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Video- Somervell County Hospital District Meeting 1/26/2017 (salon) - 2/10/2017 6:29:17 PM
Tasha Hatcher- Docket Sheet (2/7/2017) (salon) - 2/10/2017 6:26:37 PM
Somervell County Salaries As of 7/2016 (Budget time) (salon) - 2/10/2017 6:25:27 PM
Glen Rose Medical Center Salaries -2/7/2017 (Somervell County Texas) (salon) via open records request. Note that this list, for some reason, does not incude the doctor's salaries, even though Somervell County Hospital District (and thus taxpayers) pay those salaries (Refer.....- 2/10/2017 6:21:46 PM
Ludicrous, Disastrous Donald Trump O Day 2/6/2017 (salon) Against normalization: the lesson of the "Munich Post" the Munich Post never stopped reporting on this ultimate aim and on Hitler’s use of murder, decrying any attemp.....- 2/10/2017 6:13:00 PM
Regarding Re:SearchTX and Somervell County (Glen Rose) (salon) On the public agenda from Somervell County Commissioners Court Dec 29 2016, there was an item of a resolution opposing re:SearchTX. I was, and have been, pretty busy, so only today got around to liste.....- 2/10/2017 6:09:40 PM
Mike Pence's Fractured *Black History Month* Tweet and Black Twitter Hilarity (salon) Mike Pence tweeted this, the first day of Black History Month (very tone deaf) Saw today Black Twitter has #PenceBlackHistory which is hilarious. Some of the tweets Let's remember al.....- 2/10/2017 6:06:08 PM
What is City of Glen Rose City Administrator Paid (2017)? (salon) Copy of 2015 letter of agreement  showing annual salary to be $90,000.00. The City Council voted at their November 7, 2016 Special Session not to renew the agreement but to retain employment.....- 2/10/2017 6:03:22 PM
Disgusting, Boastful Donald Trump O Day- 2/2/2017- Say a Prayer for Apprentice Ratings (salon) This is Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast. Apparently he believes that glorifying his reality television show while trashing someone is appropriate. Here's TMZ on it.   Also.....- 2/10/2017 6:04:26 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused 1/31/2017 (salon) Weather's been so nice around here lately. A little cool, but sunny. Not like winter at all. I'm getting into the habit of preparing lunches on the go and fixing to add breakfasts to that as w.....- 2/10/2017 6:02:48 PM
Disgusting Donald Trump O Day - Jan 30 2017 (salon) Have heard more than once from people who voted for Trump that he should be given a chance. I actually didn't disagree with that, even though Republicans from day one thwarted President Obama. How.....- 2/10/2017 6:01:23 PM
Glen Rose ISD Approves Amended Superintendent Contract for Wayne Rotan (2017) (salon) PDF The signed superintendent contract was approved January 21, 2016 by the GRISD School Board. The Board, per Dana Rigano, "approved amended terms to Mr. Rotan's contract at the 1/23/17, .....- 2/10/2017 6:02:13 PM
Audio - Glen Rose ISD School Board meeting Jan 23 2017 (salon) Thanks to Doug McClure who posted the audio on the GRISD site.  Note that you can also subscribe to the feed  Agenda FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS A. Call to order and establish quor.....- 2/10/2017 6:00:45 PM
Trump O Day - 1/26/2017 (salon)   Bigot who works for Donald Trump says "Media Should Keep Its Mouth Shut". Gee, guess he doesn't get it, that right or wrong, media can talk about matters.....- 2/10/2017 5:59:30 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused 1/28/2017 (salon) US District Judge Sam Sparks blocks Texas fetal remains burial rule. Relevant here, the Supreme Court previously addressed the close relationship between belief and state action in the abortion c.....- 2/10/2017 6:00:06 PM
Trump Pettiness O Day- Lost Popular Vote Because of Fraud? (salon) I suppose Trump doesn't realize that a whole lot of people not only didn't vote for him but don't like him. Nonetheless, he won through the electoral college but I guess that's no.....- 2/10/2017 5:58:45 PM
