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Texas District 59- Ernie Casbeer and Sid Miller on Education Issues (salon) I really like Ernie's stance on TAKS testing-he speaks with authority since he's himself a teacher.Sid Miller wants to replace textbooks with laptops-pfffttt! The article doesn't say so but I heard Er.....- 10/9/2006 10:20:47 AM
Texas District 59-Sid Miller and Ernie Casbeer on Immigration Issues and Cindy Sheehan (salon) Ernie Casbeer, the man looking to oust Sid Miller from House District 59, wants to make one thing clear: When it comes illegal immigration and border control, Casbeer said not all immigrants are illeg.....- 10/9/2006 10:10:47 AM
MTGCD (Erath County, Texas) Won't Approve a Water-Quality Monitoring Program (salon) and Bill Gordon blasts them for it. “In the four years they have been opposing oil and gas waste disposal wells in Hemphill County, they now have 26 successful agreements (contracts) with oil and gas .....- 10/9/2006 10:06:36 AM
A Few Chet Edwards-Van Taylor Debate Notes (salon) First, from Bryan-College Station  (Plus, here's Video of the debate)U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards renewed his call to halt all negative campaigning while Van Taylor brought up new allegations concerning a 2.....- 10/8/2006 9:58:39 PM
Comanche Peak- A Nuclear Power Plant by another name would be a Steam Electric Station (Glen Rose, Texas) (salon) Saw this in the mail yesterday and didn't know what the "Steam Electric Station" was making its way into our area and had been running for so many years until I realized TXU IS referring to .....- 10/7/2006 11:16:33 AM
Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District And Rough Creek Lodge (Glen Rose, TX) (salon) MTGCD is going to hire a hydrologist to determine how much groundwater is available under Erath and Comanche counties. They are NOT, however, going to stop issuing permits to pump until after the stud.....- 10/7/2006 11:03:05 AM
The Texas Rick Perry Smoke Stack Love World Tour (salon) I KNEW when I saw the pic in this article, the protesters were gonna be from Midlothian!So outside Friday's gubernatorial debate, Midlothian-based environmental advocacy group Downwinders at Risk para.....- 10/7/2006 6:55:08 AM
Video Bits from Texas Governor's Debate Tonight- My Faves (salon) First off, I didn't necessarily have a bad impression of Kinky Friedman.... before tonight. Sheesh. He might be a good comic, but he is not governor material. C'mon- WHO in their right mind would tell.....- 10/6/2006 11:09:10 PM
Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose, Texas) To Get Oil and Gas Leases? (salon) Saw this in the Glen Rose Reporter, but WHY does the meeting to talk about WHETHER Dinosaur Valley State Park gets a gas lease on it have to be in AUSTIN, which is almost 3 hours of a drive away? On N.....- 10/6/2006 12:48:56 PM
Friends of the Brazos River Fundraiser (salon) Saw this in the Glen Rose Reporter, but WHY does the meeting to talk about WHETHER Dinosaur Valley State Park gets a gas lease on it have to be in AUSTIN, which is almost 3 hours of a drive away? On N.....- 10/6/2006 12:36:26 PM
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight... and Couldn't Manage This Country (salon) Saw this in the Glen Rose Reporter, but WHY does the meeting to talk about WHETHER Dinosaur Valley State Park gets a gas lease on it have to be in AUSTIN, which is almost 3 hours of a drive away? On N.....- 10/6/2006 9:53:58 AM
42 Texans Killed in the Iraq War in 2006 (salon) from the Waco Tribune (233 Texans have died since the start of the war)Oct. 4: Marine Cpl. Benjamin S. Rosales, 20, of Houston, died while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He w.....- 10/6/2006 9:50:49 AM
Chet Edwards (District 17- Texas) Wearing HIs Bullet-Proof Vest (salon) I was amused at this article from the Cleburne Times-Review about Van Taylor being presented a wooden decoy duck from the National Republican Congressional Committee... Who presented the duck to Taylo.....- 10/6/2006 9:32:49 AM
