Sunday, February 28, 2010
Now, I'm fairly certain that Texas contains a great deal of eminent domain. I'm thinking that I read recently that Tarrant County was the capital of eminent domain. Maybe one of my smarter friends can verify that for me.
Seeing that the Institute for Justice is all about rendering aid to those Americans in need of getting Justice served, you'd think at the very least they would at least put the Carter Avenue Rescue Operation Protest and Rally on their event page. I'm truly confused.
We all thought it would be a fantastical idea to contact the Institute of Justice to ask them for help in Steve Doeung's fight against Chesapeake Energy and the City of Forth Worth and their Lackey of a Mayor, Moncrief. Then come to find out...the Institute of Justice was already contacted and they refused to help?
I took a look at their website, and you should as well. According to what they preach they're all about protecting the freedom of speech and people's personal property rights against eminent domain abuse. Well, I decided to look at a few of the cases they've been involved with, maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree.
San Juan County v. No New Gas Tax. I read that a private law firm stood to gain privately from not rolling back the gas tax. Well, isn't that very similar to a certain Mayor of Fort Worth that stands to gain privately by allowing Chesapeake to run their dangerous non-odorized pipeline under the residents' of Carter Avenues' houses? And when Steve was ticketed for violations that were directly related to him displaying a visual protest against Chesapeake Energy...wasn't that an attempt to "shut him up" and suspend his right to free speech?
So, HEY...Institute for Justice...what gives? Why not this case? We haven't even looked at the eminent domain abuse aspect of Steve Doeung's case, but we will.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!
The Carter Avenue Rescue Operation will be holding a rally on the Courthouse steps Thursday, March 4th at 7:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
This rally will be held prior to Steve Doeung's court appearance in his battle with Chesapeake Energy. Steve Doeung is attempting to stop Chesapeake Energy from using eminent domain to take his home in order to put a pipeline beneath the homes along Carter Avenue in Fort Worth.
Steve Doeung does not have legal counsel. He is a Lone Ranger battling Chesapeake Energy. The last time Steve Doeung was in court he was virtually alone against Chesapeake Energy.
This time we do not want Steve Doeung to be alone. We want Steve to feel the support of his fellow Texans, with a solid, loud expression of the American Spirit.
The Court hearing begins at 8:30. Please come witness this historic moment in Fort Worth and Texas and show your support for Steve Doeung and the residents of Carter Avenue.
All North Texans should be concerned with the process and outcome of this hearing. A recent Fort Worth Business Press article named Tarrant County, the eminent domain capital of Texas, which by default likely makes Tarrant County the eminent domain capital of America.
YOUR neighborhood could be next.
Speakers at the event include:
Louis McBee - Vietnam Veteran, Business Owner, Community Leader, Former Mayoral Candidate and Treasurer of NCTCA
Glen Bucy - Afghanistan Veteran, Former City Council Candidate, and Local Community Activist
Billy Mitchell - Rancher, Eminent domain abuse victim, Community Activist
And special guest - DISH, TX Mayor, Calvin Tillman - Mayor Tillman has been leading the way with his determination and resolve to ensure the safety of resident's rights concerning gas drilling, not only in DISH, but the entire state of Texas. He was recently invited to speak to citizens in New York about their concerns with gas drilling issues.
CARTER AVENUE RESCUE OPERATION begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 100 W. Weatherford in Fort Worth. That is the Old Historic Courthouse at the north end of downtown, across the street from Heritage Park. Just follow the signs, downtown, to Sundance Square, where you will find plenty of parking lots.
Refreshments will be provided. Please plan on attending and bring your family and friends!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The school in which I teach will be closing soon. We were promised and assured by the leaders in Austin that we would have until August 31st of 2010. Then suddenly, an email was sent by Cherie Townsend stating that if West Texas State School and Victory Field closed early, let's say, by April 2nd of 2010, it would save the state 3 million dollars and possibly meet the budget cut requirements set forth by Governor Perry.
If the school closes April 2nd, then I'll have to drive four hours a day to Iraan in order to continue to work. I'm thinking I just might not do that. I'd have to leave the house around 4:30AM and that means waking my nine year old and getting her over to mommy's and daddy's at that time. Wouldn't you consider this quite a hardship?
