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War-Cruel and Squalid- Exquisite New Ways of Killing Ourselves (salon) This article from Wired fits pretty well into my *We're Doomed* version of the world in which weaponry becomes increasingly impersonal in its way to kill *enemies* and there aren't any good solutions .....- 4/26/2007 1:42:49 AM
Um. Don't Your Iraq Violence Stats Get Skewed if You Don't Include Car Bombings? (salon) Bush trying to push some fake numbers that the escalation of troops has been working because sectarian violence is down (Yeah, that's why the US is trying to build a huge friggin wall around Baghdad, .....- 4/26/2007 1:23:12 AM
Gov Perry's Excuse for Lobbyist Financed Trips- *No One Can Complain How Tax Dollars Are Being Used* (salon) So.. Perry thinks it's okay to take a number of trips that companies pay for with lobbying money.... because it doesn't use tax payer dollars. Um. WHO does he work for? If it were truly Texans, then h.....- 4/25/2007 7:01:03 PM
The Party That Cried "Wolf" (pstern) Elephants and Donkeys hitting an all time low Being a long-time Eisenhower-style Republican, I received an "urgent" email today from the Texas Republican Party.  Was the GOP concerned about .....- 4/25/2007 6:35:59 PM
Texas House Passes NAIS- Hank Gilbert Says You Better Keep Watching That Legislation! (salon) and let's remember it was SID MILLER's bill that pushed what is now voluntary participation in RFID chipping your animals. Who's running against Sid??????? What Hank said. After HB461 passed to engros.....- 4/25/2007 12:55:37 PM
Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Bill Passed - Hood, Montague, Parker and Wise Counties, Texas (salon) As a reminder, Somervell opted out of the Upper Trinity GCD a couple of months ago. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is currently considering a draft plan that could lead to the creation .....- 4/25/2007 12:48:44 PM
Poisoned! Not Just Pet Food! Now the FDA Checking to see if Melamine in Human Food-LIKE BABY FOOD (salon) Blech. I said earlier today that I started making my own dog and cat food a few days ago... um... if there was a reason to want to start cooking from scratch.. HERE IT IS! FDA officials said they woul.....- 4/25/2007 1:44:47 AM
Must Be *Clean Out the Republican Crooks* Week- the Abramoff Probe Continues (salon) Today! Tom DeLay's former chief of staff tied to Abramoff... gee, getting closer to Bugman. Rick Renzi of Arizona off all House committees he was serving on, and HIS top aide, Brian Murray appears to .....- 4/25/2007 1:25:01 AM
Poison Food! FDA Tells Big AG *Police Thyself* And Is Salvaged Pet Food Being Fed to Cows? (salon) First, I saw that the FDA KNEW of the issues with the contaminated spinach and peanut butter. Why? Because the CDC (the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) TOLD them that ConAgra had a spike in.....- 4/24/2007 6:17:52 PM
NAIS! BEWARE those *Voluntary* Sign up Forms at the Feed Store (salon) Very good roundup of recent articles about the National Animal Identification System. I drive through the feed store to get my stuff but apparently the USDA is putting the *voluntary* sign up forms on.....- 4/24/2007 10:14:36 AM
Tell Me We Should Export Our *Valued* Democracy To Other Countries When..... (salon) we stop implementing regime change or ignoring countries who, exercising democracy, have elections... an the US doesn't like the person who won. Have been reading the book "Overthrow", by St.....- 4/24/2007 9:45:48 AM
Perry's HPV Order Overturned by Texas Senate- Bill Now Goes Back to the House (salon) we stop implementing regime change or ignoring countries who, exercising democracy, have elections... an the US doesn't like the person who won. Have been reading the book "Overthrow", by St.....- 4/24/2007 7:57:32 AM
