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Vanilla Ice and Stephen Baldwin in Stephenville, TX to Film Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge (salon) The Stephenville E-T says they needed bug spray!According to a spokesperson for CMT, Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle), musician/rapper, and Stephen Baldwin, actor, went on a late night shopping spree and .....- 6/2/2007 11:27:14 AM
Time Slice Technologies Was By Here Yesterday Surveying for Quicksilver (salon) I think I'll photo-diary the timeline of what happens after this. I was out yesterday and when I came back, I saw that the Timeslice people had been on our land spray painting trees and bushes and put.....- 6/2/2007 10:47:48 AM
U.S. Imperative: Suddenly, ‘America, the Beautiful’ Doesn’t Look So Pretty Anymore (pstern) I think I'll photo-diary the timeline of what happens after this. I was out yesterday and when I came back, I saw that the Timeslice people had been on our land spray painting trees and bushes and put.....- 6/2/2007 5:08:25 AM
Apple collecting your data: Download a song from iTunes and your info is embedded in the song (joe) So if you share it they will send the MPAA & FOXNEWS police to come and get you and your stupid little iPod.Anger over DRM-free iTunes tracks The launch of music tracks free of digital locks on iT.....- 6/1/2007 10:37:26 AM
Thoughts on the accused 'Spam King' (joe) I have no sympathy for those that send me spam but I do have a very bad taste of cases being tried on TV before they are ever tried in court. Here I am reading that this person is accused (and they us.....- 6/1/2007 10:27:10 AM
Hey Republicans, the senate wants to keep 140,000 foreign workers here... (joe) I know this just drives you guys nuts...A bi-partisan group of U.S. senators next week is expected to introduce to the immigration reform bill an amendment that proposes to retain a pool of 140,000 em.....- 6/1/2007 10:14:15 AM
Patrick Moore: *It's Not as If Everyone is Dead*-Oh, THAT's a Ringing Endorsement for Nuclear Waste (salon) Good article about the PR push to *greenwash* nuclear energy.  Besides the other obvious points in the article, such as what do you DO with all that nuclear waste? And are nuclear power plants without.....- 5/31/2007 6:51:57 PM
Heh. Bush Wanted to *Burnish* his Humanitarian Credentials-but You Have to Have 'Em First to Burnish 'Em (salon) Good article about the PR push to *greenwash* nuclear energy.  Besides the other obvious points in the article, such as what do you DO with all that nuclear waste? And are nuclear power plants without.....- 5/31/2007 6:48:52 PM
Property Tax Time Again: Hunting Season Opens on Homeowners (pstern) What Homeowners Can Do To Get Proposed Appraisal Values Decreased! It's that time of the year again when Texas homeowners receive their proposed appraisal value increases on their homes and properties.....- 5/31/2007 2:13:34 PM
Explosion in Cleburne (Johnson Co) TX from Natural Gas in Sewer Lines (salon) On Tuesday night a house an explosion set a house on fire in Cleburne and injured 5 of the occupants. I saw this at the time but since the house was all-electric, was waiting to see what the cause of .....- 5/31/2007 11:09:17 AM
2 Drownings on the Paluxy Near Glen Rose at Low-Water Crossing-2007 (salon) Mail lady came up to the door to bring me a package and asked if I had heard about the drownings on the Paluxy. I hadn't, pretty sad. Apparently a teenage girl from Stephenville drowned on Tuesday.....- 5/31/2007 11:04:29 AM
Why the Texas Lege House Fight This Weekend Was So Satisfying Versus Bush Shenanigans (salon) You know you have crossed over into political nerddom when you spend part of your holiday weekend up on the Texas Legislature site watching either live or archived broadcasts of House proceedings. Tha.....- 5/31/2007 9:22:28 AM
