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Terrorism Report not the only information Bush stopped putting out (salon) We mentioned yesterday that when Bush found the terrorism report to show that since he is President (and after 911) terror incidents are up instead of down, his administration decided to stop reportin.....- 4/18/2005 12:25:28 AM
DeLay Wants His Friends Armed (salon) We mentioned yesterday that when Bush found the terrorism report to show that since he is President (and after 911) terror incidents are up instead of down, his administration decided to stop reportin.....- 4/17/2005 4:27:39 PM
Bush's Fort Hood Visit Subdued-Perfunctory Hoo-ahs (salon) Houston Chronicle: WASHINGTON - President Bush spoke last week to 25,000 soldiers at Fort Hood, but how many were actually listening?....But maybe the shine is starting to come off. His reception at a.....- 4/17/2005 4:09:18 PM
Protest of Tom DeLay while he was in Houston at the NRA convention (salon) Houston Chronicle: WASHINGTON - President Bush spoke last week to 25,000 soldiers at Fort Hood, but how many were actually listening?....But maybe the shine is starting to come off. His reception at a.....- 4/17/2005 3:48:56 PM
Cornyn Ties to Abramoff Being Looked At (salon) We already know that Tom DeLay is embroiled in scandal not only due to his ethical problems but connections to Jack Abramoff and the tribal casino issues. What the Fort Worth Star-Telegram brings out .....- 4/17/2005 3:32:09 PM
Mainstream Media Meltdown-trends (salon) Long TailFlat to Down to Way Down:Music: sales last year were down 21% from their peak in 1999 Television: network TV's audience share has fallen by a third since 1985 Radio: listenership is at a 27-y.....- 4/17/2005 12:07:03 PM
GOP wants to replace all current taxes with retail consumption taxes (salon) Houston Chronicle: "This is instinctive stuff," said Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. "If you wake any of us up at 2 a.m., we will vote to cut taxes." The bill moves to the Senate, .....- 4/17/2005 11:36:47 AM
DeLay- Answer Yes or No, Please (salon) Houston Chronicle:When a Washington Times reporter asked whether he had ever crossed the line of ethical behavior in fund raising, dealing with lobbyists or conducting government business, embattled H.....- 4/17/2005 11:33:01 AM
Chet Edwards Awed by Bush (salon) Houston Chronicle:President Bush made a big impression on Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, when he and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, accompanied the commander-in-chief to Fort Hood to visit with the troops last.....- 4/17/2005 11:31:43 AM
How Texans Voted this week (salon) Entire List Senate•1. Veterans' Health Care: Refused, 46-54, to add $1.98 billion for veterans' health care to a bill (HR 1268) appropriating about $77 billion this fiscal year for ongoing U.S. milita.....- 4/17/2005 11:25:18 AM
Terrorism Report Embarrassing to Bush Since More Terrorist Attacks in 2004 (salon) Answer: Stop publishing the report.WASHINGTON - The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded that t.....- 4/16/2005 7:03:47 PM
Bush Drops All Pretense that his Social Security Roadshow is Democratic and Open to All (salon) The Washington Post reports that Bush's misnamed "town meetings" are now invitation only. We wonder, are we the taxpayers still footing the bill for his personal closed meetings? If so, shou.....- 4/16/2005 6:24:27 PM
Big Brother Annual Awards-WINNER of the Menace Award-Choicepoint Data (salon) The Washington Post reports that Bush's misnamed "town meetings" are now invitation only. We wonder, are we the taxpayers still footing the bill for his personal closed meetings? If so, shou.....- 4/16/2005 2:08:46 PM
Additional New Evidence There Was No Link Between Al-Qaida and Iraq (salon) The 911 commission said there was no link. Bush said there was no link. Citizens who are uninformed or not paying attention continue to believe the fish story that 911 had something to do with Iraq.To.....- 4/16/2005 1:36:06 PM
Does a President Have an Obligation to First Read Bills Before He Signs Them Into Law? (salon) Or is the executive branch merely a prop opportunity? Left Coaster points out that not only Congress deliberates and passes bills without reading them, but so does the President. Bush was surprised th.....- 4/16/2005 1:12:59 PM
