Monday Open Comments

In what is nothing more than another attempt to alleviate the self-loathing perpetually experienced by Houston’s trendy hipsters, the City of Houston is now sponsoring a “farmers market” at Discovery Green:

At the recently opened farmers market outside Houston’s City Hall, Laura Spanjian, the city’s peppy new sustainability director, was in her element.

With a reusable cloth bag tucked under her arm, she bounded around the colorful cluster of stands, shaking hands and pointing out vendors — raw foods! local ingredients! grass-fed Texas beef! — as a Latin band played.

The local-food craze is the most visible of these efforts, with the opening of the weekly farmers market in October and the planting of nearby Michelle Obama-style vegetable gardens tended by city hall staff members. But Houston is also transforming itself into an electric-car hub, a national leader in wind-power investment and an advocate for energy efficiency.

I hate to break it to these trendy dirtbags but Houston has had a fine farmers market for quite some time:

Canino Produce Co. has been Houston’s farmers market since June 1958. At that time this family owned business on Airline Drive occupied approximately 3800 sq ft. and over the years as business grew so did our location to now over 20,000 square feet. Since the beginning we have always stocked the freshest and finest produce available and sell it for the lowest price possible.

Canino Produce using as much local and Texas fruit and vegetables as possible, however to keep our vast variety we ship in produce from all over the United States and the world.

I’m sure that last part is what irks the Bohemians. It’s no longer cool to import food. Oh, and the fact that people actually make money providing goods and services and employee local people.

(H/T gtotracker)

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55 thoughts on “Monday Open Comments

  1. I don’t know why the story above bothers me so much. Maybe its because I never expected useless hipsters to be in charge of city government here. Austin, sure, but not here. Or maybe its the complete disregard of a family-owned business that’s been around for 50+ years providing a far superior service without government assistance. Or perhaps its just the smugness of these trendy dirtbags carrying around their reusable cloth bags in their stupid smart cars that get less gas mileage than much larger cars. Whatever it is, as Bob42 likes to say, there’s a South Park episode for it.

  2. Hambone,
    For the folks on the south side, don’t forget “Froberg Vegetable & Fruit Farm” in Alvin. If you go, try one of their fried tarts, JUST like Granny used to make. If my Lil Sister is here in the fall we always go and She gets several of the tarts. I but a case of Ruby Red’s every year, I like the 34-40 count, a little smaller than the Grocery stores.

  3. G’Morning all

    We extensively used Canino’s when we moved here in ’68, even having a neighborhood coop. Use has slacked off over the years, but still go there in the spring for Kentucky Wonder’s, my favorite.

    Also go to the farmer’s market in Rockport when we go to the beach house . Fresh fish, crabs shrimp and farm fresh veggies. Can’t be beat.

    So now the city is in direct competition with the free market? Step right up to the new world order, right here in Houston. ‘Cuse me a moment while I write down names of people in Houston to vote against.

  4. I don’t know why the story above bothers me so much. Maybe its because I never expected useless hipsters to be in charge of city government here. Austin, sure, but not here. Or maybe its the complete disregard of a family-owned business that’s been around for 50+ years providing a far superior service without government assistance. Or perhaps its just the smugness of these trendy dirtbags carrying around their reusable cloth bags in their stupid smart cars that get less gas mileage than much larger cars. Whatever it is, as Bob42 likes to say, there’s a South Park episode for it.

    You just don’t understand.

    We need it to be DOWNTOWN. For all the people who live there.

  5. I’m not quite done with Wikileaks yet. After having had a chance to think further, and without any chemically induced brain sharpeners, I have concluded that the Wikileaks releases are the same as B’er Rabbit saying please don’t throw me into the briar patch. First, while there may be some information being released that is personally embarrassing to some individual diplomats, there is nothing of any substance being put out there. Therefore, all the howling is a big ado about nothing – but is it? Some of you may have heard about the FCC’s plans to try to regulate the internet – without congressional action of course since that would never pass muster – and the vote at the FCC was recently scheduled for December 23 (I think that may have changed, but I’m not sure). Now historically, what has preceded the government’s takeover of various components of the country’s economy or individual freedom? – that’s right, a crisis. So now we have a crisis over the release of “secret” or classified (although worthless in substance) information, and our politicians and many citizens are demanding that the government take action – there you have it – we demanded that the government take control of the internet, so in spite of their reluctance to do so, in the interest of public safety, they will have to take it over. Now it makes sense. Who is really behind these leaks after all?