New US Military Bases Opening in Kurdistan Region? -And Quaker Map (salon) I'll repeat again that the question MUST be asked directly of the Democratic Presidential candidates- IF Iraq, as part of their benchmarks, signs a SOFA agreement that allows the US military to mainta.....- 5/31/2007 8:40:15 AM
Editor of Dripping Springs News-Dispatch buys into the myth that Rep. Patrick Rose initiated on his own a deal with TxDOT on FM 1826 (pstern) Legislator's misinformation "bought and sold" by local editor... To the Editor of the Dripping Springs News-Dispatch: As a Driftwood resident living right on FM 1826 who was directly involve.....- 5/30/2007 5:41:46 PM
PPP O Day - Australia-What if Private Sector Could Charge for *Luxury* Water? (salon) Interesting proposition. Executive director Garry Bowditch says one of the key areas is charging a different price for water used for swimming pools compared to everyday uses, such as drinking and was.....- 5/30/2007 4:54:18 PM
NRC Revises Rules at Nuclear Power Plants-for Sleepy, Inattentive Security Guards (salon) Of course, if approved, this would include Comanche Peak.Federal regulators are revising work rules to help keep security guards at nuclear plants alert and not sleepy, recognizing that fatigue can al.....- 5/30/2007 2:02:31 PM
Speaking of the HUGE Embassy in Iraq, How About Them Tennis Courts and Swimming Pool? (salon) TomDispatch makes some points about how the US Embassy in Iraq is like an imperial mother ship being dropped in Iraq. As an outpost, this vast compound reeks of one thing: imperial impunity. It was ne.....- 5/30/2007 1:47:55 PM
Hey Middle East, you want to know what the white man's version of democracy looks like? Ask North American Indian tribes... (joe) You know...the ones we 'took' the land from originally. Take a trip up to the Black Hills and visit with the Sioux tribes of South Dakota, Montana, & Nebraska. Ask them what they think about the w.....- 5/30/2007 1:06:13 PM
One Iraqi Benchmark: Sign the Dang SOFA Agreement Aka Bush Wants Long Term Military Presence in Iraq (salon) I've been talking about the SOFA agreements for the last month, and how at least one Iraqi official WANTS the US to stay in Iraq. What I wonder is, IF Iraq passes a SOFA agreement that would keep US t.....- 5/30/2007 12:37:46 PM
Military Recruiting Tactics Questioned about Austin Bowie HS Grad Killed in Iraq. (salon) Mathew LaForest enlisted in the Army in August 2004, three months after he graduated from high school.Although LaForest grew up on military bases, his decision to join the infantry in wartime came as .....- 5/30/2007 11:53:00 AM
Oh, Please. TX Governor 39 Percent Is Getting a $35,000 PAY RAISE? Meanwhile, teachers get a modest one. (salon) Mathew LaForest enlisted in the Army in August 2004, three months after he graduated from high school.Although LaForest grew up on military bases, his decision to join the infantry in wartime came as .....- 5/30/2007 11:30:02 AM
Gee! Not Everyone Wants XTO's Gas Well Near Their Schools- Burleson (Johnson County) Texas (salon) But after all, the school WOULD be located on the opposite end from the gas wells. The best part of this article, besides the irate citizen comments, was reading about Walt Dueease, XTO attorney, who .....- 5/30/2007 11:22:35 AM
Waco Friends of Peace Challenged Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) on his War Appropriations Bill Vote on Tuesday (salon) Nestled in an article about Cindy Sheehan (Crawford, as we all know, is in our congressional district 17) was a bit from Alan Northcutt's plans for Tuesday. You go, Alan! Alan Northcutt of Waco Friend.....- 5/30/2007 11:08:22 AM
If the NAFTA Superhighway is an *Urban Legend*, Why the NASCO Conference Today in Fort Worth, Texas? (salon) The last couple of weeks I've seen an article that was picked up by newspapers around the country, and it appears to have been PR trying to soothe people's fears about a huge HIGHWAY splitting the cou.....- 5/30/2007 10:37:31 AM
