April 20, 2007

I received the cafe electric bill today.  It was up $300 over last month's bill.  I did notice the
price of gasoline in Bremond went down to $2.71.

I recently mentioned a move underway to eliminate the TAKS test in the public schools.  It's
demise is one step closer as the Texas State Senate voted unanimously to end it.  
Click for
article.

John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot President Reagan in 1981, is being considered for partial
release and may end up living in Dallas.  
Click for article.  In my opinion, Reagan proved to be
one of our better presidents.  Bill Clinton also had a positive presidency, although I don't know
how Hillary would be.  The two presidents of my lifetime I think got in over their heads (in both
cases with fruitless wars) were Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush.  According to the
Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid, the Iraq War is now lost.  
Click for article.

Ryan started his new job in Washington today.  He is working for Target.  Things are coming
together quite well for him in the Great Northwest and he sounds happy, which makes me
happy.  My mother on the other hand has taken a turn for the worse.  She fell last week and
there appears to be a hairline fracture in the hip that she previously broke.  She is currently
confined to a wheelchair for a minimum of six weeks and is in a great amount of pain.  The last
couple of times I talked to her she sounded pretty out of it, undoubtedly due to the painkillers
the doctors are giving her.  The drugs they have her on are the ones I read are addictive, but
on the other hand she does not need to be in continual agony.  I guess the doctors feel the
same way.  Mother had her 84th birthday last week.  Unfortunately, time slows for no one.    


April 19, 2007

School will be out in six weeks and things are once again hopping in Kosse.  There will be a
clean-up day for the Kosse City Park on April 21.  Volunteers and equipment are needed.  
You can show up any time that day to help get the park in pristine shape.  The Friends of the
Park have done wonders with this Kosse show piece and improvements are being added on a
regular basis.  Speaking of the park, the Kosse 4-H Club will be meeting on Monday, April 30
at 6:30 p.m. at the Kosse City Park.  Please bring your own chair.  All are invited.  This group
is fresh off the heels of blowout results at the Limestone County Fair.

This month's Kosse Echo had another interesting historical article.  It deals with the origins of
the Kosse Heritage House and was authored by the late Mary Bradley Whatley.  The Heritage
House has now been a Kosse landmark for twenty-eight years.  I will try to get the article on
here in the next week or so.  Having only recently constructed the
Kosse Echo section of this
website, there is so far only one reprinted article.  I'm going to publish one additional article
out of each issue of the Kosse Echo, so it will eventually be a substantial and most interesting
part of this site.  Great appreciation is given to Kosse Echo publisher Nell McKinney for
allowing these articles to be reprinted.

Sanjaya Malakar was voted off "American Idol" last night.  
Click for article.  The Virginia Tech
mass murderer sent videos and photos to NBC between the time he killed his first victims and
his second round of killings.  
Click for article.  In Iraq, the number of people killed or found
dead on Wednesday was 233, which equaled the highest daily death toll since The Associated
Press began keeping records in May 2005.  
Click for article.  The U.S. Supreme Court has
allowed for banning partial-birth abortions.  
Click for article.  A complex world indeed.


April 18, 2007

The inaugural annual Kosse Greyhound 5K Run will be held on June 9 at 8:00 a.m.  The
event will be held at the Kosse City Park.  All proceeds will go to the Kosse City Park
Playground Fund.  Trophies will be given for all age categories.  An appication form to enter
the competition can be found at area businesses or downloaded at
www.kossetexas.com.

The price of gasoline continues to skyrocket.  Yesterday it was $2.75 per gallon at Cefco.  
According to the Labor Department the core inflation rate (which excludes food and energy
costs) remained virtually nil.  Food and energy costs represent the majority of expenses in the
restaurant business and both have risen dramatically over the past few months.  
Click for
article.  

On the Kosse Blog home page is a free download of a great recipe book.  You can get further
information by
clicking here.


April 17, 2007

The deadliest shooting massacre in U.S. history occurred at Virginia Tech University
yesterday.  
Click for article.  In a related article it is mentioned that this shooting rampage
supplanted two Texas shooting massacres in an infamous statistical list.  Previously, the single
deadliest shooting spree occurred at the Luby's in Killeen in 1991, and the single deadliest
campus shooting spree took place in 1966 at the University of Texas in Austin.  
Click for
article.  Residents of Marlin were among the victims of the Killeen shooting.  Click for article.  
One of the results of the Luby's massacre was the passage of legislation which allows
individuals to carry concealed handguns in Texas.  
Click for article.


April 16, 2007

The Kosse Heritage House will be hosting two meetings tonight.  At 6:00 p.m. the Heritage
House Society will hold its meeting.  It will be followed by the Kosse Chamber of Commerce
meeting at 6:30.

Vice-President Dick Cheney was the guest on "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer" yesterday.  
Schieffer asked him if he thought the Bush Administration suffered from a credibility problem.  
Cheney answered no.  I would describe this as unbelievable but it simply adds to the list of
incredulous remarks Cheney has made.  
Click to access interview video.   

I went to Elizabet Ney Elementary School with a boy named Gerd Smith.  He was of German
descent and Gerd was a nickname for Gerhard.  I now know Gerhard is a common German
name (i.e. Gerhard Schroeder, former Prime Minister of Germany), but as five year olds we all
simply thought it was an unusual name.  Gerd was always having strange things happen to
him, and as we grew older we felt he was occasionally jinxed.  One day in 1962 we five-year
olds were sitting at our desks in Mrs. Samson's afternoon kindergarten class doing whatever
kindergarten students in Lake Jackson did in 1962.  All of a sudden a wooden beam from the
ceiling gave way and fell right on top of the unsuspecting Gerd Smith.  In retrospect it's a
wonder Gerd was not seriously injured by the falling quadrant of 1"x 6" wooden boards, but he
immediately hopped out from under the debris with no bodily damage.  Needless to say Mrs.
Samson almost had a heart attack.  The principal and school nurse were soon dispatched to
the scene of Gerd Smith's unfortunate board beaning, and my classmates and I were able to
observe our teacher, principal, and nurse freaking out.  We students were much calmer about
the situation as we could tell Gerd was physically fine and did not appear to be any more
addled than usual.  Eventually things calmed down and we all went to another classroom for
the remainder of the day.  


April 14, 2007

The rain arrived in Kosse last night about 9:00 and is continuing as I write this early Saturday
morning.  Hopefully we will not see the killer weather that occurred earlier in the Dallas/Fort
Worth area.  
Click for article.  Seems like our area has had an inordinate amount of tornadoes
this year.

The fallout over the Don Imus situation continues.  Presidential candidate Barack Obama has
now denounced the racist lyrics of the rap music industry.  
Click for article.  I never listen to
rap music and if some comes on I mute the sound, but in all honesty it has nothing to do with
the lyrics.  The rapper could be quoting the words of the Gettysburg Address and I wouldn't
listen to it.  It simply doesn't sound like music to me.  I'll choose Creedence Clearwater Revival
over Ludicrous any day.  
Click to hear my idea of great music.

Turns out that it isn't a crime to pick bluebonnets in Texas. This is an inaccurate urban myth
believed and repeated by most native Texans.  
Click for article.  I will admit I am among those
who thought it was indeed a crime.


April 12, 2007

An update on the Don Imus situation which has led the headlines for the past week:  He was
taken off MSNBC although at the moment still has his radio broadcast.  
Click for article.

The Groesbeck I.S.D. Superintendent has resigned.  The explanation given was he desired
"to explore other opportunities in education".  There is also now a new Athletic Director/Head
Football Coach.  The former coach was reassigned to another position within the district and
the Groesbeck Journal stated he will most likely look for another coaching position elsewhere.  
It is the policy of school boards not discuss personnel issues publicly but something must be
going on within G.I.S.D.

Speaking of schools, the Houston I.S.D. (my long-ago employer) is joining the list of those
wishing to dump the state-mandated TAKS tests.  
Click for article.  The criticism of the current
system is that students are taught only the things necessary for taking that particular test and
are shortchanged on a more rounded education.  I was out of public school teaching long
before the existence of the TAKS, but the criticism is easily understood and probably accurate.


April 10, 2007

The average U.S. price of gasoline has risen 54.2-cents per gallon over the past ten weeks.  
Click for article.  I think the price at Cefco was $2.67 yesterday.  According to Business Week
magazine, the 'fear premium' due to the Middle East turmoil is adding $10-$15 per barrel to
the price of oil.  
Click for article.

Don Imus has been suspended from his radio and television show for two weeks starting
Monday.  (If you're not familiar with the situation, the full story can be watched or read by
clicking here.)  I imagine his ratings for the next three days will be astronomical.  "Imus in the
Morning" on MSNBC is one of my favorite shows.  I watch it each day as it is quite entertaining.
It is definitely politically incorrect but that is what oft-times makes it so funny.  The Imus crew is
an equal-opportunity offender and goes after everyone, so I really did not think that much
about it when it was said on-air last week.  The two leading the charge against Imus are the
Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who do not exactly have a pristine past when it
comes to their own histories.  
Click for one example.  Click for a second example.  Click for a
third example.  I guess I'll watch additional episodes of Green Acres during those two weeks.
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