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Texas Ground Water Conservation districts do NOT regulate the water used by *exempted* oil and gas industry (salon) I went to a meeting today in which the Texas Water Development Board talked about groundwater districts. Groundwater districts do the following:Develop management plans to conserve and protect natural.....- 2/22/2007 3:43:17 PM
Some interesting events coming up in Glen Rose- Rodeo and Bluegrass (salon) I was just looking at the City of Glen Rose site's list of upcoming events, and there are three that are particularly interesting to me. Somervell County Professional Rodeo at the Somervell Expo Cente.....- 2/21/2007 11:17:17 AM
Merck Decides that Pushing Gardasil on States Wasn't Such a Hot Idea (salon) Heh. Despite all the money they are giving to legislators, I suppose they couldn't have guessed all the negative publicity that would arise from Pinhead-The-Emperor-Perry mandating the HPV vaccination.....- 2/21/2007 10:29:46 AM
Judge Blocks Perry's Order to Fast-Track the Coal-Fired Plants-Says Perry Doesn't Have Authority to SideStep the Process (salon) Perry thinks he's King and can just issue orders and avoid all the *encumbrances* (read LAW) that prevent him from being able to help out his cronies. But a judge had none of it.State District Judge S.....- 2/21/2007 9:51:15 AM
Solar News Roundup (salon) Saw some interesting articles in the last couple of weeks about solar energy. First up,the Concentrating Solar Power technology-hadn't heard of this before, but, basically, if you've ever used a magni.....- 2/20/2007 2:35:57 PM
P.S. On Geoffrey O'Connor -Those Rumours about being Perry's Gay Lover (salon) Didn\'t want to put this on Peter Stern\'s wonderful answer to Mr O\'Connor\'s energy letter, but Mr. O\'Connor was the one rumoured to be having an affair with Rick Perry, at w.....- 2/20/2007 10:31:10 AM
Former Texas Secretary of State Geoffrey O'Connor Attacks Democrats-Peter Stern Smacks Him Back (salon) O'Connor wrote an editorial to the North Texas E-News in which he said, in part:Meanwhile, the Worldwatch Institute, while it lauded Bush's biofuels proposals, dismissed his other calls for more nucle.....- 2/20/2007 10:25:56 AM
Video and Audio from Gas Waste Injection Well Meeting in Glen Rose, Texas Last Weekend (salon) As noted before, the title of the presentation was "The Truth about Gas Waste Injection Wells" and speakers were Dale Henry of Lampasses, Lionel Milberger of Robertson County, Bill Gordon of.....- 2/20/2007 3:40:32 PM
Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition to Present Evidence Against Coal-Fired Plants in Waco Tonight (salon) 6:30 pm at the Waco Convention Center in McLennan County, Texas.A coalition of Texas cities expects to pack the Waco Convention Center tonight when the group makes its case against the largest coal po.....- 2/20/2007 5:43:42 AM
Fort Worth's Greedy Gas Drilling Boom-Even in the Pinkies Up Ridgelea Country Club (salon) It was only a matter of time before the gas drillers wanted to get right up under, for example, Sundance Square and drill. I don't know why I would think that the owners of landmarks in Fort Worth wou.....- 2/19/2007 11:50:23 PM
MTBE Redux- Drinking Water Well Shut down in Iowa City after Discovery of MTBE. (salon) Remember how Republicans in the House last year (and Chet Edwards, who voted with them) were pit against Democrats who wanted liability standards for MTBE manufacturers? This was when Tom DeLay was ar.....- 2/19/2007 11:37:37 PM
Chesapeake Gas Caught Defrauding Royalty Owners-Lawsuit Judgement in North Carolina - $405 Million Bucks (salon) You really have to read this entire article to see all the devious Enron-ish ways Chesapeake (which is 3rd biggest energy company behind Exxon-Mobil and ConocoPhillips) and NiSource tried to game the .....- 2/19/2007 11:28:50 PM
