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Project 21 Disses Charles Rangel (salon) We saw this press release today entitled "Black Activists Rap Rangel for Opposing Social Security Reform: Congressman's 'Disappointing' Rant Reduces Chances for Black Empowerment, Says Project 21.....- 4/15/2005 3:21:32 PM
More on Video News Releases (VNR) (salon) As we know, the FCC has declared that broadcast and cable channels must let the viewing public know the source of supposed "news" items that really originate with the government or a corpora.....- 4/15/2005 2:46:17 PM
Tom Craddick is Omniscient (salon) "I am omniscient."--Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick, responding to needling from a reporterWe'd like to see what's coming about his involvement in DeLay's TRMPAC. Craddick apparently a.....- 4/15/2005 2:40:39 PM
Got Fat from McDonalds, HB 107 won't let you sue (salon) We agree with this one. (And we've watched Super Size Me). As your attorney, I advise you to lay off those french fries.That's the message from state Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale, a Houston-area lawmaker w.....- 4/15/2005 2:35:00 PM
Bush Says He Wants His Privacy Respected (salon)  President Bush said Thursday that the public should know as much as possible about government decision-making, but national security and personal privacy — including his — need to be protected. Does .....- 4/15/2005 2:10:23 PM
The Tort Burden On Texas Businesses, By the Numbers (salon) Per WampumRaw data which includes the 2002 Texas Liability Insurance Closed Case Annual Report.Part of the data:• With a price tag of about $2.1 billion, the cost of personal injury cases to businesse.....- 4/15/2005 2:02:16 PM
HB 1348- Texas House Supports Election Bill that would gut attack ad money (salon) We are proud at this moment to be Texans. HB 1348 is designed to not only prevent union and corporate money from being used in attack ads within 60 days of an election, but requires disclosure of who .....- 4/15/2005 1:32:44 PM
Most House Dems Vote Against Estate Tax Repeal-not Chet Edwards (salon) Estate (or Death) Taxes don't affect most people at all, only the very wealthy. Last month, Graetz and Yale political scientist Ian Shapiro published "Death By A Thousand Cuts," chronicling .....- 4/15/2005 1:31:12 PM
Chet Edwards Stance on Schiavo mentioned in Novak's Column (salon) We knew that Chet Edwards had voted with the Republicans to interfere in the private life of the Schiavos. His statement:March 21, 2005  ( Washington , DC ) - U.S. Representative Chet Edwards released.....- 4/15/2005 1:31:47 PM
For-Profit Schools Vie for Federal Funds (salon) Want your tax money going this way?BOSTON - To Alice Letteney, the community college she oversees 30 miles south of Albuquerque, N.M., has little in common with the big chains of profit-making schools.....- 4/15/2005 1:32:08 PM
FCC's Answer to Fake News (salon) As we all know, the government has been caught a number of times attempting to fool the public with video news releases (VNRs) disguised as real news. The difficulty for the television viewer is in kn.....- 4/15/2005 1:30:32 PM
Bush's Poll Numbers Slightly up, but Gallup not consistent (salon) When you see a 5 point bump between one poll and another, you need to examine the poll internals. And Left Coaster has the answer. Any wonder why Gallup is viewed skeptically in a number of serious ci.....- 4/15/2005 1:29:14 PM
LexisNexis had three times as much data stolen than originally reported (salon) LexisNexis announced on Tuesday that, rather than 32,000 citizens having their personal data stolen from the Seisint system, the number was 310,000 US citizens. Only some states have laws on the books.....- 4/15/2005 1:29:49 PM
TAKS-Commisioner Shirley Neeley wants to toughen school accountability-both sides don't like it (salon) Two sides? One side doesn't want tax money going for private school vouchers-but if a school doesn't meet accountability standards, which would be raised in Neeley's plan, more failing schools would q.....- 4/15/2005 1:27:26 PM
Even Republicans find ousting citizens from Bush events wrong (salon) From Colorado, where some citizens were ejected for what was on the bumper sticker of their car, before the event.Six of Colorado's nine members of Congress have criticized removing a person from a pr.....- 4/15/2005 1:27:48 PM
