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Supreme Court- The Passenger in the Car During a Traffic Stop Can Challenge Legality (salon) One more interesting case that came down in the past week, this time from the SCOTU. Basically, when a car is stopped by police, the SCOTU said that the DRIVER of the car is the one that is being targ.....- 6/21/2007 8:57:53 AM
Should the Government Be Able to Snoop in Your Laptop Computer at a Border Crossing? (salon) Just read that a Federal Court has ruled that the government cannot read your ISP-stored emails without a search warrant, because to do otherwise violates the 4th amendment. Here's another related cas.....- 6/21/2007 8:45:04 AM
Email Privacy Rights PushBack- Courts Re-Assert 4th Amendment Rights (salon) You know how the Bush administration believes that they can read people's emails without a warrant, say, by having an ISP turn over stored records when someone uses the ISP for email storage. A Federa.....- 6/21/2007 8:35:42 AM
Civil Disobedience- Resistance to NAIS (National Animal ID System) Premises Registering (salon) The USDA says that NAIS is voluntary. However, as these folks in Colorado see it, if the Colorado State Fair requires 4-H clubs to register through the ag program and premises registering with NAIS to.....- 6/21/2007 7:47:16 AM
Back from Hiatus and See an Interesting Comment About Charter Schools Here (salon) First up, a quickie about how nice it was NOT to watch the news carefully-sometime I'd like to go away and then come back to find some earthshaking bit of news that would, say, have the Democrats IMPE.....- 6/21/2007 7:36:51 AM
Perry Picks Pal (pstern) Perry Appoints Yet Another Special Interest Cohort  Brian Newby has been appointed by the governor to be his next Chief of Staff.  It's only fitting because the governor always appoints his special in.....- 6/20/2007 12:30:33 PM
Welcome To The United States Of America-Mexico-Canada! (pstern) Is There A Conspiracy Afoot For A Three-Nation Merger? There are secret meetings going on between these nations that are planning to change North America physically, politically, socially and eco.....- 6/19/2007 11:28:34 AM
Texans Paying Highest Property Taxes, Home Insurance Proportionately in the Nation! (pstern) We need to ask ourselves, "Why?"Three years ago with Gov. Perry, then Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Commissioner Jose Montemayor, and legislators "looking the other way," lax.....- 6/18/2007 4:27:06 PM
As Property Appraisal Values Sky-Rocket, So Do Taxes (pstern) Since writing my article on the appraisal system, I've been besieged by emails and phone calls from irate and frightened property owners throughout Texas who have received their tax statements from th.....- 6/17/2007 10:17:58 AM
Which 121 (Denton Co, TX) Toll Road Proposal Less Risky? Report Says Cintra, But Guess Who Gets PAID by Cintra (salon) I saw the other day some blah-blah article that said "Report Unveiled (can you hear the trumpets sounding) That Shows Better To Have Privately Funded Toll Roads Do 121 Rather than, Say, NTTA".....- 6/16/2007 11:33:37 AM
Let's Have a Contest To see WHO Gets to be Governor Privatize- Indiana's Daniels Or Texas's Perry (salon) Sure looks like both these greedy clowns are separated at birth.In his two and a half years in office, Mr. Daniels, who previously served in the Bush White House as budget director, has already placed.....- 6/16/2007 11:19:48 AM
Drilling at UTA in Arlington- Great ... Unless you LIVE there (salon) Everybody in North Texas, it seems, wants a piece of the region's red-hot gas-well action these days.Everybody, that is, but Linda Yarbrough and her neighbors near the University of Texas at Arlington.....- 6/16/2007 11:15:27 AM
Verichip Manages to Chip 25 More Humans with Verimed RFID-Who Have Alzheimers (salon) Funny, isn't it, when you have to trumpet that you were able to get some human beings to get chip implants... and they're alzheimer's patients. I don't disagree that there are people at risk who benef.....- 6/16/2007 11:02:39 AM
Once more on Sid Miller (TX House Dist 59)'s Dishonorable Mention in Texas Monthly Magazine (salon) pic from Pink Dome.As I suspected the other day, the REASON Sid Miller made it on the dishonorable mention list was because of Erath Excels. PLUS his involvement with Confederacy flashbacks. Here's fr.....- 6/16/2007 10:04:03 AM
Taking a Recess Break For a Week From the News- JUSTICE IS TOO SLOW (salon) I'm a little burnt out waiting to see when or if the crooks in national government have the same standards of justice applied to them that the rest of us do. Where's the impeachment of Bush? Why is Al.....- 6/16/2007 9:48:24 AM
