Sunday, August 19, 2007

Trial of Former TSU President Nears

As the trial for former Texas Southern University President Priscilla Slade starts this week, observers expect a fight that is more contentious than the paper-heavy trial of her chief financial officer who was convicted of criminal financial mismanagement as part of the same investigation.

It is obvious to me, from her demeanor, comments, and appearance, that she felt she was just a bit better than everyone else and she could pretty much do anything she wanted. I have seen it repeatedly from administrators and people of power. Look over the years the trouble and scandal that has come out of TSU?

It is obvious to me that the authorities at TSU cannot run the university and what little they do accomplish is more of a benefit to themselves instead of the students and the community.

Slade needs to be tried, and if found guilty (a highly probable occurrence) should do hard time in prison. Then the state needs to take over the university and place it under their own system. Since when in this day and age do we need a rouge university with self indulgent administrators.

Dean Hits Antigua; Heads for Texas?

I just found this clip of Hurricane Dean hitting Antigua. Some projections have it hitting Texas by mid-week. I don't wish tragedy on anyone, but it needs to go south up the upper Texas coast...WAY SOUTH!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Video Clip from Sean Hannity Freedom Concert

My lovely spouse was able to record this video clip from the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert in Grand Prairie, Texas.

It is of Montgomery Gentry singing "Lucky Man." I hope you enjoy it.

Elvis Presley Died 30 Years Ago Today

Thirty years ago today, Elvis Presley died. Much has been written in the past and posted today in various forums, concerning Elvis, his life, his death and all the issues that go with them.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that Elvis had died. I was at work and it came over the radio. It did not mean as much then as it does now, but it was a classic example of how one views an event over the passage of time.

At the time, I listened to his music but was not as "into" it as I was Chicago, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Iron Butterfly.

As I got older, I found myself drawn back to the music of Elvis and his movies. Good clean entertainment that is so rare today.

Yes, I know he died from a drug overdose, but I still liked his music and films.

I guess that might make me a hypocrite because of my views about drugs. However, I am human and I like how his music and film did and still does make me feel.

It takes me back to simpler time when things such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness meant something in society.

I wonder how Elvis would view all the problems we are dealing with in the year 2007?

I have a feeling of how he would view all of this, and will reserve it for a future post.

For know, I am sitting back and watching the Elvis marathon on Turner Classic Movies. After all, that is what I am doing and I am enjoying every minute of it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sean Hannity Freedom Concert in Grand Prairie

Texas Truth, along with my lovely spouse, attended the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert on Tuesday night (August 14) in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The concert was held at the NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie. Guests included Mark Levin, Ollie North, Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mitt Romney. Music performers were MontgomeryGentry, Collin Raye and Lee Greenwood.

I will post more about the concert in the coming days, along with photos. In a brief comment, it was a very inspirational and positive experience. The only negative I can remember were our seats. We were in the "nose bleed" section. The sound was good, but next time, I will splurge for the higher priced tickets so we can sit on the floor.

Look for more posts about the concert soon.

End of the Summer

I am sorry for not posting anything lately. I have been preparing for the fall with inservice starting on Friday.

The summer has gone so fast, and as school nears, I find less and less time to post. Hopefully I will be able to post some quality thoughts soon.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Bonds Ties Hank Aaron's MLB Home Run Record

I found this post on a blog titled Freedom Eden. I think is sums up how I feel about the issue.

With a short swing and a strong shot for all the doubters, Barry Bonds* (asterisk mine) caught Hank Aaron and tied the career home run record Saturday night.

No. 755 was an opposite-field drive to left-center, moving Bonds* (asterisk mine) within one swing of having baseball's pinnacle of power all to himself.

It was a long time coming.Commissioner Bud Selig stood up and put his hands in his pockets while Bonds' family hugged and high-fived. When Bonds* (asterisk mine) crossed the plate, he lifted his batboy son, Nikolai, and carried him several steps in an embrace.

The Petco Park crowd stood and cheered, with some boos mixed in, when the San Francisco slugger homered off Clay Hensley in the second inning. Several fans held up asterisk signs. Bonds* (asterisk mine) was booed as he headed to left field at the end of the inning.

The 43-year-old star has been shadowed by suspicions of steroid use for several years, which some fans feel has tainted his chase for the home run record. Bonds* (asterisk mine) did it, and Bud Selig was there. According to this AP account, Selig stood but didn't applaud.

As I've said before, I think it was right for Selig to be there to witness what happened to Major League Baseball on his watch.

He was there when the monster he helped to create tied baseball hero Hank Aaron's record.Selig stood and took in the disgrace that he allowed to swallow up the game.

I hope he's there to watch every wretched moment when Bonds* actually breaks Aaron's record. He should be there to watch Bonds* round the bases and render MLB's home run record worthless.

Look at this disgusting MLB site. It makes me sick.

In summery, Bonds is a cheater. Bud Selig ignored the problem and has to live with it. As far as I am concerned, Hank Aaron is the REAL home run record holder.

Yes, I have read "Game of Shadows." Some will say everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Yes I agree with that. However, facts are facts. Bonds DID use steroids and even if their use was not against MLB rules, they were against the law.

If he was innocent of all charges, why is Greg Anderson sitting in jail? Why will Anderson not answer questions pertaining to Bonds.

The following was taken from Wikipedia concerning the Greg Anderson-Barry Bonds case.

On July 5, 2006, Anderson was found in contempt of court by U.D. District Judge William Alsup for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating perjury accusations against San Francisco Giants' player Barry Bonds.

Bonds appeared before a grand jury investigating the BALCO steroids case in December 2003 and is reported to have denied knowingly using performance enhancing drugs. Anderson, denied bail, was immediately sent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin California. Anderson's attorney, Mark Geragos, said he would file an appeal based on his assertion that the subpoena to testify violated Anderson's plea bargain agreement in the BALCO case.

On July 20, 2006, Anderson was released when the grand jury's term expired without indicting Bonds. However, Anderson was immediately subpoenaed to testify before a new grand jury that will took up the case. Anderson's attorney, Mark Geragos, stated that Anderson will still refuse to testify, and on August 28, Anderson was again found in contempt of court and sentenced to prison.

The bottom line is that Bonds cheated to get the record, committed a crime when he was involved with steroids, and committed perjury in front of the grand jury.

If his records are not stricken, they should at least have a asterisk place beside them. After all, Roger Maris' record has an asterisk and he didn't cheat or do anything illegal.

I Am Back After A Short Break (and little motivation)

As some of you have noticed, I have not been blogging lately. I just couldn't find anything to blog about. Perhaps it was the long days of summer. It could have been that I just didn't feel like writing. I don't really know what kept me from this forum. I know that I didn't have the desire or interest to sit down and put my thoughts down.

Anyway, I am posting now. I will try to keep it up, but with summer coming to a close and the beginning of year 30 in the classroom approaching, I find myself, at times, not in the mood to blog.

If the lack of motivation grabs me again, please understand. I will post went I can. I do appreciate everyone who reads my posts and takes the time to leave a comment.

Take care, and read on. Hopefully I will have something to say that is of interest to some.