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*I will return with a vengeance*-comments from the MTGCD board meeting- Dublin, Texas (Erath County) (salon) I enjoyed the followup article in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune on the ousting of Boyd Waggoner. (Related post here) “A friend told me, ‘You don’t miss the water until the well runs dry,’” Waggoner .....- 9/23/2006 10:25:32 AM
Torture's Long Shadow (salon) Article in the Washington Post from Russian Vladimir Bukovsky-read it.. It will break your heart and make you wonder why Congress is not standing up against codified torture.If America's leaders want .....- 9/22/2006 10:50:24 PM
VIDEO- Mary Peters, in House Confirmation Hearing, Confirms that Toll Roads for National Highways are an Option (salon) Mary Peters, according to an article I referenced before, is an advocate of not using highway tax money funds anymore, but making federal highways toll roads, both new and existing. (I also saw that s.....- 9/22/2006 9:31:58 PM
Jonathan Turley on Countdown Talking about the Torturer-In-Chief Torture Compromise (salon) Does the deal prohibit torture or does it not? Turley says it does not, that it is not a compromise but rewrites the Geneva Conventions in practice. VIDEO on CanOFunI weep for what our nation has beco.....- 9/22/2006 8:43:22 PM
Remember the Taliban Guy in Farenheit 911 who was going to Yale? (salon) My head spun around earlier this year when I read that the guy, who was one who had gone to Texas in the early part of Bush's reign, somehow was not just welcomed in this country but got a scholarship.....- 9/22/2006 5:48:59 PM
Why Do Cornyn and Hutchison Object to the Border Fence Plan? (salon) I read this several days ago and kept it up and thinking that it would come to me why they object, but no joy. So I'm writing about in hopes someone will email me and tell me "Duh! It's because ......- 9/22/2006 5:29:54 PM
Cornyn Talks Out Both Sides of His Mouth on Sunshine/FOIA- St Mary's Suppression of Info Grant (salon) Cornyn, who talks all the time about opening up information for the public, arranged for a $1 MILLION dollar grant for St Mary's University Center for Terrorism Law. What was the purpose of the grant?.....- 9/22/2006 4:42:48 PM
Should a School District Support a Pro-Life Christian Program To Present to School Children? Alvarado (Johnson County) says Yes (salon) Noticed that Alvarado will be using a Christian-run organization with specific idealogies to teach sexual education to grades 7-12 in AISD. A new sexual education program preaching abstinence-only is .....- 9/22/2006 4:09:45 PM
Bush Will Continue to Allow CIA To Torture, Congress Lays Down to Let Him Do It, and Nobody Gets Punished (salon) That's what Bush wanted in the first place- to allow the CIA to continue to torture and to prevent them from being called to account for it, legally, through the court system. That's what he will get,.....- 9/22/2006 3:41:55 PM
Unfunded Mandate *Real ID* Act will Cost States ELEVEN BILLION SMACKS (salon) Background Back in May of 2005, I wrote about how the National Governor's Association was threatening lawsuits to fight the Real ID legislation that got snuck into emergency defense appropriations (so.....- 9/22/2006 3:10:45 PM
Using the ASVAB Test for Military Recruitment in High Schools: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? (salon) From the Coalition Against Militarization of Our SchoolsThe ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), an "aptitude" test designed and administered by the U.S. military, is taken by.....- 9/22/2006 1:31:52 PM
Who Protects the Groundwater in Your Texas County? In Erath County, that man was booted (salon) Yesterday I attended a meeting in Dublin, Texas (Erath County... and you may also know Dublin as the home of Dr Pepper, where the REAL stuff is bottled). The meeting of the Middle Trinity Groundwater .....- 9/22/2006 8:34:54 AM
Mary Peters, Toll Road Queen, Also Spent 8 MILLION Dollars on PR While Head of FHA (salon) If, as we all suspect, she is going to shove federal highways as toll roads down everyone's throats, then having a huge budget to make people LIKE it by hiring PR firms to do so will be essential. And.....- 9/21/2006 11:03:56 PM
Bush's Spying On Americans Illegally Through Phone Records Versus HP Pretexting Scandal (salon) On the Diane Rehm show today, I heard a man pose a very good question about why Congress is up in arms about what Hewlett Packard has done through pretexting and almost nothing has been done with Bush.....- 9/21/2006 10:53:08 PM
AUDIO of Hugo Chavez Speech at the UN this week (salon) in its entirety.  I've seen a lot of very short clips about Chavez that have focused on the fact that he called Bush the devil, but very little that talk about the other items in his speech. For examp.....- 9/21/2006 6:54:36 PM
