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Thursday, April 28, 2016 – Cruz and Carly Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! Or Campaign Gonzo.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – Cruz and Carly Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! Or Campaign Gonzo.

Our vocabulary word for today is “gonzo.” * It is an adjective from the world of journalism and reporting that means filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary or the like; crazy, eccentric.

Ted Cruz announced yesterday that Carly Fiorina is his choice for running mate as Vice President. This created the CruzFiorina slogan. I might have gone with Cruz &Carly given that CruzFiorina sounds like a vacation offer to the island of Fiorina – not to mention a definite tilt toward advertising something only legal in Nevada.

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U. S. S. CruzFiorina

I think Senator Cruz should have selected Yvonne DeCarlo, but I believe she has passed on to the Big TV network in the sky. It would have been nice to see Lily Munster and Grampa Munster together again. I know I am not the only one who thinks Ted Cruz looks like Grampa Munster.

Using Ted Cruz logic of premature announcements with unrealistic expectations, next week I am playing in my Ladies Golf League in the President’s Cup Tournament. In spite of at least 15 other golfers who are scratch golfers, low handicap golfers, former professional golfers and two former golf coaches ahead of me, I am confident I am going to win the championship. I have chosen Jordon Spieth as my playing partner. I realize that even with Jordon’s score and my score combined we do not have a golf ball’s chance in hell of winning.

My golf game closely resembles Senator Cruz’s campaign. Last week I put three balls in the water on Hole 1 to finally mark down 14 on the first hole. But like Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, and obviously Senator Cruz, we will keep swinging until we are out of balls and DQ’d and we are not talking about the Dairy Queen and probably not golf balls either.

Should Donald Trump be elected president of the United State, I plan to adopt his game of golf – only count the shots you like and disregard the others, yell very loudly and blame the golf club I chose to use. I might take up racquet ball. One has to have a wall to play that game.

With that – a Gonzo Good-bye.

* But what was the story? Nobody had bothered to say. So we would have to drum it up on our own. Free Enterprise. The American Dream. Horatio Alger gone mad on drugs in Las Vegas. Do it now: pure Gonzo journalism. — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1972

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – The Big Rich

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – Once I built a railroad; I made it run; I made it race against time. Once I built a railroad, but now it’s done, Buddy, can you spare me a dime?

In this case, “Once I found an oil well…” The Big Rich – The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan Burrough takes the story from there.

The end result is the same. “Buddy, can you spare me a dime?” Just as Can You Spare a Dime? came to be viewed as an anthem to the shattered dreams broken by The Great Depression of the 1930’s, The Big Rich – The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes tells the story of the shattered dreams and fortunes broken by oil.

If you are a native Texan, grew up in Texas, got to Texas as fast as you could or live in Texas now, this book explains a lot. What is it about? “Oil, that is. Texas tea!” (From The Ballad of Jed Clampitt) and the big four who made the state and possibly the country what it is today.

It will take you from Spindletop (January 10, 1901) in Beaumont to the political landscape of Texas today. From Dallas, we have H.L Hunt and his THREE bigamists families, the eccentric Sid Richardson (this is where the Bass Brothers from Dallas come in), and Clint Murchison, Sr, whose son, Clint, Jr. would own the Dallas Cowboys. The Cullen Family from Houston creates the fourth family of the Big Four. And gushing oil and squandering incomprehensible sums of money in between we find the Conroe, Texas oil fields and George Strake, Glen McCarthy and the Shamrock Hotel in Houston and many more names on buildings we drive by daily. Plus there are more lawyers and lawsuits than students attending Roy Cullen’s beloved University of Houston today. In 1938, Hugh Roy Cullen donated $335,000 (equivalent to $5,631,643.03 in 2015) (2) for the first building to be built at the location of U of H today.

Those waiting in lines at the gas stations in the 1970s and organizations with letters like OPEC become clear. That cornering the silver market thing no body understood at the time (and I did not until I read this book) gives insight into The Middle East and the resulting economic and political policies in place today. And yes, it becomes clear why Jerry Jones’ purchase of the Dallas Cowboys hurts so badly even today. And how and why did Houston get an NFL team that was once called the Houston Oilers in a new football league called the AFL? It is all in this book.

The foundations of anti-federalism (Big Government, States’ Rights, Right-wing ultra-conservative thinking) begin with these four families. The link between the views and values of these four, Ted Cruz (Senate- R-Texas) and Donald Trump and the presidential election today is strong.

