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Ruminations of the Easily Amused - Winter Storm Hath Descended Edition for Dec 6 2013 (salon) Last night it sounded like the Hounds of Hell were loose in the yard and at one point I heard a loud crash. My dog kennel area, which has held up great with normal weather, fell in under the weight of.....- 12/6/2013 10:41:37 AM
The Myth of Affordable Health Care (pstern) Obama and legislators lied to us.  The insurance industry still manipulates the marketplace.  There is no affordable health care.  We were better off before Obamacare and it was tough e.....- 12/5/2013 10:12:58 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Dec 5 2013 (salon) Here comes the Ice Storm. Will we be entombed in ice? I'm wrong when I do the same thing that I call out someone else for doing. WHEN Will Luminant declare bankruptcy? While their main .....- 12/5/2013 10:28:53 PM
The Promise to Rent out Amphitheatre for a buck a month ($10 year)- Somervell County 12/5/2013 (salon) Here's the agenda for the meeting coming up on Dec 9 2013 Two things of interest to me. One is that the Promise will be leasing the amphitheatre for a buck a year, as well as having insurance, .....- 12/5/2013 3:27:47 PM
Quick Muse O Day-Should Judge Mike Ford politic on an issue he may be called upon to vote about? (salon) Recently we heard, and have an audio recording of, that Mike Ford said that he was going to push his own agenda about whether to dissolve the hospital district or not. (look on that link for Bully Pul.....- 12/5/2013 1:11:27 PM
Glen Rose Medical Center Embezzlement Case- Disposition from Open Records Request (salon) Background PDF 2 parts I thought were interesting. This from Ray Reynolds This from the controller Note that though this was supposed to be before a grand jury in early 2013, it ac.....- 12/5/2013 12:26:55 PM
Somervell County Hospital District*s Attorney Opinion On Why Okay to Fund Pecan Family Medical Center-We Don*t Agree (salon) Get comfortable as this will be a LONG post. Readers know I previously put in a complaint to the sheriff's department, first, about GRMC spending taxpayer money in Pecan Plantation and second, abo.....- 12/5/2013 2:49:54 PM
Question O Day-Which County Connected Employees are Spending the Week in Las Vegas on Our Dime? (salon) I'm sorry, you don't get a prize for the right answer as my prize money already went to pay for Mike Ford's budget. P.S. From the Glen Rose Reporter last year-letter from Mike Ford abou.....- 12/4/2013 11:42:23 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Dec 3 2013 (salon) For me, the last part of the year is spent trying to get some projects done so as not to drag them into a fresh new year. One of those projects is cleaning the garage, so posting may be slow between n.....- 12/3/2013 10:54:41 AM
Happy Thanksgiving! (salon) For me, the last part of the year is spent trying to get some projects done so as not to drag them into a fresh new year. One of those projects is cleaning the garage, so posting may be slow between n.....- 11/27/2013 11:24:56 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Nov 27 2013 (salon) On Black Friday. I don't do Black Friday and never have. I notice that this year in particular Black Friday has become a pavlovian term that isn't for a specific day any longer but just Sales .....- 11/27/2013 12:30:40 PM
The Problem Pyramid Theory-Who's On Top of the Problem Pyramid? (salon) I read a book some years back about problem solving and whose responsibility a given situation/problem actually is. Sometimes, the book pointed out, we want to make a problem belong to someone but the.....- 11/26/2013 6:23:24 PM
Have You Been Turned Away from Being Treated at Pecan Family Medical Center (Granbury)? (salon) Update 3/21/2015-Even Brian Birdwell jumps to conclusions. Update: 12/19/2014- I continue to believe the exact same thing as when I first wrote this (and, for those who have trouble understanding t.....- 11/26/2013 2:29:24 PM
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE! (pstern) Update 3/21/2015-Even Brian Birdwell jumps to conclusions. Update: 12/19/2014- I continue to believe the exact same thing as when I first wrote this (and, for those who have trouble understanding t.....- 11/26/2013 10:41:40 AM
Andy Lucas Says Remedy for Pecan Plantation Taxpayer Spending Lies in District Court (salon) Should Somervell County Hospital District be spending Somervell County taxpayer money in Hood County's Hospital District at gated community Pecan Plantation's Pecan Family Medical Center? We&n.....- 11/26/2013 10:52:10 AM
