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On Attending Texas Public Meetings with a Camera (salon) I attended the Texas Senate TTC Hearing on Thursday and planned to record it. When I went in the auditorium, on Thursday morning, I went down to the front and began to set up my tripod. A lady came ov.....- 3/3/2007 9:58:53 AM
Texas Independence Day in Austin at the *Don't Tag Texas* NAIS and TTC Rally (salon) What a great job the organizers of this event did. Kudos to them all. Went over to the starting point of the rally before 1:00 pm and watched as the two lots rented for people to park and gather in sw.....- 3/3/2007 12:31:02 AM
Video of Jimmie Vaughan Singing his RFID Song at the Austin *Don't Tag Texas* NAIS and TTC Rally (salon) What a great job the organizers of this event did. Kudos to them all. Went over to the starting point of the rally before 1:00 pm and watched as the two lots rented for people to park and gather in sw.....- 3/2/2007 11:58:19 PM
Fair Use Bill That Contains No Fair Use Provisions - HUH? (salon) This is simple common sense. If you have a system that does not allow you to get a fair use piece from a copyrighted work and makes it a crime to remove the copyright (as in DRM) , then you do.. .not......- 2/28/2007 4:29:27 PM
Nuclear Power Notes O Day - Plant Fire in PA, and Is Nuclear Power Rational? (salon) Circuit breaker caught fire in a building several hundred yards away from the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant's 2 reactors.And is a pro-nuclear stance THE scientific stance?But most irksome is Brand'.....- 2/28/2007 4:03:15 PM
Old Political Story: Texas Governor and Legislature Failing Texans (salon) from Peter SternIs the last decade of special interest politics coming to an end? Since his 39-percent of the votes reelection Gov. Rick Perry is hell-bent on some obscure leadership mission and the r.....- 2/28/2007 2:11:46 PM
Backlash on Toll Roads-It PAYS to tell your Texas Congresspersons YOU DON (salon) Ft Worth Star-Telegram has an article this morning about, boo-hoo, delay of TOLL road projects in the DFW area. Why? Because, #1. People Just Plain Don't Like Toll Roads versus Public Roads, especiall.....- 2/28/2007 1:50:21 PM
On TXU's CEO Wilder's $200 MILLION dollar compensation plan-Troy Fraser comments (salon) Burkablog talks about following the money... and Wilder is the one making out like a bandit (while, don't forget, the Texas RATEPAYERS will be the ones getting robbed)."This appears to be all abo.....- 2/28/2007 11:52:17 AM
Update on Texas Attorney General Abbott's Opinion on Social Security Numbers in Deeds (salon) OOOPS! Wrote about the gas company land men getting slowed down because of this ruling. It was SO bad for business that Abbott suspended it for 60 days.Abbott originally said officials in the state's .....- 2/28/2007 11:31:30 AM
$50,000 Dollar Donation from Merck for Republican Fund Raiser Chaired by Perry (salon) OOOPS! Wrote about the gas company land men getting slowed down because of this ruling. It was SO bad for business that Abbott suspended it for 60 days.Abbott originally said officials in the state's .....- 2/28/2007 11:03:16 AM
TXU Buyout Pushback from Texas Legislators- Who Pays For it? Ratepayers (salon) I thought it was interesting that, very quickly after the news of the buyout surfaced, there were articles that included phrases like "muted criticism" of the deal. Well, it always takes at .....- 2/28/2007 8:52:55 AM
Trans Texas Corridor Meeting Held by Texas Senate- Thursday at 8:30 am in the Capitol Extension Auditorium (salon) I notice in this article it is going to last ten hours!   The Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, scheduled the hearing for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.....- 2/28/2007 7:44:51 AM
Killing the Trans-Texas Corridor-Rep Koklhorst of Brenham Files Two Bills (salon) Good! (Before I excerpt a bit of the article, reminder that Thursday morning is the Texas Senate hearing on the TTC in Austin). If passed, House Bill 1881 will repeal the Trans-Texas Corridor from the.....- 2/27/2007 6:06:14 PM
Condoleezza Rice, the largest failure of the Bush administration (joe) Who was the person in charge of NSA up to and including 9/11? Condoleezza Rice was...it was her failure to do her job that allowed 9/11 to happen. So instead of actually replacing her with someone who.....- 2/27/2007 5:25:16 PM
Insider Trading? SEC To Investigate Suspicious Surge in Activity Ahead of TXU's Buyout (salon) Nothing surprises me about this pig.U.S. regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission is to investigate a suspicious surge in trading activity in the run up to Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts and Texas .....- 2/27/2007 1:39:45 PM
