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On Impeaching Bush- Harper's Magazine of January 2007 talks about why we should (salon) Everyone who follows national politics knows by now that Nancy Pelosi and others in the House have pledged not to put impeachment of Bush on the table, much to the dismay of those of us who believe th.....- 12/15/2006 2:09:35 PM
If C-Span Has it's Way, We'll See More Canoodling in the House (salon) As a C-span fan, there have been times when I have heard about someone rushing across the floor and shouting at someone else, or trashy people like Katherine Harris rubbing elbows with fellow male rep.....- 12/15/2006 1:55:10 PM
Tom Burka Makes Me Laugh- on the Decider- *Decider To Defer Decision on Decision Deferral* (salon) President Bush decided to defer a decision on when he will decide on a new approach to the Iraq war until "some time next year," although he has not decided exactly when his deciding will ta.....- 12/15/2006 1:49:54 PM
Heh! Stockings Filled with Lumps of Coal Delivered to Rick Perry (salon) Texas Public Citizen spokesman Tom "Smitty" Smith, shown with the stockings, said protesters are concerned about fast-track permits for the construction of several new coal-burning power pla.....- 12/15/2006 1:38:19 PM
Why Should We Trust Anything TxDot or Krusee Say about the Trans Texas Corridor Route? Williamson County Resident Calls BS (salon) Via Eye on Williamson CountyThe above referenced blog talks about Taylor, Texas, in Williamson County, and where the route will go. Until and unless we all are able to see a route cemented and written.....- 12/15/2006 1:33:15 PM
Children Jailed, Too, in Immigration Detention Center in Taylor (Williamson County), Texas (salon) Let's say that somebody in Homeland Security had a bright (?) idea that when you were thinking about deporting possibly illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico, it would be a good idea to .....- 12/15/2006 1:27:42 PM
4 Steam Generators Arrive for Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (Glen Rose, Texas) (salon) Saw a picture of one of the HUGE steam generators in the local paper of record, the Glen Rose Reporter, from December 14. The four replacement generators, which transfer heat from the nuclear reactor .....- 12/15/2006 1:06:17 PM
Puzzled about the Schools Cleared in the TAKS investigation- Did TEA make a new contract with Caveon? (salon) The more I've read about the Caveon study to see whether there were schools that cheated on the TAKS test, the odder the whole debacle is. First off, TEA contracts with Caveon to do the study. Caveon,.....- 12/15/2006 12:45:02 PM
Perry's *Error in Judgment* -Texas Education Groups Warn Trustees Against Perry's Gambling with Retirement Funds (salon) Wrote about Perry's pet projects before and how happy he is to take teacher's retirement to invest in HIS little group. You can't help liking an article where the trustees for public education retirem.....- 12/15/2006 12:08:45 PM
Your Shoes Don't Just Stink- Nike Shoes Plus IPOD Kit Will LET OTHERS STALK YOU! (salon) Geez. You thought you were just out running and trying to keep track yourself of how far you run,  and how much time it took to do it. And how nice to have those expensive Nike shoes with an IPod Spor.....- 12/15/2006 12:03:46 AM
Poll After Poll Shows Americans Think Bush Sucks- Latest One has him Lowest Among Last Six Presidents (salon) Geez. You thought you were just out running and trying to keep track yourself of how far you run,  and how much time it took to do it. And how nice to have those expensive Nike shoes with an IPod Spor.....- 12/14/2006 11:45:15 PM
Chertoff of Homeland Security Pushing Those National ID Cards *Your Papers, Please*! (salon) Chertoff said one of his agency's top goals next year is to forge ahead with recommendations for the controversial documents established by a federal law called the Real ID Act in May 2005. By 2008, A.....- 12/14/2006 11:44:00 PM
