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  1. 12 hours ago, scarface said:

    Being semi-envious and semi- dirty, I keep checking this thread with some hopes of an announcement that there have been some kind of changes to the proposed height of this building that finds it unattainable.😁

    But oh well. Wishful thinking. I just have to accept that Houston's days of being the Texas's tallest city are numbered. ..  

    I gather it's only going to be 20' taller, is that correct?  If so, isn't it an architecturally accepted practice to add something decorative to push the height up?  I'm sure we could fabricate something to top Austin.  My vote would be a giant spinning Buc-ee's sign...

    Or perhaps a 30' hand sculpture in a familiar gesture with one finger up and the others folded in...pointed in the direction of Austin?

  2. 3 hours ago, player1videogames said:

    I worked at Aladdins castle in Galvez Mall in 1992 and loved this little mall. I saw so many free movies because I would give free games to the guys that worked at the theater. Loved Kay Bee Toys. They had a great selection of Nes games back then. Wished you had pics of that area. Eibands had great hamburgers too believe it or not. 

    Aladdin's castle...now that brings back some memories.

  3. It's the next area being developed just west of Cinco Ranch/Katy.  Once they complete the Bray's bayou trail all the way to Fiorenza park at hwy 6 you'll be able to bike a mostly protected route from Harrisburg Blvd near the ship channel to all the way to the edge of Fulshear.  I'm pumped about that because a connector to the trail runs along the edge of my subdivision.  Once it's complete, I'm thinking about doing a multiday bike tour of Houston, staying at hotels like the UH Hilton along the way (or maybe the ZaZa in the museum district if I decide I can part with the requisite cash.  😀)

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  4. 5 minutes ago, Ross said:

    Most of the fentanyl comes through in commercial shipments according to the statistics I've seen, as opposed to being carried by illegal border crossers.

    Commercial shipment across which border?

  5. 2 hours ago, editor said:

    Do people smoke crack anymore?  Didn't that go out of fashion in like 1987?  Then it was hillbilly heroin.  Then it was soccer mom heroin.  The cocaine came back briefly.  Now it's pills, right?  Or is crack back?

    Perhaps fentanyl coming through our "secure" southern border?

  6. 2 hours ago, BeerNut said:

    Myself and some friends are planning to sign up to do this.   I'll be working most of the month but will try to knock out several neighborhoods Oct 1-6.

    So is the procedure just to checkout a bike, ride to the next station, check it in and then check out another one or is there a way to do this without switching bikes at every station?

  7. 40 minutes ago, trymahjong said:

    I’ve pretty much covered all my experience meeting up with HPD community programs and hearing the crime stats ( good and bad) from their prospective.

    Here’s my current mull over question.

    Which is the more potent HPD crime fighting proposal…..having current HPD officers work 12 hour shifts……..or hire more officers?

    Would 12 hr shifts lead to burnout?

  8. On 9/12/2022 at 10:12 PM, mattyt36 said:

    Thank you for sharing @trymahjong.  I don't know if this is the first substantive article the Chronicle has written about the subject but it sure feels like it.

    Key points from the article:

    The success of the GOP approach depends less on statistical trends and more on whether crime is “visible” to voters on the nightly news, Adams said.

    Which is my sense--this is more about "feelings" than reality.

    Contrary to Young’s claim, Houston is far from the most dangerous city in the country. In 2020, the first year of the homicide surge, Houston tallied about 17 murders per 100,000 people, less than half the rates recorded by several other large cities, including St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, Memphis and Cleveland.

    Either Ed Young "feels" this way, or it was deliberately political.  I know what my guess is.

    Still, Houston has seen a sharp rise in homicides each of the last two years, starting with a 43 percent surge from 2019 to 2020 — similar to the increase measured across all of Harris County, including Houston and the other incorporated cities. Murders across the country spiked by 29 percent that year, as a number of large cities — including Chicago and New York — recorded increases north of 50 percent.

    Awful statistics.  43% surge 2019-2020, all on Mr Law and Order's watch, if you want to get political.

    I prefer not to.

    Seems like we should figure out what exactly is going on first before making ridiculous promises about hiring 1,000 new police officers "just because . . . feelings."

    Politics is usually more about feelings than reality.  That really should be no surprise.