Utility Companies Building Nuclear Power Plants in South Carolina Want the Rate Paying Customers To Pay NOW (salon) There's been a lot in the news lately about how, despite all the corporate welfare perks being given to nuclear power plants, building them just isn't a good risk to the financial world. In fact, more.....- 2/19/2007 11:17:26 PM
Support GI War Resisters in Austin and Fort Hood, Texas - Wednesday at Cafe Caffeine, Thursday at Fort Hood (salon) Wed., February 21, 2007 @ 7PMCafe Caffeine909 West MaryJoin us to hear from GI Iraq war resisters and for music by Barbara Kooyman and Richard BowdenFort Hood GI war resister Mark Wilkerson will be pr.....- 2/19/2007 10:49:38 PM
Gov. Perry Needs to Quicken His Timeline for the 2008 VP Position (salon) from Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsPreviously Laid-Back Governor Now Surges With Campaign of "Shock and Awe" Awww, shucks!  It took Texans 5 years to get used to Gov. Perry hiding from publ.....- 2/19/2007 10:46:17 PM
Senator Barack Obama Coming to Austin on February 23- Town Lake (salon) * Who: Sen. Barack Obama, Candidate for President of the United States* What: Rally with live music from Ed Jurdi & Cyril Neville* When: Friday, Feb. 23; Gates open 12:30pm; Program begins at 2:00.....- 2/19/2007 10:43:34 PM
Dear Senators Hutchison and Cornyn (salon) Copy of letter Peter Stern of Dripping Springs sent to them. And I wholeheartedly agree. Dear Senators Hutchison and Cornyn: Please know that our entire family is extremely disappointed in your YES vo.....- 2/19/2007 9:16:34 PM
Where are American Workers? Indiana Toll Road, operated by Cintra/Macquarie SUBCONTRACTS to Spanish company (salon) Via McBloggerLet's see. American property, American Roads, Run by Spanish and Australian company. And when it comes to improvements, does this Spanish/Australian company decide to hire AMERICANS or AM.....- 2/19/2007 8:59:49 PM
Globe on the Bush's Divorce - *Laura's Agony*-Instead of the White House, it's the *Ice* House (salon) Feb 26, 2007 issue"In startling detail, Laura has confessed to close friends that she is overwhelmed by unbearable loneliness and eep feelings of rejection. ... In a world exclusive, Globe reveal.....- 2/19/2007 6:47:36 PM
Saw a lot of seismic trucks out today in Glen Rose (salon) Feb 26, 2007 issue"In startling detail, Laura has confessed to close friends that she is overwhelmed by unbearable loneliness and eep feelings of rejection. ... In a world exclusive, Globe reveal.....- 2/19/2007 5:49:51 PM
Hamilton, Texas Commisioners Discussing Regulations on Disposal Wells (salon) Mentioned before that Judge Randy Mills came to the meeting in Somervell County this weekend. In the article in the Hamilton paper, Gail Chenowith of Marathon Oil had a letter responding to regulation.....- 2/19/2007 4:46:12 PM
Sharing Chewing Gum- On the Abstinence Program *Worth the Wait* Used in Some Texas Schools (salon) Yuk! Imagine making kids share gum they're chewing between themselves as part of an abstinence program. Article in the Washington Post talks about some of the exercises in the *Worth the Wait" pr.....- 2/18/2007 6:20:16 PM
Bosque County, Texas Application for a Gas Waste Injection Well on Hwy 174 near Morgan (salon) One of the ladies attending the meeting on Waste Injection Wells yesterday was from Kopperl, Texas, north of Morgan, and somewhat near Lake Whitney. She told us that the property owners had gotten a n.....- 2/18/2007 11:41:16 AM
What I Would Change to Have Clean Water re: Waste Injection Wells and Gas Processing Plants (salon) Jim Popp said yesterday that companies in other states were thrilled to bring their waste to Texas to dump because we... don't regulate it. After listening to the talks yesterday, especially Popp's ex.....- 2/18/2007 11:13:56 AM
Quick Notes about the Gas Waste Injection Wells Meeting Yesterday in Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas (salon) In a second post today or tomorrow, I will be putting up audio and some selected video of the event. Huge success-there were attendees from four different counties, Somervell, Bosque, Hamilton and Hoo.....- 2/18/2007 10:57:26 AM