Nuclear Waste- Would Rick Perry's Ties with Harold Simmons Be a Conflict of Interest? (salon) Interesting article regarding where nuclear waste, including that from Comanche Peak Nuclear Power plant in Glen Rose, might be taken and whether Perry's thoughts of having Waste Management in Tex.....- 2/10/2017 5:57:24 PM
Donald Trump's Policy Seems to be *If we Bombed You, We Ban You* (salon) from The Intercept The draft relies on Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which lays out security-related exemptions to the visa wa.....- 2/10/2017 5:58:07 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 1/24/2017 (salon) Stalking and Trolling with Virtual Reality Rec Room is a half-game, half-social space for Vive and Oculus Touch, and it already has problems with harassment. A man trying to play charades&nb.....- 2/10/2017 5:56:42 PM
I Miss Obama already- the Petty Little Tyrant that is Donald Trump (salon) Geesh. Between Sean Spicer and the whiny little stamping feet tone of, not important business, but "MY INAUGURATION IS BIGGER THAN YOURS" to that petulant, egotistic speech to the CIA, this .....- 2/10/2017 5:46:33 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 1/20/2017 (salon) Binge watched Crazy Ex Girlfriend instead of watching the Donald Trump inauguration. That actress is at least likeable. Donald Trump is a racist idiot. I'm not a fan of Kanye West, but Tom.....- 2/10/2017 5:45:45 PM
Audio- Luminant donates $50k to Somervell County (January 2017) (salon) From the Jan 19 2017 Somervell County Commissioners Court meeting Audio Rough Transcript Chambers: Discuss/take action on .. contribution from Luminant for Emergency Management services ......- 2/10/2017 5:45:07 PM
Who gets called in case of major disaster re: Luminant/Comanche Peak? State of Texas (salon) from the Somervell County Commissioners Court meeting of Jan 19, 2017.  AUDIO: Rough Transcript Chambers: Alright, Patrick, if you want to come up to the microphone. ... Item # 7, di.....- 2/10/2017 5:44:08 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 1/17/2017 (salon) Have been using my sewing machine today and plan to for the next week or so while it is so cold. First up was finishing some family cloths that I cut from flannet a few years ago. Didn't finish be.....- 2/10/2017 5:43:15 PM
Musing about Donald Trump, Fake News and other Faux Outrages (salon) Quite a few people I know have been in mourning since Hillary Clinton was not elected, and Donald Trump was. I can understand that feeling because I had it when John Kerry didn't win. I swore off .....- 2/10/2017 5:42:04 PM
Jan 16 2017 is Religious Freedom Day (salon) Barack Obama's Presidential Proclamation (emphasis in bold mine)  RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION .....- 2/10/2017 5:39:13 PM
DIY Projects In the near term -Pallet Shed and Fence (salon) Appears to me to be pretty quick work to make fences and sheds with pallets. in the case of fences, probably a good idea to have some shorter t-posts to help shore up the placing of the pallets, putti.....- 2/10/2017 5:35:36 PM
On American *exceptionalism* and hypocrisy regarding Russia's possible interference in US elections (salon) I've been appalled at the red hysteria going on, largely thumped by the Democratic party, about the allegation that Russia helped elect Donald Trump. They sheer hypocrisy of the Democratic party p.....- 2/10/2017 5:36:38 PM
Religious News and Notes from the Distaff Side- 1/14/2017 (salon) salon   From DaylightAtheism- It is never good to believe in falsehoods I’m an anti-theist because I believe that truth matters. Fundamentally, theism isn&rsq.....- 2/10/2017 5:34:59 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 1/14/2017 (salon) Mid-January already and I've made progress on some of my long term goals to get done. Started organizing the garage right before the cold snap, I think I'll be able to get quite a bit done on .....- 2/10/2017 5:34:19 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused - 1/13/2017 Free Speech Lawsuit edition (salon) Saw that the free speech lawsuit waged by Mohamed ("Clock Boy") has been dismissed by the Texas 162nd Judicial District pursuan to the anti-slapp law (TCPA). Here's the PDF of the m.....- 2/10/2017 5:33:24 PM
