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Bush's Rourth of July Address-Open to the Public? No, Invitation Only (salon) Bush spoke to an outdoor audience of about 2,000 people -- restricted to ticket-holders. Outside the flag-and-bunting-draped event area, a knot of protesters gathered, carrying signs reading "Bus.....- 7/11/2005 1:14:40 PM
Bush and Blair-Telling the Public One Thing about Iraq Troop Withdrawal-Secretly Saying Another (salon) Another example of public deception, since Bush and Blair pledged "that Allied forces will not quit until Iraq's own forces are strong enough to take control of security." . A secret UK memo.....- 7/11/2005 11:13:58 AM
Why Should the Choice of Political Parties Be Between War Party 1 and War Party 2? (salon) Another example of public deception, since Bush and Blair pledged "that Allied forces will not quit until Iraq's own forces are strong enough to take control of security." . A secret UK memo.....- 7/10/2005 8:23:16 PM
New Perry Boondoggle-The $200 Million Emergency Technology Fund (salon) While Texas struggles to pass a budget that will take care of education, a new law for creating centers for research is coming. Who decides what entities get the money? Not the taxpayers, but Perry, L.....- 7/10/2005 11:38:30 AM
Freeport Seafood Firm Tries to Escape Net (salon) BackgroundFor more than a half-century, the Gore family and its Western Seafood Co. have been a landmark on Freeport's waterfront, a key stop for hundreds of shrimp boats along Texas' Gulf coast.But t.....- 7/10/2005 11:33:15 AM
Iraq News Roundup (salon) Moqtada Sadr Launching Petition Calling for Troop Removal of US ForcesTomorrow, we shall begin to collect a million signatures in every Iraqi town demanding the withdrawal of multinational forces from.....- 7/10/2005 11:27:58 AM
America's Main Job in Iraq is to Correct the Mistakes of the Past Two Years (salon) This is Iraq now, an upside-down place - so far from normality it is hard to know where to begin in describing it. The streets are jammed with traffic, except when there is an American convoy, when ev.....- 7/10/2005 11:07:37 AM
US Won't Pay for Uzbeck Bases-Uzbeck threatening to kick them out (salon) Keeping in mind that the United States has military bases in scores of places around the world, while no other country's military bases here, Uzbeck has a base the United States has been using but did.....- 7/10/2005 10:58:39 AM
Spellings Wants to Expand NCLB to include other subjects (salon) "I am a strong believer in this, 'what gets measured gets done' kind of notion," Ms. Spellings told members of the American Federation of Teachers at their summer meeting here.Expanding the .....- 7/10/2005 10:27:23 AM
What Karl Rove Told Matthew Cooper (salon) Newsweek has an article today in which it discusses the emails sent to Time Magazine recapping conversations Cooper had with Rove. Besides the obvious questions about whether Rove knew Plame was a CIA.....- 7/10/2005 9:46:23 AM
Florida Continues to Use Matrix Database (salon) Background:Florida, Ohio, Connecticut and Pennsylvania still use software that lets investigators quickly cull through much of the data about people that reside in cyberspace. However, without the fed.....- 7/10/2005 9:34:30 AM
Critics of Iraq War on the London Bombings (salon) Chicago TribuneGeorge Galloway-"We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain," .....- 7/10/2005 9:29:54 AM
G8's Miniscule Step Forward (salon) Chicago TribuneGeorge Galloway-"We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain," .....- 7/10/2005 9:25:19 AM
London Bombs were Crude-Homegrown Extremists Rather than Imported Terrorists in Britain (salon) NYTimesInvestigators have concluded that the bombs that ripped through three subway trains and a bus on Thursday were relatively crude devices containing less than 10 pounds of explosives each. That f.....- 7/9/2005 10:48:33 AM
Amendment to Prohibit Funds for RNEP Shot Down (salon) Background:  Horrific nuclear weapon, not trivial at all. It's a disgrace for any Senator that voted against this amendment.Purpose of the Amendment: To prohibit the use of funds for the Robust Nuclea.....- 7/9/2005 12:10:03 AM
