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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) - 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) - 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) - 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
I want to go take photos of signs against the TTC-anyone seen them? (salon) - 7/13/2006 12:06:05 PM
VIDEO and AUDIO of David Van OS yesterday in Somervell County (salon) - 7/13/2006 12:05:22 PM
What's State Park Land Worth? If Geren and Brimer Have their Way, Whatever Commercial Interests Will Pay (salon) Meeting today in Fort Worth (Tarrant County) about an underhanded scheme to sell off 400 acres of land at Eagle Mountain Lake of reserved state park land to the highest bidder. Rep Charlie Geren will .....- 7/13/2006 11:34:10 AM
Impressions of the Trans Texas Corridor Meeting in Cleburne, TX (Johnson County) (salon) When you walk in and see several police officers guarding the doors and walls, you KNOW that the TTC is worried about some dang landowner grabbin' a gun and shooting the TTC for taking his land. Fred .....- 7/13/2006 10:12:09 AM
David Van Os in Glen Rose, Somervell County today (salon) Small part of the crowd that turned out to hear him.Will post video of his speech in the courthouse square later today or tomorrow on a new post (not sure if I have time before going to the Cleburne T.....- 7/12/2006 3:15:01 PM
Van "Exxon" Taylor was in Glen Rose for the 4th- Pink Dome Gives a Taste of this moron (salon) Van Taylor Hiring Proofreaders I may excoriate Chet Edwards for his many votes where he votes with the Republicans, but that's because I want to hold him accountable to the DEMOCRATS that voted him in.....- 7/12/2006 10:52:29 AM
Bush may take less vacay in Crawford this year to make it look like he's working (salon) Laughable, really. Here's a man who would have been better off as a sales presenter for whatever the latest version of Popeil's Pocket Fisherman is, who spends a significant part of every week running.....- 7/12/2006 10:12:02 AM
State Lege and Goodhair Raid Utility Fund for Poor and Elderly So that Goodhair can Pay for High Elec Bills in Mansion (salon) Chris Bell calls Perry  and the Texas Lege out.Bell asserted that Perry "stole the safety net and defrauded the people of Texas" by allowing lawmakers last year to divert $427 million from t.....- 7/12/2006 8:57:45 AM
FEC Let Granger Use her Campaign Money to Promote her New Book on Patriotism (salon) Here's the reason they gave.The Federal Election Commission agreed to let Granger use campaign money to promote the book because she didn't take an advance payment and is donating all profits from boo.....- 7/12/2006 8:39:46 AM
In case you think that Cintra doesn't have the Last Say on the Trans Texas Corridor (salon) Some North Texas leaders don't like how the road route is drawn and want it to go through Dallas, down 360. But....But the private team Cintra/Zachry, which is planning to build the project with littl.....- 7/12/2006 8:24:49 AM
Chet Edwards Votes with Republicans to pass HR4761- Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act (salon) - 7/11/2006 11:02:14 AM
Trans Texas Corridor Meetings in this area -GO, SHOW UP, COMMENT (salon) Take a video camera, or audio recorder. This is a Texas Open Meeting and you can RECORD what you see.Somervell County won't be hosting a TTC meeting, but here are some in counties nearby.Cleburne (Joh.....- 7/11/2006 10:42:26 AM
Sheesh- Chet Edwards Voted with the Republicans on their vote to slap News Organizations (salon) I'm never surprised at what Republicans will try to do. They've exercised very little oversight over their duties to investigate (and better, STOP) Bush's illegal activities, including his spying-on-A.....- 7/10/2006 2:27:39 PM
David Van Os, Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General, to speak in Glen Rose on July 12th (joe) - 7/7/2006 6:57:23 PM
Trinity River the Color of Meatloaf- DFW Airport Lied about Pollution to get grants (salon) So... DFW airport's water-treatment process was like a backed up toilet. Kudos to Susan Heath, the whistleblower, that is holding DFW airport to the fire for lying about it's environmental protections.....- 7/7/2006 7:41:31 AM
Two Audio Podcasts about the Trans Texas Corridor and the NAFTA Superhighway (salon) Of course, this doesn't affect only Texas, but it's a bad idea for Texas. It's also a bad idea for the entire United States. I never considered, before this year, what the implications of being a prot.....- 6/25/2006 2:51:43 PM
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