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Political Ad Dustup with the local upstart newspaper, Glen Rose Newspaper, in Glen Rose, Texas (salon) Yesterday I took some ads that I wanted to put in the local newspapers (we have two). Because it's election time, although we normally only put ads in the paper of record, the Glen Rose Reporter, we d.....- 10/31/2006 11:59:10 AM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) Disingenuous when he says he ONLY voted for Pilot Voucher Bills-They ALL were pilots (salon) at least so far as I can find with some historical digging. At the Casbeer-Miller debate in Stephenville, Miller said he was against vouchers. And yet, he voted for them. And for him to try to qualify.....- 10/31/2006 11:17:21 AM
Cleburne (Johnson County) Texas Continues to Work on Gas Well Rules (salon) Interesting to note that the city gets most complaints about noise levels. In order to test for that, they'd need to get some equipment.  Increasing the distance wells must sit from a commercial or re.....- 10/31/2006 7:27:51 AM
Tyler, Texas Paper Says Texas Lege Shifting of Funds Leaves a *Sleazy* aftertaste (salon) Enjoyed this one tremendously. In the legislative world, however, it is argued that shifting money from such an account is "perfectly legal" which apparently is adequate for lawmakers even i.....- 10/31/2006 7:24:17 AM
Ted Ankrum (Running for US House District 10) on HR 5744- Importing Jobs into America Through Additional Green Cards (salon) I don't know much about this race, which has Democrat Ted Ankrum running against Michael McCaul. But I'm interested in what he says about the SKILL Act of 2006 (with companion Senate bill S-2691 intro.....- 10/30/2006 11:09:38 PM
Some last thoughts about the Republican Party Scandals lately, including in Texas (salon) Before I make a list of all the people who have been indicted or otherwise shown themselves to be morally and ethically corrupt, let me say that I believe that ANY party that stays in power too long, .....- 10/30/2006 1:55:15 PM
Protest Bush in Dallas on Election Eve Night -Rally at Reunion Arena (salon) from Dallas Peace CenterGeorge W. Bush will be in Dallas on election eve (Monday Nov 6th ) and will be headlining a huge Republican rally for state wide republican candidates. It is planned for Reunio.....- 10/30/2006 11:25:14 AM
David Van Os' Open Letter To Greg Abbott About Illegally Using Taxpayer Funds for Abbott's Campaign (salon) Signed original transmitted by fax to Abbott campaign office on 10-29-06 Dear Mr. Abbott: Throughout this election year you’ve wrapped yourself in your self-image and refused to respond to or debate m.....- 10/30/2006 10:48:35 AM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) and Todd (I Love Taking People's Land) Staples Buddy Up Before Election Time (salon) What will Sid Miller be doing before November 7th?In the days leading up to the election, Miller said he will host a reception for Congressman John Carter, then tour the district with Senator Kay Bail.....- 10/30/2006 10:41:31 AM
Ernie Casbeer (Texas House District 59) -Why I Deserve Your Vote (salon) The leadership in Austin has failed the people of Texas, and keeping them in power will only mean continued failure. I am Ernie Casbeer of Oglesby, a conservative Democrat. I am in my 38th year as a h.....- 10/30/2006 10:22:54 AM
Remember how Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) Said he'd only Debate if there were no cameras? (salon) Which I thought was extremely cowardly of him.  I just found out that he actually wasn't going to debate at ALL and had turned down, in mid-September, the ATPE debate, because he believed it wouldn't .....- 10/30/2006 10:05:59 AM
Bush Signed Law on Oct 17 that Allows him to Declare Martial Law in the United States (salon) Not much attention paid to that, was there, while we were all concerned about Bush's butchering of habeus corpus and codifying torture. But there it is. Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner De.....- 10/29/2006 4:09:40 PM
