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Is the Texas House Vote on 2 Yr Moratorium Just a Public Pacifier? Or Why Didn't They Stop the N Texas Toll Roads? (salon) I've been mulling this over for a few days after reading that the Texas Lege (on the House side) voted for a 2 year moratorium on toll roads, to include the TTC... except that they still kowtowed to t.....- 4/13/2007 1:27:50 PM
Giant NAFTA Hub Opens Today in Dallas, Texas- the Dallas Logistics Hub (salon) Boy! The Never Ending Shovelling of Cheap Goods from Other Countries Is Being Helped Out Today!  Let me guess that since the Allen Group is financially backing this, they wouldn't be happy if the TTC .....- 4/13/2007 1:09:32 PM
More about Wolfowitz and the Woman He's Shtupping-Because the Bush Hypocrisy is So Delish! (salon) BackgroundWhile I was out yesterday, I heard on the radio that the Bush administration made some comments that they stood behind Wolfowitz. I thought, Oh. So Bush Thinks it's Okay to be Cheating on Yo.....- 4/13/2007 12:42:46 PM
A Few Bits from this Week's Glen Rose Reporter newspaper- Week of April 12, 2007 (salon) Glen Rose Reporter newspaper link. Naturally, the article about the Keene woman is on the front page, as well as a great picture of state competitors Perry Peterson and April Howell, who are competing.....- 4/13/2007 12:18:17 PM
Wah! Sandy Kress Unhappy that Texas Might Get Rid of TAKS Test (salon) Had to laugh when I read this article in the Waxahachie paper, which basically discusses how end-of-year tests will replace these horrendous general TAKS tests that want to see, over cumulative high s.....- 4/13/2007 11:41:40 AM
Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas Must Pay Double K Homes for Work Done in 2005 (salon) From the Stephenville paperTen of twelve jurors in the 266th Judicial District Court agreed Wednesday that Rough Creek Lodge must pay Double K Homes $26,245.14 for work performed at the lodge in 2005......- 4/13/2007 11:04:17 AM
HB 3323 --- Vote for Insurance Commissioner a Must for Texans (pstern)  In Texas the governor appoints many positions and one of them is the commissioner of the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).   "So what?", you may say.  "It's a big deal," I say .....- 4/13/2007 10:41:53 AM
Drilling Activity in Bono (Johnson Co) Texas- with Pics (salon) I'd heard that there was a lot of drilling activity, including a gas processing plant and an injection well on the road that goes from Acton to Bono. So, after leaving Cleburne the other day, thought .....- 4/13/2007 8:41:22 AM
Alternative Politics: The People Speak Out (pstern) Across the Nation and in Texas People Have Had It!For years elected officials have been working for their special interests instead of working for the majority of the voters who hired them.  Well, gue.....- 4/12/2007 9:39:03 PM
Somervell County, Texas Growing at the Rate of 5.42 percent (salon) Interesting. According to this survey, the fastest growing county in north central Texas is Rockwall. These are population estimates released by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and are .....- 4/12/2007 7:35:10 PM
George Walker Bush: "Grand Strategist" or just a miserable president? (pstern) Recently people have been buzzing about the almost ancient 2/11/2004 Washington Times editorial by Tony Blankely titled, "George W. Bush -- grand strategist" and depending on individual pers.....- 4/11/2007 4:41:33 PM
Keene, Tx Woman Whose Baby Died in High-Speed Chase STOLE MONEY from Brownwood, Texas Store (salon) Okay. So that's why she was willing to risk her baby's life (who died)-she was a thief! The woman accused of killing her baby in a wreck Friday after a 25-mile chase is also accused of taking more tha.....- 4/11/2007 11:34:09 AM
The Master Gardener Program for Hood, Somervell and Johnson Counties (salon) I've been attending, twice a week, an excellent program sponsored by both the Master Gardener's from those counties and the county's extension agents. Some of the classes have been *Environmental Land.....- 4/11/2007 9:01:53 AM
