas Election Code:§ 32.053. INELIGIBILITY OF CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. (a) A person is ineligible to serve as an election[0] judge[0] or clerk in an election[0] if the person is a .....- 10/11/2007 4:26:21 PM
Painting False "Rosy" Pictures of Toll Roads Doesn't Help Anyone but Profiteers (pstern)  NO ONE in power has addressed the REALITY that toll roads are NOT cost-effective!!!Toll roads create long-term debt to taxpayers!!!Roads already paid for by our taxes should NOT be double-taxed with .....- 10/11/2007 3:25:51 PM
Texas Continues to Discriminate Against the Disabled (pstern)  Medigap Healthcare Plans If persons in Texas are legally Disabled and are on Medicare but haven't yet reached their 65th birthday, they cannot apply for Medicare Supplemental [known as Medigap] Healt.....- 10/10/2007 5:54:56 PM
Bush Wants To Immunize the Telecom Companies That were Helping Him Spy on Americans (salon) While I was out and about earlier today, I heard on the radio that Bush said that if he doesn't get his way with being able to let the telecom companies like AT&T off the hook and free from being .....- 10/10/2007 4:00:27 PM
Um. What's Wrong with Saying Torture is WRONG, Hillary Clinton? (2007) (salon) From the descriptions that we do know about, there is no doubt but that the Bush administration has been permitting torture, despite what Bush says. And I want the people who are running for the presi.....- 10/10/2007 3:49:40 PM
Sheesh. It's been FIVE YEARS since the House voted to authorize Bush to pursue military action against Iraq (salon) From the descriptions that we do know about, there is no doubt but that the Bush administration has been permitting torture, despite what Bush says. And I want the people who are running for the presi.....- 10/10/2007 3:24:47 PM
TxDot- Broke But They Can Pay a Marketing Firm Almost $800,000 To Camera Record Your LIcence Plate (salon) I wrote about TxDOT paying a firm to camera record you driving down I-35 SO THEY CAN SEND YOU A MARKETING SURVEY. Today the FW Star-Telegram has more on it.Statewide, surveys have been mailed to 150,0.....- 10/10/2007 3:21:45 PM
Why not call a toll what it is.... an endless tax (pstern) Apparently, the Statesman knows best ---- again!  So, according to the Editorial Board of the Austin American-Statesman, "Might Makes Right"?  (see article below) NO ONE in power has address.....- 10/10/2007 10:35:26 AM
Republican Sex Scandals & Credibility-Why This Blog Will Continue To Call It Out (salon) One of the regular readers of this opinion blog commented earlier today on the entry concerning another Republican in Louisiana that was found, like Senator Larry Craig, to have been soliciting sex in.....- 10/10/2007 3:06:16 PM
Another Republican Does the Bathroom Soliciting Sex Thing-And Best Joke O Day (salon) What happens when a toe-tappin' Republican from Louisianna gets caught doing the SAME DANG THING that Larry Craig did? And he did it TWICE. (Hint: He's not running for the Senate in Louisianna anymore.....- 10/9/2007 6:45:42 PM
CRADDICK APPOINTS ISETT AND HARPER-BROWN TO SUNSET COMMISSION (pstern) Instead of adding more deadwood to a dead tree, legislators should consider this instead.The Sunset Commission is a waste of taxpayer dollars! Get rid of the Sunset Commission.  It has outlived its us.....- 10/9/2007 5:33:32 PM
CAMPO and Special Interests Win the Toll Vote Battle, but Not the Toll War! (pstern) Toll Trolls Win CAMPO Vote BattleThe toll trolls may have won the vote battle last night on tolling various roadways, including roads already paid for, but they have NOT won the Toll Wars.Tolls are me.....- 10/9/2007 5:18:28 PM
I Spoke Too Soon-House Democrats DO Want to Give the Telecom Companies Immunity for BREAKING THE LAW (salon) I wrote about the RESTORE bill (read: Swill) that the Democrats are going to push through, which tramples the constitution (unless you think it's okay to not have to get warrants for individuals on pr.....- 10/9/2007 4:00:04 PM
I'll Bet *Church Porn Night* Would Bring Even MORE Teens In to Church (salon) Sheesh. Proof that churches don't have a religious exception for being stupid. Because when you have *Halo* nights to bring teens in to play a violent game that kills people because,after all, they'll.....- 10/9/2007 3:44:50 PM
Texas Taxpayers Corporate Welfare Gift to Countrywide- 20 MILLION DOLLARS (salon) How badly does a state want to get a company? And how much are they willing to have taxpayers pay in WELFARE IN ADVANCE to do it? Just ask Governor Perry. And then ask why Countrywide Financing, which.....- 10/9/2007 3:31:53 PM
