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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
David Van Os Answers back to Texas Observer's Dave Mann's article "The Fight for Relevance" (salon) I'm a Texas Observer reader, and noticed that Van Os wrote a letter to the editor entitled "Don't Dismiss Dems" in response to an article in the June 30, 2006 issue. Since I was on vacay whe.....- 7/16/2006 10:03:21 PM
Fort Worth holding a Trans Texas Corridor Meeting Tomorrow at the Will Rogers Annex (salon) Ought to be good.Fort WorthJuly 17Will Rogers Memorial Center, Exhibits Hall, Round Up Inn3400 Burnett-Tandy Dr.If you want to be there early enough to look at the exhibits or sit through the *calming.....- 7/16/2006 9:36:17 PM
Weatherford Democrat Article on the Trans Texas Corridor from TTC Meeting this week (salon) Thought this part was interesting in particular, since it's been my impression that as soon as TXDOT goes through the motions of holding public hearings (yeah, public hearings that are one way, no que.....- 7/16/2006 9:28:26 PM
Audio-Podcast- When Government Arrogantly Takes Private Land for a Private Corporation (salon) Thought this part was interesting in particular, since it's been my impression that as soon as TXDOT goes through the motions of holding public hearings (yeah, public hearings that are one way, no que.....- 7/16/2006 12:37:39 PM
Oil and Gas Leases on School Property (salon) I noticed in the paper last week there was a classified notice of intent to lease land. By whom? GRISD, which owns about 140 acres in 7 tracts and is going to take bids from Oil & Gas companies. T.....- 7/16/2006 9:53:29 AM
18 State Parks May be Closed-Budget Issue (salon) Yes. Perry cut the budget. Perry cuts taxes. And what gets cut are the things that either we expect to pay for with our taxes or items, such as state parks, that make the quality of life better in Tex.....- 7/16/2006 9:43:49 AM
Drilling for gas in Texas-random thoughts (salon) Somervell County sits on Barnett Shale. Last year, when I was in Hood County, someone told me to go look at the all the rigs that line 377 all the way up to Fort Worth.. and indeed there was a bunch-h.....- 7/15/2006 1:13:18 PM
Where's all those missing stray dogs and cats? Why, in the animal control officer's home! (salon) Found this ironic. - Parker County- PELICAN BAY -- The City Council has voted to fire the town's animal control officer, who was arrested last week when authorities seized more than 40 dogs and cats f.....- 7/15/2006 9:36:43 AM
DFW- Free To Ride Tuesday on the Transit System-While TTC is hornswaggling citizens (salon) the DFW metroplex is going about encouraging mass transit and responsibility.. the right way.The rationale is that public transportation saves fuel, eases traffic congestion and improves the region's .....- 7/15/2006 9:33:11 AM
Paris TX (Lamar Co) - Trans Texas Corridor Meeting this week -Funniest Comment from an Elected Official (salon) from the Paris NewsAs you can see from other posts, I've been reading the local papers (if they have one) that are holding the public meetings on the Robber Baron Land Grab the King of Spain Cintra TX.....- 7/14/2006 10:45:41 AM
Sherman- Trans Texas Corridor Meeting July 11 (Grayson County)Newspaper comments. (salon) Herald Democrat“She [Carole Keeton-Strayhorn] said the Trans-Texas Corridor is the Trans-Texas Catastrophe,” Winters said. “It should be blasted off the bureaucratic books.” Winters said Keeton-Strayh.....- 7/14/2006 10:28:02 AM
Denton-Trans Texas Corridor Finds Dour Resistance at Hearing (salon) Denton Record ChronicleMore than 200 people attended a Denton public hearing on the Trans-Texas Corridor, a proposed network of transportation routes integrating new and current highways, freight rail.....- 7/14/2006 10:23:22 AM
Waxahachie Daily Light on the TTC (Trans Texas Corridtor) Ennis Meeting (salon) When you read through this, you'll see that the a lot of the politicos aren't actually against TTC, they're against the road as defined by the TTC because they want it to be in THEIR backyard. In this.....- 7/14/2006 10:09:27 AM
A Few More Ways that the TTC is Robbing People, from Gainesville Reporter (salon) Let's examine some of the disturbing facets of the TTCSeveral things in the unprecedented plan disturbed him, he said, including provisions for “ancillary facilities” and that there are no physical di.....- 7/14/2006 10:04:45 AM
Gainesville Reporter Article about the Trans Texas Corridor Meeting July 10- (Cooke County) (salon) Gainesville Register- They had so many people that they had to block the entrance after capacity filledW.F. White, a Callisburg area resident, was one of a few speakers who was concerned about the div.....- 7/14/2006 10:00:00 AM
Dishonesty of Charlie Geren Re: Sale of PARK LAND at Eagle Lake to Highest Bidder (salon) I about dropped my coffee onto the keyboard (and sadly wouldn't have been able to type this then) when I read, in the Star-Telegram that Geren said this at the public meeting held last night about sel.....- 7/14/2006 9:43:15 AM
VIDEO from the TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meeting Weatherford (Parker Co) TX July 12 06 (salon) If you want to be inspired by a bunch of informed, sometimes irate, but always on the mark Parker County residents who are against TTC, here's where to do it. You will also hear on this, among other t.....- 7/14/2006 8:47:22 AM
Impressions from the TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meeting in Parker County (Weatherford) July 13,2002 (salon) Same police I mentioned that were there in Johnson County the night before, so they must be assigned to TXDOT to protect them from being shot by angry landowners. We keep going to meetings, we're goin.....- 7/13/2006 10:55:30 PM
Video from the Johnson County TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meeting July 12 06 (salon) Fred Head-if he is elected, he will work to STOP the TTC. That's reason enough to vote for him.  Hear him. Watch the crowd reactionComments from the crowd against the TTC. You can see the cops in the .....- 7/13/2006 3:54:32 PM
Cornyn Not only on Side of North American Union, but introduced Bill to FUND it (salon) I'm on a rampage this week and next about the TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) and the North American Union (the quiet deal Bush made between Mexico and Canada that would fundamentally alter the nature of o.....- 7/13/2006 2:38:46 PM
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