City of Glen Rose, Texas Meeting for April 9, 2007-in Audio/Video (salon) Audio- MP3 here, plus a few selected video bits I found interesting. Some items on the agenda: Vote to approve or deny request for approval of final plat for First Financial Bank expansion (Lonnie Whi.....- 4/10/2007 11:43:18 AM
Somervell County Texas County Commissioners Meeting April 9, 2007 (inc Audio/Video) (salon) Audio- MP3 here, plus a few selected video bits I found interesting. Some items on the agenda: Vote to approve or deny request for approval of final plat for First Financial Bank expansion (Lonnie Whi.....- 4/11/2007 12:21:31 AM
Texas Railroad Commission Denies Erath County/Huckabay Ridge Request for Party Status-Because It was EMAILED (salon) Instead, RRC says that Bill Gordon should have *hand carried* his request for re-inclusion of party status to them. That's all well and good if you actually LIVE IN AUSTIN, where the RRC office is, bu.....- 4/10/2007 8:56:29 AM
Illegal Waste-Dumping in Kopperl (Bosque Co, TX) on Hwy 174 (salon) When I went to the Kopperl meeting a month or so ago about the commercial waste injection well going in, someone mentioned that they had seen a truck dumping waste by the side of the road. I see that .....- 4/10/2007 8:51:04 AM
Across-the-board teacher pay raise passed in Texas House -on to the Senate (salon) A state House of Representatives-passed bill headed for the Senate includes an across-the-board teacher pay raise of $1,800 to be spread over the next two years and solidifies the solvency of the stat.....- 4/9/2007 8:36:12 AM
Iraqis Want US OUT! Tens of Thousands Protest *Get Out, Get Out, Occupier* (salon) Yes. Let's Get Out!Tens of thousands draped themselves in Iraqi flags and marched peacefully through the streets of two Shiite holy cities Monday to mark the fourth anniversary of Baghdad's fall. Demo.....- 4/9/2007 8:31:05 AM
American Politics: Evolutionary or Extinct? (pstern) Or ...Where’s the ‘Intelligent’ in Intelligent Design? Let’s look for a moment at American politics for what it has become. Currently we have a political structure evolved into a system that does NOT .....- 4/8/2007 4:22:46 PM
Heh- Just for Easter-Power to the Peeps! (salon) Or ...Where’s the ‘Intelligent’ in Intelligent Design? Let’s look for a moment at American politics for what it has become. Currently we have a political structure evolved into a system that does NOT .....- 4/8/2007 11:47:38 AM
Look Out! First Step for State Toll Roads is to get a State's Lege to Give Authority to State's DOT (salon) Just as happened in Texas. I read an article about Tennessee attempting to do the same. The thing is, it's part of an overall plan pushed by private-public partnership theory, because it's a necessary.....- 4/8/2007 11:27:06 AM
Will SMU's reputation be tarnished by having the Bush Library there? (Heritage Foundation with a Cross on the Door) (salon) The argument continues. Why? Because the campus is owned by the United Methodist Church and Pffttttt, how in the world does what Bush believes sync with Christian, Methodist teachings? It doesn't, and.....- 4/8/2007 8:39:23 AM
Sad Story of Infant Who Died When Thrown from SUV in Johnson County, TX (salon) A motorist on Hwy 67 at Glen Rose noticed erratic driving and notified the Somervell County Sheriff's Department. The deputies weren't able to get her to stop and she kept on going east on 67, presuma.....- 4/8/2007 7:56:24 AM
I can't believe it is SNOWING in Texas.. On April 7th! A few pics (salon) A motorist on Hwy 67 at Glen Rose noticed erratic driving and notified the Somervell County Sheriff's Department. The deputies weren't able to get her to stop and she kept on going east on 67, presuma.....- 4/7/2007 8:44:07 PM
MTBE Contaminated Water Lawsuit Filed in Maryland- 'Member the Repubs and Chet Edwards Shielding the Manufacturers? (salon) I still remember watching this on C-span when the Republicans were in power and how Tom Delay and his cronies, including "Smokey Joe" Barton,  worked to make sure the manufacturers of MTBE w.....- 4/7/2007 4:01:45 PM
