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ONE Man KNOWS He was Illegally Wiretapped... Court Says Others Have no Standing-Tosses NSA Lawsuit (salon) How crazy is this? You know, because Bush has said so, and it's been all over the papers for the last 2 years at least that the Bush administration has been illegally eavesdropping, without a warrant,.....- 7/7/2007 8:29:13 AM
'Thomas' Chet Edwards Personal Financial Disclosures - 2005 (joe) Net Worth: From $59,020 to $363,000Ranks 342nd among all members of the House Assets: 11 totaling $59,020 to $363,000Liabilities: 0http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.asp?CID=N00005794&year.....- 7/6/2007 10:14:12 PM
Few Bits from the weekly Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper- Week of July 5, 2007 (salon) Love the Glen Rose Reporter. First up, we've had 10.66 inches of rain this month. Also a pic on the front page of 2 Glen Rose High school students who were rescued from a creek crossing near The Oaks......- 7/6/2007 10:10:49 AM
Google violates own rule of "Don't be evil" when blogging about Michael Moore's "Sicko" movie (joe) It seems someone at Google couldn't just wait to attack Michael Moore over his movie...problem is you are using a corporate blog to do it...DOH! San Franciso Chronicle here -->Crossing the corporate l.....- 7/6/2007 9:22:57 AM
The Fallujah Massacre in 2004 Revisited- Did Kilo Company Marines Kill Innocent Iraqis? (salon) I remember seeing this a long time back, that the same Marine Company, the Kilo Company, that was involved in killing innocent Iraqi civilians, killed Iraq civilians AGAIN the next year. AUDIO snip fr.....- 7/6/2007 9:12:55 AM
$2000 Per Head- Attack of the National Guard enlistment zombies-*Every Soldier A Recruiter* (salon) Somervell County Salon has a strong position on Non-Military Options and believes that militarism shown by occupying other countries and pre-emptively attacking countries that have not attacked us is .....- 7/6/2007 8:41:44 AM
I just cancelled my Democracy Bond because the dem's won't even attempt to impeach Cheney/Bush (joe) Dennis Kucinich seems to be the only one with brains but the rest of the folks won't get on board with impeaching them so no more money from me. Maybe if they at least attempt it I would consider re-a.....- 7/6/2007 1:36:05 AM
Missed the Deadline to Protest Waste Injection Well? You're Screwed- Parker County, Texas (salon) Saw an article in the Weatherford Democrat about Shale Tank Trunk LP, who is now drilling a commercial salt-water waste injection well  along I-20, near Kabro Brothers Wells. The Karbo brothers though.....- 7/5/2007 8:11:55 PM
Nuclear Uranium Fuel Spill-What Happens If the NRC Marks Documents Secret and the Public doesn't know? (salon) Reading this makes you wonder what other accidents the NRC keeps secret from the public. Any from Comanche Peak? A factory that makes uranium fuel for nuclear reactors had a spill so bad that it kept .....- 7/5/2007 7:38:27 PM
Some Political Cartoons I like -Scooter Libby Style (salon) Reading this makes you wonder what other accidents the NRC keeps secret from the public. Any from Comanche Peak? A factory that makes uranium fuel for nuclear reactors had a spill so bad that it kept .....- 7/5/2007 7:20:30 PM
Bought Tenet's Book But I Couldn't Read it- Shame I Wasted the money (salon) Somebody remind me next time I decide, before reading more reviews about what a self-glorifying tome of excuses with lots of errors in it a particular book is, that I will buy it right away, that I di.....- 7/5/2007 7:03:45 PM
Sickening- US Troops Continue to Build Massive Concrete Walls in Iraq (salon) From Iraq Slogger-More pictures at this link.Clipped a video of this a month or so ago. Here's another article on how the way the US occupiers are trying to *pacify* Iraq is by putting up big ole wall.....- 7/5/2007 6:50:58 PM
Democrats- DEFUND the War and Impeach Bush (salon) That's what you can constitutionally do and you need to up and DO it. Quit doing all these other little side things that prolong the agony and allow Bush to continue trampling on the constitution. It .....- 7/5/2007 6:24:57 PM
Charter Schools in Texas -What do YOU Think? (salon) Ever since I started following the charter schools and school vouchers movements both here in Texas and around the country, I've wondered why there is so much push for accountability for the public sc.....- 7/5/2007 6:03:09 PM
Hillary Clinton is Making a Mistake Showcasing Bill in her campaign (salon) First up, disclaimer that I'm female, vote Democrat (because 3rd parties aren't viable choices), and do not intend to vote for Clinton if she somehow becomes the candidate-I absolutely disagree with m.....- 7/5/2007 11:13:15 AM
