Thursday, February 28, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz Statement on Today’s Sequester Votes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Release
February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the following statement regarding his “no” votes on today’s sequester bills:

The Constitution assigns Congress the power of the purse and the responsibility to appropriate federal funds. Congress should take up that obligation, pass a budget, and finally get serious about reducing federal spending. Today, forty-six cents of every dollar the federal government spends is borrowed. Our national debt exceeds the size of our entire economy, threatening future generations. And, in the face of these grave economic challenges, Washington, DC, is agonizing over a 2.4 percent cut.

We need to cut a lot more than 2.4 percent. We should adjust the sequester so that it does not disproportionately target vital defense spending. Instead, Congress and the President should work together to eliminate government waste, and no government agency should be exempt from scrutiny where savings can be achieved. In fact, in a report issued just today Citizens Against Government Waste offers many promising suggestions, outlining $1.8 trillion in specific savings over five years.

The Obama Administration has the ability to implement the sequester so as to avoid damaging national security and compromising the best interests of Americans. The only reason it might do otherwise would be to score partisan political points.

To view CAGW's report, please visit: Prime Cuts Summary 2013

More fun facts here on the Sequester and the Debt Ceiling!

Educate a low information voter today!

Happy almost Friday :)

Just The Facts: Sequester and The Debt Ceiling

Via Duane Lester at Liberty News:


Just the facts, man.  Share it and help a low-information voter today!


Dear Bob Woodward ... #BlogBash

Recently reporter Bob Woodward was threatened by the White House that he "would regret" speaking out against President Obama and his policies and agenda.

Since when are we not allowed to voice our opinions in this country?  All the President's Thugs, indeed!

Never fear, Bob Woodward!



Many Americans APPRECIATE your willingness to speak out, even when we don't always agree.  When my grandmother was alive, she used to always say "you don't know what you don't know," so I hope you will accept the invitation to attend BlogBash this year and tell us what you know.

I think you will find many of us agree with you that when you see how the President makes political and policy decisions, you see who he is. We are paying attention to every detail in every corner, but it's tough when we're up against the power hungry mainstream media and their impatience for fact checking.

Join us at BlogBash to help spread the good word and TRUTH.  Because truth isn't mean.  It's truth.







February 28: Today in Texas History #txhx #wpra

Today in 1948, the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA), now called the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), was formed in San Angelo, Texas, when 38 cowgirls created the organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in the sport of rodeo. The founders, who met to organize and established goals, determined to raise the standards of cowgirl contests and to protect cowgirls from unfair practices.

The earliest pioneers of the GRA were ropers, bronc riders, and barrel racers. Today, the Association is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and boasts of over 2,500 members. The WPRA is the oldest organization of women athletes in America and the only one governed entirely by women.

"Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway." ~ John Wayne

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1400 Days of Terror: Caligula or the US Senate?

Can you imagine living your life without having to budget your finances? Most Americans cannot go years with no financial responsibility, but our U.S. Senate has been doing just that for 1400 days by not passing a budget. And no, it's not Bush's fault. The United States Senate is led and controlled by the Democrats and they've not passed their annual budget plan since April 29, 2009.


1400 days.

I watched the news this morning and saw no alarm, no breaking news investigation of how our government can go YEARS without a budget and instead just spend, spend, spend.

Where is the outrage?

So, in my researching what was happening 1400 days ago, I came across this great video from Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri showing fun facts from April 2009.

For example, in April 2009:
  • No one knew how the TV show "Lost" ended.

  • Lebron James was still playing for the Cleveland Caveliers.

  • MySpace had more daily visitors than Facebook.

  • Oprah was still on TV.

  • No one heard of Snooki.

Oh, and our federal debt was LESS THAN $12 Trillion. (psst, now it's over $16 trillion)

Contact your United States Senator TODAY. Be polite, but share your outrage at their irresponsibility of not passing a budget. And tell your friends and family to do the same. Call. Write. Email. Don't let them get away with not doing their job.

1400 days.

Not sure who/where to call? Find your Senator by state here.

Don't leave it to someone else, you ARE someone else!

