Friday, January 23, 2009

Doug Stanhope & Alex Jones Live in Austin, TX 8/13/2004

Truth Be Tolled - TTC Special Edition

12-Part Video Playlist

First Texas, then the nation.

Government has found a new way to make money on public infrastructure.

The plan is not only to convert existing roadways into toll ways without a public vote, but to seize over half a million acres of Texas soil and replace it with a 4,000 mile road, rail and utility network.

Many citizens are crying highway robbery. Corporations stand to profit as lobbyists and lawmakers pave the way for private foreign interests.

The political establishment is not listening to the people--but their voices will be heard.

This award-winning documentary follows the process as citizens exercise their most important power as members of a democracy:
freedom of speech.

Grassroots organizers to working-class Texans, all unite to state their loud opposition. The strongest voices rise from small rural communities whose farms, homes, schools, businesses and churches face the largest forcible eminent domain acquisition in U.S. history.

The Trans-Texas Corridor, the first leg of the proposed NAFTA superhighway, will not only rip the heart out of Texas-- it will kill a way of life that has been in the Lone Star State forever.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Simple Truth with Bob Dacy 11/24/2008

* The bailout bill and the Constitution.
* Change? Not in the Obama Administration. Biden, Powell warn of d-day after inauguration.
* More bailouts on the way.
* Kashkari in front of Congress.
* Bob's analogy of the Banker elites and Cecil Rhodes.
* Protecting the taxpayers?
* JFK secret society clip.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Simple Truth with Bob Dacy 1/12/2009

* The Trans Texas Corrridor is Dead!!!
(uh no, not really)
* The Statesman doing its part to keep it quiet.
* How did Israelis in New York KNOW that 911 was going to happen?
* Israelis genociding Palestinians?
* Military officer sues Cheney and Rumsfeld for prior knowledge of 911Pentagon attack.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cow Tax Proposal Rankles Ranchers

David Schechter
WFAA Channel 8 Dallas - Fort Worth
January 13, 2009

SAGINAW — Of all the problems on president-elect Barack Obama's plate, add this one: Beef.

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering rules to regulate cow emissions as a cause of global warming. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, comes from the manure of large animals like cattle.

Pete Bonds is a veteran rancher in Saginaw. He's one of many ranchers fighting the "cow tax" proposal, which is still in a early phase.

By some estimates, a methane permit could cost as much as $175 dollars per animal. And that could place a premium price on favorite foods like hamburgers and steaks.

"That takes us time, and that takes us money and cost to be able to do that," Bonds said. "Unfortunately, if it does, we're going to have to pass that on to the consumer — and we don't want to do that."

When it comes to climate change, some scientists say methane is worse than the carbon dioxide that spews from cars and factories.

But Bonds half-wonders whether the whole thing is just a vegetarian plot.

"If you've ever been in a room full of vegetarians, a lot of methane is being produced," he said. "I'm wondering if they're going to start putting a permitting process on them."

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Trans-Texas Corridor Born Again As “Innovative Connectivity Plan”

Ann Shibler
The John Birch Society
January 09, 2009

Declared dead by TxDOT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz and Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday, January 6, the Trans-Texas Corridor was then immediately born again — under an assumed name.

They must have had their fingers crossed behind their backs when they declared the NAFTA Superhighway defunct, because in typical governmentium nauseum verba they acknowledged that the original plans will be built as stand-alone smaller projects with their very next breaths.

The Interstate 35 tollway twin from San Antonio to Oklahoma and Interstate 69 from Brownsville to Texarkana, and the 130 toll road’s construction will move forward. Governor Perry said, “We really don’t care what name they attach to building infrastructure in the state of Texas. The key is we have to go forward and build it.” Saenz seconded that saying only a name change is occurring: “We’ve decided to put the name to rest.”

But the San Antonio Express-News reports that the corridor remains intact. “Toll roads, truck-only lanes and rail lines are still in the works,” and the environmental impact studies, meetings, and consulting agreements with private contractors go on as well.

Senate Transportation Committee chairman John Carona, R-Dallas said after the name-change announcement, “We can now focus on the real issue, which is additional road capacity and the means to finance the same.” Saenz said his agency will try to keep the corridor widths to 600 feet, as opposed to the original 1,200 feet — a concession to farmers, ranchers, and small-town mayors who stood to lose entire livelihoods.

Of course the TTC was never really dead. It still existed in the Texas Transportation Code and in the well-laid plans of Texas State officials. But a bill eliminating that entire section of law has been filed. If the bill is passed, TxDOT would no longer have the authority to build the road/rail/utility corridor. So, Governor Perry and his toll road backers have to move quickly.

The Spanish and American consortium that developed the plan, Cintra-Zachry, signed a contract for $3.5 million with the TxDOT, and later this year will indeed start construction on two segments. TxDOT still plans to partner with private companies to build and lease the toll roads.

The connotation that the Trans-Texas Corridor/NAFTA Superhighway suffered after the realities of the land-gobbling, sovereignty-sapping, private property-trampling plan was exposed through grassroots activists’ efforts is seen as all that needs to be repaired by the powers that be. Perhaps they think that the good people of Texas who saw right through the plans the first time will be put to sleep by the benign title chosen for the very same project — Innovative Connectivity Plan.

Perry’s $183 billion 4,000-mile-long project that he continues to push for might just be his political undoing. He’s got to pay for the project somehow, and raising taxes is not going to be a good idea in a tight economy, for a project in a state where people have already demonstrated that they do not want said project — under any name. He already knows that he’s facing possible opposition in his bid for reelection from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who would, most likely, use his continued arrogance in this matter to her advantage.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hospitals, Jail Officials Don't Want to Collect Suspects' Blood

Officials cite different reasons for not wanting to draw blood of drunken driving suspects.

