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Sid Miller(Texas House District 59) and House Bill 45 (79-3) -on Taxation of Rail facilities (salon) Since I knew that "Cash and Carry" Miller had taken lobby money from Union Pacific in the halls of the Texas Lege, when I saw this bill he introduced, I wondered what it was all about and wh.....- 11/6/2006 9:02:06 PM
Carolyn Boyle of Texas Parent PAC has endorsed ERNIE CASBEER!! (Texas House District 59)-re: Vouchers (salon) This is quite an honor for Casbeer to have the Texas Parent Pac endorsement. Remember who Carolyn Boyle is? She's the one that organized grass roots efforts to beat Grusendorf's attempts at sneaking i.....- 11/6/2006 2:39:01 PM
More Proof that Saddam's Verdict was Timed for the Elections- Verdict Given out 4 Days Early (salon) Wrote about this the other day and reminder that here's video of Bush saying FOUR TIMES that Saddam did not cause 9/11 ... and that he had carefully never claimed he did. From today- the paperwork for.....- 11/6/2006 11:16:21 AM
If you need a reason to go vote in Somervell County... (joe) How about putting a teacher like Ernie Casbeer in the state legislature instead of a cash n carry man like Sid Miller currently is? Sid has done NOTHING for Somervell County, refuses to have his debat.....- 11/6/2006 10:40:34 AM
We heard they wanted Kerry to apologize...how about Rush? (joe) So I was thinking about how much the right came out against Kerry demanding he apologize but I don't recall one of these people even suggesting Rush should apologize to Michael J. Fox. What a bunch of.....- 11/6/2006 9:32:42 AM
NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) Annoying Voters with Repeated *Robocalls* (salon) I've gotten a few automated calls this political season, including one from an adjoining county that was trying to sell jewelry, and the best defense has been having the answering machine on... always.....- 11/6/2006 12:24:42 AM
Haggard, Republican Evangelical Preacher, Confesses to His Congregation-Guilty of Sexual Immorality (salon) Something smarmy must be about to come out about this guy. What gets me isn't that the man is gay but that he, as a representative of a Christian congregation, was lying about it all these years and b.....- 11/5/2006 11:36:52 AM
Early Voting numbers for Somervell County (Chair) - 11/5/2006 10:37:01 AM
Tracking Students in a Gigantic Federal Database After Graduation- Tell People it's because of TAKS (salon) Here comes a back door PR strategy to get people to accept having all student records tracked in a federal database forever. Who's touting this? Margaret Spellings.  And today, I'm suspicious of an ar.....- 11/5/2006 10:37:34 AM
TCEQ- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Made Rule Change-Easier For Coal Plants to get Permits (salon) Rick Perry got a big donation from TXU. Rick Perry fasttracked coal plants for TXU in Texas after. And now, this Galveston News article points out that TCEQ dropped a requirement that TXU and other co.....- 11/5/2006 10:22:16 AM
VIDEO- FOUR TIMES of Bush saying that Saddam not behind 9/11 (salon) I made this video compilation a while back that includes at least 4 times where Bush says that Saddam was not behind 9/11. Putting it in a post by itself since there's a Dog And Pony show today about .....- 11/5/2006 8:51:36 AM
Does anyone seriously believe that Saddam's Hussein's sentencing wasn't timed for the US election cycle? (salon) I just got done reading one of the best books yet about the Bush misadventure in Iraq, Frank Rich's "The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11". Rich presents the.....- 11/5/2006 8:41:03 AM
Grainy Pics on Poorly Performing Texas Border Cameras- But Timing has NOTHING to do with the Election? (salon) I\'m amused by this article that discusses how poor the images are on the border patrol cameras that allow people anywhere in the world to watch suspicious behavior. However, the Web si.....- 11/5/2006 7:56:29 AM
Clifton (Bosque County) Texas Newspaper Endorsements (salon) Because the Trans Texas Corridor's alternate route would come right down Highway 6 and take out Clifton, the Clifton Record thought heavily about candidate's positions from that perspective. Should Ri.....- 11/5/2006 7:43:01 AM
Van Taylor (Running for US House Dist 17, Texas) War Accounts Disputed by Fellow Marine (salon) Remember this from about a week or so ago, where Taylor angrily said that Chet Edwards was bringing out Marines to dispute his war record? And Edwards said, who had saluted Taylor's experience, called.....- 11/5/2006 7:27:04 AM
Betty Bowers on Reverend *I didn't snort that Meth* Haggard (salon) - 11/4/2006 9:09:35 PM
