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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
What is Sid Miller(Texas District 59) Scared Of? He Has Asked for the Stephenville Debate Not to be Recorded (salon) I can't imagine why Sid Miller wouldn't want his answers to be recorded and made available for those in the Texas District 59 to see who aren't fortunate enough to get to the debate (I mean, suppose y.....- 10/21/2006 10:29:10 AM
John Cornyn (Senate-Texas) Disses People Who Wanted a Physical Wall on the Border (salon) I wonder if the Republicans who pushed for the immigration bill to be passed and a Great Wall of Texas to be built are feeling a little, uh, TRASHED right about now. First, a bit ago, he said "It.....- 10/20/2006 10:16:37 AM
Monday Night will be the Ernie Casbeer-Sid Miller Debate in Stephenville! (Erath County, Texas) (Texas Dist 59) (salon) I can't wait to hear this. P.S. Does anyone know WHERE and WHEN Sid Miller taught? He says he was a teacher at one point (we know his wife has a charter school in Erath County that got an unacceptable.....- 10/20/2006 9:54:16 AM
Snarking on the Senate Debate Last night - Texas-From a Fashion and Speaking Perspective (salon) Sorry. I must snark. I was at a seminar last night so my first exposure to the debate was hearing the very last bits of it on KERA radio-that gives you NO visual clues, only the voices, and Radnofsky .....- 10/20/2006 9:35:29 AM
San Antonio's River Walk Doesn't Heart Bat Guano In the Food (salon) I LOVE the River Walk. But I have to admit, strolling at dusk and having bat dung fall on my head  or picking it out of the plate as I sit riverside might take away some of the charm. (Unlike Austin's.....- 10/20/2006 8:49:05 AM
Nuclear Power Plant Palo Verde in Arizona Shut Down Due to *Some Sort of Issue* (salon) In honor of the decision to put a second nuclear power plant right here cozied up to Comanche Peak, here's a bit of news about a big ole nuke plant that got shut down temporarily due to a problem.Engi.....- 10/20/2006 8:43:56 AM
Protests in Waco, Texas over the Coal-Fired Plants (salon) As part of a three-pronged protest, about 30 people gathered at Heritage Square on Thursday night in a vigil to protest, pray and learn what 11 proposed new coal-fired power plants would mean for Cent.....- 10/20/2006 8:40:02 AM
Comments on the Barnett Shale Seminar in Meridian, Texas Last night (salon) As I thought, it was a sales pitch, but I learned some things. For example, did you know that Oil and Gas companies can use eminent domain to get your property if you don't cough up a deal to allow th.....- 10/20/2006 8:22:02 AM
Barnet Shale Update Seminar in Meridian (Bosque County, Texas) tonight (salon) from 6:00 to 9:30 at the Meridian High School. It looks to me that it is put on by Proven Concepts, Inc. so I have to assume it is a dog and pony show to get people in Bosque County to band together t.....- 10/19/2006 5:12:00 PM
Eleven Johnson County, Texas Mayors Endorse Chet Edwards (Us House District 17) (salon) From the Cleburne Times-ReviewCounty mayors to endorse EdwardsPossibly hurting Taylor’s chances further was Tuesday’s announcement that 11 Johnson County mayors intend to endorse Edwards this morning......- 10/18/2006 6:25:02 PM
Heh! Bush Endorses Van Taylor -*No Money For Ya, But The Big Dictator Will Throw you a Sound Bite!* (salon) What I find amusing is that Van *Wet Behind the Ears* Taylor mentions that Bush gave him his Eagle Scout honor twenty years ago in Midland. Isn't a surprise that Bush "Kill Them There so they don.....- 10/18/2006 5:43:57 PM
Here Comes Court! State Issues Draft Permits for TXU Coal Plants (Texas) (salon) We all know who's backing these stinking plants, right?TXU's effort to build 11 new coal-fired power plants in Texas received a boost Wednesday when the state's environmental agency issued draft permi.....- 10/18/2006 5:29:12 PM
Excellent Idea to Establish Water Purity Baseline- WATER QUALITY TEST (salon) Here we have gas injection wells and other crap getting put in the ground. What a great idea to do a water quality test to establish a baseline in case you have to take on the oil and gas companies or.....- 10/18/2006 4:41:08 PM
