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Federal Authorities to Review Child Boot Camp Death-It appears to be a racist issue (salon) I couldn't believe it when I read the other day that a jury acquitted the adult at a boot camp who had KILLED a teenager. But what I didn't know until today is that the jury was an ALL WHITE jury and .....- 10/15/2007 12:53:47 PM
Huh. Morning-After Pills TERMINATE Or PREVENT Pregnancy- Lawsuit Questioned and Dismissed (salon) Couple of interesting things in this law discussion-one, whether a morning after pill that prevents *implantation* from taking place ought to be considered on the same scale as abortion, and second, w.....- 10/15/2007 12:49:28 PM
Cartoon: Iraq War is Nightmare with no end (salon) - 10/15/2007 12:36:18 PM
How To Get Them Corpse Bones? Medtronic Sells Heart Defibrillators with Faulty Wiring (salon) Sometimes I Just See Connections. The other day I wrote about this man in Weatherford, Texas, who found out that the replacement bone in his neck came from a body parts shop that had STOLEN IT FROM A .....- 10/15/2007 12:30:57 PM
Heh! Walmart's Version of a Monster Truck Rally Starring Pepsi and Coke! (salon) From the Consumerist.Police say that two soft drink workers, one representing Pepsi (David Paulina, 42) and one representing Coca-Cola (Robert Koscho, 48) "tried to run each other over with palle.....- 10/15/2007 12:22:11 PM
Blackwater's Erik Prince Tells Us How to Fix the Situation With Soldiers Of Fortune (salon) - 10/15/2007 12:17:53 PM
Where Are the Women Bloggers That Comment on Politics? Here's a List (salon) From Informed Voters.I remember a while back reading on Huffington Post where one of the founders of the Blogher site was upset because Blogher, which was holding a convention at the same time as the .....- 10/15/2007 11:52:43 AM
Dinosaur skeleton found in Argentina could be a new species (joe) RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- The skeleton of what could be a new dinosaur species - a giant, Patagonian plant-eater - has been uncovered in Argentina. At more than 105 feet, it is among the largest .....- 10/15/2007 11:32:03 AM
The Reality of Proposed Constitutional Amendments (pstern) Who is this really good for? During the past several years it's not unusual for legislators to put together various proposed constitutional amendments for an annual election.  The public is made to be.....- 10/14/2007 1:32:27 PM
Rick Noriega fans, tell us why you support him (joe) I heard someone talk about why he supports Rick Noriega for Senate and I was very intent on finding out some stuff about Noriega that I didn't know before. The only things mentioned were his military .....- 10/14/2007 1:15:52 PM
Can the President Go to Any Private Company, Have Them Break the Law, and then get Immunity for breaking the law? (salon) Have we become a nation of law-breakers, from the very top? Why is it that the President, who is supposed to faithfully execute the law, not only broke the law but wants his buddies who broke it with .....- 10/14/2007 1:12:47 PM
Why 911 changed nothing (joe) Have you heard someone say that '911 changed everything'? The president keeps saying it but is it really true? According to recently found information, we now know that President Bush was asking Qwest.....- 10/14/2007 12:00:33 PM
Republican GOP Chairman Busted for Fondling Young Boy (salon) via Uppity Wisconsin (Guess it's time to update my Republican Family Values page because of the hypocrisy of a party that claims to be morally above others involved in perversion.)The chairman of the .....- 10/14/2007 10:48:21 AM
Toll Road "Rainbows" (pstern) Painting False "Rosy" Pictures of Toll Roads Doesn't Help Anyone but Profiteers NO ONE in power has addressed the REALITY that toll roads are NOT cost-effective!!! Toll roads create long-ter.....- 10/13/2007 4:37:42 PM
Congressional Resolutions on Genocide-Better to Have Private Historians Call Out Countries? (salon) I was just out in the truck listening to NPR and, on BBC World News, a couple of historians made what I thought were some interesting points about whether it is appropriate for countries that have no .....- 10/13/2007 4:43:08 PM
