Texas, Why Are You So Messed Up?

CPAFMKrUkAABI2aAhmed Mohamed — who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart — hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High on Monday. Instead, the school phoned police about Ahmed’s circuit-stuffed pencil case. So the 14-year-old missed the student council meeting and took a trip in handcuffs to juvenile detention. His clock now sits in an evidence room. Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock. In the meantime, Ahmed’s been suspended, his father is upset and the Council on American-Islamic Relations is once again eyeing claims of Islamophobia in Irving.

What’s wrong with you, Texas?  See a Muslim kid and automatically assume he’s out to make a bomb when he’s making a clock?  You realize, don’t you, that the problem doesn’t lie with him, it lies with you- with your racist presumptions and your idiotic conclusions.  Texas, you are the problem, not the clock maker.

Total Depravity: The Texas Teacher Edition

A Texas assistant high school principal has resigned after he was arrested Monday for allegedly having sex with an underage student in his office during the school’s prom last spring.

Mark Steven West, 30, an assistant principal at Spring High School, in Spring, Texas, was charged with improper sexual relations with a student, a second-degree felony, according to the court record.  The student has not been named.

West has pleaded not guilty and posted a $30,000 bond.

Charles Johnson, who is representing West, told the Harris County Court today, “Speaking with his family, looking at his background as an educator, he is innocent,” reported ABC’s Houston affiliate KTRK.  “I think that once the truth, what he’s facing and why he’s facing  it, comes out … the charges will ultimately be dismissed.”

No relation, just in case you were wondering.  No, none.  To me anyway.  Whether or not he’s related to Mark Stevens is an open question…

Another School Shooting: In Texas

texasI guess there weren’t enough guns in the area to keep this from happening.  Again.  Because, as we’re told ad infinitum, if someone around a shooting has a gun they’ll stop it by gummy!  Well I’d say there must have been plenty of guns around.  It’s Texas.  Every nut there has a gun.  So much, then, for the myth that more guns make us safer.

Gunfire erupted at Lone Star College in north Harris County this afternoon, according to chron.com.  Multiple people have been shot at the college, Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables told click2houston.com  Officials have not said exactly how many people have been shot or the extent of their injuries.  TV station KPRC-TV reports that the school is only confirming a lockdown status.  The campus where the shooting was reported is located at 2700 West W. W. Thorne Drive.  “Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables said they have received reports that multiple people had been wounded,” KPRC reported.

Another (Not at all Funny) Drunk

Sean Payne was arrested for public intoxication in Texas. Humble Police said they received a call from employees of Shamrocks Pub on Oct. 4, 2012 about Payne’s behavior, according to KTRK.  He was allegedly so drunk that officers had to hold his head up for his booking photo. (Humble Police Department).


Drunks everywhere: unfunny.

It Happened In Texas, of Course, and Involves a Cat and A Gun

Investigators in Harris County, Texas, are trying to figure out what prompted a woman to shoot her husband in an argument over their cat. The woman, 42-year-old Audrey Deen Miller, is accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Investigators with Harris County Precinct 4 say the couple had an argument over the family cat, though there are several cats on the property so it isn’t clear yet which cat sparked the argument.

Good grief.

Investigators say when Miller’s husband threatened to hurt the cat, Miller shot her husband in the stomach.

In Texas, you see, that makes perfect sense.

The husband was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he had surgery for his wounds and was listed in stable condition. The incident occurred around 7:15 in the morning in a backyard of a quiet suburb northwest of Houston.

Naturally for ABC News the last sentence is the most important…

The cat was not hurt.

Well thank heaven for that, right?

Texas… the heat, the crazies, and the ease with which one can pick up a gun along with a gallon of milk. It’s all the perfect storm of madness.

Kids These Days… And their Parents Too…

A missing 13-year-old girl has been found safe, though 700 miles away from home. It turns out the Texas teen had gotten into an argument with her parents about a boy she met online via Xbox and decided to run away. She snuck out her bedroom window, took her brother’s car, and set out for Kentucky to meet up with her 12-year-old beau, reports the Houston Chronicle.  A Tennessee state trooper pulled over the girl in Nashville after he noticed her car matched the description in an Amber Alert. Though a few years away from getting her learner’s permit, she somehow managed to navigate 700 miles cross-country. (She still had another 130 or so miles to go.)

As she crossed Texas none of the lawmen down there apparently thought anything was amiss…  Same must have been true in Arkansas.  At least our troopers here are alert.

Meeting people online… one might as well take out a Craigslist personal ad and hook up with a pedophile.  Do kids these days not know how dangerous online meetings are??  Are their parents not telling them stringently enough?  Come on parents, do your job.  Here’s an idea- know what your kids are doing.

(And if you say ‘but I can’t’, well then, you should never have become a parent in the first place.  Taking care of your children is YOUR responsibility- you can’t slack off and then blame the difficulty of it all for your indolence and apathy).

