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Some Video Snips of Alberto Gonzales Statements in May, 2006 (salon) - 8/11/2007 8:44:41 AM
Video Snips- Alberto Gonzales in 2005- On Padilla, On Patriot Act Fearmongering, and Feingold on President Spying (salon) - 8/10/2007 8:28:15 PM
Some More Video Clips from Alberto Gonzales AG Confirmation Hearing in 2005 (salon) Funny how these issues have not ever gone away. This creep got confirmed anyway, showing that Republicans and some Democrats have no ethics. Senator Patrick Leahy on the Bybee MemoNot once does it men.....- 8/10/2007 7:09:53 PM
Lots O Airplanes in the Southern Sky-Bush Must Be On Vacay in Crawford (salon) Last night we were out in the yard, late, looking up at the moonless sky, the Milky Way, and the brilliant stars. And there, right out amongst them was a plane that was circling, wide, in the south, a.....- 8/10/2007 6:13:07 PM
Dear Texas Senators: TxDOT has run amok, so what are you going to do about it? (pstern) Dear Texas Senators: Texans have been watching as TxDOT continues to circumvent your legal authority regarding open government and the people's "right to know" issues.  Toll roads are nothin.....- 8/10/2007 4:09:56 PM
Couple of Video Clips on Torture from 2005 and 2006 (salon) Bush yesterday quickly rushed past the torture question. Of COURSE the United States tortures, Bush is lying and he destroys his own credibility when he says the contrary. I saw this snip from the G8 .....- 8/10/2007 2:48:52 PM
Video Clip-Another Bald Head, Uncaring Insult by Bush to BBC Newsman Nic Robinson (salon) Yesterday I was watching a news conference by Bush before he ran away on another vacay and he seemed unusually polite. I wondered where his usual sneering rudeness and jabs at the reporters was. His f.....- 8/10/2007 2:19:29 PM
ON the *Mythical* NAFTA Superhighway-Christopher Hayes of the Nation is Just Flat Wrong (salon) He says that the NAFTA Superhighway is mythical. Gee, that sounds just like the propaganda that came out around the time that Texas stuffed the Trans-Texas Corridor down our throats again, as a defens.....- 8/10/2007 1:14:00 PM
Kucinich says same-sex marriage is a question of whether you really believe in equality (joe) and I tend to agree with him. I don't see why it's ok for a guy and gal to get married and not a guy and a guy. Seems to me that it is a legal contract recognized by the state...and the state dissolve.....- 8/10/2007 11:38:57 AM
Few Video Snippets from Alberto Gonzales Confirmation Hearing in January 2005 (salon) I was reading this morning about how John Cornyn is distancing himself away from Alberto Gonzales, implying that the job of Attorney General is too much for him... EVEN THOUGH Cornyn was perfectly hap.....- 8/10/2007 2:16:06 PM
Huh? Cornyn Slams Alberto Gonzales Qualifications to be Attorney General (salon) Boy, we KNOW it's his election coming now, don't we? WHO was it that sat right by the side of Mr. Torture and Incompetence to recommend him for his Senate AG Hearing? Why, ONE of those persons who wer.....- 8/10/2007 10:04:57 AM
Etta Hulme, Poli Cartoonist of the FW Star-Telegram-on the Bush Surveillance Bill (salon) - 8/10/2007 9:23:32 AM
If Perry Wants to Go to the Bahamas and the Grand Canyon, Let HIM Pay the Security Detail! (salon) Especially trips like to the Bahamas with his campaign donors. Gee. Maybe those campaign donors ought to be coughing up security instead of Texas taxpayers. Texas has spent more than $250,0.....- 8/10/2007 9:14:16 AM
Not Only Does AT&T Help Bush Spy on You, AND They're Hypocrites, But They Censor Concerts on the Internet (salon) Might change phone providers but the problem, as I see it, is that so many of the telephone providers use AT&T switches at some point. You'd practically have to go build your own infrastructure ar.....- 8/9/2007 6:34:13 PM
Creepy Robots Previewed at DarpaTech (salon) - 8/9/2007 5:29:32 PM
Why Privacy is Important (salon) Why Privacy is Important There are many different reasons that people put forward to support the proposition that privacy is important. The following provides a classification and brief overview: psyc.....- 8/9/2007 5:25:29 PM
