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Texas Farm Bureau Wants to Overhaul State Eminent Domain Laws-Too Easy for Texans To Lose Their Land (salon) Good!The issue will be discussed at the Texas Farm Bureau's 73rd annual convention starting Saturday in Arlington.The Bureau on Monday is expected to adopt a policy that will be part of a bill submitt.....- 12/3/2006 3:36:19 PM
One more Naked-Airport-Xraying-Backscatter-TSA-Gets-The-Jollies Post (salon) Previous post about it. I was watching Countdown the other day and they showed another gawdawful picture of what someone looks like, in this case Susan Hallowell of the TSA, when going through these b.....- 12/3/2006 3:25:21 PM
The Eagles' Don Henley Part of Lawsuit Against TXU's Coal-Fired Plants in Texas (salon) heh. Boy, do I enjoy reading that. Plus, the other person to oppose Rick Perry's "BREATHE DIRTY AIR TILL YOU DIE" boondoggle is a .... Republican. Even Republicans think Perry is endangering.....- 12/2/2006 11:07:53 AM
Waco (McLennan County, Texas) VA Hospital has been saved (salon) Good deal! It seemed pretty absurd that the Bush administration was so fired up to close the VA Hospital when we have so many veterans AND the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are still going on.Vete.....- 12/2/2006 8:26:27 AM
Remember that Vietnam Vet Who Drove Over the Camp Casey Crosses in August 2005? (Crawford, Texas) (salon) Larry Northern was placed on 6 months deferred probation after pleading "no contest". Northern was arrested by sheriff’s deputies shortly after he drove his truck over hundreds of small wood.....- 12/2/2006 8:22:31 AM
New, Semi-Finished Feature- Bill Blab for Texas Lege Bills (salon) I wanted a way not only to easily find bills (the Texas Legislature website is THE BEST!) but also to be able to comment on the bills or authors however I want.. and then find those comments related o.....- 12/1/2006 5:33:31 PM
Oh Geez- TXDOT is tracking EVERY SINGLE DRIVER on Texas toll roads- Taking Pictures Of EVERY CAR (salon) and putting them into a database. Did you think that was only for those that DIDN'T PAY  up? Nope. You too.Speaking of toll roads, people who are driving on sections of the new roadways are being phot.....- 12/1/2006 4:02:18 PM
High School Students in Georgia Inform Their Fellow Students about the ASVAB Military Aptitude Test (salon) Most important point is that this test is NOT mandatory, and NOT part of NCLB. Sent by Tomas HeikkalaOn a Friday afternoon the 17th of November, 17-year-old high school seniors Robert Day and Samuel P.....- 12/1/2006 3:40:26 PM
US Court Bans Oil and Gas Roads on Roadless National Forests (Smackdown for Bush adminstration) (salon) National Forests protected by the Bush administration? Nah. By JUDGES who overturn bad Bush decisions.A federal district judge ruled yesterday that the Roadless Area Conservation Rule should be applie.....- 12/1/2006 3:21:22 PM
PODCAST-Do You Want to Live in a *Tracking* Society? (salon) Between the government collecting information (data-mining) that it keeps for years that we cannot, at this point, investigate, challenge or forestall, to RFID tracking mechanisms, the question must b.....- 12/1/2006 3:05:46 PM
Naked X-Raying (Backscatter) Continues Its Intrusive March into Airports (TSA On Ze March) (salon) Written about this before here and here. You're going through an airport and TSA thinks you LOOK SUSPICIOUS (or maybe, as we found out today, you're in a DHS database that has your risk assessment as .....- 12/1/2006 12:51:35 PM
Oh! You Didn't KNOW Homeland Security Considered Whether You Personally are a Terrorist Risk? (salon) And now that you do, you want to go challenge assessments done on you? Silly you! The Computer-That-Data-Mines-And-Knows-All-And-Sees-All is BETTER than you and you better just shut up and bow your he.....- 12/1/2006 12:05:18 PM
How Puzzling! Texas AAA Gas Prices Survey Says (GASP) Gas Prices Climb EVEN THOUGH WHOLESALE PRICES DOWN (salon) Laughed when I read this line.The price trend is a little baffling, said auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau.Yes. Baffling. Otherwise, it might mean that gas prices going down is NOT BEING PASSED ON TO.....- 12/1/2006 11:33:40 AM
