The top-grossing movie for the past two weeks has been “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". The actor who created Borat has been on all the talk shows and his shtick is to make fun of unsuspecting dupes. Click for interview video with Matt Lauer on the Today Show. He pulled his act on some guy in New York City and made a sexual comment. The man responded by punching Borat repeatedly in the face. Click for article. In another incident the character of Borat had arranged to sing the national anthem at a rodeo in Salem, North Carolina. He made such a mockery of it that the crowd began getting hostile and he had to be escorted by security out of the Salem Civic Center. Click for article.
Kosse is probably one of the smaller towns in Texas to have its own newspaper. The Kosse Echo was originally begun by Peggy Truett, Nell McKinney and (if memory serves me correctly) Joyce Denke. It is now published by Nell and her daughter Kelley. I look forward each month to its arrival in the mail. What I personally find most interesting are the articles from its early days of publication. It brings back memories of those passed on and reminds me of life in Limestone County during my 20's. Another nice thing about the Kosse Echo is that it is well-written and edited. Grammatical errors and misspellings are almost non-existent and the layout of the paper is quite professional. The Kosse Echo is just one more reason our fair community is the Wonderland of Texas.
In my previous post I gave a link to the Limestone County casualties of World War II. There are seventy-six names on the list. Click for list of Limestone County World War II casualties. As mentioned before, Kosse holds the distinction of providing more per capita armed forces members than any other town in the United States. This fact was listed in the official Congressional Records and if you think of the number of towns in America this is quite an honor. One Kosse resident was killed during the Korean War, as was one from Groesbeck. Click for list of Korean War casualties. During the Vietnam War, Kosse was fortunate not to have any casualties. Thornton had two, Mexia two, and Marlin six. Click for list of Vietnam War casualties.
Falls County government is facing another controversy. The Precinct 2 Commissioner is being accused of not living in the precinct. Click for article. This comes just a couple of weeks after the Tax Assessor/Collector resigned after being indicted for malfeasance.
It's a chilly day in Kosse. The Goats won last night although it is my understanding they missed out on the playoffs. The road construction crew put the temporary drive into the cafe truck parking lot. Gasoline went up three cents this week, and Thanksgiving's a scant twelve days away. Life goes on in the Wonderland of Texas.
I frequently watch the History Channel's shows on the World War II era. This period of American history has always been of interest to me. I was born just twelve years after the war ended so most of my teachers and adult contacts had lived through the experience. Like most families of that time, the war had a direct impact on many of my relatives. My father quit his job as principal of the Box Church school to enlist in the Navy. He eventually ended up in the Philippines fighting the Japanese. I remember looking at photos he had taken of the night sky being lit up by gunfire and artillery. As a kid I didn't think much about the fear and danger felt by him and his shipmates. He never talked about it. Some of my family members did not survive the conflict. My grandmother lost her only biological child, Ernest Sprowl, when a Japanese kamikaze bomber attacked the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin on March 19, 1945. As a result I never knew this uncle. Click for list of U.S.S. Franklin casualties. He is #603. My Uncle Elias Howell's only child, Herbert Howell, was killed when a Nazi soldier dropped a German stick grenade down the hatch of the tank he was in. As a result I never knew this cousin. Click for list of Limestone County World War II casualties. We honor them and many others on this Veteran's Day of 2006.
I had a good experience with the Texas Department of Transportation over the past two days. As all of us in Kosse know, the state is involved in a major reconstruction project on Highway 7 within our city limits. Barriers had been placed which completely blocked accessibility to the Kosse Cafe truck parking lot. Truckers represent a significant and very appreciated portion of our business, and to make a long story short it was killing the pocketbook. I wrote an e-mail to the Austin TX DOT office and received an immediate reply. I was informed the e-mail had been forwarded to the local district office. The next day I received an e-mail from Jeff Kennedy of the Marlin TX DOT office. He asked me to call him to discuss the situation. He could not have been nicer and more effective. He told me to give him a few minutes and he would call me back. Ten minutes later he informed me a temporary entry will immediately be made to allow for truck parking. It is most gratifying to have our government officials respond in such a quick and helpful way to citizen (or in this case business) concerns.
There are eleven million bottles of acetaminophen (the generic version of Tylenol) being recalled because of possible metal pieces within the pills. The metal pieces are up to 1/3 inch in length. Among the ones being recalled are the 500 mg. caplets sold at Wal Mart under the Equate brand. Click for article. I have a bottle in my medicine drawer and imagine many of us around here do. I'll return it to Wal Mart next time I go there. I don't need my esophagus sliced by a pain pill.