"To increase demand and lift the economy, the Federal Government’s most useful role is not to push into a program of excessive increases in public expenditures, but to expand the incentives and opportunities for private expenditures…When consumers purchase more goods, plants use more of their capacity, men are hired instead of laid off, investment increases and profits are high. Corporate tax rates must also be cut to increase incentives and the availability of investment capital.” ~ John F. Kennedy

February 27: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1948, Fort Worth Army Airfield was renamed Carswell Air Force Base in honor of Maj.Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr.

A Fort Worth native and Texas Christian University graduate, Carswell was a Major in the United States Army Air Corps who served in World War II.

He died on October 26, 1944 flying a B-24 Liberator bomber for the 308th Bomb Group on a night mission against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea.

His other decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart (posthumous), American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars for participation in the Air Offensive Japan, China Defensive, India-Burma and Western Pacific campaigns and the Distinguished Unit Citation emblem.

In Carswell's hometown, the former Carswell Air Force Base is still in service as the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

“Do right and risk the consequences." ~ Sam Houston

Monday, February 25, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: @GovernorPerry To Address #CPAC2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced Texas Governor Rick Perry will address CPAC 2013 – the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists will be held Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16, 2013.
“Governor Rick Perry has been successful in leading Texas with strong fiscally conservative policies,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “We look forward to welcoming Governor Perry back to the CPAC stage in March.” Before Rick Perry became the 47th Governor of the State of Texas, he has led a life of public service, serving four and a half years in the United States Air Force, and nearly two decades in elected office as a state representative, commissioner of agriculture, lieutenant governor and now governor. Perry was first elected to statewide office in 1990, serving as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. From 1985 to 1991, he represented a rural West Texas district in the Texas House of Representatives. In the summer of 2011, Perry entered the race for the GOP Presidential nomination.
CPAC will be held March 14-16, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, offering three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values. For additional information, visit our website at conservative.org/cpac/, on Facebook at facebook.com/CPACNews, on Twitter at @cpacnews and #CPAC2013, and download newly released the CPAC 2013 app on the iTunes App Store and Google Play
I have the pleasure of attending CPAC again this year as an Official Blogger and am looking forward to hearing and meeting the speakers as well as what plans will be in place for better outreach in the conservative movement.  

Will you be attending CPAC too?  

February 25: Today in Texas History #txhx #2A

Today in 1836, Samuel Colt, of Hartford, CT, patented the Colt revolver.

The Republic of Texas ordered 180 of the .36 caliber holster models for the Texas Navy and the Texas Rangers gave the Colt revolver its reputation as a weapon suited for mounted combat.

"Of the Colt's [Navy] we cannot speak in too high terms ... There are probably in Texas about as many revolvers as male adults, and I doubt if there are one hundred in the state of any other make." ~ Frederick Law Olmsted

Sunday, February 24, 2013

February 24: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1836, William Barret Travis, under attack at The Alamo while commanding Texans against Mexican forces, wrote his famous letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World," requesting reinforcements while promising to "Never surrender or retreat."

The famous "Victory or Death" letter has returned to San Antonio for the first time since it was dispatched by Travis during battle. The letter will be on display at The Alamo Church until March 7, 2013. I cannot wait to go to San Antonio to see this exhibit! Do you plan on seeing it too?

"[If this call is neglected] I am determined to sustain myself for as long as possible, and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country." ~ William Barret Travis

Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 23: Today in Texas History #txhx #iwojima

1945 - For three days, the men of Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, had fought their way to the top of Mount Suribachi, a 550-foot-high extinct volcano at the southern end of the island of Iwo Jima. They first raised a small flag to signal their victory and a larger flag later.

In Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize picture of the six men raising this second flag, 21 year old Cpl. Harlon Block from Weslaco, Texas, was the stooping figure guiding the base of the flagpole into the volcanic ash. Sadly, he never saw the famous picture as he was killed in action on March 1st that year as his unit advanced in the direction of Mishi Ridge.

While in Harlingen, Texas last fall for business, I had the pleasure of visiting the Iwo Jima Memorial located at the Marine Military Academy, where 100% of their graduates are accepted into colleges or universities. The memorial of that iconic photo is breathtaking and is a must see in Texas.

