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More on Trans-Texas Corridor-This Time West Texas's Marathon -RESIDENTS FIGHT IT! (salon) What are those lights in Marfa? Oh, they're TRUCKS driving up from the ports in western Mexico.The idea that in a few years hundreds of diesel-puffing semi trucks from Mexico could be tooling through .....- 3/21/2007 9:47:40 AM
Texas Needs Gubernatorial Impeachment Laws-Perry is a disgrace (salon) from Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsShame on the people of Texas for permitting his poor performance!Yes, that's right!  Shame on the people of Texas!Shame on them for voting in Rick Perry for another.....- 3/21/2007 9:46:59 AM
Gas Waste Disposal Well Watch in Robertson County, Texas (salon) From a concerned readerFound a well site with lots of new activity about 5 miles NW of Franklin off Hwy 46.  It appears to be on the SHARP Lease and seems to be a couple of disposal wells with tanks b.....- 3/21/2007 9:45:21 AM
Vote "No!" on Hays County Road Bonds - a TxDot SCANDAL in the making (salon) from Peter Stern On May 12th Hays County residents will be asked to vote on approving millions of dollars in bonds for the county to develop a long-term partnership with the Texas Department of Transp.....- 3/21/2007 9:43:37 AM
On those Federal Transportation Cuts- TxDOT Holding hearing TOMORROW (Thursday, March 22) (salon) Wrote about this before. Couldn't figure out why Texas was going to be giving BACK to the Federal Government a boatload of transportation funds. Well, seems TxDot is going to hold a hearing about it t.....- 3/21/2007 9:41:15 AM
Why Doesn't Congress Impeach Bush and Cheney (salon) Wrote about this before. Couldn't figure out why Texas was going to be giving BACK to the Federal Government a boatload of transportation funds. Well, seems TxDot is going to hold a hearing about it t.....- 3/21/2007 9:36:31 AM
Era (Cooke County) Texas Texas Railroad Commission Hearing on Gas Waste Injection Wells on Friday (salon) I've been to Era! What a lovely place out in the country. Seems that some people think the unspoiled parts of Texas are perfect places...to dump their waste. From Bill Gordon of Stephenville.-Hearing .....- 3/21/2007 9:33:59 AM
A quick shoutout to faithful Somervell County Salon readers (salon) Been really busy the last few days and will continue to be for another couple of days, so will be adding more blab then. Meanwhile, I have chickens and ducks coming mid-week and some preparations to d.....- 3/19/2007 1:12:09 PM
While Perry Off On Junket in Dubai..... Tell Dewhurst: YOU have the responsibility to act (salon) Re: Texas Youth Commission, from the Texas Democratic PartyOver the last few weeks, we have all been appalled at the continued stories of widespread sexual abuse in Texas Youth Commission facilities. .....- 3/17/2007 9:45:48 AM
We don't need toll roads (salon) from Peter Stern of Dripping Springs, TexasIf there's an ounce of dignity and integrity, and the need to do the right thing, we must speak out against the Central Texas and Trans-Texas Corridor toll r.....- 3/17/2007 9:40:37 AM
Anyone else here in Somervell County (or surrounding) that DOESN'T want to see more nuclear power plants? (salon) Send me an email if so. I talked to someone whose name I lost last year who told me she was one of some that originally didn't want Comanche Peak here. Now, I won't quibble with the fact that the mone.....- 3/17/2007 9:38:21 AM
Bushies Trying to Get Around the Law By Using RNC or Yahoo, etc Email Accounts (salon) CREW has asked H Waxman to investigate whether the Bush administration violated the Presidential Records Act by using RNC email addresses and servers to send email in the US Attorney Scandal. Whi.....- 3/17/2007 9:12:04 AM
Frisco (Collin Co) Texas Pushes Back on 121 Toll Plan (salon) Many in Frisco, including the Frisco city council, think that TxDOT just went through the motions of having a public hearing. The Mayor Pro Tem and City Manager want citizens to tell TxDot their opini.....- 3/17/2007 9:09:28 AM
