Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Top Ten Events in Laredo, Or as I like to call it, the list of things most discussed by my coffee group at Starbucks last year.

Del Mar and McPherson Starbucks (Photo by TW)

Honorable mentions:  Rick Perry crashing and burning so far in the presidential race.  Loud music in too many places.  Why Republicans are better than Democrats.  Why Democrats are better than Republicans.  Why people from New York city should not shoot guns.  Obama (enough said). 

10  Consumer Prices/UT Network/A&M Leaves Big 12  (Three-way tie)
        Discussed how everything is going up in price.  Food, fuel and utilities.  No breaks in the near future.  UT has it’s own network, UT Alums love, non-alums hate.  A&M leaves Big 12, UT Alums love, non-alums hate.

9    Very Little Rainfall
        A dry year to say the least.

8    Baseball Team Named Lemurs
        I never knew what a Lemur was until I came to Laredo.  Go figure?  There should be a rule:  No monkeys in baseball.

7    Crazy City Ordinances
        Crime surely has been decreased by the implementation of the “Beer Run Ordinance,”  you       know, no more skimpy clothing to be worn by those advertising beer sales.  So, no more Miller Lite, or Bud Light girls, right?  Of course not, another un-enforceable (able to get a conviction to                hold up in appellate court if tested) law, like the texting ban.  Time wasters for the police               department.

6    Murder/Suicide at Welfare Office
        This is number 5 only because it just occurred.  Did lead to lots of discussion on welfare in general and who needs help.

5    Bordertown Laredo - Laredo Bigtime TV Show
        Has to be the biggest joke ever played on the city leaders (?) who approved the venture.  It       makes Laredo and it’s police department look like some banana republic.  However, one episode did pretty much describe the Laredo I know.  That is the one where the officer showed up for                work 2 hours late because he had to stop for breakfast.  Can’t get any better than that.

4    CAA Fraud Border
        Still waiting for indictments to come down.  This brought all the reasons to surface why we need to limit government and the waste that excessive spending causes.

3    School Funding Complaints
        Still waiting to see the downside to the school spending cuts.  Teachers and administrators still got a raise and maybe a bonus to boot, plus kids still will not pass the STARs, so where is the     impact?

2    Eagleford Shale Play and Frack-A-Phobia
        The local “Safe Fracking Coalition” is doing everything they can, as are the big US Environmental lobbyist to kill/downplay/stop/interfere with anything not solar or wind.  The Frack-A-Phobes will not look at real facts and real science that proves fracking is safe and a means to help the US reduce it’s dependency on foreign sources of energy.  They even got the EPA to release an error filled report on water well contamination from Utah in an attempt to halt the process of     hydraulic fracturing.  How sad.  PS, the Eagleford Shale thing may tie back to school funding as   the windfall taxes will make the Texas state budget look much better next year.

1        Violence in Nuevo Laredo
Again, the top discussion item at Starbucks….and in Laredo.  When will Mexico wake up and end the corruption that has lead to this situation?  PS, Operation Fast and Furious, while not a Laredo issue garnered a lot of discussion under this headline, as did Homeland Security’s attempt to make the United States a police state (And yes, I agree this one is/has been caused by Republicans.

Please feel free to add to this list.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stop the Insanity-----Quit Arresting Parents

Over the last few months it seems that several parents have been arrested and charged with a form of child abandonment.  Some of the arrest may have been warrented, but I doubt they all are actual abandonment cases.  I remember one, a grandmother was charged when her, I believe it was also a three year old, grandchild wander off from the home, and a passerby called police.  When the police arrived, the grandmother came down the street and told officers the child was missing.  It was then when the officer arrested grandma and charged her with child abandonment.

You will see that in Missouri, it is not a crime for a small child to escape from their parents and wander off.  In Laredo it is a crime that will get the parent(s) arrested and stuck with a criminal record.  At least the police there are allowed to use common sense and make judgment calls on these types of issues. 

If only Laredo was as advanced.

Part of the story from the Kansas City Star:

The 3-year-old made it two blocks at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday before an alert passerby put an end to his madcap.
 “He had good identification,” said Liberty Police Lieutenant Andy Hedrick. “They used the dog tag and mother’s purse to determine where the little boy lived.”
The situation — sure to be a legendary family story for years to come — could have turned out much worse. He had already made it two blocks, but still needed to cover another three blocks before arriving at his grandmother’s, Hedrick said.
The passerby cared enough to pull over and call police.
“She didn’t think that looked right,” he said. “She lived nearby and was driving by and saw him walking with the purse and the dog.”
When the officers located the boy’s home they were greeted at the door by a distraught mother.
“Mom had the phone in her hand and was about to frantically call police,” Hedrick said. “She was thankful to have him returned.”
The officers left the boy with his mother after they were assured it had all been an isolated incident.
“The officers talked to the mom and they didn’t find anything else at the home to cause concern,” he said.
His mother told police she had stayed up late. He was gone when she woke up.
“Three-year-olds are tough because they’re old enough to be mobile and really make some good time,” Hedrick said.

