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Texas About to Sell Land Leases to Develop GeoThermal Energy (salon) My first question about this is, if they are going to use water to develop the energy, where is that water going to come from? Will it be the same problematic situation where gas and oil companies are.....- 1/14/2007 8:56:07 AM
TXU and ((Houston based firm???)) Included Among Companies Paying for Rick Perry's 2 MILLION Dollar Inaugural (salon) But why should we po po folks complain because if we can afford internet, dammit, we can WATCH them eat cake. Something I thought was odd about the article, which I\'ve seen repeated in a n.....- 1/14/2007 8:49:31 AM
Update on Waco Friends of Peace Protesting Chet Edwards for his Iraq War Stance (salon) - 1/13/2007 6:32:57 PM
Chet Edwards votes Yes on passage of H.R.4 "Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007" (Chair) - 1/13/2007 12:45:14 PM
BEST New Year's Resolution from Cleburne (Johnson County)'s Patrick Barkman (salon) Going to post this in its entirety. Made me laugh.“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol. If I have the gift of prophecy a.....- 1/13/2007 11:50:32 AM
What happens to Crawford, Texas When Bush Leaves and Moves Back to Dallas? (salon) Anyone that's been to Crawford knows it's a pretty small burg, and that the boom it's had on its main street has been due to Bush buying land there for his PR push before running for president. Here's.....- 1/13/2007 11:36:13 AM
US Defense Contractors Given Canadian Coins Laced with RFID, according to Defense Security Service (salon) Don't you wonder how those guys felt when they looked at the coins, saw they'd been tampered with and discovered they were being TRACKED by RFID! “On at least three separate occasions between October .....- 1/13/2007 12:36:02 AM
Texas Drivers! You'll Accept Toll Roads in DFW If The Superbowl Comes Here, Right? (salon) I do agree with spending money on commuter rail for getting people around-that's public oriented mass transportation that takes extra cars off the road. But this one guy that the article quotes that i.....- 1/12/2007 11:44:38 AM
Bush Like Sally Fields In the Movie *Soapdish*- Let's go to the Mall! (salon) One of my favorite scenes in Soapdish is where Fields, as a popular sad-sack soap opera queen, goes to the mall in order to gin up adoring fans who, believing her appearance on the mall escalator i.....- 1/12/2007 9:45:29 AM
Interactive Billboards That Change As You Drive Towards Them - Bad Narcissistic RFID Idea Of Day (salon) Raise your hand if you remember those lighted signs at the DFW airport that showed schedules, airlines, gate info, etc.... and caused wrecks. (Hint: They're gone now because drivers slowed down, and d.....- 1/12/2007 9:17:31 AM
Opponents of the Iraq War to Protest Outside Chet Edwards (Us District 17) Austin Street Office Today (salon) From the Waco Tribune, which has an article entitled "Locals gloomy about Bush Iraq Plan"As we've noted here before, Edwards has done some sucking up to Bush about his war escalation. The Wa.....- 1/12/2007 8:11:23 AM
Chet Edwards co-sponsors and votes Yes on passage of H.R.3 "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007" (Chair) - 1/11/2007 9:36:26 PM
Chet Edwards votes Yes on passage of H.R.2 "Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007" (Chair) - 1/11/2007 9:33:41 PM
Chet Edwards votes Yes on passage of H.R.1 "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007" (Chair) - 1/11/2007 9:30:55 PM
Pentagon Lifts Time Limits on Active-Duty Service- Just in Time for Bush's War Escalation (salon) Truly shameful. Before, an active duty Guard or Reserve's deployment couldn't be more than 2 years (24 months)-that's CUMULATIVE. The limit now is per mobilization, which can't be more than 24 months......- 1/11/2007 7:01:35 PM
Locally run Libraries? Not for Bedford, Texas- City Council wants to outsource operations (salon) Uh. The Library board doesn't think that's such a hot idea but Charles Orean is hell bent on it. Related article in the Star-Telegram that compares the way the Library outsourcing company to Sam's Clu.....- 1/11/2007 6:47:42 PM
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose, Texas gets a new Vessel Head (salon) Wrote about the 4 replacement steam generators here. According to the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper, the vessel head weighs 140 tons. TXU said it makes good sense to change it out in February during th.....- 1/11/2007 5:02:21 PM