FOIA Quiz- More than a Million Pages of Historical Documents, Some more than 100 yrs old, Removed from Archives (salon) Many in Frisco, including the Frisco city council, think that TxDOT just went through the motions of having a public hearing. The Mayor Pro Tem and City Manager want citizens to tell TxDot their opini.....- 3/17/2007 8:59:24 AM
Secret Service, Now part of DHS, has overseas offices- 2 new SS to Russia (salon) I, naively, thought the Secret Service only guarded the President et al, but here's a blurb from a DHS press conference from last December in which a Russian reporter asks DHS about the Secret Service.....- 3/17/2007 8:53:41 AM
*Make Art-Not War*- Peaceful Vocations, Counter-Recruitment Group in Fort Worth, Texas (salon) PEACEFUL VOCATIONS PRESENTS an evening of art against war to benefit peaceful vocations Featuring jazz artists Jhon Kahsen and his Anarkestra  and Dennis Gonzalez and Yells At Eels group. Performances.....- 3/17/2007 8:39:02 AM
Halliburton Has No Conscience- End Their Government Contracts That WE Pay for (salon) It's an ethical issue. The market and greed is driving Halliburton's stock higher but why should Halliburton be rewarded for taking their business overseas AND STILL GET TO CHARGE AMERICANS FOR CONTRA.....- 3/16/2007 3:08:13 PM
United Methodist Church Sells Out to SMU for Bush Tribute to Fear (salon) I'm surprised that Methodists, of all religions, would have thought Bush's Think Tank, in which he is going to have people write policy papers favorable to him, AND where he has the ability to keep hi.....- 3/16/2007 11:49:13 AM
Smackback to TXU- PUC can review the sale AND TXU has to pay back money from abusing the public (salon) State regulators would be able to review TXU Corp.'s pending sale to private investors and would have more power to encourage competition among utility companies under bills the Senate unanimously app.....- 3/16/2007 11:15:15 AM
Umm. Taser Guns Arrive Just In Time for KKK Rally in Stephenville, Texas (salon) Talk about a crisis waiting to happen. Here you have the KKK ready to gather in downtown Stephenville (Erath County), a possible counter-protest group that likes to follow them around and stir it up, .....- 3/16/2007 9:39:01 AM
Cleburne (Johnson Co, Tx) pays almost $3000 to partcipate in Oil and Gas Steering Committees (salon) Saw this item in the Cleburne paperThe council also agreed to pay $2,905.20 to participate in the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and the same amount to participate in the Steering Committee of Cities.....- 3/16/2007 9:20:17 AM
TxDOT Expects to Return Nearly 300 MILLION DOLLARS in Unspent Highway Funds-to the Feds (salon) All I can say is "WHY??????" The Texas Department of Transportation on Thursday said it expects to have to return nearly $300 million in unspent highway funds to the federal government.That'.....- 3/16/2007 12:57:49 AM
Did US Attorney Sutton Not Take the TYC Case for Political Reasons? Possible MORE Alberto Gonzales Politicitization (salon) I've been following the US Attorney Scandal pretty closely and, being a C-span watcher, can't wait to see all the criminals that have been subpoenaed lined up and testifying to the Senate. (Oh, and wh.....- 3/16/2007 12:47:03 AM
In Indiana, the Governor is Actually LISTENING to Toll Road Opposition- Preparing for Defeat (salon) This heartens me a great deal. Now for Texas! The governor and state lawmakers reacted Thursday to public opposition to a proposed outer loop toll way. The governor prepared the board of the Indiana E.....- 3/16/2007 12:28:46 AM
Guess I'll be glued to the tube with some popcorn-The US Attorney Scandal Just Blew Wide Open (salon) Emails show that Karl Rove NOT HARRIET MIERS was the one that raised the idea of firing all the US attorneys... AND Gonzales also discussed the idea of firing them all while he was STILL White House C.....- 3/15/2007 4:47:32 PM
