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Progressive Blog Roundup

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/13 22:21:08 (1009 reads)

It's Sunday Night, and that means it is time for yet another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's weekly round-up. This week, we're privileged to bring you some new members of the Texas Progressive Alliance. You'll see them added to the TPA blog roll on the left there soon.

South Texas Chisme got what they were asking for - a spotlight on the Webb County Sheriff's race. BlackBox Voting's Bev Harris has asked for relevant auditable materials. CouldBeTrue can hardly wait to find out what happened.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the "rail-rage" that's hitting Central Texas, Rail, Rail, Rail - Do It Right, Not Fast.

President Bush hasn't seen Russian President Medvedev since his 'election' to the Russian Presidency. Last week, he had his first opportunity to look into his eyes. Check out McBlogger to see what he saw.

Lightseeker at Texas Kaos tells the chilling tale of Goodhair and the Fire at the Governor's Mansion. Governor Rick Perry didn't light the match, but decisions laid at his door certainly made things a lot easier for the arsonist who did.


The Texas Cloverleaf examines T. Boone Picken's Plan to save us from evil oil men and move forward with greener energy.

Texas Senators Cornfed and Bailey scored a perfect ten in synchronized flip-flopping on the Medicare bill last week, shortly after they and the rest of their Republicans exhibited mirror-image coordination on FISA. PDiddie at Brains and
Eggs
has the details.

BlueBloggin sees Maliki making the same mistakes as King GeorgeIraq Hands Out Stimulus Money As Us Shifts Occupation.

BossKitty worries about the consequences of revaluing human life in America Dollar Value of American Life drops - Now What?.

Vince at Capitol Annex notes that Senate Democrats have taken a strong stance on calling for reform of the Texas Department of Insurance, with one senator even calling for the Insurance Commissioner to be an elected official.

MeanRachel wonders when politics became unpatriotic on July 4th.

Off the Kuff had a guest post from Rep. Pete Gallego about the HDCC and its efforts to reclaim the State House for the Democrats.

WhosPlayin was impressed that Ken Leach, candidate for U.S. Congress in CD 26 got good coverage in the Gainesville Register, even though his totally honest quote didn't pass the "smell" test.

jobsangertook a look at the lies being told in a McCain campaign ad in .

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I Dig Black Gold

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/13 19:40:00 (1585 reads)

OK, so several months back, at the urging of a fellow blogger, TxSharon, I spent a buttload of time researching oil and gas drilling in Texas. Having never been around the industry myself, I thought it good to familiarize myself with what is coming our way, and what the folks in Tarrant and Wise counties are already dealing with.

As far as the environment goes, you don't want one of these wells anywhere near where you live, or where you get your drinking water, livestock, or foodstuffs. TxSharon has done a great job at explaining the dangers, so I'm not going to go into that here.

So for a month or so now, I've been watching this new show "Black Gold" on truTV network. The show follows 3 drilling crews on a mission to drill 3 wells each over the course of 50 days, near Odessa, TX.

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Thoughts on Sunday Morning

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/13 11:09:07 (852 reads)

Damn, it's hot outside. I think it's the 3000% humidity... My back yard is a mess, and it's not helped by that kiddie pool that we bought. The thing developed a leak, then algae grew in what's left. It smells like dog shit. I'm gonna try cleaning it up and patching it. But first, I've got to find a place to put it so that I can mow the yard.

Our weekly Coffee Chat at Bahama Bucks (Saturdays 7:30pm) had a lot more guests than usual. We usually try to keep it social, and with no specific agenda. Always makes for great conversation. A couple of the folks that were there are in the mortgage industry, one of them working in loss mitigation. They thought the Fannie/Freddie thing was probably a bigger deal than what McBlogger was saying.

Yesterday morning, I got up and wrote a blog post that is a total lie. Only if you click one of the links at the bottom, will you get to my disclosure about the nature of the lie. My point was to make a statement about the things we take on faith because we see them in print. I kind of feel bad about it, since the few times I've done creative or fiction writing here, it's been obvious. Yesterday's piece was passed off as truth, with very few hints that it was a fraud.

MamaSk8z and I cleaned up our adopt-a-spot median Friday night, and got about 2 - 3 pounds of trash. Don't be too impressed though, much of the weight was from broken city titties that had been thrown into the median or along the curb. Hmm... I wonder if city titties can be recycled. City titty rock garden, anyone? It just occurred to me that maybe everyone doesn't know what a city titty is: these are the "reflector buttons" glued onto the street to mark lanes.

