Monthly Archives: July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Millard Fillmore for President

Friday, July 31, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Millard Fillmore for President

My sister called me the other day and asked me if I was running for President of the United States. Since everybody else seemed to be running, she wondered if we should run. After a bit of discussion, we both decided against it. She said she is slow and did not want to move around that much. I do not care for a group larger than six. If the group is larger than that I usually have to take a chill pill. And a steady diet of road food would throw our gastro intestinal tracts into more chaos that usual. But we came up with another suggestion. Why don’t some of the old presidents run? Not Carter or Clinton or either of the Bushes. The old presidents. The dead ones.

Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it say the President of the United States must be alive. According The Constitution, one must be:

  • Natural born – Born in the USA (B. Springsteen.)
  • 35 years old
  • A resident of the United States for 14 years.

We could bring back Abraham Lincoln. Maybe Eisenhower from the 1950’s since many appear to want to return to those golden (NOT) days of yesteryear. How about Franklin Roosevelt for the liberals? Maybe Teddy Roosevelt for the environmentalists? Maybe even George Washington himself. Why not? I am pretty sure many of the candidates today are brain dead any way. Most of the dead presidents have been a resident of and IN the United States for over 114 years.

If a presidential speech is needed, just use a hologram or some animatronics from Disney or Universal Studios.

My personal favorite for president is Millard Fillmore. He is the only one whose initials are actually MF.

Why aren’t all of the debates on The Comedy Network?

Keep your voter registration card current and

Vote Early and Vote Often.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Throw Back Thursday – SFA – 1971

Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Throw Back Thursday – SFA – 1971

Someone asked me the other day what my family did. I told them “We go to college. Then we go to college graduations. Then we go to and/or watch on TV our alma mater’s football teams.”

While the first to go to college was Big Don, I was second. Here is my beautiful family at my Stephen F. Austin State University graduation in 1971. Ax ‘Em Jacks!

Buckalews 1971 (688x688)

The rest, as they say, is history. Nice hair, Dale. It is all yours?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – STAAR, TEA, SBOE and Goodbye Pearson

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – STAAR, TEA, SBOE and Goodbye Pearson

Fighting Texas Aggie Band

I see where there is a dialog among teachers regarding next year’s STAAR assessment.

We, as employees of the Texas Education Agency, used to say “Your perspective depends on what altitude your aircraft flies.” There are those whose perspective of education is that viewed from a crop duster. These are teachers and principals – the ones actually doing the work to make “crops” grow.

Then there are people, such as the State Board of Education and the Texas Legislature whose aircraft is the Space Shuttle. This also includes those who believe they can evaluate an educational institution by the sheer fact they attended one.

As you express your well stated concerns please keep in mind:

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) works at the pleasure of the Texas Legislature. By statute in the Texas Education Code (help me RL and Joan for exact citation) it is the agency’s responsibility to develop and/or monitor legislation passed and signed into law or something like that.

In addition, there is statutorily defined, The State Board of Education. The Texas Legislature and the SBOE are both elected bodies. Together, they have an IQ equal to the temperature on a hot day in July in Texas.

Therefore, please ensure your comments regarding all assessments are directed to the appropriate entity.

However, you may also inform the Texas Education Agency of your concerns by calling the complaint division whose phone number is 512-463-9290. I remember this because my phone number there was 512-463-9092. I was chewed out enough by superintendents and higher ups with better titles who made way more money than I did, without being chewed out by people trying to reach the general complaint division.

It was commented that “It (STAAR) is a moving target.” I can assure you that following a legislative session everything at TEA is a moving target. This includes, but it is not limited to the creation of a Kindergarten funding program and assessment strategies for awarding schools, those letter grades of A, B, C, D, and “bottom of the barrel.” (V. Bergin, TEA, when it was fun).

In addition, I am sure the graphics department is busy making big old capital letters to hang on the front of the school.

And last, but certainly not least, we say good bye to Pearson, or Big P.

In May, the Texas Education Agency announced that Pearson Education would no longer be the exclusive standardized testing vendor, a position the British mega-company had held for more than three decades.

Which part of that hangs you up? British mega-company or three decades?

The largest provider of testing services in Texas, education giant Pearson confirmed Thursday that it will lay off more than 200 Texas employees after the state chose another vendor for the majority of its new standardized testing contract.

Nikki, don’t you love Karma?

Of course the audit did not help either.

Still tattooed on the inside of my eyelids – “you do not have to defend the results; you have to defend the process.” And when there is no process other than “Here, you go, my friend and supporter,” it is hard to defend.

So as you express your concerns, please:

  • Ensure you are complaining to and about the correct entities.
  • Remember, the Commission of Education at TEA and the Chair of the State Board of Education are political appointees by the governor.
  • Note that the chair of the SBOE at this time home schooled her son and has no public school background or experience.
  • With New Jersey Testing replacing Big P, it’s a new bubble to color.
  • Keep your voter registration card current.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – Crimes Against Uniforms – Adidas Must Be Stopped!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – Crimes Against Uniforms – Adidas Must Be Stopped!

Adidas must be stopped for its crimes against uniforms!

Crimes against uniforms. Not to be confused with crimes against humanity or Cards Against Humanity. Obviously I am not the only person who writes about and dislikes the college uniforms. Take a look at the comments by Roger Sherman from SB Nation about college football and basketball uniforms.




I agree Mr. Sherman. Who is in charge of the Adidas color wheel? And what hallucinating drugs are they taking?

I believe no one should wear clothing in colors that one is unable to spell. Is camo really a color? How about chartreuse? Does any player really want to look like a highlighter pen?

I wonder if Stevie P. THE AD, at The University has explored glow in the dark uniforms for the football team. He could save money by turning off the lights in DKR Memorial Stadium.

Now if we could only do something about that blue football field of Boise State. It hurts my eyes and especially if the players are wearing these ugly uniforms.


Monday, July 27, 2015 – Let’s Review – For the New Comers to Here’s What I’m Thinking or

Monday, July 27, 2015 – Let’s Review – For the New Comers to Here’s What I’m Thinking or

Pretend it’s an In Service -Staff Development Day. And of course, there will be an assessment. It’s Texas, where we assess everything.

Last Easter I was holding my own personal Easter Vigil – What? I’m Catholic. I had wine. I had candles. So “I don’t go to church and I don’t cut my hair,” (J. Buffet, Pencil Thin Mustache). But you can read about my spiritual journey on the April 4, 2015 post to hear the backstory of the blog. Here are the bullet points:

Blog Name: Here’s What’ I’m Thinking (HWIT)

Daily Goal: Write something Monday through Friday that will make at least one person smile (hopefully laugh) and/or think. Write something Saturday or Sunday if I feel like it or something happens.

What is HWIT about? Whatever I am thinking. But it usually centers on college football, sports, the Texas Aggies, the educational institution, Texas, life in general and with some politics thrown in to piss off people.

Topics – While the topics initially appear to be random, the intelligentsia soon discover there are patterns.

Business Plan: If I have known you or know you now, I WILL write about you at some point. It is within one standard deviation of the norm that what I write about you is positive. Also, you do not want to take the chance and not read every day in case it is the day I write about you.

How? You may find yourself mentioned in numerous ways. You may have a nickname – BFF Troglodyte or Miss Navasota. You may have something named after you – The DeMars Level of Higher Order Thinking – not to be confused with his guitar teaching method “Don’t Be a ”Lady Part” Guitar Method. (G, Your actual title is much better, but my sister reads this) It is when I mention you by your full name that you should be afraid.

Like/Agree: You do not have to agree with anything I write. In fact, I’ve been told – I read your blog every day, disagree with a lot of it, but it’s funnier hell to read. Thank you Ms. CSE.

Access: You do not have to access Facebook to read it. One can enter the following into their search engine – That is the site of Here’s What I’m Thinking. The site then connects to Facebook and Twitter.

Comments: Love your comments. They make me laugh/smile and think. Thank you.

Originality – 99.99999% of what I post to is my original work – my original thoughts. In addition to our ability to accessorize which separates us from the animals, the Dr. in front of our name requires originality and it makes a difference. Yes, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Hofstater, Dr. Koothrappali, Dr. Fowler, Dr. Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, Dr. Duffey and MR. Wolowitz is the true culture of the degree.

Share: When I am on FB – This does not mean that I do not love cats, dogs, Jesus, your grandchildren, your friends, good recipes and thoughts of others that you post. Nor does it mean when I do not share that I disagree with you, that I am not patriotic, dislike the photograph, and don’t pray for you. It just means I usually do not share. Remember, my sister and I were only children.

Style -I called the writing style The Connective Door Knob. * I usually make strange connections of diverse topics, in diverse writing styles and sometimes with a surprise ending. “I did not see that last sentence coming.” (KMY)

* The Door Knob refers to the term in therapy when in the last 30 seconds, usually as you are leaving and your hand is on the door knob, you throw out a giant “Oh by the way…” which is usually very significant. “I did not see that last sentence coming.” (KMY)

Diverse styles of writing: Examples include: The January 5, 2015 post – The Number of College Bowl Games written as my Doctoral Proposal – with charts and graphs. Or state contract model Request for Proposal (RFP) from the March 20, 2015 post, where I am requesting a proposal for someone to remove the giant penis stain in my drive way. Yes, there are pictures.

Length – I try to keep the posts around 400 words. I calculated this as an indirect correlation of reading time necessary to read HWIT to the time of the traffic light change if you are reading on your smart phone or the time necessary for a normal, ordinary bowel movement if one is reading on their tablet. But sometimes I get verbose – like now. The End. Enjoy. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?

Friday, July 24, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Football and No Such Thing as a Free Lunch Any More

Friday, July 24, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Football and No Such Thing as a Free Lunch Any More

So many topics from which to choose to snark about this Friday. We have El Strumpet – aka Tony Soprano – from the Genghis Khan School of Diplomacy on the Texas border. We have Captain Hairspray bully baiting him by calling him a “false prophet.” Did you mean “false profit?” And then we have Gooberner Abbott going after the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). If I recall it is the job and responsibility of the LBB, as defined by statute, is to oversee the budget process. Oh, well, all of that can go on Comedy Central.

In other budget related news, I see where AD Steve Patterson of The University of Texas has issued a new policy that limits the number of visits coaches can make to check upon their players. Under Patterson, coaches are only allowed 30 visits to the dining hall. If coaches exceed the number of visits, they must pay $10 for each visit out of their own pocket. And that does not look like it includes a meal. If a coach wants to dine during any of their visits, it is $19.50 a meal and no credit cards accepted. Cash on the Longhorn barrel head.

Texas claims that it was spending over $300,000 on coach and staff meals at the dining facilities. While $300,000 appears to be a significant amount, Texas took in over $161 million in revenue in 2014. It does not take John Wax math to see that $300,000 is a drop in the checkbook of the alumni that you appear to be angering, Stevie P.

I am having difficulty in understanding the sacrifice of quality coach/player time to save $300,000. The revenue for the Notre Dame game on the Notre Dame Network (NBC) will be greater than $300,000.

But if you are really that concerned about reducing the athletic budget, I am offering some cost saving ideas for your consideration.

  • Dispense with hotels and camp out at the Cotton Bowl for the Red River Rivalry.
  • Have some of the campus service organizations prepare sack lunches for the teams as their altruistic projects.
  • Dim the scoreboard at DKR Memorial Stadium if Texas is behind by more than three touchdowns in the 4th Quarter.
  • Have the team hitch hike to Waco to McLane Stadium.
  • Realign the Big 12 so you do not have to go to places like Ames, Iowa or Morgantown, West Virginia.
  • Sell more beer in Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium.
  • Stop courting the Pac 12. With new revelations, you certainly cannot meet their academic standards now.
  • Sell Boykin for Heisman T-shirts outside Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

Here is my final thought for you Stevie P. I just saw yesterday’s Bleacher Report Preseason Top 25. Yes, meaningless, but still. Instead of concentrating on the number $300,000, I would concentrate on the means of getting The University of Texas back into some of those smaller numbers – like the Top 25. Hook ‘Em Hippies.

