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MTGCD SMACKED down by *Worried About Water* group- (Erath, Comanche, Texas) (salon) As noted here before, in a blurb by Bill Gordon, MTGCD (Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District), after ousting Boyd Waggoner, decided to cut off public comment from the meetings which are SU.....- 11/24/2006 8:29:24 AM
Chet Edwards (US House District 17), the Border Fence, and Employee Verification Databanks (salon) Waco Trib has an article about immigration after the Democrats take control; the article is full of debatable references, including comments about *centrist* Democrats. I want to see what a *centrist*.....- 11/24/2006 8:10:22 AM
Bush Administration: The Fact That We Torture You Is Top Secret and Classified-So We Can Take Measures to Keep You Quiet (salon) Just plain wrong. Not only is this absurd to claim that since Gitmo Bay, etc prisoners were tortured with methods that were *alternative* that they can't talk about it, AND that even bringing this up .....- 11/23/2006 10:12:28 AM
*Down Home Christmas* in Glen Rose (Texas) on Saturday (salon) Before I describe the events, first off, remember to bring canned and non-perishable food items to the events to donate to the Food Bank. Kudos to Karen Richardson and Karen Davenport for what looks l.....- 11/23/2006 9:55:45 AM
Sheesh! Texas Republican Legislators to Challenge the 14th Amendment (salon) So, if you're a kid born in the United States, but your parents are illegal aliens, you're not a citizen? Oops, that's unconstitutional! In Austin, Republicans began are heading to the state Capitol w.....- 11/23/2006 9:44:17 AM
Eating and Drinking NanoSilver-EPA decided to regulate it (salon) Ah the things you learn!Consumer products using extremely small particles of silver to kill germs will need Environmental Protection Agency approval, part of the government's first move to regulate th.....- 11/23/2006 9:32:54 AM
On Thanksgiving, Remember the *Trail of Tears* (salon) We think of Indians on Thanksgiving as part of the Pilgrim-Indian history play. How many people know about the history of the Trail of Tears, when, as part of a long campaign to rid this country of In.....- 11/23/2006 9:10:15 AM
Millions Enter US on Visa Waivers... but you and me? We'll Have to have Passports to Enter or Leave (salon) Irony O Day - Yes, those countries with whom we have friendly relations still have their citizens have passports, but they get in O So Easily. Citizens here are the ones under suspicion. The governmen.....- 11/22/2006 8:53:46 AM
Clean Air Coalition Says Texas Coal Plants Will Lead to More Deaths (salon) According to the report, which was commissioned by Washington, D.C.-based environmental group Clear the Air, the proposed plants will produce more than 100,000 tons of new pollutants annually and cont.....- 11/22/2006 8:43:49 AM
No Child Left Behind-Unless You're Hispanic or African-American-The Achievement Gaps Remain (salon) At some point, will we not pull the plug on Bush's education experiment?  I believe everyone in Texas knows that NCLB was based upon Rod Paige and his schools in Sharpstown (Houston area). And that th.....- 11/21/2006 8:48:41 AM
Hico (Texas) Disposal Well- Texas Railroad Commission Does a Poor Job of Inspecting It (salon) On November 9th, Bill Gordon wrote to the EPA to ask why the casing around the wells had apparently not been inspected. He asked Phillip Dellinger of the EPA what the status was on November 17, when h.....- 11/21/2006 8:35:05 AM
*Go Big, Go Long Or Go Home*-What? Are we playing FOOTBALL or Fighting a WAR??????? (salon) Boy, does that phrase from senior military officials offend. I'm not going to speak at all to whether these choices are valid or reasonable, but that to talk about a war in which our own military, not.....- 11/21/2006 8:16:03 AM
Hah! Krusee (Texas House Dist 52) was HURT by his advocacy of Toll Roads and the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Article points out that, although he won, it was a squeaker, with only 49.7 percent of the vote. In supposedly rock-ribbed Republican Williamson County, Krusee got just 49.7 percent of the vote, accor.....- 11/20/2006 11:56:17 AM
