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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
Bizarre Bad Taste in Anti-Abortion Tract Targeted to Blacks in Waco, Texas (salon) Sheesh. What's UP with this group that believes using this type of language is appropriate for ANY race? Nearly 10,000 Waco households will soon receive a pamphlet alleging that abortion providers are.....- 2/13/2007 9:50:44 AM
More Trashy Headlines for Bush from Globe and National Examiner (salon) Sheesh. What's UP with this group that believes using this type of language is appropriate for ANY race? Nearly 10,000 Waco households will soon receive a pamphlet alleging that abortion providers are.....- 2/13/2007 8:15:14 AM
More on Gas Processing Plants in Texas-Tolar and Cowtown (Hood County) (salon) After gas comes out of the ground, it's piped over to a processing plant to *sweeten* it up. I started wondering about this one night when I went out in the yard and smelled rotten eggs. Went out one .....- 2/12/2007 5:50:33 PM
On the Panola County (De Berry) Texas Water Contamination Debacle (salon) What happens when gas companies contaminate the water supply and you, as a citizen, can't find any agency that will take responsibility for it! For FOUR YEARS.  As you read this, keep in mind.....- 2/12/2007 4:41:28 PM
ROGUE NATION: Time to Change the Course of U.S. History (salon) from Peter Stern of Dripping Springs"You don't need to be a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows!" The majority of Americans should be unhappy with our nation's growth and evolution -.....- 2/12/2007 3:20:06 PM
The Real Dirt on Toll Roads-Why Don't They Just *Toll* Us Another Story? (salon) by Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsToo many elected officials, along with Texas residents, have bought into what the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has told them --- among other things --- .....- 2/12/2007 3:15:34 PM
The REAL truth about Injection Wells, The Texas Railroad Commission, and your private water wells...Who REALLY cares about what!? (salon) Come join us on Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 pm at the Citizens Center downtown Glen Rose on Barnard St to hear about the side effects of gas drilling with regard to our air and water. Somervell Co.....- 2/9/2007 5:44:35 PM
Climate Change in Texas-What Happens to US with Global Warming? (salon) Not that the report issued last Friday addresses Texas specifically, but here's what some Texas scientists say."Climate change will dramatically alter the character of our state," said Katha.....- 2/9/2007 11:47:59 AM
On the Commuter Train Near Leander/Cedar Park, Texas (salon) I went down to Austin a couple of days ago on 183 heading south. The drive was fast and smooth, the day was sunny, with cool temperatures. Then I got a little north of Leander and traffic suddenly, ab.....- 2/9/2007 11:31:18 AM
Texas Clean Sky Coalition- Environmentalists against Coal? No, Gas Companies Trying to Cut out Competition (salon) I believe that the origin of these types of ads ought to be known. In the long run, if it's gas companies fighting against coal, I suppose that's good, but I'd like to know if it's people who TRULY ar.....- 2/9/2007 11:17:25 AM
Portable Drilling Rigs- Where do the Taxes Go? King of Weatherford, TX wants them paid to the county (salon) The difference in the bill from existing law is that, if passed, drilling operators would be paying tax money, NOT to where their company is, but to the county where they operate.Dale Heiskell, a dist.....- 2/9/2007 10:59:20 AM
Sid Miller (TX House Dist 59) Writes the Texas Railroad Commission about the Huckabay Waste Well in Erath County (salon) Look at the POWER of residents en masse notifying their legislator about grievances. Meanwhile, Miller recently sent a letter to the RRC opposing a proposed 30,000-barrel-per-day commercial oil and ga.....- 2/9/2007 10:45:52 AM
Another Permit Request for Waste Disposal Well in Erath AND Hood Counties, Texas (salon) Somervell County has 5, Erath County has 1, and Hood County has 8. Notice, in Gordon's letter below, that the site is located in the Trinity Aquifer *recharge* zone and ALSO in the Paluxy River waters.....- 2/9/2007 10:42:14 AM
Kids Get Addicted to War- San Francisco Presented *Addicted to War* Comic Book for Students (salon) It's a lucid time line of 230 years of American wars and conflicts. It's a well-researched text, footnoted from sources as varied as international newspapers, Department of Defense documents, and tran.....- 2/9/2007 9:09:44 AM
