100 thoughts on “Friday Open Comments

  1. Happy San Jacinto Day. The Republic of Texas was born as man’s yearning to be free from and oppressive government reached the critical level that resulted in the Texas revolution. The Texican losses of men at the Alamo and at Goliad merely strengthened the resolve of the revolutionaries. Let this serve as a reminder to people everywhere yearning to be free what the cost is; and once lost, the price that must be paid to get it back.

    Here’s a brief timeline as projected by the official historical research site for El Gordo.
    http://www.ducksters.com/geography/us_states/texas_history.php

  2. I woke up at 12:30 AM and tried to post a Friday thread with a Texas history theme with text, links and graphics, but Word Press was so squirrelly I couldn’t get anything done.

    I barely got the photo above to even upload. It took 6 or 7 minutes for the single photo.

  3. #1

    Though he constantly complains of being victimized by the ruler ducks, he now hawks one of their websites.

    He has clearly been co-opted and must now be viewed with utmost suspicion.

  4. Yes the sight is very hard to load all morning. We need to call maintenance to blow the duck feathers out of the cooling fans.

  5. They’re taking over.

    This morning on the way to work saw two ducks walking down the center of a lane on a two way road. Traffic came to a standstill in that lane, which I am sure was part of their nefarious plan. Fortunately I was going in the opposite direction and avoided becoming a victim.

  6. Normally I do not care but today

    1. I hate getting old
    2. I hate insurance companies
    3. I hate being bothered before I have had my first cup of coffee about insurance problems

    Thankyou for your attention you may now return to your scheduled programming.

    /El Gordo’s friggin ducks must have their sights set on me.

  7. Shannon
    Heh

    I have been with the same “I” company like forever. Now they have decided to deny a claim till they know that I do not have any other insurance. Called them first thing before I even had my coffee.
    Very dangerous time to bother me.
    They are correcting my records????? Should not be any need to do that. Meanwhile my doctor is clamoring to get paid. AND it is going to take 30 days for the “I” companies record to get updated and I have 2 more appointments to go during that time period so yanno I will have to go through all this crap again.

  8. The Bilderberg Group, Bohemian Club, Club of Rome, Council on Foreign Relations, Rhodes Trust, Skull and Bones, and Trilateral Commission are simply pawns of the Big Duck insurance moguls.

  9. You never see any of the world’s central bankers without shoes on because they all have webbed feet.

  10. #12 – All bark and no bite. I’m the one on the bottom allowing myself to be walked all over by the wimmenz folk. I just didn’t ever want to wind up like Bill O’Reilly or something.

  11. Good morning Hamsters. Sunny and pleasant in anticipation of the cold front tomorrow. Rain can stay away. Not needed around here.

  12. Super Dave sleeps on lavender sheets.

    You just never know.

    FWIW; They’re blue, the cheap old flip phone doesn’t take good pictures,…..and the wife picked them out, of course. 😀 The last ones were gold!?!?

  13. Lovely Wife wanted to sleep in rose petals once. That did not turn out well. everything went south when she got under the covers. Heck she never told me the rose petals should be removed from the stem.

  14. There is something to be said for a feminine master bedroom.

    You can pretend you’re Matt Dillion sneaking into Miss Kitty’s boudoir.

  15. From Old timer Lin form over yonder. He makes a good point though.

    Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly Wednesday over all the workplace sexual harassment claims filed against him by women. He found out he was fired right after meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican.
    ——————————
    It was a nice try to go to the one place that had saved Kennedy careers for one hundred years.

  16. Marshal Dillon never hung his hat up in Miss Kitty’s boudoir. And don’t you say he did!

    Okay, Pollyanna.

  17. I’m no fan of Bill OhReally and I’m not sure I buy all these allegations coming out against him but…

    No wonder he might’ve been tempted.

    Here’s some undercover footage of a FoxyBabeNews anchorette interview/audition.

    Hey–They can wear short skirts up to their thigh highs and cross and uncross those legs revealing home plate but just you don’t ever say you think they look sexy or great.

