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Chet Edwards Votes This Week (salon) Houston Chronicle: 1. Iraq War Budget: Approved, 368-58, the conference report on a bill (HR 1268) providing $76 billion this fiscal year for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This brings tota.....- 5/8/2005 11:40:35 AM
Result of Bush's Cuts to the National Park Service are Increases in Poaching (salon) Good to know that a number of congressmen are sending a bill for more funding to Congress shortly, to counteract the cuts Bush has made, despite saying he would not. The nation's leading park advocacy.....- 5/7/2005 11:58:47 PM
Roundup of Bush's Anti-Environment Plan to Stop Forest Protections (salon) National Environmental Trust- Bush Administration Ends Safeguards for Pristine National Forests; Aim is Logging, Mining, Drilling Conservationists ChargeToday the Bush Administration announced that it.....- 5/7/2005 11:52:14 PM
Like the Medicaid Prescription Drug Benefit? Bush Wants to Cut Your Food Stamps (salon) The rationale is that if an elderly person has to spend less of his or her money on prescription drugs, he won't need food stamps. Dr. Mark B. McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and .....- 5/7/2005 9:30:45 PM
Kissy Faces Won't Help Bush With Gas Prices (salon) Newsweek talks about what else can go wrong for BushBush and Prince Abdullah-all that lip action and hand holding couldn't get Abdullah to give a price break to Bush on gas prices.The article discusse.....- 5/7/2005 9:20:40 PM
FOIA Questions about the Pentagon Channel (salon) The one-year anniversary of the launch of the Pentagon Channel is coming up on May 14, 2005 We had some questions about the Pentagon Channel, and the answers we received have raised some more which we.....- 5/7/2005 5:12:16 PM
Bush is Protested by Netherlanders-Thousands of Dutch Turn out (salon) If you want to stop terrorism, stop participating in itUPDATE: MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) -- Thousands of anti-war activists protested U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to the Netherlands on Sat.....- 5/7/2005 1:52:48 PM
Latvian Protestor Reaction to Bush's Visit (salon) If you want to stop terrorism, stop participating in itUPDATE: MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) -- Thousands of anti-war activists protested U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to the Netherlands on Sat.....- 5/7/2005 10:09:09 AM
Glen Rose GRISD Proposes Start Date of August 16th, 2005 for 2005-2006 School Year (salon) TEA's date for school to start, for the state, is August 20th and GRISD must seek a waiver to start it earlier, as well as hold a public hearing to discuss comments for or against. Minutes from the Fe.....- 5/7/2005 8:37:15 AM
Media Types Serve Different Purposes (salon) Television, by its very nature, is not a medium optimized for careful thought and introspection in the same way that reading a book, a newspaper article or a article online is. The book "Amusing .....- 5/7/2005 8:26:44 AM
Reid Calls Bush a "Loser" and he's Wrong Because (salon) Television, by its very nature, is not a medium optimized for careful thought and introspection in the same way that reading a book, a newspaper article or a article online is. The book "Amusing .....- 5/7/2005 7:44:47 AM
Court Rules Against FCC's Broadcast Flag Rule (salon) BackgroundWe're pleased to see that the court ruled against the FCC's Broadcast Rule. In the case of the American Library Association versus FCC and Motion Picture Association of America, the court ru.....- 5/7/2005 7:15:42 AM
MEPI-what are the programs? (salon) We are interested in finding out more about MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative), particularly the education outreach programs. MEPI is a Democratization program. The Department of State has this.....- 5/7/2005 12:00:36 AM
Senator Judd Greg, Republican, Cares about Clean Water- Will Block Shielding MTBE Makers (salon) Unlike Tom DeLay, who pushed through the provision in the ill-advised energy bill that would prevent manufacturers who knowingly have been putting MTBE into the water, Judd Greg cares. CONCORD, N.H. M.....- 5/6/2005 10:37:02 PM
Polls Consistently Show that the only thing people support with Social Security is raising the cap (salon) Unlike Tom DeLay, who pushed through the provision in the ill-advised energy bill that would prevent manufacturers who knowingly have been putting MTBE into the water, Judd Greg cares. CONCORD, N.H. M.....- 5/6/2005 10:26:06 PM
