Sunday, March 31, 2013

Captain Comeback ==> March 31: Today in Texas History #txhx

It was today in 1980 that Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach announced his retirement at a press conference at Texas Stadium. At the time of his retirement, Staubach was the highest rated passer of all time. After retirement, he had a successful real estate business and a sports commentator.

The term "Hail Mary Pass" is said to have come from a 1975 playoff game where Staubach threw a 50-yard pass to Drew Pearson as the clock ticked to zero to give Dallas the 17-14 win. Staubach said in an interview later that he prayed "Hail Mary" before his threw the pass. And there you go. It's in our football verbiage forever. Man, I really loved the Cowboys back then.

It was also around this time that I changed my favorite football team from the Cowboys to the Giants. I was 14 years old. My father, a true die-hard Cowboys fan has never forgiven me, but we have a fun football season razzing each other every year. =)

"Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners." ~ John Steinbeck

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Yippee-ai-ay Yippee-ai-oh! ==> March 30: Today in Texas History! #txhx

It was today in 1892, that the first train crossed the Pecos High Bridge near Comstock, Texas.

It only took 87 days to build and for many years was considered the highest railroad bridge in North America.

The Pecos High Bridge was a final segment of the Sunset Route where travelers could now move from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean cutting their travel time down by weeks and even months.

Whenever I hear "Pecos," I think of Disney's 1948 cartoon Pecos Bill. It was one of my favorites so here's the video of the theme song by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers where they sing about the life and times of Pecos Bill. Enjoy!

Yippee-ai-ay! Yippee-ai-oh! =)

“You must remember that space is large; it is even larger than Texas.” ~ Dr. Werner von Braun

Friday, March 29, 2013

.@EarlCCampbell Happy Birthday! ==> March 29: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1955, Earl Christian Campbell was born in Tyler, Texas.

At the University of Texas, Campbell rushed for a career 4,444 yards, 41 touchdowns and won the 1977 Heismann Trophy.

He was the NFL Rookie of the Year and League MVP in 1978 while playing for the Houston Oilers and also led the Oilers to two AFC championship games in 1978 and 1979.

Campbell is a successful businessman in Austin and still participates in University of Texas Athletics. He serves as President of Earl Campbell Meat Products, Inc. which makes yummy Earl Campbell's ® Smoked Sausage, various other food products and barbeque sauce. All made in Texas!

Happy Birthday, Earl! Texas loves you! \m/

"Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts." ~ Earl Campbell

Thursday, March 28, 2013

RIP Ike ==> March 28: Today in Texas History #txhx

On this date in 1969, our 34th President, Texan Dwight D Eisenhower, died at the age of 78 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington after a long illness.

Eisenhower, born in October 1890 in Denison, Texas, was commander of the Allied forces defeating Hitler and Nazi Germany in World War II. After the war, he ran for President on the Republican ticket and won, serving two terms in office signing the 1957 Civil Rights Act, a bill to form NASA and supported the creation of our Interstate Highway system.

He was so popular that had we not had the 22nd Amendment, he just might have been elected again.

"Without God there could be no American form of government nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first and the most basic expression of Americanism." ~ Dwight David Eisenhower

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Remember Goliad ==> March 27: Today in Texas History #txhx

On this day in 1836, a Palm Sunday, approximately 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander Colonel James Fannin, were executed in Goliad, TX, under the orders from Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution.

The Goliad Massacre joined the Alamo as a rallying cry against Mexico for Texas Independence. It is believed this infamous event contributed to the Texan victory at the battle of San Jacinto where we ultimately won the independence of the Republic of Texas.

The Texas Army along with the Crossroads of Texas Living History Association put on a recreation of the Goliad Massacre every year. The Texas Army is the official 1836 ceremonial and reenactment group for the State of Texas and "is dedicated to the purposes of perpetuating the memory of those early Texas patriots who worked and fought as the first army of the Republic of Texas."

Learn more about the reenactment of Goliad and other Texas Independence events by clicking this link: Texas Army Dot Org Events.

"Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"~ Sam Houston's soldiers at the Battle Of San Jacinto

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ICYMI ==> @SenTedCruz Pledges to Oppose Legislation that Prohibits Americans’ #2A Rights

From the office of Texas Senator Ted Cruz:

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid pledging to oppose legislation that would prohibit Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

“Rather than restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans, we should be focusing on violent criminals. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has not made it a priority to stop violent criminals from acquiring firearms; for example, in 2010, out of more than 15,700 fugitives and felons who tried to illegally purchase a firearm, the Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44.