Texas Governor's Debate Tomorrow Night (Friday) at 7:00 on WFAA Channel 8 (salon) As mentioned at the Meet The Candidates rally, here's the first debate of importance that is a Must-Watch. Our governor candidate is Chris Bell. Don't Forget - 7:00 Channel 8. Belo Corp. announced tha.....- 10/5/2006 10:46:13 PM
Video and notes from the Somervell County Democrats *Meet the Candidates* Rally (salon) The Meet the Candidates rally featured not only good Democrats getting together in a party situation, but great candidates. Here are the candidates in our area: County Judge - Walter Maynard County/Di.....- 10/5/2006 10:38:15 PM
Schwarzenegger Vetoes the RFID Privacy Act that was on his desk (salon) PFFTTTT to him. Background. Legislative proposals to regulate government use of RFID technology in California have been vetoed by state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.The Identity Information Protecti.....- 10/5/2006 6:08:34 PM
On the Governor's Race, Kinky Friedman and Somervell County, Texas (salon) I wasn't going to talk about this too much because, except for despising Rick Perry and wanting to see him out, I haven't been too concerned with how other people might vote-I mean, if you're Democrat.....- 10/5/2006 6:55:43 AM
Bush Allowed to Continue to Spy on Americans While Case on Appeal (salon) A Judge a couple of weeks ago ruled against Bush's spying on Americans, but, because the Bush administration is appealling the case, is allowing Bush to continue to spy on Americans in the meantime. U.....- 10/5/2006 6:42:40 AM
Two Groups to Sue TXU over Coal-Burning Plants (salon) A reminder first that Kip Averitt is Just Fine With Pollution. Others are not and want to see clear air standards enforced. Here's the best comment from this article in the Waco Trib about it.Dallas l.....- 10/5/2006 6:29:50 AM
Van Taylor of West, Texas and The Mark Foley (Republican) Prey-On-Children Scandal (salon) Ah! Election Time! I've seen plenty of Van Taylor and Chet Edwards signs all over the place. But this is ONE picture I'll bet Van Taylor will be sorry for people to see by next week when, all the pund.....- 10/5/2006 6:19:17 AM
Next Up- Companies using RFID to track your every movement within the premises (salon) Ugh. I hope everyone understands that RFID is big business and only set to get bigger and more intrusive in the future unless we work, now, to figure out how we want to use it, how to disable it and p.....- 10/5/2006 5:39:08 AM
RFID- No More Sponges Left in YOU During an Operation (salon) Another interesting piece of RFID news, in this case I kind of like it- the operating room personnel would pass a wand over your knocked out body to make sure they didn't leave some tool inside before.....- 10/4/2006 11:12:23 PM
Using RFID to Track You and Market to you When You Play Golf for Entertainment (salon) Ah, The good old days of going out to a golf range and hitting a few balls, maybe losing some in the woods. Gone... now you and your balls  (golf balls, that is) are tagged via RFID and tracked. TopGo.....- 10/4/2006 11:08:43 PM
Huh??? John Cornyn Says *Forget the Border Fence, It was Only A Symbolic Gesture, Anyway* (salon) I'm against the border fence and thought it was a colossally stupid waste of money, among other things. But Ole John Cornyn was sure all for it, except he and KBH didn't like it that they couldn't spe.....- 10/4/2006 10:55:11 PM
DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THIS NEXT ELECTION IS OCTOBER 10th (salon) This election is SO important to vote out the crooks! Especially Perry. You have until Tuesday to register. You can go down to the Somervell County annex and register. PLEASE go do it!  To be eligible.....- 10/4/2006 10:47:46 PM
