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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) - 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) - 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) - 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
Sid Miller (Tx Dist 59) Eats Horses, Don't He? (salon) I snorted at the title of this Chron blog post about Miller's bill to allow eating of horses OUTSIDE THE UNITED States, entitled "What's for Dinner? Mr Ed, They Hope" -heh. What's particular.....- 3/9/2007 6:08:16 PM
TXU to build IGCC Coal-Plants- A Bow to Environmental Defense? Or Just a Shyster Trick? (salon) Remember how, in the last few months, Environmental Defense slammed TXU on its coal-fired plants and TXU said "Wah, Please Remove Your Ads!" (this was while they were secretly trying to sell.....- 3/9/2007 1:53:12 PM
FBI has been Abusing National Security Letters (Patriot Act) -NSL Instead of WARRANTS based on probable cause (salon) The very first time I heard, in some Senate hearing, that the FBI wasn't abusing the Patriot Act provisions of National Security Letters, which can get information on people without the ones wanting i.....- 3/9/2007 12:03:03 PM
New Mexico Signs Surface Owner Protection Bill-Strongest in the Nation (salon) It requires oil and gas companies to notify surface owners 30 days before entering their land, and to describe their drilling plans.They must pay for any damages caused by drilling or road-building, a.....- 3/9/2007 11:35:15 AM
On Treatment of the Wounded-Letter to Editor in Waxahachie, Texas paper (salon) from Beth Dawson -excerpt I feel it is important to point out one common denominator in all this. The Veteran's Administration budget is funded by Congress. Up until two months ago, the Congress had b.....- 3/9/2007 11:31:50 AM
BRCC Meeting in Hood Co, Texas Next Tuesday at 7:00 in Granbury at Langdon House (salon) Brazos River Conservation Coalition. The March 13th meeting will surely be of interest.  Co-chairs Josh Rosenfeld and Billy Teels will be joined in a panel discussion by County Commissioner Dick Roan .....- 3/9/2007 11:18:23 AM
While I'm on the Subject of Foreign Companies Buying Us- Macquarie Buys Guliaini's Investment Bank (salon) Sheesh. Anything people with power won't sell to a foreign interest? Macquarie Group, which controls Australia's largest securities company, agreed to buy Giuliani Capital Advisors LLC, a boutique inv.....- 3/9/2007 11:04:00 AM
Freedom of Speech and Right to Assemble VERSUS Public Safety- the KKK in Stephenville, Texas (salon) The KKK is coming to Erath County, ostensibly for an immigration march, but you know they wouldn't be coming to Stephenville if it weren't for the MLK flap with Tarleton students. I care nothi.....- 3/9/2007 10:45:07 AM
Heard that the *Still Waters* Rest Home in Glen Rose has been sold to the Methodist Church (salon) and the current residents have until June 1st to GET OUT. ........ Seems that the blurb on their website is no longer true.No need to worry about the lawn, cooking, housekeeping, bill paying, the plum.....- 3/9/2007 9:23:43 AM
Republican Family Values- McCain's and Guilianis'a Marriages (and Divorces) and the Southern Baptist Convention (salon) While not voting Republican, I think it\'s interesting to read that the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land, is making a distinction between Guiliani\'s many marriages, affai.....- 3/9/2007 9:07:07 AM
Another Company Sold to the Spanish-This Time It's a Wind Farm in Illinois (salon) The more I read about our American companies being sold to and run by foreign companies, the more I am against globalization. Already talked before about our highway infrastructure being sold out by T.....- 3/8/2007 10:16:24 PM
US Hires Contractor for *Peace* Mission in Somalia-Let's Ask Should We Be Outsourcing the Military? (salon) Couple of interesting articles. First up, the US has engaged Dyncorp, instead of the military, to do peacekeeping activities in SomaliaThe State Department has hired a major military contractor to hel.....- 3/8/2007 10:07:22 PM
Newt Gingrich-Screwing Side While Impeaching Clinton For Same -But Don't Call HIm a Hypocrite (salon) Saw this via Texas Fred (who I read occasionally, don't agree with on a lot of issues, but do on some where it doesn't dang well make any difference if it's Republican or Democrat IF YOU"RE A HYP.....- 3/8/2007 9:52:08 PM
Few local Glen Rose newspaper notes from the Glen Rose Reporter week of March 8, 2007 (salon) First up, I see the 4B sales tax is back: to be voted on in May in Glen Rose city elections. There was an ad in the paper about how the city would like to use the 4B sales tax to build a River Walk on.....- 3/8/2007 9:39:57 PM