Oops! Bush Okays Putting Nuclear Weapon Plans on the Internet- We Can Stop Saying Republicans Are Tough on Terror Now (salon) It's really not amusing that Bush is such a moronic jackass that he would override his own Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte, and decide to post, not just some general information abo.....- 11/4/2006 1:22:25 PM
Homeland Security In Action- Get Permission To Go out of Country AND Have your Data Kept up to 40 years (salon) Ugh. You thought because you have a passport (and don't forget, passports that have have your fingerprints, an RFID chip and probably have scanned your eyeballs!) that you'd be able, as a citizen of t.....- 11/4/2006 1:09:05 PM
Enron (Texas) Scandal- If Fastow Claims Drug Rehab- it will CUT HIS JAIL TIME (salon) So he might end up only spending 4 years in jail... INSTEAD OF TEN.And guess what, violent offenders don't get to have that treatment. Must be Just for the Special White Collar Corporate Criminals.Whe.....- 11/4/2006 12:06:28 PM
RFID in Dust Networks- Imagine not having to have RFID readers (salon) Although this article shows that the technology is not advanced enough to be practical, on a small scale the idea of it would change how RFID works, AND how easy it would be to track YOU 24x7 at any g.....- 11/4/2006 11:53:55 AM
Re-Using Gas Well Water After Fracking- Fountain Quail Takes Flowback and turns it into Usable Water (salon) Good to see this technology since gas well fracking uses an ungodly amount of water."If we can recover 85% of the flowback water, on a 100 gallon example that's 85 gallons that doesn't have to co.....- 11/4/2006 11:40:46 AM
Following the Money- Trans Texas Corridor-Donors with Stake Give Rick Perry $1.2 MILLION Dollars (salon) Charles Lawrence has donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars to Gov. Rick Perry over the past six years, by far the largest amount of anyone with a vested interest in the governor's controversia.....- 11/4/2006 11:29:27 AM
American Trucking Associations Opposes Privatizing Road for Tolls (So I'm sure they'd be against Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) Gee. Wasn't this supposed to be FOR trucks, as part of the NAFTA Superhighway?Leasing toll roads, bridges and tunnels to private businesses to fund highway infrastructure projects is a bad idea, says .....- 11/4/2006 11:23:36 AM
TXU, Broadband Internet and the Struggle Between AT&T and Current Communications Group (salon) Pretty interesting, and the following highlights an issue I think everyone should pay attention to. What happens when you have a big huge honking company that wants to have a monopoly on broadband int.....- 11/4/2006 11:20:31 AM
Ooops! After ATMOS Energy (Texas) was CAUGHT, they removed more than 33,500 in lavish expensive (salon) Atmos wants a rake hike but when it came out in the news that they were padding the REASON for the rate hike $33,500 in perks for the bigwigs in the company, it must not have seemed so plausible. So A.....- 11/4/2006 11:08:03 AM
Microsoft Getting into the Texas Energy Business (salon) Proves that, after deregulation takes effect pretty soon (IN OTHER WORDS, ENERGY COMPANIES CAN CHARGE YOU WHAT THEY WANT AND THE PUC WON'T REGULATE THE PRICES), that there must be money to be made.The.....- 11/4/2006 11:03:55 AM
Gary Marks of Glen Rose Medical Center (A Republican) Endorses Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17, Texas) (salon) Got a letter in the mail this morning from Gary Marks, which reads, in part..I am a Republican and I believe that what is best for Somervell County is far more important than partisan politics. That i.....- 11/4/2006 10:42:39 AM
Pipelines-What happens when a PRIVATE company condemns your land for a gas pipeline? (salon) I've commented on this before-the idea that a purely-for-profit company would be able to come in and condemn your land in order to put a gas pipeline through it, just because you don't happen to eithe.....- 11/4/2006 9:34:25 AM
Chet Edwards (Us House District 17) Gets Cowboy Statue in Cleburne (Johnson County, Texas) (salon) About 35 county residents braved chilly weather Wednesday to attend the unveiling of a silhouette modeled after U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum. His father’s illne.....- 11/4/2006 9:29:54 AM
Chet Edwards (US House District 17, Texas) Father is Doing Better after critical episode (salon) Chet's father was in intensive care last week and he had to cancel a debate between him and Van Taylor. His father is doing much better now, and again, kudos to Edwards for his priorities.The family m.....- 11/4/2006 9:23:05 AM
Underhanded Republican Attempted Trick O Day- Texas Representative on Campaign Mailer.. is DEAD (salon) If it wasn't such a dirty trick, I'd be laughing my head off. Seems that Representative Glenda Dawson of Pearland, Texas died in September. So why is the Dawson campaign sending out the flyers?Dawson'.....- 11/3/2006 5:35:09 PM
