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Felt like changing up Somervell County Salon for 2009 (salon) - 1/4/2009 3:27:49 PM
Texans need property tax relief NOW! (pstern) For the past decade, homeowners have paid dramatic increases in appraisal values, tax rates and/or bond packages that translate into higher property taxesWhat are state officials doing about it?Natura.....- 1/3/2009 5:29:13 PM
And the Tom Delay Money Laundering Trial Keeps on Dragging on (salon) For the past decade, homeowners have paid dramatic increases in appraisal values, tax rates and/or bond packages that translate into higher property taxesWhat are state officials doing about it?Natura.....- 1/3/2009 10:33:31 AM
You Can Ask Your Mate *Hey, Where's the Safest Place on the Plane to Sit?*-Unless You Look Muslim (salon) via JobsangerHow ridic.Update Harper's mag, under the title "None Dare Call it Stupidity"(For the film version of this incident, check out Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,–.....- 1/3/2009 5:31:12 AM
How many Speaker candidates does it take to screw-in a light bulb? (pstern) At least 14? The legislative reality is that 150 House Representatives vote for the Speaker of the House, so how many candidates are needed?  Apparently, no less than 14 candidates.....- 1/2/2009 7:55:02 PM
Funniest Comment O Day about Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson (salon) At least 14? The legislative reality is that 150 House Representatives vote for the Speaker of the House, so how many candidates are needed?  Apparently, no less than 14 candidates.....- 1/2/2009 6:25:10 PM
Abused Women Should Stay in their Marriage-Another Reason Rick Warren Sucks (salon) From sermons of Warren via SlogThe Bible answer is yes. Does God expect me to stay in a miserable marriage, and why would he do that to me? I often say to people when they're facing this decision, rea.....- 1/2/2009 5:13:54 PM
Biblical Plague: Arabs vs. Jews, Jews vs. Arabs in the Promised Land (pstern) As I have written before, most Americans [including U.S. leaders] don't seem to get the situation in the Middle East.  I have visited the Middle East on various occasions and it is an area r.....- 1/2/2009 3:47:23 PM
Texas School Board is trying to outsource your kids jobs (pharper) The Texas School Board wants to teach Intelligent Design in schools thereby introducing religion into the public school system. While they are fighting this battle one of their key strategies is to pu.....- 1/2/2009 11:28:33 AM
What is Kip Averitt's (SD 22 TX) Legislative Agenda for 2009? (salon) The Texas School Board wants to teach Intelligent Design in schools thereby introducing religion into the public school system. While they are fighting this battle one of their key strategies is to pu.....- 1/1/2009 9:13:34 PM
Bwahahah! Video-Uncle Jay Explains the News-the 2008 Recap (salon) The Texas School Board wants to teach Intelligent Design in schools thereby introducing religion into the public school system. While they are fighting this battle one of their key strategies is to pu.....- 1/1/2009 9:08:12 PM
Leave a Negative Comment About a Crappy Product? Maybe Get a Bribe (salon) from ConsumeristWe understand that you are quiet upset as the order was canceled. We just need another chance so that we can reinstate your confidence in us by providing a good customer service and ex.....- 1/1/2009 7:11:46 PM
Arson brings in the New Year in Somervell County (pharper) Last night at approximately 2am a fire was reported on County Road 2018, a dead end road many know as Daddy Hankins Road. The fire was a large pile of trees on the north side of the road that wer.....- 1/1/2009 5:14:28 PM
USA Cancels Mandatory Registration Directive-A MAJOR WIN AGAINST NAIS. (salon) got this via email from draol@texaslonghorn.comR-CALF United Stockgrowers of America“Fighting for the U.S.Cattle Producer” For Immediate Release      &nb.....- 1/1/2009 1:28:33 PM
*Strengths and Weaknesses* language absent from 3rd draft for Texas Science Standards (salon) from National Center for Science Education.The first draft (PDF) of the revised standards replaced the "strengths and weaknesses" language with "The student is expected to analyze and e.....- 1/1/2009 9:38:20 AM
On Prayer at Obama's Inauguration (salon) I read the other day that the Freedom from Religion foundation is suing to keep prayer out of Obama's inauguration. That, of course, would ditch bigot Rick Warren, but that's not why the suit is being.....- 1/1/2009 8:39:26 AM