The 2010 Census isn't really a part time gig. Seems that I have the opportunity to work seventeen weeks. That's a lot of guaranteed money. Also, I'm getting back into the insurance business, Medicare to be specific. And if Congress is able to create a National Payor, they're going to need a lot of insurance representatives, and that's something I know how to do REALLY well.
Considering I'm snowed in for the time being, I should probably use my time wisely and do a bit of cleaning and organizing. I should probably make some soup as well, I'm thinking Crab Bisque would be good. Yummy!
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 pound pre-cooked crab meat
1/2 cup white wine
1.In a large saucepan, melt butter over a low heat. Stir in flour, salt, white pepper, bouillon granules, and onion. Blend 3/4 cup half-and-half cream into the mixture. Mix in shrimp and crab meat. Turn the temperature to medium heat and continue stirring until the mixture thickens.
2.Blend the remaining half-and-half cream and wine into the mixture.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Take for instance, my most favorite scene from It's A Wonderful Life. It's when George is a kid, old enough to be a soda jerk. He takes his place behind the counter to get Mary some ice cream. As he's scooping her ice cream, George explains that he'll be a famous explorer. But Mary has other plans, she leans over the counter while he's bent down and whispers:
Is this the ear you can't hear in? George Bailey, I'll love you until the day I die.
You can find Mary whispering the sweet sayings at 5:52. Mary clearly knows she loves George and never forgets it. I make it a habit of listening to my children when they express their inner desires and things they like. We keep a scrap book of all the thoughts, ideas and things they want to do...sort of a bucket list.
One of Annie's childhood dreams is to open an animal shelter with one of her friends, Mallory. They already have a really cute name picked out, Annnie-Mals. She also has a list of characteristics for her future mate, one is that he must be extremely fond of animals. We've been adding to this scrap book yearly, it will be my graduation present to her one day, and hopefully she'll always remember her childlike wants and wishes, and truly have a wonderful life.
This particular commercial is an Orbit one, referencing the ever popular Cootie Queen. Under normal circumstances the Cootie Queen can be found in most elementary schools. The Cootie Queen is not well liked by others and that's because she spreads cooties. I'm thinking Kaye Bailey Hutchinson is a former Cootie Queen that's grown into a Bailout Queen.
What has Kaye Bailed out on? Didn't she say she would do only TWO terms in the Senate? Wasn't that in 1993 when she made that statement? Didn't she also say that she would resign from the Senate when she ran for governor? Then of course, the most credible proof of earning her title...she voted for the bailout. I'm thinking though that soon, we'll be singing her a tune:
Na na na na na na na na
Hey hey hey goodbye
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
At the end of this year, the transformer blew in the education building on campus leaving teachers and students in the dark and without heat during some of the coldest days of 2009. The state decided they wouldn't fix the problem and left us in the cold. We eventually found space in old warehouses and moved our belongings and continued to hold school despite the harsh and unfriendly conditions. We took this as a sign that our days were numbered.
Today, that sign has become a full blown slap to the face. Cherie Townsend, in an attempt to meet state government's demands for a 5% budget cut within all state entities, has proposed the early closing of the school. This closing is slated for April 2nd. We were assured over and over and over again that the school wouldn't be closing until the end of August. That we'd have our jobs until the end of August. That the students that we've been so dedicated to for the past couple years would be with us to TAKS test and GED test, but now that promise has been broken.
Yes, I agree with the man in the green suit and patriot tie on the CBS News when he states that West Texans are considered step children that no body likes when it comes to making decisions for the entire state. We are usually abandoned and left to fend for ourselves. Oh well, it's not the first time and I'm certain it won't be the last.
In my heart I know that what is happening to Steve Doeung and the residents of Carter Ave is wrong. That although eminent domain is the law of the land, that it somehow is only just in the eyes of that mighty ruler, Chesapeake. How silly you may think I am for feeling this way, an utter hopeless romantic and doer of good, but...ponder for a moment. If Steve loses we all lose, because what will keep any self serving entity from taking what belongs to you in the name of the economy or cheap energy?