88 Members of Congress Call Upon Bush to Explain Iraq Secret Memo (salon) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you soughtCongressional authorization go to war.Chet Edwards is not among them. Why not?We write because of troubling revelati.....- 5/6/2005 10:13:07 PM
Clergymen Need to Stay out of Electioneering (salon) HR 235 seeks to amend the IRS tax code to permit clergymen to endorse political candidates from their religious podiums, and still maintain a tax exemption.Much as the religious extremists would like .....- 5/6/2005 9:48:51 PM
Reaction from the White House on the memo that shows Bush Made the Intelligence Fit His Iraq Policy (salon) Background:The principal U.S. intelligence analysis, called a National Intelligence Estimate, wasn't completed until October 2002, well after the United States and United Kingdom had apparently decide.....- 5/6/2005 5:28:25 PM
Republicans Vote Down Amendment to Ban Propaganda from the Department of Education (salon) On the pretext that this resolution was embarrassing to Bush, Republicans voted down a resolution which would have prevented the Department of Education from being able to produce and distribute VNR p.....- 5/6/2005 12:46:29 AM
American Jobs-Outsourced? Yes, but also H1b Guest Worker Visas to bring in people to take jobs (salon) We read the other day that Bill Gates is all for H-1b Visas. In fact, he backhanded the expertise and intelligence of Americans at the same time that he said asking for removal of cap limits on the nu.....- 5/6/2005 7:23:16 PM
Oll for Food Program Versus Bush Administration Mishandling of Iraqi Funds (salon) Left CoasterThe next time you hear our opponents on the right complain about Saddam, the UN, and the lack of accountability with the Oil for Food program, remember that the Bush Administration seems t.....- 5/5/2005 4:53:06 PM
Lugar Continues His Heavy-Handed Rush Through of Bolton (salon) We read in the Washington Note that Sen Lugar, on the heels of attempting to shut down any type of discussion about Bolton's qualifications, including additional hearings from those who had unfortunat.....- 5/5/2005 4:48:24 PM
GOP Retracts Slanderous Report (Altering Congressional Record) (salon) Background:Republicans realize that their tactics are underhanded and wrong, since they have agreed to do as they should have, in the first place, ie, writing unaltered data into the Congressional Rec.....- 5/5/2005 4:31:37 PM
The Real ID Act-Sneaked into the military appropriations bill HR 1268 passed today (salon) We can't fault Chet Edwards for wanting to make certain there is enough money to support the troops properly, and thereby voting for appropriations. We do take issue with 2 other items, however. One i.....- 5/5/2005 2:21:38 PM
Cheney's Town Hall Meeting in Smyrna (salon) Cheney, at a town hall meeting on May 2, 2005  that was populated by Republicansthere are a number of members of Congress of the other faith who have said that we don't need to do anythingCheney is no.....- 5/4/2005 10:34:45 PM
Latinos and Social Security-The Bush Snake Oil Show and The Latino Coalition (salon) The Washington Post had an article today about Bush's visit to one particular group, meeting in Washington, DC, The Latino Coalition. Since Bush is notorious for speaking to groups that only agree wit.....- 5/4/2005 8:36:44 PM
Anti-US Protest in Berlin (salon) The Washington Post had an article today about Bush's visit to one particular group, meeting in Washington, DC, The Latino Coalition. Since Bush is notorious for speaking to groups that only agree wit.....- 5/4/2005 5:59:14 PM
Cheerleading Bill- Tommy Merritt (salon) The Washington Post had an article today about Bush's visit to one particular group, meeting in Washington, DC, The Latino Coalition. Since Bush is notorious for speaking to groups that only agree wit.....- 5/4/2005 5:30:17 PM
Voter ID Bill Hits Snag in the Texas Senate (salon) Star-TelegramThe same day the House gave final approval to a bill requiring Texans to show at least one form of identification before voting, Senate Democrats said they have the support to block the b.....- 5/4/2005 5:28:07 PM
Where Part of the Iraq Appropriations Bill Money Goes (salon) As you read this, consider the Social Security trust fund in contrastMR. FILKINS:  Yeah.  There's actually a company in Baghdad that does nothing except offer rides to the airport and back.  They've g.....- 5/4/2005 1:55:50 PM