Happy New Year-2009 (salon) I always feel exhilarated and free on the first day of any given year. I don't feel the same way on a birthday, it just seems like a day later that I and others take time to commemorate and celebrate......- 1/1/2009 8:24:39 AM
Beautiful Meteor Shower in pre-dawn Saturday Morning Jan 3 2008 (salon) I always feel exhilarated and free on the first day of any given year. I don't feel the same way on a birthday, it just seems like a day later that I and others take time to commemorate and celebrate......- 12/31/2008 5:48:20 PM
Free broadband gets one step closer to reality (pharper) Kevin Martin, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, called Ars Technica today to let us know that he has revised his proposal to roll out a free (and smut-free) wireless broadband servic.....- 12/31/2008 12:08:57 PM
Irreducible Complexity-the Bicycle-Hah! (salon) Kevin Martin, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, called Ars Technica today to let us know that he has revised his proposal to roll out a free (and smut-free) wireless broadband servic.....- 12/31/2008 10:56:29 AM
And one More PAH! About Cerberus This Time (salon) where my money also went and Chrysler had the nerve to spend a whole bunch of money on a full page ad rubbing it in. Believe me, I would have known from the news without more money going out for an ad.....- 12/30/2008 5:48:28 PM
So... Somervell County Salon is Rated *G* (salon) but what\'s amusing is the Death(1x) Does this mean that if I had had the word "Death", say, 5 times, the website would have become PG? Here\'s the link to see what YOU are.....- 12/30/2008 5:42:45 PM
So Now I, the Taxpayer, Am Helping Pay Back Madoff Victims (salon) but what\'s amusing is the Death(1x) Does this mean that if I had had the word "Death", say, 5 times, the website would have become PG? Here\'s the link to see what YOU are.....- 12/30/2008 5:35:16 PM
More Overall Thoughts of the Science TEKS Hearing before Texas SBOE in November Part 2 (salon) Part 1 here. On this next part, I want to examine some examples the board members seemed to bring up to try to gotcha the speakers. Quite often the board members continued to talk to each other and de.....- 12/30/2008 4:55:33 PM
Overall Thoughts of the Science TEKS Hearing before Texas SBOE in November Part 1 (salon) First up, here are the links to the audio posts and very, very rough transcripts of all the speakers.1st post about why I was listening to the WHOLE thing.      Continuing&nbs.....- 12/30/2008 3:41:04 PM
Last Chunks of Audio from Texas School Board of Education ScienceTeks Hearing November 2008 (salon) Previous link to audio.  In general, I have been doing rough transcripts but midway through the first attempt with this, my computer crapped out. So I am posting the audio and may update what was.....- 12/30/2008 1:12:29 PM
Controlling America: Regulation vs. Deregulation of Various Industries (pstern) -->Once upon a time in America, deregulation was good.  But that was then and this is now.While I now advocate some sort of oversight of various industries, I have been a proponent of .....- 12/30/2008 11:08:58 AM
Wonder If People Can Get Their House Eliminated from Google's Street View? (salon) Iread this morning that they scrubbed a picture of a woman urinating behind a car. As the register saysIf you're ever caught short in broad daylight and decide you really must relieve yourself behind .....- 12/30/2008 8:50:11 AM
Religious Discrimination Within the Military Continues to Exist, Lawsuit Claims (salon) from Army TimesA newly expanded federal lawsuit alleged Monday that the military doesn’t take complaints of religious discrimination seriously enough and allows personnel to try to convert Musli.....- 12/30/2008 8:37:38 AM
Audio (Continued) from the Texas State Board of Education Science Hearing November 2008 (salon) Last post leading to more audio here. Readers of the site know that I have been listening to the very long board hearing from the BOE website and snipping into chunks. My intent when I started and it .....- 12/30/2008 8:19:08 AM
Surprise! Or Not! Virginity Pledges Don't Work-Somebody Tell the Texas Lege (salon) via SlogTeenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and othe.....- 12/29/2008 1:22:09 PM