Nuclear Power Plant News O Day- Palo Verde EX-Employee downloaded training software while in Iran (salon) As this article points out, it isn't just that he did it (he's Iranian) but that he didn't even WORK for Palo Verde any more. How is it that a FORMER employee still had access to a nuclear power plant.....- 4/23/2007 1:46:49 PM
Hershey's Chocolate Continues to Shoot Itself in the Foot- Taking out the Cocoa Butter (salon) And who's helping them? The FDA (partners in crime), who would let Hershey's put in (blech) vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter. Let's ask WHY Hersheys' would even be asking to do this... BECAUSE TH.....- 4/23/2007 1:38:44 PM
Oil and Gas Companies in Oklahoma Seek to Screw Royalty Owners-Changes in Class Action Lawsuits (salon) Really, when you think about it, this might be just the first canary in the coalmine- either people are automatically added to class-action lawsuits and have to opt out... or the big corporations will.....- 4/23/2007 1:17:27 PM
On Outsourcing to India- Watchdog to be Created to make sure Data Theft STOPS (salon) not *might occur*... STOPS. The watchdog will certify that companies who voluntarily join the organisation meet data security standards designed to prevent incidents such as in June last year when an .....- 4/23/2007 1:10:35 PM
H1B Visas Used by Corporations to Stiff Americans (salon) I know that people such as Senator John Cornyn of Texas work against American interests by pandering to corporations instead of building up Americans. But I honestly had never thought exactly the way .....- 4/23/2007 1:06:32 PM
Counter Recruitment Rallies in Austin, Texas Coming Up-Campus Antiwar Movement to End the Occupations {CAMEO} (salon) CAMEO is calling for two counter-recruitment rallies (1 at Dobie Mall and 1 at the Riverside recruitment offices). On Tuesday April 24th we will gather at the East Mall near the MLK statue* at noon. W.....- 4/23/2007 12:45:13 PM
Gas Plumes in the Sky- Maypearl and Fort Worth, Texas -Don't You Just LOVE Gas Fires and Explosions? (salon) Down in Maypearl, Texas, Saturday brought a bunch of accidents at a gas processing plant which required local residents to be evacuated. The fire completely involved one structure at the plant, and bo.....- 4/23/2007 12:08:05 PM
Chisum's Bible Bill (Texas) Neutered (salon) Seems that citizens of Texas don't want the government telling them to have Bible classes in school. Maybe they believe, as I do, that that is what people GO TO CHURCH FOR. The original bill by state .....- 4/23/2007 11:55:11 AM
Outsource to India- Increase your Profits 64 percent- Kimberly Clark in Waco, TX (salon) In February, Kimberly Clark announced that it was stiffing a company, Syzygy, that had been doing work.. in Waco in order to make the big bucks by paying an Indian firm to do the work. I see today tha.....- 4/23/2007 11:48:38 AM
Texas- Dumping Ground Now for VX NERVE Gas- Company to Burn Gas Near Port Arthur (salon) Somedays I think that, to others, Texas must look like a big old trash can ringed with dollar bills. Companies pick up the cash while dumping their waste into the ground, water, or air, thinking ".....- 4/23/2007 11:41:38 AM
What Ever Happened to Anti-Trust Enforcement? Under Gonzales, the Justice Dept's Anti-Trust Rate HALVED (salon) Another reason Alberto Gonzales, better known as *I Dun Know Nuttin*, needs to go. (Although I have to say, one wonders who would replace this crooked incompetent... might be someone worse since Bush .....- 4/23/2007 11:25:49 AM
Macquerie Buys Up UK's Airwave O2 LTd- POLICE AND EMERGENCY AIRWAVES (salon) Em. Hello! This is the wave of the future and it's happening NOW. A private holding company from Australia, one that already has been putting in toll roads in America and buying up local newspapers (i.....- 4/23/2007 9:47:49 AM
What? NOBODY cares about Texas Campaign Financing? Are we all just Cynical and Hopeless? (salon) Yeah. I saw the bills filed about there actually being some accountability in Texas about how much money is being spent on candidates. My personal view is that unless/until there is public financing, .....- 4/23/2007 9:34:51 AM
