Sunday, 30 August 2015

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Repost from 2013 - Worth Reading Again


     This is only slightly tongue in cheek.  It is also substantially substantial.   It speaks to that fundamental reality that the Nazarene did not call on men to be equal, but rather to follow Him and to glorify their father in Heaven.   He did not order us to turn over to Caesar the task of making society fair, or the social composition of the culture somehow equal, one man to the next.   It cannot be done in the political realm, less is it possible in the philosophical realm. 

     The OROG will find a bit of a very informative and inspiring website, from across the pond, and very much up our philosophical channel.   Just type in Cranmer and it should lead the reader to things that are not just Anglican, but also reasoned and clearly thought conservatism.    

I believe in one Party,

Preserver of all that is good in our Constitution,

And of Individual Freedom, Limited Government, National Defence and the Rule of Law:

And in one Party Leader, the only-begotten of the entire Membership,

Chosen democratically by the whole Party,

Centre-Forward, Darling of Conference,
Pre-eminent Parliamentarian of Parliament,

Elected, not appointed,

Being of one philosophy with the Party,

By whom Conservatism is articulated and maintained;

Who for us Members, and for our earthly salvation came down from CCHQ,

And was invited by Her Majesty to form a Government,

And was made Prime Minister,

And was vilified also for us under the BBC.

He was airbrushed and scorned,

And day after day he shrugs it off because that’s his job,

And steps up to the Dispatch Box,

And sitteth on the right hand of the Speaker.

And he shall come again with a larger majority to annihilate the Socialists and the Liberals:

And his Government shall have no end.

And I believe in the Voluntary Party,
The giver of life to the Parliamentary Party,

Which precedeth the Party and the Leader,

Which with the Party and the Leader together should be acknowledged and appreciated,

Because they do all the donkey work.

And I believe in one Conservatism, though it be severally termed 'One-Nation',

'Compassionate' and 'Progressive'.

I acknowledge one Membership for the right to select candidates.

And I look for victory at the General Election,

And for the realisation of the policies to come.

The Anglican Communion has no peculiar thought, practice, creed, or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ's Church from the beginning.
Dr Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1945-1961

O! Great Cosmic Ordering Force,  We request that Thou provideth of Thine own Holy Will,  that Thy Grace and Attention be cast upon the words of your servant, the Humble Father Cranmer, and Thy servant, the AB of C, Father Fisher, who now rest with Thee and in the company of all the Saints, Amen.
El Gringo Viejo


I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS.
(Prime Minister 1979-1990)

We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.
Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, OM, PC.
(Prime Minister 1957-1963)

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Sir Winston Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can).
(Prime Minister 1940-1945, 1951-1955)

I am not struck so much by the diversity of testimony as by the many-sidedness of truth.
Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG, PC.
(Prime Minister 1923-1924, 1924-1929, 1935-1937)

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.
Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, KG, GCVO, PC.
(Prime Minister 1885-1886, 1886-1892, 1895-1902)

I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.
Benjamin Disraeli KG, PC, FRS, Earl of Beaconsfield.
(Prime Minister 1868, 1874-1880)

Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.
Sir Robert Peel, Bt.
(Prime Minister 1834-1835, 1841-1846)

I consider the right of election as a public trust, granted not for the benefit of the individual, but for the public good.
Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool.
(Prime Minister 1812-1827)

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
The Rt Hon. William Pitt, the Younger.
(Prime Minister 1783-1801, 1804-1806)

Check with Cranmer.  It is a worthwhile site.
El Gringo Viejo....

Friday, 28 August 2015

Posting for Saint John's Church, Episcopal - Auction Prize



Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre


Entrance to the Quinta


The multi-purpose parlour of the Quinta
     This package offers to the bidder a stay of at the little adobe home of Diana and David Newton in the outback of a rustic and charming part of rural Mexico.  The little place is located about 24 miles northwest of Ciudad Victoria adjacent to the high Sierra Madre Oriental ranges.  It is a picturesque and somewhat antiquated, intensely farmed area, yet adjacent to great stretches of the "forest primeval".  Your home will be found situated on the spring-fed Rio Corona, lined by 500 to 1,200 year old cypress trees.