No Letup in Unrest Over Bush's No Child Left Behind Law (salon) Schools are preparing for their fourth year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) this fall even as a state-led grassroots rebellion rages against the education law. The revolt is expected.....- 7/8/2005 11:54:33 PM
City of Glen Rose Meeting May 2005 (salon) Schools are preparing for their fourth year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) this fall even as a state-led grassroots rebellion rages against the education law. The revolt is expected.....- 7/8/2005 8:37:21 PM
Somervell County Commisioner's Court May 2005 (salon) Entire Meeting VIDEO     Gary Dempsey-Citizen Comments-VIDEO   Squaw Creek Report- VIDEO   .....- 7/8/2005 8:37:44 PM
Chet Edwards Town Hall Meeting in Somervell County-Feb 25, 2005 (salon) Entire Meeting VIDEO     Gary Dempsey-Citizen Comments-VIDEO   Squaw Creek Report- VIDEO   .....- 7/8/2005 8:35:02 PM
Glen Rose Town Meeting March 14, 2005 (salon) Entire Meeting VIDEO     Gary Dempsey-Citizen Comments-VIDEO   Squaw Creek Report- VIDEO   .....- 7/8/2005 8:34:12 PM
Somervell County Commissioners Court-March 14,2005 (salon) Entire Meeting VIDEO     Gary Dempsey-Citizen Comments-VIDEO   Squaw Creek Report- VIDEO   .....- 7/8/2005 8:32:59 PM
Glen Rose City Council Meeting Feb 28, 2005 (salon) Entire Meeting VIDEO     Gary Dempsey-Citizen Comments-VIDEO   Squaw Creek Report- VIDEO   .....- 7/8/2005 8:22:54 PM
Somervell County Commissioner's Court Feb 28, 2005 (salon) When we are able, we record the meetings for others to see. We do this because we know it's difficult due to the hour of the meetings for some to attend, and because we like to be a part of democracy .....- 7/8/2005 8:10:40 PM
$14,700 of our taxpayer money went to fund Ken Tomlinson's Secret PBS Report (salon) The Nation - We note that, even though taxpayers paid for this report, it's not made available to the publicThe Mann report reads as if dictated by Cookie Monster while chewing on a mouthful of lead p.....- 7/8/2005 6:20:14 PM
Ghost Voting in the Texas House (salon) Apparently happens all the time, where House members cast votes for absentee members.AUSTIN - Ghost voting in the Texas House — when legislators cast electronic machine ballots for absent members — is.....- 7/8/2005 5:09:55 PM
Kurdish Group Bombing Turkey- US Won't Step In (salon) Turkey Hit by Third BombA FREIGHT train derailed in eastern Turkey after suspected Kurdish rebels detonated a remote-controlled bomb on the tracks. There were no casualties in yesterday's train blast,.....- 7/8/2005 4:55:02 PM
The difference between Blair and Bush in reacting to a horrific situation (salon) Mirror UKTONY Blair had a haggis breakfast and a leisurely stroll with President Bush yesterday before the two men went on TV at 8.39am to raise hopes of a deal to cut global warming.But shortly after.....- 7/8/2005 4:48:29 PM
If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency won’t come to us? (salon) Robert Fisk"If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video tapes, "we will bomb yours." There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear Britain would be a.....- 7/8/2005 12:46:55 PM
A Look in the Mirror for America-Innocent People (salon) Derrick Jackson of the Boston GlobeIN HIS INITIAL reaction yesterday to the London transit bombings, President Bush decried ''people killing innocent people." He said: ''The contrast couldn't be .....- 7/8/2005 7:57:54 AM
American Citizens Being Held without Charges or Access to Lawyers-Why? (salon) Does an American's citizenship no longer apply if he or she is in another country?The Pentagon has said the US military in Iraq is detaining five American citizens on suspicion of possible insurgent o.....- 7/7/2005 9:27:05 PM
Iraq Roundup (salon) Death Toll As of Thursday, July 7, 2005, at least 1,751 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,348.....- 7/7/2005 9:12:07 PM
Water Privitization Protest-Should public water be in private corporate hands? (salon) A women takes part in a protest against water service privatization in front of the National Assembly in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, July, 7, 2005. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Corporations Grope for In.....- 7/7/2005 8:27:47 PM
