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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) - 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) - 5/6/2007 9:21:10 AM
Warning to the United States from Texas-Bwhahahahaahahah (salon) - 5/6/2007 9:15:37 AM
Slimey Media Ownership Rules Sneaking Up On Us Again- Tribune Petitioning FCC for Waiver (salon) Or why the ESOP implemented by Zell led to the filings for cross-ownership of multiple types of media in the same markets. Let's break this down as this is not only a HUGELY underhanded move to alter .....- 5/6/2007 8:15:58 AM
FM 1826 Meeting Today was TxDOT Politics as Usual (pstern) -TxDOT and Special Interests:  it must get awful crowded in that bed!   Question:        How many meetings can you hold without moving forward to resolve urgent issues? Answer:          An infinite am.....- 5/5/2007 5:06:46 PM
Bush-Lowest Approval Rating in a Generation-TWENTY EIGHT PERCENT (salon) Heh. He's as unpopular as Jimmy Carter was in 1979, and he's LOWER that his father's approval rating (quite a kick in the gut for a loser who wanted to best his Poppy).A majority of Americans believe .....- 5/5/2007 4:15:07 PM
Ah! Saturday! The Smell of the Oven Baking..... Dog Food (salon) Heh. I've just finished making two different kinds of dog biscuits (in the shape of dog bones, of course), and two types of kibbles. Some of it is cooling, ready to put into plastic bags and stored (a.....- 5/5/2007 1:51:48 PM
US Continues to Harbor Terrorist Posada Carriles- Even though FBI Has Info Proving His Guilt (salon) Not only did Carriles admit in 1999 that he was involved in bombing a Cuban jetliner in 1979 but the FBI has documents about 1997 bombings in Havana. High explosives concealed in shoes and shampoo bot.....- 5/5/2007 1:10:50 PM
Grupo Ferrovial-The Next Trend is Not Just to MANAGE but to Own a Stake (salon) Follow the ownership on this one. Indianapolis International hired London-based BAA Ltd to run their airport operations in 1995; before that Indianapolis International had been publicly run. This made.....- 5/5/2007 8:40:09 AM
Fair for a Church School to Join a Public School UIL Sports League? Texas Bill Proposed (salon) You know, if people don't want to send their kids to public school, fine. I saw yesterday that the SoBapt convention wants their churches to pull the kids out because they believe the public schools a.....- 5/4/2007 5:49:52 PM
EPA- Always Thinking of YOUR Health- Liquid Hazardous Waste Injection O Day (salon) this time in Kansas. Atlanta,GA - Georgia.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a petition by Occidental Chemical Corporation to inject liquid hazardous waste from their chemical manuf.....- 5/4/2007 5:16:09 PM
Reliant Energy Fined For Violating Wholesale Energy Rules-Now WHY DO WE HAVE DEREGULATION AGAIN? (salon) PFFFTTT!!! Not sure if that is related to this LAWSUIT where Reliant stiffed Californians and has to compensate the rate-payers-perhaps it's just more of Reliants crooked dealings accumulated.The docu.....- 5/4/2007 5:08:26 PM
Your Pension Fund- Company Investment that would get a share of Shark Buyout Corporation (TPG) (salon) Yesterday, I was listening, open-jawed, to a man in New York who told Bryon Dorgan that his company's pension funds are invested in Halliburton... who, to dodge US law and be able to do business with .....- 5/4/2007 4:38:50 PM
FISA- Why Bush Doesn't Want To Get Rid of Crooked, Incompetent Alberto Gonzales (salon) I've been watching and clipping from the FISA hearing the other day in which some sly changes to the FISA law are being attempted by the Bush administration. One of the changes has to do with granting.....- 5/4/2007 3:14:41 PM
Bush Administration Trying to Change FISA Law-Exempting Bush From it and Excusing His Illegal Previous Use (salon) Bush broke the law and was spying on Americans. When he was caught he tried to excuse it by saying it was part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program as if that should make me feel better that maybe Bu.....- 5/4/2007 3:18:08 PM
My Fave Weird Video Moments from the MSNBC *Debate* Last Night (salon) Crazy Unca John and his Osama Gates O Hell comment. What made me laugh was when he finished sternly waggling his finger as he started straight at the camera, he got this big goofy grin on his face tha.....- 5/4/2007 1:25:11 PM
TxDOT has no credibility- the Money That Isn't-Texas Auditor Ask How'D You Come Up with THAT Number? (salon) Saw this the other day but have been busy. Seems that when Auditors went to look at TxDOT's justifications for why we need toll roads and there isn't enough money, they found that there was NO evidenc.....- 5/4/2007 12:20:09 PM
I LOVE a Good Smackdown-Noriega Smacks Back Against Arrogant Perry Aide On the Texas Immigration Wall (salon) "After a career of service as a citizen soldier, most recently fighting the war on terror ... I find it astounding that a member of your staff would impugn my character," Rep. Rick Noriega s.....- 5/4/2007 11:27:26 AM
US Wants to Keep Texas Detention Camp in Taylor a Secret- Won't Let UN Expert In To See (salon) You know. The Camp where Children are wearing badges and wearing orange jumpsuits, a privately run PRISON for adults... and their CHILDREN. (Incidentally, have you noticed how the NAME of the camp is .....- 5/4/2007 10:49:17 AM
Why Women Should Vote for Hillary Clinton Or Hate Her Depending On Which Male Democrat Says So (salon) Yuh-huh.I get email from a neighboring county's Democrat chatter. I like how active the county is, and like a lot of the people on the list. So it was with some interest that I read a discussion based.....- 5/4/2007 10:31:26 AM