    Look out, here it comes, and remember, you read it here first – sadly.

  6. I understand Jennifer Grey (won Dancing with the Stars) trounced the Palins. Afterwards she got a phone call from Obama.

    He asked her to write him a how-to guide.

  7. #9 ElGordo

    I think you’re on the right train, but maybe on the wrong track. No one knows how much damage could be done until they go over all 250,000 pieces. I feel the crisis may be as much perceived as real. “Did they find out about (fill in the blank)?” ” No? Whew!” Or “Oh my God, What are we going to do?”

    Either way we lose.

  8. #11 – OTL – This “they” we’re talking about, such as “did they find out about….” is of no concern if you assume that other countries, including our allies as well as our enemies, have reasonable intelligence operations and are also able to comprehend diplo-speak. “They” already know where we stand. It’s “us” , the United States citizen, finding out what our government has done on our behalf that causes our government problems.

    Our politicians can ill afford to let the great unwashed in on their sausage grinding, so they will go to any length to keep us from finding out. The tea party has them running even more scared since they can see the power of free flowing information diluting their own spinning. They’ve got to get the internet under control or risk losing their power – it’s that simple – and both sides understand that fact.

  9. I think increased government regulation of the internet and other electronic technologies that enable free speech is ultimately inevitable. Both pubbies and dems want to do it, and already have their foot in the door. For example, they passed laws that sidestepped the 4th amendment and gave the government visibility into everyone’s online financial transactions — because some authoritarian idiots thought it was a proper role of government to try and prohibit online gambling.

    On the bright side, they can regulate, eavesdrop, and monitor all they like, but the technology is sound and will remain available to those who want it enough to take the extra steps and risks to have it. (Just like cannabis.)

    They can pass all the worthless, costly, freedom insulting, “feel good” laws they like. But in reality the technology cat is out of the bag. Google “IP over HAM.”

  10. Glad you mentioned Canino Produce Co. I broke our bottle of good Mexican vanilla extract on the floor this past weekend and I need to replace it. Canino Produce Co. carries the good stuff for a reasonable price. I love that place.

  11. #14 bob

    because some authoritarian idiots thought it was a proper role of government to try and prohibit online gambling.

    Don’t forget detecting money laundering because of the WoD & WoT.

    Seriously, trying to control internet content would only affect domestic users and sites. Foreign sites would not be affected, so sites like WikiLeaks could still do what they’re already doing.

    On that note, I have a lot less of a problem with WikiLeaks and its smarmy proprietor than I do with the PFC who allegedly sent them the documents in question. In a similar vein, I have a lot less of a problem with the PFC than I do with whoever failed to take sufficient care to safeguard the information he accessed and sent to WikiLeaks. Why anyone, let alone a 19-year old PFC, would have access to that level and variety of information is beyond me.

  12. bob,
    For the internet gambling thing, the government does not get to see your online transactions, the credit card companies already had a list of companies that transactions are not allowed to, they simply added the online sites. In addition, financial institutions are required to review all transactions for a variety of things, so most simply added in a few lines of logic to look for certain keywords in the company ids. It is still illegal for the any authority to request individual consumer financial data from a financial institution without a court order.

  13. Don’t worry, I didn’t.

    Don’t forget detecting money laundering because of the WoD & WoT.

    I wanted to avoid another rant about the stupid WoD and the lying duplicitous prick politicians that keep it going.

  14. (sticking head out of LurkCave, getting head wet from rain)

    As if we don’t have enough to worry about, the “Food Safety” act is up for vote. Can’t get the ‘puter to cough up the text, but it sounds like it will not bode well for those who want their own tomato patch. Keep them cards and letters (emails, faxes, calls) coming, folks!

    /shaking water from head, withdrawing into LurkCave for a hot beverage.

  15. I wanted to avoid another rant about the stupid WoD and the lying duplicitous prick politicians that keep it going.

    Oh you must.

    Because we all know there aren’t any actual voters who want to keep the WoD going.

