A sad day for us Dallas Cowboys fans. Yesterday they were defeated in the N.F.C. playoffs by the New York Giants, 21-17. Click for article.
Looks as if the upcoming District Attorney's race will be a hot one. Incumbent Roy DeFriend is being challenged by Groesbeck attorney David Moore. Moore put a hard-hitting ad in last week's Groesbeck Journal, and I noticed Roy had been in the cafe and left cards. He also has a large sign at the four-way across from the cafe. I learned long ago that local politics and business do not mix, so I don't allow the cafe windows to become a billboard for local campaigns, as some businesses do.
January 12, 2008
Our incumbent Precinct One Limestone County Commissioner, John McCarver of Kosse, will be facing opponents in both the primary and general elections. In the Republican primary on March 4, John will face Ed Simmons. The winner will face Democrat Joe Neason, Sr. in the November general election. This should be an interesting local race. I don't know Ed Simmons, although I did notice he had left cards at the cafe. It's certainly a change to see two candidates running in the Republican primary while the Democratic candidate is unopposed.
January 9, 2008
Quite a surprise in the New Hampshire presidential primary results last night. Click for article. This is turning into a very interesting race, with no true frontrunner in either party. I read that 20% of Americans are political junkies, and I fall into that category. My father was also very interested in politics, and I can recall even as a pre-teen enjoying the weekly copy of U.S. News & World Reports that would arrive to our house. My mother was not as expressive about her political views, although I do remember her voting for George Wallace in 1968. I think she liked it when he when he pledged to run over any demonstrators who got in front of his limousine, and said the only four letter words hippies didn't know were w-o-r-k and s-o-a-p. Click for article.
January 5, 2008
Over the course of the past half-century, our presidential elections have shown a cycle of electing a totally unexpected candidate every 16 years. In 1960, John Kennedy went up against Lyndon Johnson, Adlai Stevenson, and Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic nomination. In other words he was running against a future president, a two-time presidential nominee, and a future Vice-President, and the earliest polls showed him as a long shot candidate. The people responded to the new era he promised and he not only garnered the Democratic nomination, he defeated another future president, Richard Nixon, in the general election. Sixteen years later, with the nation suffering from Watergate and Vietnam War fatigue, the 1976 race saw the emergence of a nationally unknown former governor of Georgia. Jimmy Carter would defeat the most powerful politicians of his era to gain the nomination, and then oust the incumbent Gerald Ford for the presidency. Sixteen years later in 1992, Bill Clinton would emerge as the newcomer of choice and once again the incumbent, George H.W. Bush, lost his position in office. Well, it's sixteen years later and the cycle continues. Our nation suffers from Bush fatigue (a recent quote from former President George H.W. Bush himself) and the electorate appears to be seeking another newcomer. President Obama or President Huckabee?
January 4, 2008
Kosse resident Raymond Huckabee's cousin, former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, has won the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses. Click for article. Barack Obama won decisively on the Democratic side. Click for article.
Lions Clubs International has bestowed the Kosse Leo Club with its most prestigious honor, the Leo Club Excellence Award. The Kosse Leos are the only club in the state of Texas to so be honored. Congratulations!
January 2, 2008
A gang of about 50 apparently drunken Santas invaded a New Zealand cinema complex over the weekend, frightening customers, damaging property and swearing. Police believe the Santas were a group of university students dressed in Santa suits who ran amok for 20 seconds. The pseudo Saint Nick's abused patrons, chanted obscenities, ripped down posters and knocked over cardboard figures advertising films. Click for article. In Canada, there has been a rogue Santa writing obscene letters postmarked the North Pole to shocked boys and girls in Ottawa. Click for article. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa.
December 31, 2007
The final day of the year has arrived along with true winter weather. Tomorrow night's low is predicted to be 22-degrees.
December 28, 2007
Christmas 2007 has come and gone and peace on earth, goodwill towards men has not been found. Former (and expected future) Prime Minister of Pakistan Benizar Bhutto was assassinated yesterday in a predictable yet still shocking travesty. Click for article. The price of oil is once again nearing $100.00 per barrel and the assassination of Bhutto is stated as one of the primary reasons. Click for article. For those who think this faraway event has no effect on Kosse, simply look at the price of gasoline at Cefco. In the past three days it has risen 6-cents to $2.95 per gallon and is predicted to go higher.
Political assassinations have been a reality for millenniums, and our own history has shown that being President of the United States is one of the deadliest jobs around. We have had forty-three presidents, and four were assassinated while five others had attempts made on their life. Click for article.
December 22, 2007
Winter officially arrived with a vengeance today. The wind gusts once again blew over the outdoor cafe sign and the temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-20's tonight. Time to crank up the heat.
The Bremond Tigers were defeated by Munday in the 1A state championship game held today in Stephenville. The final score was 26-6, but the Tigers can hold their heads high. Being the second best team in Texas is a great accomplishment for a team that was not even expected to win their district. Congratulations.
December 20, 2007
Officials in Washington have decided not to build a state of the art power plant in nearby Jewett. Click for article. The project will instead be located in Illinois. This is a great disappointment to the many people who were working to bring these jobs to this area, but certainly reinforces the cliche about counting chickens. In the November 5 post of this blog I mentioned the need for Kosse to realize the vast majority of workers arriving for the construction of the Kosse Coal Mine project will leave when the construction job is finished in 3-4 years. Unlike the Jewett situation where the outcome was unknown, our growth outcome is known, and we need to plan accordingly so as to prevent a boom-bust cycle.
Hillary Clinton is facing scrutiny from conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for being an old hag, according to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Click for article. No comment.
December 18, 2007
The friendly folk of Bruceville-Eddy are evidently at war with each other. After the City Secretary was fired at last week's City Council meeting, violence has escalated to the point of death threats, a former councilman being accused of choking a fellow resident, and the mayor being hit in the face by a flying brick. Click for article and video of mayor's facial injuries. I may be naive, but I cannot even began to imagine this happening in Kosse. While there is always something to complain about if you think hard enough about any government entity, my personal opinion is that our Kosse municipal government is an example of a city government that actually functions appropriately and for the community good.
December 16, 2007
The Bremond Tigers defeated Maud in the state semi-finals football game on Saturday by a score of 31-20. They will now face the undefeated Munday Mogels for the 1A state football championship this Saturday in Stephenville. Go Tigers!
Thank goodness the rain stopped before last night's hard freeze arrived. I passed the Bremond bank last night about 11:30 p.m. and the temperature was already at 31-degrees. And it's still a week before winter officially arrives.
December 15, 2007
The weather is dreary in Kosse, Texas. As I write this it is muggy, drizzling, and we are under a dense fog and wind advisory. What is more worrisome is that the rain is predicted to continue with a hard freeze tonight. It's bad enough driving on ice, but my greatest fear is slipping and sliding while inching towards the Chevrolet. My 1/8 ton girth would probably not handle an icy encounter with the concrete very well.
The Kosse Cafe art department (Summer Johnston, Blythe Stewart, and John Ivester) has painted the outside windows in a most festive motif. I already knew of Blythe's artistic skills, but I had no idea Summer and John were budding Rembrandts. We have some good, sweet kids working at the cafe. Those who stereotype and lambaste the youth have forgotten their own teen years.
James Watson, the DNA pioneer who claimed Africans are less intelligent than whites, has been found to be 16% black. Click for article. Ironic. Personally I have known intelligent people and dimwits in all races, but I will say while teaching college in Houston I found the Asian students to generally be my best pupils. I don't know that they were inherently more intelligent, I think they simply had the best education ethic and applied themselves better.