One week later, Still no bill from Sid Miller (Texas House Dist 59) on Notification of Residents about Injection Wells (salon) Earlier post- Since he was Shot-Out-Of-The-Box on three other bills right away, and not this bill, I have to assume that the other ones were... written for him. And this one is going to actually requi.....- 11/20/2006 11:46:08 AM
RFID -Enabled Employee Badges- *Ve Know Where You Are and Vat You Are Doing* (salon) Sigh. I used to work for a Very Large software company and wore a badge to get in and out of the building. I suppose I could have been asked to produce it while inside but I was well-known inside the .....- 11/20/2006 11:02:21 AM
Do you want your steering wheel knowing if you're too stressed or every coffee machine knowing how you like your coffee? (salon) Sigh. I used to work for a Very Large software company and wore a badge to get in and out of the building. I suppose I could have been asked to produce it while inside but I was well-known inside the .....- 11/20/2006 10:52:50 AM
McClennan County, Texas- More Voters Voted Straight Democratic Ticket Than Republican (salon) and heh, that includes Crawford.And how amusing this this?  West-area voters handily rejected Republican congressional nominee Van Taylor, 997 to 436, even though Taylor moved to the community last ye.....- 11/19/2006 2:19:04 PM
Audio Podcast- Candidates, Money and the Class Issue (salon) I've had some things on my mind lately I've wanted to do podcasts about. Here's the topic du jour. I didn't say it quite so pointedly, but elections are all about class issues nowadays instead of abou.....- 11/19/2006 1:42:43 PM
Rich, Affluent Neighborhood Elementary School in Dallas Charged with Segregation (Preston Hollow Elementary) (salon) Why, Preston Hollow Elementary (pinkies up, pls) is the school where Laura Bush was library liason and the two drunkie twins went to school. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1988, and Mrs. B.....- 11/18/2006 4:48:37 PM
VNR (Video News Release) Using FareCompare as an example (Dallas-Fort Worth) (salon) I noticed while watching local Fox4 News tonight (DFW) that the reporter had a segment on getting low airfare prices. What grabbed my attention, though, was that the segment was clearly marked "C.....- 11/18/2006 12:07:43 AM
A-AS Chimes In with Editorial about Perry's Gamble with Texas Teacher's Retirement Funds (salon) Wrote it about it earlier here. Perry shouldn\'t gamble with teachers\' retirement money The Teacher Retirement System should back away from a suggestion that it invest up to $600 mill.....- 11/17/2006 5:06:30 PM
Audio opener from HB 3588 from 78th Regular Session 2003-Krusee on the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Thought I'd clip an audio bit  from the largely unknown-at-the-time debates about the TTC. AUDIO of Krusee talking about what TTC is and why the Texas Lege went for it. I may put up some more later. I.....- 11/17/2006 4:50:26 PM
Bush Approval Sinks to 31% while he orders 57 THOUSAND more troops to Iraq (salon) All for the sake of face-saving, as in, *I sent in a whale of a lot of troops to try to finish up before I cut and run give up and leave*. About 57,000 U.S. troops will be sent to Iraq in early 2007 t.....- 11/17/2006 12:57:22 PM
CRAZY! Nuclear Proliferation Scorecard for India, Pakistan, and Iran (salon) Some days I feel like I"m reading jokes instead of news. On Thursday, Pakistan says it test-fired a nuclear-capable missile.Pakistan said it successfully test-fired a new version of its nuclear-c.....- 11/17/2006 12:40:20 PM
RFID/Biometric Passports in the UK Cracked with only 48 hours of work (salon) I'll only excerpt a bit of this here, but the article shows how the Guardian newspaper and a "scary computer" expert were able, by buying a reader and looking at passport specs on the UK Hom.....- 11/17/2006 11:31:44 AM