Bush Perpetrates the Fake News Saddam-Toppling Story to Fort Hood Soldiers in April (salon) Every informed person knows by now that the Saddam-toppling episode in Baghdad was a staged exercise by a psyops team of the Pentagon and was not a spontaneous reaction by Iraqis. This makes Bush unin.....- 4/16/2005 12:19:34 PM
Why are Private, For-Profit Companies Being Considered to Run Public Schools (salon) We don't like the trend towards our tax dollars going towards war and other non-priorities instead of for teaching, health, jobs. One example of this is the No Child Left Behind Act, which, if a schoo.....- 4/16/2005 11:17:14 AM
Not Enough Money in Texas Budget for Both Textbooks and Internet (salon) We've discussed this previously. The Texas budget was passed without enough money for textbooks for four mandatory subjects (foreign languages, fine arts, health and physical education), while a bill .....- 4/16/2005 10:45:12 AM
Democratic Brands in Texas (salon) OffTheKuff discusses Richard Morrison and Chet Edwards support in Texas.Richard Morrison is in Tom DeLay's district, which makes Morrison not only every honest Democrat's candidate but, due to DeLay's.....- 4/16/2005 10:22:19 AM
Texas Hates Schools (salon) We wrote in an earlier blog today about the Texas budget passing in the House, without any provisions for textbook funding for 4 mandatory subjects. One TX House rep attempted to amend the budget to a.....- 4/16/2005 10:22:49 AM
Gov Goodhair Sneers at the law (salon) "I do not point my finger at anybody for dodging the franchise tax. Nobody. You either have really bad lawyers and CPAs or you're a fool if you're paying the franchise tax in the state of Texas.&.....- 4/16/2005 10:21:23 AM
Chris Bell calls for ethical renewal, to include redistricting reform (salon) Chris Bell, we remember, launched an ethics complaint against Tom DeLay, which was quashed by a Republican controlled ethics committee eager to paint over Mr. DeLays problems. Mr. Bell was redistricte.....- 4/16/2005 10:21:43 AM
State House passed budget but left out funding for textbooks (salon) We read the other day that the Texas legislature had a plan to increase technology money for schools. And they have passed a budget. They left out money for textbooks, however, for 4 subjects that sta.....- 4/16/2005 10:21:02 AM
Lawmakers in Texas want to make gun license records private-HB318 (salon) You want to know who is packing a concealed weapon? Your public right to know may be stripped via a bill being considered in the Texas House. Currently, DPS has to "disclose whether a person is l.....- 4/16/2005 6:21:00 AM
More on Religious McCarthyism (salon) VIA AtriosHighly insulting and demeaning to all people of faith, not merely those who happen to share Bill Frist's branch of sectarianism.NY Times Editorial on Bill Frist's Religious War........Senato.....- 4/16/2005 6:08:13 AM
Inspector General's Report on the Dept of Education's Contract with PR firm (salon) On the crest of the fake news scandal, the public found out that the Department of Education had paid Armstrong Williams, commentator, to tout the No Child Left Behind program, particularly in the bla.....- 4/15/2005 8:38:16 PM
God is not Partisan-Why is the Radical Religious Right attempting to hijack all faith? (salon) Sen Frist, who made a two major missteps last month by overreaching about Terri Schiavo (and looked foolish when stating he made a medical diagnosis by viewing a videotape) is off and running on a rel.....- 4/15/2005 7:59:07 PM
Senate Bans Government Created VNRs (salon) The Senate obviously differs from Bush on this, as he wasn\'t concerned that his administration violated propaganda laws. The Senate passed a measure Thursday that would stop government agenc.....- 4/15/2005 5:45:45 PM
When Bush Attended the Pope's Funeral, the Crowd Booed and Whistled at him (salon) The Senate obviously differs from Bush on this, as he wasn\'t concerned that his administration violated propaganda laws. The Senate passed a measure Thursday that would stop government agenc.....- 4/15/2005 5:24:12 PM
NRA Packs Heat in Washington (salon) Besides the usual press about the clout of the NRA, one comment in this article stands out.Houston Chronicle: The organization last year persuaded Congress not to renew the 1994 law that governed cert.....- 4/15/2005 4:46:43 PM