    Its just those duplicitous politicians.

  16. Otter attacks Florida college student.

    I think its because he was Omega Theta Pi.

    You know how those Delta’s are.

  17. #23 Last time I was back in Florida my brother-in-law told me about a mink attacking a live well full of fish while they were in the boat. They kept knocking him off and he’d just jump back in.

  18. #22 Sarge, I’m aware of authoritarians and those who fall for the fear mongering lies our government has told for 40+ years.

    Because we all know there aren’t any actual voters who want to keep the WoD going.

    But I didn’t want to personally insult you or Darren.

    It’s an effing plant, dude. Prohibition has never worked and will never work. Yet, some still support it despite the demonstrable ineffectiveness and substantial costs.

    Fiscal conservative? Yea, and I’m the Queen of England.

  19. Speaking of smug…

    Fifty-eight percent of Americans say marijuana should be illegal, even after being presented with the idea that the drug could be taxed.

    I guess they all fell for the fear-mongering, the dang intolerant ignorant bastiges.

  20. I just read Big Government’s latest article on the leak. The little POS private (and yes, I am wissed over this incident), said he took a R/W CD into his work and lip-synched to Lady Gaga lyrics while downloading the info.

    I took a programming course at A&M that was taught by a former programmer for the Pentagon. (I can actually give you an overview of how a missile guidance system works!) He told us that any recordable medium – back then audio cassette tapes – were allowed into the building, but before they could be removed from the building the guard would drop the tape through a magnetic eraser device. There goes Pat Benatar as well as any potentially copied documents.

    Is there really no check on recordable medium today?

    I swear, idiots are running the world. /digging my hole furiously

  21. Thank God I have empowered my government to prohibit me from making decisions that may harm me!

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s an armed agent from the Food Enforcement Agency at the door who needs to make sure there’s not too much salt or deadly trans-fats in my pantry.

    If you don’t hear from me within an hour, please call my attorney.

  22. #29 crazy aunt
    Most military sites were like that. You could bring in regular music CD’s, but nothing recordable.

    They had special deals for system maintenance as well. If they had to swap out a disk drive (back then they were 19″ rack-mount for a couple hundred megabytes), they would open the clamshell and leave the disk pack. The disk pack would then be ground up.

    The FBI has software that can read the contents of hard drives that have been overwritten several times.

    After all, they’re from plants, too.

  23. It’s an effing plant, dude. Prohibition has never worked and will never work. Yet, some still support it despite the demonstrable ineffectiveness and substantial costs.

    Well yes,

    That can be proven by the extremely high number of votes the Party that champions an end to the WoD gets every cycle.

    Fiscal conservative? Yea, and I’m the Queen of England.

    Put on your Tutu and dance a bit for us Lizzie.

  24. Fiscal conservative? Yea, and I’m the Queen of England.

    Put on your Tutu and dance a bit for us Lizzie.

    He’s gonna need to fix hisself up some if he expects to get a date.

  25. Fiscal conservative? Yea, and I’m the Queen of England.

    Look guy;

    You make all sorts of assumptions a normally intelligent person would not make.’

    In this case, you’re assuming I’m against the legalization of pot because I’m an authoritarian bastige.
    I’ve stated before that the legalization of pot would become the biggest Big Government program we’ve ever seen—-bigger than the WoD is. The resulting regulation and creation of agencies to administer them will make your head swim. It would still be criminalized, just in a different way.

    After we get to the point where we’re making gummint smaller and smaller will we be able to talk about legalizing pot in a sensible manner.

  26. Fiscal conservative? Yea, and I’m the Queen of England.

    Put on your Tutu and dance a bit for us Lizzie.

    He’s gonna need to fix hisself up some if he expects to get a date.

    Depends on the date.
    And what part of town he’s in.

  27. 36 bob42 says:
    November 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’d just like to remind y’all that I’m not wearing any pants.

    They look funny with a tutu.

  28. Here’s the crux of the biskit dude:

    Legalizing pot right now would only further empower and expand gummint.

    We need to learn how to prioritize or the unintended consequences will slap us upside the head.

  29. 40 Hamous says:
    November 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Maybe you need to step up distribution of those silly “Tolerance” bumper stickers. Not enough people are getting your message.

