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Crawford, Texas Locals Angry about Sheehan Moving There-WHICH LOCALS? (salon) If the Associated Press intended to write a balanced article (Okay. I'm assuming) the way to do it would have been to avoid blanket statements like this, in an article entitled "Some Crawford Res.....- 8/13/2006 7:22:55 AM
The New Normal- Or How The Latest Terror Threat Helps Wimpy Women Clean Out Their Purses (salon) Last night when watching Countdown, an inferior female standin for Olbermann introduced the segment for the Airports Liquids Clean Out no fewer than six times as "The New Normal". What's the.....- 8/12/2006 10:51:10 AM
North Texas- Ozone levels raised from 17 proposed power plants -finished study not released (salon) What do you do if you create a study that doesn't answer questions like how will pollution from coal-fired plants affect individual ozone monitors in the region? Well, if you're a company that did the.....- 8/12/2006 10:25:12 AM
MOPAC in Austin to become a toll road? (salon) This may be old news to people who live in Austin; I don't, but I come to Austin several times a year. Some consultants are looking at ways to add lanes to Mopac, and becoming a toll road is on the pl.....- 8/12/2006 10:08:17 AM
Bush's Homeland Security Falls Short-Was Trying to Divert $6 million from explosives detection technology (salon) Seems to me that despite any bluster and parrotting of the phrase "Islamo-facism", whatever the heck that means, by Bush, that when a government not only does NOT spend money and time on att.....- 8/11/2006 9:37:33 PM
Going to host a local TTC-Taking Your Private Land for Toll Roads meeting here locally (salon) in a couple of weeks. I had originally thought to be part of a followup meeting hosted by Linda Curtis who had attended a few of the TTC meetings I had, but that was before I realized that she is work.....- 8/11/2006 12:30:46 PM
HB 2650 - about local government participation in toll road projects (to Include Trans Texas Corridor) (salon) Again, part of the great email Peter Stern sent me. I've been reading HB 2650 to try to make some sense of the carrot and stick being used to pass proliferation of toll roads in Texas. Local governmen.....- 8/11/2006 11:33:10 AM
The LOOTERS versus the ACCOUNTABILITY CROWD who voted re: Moratorium on the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Peter Stern sent me a great email, stats with permission from the Texas Toll Party site, about the amendment to slow down and study Freeway Tolls and Trans Texas Corridor before rushing to make toll r.....- 8/11/2006 9:59:51 AM
Sid Miller and Bills Filed on Behalf or (and possibly written by) Texas Association of Business (salon) I was curious, after reading how Texas Association of Businesses (TAB) used money illegally to promote Sid Miller against Hamilton Democratic opponent David Langefield in his campaign literature, whet.....- 8/11/2006 12:25:37 AM
Interesting Site that Rates Whether House and Senate members Vote FOR the Middle Class (salon) and grades them. I saw this on a blog that was discussing Senator Kohl, and thought I'd look up Cornyn, Hutchison and Edwards.First-Edwards-Drum Major Institute shows he voted a 25 % for middle class .....- 8/10/2006 11:48:10 PM
First brochure piece of campaign literature for Chet Edwards came today (salon) First thing I did was look to see where it said he's a Democrat in the "Progress Report on Homeland Security"... looked in vain. Looked to see if he  mentions the word "Republican".....- 8/10/2006 2:40:24 PM
Turns out it's not only Private Money That Paid for Craddick's Apartment Renovations (salon) Wrote about this before. The fabulous $1000 toilets, $30,000 in new appliances, the imported rugs .... Private money was what was supposed to pay for the Craddicks living like royalty but it turns out.....- 8/10/2006 7:01:51 AM
You won't just see planes and buildings at DFW Airport-soon... natural gas rigs (salon) Gas rigs are going up all over the place around here. Here's an article about how DFW airport has signed a lease with Chesapeake to drill there. I didn't realize it, but there are already leases with .....- 8/9/2006 10:19:14 PM
Citizens in Erath County Stop Granbury Company's App for a Commercial Waste Injection/Disposal Well (salon) When the gas companies come in to drill, a lot of waste has to be pumped out and disposed of-thus there are 2 separate types of application a gas company makes- one for the property where gas is getti.....- 8/9/2006 10:14:33 PM
Carl's Corner Getting a Branson-Style Makeover-Hope They Don't Get Rid of the Tango Frogs (salon) I remember when those frogs adorned the Tango off Lower Greenville Ave in Dallas before they were spirited off to grace Good Old Carl's Corner Truck Stop, which then became a town. Willie Nelson has t.....- 8/9/2006 1:46:01 PM
Family of 4 Want to Watch the Cowboys in the New Stadium to be built? 400 Smacks, Plus, Please (salon) We quit watching football when it got so dang militaristic. Every game would start with military standing on the sidelines and a military theme; the joy of just watching guys tackle each other and thr.....- 8/8/2006 11:43:40 PM
On Lieberman as Independent contrasted with Chet Edwards (salon) I watched Sore Loserman's big ego step ahead of his loyalty and common sense as he, instead of graciously conceding defeat and supporting Ned Lamont, arrogantly and selfishly pushed ahead to say he wi.....- 8/8/2006 11:32:17 PM
Head explosion-Minuteman Salsa American made so foolish people can avoid eating real Mexican salsa (salon) How bizarre is this? Some guy from Plano wants to sell anti-immigration salsa sauce made in the US. As Bud Kennedy points out, the guy doesn't even KNOW what real mexican food tastes like.Second, do y.....- 8/8/2006 4:42:11 PM
OOOPS- Strayhorn-uh, the COMPTROLLER, uses state funds for her campaign (salon) What gets me about Strayhorn having her staff prepare her campaign briefing materials, which is against the law, is, first, that she's comptroller, dealing with money and budgets, etc, and second, tha.....- 8/8/2006 4:10:30 PM
