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Shouldn't the FBI Have to Seek Court Approval for business records? Bush Admin and Republicans don't think so (salon) Bush administration is pushing a plan that would let the FBI avoid asking a judge for approval to demand business records in terror investigations. More of the Patriot Act power grab and an abuse of p.....- 5/19/2005 4:58:27 PM
Another Angle on Bush's Bike Ride While the Capitol Evacuated-Park Service Cuts (salon) We've already expressed amazement several times here that Bush could be bicycling in a location in the middle of the day away from the Capitol... and no one told him that there was a potential attack .....- 5/19/2005 4:31:04 PM
Bush Holds Another Sycophantic Social Security Private Meeting in Wisconsin Today (salon) We continue to wonder why our tax money supports his dog and pony show that is pitched only to supporters and not open to everyone.  {function anonymous(){activateYQinl(this);return false;}}" href="ht.....- 5/19/2005 4:24:35 PM
US Deciding about Sending Posada Out of the Country But Not to the Country Where He Is Charged (salon) Background:Why, when the US insists that the man charged with terrorism in the UK, Babar Ahmed, be extradited to this country, wouldn't Posada be sent back to Venezuala, where he committed the terrori.....- 5/19/2005 4:09:22 PM
Robert Pozen, Architect of Bush's Social Security Plan, Tells Him to Back Away from Private Accounts (salon) Will Bush be reasonable or continue to stubbornly push his "plan" that few want?Investment adviser Robert Pozen issued a statement saying Bush should indicate a willingness to back away from.....- 5/19/2005 3:58:28 PM
Preliminary TAKS test- fewer pass and larger minority gap (salon) Houston Chronicle (the state results in full will be out Friday). Of interest due to Houston being the district that was the model for NCLB.The percentage of Houston ISD students passing the Texas Ass.....- 5/19/2005 2:34:12 PM
TX Senate Cuts Retired Teachers Pensions, But Made Sure to Up Their Own (salon) Background: Texas Senate, in a non-record vote, gave themselves pension raises.Meanwhile, the Senate has been working to decrease pension benefits for retired teachers, via the Teacher Retirement Syst.....- 5/19/2005 11:44:16 AM
APA Wants to Screen All School Students for Mental Health (salon) We read a news release this morning entitled "Celebrities to Protest APA's Plan to Screen All 52 Million School Dhildren For Mental Health". EVENT: Celebrities, civic and state leaders, pare.....- 5/19/2005 8:17:18 AM
Who Contributed to Sid Miller's Campaign? (salon) We read a news release this morning entitled "Celebrities to Protest APA's Plan to Screen All 52 Million School Dhildren For Mental Health". EVENT: Celebrities, civic and state leaders, pare.....- 5/19/2005 12:25:37 AM
Nation's Most Expensive Toll Project-the Trans Texas Corridor TTC (salon) Read the List of Big Money DonorsWhile Propositions 2 & 15 planted the seeds for Texas’ massive toll projects, HB3588 brought those projects to fruition during the 78In the process of creating new.....- 5/19/2005 12:21:40 AM
Friedkin Industries Bush Connection (salon) We read the other day about Governor Goodhair's appointment of T Dan Friedkin to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Today, we read of bill SB1311, which would establish trails for off-road vehic.....- 5/19/2005 12:16:49 AM
Dems Catch Bolton in a Lie (salon) Bolton asked Tenet to help him punish a government intelligence analyst who disagreed with him... and then he lied to the Senate intelligence committee at his hearing.Bolton pushed for months to have .....- 5/18/2005 11:22:09 PM
If Bush Retracted His Own Mistakes The Way He Wants Newsweek To (salon) Mark GreenMy Fellow Americans, In the past few days, the White House asked for and got an apology and retraction from Newsweek for reporting that our military had defamed the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, .....- 5/18/2005 11:05:54 PM
Telecom Bill Stalled in the House (Wi-Fi) (salon) Phil "SBC Lobby Friend" King will try to bring it back up for debate again.He can't let his friends at SBC down, after all, they're paying for the dinner for his staff.Cable companies domina.....- 5/18/2005 5:49:57 PM
If Newsweek's Mistake is "Criminal" Then What are the White House Lies and Fox News Propaganda? (salon) Phil "SBC Lobby Friend" King will try to bring it back up for debate again.He can't let his friends at SBC down, after all, they're paying for the dinner for his staff.Cable companies domina.....- 5/18/2005 5:43:05 PM
