Monday, October 20, 2014

Did I Bring West Nile Virus Home With Me After Visiting The Oakland Lake Park Fosdick Lake Turtles?

I got a telepathic call from my Fosdick Lake turtle friends this morning indicating they were in the mood for me to visit them.

So, since I always, or usually, do what my reptile friends ask of me, around noon I drove to Oakland Lake Park to walk around Fosdick Lake so as to visit the Fosdick turtles.

The turtle photo only includes about a third of the number of turtles who were enjoying basking in the sun today.

The Fosdick turtles were not being very skittish, with most of them remaining out of the water, sitting on their logs, staring at me.

Why are the Fosdick turtles so un-skittish whilst the Village Creek Turtles are so high strung, I think I have asked a time or two before?

Soon after the turtle visit, whilst driving back to my abode, I realized I'd been bitten. I do not remember when last I had myself an insect bite in Texas. There are signs in Oakland Lake Park warning about West Nile Virus and mosquito bites.

The bug bite made its presence known due to it causing an itchy, burning sensation. I have now treated this insect attack with Bactine and Calamine Lotion. The itchy, burning sensation has now greatly abated.

I must Google now to find out what the symptoms of West Nile Virus are.......

Early Voting Begins On Three Absurd Arena Ballot Propositions In Fort Worth

In my mailbox this morning, just in time for the start of early voting, I got a new version of a previous mailing about the Fort Worth Multipurpose Arena Election.

The previous mailer featured Fort Worth Mayor, Betsy Price. This time the mailer features Fort Worth businessman, Ed Bass, who shares with us his opinion that "This unique public-private partnership is an opportunity that will benefit Fort Worth for generations to come."

I am unclear as to what the public part of this partnership is. I believe the decision to build this new multipurpose arena was made privately. I do not recollect a public vote on this issue.

I really don't understand the point of the Three Ballot Propositions the public is being asked to vote on.

Three Ballot Propositions, all of which involve approving fees related to the new arena.

Fees, such as a user fee on tickets, a user fee of a dollar or two on livestock stalls and a user fee not to exceed $5 per vehicle for parking.


These type fees need to be voted on and somehow relate to approving of this new arena?

How come Fort Worth voters are not offput at being thrown this bone of voting on something like these Three Ballot Propositions under the guise that they are participating in some sort of decision regarding the building of the new arena?

Are Fort Worth voters actually debating the merits of whether or not to approve of a user fee of $1 to $2 per day on livestock pens?

That is just embarrassing.

If this Fort Worth Multipurpose Arena Election were actually an election where, unlike the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle, the public was actually allowed to vote on this new arena public works project, voting yes or no on a bond issue funding mechanism, such as that which takes place in Big Towns which wear their Big City Pants, I would be voting YES, because I can see clearly that Fort Worth could use a modern arena to replace that Will Rogers antique arena.


I will be voting NO on these Three Ballot Propositions.

Because, I really do not think it will make any difference on the final arena result whether these three absurd propositions get approved, or not....

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trinity River Vision Boondoggle Go Gateway Propaganda Spews Nonsense In Fort Worth's East Regional Library

Yesterday on my way to the Tandy Hills I stopped in at my neighborhood library, that being the East Regional Library in East Fort Worth, to drop off a book or two.

Whilst hunting for some new books I came upon the signage you see here, saying "Go Gateway" at the top.

I remember seeing a massive Chesapeake Energy propaganda installation in this library, years ago. I don't remember previously seeing a Trinity River Vision Boondoggle propaganda installation touting the clouded Vision's imaginary Gateway Park Master Plan.

Just like the Boondoggle's propaganda installation at Gateway Park the library propaganda installation has a list of amenities which were allegedly requested by the community.

I have asked previously how it was these community-requested amenities came to be requested.

That is the beauty of propaganda. You just get to make stuff up.

The main verbiage on this piece of Trinity River Vision Boondoggle propaganda appears to be the same, or very similar, to that which I previously copied off the Gateway Park propaganda installation. But, it is worth repeating, just for the amusing absurdest aspect of it....

