35 thoughts on “Thursday Open Comments

  1. Second!,….For the second time this morning, El Gordo snuck in about 4:52.
    Love the O.C. Picture, soo true.
    Mornin’ Gang

  2. So, y’all wonder why I still drive my old 2005 Silverado with 193,400 miles on it?
    Well, here is the reason.
    U.S. pickup truck buyers demanding more luxury.

    Not exactly what springs to mind when you think of a pickup. But that’s what American truck buyers increasingly want, spending an average of $46,844 on a pickup, according to Kelley Blue Book. That’s more than the starting price of luxury SUVs like the Mercedes GLC or the Lexus RX. In 2016, pickup trucks made up a little more than a third of all vehicles that sold for over $50,000.

    At the State Fair of Texas this month, Ford Motor Co. is displaying its most expensive pickup yet: The F-Series Super Duty Limited, a luxury heavy-duty truck with a starting price of $80,835. It has custom two-tone leather seats, a heated steering wheel wrapped in hand-stitched leather and high-tech features like a 360-degree camera system that guides drivers when they’re hitching up a trailer.

    A fully-loaded F-450 — the biggest version of the Super Duty — will top out at $94,455. It’s capable of towing an Air Force F-35 fighter plane, but it also has massaging seats.

    Just to put it into context, my first house, (the one with wheels) cost me $7.4K, second one $35K, third one, $55K, last one, (in 82) $87K.

  3. Capable of towing an F-35? That’s an odd example. I have no idea how heavy an F-35 is, why not say it can haul a D-6 dozer, that we can relate to!

    Ok, back to our Cherrios.

  4. I agree though, I can’t believe people spend that much on trucks. Financing for 6-7 years! That’s crazy.

  5. I remember pointing out to my children the silliness of certain people spending all their discretionary income on their ride, while living in hovels. The value of a vehicle steadily depreciates, and they live in substandard conditions; the value of a house (usually) appreciates, and the car can be kept going for years and be kept functional, even though it may not have the fanciest rims or the biggest stereo

    I valued keeping my children healthy in a decent house; it’s harder to raise them in a car.

  6. 2 Super Dave

    I bought a fully loaded Ford F-350 Powerstroke Diesel XLT crew cab pickup in 1997 and drove it out TT&L for $29,990.

    I recently walked through the lot of a Ford dealership here just looking at sticker prices on trucks.

    Not now, not ever. If I were a billionaire, I wouldn’t pay them the money they’re asking for these trucks. I just don’t see the value.

  7. Since I hadn’t seen any on the road lately, I was wondering if Toyota still made the Land Cruiser.

    Yep. MSRP over $80,000.

    I thought there was something wrong with my phone.

  8. Ann Coulter.

    Now the media are just taunting us with their tall tales about Stephen Paddock, the alleged Las Vegas shooter. Reputedly serious news organizations are claiming that he made a living playing video poker. That’s like claiming someone made a living smoking crack.

    I haven’t been following this shooting very closely. The myriad of excuses and theories does not lend credibility to the LSM (not that they had much) or law enforcement. The whole thing simply stinks.

  9. I get Fr. John Corapi quotes on FB. Here’s an interesting one:

    “Everyone wants to go to Heaven but live like they want to go to hell. God doesn’t send anyone to hell; He just confirms.” Fr. John Corapi

  10. Morning, chickadoodles. Quick breakfast and then I am going to see if I can organize the closet where I had all the cardboard boxes sitting on the floor when da Bayou overflowed its banks about 7 weeks ago. My heavy-duty plastic resin shelves have arrived. They assemble like tinker toys — leg sections and shelf parts, can build them up as high as I need and will fit in the triangle space under the stairs.

  11. #5 Yup, for years the house next door to mine has been a rental, the last occupants were 6-8 Mesicans with 5 cars a motorcycle and a Pit Bull Puppy Mill in the garage. One of the older ones, (30?) got real upset with me when I grabbed a ball bat to chase the pit bull out of my yard, this was after she dropped load and growled at me in my own yard. NOW, to make short story long, he drove a $100K Mercedes 500 SL. The house he was renting cost $1300 a month and was worth about $150K.

