Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Firing Leach Benefits...

In case you didn't hear, Texas Tech's coach Mike Leach was fired for allegedly mistreating one of his concussed players, one Adam James son of ESPN analyst Craig James, who reportedly showed up to practice wearing sunglasses

From blogger Deceptive Speed of is the hilarious, not-based-in-fact-whatsoever following:

My favorite part is the probable dialogue of how this whole thing went down:
Leach:  "James!  D@mm!t, James!  What the f#%k are those sunglasses?"

James (with big sh!t-eating surfer boy f#$k you grin): "Y'ar matey, doctor's orders!  Got a concussion so I'm sensitive to light."

Leach: "Light?  Well, g#ddam!t, you're right.  Get the f@#k in the equipment shed and turn out the lights so your precious f@#king head doesn't get more f@#ked up."

James: "Uh, what?"

Leach: "Get. The. F@#k. In. The. God. D@mn. Shed. Son."

and scene.
Now, for some reason, I gotta vent.

I really don't have a dog in this fight, I'm a Longhorn for Bevo's sake. But, given everything I've read about the situation this sounds like the straw that was used as an excuse for Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers to fire a coach he didn't like. And the termination letter said he was fired for cause. So a coach can't instruct an injured/concussed player to stay in an cool/air conditioned dark room? Furthermore, it has been reported that an apology by Leach to the James family would have avoided Leach's suspension.  Mike Leach, with all his pirate sutff, made casually following Tech football fun. Plus, Tech football was actually relevant. I heard a caller on the Ticket say that Craig James essentially helped inflict another death penalty on another program.

The biggest beneficiary in this whole mess is Texas A&M.

For some reason now I really want to see Mich St. stomp Tech. What do the vast majority of Tech students and alumni want to see happen in that game? And who exactly is going to fill that brand new stadium that Leach's program funded and built?

Lastly, here are some emails regarding the player and Leach from ex-Tech players and coaches.

Scary, Part 3

Monday, December 28, 2009

Part 6: Cheney, Soul Reaper

* the D.E.V.I.L. Corporation stands for Data Enhanced Visually Integrated Logistics. 
and CSO's are Collateralized Soul Obligations which should not be confused with Collateralized Debt Obligations, some of which were composed of bad mortgages and helped lead to our economic meltdown. Click here for more on that.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Xmas Wishes, Part 2

Click here for more Hair Aliens.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Chris Brown Outraged That Stores Are Not Carrying His New Album"*

So, what's Chris Brown going to do about it? Assault and batter Walmart?

*Quote from an article about same.

Don't forget why some stores might consider boycotting Brown's newest album.

And yes, this is one of those Non-Political Thoughts Now (NPTN's).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Why Doesn't Christopher Hitchens Tell Us How He Really Feels About Palin

Needless to say, I don't agree with Christopher Hitchens on a number of issues. However, regardless of his stances on different issues, for sometime I have enojoyed his forthright, well-reasonsed commentary and his candid thoughts on a wide range of topics. That said, here's Hitchens sharing his thoughts about Palin:

Hitchens appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC after he wrote an equally candid piece on Palin for Hitchens also wrote a piece last month regarding Palin for Newsweek. It is somewhat a relief to know others, in this case Hitchens, appear to be equally alarmed by the dangerous, ever-changing rhetoric spewed by some Tea Partiers generally and Palin specifically. How alarmed am I by this scattershot, divisive rhetoric? Very.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Best Terrible Roast Ever

Another NPTN: For many different reasons the below is one of my favorite comedic bits. First, it's Norm MacDonald. Second, he's doing exactly what you're not supposed to do as a comedian, bomb. But, he's doing it on purpose thus, the genius. Watch how long it takes his fellow comedians on stage to figure out what he's doing. Brilliant and hilarious.

Friday, December 11, 2009

N(ot W.)bel Peace Prize

And if President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for not being W. and re-establishing the USA as a leader in and of the international community is that such a bad thing?

