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Had to Snort When I read this comment by Dennis Hastert (in Texas) (salon) Hastert was down in our district stumping for Van Taylor of West this week."It's a district that's Republican leaning," Hastert said. "People expect ... at least whoever they elect, eve.....- 8/2/2006 8:57:12 AM
Local Democrats will have a meeting tonight (salon) Very happy over this. Republicans in this town meet regularly but the Democrats simply have not for whatever reason. I don't myself hold any position in the Democratic party, and, after the state Demo.....- 8/1/2006 1:28:46 PM
Candidates who will not say they are Democrats, straight out, but run on the Democrat ticket (salon) I was annoyed, last year, when Chet Edward's campaign literature, didn't say he was a Democrat, but independent. I don't have a problem with people wanting to run as an independent, but it seems to me.....- 8/1/2006 11:18:48 AM
Trans Texas Corridor- Who Voted- FULL LIST (salon) I don't have comments enabled on this blog, but I do get email. Faye Ware wrote to say It's pretty sad to see you mention someone had to tell you that so and so voted YEA to the Trans-Texas Corridor. .....- 8/1/2006 10:51:40 AM
Call Center Ooops. Seems Indian companies don't want to work on the cheap for US corporations (salon) Does this mean the business will come back here? Nah, according to this article, it just means that, while some might, the crap will flow downhill and the smaller, more desperate companies in India wi.....- 8/1/2006 10:07:28 AM
Susan *Feverish Urgency* Combs Trashy Novel Crawls Back Into the Public Eye (salon) I video-clipped Fred Head from the Dem State Convention talking about how trashy it is for the woman running on the Republican ticket for Texas State Comptroller to be writing semi-pornographic novels.....- 8/1/2006 8:37:58 AM
Bush-Bot John Cornyn- Throw Some More Money at Border Protection (salon) Is this John Cornyn's way of trying to distance himself a little from Bush before he himself in a couple of years runs for re-election? Or is he merely... that... simplistic? Or is it that he believes.....- 8/1/2006 8:13:34 AM
Immigration Hearing by House Repubs and the Irony of the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) I notice that each theme of the immigration hearings is different. One was apparently held last night in Plano by Sam Johnson- Theme: The Education and Workforce Committee will look into the employmen.....- 8/1/2006 7:52:47 AM
Video Compilation from Chris Bell's Whistlestop at Palestine, Texas- Texas State Railroad (salon) My impressions and cuts from some footage taken on Saturday. I didn't realize until I watched this to edit it that Todd Staples is FROM PALESTINE and that he had tried to flood that area. During the j.....- 7/31/2006 10:18:55 PM
Pictures-More from the Texas State Railroad Chris Bell Whistlestop this weekend (salon) The purpose of this trip was to call attention to Rick Perry's egregious selling off and lack of funding for state parks. Texas State Railroad may well be one that will be closed-Perry is robbing the .....- 7/31/2006 10:16:14 AM
Democrats Vote to Give Nukes to India... Or What's a Nuclear Proliferation Treaty For? The Birdcage, apparently (salon) When Bush went to India last year and told us he was shipping our jobs overseas to help the Indian economy, but not to worry, because the Indians would be giving us mangos, that was bad enough. But, t.....- 7/30/2006 12:14:34 PM
Chet Edwards Votes with the Republicans on the Estate Tax and Extension of Tax Relief Act (salon) Most Democrats were not fooled by this craven bait and switch of the Republicans to pass a minimum wage increase AS LONG AS the super-rich get exempted from estate taxes, and lots of tax breaks go to .....- 7/30/2006 12:03:50 PM
Tyler and Palestine, Texas Papers on Bell's Whistlestop at the Texas State Railroad in Palestine (salon) Palestine Herald- “Last year Texas made more than $100 million of a sporting goods tax specifically created to fund our state parks like this one,” Bell said. “Yet across the state, parks are scratchi.....- 7/30/2006 10:33:37 AM
VIDEO of the Texas State Railroad Bell- Van Os- Gilbert- Head- Hathcox and others News Conference (salon) These video links are specifically of the news conference given after the ride that started in Palestine, Texas. I'll be doing one more tomorrow that will be a compilation of various scenes of the rid.....- 7/30/2006 8:26:29 AM
Texas State Railroad with Van Os/ Bell/ Hathcox/ Head/ Gilbert/ Thompson/ Davis and Charlton (salon) We jumped up (well, crawled out, really) at 5:30 am to make the drive from west of DFW to east Texas, aiming to hear Chris Bell and other candidates at the Texas State Railroad in Palestine, TX.  I kn.....- 7/29/2006 7:51:02 PM
