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Friday, March 26, 2010

        
      




Three Dollars and Twenty-Four Cents Per Month of Stupid





We returned home late Thursday afternoon to discover that CenterPoint
Energy, the self-described "electric delivery company" that endeared
itself to so many Houstonians in the wake of Hurricane Ike, had
finally installed one of those "smart meters" on our electric box. We
were vaguely aware that the smart meter was out there and possibly
headed our way, but we had not paid much attention to the
particulars––that is, the fine print––of their
impending placement, other than the odiferous fact that we had already
been paying for the thing through an "advanced meter surcharge" tucked
into the line items on our monthly bill.It just so happened that much
earlier that day we had read a story in the Houston Chronicle by Purva
Patel reporting that information on customers' power usage available
from a Web site CenterPoint unveiled with much fanfare was, as the
faintly clever headline phrased it, "not so current." According to
Patel, CenterPoint initially claimed that "the site would give
consumers with smart meters information about their power usage in
15-minute intervals so they could make better choices about how much
power they use." Turns out, though the "15-minute incremental
information can take as long as 48 hours to hit the Web site,"
although a CenterPoint mouthpiece promised that "eventually"
electricity users (and abusers, presumably) will be able to access
"real-time electric consumption information directly from their smart
meters using in-home monitors." So right now, for instance, say it's
Tuesday afternoon in mid-summer and you've got the thermostat set to
65 and the A/C cranked, all the lamps and overhead lights are on
'cause you're finishing Madame Bovary while watching that 70-inch
flat-screen plasma TV and straightening your curly locks with a CHI
Flat Iron, and the kids are upstairs "sexting" or whatever it is they
do from their PCs ... but you'll have to wait until Thursday to find
out from the CenterPoint Web site that YOU'RE A MORON WHO'S USING TOO
DAMN MUCH ELECTRICITY. We've had our own "smart meter" for years, and
it's the voice in our head that sounds very much like our old man, who
used to get extremely agitated if we'd stand too long in front of what
he quaintly called the "icebox" with the door open while we
contemplated the bountiful late-20th century selection of  foodstuffs
therein, which would invariably result in a brief lecture on how much
electricity we were wasting due to the fact that we were an
irremediable dumbass (or so we inferred). This happened approximately
a million times, not including the many similar lectures that attended
our waiting too long to get in the shower or our accidentally
forgetting to turn off a sole light in our room, etc. We used to write
this off to the fact that he grew up in a series of "labor camps" next
to the lignite mines of East Texas, where electrical service was
intermittent, when available, and indoor plumbing non-existent, but
after having children we found our self channeling the old boy's very
voice when we'd pleadingly ask our kids why, upon leaving the house,
they had to leave on EVERY FRICKIN' LIGHT or why they had to let the
shower "warm up" for a full 5 minutes before climbing in, etc.It was
in that spirit that we perused the door hanger that CenterPoint left
touting the swell new "energy future" the smart meter is ushering in.
Among the supposed benefits are "remote meter reading ... virtually
eliminating the need to come to your house to read the meter" [as well
as the jobs of the guys who used to do that, it apparently goes
without saying],  "energy efficiency and savings" by allowing
consumers to "see your electric usage history* to better manage your
energy costs by making small changes such as adjusting your
thermostat" [can't they just do that by remote-control from
headquarters?], "environmental benefits" resulting from more efficient
consumer management of electric usage, and, of course, the always
looming "new products and services" peddled by customers' retail
electric providers, that is, the companies that actually bill you for
the juice  (REPs––got it?). Now we're definitely all for
saving our nickels and dimes and helping to throttle back on
electricity production, at least that generated by burning coal, but
the only alleged benefit that really impressed us was the promised
"automatic outage notification" of CenterPoint when our electricity is
on the blink, and that's because anyone who's tried to call and report
an outage knows what an infuriating, nerve-mangling time suck that can
turn out to be.We had to open up the foldable door-hanger to get to
what we were looking for, the very last section, which CenterPoint had
thoughtfully headlined "What will this cost me?" (¿Cuanto  me
costará este servicio?) Answer: $3.24 per month for two years
starting in February 2009 (a full year before we got our digital
doo-hickey) and $3.05 per month for an unspecified "thereafter." The
curious and the pissed-off were instructed to call their REPs to learn
more. We called ours, which does business under the handle of TXU, and
a nice lady told us that this smart-meter charge, which of course is a
pass-along from CenterPoint, would be costing the specified amount(s)
for 10 years, meaning we'll be able to draw on our Social Security to
pay off our smart meter. We later calculated the cost to be in the
vicinity of $375 or so, for something we'll probably never use but
apparently had no choice but to accept. We told the TXU lady that we
didn't really need a smart meter and in fact were already missing our
old dumb meter, whose spinning gauges it took us several years to
learn to read in the correct order. She replied with some canned ham
regarding the savings the smart meter will help us realize, which we
politely interrupted to ask, "So have y'all been getting a lot of
angry calls about this?" The nice lady hesitated––wary,
perhaps, that we might be, say, Purva Patel––then replied
with an emphatic "Yes." Seeking further confirmation, we asked again,
"So lots of people are mad about this? "Uh ... yes," she replied,
again without elaboration but with the clear implication that she was
damn well tired of hearing from 'em. Well, said we politely, put us
down as another PO'ed smart-meter owner-leasee.And this was before we
learned of today's announcement that CenterPoint Houston has reached
agreement with the DOE to receive $200 million in stimulus money for
its "advanced metering system and intelligent grid projects." So,
we're thinking now, can we get the $3.24 back, or at least the amount
we paid before our meter got so smart? *"HPH007," a commentator on the
above-mentioned Chronicle story, handily dismissed that supposed
benefit: "What am I going to learn? I already know that I use more
electrical energy during the summer when I run my air conditioner and
that I use more electricity at night when I have lights on. I use less
during the winter when I do not run my ac and I use less in the middle
of the night when I am asleep and all the lights are off. I do not
need a smart meter to tell me that. I have been managing my energy
consumption quit nicely on my own for almost 40 years, thank you."





