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Shall I Rant Why I Dislike Houston?

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Offline tinneyr

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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2007, 06:44:23 AM »
What's up Shanea?  First it's the border patrol and now the Houston police.  

I'm one of many that live in Houston for the work.  Ask me where I'm from and Houston won't be my answer.

Just in case you wondered if you live in a neighborhood full of criminals, check out this site.  Big brother is watching.  www.familywatchdog. us

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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2007, 06:59:56 AM »
I think your a little harsh ShaneA, all cities have their speed traps.  It's just that in your hometown you know where they are and avoid them.  Or perhaps the officer knows you and lets you off because you are a local.  Statewide the ticket scams seem to have some new "low hanging fruit" thanks to the Texas Gov.
1- Any obstruction of the word "Texas" on your license plate or any neon frame etc.. is an automatic ticket.   Also like you said not having a front license plate is also an automatic ticket.  
2- Not moving over a lane or slowing way way down below the speed limit (I think its 20mph BELOW) when an officer has his lights flashing on the shoulder of a multi-lane freeway.   For awhile the cops near Austin on 290 were just sitting by the side of the road with their lights going (no emergency or anything) and writing tickets one-after-the-other.   They were using the lights as an income-ticket generation device which is just WRONG and a misuse of the law... TWWG

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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2007, 11:35:03 AM »
I'm sorry if this pisses on your day, but I'm thankful for the speed traps and red light cameras. Too many people live in Houston, and too many of them speed. It's dangerous. Period.

I cannot believe the speeders that race through my neighborhoods out in suburbia Houston. I go out for long walks frequently, and every once and a while, some jacka$$ blows through about 50 - 60 mph (these are 30 mph limit roads through neighborhoods). There are loads of curves ('cause the developers wanted things more scenic) and plenty of blind spots in the road where you don't want to be caught crossing when a speeder comes through.

Then there are the racers. Damn them all to hell. Go out in BFE and race your damn rice burners! Stay out of the neighborhoods!

Anyway, rant over. I'm stuck offshore on a job that has had nothing but problems and break-downs. Ppffffttttt.....

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Offline Picacho

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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2007, 11:36:27 AM »
I've lived in both Houston and Dallas.  Houston itself is a better city than Dallas because of the burb difference.  Once you get out of Dallas into the burbs it's much better than Houston.  Dallas has to be the most poorly run big city in the nation.  All the city council ever does is bicker about whose racist and whose not, while at the same time stealing money from tax payers so they can buy furniture for their own houses.  Meanwhile Arlington now has the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys while Dallas is foolishly spending 60 million to renovate the pathetic Cotton Bowl which only has one venue left after the Texas/OU game moves to Arlington, that being the Grambling/Southern football game.  Total waste of money.  Maybe one of the worst city decisions in U.S. history.

Now with the cop situation, Houston is much worse.  Pretty much in Dallas all you see is city cops with an occasional county mounty running around.  In Houston, there are constables, HOV Nazis giving tickets not only in the HOV but outside as well, Houston cops, and county mounties.  You have to make sure you stop at stopsigns at 4 a.m. becuase the constables are out there for revenue generation.

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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2007, 12:00:32 PM »
I am leaving Alpine for Houston right now... I'm contemplating hanging myself instead.  I would not go but my brother is getting married and I am the best dude.  

In my experience Houston people are completely unafraid to die in their cars.  It borders on insanity.
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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2007, 12:09:57 PM »
While we're not on the subject, don't forget the Houston Bender is coming up!

Quote from: "RichardM"
Sounds like we've got a quorum.

Saturday, April 14, 5:00PM at the Sundance Grill in Seabrook

Remember, they've got a swimming pool as well as the boat dock, so feel free to indulge in any water sports...
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2007, 12:31:32 PM »
Quote from: "jeffblaylock"
While we're not on the subject, don't forget the Houston Bender is coming up!

Quote from: "RichardM"
Sounds like we've got a quorum.

Saturday, April 14, 5:00PM at the Sundance Grill in Seabrook

Remember, they've got a swimming pool as well as the boat dock, so feel free to indulge in any water sports...

Right!  But don't worry folks, there are only two red-light cameras in our neck of the woods.  One is at El Dorado at the feeder as it crosses I-45.  The other is at Bay Area Blvd at El Camino Real, west-bound only.  I get to watch people get nabbed at that one all the time, as I go through that intersection going home from work.  When they first put it up, somebody tacked a "Big Brother is Watching You" sign up on the pole.  It lasted a week or so before they got around to pulling it down.

However, be advised that the Seabrook police is not the least bit shy about handing out tickets, so watch your speed, turns, etc when on Nasa Parkway (formerly known as Nasa Road 1).

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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2007, 12:48:14 PM »
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The only reason we stay is because my wife and I really like our jobs - so we skip town every chance we get.  Usually at least twice a month.


