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A Few Texas Toll Road Notes (salon) First up, the Ports to Ports highway, a toll road in Alice that would connect to the Trans Texas Corridor. Only trucks would be using this road, thus increasing truck traffic.He said work on such a st.....- 1/27/2007 11:10:57 AM
More Craiziness from Margaret Spellings in Bush's Changes for No Child Left Behind (salon) We already know Bush is trying to force private school vouchers into NCLB. Today, I read that Spellings has been on her own Dog and Pony show to push more of this swill. The Bush administration wants .....- 1/27/2007 10:05:03 AM
Texas Legislator David Liebowitz Files Bill to KILL Trans Texas Corridor (salon) and none too soon! Democratic Representative David Liebowitz says his measure would take away the Texas Department of Transportation's authority to buy land and do contracts for the project.Liebowitz .....- 1/27/2007 9:18:59 AM
More on Tarleton College in Stephenville (Erath County) Texas MLK Party (salon) BackgroundWho knew this stupidity would go national? Smoking Gun posted the pics As a side note, in the Stephenville paper, they've been running a few articles talking about this, and a black man who .....- 1/27/2007 9:16:22 AM
More about Gardasil and Texas HB215 (salon) I wrote the other day that I am not for forced, mandatory vaccinations for gardasil for 6th grade girls in Texas. My argument is not that if a family chooses to get what are expensive vaccinations for.....- 1/27/2007 8:42:42 AM
One of our extended family members is being called up to Bush's Escalation in Iraq (salon) So, our writing may be erratic for the next week. Bush arrogantly is cutting out Congress and the American public from his own decision-making-on-his-lonesome, that more reminds me of a 2 year old sta.....- 1/26/2007 9:21:07 PM
We filled out the Texas USDA Agricultural Survey-Can We be SURE the information won't be used for NAIS? (salon) Saw this on an anti-NAIS site. Use: The statute states that the information gathered “may not be used for any purpose other than the statistical purposes for which the information is supplied.” (7 USC.....- 1/26/2007 12:07:45 PM
NAIS Concerns with Somark, the company that does RFID tattoos of animals. (salon) Boy. There's a whole lot of people who have read about Somark's *digestible* tattooing of animals and military personnel with RFID ink, didn't like it, and spoke about it. (Here's the last thing I wro.....- 1/26/2007 12:04:42 PM
Local Stephenville, Texas newspaper to be owned by foreign Australian company, Macquarie Media Group (salon) One of the pleasures I have upon awakening each day is reading the local papers, not just from this county but surrounding ones, to see what's going on. I have worked for a local newspaper before, and.....- 1/26/2007 10:38:25 AM
Hamilton County, Texas County Commissioners Regulating Gas Waste Injection Wells (salon) Besides talking about the resolution, which doesn't seem to be a law or regulation, I noticed this.“We had a well drilled just outside the city limits,” Bonner said. He told the court that the well ha.....- 1/26/2007 10:10:26 AM
3 Transportation meetings about the Corridor to be held in Parker County, Texas Next Week (salon) Looks to me that the NTCOG (North Texas Council of Governors) is hosting these.The Corridor, an $8 billion multi-modal transportation plan developed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) t.....- 1/26/2007 8:57:03 AM
Cleburne (Johnson County, Texas) Updates Gas and Oil Drilling Ordinances (salon) Good to read this. I believe we need something similar in Somervell County.The updated ordinance increases the allowable distance of gas wells from residences and commercial businesses from 400 to 600.....- 1/26/2007 8:34:33 AM
What do people in *Bush Country*, Texas Think of Bush's Health Plan He proposed at the SOTU? (salon) When I read, before the State of the Union 2007, about Bush's health plan, it seemed to me that the entity that benefitted the most was the health insurance industry. The Waco Tribune article points o.....- 1/26/2007 8:29:40 AM
On Government Sticking Its Nose Into Family Decisions- RE: HPV and Gardasil (salon) I noticed a bill, HB215, the other day about making it mandatory for girls in the 6th grade to get the HPV vaccine. Immediately my hackles went up, not over whether or not it would be a good idea t.....- 1/26/2007 12:54:23 AM
A few items I see in the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper (Glen Rose, Texas) this week (salon) January 25, 2007. The International Texas Longhorn Association is going to have groundbreaking ceremonies on Saturday at 3:00 pm (Texas Drive)The honor rolls for the Glen Rose ISD schools are listed i.....- 1/25/2007 5:23:34 PM
The Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper has an insert for Hill College Continuing Education courses today (salon) At Hill College at Glen Rose, there's going to be Basic Keyboarding, Beginning Computers, Cake Decorating, Certified Nurse Aide, Conflict Management, Etiquette Business and Professsionally, Financial .....- 1/25/2007 5:09:14 PM
Another application for a gas waste disposal well in Somervell County, Texas (salon) In the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper (Glen Rose, Texas) on Thursday, Jan 25, 2007. Texas Star Disposals LLC is applying to the RRC for a commercial disposal well permit to dispose of "produced sal.....- 1/25/2007 5:03:14 PM
Woman Survives Natural Gas Explosion in Missouri City, Texas Home-It LEVELED her home (salon) Chronicling this-the origin of this isn't known, obviously a gas leak of some type but inside the home or outside? (Centerpoint is the gas vendor)"It's amazing she survived,"  he said. ".....- 1/25/2007 11:06:32 AM
So We Hear Governor GoodHair Perry Got BOOED at the NHL All Star Game Last night in Dallas (salon) Chronicling this-the origin of this isn't known, obviously a gas leak of some type but inside the home or outside? (Centerpoint is the gas vendor)"It's amazing she survived,"  he said. ".....- 1/25/2007 11:02:58 AM
SMU Methodists want to counter the Bush Policy Institute (salon) I think everyone in this neck of the woods knows about the controversy about Bush's Propaganda (Hope to Change History's View of Me) Museum to his failures. His big thing is to have a policy institute.....- 1/25/2007 10:52:15 AM
Gas Leases in Mansfield, Texas-In the Parks (salon) Yes, I understand that gas leases bring in money for cities-as this article in the Star-Telegram says, Millions. But must gas leases tap into PARK areas? (even horizontally? One imagines the gas rig s.....- 1/25/2007 10:40:38 AM
More about Atmos Energy Trying to Avoid City Scrutiny When It Tries to Raise Rates (salon) Have written about this more than a few times, including where Atmos wanted to raise rates but their justification included expense report items like hotels, limos, dinners, etc. WHY should this bill .....- 1/25/2007 10:37:07 AM
Bush policies are dead wrong -Just follow the trail of blood.... (salon) From Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsAll you need is to follow the trail of American and Iraqi blood and watch the body count increase daily.  While many Bush supporters praise his resolve regarding th.....- 1/25/2007 10:18:57 AM
Loop 9 Six Lane Toll Road... in Midlothian, Ellis County, Texas (salon) Are people happy with this in Midlothian? Does EVERY new road I seem to read about need to be a toll road? We were talking yesterday about how 144 is being expanded between Glen Rose and Granbury and .....- 1/25/2007 10:08:39 AM
Tarleton Student Called out by NAACP for Racially Offensive Photos of Party Posted on Facebook (salon) In the Stephenville Empire-Tribune (Erath County, Texas). A group of Tarleton State University students, including members of a popular fraternity, chose to “celebrate” Martin Luther King Day by throw.....- 1/25/2007 9:59:56 AM
Texas Legislator Doc Anderson Files a Non-Binding Resolution about TXU's Coal Plants-Kip Averitt Comments (salon) We've said before that SD 22's Senator Kip Averitt loves TXU's coal-fired plants. Yesterday, Doc Anderson of Waco filed a non-binding resolution, HCR43, to ask TCEQ to put a 180 day moratorium on Rick.....- 1/25/2007 9:47:40 AM
More about TXU's *Emission Credits* -Executive's Surprise Admission about those Coal-Fired Plants (salon) Wrote about TXU's sneaky 20 percent emissions promise.. shift. Here's some more from today that explains more fully why what TXU tried to present as an environmentally friendly token to reduce polluti.....- 1/25/2007 9:37:48 AM
Truckdriver Letter to the Editor about Trans Texas Corridor (salon) From Fort Worth WeeklyThank the TruckersTo the editor: I found the Jan. 10, 2007, article “Detours on a Super-Highway “ interesting, but I must admit that I bristled at the comment in the first paragr.....- 1/25/2007 9:28:11 AM
Trans Texas Corridor- TXDot website shows that Land Grab Fears Are the # One Response in Polls (salon) A recent poll posted at KeepTexasMoving.org, shows that visitors to the site consider land acquisition as the most pressing issue needing to be addressed regarding the planned Trans-Texas Corridor.Vis.....- 1/24/2007 3:02:24 PM
Atmos Energy Pushing Texas HB 651 Which Would Sidestep Muncipalities Oversight for the RRC (salon) Wrote about this before, was correct about the premise. Imagine that a gas company wants, for whatever reason but one good one might be to push rate increases, wants to side-step local municipal contr.....- 1/24/2007 2:54:10 PM