Bush is Now Dictator-With the Help of Chet Edwards (US House District 17-Texas) (salon) Right after Edwards was one of a small number of Democrats who voted with Republicans to allow Bush dictator powers, suspend habeus corpus, designate American citizens as *enemy combatants* and codify.....- 10/18/2006 3:26:13 PM
Various RFID articles from today- How to Disable RFID and what about Privacy? (salon) One drumbeat I keep hearing from the RFID articles is how, while industry is pushing RFID into everything they possibly can, they can make people accept it and not cry about their privacy. Here's a ro.....- 10/18/2006 1:34:36 PM
Bush Admininistration planning 118,000 New Gas and Oil Wells in the Rockies (salon) While we're thinking about how the State of Texas wants to put Oil and Gas wells into Dinosaur Valley State Park.....The Bush Administration is putting plans in place to approve more than 118,000 new .....- 10/18/2006 12:22:34 PM
Does the PUC Take Lessons from Enron? Keeping Secret Company that Manipulates the Energy Market (salon) Sheesh. First we read about the deal between Perry and TXU, where he took, uh, a BOATLOAD of moolah from them and then went to fastrack those coal-fired plants.Then we read:Last month, The Daily News .....- 10/18/2006 11:17:50 AM
Dude! Pass Me That Doobie and Let's Watch the Reactor Fuel Turn Colors! (salon) What happens when nuclear workers sleep on the job, play cards, watch tv and smoke dope at an experimental nuclear reactor (Oak Ridge)According to Dennis Hill, a spokesman for Bechtel Jacobs, a visit .....- 10/18/2006 11:07:55 AM
More on that Federal Database to Track Student's Records (Margaret Spellings) (salon) Wrote about it first here. USToday has an article entitled "Don't Invade Student's Privacy".This is the real issue behind the intense debate over the Education Department's proposal to requi.....- 10/17/2006 5:39:09 PM
Examining Indiana's Toll Road Boondoggle (Foreshadow of Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) Take a look at this article for two major issues: One, the toll road puts in barriers at turn-arounds, which sure does put a crimp into emergency vehicles being able to get to accidents. Second, if yo.....- 10/17/2006 5:22:27 PM
Mary Peters, New Transportation Secretary, Tells Arizonans To Get Ready for Toll Road Highways (salon) As I thought, she really is the Toll Road Queen, proving that at a national level as well as the state level (Trans Texas Corridor), the Republican agenda is not to use our highway fund taxes for, uh,.....- 10/17/2006 5:18:34 PM
Dubai Ports World -Is *Nearly Sold* like *Nearly Pregnant*? (salon) I'm SHOUTING HERE! Dubai Ports World STILL FRIGGIN OWNS PORTS IN THE UNITED STATES! How many months has it been?  So, not only have they NOT sold them off, but they have the audacity to criticize port.....- 10/17/2006 1:07:02 PM
Intrusive RFID News O Day- Secret Biometric Face Scans Combined with RFID (salon) Well, not so secret since I"M TELLING YOU ABOUT IT. There you are, Employee # 12345 for XYZ Corporation and you carry an ID card. Right now you only have to swipe the card in a card reader to get.....- 10/17/2006 12:23:47 PM
World Can't Wait Protest Last Weekend at Michael Burgess Office in Lewisville, Texas (salon) Said before, I used to live in The Colony, so I like to read Denton County news sometimes. Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress District 26, Tim Barnwell and a group of protesters were outside one o.....- 10/17/2006 12:00:41 PM
Heh! Local Crank from Johnson County, Texas Has Synopsis of Edwards-Taylor Debate (US House District 17) (salon) Very funny. Shorter Van Taylor: I'm a Marine! And a hero! There's too much partisanship in Washington and it's all the fault of liberal cut and run Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, whom my opponent loves .....- 10/17/2006 11:53:22 AM
Bush Signed the Torture Bill Today that also trashes Habeus Corpus (salon) What bill is that? Oh, right, the one Chet Edwards voted for. What took Bush so long to actually SIGN this bill after it was passed by both the House and Senate? Has he secretly created a signing stat.....- 10/17/2006 11:28:14 AM
Why are US Taxpayers paying for North American Union Activities? (salon) The master plan for merging the U.S., Mexico and Canada is being devised in American University's Center for North American Studies whose faculty is subsidized by the U.S. State Department through the.....- 10/17/2006 10:52:41 AM
