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Ah . . . TEXAS MY TEXAS !

Oh what an exciting life we lead! 

Texas my Texas

Texas my Texas

Here in Northern Texas we have been in a sustained drought for 9 years. None seemed as bad as 2005-2006 when we had 105 to 110 degree heat daily for 110 days continuous days, in addition to 45 to 55 MPH Southwest winds.  That year more land burned in Texas than the acreage of New Hampshire and Rhode Island combined .  Two percent of the land in Texas burned to a crisp and the wind velocity was such that there was no way to stop the fires.  Fire stops, where the land is scraped bare of all things burnable for three quarters of a mile wide, were jumped as if they were not even there.

For the past three years more and more towns and cities, who depend on lakes for their water supply, have simply ran out of water and resorted to treating and drinking their own sewer water. For instance; The city of Wichita Falls with four lakes had only 19% of their total water supply.

But things in Texas can change in a second!

For three weeks we have been deluged with rain. For three weeks we have lived under threat of tornadoes.

In this area, we have had 32 tornadoes in the past 9 days.

Those are only the ones inspected and designated ‘tornado’ by the National Weather Bureau. ‘Spotters’  who risk life and limb and are out nightly have reported far more than that, but the Weather Bureau can’t get around to examining all these sites.

On Wednesday (May 19th)  we went to Weatherford, Texas (75 miles SW) to a doctor. On the way there we passed through the town of Mineral Wells, a city of 18,000 souls made famous for its curative water. As we entered town that morning there was evidence that a wind burst, probably from a collapsing thunderstorm, had damaged and completely destroyed a few building on the west side.

However after existing Mineral Wells on the east side we dropped down a hill and there where there had been a giant pecan orchid. We were distressed to see trees as tall as 150 feet uprooted with their root systems as tall as the roof on our house lying on their sides. Others were twisted and torn with limbs broken and blown onto the highway.

On our return, late in the day, after we passed though Mineral Wells, I told my wife, “Look at those clouds over Mineral Wells. They are lowering.” ‘Lowering clouds’ are a sign that tornadic activity is dropping down from the clouds. In other words, they have fingers dropping downward that are spinning.

She turned the radio on to our home town radio station and found there was a tornado spotted eight miles NW of Graham, where we live. (62 miles south of Wichita Falls, Texas, 100 miles west of Fort Worth.)  We were watching that storm as we drove.  When we got home and turned the TV we discovered that Mineral Wells’ downtown had just been hit by a tornado!

(Now, if I were the author of ‘PowerPlantMen’ I would have these pages full of colored maps for you to better visualize this. Unfortunately I am not as good as he is.)   See:   http://powerplantmen.wordpress.com

That night, as all other nights for the past three weeks, we had rain with tornadoes all around but fortunately none closer than eight miles.  Unknown to us the storm we heard about on the radio had passed north of us and passed over State Highway 16 N. as well as Memorial Highway 281.

The next morning (Thursday) I had to go to Wichita Falls (62 miles North.) to see yet another doctor. As I left town it started raining on me.

Seventeen miles north of town I came to Markley, a place that was once a town, but now is only a deserted service station.  I should have been alerted when there was weeds and trash out on the highway. What was strange about that is the fact that Markley is on top of a hill!    Weeds and trash on the highway on TOP of a hill?

Since it was raining I was concentrated on my driving and never gave it a second thought. That is–until I got a quarter-mile north of Markley.  This is the drainage of the Trinity River that meanders through Ft. Worth and Dallas.  There the borrow ditches that are deep and wide were full of water and as I looked to the West, there was water as far as I could see that covered all pastures and cultivated land. As I approached the bridge the water was up to the bridge and when it came out on the East side of the bridge it jumped up about three feet in the air and made a fountain as long as the bridge, topped with white foam!

About a quarter-mile farther I came to two more Trinity bridges and not only could they not handle the vast amount of water that was trying, but couldn’t quite get under them,  it was up onto the highway!  That answered the question: “Why is there no traffic coming towards me?” This water came from the storm we heard about on the radio the previous night that went north of Graham sprinkling us with only .9 of rain.

I wasn’t scared but I was pretty anxious about this because the area TV stations have been blurting out about every 15 minutes; “Water as deep as 4 inches will sweep  your car away–Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”

And this has proven to be literally true!  A soldier from Ft. Sill in Oklahoma was crossing a low-water crossing in Wichita Falls flour days ago and was swept away.  The television stations are still showing a shadow of the automobile top as the water flows over it. No one knows where the soldier is.  Is he still in the car?  Did he escape? If so, where is he?  The water is too swift for firemen to get into the water and see if there is a body in the car.