Bush Makes His July 4th Trip to The Mall- ala *Soapdish* (salon) I've said before that Bush's trips to the mall remind me of the scene in *Soapdish* where, when Sally Fields is feeling insecure or needs a pump-up, she heads for Paramus Mall. What does Bush do? Head.....- 7/5/2007 10:47:53 AM
Non-Citizens, Military Service and the Promise of Citizenship -If they Don't Die First (salon) I saw the pic of a number of non-US citizens that had been in the US military taking the oath of citizenship yesterday. (Apparently the articles that showed up in newspapers around the country origina.....- 7/5/2007 8:36:38 AM
TxDOT Doing Propaganda Push About the Trans Texas Corridor on Websites (salon) I noticed that the Stephenville paper has a banner ad on their internet site  for "Keep Texas Moving"; When you click on the ad, which is a TxDOT ad, you see a picture of a bunch of cars cro.....- 7/5/2007 7:58:50 AM
Fraud? PROVE IT! US Congress Tells Governor 39 Percent To Cough Up WHY He Stiffed Community Colleges (salon) Wrote the other day about how Perry's veto of community college funds angered local Hill County Community College. Angered Congress, too! (Including our rep, Chet Edwards!)Twelve members of the U. S. .....- 7/5/2007 7:39:42 AM
For the 4th - Two Scales of Justice- Bush Cronies and Ordinary People LIke Victor Rita (salon) I'm still outraged over Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence before he even served one day. One of the arguments Bush used in his public comments about what he did is that he said Libby's se.....- 7/4/2007 9:16:53 PM
Some Pre-Parade Photos from the Glen Rose 4th of July Parade (salon) (Didn't take any DURING because I was driving-lots of people turned out to watch). Looks like a lot of booths downtown for afterwards as well-we had thought we would be able to join, too, but alas. It.....- 7/4/2007 8:17:39 PM
July 4th Has a Memory (pstern) The Freedom We Won is Still the Freedom We Must Continue to Fight For -->The new American government of the Thirteen Colonies would refuse to go into the sort of debt that the George W. Bush administr.....- 7/4/2007 1:25:08 PM
TxDOT Needs Restructuring from the Top-Down! (pstern) Texans Need to Clean-up TxDOTAs More Communities Have Problems With TxDOT, Taxpaying Voters Need To Take Control Back Over the Runaway Agency. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) led by Gov.....- 7/4/2007 12:36:14 PM
Happy 4th of July (salon) Probably won't post any more today or tomorrow unless Bush does another egregious stunt.. or the Democrats wake up from their stupor and decide to impeach him.  I hope it stays fairly dry tomorrow aro.....- 7/3/2007 3:47:21 PM
Reactions from My Texas Representatives About Bush's Lawless Actions (salon) Cornyn: I asked what John Cornyn's position is on this and the young lady answering the phone told me "John Cornyn thinks that perjury and obstruction of justice are serious crimes". I said,.....- 7/3/2007 11:48:01 AM
Chesapeake Buying Leases on 8,500 Acres in Tarrant and Johnson Counties, Texas (salon) One of the companies they're buying leases from is Four Seven-You remember, that's the company that has not one, but THREE drilling locations at Ridglea Country Club. Who knows? Maybe they'll incorpor.....- 7/3/2007 8:05:25 AM
*Nazi Cams* From TxDOT-Speed Camera Ticketing That Even Gets Texas Legislators Upset (salon) Wrote about this before with regard to Marble Falls. Vicki Truitt managed to get a bill through to prevent Marble Falls, among other cities, from being able to use the *Yellow Vultures*. Did that get .....- 7/3/2007 7:55:13 AM
Heh! Tom Burka: Bush To Review Excessive Sentence Claims of Millions of Other Felons (salon) The judge in the Libby case followed strict federal guidelines written by Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which labored for years to write an exacting code that was designed to ensure tha.....- 7/3/2007 12:05:19 AM
What about Low-Level Nonviolent Drug Offenders Langushing in Jail under Mandatory Minimums? Where's Bush? (salon) Mr. I'm-Free-With-My-Pardons-For-Excessive-Sentences needs to get his boat free from the rocks and get busy looking into Americans who need his pal-connections. Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FA.....- 7/2/2007 9:20:38 PM
Memory Lane-Video of Kay Bailey Hutchison on Perjury from MTP in 2005 (salon) This was, of course, before Scooter Libby was convicted of the CRIMES of Perjury and Obstruction of Justice. But even then, KBH said she thought perjury was a *technicality* and trivialized it as a ch.....- 7/2/2007 8:49:47 PM