The Job Republicans Have Done Getting Out of Our Personal Lives (salon) Phil "SBC Lobby Friend" King will try to bring it back up for debate again.He can't let his friends at SBC down, after all, they're paying for the dinner for his staff.Cable companies domina.....- 5/18/2005 5:41:32 PM
RFID Chips in Passports-here's the company (salon) Etrust has been chosen by Homeland Security as the vendor that will create the RFID chips to be included in all US passports. Since Congress recently passed the Real ID Act requiring "machine rea.....- 5/18/2005 5:33:20 PM
The man who stole Democrat files from Congressional computers works for Bill Frist now (salon) Etrust has been chosen by Homeland Security as the vendor that will create the RFID chips to be included in all US passports. Since Congress recently passed the Real ID Act requiring "machine rea.....- 5/18/2005 5:22:24 PM
Frist "The Cat Killer"'s Hypocrisy Regarding Filibusters (salon) Etrust has been chosen by Homeland Security as the vendor that will create the RFID chips to be included in all US passports. Since Congress recently passed the Real ID Act requiring "machine rea.....- 5/18/2005 5:14:45 PM
Funny Quote from George Galloway (salon) Via Blogenlust"To be accused of a lack of moral character by Senator Norm Coleman is a bit like being told to sit up straight by the Hunchback of Notre Dame."-- George Galloway, just now on .....- 5/18/2005 4:56:09 PM
Stephen F Austin Statue to be built in Angleton (salon) Everyone has seen the Sam Houston statue in Huntsville? The one that was larger than the Giraffe at the Dallas Zoo so the Zoo added height to the tongue of the giraffe to make it taller? Same artist w.....- 5/18/2005 4:22:41 PM
Librarian Talks About the FBI Requesting List of People Reading Particular Book (salon) Congress is considering, in secret, the Patriot Act renewal this week. It's of interest to read one librarian's experience fighting the FBI's request for patron's reading list due to the library's con.....- 5/18/2005 3:01:25 PM
Halliburton Protests Today- to Protest War Profiteering- Shareholders Meeting (salon) Houston ChronicleAbout 250 people protesting Halliburton's involvement in Iraq marched, danced and screamed today around the downtown hotel where the Houston company's annual meeting was being held. P.....- 5/18/2005 2:52:41 PM
Newspapers Around the Country Know Newsweek is Not the Issue (salon) Rutland Herald (Vermont)Newsweek has issued a retraction in connection with a story it wrote claiming that an internal Pentagon report found that U.S. personnel at the Guantanamo prison had flushed pa.....- 5/18/2005 2:32:33 PM
Bush and Newsweek-Cartoon (salon) Rutland Herald (Vermont)Newsweek has issued a retraction in connection with a story it wrote claiming that an internal Pentagon report found that U.S. personnel at the Guantanamo prison had flushed pa.....- 5/18/2005 8:55:29 AM
Small Business Association Gives Federal Loans to Large Business (salon) Rutland Herald (Vermont)Newsweek has issued a retraction in connection with a story it wrote claiming that an internal Pentagon report found that U.S. personnel at the Guantanamo prison had flushed pa.....- 5/17/2005 11:56:42 PM
George Galloway Comes to the US Senate and Shows Up Norm Coleman as an Idiot (salon) Latest game in Washington is to change the subject from the misdeeds of the Bush administration by trying to point fingers at the Oil-For-Food program of the UN. Problem is, reports that Norm Coleman .....- 5/18/2005 12:19:42 AM
Worries about funding Texas Schools- but Lawmakers sneak in a pension raise (salon) And they didn't take a record vote. The pension enhancements will cost another 4 million per year. Under the bill, a lawmaker with 12 years of service could retire at age 50 and immediately begin coll.....- 5/17/2005 10:43:29 PM
Newsweek and Bush's Hypocrisy (salon) Editor and Publisher has an excellent article on how much dark comedy one could find in Scotty McClellan's press conference gaggle today. How is it that he would dare to lecture the Press Corps on cre.....- 5/17/2005 10:09:25 PM
House Republicans Attempting to Sneak Privatization of Social Security into a Retirement Benefits Bill (salon) People don't want privatization but Republicans don't care what their constituents want. Time to vote those up for re-election out in 2006 and get in representatives who truly represent the people in .....- 5/17/2005 9:24:51 PM