Few things of interest from this week's Glen Rose Reporter newspaper (salon) I love weekly newspapers; I used to work for a local community newspaper near Houston and enjoy the fact that these types of papers are TRULY local and most of the time actually owned by a local perso.....- 6/16/2007 9:05:31 AM
Promoting Economic Development with Tax Abatement for a Gas Processing Plant in Somervell County?? (salon) Saw this in the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper of June 14, 2007. Apparently there will be a special session of the Commissioner's Court later this year-this is the relevant part that caught my eye. Comm.....- 6/16/2007 8:52:00 AM
Somervell County Commissioners Court Asking TxDOT to Remove Low Water Crossing Dip (salon) - 6/16/2007 8:41:40 AM
Woodwind Lakes (Houston)-What Happens When Your Subdivision is Built on an Oil and Gas Biofield (salon) and your neighbors really don't want to know? (Sent in by a regular reader)....ugly rumors began to circulate. That a chunk of the subdivision had been built on a former oil and gas field. That deadly.....- 6/16/2007 8:28:34 AM
Who are the RFID Manufacturers Profitting from NAIS? (National Animal Identification System) (salon) Saw an article today that adds a sixth vendor to the list approved by the USDA. ALL of the AIN tags have a ISO-compliant RFID transponder (Transponder: a radio, radar, or sonar transceiver that automa.....- 6/15/2007 12:15:18 PM
TxDOT Wastes No Time to Toll Roads- EIGHTY-SEVEN candidate projects (salon) PDF here. Transportation officials on Thursday approved more than 80 toll road projects across the state, many of which probably would use some private financing. State lawmakers recently passed a two.....- 6/15/2007 6:45:53 AM
Take THAT, Blackstone! Senators Baucus and Grassley to Tax Private Equity Firms (salon) Good going! Thursday, two U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation that would tax all publicly traded partnerships, including private equity firms, which derive income from investment adviser or asset ma.....- 6/15/2007 6:27:22 AM
Americans in Rome were SHOCKED by Street Protest Against Bush (salon) but the real question is, why DON'T we see this type of street protest in this country? It's how the rest of the world (except maybe Albania) views us. For the Cooper family, from Knoxville, Tennessee.....- 6/15/2007 6:23:35 AM
McCain-in Texas-Disses Landowner's Concerns about, um, WATER for their cattle (salon) It's hard to understand why anyone would even want to vote for this guy for president. Luckily, he's done himself so much damage that he's a non-starter for most Republicans. Here's another example of.....- 6/15/2007 6:18:45 AM
Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Brings $64.7 Bill Funding Veterans- But Bush May Try to Kill It (salon) because Bush, unlike Chet Edwards, who is Bush's and our congressman in our district, only pays lip service to veterans. Almost two decades after pledging to take care of veterans, Democratic Rep. Che.....- 6/15/2007 5:04:03 AM
When Do We Hear Whether TAB Gets Tried on New Charges? Ronnie Earle Wants To Let a Jury Decide (salon) Background on Sid Miller's involvement with Texas Association of Business and those mailers that went out. and again, from last week. Travis County prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to look at the c.....- 6/15/2007 4:43:26 AM
Sid Miller Makes the *Dishonorable Mention* List on Texas Monthly's July Issue (salon) I don't have the issue yet so don't know what he's on it for, but I suspect it's because of his trying to STOP accountability for charter schools because of his wife's charter school, Erath Excels, th.....- 6/15/2007 4:37:38 AM
$14 Million 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 .....- 6/14/2007 4:12:00 PM
While the US Senate Works to Overturn Bush's Secretive Records Executive Order, Texas Toughens Up (salon) Remember how Bush, once he took office, very quickly created an executive order to keep his and other president's records secret? One wonders whether he didn't want the truth to come out about his fat.....- 6/14/2007 10:34:27 AM
In Michigan, CMS wants to inject crap into the ground- Antrim County Residents Against It (salon) Sometimes when I read of all the commercial injection wells going in, in Texas, mainly having to do with gas and oil waste, where CRAP and POLLUTANTS are injected into the ground, I forget that it isn.....- 6/14/2007 9:27:52 AM
