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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) - 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) - 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) - 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
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) - 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
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