100 thoughts on “Friday’s Open Thread

  1. I just heard Geraldo Rivera repeat the lie about intent with respect to Cankles and her illegal email scheme. There is no mention of intent in the statute therefore it is irrelevant, the action is what is relevant. If one needs to find intent, the very presence of the home brew server serves that purpose.

  2. Considering the monumental archive of Monica Bellucci images I have, Friday Monica OC threads will end in 2038 or whenever Hamous finds a new siren.

    Nota Bene: The file of not quite modest enough for Hambone photos is impressive.

  3. Cops out of control.

    The detective didn’t have a warrant, first off. And the patient wasn’t conscious, so he couldn’t give consent. Without that, the detective was barred from collecting blood samples — not just by hospital policy, but by basic constitutional law.

    Still, Detective Jeff Payne insisted that he be let in to take the blood, saying the nurse would be arrested and charged if she refused.

    Nurse Alex Wubbels politely stood her ground. She got her supervisor on the phone so Payne could hear the decision loud and clear. “Sir,” said the supervisor, “you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.”

    Payne snapped. He seized hold of the nurse, shoved her out of the building and cuffed her hands behind her back. A bewildered Wubbels screamed “help me” and “you’re assaulting me” as the detective forced her into an unmarked car and accused her of interfering with an investigation.

    This kind of crap just infuriates me.

  4. I have to admit I agree with this Leftist and the observations of the old Lefty, Justice Douglas, in this op-ed.

    It is time to call out Google for what it is: a monopolist in search, video, maps and browser, and a thin-skinned tyrant when it comes to ideas.

    The imperial overreach of Google in trying to shut down a group of five researchers proves the point that the initial release from Open Markets was trying to make: When companies get too much power, they become a threat to democratic free speech and to the liberty of citizens at large.

    In 1948, in the Supreme Court case U.S. v. Columbia Steel Co., Justice William O. Douglas explained that the traditional philosophy of American antitrust law is that “all power tends to develop into a government in itself. Power that controls the economy … should be scattered into many hands so that the fortunes of the people will not be dependent on the whim or caprice, the political prejudices, the emotional stability of a few self-appointed men.”

  5. #10 – Gas was hard to find in Dallas yesterday, and freeway stations were nearing $3 per gallon. Some at $2.25 range, but no gas. Sort of like the butcher who sells pork chops at 99 cents per pound but they are $2.99 when he has them. Trump needs to figure out a way to get out front of the gasoline problem pretty quickly. Hopefully it’s just a temporary market disruption, but it will take some time to settle down. Thoughts and prayers still with all the gulf coast folks.

  6. As to Google, once again I have to remind you to keep government out of it. The market will solve the problem if it is left alone. No government meddling. I hear they are thinking about Amazon too. Get government out of the way.

    SJL apparently doesn’t think there is any difference between Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook elementary (which many people believe is a phony story) shooting. Who knows, maybe SJL is really our first alien from outer space in congress, or maybe she’s right about all this.

  7. Izzit Friday?! Must be since we have a voluptuous, dark haired beauty, photographed in classic B&W. Very pretty, classy looking lady.
    I slept like a log last night, didn’t go to bead until after midnight and and didn’t get up until after 7. I made a pot of coffee and walked down to the little pond and it looks pretty good. It’s a tolerable 74 right now, warming up to 87, that’ll do on Labor Day weekend.
    Mornin’ Gang

  8. I heard from Ms Adee last, night and she said that I could post the note to all of Y’all.

    Hi Dave,

    We evacuated to a hotel about 15 miles away on I-10 at Park Row in the Energy Corridor and lucky that Larry found it online. Made the reservation Monday morning and moved in early that afternoon. It caters to business folks and is two blocks off the freeway and so would be hard to see. Very nice place to stay. We’re moving to a sister hotel in Rosenberg on Monday, much closer to the house.

    The river is still slowly rising at our place, and we will certainly have water in the house by the time it quits. But we are so blessed compared to so many other folks staying here, “refugees” we are. And the folks on TV, dear Lord.

    The horses are fine at a neighbor’s place on our other street that is higher than ours, and it won’t flood. Kitty Mariposa is boarding at a vet clinic nearby, not our usual one in Richmond that she’s accustomed to. That one was
    closed because of doubt what the river was going to do. And we have to cross the Brazos to get there. The river on Monday was a horror to behold as seen
    from the cul de sac on our street. A mad torrent moving very fast with trees rushing down it. And assorted other things. Feel free to share this with the other Hamsters.