  12. Good morning Hamsters. Pleasant 62 this morning and still reasonably pleasant with some light ground mist hanging around. By the weekend the pleasant weather will be run out by the muglies bumping 90 for a couple of days until the next cold front arrives. Bring on that cold front, Canada.

    Our replacement AC/heat pump wall unit for the garden room arrived about 8:30 this morning, unannounced. It had help of course. Spouse had been leery of accepting another unit exactly like the one that drowned some of its brain in Harvey but stubbornly kept on working anyway. The FEMA adjustor said ditch this thing, it will die.

    The new one is a second-generation unit that is very much quieter than the drowned one, which was way too noisy for spouse in the middle of the night right next door to the master bedroom. This one’s acceptable to spouse. There must have been a lot of customer complaints about the earlier model, as the head of our service company said the literature with this model extolled how quiet it is. Fortunately it is. One thing checked off the replacement list.

  13. My last truck purchase was almost two years ago. 2016 Tacoma – not fully loaded (no leather) but next to it, plus 4WD. It about killed me to fork over $35k. Had I not got a good trade-in on my seven year old Silverado ($23K!) I’m not sure I would have bought it. I imagine I’ll keep this one for a long, long time as I await the miracle of electric propulsion that is surely to come 😉

  14. What a great article.

    As a young adult who had recently “escaped” from Christian fundamentalism, I had trouble synthesizing my new liberal views with what was happening around me. As I got older, as I got paid to be in a play directed by a semi-famous feminist who forced underaged girls to share a dressing room with grown men, I began to see that my new worldview was proverbially and, at times, literally the emperor without any clothes.

    I became angry. Looking back on it, I realize that the Holy Spirit was drawing me to God the Father. At the time, though, having rejected God, my new worldview being exposed as deeply and selfishly exploitative was shattering to me. My progressive heroes who decried Christianity’s rules were engaged in the sexual abuse of each other. By way of contrast, I began to realize that the “prudish” and “oppressive” rules of conservative Christians made sense. I fought that truth for years because I had my own sins that I wanted to cling to.

    Rebelling against their Creator, Hollywood and progressives are providing a depraved display of what Judges 21:25 means when it says, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

    Liberals are beginning to blame the problem on patriarchy. The new story is going to be that if women are allowed to run Hollywood, this type of abuse will stop. This is nonsense. Women are as prone to sin, to lust, to the pursuit of power as are men. The problem is Hollywood and progressivism’s rebellion against God.


  15. trump’s new executive order on healthcare removes regulation barring the purchase of insurance across statelines. Citing Senator Rand Paul:

    According to Paul, the executive order will create “Health Associations,” which would allow people to create groups similar to large corporations in order to get lower premiums on their plans. Paul said that these Association Health Plans will “be among the biggest-free market reforms” of the healthcare industry in decades, and is a better alternative than repealing the bill outright. Paul called Trump “bold” in making these changes, and said that he worked with Trump for a long time to create this executive order.

    Additionally, Paul explains that these new “Health Associations” are cross-state entities that are exempt from some of the costly state and federal regulations other plans face. Pre-existing conditions are not a disqualifier from the plan, either. Paul supports this plan as it is not a mandate, subsidy, or tax, but rather is a removal of regulations and other barriers.


  16. 16 Hamous

    I wouldn’t know or care who Weinstein is if not for the fact he raised so much money for the whole criminal conspiracy commonly called the Democratic Party. He held so many fundraisers for Hillary and Obama, it’s amazing he had time to run his businesses.

  17. One would like to believe there is some institution left in America immune to the Leftist nihilistic pandemic raging across the land.

    An open letter from LTC (USA, ret.) Robert M. Heffington

    However, during my time on the West Point faculty (2006–2009 and again from 2013–2017), I personally witnessed a series of fundamental changes at West Point that have eroded it to the point where I question whether the institution should even remain open.

    The recent coverage of 2LT Spenser Rapone — an avowed Communist and sworn enemy of the United States — dramatically highlighted this disturbing trend. Given my recent tenure on the West Point faculty and my direct interactions with Rapone, his “mentors,” and with the Academy’s leadership, I believe I can shed light on how someone like Rapone could possibly graduate.

