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Monday, August 28, 2017 – Harvey, You Monster and If You Don’t Know Texas

Monday, August 28, 2017 – Harvey, You Monster and If You Don’t Know Texas

Back story – I am a Native Texan. I was born in Houston and raised just north of the city. My family still resides in the Houston area. I now live 150 miles inland from the Gulf Coast. It has rained at my house constantly for the last 24 hours and as of daylight break, rain continues. I have witnessed Carla, Alecia, Brett, Allison, Rita, Katrina and all the other storms that slammed Texas in the past 68 years.

People unfamiliar with the state of Texas tend to say things such as “They knew the storm was coming so why didn’t they evacuate? This Here’s What I’m Thinking is for you.

Let me put it bluntly! If are not familiar with Texas or Texas geography and hurricanes, then shut up!

Houston, Texas is the fourth largest city in the United States with millions of people calling it home. This does not include the hundreds of bedroom communities that surround the city for miles. Nor does it include the fishing and vacation communities that sit directly on the coast. The territory and population of Houston proper are larger than many of America’s largest cities and smaller states.

When hurricanes hit Texas the escape routes become limited. Moving south is never an option and Harvey’s expansive bands of wind and rain caused escapes to become even more limited. To evacuate the millions along limited escape routes was not logical, as Mr. Spock would say.

Yes, Texans were well aware of the coming of the storm. But Harvey WILL NOT GO AWAY! It continues to sit over Southeast Texas and promises to do so for the remainder of the week. This is dumping rainfall measured in feet. Places that have never experienced flooding in the history of Texas are inundated. Every Houstonian is impacted. People are being rescued from the multi-million dollar homes that sit along the bayous.

So unless you have walked in our boots or waded in our waders, then please do not second guess the actions taken by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner or Texas Governor Greg Abbott – born native Houstonians. They did and continue to do an outstanding job during this continuing crisis.

Instead of criticizing our Great State, please send dollars to the relief organizations, thank yous, appreciations and prayers to the states coming to the rescue with relief efforts and resources, the first responders on the ground, the citizens of Houston, the Texans coming with boats, and all of Texas.

Oh yes, to those not familiar with Texas, I am sorry about that fuel increase this winter and the increase in prices of beef, seafood, fruit, vegetables, cotton, and all the other items.

And to you Harvey – you need to get the Hell out of Texas. It is bad enough that you did not see the signs – Don’t Mess With Texas. You are fixin to start messing the with Texas football at all levels throughout the state.

One more thing, Harvey. Check your Texas history. We have survived way worse than you. And no way will you get us down. As we also say in Texas “…and the horse you rode in on.”

God Bless Texas!

Monday, August 7, 2017 – RIP Mark White

Monday, August 7, 2017 – RIP Mark White

Here’s to former Texas Governor, Mark White who passed away over the weekend. RIP.

Here’s to Mark White, one of the last Governors of Texas who put Texas public school education as the Legislature’s top priority and reformed the system. It was all about educating the boys and girls of Texas and providing an “equal and adequate education” to all. Note: “equal and adequate education” is the phrase from the laws establishing education in Texas.

Here’s to the current Governor of Texas, it’s time for a reform. How about another Blue Ribbon Committee?

How about financing the best possible education for the boys and girls of Texas instead of financing “where to go to the bathroom?”

Keep your voter registration card current.


Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day OKC TAMU WCWS and Sine Die, but Hold Your Bladders!

Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day OKC TAMU WCWS and Sine Die, but Hold Your Bladders!

Today let us pause at 3:00 PM local time for a moment of silence for all who sacrificed for our freedom to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You are not forgotten.

Thank you vets that my pursuit of happiness is headed toward Oklahoma City (OKC) to see the Fighting Texas Aggie (TAMU) softball team win the Women’s College World Series (WCWS). No, I am not going. There are certain advantages to attending. For example,

  1. being part of the excitement,
  2. participating in the Fan Fest activities,
  3. purchasing a T-shirt
  4. seeing your team win or
  5. supporting your team in a loss.