Senator Akaka Says He'll Repeal Real ID if Privacy Protections Not Put in and It Continues to be Unfunded (salon) Senator Sununu feels the same way. The lawmakers are likely to take the issue up again during the 110th Congress. Sen. Daniel Akaka, a Hawaii Democrat, and Sen. John Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican.....- 12/14/2006 11:40:49 PM
More Friction for TXU Over those Dang Coal-Fired Plants- from Federal EPA AND a Green Group Tells Banks not to give TXU money (salon) Good. Looks like there's quite a few entities that are not rolling over like Perry did to favor TXU.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is raising concerns that the proposed permits for TXU power.....- 12/14/2006 11:06:44 PM
I got Flash and am learning it-so you will all suffer with me as I change the site (salon) At least for me, Flash has a learning curve associated with it, and so parts of the pages will look all glossy and dazzling while others will limp along until I figure out, for example, how to do drop.....- 12/14/2006 5:48:32 PM
Violating Army Regulations- Fort Worth's Pete Geren (Undersecretary of the Army) Criticized for Appearing in Evangelical Video (salon) Nearly a dozen high-ranking military officers and Pentagon officials came under fire Monday for participating in a promotional video for an evangelical Christian organization, renewing an outcry over .....- 12/13/2006 5:37:38 PM
Leininger, Enemy Of Texas Public Education, Continues His Work to Slide in School Vouchers-New Tactic (salon) Instead of skulking around the halls of the Texas Legislature trying to influence legislators (still looking forward to seeing that camera footage!), Leininger has decided he will directly try to infl.....- 12/13/2006 4:24:54 PM
Clang, Clang! Sunday a Day of Rest? Not for Gas Rig Companies Who Use it to Noisily Take Down Rigs (salon) In Tarrant County, at least one resident (the one that spoke up) didn't like how the O&G companies were using Sunday to take down their rigs. The drilling companies fired back that they lose $10,0.....- 12/13/2006 1:26:53 PM
FTC Tells Viral Marketers to Fess Up- What about Karen Hughes and her *Chat Room* propaganda? (salon) Within the last few years, I've read more and more about marketers coming to blogs/message boards/chat rooms and planting advertising disguised as innocent posts; in fact, it can also be as subtle as .....- 12/13/2006 12:54:29 PM
Bush to blind people: Screw your Rehabilitation Act, vending machines won't like it (joe) In an effort to finally do something conservative, the Bush administration asked an appeals court to keep a law from taking affect forcing them to print paper money with braille included so blind peop.....- 12/13/2006 9:29:11 AM
Off to Federal Prison for Skilling- for 24 years (salon) In an effort to finally do something conservative, the Bush administration asked an appeals court to keep a law from taking affect forcing them to print paper money with braille included so blind peop.....- 12/13/2006 8:10:52 AM
What New Way is Perry's Administration Trying to Gut State Parks? Transfer 22 Historical Properties to Commission (salon) The better to have them lined off to sell off to private hands later on. That's what this Republican administration is all about-privatization.The transfer would include the Port Isabel Lighthouse, th.....- 12/13/2006 8:01:10 AM
State of Texas Cut State Workers to Process Medicaid, Food Stamps and Welfare - Waco Workers Protest (salon) The reason the State of Texas did this is because they said they had an automated system to process claims... the problem is that the automated system isn't functional yet and there's no timetable for.....- 12/13/2006 7:54:26 AM
Chet Edwards (US House District 17-Texas) Larynx Surgery Delayed Until Next Year (salon) Seems there was a slight inflammation in his larynx and the doctor that was to do the surgery recommended he rest up till January or February. That means Congress will have started before Edwards can .....- 12/13/2006 7:44:11 AM
TXU and Coal-Fired Plants Roundup- Paris-Yes; Mt Vernon-No; New PAC to fight TXU formed;Skyonic (salon) From Paris- Lamar County voted against joining the Clean Air Coalition. I thought this was a good point.About representation at permit hearings, Jones said TCEQ represents the interests of Texas resid.....- 12/13/2006 7:39:50 AM
