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My wife Janet and I were fixin’ to go out to eat the other night and I wasn’t really too keen on goin, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet, so you don’t get shot with one. Well, just as we were walkin’ out the door, the phone rang. more
The newest Army Command is coming to Austin. Army Futures Command is part of a historic reorganization of the Army and is the first new 4-star Command in 45 years. It’s a notable departure for the Army, being located in an urban area (rather than a military base) and having an express mission of interacting with the surrounding businesses and academia. more
A federal judge in Houston has ruled that the state of Texas can’t end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, which is good news not only for Texans directly and indirectly affected, but also for the economy. (I was directly involved in the matter and gave testimony regarding the economic effects of DACA.) more
The other day I heard a little boy talkin’ to his momma. He was pointin’ at his belly button and sayin’ somethin’ about his “nabel.” Well when he said that, it reminded me of somethin’ that happened back when I was a little kid. more
The current bull market in U.S. stocks is now the longest on record (according to most people). Unless the economy derails (which is unlikely for the foreseeable future), the bull has room to run, even after nearly 3,500 days on the move. There is not a precise definition of “bull market,” though most people agree that it’s a time of generally rising stock prices, strong economic growth, and high investor confidence. more
The other day, I walked into the house after gettin’ back from a short trip. I walked into the house, threw my duffle bag down, kicked off my boots, and fell down onto the bed. It was at this time the phone rang. I reached over and picked it up. more
I called a buddy of mine last week to see if he wanted to go to lunch. He said that he couldn’t because of a bad toothache. Now that may have been just an excuse not to go out with me, which I’m used to, but it got me to thinkin’ about a toothache that I had about 15 years ago. It was one of those toothaches that you never, ever forget. At first it was really just a dull pain and I really didn’t think too much about it, because I’m always doin’ somethin’ I shouldn’t like crackin’ pecans, walnuts, chompin’ on ice, and stuff like that with my teeth. more
Across the nation, young people -- and many who are not so young -- have begun a new school year. For those attending higher education institutions, a new semester also means a tuition bill. The cost of college has risen substantially, as have living expenses for students. more
Well, it’s about time. It has come to my attention that Sunday, Aug. 26 is National Dog Day. This isn’t to suggest that finally – finally – someone figured out it was time to honor dogs. more
I can’t believe school’s started already. Man, when I was a kid you got a full three month vacation -- or I should say, the teachers got a full three month vacation. Oh well, at least I don’t have to go back to school. That’s one of the advantages of gettin’ old -- you don’t have to do what you don’t want to. Well, most of the time. more
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