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Thu
05
Dec
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GODDESS OF THE HUNT

GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Diana, goddess of the hunt, stands as a Roman heroine to a long line of female hunters. Even today there are many who have followed in her spoor that deserve to have their name written in mythology.

Our Diana, we'll call her Center-Fire Charlotte, is well known for her prowess up and down Hyde Creek in the high and wild country of central Idaho. The legend goes that one morning Charlotte was on her way to work in town when she spotted a bunch of does grazing by the reservoir. She climbed out of her car, quietly closed the door, lifted her rifle from the trunk and started after them. Sage, bunch grass, rocks, brush and pine seedlings gave way as she stalked across the clearing in her cashmere sweater, skirt and medium heels.

Wed
27
Nov
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ZAPRUDER CAPTURED JFK SHOOTING ON FILM

This Week In Texas History

Life magazine in its Nov. 29, 1963 issue published the first shocking pictures of the Kennedy assassination with frames from a home movie shot by a Dallas dressmaker.

Abraham Zupruder spent his first 13 years in the Ukraine then a part of Czarist Russia. In 1918 he escaped the turmoil and violence of the Bolshevik Revolution with his mother and siblings and joined his father, who had come to the U.S. nine years earlier, in Brooklyn, New York.

Wed
27
Nov
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A Sheep Thanksgiving

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For some reason this Thanksgiving, I'm thinking of sheep. The sheep industry is havin' a fair year. One factor is lamb being included and advertised in specialty dog food. The sheepman's equivalent market to fast food burgers.

How to strengthen the market, you ask? Breed more dogs, you say? Or get humans in Canada and the U.S. to eat more sheep and wear more wool? So how do you get people to buy more lamb? You either change the people or change the product.

We are living in a time of unimaginable technology involving gene tinkering. What if it were possible to change the animal by gene splicing. Say something as simple as changing the color of wool. How 'bout a palomino gene to produce the much sought after Golden Fleece or a leopard gene to get a spotted virgin wool jacket. Or even a Scotchman's gene to produce a fleece that's already plaid? I can envision wool t-shirts with logos or rock stars already on the sheep.

 

 

Fri
22
Nov
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U.S. BOTCHED PRE-WAR PURCHASE OF TEXAS

U.S. BOTCHED PRE-WAR PURCHASE OF TEXAS

This Week In Texas History

The presidential emissary arrived at Mexico City on Nov. 26, 1845 prepared to pay top dollar to keep the peace south of the Rio Grande.

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Fri
22
Nov
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LISTENING TO NORTHEAST TEXAS

LISTENING TO NORTHEAST TEXAS

Tumbleweed

I always like to be in Northeast Texas in the fall because it usually has outstanding autumn color. This year it didn’t. Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. People said it has been dry and windy and the leaves came down early. But that didn’t keep Winnsboro from holding its annual Autumn Trails Festival, which features a month of activities including trail rides, rodeos, entertainment and food and merchandise booths.

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Fri
22
Nov
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Remains of a Party

Remains of a Party

We all have great memories of ‘the best party’.

I had a party. It lasted 48 hours. I lost my socks, my dignity, two days of my life, six ping-pong balls and four pounds. I broke my G-string, achieved a new “personal best” and learned to dog paddle in a bathtub full of beer.

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Thu
14
Nov
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Medical or Nutritional

Medical or Nutritional

One of the most important traits of a good feedlot manager is the ability to assign blame. That is the reason they often employ consulting vets and nutritionists. It keeps them from having to fire regular employees.

Unfortunately it also pits the vets against the nutritionist in their everlasting battle to decide whether a problem is "nutritional" or "medical".

The feedlot manager sat across the desk from his nutritionist of the month and his Vet de Jour. He spoke, "I've been looking at our death loss records and we've had a lot of bloats this month."

"Obviously nutritional," interjected the vet who sat back relieved.

 

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Thu
14
Nov
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ALAMO CENOTAPH PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

ALAMO CENOTAPH PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

In a solemn ceremony on Nov. 13, 1940, the Alamo Cenotaph was formally dedicated as a symbolic final resting place for those immortal martyrs denied a decent burial 104 years earlier.

As part of the Texas Centennial celebration, a hundred thousand dollars in federal funds were appropriated for the construction of a permanent tribute to the heroic handful, who gave their lives for Lone Star independence. The site chosen for the memorial was the city-owned plaza across the street from the Alamo chapel, the approximate spot where most of the defenders were believed to have perished.

Opposition to the project was led by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), longtime custodians of the Alamo chapel. They argued that a new memorial was unnecessary and might detract from the original mission. The objections of the DRT were carefully considered but ultimately rejected.

 

Thu
07
Nov
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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.

 

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