I decided to accept that job offer, but I have mixed feelings about it still. I'm apprehensive, and still get a little twist in the gut thinking about leaving the company I've been with for 10 years. Things change, though. I'll try to make the best of it.

The past week at work, I only had about 5 billable hours. I spent the rest of the time working on converting a popular open-source program from one version of the OpenEdge ABL (nee Progress 4gl) language to another. Basically it's a program that was written to create PDF files for reports and such, and it was written procedurally. I'm converting it to be object oriented. It's not so much that it needed to be converted, as much as it was that I needed the experience with OO, and I was bored.

I've been watching the progress on the new Timbercreek Trail that the city is putting in to connect the parks. The kids and I went walking down there last week. The Lewisville Leader had a front page article about the progress. Things like that make me proud of our city.

On the flip side though, reading about some of the recent crime in our city has me a little concerned. We have a guy who keeps robbing local drug stores for narcotics. The Leader had another story on that. I really hope they catch the guy, and I wish there were a way for me to help. We had some guys steal an ATM last week in Lewisville too. The police caught one of them.

I signed up for the Citizens Police Academy this past week. It's not that I have any ambition to be a police officer. I just want to get some better understanding of our the department works, and what types of things our officers have to deal with. When I was 20 and younger, I was kind of an asshole. I had friends in high school who liked to raise all sorts of hell, and give the local cops a hard time. They'll do a background check on me for this, and I think what they'll find is that I've been a good boy since I was 21. I've been arrested once, and there's no telling what other shit they might find from my youth. Basically when I got arrested, a friend and I had gone to the shooting range, and I had a pistol that I'd bought from a former Bexar Co. deputy. A policeman came out and checked serial numbers, and that one showed stolen. It was BS though. Some further checks showed it wasn't the same gun. I was no angel though. I guess at that age, I thought I was a lot smarter than everyone, and I was entitled to do whatever in the hell entertained me. For instance, my friends and I once had the bright idea that if we drank beer and fired guns and shot off fireworks 100 feet outside of the city limits, that it would then be legal and nobody could stop us. I wish I could go back and advise my younger self what a stupid idea that was. Anyhow... maybe someday I can help other kids channel their energy in safe and legal ways.

Well, my Mother-in-law just showed up. Time to run. Later!

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NRCC thinks Republicans are Just Gullible. Lies about Fake Poll

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/12 18:16:35 (1778 reads)

The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) thinks its members are just gullible and stupid. Their "Business Advisory Council" scam never ceases to prove it. Yet another case in point: This recent email sent to their email list, and luckily for us, preserved on their website:

If the President [sic] Election were held today which candidate would you vote for?

        I would vote for John McCain.

        I would vote for Barack Obama.

The National Republican Congressional Committee will compile the results and send them out shortly. So make sure you vote today to have your vote counted!


There are several problems with this kind of "poll", but the most obvious to geeks like me, who actually view source code on crap like this: Both choices have the exact same "link" location, and there is no possible way for the NRCC to "tally" anything. Aside from the grammatical mistake, and obvious sampling bias, they've been caught in a blatant lie.

Take a look at the HTML source code:
If the President Election were held today which candidate would you vote for?<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nrcc.org">I would vote for John McCain.</a><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nrcc.org">I would vote for Barack Obama. </a>


There is no JavaScript or anything else on the page that would have altered the links to be able to register a difference. By the way, if you look in the lower left corner of your browser window, you can usually see the website that a link will take you to before you click it.

So, based on this, I would take away two conclusions:
Democrats: Don't bother trying to register your support for Barack Obama here. If there was any way to game the system, I would have had it programmed already just to screw with them for doing such a stupid poll.

Republicans: Your leadership doesn't really care what you think. They want you to visit their website and send them your hard earned money. It must really suck to be so much lighter in the wallet due to their failed policies and something-for-nothing, borrow-and-waste spending plans, but this really adds insult to injury, doesn't it? Why not join a party that doesn't regularly insult your intelligence?

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Syrians Reprocess Nuke Fuel for Iran? UhOh...