Boyd Waggoner (Erath County, TX) Suggests Carveout of Erath County from Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (salon) Good! Boyd Waggoner took the issues to the City of Stephenville   BackgroundBoyd Waggoner isn't shutting up.Mere days after being removed as chairman of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation Dis.....- 10/4/2006 10:43:14 PM
The *Dirt* Rally about Trans Texas Corridor (salon) I mentioned a bit ago that Carole Keeton Strayhorn's campaign has been attempting to make the Trans Texas Corridor THEIR issue, rather than a Texas issue. I think this is a mistake, because Democrats,.....- 10/4/2006 10:33:59 PM
Texas Supreme Court Nominee Bill Moody Says Zachry May be Using Political Contributions To Win Court Favor (salon) for Trans Texas Corridor. What's interesting about this article is it says there WILL BE AN EMINENT DOMAIN LAWSUIT. “My opponent and other members of the Supreme Court have taken sizable contributions.....- 10/4/2006 10:29:24 PM
VIDEO- Perry Boondoggle- Trans Texas Corridor (salon) for Trans Texas Corridor. What's interesting about this article is it says there WILL BE AN EMINENT DOMAIN LAWSUIT. “My opponent and other members of the Supreme Court have taken sizable contributions.....- 10/4/2006 9:59:37 PM
Texas Water Plan- COMMENTS UNTIL FRIDAY, OCTOBER SIXTH- TIME RUNNING OUT (salon) On that new Texas Water Plan-First, from the Sierra ClubDraft State Water Plan Falls Short The draft 2007 State Water Plan has been released and is now available for public comments. Please take advan.....- 10/4/2006 9:57:20 PM
Congress has now barred permanent military bases from Iraq (salon) This is good news!Congress has now barred the United States from building permanent military bases in Iraq.  The House approved this provision when it adopted the fiscal year 2007 Defense Appropriatio.....- 10/4/2006 9:37:54 PM
Water News for Somervell County, Texas-Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (salon) Been busy the last few days with the Meet the Candidates rally; have a whole bunch of water news to post. First up, from Bill Gordon: There will be a meeting of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conserva.....- 10/4/2006 9:36:23 PM
Bill Clinton's Sexual Lies Versus Mark Foley's Pedophilia With Boys (salon) I'm with TalkingPointsMemo, that we need a flowchart to keep up with all the denials, and backtracking, and contradictions. One thing is clear. The Republican leadership, both Dennis Hastert, and John.....- 10/1/2006 10:51:32 AM
Mary *Federal Highways Into Toll Roads* Peters Confirmed by Senate today (salon) Look out. That *innovative thinking* means the privatizing of federal highways.Her biggest challenges will be reducing highway, airport and seaport congestion. The administration in May announced a st.....- 9/30/2006 8:51:20 AM
Best Two House Speeches Today- Obey and Hoyer (salon) I've been listening to Cspan the last 3 days because I consider what is happening is a major faultline to our democracy, and I've been clipping some bits which are here. I want to highlight two videos.....- 9/29/2006 6:41:18 PM
Barbara Radnofsky, Unlike Kay Bailey Hutchison is AGAINST TORTURE (salon) Radnofsky refers to Senate Bill S3930Radnofsky: “The Senate majority and my opponent wrongly and massively changed American history by permitting coerced confessions, torture, and convictions based on.....- 9/29/2006 2:51:13 PM
Chet Edwards Votes with the Republicans on the Senate Military Commissions Act Bill S3930 (salon) Roll Call. 250-170. 162 Democrats voted AGAINST this, with 32 for (Chet Edwards being one of those). This was the version the Senate voted on yesterday and it had to go back to pass the House. Chet vo.....- 9/29/2006 2:47:10 PM
Why we MUST Elect David Van Os as Attorney General-Reading the Trans Texas Corridor Documents (salon) From the Master Development Plan- Chapter 11, p 411.2.4 Eminent Domain-Condemnation Process (if necessary)The TxDOT portion of the actual eminent domain process is under the control of the Texas Attor.....- 9/29/2006 2:32:07 PM