TCEQ Rules in Favor of Oak Grove Coal Burning Plant in Robertson County, Texas (salon) The Robertson County politicos wanted it, the people DID NOT, because TXU did nothing to show that they were going to control, for example, mercury emissions. The TCEQ judge, despite the fact that a p.....- 6/14/2007 9:07:52 AM
Uranium Mining for Nuclear Power Plants- Another Way to Contaminate Water Supply (salon) And another reason that nuclear energy isn't all clean and wonderful-not if you have to do THIS to get uranium. While out last night, I heard part of the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and a bit he was doi.....- 6/14/2007 8:07:38 AM
Unpopular Bush Can't Even Raise Oodles of Money Any More for Repubs-So What Good Is He? (salon) Saw yesterday that Bush's approval rating is at an all time low, 29 percent. Makes it hard for Republicans to use Bush as a front shill man to cough up cash for them. And in fact, last night, he wasn'.....- 6/14/2007 8:00:53 AM
T Boone Pickens To Build World's Largest Windfarm--in the Texas Panhandle. (salon) Ah, T Boone Pickens, Corporate Raider, who decided to try to privatize water, both here locally and then with his Mesa operation in West Texas. He had plans to sell water to Dallas and other cities. N.....- 6/14/2007 7:35:47 AM
Pecan Plantation (Granbury, Hood Co, TX) Protest the Quicksilver Gas Processing Plant (salon) Which one is that? The one where Joshua Petrie died in an explosion a week or so ago. From Glen Rose, you go down 67 east, turn down 199, at the T take a right and go to the end of the road, crossing .....- 6/13/2007 11:57:03 PM
Republicans during GSA hearing: Ignore the law, attack the chairman (joe) Not one republican today stood up for the RIGHT thing at the oversight committee meeting today. They pandered to the person (or regents they are called) who donates (not necessarily raises as the pers.....- 6/13/2007 8:47:35 PM
More on those SPECS- Speed Cameras Texas TxDOT is Putting on State Highways (salon) - 6/13/2007 1:56:47 PM
Laura Bush can't lie any better then her loser hubby (joe) I saw an ad for Dr. Gupta and how he was going to be talking to Laura. I recall a video recently that I saw of him asking Laura how she quit smoking and then she never answered the question and talked.....- 6/13/2007 1:15:06 PM
The Small Details- Jane Nelson's Health Kick for Students? Or Wallet Kick Payback to Software Vendor? (salon) Thought this was interesting from Half Empty of Houston. He looked at SB530, authored by Jane Nelson of Flower Mound, and, while no one could complain about the benefits of exercise for kids, why is t.....- 6/13/2007 12:39:27 PM
Leininger's Texas Public Policy Foundation Panders to Citizens About the Trans Texas Corridor Getting Discarded (salon) Gee. An article that mentions *Research Fellow* Talmadge Heflin, who now works for the Texas Public Policy Foundation (James Leininger's conservative think tank) without saying that he used to be in t.....- 6/13/2007 1:51:16 AM
I confess-I've never watched even ONE episode of *The Sopranos* (salon) And I haven't missed it, haven't felt pangs of envy hearing of others watching. I kind of felt like I've been watching the true life adventures of a crime family with the Bushies et al in office... an.....- 6/12/2007 11:38:53 PM
Re: Lawsuit Against Banks That Helped Enron: Bush Says He's Not in Favor of 3rd Party Lawsuits (salon) Wrote earlier today about Bush saying, in effect, Screw You, to all the shareholders who were fleeced by the actions of the BANKS that helped Enron scam the public. Well, that was from yesterday, TODA.....- 6/12/2007 11:01:21 PM
Why Is USDOT Lobbying Congress Against Greenhouse Gas? Waxman Takes on Mary *Hawg Ridin'* Peters (salon) Isn't there ANY part of the US government that the Bush administration has not tried to politicize? It's entirely out of bounds for someone from Mary Peter's US Department of Transportation office to .....- 6/12/2007 10:27:32 PM
Father's Day for Peace-No More Victims (salon) - 6/12/2007 3:52:10 PM
Final Camp Casey Gathering at Crawford, Texas July 6-8th (and 50th Bday for Sheehan) (salon) "This is not a formal invitation, but just a heads up to let everyone know that we will be having a final Camp Casey gathering on July 6-8th in Crawford and a 50th birthday party for me. I sold t.....- 6/12/2007 3:47:09 PM
