Author Archives: Red from Texas

About Red from Texas

I'm proud to be Red. I have lived most of my life in Texas and I love this place. Here are a few things you should know about me. 1. I am happily married and intend to stay so. 2. I live in a house that is older than you, unless you are really old. 3. I own 2 rifles and a shotgun. I think handguns are just trouble. 4. I have never killed a man, but have taken out some deer and hogs. 5. I was a good student, but never close to being valedictorian. 6. In no particular order I like the Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Astros, FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Texas Longhorns and Houston Dynamo. 7. I hate Dallas but always have a good time when I go there. 8. I was a Dallas Cowboys fan for 26 years but declared that I was no longer a fan during the 1987 strike. 9. I don't own any pets. I like cats, and a good dog and I have met at least 3 of them in my lifetime. 10. I think the best part of Texas is west of I-35. 11. I own two pairs of cowboy boots, but don't wear them very often. 12. I don't have a pronounced Texas accent, but can affect one when needed. 13. My last meal would be fried shrimp with tartar sauce, a baked potato with all the fixins', a dinner salad with 1000 Island dressing, yeast rolls and chocolate fudge pie for dessert. 14. I'm an old Dad, but my children are none of your business. 15. I have two degrees from UT-Austin and somehow managed to fall in love with and marry an Aggie. 16. Most of my family are right-wing nut jobs but I love them anyway. 17. When I get to play golf on a regular basis, I shoot in the low 80's. 18. I don't get to play golf on a regular basis. 19. I think Fort Worth is the best town in Texas by a long shot. 20. I have a mean herb garden. Regards, Red P.S. Remember it's not a color, it's a state of mind.

Quote for the Day

“The Nazis enforced their laws as well. You don’t separate children from their families! Ever! You’d have to kill me to take my child from me simply because I was trying to get them to a better place for a better tomorrow. I am glad to be on the right side of history.”

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo – shaming the “family values” wing of the GOP.

Note that Red approves of playing the Nazi card whenever appropriate and when dealing with the administration of Trumph – the Insult Comic President – it is unfortunately all too often appropriate.

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The Curse of Ted Cruz

The Curse Of Ted Cruz

No the “Curse of Ted Cruz” is not the fact that Texas has a spineless weasel (willing to supplicate at the personality cult alter of the man who insulted his father and wife and gave him the forever epithet of “Lyin’ Ted”) as its junior senator.  That is bad enough, but the curse is something entirely different and applies to LT’s use of twitter selfies at big Texas sporting events.

Red is firmly of the belief that Lyin’ Ted Cruz (TP-Texas) could and should be blamed for anything bad that happens.  And Cruz seems to have an especially pernicious effect on Texas sporting outcomes.  Many are blaming his premature (and pathetic) selfie from the National Championship game last night as laying the last second curse on Texas Tech’s chances at a title.  Red will bite.  Curse you, Ted Cruz and your sports curse.  Keep your smarmy whiskered face out of our sporting events.  And as far as Red knows, you have no connection whatsoever to Texas Tech.  So why were you gravy training and why were you  sitting in the cheap seats?

Trump is a Golf Cheat

Sportswriter Rick Reilly’s new book Commander in Cheat – How Golf Explains Trump details Individual 1’s cheating ways on the green field of honor.  As a longtime golfer, Red understands that golf is a gentleman’s game where the players largely call penalties on themselves and follow the rules because it is the right thing to do.  Red has played with some cheats over the years.  One playing companion (for a short while) could only be described as “The Master of the Leather Wedge.”  And is one thing to cheat yourself so that you can feel better about a friendly Saturday afternoon round by taking a mulligan or two, but it is entirely another to cheat when you are in an actual tournament or there is money on the line.  Apparently, Individual 1 cheats in both of those situations and any golfer worth his salt knows that such behavior tells you everything you need to know about the man.  Trump claims some absurd number of bogus club championships and claims a 2.8 handicap.  Pro golfers in there 70s don’t have 2.8 handicaps.  By all accounts Trump is an above average golfer, but that’s not good enough for someone with an extreme narcissistic personality disorder for whom every waking moment is an exercise in personal glorification and continued building of the worst personality cult that our country has ever seen.  And it’s not like there wasn’t enough information out there to inform the public that Trump’s entire life story presented to the public in his 2016 campaign is just one giant lie after another.  But this is golf!  This is a line in the sand!  If you are a golfer and still support this lying, cheating pathetic excuse for a human being, then you have no honor.  And Red is done with you.

Ted Cruz – Vexatious Litigant?

Good old “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz (TP – Texas) is suing the Federal Election Commission seeking to invalidate a law limiting the ability of  candidates to use contributions repay his or her loans to the campaign.   Part of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform placed limits on the ability of candidates to repay their loans from political contributions.  Roughly speaking, a candidate cannot repay more than $250,000 to himself or herself with money raised after the election.  It appears that Cruz loaned his campaign directly or indirectly about $260,000 and was repaid $250,000.  That means this suit is over the grand sum of $10,000.  Cruz claims that the law is a violation of his First Amendment right to free speech and given the Supreme Court’s conclusion that $ = Speech, Cruz may be on to something.  The consequences of a favorable ruling for the Tea Party favorite could be interesting.  A candidate could place a huge bet on his or her success and then have unlimited ability to use elected office to repay that winning bet from the well-heeled donors seeking favorable treatment. In any event – given the amount involved – maybe LT is due for a new nickname.  How about “Penny Ante” Ted?

Slow Down, You Move too Fast – You’ve got to Make your English Class

For those who haven’t been in Austin lately, the scourge of the rented scooter may not sound like much of a problem.  Well, it is as injuries mount and sidewalks are danger zones with scooters whizzing in and out of the foot traffic.  The University of Texas is taking matters into its own hands as Texas Monthly reports:

[UT] announced a new speed limit for the dockless scooters that have become ubiquitous not just on its campus but throughout central Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, as well as at other colleges like Texas Tech and Abilene Christian. Unlike conventional speed limits, it won’t take a cop with a radar gun to ensure riders don’t break the rule. Instead, the 8-mph limit will be enforced using geofencing technology, which will throttle down a scooter’s top speed (typically 15 to 17 mph) whenever it’s on the UT campus.

The limit, which goes into effect March 26, appears to be the first implementation of geofencing to regulate scooter speed anywhere in the country.