You know what I LOVE about Nancy Pelosi? Her Treating Bully-In-Chief as a Spoiled Brat (salon) I adored a week or two ago when she told Bush to take a deep breath after his usual, scripted, fist-pounding lies about the war. She was the picture of calm, cool collection and the contrast made Bush.....- 4/7/2007 2:57:50 PM
Sid Miller (TX House Dist 59) and Chet Edwards Eat Horses, Don't They? Part 2 -US Congress Bill on Slaughtering Horses (salon) Before I talk about the bill, .....US House Bill 503 would:end horse slaughter in the U.S. and prohibit the slaughterhouses from exporting horses even further to their plants in Mexico and Canada. The.....- 4/7/2007 2:08:50 PM
Camp Casey-Easter Baskets To Bush and Trouble at Crawford (Texas) Peace House (salon) Snowing pretty hard outside the window at this moment, so it's most likely snowing today in Crawford, too. (I'm guessing Bush isn't even trying to pretend today that he's out chainsawing juniper trees.....- 4/7/2007 1:43:23 PM
Even the Pentagon Just Said That the 9/11-Saddam Ties are Baloney- Report From this Week. (salon) IN fact, they call the link *inappropriate*. The declassified report said Defense Department officials “undercut” the intelligence community. It specifically said that analysts reporting to Douglas Fe.....- 4/7/2007 11:43:00 AM
Not Enough Indian Workers for Hungry US Outsourcing Companies - Solution? Train More Indian Workers (salon) Article made me feel sick. Globalistic corporations won't pay proper wages for American workers, even for jobs like.... ANSWERING THE PHONE... so they've done the anti-American cheapo thing and sent t.....- 4/7/2007 11:34:48 AM
Bush Administration Continues to Harbor a Terrorist- Luis Posada Carilles (salon) Been writing about this for the last 2 years. The Bush administration has been holding Luis Posada Carilles, who is wanted as a terrorist in Venezuela, but will they extradite to the country that want.....- 4/7/2007 10:32:59 AM
TXU- Sorry We Helped You *Perceive* That We Were Gonna Shut Down Power Plants (salon) Heh. Eat Crow, TXU! First they threatened to shut down power plants in retaliation to the Texas Senate not passing what they wanted? (Yahoo actually used those words in their article, referenced above.....- 4/7/2007 8:55:15 AM
For the Holiday- Photos of My New Chicks and Ducklings (salon) Heh. Eat Crow, TXU! First they threatened to shut down power plants in retaliation to the Texas Senate not passing what they wanted? (Yahoo actually used those words in their article, referenced above.....- 4/6/2007 4:22:22 PM
Good Cop! Bad Cop! KKR and Texas Pacific Play the Shmooze Card Versus TXU's Threats (salon) Remember yesterday how, WAH, TXU didn't get its way, so it threatened to close down some electricity plants? You have to wonder if KKR et al saw that and screamed "Arrgggh! What's WRONG with thes.....- 4/6/2007 2:58:39 PM
MORE Nuclear Power News O Day- Fire at Indian Point 3 Nuclear Power Plant Caused Shutdown (salon) An electrical fault and fire in a transformer yard forced the automatic shutdown Friday of the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, officials said. ..The NRC, the federal agency which monitors nuclear .....- 4/6/2007 1:28:47 PM
PODCAST-*From a user’s standpoint, it makes very little difference who operates the facility*-Public/Private Partnerships (salon) CanOFun Podcast about this subject: After listening this morning to the Podcast about economics and globalization, I've been unable to shake a dawning big picture realization about all these attempts .....- 4/6/2007 2:41:40 PM
Nuclear Power Plant News O Day-ANOTHER Reactor Safety Breach at Tokyo Electric (salon) Tokyo Electric has already been taking it on the chin for deliberately concealing unlawful acts with the operation of their nuclear power plant. Well, here's another one to add to the list of over 100.....- 4/6/2007 10:22:34 AM
