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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
Privacy Rights and RFID- Will California Set the Standard? An-Nud has legislation on his desk (salon) Article starts out with that story of the misbegotten attempt to make kids have RFID identity cards at a school in Sutter California last year. One big problem with that was the school made this deal .....- 9/26/2006 12:55:06 AM
Heh. How'd I miss this? ON Craddicks' Fabuloso Apartment Paid with Corporate Money (salon) I wrote before about those dang $1000 toilets GOD Craddick is putting in, but I stumbled across this a bit ago and had to laugh.In public statements and fundraising pitches, the Craddicks have said on.....- 9/26/2006 12:23:38 AM
John *Torture* Cornyn AKA *No Civil Liberties When You're Dead* gets Smacked (salon) I've said before I can't wait to vote Cornyn out; he's embarrassing to have as a Senator. I read this from a writeup of the Judiciary Committee this morning regarding detaining prisoners in Gitmo.“It .....- 9/26/2006 12:16:18 AM
Property Values in Glen Rose (Somervell County) Changing due to Second Nuclear Power Plant? (salon) Every once in a while I look at my stats page to see what keyword searches bring people to this page. I've had quite a lot of hits due to the many articles written on gas wells, Barnet Shale, injectio.....- 9/26/2006 12:10:29 AM
Non-Military Options Update-Creepy Virtual Recruiter to Suck in the Unwary (salon) Plus a  great video! First off, today is a good day to review that the NIE that just came out shows that Bush's War on IRaq has increased terrorism. Oops! Now, the military is getting a little despera.....- 9/25/2006 9:06:25 PM
Should Only a Few Give So Much to Political Candidates? How about a CAP! (salon) There are only 7 states that have no caps (limits) on the size of campaign donations... Yes, Texas is one.Fewer than 125 people have contributed 40 percent of the money raised in the governor's race, .....- 9/25/2006 11:18:31 AM
Wonder what this will do the water tables-Barnett Shale? Halliburton Has New Techology to Control Fracking Damage (salon) Production Optimization Division has added a breakthrough technology to its suite of stimulation products, GasPerm 1000(SM) service. GasPerm 1000 service helps improve production from unconventional r.....- 9/25/2006 11:02:07 AM
*Colorable* Suspicion versus *Reasonable* Suspicion or heck, Probable Cause (salon) Just a quick additional note about that sneaky bill HR5295 passed on a voice vote last week that will let schools strip search students. I was wondering what the fool "colorable" suspicion w.....- 9/25/2006 10:46:23 AM
War in Iraq- Extending the Tours for 4000 Hapless soldiers, and Terrorism Increased BECAUSE of War (salon) First, let me remind that Alberto Gonzales said we are NOT in a War, it was an authorization to use military force-there is a legal difference and anyone that uses the word War otherwise is misleading.....- 9/25/2006 10:25:49 AM
How Come Chet's Office, When you Call, CANNOT TELL YOU how he voted? (salon) I have a MAJOR gripe about this, and it may be that ALL Congresspersons do this, I don't know. But when I call up Chet's office in Washington, which is the number to find out legislation, it almost ne.....- 9/25/2006 10:01:13 AM
Who Will Hold Halliburton to Account for Contractor Abuse in Iraq? Judge Dismisses Case Against Them (salon) A federal judge in Houston on Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by former Halliburton Co. truck drivers and family members in the wake of a bloody ambush by Iraqi insurgents known as the Good Friday Ma.....- 9/25/2006 9:43:30 AM
Ernie Casbeer and Sid Miller on the Issues -Abortion and Gun Control (salon) From the Stephenville Empire-TribuneCasbeer on GunsIn the area of second amendment rights, both candidates agree that protecting citizens’ right to bear firearms is important, and both vow to make it .....- 9/25/2006 9:21:23 AM
Indiana Backlash for Their Privatized, Foreign Run Toll Road-Will Texas Do the Same Thing? (salon) From Masson's Blog (Indiana) - Author references an article in the Gary, Indiana Post Tribune that indicates people are not happy about the boondoggle toll road. Reading this is like looking into the .....- 9/25/2006 9:07:02 AM
Earmark Reform in Chet Edward and John Carter's Texas Districts (salon) Amused by an article in the Waco-Tribune today. Chet Edwards is for transparency in earmarks, including attaching congressional names to earmark projects financed, and a database to keep track of all .....- 9/25/2006 8:48:44 AM
Annoying! TxDOT to randomly pull over drivers in Central Texas- to take a survey (salon) Could TxDOT be any MORE intrusive? I read last month, about the toll road opening on 121 near Lewisville, that TxDOT tried to get people to take surveys and dang it, the people just wouldn't TELL TxDO.....- 9/25/2006 8:13:58 AM
Strip Searches for High Schools Students, WITHOUT WARRANTS, Voted In, on VOICE VOTE, by House (salon) People in the United States, according to the 4th amendment, are free from "unreasonable search and seizure".. unless you're a high school student. The House sneakily passed a bill last Wedn.....- 9/25/2006 7:19:22 AM
Rick Perry's history of BROKEN promises to Texans and their families is public record: (salon) Great excerpt from Peter Stern of Dripping Springs in answer to an article he read in the Austin American Statesman. Since Year 2000 Perry continued to promise to help homeowners regarding their high .....- 9/24/2006 12:08:43 PM
*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
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