Monthly Archives: January 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016 – Snarky Friday

Friday, January 29, 2016 – Snarky Friday

Disclaimers: I did not watch the Republican debate. I will not watch the Democratic debate. Remember, HWIT is an equal opportunity, bipartisan Snark. I am just watching the circus parade go by.

Dear John Q. Public,

Please excuse Donald Trump from the Republican debate last night. He did not like the person(s) asking the questions.

Thank you,

Madam Rose

Here’s what I’m thinking – how is the strategy of “ I am not going to show up because I do not like the person(s) asking the questions” going to play out in United States foreign policy and diplomatic relations?

Is there a direct correlation or coincidental relationship between the presidential election and reopening of the X-Files? They both seem to be searching for the truth out there somewhere and both seem to be fictional TV shows.

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Photo by me: I am thinking of calling it: A Photographic Representation of all of the Presidential Campaigns.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – We Are the Aggies! The Aggies are WE!

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – We Are the Aggies! The Aggies are WE!

Trivia – Where did Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak graduate from high school? Where did Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller graduate from high school?

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Photo by me – East Side of Kyle Field – Kyle Field Tour – 11.19.2015


Love you, Cam! Good Luck, Carolina! Sorry Phillip! But did you really think I was NOT going to stand with the Former Students of Texas A&M University? Gary Kubiak was the quarterback for The Fighting Texas Aggies when I stood in the boiling afternoon sun on the east side in Kyle Field in the 1980’s. And how about Consensus All American in 2009 and in 2010 Texas A&M linebacker, Von Miller? We have breathed the air of Kyle Field and Aggieland.

Here is a Horse Laugh to the uniformed sports reporter who referred to them as “Former Aggies.” There is no such thing as a Former Aggie. We are known as Former Students and we are ALWAYS a Texas Aggie. It probably has something to do with breathing the air of Kyle Field and Aggieland.

So Here’s to the Denver Broncos


BTHO Carolina in Super Bowl 50!

Trivia answers: Gary Kubiak graduated from St. Pius X in Houston, Texas in 1978.

Von Miller graduated from DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas in 2007.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – The Cam Newton Effect – Besides Being Really Hot Looking and an Outstanding Football Player

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – The Cam Newton Effect – Besides Being Really Hot Looking and an Outstanding Football Player

The Brazos Valley is abuzz over the Cam Newton Effect. Thirty miles down the road a piece from Bryan is Brenham Texas – Home of Blinn College. Blinn still feels the effects of when Cam Newton played quarterback there. He led the 2009 Blinn Buccaneers to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Football Championship.

On February 7, 2016, he will lead his team, the Carolina Panthers, in the 50th Anniversary of the NFL Super Bowl. He seems to have done well between Blinn and Carolina too. Let’s see – a Heisman Trophy, a 2011 National Football Championship for Auburn (Auburn 22 – Oregon 19) and a Bachelor’s Degree in May 2015. Note: his degree is in Sociology – me and Cam!

Here is a screen shot of my TV on Monday, January 25 showing the Bryan KAGS news reporter sitting where Cam Newton sat in his English class at Blinn.

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In her interview here is what his English teacher said about him:

  • It was a Monday, Wednesday, Friday class at 8:00 AM.
  • He always had that great big smile.
  • He was never absent.
  • He was never late.
  • He worked as hard in the classroom as he did on the field.

The Cam Newton effect extends far beyond football and a small college in Texas. It is about working hard to achieve your dreams, keeping your promise to your Mama about getting that sheepskin, always doing your best and thinking about others. Note: Cam Newton chose not to walk at Auburn graduation ceremonies because he did not want to distract from others’ graduation.

I am currently unaware of plans for a plaque marking the seat with Cam Newton Sat Here, but I would support it if there are plans.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Chris Christie: ‘I will throw my body in front of the Johnny Manziel train.’

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Johnny Manziel – touching my Aggie Ring! Aggieland Outfitters, College Station, Texas, 2014.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Chris Christie: ‘I will throw my body in front of the Johnny Manziel train!

The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie said he would sacrifice his body if Johnny Manziel goes to the Dallas Cowboys. Wow! What a great idea. Not that you would die if you literally threw your body on the tracks Governor Christi, but the combination of the National Football League and politics. Why not? Neither cannot possibly get any crazier, can they?

If politicians would throw their bodies under the bus, train, car based on the decisions regarding sports figures to exit the Presidential race, this would cost so much less than debates and caucuses and even elections.

So who are the favorite players of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary, Bernie and the fringe players?

If Johnny comes marching home again to Texas, he can channel in the great Dallas Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith – allegedly sometimes still a bit tipsy in the huddle on Sunday afternoons after closing down those bars around Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. He allegedly sang country western songs upon entering the huddle. See Johnny Manziel already has credentials. I suppose they are not appreciated as much in Cleveland.

