Archive for August, 2013

Overheard outside the Whataburger at Alon Market…

August 17, 2013

Me: *chuckling*

Sabra: “What?”

Me: “I’m just amused that they gave that story (the Elisa Chan story — ed.) so much room on the front page.” (It took up most of the space above the fold in today’s print edition of the Express-News.)

Sabra: “Yeah, there go her chances for re-election. I mean, that story was just so poorly written…”

Me: “The Brian Chasnoff column?”

Sabra: “Yes! He writes like he brushes his hair–as though he were half drunk, and without any skill whatsoever.”

Me: “HAHAHAHAAAA!…He’s so bad he has to have his coherent arguments created by the subjects of his columns!”

And frankly, even that is hit-and-miss.

Yep, that’s exactly what he did.

August 17, 2013

…or, Another one who needs to be made an example of:

Hearing his older sister describe in detail the milestones their mother would never witness — proms, weddings, becoming a grandmother — Christian Jacob Flores, 14, couldn’t keep his emotions inside any longer.

On the second day of testimony in the intoxication manslaughter trial of Jeffrey Eugene Theisen, 30, the boy jumped up from his seat with tears in his eyes, interrupted his sister’s testimony, and stormed over to the man who Thursday pleaded guilty to killing his mother.

“Look at what you did, you (expletive)!” he screamed at Theisen from inches away. “You took her away! You killed her!”

He continued screaming at Theisen, making guttural, strained, yells through tears as Bexar County sheriff’s deputies wrapped him up around the waist and nearly carried him from the courtroom.

That’s pretty much the long and short of it. Jeffrey Theisen might not have meant to kill Christina Renee Flores, but that’s exactly what he did. Because of his selfishness and negligence, Christina  Renee Flores is dead. And Mr. Theissen needs to pay the price for that. Oh sure, he might not have meant to do it. But the consequences of drinking and driving are quite well-known already. He knew what could happen, he chose to drink and drive anyway, and now someone’s dead because of that.

And I realize Mr. Theisen’s attorney was only doing his job when he called for a mistrial, but I still don’t think it’s right. Just like the jury should take into account Mr. Theisen’s remorse and his lack of a previous record, they should also take into account the pain he caused, as evidenced by Christian Flores’ addressing him. His victim’s family’s pain and anguish over their loss that he caused ought to count for at least something.

No, I haven’t had anyone I love killed by a drunk driver. And for that I am thankful. But I know Sabra has had a couple of close calls. If, God forbid, something like that happened to her, it’d be all I could do not to strangle the other driver right there on the witness stand.

Shorter Elisa Chan…

August 16, 2013

“I didn’t mean for anyone to hear that! I don’t wanna talk about it!”

“So disgusting!”

That exclamation escaped the lips of District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan on May 21 in her City Hall office, where she was meeting with members of her staff to discuss the city’s proposal to update its nondiscrimination ordinance, adding protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

In the course of the conversation, Chan expressed her unvarnished views on homosexuality, which range from befuddled to intolerant….

Chan balked at defending any comments in the recording.

“I think that’s in a private setting and I don’t know if that’s — I need to hear that recording to know,” she said. “I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about so maybe you can play that back to me. We talk a lot of things in the staff meetings, so I wanted to know also under what context.”

Yes, of course, as if saying that being gay is a choice and gay people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children would be looked at differently taken into context with anything.

I’ll save the gay adoption debate for another day — for now I’ll just say that I don’t think gay couples should be denied — but can we at least dispense with the notion that being gay is a choice? I’ve heard it put a lot of different ways, but this one example I saw somewhere pretty much sums it up. Dude’s close friend is gay. Dad steadfastly refuses to accept it, stepmother hates him to pieces, tells him all the time that he’s going to hell and raised his five-year-old brother to hate him too. His mother is the only one who loves him and accepts him for who he is.

Why in the hell would anyone choose that? And we haven’t even gotten into the discrimination and ostracism gay people face in society at large. Come to think of it, Elisa Chan is of Asian descent. In other words, she’s a member of a group that has in the past faced the very same discrimination in society that gay people face now. You’d think she would be more empathetic.

And, once again, I must point this out.

August 15, 2013

Point what out, you ask?

That while Leonard Pitts makes a lot of good points here, I am quite sure he would likely advocate the same policies he decries in this piece, to rid us of “the scourge of illegal guns,” or however he would put it. To be fair, he isn’t the only one, but he is one of the higher-profile media figures advocating for an end to the War on Some Drugs.