  9. 11 EG

    I agree about leaving the government out of it, but just the threat of anti-trust action by the feds can be very useful. Striking fear into the black hearts of Google brings me joy.

    I’ve never been a fan of anti-trust laws except in the most extreme circumstances. History has shown them to be tools for governmental kleptocracy, private/public cronyism and unethical legal maneuvers to destroy competitors. They end up being used like the licensing laws dominant market players are so in favor of in order to crowd out new competition.

  10. I talked to our displaced tenant last night, discussing some other issues with her. She’s like me, very sociable and strangers are just friends we haven’t connected with yet. I swear, she knows just about every soul in the Sweeny area. Anyway, we were talking about some issues yesterday, and she told me her friends across the river (their houses are higher than our rental property), told her that the water was up to the roof, BUT THE PORCH LIGHT WAS STILL ON!

    Tenant told them they could turn it off if they wished. She actually transferred her account to their temporary digs, and the power company told her that yes, there was still power flowing through her meter…

    The neighbor also said she thinks she saw her little girl’s play car floating down the river. So the stuff in the garage somehow got out. I’m thinking the garage door may have been torn off its tracks.

    Hubby and I are thinking/hoping the structure is floating down the San Bernard. We are planning on building higher on the lot and putting something together that will be better. Just gonna take some time…

  11. Well, for me, another day of restoring order at Chez Harp. Some areas of some rooms are 100% back to normal, so I can always take a break that refreshes. I do pretty well sitting at this laptop in the breakfast room. From here, the only unusual element in sight is the high-tech vacuum cleaner sitting on the stairway landing, which is about 2′ above the family room floor. On that Sunday morning when the water started seeping into the house, and we saw that the shop vac wasn’t going to save us, I rushed around and grabbed the big vac and all floor lamps and put them up on that landing. Only one lamp still there, have not yet cleaned out the corner it resides in.

    I still have dozens of cardboard boxes of old paper records that were stored on the floor in various nooks and closet crannies, getting those dumped into plastic bags for disposal. We had normal CoH trash pickup yesterday, they have already hauled away half a ton of our damp paper in plastic bags.

    Ok, back to work now.

  12. We still have two water customers without water (thankfully they have access
    to a private well). They buried the excavator while trying to install a valve to isolate a main line washout at a creek crossing. And almost buried a skid loader trying to get the excavator out. Today they’re bringing a giant excavator to try and get her done.

  13. We’ll be moving to new digs this morning. When SO got this place it was open for the weekdays, but reserved for the weekend. The owner has another property closer to the square—a reconditioned 1960s motor court by the looks of it (and nicely done), and we’re moving over there. He’s comped us the room for the weekend and only charging us one day to extend till Wednesday.

    Brazos is cresting slower than projected, but at a lower level—55.7 instead of 56 and cresting Sunday instead of tonight. All access to the subdivision is closed from both ends of 359. We’re hoping that changes by Wednesday afternoon.

  14. About a year ago on the property we are putting up a new shop we stuck a pickup, then a four wheel drive pickup, a customer telehandler, our rollback truck, a heavy duty wrecker and another heavy duty wrecker ($750) before it was all over.

  15. We had no choice but to pay for the wreckers cause we had the customer forklift we “borrowed” stuck and it was in plain sight with their name all over it. 😀

  16. Tensions continue to escalate between the nuts on the far left and the nuts on the far right.

    And the extremists on both sides have been using the confrontations, especially since Charlottesville, to recruit unprecedented numbers of new members, raise money and threaten more confrontations, they say.

    “Everybody is wondering, ‘What are we gonna do? How are we gonna deal with this?’” said the senior state law enforcement official. “Every time they have one of these protests where both sides are bringing guns, there are sphincters tightening in my world. Emotions get high, and fingers get twitchy on the trigger.”

    It going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

    Also, some perspective from a rabble rouser who’s kind of in the middle.

    As white supremacists go, Joey Gibson makes for a lousy one. For starters, he’s half Japanese. “I don’t feel like I’m Caucasian at all,” he says. Not to be a stickler for the rules, but this kind of talk could get you sent to Master Race remedial school.

    And it gets worse. The founder of Patriot Prayer—a Vancouver, Wash.-based operation that sponsors rallies and marches promoting freedom and First Amendment rights along with all-purpose unity—also spews hippie-dippie rhetoric like “moderates have to come together” and “love and peace [are] the only way to heal this country.” Joey tends to sound less like an alt-right bully boy than a conflict-resolution facilitator or a Unitarian Sunday school teacher.