Speed Camera Traffic Ticketing by TxDot-Unsafe for Marble Falls but Safe for Municipalities and State Highways? (salon) Saw the related articles via Texas Safety Forum. One of the bills Governor 39 percent just signed allows TxDOT to put federally funded speed cameras on state highways... using... wait for it... FEDERA.....- 6/12/2007 2:31:04 PM
Baby Gosling Hatched (salon) Went out to check on the baby ducklings that hatched out last week, whose mama was killed by the raccoon, and saw that all the adult geese were standing around near the dog house where one of the Afri.....- 6/12/2007 2:07:56 PM
NAIS-RFID Tagging your Animals-Conference to include Canadian and Mexican participation (salon) Sure smacks of North American Union type of activities AND they will be discussing RFID tagging of animals.NIAA: Johanns, Canadian & Mexican Counterparts Invited To Address Premier ID Event BOWLIN.....- 6/12/2007 2:03:58 PM
Jauson King Riding Her Steer Across Iowa to Protest NAIS (National Animal Identification System) (salon) She's riding the steer to tell Iowans why she opposes a national animal identification system, or NAIS. This government system would force farmers to keep track all of their animals at all times, by u.....- 6/12/2007 9:42:13 AM
Problems Inherent in Financing Public Education and Private School Double Tax: Remnants of the Middle Class Fading Fast (pstern) There are many reasons for the problems inherent in providing financing for our public schools.It is a fact that an average of 80 percent of a homeowner’s property taxes goes to the local county distr.....- 6/12/2007 9:22:38 AM
US Voters *May* Face Campaign Fatigue- MAY? THE ELECTION Is 18 MONTHS AWAY (salon) The ONLY way I"m going to perk up about these elections is if I hear that any of the candidates are actually involved in a REAL debate, with follow up questions, where they don't have to raise th.....- 6/12/2007 9:10:33 AM
Think Your Local Newspaper is Local? Maybe Not. Macquarie of Australia buys up MORE American newspapers (salon) Already know that the Stephenville (Erath County) newspaper is owned by Macquarie, as well as, among others, the Waxahachie Light. Well, Macquarie is buying MORE United States community newspapers.Mac.....- 6/12/2007 9:06:18 AM
What Happened to Fort Hood Soldier Who Disappeared During Training? (salon) It's been SO hot here the last 4 or 5 days. One of the soldiers, Lawrence Sprader, who was doing training in the 15,000 acre training ground made a phone call that he had reached a paved road... and t.....- 6/12/2007 8:57:33 AM
Obscenely Rich-The Private Equity Kings Who Take Over Our Roads and Other INfrastructure (salon) Let's see. Blackstone Group's CEO, Stephen Schwarzman, made $398 MILLION dollars last year. Why does this matter? Because pension money going to support these guys. When Blackstone goes public, he wil.....- 6/12/2007 8:46:29 AM
California Public Employees Pension Funds Get Invested in ... INDIA.. and H1B Visas (salon) Have been thinking about pension funds being invested in private equity firm projects. Here's another example where it seems to me that United States pensions are being invested in projects that haste.....- 6/12/2007 8:38:10 AM
California Teacher's Retirement PENSION Funds to be Invested in Toll Roads, other PPP projects (salon) Yesterday I read that the Federal Govt is looking to put restrictions on PPP toll road projects, which is giving companies such as Goldman Sachs, etc, some queasiness. I've also wondered about the iss.....- 6/12/2007 8:06:49 AM
Bush Administration Flouts SEC decision to let shareholders SUE Wall Street Banks for Enron damages (salon) Everyone knows that some investment banks, including Merrill Lynch, Barclays, and Credit Suisse Group helped Enron commit fraud against shareholders. The question is, should shareholders be able to su.....- 6/12/2007 4:32:40 AM
Crazytalk's Visit to the Creation Science Museum in Kentucky (salon) - 6/11/2007 10:53:41 PM
Snicker: The George W Bush Presidential Library Bookmobile (salon) Kelso of the Austin-American Statesman cracks me up.The other idea I had was to put the George W. Bush Presidential Library in a bookmobile and drive it around Texas. That way, it could be out of ever.....- 6/11/2007 9:56:51 PM
Perry signs Transportation bill SB 792 --- there goes the neighborhood! (pstern) Texans and generations of our children's children are doomed to pay for toll roads currently being planned and the TTC-35, a.k.a., the Trans-Texas Corridor. No matter what legislators and/or advocacy .....- 6/11/2007 5:10:51 PM
