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ONLINE AUCTION 3-DAY BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

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Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/23 21:41:47 (922 reads)

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Draft Agenda - Saturday Neighborhood Meeting

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/23 8:59:05 (911 reads)

Neighbors in the Willow Grove and Valley Vista subdivisions in Lewisville will be meeting today at 6pm in Willow Grove Park to discuss possible gas drilling in the neighborhood, and how we can organize to ensure that we get the best deal for the residents.


Here is a draft agenda:

1. Introductions
2. Dan Manning
- Purpose for the meeting
- Short history of urban drilling
3. Steve Southwell
- Consequences for the community
- Consequences for the environment
- Consequences for the city
4. Explanation of what Cherokee Horn is attempting, by Chuck - 20 year land man.
5. Explanation of the drilling process, and how investors and lessees get paid.
6. Going forward
- Encourage those gathered not to sign anything yet and why.
- Encourage those gathered to join one of the groups or all of the groups attempting to organize this. Encourage those gathered to tell all of their friends and neighbors in Lewisville to get involved at any level possible. Give out Websites, collect names and numbers, e-mail address of of those willing to help.

Come and join us.

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What's work got to do with it?

Miscellaneous
Posted by Kit on 2008/8/22 12:27:29 (1140 reads)

Let me see if I have this, work hard get an education show a real interest in the community, be involved and help others, become successful and that is an elitist? - But inherit and marry money, use your 'war service' as the primary issue for qualification to everything, have daddy get you into and help you out of the Naval Academy and that is a guy that can understand the average American?

I am not a fool and I know that most of this is just a touch nastier then it needs to be, but then each campaign seems to get nastier. We are not voting for a person but for images of that person. I am not comfortable with the status-quo, and many others with a sense of enlightened self interest are not either. McCain supports too many things that are simply too anti-American for my taste.

Education, he blames the teachers and the unions, not the system and the endless amount political fixes for the problems in education and then supports private education and religious schools. Hardly an American Ideal. Unions and teachers are easy marks for cheap zingers, but the facts are far different. Teaching is more of a calling then a profession, perhaps that is why teachers tolerate the endless criticism from those who have never been in front of a classroom.

Unions are another easy target, after all what is their function but to help those who otherwise would have no voice, to aid these workers in getting a fair shake. Healthcare, America is lagging behind all other modern industrial countries, no we are not talking about socialized medicine.

If we continue to fight the reality of permanent increases in gas and oil we will lag behind even farther. Maybe McCain just has poor advisers, or maybe it is just an attitude that if you support drilling then people will believe the answer is just a wink away.

The new development of green industries means millions of new jobs (over time) but with out the government at least giving the nod to these industries how can they begin to compete in an environment of cushy laws made to favor the few. McCain does not support an increase in the minimum wage, of course for many people these days their primary work is at minimum wage how can they make it with the dollar buying so much less?

Actually I would like to see a candidate take the risk of just telling us where they stand and what they believe and let the cards fall where they may, Americans would probably surprise that honest man. That is once we got over the shock of the honesty.

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More Thoughts on Drilling in my Neighborhood

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/21 1:20:00 (1621 reads)

As I write this, it is once again nearly 1 am, and I'm going on several days of not-so-good sleep, in part brought on by the recent news that my neighborhood is being prospected for drilling rights in the Barnett Shale.

Up until Saturday at 3pm, if you had asked me whether drilling would come to Lewisville, I would have doubted it and suggested that we are too far East to be affected.

I've been reading a lot about the Barnett Shale over the past couple of years, keeping up with news and blogs, especially by my friend TxSharon at her blog Bluedaze. I am at once both fascinated by the technology of the drilling, and disturbed by the environmental impact.

While natural gas itself, mostly Methane (CH4) burns pretty cleanly, if you look at the entire life-cycle of its exploration, extraction, production, transportation, and waste disposal, you just have to think "We can do better."

So, now after mostly watching from the sidelines and lending moral support as our neighbors to the West fought urban drilling, and strong-arm leasing tactics and general sleaziness of the drilling companies, I am faced with the prospect of it in my neighborhood.

And I find myself trying to figure out which battle to fight:
- The "I want to get paid fairly" battle
- The "Not in our neighborhood" battle
- The "I don't want it, but if I have to, then do it cleanly, and pay me" battle.

For the record, I am not an anti-drilling person. I have no dogmatic beliefs about it being inherently bad. That said, the track record thus far has been poor in the environmental area. I want to be optimistic. I want to believe that with the right contractual terms or local government regulation, a driller would take such care of a drill pad that he would get down on his hands and knees with a spoon and eat the dirt next to the hole, once things are cleaned up.

But I won't hold my breath on that. And I don't think it is that they intentionally pollute. I think it's partly out of ignorance, and partly for expedience by employees that just don't know any better. Yet, in some cases, these wells are treated with chemicals that have no business being let loose in the wild. In that case, I think you have operators that have decided that any lawsuits might be cheaper than just doing the right thing.

And, the thing is that when I talk about this environmental impact, I'm not talking about something far away and abstract, like some distant rural plot with an owner willing to look the other way for lucre. I'm not talking about messing with migration and grazing habits of caribou in Northern Alaska.

What I'm talking about is our very neighborhood, and Lewisville's Central Park. Our brand new Timber Creek Trail, that I am so proud of our city for building will now pass two drill sites. The creek where I went to skip rocks with my kids, and look at tadpoles and fish will catch runoff from these pads, carrying chemicals that may kill off those animals.

One of the few corridors of urban forest in Lewisville will be partially felled for drilling pads. A pipeline easement will be condemned and clear cut of any trees in its path. Neighborhoods that were once separated by lush urban forest will now share a view of a derrick, followed by empty space, and tanks and compressors and such.

