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Table For One

Here is a table for one at the White Castle on Central Parkway in Cincinnati, Ohio.

You are dining alone if you are at this table.

There is a lot to be said for being by yourself. Going out by yourself gives you the time and space you need to read, think, and reflect.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tax-Hating Texan Commits Act Of Terrorism

I’m watching television coverage of the act of terrorism committed by the tax-
hating Texan who smashed a plane into a building in Austin, Texas. This building contains offices of the Internal Revenue Service.

The terrorist left a note indicating his hate for the IRS. In this note, he calls for other people to commit acts of violence.

When you smash an airplane into a building, you’ve committed an act of terrorism. It makes no difference if you are a Muslim or a tax-hating Texan.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

There Will Never Ever Be A Small Government Again In The United States

I’m sitting here in Cincinnati watching TV with my father. He is flipping channels on the TV.

Dad flipped to Fox News. On Fox News there was a reporter for the right-wing magazine The Weekly Standard saying that people want a return to “small government.”

The political fortunes of the right and left will wax and wane, but there will never ever be a small government in the United States. I want all the right-wingers to grasp this fact—No matter what you do, the U.S. government will never ever be small.

Regardless of what the right does, there will be millions of federal employees, hundreds of billions of tax dollars spent each year, and vast tracts of land under federal control.

And when George W. Bush was President and Republicans ran Congress, government got even bigger.

So take that you kooks!

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

My Father Wants Me To Go To McDonald’s And Get Him A Fish Sandwich

My father wants me to go out and get him some lottery tickets and a fish sandwich from McDonald’s

Very good. I’ve flown home to Cincinnati to do just these types of things.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Snowfall Is Nice And Quiet

Here is a picture of Cincinnati, Ohio after yesterday’s snowfall.

It was nice and quiet out there.

So rarely is it quiet in our lives. It was worth being cold to enjoy the quiet.

It is possible that the people who run this country and who run our corporations never want us to have any peace or downtime in our lives. They don’t want us to be able to think.

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

I Swear On The High Seas & In Front Of The U.S. Flag That I Am On Vacation

I am on vacation.

I will attest to this on the high seas of Galveston Bay and in front of the United States flag.

This is a picture taken by a couple that was on the Bolivar Ferry with me this afternoon.

The man was practiced at being friendly while the woman was standoffish.

As I noted in an recent post, I was supposed to fly to Cincinnati this morning.

Snow got in the way of that flight. So I drove an hour south to go see the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston.

I will try again to fly to Cincinnati in 12 hours.

Why am I going to Cincinnati in February? It is because Cincinnati is a garden spot of the Earth.

If over the next few days you see a guy in a rental car ordering a cup of decaf coffee from a White Castle in Cincinnati—That might well be me.

I’ll be posting over the next week. I’m just not sure what I’ll be posting.

Thank you for reading Texas Liberal. I hope you get a vacation very soon. I’m sure that you have earned some time off.

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

These Pumps Are Not In Service

I’m sorry—But these pumps I saw today in Galveston, Texas are not in service.

You will have to go elsewhere.

Please don’t be concerned. If something falls out of use, there are many others of the same—or that are new and improved—to replace what is gone.

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

You’re Free To Use Your Business To Support A Right-Wing Nut And I’m Free To Go Elsewhere

Today I drove past a restaurant in Galveston, Texas that I have eaten at many times.

I’d guess that since I moved to Houston in 1998, I’ve eaten at this place at least 15 times—Maybe more.

Political signs in front of this business place today endorsed far right-wing Tea Party nut Debra Medina in the upcoming Republican primary for Governor of Texas.

The owner of this business has the right to use the business to promote any cause he or she wishes to promote.

I have the right not to spend any money at this business again.

I don’t ask the politics of the business owner when I spend money at a small business. All I want is good value for my money and courteous service.

(Though if I walk into a bar or restaurant and Fox News is on the TV, I walk out.)

