texas tough

A few weeks ago I found a criminally good sale on a one man tent, and I brought it to Texas with me to do a test-pitch in my parents’ backyard.

Turns out driving stakes into Texas hardpan is tough on guywire tension, but I think for an initial try it went pretty well.

I cannot stress this enough but those of you in the middle of the heatwave, don’t follow that advice to wear wet clothes. just don’t. Wet your hair, or have a wet cloth/handkerchief if you like, but don’t wear wet clothes!! you will get the worst rashes of your life


Good morning!

Purple nails for Prince💜 (I’m still in shock about this).

Today I’m headed to Austin. Finally, the race weekend is here! Packing all of my crazy costumes and gear. I can’t wait to run the Spartan Super in that big dress. Last night I had visions of it getting caught on the wall. There’s a very good reason you don’t see people running Spartan Races in tutus–- barbed wire and tulle do NOT mix😂 But in the name of fun, I’ll try almost anything!

If you’re in Burnet, TX, tomorrow or Sunday, come say hello! I’m also doing a snapchat takeover @obstaclemedia1 for Obstacle Race Media, if you’re into that sort of thing😜

Happy fried egg🍳


Texas bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum), the flower that inspired the name of Blue Bell Ice Cream, one of our state treasures. The plants themselves are Texas tough, and are easy to grow. The seedlings, however, are very hard to establish. Which explains why they’re so rare in the wild these days. They used to be as abundant as the bluebonnets, and you used to be able to see entire fields of em, but people kept pickin em, so those populations gave way. It’s a damn shame, cause unlike the bluebonnets, they last all summer long, and bloom repeatedly, year after year.

@offthebeatenpathtexas @tx-tornado @aloneinwonder @cactguy @paintedcowboy

I’m sure @clinicalherbalist has some choice knowledge about how this species and/or genus is used as well

It’s no secret that we love dinosaurs here at Cracked. In fact, we’re very very open about it and in one case, maybe too open about it. We’re like Ross from Friends, but we actually show up to work. And we’re not, like, the worst part of other people’s lives.

We get it. You’re into Dinosaurs.

Oh, don’t act above it all. You’re a Cracked reader. You absolutely dig dinosaurs. Right now, you’re probably knee deep in a fossil pit, excavating a saurischian from the Cretaceous period. Or you’re just reading a Cracked article on your laptop. Regardless, the Cracked Dispensary is busting out the most dino-tastic t-shirts we have. And they’re all for you.

Everybody knows that Texas is big, tough, and can’t see you if you stay completely still. Or was that T-Rexes? One and the same, really. We do know that both Texas and T-Rexes share a habitat conducive to reptile life and both share a love for capital punishment. That’s enough to convince us that by wearing this t-shirt, everyone will know we aren’t to be trifled with. No one messes with T-Rexes.

We’re Busting Out Our Most Dino-tastic T-Shirts Just For You

scream-still-screaming: Ski Lodge with a jealous Farkle in place of Lucas :D Riarkle please?

Farkle couldn’t sleep and he didn’t quite know why. Maybe it was the bright moon or the fact that he was thirsty. No, he knew exactly what it was. Lucas has had Maya and Riley wrapped around his tough texas finger for too long and now someone was about to get hurt. Farkle sighed and exited the room quietly knowing he wasn’t about to get any sleep. He cared about both girls and didn’t want to see them hurt. But really inside he was screaming. He needed Lucas to pick Maya. Even though it would crush riley he would be there to pick up her pieces and glue her back together. Because she was his, at least in his mind.

It was dark downstairs except for the glow of the moon, silent except for the giggles of two people. Farkle thought of turning around but his curiosity got the best of him. He quickly trotted to the bottom of the steps and swung around the banister. He stopped abruptly as he saw the soft curves of riley’s face laughing at a joke, in the lodge’s bay window. She was talking to a guy in a bay window. Bay Windows were for serious conversations, oh crap. Farkle’s heart wouldn’t quit beating as his gaze turned into a glare in the direction of the guy. 

Riley smiled brightly. “Farkle!”