Trans Texas Corridor Document Dump- Comments Part 2 from Chapter 3-1 (salon) Couldn't stand to look at the map any more and try to figure out whose property and towns are going to be wiped out, but back to text of documentMaster Development Plan Chapter 3-1p 22- Toll ratesInit.....- 9/29/2006 2:25:39 PM
Trans Texas Corridor-Starting to Slog Through the TxDot 87 page Master Document (salon) Here's the site to look at it all.  Then, Eye on Williamson County references the toll COSTS of the boondoggle as well as how a non-toll highway could be financed.All Right. I'll be doing more than on.....- 9/29/2006 1:56:14 PM
Cleburne (Texas) Looking to Revise Gas-Well Ordinances (salon) I'm glad to see that the City of Cleburne is considering revisions to city ordinance regarding gas and oil wells- I don't know at this point what the City of Glen Rose has done along this line, but I .....- 9/29/2006 12:27:59 PM
Did Cintra/TXDot Release the TTC plans because of the lawsuit coming up in October? (salon) Before I start looking at this plan in detail, it occurs to me that there is fixing to be a lot of negative publicity about what Cintra is doing, should the lawsuit go forward on October 10th. Since s.....- 9/29/2006 12:25:08 PM
Why would ANY Democrat ally themselves with the Republican Party of Torture-Military Commissions Bill (salon) I have to bring this up one more time, because I just read McBlogger's "TRAITORS" post. about the military commission bill.Every Republican and Democrat who voted for this is a traitor who v.....- 9/29/2006 11:07:17 AM
Decision-Voting To Create a Democratic Majority Rather than Being For a Candidate (salon) I continue to be disturbed about Chet Edwards recent votes, most particularly the one where he voted with the Party of Torture Republicans on the military detainees bill, and secondarily, on the warra.....- 9/29/2006 10:13:40 AM
Hewlett Packard Pretext Scandal-HP Used Tracking Devices in Email to Spy (salon) In the House hearing this morning about HP using *pretexts* to gain information about other people's telephone records, illegally, it was highly amusing to watch Republicans, in particular, posturing .....- 9/29/2006 1:42:57 AM
Dubai Ports World STILL OWNS UNITED STATES PORTS (salon) Uh, it's been six months... Where's the Republican outrage? Oh, I forgot, they're SO CONCERNED ABOUT TERRORISM that they're not on top of this issue... or maybe they hope people have forgotten.Six mon.....- 9/29/2006 12:21:58 AM
Evidence of Port Jobs Going from United States to Mexico - (San Antonio) Trans Texas Corridor (salon) My friend Susan sent me this: Kathi Thomas, who is running for SD 25 in Dripping Springs added this comment-If you ever doubted that the TTC was about taking jobs out of the US, here is a little more .....- 9/28/2006 11:53:02 PM
Chet Edwards Votes with the Republicans To Spy On Americans Without Warrants (salon) My friend Susan sent me this: Kathi Thomas, who is running for SD 25 in Dripping Springs added this comment-If you ever doubted that the TTC was about taking jobs out of the US, here is a little more .....- 9/28/2006 10:54:26 PM
More on that Horrendous Margaret Spellings cradle to grave database for students (salon) I wrote about this the other day. Turns out, according to this commentary, that not only will student records be housed in a massive database that the government will administer, but also WHAT HAPPENS.....- 9/28/2006 6:41:44 PM
Wisconsin Executive Detained for Writing *Kip Hawley is an Idiot* on airplane clear plastic blag (salon) What was TSA's response? No Free Speech For You.Bird, a senior executive for a manufacturing company who lives in Washington County, Wis., and travels weekly, said he's frustrated by the TSA's rules a.....- 9/28/2006 6:29:15 PM
RFID- In the UK, Shops have to now tell customers when a tag is being used and HOW TO REMOVE THEM. (salon) Pretty interesting but I have some questions about this (Think Minority Report when you read the following)Shops which use RFID tags and CCTV cameras must tell shoppers every time an RFID tag is used .....- 9/28/2006 1:45:52 PM