It seems unfair to ask the politics of the little guy when I spend money all the time with large corporations that cheat people, corrupt our government with big money lobbying, and pollute the Earth.

But if you’re going to make a point of thumbing your nose at my beliefs—Then you can move on.

If I had a small business, I’d never make my politics known at the business place. How could I ask for people’s money when I am taking a swipe at them at the same time? I can imagine few actions more disrespectful to potential customers.

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 5 Comments

Since It Is Snowing In Cincinnati, I Am Taking A Boat Ride

When I woke up this morning, I thought I’d be catching a plane to Cincinnati. However, my flight has been delayed a day due to snow in Cincinnati.

Having a vacation day in front of me but with no plane trip to take, I’ve driven 50 miles south to Galveston.

In the picture you see the wake of a big ship. I took this picture from the Bolivar Ferry. The Bolivar Ferry runs between Galveston Island and Bolivar Pennisula.

Sometimes things work out well even when what you had planned must be changed.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Home Subscribers Of Houston Chronicle Get Free Mini-Box Of Chocolate Cheerios

On Saturday morning February 13, home subscribers of the Houston Chronicle got a free mini-box of new Chocolate Cheerios along with the morning paper.

Above you see a picture of both the newspaper and the cereal.

It is good to get the newspaper at home because then you have time to read the paper with your coffee and breakfast.

If you stay at home for whatever reason during the day, you can read the paper throughout the day.

This is the more civilized course in life. We all need a few minutes of down time to reflect on our world.

Buy, save, consume and recycle all in the right measure. There is no contradiction in this.

Jobs are created and saved when we buy real things in the real world.

Our lives are better when a community is informed by a newspaper and when we make the time to consider the events of the day.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

I’m Voting For Bill White For Governor Of Texas—Blogger Round-Up

At the bottom of this post is the most recent weekly round-up of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

With the round-up this week, is a picture I ripped off from the Bill White for Governor Facebook page.

The Governor Perry supporters with that sign might be better off in one of our public schools in Texas.

I’m voting for Bill White in the Democratic primary for Governor of Texas and I will vote for him in the general election.

Mr. White, a former Mayor of Houston, is the Democrat most able to win the Governor’s office in 2010.

I believe Mayor White has a clear sense of the problems of poverty, poor educational achievement, and no health insurance that afflict many Texans.

This is state with millions of people, and the problems we have are so bad and impact so many people that we just have to get Rick Perry out of the Governor’s chair before he does any more harm.

We can’t go on talking about secession and refusing federal money when people who need help in Texas go unheard.

We need to help make sure that hard working people in our state can get health benefits and that they have a chance to get a decent education.

Mayor White is shown in this Houston Chronicle poll to be only six points behind Governor Perry with 13% undecided. This is a race that can be won.

Here is the web home for White Campaign.

The round-up—

The Texas Cloverleaf highlights the sentencing of GOP Denton County Constable Ken Jannereth. Probation, anger management, laying off the bottle, and maybe more to come for the disgraced lawman.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is watching two Texas Counties fight it out with their district attorneys over legal duties.

Bay Area Houston says Teabaggers claim illiterate Blacks elected Obama. Continue reading

February 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

Good Resources To Learn About The Presidents

President’s Day is coming up.

Above you see George Washington and Abe Lincoln hugging in the afterlife.

Where can you learn more about the Presidents?

I have four suggestions. Two of these resources are books and the other two can be found online.

The book The American Presidency–The Authoritative Reference is very useful.

Edited by Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer, American Presidency is a collection of essays about each President up until George W. Bush.

The book offers up a small measure of biography and a larger portion of analysis. With the essays running between 10 and 20 pages, this book is a good path to a reasonably complex understating of the Presidents in a manageable amount of time.

A great deal of information about the Presidents can be found in The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents by William Degregoiro.

I’m not sure that any book has more facts about our Presidents than Complete Book. Here you’ll learn not just about the Presidents and their terms of office, but also about their cabinets, spouses and children, and various love affairs. It is one of the most enjoyable books I know.