It really is time to end this nanny state idea that a child who is not in the immediate area of the parent is an abandoned child.  Kids are kids and thank God they are curious.  So Laredo, if you agree, let your city council person know how you feel.

I'm Back....

With the new year almost upon us, I have decided to resume the blog.  So, I start with a story that has driven me crazy everytime I read one of these...

Happy New Year, and a belated Merry Christmas to all

Friday, October 7, 2011

Penske in Laredo

A couple of weeks ago I posted a story about Penske losing a contract to Excel, both logistics managment companies.  The Penske client that was mentioned was not correct.  I have withdrawn the post.

I was given bad information by a source that has never proven wrong for me in the past., the blog apologizes for any issue that post may have caused.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Time to stop the political insanity.  Let's go back to the voting district boundries being drawn on geographical terms, not political terms.

And for those of you that say, well, what about racial lines, are you telling me I must vote for a white person as only they can represent me?

Kind of racist don't you think?

Simple: If you still believe that man is causing global warming, you are uninformed.

If you sitll believe in man made global warming you are uninformed.  It is that simple.  You can still try to spout the "consensus" line, or maybe repeat the Nobel Prize winner Al Gore mantra.  But the realitiy is this, the AGW story is losing supporters by the day and they cannot stand it.

Fact (not a model, but a fact):  The earth's tempature has cooled for the last 10 years, while C02 levels have increased.  This is an undisputed fact, not theory.
      Note:  some AGW folks reported that the extra heat was absorbed by the ocean and that AGW is still occuring.  So, let me see, the earth was warming, but Mother Earth fixed the problem.  Ahhhh...these people are unbelievable.

If only the media would report the facts.  Too bad.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

UARS - Where will it land???????

Not a very good picture, but who cares, it is going to crash anyway
With the re-entry (NASA name for crash landing) of UARS coming soon to a town to be named, I thought you mike like an update on my first experience with crashing satellites.

For those of us that were around in 1979 we remember the worry that the earth bound Skylab caused us all.  I was living in Kansas City at the time and I remember attending a couple of Skylab parties in which the patrons stood outside wearing whatever head protection they could come up with.  Also, large quantities of alcohol were involved to deaden the pain of getting hit by Skylab. 

You could actually see Skylab with the naked eye on two evenings in KC before the thing crashed.  It was one of the few fun events of the late 70’s as I remember.  Jimmy Carter was President, and gas prices were all the way up to $ .75 per gallon, along with long gas lines in some cities.

There were bets and rewards for guessing when and where Skylab would crash, as well as money to be earned if the thing actually hit you.

The thing finally crashed in Australia and they actually fined the United States $400 US for littering.  This is a fact.  The US did not pay until 30 years later when a radio show host raised the money and sent it to Australia.

Here is the drink recipe for the Skylab….it may help you with eventual crashing of UAR.

The SKYLAB drink
•1 oz. Brandy, apricot
•1 oz. Curacao, blue
•1 oz. Rum, white
•1 oz. Vodka
•1 splash Orange Juice
•1 oz. Pineapple Juice
•1 whole Cherries/Maraschinos
•1 slice Oranges
Mixing Instructions
Mix ingredients and pour over ice into a highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

 Really folks how about a better name for the satellite….like the OPoNum….you know the Obama Poll Numbers, they are crashing almost as fast as UARS.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Obama-Buffet Tax - Mr. Speaker, please say you will pass it....

The Obama-Buffet Tax is really nothing more than a political ploy (note, I did not say stunt, as ploys are allowed in politics) that is designed to breathe life back into the liberal base of the Democratic Party.  It really would be funny if the republicans were to say, go ahead Mr. President, we will vote for Obama-Buffet.  Then just watch the president back track, jump through hoops and take a long vacation.

