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Thursday, March 2, 2017 – March 2, 1836 – Texas Independence Day!

Thursday, March 2, 2017 – March 2, 1836 – Texas Independence Day!

While the fighters were defending The Alamo, the suits and politicians were signing a Declaration of Independence stating the Mexican state of Texas would henceforth be free and independent.

Five days later, on March 6, Santa Anna’s armies would breach the walls of The Alamo and order “no quarters” which meant “kill them all.” A few days march later, there was The Goliad Massacre. History books state Colonel Fannin split his troops into two sections (not good military strategy). Neither did he tell his troops there was to be “no quarters.” These decisions vilified Fannin and his widow and two daughters for decades.

Meanwhile, General Sam Houston and the entire town of Gonzales were hauling their newly independent asses toward the Gulf Coast with Santa Anna in hot pursuit. Had General Santa Anna not stopped along the way, he might have overtaken them. That would be “no muy bueno. Es muy mal.”

The ending battle for Texas Independence was April 21, 1936 at San Jacinto. The Battle of San Jacinto is considered a world changing battle. Texas was free and independent. I know, RP, it should have stayed that way.

Today is a day when we celebrate all of Texas and its heroes of The Revolution. William B. Travis, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, DeWitt, Rush, Rusk, and all of the others Texas heroes of the day.

But here is my Texas hero. J.V. McClanahan from Luling, Texas. JV waving from bus (800x530)

Five years ago, I had the privilege and honor to escort Mr. J. V. on Austin’s first Honor Flight carrying World War II Vets to see their monument in Washington D. C.ww-ii-2

untitledOn March 2, 1945, Mr. McClanahan was taken POW by the Germans during The Battle of the Bulge. He remained a POW until VE Day in May of 1945. Upon his release he sailed home on The Queen Mary.

Thank you to all The Texians. Thank you, J.V. and to all those who protect our freedom on a daily basis. Here’s a big 10 gallon Texas HAT’S OFF TO YOU!

Texas Flag @ Sunset (800x600)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Texas Independence Day – Happy Birthday, Texas 1836-2016 – The Texas Revolution in 250 Words or Less or Don’t Mess with Texas

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Texas Independence Day – Happy Birthday, Texas 1836-2016 – The Texas Revolution in 250 Words or Less or Don’t Mess with Texas

Here’s What I’m Thinking or rather singing.

Texas Our Texas – All hail the mighty state…

I love to sing the state song. I wish it was sung at more events.

Texas declared its Independence from Mexico today at nearby Washington-on-the Brazos and The Republic of Texas was established. Meanwhile in San Antonio Davy Crockett looked at William B. Travis and said “We’re gonna need a lot more men.”

But as we all remember, the troops never came. Mexican General Santa Anna’s thousands breeched the walls and they were ordered to “give them no quarter” or kill them all.

It all ends with the WORLD CHANGING – Battle of San Jacinto. This battle changed the events and shape of the world. For those who enjoy alternate history, what if the Texians had lost at San Jacinto?

In its rich history the state has flown under six different flags representing six different sovereign countries. If anyone tries to take of any one those six flags away, I will fight you to the death. It will be Victory or Death just as at The Alamo. You will need to Come and Take It.

Texas Flag @ Sunset

So here’s to the men (and women) of the Battles of Medina, Gonzales, The Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto. Thank you for fighting for Texas.

God Bless Texas! God Bless Willie Nelson!

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Only part of a Native Texan;s home/office décor.

Friday, May 28, 2015 – Texas Rising – Where? In the Southern Texas Alps?

Friday, May 28, 2015 – Texas Rising – Where? In the Southern Texas Alps?

I was glad to see on FB that I was not the only one who is having some issues with the History Channel’s Texas Rising.  Issues were shared from individuals with a solid knowledge of Texas History to those with advanced and academic knowledge of the topic.  I am somewhere in between.

Granted the beginning credits offer a disclaimer that it is a dramatic interpretation. And it is based on Stephen L. Moore’s book by the same name. Mr. Moore is a native Texan, whose Texas roots go way back and he is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University – Ax ‘Em Jacks! So he must have Dr. Archie P. McDonald channeled into him for accuracy. He could even be Dr. Archie P. reborn, recycled, updated, Version 2.0 or however you want to look at it.

I think the musical score is great and I really like the kaleidoscope opening of each episode And I do like many other aspects of the series so far.

But some things are stretched beyond imagination and in some cases– just made up, inaccurate stuff.