Nothing exhibits the age of the great, Texas oil boom and bust better than the Cadillac Ranch(1) outside Amarillo, Texas.

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Photo by me – Amarillo, Texas 4.15. 2015

From 1949 to 1963 the caddies buried nose down, fins up correspond almost exactly to the decades of the Texas oil booms and busts that resulted from Spindletop and all of the others. It was when the big and rich from Texas oil bragged and bought Cadillacs, airplanes, big houses, hotels, islands, politicians, radio stations, newspapers and as always, more oil wells. By the mid 1970’s it was nose down and fins and belly up for it all.

Two footnotes to history:

The Republicans of the 1930’s and 1940’s tried to get Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime banned from radio play because it was “Anti-capitalist propaganda promoted by the Democrats and President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal.”

The Nieman-Marcus Christmas Catalog was created for the families of the Big Four.


  1. Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, USA. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs: the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. (Wikipedia)
  2. “Discover UH’s Heritage & History”. UH Alumni Organization. Archived from the original on November 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16. From Wikipedia

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – The Hoi Polloi Speaketh from New York

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – The Hoi Polloi Speaketh from New York

Hoi polloi – pronounced HOI puh-LOI. It is a noun that means “the common people; the masses (often preceded the).

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Photo by me. New York City – Brooklyn Bridge – 1986.

And then there were five candidates vying for the delegates from New York. There are three former/current US Senators; a current governor and a businessman with bad hair. Tonight we see who is voted off the island. We also learn who is voted off of Dancing With the Stars.

It seems the reality show called To Elect the President has played the states’ stages of production and revisions and will premier tonight from New York. As the show becomes more refined, often name changes are in order. Here’s What I’m Thinking for possible names for coming reality show productions – The Republican and Democratic Conventions.

  • Cussing for The White House
  • The Great Name Calling Shows
  • The Great Hoi Polloilooza
  • Hoi Polloi POTUS
  • We’re Doing the Hoi Polloi Polka
  • The Biggest Hoi Polloi Loser
  • Hoi Polloi – That’s My Boy!

Whatever the hoi polloi have to say tonight, perhaps we can get permission for Larry King to use the following lyrics. Not the talk show host Larry King.

Oooh I love to dance the little sidestep; now they seem me now they don’t;

I’ve Come and Gone.

And Oooh. I love to sweep around the wide step

Cut a little swath and lead the people on!”

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Photo by me – The Staten Island Ferry – New York City – 1986.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Throw Back to Box 13 – I See Dead People Vote

Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Throw Back to Box 13 – I See Dead People Vote

Dear Mr. Trump, I see where you initially tweeted that Ted Cruz “illegally stole” Iowa. Since “illegally stole” is redundant and takes up Twitter characters, you altered it say “Ted Cruz stole Iowa.” Perhaps you should wait a few seconds before pressing SEND.Sign (800x530)

May I suggest you and your staff undertake a study of Texas politics? More specifically, look at the Texas Senate race of 1948 between Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and Coke Stevenson. Now we are talking some stealing. FYI – it is called voter fraud.

It seems in 1948 in Duval County, there was a man named George Parr also known as the “Duke of Duval.” Initially Mr. Stevenson was winning by over 20,000 votes. As voter results came in on election night, LBJ began to win precincts where previously he had been behind. The following day it was “discovered” that Box 13 in Duval County had not been counted. The precinct went overwhelming for Johnson.

There was a small problem with this – most of the voters were dead. Dead people tend to vote overwhelmingly Democratic. It seems that the Duke and his cronies manufactured votes.

Just saying, Mr. Trump, stealing elections is not something new to Texans. In fact we are probably very good at it. But I am more inclined to think you got out maneuvered. Don’t Mess With Texas is more than a sign on the highway.

Like we say in Texas – Vote Early. Vote Often. Oh yes – Don’t let your chads hang either.

Texas Flag @ Sunset


Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day

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Atrium George H. W. Bush Museum; College Station, Texas; photo by me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Ground Hog Day

OK – enough of the 1993 Bill Murray movie.

Today Punxsutawney Phil made his 130th prediction during the annual Feb. 2 event that sees thousands of people gather by Gobbler’s Knob, a hill outside town in Punxsutawney, Pa.

I saw this morning that the world’s most famous groundhog did not see his shadow on Tuesday morning, divining that there will be warmer temperatures and an early spring.

