Monthly Archives: January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – Sausage and Legislation

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – Sausage and Legislation

Goodness gracious, great balls of fire. And sausage and legislation! Now you know why government employees used to say “you do not want to know or see how sausage or legislation is made.” It is not pretty. The history bus is moving rapidly. I am not sure of the direction or who is driving, but I am tightening my seat belt and hoping the wheels do not come off.

Here’s what I’m thinking today. As the slavery and religious issues between Mexico and the United States became heated, Santa Anna’s troops marched toward San Antonio the first of February in 1836 creating fear and anxiety at the mission called The Alamo. This was an effort to stop and ban the emigration and immigration from The United States and entering the Mexican territory known as Texas… Sorry, that is Texas Independence Day topic from the rebellion/revolutionary/remember folder.

Back to today. While the United States’ Constitutional crisis continues, let us turn our attention to Texas. Texas Muslim Capitol Day starts at 10:30 a.m. on the south steps. During the afternoon the group will meet with lawmakers.


Photo by me. Protesting something on the south steps of the state capitol. It is what one does when you live in Austin!

From the fake news desk of Texas Representative Molly White. “All Muslims are invited to my office where they can experience first-hand bigotry, hatred and ‘low life sons of bitches.’ And that is just to the news reporters! The first brave Muslims to enter will receive matched sets of white sheets from a flea market in Deeeeep East Texas suitable for marches, protests and other gatherings where banjo music fills the pines.

We, the People, are living history. It is called democracy in action. You get to see it and participate in it in real time. “You Say You Want a Revolution?” (The Beatles) How do you like it during the first ten days?


Monday January 30, 2017 – Just a Little Off the Top or That Was The Weekend That Was – TWTW!

Monday January 30, 2017 – Just a Little Off the Top or That Was The Weekend That Was – TWTW!

For the history geeks of the world…

Good Morning Class. I am Dr. Dimwitted and I will be your substitute history teacher for the day.


Your teacher, Mrs. Mus Slim, born in Dallas, was trapped in flight returning from seeing her family in Turkey and is stranded in New York.

Here are your four options for learning today. Select one that best fits your learning style. Please ensure your devise is connected.

Option One: React to the following sentence appearing on your screen now: Those who forgot the history of civilizations are doomed to repeat it. You may opt to write a blistering essay; create a 30 second Public Service Announcement before the Freedom of the Press goes away and the media goes dark or you may sit quietly fiddling your thumbs or playing your violin while Rome burns.

Option Two: Raise your hand and I will download one of the following movies to your device. After seeing the movie, write a brief review by giving 1 star for poor, obviously an product of Hateful Hollywood to 5 stars for could not stop laughing.

A Day Without Mexicans – One day, California wakes up and every single Latino has inexplicably disappeared. No business owner, doctor, nurse, soldier, teacher, entertainer, athlete or politician can be found. No bus driver, farm worker, cook, gardener or nanny. All gone. California — the ninth largest economy in the world — grinds to a halt because Latinos have vanished.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Yes, you have a question? What is your name again? No, Mohammed, Dr. Strangelove is not about the Chief of Power Steve Bunion pushing the Truth Director, Sean Slicer to say “aggravate the protestors so we can send in the National Guard.”

If you would like to research how successful that strategy worked in previous years, may I call your attention to Kent State, Cal (formerly known as Berkley) or any other college campus during the 1960’s? You might also check how the attack dogs and fire hoses worked against people of color during the same period.

The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It follows the President of the United States, his advisers, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse. It separately follows the crew of one B-52 bomber as they try to deliver their payload.

Option Three: Do an ancestor search on Kellyanne Conway to ensure she is only channeling in Josef Goebbels and is not actually related to him.

Option Four: Read or reread George Orwell’s novel, 1984. Mark the first page and the first words when you get scared about that was the weekend that was.

Friday, January 27, 2017 – Snarky Friday

Friday, January 27, 2017 – Snarky Friday

This just in. “Nick Sabin to replace Kevin Sumlin as head coach at Texas A&M. Aggies expected to win National Championship.”

And now Kellyanne Conway – “This is an alternate fact stemming from unsubstantiated rumors from the biased media and wishful alumni. Of course, I have no idea who Sabin, Sumlin or the Aggies are, but I am certain the media is inaccurate, biased, stupid, out of touch and just plain mean. Furthermore the Cowboys would have won the NFC Championship, but the game was rigged.”

Sean “Slicer” Spicer – “The media is wrong as usual. Sabin will not leave Mississippi. I mean Alabama. The size of the stadium does matter. Ours is bigger. Our alternate fact numbers show this. NO! I do not answer your questions.”

From the Good News Files – So long, Brent Musburger. I hope you enjoy retirement as much as we will enjoy you not announcing.


Thursday, January 26, 2017 – “Who Can Turn the World on with Her Smile?”

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – “Who can turn the world on with her smile?”

“It’s you, girl!”  “You’re gonna make it after all.” We did make it because of you. “Love is all around.” Thank you Mary Tyler Moore. RIP.

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Photo by me.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – La La Land

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – La La Land

I guess I will use my senior discount and go see what this La La Land movie is all about. What was the last musical to win the Academy Award for Best Picture? Bonus question: What year?


Let’s take a back stage look at the ten musicals to win Best Picture. And of course here’s what I’m thinking each one.

