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Corporate Sponsors of National Parks and Park Programs-Strange Bedfellows (salon) Bush, while posing as an environmental president, has underfunded the National Parks Service, despite saying that he would be increasing the budget. (Detail of various national parks budget cuts.)The .....- 4/22/2005 12:35:22 AM
Token Black Network Project 21 Attempting to make black judicial nominee a wedge issue (salon) We read a press release today from Project 21 entitled "Black Network Demands Black Judicial Nominee Be Judged On her Competence; Brown Nomination a Chance for Liberals to Prove 'They Mean What T.....- 4/21/2005 11:19:41 PM
Uncle "Spanky" Sam Comes to DeLay's District (salon) http://www.bayareanewdemocrats.org/articles2.cfm?articleID=24Members of Bay Area New Democrats took a spin with Spanky the Ben and Jerry trailer with Uncle Sam spanking Tom DeLay. Did we have fun or w.....- 4/21/2005 8:38:32 PM
Former Fox (KDFW) Newcaster Criswell says Some Media is the Tool of Satan (salon) Tuesday's Volunteer Center of Collin County lunch was not the appropriate place for former longtime local TV news anchor John Criswell to make statements about personal religious beliefs, the center's.....- 4/21/2005 6:51:02 PM
Bush Urges Senate to "Put Aside Ethics" and Confirm Bolton (salon) Typo- Bush Urges Senate to "Put Aside Politics".Mr. Bolton, who is known to have the strong support of Vice President Dick Cheney, will have to wait until at least the second week of May bef.....- 4/21/2005 5:19:03 PM
Snow Explicitly Links Cuts to the Deficit with Benefit Cuts in Social Security (salon) Talking Points MemoIs anyone listening to this? In remarks yesterday before the Bond Market Association -- one of the hardest partying groups on the street -- Treasury Secretary John Snow explicitly l.....- 4/21/2005 5:00:16 PM
Energy Bill Passes-Chet Edwards Votes for it (salon) Roll Call He also voted against striking the MTBE provisions from the bill via the Capps Amendment. He voted yesterday to allow drilling in ANWR.How does passing this energy bill  affect Somervell Cou.....- 4/21/2005 4:25:03 PM
Texas Candidate Julian Castro (San Antonio Mayor) Admits Using Twin as Stand-In (salon) - 4/21/2005 1:36:50 PM
Republicans Seeking to Divide-Frist Claims Democrats are Not People of Faith (salon) We have had enough of the far-right, outrageous viewpoint that insists that Democrats cannot possibly be religious or have a faith or be Christians .. only because they are not of the same flavor of f.....- 4/21/2005 12:08:11 PM
Gorbachev Calls US's Nuclear Arms Stance Hypocritical (salon) We didn't find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, but we could find them in the United States.The United States has an arsenal of nuclear weapons, along with Russia, to the tune of 34,000 nuclear we.....- 4/21/2005 11:38:10 AM
Tom DeLay- (salon) Tom DeLay in 1995- "The time has come that the American people know exactly what their representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid va.....- 4/21/2005 11:19:29 AM
Chet Edwards Voted Against Prohibiting Drilling in ANWR, against fuel economy (salon) House votes tonight to allow drilling for oil in the Alaska Arctic Wildlife Refuge - not a refuge anymore but as usual, we expected better from Edwards.Roll Call: TEXAS Democrats — Cuellar, N; Doggett.....- 4/20/2005 10:30:43 PM
Bush Claims Post Office Address in Illinois as Home Address for 1040 Tax Return (salon) Not Crawford, site of the faux ranch? Austin-American Statesman: WASHINGTON — They've got a ranch in rural Texas and a nice home-office setup on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. But for income tax p.....- 4/20/2005 7:48:07 PM
For what purpose do Bush's posted online speeches have audience reaction comments? (salon) We've noticed for some time when we go to the White House website or read press releases of speeches Bush is giving, that the speeches are peppered with comments such as "applause", "ho.....- 4/20/2005 6:44:50 PM
Bush on the Bankruptcy Bill Today (salon) - 4/20/2005 6:13:33 PM
Bankruptcy Law Provisions Signed into Law Today by Bush (salon) Voted for by Chet Edwards, John Cornyn and KBHPresident Bush on Wednesday signed into law a bankruptcy reform bill that will make it harder for individuals to clear their debts through bankruptcy. So,.....- 4/20/2005 5:32:56 PM