Bush's Escalation of Troops and Iran Threats Speech Throws Gas on the Fire (salon) For tonight, President Bush will go on television [last night] and tell his fellow Americans that he is preparing to send upwards of 20,000 more troops into the graveyard that is Iraq. His people are.....- 1/11/2007 3:13:28 PM
NAIS (National Animal Identification System) Rally to be held on Friday, March 2 in Austin (salon) Looks like the rally will also include those who are protesting the Trans Texas Corridor as well. From FARFA (farmandranchfreedom.org)After announcing our plans to hold a rally in late February, we ta.....- 1/11/2007 1:57:17 PM
SMU, Thousand Pound Gorilla, Boots Man Out of His Home HE OWNS to Make Way for Bush Library (salon) You'd think if you own a home, that you can stay in it, and not be booted out, but you know, it's kind of a microcosmic view of the way Bush treats the world, eh? It took two U.S. marshals and an evic.....- 1/11/2007 1:10:49 PM
Even White Evangelical Christians Don't Want to Escalate Bush's War -New Poll Out Today (salon) Boy, when even white evangelical Christians are against the war, you know you've lost your war-mongering base. SEVENTY PERCENT of Americans are against it. Of course, 87 percent of Democrats are again.....- 1/11/2007 12:54:56 PM
Union Pacific Railroad Scoffs at Security-Laredo, Texas Hearing on February 7 -Did 9/11 Ever Really Occur? (salon) The United Transportation Union has an article entitled "Death Rides the Rails" that points out that Union Pacific Railroad wants to have rail inspections done in Mexico, with no inspections.....- 1/11/2007 12:44:53 PM
Bureau of Land Management wants to put UAV (UNMANNED SURVEILLANCE DRONES) in the air over Idaho (salon) Wrote about this before with regard to the Texas border.  Some rich defense contractor is making out over these *unmanned* surveillance planes. Just what everyone wants, right? An unmanned plane flyin.....- 1/11/2007 12:19:38 PM
Should you Trust TxDot and Cintra about the Trans Texas Corridor? (salon) I haven't seen any of the PR signs along the highways that are trying to soften people up into being happy about Perry's boondoggle, until I saw it in this article in Fort Worth Weekly.Look at that ol.....- 1/11/2007 12:09:56 PM
What's NOT for Sale at the Right Price? Trans Texas Corridor and Other Leases for Private Entities (salon) Article in the Kansas City InfoZine talks about the direction this country is going, where assets, including our highways, are being leased to private entities whose allegiance is to their stockholder.....- 1/11/2007 11:51:51 AM
Parker County, Texas-Aquifer Levels Falling -Who Steps In? TCEQ or Local Control? (salon) Seems that when local residents of Parker County got aquifer-level statistics, what they thought about low water levels was true. Mills of TCEQ showed these statistics:During a presentation to the com.....- 1/11/2007 11:19:22 AM
Creepy RFID Product O Day-RFID Ink To Tattoo Animals (Hello! NAIS) and People (salon) Should it make this product seem any better because you can not only use it track animals but people, including soldiers, too?Somark Innovations announced this week that it successfully tested biocomp.....- 1/11/2007 3:11:19 AM
Chet Edwards, how many more Vets are you and the president going to create? (joe) - 1/11/2007 12:01:57 AM
Bush pre-recorded the message...during daylight...check out the picture (joe) - 1/10/2007 11:59:39 PM
Quit FUNDING the RADICAL IDEALOGY of a never ending WAR!!!! (joe) After watching Bush tonight I'm completely convinced he is unfit to command. I am going to call upon my congressman to quit funding this radical war and impeach this nutbag...you impeached Clinton for.....- 1/10/2007 10:07:18 PM
Sid Miller (TX House District 57) Files Bill For Waste Injection Well Notification of All Parties (salon) This bill, HB521, addresses the issue someone in Hico talked about, that is, there was a family that was living on property adjoining the waste injection well, but because they were doing a lease-purc.....- 1/10/2007 5:45:51 PM
Big Plane Just Flew Low Over the House! Scared Us! (salon) I'm used to blackhawk helicopters flying over the house and, when Bush is in Crawford, we see extra jets and helicopters in the sky. One time a couple of years ago a helicopter came and hovered around.....- 1/10/2007 4:43:26 PM
