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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Silver Wings and Help Me Understand

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Silver Wings and Help Me Understand

Help me understand. Four Americans were killed in the 2012 terrorist attack on the United States’ diplomatic compound in Benghazi. When their flag draped coffins arrived in Dover, Maryland the then President of the United States and the Secretary of State met them. Nevertheless, the two were vilified for their actions in Benghazi.

The current president of the United States did not acknowledge the deaths of the four Green Berets in Niger until specifically asked about it. There was no press. No flags ordered to half-staff. Nothing for twelve days! When the POTUS did address the deaths, he lied about his predecessors’ actions and then made the situation worse when he did acknowledge the deaths to the families of the soldiers.

Why is there no outrage? Why is there no Facebook ranting demanding the flags be flown at half-staff in their honor? The death of a military hero doing his or her job to make the world safer should not be politicized. I do not understand the hypocrisy displayed.

Therefore, in my own little insignificant way, today I honor the four brave men, their courage, and send thoughts of peace to their families and loved ones and to the world.

Sing (or cry) along with SStg. Barry Sanders.

Silver wings upon their chests; these are men of America’s best…

Monday, October 2, 2017 – Football is Just a Game

Monday, October 2, 2017 – Football is Just a Game

No awards today. Thoughts and prayers for:

Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, the children who need CHIP, and the United States of America.

Photo by me.

Friday, September 1,2017 – Snarky Friday is Coming, but First

Friday, September 1,2017 – Snarky Friday is Coming, but First

I am going to reduce my Facebook posts and shares regarding Hurricane Harvey and the devastating aftermath. I am on Devastation Overload.

The Uglies (and I am one of them) are beginning to appear in others’ replies, posts and shares.

With any loss we as humans go through five identified stages of grief. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. The stages do not proceed along a linear time line and each individual’s reaction is different.

As many of us enter the Anger phase it tends to polarize us based on experiences, values, circumstances, lack of knowledge and understanding and all of the components that make us who we are. There are always three sides to every story –My side; your side and the truth. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.

I fell in love with the song Light One Candle by Peter, Paul and Mary the first time I heard it – back when we were all young and thin. So as we as Texans and the rest of nation cope with the losses, let us remember to not let the candle of hope burn out. Let us sing that we never become our own foe and not let anger tear us apart. Let us sing as the light shines through the love and tears. Let us sing with peace as a song in our hearts.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 – Six Flags over Texas and Preparations for the Hurricane

Thursday, August 24, 2017 – Six Flags over Texas and Preparations for the Hurricane

This is what is wrong with education today. ICYMI The Six Flags over Texas amusement park recently replaced the six flags that flew over Texas with United States flags at the park’s entrance. As expected there were numerous thoughts on Facebook. This was my favorite:

Question: What were the 6 flags that flew over Texas?

Reply: France, Spanish, Mexico, Texas, Confederate, US and one more.

The current flag that may be flying over Texas this weekend is the one marking a hurricane. The red square one with the black square in the center. One flag means storm and two flags mean hurricane.

NOLA April 2017 Photo by me

Harvey the Hurricane is approaching the coast of Texas bringing enormous amounts of rain. An eclipse and hurricane in the same week gives me pause for concern. But I am prepared and in an effort to help you prepare for Harvey I offer the following assistance. You will need the following:

    • 2 oz light rum
    • 2 oz dark rum
    • 2 oz passion fruit
    • 1 oz orange juice
    • Juice of half a lime
    • 1 table spoon simple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon grenadine

Squeeze lime into shaker over ice, pour in the remaining ingredients, shake, strain ice and pour in big glass. Then think “What would Jimmy Buffet do?” Now break out in song and sing…

Pour me something tall and strong; make it a hurricane before I go insane; It’s only half past twelve, but I don’t care It’s five o’clock somewhere.

Stay safe.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Happy Birthday, Honeyboy

Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Happy Birthday, Honeyboy

On this day in history, in 1907, Randall Edwin Duffey was born to Charles Edwin and Mary Rose Duckworth Duffey  in Colfax, Louisiana. He would grow into a fine man,

and marry a fine young lady named Exa Doy Faust.

Trust me. They grew up to be beautiful.

Together they would have two daughters. One would raise four beautiful children and the other one would go to school forever to learn how to do stuff like writing blogs and adding pictures and YouTube videos.

The older daughter gave him the name Honeyboy when she stood up in the Catholic School at age five and announced she did not have a father, but only a Honeyboy. After the home visit from both Mother Superior and the Monsignor that evening, it was learned that indeed she had a father and she called him Honeyboy because her Mother called him Honey.

Thus he became Honeyboy to every person who met him and loved him for his 93 earthly years. Today he is 110 and having a Nanny Cake and gone hunting or fishing with Uncle Dale. Or he might just be waiting and watching his Houston Astros. This could be the year, HB!

Happy Birthday, Honeyboy. We love you and miss you.

Your Family Tree

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Presenting The Divine Miss Peach

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Presenting The Divine Miss Peach

Thank you Aggieland Humane Society for all you do for all the critters.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Pack Up the Babies and Grab the Old Ladies; That’s Right, You’re Not from Texas

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Pack Up the Babies and Grab the Old Ladies; That’s Right, You’re Not from Texas

That’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway. Even though Lyle Lovett’s song suggests Texas wants you, we really do not. We have plenty of crazy people that already live here. Like most Southerners, we like crazy people and even enjoy sitting on the front porch and sharing a cocktail with them. In Texas we like crazy people so much we elect them to high level government positions.