Trans Texas Corridor Cheerleader Ray Perryman Tries to Tell People How Great TTC is (salon) What happens when you take a pro-trade, pro-business consulting group and pay it to do reports? You get a group, The Perryman Group, that has consistently touted the TTC for years. I got to wondering .....- 11/4/2006 9:18:01 AM
Global Biometric ID Database Being Tested in America and Britain (salon) Don't you just LOVE the idea of your information being kept, not JUST in some huge friggin' database in the United States but in a GLOBAL database that spans other countries? No? And gee, Canada's nex.....- 11/3/2006 3:39:10 PM
Indiana's Version of the Trans Texas Corridor Fixing To Toll at End of Month-Big Brawls Ahead (salon) Washington Post has an article about what Indiana decided to do by turning over the Indiana Toll Road to a FOREIGN company to run for the next 75 years (Remind you of what the Trans Texas Corridor is .....- 11/3/2006 3:31:09 PM
More on National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) (salon) from the Texas Legislature website, Agriculture committee. (Note that Sid Miller was vice-chairman of the committee, his name and signature are on page 2 of this report, dated November 24, 2004 and RE.....- 11/3/2006 1:47:03 PM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) VOTED for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) -Bill HB 1361 (salon) I already said that he did that, but I just saw something where he says that he didn't! I can't imagine why he doesn't think people are smart enough to go to the Texas Legislature website and LOOK UP .....- 11/3/2006 12:57:01 PM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) Lies Again About School Vouchers and NAIS (salon) I saw this in the Stephenville paper where the discussion was about where all of Miller and Casbeer's money comes from. I already knew that the single largest contributor, in Miller's last filing, was.....- 11/3/2006 12:31:33 PM
Since Erath Excels, Sid Miller's Wife's Charter School, has an Unacceptable Rating (Erath County, Texas) (salon) and also got one last year in 2005, why is Erath Excels charter school still operating? I'm sure they must have notified the local community about these ratings and according to the TEA, when a school.....- 11/3/2006 12:34:28 PM
What'd I say the other day about Bush Going on the Stump for Crooks or Desperate Women? (salon) It's really a little weird, isn't it, that the fairly decent Republicans who care about winning elections do not WANT Bush come stump for them, while the ethically challenged or desperate do. Here's a.....- 11/3/2006 8:58:35 AM
If Sid Miller is Against Programs Such as School Vouchers, NAIS and TTC, Why Are They All Now Law In Texas? (salon) From the Stephenville PaperRecently, Sid Miller has been telling people he is one among the top ten percent of leaders in the Texas House of Representatives. He has also told people (1) he opposes sch.....- 11/3/2006 8:32:35 AM
Worried About Water website from Dublin, Texas (Erath and Comanche Counties) (salon) Saw an article about the worriedaboutwater.com website in the Stephenville paper this morning. Elaine Smith isn’t on the agenda for today’s meeting of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation Distr.....- 11/3/2006 8:28:23 AM
About the MTGCD in Erath and Comanche Counties, Texas and Hemphill Salt Water Disposal Wall Monitoring (salon) From Bill GordonLast month, the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (MTGCD) directors voted on adopting the Hemphill Salt Water Disposal Well (SWDW) water quality monitoring program desig.....- 11/3/2006 7:16:57 AM
The Texas School Voucher Bill that was defeated on May 23, 2005- SB 422- Transcripts and Audio (salon) I thought it would be interesting to go back and just see how people voted from the actual Texas House Record.  (Here's Texas Observer's take for that day)AUDIO (Mp3s) of the CSB 422 below, chunked (S.....- 11/2/2006 11:38:02 PM
A few bits from the Glen Rose Reporter this week (salon) besides the fact, of course, that it is STUFFED with campaign ads. First up, there's a huge public notice about Atmos energy raising their rates. I wrote about this the other day.  The rate change wou.....- 11/2/2006 3:56:56 PM
On Blogging Your Views on the Somervell County Salon blog (salon) I see that the County Chair has posted about voting in this election, and this looks like a good time to mention that if you are a Democrat or progressive and either from Somervell County or from one .....- 11/2/2006 3:18:18 PM
