Texas Gatorfest Sept 10-12

The Texas Gatorfest (Sept 10-12) created a fun online game to promote the festival this year.  It is the Cross Canadian Ragweed Edition.  Players seek to swim the 4 members of CCR across a Texas Gator Pond to score points.  Lots of fun!  We’ve had over 200 people play more than 1500 times this week.

Help save the freedom of Texas horse teeth floaters

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Why I Carry a Gun

Why I Carry a Gun

 My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and

usually it’s when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.’

I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government..

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron.

Free citizens must protect themselves.

Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take an ass whooping’…..author unknown (but obviously brilliant)

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A LITTLE GUN HISTORY

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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In 1911, Turkey established gun control. >From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
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China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
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Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. 

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You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
 
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
 
Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late!
 
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
 
With guns, we are ‘citizens’.  Without them, we are ‘subjects’.
 
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
 
If you value your freedom, please spread this anti guncontrol message to all of your friends. 
 
 
The purpose of fighting is to win.

There is no possible victory in defense.

The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.

The final weapon is the brain.

All else is supplemental. 

SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!

SWITZERLAND’S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.

SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

IT’S A NO BRAINER!

DON’T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.

I’m a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

Roy Orbison, Vernon Texas

Singer, songwriter, and rock ‘n’ roll legend Roy Kelton Orbison was born April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, to Orbie Lee and Nadine Orbison.

The family soon moved to the small West Texas oil town of Wink. There, at age six, Roy learned to play the guitar from his father. He began performing at school and on the radio as a young man. In high school he formed a band called the Wink Westerners. While attending North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas), Roy turned his country band into a rock ‘n’ roll band called the Teen Kings.

Completing only two years of college, Roy dropped out and devoted himself to building the band’s popularity throughout West Texas. Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee soon took notice, and Roy recorded his first hit, “Ooby Dooby,” for Sun in 1956.

Despite that initial hit, Roy had less chart success than his Sun contemporaries, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Teen Kings disbanded and Roy left Sun to join Monument, a Nashville label, in 1959. A year earlier, the Everly Brothers had recorded one of his songs, “Claudette” (named for his first wife), which became a hit.

It was with Monument during the ’60s that Orbison wrote and recorded his greatest hits. All now rock ‘n’ roll classics, they include “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Blue Angel” (1960), “Running Scared” (1961), “Blue Bayou” (1963), “It’s Over” (1964), and “Oh Pretty Woman” (1964).

Elvis Presley called Orbison “the greatest singer in the world.” In 1963, Roy headlined a concert in England with an opening act made up of four of his biggest young fans, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They would soon be known to the world as the Beatles.

At the height of his fame in 1966, Roy’s wife, Claudette, died in a motorcycle accident. Two years later two of his three sons died when his Nashville home caught fire. Roy married again in 1969 and had two more sons.

In 1979, Orbison had heart surgery. He had continued to tour despite a downturn in popularity during the ’70s. In the late ’70s and throughout the ’80s, Roy’s career had a resurgence when Linda Ronstadt and Van Halen released covers of his songs, and Roy released new recordings of his classics.

In 1980, he recorded a duet, “That Loving You Feeling Again,” with Emylou Harris, which won a Grammy. In 1987, the movie “Blue Velvet” included his hit, “In Dreams,” on its soundtrack. That same year, Roy was also inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The next year, he taped a television tribute to his music, performing with many his fellow rock legends and fans. He also released an album, The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One, with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, which became a top ten hit.

It was during this renewed success and interest in his talent that Orbison died of a heart attack the night of December 6, 1988.

Alamo Founded

5-1-1718   The San Antonio de Valero mission, of which the building known as the Alamo was the chapel, is founded in San Antonio.

Nolan Ryan 7th No-Hitter

5-1-1991 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, on the mound for the Texas Rangers, records his seventh career no-hitter

Bird’s Creek Indian Fight

4-2-1839   Soldier and Indian fighter John Bird is elected captain of a Texas Ranger company on the frontier. A month later, he would die while fighting valiantly in the so-called Bird’s Creek Indian Fight in which his small band of rangers repelled an ambush by more than 300 Indian warriors.

Texas Launches Web Site to Check Electricity Use

© 2010 The Associated Press
March 23, 2010, 11:40AM 
More than 1 million Texas consumers can now check online to find out how much electricity they’re using.

The Public Utility Commission announced Tuesday a new Web site that allows customers to manage residential and business bills by figuring out how much energy they used in 15-minute periods.

The Web site is available to more than 1 million customers of Oncor Electric Delivery and CenterPoint Energy. Once American Electric Power begins installing smart meters later this year, the PUC says more than 6.3 million Texas customers will be able to manage electricity use through SmartMeterTexas.com.

Texan Is Guinness Book's Fastest Woman, On Motorcycle

 Leslie Porterfield of Dallas, Texas, was accepted by Guinness World Records as the Fastest Woman in the World on a Motorcycle, a title that was previously held for over thirty years by motocross rider and stuntwoman, Marcia Holley.

Holley’s record of 229.361 was set with a single engine streamliner motorcycle in 1978. Guinness is recognizing Porterfield’s time of 232.522, set in the 2008 BUB Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats on a 2002 2000cc Turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa.

Porterfield owns a motorcycle dealership, High Five C – ycles in Dallas. “It’s takes awhile after filing the paper work with the FIM (International Federation of Motorcycling) to get the record certificate, and then with Guinness – this has been going on for awhile and when they called I was just thrilled,” she said.

Porterfield first set the Salt Flats of Bonneville on fire in 2008 by recording an overall land speed record of 232.5 mph in the 2000cc modified class, the fastest record of any woman on two wheels. After that she was honored as the AMA Female Rider of the Year in 2008, was featured in the Discovery Channel documentary Speed Capital of the World: Bonneville and toured the world as a public speaker – all while owning and running her own motorcycle dealership, where she is also an appointed Foremost insurance agent.

Porterfield was already a rising star in the professional motorcycle industry before Guinness came calling, as well as an advocate and role-model for the rising population female riders. Most recently, she has been a featured speaker at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows and the 22nd Annual AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast.

While her crew begins prepping for the next round of speed trials, which begin in May in El Mirage, California, Porterfield is taking some time to focus on StandUp for Kids, a non-profit organization that assists homeless children in America. In June Porterfield and StandUp for Kids will raffle off a Honda CBR1000, with all proceeds going to the charity. After that it’s back to Bonneville, back to BUB and back to the hunt for her next accomplishment.

“I don’t just want to be the fastest woman in the world,” said Porterfield. “I want to be the fastest person in the world. That’s what’s next.”

Source: Foremost Insurance

Mexican Black Bean

Seventeen men, selected by the random drawing of black beans, were shot by firing squad in what would become known as the Black Bean Episode.  Members of the failed Mier expedition, a Texan invasion of Mexico, are sentenced to execution on 3-25-1843.