We're Surprised Bush was Reading a Newspaper (salon) Bush says he was surprised to find out in the newspaper about his administration's decision to require Americans to have passports to cross back into the country from Mexico or Canada.Mr. Bush said hi.....- 4/15/2005 4:00:49 PM
Is Bush Waffling Or Being Disingenuous (salon) We read an account this morning that indicated Bush might be willing to compromise on privatizing social security. We speculate this is because the majority of people don't want it, and despite preach.....- 4/15/2005 3:36:48 PM
Project 21 Disses Charles Rangel (salon) We saw this press release today entitled "Black Activists Rap Rangel for Opposing Social Security Reform: Congressman's 'Disappointing' Rant Reduces Chances for Black Empowerment, Says Project 21.....- 4/15/2005 3:21:32 PM
More on Video News Releases (VNR) (salon) As we know, the FCC has declared that broadcast and cable channels must let the viewing public know the source of supposed "news" items that really originate with the government or a corpora.....- 4/15/2005 2:46:17 PM
Tom Craddick is Omniscient (salon) "I am omniscient."--Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick, responding to needling from a reporterWe'd like to see what's coming about his involvement in DeLay's TRMPAC. Craddick apparently a.....- 4/15/2005 2:40:39 PM
Got Fat from McDonalds, HB 107 won't let you sue (salon) We agree with this one. (And we've watched Super Size Me). As your attorney, I advise you to lay off those french fries.That's the message from state Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale, a Houston-area lawmaker w.....- 4/15/2005 2:35:00 PM
Bush Says He Wants His Privacy Respected (salon)  President Bush said Thursday that the public should know as much as possible about government decision-making, but national security and personal privacy — including his — need to be protected. Does .....- 4/15/2005 2:10:23 PM
The Tort Burden On Texas Businesses, By the Numbers (salon) Per WampumRaw data which includes the 2002 Texas Liability Insurance Closed Case Annual Report.Part of the data:• With a price tag of about $2.1 billion, the cost of personal injury cases to businesse.....- 4/15/2005 2:02:16 PM
HB 1348- Texas House Supports Election Bill that would gut attack ad money (salon) We are proud at this moment to be Texans. HB 1348 is designed to not only prevent union and corporate money from being used in attack ads within 60 days of an election, but requires disclosure of who .....- 4/15/2005 1:32:44 PM
Most House Dems Vote Against Estate Tax Repeal-not Chet Edwards (salon) Estate (or Death) Taxes don't affect most people at all, only the very wealthy. Last month, Graetz and Yale political scientist Ian Shapiro published "Death By A Thousand Cuts," chronicling .....- 4/15/2005 1:31:12 PM
Chet Edwards Stance on Schiavo mentioned in Novak's Column (salon) We knew that Chet Edwards had voted with the Republicans to interfere in the private life of the Schiavos. His statement:March 21, 2005  ( Washington , DC ) - U.S. Representative Chet Edwards released.....- 4/15/2005 1:31:47 PM
For-Profit Schools Vie for Federal Funds (salon) Want your tax money going this way?BOSTON - To Alice Letteney, the community college she oversees 30 miles south of Albuquerque, N.M., has little in common with the big chains of profit-making schools.....- 4/15/2005 1:32:08 PM
FCC's Answer to Fake News (salon) As we all know, the government has been caught a number of times attempting to fool the public with video news releases (VNRs) disguised as real news. The difficulty for the television viewer is in kn.....- 4/15/2005 1:30:32 PM
Bush's Poll Numbers Slightly up, but Gallup not consistent (salon) When you see a 5 point bump between one poll and another, you need to examine the poll internals. And Left Coaster has the answer. Any wonder why Gallup is viewed skeptically in a number of serious ci.....- 4/15/2005 1:29:14 PM
LexisNexis had three times as much data stolen than originally reported (salon) LexisNexis announced on Tuesday that, rather than 32,000 citizens having their personal data stolen from the Seisint system, the number was 310,000 US citizens. Only some states have laws on the books.....- 4/15/2005 1:29:49 PM