Ironic-While Out Yesterday Looking at Gas Refineries in Hood County, Heard of Refinery Explosion in West Texas (salon) Hood County has at least 2 gas *sweetener* plants, one in Tolar and one in Granbury near the Hood County/Somervell County line. One of the speakers at the meeting to be held today lives near a gas ref.....- 2/17/2007 10:24:49 AM
Kimberly Clark Outsourcing Work to India- Too Much Money to Pay Waco, Texas Employees, I Guess (salon) At what point will we stop seeing our jobs go to other countries by corporations who only care about making huge profits? Used to be that people were proud of items that were made in America and proud.....- 2/17/2007 10:05:00 AM
Powdered RFID Chips Smaller Than a Human Hair- Lunch Anyone? (salon) *Hey, Waiter, Where's my check for the soup?* No worries, sir, we're scanning your stomach as you walk out through the doorway and will bill you directly.Okay, that's a little much, but I also thought.....- 2/17/2007 9:30:00 AM
Perry Telling People He is Going To Get Cancer Is NOT a Reason to Make Law from the Executive Branch (salon) I was aghast at the headline from a story where Perry told folks that because numerous other people in his family have cancer, he's going to get it too, and therefore that's a good reason for him acti.....- 2/17/2007 9:23:38 AM
Here's the REAL Surge- 53 % of Americans Want US out of Iraq- Up 5 percent from last month (salon) I was aghast at the headline from a story where Perry told folks that because numerous other people in his family have cancer, he's going to get it too, and therefore that's a good reason for him acti.....- 2/17/2007 9:15:25 AM
Phil King of Weatherford, Texas Doesn't Mind if YOU Help Pay For Nuclear Power Instead of the Owners (salon) Shaking my head at what a bad bill this is. Anyone that followed Congress's Energy Bill in 2005 knows that we're already giving huge amounts of corporate welfare to nuclear energy builders, and the ta.....- 2/16/2007 11:13:52 PM
MUST we use the word *Homeland*? Sounds so Nazi-ish! More on Fraidy Wimps (salon) McBlogger made me laugh with this post about how things happen to people and no matter what you do, you cannot completely safety proof the world! Mark, way to work God in there especially since it's m.....- 2/16/2007 2:26:14 PM
Care about Toll Roads in Texas? Go to the Texas Senate Hearing on March 1 (salon) From CorridorWatchPUBLIC HEARING: Senator John Carona, ChairmanTHURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2007 @ 8:30 a.m. Capitol Extension Auditorium, Room E1.004Texas State Capitol Building, Austin, Texas Public PolicyTol.....- 2/16/2007 2:19:06 PM
My American Bank About to be Owned by Spanish Company (salon) Sheesh. My first account in this area was up in Carrollton, Texas at City National Bank of Carrollton. They got bought out by Compass, which wasn't near as friendly as my old bank was, and, while I di.....- 2/16/2007 1:58:06 PM
John Cornyn Unhappy that FutureGen Funding Cut off-Boy, *I* am not (salon) Background on FutureGen and how they would inject all their waste carbon dioxide into the ground. Uh, how's that again? Like the same way that waste from gas wells gets injected into the ground? Where.....- 2/16/2007 1:52:30 PM
Nice! Weatherford Endorses Regional Rail in North Texas (salon) at their council meeting. I wonder if Granbury is thinking about doing the same. I would definitely drive to Granbury to park to ride mass-transit rail into Fort Worth for shopping and events if a lin.....- 2/16/2007 12:01:09 PM
Wah! TXU Asks Environmental Defense To Pull Ad against Coal-Fired Plants from TV (salon) I guess TXU didn't quite cotton to the description *massively polluting* coal-fired plants. Gee, how WOULD they like their polluting plants they're trying to fast track through the state, with Perry's.....- 2/16/2007 11:57:52 AM