A view from your little adobe home
     It is on the very edge of an ejido community named Francisco I. Madero and it traces its history back to the days of opulence represented by the Hacienda de Santa Engracia during the Spanish Colonial period.  That hacienda compound still exists and will be visited, in that it is less than a mile from your adobe home.

     This offering is well directed to those who are serious to somewhat serious about birdwatching.  The grouns of your home are heavily wooded and structured to attract birds coming in from near and far. Our area's annualized bird specie count is in the vicinity of 450.

     Butterflies abound as well.  We happened to have built right on a major flyway of the Monarch Butterfly.   Dragonflies and all nature of interesting beasties call the Quinta's grounds and surrounding Home.
El Gringo Viejo,
surveying his "estate"

      Your home is truly adobe, built by fellow Episcopalians, selfishly to enjoy, along with those who deign to "come down the road" to our little place.   It is built in the ancient, Spanish Colonial, somewhat Spartan, military style.  You have a private entrance and a private bath. And full run of the rest of the house....refrigerator, television, etc.  We even have a telephone!
 Foregoing or including such things as birds and butterflies, this offering is excellent for a couple who would appreciate some of the above, and a lot of time just to amble, relax, and do nothing.   Perhaps relaxing on our famous "long, west-facing corridor" imbibing in any number and presentations of liquids, and eating a couple of really nice meals each day would be reward enough.

     This is the perfect place to sit in your huge rocking chair (mesadora) and read your Agatha Christi or whatever  and let things pass by without need of attention.     At night the lightning bugs and the  Milky Way are always ready to put on a good show.  During the afternoons and early evenings you might even see a bobcat or some foxes;  one can even be content that the bears have managed to recover their populations, but they remain up in the mountains.
    Your home is truly adobe, built by fellow Episcopalians, but selfishly to enjoy along with those who "come down the road" to our little "mud hut".  It was built in the ancient Spanish Colonial, somewhat Spartan military style.  You do have a private entrance and, of course, a private bath.   And, you have full run of the casa, including the refrigerator, the satellite television(SKY). We even have a telephone that can connect the guest to "back home'' on an at cost basis.
The famous long,
 west-facing corridor
      We offer a stay of at least three nights.  There are things to do and see, or not, as the guest wishes.   Days can be full, or totally relaxed, or any combination thereof.  It is recommended that the guest(s) choose dates between 10 February and 1 June or between  20  September - 10 December so as to avoid heat of Summer or the worst of what Winter has to offer.  If the prospective guest does not have "climate issues" then any time is fine.

     We do request a minimum of two weeks notice before your arrival, and we would need to know how the winner of this very pleasant "estancia" would prefer to arrive.   Arrangements can be made for transportation to and from.  The highways are adequate to excellent for those accustomed to driving in Mexico.

  We would like to hear from the winner at the earliest possible time concerning what kind of travel arrangement would be to the clients' liking.
     Also we have excellent water, and bottled water, and we have electricity of the same kind used in McAllen.   Alcohol and soda pops will be sold at the lowest price in North America.  Smoking is permitted, outside only.   For more about the Quinta click here:

The Rio Corona
About 220 yards from your front door

The Long Way Home-The Pacific Clipper.m4v

Contributed by our spies on the extreme Central Texas.   A love
affair with the sea probably caused this entry.  That's another story.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

So You all Will Know El Gringo Viejo when he was El Gringo Nuevo

     So that all will know.....this is El Gringo Viejo when he was still "nuevo".  He is the squirt at the far left on the first row (all boys kneeling).  I cannot remember my middle name, but I can name every person in the picture, including the dumbo teacher, Mr. Eugene Tuthill who was a zero during the best of times.
   We were pretty much self and parent, and in my case, by eldest brother educated.   And, yes, Virginia, the girls all wore dresses or blouse & skirt "go-together" outfits.....and they looked, how should one say......?   Oh, yes....HUMAN!!!

     This picture was taken on the south side of the north-most wing of David Crockett that time the northernmost primary in McAllen.   Four of these squirts had farm background.   The rest were all children of professionals or business people.   This class scored 11.4 grade level on whatever aptitude test was given at that time at the end of primary.  This was a tie for the Republic of Texas for public schools....with three other schools.  All four of those schools exceed all private and religious schools at that time.  (Good gossip because my Godmother was president of the school board)
     The boy to El Gringo Viejo's left...the viewer's right...was my number two bud throughout school years in McAllen....probably El Zorro's number three or four....we were pretty tight.   This is the Thomas Dale Traylor who died during by-pass surgery recently.