This Wall Street Journal analysis (Wall Street Journal Story) of the proposed bill is the best I have read yet.  Here is a piece of the story:

There's one small problem: The entire Buffett Rule premise is false, as the nearby table shows. In 2008, the last year for which such data are available, the IRS reports that those who made more than $1 million in adjusted gross income paid an average income tax rate of 23.3%.
That's slightly lower than the 24.1% rate paid by those making between $500,000 and $1 million, probably because the richest are like Mr. Buffett and earn more from capital gains and dividends. The rate for a relative handful of the rich—400 people—fell to 18%, the modern equivalent of Barr's Gang of 21. But nearly all millionaires still paid a rate that is more than twice the 8.9% average rate paid by those earning between $50,000 and $100,000, and more than three times the 7.2% average rate paid by those earning less than $50,000. The larger point is that the claim that CEOs are routinely paying lower tax rates than their secretaries is Omaha hokum.

So, the real deal with this proposed tax increase on the supposed rich is nothing but a liberal tax rate increase.  Just what the president spoke against in 2009.  Again, the speaker should tell the president, yep, we will pass your bill.  Then we will see whose taxes really will go up under this political ploy and which democrats would be first to vote against the bill.


I took a little time off from the blogging sphere to clear the brain...and do some listening vs. talking.  A good idea for anyone.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Where are the imaginations, the dreams?

Last week I was kayaking down the Rio Grande with the Critters and Crayons blogger, and Eric of Big River Outfitters.  One of the great things about the trip was the peaceful time just floating thinking of nothing but the flowing river and the people who first set eyes on the area.  I used my imagination to see the native North Americans who must have seen Laredo for what it would become, a very good place to cross the river for decades to come.  I wondered if those native pioneers could have ever versioned that over 1,000 motor driven carts and trailers hauling billions of dollars of freight would be crossings a manmade bridge every day.  Maybe one of the did have that imagination, and he/she passed that vision on down to the tribe, and that is how Laredo became what it is today.
No, this post is not about what Laredo is today, but about how people use their imagination and are our kids being robbed of the need to use their imagination.
I am not sure that all the technology that three and four year olds are exposed to today are really helpful in their ability to use their imaginations.  Reading a book, without illustration, requires the full use of your imagination.  You must base the objects and subjects in the books on places, things and people you are familiar with and yet at the same time you also will use your imagination to create a combined picture the author paints with their words.
How can kids today do that if they are reading only from the internet, or e-books that offer interactive connectivity?  And how often do parents just send their kid outside to be alone with no formal activity assigned, so the youngster can look at the sky and see people and things in the clouds.  Where a kid can look at a leaf floating down the stream and wonder if it will make it to the ocean?  When do today’s kids have the time to just sit alone and dream of things we as adults cannot imagine?
I was lucky.  I grew up when television was first coming of age.  I had parents who both worked and allowed me lots of free time (as they were too tired to play with me) to dream and imagine.  I hope that kids still have this time to themselves.
It bothers me to see kids under 10 years old with cell phones texting their friends.  Texting, now that the cost is almost nothing, consume what I see as an enormous amount of time and energy. As does surfing the internet.  Now don’t get me wrong, I think the internet is great for kids and adults.  Yet, like any good thing, it needs to be used in moderation.
So, I ask you, the parents of kids today; Do kids still imagine, and dream?  If you don’t know, you better find out and fix it, or we may never put another man on the moon, or see another new fangled Frisbee.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Perry, The Simplistic Politician with a Small Intellect - A liberals view

Here is an example of an anti-Texas/Perry article which appeared in today’s San Antonio Express News.  The article is in black, italics, and my comments appear in red.  Add your own comments below.

Governor Rick Perry

Intellectually suspect but politically brilliant
By O. Ricardo Pimentel/
Updated 12:34 a.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry might have confined his remarks to a critique of the Fed's policy of quantitative easing, buying bad assets by printing more money.
He might have just expressed a fear that putting more money into circulation can cause inflation.
He might have just said that such election-year infusion will mire the Fed in politics.
But our newest presidential candidate doesn't do wonk. He does Texas plain talk. Good, a plain talker is what we need now. And now, upon formal introduction to coyote-shooting Perry, much of the national electorate is mulling which is scarier: That Perry believes what he says or that there is calculated purpose afoot.


Perry said last week in Iowa that if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were to print more money before the election, it would be “almost treasonous” and that Texas “would treat him pretty ugly.”

This was pounced upon as everything from a rookie mistake to rich irony. Perry had suggested earlier that Texas might secede from the union. Suggested, of course, without actually proposing it.

And this points to a cool calculation that merges belief and cynical purpose. He knows he espouses outlier views and figures he gets more points by espousing them with folksy flourish than by politicking around them. He certainly can't hide from them. There's a matter of the public record.

