Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst posted similar takes on President Obama’s annual state of the union address, televised live on Jan. 28.
Perry said, “…Texas has shown that the way to economic prosperity and significant job growth is through individual freedoms and the free market. Tonight, we saw a president with the same old agenda and no real idea on how to govern.”… Read the rest
Did you know there is a Reagan Day? And a Jefferson-Jackson Day? Me either.
But they’re out there. In fact, a Reagan Day hoohah is right around the corner and you can attend if you have $100 in your cupboard’s Mason jar where you throw your loose change.
Or you can bring some pals for $2,000.
Reagan and Jefferson-Jackson Days are, respectively, the Republican and Democratic Parties biggest fundraisers annually.… Read the rest
Anyone who knows me well knows that I enjoy good food. Anyone who doesn’t know me well but takes a look at my physique isn’t surprised. If you are what you eat, I will have to admit that: (1) I am not always the healthiest choice on the menu; (2) I am, however, tasty and never boring.
I even plan trips and meetings around food. I have one friend that I would describe as my “ian” friend.… Read the rest
My excitement for Western history usually is directed toward the 19th century with its cattle drives, gold rushes, cavalry, Indians and wagon trains plodding the well-worn trails. Of course, history is anything that happened even a short time ago. Consequently, in my travels in the western part of the U.S. I often learn about modern “pioneers.”
Last summer I encountered the work of such a person while walking across a pedestrian bridge near Tacoma, Wash. and stopping to pose for a photograph with my nephew.… Read the rest
With the end of his longevity record of 14 years as governor less than a year away, Rick Perry took part in policy discussions at the 2014 World Economic Forum Jan. 21-25 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
Perry was the only U.S. state governor to attend the forum, the governor’s office said. Besides his headline-grabbing words suggesting a softer approach through drug courts on state marijuana laws, Perry said Texas is the place to be for companies seeking a business-friendly environment.… Read the rest
It’s possible that many Olympic records will be set at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia that begin Feb. 7.
That’s because the competitors might be skiing for their lives – from avalanches.
Let’s face it: It’s gonna be pedal to the metal if tons of snow and boulders are roaring down on you.
However, getting that tons of snow is the tricky part, right now. Sochi currently isn’t getting much at all. Locals say that February is the big month for snow in that Russian area that is sometimes so temperate that palm trees can be found.… Read the rest
English words often have more than one meaning. Usually my mind jumps first to the western or historic definition before the modern one. For example, a few days ago a headline in the newspaper said “Barnes has Longhorns on the comeback trail.” I immediately was glad that the celebrated animal of the long cattle drives was increasing in population and not at risk. It turns out, the story was praising the coach of the University of Texas basketball team! Even in our sports-oriented Metroplex, usually my reaction when hearing “Cowboys” or “Texas Rangers” is not either football or baseball.… Read the rest
State Comptroller Susan Combs on Jan. 14 released “Texas Water Report: Going Deeper For The Solution,” a study of water issues Texas faces, and a set of recommendations.
“Texas has been prone to cycles of drought for centuries and there is no reason to expect that basic pattern to change,” Combs said in bringing attention to the report. “Yet our state has changed and its booming population and economy are creating an increasingly unquenchable demand for water,” she added.… Read the rest
I watched parts of both NFL conference championship games yesterday. In a couple of weeks I’ll watch the Super Bowl. It should be a good game. At least the advertisers are hoping so. By the way, I read a recent report from the Harvard Business Review that said 80 percent of Super Bowl ads fail to increase purchases or purchasing intent. Makes you wonder about those big bucks those advertisers are spending. But I digress…… Read the rest
The Creeks lived in what is now the South, mostly in the present states of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Immigration from Europe boomed, and white settlers moved west to find land. The situation created a rift in the Creek Nation, one of the five civilized tribes in the area (Cherokee Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole).
The Upper Creeks who wanted to fight the encroaching whites were called “Red Sticks” because their war clubs were red. The peaceful Lower Creeks, in the minority, willing to accommodate the incoming whites, were called “White Sticks.” Both groups had intermarried and assimilated with the whites, owning houses and farms like them.… Read the rest