How often does it happen that a foreign company owns gas and oil wells in the US? Isramco to buy 660 Texas oil wells (salon) Maybe this happens more often that I know. But it caught my eye. Isramco Ltd. (Nasdaq: ISRL; TASE: ISRA.L), a subsidiary of JOEL Jerusalem Oil Exploration Ltd. (TASE: JOEL), controlled by Jacob Maiman.....- 11/17/2006 11:23:02 AM
ATMOS Energy Seeks To Screw Customers and Bill Them for Pipe Replacement-Remember that Rate Increase? (salon) Just a little background to refresh your memory- if you were watching the Glen Rose Reporter, you saw the public notice recently asking to INCREASE YOUR RATES. As you can see if you reread that link, .....- 11/17/2006 9:54:28 AM
Open Fired Coal Plants Versus Co-Fired: Green Energy Resources Urges Perry To STOP the Dallas-TXU Energy Plan (salon) PR piece from Green Energy, gives description of a cleaner coal-firing process.Green Energy Resources (Other OTC:GRGR.PK - News) is urging Texas Govenor Rick Perry to halt the Dallas-based TXU energy .....- 11/17/2006 9:37:26 AM
Perry Asking Teacher's Retirement Fund to Invest... in HIS Technology Fund companies (salon) Somehow, I question whether Perry, who has a poor track record of actually giving a hoot whether funds are available for teachers, is looking out for THEIR interests. Seems to me more that he's lookin.....- 11/17/2006 9:12:52 AM
Coincidence? 2 Hamilton Texas Police Cars Lost to Fire .... After Foiled Bank Robbing Attempt (salon) Wrote about the bank robbing attempt yesterday. Two Hamilton County sheriff’s vehicles were destroyed by fire early Thursday morning — after news broke of an elaborate heist to wreak havoc in Hamilton.....- 11/17/2006 4:30:16 AM
Virtual Border Fence to Cost 2 Billion... No... 8 Billion.. Well, No... Up to THIRTY BILLION DOLLARS (salon) DHS was a little off in their estimates.Electronic monitoring and other steps for enhancing surveillance along the southwestern border could cost 15 times the initial $2 billion estimate, the Homeland.....- 11/16/2006 6:30:18 PM
Spellings Still Pushing that Massive Database That Would Track Students Cradle to Grave-Universities Don't Like it (salon) Wrote about this before, including, in Texas, Neely's mirror image of this sneaky attempt to track people OVER 18.  You have to wonder if Spellings is profiting by this in some way; I mean she's pushi.....- 11/16/2006 5:51:00 PM
TXU Cuts Shady Deal with Alcoa at the Rockdale (Milam County) Texas Alcoa Smelter (Clean Air Act? Hah!) (salon) From Environmental DefenseThe federal government, TXU and Alcoa have cut a back-room deal that would circumvent the consent decree concerning the electric power generators at the Alcoa smelter near Ro.....- 11/16/2006 5:45:49 PM
Kip Averitt's (Texas Senate District 22) Campaign Reports (salon) So who contributed to Averitt's campaign and how much? November 7, 2006 reportCompass Bank $2000Michael Dell (yes, of Dell Computers) $3000GM Pac - $1000Licenced Beverage Distributors PAC $10,000Lineb.....- 11/16/2006 2:37:15 PM
More on who contributed to Sid Miller's (Texas House District 59)'s Campaign (salon) Nov 3, 2006- James Gjerset $1000 -He's a registered lobbyist as of 2005. Now would a lobbyist give money to a politician without expecting something in return? Maybe something regarding the ADANov 6, .....- 11/16/2006 2:08:26 PM
Fake News O Day- Thought it would be interesting to see where these videos pop up (salon) I was looking at some of the VNRs that get sent out to television news and then are repackaged, so that the viewer doesn't realize that he or she is actually watching a PR piece. One way these are fak.....- 11/16/2006 1:29:45 PM
Toll Road Rates in Texas -Open your Wallet, the Grabby Hands Want In (salon) I noticed this bit from McBlogger, which contrasts someone having to pay (O the HORROR!) additional gas tax versus a toll fee to be on the road. He points out that if, for example, you had to pay an a.....- 11/16/2006 11:32:18 AM