Underestimate Perry as a hick if you want. He isn't. There is more than a bit of preacher in him but mostly he knows what's worked. Brash talk sells. It marks him, he believes, as the American everyman.

So, climate change is “a scientific theory that has not been proven and ... is more and more being put into question.”  Rick Perry nailed this one.  And since man made climate change legislation is a multi-billion dollar sump pump on the US economy and lifestyle, it makes Perry one of my top picks for President.  He is the first to come out and expose the bad science for what it is.  PS, for those that don’t know, the ice is not melting any more than normal, the temperature is not going up to a point that we will all be burning and the world as we know it will end, and carbon dioxide IS NOT A POLLUTANT.

Evolution is just a theory “that's out there.”  Ah, Ricardo, evolution is a theory.  That is a fact.  And Ricardo, here’s a question for you, how was the universe created?  What came first, and how?  There are no simple answers and to make fun of, and despise, those who have religious beliefs shows how small an intellect you and the secularist really possess.   

Handlers might even now be trying to rein him in. But here's the Perry calculation. Taking on inconvenient science — and the Fed — plays well. It does in this state, where contrarianism and notions of Texas exceptionalism have long homesteaded along the Brazos.  Is Rick Perry a politician, yes, and a good one as you point out.  But he is only repeating what millions of Americans believe.  Yes Ricardo, millions of people can’t wait to see the current intellectual president unemployed Jan. 20th 2013.    And Texas is an exceptional state, well most of it anyway.  Run the metrics without the areas controlled by democrats and see what you get.  One day, the downtrodden will figure out that government is not their savior and learn that hard work and independence are what lead to the American Dream.  I think you need to look at what shape the other big states are in and do a real side by side comparison.  Then report.

Perry, more than Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are able, will put to the test whether what sounds true sells better than what is true. Simply, Texas' economy makes him more marketable. Mitt Romney is his GOP competition.

Perry is banking on the right wing's discomfort with Romney and that Texas, home to a long and unbroken string of Perry election successes, is more a microcosm of the country than is Massachusetts.  Texas is much more mainstream than Massachusetts will ever be.

Not everyone, of course, even in plain-talking Texas, likens a difference of opinion on monetary policy and election-year timing to treason. But, hey, he's taking on the federal government. That's what counts.
Ricardo, I would love to hear you opinion on this man.
He most likely would be the smartest man in the world,
well at least in your world.

Perry isn't a hick. Neither is he an everyman. He is an ambitious politician campaigning with a tried-and-true playbook — one who is betting that Texas' economic “miracle” will bring all the non-believers on these other issues along for the ride.

But faith — not fact — drives belief in creationism and intelligent design. Denial is all that is required to dispense with inconvenient climate change science.  Ricardo, here you show your lack of intellect.  You say that climate change (I have to assume here you mean man-made climate change) is a fact.  Man made climate change is not a fact, and is a much weakened theory at best.  Everyday more evidence is revealed that reduces the validity of the man made global warming theory.  And the fact that you fail to see that defines you as the one lacking in intellect.

Perry cannot rely on either to convince the skeptics that low taxes and light regulation are responsible for Texas job growth. It's just not that simple.  Newspapers and the media are ones who deal in simplicity.  Your papers rarely tell whole stories.  The main stream media deal in snippets of information usually providing the reader with only a view that is reflective of the person writing the story.  Gone are the days of hard news only.  Now, reporters are mere columnist.  Hence,  the love of the internet.

And, still, no one should count Perry out. Sadly, what might be intellectually suspect can still perhaps be politically brilliant.  You closing hear can only mean that anyone who votes for Perry must be a simpleton.   Well good for you Ricardo…keep that up, it sells papers in some circles.
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Democrats Refuse to Stand Up for Texas.....Why?

