Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Live Blogging from Harvey Part II

   Well the storm has finally left Houston alone and went on to pound areas just east of here. Port Arthur, Beaumont, and SW Louisiana seem to have been popped pretty heavily. Inland areas also have not been and will not be immune to the wrath of this prick storm. It looks like NOLA has been spared. That at least is good news.

  Down in these parts (Brazoria County - just south of Houston) got hit fairly hard but the main problem is likely to be in a couple of days when the Brazos River  (among others perhaps)rages out. Almost the entire county west of the Brazos is in peril. Folks should not be at home.  This is a huge problem but certainly not the only one in the area. What a mess.

  It is reported that a chemical facility in Crosby, TX. (just to the NE of Houston proper) is in danger of having some explosive potential. We will see. Some have said that it has potential to rival the explosion in West, TX. a few years back. Hope not.

  Not much else to report I guess.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Live Blogging From Harvey

   The Hurricane is finally moving beyond us in the area just south of Houston. Rainfall has lessened substantially and the wind has shifted. Heck, I would not be too surprised if the sun peeked out later today in this area. Who knows. Right now getting some pretty strong winds (out of the north) and a stray squall is moving through but it surely feels better to be on the "clean" side of the storm.

   Anyone watching the news or perusing the marvelous invention of Mr. Gore has seen the devastation that has occurred (and is still occurring) in the Houston area. It is truly, as they say, an epic event. The next couple of days will likely see some pretty damaging weather in parts of Louisiana, East Texas, and maybe other inland areas. The economic costs to the country will be in the trillions some say. That is something to contemplate.

  Some of the rivers and creeks that have been filled by the tremendous amounts of rain have and will continue to rise. In some areas this storm has just begun for those in harms way. Doesn't matter if the sun is shining  or not. In my area that is (likely) not to be a problem. Never can be too sure though.

Today it was my distinct pleasure to kill a pretty coral snake. Normally I have no quarrel with them but when one shows up in my yard (which they tend to do when seeking dry(er) ground), well you can be sure I send it to meet the virgins or Chippendales (or whatever happens when coral snakes die in "combat"). Someone call PETA. Quick! Had the same problem with squirrels a few years back. They somehow chewed their way into my attic and  war was declared. Many a squirrel died from wounds sustained from a cheap Daisy pellet gun that was purchased from the evil empire. Did not use a shotgun as it might alarm the neighbors. Well probably not. I am by far the least redneck person in my immediate vicinity. Most likely anyway....The squirrels and I are now in truce mode and will be so unless they decide to try another attic raid. By the way, the only reason we did not have squirrel stew (a lot of it) was that my better half would not have it. City bred folk..........

It is interesting that all kinds of armchair pundits are calling for the mayor of Houston's (one Sylvester Turner -Democrat) head for not issuing "mandatory" evacuation orders. People have died as a result they say. True enough. More people would have died in a mass exodus. That is the way it usually goes. I am not a huge fan of Mr. Turner probably but I have no problem with the way he is handling the situation. Seems to be doing as good a job as anybody else could in a trying situation and he made the right call. If you think otherwise you are doing it because of political motivation. That or you are just stupid. Hard to say.....

In other news, it looks like Lil Kim has decided to "test" more rockets. I wonder if one of those weirdly uniformed flunkies that follow him around with notepads has the cajones to have him whacked. I'm sure someone would (U.S., Korea (South), Japan, hell maybe even some in Red China, would like to see the world shed of him and pay a pretty penny to men of action. Oh well.  He does serve a purpose for the Red Chinese.....Only reason he is still there I would reckon..

Till next time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I Always Liked Dobermans

I have always liked Dobermans. They are beautiful, loyal animals although not the easiest creature to raise. They can sometimes be a bit feisty. Right about now I just have a couple of generic mutts and I doubt I will get another registered (or otherwise) Doberman in this lifetime. One was enough. He was great fun. His name was Jubal Early.

In other news, it appears that UT Austin is short some statues after they were removed late last Sunday. Typical cowardice from those who fear the PC crowd.

Apparently a tropical system is heading in the general direction of Houston. That sucks! Those things tend to be somewhat of a pain in the ass.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

OK. Time to Spout My Two Cents

It has been a long time since I have had much interest in working with this ole blog but of late I have been thinking a good deal about it. I was about to get cranked up last year but just never got going. At any rate.....

