05/8/17

Sanctuary Cities and Texas

Sanctuary cities, Big Red Car? Pray tell?

OK, so the People’s Republic of Austin (really Travis County) has a Sheriff — Sanctuary Sally Hernandez — who took it upon herself to decide which laws and what level of cooperation with ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) she thought, in her opinion, was advisable. Criminals were being assisted in avoiding capture and deportation because she didn’t like the idea.

She got cover for this nonsense from the County Attorney, David Escamilla. He’s a good guy, but way out of his depth and lacking judgment. This decision resulted in the loss of millions of dollars of state aid for Travis County which hurt veterans programs. You know The Boss is not going to like messing with veterans, right?

County Attorney Escamilla and Sheriff Sanctuary Sally had no right to inject their vanity into veterans benefits. Shame on them.

Copy of Jeff Minch June 13 2007 005

Texas Capitol, where they make the laws in the great State of Tejas.

I know, you think a Sheriff should enforce all the laws, right? Silly goose!

So, what happened?

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05/6/17

Big Red Rules — 2017 I Edition — Debutantes and Values

Debutantes and values? Huh?

Big Red Car here on another glorious ATX, on Earth as it is in Texas, morning. Little late getting to the computer this morning.

Back in the day, I used to send y’all some Big Red Rules — rules for regulating your life and view of the world. When we blew through Big Red Rules X (twice as I recall), we shelved the project. Recently, I’ve gotten a lot of heat for some new rules and a redux of the old ones. So, here goes.

Today we review Values and Debutantes. An oldie and a new goodie. Enjoy.

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05/12/16

Balmorhea Springs, Texas

Going to be a great day here in the ATX. Why not? It’s Texas and Texas has a lot of very interesting places.

One of them is Balmorhea Springs. It is, technically, a cienega which is a spring located at the foot of a mountain. A cienege is often a wetlands. In this instance, it (an underlying 22-28 million gallons per day spring) was converted into a pool. There is still a cienega from another set of springs. Cinenega — new word for y’all?

Balmorhea Springs

It is a great place to visit and it is a great place to cool off as the water is a constant 72F even in the summertime.

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04/6/15

Texas Bluebonnet Tour — the Willow City Loop

Big Red Car here. What a day it is going to be in the ATX. Also, don’t forget the Final Four Championship game tonight. Like you might forget, right? Go Badgers!

So, if you live in central Texas, you take your annual bluebonnet tour at the end of April to the beginning of March. If you live in Austin, you can take the Willow City Loop tour. [This is a huge secret. Do not tell anyone who has just moved to Austin from say California or Milwaukee. They have to discover it themselves.]

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07/21/14

Immigration and the Economy

Big Red Car here. Here is in Texas: Austin, Texas. We are at ground zero as it relates to the debacle that has become our border and the entire issue of immigration.

Today we learned that the Governor is contemplating deploying 1,000 National Guard soldiers to assist in securing the western half of the border, an area of big ranches and thin law enforcement.

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03/10/14

Time for a little crepe murder?

Big Red Car here.  SXSW is all abloom.  It is a wonderful time here in the ATX.  It’s about 57F headed to 75F today.  We keep the best weather for SXSW and the nerds and hipsters.  All 250K of them.  Welcome, ya’ll.

Spring, yes it’s already spring in Texas, is a special time when we glory in our weather and talk smack to those up north still dealing with snow. Continue reading