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  • 25 Rude Things Moms Have Heard Upon Announcing They're Pregnant Again

    05/28/2014 10:38:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 82 replies
    cafemom.com ^ | Nicole Fabian-Weber
    When you announce your first pregnancy, friends, coworkers, and family members all but pop a bottle of champagne and sit you down and start rubbing your feet. The joy! The excitement! So, naturally, when you tell people you're pregnant again, you're going to get that same jubilant reaction, right? Wrong. Maybe it's because you've been there, done that, but second (and third, and fourth) pregnancies don't seem to get quite the glee-filled responses first pregnancies get. Take it from moms who've experienced this first-hand. Here are 25 obnoxious comments women have actually heard after telling people they're pregnant again. Congratulations?...
  • TwinCities.com comment section moves to Disqus

    05/07/2014 4:55:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-7-14 | Pioneer Press
    TwinCities.com has switched its commenting system from Facebook to Disqus. You've probably seen this system - pronounced "discuss" - on dozens or hundreds of other sites. You might even already be one of Disqus's 1 billion users. There are many benefits in making the switch, including: •It does not require Facebook. You can log in with your Facebook account if you like, but you can also log in with Twitter, Google, or just an email address and password. •You can vote comments up or down; report offensive comments; and choose how to view comments -- only the best ones or...
  • Tapper: Carney’s Benghazi Comments ‘Dissembling, Obfuscating, and Often Insulting’

    05/01/2014 6:15:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/1/14 | Josh Feldman
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper appeared on Hugh Hewitt‘s radio show today to take on Jay Carney‘s spin of the latest Benghazi news. Tapper didn’t join Hewitt in calling Carney a liar, but remarked that he found Carney’s comments “dissembling, obfuscating, and often insulting.” Tapper said the White House’s version of events “does not sit with what I think happened.” He said the White House “leaned heavily into” a narrative that was helpful to them in an election year, but didn’t go as far as Hewitt, who suggested there is a “cover-up underway.” Hewitt said looking at all of Carney’s spinning,...
  • What is the Problem with Posting comments?

    03/03/2014 10:02:02 AM PST · by Shery · 63 replies
    3/03/2014 | vanity
    Why are some articles posted, but there is no way to add a comment?
  • Report: White House Expects Netanyahu to Condemn Yaalon Comments

    01/14/2014 12:48:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    inn ^ | 1/14/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The bickering continues between the White House and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, as a Channel 2 report surfaces Tuesday states that Washington expects Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to publicly condemn Yaalon's criticism. A "senior source" from Washington allegedly told the news outlet that Netanyahu is expected to reject Yaalon's comments, which ripped apart the security plan US Secretary of State John Kerry has laid out for the Jordan Valley. Both the plan and the US itself are widely held, by analysts and the public alike, to be distant from the reality of Israel's security needs and the heart of the...
  • The Debate Is Over: Popular Science Does Away With Comments

    09/25/2013 2:09:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-25-2013 | William Teach
    This flows in perfectly with the Warmist notion that debate is great, and theyÂ’re willing to debate anyone anytime anywhere, but when challenged disappear and refuse. Why WeÂ’re Shutting Off Our Comments Comments can be bad for science. ThatÂ’s why, here at PopularScience.com, weÂ’re shutting them off. It wasnÂ’t a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to...
  • 10 Really Stupid Things Liberals Have Said

    07/16/2013 9:02:25 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 16 July 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Liberals truly are fonts of sophistication and erudition. We know this because liberals tell us, and liberals are smart. They would never mangle words as does Dubya Bush or misspell “potato” like hapless Dan Quayle. But there are some things they would do, and what follows is a sampling. [...] Dog Food Afternoon But perhaps KTVU had graduated from the Patsy Schroeder School of Comedy. During a 1990s budget battle, the Democrats said that if the GOP got its way, the elderly would have to eat dog food to afford medicine. Radio host Rush Limbaugh then spoofed this demagoguery in...
  • Fox News Comments

