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Aledo, Texas Dustup Over Prayer Resolution: Mayor of Aledo Doesn't believe in Separation of Church and State (salon) So... Mayor Kit Marshall of Aledo was worried about the rain shortages around here and figured the way to fix them would be to pray to God. But instead of keeping it in her church, where it's appropri.....- 9/7/2006 11:12:56 AM
More Texas Association of Business (TAB) and Mike Toomey, former chief of staff to Perry, added to TAB lawsuit (salon) Background: The big question with TAB: Is it illegal for a business organization to send out political mailers trashing Democrats, paid for by corporations who did not disclose their financial involve.....- 9/7/2006 10:43:22 AM
Companies that paid for those pesky TAB (Texas Association of Business) Flyers used to trash Democrats (salon) First, background on Sid Miller's involvement with this from the 2002 campaign.According to the Statesman, there were 30 corporations that donated almost $1.7 million dollars to TAB for the 4 million .....- 9/7/2006 10:15:13 AM
Drunk Driving in Waco, Texas? Cops Want Your Blood and Will Get it (salon) I'm against, as everyone should be, people driving drunk on the road. Period. But I'm also against the police, after someone rejects taking a breath test, getting a warrant requiring that person havin.....- 9/7/2006 7:48:12 AM
David Van Os not just mouthing words about stopping Trans Texas Corridor, he is filing SWORN OATHS (salon) DAVID VAN OS FILES SWORN AFFIDAVIT OF HIS INTENTIONS TO BLOCK THE TRANS-TEXAS CORRIDOR IF ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERALIf elected to serve as Attorney General of Texas, I solemnly promise that I will use e.....- 9/6/2006 2:52:38 PM
Teen? At the Movies? Answering a Text Message on your Phone? Might be the National Guard Recruiting You (salon) Personally, I think this type of thing is sneaky and dishonest.And in fact, in the article quoted here, the US National Guard says that this is "guerilla marketing".Here's the drill. We, the.....- 9/6/2006 8:12:30 AM
Notes from the Democratic Meeting tonight (salon) Two local chances to see the Democratic candidates- Once in Stephenville (Erath County) on Thursday night, and on Saturday in Cleburne at the Cleburne Convention Center. Janis Stout is now head of the.....- 9/6/2006 12:28:15 AM
Bush's New Transportation Secretary, Mary Peters, is an advocate of TOLL ROADS FOR HIGHWAYS (salon) Ugh. Peters is an advocate of user fees, or tolls, for building new highways. In a recent interview, she said the federal highway program will run out of money by decade's end without substantial chan.....- 9/6/2006 12:15:13 AM
RFID Chipping Used for Guest Workers? Yes, if Verichip Gets Its Way (salon) Missed this when this first came out at the end of May. Scott Silverman of Verichip is looking for ways to have his company make a buck and implanting RFID chips in immigrants who come to this country.....- 9/5/2006 6:36:47 AM
Next Up-Tracking You Through the Airport with RFID-This'll Creep You Out (salon) Side note to remember that Cornyn is co-chair of the Senate RFIDcaucus and doesn't seem to think any serious regulation of RFID is necessary.First, watch this little clip from a company that shows RF.....- 9/5/2006 6:07:06 AM
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose, Texas Background (salon) I vaguely remember reading about Comanche Peak costs when I lived in Dallas before, but heck, that was way off in Somervell County. NOW I live here and I want to use this section to recap a few thi.....- 9/2/2006 1:10:03 PM
Kay Bailey Hutchison and Toll Roads-Federal Highway Toll Roads, that is (salon) Was reading a letter to the editor in the Weatherford Democrat in which the author, who works for KBH, was answering a previous letter, which I didn't see, about KBH's viewpoint on toll roads. Whateve.....- 9/2/2006 12:36:37 PM
Water and Barnett Shale- Parker County Texas Residents Crowded the Courtroom to talk about this (salon) Background-and naturally, because Somervell County residents are now seeing a big upswing in drilling in the Barnet Shale, this is a question for us as well.The worst drought in 50 years has envelope.....- 9/2/2006 12:08:00 PM
Hico, Texas to Get Gas Waste Disposal Well- And People in Hamilton County Ain't Happy (salon) A lady who lives in Hico and works in Glen Rose told me the other day that Hico residents are quite upset over the waste well being drilled near the Bosque River. Apparently, when oil and gas waste di.....- 9/2/2006 11:29:21 AM
When Shooting Someone's Eye Out With Your BB Gun was what you worried about (salon) When I was a kid growing up, I played with toy guns. I saved up my money when I was 10 and living in Dallas to buy a Sekidan BB gun so I could play with the other kids on the street-EVERYBODY had a pi.....- 9/2/2006 10:52:58 AM
