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Beldar
Houston
Crusty trial lawyer, bemused observer of politics & internet dilettante from Houston, Texas
Interests: That which is reflected on this blog.
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In response to my post from Friday afternoon regarding the long history of continuously on-going debates, going back to Houston's founding in 1836, about flood risks and flood control, commenter mg wrote: So many places in America are built in flood zones. These places will continue to flood until they move. Continuous rebuilding is insanity. That's a succinct version of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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Today's Wall Street Journal contains this article about a neighborhood very close to me, Meyerland, where my ex and two of my adult kids live: "Flooded Again, a Houston Neighborhood Faces a Wrenching Choice." The subhead reads: "After three floods in three years, Meyerland, a thriving community of 2,300 homes, weighs deep ties against risks of rebuilding." Many of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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Americans and people the world over are watching heart-grabbing, jaw-dropping, eye-watering videos and stories from Harvey via a combination of the national TV news networks and the major news websites, plus their own social media platforms, with their customized profiles based on their particular histories, preferences, settings, etc., influenced directly and indirectly by their respective locations and sets of friends.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[From a post I left on Facebook at 3:01 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017:] The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is, by far, the worst natural disaster in American history as measured by numbers killed. Even at the low end of the estimations, at least 6000 died, and it might have been twice that. The 1906 San Francisco fire &... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[From a post I left on Facebook at 2:04 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017:] Network and local TV tonight are showing lots of video from the George R. Brown Convention Center on the east side of downtown, where something close to 10,000 Houstonians are temporarily sheltering, roughly five times as many as there were last night. Kudos to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[From a post I left on Facebook at 8:08 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017:] Cyber & I took a quick walk just now to snap some photos of non-catastrophe — and one (but only one) of us took the opportunity to go swimming, on purpose! There are indeed tens of thousands of Harvey victims in and around Houston who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[Reprinted, as edited & expanded, from a comment I left on Patterico's Pontifications at 11:57 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017:] It’s official: Day 4 of Harvey, and with very rare exceptions, the people of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are responding magnificently to this catastrophic event. The death and injury rates are amazingly small overall. So far today,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[From a post I left on Facebook at 5:29 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017:] This one will set some records. But as in prior Houston floods — and I've experienced every one of them since August 1980 — what's happening in one neighborhood, or on one block, or to one house, may be entirely different from what's "typical" or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
[From a comment I left at Patterico's Pontifications on Sunday, August 27, 2017:] Reporting from Houston’s Sharpstown neighborhood at 1:45pm Central: Wherever you’re watching from, don’t completely freak out from watching the media. For some people this is genuinely catastrophic, although mostly in terms of property damage rather than injuries and deaths. For a great many other people, though, this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[From a post I left on Facebook at 1:54 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017:] If you live somewhere hurricane-prone and don't already have one of these, they're a modest and prudent investment for next time, I highly recommend the WaterBOB. It works exactly as you'd think from the photo, and stores 100 gallons without worries about contamination or leakage.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[From a post I left on Facebook at 11:55 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017:] During my last-minute Hurricane Harvey preparations and errands this morning (for inevitably, as landfall approaches, there's something else you think of that you might like to have), I had brief face-to-face encounters with probably three dozen strangers. These were just fellow Houstonians I saw while... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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[Reprinted from a post I left on Facebook at 11:09 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017, as Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas Gulf Coast:] I was on Galveston Island for Tropical Storm Claudette in July 1979, which washed out the bridges to the mainland and forced a mid-trial recess in the jury trial I was helping out on as a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
I don't know whether I'll ever return to regular blogging. Since its inception in 2003, and despite several long periods of inactivity, I've kept this blog online to preserve its content, for it is indeed a personal online journal for the times that I have been regularly blogging. And I continue to refer back to it myself, to remind myself... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at BeldarBlog
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Last night when I went to bed, my mind was still swirling with impressions from the third GOP Presidential Primary Debate. In my dream, I found myself transported into the relatively near future — exactly how near, I'm not sure, but it was certainly a date somewhere within the coming five or six months — and in this dream, my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at BeldarBlog
You will search this WaPo story, entitled "Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011," without success for any mention of the Forty-Third President of the United States of America, even though his administration did not depart the White House until January 20, 2009. And yet: The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at BeldarBlog
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Law enforcement officials are familiar with the typical pattern of "suicide by cop." But if accurate, this news article (which the Austin American-Stateman continues to update since I first saw it) suggests that Maj. Nidal Hasan may be trying to commit jihadi suicide by court-martial: Maj. Nidal Hasan’s standby defense attorneys said Tuesday morning that they believe the accused Fort... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at BeldarBlog
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Instapundit Glenn Reynolds writes today that his Kindle Paperwhite has "replaced [his] iPad as [his] favorite device for reading Kindle books": The backlighting is the key. It’s light, battery lasts a long time (longer than the iPad), it charges quickly (faster than the iPad), and it’s very clear and easy to read in all kinds of light, from bright sunshine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at BeldarBlog
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I ought to have simply done this as a blog post to begin with, but: When I started reading U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's written opinion in United States v. Apple Inc. this evening, I originally only intended to post a link to the opinion, with a very short comment, on Facebook, mostly for a few of my legally-inclined friends.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at BeldarBlog
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You will see lots of press today about the United States Supreme Court's decision this morning in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which was widely anticipated to be the biggest development in affirmative action law since Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan cases from 2003. A lot of that press commentary will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at BeldarBlog
My blogospheric friend Patrick Frey — a/k/a Patterico in the blogosphere, but by day a senior felony prosecutor for some of the most violent and gang-ridden parts of Los Angeles — posits an interesting question: "Should David Gregory be prosecuted?" (The background to and context for this inquiry is concisely explained there, so I won't repeat that here.) Frey's commenters,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2012 at BeldarBlog
Most American presidential elections turn on domestic policy and issues, not foreign policy or war. Rare exceptions have included 1864, 1916, 1940 & 1944, arguably 1968, and 2004. I do not believe that the Obama Administration's bizarre and sorry handling of the Benghazi terrorist attacks that killed Amb. Chris Stevens and three other fine Americans will overshadow domestic issues in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at BeldarBlog
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It has been some time since I've had occasion to link to any of Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo websites, but tonight I'll make an exception for this post from TPM's Ryan J. Reilly and its embedded video of President Obama casting an in-person early voting ballot in his home state of Illinois. If you'd prefer, you can also see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at BeldarBlog
I would like all of my friends who are Democrats to read this very optimistic assessment of the relative quality of the two parties' get-out-the-vote "ground games" by a staff writer for the reliably left-leaning The Atlantic. (Hat-tip Avik Roy at The Corner.) Seriously, I'd especially like for all my Dem friends in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at BeldarBlog
Donald Trump is a manufactured celebrity, a publicity whore unfit to shine the shoes of thousands of genuine business people I've had the pleasure of meeting and working with in my 30-plus years as a lawyer. I will not contribute to his cause by linking any of the various sources that are popping up regarding rumors of some "revelation" that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at BeldarBlog
If you're looking for cultural trivia clues to help you deduce how long the United States Navy and Marine Corps have been projecting power from the Mediterranean Sea — and very specifically, into what's now Libya — consider that the very first phrase of the Marines' Hymn refers to them fighting our country's battles all the way to "the shores... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at BeldarBlog