Ugly Dirt Fill on the Paluxy River in Glen Rose- Was This Permitted? River Glen (salon) In the last week or so, I remember reading in the local newspaper, the Glen Rose Reporter, about the City of Glen Rose council meeting in which some subdivision was voted for. I wasn't paying full att.....- 3/8/2007 8:33:03 PM
Big Gray Clouds of Toxic Oil and Gas Fumes-Wellness Issues in Colorado (salon) The most disingenuous statement in this article detailing how citizens of the Western Slope went to the Colorado State Capital for health protections was from the O&G companies.Ken Wonstolen, a la.....- 3/8/2007 5:51:12 PM
General Petraeus Says No Military Solution in Iraq-Then Why Is Bush Pushing a Troop Escalation? (salon) Insanity. Reminds me that we don't have to have a do-over or continuation of Bush's failed policies in Iraq ala One More Chance To Kill to know that he's a screw up and they don't work. Even if Bush c.....- 3/8/2007 5:33:22 PM
Video-Broadcast Style of Commercial Injection Well Related Clips (salon) By clicking on the picture of the Salt Water Burning that you see at left. What, you say, Salt Water Doesn't Burn. Yes, It Could, If it Comes from Unregulated Gas Well Fracing and Injecting. Even the .....- 3/8/2007 5:25:25 PM
Bush in Latin America-Unpopular Just LIke He is the United States (salon) SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched through Brazil's largest city on Thursday calling   Bush" onclick="function anonymous(){activateYQinl(this);return false;}" href="http://search.ne.....- 3/8/2007 4:05:38 PM
Chet Edwards (US Dist 17) Says War Position More Influenced by Combat Troops Than Those In Congress (salon) Generally speaking, can't fault Edwards for paying more attention to his DISTRICT than to the other Dems in Congress. Edwards, who represented Fort Hood for 13 years, said his position on the war has .....- 3/8/2007 12:28:51 PM
The Weird *Environmental* Defense Deal with TXU (salon) In some of the articles about the HUGE buyout of TXU by KKR and Texas Pacific Group, the *environmental* groups have been quoted... in one I read, that was groups as in singular... Environmental Defen.....- 3/8/2007 12:13:22 PM
How Does Railroad Corporate Welfare Relate to Kip Averitt's Emission Bill (Texas) SB12? (salon) Read a bit ago about how we, the taxpayer, are helping PRIVATE CORPORATIONS Burlington Northern and Union Pacific buy some new locomotives. How? Through the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). As I.....- 3/8/2007 11:28:27 AM
Video and Audio-Trans Texas Corridor- Senate Hearing March 1 07-Part 7 (salon) Previous partsAs I said, I didn't get it all, and there were more than 100 people who wanted to speak after I left. OVERWHELMINGLY, the citizens of Texas are AGAINST not only the TTC but the idea that.....- 3/8/2007 11:44:04 AM
Woah! Texas Taxpayers Subsidize Most of Burlington Northern and Union Pacific New Locomotives (salon) Hmm. Can you say CORPORATE WELFARE? Texas has a state environmental program for emissions-reduction that's funded by vehicle registration fees. I never thought about what it might be for, but sure did.....- 3/8/2007 9:46:54 AM
Cheney Unmasked as the Funny Uncle He Is (salon) Best editorial I've read in a while -Cheney Post Plame. Testimony depicted Cheney as bitterly obsessed with Plame's husband, Joe Wilson, whose New York Times article exposing the phony "intellige.....- 3/8/2007 9:37:35 AM
The Backdating Stocks Scandal Or How Corporations Profited From 9/11 (salon) Have been reading about this for quite a while but until this article didn't realize the scope of just how many corporations backdated stock options. Companies, in other words, gave stock options to e.....- 3/8/2007 9:24:07 AM
The Texas House, Trans Texas Corridor Kill Bills, and Sid Miller (salon) Just a reminder to Sid Miller (Texas District 59) on voting. If Miller's vote is not outright AGAINST turning our highways into toll roads, including using foreign corporations to run them, then he is.....- 3/8/2007 6:38:23 AM
Raising the Gas Tax for Roads OR Paying for Toll Roads (salon) McBlogger takes on the argument. After you read that, watch this short clip of Senator Shapleigh talking about the COST of the toll with James Bass of TxDot, and  this short clip of the Senator Shaple.....- 3/8/2007 6:33:04 AM
Cintra 121 Deal in Denton/Collin, Texas-WHO TO VOTE OUT and Deal STILL conditional (salon) As I've been clipping the TTC Senate hearings from last week, I heard one TTC apologist say that people are managing to get around Dallas without 121-the implication being that somehow, because it's n.....- 3/8/2007 6:23:37 AM
Kip Averitt a Signer on the Bill to HALT the Trans-Texas Corridor (salon) What I can't tell from this is, the description says "Any further"-does this mean that the existing Cintra deal would go through? On Monday, state Sen. Robert Nichols filed legislation that .....- 3/7/2007 11:29:38 PM
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