Of course there are advantages to staying home. For example, (in order they come to mind)

  1. beer,
  2. wine,
  3. beer with no waiting line,
  4. wine with no waiting line,
  5. instant replay,
  6. able to scream obscenities at umpires and coaches and not be expelled from your home,
  7. able to pause game
  8. a clean bathroom or at least you know who’s dirt it is
  9. wine,
  10. beer,
  11. wearing an Aggie T-shirt you found on the floor that morning,
  12. wearing the T-shirt you slept in,
  13. wearing the shorts you had on yesterday,
  14. not wearing foundation garments,
  15. not sitting on the front row behind home plate exposing my fish belly white legs and giving the camera a view I do not want to expose on national TV, especially not wearing foundation garments,
  16. no need for sunscreen,
  17. beer,
  18. wine,
  19. two equal opportunity, available to all who have the urge to go bathrooms. Note: My RP retirement document is of special interest in the guest bathroom, but best of all,
  20. Being a part of the 12th Man and watching the Aggies win the WCWS, able to dance throughout the house and sing War Hymn.

The WCSW begins in Oklahoma City on Thursday, June 1 on ESPN. FYI – These ain’t your church softball games. Watch some incredible athletes.  Bet you haven’t seen girls throw like this before!


But wait, the lusty month of May is not yet over – especially for public schools. There are still more buses the public institution can be thrown under.

Today is Sine Die or the last day of the Texas Legislature.

But hold your bladders. We, Texans, still do not know where to go to the bathroom. So Dan, The Evangelical, is calling for a Special Legislative Session. Of course, he is blaming it on the Speaker of the House, Cajones Straus because Speaker Straus will not play with stupid legislation or those who support it. This of course is the Abbott and Castello Show of Texas. Could we just sine die both of you without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing?

Am I the only one who finds irony in tax payers’ dollars funding a special legislative session regarding property taxes and where to potty places in public schools?

Monday, May 8, 2017 – Teacher Appreciation Week and More from the Pen of the Governor.

Monday, May 8, 2017 – Teacher Appreciation Week and More from the Pen of the Governor.

The Governor of Texas, Abbot sans Costello, designated the week of May 8 – 12 as Teacher Appreciation Week. So if you are reading this, then thank a teacher and tell them how much you appreciated them. For Extra Credit: Count the number of pencils in the picture.

Of course Abbot sans Costello also signed Senate Bill 4 into law in a secret ceremony live on Facebook. SB 4 is known as “the sanctuary city bill.” In Spanish it means “show us your papers” while we check your immigration status.

Here’s what I’m thinking. If you are a teacher of color or do not have Born in the USA (Thank you, Bruce Springsteen) on your birth certificate, I am not sure how appreciated you are going to feel.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – Back in the Bathroom Again.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – Back in the Bathroom Again.

The Governor of the state of Texas wants to address SB6 – AKA The Bathroom Bill. It is allegedly designed to protect children from transgender people who have to go to the bathroom by creating a different bathroom for somebody.

Personally, I am more concerned about needing protection from the heterosexuals in the bathroom or in the convenience store I happen to be in. I also have concerns about people who are paper certified crazy who can access guns, people running the public schools in general, people on the streets, people driving and talking/texting on the phone and a whole list of other issues that do not involved bodily functions.

Could the governments just leave our bodies and their functions alone? Doesn’t the state and country have enough issues without taking time and money to determine who urinates where?

Friday, July 1, 2016 – Snarky Friday – Zero from Zero = Zero. Or Three Zeros under the Dome.

Friday, July 1, 2016 – Snarky Friday – Zero from Zero = Zero. Or Three Zeros under the Dome.

I see where the Big Three of Texas– The Governor, The Lieutenant Governor and The Speaker of the House – asked all state agencies to trim 4% from their annual budget. Budget cuts were always my favorite time of the year at my state agency. Nothing makes your summer go better than an environment filled with fear of job loss. It is that wonderful time of the year when one must justify their existence. This is usually done by which departments can generate mountains of spreadsheets with all types of data.

“Additionally, zero-based budget information will also be requested from agencies throughout development of the 2018-19 state budget,” the Big Three’s letter said.

Zero-based budgeting, championed by former President Jimmy Carter when he was governor of Georgia, begins every budget cycle with a zero for all agencies. The idea is that they will have to justify continuation of each of their activities. 


Here’s what I’m thinking as it relates to the budget proposals and Texas public education. First, since The Big Three want to decline any Federal education funds and ensure your original DNA goes the proper bathroom. This takes out about a bazillion dollars leaving all federally funded programs like Special Education, Title I and all those other poor people kind of programs with $0.

