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Does Running for a Board Require that a Person be an Expert First? (Democracy in Somervell County) (salon) Suppose you decided to run for school board tomorrow and the only qualifications you had for the position were that you have a child in school. Should the fact that you may not know about all the i.....- 7/26/2013 3:33:51 PM
About that PR Video the Somervell County Hospital Authority was Pushing Last Year (salon) Last June 22 2012, there was a joint meeting between Somervell County Commissioners Court and the Somervell County Hospital Authority (the appointed, unelected board that the county put in place). One.....- 7/26/2013 2:58:03 PM
What did David Orcutt of Lake Granbury Medical Center Say Last Year to Somervell County Commissioners? (salon) At a meeting to the Somervell County Commissioners Court on June 22 2012, listen to what invited speaker David Orcutt, former CEO of Lake Granbury Medical Center,  said about interest from CHS.....- 7/25/2013 9:52:21 PM
What about Tax Rates for the Somervell County Hospital District? (July 25 2013) (salon) I've heard that it's entirely possible that, even though the tax rate projected for the Somervell County Hospital District is 12 right now (to my knowledge the board has not yet specificall.....- 7/25/2013 5:41:58 PM
TxDOT's *pass-through* Road Projects and Lack of Oversight... (pstern) The evolution of the Texas Department of Transportation stinks like month-old fish.  The state agency does whatever it wants, with little direct oversight.  It continues to milk millions .....- 7/24/2013 9:19:24 AM
About that Embezzlement Issue with Glen Rose Medical Center (salon) One of our regular, resourceful readers found some information about the embezzling of funds from Glen Rose Medical Center about a year ago, as written up in the Glen Rose Reporter. It's of intere.....- 7/22/2013 5:27:08 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused- Dissolve Somervell County Hospital District Edition (salon) I decided the other day to put my feet where my mouth is. (Hah! that is different than putting my foot in my mouth ala baffling comments which happens sometimes) Readers may know that, while I have.....- 7/21/2013 1:10:33 PM
Abortion Laws are often stalled in the courts... (pstern)   Even though the Texas Legislature passed the "Anti-Abortion" law, it most likely will get stalled by Democrats for years.  The same is true in states where Democrats have .....- 7/21/2013 10:22:29 AM
Accident on Hwy 67 Near Chalk Mountain 7/19/2013 (Somervell County) (salon) Amanda Kimble of the Glen Rose Reporter was there- posting on Reporter Facebook page CBS11 News Ft Worth Star-Telegram says one of the families was from Bedford. NBC5-includes photo of .....- 7/19/2013 5:32:50 PM
Ponder This (Concernedcitizen) Tax free weekend before school starts---everyone loves it! BIG QUESTION-----WHY would anyone intentionally impose on themselves (as well as their family, neighbors, and friends) a TAX that coul.....- 7/19/2013 12:33:54 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 18 2013 (salon) Couple of site enhancements. I had not updated share buttons for years, did so last week, so you can share posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc. Also, after request, fixed the comment box s.....- 7/18/2013 12:38:29 PM
Is Texas a Dictatorship? (pstern) Texas appears to be little more than a Dictatorship... I am a centrist or centered Republican and I am not pro-abortion per se, but I am for right to privacy and for individual rights.&nbs.....- 7/18/2013 11:20:31 AM
Kill the [Texas] School Board of Education (pstern)  School Board members are "irked" by the new school laws approved by the legislature.   The SBOE should "irk" all Texans and should be dissolved. The Boar.....- 7/18/2013 8:53:08 AM
Here is one of AG Greg Abbott's first campaign ads for Texas Governor... (pstern)  School Board members are "irked" by the new school laws approved by the legislature.   The SBOE should "irk" all Texans and should be dissolved. The Boar.....- 7/17/2013 5:54:32 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 17 2013 (salon) I did some painting on the porch yesterday. I've already done one coating in semi-gloss on the porch floor, which looks pretty good and easy to clean, decided to do the trim around the door and.....- 7/17/2013 3:52:08 PM