Not All Sweetness and Light in Barnett Shale (Texas)- Gas and Oil Injuries to People (salon) from the Cleburne Times-ReviewMauled hands, amputation, partial-amputation, crushing...An ambulance delivers a man whose hand has been crushed between two huge pipes to the hospital. As the man is whe.....- 10/17/2006 10:39:58 AM
Sneaking in Winter Gas Drilling in Wyoming Under the Guise of *Studying* (salon) Pffftttt!  Bureau of Land Management officials are considering a study that would examine the effects of natural gas drilling in the winter, a practice restricted to protect wildlife such as deer and .....- 10/17/2006 10:36:17 AM
Reminding Again about the Texas State Railroad in Palestine, TX - Hank Gilbert vs Todd Staples (salon) We went in the summer to Chris Bell and other Democratic candidate's Whistlestop in Palestine regarding Perry's gutting of state park funds, including the Texas State Railroad. Dallas Morning News has.....- 10/17/2006 10:13:12 AM
Texas-Perry's Timing of the *Own Your Future* Mailouts -Paid for by You and Me (salon) What the heck *IS* the Own Your Future tour and doesn't it smell like Corporate Lobbying to Gut Social Security and Medicare? Yes. I noticed this morning that the Houston Chronicle is also paying atte.....- 10/17/2006 9:30:41 AM
Waco Trib Confirms my Suspicion that NRCC Thinks Van Taylor (US House District 17- Texas Race) Will Lose (salon) Wrote about this yesterday, that I thought the fact that Taylor had so little cash on hand compared to Chet Edwards meant that the Repubs don't believe Taylor can beat Edwards. Article today from Waco.....- 10/17/2006 9:18:36 AM
Looks like the Republican National Committee Doesn't Think Van Taylor (US House Dist 17 Race, Texas) Can Win it (salon) Heh. It's not just that Chet Edwards has more money, but look at how PALTRY the cash in hand is for Van Taylor.In District 17, US Rep. Chet Edwards, a Democrat from Waco, reports $1.1 million in cash .....- 10/17/2006 8:51:55 AM
Passports Required for US Citizens to go to Mexico or Canada? Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (salon) I always thought of passports as needed when going to other countries that were outside of the continental United States. But the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will require:In the proposed impl.....- 10/16/2006 8:29:44 PM
Families in Nacogdoches County, Texas unite to form alliance for Gas Well Problems (salon) Pretty awful story that involves Exxon-Mobil paying little to no attention to complaints of people who live in the country. The Lemons said they have tried for two years to talk to officials at Exxon .....- 10/16/2006 7:18:48 PM
Chet Edwards/Van Taylor Debate Notes (US House District 17- Texas) (salon) Wasn't able to attend, out of town, but here's some details from local news about the debate Issues, collected from From the Statesman, Houston Chronicle, Cleburne Times-ReviewVan Taylor opposes raisi.....- 10/16/2006 6:56:07 PM
Ernie Casbeer and Sid Miller to DEBATE on October 23 at Tarleton University (Stephenville, Texas)-District 59 (salon) The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is sponsoring the debate, which will be in the Bond Auditorium-I don't have the time yet of the debate but will repost about it again in a few da.....- 10/16/2006 6:20:34 PM
Ernie Casbeer and Sid Miller on Who Should Be Governor (Texas House District 59) (salon) Sid Miller supports Perry the Crook. That should tell you all you need to know about who not to vote for. Casbeer said Bell, a fellow Democrat, is the “most qualified to address the challenges facing .....- 10/16/2006 1:55:02 PM
John Carter is a COWARD- Debate in Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) on Oct 17 with Harrell and McAdoo (salon) but guess who won't be there? Candidates vying for Congress will debate at 7 p.m., Tuesday on the Tarleton State University campus. The event will feature democratic candidate Mary Beth Harrell and li.....- 10/16/2006 1:49:58 PM
American Library Association (ALA) Weighs in on Schwarzenegger's Veto of RFID Bill (California) (salon) BackgroundCalifornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has quietly vetoed a bill that would have ensured that state use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags in drivers’ licenses and library card.....- 10/14/2006 4:26:50 AM
