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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 Americansshould beunhappy with our nation's growth and evolution --- or, if you believe it ---intelligent design.It doesn't matter if you'reRepublican, 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 questionand 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
Trans Texas Corridor Water Pipeline Connection? (salon) My friend Susan wrote this earlier today.In a conversation yesterday with the head of our local Hays-Trinity groundwater board, I learned of a new dimension in the widening spiral of interconnectednes.....- 9/12/2006 6:11:27 PM
VIDEO-About Gas Injection Wells- Contaminated Water- Texas RailRoad Commission in Hico, Texas-Part 1 (salon) on Sept 11 2006. Background I've broken this out into selected segments (except for the Audio/MP3, which is the entire meeting and will be on another post -I'm tuckered out right now:)RRC talks about .....- 9/12/2006 3:54:54 PM
WHY it matters that you vote for Hank Gilbert instead of Todd Staples (salon) Honestly, I didn't know who the heck Todd Staples was before about 4 months ago, that he was agriculture commisioner or that he in any way affected my life. That was before I found out that heLives in.....- 9/12/2006 3:25:46 PM
Texas Railroad Commission- What Happens When your Water is Contaminated Through a Gas Injection Well? (salon) IF YOU CARE ABOUT CLEAN WATER IN TEXAS, YOU MUST READ THIS. I've been making video clips of the meeting at Hico I attended last night, where the RRC put on a slide show to tell people how safe gas inj.....- 9/12/2006 3:14:18 PM
Alternatives to Toll Roads in Central Texas? Local Taxes? (salon) TxDot came out with a study yesterday that says that to avoid toll roads being built in Central Texas, there would have to be a jump in local gasoline taxes of 17 cents per gallon. I haven't seen the .....- 9/12/2006 10:53:11 AM
US Continues to Harbor Terrorist Luis Posada Carrilles-Judge Rules on Sept 11th (salon) O the Hypocrisy! Imagine if another country was harboring Bin Laden in jail, refused to send him to the United States, but then decreed that he should be set free... but not returned to face charges i.....- 9/12/2006 9:44:46 AM
Concerns about Water in this part of Texas-Not how clean it is but HAVING any (salon) I've written before about the concerns that Somervell County, Parker County, Wise County, and others have about the water tables dropping this summer. We know someone in Wise County whose well has gon.....- 9/12/2006 7:31:53 AM
Hico, Texas Town Hall Meeting with the RailRoad Commish-About the Gas Injection Well near the Bosque (salon) How does a city disenfranchise its angry citizens? First off, hold a town meeting in which you tell people that the purpose is only to inform and not for anyone to speak up or protest against, and the.....- 9/11/2006 11:32:25 PM
Amicable Life Insurance, Duping Soldiers and how Congress was involved (salon) First, the main question I have is this: Should there ever be an occasion in which a Congressperson acts as a go-between to set up a meeting between a private corporation and another government entity.....- 9/11/2006 5:51:39 PM
Completely avoiding the television media today- I've had enough of 9/11 (salon) IF it were true that, after a suitable period of mourning, we as a nation had moved on past the tragedy of the Twin Towers, as, for example, we had moved on past the first Twin Tower bombing, and the .....- 9/11/2006 11:33:11 AM
Personally Recorded Videos/Audio of Trans Texas Corridor and Texas Race-Related Now Categorized (salon) Some of you know I have a huge stockpile of video clips (Streaming video)going back to 2004 and I'm working in the next month to get them all back online and organized. Meantime, I have put categorie.....- 9/11/2006 1:12:51 AM
Democrats! Pay Attention! About the Department of Defense and Israel's RPG Destroyer System (salon) From Kathy MosleyDemocrats! Pay attention! Are you going to let the Republicans call you soft on terrorism? Well, have a look at what is happening within the DOD that is seriously impacting the safety.....- 9/10/2006 5:57:54 PM
Vice President Cheney Said No Links Between 9/11 and Iraq/Saddam-Video (salon) Watching Cheney on Meet the Press this morning trying to squirm his way out of both statements he has made previously as well as attempting to refute the bi-partisan Senate Intelligence Committee repo.....- 9/10/2006 10:26:37 AM
Who has concern about the expanded Nuclear Power plants in Glen Rose? (salon) I ask because it doesn't seem likely that 100 percent of the people who live here are overjoyed at the idea of an additional nuclear power plant unit being added. I noticed an article in which coal pl.....- 9/10/2006 9:06:00 AM