Matrix Data-Mining Grant has Expired (Seisint) (salon) Background: Lexis/Nexis informed that the Seisint breakin of personal records larger than expected.News.comData was provided by Seisint, a data-mining firm recently embroiled in a flap over an intrusi.....- 4/20/2005 5:11:04 PM
Books are one thing, but the internet? (salon) Margaret Kane from News.com House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been toughening his attacks on what he considers a too-liberal judiciary. In recent comments on Fox Radio, DeLay singled out Supreme Cou.....- 4/20/2005 4:54:40 PM
Interview with Jose Padilla's Attorney Donna Newman (salon) In case you don't recall who Jose Padilla is- he is a United States citizen that was deprived of his constituional right of habeus corpus and declared an "enemy combatant" by the Bush admini.....- 4/20/2005 4:38:08 PM
Military Lies-US Does Keep a Tally of Iraqi Civilian Deaths (salon) The Geneva Convention says that military must keep counts of civilian deaths. The US has ignored this requirement- Tommy Franks said  the US Army "don't do body counts". But according to hum.....- 4/20/2005 4:15:26 PM
Bush to Visit the Most Polluted Park in the US on Earth Day (salon) Bush is hardly any champion of environmentalism, although he has his patter down about what to say to pretend he does. The Great Smokies in Tennessee are the most polluted, while Bush cuts back progra.....- 4/20/2005 3:02:34 PM
Truck Drivers Bristle at Anti-Terror Laws (Higher License Fees) (salon) You're a truck driver that hauls nail polish and other materials that might not be environmentally safe but are not WMD. Starting May 31, truckers in the United States that haul what has been defined .....- 4/20/2005 2:31:23 PM
Energy Bill 2005 and How it Would affect Somervell County (salon) We mentioned before that Joe Barton\'s bill (HB6) does not protect the environment, particularly in his regard about clean water and clean air (you\'ve seen the cement plants in Midlothian?.....- 4/20/2005 2:13:53 PM
Gerrymandering in Texas (salon) - 4/20/2005 1:41:30 PM
DeLay Wants to Meddle in Our Lives-Tell Us What Constitutes Good Behavior (salon) "We want to define what good behavior means. And that's where you have to start."We want to have Mr. DeLay, who has his own credibility problems due to his shady, unethical behavior, mind hi.....- 4/20/2005 1:26:50 PM
Texans Join Suit Over NCLB (salon) Background- From Today- WASHINGTON — The nation's largest teachers union and school districts in Texas and two other states launched a legal fight over No Child Left Behind today, aiming to free schoo.....- 4/20/2005 12:55:28 PM
Fake News- How Companies Pay TV Experts for On-Air Product Mentions (salon) As we have discussed before, the answer to the fake news issue, which includes not only government propaganda disguised as true news, but marketing press releases presented in VNRs (Video News Release.....- 4/20/2005 12:45:48 PM
Why did the Senate Panel to investigate Iraq War Intelligence failures leave out the Curveball memo? (salon) Curveball, an Iraq emigre, was used as a main source of intelligence and justification for going to war with Iraq. As Newsweek points out, Curveball was considered a liar and his information discredit.....- 4/20/2005 11:57:21 AM
Bush-Americans have no right or calling to impose our own form of government on others. (salon) Really. Why, then, did the US preemptively attack Iraq, who was not a threat to us, on the false pretext of WMD, and then decide to change the pretext to bringing them democracy?Reading further into B.....- 4/20/2005 10:38:40 AM
Hutchison Hijinks at the NRA (salon) Burnt Orange Report on the utter foolishness of KBH in her attempt to pander to the right-wing nuts at the NRAKBH tried to win favor with gun owners by saying this at the NRA convention:"The Fren.....- 4/20/2005 9:59:44 AM
TX House CPS Bill to privatize foster care, prevent homosexuals from being foster parents (salon) Houston Chronicle: Private contractors would be responsible for placing abused and neglected children in foster homes and monitoring their progress under a Texas House plan lawmakers passed Tuesday to.....- 4/20/2005 9:39:46 AM