“As the Senate prepares to consider guns legislation, I remain committed to ensuring that Americans' right to keep and bear arms is defended and upheld. Congress should not create new legislation restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans. The Democrats' proposed legislation would require universal background checks for private sales between law-abiding citizens, which according to DOJ would be effective only if accompanied by a national gun registry. This raises serious constitutional issues, and would divert resources from prosecuting felons and fugitives who try to illegally purchase guns.

“I am prepared to use any procedural means necessary to ensure that Congress does not pass any laws infringing on the Second Amendment, and look forward to working alongside Sens. Lee and Paul, and hopefully others, to protect our constitutional rights.”

Thank Senator Ted Cruz by calling, writing a letter or email today:

Battleship Texas ==> Today in Texas History #txhx cc: @Texas_BB35 @USNavy

During World War II today in 1945, the BattleshipTexas supported the landings for the battle of Okinawa.

The Battleship Texas is the first permanent US battleship museum ship and the only to serve in both World Wars. We are in danger of losing her and need the publics help to keep this living memorial alive!

There's even a Commemorative Battleship "Texas" Colt 45 pistol available for purchase to raise funds.

Can you help Save the USS Texas?

Go to to learn more.

A Message from Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz , USN

Welcome aboard the Texas! Here in the shadow of the great monument to the heroes of San Jacinto, you are standing today on the decks of a great fighting ship -- the battleship which bears the name of the state whose independence was secured on these hollowed grounds.

By demonstrating the fighting spirit of Texas to our enemies in two world wars, this gallant ship has proved worthy of her name. Neither the Germans at Normandy, nor the Japanese at Okinawa, will ever forget the weight of the guns, nor the courage of the crew of Texas.

Texans are proud of the privilege of providing a snug harbor for the old "T", and preserving her as another symbol of Texas greatness. it is particularly fitting that her final resting place be adjacent to these historic battlegrounds where so much of the Lone Star state tradition was born.

As Admiral of the Texas Navy, I am proud to have the USS Texas under my command.

Chester W. Nimitz

Monday, March 25, 2013

CHANCLA ALERT!!!!! ==> .@SenTedCruz in Texas this week! #txnews

Senator Ted Cruz will hold public events in Texas throughout the week. If you're in one of these areas and have the time, go listen to him speak and share here what you heard!

Details are as follows:

Tuesday, March 26

12:00 p.m. – Richardson
Richardson Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Renaissance Hotel Dallas-Richardson
Symphony Grand Ballroom
900 East Lookout Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
Wednesday, March 27

11:30 a.m. – Wichita Falls
Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Wichita Falls Country Club
1701 Hamilton Boulevard
Ballrooms 1-3
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Thursday, March 28

10:00 a.m. – Dallas
Small Business Roundtable Hosted by Google and Intuit
Hickory Street Annex
501 Second Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226

*All times listed in Central time zone

God Bless Texas!

.@DuckDynastyAE + Darius Rucker "Wagon Wheel" Music Video

Mama, Rock me!

Black Bean Lottery ==> March 25: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1843, seventeen Texans were executed at Salado, Tamaulipas, Mexico. They were chosen with a black bean lottery after being part of a mass escape attempt. The bodies were returned to Texas and buried on Monument Hill in La Grange.

“I am forced to conclude that God made Texas on his day off, for pure entertainment, just to prove that diversity could be crammed into one section of earth by a really top hand.” ~ Mary Lasswell

Sunday, March 24, 2013

March 24: Today in Texas History #txhx

The Mexican legislature, meeting in Saltillo, passed the State Colonization Law of March 24, 1825. The legislation was designed to increase the populations of Coahuila and Texas.

“A born Texan has instilled in his system a mind-set of no retreat or no surrender. I wish everyone the world over had the dominating spirit that motivates Texans.” ~ Former Texas Speaker of the House Billy Clayton

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I miss posting kitteh pics on Caturdays to my fellow crazy cat ladies on twitter. But only 8 days left.


NO Wire Hangers ==> March 23: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1905, Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay LeSueur) was born in San Antonio, TX.

While I remember Faye Dunaway's portrayal in "Mommie Dearest" the most when thinking of Joan Crawford, she had a very successful Hollywood career spanning four decades.

"Women's Lib? Poor little things. They always look so unhappy. Have you noticed how bitter their faces are?" ~ Joan Crawford

Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22: Today in Texas History #txhx #Liberty

Today in 1836, the sixty-ton armed Texas schooner Liberty, commanded by William S. Brown, seized the U.S. brig Durango in Matagorda Bay. 

Read more on the Texas Navy here.

"In the covered wagon days, if a baby was born in Texarkana while the family was crossing into the Lone Star State, by the time they reached El Paso, the baby would be in the third grade." ~ Texas Author Wallace O Chariton 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 21: Today in Texas History #txhx

Edith Wilmans, the first woman elected to the Texas legislature, died on this day in Dallas in 1966.

Wilmans studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1918. She was the only winner among eight female candidates for the Texas legislature in 1922, focusing on child-support law and on improvements in the Dallas County Court of Domestic Relations.

Wilmans also helped organize the Dallas Housewives League, the Democratic Women of Dallas County, the Dallas Equal Suffrage Association and was president of the Democratic Women's Association of Texas.

“I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of it’s size until I campaigned it." ~ Former Governor Ann Richards

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

USA: Coming To A Bank Near You!

Don't think it can't happen here.*  

*See the Unaffordable Healthcare Act as a reference.

Wonderful Wednesday: Black Dog

Because any day with Led Zeppelin is a good day.

Rock on Wednesday.  \m/

March 20: Today in Texas History #txhx

On this day in 1721, the Aguayo expedition under Marqués de Aguayo crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with a force of some 500 men, which he called the Battalion of San Miguel de Aragón.

Aguayo reached San Antonio on April 4 before proceeding to East Texas. The expedition resulted in the increase in the number of missions in Texas from two to ten, the increase in the number of presidios from one to four, and the establishment of so definite a Spanish claim to Texas that it was never again disputed by France or by the French in Louisiana.

“Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states.” ~ Alistair Cooke

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 19: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1826, Cherokee leader John Dunn Hunter arrived in Mexico City to renew talks with the Mexican government for a land settlement in Texas. He was promised land to the individual Indian settlers, however they were not allowed a tribal grant with the right to self-govern. Hunter wrote about his experiences in his book Memoirs of a Captivity among the Indians of North America.

“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

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pinky Tuscadero Will #StandWithRand

March 18: Today in Texas History! #txhx

It was on this day in 1836 that the new government of Texas began a three-day stay at Jared E. Groce's plantation home in what is now Grimes County.

Groce's house was used as the capital of the Republic of Texas until March 21, 1836. 

"Texas is still a last frontier. It is the part of the United States where the traditional virtues are still operating. In short, a piece of living history." ~  Author John C. B. Richmond

Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1836, the Convention of 1836 adjourned in haste as the advancing troops of the Mexican army approached Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Before evacuating, the convention drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas, it organized the ad interim government and it named Sam Houston commander-in-chief of the republic's military forces.

“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle.” ~ Davy Crockett, 1836.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin #CPAC2013

As usual, Texas' Senator Ted Cruz rocked the CPAC house by making a surprise introduction of Sarah Palin to the podium.


I love Sarah's truth telling. Yes, we do need more politicians like Ted Cruz! It was August 29, 2008 that I saw Sarah Palin for the first time, being introduced as our candidate for Vice President. Ever since that day, I've tried to be involved in being a citizen activist getting the good word out on the awesome that is conservatism.


“I don’t think what Washington needs is more compromise. I think what Washington needs is more common sense and more principle.” ~ Senator Ted Cruz

Coughing #CPAC2013

Apparently Washington DC makes me sick ... literally.  My plan to share daily updates with you here at my blog has failed miserably.  I do have notes from being out and about a bit on Thursday morning before the "CPAC Crud" hit me, so I'll share those tomorrow when I return to Texas.  I've spent more time in my hotel room taking medicine and sleeping to keep my fever and coughing to a minimum than being able to network, interview politicians, visit Radio Row or see the CPAC Exhibit Hall or speeches live.  La sigh.

Big thanks and love to Amelia, Sarah, Kemberlee, Dina and DeAnn for offering and bringing me meds and Diet Coke to help me feel better as I grumbled from my bed.  Love y'all!  I have a suspicion I'll feel better once I return to Texas in the morning.  :)

March 16: Today in Texas History #txhx

On this day in 1758, some 2,000 Comanches and allied North Texas Indians descended on Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá, on the San Saba River near the present site of Menard. The mission was established to Christianize the eastern Apaches. The attackers killed two priests, Fray Alonso Giraldo de Terreros and Fray José de Santiesteban Aberín, and six others, then looted and set fire to the log stockade.