Even Trent Lott is Against Bush's Social Security Privitazation and Indexing Scheme (salon) From Bush's Canton, Mississippi Snake Oil ShowEven some Republicans object. After Bush's speech here, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., told reporters he has qualms about Bush's latest plan to change the way .....- 5/4/2005 1:46:16 PM
Another Unpleasant Aspect of the Energy Bill-Exemptions from the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act (salon) More examples of why this Energy Bill is a giveaway to the Energy corporationsBut in the future, companies like Barrett that produce oil and gas in the Rocky Mountain West may not have to undergo that.....- 5/4/2005 1:24:56 PM
Brazil Spurns US AIDS money due to US idealogical restrictions (salon) Brazil became the first country to reject Bush's AIDS money due to US stipulations on where and how the money could be spentThe demand from the US administration, heavily influenced by the religious r.....- 5/4/2005 12:50:19 PM
Self-Serving Republican Carter Casteel on the Texas Cheerleading Bill (salon) Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, agreed legislators should not be legislating morality or telling people what to do, but she voted for the bill."Sometimes as adults, we should say there are .....- 5/4/2005 12:29:39 PM
Gay GOP Consultant, After Wedding His Partner, Starts Smearing Hillary Clinton (salon) Arthur Finkelstein believes that marriage for gays is good, since he, in New York, married his partner, in order to ensure that the partner had the same financial protections as heterosexual couples. .....- 5/4/2005 12:01:21 PM
Advertisers Launching an Assault on Captive Consumers (salon) We read on Wired of a project that a media research firm is doing, at great expense, to find out precisely what triggers people to spend money. To that end, the participants in the program, Project Ap.....- 5/4/2005 11:38:28 AM
The Army Deliberately Withheld Information about Pat Tillman's Death (salon) including keeping it from his family. The Army knew before Pat Tillman's memorial service that Pat had been killed by friendly fire, but lied to the public.The first Army investigator who looked into .....- 5/3/2005 10:51:49 PM
Pat Robertson Equates Judges with Al Qaida (salon) Off the edge. We contrast the comments from President Bush in his speech the other night, which were tolerant and promoted American values of respect for others, regardless of their race, religion or .....- 5/3/2005 10:48:41 PM
Double Standard on Jokes-Where are Republican's Moral Values? (salon) We've watched the video of Laura Bush telling jokes at the White House Correspondent Dinner. Among other things, she said she, Lynn Cheney, Condi Rice, and by extension the female Supreme Court judges.....- 5/3/2005 10:12:05 PM
Showing Respect for Official Records that Posterity Will Read (salon) Today we heard Rep Nadler introduce a resolution in which he asks for a supplement to the Congressional Record re: The Child Notification Act, due to Sensenbrenner altering his and other resolution wo.....- 5/3/2005 7:50:17 PM
Armbrister's Water Bill Passes the Senate (salon) Originally the bill called for a sales tax on water usage. Dallas Morning News AUSTIN – A bill aimed at improving the state's management of surface and groundwater and promoting water conservation won.....- 5/3/2005 6:08:49 PM
How Will Sexually Suggestive Cheerleading be Determined? (salon) The Cheerleader bill is moving through the Texas House, HB 1476. relating to regulation of certain sexually suggestive performances at public school events. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STA.....- 5/3/2005 5:48:22 PM
Road Rage Bill-HB 1249 (salon) Here's one we agree with. If a person, through "aggressive driving" aka road rage, causes death to others, he or she can be charged with a felony. Star-TelegramTexans who drive while angry a.....- 5/3/2005 5:36:45 PM
Texas Bully Act-HB 283 (salon) Star-TelegramStudents pestered by bullies would get some relief under a bill tentatively approved Monday by the House."This bill simply allows a young person who is being bullied to ask for a tra.....- 5/3/2005 5:21:28 PM
Voting in Iraq versus Texas (salon) "Do you know that Mary Denny's bill would make it harder to vote in Texas than it is for people in Afghanistan and Iraq?"REP. RAFAEL ANCHIA, D-DALLAS,criticizing the Republican lawmaker's bi.....- 5/3/2005 5:09:14 PM
