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NAFTA Superhighway Muscling Its Way Into Oklahoma (salon) Saw this- Oklahoma Corridor Watch Blog- that is documenting the push to divide this country in the name of cheap trade. I had wondered what would happen when the Trans-Texas Corridor got to the border.....- 7/25/2007 11:13:25 AM
Allen Group in Dallas Constructing the Boondoggle Trade Hub for Cheap Goods -NAFTA/Trans Texas Corridor (salon) The sell out of Texans and this country continues, in the name of cheap goods. Background. The Dallas Logistics Hub (“The Hub”) is the largest new logistics park under development in North America, wi.....- 7/25/2007 11:08:28 AM
Waco Friends of Peace Hold Conference Call with Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) (salon) I"m putting here the letter that the group sent to Edwards after the videoconferenceDear Congressman Edwards,Waco Friends of Peace members are honored to speak with you by video teleconference to.....- 7/25/2007 10:56:30 AM
Look out! Utilities Want THIRTY-THREE More Nuclear Reactors in the US (salon) A document obtained from the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., shows utilities around the nation plan to submit applications for licenses to build and operate an.....- 7/25/2007 10:52:17 AM
Glen Rose, Texas Soldier, Rhett Butler, Dies in Iraq from IED (salon) A soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom has been killed in action, the Department of Defense said. Cpl. Rhett A. Butler, 22, of Glen Rose, Texas, died July 20 of wounds suffered when his .....- 7/25/2007 10:36:03 AM
What Does it Say About Bush That He Would Keep Alberto Gonzales On as Attorney General? (salon) Anyone who wants to know why our system of Democracy is broken needs to watch the Senate hearing from yesterday questioning Alberto Gonzales. And it is NOT the same thing watching someone talk about i.....- 7/25/2007 10:29:11 AM
On Populist Democracy Versus Labels/Clique Groups and Infighting (salon) I vote as a Democrat, have never voted Republican and don't plan to, but many times I think I would vote for another party if our political system hadn't stacked the deck to, from a practical matter, .....- 7/25/2007 10:09:15 AM
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signed a document giving Cheney's attorney access to DOJ information (joe) - 7/24/2007 11:55:53 AM
GM, FORD announcing layoff's for US workers...but what about those mexican and central american workers? (joe) I bet these auto manufacturers lay off U.S. workers but won't lay off any international workers. They claim slow truck sales or whatever. How about they build an electric or hybrid car that everyone w.....- 7/24/2007 11:24:06 AM
United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales thinks its ok to torture (joe) - 7/24/2007 11:05:51 AM
Congress should pass a law preventing the presidents attorney from becoming AG in the future (joe) I think we all see what happens when private attorneys for the president become the AG. The AG's office is politicized and used to win elections as you will see next year when lots of investigations o.....- 7/24/2007 10:41:36 AM
$14 Billion Tax Surplus: Once Again Governor, Legislators Let Down the People of Texas (pstern) Legislators didn't let the door hit them leaving the Capitol on their way home!   Hey, Texans!  Don't wait for the legislative "cavalry" to arrive at the "nick o' time" to save you.....- 7/24/2007 9:47:39 AM
No one will come work for me but I can fix the problem..."attorney general alberto gonzales" (joe) So everyone around him is resigning and the people who are asked to come help out at the DOJ refuse to because of gonzales...but he thinks it's right for him to stay and fix the problem...please, he i.....- 7/24/2007 9:34:50 AM
*Attorney General* Alberto Gonzalez forgets that he is the attorney general (joe) He is responding to questions like he is still the presidents attorney...instead of the attorney for our country. Someone needs to drop kick this bozo out of washington and send him back here to texas.....- 7/24/2007 9:25:22 AM
*My Son is a Prisoner of War at Fort Hood*-Letter to the Editor about stop loss policies (salon) from the Weatherford Democrat (Texas)Dear editor,My son is a prisoner of war. What is hard to grasp is that he is currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. His scheduled separation date is approaching,.....- 7/23/2007 9:24:26 AM