Part of the Waco VA Hospital to be privatized? (salon) So... if the federal government won't use our tax money to honor our veterans by paying to maintain the VA hospitals (and the Bush adminstration has threatened to close or downsize the hospital since .....- 7/28/2006 6:53:49 PM
About that Eminent Domain Bill Texas Passed in the Second Session last year- SB7 (salon) (And I have to say, just how TOUGH is it to find bills? When you search for articles about a given bill, seems like they almost NEVER say what the BILL number was. It\'s like they WANT you to s.....- 7/28/2006 3:43:27 PM
Couple more notes about Sid Miller and TRMPAC/TAB (salon) I mentioned on the last post that Sid Miller was the beneficiary of TRMPAC (Texans for a Republican Majority) largesse (ala Craddick handing out checks to some Republican congressmen, in Sid's case fo.....- 7/28/2006 12:48:36 PM
Trans Texas Corridor and Sid Miller-More Questions re: Lobbyist Money and Union Pacific (salon) I see that Sid Miller (TX House Dist 59) was one of the beneficiaries of Tom DeLay's PAC Money via "Texans for a Republican Majority"-remember when Tom Craddick personally handed out the che.....- 7/28/2006 12:31:08 PM
AUDIO- Bell County (Temple, Texas) Comments at the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) Meeting July 26, 2006 (salon) Chunked into a number of MP3 parts due to the comments going on past midnight.Part 1 (includes the Judge and Mayor being booed)Part 2Part 3 Part 4Part 5Related- Video from the Bell County meeting at t.....- 7/28/2006 1:12:00 PM
Camp Casey 2006 Dates Set in August for Crawford, Texas (salon) Saw this on the Crawford Peace House site.August is almost here and plans for CC-III are in high gear. This promises to be the best Camp Casey Reunion to date, with many surprises in store. We want an.....- 7/27/2006 11:42:53 PM
Get a SPINE, Hidalgo Mayor John David Franz-On Perry's endorsement by Rio Grande Valley Mayors (salon) Hidalgo Mayor John David Franz said he voted in the Democratic primary but would choose in the general election whoever he thought would be best for the community."As mayor of Hidalgo, I can't af.....- 7/27/2006 5:46:31 PM
VIDEO - Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) Meeting in Temple Texas (Bell County) (salon) I plan to make an MP3 of the entire hearing, as there were so many citizen comments, it's not possible to clip them all. Will put a few to start here to watch, and then will have more posts in the nex.....- 7/27/2006 5:20:41 PM
John Cornyn Lets HIS Bill, the North American Investment Fund Act, DIE in committee (salon) I talked about this bad bill that Cornyn apparently FIRST thought was a great idea, here. Gee, why NOT give TAXPAYER MONEY for matching funds from Mexico and Canada to help them build their roads and .....- 7/27/2006 2:23:30 PM
Suzanne *Best Judge in the Land* Declines to Hear *Grandma* Strayhorn Case (salon) I talked about this bad bill that Cornyn apparently FIRST thought was a great idea, here. Gee, why NOT give TAXPAYER MONEY for matching funds from Mexico and Canada to help them build their roads and .....- 7/27/2006 12:23:11 PM
Judge BOOED at TTC - More than 1500 People at Temple, Texas (Bell County) Trans Texas Corridor (salon) We drove down I-35 and got to the Frank Mayborn Convention Center at about 7-the parking lot was full and then some- and we could barely get in the door due to people crowded into the center. Blacklan.....- 7/27/2006 8:15:21 AM
Another reason to vote Perry out- He wants to tear down barriers to get government money to faithbased groups (salon) "Texas aims to be a national leader in leveling the playing field for faith-based and community organizations so that all organizations can compete equally for public dollars," he said. Hey,.....- 7/26/2006 1:18:31 PM
So Will She Send Herself To Jail If Convicted? (salon) Had to laugh last night when I saw the Houston Chronicle article about Carole Keeton Strayhorn joining a lawsuit from Houston taxpayers that is suing the lege over budget spending caps. Slapping the h.....- 7/26/2006 12:02:47 PM
RFID, Real ID, Cintra, and the Trans Texas Corridor-A Few Questions (salon) Have read that those using the NAFTA superhighway (our leg being the TTC) would be obligated to use a passport/RFID system when coming from Mexico into the United States or vice versa. According to th.....- 7/26/2006 10:34:37 AM
Added a top menu item for the info collected so far on Trans Texas Corridor on my blog (salon) Have read that those using the NAFTA superhighway (our leg being the TTC) would be obligated to use a passport/RFID system when coming from Mexico into the United States or vice versa. According to th.....- 7/25/2006 8:33:36 PM