    That’s sexual harassment you Neanderthal male losers.

    I thought I saw Billy sitting in the crowd looking at some puddycat.
    Did you?

  18. #30 – You’re right about Marshall Dillon and Ms. Kitty, but not for the reasons that you cited. Seems old Matt preferred the company of men for some reason… Jus’ sayin’ that’s what I heard somewhere.

  19. GJT

    Y’all figgin to make me angry!

    Well heck, might as well go all the way. I saw a modern quickdraw/worlds fastest shooter guy Bob Munden claim that in a real gun fight Marshall Dillon would be dead. He said because Dillon reaches out to point and shoot that in that time the quick draw gunhand would have already drawn shot and holstered his gun.

  20. 41 SQK

    Paladin (the best western series of all time) did even worse – he not only pointed, he quickly shoved the gun forward when shooting.
    Drives me up the wall.

  21. Uhoh
    American Handgunner

    It was also Arvo who appeared in the opening episodes of the early Gunsmoke episodes getting gunned down by Matt Dillon in the streets of Dodge, even though he obviously beat Dillon to the draw.

    Reminds me of the argument of who drew first in the ORIGINAL Star Wars saga. Was it Greedo or Han solo.

  22. Shannon

    Agree on Paladin all the way including the mental anguish when watching. I love the old westerns though no matter what goofs they made.

  23. Marshall Dillon could just let the bad guy draw and shoot a few times before shooting back because he knew the forces of good were on his side and he could just “will” away the evil bullets. He was the first of the Jedi’s.

  24. #29 El Gordo says:

    Before and after.

    I do believe that stats show married men live longer than divorced or widowed men.

    That’s because the woman nags him to go to the doctor at least once a decade. On his own, the human male degenerates.

  25. Well heck, might as well go all the way. I saw a modern quickdraw/worlds fastest shooter guy Bob Munden claim that in a real gun fight Marshall Dillon would be dead. He said because Dillon reaches out to point and shoot that in that time the quick draw gunhand would have already drawn shot and holstered his gun.

    Coupla things:

    1. If’n you look at his tricked out holster, you might notice the piece of curved steel he got attached to the bottom designed to deflect hot gasses from blanks should la pistola discharge while inside, or during the draw. This is not a confidence builder, especially when it comes to accuracy. he ain’t aimin’ nuttin’ when he does his queeks draw.

    2. The balloon trick is just that—a trick. Its used in reenacting shows all the time. The shooter fires hot blank cartridges. Thousands of nearly microscopic burning particles of gunpowder get chucked out of the barrel of the pistol like a shotgun. As long as he’s about 20 feet or less from those targets, they’re gonna go pop.

  26. Well Sarge
    Not trying to be obstinate nor argumentative but having seen the man in person
    1. I’ll say okie dokie to the tricked out holster
    2. Considering I was feets away from him and watched him load real bullets
    3. And every shot taken was at some type of target and the targets were struck
    4. And I have never heard a metal target ring with blanks or shot rounds like it does with a ball round striking it

    I’ll just have to defer to your comment and say okay if you say so.

  27. My local Kroger just installed all-new checkout counters. Not the conventional grocery checkout where the cashier takes out each item and passes it over the scanner. The kind like a department store, where every item has to be taken out of the cart on the customer’s side of the counter. I hope this wasn’t just for today only, where the guy who directed me to the first empty line, stepped up and used the gun on all my heavy items, and then put all the smaller items on the conveyor belt, headed to the cashier. My first impulse was to bypass that checkout, in hopes there were old-style counters further along. But I was told they have all been changed.

    If there is always a tag-team checkout, with 2 cashiers and a bag boy, I guess I will get used to it.

  28. mharper42
    #51
    Sounds like Krogers is saving a lot of money with that type of tag team…… or maybe they are just trying to impress you that they care with bunches of people serving you.