Maria Corina Machado and three other Sumate group to go on trial in Venezuela for Conspiracy (salon) Background:A Venezuelan opposition figure who was received by US President George Bush is to go on trial with three colleagues accused of conspiring to change the government using US funds.Judge Norma.....- 7/7/2005 8:20:09 PM
Iraq Signs Military Pact with Iran (salon) When asked whether this relationship with Iran would make the US angry, Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi said "Nobody can dictate to Iraq its relations with other countries."Iranian Presi.....- 7/7/2005 8:13:09 PM
Worldwide Terrorism-Major Increase in 2004 According to US National Terrorism Center (salon) The U.S. government Tuesday increased its 2004 estimate of terrorist attacks worldwide to 3,192 from 651 after changing to a broader definition of terrorism.A new U.S. government Web site set up to tr.....- 7/7/2005 7:48:13 PM
Bush and the Flypaper Theory-Disproven today by the London Bombings (salon) Bush-"We are fighting these terrorists with our military in Afghanistan and Iraq and beyond so we do not have to face them in the streets of our own cities."Left CoasterYes, yes, remember no.....- 7/7/2005 7:43:56 PM
G8 Watering Down the Global Warming Agreement to Bend to Bush's Rejection of the Kyoto Treaty (salon) Watering Down For BushHeading into what promises to be a combative summit of world leaders, President Bush on Wednesday disparaged one of the meeting's key issues, the Kyoto treaty on climate control,.....- 7/7/2005 7:14:59 PM
Why Rove May be Indicted (salon) BackgroundLawrence O'Donnell via Huffington PostTwo years ago, when I first read the federal law protecting the identities of covert agents, my reaction was the same as everyone else who reads it -- t.....- 7/7/2005 6:47:30 PM
Westar Energy of Kansas Said They were told TRMPAC Donation Would Buy Influence with Tom DeLay (salon) Dallas Morning News -A company indicted in a Texas campaign fundraising case says it was told that by giving a Tom DeLay political committee $25,000, company officials would get access to the U.S. Hou.....- 7/7/2005 12:20:29 AM
Tom DeLay Photos from Fourth at Friendswood and his Invitation Only "Town Hall" Meeting (salon) Dallas Morning News -A company indicted in a Texas campaign fundraising case says it was told that by giving a Tom DeLay political committee $25,000, company officials would get access to the U.S. Hou.....- 7/6/2005 11:09:16 PM
Republicans Represent God? (salon) Huffington Post-Tony CampoloRecently I was a guest on Chris Matthew’s television show, Hardball. The topic for discussion on the show was whether or not the church should be involved in politics. It w.....- 7/6/2005 7:35:58 PM
Israel Wants the US to Help Bankroll the Evacuation of the Gaza Strip to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars (salon) When Bush spends so much of his time attempting to convince the American public that we have problems funding social security, is it possible that the US will give money for Israel to forcibly bulldoz.....- 7/6/2005 1:35:42 PM
US Soldiers Kill 57 year old Iraqi Arabic Teacher (salon) From Military.com - When Bush comments that the public turns on their television to see images of the war, he's wrong, because the Pentagon suppresses those images. In this case, it's a military websi.....- 7/6/2005 1:20:22 PM
Bush's Visit to Denmark Protested by Thousands (salon) Thousands of Danish demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen on Wednesday to protest a visit by President George W. Bush amid one of the biggest security operations Denmark has ever.....- 7/6/2005 12:51:49 PM
No Freedom of Speech in the Military-Blogs Must Now Register Their Blogs with Commanders (salon) Boots on the GroundThis is one of my last posts I will put on my blog. I don't intend to convert this blog to a political blog. It will just stay unchanged for a long time for maybe some historian int.....- 7/5/2005 8:26:59 AM
Lawrence O'Donnell Compares Rove's Lawyers Statement to Clinton's I-Did-Not-Inhale (salon) BackgroundHuffington PostKarl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, had his holiday weekend ruined on Friday when I broke the story that the e-mails that Time delivered to the special prosecutor that afternoo.....- 7/5/2005 8:19:29 AM