The only thing we Cowboy fans want are New Jerseys that read Winners Super Bowl 51!

Monday January 25, 2016 – Teachers, May I Have Your Attention, Please? Pardon This Interruption.

Monday January 25, 2016 – Teachers, May I Have Your Attention, Please? Pardon This Interruption.

Remember when class room instructional time was interrupted by multiple daily announcements over the loud speaker system?

Pardon this interruption, Teachers. May I have your attention please? This is for all K-12 Educators, including but not limited to really good classroom teachers, technology coordinators, principals, assistant principals, supervisors, and central office administrators.

From the January 23, 2016 Bryan Eagle – plus all over social media

An eighth grader in a Texas ISD had to serve a day in suspension for carrying a friend having an asthma attack to the school nurse. He “was reprimanded because a teacher told him not to leave class.”

The girl had trouble breathing and fell to the floor. “The teacher contacted the nurse and awaited an email response.” THE TEACHER SENT THE NURSE AN EMAIL??? WTF? There is a child/student/person lying on your floor unable to breath and you sent an email to the nurse?

The teacher said “the boy said an expletive about not waiting for email and carried his friend to the nurse because he feared the girl would die.”

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Ship wreck – Photo by me – In Maine – I think.

I hope if I ever fall on the floor unable to breath that the eighth grader is there and not the teacher. Have you not passed your test to obtain certification in Common Sense?

Here’s what I’m thinking – the teacher should be suspended as in, without pay. But as Ron White says – “Can’t fix stupid.” Too bad it teaches our children.

PS – Girl OK and later sent a TEXT stating such.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Exa Doy Faust Duffey

September 20, 1912 – January 23, 1975

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Friday, January 22, 2016 – True Snarky Friday

Friday, January 22, 2016 – True Snarky Friday

The Snark will just not go away. I have a few questions.

Why is the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, in Israel meeting with the Prime Minister regarding Texas/Israel relations with Iran?

Did Texas secede and I am not aware of it? I do not watch Fox News.

A couple of more questions, if you do not mind. Who is paying for this visit? This doesn’t have anything to do with the Governor ordering the Texas Guard to guard the Bastropian Citizens from the Federal government last August, does it? Texas isn’t going to sign a treaty with Israel for military support, is it? Is Texas getting a bomb to go with our handguns?

Tom Lehrer – To paraphrase the last line of the great Tom Lehrer song – still as pertinent today as it was in 1965 – Who’s Next? about nuclear proliferation – “We’ll try to stay serene and calm when the Lone Star State gets the bomb!”

Governor Abbott? Did Costello go to Israel too?

Back home in Texas

And along with “death and taxes” it seems that two other absolutes can be added.

Abortion will remain divisive and Texas will sue the administration of President Barack Obama.

For Texas, whose $1.6 trillion a year economy is bigger than many countries including U.S. ally South Korea, spending on suits against the federal government is comparatively miniscule, at around $5.1 million as of December 2014, the Texas Tribune reported, based on disclosures it received from the office.

Current Governor Greg Abbott sued the Obama administration 31 times when he was attorney general. Current Attorney General Ken Paxton, who succeeded Abbott last year, has sued eight times.

Sidebar: Please approach the bench – the current AG, Ken Paxton is under indictment.

For Texas politicians, suing Obama is a badge of honor. Its attorney general’s office has an annual budget of more than $600 million, more than five times higher than other major Republican strongholds such as Arizona.

Texas loses more often than it wins and it has a great deal of litigation still pending before judges that may outlast Obama’s presidency, which ends in January 2017.

Anyone have any ideas where some of those funds could go instead of toward so many lawsuits ? I wonder if the educational institutions need any funds? Maybe mental health issues? Infrastructure upgrades?

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Keep your voter registration card current. Where are my maps of the islands?

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – Throw Back Thursday to Hieroglyphics or Saint Emoticon – Patron Saint of the Inarticulate

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – Throw Back Thursday to Hieroglyphics or Saint Emoticon – Patron Saint of the Inarticulate

Throw Back Thursday all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. They drew pictures on the walls called hieroglyphics. Fast forward to today and we have emoticons.

Doctor hat on: Definition: An emoticon is an etymologically a portmanteau of emotion and icon, is a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression that, in the absence of body language and prosody, serves to draw a receiver’s attention to the tenor or temper of a sender’s nominal non-verbal communication, changing and improving its interpretation.

Doctor hat off: My definition: An emoticon is a teeny tiny picture trying to show what the writer is expressing; it is too small for most eyes to see, sounds like it is a anti diarrhea medicine and has facial expressions that I do not understand.

Furthermore emoticons vary between Eastern and Western cultures. Someone in Japan may be nonverbally saying “Have a nice day” while some in New York may nonverbally be saying with the same emoticon “Oh crap; more snow.” I am unable to tell if I am wishing someone happiness or telling them to kiss my ass.