Chet Edwards is All For Nukes- Nuclear Power Plants in Glen Rose, that is (salon) Background:To hear the comments, you'd think that every person in Somervell County is for the nuclear power plant. In fact, when I was out the other day, a woman told me that when Comanche Peak was f.....- 9/2/2006 11:11:42 AM
Lessee- Texas Disposal System... and Exotic Game Ranch???????? (salon) Had to laugh when I saw where Perry was pumping up his minions the other day. Where would YOU dine on catfish and coleslaw but at Chez Landfill!, otherwise known as the Texas Disposal System Exotic G.....- 9/2/2006 10:21:29 AM
UAVs-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- Should They be Used for the Texas-Mexico border? (salon) or anywhere else inside the United States, for that matter?While looking this morning for something else totally unrelated, I came across this website that documents articles involving UAVs; one in pa.....- 9/2/2006 9:40:12 AM
Cornyn -We Need More Immigrants In This Country! (salon) Cornyn is such a Bush stooge. He says that we need to have more immigrants in this country that are highly skilled to fill job positions in high tech, engineering, nursing, etc.What he is NOT saying i.....- 9/1/2006 11:34:00 AM
Start Letting Cornyn Know What You Think About RFID (salon) Apparently he cofounded the Senate RFID caucus. The article in the DMN is pretty weak and vague, except this partDo you foresee Congress passing legislation eventually to regulate how and where RFID c.....- 9/1/2006 10:01:58 AM
Trans Texas Corridor-The Spider Spins More Web- About those roads that are becoming tolls (salon) First off, the new loop around DFW is called "The Doughnut". To celebrate ripping off citizens and stealing their land support for the outer loop, TxDot brought Krispy Kremes to their cave......- 9/1/2006 1:51:00 AM
Cintra-Zachry, Spanish Company, ALSO has the Toll Road Contract for SH 130 (salon) I guess, naively, I didn't realize Cintra-Zachry, the foreign Spanish companyrunning the roads as they BECOME TOLLS was going to be so ubiquitous. What are they, the Halliburton of toll roads? COMMIS.....- 9/1/2006 1:34:28 AM
On that Trans Texas Corridor Loop Change- WHO AGREED? CINTRA-ZACHRY (salon) Don't believe that CINTRA is the one that gets to decide about the routes, despite all the bullchit coming from TXDot? Did you miss the audio portion where Ric Williamson SAID that Cintra, since they'.....- 9/1/2006 1:25:58 AM
Rick Perry-Zero Credibility on Parks-The Fix is in for Eagle Mountain Lake (salon) The inimitable Peter Stern passed this on which was sent to him from Lon Burnam: Source? An editorial in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. I'm only excerpting a bit, go read the whole thing. It appears th.....- 8/31/2006 8:49:07 PM
Video from Channel 8 on the 121 Toll Road Protest (salon) Saw this on Channel 8 while I was watching the bit they did on the nuclear power plants in Glen Rose. Scotty's momma showed up with supporters in Lewisville-8 also showed a brief clip of Perry where h.....- 8/31/2006 7:27:33 PM
MOO!!! Cow Manure into Methane Gas Pipeline Project Continuing at Huckaby Ridge, Texas (salon) How much more perfect can you get in a rodeo-farming community around Stephenville than to make biogas from cows? The facility actually started last year about this time and today there's a photo of t.....- 8/31/2006 5:56:40 PM
Random Thoughts on Eminent Domain (salon) I was talking to someone from Glen Rose today about using eminent domain for the purpose of the Wheeler Branch Reservoir project. Apparently, the county was able to make arrangements to buy land from .....- 8/31/2006 6:08:59 PM
Shut Up And Eat Your Concrete! The Local Crank Takes on The TTC and the Environment (salon) Saw this letter from Patrick Barkmanto the editor in the Cleburne Times Review, excerpting this paragraph that made me laugh.When U.S. Senate Candidate Barbara Radnofsky pointed out the hundreds of m.....- 8/31/2006 5:20:35 PM
Downtown with flyers about the Trans Texas Corridor today (salon) I had been thinking about how, even if people have heard of the TTC, a lot don't really know much about it, and decided after mulling it over, that taking flyers downtown to hand out would be the best.....- 8/31/2006 4:25:18 PM
Second Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose, Texas at Comanche Peak? (salon) I was downtown today distributing flyers about the TTC (more about that on a different post) when I came across a man who was filming the Somervell County courthouse. He asked me what I thought about .....- 8/31/2006 4:18:14 PM
