Archive for October, 2011

A recommendation.

October 30, 2011

San Antonio friends: If you ever find yourselves broke down on the side of the road, call Juan at What Happen 24 Hour Roadside Service. 210-445-4371 or 210-254-7067. He’ll take care of you, for a good price, whether you’re locked out of your car, need a jump or a tire changed, or run out of gas. (35 bucks for me, for the record. $25 plus $10 for a can of fix-a-flat.) Good guy.

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Wow, who does THAT sound like?

October 29, 2011

On the Mason gun dealer who chooses not to sell guns or teach classes to Obama voters or Muslims, from today’s San Antonio Express-News (emphasis mine — ed.):

Sarwat Husain, president of the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, pointed out the irony of Keller’s commercial, which she says promotes the usage of a device with the sole purpose of killing.

“We’re not missing anything,” she said. “I’m happy he’s not selling to the Muslims. Because that blood is on the hands of this guy. He’s a racist and he’s a bigot. He can keep his guns and he can promote killing.”

Wow, how special. You’d think Sarwat Husain doubled as president of the local Handgun Control chapter too. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that Husain would say such, though. After all, CAIR’s ties to terrorists and their constant apologies for terrorist acts are out there for any who would care to go looking for them.

What’s one have to do with the other? Well, if terrorists’ victims can’t shoot back, so much the better for them, don’t you think? After all, it leaves them free to kill more infidels.

Gives the term “choirboy” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?

October 28, 2011

…or, Man, Frank Garcia certainly turned into a fine, upstanding Christian in jail, eh?

Singing to God, praising Yahweh and even asking Jesus to torment District Attorney Susan Reed so “she, too, finds the Lord,” convicted cop killer Frank Garcia was loud just before his execution Thursday — but he was not repentant.

Wow. I seem to recall that even as He was hanging on the cross, Jesus cried out for his executioners to be forgiven. It sounds like Frank Garcia would fit right in with the Phelps clan.

Where you find ill-gotten money…

October 27, 2011

you will find amoral politicians:

The district attorney in a Texas county with a well-known drug-trafficking route repeatedly allowed suspected drug runners and money launderers to receive light sentences — or escape criminal charges altogether — if they forfeited their cash to prosecutors.

This is not, however, limited to the county level:

(Shelby County DA Lynda Kaye) Russell and other county law enforcement officials have been under investigation by the Department of Justice’s civil-rights division since 2008, when they were named defendants in a class-action lawsuit stemming from traffic stops in the small town of Tenaha.

How special. All of this is something to keep in mind the next time you hear politicians speaking out against legalization or more lenient drug laws. Don’t think it really is all about teh childrenses and nothing else — because it isn’t. Not by a long shot.

Eh, what’s a few dead Americans?

October 27, 2011

The environmentalist nutcases seem to think as much, at any rate…

Federal agents trying to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border say they’re hampered by laws that keep them from driving vehicles on huge swaths of land because it falls under U.S. environmental protection, leaving it to wildlife — and illegal immigrants and smugglers who can walk through the territory undisturbed….

Dozens of environmental laws were waived for the building of the border fence, and activists say this is just another conservative attempt to find an excuse to do away with environmental protections.

Let’s see…on one side we have the Border Patrol agents who have to deal with these stupid, nonsensical laws every day as they try to do their jobs, and on the other side we have…activists who don’t have any arguments other than “those evil right-wingers are trying to destroy the environment for no good reason.”

Of course, one might say they’re just taking their cues from the administration here, i.e., “Eh, dead Mexicans, so what? We have more gun control we want to force on the American people.”

Another major Texas radio morning team out…

October 26, 2011

…this time it’s right here in San Antonio, as John Lisle and Steve Hahn are out at KISS 99.5. Anyone wanna bet on them being replaced by syndicated talent? It’s not the first time that sort of thing has happened in a major Texas market; I remember a morning show in Dallas suffering the same fate and being replaced by a syndicated show out of Indianapolis, with the fans there having the same reaction as many KISS fans are having on Facebook:

The immediate response from listeners who posted on Facebook? Most  told the station to essentially buzz off, calling the decision “pathetic,” “upsetting” and worse.