*Community* Newspapers? More like Corporate Owned Group of Newspapers Printed Regionally (salon) Referenced CNHI here before.Of course, we are fortunate here in Glen Rose to have the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper, which is locally owned and has been... forever. I'm speaking of the Cleburne Times-R.....- 7/23/2007 9:19:48 AM
All Gas Lines Buried Under Property? Nope. Man in Weatherford, TX Severs *Gathering* Line (salon) You would think that there would be regulations that ANY gas lines that cross a property would have to be buried, at least tractor deep, right? Nope. Jason McCullough of Adell-Whitt was mowing his pro.....- 7/23/2007 8:24:14 AM
MTBE Pollution in Water from Gas Station in Pierson, Michigan (salon) Story about how the neighbors have been drinking water in the area, unaware of the pollutants. And the agency that was supposed to make sure the water was clean apparently didn't do its job. PIERSON -.....- 7/22/2007 4:22:04 PM
Who's a Terrorist in Iraq? According to this soldier, Anyone who resists American Efforts (salon) By that definition, all the patriots in this country during the American Revolution would have been terrorists because a chunk of them fought the British.Sgt. Vasquez-Vega doesn't seem to be disturbed.....- 7/22/2007 3:50:32 PM
The Dehumanizing of Society- Send a Robot with a Doctor's Face on the Screen to see Hospital Patients (salon) Ain't it great? In the name of cost savings (and perhaps if the physician is off golfing), robots being used to supplement actual in-the-flesh doctor visits.The 5-foot, 5-inch robot, displaying the do.....- 7/22/2007 3:46:10 PM
Our Tracking Society- Washington State Getting RFID Driver's Licences- Supposedly Voluntary (salon) Hammer. Meet RFID.This comment says it allone difference between the current license and the new one is that with the RFID tag, information on the license can be read remotely without the owner knowin.....- 7/22/2007 3:37:22 PM
People. Made Scannable- Over 2000 Humans Now Chipped (MOOOOOO!!!!!!) with RFID (salon) Regular readers of Somervell County Salon know I'm not entirely against RFID chips, but believe that, among other things, A. chipping humans is a collossally bad and intrusive idea, especially when a .....- 7/22/2007 3:34:56 PM
Why Did Democrats Vote for A Hefty Funding Increase for Bush's Failed Abstinence -Only Programs? (salon) Press Release from Advocates for YouthWASHINGTON, July 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, by a vote of 276 to 140, the House of Representative passed the Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill which included.....- 7/22/2007 2:30:26 PM
Bush in Cleveland Last Year 2006- Jerks and Smirks (salon) Every once in a while, especially last year, I had an urge to capture how many goofy faces Bush made and compile them into a video, along with some of the ridic things Bush said. It was more amusing t.....- 7/22/2007 2:36:00 PM
Please! Feingold! No More Censure of Bush- But Democrats in the House- IMPEACH HIM (salon) When Russ Feingold did his censure speech before the Senate in March of 2006, it was a GREAT speech... but even the Democrats in the Senate weren't behind him. As the article referenced here says, it'.....- 7/22/2007 1:18:55 PM
TSA Decides Breast-Feeding Moms Who Travel With Breast Milk But No Infants Aren't Terrorist Threats (salon) I don't think there's anyone that has seen Farenheit 9/11 with the scene of the mom being forced to taste her own breast milk will not be either appalled or ironically amused at this article of the TS.....- 7/22/2007 12:22:05 PM
Land Grab for Toll Road Begins in Caldwell and Guadalupe Counties, Texas - SH 130 (salon) Title of the article in the San Marcos Daily Record is *Smoothing out SH 130 bumps". Right. Owners of the properties around there have now been notified that the Toll Road Is A-Coming.  Couple of.....- 7/22/2007 11:51:38 AM
Highlights and Lowlights (salon) Is the *surge* aka the George Bush/Republican Escalation working? Nope. Attacks in Iraq last month were the highest daily average since May 2003Mitt Romney is an idiot! Senate Commerce Committee didn'.....- 7/22/2007 11:39:02 AM
Which Multinational Corp Will Own Midlothian, Texas's TXI Concrete Toxic Waste Burners? (salon) Have to map this out because it's like little fish getting gobbled by bigger fish.First up, Gerdau Ameristeel Corp (of Latin America)  bought Chapparel Steel of Midlothian (Ellis County) TexasGerdau A.....- 7/22/2007 10:50:41 AM
Illegal Immigrant Children-Should They Be Locked Up Like Adults in Detention Centers Or Put in Foster Care? (salon) Interesting article about how illegal immigrant children who are found without their parents have it much better than it they are caught *with* their parents, because then the whole of them would be p.....- 7/22/2007 9:29:06 AM