What an election day it was. On the local scene we now have a Republican County Judge. Daniel Burkeen defeated Richard Duncan as successor to the retiring Elenor Holmes. On the state level we have a Republican sweep in all the major offices. Governor Rick Perry was easily re-elected as were the Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor, State Comptroller, Agriculture Commissioner, and Attorney General. Byron Cook was re-elected our State Representative and Chet Edwards won a landslide victory to remain our U.S. Congressman.
The Kosse street improvement referendum passed by a margin of 104-24. It now must be presented to the state for approval.
Nationally it was a night of celebration for the Democrats. They are now firmly in control of the House of Representatives and appear to now be the majority party of the U.S. Senate. Many of us do not pay much attention to what happens in Washington, but there are going to be some changes which will have a direct impact on Kosse. The minimum wage will quickly be increased and despite what Dick Cheney said on Sunday, there will be a change of course in Iraq. President Bush will become a weakened lame-duck and the political focus will shift to the 2008 presidential race. For political junkies it will be an interesting time.
Stacy took Halloween photos of some of the trick-or-treaters who came by the cafe. Click to see photos.
Update: I am watching the news at noon and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield has just resigned. It is a new day in Washington.
Election day has arrived. I was happy to see a circular posted at the cafe in which the mayor and city council endorsed passing the Kosse street improvement referendum.
It was very foggy last night. The electricity went off yesterday morning for a few hours causing the cafe to close during the late breakfast and early lunch timeframe. It didn't help the pocketbook.
I have not done a Kosse Blog giveaway in awhile so the first person to e-mail me and say they read this will receive a $10.00 Kosse Cafe gift certificate in the mail. Include your name and mailing address. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of my favorite employees of all time was Jeff Threadgill. He began working at the grocery store while still in high school and worked for about three years. He's now twenty-five or twenty-six, married, and has a good job in Dallas working with computers. In other words he grew up and has a good future. Getting back to earlier days; Jeffrey was always in some jam, usually of his own making. He was a mischievous lad and his adventures were legion. One day he showed up at the store with a completely shaved head. He looked like a walking cue ball. He informed me someone had bet him $100 he would not shave his head, so he did. Another time he came in telling me of an exciting event that had happened that day in one of his classes at Bremond High School. It seems as if some unknown power had mysteriously replaced the educational video in the VCR shortly before the film was shown to the students. Instead of seeing the regularly scheduled video, the students were suddenly enjoying a XXX movie. Needless to say, the teacher was aghast and quickly ran to turn it off. From what I understand no students complained. The person who pulled the pornographic prank was never identified, but as Jeff relayed the anecdote I had an inkling of a feeling he may have had knowledge of the perpetrator's identity. Another time he told me he bought a lotto ticket that had hit on five of the six winning numbers, and on the sixth number he was off by one numeral. I found this hard to believe but he had the ticket to prove it. He won a few thousand for hitting five out of six, but if his last number chosen had been one numeral higher he would have won $2 million. Such was the life of little Jeffrey Threadgill at the turn of the twenty-first century.
The Groesbeck Goats defeated Madisonville Friday night, 40-27. I was told if they win next week against Palestine Westwood they will be in the playoffs. In regards to Groesbeck High School, the person who made a recent bomb threat has been arrested. Click for article.
Elections will be held this Tuesday. I hope the Kosse street improvement referendum passes as we really do need to improve our streets. I think Rick Perry will win the Texas Governor's race, Chet Edwards the Congressional seat, Byron Cook the State Representative position, Kay Bailey Hutchinson the U.S. Senate seat, and Richard Duncan will be elected Limestone County Judge. We'll see how good a prognosticator I am.
I have added another section to the website. It is a page featuring videos from all kinds of different site. The videos are updated daily by the company which is furnishing them. Click for Videos section.
At this point I do not understand George W. Bush's refusal to get rid of Donald Rumsfield as Secretary of Defense. Even the military newspapers are calling for his dismissal. Click for article. To further complicate the situation, the verdict on Saddam Hussein will be announced today and it is a foregone conclusion he will be found guilty and sentenced to death. Another expectation is that his supporters (and there are many in Iraq) will then further increase the violence of the civil war. Click for article. What a mess.