Tuesday, January 31, 2012


If you or I do this, we go straight to jail.

Conroy was here

Bill Conroy continues digging into the coverup surrounding the house of death in Juarez, Mexico.

In the process he reveals a new name for our friends from Blackwater, scratch that, Xe, scratch that, Academi. Among the directors of the company you will find no less than that gem of a man, John Ashcroft, still, it seems, dedicated to keeping us safe.

Don't you feel better already?

PS. If that news didn't thrill you, then perhaps this will do the trick.

Seems the Chairman of the Board for Academi is none other than San Antonio's beloved Red McCombs, founder of other wonderful corporations like Clear Channel Communications....

PPS. Here's a bit of history on Blackwater, alias Xe, alias Academi.

My, how snakes slither.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Prolonged drought--with intermittent flooding

We got between 1-1/4" and 3" of rain on our ranches, day before yesterday. Apparently, rainfall totals were much heavier upstream.

Today, the rivers on which we live will flood.

Time to save the cows.

PS. Well...

the river's rise wasn't as bad as forecast, but we didn't emerge unscathed, nonetheless.

I instructed our men to lure our cattle to high ground yesterday on the Dos Rios place at the confluence of the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers.

They did.

And then left the gate to the river bottom open and went home.

This morning they arrived to find the cows, being cows, had gone back to the bottom. The river filled an arroyo trapping them.

My guys got into a boat and crossed to the other side. The cows. being cows, panicked, and tried to recross the arroyo. Some, but not all made it. Those that didn't got swept away by the current into the main channel of the river.

Just got a call from a friend saying I now have a cow grazing on the golf course at Gonzales. Big purebred, mean-as-hell Brahman bitch.

Don't yet know how many got washed away.

Joy to the world.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Album of the year for 2011

My exposure to music last year was very limited. But I have to say, this tribute to Guy Clark is hands down the best I heard.

Cold dog soup--James McMurtry

Came across this on a Guy Clark tribute album:


Revisted Ryan Bingham also. This one will outlast me. And him:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

America's last chance

Paul Craig Roberts tells us why Ron Paul may be our last chance.

And then, why it won't happen.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Straight of Hormuz--take care not to get sunburned

Those thinking a mighty American carrier group would have a cake walk should Iran decide to close the straight of Hormuz, should read this.

Seems Iran's bluster might be backed by a real threat.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Look and see

This speaks for itself: