Red is familiar with freezing rain and sleet. But had never seen “ice pellets” in the forecast until yesterday. With Winter Storm Inga upon us, Red figured he had better check it out. Turns out that ice pellets is just another name for sleet.
Ice pellets are a form of precipitation. They are small, translucent or clear balls of ice. Ice pellets are rain drops that have frozen before they hit the ground. When they hit the ground, they bounce. Ice pellets are also called sleet and can be accompanied by freezing rain.
Thanks to the Weather Guys in Wisconsin who know way more about such matters than warm weather Red.
Bar owner Adam Kleinbart is selling his Bar Bleu location after an almost decade long fight with his high-rise Robinhood Condominium neighbors in the Rice Village area of Houston. The ongoing feud over noise emanating from the bar and allegations that condo owners threw eggs and garbage on bar patrons will end after Kleinbart sells the property to a developer who intends to put a high-rise on the property. As a parting, F#(k You, the always mature Kleinbart painted KARMA on the parking lot and HA HA HA on the roof of the bar indicating his pleasure at ruining residents’ views of downtown Houston. News 2 Houston has the full story.
Kleinbart misunderstands the nature of Karma. Karma is the force generated by a person’s actions to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence. But whatever, enjoy your childishness while you can.
Sports Illustrated has name two Houston legends – Jose Altuve and J.J. Watt as its Co-Sportspersons of the Year for 2017. They were bestowed the award for entirely different reasons.
Altuve had one of the most magical seasons imaginable winning the American League batting title, MVP and Silver Slugger awards. Oh, and yeah – winning the World Series for the first time in Astros history after the city was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Altuve carried the team at times during the post-season recording a record 17 hits, 6 home runs and batting .472 at Minute Maid. Other than Mike Trout he is probably the best baseball player alive right now. And by all signs a credit to his community for charitable works and tremendous attitude.
Watt on the other hand, had a miserable 2017 on the field. He played in 4 games with zero sacks and was lost for the season early in the Chiefs game . All of this coming after losing most of the 2016 season to injury as well. Whether he ever returns to the greatness he showed during his first 5 years in the league is questionable at this point. But in the face of Harvey, Watt determined to raise some money for relief. He set his goal at $200,000 and ended up raising $37 million and it appears that almost all of that money has gone or will go to actual relief efforts.
So two Houston athletes get well-deserved kudos from SI.
So Sid manages to offend the depressed, suicide counselors, Pakistanis andpretty much anyone with a sense of decency all in one fell swoop. You have to be a special kind of moron to do that – almost a moron savant it would seem. Sid’s 10 gallon hat holds about a half-pint of brains and 9.9 gallons of excrement passing for cerebral matter (aka “shit for brains”).
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls doesn’t know much about the law if he thinks that he can lawfully arrest someone for posting a “FUCK TRUMP” sign on their truck. Nehls stated that he was looking for the owner of the truck after he received several complaints about the display from unhappy people.
The Republican Sheriff who is reported to fancy a run for higher office posted a picture of the truck with the message – “If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification.”
The truck’s owner is having none of it and appears to be hiding in plain sight. Karen Fonseca, wife of the truck’s owner, told the Houston Chronicle that they would not be removing the sign and that “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”
The U.S. Supreme Court would appear to have the Fonsecas back. In the case of Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court overturned a the conviction for disturbing-the-peace of Cohen after he’d gone to a courthouse in Los Angeles wearing a jacket that said “Fuck the Draft.”
Red was a young man when his hometown was shattered by the crime of Charles Whitman – an ex-Marine and Eagle Scout who took his rifles to the observation deck of the UT Tower killing 16 people including his wife and mother. At the time and for many years after, it remained a bizarre and seemingly random event that was not likely to be repeated. Then came the mass shooting at the McDonalds in San Ysidro and the Edmond, OK post office and the Luby’s in Killeen and Columbine and Sandy Hook and Fort Hood and Virginia Tech and the Pulse Nightclub and Las Vegas and now small out-of-the-way Sutherland Springs. And you know what – at work no one is really talking about it even though it happened within easy driving distance. It’s just so damn common now that people are becoming desensitized to unbelievable horror being visited on innocent people on a regular basis. There is rarely a rhyme or reason to this senseless violence and nothing is ever done. Six year old children are slaughtered and there is no political will to do anything to keep more weapons out of the hands of the mentally unstable. More than 50 die from modified weapons in Las Vegas and nothing can be done to make sure that such firepower is not available nearly upon demand.
Red doesn’t pretend to have the solution, but he sure can see the problem. If Whitman had access to the firepower that is routinely available then who knows what the death toll would have been in August of 1966. Oh, but now is not the time to talk about this. Because it never is. We send out our useless thoughts and hopeful prayers and go back to our lives leaving others to pick up the shattered remains of a life. And we fret about the Second Amendment and trot out tired old platitudes about how guns don’t kill people. Well, guns may not kill people but the wrong gun in the wrong hands is a deadly recipe that reaps a poisoned meal for far too many innocent families on what seems to be an almost weekly basis. This is the only developed country on Earth where such absurd mayhem is tolerated and met with stupid talking points like “An armed society is a polite society.” Tell that to the dozens who were politely gunned down on Sunday.
Red will draw the line here. Semi-automatic weapons must go. There is absolutely no need for anyone outside of the military to have access to that kind of firepower. They are inappropriate for legitimate hunting, too dangerous for realistic self-defense and too easily available. They may be “fun” to shoot, but can that momentary thrill justify allowing the carnage that happened in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs to continue. Is your right to have a bit of fast-shooting fun so important that you can ignore the consequences of allowing these weapons to proliferate? If in your mind you can, then something is very wrong with you.
Red challenges you to drive over Sutherland Springs look a grieving mother, father, brother, son or daughter in the face and say – “Hey sorry about your loss, but shooting AR 15 is just really a lot of fun and my fun is more important than your family and anyway I’ve got the Second Amendment and the NRA on my side. So tough luck that your loved one was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And remember guns don’t kill people.”
If you can’t do that, then you are a spineless coward.
Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss of San Antonio has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018. JS has been thought to be the last bastion of sanity in the Texas Republican Party that has prevented the lunatics from running the asylum. There has been speculation on Strauss’ motives, but as usual Red has the real skinny.
No. 1 – Not having to deal with Our Poor Idiot Governor Abbott and Light Gov. Patrick will be very much like stopping hitting himself in the head with a hammer.
No. 2 – Tea Parties are just not very much fun anymore.
No. 3 – More time in Vegas Baby Vegas!
No. 4 – Bipartisanship is so 20th Century.
No. 5 – Finally realized that Republicans really want a “Christian Conservative” not a Texas Jewboy (with apologies to Kinky Freedman).
No. 6 – He’s made it damn near impossible to get an abortion in much of the state, defunded Planned Parenthood, pushed through a discriminatory Voter ID bill – and yet it’s still all about who gets to pee where.
No. 7 – Some of his best friends are Democrats like Donald Trump used to be.
No. 8 – Joe Strauss, Texas Moderate pilot will be coming out next summer. An exciting action/adventure show featuring JS drinking iced tea and attempting to have polite conversations with people.
No. 9 – Will be writing treatise on Narcissistic Personality Disorder and has completed his research.
No. 10 – Embarrassed to be called a Republican in the Age of Trump.