A move in the right direction

•June 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

First of all let me appologize to my readers for being a bad blogger. Secondly, I would like to inform you that this blog is being closed and this writer is moving. My new posts can be found at No Stream Media. Many of you might be askin why the move? It is simply a rebranding and the term pure gonza is actually taken from a book written by Hunter S Thompson. This is a proactive step to avoid any copyright infringement and to brand myself under a truly unique banner. The posts from this site will be moved as well with the original post dates as fast as possible. Thank you for reading my site and please me at the new one



•December 18, 2008 • 1 Comment

There are times when one just needs tovent and this is one of those times. While this post is not directed at anyone in particular, there as several people that fall intothe scope of this post. The economy is getting worse and that is not good when I am trying to find a job. They just don’t exist. Every company is either not hiring or they are cutting the size of their workforces. Finances are tight for everyone and the rampant commercialization of the holiday season is not making it any better. When are we as a population gonna be content? There really is no logic to this post.

EverSax 4

•December 12, 2008 • Leave a Comment

As I type, I am sitting in Saxby’s Coffee in McKinney, TX.  I am listening to a Sax quartet play live and it’s free.  This is great!  I am a huge fan of jazz, and have always wanted to hear it played live.  It is not often that I plug a particular business in my blogs, but if you are ever in the McKinney area and want a great alternative to Starbucks stop by Saxby’s just west of US 75.  I promise you will wish they had one every where.

Election Funny

•December 12, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Now this is not an original post of mine, but I found it on the web while killing time today and thought I should share it with my fellow loathers.

Twas the Night Before Elections . . .
Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet*
They wanted my pay*
To give to the others*
Who had not worked a day!*

He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink

He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!

On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi’
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
On this one final note-


A Storm Chasers’ Christmas

•December 9, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Tonight was one of those nights where the only thing that passes through your head is the old adage, “careful what you wish for.”  While sitting at my computer in McKinney, Texas this evening, I left a status message on my Facebook saying I was waiting for the weather to turn bad and was hoping for a December chase.  Well I got my wish.  Around 0630 UTC (10:30pm CST for you non-radio operators out there), my wife and I were headed home when the National Weather Service in Fort Worth stated that a tornado was developing in the central part of Grayson County.  The storm was headed away from us at about forty miles per hour, but we were already headed toward home and decided we would see if we could provide any eyes on the storm.  We could see the eerie blue-green flashes that give away a tornado’s position on the ground.  We could hear our fellow spotters in the Denison area report the debris (later we would find out that the Coleman Coolers plant was hit).  The entire area of interest was rain-wrapped by the time we hit the Collin-Grayson line the storm was crossing the Red River.  No sooner had we turned Guardian 1 (my chase truck) south, when the radio came alive with reports of a developing tornado over Allen, Texas.  We booked it south headed for a better angle on the storm as it moved toward the southeastern edge of McKinney.  We had a good view of the wall cloud as we entered the northern edge of town.  We turned east on US 380 and stared into the teeth of a huge lowering with pronounced rotation.  Night chasing is always hairy.  You have to position yourself based on the features you can capture in the intermittent flashes of lighting.  During this race eastward, my mother calls and wants to know where Sara (my wife and chase partner) and I are.  We tell her we are in McKinney and she says that the news is reporting the circulation over the Princeton area. As we headed east the NCS (Net Control Station or station in charge of the SKYWARN net) was asking for people to look to the northeast of McKinney near Blue Ridge and Westminster.  As my wife and I are looking we saw not one but two wall clouds.  We turned north on Texas highway 5 and raced toward home.  By this time the storm is starting to dissipate and weaken.  As we are driving toward home the NWS decides that the storm has weakened enough to drop the tornado warning, but wants us to watch for a bit longer.  Finally the storms moved into Fannin County and my wife and I came home.  As I am writing this the wind is howling outside, but below severe levels.  We are still under a severe thunderstorm watch until 0900 UTC (3am CST) and the county just northeast of us is under tornado watch until 1200 UTC (6am CST).  I guess a storm chaser couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present than a chase in December.