Chet Edwards (US House District 17, Texas) Flyer in the mail - Endorsements (salon) Probably the last one I'll get before the election, and appropriately so, it's a glossy flyer that contains the list of major endorsements Edwards has gotten, with the text "See why Republicans, .....- 11/2/2006 3:06:43 PM
Voting time in Somervell County (Chair) Only a few more days for early voting at the annex downtown.Voting on Tuesday will be held at the following polling locations:Precinct 1 - County Annex, Commissioners CourtroomPrecinct 2 - Citizens Ce.....- 11/2/2006 12:00:54 PM
Sid Miller(Texas House District 59) _More in money from Leininger and Bob Perry PACS (salon) I noticed in something I was reading earlier about rich guys trying to influence Republicans, that at least a couple, Bob Perry and James Leininger, had made direct candidate payments to some politici.....- 11/2/2006 12:31:07 PM
One more time on Leininger's (PRO SCHOOL VOUCHERS) $15,000 Contribution to Sid Miller (Texas House Dist 59) (salon) I wrote about this the other day but want to highlight this again for any teachers in our district reading this. Dallas Morning News has this article- You all know who James Leininger is, right? And t.....- 11/2/2006 10:45:19 AM
The Colony (Denton County, Texas) Woman Couldn't Vote Because Voting System Down and NO Paper Ballot backup (salon)  Reminds me of what it's like when you're in the grocery store line and the electricity goes out. Nobody can do ANYTHING, even with a calculator, because it's ALL oriented towards electronics and elec.....- 11/2/2006 10:32:18 AM
Dallas Morning News Says Attorney General Candidates are *Talking Past Each Other* (salon) Well, maybe Greg Abbott should have agreed to DEBATE David Van Os so that not only would they talk WITH each other but the people of this state could see and hear their positions. Oh, I guess, Abbott,.....- 11/2/2006 10:27:45 AM
Afghanistan War Roundup-The *Other* War (salon) NATO says not enough troops in AfghanistanA suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy yesterday in southern Afghanistan, wounding two soldiers and damaging a vehicle, while a NATO air strike killed thre.....- 11/2/2006 9:57:24 AM
Iraq News Roundup (salon) US Military Deaths in Iraq at 2817The other day, Iraq's Prime Minister al-Maliki told US troops to remove checkpoints around Sadr City. Rumsfeld was asked about it, and he didn't even know that was ha.....- 11/2/2006 8:58:38 AM
Tracking You Through RFID at the Grocery Store-Carts in Michigan Fitted to Chart Customer Passage in Store (salon) Gives me the creeps! If people would decide, I'm not SHOPPING at a place that has carts that TRACK WHAT I"M DOING, maybe they'd cut it out. This particular store is Meijer, which we don't have in.....- 11/2/2006 7:33:45 AM
SEC Wants More Time To Probe Halliburton's Nigerian Bribe Scam (Remember Cheney was CEO at the time) (salon) I like how the article makes it appear that the SEC is requesting more investigative time, and Halliburton, out of the goodness of their little ole bloated heart, is granting it to them. heh.Backgroun.....- 11/2/2006 7:20:01 AM
Uh.. WHO showed up WHERE for Carlos Gutierrez' *Hard Sell* for Van Taylor? (US House District 17 Race)-Texas (salon) Had to laugh when I saw this blurb in the Waco paper that talked about US Commerce Secretary, Carlos "Mr. NAFTA" Guitierrez, coming to District 17 to stump for Taylor. No mention of where th.....- 11/2/2006 7:13:35 AM
Waco, Texas-Enough Guinea Pigs in the Population to Test Companies' Health Care Products? (salon) This sets wrong with me. Yes, I know that companies need to have "clinical trials" of their health care products and thus they needs, uh, PEOPLE, to test their stuff on. And I'm sure, as the.....- 11/2/2006 6:49:12 AM
Texas Customers Paid More than 700 MILLION in Overcharges to TXU and Reliant (salon) If Electric Costs Were Based on Real Cost of Fuel, Average TXU and Reliant Customers Could Have Saved $40 in October AloneThe analysis by Public Citizen shows that even when 2005 is considered:TXU’s 1.....- 11/2/2006 6:17:47 AM
Protest Against Paperless Electronic Voting Machines on Monday in Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) (salon) It is not a partisan issue.It is about democracy. That’s the word from Dr. Carol Key, an associate professor of sociology at Tarleton State University, who is organizing a protest against the new, pap.....- 11/2/2006 6:01:44 AM
Texas Senate District 22- Jail Time a Negative for Libertarian Candidate Smart (Running Against Kip Averitt) (salon) There were none... ZERO... Democratic candidates running in this race, so I haven't paid as much attention. But when you see a statement like this, it GETS your attention.Bryan Eppstein, an Averitt ca.....- 11/2/2006 5:41:32 AM
