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07
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“PIG WAR” BARON MADE A MESS OF EVERYTHING

“PIG WAR” BARON MADE A MESS OF EVERYTHING

“How fatal that man will be to France!” a Spanish general predicted in a Nov. 9, 1862 letter to a friend in Paris.

It did not take a seer to see that Alphonse Dubois would make a mess of things in Mexico like he had two decades earlier in Texas. He was, after all, the devious diplomat responsible for the infamous “Pig War.”

Alphonse Dubois began his checkered career in the French foreign service at the age of 22. Eight years later in 1839, the low man on the embassy totem pole in Washington was sent on an inspection tour of the Republic of Texas.

From a hotel room in New Orleans, Dubois fabricated a glowing report of the new nation complete with detailed accounts of unseen sights and the preposterous prediction that the population of Texas would reach a million within five years. Based upon his imaginary impression, France was the first European power to recognize the Lone Star Revolution.

 

Thu
07
Nov
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“Climate Change” Cowboy Logic

“Climate Change” Cowboy Logic

The sea level is rising. We are in an “interglacial period” within the Pleistocene Ice Age, according to the learned. It has been melting ice for the last ten thousand years. So, we miniscule Earthlings are fighting an uphill battle.

To put it in perspective, most of us are not worrying about the inexorable melting of icebergs for the next 100, 1000, or 10,000 years. That’s not necessarily good, it’s just the truth.

The majority of meteorologists agree the sea is rising. They don’t all agree on the cause or how to stop it. Rather than stupefy you with statistics of the greenhouse gasses, their source and who’s to blame, let us examine the future: In the last 21-odd years the sea level has risen an average of 1/8 inch per year, which is above the 19th century average. Based on this, from 2020 to 2028, it will rise 1 inch, by 2036 it will have risen 2 inches, etc., until by 2108 it will reach one foot in 4 generations.

 

Fri
01
Nov
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TWO PROMOTERS BROUGHT RODEO INTO 20TH CENTURY

TWO PROMOTERS BROUGHT RODEO INTO 20TH CENTURY

Col. William T. Johnson, the powerful promoter who turned rodeos into a big business, was blindsided by a cowboy walkout minutes before a show at the Boston Garden on Oct. 30, 1936. At the end of the nineteenth century, the rodeo had not strayed far from its traditional roots in Texas, the Southwest and parts of the West. Most Americans east of the Mississippi had never seen a real rodeo even though they were avid fans of Wild West shows put on by the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody.

Tex Austin was the ingenious Texan, who went about changing the distinctly western form of entertainment to suit eastern tastes. It must be admitted, however, that calling him a native of the Lone Star State may be based more on his choice of nicknames than the murky details of his early life.

 

Fri
01
Nov
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BAXTER BLACK

BAXTER BLACK

A Hundred Years From Now

Life has always been a balancing act between the haves and have-nots.

Less populated industrial countries use the major portion of fossil fuel while third world countries still farm by hand and recreate. The world population is expected to increase by a billion every upcoming decade.

If we could snap our fingers and by magic, make some change that might save the earth from its inhabitants, what would we do?

"Birth control," said Steve.

"You mean anything?" asked J.D.

 

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Thu
24
Oct
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Farm Animals In History

Farm Animals In History

Mankind from prehistory to space exploration has always depended on animals for help in their quest for advancing civilization. Granted, often as bait or as guinea pigs but we have depended on them, nonetheless.

After extensive research of my cerebral micro files I've discovered several remarkable casehistories that have affected the course of our world.

For instance, Admiral Perry carried a Canadian goose on his Arctic trek to find the North Pole. Whenever the magnetic field messed up his compass, he would tie the goose to a sled runner with a 50-foot piece of baler twine. The goose, being the only one with enough common sense to fly south would try and take off. Perry and his parakeets would mush in the opposite direction.

 

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Thu
24
Oct
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WELLES MET WELLS AT TEXAS RADIO STATION

WELLES MET WELLS AT TEXAS RADIO STATION

The English author of The War of the Worlds and the brash “boy wonder,” whose broadcast version of the book scared Americans out of their wits, met for the first and only time in San Antonio on Oct. 28, 1940.

Lecture tours brought Orson Welles and H.G. Wells to the Alamo City on the very same day, an incredible coincidence that presented a local radio station with an historic opportunity. To the station manager’s delight, the two famous figures, who never had laid eyes on one another, accepted his invitation to a live, on-air meeting.

The younger guest had good reason to worry whether he would be on the receiving end of a stern talking-to. Welles had not sought permission for his “Mercury Theater” adaptation of The War of the Worlds, a tactless oversight that angered Wells to the point of threatening a lawsuit.

 

 

Thu
17
Oct
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PARRS RAN THE SHOW IN DUVAL COUNTY

PARRS RAN THE SHOW IN DUVAL COUNTY

This Week In Texas History

On Oct. 22, 1952, a leading Lone Star daily newspaper asked the election-eve question, “Can Parr tilt the vote for Adlai?”

If the infamous “Duke of Duval” could select a senator, it stood to reason that he just might be able to pick a president, too. The Anglo clique that ran Duval County at the turn of the century relied upon violence to preserve their ruthless regime. The key to maintaining their political monopoly was keeping the massive Mexican majority away from the polls.

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Thu
17
Oct
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TEXAS HAS FEW FEMALE GAME WARDENS

TEXAS HAS FEW FEMALE GAME WARDENS

Tumbleweed Part Owner of Texas

When Cynde Aguilar was growing up in Colorado City she had thoughts of becoming a teacher. But when her mom became a police dispatcher she had second thoughts. “These law enforcement guys were so nice,” says Cynde.

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Thu
17
Oct
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BAXTER & BLACK

BAXTER & BLACK

I was just about to cull the cow when the boss sees me swingin' the gate.

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Thu
10
Oct
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CONNALLY CAME SO CLOSE TO VICE-PRESIDENCY

CONNALLY CAME SO CLOSE TO VICE-PRESIDENCY

This Week In Texas History

Rather than go to prison, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned on Oct. 10, 1973 and gave Richard Nixon a second chance to replace him with a former governor of Texas.

John Bowden Connally, Jr. rose from the humblest circumstances to become Lyndon Johnson’s right-hand man. He managed every major campaign of his mentor starting with LBJ’s unsuccessful race for the U.S. Senate in 1941 to his landslide election as president in 1964. In the meantime, Connally had stepped out of Johnson’s shadow by challenging Gov. Price Daniel in the 1962 Democratic primary. Starting out at four percent in the preference polls, he made short work of the scandal-plagued incumbent, who finished a poor third in the first round, and won a hard-fought runoff against Don Yarborough.

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