More on Public Utility Commission Sitting on Report that TXU Manipulated Energy Market- UNTIL AFTER Galveston News exposed them (salon) Background - then link to Galveston News article today via South Texas ChismeHere's why this information is important. IF TXU actually withheld energy from the market, which Rick Perry then used as in.....- 10/29/2006 11:11:00 AM
RFID Passports-Attackers Can Read Your Info... EASILY (salon) From EngadgetEver since these newfangled RFID e-passports hit the mainstream, understandable concerns have frequently surfaced regarding the security (or lack thereof) involved. The Dutch version has .....- 10/29/2006 10:17:03 AM
Not that being a Rich Son of a Gun Has Disqualified ANY Politician, But Wow! Van Taylor (West, Texas) Lived Upscale (salon) I don't know what his home looks like in West, Texas, but I noticed, as per the floor resolution by Craddick that Taylor's address was in Dallas. before he moved to West. Being curious, and knowing th.....- 10/29/2006 12:18:01 AM
Why Is Van Taylor (West, Texas) So Overly Concerned with his Military Service? (Running for District 17) (salon) In an article about a debate a few days ago between Chet Edwards and Van Taylor, Taylor made this comment: Taylor accused Edwards of orchestrating criticism of his military career by two Marines from .....- 10/28/2006 5:35:39 PM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59), Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC)- Clips from The Big Buy (salon) I talked about this before, and then bought the documentary (website to buy here) but clipped a couple of shorts from the relevant parts of this video. If you have not seen this, you simply must to.....- 10/28/2006 11:23:56 AM
Texas Observer for October 20- A GREAT read- Articles on David Van Os and the Governor Debate (salon) From the "Wizard of Os" article:Knowing Van Os personally as I do, in my opinion, if the Democrats do not win the House, but Van Os is elected, George W Bush will be called to account, to a .....- 10/28/2006 9:41:30 AM
VIDEO-Texas AG Greg Abbott Uses Taxpayer Money to Fund His Campaign- AND THAT IS ILLEGAL (salon) - 10/28/2006 1:35:59 AM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) on NAIS- He VOTED for it- HB1361/SB382 (salon) and he has the NERVE to say his opponent Ernie Casbeer is for it, which is patently untrue. And it's especially appalling when he voted for it in the first place!Now read why he voted for it, from Far.....- 10/28/2006 1:01:04 AM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) Misrepresents Ernie Casbeer's Positions (salon) I should know, because I have recorded video and audio of Casbeer on several occasions, and unlike Miller, I KNOW what Casbeer said. And so can you, I'm clipping some pieces out for you to hear for yo.....- 10/28/2006 12:34:20 AM
Yikes! Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down by TXU Today (Glen Rose, Texas) (salon) - 10/27/2006 1:32:56 PM
Atmos Wants a Rate Hike! Asking Texas Railroad Commish! Has Obscene Expenses For their Business (salon) There's a big old Atmos gas pipeline running through this county and some have gas leases with Atmos (which was formerly TXU Gas, formerly Lone Star Gas; that TXU Gas sounds like an interesting backgr.....- 10/27/2006 12:22:55 PM
Ernie Casbeer's Use of the Word *Ain't (Texas District 59 Debate with Sid Miller-Erath County) (salon) I was reading a letter to the Stephenville paper in which the writer descried Casbeer's use of the word "aint".In one of his statements he used the word “ain’t” in a sentence. If he has been.....- 10/27/2006 12:04:39 PM
Third Year of Drought for Texas (salon) From the Weatherford DemocratAccording to Texas Agricultural Extension Service economists, the current drought will draw $4.6 billion out of the Texas economy, $1.5 billion of those losses affecting T.....- 10/27/2006 10:54:30 AM