History Books Will Remember Bush as a Good President: Why Democrats Won’t File Impeachment Charges (pstern) There are many charges Democrats could file against Pres. George Walker Bush --- but they won’t. If you or I did some of the things Pres. Bush did, we probably would be going to jail with a long sente.....- 7/21/2007 7:54:04 PM
About the Republican War in Iraq- Questions to Ask Democratic Presidential Candidates (salon) Republicans OWN the war, and have repeatedly voted against stopping it, and have been obstructionists on measures that would bring the troops home. What I want to know about the Republican War in Iraq.....- 7/21/2007 7:03:26 PM
Bush Administration Smacked Back by Federal Court- Judges and Lawyers *CAN* See evidence agaisnt Gitmo Prisoners (salon) Remember how, in the Lawless World of the Bush administration, they tried to prevent judges and lawyers from being able to see the evidence against the people on trial (well at military commissions co.....- 7/21/2007 8:54:17 AM
NRCC Wastes No Time Trying to Trash Chet Edwards- Edwards Smacks Back (salon) It's interesting, as Edwards notes, that this came out on the SAME DAY that the new NRCC Chairman, Tom Cole, attacked him in a press release.Charges the National Republican Congressional Committee mad.....- 7/21/2007 8:40:07 AM
Addendum to Bush's CIA Order- No Sleep for the Tortured (salon) from BalkanizationThe Washington Post:"Bush's order requires that CIA detainees 'receive the basic necessities of life, including adequate food and water, shelter from the elements, necessary clo.....- 7/21/2007 8:43:18 AM
Congress Should Make ALL Bills, with Markups, Available for Public Inspection, ON the internet (salon) for at least two weeks before they begin a debate. If there was a road going to go right through the middle of my house, the Powers That Be would have to post it someplace so that I could go look at t.....- 7/21/2007 8:14:59 AM
Bush's Finger in the eye of our Checks and Balances- Declares Justice Department Doesn't Work for Us but Him (salon) and there are no checks on the executive branch. CONGRESS WHEN WILL YOU IMPEACH HIM? AND IF YOU AREN'T, WHY NOT? I've been thinking a lot this week about how Congress. Congress's poll numbers are extr.....- 7/21/2007 8:11:24 AM
Cruel Bush Allows CIA To Go Back To Its Interrogation Program That Used Questionable Methods (salon) Bush Signs Executive Order That CIA Is Allowed to Resume Its Interrogations. Bush *says* it's not torture, but what torture is was decided by the Justice Department, SAME Justice Department that *Tort.....- 7/21/2007 5:56:06 AM
TxDOT Self-Hired Independent Transportation Consultant for Review (pstern) TxDOT Self-Hired Independent Transportation Consultant for Review Dye Management Group is the outside independent transportation company that was hired by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT.....- 7/20/2007 11:31:53 AM
Senator Obama NOT Interested in Impeaching Bush & Company (pstern) Apparently Sen. Barrack Obama joins Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a majority of Democrats who will NOT pursue the impeachment of George Walker Bush and Dick Cheney.The following is my response to Obama's e.....- 7/19/2007 7:51:29 PM
Oh! Can't Discuss Withdrawing from Iraq Because it Reinforces Enemy Propaganda? Pentagon to Clinton. (salon) Not a secret I'm not a fan of Hillary Clinton, but the attitude of the Pentagon towards a question of hers is outrageous. Um, are we a military dictatorship now instead of a democracy with freedom of .....- 7/19/2007 5:49:29 PM
FLESH-EATING BACTERIA at Texas Beach!!!!!!! (salon) I saw this a couple of days ago. While I doubt that having this happen to one is common, it's interesting that the article about it, says that sea-food eaters should be aware of the infection risk. Du.....- 7/19/2007 5:34:16 PM
Era (Cooke Co) TX Group FIGHTS Commercial Injection Well.. and WINS! (salon) The Era Concerned Citizens for Clean Water WON! (See the comment on this entry) This is truly a landmark case. Congratulations to you all for your fight! And a reminder to all of us that we should be .....- 7/19/2007 5:07:44 PM
Headline two weeks before election day opens: Bill Clinton caught with another woman (joe) We know how the republicans play, fair or not, so we should be prepared for this headline. If I were the republicans I would be throwing all the tail I could at Bill Clinton and get it on video...caus.....- 7/19/2007 4:08:24 PM
