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    Will there be any poor people left in CA in 2035? Maybe that's why they're not concerned about the impact on the lower and middle class.
  2. Sorry, I get gassy on my late night constitutional.
  3. Bad things tend to happen when ideologues take over. Iran isn't alone.
  4. I've no longer got a dog in this hunt, as we're among the assholes who pulled our kids from AISD, but moving forward with athletics while forcing the majority of kids to sit at home and waste their time with this nonsense is insanely inconsistent. It highlights that the biggest problem with Texas public schools was present long before Covid, and it will be here long after. I can't remember how many parents I've talked to, or listened to complain at a board meeting, who go on and on about how important sports are as if the loss of sports is the biggest fucking disaster of this entire mess. Sure, sports are important (for a small handful of kids at each school), but no more so than any other extracurricular activity that keeps kids engaged.
  5. How so? And who was his minion? This sounds good and I'm sorry I missed it.
  6. I believe he has threatened to permanently bring himself to Austin. Don't the Shores still own the Comedy Store? I hadn't heard the kids sold it.
  7. Plenty of ways to dismantle that philosophy without incorrectly tying the average Trumper to it.
  8. That's fucking amazing. So glad we were at home.
  9. Travis is a bit of nightmare on a holiday weekend as it is without the additional 200 boatfuls of yahoos on the water without any experience. We're out on that lake almost every week from March to November, with the exception of holidays. Any given weekend is bad enough after noon thanks to boat rental bros.
  10. Here's one: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/tx/austin/crime#data "With a crime rate of 39 per one thousand residents, Austin has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 25. Within Texas, more than 94% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Austin." I don't think Austin is particularly bad when compared solely to cities of its size or larger, but its not great either. And the numbers are trending in the wrong direction. And there's simply no denying that Austin has one of the highest crime rates (violent and property) of your options of places to live in America. To be clear, I don't think this has anything to do with defunding police or the BLM movement. APD sucked long before any of these issues came up. Here's hoping the reforms being implemented actually do some good, but I'm highly skeptical that they will. I'm equally skeptical of DPS taking over doing any good (not that it would happen anyway), although taking control from this particular city government over any issue may well be a good thing. They've been an absolute joke for longer than most (save Armybrat perhaps) have been alive. As things stand now, a car gets stolen in our neighborhood at a rate of one every other night or so. This has escalated from the petty rifling through cars looking for cash that goes on everywhere. The next step in the escalation has already started with a couple of home break ins. The trend isn't hard to see. There is absolutely no police presence in this city right now and the risk/reward ratio is way out of balance. It's going to take someone getting killed during one of these events for people to wake up, I suspect.
  11. Crime rate in general is bad. Austin ranks among the worst nationally for both violent and property crime right now. I don't really give a fuck if APD gets cleaned up or DPS takes over, so long as someone does something to slow this shit down.
  12. Well, I guess we could go the completely opposite direction and be . . . Russia. Somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot, clearly, but I'm not sure how you maintain that or if it even makes sense to try.
  13. Well, at least you figured out what the underlying problem was.
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