Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Noise Machine (04/29/10)

Keep rollin, rollin, rollin, rollin.....


More road-humps for Metro on the path to LRT nirvana. Fortunately, ChronBlog assures us there's nothing to see here, move along. There's really been no clear indication that the FTA would revoke the $900 Million grant even if it was proven that Metro couldn't build the system, or that they violated every rule imaginable. The current administration seems to be operating under the "mass transit at all costs" system of management so all of this is just noise. Or, as the ChronBlog and their friends on the InterLeft would tell us: "It's better to have a bad system that's a detriment to mobility than no system at all." Call it Government logic. (What comes next is the clumsy, expensive, transparently coordinated PR push to regain the public's trust.)


Good for Moody Gardens, the Rainforest Pyramid re-opens today. Time to head down there and check things out (again).


Harris County gave the tentative OK to a provisional Public Defender's Office yesterday, no word on who's going to do the miracle budget dance to make the funding work after the initial, temporary, grant money runs out. Gawd I hope it's not Ed Emmett. (Or worse, the entire Council...ewww.)


Surprise, unscientific, Internet poll reveals the public likes the teacher pay tied to performance plans. Apparently Gayle Fallon and the Teacher's union couldn't marshall the troops quickly enough to stuff the ballot box with no votes. (They should have struck up a temporary deal with the Paulistines)


We got tech, yes we do, we got tech, how 'bout you?


It's official, The Port of Houston hearts Cuba. What this means is that we get the freshest cigars and best rum....once the embargo is lifted that is.


Texas, Where no coyote is safe.


An Almanac PSA: Tweet with care. That is all.


Why am I reminded of the Biblical story about the beam in your own eye when ChronBlog tries to criticize other local media outlets watchdog efforts? (Is there a media outlet in America that does less watchdog reporting than ChronBlog?)


And finally....

It's newspaper annual circulation report time leading to a raft of blogger posts explaining why their local newspaper is the worst. As usual, Tom Kirkendall supplies on of the best regarding America's worst big city daily.

3 comments:

  1. ** More road-humps for Metro on the path to LRT nirvana. Fortunately, ChronBlog assures us there's nothing to see here, move along. **

    I'm curious where Snyder got all that info, since he's not exactly known as an aggressive watchdog reporter and METRO frequently resists handing over documents to actual watchdogs. Since he seems to spend some time in your comments, maybe he can clue us in on that.

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  2. Gawd I hope it's not Ed Emmett.

    Why not? Not sure I recall you talking about Emmett in a negative way. I try to check in every day but, you know...maybe I missed a day or two.

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  3. "Why not? Not sure I recall you talking about Emmett in a negative way."


    I do like Ed, I think he's a fine politician. That being said I don't want to see him performing ritual dance. (Or any other politicians for that matter)

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