    Especially those authoritarian bastidges who are opposed to legalization simply because they want to control other folks lives.

    Just because.

  30. Oh, crap, is this day going down the toilet!

    The day started out well. Lovely came in for a quick drive-by visit, which was nice. She picked up what she needed, then headed out.

    Mom-in-law comes by for me to generate a letter for her. She has a computer and a brain, but for some reason, *I* have to do this for her. Okay, I stop what I’m doing and do it for her. Not too bad, just interfered with my momentum.

    Then Hubby calls. Lovely has broken down on the highway, halfway to San Antonio. Also, a close family friend has died. Hubby doesn’t deal well with friends dying, so he’s probably going to be a PITA. We discuss Lovely’s situation, and we’re hoping that Lovely can get towed to Buc-ees on I-10 (AAA will take her that far, I believe) and Hubby can trailer her and her car to San Antonio, then bring the car home to fix it. That’s the plan.

    Sister calls to discuss a legal issue with HER mom-in-law. I’m also supposed to help her by ordering a gift for her son online for her. I’m trying to do both. The item sells out as we’re talking. Crap. I talk to her about MIL issue. As we’re talking, Lovely calls. Her daddy is driving her nuts – wants her to ask the tow truck driver to leave the car at Buc-ees and then take Lovely to her campus, 40 miles or so down the road. Lovely and I both know that ain’t gonna happen. I now figger Hubby is getting his head up his wiss. Lovely is crying because her daddy is turning into a certifiable nut job. I calm her down. Then I get back on the phone with my sister and try to end that call.

    I manage to finally find her item and order it.

    It is now 3:30 pm, and I have done exactly one work-related item today. My plan was to attack my desk and get some real headway on my stacks.

    /taking deep breaths

  31. I don’t think Steve Johnson quite understands his relationship with God.

    “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…,” Johnson tweeted.

  32. #42 – MsTT thank GOD it wasn’t only me today!

    I literally attempted to type up one delivery order + 1 rate confirmation (probably no more than 150 characters total between the 2) from before sunrise this morning until AFTER 1:30 pm!!

    The phone was NOT my friend today!

    Hope yall had a wunnerful Holiday!

  33. #42 Katfish

    At least I have one up on you.

    Lovely left me with some of her cookies!

    She is safely ensconced in the tow truck as we speak, making her way back to campus.

  34. #12 EG

    You make some good points about how the diplomatic leaks probably aren’t that damaging and may even enlighten Americans who give a damn what their gubmint has been up to. But that PFC has gotta spend a good part of the rest of his rotten life in a military or civilian cell.

  35. This whole wimpyleaks thing reminds me of a story I read (sci-fi, of course):

    A man discovers a machine that can go back in time. He makes a movie of Alexander the Great that garners reviews at the unbelievably realistic scenes. He and his cohorts make a lot of money. They are working on a second movie, and word gets out about how they are managing such realism. People become livid. The fear is that the machine can be used to spy on people in the privacy of their homes. Where were you last night at 8:00 last night? Bowling with guys? Really? How ’bout the governor – did he really make that back room deal? Maybe? That surprise you were planning for your hubby – he knows about it, so just dump that gift in his lap and go back to cooking dinner. And just how good-looking is your 28 year old neighbor in her lingerie? The machine is taken away.

    One of the last points made is that a certain amount of privacy is required for civilization to work. If your thoughts and motives are laid bare, your every action up for scrutiny – who could live in that society? While the motives and actions of our legislators may be something that should be scrutinized, is this the best way to do it? What seems honest and above-board today may seem scandalous in the future.

  36. Well, I was thinking about gardening & landscaping, Tedtam! The grown-up equivalent of playing in the dirt.

    Although I made a mean mud pie as a kid.

  37. You’ve got the lame ducks coming back to try and ram through the Dreams of Amnesty Act.

    You’ve got the whole Wiki-leaky drama unfolding.

    You’ve got DHS/ICE seizing and shutting down websites.

    You’ve got the recent North Korea/South Korea conflict…..

    So just what was channel 39’s 9PM lead news story you ask?

    The scuffle between the Texans A. Johnson and the Titans C. Finnegan.

    Lord have mercy.

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