RFID in the Airport- UK Wants People to Volunteer to be Guinea Pigs and have their movements tracked (salon) Heh. I read RFID news pretty regularly and it is BIG BUSINESS. But it's also intrusive and I can't ever imagine why anyone would volunteer (okay if they're getting paid some big bucks or free airline .....- 9/28/2006 1:39:32 PM
Cornyn's Office Sent Envelope with White Powder Today (Note Said it was Anthrax) (salon) Well, it wasn't, but somebody sure doesn't like Mr. Torture. An anthrax hoax at Sen. John Cornyn’s office left aides stuck in their offices for about 45 minutes at lunchtime Thursday, after an intern .....- 9/28/2006 1:34:50 PM
Trans Texas Corridor -More Details Come Out Today (salon) The master plan is going to be on the TXDot site later today, at which time I and I'm sure a LOT of concerned Texans will be scrutinizing it. (Side note: Will the release of this master plan be the de.....- 9/28/2006 1:12:47 PM
I called Cornyn and Hutchison's office about the Military Detainees and Wireless Wiretapping Bills (salon) I know already from this type of thing that Cornyn doesn't give a hoot if he has Democratic constituents  in this state, and that he is pro-torture, but I want to make sure he can't say "I didn't.....- 9/28/2006 12:49:41 PM
HP Pretexting (Spying on people's private phone records) Hearing in the House This Morning (salon) I'm watching it right now as each of the members that were involved in the Hewlett Packard pretexting scandal refuse to answer questions and plead the fifth, including Ann Baskins, who ordered the spy.....- 9/28/2006 10:30:18 AM
Federal Investigators Looking into Halliburton's Nigerian Bribe Scheme AND OTHER COUNTRIES (salon) What's MISSING from this article by the Houston Chronicle is that CHENEY served as CEO of Halliburton during that time. Federal investigators, who have been looking into a possible bribery scheme invo.....- 9/28/2006 5:52:54 AM
L-3 Scores Again- 70 Million in Homeland Security Appropriations Bills for Surveillance Planes (salon) Chet Edwards Largest Campaign ContributorU.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, announced this week that the final appropriations bill for 2007 contains $70 million for the service life extension program, or.....- 9/28/2006 5:45:05 AM
Shame, SHAME on House Democrats Who Voted For HR6166 (Military Commissions Act) (salon) I've been kind of stunned since yesterday that THIRTY-FOUR Democrats voted for this, including Chet Edwards. I watched Cspan and video clipped a whole lot of the floor speeches- on CanOFun - and I'm t.....- 9/28/2006 5:36:50 AM
More on Frac Fire Near Azle- Schlumberger Loses $4 Million in Frac Trucks (salon) The gas well had been drilled but no gas had come from it yet. From the Weatherford Democrat:Crews were using 4-5,000 pounds of pressure to force fresh water, biocide and sand down the well when the b.....- 9/28/2006 5:00:59 AM
Chet Edwards Votes With the Republicans on Detainee Bill (salon) Here's the roll call. And here's the text of the bill.  And here, at least today, is a list of video clips from the House floor debate from Democrats, Yes, DEMOCRATS, who opposed the bill... and why. .....- 9/27/2006 5:54:31 PM
Democrats Shut out of the Process with Regard to the Torture Bill- House (salon) I"m watching Cspan this morning with Republicans and Democrats debating the torture bill, which allows the President to define torture as HE wants (and we know what happened with that, from the B.....- 9/27/2006 11:23:24 AM
Bush Administration (Margaret Spellings) Wants to Make Federal Database To Track Students (salon) I really, really hate this. Assuming that this means that students identified by personal information are included in this federal database, why in the world would any school district want to give its.....- 9/27/2006 10:11:09 AM