Shooting Predators from Helicopters in Erath County, Texas (salon) Saw an article in the Stephenville paper this morning in which a landowner who has horses is upset that her neighbor, with some other neighbors, is planning a hunt for coyotes and feral hogs from the .....- 2/9/2007 8:36:15 AM
North Central Texas Council of Governments at Springtown (Parker County) Texas Part 3 (salon) Part 1 here   Part 2 here, which includes audio file of most of the meeting  -now to actually drill down with some selected Parkervideo clips and commentsVIDEO- Michael Morris leading off with why he .....- 2/8/2007 6:00:08 PM
Nuclear Power Plant News O Day- Oyster Creek's 8 year lapse in safety procedures (salon) Have a few items from today, including, after the news bits, a snip of more comment from Mr. B from yesterday. First, a joke from the Daily RecordRUSSIA'S SEXIEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WORKER Tam CowanA.....- 2/8/2007 3:23:00 PM
NTCOG Meeting in Parker County, Springtown High School (joe) So I attended a meeting last night at the Springtown High School in Parker County. My take on this is that this guy says he is a 'federal' employee yet the NTCOG is a volunteer organization. The NTCOG.....- 2/8/2007 2:11:58 PM
North Texas Council of Government Meeting in Springtown (Parker County) Texas Part 2 (salon) Part 1 of me talking about it, including pics. Couple more thoughts about the NTCOG. First up, again, the NTCOG has NO power over people-they are NOT TxDOT, nor the Texas legislature, but appear to be.....- 2/8/2007 3:04:14 PM
NTCOG Meeting in Springtown(Parker County) Texas on Feb 7 about the Doughnut, Part 1 (salon) I said last night that I don't really understand the relationship of the North Texas Council of Governments. Piecing it together from the Weatherford Democrat, it appears that, due to so many question.....- 2/8/2007 12:05:04 PM
Gas Leak O Day- Johnson County, Texas -near Lillian (salon) JOHNSON COUNTY -- Fourteen people were evacuated from their homes early Wednesday after a leak was found in a gas well near their homes on County Road 530, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's De.....- 2/8/2007 11:03:07 AM
Dueling Still Continues at SMU Over Bush's Whitewash of Himself for History (salon) that is, not just his library but his policy think tank in which he will hire people to write articles favorable to him. (Well, SOMEONE'S GOT TO, right? I mean, he is the WORST president in History an.....- 2/8/2007 10:52:45 AM
Another Letter to the Editor about the TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) From the Waxahachie (Ellis County) paper (excerpt) It seems odd that in some instances the government is hell bent on setting aside land for growing grass or simply calling it a “wetland,” while at th.....- 2/8/2007 10:34:39 AM
David Van Os on Stopping the Money Chase (salon) I completely agree with the sentiments expressed below. As long as money plays such a prominent, if not the dominant, role in politics, good people who might otherwise be elected to office but for not.....- 2/8/2007 9:57:09 AM
HPV- Finally- Texas State Senators Nelson and Keffer Ask AG Abbott- Can Perry DO THAT? (salon) It's been my contention since last week, when I saw while on vacation that Perry had deliberately bypassed the legislature on the bill mandating HPV vaccinations for 12 year old girls, that he has no .....- 2/8/2007 7:18:32 AM
Tomorrow-Footage from the NTCOG meeting in Springtown, Texas about the Outer Loop in Parker County (salon) I'm watching some video that was recorded tonight and alternately shaking my head or laughing or applauding the citizens who spoke up against this. Too late to get this in shape tonight, but will put .....- 2/7/2007 11:59:05 PM
Comment on Nuclear Power Stories O Day from Yesterday about Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant (salon) The heat generated by the comment about the original blog entry, which I intend to put portions of here, along with response, makes me suspect the author, who goes by Blaphantunnio, probably works for.....- 2/7/2007 10:57:58 PM
HPV-Perry Takes Off the Crown and Admits the Legislature Can Trump his Executive Order (salon) Maybe he was starting to believe the rumblings of impeachment? Anyway, here's some background. Gov. Rick Perry's office put the anti-cancer vaccine debate in lawmakers' hands on Wednesday, saying they.....- 2/7/2007 8:58:04 PM