What is your favorite military memorial in Texas?

“Give me an army of West Point graduates and I'll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies, and I'll win the war.” ~ General George S. Patton


Friday, February 22, 2013

February 22: Today in Texas History #txhx

1819 - The Adams-Onís Treaty was signed by John Quincy Adams for the United States and by Louis de Onís for Spain, renouncing the United States claim to Texas. Boundaries were set and when Mexico declared independence from Spain before the treaty was ratified, Spain refused to recognize the established boundary line.

"Govern wisely, and as little as possible" – Sam Houston

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 21: Today in Texas History #txhx #fightlikeagirl

1943 - The first trainees of what would become the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) arrived at Sweetwater Army Airfield (better known as Avenger Field).

Under the direction of famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran, experienced women pilots in civil-service status were trained to fly army planes to relieve men for World War II combat duty. In April 1943, Avenger Field became the "only all-female air base in history," except for the male instructors and support crews.

Fourteen classes, totaling 1,074 pilots, earned their wings in every type of army plane before the WASPs were disbanded on December 20, 1944. The WASPs flew sixty million miles for the AAF and received high praises from their commanders; thirty-eight pilots died in service.

"No matter how far we may wander, Texas lingers with us, coloring our perceptions of the world." Elmer Kelto

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gun Rights Measures Introduced in Texas Legislature

I'll keep repeating it until it sinks in with anti-gun extremists, but disarming innocent people does not and will not protect us.  Law abiding citizens should not be blamed or penalized for the acts of cowardice and terror by criminals.  Nor should we be hindered in protecting ourselves and our families should we choose to own a firearm. Any firearm. My Family.  My Choice.  My Right.

Since that horrific day in December, there has been an assault of commentary on the evils of gun ownership thrust upon the American public from our President, Congressional leaders, national and local news networks, their anchors and reporters as well as Hollywood celebrities. All are using their voices, popularity and agenda to place a cloud of lies, fabrications and misinformation on gun ownership.  Factstruth and correct terminology prove very difficult for these gun extremists.  

So, I was pleased to read last evening from the NRA-ILA that there are several more gun rights measures being introduced in the Texas Legislature this session:

  • HB 1077 prohibits institutions of higher education from enforcing policies preventing students from lawfully transporting and storing legally-owned firearms in their locked private motor vehicles parked on-campus. (Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt)
  • HB 1078 eliminates the criminal penalty against Concealed Handgun Licensees carrying for protection on the premises of an institution of higher education. (Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt)
  • HB 1142 allows school districts to offer an elective course in firearms for grades 9-12, to include instruction on the history of the Second Amendment and safety training and be taught by a qualified CHL instructor or peace officer. (Rep. James White)
  • HB 1194 allows open carry as an option for Texas Concealed Handgun Licensees, similar to legislation filed by Rep. George Lavender (HB 700). (Rep. Chris Paddie)
  • HB 1298 aims to remove restrictions on Concealed Handgun Licensees carrying in locations where a school field trip is occurring, if the CHL is not a student, teacher, administrator or chaperone on the field trip. (Rep. Jonathan Stickland)
  • HB 1304 protects against inadvertent or accidental display of a handgun by a Concealed Handgun Licensee, similar to legislation filed by Sen. Craig Estes (SB 299). (Rep. Kenneth Sheets)

What can you do to help?  Use YOUR voice.  Contact your state representative and ask them nicely to please support these measures.  Remember:  Don't leave it to someone else, you ARE someone else!

Not sure who or how to contact your state rep?  Find out here!



"Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may." - Sam Houston

February 20: Today in Texas History #txhx

1874 - After considering a challenge from his Democratic opponents, the Texas Senate confirmed the election of Republican Walter Moses Burton. He was brought to Texas as a slave from North Carolina in 1850, but at the end of the Civil War, he purchased land from his former owner, Thomas Burke Burton, who also taught him how to read and write. Burton became one of the wealthiest and most influential blacks in Fort Bend County. He was elected sheriff and tax collector of Fort Bend County, and served as the president of the Fort Bend County Union League. In 1873, Burton campaigned for and won a seat in the Texas Senate, where he served for seven years, from 1874 to 1875 and from 1876 to 1882. In the Senate, he championed the education of blacks and was influential in calling for the establishment of Prairie View Normal School (now Prairie View A&M University). He remained active in state and local politics until his death in 1913.