    11/18/2012 5:39:53 AM PST · by Clink · 8 replies
    This is a sincere question. Why doesn't Foxnews.com allow comments on their articles anymore? Negligence or ?
  • Man demoted for Facebook comments wins case (Christian had posted opposing view on gay marriage)

    11/16/2012 4:07:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/16/12 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court ruled Friday that a Christian was unfairly demoted for posting his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook. Adrian Smith was stripped of his management position with the Trafford Housing Trust in northwest England and had his salary cut by 40 percent after posting that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far." The trust said Smith broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views that might upset co-workers. But High Court judge Michael Briggs ruled Friday that Smith had been "taken to task for doing nothing wrong" and found his...
  • Romney Video: Another Gust of Wind for a Campaign Already Teetering

    09/18/2012 6:20:55 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 28 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 9/18/12 | Alex Roarty
    In politics, timing is everything. And so it might be with gaffes. Mitt Romney’s declaration that 47 percent of Americans -- all of President Obama's supporters -- want handouts from the government, secretly caught on tape during a private fundraiser earlier this year and published Monday by Mother Jones, is the latest errant remark in a presidential race replete with them. But unlike previous gaffes, the timing of this one could be more troublesome -- because there isn't time for it to fade. Romney’s campaign has been besieged by reports of internal disputes and worrying poll numbers, and was already...
  • public comment DEADLINE is September 26.

    09/12/2012 11:47:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    CCHF ^ | 9-12-12 | twila brase
    The public comment DEADLINE is September 26. There are just 2 weeks for you to tell the U.S. House committee what you think about the federal takeover of health care using health insurance exchanges. Written public testimony -- however brief -- will be accepted until Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EASTERN. Today, the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing on Obamacare's government health insurance exchanges (federal takeover centers). They selected five testifiers, and only one is likely to oppose the exchanges. That's why your help is needed.
  • Movie review: '2016: Obama's America' starts solidly, then loses its way

    08/25/2012 4:50:17 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-25-12 | chris hewitt
    It's the last half-hour that gets nutty. That's when D'Souza attempts to argue that -- hold onto your hats -- Obama got elected to his first term so he could wait four years, get elected again and then, like some Manchurian candidate, shift the world's power to Second and Third World countries. D'Souza trots out a few people who agree with him but it's mostly guilt-by-association. There's no supporting evidence, even if you buy the connection the filmmaker makes to Obama's father's radical dislike of colonial powers.
  • Let the EPA Hear Your Voice

    08/24/2012 6:18:05 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    mining.org ^ | 8-24-12 | National Mining Association
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to force expensive mandates on affordable coal-based electricity that will cause electricity rates to rise sharply in the future, with a corresponding negative effect on jobs and local economies. The EPA's proposed rule for National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter will be disastrous for small jurisdictions that do not meet the unreasonable standard set by the EPA - it's simply another ill-conceived regulation that will deny Americans affordable and reliable coal-based electricity. The public comment period is open until August 31st and we need you to let the EPA hear your voice...
  • Politico website wierdness

    08/23/2012 2:15:12 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 3 replies
    Aug 23, 2012 | BillyBonebrake
    I occasionally post comments at the Politico website and make an equal number of freinds and enemies, which keeps it interesting. Now here's the rub: I am notified via my facebook account whenever there are replies to my comments. Each and every time I click back onto the article to see those replies there is a "webpage cannot be displayed" message where the comments on the article should appear. Today I hit the refresh button on the article and got attacked by a virus. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this when duking it out on politico. Is there...
  • Trump coming up on FNC about Noobamas comment.