What if you don't own mineral rights but a big O&G (like Chesapeake) wants to drill in your urban area? (salon) The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently started up a blog just for Barnett Shale issues, and one of the newest entries has a link to a site that analyzes an ad targeted at those who don't have mineral r.....- 10/9/2007 3:25:03 PM
And one More Larry Craig joke- SNL Video Snip (salon) The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently started up a blog just for Barnett Shale issues, and one of the newest entries has a link to a site that analyzes an ad targeted at those who don't have mineral r.....- 10/9/2007 2:44:32 PM
Human Urine-Not Just Good for Fertilizer But Keeps Away the Deer Too (salon) Boy, what you learn. Last week I was griping about men who don't wash their hands after using the toilet (and Joe picked up on that to make a joke about shaking Larry Craig's hand in particular-heh). .....- 10/9/2007 2:41:52 PM
Don't Be Silent-Speak Out Against the Iraq War (salon) Boy, what you learn. Last week I was griping about men who don't wash their hands after using the toilet (and Joe picked up on that to make a joke about shaking Larry Craig's hand in particular-heh). .....- 10/9/2007 2:33:13 PM
Larry Craig Snark O Day- From The Awful Truth-heh (salon) Dear Ted:You are so right when you talk about the hypocrisy of the mainstream press. I was way outside the mainstream but still part of the "press" in D.C. in the 1980s, and everyone knew ab.....- 10/9/2007 2:23:30 PM
The Genocide Commemorated by Columbus Day (Patrick Barkman of Cleburne, Texas) (salon) It took until I was an adult to realize what had happened to the Indians in this country, and to quit polishing the shiny hat of Manifest Destiny that displaced, stole land, and killed other human bei.....- 10/9/2007 10:41:51 AM
Fred Thompson-The Dumb as H** President. Cand... But He's Friendly-Endorsement by Richard Nixon (salon) Heh. No wonder the Bush administration wants to keep everything a secret. After all, here are the Nixon tapes from 30 years ago showing that Nixon thought Thompson was dumb. Here's my question because.....- 10/9/2007 10:21:49 AM
Torture CoverUp O Day-Supreme Court Won't Hear El-Masri Appeal (salon) Who's he? A German citizen who claimed he was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA lost his appeal on Tuesday when the Supreme Court refused to review a decision dismissing the case because i.....- 10/9/2007 9:59:23 AM
Scarborough Smacked Back About Blackwater OR The Blame Iraqis Baloney (salon) Who's he? A German citizen who claimed he was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA lost his appeal on Tuesday when the Supreme Court refused to review a decision dismissing the case because i.....- 10/8/2007 2:24:57 PM
Some Interesting Stone And/Or Entrance Pics in Somervell County (salon) Who's he? A German citizen who claimed he was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA lost his appeal on Tuesday when the Supreme Court refused to review a decision dismissing the case because i.....- 10/8/2007 2:14:30 PM
Assassination Through Radioactive Materials? Al Qaeda? No... The United States.. in 1948 (salon) Geez. Who are the terrorists?.In one of the longest-held secrets of the Cold War, the U.S. Army explored the potential for using radioactive poisons to assassinate "important individuals" su.....- 10/8/2007 1:47:39 PM
Iraq Leaders Say National Reconciliation is Unattainable-Will THAT Make Chet Edwards Change His Mind? (salon) From the WaPostFor much of this year, the U.S. military strategy in Iraq has sought to reduce violence so that politicians could bring about national reconciliation, but several top Iraqi leaders say .....- 10/8/2007 12:57:23 PM
Is Blackwater a *Clandestine Asset* Whose Prosecution Would Implicate the Intelligence Community? (salon) I read Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill recently and on p 48 he talks about Blackwater's involvement with CIA contacts. One man said Prince was "playing CIA paramilitary" and that, although not .....- 10/8/2007 12:52:07 PM
Iraqi Shiites Don't Like the United States Creating More Sectarian Violence by Recruiting Sunnis (salon) The US, as we have noted here previously, has been meddling in the politics of Iraq, by funding, for example, Sunni groups, and arming them with weapons. Seems the Shiites have had quite enough of tha.....- 10/8/2007 1:05:12 PM
Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) On Why He Didn't Vote With the Democrats Re: Iraq Conflict (salon) From a letter dated Sept 24, 2007 with my own comments interspersed.When I voted in 2003 to authorize the use of American military force in Iraq, I did so with the intent of protecting our nation from.....- 10/8/2007 12:37:16 PM
