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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
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) - 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
Senators Ask Rice to Please Ask New Iraqi Govt To Let US Military Remain (salon) on the premise that if the Iraqi Govt asks them to stay, the US will be less likely to be seen as occupiers.Meaning that right now the US military is seen in Iraq as occupiers. Meaning that the Iraqi .....- 4/24/2005 12:35:09 AM
Bush's Dept of Health and Human Services Seeks to Stiff Medicare Recipients (salon) What does Bush have against the elderly? Suppose you are a Medicare recipient and are turned down for some reason by the government, such as on claims for nursing home services, prescription drugs, ho.....- 4/24/2005 12:15:56 AM
Energy Bill Provides Little in the Way of Conservation or Alternative Energy (salon) Bush's spokesman Scotty McClellan siad regarding the energy billl, that despite it having little in the way of money for conservation or alternative energy, proving plenty of tax breaks for the oil an.....- 4/23/2005 11:56:19 PM
Bush's Speech to Insurance Agents in which he Mocks Social Security Promises (salon) Froomkin in the Washington PostIn one of the least-covered presidential speeches of recent history, Bush dropped by the Grand Hyatt hotel yesterday to talk to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brok.....- 4/23/2005 11:40:05 PM
Don't Take Investment Advise from Bill Frist (salon) We already know that Dr Frist isn't the best place to go for doctor advice, after he diagnosed Schiavo from videotapes, to the horror of his colleagues in the AMA. From the Palm Beach Post article ent.....- 4/23/2005 10:59:20 PM
Term Nuclear Option Coined by Republican Trent Lott-Republicans Seek to Pin the Term on Dems (salon) But due to concern that the public believes Republicans plans to do away with the filibuster is the wrong action to take, Republicans are now trying to say this is a Democrat term. Not so. Republicans.....- 4/23/2005 10:28:22 PM
Bolton Was Running his own Intelligence Agency (salon) - 4/23/2005 9:44:52 PM
Why Does Media Ownership aka Media Monopoly Matter? (salon) Amy and David Goodman George Bush must have been delighted to learn from a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll that 56 percent of Americans still think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction befor.....- 4/23/2005 9:23:39 AM
Ken Ferree, Media Ownership Rules and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (salon) Ken Ferree wants to bring more conservative viewers to PBS. The new President for Corporation of Public Broadcasting, which oversees PBS and NPR, doesn't watch much television, including PBS, nor list.....- 4/23/2005 8:32:36 AM
TX Sen Jane Nelson, Author of SB6, Says She Will Fight to Strip the Gay/Bisexual Amendment (salon) Background: Sen Nelson has the right idea- she believes that other parts of the bill to overhaul CPS are important enough not to allow the bill to be tied up in court over the intolerant amendment off.....- 4/22/2005 10:36:53 PM
Textbook bill would teach creationism and have option to remove evolution (salon) Rep Howard of Sugar Land (Tom DeLay is also from Sugar Land) says that since evolution is a theory, and he believes in creationism, science textbooks should teach both, in HB 220 The Housto.....- 4/22/2005 10:25:14 PM
Reid: Bush Goes Back on Word and Encourages Irresponsible Abuse of Power (salon) Harry Reid met with Bush last week, spoke about the filibuster and Bush told hiim "would not become involved in Republican efforts to break the Senate rules". But it's okay for his vice-pres.....- 4/22/2005 9:35:58 PM
Rep Waxman asks the State Department Inspector General about 2003 Terrorism Data (salon) The Bush Administration found that the statistics about terrorism were unfavorable, so they dropped the annual Patterns of Terrorism Report. Thursday, April 21, 2005 -- Rep. Waxman asked the State Dep.....- 4/22/2005 9:16:19 PM
Meddler Bush At it Again- Tells Ecuador's President He Must Hold Elections (salon) We weren't aware that Bush was Emperor of the World. Did we not get the memo or was the Memo from God only directed to Bush in the shower? Quito, April 22 (RHC)--In the wake of the sacking of the Pres.....- 4/22/2005 6:15:37 PM