Condi Rice Says Soon People Will Thank Bush For What He Has Done (salon) via SlogTeenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and othe.....- 12/29/2008 11:33:23 AM
Let's All Bail Out GMAC-Even Though It's a PRIVATE COMPANY (salon) Arrgggghhhh., Let's review. Stephen Feinberg owns Cerberus Capital. Feinberg now wants to change his status to become a bank-holding company. IF HE SUCCEEDS, he can get... wait for it.. TARP funds!Jon.....- 12/29/2008 10:41:22 AM
The RNC Continues to Court Racist White People (salon) via jobsanger. During the holiday season, he sent all the RNC members a gift. It was a CD containing the obviously racist song, "Barack the Magic Negro" (sung to the tune of "Puff the M.....- 12/29/2008 9:48:42 AM
Public Assets Like Roads? Parks? Lotteries? Let's Sell Em All Off To Private Companies! (salon) Why should the public, who paid taxes to have public roads, be able to continue to benefit? Get with it, poeple, this is a different world, in which the rich get richer and the rest of us get to pay t.....- 12/29/2008 9:45:44 AM
Bush on Vacay in Crawford This Week (salon) not long before he goes on a permanent vacay! Even an emerging crisis in the Middle East, one he pledged to resolve just 13 months ago, has not drawn President George W. Bush from his final vacation b.....- 12/29/2008 9:44:06 AM
Bush! Please Take This Private Company's Land-Somebody Died on It (salon) Boy, I do NOT agree with what the Families of Flight 93 are trying to do. Just because somebody dies on a particular piece of land, it's okay to ask the president to SEIZE that land so that some other.....- 12/29/2008 9:26:35 AM
Saw a Letter to the Editor In Glen Rose Reporter-Huffy About Laughing at Bush and the Shoe (salon) I always enjoy the issue of the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper where all the letters from kids to Santa get published. (I liked the one where a kid wanted, among other things, a cash register full of mo.....- 12/28/2008 9:12:53 PM
A Few Cool Picture Gifts I Got Over the Holidays (salon) I got one of those digital photo frames and I absolutely LOVE it! I had it hooked up via USB within a few minutes, did not install the software because I already have photo software, but it's easy to .....- 12/28/2008 7:54:55 PM
What Posts Were Popular This Year on Somervell County Salon? Top 50 for 2008 (salon) Not that any posts between now and the end of the year won\'t be delightful but they can\'t any of them come close to the number of hits on these ones. I didn\'t have a link on the page bu.....- 12/28/2008 7:35:13 PM
Of COURSE Laura Bush and Condi Rice are going to say Bush the Lesser is not a failure (salon) Had to laugh when I saw that Laura Bush went on Fox  and Rice went on CBS today to talk about how Bush is not a failure. Yeah. Should anyone expect any different unless all that Globe talk o.....- 12/28/2008 7:21:30 PM
Cool New Years Eve Night Sky Viewing in Texas-December 2008 (salon) I notice in this article a couple of really interesting views in the night sky on the last night of the year. Also watch for MercuryOn December 31, Jupiter will be about a degree from Mercury. Ch.....- 12/28/2008 7:03:25 PM
Awwww-Larry Craig's Men's Room Losing Its Appeal as a Tourist Stop (salon) I notice in this article a couple of really interesting views in the night sky on the last night of the year. Also watch for MercuryOn December 31, Jupiter will be about a degree from Mercury. Ch.....- 12/28/2008 6:13:19 PM
Remember that Exorcism Case From Colleyville? Supreme Court Might Look Into It (salon) Here's what we wrote at the time.I wonder if the SCOTUS will stay far away from this. Otherwise, might be an interesting case to see how much government involves itself in the practices of organized r.....- 12/28/2008 3:32:19 PM
About Jesus Picture on a Courthouse Wall in Slidell, Louisiana (salon) From one of Somervell County Salon's regular readers, NOPoser, who sent along some links about a picture of Jesus that was on the wall of the Slidell, Louisiana city court.I had thought that Jesus was.....- 12/28/2008 3:28:09 PM
65-70 Percent of Americans Believe Other Religions Also Get Eternal Life (salon) This threw evangelicals into a tizzy. After all, the Bible makes it clear that heaven is a velvet-roped V.I.P. area reserved for Christians. Jesus said so: “I am the way, the truth and the life:.....- 12/28/2008 3:19:08 PM
