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Lots O Lies About Eagle Mountain Lake - Perry Is the One Pushing to Sell it Off, NOT Jerry Patterson (salon) Background on this here. Basically, while Geren was dishonestly telling the folks that HE was pushing to keep the park, but heck, he had no control over what Jerry Patterson would do as Land Commision.....- 8/30/2006 5:18:02 PM
Don't Toss Your Old Cell Phone-Give it an Acid Bath (salon) Hey. I have enough to worry about, what with Bush spying on Americans and AT&T helping him out by putting in taps, with the Justice Department telling internet companies to cough up and keep long .....- 8/30/2006 11:59:18 AM
Once More With Feeling-About TAB (Texas Association of Business) (salon) Spoke with David Lengefeld, who had run against (and lost) to Sid Miller in 2002. TAB had illegally provided TRMPAC money for Sid Miller's campaign. I asked Lengefeld if the TAB lawsuit, civil or crim.....- 8/30/2006 11:40:40 AM
DVD for Trans Texas Corridor-Made one more version- a SHORT one (salon) Have two versions now of the DVD of citizen comments of the TTC-course I couldn't put them all, so I selected parts to put into related sections, such as comments about Cintra, or comments about using.....- 8/30/2006 10:04:35 AM
Commuter Rail Sites in Johnson County, Texas (salon) From the Cleburne Times-Review- I'd been reading for a few years about a commuter rail line that would go from Cleburne up into Fort Worth and meet with the Fort Worth Transportation System. Looks lik.....- 8/30/2006 9:48:43 AM
Attempts to Paint Opposition to TTC as a *liberal* issue will not work-the State Repub party is opposed (salon) Shaking my head at this letter in the Austin American Statesman, reference sent to me by Peter Stern, letter written by an obviously uniformed T D Bryan.I'm surprised at the liberals' opposition to Go.....- 8/30/2006 9:35:21 AM
More Comments on Bill Hammond of TAB (Texas Association of Business) (salon) from Peter Stern regarding this post from yesterday FYI:  regarding your expose of TAB Chief Bill Hammond now ruling over education --- this is the same Bill Hammond appointed by Gov. Rick "Speci.....- 8/30/2006 9:24:22 AM
Multi-County Democratic Candidate Showcase for Texas Counties Listed Within- To be Held in Erath (Stephenville) (salon) Counties: Bell , Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Falls, Milam, Mills, Somervell, and Williamson Counties for the first Multi-County Democratic Candidate Showcase to be held at The Agave Restaurant.....- 8/30/2006 9:20:33 AM
Watched Lee's *When the Levees Broke* about Hurricane Katrina last night on HBO (salon) A superb and heart-wrenching documentary about Hurricane Katrina in 4 acts. Some of it included footage I'd seen before, like the people at the New Orleans Superdome, but Lee also interviewed lots of .....- 8/30/2006 8:56:24 AM
Why Letting Military Recruiters Have Free Access to High School Students is a BAD Idea (salon) I've had a non-military options section on this site for over a year and firmly believe that having recruiters on campus to try to persuade young minds to enlist ought not to be the law, especially no.....- 8/30/2006 8:39:49 AM
TAB (Texas Association of Business) Tidbits and that Dang Civil Lawsuit (salon) Saw the other day that Chet Edwards won an endorsement from the Texas Association of Business (although for some reason this isn't on his website yet, perhaps because of their prominent association wi.....- 8/29/2006 8:56:10 PM
Toll Roads Begin on SH 121 north of Dallas on September 1st (salon) I don't live in The Colony anymore but I heard for years that 121 was going to become a toll road when I did (and we all know that the Texas Legislature has decided that, rather than use highway funds.....- 8/29/2006 1:22:09 PM
Love Bats? Waco offering a course in bat-hunting (salon) I remember when I went to a family reunion in Austin and one of my cousins told me I needed to come see the bats on the Congress Street bridge. So we all jumped in the car and drove down below the bri.....- 8/29/2006 1:02:58 PM
Despite no draft document for public review, Texas Commish on Environmental Quality holding public hearing (salon) In Fairfield (Freestone County), which is too far for me to go, but I hope someone reading this is close, and shows up to do a report. The meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Elementary Scho.....- 8/29/2006 12:58:33 PM
Earmarks-Which One's Were Chet's? (salon) I referenced a database just up that shows, for Texas alone, not to mention the other states, $26,300,000 worth of earmarks. I figure you can look at the cities involved, see if they are in a given Co.....- 8/29/2006 12:48:07 PM
