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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) 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 7:31:12 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) 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 10:35:34 AM
My Video Take on the Bush/Libby Commutation-Compilation (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 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) 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 11:12:53 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
Heh! What Will Happen to Little George Once He FINALLY (hooray!) Leaves Office (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 8:53:53 AM
Bush Doesn't Care What People In Texas Think-No Democracy For YOU! (salon) Yet another example of Bush's back of the hand, with regard to the fence across the Texas-Mexico border. I was reading an article in the Star-Telegram about some fence protesters who are concerned abo.....- 7/16/2007 8:48:26 AM
Sign a Gas Lease- Get Stiffed for the Bonus- Glencrest Resources, Fort Worth (salon) What happens if you sign a lease with a company for drilling, and expect to get paid your bonus within, oh, say, the time the drilling company SAYS they will pay it.. and they don't? Forest Hill resid.....- 7/16/2007 8:19:23 AM
Remember the Keene (Texas) Woman Whose Baby Was Thrown From Her SUV in High Speed Chase? (salon) Background on it here. She's the one that worked in Brownsville and was embezzling from her employer. Apparently she was going to go on a cruise and was hot-pedalling it down Hwy 67 to get home when S.....- 7/16/2007 8:12:52 AM
Remember that Danged Ice That Was Supposed to Be Shipped to Katrina Sufferers? (salon) Seems FEMA has been storing it since they totally screwed up and wasted money on it... and now they don't know if it's safe to consume... so it's all going to be MELTED. And, um, it's a double feckup .....- 7/16/2007 8:05:35 AM
Texas at Sierra Blanca- Dumping Ground for Nuclear Waste and Toxic Sludge (salon) Where does another state's toxic sewer waste go? Why, to Texas, of course, especially when the contract is first negotiated by a crime family. Who owns what? Mafia owned sludge *ranch* MERCO was c.....- 7/16/2007 7:55:20 AM
Sour Gas Well from XTO Being Drilled Close to Franklin HS Expansion Building-Robertson County, TX (salon) Sent by a  regular reader, Robertson CountyThe attached photo is of an XTO (State Wide Rule 36--sour gas well) being drilled close behind the new Franklin High School Expansion building near down town.....- 7/16/2007 7:21:08 AM
Bush, Dedicating White House Press Room... Takes NO Press Questions -Videos (salon) What a joke. You'd think that the ONE time that Bush actually shows his face in the White House press room (I suppose he might have been there once or twice before, but usually it's his lying shill do.....- 7/15/2007 9:46:03 PM
Video-Cheney's the One That Asked for Saudi Bases During the Gulf War (salon) at the behest of Poppy Bush. I saw this interview on C-span the other night, during a time Cheney was running for president. In response to a question about significant events during the Gulf War, he .....- 7/15/2007 6:48:05 PM
On the Sham of Debates-and Clinton/Edwards Seeking to Limit Them Even More (salon) I already do not believe that the so-called *debates* are more than PR opportunities for the candidates to show off their carefully crafted ambiguities. For example, in my opinion, a real debate would.....- 7/15/2007 4:57:36 PM
Why Didn't the Press Push Bush on his Sources for Who *Al Qaida in Iraq* Is? (salon) I was going to the store during Bush's press conference the other day, listening to it on NPR, and found it difficult to listen to all the baloney spewing out of his mouth. But there was one point in .....- 7/15/2007 1:16:50 PM
Ugh! Marines Consider All Iraqi Men Part of the Insurgency- Court Testimony about Kilo Company (salon) What is there to say about Marines killing innocent civilians and then trying to cover it up by planting weapons near their bodies and lying about it?A Marine corporal said Marines in his unit began r.....- 7/15/2007 1:58:15 PM
Half of Foreign Fighters in Iraq? Syrian? Iranian? NOPE! They're Saudis, Just Like Who Attacked Us on 9/11 (salon) Hmmm. Does this mean that the Al Qaida that Bush is always talking about are Saudi, too? And um, how many foreign fighters are we talking about? Out of 19,000 insurgents being held by the US military......- 7/15/2007 12:49:49 PM
VIDEO- Lofgen on Miers No Show to the House Subpoena (salon) Hmmm. Does this mean that the Al Qaida that Bush is always talking about are Saudi, too? And um, how many foreign fighters are we talking about? Out of 19,000 insurgents being held by the US military......- 7/14/2007 3:03:07 PM
VIDEO- Some Conyers Comments on Miers Failure to Obey Congressional Subpoena (salon) I just cannot STAND Chris Cannon, so I took out most of his whininess. The last time I watched a hearing, can't remember for what, he sneered and patronized Linda Sanchez. In the hearing where Miers d.....- 7/14/2007 1:58:46 PM
VIDEO- Bush Beats the 9/11 Drum on the Fourth Of July (salon) How many times can Bush pathetically keep trying to make 9/11 the excuse for EVERYTHING his administration has either done wrong or broken the law about? Here's a short compile I did the other day fro.....- 7/14/2007 2:06:33 PM
Thinking about converting my HUGE collection of video clips to Flash (salon) I have, as a lot of people know, a really large collection of video fair use clips I've made for the past 3 years or so. I used to have a lot of pre-2004 election Kerry clips as well, but I was so tic.....- 7/14/2007 1:41:53 PM
VIDEO- Cohen on Miers Non-Compliance with Subpoena- Ordinary People Would Have to Comply (salon) I have, as a lot of people know, a really large collection of video fair use clips I've made for the past 3 years or so. I used to have a lot of pre-2004 election Kerry clips as well, but I was so tic.....- 7/14/2007 1:08:38 PM
Nice Article about John Graves in the A-AS- New Book *My Dogs & Guns* (salon) I recently talked with a man who has some bits in Graves books and have been thinking I'd like to re-read "Goodbye to a River".  (Incidentally, I think I read that Mr. Hopson was in an auto .....- 7/14/2007 12:12:43 PM
Eh-Hem! Internet Escort Service BUSTED that Originated in Stephenville (Erath County) Texas (salon) According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, two women and one man were recently arrested and charged with prostitution and for promoting prostitution.Lieutenant Don Miller with the Stephenville Police .....- 7/14/2007 11:16:01 AM
Video- Linda Sanchez Comments about Harriet Miers Contempt for Congress (salon) According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, two women and one man were recently arrested and charged with prostitution and for promoting prostitution.Lieutenant Don Miller with the Stephenville Police .....- 7/14/2007 10:42:41 AM
Video- Reid on Troops In Iraq AFTER April 08 (salon) IF what you want is for the United States to LEAVE Iraq, that's not what you're getting with either Republicans NOR Democrats AND how many troops to stay there will be up to the discretion of the Pres.....- 7/14/2007 4:35:59 AM
Pffttt!!!! GOP Going to Try AGAIN to Oust Chet Edwards-It Sure Won't be Van *Trust Fund Baby* Taylor Again (salon) Yeah. Just try to oust a guy who most of the time calls himself *independent* and not only courts Republican votes but votes the Republican way most of the time. Tom Cole made me laugh with this state.....- 7/13/2007 12:02:20 PM
BAIT AND SWITCH- House Dems Vote To Keep Limited US Troop Presence in Iraq Past April 1, 2008 (salon) Out of Iraq? Well.. not really. The US, having illegally invaded Iraq on false pretenses, will continue to occupy it after April 1, 2008. For how long? Well, that depends on what the President says, a.....- 7/13/2007 6:51:27 AM
Bush as Unpopular as Nixon Now- Approval Level Down to 26 percent (salon) As I always wonder, who are the 26 percent that approve of what this man is doing? It's funny. Bush is so concerned, not with what people in this country, which is supposed to be a democracy, think NO.....- 7/12/2007 8:54:25 PM
Few Bits from the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper This Week- July 12, 2007 (salon) Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper .There's an amazing picture on the front of the paper this week, that of a house on Hwy 56 south of town that looks like it's ready to float away from the flooding that oc.....- 7/12/2007 8:11:01 PM
