I was sitting in Miss Chambliss’ 5 grade classroom at Oakhurst Elementary School in Fort Worth.  It was a beautiful, crisp late autumn day, one of those days we cherish, living in the oven that is often Texas.  We had just come in from lunchtime recess and were getting back to studying when one of my close childhood friends, Steve Ellis, burst into our classroom yelling, “The President has been shot in the face! The President has been shot in the face!” In an instant, my own life, and those of millions of Americans, changed forever. Read the rest of this entry

“I Am a Sinner”

By now you’ve likely heard about the interview given by Pope Francis to America, a magazine published by the Jesuits in the US.  In this history-making interview, Francis begins to re-orient the church from the corrupt political organization it has become in recent decades to its original purpose, providing the literal body of Christ on earth for its believers.   Read the rest of this entry

Last week, on March 18th, LeNorman Operating, based in Oklahoma City, was engaging in multiple well operations on their lease in Hemphill County, Texas.  Halliburton was on location, frac’ing their Ruth 87-2H well, a Granite Wash completion; simultaneously, Read the rest of this entry

As I have talked about for several years now, bad cement job does not equal blowout.  I have never believed that responsibility, and ultimate liability, fell on Halliburton.  BP is the operator of record.  It is their responsibility.  The conduct of Transocean certainly contributed, but ultimate responsibility falls to BP.

BP Witness Testimony May Save Halliburton Billions | gCaptain – Maritime & Offshore News.

Warning: Videos contain profanity.

James Yeager, the CEO of Tactical Response, supposedly a police training instructor, is in some pretty hot water after posting an incendiary video on youTube a few days ago about gun violence.  He declared that if the gun debate goes one more inch, he’s “going to start killing people.”  Read the rest of this entry

The conversation has finally begun. After 20 innocent children and 6 of their teachers in a school in Newtown Connecticut were brutally murdered at their desks by a severely disturbed young man using powerful semi-automatic weapons, the fog over the nation’s collective awareness of gun violence has begun to clear. The stories of teachers dying while trying to protect their young charges are heartbreaking, though no more so than those same stories that came from the shootings in Aurora Colorado, Brookfield Wisconsin, Portland Oregon, Tucson Arizona, Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, Littleton Colorado, or dozens of other sites of mass shootings. Read the rest of this entry

Shell announced yesterday that it began drilling its Burger prospect 70 miles offshore Alaska’s northwest coast that morning at 8:30 am eastern time.  The drillship Noble Discoverer is being used for this prospect, which is in about 150 feet of water.  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) gave the go-ahead to Shell on August 30 after years of planning, legal challenges, and great environmental concern.  The environmental concern, obviously, continues. Read the rest of this entry

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