As good an excuse as any

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Our show today about secession got me thinking about Texas…and this great song.


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17 thoughts on “As good an excuse as any

  1. Don Pesci

    Magnificent performer; considerate too. I last saw him in Torrington at the Warner where he sang happy birthday from the stage to a girl in the audience he recalled from a performance in Maine. The whole audience was throbbing with love.

  2. Bill

    I have been lobbying Congress to return Texas (or just give it as a gift) to Mexico but I haven’t made any progress.I sure would like to see the Bush family made Mexican citizens. Just in case we are every plagued with another Bush running for high office.

  3. peter brush

    Texas is an interesting case. Perhaps it does have something to do with the fact, noted in the secession conversation with the Austin reporter, that Texas was its own country 1836-1845; i.e., the period after its secession from Mexico and before its annexation by the U.S. But, whatever the reason, there is more Texas patriotism than for any other state than I can think of. Certainly, you don’t meet many folks bragging about being from Connecticut, singing songs about their Bridgeport Roses, etc. And, coupled with the patriotism is a distinctive Texan culture that produces a lot of music celebrating the State itself.
    I’m with Bill on not wanting to see any more Bushes; RINOs cutting the conservative movement off at the knees. But, I’d not get rid of Texas. I’d much sooner give California, with its goofy multi-culture and ruinous finances, to Mexico. Better would be to liberate Puerto Rico. Heck, I’d pay Spain to take it off our hands.

    1. Bill

      Peter Bush, you said a mouthful. I have long said that the independence movement on the island squandered their energy on trying to convince the island majority to vote for independence. Instead, they should have launched a petition drive here on the mainland to motivate all Americans to have a referendum on independence of Puerto Rico. They would get their island nation in one vote.

      But isn’t that strange that no Puerto Rican activist ever thought of that strategy?

  4. Richard

    I always thought Bernie Taupin’s “Texan Love Song” expressed it best.

    Our American home was clean till you came
    And kids still respected the president’s name
    And the eagle still flew in the sky
    Hearts filled with national pride
    Then you came along with your drug-crazy songs
    Goddamit You long hairs are sure gonna die

  5. Cynical Susan

    “Our American home was clean till you came
    And kids still respected the president’s name…”

    I thought that was about George Bush! Ooops….

  6. Don Pesci

    And then there’s this story about Texas and JFK:

    The senator, then running for president, was on the stump IN THE ALAMO when he realized he had to beat a hasty retreat because he had another pressing engagement. So, hoping to escape the crowd after his stump speech, he turned to the tour guide and asked, “Where’s the back door?”

    Said the guide, “Senator, there are no back doors to the Alamo. Only heroes.”

    There’s something irreducible about Texas…

  7. peter brush

    all Americans to have a referendum
    Puerto Rico is an interesting case. A proud nationality of mixed sentiment on proud independence. (More back doors than in the Alamo.) It’s people are American citizens, but they can’t decide if they want their island to be a State. And, on the other hand, the U.S. can’t figure if it’s to be embarrassed by this remnant of its half-assed imperial ambitions or if we’d hurt their feelings by telling them adios. It would obviously be politically incorrect for the U.S. to unilaterally declare P.R.’s independence. Nonetheless, what I’d say is all aboard who’s going ashore. Independence for the island, with U.S. citizenship for all who want to stay en los Estados Unidos.

    1. Bill

      No, don’t advocate for that or the whole island will empty.

      The educated Puerto Rican is conflicted by the choice between maintaining their status of commonwealth with its built in advantages, IE. taxes, tax advantages for companies opening plants there at least as they have in the past, and the biggest advantage is that commonwealth preserves the potential for independence in the future, or statehood. (run-on sentence I know.)

      Most Puerto Ricans have opted for indefinite postponement of this decision. And it is a pain and a conflict that many feel. But I have always felt that if we Americans truly lived in a democracy, as in a representative form of government, then we, the people should not be denied this basic right of self determination. But we have been denied this in the past and continue to be denied today.

      Do we own the right to choose today? No. It feels good to think we do. We are always shoved massive amounts of “patriotism” and “freedom loving” down our throats like it was medicine to cure our insecurities and give us a feeling of superiority.

      The military decided to keep Puerto Rico after the Spanish American War just as the Zionists of Israel decided to annex and virtually annex parts of Palestine after their wars.

      To the victors go the spoils of war. There is little morality on the political front. And little freedom though you might feel otherwise. But it is only a feeling.

      Enjoy the feeling.

  8. peter brush

    all aboard who’s going ashore
    Actually, my mistaken expression (above) not to far from accurately describing the ambivalences all around on the Puerto Rico matter.
    Geeze, Bill, you are one negative guy, but at this point your evaluation of our freedom, or our constitutional liberty, also pretty accurate. But, I’m not sure a referendum of Americanos at large would result in Puerto Rican independence; they simply don’t think about it a lot, and political correctness would probably cut the other way. Also, as a pro-Israeli guy, I don’t mind if you want to compare the U.S. to Israel, but you’re doing a disservice to the Puerto Rican-American people to compare them to the Arabs from the putative Palestine.

    1. Bill

      Ah… So that’s it. I hit a sensitive cord and you accuse me of negativity. I can handle it.

      Hey, comparisons are not always perfect. I merely used Israeli wars against their neighbors and the confiscation of land kind of similar to what we do and have done.

      Perhaps the referendum which I mentioned would not be automatic now. But I believe that the not to distend pass it would have.

      Hey bro, I feel at home when I criticize my own and I do have Jewish blood running through my veins. Not much but it is there.

  9. Richard

    If you want to do a relevant show on secession call Villanova, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, and St John’s. DePaul’s welcome to leave.

  10. peter brush

    Israeli wars against their neighbors and the confiscation of land…
    Bill, I didn’t mean to be too critical. I’m an unreformed negative person, myself. But, I’d like to think my negativity is an honest reaction to observed reality.
    ( I’d also acknowledge that at some point a negative outlook tends to sin, but this a.m. after Newtown I don’t feel guilty.)
    I’ve noticed that I often share a negative, the-country-is- going-to-hell attitude in lefties. It’s just that they think the causes are oppression of native peoples, global warming and discrimination against trans-gendered, Inequality… Another difference; lefties think not only is the country going to hell, but it was born there. Nevertheless, they are intent on expressing themselves in periodic Amerikan elections to the paradoxical effect that we need more (criminal) government to correct our evil ways.

  11. Richard

    I’m agnostic on the very fair question of whether you are a fatuous nincompoop for writing the same-old-column about Joe Lieberman on Thursday and avoiding a last-minute yet relevant rewrite about Newtown.

    Did the dog eat the homework? I’ve done worse and it does break the saturation of tragedy.

  12. Richard

    Oh No!. Much too early to write the “Desolation of Smaug” column. Who would be better as the appointed head of a bi-partisan National Commission on Mass Violence and who better to speak with industry stalwarts like the MPAAs Chris Dodd on violence in media? Tipper Gore?

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