The attack on the mission marked the beginning of warfare in Texas between the Comanches and the European invaders and signaled retreat for the Spanish frontier. The Destruction of Mission San Sabá in the Province of Texas and the Martyrdom of the Fathers Alonso Giraldo de Terreros, Joseph Santiesteban now hangs in the Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Historia in Mexico City.

“I done drew the line. Just like the Alamo. You’re either on one side of the line or the other. I don’t want to ever leave Texas again.” ~ Bum Phillips, Former Houston Oilers coach

Friday, March 15, 2013

March 15: Today in Texas History #txhx

It was today in 1836, that Texas Revolutionary soldier Lewis T. Ayers was captured by the Mexican forces of General José de Urrea.

Ayers was involved in the Battle of Refugio where he served with Captain Amon King and was one of 33 prisoners captured and led out to be shot, but was saved when Colonel J. J. Holzinger halted the execution to spare German prisoners. Though he was not German, Ayers was also spared and set free supposedly because he gave a Masonic sign that General Urrea recognized.

Divine intervention?

“All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.” ~ Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas

Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 14: Today in Texas History #txhx #aqha

Today in 1940, livestock leaders met in Fort Worth to form the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Among those in attendance were rancher and quarter horse breeder Anne Burnett Hall and King Ranch President Robert J. Kleberg. My grandfather was working on the King Ranch during this timeframe so this tidbit of Texas history special.

The AQHA meetings led to a charter, by-laws, and election of officers of an organization to “collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of Quarter Horses in America.” No formal registry of the animals existed until the AQHA came together.

“If you’ve ever driven across Texas, you know how different one area of the state can be from another. Take El Paso. It looks as much like Dallas as I look like Jack Nicklaus." ~ Pro Golfer Lee Trevino

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


I'm headed to the 40th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today! This year, they've moved the venue out of DC and are holding it at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.  I'm actually looking forward to a change, so let's see how I feel about it come Sunday.  :)

For those of you who don't know what CPAC is, it's three fun-filled days of speeches, policy discussions and networking all in the name of conservative principles like limited government, economic liberty and yes, FREEEEEDOM!  :)   

Although I'm on Day 31 of no Twitter or Facebook in honor of Lent, you can follow all things CPAC at @CPACnews and #CPAC2013.   They also have an app that can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play

Happy 40th, CPAC!  See you soon ... after all, Government goes to those who show up and I'm showing up.  :)

March 13: Today in Texas History #txhx

On this day in 1849, frontier artist and military officer Capt. Seth Eastman and his companies established Camp Leona on the Leona River in southern Uvalde County. The outpost, which was soon renamed Fort Inge, was part of a federal line of forts in Texas.

Army troops and Texas militia used the camp as a base while they provided protection for settlements and escorted supply trains and mail carriers. Fort Inge was closed for federal service in 1869 and today Fort Inge County Park includes the site of the old outpost.

"You can take the girl out of Texas but not the Texas out of the girl." ~ Janine Turner, attributed, 1001 Greatest Things Ever Said About Texas

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Test Drive #zoomzoom

Would drink mud before Pepsi, but this is hilarious!

How would you react if this happened to you?

Thanks for the link, Chulo Handsomehub. ;)

.@DuckDynastyAE Style: The Harlem Shake

My favorite video from today from one of my favorite television shows, Duck Dynasty.


Jase is my favorite in this video.

Rock on, Jase.  Rock on.  HA!

March 12: Today in Texas History #txhx

Several historical events happened today in Texas history:

1836 - Luke A. Falvel was commissioned Captain of the Flash. The vessel was a privateer fitted out for service in the Texas Revolution.

1836 - The Battle of Refugio began.

1864 - The Red River campaign began. The Union goal was to capture everything along the Red River in Louisiana and continue into Texas. None of the objectives were achieved.

1920 - Approximately 1,600 dockworkers in Galveston went on strike as part of a nationwide walkout. The strike lasted just short of a year with a small increase in pay; however, shipping companies and government officials succeeded in breaking the waterfront union, disabling efforts at labor reform.

1941 - The Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi was dedicated.