    07/16/2012 4:31:19 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 45 replies
    7/16/2012 | self
    To comment on "You didn't build that business yourself"
  • New York lawmakers propose ban on anonymous online comments

    05/24/2012 4:17:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 49 replies
    CBS ^ | May 24, 2012 | Chenda Ngak
    (CBS News) New York state lawmakers have proposed a ban on anonymous online comments. Called the Internet Protection Act (A.8688/S.6779), the legislation would require a web site administrator to pull down anonymous comments from sites, including "social networks, blogs forums, message boards or any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages."The bill states: A web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or...
  • Dan Savage Apologizes For His Comments About Christianity

    04/30/2012 8:00:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/30/12 | Meenal Vamburka
    On Sunday, Dan Savage took to his blog to apologize for some controversial comments he made at an anti-bullying event. Savage said he shouldn’t have used the term “pansy-ass” and noted that he was not attacking Christianity, but rather, he was attacking hypocrisy. (Snip) People often point out that they can’t help it, they can’t help with the anti-gay bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans that being gay is wrong. We can learn to ignore the bull**** in the Bible about gay people.
  • CNN suspends (Roland) Martin for 'offensive' comments (some say anti-gay, homophobic, .. )

    02/08/2012 2:58:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/8/12 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN suspended political analyst Roland Martin on Wednesday for "offensive" tweets during the Super Bowl that some critics said were anti-gay. Martin commented on Twitter about a commercial during the Super Bowl that showed soccer star David Beckham in underwear: "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him." The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said the remark advocated violence against gays. Martin said that he was making a joke about soccer and that he doesn't support violence against anyone. Martin also...
  • Requiring Facebook to post comments

    11/28/2011 3:28:23 AM PST · by shoff · 38 replies
    11/28/2011 | Steven Hoffman
    I would like to enlist the knowledge of my fellow freepers. My local rag the Journal News who doesn’t even allow excerpts to be posted has just changed their comments section to only allow Facebook postings. They give some lame excuse about some people are upset at the postings and it is not fair it is anonymous. Since you have to sign up with a valid e-mail address they are not really anonymous. Besides the attempt to stifle dissent through intimidation why would they do this? Is there something I am missing? Note this paper published the names and addresses...
  • Should Al Sharpton Be Fired From MSNBC for Making Racist Comments?

    11/25/2011 3:35:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies · 2+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 11/25/11 | Mike Opelka
    Does history matter? Should past actions/statements be used against someone? If the answer to those questions is YES, then we must also ask: Should MSNBC fire Al Sharpton for making (well documented) racially insulting and insensitive comments in public? Consider just these three clips. (Earlier this week, SiriusXM satellite radio hosts Opie & Anthony played these three pieces of Sharpton audio.) Clip #1 is from a 1994 Sharpton speech at Kean College:
  • Your Facebook Comments, Coming Soon to a Google Search Near You

    11/05/2011 5:28:35 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Web Monkey ^ | 11/03/11 | Scott Gilbertson
    Your Facebook Comments, Coming Soon to a Google Search Near YouBy Scott Gilbertson Nov 3, 2011 Mind what you say in Facebook comments, Google will soon be indexing them and serving them up as part of the company’s standard search results. Google’s all-seeing search robots still can’t find comments on private pages within Facebook, but now any time you use a Facebook comment form on a other sites, or a public page within Facebook, those comments will be indexed by Google. The new indexing plan isn’t just about Facebook comments, but applies to nearly any content that’s previously been accessible...
  • O’Malley asked, folks responded on business

    10/27/2011 8:49:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2011 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley’s new jobs-creation package ranges from ordering top-ranking agency officials to review regulations to asking Marylanders for their input on making the state more business-friendly - and he’s already gotten an earful. At least 183 people have posted suggestions to a state website since Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, made the request last week. Many of the comments detail how posters became tangled in red tape while trying to start a business or apply for a job. Others offered more wide-ranging complaints about what they considered general inefficiencies in state government - such as underperforming employees, overspending and...
  • UNC to Investigate NAACP

    09/02/2011 3:46:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2011 | Mike Adams
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will investigate whether or not the student NAACP chapter violated UNC’s non-discrimination policy in dismissing senior Billy Thomas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp said. On Sunday, members of the NAACP unanimously voted to remove Thomas, who is a segregationist, for his views on race relations. Billy had been a member of the group since his freshman year. “We are on notice that there is a question as to whether or not a student organization has acted in compliance with the policy or not,” Crisp said. “We take that very seriously...
  • Obama administration attempts to clarify Biden’s one-child policy comments