What if we gave a coup and nobody came? (pstern) Then we'd still have the Texas legislature as is. It's a good thing these legislators weren't part of the revolution against King George of England back in 1776, or we all still would be a part of Gre.....- 5/30/2007 2:29:40 AM
Bush Says Iraq War and Militarily Taking Down Tyrants is America's Destiny (salon) Reference: Joe writing about this the other day. I thought I'd go look at the actual video to see him saying that, and when I looked again at the Newsweek article referencing this, the *destiny* refer.....- 5/29/2007 12:08:11 PM
Bush Ignores Reality and Thinks Most Americans Agree With Him About His Failed Iraq War Policy (salon) AP article calls it his *alternative reality*. I call it willfully delusional.Democrats view the November elections that gave them control of Congress as a mandate to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq......- 5/29/2007 11:20:40 AM
Somervell County Pic O Day-Geese (salon) AP article calls it his *alternative reality*. I call it willfully delusional.Democrats view the November elections that gave them control of Congress as a mandate to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq......- 5/29/2007 10:40:12 AM
In Honor of Cindy Sheehan For What She did-Some Videos from Camp Casey (salon) that I took in 2005 and 2006. August 10  August 11   August 12   2006Bush- *It's Important for me to get on with my life* for why he didn't meet with SheehanChet Edwards on why he didn't meet with Cin.....- 5/29/2007 9:57:43 AM
Rainwater harvesting in Texas-This Year has been a perfect time (salon) I took a class recently on rainwater harvesting and it inspired me. I was worried a couple of weeks ago that I wouldn't get the chance to collect rainwater but oh, baby, has it been RAINING. Every sin.....- 5/29/2007 9:34:11 AM
Summary of the 2007 Texas Legislature Session (salon) I took a class recently on rainwater harvesting and it inspired me. I was worried a couple of weeks ago that I wouldn't get the chance to collect rainwater but oh, baby, has it been RAINING. Every sin.....- 5/29/2007 8:38:30 AM
Hey! Slow Down! Truck Traffic in Johnson County, TX Speed Limits to be Lowered (salon) Article in the FWST about Johnson County Commissioner's Court voting on lowering speed limits, for commercial trucks, on county roads from 40 mph to 30 mph. GOOD! Commissioners say they've gotten nume.....- 5/29/2007 8:17:44 AM
Ponder (Denton Co) TX - Injecting Nasty Waste Into The Ground News O Day (salon) No more carefree bike rides for kids in this neighborhood once the THIRD commercial waste injection well goes in around this city. Chief Operating LLC received a permit to drill an underground injecti.....- 5/29/2007 7:53:32 AM
SB 792, the fake moratorium bill, sits on the governor's desk (pstern) These days it seems harder to judge friend or foe.It's a very sad day for Texans, but most don't even know about SB 792 and its pending repercussions.Promising Texans to watch out for their best inter.....- 5/28/2007 4:59:38 PM
PPP-Private Public Partnerships and Tying Them to People's Pension Funds (salon) First up, I clipped some of the hearing Barney Frank held about 2 weeks ago on PPPs-you can find them on CanOFun here- search on PPP if they've floated to another page. I've been wondering how many pe.....- 5/28/2007 4:21:46 PM
Perfect *The United States Has to Be In Iraq to Fight the Terrorists Who Are in Iraq Because the US Is in Iraq* (salon) The Palm Beach Post nails it. So, in a commencement speech this week at the Coast Guard Academy and in a White House news conference, President Bush fell back on the argument that even if the surge do.....- 5/28/2007 4:12:44 PM
AUDIO- Walkout of Craddick-the-Dictator Opponents on May 27, 2007 (Sunday night) (salon) Watched this today and made an MP3 of it. I had my popcorn all warm and toasty and was not disappointed. When you see Republicans like Krusee and Haggerty making speeches against Craddick, you know th.....- 5/28/2007 4:07:49 PM