For Whom the Road Tolls ---- Governor "39-percent" Shaking in his Cowboy Boots? (pstern) "To toll or NOT to toll, that's not much of a question."Gov. Rick "39-percent" Perry spent years pushing toll roads for his wealthy special interests.  Perry is nothing more than o.....- 4/6/2007 10:03:27 AM
Remember that Gas Explosion in Wylie, TX? Texas RailRoad Commission Whitewashes ATMOS Responsiblity (salon) Here's background from last November, at the time that Atmos was padding their expense reports while trying to justify a rate increase. A Wylie couple died when their home exploded-this was AFTER they.....- 4/6/2007 9:17:02 AM
One More Comment about the Texas Railroad Commission Hearing about the Injection Well at Bluff Dale (Erath County) Texas (salon) from Bill Gordon.A lot of folks are asking how our Bluff Dale / EOG Resources went. Out of the 215 citizens that protested - only 20 to 22 showed up for the hearing.  This was a disappointment. EOG ma.....- 4/6/2007 9:08:34 AM
A Few Notes from the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper This Week- April 5, 2007 (salon) Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper - First off, there's a notice that Fossil Rim is converting to biodiesel for its fuel.Interesting picture of the Paluxy River and how high it got recently during the rains.....- 4/6/2007 8:29:08 AM
AUDIO Podcast from Think (KERA-DFW) Yesterday- Fewer and Fewer Suppliers and the Global Economy (salon) Yes, I know the titling of this sounds a little dry but this podcast is FASCINATING and DISTURBING. Barry Lynn wrote an article for American Prospect last month called "Why Economists Can't See t.....- 4/6/2007 7:55:42 AM
Judge Hecht and Corruption- Oh, there's MORE! Hillco Contribution (Perry Homes) Days Before Court Appeal (salon) Wrote about Hecht, who is on the Texas Supreme Court, the other day, after I read that he, in order to pay his legal bills for having to defend his unethical conduct touting girlfriend Harriet Miers, .....- 4/5/2007 9:55:03 PM
Public-Private Partnerships-Innovative Contracting US House Hearing on April 17, 2007 (salon) Noticed this as I was looking at hearings on the Committe on Transportation and Infrastructure, site-this was listed on the Minority site, but not on the main, don't know why? At any rate, it can be w.....- 4/5/2007 5:51:18 PM
Why Private Toll Road Contractors MUST have non-compete contracts ... or they won't make a deal (salon) I"ve been reading some articles today about public-private partnerships and ran across this interesting discussion about the use of non-compete agreements in public AND private toll roads. A Must.....- 4/5/2007 5:37:59 PM
Reliant Energy (Houston, TX) One of 4 Companies To Refund Money to Ratepayers- Manipulation of Natural Gas Prices (salon) Boy. Remember a few years ago when Reliant Energy was caught on tape making deals to bilk Californians and jack up energy prices by conspiring to close some CA power plants to artificially create a po.....- 4/5/2007 4:29:37 PM
Wolfowitz's Mistress Getting Higher Salary-It Pays To Shtup the Head of the World Bank (salon) I wrote about this 2 years ago-with a pic of the woman who is NOT a looker; course, neither is Paul Wolfowitz (the woman, incidentally, is the one on the RIGHT-heh). Anyway, saw this article at the en.....- 4/5/2007 4:11:54 PM
North Texas Cities Want the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) To Reconsider its Atmos gas decision (salon) I wasn't surprised the other day to see the RRC suck up to Atmos, but good to see that there's a group that wants the RRC to think again about the gift the RRC commissioners gave Atmos.A group of Nort.....- 4/5/2007 3:55:12 PM
Lots of Wormy Apples at the State Capitol (pstern) The Texas Legislature may be filled with some good apples and bad apples, but it sure does look like all the apples are filled with worms. Let's recap some of the special interest legislation that was.....- 4/5/2007 2:40:26 PM
