Black Unemployment — Who Gets The Credit?

Today, we talk black unemployment and who gets the credit for its current lower level?

Big Red Car here on a lovely bright Austin By God Texas day. The kind of day that makes you want to move to Austin, but, then, I live here, don’t I?

So, we are hearing a lot about black unemployment and how it has plunged. President Donald J Trump has mentioned it a few times.

Some folks have attributed the current status — 6.8% in Dec 2017 v a high of 16.5% in April 2011 — to President Obama. Still, way too high when national unemployment is 4.1% from a high of 10% in October 2009.

[Please note that President Obama, himself, is a currently an unemployed black man, no?]Image result for black unemployment graphIt is clearly true that President Trump has continued the downward trend, some say he has accelerated it. However, the trend was already headed in that direction before he arrived in office.

Thanks, Obama.

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. Thanks, Obama.



Plastic Straw Crime Spree

Big Red Car here to inform y’all about a new threat to civilization – the profileration of the deadly plastic straw.

To be specific, the unsolicited offering of a plastic straw by a waiter. You will recognize this as a crime against humanity of the first order, no?

California is way out in front on this issue currently considering a ban on unsolicited plastic straws.

The California bill is #AB 1884 Straws Upon Request which would make it unlawful for a waiter to provide a plastic straw without a request from a customer.

Violators of the Retail Food Section of the California Health and Safety Code would be guilty of a misdemeanor which is “punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both.” [California legislators ensure the Big Red Car they will clean this up and they won’t “criminalize” unsolicited plastic straws, but we’ve heard that before, haven’t we?]

Before we dismiss this out of hand as being more California lunacy, let’s focus on the fact that plastic lasts forever and is, typically, not recycled.

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TEE – Tempe Elizabeth Eichholz, Watch Out, World

Big Red Car back in the ATX after a longish trip to Savannah to welcome Tempe Elizabeth Eichholz into the world. She arrived at Candler Hospital at 7 lbs 4 ounces and 19.5 inches.

Tempe is the most recent one in a long line of Tempes (Faith, Hope, Charity, Temperance (Tempe), it’s a Southern thing.). There’s a grandmother, a great grandmother, an aunt Tempe.

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You Have Permission

“May I have permission to live?”

Big Red Car here on a cold, Texas day. Ahhh, winter is fierce in Austin By God Texas. It’s 53F and going to be 70F on Sunday. Ahhh, Texas winter is fierce. Respect to y’all who live in the Panhandle, of course.

So, the Big Red Car is talking to some of his favorite CEOs for some end-of-year chatter and some beginning-of-the-year planning. One thing that comes up is that we are often our own worst barrier to success.

The BRC has always said, “A lot of success is being 80% right, but done on time.”

This is not intended to diminish lofty goals, but to say that how we execute things is dependent upon time constaints. The only truly equal asset in the world is time. We each get the same amount of time in a day as a billionaire.

But, the big thing is we don’t seize the moment. Lately, it feels like people need permission to be great. So here it is.

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Sexual Harassment — Big Red Rules — 2017 III Edition

Sexual harassment, Big Red Car? Huh?

Big Red Car here on a sort of cold, potentially gloomy day in the ATX. On Earth as it is in Texas even in the brrr of 50F winter. [Don’t cry for me, Argentina, 65F and sunny this afternoon.]

So, unless you have been living under a rock, you have been following the news pertaining to: sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, hostile work environments, bad manners — whew!

So, it looks like we need some Big Red Rules pertaining to all things sexual harassment.

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Duke Basketball

Who knew? Top ranked Duke gets beat 89-84 by unranked Boston College. It was a good game with Boston College shooting 57.7% from three-point-land while Duke shot 26.7%.

[OK, so the key to beating Duke is for you to shoot almost 60% on your three pointers while they shoot 25%? Haha, simple game plan, no?]


I am a North Carolina Tar Heels fan except when they are out of the NCAA tournament (they won it all last year) and then, I hold my nose, get a cider ,and root for the Dukies.

Still, it is nice to see #1 Duke getting beat like a rented mule by an unranked opponent.

I will be attending church this morning to celebrate and to thank God for His wondrous works.

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. Be good to someone  today who doesn’t expect it. It really screws with their minds. Hook ’em, Heels!