A Few Poli Cartoons (salon) Emails show that Karl Rove NOT HARRIET MIERS was the one that raised the idea of firing all the US attorneys... AND Gonzales also discussed the idea of firing them all while he was STILL White House C.....- 3/15/2007 1:46:25 PM
How's Bush's War Escalation Going? Some Photos (salon) An Iraqi woman and her grand daughter stands on the doortsteps of their home, the site of a car bomb attack in Iskandaria. Car bombs and shootings claimed at least 27 lives in Iraq on Thursday and gun.....- 3/15/2007 1:34:12 PM
Nuclear Power Plant Coverup O Day- Japanese Plant in 1999 Covered Up Mishandling Nuclear Fuel Rods (salon) A Japanese power company admitted Thursday that it had covered up a 1999 incident in which the mishandling of nuclear fuel rods led to an unintended self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction for .....- 3/15/2007 11:42:27 AM
Saturday will be FOUR YEARS of the IRAQ WAR- Peace Activities in North Texas (salon) Saturday:Million Musician March 4 Peace, noon in Austin at the Texas Capitol, to "send a message of peace to the world." www.austinagainstwar.orgSunday:"A Stand for Peace," 4 p.m. .....- 3/15/2007 11:39:16 AM
Doesn't 39 Percent Perry Read his Own GOP Party Platform? (salon) Republican grumbling about Rick Perry's failure to READ and FOLLOW his own party's platform. While not a Republican, I saw this a long time back with regard to the Trans-Texas Corridor, which the Repu.....- 3/15/2007 11:33:37 AM
Cornyn Tries to Deflect the US Attorney Scandal Issue by Repeating Talking Point # 13,272 (salon) I was surprised to hear Cornyn quoted as one who had problems with Alberto *I Approve of Torture* Gonzales' actions with regard to the firing of a number of US Attorneys. I wondered why Cornyn, whose .....- 3/15/2007 10:54:37 AM
Which is it, Clinton? Bring the Troops Home by 2009 Or Support Militarism by Leaving Troops in Iraq? (salon) Hillary Clinton said that if she becomes president, she'll bring the troops home in 2009. But she contradicts herself on that, as reported in an entry on HuffPo, from the NY Times. Michael Gordon and .....- 3/15/2007 10:41:16 AM
OFFENSIVE! The Texas Youth Commission Board Members, Although being FIRED by the Texas Lege (salon) plan to stay on through Friday so that they can vote to approve a plan about the TYC.News of the planned resignations came as a special legislative panel continued to examine operations of the state a.....- 3/15/2007 9:28:02 AM
Rick *Governor 39 Percent* Perry's Trip to Dubai Paid by Corporations Who Stand to Gain (salon) Mentioned this earlier in the article about A&M, that Perry's purpose for the trip to Dubai is to drum up business.  Doesn't Perry work for US? Why are private firms paying for his trip? Hey, Legi.....- 3/15/2007 12:55:00 AM
Glen Rose, Texas Mentioned in Article about the Money Barnett Shale Bringing In -and How to Spend it. (salon) Interesting article about how cities are planning (or not) to spend the money coming in from the gas boom in the Barnett Shale. Plus some statistics. Consider this rather astounding math: The Tarrant .....- 3/15/2007 12:44:03 AM
On Halliburton Moving its Headquarters to Dubai (salon) I can't wait to hear Henry Waxman's committee investigations into what Halliburton is doing. I don't understand why we are even paying one more nickel to these crooks, or why anyone believes that outs.....- 3/15/2007 12:33:21 AM
Bill Ceverha and the Trinity Parkway Toll Road in Dallas, Texas (salon) Here a toll road, there a toll road, everywhere a toll road. And here\'s another, the Trinity Parkway, a joint project of the City of Dallas, TxDot and the NTTA. I remember some years back when I .....- 3/15/2007 12:22:26 AM
Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) WAS one of those giving Bush waivers on the Iraq War (salon) and says he doesn't know if he can completely support the bill to withdraw troops by 2008. Edwards is uncomfortable with a deadline – the plan now gives the president and the Iraqi government until Se.....- 3/14/2007 11:57:35 PM
ER... Texas A&M Has Campus in... DUBAI? Public-Private Partnerships Ahoy! (salon) Saw that Governor 39 percent was in Dubai (hey! That's the Same Place Halliburton Just Went! What a Coincidence! and Hey! That's the place that wanted to buy our ports!  ) to dedicate a new university.....- 3/14/2007 12:53:23 PM
Gas Well Explosion and Lawsuits O Day (salon) Man in Kern County, CA dies when two natural gas wells exploded and caught fire. The blasts and fire killed the driver of a vacuum truck owned by Johnston Trucking of Taft, Kern County Fire Department.....- 3/14/2007 12:03:46 PM
Remember Kenneth Lay? I thought it would be fun to do searches on the white house web site for him... (joe) Not much but here is a question someone had from May of 2001, I wonder what Mr. Hebert thinks today: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/briefings/20010531.htmlQ    Ari, Kenneth Lay is a close friend of th.....- 3/14/2007 12:09:19 PM
Amused by TXU's comment in response to report that it had Screwed the Public (salon) Here's the info about how TXU was illegally driving up prices and was CAUGHT.  And we find that Texas wants to find TXU 40 MILLION dollars for their scheme. But here's what amused. TXU replied that it.....- 3/14/2007 11:34:05 AM
Who's Building Two New Nuclear Reactors for TXU? Mitsubishi-We have NO US companies to do this? (salon) Um. I keep reading of companies that are selling nuclear energy parts to other countries, but for the reactors that would go into Somervell County, Texas  for the Comanche Peak reactor IF it actually .....- 3/14/2007 11:31:11 AM
Allstate Insurance Told To Take Their Good Hands Out of Texan's Pockets (salon) A state district court has affirmed an order by the Texas insurance commissioner to make Allstate Texas Lloyds reduce homeowners insurance rates by 5 percent and refund policyholders more than $56 mil.....- 3/14/2007 9:58:50 AM
Texas Senate Panel Votes to Fire All the Texas Youth Commission Board Members (salon) Talk about a vote of no confidence for Governor 39 Percent. The bill sponsored by Chris Harris, a Republican from Arlington, wouldn't let Perry reappoint ANYONE. At last week's meeting of a special co.....- 3/14/2007 9:56:49 AM
Privatization in Texas Services FAILS! Accenture the Textbook Case (salon) You could have heard the PFFFTTTTT all over the house when I read "Bermuda-based company" in this article. Um, Accenture was a new hydra head of Arthur Anderson, who helped cook Enron's .....- 3/14/2007 9:49:04 AM
Sheesh! Texas Would Have Made More Money on 121 NOT with Cintra!!! But Govt Wants to Push Ahead Anyway (salon) We all know that the deal for 121 and Cintra is NOT FINAL YET. And I know from attending the Texas Senate Transportation Hearing that TxDot messed over the North Texas Toll Authority, according to Joh.....- 3/13/2007 5:55:36 PM
Chet Edwards (US Dist 17) Uses the Republican Talking Point about *Micro-Managing* Bush's War (salon) I have been hearing, for the past few weeks, Republicans saying over and over that Democrats shouldn't seek to limit Bush's wartime power; the term used is that the war shouldn't be *micromanaged*. So.....- 3/13/2007 5:40:24 PM
O Please, Clinton, do NOT use the term *Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy* (salon) Ugh. I don't want Clinton as president. I repeat, again, that I wish there were people running who weren't part of either the rich class or having to be beholden to monied interests; I want public fin.....- 3/13/2007 5:23:00 PM
Texas Lege Scraps Wanna-Be King Perry's HPV Order- With More than Enough to overcome a Veto (salon) Here's my question. Will Perry have to give back, now, all the money that Merck paid him? Or maybe he can find some other drug to push on the public. The state House overwhelmingly passed a bill resci.....- 3/13/2007 4:16:24 PM