Is it an expectation that people working for political campaigns should be uninformed on the issues? (salon) Just wondering. Seems to me that if a candidate wants people to work for his or her campaign, and he or she doesn't come out directly but sends a surrogate to ask for help, that surrogate ought to hav.....- 7/25/2006 7:20:20 PM
Temple-Trans Texas Corridor Tomorrow Night (Wednesday) -COME AND SPEAK OUT (salon) Ought to be particularly interesting-here's a link to a pic of the Blacklands Coalition in a large rally in June-these folks will BE AT THAT MEETING.   (The Temple Daily Telegram has an article about .....- 7/25/2006 7:11:58 PM
VIDEO from the Waco (McClennan County) Trans Texas Corridor Meeting-Politicians Edition (salon) Some of my favorites, but it doesn't include every speaker. I may try later to make an audio of the whole thing and put it up. First up, politicians and wanna be politicians DON'T LIKE IT. Jim Dunnam .....- 7/25/2006 7:04:02 PM
Waco Tribune Article on the Trans Texas Corridor Meeting in Waco (McClennan County) last night (salon) This was the LARGEST turnout so far of any TTC meetingA proposal to build a huge transportation corridor parallel to Interstate 35 faced a tough crowd of more than 1,000 people Monday at a Texas Depar.....- 7/25/2006 3:57:18 PM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) called me back about the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) While he would not definitively say he was against the TTC, he said (paraphrasing)  it was a bad deal that citizens are against and it can be stopped. He said that the key was to have alternative high.....- 7/25/2006 11:23:00 AM
Over ONE THOUSAND people showed up to the Waco Trans Texas Corridor Meeting (McClennan County) (salon) Wow! The TTC TxDot had had a large turnout when they had the meeting before so they booked the Waco Convention Center-good thing because it was jammed with people. I only remember ONE person that spok.....- 7/24/2006 11:35:27 PM
Saturday, David Van Os and Chris Bell will be in Rusk State Park on the Texas State Railroad (salon) Going to go, with the camera.  Good issue for them both. Perry has been cutting money to the state parks, and the park in Rusk is one that has been suffering for it. The Texas State Railroad needs you.....- 7/24/2006 12:09:00 PM
TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) and C K Strayhorn (salon) I saw something earlier today on a blog that said that CKS didn't know how she stands on the TTC and is trying to pander to people by taking a poll in which she is soliciting opinions. Say what you li.....- 7/24/2006 10:45:16 AM
Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) Meeting tonight at Waco (McClennan County) (salon) If you missed the ones in Hood, Johnson or Bosque, it's not TOO much farther to go down to Waco and the comments portion ought to be pretty good. The founder of Corridorwatch is going to speak up duri.....- 7/24/2006 9:31:44 AM
Welcome to New poster- Somervell County Democrats Chairperson (salon) who has chosen "Chair" as his username. I'm excited to see what he has to say about the party. That makes 4 people who have opinions on this site, and offer them; I expect that his will toe .....- 7/23/2006 6:47:33 PM
Spanish Banking Conglomerate buys Texas Bank (salon) At one of the TTC meetings I attended last week, a woman mentioned that her bank had been bought by a Spanish company. (Said to bolster the idea that she didn't like our highway infrastructure being o.....- 7/23/2006 1:35:30 PM
Rep Phil King of Weatherford, TX honored by ALEC as one of the finest state legislators today! (salon) Hang on a sec while I wipe the pepsi from the monitor so I can see to type. This Phil King? Or This Phil King?  Although the bill looked dead in regular session, King managed to get it pushed through .....- 7/23/2006 12:53:27 PM
New web site for Somervell County Democrats (joe) Hang on a sec while I wipe the pepsi from the monitor so I can see to type. This Phil King? Or This Phil King?  Although the bill looked dead in regular session, King managed to get it pushed through .....- 7/23/2006 12:06:35 PM
Speaking of Texas Outsourcing, Is Neil Bush's Ignite Software Produced by Mexico's Grupo Carso? (salon) While reading some other education news, I started wondering about who the investors were in Neil Bush's Ignite!Learning program that is such a crony goodie for the Bush family and which purpose is to.....- 7/23/2006 9:16:11 AM
Interesting-Marking Errors on SAT Test Caused by Dampness- Pearson says-What about optical vote ballots? (salon) I was reading some articles on Pearson Educational and ran across this which sparked my interest due to wondering just how the mechanical process works. In other words, either this is BS or it's not. .....- 7/23/2006 8:38:56 AM
