Archive for December, 2009

On gift giving.

December 23, 2009

How much of this could be avoided by better communication on the part of the woman and better paying of attention on the part of the man? And why don’t the people who write this editorial every year ever talk about that?

You know those television ads where a ruggedly handsome guy springs a diamond ring on his gorgeous wife? And her face crumples with joy? Pure fantasy. Most males are hopelessly, appallingly, terrifyingly clueless when it comes to finding an acceptable gift. Just ask any woman.

Yawn. I guess I’m lucky that way, because I didn’t have to guess what Sabra wanted. I knew what she liked, because, well…she told me. And I paid attention and kept all of it in mind when I went shopping for her gifts. And guess what? She loved everything I got for her. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

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A scene from Sabra’s

December 22, 2009

Scene: The living room of Sabra’s house, discussing Bobbie’s homework with her, she says:

“Why can’t I make up my own basic facts?”

As I burst out laughing, I say, “Oh, honey, she’s gonna be a Democrat!”

Sabra: “I TOLD you she was gonna have a future in Congress!”

She had to have gotten that mentality from her daddy. In fairness, though, she’s still young and impressionable yet, and a very bright and articulate child to boot. She gets THAT from her mama. We still have plenty of time to put her on the right path. And trust me — we will be taking full advantage of that!

Oooh, I bet Lisa Falkenberg won’t like this.

December 22, 2009

These comments to this story, that is:

To steal from anyone is absolutely deplorable, but to steal from people who are trying to make ends meet at this time of year is beyond sorry, it’s a buckshot to somebody’s backside.

I have a CHL and I’m a damn good aim from that distance. Go ahead…… I dare you.

As for me, though, I can’t really say I have a problem with them. I know there are those who will say that using deadly force to protect property is extreme, but I don’t agree with that. What I find myself agreeing with is the opinion that someone who would steal somebody’s Christmas in broad daylight probably wouldn’t have any compunction about escalating his (or her) crimes to the next level. And even in the cases of the ones who keep their crimes to theft, it doesn’t really matter, because they’re stealing from hard-working, law-abiding people and they deserve anything that comes to them because of that. If some of said law-abiding people deem that theft worthy of high-velocity lead injection, well, as far as I’m concerned that’s just the hazard the criminals face. Sonsofbitches should have gotten their own Christmas presents.

I have a hard time disagreeing with this…

December 21, 2009

…or, I know this is a couple of days late, but this item in the San Antonio Express-News caught my eye:

About 50 supporters of Republican Debra Medina’s unlikely run for the Texas governorship showed up Saturday at Silo’s restaurant on Austin Highway to cheer her on.

Medina may be a “David against two Goliaths,” as she put it, competing against Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, but she claims to have the stuff that voters will go for.

“I’m the only one in this race who is really fighting for Texans,” she said. “The other two are fighting for their political careers, for more feathers in their caps, rather than the average Texan.”

Based on what I’ve seen of this race so far, with KBH and Rick Perry slinging mud at each other constantly, I really can’t disagree with that. What really caught my attention was this quote:

“I love private-property ownership and gun ownership,” she said. “Those things are bundled together in my mind and are essentially elements of freedom.”

Sounds like my kind of candidate, from this and other things I’ve heard about her. Pro-gun minarchist, advocate for private property rights, she sounds almost like Texas’ very own Sarah Palin. Small-government libertarian-leaning conservatives might actually have someone to vote for instead of against. Wonder how she feels about gay marriage and casino gambling…

Back in Southeast Texas…

December 21, 2009

…familiar territory, but it doesn’t really feel so much like home anymore…Lord, but I miss that woman. She’s coming HERE in a week, though! Which provides me with a sizable amount of consolation…

Just an update…

December 17, 2009

I am not dead. In fact, I am far from it. I am in San Antonio with Sabra for the week. Back soon… 😉

More irony for your Monday morning…

December 14, 2009

…vis-a-vis Houston mayor-elect Annise Parker (emphasis mine — ed.):

Her sexual orientation did not become an issue in the mayor’s race until after the Nov. 3 election produced no clear winner. Two anti-gay activists mailed fliers calling attention to her support from gay groups and to her relationship with her partner of 19 years, Kathy Hubbard. In addition, a group of black pastors spoke out against Parker for her so-called “gay agenda.

Black pastors persecuting her? Wow. It reminds me of the results of the vote for Proposition 8 in California last November, which was to ban gay marriage in that state. As I recall, the black vote for Prop 8 was very high. I remember thinking then, as I think here, that it’s really sad that a group that has been the victim of so much bigotry would exhibit it toward another group. No doubt the pastors would say that Parker chose to be lesbian, but I find that argument to be absurd in the extreme. Honestly, with anti-gay sentiments as widespread as they still are, why would anyone make the conscious choice to be such a social outcast? (Remember this conversation, Sabra?) Annise Parker didn’t choose to be gay any more than those pastors chose to be black. And when one looks at it that way, the pastors’ carping about Parker’s “so-called’gay agenda'” look REALLY bigoted.

As for Parker’s almost two-decade-long relationship with her partner — we all know there are all too many heterosexual marriages that don’t even last that long. If those black pastors pulled their heads out of their asses they might even see that Parker and her partner might have something to teach them.

To the irony…

December 14, 2009

…of blacks supporting gun control, you can add the irony of the fans of a football team in a predominantly black city having a chant which is believed to have its roots in minstrel shows making fun of black people. No doubt every Klan member who hears that chant smiles a snaggle-tooth grin as big as Lake Ponchartrain every time he hears it, too.

Sure looks like a good takedown…

December 13, 2009

…to me:

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his mother’s boyfriend on Saturday morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The teen’s mother and her boyfriend, Juan Contreras, 33, argued at a party, authorities said. Contreras allegedly assaulted and threatened the woman before heading to their far east Houston apartment in the 13900 block of Alderson to collect his belongings.

Now, I’ll admit the as-yet-undetermined facts of this case might show the boy’s actions weren’t justified; as this reads now, though, I can’t help but agree with one of the commenters: “Taken into custody…? He should be given the keys to the city. Any low life who threatens and beats a woman deserves a knife in the gut.”

I would substitute “a magazine full of .45ACP hollow-points” in place of “a knife in the gut,” but hey, the kid did the best he could with what he had to work with. At any rate, his mother’s gonna have one hell of a cautionary tale to tell future boyfriends: “It’s in your best interests not to hit me. My son killed the last man who did that.”

And another one bites the dust…

December 13, 2009

Another lefty meme, that is:

Annise Danette Parker was elected mayor of Houston on Saturday, winning her seventh consecutive city election and becoming both the first contender in a generation to defeat the hand-picked candidate of Houston’s business establishment and the first openly gay person to lead a major U.S. city.

Which meme is that? You know, the one that says Texans and Southerners are bigoted hicks who’d string homosexuals up if they could get away with it. That was a particularly ugly race, too. I am glad to see that Houston voters weren’t swayed by the efforts to paint the race as a referendum on gay rights. At least I would hope they voted for Parker on her merits and not just because of her sexual orientation. Harris County may be a bit more liberal than the rest of the state, as Obama did win the county in the ’08 presidential election. I think this is still noteworthy despite that, though, especially considering these are the same folks who put Chuck Rosenthal and John B. Holmes in the county DA’s chair.