Video of Amy Manuel at the Trans Texas Corridor meeting in Tarrant County (salon) Don't want this to get lost as a link in another post I made. Maybe it's the warm feeling I have since I lived in The Colony (Denton County) for 10 years, since it was a "Where? You live ALL THE.....- 8/31/2006 10:14:52 AM
More on Toll Roads in Texas In General - with 121 as the example (salon) I wrote the other day about the 121 toll road opening up (I used to live in The Colony). In the article, which seems to have been written by a stenographer repeating a press release, the toll road was.....- 8/30/2006 5:38:32 PM
Lots O Lies About Eagle Mountain Lake - Perry Is the One Pushing to Sell it Off, NOT Jerry Patterson (salon) Background on this here. Basically, while Geren was dishonestly telling the folks that HE was pushing to keep the park, but heck, he had no control over what Jerry Patterson would do as Land Commision.....- 8/30/2006 5:18:02 PM
Don't Toss Your Old Cell Phone-Give it an Acid Bath (salon) Hey. I have enough to worry about, what with Bush spying on Americans and AT&T helping him out by putting in taps, with the Justice Department telling internet companies to cough up and keep long .....- 8/30/2006 11:59:18 AM
Once More With Feeling-About TAB (Texas Association of Business) (salon) Spoke with David Lengefeld, who had run against (and lost) to Sid Miller in 2002. TAB had illegally provided TRMPAC money for Sid Miller's campaign. I asked Lengefeld if the TAB lawsuit, civil or crim.....- 8/30/2006 11:40:40 AM
DVD for Trans Texas Corridor-Made one more version- a SHORT one (salon) Have two versions now of the DVD of citizen comments of the TTC-course I couldn't put them all, so I selected parts to put into related sections, such as comments about Cintra, or comments about using.....- 8/30/2006 10:04:35 AM
Commuter Rail Sites in Johnson County, Texas (salon) From the Cleburne Times-Review- I'd been reading for a few years about a commuter rail line that would go from Cleburne up into Fort Worth and meet with the Fort Worth Transportation System. Looks lik.....- 8/30/2006 9:48:43 AM
Attempts to Paint Opposition to TTC as a *liberal* issue will not work-the State Repub party is opposed (salon) Shaking my head at this letter in the Austin American Statesman, reference sent to me by Peter Stern, letter written by an obviously uniformed T D Bryan.I'm surprised at the liberals' opposition to Go.....- 8/30/2006 9:35:21 AM
More Comments on Bill Hammond of TAB (Texas Association of Business) (salon) from Peter Stern regarding this post from yesterday FYI: regarding your expose of TAB Chief Bill Hammond now ruling over education --- this is the same Bill Hammond appointed by Gov. Rick "Speci.....- 8/30/2006 9:24:22 AM
Multi-County Democratic Candidate Showcase for Texas Counties Listed Within- To be Held in Erath (Stephenville) (salon) Counties: Bell , Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Falls, Milam, Mills, Somervell, and Williamson Counties for the first Multi-County Democratic Candidate Showcase to be held at The Agave Restaurant.....- 8/30/2006 9:20:33 AM
Watched Lee's *When the Levees Broke* about Hurricane Katrina last night on HBO (salon) A superb and heart-wrenching documentary about Hurricane Katrina in 4 acts. Some of it included footage I'd seen before, like the people at the New Orleans Superdome, but Lee also interviewed lots of .....- 8/30/2006 8:56:24 AM
Why Letting Military Recruiters Have Free Access to High School Students is a BAD Idea (salon) I've had a non-military options section on this site for over a year and firmly believe that having recruiters on campus to try to persuade young minds to enlist ought not to be the law, especially no.....- 8/30/2006 8:39:49 AM
TAB (Texas Association of Business) Tidbits and that Dang Civil Lawsuit (salon) Saw the other day that Chet Edwards won an endorsement from the Texas Association of Business (although for some reason this isn't on his website yet, perhaps because of their prominent association wi.....- 8/29/2006 8:56:10 PM
Toll Roads Begin on SH 121 north of Dallas on September 1st (salon) I don't live in The Colony anymore but I heard for years that 121 was going to become a toll road when I did (and we all know that the Texas Legislature has decided that, rather than use highway funds.....- 8/29/2006 1:22:09 PM
Love Bats? Waco offering a course in bat-hunting (salon) I remember when I went to a family reunion in Austin and one of my cousins told me I needed to come see the bats on the Congress Street bridge. So we all jumped in the car and drove down below the bri.....- 8/29/2006 1:02:58 PM
