Red is reposting his remarks made after the Parkland HS shooting earlier this year – because nothing has changed except the location and the names of the dead and injured. And nothing will change as long as the cowards in Washington (and Austin) stay cowards and do absolutely nothing that might cause the NRA to murmur – “soft on the Second Amendment.” So Red apologizes if you have read this before.
Red is fairly numb to these events nowadays. At one point in his life, a mass shooting where 17 [now 10] students and teachers were killed would be an unbelievable tragedy – shaking Red and others to the core. But these events are so commonplace now that the news cycle moves on rather quickly and Red’s ability to process exactly how deranged our society is diminished and his contempt for the vast majority of our political class is already overloaded.
Here is how it goes. First come the worthless thoughts and well-meaning prayers that will do absolutely nothing to prevent the seemingly inevitable future tragedy that will destroy more lives. Then the calls for action that will be unheard. Then the tired old platitudes about a “good guy with a gun” and how now is not the time . . . Then the calls for legislation that go nowhere. Then the claims of political opportunism. Then slow fade to black – until the next time. Rinse and repeat. Always repeat.
Please spare Red from more demagoguery about your precious rights. He grew up in the shadow of the worst mass shooting (up to that point) in U.S. history. The 1966 UT Tower massacre now pales in comparison to what occurs on a monthly basis all across the U.S. How many would have died that hot August day if there had been easy access to a semi-automatic with a bump stock. If you think owning an AR-15 just so that you can have fun shooting on the range is more important than the lives of 17  students and teachers in Florida [Texas] then you should get in your car, drive to Florida [Santa Fe, Texas] and have the courage to face those families and say “So sorry about your child, but you see shooting one of these weapons is just so much damn fun, that it would be horrible to have that right taken away from me. Again, too bad about your dead kid. Thoughts and prayers, y’all!”
And spare Red the empty words from the White House [or Our Poor Idiot Governor] about being there for the victims and their families. You are not there. You will not be there. You will not propose legislation. You will not tighten controls. You will not provide for more mental health services. You will not support background checks. You will not support a ban on automatic weapons. You will pander to your base. You will run scared from the NRA. You will claim a righteous defense of the Second Amendment. You will do nothing because when it comes right down to it you are a cowardly bully [piece of walking human filth].
The Texas Observer reports on Bunni Pounds’ run to replace retiring Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TP-Flower Mound). TO takes issue with Pounds’ claims that she is headed to Washington to help clean up the swamp after a full decade of groveling for money for Hensarling and others from well-heeled GOP donors in North Texas.
Pounds set up her own political fundraising and consulting shop in 2015 and within two years had turned it into a half-a-million-dollar business with nine employees, according to her campaign website. The site also boasts that Pounds “is now seen as one of the top fundraisers in North Texas from Fort Worth all the way to Tyler.”
This background raises questions not only about Pounds’ qualifications for office, but about whose debt she’ll be in should she become a member of Congress. Groveling to donors day in and day out is enough to compromise your average politician, to say nothing of someone whose expertise that was before they became a politician.
From the Annals of the Biopics –In 1978, the movie “The Buddy Holly Story” starring Gary Busey as Buddy Holly had its world premiere in Dallas. The movie received excellent reviews, did well at the box office and revived interest in Holly’s incredible music. Critics were impressed by Busey and fellow actors Charles Martin Smith and Don Stroud who sang and played instruments (with overdubbing help). The story follows Holly’s meteoric rise in the music world beginning shortly after high school graduation until his untimely death at age 22. One can only watch the film with wonder and sadness at what might have been. Red’s favorite Holly songs are Oh Boy! and That’ll be the Day.
“After all, the devil fights under great disadvantages, and has to carry weights in all his races which are almost unfair. He lies as a matter of course, believing thoroughly in lies, thinking that it is by lies chiefly that he must make his running good: and yet every lie he tells, after it has been told and used, remains as an additional weight to be carried. When you have used your lie gracefully and successfully, it is hard to bury it and get it well out of sight. It crops up here and there against you, requiring more lies; and at last, too often, has to be admitted as a lie, most usually so admitted in silence, but still admitted, -to be forgiven or not, according to the circumstances of the case. The most perfect forgiveness is that which is extended to him who is known to lie in everything. That man has to be taken, lies and all, as a man is taken with a squint, or a harelip, or a bad temper. He has an uphill game to fight, but when once well known, he does not fall into the difficulty of being believed.”
Anthony Trollope, Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite
Trump and his lawyers, Cohen and Giuliani, for all their many faults, at least no longer have to worry about falling into the difficulty of being believed.
From the Annals of the Shoot-outs – In 2015, members from the Bandidos and Cossacks motor cycle gangs and other bikers began fighting at the Twin Peaks restaurant off Hwy 6 in Waco. Police were monitoring the scene and after gunshots were fired a major shoot out commenced. As one of Red’s friends cynically reported at the time, “No one was injured – (sotto voce) – nine bikers were killed.” In fact, nine gang members were killed and twenty others injured. Unraveling the sequence of events has been challenging. It does appear that most of the dead were killed by police fire. More than 150 were arrested at the scene, but there has been but one trial of Bandido leader Jake Carrizal more than two years later. And that ended in a mistrial. The overall impression is that the McClellan County District Attorney’s office was overwhelmed with the extent of these cases and has badly bungled the investigation and prosecution of some who clearly committed crimes and others who did not.
From the Annals of Civil Disobedience – In 1968, 400 high school students from Edgewood HS in San Antonio walked out of class and marched to the Edgewood ISD administration office. The EISD was overwhelmingly Hispanic with 90% of students of Mexican heritage. The students were complaining about inadequate supplies and unqualified teachers.
The walk-out resulted in further action. In July, Demetrio Rodríguez and seven other Edgewood parents filed suit on behalf of Texas schoolchildren who were poor or resided in school districts with low property-tax bases. The problem resulted from the numerous school districts in Texas. Bexar County incorporates all or part of 19 different school districts – many of which were set up to segregate students of different races. EISD had one of the highest tax rates in the county but raised only $37 per pupil, while Alamo Heights, Bexar County’s wealthiest district, raised $413 per student. Because of the vastly different appraised value of the property in the districts, the tax rate per $100 property value needed to equalize education funding was only $0.68 for Alamo Heights but a punishing $5.76 for Edgewood.
Thus, began the decades long fight over school funding in Texas. The Rodriguez case ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court which ultimately ruled against Rodríguez, holding that Texas’ school financing did not violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and punted the issue back to Texas. The Court also held that the state would not be required to subsidize poorer school districts. But this was not the end as most observers know and the fight over school funding continues.
Mega-roadside store chain Buc-ee’s has sued its much smaller competitor Choke Creek claiming that CC’s cowboy hat wearing alligator logo is too similar to Buc-ee’s baseball cap wearing beaver. The trademark infringement suit was filed in December of 2015, but is being tried this week in U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison’s court in Houston.
Red for one has never confused a baseball cap with a cowboy hat or a beaver for an alligator – especially an alligator sporting some awesome “guns.” Just saying.