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Perryman's PR- Part 2- Leadup to a 2007 Barnett Shale Expo Where He Could Pitch His *Rosy Forecast* (salon) Hmm. Saw the other day an article about The Perryman Group study on the Barnett Shale and questioned why these types of studies are not called out for what they are: paid PR studies by clients. Saw a .....- 5/21/2007 8:58:10 AM
Audio (MP3) Fun- Alberto G Caper Reminiscent of The Godfather Movie (salon) http://www.canofun.com/blog/videos/2007/comeymarch2004godfather.mp3Had a little fun after hearing Chris Matthews say "What is This? The Godfather?" and that Alberto G's dash to get a serious.....- 5/21/2007 12:33:30 AM
Shouldn't Bush Have to Have Congress Okay War Against Iran? Chet Edwards Doesn't Think So (salon) (Reminds me that Chet Edwards office never, despite their promise, answered my question about whether he had been part of the Democrats that stripped the provision out of the war funding bill that Bus.....- 5/20/2007 10:44:08 PM
People of Texas, here are your toll roads (pstern) Apparently Gov. Rick Perry and his special tolling interests are going to try to force toll roads on Texans even though it's been documented that they aren't needed.  http://www.texasmonthly.com/commu.....- 5/20/2007 12:00:24 PM
Robertson County, Texas-Oil and Gas Swindle O Day Or How To Steal Mineral Rights (salon) A faithful reader sent this in. Synposis: Woman dies, and her half ownership in oil, gas, and mineral royalties was to pass on to her descendants. But they didn't get them, Velnon, a limited liability.....- 5/20/2007 8:30:48 AM
Iraq-Too Dangerous for British Royalty, but Okay for the Commoner (salon) Saw last week that Prince Harry in Britain was told he would not be going to Iraq with the rest of his unit. He was also told he can't go out getting drunk in clubs, as he usually does, because it wou.....- 5/20/2007 8:06:22 AM
Pass the "Cheese" please --- an exotic Heroin for children (pstern) "Cheese" is the latest recreational drug for children.   Here's yet another reason why Gov. Perry and Texas lawmakers should close the lid on the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC-35) and prevent ea.....- 5/19/2007 9:45:33 PM
Finally, the Americanization of Rep. Ron Paul (pstern) After years of working hard for the American people, finally Republican Congressman Dr. Ron Paul is being recognized by the majority of citizens for his intelligence and his knowledgeable candor of wh.....- 5/19/2007 12:21:29 PM
Impeach- Either The Constitution and the Laws of this Country Mean Something Or They Don't (salon) That's a partial quote from Chalmers Johnson in the book "Nemesis" p 268 (I added the Impeach). I am rapidly reaching a point in which MY *No Confidence* vote includes Congress. I was vastly.....- 5/19/2007 12:09:19 PM
Americans Gas Guzzled Again (pstern) Americans are so adaptable it’s pathetic. The cost of gasoline continues to escalate and we all drive to the pumps to fill up, without hesitation.  We need to view the reality of gas prices.  There is.....- 5/19/2007 8:42:24 AM
Jon Stewart Covers Alberto G's Late Night Visit to Critically Ill (In ICU) Ashcroft) (salon) - 5/19/2007 7:54:15 AM
Branch Davidians Land in Waco in the Path of the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Hard to make a comeback when the State of Texas Is on a Greed Kick. With that in mind, it isn't too surprising that when the Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to build a super highway.....- 5/19/2007 1:11:30 AM
Blech! Guiliani's Firm Contracted by Cintra as Their US Legal Consultant (salon) Wink, Wink. Cintra says it's Strictly For Legal Purposes and Not For Lobbying. Yeah, and They've Got a Toll Road to Sell You, too.MADRID (Thomson Financial) - Cintra Infraestructuras SA has hired form.....- 5/19/2007 12:57:04 AM
Relief! Texas Lege Signs Off on Measure to TAKE BUSH ROAD SIGNS DOWN once he's outta here (salon) - 5/18/2007 6:22:40 PM
Bush's Divorce, Boozing, and CHeating Scandals-Globe Rag Style! (salon) I confess. I don't usually pick up the Globe to read, but I ALWAYS DO if I see Bush on the cover, especially when it's hilarious and juicy covers like these. First up, Laura the Lump tells Barbara to .....- 5/18/2007 4:36:22 PM
Where's Billy the Kid Buried? Hamilton, Texas Denies Request to Have Brushy Bill Exhumed (salon) Heh. Whenever we go west through New Mexico, we go through the town that claims to have Billy the Kid buried there. And SO DOES HAMILTON, TEXAS. There's been some talk about digging up Brushy Bill and.....- 5/18/2007 12:26:16 PM