    What I think we can agree on is that there has been a spike in crime here and nationwide.  While I'm skeptical that anyone can suddenly hire 1.000 new officers, is there some doubt that a greatly increased police presence would serve to dampen crime in general?  Or, without even hiring the new officers, just giving the impression that there will be a crackdown will lead many criminals to be less active?

  9. 4 hours ago, Ross said:

    Social media like Nextdoor hasn't helped with perception, since very last little issue gets blown up, especially when higher end neighborhoods get hit with a crime or two. I am really annoyed at the people in areas like Tanglewood that say "I pay a lot of taxes, and think HPD should be spending more time patrolling my neighborhood", when HPD is spending their time patrolling areas where crime is much worse, but the residents are poor. I see demands to hire more officers, but there is no understanding of the constraints on budget increases when the City has had a revenue cap for property taxes since 2004. Police and fire budgets already exceed the total amount of property taxes collected. If they want more police protection, then taxes will have to increase.

    Nextdoor is hot mess of nimbyism and overconcern for everyone else's business.

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  10. 15 hours ago, mattyt36 said:

    Augie, your responses I must say are becoming more tiresome and rather formulaic than normal.  Seems to be some derivative of "Nothing to see here," blah, blah, blah, always, when it comes to any negative news from a partisan perspective.  Which, as we all know, is the standard Republican approach to things these days (at least for the ones not threatening Civil War).  Journalist: "It is reported that the President stole nuclear documents?" Marco Rubio: "Hmmm, well, that's a document storage issue.  Now let's talk about Hillary and the socialists and the groomers."  (Note Rubio has no credibility in this example.)

    The poll is an update to the one posted by our friend Mr Dogs earlier this summer.  It is all we have.  The same group of people conducting the same poll has shown different results.  Yes, I understand statistical analysis, MOE, etc.  Yes, the 2016 polls were bad.  The 2018 polls were not, however.  The 2020 polls weren't the best, but weren't as bad as 2016.  So I could say by simple powers of selective observation of patterns, which is the same logic you're using, I'm going to say, well in this rotation, these polls must be better.

    But, I will not, as that is hogwash.  I will evaluate them in this context:

    -As described above, germane from a trend perspective to the polls conducted by the same group several months prior

    -They parallel state and national trends, which show people clearly running away from the radical Republican agenda 

    -Mealer's announcement re the 1K new policemen indicates desperation . . . she could've announced this months ago

    At the very least, a reasonable response should be "Even though I don't trust polls, that's a tad bit concerning." 

    But I will acknowledge that you still believe in a 12-year period of Republican political dominance.  I agree, I think it is a real possibility, but only if they are successful at fully subverting the American democratic processes and replacing it with an authoritarian "I Know Better than You" government, which admittedly many seem intent on doing. 

    I think you need to read the second sentence again.

    My position on polls in general is that there is only one that means anything and that one won't happen until early November.  So, to slightly modify your "reasonable response" above I'd say "Because I don't trust polls, I don't find this particularly concerning."

    That's not to say Mealer won't get shellaced in November, but I'm not going take this a definitive proof that she will either.  Like I said before, let's revisit this after the election and see how close the UH/TSU polling actually got.

    But...just to play along here...I pulled a report from the same organization focused on the statewide races and that shows Abbott leading O'Rourke.  So, just for the sake of argument, let's say the UH/TSU polls are dead on.  That would leave us with Harris county blue (as you predicted, I believe) and Hidalgo as County Judge.  It would also leave us with Abbott as Governor.  That would be a continuation of the current status quo.  I can live with that, since my primary objection to Hidalgo is her overreach during covid.  Abbott stepped in and quashed that fairly quickly so we know he will act as a check on her.

    It's a curious coincidence that on the right side of the spectrum there is concern that Democratic party operatives want to install an authoritarian "I Know Better than You" government, most recently using California and New York as examples.