I did not hear or read President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech but, I heard the reviews were good. You might be surprised by some of the people who liked the speech...
Gingrich and Palin actually praised the President's speech. Is that really a good thing?

Here's a link to President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. It's already being called "The Obama Doctrine." I'm going to read it shortly.

(Fyi, some/most of the above is from a past post and has been added to/updated with some new thoughts given recent events. What can I tell you, I've been busy.)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Palin Still Receives A LOT of Media Coverage. Why?

Again, let me get this straight, she quit her job as chief executive of her state in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression right? So again, why do people care what she has to say or "write"("write" is in parentheses because, come on, she, like any politician, had a ghost writer)? I know she has a new book out but, who cares and why? If someone could answer that I'd appreciate it and then maybe my head would stop hurting.

And check out Palin's rules for media at her book signing appearances. Apparently Palin doesn't like those non-English speaking media types.

Fake chapter titles from Palin's book (updated):

Chapter 1: The Beginning of the Universe, 6,000 Years Ago, When People Walked with Dinosaurs

Chapter 2: How NOT to Teach Abstinence to Your Teen

Chapter 3: The Differences and Similarities In Answering Questions in a Beauty Contest Versus a Presidential Campaign (Miss California, I Feel Your Pain)

Chapter 4: "How to Read ALL the Periodicals Released in Alaska

Chapter 5: A Guide to Shopping on the GOP Credit Card"

Chapter 7: I Hate Katie Couric and Tina Fey

Chapter 8: How to Tell the Difference Between a Phone Call From the Real President of France and a Prank Call From a Montreal DJ

Chapter 9: All My Terrible Interviews and Awful Decisions During the Campaign Were Actually the John McCain Campaign's Fault, Seriously, I Swear

Chapter 10: It was OK For Me to Exploit Levi Johnston During the Republican National Convention By Parading Him Onstage in Front of the Media with My Daughter Who Was Pregnant with His Child at the Time.

Chapter 11: I Don't Understand Where Levi Got the Idea to Try to Get Media Attention

Chapter 12: Why Quitting as Governor of Alaska Made Sense

Chapter 13: Palin/Beck 2012, Now That's a Maverick Ticket for Real America
Some past thoughts on Ms. Palin include but, are not limited to...

- Palin on Health Insurance Reform

- Palin's farewell speech (that I'm pretty sure she wrote all by her mavericky self)

- Shatner's spoken word version of Palin's farewell speech

- Cartoon about Palin's resignation speech (again, I'm pretty sure she also wrote this one all by her mavericky self)

- Letterman vs. Palin regarding the joke about her daughter

- Chapter titles in Palin's memoir (older and a little different than the above)

(Fyi, some/most of the above is from past posts and has been added to/updated with some new thoughts given recent events. What can I tell you, I've been busy.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

50 Best/Worst Protest Signs of 2009

Here's a link to at least what one person believes to be the "50 best protest signs of 2009." I say they're probably the 50 best/worst protest signs depending on where you land on the political spectrum. For example, are you an intolerant, gay bashing, xenophobic conspiracy theorist or are you not?

Below are a few of my favorites.

And honk for a dictionary. 

 All of Asia? What about Asia Minor? What about Asian youths in America? What about youths in general?

Yes Fox News, thank you for keeping them "infromed" with fax and enformashun that is fare and balansed.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Avatar = SciFi Version of Dances With Wolves on Special Effects Steroids

Yeah, this is one of those NPTN's (Non-Political Thoughts Now).

As you may or may not know I'm generally a huge scifi fan. I love Star War and Star Trek.

However, I've seen many an extended trailer for the new James Cameron movie Avatar, so many and often I feel like I've seen most of the movie. As far as I can tell from the super-long commercials that play during seemingly every commercial break the plot appears to be about a soldier "going native" and falling in love with one of the natives. Then, said soldier fights with the natives against his former fellow soldiers. This time the natives are extra-terrestrials on another world instead of Native Americans.