More about all of this later.
El Gringo Viejo

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

We are not alone.


    Take faith.  We are not alone.  Let us gird our loins and strike forth and continue the good fight.   Below please consider another voice in the wilderness.  This is a friend of our spies in Extreme Central Texas.   You all will notice that our cobweb is becoming increasingly, and pleasantly, congested.  We can also notice that the message is pleasantly brief, offers a slightly different angle that complements our understanding and reassures our assumption that our path is the correct and virtuous one.   It is a part of a running conversation about the lunacy known as The Waltz of Obama and the Persians.  To wit:

Ron, Bruce and all,

I couldn’t disagree more. That puts me (and many others) at odds with these experts, but surely this letter was solicited by the administration from friendly academia. Like climate change, both sides have no difficulty lining up ‘expert’ endorsements.

More to the point, this matter has little to do with scientific expertise - it resolves down to common sense. We give away economic pressure, our only means of influencing Iran’s behavior - once that’s gone, it matters not at all what we find, or suspect, about their progress toward in-place nuclear weaponry, because there’s nothing we can do about it. Iran has made it completely clear that they could care less about world opinion. The ‘snapback’ assertions are obviously nonsense - there is no way on earth we can unbaked this cake. Chances that Iran will give back $150B, that they and other nations will courteously cancel multi-billion business deals?

This is roughly like un-handcuffing the mugger in the back alley and then telling him ‘don’t pick up that gun! You promised! I’m watching you!’ 

The very sad news is that we’re already way down the track in giving up our leverage, thanks to the administration premature - and surely intentional - release of the ‘framework’ to the UN. The P5+1 is effectively unraveled. There is no way that should have happened without approval of our US government (not just Obama). That’s a weak argument for going ahead - too late, damage is already done - but no reason in my view not to throw good money after bad and to legitimize Iran’s path.

Final point - if you read Feinstein and others supporting statements, they are loaded with caveats like ‘if this deal does what President Obama and Secretary Kerry say…’  - lots of cya here.

Best regards,

     Jack Devine is a freelance opinion writer who blogs and is published in local and regional outlets in places removed from the Republic of Texas.  In this case, the coverage is in the Southeastern part of the United States.

Shopping information


This submission comes from our favorite Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat man who just happens to despise latter day Bolsheviks and  Crony Capitalists.

Hello, WalMart!!!  So-long, COSTCO!!!!!!!!!
Americans Can Now Determine Where To Shop And Spend Their Money
Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.
à        Price Club/  Costco     donated $225K,   99% went to Democrats
à        Rite Aid donated $517K,   60% went to Democrats
à        Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean) donated $22K,   100% went to Democrats
à        Warnaco (undergarments) donated $55K,   73% went to Democrats
à        Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia donated $153K,   99% went to Democrats
à        Estee Lauder donated $448K,   95% went to Democrats
à        Guess, Inc. Donated $145K,   98% went to Democrats
à        Calvin Klein donated $78K,   100% went to Democrats
à        Liz Claiborne, Inc. Donated $34K,   97% went to Democrats
à        Levi Straus donated $26K,   97% went to Democrats
à        Olan Mills donated $175K,   99% went to Democrats
à        WalMart donated $467K,   97% went to Republicans
à        K-Mart donated $524K,   86% went to Republicans
à        Home Depot donated $298K,   89% went to Republicans
à        Target donated $226K,   70% went to Republicans
à        Circuit City Stores donated $261K,   95% went to Republicans
à       3M Co. Donated  $281K,   87% went to Republicans
à        Hallmark Cards donated $319K,   92% went to Republicans
à        Amway donated $391K,   100% Republicans
à        Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures) donated $283K,   100% Republicans
à        B.F. Goodrich (tires) donated $215K,   97% went to Republicans
à        Proctor & Gamble donated $243K,   79% went to Republicans
à        Southern Wine and Spirits donated $213K,   73% went to Democrats
à        Joseph E. Seagrams and Sons (incl. Beverage Business and considerable media interests) donated $2M+, 67% went          to Democrats
à        Gallo Winery donated $337K,   95% went to Democrats
à        Coors and Budweiser donated $174K,   92% went to Republicans
à        Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills,Korbel Wines, Lenox China, Dansk and Gorham Silver) donated $644 K --   80% went to Republicans
Hungry    ?
à        Sonic Corporation donated $83K,   98% went to Democrats
à        Triarc Companies (Arby's, T.J. Cinnamon's, Pasta Connections) donated $112K,   96% went to Democrats
à        Pilgrim's Pride Corp. (chicken) donated $366K,   100% went to Republicans
à        Outback Steakhouse donated $641K,   95% went to Republicans
à        Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) donated $133K,   87% went to Republicans
à        Brinker International (Maggiano's, Brinker Cafe, Chili's, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel's, Corner    Baker, EatZis) donated $242K,   83% went to Republicans
à        Waffle House donated $279K,   100% went to Republicans
à        McDonald's Corp. Donated $197K,   86% went to Republicans
à        Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones,Bahama Breeze) donated $121K, 89% went to Republicans
à       Heinz   Republicans $64,000   Democrats $21,300!        John Kerry's wife's company!!!
Hello, WalMart!!!  So-long, COSTCO!!!!!!!!!