Parker County, Texas Changes Banks-Moves Assets to Spanish-Owned Compass Bank (salon) In our house, when we found out that Compass was no longer a US bank, we changed. For Parker County, they decided to move from the oldest national bank in Texas, First National Bank of Weatherford, TO.....- 5/18/2007 11:50:04 AM
Who Makes Our Foreign Policy? The Pentagon or the State Department? Funding Decisions without Oversight (salon) Eli Clifton on the "Building Global Partnerships Act of 2007" which not only expands Pentagon security and militia aid programs in some countries, but is essentially immune from Congressiona.....- 5/18/2007 11:41:15 AM
Um. The House Ethics Committee is Now Run by Democrats, Right? So What's Up With THIS Unethical Rule? (salon) Stephanie Tubbs Jones is the chairwoman of this committee and she has NO PROBLEM with Calvert's earmark? Dang it. It's one thing if the ethically bankrupt Republicans (Boehnert) push Calvert to be on .....- 5/18/2007 11:34:28 AM
Now Congress Is Paying Attention to Public-Private Partnerships on Road Deals-NO to them. (salon) The other day the House Transporation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on PPPs,using the Indiana Toll Road as an example. Guess what! The tide is TURNING against PPPs running our infrastruc.....- 5/18/2007 11:18:05 AM
Odessa, (Ector County) Texas schools Sued Over Bible Elective Course (salon) Knew this was coming at some point. Here you have a public school paid for by public taxes that is putting religious instruction into the schools via an elective Bible class. And where'd that class co.....- 5/18/2007 11:04:36 AM
Secret Government Vs Corrupt *Well, You Can SEE What We Did, Can't You?* -Harris County Toll Roads (salon) Strange (to me) article on toll roads, the Harris County Toll Road Authority, Mike Krusee and corrupt contractors in Florida. Looks like former TxDOT commissioner John Johnson (who was chairman, not m.....- 5/18/2007 9:47:52 AM
New Immigration Policy: Let's just leave the U.S. to the illegals? (pstern) Then who'll pay for everything?We can exchange nations with them. Ours isn't any good to us any more.After all, U.S. citizens can't make it here. The late singer "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatr.....- 5/17/2007 10:15:28 PM
So... The NAFTA Superhighway is an *Urban Legend*? PFFFFTTTT (salon) I like McClatchy newspapers, but boy are they way off on this one.  Try telling the people in Texas on one of at least THREE TTC highways that are trying to get off the ground that it's a myth. (TxDOT.....- 5/17/2007 7:37:03 PM
Could the Spying Program Alberto G Tried to Get Critically Ill Ashcroft To Sign Be Total Information Awareness? (salon) As readers know, I'm in the middle of the book "Nemesis" by Chalmers Johnson and on p 256 he makes a point that I think it relevant due to the information about Mafia Member Alberto Gonzales.....- 5/17/2007 10:42:18 AM
Why does Ray Perryman's Group Get Written Up in the Media As If He Presents Unbiased Studies? (salon) You know my eye is always drawn to oil and gas news and there, in the Star-Telegram, is a cheery article about all the drilling going on in the Barnett Shale, how it's making money and very little imp.....- 5/17/2007 10:26:32 AM
Cut Back Your Employees Wages & Benefits in 2003-Give Yourself and Top Execs Big Money in 2007! (salon) That's the (greedy) American Airlines way. But, tragic to say, shareholders Just Didn't Cotton to the top execs getting a huge meaty financial package.The criticism focused on a slate of annual stock .....- 5/17/2007 9:48:47 AM
The Plunder and Rape of America: Gas hikes raise food prices, toll taxes raise living expenses (pstern) We may not know where we're going, but we're certainly on our way...Many editors are printing articles and letters, e.g., Los Angeles Times article by Jerry Hirsch, Thursday, May 17, 2007, that are pr.....- 5/17/2007 4:07:00 AM
Vultures In the Trees- Citi Infrastructure Investors Opens Its Maw (salon) At one point, I remember I thought Citigroup was a bank, and one that was a United States bank. Not any more. Who's leading this new group that is going to take money and invest in... infrastructure? .....- 5/16/2007 9:02:50 PM
Senators Take on Big Corporations About Misuse of H-1B Visas (You know, the Ones Cornyn Loves!) (salon) What's the issue here? That there are corporations that have been crying in their beer that there aren't enough H-1B Visas to bring foreign workers into the United States (because, the story goes, Ame.....- 5/16/2007 8:10:19 PM