So is War Hawk Hillary Clinton FOR Nuclear Weapons Use Or Against it? (salon) I was reminded yesterday while out driving around and listening to NPR that Ronald Reagan had actually, to the annoyance of his rightwing base, fought for nuclear weapons DETERRENCE. Made me think abo.....- 8/9/2007 5:17:58 PM
NSA Can Now Legally spy on THIRTY-EIGHT PERCENT of the World's Telecom Traffic-NO Warrant Required (salon) And yes, I'm still disgusted with Chet "Faux Democrat" Edwards. The US National Security Agency now has the legal right to monitor some 38% of the world's telephone, data and internet traffi.....- 8/9/2007 5:11:00 PM
Hillary Clinton's snark at the intelligence community should be blown up...she didn't even read the NIE (joe) I think Hillary Clinton's snark at the intelligence community the other evening during the democratic debate (the afl-cio one) was a little uncalled for considering she never even read the National In.....- 8/9/2007 5:05:36 PM
TXDot and the Yellow Vulture *Nazi Cam* Speed Cameras- Pfftt to Texas Legislators (salon) Have written about these before. Despite the Texas Lege passing laws against them, TxDOT said they're going to run tests with them anyway. In other words, complete contempt by people such as Ric Willi.....- 8/9/2007 4:54:06 PM
Update on 121 Toll Road Funding- Hutchison Sez No Payment Penalty for Stiffing Cintra (salon) but no future federal highway funds for 121 since NTTA getting it. North Texas will not have to refund $237 million already spent on the Texas 121 toll road north of Grapevine, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hu.....- 8/9/2007 4:39:29 PM
While Malaki In Iran, US Attacks Sadr City (salon) - 8/9/2007 5:37:01 PM
*Permanent* Military Base in Germany (K-Town) Costs Soar -Compare with Iraq's Permanent Bases (salon) I noticed an article from the GAO about how changes to the world's largest US military base, which is not in OUR country, but Germany, is two years over being finished. The reason is that the US, sinc.....- 8/9/2007 4:00:59 PM
E-Voting Not Secure-Why Don't We Assume it's NOT Secure and then Work Forward? (salon) From Bruce Schnier in Wired The fact that major security vulnerabilities were found in all machines is a testament to how poorly they were designed, not the thoroughness of the analysis. Yet Californi.....- 8/9/2007 3:51:18 PM
The Tracking Society- Ve See Who You Called On Your Cell Phone-Pay Per Visit Advertising (salon) via Slashdottheodp writes "US patent office documents released Thursday show that a startup named Pelago is seeking a patent covering Pay-For-Visit Advertising, which uses GPS, Bluetooth, or RFID.....- 8/9/2007 3:35:15 PM
A Little Snark About Romney's Sons Who Serve Their Country By Riding Around in a Winnebego (salon) from TPMOne can only be amused at these cowardly chickenhawks that think it's just fine for everyone else to be serving in Bush's Loser Iraq Conflict but not their own families. Update: heh. James Wol.....- 8/9/2007 3:19:18 PM
Chiquita Paying Protection Money to Columbian Paramilitaries- Did Chertoff Know and Do Nothing? (salon) Hmm. So a board member tells the US Justice Department (snark) that Chiquita was breaking anti-terrorism laws by paying protection money to Columbian paramilitaries. Someone from Chiquita asked Cherto.....- 8/9/2007 2:27:30 PM
Bush the Dictator- US Emergency Response Blueprint Written WITHOUT State and Local Emergency Input (salon) Why was the draft done behind closed doors and without input from the entities that are directly involved?State and local officials in charge of responding to disasters say that their input in shaping.....- 8/9/2007 2:15:52 PM
Our Video-Game WArs-Why is Killing Civilians via Air Strikes Okay? US Steps them up in Iraq. (salon) Last week, I read of a soldier who was convicted of raping an Iraqi woman.. and I think he should have been. But why, when the United States regularly air-bombs parts of the countries it wars against,.....- 8/9/2007 2:13:05 PM
The Onion on Congress's Surveillance Measures (salon) - 8/9/2007 1:54:24 PM
If a landowner in South Texas wants a camera on their property, why don't they just BUY an X-10 camera? (salon) Remember before the last election when Perry's PR machine was touting his border cameras that, realistically, couldn't tell a bush from a person because the pics were so grainy? And I pictured a bunch.....- 8/9/2007 1:37:20 PM
