February 27, 2015

The Boerne Art League is having its spring art show and sale at Pam's Patio Kitchen. I checked it out on Yelp, and it looks like a lovely cafe. But it's not in Boerne. It's 25 minutes away, in San Antonio. I guess there's nothing wrong with that; they could have an art show and sale in Detroit if they wished, but still. Our local newspaper, the Boerne Uniform Resource Locator directs me to their website at www.boerneartleague.com for more details. It's a dead end.

February 26, 2015

February 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Here's why the stupid media, mostly CNN, should not be making a big deal about David Korn calling BS on Bill O'Reilly's claims of having been a reporter under fire in a war zone. Here's why it doesn't compare in any way to the vaguely similar Brian Williams situation.

The charge is that O'Reilly is full of shit, that he invents stories to make himself look more daring, heroic, experienced, and important. That's news? Hell, I'd be shocked if he didn't.

February 24, 2015

From the police blotter in our local paper, the Boerne Nevermind: "February 20, 7:51 p.m., 100 Hillview Loop, Boerne—A caller reported a strange man dressed in brown walking up her driveway, but it was a delivery driver bringing a package."

February 24, 2015

Our local paper, the Boerne Factual, warns our citizens to pay their municipal citations before the "Great Texas Warrant Round Up," coming in March. According to the paper, there are 96 outstanding warrants in Boerne. They refer you to the city website for a list.

It took some time, but I found where they buried the list, and did some checking.

The list shows 691 outstanding citations, not 96. They embrace 966 violations, going back to 2006. The outstanding fines total $342,000, not chump change.

The great majority of the offenders' names are Hispanic. Discrimination? Maybe. But when I look at the fines, something occurs to me. Here's a typical pattern: in April 2008, Angel Garcia Hernandez got pulled over because his registration was expired. Turned out that he didn't have a driver's license or insurance. Total fines, $1,042. Invent a picture of Angel Garcia Hernandez, who has no registration, license, or insurance, and tell me whether he has an extra $1,042 lying around. If he shows up for court, he's going to end up in jail. If he's in jail, he can't work and earn a living for his family. What segment of society is likely to be hit hardest by that dilemma? What segment of society is least likely to have a paid-up license, registration, and insurance?

I don't know anything about Angel Garcia Hernandez, but I know that most families in Kendall County can't afford to get socked with a $1,000 fine. I also know that Mr. Hernandez's offenses don't strike me as a $1,000 matter. How about not fining Santiago Diaz $346 for having expired plates? How about not fining Juan Tovar Briones $454 for an expired inspection sticker? I can think of a few other helpful changes and programs.

Cities levy these huge fines because they are a source of revenue, but they are worse than regressive—they are oppressive. Our lowest level of law enforcement should not prey on the most vulnerable.

February 24, 2015

Call me the right-handed bandit. Today's my day. I'm going out this afternoon and committing every crime that requires only one hand. That's because I cleaned my BBQ grill on Sunday.

I cleaned it with oven cleaner and a plastic scrubber. It's bright and shiny now. I did not wear gloves, but I rinsed my hand thoroughly and noticed no problems. Now, two days later, I've lost a few layers of skin. I have no fingerprints on my right hand. My skin looks like, well, it looks like I dipped it in oven cleaner.

Brilliant.

February 24, 2015

I wrongly predicted that Mrs. Clinton would not fare well in the Democratic primaries. It now appears that there will not be a Democratic primary. She will have to debate herself. I probably shouldn't try to predict how she will do in the general, but I can safely predict this: she is not getting my vote. If the choice is between her and Cee Lo Green I will vote for a second African-American president.

The problem is that the Republicans may not put forth a candidate with the credentials of Cee Lo Green. I liked Jeb, though I thought he was too normal, decent, and intelligent to make a good presidential candidate. Then he announced his slate of advisors, including Paul Wolfowitz. Wolfowitz? That's an automatic disqualification. For me Jeb is now guilty until proven innocent.

My fallback was Scott Walker. He seemed to have the chops. Then he started dodging questions. He won't comment on abortion. That's bad enough, but then he took an "I don't know" position on President Obama's Christianity. Absurd. That's political posturing by someone who puts getting elected ahead of stating his principles and beliefs. It's the denial-of-reality school of politics, and it's chickenshit.

What am I to do? Wait for Marco Rubio to get a few more years of experience? I haven't gone through the whole list, but I don't think there's anyone left. Pataki? Huckabee? Carson, Christie, Perry? Bolton, Cruz, Fiorina, Trump? Maybe there's some hope for Jindal, Kasich, or Santorum, but in my book they have a lot of persuading to do.

Cee Lo is looking good.