Sunday, September 30, 2007
It was much the same and much different after thirty years. One thing I remember was parking. Back then I only paid $2.00 to park. Now it is $10.00. Oh well, inflation happens to everything.
This weekend was also the annual Prairie View A&M versus Grambling football game at the Cotton Bowl. As we walked around the fair, we could hear the PA announcer inside the stadium.
After the National Anthem, the annoucer asked everyone to remain standing for the Black National Anthem. I though WOW!!! I did not know there was such a thing.
After I got home tonight, I googled it and found the following words.
My question is: "Why do blacks, or anyone for that matter, need a separate national anthem for their race?"
What is coming next, the Mexican National Anthem every time the United States National Anthem is palyed?
Below are the words.
Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies,
Let is resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faitht
that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the days
when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,have not our weary feet,
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way
that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our paththro’
the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from a gloomy past,
till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam
of our bright star is cast.
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by thy might, led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places
Our God where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world
we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Congratulation to ICE for doing their job. In fact, they should be doing this a great deal more.
Click on the title of this post to go to a blog in the Houston Chronicle on this issue. As far as my thoughts, well.....here goes.
ARREST THEM ALL!
SEND THEM TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN!
AND SEND THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM!
To quote George C. Scott in the movie "Patton,
"Alright. Now you sons-a-bitches. You know how I feel."
Sunday, September 23, 2007
One of my favorite movies is "The Paper" staring Michael Keaton, Robert Duval and Marisa Tomei. It is about a New York newspaper and a typical day of it's employees. In the opening and closing of the movie, they play a radio broadcast from radio station 1010WINS in New York. About a year ago, I was in New York City and listened to the station. I now listen to it on the web and visit their web site whenever I can.
Going to their website this evening (early morning) I found the below post on their main page. I read it and couldn't believe it. Here it is:
Lesbian Tryst Between Marcia and Jan?
In a new tell-all book, "Brady Bunch" star Maureen McCormick, who played the TV family's oldest girl Marcia, will reportedly reveal a steamy on-set sexual relationship with Eve Plumb, the actress who played her younger sister Jan.
The book, titled "Here's the Story," which is due out next year, will detail how a crush between the two actresses turned into a physically intimate relationship, according to published reports.
This isn't the first we're hearing of a possible tryst between the two. Back in the late nineties, McCormick admitted to kissing Plumb during their "Brady" days, but it was later downplayed by her publicist.
The biography will apparently also touch on topics such as McCormick's battles with bulimia, cocaine addiction and depression.
McCormick, now 51, is married with an 18-year-old daughter and lives in Southern California.
My question is: Why does she think she needs to reveal this now? It makes no sense to me. This happened over 30 years ago. Could she be trying to generate interest in her book or use the publicity to get back into the limelight? I hope not, but time will tell.
What do you think? This can do nothing but tarnish the Brady Bunch image. If this all turns out to be true, I might have to alter the statement in my sidebar about going back to the days of the Brady's. It is possible that the days of the Brady's perhaps were not so innocent after all.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Earlier this evening, my lovely spouse and I were sitting in a park pavilion by the bay near Houston, watching the boats and sunset, having a small evening picnic, and listen to the UT-Rice football game on the radio. In the activity center building next to the park, people were putting the final touches on a quinceanera. We were commenting on it and thought about the article that was in today's Chronicle.
After we left, I decided to reread the article and post my thoughts on it. So here I go. Please feel free to leave your comments, as usual.
The idea of spending even $5000 to have a "coming out party" is totally ridiculous, no matter what culture and race is involved. Some of these families don't even have that kind of money to spend, so they have relatives pitch in to help. I would be willing to bet that some of these people are on public assistance, food stamps, or free lunch in school. It is amazing that some families can find the money to put on a "coming out" party for their little "princess" but don't have enough money for the necessities of life.
I have no problem with families hosting parties for their daughters' fifteenth birthday, but the amount of time and money spend on these "displays of their daughters" is crazy, as it is for any coming out party, regardless of race, culture, etc. It is nothing more than trying to show off, to act like something or someone you are not, and trying to keep up with the family down the street. If some took that money and invested in something that might bring a better life to their families in the future, like an education, perhaps people would not look down on them and their culture so much.
I have many friends who see it the same way I do. Invest in the things that are truly important in life and raise your family to the next level in society.
To quote a sidebar of the article: "A traditional quinceañera includes a religious ceremony followed by a reception. Certain elements of the quince, as the ceremony is often called, have remained largely untouched - the ball gown and tiara, the presentation of her last doll, a Bible, the bridesmaid-like damas and chamberlains."