Back on Memorial Highway 281 with no traffic and the rain falling in a deluge, I was able to get to the crown of the highway and negotiate through the torrents of water.

Next I came to the dairy-farming community of Windthorst that lies 45 miles south of Wichita Falls, TX.  There the yards and lawns were standing in water.  The dairy farmers had already gave up on the wheat and had bailed it.  For miles in every direction I could see round-bails standing in about a foot of water.

Passing on through this community I came to the township of Scotland that is 21 miles south of Wichita Falls, It was there I came into the watershed of the Wichita River.

This was worse than the Trinity!  The fields as far as I could see to the on either side were submerged.  The lower end of Lake Arrowhead, that was previously empty  was about 400 feet from the highway. All roads were blocked off with sheriffs deputies standing guard.

On the north side of Scotland the water was up on the highway and the bridge was spouting up on the east side. The reason for this was that Lake Kickapoo upstream had run over its spillway and was trying it’s best to get down the Wichita River without enough room to do so.

As I write this vast portions of Wichita Falls are flooded. The Red Cross has set up facilities in numerous places to provide shelter for those who are flooded out. Hotels and motels were filled Thursday at noon.

Meanwhile trucks have brought in load after load of sand to eight different locations. Volunteers are not only bagging the sand 24/7, but are delivering and placing it around homes. Well. After all this is TEXAS! What else could you expect?

We are entertained minute by minute as we watch Texas Game Wardens in ‘quad boats’ rescue folks in their pickups and cars as they float down the creeks and drainage canals that look like white water rapids.

How many have drowned? No one knows at this time and may not know for weeks or months.

The Wichita Falls Emergency Rescue, Fire Department, the Police Department as well as the County Sheriff’s office have mapped out a perimeter of where they think the water could rise and have stopped all people from entering those areas.  To determine this they used flood maps dating back 100 years.

Just now NOAA called the Emergency Rescue and told them that the perimeters were not correct, and there would be more water pouring in than they expected, and they would have to move them back higher!

It has rained every day for three weeks and the prediction is for six to eight more inches of rain to fall before Monday.  This entire area has been in a Flood Watch for a week and it has been extended to Next Tuesday, May 26th.

Is the drought broken? Who knows! It was 90 degrees in January, so it might well snow.

Warning! Don’t read this unless you are planning on moving. Go to http://www.grahamtxchamber.com and watch the pictures as they turn from black and white to color.  You simply can’t miss moving here.

STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP

OUR WALLS ARE CRUMBLING!

Cracks in our walls

I AM NOT ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE !

I AM NOT EVEN ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY !

Dear Friend,

And I hope that I can count you as a friend, because we both have several things in common.

One thing is, ‘We both fear that we are losing control of our beloved Nation’!

It is my belief that you are as concerned as I, that our Dear Nation is on a downhill slide and if we do not take action SOON, our way of life as we once knew it, will be lost forever.

THINK NOT of ourselves but of our children, our grandchildren, and the future generations that will follow.

THINK DEEPLY of the chaos, fear, lawlessness, less and less income, and the dire results that will follow.

THINK DEEPLY of our grandchildren living a life unable to purchase quality food, own their own home, buy healthcare resulting in disease rampant and unchecked. Unable to purchase the bare necessities to enable not only a comfortable life, but just a life.

THINK NOT of ourselves, but think of the total annihilation of our society, our democracy that we so cherish! Our personal freedom. . .

YOU think it cannot happen?  I think it is already happening !

THINK of the once mighty nations. Of the Persians, the Greeks, The Israelites, the Romans. All once mighty world powers, all living in luxury, yet all brought down to slavery.

      ARE YOU THINKING YET ?  If not, remember, “History repeats itself because the leaders never learn history.”

But it need not be so. Together we can overcome the threats to our nation. United we CAN change the course of our destiny.

See! No vote and no money required. Just a few minutes of your time.

ARE YOU WITH ME ?

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

If you are willing to help, join me at Larryboy3115@att.net and let me know. Or answer at the comment section at the bottom of this page.

Also look for this site: WordPress/Larryboy/straight from the top  I will be adding additional information enabling you to help our children and our grandchildren!

Larry

And please pass this along to any one you know that is interested in the future of our nation. 

No spam, no phishing, no cookies! This is the Straight Stuff!

 

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STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP

CRACKS IN OUR WALLS !

Dear Friends

 I AM NOT ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE !
I AM NOT EVEN ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY !

Dear Friends,

And I hope that I can count you as friends, because we all have several things in common.

One thing is, ‘We both fear that we are losing control of our beloved nation!’

It is my belief that you are as concerned as I, that our Nation is on a downhill slide and if we do not take action SOON, our way of life as we now know it, will be lost forever.
NOW I ASK  YOU TO:

THINK NOT of ourselves, but of our children, our grandchildren, and the future generations that will follow.

THINK DEEPLY of the chaos, fear, lawlessness, less and less income, and the dire results that are sure to follow.

THINK AGAIN of our grandchildren living a life unable to purchase enough food, own their own home, or even able to afford doctors and medicine resulting in disease rampant and unchecked. Un-able to purchase the bare necessities that will enable not only to live a comfortable life, but just a life! Maybe.

THINK NOT of ourselves, but think of the total annihilation of our society, our democracy that we so cherish! Our personal freedom . . .

YOU think it cannot happen?    I think it is already happening !

Think of the once mighty nations. Of the Medes, the Persians, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Israelites, the Romans. All once mighty world powers, all  living in luxury, yet all brought down to slavery.

ARE YOU THINKING YET?   If not, remember, “History repeats itself because the leaders never learn history.”

But it need not be so. Together WE can overcome the threats to our nation, United we CAN change the course of or destiny.

See! No vote and no money required. Just a small amount of your time is all that is required.

ARE YOU WITH ME?

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

If you are willing to help, join me at larryboy3115@att.net and let me know. Also look for this site: WordPress/larryboy3115/straight from the top.  I will be adding additional information enabling you to  help our children and our grandchildren!

No spam, no phishing, no cookies, This is  The Straight Stuff!

Larry

 

STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP

CRACKS IN OUR WALLS !

Dear Friends

 I AM NOT ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE !
I AM NOT EVEN ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY !

Dear Friends,

And I hope that I can count you as friends, because we all have several things in common.

One thing is, ‘We both fear that we are losing control of our beloved nation!’

It is my belief that you are as concerned as I, that our Nation is on a downhill slide and if we do not take action SOON, our way of life as we now know it, will be lost forever.
NOW I ASK  YOU TO:

THINK NOT of ourselves, but of our children, our grandchildren, and the future generations that will follow.

THINK DEEPLY of the chaos, fear, lawlessness, less and less income, and the dire results that are sure to follow.

THINK AGAIN of our grandchildren living a life unable to purchase enough food, own their own home, or even able to afford doctors and medicine resulting in disease rampant and unchecked. Un-able to purchase the bare necessities that will enable not only to live a comfortable life, but just a life! Maybe.

THINK NOT of ourselves, but think of the total annihilation of our society, our democracy that we so cherish! Our personal freedom . . .

YOU think it cannot happen?    I think it is already happening !

Think of the once mighty nations. Of the Medes, the Persians, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Israelites, the Romans. All once mighty world powers, all  living in luxury, yet all brought down to slavery.

ARE YOU THINKING YET?   If not, remember, “History repeats itself because the leaders never learn history.”

But it need not be so. Together WE can overcome the threats to our nation, United we CAN change the course of or destiny.

See! No vote and no money required. Just a small amount of your time is all that is required.

ARE YOU WITH ME?

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

If you are willing to help, join me at larryboy3115@att.net and let me know. Also look for this site: WordPress/larryboy3115/straight from the top.  I will be adding additional information enabling you to  help our children and our grandchildren!

No spam, no phishing, no cookies, This is  The Straight Stuff!

Larry

 

Texas–Taxes–SaudiTexas?

I live in a portion of Texas where the main industry is oil and gas production. That is to say that our main income producing industry is either drilling, producing, maintaining or transporting oil and gas. Also  producing  the necessary water to drill wells, or water-flood near depleted wells.

On any given day over fifty one percent of the total drilling rigs running in the northern hemisphere of the Americas are drilling in Texas. Today the rig count in Texas is down by 11.3% thanks to an overabundance of natural gas as well as DOE and EPA restriction policies. Today there are 838 (land) oil drilling rigs operating in Texas. The  state nearest to that count is Oklahoma with 194 (land) rigs running.

Today Texas will  produce 2.139 million barrels of oil at a price of $96.08 per barrel for a total income of $205,515,120 million dollars, and that is for one day only!

At the current price that would amount to $75,013,018,000 Billion dollars annually!

A side note is required here: ‘All oil revenue in Texas, other than the ‘School Lands’ that was set aside at the founding of the Republic of Texas to finance schools, comes from privately owned land and is mostly drilled, produced and sold by either individuals, or small companies. Exon Mobil, BP, Conoco-Phillips and Chevron are all small potatoes in this state.

