Friday, February 29, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Gonna buy all my books at B&N now.

Barnes & Noble chair commits $20 million for housing in New Orleans - International Herald Tribune
Barnes & Noble chair commits $20 million for housing in New Orleans

Still another story on NO homeless -- trailers this time.

Another story on NO homeless.

UN officials on administration neglect of black population of NO

U.N. accuses U.S., city of denying minorities right to return - In Your Own Words -
U.N. accuses U.S., city of denying minorities right to return

A hard-hitting report.

But check out the racist comments from some less-than-enlightened readers -- see, for exampse the comment by "shay57." Undoubtedly an admirer of Leander Perez.

Big Bull sign. College Station, TX

This is not a political statement.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Involuntary Demolition. St. Bernard Parish, LA

Lots of these signs around Chalmette. This one was posted on the 15th of February. It gives ten days to appeal.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Swamp fire (sunset in Louisiana)

Lou Dobbs notices the Trans-Texas Corridor boondoggle.

As Senators Clinton and Obama prepared to debate in their state, Texans were marching in protest over the NAFTA superhighway known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, or I-69, the primary purpose of which is to speed the delivery of goods coming in from Mexico to proposed inland ports.

The TTC is planned to span the state of Texas from Laredo, on the Mexican border, to Texarkana, on the border with Arkansas, to continue north to Canada. The projected cost is $183 billion over fifty years, with no American companies expressing interest in financing it.

Dobbs has a good video on this site.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Why does the hiring freeze damage colleges and universities the most?

Amorphous Funk has a good post on why the hiring freeze hurts colleges and universities the most. In brief it's because this is the only time of year that colleges do their interviewing and hiring of instructors and professors. Applicants will back out of the process if they learn that the decision is being made by a non-educator, bureaucrat. And if the decision is delayed too long, there is no opportunity to catch up till next year.

NYT finally notices giant Texas boondoggle. It's about time.

Proposal in Texas for a Public-Private Toll Road System Raises an Outcry - New York Times
Texans have gotten the message, swamping hearings and town meetings across the state to grill and often excoriate agency officials about a colossal traffic makeover known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, a public-private partnership unrivaled in the state’s — or probably any state’s — history, that would stretch well into the century and, if completed in full, end up costing around $200 billion.

The effects of this incredible plan will be to slice Texas up into segments, cut minor roads and highways into pieces, force travelers to eat, sleep and rest at privately owned monopolies, destroy farmland by the millions of acres, turn the whole transportation system over to private enterprise, and shift cargoes from California to Mexico. And it's coming to a state near you. In fact, it's coming to your state. There's a national plan to ship cargo from ports on the west coast of Mexico, through Texas to St. Louis, where a massive customs facility will inspect and approve cargo. Most of it will be carried by trucks using Mexican drivers -- a neat trick to destroy the Teamsters Union and the Longshoreman's Unions at the same time. This has been in the works for years, but this is the first time a national outlet has seen fit to take notice. Rural Texans, of course, have been trying to draw attention to this for years, too, but no one seems very interested. Has anyone asked any of the candidates their positions on the project?

Forget the UN, we're all going to be ruled by NAFTA ----

P.S. Check where Crawford is in relation to the Texas master plan for the full Trans-Texas Corridor. Yep. George is bound to get a piece of this.


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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Primary Day

Don't forget.

As a Dem, I think I have two good choices,so today I'll finally have to get off the fence. And finally, for the first time in 30 years or more, I'll get to vote in a primary before the final decision is made. It's awesome!

Texans say the darndest things.