July 21, 2007

Mary Kate Rasco succumbed to liver cancer at approximately 9:00 a.m. on July 20, 2007 in
Lake Jackson, Texas.  Rest in peace, Mother.  I love you.


July 20, 2007

Sadness within Kosse.  Damon and Krista Cook lost their unborn daughter, Allie Rose, on
Thursday.  The following e-mail is self-explanatory.  Our condolences to these good people.

Krista is doing well.  She delivered Allie Rose today around 5pm.  She was very beautiful and
peaceful and weighed 3 lbs. 4 oz.   The whole family is doing well and appreciates all of the
prayers, phone calls and other acts of kindness.  Damon and Krista are planning a private
memorial service for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, Damon and Krista would like donations to be made in Allie's honor to the
Medina Children's Home. You can donate online at https://www.medinachildrenshome.
com/donate-memorial.htm.  You can also donate by mail to Medina Children's Home, 21300
State Highway 16 N, Medina, TX 78055  and specify that the donation is being made to a
general fund in memory of Allie Rose Cook.

Thank you again for the prayers and concern.


July 19, 2007

Al Sharpton has publicly stated he would not oppose the return of Don Imus to radio, under
certain circumstances.  
Click for article.  That is certainly benevolent of him.  

The Kosse Chamber of Commerce put a note of appreciation in this week's Groesbeck
Journal in regards to the July 4th fireworks show.  It is worth re-printing, as it sums up the
cooperation and generosity of the unique Kosse folk.

We appreciate everyone coming out to view the fireworks at the park.  We would like to thank
all of you who supported the fireworks with your donations.  Special thanks to the Kosse Fire
Department for their time in igniting the fireworks.  Jay Smith puts together a nice package for
us as he provided us the fireworks.  We could not have such a wonderful show if it wasn't for
all the giving people around Kosse - if you did not get to donate this year, there's always next
year!  Thanks so much to you all.  We would also like to thank all the special volunteers who
make time to keep the park up!     Kosse Chamber of Commerce


July 17, 2007

One of my employees informed me his home here in Kosse was burglarized and his television
set was stolen.  Another employee then mentioned his house had also been the scene of an
attempted burglary, but evidently his mother was home and the burglars made a hasty exit.  
Let's hope this can be nipped in the bud and the perpetrators arrested before any more
incidents.

A muscle spasm hit me a couple of days ago in my lower spinal area.  My God, they’re killers!  
I’m walking like that old Tim Conway character of the 90-year old man who literally has to
shuffle along to move.  This is not my first one, so I know the predictable progression of the
agony.  Fortunately they go away in a few days and I am once again able to shuffle along like
a youthful 50-year old.

The Groesbeck High cheerleaders are now selling ads for the home football programs.  If you
would like to place an ad, contact Stephanie Lockhart at (254)375-2302.


July 15, 2007

I saw one of my ex-employees at the cafe today.  I knew he had been slated to graduate this
past May, so I asked him what his plans were.  As the conversation progressed I learned he
had not finished school and was working on an oil rig.  I mentioned he could take his GED,
and he immediately became defensive.  He informed me he was making $18 an hour which is
more than he could make even with a high school certificate.  At this point I stopped any effort
at exhorting progress within his life, as I certainly did not want to question the wisdom of an 18-
year old dropout.  I can only say I wish I had listened more to those who were older and wiser
than me during my late teens when I also knew everything.

John McCain's presidential campaign is evidently in a total meltdown, with many analysts
predicting an imminent withdrawal from the race.  
Click for article.  I think it is fair to say one
major reason for the downfall is his continued support for the Iraq war.  It has been a harmful
folly for the nation and now for McCain.  


July 12, 2007

The Bryant Family gospel concert will be held this Saturday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kosse
First Baptist Church.  Everyone is invited to hear this Kosse family perform.  

The rains finally stopped and things are beginning to dry out.  I sent Donald Porch to Wal Mart
last night to purchase a lawnmower as my former landscape engineer Jonathon Rogers no
longer has a working mower and I am having difficulty finding another lawn service.  My
backup landscaper was Maurice Mack, but he is now working at both the cafe and Cefco and
has had to forsake his yard maintenance business.  

Lady Bird Johnson has died at the age of 94.  
Click for article.  Many Americans were not born
when Lyndon Johnson exited the Presidency in January, 1969, and have no memory of the
Johnson era.  Lady Bird is probably best remembered for her advocacy of wildflowers and
natural flora.  (She would be proud of my yard at the moment as it looks like an overgrown
field.)  I found the Johnson years similar to the Bush years we are now experiencing.  The
country was divided over a losing war effort, and LBJ's influence and popularity spiraled
downward as his refusal to accept reality continued until the end of his administration.  


July 9, 2007

Today is Ryan's 20th birthday.  He will be celebrating it with his friends in Everett,
Washington.  Happy birthday from your loving Dad.

As American deaths in Iraq pass the 3600 mark, former Secretary of State Colin Powell has
revealed he spent 2½ hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade
Iraq.  
Click for article.  I sometimes wonder what the Bush 43 presidency would have been like
if not for the Iraq War.  It's hard to relate to the days after 9-11 when the nation was united
and the world was our supportive ally.  If only Bush had heeded the advice of General Powell
over Dick Cheney.

