Category Archives: Local

“Each case is different and the circumstances are considered separately”

Obviously.

Last December at about 8:00 p.m. (temperature around 40 degrees), a couple of toddlers were spotted alone in a car.  Shortly after, the children’s grandmother returned from shopping at Walmart and was arrested.

Yesterday at about 12:30 p.m. (temperature around 84 degrees), a couple of infants were spotted alone in a car.  The owner of the gun shop where the car was parked asked all his customers again and again if they were their children.  Almost an hour passed and a man who had been in the shop the entire time walked out to the car.  The infants were allowed to go home with the man.

Indeed, each case is “different.”

 

 

I have a prediction — Houston radio edition

I read this at the Chronicle:

Denver talk show host Lois Melkonian tells the Denver Post she has left KOA-AM in that city to take a position in Houston, reportedly with Clear Channel Communications, but specifics remained unconfirmed Thursday.

Melkonian did not return a phone call placed through her agent, Clear Channel Houston GM Eddie Martiny is on vacation and unavailable for comment and AM operations director Bryan Erickson failed to return a telephone call and an e-mail seeking details on the report.

Melkonian hosted The Ride Home on the Clear Channel-owned station with Broncos play-by-play announcer Dave Logan, and a Denver radio chat board reported that Melkonian would land at KTRH (740 AM), one of Clear Channel’s three AM stations in Houston along with KPRC (950 AM) and KBME (790 AM).

KTRH’s only local slots at the moment are its morning news block from 5 to 9 a.m. and Michael Berry’s show from 5 to 7 p.m. (pending Astros pre-emptions). KPRC (950 AM) airs San Antonio host Joe Pagliarulo from 6 to 9 a.m. and Michael Garfield, Outlaw Dave and Berry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Melkonian came to Denver in 2005 after working at several stations in California, including KGO-TV and KCBS-AM in San Francisco, where she was a member of the station’s news team that won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

I’m thinking she will replace one or the other of the morning news readers, Lana or J.P.  Both have been around for a very long time, and instead of continuing to pretend like they are still actually reporting news (as opposed to mouthing wingnut talking points), I could see how one or the other or both of them would want to retire.

One thing I can’t see is KTRH or KPRC breaking up their week day monopoly of white male talkers.   That’s not gonna happen.

I mean seriously, Michael Berry has expanded to San Antonio, Baton Rouge, and Portland!  What’s next?  Little Rock?

This past week I listened to the news waiting to hear of a massive ICE raid at Reliant Stadium or of crime spiking in the area as Michael Berry  had related on his show.  (Remember, he didn’t really say anything like that.   Some “Hispanic” law enforcement officer said it to him and he was just repeating it.)  Nothing of the kind happened.  Should Michael Berry lose some credibility over this?  Certainly.  Will he?  Nope.  This sort of thing just increases his creds.  Just like whining about having too many listeners does.  His fans are like opened mouth fish on a feeding frenzy.  They want more!

This new lady from Denver is not going to get a “talk show.”  She’ll either be a “news” anchor or a reporter.  That’s my prediction.

Just as I Suspected: Houston PBS Red, White and Blue is just another Dan Patrick Media Outlet

This is depressing.  There’s a public affairs show on the local PBS station and it looks like Texas Senator Dan Patrick has successfully taken it over.  That makes two local media outlets that can politic for him.  And now he’s going to run for U.S. Senate.

So I guess this is how it works in Red states like Texas:  wingnuts take over local programming of  the PBS station, it turns into wingnut propaganda, it sucks, local PBS sucks, it gets defunded for sucking.  Win?  Dan Patrick.

Question for the local PBS station:  How many times to you have to turn over your programming to Dan Patrick or his stand-ins to understand that you are being used?

Rain

We got a little bit last night.  Had I been awake when it finally came, I would have danced in it.

The garden is struggling with the utter lack of it.  We’ve enjoyed two squash casseroles, finally some tomatoes and some peppers, banana, jalapeño and cayenne.  I watered everything but the second bed, the garage bed and the sweet potato.  I’ll water them in the morning.

There’s a slight chance for rain this weekend, but I will water everything in the front Saturday morning.  The grass looks ok and the Pom has about 10 fruit on it.   The poor orchid tree may not make it back from two freezes.  I will try to save it.

