Archive for March, 2010

Quote of the new year, maybe…

March 26, 2010

right here, on Otis McDonald:

Armed self-defense was a cherished African-American tradition – until we (black men — ed.) became Democrats. But brothers like McDonald know one thing: Well-meaning Democrats can’t stop the thug invading your home.

Yep. I love how Mr. Kane also called out charlatans like Barack Obama and Tavis Smiley for leaving people like Otis McDonald and those like him twisting in the wind. It has struck me for a long time that blacks are just like Jews, in that the big organizations and personalities purporting to represent those groups care more about currying favor with a certain political party than they are about looking out for the groups’ ultimate best interests. And the smaller groups, such as CORE and JPFO, seem to get painted as fringe groups, and that’s a real shame.

(h/t David Codrea)

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Oh boy, which way will the ratings go now?

March 25, 2010

It’ll be interesting to find out

After more than 40 years as one of Houston’s signature radio franchises, Hudson and Harrigan are no more.
The longtime morning drive time talk show on KILT (100.3 FM) will be replaced, for the moment, by afternoon drive host Rowdy Yates and Erin Austin, a member of the Hudson and Harrigan morning show team, Brian Purdy, general manager of CBS Radio Houston, said Wednesday.

I will admit that I hadn’t listened to pretty much any terrestrial radio since I got Sirius early last year, but that’s still a sad thing to see. Those guys — the H&H characters, if not the folks playing them — might have been a Houston thing, but folks all over Southeast Texas knew of them, apparently. I remember one semester at Lamar I was getting advised by the chairman of the communication department, Dr. Pat Harrigan, and our discussion lapsed into last names, as we both had unusual ones. I mentioned to him that there was a Houston deejay named Harrigan, and to my immense surprise he responded, “Yes, is he still there?” I suppose it’s only natural that the professors would be that familiar with the media outlets here and in Houston, with Houston being so close we CAN get its radio stations most of the time, but I was still surprised.

At any rate, it’s almost like another couple of old friends are gone now. You might remember me saying that being able to listen to all the same stations I listened to back in my College Station days was just like catching up with old friends. And it was, to the point that I was able to tolerate some of the bad music. Perhaps that’s what they mean when they talk about “personality-driven” radio stations like KILT. I will admit, though, that the station’s playing of the older music made it a lot easier to listen to than its crosstown competitor. But what happens when a “personality-driven” radio station gets rid of its personalities? I guess we’ll certainly find out, won’t we? At least one person here is saying that the guys sounded tired and lifeless after CBS let go two of their colleagues, Robert B. McEntire and T.J. Callahan. I surely wouldn’t have blamed them. They probably went on the air every day after that wondering how much longer they were going to have jobs. No doubt R.B. and T.J. were worried themselves after the company laid off Jim Carola and Pat Hernandez at the end of 2004. Times and circumstances change, I know, but it still sucks for them all.

We’re making progress.

March 24, 2010

I guess you could call this progress, because at least there was nothing said about banning guns in the United States. However, I did get a kick out of the line about reinvigorating drug prevention programs for school-age children. How many of the people using the drugs now are old enough to have gone through those programs when they were in school? I’d wager quite a few, and if that’s true, it seems they didn’t work so well. What’s the definition of doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, again?

I love my wife…

March 23, 2010

…for so many reasons, not the least of which is her rapier wit. From a text conversation we’re having…

“Ah, it is Drug Free Week at school. I asked Bobbie if that meant she could do all the drugs she wanted next week. Then offered her a Jimi Hendrix poster for the door contest. She *said* it was for drug posters.
“…I just find things like this ridiculous. If *this* is drug free week, it means next week *isn’t*, thereby implying doobies for all.”

She has a point, no?

New Braunfels isn’t the only place…

March 23, 2010

facing such a problem:

It’s always nice to read in the Express-News how folks of all nationalities in San Antonio cherish and protect your city’s Hispanic culture and Texas history. The destruction of historical treasures for profit by greedy developers, backed by thoughtless politicians, too often results in a city losing its soul, that uniqueness its founders once nurtured.

San Antonio itself has also had to deal with this sort of thing; only it’s from those who would undermine the city’s other ethnic heritages in favor of the Hispanic influence. One example that comes immediately to mind is one Sabra was recently telling me about, of author Sandra Cisneros painting her home in the King William Historical District purple, a color forbidden by the San Antonio Historic and Design Review Commission. Purple was proscribed by the commission because it was historically inaccurate for the area, being that it was German and had more toned-down colors and architecture. From what I’ve read, Cisneros and her defenders said that purple was a historically accurate color because Mexicans originally owned the land in the King William district, but their assertions weren’t backed up with proof. (Albatross, Sabra or any other SA-area bloggers, feel free to correct me on any of this if it’s not right.)