    In the wake of an onslaught of criticism for Vice President Joe Biden’s comments in China about “not second guessing” the country’s one-child policy, the Obama administration has issued a statement of clarification. “The Obama Administration strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization,” Biden’s spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff told The Daily Caller in an email. “The Vice President believes such practices are repugnant.” Barkoff explained that Biden was attempting to critique the restrictive system with his comments.
  • HHS RACE/GENDER/SEX DATA COLLECTION("Affordable Care Act") deadline for public comments

    07/27/2011 11:11:26 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed to begin collecting data on the race, gender identity, ethnicity, disability status, primary language, sex and sexual orientation of every patient and every citizen. The federal government needs to hear from you! DEADLINE - The deadline for your public comments is this coming Monday, August 1st at 11:59 p.m. EDT. However, if you plan to mail your comment by U.S. Post, it must be postmarked today, Wed, July 27.
  • Simply outrageous (Milwaukee Paper censors readers comments due to race)

    07/07/2011 11:07:04 AM PDT · by milwguy · 33 replies
    jsonline ^ | July 6, 2011 | js
    The looting of a BP service station and subsequent attacks at nearby Reservoir Park Sunday was a troublesome event that soured the normally buoyant Fourth of July weekend and raised a number of questions. Among them: Why didn't Milwaukee police connect the dots faster? And where were the parents of these young people? Surveillance video taken from the BP service station shows clear pictures of dozens of youths stealing snacks, sodas and other merchandise. Some of them may have participated later in the beatings and robberies at the park. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that several parents have contacted...
  • Bachmann: Obama's comments a 'gross error'

    05/20/2011 12:01:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 5/20/11 | Russ Jones and Chris Woodward
    GOP lawmaker and Tea Party Caucus founder Michele Bachmann says President Obama has defined his Middle East policy: "blame Israel first." Supporters of Israel are expressing outrage over President Barack Obama's call yesterday that Israel give back territory it gained when attacked by Arabs in the 1967 war. Obama's demand came as he prepares to meet today (Friday) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. Obama urged that a Palestinian state be based on 1967 borders -- before the Six Day War in which Israel governed East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. The president also pressed Israel to...
  • Paper to readers: Comments now cost 99 cents and your name

    07/15/2010 3:11:39 PM PDT · by rawhide · 19 replies
    networkworld.com ^ | Thu, 07/15/10 - 10:20am. | Paul McNamara
    Anxious to lift an outright ban on comments, The Attleboro (Mass.) Sun-Chronicle has begun requiring two things of online readers who want to leave their thoughts on stories: 99 cents and their real names.The newspaper should expect much criticism from various quarters, but it's a fascinating experiment and a bold response to the endless trolling, vitriol and drivel that is enabled by anonymity in online forums.Pay little attention to the 99 cents; it's not important here. The fee is a one-time payment designed not to generate revenue - this isn't about "saving newspapers" -- but to reliably enable identity verification...
  • FRIDAY - Baby DNA Deadline for Public Comments

    06/24/2010 12:49:54 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Citizens' Council on Health Care ^ | 6-23-10 | twila brase
    Speak up by the end of THIS Friday. Say NO to the federal government's plan to collect and control the DNA of every citizen, starting at birth. This Friday, June 25th, is the last day to comment on the federal government's plan to bank and use newborn citizen DNA without consent for research an other purposes. Please make comments --- no matter how brief they may be. Even one sentence is better than nothing.
  • Chicago mayor’s comments wound gun-control advocacy

    06/09/2010 9:01:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 50+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | June 8, 2010 | Gregory Kane
    America’s gun-control proponents might want to consider shooting (pun intended) this memo to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “Dear Mayor Daley: Please shut up. You ain’t helping us.” Is there anyone doing more damage for advocates of gun control than Daley? The man is a walking billboard for right-to-carry laws. Anyone needing proof of that might want to read the statements he made in the wake of an 80-year-old Chicago man fatally shooting a career criminal who invaded his home. The background story goes like this: The elderly man is a Korean War veteran who bought a handgun after three...
  • Blumenthal calls Vietnam comments misplaced words

