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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) 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 8:08:15 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) 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 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) 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 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
Loco Coyote in Glen Rose got a mention in the Star-Telegram for their blackberry cobbler (salon) Yum -from an article entitled "Eat these and die happy"26 Blackberry cobbler, Loco Coyote, Glen Rose: Famous for more than 20 years for barbecue, the Hammond family is known to cobbler devot.....- 1/4/2007 1:38:24 PM
TXU Apparently Doing Dog and Pony Shows to Push Those Coal-Fired Plants-Even Where the City doesn't USE TXU (salon) Saw this in the Longview News-Journal Texas would need about two new power plants each year to keep up with population growth, TXU officials say.TXU has announced a multibillion-dollar investment for .....- 1/4/2007 1:07:03 PM
TCEQ Delays Vote on Robertson County, Texas Coal-fired plant (salon) The official reason given is that they need a third commissioner, since the last one, Martin Hubert,  resigned recently to work for Susan Combs. Whatever, it's off the agenda for now. A decision on a .....- 1/4/2007 12:55:36 PM
So... Chet Edwards (US House District 17) Also Oversees Military Construction Funding (salon) Another interesting process to watch to see how much oversight and investigation goes into what the Pentagon wants to spend on military construction. For example, is that only for the United States or.....- 1/4/2007 12:49:53 PM
Chet Edwards (US House District 17) Blasts Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) (salon) for lack of adequate studies regarding the coal-fired plants planned in this district.  He can't TALK but he can sure WRITE, eh? Edwards, D-Waco, said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has.....- 1/4/2007 12:24:42 PM
Thank you Chet Edwards for voting for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker (Chair) for lack of adequate studies regarding the coal-fired plants planned in this district.  He can't TALK but he can sure WRITE, eh? Edwards, D-Waco, said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has.....- 1/4/2007 12:00:20 PM
Hico (Hamilton County, Texas) Discussing Whether to Put in a Second Waste Injection Well (salon) There's already a lot of controversy about the FIRST waste injection well, which is located near the Bosque River and near the park. From the Hamilton Herald-News of Dec 29, 2006 During their regular .....- 1/4/2007 11:07:02 AM
Somervell County and the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) (salon) Yesterday Bill Gordon told me about a gas processing plant being built someplace in Somervell County (still not sure where it is yet) and I thought I'd look at the TCEQ website to see if I can tell wh.....- 1/4/2007 12:01:10 PM
Republican chant of the day: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...we aren't running the show anymore...waaaaaaaaa (Chair) So what happens when you take away something from someone who is used to having their way with no question or anyone to get in their way? Like any spoiled brat they don't like it very much...such is t.....- 1/4/2007 9:18:59 AM
Update on Gas Waste Injection Wells in Somervell County from the Texas Railroad Commission Website (salon) First up, here's from September, when there were 5 waste injection wells here.  Looks to me from the RRC site that there are two waste injection wells that don't have permits yet.  Two were to be cont.....- 1/4/2007 9:29:22 AM
Who you Gonna Believe on Global Warming? Scientists? Or Exxon-Mobil? (salon) The Union of Concerned Scientists says that Exxon Mobil spent a lot of money to try to discredit global warming and mislead the public. Exxon Mobil Corp. gave $16 million to 43 ideological groups betw.....- 1/3/2007 3:03:22 PM