Out of the Past- When Poppy Bush Pardoned Casper Weinberger- Lawrence Walsh (salon) In the time of Iran/Contra, Poppy Bush was about have information about his involvement brought out in Weinberger's trial. Poppy Bush's solution? BEFORE the trial, on Christmas Eve, he pardoned Weinbe.....- 7/2/2007 8:30:16 PM
Two Scales of Justice- Libby Versus the Average Shmo (salon) I looked up the president's ability to commute sentences and saw this. The President's clemency power includes the authority to commute, or reduce, a sentence imposed upon conviction of a federal offe.....- 7/2/2007 6:08:07 PM
Bush-Not Just the Decider But Also The Highest Judge in the Land???? Commutes Criminal Libby's Sentence (salon) He decided Libby's prison sentence is excessive. WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS???????? Mr. Libby was sentenced to thirty months of prison, two years of probation, and a $250,000 fine. In making the sentenci.....- 7/2/2007 5:24:33 PM
Joke O Day- Bush and the Queen (salon) Made me laughOn a trip to Great Britain, George Bush had a meeting with Queen  Elizabeth. He asked her, "How do you manage to run a country so smoothly?""That's easy," she replied,.....- 7/2/2007 3:26:12 PM
I Just LOVE this picture (salon) Made me laughOn a trip to Great Britain, George Bush had a meeting with Queen  Elizabeth. He asked her, "How do you manage to run a country so smoothly?""That's easy," she replied,.....- 7/2/2007 2:15:41 PM
If You And I Were Subpoenaed, We'd Have to Cough It Up-On the Record-On Bush's Secretive Admin (salon) What McBlogger Said. No, no, no. We want testimony. On the record. And we want documents. We don't care about executive privilege. This isn't something Connecticut native George W. Bush or Sen. Specte.....- 7/2/2007 2:02:55 PM
25x25 Committee Visits Microgy's Huckabay Ridge Project (Biogas) in Erath Co, TX (salon) A little background about cow-patties-into-methane. Here's from Microgy's website about the Huckabay Ridge project.  And here's 25x25's website.The group, which met in Waco before touring the facility.....- 7/2/2007 1:46:23 PM
Patrick Barkman of Cleburne (Johnson Co) TX on 1776 and What it Means Now. (salon) Good essay in the Cleburne Times-ReviewJust as America was founded on slavery, so, too was it founded on the wholesale theft of land from the original inhabitants. In another irony of history, if the .....- 7/2/2007 1:40:11 PM
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.....- 7/2/2007 1:17:59 PM
Ex-Enron exec gets 27 months in prison (joe) I don't recall seeing this here but I think 27 months is not long enough for these damn creeps who keep stealing our money and getting away with it.----Former Enron exec gets 27-month sentenceRice, ex.....- 7/2/2007 1:16:20 PM
YouTube video shows attorneys advising clients on how to avoid hiring U.S. workers (joe) It appears some lawmakers are finally going to look into the abuse of the h1-b visa system which outsources american jobs to foreign workers.http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?artic.....- 7/2/2007 12:02:55 PM
53,144 'L' Visa's used to export american jobs in 2006 (joe) It seems that a handful of companies are abusing the visa system to bring in workers to take our jobs and lower our wages at the tech companies. I was wondering how it was so that Microsoft, Oracle, a.....- 7/2/2007 10:18:44 AM
Dead Immigration Bill means only 85,000 H-1B visa's instead of 115,000 but "Securing Knowledge, Innovation and Leadership Act" does same thing (joe) So the immigration bill would have increased the number of H-1B visa's from 65,000 (plus 20,000 for degree'd workers) to 115,000 that are allowed for foreign workers to come and take our jobs at Oracl.....- 7/2/2007 9:28:13 AM
Carlyle Group in Talks to Acquire Virgin Media (joe) So I'm curious what the Carlyle Group wants with Virgin Media (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/02/business/media/02virgin.html?ex=1184040000&en=4f66fe4acf620c0b&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVERFEAT.....- 7/2/2007 9:14:04 AM
Iraqi Hearts and Minds- About those 2 GIs Accused of Murdering Iraqis and Planting Guns (salon) to make them look like combatents. The Army announced today it has arrested them. BAGHDAD, June 30 (UPI) -- Two U.S. soldiers were being held in Kuwait Saturday on charges they murdered three Iraqi ci.....- 7/1/2007 4:47:25 PM
