Category Archive: Texas

Discussions of topics of statewide interest

Jul 31

Extreme Makover: Overtime Edition

I admit, I’m a long-time fan of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.  So it’s no surprise that I’ve traveled around the area to at least two of three builds. The first, was to the East Bernard, Texas home of the Kubena family back in January of 2006.  Royce Builders removed a mobile home that was unfit for …

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Jul 17

Extreme Makeover: Houston Edition

Word has been received that ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming back to Houston. After previous builds in East Bernard and Kemah, this is the first time the team will build a home for a deserving family in Houston city proper.  The location will be announced to the general public soon after the morning “Door Knock” …

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Jul 17

Is Sheila Jackson Lee this out of touch???

As if there’s not enough other reasons for Sheila Jackson Lee to be voted out of office, we can add this one:

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Jul 05

Independence Day

Happy 232nd Birthday America!  As I write this, I am recently back from the “Freedom over Texas” display in Downtown Houston.  While I’ve never attended the actual events at Eleanor Tinsley Park, I can take in the fireworks from a nearby venue that’s within walking distance of my apartment. This was the first time in …

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Feb 16

Texas Legislature to Make Cameras see RED? (Continued)

As we come to mid-month, more news from Austin on all of the action to stop or slow the spread of the disease known as red light cameras. Two more bills have been filed, House Bill 1570, and Senate Bill 195. House Bill 1570 is identical to the previously discussed Senate Bill 125, requiring that …

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Feb 14

Jamming Houston Police

This week, a man was arrested on the charge of interfering with police communications here in Houston. As someone who spent seven years around the newspaper business, I spent time in the newsrooms of a couple of newspapers in Kansas. The one thing that was always present in those newsrooms was a police scanner, usually …

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Feb 09

Legislature to pull the plug on Tasers?

More news coming out of the Austin. Legislator Coleman introduced House Bill 1304, which institutes a moratorium on Taser purchases and use during calendar year 2008. With the current number of Taser related incidents that have happened around the state, it might sound like a good idea. In fact, it, like the Houston Police Department’s chase …

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Feb 07

Could The Wrecker Races Soon Be Over?

We’ve all seen them, along a freeway or on a street. Four or five tow trucks lined up to try and get a piece of the business at a scene of an accident. We’ve seen the drivers of those trucks snake their way down the emergency lane past the backed up traffic just to get …

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Feb 05

Would Houston Slow Down for Cameras?

Phoenix suburb Scottsdale, Arizona recently conducted a 9 month test of a "Photo Radar" system on loop 101 (Phoenix's version of 610).  The city has now passed a resolution to turn the cameras back on full time, considering the system a success. In the ZDNet and Arizona Republic stories, it says that the cameras activate when …

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Feb 05

When is a funeral not a funeral?

Funny question to ask. It’s when people like a religious group from Topeka, Kansas (I know who they are, and I’m not going to add to their fodder with their name being searchable on Google to this site) can protest military funerals as a way of speaking out against abortion. I’m sorry, but the (Name …

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