Thursday, February 11, 2016


Neiman Marcus contacted me today to tell me my order shipped. I can't wait.  Ordered two pair of very expensive socks.  100% cashmere, 10% wool and 14% cotton. 

I like Bernie's age for some reason, but I'm still considering supporting Bruno Mars.  I'm just waiting on Bruno to show me his birth certificate.

American Voters Matter.  Republican Congress. We understand you don't want to show Obama a little respect. How about showing the American voters a little respect?  After all, those millions of Americans who voted for him matter, don't they? Or do you only respect the Americans that vote for you?

So many millions of automobiles have been recalled for safety in the last year or two I think manufacturers should send us a check for test driving their vehicles.  We just didn't know we were working for them.

Christie is out.  But we do owe  him some gratitude for exposing Rubio as a good looking lightweight whose time has not yet come.

Turning out to be one of those days that I am
Remembering Mom's Clothesline

"These pretzels are making me thirsty" 

Hold my calls. I am presently busy swimming in all the 

money that has trickled down to me since Ronald Reagan.



Just a reminder about our outing to Brazos Bend this Sunday. We will all meet at Beckey's Cafe at 7:30 AM this Sunday morning.
Bring a sandwich, snacks and drinks as there is nothing available there. If the weather is warm, bring a hat. Also, tripods, filters,etc.
There are birds,trees with moss, water reflections and various other things of interest there to photograph. If you have not been there, it's a great place for photography and to get away for the day.



Accused killer can't be retried after judge's mistaken mistrial ruling, state high court says

Feb 10, 2016, 8:08 am CST




These common mistakes can lead to lawyer ethics complaints

Feb 10, 2016, 6:15 am CST


Avvo offers fixed-fee legal services through an attorney network in 18 states

Feb 9, 2016, 4:40 pm CST



Immigration lawyer gets 21 months for trying to help client disobey court order, flee US

Feb 9, 2016, 1:50 pm CST



In honor of our upcoming exhibition, In The Wake, HCP will be hosting a family day focusing on water conservation. Come learn about the earth's waters through interactive, educational activities for the whole family including scavenger hunts, a community pond installation, paper beading the earth's waters, a reading of The Lorax at 1pm, and eco-cartoon screenings from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.

Free and open to the public.

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Join HCP for a lively conversation between Erika Diettes and Anne Wilkes Tucker as they discuss Erika's latest book, 
Memento Mori: Testament to Life published by George F. Thompson Publishing. Memento Mori: Testament to Life presents three bodies of work in two volumes - the first volume containing the installation shots of the work in cathedrals, churches, museums, exhibitions, and memorials in Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the United States, and the second volume containing the plates of the three series Drifting Away/Rio Abajo, Relica/Relicarios, and Shrouds/Sudarios.
Books will be available for sale prior at the event.
Free and open to the public.

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Support local photographers at HCP's 2016 Student Print Sale while shopping for unique handmade prints. HCP's diverse curriculum allows students access to everything from antiquated 19th century processes to the most advanced digital tools. The print sale is a great way to pick out work from Houston's talented and vibrant photographic community.
Free and open to the public. 
Tables are $30 for HCP students. Register HERE to sell your prints.

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This workshop provides students with the tools to write compelling proposals, such as grants for an artistic project, call for entry submissions, or exhibition proposals. Students will learn about project cycles, identifying and applying for sources of support, developing budgets, and selecting and documenting work for proposal submission. Doherty's work has been featured in exhibitions and collections all over the world including Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, The Amon Carter Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Centro de Fotografîa Isla de Tenerife, Spain, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and many more.
$350 for HCP Members - must be an HCP Member to register.


On View
January 15 - February 15, 2016

Tour of the Print Auction Exhibition
Monday, February 15, 2016

2016 Print Auction at The Junior League
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A collaboration between PhotoVille, HCP, and Mid Main

ON VIEW through March 31, 2016
3500-3700 blocks of Main St., Houston, TX

Benefiting HCP
March 3, 2016 at 6PM


Sued over fatal shooting, Chicago cop files $10M emotional distress counterclaim

Feb 9, 2016, 12:10 pm CST


Ski with your Iphone


Binder Gardens


  Will the people who voted for Paxton line up right here  to get your blindfold for the  firing squad.  You've made a really serious mistake causing all Texans to suffer.  Sorry.  We are just doing our job.