Amusing Photo of Shelley Hyphenated Name with KBH Drooling Over C-Student in Chief-in Sugarland, Texas (salon) Snark. That has to be the fugliest pink suit I've ever seen; ill-fitting, shirt is droopy, and her hair looks like it was dipped for an hour in hair spray. But I had to laugh at KBH's adoring look at .....- 11/1/2006 8:50:18 PM
Kerry's Joke About Bush- and Chet Edwards' Response (salon) I used to watch more cable television news until I discovered how it was more entertaining than informative. So I missed seeing what must have been a whole day of "Breaking News" about a jok.....- 11/1/2006 4:48:31 PM
Letter to the Editor of the Stephenville (Erath County) Texas Paper about Sid Miller and Ernie Casbeer(Texas House District 59) (salon) The other day I commented on that absurd letter to the editor in which the writer descried Casbeer's use of the word "ain't". Problem was that it was part of a colloquial expression "If.....- 11/1/2006 1:50:17 PM
How Arrogant Can You Be? Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) Sends a Rude Email to Ernie Casbeer (salon) Heh. Obviously, Miller is one immature son of a gun. I saw in the Stephenville paper that he sent an email to Casbeer thanking him for Casbeer's ad because it made people want to donate to Miller. Not.....- 11/1/2006 1:11:16 PM
Cleburne (Johnson County, Texas) Resident Slams Van Taylor (salon) Bravo! Amusing. The Cleburne paper has a letter to the editor from Edith Teague that blasts Van Taylor's crap about social security.  She implies that Van Taylor must think seniors are stupid and don'.....- 11/1/2006 12:55:25 PM
Edwards-Taylor (US House District 17) Waco, Texas Debate was Cancelled- Edward's Father in Intensive Care (salon) - 11/1/2006 11:37:44 AM
Is the Texas Republican party worried that Sid Miller will LOSE to Ernie Casbeer (Texas House District 59) (salon) After seeing how, at a national level, the NRCC gives and takes away from races they think they be won or lost (for example, the NRCC took money AWAY from the Chet Edwards/Van Taylor race, because the.....- 11/1/2006 10:50:35 AM
Chet Edwards (Us House District 17) New Mailer - Say No to Social Security Privatization-Say No to Van Taylor (salon) Have to say, this has been a good campaign for Edwards. About once a week we get a flyer, very professional looking, that has an issue Edwards is hitting Taylor on. This week, it's Social Security Pri.....- 11/1/2006 9:04:16 AM
Sid Miller's Electronic Filing for October 30- 19,101.13 to Todd Smith for Invitations????? (salon) What the heck is that? Does that actually mean mailers? He spent a ton of money before on Todd SmithWho were his biggest contributors? (not individuals)Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC- $15,000 (Here's c.....- 11/1/2006 12:08:16 AM
Chip Yourself If you're Diabetic! Will Companies Get People To Insert Chips in Their Body... For Health? (salon) Have diabetes? You'll soon be able to have someone take a syringe and implant an RFID chip in you that will check for your glucose levels.AND if you have some cows, etc, you can have THEM done, too.! .....- 10/31/2006 2:49:53 PM
Another Debate-November 1st -Chet Edwards and Van Taylor (US House District 17) - Waco, Texas (salon) Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, and his Republican challenger Van Taylor of West face off again Tuesday in a debate at McLennan Community College.The debate is from 6:15 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday in MCC’s .....- 10/31/2006 2:28:13 PM
Jon McConal and 2 others go on 450 Mile Walk (Glen Rose, Texas native) (salon) From the Weatherford Democrat- Jon McConal and friends have been walking across Texas and plan to write a book about it. As I was reading, I thought, gee, his name sounds SO familiar and remembered th.....- 10/31/2006 2:19:45 PM
Chet Edwards to become Chisholm Trail Cowboy-Cleburne (Johnson County, Texas) (salon) I've seen the Chisholm Trail metal silhouettes off Hwy 67 on the way to Cleburne and the whole park looks like it's shaping up quite nicely. The foundation board decided they would add a silhouette of.....- 10/31/2006 2:14:00 PM
Sentri Program for Crossing the Border Between Mexico and the United States (at Laredo, Texas border bridge) (salon) I saw an article this morning about how the Sentri program has added another lane for the border to make it easier to speed people across, at the Laredo bridge. (See also this blog entry about passpor.....- 10/31/2006 1:58:14 PM
Texas -No Paper Trail for Cast Ballots? Fort Worth Democrats SUE over electronic voting machines (salon) Good. Here locally we use here machines that scan the marked papers and then increment a counter on the machine. What is missing is any type of paper *receipt* or chit that would show if the *machine*.....- 10/31/2006 1:02:49 PM
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