Despite no draft document for public review, Texas Commish on Environmental Quality holding public hearing (salon) In Fairfield (Freestone County), which is too far for me to go, but I hope someone reading this is close, and shows up to do a report. The meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Elementary Scho.....- 8/29/2006 12:58:33 PM
Earmarks-Which One's Were Chet's? (salon) I referenced a database just up that shows, for Texas alone, not to mention the other states, $26,300,000 worth of earmarks. I figure you can look at the cities involved, see if they are in a given Co.....- 8/29/2006 12:48:07 PM
Earmarks, Earmarks-WHOSE NAMES are missing from the earmarks? (salon) New database out that has the 1,867 earmarks slipped into the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations measure..... and yet these earmarks don't have the names of the sponsoring congressmen on.....- 8/29/2006 1:54:00 AM
Counter-Recruiting- San Fernando High Teacher in Lawsuit Against Principal-Anti-War Views (salon) This teacher believes he was retaliated against because he offered objective discussion about the Iraq War to his students, in an environment where military recruiters have quite a bit of access to th.....- 8/28/2006 1:25:34 PM
Redux 2004: Perry Uses School Funds to Try to Pay for Las Vegas Law Firm Re: Video Gambling (salon) Listening to audio from June 1, 2004/ House Committee for Licensing and Administration Procedures. I ran across the reference in this article from last year in which school monies were allocated, $.....- 8/27/2006 4:16:14 PM
Cornyn mentioned in article about the Alabama-Coshatta Indians Lawsuit (salon) Saw that the Alabama-Coshatta Indians are trying to sue some of the principles connected with Abramoff but so far those mentioned in the subpoena have avoided being served. Thought it was worth bringi.....- 8/27/2006 10:48:18 AM
John Cornyn and the Federal Money (OUR MONEY) for a Private University's Parking Garage (salon) I half-noticed this the other day from, I think, Capital Annex, but Cornyn was on my creepo-meter that day. I was looking at something else about Cornyn and was reminded about the parking garage.It s.....- 8/27/2006 10:16:09 AM
Florida has their own Cheap NAFTA boondoggle deal getting rammed through-CSXT Rail (salon) Stands to reason that George's brother would also be neck deep in NAFTA corruption.First, here's how this deal is being marketed to the public-as rail mass transit for people. Here's what the AP said .....- 8/27/2006 9:42:45 AM
Chet Edwards Updated on Progress of L-3 Surveillance Aircraft (salon) As we noted in a previous post, Chet received $12,000 from L-3 for his campaign. According to this article, L-3 received $32 million in federal funding. Wondered what the P-3 is. It's surveillance air.....- 8/26/2006 1:37:46 PM
Chet Edwards Gets Support of Business Groups in Texas (salon) Interesting. Business groups that include National Federation of Independent Business, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Association of Business (that's the association that illegally helped S.....- 8/26/2006 11:26:15 AM
Informing people is not for the lazy-which is why I'm having trouble (salon) heh. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how I can personally get the word out about Trans Texas Corridor to people, where I can have an effect. It seems to me that, while internet blogging.....- 8/26/2006 10:10:20 AM
Between the Texas Drought and Gas Well Drilling, Are Our Counties Drying up? (salon) I was reading a post from Lake Bridgeport Sandflat News in which the author echoes what I was reading in the Weatherford newspaper-that it is getting harder and harder to drill a well and get water. A.....- 8/26/2006 9:28:46 AM
Get Coal-Fired Power Plants Rammed Through-Get Lots of Checks from TXU (salon) Rick Perry signed an executive order to speed up the state\'s permit process for dirty coal-burning plants. MIRACULOUSLY, only a few weeks later, Perry got money both from TXU\'s PAC and th.....- 8/26/2006 8:33:45 AM
Perry Says Mexico's Calderon is *President-Elect* (salon) Uh, No, Pinhead, he's NOT "President-Elect", which, according to my dictionary is someone who's been ELECTED but just hasn't been INDUCTED into office yet. Calderon has NOT been elected beca.....- 8/26/2006 8:24:29 AM
Trans Texas Corridor- What IS the New Route? What about the Cars? (salon) J Ware did some thorough research into the North Central Texas Council of Governments and came up with some interesting facts from the TTC website that seem to show what their real priorities are: Fi.....- 8/24/2006 9:11:09 AM
