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If Tx Sen Dan Patrick Wants to Pay Preggers Women To Adopt Out Instead of Abort, Let HIM Cough up the money (salon) Sheesh. Or maybe he needs to go start his own non-profit fund or get a church to start a bank account instead of this very bad, stupid bill that would pay pregnant women $500 if they don't get an abor.....- 3/23/2007 11:06:15 AM
Governor 39 Percent Smacked Down by Texas Lege on his Veto Power (salon) Perry's been on a rolll.. down hill. The Texas House approved a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday that would trim the governor's powers by giving lawmakers a little more time to override his.....- 3/23/2007 11:01:12 AM
West Nile VIrus and Mosquito Spraying in Texas - Why? (salon) Letter to the editor in the Waxahachie paper talks about the low incidence of mosquitoes that carry the virus in the first place. I also thought it was interesting that the writer moved away from Midl.....- 3/23/2007 10:58:22 AM
Why Does Perry's Energy Council Have the Head of the RRC Running It? (salon) Was reading an article in the Cleburne paper about Rep Rob Orr (Johnson,Bosque), some bills he's sponsoring and saw that he had been appointed by Craddick to the Energy Council,  "a nonprofit cor.....- 3/23/2007 10:52:34 AM
Gov. Rick "39-percent of the votes" Perry's Middle East Visit Good for the Texas Economy (pstern) Yeah, right!There's an article in today's Austin American Statesman that quotes a Perry spokesperson's assertion that the Mid-East trip is good for the Texas community.I have just one question, ".....- 3/23/2007 10:42:14 AM
Did the Texas Railroad Commission Close Down an Injection Well In Wise County This Year? (salon) The Weatherford paper, in article discussing the money grant to O&G to recycle water that was passed in the US House, has this. Due to the perceived threat to drinking water supplies, disposal wel.....- 3/23/2007 10:31:36 AM
TX- Sen Fraser-Bill to Require Oil and Gas to Report How Much Water They're Using to Local Districts Every Month (salon) From the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee. This is a good bill, a good start on the problem, since, as we know, water resources that O&G use are EXEMPTED currently from a water district's .....- 3/23/2007 10:23:51 AM
Closed Meeting Arrranged by Kip Averitt That Leaves the Public Out but Caters to the Govt and KKR is *Sunny* (salon) Thought it was odd yesterday, not to mention inappropriate, when I read yesterday that Averitt was the Go-person for arranging a meeting between the biggies who want to buy TXU and the Waco government.....- 3/23/2007 10:07:08 AM
NRC Says PFFFTTT!!! to Most Nuclear Power Plants About Terrorist Attacks - It Matters Where You Live If They Will Pay Attention to YOU (salon) and apparently that doesn't include Comanche Peak.  Here's the deal. You have spent fuel rods that you have to put somewhere. And they're radioactive. Where do you put them? The US Supreme Court says .....- 3/23/2007 9:57:00 AM
Today's Houston Chronicle discusses that some of Washington's Texas Congressmen are angered by TxDOT (pstern) Well, welcome to the club!It was only a matter of time before TxDOT ticked-off folks on the national level.  More and more the agency's greed is like the little kid in a big candy store --- except tha.....- 3/23/2007 4:13:16 AM
WSJ on *Fair Use*-Congress Needs to Clarify Copyright Laws-About the Viacom/Google Lawsuit (salon) As this author says, why should we have to guess what is meant? The issue: Viacom wants to get paid more than Google wants to pay it for all of those fuzzy, two-minute clips from programs like "T.....- 3/22/2007 7:39:37 PM
Sid Miller (TX Dist 59) Gets His Wish, To Slaughter Horses for Food -No Public Hearing on THAT one (salon) Wrote about this before. I find it particularly interesting that there was NO public hearing on this bill, that allows US citizens to slaughter horses so that people overseas can eat them; that des.....- 3/22/2007 6:23:27 PM
Texas Parks & Wildlife Inflated Their Visitor Count by 40%- Kip Averitt Tells Them to Address the Shortcomings. (salon) Although I'm sorry to read this, I enjoy seeing that they were audited. It doesn't look, from reading this, as if anything nefarious was going on, but rather due to inconsistent and inaccurate reporti.....- 3/22/2007 5:39:30 PM
Sen Kip Averitt's Corporate Welfare Bill for Railroads aka SB12 on Car Emissions passes (salon) As I thought. The articles that talk about this all over the place concentrate on the part that has to do with getting old junkers off the road that spew toxicity. But do they mention the TERP? Let's .....- 3/22/2007 5:33:40 PM
Sen. John Carona: An Enemy of the People (pstern) - 3/22/2007 5:21:09 PM