Video Sendup of *Unforgettable* but for Bush- Unimpeachable (salon) to make them look like combatents. The Army announced today it has arrested them. BAGHDAD, June 30 (UPI) -- Two U.S. soldiers were being held in Kuwait Saturday on charges they murdered three Iraqi ci.....- 7/1/2007 4:15:11 PM
Tales of Iraq War Comic-Divide and Conquer (salon) to make them look like combatents. The Army announced today it has arrested them. BAGHDAD, June 30 (UPI) -- Two U.S. soldiers were being held in Kuwait Saturday on charges they murdered three Iraqi ci.....- 7/1/2007 3:32:24 PM
Chet Edwards Votes from Last Week (US House District 17) (salon) • 1. Congressional pay raise: Voted, 244-181, to affirm an approximately 2.7 percent congressional pay raise scheduled for January 2008 that would increase rank-and-file House and Senate salaries.....- 7/1/2007 3:30:35 PM
Why are we in Afghanistan as well as Iraq? (salon) Been thinking today about the *other* war the United States is involved in. Why are we? We were:Going after Bin Laden who was supposedly being shielded in Afghanistan by the Taliban. Bush no longer gi.....- 7/1/2007 4:35:17 PM
About *Collateral Damage* from Airstrikes- the *Human Shield* Excuse Exposed (salon) After reading how the United States, AGAIN, has killed innocent civilians in Afghanistan, through airstrikes, I saw that Karzai, at least in PR, is angry about the casualties and vows an investigation.....- 7/1/2007 1:58:58 PM
Texans Need to Clean-up TxDOT (pstern) Texans Need to Clean-up TxDOT As More Communities Have Problems With TxDOT, Voters Need To Take Control Back Over the Runaway Agency. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) led by Gov. Perry a.....- 7/1/2007 1:49:53 PM
US Raid in Afghanistan Kills Civilians - How Come First It was *NATO* Led Strikes? (salon) An Afghan boy cries after his two uncles were killed as his father is detained during a U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troop raid in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan .....- 7/1/2007 1:41:24 PM
Iraq Sovereign? Pah! Maliki Angered by US Raid in Sadr City-US Didn't Even Get Permission (salon) A U.S. search early Saturday for fighters allegedly linked to Iran turned into a battle in which the military said it killed 26 militants. The Iraqi government rebuked the Americans for carrying out t.....- 7/1/2007 1:19:22 PM
Smackdown to Columbia LLC/Chesapeake Natural Gas Royalties Lawsuit - Judge Upholds 404 Million Verdict (salon) A little background from where I wrote about this before. Now to this week. (And while you read this, don't forget that Chesapeake had tried to threaten to not build their regional headquarters in Nor.....- 7/1/2007 12:48:17 PM
About Marble Falls, Texas and the Flooding (salon) I was a little worried about my aunt and uncle that live there and wasn't able to get hold of them the other day. Turns out that the phones were out; luckily, for them, because their house is up high .....- 7/1/2007 12:25:13 PM
Overcoming Propaganda-People who LIVE on the border, US side don't want the fence (salon) from South Texas Chisme.Thus far, protest has been incessant.Those voices of dissent range from the farmer worried about losing access to his irrigation pumps on the Rio Grande, to the Minuteman who t.....- 7/1/2007 12:01:45 PM
*Do Not Look Upon the King* Part 2- Bush has a MANUAL to keep critics away from his *public* events (salon) That bears repeating. When Bush goes somewhere, at enormous expense to the US taxpayer, one presumes that, um, the *public* is invited and he's not actively working to keep out people who may not agre.....- 7/1/2007 9:20:07 AM
Chet Edwards Earmarks for our District 17 (salon) I don't know if this is all of them but here's what the Chron has. Regardless, the new Democratic House leadership flexed its political muscle, giving 60 percent of the legislation's earmarks to Democ.....- 7/1/2007 8:57:32 AM
Presidential Candidates on Twitter-But only Edwards and Obama seem to be using it (salon) I've been playing with Twitter today instead of doing something else. But, um, it's frigging raining AGAIN so I have an excuse to be inside instead of mowing 6 foot high lawn. Anyway, I started lookin.....- 6/30/2007 2:58:03 PM
All we NEED is for the Military to Have Robots Armed With Tasers! (salon) Not a day goes by that I don't see an article someplace about some person who was injured or killed by a taser. And THAT's a HUMAN tasering people. Now the military is going to team IRobot robots (yes.....- 6/30/2007 11:08:20 AM