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/12 10:49:24 (1234 reads)

There are some leaked photos going around, obtained from recently defected Syrian nuclear engineers who claim that Syria has been secretly reprocessing spent Iranian nuclear fuel rods to recover Plutonium, deep underground near the Syrian town of Al-Bandini.

The explanation with the pictures claimed that Syria constructed this plant underneath a civilian water treatment plant at Al-Bandini in the Shi'anola' district in order to hide the construction and operation, and deter an Israeli attack on a "humanitarian" target.

The pics have disappeared from various websites nearly as quickly as they were posted, but I was lucky enough to grab some copies, and the information given with them. The technical explanations of the equipment given by the Syrian engineers were hard to understand, but are given in the source. I'm paraphrasing below:

Picture #1: 2 of 3 Syrian Nuclear Engineers in the control room:
Syrian nuclear engineers
If I understand correctly, there were 3 engineers in the picture. The one whose picture is completely redacted was not one of the three to defect. They explain that because spent fuel rods are extremely radioactive, much of the process is remotely operated from this underground control room, 300 feet below the Syrian desert.

Picture #2: Reprocessing Equipment:

If you want to understand what this equipment does, you'll have to read the source, but my understanding is that spent fuel rods are processed mechanically first, removing cladding and such, then chemically by processing with various acids in quantities small and dilute enough so as not to reach criticality. This has something to do with the acid solution.

Picture #3: Plutonium precipitate membranes

Again, I barely understand the chemical process here, but weapons inspectors who have examined the photo above say it's likely this is a stack of separation membranes that somehow "filter plutonium salt precipitates" from neutralized acid solution, "allowing uranium and other transuranic salts to pass in solution".

Picture #4: Uranium waste storage tank.

Supposedly, this is one of the "smoking guns". The engineers claim that uranium waste, after plutonium removal, is being stored temporarily in this tank in a bunker 100 meters underground. The engineers have speculated that the aqueous mix is being used to hydrate concrete blocks, which are being smuggled out of Syria on merchant vessels and dropped on the ocean floor, rather than disposing of them properly.

The link will probably be taken down soon, but I did manage to find a DOD site where a briefing was posted early this morning. {Mirror: UK Post Sun Monitor}

Folks, we need to keep a close eye on this situation and be extremely careful about how we respond. Making sure that our leaders have the correct information is of utmost importance. I don't know why the mainstream media isn't jumping all over this. You'd think the warmongers in the Bush administration would look for any opportunity to link Iran to nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this appears to be the smoking gun.

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Is the Sky Falling on Fannie and Freddie?

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/11 22:59:18 (959 reads)

So, yesterday afternoon's Wall Street Journal ran an article stating that the Bush Administration was looking at plans to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac if they should become insolvent. Of course, Thursday's WSJ was out on the lawn when I got up this morning and attempted to watch the news without my proper dose of coffee.

Well, CNN made it sound like the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were imminent, and that the Federal Government would step in and back up the $5 trillion in liabilities. Honestly, it made my blood boil just a bit.

As I usually do in these situations, I turned to McBlogger, who is by day a mortgage banker for one of the companies that didn't fold up. He's got a good way of explaining things in a way that is easy for the layman to understand. Heck, I'd bet even John McCain would be able to understand McBlogger if he knew how to work the tubes.

But I digress.

Check out these two postings, and ignore my comments:

- Still not Getting It on the Credit Markets
- Fannie, Freddie in Suicide Pact

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McCain as Dr. Doom

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/11 22:29:23 (871 reads)

J-Michael Cabowski was a John McCain supporter in 2000, as was I. I would have gotten my ass out to vote for him in the primary if it would have mattered. Cabowski got out and canvassed for McCain.

In "If Obama is Dr. No, McCain is Dr. Doom" Cabowski talks about McCain's failings in perhaps the top 3 issues: the economy, foreign policy, and general honesty.

"John McCain seems to think calling Barack Obama ‘Dr. No’ is the wittiest label a politician has ever come up with. But, after watching the actions of John McCain this week, it has become clear that he may only make our current situation terrifyingly worse. So, while he may like refer to James Bond villains, McCain need only to pull out a comic book to realize his true self, that of ‘Dr. Doom.’"

He makes some good points. Give it a read if you have some time.

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Freedoms

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by grbtexan on 2008/7/11 12:24:29 (802 reads)

OK lets start with a review! Ok?