    05/18/2010 2:50:20 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 54 replies · 1,373+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2010
    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday said he had "misspoken" in claiming more than once that he served in Vietnam, dismissing the furor that threatened to endanger a seemingly safe Democratic seat as a matter of "a few misplaced words." At a news conference backed by veterans, the popular Connecticut attorney general and front-runner to replace the retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd, said he meant to say he served "during Vietnam" instead of "in Vietnam." He said the statements were "totally unintentional" errors that occurred only a few times out of hundreds of public appearances.
  • This Week In Quotes: March 19 Through March 24

    03/28/2010 12:34:53 PM PDT · by illiac · 1 replies · 300+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | 3/26/10 | John Hawkins - Right Wing News
    Look, the people who are opposing this are holding tea parties. The Democrats are holding a Kool-Aid party. This is political Jonestown. -- Pat Caddell See the link for more....
  • "jbjd" Banned in Boston

    02/03/2010 7:26:57 PM PST · by jbjd · 18 replies · 813+ views
    jbjd ^ | 02.04.10 | jbjd
    I have been posting my thoughts in the comments section to articles appearing in the Boston Globe (on Boston.com) for well over a year and had never been ‘disappeared.’ Until now. Here is the evidence of my omission. (See frame 3 (three).) ...
  • Comment about Fox News and See your comments at imfoxnews.com

    11/14/2009 7:50:30 AM PST · by SouthWall · 239+ views
    imfoxnews.com ^ | 11/14/09 | Doug Wall
    New to imfoxnews.com : Enter your comments. See your comments. Give it a try.
  • White House Seeks to Capture and Archive Citizens’ Comments on its Facebook, YouTube, MySpace Sites

    09/01/2009 3:38:42 PM PDT · by KAMorin · 38 replies · 2,605+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | September 01, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Anyone who posts comments on the White House’s Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter pages will have their statements captured and permanently archived by the federal government, according to a plan that the White House is now seeking a contractor to carry out. The Executive Office of the President is looking for a private contractor to capture and archive comments and information posted on social networking and new media sites where the White House has established a presence. While the Presidential Records Act (PRA) generally requires that the administration preserve information generated by the president and his staff, the...
  • Suggested Change To Comments Code

    08/18/2009 11:12:37 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 56 replies · 1,118+ views
    Vanity | August 18th, 2003
    It would be nice if, when we want to use some tags for emphasis (such as <em> to denote someone else's comment), or bolding, if we didn't have to then revert into full HTML and manually add paragraph breaks. It shouldn't have to be all or nothing. For instance, the blogging software Wordpress automatically converts line breaks to paragraph tags, while still allowing the addition of HTML for other things. Is there some reason that we couldn't have the same capability here? It would make commenting a lot less painful.
  • Obama: U.S. 'one of largest Muslim countries'

    06/03/2009 10:22:54 AM PDT · by dvan · 34 replies · 1,293+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | June 03, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    President makes inaccurate statement as White House stresses his Islamic rootsPresident Obama looks out the window of Marine One as the helicopter lands on the South Lawn of the White House May 22 (White House photo) JERUSALEM – The number of Muslims in the U.S. would make America "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world," claimed President Obama in an interview released last night. His assertion, which is factually inaccurate, comes one day before he is set to deliver a much-anticipated address to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Teasing the speech with the French television network Canal...
  • Oil finishes higher on Bernanke comments

    01/13/2009 12:15:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 566+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/09 | Mark Williams - ap
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Crude futures halted a weeklong price slide Tuesday, nudging higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the stimulus package being crafted by President-elect Barack Obama and Congress could provide a "significant boost" to the sinking U.S. economy. After rebounding to a high of $50.47 one week ago, crude has fallen 30 percent as worries about the weakening global economy overshadow Mideast tensions, OPEC production cuts, the Russian-Ukraine natural gas dispute and a winter season expected to deliver the coldest weather in a decade.
  • Axelrod Comments On Open Senate Seat, D.C. Leadership Vacuum

