William Christy was born in Kentucky in 1791 to prosperous parents, but they both died when William was only fourteen. Later, with funds left to him, he studied law. However, when the War of 1812 broke out with England, he joined the staff of General William Henry Harrison (later president). Later Christy became a quartermaster at Fort Meigs in Ohio where he fought bravely against Indians led by Tecumseh on May 5, 1813. Although wounded, he brought re-enforcements that saved the day.… Read the rest
Forty-one years after the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, the new Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was dedicated in a March 29 ceremony attended by a crowd of thousands, including veterans, active duty military, families, friends and relatives.
Some 3,417 Texans died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam, according to the State Capitol Preservation Board.
Speakers at the ceremony included: Gov. Rick Perry; U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson of Dallas, an Air Force pilot who was held captive and tortured as prisoner of war in Vietnam for seven years; Lt.… Read the rest
Uh-oh. I clearly had chugged too much sweet tea and the church small group meeting was just beginning.
This was nothing new; church folk bring food and drink and it gets consumed at very unbiblical paces at times. I am highly skilled at this.
The 22-minute DVD lesson began. It was about Joseph and forgiving or something like that, but I had more pressing concerns.… Read the rest
When I was a young buck, I had visions of being a chick magnet. Now, I didn’t use that terminology because it hadn’t been invented yet. We had chicks, of course, and we had magnets, but we had not put those together in a phrase that means “he attracts all the girls.” The girls I attracted were either in elementary school or in the senior adult Sunday School class, which doesn’t do a lot for your teen heartthrob image, but really does make you feel good and enhances your image as a really nice guy.… Read the rest
Readers of this column may recall that the state of Texas, which owned land adjacent to Eagle Mountain Lake, did not make it into a park as many local residents wanted. Instead, they sold the land in 2008.
The rationale was that it was not large enough to do what the state wanted to do. No really nice state park served the residents of the Metroplex, particularly close enough for folks in Fort Worth. As I learned at a Westerners history club meeting a couple of weeks ago, the state sold 400 acres (not really appropriate for a park) and got enough money to buy 4,000 acres (farther out in the wilds) to create a proper state park.… Read the rest
The Texas Department of Public Safety on March 18 announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center within the agency’s Texas Rangers Division.
The stated goal is to protect children through the collection and dissemination of vital intelligence, investigative support and cooperation with victim-assistance counselors by “providing support to local, state and federal partners on investigations related to missing and exploited children, the trafficking of children, child abductions and other high-risk threats to children.”… Read the rest
Did you know that Thursday, March 20 is the annual “Great American Meatout Day”?
I didn’t think so.
It’s the 30th one, yet, like you, I’ve never heard of it either.
The event is sponsored by FARM, the Farm Animals Rights Movement.
Kudos to them for the catchy acronym, but I’m gonna pass on the 2014 Meatout.
There are all kinds of animal protection agencies around these days. PETA hogs the headlines (rimshot!), but FARM toils away in the journalistic Back Forty (rimshot!… Read the rest
Are readers aware that Texas not only has its National Guard reserve units, but it also has a Texas State Guard (TXSG)? Actually, three branches of the Texas military forces exist, the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard. Only the first two can be called to active duty by the president of the United States. The Texas State Guard can only be called up to operate in the state by the governor.… Read the rest
Back in the day, the number one priority on March 17 was to wear green that was subtly hidden amongst other dominant colors. Everyone knew that if you had the misfortune of forgetting to wear green on St. Patrick ’s Day, you were going to be pinched all day long.
But in my elementary school (seriously back in the day), there was another rule: if someone pinched you and you were wearing green, you got to pinch them back.… Read the rest
Looking back at the March 4 primaries, Texas boasted 13,601,324 voters registered in time to cast a ballot.
An estimated 9 percent of the overall number of registered voters (about 1.3 million) voted in the Republican primary and 4 percent (500,000) voted in the Democratic primary.
Runoffs between the top two vote-getting candidates in a number of contests are scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, the day after the federal holiday, Memorial Day. Votes count big in any election, but as historic participation records reveal, the portion of the electorate that actually votes in runoffs is an even thinner slice of the whole.… Read the rest