I think I've seen this movie before when it was called Dances With Wolves. I'll pass on the special effects. Of course, I could be wrong. I'll have to wait and see, kinda. I say, "kinda," because the previews I've seen have not prompted me to even think about going to see Avatar. And regardless, I'll never forgive James Cameron for Titanic.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny."*

*of course that's a quote from your favorite little green alien and mine, Yoda from Star Wars.

Well, looks like Yoda was wrong again-don't forget that Anakin/Darth Vader turned away from the dark side right before he bought the moisture farm in the sky. A conservative blogger has broken ranks with Emperor Limbaugh and Darth Beck. Charles Johnson, writer of the blog, has "parted ways with the Right." Read his reasons, in his own words, here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Part 5: Cheney, Soul Reaper

Ex-VP Dick Cheney visits a credit rating agency...
( * CSO's or Consolidated Soul Obligations are not to be confused with CDO's.)
If you need a reminder of what happened when CDO's were rated and traded with reckless abandon click here.
Click here for part 6 of Soul Reaper.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Some NPTN's*

non-political thoughts now*

OK, if this was a planned, trick play then the offensive coordinator needs to be talked to. And what type of trick play was it supposed to be? A trick to make the QB look as uncoordinated as possible while at the same time throwing a jump ball back across the field of play?

Is the below what I think it is? Is that a freakin' porta potty on the sideline?

possible captions for the above pic:

man, I wish I hadn't had all that Mexican food right before kick-off

this doesn't have a lock on it, watch the door and make sure no one comes in while I'm handling up on business in here

OK, OK, a whole bunch of beer and cabbage last night was NOT a good idea.

and lastly, I'm sure some of you have seen this but, here's "the drunkest guy ever."

I would be that this guy was on something other than just booze. And more importantly, how did he get to the convenience store?
a) he walked there (I think not, he would have fallen down 10 feet out the door on a sidewalk and never made it to the store, b) he drove there (again I think not, he can't even sit down on the floor, I don't see him operating a motor vehicle without a tragic accident occurring), or c) the most likely way he got to the store, some friends drove him, saw the state he was in, decided to have some with him and said, "hey buddy, do us a solid and pick us up some beer in there." Then, his friends laughed as he went in while they watched from outside.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Twisting Religion

T-shirts and bumper stickers, like the above t-shirt, have been making the rounds at Tea Party/anti-Obama rallies. Psalms 109:8 reads, "Let his days be few; and let another take his office." How or why would the President's, "days be few." Because he'll resign for no apparent reason? Defenders of the t-shirt say it represents a desire that the President only serve one term.

And make no mistake, it is protected speech. But, is there something more pernicious contemplated by some that would twist religion to suit their own political desires and, "pray for Obama?" For example, look at the very next verse in Psalms, 109:9 reads, "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." The latter verse is not on t-shirts but, come on, I think we all know what at least some of those wearing the above t-shirt are praying for. And what those whackos are praying for is sick and wrong.

If only I could think of another group/organization that has twisted a religion to suit its political ends and continues to twist and warp a religion and its teachings to recruit and indoctrinate followers and encourage hatred...

Too Soon?

Yeah, probably.

But, a little levity sometimes helps an otherwise solemn, serious situation or in this case past occurrence.  

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Twilight" vs. Palin

The movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Palin have been dominating the news cycle here recently. Which one do you think I'm going to write about?

If you picked Twilight you're wrong.

Past thoughts regarding Palin seem especially applicable now given Palin's book tour.

Check out my post from June of this year regarding what type of person/politician Palin appeared/appears to be.

Keep in mind the fact checking that has been done regarding Palin's (and her ghostwriter's) book and who she is critical of in the book.