Chet Edwards (District 17) Only *Leans* Towards Opposing the Troop Escalation in Iraq (salon) Wrote about this before when I saw that he was pandering to Bush. The Cleburne paper said he was against it, but I believe they didn't accurately represent Edwards. And in fact, in this StopTheEscalat.....- 1/24/2007 2:01:32 PM
Bush Is Pushing School Vouchers Now through No Child Left Behind- Enough is Enough (salon) I don't think he'll get far with the Democrats in power, thank goodness. But it's ridic we have to watch for this travesty at both a federal AND state level. One change showcased by the White House a .....- 1/24/2007 1:46:25 PM
TXU's Sneaky 20 Percent Cut of Emissions Options -Read the Deposition (salon) DMN has an article today about TXU that brings out two facts from the deposition from the permitting process. First, that TXU could sell its emissions credits to other polluters, and second, if, wah, .....- 1/24/2007 10:20:46 AM
About those Gas Waste Injection Wells- Erath County, Texas (salon) Saw this in the Stephenville paper this morning and I think it brings up, again, a good point. People think that the gas companies are injecting ONLY salt water into the ground. No, they are not. We w.....- 1/24/2007 8:20:01 AM
Texas Legislature Bill Filed to Require Oil and Gas Landmen to be Licenced to Negotiate Mineral Rights Leases (salon) This is in direct response to the articles that have appeared recently in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about minorities getting shafted over prices paid for leases versus in white neighborhoods. (I wr.....- 1/24/2007 12:03:38 AM
Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Hearing Notice for Huckabay Waste Well in Erath County (salon) from Bill GordonN. Barba Enterprises has requested a hearing for their proposed 30,000 barrel per day (1.3 million gallons) "commercial" oil and gas waste disposal well on 10 acres 8 miles n.....- 1/23/2007 2:48:01 PM
Bush's Escalation-Shouldn't it include Karl Rove's almost 18 year old son? (salon) I can't remember where I saw this the other day, but in some article there was a mention of Karl Rove's 17 year old son. I got to wondering just when this son would be turning 18, as what a splendid o.....- 1/23/2007 1:42:44 PM
Potpourri of Nuclear Power Plant Notes (salon) not only because we have Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant here but also because it's of interest to anyone who cares about the planet.I've seen all kinds of hoopla recently about why, after 30 years .....- 1/22/2007 6:00:56 PM
Anti-War Peace March on Saturday in Austin Texas (and also Washington DC) (salon) Jan 27 Statewide Antiwar March on the Capitol by Martin Thomen - Stop the War Coalition- Austin Friday, Jan 19 2007, 4:02pmmartinthomen@gmail.com address: 5705 Duval Austin 78752 phone: 512-380-0302te.....- 1/22/2007 4:25:00 PM
Bush About As Unpopular as Nixon - Majority Say He's Not a Strong Leader-And that includes Republicans (salon) Were Bush a limbo-dancer,he'd be down on the ground by now.  Let's remember this, shall we, when he tries to make his legacy shine! On a personal level, majorities now say Bush is not a strong leader .....- 1/22/2007 4:07:56 PM
Charlie Stenholm (Texas) Likes Horse Slaughter, Too (salon) The other day, a federal court ruled AGAINST horse slaughter in Texas. I already knew that Chet Edwards of our district (US House Dist 17) voted with Republicans against horse protection, but I was su.....- 1/22/2007 3:55:02 PM
Nuclear Energy Power Plants Versus Solar/Wind - Throw Enough Money at Nuclear and Off it Goes (salon) Great article from MSNBC about how the buzz about nuclear energy in the Unites States (to include Comanche Peak in Glen Rose) is masking the fact that when you throw enough money, via Congressional su.....- 1/22/2007 3:12:35 PM
Bob Perry Builds Home in Mansfield, Texas- Ten Years Later Couple's Home Still Not Fixed (salon) In the beginning, Bob and Jane Cull thought if they just wrote homebuilder Bob Perry a letter about all the defects in their new Mansfield house, everything could be resolved. A tortuous legal battle .....- 1/22/2007 2:45:56 PM
We Don't Have to Wonder why Texas Senator Cornyn is so Pro-War- Got spot on Airland subcommittee (salon) The next step will be to see who has contributed to him and how many are defense contract related.Sen. John Cornyn will serve as the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Airland subcommittee, offi.....- 1/22/2007 2:38:29 PM
Chet Edwards and Gene Green Help Lobbyists With Oil Bill-Private Meetings with Oil Lobbyists (salon) So much for lobbying reforms. I didn't like it when I saw that Cheney had a closed door meeting with oil executives and lobbyists, etc to craft the energy bill (secret secret information lest the publ.....- 1/22/2007 2:32:47 PM
