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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
Heh! If I was a party with ethical and moral issues, I wouldn't use the word ROMP (salon) The Line: GOP Hopes to 'ROMP' Its Way Back to House Majority Earlier this week The Fix got his hands on the yet-to-be-released ROMP (Regain Our Majority Program) list -- a sort of in.....- 6/29/2007 12:32:12 PM
Cintra Not Happy With Not Getting 121 Contract Over NTTA- Rumblings about Lawsuit (salon) NTTA has 60 days to pony up the money and meantime, Cintra's tender offer is still out there. Plus, Cintra's CEO said he hasn't ruled out legal action over the whole thing. What a mess. Perry's Mess. .....- 6/29/2007 12:19:30 PM
Gov Perry Doesn't Let Contracting Violations (UPDATED)-Mistaken Identity (salon) That\'s 39 Percent for Ya. Nobody can accuse HIM of being ethical and demmit, he apparently LIKES it that way. I can see Mr. Ethics-Don\'t-Count as he waves at the farmers standing on the s.....- 6/29/2007 11:31:42 AM
Texas Taxpayers Pony Up Part of Cost for *World Leader* 39 Percent Perry's Boondoggle Middle East Gala Trip (salon) Sheesh. It isn't bad enough that Rick Perry has NO scruples against accepting freebie trips while he is governor from private interests.. to the tune of *ESTIMATED* $18,500 per person (who knows how m.....- 6/29/2007 9:57:08 AM
Good Enough to Die In the Gulf War... But Can't Get College Tuition Waivers (salon) The United States, in order to beef up bodies for the military, has been taking in non-citizens, with the promise that they can become citizens once their term of duty is up. It sure would be HYPOCRIS.....- 6/29/2007 8:47:50 AM
Putting Black Folks in a Timeout- the Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Using Race in Public Education (salon) From Three Brothers and a SisterThe court's most conservative members, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, actually wanted to go further and ban all {return false;}" id="KonaLink3" onmouseover="functio.....- 6/29/2007 8:36:43 AM
On the PBS Debate Last Night-McBlogger Makes Me Laugh (salon) as usual. I sort of watched the debate; first up, I put it on record and then went outside for an hour, so that I could come back and skip through all the crap. If I read anywhere of something interes.....- 6/29/2007 8:11:44 AM
Who in Congress is COURAGEOUS Enough to Call for Increased Gas Taxes as Energy Answer? (salon) Interesting article from Roll Call. As long as Congress and its leaders are so unpopular -- largely because they can't get anything done -- they ought to do something that will be very unpopular in th.....- 6/29/2007 8:00:59 AM
Saturated County Roads May be Hazardous- Texas Flooding Continues (salon) As I write this, at 7:45 in the morning, there's still a flood warning out for Somervell, Bosque, Erath, Hamilton, Hood (and of course North Texas counties).. and it's raining. It's just, as I said ye.....- 6/29/2007 7:56:43 AM
Texas Has 200,000 Miles of Gas Pipelines- What About Pipeline Accidents? (salon) About six months ago, I looked at a map that showed pipelines in the county.. and heck, they crisscross all over the place. In fact, I couldn't believe HOW many pipelines there were. And, as I underst.....- 6/29/2007 7:47:39 AM
Governor *39 Percent* Perry Stiffs Hill College Thru Veto- Hill College Losing 1 MILLION Bucks (salon) WHO voted for this man again? Please don't do it again no matter WHAT he ends up running for-his constituency is NOT Texas citizens, but corporations. As everyone who gets the Glen Rose Reporter newsp.....- 6/29/2007 7:39:04 AM
Flood Story- Man in Cleburne (Johnson Co TX) Upside Down in Car After Skidding Off Road (salon) Scary. Cleburne and Bono firefighters participated in one water rescue about 9 p.m. near Farm-to-Market Road 1434, however.Firefighters posted a portion of the road, which had about two feet of water .....- 6/29/2007 7:30:37 AM
Escalation to *Pacify* Iraq Working? Joe Lieberman Sez So (salon) but Joe Lieberman is a warmongering turncoat who screwed over the people in his state because his ego wouldn't let him play by the rules. But I digress.Let's say that the United States IS able to have.....- 6/28/2007 8:56:47 PM