  29. It occurs to me that “mobile cashier” is probably stationed where he can see what is in the carts rolling toward checkout. Seeing my cart with 3 25-lb bags of birdseed, a bag of squirrel chow, 3 canisters of cat litter, bags of cat chow and one bag of dog chow that I get for the possums — is perhaps what caused him to select me for price gun assistance. The old-style checkout would remove all the small items, scan them, leaving all heavy items in the cart, then pick up the gun and get all the heavy items.

  30. I don’t grocery shop on a regular weekly schedule like I had to do when I was working. Now that I can go any day, I sometimes make big stock-up runs like today, and occasionally just go for a few items. I’ll try to make my next trip a few-items-nothing heavy trip, just to see if there is any difference. I do think making the customer transfer all their groceries to the conveyor belt is a bit abusive.

  31. squawkbox says:
    APRIL 21, 2017 AT 2:32 PM
    Well Sarge
    Not trying to be obstinate nor argumentative but having seen the man in person
    1. I’ll say okie dokie to the tricked out holster
    2. Considering I was feets away from him and watched him load real bullets
    3. And every shot taken was at some type of target and the targets were struck
    4. And I have never heard a metal target ring with blanks or shot rounds like it does with a ball round striking it

    I’ll just have to defer to your comment and say okay if you say so.

    I was just addressing the quick draw. If he was loading live ammunition in his quick draws, he violated every safety precaution ever introduced for shooting demonstrations, maybe a law or two, and no insurance company would ever insure him.

    Quick draw displays are always done with blanks or wax tipped low power cartridges—never with live ammunition.

  32. Phone rings, I greet, then this:

    Them: “Ummm, I’m looking at your for rent sign at your property. How much is the rent?”
    Me: “It’s right there on the sign, ma’am. It’s $650 a month, plus a $600 security deposit.”

    This has happened four times so far. /facepalm

  33. Sarge
    Prolly low powered cartridges who knows Sarge? Points is when he shot quarters, 50 cent pieces, silver dollars and metal targets they had the same dent I had seen when I used to shoot stuff. Kinda hard not to miss that distinction don’t yanno. What I saw was ball ammo being loaded. Also when I saw him it was prolly 30 or 35 years ago. I imagine laws have been tightened since then. The guy was fast and accurate. Now I will not vouch for his other braggings cause Munden was a huge braggart.

  34. Yah, I agree. I’ve seen Ernie Lind do the same thing. But those are not “quick draw” shots as we see early in the video. Those are just showing how fast you can make the gun go “bang” and as long as you’re more than 30 feet from any other human its safe—unless the pistol goes off while you’re drawing. That’s why that deflector is on the bottom of his quick draw holster: to deflect the same burning gunpowder that’s going to pop those balloons from burning holes thru his jeans.

    Quick draw to shoot an object you’ve tossed yourself is a bit slower, and slower still if you’re reacting to an object tossed by someone else.

  35. Sarge Yup
    I read some old west history books some time ago and had to laugh when they were talking about the duels ala Matt Dillon. Apparently they were not that frequent. One guy can’t remember his name, did mention that in that type of duel the guy that could shoot from the hip natural aim more than likely won. Pretty interesting reading. Most hired guns took out their prey by ambush, seems chivalry is more of a movie prop than reality.

  36. On rainy days I like to watch Mecum auto auctions and marvel at the ’60s and ’70s vintage cars you used to could buy for $200 but now cost $20,000. I got to wondering the other day when the collector market for 1982 Chevy Citation is gonna kick in.

  37. My bank sponsors a free shredding day once a year with a big mobile shredding service. We missed it last year. Tomorrow is the day so I’m going through years of files and loading boxes of papers.

    An interesting find is a magazine commemorating the 1963 National Champion Texas Longhorns. Tommy Nobis, Scott Appleton, Duke Carlisle, and David McWilliams played on that team.

    Of note to some Couchsters, Texas soundly beat No. 1 ranked Oklahoma, 28-7.

    And squeezed by heavily favored Rice, 10-6.

    In the Cotton Bowl, they held Big Shot Roger Staubach’s Navy middies to a negative 14 yards rushing.