There were NINE tornadoes in the central Texas area the other day (salon) The counties in this article were Limestone, Coryell, Hill, Bosque and Johnson.  It was pretty scary  and a good time to remind about what this Stephenville paper says- GET A WEATHER RADIO.  I absolut.....- 1/3/2007 2:57:42 PM
That Rotten Egg Smell in the Air-What is it? On Gas *Scrubbing* Plants in Texas Counties (salon) Last night I walked out in the yard, a little after dusk, to look up at the stars and enjoy the relative quiet. For about the third time recently, the air smelled .. like sulphur or rotten eggs. I wal.....- 1/3/2007 12:53:09 PM
Message to George W. Bush: Show us the 3000 dead soldiers' cofins before you ask us for more troops! (Chair) So according to what the papers and such have been saying Bush is about to put 20,000 MORE trooops into Iraq. Yet we have seen NO dead soldiers bodies being brought home when they die. This is done so.....- 1/3/2007 9:43:38 AM
Are the Numbers About an Iraq Shia Majority a Lie Promulgated by Western Media? (salon) If you never take an Iraqi census that includes *sect* as one of the captured items, then how do you know what percentage of the population is Shia versus Sunni?Western media often refer to Iraq as be.....- 1/3/2007 12:30:08 PM
Guest Worker Program? No, Undocumented Workers Funnelled into the Military Program (salon) I knew about green-card holders being taken into the military with a promise that serving the United States would speed up the process for them to become citizens. But you know how it is when the mili.....- 1/2/2007 3:13:27 PM
Somervell County Salon-This Texas Blog's Year in Review (salon) I remember a few years ago that there were 2 other blogs in this county (mine hadn\'t started yet). One was from a person who a lot of people know as a very strange person, whose political aspirat.....- 12/31/2006 1:39:26 PM
TXU Wants to put a Concrete Batch Plant in Glen Rose- Contaminants in the Air Ahoy! (salon) Saw this in the Glen Rose Reporter (the newspaper of record in Glen Rose) on December 28. "Notice of Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Air Quality Standard Permit Registration. # 80488L.....- 12/30/2006 11:46:16 AM
Bad Storms Last Night in the District -Tornado Near Clifton, Texas Caused Bush to Jump in his Armored Vehicle (salon) All dang afternoon yesterday the weather radio went off, and the line of storms went from below Waco straight north, through Clifton and then up through Johnson County. I kept my shoes on in case I ha.....- 12/30/2006 8:23:52 AM
Where are YOU going on vacay? Why, Chez Guantanemo, of course! They have 4 star hotels and FAB restaurants! (salon) and the weather is so nice. You know how it is when you have a whole EIGHTY PEOPLE who are going to have a *trial*-why, it would take 10 years to try them all! Hummph! That calls for 125 Million dolla.....- 12/29/2006 3:49:32 PM
Hanging Saddam the Best We Can Do about Iraq-Because the Rest is a Farce (salon) TalkingPointsMemo"Bush administration officials" are telling CNN that Saddam Hussein will be hanged this weekend. Convention dictates that we precede any discussion of this execution with th.....- 12/29/2006 2:50:53 PM
E-Textbooks Versus Laptops- Texas Technology on the march (salon) I usually agree with McBlogger, but not this time. He has a post about the value of giving each kid in school his or her own laptop. I'm going to disagree but also offer a targeted technology solution.....- 12/29/2006 1:42:50 PM
Iranian Diplomats Captured by US Forces Last Week In Iraq were released (salon) What happens when the US is supposed to have let the local Iraqi police/troops handle their own problems, but instead arrest Iranian diplomats? Much anger leading to release of the diplomats.On Decemb.....- 12/29/2006 12:53:54 PM
2006 Military Times Poll-More Troops Disapprove of Bush's Handling of the Iraq War Than Approve of it (salon) Only 35% of the military members polled this year said they approve of the way Bush is handling the war, and 42% said they disapprove. While approval of the president's war leadership has slumped, his.....- 12/29/2006 12:30:54 PM
One Network to Rule Them All- AT&T's Sneaky Exceptions to Network Neutrality (salon) AT&T badly wants to swallow up BellSouth and become a monopoly that you will have to go through (and having NSA track all your calls through the AT&T switches is just the added gravy) But to d.....- 12/29/2006 12:05:41 PM