In just a few weeks, Steve will meet Chesapeake once again in court. He will be all alone facing the Giants of Industry with their team of expert lawyers. How is it that an American Citizen has no rights or the ability to have an appointed attorney to defend him in a court of law? I speak from emotion, but Steve regals from wisdom:
"The allegedly foreign terrorist accused of trying to blow up a transcontinental jet full of American citizens around Christmas was immediately appointed one of the best legal counsels (per national media) to lead in the defense of his rights, but this simple tax-paying American citizen (by choice, no less) who bleeds--and is always ready and willing to bleed--red, white, and blue cannot get legal help to simply protect his most fundamental rights as a law-abiding citizen."
I'm calling on Senator Davis and Representative Burnam to make a change. We the people DEMAND reform and will accept no less.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Another thing I'd like to comment on before I head out the door. Change. I used to think that it was perfectly normal to want to change things about other people to make them fit more appropriately into your world. I now, after years of mistakes and miscommunication, found that to be very ill advised. Think of it this way, the person you may be trying to "change" or "fix" is probably the perfect somebody for someone else and there you are ruining that person for his/her soul mate. So, be patient, your sexy counterpart is out there somewhere, no need to go and create one.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Why should I limit my hugs and kisses to just one day a year? That seems an awfully silly thing to do when you love someone. Doesn't it? I mean, really, shouldn't you be showering your love on your lover on a daily basis? I'm thinking just once a year...not good.
If I had a lover, a sweetie, I'd tell him every day that I loved him, not just on V Day. Each day I'd wake up with a smile knowing that my sweetie would at some point contact me during the day. Whether it be through email, a quick phone call or even a text. I'd go through my day at work with a certain knowing that he's out there holding his phone, pencil, steering wheel...touching an inanimate object...knowing that at some point that object he's touching would eventually be me. And when we were finally face to face, across the room, a crowded room, that given the proximity...my smile would reach him, my eyes would meet his and then he'd be quite aware of how I feel, and not just on V Day, but every day.
Sharing a book, discussing an event, lying next to each other on a hammock, enoying the breeze, feeling water flow around us, appreciating the beauty of our world, walking together sometimes hand in hand sometimes not, a hug hello, a hug goodbye, a brush of skin against skin...all these small events of everyday...mean more to me than a present on V Day. So, possibly I'm a bigger romantic than you...and I don't even celebrate Valentines Day.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Even in times when it's been reported to be tough times, people surprise and amaze you. I know as of late, my little part of Texas has been getting a great deal of bad press. I just wanted to share with all of you an email I received from my very good friend, Jesse. It's an update about the upcoming tournament in March:
Family & Friends;
I am coordinating a Benefit Racquetball Tournament hosted here in Wink by the Wink-Loving ISD.
The Tournament will Benefit Gifts of Hope, Inc. "Assisting Cancer Patients' Needs". This is a local organization based right here in the Permian Basin. They provide lodging and various other services to patients who require treatment either at the Allison Cancer Center in Midland, TX or the West Texas Cancer Center in Odessa, TX.
Plans are well underway and the word is out! The following is a list of things that will be happening for the days events:
Date: Saturday, 13 March 2010
Registration Fee: $50.00 Per Player
Registration deadline: 03 March 2010
Place: Frank R. Barton Physical Fitness Center, Wink, TX
Event: Double Elimination, Singles Tournament
Prizes: Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places. All participants will receive a tournament T-Shirt.
The Moya family (Mary Ann) will be selling breakfast burritos; and, coordinating a bake-sale.
The Wink Volunteer Fire Department will be selling Hamburger and Hotdog plates.
Water, and Gatorade have been donated to sell, along with a variety of other items.
Cancer awareness wristbands will be available for purchase at $2.00 each. They are lavender in color with the saying: "Faith-Hope-Love-Courage-Strength".
We will have a Pepsi wagon for soda sales.
