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June 24th, 2005:

Back home blogger radio

We made it all back home in good shape today (have I mentioned what a boon it is to have a baby who sleeps on airplanes?), and amid the laundry and unopened snail mail I’ll be doing my usual stint on BizRadio 1320 AM tomorrow morning. I’d like to apologize in advance to the FCC and any listeners with delicate sensibilities in the event that the word MoFo escapes my lips during the segment. No one ever said punditry would be pretty, you know.

I’ve been a bit remiss lately in posting links to MP3s of previous segments. I’ll get on that this weekend, but for now, blogHOUSTON has them all up – look for the “On the Radio” box in their right sidebar.

The last word on MoFo, yo

Sometimes it takes a middle-aged white guy to put things into perspective.

This week, the Texas governor got caught saying “Adios, Mofo.”

This line will follow Perry around like a dog after a ham sandwich. Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Rick Perry? Best he could do was, “Adios, Mofo.”


I expect to see Rick in a pair of those big baggy shorts, break-dancing in an alley off Sixth Street.


This was such a startling remark that the day after the story broke, there was a line of clothing for sale online honoring Perry’s gaff. On you can get your Rick Perry “Adios, MoFo” T-shirts.

Although I’m not sure where you’d wear one. Wait. You could wear one to a Carole Keeton Strayhorn gubernatorial rally. One tough grandma might take Perry over her knee and give him a spanking, if she knew what “Mofo” meant.

I can hear it now. “Mo who?” She probably thinks it has something to do with the Three Stooges.


The good news is that Perry says he wasn’t directing his remark at Ted Oberg, the TV reporter who interviewed him. The bad news is that he said he was speaking to Robert Black, his deputy press secretary.

Too bad for Black. For the rest of his life, he’ll be known around these parts as Robert “Mofo” Black. But I suppose it beats being known as Robert “Jive Turkey” Black or Robert “Gettin’ Jiggy Wid It” Black.

I give Kelso a 9.5 – it would have been a 10 if he’d managed to work in a reference to KBH or Tom Craddick. Check it out. Via Carl Whitmarsh’s mailing list.

Lottery chief to explain shortfalls

I can’t wait to hear this.

A Texas lottery chief is expected to detail today why the state advertised an $8 million jackpot this month when available prize money fell short by more than $1 million.

The error, also slated for legislative scrutiny, was followed last week by the firing of Lee Daviney, the commission’s director of financial administration. Commission spokesman Bobby Heith declined to discuss Daviney’s departure, calling it a personnel matter.

Heith said Daviney on June 3 signed off on declaring an $8 million jackpot for the June 8 Lotto Texas drawing, but later the same day expressed concern to colleagues that ticket sales would fall short of yielding that much prize money.


Reagan Greer, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission, has remained silent since the commission conceded after the drawing that the jackpot ran $1.3 million to $1.5 million short of the advertised amount.

But Greer might be asked to explain a recent breakdown in the Pick 3 game at the Lottery Commission’s meeting, scheduled for 8 a.m. today at its Sixth Street headquarters. The commission suspended ticket sales for the game June 16, citing “computer code” problems. Sales resumed the next morning, Heith said. An investigation of contractor Gtech Corp. continues.


State Rep. Kino Flores, D-Palmview, has called a hearing Wednesday to explore the jackpot and Pick 3 concerns.

An agenda drafted for the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures, which Flores heads, covers more than a dozen topics, including previous instances when jackpots ran below advertised amounts and whether rising gas prices have affected ticket sales.

Flores said the committee also might inquire into price-fixing charges leveled in 2002 by an Austin businessman against a Nevada company that manufactures electronic bingo machines used by Texas charities to raise money.

Go for it, Kino. Make something good come out of this session. Stay tuned.

The role of political blogging

Scott went to a panel on bloggers and blogging at a seminar put on by Campaigns and Elections magazine in D.C., and he came away with some very interesting informaiton. I’m going to try to blog this in some more depth after I return home, but for now, go read. Thanks to Nate for the catch.