It’s that time of the year again when national politics start to take shape.  And just to show you how much history repeats itself, (kids, this is why we teach history), the national news media and the national Democratic Party have started another anti-Texas campaign.
All of these attack news articles and comments (In 3 days I counted 15 anti-Perry/Texas articles in the SA Express News and Laredo Morning Times) are happening because Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race and took the early lead in the polls.  Now, I have nothing against these types of articles if they are truthful (topic for another blog) as this is politics.  There will be plenty more to come.
What I do find offensive is that NO Democrats are questioning any of the statements being made by the national news media, or the Presidents political team.  This is reminiscent of the campaign in 2000 when national Democrats attacked Texas and the local Democrats just sat on their hands and took it.  No pride, no desire at all to defend the home front.  They pulled their heads back into their shells. 
Kind of like when things got tough in 2003 and instead of staying in the state to fight legislation proposed by the Republicans, they fled the state to hide in Oklahoma.  Later, they again fled the state, this time to hide in Arizona.   Cowards?  You decide.
Now this hiding in the shell might be understandable if the attacks on Texas weren’t an attack on the areas managed by Democrats.  Yep, you heard it right.  Most of the poverty and poor education results come from the areas where Democrats have been in charge for well over 20 years. 
When the Secretary of Education states that too few Texas kids are ready to go to college, he is talking about the high percentage of minority kids who cannot pass the entrance exams.  The majority of these minority kids go to schools in districts that have been controlled by Democratic political office holders (machines) for decades.  The border region comes to mind.  Now you can whine and complain that the Republicans are responsible for these results, but the fact is local Democratic politics that decide on how schools operate along the border.   They decide to pay administrators and what programs to implement.  They decide on the day to day operation of the education system. 
Take the news this week that LISD is giving teachers a raise (good for them, I am always for teachers, versus administrators getting more) and the new additions to UISD, a brand new $ 1 million IT studio and LISD spending millions on a new food preparation center, football stadium and the moving of a magnet school.  Democrats you should be boasting that Laredo is doing these things and paying for it with local money. 
Yet, because you would rather sit on your hands and support your political party and it’s attacks on Texas, you say nothing.
Pretty weak if you ask me.  Are there any real Texans left in the Democratic Party?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Rio Grande Kayak Trip...I saw the river as our founders did.

Small rapids

Saturday morning I did what I promised to do last fall, take a trip down the Rio Grande on a kayak with Eric Ellman and Stephanie Dolanskey-Mathahey from Big River Outfitters based at the Rio Grande Plaza hotel.  You know the big round hotel on the banks of the Rio just down from bridge one.
I went with a fellow blogger, Patricia Driscoll, whom I met last year when she came to the Laredo Rifle and Pistol Club with a group wives who wanted their husbands, who are avid shooters, to teach them how to shoot.  Trish is a fellow blogger who has the very popular Critters and Crayons blog.   Anyway, Trish’s husband had the kids and we headed for the river after a short pre-float meeting at Starbucks.  Nope, they had no whiskey for courage, and I don’t drink anyway, so it was cold turkey bravery that we relied upon to get us on the river.

In case of drowning, just stand up
After a training session on how to paddle  and make the kayak respond to your every command. Kayaking is not just pulling a paddle, but you actually use a pushing motion which is more efficient and easier.  Then Eric trotted (actually a slow walk) us to the river bank for instructions on how to board a kayak. 

Now I have lived here 19 plus years and have been to the river banks many times at many different places.  But never have I been on or in the waters of the Rio Grande.    I explained to Eric though I appear to be very buoyant, that looks are deceiving and I sink like a bag of wet cement. 
Eric then proceeded to jump in the river and show me the best way to save yourself in you fall overboard.  JUST STAND UP.  Yep, it really is that simple.  Right now the river is not very deep which the photo illustrates very well.  There are some deep parts, but not many at least at this flow level. 
No wonder Laredo became the town it is today.  A running river that has plenty of shallow areas for fording commerce was a great place to settle.  In fact the original crossing, "El Paso de los Indios,” is located near LCC.  I am not sure of the exact location as the City of Laredo has a very poor reputation for noting and celebrating their landmarks.  This crossing point was the basis for Tomas Sanchez to establish Laredo on May 15, 1755.  And now, 256 years later, Laredo is one of the largest commercial crossing points in the country.  So, when you see the line of 1,000 trucks a day, hauling billions in commerce, crossing between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, just remember it all started with cattle crossing in 1755.
So, city, community, and retail leaders in this city, why isn’t the original crossing point well defined and accessible to all Laredoans?  At least there should be some sort of historical marker.  Oh well, off my soapbox, and back to the trip.  Update:  Eric has told me there is a marker for the El Paso de los Indios located behind the environmental center at LCC.  I will hunt that down and post the photo later this week.

Heading towards CPL power plant
Once in the river we moved at a very leisurely pace and took in the sights along the river.  The current is not very strong right now, yet it was enough to keep you moving down stream with very little physical effort.  You will see lots of wildlife and even some domesticated animals, such as horses and cows drinking from the river.  There were lots of varieties of birds crossing the river all along the 2 ½ hour trip. 
One thing I didn’t even think about was that we were traveling along an international border.  Except when US Border Patrol came by on the fan boat, we were traveling on a nice quiet river, the only sounds being water passing over the rapids, birds, and the distant noise from trains crossing the bridge.
Snowy Egert at Casablanca, but they are on the river also
Kingfisher I saw on river late last year
Scissor Tailed Flycatcher, They were also seen by us on the river
Eric even took the time to take us up Manadas Creek (crosses Mines Road ¼ mile west of I-35.  We paddled up about a ¼ mile and saw the carved out bluff that is the south side of the creek.  There are some interesting features that would require a geologist to explain.  There is some rare moss located here according to Eric.  Not sure if those are the ones in my photo.   I did not take my best camera, only a pocket shooter as I figured I would fall in the river a few times during my excursion.  I never did, even though I did get stuck in one of the rapids.  Go figure.

Manadas Creek, Eric and Trish
And if any rumors surface saying that I had some back issues, well just remember, I am getting old, and after 19 years of consuming every Mexican food ever made, not in the best of shape.  But I made it and am 100% this morning.
 If you want to escape the hectic day to day business of Laredo, and maybe even the hectic outings at a park or the lake, a river kayaking excursion is just the thing.  You will see Laredo like our forefathers did.  You will see the banks, bluffs, and tree/cane lined shores.  You will see the flat rock spots, the small rapids that are prevalent along the river.
We put in at Father McNaboe Park and exited the river about 4 ½ miles downstream.  It took about 2 ½ hours to complete the trip.  Trish and Eric discussed the idea of having some activities on the big flat rock, such as early morning yoga, or maybe even a wine tasting event.  Yoga, wine tasting, not on my list, but if there is a chili dog day, sign me up.
In conclusion, if you want to do something that very few Laredoans have ever done, contact Big River Outfitters (956-209-1879) and make reservations for a kayaking trip.  Talk with Eric and Stephanie beforehand and understand the physical requirements on making the trip.  They are great people who really appreciate (unlike some of our local leaders) the Rio Grande and what it means to our community.  They will do everything they can to make your trip an experience you will share for a long time.
Thanks Trish, Steph, and Eric for a fun day.

More photos on my Facebook Page, see Tom Wade Laredo.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Race Relation Poll Results from USA Today

It always bothers me when I write a story about race relations (see below) in this country that I am going to be labeled a racist no matter what I said because I am a Republican member of the Tea Party.  But, what the heck, Richard Raymond, Henry Cuellar, here I go.

Why do politicians and the government work so hard at trying to label Americans based on race?  Is this in itself not causing some of the racial tension that still exists in this country?
The United States Federal Government is the worst at race relations.  They want to label us by race when they count Americans; they want to label Americans by race when they apply for anything the government provides.  Why?  Will the government not serve me if I am white?  I thought all the welfare type programs were based on economic condition.  I thought the same on qualifying for student loans or any other program that passed out money. 

The politicians (and media) have done everything in their power to promote the idea that a specific race must be represented in politics by a person of the same race.  Why?  What is difference between a black, white or Hispanic issue?  Is immigration not important to all races of Americans?  Aren’t taxes and deficits important to all?  Aren’t we all concerned about the welfare of America. 

Why shouldn't I be allowed to pick the best candidate no matter what color his/her skin?  Why must I be represented by whites?

Poll respondents chart racial progress since MLK

By Susan Page, and Carly Mallenbaum
Updated 16h 46m ago
WASHINGTON — On this, blacks and whites overwhelmingly agree: Martin Luther King Jr. changed America, and for the better.
"When I went to work in the government in 1958, they didn't have black and white signs on the toilets, but they had one toilet that was unlocked and the other toilet you had to have the key for. The only ones who had the key were the white supervisors," recalls Carl Allen, 70, of Washington, D.C., who is black. He worked as a landscape gardener for the city's highway department. "There weren't black supervisors."
Over time, "all of it changed," says Allen, who was among those called for the survey. "Before I retired, we had full representation, black supervisors. We had everything we should have had years before."
Benjamin Cardenas, 42, of Santa Clara, Calif., a distribution manager for a pharmaceutical company, says interracial couples are now the norm in his community. With California's diversity, he says, "people have a tendency to look beyond the race of the person and look at the person."
A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of more than 1,300 people nationwide finds that about nine of 10, black and white, say civil rights for African Americans have improved in their lifetimes.

Tea Party at it Again?

President on Vacation
Inflation rising fast...
European Shares Closing With Biggest One-Day Decline in Three Years.....

These were some of the headlines on the Drudge Report.  I am trying to figure out how to blame the Tea Party for this.  Never mind, some left winger or RINO will find a way I am sure.  I don’t think the guy in the photo cares.  Opps, I forgot, none of the above is his fault.  In fact, nothing is his, or his administrations fault.  Just ask them.