  11. 6 hours ago, mattyt36 said:

    Deep breath, @Blue Dogs

    Looks like my theory may be closer to the case than it was this summer 

    If correct, this means Harris County will no longer be competitive

    Surely Mealer, Patrick, Ed Young and the Republican machine have seen the same poll results internally, which explains why Young was so embittered and angry last week and Mealer today is calling to hire 1K new police officers out of nowhere for … er … reasons? Sounds like a totally judicious use of funds. Looks like @august948’s tongue-in-cheek posting of Mealer with colleagues in fatigues saying they’re fighting crime in Houston may not be far off from how these guys see themselves … 1K new officers walking around on top of what we already have, where will she put them and what will they do all day?! 

    (Wonder how she even came up with 1K? Because it was larger than 100 and 10K sounded a bit too ridiculous, even to these professional fearmongers?)

    Abbott behind similarly, I honestly would’ve expected Mealer to run ahead as she has no history and is avoiding telegraphing she is a Republican—however she’s somehow running slightly behind—this is great indication that it has little to do with Mealer and is more just anti-Republican (greatest Governor in history … I guess? … looks like your fellow Texans strongly disagree). If the voters are anti-Republican (what I believe you have referred to as a “wave” before), ain’t nothing much poor Mealer can do … maybe her campaign should’ve been something other than Mattress … Woman … Latina … Crime … War!

    I say thank God it looks like the majority of Harris County residents can see the Republican Party for exactly what it is and they say NO THANK YOU

    Of course I won’t put it past Abbott to just proclaim Mealer won anyway, and I can’t say I have much faith in the crooked Republican judges (Aileen Cannon anyone?)


    Polls are fun and all, but the 2016 poll debacle showed you can't really take them very seriously.  I'd say that if the trend was just the opposite as well.  In the case of the poll above, I followed the link to the actual document and found this...


    While the non-election related reports we will subsequently release focus on Harris County adults, this election-related report focuses on the subset of 195 likely 2022 Harris County voters (confidence interval of +/- 7.0%)


    Someone let me know if I pulled the wrong document or if I'm reading this wrong but it sounds like they polled a whopping 195 people for this and ended up with a confidence of +/-7%.  I have my doubts as to whether that's even a statistically significant sample.

    But, like I said, polling can be fun to argue about even if it's not particularly meaningful.  We should pin this one and come back to it in two months to see how it turns out.

  12. 22 hours ago, hindesky said:

    You can park for free at the very eastern end of the causeway next to the ship channel entrance.

    I got back in to riding bicycles years ago by going to Galveston and renting a bike. I would ride from one end of the Seawall to the other. I did that for a couple years then I decided to buy my own bike and then really got in to biking big time. I haven't ridden in Galveston in years though.





    Thanks!  I didn't realize the seawall went that far east.  Ever tried to ride to the ferry and take it across to the Bolivar peninsula?  I'm not familiar enough with that part of Galveston to know if there's a route with a reasonable chance that you won't get run over.

  13. 52 minutes ago, mattyt36 said:

    Color me confused as to why you would opine so strongly initially without reading the media coverage to begin with. There is only one newspaper of record in Houston, so it’s not even a tough Google. “I think we’d have to examine the actual speech Ed Young made,” you said.

    Uh huh. It’s called Google if you are so obsessed about what was or wasn’t said.

    Seriously, dude, give me a break. Yeah, “Thanks for the link,” for sure.

    The rest of your response can be dismissed due to the disingenuousness with which it began.

    Re-reading my initial post on this, I wouldn't characterize it as opining strongly.  In point of fact, I agreed with you that we should be particularly skeptical of election season rhetoric.  I was just pointing out that the IRS has specific rules that it applies in revoking exemptions.  And at that point, I had only seen the KHOU post and wasn't inclined to dive in head-first in an analysis to try to predict what the IRS would actually do.

    It is true, though, that I'm not particularly obsessed with what Ed Young or any other pastor says from the pulpit.  I think I explained the why on that in one of the posts above.  If the IRS finds he's violating the rule and revokes his exemption, I'm fine with that.  If they examine it and determine he's coloring within the lines, I'm fine with that too.  But, I'm not going to be the one to call for torches and pitchforks just because he spoke his mind, right or wrong.

  14. On 8/17/2022 at 9:40 AM, hindesky said:

    Big bicycle ride coming to Galveston on the weekend of August 26,27,& 28.