Travel and Dining
à        Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which   80% went to Democrats
à        Marriott International $323K,   81% went to Republicans
à        Holiday Inns donated $38K,   71% went to Republicans
Please forward to your conservative friends.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Thinking too much, about too much!! - El Zorro weighs in


Thinking too much about too much:

   For my money, there are two sane people in the contest for leader of the free world… Ted Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson.  There are a couple of others that I could stomach without holding my nose but realistically the only ones who really are capable of original thought are the two mentioned above but not necessarily in that order.

    There is some pleasure to be had watching Chris and Rand stumbling all over each other like two of the three stooges coming through the door of a mob card game.  The third stooge, Jebster is knocking himself off (also tied with Lindsey Graham who thinks he is somebody).  Unfortunately there are other clear thinkers who should be, but are not, really in the contest.  Those would be Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum.
   There are too many more with something in mind to take time with here but get mention because they come to mind e.g. Marco Rubio, George Pataki, Scott Walker, John Kasich, Megan Kelly (Oh wait, she hasn’t declared yet), Carly Fiorina, et al.  I did not mention Donald Trump or Mike Huckabee but I guess I am now.  There is one in the pack I don’t know but heard him once, Jim Gilmore.  He sounded kind of smart but I don’t think anybody knows him.  Bringing up the rear would be Rick “I Don’t Know When to Quit” Perry.

   But the bottom line would be anybody, of those with name recognition, but Rand Paul, Chris Christi, Lindsey Graham or the Democrats.  

    I am okay with Trump for now but should he get the nomination, things could get ugly.  For now he is keeping the pack pointed in the right direction but as President,
no mas no!!!

 I agree with El Gringo.


Monday, 24 August 2015

Weather defeats Climate, Climate defeats Anchor Babies, and Anchor Babies defeat Only Black Lives Matter.



   We were entertained with the lamentations of some of the Obsolete Media that the current cataclysmic hurricane that was going to destroy the Caribbean Cultural Catchment Area fizzled and made the Climate Change - Global Warming - Global Cooling crowds begin to turn on one another.   We are presented with a picture of the hand and torch of Miss Liberty sticking up out of the Hudson while people are ice-skating around the torch in August.

    In any regard, we are now ending the month of August with no comment-worthy weather disasters.....again.  The biggest environmental ("ecological" for the stupid and Ivy League elite) disasters were brought to us by the central government of the United States of America.   Some river in the middle of nowhere Colorado was inundated with heavy metal sludge, brought to America by the EPA....the guardian of American healthy-alternative-bilge  think.    The other great success was the Department of the Interior spending millions of manhours lecturing the staff about how to accommodate the necessities of a buffalo who is  grieving because the he missed a re-run of the Kardashians.    This is almost not a joke.
     Firemen are burned and killed fighting fires that were accommodated by the  policy to allow bramble and scrub to dominate forest zones.   Imagine the snippiest jerk of a Barney Fife with an Official Smokey Bear Hat and dressed in an Official National Park Ranger Uniform declaring to a crowd of 3rd graders that ".....we do not kill some plants and trees to save others...."
       And that is the source of the two great "ecological" (the study of ecoes?) disasters were brought to us by Father Obamaham and all the Father Obamahams before him.  Central Government demagoguery....y punto!