Sid Miller (Texas House Dist 59) STILL hasn't put in the bill to notify residents when gas wells to be put in (salon) Here, again, is the video about the question as recorded at the Hico meeting held with the RRC. Miller not only stood up and said he would fix it, but again said at the Miller-Casbeer debate held in S.....- 12/13/2006 12:40:18 AM
Johnson County (Texas) Active Democrats to Show *An Inconvenient Truth* on Sat Dec 16 in Burleson (salon) Here, again, is the video about the question as recorded at the Hico meeting held with the RRC. Miller not only stood up and said he would fix it, but again said at the Miller-Casbeer debate held in S.....- 12/13/2006 12:32:45 AM
When is a news segment a VNR or related advertising? Joel Connable of NBC took exception to a November blog entry (salon) In November, I was watching a local Fox news segment about a Dallas company called FareCompare in which some footage was identified, properly, as being supplied by the company. I appreciated seeing th.....- 12/13/2006 12:00:05 AM
How many waste injection wells can you stick in the 2nd smallest county in Texas? (joe) We have six (6) at the moment...that's enough for each voting precinct to have their own. I do find it strange that there are zero (0) in Tarrant County...why? How is it that a small county like ours .....- 12/12/2006 9:49:04 AM
McCain beats the war drums for IRAN (joe) This is just like the Vietnam thing...where one side didn't talk to the other and hence we had a war. The vietnamese thought we were trying to colonize them and they were fighting to the death...all b.....- 12/12/2006 9:14:34 AM
Video from DFW Fox 4 News on Salt Water Injection Wells in North Texas (salon) Bill Gordon sent this out. Good video that shows how this crap works. The gas wells frack the ground but then the water used to do it is UNUSABLE so it gets pumped down into the Ellenberger formation .....- 12/12/2006 12:25:36 AM
Maybe They'll Just Have To Cut Some CEO Salaries-Supreme Court Rules Against Oil and Gas Industry (salon) BP America and ARCO had tried to argue that they shouldn't have to pay back unpaid royalties if it's been more than 6 years since they were asked to cough it up via a lawsuit. The SCOTU disagreed.The .....- 12/12/2006 12:02:37 AM
Excellent Letter on the TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) and Toll Roads in the Hays County Free Press (salon) from Susan Cook. Way to go, Susan! Just say 'no'How come TxDOT is telling the citizens of Texas that they can no longer "afford" good roadways without putting toll booths up and taking pictu.....- 12/11/2006 10:31:54 PM
Hey! All This Money Giving is Cutting Into Our Corporate Profits! Texas Lobbyists Support Caps Bill (salon) I can't imagine any other reason why the lobbyists care about bills that limit what they can give to influence our politicians, other than they're priced out by the Big Spenders like Bob Perry and Jam.....- 12/11/2006 5:20:33 PM
How the government will steal your login data (yes, even over ssl) (joe) The government is purchasing (having built and currently testing) devices to take your SSL encrypted data and decrypt it into a machine. This machine is to be (may be now) plugged into the cores of th.....- 12/11/2006 11:53:24 AM
Outsourcing the News to India aka *Remote Control Journalism* - and ARFID (salon) Can you really cover *Wall Street* from Bangalore, India? What else can be outsourced in a country that doesn't value its own workers enough? Why, journalism, of course! All a company needs is a fiber.....- 12/11/2006 11:32:21 AM
Companies Frustrated by Google Bombs Fire Back with Viral Marketing (salon) heh. Who, familiar with Google, hasn't done or seen a google bomb? Can you say "Miserable Failure"? Saw today that there's a search engine research company that is selling a service for comp.....- 12/11/2006 11:19:17 AM