Are Minorities in Tarrant County, Texas Getting Gypped on Gas Well Leases? (salon) Seems that the article recently in the Star-Telegram stirred up some irritation among the Fort Worth residents who live in the Jacksboro Highway, etc area. (I read that article more with a view to why.....- 1/22/2007 2:26:17 PM
Getting People to Ride Mass Transit Rail- Wish the Trinity Express Went to Granbury, Texas (salon) I was reading an article about how there are signs up now on the highways in DFW pointing people to where the Park and Rides are for Trinity Railway Express. I'm envious, because if I could ride into .....- 1/22/2007 2:05:22 PM
High Tech Firms Set to Lobby Congress for more H1B Visas-Remember How Cornyn Wanted This? (salon) Wrote about this before when Senator Cornyn introduced a bill for yet MORE H1B visas. New Congress, the tech industry wants to put more skilled people in ON THE CHEAP, so naturally they're going to be.....- 1/22/2007 1:53:14 PM
Cow Manure and Ethanol Plants (NOT powered by coal or gas) Panda Ethanol from Texas to build 4 more (salon) Pretty exciting, the idea of making ethanol from manure. "We'll produce ethanol much more efficiently and do it in an environmentally friendly way," said Dennis Langley, CEO of Kansas-based .....- 1/22/2007 1:41:32 PM
Bush Likes Carbon Dioxide Emissions-How Else To Explain His Rejection Of Caps? (salon) What's ironic is that it's companies like General Electric that are asking for caps. At least the Democratic Congress will be looking for caps. Never let it be said, EVER, that Bush cares about the en.....- 1/22/2007 12:08:52 PM
I've put up a number of videos from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Alberto Gonzales the other day (salon) Located here on CanOFun (must be logged in to watch)It's always disturbing to see Alberto Gonzales (I like to call him Torture Pimp) spewing out his robotic rehearsed phrases. But if it were, like Bus.....- 1/21/2007 3:19:05 PM
Naming Rights for the Arlington Texas Cowboys Stadium- WHO voted for this again? (salon) Was it just a low-turnout election and all the fat cat Dallas Cowboy cronies came out to make sure Jerry Jones profited? And all those people who were booted out of their HOMES for this... not for pub.....- 1/21/2007 3:04:52 PM
More Water Wars-This Time Between Oklahoma and the Tarrant County (Texas) Regional Water District (salon) I only just wrote about Oklahoma being steamed about TXU's dirty coal burning plants blowing crap into THEIR air, now Texas wants to take Oklahoma water and may go to court! A recent proposal by the T.....- 1/21/2007 2:51:36 PM
Didn't Know Evangelical Christians Didn't Care About the Environment-Times Have Changed Since I went to church (salon) Not that I'm quibbling about an article that discusses a new initiative between the National Association of Evangelicals and the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment. But what made the.....- 1/21/2007 2:13:48 PM
Even Oklahoma is Concerned About Texas Coal-Fired Plants (salon) from North Texas e-news via Peter SternThe proposed coal-fired power plant in Savoy has been getting a lot of attention on the Texas side of the Red River for some time now, but now it is starting to .....- 1/21/2007 11:08:32 AM
Hazardous Incidents from the Process and Energy Companies (salon) While I was looking a bit ago at the Robertson County gas leak, I came across this site that logs these types of incidents around the world. Here's the latest one for this week. I pulled out the ones .....- 1/20/2007 5:05:06 PM
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft's Latest Issue (salon) Included in the current update are three articles from the latest issue of COMD's printed newsletter, Draft NOtices:- "Muddled Thinking About Conscription, " by Rick Jahnkow, critiques the a.....- 1/20/2007 4:03:46 PM
Gas Leak in Franklin (Robertson County, Texas) Prompts Evacuation - Conoco Phillips (salon) Not just from the standpoint of detailing that gas is not without its problems, but also because of the conversation I had recently with a Robertson County resident am I mentioning this. A gas leak ne.....- 1/20/2007 3:40:25 PM
And one more about Hillary Clinton's Bid for Presidency- From Peter Stern (salon) of Dripping SpringsHillary Clinton Jumps Into the 2008 Presidential Fray There goes the neighborhood! I have no problem with a woman running for President.  It's going to happen sooner or later.  And .....- 1/20/2007 3:19:20 PM
Seems the Come To Jesus Talk Between Perry and the US Congressional Democrats Had some Effect (salon) Goodhair Perry canceled state contracts with 2 GOP lobbyists, one of whom had ties to Tom DeLay.Texas Democrats had long complained about the contracts with the Federalist Group and Cassidy & Asso.....- 1/20/2007 3:13:01 PM