Heh! How pathetic is this? Van Taylor (West, Texas) Loans His Campaign Money (salon) What a hoot! Trust Fund Baby gives his campaign $200,000. Suppose he was crying in his milk that the NRCC wasn't funding him because they believe He... Will... Lose?Wealthy Republican congressional ca.....- 10/27/2006 10:43:33 AM
McClennan County, Texas- TXU Surveying Land Owners for Rail Lines for Benefit of Coal Plants (salon) Ugh. TXU doesn't have the right of eminent domain, or at least so they say, but apparently if push comes to shove, they'll be able to condemn land they want to take in order to run rail lines to Tradi.....- 10/27/2006 10:39:52 AM
Does Bush Want a Permanent Mexican Slave Class? (salon) I saw Bush change his terminology about *guest* workers the other day, now calling them *temporary* workers (You can almost smell the poll pundits suggesting that change to make it more palatable). No.....- 10/27/2006 10:09:07 AM
Border Patrol Officials Wait Till Monday to Release Death Statistics- El Paso Says Fence *Not a Solution* (salon) Border Patrol officials in Washington DC were all set to release their death stats on Thursday. Ooops! Someone must have told them that was the day Bush was doing his Dog And Pony, so they decided to .....- 10/27/2006 9:43:16 AM
Dallas Morning News Whines That, After They Endorsed Rick Perry, He's Going to Roll Back Business Taxes (salon) Is having Rick Perry "gall" them the newspaper business version of Buyer's Remorse? I don't pay a whole lot of attention to newspaper endorsements anyway, since at least part of the time you.....- 10/27/2006 9:35:00 AM
Texas Border Security-About Enforcing the Law-The Attorney General Can Do It -Greg Abbott Does NOTHING (salon) Another strong reason to vote for David Van Os. I wrote last night about what a sham the signing of a border fence bill is, when there's not funding for it, when John Cornyn also believes it was a.....- 10/27/2006 8:47:16 AM
The Irony of Bush's Border Fence Signing Contrasted with Perry's 100 Million Border Request for Texas (salon) This week, very showily, Bush signed the Border Fence Bill that is a sham DogNPony intended only to try to appease constituents who are concerned with border security, but contains no provisions at th.....- 10/27/2006 3:02:55 AM
Sid Miller (Texas Dist 59) on Immigration and the 60 Percent Drop in Crime at the Border (salon) I had wondered, when I attended the Stephenville (Erath County) debate the other night where Miller came up with the 60 percent drop in crime at the border. AUDIO of his immigration comment- I see the.....- 10/27/2006 2:45:05 AM
Craddick Claiming the Texas Teachers Retirement System (TRS) is Gutted Due to 9/11 (salon) Saw this on Burnt Orange.  So, Craddick is claming THIS.The Teachers Retirement and Employees Retirement System are not actuarily sound, and as a result, retired teachers and state employees are not e.....- 10/26/2006 5:19:25 PM
Dublin Texas ISD and Charter Schools - About Paradigm Charter School and Taxes (salon) I noticed that Paradigm Charter School of Dublin, Texas, wants to not only teach high school kids but elementary and has asked the state to amend their charter. The conversation with DISD revolved aro.....- 10/26/2006 4:59:15 PM
Ooops! Perry's Texas Tax Legislation Was Supposed to HELP us, but instead... we get a Tax HIKE (salon) Imagine that. We already knew Perry going on TV and saying that he was giving us all money was baloney-but now the tax bills are coming in the mail and REALITY sets in.October 25, 2006)—Texas homeowne.....- 10/26/2006 4:37:26 PM
Texas Activists Begin Hunger Strike to Protest Coal Fired Plants (salon) Remember before you vote, Perry is FOR them. So is Kip Averitt. Eleven environmental activists say they've begun a hunger strike to oppose 16 coal-fired electricity generating power plants proposed fo.....- 10/26/2006 4:33:40 PM