“I’ve traveled all over the world, but I don’t think there is any place better than Texas.” ~ Red Adair

Monday, March 11, 2013

BREAKING NEWS From @SenTedCruz #txhx

The latest from Senator Ted Cruz of God Bless Texas:

This week, Sen. Cruz will push for a vote on his amendment to defund Obamacare.
The effort to stop Obamacare is one of the most critical challenges of our time. Even before being fully implemented, Obamacare is already hurting small business, reducing hours Americans are able to work, forcing employers to drop coverage, and leading to substantial increases in healthcare premiums—especially for young people. If fully implemented, Obamacare will create an even further drag on the economy, killing more jobs and stifling opportunity.
Our economy desperately needs robust economic growth and as long as Obamacare is on the books, it will stand in the way of job creation and prosperity. The longer Obamacare is on the books, the more damage it will do.
That's why Sen. Cruz has introduced legislation to repeal Obamacare and an amendment to defund it.

Last week, in a widely publicized hearing, Sen. Cruz pressed Attorney General Eric Holder about the Administration’s policy on the use of drones. Holder finally conceded that it is unconstitutional to kill a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil who does not pose an imminent threat. You can watch and share the full video of Sen. Cruz’s remarks during the hearing here.
Also, Sen. Cruz played a leading role supporting Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who took to the Senate floor on Wednesday for an incredible 13 hours to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan to Director of the CIA over the administration’s drone policy.
If you’d like to watch video of Sen. Cruz’s participation in the filibuster they are all available here.
Finally, following the historic filibuster, Sen. Cruz and Sen. Paul introduced legislation to prohibit drone killings of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil if they do not present an imminent threat.

Defending the Second Amendment
La Rue
Recently, Sen. Cruz visited Texas gun manufacture LaRue Tactical in Leander near Austin where he was greeted by over 100 supporters from the community. Sen. Cruz vowed to continue leading the effort to defend the Second Amendment.

Promoting Jobs, Economic Growth
Sen. Cruz visited small businesses in Houston and Dallas where he highlighted the importance of cutting government regulation to unleash the private sector. He also noted that high taxes and Obamacare are killing jobs.

Honoring Veterans
Sen. Cruz stopped by the Family Services Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, which cares for wounded soldiers and their families. After a brief tour of the facility, Sen. Cruz was honored to be able to present the Purple Heart Medal to Chief Warrant Officer Jerry Hamilton.
Sen. Cruz also toured Brooke Army Medical Center’s state of the art amputee center for wounded soldiers returning home from deployments.

March 6th marked the 177th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo. Sen. Cruz recorded a short video message to honor the legacy of the Texians who made the ultimate sacrifice for Texas freedom.
Remember The Alamo!

Want to send a letter or make a phone call to say THANKS to Senator Cruz for all his hard work and dedication to our great state of Texas and our nation? 

Here are a list of his offices:

Austin Office
300 E. 8th St, Suite #961
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 916-5834
Dallas Office
10440 N Central Expwy, Suite #1160
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 361-3500
Houston Office
1919 Smith St., Suite #800
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 653-3456

San Antonio Office
3133 General Hudnell Dr., Suite # 120
San Antonio, TX 78226
Phone: (210) 340-2885

Washington Office
B40B Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5922

#CutWaste President Obama. Walk The Walk.

President Obama has promised ... repeatedly ... that our budget will be reviewed "page by page, line by line" to cut unnecessary programs.

It has yet to happen.

Why won't Americans hold President Obama and our leadership accountable?

March 11: Today in Texas History #txhx #pvamu

On this day in 1878, eight young men enrolled in Alta Vista Agricultural College, the first public black college in Texas.

The school was rechartered as Prairie View Normal Institute the following year and later as Prairie View A&M University.

Prairie View A&M University is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Texas.

"I like the story, doubtless antique, that I heard near San Antonio. A child asks a stranger where he comes from, whereupon his father rebukes him gently, 'Never do that son. If a man's from Texas, he'll tell you. If he's not, why embarrass him by asking?'" ~ John Gunther, Author (Inside USA)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

March 10: Today in Texas History #txhx #utmb

On this day in 1890, the John Sealy Training School for Nurses opened with 18 students in Galveston's two-month-old John Sealy Hospital. It was the first formal nursing school in Texas which later became part of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

“I’d rather be a fencepost in Texas, than the king of Tennessee.” ~ Chris Wall Texas Singer-Songwriter-Austin

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Happy Caturday! #ccl

Skip the ad to giggles. =)

Chef Don't Judge

Not sure how I missed this cute video from Chef Boyardee last Fall, but it brings memories of high school.