Yeah. Let's Just Bar Presidential Candidates from Debates Because We Do Not Like What They Say (salon) No freedom of speech for Republicans if the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party gets his way. Wah. The man didn't like what Ron Paul had to say last night about why 9/11 happened, so therefore.......- 5/16/2007 7:47:17 PM
Missouri Farmers Concerned over NAIS-Will Put Small Producers Out of Business (salon) I notice this ominous line from the article.For now, the program is voluntary at the federal level. States can decide whether to keep that status at the local farms like this one. However, USDA litera.....- 5/16/2007 7:39:45 PM
Should Water be Privatized? 133 Groups Urge Rich Countries To Stop the World Bank's Push (salon) Over 130 groups from 48 countries will today [15 May] call on donor governments and agencies to abandon support for the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), a highly controversial .....- 5/16/2007 7:15:27 PM
Quick Note- the 4B Sales Tax Passed in Glen Rose, Texas (salon) - 5/16/2007 2:14:03 PM
Another Question for Democratic Presidential Candidates-are you Going to Re-Institute Checks and Balances? (salon) I already am pretty disgusted with the support for militarism coming from so-called *top* candidates. In an article from Anti-war that Chalmers Johnson wrote, he makes this comment.As Adam Nagourney o.....- 5/16/2007 2:12:42 PM
Let's Assume the United States as Militaristic Empire is Not What We Want-How Do We Dismantle it? (salon) Article from Anti-War by Chalmers Johnson. Note this part about military spending. America's massive "military" budgets, still on the rise, are beginning to threaten the U.S. with bankruptcy.....- 5/16/2007 2:05:49 PM
Jim Keffer of TX House Dist 60 (Includes Hood County) Challenging Craddick for Speaker (salon)  Rep. Jim Keffer, an Eastland Republican who once was a close ally of House Speaker Tom Craddick, launched a bid Tuesday to unseat the first Republican speaker since Reconstruction.Keffer will challen.....- 5/16/2007 10:29:31 AM
Arrogant Oil and Gas Company Peregrine Pipeline and the FightBack from Parker County Texas Court (salon) Wow! This was quite the story. Seems that Peregrine Pipeline Company LP (Subsidiary of David H Arrington Oil and Gas) wanted to put in a big old gas compression station south of Weatherford. Not only .....- 5/16/2007 9:46:26 AM
What *IS* Private Equity? The Cerberus Buyout Exposes Who's Running Things (and Who's Paying) (salon) Posted first about this yesterday. I had forgotten that Chrysler was bailed out in a previous time by our government during Lee Iacoca days, but as we mentioned, Cerberus, run by John Snow, has just b.....- 5/16/2007 9:28:54 AM
Tax Refunds: recognizing the State's priorities (pstern) The "Haves" get their tax refund, the "Have-nots" don't While the state sits on the public's $500 million of overpaid sales taxes, it provides unemployment tax refunds to employers.....- 5/16/2007 2:07:03 AM
Cerberus-The 3 Headed Dog that Guards H*LL- Oops, I mean Snow's Company That Just Bought out Chrysler (salon) Snow who? Snow Job? No, Scumbag Snow. Funny you don't hear about the present Treasury Secretary going after ex Treasury Secretary John Snow for his conflict in spying on interbank financial transactio.....- 5/15/2007 10:28:43 PM
Iraq's SOFA Agreement and Will This Become A Permanent Military Presence Issue? (salon) I've been reading Chalmers Johnson's book "Nemesis" this month, just an excellent book. I have to keep putting it down to mull over aspects of the book that I hadn't considered before, such .....- 5/15/2007 10:05:10 PM
Trans Texas Corridor Ports to Plains Project Getting Pushed Today-Corpse NOT Buried (salon) Yes, I read the articles about the *compromise* on toll roads, including the TTC, Lest Big Bad 39 Percent Have a Special Session... so the Texas Lege caved in, and, despite a paragraph or so saying th.....- 5/15/2007 8:31:42 PM
Texas Senators Kiss Perry's Butt by Tossing HB 1892 (pstern) .Friends and Neighbors, we can't permit Perry and TxDOT to dictate laws!Governor and TxDOT on warpath --- going against the people's will!At the coercion and "muscle" of Perry and TxDOT chie.....- 5/15/2007 10:34:11 AM
Separation of Church and State? Not for Wheeling, WV *Non-Profit*-Why do MY Taxes Pay for this? (salon) I don't have any problem with a person who believes that to treat mental-health problems, one needs a strong Christian faith. IF an entity also wants to pay it's CEO an astronomically obscene salary, .....- 5/15/2007 10:35:00 AM
Toll Road Investors Conference Discusses that Pesky Problem of US Citizens (Texans) Thinking the Roads are THEIRS (salon) Those dang US citizens who believe that their taxes ought to be paying for roads. HOW CAN companies like Cintra, Macquarie, and Brisa get those Texans (and other US citizens) to change their mind so t.....- 5/14/2007 6:36:11 PM