I wonder who will be first to put the blame on those that only want to fix this mess and not those that are causing our economic problems.

Mr. President, here is your chance……..

I love this story.  I took it off Facebook and am sharing it with you.  It is a post by my friends over at Big River Outfitters.

If you don't know about them, check out their website and take a trip down the Rio with them.

Big River Outfitters Webpage

Current joke people are emailing, and which explains just why we created Big River Outfitters:

"This happened on a flight getting ready to depart for Laredo. Jim was sitting on the plane when a guy took the seat beside him. The guy was an emotional wreck, pale, hands shaking, moaning in fear.

"What's the matter?" Jim asked.

"I've been transferred to Laredo, there are crazy people there. They've got lots of shootings, gangs, race riots, drugs, poor public schools, and the highest crime rate in the nation."

Jim replied, "I've lived in Laredo all my life. It's not as bad as the media says. Find a nice home, go to work, mind your own business, and enroll your kids in a nice private school. It's as safe a place as anywhere in the world."

The guy relaxed and stopped shaking and said, "Oh, thank you. I've been worried to death. But if you live there and say it's OK, I'll take your word for it. What do you do for a living?"

"I'm a tail gunner on a Budweiser truck."

How Much is Too Much Money for Any Person to be Paid?

Payton Manning
These are some comments on a story about Indianapolis Colt’s quarterback signing a $90 million contract for 5 years service.  Each paragraph represents an individual’s comments.  I have not edited the comments, only removed the name of the commenter.    I have put some of my comments to the comments in red.  Jump in and comment on your own.

This is why I don’t like American football anymore. Yes, it’s American to ‘go for the gold’, but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth that salaries of players have no reality to a life-time salary for say, an upper middle class,, male executive over his working life. Even when you factor in ‘physical depreciation of the asset’ (Manning’s body being savaged during his career by defensive backs) it is an astronomical salary.
I agree, it is a high price to pay for a football player.  But I would not want to restrict the process that allowed him to negotiate it.

It may be that part of the problem with the USA economy is that over the past decade huge salaries have concentrated a large amount of dollars in the hands of high salaried people who cannot possibly spend that money as quick as they get it … hence money is taken out of circulation (sitting on the sidelines and not doing what money is meant to do, ie, circulate). And if the money is spent, it is spent on high end items that just keeps the money in a rarefied space, ie, not returning the working / middle classes that actually provide the bulk of the salaries.
Money out of circulation?  Of course the money is not out of circulation.  Money never rests unless you bury it in your back yard.  This is a socialist view of America.

Manning is a good fellow from what I have read — perhaps he will understand that the money is paid not just for football performance but also with the understanding that he will put it too good use (which means spend some of it on fans, kids, health care for others).
The key here, is that it is “his” money to do with as he pleases.  Thank God for America.

Now tell me, when the game is over what product has this person put on the shelf that you can take home to Feed, Cloth, Shelter or Protect your Family? We have farmers, Ranchers, Craftsmen, Doctors, Scientists, etc. that feed , cloth, heal and built this country and won’t 1/10 in a lifetime of what this player of a Schoolboy Game makes in a year. There is no person in the world that is worth this kind of money. Disgusting, and a waist of good resources. The truly sad part is that he will most likely be involved in something in the future that will either be illegal, immoral or destructive because this kind of money alway brings that on…and or kids will follow him because of his popularity,
Class envy at the extreme.  Note, that no matter how good a person Manning is, he will spend the money on something illegal, immoral, or destructive.   This is what the Democrats are trying to sell you on the issue wealth in America.  Only they (the Democrats and government) can spend money wisely.

Ok, So: Middle Class America do you not see why we are in such a mess culturally? when our priorities are so out of whack and we allow ourselves to idolize a guy who can throw a stupid football more than a scientist who could cure disease. Don’t get me wrong, I love all sports but I am against our society putting athletes, actors/actresses, rappers etc… on a pedestal as our we allow our social moral decay to destroy our culture from within. There needs to be a balance here, no one including Corporate CEO’s should make so much more money than all others around them. You cry out against the rich then you willing fork over money you don’t have to support criminals in the off season by buying their season tickets, sports memorabilia, sports clothing, albums, movies etc… I would rather support little league or my local school bands then these highly overpaid prima-donnas but hey that’s just me. I love capitalism, but if you’re going to bad mouth the rich you need to look in the mirror and ask where are your priorities? Doctor’s and Scientist’s who could help society on a far great scale or athlete’s and music stars who entertain the couch potato zombies???
This guy/gal is on both sides of the class warfare/morality issue.  I would just tell him that middle class America seems to support the NFL and it’s sponsors (Sponsors are where the real money comes from) very well.  Hence, big money for those that produce for the NFL, the players.