And MORE Audio from the Texas State BOE Science TEKS in November 2008 (salon) Last post with more audio here I remind that these are some very rough transcripts taken while listening, that I dont have a clue how to spell the people speaking's last names, so be sure to list.....- 12/28/2008 6:08:49 PM
Time to start thinking about New Years Resolutions-what are yours? (salon) Yeah, I know a lot of people don't like to make them because they know they'll only be broken. But I view the New Year always a fresh start for new endeavors and thinking. Maybe some of the ideas and .....- 12/28/2008 1:10:17 PM
Those Pesky Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods Stored On Site-Another Reason to Attend Comanche Peak NRC Meeting (salon) on January 6th. If you want to speak at the meeting, make sure you're not only NOT LATE but that you get there to have signed up by 5 minutes before each meeting.  Here's the info again-there are.....- 12/28/2008 9:01:01 AM
Disabling anonymous comments for a while- have gotten a huge amount of spammers lately (salon) You don't see those anonymous spammers because I also have this site set so that new posts that aren't from logged in users must be approved before posting. Lately there's been some spambots that have.....- 12/28/2008 8:51:55 AM
As the NAIS-Mandatory Creep Continues, Michigan AG Seeks To Dismiss suit (salon) Remember how we said a while back that, even though NAIS is supposed to be, um, VOLUNTARY, the USDA is effectively making it mandatory or else?  A lawsuit filed on Sept 8 by the Farm-To-Consumer .....- 12/28/2008 8:00:09 AM
Israel strikes at Hamas (pstern) Israel retaliates against Hamas Israel retaliated against [the recent rocket fire by] the Palestinian organization Hamas with air attacks in the Gaza area.  Hamas and various Arab .....- 12/27/2008 10:37:28 AM
Continuing Audio Snippets from Texas SBOE Science TEKS Hearing in November 2008 (salon) Previous snippetsKathy Miller Texas Freedom Network mP3Nan Clayton mP3 League of Women Voters. Supernatural doesn't belong in science classes. Texas home of NASA, medical facilitiesFrancis EBerle mP3 .....- 12/26/2008 4:54:52 PM
Urgh! Caroline Kennedy! So Would ANY Average SHMO! (salon) Caroline Kennedy Tells AP She'll Work Twice as Hard.Gee. Why. Because she's trading on her name? Because we're not a democracy that is going to hold an election to see if she would be elected as quali.....- 12/26/2008 2:59:55 PM
What's the Going Rate on Presidential Pardons? (salon) As we found out this week when Bush rushed to rescind a pardon, the Justice Department apparently doesn't even LOOK to see if the pardons are worthy. Harpers Mag's Scott Horton asks the next logical q.....- 12/26/2008 1:01:09 PM
Twas the Day After Christmas... and Valentines Being Sold! (salon) As we found out this week when Bush rushed to rescind a pardon, the Justice Department apparently doesn't even LOOK to see if the pardons are worthy. Harpers Mag's Scott Horton asks the next logical q.....- 12/26/2008 12:52:29 PM
Please Don't Divorce Us (salon) As we found out this week when Bush rushed to rescind a pardon, the Justice Department apparently doesn't even LOOK to see if the pardons are worthy. Harpers Mag's Scott Horton asks the next logical q.....- 12/26/2008 12:51:16 PM
Jesus is Wack- Video O Day Or You Don't Protest Secularization by Sitting on Santa's Lap (salon) Here was the mock entertainment of the morning. Some church decided it would be a fine idea to have the bold parishioners in their bunch dress up like Jesus and go out shopping (presumably other place.....- 12/26/2008 11:20:02 AM
Commercial Poultry Associations Want YOU to Register Your Poultry with NAIS - PAH! (salon) Here was the mock entertainment of the morning. Some church decided it would be a fine idea to have the bold parishioners in their bunch dress up like Jesus and go out shopping (presumably other place.....- 12/25/2008 11:51:58 AM
Video-Rick Warren Caught Lying About What He Said -Rachel Maddow Dissects (salon) via Dispatches from the Culture WarsIncidentally, in the video the interviewee says that Rick Warren compares pro-choice women to holocaust deniers. Oh, PLEASE. Here's the article from the beliefnet i.....- 12/25/2008 11:09:27 AM
Bush's Bogus Pardon for Aregood- Huh? Why Was this done? (salon) I saw today that one of Bush's pardons was for a man, John Aregood, who BROKE THE LAW and hired undocumented workers to harvest his watermelons. He was not only convicted but paid a SMALL fine an.....- 12/25/2008 10:13:00 AM