And if that's not enough check out's (via post about who Palin would consider running with on a dream ticket in 2012. I'll give you a hint, his name rhymes with Ben Gleck. Yeah, I just got the chills, laughed and threw up in my mouth all at the same time too.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Greatest Hits From Comments Sections

The below are comments to various articles which were forwarded to me by a friend.

the comment: "Obama warning us about spending is like a drunk at AAA." (thoughts: triple A as in the car service company? I think they probably meant AA-Alcoholics Anonymous. But, shouldn't a drunk be at an AA meeting? So now my head really hurts.)

the comment: "He's gearing up for the campaign trail to help try saving the Dems Congress
jobs next year. Time to talk moderate again to woe the Independents back. I hope they're not that stupid." (thoughts: woe?  oh those poor independents.  maybe he/she means woo.)

 the comment: "I hope all the Dems are happy now that this EMPTY SUITE, destroying the greatest country on earth. After all, the Dems are very ignorance and incompetent. 2010 coming." (thoughts: they are very "ignorance" I tell you. 2010 coming. And Hulk smash. Plus, there are plenty of empty suites, probably because they're hanging in the closets of all the people who used to wear them to work but are now unemployed, in their PJ's, on the couch, watching TV, scouring the internet for a job. When did the recession start again? Who spent money on 2 wars like a drunken sailor on leave?)

I'm an equal opportunity critic and will gladly post funny, nonsense comments to articles from other sites like MSNBC's or's. And yes, I know I have typos too. But, the above is still fun/funny.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tea Partiers vs. Tea Partiers (kinda, sorta)

A Phoenix Tea Party protest organized by American Citizens United against amnesty for illegal immigrants turned ugly when Neo-Nazis showed up and wanted to join in the protest, much to the chagrin of the Tea Party organizers who wanted the Neo-Nazis to leave...

Huh, I guess the Tea Party protesters were actually surprised that their intolerant rantings actually attracted those who take Tea Party views to the extreme, in this case the extremists were Neo-Nazis. That's the funny thing about free speech, you get to hear from all sides, even the ugly, intolerant discriminatory sides.

Update: And here's a hilarious video from Minnesota of a Tea Party protest against amnesty for illegal immigrants getting "punked" (here's a hint at the prank, he is actually speaking against immigrants, just immigrants from a place other than the Americas):

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tea Party vs. Tea Party

In case you didn't hear, the Tea Party Patriots(TTP) are essentially suing the Tea Party Express(TTE). You see, one of the founders, Amy Kremer, of the more conservative TTP was forced out of the TTP and joined the more moderate TTE. The TTP filed suit against Kremer over an intellectual property dispute. When a person lives by the mantra, "you're either with us or against us," that person, like Kremer, has to be aware of what might happen when they're not "with them."

All this silliness about the Tea Party Patriots versus the Tea Party Express reminded me of this classic scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Separated At Birth?

Which of these two people, pictured above, once got busy in a Burger King bathroom? Or, have you ever seen Greg "Shock G" Jacobs, aka, Humpty Hump, and Michael Steele in the same room at the same time? I know I have not.

One of the above is a confused, blind, stubborn, elderly man. The other is Mr. Magoo.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dobbs Done (for now)

In case you didn't hear, Lou Dobbs last broadcast was last Wednesday night on CNN. He had stirred controversy but not ratings recently at CNN. His commentary regarding "birthers" and anti-immigration views angered a wide range of people. At the same time CNN, including his program, was ranked dead last in the ratings, even falling behind CNN's other news channel Head Line News(HLN). That's like losing to your younger brother in a one on one basketball game when you're still more than a foot taller than him. Ouch.

For Lou Dobbs fans, his radio show will continue.