Video from Camp Casey III- Sunday August 7 2006 (salon) Went out to Crawford yesterday afternoon and shot some footage of a march that Sheehan led between the original spot of Camp Casey (in the triangular fork on the road) to the signs and secret service .....- 8/7/2006 12:04:46 PM
Video of the Crawford Peace House Israeli-Palestine Press Conference at Crawford, Texas August 6 (salon) - 8/7/2006 2:19:20 AM
Some Photos from Afternoon in Crawford, Texas at Crawford Peace House and Sheehan's March (salon) Went down to Crawford in the afternoon to attend the press conference on the Lebanon-Israel situation. I'll have video of that later on a separate post. Also, have some pics and will have video later .....- 8/7/2006 12:38:17 AM
Offbeat? Since When are Populist Whistlestops in Texas Off Beat? (salon) I'm always aware of what adjectives are used to describe events. In an article about Bill Moody, who is running for a Supreme Court position, that appeared in the Statesman, David Van Os's stops at co.....- 8/6/2006 11:10:57 AM
Big Doings in Crawford, Texas tomorrow (Sunday) (salon) Not only is Camp Casey up and running but Arabs and Muslims from all over Texas are expected to come down to Crawford to protest Bush's failure to call for a cease fire in the Israeli/Lebanese conflic.....- 8/5/2006 7:32:54 PM
Canvassing Precinct 2 Beginning This Morning (salon) It's hotter than blazes so I don't know how far we'll get today, but we're going to start on our own county road. The purpose, of course, is to find out where the Democrats are in this county so that .....- 8/5/2006 9:29:15 AM
Just watched *The Big Buy* Video about Tom DeLay and TRMPAC (salon) I had read recently that there was a bit in it from the state representative who ran against Sid Miller... who took TRMPAC money. It was more than just a bit, it was a pretty good segment detailing ho.....- 8/5/2006 1:09:43 AM
Leininger is significantly less wealthy after blow to his firm's stock plunges- State of Texas screws teachers (salon) From the Tyler Morning Telegraph- Pretty disgusting. You have Dr Leininger spreading money around like manure with no limits in order to put HIS candidate in office (in this case Republican versus Rep.....- 8/4/2006 9:05:17 PM
Sheehan- Reasonable Accommodations in the Road- Judge Orders a Compromise-McClennan County (salon) Sheehan and her followers want to stop the county from enforcing two ordinances that they claim limit protest activities. One prohibits parking along portions of 14 county roads around Bush’s Prairie .....- 8/4/2006 6:58:58 PM
They reported fake data to industry publications-Knew it was fake.. but didn't know it was criminal (salon) so they weren't convicted of that. Two former Houston energy traders got all the possible outcomes they could get Friday from a jury that struggled over whether they illegally reported fake trade data.....- 8/4/2006 6:34:19 PM
On Real ID Act and Biometrics- Passport Hacked and Cloned (salon) I wrote a long time back about the Real ID Act(Chet Edwards is for it, including biometrics). I personally, number one, don't like the idea of national identity cards, and two, don't like the idea of .....- 8/4/2006 1:39:44 PM
Local gossipy Glen Rose stuff (salon) Got a copy of the Glen Rose newspaper yesterday. A few people had told me of this, which is apparently in competition with the Glen Rose Reporter now. I had been told that it was a newspaper oriented .....- 8/4/2006 11:48:30 AM
Cornyn's Border Defense Amendment Shot Down by *Tubes* Stevens (salon) I wrote about this last week. Seems that the money Cornyn wanted to use for additional border patrol agents and the US Visa program was going to come out of the defense appropriations bill... as not r.....- 8/3/2006 12:40:29 PM
Waking Up Texas from the TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Complacency (salon) There are two things TxDot and Rick Perry are counting on for this election. One, that most people, if they have heard at all of the TTC, don't know or don't realize they *should* have an interest in .....- 8/3/2006 12:16:28 PM
But Will We See It From Space? Senate Votes to Build Triple Wall At the Border (salon) Jeff Sessions removes his hood and garners support for a triple border wall. Sounds like an action adventure movie coming "Escape from Laredo!" starring Kurt Russell.By passing my amendment .....- 8/3/2006 11:53:43 AM
Boo-Hoo! Bush's *Short* Vacation This Year-But What About the MONEY He costs us as taxpayers? (salon) I can't muster up any unhappiness for a guy whose MONTH LONG vacations are being cut short because somebody in his entourage decided that kicking back while Lebanon is being bombed doesn't present Bus.....- 8/3/2006 10:44:32 AM
Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) MORE Lists including Current House/Senate Races with Opponents (salon) Received another good email from Faye Ware with more links to check the bills for the Trans Texas Corridor. Since we know that the TTC was voted on, unanimously, the next thing to consider besides &qu.....- 8/3/2006 9:58:34 AM
Congress Elevator Article Shows Class Structure between Senate and House (salon) I was somewhat amused to read this presumably tongue-in-cheek article about Senators-Only elevators. But....Members of the House have their own elevators, too, but senators are fewer in number, are mo.....- 8/2/2006 11:15:17 AM
About followup TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) Meetings (salon) At a number of the TTC meetings I attended, one of the speakers was Linda Curtis of Independent Texans, who was very knowledgeable and persuasive about both the origins of the TTC legislation as well .....- 8/2/2006 10:46:53 AM
On the Trans Texas Corridor Full List- Tell You What- CALL Your CONGRESSPERSON and then email me (salon) and I will put what your representative said in a blog post here. I'm curious. I was reading Dos Centavos yesterday- about how the Democrats ALSO voted for TTC.A lot of people around the state, and es.....- 8/2/2006 9:43:20 AM
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) - 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) - 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
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