Texas Electric Industry Wants Ratepayers to Bail Them Out! Corporate Welfare! (salon) Unfair Park At a PUC meeting late last month, Commissioners Donna Nelson and Brandy Marty each signaled their intention to set a mandatory level of surplus power generation to avert blackouts. Ho.....- 11/25/2013 12:30:24 PM
Ruh-Roh! One of the Investors with EFH Isn't Coming to the Table (salon) Bloomberg “The company thought by keeping everyone negotiating and having a consensual plan that they could save much more in value, but they really misjudged how upset the first-lien lende.....- 11/25/2013 12:22:08 PM
Gov. Perry did not explain how providing medical coverage would result in the deaths of 1,000 people. (salon) Opposing Views According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, more than one million Texans would have medical coverage under the expansion of Medicaid in Texas, reported The Brownsv.....- 11/25/2013 12:10:19 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Nov 24 2013 - Sleet Day Edition (salon) Getting all hunkered down in the house for what is promised to be a big winter storm coming through this afternoon. We brought in firewood and have the fireplace all ready to light. I've been work.....- 11/24/2013 12:24:42 PM
Texas Supreme Court ruled that City wasn't necessary on petition (pharper) I was looking at the Secretary of State's Petitions page here and saw this little item in the FAQ, look at the part in bold: I’ve heard there have been legal challenges to the requ.....- 11/21/2013 4:34:56 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for November 20 2013-McDonalds is a Joke Edition (salon) I was looking at the Secretary of State's Petitions page here and saw this little item in the FAQ, look at the part in bold: I’ve heard there have been legal challenges to the requ.....- 11/20/2013 3:23:54 PM
Somervell County Hospital District Lawyer: Board can call an election on its own without a petition (pharper) In response to my request yesterday to the attorney for the Hospital District for a clarification on the board's ability to call a dissolution election and what he told them, I received a .....- 11/19/2013 11:18:05 AM
Want to help re-gather signatures for hospital dissolution petittion? (pharper) We have a list of folks that signed the petition once already so we just need to focus on contacting those folks and getting them to sign again. If you would like to help please contact Paul harp.....- 11/19/2013 7:23:12 AM
Are the Somervell County Hospital District lawyers misleading the board members and the public? (pharper) I did not attend the special hospital district board meeting today because I was working but I had heard their lawyer, Kevin A. Reed of the Reed, Claymon, Meeker, & Hargett PLLC, was telling th.....- 11/18/2013 9:16:10 PM
Petition for an election to dissolve the Somervell County Hospital District - Round 2 (pharper) Update Feb. 26, 2014 Round 1 Today, the Somervell County Hospital District declined our petition because 213 people did not have a city listed with their address. Not because those people were not.....- 11/18/2013 8:39:11 PM
Sid *Sonogram* Miller-How To Profit From Your Campaign in One Easy Step (salon) So... You loan your campaign $10,000 bucks. Your campaign doesn't pay you back till you lose in a campaign last year (that would be the primary race against Dr Mike Jones and J D Sheffield). THEN .....- 11/16/2013 11:02:27 PM
On Somervell County Hospital District's Attorney and the Texas Public Information Act(AG Opinion) (salon) When I have asked for public information records from various entities, at times the governmental entity has wanted to withhold information. Without exception in the past, the entity has written to th.....- 11/15/2013 11:52:13 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Nov 15 2013 (salon) I don't get into spitting contests with PTSD victims. Instead, and I recommend this, one needs to have compassion for those afflicted by that. Insurance companies scamming the system- shall.....- 11/15/2013 2:27:01 PM
Somervell County Hospital District schedules special board meeting (pharper) There was a meeting notice posted today...here is the back story behind this.   SOMERVELL COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT D/B/A Glen Rose Medical Center SPECIAL MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRE.....- 11/14/2013 9:16:25 PM