Nearly ONE THOUSAND American Troops Have been Killed in Iraq.. Since LAST Memorial Day (salon) (Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius places a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony in Topeka, Kan-remember, not enough National Guard in her state for natural disasters)and that number is expected to rise......- 5/28/2007 11:50:53 AM
Iraq and Afghanistan wars are part of our countries 'destiny' says Bush (joe) President Bush thinks that Afghanistan and Iraq are part of our countries 'destiny'. Brings back a 'Back to the Future' momemt, 'I am your destiny' in my best George McFly voice. Ok I really can't mak.....- 5/28/2007 11:58:48 AM
Dysfunctional Family at the State Capitol (pstern) Legislative upheaval didn't  happen overnight! Last night there was a walkout staged by more than one-third of our legislators. It took years of dysfunctionality and poor leadership to get to this poi.....- 5/28/2007 10:21:46 AM
Windmill In Your Back Yard-Off the Grid-NOT if You're in Melissa, Texas (salon) Because I used to live in Denton County, I have a picture in my mind of what it looks like up 75, North of McKinney, when you follow 121 north. I suppose I need to revise that, because now I imagine t.....- 5/28/2007 10:40:46 AM
Anti-War? In Alabama, Department of Homeland Security Thinks You're a Terrorist (salon) And it wasn't merely anti-war activists; also libertarians, gay rights, and pro-life activists. After complaints by, um, CITIZENS, who saw the website, the DHS in Alabama took that part of the website.....- 5/28/2007 9:22:45 AM
Republicans Push Reduction of Troops Later This Year Now That the Dems Have Capitulated (salon) Series of news articles coming out today that are entitled with titles about troop *reductions* after General Patreus report later this year. They are coming from... Republicans, who undoubtedly are w.....- 5/27/2007 7:31:43 PM
Let's Auction Off the Presidency-With the Winner Being the One That Raises the Most Campaign Money (salon) Saw this in Texas Observer, May 18, 2007, in an article about the book "The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy and the Hundred Years War Over the American Dollar" by Brands. I liked what Steve.....- 5/27/2007 6:21:59 PM
Texas SB 482 DEAD- TXU Now Free To Screw Over Rateholders (salon) As it evolved to a House-Senate compromise last week, the bill would have: •Given the Public Utility Commission new authority to levy fines – as much as $1 million a day – on any company that manipula.....- 5/27/2007 5:51:49 PM
Who in the Texas Delegation Has the Most Clout? Chet Edwards US House Dist 17 (salon) He comes in even above KBH, according to power rankings of both the US Senate and the House. 37-Edwards39-Reyes40-KBHand (snicker)77-CornynRep. Gene Green, D-Houston, came in at 91; Sheila Jackson Lee.....- 5/27/2007 5:48:21 PM
FWST has an article on Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Today (salon) Getting to Know Your Elected Officials.Biggest constituent priority right now? Strengthening homeland security, fighting terroristsNot THIS constituent. Mine is getting the heck COMPLETELY out of Iraq.....- 5/27/2007 5:42:57 PM
AUDIO- Selected Bits from Texas House on Friday- Old Parlimentarian Versus New and Disruptions of Dictator (salon) Getting to Know Your Elected Officials.Biggest constituent priority right now? Strengthening homeland security, fighting terroristsNot THIS constituent. Mine is getting the heck COMPLETELY out of Iraq.....- 5/27/2007 5:21:09 PM
AUDIO- Exchange of Jim Dunnam with Craddick about The Texas House Rules, May 2007 (salon) MP3  Adding a second one (MP3) from this afternoon. What's sort of amusing in a sick way is how Craddick repeats what the parlimentarian says-it reminds one of a puppet and puppeteer. I mean, why don'.....- 5/27/2007 4:56:33 PM
AUDIO- Mark Strama on Craddick's Disregard of Texas House Rules -May 27, 2007 (salon) MP3  Wow, that was powerful. I'm watching the House floor live and saw weasely looking Craddick get up quickly after Strama had finished WHILE THE GALLERY ERUPTED IN APPLAUSE.  You know, when I listen.....- 5/27/2007 4:07:23 PM
