Archive for the 'Texas' Category

The Southern Border Fence is Still Needed

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

President Obama has appointed a border czar. That’s fine. Then a natural question is: What is the czar going to do to improve security along the porous southern border? Somehow, when discussing border security, one obvious topic doesn’t get discussed much. That is: Why don’t we re-double efforts to build a first-rate fence along the […]

When the Democrats Took Control of Texas

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

When the Democrats finally outmaneuvered the party of Lincoln in Texas, it wasn’t pretty: In July 1867 twenty whites and 150 blacks attended a Republican convention in Houston, where they endorsed free common schools and free homesteads from public lands for blacks and whites alike. Thus began a decades-long tradition of black Republicanism in the […]

Move Your Business to Texas

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Have a business that you would like to relocate from say California or New York? For the 4th year in a row Texas is ranked #1 for business growth by CEOs. While Texas ranked first, California ranked dead last. Amazing. It is like two different countries. And New York ranked next to last. I have […]

When Sam Houston Spoke … and Texans Ignored Him

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Sam Houston was one of the founding fathers of Texas. He served as the first President of the Republic of Texas when Texas was an independent country from 1836 to 1846. After Texas joined the United States, Houston served as the Governor of Texas including up until the Civil War period. Thus he was a […]

Texas Rabbits

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Texas is cowboy country. Even our rabbits don’t put up with much (via Maggie’s Farm).

Pittsburgh’s Economy Like in the Sunbelt

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I grew up in the Pittsburgh area (Washington County actually), and many in my family still live there. Since moving to the Dallas, Texas area 27 years ago, it has been nice here because the economy in Dallas always seem to do much better than other parts of the country, even in a slow down. […]

All I Want for Christmas, Two Versions

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

For a Christmas song with a rock edge, here is a contest. The woman in the band Vince Vance and the Valiants can really belt it out. (Vince and his guitar player wrote this tune.) But then next is LeAnn Rimes – and she is no slacker at belting it out either. Rimes adds a […]

Judicial Activism Back in the News

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Why do we need legislatures when the courts can make our laws for us? The latest example: The California Supreme Court, striking down two state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman, ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. … “In view of the […]

A New Standard for Lying Politicians

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Some people lie, and some people lie big time: Carrollton [Texas] Mayor Becky Miller’s City Council colleagues are assessing the fallout from questions about her past. Ms. Miller has told acquaintances she sang backup for Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne and was engaged to Eagles singer-songwriter Don Henley. She has also said she had a […]

Van Cliburn’s Amazing Story

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

A man who lives about 30 miles from where I am sitting in the Ft. Worth, Texas area has an amazing story. He is the only classical musician ever given a ticker-tape parade in New York City. 350,000 people attended his 1994 concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Grant Park. It’s time for an […]

Disenfranchised Republicans: The Great Primary Election Rip-off of 2008

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Well, John McCain has the 2008 Republican nomination for president locked up now that Romney has dropped out of the race. The problem is that I didn’t get to vote. I wrote here that reform is needed of the primary election process. While I live in Texas, many people in other states also did not […]