Finally, Something Good In Texas: The Florentino Garcia-Martinez Collection

From Eibert Tigchelaar

If you are in Texas, you might want to visit Florentino García Martínez’s private library collection (including offprints and his notes) — and you may want to check his handwritten comments and corrections (generally in Spanish) in the many DJD volumes.   http://www.laniertheologicallibrary.com/florentino-garcia-martinez-collection/

Texas finally has something worth seeing!

Another Dimwitted Gun Toter: Menace to Society, The Wal-Mart in Texas Edition

Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  Give an idiot a gun and a conceal/ carry permit, you endanger kids at Wal-Mart.

A licensed concealed handgun owner from Waco, Texas hurt more than his pride on Monday when his weapon accidentally discharged while he was reaching for his wallet at a Dallas Walmart store.  Police said that Todd Canady, 23, was in the checkout line when he fired the pistol he was carrying inside his pants.  “The bullet struck Canady in the buttock, then ricochet on the floor and broke into pieces,” KDFW reported. Two children and a woman were also wounded when they were struck by bullet fragments.

Were it my children who were so injured I would sue the dimwit, Wal-Mart, the State of Texas, and the gun manufacturer and I’d let the lawyer keep half of whatever he got off all of them just to make the point that those who make conceal / carry possible for the idiotic should be held as responsible as the morons who play with guns.

Texans, Beer, and Guns… There’s a Recipe for Disaster

One person was killed and seven others injured amid shootings and stabbings at girl’s birthday party — all because the house ran out of beer, police say.  Four of the victims were shot, including an 11-year-old child. Two others were stabbed and another two were beaten up outside, according to CBS News.  The 11 year old, who took a bullet to the stomach, was the only child injured in the melee and is expected to survive. An unidentified adult male died, the Dallas Morning News reported.  Cops haven’t released names of victims or suspects while they investigate the brawl.  “It doesn’t make sense in a sane world,” Ellis County Sheriff’s Lt. R.D. White told WFAA. “That’s why we’re trying to sort it out.”

It doesn’t in a sane world.  But Texas isn’t in that world.  It’s in a world of its own.  Oh and if you’re wondering why some drunk would gun people down because the party ran out of booze you need only recall- that’s what people are capable of outside the grace of Christ.  That’s how the totally depraved live their entire lives.

Being Cruel to Animals Isn’t Cool

So this Texas pastor who tossed a kitty off a bridge isn’t cool either.

Bastrop Christian Church Pastor Rick Bartlett, whose sermons promise “deliverance and renewal from wrongs suffered and caused” in life, allegedly left his neighbor’s 12-year-old cat Moody in a cage in the back of his truck for three days, then chucked the pussy off a bridge where it fell 50 feet to its death on Jan. 15, according to KEYE TV.  Bartlett allegedly told animal control officers that he thought Moody was one of many stray cats afflicting his yard. He claims he captured it and put it in a cage in the back of his truck. He told officers that he forgot about the cat for three days before bringing it to police, though he denies deliberately neglecting the kitty, the site reported.

Sure, mock and make fun of cats- they deserve it.  But torture them?  That’s not cool at all.  Ever.  What a prat.  What a sociopath.  [I’m glad he’s not a Baptist.  We already have enough bad press].

Aww, Ed Young’s Self Aggrandizing Publicity Stunt Ended With an Injury…

God’s justice in play?

Ed Young, founding pastor of Texas-based Fellowship Church, suffered a minor eye injury from exposure to the sun during the 24-hour bed-in with his wife, Lisa, on the church’s roof to discuss truths about sex before a live Internet audience.

‘Founding pastor’? Figures, I’m pretty sure that the foundation of the Church is Christ. That Eddie portrays himself as the founding pastor is fitting since it is – in fact – ‘his’ ‘church’. And his little publicity stunt ending because the sun bothered his eye? Also fitting, and parabolic really. Since he prefers the darkness to the light it’s only to be expected that any light at all prove blinding.

His is a case proving that ‘the blind lead the blind’.

More Political Dirtbaggery: Ron Paul, Mr. First Class on the Taxpayer’s Dime

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been spending large amounts on airfare as a congressman, flying first class on dozens of taxpayer-funded flights to his home state. The practice conflicts with the image that Paul portrays as the only presidential candidate serious about cutting federal spending.

Paul flew first class on at least 31 round-trip flights and 12 one-way flights since May 2009 when he was traveling between Washingtonand his district in Texas, according to a review by The Associated Press of his congressional office expenses. Four other round-trip tickets and two other one-way tickets purchased during the period were eligible for upgrades to first-class after they were bought, but those upgrades would not be documented in the expense records.

Paul, whose distrust of big government is the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, trusts the more expensive government ratefor Continental Airlines when buying his tickets. Paul chose not to buy the cheaper economy tickets at a fraction of the price because they aren’t refundable or as flexible for scheduling, his congressional staff said.

In short, he places himself above the people he represents.  Naturally.  After all, he is  a politician and therefore a hypocritical dirtbag. So much for his claim that he’s against government spending.  He’s only against government spending when it isn’t spent on him.

What’s Wrong With Texas?

It has to be something serious. Honestly.