Earmarks, Earmarks-WHOSE NAMES are missing from the earmarks? (salon) New database out that has the 1,867 earmarks slipped into the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations measure..... and yet these earmarks don't have the names of the sponsoring congressmen on.....- 8/29/2006 1:54:00 AM
Counter-Recruiting- San Fernando High Teacher in Lawsuit Against Principal-Anti-War Views (salon) This teacher believes he was retaliated against because he offered objective discussion about the Iraq War to his students, in an environment where military recruiters have quite a bit of access to th.....- 8/28/2006 1:25:34 PM
Redux 2004: Perry Uses School Funds to Try to Pay for Las Vegas Law Firm Re: Video Gambling (salon) Listening to audio from June 1, 2004/ House Committee for Licensing and Administration Procedures. I ran across the reference in this article from last year in which school monies were allocated, $.....- 8/27/2006 4:16:14 PM
Cornyn mentioned in article about the Alabama-Coshatta Indians Lawsuit (salon) Saw that the Alabama-Coshatta Indians are trying to sue some of the principles connected with Abramoff but so far those mentioned in the subpoena have avoided being served. Thought it was worth bringi.....- 8/27/2006 10:48:18 AM
John Cornyn and the Federal Money (OUR MONEY) for a Private University's Parking Garage (salon) I half-noticed this the other day from, I think, Capital Annex, but Cornyn was on my creepo-meter that day. I was looking at something else about Cornyn and was reminded about the parking garage. It s.....- 8/27/2006 10:16:09 AM
Florida has their own Cheap NAFTA boondoggle deal getting rammed through-CSXT Rail (salon) Stands to reason that George's brother would also be neck deep in NAFTA corruption.First, here's how this deal is being marketed to the public-as rail mass transit for people. Here's what the AP said .....- 8/27/2006 9:42:45 AM
Chet Edwards Updated on Progress of L-3 Surveillance Aircraft (salon) As we noted in a previous post, Chet received $12,000 from L-3 for his campaign. According to this article, L-3 received $32 million in federal funding. Wondered what the P-3 is. It's surveillance air.....- 8/26/2006 1:37:46 PM
Chet Edwards Gets Support of Business Groups in Texas (salon) Interesting. Business groups that include National Federation of Independent Business, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Association of Business (that's the association that illegally helped S.....- 8/26/2006 11:26:15 AM
Informing people is not for the lazy-which is why I'm having trouble (salon) heh. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how I can personally get the word out about Trans Texas Corridor to people, where I can have an effect. It seems to me that, while internet blogging.....- 8/26/2006 10:10:20 AM
Between the Texas Drought and Gas Well Drilling, Are Our Counties Drying up? (salon) I was reading a post from Lake Bridgeport Sandflat News in which the author echoes what I was reading in the Weatherford newspaper-that it is getting harder and harder to drill a well and get water. A.....- 8/26/2006 9:28:46 AM
Get Coal-Fired Power Plants Rammed Through-Get Lots of Checks from TXU (salon) Rick Perry signed an executive order to speed up the state\'s permit process for dirty coal-burning plants. MIRACULOUSLY, only a few weeks later, Perry got money both from TXU\'s PAC and th.....- 8/26/2006 8:33:45 AM
Perry Says Mexico's Calderon is *President-Elect* (salon) Uh, No, Pinhead, he's NOT "President-Elect", which, according to my dictionary is someone who's been ELECTED but just hasn't been INDUCTED into office yet. Calderon has NOT been elected beca.....- 8/26/2006 8:24:29 AM
Trans Texas Corridor- What IS the New Route? What about the Cars? (salon) J Ware did some thorough research into the North Central Texas Council of Governments and came up with some interesting facts from the TTC website that seem to show what their real priorities are:  Fi.....- 8/24/2006 9:11:09 AM
Republican Idiot in My District, Nicholas Van Campen Taylor, was on the teevee the other day (salon) I was busy with the TTC stuff I've been working on and got around to finally watching him (TIVO is a great invention!) Obviously, Van Taylor was told that the way to win hearts and minds in Bush's dis.....- 8/24/2006 7:59:03 AM
Perry Continues to Sneer at Citizens Versus the Commercial Elites-Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Everybody knows by now that Rick Perry DID NOT GO to a single TTC hearing, so it's pretty obvious what he thinks about the people that voted for him and whether they were truly "Hearings" or.....- 8/22/2006 1:15:29 PM
