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Hey Rice, you are the largest failure of the Bush Regime so get off my TV (joe) The last person I want to hear from is the person who failed to do her job on 9/11 and the run up to 9/11 as the National Security Advisor. Seeing her on some talk show on Sunday made my stomach turn......- 4/30/2007 11:26:37 AM
FM 1826 Road Meeting Rescheduled At the State Capitol (pstern) --FM 1826 Road Meeting At the State Capitolis rescheduled for Saturday, May 5th at 10:30 AM2nd Floor Legislative Committee Room E2.026 -- Capitol Extension (for further information and an inside map o.....- 4/30/2007 9:47:55 AM
Property Protection Tips For When Trans Texas Corridor Thieves, Led by Rick Perry, Come to Grab Your Land (salon) Perry's on the stump telling the world how he may just veto the Toll Road Moratorium bill. I suspect he wants, when he runs for his next position, to tell gullible people how great it is that he sold .....- 4/30/2007 12:23:16 AM
US Coalition Forces Kill 2 Female Civilians in Afghanistan- Hundreds of Outraged Protesters Chanted Anti-American Slogans (salon) I'm pretty sick of hearing, as an excuse for why there is *collateral damage* in the form of killing citizens, that it's the fault of militants because they hide with their families. If this was the U.....- 4/30/2007 12:04:47 AM
Chet Edwards Hearts the Iraq War- Veto? Then No Timelines AND Leave Troops In Iraq After 2008 (salon) Already said this before, bears repeating that Chet Edwards, who name-dropped again that he had dinner with Bush in this interview with the Waco Tribune, reassures Bush that after he vetos the Iraq Wa.....- 4/29/2007 8:41:55 PM
*Rick Perry Is In Great Demand as a Speaker*- Pittsburgh? Huh? (salon) Snorted when I read that comment from Ralph Martin, President and CEO of Tribune Publishing Co, where Governor 39 Percent was invited up to do a Boy Scout talk. Ralph Martin, president and CEO of the .....- 4/29/2007 6:17:52 PM
Taking Back the Media-The False Notion of *User Generated Content* (salon) As readers of Somervell County Salon know, I am a big proponent of creating media, especially at a local level. There has never been a better time yet for the average person, with even only a cell pho.....- 4/29/2007 10:29:48 AM
Movie Coming about Hogzilla (salon) {openSS(this.href);}" href="/photo/070428/480/c26c136b9250403596d711809b992c91;_ylt=Aqot0YK5Ni1iLFpTJOC9JhemG78C" target="ss">Last year, I attended a predator training at the county extension office. .....- 4/29/2007 6:35:09 AM
HB 262 for Voter ID Nothing More Than Another Stupid Bill (pstern) Whaa? Read it for yourself:  HB 262 is a bill being pushed through the Texas legislature that is supposed to prove and enforce the ID of a person voting in an election.  We are told it is to protect t.....- 4/28/2007 8:14:51 PM
Benzene Contaminated Water in Wyoming- But BLM says "Don't Worry, It's Only From the Same Aquifer (salon) Last week, I read that the Bureau of Land Management has okayed MORE drilling of gas wells on federal lands in northwest Colorado. The BLM approved a proposal by ExxonMobil for 20 new well pads about .....- 4/28/2007 10:08:44 AM
Gov 39 Percent Makes Up Chit About Al Qaida Border Crossings in Texas (salon) Heh. Who was Perry speaking to? Somebody in Texas? Nope, he's in PENNSYLVANIA, no doubt trying to see how many other states he can fool into thinking he's a viable candidate for some higher office. So.....- 4/28/2007 9:28:26 AM
Private Equity Companies Goo-Goo Over Energy- What a Great Deal! For Them.... (salon) Extremely interesting article about how private equity companies, like KKR, are licking chops over how much money there is to be made from buying out energy companies like TXU. This is new- investing .....- 4/28/2007 8:53:42 AM
Terrorist Who Planted Bomb at Women's Clinic in Austin has been caught (salon) And it was a White Man! A terrorism task force has been investigating the incident at the Austin Women's Health Center at 1902 S. Interstate 35, north of Oltorf Street. Task force members were reviewi.....- 4/28/2007 8:30:23 AM
Smarmy Republican Story O Day- Randall *No Condoms for You!* Tobias Caught Using Call Girl Services (salon) Time to update the *Republican Family Values* chart, which is becoming quite crowded with Bush administration immoralities. First up, here's what happened with Randall Tobias, who was serving as Direc.....- 4/28/2007 8:22:10 AM