Be Vewy Vewy Qwiet And Don't Disturb the Hunters NEXT DOOR (salon) Hunters trump kids playing and making noise DURING THE DAY on their property. You know, it's funny, most of the time people want you to be quiet after, say, 10 o'clock at night. Galen Morris, 38, of I.....- 9/21/2006 12:50:23 PM
Are the Torture Weapons Used on the Terrorists the Same Ones Used on Guinea Pig US Citizens? (salon) I wrote about this last week, where an Air Force secretary said that microwave devices should be *tested* on US citizens before turning them on people of other countries. Why? Because it might hurt wo.....- 9/21/2006 6:31:49 AM
VIDEO- Meeting in Williamson County, Texas (Jonah Schoolhouse) about filing Open Records Act in Cintra lawsuit (salon) Chunked into 6 parts, on CanOFun. Dan Byfield arranged the meeting which was held for the purpose of filing open records requests into what the contract between TXDOT and CINTRA actually says, since i.....- 9/21/2006 12:35:17 AM
Will Enlisted in the Military Be Forced to be RFID-Chipped? RFID Implants in Your Skin (salon) Was reading an article about Verichip, which is looking to implant chips in babies (well, FIRST, they are working and have sold a bracelet for infants that has an RFID chip in the plastic). In the art.....- 9/20/2006 11:26:30 PM
John Cornyn -Views on Immigration and *Virtual Walls* (salon) Picked out a few parts of his proxy speaking for him in Waxahachie. Cubriel said Cornyn supports the creation and institution of a worker verification card that would contain biometric information (su.....- 9/20/2006 11:13:36 PM
Chet Edwards Receives 2006 Award of Merit by Military Coalition (salon) The Military Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based consortium of 36 military and veteran groups, presented their 2006 Award of Merit, which is their highest award, to U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, on .....- 9/20/2006 10:46:42 PM
Texas Water Development Board is Holding Hearings about Reservoir Plans (salon) Boy. I happened to see that there was a meeting held tonight in Fort Worth about plans by the TWDB to put in reservoirs. Too far and too soon for me to go too, so I found a list of meetings in the are.....- 9/20/2006 10:04:29 PM
On Texas State Parks- Frustration and Exasperation-Perry Sneakily Trying to Sell ANOTHER Park (salon) I read with mixed feelings about a Westlake couple that donated $10,000 to state parks. While I applaud them for their generosity, it's disgusting that the Perry administration is not using the money .....- 9/20/2006 9:49:23 PM
Huh? How is it ETHICAL to not have to detail Cash Gifts on Financial Disclosure Forms? (salon) Not only is that bizarre but also that it's the TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION that says so. I can tell you that the Ethics Commission is sure gonna hear from me tomorrow for their DRAFT opinion-seems to me .....- 9/20/2006 9:34:58 PM
Do you REALLY want to give your Kid's DNA to the government? Voluntarily? Perry would have it so (salon) Sorry. Maybe you're one of the people who think that you'll give up every single piece of information about your family to the government in order to believe that you are thereby keeping your family *.....- 9/20/2006 9:23:48 PM
Middle Trinity Ground Water Conservation District Is For Contamination of Ground Water (salon) from *commercial* gas wells and oil wells. If you live anywhere near Dublin and can show up tomorrow, and care about ground water contamination, here's info about a meeting. From Bill Gordon of Erath .....- 9/20/2006 8:38:16 PM
John Cornyn Hugs Up to Racist Groups- Speaks on Immigration at Rockford Institute Group (salon) Great article, showing that Cornyn will pander to whoever he can (wonder if he was paid to speak?) The best part of this article was discussing what excuse Cornyn might make about why he associated hi.....- 9/20/2006 10:59:43 PM
Cornyn's Rep Will be In Weatherford (Parker County) this Thursday (salon) His rep will be at City Hall in Weatherford on September 21 from 2 pm to 4 pm.Cornyn, the junior Texas Senator, made headlines last week when, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he support.....- 9/19/2006 1:15:22 PM
Texas Senator Kip Averitt Hearts Coal Burning Plants in McClennan County (salon) I almost never see articles about Averitt, who is my state senator (Republican)  in District 22 (and has NO Democratic opponent running against him!!!????!!!!!-remember, dear Reader, that if someone r.....- 9/19/2006 1:06:58 PM