Deregulating Texas Electricity Prices Will Lead to Higher Rates than Regulated Rates (salon) Amused by the "but some critics disagree"... Yeah, one of them was  TXU. "TXU firmly believes that this is a competitive market, and it will become a more competitive market and that cu.....- 12/1/2006 11:28:05 AM
Do Environmentalists Back Nuclear Power????? No! (salon) Wrote about this before-it seems that trying to frame the discussion as "Nuclear Power OR Coal-Fired Plants" is not only limiting.. but they aren't the ONLY choices. Gee, I can be against BO.....- 12/1/2006 11:12:42 AM
Toll Roads in Texas- The Road to Ruin or the Roads IN Ruin (salon) Since the weather was so bad yesterday and kept my connection flaky and mostly down, I read the newest Texas Monthly issue while snuggled up under a blankie! I recommend, if you are interested (and yo.....- 12/1/2006 11:03:02 AM
Kip Averitt (Texas SD22) Spoke at UTA about Politics- *They'll Let Anybody Do it* (salon) Interesting article. Using the people in the room as a sample of the Texas population, Averitt asked the audience to stand and then eliminated those who he believed would not be likely to influence th.....- 12/1/2006 10:48:04 AM
Crawford (McLennan County,Texas) War Protesters Found Guilty for Obstructing Street (salon) A six-person McLennan County jury Thursday convicted two Iraq war protesters charged with obstructing a street near the president’s ranch in Crawford. Hiram Myers, a 75-year-old retired Oklahoma lawye.....- 12/1/2006 10:40:26 AM
Sheehan to Testify in Crawford (McClennan County) Texas Protester Case Today (salon) From yesterdayToday: Hiram Myers, an Oklahoma lawyer, and Em Hardy, an Austin psychologist, were two of 14 protesters arrested April 14 and charged with “failing to obey an order to prevent obstructio.....- 11/29/2006 9:26:19 AM
Crawford (McClennan County, Texas) Protesters to Go on Trial Today (Jury Selection) (salon) Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in County Court at Law in Waco in the trial of two protesters who were arrested in April near the president’s ranch and charged with obstruction of.....- 11/28/2006 9:42:24 AM
Baylor and SMU Bemused at the *News* that Bush's Huge Tribute to Hubris Might be Built in Dallas (salon) Saw this last night on Countdown, about Bush's big money attempt to change the way history will look at him (FAILED PRESIDENCY, WORST PRESIDENT IN MEMORY) by getting donors to make some expensive Pres.....- 11/28/2006 9:09:39 AM
On Bush's Illegally Spying On Americans- Second PR Stunt Open Today where Justice Dept To Investigate (salon) I say again, a COURT, preferably the Supreme Court, needs to look into this. What Bush did (and is doing) is illegal. Is Bush trying to push this through quickly before Democrats take power? Lotsaluck.....- 11/28/2006 9:00:24 AM
Oh! So the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board LIKES Bush's Spy-On-Americans Programs (and thinks you will too) (salon) Big question I have is why, all of a sudden, a board which was created shortly after 9/11 by the president, and NEVER EVEN MET OR WAS FUNDED as of  February 20, 2006, is now in the public eye. Hmmm........- 11/28/2006 8:20:43 AM
Pffttt! Texas *Ethics* Commission Says Gifts Of Money Can Stay Secret (salon) Wrote about this before and it seemed absurd and dishonest at the time. Still does. As the article here points out, they're all Republicans on this panel. And the only way to apparently keep the *Ethi.....- 11/27/2006 10:57:06 PM
AUDIO PODCAST- On Diary Pimping (salon) - 11/27/2006 10:50:07 PM
PODCAST- Why I won't watch CNN any more- *Damaged Goods* (salon) - 11/27/2006 9:34:58 PM
Another Bill HB318 from Sid Miller (TX House Dist 59)- Sporting Goods Tax (salon) I don't have time this minute to try to decipher what this bill purports to do. However, we KNOW that the sporting goods tax was voted on and understood by the people of Texas to go EXCLUSIVELY to pay.....- 11/27/2006 11:32:04 AM