So, Why Aren't There Enough Tax Dollars... Really? (pstern) So, "Is there is, or is there ain't" enough tax dollars?  Texas taxpayers are told the same old, same old story by the governor, legislators and various state agencies --- that there isn't e.....- 10/8/2007 11:01:13 AM
Act NOW-The Last Day to Request a Public Meeting re: TXU's Hazardous Waste Radioactive Material (salon) at TXU's Comanche Peak is Monday, October 15. Incidentally, I learned more about the TCEQ process this morning. I called to ask why TXU had called me to ask about a private tour of the radioactive was.....- 10/8/2007 11:05:08 AM
Bush the Coward, Having Vetoed SCHIP, Sends Out Surrogate Leavitt To Beg for Compromise (salon) Fascinating to see how politics works sometimes. Bush has ever been the one to have others do his fighting for him when he wants to hide his involvement, and the SCHIP veto is one of those occasions. .....- 10/8/2007 9:31:11 AM
Stifling Dissent- The Other Side of Unconditional Support of the US for Israeli Policies (salon) Why is Israel's increasingly brutal 40-year occupation of Palestinian land regularly debated in the mainstream media abroad, including in Israel, but not here? And why is there an almost total lack of.....- 10/8/2007 9:20:34 AM
Heh! Since the RNC is Going to Be in Minneapolis and Larry *I'm a Perv* Craig Will Be There (salon) Why is Israel's increasingly brutal 40-year occupation of Palestinian land regularly debated in the mainstream media abroad, including in Israel, but not here? And why is there an almost total lack of.....- 10/8/2007 9:12:11 AM
TxDOT-Recording You Driving Via Camera So They Can Send You a Marketing Survey (salon) So there you were, driving down I-35. Little did you know that a camera was tracking your movements (was it the Yellow Nazi-Cams? Hey, is THAT what those are really for?), ready to randomly select you.....- 10/8/2007 9:10:36 AM
The Jokes Just Tap Themselves Out-Larry Craig To Be Inducted in Idaho Hall of Fame (salon) Heh. He's already in the Republican Hall of Shame for his pervy behaviour, and every day brings another snarky joke about his hands or feet. Would it REALLY make a difference if the committee that dec.....- 10/8/2007 1:14:10 AM
CAMPO Votes Again: "Beating a Dead Toll Horse" (pstern)  It's time again to play..... "Vote for that Toll Road"!!! Monday evening October 8th there will be a vote for or against the latest toll road plan.  THE CAMPO TOLL ROAD VOTE!Monday October .....- 10/7/2007 9:43:44 PM
Bush's Secret-Secret CIA Prisons and the El Masri Case-Will the Supreme Court Take It on? (salon) Shame on President Bush for okaying secret prisons overseas. Yes, he admitted a year or so ago that the United States was operating these *black* prisons but we thought he had stopped kidnapping/spiri.....- 10/7/2007 5:02:26 PM
Blackwater at Fault in Inquiry-Iraq to Take Legal Steps Against Soldiers of Fortune (salon) Iraq says it plans to take legal steps against security guards from the US firm Blackwater who "deliberately killed" 17 Iraqis in last month's shooting incident in Baghdad. Ali al-Dabbagh, a.....- 10/7/2007 4:39:38 PM
Here's Absurd- State Department To Send Guards to Guard Convoys That Are Guarded by Blackwater (salon) From an article in which the Iraqi government's decision to sue Blackwater was discussed. Not really talking so much about there as this last comment, which is RIDIC.The state department also plans to.....- 10/7/2007 4:36:50 PM
Would YOU Want a Big Ole Separating Wall in YOUR Neighborhood. Why Some Iraqi Clashes Happen. (salon) - Clashes erupted between Mahdi Army militiamen and Iraqi army in Al Washash area, Iraqi police said. The clashes started on the background of building a separating wall in the area. Two people were i.....- 10/7/2007 4:27:15 PM
Hah! Matthews Says Bush Administration has been caught up in their own criminality (salon) I like watching Hardball, although, truthfully, I record it first and then skip past a lot of the crap, including the daily endless discussions of the Horse Race That Pretends to Be Democracy. (I also.....- 10/7/2007 4:25:06 PM
Remember Gay Prostitute Who Had Sex with Ted Haggard? Says Larry Craig Visited Him in Denver (salon) Larry Craig-Was He a Naughty Boy? The Gift That Keeps On Giving and Doesn't Stall Out for Laughs. The gay escort whose allegations forced the resignation of nationally renowned evangelist Ted Haggard .....- 10/7/2007 4:09:48 PM