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Monday, March 15, 2010

        
      




Mark Lanier for (Sophomore) Class President!





It was unfortunate, perhaps, that on the very day that the
much-circulated story of the runaway Prius was being called into
question, Texas Tombstone pile-driver plaintiffs' lawyer Mark Lanier
was quoted in the Wall Street Journal drawing an especially apt
analogy for his and perhaps countless other litigators' jockeying to
be chosen as lead attorneys in the expected consolidated mass tort
against Toyota. (The Wall Street Journal has some funny idea that you
should pay for its content, so we can't link to Monday's story,  or
even cut-and-paste the relevant verbiage, and in fact will have to
type-in what follows by hand.): All the positioning has the air of a
high-school election, according to several attorneys involved."If it's
not a high-school election then it's at least like being voted most
popular," said Mark Lanier, a Houston attorney whose firm has filed
numerous suits against Toyota.Mr. Lanier, who led litigation against
Vioxx maker Merck & Co. ... isn't shy about his desire to play a
lead role in the Toyota suits. "Pick me, pick me," he said. "Vote for
me for class president." As previously noted, Mr. Lanier already has
cornered the crucial Vietnamese vote. 





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Friday, March 12, 2010

        
      




They’re Getting Downright PISSy at the Houston Chronicle





We’ve noticed a lot of piss in our daily newspaper lately. Not
the literal kind––what self-respecting pooch would even
bother to lift a leg over The Good Life?––but the
figure-of-speech kind. By that we mean variations on the verb form of
“piss” that mean mad or angry, as in pissed and
pissed-off. Here’s one from the March 7 column by Austin bureau
columnizer/reporter Peggy Fikac: [Former Texas Medical Association
lobbyist Kim] Ross acknowledged his ouster didn't much register with
the public: “At the end of the day, the general public neither
knows nor cares about someone in the lobby who's put to sleep by a
pissed-off governor. My parents were upset.”* Whoa daddy! And
here’s another one from an entry in a March 3 story plumping
staff members’ picks for "best movie" Oscar, by our old pal Andy
Olin: It portrays Jews not as self-deprecating and neurotic, a la
Woody Allen, but as empowered, fearless and pissed off. Wait, lookee
here--a Chronicle deployment of piss in the literal scene, from a
super-lame column on 2-16-10 by Norman Chad For the Chronicle (may not
be his real name) on the Westminster Dog Show (or something---we
can’t read the whole thing): My Uncle Scruffy loves to tell the
story about the time his dog-obedience class took a field trip to
Washington, D.C., and he pissed on the White House lawn. That’s
a whole lot of pissin’ going on, Jerry Lee, and that’s
just dating back less than a month. We stuck the word pissed into the
Chronicle search engine and it returned 137 hits, but in a few of the
more recent stories on the list we could find no piss, or even
pissed-off-edness, so maybe the pissing (and moaning, too) was in the
readers’ comments affixed to the online versions; prior to this
year most of the pissing appeared to be confined  to the
billion-and-one Pulitzer-quality Chronicle blogs (not the tasteful,
adult ones we read, though).[According to our 1981 abridged edition of
Slang and Euphemism  by Northwestern University linguistics professor
Richard A. Spears, which includes a full page and a half of
piss-related entries, including the fantabulous piss-Willy (“an
insignificant person”), piss itself is from Vulgar Latin and is
onomatopoetic––makes sense––and “in some
parts of the English-speaking world can be used in polite conversation
without giving offense.”  Well all right! as Mick Jagger used to
say.]We must admit that when we first noticed the
phenomenon––or perhaps trend is the better
word––were somewhat taken aback, although not shocked (in
either the literal or over-used ironic sense of the word). Back in the
day when we toiled at 801 Texas Avenue we’re pretty sure no piss
would find its way into the Chronicle, because the Baylor alums who
ran the editorial side  were squeamish about the (public) use of  even
such mildly scatological terms, and, mostly, because they didn’t
relish having to deal with complaints from pissed-off deacons among
the readership who would’ve phoned into complain that Jesse
Jones never, ever printed piss in the Chronicle. We remember some
years ago––this was after we vacated the
premises––the word “shit” somehow slipped into
a story in the features section, resulting in all  manner of
h-e-double hockey-sticks to pay. Now we fear the day may be coming
when “shit” will appear in the Chronicle on a piss-level
frequency, perhaps even a f--k or two. We feel deeply ambivalent about
this, like when the pre-Safeway Randall’s started selling
booze.[Our own policy on bad words is ...  we don’t have one. We
just go with the flow, do what we’re feelin’.  And
sometimes we feel like bustin’ loose with a piss or shit or even
a f--k, although mostly we use dashes with the latter because
we’re old and it even offends us. We use these terms not to
épater le bourgeois but because we have  a severely stunted
imagination. (Also because, as we once heard someone
say––it was the very Yoga Lady of whom we’ve
written––”I’m from Louisiana so I cuss a
lot.”)]Just like the executive editor of the Chronicle, we
don’t read the paper that closely, so as a control for our
experiment we entered the term “shit” into the
paper’s search engine and got 11 returns, all appearing to be
found in comments affixed to blogs. Alas, the word “fuck”
brought forth no returns from the newspaper itself, but it did yield
“sponsored links” for  “Want to Fuck” (no
question mark––where's the copyeditor?) and “Free
Fuck Videos.”It’s a good thing Jesse Jones is
dead.Excellent line, former TMA lobbyist!





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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

        
      




The Vietnamese-American and His (Or Her) Toyota: A Story of L-U-V Gone
Wrong (Very Wrong)





On Monday the Houston Chronicle's Mary Flood reported on the
media-abetted* client-recruitment efforts of Houston plaintiffs'
lawyer Mark Lanier, who, like many members of the legal profession, is
damn near salivating over the big payday he sees up around the bend in
the accelerator problems afflicting Toyota products. "This is a mass
tort," proclaimed Lanier, with dollar signs almost literally spinning
in his eyeballs. "Toyota is in for billions of dollars and a number of
years."Lanier's non-corporeal presence has always left an oleaginous
smudge, at least in our eyes,  similar to the one we always detected
after viewings of the now-disgraced boy evangelist, that phony 
hambone populist with the $400 haircut who once actually made us feel
sympathetic toward Dick Cheney.** The nature of the Lanier enterprise
was summed up, perhaps unconsciously but most likely not, by the
Chronicle scribe's use of such skepticism-tinged phraseology as
"called a press conference largely to mark his legal turf" (like a
peein' hound dog--get it?)  and "lawyers in Texas and around the
country have smelled Toyota's corporate blood in the water and
mustered" (like certain sea creatures whose teeth are pearly
white--check it out!).Although we are a founding member of the Weekley
YMCA in southwest Houston, our purpose here today is not to prattle on
about product liability, mass torts, smilin' plaintiffs' lawyers with
expensive hair-dos, negligent corporate entities or the whole host of
phenomena that surely will attend the upcoming legal disemboweling of
the Toyota Corp. (which can only be good for the American auto
industry, right?). No, what caught our eye in Flood's story was the
following: Lanier, a nationally known plaintiff's lawyer, stood on the
courthouse steps with lawyer Tammy Tran, who supplied 300 possible
cases from the local Vietnamese community.  Though they had boxes of
files and Lainer's firm is one of those with priority advertising on
Google, Lanier and Tran have filed only one lawsuit against Toyota so
far over unspecified injuries by an undergraduate student whose Camry
hit a parked car. Three hundred possible cases from the local
Vietnamese community? Dang, we're thinking, does every Vietnamese in
Houston drive a Toyota (with or without a malfunctioning accelerator
)? Well, apparently so,*** at least according to  this report by Fox
26's Isiah Carey, who relates that the afore-mentioned Tran told him:
"When Vietnamese come to America there's three things they want: No.
1, a good job; No. 2, a house, and No. 3, a Toyota ... and they're
very disappointed in the automaker."Ms. Tran added: "Each Vietnamese
family owns two Toyota [sic]. Toyota is the dream of every
Vietnamese." (Carey reported that the driver of the afore-mentioned
Camry is "in medical school" and was "seriously injured" and that her
family is "the first of at least 300 Vietnamese families in Houston to
file a lawsuit against Toyota, claiming acceleration problems." As a
news consumer you sorta wish the media could get their story lines
straight.)It's stories like these that make us think back, fondly, on
our late father, the obstinate son of an immigrant who after World War
II resolutely refused to buy any product––car, radio, lawn
mower, etc.––made in either Germany or Japan,*** not only
because he had spent four or five months in continental Europe getting
his ass shot at by  Nazis on a semi-regular basis but also because so
many of his college classmates (A&M, '41) fell and never got up at
the hands of Hitler's and Tojo's minions, apparently to ensure that
future generations of Vietnamese-Americans could fulfill their
American dream by stocking up on Japanese-made automobiles. (You're in
America now, so buy American, por favor.)By the way, we noticed on her
Web site that the afore-mentioned lawyer Tran is, like her litigation
lord and overseer Lanier,  a big-time Bible thumper ("Leading with
Faith, Winning with Experience"). When we lay us down to sleep this
evening we will ask our Lord Jesus to please shield us, not only from
defective accelerators in Japanese-made automobiles but from smug,
sanctimonious Bible thumpers, and Koran thumpers,
too––especially smug, sanctimonious Bible thumpers, or
Koran thumpers, with Bar cards.*But as Tony Soprano often shrugged,
"What are ya gonna do?"**By the way, did you see that the National
Enquirer is being considered for a Pulitzer for its eviscerating of
the boy evangelist? Yeah--and it deserves the prize as a frontal
rebuke to the prissy Mainstream News and Infotainment Media
(M-NIM).***Come to think of it, though, we know at least a few
Vietnamese who do not drive Toyotas but instead chug around town in
Hondas––perhaps we just know the wrong sort of Vietnamese.
****We, of course, are made of flimsier stuff and once owned a
Volkswagen, although we have since stuck with  American-made vehicles.






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Saturday, March 06, 2010

        
      




