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Bush Gives Subtle Slam to Frist and DeLay in his press conference (salon) With Justice Sunday barely a week old, and Bush supposedly pandering to the right-wing extremist religious base, he took the opportunity to distance himself from Frist last night. (Flying back from Cr.....- 4/29/2005 2:33:57 PM
Cherif Bassiouni Removed from Post for Human Rights Abuse Report in Afghanistan (salon) Mr. Bassiouni lost his post this week as UN human rights investigator in Afghanistan. He said he suspects that the US was behind forcing him out, as they are transferring prisioners from Guantanemo Ba.....- 4/29/2005 2:19:50 PM
Bush's Benefit Cuts to Shift Social Security from Retirement to a Welfare System (salon) Does it matter to you if you get the same benefit as others do after paying more of your income into social security, that is that your retirement benefit would be largely unrelated to your income? Th.....- 4/29/2005 1:54:10 PM
Justice Sunday Infomercial Production Values (salon) BagNewsNotes - be sure to look at the site for the rest of the text as well as photos showing handleers and empty seats.This post is not going to tell you anything you don't already know.  That said, .....- 4/29/2005 12:20:11 PM
Lipstick on a Pig-Republicans are going to draft a Social Security bill anyway (salon) Republicans in Congress are cowing down to pressure from Bush to push his failing agenda, despite the unpopularity of Bush's privatization plan, compounded by the crazy welfare social security idea he.....- 4/29/2005 12:11:58 PM
In new Iraqi Cabinet, Ahmed Chalabi is Deputy Prime Minister (salon) Last night during Bush's press conference at prime time, he said he approved of the new Iraqi cabinet. We read today that Ahmed Chalabi is one of the new Deputy Prime Ministers, at the same time that .....- 4/29/2005 7:26:20 AM
Texas Campaign Ethics Bill is Dead in the Water (salon) Doesn't say much for the Texas House, but speaks volumes about some concern for Craddick's safety.Last background postProponents of the bill tried to get it to the floor for a vote without committee a.....- 4/29/2005 1:08:31 AM
Blue Dog Democrats (salon) We live in a Blue-Dog-Democrat district in Texas that also is known for Baylor University, Fort Hood, Texas A&M, and (before it was wasted) Branch Davidians. Before our area was redistricted, we w.....- 4/29/2005 12:39:29 AM
Treasury Bonds- Worthless or Backed up by the Full Faith of the Govt? Bush Wants it Both Ways (salon) TalkingPointsMemo:There was so much bamboozling going on tonight in that press conference that it was easy to miss one essential contradiction in the president's argument. You don't have to worry abou.....- 4/29/2005 12:01:50 AM
Screwing with the Military Paychecks While Adding Pork to the Budget (salon) What was actually in the 80 billion dollar supplemental project?If we're going to send hundreds of thousands of young men and women into harm's way, the least we could do is not screw with their paych.....- 4/28/2005 10:36:42 PM
On Bush's Press Conference from tonight- a few quick impressions (salon) In between shouting at the television in disbelief, a few items stuck out in particular.1. The president does not speak for me. The president does not "understand" what I agree with or not. .....- 4/28/2005 8:26:23 PM
Massive Demonstration against US Military in Afghanistan (salon) Lest we believe that Afghanistan has dropped off the news mapJalalabadPeople from four districts of Nangarhar Province staged furious demonstrated in Jalalabad against the searches of residences by U......- 4/28/2005 2:25:50 PM
Talton Added to CPS Reform Committee (salon) Houston Chronicle:CPS-reform panel includes TaltonThe author of an amendment to prevent gay and bisexual people from being foster parents was named one of five House appointees to a conference committ.....- 4/28/2005 1:45:37 PM
Bush Administration Using Medicare Handbook to Mislead Seniors (salon) We read yesterday how Republicans were deliberately altering the information going into the Congressional Record. Today we read that the "Medicare & You" booklet leaves out mention of th.....- 4/28/2005 1:05:03 PM
Why Is Rumsfeld Offering to Free Saddam? (salon) Rumsfeld met with Saddam and told him that if he could stop the insurgence in Iraq by telling the Baathists to stop, the US would cut a deal for he and the top officials in the deposed regime to go in.....- 4/28/2005 12:29:08 PM