TxDOT: Time to harness and revamp the transportation monster (pstern) Agency is like a pet alligator that gets too big and has to be let go some place where it can't hurt anybody else!  There remains little doubt that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has o.....- 4/27/2007 9:19:29 PM
Podcast- Why Television *Debates* Do not Serve Democracy (salon) - 4/27/2007 7:17:08 PM
On Obama's Militarism and Keeping *Some* Troops in Iraq After the *Deadline* (salon) Last night, before the debate, I heard Obama's position brought up again (Video on CanOFun) and his representative bobbed and weaved to avoid giving a straight answer to the question of whether Obama .....- 4/27/2007 5:13:14 PM
Semantics About Troops Removal from Iraq- Combat Troops versus Other Purposes (salon) I've mentioned this before with regard to Chet Edward's comments, that there has been a semantics difference between saying that the *combat* troops would come home versus leaving troops in Iraq for ......- 4/27/2007 4:40:45 PM
VIDEO- Couple of Custom Compiles I did on the Bushies Suffering (salon) - 4/27/2007 4:20:24 PM
Perry, Legislators Throw Away $500 Million Trying to Privatize Social Security (pstern) "The great minds of Texas," as the governor likes to call his special committee cronies, have tossed away more taxpayer dollars on an "innovative" plan that would privatize the Soc.....- 4/27/2007 3:15:18 PM
VIDEO- I like Mike Gravel-I agree with what he said last night (salon) The other candidates scare him... he wouldn't have pre-emptive strikes on other countries. (Video on CanOFun) On funding the Iraq War. *I won't hold your youth and inexperience against you*On the Mill.....- 4/27/2007 4:04:01 PM
Public Private Partnerships (P3 or PPP) -Why they are a BAD idea (salon) One more article about PPPs. It isn't just that our schools, water, highway infrastructure, airports, etc are ripe for the pickings for corporations (some of whom are foreign) but that it's questionab.....- 4/27/2007 1:49:04 PM
Should Roads That Were Considered Public Service Be Rationed by Income Class? PPP Redux (salon) Since I'm on a Public-Private Partnership kick today, read a couple of article in Business Week, one entitled "Roads to Riches... and why the public should be nervous". (More than nervous, s.....- 4/27/2007 1:39:02 PM
About the Democratic Debate last night on MSNBC (salon) I have a lot to say about the whole *debate* structure that will wait for a podcast. Meanwhile, a few quick observations about the candidates. I am not impressed with the top 3, who are running so far.....- 4/27/2007 1:07:36 PM
On PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships)-Are PPP's A Solution? (salon) Last year I had no idea at all what a PPP might be, but now I notice it's seems to the Trend Du Jour in the business world, with even Democrats bowing and scraping to it. (Here's a podcast I did recen.....- 4/27/2007 12:54:25 PM
TX Senator Carona Seeks To Sneak Through Trans Texas Corridor and Toll Roads -Don't be Hoodwinked! (salon) Let's see. A whole lot of Texans are against public-private partnerships creating toll roads to CHARGE us to drive on highways. A whole lot of us are against the Trans Texas Corridor and want it stopp.....- 4/27/2007 12:08:42 PM
Looks Like I'm Trapped In *Chris Bell H*ll*- I thought I took myself OFF his Faith In Texas email list (salon) First time I wrote about it and first time I unsubscribed.  Guess I need to do it again, since apparently clicking their LINK DOES NOT WORK. Meanwhile, I'm a little surprised to see that his message t.....- 4/27/2007 11:51:39 AM
NAIS (National Animal Identification System) News Bits Roundup (salon) As you probably know, the Texas House passed Sid Miller's BAD BILL that trojan horses in the Boon to the RFID industry by saying that farmers should *voluntarily* chip their livestock and poultry. (I .....- 4/27/2007 11:37:23 AM
Is the USDOT/FHWA Threatening TXDOT over the TTC Moratorium Bill? (salon) According to this article, after Mike Krusee sent an inquiry to the FWHA asking about the bill, one of the pushermen stooges at the FWHA in charge of promoting public-private partnerships told the TTC.....- 4/27/2007 11:00:33 AM
What does Negroponte Have to Do with $175 Laptops? (salon) Course, just that price caught my attention but when I read the article about Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child Project, I naturally considered that dang last name. Negroponte. Could it be? Y.....- 4/27/2007 10:26:53 AM
