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Republicans Ignored Warnings on Veterans (salon) BackgroundSHORTFALL WARNING: Several House Republicans cautioned that not enough money was being budgeted this year for veterans health care given the number of soldiers returning from  {activateYQinl.....- 7/16/2005 1:24:49 PM
Finger Scanning-Not Just for Season Ticket Holders at Disney Anymore (salon) The addition of finger scanning technology at the entrances of Walt Disney World theme parks for all visitors has caused concern among privacy advocates, according to a Local 6 News report. Tourists v.....- 7/16/2005 12:25:41 AM
Rove-Plame Roundup (salon) AP Corrects Story About Valerie Plame, Says Media Matters for AmericaIn an Associated Press article originally issued the morning of July 15, 2005, a statement by former ambassador Joe Wilson was fals.....- 7/15/2005 6:31:32 PM
Bush's Invitation-Only CAFTA Meeting (salon) Washington PostJim Morrill and Tim Funk write in the Charlotte Observer: "President Bush will visit a Belmont textile plant Friday during a whirlwind visit to shore up thin Southern support for a.....- 7/15/2005 5:37:58 PM
Last Year, the US leak harmed the UK Al Qaida Sting-this year, one of the suspects in London Bomb connected (salon) Last yearThe effort by U.S. officials to justify raising the terror alert level last week may have shut down an important source of information that has already led to a series of al Qaeda arrests, Pa.....- 7/15/2005 3:38:05 PM
Department of Energy Not Giving Congress Requested Data on Yucca Mountain-Subpoenas Next (salon) Rep. Jon Porter set a new deadline Wednesday for the Energy Department to hand over documents related to Yucca Mountain workers' e-mails. Porter, R-Nev., gave DOE officials until Monday to comply with.....- 7/15/2005 8:11:59 AM
Military Lawyers Fought the Justice Department's Torture Definition and How it Would be Applied (salon) Three top military lawyers said yesterday that they lodged complaints about the Justice Department's definition of torture and how it would be applied to interrogations of enemy prisoners captured by .....- 7/15/2005 8:08:45 AM
General Miller Contradicts His Sworn Testimony to Congress-Pentagon More Involved Than They Said (salon) An Army general who has been criticized for his role in the treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has contradicted his sworn congressional testimo.....- 7/15/2005 8:06:26 AM
The Politicization of Corporation for Public Broadcasting-Major Bush Donor Cheryl Halpern (salon) A leading Republican donor who once suggested that public broadcasting journalists should be penalized for biased programs is the top candidate to succeed the controversial chairman at the Corporation.....- 7/15/2005 8:04:18 AM
The smears on Joseph Wilson don't change the facts about No Niger Yellowcake Sale to Saddam (salon) Background:The Republican Smear Machine is in overdrive telling obvious lies about Joseph Wilson, as they always do. However, the bottom line is that Joseph Wilson was correct- Niger wasn't selling ur.....- 7/15/2005 12:07:37 AM
Letter from an Iraqi to the London People-Our Dead Have Names, Too (salon) This letter is for the British people, and in particular, the residents of London. For a period of hours, you have lived through moments of desperate anxiety and horror. In those hours you lost a memb.....- 7/14/2005 3:21:19 PM
US Refuses, as per promise, to turn over control of the internet to international body, creating controversy (salon) Who controls the Internet? Why, the US of course.Despite previous promises to turn control of the Internet's root servers over to an international body, the US on June 30 announced it would indefinite.....- 7/14/2005 3:17:41 PM
Mexico Will Not Sign Pact Giving US Military Immunity in Criminal Courts (salon) Wednesday they have already made it clear to Washington that they will not sign a pact to grant U.S. military personnel special immunity from the International Criminal Court. U.S. President George W......- 7/14/2005 3:07:09 PM
Rove -Plame Roundup (salon) The Republican spin machine is in full smear mode. Norm Coleman is one of those chosen as spokesman to defend Karl Rove. Bloomberg News has an article that says that Wilson's Iraq assertions hold up u.....- 7/14/2005 3:05:40 PM
Abu Ghraib Abuse Was First Practiced at Guantanemo Bay -Miller Involvement (salon) Revelation of this information shows that the "few bad apples" theory the Bush administration and Pentagon had been trying to put over on the public is simply not true.Interrogators at the U.....- 7/14/2005 2:38:14 PM