TX House Ethics Bill Might Go for a Vote Unless Mary Denney Stops It (salon) What does this bill do? Background  and Text of HB 1348We can't imagine any reason why the Texas Senate would want to prevent a bill designed to root out corruption in the elections process would not .....- 4/28/2005 12:10:07 PM
Texas Asbestos Bill SB15 Clears Senate (salon) Star-Telegram"We want everybody to have adequate access to due process," said state Sen. Kyle Janek, R-Houston, sponsor of the legislation passed in the Senate on Wednesday. It would require.....- 4/28/2005 11:58:19 AM
MADD mad about Texas SB1266 -loopholes for drunk drivers (salon) An anti-drunken-driving crusader warned Wednesday that legislation designed to give low-risk felons more incentives to go straight would undermine state laws enacted over the past decade to punish tho.....- 4/28/2005 11:53:03 AM
Republican Priorities- Slash Medicaid but Drill in the Alaska Wildlife Reserve (salon) Houston Chronicle:House and Senate Republican leaders have reached tentative agreement on a budget that envisions $10 billion in Medicaid savings over the next five years and at least $70 billion in t.....- 4/28/2005 11:24:00 AM
More on Florida keeping Controversial Terror Matrix Database Going (salon) The contract for Matrix has expired, on April 15th, 2005, when funds ran out. Florida, however, wants a sequel to the database, which was powered by Seisint technology (now owned by LexisNexis) and is.....- 4/28/2005 10:29:49 AM
Bank Fraud with an Indian Outsourcing Company (salon) We've had a number of instances recently in which hackers or thieves stole customer information from banks and credit agencies, including social security numbers and other personal information. That's.....- 4/27/2005 11:09:16 PM
Choicepoint changing tack regarding notifying people about background check reports (salon) Rapsheets, bought by Choicepoint last year, provides instant background checks to employers and organizations. Previously, if a negative entry was given to the person asking for the background check, .....- 4/27/2005 11:01:45 PM
Saddam met with his lawyer yesterday (salon) After seeing so much of Saddam when he was captured, including each one of his teeth and being able to count the hairs on his head, the media hasn't covered him much at all. One time his pre-trial was.....- 4/27/2005 9:24:50 PM
Majority don't want Bush's Social Security? the Big Bully Goes on Primetime to Tout His Wares (salon) About the only good thing to say about this is that it actually will be directed at everyone, not merely the supporters that attend his invitation-only town hall meetings. Seems like the RNC ought to .....- 4/27/2005 9:04:41 PM
Louiusville Kentucky Cable Channel 19 Says it was a Mistake to Air Justice Sunday (salon) Airing it violated station guidelines prohibiting endorsements of political candidates or parties. Laird said Schraffenberger did not consult the station's board, whose members are from each of the st.....- 4/27/2005 7:25:55 PM
Cuba's a Thugocracy, Says Tom DeLay, Don't Smoke Cuban Cigars! (salon) Except that Mr. DeLay must believe himself to be an exception to his diatribe against those who would bring dishonor to the United States.Arguing against loosening sanctions against Cuba last year, De.....- 4/27/2005 5:31:17 PM
Why does Bush Keep Wanting to Put People of Questionable Character in Important Positions? (salon) Or keep them there, for that matter?For a man who professes to be a Christian, he has a habit of stocking his cabinet with ethics violators. We can list Rumsfeld and Sanchez (promoted torture techniqu.....- 4/27/2005 5:16:33 PM
When Republicans Sink Lower Than They Already Do (salon) We read with some dismay Republicans efforts to rewrite amendments presented by Democrats in an effort to add sensational and polarizing language to the amendment, definitely, at the least, an unethic.....- 4/27/2005 4:43:11 PM
Photos from Protest of Bush at Galveston-April 2005 (salon) We read with some dismay Republicans efforts to rewrite amendments presented by Democrats in an effort to add sensational and polarizing language to the amendment, definitely, at the least, an unethic.....- 4/27/2005 3:36:55 PM
Why did the Social Security Administration Open its Files After 9/11? (salon) The Social Security Administration freely opened its files to the FBI and other police agencies after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.In a letter dated Sept. 13, 2001, SSA's general counsel signed off o.....- 4/27/2005 1:51:56 PM