Texas? Federal Govt? No, the UN is coming to Texas to investigate the Taylor Detention Center (salon) Not that I'm against an independent eye coming down to investigate WHY immigrant children are being housed in a PRISON in central Texas, and that person, Jorge Bustamente, will present his findings to.....- 4/27/2007 9:13:01 AM
Erath County (Texas) Citizens for Clean Water Will Have Tables Outside Walmart in Stephenville on Saturday (salon) What a GREAT idea! The ECCCW will offer each person who stops by a cup of CLEAN water! and information about the potential for contamination of the Trinity Aquifer recharge zone from commercial oil an.....- 4/27/2007 8:49:17 AM
N Barba Enterprises SMACKED BACK about Commercial Injection Well at Huckabay Ridge, Texas (Erath County) (salon) Apparently, N Barba Enterprises tried to get the Texas Railroad Commission to  remove the remaining protesting citizens from the *service list*. And failed.ECCCW President Bill Gordon was elated after.....- 4/27/2007 8:45:50 AM
Chet Edwards Votes to Protect Wild Horses and Burros From Being Sold For Food- HR 249 (salon) Reversed himself! (Roll Call Vote) The last time I wrote about this, in Sep 2006, Edwards voted with the Republicans AGAINST the Horse Protection Act. He wasn't one of the Democrats in 2005 who co-spo.....- 4/27/2007 8:32:08 AM
Kucinich and Gravel win the debate!! (joe) Gravel ROCKS!!!They are both against the war and war in general...I especially liked Gravel's mention of the Military Industrial Complex!!!Everyone else seems to be the same ole same ole institution t.....- 4/26/2007 9:32:16 PM
Phil King (TX-Weatherford), True to Form, Helps out His TXU Buddies- They can Keep aLL their Electric Generators (salon) I almost let myself slip into the thought that Phil King wasn't totally bonded to corporate lobby money. But it was a fleeting laugh, because King is sponsoring a bill that would let TXU continue to d.....- 4/26/2007 12:22:19 PM
We are NOT a Democracy of Justice- Bush Administration Seeks to Limit Lawyer's Access to Gitmo Bay Prisoners (salon) I thought the Bush administration was out of line when they broke the Geneva conventions and lowered the standards for torture. I thought guttng habeus corpus was bad. But the Bush administration cont.....- 4/26/2007 12:10:50 PM
Commissioners Approved Road Bond Package for a Public Vote, NOT the Road Bonds Themselves (pstern) Don't believe the hype!Voters need to separate myth from fact Not surprisingly, many Hays County residents are confusing the facts and are being led to believe that all the commissioners are supportin.....- 4/26/2007 11:00:10 AM
What Happened to Journalism? Getting the Facts? Trying to Report Objectively? (salon) Last night I watched Bill Moyer's PBS special "Buying the War" which was refreshing in the unflinching view turned on journalists in the run up to the Iraq War. The question Bill Moyers aske.....- 4/26/2007 11:47:30 AM
Speaking of Regime Change in Columbia! What does the Drummond Co Have in Common with the US Embassy? (salon) Mentioned yesterday that I finished reading the book "Overthrow", about how often the US has intervened in other country's affairs by implementing *regime change*.... even if those other cou.....- 4/26/2007 10:43:45 AM
Chet Edwards Does Good! Votes With Democrats To Start Troop Withdrawal by October 1st (salon) Of course, the devil is in the details, and I question whether, if it's a non-binding goal to complete troop pullout by April 1st, 2008, why wouldn't Bush simply ignore it (assuming he doesn't immedia.....- 4/26/2007 10:01:16 AM
LOVED the title of this video from the UK of Bush dancing on Malaria Day (salon) (Hey! Something in common with the UK-most of the people in the USA hate George Bush, too!) And here's the video link of him, as Laura Bush might say, suffering on a daily basis. P.S. I notice that De.....- 4/26/2007 9:24:48 AM
When Paternalism Trumps the Law re: Abortion and a *Mother's Love* (salon) I usually stay out of abortion arguments, not necessarily because I agree with one side or another, but because, #1 reason-quite often the people making an argument that abortions cannot happen have a.....- 4/26/2007 8:59:36 AM
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) - 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) - 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
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