Texas Education Agency Hires Contractor Caveon to Find TAKS Cheaters- Caveon Won't Tell Them Who the Schools Are (salon) Bizarre. You'd think that if you hire a company that says it will turn over all summary and detailed information about TAKS schools that cheat (a number of tests all seem to have exactly the same .....- 7/23/2006 8:27:22 AM
Somervell County Democrats have a Chair change (joe) Karen Richardson, elected County Chair, resigned at the CEC meeting on Thursday, http://democrats.glenrose.net/cecminutes07202006.pdf. Paul Harper will take over as the Interim County Chair until the .....- 7/22/2006 9:40:46 PM
About Bush's Creepy Fondling of German Chancellor and Whether it is *Texan* to have Appallingly Bad Manners (salon) from Mack White who is from Austin, TexasI’ve noticed that a few Bush apologists, as well as foreign writers attempting to understand the incident , are asserting that Bush’s impromptu massage of the .....- 7/22/2006 7:32:24 PM
Photo of David Van OS from his Whistlestop Tour in Somervell County, Texas last week (salon) from Mack White who is from Austin, TexasI’ve noticed that a few Bush apologists, as well as foreign writers attempting to understand the incident , are asserting that Bush’s impromptu massage of the .....- 7/22/2006 7:11:23 PM
Since the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) is for NAFTA, CAFTA and global free trade, wouldn't they also be for the Trans Texas Corridor? (salon) Reason enough to make sure that ANY so-called Democrat who is a member of the DLC or supports it any way should NOT be voted for. Let's say this again- the DLC IS FOR TRADE EXPANSION, which would incl.....- 7/22/2006 6:53:28 PM
One more point about Democrats Limiting the power of the courts to hear citizen complaints (salon) I talked here before about how annoyed I was to see Chet Edwards vote with the Republicans to limit people's ability to take pledge of allegiance issues before federal courts. Ran across this from the.....- 7/22/2006 5:54:47 PM
Prayer and Texas Political Meetings (salon) Let me start out by saying that I am not particularly religious. I was raised as a Southern Baptist, and for reasons that aren't relevant to this discussion, I'm not anymore, although most of my kin a.....- 7/22/2006 5:35:49 PM
Get your Texas House Senator and Rep ON RECORD about the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) (salon) I just got done calling up Sid Miller and Kip Averitt's office to find out their positions on the TTC. Both of them voted for it. The woman answering Miller's phone argued with me for awhile, repeatin.....- 7/21/2006 2:30:12 PM
On the DCCC removing the coffins ad- Chet Edwards was one of 2 congressmen that asked it be pulled (salon) I am totally against this, not only because the Bush administration and Republicans are constantly invoking pictures of terror (now to include not only 9/11 but World War III, thank you very much), bu.....- 7/21/2006 1:24:41 PM
National Guard on border ... or should I say Security Guards? (salon) When I read articles like this, the first thought that jumps into my mind is how the Republican Congress CUT border patrol funding. Why be happy to see the military used to supplement the border patro.....- 7/21/2006 10:54:24 AM
Perry Apparently thinks Texas Citizens Against the Trans Texas Horrordor are Lying or Uninformed (salon) Saw this link from Easter Lemmings - Texans FURIOUS over SuperhighwayYup. I've been, now, to 5 county meetings and overwhelmingly people are against it. Perry's spokesman, Robert Black, dismissed sugg.....- 7/21/2006 10:44:37 AM
Perry's Hypocrisy about Family Values and his Cuts to Texas State Parks (salon) Star-Telegram nails it.Texas politicians, from Gov. Rick Perry on down to freshman legislators, love to yak about "family values."If they're so keen on family values, why have they been fina.....- 7/21/2006 10:30:57 AM
Chet Edwards Votes with the Republicans for Big Oil and Gas Rights in Oman... and Sweatshops (salon) OFTA- Oman Free Trade Agreement. You know-the one that will give companies like, say, Exxon-Mobil the right to drill in Oman and allow Oman to OPERATE OUR DOMESTIC PORTS (hello! Dubai Ports! Which is .....- 7/21/2006 10:06:15 AM
Gutting of Funds for Highways in Texas... while we're building infrastructure for people in other countries (salon) Last night, someone at the Bosque County TTC meeting pointed out that the State Lege has gutted the general fund. Monies that otherwise might have been spent on, oh, say.... TRANSPORTATION, have gone .....- 7/20/2006 11:53:50 PM
VIDEO,AUDIO from the Bosque County TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) - (Clifton)-Selected (salon) One of the most impressive meetings yet, even more enjoyable to me than Fort Worth, which was pretty dang good. Maybe it's because only one politician's representatives FOR TTC showed up, so I didn't .....- 7/21/2006 12:10:36 PM