The college football season is fast approaching. I am, as usual, rather interested in the upcoming festivities. That being said, I have not really taken much time for my half baked analysis but I may get into that some (time permitting).

Over here Houston way there have not been too many Dumbass Sheila Jackson Lee sightings and that is truly a shame. Good comedy is hard to come by these days. Another esteemed gentleman, one Al Green, has somewhat taken her place as the resident buffoon. Not quite there yet......I'm sure Sheila will chime in with some way out nonsense soon though.

Since the last time I have written anything we have (for better or worse) changed the guard in DC. I am happy to report that I did not vote for Trump and certainly not for that lady...Nor did I vote for either of the other sort of "mainstream" candidates. Nope. I chose a write in and am proud to have done so.
   However I have become more and more of a supporter of the current POTUS. He was duly elected (although there is still whining about this "popular vote" thing again which of course means nothing), and there is an effort (organized?) to topple him.

I think what has finally prompted me to "write' again some (boy I feel rusty) is the  problem with "identity politics" that has finally spun out of control. Well, that and the very real (or not) threat of 'Lil Kim over there in sunny North Korea.

Oh well.....with any further preliminary nonsense, I will just get on with some of my thoughts on various issues.......

I have just noticed that Duke University has taken down a statue of  Marse Robert on campus. Typical. And here I was a Blue Devil (football) fan. Oh, apparently it is no longer forbidden to begin a sentence with "And". Just saying....As far as the statue goes, I would say this university president, a fellow by the name of Vincent Price (apparently) might be pussy.

It is probable that his whole destroy relics thing has roots in the PC movement. I first heard of Political Correctness sometime in the 80's. I didn't pay any attention to it of course but I do remember that is was a time where bows were in style for young ladies. "Bowheads" I believe they were called...Reagan was still POTUS and the real Soviet Union still existed. This is where this whole identity politics thing got started I think. Of course others will point out that it was the "hippy days" that began the "downfall"...I don't know...

Mohammedans are still a problem. They will continue to be so in the future. Certainly in my lifetime the problem won't be solved. Likely our grandchildren will still be dealing with the followers of the Prophet. There have been so many terrorist attacks (in this country and otherwise) that I have sort of lost count. Spain is in the news right now.........Oh before I forget, it seems that this ISIS (ISIL, whatever), while pretty much defeated militarily, was not the "JV team" as the previous POTUS said.

Mohammedans? Who the hell can keep up with all the players? Who are the good guys? Are there any? The Kurds seem to be a pretty reliable bunch (although they scare shit out of our Turkish "allies"). That really poses a bit of a conundrum. The Kurds seem worth supporting but since they frighten the Turks ...what do we do? It seems like the West needs Turkey as they scare the Soviets (err Russia).  That is a political problem. Perhaps a Kurdish homeland carved out of parts of Syria, Iraq and Iran with guarantees to Turkey would be prudent. Doubt the Turks will go for it. It is, like I said, a conundrum.

I won't go too terribly much deeper into the statue defacing (removal) thing that is going on now. Not just right this minute anyway. I will say I am against it and no mistake. It is not quite a revolution of the Bolsheviks yet, but it has the earmarks of  the beginning of such. I agree that they aren't going to just stop at having historical monuments removed. The Confederacy is an easy target and of course it doesn't help matters that Klan groups, Neo "Nazis" and assorted such silly folk seem to be the only people willing to really publicly protest to keep history from defacement, debasement, and erasure. Everyone  else appears to be just a bit to frightened to be called a "racist." Or something.

Over here in Texas there are some who even want to get rid of the Sam Houston statues. I suppose they don't understand that he was adamantly opposed to Texas leaving the Union. Be that as it may, I am kind of thinking that there won't be anyone messing with monuments concerning Texas history. (Not if they value their physical well being). Except of course Texas history that happens to be of a "Confederate" nature. That will probably be fair game. Why just today "Black Lives Matter" ( I hate that moniker, all lives matter you dickweeds) staged a protest of sorts about the Confederacy in a Houston park. Haven't heard of any problems. Yet.

Is it just me or am I the only person who would like to have seen the "lady" who was on top of the statue in Durham, NC. take a spill? She is a rather portly woman I noticed. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Need to lose a few pounds myself......I think she was arrested at least. If she would have fallen and broken her fool neck, she would have been touted as a martyr and hero of sorts. Everyone would know her name. You can bet on that.

That is about all for today I guess. Glad to be back.

By God!