The Further Adventures of Bush in Wonderland (pstern) More Media Brainwashing? Pres. Bush is busy today (7/12/07) giving his spin to news media of the progress made in Iraq.  Bush's denial is being picked up by the media in another one of many deceptions.....- 7/12/2007 7:01:32 PM
Surfing on your BICYCLE! heh (salon) From WiredThis crazy contraption is Michaels Killian's Sideways Bike. Killian is a software engineer in Dublin, Ireland and he came up with the idea while tinkering in his shed. A complex multi-stage .....- 7/12/2007 3:22:32 PM
Court in California Rules It's Okay to Spy On What Web Sites You Visit Or Your Email Addresses-No Warrant (salon) Have we completely thrown out the constitution? What ever happened to government agencies having to get, oh, say, WARRANTS if they want to spy on you? Is it THAT tough? A federal appeals court has rul.....- 7/12/2007 3:18:00 PM
Crappy Privately-Run Prisons in Texas? Suicides? Idaho Says *Let's Send MORE Inmates To Texas!* (salon) I don't normally pay much attention to prison stories but this one seemed absurd. The GEO group, which is a business that operates prisons and is based in Florida, operates the Dickens and Val Verde p.....- 7/12/2007 3:06:52 PM
P.S. On Chet Edward's Money Hypocrisy- Earmarks That Confuse Versus Money Announcements Before the Fact (salon) Not just me but also the Waco Tribune called Edwards to task for his paternalistic attitude that telling people what earmarks are being considered would *confuse* them. And when I first wrote about th.....- 7/12/2007 2:53:39 PM
On Same Day Chet Edwards Gets Money for Brazos Valley TMC, Brazos County Says They Want TTC (salon) Might just be a funny news coincidence, except for the fact that both these articles have a TxDOT AND Brazos County tie. First, on Chet Edwards. A project that could ease local road congestion may be .....- 7/12/2007 2:38:25 PM
HOW Easy is it for a phony firm to get a licence from the NRC to buy dirty bomb materials? Very (salon) At the same time that we find out, in spades, that the Bush administration really hasn't done too much to keep our country safe from terrorists, here's a very real example.Undercover investigators pos.....- 7/12/2007 1:51:32 PM
Increased Taser Power? Why? Some Examples and Rebuff to Sid Miller of TX House Dist 59 (salon) In this last Texas Lege session, Lon Burnam wanted to restrict the use of tasers to *only* when the police are justified in using deadly force against a suspect; HB 418 - Sid Miller said, amusingly, t.....- 7/12/2007 12:48:26 PM
Time to be Upset and a Time to Respond (salon) Excellent entry from Winding Road in an Urban Area about the presidential race. Hear! Hear! If you were looking for how to lose an election, you had no further to look than Hill and Bill.  Shut the he.....- 7/12/2007 9:43:53 AM
Miers failed to appear...but will the dem's do anything about it? (joe) Are they going to hold her to the same standards I am held to? If I didn't show then I would be in trouble with a 'failure to appear' charge....will they do ANYTHING to Miers? If not then why should a.....- 7/12/2007 9:34:48 AM
TEA About to be Audited about the Awarding of State Contracts (salon) Seems that the big cheeses in TEA don't want to be seen as unethical, but can they prove it? The state auditor's office has announced that it will pursue its own review of the Texas Education Agency a.....- 7/12/2007 8:49:54 AM
Impeachment of Bush and Cheney? Priority #1 (pstern) Impeachment is a Priority Mandatory: Who’s Kidding Whom? (click on links)During the past 7 years President George Walker Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and their administration, a.k.a., advisors hav.....- 7/11/2007 5:14:12 PM
*Good Ole Boy* System in Cleburne (Johnson Co) Texas? Judge Bridewell Recuses Himself from EOG/Price Case (salon) Remember this? The Prices didn't like EOG being able to come on their property without permission and tried to issue a restraining order against them. Judge Bridewell (who, incidentally, is not only j.....- 7/11/2007 3:04:04 PM
Controlling Higher Education: (pstern) College For Wealthy Elitists Only?  The answer may be yes. Fewer American children and their families will be able to afford the cost of higher education tuition. Thanks for the sky-rocketin.....- 7/11/2007 10:35:08 AM
