Juneteenth is a long-standing American holiday, celebrated since the end of the Civil War. However, Juneteenth—a mashup of June 19th, the day on which it’s observed—has waxed and waned in popularity in American history and has strong regional ties to the South and to Texas in particular. Given the additional attention the holiday is now receiving, here are … Continue reading 4 Things to Know About Juneteenth
You owe everything in your life to oil and Beaumont, Texas. People knew about oil and its possible uses, but it was never found in large quantities. Oil wells of the period, mostly found in Pennsylvania, only produced several barrels a say. Oil's limited production meant New York-based Standard Oil dominated the then-small industry. Because … Continue reading Jan. 10, 1901 – The world as you know it came out of the earth in Beaumont, Texas
USA Today is out with its annual report on college athletics' richest, and poorest, programs, compiling data on each of the 230 government-run schools in the NCAA's Division I, ranking them by revenues, expenses, and money allocated. #Yessir, Texas A&M was the runaway leader for nation's most successful college athletics program in terms of total … Continue reading Ranked 1 to 230: How much is your college making, or losing, on athletics?
College athletics are big money, with $500 million stadium expansions and billions of dollars in TV football contracts. But which school brings in more cash than any other? USA Today has published its annual list of Division 1 college athletic finances for state-supported schools, and the single biggest money program in the nation is... Texas … Continue reading The richest college athletic program is not who you think it is…
A leftist group calling themselves “Texas Antifa” have found a way to deal with their Selma envy – by taking down Houston’s statue of the city’s namesake. The group is planning a June 10 rally at Hermann Park to demand removal of the city’s iconic statute of General Sam Houston, who led Texian forces in … Continue reading Leftists want to rip down Sam Houston’s statue. This is where history gets complicated.
“For seven long years, we have been suffering from the rising costs of Obamacare.” That’s the opening sentence of the letter a Texas grassroots coalition has sent to President Donald Trump this week, in the wake of the House health care bill’s failure to pass and Trump’s criticisms of the House Freedom Caucus, which was … Continue reading Texas Conservatives Send Letter to Trump Supporting Freedom Caucus
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just acknowledged the elephant in the room. “The Rio Grande, what side of the river are you going to put the wall?” he said, speaking at the Public Land Council’s Legislative Conference. “We’re not going to put it on our side and cede the river to Mexico. And we’re probably not … Continue reading Border wall will literally dry up hundreds of thousands of American jobs
The lone star state of Texas has always been well-known for its stance on constitutional rights. On March 2, State Representative Matt Schaefer submitted a proposal to revise the state’s constitution to say that virtual currencies like bitcoin are mediums of exchange that “no government shall prohibit." The Texas lawmaker wants it to be known that … Continue reading Don’t Mess with Bitcoin
A metropolitan economy, if it is working well, is constantly transforming many poor people into middle-class people, many illiterates into skilled people, many greenhorns into competent citizens. … Cities don’t lure the middle class. They create it. – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities If you follow urban issues in the press, … Continue reading How Spontaneous Order Keeps Houston Affordable
The Unanimous Declaration of Independence made by the Delegates of the People of Texas in General Convention at the town of Washington on the 2nd day of March 1836. When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement … Continue reading Full text of the Texas Declaration of Independence