Bush Obstinate and Close-Minded about Social Security (salon) We read this yesterday, the day after Bush said he intends to extend his Social Security road show. Given that the sale of private accounts isn't working, would Bush be open to any other deals on the .....- 4/27/2005 1:48:20 PM
No Wonder Rice Did Away With the Terrorism Report-Terrorism Tripled Last Year (salon) The number of serious international terrorist incidents more than tripled last year, according to U.S. government figures, a sharp upswing in deadly attacks that the State Department has decided not t.....- 4/27/2005 1:40:11 PM
GOP is ready to backtrack on ethics rules (salon) Seems that Republicans have realized that remaking the ethics rules to protect their own from actually being investigated is viewed by the public as wrong. The rules were changed a few months back, sa.....- 4/27/2005 1:26:40 PM
Guckert/Gannon-No Record of Entry or Exit in the White House (salon) How is it that the Secret Service was not aware of the comings and goings of  Jeff Gannon, male prostitute, in the White House? (We read today that the White House went on security alert when an unide.....- 4/27/2005 1:18:15 PM
Joe Bob Klinkerman at Center of Bush Closed Town Hall Meeting Controversy (salon) More on the people in Colorado who were thrown out of a Bush supposedly-public town hall meeting on Social Security by a man who either was or pretended to be a secret service agent. From Rocky Mounta.....- 4/27/2005 12:52:08 PM
Government Changing RFID Passports To Make Them More Secure (salon) Homeland Security has been touting RFID chips embedded in passport systems despite concerns by privacy advocates that the information can be read by anyone with a reader ,including terrorists or ident.....- 4/27/2005 12:42:49 PM
NSA Spies on American Citizens (salon) One of the revelations of John Bolton's testimony is that the National Security Administration is eavesdropping on US Citizens, even when they are overseas. But the agency is banned from doing so....T.....- 4/27/2005 12:22:58 PM
Would a Stepford Wife Make a Good President? (salon) Jay Leno asked Laura Bush yesterday if she would consider a political run of her own for president, after noting that her popularity rating is far higher than her husband (Popularity rating is based o.....- 4/27/2005 12:16:06 PM
Apparently the Galveston Social Security-Bush Meeting was a Republican Event (salon) We ask, as we always do, who pays for this? We don't want our taxes spent for a personal ego trip for Bush. Houston Chronicle:GALVESTON - When embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay took his seat h.....- 4/27/2005 12:59:22 AM
DeLay in the audience at Bush's Galveston Road Show (salon) Houston Chronicle: Bush traveled here to pitch his proposal to add private investment accounts to Social Security. DeLay didn't participate in the public discussion and sat several rows back in the au.....- 4/26/2005 5:19:44 PM
National ID Card-Internal Registry of Citizens (salon) Some Fear Law Would Create National Identity CardTim Sparapani, ACLU legislative counsel, said the Real ID Act's rules would result in a de facto national identification card because it would require .....- 4/26/2005 4:41:18 PM
Why Doesn't Bush Stay Home and Save Our Money? (salon) We read this morning that Bush plans to extend his social security tour; it's failing, unpopular with the public, but he must believe that if he can get in front of enough supporters (given that meeti.....- 4/26/2005 12:32:44 PM
Judge Janice Brown- Over-the-top remarks (salon) Background:Judge Janice Brown addressed a conference, on Sunday, of Roman Catholic legal professionals, in which she said that people of faith were engaged in a war against secular humanists.The flaw .....- 4/26/2005 12:11:39 PM
No WMD- Inspectors finish their work in Iraq-Gallop Poll shows 50 percent think Bush misled them on WMD (salon) Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group, as quoted in the NY Times: ''As matters now stand, the WMD investigation has gone as far as feasible,'' Duelfer wrote in an an addendum to the report he.....- 4/26/2005 12:02:27 PM
Frist Angers Conservatives By Distancing Himself from DeLay (salon) In his taped presentation to the Justice Sunday crowd, Frist had no mention by name of Tom DeLay, but did say that he disavowed retalitaion against federal judges (in contrast to DeLay who basically s.....- 4/26/2005 11:34:37 AM