    I made a trip to Galveston for a meeting of volunteers working the Se Bikes Island Rideout that is happening on the weekend of August 26th 27th and 28th. My buddy who owns Island Bicycle Company on the seawall at 18th St. is putting it on. This will be their second version of the ride. They are expecting lots of riders and he asked me to volunteer along with lots of other people. A bunch of the SE Team of riders are showing up.

    Jeff and I put on about 7 MTB races in the early 90's. The first two were what are called outlaw races since we didn't have the authorization from any Bike race organizations, they were called Thrash in the Trash I and II.  It was a 6 mile course in what was an old sand pit and hills of dirt. Those hills of dirt were used to build the southeast portion of Beltway 8 and is now a housing subdivision. The next 5 we used NORBA which was the organization which supplied authorization. Actually lawyers that if we got sued by any riders they would back us up. Those races were at Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock. 6 mile course with very technical course. Those were called The Poison Ivy Classic I, II, III and then we changed the name to The Dragonback Classic I and II since the name Poison Ivy might turn off some riders who were allergic to it.

    Left early to beat the traffic so I could drive around Galveston. I used to go once a week for years but haven't been in years.







    Total tangent here, but on my bike to-do list is to ride the seawall end to end and back again.  Any tips on where to park for that?  Would prefer not to pay for parking along the seawall if I can help it as I'd probably make stops along the way and would be gone for hours.

    Also, any other bike routes in Galveston that are worth driving down there for?

  15. 30 minutes ago, mattyt36 said:

    Augie, I don't think you're dense or of the dim variety, so I must question myself, how can that be "the take" of someone who I may disagree with politically, but think is sensible.  It's either you think this is all some sort of game, in which "nothing really matters" or you actually earnestly believe what you wrote.

    To, as you say, "paraphrase":

    Second Baptist pastor Ed Young calls for Democrats to be voted out during sermon (chron.com)

    During Dr. Ed Young's sermon to Second Baptist Church in Houston Sunday, the prominent preacher called on congregants to vote out elected officials who he considers at fault for the city's crime. The pastor argued that "delayed justice," including bail bonds, is to blame for the rising rates and is what occurs when "you put left-wing progressives in office."

    "If Houston and Harris County is to survive, we had better throw those bums out of office." said Young, who's served as lead pastor at Second Baptist Church since 1978. "They are not doing their job that we have called them to."

    That seems, er, pretty black and white. Either it happened mostly as it was described or it didn't.  Maybe it was an innocent "slip of the tongue," so to speak.

    If it didn't happen as described, Ed Young has had a week to correct the record.

    He hasn't.

    Ergo it more than likely happened mostly as it was described.

    So, I ask again--very simple question--assuming the above happened (without even asking if you believe it), on a simple question of the rule of law as it exists (again, whether you agree with it or not is immaterial) . . . this is, as we say, "a question of principle" . . . do you think that guy should maintain the privileged tax-exempt status?  Just say yes, absolutely, this guy has it right and I don't care.  In fact, it'd be much better if the US had more religious leadership, the foundational tenet of religious freedom in the Constitution be damned.  It's much easier than going on about how "we don't have the facts . . . we only know what we have read" (Surely you never thought you would be one to say such a thing, or do I have you completely wrong?) and "actually, a quick read of the IRS code says . . . "  (If there's one thing I give the Republicans credit for, it's endurance, as I would find such pretzel logic beyond exhausting.)

    Thank you for posting the chron article.  That gives a little more clarity on what he actually said. 

    That said, I favor broad leeway on free speech and I find it disturbing that the typical reaction to speech someone doesn't like to be an attempt to shut it down.  Thus, I'm not inclined to call for the punishment of someone who's speaking their mind, even if I think they're dead wrong in data or interpretation.  The proper response, in my opinion, is the exercise of free speech by others to rebut or counter the speech, not to intimidate or to take legal action.

    As for the IRS, there are specific rules regarding what can cause an organization to lose it's tax exempt status.  I am, however, no expert in this regulation and my experiences have taught me that the way things actually work in the legal world are frequently not the way we assume they work.

    I'm quite sure SBC is regularly complained about and perhaps investigated in this regards.  I'm not going to call for that, though.  Nor would I call for it if a liberal leaning pastor were to make similar statements about a Republican administration, candidates, or policies.

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