Clean Air Watch on Bush's "Almost" Vist to The Smokies Today-Backs Dirty Air Energy Bill (salon) President Bush Visits Parks with Dirty Air, Backs Energy Bill to Prolong Dirty Air (the same energy bill that passed yesterday and included dirty air and dirty water provisions while providing pork fo.....- 4/22/2005 5:45:51 PM
How Will FCC's Broadcast Flag Rules Affect Fair Use? (salon) First, the FCC's Broadcast Flag Rules that affect not only television sets but pcs. Essentially, "broadcast flags" are a form of copy protection to prevent consumers from copying digital con.....- 4/22/2005 5:31:25 PM
Scientific Article About US Nuclear Weapon- Earth Penetrating Warheads (salon) Read about this on the Federation of American Scientists site, as we were still considering the implications of the United States having nuclear weapons while preventing other countries from doing so......- 4/22/2005 5:00:22 PM
American Library Association (ALA) on Library Battles Against Portions of the Patriot Act (salon) ALA's Carol Brey-Casiano will be holding a news conference on Monday.The American Library Association (ALA) opposes any use of governmental power to suppress the free and open exchange of knowledge or.....- 4/22/2005 4:43:41 PM
Republicans Planning to Shove Private Accounts Down Unwilling Populace Throat (salon) We already know that the President's Social Security Roadshow is a failure, except for the hand-picked audiences that are already fans, for reasons we can't fathom, of Bush. The more Bush has attempte.....- 4/22/2005 4:30:52 PM
More on the Guns in Bars Bill in Arizona (salon) Background: We read a press release today from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, who are calling the opponents to carrying a concealed weapon into a bar or restaurant, anti-g.....- 4/22/2005 4:16:51 PM
Potpourri of Posted Religious Documents (salon) Digby has a posting about Gov Haley Barbour signing a law in Mississippi okaying the posting of religious documents on government property. Instead of fighting this as an issue of separation of church.....- 4/22/2005 3:32:00 PM
Bush Touts Success of Parks Program While National Parks Service Tells Congress of Shortages (salon) Dissonance-Bush's Remarks: One of my concerns back when I first started running for President was to make sure that our national park system worked well for all our citizens.  The parks belong to the .....- 4/22/2005 3:14:41 PM
Separation of Church and State (salon) The one platform so far that we agree with Chet Edwards about.Andrew Sullivan via TPMQUOTE FOR THE DAY I: "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no.....- 4/22/2005 2:10:51 PM
Bush's Visit to the Smokies Cancelled (salon) Background: Bad weather kept Bush from attending the most-polluted national park today; instead the plane was turned around and headed for sunny Texas. Bush, despite his hot air, is not a responsible .....- 4/22/2005 1:10:58 PM
Jon Stewart on Time Magazine and Ann Coulter (salon) At the Time shindigJon Stewart's Time Line Jon Stewart wowed 'em at the Time shindig celebrating the mag's 100 most influential people Tuesday night in Manhattan. Chosen as the entertainer for the eve.....- 4/22/2005 10:45:11 AM
Bush has a Rival for World Domination and Imperialism-The New Pope (salon) It has become commonplace to read on an almost daily basis of Bush meddling, bullying and threatening other countries, either himself or through one of his agents, such as C Rice, into doing what the .....- 4/22/2005 9:15:17 AM
Bush Event Being Probed by Secret Service (salon) Followup on the three people who were removed from the Colorado Bush "town hall" meeting for Social Security after supposed Secret Service agents saw a "No More Blood for Oil" bump.....- 4/22/2005 1:20:27 AM
Sen Wayne Allard (R) of Colorado thinks vigilantes should be deputized for border patrol (salon) Even Bush believes the Minute Men are vigilantes. Immigration advocates and Border Patrol officials have raised concerns about the volunteers. President Bush has said he is opposed to "vigilantes.....- 4/22/2005 1:08:52 AM
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