Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Some thoughts about Texas, Republic or State, whatever

Ever since last Sunday's Enterprise carried an article about Radio Free Texas, I've been thinking back on the whole Republic of Texas thing (the 1995 version, not the 1836 original).

The last I had heard about the RT group was that they were working toward getting a internet radio station started, calling it Radio Free Texas, making it sound like it was going to be a All-Texas-Independence, All-the-time talk format. I thought there was already plenty of that type of junk on the shortwave, just without the Texas exclusiveness. (Remember that "hate radio" Clinton spoke of? He wasn't talking about Rush Limbaugh, no matter how much Rush crowed about it later. It was stuff on the shortwave radio, a small minority of idjits like "Pastor Peter J. Peters" and his "Christian Identity" fuckheads. CI is a bunch of white supremecists who think they've found their backing in the Bible; like I said, fuckheads.) According the the newspaper article, RFT is a all-Texas-music, all-the-time (so far from listening, it's mainly country, no mainstream artists, tho, which is good in its way, we're kinda tired of the "Nashville pop"). It's run by the "former president" of the RT group. I'm thinking he got tired of the political bullshit and took the ownership of the station with him. It wouldn't surprise me, I got burned out on the politics and greediness of the RT group and some of its members, back when I was interested in that. The Wikipedia article about it sums it up fairly well, altho my own recollections may flesh that out some.

I was a member on the email discussion group, where there was a lot of back and forth about how to get things done, primarily their goal of making Texas truly independent again. That goal started getting sidetracked in Spring of '96, when one faction split off (led by Jesse Enloe), claiming (of course) that they were the core group, even tho they called an unscheduled meeting one weekend and declared the others not there as derelict in their duties and voted in new folks, all Enloe's men. That started a big dust up on the discussion group; personally, I favored the group led by Archie Lowe, they didn't seem to be in it to make a quick buck, which was my impression of the Enloe group. Things seemed to smooth over, sorta, until the Fall when Rick McLaren was removed by Lowe for acting outside the powers of his office, since McLaren was the "Ambassador" and the founding member, but he continued to speak as the Provisional Government's representative, which was the President's duty, in this case, it was supposed to be Lowe's job. Lowe told McLaren to resign, McLaren shot back with the crazy idea that he was entire government and Lowe and anyone who disagreed with him had resigned themselves. With that, McLaren took his ball and went home, back to his Fort Davis "compound", surrounded by his homies, or as I called them, his "cult of personality". It wasn't too long before McLaren snapped and thought the fellow down the road was a spy for the Feds, and kidnapped the man and his wife, which lead to a standoff with the police and Texas Rangers. Dumbass.

After that, I suppose the group settled down to real activists, the folks who really wanted an independent Texas. They moved the office "headquarters" to Overton in eastern Texas, and I assume they are still working quietly toward their goal. I wish them luck, but I have too much of everyday life to keep up with to get invovled in that again.

The syncronicity of it makes me wonder,tho; the RFT article in the local paper and the Roswell, Texas graphic novel being serially published online. Certainly I've entertained the idea of an independent Texas more than once, but I don't see how the way the interem Republic of Texas group wants to run it can be effective. There's too many State, Fed, and Local government agencies and their officers that would have everything to lose if a libertarian-minded RT government took power. Altho I can see that folks like their roads smooth and garbage picked up, so these basic government services could be quickly taken up by the newly privatized agencies, and they can prove their worth in the free market instead of having a civil service job with lifetime benefits. But I'm sidetracking myself again... Would I like an independent Texas? Yes. Do I think it's realistic at this time, or even in the near future? Regretably, no. There's too many unforeseen consequences, I don't think the RT guys have fully thought thru yet. That doesn't mean I think the current state of government is perfect, and couldn't use some tweaking.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I got tagged: Three Things Meme

Alright, alright, since the dear wife tagged me to do this, I guess I'll get it over with...

Three things that scare me:
1. TEOWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it: any situation which ends civilization, like a nuclear war, or some socialist being elected President, or the re-introduction of New Coke; not to be confused with TSHTF, the sh*t hits the fan, generally a sudden, temporary situation, but with unpleasant circumstances, such as our hurricane evacuation last year.)
2. The death of a loved one. Both of my parents are in their sixties, and it's just really noticable that they aren't getting around as well as they used to.
3. Clowns.

Three people who make me laugh:
1. Phoenix
2. Cledus T. Judd
3. George Carlin

Three things I love:
1. Dogs
2. Almost anything with milk chocolate in it (I'm thinkin' chocolate-dipped jalapenos are right out.)
3. My shovel!

Three things I hate:
1. Being cold and wet
2. Being stuck in traffic
3. Having to race in traffic (especially when driving in Houston)

Three things I don’t understand:
1. The calculus-based Differencial Equations and Analytical Geometry I tried to study at Lamar
2. Women's thinking
3. Liberal's thinking

Three things on my desk:
1. My blue enameled mug (water right now, no tea made yet)
2. Several rubber bands from work (Not like I stole them out of the supply room, I'm unpacking cases of merchandise and sometimes things are bundled together with the rubber bands.)
3. The invite to the extended In-laws christmas party.

Three things I’m doing right now:
1. Typing
2. Being cold
3. Popping back and forth to read a forum open in another window

Three things I want to do before I die:
1. Go backpacking along the Appalaichian Trail
2. Go sailing on Elissa again
3. Kill me a kibble

Three things I can do:
1. Change the oil and a flat tire (It disgusts me that there are folks who don't know how to do these simple, necessary things for their vehicles.)
2. Cook Chinese-style food
3. Sharpen a knife without cutting myself

Three things I can’t do:
1. Play piano
2. Play guitar
3. Pass a display of Swiss Army Knives without looking at them

Three things you should listen to:
1. The birds singing when you first wake up on a spring morning
2. Sting's "It's probably me" from the Lethal Weapon 4 soundtrack, where he's using a Zippo as a percussion instrument
3. My wife, otherwise she'll just make you listen again! :P

Three things you should never listen to:
1. The advise of Cliff Stamp
2. Any bubble-gum pop boy band
3. Kenny Chessney in his Parrothead phase (which, unfortunately, is right now)

Three things I’d like to learn:
1. Fluent Spanish
2. Morse code (Not just so I can figure out the code at the beginning of each episode of the TV show "Jericho".)
3. Advanced First Aid

Three favourite foods:
1. Anything with milk chocolate in it
2. Chicken fried steaks
3. Curly fries

Three beverages I drink regularly:
1. Water
2. Dr. Pepper
3. Iced tea

Three TV shows/Books I watched/read as a kid:
1. Sesame Street
2. Grizzly Adams
3. Curious George (the books)

I guess this is where I tag the next poor fool, so I'll go with Phoenix's Mom.