And as far as minorities and New York City go, why isn’t Pitts (or anyone else) calling for an end to the highly discriminatory gun laws there? After all, there are going to be a lot of poor black New Yorkers who are absolutely not going to be able to afford that $340 (plus $91.50 fingerprinting fee!) to apply for a gun permit. And if they get caught with a gun without a permit, they’re going to be just as far up Shit Creek as those who are caught with illegal drugs.

Where’s the justice for them?

You know, we could respond to this moron point-by-point…

August 13, 2013

…but why?

I mean, every one of his points has already been debunked on numerous occasions. And there’s one point that has yet to be satisfactorily addressed:

There are a whole lot of semiautomatic rifles out there already. And every time the politicians start making noise about banning them, yet more of them fly off the shelf — which, of course, only puts more of them out there. And they know this. So the question remains: What is to be done about the millions of those guns already in civilian hands? I mean, there’s really only one way the owners of those weapons are going to part with them, other than selling them or handing them down to their heirs. Why can’t they just come out and say it?


(h/t Michael Bane)

I don’t understand.

August 12, 2013

Don’t understand what, you ask?

Why Rick Perry would be upset at Ted Cruz being the front-runner among potential Republican candidates in 2016. With the way Perry was savaged in the 2012 election by the other (alleged) Republican candidates, and with his record in Texas, I would think he’d be quite happy for Cruz even if he was disappointed that his own campaign faltered. If Perry and Cruz aren’t ideological twins — birds of a feather, if you will — I think they’re pretty close. I can’t imagine Perry being anything other than an enthusiastic Cruz supporter in the long run. We will see, I suppose…

Hey, if the shoe fits…

August 11, 2013

From Galleywinter’s 20 Questions with Brandon Rhyder, back in early 2006:

North East Texas is my home. It’s where I go to recharge my batteries. It is, however, a little behind the times maybe. You would think I could get more radio play in the area since I am a “home town boy”, but until I get a record deal and am considered “main stream”, they could care less. …Now, before all the north east Texas people get pissed off I wouldn’t discount the fact that I may live in the area again someday when it’s time to settle down.

People can get pissed off all they want, but as someone who grew up in Northeast Texas, I can tell you he’s exactly right. I am not 100% sure how it is now, but at least up to the time that interview was done, Northeast Texas was a radio wasteland when it comes to country music. I remember moving from Texarkana to College Station and being utterly amazed at the stuff I heard on the radio down there that I had almost never heard after about 1996 or so, and only every so often before that. When I left, pretty much the only good radio station Northeast Texas had outside of Dallas was KWKH out of Shreveport, and even then most of the old stuff they played was late at night — and once KWKH-FM changed formats in early 1996 that was pretty much it. I keep thinking one of the Longview or Tyler stations had a Texas music thing in the early 2000s, and there was this one station in Greenville that I could get in Sulphur Springs when the weather was just right, but other than that it was pretty much the same 40-50 songs everyone else was playing. (And it’s not like I could get Tyler radio stations for shit in the house or the truck most of the time in Texarkana anyway.) Apparently Texarkana radio got better for a time a couple of years after I left, as they had a Texas music station on 107.1, but from what I remember that didn’t last long either. Northeast Texas got better for classic country a while after the Hot New Country , even if it was all on separate stations than the new country, but it’s always sucked for Texas music. I don’t know how it is now, but I’d be willing to bet money that it’s not much if any better than it was back when Rhyder made that observation.

And it’s okay. It is what it is, and as we all know, terrrestrial radio isn’t the only game in town anymore anyway. But it still sucks for all those poor souls up there, because for a number of them it is the only way to hear music, for all the reasons Sabra mentioned here.

I have an answer…

August 10, 2013

…to the question posed here, but they’re not going to like it:


Because, you morons, alienating such a large part of your customer base is bad business. To coin a slogan…

“‘We’re here. We’re gun owners. Get used to it.'”

Every so often, he gets it right.

August 9, 2013

Who? Ruben Navarrette:

What (Ted) Cruz really needs to worry about is that he doesn’t become just another one of those mealy-mouthed political leaders in his own party that he enjoys criticizing so much.

Yep. It’s about time we got another real conservative in Washington who tells it like it is as opposed to being another go-along-to-get-along RINO like John McCain. Frankly, I think that if Congress had more Rand Pauls and Ted Cruzes, this country would be a lot better off.

And yes, Chris Matthews does need to get a grip — but then, if he did, he wouldn’t be Chris Matthews, would he?

In memory of Cowboy Jack Clement…

August 8, 2013

…who passed away today at 82, one of his best-known songs:

And the Lee Ann Womack version, which if I remember right was the first version I ever heard…