I now have a DVD of the Citizen Comments for the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Tomorrow night we're having a local meeting to go over the Largest Land Grab in Texas History, about the TTC since so many don't know about it, and in preparation for it, I've made a DVD from all the .....- 8/21/2006 5:27:29 PM
How NOT to Present Toll Roads to the Public (salon)  From Peter Stern, who is a most faithful and energetic emailerPresentation is Key GOLDEN RULE #1:  Thou shalt NOT force toll roads down taxpayer throats! Unfortunately, in Texas the governor, special.....- 8/21/2006 5:06:05 PM
Trans Texas Corridor-Letter to the Editor Re: Grayson County Support? (salon) Apparently there was an article in the North Texas e-News that talked about Grayson County support for the TTC-except they only talked about the POLITICIANS who were supporting it, not the, uh, citize.....- 8/21/2006 4:42:16 PM
Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) Comments Deadline is Today (salon) Reminder from Lake Bridgeport News. Now, honestly, I'd like to see a second step which is for them to MAKE PUBLIC all the comments and it's not clear to me that TXDOT is going to do so.  But if you ha.....- 8/21/2006 12:32:38 PM
AG Greg Abbott and his Goon Squad- and pretty careless, too (salon) What would you say about a guy who is supposed to be upholding the law traipsing down to a federal repository with 4 armed guards in order to take xrays, in defiance of a court order issued the previo.....- 8/21/2006 9:54:24 AM
I am NOT going to microchip (RFID) my pets, my chickens or my livestock (salon) Just read another article, this time from Austin, about an *aggressive* program to microchip pets. Hey, if people want to slip RFID chips into their pets, and it's an individual personal decision, hav.....- 8/21/2006 9:31:38 AM
Heh-Barbara Radnofsky Seems To be Getting Under Zachry Construction's Skin- Trans Texas Corridor (salon) First off, I read a press release on Radnofsky's site about Zachry and TxDot farming plans and pepsi went all over the monitor! TxDOT-Zachry introduced the "Big Planters," or "BP projec.....- 8/21/2006 8:25:46 AM
Trans Texas Corridor- So.. How Much Does it Cost to Have a Hearing Where Citizen's Input is Not Considered? (salon) At more than one hearing, people would make comments that, first, because TxDot was not there to answer questions, second, politicians were stacked to be first in line to speak (after which most of th.....- 8/21/2006 7:57:15 AM
Another TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Travesty- Private Property Taken Prior to Any Litigation (salon) Peter Stern sent me this letter from Paul D Perry he caught in the Ellis paper. It discusses how government previously, before HB3588 and HB2702 tore it down, let people have their day in court BEFORE.....- 8/19/2006 8:22:06 PM
CorridorWatch Files Complaint on TXDot (Re: Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) FAYETTEVILLE – Corridorwatch.org, a citizens group organized challenge the wisdom of the Trans Texas Corridor, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Highway Administration in conjunction with .....- 8/19/2006 3:27:19 PM
TTC- Trans Texas Corridor- Video Rob Orr District 58 Sells out his district CALL HIM (salon) He's not my rep, but of the adjoining counties, Johnson and Bosque. When he spoke at the Johnson County TTC meeting, he said he couldn't lend his support to the TTC... but why? Because he didn't like .....- 8/19/2006 11:27:57 AM
TTC- Trans Texas Corridor VIDEO- Scott Gates of Abate at Tarrant County Meeting July 2006 (salon) - 8/19/2006 10:16:10 AM
TTC-Trans Texas Corridor-VIDEO-Mike Moncrief's Comments at the Tarrant County Meeting July 2006 (salon) Jobsanger mentioned the other day that Mayor Moncrief (Fort Worth) and others are now endorsing TTC. Actually, they have endorsed it all along, but they just flat didn't like the route TTC proposed. N.....- 8/19/2006 9:42:19 AM
TTC- Trans Texas Corridor- Video -TXDot Study When Bush Governor on I-35 Good Till 2025 (salon) One of the most interesting comments I heard during all the TTC meetings I attended was from Cynthia Ross, who had done research into the background of the TTC and NAFTA Superhighway. George Bush, whe.....- 8/19/2006 9:28:23 AM
TTC - Trans Texas Corridor- Video of Bill Smith from Temple Running Against Diane Delisi (District 55) (salon) CanOFun recorded 7 TTC meetings of citizen comments, although some politicians were left out who seemed to have no problem with using eminent domain to take people's land for a private toll road. In g.....- 8/19/2006 8:22:38 AM
