A Letter from Texas concerning Tucson Arizona

Tom Spencer/Texas hat uns ein paar Gedanken zum Attentat in Arizona geschrieben. (foto: spencer)
Tom Spencer/Texas: Gedanken zum Attentat in Arizona (foto: spencer)

Denton. (tom) I have been up here listening to the news. All of the networks have their political shows on Sunday mornings and they have been full of comments on and discussion of the terrible event in Tucson.

All comments from reasonable people are calling for a dialing down of the heated rhetoric. There was some talk show radio host (who’s name I forget) on CNN’s „Reliable Sources“ who was accusing the President and his wife of using speech which was inciting people and he was close to yelling and our own Dick Armey was on „This Week“ on ABC saying that people have „legitimate concerns about the policies, they should be expressing, but hopefully they will be more civilly done.“

So my answer to your question of „has anything changed in the US?“ … is, unfortunately no. I have to say the verbal behavior of radio talk shows and the internet have not been beneficial to the process of „civil“ government. Talk by candidates about 2nd Amendment remedies against the „Government“ are inflammatory and as a former psychologist I know that verbal behavior is just as much a physical behavior as getting up and moving about your living room. We are all just critters. We are susceptible to verbal and other physical stimuli … just as is our household pet.

In spite of my dour frame of mind, I wish ya’ll a more positive and peaceful 2011.

Best Regards,


… quotes to sleep on …

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. – Noam Chomsky

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we inquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find that, as force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments as well as to the most free and most popular.“– David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian, „Of the First Principles of Government“ 1758

If we’d been born where they were born and taught what they were taught, we would believe what they believe.“– A sign inside the front door of Holy Cross primary school in North Belfast, Northern Ireland, explaining the origin of intolerance and hate.

How did we pronounce the name of that Texas town?

Flatulence leads to knife fight in Waco

01:46 PM CDT on Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Associated Press

WACO — Waco police say a fight over flatulence left one man stabbed and another facing an assault charge.

A statement Wednesday says police were called to a motel where several men from the Houston area were sharing a room.

Police say 35-year-old Juan Antonio Salano Castellano allegedly passed gas in the room Tuesday night.

Police say one of the other men became upset, picked up a knife and threw it at Castellano, who was cut in the leg. The suspect is accused of then stabbing Catellano in the chest.

Castellano was transported to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where police say he was treated for non-life threatening wounds.

The alleged attacker was arrested and faces an aggravated assault charge.

The only Christmas tree farm in Denton/Texas

Mein Freund Tom aus Texas betreibt die einzige Weihnachtsbaumkultur in Denton County:

There’s no snow, but the Hagan family pulled on their coats in search of a Christmas tree Saturday afternoon and found themselves at the HSH Tree Farm in Shady Shores.

Amanda Smith, left, laughs as her mother, Edie Hagan, celebrates cutting down a Virginia pine for the family Christmas tree at HSH Tree Farm on Saturday in Shady Shores.

For the first time in three years, the only Christmas tree farm in Denton County is open for business after years of dry weather kept the trees from growing to a saleable size … weiter

Garrison Keillor on Obama

Sitting on top of the world

(Keillor’s show on National Public Radio)

(his biography: wikipedia)

„Be happy, dear hearts, and allow yourselves a few more weeks of quiet exultation.

It isn’t gloating, it’s satisfaction at a job well done. He was a superb candidate, serious, professorial but with a flashing grin and a buoyancy that comes from working out in the gym every morning. He spoke in a genuine voice, not senatorial at all. He relished campaigning. He accepted adulation gracefully. He brandished his sword against his opponents without mocking or belittling them. He was elegant, unaffected, utterly American, and now (Wow) suddenly America is cool. Chicago is cool. Chicago!!!

We threw the dice and we won the jackpot and elected a black guy with a Harvard degree, the middle name Hussein and a sense of humor—he said, „I’ve got relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I’ve got relatives who look like Margaret Thatcher.“ The French junior minister for human rights said, „On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes.“

When was the last time you heard someone from France say they wanted to be American and take a bite of something of ours? Ponder that for a moment. The world expects us to elect pompous yahoos, and instead we have us a 47-year-old prince from the prairie who cheerfully ran the race, and when his opponents threw sand at him, he just smiled back.

He’ll be the first president in history to look really good making a jump shot. He loves his classy wife and his sweet little daughters. At the same time, he knows pop music, American lit and constitutional law. I just can’t imagine anybody cooler. It feels good to be cool, and all of us can share in that, even sour old right-wingers and embittered blottoheads.

Next time you fly to Heathrow and hand your passport to the man with the badge, he’s going to see „United States of America“ and look up and grin. Even if you worship in the church of Fox, everyone you meet overseas is going to ask you about Obama, and you may as well say you voted for him because, my friends, he is your line of credit over there. No need anymore to try to look Canadian…“ more

From Inside the Conservatives: Pat Buchanan on the money … all of it.

PJB: As GM Goes, So Goes the GOP

Understandably, Republicans are seething.

When Hank Paulson demanded $700 billion to haul away the trash in the dumpsters of JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs — assuring us we could hold a garage sale of the junk — they rebelled. They acted as the nation, by 100 to one, demanded. They killed the Wall Street bailout…. read on

Tom from Texas

I guess I like Brooks better since he has responded to the recent dogma as
I think is appropriate. At any rate, I agree with most of this, not all,
but I specifically believe if we are going to retain the supposed
accountability in No Child Left Behind, it would be wise first to address
and include the responsibility of the parents, which is totally absent in
the program. I have read it in it's entirety and there is no mention, not
one, of the people most responsible for a student's attitude toward and
success in the educational process. That pandering, to the parental voting
block, needs to be corrected.


Happy today in Texas

weiter mit Tom:

„Up this AM listening to the pundits. I know the problems are huge. The
financial problem is just starting for the US… Maybe Europe too. All of
this war is „off the books.“ While sitting on the finance committee of the
Denton County Transit Authority I have seen what this spending has done
to… Texas’s ability to build roads for example. Texas sent over 880
million dollars of highway building funds back to Washington in 2007 alone,
to fund Iraq and Bush’s tax cuts. That’s just Texas and just the
transportation funds bucket of money. Just think of all the other buckets of
money, education, health, etc. Multiply that by 50 states. It is mind
boggling. Well, each journey begins with one step. Yesterday, hopefully we
took that first step.
Quote anything I say that you think worthy, my friend.
Happy today in Texas.“