Another student GOP leader is in big trouble for being tasteless in Texas. “My president’s black, he snorts a lot of crack,” tweeted Cassandra Wright, president of the University of Texas College Republicans. Wright’s predecessor, Lauren Pierce, just stepped down last month after she tweeted that it might be “tempting” to shoot the president, launching a boatload of criticism. Wright’s response has been to shut down public access to her Twitter account, reports the Daily Mail. But the UT College Republicans seem as disgusted with Wright as, well, Democrats.

KKK making a comeback under cover of the University of Texas Student Republicans or something? What’s wrong with Texas?  Is it genetic? Is it in the water? Since Texas is shaped like a toilet, is it just that everything in the country flushes through it on its way to the Gulf sewer?

Why did we ever fight Mexico for it?

Idiot Angry Atheists In Wisconsin

How pathetic are the lives of the angry atheists in Wisconsin who feel disenfranchised because there’s a nativity scene on a public space in Texas!  Good grief- what pettiness and absurdity rules the lives of such tiny minded whiners.

The [Wisconsin based] atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had sent a letter to authorities in Henderson County, Texas, saying that a local resident had complained and that the Nativity should be removed from the courthouse lawn in Athens. … The FFRF said that for non-Christians, the Nativity sent a message of intimidation and exclusion.  But their outcry in turn lead to anger through Texas.

Oh please!  Nativity scenes make non-Christians feel intimidated and excluded?  Those angry atheists are morons, pure and simple.  The Wisconsin Whiners have portrayed angry atheists as exclusionary and are attempting intimidation.  And even more, as imbeciles (which is, naturally, exactly what angry atheists are).

[Please note, as always, I distinguish between atheists and angry atheists.  I know several atheists who are wonderful people whom I admire and care for.  Angry atheists, on the other hand, have not in their entire lot a single member worth vomiting.  Among their number I count the activists who think society should be rid of every vestige of Christianity (and notice how they only target Christianity and not Islam or Judaism- which proves they aren’t really atheists at all but mindless drone-crusaders against just one faith)].

Texas, Of Course: Mom Shoots Her Kids Because She’s Denied Food Stamps

A desperate mom denied food stamps for months shut herself in a Texas welfare office and shot her two children before killing herself. Her daughter, 12, and 10-year-old son are in very critical condition. Rachelle Grimmer, 38, had recently moved from Ohio and had not completed the proper paperwork to obtain aid, said authorities. She was meeting with a caseworker in the Laredo welfare office when she pulled a gun. Police negotiated with her for more than seven hours, and she gradually released everyone from the office except for her children. A SWAT team moved in when they heard three shots, reports AP.

Dear God.  That’s some solution.  There must have been something else wrong with her but that we’ll never know.  We’ll only know that the easy availability of guns make all such acts possible.

Wayne ‘Lovest’ To Write About his Visits to Israel

The Jerusalem Post informs us that

Wayne stiles is an author who has never recovered from his travels in Israel and lovest to write about them from his desk in Texas.

Interesting. He’s never recovered from his travels in Israel and lovest to write of them… And write of them he does-eth in this instance he does-eth write of-eth Nazareth Village-eth.

I entered the tourist site with a heavy dose of skepticism. After all, my passion for coming to Israel and helping to lead tours is to show the inseparable connection between history and faith. We go to ancient sites to connect them with biblical events. We tend to avoid tourist traps.

But of course. After all, one visits Israel not to learn- but to reinforce prejudices and preconceptions.   And going to a site devoted to reconstructing life in the first century can’t possible be informative or relevant for the learning experience…  I want to go on a Wayne tour so that I too can never recover from my travels.

[Ok so that’s all a tad snarky.  But it’s because I just can’t abide the sort of ‘we want to go so we can prove what we already know’ pseudo-scholarly dilettantism.  But he’s from Texas… so one can’t really expect something else.]

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Why Are So Many Texas Politicians Ignorant?

At a town hall meeting at the Institute of Politics at New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm’s College Tuesday, Rick Perry asked that all of the college students in the crowd who will be 21 by Nov. 12 support his bid for the presidency. Say what? The voting age in the United States is, of course, 18. And the 2012 election will be held on Nov. 6, 2012. (The New Hampshire Republican primary, which brought Perry to the state, will take place on Jan. 10).

Honestly, is it a requirement in Texas that politicians be dumber than a 5th grader?

“Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support,” Perry said, eliciting a few chuckles from the crowd.” Those who won’t be, just work hard. Because you’re… counting on us.”  The gaffe can be easily chalked up to a slip of the tongue. In fact after the event Perry spokesman Mark Miner said simply “the governor misspoke.”  But whiffing on electoral basics will hardly help Perry as he struggles to recover from a series of gaffe-filled and lackluster debate performances (the most memorable of which was the “oops” moment during a Republican debate when Perry failed to recall the third government department he would eliminate as president).

Oh sure everything’s an accident isn’t it.  For being big talkers about people taking personal responsibility for their lives, these Texans sure like to evade responsibility for their own.