Gallup Polls- Bush in Second Year Slump-more people believe Bush misled on Iraq (salon) Our favorite waiting period is for Left Coaster to come out with the sample percentages, which they have now done. And then after you digest the implications of that finding, think about this fact: th.....- 4/15/2005 1:26:17 PM
You can commit treason in this country with impunity-Plame Case (salon) Fitzgerald completed his investigation 6 months ago. No arrests. No prosecutions. The message sent to those who commit treason is that, under the Bush administration, which uttered empty words initial.....- 4/15/2005 1:26:42 PM
Texas Sales Tax on Water? (salon) Mayor Bill White of Houston opposes a bill that is in the Texas Senate currently, that seeks to put a sales tax on tap water."Texas has historically planned for its water needs through local gove.....- 4/15/2005 1:27:01 PM
Adding to the intrigue about KBH, GOP official says she wants to come home (salon) - 4/15/2005 1:25:52 PM
Cornyn is on the Senate Judiciary Committee (salon) Houston Chronicle:When we consider Cornyn's ill-considered comments from Tuesday, which he only partially rebutted, it's a shame he has anything to do with Bush's renomination of judges that have alre.....- 4/15/2005 1:24:44 PM
When is a Vigilante a Border Patrol Volunteer (salon) We weren't aware it was legal to form bands of armed vigilantes whose purpose is to take the law in their own hands. Apparently it is. Patrols by armed volunteers, who have voiced criticism of illegal.....- 4/15/2005 1:25:30 PM
State might ban remote-control hunting (salon) We read about this a few months ago, where hunters could log into a website and operate remote-controlled guns to shoot animals located somewhere in Texas (the link, above, is to a San Antonio website.....- 4/15/2005 1:24:12 PM
Cornyn was a George Wallace supporter-explains his bizarre comment? (salon) From the Texas Observer:"With the continuing concentration of power in the hands of the inept Democratic and Republican parties, it is time for a change," Cornyn wrote in our student newspap.....- 4/15/2005 1:18:16 PM
Right Wing Fools-what they have said in the past about the Pope (salon) We have better taste than to watch those trashy shows, but know some misguided souls who do. O'Reilly - Pope a "Saddam enabler", "naive and detached from reality". Hannity - ".....- 4/15/2005 1:17:31 PM
Tom DeLay has cooties (salon) Tom DeLay overreached in the Schiavo case, and we last read a comment from him where he threatened judges -before a branch of government attacks another branch for being too political, that branch sho.....- 4/15/2005 1:16:36 PM
TX Senate, unlike House, wants to create state property tax to fund public education (salon) Highlights:immediate $1000 salary increase for teachers restore $1000 health stipend that was cut 2 years ago about 1.6 billion dollars more in education system (unspecified where the money would come.....- 4/15/2005 1:17:08 PM
Clayton Williams endorses Perry for governor (salon) We remember one of the statements Clayton Williams made when running against Ann Richards for governor in 1990, subject: rape -"If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it". Clayton has popp.....- 4/15/2005 1:15:34 PM
Decidng your own fate? Or an end to autonomy-the Theocons would end your autonomy (salon) Per DigbyDiscussion of Andrew Sullivan's comments regarding the individual's dignity, rights and ability to make decisions for oneself and one's loved ones. So let us be plain: the theoconservative vi.....- 4/15/2005 1:15:58 PM
If Bush believes Social Security trust funds are worthless, why did he use the surplus to fund tax cuts? (salon) TPM:Bush says Social Security *trust* funds are worthless, and implies he intends to default on them. Foreigners hold quite a bit of US debt. What are theirs worth? Are they going to get their money p.....- 4/15/2005 1:15:06 PM
TX House Bill HB4 (in committee) promotes technology grants for schools (salon) Bill: Houston Chronicle: The bill, sponsored by House Public Education Committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf R-Arlington, would provide at least $200 million a year in new technology funding for schools .....- 4/15/2005 1:12:07 PM