Laugh O Day- Harriet Miers Not Appointed to SCOTU because of bias against Texans -bwahahahahahahahah (salon) Really, this whole article had me giggling, but when I came to what was in Bush's head about Miers, who probably doesn't send him cutesy fawning greeting cards any more, I broke into a full-fledged la.....- 5/14/2007 2:48:16 PM
How To Make Americans More Complacent With Iraq War In One Easy Step- Ban Press From Bomb Attacks (salon) You know how Bush talked about how distressed Americans get when they see the violence of Iraq on their teevee screens (and, after all, it might detract from watching yet another Die Hard explosion). .....- 5/14/2007 2:36:08 PM
Governor and TxDOT Again Stirring the Toll Pot (pstern) The people of Texas need to speak up! Governor "39 percent" doesn't like HB 1892 because it puts a damper on his efforts to promote toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC-35) from bein.....- 5/14/2007 11:03:49 AM
Democrats *War* Against Anti-Military Image? Sorry but that's one reason WHY I am a Democrat (salon) Not that it isn't obvious with 2 of the front-running (so far) candidates warmongering on the campaign trail, but are Democrats really trying to disenfranchise the anti-war contingent by out-warring t.....- 5/14/2007 9:39:53 AM
Acid Leak at Davis-Besse Nuclear Plant in 2002-FirstEnergy Reversing Itself on Blame (salon) Wrote about this before. Seems that after FirstEnergy paid a record fine of more than 5 million smacks, and $28 million in penalties, their insurance rates must have gone up. Or something. Because now.....- 5/13/2007 4:58:48 PM
Chet Edwards (US Dist 17) Voted for Automated Tracking System, Part of HR 1684 (salon) Already know that Edwards is all for biometrics, but didn't know what ATS is. 6. Automated Tracking System: Voted, 264-160, to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to employ the Automated Tra.....- 5/13/2007 5:12:25 PM
Iraq's Parliament Doesn't Want Those HUGE Walls Built Around the City Either-Votes Against Them (salon) Wrote about the WALLs the other day. I wondered at the time why anyone would WANT to have these Gulag, repressive walls put around their city and, as it turns out, the Iraqis DO NOT. Also, Iraq's parl.....- 5/13/2007 10:09:29 AM
Voters overwhelmingly approve ordinance that bans renting to illegal immigrants (pstern) I came upon this article from an Associated Press writer and found interesting re: how the issue of illegal immigration has become so frustrating for many cities and towns, and for the American citize.....- 5/13/2007 10:05:45 AM
Quick Note on Private Equity (Barbarians) by a Neocon, Irwin Stelzer (salon) Blah Blah-the guy that wrote this is an apologist for private equity buying up everything without restraint. I don't agree with his premise, but I did notice one interesting paragraph that explains WH.....- 5/13/2007 9:34:04 AM
Cornyn and Hutchison Votes for Conflict of Interest on FDA Panels and No To You Getting Drugs from Canada (salon) I always wonder when I read the results of bills like this WHO IS STUFFING MONEY IN OUR TEXAS SENATOR'S POCKETS? Big Pharma must be paying off C & H since they:Voted, 49-40, to void a measure perm.....- 5/13/2007 8:59:02 AM
Outsourcing Journalism to India- Part 2 -LOCAL NEWS (salon) Wrote about this in December when I saw that *remote control journalism* was being practiced here-that is, you THINK that you're reading an article ABOUT the United States AS IF it were written HERE i.....- 5/13/2007 8:11:04 AM
Voters Squelch Hays County Road Bond Boondoggle (pstern) Information and knowledge is power!Hays County voters sent a clear message to pro-toll, pro-road bond profiteers by voting "NO!" on Road Bond Proposition 1, which would have made many specia.....- 5/13/2007 4:04:01 AM
Live Near a Gas Well? Multiple Maladies All In your Head? Or Not? (salon) Interesting article about how little research has been done to find out about linkages betweeen gas wells and illness. As one doctor quoted in this article says, there are people who are not hypochond.....- 5/12/2007 11:33:09 PM
Syracuse, NY- Natural Gas Drilling Accident Leaves Some Residents Relying on Bottled Water (salon) because, despite the gas company, Ardent Resources, saying they would fix their accident for the residents.... they didn't. It's been three months.Nearly three months after an accident at a natural ga.....- 5/12/2007 11:24:33 PM