McBlogger on Sharon Keller, Who Refused to Hear a Death Penalty Appeal Case Because it was 5 O'Clock (salon) bwahahahahahahah. Now that I've laughed at McB's take on this, Shame on Sharon Keller. As McBlogger said.Oh, hell, there are any number of excuses we can think up to cover for Sharon. However, none of.....- 10/7/2007 3:41:26 PM
Tomgram on Biden's Resolution to Split Iraq into Thirds (salon) As I said the other day, either Iraq is sovereign or Bush needs to quit talking about democracy when Congress in THIS country can pass resolutions to say what should happen to Iraq. More from Tomgram......- 10/7/2007 3:34:49 PM
*Executive Activist* Bush Quietly Revamps H-2A Visas-Isn't that CONGRESS JOB? (salon) Okay. So Congress still hasn't passed a good immigration bill. But what right does that give the executive branch to alter the visa rules? Yes, the executive branch can *enforce* the regulations, but .....- 10/7/2007 3:29:44 PM
Speaking of US Military Occupations- Afghanistan Base in Bagram Expanded for Record Number of Troops (salon) (Boy, isn't that a terrific way for a child to grow up? Seeing military at checkpoints around their homes?)I don't know why the United States citizenry doesn't question why we continue to occupy Afgha.....- 10/7/2007 3:06:46 PM
Did Cheney Consider Asking Israel to Attack Iran? Yuppers (salon) Before we quote this article, we've long believed in this house that not only was this considered but it happened. From the Midland Reporter-Telegram"Newsweek" reports that two unidentified .....- 10/7/2007 2:58:29 PM
Um. Why Do We Have to Opt Out of the Do Not Call List AGAIN?????? And What About Political CRapola? (salon) The Consumerist has a blurb about the Do Not Call registrations and Congress seeking to keep them from ever expiring. I'd like to add to this, and will tell all congresspersons so, that I would also l.....- 10/7/2007 2:52:54 PM
US Air Strikes in Iraq Kill More Civilians-Do we Violate ALL the Geneva Conventions? (salon) An Iraqi woman shouts "Don't shoot!" as US soldiers detain her son and husband (L) south of Baquba.Or just, noticeably, those that have to do with torture? At least it looks like, in this ca.....- 10/7/2007 2:40:59 PM
John Edwards This Morning Said He Would Leave Troops In Iraq to Guard the Embassy (salon) which, as per article referenced here earlier, is a hugely expensive boondoggle where even minor building pieces aren't inspected. So I want to question the whole premise of what John Edwards said thi.....- 10/7/2007 2:27:50 PM
You and Me Peeping Toms? Convicted! AT&T- Senate Dems Want To Give Them Immunity From Prosecution (salon) Another episode of There's a Different Standard for Corporations and Congress Than There Is For Citizens. In the article about the Democrats crafting a new surveillance law that allows *umbrella warra.....- 10/7/2007 2:00:32 PM
Arrggh! What is it about the 4th Amendment that Democrats Do Not Get? On *Umbrella Warrants* (salon) I already know that Chet Edwards (Us House Dist 17) said, basically, that if it came down to security versus the constitution, security would win out. So what's the point of even HAVING a constitution.....- 10/7/2007 1:47:01 PM
The $592 BILLION Dollar Iraq Embassy-WhatCha Getting For All Of YOUR Taxpayer Moolah? (salon) Well. Sprinker systems that don't work, electrical wiring that is substandard (and was never even INSPECTED to see if it was the good stuff-you know, the stuff we are paying all that dough for), the w.....- 10/7/2007 9:45:05 AM
Bush-We Get To Ignore the International Court of Justice-Except When We Want to Pay Attention (salon) In general, I don't have a quibble about whether the UN's International Court of Justice should be able to trump our own US Supreme Court decisions, but the point of treaties with other countries is t.....- 10/7/2007 9:32:13 AM
Why is TXU Instead of TCEQ Calling Me About Public Meeting on Hazardous Radioactive Material? (salon) The Glen Rose Reporter newspaper had, last month, a notice from TCEQ in which interested citizens could request a *public meeting* about TXU's request for renewal on hazardous waste radioactive materi.....- 10/7/2007 6:42:24 AM
Ray Perryman Does His PR Thing-This Time about Nuclear Energy in Texas (salon) The key paragraph in what appears on its face to be a neutral article about NRG's application (NOT!)  to build a nuclear power plant near Bay City is this.The application, of course, is certainly not .....- 10/6/2007 5:40:58 PM
If you Think Torture Is Justified in WOT, At Least CALL It Torture (salon) Why does this country still have to debate whether we torture people or not? Because we do, because the Bush administration was hiding the fact that they continue to do so after they supposedly stoppe.....- 10/6/2007 5:33:52 PM