The best online resource I’m aware of about the Presidents can be found at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. There you’ll find biographical information, essays and  a multimedia gallery. It is very well done.

Finally, C-Span offers the excellent American Presidents website. There are broadcasts you can watch showing where the Presidents lived, as well as programs where experts talk about the Presidents and take phone calls from viewers.

It is fine entertainment.

Make use of these top-notch resources, and you’ll know all you need to know about the Presidents and the impact they had on American history.

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poem About My Wife—If You Want To Write A Poem For Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might want to write a poem about your significant other.

Below is a poem I wrote a few years ago about my wife. I think it works well.

You don’t need to be all flowery and mushy—Simply write about the person you know.

My Wife.

1.

With reasonable allowance

For awkward situations

My wife is quite straightforward.

2.

If not always at first

People in time come to realize

The quality of my wife’s advice and skills.

3.

My wife reflects on her personal relationships

And tries to get them right.

My wife reflects on her responsibilities

And tries to be a good person.

4.

A left-handed Jewish woman

My wife has no illusions about what people are

And what they are capable of.

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Please Slow Down And Be Careful On All The Highways Of Life—Seek To Avoid Automobile Crashes

This morning I drove past a fatal car wreck. I saw the aftermath of the incident at around 5:45 this morning.

(Above–Not the crash I saw this morning, but close enough.)

I’m reasonably certain that this is the fifth or sixth time I’ve seen a fatal wreck in the 11 1/2 years I’ve lived in Houston.

Here is the Houston Chronicle story about the death. I’m avoiding the word accident because alcohol may have been involved.

A man driving a pick-up truck was possibly out drunk driving at 5 AM.

The name of the person who died was Krysta Rodriguez. She was a passenger in the car hit by the alleged drunk driver. Seeing the car that Ms. Rodriguez was riding in, it is not difficult to imagine that she was killed. The car was smashed.

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says about automobile crashes in the United States—

“In the United States, motor vehicle–related injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1–34, and nearly 5 million people sustain injuries that require an emergency department visit. The economic impact is also notable: motor vehicle crashes cost around $230 billion in 2000.”

The CDC  offers a number of suggestions to help reduce drunk driving in the U.S.

Many of these recommended measures involve tough enforcement of drunk driving laws of and strong punishments for those convicted of drunk driving.

Here are many facts and much information from the CDC about safe driving.

It was raining this morning. When I saw the wreck, I wondered if the rain had played a part.

Here are tips for driving in the rain from Edmunds.com.

Here are tips for driving in snow and ice from The Weather Channel.

The Weather Channel says that the best advice for driving in winter weather is to avoid doing so when possible.

Two Thanksgivings ago, a young person I knew was killed in a wreck while driving from her holiday break in Houston back to school at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

This young person was a senior at Baylor and an honors student.

In her death notice in the newspaper and in the program distributed at the memorial service, her parents wrote— “…slow down and be careful on all the highways of life.”

This is good advice.

Please do slow down and be careful on all the highways of life. Please give some thought to how you drive and to the terrible things that can happen on the road.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Two-Thirds Of Americans Say Keep Trying On Health Care Reform Bill—Republicans Have An Obligation To Help Govern

Two-thirds of Americans want Congress and the President to continue to try and work out a Health Care Reform bill.

This is according to an ABC-Washington Post poll.

This number includes 56% of independents and 42% of Republicans.

People of all ideologies know that the current system of health care in America does not work.

With 41 votes in the Senate now, Republicans have an obligation to help govern and to do more than just say no.

Democrats must also understand that they are not going to get all they want.

Yet at the same time, Democrats should use the majorities they have in Congress for the rest of 2010 for the benefit of the American people. No party is likely to have such a firm control of Congress for many years after the 2010 elections.

Let’s move ahead on all sides to expand access to health insurance and ban the practice of denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Despite all the noise over the last year, this is what the American people want to see happen.

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment