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On his Facebook wall. Which he chose to keep public. While out on probation for a violent crime.
On December 10, Merksamer, his girlfriend and another man were arrested for allegedly using a gun to rob a man. All three were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Merksamer's girlfriend has already accepted 25 days in jail and four years deferred adjudication in the case. The male alleged accomplice has made his $30,000 bond and awaits his next court date.
Merksamer, on the other hand, is still being held without bond in the Harris County Jail.
There he might have time to ponder the wisdom (or lack thereof) of his self-penned "Favorite Quote" on his Facebook page: "Y Go through school to get smart if when you die all the knowledge u had goes nowhere."
Here's a hint: The reason Y some of us "get smart" is so we don't have to go to jail and stay there. And while it may not be in the official curriculum, some of us also learn not to brag about breaking the law on our Facebook pages, too.
Doing It Daily
Theres tons of stuff each day on the Houston Press blogs; youre only getting a taste of it here in the print edition. Head to blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs (or /rocks or eating or /artattack).
State Rep Debbie Riddle, fresh from making a fool of herself on CNN and camping out to pre-file her anti-immigration bill, wrote a book that she said would help readers "make a lasting and profound difference" in America. It's 96 pages long. One-third of the Texas House announced themselves as members of Dan Patrick's Tea Party Caucus, leading Keith Olbermann to proclaim our legislature something "The Nuge would be proud of." And the City of Houston raised fees on strippers to close a budget gap — how will those hardworking gals afford their grad-school tuition?
We listed 25 things of note that happened in the sports year of both UH and Rice. We helped people hoping to apply for the Longhorns' offensive coordinator job and, of course, kept track of the train wreck that is the Houston Texans season.
Unusual murders in Montrose and near River Oaks sparked comments among readers. We listed the ten worst neighborhoods for robbery in Houston. And a former popular meteorologist here was charged in New York City with making a false claim to police that she had been raped.
We reported on the sad and shocking news of MFAH director Peter Marzio's passing and talked to his colleagues about his legacy. We offered a selection of great gift ideas from the Contemporary Arts Museum gift shop. We counted down our list of the top ten underrated Christmas films. And Houston Press staffers bravely demonstrated (in photography) how NOT to behave at your office Christmas party.