Chambers and Hulsey Continuing unconstitutional prayer actions in 2017 of Somervell County Commissioners Court (salon) Background  Danny Chambers actions. Chambers decided in July 2016 to be a bigot. - August 8 2016  Did Somervell County Commissioners Court have prayer before Chambers .....- 2/10/2017 5:31:50 PM
Presenting Case for Progressives to go forward- JT Laramore of Glen Rose on Buzzfeed (salon)   Excellent commentary regarding post-election *fighting for our vaues*. Although I myself was not for Hillary Clinton, I am completely on board with what Mr. Laramore said, including this exc.....- 2/10/2017 5:30:55 PM
Farewell to President Barack Obama- I Am Going to Miss him (salon) I watched the live feed of his farewell address in Chicago last night. Despite many objections I have to some actions President Obama took during his 8 years, overall I am still happy I voted for him......- 2/10/2017 5:24:34 PM
How Important is Freedom of Speech and of the Press? FIRST guarantee of our democracy (salon) I've been thinking tonight, especially after watching President Obama's inspiring farewell speech, how lucky I feel to be living in a country that supports citizens being able to express thems.....- 2/10/2017 5:23:03 PM
Thank you to Doug McClure- Audio on newly revamped Somervell County website (salon) Was going to go listen to a few recent Somervell County Commissioners Court meetings the other day on audio and discovered that the website had changed. Has a very nice interface but I wasn't able.....- 2/10/2017 5:21:52 PM
Letter Grades in 2017 for Glen Rose ISD and Brazos River Charter Schools (salon) Read about the A-F letter grades in this Austin-American Statesman article The new A-F letter grade rating system is based heavily on state standardized test performance. While the fi.....- 2/10/2017 5:20:22 PM
A couple of hilarious things Dr Steven Vacek Said Re: Being Lumped in with other employees (salon) Have said before that I don't understand why Dr Vacek is even on the Somervell County Hospital District board, sure looks unethical. However, he does provide some unintentional hilarity .....- 2/10/2017 5:17:46 PM
So.. Glen Rose Medical Center Doctors PAID by Somervell County Hospital District board (salon) as have said all along. Remember when Ray Reynolds said the purpose of the 501a was for the shortfall money? Turns out that even using the term 501a is not only old but completely out of dat.....- 2/10/2017 5:16:37 PM
Video- Um. Shouldn't Roger Marks Foundation be giving money TO Glen Rose Medical Center (salon) this made me laugh. From the December 29, 2018 Somervell County Hospital District meeting. Because, you know, when you have a foundation whose purpose is to help out a hospital, it's bizarre ot ha.....- 2/10/2017 5:15:42 PM
VIDEO-Paying Back Interbank Loan(s)- Terms and Conditions- Somervell County Hospital District (salon) - 2/10/2017 5:14:31 PM
Video from Somervell County Hospital District meeting Dec 29 2016 (salon) from Somervell County Hospital District's Youtube channel Agenda link  Pic of agenda     from Somervell County Hospital District's Youtu.....- 2/10/2017 5:12:58 PM
I feel hilariously happy for the New Year (2017) (salon) There is just something very exhilarating at the end of one year as we go into a New Year that makes me feel all revived and fresh, like there's a brand new year just waiting, like a fresh tablet .....- 2/10/2017 5:09:26 PM
THIS for 2017 *Bernie Would Have Won* (salon) - 2/10/2017 5:08:37 PM
Somervell County Salon- 2017 Plans (salon) LOVE this time of year. One thing I always like to do is consider what, if anything, I would add or change to Somervell County Salon for the upcoming year. I have some external things I want to get do.....- 12/15/2016 11:27:33 AM
Somervell County Salon 2016 Year in Review (salon) A look back from some posts on Somervell County Salon in 2016. This is local news only, not all the political posts about Bernie Sanders, Trump or Clinton. January Zebra loose in Hood County .....- 12/13/2016 11:12:38 AM
