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Cincinnati Bengals-Houston Texans Playoff Preview—Taxpayers Have Already Lost

Two of my home town teams–The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans–are in the NFL playoffs against each other this weekend. The game is in Houston on Saturday, January 7 at 3:30 PM CST.

(Above–Program From Providence–Green Bay game on October 25, 1931. Green Bay won this game 48-20.  Mention of the Green Bay Packers allows to me link to a post from last year about how Packer coaching icon Vince Lombardi was a Democrat. ) 

In my 44 years, I’ve lived in Providence, R.I., Cincinnati and Houston.

Both the Bengals and Texans have benefited in recent years from public money for new stadiums.

I’ve voted no every chance I’ve gotten against public money for sports stadiums.

Despite the massive public subsidy and sneaking into the playoffs this year with 9-7 record, the Bengals are best known for losing and losing year after year.  The last time Cincinnati won a playoff game was 1990.

Before the opening kick off, taxpayers in both Cincinnati and Houston have already lost. Taxpayers will also keep on losing after the game is over.

My enmity for the Bengals is eternal, as I was a resident of Cincinnati and a Cincinnati City Council staffer when the Bengals were scamming the money.

The taxpayer money the Bengals gouged will seemingly never be paid off. (Told you so.)

My boss at the time, a current Hamilton County, Ohio Municipal Judge named Tyrone Yates, voted no as a Cincinnati Councilmember on enabling the Bengals stadium deal.

Here is a 2004 Houston Chronicle article about publicly financed  stadium deals in Houston. 

This weekend I’ll root for my 3rd hometown team. The Providence Steam Rollers won the NFL title in 1928 and never–as I am aware–demanded public money.

The Providence Steam Rollers played in the NFL between 1925 and 1931. Here are facts about the team from the excellent Pro Football Reference.com.  

The Steam Rollers ask for nothing but that we keep them in our memories. Keeping the Steam Rollers in our memories is something which involves no corporate welfare at all.

Field of Schemes is a good blog about the business of building sports stadiums.

January 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Festival Ballet Providence Staging All-Star Benefit Gala Performance On 10/19—You Should Attend

My Uncle Tom in Providence, Rhode Island wants folks to know about the above event.

Tom Aquino is a strong supporter of Festival Ballet Providence.

Here are some details about this event—

“Festival Ballet Providence is presenting “Together we Dance” an All-Star Benefit Gala performance.  Featuring special guest artists from: American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet, and New York City Ballet. “

Here is some history of ballet. 

Below is a picture of Tommy that I took earlier this year in Providence.

I’ve parked the rental car in something of an improvised location so we could visit the Rhode Island Korean War Memorial in Providence.

My recently deceased father fought in the Korean War.

In this picture, Tommy is admiring my parking skills and is wondering who would question family members paying tribute to a fallen warrior.

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Flesh Is Grass—The Garden Where My Father Once Lived

This is where my father and his family once lived on Potter Street in Providence, Rhode Island.

My father lived 1930-2011.

I took this picture last week.

My father’s house is now gone and my dad is now dead.

There is now a community garden at this location.

Here is what it says in Isaiah 40:6-8-

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

All flesh is grass.

With a garden now where my dad once lived, you can say this is true in both a literal and figurative sense.

The things we most value have a season and they have no season. They are transient and they are eternal. They require a careful tending and they grow wild.

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

I Shall Now Also Be Blogging At The Daily Hurricane—Texas Liberal Post #2000

This is Texas Liberal post #2000.

I sure it hope it has been worth all the time it has taken.

With post #2000, I’m glad to announce that I’ll soon also be blogging with the great crew at The Daily Hurricane.

I’ll still be writing at Texas Liberal. This will remain my main base of blogging operations.

Let me be clear—Texas Liberal is not closing up shop.

Also, I will still be posting as a featured politics reader-blogger at the Houston Chronicle online.

Above you see a picture I took two years ago of the hurricane barrier in Downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

This structure, built with government dollars in 1966, is yet another government  helps people each and every day.

Here is a story to read more about the barrier. I always enjoyed seeing the hurricane dam as a kid growing up in Providence.

Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.

August 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

What Is The Subconscious Mind?

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For many years I had a recurring dream that I was in the Brown University Bookstore on Thayer Street in Providence, Rhode Island. (Above you see a picture of the Brown University Bookstore I took last year. The store is the grey building on the left. To the right is Thayer Street.)

After some years of this dream, I began to think about this place during my waking hours. 

As long as the dream went on, I never figured out why I was having the dream.   

As a kid I often went to the Brown U. store.  Last summer, in Providence for the first time in 20 years, I went into the bookstore for first time since maybe 1980. I’ve not had the dream since I went into the store last year.

In the past couple of months, I’ve had a new recurring dream. I dream I’m in parts of Providence that I knew as a kid, but did not see when in Providence last summer. I’ve now had this new dream three times.

Though I lived in Providence for my first 13 years, I consider Cincinnati, Ohio  my hometown far more than Providence. Cincinnati is where I lived the 18 years after Providence. Yet its Providence I keep dreaming about.

