86 thoughts on “Thursday Open Comments

  1. Good morning Troubadors. Time to rise and shine. The lefties soft coup to usurp the power of the electorate is well underway, and I foresee a constitutional crisis in the making. A rapid response by Congress is required to get people in place and undo the mischief is necessary, but unfortunately the eReps are in on it too, so don’t look for any relief from that corner. Serious stuff going on here folks, a true threat to our democracy.

  2. Oh and TexPat, Thanks for the information about the Bozell’s, very interesting, so, I have two questions. You said;

    Bozell II was once the best friend of Buckley, but they fell out over abortion and Richard Nixon back in the 1960s.

    Is Bozell II the one we see on TV all the time?
    Was Buckley pro abortion, surely, Bozell wouldn’t be? Buckley is a Libertarian and small Government guy.

  3. TexPat
    From last night;

    I don’t have any memories like that of malls.

    AMEN!!!
    Your story reminded me of our trips to the big city of Montgomery Alabama, change a few names/places and I have that same story.

  4. Good Morning Couch Dwellers.

    #5 EG: I have long suspected that what is presented in the article to be the case. These people are guilty of treason and should be treated as such. I think the POS JugEars appointed federal judge in Hawaii is part of the treasonous group of evil.

    On a separate note: Juan McSwine keeps on making it clear that he can not be trusted to ever do the right thing; and that POS has 5.5 years left on his term – DAMMIT!

  5. Good morning Hamsters. It is mostly dark and 61 here on the moors of the Brazos. Looking forward to another nice winter day, such as it is here.

    #5 El Gordo

    Good but scary find. There certainly is a large treasonous cabal at work to undermine this nation, and there is no doubt that Soros is funding much of it. Hope all the traitors working for Obama really think Mr. Flynn has been banished. 🙂

  6. 3 Super Dave

    The Bozell you see today on television is L. Brent Bozell III , founder of the Media Research Center and Conservative News Service. His father died in 1997 and his grandfather, L. Brent Bozell, Sr. died in 1946.

    Bozell II had a deep disagreement with WFB back in the 60s over abortion in those pre-Roe v Wade days. Buckley publically took a more libertarian stance and Bozell publically criticized him for it.

    Shortly after that, Bozell II had another public argument with WFB over supporting Nixon for president. Bozell II thought Nixon was too liberal and would ruin the GOP for years to come.

    After Nixon’s disastrous reign and Roe v Wade, Buckley eventually admitted Bozell II was right, but their relationship was never the same and friends said Buckley was devastated by it.

  7. Sure, there are plenty of loaded Americans driving BMWs, but many drive far more modest cars. Data released in August 2016 by car site Edmunds.com found that the most popular car among those with incomes above $250,000 a year was the Ford F-Series, followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Wranger; the Lexus RX and BMW X5 were only Nos. 4 and 5 on the list. “There will always be an interest in and market for high-end exotic vehicles,” says Edmunds.com executive director of industry analysis Jessica Caldwell. “But, overall, most of the wealthiest Americans look for their vehicles to perform the same kind of functional tasks that everyone else does.”

    Other studies show a similar penchant for modest cars among the wealthy: Among the top 10 most popular vehicles in America’s wealthiest neighborhoods, half are non-luxury vehicles, an analysis of car-buying habits of residents of the 10 wealthiest zip codes in America by TrueCar.com found. These include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Prius.

  8. A pet peeve of mine about the treatment of boys…

    News flash: Most boys are rambunctious. Often they seem like they’re in a constant state of motion: running, jumping, fighting, playing, getting hurt–maybe getting upset–and getting right back into the physical action.

    Except at school, where they’re required to sit still for long periods of time. (And when they fail to stay still, how are they punished? Often by being forced to skip recess–and thus they sit still longer.)

    It’s not just an American issue. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland recently tried to document whether boys actually achieve less in school when they’re restricted from running around and being physically active.

