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Stacking Rocks in Galveston

Staked Sedona Red Rock
Scattered alters of stacked sandstone red rock.

We went to Sedona a few weeks ago for some R & R  a beautiful place that has a reputatation as a gathering place for mystics, hippys and other odd sorts.   I wasn’t surprise when I visited the Airport Mesa, a place concidered a vortex,  that people had stacked the red sandstone rocks to make pillers. These seemed to me to be a sort of hippy alter built assist communication with  some unknown god. The formations were scattered but all around the area. I  wondered what the people were thinking that would spend the time gathering and stacking these stones.  It is what one should expect in the land of hippies and new agers I supposed. I have seen lots of silly things in Galveston, we here tend not to take things very seriously, and do have an apreciate of art and music, but I never expected this type of thing here.

Seawall Rock Stacks
Hundreds of rock stack alters on Galveston's Seawall.

On the seawall at Fort Crockett Park there was a breakwater built into the seawall made up of broken limestone rocks of various sizes.  Over the last few  months its grown to something rather large if not surreal.  The people I saw stacking rocks seemed to be just kids doing it just for fun. But some of these were pretty massive.  Every one has things they like to do for fun and entertainment, but making rock piles seems pretty weird to me.  One expects to find the hippys and newagers in Sedona, but here in Galveston??  It just doesn’t seem right.  I wonder now if Fort Crockett Park isn’t a new vortex. A letter to the editor of the Galveston Daily News implies that at least someone thinks these things have some value and they may be a tourist attraction. We were promised that the enhancements to Crockett Park would be a tourist attraction. I don’t think stacked rocks was what they had in mind though.

A collection of artwork involving stacks of rocks has drawn visitors to Fort Crockett Park in Galveston.

Vandalism Shows A Lack Of Appreciation

I am appalled, disgusted, furious (I could go on) because some idiot, ruffian, criminal, fool (I could go on) has knocked down many of the stacked rocks on the beach at about 49th Street.

They were beautiful, peaceful, intriguing to look at and already had become a tourist/resident attraction. People were stopping by to take photos, admire the work and even try their hands at stacking.

This is the second time that I am aware of that they have been destroyed. I do not know what can be done, but it is a sad commentary on contemporary society that this has happened.

We can only hope and pray that the artist or artists come back and restore these fantastic stackings.

I don’t really have any issue with any of this, but I do find it a bit strange. Art is all in the eye of the beholder, and in this case perhaps the builder.

Rock Stacking
Folks Stacking rocks on the Galveston Seawall

 

Thoughts on Requiring an ID

Eric Holder is blocking South Carolina’s new law which requires that voters provide ID to qualify their right to vote.  The Justice Department claims that requiring an ID is racist.  I’m not sure I understand why requiring folks to provide proper identification is racist. Is requiring travelers to provide an ID racist when at the airport? I wonder if the attorney general will demand that sellers quit insisting that gun purchasers provide an ID.

If someone can please explain to me why requiring an ID to vote is racist, than why shouldn’t the practice be outlawed on the more routine things. Voting is inherently more dangerous than buying a gun or flying    Perhaps it’s only considered racist when states require the ID, and alright when when it is a federal mandate.

A few weeks ago I was at the Toyota Center in Houston.  When I purchased a beer I was asked for an ID.  I’m a bald, greying 60 year old, I thought it was just silly. Now I understand it was racist.

Perry States He Favors Gun Control

Perry claims gun control is a good idea:

Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry on Monday turned a South Carolina forum question into a quip, on an issue where no Texas politician dare be caught on the “wrong side.”

“Honestly, the next question is so easy that I don’t even want to ask it: Are you for gun control?” asked Rep. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina.

“I am actually for gun control: Use both hands,” Perry shot back.  He put on a wide old-boy grin and gave thumbs-up to his listeners.

Congress Woman Sheila Jackson Lee Plays the Race Card in the Debt Ceiling Debates

I don’t think Rep Sheila really cares if she makes any sense when she speaks as long as she gets some television coverage. After all there is no such thing as bad publicity. This week she equates opposing Obama  in the Debt ceiling debates is racist.

“Only this president–only this one–only this one has received the kind of attacks and disagreements and inability to work,” Jackson Lee said during a speech on the House floor on Friday. “Only this one. Read between the lines.”

“What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills?” the Congressional Black Caucus member added.

“In the minority community that is the question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?,” she asked.

“I beg this house and I beg this congress to treat him with the dignity that the office deserves.”