Texas Senator Nelson's Bill SB 27 Reminds me of the Perry Boondoggle on Long Term Care (salon) I've been doing some cursory reading through the bills filed this week at the Texas Lege, and saw this from Nelson of Flower Mound. This bill is:relating to a pilot program to educate nursing home res.....- 11/16/2006 11:18:51 AM
William *Harley* Sinclair died Wednesday after a traffic accident on Hwy 67 in Glen Rose, Texas (2006) (salon) An 18-year-old man died Wednesday after a traffic accident in Glen Rose. William Sinclair of Glen Rose died at 12:17 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, the Tarrant County Medical Ex.....- 11/16/2006 10:45:50 AM
Wow! Bank Robbery Plot Foiled in Hamilton, Texas- Robbers were going to blow up police cars and rob 3 banks (salon) The perpetrators traded amphetamines for weapons... to an undercover agent. Two weeks ago, after first talking to undercover officers about getting guns and explosives in October, Geske [who is from H.....- 11/16/2006 10:39:30 AM
Texas Legislature Bill Just Filed that Requires Paper Trails on Electronic Voting Machines (salon) It was good to see, after the recount held this week about the County Judge position, that, except for one vote deducted for each candidate, that the electronic voting machines were accurate. There's .....- 11/16/2006 10:27:43 AM
On the Austin, Texas Toll Study Report Recently Released to CAMPO by CRA International (salon) I've seen a couple of glowing news articles about the report that came out from CRA International about proposed toll roads; one fairly trumpets that opponents of toll roads have little comfort from t.....- 11/16/2006 8:38:01 AM
Texas Legislature- Dueling School Voucher Bills Filed - One Against, One For (salon) To review: Sid Miller (House District 59) said he was against school vouchers, but, oh, had voted for a *pilot* program, but had never voted for school vouchers. Well, duh, that's because a. all the s.....- 11/16/2006 7:11:17 AM
I've been waiting for Sid Miller (Texas House Dist 59) to File that Bill about Notifying People about Gas Injection Wells (salon) At the Hico meeting a couple of months ago where the Texas Railroad Commish showed up to do his dog and pony about *safe* the injection well is that was put right out of town near the Bosque River is,.....- 11/15/2006 10:12:36 PM
Remember TAB (Texas Association of Business) that funded Sid Miller's 2002 campaign? Grand Jury has RE-INDICTED them (salon) First up, a little memory lane. Here's what I wrote before about the corporate donors who secretly (or so they thought) contributed to Bill Hammond's group, TAB, in order to try to win races for Repub.....- 11/15/2006 9:41:33 PM
ON that Recount- Walter Maynard (D) STILL the Somervell County, Texas County Judge Winner-NOT Hank Jones (salon) First up, a little memory lane. Here's what I wrote before about the corporate donors who secretly (or so they thought) contributed to Bill Hammond's group, TAB, in order to try to win races for Repub.....- 11/15/2006 7:05:25 PM
Paul Burka on Ernie Casbeer (who ran for TX House District 59 against Sid Miller) (salon) One of the losing Democrats, Ernie Casbeer, read the posting and sent me an e-mail that should make leading Democrats--and by that I mean people who do politics 24/7: big donors, fundraisers, consulta.....- 11/15/2006 6:22:56 PM
FCC STILL allowing television stations to put out Fake News aka VNRs aka Video News Releases (salon) I was watching a local Dallas station this morning, and a person I presumed to be a local reporter was talking about Home Depot. The Home Depot video shot had "California! Home of Home Depot".....- 11/15/2006 5:13:30 PM
YouTube Jumps the Shark- Attorneys Send Cease and Desist Letter about TechCrunch utility (salon) Ah! The appeal of having a place to upload your own videos FREE and have them stored FREE and accessed from someone else's hardware and internet resources FREE. When I first read about YouTube, I told.....- 11/15/2006 4:46:24 PM
Trans Texas Corridor Potpourri (salon) There's going to be a meeting in Brenham on Dec 4thWhen we first started hearing about plans for the Trans Texas Corridor, no one in our area seemed to know or care much about it. Now, this project se.....- 11/15/2006 3:31:59 PM