Coming Change

•December 6, 2008 • 1 Comment

It has dawned on me that I have not yet written about the results of the elections just a little over a month ago. To be totally honest, I am not thrilled about the results. I have been trying my hardest to wrap my heads around how a nation can elect someone with no experience to lead us in a time of crisis. My answer came from an unlikely source. I have returned to college to finish the degree I started so many years ago. In one of my classes, we have been studying the rise of capitalism as an economic system. After reading what passes as textbooks for this class, I know understand that reason why so many college students voted for Obama. We are cramming the idea that capitalism is a bad thing down the next generation of leaders. One of the chapters in my text actually states, “of all the ‘isms’ that afflict us, capitalism is the worst.” The author expounds on this point by saying that capitalism is the cause of many of the things that ail us. It is responsible for the race problems, the grossly unequal distribution of wealth, and the general sense of malaise and oppression that academics in particular feel. In a nation that provides the opportunity for everyone to pursue their own dreams, and in many cases gives us the way to do so, how can anyone say that? I guess my biggest problem is an entire generation has grown up with the idea that life is supposed to be fair. Obama has promised to make things fairer, but what constitutes fair. Are those who have the money supposed to give it up so that those who don’t can have things they want but have not worked for? I think that people have the misconception that fair means everyone gets the nice car, house, and creature comforts. This simply is not the case. Making things fair does not mean that we all get to live in 5000 sq ft homes and drive BMWs. It means that we will all have to live with mediocrity. We will all have just enough to survive, if even that much. We are asking the federal government for handouts, because we are lazy and do not want to work for what we want. Now I know many of you are sitting there thinking that I am writing this from the comfort of a nice house in a gated community and in my garage is a late model luxury car. This could not be more from the truth. I am sitting a coffeehouse killing time waiting for my wife to get off work, because the job market has flat lined and we cannot afford another car or for me to drive to and from her job twice. We make less than 20k a year and my truck is a 1992 Explorer bought used with over 300k mile on it. I am not sitting asking the government to hand me money that I have not earned. I did not vote for Obama, because a “spread[ing] of the wealth,” is not the answer. Anyone who feels that the government owes them anything is a fool. Just because you were born in America does not entitle you to anything you are not willing to work for.

The Silent Many

•April 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Why is it OK to poke fun at those who are overweight? There are countless TV shows which ridicule those who are larger than the unreal projection of beauty heaped on world by marketing executives. Recently I watched an episode of the Fox News Channel’s Red Eye program and the topic of making obesity a protected class was breached. The panel did not treat this topic with any semblance of respect. Amy Schumer, a panelist, mocked the “fatties” saying, “I side with them, food tastes good but they need to do like the rest of us and get an eating disorder.” The entire panel, with the exception of the gentleman from Fox and Friends, chimed in with their deriding comments. The host of the show never went on to say that race and religion do not cost a company money. It is always nice to know that we can be reduced to dollar signs. The handicapped can also cost the company money, but discriminating against them is definitely taboo and illegal in the business world. You would figure in a country with so many people considered overweight that their would be more people willing to stand up and ensure the rights of people are counted. I will be a voice for those of us too afraid to speak up. I have been overweight for most of my life. There are jobs that I have applied for that my weight has no effect on my ability to perform the duties, and I know I was not hired because they were afraid that I would cost them money or some other factor that has nothing to do with my worth as a human being. The world has seen the way that high school students ridicule the obese. 20/20 even had a teenage girl don a fat suit and taped the way she was treated. Later she walked through the halls without the suit on and we all watched as the student body treated her completely different. How is this any different from me being singled out because of my religion or race. Is it going to take an obese person being shot, beaten to death, or hung before the nation acts? How many hateful remarks must I endure before this abuse stops? I will no longer be silent. The media and Hollywood will hear me. The government will hear my voice. I will champion this cause. I will no longer be treated a s a second class citizen. I am going to the EEOC to ensure that we are not discriminated against on the basis of my size. I will be contacted my state and national senators and representatives to recognize this problem. No longer will I be silent and victimized by the ignorant hate mongers. The time has come for change.

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