Homeland Security-The Senate Ignores Chertoff's Appeal to Distribute Money Based on Risk-Goes for Pork (salon) This was a sad week for the war on terror. The Senate voted, disgracefully, to shift homeland security money from high-risk areas to low-risk ones - a step that is likely to mean less money to defend .....- 7/14/2005 7:11:35 AM
Anti-Bush Protester Sues Houston Police Department Officer For Violating his Free-Speech Rights (salon) Chris Kelly, 43, is suing officer David Weaver, 37, 10 unidentified officers and an unidentified supervisor for arresting him and issuing a misdemeanor citation listing his offense as "Carrying a.....- 7/14/2005 6:45:33 AM
Senate Democrats Call for an Inquiry into Halliburton-Expired Food (salon) Background:Senate Democrats on Wednesday called for an investigation into allegations that Halliburton Co. served food that had passed its expiration date by as much as a year to U.S. troops in Iraq.R.....- 7/14/2005 6:01:37 AM
Texas House versus Texas Senate and Open Meetings (salon) Shadow lege House members get smacked around for not recording all their votes, and they're getting pretty annoyed that the Senate gets to take the high road by roll-calling each one. But the Senate a.....- 7/14/2005 1:13:11 AM
Perry Puts the Telcom Scam Into the Special Session-Mayors Line Up against It (salon) Within hours, state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, was trying to line up the votes for legislation that would lift state controls on local phone rates and create a statewide franchise for cable an.....- 7/14/2005 12:28:24 AM
Iraq War Roundup (salon) Military Deaths as of today-1759A wounded boy stands outside his destroyed house at the site where a suicide car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing 32 children.(AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye) An Iraqi mother, wh.....- 7/13/2005 9:49:05 PM
McClellan Says Press Took a Pound of His Flesh, Rep King (NY) Says Media Should be Shot (salon) King on Scarborough CountryAnd Joe Wilson has no right to complain. And I think people like Tim Russert and the others, who gave this guy such a free ride and all the media, they're the ones to be sho.....- 7/13/2005 9:26:52 PM
Pelosi Statement on Rove and Bush (salon) The American people deserve the truth about who in the White House recklessly disclosed the identity of a CIA clandestine service officer, endangering our national security. The first   {activateYQinl.....- 7/13/2005 8:51:01 PM
NBC-Wall Street Journal Poll: Bush Honesty Drops to Lowest Point (salon) Regarding Bush’s upcoming pick to replace O’Connor on the court, moreover, the poll shows that strong majorities believe Bush would be taking a step in the right direction if he appointed a woman and .....- 7/13/2005 8:47:53 PM
Happy Talk of "Full Cooperation" from Presidents and what it Means (salon) Helen ThomasSomehow, I feel we have been here before with White House scandals. Every time an official investigation gets underway involving the White House, a president always promises "full coo.....- 7/13/2005 8:25:23 PM
The Love-Fest for Judith Miller is Misguided (salon)  In the midst of the media's love-fest for Judith Miller, First Amendment Martyr, it's easy to forget that Miller's questionable journalistic ethics left her in the doghouse only a year ago. It was Mi.....- 7/13/2005 7:48:33 PM
Congress Asked to Close Student Loan Loophole (salon) The secretary of education, Margaret Spellings, on Friday joined the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, in asking Congress to close a loophole t.....- 7/13/2005 5:46:09 PM
The Big Lie About Valerie Plame -Served up by Republicans (salon) TPMCafeThe lies by people like Victoria Toensing, Representative Peter King, and P. J. O'Rourke insist that Valerie was nothing, just a desk jockey.  Yet, until Robert Novak betrayed her she was still.....- 7/13/2005 3:35:05 PM
TX Legislators Can't Decide About Property Taxes for Schools, but Both Branches Vote Themselves a Pension Raise (salon) The vote was non-recorded so that the public can't know how they voted.The House and Senate haven't agreed on how to cut school property taxes, but both chambers approved bills Tuesday that would boos.....- 7/13/2005 3:22:56 PM
TRMPAC- Judge Rules that GOP operative should stand trial for money-laundering (salon) Austin-American Statesman  - Background - Texans for a Republican Majority tried to claim that it wasn't money-laundering if "checks" were used instead of cash. The judge didn't agree. State.....- 7/13/2005 1:38:18 PM