AG Greg Abbott is wheel-chairing for Governor (pstern) Don't know if you've been following the start of Attorney General Greg Abbott's run for Governor. Abbott gave Perry a few days after making the announcement that he will not seek re.....- 7/16/2013 12:21:35 PM
Amused about the Miniature Ark Dedication at Creation Evidence Museum (Glen Rose) (salon) We read the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper. Last week there was an article on the *Inspiration* page about a 25 foot Noah's Ark Replica dedication ceremony. (Good thing it was in *Inspiration* becau.....- 7/16/2013 9:35:46 AM
Just a Quick Site Note (salon) This may be partially because I have been under the weather for a couple of weeks and am a little cranky. I started this site because I wanted a place to talk about subjects that interest me and wh.....- 7/15/2013 11:36:51 PM
Identify Theft Story (salon) Got a couple of telephone calls from two different vendors this weekend. In both cases, a customer service person asked for additional information to confirm an order. When I looked at the caller I.....- 7/15/2013 11:09:23 PM
Saving Glen Rose! (Concernedcitizen) UPDATE -- CORRECTION (see below)...............I've been corrected!    Downtown Glen Rose is almost closed because of TAXES Let's not drive other businesses out Do.....- 7/15/2013 10:32:26 PM
What is Rick *Thug* Perry's Favorite Subject? Why, HIMSELF, of course! (salon) Look at the hilarious pic on this. “We both went to Iraq and Afghanistan four years ago,” he continued. “I was his roommate. For seven days I heard him talk about his favo.....- 7/15/2013 12:34:36 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 15 2013 (salon) Full time employees? Not so much Thank god America doesn't have a single-payer health care system, which would be a significant burden to HR consulting firms that specialize in f***** w.....- 7/15/2013 11:38:11 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 13 2013 (salon) Just heard the jury said George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Nice to know that a wanna be vigilante can stalk an innocent kid and kill him in Florida so I can make sure nev.....- 7/13/2013 10:07:38 PM
Dewhurst Apparently Thinks No One Could See Him Working the Senate (salon) I love the time we're living in now when I can sit in my living room on the couch with my IPAD open to stream the Texas Legislature session as it's happening. Could I watch it on teevee? No.....- 7/14/2013 9:10:42 AM
Heard a Ridiculous Argument Against Dissolving the Hospital District today- Cost of Changing Info (salon) Heard that someone is running around telling people that it will cost some money to transfer over the district stuff back to the county. This is apparently as a reason to discourage people from wantin.....- 7/13/2013 2:46:17 PM
re: Abortion bill demands (pstern) Most importantly, it's a women's rights issue --- NOT for government interference and control.   I see no problem if the government wants to put effort into educating .....- 7/12/2013 3:35:32 PM
Unrestricted Diversion of Tax Dollars (pstern) In Texas, Legislators love to divert tax dollars from one fund to others.   Currently they are considering moving one-third of the sales taxes provided to DPS now to TxDOT. For once i.....- 7/11/2013 8:24:15 PM
What is the criteria for getting a tax abatement in Glen Rose? (salon) One company has asked for and is apparently getting the benefit of corporate welfare, also known as bribing a company to come to a location to bring in jobs. Does this mean every business in Somerv.....- 7/11/2013 2:19:47 PM
TX Secretary of State Shows Roger E Marks Foundation is INACTIVE (July 11 2013) (salon) Puzzle Of the Day From a search today on the Texas Secretary of State website (July 11 2013)-Notice that the status of the Dr Roger E Marks Foundation  is inactive. Reason why? Ta.....- 7/11/2013 12:17:32 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 11 2013 (salon) I'm having a week where I'm flat out tired of being sick. I got sick with a cold over a week ago, and then got a major toothache. Yesterday half of my day was spent sleeping while taking bo.....- 7/11/2013 9:22:54 AM