*How Dare You Look Upon the King!*- Reporter Has WH Press Pass Taken Because He Tried to Get Bush's Attention (salon) You know how it is when you're busy getting ready to talk about democracy and freedom of speech to your favorite audience, the military, who always have to listen to you even if they think you're a pi.....- 6/28/2007 8:28:15 PM
Chet Edwards Explanation for Dismal Congress Poll Numbers- Minimum Wage Raise Will Fix It All (salon) Here's Chet, in an article that says that no Congressman/woman thinks its his/her fault and that it will all be hunky-dory at the polls in the next election. Other Democrats say their party will be ab.....- 6/28/2007 7:53:43 PM
Chet Edwards Votes With the Republicans Against the Emanuel/Defund Cheney Amendment (salon) When I saw that 24 Democrats voted NOT to defund Cheney's office, I made a silent bet with myself that Chet Edwards was one of them. Yuppers. Emanuel's amendment, that he introduced earlier today, bas.....- 6/28/2007 7:36:00 PM
Heh! Kelso on the Flood (salon) When I saw that 24 Democrats voted NOT to defund Cheney's office, I made a silent bet with myself that Chet Edwards was one of them. Yuppers. Emanuel's amendment, that he introduced earlier today, bas.....- 6/28/2007 7:21:11 PM
Impeaching Bush-Are the Democrats Simply Killing Time Waiting for 2008? (salon) I called up Pelosi's office this morning to ask again that Democrats put impeachment back ON the table. The main reason I think they should is the sheer contempt that Bush has for Congress. Subpoenas?.....- 6/28/2007 5:49:39 PM
What About that Nuclear Waste? And Other Distaff Reports About Nuclear Energy (salon) As usual, I preface this with saying that there's so much PR going around about how Totally Great Nuclear Power Plants are, that one is REQUIRED to talk about the other side which ain't quite so rosy......- 6/28/2007 5:26:28 PM
Nuclear Power Plant News O Day- Victoria and Matagorda In Running for Site (salon) Exelon broke this news today. But there's something interesting in this news, as well as news of an NRC meeting from Bay City. Notice that essentially, nuclear power plants are on the fast track for a.....- 6/28/2007 3:43:28 PM
TCEQ Rejects 2 Dairy Permits Under Pressure from Senator Kip Averitt (SD 22) (salon) Who wants phosphorous in their water? Nobody. But the TCEQ was taking FOREVER to issue environmental permits. Here's an article from 2004 that talks about the lawsuit the City of Waco had against dair.....- 6/28/2007 2:49:08 PM
Legislative upheaval didn’t happen overnight (pstern) Who's in charge?   Why, the voters, of course!On the Sunday night before the end of the recent legislative session there was a walkout staged by more than one-third of our legislators.It took years of.....- 6/28/2007 2:17:06 PM
What's John Edwards Doing in Waco Today in Private Meetings with American Income Life Insurance Company? (salon) Always piques my interest when I read stuff like this.A spokesman for the Edwards campaign declined to comment on the nature of Edwards’ Waco visit.You'd think if it was fundraising, the spokesperson .....- 6/28/2007 2:21:10 PM
Notes From the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper (Glen Rose, TX) (salon) Had heard that there was another accident at Big Rocks Park, details are in the Glen Rose Reporter. Apparently Juan Garcia, 16 years old, of Cleburne was swimming in the Paluxy last week with some fri.....- 6/28/2007 1:52:13 PM
Flooding is Down Some Today in Glen Rose, TX (salon) even though it's still raining, even now. We heard that the waters came up to the Citizen's Center parking lot so I drove out to take a look. At that point, the waters were subsided, but one of the ge.....- 6/28/2007 1:20:42 PM
DMN Says Situation on Flooding is Dire in Parker County, TX (Also 114 in Irving CLOSED) (salon) Just truly amazing.Following the mandatory evacuation of hundreds of Parker County residents, county Judge Mark Riley said the Brazos River rose over a foot overnight, from 25 feet to 26.63 as of 9:30.....- 6/28/2007 11:18:08 AM
