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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) 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 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) 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.....- 6/11/2007 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) 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 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
Movie Recommendation: *The Prisoner Or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair* (salon) Got this through Netflix the other day-the movie, a documentary, is about an Iraqi man, a reporter, who was put in Abu Ghraib, but in one of the camps where people picked up accidentally were kept. Yo.....- 6/9/2007 7:30:31 AM
Harming small animals vs. Ripping heads off of small animals (joe) I'm reading some news about this person who allegedly killed someone and how the info on his myspace site is somehow indicative of the person's behavior. According to the article "His interests i.....- 6/8/2007 1:07:10 PM
Caught A Raccoon! And Video of Duckling Egg Hatching (salon) Yesterday, when I went out to take the dogs to the vet, I saw that one of the ducks had been torn apart and was laying by the fence.... and judging from the body, it hadn't happened too long before. I.....- 6/8/2007 8:35:29 AM
GOP Leaders are on the war-path against their own party members!!! (pstern) According to:    www.quorumreport.comJune 7, 2007      4:13 PMSREC CONSIDERS OPTIONS ON ANTI-CRADDICK REPUBLICANSAnti-Craddick walkout inspires ireThe abortive Speaker coup d’etat was the talk of the .....- 6/7/2007 10:05:10 PM
Pro-road bond officials try another "end around" (pstern) According to:    www.quorumreport.comJune 7, 2007      4:13 PMSREC CONSIDERS OPTIONS ON ANTI-CRADDICK REPUBLICANSAnti-Craddick walkout inspires ireThe abortive Speaker coup d’etat was the talk of the .....- 6/7/2007 5:29:26 PM
The House held hearings on increasing MPG and who was against it? The auto manufacturers.... (joe) That's right...it wasn't big oil that was telling congress that increasing the MPG was a bad idea, it was the car manufacturers. You would think that with all the bad business decisions these folks ha.....- 6/7/2007 10:59:38 AM
Heritage Foundation cares more about money than families... (joe) So I'm listening to NPR on my drive into work today and I hear a question asked of the person representing the Heritage Foundation about why they have a problem with the immigration plan as it brings .....- 6/7/2007 9:47:29 AM
The Art of Waging War: Iran, She ran, He ran, We all should run (pstern) Slowly but surely the Bush administration still is eyeballing its next invasion --- Iran. We're told it has an "unstable" government and we need to restrain it, that it has "nuklear&quo.....- 6/6/2007 9:50:57 PM
At Least Lon Burnam Cared about the Trans Texas Corridor Bill (salon) Peter Stern sent him an email about the fake moratorium bill. Burnam's reply.Thank you for your recent email concerning SB 792. The bill did pass both the House and the Senate and has been sent to the.....- 6/6/2007 5:58:18 PM
Did the United States REFUSE to Sign a SOFA Agreement with Afghanistan and Iraq? (salon) I've been railing pretty hard against SOFA agreements lately because they appear to be slanted in favor of the United States, with the countries signing them getting the worst of the deal with regards.....- 6/6/2007 1:55:04 PM
Hmm. Iraqis Vote on US Troops in Iraq- One Benchmark Going to be Hard to Meet-The SOFA Agreement (salon) Background on the SOFA agreement, which is what Bush wants, and is included AS A BENCHMARK for the Iraqis to sign. Iraqi politicians have passed a resolution requiring the government to seek parliamen.....- 6/6/2007 1:27:35 PM
US Veteran Files Lawsuit Against US Government for Hiring Mercenaries for the Military (salon) Seems that the United States government is BREAKING THE LAW when it hires soldiers of forture aka contractors  and the plaintiff believes that is against America's core values.A federal judge yesterda.....- 6/6/2007 1:14:02 PM
