Archive for the ‘Here’s the Deal’

Harvey Update

August 24, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Here's the Deal, Holy Crap

OK, kids.  All of you along the Gulf Coast from Houston to Brownsville need to turn on your TeeVee for the latest weather.  The National Hurricane Center has now forecast landfall late Friday night NORTH of Corpus and south of Victoria.  The storm has strengthened rapidly and is forecast to reach Category 3 before coming ashore, hitting 125 MPH winds before coming inland.

That’s not the big problem, though.  The big problem is that the damn thing is forecast to stall just inland until as late as Tuesday before dissipating.  It’s going to dump a LOT of rain on the coastal areas, and Houston is going to see its share.  Back at El Jefe’s Beer & Bread Emporium, we call this kind of storm a Clear Up Shower.  Clear up to your ass.  Forecast rains for Houston could be 12″ to 18″ of rain through Sunday into Monday.

Y’all pay attention to this one, this is going to be a wet one.  We’ll be watching closely.

Finally Approaching a Crossroads?

June 24, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Here's the Deal

Interesting posts on my Facebook feed this morning.  There are articles one after the other about how BOTH major political parties are on the ropes.  I give you the headlines:

‘Trump is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’ – Politico

and right after it –

Sen. Bernie Sanders – “Democratic Brand is Pretty Bad” – CNN

In recent days, talkers from both sides have been bemoaning the condition of their own parties.  Some are going after their party leaders; some are blaming everyone from the Russians to their political rivals.  For the first time in over a decade, Nancy Pelosi’s job is in jeopardy.  After the Dems were skunked in the recent special elections, younger Dems are publicly talking about new party leadership in the House. Republican senators are openly refusing to support Mitch McConnell’s plan to destroy the US healthcare system.  The only oddity that continues is that the Republicans remain terrified of Trump and his Twitter fingers.

Are we finally reaching a crossroads in political party life?  Deep inside, the Repubs certainly recognize the smoldering ruin of their party after Trumpzilla rampaged through in 2016.  But it’s worse than that – to cling to power, the GOP has abandoned common decency and common sense, appealing to the worst instincts of the ignorant base.  That’s their problem.

The problem on the Dem side is more subtle.  Party leadership is fossilized.  It’s not adapted to the new normal.  Although the vast majority of creative thinkers and visualizers are Democrats, the party has remarkably failed to engage them in dragging the party out of the 1990’s.  The Dems don’t stand for anything – not to say they don’t have the interests of workers, families, and the disadvantaged – they can’t articulate it.  That was Hillary’s well documented problem…she couldn’t connect on that level.  Senate and House leadership now has the same problem.  While the GOP is in smoldering ruins, instead of taking advantage of that weakness, the Dems are arranging furniture and counting noses – no one is leading.

Maybe the voices of the younger generation will get loud enough for the geriatric leadership of both parties to get the message and get out of the way.  Can you imagine what America would be if we had youthful enthusiasm involved?  Can you imagine if political leadership was 50/50 men to women, inclusive of all faiths and ethnicities?

We’re a long way from that, but I can still dream.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same…

January 01, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Dammit!, Here's the Deal

About Republicans:

They approve of the American farmer — but they are willing to help him go broke.

They stand four-square for the American home — but not for housing.

They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights.

They favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.

They indorse educational opportunity for all — but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools.

They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them.

They approve of Social Security benefits — so much so that they took them away from almost a million people.

They believe in international trade — so much so that they crippled our reciprocal trade program, and killed our International Wheat Agreement.

They favor the admission of displaced persons — but only within shameful racial and religious limitations.

They consider electric power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.

They say TVA is wonderful — but we ought never to try it again.

They condemn “cruelly high prices” — but fight to the death every effort to bring them down.

They think the American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.

And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.

Now, my friends, that is the Wall Street Republican way of life. But there is another way — there is another way — the Democratic way, the way of the Democratic Party.

Who said it?  Harry Truman, October 13, 1948.  So there.

Bright Light Idea

April 24, 2010 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Here's the Deal


Juanita’s good friend, E. Claire from Jarrell, Texas, send her a bright light idea.

E. Claire’s friend, one Ms. Elizabeth Moon of literary fame and fortune but missing a professional political organization of her own  on the internets, sent E. Claire this email  —

Someone you know will know how to organize this…but I think Ms. Lowden needs campaign contributions in the form of live chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl, emus, etc. delivered straight to her campaign headquarters. Each neatly labeled with the amount of the contribution, of course, so she will have to report it as income.


Does anyone know here I can get live chickens, delivered, alive and clucking?

I do know where to get live gators.  I do not, however, know how to ship them without really, really pissin’ them off before they get there.  Once they arrive, I frankly don’t care.

I need real bad to do this, but the logistics have me baffled.  Suggestions, customers?

The Daily What?

April 08, 2010 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Here's the Deal


The good folks over at one of my favorite places to hang out might better get a voodoo doll and some pins because they might have hit the nail on the head.

U.S. forecaster sees increased 2010 hurricane threat

The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will produce an above-average eight hurricanes, four of them major, posing a heightened threat to the U.S. coastline, the Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team predicted on Wednesday.

In its second forecast in four months for the 2010 season, the leading storm research team founded by hurricane forecast pioneer William Gray said the six-month season beginning on June 1 would likely see 15 named tropical storms.

Juanita has a theory that we are way too nice to hurricanes.

“We give them nice names like Carla or Katrina or Ida.  That’s obviously not working.  We can’t name them after awful people like  Jerry Falwell or Sarah Palin or Liz Cheney because the last damn thing a hurricane needs is more hot air,” she admits.

“However, if someone would announce that Liz Cheney is coming to town and she’s packing 150 mile per hour winds and lotsa tornadoes and three-fourths of the Gulf of Mexico, people would most assuredly believe it and leave town.  They are not likely to believe that about something named Bonnie or Colin.  Everybody knows that Bonnie is all talk and no action and Colin?  Colin?  Colin is a wimp.  You know that.”

“I think we should quit calling them hurricanes and start calling them Pissed-Off Backhoes With Teeth.  That’ll make people move.”

She’s right, you know.


Check In, Austin Folks

February 18, 2010 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Here's the Deal

Things have shut down at the beauty salon for us to call and check on friends and family in Austin today.

Austin customers, please check in.