1875 - Leander Randon Millican, Baptist missionary, was licensed to preach. During his ministering travels on horseback he dreamed of a camp meeting to bring ranchers, cowboys, and churches together for preaching and classes. His dream was realized on July 28, 1915, when he and George W. Truett met with ranchers to begin an annual cowboy camp meeting that became known as Paisano Baptist Encampment.

1910 - In Monterrey, Mexico, native Texan Harper Baylor Lee became the first American matador de toros (bullfighter) at a ceremony at the Plaza de Toros.

"First buy a cowboy hat and boots. Then you’re on your way to being a Texan." James Michener

Today in

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Senator Ted Cruz Leads Defense of #2A

Today Senator Cruz held a press conference at LaRue Tactical Gun in Leander, Texas. As I've stated here before, disarming innocent people does not and will not protect innocents.  Law abiding citizens should not be blamed or penalized for the acts of cowardice and terror by criminals.  Nor should we be hindered in protecting ourselves and our families should we choose to own a firearm.  My Family.  My Choice.  My Right.

From Senator Cruz's press conference today:


LEANDER, TX – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today held a press conference discussing the importance of defending the Second Amendment in the wake of calls for increased gun control at the federal level. He spoke at LaRue Tactical, a nationally-renowned gun manufacturer located outside of Austin.
“Evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that when the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, their homes and their families are taken away, that violent crime increases and citizens are left more vulnerable to violent criminals,” said Sen. Cruz. “The Supreme Court made absolutely clear that the Second Amendment is a constitutional right of every American and constitutional rights are designed to be protected not just when they're popular, but especially when passions are high among those seeking to restrict and limit those rights. While we should use every available means to deter and to punish mass murderers, the federal government should not be trying to ban gun ownership for law-abiding Americans.”
Read the rest of Senator Cruz's statements here on defending our 2nd Amendment rights here.

FEBRUARY 19-20: Senator Ted Cruz in Public Events in Leander, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston!

Today and tomorrow, Tuesday - Wednesday, 2/19 and 2/20, Senator Ted Cruz will be in Texas holding public events in Leander, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston!  See the locations and times below if you're interested in attending:


Tuesday, February 19
11:00 a.m. – Leander
Press conference discussing efforts to defend the Second Amendment
LaRue Tactical
850 County Road 177
Leander, TX 78641
2:15 p.m. – San Antonio
Purple Heart Ceremony
Brooke Army Medical Center
3551 Roger Brooke Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78234

*Enter from the gate off of Binz-Engleman Road
*NOTE: Press wishing to attend must RSVP to Jennifer Rodriguez by phone: (210) 916-5141 or email: jennifer.d.rodriguez10.civ@mail.mil by 12:00 p.m. CT or otherwise will not be permitted on the premises. Please be prepared to show photo ID upon arrival.
Wednesday, February 20
10:30 a.m. – Dallas
Small Business Press Conference – Job Creation and Economic Growth
Texas Tool and Die
2925 Mican Drive
Dallas, Texas 75212

2:30 p.m. – Houston
Small Business Press Conference – Job Creation and Economic Growth
Lodge Lumber
5001 Oates Road
Houston, TX 77013

While many in our great state of Texas and across our nation do not appreciate the good work our Senator Ted Cruz is doing in Washington, DC or here at home,  I am grateful to have a Senator who is loud and proud with what he believes.  Refreshing and much appreciated!  If you are in one of these areas and have not heard Senator Cruz speak, I highly recommend it as you will leave with a feeling of hope that someone is trying to do the right thing in DC for our great state and nation.  




February 19: Today in Texas History #txhx

1818 - Joanna Troutman was born. She was the designer of an early Texas Lone Star flag made of white silk with a blue star and the words "Texas and Liberty."

