Category Archives: Texana

Great Red River Showdown

In a thrilling seesaw battle of the offenses, Texas finally beat Oklahoma 48-45, the most ever scored in the rivalry.

Texas is back, with a 5-1 record this season. Even winning with a field goal, just like in the old days under Mack Brown. It surely felt like an instant classic.

Via Hook’Em dot com

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Willie we hardly knew Ye

Texas exports more oil than it imports

This report says it’s the first time ever, but I have trouble believing that. There were the early booms and World War II ramped up production as well.

“Meanwhile, however, Texas is on track to become the biggest oil producer after Russia and Saudi Arabia, according to production estimates by HSBC, quoted by CNN.”

Via ZeroHedge

Hogwash

I cheered, literally, when I read that the president had revoked John Brennan’s top secret clearance. It couldn’t happen to a nicer supporter of American communist Gus Hall, as Roger L. Simon of PJMedia put it.

I laughed, out loud, when I read that (Ret) Admiral Bill McRaven of the University of Texas, had condemned the president for the revocation and demanded that his clearance be revoked too—as it should be since he’s no longer on active duty. McRaven may be an admiral but he’s none too bright

As for Brennan’s NYSlimes op-ed charging the president with colluding with the Russians, it is, to coin a phrase, pure hogwash from a master liar. And McRaven’s backing of the liar says UT dodged a bullet when McRaven stepped down last year as chancellor.

Via Power Line Blog

UPDATE:  Nobody,particularly the Mediacrats, cared when Bronco scrubbed security clearances with Clapper’s help.

Fish Camp

Mr. Boy drove off to College Station this morning to participate in Texas A&M University’s four-day “Fish Camp” for incoming freshmen. As in “fresh fish.”

Originally an invention of the Corps of Cadets when A&M was an all-male military school (officially co-ed in ’63 but not actually until ’74 when women were allowed in the Corps), Fish Camp included some inevitable harassment of the newbies. It was only the prelude to Fish Year.

Mr. B. says it’s not that way now. Camp (in cabins around a lake) is just a chance to learn Aggie traditions while making new friends, with time out for swimming and games. We’ll see.

UPDATE:  Harassment, of a sort, ensued when Mr. B. lost his voice from all the shouting that was required. He was quite hoarse when he came home. But he said he had “a great time” and made several friends.

Lonesome Dove

Barbara Ellen and me watched the conclusion of Lonesome Dove the other night, weeping at the appropriate parts because we’re both suckers for cinematic manipulation.

I thought the ending was weak but after all that came before it was acceptable. I still like the book better.

The Tecate Journals

Author Keith Bowden’s superb writing is what carries this extraordinary story of mountain biking/raft- and canoe-cruising of the Rio Grande from El Paso in far west Texas to Brownsville on the Gulf of Mexico.

His encounters with riverside Mexicans, thanks to his fluency in Spanish, are fascinating. Although he had previously lost his young daughter to cancer, one likes to think her spirit was with him over the loneliest stretches of the river’s wilderness.

The urban sections of the river, from Laredo to Brownsville, are equally compelling thanks to his linguistic ability, but it’s the upper reaches of the river where he goes for days without seeing anyone that make the tale.