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton for Conduct After Marriage Ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
The list of investigations into Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct just got a little bit longer. The Texas State Bar was ordered last week to launch a disciplinary probe into Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage — an investigation that could end with Paxton getting disbarred.
In a Feb. 2 letter, the state Board of Disciplinary Appeals told lawyers who filed a complaint against Paxton that it was directing the State Bar to investigate Paxton's "possible violation" of its rules of professional conduct.
The legal saga began last summer, after the Supreme Court announced same-sex marriage had been legalized nationwide. Two days later, Paxton issued an opinion telling county clerks they could opt out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the clerks had religious objections to doing so. Paxton clarified that clerks might face fines or legal challenges if they refused to issue licenses, because “the strength of any particular religious-accommodation claim depends on the particular facts of each case.”
Almost immediately, a group of lawyers, former State Bar directors and judges filed a complaint with the State Bar’s Chief Disciplinary Counsel, alleging Paxton’s opinion constituted a violation of the rules of professional conduct to which he is bound as an attorney.
“Attorney General Paxton violated his own official oath of office to ‘preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this state,’” the complaint read.
Although the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s office originally dismissed the complaint, the group of attorneys appealed to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals, whose members are appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.
The case is now back in the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s court, where the office will determine whether Paxton committed professional misconduct and ask Paxton to respond to the complaint.
Paxton could not be reached for comment.
Paxton also faces three felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office. The attorney general, who was indicted last summer and pled not guilty to the charges, has said the case against him is politically motivated.
Morgan Smith contributed to this report.





John McCain Just Openly Mocked ‘Dangerous’ GOP Candidates On The Senate Floor (VIDEO)

John McCain is no stranger to war and torture. He experienced it first hand when his plane was shot down in Vietnam and he was captured by the VC. His descriptions of what he endured in 1968 are horrific at best.
That makes him possibly the most qualified man in Congress to speak on the subject. His seat as Chair of the Armed Forces Committee also gives him a certain insight into what the United States did to prisoners in violation of the Geneva Convention and the treaty we signed outlawing torture with 147 other countries in 1987.
For candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to declare that waterboarding, a simulated execution by drowning, is in any way acceptable isn’t just dangerous, it’s criminal. McCain reminds us that after World War II, Japanese generals were tried, convicted and hung for their role in torturing POWs, which included waterboarding.
McCain makes a powerful statement about the role of waterboarding or any kind of torture for that matter:
“It’s been so disappointing to see some presidential candidates on the campaign trail engaged in loose talk about reviving waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques. It might be easy to dismiss this bluster as cheap campaign rhetoric, but these statements must not go unanswered because they mislead the American people about the realities of interrogation, how to gather intelligence, what it takes to defend our security and at the most fundamental level what we are fighting for as a nation.”
Senator McCain’s words had to sting those candidates who love to pander to the extremists of the right. The fear-mongering they engage in creates a perfect atmosphere for a mob mentality that demands we torture people, even if it isn’t good interrogation technique because hate prevails with the ignorant.
Good for you, Senator. It’s comforting to see Republicans standing up to the degenerates your base has decided to endorse. Now if you could just do something about them…