No, I wasn't dancing in my kitchen, but the tunes and eating canned ravioli somehow makes me smile.

Enjoy! :)

March 9: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1707, the "Ramón Expedition" left Mission San Juan Bautista on a trip north of the Rio Grande. Regarded as the mother of Texas missions, San Juan Bautista served as a gateway for expeditions to the Texas interior.

The expedition included 31 soldiers and citizens, 150 horses and 20 pack mules. Diego Ramón was sent on the excursion by Coahuila Governor Alarcón to punish raiding Indians, to gather neophytes (new converts to Christianity) for the smallpox-ravaged Rio Grande missions and to explore the region. The expedition ended up as far as present-day Texas counties Webb and Dimmit before returning to Mission San Juan Bautista in April 1708.

"Texans ain't Texans if they aren't willing to boast about the state they call home." ~ Anonymous, AAA Texas Tour Book, 2005

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8: Today in Texas History #txhx

On this day in 1836, James W. Fannin celebrated the news of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence by raising a flag with the words "Liberty or Death" in Goliad, Texas.

“Texas will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.” ~ Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 7: Today in Texas History #txhx

The Texas Legislature proclaimed the bluebonnet the state flower today in 1901.

Did you know that Texas actually has five state flowers? It's true! Well, they're all basically different types of bluebonnets, but there are five. Texas always has more. :)

I love seeing bluebonnets along Texas roads every spring. Late March to early April is one of my favorite Texas "seasons" to just drive around our great state. The beautification project Texas had in the 1930's scattering bluebonnet seeds along our roads will be enjoyed for generations to come.

"It's not only the state flower, but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat. The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland." ~ Jack Maguire

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BREAKING VIDEO ==> Dialing 911: Are You Prepared To Be #OnYourOwn

Startling video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas today where their investigators spoke with police from NC to NY on what to do in between the time you may call for help and when police arrive.

The honest and frank responses from the police are surprising (not surprising). Some samples:

  • North Carolina: “We try. We can’t always get there.”
  • New Jersey: “Lock yourself in a bedroom, start yelling and screaming.”
  • New York: “It’s 2013. It’s the United States of America. You lock your doors and you hope nothing happens.”
It is 2013 and I don't know about you, but I would take any and all measures to protect my family, just as Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke advises. While I understand the police cannot be everywhere all the time, cowering in fear, grabbing some bleach or removing my lawn shrubbery will not keep me safe until police arrive. See the exposing video by Project Veritas below.

It is my duty ... MY RIGHT ... to protect my family by any means necessary. If someone broke into our home, yelling would not appease to their humanity. They're criminals. They're law breakers and have no regard for rules or laws or common decency. Our yelling at those criminals would come from instructing them to get off our property and it would come from behind the barrel of a gun. Their decision to listen will determine their fate. All bets are off. You're on your own.

My Family. My Choice. My Right.

Follow @Project_Veritas on Twitter for updates and hashtag #OnYourOwn

#BlogBash T-shirts Feature #RememberBreitbart

March 5, 2013

Washington DC -- One year after the sudden death of the conservative journalist, Andrew Breitbart, the Blog Bash event committee has continued to incorporate his legacy throughout the upcoming event on March 14 during CPAC. In addition to accepting applications for the Breitbart Blogger Scholarship, the official 2013 Blog Bash T-shirt will feature several of his famous quotes in a familiar likeness.

“Andrew was a friend to many of the people involved with Blog Bash or attending the event,” said Ali Akbar, co-host of Blog Bash. “Shortly before his death, he had accepted an award at Blog Bash and had agreed to serve on the board of directors for the newly organized National Bloggers Club. This is another way to celebrate the life of a man who dedicated himself to fighting the liberal media complex.”

Designed as a word cloud in the shape of Breitbart’s face, the design was created by Forge5 in coordination with Vice & Victory, Inc. shortly after Breitbart’s unexpected death on March 1, 2012. Blog Bash 2013 T-shirts will be previewed at the event at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor, MD and available online starting March 14, 2013. Please allow 30 days for online processing.