Why is the Senate Committee Considering Renewing the Patriot Act Meeting in Secret? (salon) A subject as important as balancing safety versus the values and principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights ought to be aired publicly with as much public participation as possible. It's also m.....- 5/17/2005 9:20:57 PM
Texas Legislators Want to Decide Life and Death Situations for Constituents (salon) We got a call from a friend this afternoon who was irate over a bill (SB 419) passed today in the Texas House. Seems that the bill, which dealt with physician licencing, got an amendment by Will Hartn.....- 5/17/2005 9:08:47 PM
Municipal Wireless-the ban is still in the bill. (salon) We got a call from a friend this afternoon who was irate over a bill (SB 419) passed today in the Texas House. Seems that the bill, which dealt with physician licencing, got an amendment by Will Hartn.....- 5/17/2005 8:51:15 PM
The Right Response to the Bush Newsweek Story (salon) via SirotaThe Associated Press had this yesterday about the Newsweek fiasco:"It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story,&q.....- 5/17/2005 3:20:23 PM
Scotty McClellan's Absurd Ravings Against Newsweek (salon) Little Scotty can't see the irony in what his hot gas face is spewing. The Newsweek Koran-in-a-john controversy--a sad tale--has been seized upon by the White House, the Pentagon and the State Departm.....- 5/16/2005 11:28:37 PM
Sanchez, Who Approved Dogs to Torture Abu Ghraib Prisoners, Tells Graduates To Have High Moral Standards (salon) Little Scotty can't see the irony in what his hot gas face is spewing. The Newsweek Koran-in-a-john controversy--a sad tale--has been seized upon by the White House, the Pentagon and the State Departm.....- 5/16/2005 9:43:21 PM
Texas House Tried to be Sneaky about Same-Sex Marriage Bill (salon) by putting it on the agenda on Saturday night for a public hearing at 8:30 am on Monday morning. Who was going to know about it to show up on Monday morning? Rep Ellis deserves applause for tagging th.....- 5/16/2005 9:38:23 PM
Saudi Company SABIC out of Houston lobbying to avoid MTBE liability (salon) Now we know why Tom DeLay was pushing that legislation to keep MTBE manufacturers from being held liable for poisoning the water in the Energy bill that recently passed. After all, Sabic is based out .....- 5/16/2005 9:27:44 PM
Bush Administration Knew of Illegal Oil Sales and Kickbacks to Hussein (salon) but did nothing to stop them. A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush administration was made aware of illegal.....- 5/16/2005 9:22:04 PM
Glen Rose High School Library is simply wonderful (salon) We had occasion to go to the high school today and stopped in at the library to talk with Becky Ice. Not only was the library well designed and decorated in a safari theme, but an innovative cafe- boo.....- 5/16/2005 9:05:54 PM
Kansas School Board wants to redefine what science is. (salon) We had occasion to go to the high school today and stopped in at the library to talk with Becky Ice. Not only was the library well designed and decorated in a safari theme, but an innovative cafe- boo.....- 5/16/2005 6:49:23 PM
Why does Bush have 4.95 million dollars in Treasury Notes? (salon) We had occasion to go to the high school today and stopped in at the library to talk with Becky Ice. Not only was the library well designed and decorated in a safari theme, but an innovative cafe- boo.....- 5/16/2005 6:41:15 PM
Senator Frist Gets More Than He Bargained for -Social Security (salon) We had occasion to go to the high school today and stopped in at the library to talk with Becky Ice. Not only was the library well designed and decorated in a safari theme, but an innovative cafe- boo.....- 5/16/2005 6:39:45 PM
Gen Myers Says the Fighting in Jalalabad is not necessarily tied to the Newsweek article. (salon) From the International Information Programs Government website: The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says a report from Afghanistan suggests that rioting in Jalalabad on May 11 was not neces.....- 5/16/2005 6:38:28 PM
Pew Center Poll Shows Bush Approval Rate at 43 percent (salon) From the International Information Programs Government website: The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says a report from Afghanistan suggests that rioting in Jalalabad on May 11 was not neces.....- 5/16/2005 4:46:03 PM