This is a Dictatorship- Letter to the Editor from Killeen, Texas-Executive Privilege is NOT Law (salon) - 8/9/2007 1:03:24 PM
Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Is NOT A BLUE DOG DEMOCRAT-He's a Democrat that votes with the Republicans (salon) I keep seeing references to Chet Edwards as being a Blue Dog Democrat. He is NOT. His staff takes pains to tell people he is not, and in fact, from Wikipedia, he's not listed as a member. So I wish pe.....- 8/9/2007 12:49:56 PM
Why'd Chet Edwards (Dist 17) Vote for Bush's Surveillance Bill? Because of Al Qaida Websites (salon) The Cleburne paper has an article about the 2 major bills that Edwards voted with the Republicans on. The first, as we noted here the other day, was that he voted with Republicans against the energy b.....- 8/9/2007 12:31:12 PM
What's the Point of a Deadline If You're Going to Keep Making New Ones? Leahy Gives MORE Time to Bush Admin (salon) Anyone who's paying attention knows that the Bush administration, the most secretive in our US History, is thumbing its nose (or other nether regions) at Congress and has no intention of letting Congr.....- 8/9/2007 12:01:01 PM
TCEQ Helicopters to Hover Over a Number of Texas Counties Looking for Vapors (salon) I noticed this list does *not* include Somervell County. (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Wise and Hood)Beginning the second week in August, residents in th.....- 8/9/2007 8:43:57 AM
Time to rein-in home insurance premiums (pstern) Did Texas homeowners forget about their doubled insurance premiums?  We need to ask ourselves, “Why are we still paying the highest premiums in the nation?”Three years ago with Gov. Rick Perry, then T.....- 8/8/2007 8:26:19 PM
Looking for *Shut up and Sing* in Waco? Can't Rent it? Try the Library (salon) - 8/8/2007 6:56:38 AM
Bribing Anwar Province Sheiks With Lots O Money- That's the George Bush RuleBook of Success (salon) I mentioned this the other day when I saw Gates on Meet the Press about how Anbar Province is quieted down BECAUSE we paid them off in money and weapons AND that is how the model for what the Bush adm.....- 8/8/2007 4:52:48 AM
Wow! The AFL/CIO Debate was Excellent! Kudos to Keith Olbermann (salon) I'm not quite sure why but there was a certain energy in this arrangement (which, for some reason, didn't include Mike Gravel) that has been missing in the other so-called *debates*. I'm not impressed.....- 8/7/2007 11:55:11 PM
Recruiting for Iraq Tough-So Let's Bribe the Unwary with $20,000 to Go Now (salon) Doesn't even matter what your score is on your military test.The all-volunteer Army has increasingly turned to cash bonuses to attract and retain soldiers, having spent more than $1 billion last year......- 8/7/2007 5:30:47 PM
Gonzales a Disgrace to Latinos (salon) I liked this editorial. Too bad that the same people in the Senate that said they didn't trust him VOTED for the obscene Bush surveillance bill. When Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., questioned him about.....- 8/7/2007 5:21:26 PM
*Online Behavioral Advertising*-Being Tracked Online So Companies Can Sell you Chit (salon) FTC is sponsoring a workshop on this subject in November (and they'll also have it available via a webcast).FTC to Host Town Hall to Examine Privacy Issues and Online Behavioral AdvertisingThe FTC wil.....- 8/7/2007 5:16:04 PM
Future Gen in Jewett, Texas and the Money Pit from Unwary Taxpayers (salon) What caught my eye originally was that Chet Edwards, as well as Smokey Joe Barton (no surprise there) are all for this. The decision for whether the FutureGen coal-fire plant will be in Jewett or othe.....- 8/7/2007 5:06:19 PM
Cornyn Speaks To His Credulous Base- *I Opposed the Wall-I Voted For the Wall-No Contradiction* (salon) Well, gee, if Cornyn SAYS so, it just Must Be True. heh. The Problem Is With YOU, Not Him. Better if you don't pay attention to things he says, because then you can't catch him lying. U.S. Sen. John C.....- 8/7/2007 1:53:32 PM
