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Law? It’s For The Little People

So, will this little incident disqualify Tarrant Co. from participation in the court jury process as it does for Texas citizens? Not only is this multiple counts of “fraud by check”, it’s serial attempts as well. As we all hear every time we appear for jury service, even instances when the check writer doesn’t actually receive trial is the equivalent of conviction for the purposes of jury duty qualification.

So, is the court above the law it exists to adjudicate?



That’s what it read on the digital thermometer in my truck this morning on the way home from work. I don’t suppose it’s actually against the law, but it’s definitely against The General Rule Of Life In Texas for it to ever get this cold! It’s too damn cold to snow even. All the normal humidity has frozen out of the air and onto every available surface, to the point that spontaneous combustion is a real possibility if it warms back up enough for fire to actually ignite.

This just ain’t right, I tell you, I stay in Texas because it’s in the South; it’s unconstitutional for the weather to get this cold here – or ought to be.

I’m trying to be flip about all this, but folks in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area don’t think it’s so funny. So far power usage hasn’t risen to this level in the N. Eastern part of the state where I live.

Global Warming My A$$

WTF? This is Texas; it’s 21 Fargin’ degrees outside!

Which is actually the start of a heatwave. Yesterday at this time it was 17 degrees and all of 26 degrees at 10:30 am!

Is Al Gore somewhere in the area?

Crap! It’s Snowing

It’s been cold and rainy most of the morning; a few minutes after local noon that changed to snow.

This should be good.

Let’s see, yup it’s already panic city out there (where it’s not a completely outdated business model).

Remember, this is PC Texas, where everything is a threat that’s not already a disaster.

Snark aside, I do expect the 5 minute commute to work tonight will run to more like 10 or 12 and the drive home in the morning will be by the much-less-steep-but-three-times-as-long back route. Still, even without Tamara Tyres (note the Roseholme Cottage spelling :)), the pick-up ought to do well enough with a bit of common sense applied to the throttle and brake pedals along with the ankle.

At least there oughtn’t be much other traffic to waltz around.

What Border Violence?


UTB/TSC Emergency Warning #5
The campus is closed and evening classes have been canceled today and Saturday, Nov. 6 because of gunfire taking place across the Rio Grande.

A fence is nice and all, but when your neighbor’s troubles start shooting up your place as well that tends to make his business your business too. And when it comes to international border violations, the US Army and Marines do our business for us.

Just sayin’.

Via Instapundit.

Damned Global Warming

Here’s something to look forward to:

Temperatures dropped into the upper teens and lower 20s this morning and even with abundant sunshine this afternoon, they will struggle to reach the lower to middle 40s. Tomorrow we will see increasing clouds with a chance of rain late in the day with highs reaching the upper 40s.

Things begin to get interesting tomorrow night. As bitterly cold moves in, rain could change to snow/sleet/or even some freezing rain before ending. Right now we are not expecting any accumulation as most of the moisture should be off to our east. During the first half of our Thursday we could see a few snow flurries as the arctic air moves in…but the big story will be the cold. Temperatures Thursday afternoon will drop into the lower to mid 20s with wind chill temperatures near zero at times. Wind chills could be quite dangerous through the day on Friday as NW to N winds continue to blow.

The coldest temperatures we have seen in nearly 14 years will greet us Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings as lows bottom out in the middle, possibly lower teens. [local ABC affiliate KLTV]

Friday’s projected high? 29F

I live in the South, dammit, the land of cotton not ice floes! Now, where’d I put that pea coat? Good thing I bought myself one of these for Christmas, eh?

Is Al Gore In Town?

It’s Global Warming here now. It’s not quite cold enough for it to stick to the ground yet, but the roof and car tops are all turning white. I doubt tomorrow will actually qualify as a Snow Day, but even an inch or two is unusual around here.

Happy Christmas to all two of you (assuming Alvis is still extant :)) and anybody else who happens to wander through.

The Apocalypse Descendith

School children all over this county are wailing in frustration at the mid-day hour appearance. Town drivers are appalled in their anticipation of the near-universal panic they can anticipate during their commute this afternoon and evening. Store shelves are emptying as I type.

It has begun to snow here in the proto-urban environs of E. Texas.

‘Ware away, traveller.

Update: Apparently, this may be a somewhat more atypical event then I initially thought.

Retail Roulette – Updated

Tamara didn’t say what the ammo situation is in the Indianapolis area (which is in itself a clue that nothing too dramatic has changed yet), but here in Tyler there seems to be a definite shudder of recovery underway.

I don’t patronise the Mound of Goose Quills (with it’s fluffed up price structure), but Academy had a modest selection of most handgun calibers that I could see. Other than .22 nothing that I shoot of course, but there seemed to be at least a few boxes in all the slots except for .45 and .380 (and like most general sporting goods retailers, no .32 H&R ever). Fortunately the Walton family corporate dynasty had a renewed supply of .45 for US$14.97/box of 50 rds, so I bought the limit (six boxes/day – keeps the trailer stalker depredations subdued). I feel better now; I’m back over my 1k personal supply baseline now.

An added note about my Academy experience; the store environment was pleasant and seemed well laid out and I bought a BLACKHAWK! Serpa holster for US$29.99 (a regularly stocked item to my surprise), but I have to say that the selection of footwear I found available was truly impressive – if you wear a “D” width shoe; otherwise you’re barefoot. And, while I realise it was mid-afternoon on a pleasant Sunday, a few more employees actually working in the various departments instead of wandering around the store would likely contribute to an improvement on the P&L financial statement up to corporate headquarters.

So, the ammo frenzy seems to be coming to an end finally as does the dearth of guns from which to select. All in all, it seems the national economy is still swirling the financial-ruin-drain as strongly as it has for the entirety of my lifetime. The big flush is gonna happen sometime, I agree, but somethings going to have to shut off the water completely for it to end (to escape a really bad analogy). The trick, as they say, is not to panic ’till it does.

Updated to note that now she has said. With any luck, the fearful and the foolish will latch on to some other commodity or activity for a while instead.

Consumer Watch Update

I’m wondering what might be driving gas prices to rise by $.21 over the last 48 hours? Can’t think of any particular incident that might be the cause.

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