EOG Trying to Game the System about the Waste Injection Well Hearings in Bluff Dale, Texas (salon) First EOG in Erath County asked the RRC to hold the public hearing that the citizens had requested about those waste injection wells in the area during the holiday season (Now, THEY, on the other hand.....- 1/10/2007 11:10:25 AM
On Hilarity and the San Antonio Current's Take on Texas Legislature Bills (salon) I wrote a bit ago about the nice shoutout that SA Current did about the Bill Blab aka Bark N Snark on this site, created especially to comment about bills. Now I want you to laugh, along with me, at D.....- 1/10/2007 10:59:22 AM
Shoutout from San Antonio Current about Somervell County Salon's Texas Legislature Bill Blab aka Bark N Snark (salon) Recently one of the editors from San Antonio Current contacted me because he was so impressed with the *wiki* feel of the Texas Legisture Bill Blab that he asked if he could put up a shoutout in an up.....- 1/10/2007 10:21:51 AM
Patrick Rose (Texas House District 45) Sucks Up to Craddick (Audio of his second nomination of Crookick yesterday) (salon) Rose isn't my Texas congressman, but I truly enjoyed watching the documentary "Last Man Standing" a couple of years ago and thought he was a man of integrity. After hearing THIS (audio on Ca.....- 1/10/2007 10:01:41 AM
Texas Gas Well Drillers Exempt from Water Conservation Districts (Parker County) (salon) Without water, rancher Melvin Barnes said his registered Brangus Cattle operation would close. In the last 30 years, the water level in his well has dropped 30 feet, about a foot a year. “That tells m.....- 1/10/2007 12:02:58 AM
SMU-*Don't Worry, We Won't be Pro-Bush and Spread His Politics with the Bush Library* (salon) Boy. What does that say about a president when the place that is going to have his library has to run out and allay concerns that SMU Might Actually Have a Connection With the Library and imply that B.....- 1/9/2007 2:31:16 PM
On Using a Faraday Cage for RFID enabled cards versus Just Not Putting Certain Info in the First Place (salon) I laughed a month or so ago when I saw that Wired suggested the way to disable the RFID chip in your driver's licence, passport, credit card, store "preferred customer" card, etc .. is to us.....- 1/9/2007 11:25:02 AM
Two Fingerprints? No... Visitors to the US Will Have All 10 Fingers Scanned for FBI database (salon) Needless to say, the Brits aren't happy about this. Seems like the US is trying its best to discourage tourism, eh? Except for people who don't care if they're treated like potential criminals. I do w.....- 1/9/2007 9:59:28 AM
Another Example of Texas Eminent Domain Used to Take Land for a Bridge (salon) I was such an innocent before. I used to believe that a person's land was only taken for public uses, and then only for the purest of motives. That was before I read about gas pipelines going through .....- 1/9/2007 8:09:56 AM
How Did Gas Get into the School Water Well in Carthage, Texas? 3rd day Carthage High Schoolers Stay Home (salon) Part of pointing out that gas wells may provide income but also aren't problem-free. Note that in this article from the Longview News-Journal, even with the Texas Railroad Commision out looking at it,.....- 1/9/2007 12:47:12 AM
Preston Hollow Elementary School That Practiced Segregation Replaces Principal (Dallas, Texas) (salon) You remember.... the Pinkies-Up Rich Neighborhood that decided it would Be A Good Idea To Segregate the Whites From the Hispanics. That's the old Bush neighborhood.  Teresa Parker is now an administra.....- 1/9/2007 12:24:40 AM
Tarrant County Ninth in Gas Production- Gas Companies Courting Jacksboro Highway, Rosen Heights Residents (salon) I'm familiar with that neighborhood, which is north of I-30 off I-35W. Gas companies are trying to get a lot of families to band together to form one big lease, since the yards are usually pretty smal.....- 1/8/2007 10:58:15 PM
Since when is it ok to use an airstrike against a "suspect"? (joe) I thought when you were a suspect that you were either charged with a crime and arrested or let go. In the Bush world it appears that if he or the "government" beleive you are a suspect then.....- 1/8/2007 7:03:21 PM
