The final quarter of the year has arrived and the first presidential primary votes of the 2008 election are a mere thirteen weeks away. I watched Bill Clinton on yesterday's "Meet the Press" (click for interview), and continue to be amazed by his charisma. It's interesting how some politicians have it and some don't, but their success in political life does not appear dependent on the charisma factor. Among our most recent presidents, in my opinion the most charismatic were John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. The least by far was Richard Nixon.
It's "Catfight at the Convent" time in Italy. Click for article. Evidently a couple of the nuns were upset by the heavy-handed ways of the mother superior, so they threw her to the ground and scratched her face. The two nuns who instigated the rumble were transferred to another convent. The victim has decided to barricade herself in the convent and refuses to leave.
September 29, 2007
I met a new resident of the Kosse area at the cafe last night. His first name escapes me, but his last name is Dixon. He is father-in-law to one of our waitresses, and related to the Garretts. I could tell by our short conversation he will be an asset to our community.
In this week's Bremond Press, there is an editorial questioning if the City of Bremond officials are upset by the recent influx of newcomers to our area. Evidently city ordinances have been passed which make it more difficult on the new residents. I hope this perception is inaccurate, as we are soon opening a new location in Bremond, and the bigger the customer base the better for our business. Personally, I find most of the newcomers fit the mold of Mr. Dixon as an asset to our community.
The Groesbeck Goats were defeated in their homecoming game last night by Whitney. The Goats are having a tough season. Bremond defeated Wortham by a score of 37-0.
A cancer patient in Tuscon says she was left alone in a CT scanner for hours after a technician apparently forget about her. After five hours she finally crawled out only to find herself locked in the closed clinic. Click for article. What is really strange is that it appears to be a common occurrence at this particular clinic. Quoting the article, "People have been left in the office after hours, when something like that happens — it's the same sort of thing," Dr. Steven Ketchel said. "My guess is she was lying on the table, waiting and waiting and nobody told her she could go home." Geez.
September 27, 2007
I've had to neglect postings on the Kosse Blog due to our two restaurant projects now underway. I went to the Bremond Clinic today and had three people inquire about the soon-to- be Bremond Pizza Pro. They appear to be quite anxious for its opening. The Kosse Cafe makeover is continuing and should be finished within a week. It is a western motif, and will look pretty neat.
The annual Kosse city-wide garage sale is slated for Saturday, October 13. Sales will be held all over town, and spaces are available for rent at the Kosse Community Center for those who prefer an indoor setting. Call (254)375-2212 if you wish to reserve a space.
September 26, 2007
The Groesbeck Homecoming is this weekend. I doubt this old Goat will be making any of the festivities, but I remember from high school days the significance of the event. I used to have a lot of contact with Groesbeck, but it has dwindled over the years. When I go there now I don't have any idea who most of the people are.
September 21, 2007
Our local Robertson County highways are about to become speed traps, and not a moment too soon. Click for article. While this statement goes totally against my libertarian views, this is literally a matter of life and death for our area citizens and something has to be done.
The ever-diligent McLennan County Sheriff's Department has busted the Mart Veterans of Foreign Wars facility for illegal gambling, and arrested the VFW Quartermaster. Click for article. Among the scofflaws found playing eight-liners were Korean and Vietnam war veterans, now in their 60's, 70's, and 80's. Surely there are more important criminal elements to concentrate on than our nation's elderly defenders. It reminds me of an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" when Barney Fife arrested Goober and Floyd the Barber for pitching pennies in the barbershop.
September 20, 2007
The Kosse Chamber of Commerce elected new officers at their meeting Monday. The new officers are: Ray Bowden - President, Harley Leazer - Vice President, Karen Partin -Secretary and Reporter, and Christine Kelly - Treasurer.
The Kosse Cafe interior makeover begins next week. The project is being overseen by artist and interior decorator Tess Kane. Tess is a delightfully eclectic young lady, so I have turned her loose while instructing her to keep it tastefully conservative in keeping with our clientele. She presented her plans Wednesday evening and I sat there with my usual ignorant gaze, having no idea what she was talking about. Guess I'll find out at the same time as everyone else.