Rick Perry’s God ignored him and brought no rain.  I have no god to appeal to.  Only politicians and the hope that some will see the error of their ways.

When I was a girl, I moved irrigation pipe three times a day for my grandfather — with my older sister.  We would get up in the morning and move the pipe from the evening before.  It was full of water from the well and my sister had to lift her end up to empty out the water so we could carry it, without stomping on  cotton plants, the eight rows up to then set it down and lock it into the pipe we had just laid.

It was hard work and I did it from when I was a child strong enough to pick up a twenty foot long irrigation pipe until The Western Company poisoned my grandfather’s well water when I was a teenager.

West Texas — where my parents and grandparents are from — as am I in the end — has always depended on ground water.  Here in Houston, I’ve always depended on rain.  We really need some rain.  Prayer is not going to do it.  It may even be too late.

While so many worry over the debt that two unfunded wars and an unfunded pharma give away created, the country suffers from lack of rain or the torrential onslaught of torrential storms.  And some think that a helping hand for our own people must be paid for, having voted for the certain death of so many foreigners.  The most vulnerable in our country must pay for the millions given away to Dick Cheney and his friends, who worship at the feet of a man who is a simpleton, much like George W. Bush.

For all of those people who cheered Netanyahu, Cheney and Bush robbed you.  And you don’t even care.  Just keep following this guy and his gnat brigade:

What Michael Berry doesn’t Understand

While the man is plugged in, he’s only plugged into a certain segment of our population.

via ABL, two videos that show that Michael Berry is a poopy-head and Michelle Obama is the AWESOME!  Along with Beyonce — Houston in you face Michael :)

It’s nice to have a first lady who FOLLOWS THROUGH with what she plans.  Quite nice.  And she has some nice friends as well.

I love our first family.  I think about them each day.  I didn’t stay up last Sunday night, but I know from at least one friend that he thought the “Special Report” was that Obama had been shot, and he was afraid.  The Obamas mean so much to so many people.  President Obama is our hope.   And his family is a goal for so many who had previously thought there was none.

Criticizing his every move and mocking people based solely upon their  race is not going to get you far – KTRH is down, and KPRC is as well.  Perhaps a shake up is in order.

Gov. Perry Co-opts Easter

Yet another turd to add to the embarrassment that the GOP has brought to my fine state.   Perry issues a proclamation: “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.”

So, I’ll watch for pagan rain dances and armadillo sacrifices until the Gulf Stream or the Atlantic Ocean decides to move some water-laden clouds to our state.

I am not going to “pray for rain.”  It’s pointless.

Is there something more substantive that Perry could do?  Probably.  It’s not like this hasn’t happened before.

I’m thinking that this is just more punishment for electing Perry over and over again.

The Sad News Continues for Michael Berry

I listened to Glenn Beck.  (Why?  Because I CAN!!!!!!!)  He sent a shout out to Michael Berry’s ridiculous boycott and Berry Brigade gnat annoyance of NYC and Chuck Schumer.  The only thing is that Beck mentioned Joe PagLIARulo, as if PagLIARulo was part of it.  He’s NOT.  PagLIARulo has said that the boycott is STUPID.

And while we are on the subject . . . what an idiotic whine fest the Right is having here about the Shuttle.  The reason we didn’t get a Shuttle is BECAUSE NO ONE HERE GOES TO SPACE CENTER HOUSTON EXCEPT SCHOOL CHILDREN.  Idiots here can’t even be bothered to do what is necessary for the bid and Space Center Houston’s attendance is low because people here don’t go there.   Visitors for the most part can’t be bothered with navigating all the way down there to visit either.

I’ve been to Space Center Houston many times.  I don’t want to go on a little trolley ride that tells me how great GW Bush is, which it does.  I don’t want to go to a place where when you get off the trolley to LOOK AT AN EXHIBIT (the whole point), you can’t get back to the main center because other yahoos WON’T get off the trolley to LOOK AT THE EXHIBIT and so you get stranded for hours.

This was about who could exhibit the Shuttles to as many people in the most attractive way as possible.  The people responsible for this in Houston SAT ON THEIR HANDS FOR TWO WHOLE YEARS.   But Michael Berry and other idiots are yelling at NYC, shaking their fists in this dry air here in Houston while things are literally burning up around the state.