TXU's Been Driving up Prices-Yeah, We Knew This in OCTOBER 2006 (salon) The Galveston Daily News broke this story back in October, showing that PUC was trying to hide the fact that TXU was screwing over their ratepayers, and had known this since the previous July. Did tha.....- 3/13/2007 4:10:01 PM
Texas Railroad Commission aka *Rubber Stamps R Us* Wants to Give Atmos Energy a Rate Increase (salon) The sooner people realize that the RRC is completely in the pockets of the oil and gas industry, the sooner we can work to change the laws governing the RRC to make them accountable to US, not O&G.....- 3/13/2007 3:57:26 PM
Private Toll Roads Screw Over Employees-Chicago Skyway Cuts Benefits and Pay of Workers (Cintra/Macquarie) (salon) I don't think I've seen this particular aspect addressed yet of WHY TOLL ROADS RUN BY PRIVATE COMPANIES are a bad deal, but here's a lesson in whether the new owners of the toll road lease in Chi-town.....- 3/13/2007 3:07:11 PM
Cheney- Not Investing in America Anymore? Or *Deficits Do Matter* (salon) What to say about a man who has invested in European bond funds. The article is called "Cheney's betting on bad news" and provides an account of where Cheney has socked away more than $25 mi.....- 3/13/2007 2:57:03 PM
Mexicans Don't Want Warmonger Bush In their Country (salon) Made me laugh on what was thrown over the gate as gifts to Bush and Calderon.Before the protest march on Monday night, activist Gerardo Fernández Noroña of the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party t.....- 3/13/2007 2:33:44 PM
Texas Attorney General Informally Smacks Down Perry's HPV Order as Not Law (salon) EXACTLY the point I've been making and it's good to see the AG believes that, too. Perry is NOT THE KING.Gov. Rick Perry's anti-cancer vaccine order does not carry the weight of law and state health o.....- 3/13/2007 2:10:00 PM
The Opposite of Schiavo Redux- Texas Children's Hospital of Austin To Stop Treating Baby (salon) Have always thought that it was pretty ironic to have lawmakers like Chet Edwards rush back to Congress to force hospitals to treat people (Terri Schiavo) while Texas has a law that lets the hospital .....- 3/13/2007 2:06:12 PM
Gas Pipeline Explosion O Day-This one in Weatherford (Parker Co) Texas (salon) Have always thought that it was pretty ironic to have lawmakers like Chet Edwards rush back to Congress to force hospitals to treat people (Terri Schiavo) while Texas has a law that lets the hospital .....- 3/13/2007 1:58:57 PM
Criminal Neglect by Republicans of 2 Segments of Society: Children and Veterans (salon) Patrick Barkman of Cleburne, TX wrote a pithy and scathing editorial in the Cleburne paper about two of the many scandals plaguing the Republican party now that show the disparity between the teaching.....- 3/13/2007 1:56:55 PM
City of Glen Rose, Texas City Council Meeting March 13, 2007 (salon) Wanted to hear more about the 4B sales tax proposal (and whether it still included Oakdale Park-it doesn't). Margaret Drake did a presentation on how the 4B sales tax could be used to create a riverwa.....- 3/13/2007 1:51:28 PM
What is Chet Edward's Position on Bush Invading Iran Without Congressional Authorization? (salon) Read an article this morning in which Pelosi and others had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran.One fa.....- 3/13/2007 10:07:55 AM
about the firing of US attorney's, the DOJ says "they weren't going after voter fraud enough"...since when have they cared about voter fraud? (joe) I find it VERY difficult to believe that the AG or deputy AG actually care about voter fraud. I think its more of the fact that they could not make these people speed up cases that hurt democrats. The.....- 3/13/2007 9:41:37 AM