Update on Eagle Mountain Lake (Tarrant County, Texas) Monies to Buy the 400 Acres (salon) backgroundSaw that the group that Perry arranged to round up money hasn't still got enough to buy the land.  2.6 million still neededTarrant County is kicking in $2 million for a proposed Eagle Mounta.....- 1/20/2007 3:09:02 PM
Horse Slaughter in Texas Smackdown (salon) Federal appeals court rules that horse slaughter is illegal in Texas. (We remember when Chet Edwards voted with the Republicans FOR horse slaughter, but fortunately, despite his vote, that didn't pass.....- 1/20/2007 2:22:51 PM
The Erath (Texas) Citizens for Clean Water is meeting tonight (Saturday) in Bluff Dale (salon) Stephenville paper had a bit about them. ....we are out to get people to wake up - to recognize the potential dangers around us that could be hazardous to our drinking water ... and water for cattle a.....- 1/20/2007 1:07:30 PM
Sorry Hillary...I'm not voting for anymore Bush's or Clinton's (joe) I am of the mindset that it is in the best interest of this country if we don't have competing family dynasties running this country and passing it back between the families every four years. No more .....- 1/20/2007 11:37:40 AM
I'm female, I vote Democrat, and I do not want Hillary Clinton be president (salon) I turned on MSNBC briefly this morning to see that she has announced her candidacy for president on the web. First shot out of the box, the *news* anchor says that it looks like Clinton announced her .....- 1/20/2007 12:22:31 PM
Disposal Well Update - Erath County (Texas) is "Fighting Back" (salon) From Bill Gordon of Erath County Oil and gas waste disposal wells in Erath County are a major concern due to the fact that the county is in a major "recharge" zone for the Trinity Aquifer, t.....- 1/19/2007 6:24:39 PM
NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) Changed Rules on Parts (Comanche Peak, Glen Rose, Texas) (salon) I was reading an article about nuclear power plants that, although titled that nuclear power is receiving a warmer reception,  included some instances of accidents and near-misses. A few bits:.....- 1/19/2007 4:42:10 PM
Strange Bedfellows - MinuteMen Protesting the NAFTA Superhighway in Iowa (and mention the Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) Just to show that the righties and lefties, Democrats and Republicans, agree on one thing-they do not LIKE the NAFTA Superhighway that is being built across the country, I enjoyed this article about a.....- 1/19/2007 3:48:58 PM
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose IN the News- Feds Spending YOUR money to help TXU (salon) Not too much of a surprise but the federal government is giving tax credits to companies who can step on each other to be the first ones to build nuclear power plants. Our tax dollars are being pumped.....- 1/19/2007 3:43:50 PM
What Happens to All Our Texas Water When the Aquifers Run Dry From Gas Fracing? T Boone Pickens Will SELL it to you (salon) Article written from the *Should You Invest In Water Rights* side of the house that nonetheless brings out some urgent facts about water. First let me say I've gotten a couple of calls in the last day.....- 1/19/2007 3:27:15 PM
Perry and the US House Democrats Have a Hush-Hush Come-To-Jesus Meeting (salon) Loved the article, hated the title which sort of makes it sound like the Dems in Congress are pleading with Perry to Please Please Don't Ignore Us. Found it amusing that Perry didn't put the meeting o.....- 1/19/2007 1:47:23 PM
RFID Snoopy Tracking O Day-On Bartenders (salon) While I was looking at information about the Senate RFID caucus, I saw this article about companies using RFID to make sure bartenders measure out the right amount and don't give away free drinks.  Mi.....- 1/19/2007 1:36:17 PM
RFID Group Formed That Supports the Senate RFID Caucus (Chaired by Dorgan and Cornyn) (salon) Background -As I understand it, a caucus doesn't carry the same weight as a committee, but I mention this because there's a big group of lobbyists that's going to be supporting the RFID Caucus to prom.....- 1/19/2007 1:31:26 PM
The Going Rate To Get a Bill Passed in Texas is One Thousand Smacks (salon) Been thinking some more about the RRC bill I saw earlier today, filed by Will Hartnett of Dallas. Here you have a bill filed by someone in Dallas that appears to be in response to a legal situation fr.....- 1/19/2007 1:23:38 PM
State Senator Kip Averitt (SD22) Continues to Chair the Natural Resources Committee (salon) All of us in this Senate District better look out, because Averitt loves the dirty coal plants. Remember this? Don't look for this man to fight for clean air or water.It’s very easy for me to say, ‘We.....- 1/19/2007 1:14:11 PM
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