HBO Showing A-Bomb Footage Today - Kept from Media for Decades (salon) I've seen the movie "Atomic Cafe", that had some footage in it of the awful effects of the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, not sure if that same footage is what they will be showing on HBO.....- 8/7/2007 1:39:00 PM
So... The Attorney General Scandal Has Now Been Reduced to a Joke by the FISA Bill Passage (salon) When Diane Feinstein, who was a critic of Alberto Gonzales votes to have the AG and the DNI be the ones, without oversight, who run the surveillance program, it makes all the outrage about the incompe.....- 8/7/2007 1:30:20 PM
Do women really want Giuliani's whore as first lady? (joe) Inquiring minds want to know...I am of the opinion that women would despise a whorebag like Judi as first lady. Especially considering he dumped his wife on national tv...for a whore with no family va.....- 8/7/2007 12:47:09 PM
Democrat Chet Edwards Voting History for 110th congress first session (Chair) We've got most of this session posted with Chet Edwards voting history...still lacking march-april but the rest is up there. http://democrats.glenrose.net/vr.asp. Enjoy!Paul HarperSomervell County Dem.....- 8/7/2007 12:21:23 PM
It's been 3 days and I'm STILL disturbed about Chet Edwards Vote For Bush's FISA Bill (salon) After all this rain, there's been a lot of grass to mow, which leads to some good reflection and arguments with myself. I live in Texas. I am at the national and state levels represented entirely by R.....- 8/7/2007 12:12:34 PM
Somervell County has 3 functionally obsolete bridges (joe) There are a total of 24 on-system bridges in Somervell County, of those:18 are good or better3 are structurally deficient3 are functionally obsolete0 sub-standard for load onlyThere are a total of 2 o.....- 8/7/2007 12:13:14 PM
Was the Rush to Push Bush's Spy-On-Americans Program Because of Telecomm Court Cases? (salon) I watched a short bit of Washington Journal this morning, with Glenn Greenwald and David Rivkin. Rivkin, in speaking about the telecom companies that broke the law by providing access to information t.....- 8/7/2007 11:35:43 AM
PTSD- (Parker Co, TX)- *The Old You Is Gone* (salon) Article in the Weatherford Democrat on Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder.“He was a very outgoing, life-of-the-party person,” she said of her husband before his deployment. “His temper wasn't as bad. Ever.....- 8/7/2007 11:28:34 AM
United States and Torture-Are We Now Like Russia's KGB? The Black Sites, plus El Masri Video (salon) Anyone who still believes that the United States is the paragon of law and order, rather than secret torture, needs to read this... and wake up. In March, Mariane Pearl, the widow of the murdered Wall.....- 8/6/2007 4:43:36 PM
Gee! Recycling Plutonium Material from Nuclear Bombs the *Least Bad Option* (South Carolina) (salon) - 8/6/2007 3:26:18 PM
Nuclear Power Plant Accident O Day- Spanish Cofrentes Transformer Blaze (salon) Fires in power stations are not unusual, but when they strike nuclear plants, they reignite the debate over whether they should be shut down for good. A transformer blaze at Spain's Cofrentes nuclear .....- 8/6/2007 3:23:59 PM
TXU to Cut Mercury Emissions at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (and other Coal plants) (salon) I didn't realize there was even a problem with mercury emissions.TXU to Cut Mercury at Coal, Nuclear Power Plants DALLAS, Texas, August 6, 2007 (ENS) - TXU Power has partnered with the U.S. Environmen.....- 8/6/2007 3:20:22 PM
Video Clips from MTP-Gates Says That Paying Off Iraqis is Common, also Troop Withdrawal? Slo-Mo (salon) Everyone has heard Bush ad infinitum talk about how Anbar Province is safe, etc. What I found interesting about this question is that Russert followed up with asking about Sunnis being paid off by the.....- 8/6/2007 2:25:11 PM
FISA Video Snips from Saturday- Wasserman-Schulz, Hoyer, Nadler, and Wu (salon) Proving that, although 41 *Democrats* trampled on the Constitution (which also makes explains something about why Pelosi has impeachment off the table, eh?) there were those who stood up for law and p.....- 8/6/2007 1:34:12 PM
How I Feel About Chet Edward's Sneer at the 4th Amendment on Saturday (salon) - 8/6/2007 12:05:22 PM
