On May 23, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate met jointly to hold a memorial ceremony to honor Texan soldiers who lost their lives in the global war against terrorism. The ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by the Texas National Guard, the singing of the national anthem, and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The governor spoke about the sacrifices made by the service members and their loved ones before the families were presented with state flags. The families of each fallen Texan were invited to the ceremony, which closed with a 19-gun cannon salute and the playing of “Taps.”
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An old Italian Mafia Don was dying and he called his grandson to his deathbed. “You lissin-a me. I wanna for you to taka my chrome-plated .38 Smit-a-Wesson so you will always remember me.”
We here at the Herald Democrat’s one-man “International Center for the Study of Pop Culture” would be remiss if we didn’t close-out the week with a short eulogy for one of the best television shows of the last decade. AMC’s “Mad Men” wrapped its eight-year, seven-season run a week ago, finally locking the doors, once and for all, at Sterling Cooper.
What would you, personally, give up to prevent another terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11?
With all this rain we’ve been getting I been thinking back to an old Vacation Bible School song we used to sing when I was young, “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock.”
A basic law of economics says that if you cap the supply of something, the price of that something will skyrocket. Whenever there are more potential widget buyers than widgets to be bought, those with money will pay out the nose to get what they want. For anyone who’s ever searched for tickets to a sold-out concert, this concept should be pretty familiar.
Thursday marked the last day that most House bills could be debated on the House floor, and Friday was the last day that House bills could pass the House. House bills that did not pass by midnight Friday are considered dead. There were over 200 bills that did not get heard before time expired. Next week the House will take up and consider Senate bills. The last day for the House to consider Senate bills is May 26.
Have you ever tried to talk with someone who was angry, but they would not respond at all? In some people anger is like a sickness. It closes their hearts to others, and it closes their mouths completely. This is the way it was with Cain back in Genesis.
True confessions: I was raised a Yankee. And growing up north of the Mason-Dixon Line had its advantages. Regular sized mosquitoes. Moderate summer weather. Fewer Braves games on TV.
Friends. There are lots of different kinds of friends. There are the people you’re happy to sit down with over lunch and enjoy some good company. There are the people with whom you’re glad to have connections who may help you along your way, introduce you to other people, present you with opportunities. Hopefully, you’re able to do the same.