“I cannot imagine coming this far in my life, that of my children’s life and that of others to come to a point where we would use the uniqueness and the difference of this president to treat him differently. If that is not getting in our way, then there’s no reason why we can’t come together and solve this problem,”

Sheila just doesn’t understand that we don’t like Obama because he is a leftist who is opposed to everything that has made America work.  We aren’t to crazy about Sheila either because she is a crazy incoherent racist.

 

Zombies on the Mainland

Causeway warning
Warning for Those Leaving the Island

While leaving the Island this morning we were warned of zombies.  The sign was apparently hacked.  I was appreciative of the warning.

According to the Houston Chronicle , The Texas Department of Transportation takes these types of pranks seriously. Usually a lock is broken on the sign to make changes to it. If the pranksters are caught, the state says they can be fined up to $500.

Matt Barnette, one of our Facebook fans, joked about the photo. He said, “It’s not a prank if it’s true. Take a look at your fellow commuters during rush hour.”

Update 4/29/2011:

Michael Smith of the Galveston Daily News informs us that while this may all be a hoax we should remember some pointers just in case.

Then again, these reports could all be the product of a duped media dimwittedly buying the great zombie cover-up, in which case you’ll want to visit this site.

And remember: Your best shot is a headshot.

Only in Texas 😉

 

 

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Sports vs Computer Science

Recieved in email

Michael Jordan having “retired,” with $40 million in endorsements, makes $178,100 a day, working or not.

If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.

If he goes to see a movie, it’ll cost him $7.00, but he’ll make $18,550 while he’s there.

If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he’ll make $618 while boiling it.

He makes $7,415/hr more than minimum wage.

He’ll make $3,710 while watching each episode of Friends.

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.

If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every second.

He’ll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.

Assuming he puts the federal maximum of 15% of his income into a tax deferred account (401k), his contributions will hit the federal cap of $9500 at 8:30 a.m. on January 1st.

If you were given a penny for every 10 dollars he made, you’d be living comfortably at $65,000 a year.

He’ll make about $19.60 while watching the 100 meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.

While the common person is spending about $20 for a meal in his trendy Chicago restaurant, he’ll pull in about $5600.

This year, he’ll make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined. Amazing isn’t it?

However…
If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 450 years, he’ll still have less than Bill Gates has today.

$$$ Game over. Nerd wins.

But who is happier ??

An Open Letter to The Media

Surfing the net I stumbled across this:

Dear news media:

Remember back in ’50s and early ’60s, when we set off something like 900 atomic bombs in Nevada? And how we just let the fallout blow wherever and it landed all over the eastern US? And how it wiped out life as we know it and all that was left from Colorado to the Atlantic were six-legged rats battling two-headed cockroaches in the glowing ruins?

Yeah. Exactly. So shut up with the panic already.

HT: Instapundit

Daylight Savings

It is all based on a lie.  The government figures it can give people more daylight by time shifting our clocks.   This all sounds good, but we all know that in any given day there is 24 hours. and the proportion of it is determined by the laws of science, geometry, and God. Washington has nothing to do with it.  What daylight savings time really does is give us one more hour at night and one less in the morning.  Apparently our government in its wisdom has determined for all of us that evening daylight in the summer has more value than evening daylight.

it has the a negative effect of extending the rising sun for morning commuters to drive into the sun. In fact changing of the clocks kills a few people every year. Although the Washington Times tends to blame the loss of sleep.

There have likewise been oft-repeated claims that DST saves lives by cutting traffic accidents. After all, we all know that driving in the dark is more dangerous, so it stands to reason that pushing sunset back an hour should cut crashes.

But while some studies found no meaningful overall effect, and some slight benefit, at least a few studies found that traffic accidents climbed as much as 7 percent in the days immediately after switching to DST – because drivers are more tired from losing the hour of sleep. And these studies found that accidents didn’t go down nearly as much after the clocks fall back.

I do know we are all better off when the Government just leaves us and our clocks alone.

Checking The Oil

A lot of folks can’t understand how we came
to have an oil shortage here in our country.
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Well, there’s a very simple answer.
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Nobody bothered to check the oil.
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We just didn’t know we were getting low.
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The reason for that is purely geographical.
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Our OIL is located in
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ALASKA
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California
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Coastal Florida
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Coastal Louisiana
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Kansas
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Oklahoma
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Pennsylvania
and
Texas
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Our
DIPSTICKS
are located in
Washington, DC!!!

Any Questions???
NO? Didn’t think So.