Aloysius Update: Too Many Siddiquis for One Dummy to Behold





Early Saturday morning, about the time the rooster was crowing and the
buckwheat cake was in our mouth, we caught a TV rebroadcast of  the
March 2 Houston City Council meeting, or at least most of the public
comments portion of that convocation, which featured several speakers
associated with the ISGH Mosque on Old Galveston Road in southeast
Houston. They had come before the council to complain about a false
report of a hostage-taking allegedly phoned in to HPD by two Muslim
gentlemen who, if we caught the speakers' drift, are also somehow
associated with facility and one of whose name is "Siddiqui."It was
difficult to discern exactly what was the nature of the mosque-goers'
complaint(s)––one seemed irked that HPD had responded to
the call with (according to him) guns drawn, while another, a
hijab-clad lady who for upcoming Census purposes most likely will
check off "non-Hispanic white," seemed to be complaining that no
criminal charges had been filed in the incident, although, thanks to
deft questioning by the mayor and some council members, it apparently*
was established that no one had bothered to file a formal complaint
about what was described several times as a "prank."  (We suspect that
such "pranks" aren't commonly used to settle disputes or get attention
at, say, Second Baptist Church, but we could be wrong, as usual.)The
mayor and several council members lobbed forth some queries in an
effort to suss-out the murky episode, then the wheel of misfortune
spun 'round to our very own non-resident council member from District
F, the less-than-honorable Aloysius D. Hoang, who, while addressing
the above-mentioned hijab-clad complainant, veered off into a little
vocal jag we can only accurately describe as "bizarre." As best we
could tell, Al D. appeared to be suggesting that this "Siddiqui" was a
cop or some kind of city employee who had done a lot of good for the
community, the city, whatever, by translating documents to or from
Urdu as well as some other stuff and that the hijab-clad complainant
ought to balance and take into account all the good that Siddiqui had
done against this one apparently isolated incident, or something
exactly like that. We began paying very close attention at that
moment, for it appeared that not only had Al Hoang revealed that
someone stupid enough to phone-in a false report of a hostage-taking
to the police was in the employ of Houston taxpayers but that this
person was deserving of some kind of preferential treatment. (When
Aloysuis D. is indicted on some criminal charge or another, don't say
you weren't warned.) The mayor, seeming to sense that the episode had
entered new territory, told the complainant that she needed to take
the matter up with so-and-so at the back of the council chambers,
apparently because an open council meeting was not the proper venue to
discuss such an allegation against a city employee.At that point,
Council member Clarence Bradford, who's been impressing us with his
crisp, Joe Friday-approach to council discourse, interjected, "Mayor,
I believe this is a different Siddiqui.""Well," laughed the mayor,
looking relieved, "as we know, there are a lot of Siddiquis."We
interpreted this as a factual (there are indeed a lot of Siddiquis)
and diplomatic stab at bringing the proceedings back to Earth from
Planet Hoang. We, however, have no use for diplomacy in our line of
work (truth-telling), so let us unequivocally state what everyone
around the council cul-de-sac was thinking at the moment: "My God but
AL HOANG IS ONE COLOSSAL DUMBASS."*We must employ such weasel words
because this entire mosque incident was very poorly explained by the
complainants, although it sounds as if it'd be a fascinating subject
for some credentialed member of the Mainstream News and Infotainment
Media (MNIM) to explore at length.  





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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

        
      




Rick Perry: Unheralded Savant of Texas Politics ...





Or Lucky Doofus Who Fell Off the Back of a Pick-Up and Landed on a
Mattress Lying in the Middle of the Freeway?Time will tell. It has
occurred to us, though, that Perry might be an age-defying phenomenon
similar to the Rumble-in-the-Jungle era Ali, employing his version of
the rope-a-dope to lay back on the ropes and suck up the gut punches
and bide his time until his adversary is exhausted and then step right
to it--BAM! Yeah, they saw that 39 percent and thought he was done,
spent, washed-up, a goner, but....On the other hand, we are reminded
that Perry first obtained his office by constitutional succession and
has held it since by first dispatching the colorless, odorless Tony
Sanchez and then the tag-team duo of Chris Bell and Grandma
Whazzhername, and that Bill White, if we may extend the boxing
metaphor into hazily obscure territory, is no Jürgen Blin.Like Perry,
White did what he needed to do on Tuesday. What he needs to do from
here on out is pay close attention to the deeply encoded instructions
we will be issuing in this space (the anagram spells
“V-I-C-T-O-R-Y”). Our first bit of advice, which as usual
we are providing free of charge as a selfless act of civic-mindedness,
is to STAY AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE from all other Democratic nominees
for statewide office, and never, ever, speak of the “Democratic
ticket.” If you should accidently run into one of these people
at, say, the airport terminal in Junction,* ACT LIKE YOU DON’T
KNOW THEM, in case a weekly newspaper reporter or Republican operative
obtains photographic evidence of you in flagrante (in the legal sense)
with, say, Barbara Ann Radnofsky. In fact, and we know this will
probably be impossible to do, instruct your scheduler to make sure
that you’re never any closer than 50 miles to any other
Democratic statewide officer-seeker.Also: Go negative right away.
Ali’s off the ropes.*Did we ever tell ya about the time we were
flying ‘round the Lone Star State at nighttime with some humble
office-seeker or another and they were trying to land the plane in
Junction, but the pilot couldn’t spot the airport and finally he
had to raise the sheriff’s department on the horn to get
somebody over to the facility to turn on the runway lights? The
candidate was going to lose anyway and if we'd died in a crash that
night we might not even have made the last paragraph of the obit.





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Monday, March 01, 2010

        
      




Late-Breaking Pre-Primary Non-News (With Hyphens!)