There is a Raffle underway at $2.00 per ticket or 3 for $5.00. The items for raffle are as follows:
2 - Blue folding canvas lawn chairs; donated by Jesse R. Moya, Wink, TX
4 - Pink folding canvas lawn chairs; donated by Jesse R. Moya, Wink, TX
2 - Portable ice chests/shoulder strap; donated by Jesse R. Moya, Wink, TX
1 - 3 Gallon water jug; donated by MG Sales & Service, Kermit, TX
1 - 5 Gallon water jug; donated by MG Sales & Service, Kermit, TX
1 - First Aid Kit; donated by MG Sales & Service, Kermit, TX
1 - Oil Change $45.00 or Less; donated by Gasoline Alley, Kermit, TX
1 - $25.00 Gift Certificate; donated by Mary's Flowers, Kermit, TX
1 - Dinner for 3 ($19.99) Pizza Hut; donated by Johnny Ramos, Kermit, TX
The following organizations have committed to donations for the event:
Wink-Loving ISD; John Benham/Deanna Titsworth; Wink, TX
Robertson's Grocery; Tamara & Kelby Robertson, Wink, TX
Liberty Pump; Robert Solis, Wink, TX
Southwest Bank; Barbara Dudley, Wink, TX
J&M Backhoe; Martin & Stacie Garcia, Wink, TX
MG Sales & Service; Mike & Pam Glander, Kermit, TX
Lowes Grocery Store; Kermit, TX
Wink Volunteer Fire Department; Robbie Wolfe, Wink, TX
Kinder-Morgan, Wink, TX
KERC 93.7FM; Janette Towne, Kermit, TX
The following individuals have donated their time for various activities for the days events:
Mary Ann Lopez
If you would like to make a contribution to the bake-sale, please let me know. We would appreciate any and all baked goods.
If you would like to make a monetary contribution, please make checks or money orders payable to: Gifts of Hope, Inc.
The fitness center will be open for public use from Noon to 4pm the day of the tournament. Please come out and join us! Bring your swim suit and have a great time, and support Gifts of Hope, Inc.
We want the community to be involved! We would like everyone to make a poster for the day of the tournament. These posters should be the size of a regular poster board. They should contain cancer awareness information. If you have been touched by cancer in your life, through family, friend, co-worker, etc., please make the poster in memory of that person or if they are a survivor, please make the poster dedicated to that person. You can use the ribbon and color designated for their type of cancer, or you can make a generic poster for all cancer awareness. The posters will be hung on the walls of the fitness center the day of the tournament. This will help us raise awareness in the community. You can make one poster or many posters. The more posters we have, the better we will be able to raise awareness.
I hope to hear form all of you and would love to see as many of you there as possible! Lets make this day a tremendous success and support Gifts of Hope, Inc. in their mission!
Love to you all;
Jesse R. Moya
PO Box 124
404 SE Thirds Street
Wink, TX 79789
Monday, February 8, 2010
A major lawsuit is being brought against the government by a group of Hispanic farmers claiming that the federal government made it easy for white farmers to get loans, but difficult for minority farmers. A similar lawsuit in 1999 was waged against the government by Black farmers which was rectified with a law passed by Congress that funded a billion dollar settlement.
Instead of it being handled as a class action suit, the courts are making each farmer face the government alone. We have seen this same intimidation tactic used by the Big Oil & Gas Industry against the small town of DISH and against the residents of Carter Ave. So, who is taking whose cues? Seems that the Federal Government and the Big Oil & Gas Industry are trying to drain these people of money and generally make them give up.
Guess where the majority of the 82,000 Hispanic farmers reside? Yep, right here in the good old state of Texas, why am I not surprised?Truly repulsive. Why is it that these Hispanic farmers are being discriminated against? According to the news report, this discrimination began full force during the Reagan Administration and hasn't let up since. These farmers thought with the election of Obama that the change that was promised would finally come to be. That transformation has yet to materialize.
I'm still doing the HCG Diet, although I haven't done any recent updates. I've lost another 12 pounds and have about 10 days left to go on the diet. I did consume more than 500 calories per day, I doubled the intake because of the workouts that I do daily. I know that I'm burning anywhere from 300 to 500 calories during my workouts.
I just read that if you're working out that you need to intake a lot of protein. A man weighing 180 pounds working out 3 to 4 times a week should be taking in about 90 grams of protein per day. Also, you shouldn't eat all your protein at one time, but spread it out throughout the day. After a bit of figuring, I figured that I should be taking in roughly about 45 grams of protein per day.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thank you for contacting the Sierra Club and for your comments. I will be sure to pass them along.