An exciting component of the Trinity River Vision is Gateway Park in Fort Worth's east side. The 1,000-acre park will be filled with community requested recreational amenities, such as a public skate park, an outdoor amphitheater and 15 miles of additional trails. Major strides  will be made in restoring the park's natural ecosystem, including the planting of over 80,000 native oak and pecan trees. This massive effort will fuel development around the park and connect east and southeast neighborhoods to the Trinity River corridor.

Oh, the embarrassing hubris of it all.

None of these community-requested amenities has been built, which, I assume is a big disappointment to those in the community who allegedly requested these amenities.

The Fort Worth Mountain Bike Association has added many miles of mountain bike trails. But that has nothing to do with the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle.

I find it really hard to believe the community requested one of the amenities on the list.

White Water Elements?

Can't you just see someone in the community raising his or her had and requesting white water elements be added to the list of amenities?

What is the point of putting this propaganda in the library? To create the illusion that something is happening when nothing is happening?

Why is there absolutely no mention made of any sort of construction timeline of this imaginary Gateway Park Master Plan? When is the plan scheduled to get under way? When is the plan scheduled to be completed?

When are those 80,000 trees, also known as J.D. Granger's Magic Trees, going to be planted?

I really think this propaganda needs to be removed from the library, before it disillusions oodles of children when they don't see the promised requested amenities come to fruition in their lifetimes.

I mean really, think of the children, the little kid asking mommy when he or she can go float on those white water elements he or she requested.....

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Mexican Hat Hoodoo Has Sprouted On The Tandy Hills Along With Yellow Daisies

Today I was back on the Tandy Hills for the first time in weeks. I don't think I've done any hill hiking on the Tandy Hills in October.

I expected to see a lot of wind damage on the Tandy Hills today, what with how badly damaged nearby Oakland Lake Park and how many piles of fallen tree debris still lined the side of the road which leads to the summit of Mount Tandy.

However, I saw only a few downed trees on the Tandy Hills today. The microburst of high speed wind must have started super speeding when it got past the hills on that windy Thursday, several Thursdays ago.

What with all the wind of late I did not expect to see the tallest, most precarious Tandy Hills Hoodoo I've seen to date.

Let alone two tall Hoodoos.

The Hoodoo you see above I think may be an homage to the Mexican Hat rock formation near Mexican Hat, Utah. Mexican Hat is so-named because it looks like a sombrero. I don't know why that Utah rock formation was not named Mexican Sombrero. The top of the above Hoodoo looks like a sombrero, to me.

The Mexican Hat Hoodoo was at Hoodoo Central, at the north end of the trail which leads on to the Tandy Hills from View Street. The below Hoodoo is located part way up the trail which leads to the summit of Mount Tandy.

The above Hoodoo is built on a very solid base and appears to be less precarious than the Mexican Hat Hoodoo.

This hills were not alive with the sound of music today, but they were alive with a surprising amount of color, such as the yellow beauty you see below.

I don't know if these yellow beauties are daisies or sunflowers. I do know that there are multiple patches of these yellow flowers coloring up the Tandy Hills.

I had some time constraints constraining me today, so I did not make my regular Saturday visit to Town Talk. I will likely make up for that this coming Wednesday.

An Anonymous Comment Regarding Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price's Empathy For The Plight Of The Poor

No that is not Fort Worth mayor, Betsy Price, attired in Roman garb, addressing the Fort Worth Senate, I mean, city council.

This morning in my incoming email there was a blog comment from that ubiquitous commenter named Anonymous. Well, actually there was no comment from Anonymous, as in no words, just a link to a YouTube video.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Has No Comment About 30 Day Evictions of 100s In Her Town": 

That is a screencap from the Anonymous YouTube video above. Basically the video is a Roman metaphor for the heartless City of Fort Worth city government in regards to the plight of poor people being evicted from their homes with only 30 days to get out.

In the video we see the Fort Worth city councilman, above, address the Fort Worth city council. This particular Fort Worth city councilman pleads with the council on behalf of the poor and their housing needs.

The Fort Worth city council, with the mayor leading them, then collectively give their reply to the plea to help the poor, which you can hear for yourself below.....

