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Mitigating Identity Theft by Validating Financial Transactions (salon) Article making the point that the real crime connected with the theft of data from such clearinghouses as LexisNexis, Choicepoint is not identify theft but fraud.A criminal impersonates a victim onlin.....- 4/6/2005
DeLay Wants to Protect Makers of MTBE from lawsuits (salon) We watched a television documentary on MTBE a few years back, where a town's entire water supply was befouled, and not cleaned up. MTBE, or methyl tertiary-butyl ether, is an oxygenate widely used in .....- 4/6/2005
Bush trying to beat Reagan's vacation record (salon) We can only feel sorry for Mr. Bush, who, because of the course of his strenous campaign last year, was unable to have his month-long vacation in Crawford. This year he will make it up and spend the m.....- 4/1/2005
While cutting SS benefits for others, Congress has generous pension plans (salon) Politicians have guaranteed retirement plans and have made no changes to the plan since 1983. How good are these pensions? Lawmakers who left Congress last January are receiving pensions ranging from .....- 4/1/2005
Bush Halfway Done With His Roadshow (salon) Kevin Drum discusses the lack of political courage Bush is displaying by not only not sending a "serious proposal of his own to Congress" but expecting others to do it instead. To add to his.....- 3/28/2005
Parliament Fiasco in Iraq (salon) Kevin Drum discusses the lack of political courage Bush is displaying by not only not sending a "serious proposal of his own to Congress" but expecting others to do it instead. To add to his.....- 3/28/2005
Bush's Dance-Steps Around the International Court re Darfur (salon) What happens with the war-crimes cases from the Sudan? France has proposed a resolution that these cases, which number near 300,000 Darfur deaths, would refer Darfur to the International Court at Hagu.....- 3/28/2005
Minority Report-style Pre-Crime actions for Bush "town hall" meetings (salon) We wrote in another blog entry about the people who were thrown out of a Bush Social Security public meeting because they had a bumper sticker someone didn't like. The people were not coming to protes.....- 3/28/2005
Breaking down Laura Bush's Comments at the Women's Teacher Training Institute in Afghanistan (salon) Laura Bush is visiting Afghanistan this week and has announced some new initiatives for Afghanistan. We plan, over time, to examine each piece, who is behind it, and if known, who funds it.First, some.....- 3/28/2005
Bush, Sanchez and the Era of Non-Accountability (salon) Yesterday the ACLU released a memo in which Ricardo Sanchez, the top US commander in Iraq, authorized prisoner interrogation techniques such as using guard dogs to exploit Arab's fear of dogs. These t.....- 3/28/2005
US dismantling government in favor of private corporation services (salon) Excellent article- Why the US is Becoming a Failed State“Privatization of social security is a road to government abdication, the cause of failed statehood.” – Henry C.K. Liu, “The Business of Private.....- 3/28/2005
How much does it cost for Bush's closed town hall meetings? (salon) and other propaganda?President Bush is visiting 15 states [1]. To be generous, let's assume that he will fly Air Force One on just ten of those trips. In a continuing spirit of generosity, let's assum.....- 3/28/2005
Democracy in Iraq doesn't include: (salon) Open Meetings: Journalists kicked out of Iraqi Parliament meeting- Speaker of parliament says meeting of parliament to be held in secret. Demonstrations: Iraq Official discourages demonstrations-the d.....- 3/28/2005
After elections, Bush continues to screen who gets to attend his town hall meetings (salon) We didn't agree, when Bush was running for his second term, with his practice of stacking his audience only with supporters. Compared to Kerry, who welcomed even those who disagreed with his ideals, B.....- 3/28/2005
March 19, 2005 Second Anniversary of Iraq War Protests in Our Area (salon) On March 19, in the United States and around the world, massive protests were held to protest the United States' involvement in Iraq. We know and have known that the justification for being in Iraq, W.....- 3/19/2005 8:55:00 AM
Public doesn't like RFID Chips? Homeland Security Calls Them By Another Name (salon) We've been reading for the last few years about the onset of Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID). RFIDs are very small chips, about the size of a grain of rice, that transmit information to a r.....- 3/28/2005
Choicepoint Data in 2000 tried to form a partnership with the FBI to sell personal private information (salon) What we know about Choicepoint Data.They were affiliated with DBT, the company behind  the 2000 Presidential Voting Rolls Scandal in Florida, where many legitimate voters were purged off the voting ro.....- 3/22/2005
Liberal is a code word (salon) Scripting News Liberal, in the dictionary: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open.....- 3/22/2005
Michael Moore Was Right about the Saudis, FBI and 911 (salon) Scripting News Liberal, in the dictionary: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open.....- 3/22/2005
Time Magazine's Visual Take on the Schiavo Case (salon) Scripting News Liberal, in the dictionary: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open.....- 3/22/2005
Why wasn't letting Schiavo die a Christian option, too? (salon) Scripting News Liberal, in the dictionary: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open.....- 3/22/2005
White House puts credibility of Fox News credibility with WH Press officials at 90 percent (salon) Scripting News Liberal, in the dictionary: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. Favoring proposals for reform, open.....- 3/21/2005
CNN Airs a Story By TV Reporter paid by State of Florida (salon) Reporter Mike Vasilinda not only did the news on-air but earned hundreds of thousands of money for PR pieces the government of Florida paid him for. His Tallahassee company, Mike Vasilinda Productions.....- 3/21/2005
More on DeLay-In light of the overwhelming disapproval of Congressional meddling, he steps out (salon) Mr. DeLay was front and center in the political opportunity show surrounding the Terri Schaivo situation. He said “One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo, to help elevate the visibility.....- 3/21/2005