Verichip adds a whole 13 more people to the *I want to be implanted with RFID chip* small crowd (salon) How desperate is it to issue a press release when you manage to talk 13 people into getting an RFID chip implanted. Let me get out my calculator. Let's see. 222 people have been chipped so far, add 13.....- 3/22/2007 5:22:06 PM
NRG Energy Doesn't Want People To Know How Much Pollution Its IGCC Coal Plant Will Make -Suing Delaware (salon) Hmm. Isn't IGCC the same technology that the big ole TXU buyout from KKR was pushing, in order to stop the baying citizens who don't want pollution from *clean* coal? In Delaware, NRG submitted a bid .....- 3/22/2007 4:52:30 PM
Another Issue with Nuclear Power Plants as a Response to Global Warmings-Not Enough Uranium (salon) Uranium production meets only 65 percent of the demand for fuel by nuclear power plants, according to Thomas Neff, a research affiliate at MIT's Center for International Studies. Much of the rest come.....- 3/22/2007 4:30:47 PM
I'm a techie! I love it! I revel in it! So that's why I laughed at the U of Wisc Billing RIAA for Wasting Their Time (salon) I know a lot of people don't know what DHCP (or Bootp) is, but basically, instead of having a static IP address, a server dishes out an IP for you on the fly-helps so that you don't have to keep a lon.....- 3/22/2007 3:54:43 PM
A Few Notes from this week's Glen Rose newspaper, the Glen Rose Reporter, week of March 22, 2007 (salon) A couple of nice pics on the front of the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper; one is Glen Rose High School jackets that won letter jackes, the other is a sentimental picture honoring Harley Sinclair, who di.....- 3/22/2007 2:00:26 PM
Texans Shouldn't Give Up on the Toll Freeze Just because Legislators have! (pstern) Sal Costello, founder of the TexasTollParty.com shares this with all Texans.  I share it with all of you because it's the right thing to do.  While I've been writing on political various urgent issues.....- 3/22/2007 1:40:39 PM
What?!!! Chris Bell Is Going to Work as a Lobbyist for Patton Boggs.. and sees No Problem With That (salon) Well, this is the THIRD reason now I'm glad Chris Bell didn't get elected governor. Not, mind you, that I'm glad 39 percent it.. he's definitely a self-serving crook.. but maybe we ought to have (she .....- 3/22/2007 1:37:56 PM
Is EVERYBODY in bed with TXU? Now We Have to Question Texas LT Gov David Dewhurst (salon) I thought, naively, that government ought to have *no revolving door* policies, where someone leaves office working in government and then goes to work as a lobbyist for corporations who spread money .....- 3/22/2007 1:18:05 PM
Public Meeting Announcment for TXDot's Fort Worth District Rural Transportation Improvement Program (salon) Given how shifty TxDOT was and continues to be about roads like the Trans Texas Corridor and turning other roads ALREADY PAID FOR in Texas into toll roads, is it any wonder that I look at this notice .....- 3/22/2007 12:43:16 PM
Was TX Sen Carona's Bravado about Toll Roads Just a Phony-Baloney Show for the Angry Public? (salon) Peter Stern wrote about this earlier today, that the TX Senators decided to *freeze* the bill to *freeze*, as in a 2 year moratorium, toll roads. The chairman of the Senate's transportation panel, des.....- 3/22/2007 12:36:08 PM
How Do School Districts Spend Our Money? Texas Lege bill HB 2560 AND One Woman's Website (salon) Imagine if every Texas school district had to post PUBLICLY every check they cut. While we're waiting for this bill that would mandate posting spending bills on the internet, a woman, Peyton Wolcott, .....- 3/22/2007 12:27:30 PM
Somervell County Salon and Its Audience (salon) Peter Stern, who lives in Hays County and has been contributing here for a long time, pointed out to me this morning that the blurb on the side that said just WHO contributed here was out of date. And.....- 3/22/2007 12:03:49 PM
Somervell County Salon Welcomes W8LiftingLady from Red Oak, TX as a Contributor (salon) Red Oak is in Ellis County, which is also in Senate District 22, Kip Averitt\'s District (Other counties are, of course, Somervell, Johnson, Navarro, Bosque, Hill, McLennan, Coryell, and Falls.) S.....- 3/22/2007 11:54:28 AM
Bird Brag-Got my Chicks and Ducklings Today-Pic and a Video (salon) The breeds are: Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Americauna (easter egg blues, greens and pinks), Wellsummer, Crevecoeur and 4 Roeun ducks (one male). All the chickens are pullets except the Crevec.....- 3/22/2007 11:33:39 AM
Homeowners Deserve Better Protection --- advice from Consumer-Action.Org (pstern) I'm providing this because it's regarding the important issue of the "Great American Dream" of owning your own home.  Currently the foreclosure rate is the highest it's been since the 'Great.....- 3/22/2007 11:28:54 AM