If this "celebration" is such a religious ceremony, then why are young boys hired to dance and flirt with the girls?
Sunday, September 16, 2007
O.J. Simpson was arrested today in connection with an alleged armed robbery at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The case involves sports memorabilia items taken from a room in the hotel, items that Simpson says belonged to him. Police have seized two firearms they believe were used in the case.
O.J. is a criminal. He always has been. If you look at his record of past encounters with the law, it does make one think.
HELL...I don't need to think about it. He is a CRIMINAL! Throw his butt in prison and never let him out.
July 4, 2005: A neighbor who went to Simpson's suburban Miami home to help jump-start his girlfriend's car ended up calling police to report a fight. Police showed up but no charges were filed.
March 8, 2004: Satellite television network DirecTV Inc. accused Simpson in Miami federal court of using illegal electronic devices to pirate its broadcast signals. The El Segundo, Calif.-based company later won a $25,000 judgment and Simpson was ordered pay $33,678 in attorneys' fees and costs.
Jan. 18, 2003: Police said they arrived at Simpson's Florida home after his teenage daughter placed an emotional 911 call after an argument with her father. Sydney Simpson, then 17, was crying when she asked police to assist in what she termed ``an abuse thing.'' When they arrived, the teen said she and her father got into an argument over family issues. No charges were filed.
Nov. 22, 2002: Simpson paid a $130 fine for speeding through a Florida manatee zone in a 30-foot powerboat on the Fourth of July. An arrest warrant was briefly issued.
Oct. 24, 2001: Simpson was cleared of all charges in a Florida case involving an alleged road-rage incident.
Oct. 3, 1995: Acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, Simpson was later found liable for their deaths in a civil case and ordered to pay $33.5 million.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I want to thank Marvin's Word for reintroducing me to this clip. I remember seeing it sometime in my past, but I cannot recall when. In the high school classes I teach, everyone stands but most do not recite the pledge. That bothers me. The liberals have made it possible for a person to live in this country and not require ANY respect or allegiance whatsoever to the country that is providing the opportunities to learn, earn, and obtain the things that they have and desire. I would love to give them a lecture about respect for the flag and our country, but I would be called on the carpet for not being tolerant and understanding. My belief is that if you cannot pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, you need to leave and go back to whatever "hell hole" country you or your family came from.
To quote George C. Scott in the movie "Patton,"
Alright. Now you sons-a-bitches. You know how I feel.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Univision news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, both of whom are fluent in English, will ask their questions in Spanish. The candidates will respond in English, with their answers translated into Spanish. Viewers who want to hear the forum in English can watch it using the closed caption service on their TV.
The debate in being done on a Spanish language network with the questions in Spanish and the answers in English.
My question is why are the candidates not answering in Spanish? If they want and need the Hispanic votes, why do they not answer in Spanish? Perhaps it is because they do not know Spanish.
NEWS FLASH: President Bush DOES speak Spanish. Imagine that, the President whom they don't like speaks Spanish and the candidates they support don't speak Spanish?
This is some food for thought.
Friday, September 7, 2007
It is a bit over eight minutes long but I found it to be very motivating. It is a shame I cannot show it to my classes. The administration and left wing crazies would go nuts and I might be looking for a new job if I did.
Monday, September 3, 2007
I wonder how many other Clinton supporters have a dubious past? If Hillary cannot keep track of their supporter and their money, how can she be expected to run the country? All of you out there know the answer to that question.
Former President Bill Clinton said he was "shocked" by revelations that a top fundraiser for his wife is a fugitive from justice and claimed he didn't even know what "HillRaiser" Norman Hsu did for a living.
"You could have knocked me over with a straw, especially when I heard the L.A. people had been allegedly looking for him for 15 years when he was in plain view," he told Newsday while touring a county fair in rural New Hampshire Sunday.
"I never knew how he made a living or anything, but I was shocked," said Clinton of Hsu, who has made millions as an investor in tetxtile and other businesses.
Hsu has been a fugitive after being accused of fraud in the early 1990s in San Mateo, Calif.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton donated $23,000 in Hsu contributions after his criminal history was revealed by the Los Angeles Times last week.
Clinton said it wasn't necessary to return $100,000 or more collected by Hsu from other donors.
"I think she did the right thing giving the money back pending resolution of his case," Clinton added. "If the other people say they gave the money of their own accord then I think she should keep it."