Did You See the Movie *Constant Gardener*? Pharma Pfizer Being Sued by Nigerians (salon) The pharmaceutical giant firm Pfizer Inc. fought back Tuesday over a massive lawsuit filed by Nigeria, which alleges the US firm tested an unapproved drug on Nigerian children with meningitis that lef.....- 6/6/2007 12:51:04 PM
Lightning Fires Linked to Gas Tubing - Corrugated Stainless Steel- CSST (salon)  A Class Action Lawsuit against four manufacturers of a relatively new type of fuel gas tubing has identified the installation of a lightning protection system as a remedy for the fire risk associated.....- 6/6/2007 12:47:26 PM
Gas Line Rupture Explosion O Day- Missouri City, Texas Woman and Center Point (salon) I wrote in January about this explosion in which Mary Ann Smith miraculously didn't die, but her home was leveled. Today, I see she has filed suit against Center Point Energy.A Missouri City woman who.....- 6/6/2007 12:44:59 PM
Nuclear Power Cheap----HOW? Uranium Prices Going up to $200 in next 2 years (salon) Who picks up the cost of that if not the electricity rate-payer? But it's  a bonanza for speculators, such as Macquarie.Uranium spot prices may reach $200 a pound within the next two years, buoyed by .....- 6/6/2007 12:30:49 PM
USDA and FFA Forming Partnership for NAIS - American's Youth Used to Backdoor Intrusion (salon) Don't forget that, even though NAIS is voluntary now, the USDA wants it to be mandatory.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National FFA Organization announced a partnership is forming f.....- 6/6/2007 12:25:34 PM
Whining Auto Execs Put the Squeeze On Congress to Lower CAFE Standards (salon) which Congress is going to vote on next week. The heads of the domestic auto industry are pressing congressional leaders to revisit a plan to increase fuel efficiency standards that automakers say cou.....- 6/6/2007 12:11:08 PM
Putin on the US Missiles in Europe-He Sounds Reasonable To Me (salon) From Der Spiegel.QUESTION: One of the biggest problems between Moscow and Washington is the American plan to install a missile shield in Eastern Europe. Russia has reacted very sharply to the plan. Bu.....- 6/6/2007 12:01:36 PM
Bob Ray Sanders on the Inclusion of God into the Texas Pledge (salon) One of my favorite reads.It's been a pretty sorry pledge all along, and to be honest, adding God doesn't help.But that wasn't enough for the zealots in Austin who, like the Pharisees of the New Testam.....- 6/6/2007 11:50:04 AM
Gas WEll Drilling in Residential Neighborhoods in Fort Worth-You'd Think Only the Havenots are unhappy (salon) The problem with articles like these, that present unhappy people who don't want oil and gas rigs right next to their home, or their school, or on their golf course, is that the implication is that ON.....- 6/6/2007 11:47:12 AM
Tarrant County Hates Citizens- Wants Perry to Veto Eminent Domain Bill (salon) God forbid that people should be treated fairly when the govenrment wants to take their land..Now here's an issue that national government could push. I remember a bunch of Senators, including Cornyn,.....- 6/6/2007 11:31:50 AM
MrToiletSeat and Toto The Washlet- Solving the Never Ending Problem of Bathroom Issues (salon) Because Men Can't Seem To Keep from Peeing On the Toilet Seat.Saw an article about a Hico man who has invented a toilet seat that really is for men. The toilet device detects if the seat is down, afte.....- 6/6/2007 11:21:13 AM
And One More Pic of the HUMONGOUS US Embassy in Iraq-Bird's Eye View (salon) P.S. I tried to look at this in Google Maps, and while Googile shows intrusive neighborhood pictures, including people walking on the street and cats in the window, in AMERICA, you can't get a good l.....- 6/6/2007 11:06:51 AM
On Militarism of the United States Empire-and Bill Clinton (salon) I've been reading the book "The New American Militarism", which is an excellent read. I hadn't really considered that one reason Ronald Reagan was popular with the neocon oriented Republican.....- 6/6/2007 11:03:14 AM
Hillary Clinton Leaving Troops in Iraq AFTER the War Ends-and the Dodge of *Permanent Bases* (salon) Hillary Clinton plans to leave troops in Iraq even after the *war* in Iraq ends, even while saying there is no intention to occupy Iraq on a permanent basis. So, if someone came into your home and.....- 6/6/2007 10:39:04 AM