(by the way, I have no information indicating that Dobbs is going to work for Fox News or has even had any discussions with them,)

past post(s): Newsworthiness in Lou Dobbs-Land

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scary, Part 1

In case you missed it somehow, Michele Bachmann lead some conservative protesters to Capitol Hill last week. And of course Bachmann and Sean Hannity exaggerated the number of protesters that attended. Hannity even used footage from Glenn Beck's 9/12 protest to make it appear that more people attended last week than actually did. And Jon Stewart was there to hilariously call out Bachmann and Hannity:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c

Sean Hannity Uses Glenn Beck's Protest Footage

Daily Show
Full Episodes

Political Humor

Health Care Crisis

Click here for some older examples of Bachmann's special brand of scary craziness.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jon Stewart Kicks the Crap Out of Glenn Beck While He's Down

Just in case you missed it somehow, while Glenn Beck went into the hospital for an emergency appendectomy last week Jon Stewart did this hilarious pseudo-Glenn Beck impersonation. Instant classic.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c

The 11/3 Project

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Political Humor

Health Care Crisis

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Part 1: Cheney, Soul Reaper - Cheney Endorses Kay Bailey

or alternate title, "What Does a Cheney Endorsement(or, in this case, Non-Endorsement) Go For These Days?"

Seriously, is Cheney doing Perry a favor by endorsing Hutchison? And does Hutchison really believe getting Cheney's endorsement is a is a positive for her campaign? 
What's in Perry's hair you might be asking?
Click here for what's going on in Rick Perry's hair and more of the ongoing saga of Rick Perry's the Hair Aliens...
Here's an actual news story about Cheney's endorsement of Hutchison.

Click here for part 2 of Soul Reaper.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Believe It Or Not It's Election Day...

...kind of, sort of, well it is but, it's just not nearly as sexy as say the last time we had the polls open last November. There are some Texas contitutional amendments up for consideration and, if you live in Dallas, Texas like me, some Dallas Independent School District board seats up for election, namely seats 1, 3 and 9.

I'll be honest, I've been busy and dropped the ball on getting on top of the issues related to the constitutional amendments or informing myself about the candidates for the school board seats. However, below are some helpful links:

Want to know where to vote (in Dallas County)? Click here.

Also, League of Womens Voters of Dallas has a site with links to pages related to today's election/vote.

The Dallas Morning News, of course, weighed in on the constitutional amendments up for consideration as well as the DISD District Seats up for grabs.

And Pegasus News went down the amendments also.

Happy voting!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Those (Fox News) In Glass Houses...

...those in glass houses, like Fox News, maybe, just maybe, shouldn't throw stones. Or if they are going to throw stones maybe, just maybe, they shouldn't act surprised when stones are lobbed back in their direction. In case you haven't heard Fox News appears to be confused as to why the White House has been critical of their organization.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

(the below is from a little while ago but, Halloween appropriate in my opinion...)

What can I say, I saw the movie Zombieland and came up with the above.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Link to My Radio Appearance

Here's the link to my appearance on the Jeff Bolton Show, a political talk show on KLIF 570 here in Dallas last Friday morning regarding Hispanics in America in case you wanted to hear it (fyi-part 5 cuts off mid sentence, I spoke to Clint, the producer of the show, and he said he'd upload part 6 at some point). Never mind, the link's good if you go to KLIF's blogspot page, you can hear all of the panel discussion there.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Who's Slick Rick Gonna Fire Next?

Gov. Perry talking strategy with his campaign team:

In case you missed it Gov. Perry essentially fired some committee members that were investigating a death penalty case he signed off on. The committee was about to hear from an expert that was likely to say the person executed was innocent. Now the committee's investigation into the death penalty  case has been delayed indefinitely.

What are the things in Perry's hair above? Click here and here for the background of the "Hair Aliens."

Click here for part 4 of the ongoing saga of the Hair Aliens.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

NPTN (Non-Political Thoughts Now)...