City of Glen Rose and GRISD to hold elections May 7th (salon) City of Glen Rose-Early voting going on now through May 3th at 5:00 pm (Town Hall, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Glen Rose positionsMayor- Mitchell George (currently city council member) and Pam Miller (incumben.....- 4/26/2005 11:01:38 AM
HB 2479, in Committee, would give Gov Perry Carte Blanche over Money Delivery (salon) A proposal that would give Gov. Rick Perry sole authority over a fund to deliver dollars to faith-based and other Texas community groups stirred concern last week that it might be used for political.....- 4/26/2005 9:41:45 AM
Bush Going to Galveston and Brings DeLay along-Does He Believe This Will Help His Snake Oil Show? (salon) Bush's poll ratings are at an all-time low, and DeLay is looked at with a fish eye by the honest. At least Bush's road show at taxpayer expense is almost over.Going to such places helps Bush illustrat.....- 4/26/2005 8:57:07 AM
TX-Lottery Tickets May be as Close as your computer (salon) House Appropriations Committee approved a bill, HB 3343 that would let people buy lottery tickets over the internet, and pay with a debit card. We noticed on our lottery ticket we bought tonight (in p.....- 4/26/2005 1:09:39 AM
Okay expected for parent consent bill HB1212 (salon) Young women under 18 will have a harder time getting permission for an abortion from a court, without parent's consent  HB1212 AUSTIN – A young woman would have to get a parent's written permission to.....- 4/26/2005 12:47:24 AM
Video Bonanza of Republican Filibustering (salon) Young women under 18 will have a harder time getting permission for an abortion from a court, without parent's consent  HB1212 AUSTIN – A young woman would have to get a parent's written permission to.....- 4/26/2005 12:16:06 AM
Gay foster mothers fear the worst (salon) Dallas Morning News Cheryl Crumley and Donna Sickles take their kids to Chuck E. Cheese's. They constantly wipe spit-up off their clothes and change poopy diapers. They go to church on Sundays. And th.....- 4/25/2005 11:51:35 PM
Texas Okays Ban on Gay Marriages and Civil Unions (salon) The measure would change the Texas Constitution\'s Bill of Rights to define marriage as "a union between one man and one woman." Fourteen states have similar constitutional bans. Mr.....- 4/25/2005 11:38:54 PM
Why do some Christian sects see Christian judges as tactics of smear campaigns? (salon) We, like the author of this editorial entitled Smearing Christian Judges, have also pondered why some parts of Christendom are fighting an idealogical battle against judges, over half of whom are Chri.....- 4/25/2005 11:30:53 PM
Consistency, thy name is Arlen Specter (salon) From Modern EsquireFrom an AP wire story on U.N. Ambassador John Bolton's nomination:"I think the best policy is to have his nomination come to the full Senate, not decided by a committee because.....- 4/25/2005 11:13:09 PM
Seven Years Ago, Tom DeLay Said Judges Need to be Intimidated (salon) DeLay's threats against the judiciary are nothing new.This, from the (Ohio) Columbus Dispatch, June 14, 1998: "Last week, a bipartisan group of former elected officials, law-school deans and cons.....- 4/25/2005 10:16:29 PM
Strong Majority Opposed the Republican's Nuclear Option-the Filibuster (salon) As we read this poll that shows that the clear majority of people in this country think Republicans are doing the wrong thing, Republicans trying to change the name "nuclear option" to ".....- 4/25/2005 10:13:08 PM
Iraq isn't forming a democracy fast enough for US-US may step up its meddling (salon) Rising casualties, well-coordinated rebel attacks and the failure of Iraqi politicians to form a new government are pushing U.S. leaders toward a more active role in Iraqi politics. The recent surge i.....- 4/25/2005 9:59:46 PM
Republicans Want "Real ID" Act- otherwise known as National Identity Card (salon) The Real ID act has already passed the House (Chet Edwards voted for it). States will have to, by 2008, redesign drivers licences to comply with federal anti-terrorist standards. Anyone that doesn't h.....- 4/25/2005 9:51:07 PM
Guckert/Gannon -the Male Prostitute who posed as a reporter at White House Staffings (salon) AP reports that Gannon (or Guckert if you prefer) was at the White House 196 times in two years. For someone who  had a day pass, the number of visits seems unusual. Rep Slaughter and Conyers did a Fr.....- 4/25/2005 8:26:34 PM