    12/09/2008 2:38:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 822+ views
    Progress Illinois ^ | 11-23-08 | Josh Kalven
    This morning, David Axelrod appeared on Fox Chicago Sunday and had some notable remarks on both the local and national fronts. He said that President-elect Barack Obama plans to stay out of Prairie State politics once in the White House and doesn't plan on being "a kingmaker or boss here in Illinois." When co-host Dane Placko asked him about the vacant U.S. Senate seat, Axelrod disclosed that the Obama has spoken to Gov. Blagojevich about his replacement. Watch it: ...
  • Local commission takes on Trans-Texas Corridor

    07/17/2008 5:59:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 319+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | July 16, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    HOLLAND - The mayor of this small community 15 miles south of Temple said Tuesday the commission of which she is president is ready to take by the horns the Texas Department of Transportation and its controversial proposal, the Trans-Texas Corridor. Armed with an 80-page manual, “How to Fight the TTC,” and backed by two non-profits who say they protect private property rights, Holland mayor Mae Smith said rural Bell County is ready for a fight. “Bell County sits here like a stepchild and they’re cramming this corridor down our throats,” Ms. Smith said, regarding the commission’s relationship with TxDOT....
  • TxDOT will recommend no new roads for I-69/TTC

    06/20/2008 5:54:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 239+ views
    The Nueces County Record Star ^ | June 19, 2008 | Tim Olmeda
    The controversial project known as Interstate 69/TransTexas Corridor became a little less so last week after the Texas Department of Transportation announced it would recommend utilizing existing highway routes rather than building new ones. The announcement comes after months of public meetings during which residents along the path of the proposed path of Interstate 69/TTC voiced varying concerns. TxDOT has designated four priority corridors to address the state's transportation needs in the next decade. "The preliminary basis for this decision centers on the review of nearly 28,000 public comments made on the Tier One Draft Environmental Impact Statement," TxDOT Executive...
  • TxDOT listens to people about toll road

    06/18/2008 5:15:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 276+ views
    The Diboll Free Press ^ | June 18, 2008 | Jerry Gaulding
    A retreat from the Texas Department of Transportation's plan to build a new multi-lane toll road through East Texas is a clear victory for Angelina County and Diboll, local officials said last week. "I'm glad they went back to the original plan," Diboll Mayor Bill Brown said. Instead of a new Trans-Texas Corridor toll road paralleling U.S. 59, Tx- DOT now plans to widen 59 with a new bypass around Diboll and Lufkin. The planned 59 bypass, needed to avoid the signalized intersections in Diboll and Lufkin, provides in the original plan four exits for Diboll. That will be good...
  • Are You A Poacher If You Support The Right To Self-Defense?

    06/15/2008 6:33:37 AM PDT · by epow · 14 replies · 127+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | June 13, 2008 | staff
    One of the most basic rights we as lawful Americans enjoy is the right to defend our families and ourselves. The right to self-defense should not end simply because one crosses an invisible boundary line and enters a national park or wildlife refuge. This is the current, dangerous situation that will continue to exist, however, if you don’t take action right now. The U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule to eliminate, once and for all, this prohibition on Right-to-Carry in national parks and wildlife refuges. NRA is leading the effort to change this policy and we...
  • Texas to consider existing roads for I-69 project

    06/11/2008 5:39:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 246+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 11, 2008 | Jim Vertuno (Associated Press)
    Responding to concerns that a superhighway project running from East Texas to the border with Mexico could cut through private lands, state transportation officials said Tuesday that they will only consider putting it along existing roads. State officials have held almost 50 public meetings and received about 28,000 responses from residents about the proposed Interstate 69 project, which would be part of the so-called Trans-Texas Corridor network of toll roads. The "overwhelming sentiment" of the comments from the public was that the state should focus on using existing roads instead of carving new ones out of the countryside, said Amadeo...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor draws 27,000 public comments