Please, Dan Abrams, Don't Ruin Countdown (salon) I watch Keith Olbermann almost every night, except when someone like that no-talent bimbo named Amy guest-hosts the show. Every once in a while, he says "My producer is making me do this" an.....- 8/18/2006 9:59:17 AM
On Granbury and Light Rail Going into Fort Worth (salon) A couple of years ago, I wondered whether Granbury would hook into the light rail system going from Fort Worth to Dallas. When you look at highway 377, especially with rail lines running on one side a.....- 8/18/2006 9:33:29 AM
TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Ex-Perry Aide Shelley Now Works for... Guess.. CINTRA (salon) Let's see. Timeline. Shelley does contract work for Cintra. Shelley then goes to work for Governor Perry's office as an aide. Three months later, AMAZINGLY, Cintra gets the contract to build the Trans.....- 8/18/2006 9:05:54 AM
Woman With Brain Injury! Schiavo-Type Alert! Where's Chet? Where's The House Republicans? (salon) It's always seemed to me to be the height of hypocrisy, not to mention a grave misuse of congressional power, for the House to have gone through the Teri Schiavo circus and passed a bill to keep her a.....- 8/18/2006 7:42:50 AM
Hutchison one of the ignorant who are fooled about Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or is she LYING? (salon) Remember that poll recently where half of Americans still believe that Saddam had WMD? And that number was UP because of ignoramuses like Santorum? And you shake your head and think, how the heck can .....- 8/18/2006 7:22:01 AM
Time to Get That Windmill made- Texas Breaks Electricity Record (salon) The judge told us this week that Somervell County is applying to be declared a drought area, eligible for emergency relief. I believe it. I can't remember it being this hot and dry for this long in so.....- 8/18/2006 7:00:44 AM
Ve Haff Vays To Mek You Talk - Houston Airports Get the Biometric Lie Detector (salon) I'm getting quite a collection of articles about unpleasant and intrusive ways the government makes the flying experience miserable. The other day I wrote about SPOT (Screening Passengers Through Obse.....- 8/18/2006 6:47:09 AM
Texas Officials Continue to Divert our Tax Dollars (salon) I've written recently about ethics versus legality when it comes to using monies that are supposed to be for one thing but diverted to another, such as the sporting goods tax that should be used for s.....- 8/18/2006 5:56:37 AM
TTC-Trans Texas Corridor-Hutchison jumps on Radnofsky's Bandwagon (salon) Or maybe she has heard from enough angry constituents to realize what a bad idea this is. Radnofsky, incidentally, is supposed to be at the TTC meeting in Rockwall tonight. Too far for me to go or I'd.....- 8/17/2006 1:39:11 PM
Judge Calls a Halt to the NSA's Spying on Americans Program As Unconstitutional (salon) Course you know the Bush administration will appeal this so that they can continue to spy on Americans without warrants. But at least there's one judge out there that stands up for Americans, and says.....- 8/17/2006 12:31:12 PM
About local Democratic party meetings as related to George Allen's Macaca statement (salon) Should a candidate or candidate's representative expect that anything said at a publicly held Democratic meeting, advertised in the paper, should be off limits to discussion or public scrutiny? When I.....- 8/16/2006 7:24:41 PM
Erath County, Texas Democratic Chair Files Ethics Complaint Against Sid Miller (salon) Got an email from Alvis Yardley, who is Democratic Chairman of Erath County, Texas (Stephenville). On August 9, 2006, he filed an ethics complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission about Sid Miller. He.....- 8/16/2006 7:04:01 PM
Gas Wells Versus Water Wells-What happens if Drilling in Barnet Shale Runs Wells Dry? (salon) The Weatherford Democrat has an article on this. Because Somervell County is about to join Parker County in gas well drilling and at least some of us also use the Paluxy for well water, some points to.....- 8/16/2006 12:36:09 PM
FCC sends letters to 77 Stations asking if they properly labeled Fake News as such (salon) Fake News = VNR aka Video News Releases. You know how sometimes you're watching a segment on the news and it looks like it actually came from a marketing company as opposed to being done by the local .....- 8/16/2006 12:17:11 PM
About Sid Miller's Wife's Charter School Rating in Erath County (salon) Someone at the local Dem meeting mentioned that Sid Miller's wife owns a charter school. Debra is a teacher and founder of Erath Excels Academy in Stephenville, a highly successful charter school that.....- 8/16/2006 9:05:51 AM
