Saturday, April 22, 2017

French Election Tomorrow

France will hold a Presidential election tomorrow.

There are 11 candidates for the office and if no one receives 50.1% of the vote tomorrow, there will be a run-off between the two major vote getters in May. ( Jungle election just like Louisiana.)

Four of the candidates have a real chance to be in the run-off.

Francois Fillion, once the leading candidate, but was caught paying he wife and children hundreds of thousands of euros in public funds. Then he was " given" 2 suits worth €13,000 or about $14,000. Many think the suits were bribes.

Second is far left Jean-Luc  Melenchon,  who wants to leave the E.U.  But he is not a front runner.

Third is banker Emanuel Macron who is middle of the road and is seen as boring. But may win because he is pro business, pro E.U. He married his high school French teacher who is 20 years older than him. His step-children are his age.

Fourth is the most interesting of the candidates Marine Le Pen. Her father founded her party and he doesn't believe in the Holocaust, and was booted from the party by his daughter. She is anti immigrant, wants to leave the E.U. With the attack on the police in Paris this week, she might be the front runner.  She is popular among young people in France and promises that French will be employed first over immigrants. She wants to ban Muslim head scarfs, Sikhs wearing turbins, Jews wearing skull caps. ( Yamakah)

So, a brief summary of the French election tomorrow. It could signal the end of the European Union.

Friday, April 21, 2017

This Blog is for Ex-Students

I know we have gone over this before, and I am sure I will reiterate this again.

This morning, I checked my e-mail, my normal e-mail and there was a request for a recommendation for a former student and as always, I am glad to fill them out.

Then, on a well, just a feeling, I checked an email I rarely use. And there sat a recommendation request for another former student. At first I panicked.  Luckily, it was only a couple of days old. 

As I have written in the past, I am more than glad to fill out requests for you. Just, please, let me know it is coming....and my email I normally use is kdthomas1957@gmail.com.

The one I hardly ever use and how in this world they got it, is one I use to order clothing on....

Thanks for reading.

You Better Enjoy This Weekend

We had better enjoy this weekend folks. It is going to be a last hurrah for....well, probably until late October.

We will get the last " good" cold front of the season. Sunday morning they are saying low 50s and Monday morning into the 40s.

We will be inching closer to the " Flames of Hell" AKA SE Texas Summer.

So enjoy. I have an appointment early morning Monday and I will use it as my last oppotunity to wear tweed before it's " put away" for the season.

What a Week

Man, what a week...ups and down galore...

Yesterday's mail was somewhat well, funny and spooky. If you ever write a blog, think long and hard about it. Especially if you write about things that some people see as upsetting the social norm.

I laughed until cried and snot came out my nose on the message from an older person( I hate to say older, because they're my age, but hell, my Facebook this morning came up with a blog I'd written about my wife bringing Luby's in for supper...) but she had written to me that they hoped " I went to hell for the blog, and not the good part..."

As, I have told you, the world changes and you must change with it....or go and live with the Amish or Mennonites.  We can't just be Luddites and expect the world to be the same for us....that's vanity and I don't know if that's much worse of a sin.

And the booking of the long wanted Ireland trip...well, in my life three places I have wanted to go. Scotland, England and now Ireland. I hope Jesus allows my health to hold up to make the trip. 

Finally, I thank you, the last few weeks have been scary with the number of hits on the blog.

Once again, I am humbled. 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Okay Buna, It's no Longer 1952

I always teased when I first started teaching at Buna  "it was 1952." Hell,  my flag in my class still had 48 stars.

But you got new schools, you're trying to modernize.

You are still losing people. There is real concern about the loss of people and finances at the school.

And while to many of you this may not make sense, it does.

I grew up in Pine Forest. That's the little community that is North of Vidor  on FM 105. When I was there, it was sleepy little town, rural, still is, but the place has grown expeditiously in the last few years.

When I was a kid, FM 105 was a 2 lane road and at times you could lay down in the middle of the road and not worry about getting hit.  FM 105 is now a 5 lane highway. And at times looks like Daytona Speedway.

Two nights ago, I saw a story on the local news about Pine Forest's growth. Not only in population, but in businesses.

A couple of years ago, the place had approved alcohol sales. And to everyone's surprise, there are 2 liquor stores in Pine Forest with a 3rd in the works. More businesses are looking at moving into the town. The new loop around Vidor may wind up going into, that's right, Pine Forest.

Buna, you want growth, look at passing alcohol. For tax revenue alone, look at it. Now I know, passing alcohol sales won't guarantee growth, but it is not helping....and I know, there are some of you who don't want Buna to grow, but you know, you have state of the art schools not full. And even if you don't have them full, you still got to pay for them.

It's time. Pass a petition. See what the community wants. Hold an election. I keep reminding you Baptists what Christ's  first miracle was...John 2: 1-11...and it wasn't Welch's grape drink...


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Okay Men, This is for You

Bill O'Reilly long time host on Fox News was released from Fox News over his sexual harassment charges.
https://www.yahoo.com/music/bill-oreilly-exits-fox-news-amid-harassment-scandal-184042967.html

It seems Murdoch Family, owner of Fox wanted something more than profit.

He or Fox had paid $13 million dollars in the past to 5 different women to make harassment charges go away.

In the last few weeks, 50 advertisers had pulled ads off his show including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, T Rowe Price, Glaxo Smith Klein, Allstate, Lexus, Bayer...

This in the light of two more women coming in the last 2 days out saying they had been harassed by O'Reilly.

Tucker Carlson will replace O'Reilly at 7pm.

Guys, maybe it is because I was in a field that you " just didn't go there" you do not harass ladies. In this day and age you can lose your job in an instant. And that reference of why can follow you the rest of your career.

Just remember, everyone is replaceable. As Mark Twain once said riding by a cemetery, " There lies many men who were told they were irreplaceable.

Another Good Damn Riddance

I should feel some sort of sympathy for people who have passed, but in this case, I just can't.

The former New England Patriot player Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell in Massachusetts State Prison. He was serving a life without parole for killing a man.

Hernandez had hanged himself with his bedsheets from his jail cell window.

He had the world. Had a full scholarship to a major SEC college. Had a $40 million dollar contract with New England, and he just pissed it all away by being a thug and running with thugs.

And it is all there is on the sports media today. I feel like for some of them, they have some sort of sympathy for Hernandez. ( Not all, some do not.)

The media was already saying " there were some questionable events surrounding his death...like perhaps he had correction officer help...."

One ESPN anchor was upset the Patriots were still visiting the White House today....Why? He wasn't on this year's team? He was a convicted felon. He hasn't been on the team in 5 years.
  If you want to feel sorry for someone, feel sorry for the family of the man killed by Hernandez.

All I could think of after hearing that was a joke told by Cajun comic Justin Wilson.

Little Boy runs into the house and yells: "Mama, Daddy done hung hisself in the garage." 
Mama: " Did you cut him down?"
Little Boy: " Hell no, he wasn't dead yet." 

That's about how I feel about Hernandez.