Yeah, I watched the Republican *Debate* on MSNBC Last night (salon) and found some real moments of hilarity before falling asleep midway through. What a bunch of bloodthirsty war-mongerers. One time McCain was being asked something about Iraq that was a very serious q.....- 5/4/2007 10:02:21 AM
Ron Paul wins the Republican debate and walks away the only true "conservative" (joe) Watching the debate tonight I was shocked that there was a true conservative that was still a candidate. A true conservative is not someone who calls themselves a conservative for religious votes but .....- 5/4/2007 12:49:45 AM
AUDIO of the Texas Senate Natural Resources Hearing on Inland Port Legislation (salon) Wrote about this earlier today, decided to clip just the applicable parts. (MP3). (Don't forget that our Texas Senator, Kip Averitt, (SD22) heads this committee. Here's what I heard and still want to .....- 5/2/2007 6:14:46 PM
Sibel Edmonds-Bush Used FISA Warrants to Spy on Congress -FISA Courts Allegedly Not Aware (salon) I've been wondering for the longest time exactly what the Bush administration doesn't want Sibel Edmonds to tell. Article from Narco News says she's about to spill some beans. (disclaimer that this ma.....- 5/2/2007 5:14:14 PM
If Nuclear Power Is So Great and Risk Free, Why Is the US Govt (you and me) Giving Industry Subsidies? (salon) Or, put another way, since we know that solar and wind are also extremely viable, clean and truly renewable energy sources, if we can give all this tax money for nuclear, why not ALSO for these others.....- 5/2/2007 3:14:16 PM
Perry's Been Spending Too Much Time Watching Cartoons (salon) - 5/2/2007 2:43:00 PM
Super Bowl in 2011- in FRISCO??????????? (salon) heh. I was reading an article in the Frisco paper about how some people were speaking up against the 121 toll road, (GOOD! because the Texas Legislature EXEMPTED that one from their *moratorium*) when.....- 5/2/2007 2:19:07 PM
Jessica Lynch-Who's Your Daddy? (salon) Made me laugh although I take issue with the whole Republican Daddy party versus Democrat Mommy party crapola (you can tell when a Republican or a Republican suckup is around, because THAT is the meme.....- 5/2/2007 2:00:36 PM
Major Pension Funds Paying For Our Own United States Buyout? More than 10 BILLION dollars (salon) I don't know who invests in Macquarie but it obviously includes not only anonymous United States investors but companies who are gambling their employees pensions. Headquartered in New York and establ.....- 5/2/2007 1:51:08 PM
Gutting the Aircraft Unions by Outsourcing Upkeep to other countries (salon) Major airlines don't want oversight or to have to pay union wages for AMERICANS to do the work. The issue isn't whether airlines have outsourced work to third parties that were HERE but that to overse.....- 5/2/2007 1:46:00 PM
Tainted Food-Melamine for HUMANS- Since the FDA Can't Keep Us Safe (salon) from taint, due to ingredients being assembled for food from places that aren't regulated, why should we believe that they're good at other angles designed to regulate the PUBLIC (ala NAIS). I think w.....- 5/2/2007 1:10:52 PM
Alliance, Texas To Get Inland Port Designation? Hello, Eminent Domain (SB1693) (salon) FW Star-Telegram has an article this morning about SB1693 and Alliance becoming an inland port and has a pic of a whole bunch of trucks. Don't know about you, but seems to me that Ross Perot's Snatch .....- 5/2/2007 12:57:22 PM
Racist Republican Comment O Day- Tarrant County Judge *Slaves Bigger and Better Athletes* (salon) And that's not ALL he said. The man did try to pull the Alberto Gonzales tactic of "Gee, I don't remember saying that".County Court at Law Judge Brent Keis is being accused of making raciall.....- 5/2/2007 12:07:22 PM
TXU's Wilder - WILDLY RICH!!!!! What's the lesson here? You can screw the public and STILL come out ahead! (salon) TXU Chairman John Wilder saw his total compensation in 2006 soar to $17.3 million, which included nearly $13.7 million in stock awards and also $365,916 in upgrades to his home's security system.Take .....- 5/1/2007 10:04:57 AM
*Right here! Get Set! Point! Fire!*-Man Shot at Kent State University Says AudioTape Reveals Fire Command (salon) Seems kind of amazing that the Kent State University shootings happened in 1970.  Not surprising that an audiotape of that time is around. I lived in northeastern Ohio around that time, and the shooti.....- 5/1/2007 9:47:36 AM
Iraq War-Don't Care About People Dying or Wounded? WEll, then How About How Much It Costs? (salon) for the cold-blooded pragmatics among us. The war will soon cost more than $500 billion.That's about 10 times more than the Bush administration anticipated before the war started four years ago, and n.....- 5/1/2007 8:56:36 AM
Latest Pro-Road Bond Myth: Children in School Buses are Safer on Big Highways (pstern) What a crock this one is!    Honesty anyone? What makes our children safer on their school buses is NOT bigger, wider and more heavily congested highways. Our children on school buses are safer when: .....- 4/30/2007 11:04:14 PM
Arlene Wolgemuth Still Trying to Pad Her Pocket- As Lobbyist, Got Lege To Put in Budget Provision (salon) that, gosh-a-mighty, benefits HER company. Now how did THAT happen? Heh, the article says that the "Original version" slipped through.. yuh-huh. Just amazing how someone that isn't an electe.....- 4/30/2007 2:00:10 PM
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