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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
Bryan, TX Man Who Killed Himself in Bank Wrote Letters To Chet Edwards and Media about Financial Plight (salon) Pretty sad story. What do you do when you're poor, and, among other things, the VA cuts back your payments? Bryan police now believe the Vietnam veteran mailed letters to Edwards frustrated about redu.....- 5/9/2007 7:47:41 PM
TCEQ Covers up for El Paso Water, Soil and Air Contamination- Why Doesn't Reyes and the GAO investigate? (salon) Representative Reyes and the GAO fail to investigate the specific incident that involved Asarco - instead, "will focus on the overall procedures and processes that DOD follows for disposing of ha.....- 5/9/2007 7:20:07 PM
The ESOP Promotion and Improvement Act-What Does Blanche Lincoln Have to Do With this? (salon) If you'd asked me last week what I knew about ESOP, I would have told you it was fairy tales (heh). But I read about ESOP in connection with media ownership rules that the Tribune is trying to push th.....- 5/9/2007 7:13:39 PM
Terrorist the US Has been Harboring Goes Free- Judge Drops All Charges Against Carriles (salon) So now we have a known terrorist who is wanted for blowing up airliners, among other things, set free by the US Government, and going to go live in Miami. Now, I will agree that the US Government hand.....- 5/9/2007 6:57:46 PM
House Votes for Gas Tax Break? (pstern) Well, what better way to ensure fewer road tax dollars so that special interests get their toll roads and road bonds approved by unaware and confused voters (rhetorical, note no question mark). (See S.....- 5/9/2007 5:58:42 PM
Chatting With Gonzo-In the Morning First Test of Chat Software on Somervell County Salon (salon) Well, actually have had it for awhile, but I\'m not a huge chat fiend. That said, sometimes Ya Just Wanna Snark About Stuff... Like Alberto Gonzales the Torture Pimp showing up again tomorrow .....- 5/9/2007 5:40:55 PM
Port Arthur, TX Groups FIGHT BACK against Army Shipments of VX Nerve Gas (salon) Was the community told about this? NO!  So groups fighting the Army sending poisonous CRAP from Indiana down to Texas filed suit. A complaint more than 60 pages long was filed in federal court in Terr.....- 5/9/2007 4:41:36 PM
On May 12th Vote "NO!" on Road Bond Issues (pstern) -On May 12th Vote "NO!" on Road Bond IssuesMany Texans will be voting on road bond packages on May 12th that are being promoted by TxDOT and various elected officials.  Voters must not be fo.....- 5/9/2007 12:13:25 PM
UN Expert Bustamente Says US Govt Lying about Access to T Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas (salon) but the protesters were there. Background. So... Bustamente was invited down to tour where children are being kept behind PRISON bars by a private entity. By who? DHS, the Department of Homeland Secur.....- 5/8/2007 7:57:48 PM
NAIS NAIS NAIS-Opting Out of NAIS is a Pathetic Solution AND Arizona First State to Prohibit Mandatory Animal Identification (NAIS) (salon) Saw this press release, I like the language.Arizona became the first state in the nation to prohibit mandatory participation in a National Animal Identification System. State Senator Karen Johnson, wh.....- 5/8/2007 5:41:07 PM
*Get Out of My Dressing Room!*-Nosy Magic Mirror Tells You How to Dress (salon) Ah! The glories of intrusive RFID chips. You go into the store dressing room to try something on, and a reader in the mirror WATCHING YOU (heh) reads the chips and tells you what else you ought to buy.....- 5/8/2007 12:37:30 PM
California Decides Not to Chip School Children Like Cows (salon) Remember how in 2005 Sutter, California schools did a secret deal with an RFID company to tag and trace the kids? And how, when the parents found out, they weren't thrilled... and they STOPPED the pro.....- 5/8/2007 12:30:29 PM
Heh! Metal Detectors At The Texas Capitol Would Thwart Perry's View of Guns Everywhere (salon) Had to laugh reading this. The Texas Senate has installed metal detectors, the Texas House not yet, but there's a HUGE HILARIOUS IRONY in all of this. Why? Because Governor 39 Percent wants EVERYONE t.....- 5/8/2007 12:22:15 PM