Why would someone vote for Hillary Clinton? (joe) What has Hillary Clinton accomplished that qualifies her to run the executive branch of our government for four long years?Besides her husband being a previous president (which we learned was not a go.....- 7/19/2007 3:48:15 PM
Wal-Mart Carding People for Alcohol Up to FORTY YEARS OLD (salon) Would You Card This Woman for Alcohol? Haltom City woman in War with Walmart.I feel like I have to even write an apologia for shopping at all at Walmart, so let me start with that. I HATE preferred sh.....- 7/19/2007 3:29:27 PM
TxDOT’s Latest Con Game: FM 1826 vs. SH 21 (pstern) For the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), it is business as usual.It has been more than 8 months ago that TxDOT’s contractor performed an unacceptable and unprofessional “cold mix” reseal jo.....- 7/19/2007 10:03:48 AM
Video-I enjoyed this smackdown of Steve King by Chris Matthews Last Week (salon) Again, about Scooter Libby's case and the *Underlying Crime* argument. Matthews hit him pretty hard about the inconsistency of his argument by comparing with Bill Clinton's perjury. King obfuscated an.....- 7/18/2007 11:40:37 PM
How Convenient! Audit Commissioned by TxDOT Says Tolls are TOO LOW! (salon) Now that the State of Texas has screwed over the taxpayers, was there any doubt that TxDOT, as run by Ric Williamson, would be looking for ways to jack up the price of Texans travelling on toll roads?.....- 7/18/2007 11:02:59 PM
A Few Video Clips from Patrick Fitzgerald's News Conference After Scooter Libby Trial Ended- March 06 2007 (salon) I've been wanting to clip these out for awhile and just got time. I've heard over and over the dishonest ravings of the right-wingers who, among other things, have said that Plame's status wasn't clas.....- 7/18/2007 11:21:28 PM
Once More on HPV- The Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer, Brought to You by Merck and Women in Government (salon) How Does Big Pharm Buy Access to State Legislators? Especially if they don't want to look like they're directly hand in glove with the states? Why, go give your pitch, as well as a lot of money to 501.....- 7/18/2007 9:58:03 PM
Outsourcing- Newspaper Ads of the Fresno Bee to be done by an Indian company (salon) Some years back, I had a job for awhile selling newspaper advertising for a weekly that was part of the Galveston Daily News family. What I did was go out to the clients, sell them an ad, mock up the .....- 7/18/2007 9:15:58 PM
Warmongering Republicans Obstruct Passing an Amendment that Would bring Troops Home from Iraq (salon) I didn't stay up all night watching the debates over the Reid-Levin amendment. And frankly, as I"ve said before, I'm suspicious of the amendment anyway because it wouldn't have brought ALL the tr.....- 7/18/2007 8:42:48 PM
Contaminants in the Ground MIGRATED-Marines drank and washed in toxin-contaminated water (salon) Have to emphasize one major part of this article that says not only are hundreds of thousands of Marines and their families to be notified about their explosure to toxins in the water, but also vapors.....- 7/18/2007 8:35:34 PM
Call me when the Dems actually FILE against Miers and Gonzales et al. (salon) I'm a little tired of reading in the press that, despite deadlines set for the White House and Justice Department coughing up documents, both chambers of Congress keep giving more time for them to obs.....- 7/18/2007 7:58:49 PM
Huh? The RRC Has Already Picked a New Chairperson BEFORE the Election? From their Members? (salon) I had to read this bit from Texas Politics several times, because it not only didn't make sense, it didn't seem fair. But since when has fairness been a part of the Texas Railroad Commission? If I'm r.....- 7/18/2007 7:51:26 PM
Gitmo in Texas- Prisoners in Texas Private Detention Centers- Not Charged with a Crime, But Doing the Time (salon) What's the difference between a civil detention and a criminal detention? Smells Like Gitmo.Detaining families is the logical, if extreme, result of U.S. immigration policy. While attention has been d.....- 7/18/2007 7:47:45 AM
Amusing Irony- US Govt Blocks Assets of Person/Group That Threatens the Stability of Iraq. (salon) - 7/18/2007 7:31:12 AM
Watching C-span2 To see the Republicans Filibuster to Try to Keep the Troops in Harms Way (salon) Enjoyed what Who's Playin said about it. And, finally, I'm pretty thrilled that what the Republicans are doing is being called WHAT IT IS. A Filibuster. You know, the technique they griped about when .....- 7/17/2007 7:37:21 PM