Republican Echo Chamber-Same Letter, Different Signatures (salon) From the International Information Programs Government website: The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says a report from Afghanistan suggests that rioting in Jalalabad on May 11 was not neces.....- 5/16/2005 4:43:33 PM
The Koran Flush Story Avoids the Issue of Guantanemo Bay Used as a Military Psych Lab (salon) Juan Cole points out that not only did Newsweek not say that such an incident never occurred (rather confirmed that the source read the incident in a government account, but it refocuses attention awa.....- 5/16/2005 8:08:45 AM
Rep Phil King's Telecom Bill- Banning Free Wireless Internet and Other SBC Giveaways (salon) First, this. The question is, should cities be involved in offering wi-fi to residents, in competition with companies? Houston, which also is considering ideas such as putting Internet antennas on par.....- 5/16/2005 8:03:15 AM
Soon, Air Travelers will be screened by an X-Ray machine that reveals their nude body (salon) Homeland Security goes too far. We predict that airline travel will fall off significantly when people understand they are being subjected to this intrusion of privacy. Plus, the machine uses low-leve.....- 5/15/2005 10:52:31 PM
Time Magazine's Poll Shows that Bush 's approval rate is in the toiet (salon) ABC World News title is "Bush struggling to convince public on Iraq". The public will have a lot more trouble believing him once the facts of the UK memo sink in. US President George W Bush .....- 5/15/2005 7:24:51 PM
How Texans Voted This Week (salon) Senate• 1. Iraq War Budget: Passed, 100-0, and sent to President Bush the conference report on a bill (HR 1268) providing $76 billion in deficit spending this fiscal year for U.S. operations in Iraq a.....- 5/15/2005 6:37:15 PM
Your Republican Economy at Work- You can't declare bankruptcy, but Corporations can to get out of paying your pensions. (salon) Congress passed the bankruptcy bill last month to make it harder for citizens to get out of paying their debts by declaring bankruptcy. Ironically, corporations had no such stipulations put on them, a.....- 5/15/2005 2:47:36 PM
Condi Rice Lies- "This War Came to Us and Not the Other Way Around" (salon) Outrageous - We know now that Bush was already planning to attack Iraq from the beginning of his presidency, and that early in 2002, he and Blair met in Texas, where he told Blair that he was going to.....- 5/15/2005 2:43:35 PM
Before Opening Mouth... Rules for the Religious Right (salon) Outrageous - We know now that Bush was already planning to attack Iraq from the beginning of his presidency, and that early in 2002, he and Blair met in Texas, where he told Blair that he was going to.....- 5/15/2005 2:36:02 PM
Okinawa Protesters Want US to Close Military Base and Leave (salon) We note that more and more countries are averse to the US militarism, including the bases that line the earth in so many countries. We wouldn't like it if other countries occupied the US militarily-ot.....- 5/15/2005 2:30:18 PM
US Ally in the War on Terror, Uzbekistan, Tortures its own people, US hasn't condemned it (salon) Hundreds dead, thousands flee in Uzbekistan uprisingNargiza Shakirova, wife of slain Said Shakirov, embraces her daughter during funerals in Uzbekistan's eastern town of Andizhan May 15, 2005. The fam.....- 5/15/2005 2:05:05 PM
If the US doesn't plan to support indefinite occupation in Iraq, why is US building permanent military bases? (salon) Building permanent bases in Iraq sends the wrong signal- At the very least, shouldn't Bush wait until after Iraq can decide on its own if it wants the US to occupy its country before buildiing more pe.....- 5/15/2005 1:49:08 PM
Darth Vader as Bush? (salon) The new Stars Wars movie is drawing comparisons between Bush's imperialism and that of Darth Vader.Audiences viewing "Episode Three -- Revenge of the Sith" at the Cannes Film Festival are co.....- 5/15/2005 1:05:08 PM
Rep Phil King has no problem with treating his commission members to dinner paid for by lobbyists (salon) The Panel will dine on the lobbyists dime, instead of Rep King paying for the dinner himself. In a move that has good-government groups crying foul, a Texas House committee chairman has elected to hol.....- 5/15/2005 2:16:09 PM
While Muslims around the world protest about Koran Being Flushed down toilet, Pentagon says will investigate (salon) Background:Today - Protests spread beyond Afghanistan as U.S. officials appeal for calm, vow thorough probe at GuantanamoKABUL, Afghanistan -- Muslims from the Mediterranean to the Pacific protested F.....- 5/15/2005 11:22:45 AM
