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Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

December 10, 2014
Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
Perry also urged Congress to pass legislation “to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border.” Perry’s announcements come in the wake of President Obama’s executive action on immigration on Nov. 20. At the time, in a national broadcast, Obama said he would take various actions because of the protracted unwillingness of Congress to pass an immigration reform bill that addresses the legal status of millions of undocumented workers employed in Texas and other states by American business owners.… Read the rest

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I’ve got Two Tickets to Paradise…on my phone?

December 3, 2014
I’ve got Two Tickets to Paradise…on my phone?

A friend has one amazing scrapbook.
Yet soon you’ll never be able to have one like it.
In his 60’s now, Randy, a music lover, grew up in the prime of rock ‘n’ roll, the late 60’s and all the 70’s and 80’s when music was groovy and ever evolving.
It was a great time to be a concertgoer and he was, big time.… Read the rest

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Fear not…seriously!

December 3, 2014
Fear not…seriously!

Please call me ASAP. Your dog is at my house.”
I got that text at 6:00 a.m. “Oh, no she’s not!” I thought. “She’s asleep in her comfortable suite in my backyard workshop, where she has A/C and heat, and gets her food – a precise mixture of dry & canned food, topped by two wieners (her current preference) – delivered each evening via room service (me).”… Read the rest

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Texas annexation affected presidential politics in 1844

December 3, 2014
Texas annexation affected presidential politics in 1844

Citizens today who follow politics closely bemoan that every issue seems to be political with the two parties on opposite sides. Many wish for the good old days. A study of American history reveals that the past wasn’t much different. The Texas annexation issue illustrates.
President John Tyler knew that a movement for the annexation of Texas in the early 1840s was underway. President Sam Houston of the Republic of Texas urged it. Tyler told his secretary of state, Abel Upshur, to work quietly toward that end without upsetting anyone.… Read the rest

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Shooter dies in confrontation with police officer

December 3, 2014
Shooter dies in confrontation with police officer

Police responded to reports of gunfire in the capital city’s downtown area around 2 a.m. on Nov. 28.
An estimated 100 shots were fired in about 10 minutes, hitting buildings including the Mexican consulate, police headquarters and the federal court building. No pedestrians, motorists or building occupants were reported injured in the incident.
An armed suspect identified as Larry Steven McQuilliams, 49, of Austin, was shot and killed when he was confronted by an Austin police officer near police headquarters.… Read the rest

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Azle Junior High

November 24, 2014
Azle Junior High

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The second of two terribly wonderful stories

November 24, 2014
The second of two terribly wonderful stories

Back in June, I detailed the terrible yet wonderful story of being a newlywed and the Bride offering to clean off the table after a meal with my folks.
My Depression Era parents threw away nothing so, the cloth the Bride was tossed to use was my old discarded teenage underwear.
The fact that she never flinched while swabbing away with those disintegrating tightie-whities was a tribute to her love.… Read the rest

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Thanksgiving buster…not good enough

November 24, 2014
Thanksgiving buster…not good enough

I had a great idea for my Thanksgiving week column. I was going to talk about how I am going to boycott every store that opens on Thanksgiving Day and do none of my Black Friday shopping there.  Throughout the course of the column I was going to admit that I don’t participate in Black Friday anyway, not because of principle, but because I would rather take a beating than be in the middle of all that craziness.… Read the rest

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This lady worked hard to get an annual Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2014
This lady worked hard to get an annual Thanksgiving Day

Anyone ever heard of Sarah Josepha Hale? I confess that I had not until I received my bi-monthly Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) magazine this month. In an article she is credited with being mostly responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday.
The holiday originated in New England in the 19th century, but each state scheduled its own date for it. Some were in October, and others in January with several in between. The South did not celebrate it.… Read the rest

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Perry, Abbott react to Obama’s action on immigration

November 24, 2014
Perry, Abbott react to Obama’s action on immigration

President Barack Obama on Nov. 20 announced his decision to take executive action on immigration because Congress has not acted on immigration reform to address the presence and inflow of undocumented residents.
“In order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation, these undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and unlawful permanent residents would have to: Have been here 5+ years, pass a background check, pay taxes,” according to information posted by the White House.… Read the rest

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