Archive for September 28th, 2017

Flood Pools

On the so-called Rainy Day Fund, here is from today’s Chron E-Board take:

By the way, this isn’t some partisan fight. Even Steve Radack, a conservative Republican Harris County commissioner, believes the governor must not wait until 2019 for legislative action. “I think it’s a terrible mistake,” Radack told the editorial board Wednesday. “There should be a special session.” The commissioner added that no area provides more sales tax revenue to the state than Harris County – $5.5 billion – and it’s time for Austin to send those funds back down Highway 290.

Here is the entire take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Abbott-must-act-and-now-is-the-time-12235954.php.

Gov. Greg Abbott is clueless for sure.

I have to hand it to the Chron’s outstanding coverage of Harvey. They are putting out a lot of great info. Yesterday, sadly, I learned about flood pools, yes, flood pools. Here is from an article that came out yesterday:

Hong Soule and her husband Charles bought their two-story house in Cinco Ranch Equestrian Village for its views of George Bush Park.

Soule, a native of Shanghai, gazed at that vast green space and saw fresh air, playgrounds, soccer fields and a dog park. She didn’t realize this bucolic setting was part of a reservoir – a lake bottom just waiting to fill. It took Hurricane Harvey to make that clear.

During the storm, Soule and her three children were stranded by rising floodwaters in their neighborhood, where people were taken to safety in military trucks.

Soule was among 31,000 property owners in Harris and Fort Bend counties who learned during Harvey’s mass evacuations that their homes lie in what the federal government considers emergency lake beds behind the Barker and Addicks dams. Engineers call them “flood pools.”

And this:

Fort Bend County officials began adding small-print warnings about reservoir flood pools to subdivision maps beginning in 1994. But few home buyers consult or even know about the maps, known as plats. Harris County, which has far more properties at risk from the flood pools, never added warnings to its subdivision maps.

“We had no idea – we were not told,” Soule said. “Why did they build a house here if they knew it was inside a flood pool? If we would have known, we would not have purchased this house.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Many-homeowners-unaware-they-lived-in-reservoir-12231188.php?cmpid=gsa-chron-result.

Wow! Commentary really hopes we act on these lessons.

Commentary received the following yesterday:

To All Ballplayer Everywhere….Take a Knee

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee. Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire. Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe Sanh to Saigon… Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know. Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat.. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress… Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own. There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty. While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken….but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest. No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women…delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us…blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.” You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another… If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all….because He is the one who provides those things. And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this… GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Andrew Ortiz

Commentary stands by what I said earlier.

After we swept the Ranger yesterday in Arlington, ‘Stros fans put out on Twitter that Rangers fans didn’t have to see the routs in person if the games had been moved to The Yard after Harvey hit and we requested swapping dates. There are baseball gods.

I don’t know why we will have a debate on the AL MVP. We have a 20 game lead in our division.

We are still scoreboard watching with 4 games left.

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