Goofy! Carole Keeton Strayhorn Wants to Put Texas Rangers in Charge of Border and Homeland Security (salon) PFFFFFFFFFTTTTTT! The Bush administration needs to do what it said it would do, that is fund border patrol agents instead of doing cutbacks-but to fill the need with Texas Rangers here state-wide? I s.....- 9/27/2006 10:01:04 AM
Oil and Gas-Subsurface Trespass by Hydraulic Fracing-Court Case (salon) Came across this letter to the editor in the Weatherford Democrat about a court case won last year by one O&G company against another. The letter is pretty good for detailing the "rule of cap.....- 9/27/2006 9:47:12 AM
Laura Milller Went to Waco (McClennan County) To Lobby Commishes to Join Air Quality Group (salon) I"m betting she didn't meet with Kip Averett, who just LOVES those dirty coal-fired plants. Proclaiming McLennan County as “ground zero for emissions control,” Dallas Mayor Laura Miller said Tues.....- 9/27/2006 9:37:15 AM
Army Meets Recruiting Goal--NOW LET"S SEE WHY (salon) Having actually been READING articles about the goals for the past two years and knowing how the goalpost keeps changing and getting shorter, had to see if, in fact, it's the same for THIS goal. Yuppe.....- 9/26/2006 2:12:05 PM
Do Gas Wells Have Problems? Yes- Example of Gas Well Fire near Azle (Parker County, Texas) (salon) The fire Tuesday morning at a gas drilling site in northeast Parker County was caused by an equipment malfunction, and the well itself was not involved, a spokeswoman for the Texas Railroad Commission.....- 9/26/2006 12:02:04 PM
VIDEO- Chet Edwards/House Floor Today RE: Efforts to Gut Separation of Church and State-HR1038 (salon) The fire Tuesday morning at a gas drilling site in northeast Parker County was caused by an equipment malfunction, and the well itself was not involved, a spokeswoman for the Texas Railroad Commission.....- 9/26/2006 11:25:18 AM
The Pros and Cons of Gas Drilling in the Barnett Shale (from Parker County, Texas) (salon) Weatherford Democrat has an article about the increased business, and jobs that come to the area due to what is a boom in gas drilling.In the last 90 days, DrillingInfo.com reported 132 drilling permi.....- 9/26/2006 10:45:16 AM
Boy! Paying 4 Million Bucks to Politicians Sure Pays OFF for Halliburton- 600 Percent Increase in Contracts (salon) since 2000The board of directors and their spouses personally gave $828,701 to candidates for Congress and the presidency while Halliburton's political action committees gave $1.2 million, most of it .....- 9/26/2006 10:40:52 AM
Somebody Smack Bush! Ice the Size of Texas Melts in One Year (salon) from New ScientistMay be this is Earth's way of telling President George W. Bush that global warming cannot be ignored: in just one year, the perennial sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean has shrunk by .....- 9/26/2006 10:28:04 AM
Just unbelievable- Teacher in Frisco FIRED because she took 5th graders to Dallas Museum of Art (salon) and they saw nude statues. One of the children told his parents and the teacher was ultimately fired. Was this a newbie teacher? No. She taught in Frisco ISD for 6 years and has been a teacher for 28 .....- 9/26/2006 10:03:09 AM
RFID Tags have read/Write capability-Then I should be able to erase them when I leave the store, right? (salon) For a privacy advocate, being able to disable the RFID tag after (or as) you leave the store is a huge deal. But this manufacturing article says they can be erased and reused to store different info.I.....- 9/26/2006 6:23:16 AM
Newsweek Suggests CIA are Sweating it Legally Because of Renditioning German El-Masri (salon) I made a compilation video last year about El-Masri, who is a German national who was mistakenly renditioned and tortured, then oops, returned to Germany. He sued the United States, but the suit was t.....- 9/26/2006 1:53:04 AM
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