  17. 23 GJT

    Now I thought Shannon was an expert at burying multiple vehicles, but you make him look like an amateur.

  18. 29 WB

    I ain’t running this drama.

    Thanking the Lord I’m just a peon, now. Five people aren’t staring at me with a raised eyebrow asking, what’s next?

    Been there.

  19. #27

    That was the boss’s doings, I only got involved at the third vehicle. The wrecker charges were on him too, he had to answer to his wife/co-owner/accountant for it. And all three hats blasted him till the guns were only clicking. 😀

  20. It’s long been known the SPLC had money stashed offshore. No one knows how much. This investigative article shines a light on it.

    Given the fact several lawsuits have been filed recently in federal court against them, I suspect Morris Dees and his creepy little gang are flushing lots of money out of the country right now.

    The SPLC has turned into a fundraising powerhouse, recording more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC’s Form 990-T, its business income tax return, from the same year shows that they have “financial interests” in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. No information is available beyond the acknowledgment of the interests at the bottom of the form.

    However, the Washington Free Beacon discovered forms from 2014 that shed light on some of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s transfers to foreign entities.

    The SPLC’s Form 8865, a Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships, from 2014 shows that the nonprofit transferred hundreds of thousands to an account located in the Cayman Islands.

    SPLC lists Tiger Global Management LLC, a New York-based private equity financial firm, as an agent on its form. The form shows a foreign partnership between the SPLC and Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P., a pooled investment fund in the Cayman Islands. SPLC transferred $960,000 in cash on Nov. 24, 2014 to Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P, its records show.

    The SPLC’s Form 926, a Return by a U.S. Transferor of Property to a Foreign Corporation, from 2014 shows additional cash transactions that the nonprofit had sent to offshore funds.

  21. #18 Tim
    No, we’re not taking out any sheetrock. We had about 1″ flow in, then flow back out – aside from what soaked into those boxes of old papers, and area rugs. The inflow coincided with White Oak coming over its banks about 200′ away, across the street from us. It was amazing to see the water flow back out as the level outside went back down.

    I took a break and went to CVS to pick up a scrip, then went to the Food Doodle across the street from it. Got bananas and lettuce and wanted milk, but their stock did not include any skim milk today. It sure felt good to be in normal stores and feeling normal again.

  22. #35

    That’s awesome!

    The boss went out in his boat for a couple days in the Hwy 6 dam area. He never even got to launch but he was sending me pics of “Rednecks with Paychecks” and their monster trucks.

  23. I don’t get the Sarge and Crocs references, unless it’s got something to do with wet feet. Crocs would be sane choice in that case. But Sarge is outa his digs and high & dry.

    Me now, I excavated several pair of those old plastic Okabashi sandals that I used to wear before my knees went out on me. Helped a lot when I had to walk across a squishy rug to get to something.

  24. I’ve been making fun of old guys and Crocks for a long time.

    I’ll go barefoot before I ever wear a plastic shoe in Wimberley.

    I may be in a suit, but they’ll probably bury me with my RedWings on. That’s okay, nobody will know.

  25. Pushing back on the ubiquitous coverage of blondes, Texpat seeks equality for brunettes.

    My hero.

    Yahbut, what about the Redheads?

  26. #22 GJT


    Those mud rescues tend to end up in a goat rope with progressively larger vehicles buried in a chain.

    Been there done that! Remind me to tell you about the time l stuck the Custom Van in muck. Two, 1 ton trucks, one Ford, one Chevy, both diesels couldn’t budge it. After fooling around for several days, I noticed a Mesican driving a D-9, resurfacing the Red Lobster parking lot so I ambled down there and talked to the straw boss. I told him that I probably couldn’t afford to rent the damn thing for one hour but I’d give him a C note if he pull me out. He asked the Mesican and told him he could have the money, so off we were. I had a 9K Lb Nylon rope and tied her up, the Cat inched forward and that cord snapped like parachute cord. He said wait here and came back with huge trace chain, hooked it up and I though well, something is about to happen, we’ll loose the whole front end of the Van or we’re coming out. He inched forward and the Van, popped out like a cork out of a wine bottle. The rope was rated for 9K Lb and the Van weighs, maybe 5K, but I guess the cohesion of the muck on the large floor of the Van had her stuck.
    Oh, an I have better stories that occurred in my younger years, some might require disclaimers. 😀

  27. That reminds me, I think that Southern Tragedy might be a Redhead stuck in a Brunette’s body. Ducks and hauls AZZ!!!!

