“All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.” – Sam Houston
Let me start this post by stating that there is NO DOUBT that I believe in my heart of hearts that this is where God wants me to be and I would not be where I am as a man today if I had not packed up my worldly belongings in two large duffle bags and jumped a Greyhound bus and left the driving to them 5 years ago, never to return to my native home of Pittsburgh.
While people immediately identify me as a refugee from up yonder, the fact is I am starting to notice Texas rubbing off on me. E.G.
- anything under 55 degrees is suddenly a wee bit chilly
- I simply WILL NOT leave the house if there is frozen preciptiation on the ground
- My punctuality game has taken a major hit
- I am a barbecue snob
- I have taken to putting ranch on EVERYTHING
In all seriousness, though, while I love Texas, I do not love it like Native Texans do. Their affinity for Texas can be down right treasonous at times; manifests itself in random foolishness like the Texas pledge, the propaganda machine that is Texas History in schools and that penchant for threatening Secession (I asked around, fellow Texans…if you leave the country you will need to build a fence to keep us IN. Texas gets a lot less attractive as a home when its not one of fifty (or fifty-seven, shout out to POTUS and his new math)) and is a stand alone entity. Frankly, the only reason this place is livable at all is due to the fact that federal regulations keep Texas from coming COMPLETELY unhinged.
But this is my new home. A home I moved to in 2004 in part to revitalize interest in local politics. I would have been better off moving to Detroit to save General Motors and Chrysler. Thank God for plan B.
I will get back to Plan A as soon as I finish school.
ARLINGTON – An American flag and the way it has been displayed is at the center of a dispute between neighbors that began after the 2008 presidential election.
Ever since 9/11, Arlington neighbors Patrick O’Toole and Sharon Garner both flew the American flag patriotically in front of their homes, until now.
In protest to the election results, O’Toole now flies a black flag above an upside down American flag.
“I just don’t think it’s American,” said Garner. “I just don’t think it’s neighborly. We have children that live in our neighborhood and I’m sure their parents have to explain to them why that flag is hanging like that.”
The flag is something Garner holds close to her heart. In fact, the American flag is painted on Garner’s birdhouse and bench.
“I love the flag,” she said. “I love what it stands for. I love the colors red, white and blue. [It] makes me feel good to display it.”
It’s a sentiment she said she thought she shared with her neighbor.
“He hangs his flag everyday, and he hangs it properly,” she said. “It’s displayed like it should be and he brings it down at dusk every day.”
But, O’Toole said there is a reason behind the act.
“The black flag is because our country is dying,” he said. “It’s never been more divided than it is right now. The upside down American flag is because the country is in distress.”
The Navy vet and history teacher is upset that the Democratic ticket took the White House.
“It is not about race and don’t ever throw the race card at me,” he said. “It’s about values. It’s about people that work hard and want to keep what they own.”
Garner said she didn’t vote for Obama either.
“The election is over,” she said. “It’s happened and we need to come together like we did in 9/11 and support each other and deal with it.”
But, O’Toole stood by his decision and said he has flown the flag since the 5th grade and didn’t make the decision in haste.
Wonder what gave him THAT idea.