Including thoughts on FB postings regarding the first episode that aired on Monday, Here’s What I’m Thinking:

One comment said the opening was too sensationalized and went to on question March 7 as the day the bodies were buried. There is some truth to both of those. But I disagree with the sensationalism.  Santa Anna riding through the streets around the mission and the following scenes resembled media footage of villages today conquered by tyrants and ruthless dictators. The scenes are violent, but unfortunately accurate.  Spoiler alert – if you thought the scenes of the Alamo aftermath were violent, wait until you see aftermath of The Battle of Coleto – aka The Goliad Massacre.

As to the March 7 and waiting until the next day to bury the dead –  That is plausible and possible, depending on what time the walls of the mission were breeched, a search, executing stranglers, the smoke clearing, etc.  If it were shortly before midnight, the Mexicans might have waited until daybreak to begin.  Hell, as crazy as Santa Anna was, he might have ordered them to wait until he could see it.

THE GEOGRAPHY and THE GEOLOGY!  When I first saw Houston’s camp in Gonzalez, I thought to myself – where the hell is that? I learned that there is a small geologic formation in Palmetto State Park near Gonzales that does have a drop-off and a cliff.  A similar geologic shape exists in nearby Smithville. So with a stretch of the imagination I could believe this.

Today there are views (at least on the parks’ websites) from both parks that might have resembled Texas territory in 1836.  Unfortunately today, May 29, 2015, both parks are underwater due to the recent flooding.  This is probably why the park in Gonzales is named Palmetto State Park.

As the rangers and soldiers move around, I can imagine some of those really high hills, and maybe some of the large rock formations and even the sandy soil with sparse vegetation.  The CCC planted vegetation in that area during the 1930’s. Much of the landscape would have been destroyed with urbanization.  But with an imagination stretch, maybe.

But those cliffs and mountains?  Get me a confirmation from a geology nerd, but NO WAY did Texas have those types of geologic formations except in some geologic time zone like the Third Ice Age or the Mesozoic or Paleozoic Periods in that part of Texas. Since our grand state does have it all, there are places where beautiful scenes like those do exist but not in that geographic designated area.

Several of the really key watchers picked up on some questionable comments.  For example, when Sam Houston says to Emily West post Alamo “Texas is not a slave state.”  Well, first of all – technically was not a state, but a territory. Depends which side you are asking.

State or territory? Whichever it was, it was a slave one. Slavery was the issue in the overall problems with Mexico.  Mexico’s laws outlawed slavery. And wasn’t Sam Houston a slave owner? Or had been at one time?

And Mexico was having serious issues with Americans immigrating to their country, not learning their language, bringing their slaves, putting their white children in their schools and bringing their traditions and customs. See reverse today.

And the relationship between Sam Houston and Emily West?  Taking comments now! I am speechless and highly doubtful. Has anybody checked on the Daughters of the Republic of Texas? They are probably still passed out in a dead faint.

March 2, 2015 – I’ll Bet You a Lone Star Beer That You Cannot

– I’ll bet you a Lone Star beer that you cannot sing the state song of Texas. Or at least the first verse and chorus. Unless you attended Texas A&M or Baylor University chances are you do not know the words.  Those two universities sing Texas Our Texas, not to be confused with the school that sings I’ve Been Working on The Railroad,prior to football games.

It is Texas Independence Day where just a piece down the road over yonder at Washington on the Brazos the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. Texans, as the group of men referred to themselves, signed a declaration of independence from Mexico 175 years ago today for what? Freedom only gives you partial credit. Freedom to do what?

The country of Mexico wanted to stop the immigration of white people coming from The United States into Texas. These would be people searching for a better life and willing to travel over uncharted, Indian infested lands to do so.  But these white settlers brought slaves.  Slavery had been outlawed in Mexico in 1829. Therefore, those immigrants who brought slaves were breaking the law of the land. Ironic, isn’t it today?

Happy Birthday, Texas! And Happy Birthday to The Sound of Music movie which appear 50 years ago today.  The Hills Are Alive with Smell of Brisket!


“Texas , Our Texas

by William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright

Texas , Our Texas ! All hail the mighty State!

Texas, Our Texas ! So wonderful so great! Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev’ry test O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.


Texas , Our Texas ! Your freeborn single star, Sends out its radiance to nations near and far, Emblem of Freedom! It sets our hearts aglow, With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.


Texas, dear Texas ! From tyrant grip now free, Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny! Mother of heroes, we come your children true, Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.            


God bless you Texas!  And keep you brave and strong, That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.

  God bless you Texas !  And keep you brave and strong, That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.