  28. What a difference a couple of hours makes. Just as we were on our way out of the door at the other place, the County Judge announced that the river had crested at 55.1 feet which is only inches above last year. Not only does that mean we won’t have water in the house. But we might be able to get back into the subdivision before Wednesday.

  29. And I do not wear Crocs except for that one weekend I tried them as camp shoes while backpacking. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it

  30. Well the brown truck arrived. Hooray!! Handed us one little box lol. Guy said there were box trailers lined up packed to the roof that they will be sorting through for the next week, maybe longer.

  31. Elder Brother TP, GJT, and even Sha-Na-Na…………..

    I could regale yall with tales of “stupidly stuck” Cat yellow equipment (or a few green Terex’s) long enough for us to easily murder keg of Shiner Bock! 🙂

  32. I am doing laundry. So normal, so humdrum. So necessary. When Hubs woke me up on Sunday morning with the news that there was water seeping in under the front door, he opined we just needed to put some towels down there to soak it up. So I emptied my towel shelf and threw down every clean towel I had at that time.

    Load #1 was those wet towels, plus all my towels and washcloths that were already in a laundry basket. Load #2 was all the casual clothes I got dirty while cleaning up since that Sunday morning, plus all the casual clothes that were already in a laundry basket. Load #3 just finished. It was the soggy “big cat bed” from the family room floor. Now it goes into the dryer.

    I have other items I need to wash, but all my other laundry baskets are still full of clean items that I never got around to folding and putting away a month ago. Yeah, that sounds about right. You know my motto: “I don’t wanna, I don’t hafta, you can’t make me — I AM RETIRED!”





  34. Dang.
    On Hwy 36 between Sealy & Bellville….

    A National guard Jeep – or whatever they’re properly called these days – lost the trailer he was pulling. It’s lying upside down in the ditch.

  35. I was looking at the river levels for the San Bernard, cresting today or tomorrow, then sloooooowwwwwwllllleeeeeee dropping. Sep 6th is as far as the chart goes, and while normal river level is 16 feet, on the 6th is still predicted to be in the mid-twenties or so.

    Yeah, gonna be a while….

  36. Oh I thought we were looking for some fancy acronymed Army name. Humvee is boring. As opposed to hummers, which can be exciting! 😀

  37. I was just thinking this morning, after ruminating on the scene of Sims Bayou at its peak, and how incredibly fast it was going…

    Did all the gators in the San Bernard go “WHAT THE WISS JUST HAPPENED? WHY AM I BEING SWEPT DOWNSTREAM?!”

    How many nutria survived?

    Will snakes be dripping out of the trees? For how long?

  38. #56 Tim
    You rascal, I didn’t say I didn’t have any clean underwear. But I did have to get some towels from Hub’s bathroom upstairs.

  39. I have had the habit since graduate school (i.e. a long way back) that if I didn’t have time to do laundry, I’d go buy more socks or underwear or washcloths or whatever I was nearest to being out of.

    I still live like that!

  40. Shannon, what’s the big deal if I take a clean washcloth and clean towel from a laundry basket? Saves all that time folding and putting away.

    BTW, that big cat bed I washed is now dry and back in the family room. I haven’t seen any cats in it yet, but typically they converge in that area at 6 pm when we have the Harper family hour, sitting in there and watching the feeding frenzy when I put the birdseed and wildlife mix on the patio.

  41. Harper family hour, sitting in there and watching the feeding frenzy when I put the birdseed and wildlife mix on the patio.

    I think it’s called “Cat TV.”

  42. Has anyone seen or read anything about John Culberson trying to halt the reservoir controlled releases?

    I’m seeing it on a SM site. –Unable to verify.

    If true, is he a complete idiot or just a partial one?

    Listening to the two experts, (J Linder and E. Russo) they basically say that to not do so could result in failure of the dams if we get additional heavy rainfall.

    Would that be a better alternative for Culberson?

  43. Gas was hard to find in Dallas yesterday, and freeway stations were nearing $3 per gallon.

    Gas appears to be plentiful here in Houston. Come on down!

  44. #47 Sarge, Awright! that’s good news. I talked to Daughter today and the house that she sold to a friend in Pecan Grove is OK! The Brazos didn’t breech the levee, she also has several other friends that live on her street that dodged the bullet!
    If, I have time, I’ll update y’all on all the Boy’s shenanigans.
    Yup life is good! 😀

  45. I just paid $2.39 at the Exxon NW corner West Road and Eldridge. About 1/3 – 1/2 the stations I passed were out. It was easy to tell just by driving by – the earlier prices were $2.12ish and they are out, the newer are $2.40+ and they have gasoline.

