Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 20 walked the block and a half from the Governor’s Mansion to the Travis County Courthouse, presented himself for arraignment by a state district judge and routine booking procedures, spoke at a five-minute press conference and left.
Perry was indicted on Aug. 15 by a Travis County grand jury on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Perry entered a plea of not guilty to either charge.… Read the rest
You’ve seen them up on the church stages: Teary-eyed folks sincerely telling parishioners how going on a mission trip changed them, how they “grew” by getting out of their “comfort zone.”
(The Bride frowns a lot when I suggest that would make a fun church drinking game [grape juice, of course] – whenever someone says “comfort zone.” [That generic phrase has replaced other classic church cliches like “hedge of protection” which supplanted “purpose-driven.”] )… Read the rest
One of my influencers quips that when asked what he thinks about a subject he says, “I don’t know; I haven’t blogged about it yet.” His point is that he processes his thoughts on a subject through writing about it.
I can relate. I tend to write like I cook; it’s an unfolding process that does not have a recipe set in stone or a detailed menu planned out in advance. I add ingredients and side dishes as I think of them and I hope it tastes good when I serve it up.… Read the rest
Last week’s column told what was happening elsewhere while the American Revolution raged on the east coast in 1776 and after. Osage Indians were killing buffalo to get suet for tallow to sell to Cuba. Another event, not noticed at the time, was the discovery of Hawaii.
A British ship, the Resolution, left England on July 12, 1776, to sail around the southern tip of Africa to New Zealand and then go northward in the Pacific to explore the northwest coast of North America.… Read the rest
A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.… Read the rest
It all began on Jan. 1, 2005. That morning, I weighed 209 pounds. I thought: What better way to get into shape than by making myself accountable to the reading public?
I came up with the genius idea of weekly printing my weight on the far left side of the sports banner in teeny numbers, aiming for a goal of 189 pounds before I took off on vacation eight months hence that August.… Read the rest
I’ve been reading a book West of the Revolution by Claudio Saunt that examines the West in 1776 while the American Revolution raged on the east coast. From it, I want to tell what I learned about the Osages, the Spanish and the buffalo.
At the end of the French and Indian war in 1763, France lost her North American empire to Britain and Spain. The latter acquired France’s territory west of the Mississippi River. (Last week’s column told of Spain secretly selling it back to France and then France selling it to the U.S.… Read the rest
You are likely familiar with the phrase “good cop/bad cop.” Before I continue, I must offer the disclaimer that I mean no disrespect to any law enforcement personnel by using this familiar terminology. In fact, there are a couple of local police officers that I have known almost their entire lives. I love them like family. If they catch me violating the traffic laws, I hope they will love me like family…and give me the ticket I deserve with a smile and a hug.… Read the rest
The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent, the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5.
The figures are included in the Texas Education Agency report, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13.
“We’ve set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or career, and they have consistently demonstrated that they are up to the challenge,” commented Gov.… Read the rest
I am the only guy I know who can be sick for five days, consume nothing but crackers and sports drinks (which quickly exited the body – it was like pouring through sieve) and still manage to gain three pounds.
Somehow I picked up the bug that’s going around, the “stomach flu” – the only more generic illness label is “flu-like symptoms.” But this sucker wouldn’t go away.… Read the rest