Ooops! DHS Builds Barrier Wall ... ON MEXICO Side-Will cost 3 Million Smacks to Repair (salon) DHS more and more seems like the bumbling Barney Fife of the government- eager to get stuff done, always strutting around as if it's smarter than what it is, and having to be rescused by smarter peopl.....- 6/30/2007 10:36:42 AM
We ALL Know that Rotten Oranges Look Like Fetuses-Garbage Tales from Texas (salon) I saw this yesterday but normally don't comment on stories about babies left here or there or fetuses found by janitors in the school garbage. But heh, I busted out laughing today because what was it?.....- 6/30/2007 10:29:32 AM
Texas Supreme Court tells Cheating Woman Her Pastor Can Rat Her Out (salon) I know a lot of churches practice disfellowshipping, ie, kicking somebody out of the church because he or she is an adulterer or otherwise doing something to break church law. So this woman was angry .....- 6/30/2007 10:23:53 AM
Flooded Counties in Texas Eligible for Disaster Aid (salon) I still haven't been able to get hold of my aunt in Marble Falls. I'll bet she has a good story to tell. I see from the article that some Parker County residents have been able to go home now. But eve.....- 6/30/2007 10:10:27 AM
Desalination Plant in Brownsville, Texas to Bring Sea-to-drinking- Water to Texas (salon) Remember that report that came out a few months ago about water shortages in Texas? One possible solution is desalinate ocean water. This article has the details about how it is done. One does wonder,.....- 6/30/2007 10:05:37 AM
Rick Perry Rep Kris Heckmann Shills for TTC at Johnson County Republican Women Meeting (salon) The group, from Cleburne, Texas, invited him to come speak. Probably really asked for Perry but he's busy hob-nobbing overseas. One simply can't expect that a Perry clone wouldn't shovel the swill abo.....- 6/30/2007 9:23:41 AM
Navel-Gazing Saturday Morning-Why I Write This Blog (salon) I was reading Who's Playin's blog post and was thinking about this bit from it. I had started writing a bit of an outline as to where I hoped for the website to go, and the niche I w.....- 6/30/2007 9:03:18 AM
Shoutout to Somervell County Salon Readers Who Have Put Their Pics On the Map Here! (salon) I really enjoy putting faces to names, but even if you put in a fake pic, or an avatar, it\'s pretty neat! As I was adding some pics taken last night, I saw that Who\'s Playin from Denton Coun.....- 6/30/2007 8:14:51 AM
Random Glen Rose Pictures From Driving Around Friday Night after ANOTHER Storm (salon) There's a flood warning out, generally, for Somervell County for another hour but I don't see more rain coming when I look at radar. The weather warning also notes that the Brazos is continuing till S.....- 6/30/2007 7:57:30 AM
Get our troops out of Iraq or replace Speaker Pelosi with someone who will (joe) We need leaders in congress...leaders who do what the american people want. The democrats and Speaker Pelosi were put in to get out the troops, if they can't get it done then let's replace her with a .....- 6/29/2007 10:25:55 PM
XTO Energy Destroys Man's Dream Retirement Home in Teague (Freestone Co), Texas (salon) One of the regular readers sent this in, from the Franklin News Weekly, June 28, 2007. As you read this, do you think because you have deed to your land that you have full control? Dear EditorI purcha.....- 6/29/2007 5:24:16 PM
Wah! Bush's *Legacy* Sack Is Empty and No Political Capital To Buy More- The Immigration Butt-Kickin' (salon) Every once in a while I start to find myself pitying George Bush... and then I remember what an arrogant, unschooled, lazy so and so he is and I smack myself back to reality. Bush is in the lame-duck .....- 6/29/2007 2:03:03 PM
AMA (American Medical Association) On Human RFID Tags and Privacy (salon) I can't help but think when I read this that the report came out, not so much because the AMA might care about whether patient's privacy is being breached, but about future lawsuits if doctors don't f.....- 6/29/2007 1:17:54 PM
The Tracking Society- New RFID Chip Tracks You Via Satellite (salon) Remember that Runaway Bride with the bugeyes? I always thought that she was probably dishing it up with some guy on the internet and thought she'd sneak away and meet him in Las Vegas for a few days, .....- 6/29/2007 1:13:16 PM
Why is Cornyn Trying to Block Expansion of the Kickapoo Gambling Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas? (salon) It can't be that he's against gambling-heck, if you check his campaign records, you'll see he took money from gambling interests. And it isn't that he's against helping out gambling interests at all; .....- 6/29/2007 12:38:14 PM
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