TXU's Erle Nye Contributes to John *Slime No Longer Bothers Me* McCain's Campaign-And others (salon) I noticed that "The Fix" of the Washington Post is compiling a list of the donors to the Republican hopefuls for presidents. Although he's listed as Eric Nye, I'm pretty sure the name should.....- 12/11/2006 11:04:37 AM
You KNOW that Bush is losing his base when John *Suck-Up* Cornyn (TX) Uses Democratic Language to Criticize Iraq War (salon) I was looking at the different ways various newspapers headlined an article that shows how the GOP is cutting and running away from Bush's craziness on the Iraq War. One headline from Seattle said &qu.....- 12/11/2006 10:36:11 AM
Hey! Have a stroke? National Stroke Organization Thinks it's a Great Idea to Implant an RFID Chip in you! (salon) Ah, the Trackable society. Somebody has a stroke and presumably he or she can't speak, perhaps, to tell the doctors about health history, etc. BUT, IF that someone has all their info in a database and.....- 12/11/2006 10:19:36 AM
Preserving the Night Sky from Light Blight (salon) One of the main reasons I love living out here in Somervell County is that you can see the stars at night, including the Milky Way, which fades out around the city. I noticed about 5 years ago that th.....- 12/11/2006 10:05:40 AM
Sid Miller (Tx House District 59) Says School Vouchers Won't Advance Due to More Democrats in the House (salon) What was the question the Statesman asked him and others? Something like "What do you think will change in the House now that more Democrats have been elected?" Interesting that Miller menti.....- 12/11/2006 9:43:57 AM
Republicans Cut and Run from Passing Appropriations Bill This year-Did the Glen Rose Medical Center appropriation pass? (salon) Back in July, Chet Edwards was able to secure $700,000 for renovating the Glen Rose Medical Center as part of the 2007 Labor, Education, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill. That passed the .....- 12/10/2006 5:31:46 PM
The Eagle Mountain Lake (Tarrant County, Texas) Saga Continues- Seems the Money To Save it Really Wasn't There (salon) I've been following the Eagle Mountain Lake sleight-of-hand for the last year as an example of greed at the Texas governor's level, money-shifting within the legislature that leads to gross underfundi.....- 12/10/2006 10:14:30 AM
Pics from Somervell County Day at Fossil Rim on Dec 9, 2006 (salon) Couldn't have been a more perfect day for driving the tour at Fossil Rim. The weather is a little cold but the sun is shining and there are still colored leaves on the trees. We were vastly amused by .....- 12/9/2006 9:05:08 PM
Hah! Texas Toll Road Study Smacks Down Claim that Gas Taxes Would Have to Triple to Build all Needed Roads (salon) We've already said that EVEN IF the gas taxes were raised somewhat, it would STILL be cheaper than the toll road rates that are a-coming. Paul Burka wrote about the Texas Transporation Institute Study.....- 12/9/2006 12:30:18 PM
Nuclear Power-Future Generations Will Wonder Why We Did it when Other Forms of Clean Energy Exist (salon) Last night got into an interesting discussion with someone who's been here in Glen Rose since the 1970's when Comanche Peak was started. The nuclear power plant not only brought jobs to Somervell Coun.....- 12/9/2006 12:19:40 PM
Boulder Colorado Water Department Knows Every Inch Of Every Customer's Yard (salon) through satellite. Although this article is talking about water usage, I have to wonder if anyone in Boulder cares that sat photos of their property are being collected and kept in a database file for.....- 12/9/2006 12:05:41 PM
US Taxpayer Money Used for Blackwater Guards to Protect Soldiers?????? No... Halliburton employees (salon) Ooops. Halliburton broke the law. And we paid for it. Can't wait to see what Henry Waxman is going to do with this in the next session.KBR subcontractors hired armed guards to protect employees in vio.....- 12/9/2006 11:48:49 AM
State Department Seeking Comment Until January 7th on using RFID in passport cards-TELL THEM (salon) They seem to think it's good enough to give people metal blocking sleeves. Note that the Smart Card Alliance is against using RFID in e-passports because of it's human tracking capabilities. Frank Mos.....- 12/9/2006 11:37:51 AM