The First Ten Amendments of the US Constitution are collectively called the Bill of Rights.

1. Gives us freedom of religion, freedom of the Press and free speech and the and rite to assemble and petition the our government for redress of grievances.

2. The right to bear arms and form a militia

3. The right to refuse quarter to armed forces in our home

4. The protection against unreasonable search and seizure, No warrants shall be issued with out probable cause affirmed by oath and description of the place, person and things to be searched or seized

5. The protection against self- incrimination, of due process of law, and protection against double jeopardy, and the protection of seizure of private property ( eminent domain)

6. The right to a trial by a Jury of your peers, to be informed of the charges against you, and the right to confront your accusers and witnesses against you, and to be represented by council

7. The right to a jury trial

8. Protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and the excessive bail

9. Protects rites that we all understand but are not enumerated with in these amendments

10. The right of the states to Govern themselves, and power of the people


Why do I bring this up? Well for one very good reason. This week the Bush administration with the help of the House and senate have taken yet more of these rights away. Is this a surprise? Well no, the Bush administration has worked very hard at reducing the rights of the people and increasing the power of the executive throughout his term. Now are senate has passed Bush’s Eavesdropping bill, and Bush has signed it. Your government now has the right to listen in on any call you make and many of your Emails. This has of course been done for your protection, to stop another 9/11 from happening. Wake Up America is dying!!!
Our For fathers put forth a new idea when they formed this republic. They believed in us, in the ability of the people to govern themselves. They formed a government for, of and bye the people. Not even the great Egyptians or Romans ever had that. This new government also set forth with the First ten Amendments rights of it’s people. These are the freedoms we talk about when we say “ Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” . And we are lets these rights be taken away one by one. Today we lose the right to be protected against unreasonable search, what will we lose tomorrow? The right to due process? The rite of freedom of religion? You reading this, and me who is typing it, this is our fault, we have let this happen. Yes George Bush had a responsibly to not sign that bill yesterday, it is his job to protect the Bill of Rights. But it is our job first. We The People!! Remember, that’s you and I. We are all letting the dream of a government of, for and by the people die. We talk about spreading democracy around the world, while we let our own Republic be lost. Why? Because we are afraid? I would argue that the people of this country had much more to fear from the most powerful military the world had ever seen when they formed this country then we will ever have to fear from a terrorist group. As the saying goes, “ When your sacrifice freedom for security, you have neither” I hope all of you will make redress with your congress people and senators about his issue. Lets try to save these freedoms if not for our selves then for our children. “God Bless America”

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Where's the love?

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/9 17:15:52 (862 reads)

Here's a new favorite song / music video: "Where's The Love" by the Black Eyed Peas

Apologies that Universal won't allow the video to be embedded, but click the link above to play it.

Here are the lyrics:


What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)

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Citizens Police Academy accepting applications

Get Involved! - Rise to Your Higher Self
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/7/8 8:54:06 (1152 reads)

The Lewisville Citizens Police Academy, the closest civilians can come to the men and women in blue, short of pursuing a badge of their own, is accepting applications for its 2008 class that starts on Sept. 4.

The free 13-week program includes instruction and training experiences from the classroom to the firing range. Since 1989, dozens of Lewisville residents have gained a better understanding of local law enforcement efforts through the program.

“As both an instructor and program coordinator, I’m always pleased to see the students’ excitement and enthusiasm each and every week,” said Lewisville Police Training Coordinator Scott Pedigo. “At the conclusion of each class, I’m always overwhelmed by the appreciation of the students. It seems that most don’t want their involvement in the program to end.”

Classes are held on Thursday evenings, and there are Saturday sessions on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. Graduation will be Dec. 4. After completing the class, many graduates join the CPA Alumni Association and volunteer with the department in a variety of capacities. Alumni also are eligible to ride with patrol officers as observers.

For information on the next class, scheduled to begin in September, call Training Coordinator Scott Pedigo at 972.219.3608. Participants must be at least 18 years old before classes begin and either live or work in Lewisville. Class space is limited, so those interested in participating should apply as soon as possible. Applications can be obtained at the Lewisville Police Department, can be mailed to applicants, or can be downloaded from here

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I went through the citizens fire academy this Spring and had a blast while learning a lot. This ought to be fun. I hate to admit it, but it's been years since I've fired a handgun, so I especially look forward to that part of the training.

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