What about using Wastewater to Frack Texas Gas Wells Instead of Fresh Water? (salon) Interesting, although frankly, reading this article wants me to BOIL all my water first before drinking. heh. One new, potentially large user of direct-reuse wastewater could materialize in the Barnet.....- 10/26/2006 4:14:59 PM
Trans Texas Corridor-Don't Be Fooled into Voting For Those who are FOR it (salon) and for taking YOUR land through eminent domain for it. Remember, CALL your representative and ASK not only his or her opinion, but if he or she will STOP it if elected. If there is any wishy-washy wa.....- 10/26/2006 4:10:20 PM
Vote for Dale Henry to be Texas Railroad Commissioner -Work Horse Not a Show Pony (salon) You may think this has something to do with railroads but no... it has EVERYTHING to do with oil and gas drilling, energy and oil field cleanups-in other words, it MATTERS who you vote for. This posit.....- 10/26/2006 3:38:15 PM
Van *Exxon-Mobil* Taylor's Trust Fund Shoots Up- E-M's 3rd Quarter Profits Climb to 10.4 BILLION DOLLARS (salon) Maybe being a rich boy from Midland with a rich lawyer daddy, rich mommy heir of Exxon-Mobil, and Highland Park debutante sister will help drown his tears when he loses to Edwards. After all the compa.....- 10/26/2006 3:09:43 PM
Hart Intercivic Voting Machines Cut off Candidates Name on the Summary Page (salon) Please. Another reason why paper ballots trump electronic voting machines- the machines can't do a WORD WRAP??? It's absurd that you have to wonder if your vote for Bill Moody was the right one when i.....- 10/26/2006 2:51:15 PM
Bush's Press Conference (Video Clip) Reconciliation is Difficult In a Country that has been tortured and divided by a tyrant (salon) - 10/25/2006 11:10:03 AM
Bush Cuts Pell Grants, Perry Deregulates Texas State College Tuition- Up-Up-Up it goes past national average (salon) It's all a big chain, isn't it? Bush is the beginning, along with the Republicans who've been cutting education funds since "The Googler-In Chief" came into office. Note that Perry is all fo.....- 10/25/2006 9:11:59 AM
RFID in Govt Mandated ID Cards and Documents -Even Department of Homeland Security Says It's Unsafe (salon) Brother! While we have the chorus of RFID cheerleaders saying "Don't worry, America, don't ask about privacy or security, particularly with your ID cards, let us chip everything before you realiz.....- 10/25/2006 9:02:50 AM
RFID- Libraries Chipping Books, including quick-checkouts in Houston (Harris County) Texas (salon) I was reading a library site that has a lot of blog examples of libraries using RFID for inventory management. In this one, all the books after Katrina in one city have been chipped but the patron's c.....- 10/25/2006 8:15:11 AM
McGregor, Texas and the Trans Texas Corridor (Sid Miller and Ernie Casbeer) (salon) I just ran across this from the McGregor Mirror and Crawford Sun (Yes, that's Bush's ranch area) from the July TTC meeting. I knew that Ernie Casbeer had attended and came out strongly against the Tra.....- 10/24/2006 3:17:00 PM
Heh! TXU Threatens to Sue over the Perry Float-Remember this? From Midlothian, Texas (salon) Part of the Texas Rick Perry Smokestack World TourHeh. TXU claims trademark infringement. Was it the belching smoke stacks? Nah, the colors. In a certified letter, David Poole, TXU's executive vice pr.....- 10/24/2006 2:49:40 PM
Oh Good. Licensed Handguns Can't be Banned from Park, Harris County (Texas) Attorney says (salon) I guess some buy was going to the local park, wanted his gun on him, and griped about it. So what did he think he was MISSING by leaving his gun at home? sheesh.October 24, 2006)--A lawyer for Harris .....- 10/24/2006 2:39:26 PM
Another Debate for Chet Edwards and Van Taylor in Bryan-College Station, Texas (US District 17- Texas) (salon) I got a hoot out of reading this. Poor, Poor Van "Trust Fund Baby" Taylor is still trying but he doesn't seem too smart. Guess money can't buy a brain.On the question of working towards bipa.....- 10/24/2006 2:23:12 PM