Well, if you ever want to leave the rat race and move up towards heaven, - yes, there is another heaven besides BIBE, then send me your credentials, what you want to do for a living, etc.  Sorry, no way that I will be able to get you the same salary scale as in a big city - but small town quality of life makes up for it.   :D

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SHANEA

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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2007, 12:53:28 PM »
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was the local police rounding up film and memory cards or was it the feds????James


Anyone with a badge and a gun.  Anyone caught taking pictures in the area was immediately absconded on.  It wasn't too bad over near Nacogdoches, but a lot of the top-secret military and NSA communication stuff was found around Hemphill.

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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2007, 12:57:41 PM »
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I'm sorry if this pisses on your day, but I'm thankful for the speed traps and red light cameras.


I have no problem with ticketing speeders that are blatent, endangering others, etc.  I go with the "flow" thinking that it's safer to be going the speed of the traffic as opposed to the speed limit.  Several times on Belt Way 8 - the Houston Autobon, I've been doing 80+ and not even keeping up with traffic - especially during the rush hours, seems dangerous to me to be in the right or center lane doing the 65mph and everyone is weaving around you at 90+.    When I got nabbed yesterday, I wasn't going any faster than anyone else, in fact, I was behind the curve and was one of the last vehicles in that "grouping" - everyone else had already passed me :!:

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Offline The Scorpion

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« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2007, 02:00:07 PM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Quote from: "jamesb"
was the local police rounding up film and memory cards or was it the feds????James


Anyone with a badge and a gun.  Anyone caught taking pictures in the area was immediately absconded on.  It wasn't too bad over near Nacogdoches, but a lot of the top-secret military and NSA communication stuff was found around Hemphill.


over the last few years I have heard a lot of rumbling and discussion and explanition on the laws concerning photography. but I have yet been able to find the actual laws for local, state and federal levels governing what you can and cant take a photograph of.

the ACLU states you can take a photo of anything you want to if you can see it from the street. but there are a few stipulations about federal buildings. its all to blurry on both fronts to really argue the point.

James
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2007, 05:21:30 PM »
Quote from: "jeffblaylock"
While we're not on the subject, don't forget the Houston Bender is coming up!

Quote from: "RichardM"
Sounds like we've got a quorum.

Saturday, April 14, 5:00PM at the Sundance Grill in Seabrook

Remember, they've got a swimming pool as well as the boat dock, so feel free to indulge in any water sports...


 Well i was considering doing the trip to Houston for this, but now i don?t know how would i drive thru town with all the tickets pinned in my body like " pin the tail to the donkey "....know what i mean.

  In short ,  we can carry a Glock in the back seat of our vehicles, we can carry a camera but not use it but GOD forbid if i even think of waving bye bye to the cops?....plus go on with my life in 50-60 pmh suburb streets?................WOW !!!
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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SHANEA

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Re: Did You Know?
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2007, 07:59:37 PM »
Quote from: "jamesb"
take a photo of anything you want to

James


Well, it sounds good on paper, but there is a building/skyscraper in downtown Dallas that if you stop on the public sidewalk or stand out in the middle of the street and take pics of the building, you will be accosted by their security patrol and asked to move along - if you refuse, then the police will be summoned.  Got a friend in Houston who has been accosted more than once for taking pictures of jets taking off and landing at IAH - he's one of those plane spotter buffs.  

Additionally, the Internal Security Act of 1950 (McCarran Act), along with Protecting and Defending America 2001 (AKA Patriot Act) allow a lot of "leeway" along with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.  If you happen to drive near Fort Mead Maryland, home of the NSA - No Such Agency, there used to be signs posted forbidding the taking of photos, making sketches, etc.

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SHANEA

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« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2007, 08:02:24 PM »
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "jeffblaylock"
While we're not on the subject, don't forget the Houston Bender is coming up!

Quote from: "RichardM"
Sounds like we've got a quorum.

Saturday, April 14, 5:00PM at the Sundance Grill in Seabrook
two red-light cameras in our neck of the woods.


I'll be there with my funny hat on :P

What if you are in a rental vehicle and blow a red light with a camera?  Do they track me down through rent-a-wreck? - or - does the police dept. already have computer access to rent-a-wreck so that they can tell who had the rental car on that date and time?

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« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2007, 08:31:47 PM »
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What if you are in a rental vehicle and blow a red light with a camera?  Do they track me down through rent-a-wreck? - or - does the police dept. already have computer access to rent-a-wreck so that they can tell who had the rental car on that date and time?

See http://www.houstontx.gov/police/trafficsafety.htm for all the details.  It doesn't seem to specifically cover rental cars, but the owner of the car is the one who gets the notice.  It's then up to the owner to show someone else was driving.  Seeing as how the rental car agency probably has your credit card info, it's probably best not to test the system with a rental.

When they first started putting up these cameras, some local bail bondsman was bound and determined to test the legality of them in court.  Problem was, he couldn't resist the publicity so he alerted the news media of his intentions.  Houston's finest were waiting and wrote him a real ticket, which trumps the civil one you get via the camera system.  He supposedly went back when they weren't around and got ticketed.  He's supposedly still awaiting his court date.  His argument is that since running a red light is a misdemeanor criminal offense, the city is not allowed to make it a civil offense as well.  We'll have to wait and see what the courts say, but I'll be amazed if he wins.

 


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