Friendly Roomba It Ain't - Taser Electric Shotgun to be Mounted on IRobot Military Machines (salon) Yes. I have a roomba and it does a GREAT job of vacuuming the floor. I just don't want Roomba zapping me with a Taser! iRobot has deals with the military to create various robots. As this article says.....- 7/10/2007 2:48:30 PM
Our Govt Spying On Us-The NSA Snooped on Lawyers and they KNEW the spying was illegal (salon) Wrote about this the other day after disgustedly reading that an appeals court dismissed the NSA spying case, which is secret, because THOSE plaintiffs couldn't prove that they were being spied upon, .....- 7/10/2007 2:31:05 PM
On that House That Exploded in Cleburne (Johnson Co) Texas Due to Gas Leak (salon) The Pawlik family has filed a suit against ATMOS Gas. Wonder if this new information will kill the lawsuit? David Pawlick, a resident at 632 Woodard Ave., called the Cleburne Fire Department’s non-eme.....- 7/10/2007 1:48:27 PM
One More Bit About Flooding Around Here (salon) When I was out and about yesterday, I heard on the news that roads in Glen Rose had been closed due to flooding the other day when we had yet ANOTHER storm blow through the area in the evening. Crossi.....- 7/10/2007 1:36:42 PM
Hmm! Waco Tribune ALSO Thinks Chet Edwards Should Reveal Earmarks-Father Knows Best Paternalism (salon) I wrote about this yesterday after reading that Edwards thought telling his constituents the *wish-list* earmarks might confuse them. Pfftt. Looks like Edwards attitude didn't set too well with the Wa.....- 7/10/2007 1:25:02 PM
Two More July 4th Parade Photos from Glen Rose-The Somervell Democrats Float (salon) I wrote about this yesterday after reading that Edwards thought telling his constituents the *wish-list* earmarks might confuse them. Pfftt. Looks like Edwards attitude didn't set too well with the Wa.....- 7/10/2007 10:45:14 AM
Sid Miller (Tx House Dist 59) PR O Day- (salon) Where would newspapers be if they couldn't republish PR sent out by flacks as news? As reader Somervell Sally pointed out, the Stephenville paper has put out a PR release sent by a group called Empowe.....- 7/10/2007 10:28:50 AM
An Average Of A $500 To $700 Refund Available To EVERY Texas Taxpayer! (pstern) Governor, Legislators Sitting On TaxPayer Dollars Why are legislators and Gov. Perry keeping the $14 BILLION in overpaid taxpayer dollars? An average of a $500 to $700 refund is available to ever.....- 7/9/2007 10:02:44 PM
Newly Declassified Window Film Keeps Out Hackers, Phone Calls, EMPs (joe) Like a tinfoil hat for your house, new technology promises to block hackers' access to your wireless transmissions—and protect against EMP attacks and explosions, to boot By Christopher Mims When a Bo.....- 7/9/2007 3:14:23 PM
Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Thinks Posting *Wish List* Earmarks Would Confuse Us, His Constituents (salon) Read this and tell me if this doesn't seem like Edwards just flat doesn't want to post his earmarks.. and if so, and he won't do it until AFTER they've passed.. why?In response to calls for transparen.....- 7/8/2007 9:13:18 AM
Clinton on H1B Visas and *Allaying American Fears About Outsourcing* (salon) Ever since I saw Bush go to India and tell Americans, basically, to suck it up that their jobs were being taken by Indians but we'd get some mangos in return, I've wondered who, besides, businessmen, .....- 7/8/2007 1:27:21 AM
US and NATO Airstrikes Kill Scores of Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan This Week (salon) Let's please stop calling killing people, such as women and children, *collateral damage*. No, that makes it FAR too impersonal. These are people who are being killed because the United States chooses.....- 7/7/2007 8:32:51 PM
Terrorists Caught in Burleson, Johnson Co, Tx-Ooops, They're WHITE and CHRISTIAN (salon) Gee. Should we start bringing troops to Burleson so these terrorist won't follow us home to Somervell County? Because you know, if don't fight them there, they'll come here. That's what Bush says abou.....- 7/7/2007 6:19:31 PM
Texans Need Gubernatorial Impeachment Legislation (pstern) Gov. Rick "39-percent of the votes" Perry Lies to Texas Voters From the "git-go" Gov. Rick Perry has lied to Texas voters and has pushed the legislature to approve special interest.....- 7/7/2007 3:37:04 PM
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