Another Intrusive Device That Sounds like Quackery- The Pupillometer (salon) A cop stops you for because you have a headlight out (or so you thought) but decides he or she wants to check you for drugs. Out comes the Pupillometer (with costs 10 THOUSAND SMACKS) -"Put Head .....- 9/19/2006 12:34:39 PM
Better Change Your Passports NOW-RFID (666) Coming (salon) Bruce Schnier "You don't want one of those chips in your passport"  (Don't want or need a passport? Don't forget that RFID will be in your driver's license next - via Real ID Act- RFID stand.....- 9/19/2006 12:20:31 PM
Shame that Trans-Texas Corridor Rallies Can't Be Apolitical (salon) I got an email letting me know about a very good idea for a rally to be held in Austin on September 30, which is to take a cup of dirt down to local courthouses and let Perry know that this is all the.....- 9/19/2006 11:13:30 AM
Somervell County Meet the Candidates Rally (Chair) I got an email letting me know about a very good idea for a rally to be held in Austin on September 30, which is to take a cup of dirt down to local courthouses and let Perry know that this is all the.....- 9/19/2006 9:26:55 AM
ROGUE NATION: Time to change the course of U.S. history (salon) From Peter SternThe majority of Americans should be unhappy with our nation's growth and evolution --- or, if you believe it --- intelligent design. It doesn't matter if you're Republican, Democrat or.....- 9/19/2006 9:15:23 AM
In UK. Big Brother Not Just Watching But TELLING YOU TO CUT IT OUT (salon) Boy. You know the US will think this is a great idea and have it next. It's one thing, one very creepy thing, to think that anyplace you go publicly a camera is monitoring you, and quite another to ha.....- 9/18/2006 1:28:08 PM
Sid Miller (TX District 58) Expenditures Campaign Finance Report More from 2006-2002 (salon) Continuing with looking at what is listed on Sid Miller's campaign finance report as filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. I notice that in 2003, he was fined by the Texas Ethics Commission for a re.....- 9/18/2006 12:40:34 PM
Sid Miller (Texas District 58)-Expenditures and Contributions on Campaign Finance Report 2006 (salon) Thought it would be interesting to look at a bit of the expenditures on Sid Miller's Campaign Finance Report, filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. Kudos to Musings whose post about John Davis's amb.....- 9/18/2006 1:49:55 AM
Our Democracy is not working-maybe it's time to take it back to the drawing board (salon) A couple of months ago I read the book "1776" about George Washington and the war with the British. I learned a lot and thought it would be a good idea to read another book on that period of.....- 9/17/2006 11:39:46 AM
State Parks-Why Aren't Our Taxes Paying for them Instead of Using Corporate Money? (salon) Shame. Shame on Perry and shame on anyone in the Texas Legislature that voted to take money that was allocated for state parks to go for some other purpose. The Eagle Lake Park deal was brokered throu.....- 9/17/2006 10:24:52 AM
Uh-Oh- Eagle Mountain Lake- How Many Gas Rigs Can Be Put into PARK LAND? (salon) I saw this on the video snip from DFW news the other day, that the deal for Eagle Mountain Lake park also included being able to put gas rigs on it. Today, the Star-Telegram has an article about how c.....- 9/17/2006 9:45:48 AM
Toll Roads (Trans Texas Corridor and HOT Lanes) as *Lexus Lanes*- The Attack on Egalitarianism (salon) I read an excellent piece on Blue Oregon about the principle of egalitarianism that is being destroyed by the push for toll roads, not just in Texas, but as legislative decision in the entire United S.....- 9/17/2006 9:07:23 AM
The Way Out of War- discussion of article in Harper's magazine October 2006 (salon) I can't, of course, do justice to this article, written by George S McGovern and William R Polk- it must be read in its entirety but I was struck by the cost references. Here are a few bits, then go r.....- 9/16/2006 2:40:23 PM
Bush's Argument about the IAEA Discussed -VIDEO (salon) I did a compilation of some various clips that start from the situation where Bush was talking with Matt Lauer last week about Iran and the IAEA. Matt asked him if he had a smoking gun about Iran's nu.....- 9/16/2006 2:21:20 PM
Trans Texas Corridor-Join with others to do an Open Records Request (salon) Saw this on Eye On Williamson County. Basically, the person referenced within, Dan Byfield, is going to do an open records request to either force the State of Texas to cough up the details of the sec.....- 9/16/2006 11:41:12 AM
How Sick is That? Watching The Border Via Cameras (salon) Saw this on South Texas Chisme. I knew that Perry had spent a huge amount of money on video cameras to watch the border, but didn't know that he planned to PUT THE FEEDS ON THE INTERNET. So that anyon.....- 9/16/2006 9:41:40 AM
Trans Texas Corridor-High Voltage Lines and Petrochemical Lines-Side by Side (salon) More than a few people at the TTC hearings we went to talked about how crazy it is for the TTC to have so many pipelines all in one place-talk about being a terrorist target! I talked the other day ab.....- 9/16/2006 9:26:31 AM
Home Sweet Home-Where the RNC Tells You to Run: Van Taylor In West/Waco (McClennan County) Texas (salon) Good smackdown on Van Taylor's flimsy reason for moving to West, Texas in the Waco Tribune. Within a month after he bought a house in McLennan County last summer, Republican Party leaders were already.....- 9/16/2006 9:16:45 AM
Mary Peters, Toll Roads For Everyone Queen, Accused of Shutting Down a Probe into CSX Wrongful Deaths (salon) Background- Mary "Toll Roads Everywhere For Everybody" Peters has been nominated by Bush to be the new Transportation Secretary. FHWA looks at highway tolls and intermodal funding Highway us.....- 9/16/2006 9:04:48 AM
Texas Retired Teachers-Perry Wants to Cut Pension Funds By Taking from Healthcare Benefits (salon) Boy O Boy. Perry's been on a roll lately, cutting funds to parks, pushing through the Trans Texas Corridor even though people (except businessmen or politicos with their hands out) don't want it, prop.....- 9/16/2006 8:34:56 AM
Bush's Torture Bill -Explained by David Gregory and others (salon) VIDEO compilation -Heard one of the best short explanations about what Bush's bill regarding torture, that is being fought by those with higher morals, actually contains, as far as the issues, on Hard.....- 9/16/2006 8:18:11 AM
Speaking of Building Fences.... (salon) VIDEO compilation -Heard one of the best short explanations about what Bush's bill regarding torture, that is being fought by those with higher morals, actually contains, as far as the issues, on Hard.....- 9/16/2006 12:32:25 AM
Bush's Real Reasons for Wanting to Change the Law and the Geneva Conventions (salon) Video from Countdown - I've thought for quite a while that the *blind* for what Bush is really angling for is being hidden behind his belligerent rhetoric about needing tools to *get* information. Ton.....- 9/16/2006 12:28:29 AM
VIDEO- Ann Richard's Laugh about Bush at the 1988 Democratic Convention (salon) Video from Countdown - I've thought for quite a while that the *blind* for what Bush is really angling for is being hidden behind his belligerent rhetoric about needing tools to *get* information. Ton.....- 9/15/2006 3:04:18 PM
VIDEO- Ann Richards on Republicans Running on the Democratic Ticket (salon) Video from Countdown - I've thought for quite a while that the *blind* for what Bush is really angling for is being hidden behind his belligerent rhetoric about needing tools to *get* information. Ton.....- 9/15/2006 2:36:19 PM
Say What, Cornyn? Re: Biggest Spending Rise Since 1990 (salon) Had to laugh when I read this, in an article about how Republicans are unhappy about how much money... Democrats? No, REPUBLICANS are spending. The Republican-controlled Congress heads into the Nov. 7.....- 9/15/2006 1:38:28 PM
Glen Rose, Texas Notes (salon) From reading the (now) 2 newspapers in Glen Rose, a few things that caught my eye.Burn ban is over. County commissioners court meetings will be on the second Monday of each month except for Oct 9th in.....- 9/15/2006 1:15:25 PM
The Gas Boom in Texas-Is Our Water Worth It? (salon) From SusanI love Lake Whitney and I love our clean air and water. I love the dark quiet of our nights. I love the land. I love that we are not the MetroPlex and that we are not right on some big highw.....- 9/15/2006 11:04:31 AM
Pretexting-Pretending to be YOU in order to steal your phone records.... and Congress has NOT stopped it (salon) I can't remember exactly when, but some time in the last year, it came out that people could get your private information by pretending to be the customer in question and then give it out, easily (exa.....- 9/15/2006 10:38:53 AM
One more comment re: the Republican Border Fence (salon) Yesterday I commented that Chet Edwards voted with the Republicans to pass the border fence issue, despite most Democrats voting against.Peter Stern sent me a comment from Democrat Steny Hoyer:HOYER: .....- 9/15/2006 9:56:35 AM
John Cornyn Thinks It's Fine To Eavesdrop on You Any Time Without a Warrant (salon) "The committee took the important step of acknowledging the president's constitutional authority to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), an ardent Bush.....- 9/14/2006 10:50:22 PM
