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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. “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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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 on Ricochet on the following Sunday. More

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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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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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As I was driving through the Texas Hill Country earlier this afternoon, my mind was overwhelmed with melancholy thoughts. Driving though such beautiful pastoral scenery does not normally produce that type of mood, but today is the tenth anniversary of my brother Richard’s untimely death at the age of forty. Michael Johnson sums up my disposition thusly:

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are all for a robust federal response to assist in the recovery and the rebuilding of the Texas coast, but they also don’t want to see the legislation turn into a spending spree for a bunch of unrelated projects for other parts of the […]

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This is America.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America give President Trump credit for admitting his Afghanistan policy changes go against his instincts, and they also like some of the other changes he outlined in a policy with few good options. They also enjoy seeing the woeful fundraising totals for the DNC in […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump defending some of the people attending the rally in Charlottesville, including those who were at the torch protest, and David explains why he sees Trump’s words as the dream scenario for the alt-right.. They cheer a new law in Texas that prevent […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 30, 2017 it’s the “Pagophobia” edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter and SimpliSafe. This week, we focus first on the only really important issue going on right now, which is the imminent breakout of nuclear war. It’s a hard topic to be […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Far Beyond the World I’ve Known

 

Few things cause my mind to wander quite like driving across the seemingly endless expanse that is the American Southwest. As a kid, one of my favorite television programs was Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and the opening theme song to the series pilot contains a haunting question:

Long before this life of mine, long before this time. What was there, who cared to make it begin? Is it forever, or will it all end? Searching my past for the things that I’ve seen, is it my life or just something I dreamed?

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Obama brought us Obamacare, the Stimulus, and doubled the debt to $20 trillion. George W. Bush brought us the Wall Street bailout and interminable middle-eastern wars. Congress, alternately run by Democrats and Republicans over the past 16 years, approved all of these messes. And seeing how everyone in DC — politicians, press, lobbyists, and probably Uber drivers — have spent the past five months in an endless slap fight, we shouldn’t expect the Beltway to produce much of consequence for the foreseeable future.

How do we enact conservative change in this environment? The best option is to build a doorless wall around DC; Washingtonians of every stripe can give each other swirlies while the rest of America gets about fixing the nation. But since that effort might be frowned upon, let’s just ignore the lot of them the best we can and focus closer to home.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: What I Like About Texas, 29 April 2017

 

You ask me what I like about Texas? Well aside from the obvious, such as @rightangles‘ posts and pics, and the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes in full bloom at the height of spring, the list is exhaustive. We could be here all night long.

Fortunately, 31 years ago during the Texas sesquicentennial, country singer-songwriter Gary P. Nunn put that question and its many answers into a song, from which the following verse comes:

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On this Texas Independence Day, let us recall the words of a true leader of men: Companions in Arms!! These remains which we have the honor of carrying on our shoulders are those of the valiant heroes who died at the Alamo. Yes, my friends, they preferred to die a thousand times rather than submit […]

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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 Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter More

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