Outsourcing the Military-What About those Contractors? (salon) Deaths of the Contractors are almost ignored- (We used to call these people *Soldiers of Fortune*)In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pen.....- 2/27/2007 12:40:15 PM
PFFFFFFFFFT! Cintra Gets the Contract for 121 in Denton and Collin Counties, Texas (salon) Sheesh. I wonder what percentage of Spanish companies owns or leases our infrastructure now. I've said before, I used to live in The Colony, so hearing that Cintra, Spanish company, is going to operat.....- 2/27/2007 12:16:04 PM
Washington State Considers RFID Restrictions (salon) NOW we need to do this for Texas.Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Olympia, has introduced an Electronic Bill of Rights that would outlaw collection, storage, and disclosure of information gathered through radio fr.....- 2/27/2007 12:01:01 PM
After the Campaign is Over, Where do The Contributions Go? Bush Fund Donates To His Library (salon) Several things about this. First up, the ONLY reason we know that the Bush fund gave $107 thousand to his own library is because it came out of his campaign committee FROM WHEN BUSH RAN FOR PRES AFTER.....- 2/27/2007 11:47:54 AM
Slavery in Texas and the T-Visa (salon) Fort Worth Weekly has an article about a man from Africa who was held in slavery... here... in the United States, AKA "Human Trafficking". In the meantime, Kachepa is continuing his own batt.....- 2/27/2007 10:13:16 AM
Clueless Laura the Lump Out of Touch with Iraq War statistics-Thinks There's Only One Bombing Per Day (salon) I wish this woman would keep her mouth shut. Either she parrots talking points that are ridiculous or she says things that aren't true. And she's supposed to be an educated librarian type. Incidentall.....- 2/27/2007 9:55:04 AM
But How Will I Smash It With My Hammer If the RFID is small enough to be embedded in paper? (salon) Wrote about these Hitachi *powder* chips before, that are 0.002 inches by 0.002 inches.The industry (read: Big Corporations) are looking to see how quickly and how ubiquitously they can imbed these 66.....- 2/27/2007 9:34:11 AM
RFID Card Insecurity- Hackers Can Clone *Proximity* Door Access Cards (salon) You know the cards-you're going into your building at work and you wave your ID card at a reader and in you go (and maybe the person behind you that is *tailgating*). Anyway, Black Hat Federal sec.....- 2/27/2007 9:30:50 AM
Gas Well Notes-New Mexico- O&G Compensate for Property Damage, More Lawuits in SC Against O&G (salon) What happens if an oil and gas company comes on your property and damages it through drilling operations? New Mexico believes it should compensate the private landowner.If approved, the bill would req.....- 2/27/2007 8:49:19 AM
Nuclear Power Plant Notes- South Texas and Uranium Mining, Florida's Crystal River, Iran and India's Sales Plans (salon) I've said before that if you listened to the sales and marketing spin coming out right now, you might believe, erroneously, that concerns about nuclear power plants are a thing of the past. Not so.Wha.....- 2/27/2007 8:06:38 AM
Joe Weather of Waco's Pictures of the Dust Storm Taken from Dallas (salon) I've said before that if you listened to the sales and marketing spin coming out right now, you might believe, erroneously, that concerns about nuclear power plants are a thing of the past. Not so.Wha.....- 2/27/2007 7:25:56 AM
The Nuge Now has a Regular Column in the Waco paper (salon) I've said before that if you listened to the sales and marketing spin coming out right now, you might believe, erroneously, that concerns about nuclear power plants are a thing of the past. Not so.Wha.....- 2/27/2007 7:24:26 AM
Gen Schoomaker, Army Chief of Staff At Fort Worth Rotary Club -Not Important to Kill Bin Laden (salon) PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!Um. Hello! Considering that's the reason we went to war in Afganistan, because Bin Laden was supposed to be the ring leader of  9/11 AND Bush said we were going af.....- 2/26/2007 11:39:13 PM
Gas Land Men Bogged Down Searching Through Deed Records Due to Texas AG Ruling about Social Security Numbers (salon) Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated last week that county clerks could spend six months in jail and be fined $1,000 for releasing documents with Social Security numbers to the public, and clerks.....- 2/26/2007 11:27:21 PM
Iraq Troop Deaths at 3155 (salon) As of Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at least 3,155 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven .....- 2/26/2007 10:37:44 PM
ODDEST Gas Station Out There-BP Puts in Solar Panels and Low-Energy Lights (salon) Uh. Here you have a gas station selling, you know, gasoline, whose emissions are fouling the planet but their gas STATION is using solar panels. On the one hand, one could say that BP is just trying t.....- 2/26/2007 10:34:57 PM