John Cornyn (TX) Hates Seniors- Votes Against Legislation That Would Allow Federal Negotiations Of Medicare Prescription Drug Prices (salon) Remember this in 2008. The Republicans were the ones that pushed the Medicare boondoggle, using illegal and unscrupulous methods to do it, and, because the Senate is still pretty evenly divided, are m.....- 4/23/2007 9:18:33 AM
Our Private Health Care Information Uploaded to Other Companies Databases, HIPPA.. and the Bushes (salon) One wishes that when G W Bush pushes healthcare initiatives, no members of his extended family profited by his doing so. On the one hand, you could say that it's sure nice that there are enterprising .....- 4/23/2007 9:08:22 AM
Alberto Gonzales and What He's Hiding... the Texas Anti-Trust Connection Part 2 (salon) One wishes that when G W Bush pushes healthcare initiatives, no members of his extended family profited by his doing so. On the one hand, you could say that it's sure nice that there are enterprising .....- 4/23/2007 2:05:33 AM
What's Alberto Gonzalez Hiding? His Own Involvement in Corruption Part 1 (salon) I saw a cryptic note on TalkingPointsMemo a bit ago that teased the question about a US Attorney, Bradley J. Schlozman. When I started using "The Google", it was like wandering into a smarmy.....- 4/23/2007 1:29:43 AM
Johnson County, TX Man Suing EOG Resources to Prevent Them From Drilling Oil on his Property (salon) Here's a man that believes that, before he signed a lease with EOG (which he felt coerced into), EOG illegally came onto his property, at the Hills of Home subdivision, without permission. And WHY you.....- 4/22/2007 10:08:33 AM
On Blogging Etiquette, Gang Warfare and *Blue* Speech (salon) Last year before the election,  I was talking to a Democrat who had attended the local party meeting about one of the candidates and was told that the candidate needed to get rid of the word *hell* fr.....- 4/20/2007 7:50:31 PM
Harvesting Rainwater as an answer to Water Problems in Texas (salon) As regular readers of this blog know, I'm concerned about a number of environmental issues, including what will happen if water from our aquifers becomes a scarcity or becomes contaminated.. or if we .....- 4/20/2007 9:02:05 AM
In response to Sen. Jeff Wentworth's commentary printed in several Texas newspapers: (pstern) Wentworth sold-out Texans There's no nice way to put it.  Senator Jeff Wentworth just sold-out Texans with the latest in toll conspiracy legislation HB 1892. During the past decade, the Texas legislat.....- 4/20/2007 7:13:31 AM
House approves secrecy for licensed concealed gun owners (pstern) What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports were they thinking? I'll have to agree with Salon on this.-The lawmakers of the Texas House of Representatives once again have used poor judgment in providing le.....- 4/19/2007 2:15:37 PM
Two Former TXU Energy Traders to Testify in Austin to the Texas Lege (salon) These *whistleblowers* know about TXU's market manipulation AND believe they've been scapegoated for it. Phil King as quoted in this article seems he's looking to,at least a litle bit REGULATE (gasp, .....- 4/19/2007 11:07:12 AM
Packing Heat with Concealed Weapon? The Texas Lege Thinks You Can Keep it a Secret! Even if you're a Criminal! (salon) PFFFFFFFFFFFFT! Okay, Texas Senate, please be SMARTER than these yokels in the House. I notice again that Patrick Rose is quoted here. I've said before that I saw the movie where it showed his race ag.....- 4/19/2007 11:02:41 AM
Time Warner via U.S. Postal Service planning to take away our Freedom of Speech (pstern) There's time to stop it. Time Warner, the largest magazine publisher and news media owner in the nation, has cooked up an idea that will cost many of us more of our rights to Freedom of Speech.  Few h.....- 4/19/2007 12:24:36 AM