Who Actually Owns the Debt on the $14.4 Mil Certificates of Obligation? Somervell County Owns the Bonds (salon) I had thought that, since Somervell County no longer budgeted for the 14.5 Million CO that Mike Ford illegally voted for, that they had actually transferred the paper debt to Somervell County Hosp.....- 11/14/2013 2:56:08 PM
Poor Poor Rick *Ooops* Perry- ARen't the Eyeglasses Helping Ya? (salon) From The Hill Former Iowa Republican Party Political Director Craig Robinson says he saw little new from Perry during his recent campaign events in the Hawkeye State. “The big difference.....- 11/13/2013 12:46:41 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Nov 13 2013 (salon) Oh, NOW Google is NO longer Amused at being spied upon by the NSA -funny how when Google allowed NSA to spy on other people, the reaction was "meh". I've spent the last ten y.....- 11/13/2013 11:35:39 AM
Get Rid of the SBOE!!! (pstern) Time to Get rid of the $BOE   Get rid of the [Texas] State Board of Education and let districts govern themselves.  The SBOE is a placebo agency with too much power and is&nb.....- 11/12/2013 8:10:07 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Nov 12 2013 (salon) Supposed to be really cold tonight with a brisk wind coming in from the north. I have a cedar panel I'm going to put together today around where the dog houses are to cut the wind. Will take a .....- 11/12/2013 1:53:51 PM
Microsoft Gets Rid of Stack Ranking- ABOUT TIME!!!! (salon) I haven't worked for Microsoft for some years, but when I did the stack ranking applied. Basically, no matter how good you were, the managers only allocated so many spots at the top. What was bad .....- 11/12/2013 1:14:42 PM
What is Latest on Lawsuit Against Happy Hill (now called North Texas Academy) (salon) You can read the background here. Basically, the case is about a nurse at Happy Hill  (Glen Rose-Granbury) that was dispensing medication to children by signing triplicate-form presciption pad.....- 11/12/2013 12:14:29 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Nov 10 2013 (salon)   Incognito vs Martin - Incognito says racist comments just part of locker room culture What will our coastline be like after the ice melts? New-Build Nuclear Power is dead .....- 11/10/2013 4:08:28 PM
Why Is *Army of One* Appropriate for a Public School? (Dennis Lee Ministries) (salon) Saw this in the Glen Rose Reporter this week. First caught my eye, frankly, because I wondered why a child-targeted production was using such heavy military themes. (Incidentally, elementary school.....- 11/10/2013 2:50:07 PM
Wondering Why Somervell County Doesn't Sell the Big Welfare Entities like the Golf Course Expo Center Amphitheatre (salon) Have been wondering about this for a long time. Somervell County owns a number of large buildings or properties. It's my understanding that TXU property taxes and maybe some original deal to br.....- 11/10/2013 10:07:46 AM
Request for Kathy Thomas to have copy of Petition --- NOW (ConcernedCitizen) I have a question regarding the petition that was recently turned over to the hospital district.  I realize the "hospital district" is verifying the signatures for val.....- 11/9/2013 7:51:21 AM
Luminant Has Stopped Trying to Get those 2 new reactors-Comanche Peak (salon) FW Star-Telegram Luminant, in a letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, cited a recent decision by its reactor partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, to focus its efforts on restor.....- 11/8/2013 10:26:24 PM
Agenda for Somervell County Commish Ct for Nov 12 2013 Includes Job Postings (salon) from SOCO website includes golf course positions (mechanic) This was from the Glen Rose Reporter of 9/19/2013 Don't forget that the elected officials originally made sure they .....- 11/8/2013 3:42:50 PM
Day 2: What is the Hospital District doing with the petitions? (pharper) Yesterday was day 2 since the petition to dissolve the Somervell County Hospital District was turned in. What is the progress? I contacted their lawyers yesterday wondering why they hadn't .....- 11/8/2013 10:36:16 AM
Somervell County Employee gets 50 percent of gross receipts for the Squaw Valley Club House (salon) Here's the management contract signed by Duff Cunningham and Mike Ford on or about October 1 2013 One of the commissioners told me it was his understanding that turning over the golf course.....- 11/7/2013 1:42:58 PM