    They studied 153 kids, aged 6 to 8, and tracked how much physical activity and sedentary time they had during the day. Sure enough, according to a report by Belinda Luscombe in Time, the less “moderate to vigorous physical activity” the boys had each day, the harder it was for them to develop good reading skills:

    The more time kids … spent sitting and the less time they spent being physically active, the fewer gains they made in reading in the two following years. [It] also had a negative impact on their ability to do math.

    And these schools in Fort Worth are providing 4 recess periods per day with great success. Most of all, the teachers are loving it.

    Eagle Mountain Elementary is one of four public schools in the Fort Worth area trying out LiiNK, a new program that boosts the amount of recess for the youngest students. The goal: to help children focus and learn better once they’re back in class.

    “You start putting 15 minutes of what I call reboot into these kids every so often and… it gives the platform for them to be able to function at their best level,” said Debbie Rhea, a kinesiology professor at Texas Christian University who created the project.

  9. RE: My #9

    I wonder how many of the elitist media/academic/political types in the DC/NYC/Boston corridor drive Ford F-Series pickup trucks.

    They are not only out of touch with the middle classes in flyover country, but clueless about all people between the coastal echo chambers.

  10. Regarding the OC image, I’d say we need a womanly woman to step in and correct the grammatical error on the manly man’s ad for manliness.

    Morning, everyone.

  11. Woman constantly lies to her kids.

    How do I deal with the constant demand for mom’s attention? I troll them, often mercilessly. Just last week my kids uttered “mom” or “mommy” 114 times in 24 hours. Yes, I actually counted—and I did so out loud, so my daughters were quite aware of how often they beckoned me. The next day, I announced that I would no longer answer to “mom” or “mommy,” but was to be addressed as “Queen of the Schoonveld Household, Mother of Heathens.”

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/16/half-fun-parent-trolling-children/

  12. When I was working with Handsome Son in his younger years, I was struggling with his learning disability. I came across a book that had a series of exercises to be done before sitting down to work. They involved a series of over-the-midline movements, for example, crossing one arm over the other at the elbow and touching the nose with both thumbs.

    The movement itself “woke” up the thought process, and crossing the midline made both sides of the brain kick in, trying to figure out which hand was which.

  13. Oddball rulings from the courts have been handed down from time to time, but more recently, the Judiciary has just taken in upon itself to make law whenever it feels like it. Remember that these judges are not elected but are appointed for life, presumably to insulate them from political pressures that change over time and allow them to focus exclusively on the law. Anyway, I’m going to blame the recent outbreak of runaway Judicial rogues directly at the feet of Chief Justice John Roberts. Once he wrote his convoluted opinions on Obamacare related rulings, he opened the door to allow the judiciary to ignore the plain meaning of the statutes and to rewrite them as they see fit. That goes to Bush’s poor choice in selecting Roberts to begin with coupled with Robert’s decision to anoint himself king. We are now reaping what we have sown. Go to hell John Roberts. You should be ashamed for destroying what was up until then a generally well respected institution – that of the judiciary system in the United States.

  14. #16 EG: The solution to the problem is contained in The Constitution: Federal judges shall serve a life time appointment while in good behavior. The bar for impeaching a federal judge can not be higher than that for impeaching a POTUS. Therefore bad behavior is anything that 50% +1 vote in the House say it is and removal from office is what 3/5ths of the voting Senators say it is.
    This ideal that Federal judges are untouchable is incorrect and the bad ones need to be weeded out. Don’t count on the Ds to help on that regard.

  15. Impeachment of a judge based on his rulings would never stand. Judge Kent in Galveston went nuts after his wife died of cancer and was impeached (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_B._Kent), but his behavior was not based on his legal findings. No, the federal district judge problem can realistically only be stopped by the Senate, and while the Dems never want to approve Rep appointees, the usual Rep suspects always seem willing to go along with Dem nominees. We are stuck with them, and the Obama appointees in particular are still taking orders from Obama and his shadow government. Even with Judge Gorsuch presumably being approved for the SCOTUS, there is not guaranty that the Dems will not pull out their files on Roberts and blackmail him again. Dems play for keeps, Reps think politics is a gentleman’s game.