1838 - Indian captive Rachel Plummer was reunited with her husband after being taken captive by Comanche Indians in May 1936. She became a slave to the Comanches and traveled thousands of miles with the band. In 1838 she published an account of her captivity entitled Rachel Plummer's Narrative of Twenty One Months Servitude as a Prisoner Among the Comanche Indians. This was the first narrative about a captive of Texas Indians published in Texas.

1846 - The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place and the First Legislature of the state of Texas convened in Austin. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845.

1988 - Curtis Guillory, the first black Catholic bishop in Texas, was installed as auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston. After his service as auxiliary of Galveston-Houston, Bishop Guillory became ordinary of the diocese of Beaumont.

"I love Texas because Texas is future-oriented, because Texans think anything is possible. Texans think big." Phil Gramm

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ch-ch-check it out: SOTU Broken Record

In case you missed last week's State of the Union by President Obama, don't worry!  We've got you covered, courtesy of the Heritage Foundation:




No wonder viewership dropped by 11%.  We know it's the same ole song and dance.

La sigh.

LIVE from Houston: First C-Section Tweetathon #MHBaby

Per the Cypress Creek Mirror, Memorial Hermann Hospital Memorial City Houston will be live tweeting a Cesarean birth on Wednesday, 2/20/2013. There will also be live video from the assistant surgeon's head cam.  I've had a c-section and cannot imagine a video broadcast to the public with tweets of my son's birth, but our culture has changed quite a bit since 1992. The mother's identity will remain confidential, but the rest of blessed event will be documented and as the mother's obstetrician Dr. Anne Gonzalez says:

"This social media event will be beneficial for a few reasons. It will allow us to pull back the curtain on the most common surgery that many women need to have in order to deliver their baby. It also will help families to prepare for their own deliveries and show them what to expect,”
It is an amazing honor to be involved in the most important event in this family's life and we are thankful they are sharing their story with the public.
Families need to remember that a cesarean delivery is still a surgery with associated risks and should only be performed if necessary,
Ultimately, the primary goal of any delivery is for mom and baby to be healthy.”

The Memorial Hermann Health System has hosted three (3) live online events prior to this week's #MHBaby to educate and give the public a look into what really happens behind the scenes.  I can't follow the live cast since I'll be in Day 9 of Lent on Wednesday where I gave up Twitter, but if you're interested, follow #MHBaby and @houstonhospital to participate in this family's joyous live birth of their child.  Congratulations, well wishes and prayers to #MHBaby and family!  

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; The fruit of the womb is a reward. ~ Psalm 127:3


And The Blog Bash 2013 Award Nominees Are ...

Blog Bash is the largest invite-only gathering of right-of-center bloggers and online opinion leaders and today they announced the award categories and nominees for Blog Bash 2013.

I am privileged to know many of this years nominees and to be a "voting member" of this wonderful community where we honor our own. The categories are as follows:

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

Best Activism Post of 2012

Best Investigative Post of 2012

Best Sunlight Post of 2012

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year

Best In Show: Podcast

Best In Show: Twitter

Best In Show: Video

Click here for the list of nominees in each category ... CONGRATS to all!

Hope to see you at the awards ceremony at #BlogBash #CPAC2013!

February 18: Today in Texas History #txhx

1685 - Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle established Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay, and thus formed the basis for France's claim to Texas.

1910 - A Frenchman, Louis Paulhan, made the first recorded airplane flight in Texas. The alleged flight of Jacob F. Brodbeck in 1865 has become a Texas legend. Lt. Benjamin Foulois, a colorful pioneer pilot, arrived at Fort Sam Houston in February 1910, assembled the army's recently purchased Wright biplane, and took to the air on March 2, 1910. Almost a hundred years later, Texas continues to be a leader in civil and military aviation.

1943 - Wilma "Dolly" Vinsant Shea graduated with the first flight-nurse class of the United States Army Air Forces at Bowman Field, Kentucky. The San Benito, Texas, native served in the European Theater during World War II. She was killed on April 14, 1945, when her evacuation plane, ferrying wounded Americans to hospitals behind the front line, was shot down over Germany. She was one of three women in the Army Nurse Corps known to have been killed by direct enemy action and the only one from Texas. Her awards include the Air Medal, the Red Cross Medal, a Special Citation from President Harry Truman, and a posthumous Purple Heart.