Somervell County Judge Mike Ford violated the Open Meetings Act (pharper) Prior to the November 5, 2013 public meeting notice being posted I wanted to validate whether there would be a chance for public comments so I went to Somervell County Judge Mike Ford, who was work.....- 11/7/2013 9:40:28 AM
Why Is Arrogant Somervell County Hospital District SITTING on Dissolution Petition (salon) Listen to the following snippet from the special session Somervell County Commissioners/Somervell County Hospital District meeting from Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. Note that the Somervell County hospital.....- 11/7/2013 9:10:53 AM
Day 1: What is the Hospital District doing with the petitions that were handed to them yesterday? (pharper) Today is day one after receiving the 933 signatures on a petition to dissolve the hospital district, what is the district doing with the petition? According to the clerks office they have not yet rece.....- 11/6/2013 2:39:27 PM
Say! Where's Josh Pendergraft in the photo from the fancy shmancy GRMC brochure? (salon) Glen Rose Medical Center obviously spent quite a bit of taxpayer money putting out an advert brochure. I came across the page that describes the radiology dept and has a photo of a couple of radiology.....- 11/6/2013 9:18:00 AM
Comanche Peak Nuclear Reactor Trips During Testing - (Nov, 2013) (salon) From Nuclearstreet.com via K Haddam Unit 2 of the Comanche Peak nuclear plant in Texas went offline Friday after routine testing set off safety systems. According to a report filed with the Nu.....- 11/6/2013 8:44:19 AM
Petition to dissolve the Somervell County Hospital District has been delivered (pharper) The petition to dissolve the Somervell County Hospital District was today turned over to the Hospital District!! It was presented by me during their joint meeting with the County today to when.....- 11/5/2013 10:10:14 PM
Texas Voters Approved ALL 9 Constitutional Propositions... (pstern) ... and there goes the neighborhood! It always boggles my mind that Texas voters are so foolish that they vote for at least 90 percent of all propositions in a Constitutional Election.  I .....- 11/5/2013 9:07:00 PM
Muse O Day- If Somervell County Owns the Squaw Valley Golf Course and Operates It... (salon) then why is the TABC liquor license in another company name? I thought the whole point of buying out Duff Cunningham's contract and no longer contracting out with him as third party to run it was .....- 11/5/2013 8:41:00 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for November 5, 2013 (salon) Ooops. Greg Abbot flagged as suspicious voter by the Voter ID law he pushed. hahah Abbott was flagged because his license lists his name as “Gregory Wayne Abbott” while his vote.....- 11/5/2013 8:21:04 PM
Audio- Somervell County Commissioners Meeting Nov 5 2013 (salon) Audio Got this via an open records request to Candace Garrett, done on Nov 5 2013 at 12:26 pm. . Hi, Candy I am requesting, on CD, audio of the Somervell County Commissioners meeting that w.....- 11/5/2013 7:23:49 PM
Somervell County Hospital District Doesn't Trust The Elections Dept to do a good job (salon) I didn't attend the meeting this morning of the joint Somervell County Commissioners Court and Somervell County Hospital District, but heard that, when the petitions were turned in, rather than.....- 11/5/2013 3:05:45 PM
About Budgets and Having Nice Things (salon) Suppose you sit yourself and your family down at the beginning of every year and figure out what your budget is going to be for that year. If you can, you try to put money aside in case of an emergenc.....- 11/4/2013 4:59:35 PM
Obamacare: additional costs... (pstern) I just received a notification that the premium for the individual health plan I have had for my 16-year old son since he was born is increasing $12 per month, or 4.56 percent "due to" 2 .....- 11/4/2013 1:35:39 PM
The Issue with Somervell County Hospital District Spending Money at Pecan Plantation is NOT BAD DEBT (salon) Audio Rough transcript "I've got the Pecan plantation income statement... this is just pulling everything out that is done at Pecan... " Shaw "I think Pecah Plantatio.....- 11/4/2013 2:04:41 PM
On Glen Rose Medical Center and the *Conversations* About Leasing (salon) Clipped that audio segment, a few callouts from this. Below may not be verbatim but my rough notes. Please listen to hear not only the exact wording but tone of voice, etc. Doesn't see CHS *own.....- 11/4/2013 12:57:21 PM