Will be updating the Bill Blab later on tonight and tomorrow (salon) Due to being out of pocket for the last week and also today. We've had a lot of people come to read the Blab aka Bark N Snark and welcome any comments you might want to make about the Lege. I myself c.....- 2/7/2007 8:56:47 AM
Perry's State of the State Address Commented Upon by Peter Stern (salon) from the inimitable Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsThere's the State-of-the-State Address and then there's the REALITY Perry deviates from reality.  Let's look at a few of his accolades: "The eco.....- 2/7/2007 8:44:20 AM
ATMOS Gas Company in Texas Smacked Down by Administrative Law Judges (salon) Atmos-you remember-they tried to charge customers for their pricey meals and entertainment, which they used as part of their justification for a rate increase, until they were forced to stop. Atmos En.....- 2/7/2007 12:38:10 AM
Cornyn-Who Cares What People Want About the Iraq War? I'm Going to Vote For The Escalation (salon) Boy. That's our Senator, middle finger up to the people who voted for him. Republican Senator John Cornyn today said the unpopularity of the war among members of the public shouldn't guide how lawmake.....- 2/7/2007 12:19:13 AM
List of Commercial Gas Waste Disposal Wells by County from the Texas Railroad Commission Site (salon) Wow! I was SHOCKED to see how many waste disposal wells Wise County has- 26! Johnson County has 15. Hood has 8, Jack has 15, Montague has 20, and Parker has 6. I notice that the RRC has the stats on h.....- 2/7/2007 12:09:44 AM
Stop the Coal Rush Rally in Austin on Sunday, February 11th at 3:00 pm (salon) Got an interesting brochure in the mail yesterday from StoptheCoalrush.com "The only way to beat organized polluters is with organized people". Our Mission: The purpose of this event is to a.....- 2/6/2007 11:46:18 PM
Those 3 Criminals Who Were Going to Rob Hamilton, Texas Banks? Convicted! (salon) BackgroundThree people were convicted Tuesday in a failed plot to blow up 15 Sheriff’s Office patrol cars and rob three banks in Hamilton.A federal jury in Fort Worth convicted 27-year-old James Edwar.....- 2/6/2007 11:15:30 PM
On Women, the FDA and Drug Risks- Public Citizen Warns Against Low-Dose Birth Control Pills (salon) Can we always say that because the FDA has approved a drug that it is safe to take? No. Public Citizen says the pills increase a woman's risk of a potentially deadly blood clot more than other pills d.....- 2/6/2007 2:19:18 PM
Oh, Great. Now John Carter of Round Rock is Going to be Pushing the *Terror-Terror* theme (salon) Saw in the Waco tv site that John Carter (Texas Rep in the district next to mine) is on some kind of anti-terrorism caucus, where The caucus was created to educate lawmakers and the public about the t.....- 2/6/2007 1:54:27 PM
Bush's 2008 Budget As Relates to Nuclear Power- Squandering More than a BILLION Dollars (salon) Reminder that TXU wants to build ANOTHER nuclear power plant in Glen Rose, Texas at Comanche Peak. According to Public Citizen, here's a list of the subsidies (read: TXU ain't paying for this themselv.....- 2/6/2007 1:44:32 PM
If Homeowners Have to Cut Back on Water Use, Why Shouldn't Drillers, too? (salon) Interesting article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the Fountain Quail Water Management recycling plant in Johnson County, which recycles *frac* water coming from the drillers. Although the arti.....- 2/6/2007 1:21:28 PM
Nuclear Power Safety Stories O Day- Water Levels Fall at Indian Point Nuclear Plant in New York (salon) WCBS-TV called it an *unusual event*.Entergy Nuclear Northeast, the company that operates the Indian Point site in Buchanan, N.Y., declared an "unusual event," the lowest of four emergency a.....- 2/6/2007 1:04:07 PM
A Few Notes from the local newspaper, the Glen Rose Reporter for week of Feb 1, 2007 (salon) Here's the link to the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper. Article on the Wheeler Branch Reservoir. Last week, Kevin Taylor had an update on the project. The dam part of the project is supposed to be finish.....- 2/6/2007 11:44:54 AM
When Militarism Becomes Obsolete (salon) I believe, as many others do, that our country is part of a Corporate-Military-Industrial Complex, in which defense spending has become so much an integral and primary part of how our government funct.....- 2/6/2007 11:29:51 AM