If there is one undisputed fact in the wrongful arrest civil suit that two Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies have filed against the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's office, it's that Deputy Kevin Meyer had a pretty crappy wedding. It ended with him in jail after being arrested for interfering with a public servant — who just so happened to be a deputy constable hired to keep the peace at his wedding reception.
The case is headed to trial this year — and Precinct 1 is going to have to defend itself against allegations that it doesn't properly discipline deputies for lying, doesn't properly train them in the first place, and that all this leads to repeated false arrests.  “They've got a mountain to climb on that,” said Senior Assistant County Attorney Fred Keys. “That there was a persistent, pervasive practice of [deputies] going around and arresting people without probable cause — they have zero evidence of that. They're basing their whole case on what happened in this one incident, and that won't fly.”
On the night that Meyer got hitched to his high school sweetheart, back in September 2012, plenty of people got sufficiently drunk, and the venue, SPJST Hall in the Heights, decided to shut down the party. The groom's father, Robert Meyer, was the first to make a ruckus about it. He allegedly pushed Deputy Cindia Torres while demanding that the bar be reopened, and Torres moved to arrest him. Seeing his father in trouble, the 
groom rushed over and grabbed Torres's hand, telling her that he was a licensed officer and wondering what was going on. He was arrested for interference.
Meanwhile, Meyer's buddy, Christopher Lock, another sheriff's deputy, also came on over, and Torres told him to leave. When he didn't, she then added, “Get the fuck out.” But Lock continued to roam the premises, and after spotting Sgt. Charles McQueen roll up in his marked car, went to complain to him about what had happened. According to Keys, McQueen told Lock to go complain to a different supervisor instead (one who had also just arrived at the scene), and, Keys said, Lock may have wrongly interpreted this as permission to go back to the dance hall. Once he did, Torres arrested him for criminal trespassing. During an Internal Affairs Division investigation, an investigator found that this arrest was unnecessary, even saying that the deputies working the wedding knew it was a “joyful affair” and that they should have had better tolerance of drunk people. 
While the county attorney's office has said that this arrest was the “ultimate isolated incident,” Hassan and Desmond say otherwise: They discovered that Torres had been disciplined for a wrongful arrest in 2005 — which originated in a traffic stop.
This time, Torres arrested the person she pulled over, believing that he had a traffic warrant out for him. Except he didn't. He only had the same last name and birth date as a different guy wanted on traffic violations. Somehow, neither Torres nor the person she called to affirm the warrant noticed her error. At least not until she booked the poor guy into the Harris County Jail — and at that point, she simply began searching for out-of-state warrants on him to justify his incarceration. When she couldn't find any, she was successful in keeping him behind bars by taking his original traffic ticket and filing an “instanter arrest.” (When this happens, the officer strikes through your “promise to appear in court” in order to keep you in jail so that he or she knows you will appear; it's like being held without bail for a traffic ticket, which the Journal of Texas Municipal Courts described as both illegal and “criminal justice folklore.” Apparently not for Torres.)

orres was suspended for one day.
Keys said that this incident doesn't concern the defense team. For one, it was several years before the wedding. Second, Keys said, it doesn't convey any persistent "pattern" of wrongful arrests that would support the plaintiffs' claim that deputies have been consistently allowed to cover them up.
If the case stays narrow and focused as Keys would like it to — on this one (allegedly) isolated incident — then it appears that much of the case will hinge on whether or not the jury believes Lock had permission to return to the premises, and whether Torres knew he did. (Lock's attorneys assert that she knew.) Keys, however, says that Torres had already decided to arrest Lock when he refused to leave the first time, but couldn't get around to it right away because “her hands were full.” Therefore, Keys said, she had ample probable cause.
Regardless, Keys believes it will come down to the jury using common sense: “Most jurors will understand that, when somebody tells you to get the fuck out of here, that means they want you to leave,” he said, “and if you stay, you'll probably be guilty of trespassing.”
Keys and the county attorney's office claim that, while officers who were present say they probably would have “handled this differently,” all this lawsuit comes down to is just a couple of deputies out for revenge, believing they were somehow “entitled,” mad that Torres violated some unspoken “code” preventing her from arresting fellow men in blue, and that they're simply upset about a spoiled wedding.

By the end of the day, the county attorney's office is expected to argue, for the second time, why they believe the case should be thrown out.


Study: Trees Break At Same Wind Speed Regardless Of Size or Species

by jonathanturley
220px-1859-Martinique.web220px-1859-Martinique.webI read about a fascinating new scientific study where Emmanuel Virot and colleagues at the Ecole Polytechnique and ESPCI ParisTech have concluded that there is a critical wind speed, of around 42 m/s (90 mph), at which almost all tree trunks break – regardless their size or species. Thus, under a simple scaling law, the critical wind speed is largely independent of the tree's diameter, height or elastic properties.

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