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Has No Comment About 30 Day Evictions Of 100s In Her Town

Earlier today I blogged about the shocking evictions of 100s of Fort Worth residents who were given only 30 days to vacate the premises they called home.

Soon after hitting the publish button on that blogging there was an incoming comment from someone named Anonymous...

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Fort Worth Shrugs Its Shoulders While Hundreds Of Citizens Are Given 30 Day Eviction Notices": 

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has no comment: 

I clicked the link included in the comment from Anonymous to find, just like Anonymous indicated, no comment from Betsy Price, just the above photo.

I am not 100% certain, but I think that is Betsy Price's predecessor, former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, standing next to Fort Worth's current mayor.

Fort Worth Shrugs Its Shoulders While Hundreds Of Citizens Are Given 30 Day Eviction Notices

I learned of the plight of Susan Bethke sometime last month. What I learned disgusted and appalled me, but I did not feel like I could blog about it.

Til now.

This week's Fort Worth Weekly tells much of what disgusted and appalled me, in their article titled Get Out.

Short version. The Parkview Village residents of 133 Fort Worth duplex apartment units, plus three homes, including Susan Bethke's, got eviction notices giving those evicted 30 days to vacate the premises.

I know, you in democratic, fair-minded, Christian parts of America are sitting there wondering how can such a thing happen, wondering maybe this is yet one more case of Texas eminent domain abuse.

Well, it is worse than eminent domain abuse.

It is unscrupulous, amoral, sleazy, inhuman real estate developer abuse by a chronically abusing Dallas based real estate investment group calling itself Cienda Partners.

The location of the evictions is known as the Scenic Bluff area, northeast  of downtown Fort Worth.

The developer wants to turn this property into townhouses and restaurants. The City of Fort Worth's developer friendly, citizen protection un-friendly government has turned a deaf ear to the pleas of the evictees for help.

Why the rush to evict I am sure you are wondering? Why not give these people a decent time frame in which to move? Help with expenses and finding a place to re-locate? When the same Cienda Snidely Whiplashers tried the same tactic in Dallas a citizen protest erupted that eventually had Snidely Whiplash giving those evictees six months to move, plus two thousand dollars.

Unlike people in Dallas, people in Fort Worth are not big on protesting, or fighting against a wrong, or fighting for justice, or fighting against the good ol' boy and girl network that runs Fort Worth in what is known locally as the Fort Worth Way.

As in business UBER ALLES, the people be damned.

The Fort Worth Weekly article does not make too much of a point of the fact that this sorry episode is yet one more wondrous thing brought about by the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle.

The Scenic Bluff area borders the area of the Boondoggle. The Cienda real estate sharks are clearly betting that this property is going to experience a big jump in value.

However, Cienda must not have investigated too deeply into the Boondoggle's Vision or they would have learned that the massive public works project, which the public has never voted for, is stalled.

The Boondoggle is currently stuck taking four years to build three simple bridges. Bridges being built over where the Boondoggle thinks it is going to build an un-needed flood diversion channel.

So, you are looking at a four year minimum before that channel construction can begin. How many years after that before the Boondoggle's Vision becomes anything anyone wants to see? A decade? Two decades?

Meanwhile these Cienda townhouses will be looking out at a vast construction area, maybe, if the Boondoggle ever comes up with the money to bring their Boondoggly Vision to fruition.

So, while the Scenic Bluff evictees move on with their lives, they may have the last laugh, when Cienda realizes they've made a big boo boo....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Does Sarah Palin Think A Travel Ban Is Needed For Ebola, Dallas & Lubbock?

From my main online news source, on Facebook, Fort Worth Star-Telegram food critic and columnist, Bud Kennedy, I learned that Lubbock has possibly joined Dallas in the Texas Ebola Outbreak.

Apparently, judging by the photo, a large police and emergency team crew sealed off a Lubbock neighborhood where someone returned from Africa's Ivory Coast with flu symptoms.

The amount of info in Mr. Kennedy's Facebook news about the Lubbock Ebola Outbreak was limited.

And I did not click the link to learn more.

