Archive for August, 2010

That’d do a LOT of people good.

August 26, 2010


Also, if you’ve grown up never doing any hard work, don’t expect to excel at it right away (or maybe ever) when you’re an (alleged) “adult.” Everyone should spend at least a couple of summers hauling hay or watermelons or something so you know what you’re getting into.

Yes, indeed. I did that for about three summers in junior high school. Never threw it on the trailer, but I did drive the truck pulling the trailer — and I also cut, raked and baled the hay. And I didn’t do those last three on a tractor with an air-conditioned cab, either; but for the small top over the tractor’s rollbar, I was fully exposed to the summer heat. I thought it was a blast because I got to drive, but it was hot and dusty as hell. It’ll damn sure make you appreciate hard work — and that office job you get if you’re lucky later.


Way to support Texas music there, folks…

August 23, 2010

You might already know this, but I am an inveterate channel-surfer, even with the satellite radio. I left my iPod at home yesterday when I went to work and left the satellite radio at home with my wife, so I was left with terrestrial radio. So last night when I was driving home, I came upon Y100 playing Texas music just after 11. I remember hearing the Randy Rogers Band, Pat Green and Roger Creager. Good stuff, right? So I’m thinking, “Well, at least they play some Texas music, even if it is when everybody’s asleep.” Then I heard the deejay talking about the show…which he said was from 11 to 12 every Sunday night. Wow. One whole hour every week. Way to support the Texas-red dirt scene there, guys.

As if that wasn’t bad enough…apparently the program director or whoever programs the music for that show considers 1990s NASHVILLE also-rans Little Texas to be worthy of inclusion on it. You’d think they could and would do better to promote Texas-red dirt music here. I guess they think the Texas music would scare off the tourists, so they play it when the tourists are sleeping off their buzzes. Pardonnez mon francais, but that’s just fucking pathetic. (Yeah, Scott, I know I shouldn’t expect any better, but I still do…)

Man, this says it all, doesn’t it?

August 22, 2010

Commenter Mongol, in the comments to this post:

If someone trys to panhandle me for “Food Money”, I like to offer them $1 for every pack of cigarettes on them and $3 for their MP3 player.  I figure that if they are truely hungry, they will jump at the chance.  I plan on letting them keep their stuff if they agree to the deal, but I haven’t had anybody say yes yet.

Dude, that is brilliant! I had never thought of that, though I’m sure if you raised the asking price for the smokes there might be more takers. Many times when I go to the store I look to see how much a pack of smokes costs and I am just amazed — and quite glad that I do not smoke. There’s no way I could drop $20 a day on a cigarette habit. I am also not surprised there have been no takers, considering the fact that the panhandlers obviously have their spending priorities messed up; for the price of a pack of cigs, you could buy yourself a pretty fair meal at pretty much any fast-food restaurant in the land.

More proof that some people…

August 22, 2010

shouldn’t be allowed to have kids:

A man shot his pregnant girlfriend before killing himself early Friday as police converged on him at a house northwest of downtown, officers said.

After wrestling on the bed, Corona dared her boyfriend to shoot her, prompting him to point the weapon at her, pull the trigger and then leave the house on foot.

Were it not for the innocent unborn child, I’d have said it’s just too damn bad she didn’t die as it would have been more chlorination of the gene pool. Really? Dare your boyfriend to shoot you as you’re carrying his child?? Mother of the year material right there, yes sir…

No wonder the education system is in such trouble…

August 20, 2010

This link at Kevin Baker’s place this morning reminded me of this story I read earlier this summer in the San Antonio Express-News:

Fierce competition for public school teaching jobs this summer could be difficult enough without being seen as a second-rate candidate, as those emerging from alternative teacher certification programs are sometimes viewed. 

I must say that I never understood that. I honestly thought the folks who went through the alt-cert program would have been more valuable with their real-world experience, as opposed to education majors who know just education better than anything else. And I would never cast aspersions on elementary education majors as all being like they were in the above-linked exchange any more than any other major…though I must say it’d be quite frightening to run up on, for example, an aerospace engineering major who had that mindset.