Needs of the American People VS Radical Idealogical Elements in the Republican Party Base (salon) Harry Reid to Mitch McConnell regarding judicial nominations via KOSThank you for your letter yesterday regarding judicial nominations. I assume that your reply to my March 15 letter is not a substitu.....- 4/19/2005 11:20:36 PM
Tom DeLay's Email Protesting his Innocence and a Rebuttal (salon) Tom's Email Broken Down - Note to Tom DeLay: If it takes 2540 words to explain why you didn’t do anything wrong, you’ve probably done something wrong. Rebuttal - DeLay's DodgeYesterday, in an effort t.....- 4/19/2005 10:56:12 PM
Drug and Alcohol Employee Testing-Reported to TDPS for commercial license holders (salon) SB 217-  Requires all firms and agencies using drug testing on workers holding commercial driver's licenses to report results to the Texas Department of Public Safety if results exceed the legal limit.....- 4/19/2005 10:39:16 PM
Changes to Zero Tolerance Bill in Texas (salon) We've read our share of silly situations in which students have been expelled from school by some innocent action that nevertheless went against strict zero-tolerance policy.SB 126 changes this for th.....- 4/19/2005 10:29:24 PM
Spanking in Texas-Pro and Con (salon) Rep Dutton sponsored HB 383 which gives the custodial parent the right to use "corporal punishment for the reasonable discipline of the child"  Last Action: 04/19/2005  H  Non.....- 4/19/2005 10:16:04 PM
Texas HB 3563 Calls for Randomly Testing Students for Steroid Use (salon) Phil King of Weatherford is author.The bill would apply to students competing under UIL rules. Houston Chronicle:Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, said if his bill is passed, a student-athlete who tests .....- 4/19/2005 10:07:06 PM
Enron Documentary Opens in Houston- When's Ken Lay Coming to Trial? (salon) Houston Chronicle: The documentary includes internal corporate videos, bits of Skilling's 2002 testimony before Congress and photos of ex-executives ensnared in criminal cases. Lay appears in his post.....- 4/19/2005 10:00:40 PM
Why is Luger eager to push through Bolton's nomination? (salon) We watched with fascination the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on vote for John Bolton for UN Ambassador. Senator Lugar, as chair, repeatedly attempted to cut off any discussion of new all.....- 4/19/2005 9:39:05 PM
White House's Trent Duffy Seems to Indicate Bush Pre-Screens Audiences for (salon) We have written previously about Bush's pre-screened meetings which ensure, first, that only those who agree with his policies can attend, ensure that all participants on the platform are pre-screened.....- 4/19/2005 9:28:55 PM
Obama's Speech at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (salon) Compare what he says about Lincoln and what made him a great president versus Bush.And yet what separates Lincoln from the other great men has to do with something else. It's an issue of character tha.....- 4/19/2005 8:07:35 PM
Fire Bombs In Iraq: Napalm by any other name (salon) The Iraq Analyis reportSummaryThis briefing examines the continuing use of incendiary weapons by the US military in Iraq. US officials have been forced to admit using the MK-77 incendiary, a modern fo.....- 4/18/2005 8:12:13 PM
Violent Language from the GOP to intimidate opponents (salon) David Sirota One thing's for sure - Bush and the GOP really have "changed the tone"...for the worse. In response to increasingly violent language from John Cornyn, Tom DeLay, what does Bush .....- 4/18/2005 6:59:32 PM
Dept of Education Threatens the State of Texas- Ultimatum about NCB (salon) We once again ponder the ironic principle of Republicans past that believed in less big government and more states rights. Texas has decided, due to believing that the standards applied to the disable.....- 4/18/2005 6:49:49 PM
Iraqis aren't able to emigrate to the United States (salon) Iraq is not a stable country. Despite the mlitary presence of the United States occupation, which has led to some Iraqis being threatened by the nationalists in Iraq for their support of the US, the U.....- 4/18/2005 8:19:46 AM
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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
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