One can not help but wonder when this Africa traveler's flu symptoms showed up. After he or she was home? Before boarding the plane in Africa? Whilst in mid-flight?

The Ebola Crisis sure seems to be wearing on people's nerves. Both those freaked out about it and those tired of hearing about it.

I have been unable to determine if it was an Internet hoax or not if Sarah Palin actually said something like "My prayers go out to the people of Ebola."

I suspect Mrs. Palin likely did say something like this. Isn't she the one who had to have it explained to her that Africa was not a country? Or was that Joe Biden?

America has a lot of inadvertent comical politicians. It's hard to keep up....

Columbus & His Crew Of Undocumented Immigrants Refused To Learn The Local Language

Continuing on with our week of celebrating Indigenous People, which began on Monday with Indigenous People's Day, I thought that which you see here to be amusing.

Sadly, there are those who wouldn't understand the amusement.

On Indigenous People's Day it became clear to me that there were some  people who had no clue as to why enlightened, educated sorts might think it really is not a good idea to be having a federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus.

I think those who think it blasphemy to tamper with a holiday honoring Columbus are people who learned a myth in grade school and never unlearned that myth upon higher education, such as that which one gains when one goes to college.

But, one does not need higher education to learn factual non-mythical history. One can go to a library and check out a book. Or just Google "Christopher Columbus" and read something like the Wikipedia Christopher Columbus article to find yourself a bit of enlightenment via real history, such as the four paragraphs below...

According to the report, Columbus once punished a man found guilty of stealing corn by having his ears and nose cut off and then selling him into slavery. Testimony recorded in the report claims that Columbus congratulated his brother Bartolomé on "defending the family" when the latter ordered a woman paraded naked through the streets and then had her tongue cut out for suggesting that Columbus was of lowly birth.

The document also describes how Columbus put down native unrest and revolt; he first ordered a brutal crackdown in which many natives were killed and then paraded their dismembered bodies through the streets in an attempt to discourage further rebellion.

"Columbus's government was characterised by a form of tyranny," Consuelo Varela, a Spanish historian who has seen the document, told journalists. "Even those who loved him [Columbus] had to admit the atrocities that had taken place."

De las Casas records that when he first came to Hispaniola in 1508, "there were 60,000 people living on this island, including the Indians; so that from 1494 to 1508, over three million people had perished from war, slavery, and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this? I myself writing it as a knowledgeable eyewitness can hardly believe it..."

In our current times the only thing that comes close to the Columbus style of subjugating conquered people is ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

You think in 500 years they will be celebrating ISIS Day in Iraq?

Sadly, that may come to be. Just like Columbus Day.....

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Me & The Indian Ghosts & A Lot Of Other People At Village Creek Today

Those are my handlebars overlooking the Village Creek Natural Historical Area's Blue Bayou which is currently not blue, today around noon.

I was in that particular neighborhood due to needing to take possession of some vittles from Walmart and ALDI.

I got gas today, but did not call my mom. It was not convenient to call at the time I got the gas at the extremely cheap price of $2.89.

I remember way back in July of 2001, driving north to Washington, paying $1.19 in Amarillo, thinking that was high. Then I got off the freeway in La Grande, Oregon to find myself being appalled to see gas was $1.79. The price continued to rise the further north and west I got.

The good ol' days.

And now $2.89 seems like a bargain.

Being in the 70s, and by 70s I am referring not to the decade in the previous century, but to the temperature, we are that sweet spot, heat-wise, when oodles of temperature sensitive Texans take themselves outdoors for some park fun. I don't recollect ever seeing so many people enjoying the pleasant weather at Village Creek as I saw today.

Lots of young, healthy looking people. Geezers, like me. Women with dogs. Men with dogs. A pair of joggers pretty much jogging in what appeared to my eyes to be bikinis. Multiple bikers. A young good-looking hippie-looking couple laying on a blanket, having a picnic. I have rarely seen that type scene in a Texas park. It is usually too HOT to be on the ground.

That and fire ants can be vexing.

Anyway, I had myself a mighty fine time rolling my wheels today with the Indian Ghosts who haunt Village Creek.