  16. Brexit, that thing the upper class twits said could never happen, is happening.

    The Queen has given Royal Assent to the Brexit bill, clearing the way for Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union.

    The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed by MPs and peers on Monday. It allows the prime minister to notify Brussels that the UK is leaving the EU, with a two year process of exit negotiations to follow.

    Mrs May says she will trigger the process by the end of the month.

    It is unlikely to happen next week to avoid a clash with an informal summit of EU countries.

  17. Huessie’s Leftist Proglibdyte penguins in robes always have the last word.

    Isn’t doctor shopping illegal? Why is penguin shopping not?

    No need for elections.
    Let federally appointed proglibdyte penguins rule the world.

  18. #9 I read somewhere that 90% of the self made millionaires NEVER owned even one new automobile.

  19. The last 3 cars I’ve bought were used. A couple 10-year olds for Soaring Eagle & White Fang and a 1 or 2 year old one for me.

    I’m sold on the concept.

  20. I was lurking around over yonder and saw a picture of Aroa, the Spanish gal that used to rent the ranch house. She had caught a nice bass outta’ my pond.
    I should add that this picture was taken 3 years ago.
    FWIW; She was from Spain, spoke fluent Spanish and looked European, her husband was an America whose family was from Mexico, he looked like the Hispanics we have here an didn’t speak a word of Spanish. 😉

  21. When I lived in Lockhart back in 1970s, I used to hang out at Cheatham Street in San Marcos. It was a great honk-tonk. I knew Kent Finlay well enough to say hey on the street. I just discovered he passed away 2 years ago this month. He was an original.

    One only has to look around Cheatham Street at the black-and-white photos on the walls to see evidence of the tremendous work Kent did over his five-plus decades in the music business. Among the most notable are pictures of George Strait, the most famous Cheatham alumnus. Strait and Ace in the Hole started on Cheatham’s stage playing every Tuesday: “Ladies Night, nickel beers.” Kent helped book Strait’s first gig at The Broken Spoke, then took a crowd from his own venue to ensure the band had a turn-out. It was in Kent’s Dodge cargo van that the “King of Country” first ventured to Nashville. When Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, Finlay posted a handwritten sign outside of Cheatham: “I told you so.”

    Kent’s ear for talent reached far beyond Strait, though. A young Stevie Vaughn, as he was billed then, took up the weekly Tuesday gig in the early eighties. Charlie and Will Sexton would often open the sparsely-attended shows. Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many other talents from Austin’s Progressive Country movement made the trip down I-35 to play the ramshackle warehouse in San Marcos. In later years, Randy Rogers inherited Tuesdays under the stipulation he put together a band.

  22. 18 El Gordo

    Here is Skip Hollandsworth in Texas Monthly with the story on federal judge Sam Kent. It’s definitely one for the history books. I followed the story from the first rumors that leaked out.

    Sam Kent was a senior at Memorial High School when I was a freshman there.

    Raised in Houston, where he had played center on Memorial High School’s 1966 state champion basketball team, Kent had made the dean’s list at the University of Texas at Austin, graduated from UT’s law school, and then moved to Galveston with his wife and two young daughters to work for Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams. He soon became one of the firm’s most outstanding attorneys, representing international owners of ocean liners and doing defense work for insurance companies and manufacturers. He was renowned for his photographic memory of case law, and his closing arguments at trials were so perfectly prepared that other lawyers would sit in the courtroom just to hear him speak.

    and,

    Donna was too overcome with emotion to say anything else. Over the years, she had told only two close friends about the judge’s assaults, and even then, she had revealed few details. She had not said, for instance, that he had gone after her the very first week she had started work, leaning down and kissing her on the lips after returning from a retirement luncheon for her predecessor. She had not mentioned how, in the following months, he had pressed his hands against her breasts when she walked past him. She had not talked about the way he slipped up behind her while she was at her desk, running his hands down the inside of her shirt. When she saw him approaching, she would push herself as close to the desk as possible, her arms and legs squeezed together to discourage him. But some days, he was relentless. Once, he’d trapped her in her chair, pulled down her pants, and briefly buried his head in her crotch before she threatened to scream at the top of her lungs.