Larry Smith of Glen Rose, Texas is new International Texas Longhorn Association President (salon) I remember hearing a couple of years ago about plans to build a museum on the corner of Hwy 67 and 144 (north-west side). Article not only talks about Smith's background, but also about the home offic.....- 12/29/2006 11:41:42 AM
Texas Lege Wants to Use No Child Left Behind as a Club-Over-The-Head of Universities (salon) I am dead set against Margaret Spellings and her ilk trying to take the bad idea No Child Left Behind and use it on people past 18 years old. Already said before she wants to track students in a huge .....- 12/29/2006 11:29:38 AM
Special-Ed Kids in Texas- Accountability through No Child Left Behind or Teaching to Student's Needs? (salon) I spoke a couple of years ago with a local principal about special ed kids and how the No Child Left Behind program sets a percentage of how many special eds kids are allowable out of the whole.So, if.....- 12/29/2006 11:05:35 AM
How To Get More Bodies for the War Escalation? (Oops, I mean Surge)- Lower the Bar for High School Grads (salon) Drop-off in high school graduates in last two years- 13 %- Hmmm. the Pentagon standards are supposed to be no less than 9 out of 10 in the army without a HS diploma. But then, Bush the Escalation Engi.....- 12/29/2006 10:36:50 AM
Galveston, Texas- Biometric Eye Scans Being Slipped In as Way of Life By Using Children in the *Child* Project (salon) If it's good enough for prisoners, it's good enough for children and the elderly! (Funny how helpless and weak and under someone else's control those groups might be!)Most adults, one would assume, ar.....- 12/29/2006 8:59:53 AM
Strip Searches! You DO Get a Letter from Homeland Security if You Complain! Isn't that ENOUGH? (salon) Was reading an article about a Muslim woman who was pulled aside at a Florida airport and strip-searched. When she complained, Homeland Security sent her an apology letter. But here's what struck me.&.....- 12/29/2006 2:20:43 AM
Heh! Bush #1 Villain Distantly Trailed by.. Wait for it.. Osama Bin Laden.. According to new AP poll (salon) Looks like most people realize what Bush is up to. I find it amusing that the title of all 3 articles I've seen so far have "America Perplexed by Bush"... no, not perplexed if they think he'.....- 12/28/2006 6:49:22 PM
Sheehan Arrested in Crawford, Texas for Blocking Road to Bush's *Ranch* (salon) Video Link on WacoTV site.CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan was arrested Thursday afternoon outside President Bush's ranch, according to Tela Mange with the Texas Department of.....- 12/28/2006 6:22:01 PM
Oh, Please. Ford's Funeral Toned Down because he had a *Lesser Impact on the Nation*? (salon) Just because people don't normally have multiple circus funerals that last a week like Reagan's was doesn't mean the hoopla has to be connected to some people's opinion of a man's impact. That's unbel.....- 12/28/2006 5:44:27 PM
Cheetah Mom at Fossil Rim (Glen Rose, Texas) Takes Care of Her own Three Cubs and 2 others (salon) Pretty amazing story. We went through Fossil Rim a few weeks ago and saw the cheetahs, which are behind some very tall chain metal fences, but didn't know about these little cutie pies.Exactly 93 days.....- 12/28/2006 10:58:35 AM
The Lesser-Known Ford Pardon-Comment from McLennan County, Texas Veteran (salon) Ford wasn't just blasted for his pardon of Nixon, but another controversial pardon involved the conditional amnesty for draft dodgers and military deserters of the Vietnam War.To gain amnesty, draft d.....- 12/28/2006 8:43:46 AM
Trans Texas Corridor and Drug Smuggling- DEA Report Says New Security Challenges (salon) The most telling part of this article is the "Feed at the Economic Trough" portion, ie, business leaders aren't concerned about how drug trafficking will ramp up when major roads such as the.....- 12/27/2006 12:17:05 PM