The annual oil production, in U.S. dollars, from Texas oil alone, is only (approximately) $11 Billion dollars less than the annual total industrial output of the ‘Peoples Republic of China’—exceeding  third place Japan’s total  ‘industrial output’ by slightly over $7.9 Billion annually.

President Obama continues to try to eliminate the oil business in the U.S. by both restrictions and taxes. A good example of the travesty of his ideology of taxing ‘Big Oil’ is to eliminate the ‘Depletion Allowance’. He calls it ‘Eliminating Big Oil’s Loopholes’.

By way of explanation; the cost of drilling a five thousand foot deep well today is approximately $1.75 Million dollars. This is a one-time CAPITAL INVESTMENT and as such is a ‘direct expense’ whether the well makes ‘pay’ or is a ‘dry hole’.

Should the well be an ‘oiler’, or ‘gasser’  the actual amount of recoverable resources are unknown. What IS known is the resources will not last forever. ‘Depletion’ is the USING UP of the resources as they are consumed. For this unknown amount of depletion of unknown resources the IRS allows the owner or the investor to to take a deduction of 15% annually of the GROSS INCOME of the well. Please  note this is GROSS INCOME not NET INCOME

Compare this with the capital investment of building a manufacturing plant or a shopping center. The investor may set his DEPRECIATION for the number of years of LIFE EXPECTANCY of the structure. This could be 10, 15, 20 or even 30 years.

If the owner selects twenty years as the optimum life of the structure, he may divide the total cost of the construction of the structure by 20 and that is the annual depreciation. This depreciation is a direct deduction from the owners total income PRIOR to taxes.

Do you EVER hear of anyone shouting for the removal of depreciation allowances on REAL PROPERTY?

 Can anyone fail to see the hypocrisy here? Anyone notice the hue and cry  of campaign mode pomposity in his call for removal of ‘BIG OIL’ loopholes in the oil producer’s taxes, while ignoring REAL PROPERTY TAXES? (No, I am not in the oil business.)

On the other hand Facebook.com recently announced that it had a net operating profit in excess of $1 Billion dollars last year.

How much tax did Facebook pay on that?     NOT ONE RED CENT! 

In fact, they received a TAX REFUND OF $449 Million dollars! 

It is an interesting fact that the originator of Facebook, Mark Zukerberg is a friend of President Obama, and that Facebook contributed $100,000.00 Dollars to President Obama’s re-election campaign. I don’t suppose this ‘friendship’ and/or campaign contribution could have influenced the IRS in anyway in Facebook’s taxes and their tax return. Do You?

JUST SAYING, THAT’S ALL!       Larry Camp

JUST A TYPICAL TEXAS DAY!

A typical Texas Day!
There I stood–ten thirty in the morning on the third tier of a steel scaffold–thinking about climbing down for that fourth cup of coffee when, ‘Snap-Crackle-n-POP’ the air was filled with the smell of ozone as a lightning strike whizzed by.
It didn’t take long for me to reach the ground–four cups or not!    Steel is still a wonderful conductor of electricity.
I reached cover on the patio just as the first drops of rain sped to earth. Before getting inside the back door, it had turned to hail. After 20 minutes or so, back to rain. Both were torrential.
In a couple of hours it was dry enough to get out to the three-stall Model ‘T’ garage that came with my ‘Un-Ending Restoration Project’ and to start cleaning up a previous mess deserted several weeks. Namely pulling out several sheets of plywood and upending some overturned cabinets.
When the rain ceased a Canadian Clipper zipped through plunging temperatures from seventy five to sixty as quick as a rancher would drop his Silver Beaver Stetson on the adjoining bar stool. Then gale force winds from the north west dropped the temperature to fifty in a matter of minutes leaving everything, including me, soaked through and through.
Within an hour, the wind had shifted to the West and the sky turned red assaulting our sinuses with a dirt storm.                              Anything can happen to Texas weather in the drop of a hat!

After experiencing a sizable amount of frustration with this day, the garage was abandoned in favor of vacuuming and mopping the kitchen floor. Just the thing to work off frustration.
Just a normal day here at the north end of the Texas Hill County. Down to freezing last night.
Business as usual. We are accustomed to a fifty-degree drop in temperature in four or five hours. We are also accustomed to having a ‘frog floating’ rain and in two hours or less being choked by a dust storm.
Go figure! The weather in Texas is similar to our Federal Government.

Always changing, never committed and not to be predicted.

Just another typical day in Texas!