Iraq Doesn't Have Freedom of the Press (salon) Authorities in Iraq, including Iraqi security forces, are attacking Iraqi reporters.Although Baghdad is the main hub for Iraqi journalists, complaints have poured in from other provinces, said Ibrahim.....- 5/3/2005 4:40:03 PM
DeLay Billboards in Houston Area (salon) Lobbyists Sent Tom DeLay golfing, all you got was this billboard. Update from the Houston Chronicle:Think the sniping over U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's ethics might fade away anytime soon?Read the signs.A le.....- 5/3/2005 3:50:28 PM
Eco Watch- Texas Environment (salon) Houston Chronicle:NEW SUPERFUND. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed adding Pelican Bay, an underground plume of contaminated water in Tarrant County, to the federal Superfund, or hazard.....- 5/3/2005 3:45:36 PM
Fluff in the Morning-Another Newspaper wakes up to the fact that the "News" is Tabloid (salon) Hartford CourantSpeaking of cable news, you'd think they'd pride themselves as being different from the broadcast shows. Instead, they've been trying harder to be more like them. There are more substa.....- 5/3/2005 3:28:09 PM
Joe Barton Hawks His Energy Bill in the Dallas Morning News (salon) More of a press release, the proud man who fought for the right of companies to pollute water, avoid being sued by the public, and make communities pay for cleanup as an unfunded mandate needs to have.....- 5/3/2005 2:51:33 PM
Staying at the Gambling Table After You Know the Game is Fixed (salon) E J Dionne in the Washington Post has an excellent article today about Bush's Social Security rigged game. He speaks clearly and succinctly about a feeling that we have had lately, that the Republican.....- 5/3/2005 2:06:06 PM
Gallup Poll Internals after Bush's Press Conference Speech (salon) Left Coaster has the breakdown:Want to know the worst thing about those poor results for Bush? They came from a poll that had a sample comprised of the following party ID:Republicans 33.8%Independents.....- 5/3/2005 12:46:25 PM
Bush's Continuing Lack of Judgement Over Bolton (salon) Bush continues to push Bolton to be ambassador of the UN, even though* Angrily chased Melody Townsel, a Dallas businesswoman, through hallways in a Moscow hotel 10 years ago in a dispute over a govern.....- 5/3/2005 11:16:08 AM
Consider how easy it would be to cut Social Security if it were to be defined as a minority program (salon) which is what Bush is pitching. His Social Security "plan" includes private accounts, which would act as a carve out of funds (otherwise why wouldn't he be pitching 401k investment plans?). .....- 5/3/2005 12:25:43 AM
Bush Only Pretended To Stop Pitching His Social Security Flim Flam Show (salon) How much is this costing? How much time is Bush spending away from the White House doing his job? Now, Bush says he also supports a change in the way annual benefit increases are calculated, so that f.....- 5/3/2005 12:16:07 AM
Supreme Court Agreed to Hear Case on Campus Recruiting (salon) The case is Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, 04-1152. Law schools have policies of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Military has policies that discrim.....- 5/2/2005 11:59:57 PM
What the Real ID Act (HR 1268) will require (salon) The legislation that deals with illegal immigration, driver's licenses, Homeland Security being able to acquire border property without due process, is in tentative stages to be passed by the House an.....- 5/2/2005 11:15:10 PM
Democratic Senators Represent the Majority of Constituents in this Country (salon) The legislation that deals with illegal immigration, driver's licenses, Homeland Security being able to acquire border property without due process, is in tentative stages to be passed by the House an.....- 5/2/2005 11:11:09 PM
UK's Hoon Saw Early Iraq Legal Advice About Illegality of the Iraq War (salon) From BBC News:Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon saw the attorney general's early advice on the Iraq war, he has revealed. The advice, given to the prime minister on 7 March was not shown to a full Cabinet .....- 5/2/2005 9:58:23 PM
TX Senate Budget Fix for the Schools? Hike Sales Tax (salon) Texans would pay higher sales, cigarette and alcohol taxes and more businesses would be forced to pay a state tax under a school finance proposal put forth today by a Senate committee. The plan is des.....- 5/2/2005 9:53:08 PM