54% of weapons given to Iraqi Forces are now missing (joe) WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Pentagon cannot account for 190,000 AK-47 rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, or about half the weapons earmarked for soldiers and police, a.....- 8/6/2007 11:27:29 AM
Barack Obama Channels Bush and the Bush Doctrine (salon) - 8/6/2007 11:17:32 AM
Chet Edwards (US Dist 17, Texas) - To the Right of John ASHCROFT??? (salon) Been reading some rundown commentaries of the 41 *Democrats* who voted with Republicans to give Bush the power to surveil Al Qaida any calls that come to or from foreign countries here. Chet Edwards i.....- 8/6/2007 7:25:54 AM
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations (joe) Office of Secretary and Executive Management: $102,930,000Office of the Under Secretary for Management: $237,765,000Office of the Chief Financial Officer: $32,000,000Office of the Chief Information Of.....- 8/5/2007 8:15:19 PM
House Legislative Spending uncovered (joe) Salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives: $1,198,560,000Office of the Speaker: $4,761,000, including $25,000 for official expenses of the SpeakerOffice of the Majority Floor Leader: $2,18.....- 8/5/2007 6:02:50 PM
US Justice Department (under incompetent Alberto Gonzales) Knew about TYC Abuse and Did Nothing (salon) Wrote about this some time back, the idea being that the REASON the Justice Dept did nothing was because they didn't want to rock the political boat for election reasons. Dallas Morning News has anoth.....- 8/5/2007 4:20:24 PM
Why are Texas State Pension Funds Still Using CROOKS as consultants? (salon) Gee. Not enough to be under SEC scrutiny. Not enough to be accused in the State of Kentucky for failing to do minimal inspection work. Good enough for Texas! Texas pension funds rely increasingly on o.....- 8/5/2007 4:13:24 PM
Mugabe Enacts Law to Spy on Phones Net Mail- Why, SO DOES the UNITED STATES! (salon) When you see a headline about some *other* country that is spying on its citizens, the press uses the word SPY. Well, gee, same thing for the United States last night, with the help of the *Democrats*.....- 8/5/2007 4:08:27 PM
Fort Hood (Texas) Mystery of Soldier's Death- Cell Records Contradict Official Statements (salon) I wrote last month about Lawrence Sprader, who died during a training exercise at Fort Hood. I don't always pay attention to stuff from Fort Hood, but it was so HOT right about then, and I remember th.....- 8/5/2007 1:15:37 PM
Can Speaker Craddick Be Removed? Jim Keffer (Hood County, Texas) Filed Request with AG (salon) If you watched the proceedings of the House a month or so ago, you would have seen some amazingly corrupt practices by Speaker Craddick; both Democrats and Republicans found what he did outrageous and.....- 8/5/2007 1:02:31 PM
Clifton, Texas-What Happens if you have Old, Majestic Live Oaks and ATMOS wants to clear them for a pipeline? (salon)  CLIFTON — Last week, when ATMOS Energy came in to clear the 50-foot right-of-way for its natural gas pipeline that runs to Chemical Lime, just south Clifton, a group of local residents became vocal i.....- 8/5/2007 12:57:34 PM
More on the Parker County Democratic Party *Dustup-Letter to the Editor from Behrens (salon) I wrote about this last month when I saw it in the Weatherford Democrat paper after Dick Yoder quit. Darrel Behrens wrote a letter to the editor to try to smooth the waters.He indicates that some kind.....- 8/5/2007 12:52:11 PM
Paris Texas Physician Ted McLemore on Cutting Edge of Lung Cancer Research (salon) - 8/5/2007 12:25:25 PM
Who is TxDOT Accountable to? Certainly not to communities and taxpayers! (pstern) Under state law the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) virtually is omnipotent. The only entity that has some authority over the agency is the state legislature. The senate has its Committee o.....- 8/5/2007 12:06:26 PM
Chesapeake Energy Stiffed on Tarrant, Parker County Oil Leases? Lawsuit for Fort Worth Energy (salon) You know, it's not that Chesapeake thought they had a deal with Fort Worth Energy (and  XTO was trying to get one with Fort Worth Energy) to buy up a bunch of leases, it's THIS line that stands out.Ch.....- 8/5/2007 11:58:38 AM
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