Somervell County Hospital Authority Audit for 2012 (salon) I'm having a week where I'm flat out tired of being sick. I got sick with a cold over a week ago, and then got a major toothache. Yesterday half of my day was spent sleeping while taking bo.....- 7/11/2013 8:33:13 AM
State Department Admits It Doesn't Know Keystone XL's Exact Route (humanbeing) From desmogblog.com: The State Department's decision to hand over control to the oil industry to evaluate its own environmental performance on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline ha.....- 7/10/2013 6:55:00 PM
Ladies of a feather flock together: Milla Perry Jones, Patricia Dewhurst and Cecilia Abbott (pstern) The sister and 2 wives of the top 3 officials in Texas... Another coincidence?   taken from the site of the Advisory Council, the Texas Conference for Women 2013: Milla P.....- 7/10/2013 8:41:57 AM
Texas Abortion Bill Targets Low-Income, Rural Women (humanbeing) From Huffington Post: "Last month, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis' marathon filibuster headed off a bill that would dramatically reduce abortion access in the state, but now Davis thi.....- 7/9/2013 9:15:25 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 9 2013-Texas Legislature Abortion Edition (salon) How many abortions in Texas were from women in Somervell County? SOMERVELL COUNTY, 2006-2010 Number of Abortions: 54 Female Population: 7,.....- 7/9/2013 11:14:46 AM
Pro-Choicer Cut Off For Expressing Her Opinion at the Mike (July 8 2013) (salon) I had posed this on another post but wanted to put this all by itself. I was watching the live stream of the Texas Senate at the time, and after this young woman was dragged out of the room, you co.....- 7/9/2013 10:40:47 AM
Perry's leaving is a catalyst for big changes... (pstern) There are going to be a lot of changes in the Texas political climate when Perry actually steps down.  The domino effect of him leaving is occurring right now.  By tomorrow Greg Abbott wi.....- 7/8/2013 2:43:55 PM
What Sigh Of Relief do I Hear? Rick Perry not running for governor again (salon) Frankly, although I'm SO glad he's finally going to quit being the Pay to Play Ho here in Texas, I have a feeling he still might run for President. If so, he didn't mention it today and.....- 7/8/2013 1:44:50 PM
Texas Woman That are Pro-Choice-CAn You Get to Austin Tomorrow? (July 8 2013) (salon) I'm myself under the weather or I would probably make the long drive down there. Anyway, Rick *Thug* Perry, who continues to talk about women who are against his abortion bills, calling them &q.....- 7/7/2013 12:53:35 PM
Whaddaya Know!Rick Perry's Sister Works for United Surgical Partners (salon) From Texas Politics One of the controversial tenets of the abortion restriction bill would require all abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, which are a distinct type of.....- 7/7/2013 9:37:47 AM
Update: Petition to dissolve hospital district is nearing 500 signatures July 5 2013 (pharper) This is an update to the original post here for the petition to dissolve the Somervell County Hospital District I know folks have been asking so I wanted to pass along some numbers. We nee.....- 7/6/2013 1:02:19 PM
'Perry Should Apologize to Wendy Davis' (pstern) This is an update to the original post here for the petition to dissolve the Somervell County Hospital District I know folks have been asking so I wanted to pass along some numbers. We nee.....- 7/5/2013 9:42:10 AM
Extremist Politics Alive and Doing Well in Texas... (pstern) The Texas Anti-Abortion bill will be passed soon.   Along with the ridiculous Voter ID Law, Texas is now back in the Dark Ages.  So, welcome back to the 1950’s!   See.....- 7/4/2013 8:48:01 AM
IF Thug Perry Chooses To Run, Ted Cruz and the Nuge May Be His Competition (salon) Hah. Read this about Ted Cruz. With Texas Republicans, Cruz is the runaway choice and they don't WANT Rick Perry to run again. A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that just 18 perc.....- 7/3/2013 9:48:14 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 3 2013 (salon) Mansplaining -which happens to be my favorite word of the month Republicans who want to write bigotry into the constitution Student's questioning violated the 4th amendment. About an EI.....- 7/3/2013 12:47:10 PM