Bush Fudges the Iraqi Dead Numbers-Always Looks Better if You Don't Count Some Deaths Anymore (salon) How does one, in an election year, attempt to make the huge numbers of Iraqi dead less noticeable and more palatable to the American public? Why, just stop counting some of the dead! BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.....- 9/10/2006 8:52:53 AM
Bush Wants To Allow Polluters To Avoid Putting in Pollution Control Equipment (salon) Gee. Let's think on this one. If I have a plant where I am polluting the air and I get to decide IF *I* think I need to upgrade my equipment to put on pollution control equipment, think there is a SNO.....- 9/9/2006 4:22:21 PM
More on Slaughtering Horses and the Bill that Chet Edwards voted against (salon) I wrote the other day that I was disturbed that Chet Edwards voted with a small handful of Democrats who opposed the Horse Protection Act. I read some comments in an article in which those against it .....- 9/9/2006 3:37:02 PM
VIDEO from the Multi-County Democratic Showcase in Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) this week (salon) BackgroundDale HenryRunning for Railroad CommissionerDavid Van OsRunning for Texas Attorney GeneralHank GilbertRunning for Agriculture CommissionerMaria Luisa AlvaradoRunning for Lieutenant GovernorEr.....- 9/9/2006 2:07:02 PM
David Van OS was in McClennan County yesterday (Waco)-Blasted Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Saw this in the Waco Tribune this morningThe Democratic candidate for state attorney general pledged on the steps of the McLennan County Courthouse Friday to oppose the Trans-Texas Corridor if hes el.....- 9/9/2006 1:32:53 PM
Bush has FOUR TIMES said no connection Saddam and 9/11- VIDEO (salon) I was watching Countdown last night and an exchange between Dana Milbank and KO about how Bush has said there was no connection, but he certainly did try (and is still trying) to make people believe t.....- 9/9/2006 11:09:18 AM
Video about the Baloney the ABC 9/11 Writers were Shilling-From Countdown (salon) If you're someone that believes that ABC has any credibility left ... and no agenda in airing this false view of history, watch this interview about the writers.VIDEO STREAMINGVIDEO- Harvey Keitel on .....- 9/8/2006 7:53:26 PM
Hico, Texas Town Hall Meeting on Sept 11 with the Railroad Commish-about the Gas Waste Disposal Well (salon) As mentioned before, Somervell County has 4 disposal well permits, one that is being protested, one that I saw in the paper last night. Every person who is concerned about the Paluxy and Trinity River.....- 9/8/2006 11:58:24 AM
Heh! Kids from Booker Elementary Classroom Recall When Bush Heard about 9/11 (salon) As mentioned before, Somervell County has 4 disposal well permits, one that is being protested, one that I saw in the paper last night. Every person who is concerned about the Paluxy and Trinity River.....- 9/8/2006 11:12:30 AM
They Eat Horses, Don't They? Chet Edwards Votes AGAINST Horse Protection Act (salon) Uh. Chet Edwards votes to eat horses. Here was the bill: To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or do.....- 9/7/2006 10:58:16 PM
Do Somervell County residents WANT waste wells??? Another permit request in the paper (salon) Background of 5 other gas injection well permits- Came home from the multi-county Dem meeting and saw a notice in the paper for Texas Star Disposals of Oklahoma to be able to dispose of "produced.....- 9/7/2006 10:41:06 PM
Back from the Multi-County Democratic Party Candidates Showcase in Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) (salon) Some quick impressions. First, counties represented were Bell, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Falls, Milam, Mills, Somervell and Williamson counties. The whole shindig was ably put together by Al.....- 9/7/2006 9:56:29 PM
Wonder what else Scholastic is teaching children that is baloney? (salon) I grew up on Scholastic and Weekly Reader and have never questioned, ever, what I was taught through them. Until now. Apparently, to go along with a mini-series that dramatizes 9/11 but doesn't follow.....- 9/7/2006 4:50:23 PM
Sid Miller and Teacher's Health Insurance- Texas (salon) I am more than a little curious, given that today it came out that 30 corporations, most of them insurance companies, funded TAB (Texas Association of Business), specifically with poltiical flyers to .....- 9/7/2006 3:21:49 PM
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