EW!!! Nuclear Power Plant News O Day- Body Parts Tested for Nuclear Radiation without Family Consent (salon) Sellafield, UKDarling's announcement came after trades unions flagged concerns that organs had been removed without next of kin giving their permission -- a practice banned last year amid widespread c.....- 4/18/2007 4:23:37 PM
I'm sorry about Virginia Tech-But Iraq has TWO Virginia Techs EVERY SINGLE DAY (salon) Awful what happened at Virginia Tech. But imagine if the news media paid the same sort of attention to both the United States military men and women that are killed, with the same expressions of horro.....- 4/18/2007 4:08:11 PM
TxDOT Imitates WWII Panzer Attacks for Toll Roads (pstern) Wake-up, Texans!   Soon you'll be paying double and triple toll taxes and the quiet, lovely Texas countryside you once knew and loved will be replaced by super-x-stressways that may send you packing f.....- 4/18/2007 4:03:02 PM
If I had Dinner With Bush, I Sure Wouldn't Admit It! Chet Edwards Does! (salon) In fact, I'd turn it down; I'd sooner go eat in CellBlock 32. Not for Chet Edwards who finds a way in his notification about the Virginia Tech Tragedy to namedrop about the fact that he had dinner wit.....- 4/18/2007 1:52:56 PM
Can the Government Still Attach Ken Lay's Assets If His Widow Got Them After Lay's Death? (salon) Course, the conspiracy theory part of me wants to think that Ken Lay is still alive and only pretended to be dead to avoid a long sentence in the hoosegow. Closed coffin, anyone? Anyway, it's an inter.....- 4/18/2007 1:36:39 PM
Taser Frolics! Sid Miller (TX Dist 59) Against Restricting Police Use of Tasers (salon) I can't tell you how many stories I've read of Taser misuse. I read a story a couple of days ago about a man who was tasered while holding his baby, and the baby fell; the mother says her baby hasn't .....- 4/18/2007 1:22:03 PM
Erath County Citizens Show up En Masse to the Texas Railroad Commission Hearing on Huckabay Ridge Injection Well (salon) Good to read. The hearing was on Thursday last week and the Stephenville paper has a good article about it. Even Sid Miller showed up to speak against it! And provided lunch!“None of our hearings have.....- 4/18/2007 1:15:00 PM
Branch Davidian Site in Waco-Religious Leader Plans Museum and Tabernacle (salon) What will be in that museum? Charred bodies? You know, I had forgotten that somebody still lives on that acreage! Tell you what, those were TWO terrorist acts-first by the ATF under the Clinton admini.....- 4/18/2007 1:06:20 PM
If Carilles Had Been Iraqi, He'd Be In Gitmo now-Or Renditioned... But He's Going to be Free on Bond (salon) Carlos Posada Carilles is a terrorist. The Bush administration has been harboring him, thus, if Bush were true to his word (which we know he is not), he would stop because he *SAYS* he's against count.....- 4/18/2007 8:01:16 AM
Not-So-Odd-Couple- Bill Clinton and Poppy Bush Tell Wireless Execs Their Work Shapes Democracies (salon) Not ONLY is it still pretty bizarre to me to see DogNPony shows starring Clinton N Poppy (Best Friends Forever) but the article was full of swill and made me want to hurl. Nothing like telling a bunch.....- 4/18/2007 2:23:25 AM
Not Just North Texas Excluded from Toll Road Moratorium Bill- El Paso, Too (salon) Sheesh. I repeat what I said the other day that I believe this whole hoopla about a *moratorium* is to pacify people, hoping they just forget about it when 2 more years rolls by. After all, the Texas .....- 4/18/2007 1:52:26 AM
Instead of Toll Roads, HERE"S a good idea- Red Light Runners and Speeding Tickets Pay for Roads! (salon) Heh. After having lived in the DFW area for many years, I'm convinced that, if you just took the people who run red light's fines, we'd have Pinkies Up Quality Roads and could kick out Perry and his c.....- 4/18/2007 1:45:20 AM
On Solar Energy-I've noticed that COMPANIES are going solar, with very little fanfare.... (salon) When solar energy becomes the norm, it appears it won't be because citizens in general are pushing for it, but because corporations want to save money and they KNOW THE WAY TO DO IT IS TO GO SOLAR. I'.....- 4/16/2007 7:04:32 PM