The latest O.J. Simpson saga has already become tedious. Click for article. I TiVo "Hannity and Colmes" each night to keep up on politics, as their show books excellent guests. Last night's episode was taken up almost entirely with the O.J. story. While interested enough in the story to read a news article or two each day, I hope the domination of this story quickly fades and more significant topics reclaim their coverage.
September 18, 2007
Verifying what I have been saying lately about the dangerous local driving conditions, the Texas Department of Public Safety states there were more fatal traffic accidents in Robertson County in the past month alone than in all of 2006. Click for article. What is amazing is the troopers saying they have no idea why the number has increased. What?! Any person driving in this area, especially Highway 6 in Robertson County, knows it is so dangerous due to the dramatic increase of 18-wheelers on the roads. Our current economic boom necessitates their presence, and this is not going to change. In the September 11 blog post I related my harrowing experience of that day while driving from Bremond to Calvert, and how the impatient driver ahead of me put lives at risk due to being stuck behind a semi. I'm not sure there will be a solution, as there are a lot of reckless drivers and probably always will be. It is ironic that many in this area (myself included) left the metropolitan areas to escape the traffic dangers. The world moves on and we have no choice but to adjust.
September 17, 2007
According to the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, George W. Bush is "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life." Click for article. Now think about this; you would assume the President of Mexico would meet hundreds of world leaders and top officials during his six years in office, including many presidents and prime ministers. Out of all of these people, in Fox's opinion, our President is the cockiest. Nothing necessarily wrong with this, as most Americans want our leader to be supremely self-confident (Franklin Roosevelt comes to mind). The problem comes when the cockiness is not combined with good judgement, and disallows the possibility of change in the face of incontrovertible evidence. I'm afraid that has been the case with President Bush.
Former head of the Federal Reserve, Republican Alan Greenspan, has declared the Iraq War was fought “largely about oil”, which is contradictory to statements from the White House. Click for article. If true, I personally think this would be a more appropriate reason for going to war than the inaccurate reasons actually given (harboring of terrorists and threatening the region with weapons of mass destruction - Israel took out Iraq's nuclear program in 1981 and would have done so again if this threat had arisen). Considering the impact oil has on our economy and daily lives, it would not be unreasonable for the U.S. to take whatever action necessary to ensure its uninterrupted supply. The only problem is that Saddam Hussein was not a threat to the middle eastern oil supplies. On the contrary, he was illegally selling more oil than allowed under the Iraqi Oil for Food Program. The point being that no matter what the reason, Fox's described "cockiest guy I have ever met in my life" should have not gotten us into this mess to start with.
September 15, 2007
For the second week in a row, the Groesbeck Goats were defeated by a score of 34-0. The victor was Mart, which is the #1 ranked 2A team in Texas. Bremond beat Thorndale 24-0.
The Groesbeck veterinarian, Dr. George Massey, will be giving rabies shots this coming Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in front of the Kosse Fire Station.
We're seeing more typical late summer weather this week, with the highs in the low 90's and lows in the low 70's. I know the grass is not growing like it was a few weeks ago. Of course it is only one week until autumn arrives.
A woman was arrested in Sugarland for holding an Indonesian in slavery. Click for article and video. I found a couple of things strange about the situation. For one, the prisoner was being kept in a suburban Houston house which in this area would qualify as a semi-mansion. Why didn't the accused simply pay the Indonesian immigrant $5.85 an hour, as it appears it could have easily been afforded, and considering the per capita income in Indonesia is $3210 (click for chart of world income rankings), the victim would have probably been thrilled. Another thing I found surprising is that the punishment for being a slaveholder in America is only twenty years. This is the same amount of prison time you can get in Texas for selling five pounds of marijuana. Click for criminal penalties. If he were still alive, I imagine Abraham Lincoln would consider the penalties slightly disproportionate.