Some Easter Monday Music

Being a Catholic with traditionalist leanings, I have not been much of a fan of what today is called worship music. Give me some “Salve Regina” any day. Nevertheless, there are always exceptions. A couple of years ago on Easter weekend, one of my favorite podcasters and pundits – John Derbyshire – ended his weekly podcast with the song below, titled “How Long, O Lord?” by Sovereign Grace Music:

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I Write the Code

Yesterday, a friend of mine texted me a link to a podcast, the subject of which was Bill Gates and how he (with not inconsiderable help from his family) built the Microsoft empire. At the end of the podcast was this wonderful parody by David Pogue of Barry Manilow’s hit (and piano bar staple) from 1975, “I Write the Songs”:

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Well somebody told us Wall Street fell…

…but we were so poor that we couldn’t tell.

All the bad news lately has brought to mind a classic song by the country music super-group Alabama: “Song of the South.” The tune was released back in 1988 (when I was thirteen years old) off of their album Southern Star. It became an instant classic:... [Read More]

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Texas Independence Day

It was on this day, one hundred eighty-four years ago, that the independence of Texas was proclaimed by a convention of Texian and Tejano patriots at the town of Washington-on-the-Brazos, near present-day College Station. Nearly a year later in San Antonio on February 25, 1837, one of the heroes of the Texas Revolution, Juan Seguín, gave a stirring eulogy for the defenders of the Alamo who perished during that conflict:

Companions in Arms!! These remains which we have the honor of carrying on our shoulders are those of the valiant heroes who died at the Alamo. Yes, my friends, they preferred to die a thousand times rather than submit themselves to the tyrant’s yoke. What a brilliant example! Deserving of being noted in the pages of history. The spirit of liberty appears to be looking out from its elevated throne with its pleasing mien and pointing to us, saying: “There are your brothers: Travis, Bowie, Crockett, and others whose valor places them in the rank of my heroes.” Yes, soldiers and fellow citizens, these are the worthy beings who, by the twists of fate, during the present campaign delivered their bodies to the ferocity of their enemies; who, barbarously treated as beasts, were bound by their feet and dragged to this spot, where they were reduced to ashes. The venerable remains of our worthy companions as witnesses, I invite you to declare to the entire world, “Texas shall be free and independent, or we shall perish in glorious combat.”... [Read More]

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Unlearn What You Have Learned

When you studied history in high school or college, you may have come across this quote, attributed to President Calvin Coolidge: “The business of America is business.”

Problem is, Silent Cal never said that. It is fake history, a misquotation from a speech that Coolidge gave to the American Society of Newspaper Editors on January 17, 1925. Here is the full quote, in context, from that speech:... [Read More]

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Super Bowl LIV: The Rise of Mahomes

Even though my Seattle Seahawks did not make it to this year’s Super Bowl, I will nevertheless have a team to root for. That will be the Kansas City Chiefs. And the primary reason? They are quarterbacked by the great Patrick Lavon Mahomes II, fellow alumnus of Texas Tech University!

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College Football 2019 – Going Bowling!

The college football postseason has finally arrived! Beginning this Friday, December 20, 2019, teams from coast-to-coast and border-to-border will face off for championship glory. I wish my Texas Tech Red Raiders were playing, but they have not played in a bowl since 2017 and haven’t had the pleasure of winning one since 2013. But at least Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars are playing the Air Force Falcons in the Cheez-It Bowl. Go Cougs!

So, what teams will you all be rooting for over the holidays? Good luck to all, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and keep calm and cheer on! 🎄 😎 📣... [Read More]

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The 2019 British Parliamentary Election

Boris Johnson and the Conservatives have won a nearly 80-seat majority, the best result for the Tories since the 1987 election, when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister. Now, Brexit will finally happen after innumerable delays since the 2016 referendum.... [Read More]

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