  1. The Broadway Melody – 1929. Not to be confused with The Wall Street Melody of Doom.
  2. The Great Ziegfeld – 1936. Wow! Same year as Nazi Olympics
  3. Going My Way – 1944. A Bing Sing!
  4. American in Paris – 1951. Come on! It’s G. Gershwin songs with, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron singing and dancing and directed by Vincent Minnelli– ‘S Wonderful. ‘S Marvelous.
  5. Gigi – 1958. Thank Heaven for Little Girls! More French singing and dancing and lots of champagne.
  6. West Side Story – 1961- Puerto Ricans singing “All things are free in America!”
  7. My Fair Lady – 1964. Illiterate flower street vendor is made over by a narscisstic misogynist and accepted into London high society. Great songs.
  8. The Sound of Music – 1965- more Nazis, but great music.
  9. Oliver – 1968 – British movie about street urchins, pick pockets, poverty, hunger, an abused woman beaten to death. Delightful songs.

And the last musical to win the Oscar for Best Picture

  1. Chicago – 2002. “He had it coming; he had it coming; he only had himself to blame…”

Maybe La La Land will take the golden statue this year for Best Picture. What? It is not about the Trump Administration? Sorry, that was an alternate fact.

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Where Did the Day Go?

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Where Did the Day Go?

Yesterday the winds blew who knows what into the air. I tried to breathe much of it and thus created a head full of snot to start the week. About 10:00 this morning – time to write HWIT – I decided to take a sinus pill to clear my head and lie down for an hour. I woke up at 3:00 in the afternoon. My head is so clear I can think of nothing to write.  Tune in tomorrow.


Friday, January 20, 2017 – Darkness. Hic Sunt Dracones

Friday, January 20, 2017 – Darkness. Hic Sunt Dracones

There will be no blog today because as they say in Latin – hic sunt dracones – beyond here are dragons.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Get a Cause Because. Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Get a Cause Because. Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Here’s what I’m thinking today. You should get a cause and support it in the best ways you can. Two of my causes are We Back Pat and Still Magnolias.

Thank you Algers, for being in Tennessee the day it after Coach Summitt's announcement and buying me this shirt.

Thank you Algers, for being in Tennessee the day it after Coach Summitt’s announcement and buying me this shirt.

We Back Pat honors the legendary Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt. This week SEC women’s basketball teams honor Coach Summitt with all teams wearing We Back Pat shirts. This week also announces the opening of the Pat Summitt Foundation. Please join me in this cause to find treatment and more importantly a cure for Alzheimers.

If you can’t find a cause you like, then start one you do like. Let’s hear for the Still Magnolias!!! It all starts with an idea. The Still Magnolias started with “wouldn’t it be nice if we could do something for our high school and 50th year of graduation?”

Because of your faith in us and your generosity and with the help of the Magnolia Independent School District and the Magnolia Education Foundation, The Still Magnolias were able to award two academic scholarships to Magnolia High School graduating seniors AND to start a program at MHS to provide assistance to current students. We named the program The Molly Memorial although the name could have been any classmate. This year we want to do more to help make the world a better place for those MHS students who now walk the hallways with the same Bulldog tenacity and spirit we once did. It is a chance to honor and/or remember someone who made a difference in your life in Magnolia, Texas by influencing others.

There are many ways you can get involved. When scholarship applications arrive this spring, we will need reviewers. Last year Still Magnolias were the only group who also awarded T-shirts to the kids’ chosen college. They loved it! We are always looking for ideas, directions, thoughts and most of all prayers.

Of course the bottom line always comes down to money. If you have a few spare dollars or that change in the jar, please consider donating to The Molly Memorial. Message me for submission and tax deductible forms.

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Ann Richards Inauguration – Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas – date: long ago when Texas was Blue. Photo by me.

Happy Birthday Dolly Parton! Them girls from Tennessee are tough ain’t they?


Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – The Breakfast Club and J. L. McCullough High School -1976-1980

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – The Breakfast Club and J. L. McCullough High School -1976-1980

Let’s get in the Way Back Machine and get our plaid on and go back to the REALLY bright and colorful halls of J. L. McCullough High School during the 1970’s. Stay calm, there will not be photographs.

I usually do not like movies about public schools because they tend to be unrealistic. Of course with Bad Teacher being an exception. I love the movie The Breakfast Club directed by the great John Hughes. It reminds me of every student who attended McC. It also reminds me of the first time I saw the movie with so many McC teachers who screamed “Karl” when the AP appears in his leisure suit – except it was not lime green.

Actually the movie reminds me of every student then and now and how many are forgotten for so many reasons.

Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you’re crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out, is that each one of us is a

brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club

Bonus Question: Who sang Don’t You Forget About Me?

Answer: Simple Minds.

Speaking of simple minds, I wonder if the proposed Secretary of Education has ever seen The Breakfast Club?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Still Magnolias are Gathering for Fun, Food and Fellowship

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Still Magnolias are Gathering for Fun, Food and Fellowship

“I am so excited; I just can’t hide it; I’m about to lose control and I think I like it” I’m so excited I might be a Pointer Sister. There are so many Magnolia High School graduates planning to attend an upcoming function. If you haven’t heard about it, here is a big Bulldog reminder – Pretend you hear Mr. Lyon over the speaker system:

Still Magnolias, graduates from any year from Magnolia High School, are gathering for a fun lunch at The Farmhouse Café in Huntsville, Texas (by The Walls) on Thursday, January 26 at 11:30.

Please give an RSVP so Pat H. can get a head count. This will also ensure there is plenty of the special of the day – roast beef and potatoes and that there is plenty of lemon pie.

Also, spread the word; let others know. If you are unable to make this lunch, we will catch you next time. These get togethers are good for the soul. They are like a giant high school reunion on a band trip. We hope you can attend. Pat, Dyan, Linda, Karen, and Dianne J. will twirl fire batons after the lunch in the parking lot.

One more announcement, Delia, your purse is hanging outside Mr. Wax’s room. Please get it before you go home.


The Class of 1967 in 2004 (?) Look at my angelic pose – What the hell was that all about?