Texas Flag @ Sunset (800x600)

Taken from Darrel K. Royal Memorial Stadium. Photo by me.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 – Throw Back Thursday – The Beach Boys and Magnolia High School 1965-1967

Thursday, July 23, 2015 – Throw Back Thursday – The Beach Boys and Magnolia High School 1965-1967

Don’t tell me that even today your knees don’t go weak and your heart doesn’t skip a beat when you hear the opening chords of God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. In 1966 the top three groups according to record sales in England in order were:

  1. The Beach Boys
  2. The Beatles
  3. The Rolling Stones

If you attended Magnolia High school from about 1965 to 1967 (if you can remember back that far), did you ever wonder why there were so many Beach Boys songs played during lunch? Here is why:

    • They were my records, albums or LP’s. Today they are called vinyl. They are big, black, flat, round, platter looking- just Google “record albums.”
    • Sonny Calvert (May he rest in peace) and I were in charge of playing records at lunch. The Beach Boys were our favorite group.
    • My mother would not buy me the album by those “long-haired foreigners.” That would be these on the wall of my study, Mother.

The Beatles (600x800)

Like many of the groups from my era, The Beach Boys are celebrating 50 years. Dennis and Carl Wilson (RIP) are channeled into their replacements. You can hear the genius of Brian Wilson through the remastered versions of their songs. But most of all it was then and is today – the harmonies. As the remaining members of the original The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine) say – “You can hear the love coming through the harmony.”

Tour dates in Texas are Oct. 7 at UT Tyler in the Cowan Center and October 8 at the Majestic in San Antonio. Who’s up for a road trip?

Be True to Your School! Rah, rah, rah, Sis Boom Bah!

Good Vibrations, huh? Just let me hear some of that Rock and Roll Music so we can Dance, Dance, Dance, All Summer Long. Wouldn’t It Be Nice? Let’s get together and Do it Again and go on a Surfin Safari. We’ll have Fun, Fun, Fun. Don’t Worry, Baby.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – Way To Go Tech

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – Way To Go Tech

Way to go Tech football players– Call you RANCH, because you were DRESSIN IT at The Big 12 Media Day.

Mr. Washington – That pink and green bow tie was working for you.

Mr. Jackson – That hot pink tie with the perfectly matched pocket square had it goin on!

Mr. Kaster – The red and white striped tie against a blue striped shirt was much choice better than a bolo.

And Koach Kliff – I see where you were Dressing Lite, with your Kustom made shirt and initials on the kuff and letting your players “own it.” Well-done. And you are still looking good, Mr. GQ. All of you looked very professional and business like.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – Queen Elizabeth II and The Salute

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – Queen Elizabeth II and The Salute

I see where a photo taken in 1933 of then seven year old Princess, now Queen Elizabeth II surfaced of her mimicking the Nazi salute. All in favor of wiping out all references in the history books of the soon to be longest reigning British Monarch, please raise your hands. Item passes. And the next item on the Texas State Board of Education agenda is…

This photo has nothing to do with Queen Elizabeth. It’s here because I do not have a photo of Queen Elizabeth and if there is no photo on blog in Facebook, all it shows is my torso. Thank goodness, I was only four years old.

SWEET POTATO QUEENS 2015-03-28 016 (800x600)

Leslie Gore-Tex – aka Rodeo Queen – and a real Queen too.

Monday, July 20, 2015 – Trump v McCain

Monday, July 20, 2015 – Trump v McCain

Good morning, Class.

Today you will select five words that describe presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Then you will select five words that describe United States Senator John McCain.

From the following list of words, please select your top five, one for each of Donald Trump’s draft deferments, that he could have used to obtain a deferent and not serve in the military during Vietnam. With the exception of the last listed, these come from Phil Ochs’ Daft Dodger Rag and were actual reasons for deferments.

  • ruptured spleen,
  • always carry a purse,
  • bad eyes,
  • flat feet,
  • asthmatic,
  • single support of person,
  • caregiver for aging family,
  • unable to pass physical,
  • too fat,
  • going to college,
  • working in a defense plant
  • unable to deal with authority, and/or
  • bad hair then.

Now select at least five words to describe United States Senator John McCain. Feel free to add other adjectives.

  • Decorated Vietnam Veteran
  • Former POW
  • Hero
  • Experienced United States Senator
  • Experienced politician
  • Honorable
  • Respected
  • Bipartisan
  • Exhibits class at all times, and
  • Knows when to be silent.

 Best response provided to Trump.

“No Comment.” Senator, John McCain