TAKS-Commisioner Shirley Neeley wants to toughen school accountability-both sides don't like it (salon) Two sides? One side doesn't want tax money going for private school vouchers-but if a school doesn't meet accountability standards, which would be raised in Neeley's plan, more failing schools would q.....- 4/15/2005 1:27:26 PM
Even Republicans find ousting citizens from Bush events wrong (salon) From Colorado, where some citizens were ejected for what was on the bumper sticker of their car, before the event.Six of Colorado's nine members of Congress have criticized removing a person from a pr.....- 4/15/2005 1:27:48 PM
Gallup Polls- Bush in Second Year Slump-more people believe Bush misled on Iraq (salon) Our favorite waiting period is for Left Coaster to come out with the sample percentages, which they have now done. And then after you digest the implications of that finding, think about this fact: th.....- 4/15/2005 1:26:17 PM
You can commit treason in this country with impunity-Plame Case (salon) Fitzgerald completed his investigation 6 months ago. No arrests. No prosecutions. The message sent to those who commit treason is that, under the Bush administration, which uttered empty words initial.....- 4/15/2005 1:26:42 PM
Texas Sales Tax on Water? (salon) Mayor Bill White of Houston opposes a bill that is in the Texas Senate currently, that seeks to put a sales tax on tap water."Texas has historically planned for its water needs through local gove.....- 4/15/2005 1:27:01 PM
Adding to the intrigue about KBH, GOP official says she wants to come home (salon) Mayor Bill White of Houston opposes a bill that is in the Texas Senate currently, that seeks to put a sales tax on tap water."Texas has historically planned for its water needs through local gove.....- 4/15/2005 1:25:52 PM
Cornyn is on the Senate Judiciary Committee (salon) Houston Chronicle:When we consider Cornyn's ill-considered comments from Tuesday, which he only partially rebutted, it's a shame he has anything to do with Bush's renomination of judges that have alre.....- 4/15/2005 1:24:44 PM
When is a Vigilante a Border Patrol Volunteer (salon) We weren't aware it was legal to form bands of armed vigilantes whose purpose is to take the law in their own hands. Apparently it is. Patrols by armed volunteers, who have voiced criticism of illegal.....- 4/15/2005 1:25:30 PM
State might ban remote-control hunting (salon) We read about this a few months ago, where hunters could log into a website and operate remote-controlled guns to shoot animals located somewhere in Texas (the link, above, is to a San Antonio website.....- 4/15/2005 1:24:12 PM
Cornyn was a George Wallace supporter-explains his bizarre comment? (salon) From the Texas Observer:"With the continuing concentration of power in the hands of the inept Democratic and Republican parties, it is time for a change," Cornyn wrote in our student newspap.....- 4/15/2005 1:18:16 PM
Right Wing Fools-what they have said in the past about the Pope (salon) We have better taste than to watch those trashy shows, but know some misguided souls who do. O'Reilly - Pope a "Saddam enabler", "naive and detached from reality". Hannity - ".....- 4/15/2005 1:17:31 PM
Tom DeLay has cooties (salon) Tom DeLay overreached in the Schiavo case, and we last read a comment from him where he threatened judges -before a branch of government attacks another branch for being too political, that branch sho.....- 4/15/2005 1:16:36 PM
TX Senate, unlike House, wants to create state property tax to fund public education (salon) Highlights:immediate $1000 salary increase for teachers restore $1000 health stipend that was cut 2 years ago about 1.6 billion dollars more in education system (unspecified where the money would come.....- 4/15/2005 1:17:08 PM
Clayton Williams endorses Perry for governor (salon) We remember one of the statements Clayton Williams made when running against Ann Richards for governor in 1990, subject: rape -"If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it". Clayton has popp.....- 4/15/2005 1:15:34 PM
Decidng your own fate? Or an end to autonomy-the Theocons would end your autonomy (salon) Per DigbyDiscussion of Andrew Sullivan's comments regarding the individual's dignity, rights and ability to make decisions for oneself and one's loved ones. So let us be plain: the theoconservative vi.....- 4/15/2005 1:15:58 PM