Imperial America as Empire-And US Putting Missiles In Europe (salon) I still have a part of me that is amazed at the sheer tone-deaf arrogance of George Bush. Several weeks ago I heard a spokesman from Russia say that he didn't want US Missiles sitting right outside th.....- 6/6/2007 10:23:31 AM
What IS Quicksilver's LONESTAR MARVEL GIRL PRODUCTION FACILITY near Kopperl, TX that required an Air Permit (salon) from TCEQ? It's in Bosque County between Glen Rose and KopperlLocation: FROM INTERSECTION OF FM 56 AND HIGWAY 144 SOUTH OF GLEN ROSE GO SOUTHEAST ON FM 56 ~ 8.25 MILES TURN RIGHT SOUTH SOUTHEAST ONTO .....- 6/6/2007 10:08:18 AM
US Ramping up Air Strikes on Iraq- Creating More Civilian Deaths-And More Americans Discouraged (salon) Count me among those who WANT TO SEE THIS IRAQ DEBACLE ENDED... along with all troops out of Iraq... immediately.. .and not left behind to do *other things*. Military deaths are now at 3495But of cour.....- 6/6/2007 10:04:17 AM
Dick Cheney and the Call Girl? Globe's Weekly Mag Cover of Slime (salon) Another Bush administration scandal hits the front page of the Globe magazine-notice the prominent place for the callout. What's this about? The DC Madam has Cheney's phone number in her records. Inci.....- 6/6/2007 8:49:29 AM
Yet ANOTHER place Bush Broke the Law- Re: 1991 Law on Congressional Notification (salon) WHY is Congress dragging their feet about impeaching this criminal? The President is NOT above the law! The Bush administration may have sidestepped a key 1991 law regarding congressional notification.....- 6/5/2007 9:48:13 AM
Ohio Vet Arrested for Opposing Military Recruitment in Public Library (Stow-Munroe Falls) (salon) So... Freedom of speech for military recruiters in the library to not only leave brochures but approach people in the library.. but not for a Gulf War veteran? Tim Coil served in the first Gulf War an.....- 6/4/2007 7:26:07 PM
Bush Lies Again- Said He'd Made an Executive Order to EPA about Greenhouse Gasses-Nope! (salon) Wouldn't it be nice to have a president you trusted? That you knew wasn't going to go out into the public arena and tell people lies? Till we have one, it sure is good we have Henry Waxman! Monday, Ma.....- 6/4/2007 4:48:46 PM
What If Cintra and Macquarie Had Financial Trouble and Went Under, Enron Style? (salon) Article about the Indiana toll road says that the money was already paid up front so even if, say, Indiana had to take back the roads, they'd be fine.An investor known for predicting the collapse of t.....- 6/4/2007 4:06:58 PM
Hypocrites! Military Holding Hearing about Vet Wearing Military Uniform at Anti-War Protest (salon) but it's friggin okay to see BUSH use the military constantly as PROPS for his political career? I lost count of how many times I've seen military people IN UNIFORM standing behind him while he speaks.....- 6/4/2007 3:48:48 PM
Remember How the US put CHILDREN in Guantanamo Bay? Today, One has had Charges dropped (salon) Omar and his momThe Bush administration denied that there were *children* in Guatanamo Bay, even though there were a number of nations protesting about it. From May 28, 2006The notorious US detention .....- 6/4/2007 2:37:26 PM
The Fallacy of *Supporting the Troops* No Matter What.. and Why This Panders to Mililtarism (salon) I've been reading the book " The New American Militarism" by Bakevich this week. Although I'm only in the second chapter, the first "Wilsonians Under Arms" lays out an idea.....- 6/4/2007 2:15:26 PM
Ew! Get a ROOM! But Senators Have their Own Nooky Hideaways (salon) Blech. Shouldn't Senators who are banging side pieces when not voting or meeting with their constituents have the decency (hmmm, decency isn't the right word, is it?) to go down the street to the loca.....- 6/4/2007 1:32:08 PM
White Man's World- More on the CNN Democratic Debate Last Night (salon) Again. I didn't watch. I don't really care at this point who *wins* a PR showing. I care about some issues that I have not yet heard definitive answers to, like What's Your Position on Bush's Permanen.....- 6/4/2007 1:15:26 PM
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