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The Democrats Lose a Vote

 

My US Representative is a Republican nonentity who has been in office since 2003. I’m not a Republican, but I’ve voted for him every election because he has the sterling attribute of being not a Democrat. Even though I receive his taxpayer-supported newsletter in the mail occasionally, I can’t tell you what he stands for. I’ve never met him in person, but he seems to have all the personality of a potted plant. A plastic potted plant.

This is a highly Republican district, so in most elections the Democrat Party runs a Who? against him. This year is different. His opponent is a dynamic and charismatic ex-Army helicopter pilot. She obviously has a lot of resources and support. My wife and I have had at least a dozen mailers from her, and every other YouTube video I watch has an ad from her preceding it. What have I heard from the incumbent? Zilch.

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. More

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. Book Review ‘Battle of the Brazos’ a fascinating sports and mystery story By […]

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Will of the Wisp

 

will-o’-the-wisp: noun

  1. (Also called: friar’s lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o’-lantern) A pale flame or phosphorescence sometimes seen over marshy ground at night. It is believed to be due to the spontaneous combustion of methane or other hydrocarbons originating from decomposing organic matter
  2. A person or thing that is elusive or allures and misleads

There are probably few ship types surrounded by as much romance as the Civil War blockade runner. It was risky, but not illegal. It was not smuggling. Rather, it was an attempt to circumvent a wartime blockade – a blockade that was legal only in so far as it could stop neutrals from entering or exiting a port declared blockaded.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are excited after a new poll shows Republican Josh Hawley leading incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race. They also think Beto O’Rourke and the Democratic Party are wasting money on the Texas U.S. Senate race, as incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz […]

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Since @stad published his “rules of civilized behavior” for New Jersey refugees relocating to South Carolina, I thought I’d ask for Ricochetti help for what I should be careful of as Mrs. Tabby and I move from western New York state (Rochester) to Weatherford, Texas (about 20 miles west of Fort Worth) this summer. We […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are fully aware that Democrats may have a good year in the midterms but Tuesday’s primary results suggest the Democrats still have a long way to go in Texas. However, they don’t like the departure of chief Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn and they […]

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The Texas tale for 2018? Republicans are still in the race. In fact, Ned Ryun of American Majority says the GOP is going to keep control of Congress. Is he right? Texas GOP consultant Derek Ryan tells us how things look on the ground in the Lone Star state. More

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Book Review Book traces activities of army in Texas frontier By MARK LARDAS More

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https://archinect.com/news/article/150048560/austin-in-favor-of-boycotting-companies-involved-in-trump-s-border-wall Can the Congress add a feature to its sanctuary cities disciplinary policy that includes this type of border security interference (by contractor harassment)? It certainly seems counter to national security related efforts to find best qualified contractors at least cost. I can see where we can’t prohibit private behavior campaigns, but should a state […]

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In Praise of a Texas Summer

 

I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could.

For me that was the summer of 1979, the year I graduated from college. I drove down to Texas from Michigan with my wife Janet in a brand-new car that lacked air conditioning. (Yes, they still made cars without air conditioning back then when the wooly mammoths still roamed freely.) We learned the joys of Texas 2-55 air conditioning that summer (the two front windows rolled down as you go 55 mph down a Texas highway – it was so long ago the double-nickel speed limit was the law).

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Whoa, Nellie! Keith Jackson dies at 89

 

He was the first voice of Monday Night Football, an excellent baseball play-by-play man, but Keith Jackson will forever be remembered as the voice of Autumn Saturday afternoons and ABC College Football. He has died aged 89.

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Requiem for a Coca-Cola Cowboy

 

I am saddened to hear of the death of country music legend Mel Tillis, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 85.

If you lived in Texas or anywhere in the South during the 1970s and 1980s, the Florida-born Tillis was a ubiquitous presence. Not only were his songs a staple of country radio, but he also appeared on such popular television programs as “Pop! Goes the Country,” in the Clint Eastwood action-comedy Every Which Way But Loose, and also as the pitchman for Whataburger in numerous television commercials.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the courage and heroism of the Texas man who exchanged gunfire with the Texas church murderer and the driver who happened upon the scene and chased the killer at high speeds to make sure no one else was harmed. They also shake their […]

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“Instant Karma”: Houston wins World Series

 

I’m not really a Houston Astros fan, even though I’ve attended multiple Astros games when spending some time in Texas. However, I’m glad to see the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series in the traditional sport of baseball. Sports can provide an outlet for people and help measure and test them. With some other professional sports being sidetracked with side issues and politics I actually took more of an interest in the baseball postseason this year. Considering the damage Houston (and other parts of Texas) suffered at the hands of Hurricane Harvey it’s a nice storyline for the Astros to come through with an upset World Series win over the formidable LA Dodgers.

During the time when Harvey hit the Houston area, I was rather taken aback by a number of tactless and malicious comments made about Texas and Texans. As if the residents of Houston and the rest of Texas somehow deserved a terrible hurricane to cause damage and disruption to people’s lives. I recall one academic calling Hurricane Harvey “instant karma” for Texas. There even seemed to be comments in parts of the media for egging on the idea that Texas had a dreadful ability to handle the emergency and that there were even cartoons making fun of Texas residents receiving first responder help.

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Americans watched with forlorn fascination as devastating hurricanes laid waste to stretches of Florida and Texas. Hoover research fellow Alice Hill explains how the nation can better prepare for future natural disasters. The key word is “resilience.” More

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Texas, our Texas?

 

Last night, as I was driving down Highway 281 across the Texas Hill Country from Marble Falls to suburban San Antonio, my way home was illuminated by a September harvest moon. It was an unusually cool late summer evening, indicating the chill of an early fall and evoking an ambience of ominous serenity. During my drive south, my mind wandered to an obscure yet thrilling film from 1975: Race with the Devil.

Set in south-central Texas and filmed on location in San Antonio and various Hill Country burgs like Bandera, Castroville, Leakey, and Tarpley, the film stars Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, and Lara Parker. Fonda and Oates portray the owners of a motorcycle shop in San Antonio who, in mid-January, decide to drive their new $36,000 motorhome up to Aspen, Colorado with their wives for a much-needed vacation. The film unfolds innocently enough, with the two couples motoring through downtown San Antonio past such landmarks as the Alamo and the Cenotaph and then out into the countryside. As evening approaches, instead of heading to an RV park, the main characters drive off of the road and park next to a remote river, hoping to enjoy some pastoral peacefulness and solitude. They find just the opposite.

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