TAKS Test Test Test -Until All Children Drop - Is it possible to just TEACH kids anymore (salon) without so much of their education lives revolving around not only the actual TAKS test but field *practice* tests as well? Sheesh.More than 1,100 public and charter schools will field test one or mor.....- 12/27/2006 12:01:47 PM
Part 2 of Looking at Brian McCall of Plano (TX House) Who is Challenging Craddick to be Speaker) (salon) Here's the first part of what I wrote- what got me intrigued was that I read this article the other day about Brian McCall that said that his daddy was mayor of Plano and that he and his brother ran t.....- 12/27/2006 11:23:25 AM
Wanna-Be Texas Speaker McCall's Daddy was Pardoned by Bush in 2004 for Savings and Loan Scandal (salon) While I was reading about low-key Brian McCall of Plano, I read that his daddy used to be mayor of Plano. Well, I didn't know his Daddy was also heavily involved in the scam on Texans, the Savings.....- 12/27/2006 10:12:33 AM
Imagine- 30,000 Barrels of Oil and Waste... PER DAY Injected into the ground by YOUR home - Huckabay, Texas (salon) Going to say that again. That's the maximum amount PER DAY that crap could get injected into the ground. From where? Well, say, from gas well waste in Tarrant County, where the county has said "N.....- 12/27/2006 8:44:48 AM
Gerald Ford Dead-Known for Pardoning Nixon-The-Crook and Last Member of the Warren Commission (salon) Funny how you look back at presidents and they all seem to be cut from the same cloth, have the same crooks in their cabinet, and do apparently shady deals behind the public's back. Rumsfeld and Chene.....- 12/27/2006 8:35:58 AM
Bush and the Pentagon Court Muslims into the Military-The WTF moment for me was Bush and the Iftar (salon) I was reading an article about how the military is looking for warm bodies to fill the ranks and how helpful it would be if they were Muslims. Naturally, having those who can speak middle eastern lang.....- 12/26/2006 7:52:47 PM
Justice Department Building Massive Information Database-I thought we got rid of Total Information Awareness DB (salon) Was reading about how the Justice Department is creating the "One DOJ" database, called humorously by C-Net "OneDOJ to Rule Them All" (Quick! Where's Frodo?)The Justice Department .....- 12/26/2006 5:26:59 PM
Who's TXU'S Support Group? TAB aka *Texas Business for Clean, Affordable, Reliable Energy* - Pushing Coal Fired Plants (salon) Texas Association of Business's Bill Hammond taking his dirty coal ideas on the road. And TXU has its own support group. Some business leaders in Texas point to the Electric Reliability Council of Tex.....- 12/26/2006 4:53:17 PM
Bush BACK on Holiday again... but this week he's actually going to his Faux Ranch in Crawford, Texas (salon) He's going to think hard about how he can try to make his same old tired crap sound like a *New Way Forward* -going to be hard workand Camp Casey will be open for business again to be the flies in his.....- 12/26/2006 4:19:00 PM
RFID chips used to prevent NASCAR car owners from cheating (salon) I'm not completely against RFID chips when they are being used in an entirely voluntary way and can be disabled completely when you want. IN this case, marking car parts, including the chassis with RF.....- 12/26/2006 4:14:21 PM
Well, Well, Well. Looks like TSA Looking at Passengers BUCK NEKKID in the airport through Backscatter will have to be delayed (salon) I don't care what excuses they make, I'll bet they are hearing PLENTY from people who don't want a choice from TSA as to whether they will be felt up or be seen mostly naked in a machine. (No extra br.....- 12/26/2006 4:01:58 PM
More Questions (Environmental Ones) about TXU's Coal-Fired Plants in Texas (salon) Among other good ones in this article“I think we need to ask some serious questions,” Scott Lipsett of Ravenna said at the recent CORE meeting. “Why is a dirty industry allowed to come into our area w.....- 12/26/2006 3:57:29 PM
Hammer Time! How to Disable an RFID Chip in your passport (salon) Among other good ones in this article“I think we need to ask some serious questions,” Scott Lipsett of Ravenna said at the recent CORE meeting. “Why is a dirty industry allowed to come into our area w.....- 12/26/2006 3:40:45 PM
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