…but does it matter? Sometimes the answer is no.

August 19, 2010

…or, Yet another rant I’ve had bouncin’ around in the ole noggin lately.

I recently read a review of a new song from Carrie Underwood in which the author said Underwood “has much talent.” This made me think of something I’ve been wondering about for a while, namely this: Does your talent really matter if you don’t put it to good use?

I hear people talk all the time about how Carrie Underwood is such a greeeeat singer, that she sings like an aaangel. And every time those sentiments are expressed, I think, “Well, even if she does have such a good voice, she throws it away on some really crappy songs.” (Honestly, does it get any more banal than “Jesus Take the Wheel”? And it really hasn’t gotten much better from there…)

And the same goes for, to cite another example, the ’80s hair band Winger. If you’ll recall, ex-Winger guitar player Reb Beach not long ago was calling Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett one of the worst guitar players he’d ever heard. As I said in comments here:

‘…going from what I’ve read, I’d say both Kip Winger and Reb Beach both have some major issues going on with not only jealousy, but also insecurity. Winger has been quoted as saying his band was the “‘hair band’ Dream Theater” and that “Metallica couldn’t play what we play.” If that’s the case, if Winger was so damn good, then why did they just go for the low-hanging fruit with songs like “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak”?’

In other words, Winger might have been good, but from what I’ve heard they were by and large a joke among the headbangers in their day precisely because of the lowest common denominator songs that made them famous. Winger might have been the “hair band Dream Theater,” but they pissed all their talent away on crappy music too. So what does it matter if they WERE talented?

I’m sure readers could probably think of more examples…

Overheard at lunch…

August 19, 2010

My wife, on the problems with modern Nashville “country” music, shortly after I asked her when Richie McDonald got castrated:

“I thought he came that way!”

And then a few minutes later…

“That’s what it is. Gary Allan is going around Nashville cutting off everyone’s testicles to enlarge his own.”

Sounds like a logical explanation to me…

Pesky Eighth Amendment!

August 18, 2010

Well, not really. I know the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment protects all of us, and the price we pay for that is certain murderers not getting exactly what they deserved. As I was telling my lovely wife yesterday, though, it would have been really nice if Peter Cantu (and his partners in crime) were to be put down the same way they killed — to experience the terror and pain they inflicted on Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena.

But at least Randy Ertman wasn’t subjected to another self-righteous harangue from a death penalty opponent this time around. So at least there’s that.

Not seein’ teh funnay here…

August 17, 2010

…or, Hey, let’s be like the Authorized Journalists and not do our research and fact-checking! (

Here we go again with the NRA bashing. Somebody said that somebody in Texas said that the NRA is going to back some representative that they don’t like or belongs to a party or another that does not like and the blogosphere once again is filled with NRA-Sucks posts even though the NRA has not issued yet a single report/support for anybody for the upcoming November elections. But let’s not get the facts get in the way of a well traveled post that can generate thousands of hits, shall we?

Oh? Here’s a fact:

The announcement yesterday that Chet Edwards received the endorsement of two of the states most prominent groups, the Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND and the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has made news throughout the district and is adding to the momentum of Edwards’ reelection campaign.

The National Rifle Association and the Texas Farm Bureau unveiled their support for Edwards during a four-city tour through the 17th Congressional District. Their backing could prove useful in the strongly conservative district.”
– Bryan College Station Eagle

Maybe that post should have read, “Let’s not let the facts get in the way of another half-witted poke at those who have legitimate gripes about whom the NRA supports.” Or were the Bryan-College Station Eagle and the other papers who reported the NRA endorsement lying?

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In which I try not to cast my own aspersions…

August 17, 2010

…on fans of certain college sports teams.

I don’t know why Renee Gork didn’t grab an Arkansas hat instead of a Florida hat, but (pardon the term) it’s just fucking retarded that she would actually lose her job over shit like that. Dear God, but I’m glad I lead a life so full that I can’t find it in me to give a shit about the hat that some sportswriter wears as he (or she) is covering my favorite team.