Protesters vs Police-How Much Respect? Protesters are not *thugs* (salon) Saw something the other day regarding Austin  people who were protesting Donald Trump's win. There was apparently one man who allegedly asaulted one of the other protestors. When the cops att.....- 12/13/2016 7:36:05 AM
I LOVE this secular holiday time of year- Thanksgiving and Xmas and New Years (salon) Have been pondering on how, at least for Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are some factors and origins that are connected with genocide or paganism. Everyone no doubt knows that Christmas is based on.....- 11/25/2016 10:03:51 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 11/21/2016 (salon) Spending time doing other things than blogging for awhile. So many holiday season things to do, and also things around the house. Finally it's mid-November and I was able to trim all the oak .....- 11/21/2016 2:57:45 PM
Post Mortem Reflections on the 2016 Election-Who'd You Vote for? Part 2 (salon) Part 1 Part 2, here, is seeking to understand why 82 percent of the voting public in Somervell County went for Donald Trump. At least part of the answer may be that the Democratic party in Glen Ros.....- 11/20/2016 10:29:09 AM
Laugh O Day- Remember When Rick Perry Couldn't Remember the 3rd federal agency he would abolish?? (salon) Now, according to the NY Daily News, he's being considered to be head of that haha. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is discussing onetime Republican presidential candidat.....- 11/17/2016 9:39:24 AM
Post Mortem Reflections on the 2016 Election-Who'd You Vote for? Part 1 (salon) I am not particularly worried about Donald Trump being president. We are, after all, supposedly a democracy and the people who voted for him wanted their vote to count. But I've been pondering ove.....- 11/16/2016 8:12:31 PM
Speaking of Public Information, here are Somervell County Hospital District Videos for October 2016 (salon) Mentioned earlier that Ron Hankins whined again about people (and I believe he meant, at least in part, me) who do public information requests. He, judge and jury and apparently he believes he's d.....- 11/16/2016 7:37:02 AM
OOOO!! Somervell County Hospital District DOES NOT WANT the public to know (salon) Your tax dollars hard at work where the current Somervell County Hospital District board wants to narrow down how much the public can inspect public records. Already knew previously that it chapped Ro.....- 11/15/2016 7:32:51 PM
*Normalizing* Trump-What the hell is that? Speak UP against Racism and Bigotry (salon) Does it even matter WHO is president? Do NOT stay quiet WHOEVER ... Here's Christoph Walz talking a lot of sense about normalizing Trump. (Currently viral in 🇦🇹🇩 .....- 11/15/2016 11:13:14 AM
Hug An Atheist Today-It's *Openly Secular Day* (11/15/2016) (salon) Famous Freethinkers Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Claiming the Teaching of Evolution in Kansas Promotes Atheism A Venn diagram of the “Big Three” monotheisms How not to fix ev.....- 11/15/2016 10:49:32 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 11/14/2016 (salon) I started writing a postmortem about this 2016 election and, almost through, lost everything I had written. Don't have the urge to redo at this point but may in the future. Still happy about the d.....- 11/14/2016 8:35:25 AM
AND this is my mood today- Dance Me to the End of Love -Leonard Cohen (salon) - 11/11/2016 10:11:14 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 11/4/2016 (salon) Still heads down in the middle of some coding, and then other things that Must be Done around here in preparation for the holidays coming up. Life is pretty wonderful, it's been raining or overcas.....- 11/4/2016 1:16:53 PM
Robert G Ingersoll's Creed (salon) Saw via Debunking Christianity and A Tippling Philosopher Robert Ingersoll died in 1899 We have no falsehoods to defend—We want the facts; Our force, our thought, we do not spend in vain .....- 10/30/2016 6:48:36 PM
Bill Murray Singing *Take Me Out To the Ballgame* is all you need for a happy Saturday (salon) - 10/29/2016 11:28:49 AM