Will I-30 be part of the Trans Texas Corridor? Contradictions and Obfuscations Abound (salon) I guess TXU didn't quite cotton to the description *massively polluting* coal-fired plants. Gee, how WOULD they like their polluting plants they're trying to fast track through the state, with Perry's.....- 2/16/2007 11:47:59 AM
Sen Averitt (TX Senate Dist 22) Files First Major Environmental Initiative-but not against Coal Plants (salon) His legislation is about polluting vehicles, SB 12. Averitt, a McGregor Republican, filed Senate Bill 12 to greatly expand programs to get dirty cars and trucks fixed or off the road, mostly in large .....- 2/16/2007 11:33:40 AM
Video- Chet Edwards (US Dist 17) Speech on the Iraq War re: Bush's escalation policy (salon) LOVE what he has to say about how no one should question anyone's patriotism if they're on the other side of the war, AND that Congress is the one that has the right to declare war. I'm paraphrasing h.....- 2/16/2007 10:01:16 AM
Nuclear Power Notes from Around the World (salon) New Nuclear Power Plans Unlawful (UK-Greenpeace court victory)China plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the inland areasNuclear Power not likely in northwestern United States.PSC Loosens R.....- 2/16/2007 10:40:20 AM
On Bush's Argument *If we Fail there, the enemy will follow us here* (salon) I've heard both Bush and Republicans make this argument time and time again; that we have to stay and kill more Iraqis and Americans in the Iraqi civil war, because if we don't, terrorists will come f.....- 2/15/2007 5:24:56 PM
Called Chet Edwards (US Dist 17) Office Just now-He's not speaking today, but tomorrow (salon) So, apparenlty that changed. I asked if there was any clue about when during the day that Edwards might be giving his views on Bush's escalation plans, but the person answering the phone didn't know t.....- 2/15/2007 3:35:50 PM
What's Wrong with Texas School Vouchers (salon) Great editorial from the Austin American Statesman.As it now stands, families who send their children to private schools are paying tuition in addition to tax dollars that support public schools. But .....- 2/15/2007 3:06:50 PM
ON Democrats and Corporate Money-Jim Hightower Speaks to ME! (salon) I've long thought that lobbyist money needs to be ripped out by its roots from politics, so that the average person has AT LEAST as much chance at the table to be heard as someone(s) whose JOB it is t.....- 2/15/2007 2:41:14 PM
Glen Rose City Elections and GRISD elections on May 12 (Texas) (salon) Saw in the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper that there's going to be votes for mayor and two members of the city council. Mayor Pam Miller and two council members, Ernie Daughety and Glenn Wilson's terms .....- 2/15/2007 2:07:29 PM
Will Texas be without a drop to drink?-KERA at DFW Program on The State of Springs tonight (salon) from Bill Gordon of Erath CountyAccording to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article below, the "Texas Parks and Wildlife Department documentary, Texas The State of Springs, is airing Thursday at 8 .....- 2/15/2007 1:33:45 PM
SMU wants Bush To Rescind his Secret White House Documents Executive Order (salon) I remember when Bush did this, shortly after 9/11 and how disgusted I was. Bush, in my opinion, used a tragic occasion as an opportunity to keep secret historical records about how previous White Hous.....- 2/15/2007 12:03:14 PM
NAIS in Texas and whether it will truly be a voluntary program if passed (salon) I've written about this before but there's something in this article from the Weatherford Democrat that echoes a concern I have. Sid Miller has introduced a bill regarding the National Animal Identifi.....- 2/15/2007 11:48:01 AM
Where are the Conservatives in the Republican Party? (salon) Disclaimer before I excerpt some of Patrick Barkman's editorial in the Cleburne (Johnson County) Texas newspaper. I'm not a Republican, have never been a Republican and will never be a Republican. I'm.....- 2/15/2007 11:37:46 AM