What Bush Leaves Out about Zarqawi (salon) "I beg your pardon, Zarqawi -- Mr. Zarqawi, who is leading the terrorist effort in Iraq -- was in Iraq prior" to the US-led war, he told Britain's ITV television after being asked whether th.....- 7/4/2005 9:28:15 PM
New York Times on Freedom (salon) We are, as a nation, exceptionally profligate with the symbols of our national identity and with words like "democracy" and "freedom." The word "freedom" especially seems.....- 7/4/2005 6:52:51 PM
Army Can't Find Enough Recruits- Clear Expression of American's Dissatisfaction with the Iraq War (salon) Baltimore SunThis is democracy where it matters. No one should doubt that young Americans would willingly go to war if they believed in it. But this is a war of choice that began with fabrications and.....- 7/4/2005 6:13:28 PM
Bush's Independence Day Propaganda Discussed (salon) Bush's Speech Today we gather to celebrate the 229th anniversary of America's independence.  Across our great land, families will gather to fly the flag, to watch the fireworks, and count our blessing.....- 7/4/2005 1:21:08 PM
Debunking the idea that the entire world thought Saddam had WMD (salon) The world did not think that. Germany, France, Russia, and Canada did not think that. The UN wanted more time for weapons inspectors; Hans Blix told the UN there were no WMD. There were massive protes.....- 7/4/2005 12:01:41 PM
Why is the FBI helping Iraq solve crime? (salon) We were under the impression that the FBI's mission was "to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United .....- 7/3/2005 4:00:10 PM
John Cornyn Against Idealogical Balance on the Supreme Court (salon) Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said in an interview yesterday that his party will resist Democratic arguments for "ideological balance" on the court, a concept not in the writings of the Founding.....- 7/3/2005 3:55:35 PM
Economic Explosion in Hood County-Natural Gas Production (salon) Hood County NewsRevenue generated from gas leases was estimated in excess of $50 million. About a year ago, gas leases were paying about $100 an acre. Today, the price has skyrocketed to more than $50.....- 7/3/2005 11:10:42 AM
What Got Bush Interested in Mars? His Wife Laura (salon) Waco TribuneSociety members like to believe they already helped contribute to President Bush's interest in Mars when, in summer 2003, the red planet got its closest to earth in 60,000 years, presentin.....- 7/3/2005 11:00:06 AM
Rove's Lawyer Speaks and Lawrence O Donnell Answers (salon) Background:Huffington PostOn Friday, I broke the story that the e-mails that Time turned over to the prosecutor that day reveal that Karl Rove is the source Matt Cooper is protecting. That provoked Ro.....- 7/3/2005 10:19:00 AM
How Our Congressional Representatives Voted This Week (salon) Houston ChronicleSenate•1. Energy tax breaks: Approved, 85-12, a package (HR 6) of tax incentives, regulatory relief, environmental waivers and other policy changes designed to reduce U.S. dependence .....- 7/3/2005 10:11:37 AM
Enacting "No Teacher Left Behind"- In Salaries (salon) Press-TelegramThis is a bizarre and unsettling time in the lives of students, parents and teachers. It is a time when school lets out, and hundreds of thousands of teachers start their second jobs to .....- 7/3/2005 8:53:21 AM
Afghanistan Roundup (salon) Afghan 'civilians' die in US raidUS military officials concede civilians may have been killed during Friday's bombing raids on a suspected Taleban hideout in eastern Afghanistan. US fighter planes car.....- 7/3/2005 8:41:21 AM
Bush in 2000 Debates- No Nation Building and an Exit Strategy-What Happened? (salon) Debate TranscriptMODERATOR: New question. How would you go about as president deciding when it was in the national interest to use U.S. force, generally? BUSH: Well, if it's in our vital national inte.....- 7/3/2005 8:13:36 AM
Rory Mayberry on His Experience Working with Halliburton In Iraq (salon) Testimony before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee - Excerpts-Mayberry worked there from Feb 2004 to April 2004When I was assigned to the dining facility, KBR managers informed me that there were.....- 7/3/2005 7:55:05 AM