It is true that there are serious concerns about the environmental hazards linked to certain kinds of natural gas extraction.
If its production is governed by a rigorous regulatory structure and best practices to minimize environmental damage are utilized, deep shale gas can be an acceptable transition fuel supported by the Sierra Club.
Here are additional links to our polices related to natural gas:
http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/conservation/onshore.aspx Onshore Oil & Gas
http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/conservation/energy.pdf Energy Resources Policy
Your support of the Sierra Club is greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Just the other day, I was telling a good friend or rather asking, have our collective voices finally been heard? Apparently, when the choir sings in unison people do listen and respond.
I'm probably a bit late on breaking this earthshaking information, but in my world my day after work has just begun. I received not one, not two, not three...BUT four emails all about this same story.
There's some sort of environmental group, that has finally come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe...natural gas isn't the "clean" energy it's been touted to be. HOORAY!
This was the FIRST time a Texas charitable environmental group has pulled the plug on natural gas. The people over at the Sue Pope Fund agree that it's time for a Moratorium on new drilling.
Let's take a look at what troubles the Downwinders of the Sue Pope Fund:
1. Exemption from national environmental law
2. Increasing local air pollution problems
3. The use of LARGE amounts of CLEAN water
4. Lack of property rights for surface owners
Since the group will no longer be funding natural gas projects, I'm wondering if they would be willing to help surface owners who are in need of help right now. Such surface owners as Steve Doeung, the last man standing on Carter Ave.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Glenn Shankle, TCEQ's former head man, reopened ASARCO's smelting plant located in El Paso, despite an unanimous decision from the presiding administration to keep the plant closed.
That's when the federal Environmental Protection Agency had to step in and prevent the reopening. Guess what Shankle is doing now. Yeah, he's a lobbyist for Waste Control Specialists, who are planning to build a LARGE RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP in West Texas.
You know what Asarco has in common with Express Energy? Asarco filed bankruptcy and Asarco has been accused of having "secret, illegal meetings" with the TCEQ. Hmm...do ya think ya smell something stanky in the smeltering business?
These "secret, illegal meetings" had to do with an application in regards to an air permit. Air permits being given on the sly? That sure does sound
familiar...can anyone say DISH? Curiouser and Curiouser.
By the way, who is DISH's state senate representative? And why isn't this
representative calling for an investigation? Why isn't this representative in DISH right now helping Mayor Tillman? This is a travesty!!! Hey, Senator Jane Nelson, do you think you should get BIG OIL & GAS to clean up their act and stop polluting the air and water with carcinogens?
And just like in every town across our great country, who's left with cleaning up after corrupt unchecked irresponsible BIG INDUSTRY? That's right...El Paso now has the auspicious pleasure of cleaning up the old smelter site...$500 MILLION.
All of Asarco and Shankle's cronies should be forced to wear orange jumpsuits and personally clean up El Paso, one dollar at a time.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I was in the midst of belly aching about my decorating woes when I received an urgent email from a freaked out Fort Worth citizen. This Fort Worthian had just finished reading Durango's latest blogging about the Trinity River. Seems Durango may have stumbled upon a hole of some sort near where the Express Energy goons had been sucking water out of the Trinity River. I don't know but this sounds like another X-File case that needs to be solved.
I may not know much, but one thing that I'm quite familiar with are holes. Especially those holes caused by oil & gas drilling. We've got a couple of really big holes in Wink, I think I may have mentioned those before.
Seems as if Express Energy has got some major clean up and repair to do with all the damage they've done to the levee. Hmmm...Durango keeps telling me that Wink is like Twin Peaks with all the weird goings on, but the more I think of it...I'm thinking Fort Worth is the real Twin Peaks.
Let us rehash some of the more bizarre X-File type stuff:
- A corrupt mayor that can get away with conflict of interests
- A football team owner that can take peoples' homes for private gain
- A cheating energy company that can publicly intimidate residents into giving up their yards and homes for a highly dangerous gas pipe line
- A river that was dyed purple
- A river that was sucked dry
- Really ugly out houses
- A city of people that don't vote