Waste Injection Well in Bosque Co, Tx-Residents Vow to FIGHT it-and Court Restricts Road Access (salon) Saw this in the Clifton paper and looks like it refers to the gas waste injection well near Kopperl. (See video in the left sidebar of a number of video related to gas waste injection wells. In a cal.....- 3/22/2007 11:26:08 AM
Politicians Again Play Politics (pstern) Liars, swindlers and thieves... The problem with Texas politics is Texas politicians! After several weeks of strutting around playing "heroes" Texas legislators killed the bill that was to p.....- 3/22/2007 9:34:38 AM
Why is TX Sen Kip Averitt Setting up a Meeting Between TXU Investors and Waco Community Officials for *Clean* Coal? (salon) Does it not seem WILDLY inappropriate to anyone else in our SD 22 for a Texas SENATOR to be arranging meetings that would strive to convince officials that coal-fired plants are good? Can it really be.....- 3/22/2007 9:40:37 AM
Vote "No!" on School Bonds (pstern) Schools Bonds again? Some counties are pushing school bonds. Seems like every few years the county, a.k.a., the local school district holds a special election to approve school bonds to raise more mon.....- 3/21/2007 10:04:45 PM
TXU is told to open its books- Seems that KKR and Texas Pacific don't WANT PUC to investigate before they buy (salon) Wah! Too bad! Kind of makes me laugh.Kravis and Texas Pacific co-founder David Bonderman also argued against legislation that would direct the PUC to review the transaction before it goes forward.They.....- 3/21/2007 6:43:16 PM
ATMOS Energy Smacked Down- Texas SB472 Cancels the Gas Reliabilty Infrastructure Program (salon) The only problem I have with this bill is that it calls on the Texas Railroad Commission to review rate increases. Yuh-huh. Like the RRC is going to suddently be fair to consumers instead of O&G! .....- 3/21/2007 6:28:01 PM
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (Glen Rose, TX) Workers May STRIKE This week (2007) -Contract Expires at Midnight Saturday (salon) Why? Because the union of workers says that the employees are underpaid.... AND TXU has been outsourcing a number of jobs at the plant. The union that represents workers at TXU Corp.\&#.....- 3/21/2007 6:12:23 PM
Chet Edwards -Bill Passed That Authorizes 1 Million Dollars to Research Water-Recycling Plants (salon) HR 902- Specifically about the gas and oil industry. Can't decide how I feel about this one. On the one hand, it's really good to see that there is some attempts to get O&G to recycle water; but w.....- 3/21/2007 5:59:19 PM
Somervell County Salon welcomes Peter Stern from Driftwood (Hays County) Texas (salon) as a contributor. Oh, he\'s BEEN a contributor, very regularly, but with ME putting in his enjoyable posts. So I asked him if he would like to join as a blog poster on the site and he said yes. .....- 3/21/2007 4:47:09 PM
How to Buy the United States- Seminars to Instruct on Public/Private Partnerships, such as the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Disgusting, but I'm not surprised after hearing TxDOT and Goldman Sachs wax eloquent at the Texas Senate Hearing a bit ago on how great it is that they're selling our infrastructure out through privat.....- 3/21/2007 10:52:20 AM
Nuclear Power Plant Accidents/Incidents O Day- Oyster Creek, Pilgrim Nuclear and Anti-Nuclear Rallies in Europe! (salon) Let me start with the anti-nuclear power plant rallies in France, to reinforce the idea, undoubtedly driven by some marketing types, that Everyone Is Just Pleased As Punch with nuclear power plants an.....- 3/21/2007 10:38:48 AM
Stephenville ISD (Erath Co, TX) Takes Stand Against LEP Provision in No Child Left Behind (salon) The Stephenville Independent School District Board of Trustees is taking a strong stance against the No Child Left Behind federal provision adopted in June of 2006 that requires limited-English profic.....- 3/21/2007 10:23:07 AM
The KKK Rally in Stephenville (Erath Co) Texas- 3 Onlookers Arrested (salon) - 3/21/2007 10:15:33 AM
Farms, Not Arms-We Can't Have More Soldiers Than Farmers (salon) Rural America may be at the outskirts of our national life, but it has become ground zero in terms of troop casualties. The war is taking a disproportionate toll on our rural communities. According to.....- 3/21/2007 10:00:24 AM
Peaceful Vocations, Military Counter-Recruiters in Fort Worth, now have a website (salon) - 3/21/2007 9:52:37 AM
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) - 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) - 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) - 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
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