More on the RRC (Texas Railroad Commission) Hearing Held about Bluff Dale, Texas on Tuesday (salon) from the Stephenville paperGordon said EOG Resources Inc., who has sought RRC approval of the Bluff Dale site, has agreed to operate a “non-commercial” well, meaning the company will only be able to d.....- 4/5/2007 12:08:53 PM
Texas Lege Won't Cater to TXU? TXU Threatens to Shut Down Some Power Plants (salon) First, you have to read this- Texas Lawmakers Take no Action on TXU deal.  This despite that fact that Phil King solicited lobbyists to help him out to pass law that would benefit the electrical indus.....- 4/5/2007 11:53:44 AM
Texas Senate Panel Says NO to *39 Percent* and Approves 2 year Toll Road Moratorium (salon) Now, who knows what will happen when it goes to the House, as run by Crook Craddick? But at least there are Texas Senators looking out for the people that represented them.A key Senate panel approved .....- 4/5/2007 11:44:33 AM
Audio snippet. On Having a Man Who Works for Macquarie as Counsel for US DOT- David James Gribbin (salon) We've talked here before about the push of our government to get private-public partnerships so that entities like our highways are no longer public but under the control of private corporations. Mary.....- 4/5/2007 11:28:02 AM
Nuclear Power Plants Have to Get a License? Nah, Just Stealthily *Uprate* Existing Units (salon) I'm thinking *uprate* is the nuclear power terminology equivalent to *upgrade*. Not trivial at all, instead of the big public deal of asking for licenses to build new nuclear power plants or being con.....- 4/4/2007 5:10:04 PM
Phil King(Weatherford, TX) Sneaks Changes to Utility Legislation-Asks Utility Group to Lobby For Him (salon) Boy. I've followed a number of King's handouts for himself from corporations and lobbyists, but asking the AECT to lobby for him tops his corruption so far. Basically, Senate Bills SB482 and SB483 rel.....- 4/4/2007 4:57:26 PM
Nuclear Power News O Day- Duane Arnold Plant in Iowa has Power Loss and Japan Power Nuclear Safety Doubts (salon) Mind you, the article says that the public was never in any danger because they have backup pumps. Only commenting that nuclear power plants are not trouble-free.CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) - Officials say plan.....- 4/4/2007 4:47:43 PM
Is the Public Turning Against Militarism as a Solution to the World's Problems? Poll Shows Crisis of Confidence in Bush Administration (salon) I watched Delusional-In-Chief last night on the repeat of his press conference, and wondered, for the millionth time, how he can keep ignoring the will of the American people, where the majority don't.....- 4/4/2007 10:50:40 AM
Bible as Textbook in Texas-Here's a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen (salon) I don't think I would be so adamently against this if it were a more general "Religions as Literature" class that included, say, texts from the Koran, and the Mormon Bible, as well as other .....- 4/4/2007 10:35:03 AM
Adding *Under God* to the Texas Flag Pledge-WHY? (salon) No clue why the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a photo of Phil King with the article about Debbie Riddle of Tomball's bill, HB1034, but I did like the example of the 17 year old Jehovah's Witness from L.....- 4/4/2007 10:26:27 AM
Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas A Go Despite Weather-Ready For Bush's Vacay! (salon) When I first got an email about this, it was the day after some truly torrential rains around here, soggy was the word of the day. It's also been raining off and on, with some tornadoes and thundersto.....- 4/4/2007 9:51:22 AM
Bush Whines About Congress Taking Easter Vacay-As He Heads Off for HIs OWN Vacay in Crawford, Texas (salon) That pretty well convinces me that Bush reads texts that other people write, because to believe otherwise is to find him one of the most idiotic presidents of my lifetime (well...... heh). I heard him.....- 4/4/2007 9:46:43 AM
