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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) - 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) - 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
NAIS is Troubling- Incestuous and Profitable for Special Interests (salon) Letter to the Editor in High Plains JournalI find it troubling that the states are pushing through NAIS without considering the "other side" of the story (that not promulgated by the governm.....- 10/3/2007 12:53:35 PM
Nuclear-Waste Eating Bacteria- A Future Possible Answer for the Radioactivity Issues of Nuclear Energy (salon)  The creation of quantities of long-lived radioactive waste is the most formidable problem facing the nuclear power industry today. Now a team at the University of Pretoria (UP) is working on a soluti.....- 10/3/2007 12:32:07 PM
Those Terrorist Chili Peppers- The Latest Threat To Our Security (salon) - 10/3/2007 12:28:30 PM
Port Arthur, Texas, Citizens Protest Shipment of Nerve Agent Waste (salon) Wrote about this before-how charming that OTHER STATES can take their NERVE AGENT WASTE and ship it to Texas for incineration. What is it about Texas that makes this country think it's the dumping gro.....- 10/3/2007 10:21:33 AM
Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Rules for Huckabay (Erath Co) Texas in N Barba Disposal Well Case (salon) - 10/3/2007 10:16:46 AM
Wow! Civil Disobedience on Building the Border Fence- Some Texas Border Officials Denying Access to THEIR land (salon) woo-hoo! THIS is what all the people in the path of the Trans-Texas Corridor ought to do too. Government want to come in and just TAKE your land for a boondoggle? Don't give them the right to do it by.....- 10/3/2007 10:09:53 AM
Fence Won't Protect Texas- But Guess What! We're Taking Your Land and Building it ANYWAY! (salon) Imagine that, on YOUR block, the city council came over and said that, worried about crime from the next town over, they decided that YOUR property was the very place to build a big ole fence to keep .....- 10/3/2007 10:02:20 AM
Democrats Still Weak and Useless! (pstern) While both houses of the U.S. Congress have slight Democrat majorities, they are not sufficient to change the Bush administration's foreign and domestic policies --- even if the Democratic Party wante.....- 10/3/2007 9:13:04 AM
Oops! Texas State Dinosaur, based on bones found in Glen Rose, Ought to be a Paluxysaurus (salon) paluxysaurus which stands to reason since everyone here in Somervell County knows the bones were found in the Paluxy River. BUT the bones had been misidentified as pleurocoelus.Now the Texas State Leg.....- 10/3/2007 8:04:59 AM
Bush Smackdown by Federal Appeals Court re: Presidential Records of Past Presidents (salon) Remember how Bush made an executive order in direct contradiction of the Presidential Records Act to keep the records of Daddy Bush, Clinton, etc from the public? Heck, even SMU, which will no doubt g.....- 10/3/2007 1:03:29 AM
Digital Angel *We Chip Humans* Gets Order from USDA for NAIS RFID Chips (salon) So, you and I, as taxpayers are paying for the USDA to use these chips. Reminder that the NAIS (National Animal Identification System) is VOLUNTARY. You do Not have to join NAIS. And, in fact, if you .....- 10/2/2007 5:01:11 PM
Fighting NAIS Tooth and Nail-Letter to Editor From Paris, Texas (salon) Would signing up for NAIS make the *stakeholder* into nothing more than a sharecropper?Why did the USDA claim we need NAIS to monitor bovine spongiform encephalopathy, yet when Creekstone Beef wanted .....- 10/2/2007 4:01:45 PM
Bush, No Compassionate Conservative He, Will Forego Ceremony When He Vetoes SChip (salon) ThinkProgress, from which I also get this picture that shows that Bush is sure not above stacking a bunch of children around him for OTHER prime photo-ops, but he can hardly do that when he's VETOING .....- 10/2/2007 3:42:37 PM
Republicans in Democratic Drag! (pstern) There are too many Republicans "dressing-up" and deceiving the voters that they are Democrats.  Just received this from the Texas Democratic Party and wanted to share.  These people parade a.....- 10/2/2007 2:54:14 PM
Verizon Wireless Was In on the Censorship Racket- Deciding Who Can Send Text Messages (salon) I wrote about something simliar with AT&T yesterday-and it's notable that AT&T is getting quite the reputation for not only illegally spying on people and sharing phone records with the govern.....- 10/2/2007 1:34:08 PM