Pelosi Sneers at Anti-War *Advocates* When They Invade Space in Front of Her Mansion (salon) Sigh. I had such high hopes for Pelosi until she said that impeachment of Bush was off the table.... before the elections had even taken place. Over time I have come to respect her less and less, and .....- 10/13/2007 4:35:16 PM
Iraqis Decry Airstrikes That Killed Children- *Where Can Anyone Be Safe From Bush's Democracy?* (salon) I believe airstrikes are not only cowardly actions on the part of any country but also violate Geneva conventions. And, it seems, the Iraqis are not happy with being attacked from the air. Why are we .....- 10/13/2007 3:29:18 PM
Bush Tried to Spy on Americans With Telecoms BEFORE 9/11- I Say again, BEFORE September 11th (salon) Saw this in the article yesterday about Qwest Communications and wrote about that paragraph that showed NSA wanted to get access to phone records BEFORE 9/11. Today the Washington Post picks it up.A f.....- 10/13/2007 2:36:20 PM
The Fox Women-Guess Which One Voted for Gore (salon) - 10/13/2007 9:27:55 AM
Alberto *I Condone Torture* Gonzales Has Lawyered up so He must EXPECT Congress to Continue to Investigate Him (salon) Also, the man committed perjury. Will Congress continue to investigate him? Frankly, no matter what, I'm glad he's gone.Woe to the company that hires him after this, though.The top concern for Gonzale.....- 10/13/2007 9:08:59 AM
Those Missing White House Emails that Bush Was Supposed to Keep? And Didn't? CREW Files Restraining Order (salon) CREW is suing the Executive Office of the President (yes, President Bush) over missing White House e-mails. CREW is challenging the White House's failure to preserve and restore millions of emai.....- 10/13/2007 9:06:31 AM
Heh! *If There ARe That Many Terrorists in the US, We'll All Be Dead* (salon) - 10/13/2007 9:02:37 AM
Is Crop-Dusting A Fading Occupation? Ask John Seay of Glen Rose, Texas (salon) Interesting article about crop-dusting.John Seay, 67, hails from Glen Rose but flies for Gerik. His craft of choice is a Grumman Ag Cat, built in 1975. It is a biplane powered by a Pratt & Whitney.....- 10/13/2007 8:49:23 AM
Reverting to Complete Geek, I like this joke (salon) - 10/13/2007 8:41:56 AM
Boot Camp for Children Includes Beatings and Kickings-Man Kills Child ... and is ACQUITTED (salon) What's wrong with Florida? I have to hope that it's only some people in that state who would have returned a verdict acquitting a man who killed a youth. Did the youth camp adults get trained at Abu G.....- 10/13/2007 8:33:28 AM
Republicans (and Chet Edwards) Come Out to Blast Turkey Genocide Resolution (salon) When is genocide NOT genocide? When the Bush administration says it isn't because it wants to keep a military base in Turkey. Just more hypocrisy on the part of the Bush administration, whose cries ab.....- 10/13/2007 8:29:01 AM
Paloma and Chesapeake Gas Try to Game the System in Fort Worth, Texas Neighborhoods (salon) "If we can't control the meeting, we don't want to be there"What happens when O&G tries to bypass neighborhood associations and prevent people from hearing other sides of whether Gas Dri.....- 10/13/2007 8:16:06 AM
Horse Slaughter-Presented as Humane With No Suffering? Deleon, Texas Resident Speaks Out (salon) Brandy Whitefield watched undercover footage of a mare killed in a Kaufman County slaughterhouse that forever changed her view of killing horses for human consumption.She said a mare was stunned with .....- 10/13/2007 8:08:37 AM
More Political Cartoons We Like (salon) - 10/13/2007 8:05:29 AM
Political Cartoons We Like-Larry *I Am Not Gay* Craig Style (salon) - 10/13/2007 7:52:33 AM
"Politicians oversold property tax cuts say panelists" (pstern) Forget the Calvary, Just Send In the Clowns I wrote about this last year.  It was at the time the governor, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Speaker Craddick and others were "smacking each other on the back&qu.....- 10/12/2007 7:54:18 PM
Marriage Counselor Convicted of Murder-How Ironic (Arlington, Texas) (salon) Licensed marriage counselor Lester Winningham was convicted of murder Friday in the shooting death of his ex-fiance, Deborah Houchin.After he shot her, in 2005, he drove up all the way to Muenster to .....- 10/12/2007 3:22:57 PM