Voters in Tom DeLay's District 22 Disapprove of his Job Performance (salon) First poll we've seen where a majority of voters believe DeLay is doing a poor job.In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job Tom DeLay is doing as Congressman? 51 percent disapproved 42 perc.....- 5/2/2005 9:47:19 PM
Speechwriter C Landon Parvin-Where ARE those Weapons of Mass Destruction? (salon) Most people remember Bush\'s tasteless joke he told at the White House Correspondent Dinner a couple of years ago, in which he made fun of looking for those Weapons of Mass Destruction under his o.....- 5/2/2005 11:29:49 AM
Tomlinson to Association of Public Television Stations-Make Sure Programming Better Reflects Republican Mandate (salon) He did say that was a joke.Kenneth Tomlinson is exerting pressure on PBS to be less biased, prompting concerns that by doing so he is a threat to editorial at the local level's independence. He also t.....- 5/2/2005 1:51:59 AM
Hand Geometry Used as Access Method for Theme Parks (salon) We commented before on the TSA using various access control methods for airports. What we didn't realize is that theme parks such as Disney World and Busch Gardens use this instead of photo identifica.....- 5/2/2005 1:45:12 AM
Should the US employ pre-emptive nuclear strikes against other countries without congressional approval? (salon) We read today that the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Services has prepared a paper in which they want to allow regional combatant commanders to request the president for approval to carry ou.....- 5/1/2005 11:36:17 PM
How Our Texas Congressional Representatives Voted This Last Week (salon) Senate• Judge J. Michael Seabright: Confirmed, 98-0, J. Michael Seabright, 46, as a federal judge for the District of Hawaii. Since President Bush took office in January 2001, the Senate has confirmed.....- 5/1/2005 3:00:06 PM
Warren Buffett Calls Bush's Social Security Idea (salon) Warren Buffett, the 74-year-old chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and his 81-year-old partner, Charlie Munger, launched an impassioned defense of Social Security at the company's annual meeting Saturday.....- 5/1/2005 12:16:18 PM
Legallity of the Iraq War (salon) We read in Left Coaster about the direction the United States decided to take, for pre-emptive war, and based on regime change, for invading Iraq. Some enlightening information has come out about this.....- 5/1/2005 12:17:35 AM
TimeLine for Iraq War (Showing Bush Lied) (salon) Bush takes office. Paul O'Neill says that he was planning to attack Iraq right away and looking for a pretext to do it.A top official sacked from the US Government has accused President Bush of planni.....- 4/30/2005 11:57:39 PM
Bush Had Planned To Go to War in Iraq in 2002 and Was Looking for a Reason to Invade (salon) How do we know this? Through documents released about Blair's Secret Plans for War. James Wolcott references the UK newspapers.We got ourselves a right devastating expose. Some of us always suspected .....- 4/30/2005 9:51:24 PM
Bush's Attitude about Protesters a Natural Extension of the Bush Doctrine (salon) We now, in this country, are fostering a belief that the United States is an empire, able by dint of being the only world's superpower, to foist our ideas on other countries, ignoring their sovereign .....- 4/30/2005 11:18:55 AM
Photos of the fallen (salon) Pentagon released photos of returned soldiers who fell in battle after being forced to by Freedom of Information ActThomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive, which actively uses the F.....- 4/29/2005 10:48:48 PM
Clinton Tells Anti-War Proponents to Put Feelings Aside (salon) In an article in which Clinton blasts Bush's energy policy as "dumb economics", Clinton also said this:But Clinton encouraged Americans to support democracy in Iraq, and said they should enc.....- 4/29/2005 9:29:44 PM
California Law would ban RFID chips in IDs-how will this work with the Real ID Act (salon) California is passing a bill that would put strict limits on the use of RFID tags on all state-issued identity documents, including driver's licenses. (One example of how RFID tags were used in a dehu.....- 4/29/2005 6:31:12 PM
More on Minority Report Pre-Crime Actions by the Bush Administration (salon) BackgroundA different example. You are walking through the mall and have a t-shirt on expressing an opinion about something some might find objectionable. The security police rush up to you and eject .....- 4/29/2005 3:56:51 PM
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