Trashy but Delish- Globe Magazine Says Bush Tell-All Book Will Expose Divorce Scandal (salon) Who knows if this is all true or not but it sure makes great snark reading! On my way out to a party last night, while at the grocery, I saw this headline jump out at me and HAD TO BUY THE GLOBE! (I c.....- 12/9/2006 10:30:08 AM
Bizarre to me that 1000 Texas Army National Guard troops just got back from ... KOSOVO (salon) Now, I knew that the National Guard was tapped to go to Iraq, to supplement the regular Army, etc there, and I thought having to send forces that at least theoretically are supposed to help IN OUR OWN.....- 12/9/2006 9:11:01 AM
Texas Senator Fraser of Horseshoe Bay Says TXU Racks Up Record Profits, Abuses Its Customers (salon) Senator Fraser's counties - Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, San Saba and.....- 12/9/2006 8:47:16 AM
When is an Iraq *Insurgent* a *Civilian? US-led Forces Kill 20 (salon) I had previously read this article from a UK newspaper in which Iraqi officials disputed a US report that 20 Al-Qaida militants had died in an attack. However, police and officials in the town of Isha.....- 12/8/2006 3:23:47 PM
Bush/NSA Spying on Americans-Was the Real Reason Bush acted illegally because of TIME to get warrants OR>>> (salon) was it because there wasn't enough probable cause to get a warrant? And is Arlen Specter's new bill he just introduced to play into that, in order, that is, to allow getting warrants WITHOUT PROBABLE .....- 12/8/2006 3:12:13 PM
Biometrics Ahoy! In the UK, *No Finger? No Fly* (salon) Out there in the Futureland of imaginary Big Lists, a Big List that associates fingers with actual identities will exist in the shape of the National Identity Register, so when Byrne says of miSense t.....- 12/8/2006 3:07:09 PM
Remember how, in 2005, Republicans, including DeLay and Joe Barton, tried to shield MTBE manufacturers from liability? (salon) Wrote about DeLay here. Smokey Joe Barton joined DeLay here.  Chet Edwards voted with the Republicans to keep in the language shielding MTBE manufacturers (Capps amendment) a Saudi company in DeLay's .....- 12/8/2006 2:59:01 PM
11 Texas Schools, including Westwood High School in Austin, are putting in Solar Panels for Energy (salon) Very cool! The article about it saysEach of the two 3.4KW installations can produce more than half the power needed by the average home.A related article says there are plans to outfit all Texas schoo.....- 12/8/2006 2:43:12 PM
The Question for the Baker-Hamilton Report is *Are We Leaving Iraq Soon OR NOT?????* (salon) The American public wants to get out of Iraq. Bush The Stupid wants to stay in Iraq and put on a dog and pony yesterday with Tony Blair to bleat out his tired old same old same old. In at least a curs.....- 12/8/2006 2:21:56 PM
More on the NAFTA Superhighway Sensors (NASCO Corridor) and Poppy Bush Era Ties to Savi Corporation (salon) Wrote about this yesterday- RFID sensors to be placed on entire NASCO corridor (of which Trans Texas Corridor- TTC, is a part). More on who is investing in this- (amazing that the one thing that bring.....- 12/8/2006 1:35:14 PM
Republicans Screw Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan-Republican Controlled Congress Refused to Pass Veterans Affairs and New Military Construction Projects in Spending Bills (salon) Really makes "Support the Troops" empty words and fading yellow ribbons on SUVs instead of actual help. You know, I am against the Iraq war, and unlike the Baker-Hamilton ISG report, I think.....- 12/8/2006 12:32:00 PM
Chuckle O Day from TXU (salon) Incidentally, and this is a chuckle, from TXU's third quarter earnings from 2006TXU’s third quarter 2006 reported earnings were $1,004 million, $2.15 per share, as compared to net income available to .....- 12/8/2006 12:24:37 PM
And Speaking of TXU Smackdowns- SHAREHOLDERS Questioning How Smart it is to build the 11 Coal-Fired Plants (salon) heh. Seems that burning so much coal and creating so many greenhouse gas emissions MIGHT BE ILLEGAL and that, I'm sure, would affect the shareholder's bottom line if TXU gets sued.A group of TXU Corp......- 12/8/2006 12:15:03 PM