TXU's Wilder-Tackling His *Life List*- With Another $270 MILLION Dollars (salon) So I guess he wasn't really living before he got all that extra moolah from being part of the TXU sellout and NOW he can really live it up. Naturally, this article has all his aw-shucks, I'm just a re.....- 10/12/2007 3:14:01 PM
Dan Bartlett Snarks ON Republican Candidates-Says Huckabee's Name Isn't Presidential (salon) Okay. I don't vote Republican, won't. But can you imagine dissing someone running for president because of his NAME????? Huckabee won Bartlett's greatest enthusiasm for being "the most articulate.....- 10/12/2007 2:59:24 PM
Natural Gas Production in the Barnett Shale (Texas) Exceeds 3 Trillion Cubic Feet (salon) - 10/12/2007 1:46:52 PM
How Unpopular is Bush? Republicans In Debate Don't Mention Him... Even Once! (salon) From Salon.Number of times Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee and Duncan Hunter uttered the word "Bush" during Tuesday night's two-hour debate in Michigan:.....- 10/12/2007 1:32:46 PM
Feral Hogs Flourishing This Year in Texas (salon) May have to make a Hogcatraz cage! Thanks to an exceptionally wet year wild hogs are flourishing. Erath County Trapper Ronald Rhoades said more piglets per litter have survived this year due t.....- 10/12/2007 1:14:50 PM
US Kills More Civilians In Iraq AirStrike-Uses that Tired *The Terrorists Made Us Do it* excuse (salon) I was out and about a bit ago and heard something about this airstrike on NPR. The commentator pointed out that the military rules of engagement require protections for civilians.  Have written before.....- 10/12/2007 12:55:35 PM
Subprime Mortgage Foreclosures DOUBLED in September-Not Just the Poor AND We're Only at the Beginning of the Meltdown. (salon) Saw this article in the Wall Street Journal today.As America's mortgage markets began unraveling this year, economists seeking explanations pointed to "subprime" mortgages issued to low-inco.....- 10/12/2007 12:38:27 PM
I have Muslim and Christian friends, do I have to choose? (joe) I have seen certain groups going nuts this morning trying to tie Al Gore to some Muslim folks and it got me to thinking...I have Muslim friends, do they think I am a terrorist? There are lots of relig.....- 10/12/2007 12:16:37 PM
Texas Railroad Commission (RRC and Public Interest Issues) (salon) From Bill GordonFYI, For years the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has defined “public interest” concerning oil and gas issues – not the public (the citizens of Texas). The Barnett Shale natural ga.....- 10/12/2007 10:33:54 AM
Hillary Clinton flip-flops on talking with Iran (joe) In a previous debate in July Hillary Clinton called Barack Obama's thoughts on talking with Iran 'irresponsible and naive'. But Thursday when a voter asked her about it, she twice said that she, too, .....- 10/12/2007 10:31:11 AM
Few Notes from the Glen Rose Reporter for Week of Oct 11, 2007 (salon) Must have been the week for some particularly smarmy crime. Some of the ones that caught my eye; more in the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper.Seems that Rodney Page had *improper sexual activity* with som.....- 10/12/2007 10:16:50 AM
You Refuse to Break Into That Warehouse with your Pals-The Government Punishes You-Qwest (salon) Geez. As we've noted this morning, Bush wants Congress to grant immunity to the telecom companies such as AT&T (who are being SUED for breaking the law) so that, uh, they won't be sued EVEN THOUGH.....- 10/12/2007 9:09:16 AM
Blanket (Umbrella) Warrants are STILL part of the House Democrat's Surveillance Bill (salon) I saw the term umbrella in the WaPost last week and I like the term because it shows exactly what we're talking about. The House, for all their noise about this bill about the Restore act (what a joke.....- 10/12/2007 9:02:13 AM
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 10/8/2007 2:24:57 PM
Some Interesting Stone And/Or Entrance Pics in Somervell County (salon) - 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
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