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Sun
13
Oct
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Two Rays of Sunshine…

Two Rays of Sunshine

The Idle American

Ray Hildebrand, who wrote and sang “Hey, Paula” with college classmate Jill Jackson in 1963, admits to being “older than dirt,” but quickly adds that he’s still “kicking up dust,” despite entering his 80th year a few weeks hence.

In fact, he’s “on track” to exceed the longevity of another “Ray”—this one named “Price”—who died at age 87 a half-dozen years ago after 65 years in music.

Though the two “Rays” never met, Price sang Hildebrand’s, “Say I Do” on his 51st and final album, thus rejuvenating a song that was released around 1970….

 

 

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Sun
13
Oct
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In China, Freedom of Speech Is No Slam-Dunk

The current social media dust-up between the National Basketball Association and China reflects the stark differences between the ways the United States and China understand freedom—freedom of speech, in particular.

As I wrote recently, "Hong Kong was returned to China (in 1997) with an agreement that the two would be one country but have different systems of government. The agreement included a separate legal and judicial system for Hong Kong, as well as the rights to free speech and free assembly ... The protests started after Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, proposed a bill that would allow the transfer of criminal suspects to mainland China."

The bill was halted, but the protesters now have additional demands, "including no longer describing the protests as riots, allowing universal suffrage for the Legislative Council and its CEO and providing amnesty for those protesters who have been arrested."

 

 

Sun
06
Oct
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The Idle American

The Idle American

By Dr. Don Newbury

We’ve long been led to believe that we “can’t know the players without a program.” However, it’s generally agreed that they are needed for sports purists who want to identify all of the players, from the “stars to the scrubs.”

At the State Fair of Texas in Dallas—where they feature three football games annually during the event’s three-week run—attendees gobbling foodstuff on the midway may need programs to know with specificity what’s going down their gullets.

Or, maybe legal briefs at the corn dog place might be most helpful in determining contents of whatever adorns sticks that have been popular there for the better part of a century. The masses, of course, won’t care as long as they think they’re putting away Fletcher’s corn dogs….

 

 

Sun
06
Oct
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The Professor and Tom Brady

There are plenty of reasons to dislike Tom Brady -- if you're not a New England Patriots fan, that is. Mr. Brady, now 42 and into his 20th season in the NFL, is setting a new standard for what aging athletes can accomplish.

Even in an era when Roger Federer is still winning major tennis tournaments at 38, Mr. Brady stands out. The nearly superhuman quarterback has led the Pats to six Super Bowl championships -- picking up three NFL MVP awards and four Super Bowl MVPs in the process. His consistent ability to perform in the clutch is amazing.

Mr. Brady also presents an image of discipline and a life well lived. He's married to a Brazilian supermodel. His training regimen is legendary. And he dresses like he just stepped out of a J.Crew catalog.

 

 

Thu
03
Oct
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Stop Blocking Us!

I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I assumed you who subscribed to my feed or became Facebook "friends" would receive that video every Tuesday. Wrong! Turns out social media companies send our posts to only some of our friends. (That's why I ask for your email address. Then they can't cut us off.)

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Sun
29
Sep
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UT Coach and 20-20 Memory…

UT Coach and 20-20 Memory

By Dr. Don Newbury

The Idle American

Coaches who take their teams on the road to face storied football opponents usually tip-toe into town, feeling that the less said, the better. This is particularly true when they’re fortunate enough to win, and doubly so if they’re scheduled to meet the same foes the next year at “their place.”

A prime example of what NOT to do occurred a few weeks back in Austin, where Louisiana State University bested the University of Texas, 45-38. Before leaving town, comments in the visitors’ locker room are bound to become bulletin board material for the Longhorns when they battle the Tigers next year in Baton Rouge.

The comments made by LSU Coach Ed Orgeron are likely already burned into the minds of the UT mentors. Ed wasn’t happy with his team’s locker room temperature in Austin, and made tacky comments about the heat….

 

 

Sun
29
Sep
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Get Ready for Trial and Tribulations

By Jackie Gingrich Cushman

If you are among the 86% of Americans who believe that our polarizing political environment represents a threat to our country, get ready; it's about to get worse. The announcement this Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that "the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry, (and I am) directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry," is one that many Democrats have been yearning for since President Donald Trump was elected in November 2016.

Thu
26
Sep
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Capital Highlights

Texas Press Association

Governor declares

disaster in Imeldaaffected counties

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 19 declared a state of disaster in counties impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda, which first hit the upper Texas Gulf Coast on Sept. 15.

Counties listed in the declaration include Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange and San Jacinto.

The declaration ensures that local officials have access to any state resources they may require to respond.

The state worked with local officials and emergency personnel in the named counties on problems caused by Imelda’s heavy rains, high winds and catastrophic flooding.

 

 

Thu
26
Sep
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Short Takes on Flubs From Folks Who Should Know Better

from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Blast From the Past

Former Vice President Joe Biden, already facing questions about whether he's too old to be running for president, drove home those concerns during the last Democratic debate, when he demonstrated that he is -- technologically speaking, at least -- stuck in the '70s. Or more accurately in the '60s and '50s.

As part of a rambling answer to a question about the legacy of slavery, Biden admonished parents to "make sure you have a record player on at night," to "make sure that kids hear words."

 

 

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Sun
22
Sep
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Picky, Picky, Picky…

By Dr. Don Newbury

The Idle American

Probably no governor in the history of the Lone Star State has faced double-barreled “standing in line” issues like the current Texas boss, Greg Abbott. Throngs coming from the south want in, and flustered Texans are standing in line for hours to obtain or renew driver’s licenses. Life must be more than tedious for the Gov.

It makes me think of my dear old dad, whose dander was raised when federal troops were sent to stop a long ago influx of immigrants at the Rio Grande. At the time, his “goat was gotten” far worse by Yankees swarming across the Red River to the Lone Star State.

 

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