Smackdown for TXU in Waco, Texas- Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Joins the Suit against Coal-Fired Plants (salon) Challenges to Tradinghouse Lake and Lake Creek permits. More than 200 people showed up to watch the preliminary hearings Thursday. By day’s end 13 individuals and five organizations had been accepted .....- 12/8/2006 12:11:44 PM
Chet Edwards (US Cong Dist 17- Texas) Top Contributors (salon) Interesting. The top contributor was, drumroll, please... TXUChet Edwards (D)*TXU Corp $17,403 College of William & Mary $16,000 PMA Group $15,500  (insurance)L-3 Communications $13,250 (defense)C.....- 12/8/2006 11:59:33 AM
Amused-Where is Van Taylor (West, Texas) Now? Is He Gonna Move Back to His Rich Dallas Digs? (salon) Saw this blog entry from TexasToday and it made me laugh because I wondered the same dang thing. Since we know that Van Taylor ONLY moved to West, Texas just to run against Chet Edwards, and had to se.....- 12/8/2006 11:49:22 AM
When Public Service Is Cast In Militarism- US Public Service Academy's Uses Military Style for Civilian University (salon) Been thinking about the difference between the Peace Corps and Americorps. As I understand it, Peace Corps was created by JFK as a way to boost world peace and friendship. I remember reading stories o.....- 12/8/2006 11:03:26 AM
Some of Glen Rose's Dinosaur Tracks on Display in Austin's Texas Memorial Museum-They're Deteriorating (salon) I knew that when the dinosaur tracks were discovered and excavated (some, of course; you can see more at Dinosaur Valley State Park) that some of them went to a museuem in New York. But I didn't reali.....- 12/7/2006 8:30:25 PM
Geez. Besides TAKS tests, students in some districts are taking up to 5 field (try-out) tests, too (salon) How frustrating. Not only, as this article points out, do some students not take these tests seriously because they know they're practice tests, but how much time does a district spend TAKING TESTS........- 12/7/2006 4:17:01 PM
RFID Personal Firewall-Protecting Yourself from intrusive RFIDs (salon) I've read a number of ways to try to deal with the intrusion of RFID tags in virtually every item that exists-one solution is to send out jamming signals from a "blocker", another (that I ha.....- 12/7/2006 3:52:50 PM
Iraq Oil- Here's the REAL reason the Iraq Study Group Wants Iraq Stabilized (salon) and we don't see a quick exit. We haven't commercialized Iraq's oil industry yet. One of the most honest articles yet. The Iraq Study Group report identified oil as the lifeblood of Iraq's economy and.....- 12/7/2006 3:03:21 PM
Texas Transportation Institute Says Texas CAN FINANCE ITS HIGHWAYS *WITHOUT* TOLL ROADS (salon) Listen up! The baloney being spread by Rick Perry and his pals about how state highways to be built (to include Trans Texas Corridor) must be run as toll roads (and that also includes existing highway.....- 12/7/2006 2:38:21 PM
Comments on BioFuel from this month's Texas Coop Power-December issue (salon) Letter to the editor from Geff Wilstrop of Pedernales Electric Cooperative... The British have been using vegetable oil for over 30 years to power their diesel vehicles, and folks in Texas, as well as.....- 12/7/2006 2:27:25 PM
NASCO aka NAFTA Superhighway on Steroids Talks about Cargo Sensor Deals with Lockheed-Martin (salon) (Of which the TTC-Trans Texas Corridor-is only a small part). A group advocating a seamless trade corridor through North America said Friday it's teaming up with Lockheed Martin Corp. to build a techn.....- 12/7/2006 1:36:29 PM
Fannin County Texas Residents Want Slowdown on TXU Coal-Fired Plant near Savoy (salon) Love these kinds of stories. Followon to story the other day about Bonham, Texas opposing the plantWhitewright Mayor Bill Goodson pleaded passionately with Grayson County commissioners Monday to slow .....- 12/7/2006 1:10:43 PM
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