On Secret Earmarks and Democrats Keeping Them Secret Until AFTER the Bill is Passed- A Solution (salon) I've been meaning to write about this for the last week and was reminded again this morning with earmarks being debated by the House on C-span. I don't like earmarks getting slipped into bills and vot.....- 6/28/2007 11:13:38 AM
More Communities Have Problems With TxDOT (pstern) For TxDOT, false promises and statements are a way of life. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) promises many things to Texans and their elected officials, but seldom does the agency follow.....- 6/28/2007 10:27:13 AM
The New Paradigm of TV-Skipping Ann Coulter and Other Offensive Hate-Mongering Cretins (salon) Over time, television watching has changed styles in this house. We used to run to the television at 7:00 pm to watch Olbermann. This summer, though, we've had other things going on and we wanted to w.....- 6/28/2007 9:14:32 AM
Another Dreary Day of RAIN- The weather feels human and relentless lately (salon) We were joking about a month or two ago that we wouldn't get a chance to get our rain barrel system in before the rains stopped. Now, it's more like we can't quite FINISH the rain barrel system becaus.....- 6/28/2007 8:37:42 AM
And Flooding in Granbury (Hood County, Texas), too-Pic 2007 (salon) This was in 2007 but happened AGAIN in May 2015. Lots of pictures on Facebook group Somervell County Breaking News, including THIS video from WFAA of a SINKHOLE.  A car rests against a tre.....- 6/27/2007 9:24:58 PM
The Need For Gubernatorial Impeachment Legislation In Texas (pstern) or, Why Gov. Rick "39-percent of the votes" Perry Should Teach Political Science 104: "How to Lie to Texas Voters" From the "git-go" Gov. Rick Perry has lied to Texas vot.....- 6/27/2007 6:39:54 PM
Flooding Along the Paluxy River and at Big Rock Park, Glen Rose, Texas (Pictures)-2007 (salon) Update: 2015- See Facebook group Somervell County Breaking News for some pictures of the Paluxy flooding AGAIN in May 2015.  AND here's video from May 27 2015 of the Paluxy River and Big R.....- 6/27/2007 3:01:02 PM
Texans Paying Highest Home Insurance Premiums in the Nation! (pstern) We need to ask ourselves, "Why?" Then we need to resolve the issue.Three years ago with Gov. Perry, then Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Commissioner Jose Montemayor, and legislators &qu.....- 6/27/2007 10:32:32 AM
Couple Quickie Bits from the SBC and Bush's Canned Speech- June 07 (salon) Bit #1- Intro of Bush -watch his eyes. From CanOFunSBC is for militarism. Doesn't sound like anyone in that audience found any irony in what Bush said about peace while complimenting them for supporti.....- 6/26/2007 1:15:55 PM
Why Didn't *I* Bid on Texas Toll Roads? I might be RICH NOW!! Even Losers Get Paid (salon) I know I wrote about this before, bears repeating. TxDOT, which is building toll roads because they say they don't have the money to build, um, PUBLIC roads, PAYS off the companies that have losing bi.....- 6/26/2007 12:37:11 PM
Heh! Tom Burka on Cheney Being an Entirely New Branch of Government (salon) It's to laughCritics said that Mr. Cheney was out of line. "He can't just create his own branch of government," said Constiutional Scholar Professor Jenna Blinkerton. "That, in itself, .....- 6/26/2007 12:23:49 PM
Video Compile of High School Presidential Scholars Presenting Bush with Letter To Urge Torture Ban (salon) It's to laughCritics said that Mr. Cheney was out of line. "He can't just create his own branch of government," said Constiutional Scholar Professor Jenna Blinkerton. "That, in itself, .....- 6/26/2007 12:08:27 PM
Does Keith Olbermann suck as much as Joe Scarborough and Andy Jones? (joe) If Keith Olbermann tonight has Paris Hilton as his number 1 story then I am no longer watching Keith Olbermann. Keith's show 'Countdown' is the only show I have left on MSNBC that I watch regularly be.....- 6/26/2007 12:05:25 PM
Joe Scarborough, MSNBC, & Andy Jones SUCK! Mika Brzezinski RULES, leave MSNBC!!! (joe) Mika REFUSED to do the MSNBC LEAD story on Paris Hilton and I compliment her for it. She has more balls than the wimp Joe Scarborough does and I hope she leaves MSNBC as they went to video of Paris AN.....- 6/26/2007 11:32:48 AM
