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  1. I always get weird looks when I run to the balcony with the tripod and camera. Tonight their was the first lightning storm… or I should say… first lightning since we moved in. I took about 20 timed shots altogether and only 4 or so were workable. This was the best one of the bunch. I hear they were talking about this strike on the tv/radio yesterday, but i missed it. a huge image link you can zoom in and pan around. http://www.customminds.com/cityscape/2009-07-22/ new blog i created yesterday (testing it out) http://www.customminds.com/photography-blog/
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  2. Yeah, they were talking about it on NPR this morning. Some kind of suburban gang dispute. Makes me want to not take the Columbia Tap Rail-To-Trail bike path.
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  3. Surely some of HAIFers already know of this, or it maybe it's even come up in threads, dunno... Grade A blog stuff! My work bud told me about it this morning. A great find, all about infrastructury things. http://www.infrastructurist.com/ Houston even got a mention in a recent entry. The story about the guy on the 290 HOV who got busting using a mannequin, after causing a big wreck.
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  4. I'm just glad we were able to get an ACLU reference in this thread. What good is a prisoner thread if it doesn't have an ACLU post in it? In fact, I'm going to give you a +1 just for making this thread complete! EDIT: BTW, the legal term is "cruel and unusual". Just sayin...
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  5. My lens kept fogging up this morning. Also, the Byrd's project seems to be back on track. I always see construction workers and material in the morning.
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  6. We will never see it again. I'm sure the ACLU would deem it as "harsh and unusual" punishment for prisoners.
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  7. The spectacle of prison inmates deliberately getting hurt so they could spend weeks or months in the hospital was one of the factors in the demise of the prison rodeo. Over the years the crowds starting expecting to see inmates taking stupid chances and the inmates didn't disappoint them. Critics in the legislature started comparing it to gladiators killing each other to entertain the crowds in ancient Rome. The idea of men in prison entertaining the public that way was troubling to more and more people, and it was finally cancelled in 1986. Guess who the star entertainers were that year. Here's the complete history of the Texas Prison Rodeo. http://www.txprisonmuseum.org/articles/rodeo_history.html
    1 point
  8. Love her or hate her, and most hate her, she knows how to get the cameras, and she knows how to get the cameras on her issues. She gets s#!t done.
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  9. No not really I am too young. I think he was guilty from what I have seen down the road on TV. I can not call OJ a murder because he was exonerated on that accusation and it will be slander to do so. He is in prison now for the rest of his life basicly for another crime so why don't people just get over it? I think MJ was innocent and I liked what Lee said. It is just my opinion.
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  10. I think the consensus among a few on here is that the Tomball "theme" park is loose at best to be considered and "theme park" in the scheme of things. It's extra hype from the media to get people excited about it. It's more like Fame City/Time Square/Main Event with outdoor activities. But a park is a park.
    1 point
  11. OH brother! Dude, if you're not going to back up lame remarks like that with pics, then you deserve all of the derision that makers of lame remarks like that get. Only one type of man brags like that...the one that never gets any. Go back to looking at porn or analyzing economic crises. Are we going to compare penis sizes next?
    1 point
  12. How does one explain Marion Barry getting reelected mayor of DC AFTER being convicted and serving time in federal prison for crack possession? He pleads guilty to failure to pay taxes. He then fails his drug tests. There is a role model for you. Hell, I will come right out and say it. Some blacks are ignorant. Also, some whites, Latinos, Asians, Indians, Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Quakers, Irish, French, Canadians, plummers, dog catchers, teachers, Italians, Germans, South Dakotans, Californians, especially Californians. Who did I leave out?
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  13. I'm asking for a Billy Mays Resolution.
    -1 points
  14. Tell that to the victims family.
    -1 points
  15. My friend assisted Ms. Lee at my friend's place of business, and Lee was jonesing for all kinds of discounts and stuff because of who she was.
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  16. 1. What Snopes disputes is the idea that Michael Jackson contributed nothing to society except for his artwork; Snopes quoted a Los Angeles Times article that describes some of his pilantrophic deeds. 2. If you mean years later from the date OJ got a criminal trial acquittal... He was found guilty in 2008. OJ's acquittal came in 1995. If anything this shows how stupid OJ is; he could have remained free, but he continued making bad choices and got caught.
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  17. Oj was acquited in the states case against him, but was found guilty of the wrongful death of Goldman and battery of Brown in the civil case.
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  18. If there had been as much press coverage of McMahon and Fawcett's deaths as there was over MJ's, Ms. Lee would have been there too. It's just a fact of life that she's an unrepentant, useless famewhore. http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/07/funeral_cameras_yep_sheila_jac.php http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/07/sheila_jackson_lee_honors_mich.php I don't know why we all continue to be amazed by this. She's *always* been this way.