...sometimes a little non-political levity is a good thing. I give you "Wife Forces Husband to Dance":

Friday, October 23, 2009

Post Game: Thoughts After Being on The Jeff Bolton Show

Bottom line, it was awesome. I really enjoyed it. Jeff Bolton is a political radio talk show host and I knew that going in (I looked at his show's page on KLIF's website). I think Jeff was asking questions based on his own opinions and based on his typical listeners' opinions on certain topics related to Hispanics in the USA (immigration, English only, protests, healthcare, Hispanics being Democrats versus Republicans, etc.). I just answered his questions honestly and spoke sincerely about the topics he brought up . I really have to thank Jeff and his producer Clint for having me on the show. I also have to thank Shawn Williams of and for putting the radio show in touch with me.
They're going to send me a CD of the broadcast and they're going to post the show on itunes. I'll look for the podcast and try to post that here somehow if I can. Friends that listened seemed to think I did OK. I'll wait until I listen to the audio to tell you exactly what I thought but, it was a lot of fun and again, I really enjoyed it.

(fyi - Andrew asked in a comment how the radio show went this morning, the above is, for the most part, the same response I originally posted as a comment reply.)

Cheney Under a Blood Red Sky...

In case you missed it Cheney had more to say about President Obama and Afghanistan. Of course, the White House responded.

Check out past thoughts on "Hi I'm a Dem and I'm a GOP" or "Cheney's International Center is Like..." if you'd like.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Yours Truly Will Be On the Radio...

I'll be on the radio tomorrow morning on the local radio show of Jeff Bolton on 570 KLIF here in Dallas from about 7am-9am discussing being Hispanic if DFW. I'll let you know how it goes. Or you can tune in for yourself.

Best of Sarah Palin... date. Did you hear? She's going to appear on the all powerful Oprah's show the day before her book comes out. Didn't Oprah support the other ticket? Yeah, I'm pretty much mailing it in this week, I've had a busy couple of weeks. But, it really, really, really, really, really, really kills me that she has a following of any sort-as you should be able to tell by the number of times I typed, "really" in this sentence. Here's a SMALL sampling of why she is incompetent at best and dangerous at worst:

And if you think I'm being weird about my Palin-phobia she has her own PAC and is very popular among the PRR's(Pat Roberston Republicans).

And don't forget about the Palin-turkey-getting its-head-cut-off-in-the-background-video.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GOP Launched a New Website (Straight Into a Dumb Brick Wall)

This is somewhat old news but, I'll explain below why I'm posting this now after all the coverage it's already received. As you may have heard from numerous news outlets, on Oct. 13, 2009 the GOP launched a new website, namely, that had some problems.

Oh, GOP, you're like that elderly person from the early 1990's who tries over and over again to set the time on your VCR to no avail. After every failed attempt the VCR continually flashes "12:00" in what you believe is a mocking, condescending manner. Or GOP, you're like the 90's elderly person trying to look cool as you show off your new, hip cassette tapes to your younger friends, friends who wonder if you've heard of CD's.

One of the most covered aspects of the new GOP site was RNC chairperson Steele's blog titled, "What Up?". One day after launch they changed the name of the blog. I wonder why.

Another heavily covered snafu at was the "future leaders" section of the site which displayed an error message or was blank part of the day it was launched.

Oh irony, you are a cruel, cruel mistress.

They've supposedly fixed the "future leaders" problem. They "fixed" the "future leaders" page by adding some prose that still does not list any future leaders of the GOP. I'm serious. And that's why I went ahead and wrote about the GOP's new site more than a week after its horrendous launch.'s "future leaders" section, as of this post on Oct. 21, 2009, still lists no one more than a week after the site's launch. Now, irony has evolved into plain, old stupid. Why even have a "future leaders" section? Sure, invite folks to give their 2 cents but, maybe, just maybe, you should list some up and comers in your party. Otherwise, it makes your party look lost. Just a thought.

To quote a famous GOP'er, "fool me once, shame on-shame on you. Fool me, you can't get fooled again." Apparently, the GOP can be fooled again(original launch) and again(Steele's "What Up?" blog) and again(error on "future leaders" page) and again(fixed "future leaders" page still lists no one). Now if only the GOP could figure out how to set the time on its darn VCR...