It's just depressing to think about how decidedly un-tranquil Central Park would be during drilling. I don't know if birds and squirrels will hang around when there is all that racket. I don't know how neighborhood dogs will react to the noise.

Either way, it won't be the end of the world for me. My drinking water comes from Lewisville Lake. As long as my upstream neighbors don't get too many gas wells, I'll be okay. I don't live right across the street from the drill site. I'll probably be able to sleep at night... (well, at least the noise won't keep me up) My kids might have to take more breathing treatments for their asthma, once we have those diesel engines without emissions controls on them running non-stop, as well as all of the truck traffic. But there probably won't be any more $40,000 hospitalizations.

I guess you could say that I'm a bit skeptical about how this might work out. And though I'm broke as hell right now, and could use the money from that signing bonus, there's no way I'm signing until I have some leverage. Because to me, being a good steward of my land is more important than scoring a few bucks in "easy" money that I might deeply regret later.



Friends, I'd like to hear your thoughts in this thread. We'll try to keep news and reference information elsewhere, and just use this to express yourself.

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NATO Must Embrace Georgia and Ukraine

The Editor's Column
Posted by Trace on 2008/8/20 22:11:26 (1328 reads)

In 1999, three innermost European states that had been behind the Russian "iron curtain" for over half a century were granted membership into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization: These countries are Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. That resolution implied the end of the cold war dissection of Europe.

The growth of NATO continued in 2004 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia formally became members of NATO.
That growth of NATO in 1999 and the in 2004 has extensively contributed to the creation of a zone of stability, peace, prosperity,
and security in Europe. Membership in NATO for many of the new members it is also a bridge to the European Union.

The goal of democratic countries in Europe must be to continue to enlarge the area of freedom. This task is particularly significant for NATO in the context of the Balkan countries, mainly Georgia and Ukraine. Peace and democratic stabilization of these regions is in the interest of all European countries, not only of the members of the alliance. NATO has also, regardless of strategic reasons, a moral obligation to eliminate the relics of post-Yalta division of Europe.

What NATO must do.

1.) NATO must settle the issue of membership of the next three states
(Albania, Croatia, And Macedonia) {It is my understanding as of
this writing that membership was Offered to two of the three
countries Albania and Croatia}

2.) NATO must open up co-operation with Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina
and Montenegro.

3.) NATO must extend membership action plan to Ukraine and Georgia.
Georgia and Ukraine have asked for help. NATO cannot ignore the
request of the leaders of both these countries to tighten their
co-operation with the alliance beyond the existing forms of
co-operation. These states want to become part of Nato`s
membership action plan. It is the obligation of NATO member
states to provide a positive response. NATO should not, and must
not delay.

If this is not done in my opinion;

The political mission of the alliance will suffer painful defeat. It would signal the loss of Nato`s political purpose and significance on the security map of Europe and the world. It would irreversibly lose its stabilizing role. NATO cannot refuse these states their right to Euro-Atlantic integration. NATO cannot leave them in solitude in the face of enormous internal and external pressures. From Russia

Of course, the best way to settle any of this would be the United Nations. However, until the U.N. can really become a court of world opinion not of scandal and lavish lifestyles. Countries will have to keep doing things the old fashion way. I will be the first person to climb on board when the United Nations truly becomes what there charter say;

We the Peoples of the United Nation… United for a Better World

We this happens I will be the first to call for the dismantling on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Don Tracey

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ONLINE AUCTION 3-DAY BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

Get Involved! - Rise to Your Higher Self
Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/20 14:21:58 (1134 reads)

1 HOUR MASSAGE
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If you are interested in this item, please follow the guidelines and comment to this blog with your bid. If you have any questions, please email jen (at) southwellmassage (dot) com

Bidding open immediately until 8:00 pm Sunday, August 24, 2008.
Good luck, and happy bidding!

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ONLINE AUCTION 3-DAY BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

Get Involved! - Rise to Your Higher Self
Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/20 14:11:46 (912 reads)

SPANISH TUTORING
1 hour of Spanish tutoring by an University of North Texas professor to be used before December 31, 2008.
Opening Bid: $20.00

If you are interested in this item, please follow the guidelines and comment to this blog with your bid.

Bidding open immediately until 8:00 pm Sunday, August 24, 2008.

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ONLINE AUCTION 3-DAY BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

Get Involved! - Rise to Your Higher Self
Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/20 14:08:17 (1012 reads)

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

Zen by Jen
Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/20 10:17:07 (670 reads)

A client remembered this video and sent it to me.

Enjoy.



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Broke and out of gas

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/20 9:00:28 (897 reads)

I'm sitting here at work, procrastinating from beginning my work day. I'm tired, broke, and just about out of gas - both literally and figuratively.

I found out Saturday about the proposed natural gas drilling in my neighborhood, so it's consumed a lot of my time and energy researching that and talking to my neighbors.

My neck hurts like hell. I think I slept on it funny Sunday night. Mamask8z tried to help me, but it needs more work, and I seem to annoy her when I ask. Fair is fair, I guess, because I haven't done much for her website, either. Funny how that works.

Got paid last Friday, but after catching up on bills and buying school clothes, I'm wiped out again. This morning I went fishing in the change jar for quarters to pay toll and maybe get a snack for lunch today.

The car's gas tank is sitting one bar above empty, and my credit card is maxed out. I made it to work today without a fuel warning, but I'll probably have to put some more in to make it home. I've got a $50 birthday check in my wallet that I can cash at lunch time. Kind of sucks to use birthday money for that, but oh well.

Work is complicated. It's hard to explain what I've been up to, because I teeter on the verge of non-understanding pretty much every day. Let me just say that whoever the accountant was that invented allocated accruals is one sadistic sumbitch.

Well, I guess I'd better get to it.

Have a great day!

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