Abortion Bill Initially Approved (pstern) No surprise here. From the Austin Statesman: Voting 8-3 along party lines, the House State Affairs Committee approved sweeping abortion regulations early Wednesday morning, setting up a.....- 7/3/2013 7:34:47 AM
How Many Times Did Glen Rose Medical Center Ask for Shortfall Money (2010-2013)? (salon) From Brian Watts at the Somervell County auditor's office. Be sure to subtract the other vendors, such as State Comptroller or PSM Consultants to get a total number on how much taxpayers sp.....- 7/2/2013 12:02:41 PM
Open Records Frustration-Poorly Indexed Digital Files Versus Paper (2013) (salon) I have quite often gone to the Somervell County clerk's office in the past to look through archived paper documents. I was lucky, I guess, that the clerk knew where the boxes were in the back, .....- 7/2/2013 11:20:26 AM
Texas Women Out in Force Today in Austin (and more on David Dewhurst foolishness) (salon) Sea of Orange for Stand with Texas Women. On David Dewhurst. The other day he called the TEXANS who protested in the Capital Gallery an ugly mob. One of his cohorts called these TEXANS &qu.....- 7/1/2013 2:34:18 PM
re: Central Texas traffic is a disaster (pstern)   Central Texas roadways need to be dealt with more intelligently. Bottlenecks on main roads are horrific and could be resolved easily if Austin, TxDOT and Department of Public Safety real.....- 7/1/2013 6:53:43 AM
Wendy Davis channels anger of millions as new Texas makes itself heard (humanbeing) From The Guardian: The dramatic events of Tuesday night brought to the surface tensions that had been building for years – in an increasingly diverse Texas where white Republican men still ca.....- 6/30/2013 9:23:19 PM
LOVE IT! Patriotic Somervell Citizen Out getting Signatures on the Dissolve Hospital District Petition (salon) Got sent these pics, Our Democracy at Work! You go, makes me proud to be an American! Update: Heard from the person who spent time doing this. When she was first setting up, a man drove by, sto.....- 6/29/2013 8:55:18 PM
And Three-Two-One-How Long Before Rick Perry Asks for Federal Govt Handout? (Drought) (salon) We remember during that long awful summer a couple of years ago where it was hot and dry and seemed like it would never end, that Rick Perry decided to tell Texans that God was the answer to ending.....- 6/29/2013 12:07:22 PM
Who Votes in Texas? Lowest Voting Turnout in the Country (2013) (salon) I was reading Brains and Eggs post about mansplaining. I don't know where I have been the past few years but I only heard this term the last couple of days in reference to Rick Perry's outr.....- 6/29/2013 11:52:26 AM
About those 14.4 Million (plus interest) Certificates of Obligation Paid by Somervell County (salon) Just putting this up here for now, makes some interesting reading. Looks to me that at end of May 2013, the Somervell County Commissioners Court asked an attorney who owed the money for that 1.....- 6/28/2013 8:15:44 PM
The Saga of Open Records Request re: Settle Up Money for Glen Rose Medical Center (salon) Somervell County residents already know that they, despite money budgeted each year for specific amounts, were also kicking in extra money if GRMC ran short of funds. This included subsidizing the doc.....- 6/28/2013 6:36:47 PM
The Authoritarian Seduction by Mike Lofgren, Truthout.org (humanbeing) "The sleep of reason breeds monsters." -Francisco Goya The Gallup organization has released yet another dog-bites-man opinion poll which found that Americans' confidence in Cong.....- 6/28/2013 2:12:41 PM
Rick Perry-Small Words from a Small Man (salon) I was disgusted when I heard Rick Perry make his comments about the citizens who were at the Capitol when the Republicans, under Rick Perry, were trying to push through SB5. Most particularly, I de.....- 6/28/2013 12:53:02 PM
Senate approves horrible immigration bill (pstern) Very bad move. We will be bombarded by 30 million immigrants who get lifetime visas and will compete with already limited jobs for Americans. Very bad move. We need to deal with Amer.....- 6/27/2013 10:10:35 PM
Where is the real David Dewhurst hiding? (pstern) Dewhurst used to be such a nice, quiet gentleman when he first became Lt. Gov. In fact, he cared about the people in this state and even stood up a little to Rick Perry and then Speaker Tom Craddic.....- 6/27/2013 9:01:28 PM
