Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Harris County Administration Building
1001 Preston, 1st Floor
Moody Park Recreation Center
Julia C. Hester House
2020 Solo St.
4410 Navigation Blvd.
H.C.C. Southeast College-Learning Hub
Palm Center-Justice of the Peace/Constable Entry
5300 Griggs Road
Fiesta Mart., Inc.
8130 Kirby Drive
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center
1475 W. Gray
Northeast Multi-Service Center
Galena Park Branch Library
1500 Keene Street
I.B.E.W Hall #66
4345 Allen Genoa Road
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
The Power Center
12401 South Post Oak Road
Bayland Park Community Center
6400 Bissonnet (near Hillcroft)
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive
Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
6719 W. Montgomery Road
Hardy Senior Center
11901 West Hardy Road
Octavia Fields Branch Library
1503 South Houston Ave.
Humble ISD Instructional Support Center
4810 Magnolia Cove
North Channel Branch Library
15741 Wallisville Road
Baytown Community Center
2407 Market Street
East Harris County Activity Center
7340 Spencer Highway
Freeman Branch Library
16616 Diana Lane,
Henington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood
Lac Hong Square
6628 Wilcrest Drive
Courtyard by Marriott
12401 Katy Freeway
Franz Road Storefront (DPS)
19818 Franz Road
Bear Creek Park Community Center
3055 Bear Creek Drive
City of Jersey Village-City Hall
16327 Lakeview Drive
Tomball Public Works Building
501 B James St.
Barbara Bush Branch Library
6817 Cypresswood Drive
Ponderosa Fire Station No. 1
17061 Rolling Creek Drive
Cypress Top Park
26026 Hempstead Highway
George Bush Park-Glen Cheek Education Building
16002 Westheimer Parkway
Lone Star College-Willowchase Campus
9449 Grant Road
Crosby ISD Administration Building
706 Runneburg Road
When to Vote:
Early Voting Hours
» 10/19 - 10/23 : 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
» 10/24 : 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
» 10/25 : 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
» 10/26 - 10/30 : 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Election Day is November 3rd : 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m..
What to Vote For:
Proposition 1: Allowing cities and counties to issue bonds for improvements around military bases.
Proposition 2: Prohibiting property tax appraisals of homes from being based on the property's potential use as a business.
Proposition 3: Providing for uniform statewide enforcement of property tax appraisal standards.
Proposition 4: Establishing a permanent fund for the advancement of Texas public research universities.
Proposition 5: Allowing neighboring counties to share appraisal review boards.
Proposition 6: Allowing the Veterans' Land Board to reissue bonds that had been previously paid off.
Proposition 7: Removing the provision that prevents officeholders from serving in the Texas State Guard.
Proposition 8: Allowing state funds to be used for federal veterans hospitals.
Proposition 9: Placing provisions of the Texas Open Beaches Act in the Constitution.
Proposition 10: Extending the terms of Emergency Services District boards to four years.
Proposition 11: Placing restrictions on the use of eminent domain in the Constitution.
I think I am for all of these. Some beach property owners and developers are against 9 because they hate the open beach laws Texas has. Number 4 is particularly good, the University of Houston should qualify for state research money next year and it is money the state has but is simply not using. Tier One Research Universities are job creating machines. Number 11 has drawn some opposition because the actual amendment is worded poorly and contains loop holes even if it is better than what we have now.
Scott Hochberg has a lot more on these amendments.
League of Women Voters Guide to Amendments -PDF.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This is a the new heretics view.
I consider myself to be one on the outskirts. More a mostly skeptical Universalist.
Saul who became Paul is very bad and Jesus seems a religious fanatic who thought he could bring on the End Times. James the Just, the brother of Jesus, seems the real leader and hero. When Jerusalem and most of Israel was destroyed only the Jewish communities outside survived and the Pauline Christianity community in Rome eventually became the most powerful and wrote the Bible, they also received the authority to destroy books that they did not support throughout the Empire. Jesus did not talk about atonement, that innovation came from Paul of Tarsus. It is to Paul that Christianity should trace its roots. The origins of Christianity as we know it came, not from Jesus, but from Paul.
The New Testament are letters that often chronicle the disputes between the Family of Jesus Church and Paul. The mysticism and miracles that are in the New Testament are superstitions that were copied down. A number of the Dead Sea Scrolls are from the first century and recount the struggles of the early church against "the liar" we now know as Paul.
Some of this is summarized here.
In Today's Viral World Who Keeps a Civil Tongue? the Washington Post asks in a front page story about someone who read at a school suddenly becoming hated by the right. Not for something she said but because at the school some children sang a song about Obama. Michelle Malkin was one of the first to lead the attacks.
Of course, the WP is scolded over this front-page column by the conservative so-called fact-checker Newsbusters.
They get facts wrong, of course. The repeal of "don't ask - don't tell" is something Obama has pledged many times before. In a nothing new speech he pledged it again and that speech was not a front page story. You rarely get front page stories when the President says nothing new - you might get angry editorials about him saying nothing new which is Andrew Sullivan's function for the Atlantic.
Another righty blog is outraged that the subject of the story is a government worker who has time to be a writer as well. Other than slams at the liberalness of it all that is about all that is there.
Pandagon.net has someone scolding the WP for only focusing on the nastiness of the right, not doing fact-checking on the inaccuracies.
Anytime the Washington Post puts an article scolding Michelle Malkin on the front page instead of one praising her I'll take it.
Friday, October 09, 2009
“If you don’t qualify for Medicaid or the county indigent program, you are in no-man’s land. If you can’t pay for your treatment, you are out of luck.”
Anyone who thinks that America has the best health care system in the world should visit the county clinics around Texas as people come there as a last resort. If they have gotten sick enough to can't keep a job they may get help - if the county clinic can find someone to take them.
Usually poor people would be on Medicaid. But Texas has the most misery Medicaid qualification in the country. To qualify in Texas a family of three can't make more than $188 - a month.
Texas Observer - Sick + Tired
How Texas' health-care system bleeds county coffers and sends some to early graves.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Jobsanger has the info on the Shroud of Turin being replicated using materials easily available several centuries ago. Scientists proved by radio-carbon dating it was made in the Middle Ages but conservative Catholic members on the teams disputed the findings. This touched off a long debate with supposedly scientific evidence against the radio-carbon results presented.
Wiki has a good article on the controversies.
"Why are you so viscerally opposed to personal choice (ability to buy policies across state lines, HSAs, etc.) and instead insist on a government solution ? - Someone in the Washington Post comments.
"Why are Democrats opposing the real way to reduce costs, allowing health insurance companies to cross state lines?" Republican strategist on MSNBC.
The last time conservatives went on a big campaign for personal choice and increased competition by crossing state lines it was over credit cards. Increased competition would lower rates they cried.
Immediately after it passed every credit card company went to the states with the least regulations. Competition diminished and rates skyrocketed past the usury levels most states had set.
They count on people not knowing history and buying into these supposedly free market myths.