oh boy dontcha line the track-a-lack-a

h/t RT


I’ve been thinking about this post for some time.

That doesn’t mean anything special in and of itself, except that it’s something that has been on my mind for several months.

Blogging has been an interesting hobby.

I like to write.

Sometimes, I think I’ve even put together some pretty good pieces. Sometimes, not. But, over the past two years, blogging has been an experience that has brought me the satisfaction of seeing my thoughts in words, held out to the public, good, bad, or indifferent.

Having said that, I’ve decided to make some changes.

My intentions are to continue posting on a weekly, rather than a daily basis. I’ll also put up an occasional post, whenever the mood hits.

Naturally, any of the regular contributors who want to post an entry are welcome to continue to do so, just like always.

As much as I’ve enjoyed the process, it is the people I’ve met along the way that have made it all the more special for me. N2l, Robert D., Swamps, MOR, Vimto, Beto: you guys are great. Angel, Mick, WC, VH, Tammy, Doug, David, Doc Bulldog, Ronin, Ed, RT, Coz, Stefania, Eric, IOR, Kamangir, Richard, Jenn, Nem, Thanos, and  others who have contributed, commented, linked, tracked, etc. etc. etc., let me just say “thanks.”

See you around.

Gas, Stocks, Houses, Cars

It seems like we have been conditioned to believe that rising prices are always a bad thing.

The price of gas at $4.00? B-a-a-a-a-a-d.

Food prices up? B-a-a-a-a-a-d.

So, when housing prices go down, why is that also bad?

Or when stock prices go down, it’s also bad?

For whatever reason, houses and stocks are two things that people feel better about paying a higher price for. Go figure.

And when you have the answer, ponder this … when a house catches on fire, it “burns down.” But a car on fire? Well, it “burns up.”

Have a good Thursday.

Oh yeah, one more thing … the next boneheaded idea from the enlightened class: Save The Planet — stop mowing your lawn


Trackposted to Pet’s Garden Blog, Rosemary’s Thoughts, Alabama Improper, Online Gym, Faultline USA, third world county, Allie is Wired, Alabama Improper, The World According to Carl, DragonLady’s World, The Pink Flamingo, Big Dog’s Weblog, Cao’s Blog, Chucjk’s Place, , Democrat=Socialist, Right Voices, and The Yankee Sailor, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

June 12th Is Carbon Belch Day! Show Your Support!

The good folks at GrassFire.org, have released a brief statement.

Al Gore says we are in a planetary emergency. Congress is getting ready to debate a $1.2 trillion dollar carbon tax! To do our part, Grassfire is inviting citizens to save the planet by belching as part of Carbon Belch Day on June 12. To calculate your individual carbon belch, see below.

Of course, they don’t actually mean expelling gas from your stomach(I don’t think), but by making a Global Carbon Belch. They have used existing guilt driven enviro-whacko models of reducing carbon emissions, and have identified twenty-one things that can increase your Carbon Belch.
So please, go to this link, click on each item, calculate your Carbon Belch, take the Carbon Belch Pledge, and even buy some Carbon Debit Credits, if you are a serious Belcher.
Personally, I think a good tar’far(tire fire for yankees), firing up my grill and my smoker, burning old documents in the fire place, setting my thermostat at 69 degrees, and countless runs to the store/s for items I don’t really need, might be my approach. Maybe there will be some good drag races that day.

Wednesday photos

I had some business in the River counties today, and stopped to take a few photos along the way.

These were taken near Lorman, Mississippi.

Windsor Ruins

Presbyterian Church

Battle of Port Gibson

Blue poodle

After taking the special election in Mississippi’s First Congressional District, Travis Childers sought to reassure voters that he was one of them, a good old boy from Booneville who went to Ole Miss, became a successful realtor, and served Prentiss County as Chancery Clerk.

Does this mark the return of conservatism in the Democrat Party in Mississippi?

Not according to Mr. Childers’ voting record since moving on up to DC…..

…once in Washington, he drank the Democratic leadership’s Kool Aid. In the first 13 House roll calls contested along partisan lines after Childers took his seat in Congress, he voted with the Democrats 12 times. source

In 12 out of 13 votes, Childers voted as instructed by Speaker Pelosi.

A 92% approval rate puts Travis among the leaders in subservience to Pelosi’s dictates.

For a so-called “independent-minded” Blue Dog, Childers is turning out to be nothing but Nancy Pelosi’s poodle.

Fetch Travis, Fetch. Good dog.

Coach Bill McClure:RIP! You Served Your Lord Well!

I received an email from my Aunt in Baton Rouge, informing me of Coach McClure’s passing, and that her oldest son, and his wife, dropped everything, and went to Baton Rouge for the funeral on Tuesday. I always knew there was a deep affection for Coach by my family, and my cousins all ran track there. My oldest cousin that ran track, did so under the leadership of this gentleman, and inspired him, and helped him be the best he could be. Including a thrilling steeplechase win at the Texas Relays, against some of the best runners in the world.
That’s what coaches/teachers do, they look inside a young person, and find the best of them, and help them bring it out. Coach McClure did that for forty-seven years.
After graduating from high school in 1939, serving in the USMC in the Pacific until 1945, then graduating from Abilene Christian College in 1948, Coach always found the young people, and their abilities, to excel.
A list of his professional accomplishments:

McClure amassed a sterling coaching record at Abilene Christian (Texas), South Carolina and LSU during a head coaching career that began with the Wildcats in 1963. McClure also served as an assistant track and field coach for the United States Olympic Team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, which were plagued by a terrorist attack that led to the death of 11 Israeli athletes.

During his ACU career, McClure coaches 42 athletes who won all-America honors a total of 63 times.McClure coached a total of 145 United States Track and Field Federation (USTFF) and NCAA all-America athletes, and achieved the unusual feat of mentoring all-America athletes in every event on the track and field schedule.

Teams and individual athletes that McClure was associated with have held world records in the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash, the 440-yard relay (twice), the 880-yard relay (twice), the mile relay, and the pole vault (indoors). While at Abilene Christian, his teams won 22 major titles at the Texas, Kansas, Drake, Modesto and Penn relays.

From 1976-1981, McClure coached 34 NCAA all-America athletes at LSU and began the women’s track and field program. During his tenure, the Tigers produced several Southeastern Conference individual champions. His 1979 men’s team placed second in the SEC indoor championships, fifth in the NCAA outdoor championships, and won the NCAA men’s 4×400.

Sources: Here and Here.

I never met Coach, and while I wish I could have known him like my family, I think I know the measure of the man. While he is unique to his chosen profession, he is of that greatest generation, that went to war as a young man, returned home and resumed his life. The impact he, and others, of his era have made on us and the world is still being appreciated to this day. Coach gave of himself, even offering to give his life for his country so we could live free, helped rebuild this country and the world, and helped shape attitudes of hundreds of young men and women.

“Bill McClure was one of the great track and field coaches of his generation, He was an outstanding Christian gentlemen, an excellent teacher and an excellent coach in both football and track and field.”

I am grateful to know that such men have done so much for so many. I feel more pride in his existence, than sorrow in his passing.
God Bless You, Coach McClure…one more time!


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