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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) - 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) - 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) - 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
How Does the World View the Republican's Crushing Losses? Snips from a few world newspapers (salon) Right-Wing Extremist Viciousness Punished - Die Welt, GermanyThe turn to the Democrats can be precisely dated - April 2005 and the Terri Schaivo case . When feeding tubes were to be removed from the c.....- 11/10/2006 3:29:38 PM
Fastow (Enron Scandal)'s Jail Time Has been cut from 10 to 6 Years... but boo-hoo, doesn't get the jail he wants (salon) Not to worry, maybe he can take some drug rehab time and only end up spending FOUR years in jail! One wonders if the Oakdale, LA Prison is of the *country-club* variety. I notice that there is a diffe.....- 11/10/2006 3:09:03 PM
FEMA Puts RFID Chips on Corpses-Just HOW Ubiquitous is RFID now? (salon) Stunning article that shows exactly what inroads RFID has made in not only a variety of places all over the world but in all types of items and applications. (While you read the article, consider that.....- 11/10/2006 2:30:02 PM
Texas Legislators Ask TXU *How Come When Gas Prices Fell,YOUR PROFITS ROSE!* (salon) Interesting article about Rick Perry's Corporate Pal, TXU, which saw profits nearly double in its third quarter.Fraser [of Horseshoe Bay, Texas] went on to accuse TXU officials of abusing customer tru.....- 11/10/2006 2:24:02 PM
Huh? Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17, Texas) Says To Get Past BiPartisanship.. plus some other goofy things I don't agree with (salon) I can't figure out if the person at the Cleburne newspaper misquoted Edwards or if Edwards mispoke, but I have to believe he didn't mean this. Edwards vows to fight against bipartisanship in CongressA.....- 11/10/2006 1:00:31 PM
Republicans Scared to Run Another Candidate After Van Taylor's Defeat to Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17-Texas) (salon) I hadn't realized this was the FOURTH CONSECUTIVE DEFEAT for Republicans in this district who tried to run against Edwards (plus, as I always like to remind, this is Bush's district, at least where he.....- 11/10/2006 12:47:21 PM
Hico, Texas-Were Casing Tests NOT PERFORMED on the Salt Water Injection Well South of Town? (salon) Bill Gordon of Erath County said he was driving by the well and it looked deserted. I have been in contact with EPA Region 6 office in Dallas.  They have oversight for the RRC in complying with EPA an.....- 11/9/2006 6:42:07 PM
Test Trials Under Way in Dallas, Texas for RFID-Laced Cellphones-Used to Buy Crap at 7-11's (salon) RFID in your cellphone.Oh, no privacy issues THERE.Near Field Communication (NFC), the protocol developed by Mastercard for its PayPass payment systems, will be tested for six months. PayPass requires.....- 11/9/2006 10:11:19 AM
Democratic Texans That Will Become Subcommittee Chairs in the House and some Republican LOSERS (salon) First off, knew that Chet Edwards of our district (17) is most likely going to be on the House appropriations committee that deals with the military and veterans. But I've never seen THIS term before,.....- 11/9/2006 9:40:15 AM
Bechtel's Billions Down the Drain in Iraq- Iraqis See the End of Remaining Hopes to Reconstruct Iraq (salon) Pitiful. All that money FROM US... wasted.Bechtel, whose board members have close ties to the administration of US President George W Bush, announced last week that it was done with trying to operate .....- 11/9/2006 9:33:24 AM
TXU *Deregulation Is Your Pal* Rolling in the Dough- Income Rises to $1 BILLION smacks (salon) Yesterday we read that the CEO of TXU said that *Deregulation is the best option*.Well, yeah... For TXU!  (Wonder how much the TXU CEO gets per year?)TXU Corp., the largest Texas power producer, said .....- 11/9/2006 9:29:30 AM
Cowboys MUST release details of Arlington, Texas Stadium (salon) The Cowboys had used the Homeland Security Act as a dodge not to tell the PUBLIC, who funded the PRIVATE stadium, the details. That's changed, the AG told them to cough it up.  While Abbott said he ag.....- 11/9/2006 8:54:19 AM
Video of Bush In Slo-Mo- *You Think I'm Nuts?* (salon) I watched the Bush press conference yesterday and did a bit of clipping of some of my favorite bits that he said. But the topper was when David Gregory said something to him off-camera and Bush did a .....- 11/9/2006 7:57:15 AM
For THIS C-Span Watcher, having a Democratic Controlled House is going to be Fun! (salon) I've watched quite a bit of C-span in the last two years, especially House proceedings. I like listening to the House more than the Senate because the speeches are shorter and not so ponderous. But I'.....- 11/9/2006 7:49:00 AM
How Will Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17, Texas) position on the War In Iraq Play in new Democrat-controlled House? (salon) Chet Edwards will be chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs when the House starts up again this. Saw an article this morning, related to Rob.....- 11/9/2006 7:34:28 AM
Bush's Global Trade Agenda in Doubt Now that Dems Win-Maybe this will stop projects like Trans Texas Corridor (salon) or the North American Union. Article talks about how Bush has been working to dismantle trade barriers, but the states who have seen jobs shipped overseas aren't happy about it. Moody's Investors Serv.....- 11/8/2006 1:29:39 PM
TXU does a DogNPony to Justify High Costs- Says DeRegulation is Best Option (salon) If I were head of TXU and greedy and eager to make money off unwilling customers, I'd say that, too! TXU Corp. Chief Executive Officer John Wilder on Tuesday defended electricity deregulation in Texas.....- 11/8/2006 1:11:17 PM
Dead Candidate from Pearland, Texas... Wins Race (salon) Remember this? Well, she's dead.. but she won - with 60 percent of the vote. Republican state Rep. Glenda Dawson is dead, but she's not gone. She easily defeated her living Democratic opponent Tuesday.....- 11/8/2006 12:08:18 PM
Rumsfeld Resigns (joe) - 11/8/2006 12:04:06 PM
Re-elected Democrat Chet Edwards will be voting for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker (joe) In our county we helped Democrat Chet Edwards get re-elected by beating Republican Van Taylor in our county. I seem to recall a few years ago at a meeting (Chet met with some disgruntled dems to find .....- 11/8/2006 12:12:02 PM
The Moral Majority Has Spoken- Democrats Take Over the House and *May* Also Control the Senate (salon) Oh. Did you think I meant the old Moral Majority group of some 20 years ago? No. I'm talking about the REAL moral majority.The people of the United States who were tired of the Republican corruption a.....- 11/8/2006 11:00:02 AM
On Sid Miller (Texas House District 59)-and Comments in Stephenville paper guestbook (salon) I saw that a comment I had made in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune was posted in the guestbook and I've been considering Miller's win this morning, versus Ernie Casbeer. People have different reasons .....- 11/8/2006 10:49:47 AM
On Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17-Texas) and General Area Results -He's STILL representing Bush (salon) As noted on another post, I noticed that two counties actually had more votes for Van Taylor than Chet Edwards. The Cleburne Times Review, which is in Johnson County, comments:U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, .....- 11/8/2006 8:59:03 AM
Chet Edwards Beat out Van "Trust Fund Baby" Taylor (US House District 17- Texas) (salon) From the Waco TribuneComplete returns for McLennan County and most returns for sprawling Congressional District 17 showed Edwards winning re-election to his ninth term, easily vanquishing Republican c.....- 11/8/2006 8:35:13 AM
IBM Comes up with a Privacy RFID Tag where the antenna can be clipped. (salon) Now THIS is a kick butt idea. The idea is to let retail, consumer goods and drug companies tap into the value of RFID while sidestepping privacy concerns. Consumers could remove the antennas once item.....- 11/8/2006 2:42:24 AM
Harris County, Texas Considering *Lexus Lanes* for the Westpark Toll Road (HERE WE GO! Put your Raincoat on (salon) because you're about to be soaked.) I read and wrote about this in early September after reading an article about Washington State. The idea is that, if a toll road is congested during rush hour, Voil.....- 11/8/2006 2:28:29 AM
Can't believe I'm still up (and will be) watching MSNBC for the races (salon) First laugh up- After hearing, day after day, about Republicans being threatened with having Pelosi WITH SUBPOENA POWER if Democrats won the House, it's yummy (with a spoon!) to see the Democratic Hou.....- 11/8/2006 1:54:04 AM
Somervell County (Texas) final numbers (salon) Agriculture Commissioner- Staples 1514  Gilbert 763  Woolam 71Railroad Commissioner- Jones 1401 Henry 837 Serrano 70State Senate, Dist 22 - Averitt 1738 Smart 398State House Rep District 59 - Miller 1.....- 11/7/2006 10:40:43 PM
Iraq War Roundup- 2837 US Military died since March 2003 (salon) Figure includes 7 military civilians.What About Poland? Polish Foreign Minister wants to know why American Diplomat wanted Polish Deputy Premier ... to be FIRED. Why? Because he wasn't a total cheerle.....- 11/7/2006 5:29:29 PM
Remember the documentary *Last Man Standing* about Patrick Rose and Rick Green (Dripping Springs, Texas) (salon) (In fact, one of the Chris's who works for Chet Edwards says he worked for Patrick Rose then and is in the movie). Anyway, if you watched it, you know how Rick Green looked oh-so-religious but was bea.....- 11/7/2006 4:47:13 PM
Cue Jeopardy Music-Would you rather live next to a Nuclear Power Plant or a Coal Fired Plant? (Texas) (salon) Since I already live in a county that has a nuclear power plant, and is attempting to get a SECOND one built here, the question is a little moot for me. And the article quoted here tries to make it so.....- 11/7/2006 9:37:21 AM
RFID- Your Cell Phone Used by Traffic Monitor Companies to Track Where You and Others are on the road (salon) Intrusive RFID News O Day. Atlanta's horrendous traffic has inspired two companies that are looking to monitor many more roads and highways than is done today and at a much lower cost. Their approach:.....- 11/7/2006 9:02:18 AM
Cornyn Says No Way Trans Texas Corridor Would be Completed in This Generation (salon) Makes me wonder what question he was asked at the invited-guests-only shindig he attended.On the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, he said he saw no way it could be completed in the lifetime of the curre.....- 11/7/2006 8:07:10 AM
US House District 17 (Texas)- Van Taylor-*A Vote For Me is Two More Years of Republican Control*-Yeah, That's Why We Voted for Chet Edwards (salon) I did volunteer calldowns the last few days in the county and talked to a lot of people-ALL of whom are voting for Chet Edwards. I'm voting for Edwards EXACTLY because I hope the House will get a Demo.....- 11/7/2006 7:17:21 AM
Texas Senate Dist 22- Libertarian Smart's Jail Time Good Publicity-He's Going to SUE (salon) Not only did I vote for Smart last week against Kip "I Love Coal-Burning Plants and Trans Texas Corridor" Averitt, but the Clifton newspaper recommended him (No Democrats ran in that race). .....- 11/7/2006 7:04:48 AM
Troops are dying and where is their commander in chief? He is much too busy to hear their calls for help while he is campaigning for republicans. (joe) It really angers me when I think about the troops over in Iraq dying every single day...and every single day I have to hear Bush doing a stump speech on the campaign trail. Why isn't he in his office .....- 11/6/2006 8:23:32 PM
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