Majority of People in this country want US to set a TROOP DEADLINE in Iraq (salon) plus a record number say they disapprove of the war. Count me among those. Chet Edwards, VOTE TO DEFUND THE WAR. It's the only way to stop the crazies in charge. A protester reacts after police interv.....- 2/26/2007 10:22:47 PM
Is this article about Indiana? Or Texas? For Sale: Lotteries, Roads, Welfare Work. Inquire With Governor (salon) Makes you wonder if Alien Zombies are On the Loose in this country, travelling from state to state disguised as the Governor. Other states are taking notice of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels proposals.....- 2/26/2007 10:14:51 PM
Don't Tag Texas Rally-Austin, Friday, March 2- March begins 1:45 (salon) so you need to get there by 1:30.Staging Area for the March:  We have reserved a parking lot at the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez (1st) and Red River.  If you plan to be part of the march up Congre.....- 2/26/2007 9:50:55 PM
The Texas Legislators Scam of Paying Rent to Spouses by Using (Illegally) Campaign Funds (salon) I read about this type of thing BEFORE the elections and the ones that blew the whistle on Toby Goodman of Arlington probably helped make sure he didn't get elected. The Star-Telegram did more expose .....- 2/26/2007 9:42:31 PM
Senator Fraser (TX Senate Dist 24) Concerned about TXU Buyout (salon) Not our Senator (ours is Kip Averitt) but he's the Senator of some of the counties to the west of us, including Erath CountySen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, who filed a package of legislation earlie.....- 2/26/2007 9:09:45 PM
Arrggh-I can't Stop, I can't Stop-ONE MORE ABOUT TXU BUYOUT! (salon) I was just thinking-since all these private investors have so much money, collectively, to buy out TXU for a HUGE amount of money, how about they get NOT ONE NICKEL FROM TAXPAYERS TO HELP THEM THROUGH.....- 2/26/2007 5:26:45 PM
One more comment about the TXU buyout- WHO IS NOT buying into this utility? (salon) Over time, I have grown more and more weary of globalization and corporate takeovers, especially this one that magically seems to be have been set up for the past year for a re-sale as well as waiting.....- 2/26/2007 5:20:04 PM
TAB nothing more than BLAB (salon) from Peter SternWhat's good for the goose ain't so great for the gosling community!  CEO Bill Hammond of Texas Association of Business (TAB) is whining again.  This time it's about how Texas must be m.....- 2/26/2007 4:43:54 PM
TXU's Buyout by Big Corp- What about Nuclear Power Plants? Who Knows? Mulling this over. (salon) Besides the fact that the new deal gets rid of most of the coal-fired energy plants, but still sticks it to Robertson County, we wondered yesterday whether TXU's plans to build more nuclear power plan.....- 2/26/2007 4:40:17 PM
On the Waste Injection Wells ONLY being salt water- Texas Railroad Commission Warning About Flash Fire (salon) Ask yourself-WHY, if this is only salt water waste being injected into the ground, are these tanks on FIRE?????Dorothy Milberger came across this interesting little Advisory on the Texas Railroad Comm.....- 2/25/2007 2:42:46 PM
Will Chet Edwards Vote with the Democrats and Vote to Bring the Troops Home? (salon) From Waco Friends of Peace.We found Mr. Edwards very informed, intelligent, and open to our ideas. It is not clear how he will vote however. And of this writing, the Democrats are working on various p.....- 2/25/2007 2:29:08 PM
What Colorado is Doing about Oil and Gas Laws and Gas Panel Oversight compared to Texas Railroad Commission (salon) From Aspen Daily News- The Colorado Legislature is considering passing HB 1252 which would provide minimum protections to homeowners whenever a gas company operates on their land.AND this is a TERRIFI.....- 2/25/2007 9:05:43 AM
*If you don't own mineral rights in Texas, someone else owns the property*- Gas forum in Nacogdoches this Thursday (salon) Landowner's Rights Alliance will be holding a meeting at the Nacogdoches County courthouse annex this Thursday at 4 pm to talk about property owner rights versus mineral rights when it comes to oil an.....- 2/25/2007 8:38:57 AM
Spreading the Word-Another Gas Waste Injection Well Informational Meeting-This time in Kopperl, Texas (salon) That's Bosque County this next Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2007, at the High School cafeteria at 1:00 pm. Mirtie Morris of Kopperl has arranged this and, along with speakers Bill Gordon of Erath Coun.....- 2/25/2007 2:59:25 AM
Someone sent the Chair a very foolish message about the Injection Well Meeting last weekend (salon) I'm always sorry to see when someone allows politics to influence judgement about what ought to be a TEXAS issue. The Trans-Texas Corridor debacle is one such issue to me, and the gas waste injection .....- 2/25/2007 2:43:52 AM