Tony Plohetski
Austin American Statesman
Friday, January 09, 2009

Leaders of the city's two major hospital networks and Travis County Jail officials have told Austin police that they no longer wish to collect blood evidence of suspects in criminal investigations.

Officials for the county's central jail booking facility, where such samples have traditionally been taken, informed police last year that they no longer wanted nurses involved in the practice. Jail nurses stopped taking the samples, which are mostly used in drunken driving cases, on Jan. 1.

Hospital representatives have since asked Austin police not to bring suspects to emergency rooms for blood draws, a procedure that has grown in popularity among law enforcement agencies and prompted controversy locally.

Jail and hospital officials cite a variety of reasons for their decisions.

A Seton Family of Hospitals official said workers are worried about lawsuits, among other concerns. However, an expert in such blood draws for drunken driving cases said state laws are clear that nurses and hospitals are protected from such suits.

Dr. Steve Berkowitz, chief medical director for St. David's HealthCare, said, "We don't really feel that the emergency room is really the most appropriate place to be doing those types of procedures, because they really aren't being seen for a medical reason."Berkowitz said hospital officials still support police efforts to curb drunken driving.

Staff with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail, have decided that nurses should spend their time tending to inmates, not collecting evidence.

Police say they must now find a new way to get samples in cases in which they think the evidence is necessary.

"We have a moral and legal obligation to obtain evidence of a crime, and our ability to do so is being hampered by the decisions of entities we have no control over," Police Chief Art Acevedo said. "It presents a tremendous challenge for us."

The decisions come as the use of blood tests in drunken driving cases has grown among Austin police officers and others across the state.

During the New Year's Eve and Halloween holidays, Austin police conducted so-called "no refusal" operations in which they obtained the blood of drunken driving suspects who refused to give a breath test.

The department hired a phlebotomist for those operations, but has still sought blood samples for suspects when the "no refusal" efforts were not in place. Police estimate they have averaged about 30 such blood draws per month in recent months.

The effort to obtain blood evidence, which courts have upheld as a practice, has created controversy, with civil libertarians saying that blood draws are an unnecessary invasion. They say that officers should be able to build cases without such procedures.

Among other major Texas cities that also have begun collecting such samples, most, including San Antonio and Houston, continue having jail nurses draw suspects' blood, said Clay Abbott, a DWI resource prosecutor for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.

Fort Worth police take suspects to a local hospital for the procedure, he said. Local paramedics collect blood samples in some small towns.

State laws allow police to use search warrants to obtain suspects' blood, which Abbott said gives nurses and hospitals lawsuit protection because they are acting under court order.

The law also permits police to draw the blood of suspects in drunken driving crashes involving serious injury or death without a search warrant. Abbott said nurses and medical facilities still have legal protection in those instances, as long as they are acting in the scope of their normal duties.

According to the law, "The person who takes the blood specimen under this chapter, or the hospital where the blood specimen is taken, is not liable for damages arising from the request or order of the peace officer to take the blood specimen."

Abbott and Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said they are both unaware of any lawsuits in Texas against medical officials who have drawn blood of drunken driving suspects.

Greg Hartman, senior vice president for Seton, said hospital officials want more time to understand legal issues and other matters before collecting such samples.

For instance, he said emergency room nurses do not perform medical procedures without a doctor's order. When drawing blood for a criminal case, doctors seldom evaluate suspects, creating concerns among the nurses, he said.

Hartman said hospital officials also want to further discuss with police who will pay the salaries of nurses if they are called to testify in court for such cases. He said he is not aware of any nurses that have been summoned to court so far for such cases.

And Hartman said the legality of nurses collecting blood evidence hasn't been tested in court and that officials are concerned about suits against employees or hospitals.

"This is a very complicated issue," Hartman said. "We aren't making decisions as to whether (law enforcement) should be doing this."

Travis County sheriff's office Maj. Mark Sawa, whose agency was the first to prohibit nurses from drawing suspects' blood for evidence, said officials decided that they also did not want jail nurses called to testify in court cases and missing work.

He said that providing inmate care is their "essential function" and that the department is seeking a national certification in which jail nurses are not involved in evidence gathering.

Acevedo said police officials are now trying to find other options for collecting blood, including possible contracts with private clinics. He said it also is possible that the department might train a team of officers to collect blood.

Acevedo said he has no estimates on the cost of a possible contract or training of officers.

In the meantime, he said, officials will try to work out a temporary plan with either the jail or a hospital.

"We are going to do what we need to do to secure the evidence we need while minimizing the cost to taxpayers," he said.

Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys - They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore (1975)

San Marcos Mandates Pet Microchips

Russell Wilde
News 8 Austin
January 9, 2009

Last year, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and Adoption Center took in thousands of lost or abandoned pets.

Now, thanks to the city's new animal ordinance they hope to return many of those animals to the owners.

The new ordinance requires all pet owners to have chips implanted in their pets.

San Marcos Animal Services Manager Bert Stratemann said the microchips are more reliable than the current tags.

"It's not going to get lost, it's not going to get taken off when you give it a bath," he said. "It's a way we can help track those animals back to their owners."

Some pet owners said the plan is the responsible thing to do.

San Marcos resident Kevyn Reed has a cat with a chip. She thinks the technology provides extra security.

"If you own a pet you should want to know where your pet is at all times, and that's kind of a safety net for you," she said.

The microchip will replace the city's current annual license and fee.

The new ordinance also restricts how pets can be chained or tethered in yards and bans selling or giving away animals on
the side of the road or in parking lots.

The changes take effect April 1.