Nuclear Power News O Day- Oh, a FLOATING NUCLEAR ENERGY PLANT????? IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA???? (salon) Sometimes you just scratch your head and wonder what chucklehead comes up with these things. Of course, it has to be money involved somewhere. Russia has begun to build the world’s first floating nucl.....- 4/16/2007 6:50:45 PM
Microsoft's Annoying *Phishing* Filter (salon) I've been pretty busy today and yesterday working on a message board project. It's the same dang message board software that I used with CanOFun and it's not like the code popped up from under a cabba.....- 4/16/2007 4:08:32 PM
Two-timing Triple-taxing Pro-Toll Legislators (pstern) Legislators Blatantly Trying to Screw Texas Taxpayers Watchdog Sal Costello, founder of www.AustinTollParty.com lets us know that those vigilante toll enthusiasts, Senator Watson and Rep. Krusee are a.....- 4/16/2007 1:06:34 PM
Is Ben Wear of the A-AS on the TTC Take? (salon) He's obviously pro-toll road; I've read his columns before. But I don't get why, if one acknowledges in the first paragraph or so of an article that a company that works FOR the TTC is hired to do a s.....- 4/16/2007 8:40:49 AM
TAB nothing more than BLAB (pstern) What's good for the goose ain't so great for the gosling community!CEO Bill Hammond of Texas Association of Business (TAB) is whining again. This time it's about how Texas must be more fair to its tax.....- 4/16/2007 8:29:58 AM
Texas Association of Business-Remember How They Funded Sid Miller's Campaign Flyers? They're Back in Court Today! (salon) Here's a bit of background, I have written extensively here about the TAB/TRMPAC illegalities and how they involved Sid Miller of our US House District 59. (Plus here's where they contributed to, and .....- 4/16/2007 8:19:21 AM
AUDIO-PODCAST- Bush Misrespresents the Will of the American People and Sneers at the Democratic Process (salon) Here's a bit of background, I have written extensively here about the TAB/TRMPAC illegalities and how they involved Sid Miller of our US House District 59. (Plus here's where they contributed to, and .....- 4/15/2007 12:52:49 PM
Gun Control --- Help Wanted: Street-Smart Elected Officials (pstern)  In response to 4/13/07 editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Mayors unite against gun crime".    "And then there's the one about"... New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Cinci.....- 4/14/2007 8:30:37 PM
Weird! Bush Radio Address CUTS OFF before inflammatory statement (salon) I was reading Huffington Post, where Brent Budowsky took issue with Bush saying, in his radio address today, as written by BBToday's radio address by George Bush included some of the most demeaning, d.....- 4/14/2007 7:25:00 PM
Professors at SMU Continue to Work to Block the Bush Library (salon) As we've noted before, some professors and clergy see a clear disconnect between United Methodist church teachings and what Bush believes and espouses. On Wednesday, this group continued to press its .....- 4/14/2007 5:36:53 PM
What New Gas Well Waste Can We Inject Into the Ground? How About Coal-Bed Methane? (Montana) (salon) Ugh. I know this crap isn't getting injected HERE, we have our own waste to be concerned with, but overall, why does the gas industry continue to foist, in ANY state, that the way to deal with pollute.....- 4/14/2007 5:30:05 PM
No PUC Buyout Approval for the TXU/KKR/Texas Pacific Huge Merger- But the Lege Says In the FUTURE, yes (salon) Sheesh. That's exactly the same thing they did with toll roads the other day. Harummph! *Yes, We Need To Make Sure WE Have Regulatory Approval of this industry, and Yes, We Will Have it... AFTER this .....- 4/14/2007 5:08:09 PM
*Pay for Play* In Media- Do Consumers Know When They Are Watching (or Reading) Paid Programming Segments? (salon) Along the lines of FAKE NEWS, what about when a company or PR agency wants to get an item out to the television-watching public, makes a pay-for-play deal, but it's not clear to the watcher that the s.....- 4/14/2007 4:22:06 PM