Sid Miller (TX House Dist 59) Submits Same Bill AGAIN this year about taxation for rail facilities (salon) Here's where I wrote about it before- it apparently didn't pass the last Texas lege session. So up it pops again. Who does this benefit? HB316 - relating to the ad valorem taxation of certain property.....- 11/27/2006 11:19:29 AM
University of Texas at Austin is about to start recruiting students to learn Hindi and Urdu (salon) (I can say my name in Urdu- "mera nam Salon heh"). The recruitment at UTA is part of The National Security Education Program, sponsored by the Defense Department. The article doesn't say, bu.....- 11/27/2006 10:31:14 AM
Texas Courthouse Trivia- Somervell County mentioned in new book (salon) There's a gal at the county courthouse that has the most wonderful screensaver of county courthouses in Texas. To go along with that, here's a new book "Texas Historic Courthouses". Here's w.....- 11/27/2006 10:23:16 AM
Texas State Railroad in Palestine Faces Closure at the End of the Year (salon) Supporters of the Texas State Railroad are seeking emergency funding from the state to try to prevent the East Texas tourist train from closing at the end of the year.The last run for the train, which.....- 11/27/2006 10:20:46 AM
Big Oil Companies Manipulated Gas Prices by Crimping Oil Supplies (salon) Of course they deny it. But read this article and judge for yourself.Yet the analysis found evidence of at least an underwhelming industry performance in supplying the domestic market when profits sho.....- 11/27/2006 9:50:01 AM
Iran Contra Scandal 20 years On- More Documents Published-Gates Involvement (salon) The Houston Chronicle seems to believe that the Iran-Contra scandal involvement of Robert Gates won't sink his nomination to succeed Rumsfeld. Maybe so. Meanwhile, as we're thinking about it, here's a.....- 11/25/2006 7:41:16 AM
With Democrats in charge, Yucca Mountain most likely won't be nuclear waste repository (salon) The dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas is planned as the first national repository for radioactive waste. It's supposed to hold 77,000 tons of the material — from commercial power plants reactors an.....- 11/24/2006 11:20:49 PM
Clean Coal Technology Available for TXU To Use-But TXU IS a Cheap Bastid Company (salon) Was reading about IGCC- Integrated Gasification Control Cycle, which converts coal into gas which is then burned. These plants produce fewer of the pollutants that cause smog and acid rain than conven.....- 11/24/2006 11:17:44 PM
Use Immigrants as Cannon Fodder? Department of Homeland Security Thinks That's a Fine Idea (salon) Missed this last week, hauling back up again because this is truly offensive. Yeah, Americans in general aren't going, nor are the chicken hawks, so why don't we just have more foreigners (read: illeg.....- 11/24/2006 11:07:25 PM
Rick Perry- All About Helping out the Rich- Lower Property Taxes But Raise Sales Taxes????? (salon) Read an article from the Star-Telegram entitled "Is This Your Idea of Reform?". I'll have to admit that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Task Force on Appraisal Reform isn't as bad as I thought it wo.....- 11/24/2006 9:22:42 AM
Tango Electric Car! for Commuters! 0-60 in 4 Seconds (salon) Tomorrow I'm looking forward to watching "Who Killed the Electric Car?" but meantime saw an article in the DMN about a nifty, albeit funny-looking commuter car that is pretty terrific. Here'.....- 11/24/2006 9:16:32 AM
On Erath Excels Unacceptable Rating (Charter School in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) (salon) The one that Sid Miller's wife runs. Someone named MMZ commented at the Guests section at the online Stephenville paper (Empire-Tribune) about it.Salon Please check your records again, Erath Excels! w.....- 11/24/2006 8:51:16 AM
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) - 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
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