Wow! Did Gov Perry Fasttrack TXU's Coal Plants In order to Jack up the *Sell* Price for TXU Corporate Takeover? (salon) Perry looks more and more corrupt the more you think about his actions. As we found out earlier, the very same day that Merck donated money to his and other's campaign, he had talks about the HPV vacc.....- 2/24/2007 7:15:50 PM
Boy, it could Not Be Any Windier- the Whole Sky Looks Like Dust (salon) The weather advisory for this area says that people with respiratory problems should stay indoors and that winds can be gusting as high as 58 mph. I went out a bit ago and you could barely see the sun.....- 2/24/2007 3:20:33 PM
On the Walter Reed Hospital Failure to Troops- Support the Troops in ALL Areas (salon) First, in case somehow you missed the article in the Washington Post from Feb 17, 2007 that shows how the returning, maimed, soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan faced neglect at Walter Reed Medical Cen.....- 2/24/2007 12:55:23 PM
How is the Public Notified In the Case of Nuclear Power Plant Accidents? (salon) Someone from Glen Rose told me the other day that when the nuclear power plant accident a couple of years ago that involved a leaky steam tube generator occurred, that the public hearing wasn't held i.....- 2/24/2007 12:31:19 PM
How Convenient! The VERY SAME DAY Merck Gave Perry $5000, Perry Met To Discuss HPV Vaccine (salon) Gov. Rick Perry's chief of staff met with key aides about the human papillomavirus vaccine the same day its manufacturer donated money to his campaign, documents obtained by The Associated Press show......- 2/24/2007 12:07:23 PM
Food Manager Certification Training to be Offered at the Somervell County Expo (Glen Rose, Texas) (salon) Texas Cooperative Extension, Somervell County, is offering a one-day food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $79 on March 19 at the EXPO located at Hwy. 67, Glen R.....- 2/24/2007 12:01:44 PM
TXU to be bought out by Private Investors? Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group In Bids (salon) If I understand this correctly, KKR and Texas Pacific would do a leveraged buyout to try to improve performance and expand operations before possibly selling off to a new investor. I notice that TXU i.....- 2/24/2007 11:54:34 AM
Texas Legislative Continuance Abuses and Phil King (Weatherford)'s Surprise Hiring by Oil and Gas Company (salon) When you think you have seen most of the ways legislators can abuse the system, you read about yet another. The Weatherford Democrat has an article today about Tab Dobson, who was killed two years ago.....- 2/24/2007 11:44:14 AM
David Van OS has much the same stance as I do about Perry's mandatory HPV order (salon) I've said here before that I've been stunned at many of the so-called *progressive* Democrats stance that Perry's mandate on HPV was the right thing to do. One person even went so far as to say that e.....- 2/24/2007 10:21:27 AM
Governor Perry being SUED over his *King* Edict of mandatory HPV vaccinations (salon) Hmm. Looks like Perry, who SOME MISGUIDED SOULS VOTED FOR, is getting hit on a number of fronts about his completely out of line executive order mandating vaccinations for 12 year old girls. The AG ha.....- 2/24/2007 10:04:00 AM
No Child Left Behind and Congress Reauthorization-Ought it Include Military Access to High School Contact Info? (salon) I've read a number of articles over the last few years about whether the No Child Left Behind is very effective, a good idea, useful, intrusive, or needs to be changed. While we are thinking about it,.....- 2/24/2007 9:55:35 AM
Reminder- Senate Hearing on Trans Texas Corridor in Austin on Thursday-Do you want to Testify? (salon) Via Peter SternEnclosed  is a Public Hearing Witness Form for the Senate Hearing, Thursday, March 1, 2007, on the TTC .  Please fill out this form, register your position, and mail, fax, or email to b.....- 2/24/2007 9:45:43 AM
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose to be off line for a couple of months (salon) I know they have another term for it but I can't remember this minute what it is. But there will be around 1600 contractors in Somervell  county as work such as replacing parts in the reactor take pla.....- 2/23/2007 6:05:33 PM
Chet Edwards (US House District 17) and the Iraq War-Article Roundup (salon) Area residents in the Bryan-College Station area of our district protested the troop escalcation and delivered letters to Chet Edward's office at College Station.Chet Edwards doesn't agree with John M.....- 2/23/2007 5:28:22 PM
