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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) - 5/18/2005 5:22:24 PM
Frist "The Cat Killer"'s Hypocrisy Regarding Filibusters (salon) - 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) - 5/18/2005 8:55:29 AM
Small Business Association Gives Federal Loans to Large Business (salon) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 5/16/2005 6:49:23 PM
Why does Bush have 4.95 million dollars in Treasury Notes? (salon) - 5/16/2005 6:41:15 PM
Senator Frist Gets More Than He Bargained for -Social Security (salon) - 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) - 5/16/2005 4:46:03 PM
Republican Echo Chamber-Same Letter, Different Signatures (salon) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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
President Wasn't Told About the Plane Threat Until 40 Minutes Later? (salon) We mentioned yesterday that Bush was out bicycling while the pending threat to the nation was occurring. His wife was whisked away to a safe bunker, as was Cheney, Congress was evacuated, but he was o.....- 5/13/2005 10:55:20 AM
What Senator George Voinovich Said Today About John Bolton (salon) Voinovich Makes the Case Against Bolton- Read the whole articleMr. Chairman, I have to say that after poring over the hundreds of pages of testimony and – you know, I wasn’t here for those hearings, b.....- 5/13/2005 12:25:46 AM
Texas HB 1212 Parental Consent for Abortion Bill Dies (salon) A bill to require parental consent on abortions died before making it to the house floor for debate Thursday.HB 1212 requires doctors to have a parent or guardian's consent before performing abortions.....- 5/12/2005 7:48:03 PM
Iraq War News and Stats-Thursday (salon) Total US casualties- 1612; Total UK- 88. Since May 1, 2003, when Bush declared that major combat operations in US had ended ("Mission Accomplished"), 1,468 US Military members have died. An .....- 5/12/2005 1:33:09 PM
GAO's Report on Rebuilding Iraq and Transferring Security Reponsibilities to Iraq (salon) What this report says is that the information provided by the US government is faulty, and that the insurgency in Iraq has intensified.U.S. government agencies do not report reliable data on the exten.....- 5/12/2005 1:13:32 PM
Having a Stellar GPA won't be enough to guarantee admission to State Universities (salon) In Texas, there is, right now, a 10 percent rule, that says that state universities, such as UT, accept freshmen graduates from the top 10 percent of their classes; original intent of the bill was to .....- 5/12/2005 12:16:12 PM
Appointments to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (salon) are, first, the head of a Toyota company and second, Caterpillar. Another case of strange bedfellows.Gov. Rick Perry announced on Wednesday the appointments of T. Dan Friedkin of Houston and Peter Hol.....- 5/12/2005 12:05:08 PM
National Governor's Association Fighting Real ID Act (salon) The National Governors Association is threatening lawsuits to fight the legislation. And some states are threatening to ignore the legislation because they say it will cost up to $700 million for stat.....- 5/12/2005 11:57:47 AM
TX State District Judge Postponing Decision about the 2 political consultants who laundered campaign money (salon) The GOP defendants say that the election code is unconstitutional because it uses the word "cash" instead of a check. Lawyers for Jim Ellis and John Colyandro, consultants with Texans for a .....- 5/12/2005 11:21:42 AM
Judicial Activist Judges -Out of the Mainstream Nominees (salon) William Pryor blasted by Disability Rights Advocates"Fifteen years ago, Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act," said Jim Ward, president of AD.....- 5/12/2005 11:19:00 AM
Congressmen Calling for Probe into Recent Activities by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (salon) Background:Two Democratic congressmen called Wednesday for an investigation into recent activities by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, suggesting that efforts by the Republican chairman of the.....- 5/12/2005 11:08:43 AM
House Bill Would Bar Women From Serving in Combat Units (salon) An amendment sponsored by Rep John McHugh would bar women from serving in combat support and combat service support units. An Iraqi girl looks at a US Army female soldier as she searches an Iraqi woma.....- 5/12/2005 10:43:42 AM
Will the plane incident yesterday affect the Air Defense Identification Zone? (salon) The area surrounding the Capitol was intended to be temporary, Congress is about to reconsider the FAA requirements, so the timing is critical. The issue is that, due to the size of the ADIZ, it's pos.....- 5/12/2005 10:00:28 AM
Iris Scanning About to Start at Orlando Florida Airport (salon) Drawing the line between security and intrusion into privacy. At what point will citizens decide that the technologies that track where a person goes and their personal information, do identify recogn.....- 5/12/2005 9:52:37 AM
The press release for the Emergency Appropriations Bill doesn't include the Real ID Act (salon) We believe that people will stand up against the Real ID Act once they understand the implications of Congress having sneaked through a National ID Card measure by tacking it onto the war bill-not one.....- 5/12/2005 8:34:26 AM
Why didn't anyone notify Bush about the Congress evacuation? (salon) Bush was out riding a bicycle and because he was in no immediate danger, being in Maryland, he wasn't told about the plane invading protected airspace around the Capitol. Why not? Whether the Presiden.....- 5/12/2005 8:24:00 AM
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