Non-news from nowhere, and points in between:We recently went on at
length regarding the re-rematch between state Rep. Al Edwards and
challenger Borris Miles and noted that should we shrug our spindly
shoulders and participate in the Democratic primary––as a
nominal Democrat/committed independent it will depend solely on how we
feel upon awakening tomorrow, most likely at 5:30 or
thereabouts*––we would probably cast our lot with our new
Facebook pal, Rep.-for-Life Edwards. Since that writing, we have
moved–––or, more passively, been
moved––from the “leaning somewhat” to Rep. Al
to the “leaning strongly” to Rep. Al column. This
oh-so-subtle shift occurred after we realized that almost everybody
who’s anybody is against the Rev. Al (or, more positively, for
his opponent, Borris the Third Ward Insurance Magnate). And when we
say "everybody" we mean everybody from Mayor Annise Parker to the
Houston Chronicle editorial board to what appears to be the entire
labor-liberal Democratic Party establishment to a veritable host of
Borris-believing lions and lionesses of Judah who've lent their names
and faces to the pro-Borris propaganda (it's all phony,* BTW, as some
Jewish bard from northern Minnesota once sang) that's been cluttering
our mailbox (under the apparent and possibly proven assumption that a
goodly number of  white Democratic primary voters in District 146
are/will be Jews, although an endorsement by the publisher of the
Jewish Herald Voice means bupkis to us, and we doubt it means a while
lot to the two Jewish households on our block, but whadda we know).
Yeah, we're sticking with Rep.-Rev. Al DESPITE the franked mailing we
received from his legislative office last week touting a $5.7 million
grant to the city from Rick Perry's Texas Department of Housing and
Community Affairs to help Houston's homeless "transition" to rental
housing and "access services designed to enhance self-sufficiency ..."
(In fairness to the Rev.-Rep. Al, he has sent us previous mailings
from his legislative office, although these were mostly
end-of-the-legislative-session wrap-ups that we found generally
informative.)On Sunday we received a warm and engaging personal call
from Anthony Hall, the former city councilman, Metro chairman, city
attorney and mayoral assistant, on behalf of his daughter, Ursula
Hall, who's pursuing the Democratic nomination for a civil-court
judgeship in the party primary. Hall's delivery was so slow and
precisely enunciated that for a moment we thought he might be live on
our telephone machine, but after we interjected an "Anthony?" and a
"Hey, Anthony, are you there?" we deduced that the call was recorded,
or else Hall has become extremely hard of hearing. In either case,
there's nothing like an endorsement from your father to sway voters
(and it probably will in the Democratic primary, given the elder
Hall's party credentials). Ursula Hall's legal
experience––or lack thereof––was the subject
of a pretty decent recent offering from the Chronicle's Teen
Columnist, who followed up with an equally interesting piece on the
primary endorsements of inexperienced district criminal-court
contenders by the lordly Coalition of Harris County Elected Democrats
(perhaps motherhood has had a maturing effect on the young columnist,
although, possibly because the subjects of her explorations were
Democrats, she couldn't fully bring the hammer down to squarely nail
it, y'understand). We're not wholly convinced that a criminal court
judge needs past experience in the criminal courts any more than we
believe that a daily newspaper columnist needs past experience as a
daily newspaper columnist, but we suppose it couldn't hurt in either
profession.So do we have any predictions on Tuesday's primaries?
Nah––all the polls and predictions seem about right to us,
most especially this one from Prof 13, aka the Bob Lanier Professor of
Public Policy at the University Houston, who based on the early-voting
turnout for the GOP primary has the intra-party gubernatorial race a
little tighter than other pollster/forecasters/all-knowing seers, with
Mofo Perry at 44 percent, K.B. "Maybe You Like Us Both" Hutchison at
37 and D. "I Transcend All Attempts at Semi-Clever Nickname-ry" Medina
at 19. On the D side, he guesstimates it as 65 percent for White, 18
for Shami and "others"--there are five such no-names––at
17 percent. Let us be the first, or possibly the 301st, to say that if
somehow White gets below 60 percent and/or Shami cracks 25 percent,
White loses. (God forbid he's forced into a runoff.) White needs to
run up the score, like the Yates High basketball team. We think either
of these possibilities is unlikely, but that's why we hold elections
(in addition to picking our elected officials, etc.).*If it's dark,
rainy and gloomy outside we may give into our Burkean impulses and
vote in the GOP election.**And we don't mean just the Borris Miles
propaganda.





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