This week in our great state capital, Austin, many of the crazy people once again congregate under the Dome of Decisions in a Special Session called by the Governor of Texas. One of the most pressing issues and urgent issues is to help us sort out where to void our bladders in public places associated with educational institutions. This is known as The Bathroom Bill or Senate Bill 6. So, paraphrasing the great Neil Diamond “Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies, cause everyone knows it’s Brother Dan’s Show.”

The entire Texas legislature seems to be obsessed with human body functions, like abortion, sex of any kind (yes, last session they passed a no sex with animals bill), homosexuality, transgendered people and where people poop and pee and shower and change clothes (locker rooms). And for some reason they think they can control these bodily functions legislatively.

The lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, aka Saint Evangelical, seems to be overly obsessed with where individuals go to the bathroom. So much he is apparently ready to fall on the proverbial sword to push this through the Texas Legislature.

Here’s what I’m thinking. What if educational institutions selected a strategically located facility in the building, and put a new sign on the door designating it

The I. P. Freely Bathroom sponsored by Saint Evangelical.

A cost savings suggestion is, just write it on the wall next to the facility. I think that is where the handwriting is. Besides, think how much money public schools could have to focus on teaching and learning rather than peeing and pooping.

“I see a bad moon rising…” Creedence Clearwater Revival. Photo by me. Looking out my backyard – also by CCR.

Keep your voter registration card current and your Texas photo voter ID too.

Friday, July 7, 2017 – Snarky Friday – 7.7.17 – Seven More Saturdays Until Kick Off

Seven. Seven. Seventeen. Seven more Saturdays until we scream! WHOOP!

Why is it so hot in Texas in July? It is because it was July when God kicked the Devil out of Heaven. God gave him the choice between Texas in July or Hell. The Devil chose Hell because it is cooler than Texas in July.

But the July temperatures are not the only thing in Texas burning hotter than the hinges on the Gates of Hell. There is an office near Wellborn and George Bush Drive in College Station that also has some very hot hinges. The name on the door – Kevin Sumlin.

Yes, Indeedee do, the hottest coach’s seat in the NCAA D-1 football is right here in College Station. Three years of 5-0 starts squandered. The motivational poster in his office reads WIN NOW! I think it was placed there by the AD and the HR people from Texas A&M. Might have been John Sharp. I believe this is called “The handwriting on the wall.”

It must really be hot because the SEC Media Days paired the Texas A&M with the Alabama to take some of the heat away from Sumlin. Sabin and Sumlin – hot, but for different reasons.

Speaking of hot seats – or at least warm – we have THE University of Texas coach Tom Herman featured on the football bible of Texas – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

I cannot say for certain, but here’s what I’m thinking. My friends who attended and support THE University are going to want more than Coach Herman’s picture on the cover of a magazine. All of that football gibberish better transfer to the scoreboard with W’s on it every Saturday.

Don’t forget – UT You Pee! ( I have so been saving to saythat.)

Hook ‘Em Hippies!


Seven more Saturdays until college football kickoff. Counting the days.


Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer and G-20

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer and G-20

Here’s What I’m Thinking. Get your history hat on.

The POTUS is out of the country. Our political prayer for the day is “please do not let him tweet and start a war.”

He is headed to the G-20 Summit that kicks off tomorrow in Hamburg, Germany. The Chair of the Conference is Head of State of Germany, Angela Merkel. It is a meeting to discuss world financial issues and has been going on since 1999 (Google it).

I am feeling like The Hippie Dippy Weatherman (George Carlin) “A line of thunderstorms is headed toward Japan, but so is a line of North Korean missiles, so I would not sweat the thunderstorms.” Is the emoji for this a mushroom shaped cloud over Alaska or the Secretary of Education telling children to “just get under their desks and put your hands over your heads?”

The POTUS visited Poland on his way to Germany. When That Man tweets at 3:00 AM that “His Presidency received the largest crowds ever” please remember your history.

  1. Most of those crowds were bused in. They are somewhat like Extras in a crowd scene in a movie. If one knew their history, he or she would know this.
  2. Had he or his staff bothered to check a history book he would see that since September 1, 1939, Poland has taken a rough ride in history. Actually, it goes way back further, but we’ll start with the September first date. First it was those Nazis tanks overpowering a military that was riding horses waving sabers.Then it was the Soviets and that Iron Curtain. So when he tweets “I am the BEST,” remember previous Presidents were not allowed to visit. Something about that Soviet Union travel ban during a period known as The Cold War. Ask your buddy VP. Not the Vice President.
  3. The POTUS is also meeting with the leader of Russia Vladimir Putin. I wonder if Vlad will serve Moscow Mules in a symbolic gesture of what the POTUS means to him.

As the 20 Heads of State gather in Germany, let us end with a history joke.

The Heads of State of Germany, The United States and Russia meet in a bar. The three are to discuss world issues and strategies to achieve them. As the evening progresses and drinking continues, the German head of state remains silent. The heads of state from the United States and Russia outline elaborate strategies. Finally, German leader is asked for input. She looks at the Russian and says, “Next time we will come in the summer.”

Monday, July 3, 2017 – My Fourth of July Movie

Monday, July 3, 2017 – My Fourth of July Movie