Water News- Surface Water Versus Groundwater in Texas, Idaho, and Nevada (salon) I wrote earlier about Ernie Casbeer's position on establishing, not local water boards, but boards based on region, by aquifer-that makes a lot of sense to me. Article in the Weatherford Democrat take.....- 10/24/2006 2:07:17 PM
Sid Miller (R-Texas House District 59) Debate with Ernie Casbeer (D) in Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) (salon) Went to Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) last night to hear the last of several debates between Sid Miller and Ernie Casbeer. The debate was sponsored by the Association of Texas Professional Educat.....- 10/24/2006 12:50:58 PM
Colorado- Not for Sale Slab Opponents to Toll Road (Wish we had a clause like this for the Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) Very interesting and some similiarities to the TTC-EXCEPT that a toll road being proposed in Colorado that would go from Pueblo to the Wyoming border has this provision:CDOT officials have said they w.....- 10/23/2006 4:13:40 PM
What Prevents States from Using Real ID Info for other purposes? Nothing. (salon) There are none... zero.. privacy protections in the Real ID Act to prevent a state, once it has scanned in your source documents and collected all manner of information about you, from using that info.....- 10/23/2006 12:29:04 PM
Troy Fraser Says Perry (Texas)Was Just the Cheerleader Who Signed the Redistricting Bill (salon) Well, THERE's a good reason to vote for GoodHair IF all you want in a governor is someone who isn't responsible in any way for what he has (presumably) read and signs and you want a CHEERLEADER for go.....- 10/23/2006 10:40:17 AM
Oil & Gas Company Pays for Road Repairs in Johnson County, Texas-Well, WHY SHOULDN'T THEY? (salon) Uh. If a company is damaging county roads because of huge equipment and trucks going back and forth on them, and then, after being ASKED to pony up some money, does so, does that company need to be su.....- 10/23/2006 10:22:40 AM
RFID News of the Day- Irish Passports Insecure, EU Wary of RFID-BUT NOT THE US! .. And Chipped Clothing (salon) I wrote about how Europe is actually CONCERNED about RFID and privacy and over HALF of its citizens are calling for businesses to protect privacy rights. People in the United States need to do the sam.....- 10/23/2006 9:36:59 AM
Don't Forget! Early Voting Starts Today! (salon) I plan to run down to our polling place before noon and vote and letting you know right now, I'm voting for CHRIS BELL (PLEASE, PLEASE, don't vote for Kinky or CKS, don't fragment the vote if you're a.....- 10/23/2006 9:24:45 AM
Australian Company to invest in Toll Roads in the US- Transurban (salon) It isn't just that foreign companies are seeing green when they view the United States as a cash cow (Why did it seem to matter with Dubai Ports World, which STILL has it's holdings, incidentally, and.....- 10/23/2006 9:21:01 AM
Couple of Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17- Texas) Items- Another Ad in the mail AND the Flag Desecrator (salon) First, the ad. I don't know who's doing the ads but this one is great. The front shows a sad-looking, tired working man holding a gas pump with the caption "Ever Wonder What they do with all the .....- 10/22/2006 5:39:48 PM
Neil Bush's Ignite Software (No Child Left Behind) Back in the News- Bush Family Profits (salon) Couple of background articles to read: First, Bush has a partnership with Grupo Carso of Mexico, laid off people in the US and is outsourcing the work there. (Oh! You thought it was made solely in the.....- 10/22/2006 12:56:06 PM
Texas - Groundwater Conservation Districts- About Rule of Capture versus Districts (salon) Good article in the Weatherford Democrat about how groundwater conservation districts can be structured, along with WHY you would want a conservation district.In Texas, the rule of capture stipulates .....- 10/22/2006 12:13:25 PM