Somervell County Commissioner's Court March 12 2007-Some Notes, Video and Audio (salon) Always something interesting at the meeting-today there was a filmmaker from Austin who wants to make a vampire movie using the Somervell courthouse as a prop. As Judge Maynard said, We're known for d.....- 3/12/2007 11:30:17 PM
We hear that Robertson County, Texas has yet ANOTHER gas processing plant (salon) From a Robertson County resident1.  We found a new gas treatment plant which has cropped up in Robertson County.  It is permitted at 200 MMSCF/D of natural gas with the acid gas being vented to atomos.....- 3/12/2007 2:06:18 PM
FBI's *Misleading* Wiretap Suppressed-Or Courts Break the FBI's WireTapping Habit (salon) Guess What! Wiretapping people is supposed to be the LAST thing the law does, AFTER such things as physical surveillance. Unless you're the FBI and you have a jones for wiretapping....In mid-2004, bas.....- 3/12/2007 1:55:46 PM
H2B Visas and Poor Working Conditions for Immigrants (salon) Guess What! Wiretapping people is supposed to be the LAST thing the law does, AFTER such things as physical surveillance. Unless you're the FBI and you have a jones for wiretapping....In mid-2004, bas.....- 3/11/2007 6:06:30 PM
Skinny on the North Texas 121 Toll Road Deal with Cintra/JP Morgan (salon) Wrote about this the other day but this has ALL the goods for details on who is profiting.. and how. Texas Transportation Commission has accepted a proposal by Cintra and JP Morgan to pay $2.1b in an .....- 3/11/2007 3:21:56 PM
Bush's Escalation Grows-Wants More Troops and More Money-WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? (salon) Bush has already HAD his chances, in spades, to try to make the best of the bad situation HE caused. I voted for Democrats because I want them to END this war... QUICKLY (and that goes for YOU, Chet E.....- 3/11/2007 2:53:04 PM
Did the FIVE BILLION DOLLARS spent on Bioterrorism after 9/11 Make the US safer? Who knows? (salon) Give ME 5 billion dollars and I can go flush it down the toilet just as easily as this government agency has. Government health officials say they can't show how $5 billion dollars spent on preparatio.....- 3/11/2007 2:51:53 PM
"Gates to the rescue" should be "Competence meets the White House" (joe) Give ME 5 billion dollars and I can go flush it down the toilet just as easily as this government agency has. Government health officials say they can't show how $5 billion dollars spent on preparatio.....- 3/11/2007 10:01:11 AM
Cintra- *We Meet All the Time- Especially If There's an Election Coming* (salon) Infuriating article from WFAA, also repeated in the DMN, about Cintra, and its various projects around the world. Seems that Cintra raised its tolls in Toronto. Here's what Mr. Lopez, Cintra's directo.....- 3/11/2007 8:51:29 AM
Caught!!! American Express Channeling *Minority Report* with RFID People Tracker (salon) Seems that American Express was a more than a little chagrined when CASPIAN published their patent which included readers in all sort of public places (like supermarkets, schools, etc) that would read.....- 3/10/2007 6:55:48 PM
Chris Bell's *Faith in Texas Fund*-Got an email about this (salon) and read it before I unsubscribed. First up, especially after the last few days of reading about the Adulterous Republicans running for President, and the Southern Baptist kissup to them on the basis .....- 3/10/2007 8:52:25 AM
Who Manages and Advises about the Cintra 121 Toll Road in North Texas? (salon) I'm not going to pretend to understand the ins and outs of money management (although I can handle a budget very well), but I thought this was interesting. I know that Cintra has applied for federal l.....- 3/10/2007 7:52:34 AM
Gotta Love This- Mayan Priests Will Purify Site After Bush Leaves -Bad Spirits! (salon) For the rest of us, we await Bush getting the heck out of office."That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is g.....- 3/9/2007 6:37:39 PM
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