Transportation Security Administration Testing New Access Controls in Airports (salon) We read with interest the new plans to secure airports and related areas. The pilot will include Boston, JFK, Denver, Orlando and Salt Lake City Airports. What will the pilot program include? Video su.....- 4/25/2005 8:13:09 PM
No rule that says Judges must be approved by an up or down vote (salon) In all the Republican rhetoric regarding filibusters, which are part of Senate rules and have been used themselves by Republicans, and which Republicans have called the "nuclear action" (as .....- 4/25/2005 7:53:21 PM
Marines of Company E (salon) Bloodied Marines Sound Off About Want of Armor and MenOn May 29, 2004, a station wagon that Iraqi insurgents had packed with C-4 explosives blew up on a highway in Ramadi, killing four American marine.....- 4/25/2005 7:47:38 PM
Italy Refuses to Sign Off on US Military Report that Clears US Soldiers of Killing Agent (salon) Nicola Calipari was killed by US forces after rescuing Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena from her hostage situation in Iraq. According to Naomi Klein, the account Sgrena gave of the killing differed .....- 4/25/2005 7:40:20 PM
Who Gives Citizens Freedom of the Press? According to Cheney, the military (salon) But his low ratings haven't prompted Cheney to go on a charm offensive, as he demonstrated recently at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York.Quoting former Se.....- 4/25/2005 5:58:38 PM
Take Fairness Out of the Equation, Who Is Affected by Inheritance Taxes? (salon) The very wealthyWASHINGTON - When business and conservative groups launched a campaign to repeal the estate tax, they recruited Chester Thigpen to make the case that the levy hurt more than the super .....- 4/25/2005 5:27:51 PM
Effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam (salon) Xuan Minh, 3, looks out from his bed at the Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Min city on Friday March 25,2005, suffering from what is believed to be the effects of the jungle defoliant Agent Orange, used heav.....- 4/25/2005 5:17:57 PM
Shiny, Happy People Holding Hands (salon) U.S. President George W. Bush (L) walks hand-in-hand through Texas bluebonnet wildflowers with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, April 25, 2005. During his meeting .....- 4/25/2005 5:04:27 PM
Bush Supports Tom DeLay (salon) He'll be giving ethics-challenged DeLay a ride on Air Force One tomorrow. Bush has so many ethically-challenged, dishonest and crooked politicians on his staff and among his friends, what's one more? .....- 4/25/2005 4:57:20 PM
Deist Founding Fathers Or Did All the Founding Fathers Believe in Christianity? (salon) Deist Site"The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy."-George Washington"The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels."-The Rev.....- 4/25/2005 11:30:39 AM
Howard Dean Takes the Subway (salon) USNewsLet's just state the obvious: New Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is no Terry McAuliffe . Where the flashy former Clinton fundraiser was a gregarious ringmaster accustomed to .....- 4/24/2005 1:52:39 PM
Iraqi Prime Minister Says It's Up to the Parliament to Decide If US Has a Military Base There (salon) Newsweek:What about the U.S. military presence in Iraq? Until the end of 2005, the multinational forces will be present to assist Iraqi secu-rity services, although this period might witness the begin.....- 4/24/2005 1:07:33 PM
Bush Administration Takes Neutral Telecommunications Issues and Makes them Partisan (salon) Time MagazineThe Inter-American Telecommunication Commission meets three times a year in various cities across the Americas to discuss such dry but important issues as telecommunications standards and.....- 4/24/2005 11:23:07 AM
No Bizness Like War Bizness (salon) How much money does the United States spend on military weapons and equipment and who benefits?The latest obscenity in the war business is the decision by the Bush Administration to sell F-16 Fighter .....- 4/24/2005 10:56:57 AM
How Texans Voted (salon) From the Houston Chronicle:SENATE1. Iraq War Budget: Passed, 99-0, and sent to conference with the House (HR 1268) a bill providing $77 billion this fiscal year for U.S. military actions in Iraq and A.....- 4/24/2005 12:47:46 AM
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