Republican Idiot in My District, Nicholas Van Campen Taylor, was on the teevee the other day (salon) I was busy with the TTC stuff I've been working on and got around to finally watching him (TIVO is a great invention!) Obviously, Van Taylor was told that the way to win hearts and minds in Bush's dis.....- 8/24/2006 7:59:03 AM
Perry Continues to Sneer at Citizens Versus the Commercial Elites-Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Everybody knows by now that Rick Perry DID NOT GO to a single TTC hearing, so it's pretty obvious what he thinks about the people that voted for him and whether they were truly "Hearings" or.....- 8/22/2006 1:15:29 PM
I now have a DVD of the Citizen Comments for the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Tomorrow night we're having a local meeting to go over the Largest Land Grab in Texas History, about the TTC since so many don't know about it, and in preparation for it, I've made a DVD from all the .....- 8/21/2006 5:27:29 PM
How NOT to Present Toll Roads to the Public (salon) From Peter Stern, who is a most faithful and energetic emailerPresentation is KeyGOLDEN RULE #1:Thou shalt NOTforce toll roads down taxpayer throats!Unfortunately, in Texas the governor, special.....- 8/21/2006 5:06:05 PM
Trans Texas Corridor-Letter to the Editor Re: Grayson County Support? (salon) Apparently there was an article in the North Texas e-News that talked about Grayson County support for the TTC-except they only talked about the POLITICIANS who were supporting it, not the, uh, citize.....- 8/21/2006 4:42:16 PM
Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) Comments Deadline is Today (salon) Reminder from Lake Bridgeport News. Now, honestly, I'd like to see a second step which is for them to MAKE PUBLIC all the comments and it's not clear to me that TXDOT is going to do so. But if you ha.....- 8/21/2006 12:32:38 PM
AG Greg Abbott and his Goon Squad- and pretty careless, too (salon) What would you say about a guy who is supposed to be upholding the law traipsing down to a federal repository with 4 armed guardsin order to take xrays, in defiance of a court order issued the previo.....- 8/21/2006 9:54:24 AM
I am NOT going to microchip (RFID) my pets, my chickens or my livestock (salon) Just read another article, this time from Austin, about an *aggressive* program to microchip pets. Hey, if people want to slip RFID chips into their pets, and it's an individual personal decision, hav.....- 8/21/2006 9:31:38 AM
Heh-Barbara Radnofsky Seems To be Getting Under Zachry Construction's Skin- Trans Texas Corridor (salon) First off, I read a press release on Radnofsky's site aboutZachry and TxDot farming plansand pepsi went all over the monitor! TxDOT-Zachry introduced the "Big Planters," or "BP projec.....- 8/21/2006 8:25:46 AM
Trans Texas Corridor- So.. How Much Does it Cost to Have a Hearing Where Citizen's Input is Not Considered? (salon) At more than one hearing, people would make comments that, first, because TxDot was not there to answer questions, second, politicians were stacked to be first in line to speak (after which most of th.....- 8/21/2006 7:57:15 AM
Another TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Travesty- Private Property Taken Prior to Any Litigation (salon) Peter Stern sent me this letter from Paul D Perryhe caught in the Ellis paper. It discusses how government previously, before HB3588 and HB2702 tore it down, let people have their day in court BEFORE.....- 8/19/2006 8:22:06 PM
CorridorWatch Files Complaint on TXDot (Re: Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) FAYETTEVILLE Corridorwatch.org, a citizens group organized challenge the wisdom of the Trans Texas Corridor, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Highway Administration in conjunction with .....- 8/19/2006 3:27:19 PM
TTC- Trans Texas Corridor- Video Rob Orr District 58 Sells out his district CALL HIM (salon) He's not my rep, but of the adjoining counties, Johnson and Bosque. When he spoke at the Johnson County TTC meeting, he said he couldn't lend his support to the TTC... but why? Because he didn't like .....- 8/19/2006 11:27:57 AM
TTC- Trans Texas Corridor VIDEO- Scott Gates of Abate at Tarrant County Meeting July 2006 (salon) He's not my rep, but of the adjoining counties, Johnson and Bosque. When he spoke at the Johnson County TTC meeting, he said he couldn't lend his support to the TTC... but why? Because he didn't like .....- 8/19/2006 10:16:10 AM
TTC-Trans Texas Corridor-VIDEO-Mike Moncrief's Comments at the Tarrant County Meeting July 2006 (salon) Jobsanger mentioned the other day that Mayor Moncrief (Fort Worth) and others are now endorsing TTC. Actually, they have endorsed it all along, but they just flat didn't like the route TTC proposed. N.....- 8/19/2006 9:42:19 AM
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