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Comment Re:Houston (Score 2) 107

Once you've gerrymandered yourself into place, what can displace you?

People move. Neighborhoods change. There's an election every two years. For example, some time back Texas had a law where you could only redraw districts every ten years. Texas realized that their safe gerrymandered districts were no longer safe. Passed a law saying they could have a "special" redraw (this is when Tom DeLay was in Congress, before he went to prison). The backlash saw a bunch of Republican districts flip to Democratic control. Not enough to take over power, but enough to scare them from trying that move again.

Texas is inexorably becoming a blue state. There are court cases to compel the state to use an independent commission to draw districts fairly. If those cases are successful, we will learn that Texas has actually been a blue state for a good long time, with the people being held hostage by a hostile government.

Comment Re:Houston (Score 1, Flamebait) 107

Yes, Houston is a shit hole, but it seems to be transitioning away from oil and gas and into health care.

Having had a close-up look over the past year, I can attest that all of Texas is a shit hole and much of the shittiness comes from the state legislature and the governor's office. Audacious gerrymandering has turned the state into a one-party system that would make North Korea envious. There is inexorable change coming, though. The thing about gerrymandering is that it only works for a while and you start to get diminishing returns.

Unfortunately, that still won't do anything about the fact that Texas is one of the most physically ugly places on Earth. Geographically-speaking. I've never been anywhere less picturesque.

Comment Re:BS Bills Are Still The Same Amount (Score 1) 318

It's amazing how much extra temp you can handle when your t-shirt is wet :)

I tried that trick when we moved from Chicago to Houston last year. I went to sit on the sofa in my wet t-shirt and my wife chased me off with a rolled up newspaper.

In places like this, the air conditioning is more for the humidity than the heat. When the thermostat is set above 75, I end up with severe swamp ass.

Comment Hurry up and wait (Score 2) 57

The baggage check-in is the least time-consuming part of flying. Now if there's something an airline could do to minimize sitting on the tarmac for three hours without being able to leave your seat, that would be impressive.

They can't build high-speed trains fast enough for me. Flying has become much worse than riding the low-budget bus lines.

Comment Re:Zombie argument #11. Smarter zombies, plz. (Score 1) 150

You sound upset. Would you like a hug?

I don't know how you could mistake my touchdown dance for being upset. The sweet, sweet tears of Trump supporters as they watch their beloved con man march inexorably toward removal from office are enough to sustain me through any hard times to come.

Comment Re:Zombie argument #11. Smarter zombies, plz. (Score -1, Flamebait) 150

And all the major media in the 2010s were predicting that Trump would lose.

They were correct, just early.

Trump started to lose the day he was sworn in and he's been losing ever since. His supporters are the real losers, though. The rest of us get to at least enjoy the schadenfreude, which is something I guess. The good news is that it's not going to be much longer before he's a bizarre footnote in US history and his supporters can go back to burning cats and harassing women online.

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