re: the 'honorable' Rick Perry... (pstern)     Perry is not only outrageously funny, he also is a hypocrite with his "right to life" platform.  He and the State are going to kill a woman, which woul.....- 6/27/2013 11:55:16 AM
High court throws out Texas voter ID ruling (pstern) Interesting stuff!  Ya gotta wonder in what century most of the Supreme Court Judges are living in.   WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out lower cour.....- 6/27/2013 10:27:57 AM
Thug Woman-Hating Rick Perry Calls Expensive Second Session - Abortion On Agenda (salon) This time around, Rick Perry isn't sneaking it onto the agenda, hoping no one notices. In case Rick Perry tries to go national again, women, keep in mind how little respect he has for women.....- 6/26/2013 4:30:22 PM
***Perry calls for 2nd Special Session to start July 1*** (pstern) Perry the Putz has no problem spending our tax dollars on his special whims.  Each Special Session costs taxpayers $3 to $4 million. Perry wants the Abortion Bill passed to add clout to hi.....- 6/26/2013 4:25:31 PM
Making a Dog Awning Today (salon) I'll put up some pics after I get it done, which might be tomorrow if I run out of the right size fittings.  I went yesterday to the hardware store and got some 1 inch PVC pipe, some t-connec.....- 6/26/2013 1:15:14 PM
SCOTUS Dismisses CA Prop 8 Appeal-Same Sex Couples in CA Can Legally Marry (salon) Political Ticker From Buzzfeed Here is the ruling For there to be such a case or controversy, it is not enough that the party invoking the power of the court have a keen inter.....- 6/26/2013 9:43:23 AM
Supreme Court STRIKES DOWN Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (salon) Here's the ruling (PDF) From Yahoo News The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. T.....- 6/26/2013 9:37:43 AM
Endless Extremist Leadership (pstern)   Why aren't people sick of this?   I'm a centrist Republican (centered on most issues) and it burns me up how the Repugs will fight for THEIR agenda items withou.....- 6/25/2013 2:37:55 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for June 25, 2013- Alito*s Eye Roll Edition (salon) Proving that Supreme Court Justices are subject to the same lack of respect Congress gets when one of the treats a fellow justice this way. The Rick Perry Question-does anybody nationally REALL.....- 6/26/2013 10:44:57 AM
Texas Senator Wendy Davis-Filibuster is over-SB5 DID NOT PASS!!!!!! (salon) Update: Well, that was the latest I have stayed up in quite a while. Turns out that the vote was actually taken after midnight AND THEN SOMEBODY WENT IN AND CHANGED THE Record Vote page at Texas Le.....- 6/24/2013 10:42:26 PM
Watched the TXLege online last night-had to laugh at Jodie Laubenberg (Parker, TX) (salon) Jodie Laubenburg is the sponsor of the bill to circumscribe women's health choices re: legal abortion. If you get a chance to go watch video of this woman actually speaking, you'll see that.....- 6/24/2013 1:32:46 PM
Rick Perry visits the Big Apple... (pstern) Ricky Perry, the Texas Governor, is in New York City telling New Yorkers to "Come on down" to Texas because it's such a great place to live and do business.   The ma.....- 6/24/2013 11:59:39 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for June 23 2013 (salon) I notice on the Somervell County Hospital District agenda for June 25th2013  that they have VIII. Consider and, if necessary, approve preliminary tax rate IX Consider and if nece.....- 6/23/2013 12:53:00 PM
Rick Perry Hypocrisy O Day- Bureaucrats Telling You What To Do Edition (salon) Rick Perry is trying to get people from NY to come on down to Texas. Before Gov. Rick Perry took off for New York in hopes of luring businesses to Texas, he previewed his pitch in a radio a.....- 6/23/2013 11:49:56 AM
How Will J D Sheffield (TX Dist 59) Vote on HB60? SHAME ON HIM-He voted YES (salon) Regardless of what a person's personal convictions are, abortion is legal in this country. Attempts by Republicans to circumscribe the manner in which an adult woman can make decisions that should.....- 6/23/2013 10:39:51 AM
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