Franklin (Robertson County) Texas Residents Suing Gas Refinery over Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions (salon) Especially since I"ve been immersed in hearing and reading about the Texas Railroad Commission's responsibility for these types of things, I found it interesting to read how the complaints of the.....- 9/14/2006 9:15:56 PM
Chet Edwards Votes (Again) With the Republicans-This Time for that Ridiculous Border Fence (salon) I'm sure all the Republicans in this district that, despite enjoying Reagan's "Tear Down That Wall" sentiment, nonetheless think that the way to keep out illegal aliens is to wall in our cou.....- 9/14/2006 7:36:53 PM
Attorney General's Office to Landowners-THERE IS NO PROTECTION for your land against the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) I read this one with bemusement. A company in Killeen has a way (I don't know if it's legal or not) to try to get around Texas taking their land for the Trans Texas Corridor, by developing commercial .....- 9/14/2006 3:48:16 PM
Video and Audio of the Hico Town Meeting with the Texas RailRoad Commission- Part 2 (salon) I finished making a few more snips of some more questions and put the entire meeting into an MP3/Audio file. AUDIO of entire meeting - lasted over 2 hoursHow often does the tubing have to be replaced,.....- 9/14/2006 2:31:22 PM
VIDEO Short from Local DFW News about Eagle Mountain Lake Park, Texas (salon) I was curious to see how local news would treat the news that Perry, who not only was (and is) trying to sell off state park land, but also was actively behind trying to sell off Eagle Mountain Lake, .....- 9/14/2006 1:17:13 PM
This would be funny if Wynne Wasn't a Wacko-Testing Microwave Weapons on Americans (salon) Oh, yeah. Sure. I definitely think that we need to let the military turn microwave devices against us FIRST before, God forbid, they do it on enemies somewhere else. Those enemies might get injured an.....- 9/13/2006 1:50:56 PM
The High School Band Clarinet Playing Terrorist Will GET YOU!!! Tale of Houston Texans Football (salon) I can't be one of only a few people in the world that think that getting frisked if you go anywhere in public anymore is not, uh, conducive to having a good time, and uh, when it comes to young high s.....- 9/13/2006 1:32:48 PM
Tale of Two Phone-Tapping Stalkers (salon) Read just now about a judge who rejected the plea-deal of a man who crawled up under his ex-girlfriend's house to plant a listening device. The man was charged with burglary and unlawful interception .....- 9/13/2006 12:54:54 PM
Eagle Mountain Lake WILL be Parkland and Perry the Destroyer Will Try to Take Credit Today (salon) I guess I'll have to watch the local news tonight to see Perry's Big Ole Head of Hair trying to take credit for the reversal of his attempt to SELL OFF parkland. Wonder if the DFW news will call out h.....- 9/13/2006 12:32:03 PM
Selling off Water Rights as North Texas Prepares for what may be a 20 year Drought (salon) Must be *Water Week*. Between writing about gas wells and injection wells using water at a fast clip and poisoning waters with the waste, and worrying about water tables from, say, the Paluxy, droppin.....- 9/13/2006 12:05:58 PM
Cleburne Times Review on the Democratic Rally in Johnson County this last weekend (salon) Good turnout, about 120 people, with Chris Bell and Barbara Radnofsky attending. I particularly liked reading comments from the keynote speaker, Dr. Brett Younger of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Wo.....- 9/13/2006 11:56:03 AM
More on the 17 extra cents to pay in gasoline tax versus toll road in Central Texas (salon) I list this issue because, in general, these are the same types of arguments that are made with Trans Texas Corridor and other toll roads that, as a matter of Texas Legislature policy, are being rolle.....- 9/13/2006 6:49:34 AM
Mineral Wells (Parker County) Texas and Flawed Gas Injection Waste Well Permit (salon) Saw this via Bill Gordon's No Taxpayer Left Behind (Erath County) -The Mineral Wells city personnel were not notified, as they were supposed to have been, about a gas injection well going into city li.....- 9/13/2006 6:29:41 AM
Now the Dallas Cowboys Won't Release Details of the PUBLICLY FUNDED Stadium in Arlington (salon) Citing the Texas Homeland Security Act as their excuse. Unreal. Both the Trans Texas Corridor and the Stadium in Arlington have items in common. Eminent domain used to take people's property for a PRI.....- 9/12/2006 8:46:23 PM
Cintra wants to do Toll Roads for Trucks in Atlanta, Georgia now (salon) Here's how it started. Goldman-Sachs pitched a toll road for trucks in Atlanta on I-285. I don't know how far this project has gone, what people in Atlanta think about it, etc. But now Cintra wants to.....- 9/12/2006 8:27:20 PM
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