  46. One would think plant management would have a rented generator on standby if the plant would blow up if without power for a few days and a hurricane was approaching. They may have to go to Iowa to find one and pay a lot to have it hauled down, but it can be done. I know of two large scale food distributors who do this. Their inventory will only spoil. But if you knew the place would all go boom?

  47. Oh and I went to the verboten place today, the one I’ve been avoiding for a few years and there is just the slightest chance that ole Dave is going to do something incredibly stupid tomorrow, I’ll keep you posted.

  48. My idiot Liberal brother just emailed me to let me know that what caused the flooding was the decades long practice of “glazing over” this part of Texas with roads and parking lots that prevents the water from reaching “absorbent land”.

    I explained to him about the civil engineering regulations and statutes of the 21st century and that the proper name for “absorbent land” is “swamp”.

  49. #79 GTO:

    My understanding is that they had a backup generator, which failed due to weather; a 2nd backup system based on liquid nitrogen, which also failed; and their 3rd backup was pumping the tank into refrigerated tankers, which then got submerged in the flood.

    The only reason that anybody’s paying attention is that they went to authorities and warned them ahead of time. If they’d just stayed quiet no one would have payed any attention.

  50. #81

    I subjected myself to mostly the whole thing. I could ‘splain but your eyes would glaze over. Just think race.

  51. HMMWV stands for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle aka HUMVEE,… Y’all are welcome….Of course Sarge knew this just wanted to keep y’all in the dark. Dang, I’ve had a great day, of course a bad day here is better than a good day at the Rocket Ranch.This morning, I fired up the old Mule and headed down to the big pond to check it out and ran smack dab into a giant Orb Weaver spider that had her web stretched across the trail, it reminded of the reason that the ole Mule has a windscreen.

  52. My idiot Liberal brother just emailed me to let me know that what caused the flooding was the decades long practice of “glazing over” this part of Texas with roads and parking lots that prevents the water from reaching “absorbent land”.

    Just tell him everything is under control. We have a Rain Tax.

  53. #84, Kind of hard not to notice what is happening there. All these news helicopters would be drawn like vultures.

  54. Yes, they had triple backup. You cannot plan for every contingency….like a thousand year flood.

    Some woman was appalled there was such a facility in her back yard.

    Hey lady. You live within miles of the largest petrochemical complex in the world.


  55. My 79, I don’t know the chain of events and should not speculate. I would delete it but looks like I spelled all the words right and did not link to a video. That is sort of novel.

  56. From the helicopter views of the site ablaze. From the video I saw of the place it is at the end of of a high voltage power company pole mounted distribution system. Last pole looks like a cutoff switch which allows expansion of that line in the future. Two three phase pole mounted transformer banks in the line. Second to last pole shows high voltage going into an underground feeder which means a ground level pad mount transformer at the other end. Fwiw.

  57. I fear it won’t be much longer until we are forced to hunt the antifa, kkk, blm, terds like the vermin they are. They represent an existential threat to civilized society and reasonable order.

  58. Sarge glad to hear your place will be fine. Don’t worry about your Crocs for camp shoes. For my week long canoe trip in Minnesota back in June, my camp shoes were made by…. Speedo. I’m not kidding. They were on sale at Costco for $14 and they had three tiny holes in the sole with a stainless mesh to allow water to drain out of them.

  59. It’s kind of been in the back of my mind but …

    We had the solar eclipse on 8/21, then Harvey rapidly developed, and basically from it’s own remnants, off the Yucatan Peninsula into a Cat 4 and made landfall on Aug 24th.

    Eerily strange, no?

  60. That’s the principal use of crocs for backpacking in this area. If you need to make a water crossing or traverse some of the swampy areas on the Lone Star Trail, you pull off your hiking boots and socks and wear the crocs through the wet parts. They’ve come in handy a couple of times, but I found some lighter weight canoe shoes that work better and take up less space. Shannon keeps begging me to give him my old pair of crocs, but I’ve got a sentimental attachment to them

  61. Hey, It’s the weekend!….What in the HE!! am I doing up so early? I woke up about 4:30 and couldn’t sleep then decided to make a wildlife run on the old Mule. I only saw a coon down by the creek and a bunzy on the backside of the little pasture across the road.
    Mornin’ Gang

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