If Bush believes Social Security trust funds are worthless, why did he use the surplus to fund tax cuts? (salon) TPM:Bush says Social Security *trust* funds are worthless, and implies he intends to default on them. Foreigners hold quite a bit of US debt. What are theirs worth? Are they going to get their money p.....- 4/15/2005 1:15:06 PM
TX House Bill HB4 (in committee) promotes technology grants for schools (salon) Bill: Houston Chronicle: The bill, sponsored by House Public Education Committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf R-Arlington, would provide at least $200 million a year in new technology funding for schools .....- 4/15/2005 1:12:07 PM
HB 2893 Originally called for RFID tags for vehicle registration tags (salon) Bill -the section that described the RFID was hereSec. 601.507.  SPECIAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATES.  (a)  Commencing not later than January 1, 2006, the department shall issue or contract for the issuan.....- 4/15/2005 1:00:56 PM
Joe Barton also against Clean Water, Joins with DeLay (salon) We wrote the other day about Joe Barton, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and his attempt, through the energy bill being considered now, to allow the EPA to extend deadlines for com.....- 4/15/2005 12:39:50 PM
On Harping on Democrats (salon) Left Coaster re: The Estate Tax and Bankrupcty BillI know that some of you are uncomfortable with the idea that I harp on Democrats just as much as I do Bush and the GOP over a lack of commitment to t.....- 4/15/2005 11:40:13 AM
A few entries missing (salon) Left Coaster re: The Estate Tax and Bankrupcty BillI know that some of you are uncomfortable with the idea that I harp on Democrats just as much as I do Bush and the GOP over a lack of commitment to t.....- 4/15/2005 8:04:21 AM
Ridge Touts RFID Technology, Happens to Be on Board of RFID Contractor (salon) Left Coaster re: The Estate Tax and Bankrupcty BillI know that some of you are uncomfortable with the idea that I harp on Democrats just as much as I do Bush and the GOP over a lack of commitment to t.....- 4/3/2005
Chet Edwards among those who voted for S256- Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (salon)   Roll Call:   Shame. The Bankruptcy Bill: A Tutorial in Greed Sadly, when it comes to serving the prerogatives of banks, you can forget about those family values that folks su.....- 4/1/2005
Arizona Moves Towards Mixing Guns and Alcohol (salon) We viewed this scenario on The Daily Show a few months ago. Who knew being able to pack a gun while drinking in a bar was a viable option?The Arizona House yesterday approved legislation that would al.....- 4/1/2005
Difficulties with repealing estate tax law-capital gains taxation different (salon) Apartment Groups Urge Caution on Estate Tax RepealThe National Multi Housing Council and National Apartment Association are urging the U.S. Senate to reconsider legislation that would permanently elim.....- 4/1/2005
More Computer Breaches of Security-More Credit Card Records Hacked (salon) Seems to be the month to find out that companies are doing a crummy job protecting your personal and financial data, even as they are aggregating ever more details.A security problem that prompted HSB.....- 4/1/2005
Republicans-the Party Without Ethical Standards (salon) We mentioned in our post about Chet Edwards that Nancy Pelosi attempted to bring a measure to the floor to change ethics rules-quickly tabled. The vote was 218-195, along party lines, to kill the prop.....- 4/1/2005
US Chamber releases misleading press statement about arbitration poll (salon)  We ran across this press release entitled "U.S. Chamber Releases Poll Showing Arbitration Faster, Simpler and Less Costly than Litigation". The title is pressing a viewpoint that citizens w.....- 4/6/2005
Joe Barton (R-Texas) wants to delay EPA regulations for clean air (salon) House Energy Bill Would Mean More Dirty AirThe controversial legislation includes a provision that would encourage the U.S. EPA to extend the deadline in many communities for meeting national health-b.....- 4/6/2005
Widows at Ft Hood Give Bush an earful (salon) Somehow the following was not part of the information given out by Bush describing his meeting with survivors on Tuesday.Behind closed doors at the Ft. Hood army base on Tuesday, President Bush got an.....- 4/6/2005
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