Bush the Torturer Revealed by the existence of CIA Documents authorizing torture (salon) Anyone paying attention has known about this for the last couple of years, that Bush signed an order authorizing torture; and that the recent Military Commissions bill and related have been attempts t.....- 11/15/2006 11:56:15 AM
Bills Sid Miller (US House District 59) Filed on November 14, 2006 (salon) HB 191 Author: Miller Last Action: 11/13/2006 H FiledCaption Version:IntroducedCaption:Relating to the fee for issuance of specialty license plates to members of the United States armed forces.{if(eve.....- 11/15/2006 12:30:34 AM
Sunset Advisory Commission (Texas) thinks it's just fine to take YOUR money to pay lobbyists (salon) and in fact, likes it so well, it wants to move the office to be at the behest of Rick Perry. Maybe the Sunset Advisory Commission might like to find out if the people in the state of Texas WANT their.....- 11/14/2006 7:03:02 PM
Texas Legislature Bills Filed Include Some to STOP the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) (salon) and in fact, likes it so well, it wants to move the office to be at the behest of Rick Perry. Maybe the Sunset Advisory Commission might like to find out if the people in the state of Texas WANT their.....- 11/14/2006 6:46:39 PM
Boyd Waggoner of Erath County, Texas Hints at Breaking Erath County Away from Middle Trinity Groundwater District (salon) After reading about all the corruption on the MTGCD, and seeing how shabbily they treat the citizens of Commanche and Erath County (they won't even allow citizen comments before actions), doesn't surp.....- 11/14/2006 6:05:48 PM
As we think ahead to who will challenge John Cornyn (TX) in 2008, remember he wants to send MORE troops to Iraq (salon) I saw a notation on the Austin-American Statesman earlier that was tossing out John Sharp's name as a candidate against Cornyn in 2008. Well, let's go, just about anyone is better than that *I Condone.....- 11/14/2006 6:03:07 PM
Somervell County Food Bank (downtown Glen Rose) -some impressions (salon) I volunteered to help at the Food Bank today, and am going to greatly enjoy it. Janis Stout very capably manages the effort, as well as a team of dedicated volunteers. While I was there, people came b.....- 11/14/2006 5:47:53 PM
Recount for the Somervell County Judge position on Thursday (salon) I volunteered to help at the Food Bank today, and am going to greatly enjoy it. Janis Stout very capably manages the effort, as well as a team of dedicated volunteers. While I was there, people came b.....- 11/14/2006 2:51:59 PM
Texas Has Concealed Weapons Law- How will *this* surveillance tool that finds weapons in open spaces fly? (salon) Pharad LLC is working on a system that will scan people for weapons in open spaces-like airports, trains or subway terminals. They're some years away from it working but presumably this would do away .....- 11/13/2006 1:25:19 PM
*Fair Use* Issues That Will Get Further Play Now Due to Democrats Being in Power (salon) Article talks about why it matters who gets the chairmanship of the IP committee (Berman up first). Berman's thoughts on what happened with the DMCA and *fair use*.When Congress considered the content.....- 11/13/2006 12:22:34 PM
As Evangelists Turn From Bush and Company, An Editorial about An Empty Shell of Faith (salon) I've thought quite a bit about the issue of how involved religion should be in politics over the years. I'm of the opinion that Jesus Kingdom was not of this world and therefore the mammon-chasing meg.....- 11/13/2006 12:11:49 PM
One more RFID comment today-about people spying on you through your garbage (salon) I think everybody knows that there are people (usually detectives) who, in order to find out details about a person, have no problem with snooping in their garbage. In fact, I remember reading a legal.....- 11/13/2006 11:40:19 AM