Tom DeLay on end-of-life-Do As I Say, Not As I Do (salon) We are not surprised to read that when Tom DeLay faced his own "Right to Die" moment with regard to his father, he and his family decided to remove the life-sustaining equipment and let his .....- 3/21/2005
Will Evangelicals Get Loud About Wolfowitz's Mistress? (salon) We were reading Digby's Hullabaloo this morning concerning Paul Wolfowitz, nominated to head the World Bank. (The World Bank is the institution that loans money to lesser countries; unfortunately it o.....- 3/21/2005
Mr Bush's Priorities (salon) When Mr. Bush was given a Presidential Daily Briefing on August 6th, 2001 that Bin Laden was "Determined to Attack Within the United States", he continued his month-long vacation. We saw pho.....- 3/20/2005
Our private and personal information-mishandled by the Transportation Security Administration (salon) Homeland Security Department Acting Inspector General Richard Skinner, after an investigation, found that the TSA had "misled" the public about the personal information it got to test the CA.....- 3/20/2005
Pentagon's New Plans Reveal that Those Who Violate International Law Are Considered Threats (salon) The Pentagon is releasing the new National Defense Strategy. Among its four major strategic objectives:Securing the United States from direct attack from other countries. We are interested to read how.....- 3/20/2005
If the Texas House has its way, the public would be limited in participation about environmental planning decisions (salon) Rep Dennis Bonnen of Angleton is the House rep pushing HB 2758. Although Public Citizen's reports show that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality works more efficiently to issue permits than t.....- 3/20/2005
Overreaching Congress Forgets the Principles this country founded upon (salon) We haven't paid much attention to the Terri Schiavo up till now, as we have been confident that the process of courts at the state level have dealt fairly and comprehensively with the issues involved......- 3/20/2005
Pentagon/CIA-run Al Iraqiya television station in Iraq playing CPA sponsored propaganda (salon) In a new low for government-sponsored propaganda, the US-funded television station in Iraq, Al Iraqiya, is playing a show named "Terrorism", which is meant to convince Iraqis that insurgents.....- 3/20/2005
When 9 year old children and closed meetings are not enough (salon) The polls show that the public at large is not buying what George Bush is selling. In true Rain Man fashion, he has attempted to pull out all the stops to push what he recently admitted is not yet in .....- 3/20/2005
John Cornyn and Open Records (salon) We read the other day that John Cornyn and Patrick Leahy have joined together, during Sunshine Week, to improve the Freedom of Information Open Records Act Sens. John Cornyn, R-TX, and Patrick Leahy, .....- 3/20/2005
The Pentagon Channel -at what point is it inappropriate or illegal to broadcast propaganda into the US? (salon) Donald Rumsfeld, in the year 2002, announced his intention to create an "Office of Strategic Influence".  The object of the OSI was to plant propaganda and misleading stories in the internat.....- 3/20/2005
Senators On Record as being for Social Security deep benefit cuts and massive increases in debt (salon) Yesterday, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida submitted an amendment to the budget, regarding social securityAMENDMENT PURPOSE:To express the sense of the Senate that Congress should reject any Social Sec.....- 3/20/2005
Imagine Redistricting taken out of the hands of legislators and put in a bi-partisan citizen panel (SB1404) (salon) Sen Wentworth(R)of San Antonio has talked this up before, most notably in the days before the redistricting debacle that involved such elements as Tom DeLay calling out Homeland Security to find the K.....- 3/20/2005
Bush's Social Security is a Pig In a Poke (salon) A poke is a sack; buying a pig in a poke means you can't get a good look at what quality the pig is inside-hence the sage advice not to buy an item without being able to see it and investigate it. Wis.....- 3/20/2005
Prepackaged fake news- Bush White House says you have no need to know if you're watching real news or fake (salon) You're watching the nightly news half hour and a reporter does a segment on the benefits of Medicare. Nothing in the segment identifies it as having been created by a US government agency by our taxdo.....- 3/15/2005
Kip Averitt Does Good- Texas Senate Bill 59 revives partial CHIP funding (salon) Funding is not guaranteed, but Senator Averitt, who helped create the program in 1999, pushed for it's consideration for a 12 month period in the Texas Senate. We remember that Arlene Wolgemuth, who w.....- 3/15/2005
Sid Miller Votes for tax bill HB3- Chronicle (salon) Although the press release for Texas House Bill HB3 says the Property Tax Relief Act provides "5.4 billion in property tax relief and a low, flat and fair business tax for all businesses in Texas.....- 3/15/2005
Why a hypocritical standard in Christianity? The outsourcing torture dilemma (salon) We can respect the personal beliefs of some flavors of Christianity to oppose abortion and homosexuality, even if we believe personally, as well, that freedom of conscience and choice belongs to the i.....- 3/14/2005 10:50:00 PM
Tom DeLay's unethical behaviour and tolerance of same by the House (salon) Despite the Republicans best efforts to shield Tom DeLay from appearances of impropriety, his own actions in being involved in shady deals makes the best of Republicans squirm. On Tuesday, both Republ.....- 3/14/2005 9:51:00 PM
County Commissioners Meeting of March 14, 2005 (salon) Video of the meeting. Agenda was:  Approve minutes of previous Commish Court -14 Approve the following invoices for no PO number a SCVFD- $429-570 Hoyt Breathing Air Products $610.00. Mov.....- 3/14/2005 8:54:00 PM
Inaugural comments (salon) My (salon) intent is to comment on news and events occurring locally, in the state and nationally. I plan to create blogcasts at a later date to provide a listening experience as well as reading......- 3/15/2005 7:28:00 PM
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