Man Almost Falls Off Chase Tower in Fort Worth.. Decides To Make a Career Change to Medical (salon) Mentioning this interesting story that shows that people with a will can alter career course because of its Glen Rose connection. Ralph Baine of Burleson's wife, Jennifer, works as a physician's assis.....- 6/26/2007 10:22:55 AM
Notes about Local Glen Rose, Texas people-4-H has a Technology Team (salon) I didn't realize that the 4-H in Texas has a technology team. Mason Frye, of Glen Rose, is one of the members on it, and he's quoted in this article."I took a few (technology) classes my freshman.....- 6/26/2007 10:19:06 AM
EOG Gas Company Squelches Citizens in Johnson County, Texas- Restraining Order Issued by Judge (salon) I've said before, when it comes to gas companies OR you, gas companies win. You may think you own your property or have certain rights, but even with a title, you might as well be a renter on your own.....- 6/26/2007 10:03:26 AM
Hybrid Roman Gladiators in Glen Rose- Whipping up Spectacle Entertainment for the Masses (salon) Some months back, I watched the HBO documentary *Friends of God* by A Pelosi, which had, as one bit, the Christian Wrestling Federation from the DFW area. I don't watch the fake wrestling shows, like .....- 6/26/2007 9:41:54 AM
Border Follies- How'd you Like a 100 foot tower in YOUR little town SPYING ON YOU?????? (salon) I don't have an opinion one way or the other yet on whether having 100 foot towers equippped with cameras, radar, and surrounded by fences, while manned (at least right now) by private contractors to .....- 6/25/2007 10:14:29 PM
Who's Over Who With Regard to War? Congress OVER Bush the Wanna-Be Dictator (salon) Earlier I was reading a reply letter from Chet Edwards in which he talked about the War Power Resolution. Since I already know that, technically, the Iraq military conflict is NOT a war (Alberto Gonza.....- 6/25/2007 9:25:32 PM
Mike Gravel on Why Hillary Clinton Scares Him (salon) I know Mike Gravel gets a certain amount of sneers thrown his way, but what he SAYS makes sense. Or at least *I* agree with him. I also, like a lot of people, heard about Hillary Clinton being booed r.....- 6/25/2007 6:07:47 PM
McBlogger Got Me Started on Chet Edwards Again with his *Redemption* entry (salon) Here. As McBlogger reminded, Edwards voted AGAINST habeus corpus. And frankly, you don't have to look very hard to find a lot of votes where, in the last Congress, he voted with Republicans instead of.....- 6/25/2007 5:49:58 PM
Um. *I* want to LASH OUT at Perry and Make my Disappointment Known for what a Self-Serving Putz He is (salon) Sheesh. Saw the title of some PR piece in which some flak on Perry's staff sent out a "Perry Lashes out at Texas Lege, disappointed, yadayada" AS IF he is somehow above all the CRAP that hap.....- 6/25/2007 4:38:28 PM
Leaky Gas Lines Cause Soil and Water Contamination in Eastland/Stephens Counties, Texas (salon) But having the Texas Railroad Commission investigate it? Pfffttt.The 1,600 acres in Eastland and Stephens counties are owned by rancher Jay Marcom, who suspected chemical contamination in January when.....- 6/25/2007 4:31:33 PM
Indiana Toll Roads-Just WAIT till the toll rates rise for cars and truckers later on (salon) Governor 39 Percent managed, with the help of the Texas Legislature, to get his way with gutting our state for a huge toll road; and not just the TTC, but over 80 toll roads and more to come. You don'.....- 6/25/2007 4:19:36 PM
Using Methane Gas from a landfill instead of natural Gas -Mars Snackfoods in Waco (salon) Interesting. The Mars SnackFood U.S. plant in Waco, formerly Masterfoods, may soon use methane gas from the Waco Regional Landfill as fuel.At the Waco City Council meeting Tuesday, the council approve.....- 6/25/2007 4:10:01 PM
Getting the Hay Crop In Versus Time Slice Technology's Equipment Damage (salon) Was reading about how the hay crops are doing this year versus last year's drought. The Weatherford Democrat has an article about how all the excessive rains are causing issues with some. Right after .....- 6/25/2007 3:51:32 PM