HB 2893 Originally called for RFID tags for vehicle registration tags (salon) Bill -the section that described the RFID was hereSec. 601.507.  SPECIAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATES.  (a)  Commencing not later than January 1, 2006, the department shall issue or contract for the issuan.....- 4/15/2005 1:00:56 PM
Joe Barton also against Clean Water, Joins with DeLay (salon) We wrote the other day about Joe Barton, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and his attempt, through the energy bill being considered now, to allow the EPA to extend deadlines for com.....- 4/15/2005 12:39:50 PM
On Harping on Democrats (salon) Left Coaster re: The Estate Tax and Bankrupcty BillI know that some of you are uncomfortable with the idea that I harp on Democrats just as much as I do Bush and the GOP over a lack of commitment to t.....- 4/15/2005 11:40:13 AM
A few entries missing (salon) - 4/15/2005 8:04:21 AM
Ridge Touts RFID Technology, Happens to Be on Board of RFID Contractor (salon) - 4/3/2005
Chet Edwards among those who voted for S256- Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (salon)   Roll Call:   Shame. The Bankruptcy Bill: A Tutorial in Greed Sadly, when it comes to serving the prerogatives of banks, you can forget about those family values that folks su.....- 4/1/2005
Arizona Moves Towards Mixing Guns and Alcohol (salon) We viewed this scenario on The Daily Show a few months ago. Who knew being able to pack a gun while drinking in a bar was a viable option?The Arizona House yesterday approved legislation that would al.....- 4/1/2005
Difficulties with repealing estate tax law-capital gains taxation different (salon) Apartment Groups Urge Caution on Estate Tax RepealThe National Multi Housing Council and National Apartment Association are urging the U.S. Senate to reconsider legislation that would permanently elim.....- 4/1/2005
More Computer Breaches of Security-More Credit Card Records Hacked (salon) Seems to be the month to find out that companies are doing a crummy job protecting your personal and financial data, even as they are aggregating ever more details.A security problem that prompted HSB.....- 4/1/2005
Republicans-the Party Without Ethical Standards (salon) We mentioned in our post about Chet Edwards that Nancy Pelosi attempted to bring a measure to the floor to change ethics rules-quickly tabled. The vote was 218-195, along party lines, to kill the prop.....- 4/1/2005
US Chamber releases misleading press statement about arbitration poll (salon)  We ran across this press release entitled "U.S. Chamber Releases Poll Showing Arbitration Faster, Simpler and Less Costly than Litigation". The title is pressing a viewpoint that citizens w.....- 4/6/2005
Joe Barton (R-Texas) wants to delay EPA regulations for clean air (salon) House Energy Bill Would Mean More Dirty AirThe controversial legislation includes a provision that would encourage the U.S. EPA to extend the deadline in many communities for meeting national health-b.....- 4/6/2005
Widows at Ft Hood Give Bush an earful (salon) Somehow the following was not part of the information given out by Bush describing his meeting with survivors on Tuesday.Behind closed doors at the Ft. Hood army base on Tuesday, President Bush got an.....- 4/6/2005
The "Value" of White House Press Conferences (salon) Jim VandeheiWashington Post White House correspondent Jim VandeHei was Live Online yesterday. A few excerpts:"San Francisco, Calif.: It seems like the press conferences with the spokesperson for .....- 4/6/2005
No Death Penalty for Terrorist Eric Rudolph (salon) Eric Rudolph-the man who bombed the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, and, as a serial bomber, set bombs outside abortion clinics in Sandy Springs, GA, Birmingham AL, and outside a lesbian club in Atlanta.....- 4/6/2005
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) - 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) - 3/22/2005
Time Magazine's Visual Take on the Schiavo Case (salon) - 3/22/2005
Why wasn't letting Schiavo die a Christian option, too? (salon) - 3/22/2005
White House puts credibility of Fox News credibility with WH Press officials at 90 percent (salon) - 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
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