Intrusive RFID News O Day- More Tracking You, the Tagged Passenger, in the Airport (salon) I talked about this a bit ago, where the UK was looking for guinea pigs to have their movements tracked. I thought, huh. Now WHY would anyone want to VOLUNTEER to do that? Looks like it won't be volun.....- 10/13/2006 3:21:07 PM
Parker County, Texas Requests a TXDOT Public Meeting about TTC-35 (on the Doughnut) (salon) Good for them! Seems that once the last round of documents came out about just where that ring around DFW that the North Texas Council of Governments wanted (and Cintra approved) was going, it seemed .....- 10/13/2006 2:49:43 PM
Texas- Perry On Board with Propagandizing Seniors Out of their money-the *Own Your Future* Tour (salon) The title of this article was "Texans Join Health-Care Planning Campaign"-I, naturally, wondered what it was and whether it was costing us money. Appears, however, to be repackaged swill und.....- 10/13/2006 2:22:43 PM
Ernie Casbeer (Texas District 59) Gets His Money from the District-Not So with Sid Miller (salon) Funny. Sid Miller only had 12 individual contributors. from Nancy YatesOn October 10, 2006, Ernie Casbeer and Sid Miller, the candidates for State Representative District 59, filed their campaign cont.....- 10/13/2006 12:25:24 PM
Van Taylor (Greenie Boy Wannabe from US District 17) Didn't Just Pop Up From Under a Cabbage Leaf (salon) Pretty interesting connections for a man that, besides being clueless, seemingly came out of nowhere. We are to believe that he just decided, on his own, to go move to District 17. Baloney! I was alre.....- 10/13/2006 11:50:06 AM
Laughing at the Star-Telegram's *Pat On the Head* for Van Taylor (District 17 Wannabe) (salon) And here I thought it was just me that believed Taylor is a one-trick pony that only knows how to parrot Republican Talking Points on the War on Terror (THEY'RE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES... TO KILL .....- 10/12/2006 9:46:24 PM
Update on Chris Bell Being Misquoted by some Trans Texas Corridor groups (salon) who happen, I"M SURE BY COINCIDENCE, to support CKS. (Here's what I wrote earlier today when I got emails circulated about this)  Chris now has an entry on the website CHRIS BELL 100 PERCENT AGAI.....- 10/12/2006 9:36:02 PM
No More *Piney Woods* -Not if Marketing in East Texas has its way (salon) Here's a question. Do East Texans want the kind of people to go there who would be offended by folksy, homey "Piney Woods"? Sheesh.Deep East Texas officials tore a page out of the Central Te.....- 10/12/2006 2:44:56 PM
Census Information STOLEN in Texas (Central Texas) (salon) My brother told me some months back that he was asked to participate, not by choice, in a census project that was asking questions he thought were none of the government's business. (He refused to do .....- 10/12/2006 2:38:34 PM
More on David Van Os for Texas Attorney General- Who'd YOU rather have? (salon) Just looking at a couple of things. First, the Family Farmer Committee of Sweetwater endorses David Van Os. "Rural Texans have been pushed to the bottom of the ladder for way too long. Government.....- 10/12/2006 2:22:52 PM
Greg Abbott's Millions- Texas Needs an ETHICAL Attorney General, David Van Os (salon) From Bill Gordon (who is a Republican, FYI), who passed on this link from Texans for Public Justice, about just WHO contributes to the AG campaign.The "Texan's for Public Justice" report bel.....- 10/12/2006 2:11:04 PM
Windmill Farm in Erath County, Texas - by Clipper Windpower (salon) Pretty exciting. We all know how it blows around here, and I think I read recently that Texas was the top wind generating electric state in the country. Supposed to be done by April 30,  2007Now here'.....- 10/12/2006 2:00:41 PM
Denton County, Texas and Gas Wells-Where the Heck are the Pipelines? (salon) Up in Denton County where I used to live, the local officials are pondering the fact that they don't know where all the gas well lines are. I'm sure it must be the same way here in Somervell County, e.....- 10/12/2006 1:51:54 PM
Chris Bell's Position on Trans Texas Corridor being Misquoted by some TTC groups (salon) I know I'm not the only person who isn't voting for Carole Keeton Strayhorn but is against the Trans Texas Corridor. Because the TTC issue is so important to me, one of the main criteria I've used in .....- 10/12/2006 1:22:11 PM
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