Kip Averitt Wants Liquor, Etc Stores To be Able to Fingerprint You- And Keep Your Prints Locally (salon) Um. Will this be mandatory? So that ANYONE going into a liquor store(or grocery, convenience)  to buy beer, etc won't be able to get alcohol without supplying a print? Or would it just be those whose .....- 5/8/2007 11:59:57 AM
About the Iraqi Oil Law- What's the Holdup In Signing Away Their Resources? (salon) From The Struggle Over Iraqi Oil.- Read the whole thing; and this part is interesting about what would be in the contracts-note that the Iraqis have not yet passed and signed the oil bill, despite Bus.....- 5/8/2007 11:42:36 AM
Iraq is not *OUR* country- The Hubris of US People saying what Iraq Should Do (salon) When watching the Republican *debate* the other night (and then later seeing Tommy Thompson on Real Time with Bill Maher), I heard Thompson spew out what the Iraqis ought to do, but it was couched in .....- 5/8/2007 11:25:41 AM
Wal-Mart Going Solar- Confirms my theory that for Solar to Take Off, Cheapo Businesses will Use it (salon) When watching the Republican *debate* the other night (and then later seeing Tommy Thompson on Real Time with Bill Maher), I heard Thompson spew out what the Iraqis ought to do, but it was couched in .....- 5/8/2007 11:14:23 AM
NAFTA Superhighway-So THAT's what would happen when it reaches Oklahoma! (salon) I wondered about this during all the Trans Texas Corridor meetings I attended. I mean, you have this Godzilla road that splits Texas in half, and comes, on the one end from the western side of Mexico .....- 5/8/2007 10:55:59 AM
Sen. Jeff Wentworth --- an enemy of the people? (pstern) Kill the Bill!  SB 889 Wentworth's outrageous public information bill, SB 889, is being heard in House State Affairs Committee.SB 889 KEEPS THE PUBLIC OUT OF THE PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT w/ EXCESSIVE CO.....- 5/8/2007 10:24:39 AM
Keeping up with NAIS Propaganda-the Pilot Program Report (salon) No one should be fooled by the *voluntary* NAIS program Sid Miller pushed and passed, the USDA wants to make it mandatory. Take a look at this report about pilot programs in some states. p 20 on costs.....- 5/8/2007 10:46:16 AM
On the *Permanent Bases* in Iraq Question- There are ALREADY *Permanent Bases* In Iraq (salon) Let's start, Chalmers Johnson style, with the question of whether the United States ought to have military installation in troops in other people's countries all over the world. It's not like we have,.....- 5/8/2007 9:50:32 AM
Permanent War-Starring Clinton and Obama! And Chet Edwards! (salon) Why do the *approved* choices for President have to be war-mongerers? Both Clinton and Obama are for leaving troops in Iraq AFTER any supposed deadline... and I read today that the funding bill may be.....- 5/8/2007 9:16:39 AM
Commercial Injection Well in Wise Co, TX Rears Its Ugly Head Again (salon) Remember a while back when I thought that the RRC actually STOPPED an injection well instead of being the rubber-stamping, boot-licking entity they are? (Noticed it in particular because the well is n.....- 5/8/2007 8:58:53 AM
Phil King (Weatherford)- *I Just Don't Remember*-about the EnCana gas explosion case (salon) A little background. Here you have a man who died in an explosion and Phil King uses legislative continuances to delay the trial. And CLEARLY this was not done for legitimate reasons.At the center of .....- 5/8/2007 8:50:33 AM
Are All-Our-Roads-Are-Toll Okay if they're Run by Texas Entities Instead of Cintra? (salon) The trend sweeping the entire country is to quit having public roads that are for EVERYONE and instead make the roads toll which only those who can afford to pay on will use-what happens to people les.....- 5/8/2007 8:43:29 AM
Vultures Descend on New Orleans This week- Education To Become Private-Public Partnership Experiment (salon) Nature abhors a vacuum... and so do greedy corporatists.Louisiana education superintendent Paul Pastorek announced Friday that Philadelphia Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas would become superintendent o.....- 5/7/2007 10:53:07 AM