BRCC Meeting-What's the Role of the TCEQ in Hood County, Texas? (salon) Brazos River Conservation Group of Hood County, Texas held a meeting in Granbury on Tuesday night that featured Frank Espino of the TCEQ Region 4 Office (Fort Worth) 817-588-5800.  Espino was extremel.....- 2/15/2007 11:09:50 AM
People don't want chip implants in their skin-but will they SWALLOW them??? (salon) Somehow I don't think Eastman Kodak can make RFID chips THAT palatable.George Eastman's brainchild, Kodak, is going after an edible RFID chip that patients would voluntarily—of their own volition—swal.....- 2/14/2007 6:03:58 PM
Yesterday, on my way to Granbury, I saw the cutest Lady Tigers Basketball signs along Hwy 144 (salon) I knew it had to be that they were on their way to the playoffs . The Glen Rose Reporter newspaper of Feb 8 said that, before, they had finished in third place in District 12-AAA competition. They wer.....- 2/14/2007 3:34:51 PM
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman Clueless about TXU's Coal-Fired Plants, but Just Fine with More Nuclear Energy (salon) Glen Rose's Comanche Peak got a mention in this Star-Telegram article in which Samuel Bodman believes the answer to all energy problems lies with nuclear energy. That seems to be why he hasn't studied.....- 2/14/2007 2:23:57 PM
XTO Energy Record Profits and Comments about Recycling Water in Somervell County, Texas (salon) At the County Commissioner's meeting on Monday, an XTO representative was there to talk about Road use and who's responsible for damage to the roads. Have included a video clip of what he said, which .....- 2/14/2007 5:21:07 PM
"This will embolden the enemy"...who is the enemy morons? (joe) At the County Commissioner's meeting on Monday, an XTO representative was there to talk about Road use and who's responsible for damage to the roads. Have included a video clip of what he said, which .....- 2/14/2007 1:11:15 PM
Hart Intercivic Voting Machines Stink! Texas Democratic Pary sues Eslate (salon) Background-Hart Interviciv machines cut off names  -------Tarrant County sued-no paper trail. and now...The Texas Democratic Party sued the state's top election official Tuesday alleging that eSlate e.....- 2/14/2007 12:58:17 PM
Update on Texas HPV-Hearing Set for Monday on Bill Blocking Perry's Mandate (salon) Supporters and opponents of Gov. Rick Perry's anti-cancer vaccine mandate will get a chance to testify before lawmakers next week.A Monday hearing is scheduled on a bill meant to block the requirement.....- 2/14/2007 12:52:58 PM
Texas Senate Public Hearing on Toll Roads on March 1st in Austin (salon) Happened to see this while reading a letter to the editor in the Waxahachie paper.Notice of Public Hearing - TEXAS SENATETransportation & Homeland Security CommitteeSenator John Carona, ChairmanPu.....- 2/14/2007 12:46:39 PM
*Not Likely the Hogs Will be Driven Into Traffic*-Heh-More on that Hunt Day at Lazy M in Stephenville, Texas (salon) I'm amused by this story, which I read in the Stephenville paper the other day. Basically, a man who owns a ranch in Erath County wants to have a *hunt day* in which he hires out a helicopter and shoo.....- 2/14/2007 12:43:36 PM
Will I Get To Hear Chet Edwards (US Dist 17) Speak About War Res? Supposed to talk tomorrow (salon) Earlier this morning I called up Edward's congressional office to find out if they knew if he is going to speak today. It's pretty difficult to continually watch television on C-span in hopes of hapha.....- 2/14/2007 12:22:34 PM
Ric Williamson of TxDOT MUST GO! (salon) from Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsTxDOT Chairman Ric Williamson ARROGANTLY refuses to meet with Senator John Carona, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee "My way is the toll highway&quo.....- 2/14/2007 11:49:57 AM
Bush says Iran supplying weapons to Iraq...who is providing weapons to Israel used in Lebanon? (joe) from Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsTxDOT Chairman Ric Williamson ARROGANTLY refuses to meet with Senator John Carona, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee "My way is the toll highway&quo.....- 2/14/2007 10:50:41 AM