1973 - At Texas Stadium, the Dallas Bluebonnets lost their opening game to the Toledo Troopers. The Bluebonnets were the first Texas team of the National Women’s Football League.

"What Texans can dream, Texans can do." George W. Bush

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Runaway Slave Theme Song

I just finished watching the documentary Runaway Slave . One word: Powerful.

As I gather my thoughts to share my review, enjoy the movie theme song below.

"I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress." - Frederick Douglass

February 17: Today in Texas History #txhx

1867 - Jessie Andrews was born. She was the first woman to graduate from the University of Texas in 1886. She was also the school's first female teacher in 1888.

1913 - The Comstock caught fire off the mouth of the Brazos River. The hydraulic hopper dredge was built for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1895 and named for Cyrus B. Comstock, a prominent nineteenth-century corps of engineers officer. The crew was quickly rescued by fishermen from Quintana and the life-saving crew from Surfside, but the Comstock was a total loss. The wreck was relocated during jetty construction in June 1987 and investigated and identified in 1988. The artifacts are in a collection at Corpus Christi Museum.

1929 - The League of United Latin American Citizens, originally called the United Latin American Citizens, was founded at Salón Obreros y Obreras in Corpus Christi, Texas. LULAC is the oldest and largest continually active Latino political association in the United States and was the first nationwide Mexican-American civil-rights organization.

1930 - El Paso Museum of Art was chartered under its original name, El Paso International Museum. Since 1959 the museum has been operated under the authority of the city of El Paso, along with a history museum and a wilderness park. The art museum features the Kress collection of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque works, a collection of Pre-Columbian and Mexican art, and a "Sensorium" for blind patrons.

"I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world." Choreographer (and Wichita Falls native) Tommy Tune

Saturday, February 16, 2013

February 16: Today in Texas History #txhx

1599 - Jusepe Guitiérrez, the lone survivor of the Bonilla expedition, was found by Spanish explorer Juan de Oñate. Francisco Leyva de Bonilla, a Portuguese captain in the service of Spain, was dispatched in 1594 by Governor Diego de Velasco of Nueva Vizcaya to pursue beyond the frontiers of that state a rebellious band of Indians that had committed acts of theft. Jusepe was taken captive by Apache and Vaquero Indians and kept for a year. At the end of that period, he made his way to Cicuyé and in 1599 was found at Picuris by Oñate, who secured his services as a guide and interpreter.

1852 - The Texas State government passed a bill that authorized the governor to negotiate with the federal government to create territory for Indian reservations in Texas.

1927 - Arthur Jerome Drossaerts was consecrated as the first archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio in San Fernando de Béxar Cathedral. He kept the old Spanish missions alive and went without salary in order to assist poor parishes with expenses. During his tenure as archbishop, he dedicated about 134 churches and religious buildings. In 1934, Pope Pius XI honored Drossaerts for his aid to those fleeing from religious persecution in Mexico. For his charitable works he was named assistant at the pontifical throne and papal count. Drossaerts died in 1940.

1949 - The body of Private Felix Longoria of Three Rivers, TX, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Longoria had died in the Philippines near the end of World War II. When his recovered remains were sent to Three Rivers for burial, the funeral director refused the use of his chapel for a "Mexican" ... or so many say. Click his picture below for more. After action by the American G.I. Forum and then Senator Lyndon Johnson, Longoria was buried in Arlington. The affair provided a model case in the Mexican-American struggle for civil rights. RIP.

1999 - Testimony began in the Jasper, TX, trial of John William King. He was charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.

"If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?" US journalist John Gunther

Friday, February 15, 2013

February 15: Today in Texas History #txhx

1856 - A ship carrying 65 camels departed from Tunis, North Africa, for Indianola, TX. The military wanted to test the usefulness of camels in transporting supplies in West Texas.

1876 - Citizens of Texas adopted the Constitution of 1876. The document is the sixth constitution by which Texas has been governed since declaring independence from Mexico. Among the longest of U.S. state constitutions, and despite having been amended more than 230 times, it remains the basic law of Texas today.