Iraq War Headlines -Saturday (salon) Italy sent troops to Iraq, not for humanitarian reasons, but for oilROME - Italian troops were sent to Iraq to secure oil deals worth 300 billion dollars, and not just for post-war humanitarian purpos.....- 5/15/2005 8:00:18 AM
Mexico's Vicente Fox Manages to Insult Two Races at the Same Time (salon) FoxIn comments likely to raise the temperature of the immigration debate, Fox defended the role of undocumented Mexican workers in the United States to a group of Texas business people meeting in Mexi.....- 5/15/2005 7:33:49 AM
Another Reporter Found to have been paid off by the Bush Administration (salon) FoxIn comments likely to raise the temperature of the immigration debate, Fox defended the role of undocumented Mexican workers in the United States to a group of Texas business people meeting in Mexi.....- 5/15/2005 12:15:44 AM
Booty Bill aka Stopping Suggestive Cheerleading in Texas Fails in the Texas Senate (salon) No Pom-Poms in the Senate"We will not be hearing it," committee chairwoman Sen. Florence Shapiro said Friday."We have some very important work to do in the next two weeks, and that's no.....- 5/14/2005 3:31:04 PM
Bike Ride-Protocols Left Bush, the President, Out of the Loop (salon) The Washington Post reports on the circumstance of Bush continuing to ride his bicycle while the capital was evacuated. The nation was put on red alert. The first lady was rushed to a super-secure loc.....- 5/14/2005 1:43:24 AM
The Public can no longer know who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. (salon) We mentioned last month that the Texas House passed a bill to do this.Now the Senate has passed their version of the same bill, tacked onto a renewal time for handgun licence piece of legislation. Und.....- 5/14/2005 1:19:39 AM
Erin Brockovich Coming to Midlothian Next Month (salon) to eyeball the cement plants there. The law firm is teaming up with the Arlington law McCurdy & McCurdy. Together, they hope to determine whether a case can be built to link pollution from cement .....- 5/14/2005 12:33:58 AM
Why wasn't the president working like the rest of us? (joe) I'm sitting here wondering why the president of the US wasn't sitting at the white house doing some work when the plane flew into the area. I know if I decided to take a long ass bike ride in another .....- 5/13/2005 5:22:26 PM
Sen Hutchison Sponsoring a Weather Modification Bill (salon) I'm sitting here wondering why the president of the US wasn't sitting at the white house doing some work when the plane flew into the area. I know if I decided to take a long ass bike ride in another .....- 5/13/2005 2:55:50 PM
WalMart bankrolls an ad using Nazi images (salon) http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/ad.pdfWhy is wholesome, hometown America WalMart sponsoring an ad in Arizona that features a Nazi book-burning image?WakeUpWalmart.com, America's campaign to chang.....- 5/13/2005 1:22:38 PM
The Broadcast Flag May be Coming Back, this time as Congressional Legislation (salon) Background:The MPAA is behind legislation that would give the FCC power to adopt regulations allowing forcible implantation of anti-copying devices into equipment. Federal court last week nixed the FC.....- 5/13/2005 12:49:05 PM
Reid Cites FBI File on Judicial Pick Henry Saad (salon) Republicans feigned outrage when Reid mentioned that he planned to filibuster Henry Saad, one of Bush's judicial nominee picks, and said: "All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look.....- 5/13/2005 12:33:24 PM
John Bolton was also behind the false Niger Yellowcake information (salon) JOHN BOLTON PUSHED NIGER-URANIUM FIASCO AT STATE -- Then Tried to Hide his Tracks and Staff Lied to CongressHere is the excerpt from the Waxman letter:Concealment of a State Department Official's Role.....- 5/13/2005 12:05:26 PM
Texas Schools To Start After Labor Day (salon) Sen Lucio had an amendment to change the school district start dates to after Labot Day, amendment added to the school finance bill being overhauled currently.GRISD proposes a start date of August 16t.....- 5/13/2005 11:57:16 AM
Texas Military Base Closings (salon) YahooTexas: Army National Guard Reserve Center No. 2, Dallas Army National Guard Reserve Center (Hondo Pass), El Paso Army National Guard Reserve Center, California Crossing Army National Guard Reserv.....- 5/13/2005 11:08:45 AM
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