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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) - 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
Defining Air Pollution Via Amendment to Texas Environment Bill (salon) We wrote before about Rep Bonnen, who has legislation in HB 2758 to limit public hearings on environmental matters, including limiting landowners ability to request a public hearing when their propert.....- 4/29/2005 3:03:59 PM
Gov Goodhair Says CPS Fix Outranks The Gay Issue (salon) Houston Chronicle: Perry said he didn\'t think the House amendment against gay foster parents, which faces strong opposition from senators, will survive a House-Senate conference commit.....- 4/29/2005 2:42:20 PM
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) - 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
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