Supreme Court- Advocates for Free Speech If you're a Lobbyist-NOT if you're a kid in school (salon) You know, I'd feel a whole lot more like getting with the SCOTU program for free speech if they weren't inconsistent. First up, get ready for a whole lot more SPAM on our Vast Teevee Wasteland as the .....- 6/25/2007 2:32:08 PM
Even a Wimpy President Should Expect the Vice President to Comply with Executive Orders (salon) You know, I'd feel a whole lot more like getting with the SCOTU program for free speech if they weren't inconsistent. First up, get ready for a whole lot more SPAM on our Vast Teevee Wasteland as the .....- 6/25/2007 1:45:09 PM
The Wayward Wind: TxDOT Words and Promises Too Often Ring Hollow (pstern) For TxDOT, false promises and statements a way of life The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) promises many things to Texans and their elected officials, but seldom does the agency follow thro.....- 6/25/2007 4:43:14 AM
How do we KNOW that it's Al Qaeda that's being killed in Iraq and not, as previously said, *insurgents*? (salon) I've wondered this for a long time-we know that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. And that there weren't al Qaida terrorists in Iraq before Bush invaded their country. But now, supposedly there are, b.....- 6/24/2007 4:59:18 PM
Our US Government Run Amok By Bystanders-In-Chief and Secretive Surrogate President (salon) Joe on this blog commented the other day about how VP Cheney says he's not part of the Exeutive Branch, therefore, he, unlike every other person in the Executive branch, doesn't have to follow preside.....- 6/24/2007 4:30:56 PM
Who Benefits From TXU Sale to KKR? Not YOU if you're a ratepayer (salon) Dallas Morning News says that there aren't any consumer protections from, say, higher utlity bills, if the KKR sale goes through, unless PUC does some regulation to protect us. Ooops, the Texas Legisl.....- 6/24/2007 6:51:17 AM
*Take The Children Out of Prison*- Hutto (Texas) Private Detention Center Protest Yesterday (salon) " src="http://media.star-telegram.com/smedia/2007/06/24/05/651-154183-123646.standalone.prod_affiliate.58.jpg" width="336" />Some 400-500 people turned out at Taylor, Texas' private detention camp to .....- 6/24/2007 6:46:54 AM
What Happens If We Have Wildfires in Texas... Amidst the Gas Well Boom? (salon) Article in the Aspen, Colorado newspaper points out another aspect of the hazards involved in fighting wildfires when there are gas well rigs all over the area. Here in Somervell County, with the Barn.....- 6/24/2007 6:28:10 AM
Halliburton Cooking the Books? Former Halliburton Accountant Filed Complaint with SEC (salon) You know, Congress under the Republicans barely batted an eye at all the Halliburton abuses. And Halliburton ran like a mouse to Dubai once the Democrats came into power... and it appears this type of.....- 6/24/2007 6:21:27 AM
H1B Visas -*Our Goal is NOT To find a Qualified US Worker*- Lawyer Explains in Video (salon) I've long railed against the H1B Visa scam, and the premise that there aren't enough qualified American workers to fill jobs here, and thus corporations MUST insource workers from other countries... o.....- 6/24/2007 6:07:55 AM
Chet Edwards chastises Bush on Vets' health care (Chair) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Texas congressman who represents President Bush's home district said Saturday that the administration and Republicans put a higher priority on tax cuts than on veterans' health .....- 6/23/2007 3:34:43 PM
Universal Health Insurance Bill H.R.676 (joe) John Conyers has a bill (HR676) that Michael Moore endorses (http://kucinich.us/node/4652/play). I think its high time the Democrats review and endorse this bill. We need to TAKE THE PROFIT OUT OF HEA.....- 6/23/2007 2:50:32 PM
IMPEACH CHENEY you whimpy democrats...you don't need the senate to convict (joe) I think every Democrat in the House should get on board with Dennis Kucinich's resolution to impeach Vice President dick cheney. Whether or not you have the votes in the senate to convict doesn't matt.....- 6/23/2007 2:10:42 PM
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