I think this is in part because I visit Cincinnati twice a year and have only been to Providence once in the past 20 years. I think if I did not regularly see Cincinnati, I would dream of that city as well.

In any case, all this got me to thinking about the subconscious mind.  What is the subconscious mind? 

A New York Times article from 2007  says it is something that guides your actions more than you realize. It says our minds respond in ways we don’t fully control in response to clues and triggers. For example, if we see a briefcase we may become more competitive. 

Past that article, what I found by poking around on the internet—perhaps reflecting a subconscious view that I don’t really want to know what is lurking in my mind—was nothing very solid.

There is a lot of stuff about using your so-called subconscious mind to quit smoking or become rich. Other web pages had a New Age feel. New Age stuff is fine for people who go for all that–But it does not do so much for me.

Wikipedia has a definition. 

Beyond my wariness of what I read in Wikipedia—And I do appreciate Wikipedia for all the pictures I use on this blog that I get from that source—I find myself wondering how we can well-define something that takes place in our subconscious. How can anyone know for sure?

I’d like to think that right now in my subconcious mind some type of dinosaur fight is taking place—

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Here is the defintion of subconcious from The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

” Of or pertaining to, existing in, the part of the mind which influences actions etc. without one’s “full” awareness.”

I think this is as close as we are going to get to a good definition.

Your subconcious mind is present in some respect and it is messing with you in someway. If all it is doing is making you have a dream about a place you left a long time ago, you’re likely getting off lucky.

( Here is a link to information about Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. Maybe those of who reached this post via a search engine question will have thoughts of all the good FDR and the New Deal accomplished planted in your subconscious when you are deciding in the future how to vote.)

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Books, Cincinnati | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Am I A Real Texan? What Makes Someone A Texan?

In addition to this blog you’re reading, I’m also a featured politics reader-blogger at the Houston Chronicle. At that space, I’ve often been criticized by readers for not being a native Texan. They say I’m a carpetbagging Yankee.

Here’s how the subject was addressed by a Chronicle  blog reader who goes by the name typical_white_man——-“TexasLiberal=Yankee nit-wit! The whole piece is worthless because as 5genTexas so aptly provided the definition for treason, which the YankeeLiberal (there is nothing Texan about this idiot!) was clueless.”

This reader was writing in response to my post that Texas Republicans are talking treason.

Am I a real Texan? What makes a real Texan?

Let’s see—

I was born in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts. I did not live there long.

Between 1968 and 1980 I lived in Providence, Rhode Island. Below you see a picture I took last year of the Providence hurricane dam. Just as I could tell you about Hurricane Ike, my father could tell you about the 1938 New England Hurricane.

While living in Rhode Island, I was a Rhode Islander.

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Between 1980 and 1998 I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. Below you see a picture of Cincinnati I took from a city park maybe two years ago. (Here is a story on the damage Hurricane Ike did in Cincinnati last year. My parents were without power for a time.)

While living in Ohio, I was an Ohioan.

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From 1998 until the current day I’ve lived in Houston, Texas. Below is my windswept rainswept Hurricane Ike photo of a flooding Buffalo Bayou to show that I do live in Houston, Texas.

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What am I while living in Texas?

You got it!— I’m a Texan!

It does not matter that I spent 13 years in New England or that I lived for 18 years in the Midwest.

All that I need to be a Texan is to live in Texas. I’ve been a Texan for 11 years.

Texas has 24 million people. No one thing defines all these people except the fact that they live in Texas. Definitions of what makes someone a “real Texan” or a “true Texan” are sure to leave many people out.

All I’ve got to do to be a Texan is live in Texas.

A better way to identify people would be to see them as individuals. This is better than creating a definition based on one’s own inevitably limited and erroneous assumptions of what defines a certain place. (Here is my autobiography in 220 words.)

If what you see below is your image of a Texan, you are free to have that thought.   But when you try to impose that notion on others, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to ride off into the sunset.

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April 22, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Houston, Texas | , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

After Years Of Voting For Democrats, Institutionalized Regressive Taxes Remain For Providence, Rhode Island Schools

In a recent column in the excellent liberal magazine The American Prospect discussing the debate over slavery reparations, I read some disturbing information about the public school system in Providence, Rhode Island.

I lived in Providence as a kid from 1968 until 1980. I attended the public schools in Providence in those years.

From the column by Dana Goldstein

Three-quarters of children in the Providence schools live in poverty. Rhode Island ranks among the top three states dependent on municipal property taxes to fund education, a regressive system that disadvantages city schools…Providence–like many other cities across the nation—is geographically contiguous with affluent suburbs…”  

I’ll just make the point I’ve made a number of times in this blog. While Rhode Island has had a run of Republican governors in recent years, most voters in this state and in Providence vote for Democrats year after year. Rhode Island is one of the most Democratic states in the nation.

How long are black folks and city residents of all races going to vote for Democrats and see no improvement in the institutionalized conditions that help keep people poor and disempowered?  

(Here is a recent Texas Liberal post called The Institutionalized Way We Kill Black People about sub-standard operating conditions in many urban hospitals.)       

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes! | , , , , , , | Leave a comment