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Tip Your Server Time-And-A-Half On Independence Day

If you eat out on the Fourth of July, or if you use any service that normally involves tipping, it is the right and patriotic thing to do to tip the person helping you at a time-and-a-half rate.

If you normally tip at 15%, leave 22.5%. And so on up the scale.

This is the pay rate you would expect to be paid if you were to work on a holiday.

If you are not paid this rate for work on a holiday, please don’t take that out on somebody else.

Celebrate Independence Day by doing right by your fellow American.

Also, do right by any immigrants you encounter. 

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | , | 2 Comments

Picture Of The Grave Of Paul Revere

Here is a picture I took last week of the grave of Paul Revere.

You can find this grave in the Granary Burying Ground which is part of Boston’s Freedom Trail.

Here is information on Revere’s life. He lived 1734-1818. 

Click here to see Copley’s famous painting of Paul Revere.  

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Colonial America, History | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joe Horn Gets Away With It

There is not much one can add at this point to discussion of the Joe Horn case.

Mr. Horn is the Pasadena, Texas resident who last year shot and killed two men after they robbed a neighbor’s home. He shot them in the back.

People aware of the issue know how they feel about the matter. Views on this question have been set in stone for many months now.

A Harris County grand jury yesterday decided not to indict Mr. Horn for any crime at all.

Many readers at the Houston Chronicle expressed satisfaction with this decision on the Chronicle’s online forums.

By satisfaction I mean they were downright glad Mr. Horn had killed the two men.

The two men were Hispanic illegal immigrants. 

It does not require much imagination to guess what some were saying.

There is a widely circulated picture of Mr. Horn that in some eyes may make him look like some type of stereotypical rube. 

I never run that picture on this blog because I feel it is sometimes used to say, “Look at this guy–Of course he shot two people of color.”

As we saw with the grand jury yesterday, and as we see in the crime news that bombards us each day in Houston and in this entire metro region, tolerance for cold blooded killing is widespread and fits no profile of appearance, gender or skin color.

Mr. Horn had the option to stay in his home, as he was advised to do by the 911 operator, and not kill anybody.

He took another course and killed two fellow human beings.

I don’t believe in karma.

I don’t believe in hell.

He just got away with it.  

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Houston, Texas | , , | 18 Comments