    -1 points
  19. Not really. Besides, her only issue is promoting herself. She's an utter waste of space, and I feel cheated because she's my rep and never does anything remotely useful.
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  20. He wasn't my uncle nor was he wasn't a public figure. He worked for the City of Houston in the technology department and was a friendly guy, so he was well known by people in a lot of positions throughout city government and even outside of city government. During a game of basketball with friends, he collapsed and died without any warning such as chest clutching or stating that he felt ill. It was shocking to say the least since he seemed to be in good health. His funeral had so many folks in attendance that many of us family members had to sit in the balcony at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. It takes a lot of people to fill up the lower level at Wheeler and it kind of ticked me off because family members usually get priority seating with the rest of the family members in the center rows, but a bunch of his coworkers in a group close to 100 deep stole a section of seats which is why we were forced into the balcony. But enough about seating woes, at least we had a good view of people on the first level snickering and rolling their eyes as Sheila came in with her trademark red suit and hairdo that hasn't been changed since 1995. I suspect him being well known in the community was the main reason why Sheila was there. From what I've heard, Sheila's daughter was good friends with his daughter so I think that had something to do with it too, but that makes it even worse. How do you confuse the name of your daughter's friend with that of her mother? I think it's also worth mentioning that Barbara Jordan once held the position that Jackson-Lee holds. I'm pretty sure if she were here today, Jordan would not like what's going on with the person who represents her old seat.
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  21. And Tootsie's monorail network, our 150-story world's tallest, Houston Olympics, downtown subways, Disney Katy... I can't tell if that is AstroSnow covered hills or The Bolivar Ike Ride.
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  22. New Jersey (particularly Cherry Hill) had a ton, but sometime later they were "redone". Like this one: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Cherry+Hill,+NJ&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.460237,76.640625&ie=UTF8&ll=39.893501,-74.927621&spn=0.0024,0.004678&t=h&z=18 I believe this was one too: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Ponzio's+New+jErsey&sll=39.902428,-74.972591&sspn=0.019194,0.037422&ie=UTF8&ll=39.9136,-75.01026&spn=0.002399,0.004678&t=h&z=18 Look at the empty space around the intersection, the bizarre entrance to Kings Hwy. S and the "stub road". Something is weird with this one: Street View shows roads that weren't there before. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Ponzio's+New+jErsey&sll=39.902428,-74.972591&sspn=0.019194,0.037422&ie=UTF8&ll=39.919183,-75.088581&spn=0.002399,0.004678&t=h&z=18
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  23. Fame City was the bomb back in 1986, and will the mountion in the rendering be call Mount Houston? http://www.tshaonlin...s/MM/hrmuq.html
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  24. I'm sure the lawyer can cough it up, but because he's a lawyer he can whittle down what actually goes into the other guy's pockets through various fees and rules.
    -1 points
  25. Well, in the last three years, Krispy Kreme's stock has plummeted. Stores have closed everywhere... All I can say is, don't bet on it.
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  26. I miss Foley's I miss Foley's, too. It was the last of the hometown department stores. When you think about how involved they all used to be in civic support, etc. Foley's, Sakowitz, Joske's, Craig's, Walter Pye's, Isabell Gerhart, the true Beall's and Palais Royal - when they were separate entities and unique. Remember the Foley's Thanksgiving Day Parade? the Foley's Academy in the basement downtown for kids struggling in school? Each region used to have their own stores, history and traditions. Look at Marshall Fields and what they meant to Chicago. Burdine's to Florida, Rich's to Atlanta, Bullock's, I Magnin and The Broadway to southern California. It is a real shame. Southern California, for instance, used to have May Co., The Broadway, Macy's (the original RH Macy Co. - not the Kmart of today), I Magnin, Emporium, Capwell's, Bullock's, Bullock's Wilshire, Robinson's, Gottschalks and Harris'. Now all they have is ONE - Macy's. Talk about no competition. Where are all the bleeding hearts and their talk of anti trust problems? Virtually every market across the country is in the same position. It all started with the greed on Wall Street allowing Campeau ( a real estate tycoon from Canada) to purchase Allied Stores and then Federated Dept Stores -- all with junk bonds, none of his money --- which eventually caused the bankruptcy and consolidation of centuries old icons. Read "Going For Broke" and "The Rain on Macy's Parade". Both very good books on this debacle.
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  27. sheila jackson lee is what happens when people vote based on skin color rather than character.
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  28. They promised to come back right away, but now it's been over 3 years. I email them every year...Shipleys is just terrible compared to Krispy Kreme. Anyone heard anything about them coming back? I know this is an old thread...but I came upon it with a yahoo search.
    -2 points
  29. An under 30-story glass box...
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