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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) - 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
David Sirota Video of the Democratic Debate Last night- The Innocent Bystander Fable (salon) - 6/4/2007 12:33:02 PM
On the Internet? Ze Borg Microsoft is Vatching You and Knows Who You Are (salon) Sheesh. I thought I was annoyed before by Microsoft's Phishing filter on websites that, on simple entry form boxes, can popup and warn people that a site is probably phishing for their personal info (.....- 6/4/2007 11:50:40 AM
Um. Building Zones in Iraq for Merchants is a GOOD thing? US Military Thinks So (salon) Everybody knows that the United States stiffed Iraq when the US was invaded, as far as businesses and contracts. Who got the lucrative contracts for work? Most of the time, not Iraqis, who were hired .....- 6/4/2007 11:25:07 AM
If you Support Nuclear Power Plants, Would You Be Happy To Have one Built Within 5 Miles of You? (salon) Sometimes I wonder what people are thinking when they answer polls "Oh, Sure, I think Nuclear Energy is Great! Oh, you want to build one down the road near the school? No, wouldn't it be better t.....- 6/4/2007 11:11:43 AM
Bargain Basement Time for Photo-Ops With Bush... Price Keeps Dropping (salon) heh. That's what happens when you're UNPOPULAR and fewer people want to pay good money for a pic of ya! I see Bush after he FINALLY leaves office lurking around military bases with his by-now-tattered.....- 6/4/2007 10:47:11 AM
Damn it! SB 792, the fake moratorium bill, sits on the governor's desk... (pstern) The bill is awaiting the "Turkey" from Turkey!When Gov. Perry returns from his trip to Turkey one of the first things on his agenda will be to sign SB 792, which will enable his special inte.....- 6/4/2007 10:34:51 AM
But What About the Bats? Rahall Trying to Stop Wind Energy From Going Forward (salon) Had to laugh when I read this article about Nick Rahill pushing legislation that would regulate wind energy to protect bats, birds, etc that might fly into wind turbines. And it isn't just that if you.....- 6/4/2007 10:01:33 AM
Bosque County, Texas Still Working to STOP the WEC Commercial Waste Injection Well at Kopperl (salon) Background, including video of meeting from a couple of months ago. It looks to me from my reading of this that the evidentiary hearing would be after that some evidence is gathered but is not schedul.....- 6/4/2007 9:46:40 AM
Patrick Barkman of Cleburne on the Travesty of the (Finally Ended) Texas Lege Session (salon) Best Editorial I've read on what happened yet!I think it’s safe to come out of the bomb shelters and storm cellars now. It’s over. Our long state nightmare has ended; the Legislature has adjourned sin.....- 6/4/2007 9:37:46 AM
Odious Article By Ben Wear Compares Governor 39 Percent to Churchill (over the TTC) (salon) I've been in a funk for days thinking about how the Texas Legislature screwed over Texans re: the Trans Texas Corridor. And I don't like Ben Wear of the A-AS; not sure why I even read him, except that.....- 6/4/2007 9:18:43 AM
Update ON Anti-Wind Meeting in Stephenville (Erath County) TX the other day (salon) - 6/3/2007 11:46:40 PM
Didn't Watch the Dem Debates But DID See Dodd's *Talk Clock* (salon) On Chris Dodd's websiteReminds me that I haven't seen anyone yet ask ALL the people running the Permanent Bases question. Clinton and Obama have already said they're leaving forces in Iraq after a so-.....- 6/3/2007 11:31:07 PM
*It takes 20 years of peace to produce a man and 20 seconds of war to destroy him* (salon) Thoughts on Memorial Day from Charley Reese.How long are the American people going to allow liars to lull them into sacrificing the most precious treasure the country has – its youth – in a futile, li.....- 6/2/2007 2:19:53 PM
Atmos Gas Being Sued by Fort Worth Church Over 2005 Gas Blast from Overloaded Natural Gas Line (salon) A local church is suing Atmos Energy Corp. after its fellowship hall was severely damaged two years ago when an overloaded natural gas line exploded, shutting down a 15-block area of Sundance Square d.....- 6/2/2007 11:44:42 AM
Erath County, TX Group Opposed to Wind Farms (salon) I saw the notice that a local rancher around the Horse Hollow Wind Project was going to have a meeting to discuss issues, this is the Stephenville E-T's article on it. Brings up a good question- is it.....- 6/2/2007 11:41:20 AM
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) - 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) - 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) - 5/30/2007 11:30:02 AM
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