USAF "Warfighters" mission statement: 'to fly and fight in Air, Space, and Cyberspace' (joe) After reviewing this ppt that the USAF was nice enough to leave unclassified I'm curious...didn't we sign some deal saying we wouldn't fight in space? What's this mission statement about fighting in s.....- 7/17/2007 2:26:30 PM
Nuclear Power Plant News O Day- Fire at German Nuclear Power Plant Plus Shutdown of Another (salon) As I always say, there's a big PR push by pro-nuclear power plant flaks to make it seem like Nuclear Energy has no pitfalls. Not so.A fire at a German nuclear power plant and the temporary shutdown of.....- 7/17/2007 1:33:41 PM
S'matta With Republicans? *None of the Above* Trumps Choice for Presidential Candidate (salon) Heh. Not even another Teevee Actor?  And the leading Republican presidential candidate is ... none of the above.The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are un.....- 7/17/2007 1:31:08 PM
Ooops! Japan Has Nuclear Accident After Earthquake- Radioactive Leakage AND a Fire (salon) ....the entire country has been rattled by TV images of black smoke billowing from Niigata's Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, located just 9km (5.6 miles) from the epicenter in the Sea of Japan.....- 7/17/2007 1:27:52 PM
Um. South Texas Judge Pleads GUILTY to Tampering with Records.. and is RETURNED TO THE BENCH? (salon) Gee. Shouldn't we have higher standards for the people who JUDGE than this? Oh, right, he and the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct are probably just following the lead of the US Justice Department.....- 7/17/2007 1:13:26 PM
Rrrroooowwww! Vitter's Wife's Hooker Dress (salon) Update: Those photos that I originally put up aren't on the internet anymore, but you can find them through THIS google search. Laughed my head off reading this from In the Pink Texas about.....- 7/17/2007 12:08:07 PM
Environmentalists Ask Regulators to Reconsider TCEQ Decision on Coal-Fired Plant (Robertson Co, TX) (salon) It ain't over till it's over. First, you had judges that recommended that the permit for the Oak Grove plant be denied. Then the TCEQ, hustling to meet Fast Track Perry's timetable, held a hearing and.....- 7/17/2007 11:51:06 AM
Bosque County (TX) Got Taken Off the Presidential Proclamation of Disaster Areas-And Didn't Tell the County Why (salon) From the Clifton Record. County Judge Cole Word reported he had just learned Monday morning that Bosque County has been taken off the Presidential Proclamation declaring certain counties in Texas to b.....- 7/17/2007 11:43:08 AM
On Leaking Waste Pipes Going to Commercial Waste Injection Wells (From EOG) (salon) I was told recently about a leaking pipe that ran from a place around Chalk Mountain to the injection well at CR 1004 and Hwy 67. The leaks were in at least 2 places and EOG was the O&G running th.....- 7/17/2007 11:18:19 AM
Microsoft's Disingenuous Portrayal of H-1B Visa Usage in Canada as an Immigration Issue (salon) - 7/17/2007 10:35:34 AM
My Video Take on the Bush/Libby Commutation-Compilation (salon) - 7/17/2007 2:27:31 AM
When Bush Gets His Library Shrine at SMU, He'll Be Hiring the NeoCons To Change HIs Image (salon) You know, the image of a loser who is as unpopular as Nixon was. I saw this article in the Washington Post by William Kristol that shows what those eager beavers at the Public Policy Institute that SM.....- 7/16/2007 11:31:09 AM
Goodbye to the Texas State Railroad as a State-Owned Park (salon) - 7/16/2007 11:12:53 AM
Some Video Clip Chops From Bush's Press Conference The Other Day (salon) Edited down for the parts I think are important. First up, Bush talks about Iraqi security-I put a couple of clips on this showing that huge wall of apartheid being built by the military. How'd you li.....- 7/16/2007 12:15:44 PM
ASK the Presidential Candidates re: Iraq- WHAT about the Air Force? Will the Attack Planes Be Coming Home? (salon) I just read, and commented on a separate entry, on Killer Robot Attack Planes. With all the commentary lately on ground troops coming home, what's the situation with the Air Force? The Air Force is ra.....- 7/16/2007 9:18:42 AM
Um.. What about the AIR FORCE in Iraq? Will it be coming home, too? Airstrikes and Unmanned Killer Robot Planes (salon) The United States is crossing over into Fiend Land. It's bad enough that the US has stepped up air strikes on Iraq (and Afghanistan, too), which, despite any notions to the contrary, kills innocent ci.....- 7/16/2007 9:05:45 AM
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