Normally Riley’s voice always brought Farkle back but not tonight. “Mine.” Farkle barked as the guy turned his head to Farkle.

“Farkle!” Riley giggled. “You’re so silly. See he gets in these moods.” Riley directed at the guy.

“No Riley is not a mood. What are you guys doing?” Farkle asked Riley trying to steady his breaths.

“We were just talking Farkle.” She explained her smile disappearing.

“Till 3 o’clock in the morning!” Farkle sighed shaking his head.

Riley nodded at Farkle’s reactions.”Evan could you excuse us?” Evan nodded and left them alone. “Sit.” Riley commanded.

Farkle sat in the bay window and sighed. 

Riley smiled at him and placed her hand gently on Farkle’s arm. “What’s Wrong?”

Farkle gazed at his hand touching his arm. “Why were you talking to him?”

Riley stared at his face, searching for answers. “I’m not allowed to have new friends.”

“No this late at night and not in bay windows.”

Riley cocked her head. “Why not?”

Farkle looked up at her eyes. “Because that’s our thing.” He said not abandoning his eyes. “And whether you know it or not you’re mine, at least in my mind.

Riley smiled almost choking on her words. “Yours?”

Farkle nodded. “I like you Riley. I always have.” He said placing his hand on her cheek gently rubbing his thumb against her agreed. 

Riley smiled lightly not knowing what to say.

Farkle smiled back and leaned in touching her soft lips with his. He finally got his moment and he hoped it never ended. That this kiss and this night lasted forever. Riley pulled away. “I like you too.” She said with a smile and a kiss. 

if you ever see someone use “dont mess with texas” as some Tough Biker Dude Slogan or Symbol of Texan Independence feel free to laugh at them bc it’s literally just an anti-littering slogan we put on highway signs

#TXGov: Wendy Davis tells of having two abortions for medical reasons

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor who sprung to fame when she held back sweeping abortion restrictions, reveals in a new memoir that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons.

Davis writes in a new campaign memoir that in the 1990s she had two abortions, including one where the foetus had developed a severe brain abnormality.

Davis writes in Forgetting to be Afraid that she had an abortion in 1996 after an examination revealed that the brain of the foetus had developed in complete separation on the right and left sides. She also describes ending an earlier ectopic pregnancy, in which an embryo implants outside the uterus.

Davis disclosed the terminated pregnancies for the first time since her 13-hour filibuster in the state legislature – she talked non-stop to try to run out the time on proposed legislation bringing in tough new Texas abortion laws.

Both pregnancies happened before Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, began her political career and after she was already a mother to two young girls.

She writes that the ectopic pregnancy happened in 1994 during her first trimester. Terminating the pregnancy was considered medically necessary. Such pregnancies generally are considered not viable, meaning the foetus can’t survive, and the mother’s life could be in danger. But Davis wrote that in Texas it’s “technically considered an abortion and doctors have to report it as such”.

Davis said she and her former husband, Jeff, wound up expecting another child in 1996. After a later exam revealed the brain defect, doctors told her the baby would be deaf, blind and in a permanent vegetative state if she survived delivery.

“I could feel her little body tremble violently, as if someone were applying an electric shock to her, and I knew then what I needed to do,” Davis writes. “She was suffering.”

Davis is running against Republican attorney general Greg Abbott, who is a heavy favourite to replace the incumbent Republican governor, Rick Perry, in 2015.

Davis’s filibuster in June 2013 set off a chaotic scene in the Texas Capitol that extended past midnight. Thousands of people packed watched it live online, with President Barack Obama at one point tweeting: “Something special is happening in Austin tonight.”

The bill required doctors who perform abortion to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and mandated that clinics upgrade facilities to hospital-level operating standards. A federal judge in Austin last month blocked a portion of the law that would have left Texas with only seven abortion facilities statewide.

h/t: Associated Press at The Guardian

FWIW: Books I have found helpful in educating myself about my white privilege

With apologies for the highly likely omission of other important books that I have failed to mention, here is a list of books that I would recommend to those who are interested:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Explains, with great clarity and precision, how the decline of the Jim Crow regime gave rise to a new method of control over America’s black population: mass incarceration. 

Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire by Robert Perkinson. Prison sentencing as retribution rather than rehabilitation: Discusses the plantation origins of the Texas penal system and the profit motive driving it, resulting in horrifying conditions that persist to this day, along with its influence on the U.S. prison system in general. 

The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America by Robert N. Entman and Andrew Rojecki. Discussion of how the media’s coverage of poverty and crime, starting in the 1960s and continuing today, has been overwhelmingly and unfairly focused on the black community, thereby both producing and perpetuating racial bias among whites. 

Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy by Martin Gilens. The author attributes Americans’ well-known antipathy to welfare to the widely held (by white Americans, as documented by polling data) stereotype of blacks being “lazy,” and traces the roots of this back to slavery: “Where the master perceived laziness, the slave saw refusal to be exploited. Thus the same action held different meanings, depending on whether one was master or slave. The social conditions of slavery, then, created an incentive structure that discouraged hard work and initiative and led whites to perceive slaves as lazy.” For me, this book underlined the persistent deep scars left by slavery, acting as a counterpoint to the view held by many that slavery is so long in the past as to be no longer relevant. 

The Everyday Language of White Racism by Jane H. Hill. In addition to its helpful (albeit a bit dry) discussion of white privilege, this book provides an enlightening explanation of language appropriation; i.e., using someone else’s linguistic cultural heritage for entertainment while prohibiting its legitimate use by native speakers. Example: The phrase “No problemo” being accepted as a casual, joking pleasantry, while a high school student who says “No problema” can be written up for speaking Spanish in school. 

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue. Focused on Detroit, but applicable to other Northern industrial cities as well, this book shows how the city reacted to the Great Migration, segregating its suburbs (legally), enforcing discriminatory employment practices, and decentralizing industry, thereby effectively trapping blacks in the inner city, with efforts at so-called “urban renewal” generally only making things worse. To add insult to injury, the black community was then blamed (by the white population) for the city’s decline. 

Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America by David M.P. Freund. While the concept of zoning originated in well-meant (and understandable) efforts to, for example, keep a slaughterhouse from setting up shop next door, it evolved into a tool that was used to enforce racial segregation in housing. The book also discusses the government-backed home mortgage market: while appearing to be race-neutral, it was, in fact, anything but, resulting in the effective exclusion of black Americans from several generations of wealth-building through home ownership. Super-important, I think, to understanding today’s racial wealth gap. 

Currently, I live in Irving.

It’s tough seeing Texas in the national news on something like this, because I know that a stigma of Texas causes some to roll their eyes and say “Texas. Of course.”

But I think this could have happened at just about any school in the country. People are hyper sensitive around this time due to 9/11, and Islamaphobia does tend to be higher in the south.

That being said, if a white kid, even a black one brought this clock to school, I sincerely doubt the police would have been called. Even worse, if they had been called, they would have looked at the clock and said, there is nothing more to see here, thanks for the precaution, but we’re leaving now.

No, this is all cause the kid’s name is Ahmed Mohamed.

Explanations from police will be backpedaled, because this news is now front and center. But the biggest tragedy of this to me? This kid’s face as he’s in handcuffs. It reallly breaks my heart because no child, and yes, he is a child, should have their optimism and interest in engineering crushed like this. He was proud of something he made, and was hoping to have an attaboy from his educators.

Instead, he was treated this way.

People forget, that although there is NO excuse for the radicalism and terrorists that attacked and will attack our country, those terrorists are created by incidents like these. This kid was embarrassed in the national spot light, and could easily, and justifiably hold a grudge against Americans or even America due to the way this was handled.

He vowed never to “bring an invention to school again.” Does no one know how tragic this really is?

I hope this kid gets more positive than negative attention. I hope a ton of kids at his school protest by bringing clocks to school today, and tomorrow, because standing up against this kind of hatred and fear due to a name and skin color can ruin the potential of a remarkable child.