Bush Senior and the Moonies! Poppy Bush Will be Keynote Speaker for Moonie Paper Washington Times (salon) I think the Moonies are weird, although, to politicians, at least their money is good. I truly don't understand why anyone would want to be keynote speaker at a Moonies event, but nothing's too far ou.....- 4/14/2007 3:36:09 PM
And They Can't Pay to Recycle Water? XTO Chairman Paid $59.5 Million Last Year (salon) You may remember how the XTO guy whined at the Somervell County Commish Court a month or two ago about paying for road costs when the ROAD GETS DAMAGED BY THE BIG GAS RIG TRUCKS. Reading something lik.....- 4/14/2007 2:00:11 PM
Stalker? No! Governor Perry! *Every Breath You Take* his New Theme Song (salon) I already knew Bush was illegally spying on Americans; also knew that private corporations were amassing data on every aspect of our lives-but who knew that Governor Perry and one of his aides were ac.....- 4/14/2007 9:56:29 AM
HB 4108 vs. HB 13: The Oversight and Regulation of State Homeland Security (pstern) Wake-up Texans, our civil rights are being threatened!HB 4108 is a bill authored by Rep. Richard Raymond as a counter to the demand made by Gov. Rick Perry to legislators for approval of HB 13 authore.....- 4/14/2007 8:54:16 AM
Don't Have the Right Toll Transponder? Sorry, You'll pay more in Indiana.. if you're from Illinois (salon) Here's an obvious problem with TOLL ROADS. You're travelling along, going from Illinois to Indiana  and you're paying with one of those dang RFID transponders. IF you use I-Zoom, you'll get a discount.....- 4/13/2007 10:01:09 PM
Not Content To Break the Law Without Penalty, Bush Asks Congress to Let Him Spy on Yet MORE People In MORE Ways (salon) It's been disturbing to me to see that the Bush administration continues to spy on its citizens, breaking the law, and Congress has not stopped him. That apparently has, if you'll excuse the expressio.....- 4/13/2007 5:52:10 PM
Move-On Jumps the Shark-Misleads about Clinton's Stance on Iran- *No Option Off the Table* (salon) I mentioned before that I already wrote Move-on and removed myself from their list. This today reinforces why I'm happy I did that. (Oh, and I am NOT going to vote for Hilary Clinton and YES, I am fem.....- 4/13/2007 5:14:50 PM
Corrupt Oil and Gas News O Day- Injecting Waste Product into Ground Water- CA and Texas Rancher Sues Forest Oil (salon) Another reason why this industry needs to be directly regulated, and NOT by entities like RubberStamp Texas Railroad Commissions.A Santa Maria oil company, two employees and a former employee have agr.....- 4/13/2007 4:46:53 PM
Do Sexual Abstinence Classes Work? Study Says NO! (salon) Have written about the State of Texas mandated abstinence classes before and that it's more than inappropriate that they are taught by religious personnel, as with the "Worth the Wait" progr.....- 4/13/2007 4:23:06 PM
Uh-Oh! I'm Losing Count of How Many Crooks and Incompetents there are in the Bush administration (salon) I guess I'm going to have to get a notebook where I can make hash marks-when the number of thugs number more than 10, can we please get Bush impeached? From today, Wolfowitz, the Ew Factor, and remind.....- 4/13/2007 3:59:04 PM
Why is the Democratic Party Choosing an RIAA Shill for PR for the Convention? (salon) Boy, is THAT a collosally bad move.  As Boing-Boing points out, the RIAA takes top prize for most hated company in America... and the Democrats want Jenni Engebretsen, the RIAA's Director of Communica.....- 4/13/2007 3:14:22 PM
Somervell County Democratic Party Meeting/Discussion (Chair) Boy, is THAT a collosally bad move.  As Boing-Boing points out, the RIAA takes top prize for most hated company in America... and the Democrats want Jenni Engebretsen, the RIAA's Director of Communica.....- 4/13/2007 2:42:14 PM
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