However, I see very few if any protests about San Antonio’s German heritage being downplayed. Why is that?

Layers of editorial oversight!

March 23, 2010

That’s what the mainstream media outlets have over bloggers, apparently, except when they don’t:

This weekend, protesters of the (health care) bill spat on and hurled racial slurs at members of Congress supporting the bill.

Only that’s not the way it happened, see. Or do any of you hear any racial slurs being hurled in the video?

Missing the forest for the trees

March 22, 2010

Jonathan Gurwitz, in the San Antonio Express-News, on the new Texas history textbook standard:

Not only does the new standard erase Jefferson, it also removes from examination the philosophic tradition of which he was a part, one that produced a history-altering revolution based on God-given individual rights, limited government and the consent of the governed. Those are subjects real conservatives should want all children to learn and understand — today more than ever.

But the conservative charlatans on the State Board of Education blotted out Jefferson because he’s a little too secular for their liking. Forget about “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and individuals being “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Jefferson’s lapse was in laying the foundation for the wall of separation between church and state.

It strikes me that the board really is missing the forest for the trees here with its exclusion of Thomas Jefferson from the new standard. From what I’ve read about Jefferson, it seems his espousing of the “wall of separation between church and state” has largely been misinterpreted. And it seems that the SBOE is taking out its frustrations at this on Jefferson, which means it’s punishing Jefferson for something he didn’t have anything to do with. Where’s the justice in that? And how does it benefit Texas students? If anyone’s going to raise hell about this new standard, this is what they ought to be protesting — not the lack of inclusion of enough people of a certain race, some of whom only have a tenuous connection to Texas history to begin with.

We should keep this in mind…

March 20, 2010

the next time the Mexican government starts agitating for a new gun ban in America…

Texas elected officials are “disingenuous or naive” to believe drug violence is spilling across the border into the United States, Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan said Friday.

Sarukhan said that future violence in Texas was theoretically possible “if the drug-trafficking syndicates decide to use San Antonio as their hub and local law enforcement step up their efforts to shut them down.”
“But that is not happening,” he added.

If the drug violence isn’t spilling over into the United States, that would imply the border is much more secure than we have been led to believe. Which puts the lie even more to the whole “U.S.-guns-fueling-Mexican-violence” meme, because it makes no sense to say the traffickers are being kept south of the border but the guns aren’t. And isn’t San Antonio already used as a hub of sorts? They can’t have it both ways. Or at least they shouldn’t be able to.

Thank you all…

March 19, 2010

….for the kind words and best wishes. They are all much appreciated. 🙂

The ceremony was beautiful, and with no drama, just the way we wanted it to be. We decided early on that we wanted it to be that way, at the park in Columbus where we spent our first days together — Beason’s Park on the Colorado River, just east of town on Highway 90. Everything went just as it should have — we met the JP there just before 1300. Sabra told me later that if we’d gone down to central casting and asked for someone to play a Texas country preacher, the JP who married us would’ve been exactly what they’d have given us. We held hands at the edge of the Colorado, as we vowed to love one another forever, I kissed her and we were man and wife. We stopped in Katy on the way back and had lunch at this little barbecue restaurant and got back to Orange about 1730 or so. I changed my relationship status on Facebook and by the time we got back it was flooded with surprised comments, and after I changed it again more of them came. We changed our statuses to engaged when we left for Columbus, and to married when we got back. It was a surprise to everyone, but hey, isn’t that part of the fun of eloping?

Yeah, they really said this…

March 19, 2010

Via David Codrea’s Examiner column (and if you’re not reading the Examiner guys every day, you should be), we have this outrageous bit from the Toledo Blade:

Twice in just the past few days, seemingly bad guys were shot while allegedly attempting to rob Toledo stores. Although we’re glad the robberies were thwarted and thankful no innocents were injured, we’re not sure that store owners and employees defending themselves with deadly force is an absolute good.

Being robbed at gunpoint is frightening, and we do not presume to judge, as police would say, the righteousness of either shooting. But it must be remembered that robbery is not a capital crime, and it’s only by chance that no one other than the would-be robbers was injured.

it seems to us that when deadly force is used as a first response rather than a last resort, civil society suffers.

Huh. Sure sounds to me as if they’re judging the righteousness of those shootings, with that crack about robbery not being a capital crime. It seems to me they’re saying those clerks’ defending themselves and their property was wrong even though they don’t come right out and say it. One gets the idea the Toledo Blade editorialists don’t think their readers are smart enough to grasp such nuanced slander. And as for the deadly force being used as a first response — just which party initiated the confrontation with deadly force here? And how the hell were the clerks on the other side supposed to respond, by putting daisies in the damn gun barrels? Apparently the Toledo Blade thinks so…