I also saw where Donald Trump saw his shadow Cruz by and Hillary saw hers move really close. I think this means continued mudslinging, additional rants and raves and more broadcasts of stupidity.

I am going to go with Phil, hope for an early spring and leave the rest to the other rodents.

Happy Ground Hog Day.


Monday, February 1, 2016 – A Connie Francis Playlist for the Iowa Caucus

Monday, February 1, 2016 – A Connie Francis Playlist for the Iowa Caucus

Connie Francis was a top chart singer of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. She is still popular in Los Vegas and still has a wonderful voice that ranges opera to her pop hits.

Do not tell me that if you were female growing up during this time period that you did not sing along into your hair brush in front of the mirror in your room to the Connie Francis’ records on your stereo or on the radio. You know you did.


I bet you did not know that Connie Francis invented spring break. It was the movie Where the Boys Are in 1961 that showed college students going to the beach to frolic in the sun. Not to be confused with the other actress in the movie Delores Hart who went into a nunnery and is a now Mother Superior. I am not certain if there is correlation to Spring Break and going into a nunnery on not.

Back to the playlist.  Here’s What I’m Thinking – These songs would make a good Iowa Caucus Playlist with songs from Connie Francis.

For Hillary Clinton I have selected – Where the boys someone waits for me!!!

If the word cupidity means an eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something, greed; avarice then for

Donald Trump and his supporters I selected:

“Stupid Cupid”

Stupid Cupid you’re a real mean guy I’d like to clip your wings so you can’t fly I’m in love and it’s a crying shame And I know that you’re the one to blame Hey hey, set me free Stupid Cupid stop picking on me

For Bernie Sanders I selected My Happiness – … Evening shadows make me blue… A million years it seems, that have gone by since we shared a dream…

I selected for Ted Cruz – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.

And for all of us – Who’s Sorry Now?


Friday, April 3, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Assessment

Friday, April 3, 2015 – Snarky Friday – Assessment

To select this Friday’s snark about, I imagined the following as giant piñatas and I was beating the crap out of them – the state of Indiana, Ted Cruz or Assessment in Texas schools. The one with the most candy today was Assessment in Texas schools.

Last week was STAAR Testing in the Texas public school system. Assessement. Testing. What have you learned? How do we know? Can a test show what you know?

So this week’s Friday question to the Texas Legislature as always is – “What have you done for the people of Texas this week? Here is a list, including, but not limited to:

  • Increased anxiety levels among all school aged children
  • Increased anxiety levels among all parents and guardians of school aged children
  • Increased anxiety levels among all teachers and instructional assistants
  • Increased anxiety levels among all campus and district level administrators
  • Decreased instructional time in the classroom
  • Ineffectively utilized teachers and administrators throughout the educational system
  • Increased corporate earnings for Big P and others profiting off the children and the educational institution under the heading of “Assessment.”

After Captain Hairspray decided to take millions away from the boys and girls of Texas schools by closing The Form Factory where I was working, and put them toward your toll roads, I was unemployed. I was fortunate to secure a job in a nearby school district in a central office job to complete my educational career.On the educational side (not the business side) everyone at this level was Master’s Degree and higher.  There were about 25 of us.

During assessment week, or Academic Lockdown, as I like to call it, every one of us was out of our offices and on campuses. My job was to ride around the district visiting my four assigned campuses. I was a Bathroom Nazi.  My job was to go to a campus and give one of the people assigned to guard the bathroom a 15 minute break and/or a 30 minute lunch break. I would sit in front of the bathroom, with no book to read, no phone to look at or no music to listen to because these and about a hundred other items are forbidden in the testing rules. I was happy to have a chair to sit in.

My job was to ensure only one student entered at a time and only stayed a reasonably allotted time.  When the campus bathroom Nazi returned, I would leave and drive to another campus and do the same routine. I did this for four days.

These are your tax dollars at work.  And this model is carried out throughout the state in over the 1000+ by God Independent School Districts.

And if you think that is scary, guess what I did while unemployed?  I scored assessment tests. As they say in show business – You ain’t heard nothing yet!

Oh yes – the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is a good place to share your thoughts regarding assessment, but please do not place blame this mess on the agency.  As all state agencies are required, it is just following the laws set forth by the Texas Legislatures.  So if you desire change contact your representatives.

Maybe a new state education slogan could be: Texas Education: Where Every Child is Assessed!

God Bless Texas and God Bless Texas Education. Feel free to substitute your own belief structure.