The National Bloggers Club works to educate, provide access, and equip citizen-journalists to uphold the principles of the First Amendment and advocate for economic and individual freedom. The organization also presents the annual Blog Bash party at CPAC. For more information, please visit

March 6: Today in Texas History #txhx # RememberTheAlamo

How appropriate that my daily prayer today discusses being fearless.

It was on this day in 1836, the 13-day siege of the Alamo ended.

Led by Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, the Mexican army of around three thousand men defeated the fearless 189 Texas volunteers.

The slogan "Remember the Alamo!" became a rallying cry for the Texas Revolution and the Alamo a shrine to fallen Texas heroes.

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you … Do not fear. ~ Deuteronomy 31:8

"While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty."

Victory or Death! Remember the Alamo!

"A born Texan has instilled in his system a mind-set of no retreat or no surrender. I wish everyone the world over had the dominating spirit that motivates Texans.” ~ Former Texas Speaker of the House Billy Clayton

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March 5: Today in Texas History #txhx

It was today in 1842 when Mexican forces of over 500 men under Mexican General Ráfael Vásquez invaded Texas and occupied San Antonio. The Mexican flag was raised, but they soon abandoned it a few days later and withdrew to Mexico. Texans saw many invasions by Mexico in the year 1842 as Texas fought for her freedom.

Monday, March 4, 2013

#BlogBash Announces Staff Line Up #CPAC2013

March 4, 2013 CONTACT:
Washington DC -- Staffed by volunteers and located throughout the country, Blog Bash has grown from a casual networking dinner for bloggers to the largest invitation-only party at CPAC. With more than 500 people attending in 2012, event organizers anticipate another sold out crowd due to the dedication of the Blog Bash staff and event committee.
Ali A. Akbar and Melissa Clouthier, co-hosts for the 2013 Blog Bash at CPAC present the event staff who are hard at work for the upcoming event on March 14, 2013: 
  • Bill Murphy, 2013 Director
  • Adrienne Royer, Communications Director
  • Abby Alger, Operations Manager
  • Elyssa Giordano, Media Relations Coordinator
  • Jeff Duntez, Blogger Relations Coordinator
  • Bethany Bowra, Website Coordinator
  • Madeleine McAulay, Social Media Coordinator
  • John Eakin, Registration Coordinator
  • Emily Zanotti Skyles, Community Outreach Consultant

“I couldn’t be more proud of our professional volunteer staff,” said Bill Murphy, this year’s Blog Bash Director. “From experienced communication veterans to youthful emerging leaders, each of them are dedicating tireless hours to ensure that bloggers have the most memorable experience at the unofficial kick-off event of CPAC. We expect to have another dozen day-of volunteers to lend a hand to the cause.”
The Blog Bash staff, including the Director, traditionally changes every year.
Please visit to learn more about the 2013 event, staff and sponsors. Blog Bash will be held on March 14 at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar at National Harbor, MD.
The National Bloggers Club works to educate, provide access, and further equip citizen-journalists without eliminating their independence and those who advocate for economic and individual freedom. The organization also presents the annual Blog Bash party at CPAC. For more information, please visit

Will I see YOU at Blog Bash this year?  

.@GovernorPerry Happy Birthday! #txhx

Today in 1950, Rick Perry was born in Paint Creek, Texas.

Here we are at CPAC last year.

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Governor Perry!

I hope your day is filled with whatever makes you happy. =) Thank you for all that you do in keeping Texas the greatest state in the nation!

"As Americans, we don't see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility." ~ Rick Perry

March 4: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1933, John "Cactus Jack" Nance Garner of Uvalde, Texas became Vice President of the United States as Franklin D. Roosevelt's running mate.

Garner served in public office for many years. As a Texas state representative from 1898 - 1902 and then a U.S. Representative from 1903 - 1933. He was also the 44th Speaker of the House in 1931–1933. He did run for President, but ended up serving as 32nd Vice President of the United States from 1933 - 1941.

It was while he was in the Texas Legislature that he earned the nickname "Cactus Jack." As state legislators selected a state flower for Texas, Garner fervently supported the prickly pear cactus. I'm happy the Bluebonnet was chosen. :)

As VP, Garner opposed strikes by labor unions and the New Deals's deficit spending, even though his influence helped get it enacted. In 1937, he broke from FDR over excessive government spending and our drifting towards a welfare state. Garner also fought against FDR's enlarging the Supreme Court and helped defeat it as it "centralized too much power in the President's hands" in their appointments.