For example: The emoticon on the left resembles the front grill of a 1962 Thunderbird automobile with headlight covers, while the emoticon on the right seems to be expressing singing a Stevie Wonder song with a hockey stick smile.

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Therefore, do not expect to see a great use of emoticons from me. Besides, what if space aliens landed and all that was left of our culture was emoticons about the Kardashians?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Snarky Wednesday! – Otto Von B., Donald T., Hillary C., and all the rest.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Snarky Wednesday! – Otto Von B., Donald T., Hillary C., and all the rest.

Just when you thought it was safe to start reading Here’s What I’m Thinking. Today is for those of you who have missed The Snark. You can skip to the end for the zingers if you do not want to read the backstory.

On this day – some 365 days from now – in 2017 somebody is going to be sworn in as the POTUS and a bunch of people are just going to be swearing. Every morning after each presidential election I would write the following sentence on the chalkboard of my classroom, on the white board in my office or a stickie note on my office door. I wanted to write it early in case any of the candidates are elected and I seriously consider going to live with Miss Rolene in the islands.

God protects fools, drunks and the United States of America.

From the website:

“There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America” is often said to be a quotation of Otto von Bismarck (1818-1898). The quotation in the form “God always helps fools, lovers and drunkards” exists in French from at least 1708. In 1849, “the special providence over the United States and little children” was attributed to Abbé Correa.

The old French proverb was credited to Bismarck in 1907. The proverb—in its many forms—is still cited. Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898) German aristocrat and statesman; Prime Minister of Prussia (1862 -1890), First Chancellor of Germany (1871 – 1890); he is nicknamed the Iron Chancellor and is noted for the laconicity of his statements. Misattributed This saying appears as early as 1849 in the form “the special providence over the United States and little children”, attributed to Abbé Correa. There is no good evidence that Bismarck ever repeated it.”

Here’s what I’m thinking – since everything that comes out of the presidential candidates’ mouths tends to be misquoted, I thought I would at least try to accurately attribute the quote.

The Iron Chancellor? Hmm? Historically it was a time of evolving social, economic and political change. It was a time that involved significant changes brought about by foreign wars – mostly started and/or caused by Bismark – to unify Germany. Immigrants were emigrating all over the place. (My peeps were already in the United States – from Ireland, England and France – just think if the Irish and the Catholics had not been allowed in the country.) The French even tried to build a wall to keep out the Germans. Historically in times such as these Chancellor has been translated as Dictator.

Question to Mr. Donald Trump. Allegedly 41% of your followers think the United States should bomb the city of Agra bah. Since that is the fictional town in the movie Aladdin, will the bombings be done from fictional airplanes and/ or with fictional missiles?

Did I mention I have a degree in history with emphasis in the rise of Bismark and the Age of Revolution?   Bismark was a cause of the Age of Revolutions. Draw your own conclusions.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – The High Flying Times of the 1970’s – Life in the Fast Lane – The Eagles, Willie, Waylon and Me

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – The High Flying Times of the 1970’s – Life in the Fast Lane – The Eagles, Willie, Waylon and Me

Glenn Frey (11/6/48 – 1/18/16) The Eagles – guitar, vocals)

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“It’s Your World Now”

Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin – From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album –

The 1970’s as sung by David Allen Coe.

I heard The Burritos out in California could fly higher than The Byrds

Roger Mcguinn had a 12 string guitar it was like nothing I’d ever heard,

And The Eagles flew in from the west coast 

Like The Byrds they were trying to be free

While in Texas the talk turned to Outlaws like Willie and Waylon and me.

Like the outlaws, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “The Eagles chronicled America in the high-flying Seventies, a time of rapidly changing social mores leading up to what they called “life in the fast lane.” Between the lines, their favorite subject matter was the pursuit and unraveling of the American dream. They began as wide-eyed country-rockers on the fertile Los Angeles music scene and evolved into purveyors of grandiose, dark-themed albums about excess and seduction. The Eagles were defined and bounded by the Seventies, forming in 1971 and parting ways in 1980. They were born again in 1994 as public demand for their music and messages persuaded them to reunite.

The statistics on the Eagles reveal their influence as a rock and roll band. The group’s first best-of collection, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, is among the best-selling albums of all time, having sold more than 26 million copies. It was the first album to be certified platinum (1 million sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America, which introduced that classification in 1976. They released four consecutive Number One albums between 1975 and 1979: One of These Nights, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Hotel California and The Long Run. Collectively, those four albums topped Billboard’s album chart for 27 weeks. Proving they hadn’t lost their touch, the 1994 reunion album Hell Freezes Over occupied the Number One spot for two weeks. The Eagles charted five Number One hits, and five more singles made the Top 10. They sold more albums in the Seventies than any other American band. Moreover, though the band was inactive in the Eighties, their back catalog steadily sold 1.5 million copies a year.”

Thank you Glenn. RIP. Take it to the limit, one more time.