Parental Concerns about HPV-but Not From a Religious Issue (salon) Peter Stern of Dripping Springs wrote me in regard to my last HPV post in which, in the heat of the moment after reading yet another male viewpoint saying that mandatory vaccines for females in just f.....- 2/5/2007 6:21:33 PM
And yet ONE more time on the HPV Mandatory Vaccine by Intrusive Government (salon) This is written by a LIBERAL, incidentally. I am a DEMOCRAT, I'm not a Christian, and I don't agree with the right-wing fundy religious argument- this Merck crap does NOT simplistically have only two .....- 2/5/2007 3:10:11 PM
Opting In By Default Versus Opting Out Deliberately (salon) Is it better for the government and private industry to go ahead and do intrusive things without your permission, so that you have to, first, be aware that they are doing whatever, and second, tell th.....- 2/5/2007 2:19:22 PM
Trans Texas Corridor- the I-69 NAFTA Superhighway Project to be Fastracked by TXDot (salon) From the Fort Bend Herald.Dubbed the "Nafta highway," I-69 has been proposed as a transportation corridor running from the Texas border through Michigan and into Canada. The highway could ev.....- 2/5/2007 2:02:04 PM
Ugh!~ John Cornyn (Texas) and the US Collection of DNA That is Ramping Up (salon) Did you get arrested? Detained? Your DNA will be collected under new rules in process of being completed that John Cornyn and Jon Kyl sneaked into the Violence Against Women act.  The amendment permit.....- 2/5/2007 5:09:24 AM
Recycling Water in Texas After Drilling Gas Wells Versus Injecting the Waste Into the Ground (salon) Bill Gordon of Erath County sent along information about a new report from the Texas Water Development Board, concerning groundwater use in the Northern Trinity/Woodbine Aquifer . Specifically, there .....- 2/5/2007 4:39:26 AM
Impeach Rick Perry-Letter to the Editor in the Waxahachie Daily Light, Texas (salon) Enjoyed this. Written by Paul D Perry - He speaks first of Perry's edict for forced HPV vaccinations,bypassing the legislature. At best this move is irresponsible, at worst, it reeks of the odor of qu.....- 2/5/2007 3:03:11 AM
The Worried About Water Group in Erath and Comanche Counties, Texas Catches MTGCD Member in Conflict of Interest (salon) If you work for a company that prepares water well applications, is it proper for you to be on the BOARD that APPROVES those applications? And, can Jerry Fronterhouse be so clueless that despite the f.....- 2/5/2007 2:35:01 AM
Nuclear Power Plant from TXU Going into Victoria, Texas? Victoria Government Won't Say (salon) A *group* has been in Victoria and the people spoken to have been asked to sign confidentiality agreements.Spokesman Thomas Kleckner with TXU Energy said while he couldn't comment on whether the Victo.....- 2/5/2007 2:22:03 AM
My brother is being sent to Iraq (Chair) On January 21st I received a phone call from my younger brother. He told me that his Army Reserve unit will be heading to a base here in the US to do some training on the 3rd of Feb. After 4 weeks of .....- 2/5/2007 1:30:02 AM
Disturbing- on "Muslims Want to Kill Us" (salon) For the third time in as many weeks, I have heard arguments about why Muslims, as a religion, want to kill Americans (perhaps most particularly, Christians). The argument goes something like this &quo.....- 2/5/2007 2:04:15 AM
Rick Perry Makes the Texas Legislature Irrelevant - the HPV Gift to Merck in Texas (salon) I've been on vacay for the past week but even in a faraway state on the opposite end from Texas, I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that Perry had issued an executive order forcing 12 year old gi.....- 2/5/2007 12:55:20 AM
Graffiti on the Capital Steps by Anarchists During Anti-War Protest (salon) I am not going to speak to the free speech aspects of this, as to whether the capitol police were correct in allowing these people to spray symbols all over the capital steps and then stand by while t.....- 1/29/2007 10:04:09 AM
North Texas Residents Who Participated in the Anti-War Rally in DC Yesterday (salon) Nice article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about a group of residents, from, for example, Flower Mound (Denton County) who travelled up to DC to join the tens of thousands who want us to end the war.....- 1/28/2007 12:33:26 PM
Who's Calling the Shots at Forth Worth's Textron's Bell Helicopter Company? Textron? Or the Marines? (salon) Interesting article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram today about how the CEO was canned after the Marines suggested it. Since, under that CEO, sales increased, was he a scapegoat for other problems Bel.....- 1/28/2007 12:30:09 PM