  23. The argument is over.

    Decided in federal U.S. District Court for the State of Maine, March 13, 2017

    Never again should the Oxford Comma’s power be doubted.
    The comma is an optional one that is used before an ‘and’ or ‘or’ at the end of a list. It’s surprisingly controversial online, with its uses or lack of them being vociferously debated, but a labor court case has now settled the argument, CNN reports.

    A group of dairy drivers in the dispute argued that they deserved overtime pay and the appeals court agreed with them. Why?

    Because the guidelines setting out the types of work that don’t require overtime pay lacked clarity. The case turned on one particular extract:

    “The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:
    (1) Agricultural produce;
    (2) Meat and fish products; and
    (3) Perishable foods.”

    The lack of an Oxford comma between “packing for shipment” and “or distribution of” meant that it was unclear whether the guidelines meant distribution and packing for shipment were separate things, or whether the exemption applied to jobs involving either packing for shipment or packing for distribution.

    According to the court, the dairy drivers in question only distributed but didn’t pack perishable food, so weren’t necessarily covered by the clause. The judge added that where such rules are unclear, labor laws are structured to benefit employees, so the dairy drivers won.

    “For want of a comma, we have this case,” the judge wrote.

    Sorry Internet, you’ll have to find another piece of punctuation to argue over.

  24. #29 Texpat

    Another win for the serial comma, this time in court rather than the inner chambers of the English scholars’ club. The comma is there for the sake of clarity, as the court so correctly said.

    Now about the apostrophe in the OC poster. It’s is a contraction of it is and is not the possessive of it. Its is the possessive of it.

  25. RE: my #28

    When I was on the Memorial Jr. High School basketball teams in 7th and 8th grade, Coach Till thought it would be a great idea a couple of times to have the championship basketball team from Memorial High School come over and have a game against us so we could learn from them.

    The first and lasting thing I learned was that basketball is a full contact sport and I came out of it with more bruises and contusions than when I played on the football team. I think Sam Kent was the one who nearly broke my jaw with his elbow when we went up against each other for a rebound at the basket.

  26. 31 Adee

    Yeah, I know about the apostrophe. It’s one of my pet peeves on usage and I missed it entirely on that graphic.

  27. News bulletin on the radio. A 9-mm casing has been found at the rodeo. So I would suppose the possibility of gunfire last night graduates to great probability/certainty unless someone simply dropped and empty casing to confound the authorities.

  28. University of Wisconsin Moron Report

    MADISON, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse employee fired for telling a co-worker that she supported President Donald Trump’s immigration policies could be back on the job soon, Wisconsin Watchdog has learned.

    Kimberly Dearman, a law enforcement dispatcher for the western Wisconsin university, was fired this week on multiple charges, including “conduct unbecoming a university employee,” according to her attorney, Lee Fehr.

    “Late [Wednesday] UWL admitted they wrongfully terminated her position,” Fehr said in an email to Wisconsin Watchdog Thursday morning.

    UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow tells Wisconsin Watchdog that the university, on advice from University of Wisconsin System legal staff, has offered Dearman her job back. But the chancellor asserts that the employee was originally let go for making “racist comments.”

    Ferh said his client is “considering options regarding employment.”

    Idiots, one and all. The threat of an expensive lawsuit alone should have been enough to stop this.

  29. Radio news bulletin at 2 pm. A suspect shooter connected to the 9-mm casing found at the rodeo near the carnival section has been arrested. Security is increased for tonight and likely until the end of the rodeo.

  30. This woman was horrified when her 7 year old daughter came home from school and was excited about learning what a wonderful man was George Washington. It was such a crisis the mother had to write about it in the New York Times.

    She is a college professor. She has a doctorate and is an ordained minister.

    The “intersectionality” of her ignorance and arrogance is staggering.

    Her recent publications include work on contemporary reparations movements in Protestant traditions, queer articulations of Christian traditions, and Native-Colonial dialogues on issues of environmental justice.