A 4% reduction in the state education budgets, including mental health programs and public schools, the formula looks something like this: Last year’s public school funding = $0. With a 4% reduction, the formula is: ($0 – $0) X .04% = $0.

Therefore, the budget formula for public education is: $0 – $0 = $0. Therefore the budget for public school funding looks like this:

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Austin Graffitti Wall – 8.24.2014 – Austin, Texas. Photo by me.

What have you done today for the boys and girls of Texas today? Obviously these Big Three did Zero. Have we ever thought about asking the state legislature justify their existence?

Friday, February 19, 2016 – Pope Francis and the Governor of Texas

Friday, February 19, 2016 – Pope Francis and the Governor of Texas

I see where the Governor of Texas had a scheduling conflict and was not able to welcome the Pope to Mexico from the El Paso side. Seems the governor was to swear in the new commissioner of education – Mr. Voucher. I can certainly understand the governor’s rationale for such a decision. The last time the Pope met with an American leader, Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, and Boehner resigned the next day. Texas should be so lucky. Doesn’t this entire political mess make you want to swear too?

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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?

Texas Flag @ Sunset (800x600)


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

Friday, June 26, 2015 – Snarky Friday

Friday, June 26, 2015 – Snarky Friday

What have you done for the boys and girls of Texas? Are you kidding me?

Last week Gooberner Abbott named a new chairperson to the State Board of Education who has never sent her own children to a public school. He appointed Houston Republican Donna Bahorich, a former communications director for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to chair the Board of Education.

According to Texas Public Radio, Bahorich homeschooled her own sons before sending them to a private high school.

Just goes to show you – it ain’t what you know, but who you know. Isn’t this called the Spoils System? It was used by President William McKinley and the Republicans at the turn of the century. That would be the 1900’s where today’s group appear to be frozen in time. How much money did the new chair donate to the various campaigns?

Why don’t you just fast forward and declare vouchers for schooling? Then let the Supreme Court declare it unconstitutional because it is economic segregation. That will be a time saver.

Perhaps Chairperson Bahorich can get Bristol Palin to address the board and speak on family values and no sex education classes in school.

God Bless Texas and God Bless Texas Education.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Happy Cinco de Mayo and the Invasion of Texas or Grito de Idiots

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Happy Cinco de Mayo and the Invasion of Texas or Grito de Idiots

Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican independence.

According to History.com, the Mexicans celebrate their independence from Spain on September 16th. This is the day priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla declared war against the Spanish government in 1810 with his call to arms that is known as the “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores.”

Cinco de Mayo commemorates a relatively small battle.

The 5th of May is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, a battle which resulted in the unlikely victory of Mexico over France in 1862, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

In 1861, Mexico defaulted on a number of foreign debts that it owed to England, Spain, and France. All three countries invaded Mexico, but England and Spain retreated by the next year. France however, stayed in hopes of creating a monarchy in Mexico led by the Archduke of Austria, Maximilian.

Now Cinco de Mayo should not be confused with the invasion of Texas by the federal government or as it is known in Bastrop County – The Obama Attack of Texas and Bastrop County. Why the residents think their country would be the choice of an attack, as opposed to other counties, such as Harris or Dallas, or even Bexar, I do not know.

It seems a federal government training exercise called Jade Helm 15 is to take place throughout the western United States, including Texas.  The Gathering of the Conspiracy Theorists has produced thoughts such as:

  1. The Federal government and/or the United Nations (maybe both) are invading Bastrop County.
  2. They are coming to seize all of the guns.
  3. They are coming to imprison dissenters.
  4. They are connected to the closing of Walmart stores where dissenters will be housed.

However, the “interesting” fact is that the Governor of Texas has called up the Texas State Guard to protect the residents.  Think about that for a moment. The state government is sending troops to protect residents from the federal troops based on fear and paranoia.

This has caused former politicians such as Lt. Governor, David Dewhurst to say “IT’S a training exercise.” and former state representative, Todd Smith to say the governor is “pandering to the idiots.” Note: both of those quotes are from Conservative Republicans.

The military exercises are scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15.  Oh yes, Mexico celebrates its Independence from Spain on September 16.

Here’s what I’m thinking – Let’s declare September 17 – Day of the Idiots. Goobernor Abbott has the power to declare state holidays too.

I do think the republicans have begun their own self-destruction. Don’t even get me started on the cartoon convention in Garland.