Gas Never Leaks Into Water Wells... and I Have Swampland to sell you-Angelina County, Texas (salon) Here you have a water well that had GAS in it, and residents had to be evacuated.  Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District general manager David Alford had nothing to report to the board regardin.....- 5/12/2007 11:17:54 PM
That was a Short Vote (salon) Spent more time jawing with the election judges for almost an hour that I did voting for the ONE issue on the ballot! While we were at the polling place, NOT ONE OTHER PERSON came in to vote. Now, I w.....- 5/12/2007 10:42:01 PM
Greenville, TX Resident Gets *High Hat* Treatment from TxDOT (salon) Good letter to the editor that also mentions, besides TxDOT's lack of response on a road issue, a pithy statement about the TTC.I’ve had the “high hat” treatment … no response whatever.I suppose this .....- 5/12/2007 9:39:24 AM
What's in Rep. Warren Chisum's coffee these days? (pstern) Or maybe it's something seeping into the drinking water in House District 88? The lawmaker who wants the bible taught in public schools across Texas tells us that: “The bible is a cornerstone document.....- 5/11/2007 6:49:43 PM
House of Representatives Passes a Bill Banning NSA Eavesdropping-Which, Um, is ALREADY Illegal (salon) Pretty funny to read the comments on this, part of the Intelligence Bill voted on today in the House. So, you have Bush, who has already been BREAKING THE LAW spying on Americans, and ignoring the FIS.....- 5/11/2007 5:07:26 PM
More on Terrorist Posada Carriles- Video of Delahunt Asking Gonzales about this AND Cuba Accusations (salon) While watching the Gonzo Smirk Show yesterday, I was happy to hear Delahunt ask Alberto Gonzales about Jose Posada Carriles and WHY the Justice Department didn't designate him as a terrorist. Gonzo Th.....- 5/11/2007 1:43:41 PM
Um... Texas Cadaver Farms? Stopped ONLY because TSU Worried about BUZZARDS! (salon) I had to check the date on this article, it seemed like an April Fool joke. But nope. TSU wanted to have the nation's largest cadaver *farm* in which bodies would be buried so that the student.....- 5/11/2007 1:27:23 PM
Common Courtesy Act- TX HB 630 (Phil King) Passes- So that OIL and Gas Tells People When They Take their Property (salon) You're looking out your window one day and you see STRANGERS jacking around on your property. You call the police but then find out there's nothing you can do because it's Big Oil and Gas and they can.....- 5/11/2007 12:58:44 PM
Chet Edwards Votes With Republicans For Militarism- The Misleading Iraq War Bills From Yesterday (salon) Anyone who thinks that the Iraq war bills were designed to end the war and bring the troops home isn't reading carefully (and reading you must because there isn't any way corporate media on the teevee.....- 5/11/2007 12:21:11 PM
VIDEO- Building a HUGE Wall Around Baghdad- PRISON Time by the Occupiers (salon) I usually watch Mosaic at night, which has compilations of middle eastern television stations about the news of the day. Have I seen much about the gargantuan wall that the United States military is b.....- 5/11/2007 11:23:01 AM
Rep. Krusee promotes HB 2268 TxDOT Empowerment Bill and the House plays follow-the-leader (pstern) Krusee shows us more of "that ol' black magic" It would be interesting for a psychologist to study why Rep. Mike Krusee swings so much power with House Representatives.  Or maybe a financial.....- 5/11/2007 8:59:37 AM
*Please Suspend Your Free Speech Rights For a Few Hours* So that We can Have Decorum-VIDEO (salon) One of the most appalling actions that took place yesterday during Alberto Gonzales smirking testimony before the House Judiciary committee yesterday was NOT one of the many thuggish actions or commen.....- 5/11/2007 8:52:08 AM
Perry's threats are to taxpayers, not legislators (pstern) Perry is threatening legislators to call for a special session on HB 1892 --- re: toll roads Governor "39-percent" doesn't mind spending all that money, after all it's NOT his money. Once ag.....- 5/10/2007 9:51:21 PM
Mommy, That BillBoard is Watching Me! Creepy Eye-Tracking System That Looks to Sell You Chit (salon) A camera that monitors eye movements from up to 10 metres away makes it possible for smart billboards that track the attention of passers-by.The developers behind the technology – dubbed Eyebox2 – bel.....- 5/10/2007 11:05:58 AM
Special Interests Promote Hays County Road Bond Proposition 1 (pstern) Community getting sucker-punched! If they succeed here, they will succeed in other counties!Special Interests Promote Hays County Road Bond Proposition 1 that the community doesn't need!!! Read rest o.....- 5/10/2007 8:25:10 AM
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