"The terrorists are watching our actions"...you hear this enough yet? (joe) Its the republican talking point of the hour...but I have a message for these folks. If you are worried about what the terrorists hear on TV, then they already win...you stupid talking heads needs to .....- 2/14/2007 10:45:09 AM
US building new nuclear weapons facility in Glen Rose, Texas? (joe) Since Bush is on TV today talking about how North Korea and Iran are building nuclear (yes I can say and spell nuclear) weapons facilities, I can talk about what we are doing here in the US with the s.....- 2/14/2007 10:42:30 AM
Bush's Hand Up Against Veterans - Cuts Veterans Health Care in 2009 (salon) Even as Bush is pushing an escalation of troops into Iraq, thus showing a lack of concern for American troops, he's cutting off health care for the vets that will be returning at that time. Shame on h.....- 2/13/2007 4:40:02 PM
Truckers Create New Coalition Against Privatization of Toll Roads (salon) We all know that the NAFTA Superhighway, of which the TTC is a piece in Texas, is being pitched, at least in part, as a way to get those big honking trucks full of China imports to roll on through Tex.....- 2/13/2007 4:11:04 PM
Gee! Ya Think? Patients and Doctors Staying Away from HAVING A CHIP IMPLANTED IN THEM (salon) Heh. (Here's a previous entry I did on these folks-re: Digital Angel). What do you do if you're Verichip and your IPO isn't going gang-busters? What *I* want to know is, WHO are those 222 people who g.....- 2/13/2007 4:06:33 PM
Somervell County Commissioner's Court (Glen Rose, Texas) Feb 12 2007 (salon) Pretty interesting meeting. I've made an audio clip of the entire thing as well as some selected bits. One, in particular, with XTO energy, will be going into its own new entry. What was most interest.....- 2/14/2007 6:08:16 PM
More Video on the North Central Texas Council of Governments in Springtown Texas last week (Part 4) (salon) If you live anywhere in North Texas around DFW, you'll be interested to see how the North Central Texas Council of Governments works particularly with regard to TOLL ROADS .Other parts of this public .....- 2/13/2007 3:10:27 PM
Texas Certified Retirement Communities- Athens, Lufkin and Nacogdoches First Counties To Get it (salon) I mention this because last year Judge Maynard mentioned that Somervell County had applied to be a retirement community. I expect, although I don't know for sure, that he was referring to this program.....- 2/13/2007 1:05:07 PM
Last Week Rick Perry Says He wants to SELL the Texas State Lottery-THIS week his SON goes to work for Consulting firm (salon) Recently I saw a letter to the editor about the HPV fiasco that suggested we should IMPEACH Rick Perry. Well, here\'s another reason. At the very least, Perry sure doesn\'t exercise good ju.....- 2/13/2007 12:58:29 PM
Waxahachie, Texas Letter to the Editor about Perry's Use of Executive Order Re: Mandatory HPV Vaccinations (salon) I've said before that I do not agree with the religious justifications that seek to equate the HPV vaccination with increased promiscuity. But this letter to the editor from a Waxahachie citizen encap.....- 2/13/2007 12:47:33 PM
Parker County, Texas Chooses Five County Groundwater Option (salon) Saw this in the Weatherford paper. More about this from the standpoint of Somervell County in a later post (Somervell County talked about this yesterday at the monthly meeting). The basic issue, as I .....- 2/13/2007 12:33:52 PM
Hood County, Texas, Clean Water and Gas Injection Wells (salon) Got a call this morning from K D Boyd of Granbury who is starting up a group for clean and responsible water use in Hood County. He told me that there is a meeting tonight in Granbury at the Langdon C.....- 2/13/2007 11:14:04 AM
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