    First and foremost, standards at West Point are nonexistent. They exist on paper, but nowhere else. The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point’s publicly touted high standards on cadets, and, having picked up on this, cadets refuse to enforce standards on each other. The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline. The end result is a sort of malaise that pervades the entire institution. Nothing matters anymore. Cadets know this, and it has given rise to a level of cadet arrogance and entitlement the likes of which West Point has never seen in its history.

    Every fall, the Superintendent addresses the staff and faculty and lies. He repeatedly states that “We are going to have winning sports teams without compromising our standards,” and everyone in Robinson Auditorium knows he is lying because we routinely admit athletes with ACT scores in the mid-teens across the board. I have personally taught cadets who are borderline illiterate and cannot read simple passages from the assigned textbooks.

    Here is a pathetic response from the West Point superintendent.

  18. BTW – the raccoon is gone, but pest guy saw signs of a rat roommate, so he put out traps. We caught one, and I knew by the odor…

    He suggested that I get a coupla cans of rug freshener when I said I’d go by the hardware store to get lime (which we’ve used before, which helps but doesn’t hold down the smell completely). I went to the dollar store and my eye fell upon a container of kitty litter. I saw the words “odor control,” “absorbant,” “easy cleanup” and decided to try it out. I brought it home and dumped the whole container over the carcass until Hubby could remove it. (I’d be puking up a gut if I tried it, plus there’s some heavy stuff that needed to be moved out of the way.)

    It worked like a charm. The odor disappeared. Every bit of it. I took Hubby into the garage and pointed out where it was…because even within a few feet, there was no smell. Hubby and Helper put it all into a bag the next morning and I still don’t smell it in my trash can.

    Jest fer y’guys with critter problems. The pest guy was very excited when I told him how well it worked.

  19. Just how corrupt is NBC news, this much.

    HEADLINE: NBC Executives Sat On The Weinstein Story Despite Multiple Interviews, Damning Evidence

    They went bezerk about rumors that wimminzes let rich and powerful men like Trump grab thier girl-parts, but ignore clear and credible evidence of sexual harrassment and assault because it is one of the prominent lefties who is guilty.
    Anyone remember NBC rigging Chevy pickups with explosives and claiming the explosion happens during most T-Bone collisions? How about Lyin Brian Williams? How about them not pressing Hillary on ‘dodging sniper fire’ or how she got her name, etc.
    The corporate culture at NBC is rotten to the core.

  20. I read girls can now join the Boy Scouts.

    The Hell?!

    Uh, Mr and Ms oppressing Progressive, I have a question..then what’s the point of having a Boy Scouts?

    Proglibdytes: Unlike Joe…everything they touch turns to mold.

  21. The hilarious thing is the abortion loving girl scouts are ticked off because they figure they’ll be losing out now. Lefties continue to eat their own.

  22. Cat litter is great for soaking up oil spills completely and drying things out. Might also be good for soaking up blood, but we’ve never tried that.

  23. Fay says she watched an impressive police chase today. The perp was in a hot, stolen Charger and even the helicopter had trouble keeping up with him on I-10’East in excess of 130mph. She said he was a helluva driver.
    He finally ran out of gas after exiting towards Winnie.

  24. Spouse is attending an exploratory meeting of many neighbors in nearby subdivisions and large landowners farther toward Sugar Land to determine the feasibility of forming a levy district. This all started after last year’s Memorial Day flood and naturally attracts more interest since Harvey.

    But the largest obstacle is the large number of property owners in the various subdivisions who would have to agree as well as the several large landowners of ranches between Richmond and Sugar Land who show no interest in selling their pastures. And cost of course. A levy is not sensible on the Brazos riverbank of individual lot owners because the river on the outside bend here is eating away at the bank with every high water passage downstream.

    The article about the Brazos in Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties in the Chron last Sunday was excellent and described how the river is taking more and more land from its banks, especially on the outside big bend near us. The land on which the fort for which Fort Bend County was named has long fallen in and ended up at Freeport, and it was near where our subdivision lies on the north bank across from Richmond. Our place is a quarter mile from the riverbank, and maybe in 50-100 years it could be riverfront property if it keeps eating away at its bank. But by then we won’t care.

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