    The best photo is of Tommy Nobis collaring Staubach for a loss.

    Sweet memories.

  38. I got to wondering the other day when the collector market for 1982 Chevy Citation is gonna kick in.

    Never happen.

    In the 80s too many people were issued citations and jailed for driving a car that ugly.

  39. #70 The Mustang II Pinto was never recognized by the Mustang Club as a true Mustang, and rightfully so….This coming from a Chevy fan.
    I’d add to that, as much as I love Camaro’s, if you don’t like the Mustang, you’re Un-American.

  40. Those ’80s Mustangs kept the muscle car dream alive, though. They were back to dropping decent (for the ’80s) 302s in ’em about ’87.

  41. So Tucker Carlson is taking Bill O’Gropey’s spot on Monday. Guess who his first guest is. Brucie “Dick Chop” Jenner.

  42. #67 – Scott Appleton was everyone’s premiere college lineman back then. He hailed from nearby Brady and was a couple of years ahead of me. Died of heart failure at age 50 after a serious problem with alcohol and drugs. I played against Nobis, and he was overall number 1 draft pick his senior year. I hear that he’s in very poor health these days. Back in those days, the old Southwest Conference was stocked with small town boys who were “country strong” many of whom worked summer jobs with players from other schools and who became friends off the field. Another one of those things that just sort of happen I guess. And, Rice was not favored to beat Texas in 1963 since Texas was #1 at the time they played. My lab partner dropped a pass in the end zone, and that was the last down of college football he ever played – you might say the coach was upset. In 1965, again in Austin, Texas had been ranked #1 but lost the previous week to Arkansas by 1 point. My roommate, Richard Parker, kicked a last second field goal to win that game for Rice. Little did we know at the time how long a dry spell it would be before Rice ever beat Texas again. Also, in 1962, JFK gave his “moon shot” speech in Rice Stadium where he proposed going to the moon – it’s actually a pretty inspirational speech available on You Tube in you want to watch it – certainly nothing like you would hear a Dem say today. In that speech, he queries “why does Rice play Texas?”… Oh well, I can still recall nearly every game and all the on the field stuff that goes along with them that the fans never see or hear. Don’t get me started.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouRbkBAOGEw

  43. #74

    Those ’80s Mustangs kept the muscle car dream alive, though. They were back to dropping decent (for the ’80s) 302s in ’em about ’87.

    Yes, but they weren’t Mustang II’s. When Ford decided to bring back the Mustang they didn’t have an appropriate chassis that had real wheel drive, except the Fairmont, so those Mustangs used the Fairmont Chassis. And I’ll agree with you about keeping the muscle car alive. Chevy was selling anemic 305 IROC Camaros that were a joke. Ford pulled about 200 HP out of those 302’s and embarrassed Chevy into bring back the 350 and the rest is history.

  44. Shannon

    You just had to mention Mrs McWilliams’ husband. 7th grade English Memorial Jr High. Holy cow !

  45. ELG

    I thank you for chiming in. I knew you were around those years.

    It did say that the Owls were still favored. If only because they played a highly ranked Texas team the year before (1962) to a 14-14 tie.

    But this thing was published in Austin.

    So you never know.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  46. I believe I’ve asked before, but did you play for Jess Neely?

    When we were kids, Our next door neighbor thought he was a god.

    🙂

  47. #87 – Actually it was 1965 (football game). Correction made. Kennedy speech 1962, you are correct. Hard to do all this from memory – the years sort of run together. Thanks.

  48. Happy San Jacinto Day. The Republic of Texas was born as man’s yearning to be free from and oppressive government reached the critical level that resulted in the Texas revolution.

    San Jacinto Day?

    Is that even recognized in our indoctrination centers known as schools of dumb and dumber learning or is it now considered just another racially insensitive event from the past?

  49. I just tossed a couple of pounded steaks into the Crock Pot along with onions and Cream of Mushroom soup.
    Mornin’ Gang

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