US Airstrikes in Iraq-More Civilian Deaths Than Other Type of Weaponry? Why Secret? (salon) A must read. Did the U.S. military use cluster bombs in Iraq in 2006 and then lie about it? Does the U.S. military keep the numbers of rockets and cannon rounds fired from its planes and helicopters s.....- 5/27/2007 3:48:08 PM
Heh- Hogzilla O Day and Other Predator Musings (salon) Jamison Stone, 11, poses with a wild pig he killed near Delta, Ala., May 3, 2007. Stone's father says the hog weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout to the b.....- 5/27/2007 9:51:45 AM
The *Other* War- Taliban Defeated? No. And US Military Commitment Becoming a Burden (salon) Remember that ha-ha moment when Bush said the Taliban had been defeated? (Sept 27, 2004) -" And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence. And the people of Afg.....- 5/27/2007 9:24:04 AM
Passage of SB 792: a bad joke against hardworking Texans (pstern) Legislators lied to Texans!!! What happened to the 2-year toll moratorium portion of this bill, that was almost unanimously approved by the House and Senate?  What happened to making TxDOT more accoun.....- 5/26/2007 11:41:35 PM
Czechs Don't Want US Military Presence in Their Country- 2/3 Don't Want Radar Base (salon) How would WE feel if a foreign government wanted to put a military base on our soil? Czech Government says PFFFFFF to the people who live there. The govt must be getting a LOT of money from the United.....- 5/26/2007 5:17:49 PM
Explosion at Quicksilver Gas Processing Plant in Granbury (Hood County) Texas (salon) A 27-year-old Mineral Wells man was in critical condition Friday night after an explosion at a Quicksilver Resources natural gas processing plant in southeast Hood County. The explosion occurred when .....- 5/26/2007 4:20:21 PM
Audio- TX House-Tommy Merritt Tries A Point of Order and Ghostly Disembodied Speaker Channels Sylvester Turner (salon) It's been raining out today and it's too wet to do yard projects, so I thought I'd listen to the Texas House, especially since the brouhaha over trying to oust Creepy Dictator Craddick sounded kind of.....- 5/26/2007 2:28:14 PM
AUDIO- SB792 from Saturday Session as Explained by Smith and Questions by Kolkhorst et al (salon) It's been raining out today and it's too wet to do yard projects, so I thought I'd listen to the Texas House, especially since the brouhaha over trying to oust Creepy Dictator Craddick sounded kind of.....- 5/26/2007 2:03:39 PM
FISA Lies- Mike McConnell MISREPRESENTS the FISA Law to Try to Swindle the American Public (salon) I saw an article this morning that is essentially a WP article being reposted in newspapers all over the country-it is entitled "FISA: A law that terrorism has outrun for too long" and is wr.....- 5/26/2007 12:22:38 PM
Permanent Occupation in Iraq- Bush's New Snake Oil to Fool People Into Thinking We're Leaving Iraq (salon) VIDEO on CanOFun where Bush, in October 2006, is asked about permanent bases in Iraq.Don't be FOOLED by the so-called shift in direction by Bush. It is the SAME direction he has been planning all alon.....- 5/26/2007 10:19:40 AM
U.S. Government Policy: Going down for the 3rd time- Neither Republicans nor Democrats Deserve the 2008 Presidency (salon) (Special to Salon-from Peter Stern)We may not know where we're heading, but we're certainly on our way. The way things are going in Washington and throughout the nation neither Republicans nor Democra.....- 5/26/2007 8:47:46 AM
Speaker only one safe in Texas from legislature? (pstern) Who is protecting the people of Texas? House Speaker Tom Craddick played another hand of legislative Texas Hold'em [poker] and again "beat the pants off" House Representatives who wanted to .....- 5/26/2007 8:21:44 AM