Jack-In-The-Box Jumps on the RFID Contactless Payment Bandwagon (salon) Dang! I love Jack in the Box. But I see, hidden amongst the other parts of this article, that details just how JITB is cutting deals with the players, that JITB intends to go to a "Loyalty" .....- 11/13/2006 11:23:32 AM
Surveillance and Data-Mining: The Way of the Tracking Society (salon) IBM has come out with a system for video cameras called *Smart Surveillance System*. The breakdown of how it works is here. New York last week revealed that it's been using digital surveillance camera.....- 11/13/2006 10:46:16 AM
Iran-Contra Old Home Week- Eagleburger to Join Iraq Study Group (salon) Noticed this morning that Lawrence Eagleburger is set to join some other Bush, Sr government relicts in bailing out Little Bush's administration. What looks striking is how many of them were involved .....- 11/13/2006 9:17:39 AM
Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Contaminated Groundwater (salon) As a way to provide a realistic counterbalance to happy talk about gas wells and pipelines, here's a couple of sobering articles.First, a man died in Cheyenne this weekend when he drove his bulldozer .....- 11/12/2006 1:27:38 PM
Halliburton-Nigerian Bribe Investigation Moves Ahead-DOJ, SEC, Nigerian Govt, French and Swiss Investigators (salon) Did I leave anyone/anything out? Oh, yeah, the Kitchen Sink. Background - This investigation has been going on for 4 years. (Who was CEO then? Cheney!)There are new signs of life in a sprawling four-y.....- 11/12/2006 1:04:32 PM
RFID and the Ballpark of the Future- Marketed to via your Cellphone (salon) I assume most people have seen the movie "Minority Report" and remember the creepy feeling when Tom Cruise walks through a public area and is directly marketed to. When I first saw the movie.....- 11/12/2006 12:12:57 PM
Why Wal-Mart is not just greeting people with Merry Christmas this year, they are promoting it to take advantage of the biggest group of suckers in the world...the fundies! (joe) So here we are again...another holiday season and people have to start the fight "holiday" or "christmas". I'm sure the talking heads will start up with the rhetoric again soon. Wa.....- 11/12/2006 11:35:56 AM
*I Have Nothing to Hide*- Datamining discussed -Minority Report *Pre-Crime* anyone? (salon) I've been thinking the last couple of days about the NSA spying on American citizens (and everyone in the world, really, through such means as AT&T teleco pipes) and collecting that information th.....- 11/12/2006 11:11:41 AM
More on Bush's Notion That His Experience as Texas Governor Translates to BiPartisanship Now (salon) Wrote about this yesterday-here's more from the Chron. Sounds like what we have is some memory that doesn't exist outside of Bush's punkin head. One difference between the two eras: Bush did not spend.....- 11/12/2006 9:58:37 AM
*Life Choices Presents* -No Separation of Church and State for Parker County, Texas Schools (salon) I'm always curious when I see religious entities put on school presentations that are paid for by us, the taxpayer. And more so when I see that the TEA (Texas Education Agency) funds it. That looks to.....- 11/11/2006 3:37:53 PM
Bush Going for Face Saving Measure in Leaving Iraq By Calling in Daddy's Henchmen (salon) You have to wonder if, behind the scenes, Poppy Bush is scolding goofball Sonny Boy and telling him he's had his little adventure but now he needs to bring in some of Poppy's men from his era to fix u.....- 11/11/2006 1:24:38 PM
On Bush's Comments Regarding how he worked with Texas Legislature When He Was Governor (salon) Interesting article in the Waco Trib today that segues from Bush's comments on Wednesday about, gee, how he really HAD worked in a bipartisan manner before, when he was governor. Before I clip a bit o.....- 11/11/2006 1:20:01 PM
Piling On- Bush Is One Heckuva Unpopular President-31 % approval rate (salon) Just reading results from a global poll in which the readers were asked who they most admired.Civil rights luminary Nelson Mandela and software billionaire  {activateYQinl(this);return false;}" href=".....- 11/11/2006 1:12:47 PM
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