Lawrence O Donnell Confirms via Huffington Post that Rove was Cooper's Source (salon) I revealed in yesterday's taping of the McLaughlin Group that Time magazine's emails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source. I have known this for months but didn't want to say it at a ti.....- 7/2/2005 11:47:17 PM
The "'We Invaded Iraq Because there Were WMD and We Found them'" Myth (salon) We heard again today the erroneous viewpoint that WMD were found in Iraq.  We aren't sure why anyone believes this at this point, but we'll recap the data. Counterpunch-Who Said What WhenSep 8, 2002- .....- 7/2/2005 8:49:17 PM
Lawrence O'Donnell Said that the Time Plame documents identify Rove as the source (salon) Editor and Publisher[In another development, senior MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell said Friday night on the TV talk show The McLaughlin Group that he had learned that the Cooper documents .....- 7/1/2005 11:29:47 PM
Iraq Roundup (salon) Water Plant Fire in Bagdhad leaves millions without water.A mortar attack sparked a fire Friday that forced authorities to shut down a water plant, leaving millions of weary Baghdad residents with dry.....- 7/1/2005 6:13:26 PM
Chinese and Russia Form Alliance for Multi-Polar World-Mutual Respect for Sovereignty (salon) "All countries of the world must strictly abide by the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in internal affairs of each .....- 7/1/2005 5:42:18 PM
Robin Hood Stays (salon) In a carbon copy of school finance legislation approved in May, the Senate passed a bill Thursday that would raise teacher salaries, cut school property taxes and require schools to start classes afte.....- 7/1/2005 5:27:49 PM
US Misled UK over Iraq fire bombs (successors to Vietnam's napalm) (salon) BackgroundThe government was asked yesterday to explain why the US failed to tell it the truth about use on Iraq of incendiary bombs, successors to the napalm used in Vietnam. The MoD repeatedly denie.....- 7/1/2005 4:17:08 PM
USAToday's Al Neuharth on What Iraq Needs is A Walter Cronkite (salon) President Bush went on the air this week to pretend again that things are OK in Iraq. Shades of President Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam nearly 40 years ago....The crucial difference between Vietnam and I.....- 7/1/2005 4:02:23 PM
Blair Tries Again-This Time with the Breach of UN Resolutions False Argument (salon) Harry Shearer via Huffington PostTony Blair, still hoping to get support from President Bush at the upcoming G8 summit for his pie-in-Africa proposals, stepped up to the plate one more time in an AP i.....- 7/1/2005 4:00:30 PM
Bush Administration Hires a PR Firm to Convince Americans the US Can and Is Winning the War in Iraq (salon) As the article from the Washington Post says, this is  "the very same White House that outwardly exudes contempt for polls". Baker and Balz write: "When President Bush confidently predi.....- 7/1/2005 3:59:15 PM
Republicans Shoot Down a Democratic Amendment That Would Stop the Credit Card Practice of Universal Default (salon) What is Universal Default?Even if you make your credit card payments on time, the credit card bank can raise your interest rate automatically if you're late on payments elsewhere -- such as on another.....- 7/1/2005 1:38:49 PM
There is no "'Solution'" to the Iraq Mess (salon) Juan ColeI have been reading the debate . . . on "What next in Iraq?" ("Unilateral withdrawal? UN forces? Staying the course?") with great interest. There is a way, however, in whi.....- 6/30/2005 11:00:12 PM
The fallacy -Have to fight them over there so that we don't have to fight them here (salon) Juan ColeArguing with BushBush's speech."The terrorists who attacked us and the terrorists we face murder in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance and despises.....- 6/30/2005 7:30:53 PM
The Corporate Media's Sudden Fascination with the Newly-elected Iranian President (salon) Hooman Majd via Huffington PostThe story that the President-elect of Iran may have been one of the student hostage-takers in Tehran in 1979 seems to be gaining some momentum and the media, finding the.....- 6/30/2005 7:25:05 PM
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