New Passports Not Wonderful-Why? Might Mean a Dip in Tourism (salon) Why? Because a lot of people don't like the RFID chip in their passport, not to mention that a lot of people simply don't know they will have to a have a passport to go to and from.. Mexico! Or Canada.....- 1/8/2007 5:49:27 PM
Fantasy Football? No, Fantasy Congress! (salon) How intriguing (and a little sad) that in order to actually be PART of Congress, you must join leagues and pretend to BE Congress. I suppose that's the closest a lot of people will ever be in actually.....- 1/8/2007 5:40:52 PM
Privacy Guidelines for Use of Personal Data (salon) Was reading an article describing the hodgepodge of state regulations regarding the use of personal data and came across these sensible privacy guidelines.• Limits on the collection of personal data w.....- 1/8/2007 4:59:18 PM
Electric Car-Chevy Volt -in Pictures (salon) - 1/8/2007 4:35:30 PM
Secret TSA Laws to Remain Secret- Supreme Court Declines Case (salon) Remember John Gilmore, who challenged airport rules about having to show ID and said that the TSA should have to *show* the law that requires it? Went all the way to the Supreme Court but the Supreme .....- 1/8/2007 3:12:35 PM
East Texas Legislators Merritt, Hughes and Eltife Think Increasing the Gas Tax Better than Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Good to hear. According to www.keeptexasmoving.com, plans call for the corridor to be completed in phases over the next 50 years with routes prioritized according to the state's needs. The Texas Depar.....- 1/7/2007 8:18:42 PM
Victoria, Texas had a Trans Texas Corridor protest this week- 50 people attended (salon) - 1/7/2007 8:08:15 PM
GM, Slammed with Killing the Electric Car, Resurrecting the.. .Electric Car! Chevy Volt (salon) Background General Motors Corp., accused in the 2006 documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" of conspiring to cancel its 1990s EV1 model, was to unveil the Chevrolet Volt sedan conce.....- 1/7/2007 8:05:29 PM
What the FOOL is WRONG with Bush? Besides Troop Escalation, 1 BILLION DOLLARS for IRaqi Jobs? (salon) C'mon. If we have that much money that we can afford to spend, let's spend it HERE. No offense to Iraq and I'm sorry the Idiot In Chief invaded your country but there'a already been so much waste and .....- 1/7/2007 8:02:12 PM
How Chet Edwards (Us House District 17) Voted Last Week, Beginning Week of Democratically Controlled Congress (salon) Here's the resolutions and bills1. House ethics rules: Adopted, 430-1, Democratic-sponsored changes in House ethics rules for the 110th Congress (H Res 6). The new rules bar members from accepting rid.....- 1/7/2007 2:35:35 PM
Your Credit Report Is Clear-But Utility Companies Using Specialized Scores to Rate You. (salon) Here's a Creep-You-Out article that shows that customers might not be aware that all types of information, including utility payments, are being tracked now and used with specialized scoring programs .....- 1/7/2007 12:21:59 PM
Border Cameras in Texas Not Helping Much- Gee- $20,000 Per Undocumented Worker Seems like a RIPOFF! (salon) Wondered reading the article about how border cameras not netting much effect if it's just that there aren't that many bored or *no life* people in this world to sit and watch the border or if those t.....- 1/7/2007 12:03:20 PM
Hangings in Texas Including Gatesville and Denton (salon) People upset over seeing the footage of Saddam getting hanged? Or that there were people mocking him in the crowd? Our Texas Heritage included crowds at hangings. Article in the DMN talks about an 189.....- 1/7/2007 11:41:53 AM
Video- Excitement When Recording the Gas *Sweetening* Plant in Hood County, Texas (salon) I like to record events and things of interest, so I wasn't expecting the level of scrutiny from the sheriff's department yesterday when we were on a public county road and went to take a recording of.....- 1/7/2007 10:47:18 AM
Hard to get Money for Eagle Mountain Lake Park But Craddick Got 1 Million in Private Money for Posh Texas Speaker Digs (salon) Tom Craddick, current Speaker of the Texas House, is being challenged by Jim Pitts for that position. I haven't paid all that much attention to the race, first, because I believe that Sid Miller (Texa.....- 1/6/2007 8:23:09 AM