According to the Drudge Report, fired radio host Don Imus will be returning to the airwaves
within the next few months.  
Click for article.  I am very glad to hear this.  He should have
never been fired to start with.  I wrote MSNBC an e-mail when they caved in to Al Sharpton
and cancelled his show.  I informed them I would not be watching their cable news network in
the future, and have followed through with my personal boycott.  I only hope the Imus crew
does not lose their politically incorrect humor.  This is what made the show so entertaining.


July 7, 2007

During my time of employment as circulation associate for the Houston Chronicle, one of my
daily newspaper deliveries was to Dr. Ron Paul, an obstetrician in Lake Jackson.  He and my
father were fellow members of the Kiwanis Club and good friends.  A few years later Dr. Paul  
was elected to the U.S. Congress.  He is currently running for the Republican nomination for
President and is receiving a growing amount of publicity.  
Click for article.  While a definite
long-shot, his libertarian views are attractive to many of us.

According to a survey by the American Research Group, 45% of Americans want President
Bush impeached.  Not so surprisingly, 54% want Vice President Dick Cheney impeached.
 
Click for article.  While I think it is safe to say neither will be impeached and removed from
office, it does show the breadth of dissatisfaction with our current administration.  As the 2008
election approaches it is predictable that the Republican candidates will distance themselves
from George W. Bush.  This is certainly a change from the early stages of the Bush 43
Presidency.  

Our chances of rain are beginning to diminish.  I've already told my landscape engineer
Jonathon Rogers to mow everything the first day the grass adequately drys out.  At this point
it may take a machete to cut through the grass.


July 5, 2007

Is this rain never going to stop?  It is 2:00 a.m. as I write this and I can once again hear the
heavy downpours outside.  Fortunately the fireworks show last night was not dampened by the
weather.  As always the show was most impressive and enjoyable.

The Kosse First United Methodist Church will be holding their annual summer revival on July
15-17 at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Jimmy Philips of the Marlin First Christian Church will be the
speaker.  As I've said before, Jimmy is one of the most accomplished preachers I've ever
heard.  

I found out one of our waitresses got married last night.  Christina Lockhart and Ernesto
Coronado are now betrothed.  Ernesto is home on leave from the Marines and is soon to be
sent to Iraq.  We wish them the best.


July 1, 2007

The year is half over.  Only 175 shopping days until Christmas.  And the world moves on.

Senior Bishops in the Anglican Church have declared the summer floods are God's judgment
on the immorality and greed of modern society.  
Click for article.  If this is true I suppose our
region of Texas has had a lot of immoral greed lately.  According to the forecast, flooding
downpours are once again predicted for the next week.  The National Weather Service has
stated it was the wettest June in recorded history for Texas.  
Click for article.  

I received an e-mail from webmaster extraordinaire Brook Valls.  It is self-explanatory.  I
checked out the photos.  There are hundreds to peruse through and very interesting.

Hi George,
I’ve posted photos of different events from the 2007 Kosse Homecoming on KosseTexas.com
that you might want to mention on KosseCafe.com.  They are posted under “Kosse
Happenings” or you can click on the link under the Texas image.  The site is now getting
about 40 unique visitors and approximately 150 page views per week.
http://www.kossetexas.com


June 28, 2007

The downpours continue and are predicted to continue for the next week.  Click for article.  
While this is probably helpful to the local farmers (versus a drought), it is beginning to have
negative effects on other industries.  A rock truck driver told me he was suffering economically
due to the weather, and I know it has a negative effect on the restaurant industry.  Oh well,
what are you going to do?  Mother Nature is no respecter of men.

There has been a lot of publicity the past few days over the double murder-suicide of
professional wrestler Chris Benoit and his family.  
Click for article.  Steroids are assumed to
have played a role in the deaths.  I of course have no idea, although it would not be a shock if
true.  What I do know is that the number of professional wrestlers who have died over the past
twenty-five years due to unnatural causes is astoundingly high.  
Click for list.  Probably the
greatest family tragedy involves the Von Erichs.  Their story is unbelievable and only one
male member of the family has survived.  
Click for article.  


June 26, 2007

A flash flood watch is in effect as I write this, and there is an 80% chance of heavy rainfall
throughout the day.  

Diane Bailey, the lady who purchased the Bassett building along with her husband David, sent
me an e-mail seeking a handyman to do some work for them.  I also have been in need of a
good handyman for months.  If anyone knows of a competent and honest handyman needing
employment, please have them contact us.  I know in my case I can put them immediately to
work.

July 4th will soon be here and the fireworks stand on the property next to the cafe has opened
for business.  I am anxiously awaiting the fireworks display which will be held at the Kosse City
Park that evening.  It is one of the better-attended events in our town and is quite impressive
for a community of our size.  There is a box at the Kosse Cafe in which you can make
donations to help bring about a stirring display.  The cafe makes sure to give an annual
donation, as I truly believe quality of life events such as this are a reflection on Kosse.  
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