1880 - O. T. Bassett, visiting El Paso on business, wrote in his diary, "Plenty of room here for a big city, which it will be in time after the railroads come." His prediction was right on target, as most authorities agree that the arrival of the railroads in 1881 and 1882 was the single most significant event in El Paso history, transforming a sleepy, dusty little adobe village of several hundred inhabitants into a flourishing frontier community. By the late 1990s the El Paso metropolitan statistical area was the sixth largest in Texas.

"There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else." Pete Hamill

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz Statement on Hagel Vote

"Today the Senate rightly voted to continue debate on Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination. There is no reason to rush his nomination to a vote until he has adequately responded to multiple requests from members of the Armed Services Committee for additional information.

Twenty-five senators have asked Senator Hagel to disclose the personal compensation that he has received the past five years, and twice he has flat-out refused regarding what he was paid in 2008, 2009, and 2010. This is within his direct control, and his refusal to comply with this reasonable request is troubling. Both Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton were asked similar questions, and given the vital importance of the Secretary of Defense to our national security, Sen. Hagel should not be held to a lesser standard.

Once Senator Hagel responds to these reasonable requests to disclose whether and to what extent he has any foreign financial conflicts of interest, I am confident that a bipartisan majority of the Senate will move forward to the timely consideration of the merits of his nomination."

Every day I'm reminded why I voted for Ted Cruz. You're doing a great job, Senator Cruz! Thank you!

Happy Valentine's Day 2013!

Lookie what I just received from my Chulo Handsomehub, Steve!

I'm the luckiest girl in the whole wide world.

Hope you're having a Happy Valentine's Day too!

Houston Astros and the South Texas NRA

While I'm sure this event on Saturday, April 20th will stir some controversy and make the gun control extremists go ballistic (pun intended), but I think it's a great idea!

Click here for more and Batter Up!



TPPF: SJR 27 and HJR 83 Would Protect Texas Taxpayers

From James Quintero at the Texas Public Policy Foundation yesterday:

"Prudent public policy suggests that taxes ought not to be raised unless a broad consensus exists. After all, why weigh down Texas taxpayers, slowdown the economy, and potentially kill jobs unless there is a clear and immediate need for more revenues?"

"Ensuring that this kind widespread agreement on taxes exists is critical to the future prosperity of the state, which is why Senate Joint Resolution 27 and House Joint Resolution 83 are so important."

Why? Read more from TPPF here.

February 14th: Today in Texas History #txhx

1729 - Marqués de Aguayo proposed to the King of Spain that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands, Galicia, or Havana to populate the province of Texas. Some fifteen families from the Canary Islands arrived at Presidio San Antonio de Béxar on March 9, 1731. The immigrants formed the nucleus of the Villa of San Fernando de Béxar, the first regularly organized civil government in Texas.

1854 - The Texas and Red River Company opened its first telegraph office in Marshall. The company was the first to be chartered in Texas (on January 5).

1882 - The town of Valentine, Texas, was founded and named when a Southern Pacific Railroad crew building east from El Paso reached the site. Valentine, in Jeff Davis County, is thirty-six miles west of Fort Davis.

Happy Valentines Day y'all!

"Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas." Senator William Blakley

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Day 1: How I did my first day away from FB and Twitter.

So far, so good. I'm not biting my nails or hyperventilating. Yet. =) I did find myself reaching for my cell phone to check what was going on ... a lot. Understandable considering I've posted over 72,000 tweets since December 2008. I did think of Twitter more with its instant flow of information and news. Going from knowing the news before its news to reading about it hours later kinda sucks. But I'll survive. =)

Appropriate this would be my morning prayer reading today:

SELF-DISCIPLINE

I embrace and exercise self-discipline.

Each person has spiritual attributes such as wisdom, understanding, strength, power and discernment. These powers help us reach our divine potential. I grow into fuller expression of my Christ Self as I commit to my spiritual practice.

Self-discipline is my companion on the road to self-discovery, enlightenment and a more fulfilling life. I call upon the power of the indwelling Christ to strengthen my resolve. I keep my divine appointment to commune with God in prayer every day. I gently release that which does not support my spiritual growth and well-being. Today, as I embark on a journey of spiritual renewal, I confidently exercise self-discipline.

