A ceremony occurred 210 years ago, March 9-10, 1804, that represented a major event in U.S. history. In St. Louis it is called Three Flags Day and commemorates the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase, which meant that the U.S. doubled in size.
Actually, we doubled in size three times:
1. At the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, Britain acquired French land, and after that the colonies on the east coast stretched to the Appalachian mountains.… Read the rest
Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis.
Figures compiled by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection division show 57,500 “unaccompanied alien children” have been apprehended and processed since October 2013, the majority in the Rio Grande Valley.
While President Obama’s request to Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding remains pending, the governor’s office said the state of Texas will tap available funds to pay the cost of deploying 1,000 national guard troops along the border to assist in law enforcement operations.… Read the rest
It was weird being in there.
Things were slow at Macy’s and the Bride was trying on swimsuits for an upcoming ocean trip. No one was in our area of the department store, so the Bride said I should go into the fitting room with her.
Against my gut feeling, I did so. And it was weird in there – like when you head into a bathroom and it ends up being the girls’ restroom. (So many stalls…)… Read the rest
This is one of those days when I have no inspiration to write. I’ve been looking at this computer screen for almost an hour. I’ve had a granola bar and a cup of coffee and have taken a cup of coffee to Mrs. Sweetie. And now, I am just about out of time because I need to be getting ready for church.… Read the rest
Geography influenced settlement of the Edwards Plateau area in west central Texas in Kimble and Crocket counties. Fort Stockton is west, Junction City east, and Mexico lies to the south. Settlers arrived late because in some places it is 1,500 feet higher than surrounding land.
Pioneers looked for timber, water, arable land, but the Edwards Plateau of 30,000 miles lacked all three. Average rainfall is less than ten inches. Not until the 1880s when windmills could bring up life-preserving water could anyone live there.… Read the rest
Tensions continued last week, concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans — primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children — who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries.
Those intercepted by the authorities are moved to detention facilities and processed according to federal and state protocols. On July 21, Gov. Rick Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard members to assist in Operation Strong Safety, a state law enforcement surge on the border, under the command and control of the Texas Department of Public Safety.… Read the rest
I have a friend who looks up historical events for each day and emails them. For July 9, she wrote that in 1795 on that day James Swan paid off the U.S. national debt of $2,024,899 with some of his own funds. We have some wealthy folks around today, but I’m afraid that $17 trillion is beyond their reach! Of course, I wondered “Who in the world was James Swan?”… Read the rest
Don’t go home, she said.
The Bride and I were standing with a friend at the elevators on the 19th floor in one of the buildings of MD Anderson’s massive cancer care complex.
We stopped by the Houston high-rise to visit a couple who both are fighting cancer. This time it was the husband in a cruel contest with pancreatic cancer and, now, liver. His just-completed procedure had left him unable to eat and he was depressed.… Read the rest
You’ve heard of TMI, right? “Too much information.” You know: when someone tells you a story and includes details that you really never wanted to hear? And once the story is over, you think to yourself, “I can never unhear that!”
Well, I want to introduce a new set of initials. MIN: “More information needed.” Just when you think you have it figured out, life throws you another curve ball, and you find out that there is more to it than you thought.… Read the rest
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion.
Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership the committee would “keep the Texas miracle moving full steam ahead.” She has served as a member of the committee for seven legislative sessions, including the current session.… Read the rest