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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course positions (mechanic) This was from the Glen Rose Reporter of 9/19/2013 Don't forget that the elected officials originally made sure they .....- 11/8/2013 3:42:50 PM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) - 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
Power Company Politics in Texas... (pstern)  Little oversight of power companies is hurting customers, but it's an old story. The battle re: regulation/deregulation of power companies has been going on for decades; meanwhile, co.....- 10/29/2013 1:08:06 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for October 27, 2013 (salon) At what point will the American public take seriously the spying the NSA has been doing on them? About Barack Obama and Angela Merkel of Germany - Maybe Merkel and other leaders in the EU will get .....- 10/27/2013 1:12:24 PM
The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare... (pstern) The Hoopla about the Affordable Care Act   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the same thing as “Obamacare” but a lot of people still don’t know that.  Polls show .....- 10/27/2013 9:21:29 AM
Laugh o Day-Sid *Sonogram* Miller ASKED Crazy Ted Nugent to be his campaign treasurer (salon) It's one thing to be approached by a total nutcase, and quite another to reach out and ask. Motto " No Republican Too Extreme To be in Today's GOP"-hahah From the San Antonio Expr.....- 10/24/2013 11:37:05 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for October 23 2013 (salon) The Voter ID act is going to cause a whole lot more problems for women voting. Maybe that's what Republicans want? Here's an instance of a JUDGE not being able to vote. Judge Watts.....- 10/23/2013 11:28:39 AM
Rick Perry Encouraging Texans To Sign Up for Obamacare (salon) He doesn't want to spend state money on Texans. From Think Progress which quotes from Texas Tribune The state has deemed the high-risk pool obsolete, as the Affordable Care Act prohibits insu.....- 10/23/2013 10:42:13 AM
More on YOUR TAXES and the Somervell County Hospital District (salon) Wanted to mention one more thing from the article that appeared in the FW Star-Telegram a couple of weeks ago. The Somervell County Hospital Authority, which was approved in May by two votes, too.....- 10/22/2013 1:59:12 PM
Update: Petition to dissolve Somervell County Hospital District requires just 4 more signatures! October 21, 2013 (pharper) The formula to determine the required number of signatures is dictated by Section 286 of the Texas Health and Safety Code which specifies the 15% and Section 277 of the Texas Election Cod.....- 10/22/2013 10:04:27 AM
And THIS is why I'm glad Mike Ford isn't running for Somervell County Judge again (salon) Was out of town, someone yesterday told me that the Fort Worth Star-Telegram had a good article about Somervell County within the last couple of weeks. A few choice quotes from the article. .....- 10/20/2013 10:34:07 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Oct 18 2013 (salon) Raccoons! Caught the dang TWENTY-FIRST Raccoon the other day. The 20th was a mean one. He (or she) actually ripped out a couple of boards from the deck. Wasn't even all that big but boy, if looks .....- 10/18/2013 10:26:37 AM
Sid *Sonogram Miller* Announces Run for Texas Agricultural Commissioner (salon) First question to determine whether he's as Big Intrusive Government as he is when it comes to Women's Health is to get him on the record about what he thinks about NAIS, now called Animal .....- 10/18/2013 8:22:37 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for October 17, 2013 (salon) Still haven't brought myself to read the local newspapers for the last couple of weeks. I assume nothing happened about the travesty of getting rid of Jesse Schoessow while hiring up Duff as a reg.....- 10/17/2013 11:00:24 AM
Crazed Republicans Give Up (Temporarily) -Government Back to Work (salon) At least we know now that when Republicans aren't pretending to govern, they have a second career as blackmailers and hostage takers. Incidentally, how did Roger Williams (SD-25) vote? FOR Gove.....- 10/17/2013 9:22:41 AM
Poor Poor Roger Williams-Someone Posted Tea Bags and Anti-Williams Papers on his office door (salon) Had to laugh at this article in the Glen Rose Reporter because it sounded like it came straight from a politicians' press release department.   I was actually surprised that Amanda Ki.....- 10/16/2013 1:06:44 PM
Will EFH (Comanche Peak) File for Bankruptcy by November 1st, 2013? (salon) FW Star-Telegram. EFH has been working with its lenders on a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankrutpcy petition to lighten more than $40 billion in debt, taken on in a 2007 buyout of the former TXU Corp.....- 10/16/2013 12:21:21 PM
Comanche Peak (EFH) had 2 higher level safety violations (salon) AP Report The Comanche Peak plant in Glen Rose, which is operated by Energy Future Holdings Corp., had two higher-level violations in addition to its 157 lower-level violations. The South T.....- 10/16/2013 12:11:38 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for October 16 2013 (salon) Continuing disgust for Republicans. This one from American Conservatives. "Yes. I cannot believe I'm saying this, but I hope the House flips to the Democrats in 2014, so we can be .....- 10/16/2013 11:55:49 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Oct 14 2013 (salon) Back from a nice long vacation. One thing that was interesting to me during this vacay, in which we were in Europe, is that the shutdown played on international television as some real craziness fr.....- 10/14/2013 10:35:46 AM
Transferring water NOT the right solution (pstern) Republican Greg Abbott, who was the first to lay claim to the 2014 gubernatorial race in Texas, wants to transfer water from one place to another as the best and immediate plan to help ease water s.....- 10/11/2013 9:53:44 AM
Please do NOT vote for Proposition 6 in November 2013 election (pstern) VERY IMPORTANT VOTING NEWS: When you first read the words in Prop 6 it may sound like a great idea for Texas, but the words don't tell the true facts. "Texans for Public Justice pr.....- 10/10/2013 9:14:51 AM
Our democratic system broken by crazed republicans (salon) - 10/9/2013 8:49:30 AM
The Political Dilemma... (pstern) The anger in contemporary politics interferes with the well-being of our nation and the American people. I wrote the following in response to the angry comments from a person who seems to despi.....- 10/8/2013 10:17:10 PM
Today Sen. Wendy Davis jumped into the race for Governor... (pstern) - 10/3/2013 5:48:45 PM
'Government Shutdown' (pstern) The "government shutdown" is a symptom of everything that is wrong with our Congress and government.  Both parties continue to fail Americans.  If you take sides in this absurdi.....- 10/1/2013 10:21:52 PM
A few choice words on Ted Cruz... (pstern) In my opinion, Ted Cruz is the defacto hero of the Tea Party crumpets and NOT the true Republican conservatives who don’t like him, but have taken a backseat to the Tea Baggers.  &nb.....- 9/28/2013 3:21:02 PM
Government and People... (pstern) - 9/28/2013 9:29:24 AM
A quick word about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a., Obama-care (pstern) The ACA was a rushed plan.  Many legislators could not / did not read the bill in entirety, but it was approved.  There were also some measures tacked onto the bill that had little or not.....- 9/27/2013 2:08:29 PM
Senator Wendy Davis running for Governor (pstern) According to certain legitimate sources and printing in the Austin Statesman:   Sources: Wendy Davis running for Texas governor Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democ.....- 9/26/2013 3:50:23 PM
These days we have to ask, 'What is Obama doing right?' (pstern) What are Obama's accomplishments?       Bush did!           and last, one of my favorit.....- 9/26/2013 9:36:20 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Sep 24 2013 (salon) I've been pretty swamped for the last couple of weeks, and am going to be for a bit, so posting will be slow. I read the Glen Rose Reporter about the justifications for Somervell residents continu.....- 9/24/2013 10:38:07 PM
Dictator Mike Ford Said This Morning He's Not Running for Judge Again (salon) Will update this once I get the audio, which may be a few days but heard from someone who attended the Commissioners meeting this morning that that is what he announced. Could it be that he heard plen.....- 9/23/2013 10:59:28 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Sep 17 2013 (salon) Well. Caught another raccoon the other day. That makes SEVENTEEN. I have the traps set again for tonight, 2 of them, just in case I can catch more. It seems like an endless stream of raccoons. I re.....- 9/18/2013 12:00:31 AM
Mike Ford Said on August 12 2013 No Positions were Going Away (salon) AUDIO This is from the August 12, 2013 Somervell County Commissioners Court meeting. About the $600 raise that they give to all their employees. Was in the paper. Someone had called up Mike.....- 9/17/2013 12:11:52 PM
Bankruptcy of Energy Futures Holding Imminent? Sep 12 2013 (salon) from the Houston Chronicle  -As this article points out, first it will be Texas Competitive Electric Holdings, which is TXU and Luminant and then, after it goes under, EFH. The staggering de.....- 9/12/2013 7:34:44 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for September 12, 2013 (salon) Totally cool! Batman Month Made me laugh. Photo of frog being blasted into the sky by NASA. Gossipy stuff. Miley Cyrus is gross. No, no link. Because she's gross. Would your ambitio.....- 9/12/2013 7:26:51 PM
Hahah! You EXTREMIST! You FANATIC! Hospital District Thinks Petition Signers are Extremists (salon) I have the entire meeting but don't have it posted here because the MP3 file is huge. (through Open Records Request) Audio- Selected Clips from the discussion about how much to charge. This.....- 9/12/2013 11:38:06 AM
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