UGH! Rudy Guiliani's Law Firm at the Heart of the TTC-Handles the CDAs for Cintra! (salon) Although this article from Cox News from freelancer Diane Grassi is definitely a  hit piece on Guiliani, it still contains a lot of information about the Trans Texas Corridor, the SPP, public-private .....- 5/7/2007 9:32:53 AM
Creepy Fort Hood Story-War Games Played on Rancher's Land (salon) What happens when the Army decides to go do war games on someone's private land? At least, I believe it's private land, otherwise, why the HECK would the rancher have been out there with his daughter?.....- 5/7/2007 9:12:42 AM
Military Wants to Use Eminent Domain To Take Rancher Land in Colorado-You only THINK you're secure (salon) in your persons. Arrgggh. Reminds me why I thought the SCOTU decision to allow corporate interests to TAKE YOUR HOME was so gawdawful. (And remember, George Bush was one of the first to trample on hom.....- 5/7/2007 9:00:58 AM
TXU Screw-You O Day- The Meters That TXU Charged For That Were Supposed to be a *Bargain* (salon) TXU wanted to charge their customers to have the customers pay for the installation of meters connected with broadband internet service. But, after installation, customers in Angelina county are getti.....- 5/7/2007 8:47:42 AM
Nuclear Power Plant News O Day- Countries that are getting Nuclear Power BUT NOT IRAN.. and Problems (salon) Some days I can't believe how many countries are trying to jump on the nuclear power bandwagon. And it seems to be Just Fine for them to be pursuing nuclear energy... but not Iran. Even though the IEA.....- 5/6/2007 1:11:23 PM
Kucinich Calls Out Clinton's Hypocrisy on Deauthorizing the Iraq War (salon) Whatever you think about Kucinich, read this-I think he's right.In response to reports that Senator Hillary Clinton plans to support a bill deauthorizing the IraqWar on October 11th, Congressman Denni.....- 5/6/2007 12:18:00 PM
With TXU, It's All About the Money-Land Sale to Dallas Developers Sticks Finger In Coppell's Eye (salon) The Crow-Billingsley Group (CB) is requesting that the City of Dallas rezone still more land for its oversized Cypress Waters development. The developers acquired an additional 213.8 acres of land fro.....- 5/6/2007 12:02:37 PM
Irony O Day- TSA (Transportation SECURITY Admin) LOST Hard Drive Full of Employee Info (salon) Where to begin about a secretive group where your name may be on a list as a possible terrorist, but you Can't See the List, Can't Challenge the List, Can't Get Off the List Even If You Could Prove Yo.....- 5/6/2007 11:33:08 AM
The Problem With Using Private Military Contractors-They Put Our Troops In Harm's Way (salon) New book - "Betraying our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War"."To keep troop levels down and in the rush to war" before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, former Secretary .....- 5/6/2007 11:13:37 AM
Scams Aplenty! On those Oil and Gas Drilling Rigs and Tax Money (salon) Where should owners of drill rigs pay taxes? To where their company is or to the county (counties) where they operate?  Here's one drill rig company in the news, Patterson-UTI Energy that apparently i.....- 5/6/2007 10:48:36 AM
Don't Mess With Texas! Unless You're the House Lege And You Want to Jack with the Texas Pledge (salon) HB 1034, which Sid Miller also jumped on to co-author. So much for Texas tradition when you're trying to pander. Here's the record vote. Now it's up to the SMARTER Texas Senators to put the kibosh on .....- 5/6/2007 10:19:16 AM
MTBE- Private Well Contamination in Pennsylvania from Gas Station Storage Tanks (salon) Yes, this is Texas, but I mention it to keep votes in mind. When the issue of MTBE contamination came up the last time, under a Republican Congress, Chet Edwards voted with the Republicans and not the.....- 5/6/2007 9:27:44 AM
Wildflower Picture O Day- the Prickly Pear Cactus is Blooming (salon) Yes, this is Texas, but I mention it to keep votes in mind. When the issue of MTBE contamination came up the last time, under a Republican Congress, Chet Edwards voted with the Republicans and not the.....- 5/6/2007 9:21:10 AM
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