Contrary

Alamo

The most popular tourist destination in Texas is the Alamo in San Antonio. No other symbol of Texas is more recognizable. It was built by the Spanish as a mission to the native Americans and was named most probably after a grove of nearby cottonwood trees, know in Spanish as álamo.

In 1836 there were about 4,000 Mexicans living in what is now known as Texas, mostly in the extreme southern section. Mexican settlers were deterred from more settlement by marauding Comanches, Apaches, and Kiowas. In addition there were about 20,000 American settlers in the southeastern section. They were all subject to the government of Mexico.

Events that led to the American colonies declaring independence from England also occurred similarly in Texas. One of the events was the Battle of the Alamo. Sources differ as to the true number but there were most likely about 200 Texans against about 1500 Mexican soldiers.

Almost all of the Texans were killed in the battle and revenge would have to wait until the Battle at San Jacinto where the Texans captured the hated Santa Anna and won their independence from Mexico.

What’s not generally known outside Texas is that those who died defending the Alamo included a few Mexicans and, yikes, even a few Yankees. Go here for a list of those who died.

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January 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Chimps

Are Chimps smarter than humans?

This video would seem to confirm it.

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Capitalism

I am amused by the hatred that the left always displays for capitalism.

And it is even more amusing to see that the left will eventually have to unleash capitalism to end the recession we’re in.

Cut taxes, cut regulations, tort reform.

Everything else is just pissing into the wind.

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Afghanistan

When I began reading this story I had a small smile on my face.

Then it turned into a large grin.

By the end of the story I was feeling a little sick to my stomach.

Get out of Afghanistan now! These people are trapped in a bizarre time warp.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NASA

Obama has decided not to go back to the moon. Very little publicity has been given to Obama’s decision to stop the Constellation program and Ares rocket development. Instead NASA is being redefined into Earth science activities such as research and monitoring of climate change.

Jeez, I thought we had the EPA to do such things.

And pardon me but doesn’t the climate change just about every three months?

Where has our spirit of adventure and discovery gone? We are becoming as cheerless, dour, and meek as the people of a country once trapped by totalitarian socialism in a land far away in the not so distant past.

God help us.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

UAW

The unions are starting to feel the pinch, as companies are now indicating that they can no longer make concessions. This means that either union membership has to give up some of their benefits and pay, or everyone gets canned.

Story with video here. Video has some disturbing language.

Eating their own….

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Game Change

If you like political gossip then this book review is a must read….Some of the stories don’t seem believable but you never know.

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B.H.O.

In his recent State of the Union speech President Obama showed a glaring ignorance of our founding documents.

He declared, “We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal….”

Didn’t he teach constitutional law before his political career? He should have known that “the notion that we are created equal” is not in the Constitution but in the Declaration of Independence.

Curiouser and curiouser, this man.

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Black Slave Owners

“Slave ownership by blacks was unusual, so it’s no surprise many people refuse to believe it existed. However, at one time or another, free black slaveholders could be found in every slave state.”

Of course it was much more complicated than that…so here’s the rest of the story.

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Train Wreck

Arthur Laffer, creator of the Laffer Curve that showed how low tax rates boost economic growth, is warning anyone who will listen that the economy is headed for a “train wreck” in 2011 that will make the current recession look tame by comparison.

The famed economist, whose supply-side, tax-cutting policies enacted by President Reagan in 1981 put the economy on a record-breaking, 25-year economic trajectory of growth and prosperity, is telling Americans not to be lulled by sporadic signs of growth this year, because the economy is headed for a sharper decline next year when tax rates are expected to jump sharply, sending the economy into a new tailspin. More here

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