Tag Archives: East Texas

Statues

We don’t have any statues of Confederate generals where I live, although a lot of roads and schools are named for them.  Our only statue is in the park downtown, and it’s of a dolphin.  That’s a bit odd for a city roughly 250 miles from the ocean, but, there you go. Some people are …

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Past and Present

I live in East Texas.  My father lives three miles away. To get to his house from my house I turn left on Robert E Lee Drive, left on Jefferson Davis Drive, continue past Jeb Stuart Circle, and take a right on Shiloh; a Confederate general, a Confederate politician, another Confederate general, and a Civil …

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The Texas Police

I lived for several years in a multicultural neighborhood in Plano, just north of Dallas, east of I-75. At that time I’d estimate that it was about half Latino, a quarter Black, and a quarter White. One of the scariest moments of my life happened while I lived there. I had left early in the …

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It shouldn’t have mattered anyway.

After 9/11 happened, the company my father worked for sent out a memo saying they would no longer use a local motel.  They said it was owned by Arabs who refused to fly the American flag. My father stopped by this motel on the way to work the next day, and saw the American flag …

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Bewildering

“The people of the United States are a strange and occasionally bewildering mixture of the enlightened, the superstitious, and the plain ignorant. In certain backward sections, notably but not exclusively in the Southern states, a form of religious dogmatism has perpetuated doctrines and prejudices which other sections, on a higher intellectual level, have rejected as …

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Hobbit

Hobbit was a regional favorite at the end of the 70s, back in the days when radio stations were locally owned and disc jockeys could play what they wanted. As you can probably guess, most of their songs were Lord of the Rings themed. Their (derelict) website is HERE.

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Drug of Choice

I don’t know what it’s like in other places, but here in East Texas the anti-abortion activists are quite a spectacle. They begin by creating a tiny fake cemetery alongside a busy road, with foot-tall wooden crosses painted white. Then they kneel down in the center of it and begin to wail, to cry, to …

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Pillars of the Community

“To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.”  ~Abbie Hoffman The city in East Texas where I live has over 100,000 people, but we only have two grocery stores to choose from: Walmart, and Brookshire’s. Brookshire’s is …

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The East Texas State Fair has instituted a tough “no tobacco” policy.  Beginning this year, patrons will literally be searched at the gate, and if they find a pack of cigarettes they will confiscate it. You will be relieved to know that they still allow handguns.

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Where have all the flowers gone?

We tried to go to a Bellamy Brothers concert last night. The evening began with a rousing tribute to our brave and glorious troops, after which the crowd burst into spontaneous applause because they, too, love our brave and glorious troops. Then we were compelled to rise and recite the pledge of allegiance (I declined), …

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As If

Mona and I went to see a David Phelps concert at a nearby church last week. It didn’t go well. I’m not Christian, but I was raised Catholic so I know all the stories. I enjoy devotional music of all faiths, and like David Phelps in particular. I have a few of his albums. But …

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All sense of proportion

Via Ron Davison, who maintains a blog HERE. I have a knee-jerk reaction against the term “political correctness.” In my life, I’ve never heard anyone denied their right to say unkind things– but I’ve heard a lot of people say unkind things followed by “I guess I’m not ‘politically correct,’ hur-hur, hur-hur,” apparently believing that …

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