    06/04/2008 6:03:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 276+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | June 3, 2008 | David Tanner
    Many in the great state of Texas have a lot to say about a proposed network of toll roads and railway lines known as the Trans-Texas Corridor. The Texas Department of Transportation received more than 27,000 public comments during a three-month comment period on a proposed corridor project called the TTC-69, said TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross. Transportation officials had 47 public hearings in February and March and accepted written comments through April 18 on the environmental and social impact of the corridor. Comments ranged from flat-out opposition to the corridor to suggestions about how to lessen its impact, Cross told...
  • Kolkhorst seeks 'real' reforms to TTC plans

    05/31/2008 9:22:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 237+ views
    The Huntsville Item ^ | May 31, 2008 | The Huntsville Item
    State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst said it’s time for Texas transportation officials to talk about real reforms to address the public outrage over the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. The Brenham Republican’s reaction followed Thursday’s actions taken by the Texas Transportation Commission. The panel adopted a set of guiding principals and policies which will govern the development, construction and operation of all toll road projects on the state highway system and the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. Bob Colwell, Texas Department of Transportation public information officer for the Bryan district, said the adoption of the guidelines does not reflect the final approval of Interstate 69...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/29/2008 5:29:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 459+ views
    Quarter Horse News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Sonny Williams
    Each day, I make the dreaded drive down Interstate 35 to go to work in Fort Worth. Each day, I slug through the snarl and sludge of ceaseless traffic, which intensifies my growing desire to commit hari-kari, or at least incites a vehement curse of the highway gods. Certainly, we in Texas need more lanes, more roads, more rails, more something to deal with the ever-expanding urban population and growing international commerce. Yet how do we solve our transportation needs without carving up the countryside like some congratulatory cake? Or should the construction of a superhighway-rail-utility corridor even concern us?...
  • County tables resolution to organize panel (concerning Trans-Texas Corridor)

    04/22/2008 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 315+ views
    The Huntsville Item ^ | April 22, 2008 (environut day) | Holly Green
    It has been roughly three months since residents of Huntsville and Walker County attended town hall meetings to voice their opinion on the Trans-Texas Corridor/I-69 project to the Texas Department of Transportation. There was no question then that there was strong opposition to the proposed 1,600-mile national highway, and it seems as though residents’ efforts to stop it has not lost any of its momentum. Several residents attended the Walker County Commissioners Court on Monday morning, expressing concerns about the project and encouraged the court to take another step of action. The five-member court agrees with the majority of the...
  • Lufkin mayor supports I-69 &#8212; if it follows current U.S. 59

    04/13/2008 5:44:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 1,404+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 12, 2008 | Brittony Lund
    Despite the uproar over the state's proposal to build Trans-Texas Corridor 69 through East Texas, Lufkin's mayor says he supports the highway — as long as it follows the path of the current U.S. Highway 59. The Trans Texas Corridor/I-69 project is a statewide network of transportation routes in Texas that will incorporate existing and new highways, railways and utility right-of-ways. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed road can go online to www.keeptexasmoving.com. TxDOT has expanded its public comment period for TTC-69 to Friday, April 18. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Gorden, along with 17 other Texans, to an I-69...
  • McLennan County awaiting plans for Trans Texas Corridor

    04/09/2008 5:10:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 420+ views
    The Lariat Online (Baylor University) ^ | April 9, 2008 | Victoria Mgbemena
    As the state's population continues to grow in its urban centers, expansion plans for the highway system continue to be the focus for transportation improvements. The Trans Texas Corridor proposal is aimed to alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and provide safer traveling for drivers, among other goals. In 2002, Texas Governor Rick Perry released the plan to create the passageway, which spans northeast from Laredo to Oklahoma and is set to total 4,000 miles in the next 50 years. The $140 billion project calls for the incorporation of new toll roads, commuter railways, power lines and gas pipelines, while...