A few headlines I saw in the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper this week (salon) That's the February 22nd issueLovely pic of the Glen Rose High School Tiger Pride Band that are state contenders in contests to be held in May, also about the Junior High band taking awards.Glen Rose .....- 2/23/2007 5:06:51 PM
Karen Hughes on the State Dept Posting on Arabic Blogs-the *Digital Outreach Team* (salon) Wrote about this before, how ironic that, while the FTC has been telling viral marketers to fess up, the State Department's propaganda machine has gotten a pass.So here's another article from Karen Hu.....- 2/23/2007 4:15:24 PM
Big Pharm Shilling Meds To You in the Movie Theatres-You only THINK you're seeing a documentary (salon) you're really seeing a big ole advertisement.  Shouldn't there be DISCLAIMERS to tell you that when you think you're watching a movie for entertainment, Big Pharm really wants to get its hands down in.....- 2/23/2007 3:45:43 PM
Mexican Trucks to be Inspected In Mexico by US So that Trucks Can Freely Pass Through the Border (salon) Seems like the first step to open up trucks from other countries (Mexico and probably Canada, later) that will be on the NAFTA SUPERHIGHWAY ON STEROIDS, travelling up the highway that isn't for Texans.....- 2/23/2007 3:30:42 PM
About *Worth The Wait* Taught in schools-Why Do Religious Organizations Train This? (salon) Wrote the other day about the Yuk factor in Worth the Wait (abstinence program) using chewed gum shared between students. And for some reason, kids in Texas can't graduate unless they have taken, not .....- 2/23/2007 3:13:24 PM
Children Treated like Prisoners, In Texas behind Chain Link Fences and Concertina Wire (salon) Groups want to see this closed-YES, CHILDREN should not be incarcerated with their parents in private detention camps.Children account for most of those at Hutto, with some 200 housed there during the.....- 2/23/2007 2:54:54 PM
Airports Looking at You Nekkid- Phoenix Airport Today Started Testing the Backscatter Xray Machines (salon) Yeah. Have written about this before- and including photos of You.. Naked... Being Viewed by a TSA Employee. But you'll put up with this in the name of terrorism, right?  (I notice the last time I wro.....- 2/23/2007 2:49:40 PM
Percentage of Poor In America at a 32 Year High-Median Household Income Falls (salon) Why?The plight of the severely poor is a distressing sidebar to an unusual economic expansion. Worker productivity has increased dramatically since the brief recession of 2001, but wages and job growt.....- 2/23/2007 2:33:40 PM
Kip Averitt (TX Senate Dist 22) Files SB3 on Water Management (salon) I'm really only putting this here as a placeholder till I can read it. It's not clear from the articles what issues might be raised by its passage.State Senator Kip Averitt (R-Waco) today filed Senate.....- 2/23/2007 2:03:19 PM
Suzanne Gentling of Glen Rose On Bush's Aggression That is Scaring Even His Generals (salon) First up, there are a LOT of us in Glen Rose, Somervell County, as well as the surrounding counties, who are concerned about the so-called Bush doctrine, that crazy view of Bush's that he can invade a.....- 2/23/2007 1:43:32 PM
Sid Miller (Tx House District 59) Votes for SCR 20 - Breaking the Cap on the Spending Limit (salon) State Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) voted to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 to adjust the constitutional spending limit to provide $14 billion to local school districts to pay for the largest.....- 2/23/2007 1:28:43 PM
Glen Rose (Texas) Resident and Hico Teacher Wins ONE MILLION DOLLARS in Brookshire Grocery Contest (salon) Brookshire’s Glen Rose Store Director Jeremy Morton confirmed Wednesday that Hico teacher Cody Mohan is indeed the grocery store’s $1 million winner.Morton said his company has a vendor-sponsored cont.....- 2/23/2007 1:10:14 PM
Trans Texas Corridor Big Pig! $106.6 BILLION DOLLARS for the TTC-35 Portion ALONE- State Auditor (salon) How much of the TTC roadway does the TTC-35 portion represent? 14 percent. Let's see. 14 is to 100 as 106.6 billion is to X. “Although there are weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s oversi.....- 2/23/2007 12:58:39 PM
Chet Edwards, YOU need to STOP BUSH! (Chair) Its bad enough the presidents budget proposal cuts funding for vets..he is creating more of them everyday.Chet Edwards, YOU voted to give him authorization...take that permission away or you are as mu.....- 2/23/2007 9:51:59 AM
*Pat Me On the Head*- Toll Road Meeting for 121 in Collin County, Texas Next Monday (salon) Why would TxDOT bother to have meetings in which the citizens can comment about 121 being a toll road all the way to 75 (Central Expressway)? It must be only so that the citizens can let off steam, po.....- 2/23/2007 9:46:09 AM
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