God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and … self-discipline.—2 Timothy 1:7

Only 45 days to go! =)

February 13th: Today in Texas History #txhx

Many of my Twitter followers asked me to continue sharing my daily #txhx (Texas History) info via my blog until my return to Twitter after Easter.

So, here is a lil taste of what happened in #txhx on February 13th:

1687 - In Texas, French explorer René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, crossed the lower branch of Brushy Creek in search of the Mississippi River.

1913 - Ignacio E. Lozano founded La Prensa, a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in San Antonio.

1943 - The first class of military aerial navigators arrived at San Marcos Army Air Field. Texas was at the forefront of aviation training during World War II, and some ten thousand navigators were eventually trained in the state.

1977 - The legendary Texas Ranger M. T. (Lone Wolf) Gonzaullas died in Dallas at the age of eighty-five. Gonzaullas became the first American of Spanish descent to achieve the rank of captain in the force, and his experiences investigating a series of murders in Texarkana in 1946 became the basis for the motion picture "The Town That Dreaded Sundown."

Please share the knowledge on the awesome that is Texas. :)

”Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” John Steinbeck

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Lenten Challenge 2013: No Twitter, Facebook or Google+

I've decided to "give up" Twitter, Facebook and even Google+ for Lent.  Yes, you read that right. I shake with fear in hitting publish to post this blog entry.  And because I'm *that* scared I could fail at keeping my promise, I know I need to do it and will delete all my apps, notifications and bookmarks to help keep me in line.  It'll be like 1999 all over again.  HA! 

Lent challenges us to sacrifice something that we love in order to find reflection in our lives.  Let's face it, I love social media.  It is my hope that by Easter Sunday 2013, I will see life through different eyes.



My Lenten sacrifice this year will take place during a bloggers retreat, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Remember Andrew Breitbart event in Houston, five (5) days of CPAC, Spring Break and countless other events and pictures of my cats sleeping that I'll want to share with you on Facebook and Twitter, but can't because of my challenge.  

I can do this, right?!  RIGHT?!  It's only 46 days.  :)

My plan during Lent is to spend more time offline with family and friends.  You will see me more, people!  :)  I also plan to write about my no social media experience journey here on my blog  that will include "Today in Texas History' posts, book and movie reviews and other important news I find from Smart Girl Politics and everyone else's blogs that I receive on my daily RSS feeds. 

I think I am up for this challenge! Are you giving anything up for lent?  Please share in the comments section below.  And don't forget to sign up to receive my blog postings via email or RSS feed since I won't be bombarding you with links on twitter, FB or G+. You can tho! :) 

This will be an adventure.  Here we go!  See you online in April!  :)  xox



Monday, February 4, 2013

#HonorChrisKyle

During my lunch hour today, I thought I'd peek in on Twitter to see what was happening across our beautiful world.  To my surprise I saw a tweet from Ron Paul that both shocked and saddened me.



Listen.  I get that many believe America intervenes too much in other countries "business."  I also understand how some could view a military sniper as dangerous. What I do not comprehend is how someone could so callously value the life of one of our military heroes who vowed to serve our country in the cause of freedom. This is how I viewed Ron Paul's tweet about American Sniper Chris Kyle. And I couldn't sit back and not speak up.  For me, 'our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Which brings me to the point of my post.  Please support our military while they're deployed or stationed in another country and also when they return stateside.  We must never forget the sacrifices they and their families make each and every day to bring freedom to the world and keep it here in America.  We should honor all of them. There are a bevy of organizations that do great work. Here are just a few:



As I always say, don't leave it to someone else, you ARE someone else.  And don't think your voice won't be heard.  Here are a few news organizations that shared my tweet above with their readers.  We can change the world for the better.  One tweet at a time.

CNN Political Ticker Blog "Ron Paul's Controversial Tweet About Slain Navy Seal"

Fox News "Ron Paul Tweets Controversial Message About Murdered Navy Seal Veteran"

CNN's Gut Check for February 4, 2013: Top Tweets

Learn more about Chris Kyle here.

RIP Patriot.  Never Forget.  Honor Them.

#HonorChrisKyle