Pentagon Misses July 11th Deadline in Which They were to Specify Plans for Training Iraqis and Troop Levels (salon) The Bush administration yesterday came under more pressure to outline the number of American forces that may need to stay in Iraq over the next two years after the Pentagon failed to meet a 60-day dea.....- 7/13/2005 1:30:55 PM
Bush Stonewalls for a Second Day (salon) Yesterday he refused to answer questions about Karl Rove's obvious lie. Today, he said he will not prejudge the CIA investigation and Karl's role. President Bush said on Wednesday he would withhold ju.....- 7/13/2005 12:40:12 PM
Rebutting the Republican Talking Points That Seek to Divert Attention from the WMD Issue-Joseph Wilson (salon) Background - In response to the knowledge that Karl Rove lied about Joseph Wilson, the Republicans distributed talking points designed to divert attention away from the issues as well as smear (again).....- 7/13/2005 12:30:30 PM
Texas House Backs Eminent Domain Limits (salon) BackgroundSeeking to circumvent a recent, controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Texas House on Tuesday approved a measure to prohibit state or local governments from seizing homes and other p.....- 7/13/2005 7:10:01 AM
White House Stonewalls for Second Day about Rove's Involvement with Plame Investigation (salon) President Bush was asked directly if he planned do fire Rove, since he had said before he would fire anyone involved, and he refused to answer. Then, at the White House Press Briefing, for the second .....- 7/12/2005 10:33:52 PM
Prime Minister of Iraq Criticizes US for Civilian Deaths (salon) From an article that describes a wave of attacks that kill nearly 50.Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, meanwhile, criticized U.S. and multinational forces for shooting at Iraqi civilians who act susp.....- 7/12/2005 2:51:30 PM
Chet Edwards on Vet Spending (salon) - 7/12/2005 11:46:06 AM
Hillary Clinton Compares Bush to Alfred E Neuman (salon) "I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman is in charge in Washington," she said during the inaugural Aspen Ideas Festival, organized by the Aspen Institute, a non-partisan think tank.The forme.....- 7/12/2005 6:19:51 AM
Bush Says US Will Not Retreat in the Face of the Enemy-But then Orders US Soldiers To Stay Out of London (salon) Thousands of US military personnel based in the UK have been banned by commanders from travelling to London in the wake of Thursday's bomb attacks. Personnel, most of them from US Air Force units at R.....- 7/12/2005 6:09:13 AM
Independents Getting Buyer's Remorse (salon) Beginning with Terri SchiavoJust nine months after giving George W. Bush the crucial swing votes he needed to best John Kerry, political independents are bolting out of the Republican Big Tent. Angere.....- 7/12/2005 6:02:53 AM
Wounded Warrior Project Cycling Across America to Highlight US Remembering the Wounded (salon) Washington PostHeath Calhoun is cycling across America. Because he has no legs, he is doing this with his hands, pushing his pedals mightily up the sides of mountains, through rolling stretches of far.....- 7/12/2005 5:27:57 AM
Court Rules that lawsuit against Custer Battles Can Go Ahead (salon) Background- Custer Battles, it is claimed, defrauded the US government but said they couldn't be sued because the money paid to them was by the US led Coaltion Provisional Authority. In what is seen a.....- 7/12/2005 5:03:53 AM
Iraq War Casualty Map (salon) - 7/12/2005 12:32:59 AM
Landmark Stone Building (salon) - 7/11/2005 11:44:15 PM
Texas to be fined for going over TAKS percentage (salon) TAKS exemptions are now limited to 3 percent, to begin next school year.It's unclear whether Texas met the 5 percent requirement for the 2004-05 school year, Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie .....- 7/11/2005 2:16:54 PM
Karl Rove/Plame Roundup (salon) Talking Points Memo asks if Luskin blew it for Rove? TPM also inquires into Luskin's background here and here.Around 7:30 on Wednesday morning, Mr. Cooper had said goodbye to his son, resigned to his .....- 7/11/2005 1:59:57 PM
Iraq War Roundup (salon) U.S. Army Staff. Sgt. Brian Neuman takes a drink of water during a stop Monday, July 11, 2005 in Annapolis, Md., as part of Soldier Ride 2005. A group of wounded soldiers are nearing the end of a 4,20.....- 7/11/2005 1:20:31 PM
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 7/8/2005 8:35:02 PM
Glen Rose Town Meeting March 14, 2005 (salon) - 7/8/2005 8:34:12 PM
Somervell County Commissioners Court-March 14,2005 (salon) - 7/8/2005 8:32:59 PM
Glen Rose City Council Meeting Feb 28, 2005 (salon) - 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
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