Women in Congress Viewed as *Outsiders*? (salon) Shaking my head. According to this Houston Chron article, the reason that women may make gains in Congressional races this year is because women are viewed as *outsiders*. After all, women "look .....- 10/22/2006 12:01:56 PM
Here Comes Video Surveillance VIA PDA, Handsets and Laptops (salon) Seems like this puts video surveillance up a notch, in that if you can surveill someone on a PDA, you could be, say, walking up behind that person and recording over his or her shoulder, as opposed to.....- 10/22/2006 11:43:31 AM
Does Cintra Zachry or Doesn't Cintra Zachry (Trans Texas Corridor Contract? Yes or No?) (salon) From A Little PollyannaAs to content.... Let me also say, again, since I'm going to quote Ric Williamson, that Cintra Zachry is not guaranteed a contract to build TTC-35. Even Ray Sullivan, who repres.....- 10/22/2006 11:30:12 AM
Texas Mineral Rights Versus Safety- How Far Back Should Gas Wells Be from Homes? (salon) Some cities have set the distance a gas well can be from a home at 1000 feet. That doesn't set too well with people who want to have gas drilled on THEIR property and want the distance lowered to, oh,.....- 10/22/2006 11:26:44 AM
Arizona on Rural Water Issues- *Built it And Worry about it Later* (salon) Because we here in Texas are already in the middle of a looming water crisis (in fact, Wise County and Parker County say their wells are going dry due to gas wells), we have to look at how we are goin.....- 10/22/2006 11:23:05 AM
Colorado- Oil and Gas Industry (boo-hoo) doesn't like regulations to limit emissions (salon) Colorado is considering some new statewide rules, that would take effect on May 1, 2007, that require large condensate tanks to control 95 percent of their volatile organic compound, or VOC.Glycol deh.....- 10/22/2006 11:17:50 AM
Heh! Hot Pics on Clinton's New Site *HotSoup* (salon) Hot indeed! Had to laugh when I looked at the site a bit ago and clicked on one of the *loops*. and saw the pic of the guy who posted.Words fail me. Why, on a political opinion site, does the man post.....- 10/21/2006 8:00:50 PM
Iraq War Update- 2791 deaths, 78 deaths this month (largest number in 2 years) (salon) US Military death total doesn't include injuries.Staggering violence in Iraq-78 US military deathsEither Bush is trying to figure out how to spin getting out of Iraq without people telling him he's do.....- 10/21/2006 6:39:13 PM
Orion Meteor Show This Weekend -TONIGHT IS THE PEAK (salon) Being so far out in the country, it's still dark enough at night to see meteor shows. Tonight is the Orion peak. 10-15 meteors an hour, after midnight. Look for the Orion constellationThe Orionid mete.....- 10/21/2006 2:10:43 PM
Conservative Republican Thinks Bush is Full of BS about this Iraq *Strategy* too (salon) Disclaimer: I AM against the Iraq War, against militarism, but for strong defenses of our own country, and I think we ought to leave Iraq as soon as possible. I also have a suspicion that Bush is look.....- 10/21/2006 1:54:28 PM
Sid Miller (Texas District 59) Didn't Return Phone Calls about Democrats Winning Texas House Seats (salon) I was a little amused, especially after hearing about Miller's pouty insistence that the debate he has upcoming with Ernie Casbeer cannot be recorded (one can only speculate that he either wants to ke.....- 10/21/2006 1:39:08 PM
On the District 58 House Race- Reminder that Greg Kaufman is AGAINST the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) It's not my district, but in adjoining Johnson and Bosque Counties. I heard Rob Orr speak at the Cleburne TTC meeting in the summer, and he said he was against the TTC AS IT STOOD BECAUSE OF THE ROUTE.....- 10/21/2006 1:26:13 PM
You thought textbooks were to, uh, LEARN from? Nope, Use them as Shields against gunmen (salon) By the standards of this Republican yahoo from Oklahoma, textbooks would be chosen, not for their content, but for the number of pages, since the thicker the book, the better it would act to thwart a .....- 10/21/2006 1:05:19 PM
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