Dissolution of hospital district is a good thing for OUR COMMUNITY and US TAXPAYERS!!! (ConcernedCitizen)   ---The hospital authority board, that was appointed by the county commissioners, was given a directive to solicite an outside agency to run the hospital (for the benefit of US taxpa.....- 11/4/2013 11:06:22 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Nov 4 2013 (salon) Good News on Wendy David polling (Texas Tribune via Brains and Eggs) Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, holds a single-digit lea.....- 11/4/2013 10:35:57 AM
Audio- Somervell County Hospital District Oct 22 2013 Meeting (salon) Audio Link-Full Will break this down after the weekend Here's the agenda for the meeting. Note that the meeting is for the Somervell Hospital Authority Board rather than the District (o.....- 11/3/2013 12:47:32 PM
Election Day is Nov 5th: Confused How to Vote on Tuesday? (pstern) You're probably not alone if you are confused how to vote Nov. 5th on each of the 9 Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Texas Ballot. To help you comprehend the pros and cons of each .....- 11/3/2013 9:26:19 AM
Uh-Oh.. Secured Lenders don't like EFH Making that Interest Payment (Nov 2013) (salon) from Bloomberg The former TXU Corp. is making the distribution after creditors failed to agree on a reorganization plan before today’s payment deadline. The next key date comes in March whe.....- 11/3/2013 8:43:36 AM
LEGAL TAX SCAM: Big Companies Go To Court For Tax Relief (pstern) What is happening in Texas is occurring throughout the nation.  Big companies are taking their tax woes to the courts and are reaping huge tax cuts. In Texas companies like Walgreen&#.....- 11/3/2013 8:32:47 AM
Update: Petition to dissolve Somervell County Hospital District has 851 signatures! November 2, 2013 (pharper) The petition to dissolve the Somervell County Hospital District (original post here) has 851 of the 790 signatures required (where that required number comes from)! Breakdown of signatures.....- 11/2/2013 1:47:18 PM
On Prop 8- Hidalgo Hospital District Texas Constitution Change on the Ballot (salon) Voting day is Tuesday. While looking at articles about the propositions on the ballot, I came across this from the Austin-American Statesman. Proposition 8 The constitutional amendment repeal.....- 11/2/2013 12:02:20 PM
Federal Judges Support TX Abortion Law (pstern) The anti-abortion law in Texas appears to send us back into the 1950's, when women could not get abortions in the US and had to go to other countries and/or Puerto Rico to get an abortion. .....- 11/2/2013 9:27:14 AM
Somervell County Commissioners Court and their VAGUE Agendas (salon) Here's a public agenda for the Somervell County Commissioners Court meeting October 28, 2013. It's entitled Budget Workshop. The full audio is here on the Somervell County website. .....- 11/1/2013 11:49:17 AM
EFH/Luminant One of the top Texas PAC Contributors for Prop 6 (Water) (salon) Ask yourself why Energy Future Holdings, according to TPJ, donated $250,000 From Unfair Park Texans are set to decide whether to ratify a constitutional amendment creating a $2 billion water i.....- 10/31/2013 10:14:03 PM
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!! (pstern) Ask yourself why Energy Future Holdings, according to TPJ, donated $250,000 From Unfair Park Texans are set to decide whether to ratify a constitutional amendment creating a $2 billion water i.....- 10/31/2013 10:48:48 AM
BOO!!!!Here Comes the Desperation to Keep TAXING YOU! (Somervell County Hospital District) (salon) Just in time for Halloween!!!! If you thought Gary Marks did not do enough to scare people in the first hospital district election when he told hospital people they'd lose their jobs if the dis.....- 10/31/2013 12:27:06 AM
SHAME ON YOU, EFH-Luminant if you will NOT PAY YOUR PROPERTY TAXES (salon) UPDATE: Here is audio of the Somervell County Commissioners Court from October 28, 2013, part clipped of Precinct 2 Commissioner John Curtis discussing this. Previously today we discussed the rumbl.....- 10/30/2013 6:07:40 PM
What MIGHT happen when EFH (Luminant/Comanche Peak) declares bankruptcy? (salon) UPDATE- 10/31/2013- Bloomberg says that EFH will make an interest payment due tomorrow rather than file for bankruptcy Talks fell apart after various creditor groups to the former TXU Corp......- 10/30/2013 11:27:51 AM
My Bankruptcy Story (salon) When I was new to the job market,, I went to work for a place that made custom recording equipment, mixing consoles to be exact, named Flickingers .  My job was in the electronic area that solder.....- 10/30/2013 10:18:04 AM
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