Should Gas Wells Be Constructed On or Near Schools? Cleburne (Johnson County, Texas) Resident Says No (salon) (GRISD also has plans, if not already in the works, to lease land to oil and gas companies).  In Cleburne, near Nolan River Rd and 2 schools, Chesapeake energy is going to put in not ONE gas well, but.....- 1/6/2007 12:33:04 AM
Trans Texas Corridor Roundup-NOT a Dead Issue! (salon) Thought, first, that in the Victoria Advocate, it was interesting to see the contrasting articles. On the one hand, you had the retired county judge that told the study club how GREAT TTC IS!!!! Now, .....- 1/6/2007 12:24:01 AM
Ney-Abramoff Corruption Case Has Connection to Tom Delay (Koulakovsky) (salon) Ney, Republican from Ohio, has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy, but despite his claming that his deceptions only involved a few people, the Feds say there was a web of associates. — For a $10,000.....- 1/5/2007 11:57:15 PM
Crooked Craddick With Questionable Financial Ties- Burnam of Ft Worth Asks Ronnie Earle to Investigate (salon) Dang, but Burnam is good! A Democratic lawmaker asked Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle today to open an investigation into whether Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick is using his public offi.....- 1/5/2007 11:49:08 PM
You Vill Get an RFID Enabled Toll Tag Or You Vill Pay a 33 Percent Surcharge on Some Texas Toll Roads (salon) I don't have the 121 link in front of me, but an article I read earlier today said that TxDot was going to encourage every person to have a toll tag instead of paying cash or having a photo taken of t.....- 1/5/2007 11:35:33 PM
Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Sucks Up to Bush About Bush's War Escalation (salon) I've been feeling terrific all day, especially after seeing the letter that Pelosi and Reid sent to Bush about not supporting an escalation (oops, I mean surge) of troops in Iraq.  In this article fro.....- 1/5/2007 11:10:35 PM
VIDEO of Republican C-SPAN caller: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... (joe) - 1/5/2007 2:58:59 PM
On the Governor's Business Council and Sticking Their Nose into Texas Education (salon) In response to an entry I wrote yesterday about the GBC, as in Who the Heck ARE THEY?, Peter Stern of Dripping Springs writes:Here we go again! The Governor's Business Council (GBC), a select group of.....- 1/5/2007 12:15:22 PM
Dems: It's time to pay the bills - Repubs: You are trying to raise taxes (joe) So this is what I'm hearing on C-Span today. Democrats are talking about paying the bills by implementing a pay as you go system...you know like the world the rest of us live in. We have limits on our.....- 1/5/2007 10:38:52 AM
Bush Not Content to Spy On Americans Only through Phone-He's Peeking at Postal Mail Now (salon) Warrants? Pah! Not to this president. I don't even think Nixon was as bad as this guy is. Why do we even need a Congress if he is going to completely ignore the bills he signs, anyway? Let's just give.....- 1/4/2007 10:05:21 PM
Gas Well List on the RRC Website for Somervell County (salon) - 1/4/2007 4:14:07 PM
Wallstreet *Green*? Not Citigroup, Merrill Lynch or Morgan Stanly which SUPPORT TXU'S COAL-FIRED PLANTS (salon) Article says they will have some 'splaining to do about their hypocrisyMerrill Lynch talks a good game when it comes to saving the earth."We are committed to a policy of environmental excellence,.....- 1/4/2007 4:05:32 PM
Mystery O Day- Business Group Wants Accountability for Texas Teachers but Who are they? They don't say on their website (salon) I saw a rather cryptic article entitled "Teachers Could Be Fired Under Plan" which referenced a business group. YOU see any place the group is named?AUSTIN - Texas teachers who are repeatedl.....- 1/4/2007 3:09:59 PM
Radiation Poisoning from Nuclear Power Plants? Take potassium iodide-But not in Somervell County (salon) Saw that people who live within 10 miles of Minnesota\'s nuclear power plants are going to get vouchers from their state to receive free potassium iodide pills, The drug, potassium iodi.....- 1/4/2007 2:07:17 PM
RFID Chips in Fish-Army Corps of Engineers to SpyChip FISH! (salon) The Army Corps of Engineers has signed a new $10 million contract with Digital Angel Corp. The company will supply the Corps with passive integrated transponder technology for fish monitoring. The Cor.....- 1/4/2007 1:44:27 PM
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