Deepwater Nautilus, Sister to Deepwater Horizon, Drops Traveling Block

On June 9th, about 100 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, the Deepwater Nautilus, which is of very similar design to the Deepwater Horizon and also built by Hyundai Heavy industries in Korea, suffered a serious accident when the drill line parted, dropping the traveling block to the drill floor.  The well remained under control, […]

Lesson Learned? I don’t think so.

In today’s Houston Chronicle, Bill King wrote an article about how the chief of police in Houston was offended by an anecdote he used in a previous column. I will elaborate more later, but essentially, King was asking some very pertinent questions about how police resources are used. Instead of answering those questions, Charles A. […]

On School Discipline

I think it’s really cute when politicians talk about something they know little about. We got that yesterday when John Whitmire wrote his little treatise about student discipline and how we are sending too many students out of the classroom. Mind you, some of the points weren’t off the wall, but the conclusion seemed to […]

Lesser of Two Evils

Politics is always interesting in the abstract. When you ignore the fact that real lives are involved you can even find it downright entertaining. Tip O’Neill said all politics is local. When you combine O’Neill’s sentiment with the entertainment factor you find that politics at the state and local levels are more entertaining and important […]