One Third of Texas Students Don't Graduate (salon) I don't know what the percentages were before, let's say, No Child Left Behind, but that seems extremely high. The article from the Houston Chronicle points out that a lot of these dropouts are from t.....- 1/28/2007 12:12:58 PM
Iraq War Roundup (salon) From the BBC- Violence Grips Iraq (photos)Sunday's attack-another US helicopter shut down and a girl's school under attack.Another Fort Hood soldier, Darrell Shipp dies in Iraq when a roadside bomb hi.....- 1/28/2007 11:59:38 AM
Recognize This Man? He robbed a bank in Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) (salon) He wasn't even trying to disguise himself.The middle-aged man with dark hair and a receding hairline walked into the lobby of First Financial Bank in Stephenville late Friday afternoon, milled around .....- 1/28/2007 11:40:52 AM
Roundup of Solar Energy News (salon) Since I've been talking so much about nuclear energy today and how I believe it was intended ONLY to be a stopgap on the way to true energy independence through solar, wind, etc technologies, time to .....- 1/28/2007 11:31:20 AM
Nuclear Power-*It's Not as Bad as Coal, Gas Or Oil; therefore We Should Use it* (salon) Second article I've read this morning that has those types of sentiments expressed and it makes me think that the corporations that want to sell nuclear energy are using the above as a talking point. .....- 1/28/2007 10:44:05 AM
Remember that Kip Averitt (Tx SD 22) CHAIRS the Natural Resources Committee (salon) Wrote about this before. I'm not the only one who is concerned about our State Senator's attitude towards dirty coal burning plants which would foul the air. But Averitt’s new assignment chairing the .....- 1/28/2007 9:43:07 AM
Why are WE helping to kickstart the Nuclear Power industry ... again? (salon) Interesting to see that nuclear power has been positioning itself as the best energy source, COMPARED to oil and gas. This despite the fact that, at least in our county and all over the Barnett Shale,.....- 1/28/2007 9:31:33 AM
Commander in Chief terminology is NOT synonymous with President (salon) I am not in the military. Bush is not my commander in chief and I wish all entitities that try to present him this way would stop, because it's not constitutional.President Nixon was not Mr. Ruckelsha.....- 1/27/2007 12:39:32 PM
You know those *CHILDREN* who are in detention camps in Texas? They're entitled to education (salon) It's just unbelieveable that Texas is incarcerating children of immigrants, even if it's a one-off by having a private entity manage the concentration detention camp.THANK GOODNESS SOMEBODY is speakin.....- 1/27/2007 12:18:35 PM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) has been appointed head of the 80th Legislature Agriculture Committee (salon) It's just unbelieveable that Texas is incarcerating children of immigrants, even if it's a one-off by having a private entity manage the concentration detention camp.THANK GOODNESS SOMEBODY is speakin.....- 1/27/2007 12:08:38 PM
All in the Hand-Rubbing Family- Chandler of Texas Education Assessment Testing Goes to Work for TAKS Test Creator, Pearson (salon) Sheesh. Might not be illegal but it sure doesn't smell good. The state official in charge of Texas' high-stakes assessment testing has left her position to join the company that produces .....- 1/27/2007 12:03:03 PM
Millions of Texans Not Eligible for Deregulation Benefits- Unless you're a TXU, Reliant, or Direct Energy Customer (salon) Pffft."Thirty-four percent would be failing on a grade card if a child brought that home from school," counters Tim Morstad, associate state director for advocacy for the American Associatio.....- 1/27/2007 11:47:48 AM
I like this! Senator Tester Shares his Daily Schedule on the Web-Wish Chet Edwards Would Do This (salon) I have called up Chet Edwards (US House District 17) office before to ask, for example, if he would be speaking before the House on a particular issue and the person(s) answering the phone were never .....- 1/27/2007 11:38:39 AM
NAIS (National Animal ID System) *Don't Tag Texas* Rally Sponsored by Hank Gilbert in Austin (salon) On March 2, 2007 (which is Texas Independence Day, aptly enough)  at 2:00 pm. Apparently will start at Congress Ave and march up to the Capitol. via McBloggerSide note one more time about that USDA ce.....- 1/27/2007 11:21:24 AM
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