So.. Clinton Waited to Vote No AFTER the Vote Count Showed the Funding Passed- Video (salon) When I was watching Countdown last night, KO several times interrupted his interviews to keep us updated on what was going on with the spending bill. It was notable that both Obama AND Clinton waited .....- 5/25/2007 11:41:53 PM
BREAKING NEWS: FM 1826 (pstern) BREAKING NEWS:        FM 1826  Neighbors, friends, constituents and media contacts: Our combined efforts have resolved the FM 1826 issue.   I received an informal communication from the Senate Committ.....- 5/25/2007 5:42:03 PM
Kitty Pic O Day (salon) BREAKING NEWS:        FM 1826  Neighbors, friends, constituents and media contacts: Our combined efforts have resolved the FM 1826 issue.   I received an informal communication from the Senate Committ.....- 5/25/2007 1:58:57 PM
Democrat by Default - An Expression that Explains Who I Am (salon) I read this excellent post on *Campaigning in Texas" in which M Parsons writes an open letter to Howard Dean explaining how he feels about the Democratic party. The line ..Dear Dr. Dean: I want y.....- 5/25/2007 1:19:59 PM
Ve Are Vatching You At Ze Airport-Vat Is Zat Shirt? TSA on the Job (salon) It's not so much that TSA catches people wearing fake military uniforms EVEN THOUGH THE MAN HAD LONG HAIR. It's that they have creepy people in a group called "TSA Behavior Detection Team" t.....- 5/25/2007 12:56:31 PM
ASK Clinton/Obama/Edwards about Military Bases in Iraq AFTER Troop Withdrawal (whenever the heck that is) (salon) WILL there be American military in Iraq after a so-called troop withdrawal? (which seems to be couched as *combat troops* versus, what? Training-The-Iraqi-Troops? Ad infinitum? I want to hear a straig.....- 5/25/2007 12:28:47 PM
The Iraq SellOut- Bad To Worse- David Sirota About the Dems Bragging to the Press About What they Did (salon) Yeah. Watching the Dems go on teevee and try to tell the ignorant that they were actually standing up against Bush by voting for funding the war made me ill. But there's a piece to what the Democrats .....- 5/25/2007 11:21:18 AM
Why Don't They Just Frisk and XRay All the School Kids in Dallas Every Time They Come or Go? (salon) I mean, wouldn't it be easier (she said with a voice dripping with sarcasm) to get one of those Naked Xray machines the airport is using and process each kid through there with the vice principal look.....- 5/25/2007 10:56:22 AM
NC-Wake Co Superior Court- ANY Religious Text, including Koran, May be used to swear in witnesses (salon) The Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a ruling by a North Carolina judge that any religious text, not just a Bible, may be used to swear in witnesses or jurors in that state.....- 5/24/2007 6:04:25 PM
Kucinich Voted No on the Bill to Fund the Occupation of Iraq-Tells Colleagues to get a spine (salon) Well, not exactly get a spine, those are MY words. WASHINGTON, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) will vote No on the latest bill to fund the continued occupation.....- 5/24/2007 5:56:25 PM
Terrorism Fears by the Energy Dept- Pantex in Amarillo, Nuclear Weapons Site, is on STRIKE (salon) Let's see. One of the plants that helps the US with their Nuclear Weapons Program has unionized guards that are on strike. After 6 weeks, the Energy Dept is getting worried and has sent a top security.....- 5/24/2007 5:48:20 PM
Sid Miller Says the State of Texas *OWNS* Erath Excels Charter School and his wife is *Just An Employee* (salon) The other day Sid Miller said he had no problem with voting against Shapiro's bill to bring more accountability to charter schools and that he didn't think it was a conflict of interest to fight again.....- 5/24/2007 4:55:24 PM
74% of Muslims Surveyed Wants US To Remove Bases and Military Forces From all Islamic Countries (salon) Article in US News on the US through Muslim Eyes. An extensive, new public opinion survey conducted in four predominantly Muslim countries finds not only that hard feelings toward the United States' g.....- 5/24/2007 4:24:03 PM
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