Airport Screeners Lookin At You Nekkid- Part Two! (salon) Just yesterday I was mentioning, in this blog entry about the Biometric Lie Detector being tested in airports, the x-ray machine that shows people naked and stuff they try to sneak in. Tell you what, .....- 8/15/2006 8:27:53 AM
Rich? Hate Public Schools? Buy Ad Blitzes To Try to Convince Unwillingly Texans to use School Vouchers (salon) Leininger, who else? Let's review. A couple of weeks ago, a company owned by Dr Leininger of San Antonio, had a big judgement against it after losing a lawsuit and it was discovered that Bill Cerveha,.....- 8/15/2006 8:01:57 AM
*Clean* Coal in Jewett, Texas Via FutureGen-Is it really *Clean*? (salon) I've always associated coal-mining with some place like West Virginia, but read that Jewett, Texas, which is in Smokey Joe Barton's district, is one of four finalists to get a  $1 billion power plant .....- 8/15/2006 5:11:19 AM
US Still Harboring Terrorist Luis Posada Carrilles (salon) Been over a year since I wrote about this last.  Bush used to rail and rail about other countries harboring terrorists (probably still does, but I've been tuning out his crazy rants for the past coupl.....- 8/14/2006 10:07:04 PM
Next Interrogation Tool for Hapless Airport Travellers-Biometric Airport Lie Detector (salon) Remember when TSA was going to screen people with an XRay machine that would look at them.. nekkid? Heck, maybe they are already doing this, although it seems like I read that they sort of blurred the.....- 8/14/2006 1:47:56 PM
Texas Comptroller's Office-Please Use North American Industry Classified Code- Hello! North American Union! (salon) Looks like the North American Union plans are underway and one place is with requiring North American code updates for small business and industry. Here's a letter explaining the code change signed by.....- 8/14/2006 12:10:34 PM
Atascosa Ranchers (Pleasanton) Say NO to Trans Texas Corridor -More than 300 people attended) (salon) Marty Harris, the son, said, “I’ve been driving up and down I-35 all my life. I have never come to a complete stall in traffic between Dilley and Pearsall.” The crowd laughed at this remark. Harris’ n.....- 8/14/2006 10:49:11 AM
More than 500 Angry Residents of Sequin, Texas Show up to Trans Texas Corridor Meeting Last Week (salon) That's Guadelupe County“I didn’t speak up last time because I was just too chicken,” said Poth resident Amber Lyssy, who was wearing a shirt declaring TTC is bad for Texans.Lyssy and her husband, who .....- 8/14/2006 10:46:29 AM
Trans Texas Corridor Newspaper Report from Wilson County (Floresville)-Nearly 800 people attended (salon) I have a cousin that is a rancher in Floresville, and the land belonged to my uncle before him, so, although I don't live there, I'm interested to see what the reaction of people was at the TT.....- 8/14/2006 10:42:01 AM
John Wilkes Booth Lived Under An Assumed Name in Glen Rose (salon) I've heard this story before, that Booth escaped after shooting Lincoln and went to live in Granbury, where he went by the name John St Helen. But I never saw this part.So the story goes, Booth was es.....- 8/14/2006 10:31:42 AM
Trans Texas Corridor-if the North Texas Council of Governments can Fight it, SO CAN WE (salon) Jobsanger has a post about how TXDOt has given in to the NTCOG to do the route differently around the DFW metroplex. Apparently the NTCOG banded together and threatened TxDot to change the route (or b.....- 8/14/2006 9:56:05 AM
The Selling of Toll Roads in Austin - two articles to Suck It Up By (salon) I said previously I don't live in Austin but when I go to Austin, I come down 183 from Lampasses. I notice that a law was passed in 2003 that gives mobility authorities and TxDot the right to spend ou.....- 8/14/2006 10:23:09 AM
Cornyn didn't go to Cleburne, but his staffers are holding town hall meetings (salon) Dang! Wish I'd read this BEFORE this meeting was held in Cleburne. At least it looks like Cornyn or representatives are travelling around.Rittler said Cornyn plans to visit different areas of Texas ov.....- 8/13/2006 9:04:38 AM
More Barnett Shale Rigs Coming Up - 100 More from Quicksilver this year (salon) The article also talks about Chief drilling, which was bought by Devon Energy.Another Barnett Shale driller, Quicksilver Resources of Fort Worth, plans to add six new rigs to the 10 already working in.....- 8/13/2006 9:01:08 AM
Might be Legal but it Ain't Ethical- Texas Legislature Shifting Money Earmarked for One Thing into Another (salon) We all know what happened with Perry, the Texas Lege, and the sporting goods tax that was supposed to pay for upkeep of state parks. The money got raided and put into other things and now Perry is tal.....- 8/13/2006 7:45:02 AM
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