Mary *Hawg-Ridin'* Peters- You VILL Pay To Ride Our Roads, They Vill be Toll and Ve Will Track All Your Movements (salon) Seems that when Mary Peters, Transportation Secretary, is toolling around the country looking to see how she can make the US government get out of paying for highways while padding the pocketbooks of .....- 6/11/2007 12:50:16 PM
Texas Lege Failed Us On Toll Roads-But Democrats at the Federal Level May Reverse the Land Grab (salon) Last month, Jim Oberstar and Peter DeFazio of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure spoke out against the PPPs (Private-Public Partnerships) that are running rampant in this country.....- 6/11/2007 11:37:05 AM
Gas Drilling at Joe Pool Lake in Duncanville at Former Town Dump - Slant Drilling (salon) - 6/11/2007 7:32:30 AM
Republican Ex-Constable Larry Dale Floyd of Denton County Back to Face Child Porn Charges (salon) I used to live in The Colony when Floyd was the constable. But EW, who knew he was a perv?  Anyway... he's BAACCCKKKKK! to face charges. (And this happened WHILE he was the constable)A former Denton C.....- 6/10/2007 9:36:53 PM
Creepy Surveillance News O Day- 2 Flying Saucers to Spy on People In Milan, Italy (salon) Shades of Minority ReportHelicopter-mounted cameras will monitor city streets and squares, seeking out unlicensed waste dumps and building sites. Drone-like devices with video game-style controls.MILA.....- 6/10/2007 2:17:07 PM
The Charter School Bill To CLOSE Schools Like Erath Excels (Erath Co TX) failed (salon) Remember how Sid Miller had the collossal nerve to speak out against Shapiro's bill that would bring accountability to charter schools that get unacceptable ratings? And, um, as it happens, his wife r.....- 6/10/2007 1:28:57 PM
Bush, Hated by Italians, Goes to Visit Italy Where Tens of Thousands Protest His Visit (salon) on the day after trials against United States CIA are going forth for them kidnapping people and *renditioning* them to torture prisons, which in this case happen to be in Poland and Czechoslovakia. P.....- 6/10/2007 1:17:32 PM
Cleburne (Johnson Co, TX) Family Sues ATMOS Gas over pipe explosion (salon) Background from May. ATMOS had gone back and repaired, not one, but THREE gas leaks.The Cleburne family whose house exploded May 29 filed a lawsuit Monday in the 413th District Court against Atmos Ene.....- 6/10/2007 11:06:41 AM
The "Dark Cloud" of Domestic Imperialism Hangs Over Our Soldiers: Eliminating, Then Privatizing The VA (pstern) The handwriting is on the wall! The Bush administration doesn’t want to maintain the VA as a government agency and is pushing to dismantle it. It is interesting to note that the VA works so very well .....- 6/9/2007 10:02:47 PM
Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Congress Has Moral Obligation to Fund War While Troops in Harm's Way (salon) Or, to be precise."Congress and the administration have a moral obligation to fund our troops while they are in harm's way. Without this funding, our troops would have been put at greater risk, a.....- 6/9/2007 2:10:22 PM
Oink! Pork Barrell for Sylvester Turner Park in Houston-It Pays To Brownose Craddick (salon) Sylvester- Gee, Shouldn't I Be Able to Snarf Up Some Dough for My Underprivileged Folks in My District? I Did Enough Sucking Up, After AllVoices of Reason: "In general, those that have the power .....- 6/9/2007 10:56:29 AM
DFW and Barnett Shale About to Be Full of Drill Rigs Thanks to Chesapeake (salon) *We're Going to Drill It All* -Makes you wonder what DFW will look like, smell like, and water taste like at the end of all this. Chesapeake Energy has drilled about 380 wells in North Texas' prolific.....- 6/9/2007 10:51:28 AM
Hank Gilbert on the Toll Road Compromise that Favors Big Business Over Small Town Rights (salon) Saw that Gilbert, who is described as a lobbyist in this article, gave a talk to the Gregg County Texas Democratic Women about the 80th Texas Lege session. Gilbert spoke in detail about Texas House Bi.....- 6/9/2007 7:50:09 AM
In Texas, a Salary of $150,000 Per is *Modest*?????? Pfffftttt Perry turns Down Raise, Already Rich as Croesus (salon) Wrote before about how the Texas Lege, while managing to give BACK the piddling raise they TOOK AWAY from teachers a few years ago, budgeted for some hefty raises for the politicians. Magnanimous Perr.....- 6/9/2007 7:43:40 AM
Cindy Sheehan's Crawford Land to be Sold to Radio Host Bree Walker (salon) She was going to sell the land on Ebay, but that crazy woman from Move America Forward, Melanie Whatsername, had said they were going to raise money to buy it, and Sheehan didn't want that. Cindy Shee.....- 6/9/2007 7:35:22 AM
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