Way to go Michael Berry.  No wonder you didn’t even make the top 250.

Sad News for Michael Berry (I’m Laughing Inside)

Poor Michael Berry.  He’s got more Facebook friends than Joe PagLIARulo, he’s been on the air here in Houston longer, and he’s expanded to Portland, Baton Rouge and San Antonio, but Joe PagLIARulo has bested him in the worst possible way:  PagLIARulo made Talkers Magazine’s “Heavy Hundred” this year and Michael Berry didn’t.  Hell, even Chris Baker made Talkers top 250.  Michael Berry is nowhere to be found.  (Joe PagLIARulo also made a suspiciously similar list at another outfit — both have the exact same disclaimer.  Smells like wingnut wellfare to me.)

I remember when Michael Berry was crying about how many people were worrying over Joel Osteen’s wife throwing a fit on an airplane while talking about the same for three hours.

That was before Joe PagLIARulo was even in Houston.

Michael Berry tries so hard, but Joe PagLIARulo just coasts by him.  I wonder if it has anything to do with where each of them adopted their kids from.  There is really no other explanation for this, except that Joe PagLIARulo paid someone a bit more and got rewarded.  They are both equally loathsome.

In other news:  I’M ON VACATION!!11!!!!!11!!!!1!

Another of Houston’s Finest

A veteran Houston police officer who was participating with a cooking team at the Houston rodeo’s Bar-B-Que cookoff has been relieved of duty for reportedly tossing a tear gas canister to booth opponents during the popular event, sickening several patrons.

Senior police officer Mike Hamby, 51, was relieved of duty with pay on Monday while he is under investigation for “criminal allegations,“ said HPD spokeswoman Jodi Silva. The nature of allegations against Hamby are under investigation by the internal affairs department and will not be disclosed, Silva said.

At the Houston Police Officer Union, where Hamby is a member of the board of directors, president Gary Blankinship said he had no comment on the officer’s suspension.

Ok, so this good ol’ boy is packing up for the cookoff and decides to take along some tear gas?

Mike DeMarco, executive director for the rodeo, said he was informed by Assistant Chief Don McKinney before Hamby’s suspension that HPD was investigating the incident.

“Chief McKinney stopped me in parking lot and said had I heard of an incident in Bar-B-Que cookoff area, this is what I’ve been told, but don’t have confirmation,“ DeMarco said. “He said our IAD is investigating it.”

Shafer and DeMarco both said use of tear gas during rodeo events is not permitted, and they would have filed criminal charges against a citizen who released the gas.

“I can’t think that we could punish him any more than HPD can, but how stupid can an individual be,“ DeMarco said. “If it was John Q. Public, we would arrest then press the full charges that the law would allow.”

That may be a bid premature.  Perhaps our tear gas B-B-Q warrior will face a jury of his peers yet.

 

Proof of Trouble Brewing at KPRC Radio

I know that this mostly just interests me, but c’mon, it’s fun to watch a wingnut radio station going down the tubes, no?

AM radio KPRC (trying to rebrand as “the 9-5-0″ after the Matthews ordeal) is now dealing with another controversy.  Chris Baker has disappeared again!

Back in the day, radio personalities could be shuffled from one market to another and no one would really ever put two and two together.  Today?  No more.  I was the first to track down Retarded Chris Baker when Michael Berry fired him and now (after many hits on my post about it) lots of the radio station listeners have found Baker in Minneapolis.

I am laughing my ASS OFF.

Just look at the uprising at KPRC’s Facebook page (in newest first order):

And these are the people who think they can change the country by voting once AND have the people they voted for listen to them.  When even you local AM radio station won’t listen to you, how powerful are you?     Since Chris Baker is not on the air in Houston, not so powerful.

To me it seems that AM radio listeners are just loud but not powerful, and AM radio is just loud but not powerful — except in as far as they have Republican politicians convinced of their nonexistent power and they can lie about the numbers behind their supposed support.

And just as a side note — core listeners don’t seem to care much for PagLIARulo — he gives them a headache.  Good thing I have a strong inner core — otherwise I wouldn’t be able to bring you the crazy!