Category Archives: Texana

Impeachment begins

“Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), joined by Congressman Al Green (D-TX), introduced an Article of Impeachment (H. Res. 438) against President Donald J. Trump for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.  The Article is based on Article 1, dealing with “Obstruction of Justice,” which was passed by the Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote on July 27, 1974, regarding Richard M. Nixon.  Sherman circulated a draft Article on June 12, 2017, and has been conferring with colleagues and legal experts from around the country since then.”

Despite a month in the planning, Sherman was only able to get one co-sponsor, Alexander “Al” Green, D-Houston, a former NAACP leader, who has been accused of sexual assault and (oh, so forgetful) failing to report $300,000 in campaign contributions.

Or, Trump could fire himself, due to his son’s interest in colluding with the Kremlin. Or something.

Key to longevity: Tobacco & whiskey

Austin’s Richard Overton enjoys “any day spent on this porch smoking cigars” That’s “a pretty good day for the 111-year-old.

“This is where you’ll find the nation’s oldest veteran for 10 hours every day when the weather is nice. His friends call it his ‘stage.’ It’s where Overton sits and thinks about life, his starting in 1906, the same year as the first wireless radio broadcast and a year before the paper towel was invented.”

I interviewed him many years ago, back when he was, oh, in his 80s. He was pitched as a civil rights veteran then. His family sure loves them some ink & air time. And, now, some pixels.

Via Dallas Morning News

Coyotes moving in

“Henry, a three-year-old miniature poodle, was in a fenced-in backyard when the coyote jumped the fence and grabbed him.” And ate him.

This was near MoPac earlier today, about a block south of Enfield Rd., in West Austin. Which underlines that coyotes aren’t afraid of heavy traffic. S/he would have had to traverse miles of residential streets to get to that location, assuming origination in the relative wild of the Hill Country.

I suppose the city won’t do anything until the coyotes start taking down some of their precious white-tailed deer that roam West and Northwest Austin neighborhoods. The pols love the deer which they refuse to do anything about.

Via Fox7News

Gunfight at the Nissan corral

A Minnesota fugitive managed to shoot dead two Corpus Christi bounty hunters as they killed him at a Greenville Nissan dealership Tuesday evening, according to FoxNews.

It was the most excitement in Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas, in many a year. The Texas Association of Licensed Investigators will now have some explaining to do as one of the dead bounty hunters, Fidel Garcia, was a board member. Like, why wasn’t he a better shot?

Via FoxNews and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

If you try to get me, I will shoot you

Sanctuary cities defenders, including some illegals, pounced on the Texas House of Representatives on Monday’s last day of the session.

That’s when the fun began.  Apparently, state Representative Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) announced that he had called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the protesters.  The Democrats apparently took this badly.”

Rinaldi tweeted that one Democrat rep had threatened to “get me on the way to my car,” to which he replied that if he attempted it “I would shoot him in self defense.”

Good on ya, Matt, for carrying. And for calling ICE on the protesters, too.

Via PJMedia

An American Hero: A Texas Son

“Roy Benavides served two tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret.  During his second tour in 1968 he would be involved in an enemy action for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

“In 1973, after more detailed accounts became available, Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel Ralph R. Drake insisted that Benavidez receive the Medal of Honor. By then, however, the time limit on the medal had expired. An appeal to Congress resulted in an exemption for Benavidez, but the Army Decorations Board denied him an upgrade of his Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor. The Army board required an eyewitness account from someone present during the action; however, Benavidez believed that there were no living witnesses of the “Six Hours in Hell.”

“Unbeknownst to Benavidez, there was a living witness, who would later provide the eyewitness account necessary: Brian O’Connor, the former radioman of Benavidez’s Special Forces team in Vietnam. O’Connor had been severely wounded (Benavidez had believed him dead), and he was evacuated to the United States before his superiors could fully debrief him.”

Read it all.

Via Andy at MyOldRV

$150 a day, with rattlesnakes

Andyj of MyOldRV gives the up (the money) and the down (the snakes, for starters) about oil field gate guarding in South Texas, which seems to be coming back into vogue with the Trump economy.

“‘Never step where you can’t see bare ground!’ What you gotta do is stay out of the brush and tall grass because them buzztails are hidin’ rascals!  Keep ALL the area around the RV and Service Trailer down to bare ground.  Your service guy most likely has a weedeater and I keep things clean with weedkiller spray.  One other thing is to put a light under the RV that shines on the underneath and  out on your front steps and porch.  Thataway when you step out at night you can see.  In seven years I have not been on a single ranch that did not want me to kill every rattlesnake I saw but you still need to ask the ranch manager.  I tell folks to get a long handle hoe and keep it on hand by the door outside so you can chop ’em up at some distance.  Me myself, I use a heavy walking stick.  I pin their head with the stick and then reach down with my knife and whack it off.  You do have a knife in your pocket, right?”

Via MyOldRV