     Now comes the Heroic King Donald I.  He advises the unwashed that he will strive to send 11,000,000 people back to Mexico, no matter from whence they came, and to "build a fence" with money from the Mexican Government and then to stand up to foreign businesses and governments and tell them that Crazy Uncle Donald is going to establish tariffs on imports to the United States.  Got it?  Problems solved.  And while we are at it, we are going to take the oil fields in Iraq.....
      And the Perotdolts cheer.....although nothing that has been said that makes any sense.  There is no clarity of approach.   The penumbric areas where the Tea Party, the Conservatives, and the "Reasonable Republicans"  (aka - RINOs),  have some or any concurrence with the undefinable positions of King Donald I seem to shimmer in the heat waves of the Mojave Desert.
         "He hates the same people I hate!!!"  seems to be the cry of the people outside the walls of the castle.   They shake their scythes and pitchforks and torches and surge forward as the doors of the castle fall to their insistence.   Robespierre and Voltaire and dancing with joy and wheeling out the guillotines.

     Why don't the Republicans just go ahead and join up with the 7th Regiment and ride out in front of the largest assembly of the finest light cavalry ever composed upon North American Continent....and just get it over with.   Romney managed to lose the last election by not blustering and being aggressive.   Perhaps we can lose this one by nominating nothing but bluster and faux aggressiveness.   Yes, we are talking about The Little Big Horn.

     One supports the candidacy of Donald Trump at his / her own jeopardy.   If Trump were to  win, we would have four years more of Obama-style high-handedness, big government intervention and manipulation, and "Grand Openning" hype about this or that new initiative to conquer Bad Things.   "I'm in favour of a flat tax as long as it's progressive on the upper-income group."  

     Beyond being ridiculous and contradictive and counter-productive, such bilge is fundamental, Big Government, punish-those-who-"have more", socialist bilge. and it is Trump's position.    It is like O'Reilly being in favour of an obscene profits tax against the big oil companies, which is...whether anyone likes that fact or not.....always counterproductive and the purist form of National Socialism.   Welcome to Trumpland.

More later,
El Gringo Viejo

God Bless the Grass That Grows Through Concrete.....

This is so true.  Just look around you anytime you are out in public.  Ever notice in a public restaurant  a young couple who should be looking into each others eyes; they are gazing into their respective phones?

The Death of Conversation:

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 This was sent in by our spies in Extreme Central Texas.   They seem to have a jaundiced view of the popular culture's interfacing with the human condition.  I mean...."What difference does it make at this point?'....if our great grandchildren will have evolved into two slightly connected thumbs clicking at a microscopic typewriter, asking questions like, "Why is everything so boring all the time?" 

     Some...a few...OROGs have asked, "Where in Extreme Central Texas precisely is this nest of reactionary, counter-revolutionary practitioners of fascist intolerance?"   Recognising immediately that this was probably a somewhat left-of-centre originated inquiry, El Gringo Viejo sent a copy of the wire to El Zorro and then traced the URL tracking number.   At times it went straight to a place called "El Museo Nacional de Fidel, Che, y la Grandiosa Victoria de La Revolucion Cubana".....and at other times it went straight into a place called "The White House:   Attn- Valerie Jarrett".

     So that all will know, this nest of spies lives less than 350 miles north of McAllen, and less than 400 miles south of Dallas / Fort Worth.  They can be found less than 500 miles east of El Paso, and  400 miles west of Beaumont, Texas.   Who am I?   Excuse me....Where am I?  Any correct answer within 10 miles will be disregarded.

More later...the time has come to strap on my armour and prepare for the next battle.  The sound of the cannons never ceases.
El Gringo Viejo

Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Lord's Prayer

This started every morning following a rendition of the American National Anthem on the local television station we patronized during the late 1950s and early 1960s here on the tip of Texas.

There was even a radio station in Corpus Christi that started the morning with the American National Anthem, followed by the Southern National Anthem.

No drive by shootings, no riots, times were better, maybe.