FBI has REOPENED its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails (10/28/2016) (salon) Good from James Comey "In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Cli.....- 10/28/2016 12:40:50 PM
Our US campaign season is absurdly long- other countries* are SHORTER (salon) This is the first election season in a long time in which I cannot wait for it to be over, regardless of who wins. it feels like someone is perpetually running for president, like your worst endless c.....- 10/28/2016 7:17:11 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 10/27/2016 (salon) Taking a short break from doing pagination in php. Hah, might be more than a short break:) Somebody came out of the blue to say Justice Clarence Thomas groped her in 1999. Didn't say why she wa.....- 10/27/2016 3:49:07 PM
MIB in Small Town Glen Rose (Somervell County) 2016-Religion and Politics (salon) What's a MIB? According to someone who is a long timer in this community, MIB means "Move In Bitch". (pardon the swear word, but I am not the one that originated this phrase).  .....- 10/27/2016 1:21:59 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 10/20/2016 (salon) So happy. Got the first part of what I was coding done, works. I have a second related project to go from asp (classic) to php, which should also be fun. I love the challenge of figuring out how to tr.....- 10/20/2016 12:00:34 PM
Won't Vote for Trump OR Clinton- Podesta Emails from Wikileaks are Informative (salon) I watched the last debate last night and Trump is simply horrible. But I also think Clinton is horrible and if there was someone, anyone, better than Trump running, he or she could have wiped the floo.....- 10/20/2016 10:20:01 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 10/19/2016 (salon) Heads down this week working on some code for some charts. Since starting to code with php a few years ago, I've gotten better and better, including looking at other's code and seeing how to m.....- 10/19/2016 10:11:25 AM
Buh-Bye, LiveFyre Community Comments (salon) livefyre comments. Readers know I have been back and forth a few times with adding comments from 3rd parties in, including disqus and livefyre. One hesitation I always had was what would happen to all.....- 10/18/2016 9:31:15 AM
Ron Hankins Spins His Opinion of the Hospital District Tax Versus SomCo Tax Before (Sep 2016) (salon) Guess What! Everybody gets to have an opinion. Ron Hankins sure has his, but that doesn't make his opinions always right or better than anyone else's, even if it seems he has a little movie in.....- 10/16/2016 8:00:46 PM
Glen Rose Medical Center Employee FORCED TO SUCK IT UP having board members she doesn't like. (salon) While listening to the Somervell County Hospital District board meeting from Sep 29, 2016, had to laugh at what one employee said about the board that was elected to serve from 2014-2015.  Not su.....- 10/14/2016 12:56:52 PM
Should Glen Rose Medical Center Congratulate Itself that no one showed up for budget hearing? (2016) (salon) Actually this explains why the heck a citizen who attended a different hearing was grilled about why she was even there. Ms Whitsitt, it is not a mark of the hospital doing something right that no one.....- 10/14/2016 9:03:33 AM
Ray Reynolds Amazed that Bond Holders know Glen Rose Medical Center Business (salon) This explains a lot (bond holders being the ones that are financing the 14.4 million (plus) certificates of obligation.) This also explains why Reynolds tried, last year (2015)  to te.....- 10/14/2016 1:41:05 PM
Nitpicking Budget, Somervell County Hospital District? REALLY????????????? (salon) At a recent public hearing about the tax rate, a citizen attended and said, basically, that it was time to "nitpick every dime". Dwayne Griffin said that they had. I call BS on that. At one .....- 10/14/2016 8:31:47 AM
Did Ray Reynolds have time to put the tax notice in the local paper? Yes (salon) I think I have new heroine. A lady went to the tax hearing at Somervell County Hospital District meeting last week and asked a number of good questions. One of them was about why the tax notice was in.....- 10/14/2016 12:15:39 AM
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