Austin Statesman Apparently Maintains a Pro-Toll Agenda (pstern)  Despite Majority Public Opinion Against Tolls Austin Statesman Newspaper Editors appear to  Push Tolls On the Sly One of the ways the Statesman seems to push toll roads is to print mostly pro-toll le.....- 10/6/2007 11:01:55 AM
On Monday Oct. 8th Despite Public Resistance CAMPO Will Vote for More Toll Roads in Central Texas! (pstern) ATTEND THIS HISTORIC CAMPO TOLL ROAD VOTE! It is CRUCIAL that we go to this important CAMPO toll road vote MONDAY! "Take-On Traffic" pro-toll road profiteers are coming in force, so we, the .....- 10/5/2007 4:24:06 PM
Anyone want to start guessing dates Bush will bomb Iran? (joe) I'm thinking around 9/11/08...any other dates come to mind that would help them? It's right before the election and doesn't give anyone time to fix it when they take office because all hell will break.....- 10/5/2007 1:05:04 PM
Precinct Chair filing has started (Chair) A reminder to all those interested in running for Precinct Chair, you can start filing as of 10/4/07 (yesterday). If you wonder what a Precinct Chair does, you can read up on it here and/or see below:.....- 10/5/2007 2:11:34 AM
If you ran into Senator Larry Craig, would you shake his hand? (joe) With recent statistics out showing a majority of men do not wash their hands before leaving the restroom, do you think Senator Larry Craig does? Do you think he washes them good enough for you to want.....- 10/5/2007 1:07:07 AM
20.2% of Texas children lack health coverage - the highest rate in the nation (pstern) It bears repeating....20.2% of Texas children lack health coverage - the highest rate in the nation Even for Texas-style politics, this is unconscionable.20.2% of Texas children lack health coverage -.....- 10/4/2007 10:10:23 PM
GOP Celebrates Larry *The Perv* Craig's Wide Stance With their 2008 GOP Convention Logo (salon) Too funny. Notice the wide stance.I'm betting the GOP realizes this is a really, really bad logo and ditches it, especially after hearing about Craig "Yeah, I pled Guilty, so What? I get to stay .....- 10/4/2007 5:48:14 PM
Larry Craig will continue to tap his foot in the restrooms of the Senate (joe) It appears even though his guilty plea withdrawl was denied, he is going to keep working in the Senate restrooms to get him some quickie sex. This shows the true Republican spirit...ignore what is rig.....- 10/4/2007 4:49:34 PM
John Cornyn-Against Free Speech and the First Amendment-The Free Speech Muzzling (salon) I do not agree with those who want to muzzle free speech when they don't agree with what the opposing side (or sides) are saying, and especially not Congress trying to do it. That's one reason why Ric.....- 10/4/2007 12:33:49 PM
I RESENT Hillary Clinton Trying to be the Inevitable Nominee-WHEN IT'S ONLY OCTOBER! (salon) All right. I don't want Clinton as president, so I'm hardly unbiased, but more generally, I deeply resent turning on shows such as Hardball or Countdown and hearing dang polls that all but sho.....- 10/4/2007 11:14:45 AM
What is the story with the top Verizon execs cashing in their stock? (joe) First we have the VP and CFO cashing out 15,000 shares and then we have the President and COO selling 187,325 shares. Stories below but it makes you wonder...---NEW YORK (AP) - The executive vice pres.....- 10/4/2007 11:17:21 AM
I Like John Edwards More and More-Saw Him on Countdown Last Night re: Blackwater (salon) He said he would get Blackwater out of Iraq (don't remember if he said they'd quit being used by the military, period) and replace their duties with the military over there now. He also said that Hill.....- 10/4/2007 10:25:15 AM
VoteVet.Org's Video Answer to Rush Limbaugh's *Phony Soldier* Comment (salon) He said he would get Blackwater out of Iraq (don't remember if he said they'd quit being used by the military, period) and replace their duties with the military over there now. He also said that Hill.....- 10/4/2007 9:48:41 AM
The latest poop on killing horses (pstern) I sincerely hope that pro-slaughterhouse lobbyist and former state legislator Charlie Stenholm dies the same way he believes that horses are humanely killed. We now need a law in Texas that prohibits .....- 10/3/2007 10:19:21 PM
My letter to Travis DA Ronnie Earle to Investigate Sen. Kirk Watson and his many "conflicts of interest" (pstern) Texans, please join me in seeing that the "scales of justice" stay in balance. Contact DA Ronnie Earle at:     ronnie@RonnieEarle.com ------- Dear Office of DA Ronnie Earle: Please accept th.....- 10/3/2007 7:43:40 PM
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