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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
More on Phil King (Texas) Nuclear Power Bill that Stiffs the Public- Those Decommission funds (salon) Phil King's bill and more on how it screws the public while helping out the nuclear power industry. I re-read the Star-Telegram article on this and it's worth saying, AGAIN, that the money that gets p.....- 2/23/2007 9:30:07 AM
Sample Letter to Send to the Texas Railroad Commission Protesting the Bluff Dale, Tx Injection Well (salon) Please use as a starting point for your own letter, and send it off to the RRC, Put your name, signature, street, etc at the end. Texas Railroad Commission Environmental Services Section P. O. Box 129.....- 2/22/2007 4:14:35 PM
Texas Railroad Commissioner Lawyers Won't Allow Chairman Elizabeth Jones To see Protest Letters (salon) This is for EVERY Texan. Got this from Bill Gordon about protesting the waste disposal well in Bluff Dale, Texas (Erath and Hood Counties-notice, ironically, that the company that wants to put in the .....- 2/22/2007 4:10:29 PM
Ran Over His Head? (salon) Got a call this morning from a Glen Rose resident who had been to the meeting on waste injection wells this last weekend in Somervell County. We were talking about gas well roughnecks coming into the .....- 2/22/2007 4:00:33 PM
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) - 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) - 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
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