    She looks just like a man.

    Professor Jennifer Harvey works at this university where a female student raped an intoxicated male student and then claimed she was raped. There are apparently no members of the faculty coming to the defense of the male student, including Jennifer Harvey.

    During the course of Drake’s sexual misconduct investigation, administrators uncovered several pieces of evidence that made John’s claim to victim status arguably stronger than Jane’s: Jane had initiated the encounter, by her own admission, and wasn’t nearly as intoxicated as John. (It’s also possible that she initiated at least one other nonconsensual sexual encounter later that night.)

    But Drake refused to act upon this new information, even when John’s father—a trustee at Drake—explicitly requested an investigation into Jane’s misconduct toward John. Such a request would constitute retaliation against Jane for coming forward in the first place, according to university officials, and was thus illegal under Title IX, the federal law interpreted by the Education Department to require the kinds of kangaroo courts now in use at campuses across the country.

    That’s all according to John’s lawsuit against Drake. His father, Tom Rossley, is also suing the university. Rossley was dismissed from the Board of Trustees after attempting to draw attention to his son’s plight. His suit alleges that Drake’s board improperly fired him. (Read more about the details of that suit here, courtesy of The College Fix.)

    A key aspect of both suits is John’s disability status: he is described as having a learning disability, and was prescribed two drugs to help him concentrate on homework. He was under the influence of both drugs—and tremendous amounts of alcohol—during the encounter with Jane.

  31. When I read the Federal Hawaiian Penguin’s reason for staying the latest EO from Trump I think to myself, this isn’t from a smart man, this ain’t even cute.

    These morons are just flain pucking stupid.–And this is what we pay for? The supposed smartest people in the world from the depths of the Arctic Zone.–Penguins in robes with Pu55y hat ideology?

    Book em Danno. They’re all insane.

    Welcome to Amerika.

    Where Judicial Tyrants thrive..

    Where congress creatures like Pavlov’s Pelosi are either on drugs, senile or both…

    Where Chief Baloney Salesman Schumer is out there with his fly down, peddling greasy, mayonnaise, bologna and olive loaf, water soaked sandwiches to the Fakers of News/Real Propagandists, who eat it up and regurgitate it out to the masses like they’re at a tent revival spreading the Gospel according to Dupes…

    And where McLovesWar says Peek-a-Boo, I see a Russian spy/hooker in every shower and bathroom stall and in bed with President Trump and Rand Paul.

    Geez–with all that a man’s gotta get some enjoyment in life or he’ll crack.

  32. It’s not like we didn’t know these lefties were planning a take over from within from the moment Trump was elected. The swamp may be even deeper and wider than anyone expected, but why these people, at least in the bureaucracies, are not being purged by the trainload every day is beyond me. In order to drain the swamp, you have to start somewhere. Keeping them on is not draining. Clear them out. If there are unfilled positions, start the vetting. I even saw where Secret Service was freaking out 10 year old Barron Trump by taking selfies and stuff when they were supposed to be guarding him. No rehab, no second chances, no sob stories – clean them out.

  33. The perfect stand of bluebonnets is deep blue and densely populated with flowers. So blue that you can’t take your eyes off them. You don’t see it much anymore but there is a small stand on FM 529 just west of Burleigh.

  34. My bluebonnet stand in back was started with a few seeds harvested from the side of the road in front of my house. All the area cleared of brush and cactus is green with native grasses, but a few of the scraggly bluebonnets did come up and are starting to bloom. The are scattered and thin, but it’s a start. As they reseed each year they should fill in nicely over time. I’m just waiting on a phone call to make my bluebonnet trek across Texas (or at least about 1/2 of it). I need some reports if any of you road warriors are out and have information.