Of course, I remember when the rock format of KLOL in Houston was replaced by some sort of Spanish format, listeners had the same reaction; but to hear a lot of people tell it, a lot of interactions went along these lines:

“Man, it’s a shame about KLOL. It was a Houston legend.”

“Yeah. When was the last time you listened to it?”

“Oh man, it’s been YEARS.”

I don’t know if it was the same with Lisle and Hahn, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

Why? Because they suck.

October 25, 2011

Houston Chronicle music writer Joey Guerra:

I’m not exactly sure why or what happened or who decided – but it’s not cool to like Coldplay.

Professing love, or even like, for Chris Martin’s emotive art-pop is not just an alarm for taste levels. It’s meant to evoke a question of – or provide a punch line for – intelligence or, worse, manhood.

I must admit the lead was a bit of a surprise to me. I figured I was being the uncool one for thinking Coldplay sucked. Guerra may be right that “50 million albums aren’t just going to droopy teens and women,” but we all have our guilty pleasures, I suppose — though I am not ashamed to admit I have Kelly Clarkson on my iPod. (Megadeth’s “Peace Sells (But Who’s Buying)” happens to be playing on the Sirius stream as I write this, though. At any rate, I am reminded of the following exchange Sabra and I had outside of HEB one day a couple of weeks ago…

“Coldplay — for those who think U2 is too edgy!”
“Haha! Yeah, but once in about every 20 songs U2 will come out with a song that doesn’t sound like all the others.”

Someone needs to read the First Amendment again.

October 24, 2011

…or, Apparently the Second Amendment isn’t the only one that gets misread:

“Pastor Steven Andrew states: ‘Our children need God back in schools,’ and he is calling Christians nationwide to bring back the Holy Bible and Christian prayer to schools. The First Amendment was for Christianity, not other religions. The first Amendment says, ‘Congress shall make no law… prohibiting the free exercise of the [Christian] religion.’”

Wow, how special. The way I remember my American history being taught, this is diametrically opposed to the way the Founding Fathers would have had it and they would have been aghast. Anyone who knows anything about the Founders’ beliefs knows that not all of them were Christians and that their beliefs varied greatly. And really, all you have to do is look at the text of the First Amendment to see that this principal and the pastor he’s quoting don’t know what they’re talking about:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It doesn’t say anything about Christianity in there, does it? And don’t you just love how the principal tries to weasel his way out of the controversy here?

Principal Davis has said he does not agree with the pastor’s remarks and doesn’t think including them with the other notices was an indication that he endorsed the beliefs.

“To me it just looked like it all went together with the morals. I don’t think it was a stretch at all for him to make those comments or for me to share them,” he said in the Times-Union.

All righty then. It looks to me as if the principal was citing the pastor as some sort of authority, which would imply that he agreed on some level with the pastor’s interpretation of the First Amendment, don’t you think?

Oh, how lovely.

October 23, 2011

So not only does the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence think it’s peachy that gun control laws are used to keep poor black and brown people defenseless, but they also don’t think it’s a big deal when a purse-snatcher starts beating up on the woman whose purse he stole. I wonder if they think women who shoot their abusive spouses are executioners too. Sure sounds that way, doesn’t it? What a vile bunch of people.

Bring it.

October 22, 2011

Sorry, but I have to beg to differ with Kathleen Parker here. Sure, race-based campaigning would be a terrible idea, but one never really knows what the outcome might be. If anything it’d show the country that people like Al Sharpton and Tom Joyner are every bit as racist and bigoted as they accuse the Tea Party of being. And in its own way that’d be progress, because it’d be yet more proof that racism isn’t the exclusive province of white people. Of course you know the media would cover for them as always, but it wouldn’t go completely unnoticed.