Category: Duh!~Mary *Toll Road Queen* Peters Has Perry's Back on Attack on Moratorium (salon) Title of this article is "Federal Transportation Chief Backs Perry's Toll Plan"-geez, this woman wants to turn FEDERAL highways into toll roads, so what difference does it make that SHE is f.....- 4/4/2007 9:13:49 AM
Special Interest Road Bond Politics? (pstern) Hays County Commissioner Will Conley pushes for road bond meeting.  Motives at best are questionable. Hays County voters should be asking, "Why is a County Commissioner holding a meeting to promo.....- 4/3/2007 9:50:46 PM
Pay More, Get Less Service To Ride in that Big Crowded Bus in the Sky (salon) Airline service industry study. I saw an article a few minutes ago that said that there were less complaints overall- I guess that means people just put up with this for the Privilege of being Searche.....- 4/3/2007 9:17:46 AM
Gee! Was It All the Corruption? Lack of Oversight? Pew Poll Shows Less People Identify Themselves as Republicans (salon) Even more striking than the changes in some core political and social values is the dramatic shift in party identification that has occurred during the past five years. In 2002, the country was equall.....- 4/3/2007 9:12:44 AM
Radio Shack Sued for Improperly Disposing of Corpus Christi Sales Docs/Receipts in Dumpster (salon) I quit shopping at Radio Shack when they started asking me, a long time back, for my telephone number and insisted they wouldn't do business unless I supplied it. I think they have changed that now, b.....- 4/3/2007 9:03:04 AM
Toxic Gas on Trains in Texas (salon) The last couple of days I have been on a TOXIC and HAZARDOUS MATERIALS roll-heh, and this morning saw in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram another article about toxic materials being carried by trains, and.....- 4/3/2007 8:53:57 AM
Texas HB 4052- Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District-NO Consideration to Include Oil and Gas Exemption (salon) Here you are, trying to figure out how to conserve and regulate water usage in your district, and you've made legislation just for that. But you're FRUSTRATED because the house bill to create the dist.....- 4/3/2007 8:24:16 AM
What Would a Nuclear Meltdown Look Like? (salon) One would think nuclear power plant energy is just a Rosy, Rosy Picture. Not. Nuclear power plants are vulnerable to many events that could lead to meltdowns, including human and mechanical errors; im.....- 4/3/2007 12:29:43 AM
$18.9 Million Dollar Verdict AGainst TXI (Toxic Waste Cement Plants) in Midlothian, (Ellis Co) Texas (salon) Just now saw this article from last week. The widow of a man killed in an explosion at a TXI facility in Midlothian, Texas was awarded $18.9 million by a Dallas jury today, culminating a month-long tr.....- 4/3/2007 12:10:55 AM
Circuit City Flips Off Their Employees- Lays Off Best Workers While Paying CEOs $10 MILLION in perks, etc (salon) NYTimes has an article about the *wholesale firing of people who did their jobs well*.Circuit City seems to have forgotten that the customer interaction — the user interface, to use contemporary langu.....- 4/2/2007 11:23:27 PM
Where are the Oil and Gas Hoggies? (salon) While looking at some stuff earlier, I came across a US Dept of Energy website that has some Energy Hog mascots. I'm all for tips and tricks to help people improve their energy effiency and not be ene.....- 4/2/2007 11:04:49 PM
Hazardous Incidents in the US for the month of March-Part 1 (salon) from this site. One thing is for sure, we live in a hazardous world! I also notice how many times military ordinance is found! 03.01 USA 070301-03 Salem, NH. An early morning car explosion, caused by .....- 4/2/2007 10:59:41 PM
What about US Govt Funding Projects OVERSEAS that affect Climate Change? They can be SUED (salon) Smackdown.A U.S. judge has advanced a lawsuit against the government over its funding of overseas projects that environmental groups claim contribute to climate change.The lawsuit, filed by environmen.....- 4/2/2007 7:02:32 PM
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