  35. I am nervous because Governor Abbott has a history of creating really big government bureaucracies that serve no one well. The Attorney General’s Office grew exponentially under Greg Abbott’s tenure. The Attorney General’s Office files 80% of all the family law cases in Texas and the legal juggernaut has wreaked havoc on parenting and clogged the courts of our state. The AG’s Office files enforcement actions against parents hundreds of times a day creating a very large bureaucracy that feeds on itself. Family courts, court personnel, lawyers, psychologists, social workers, CPS lawyers, and lawyers from the AG’s office all do this horrible kabuki dance everyday down at the courthouse. The biggest losers in all of this are families and children. The problem is magnified in large urban areas where needs are increased. The bureaucracy has become the problem and is working against families.

    http://bigjollypolitics.com/cps-and-governor-abbott/

  36. Shannon says:
    MARCH 16, 2017 AT 3:27 PM
    The perfect stand of bluebonnets is beep blue and densely populated with flowers. So blue that you can’t take your eyes off them. You don’t see it much anymore but there is a small stand on FM 529 just west of Burleigh.

    Now, last time I followed one of your bluebonnet recommendations, I piled people into the car and we dint see nuttin.

  37. When we were growing up there was a lot more unimproved pastureland in Austin County which produced a lot more bluebonnets. Now they’re mostly in the right-of-ways when there are any at all.

  38. There is another blue Texas wildflower I love which comes in later that is rarer, spikey and taller. Might even be in the same family.

    Truly blue wildflowers are relatively rare in Texas

  39. I’m off to see Beloved Fluttery Aunt, and hopefully be able to say a rosary at her bedside. If she’s still there and can hear me, hearing those familiar prayers will, I hope, bring her some peace. She was very devoted to the faith; her apartment was full of various spiritual books. The rosary I made for her for Dad’s funeral was in its own special dish on her dresser, where she could see/use it every day. She was so happy when I gave it to her! She said she definitely would not hide it in a drawer somewhere, but keep it where she could see it every day. It warmed my heart to know that I was able to put a smile on her face.

    I helped Eldest Sister at her apartment, gathering papers and phone numbers. The apartment is so…..BFA! Her touch was in everything. I felt like I was being hugged by her the whole time I was there.

    She’s in the warming cycle. It seems that after a heart attack, they cool the body down to about 90 degrees for about 24 hours (I believe to reduce inflammation, especially in the brain), then take the temp back up over the next 24 hours, then wait another 24 to let the sedatives wane. Then they can do the testing they need to do to determine if there is any brain activity. Given the weekend schedule, it may be next week before we determine whether to keep her on the ventilator or not. So far, we’ve been told there’s heart, kidney, lung, and liver damage, but the full extent isn’t known yet. Part of me is hoping there is no hope; I can’t imagine her with the life she’ll be likely to face if there is hope and the family decides to keep her alive. The other part of just wishes we could turn back the clock and have more time with her.

    /sad

  40. #56 TT: I hope ABBA gently escorts her home and removes the decisions from those who insist on being an impediment.

  41. After ten years of spot treating and chasing fire ants around the property with Orthene, I’m thinking about broadcasting a granular Amdro or other available product for the first time.

    What are you people using successfully? I need to do about 8-10000 sq ft.

  42. #59 Shannon: Get one that kills fleas and roaches as well and treat the zone – it makes it much easier to keep the bugs out of the house.

  43. TT
    You are the second person I’ve talked to who has referred this cryotherapy for cardiac patients. I wonder if this is becoming de riguere?

  44. The bug man comes quarterly to do the inside and occasionally immediately around the house. Never seen a single crawling bug inside this place. Alive anyway.

  45. #56 Tedtam

    A recent report I read somewhere (lots of help that is) that many unconscious folks can and do hear perfectly well, so it is always useful to speak to them as if you know they can hear but just are not able to speak.

    This is such a difficult time for your dear aunt and the whole clan. Bonecrusher’s hope is a very kind hope.

  46. #59 – I just broadcast a general granulated diazinon in the spring and it does a pretty good job controlling lawn pests, and grubs as well. I still have to treat the fire ants daily, but I’m seeing fewer and fewer mounds here lately. Fire ants seem to be temperature sensitive and go down for heat, cool, and moisture. I notice following a rain that forces them to the surface is a good time to hit them hard. Persistence is the only cure that I’m aware of. Malathion is good for spot treatment around the house for tick and fleas, roaches, and other guys who like to come indoors.