That Bone in your Neck? It was STOLEN FROM A CORPSE! (Weatherford, Parker County, Texas) (salon) Can you imagine anything more awful than going in for surgery for a neck problem, getting a bone implant, healing up nicely and then hearing that the BONE IS BEING RECALLED? BECAUSE IT WAS HARVESTED I.....- 10/2/2007 1:03:51 PM
Should a 12 Year Old Kid Be Paddled by a Teacher Without Notice to Parents? (salon) Read this in the Weatherford Democrat this morning.In a meeting with the principal and three coaches, Carpenter was told the students were punished because they couldn’t keep up with their shorts.“My .....- 10/2/2007 12:45:43 PM
Texas Legislators Vote For Other Members-AGAINST THE HOUSE RULES (salon) One Lawmaker-Many Voters. It isn't even that the Texas Legislators, both Democrat and Republican are caught on camera voting for others than themselves (where the person who's supposed to be there vot.....- 10/2/2007 12:40:10 PM
By All Means Let's Vote for the Candidate With the Most Bucks-Now, THAT's DEMOCRACY! (salon) What's the big story today? Issues? Points of View? Nope. That Clinton has more moolah raised than Obama. Wow! I Guess I Should Vote For Her Then... because the Constitution Says the Presidential Cand.....- 10/2/2007 12:21:25 PM
RRC (Texas Railroad Commission) Update on Kopperl (Bosque Co) Texas Injection Well Hearing (salon) Background, including letter of appreciation from Bill Gordon to Judge Word.  Now from the Bosque County News.AUSTIN – Testimony in the four-day hearing at the Texas Railroad Commission over a propose.....- 10/2/2007 11:06:25 AM
Texas Railroad Commission Corruption- State Inspectors With little Rules Who Accept Gifts (salon) Texas State Auditor's looked into the dearth of oversight into the RRC inspectors.State inspectors who check oil and gas wells for safety and environmental problems work under little supervision and n.....- 10/1/2007 8:54:57 PM
Lee Iacocca Says There's Something Wrong with George Bush's Brain (salon) And he just now figured this out??????New York, Oct 1 (ANI): Auto-industry legend Lee Iacocca thinks that there 'is something wrong philosophi- cally with how US President George Bush's brain works'.I.....- 10/1/2007 7:04:48 PM
Drought in Virginia- While on Vacay I went to the Natural Bridge Park near Lexington (salon) which was simply one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the United States. (One of the employees there told me the Park, which is privately owned, is for sale; hope the new owners will be as.....- 10/1/2007 6:52:30 PM
Rude-Y Guiliani's Ill-Mannered Cell Phone Excuse-It's Just Love (salon) Cretin. Rudy Guiliani, as we noted the other day, decided it would be a good campaign tactic to have his Wife-Former-Mistress call him up, not once, but on at least two separate occasions while he was.....- 10/1/2007 6:26:31 PM
Hillary Clinton's vote has burst the bubble (joe) Hillary Clinton's vote the other day with the republicans against the Iranian National Guard was a vote that she cast thinking that she has the primary wrapped up because decmorats should not be votin.....- 10/1/2007 5:51:41 PM
State Department's Report on Blackwater Killing Iraqis Written by a BLACKWATER CONTRACTOR (salon) - 10/1/2007 4:09:05 PM
If Iraq is Truly Sovereign (Hello! Elections! In Iraq!) Why Did the Senate Vote to Partition It? (salon) I was looking over how our Texas Congress voted this last week and noticed that the Senate passed a non-binding proposal to split Iraq in 3 sections (let me guess that Joe Biden was pushing it). What .....- 10/1/2007 4:04:43 PM
AT&T-The Censorship/Illegal Spying Telcom that can CANCEL your Contract if you Gripe About Them (salon) Um. Isn't this why we don't want to have MONOPOLIES? Or at least more choices than only a few that keep swallowing up their competition while aiding Bush in illegally spying on their phone convos? The.....- 10/1/2007 11:43:55 AM
Clinton! Be a Leader-Your Excuse for Voting for the Kyl-Lieberman Res NOT ENOUGH-STAND UP AGAINST BUSH (salon) I was appalled when I saw, on last week's debate, where Clinton voted for the resolution to call Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist org, thereby leaving Nutball-In-Charge even more room to ignore .....- 10/1/2007 11:30:36 AM
C-Student Bush On *Childrens Do Learn* (salon) - 10/1/2007 11:11:10 AM
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