Happy Holidays to all Somervell County Salon Readers, Regardless of how you spend it (salon) For me, I\'m planning a cozy night before the fireplace (although the weather during the day today is quite nice, hope it gets COLD tonight) with cocoa, and appetizers and a big dinner on the morr.....- 12/24/2008 12:50:07 PM
Audio from the Science Teks Texas State Board of Education Public Hearings in November (salon) Here's the post from earlier today. I continue to listen and put up snippets of the people who went towards the end of November to speak about the science teks to the Texas State Board of Education.&n.....- 12/23/2008 5:12:59 PM
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Having Meetings In Somervell County (Comanche Peak) in January 2009 (salon) It's not clear to me whether these are the same meetings, held twice to allow more people with different schedules to go, or if they are two different meetings. Will update this after I find out for s.....- 12/23/2008 2:40:08 PM
Are They Still Combat Troops If you Just Don't CALL Them That? (salon) Although I have always been sure this is what would happen, ie, do the same thing but change the name of what you call it, Istill have a negative feeling for this kind of shenanigan.Even though the ag.....- 12/23/2008 1:43:10 PM
Re-released music -Sing Songs for Chlidren by the Simon Sisters (salon) I heard this long ago and absolutely LOVE the album. I first saw it in the Kent Library in Kent, Ohio, and assumed I would be able to find it again after I returned it.  Nope. It includes songs l.....- 12/23/2008 1:40:01 PM
Burger King follows Wendy's lead in misleading consumers (pharper) I had previously posted about Wendy's changing their fries on the menu and now Burger King has followed suit. No longer is a small fry the smallest fry on the menu, the value fry is now the small.....- 12/23/2008 10:21:44 AM
Nothing says *I'm a Christian* like a pair of balls hanging from your truck (pharper) So we are in the drive through at McDonalds in Granbury the other day and the wife see's this pair of plastic balls hanging from the back of this guys F-350 in front of us. What caught my eye was a TC.....- 12/23/2008 10:17:49 AM
How Easy Is It To Apply for Government Bailout TARP Money? A Two Page Application (salon) So we are in the drive through at McDonalds in Granbury the other day and the wife see's this pair of plastic balls hanging from the back of this guys F-350 in front of us. What caught my eye was a TC.....- 12/23/2008 9:40:14 AM
Texas Sunset Falls Short (pstern) Who is watching-out for Texans? Every decade or so the Sunset Advisory Commission reviews a state agency to ensure it is compliant with the laws governing that entity and that it is running effic.....- 12/23/2008 9:24:11 AM
Continuing with Audio from Texas State BOE on Science TEKS from November 2008 (salon) First post about it here.  In all posts about this, I will be putting in my own rough transcript, but listen to the audio for exact words spoken. I also have little idea how people's names a.....- 12/23/2008 12:34:28 PM
Tell Obama to get rid of the 'bail-outs' (pstern) The "bail-out" packages are a travesty to American taxpayers..Contact the Obama/Biden administration and let them know you want the bail-outs retracted.  http://change.gov/page/con.....- 12/23/2008 5:27:05 AM
Rep. Mike Krusee is a detriment to transportation development in Texas (pstern) It's amazing that Rep. Mike Krusee is still the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation.  It is obvious to everyone but the legislature that Krusee is special interest driven to push throu.....- 12/22/2008 5:03:43 PM
So.. The FBI Considered the movie *It's a Wonderful Life* to be Communisit Propaganda! (salon) I LOVE that movie. In fact, I love pretty much all Frank Capra movies I've seen, including "It Happened One Night" or "You Can't Take it With You". Haven't watched It's a Wonderful.....- 12/22/2008 12:54:10 PM
All Right. I'm PO now! Banks That Got MY Bailout Money Giving Perks to their Top CEOS (salon) I gotta tell you, i haven't written too much about the bailout because it annoys me and it makes NO FRIGGING DIFFERENCE to the crooks in Congress that I am against it. But a little bit of boiling red .....- 12/22/2008 10:56:48 AM
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