  47. 61 Shannon

    Remember this woman was starved for oxygen for 9 minutes.

    The cryotherapy probably comes into play in that sort of incident.

  48. 65

    Like the article states, he should ignore the Hawaiian Penguin’s order.–Time to make a stand and draw a line in the sand.

    What’s the worst that could happen? The proglibdytes and the proglibdyte propagandist media will like him less.

    Boo freakin’ Hoo.–Already there.

  49. 59 Shannon

    My preferred treatment:

    …the aluminum salt or soap of a mixture of naphthenic and aliphatic carboxylic acids (organic acids of which the molecular structures contain rings and chains, respectively, of carbon atoms), used to thicken gasoline for use as an incendiary in flamethrowers and fire bombs. The thickened mixture, now also called napalm, burns more slowly and can be propelled more accurately and to greater distances than gasoline.

    Some people used to call it napalm.

    My hatred for fire ants reached epic heights when I spent a weekend in the 80s with my daughter, wife and her family in a big beach house on Bolivar Peninsula and we got hit with a torrential storm that dumped about 4-5 inches of rain in a few hours shortly after we arrived.

    I had hauled our big steel smoker pit from the shop in Houston on a trailer so I could grill steaks for everybody. I had a cooler full of ribeyes and tenderloin butt. The water was thigh deep on me underneath the beach house and I had pulled the trailer as close as I could to the bottom of one set of stairs.

    Even so, it wasn’t enough to avoid these giant softball sized clumps of fire ants floating around everywhere on top of the water. Every time one would touch my leg, it was worth 3 or 4 dozen ant bites. It was a nightmare and I was running back and forth to the pit cooking for 14 people. My legs were covered in huge welts the next day.

    I love the smell of napalm cooking fire ants in the ground.

  50. My fantasy of the day
    John McCain and Lindsey Graham hand in hand taking a long walk off a short peer in an effort to get a better view of the submarine races.

  51. Sarge

    Now, last time I followed one of your bluebonnet recommendations, I piled people into the car and we dint see nuttin.

    I was wondering who Shannon was chuckling at that year.

    /SCRAMS

  52. squawkbox says:
    MARCH 16, 2017 AT 8:48 PM
    Sarge

    Now, last time I followed one of your bluebonnet recommendations, I piled people into the car and we dint see nuttin.

    I was wondering who Shannon was chuckling at that year.

    /SCRAMS

    Oh and you shoulda heard me talking about “mM buddy Shannon who drives around doing bidness for the water company. He knows where all the good stuf iss. We don’t need to go to Brenham.”

    After two hours and bad burgers in Navasota, those folks in the back seat were asking “What’s that guys name again? Where did you say he lived? Can we go there?

    Saved his sorry butt is what I did. I said he just died in a freak water meter accident.

  53. RE: fire ants

    I heard that the best thing to do is, if you live in a neighborhood, to get everyone to treat at the same time. All yards, all at once.

    No place to run.

  54. I said my good-byes to my Beloved Fluttery Aunt tonight, prayed a rosary for her, talked to her for a bit about the kids and family, just in case.

    I talked to Eldest Sis when I got home. She’s heard there’s no pupil response. Cousin, Eldest, and I all agree BFA was probably on her way to her final home by the time she got to the ER. I was glad to have some alone time with her this evening.

  55. And if it was that really good year, even Hwy 105 had historic stands of flowers between Brenham and Navasota.

    Like, dude, it’s all those blue flowers. Over there. Covering that entire hill. On the left.

  56. #82 No Flex friday for me, just scrolling down through the comments.
    Mornin’ Gang,….El Gordo

  57. #74 TT: I agree that if the entire neighborhood treats on the same day you wipe out millions from the area. The redneck way to treat them is simply pour a cup of old gasoline on the mound and leave it, don’t light it. The fumes will sink and wipe out the colony.
    ADDED BONUS It makes them writhe in agony for a while.

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