On the morning of Sept. 13, 1862, near Frederick, Maryland, two Union Army soldiers found a piece of paper wrapped around three cigars. The paper was a copy of the Confederates’ plans for the upcoming Battle of Antietam. When Gen. George McClellan, the Union commander, read the orders, he reportedly gloated, “Here is a paper with which if I cannot whip Bobbie Lee, I will be willing to go home.” If Texas Democrats can’t beat Republicans, maybe they should be willing to go away. It wasn’t exactly battle plans wrapped around three cigars, but just as good. Someone in the Texas GOP headquarters has leaked that party’s plans to beat the Democrats in Texas in 2020, complete with targets for Dems in vulnerable districts, fake news (really, the Party of Trump employing fake news? Ridiculous!), … [Read more...] about Is that really Zwiener?
THE FRONT DOOR – Here is another one, a brown cardboard box from Amazon. They are dumped on our front porch almost hourly, because we are Prime Amazon customers. It used to be that the boxes were only delivered by FedEx or UPS, but Amazon figured it could save money by creating its own fleet, too -- snappy looking trucks, brown with the Amazon Prime logo on the side. Do you use Amazon? If so, feel exclusive. More than 100-million Americans use the service, with 64 million of them Prime members, which means you pay $119 a year or $12.99 a month so you can call yourself a Prime Amazon member. The average Primer spends about $1,400 a year on orders, non-Primers spend about $600 annually. Amazon, as you know, is the brainchild of Jeff Bezos, Texas rancher, rocket man, former McDonald’s … [Read more...] about Paddling up the Amazon
THE FREEWAY – Look at them, lined up like weary soldiers in a chow line, bumper to bumper, hundreds of wage slaves trying to get home from work, but going nowhere. It’s like this every afternoon rush hour and, I assume, every morning rush hour, too. I try to avoid rush hours like the flu, jury duty and people who keep saying “Quid pro quo,” but this afternoon I find myself stuck here in traffic. At least it’s not raining. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that the average Houston commuter spent 75 hours annually stuck in traffic in 2017 -- 22 hours more than 10 years prior in 2007. The Institute’s 2019 Urban Mobility Report ranked the Houston area seventh for most annual hours of delay with 247.44 million total hours in 2017. The study also determined that peak congestion … [Read more...] about Our Man Friday
As the football season grinds on, there are two unrelated items (except for football) that we need to discuss. The first deals with sportsmanship, or the lack thereof. A Long Island football coach has been suspended because his team won big -- too big. Robert Shaver, the head football coach at Plainedge High School, in North Massapequa, NY, received a one-game suspension after a Nassau County committee found he could have avoided an outsized 61-13 victory by his Red Devils against the Cyclones of South Side High School in Rockville Centre. A margin over 42 points triggers a review. The committee determined Shaver should have pulled his starting players as the 4th quarter began. Shaver told the committee both teams were unbeaten, and he feared a Cyclones come-back if he took out his … [Read more...] about Student athletes, an oxymoron?
What do Pat Robertson, John Glenn and Captain Kangaroo have in common? We might include Ed McMahon, Ted Williams, “Golden Girls” Bea Arthur and Montel Williams. They were all United States Marines. Odd, since we tend to think of Leathernecks as more like John Wayne, who played Marine Sgt. John M. Stryker in “Sands of Iwo Jima,” but never served in the military. Actually, over the centuries the Marine Corps has enlisted all sorts of people, some most unlikely. For example, Hollywood and TV have been awash with Jarheads, starting with Tyrone Power (two Bronze Stars). Jonathan Winters was so whacky it’s hard to think of him in Marine Green. Remember “Sorry about that, chief”? Don Adams, USMC. Steve McQueen joined the Marines in 1947. He served in an armored unit and was demoted back to … [Read more...] about Up to our (Leather) necks