Said to be well-liked by both political parties, it was his growing opposition to FDR and his liberal political machine that led to Garner's retirement from public office in 1942. Cactus Jack spent the rest of his years in Uvalde. He died in 1967, a few days before his 99th birthday. What a full life indeed!

Do you think Cactus Jack was really a conservative?"

“The vice-presidency isn't worth a pitcher of warm piss." ~ John Nance Garner

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March3: Today in Texas History #txhx

On this day in 1899, the Thirty-Third Infantry Regiment ... or the "Texas Regiment" because of the popular belief that it was composed of ex-cowboys ... was formed. The regiment was raised specifically for duty in the Philippines and served there from October 27, 1899 until March 2, 1901.

Organized at Fort Sam Houston, the Texas Regiment was one of the most famous American combat units of the Philippine Insurrection and distinguished itself in the battles at Magnataram, Tirad Pass, Vigan, and Taguidin Pass.

"Texas is the crossroads of the world. Everything here is big." ~ Bobby Lee.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Saturday Night Special: Hahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Chulo Handsomehub showed me this video he saw on Facebook and since I can't share it there, here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Prepare for laughter! :)

Happy weekend everyone! :)

March 2: Today is a BIG DAY in Texas History #txhx

On this day in 1836, Texas became a Republic.

In the early morning hours of March 2, 1836, a convention of delegates from 17 Mexican municipalities of Texas voted unanimously to accept the resolution calling for independence from Mexico who "ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived.”

The Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted at Washington-on-the-Brazos and an ad interim government was formed.

Happy Texas Independence Day y'all!

How are you celebrating this glorious day?

"Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever." ~ Davy Crockett

Friday, March 1, 2013

#RememberAB: Remembering Andrew Breitbart

It's been one year since we lost Andrew Breitbart and I've read many beautiful tributes to his legacy online today. Today is probably the hardest day since giving up Twitter for Lent because I can't see all the tweets too.  He is missed in the conservative movement and will never be replaced, but many have continued his quest for truth on the electronic battlefield, as Andrew called it, to call out fabrications and lies by the left and the media.  Anyone can break a story so keep your voices heard!  The truth isn't mean.  It's the truth.

Via the awesome @anthropocon

I didn't know Andrew personally, but did have the privilege of meeting him and hearing him speak several times.  He had a special way of speaking his thoughts that I wish I had.  To articulate oneself in the way Andrew could was a gift from God.  We were blessed to have him on our side.

Today I have been listening to interviews of Andrew on FTR Radio Pays Tribute to Andrew Breitbart that are playing until 2200 tonight (that's 10 p.m. you civilians :)).  I am reminded of the big voice and big love for liberty we had in him.  He spoke of how you could not stifle free speech and how speaking out against policies and agenda was not personal or racist.  He repeatedly reminded us that the institutional left is a vast movement who moved under the radar to infiltrate education, our culture and our communities and therefore now owns the narrative.  

My tribute last year to Andrew reminded me we have a long way to go in changing the narrative.  I decided to change my way of thinking in how I approached engagement with others regarding conservatism.  I got off my high horse and became a Precinct Chairman for the Harris County Republican Party here in Texas.  I focus on the positive and talk about everything from reality TV to music to whatever goofy meme is out there.  The simplest conversations with everyone is how conversations will eventually lead to economics and politics.  We can preach to our own all day, but most people don't know what they don't know and when they know conservatism, it will win every time.  This is how we'll change the narrative. Getting outside of comfy zone and engaging others.

I decided to become a Precinct Chairman after attending a panel about Precincts at RightOnline in 2011.  It also came from a conversation with Andrew about how more black and hispanic conservatives needed to speak up and engage about our passion for family, for life, liberty, conservatism and economic freedom.  Too many activists on the right are still called racist or a token by the party of "diversity and love for all."  What do I say to that?  TO HELL WITH THEM.

This suburban Annie Oakley (another great term from Andrew) WILL use the label of hispanic conservative if it will get the attention of someone who thinks we don't exist.  I will play their game in order to promote economic freedom and liberty. I don't mind getting dirty ... even with my own side.  Think what you will, but I know that Andrew would be proud of me doing my little part to change the narrative.  The reward is winning over one voter at a time and I'm ready ...


Learn how you can help Andrew's children here: The Breitbart Children's Trust

March 1: Today in Texas History #txhx

Today in 1845, Congress passed a "Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States" that was signed by President John Tyler.

Yay America!

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