Peyton brings in much more than $90M in revenue for the Colts. It’s simple math. He deserves this because he’s worked very hard at being the best football QB out there. There’s obviously going to be people that are disgusted by it and the Colts will lose some revenue to that sentiment. However, people in general watch Peyton and watch the Colts – he deserves every cent of that contract. As for his salary relative to hard working upper-middle-class people – who cares? We work hard and get paid what the market demands of us. Peyton works hard (perhaps even harder?) and gets paid what the market demands of him. How much do you need to be happy? That’s relative. Obviously, money doesn’t equal happiness but that’s not for us to judge. Let the market take its course. If $90M is too much all of us will be disgusted and not watch him…
I agree with this one the most.

These salaries are beyond rediculus. It won’t be long until the average family won’t be able to afford to go to a game. Only the well off will be able to go to a game. The owners and the players don’t care about the fans. The only way to fix this is for fans to stop going to the games. Until than, it’s the sky’s the limit.
The NFL priced itself out of the “average family” range years ago.  But, at least for now, you can watch the game on TV for a minimal price.  However, watch out for the NFL network.  I truly believe they want all NFL games to be aired there.  That will be the beginning of their downfall.

I am so sick of these over the top salaries that come at OUR expense! You nor any other player is worth that level of income, which is why anything to do with sports costs so much, tickets, food, drinks, memorabilia, taxes to fund your stadiums! A normal working man could not afford to take his kids to sporting events.
See comment above.  But he is right in saying these salaries affect us “all.”   Everyone who purchases a product advertised is subsidizing these salaries just as much as any fan who goes to a game or supports the team.  You do not have to be a NFL to have financially supported them.  The cost of products advertised are where we all pay for Peyton

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

More Frac-a-steria....This time they want to end the practice of fraking

To the Frac-A-Sterics in Laredo:  Do you want to stop the process of fracking in the production of natural gas and oil wells?  My bet is yes you do. 
Now, I agree there should be regulation. And there are lots of regulations.  But because the state regulators who oversee fracking in all the states where it occurring have not deemed the practice unsafe the environmental groups are not happy.  Environmental groups want to have Uncle Sam send out the “real” inspectors from the EPA.  But the EPA has even said that the practice of fracking is safe.  But not to be deterred, the environmental groups are getting the politicians involved to have them stop fracking which means reduce natural gas production.
Anything to stop fracking, because this group hates the inevitable results.  The newfound natural gas will make windmills and solar power even less viable than it is now.  Cheap and easily accessible energy is the antithesis of the environmental coalition’s energy policy.   

Here is the opening of a letter sent to the President urging him to do just that.  This letter is appearing all over the Facebook pages of the Safe Fracking Coalition and other local environmentalist.

August 8, 2011
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:
On behalf of Americans who live in every US state and territory, we urge that you employ any
legal means to put a halt to hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), a highly controversial and
dangerous method of “natural” gas exploration, until and unless the environmental and health
impacts of this process are well understood and the public is adequately protected.

The letter was sent by:
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments * Center for Biological Diversity *
Center for Environmental Health * Center for Health, Environment & Justice * Center for Media and Democracy *Chesapeake Climate Action Network * Citizens Climate Lobby * Clean Water Network * DeSmogBlog  *Earth Day Network * Energy Action Coalition * Environment America * Environmental Health Fund *Food & Water Watch * Friends of the Earth * Global Community Monitor * Greenpeace USA *
Health Care Without Harm * Healthy Building Network * International Center for Technology             Assessment *Labor Network for Sustainability * Oil Change International * Psychologists for Social Responsibility *Public Citizen * Rainforest Action Network * Science & Environmental Health Network * *All One Water * Casa Pueblo de Puerto Rico * Chatham Citizens for Effective Communities *Citizens Against Titan * Citizens Campaign for the Environment * Citizens' Environmental Coalition *
Citizens for Water * Clean and Healthy New York * Climate Action Alliance of the Valley *
Climate Protection Campaign * Communities United for Rights and Environment *
Concerned Citizens of Portage County * Concerned Citizens of Ulysses * Damascus Citizens for         Sustainability *Delaware Riverkeeper Network * Empire State Consumer Project * Farmworker Association of Florida *

Take a peak at some of these websites.  You will be amazed.