VIDEO- Revisiting Chet Edwards Position on the Iraq War and Cindy Sheehan (salon) These two clips are from a town hall meeting in Granbury in August, 2005. Would be interesting to find out if Chet has changed his position since then. In the first, his position mirrors that of Repub.....- 7/20/2006 8:24:21 PM
Grusendorf Smacked Down by AG Over Laptops versus Textbooks (salon) I wrote about this last year-it seemed absurd (and still does) that at a time when the school budgets have been gutted by the greedy guts in the State Lege, that some chuckle-headed congressman that c.....- 7/20/2006 4:06:53 PM
VIDEO from TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meeting for Hood/Somervell Counties (salon) That would be Granbury. Incidentally, there will be a follow up meeting in a couple of weeks in Somervell County at the Expo Center-details to come later. Spanish Banks and Spanish Transportation Comp.....- 7/20/2006 2:08:31 PM
Why the HE** is the American Taxpayer being asked to pony up money for School VOUCHERS? (salon) I LIKE public education. I'd like to see it funded properly. I'd like to see teachers keep their pensions. I think No Child Left Behind is a sick joke. But I can't laugh when these Texans, including c.....- 7/20/2006 1:52:48 AM
MORE Video from the Fort Worth TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meeting the other night (salon) I might, later, try to do an audio of the entire meeting (well, sans all the politicians IN OFFICE that I didn't record), but for now here's a few more favorite commentsDavid Van OsConcerned Taxpayers.....- 7/20/2006 1:28:55 AM
Was reading Joe's comments about Chet Edwards and his pledge vote (salon) I've been busy with TTC interests and missed all the brouhaha about the pledge. Overall, I believe that since the pledge originally didn't have "under god" in it (in fact, that little tidbit.....- 7/20/2006 1:04:11 AM
Impressions of Hood County and Bosque County TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meetings (salon) Went to Hood County last night, and there were maybe 50 people there. Someone told me tonight that TTC had changed the location of the meeting without updating the website, so some people that otherwi.....- 7/20/2006 12:44:52 AM
Chet Edwards votes to modify the constitution, for what else...religion (joe) Chet Edwards voted again with Republicans today in an attempt to force more of their religious ways upon ALL citizens of this country and take away the power of states to decide for themselves. In oth.....- 7/19/2006 11:05:15 PM
Chet Edwards votes to force his religion upon all US citizens (joe) Instead of using the law as it was intended, today Chet Edwards voted to keep courts from being able to take cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance. This is because Chet Edwards FIRMLY believes that.....- 7/19/2006 10:43:27 PM
Couple of City of Glen Rose notes (salon) I didn't get to the meeting but the Glen Rose Reporter has two things of interest.First, you remember that the 4B Sales Tax referendum was rejected earlier this year. That's where the City wanted to b.....- 7/19/2006 11:21:31 AM
The Barnett Shale Oil and Gas Distribution... and Lawsuits (salon) I've commented on this before, most recently about the GRISD school board looking for bids on O&G leases on the school land. Saw this on NorthTexasLiberal, which references information from Denton.....- 7/19/2006 9:25:06 AM
Video from the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) in Fort Worth, TX -Selected Comments July 18 2006 (salon) I didn\'t bother to record the ones that were for the TTC and did their share of sucking up to the representatives on stage. After awhile, I could tell within 30 seconds whether it was going to be.....- 7/18/2006 11:59:31 PM
Chet Edwards Votes For the Republican Pandering Bill to change the constitution re: Marriage (salon) Knew he would. He voted with the Republicans about DOMA last year. For me, I take the position that it's wrong to alter the constitution to take away rights. I also heard one of the Republican yappers.....- 7/18/2006 4:00:10 PM
Impressions of the Fort Worth TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meeting Monday night (salon) I skipped the Dog and Pony, since I've already heard it (and if you, the hapless reader, haven't been lulled into a false sense of security yet, you can watch the video on the KeepTexasMoving website).....- 7/18/2006 3:31:05 PM
House Speaker Tom Craddick's 1 MILLION SMACKS Renovation is a GIFT TO ALL TEXANS!!!!! (salon) Really. If it's also my gift, when do I get to show up to use his $1400 dishwasher, $14,700 range (that bears repeating, how nice IS that range, what is it a, a HOTEL range?), $7000 fridge and the gol.....- 7/17/2006 8:30:45 AM
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