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Happy Texas Independence Day!
The Voice of Reason ^ | March 2, 2010 | Texas Peartree

Posted on 03/02/2010 12:27:51 PM PST by Texas Peartree

As everyone knows, things are bigger in Texas. History lessons are bigger, too. 174 years ago today the citizens of Mexican Texas declared their independence from Mexico and her promise-breaking President Antonio López de Santa Anna. The Texans were tired of interference from a distant capital, and wanted to be left alone to manage their own affairs.

The Republic of Texas (1836 to 1845) was born in battle, like the less important American and French Revolutions. Unlike those wars, and in keeping with the theme of Texas pride, we staged the most poignant battle in human history: The Battle of the Alamo. Those brave 182 men could have easily escaped the Mexican Army, but chose to stay and die in the citadel so that other Texans could be free to live as they saw fit. After the massacre was known, Texan patriots rallied. Soon the battle cry of “Remember the Alamo!” was shouted in victory a few miles from my house at the Battle of San Jacinto.

As we all reflect upon the important contributions of our nation's only well-run large state, it is important that we not lose focus on some important lessons. Hatred for a distant despotism, love of faith and sacrifice, and an entrepreneurial spirit energized great men like Sam Houston, Mirabeau Lamar, and Stephen F. Austin. Much has changed, but what has not changed is the debt we owe to the men and women who fought to make us free.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: alamo; freedom; mexico; texas
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1 posted on 03/02/2010 12:27:51 PM PST by Texas Peartree
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To: Texas Peartree

You ever wonder why Texas joined the union?


2 posted on 03/02/2010 12:30:39 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

You ever wonder why Texas joined the union?

Yes, when oil prices are high I do wonder.


3 posted on 03/02/2010 12:31:52 PM PST by Texas Peartree
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To: Texas Peartree

As a Tennessean who grew up 2 miles from Sam Houston’s home in Tennessee, I say, You are welcome.......


4 posted on 03/02/2010 12:35:22 PM PST by Boonie
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To: Boonie

As a Tennessean who grew up 2 miles from Sam Houston’s home in Tennessee, I say, You are welcome.......

Thank you. The Vols were key to eventual victory. Especially Sam Houston.


5 posted on 03/02/2010 12:37:22 PM PST by Texas Peartree
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To: Texas Peartree

I went to the Key Club convention in Houston in 1974. We made a special trip to the Alamo. What a feeling to be there.


6 posted on 03/02/2010 12:40:33 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Texas Peartree

I went to the Key Club convention in Houston in 1974. We made a special trip to the Alamo. What a feeling to be there.


7 posted on 03/02/2010 12:40:46 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Texas Peartree

BEST decision I ever made:

Throwing all my possessions into the back of my jeep and driving 1200 miles from NC to Texas in order to start my life over.....

Would someone propose a law that any new people who enter Texas are not left wing loons who destroy all that is good in Texas by turning it into another New Jersey.


8 posted on 03/02/2010 12:41:59 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Texas Peartree

Hey Texas Peartree, come on over to Virginia and let me show you Yorktown. You know the battle that defeated the British and secured Americas independence. Unlike the Alamo, we won our battle.


9 posted on 03/02/2010 12:42:34 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

“Hey Texas Peartree, come on over to Virginia and let me show you Yorktown. You know the battle that defeated the British and secured Americas independence. Unlike the Alamo, we won our battle.”

Say, didn’t Virginia also vote for Obama? We won our fair share of battles, too. Ask Robert E. Lee what he thought of Texas’ soldiers. The Battle of San Jacinto was right after the Alamo.

I lived in Virginia for my first post-law school job, and it is great.


10 posted on 03/02/2010 12:46:53 PM PST by Texas Peartree
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To: Texas Peartree

I understand Texas was broke at the time, but dang-—why did Texas have to sell some of the best ski slopes to the US?


11 posted on 03/02/2010 12:47:51 PM PST by Stat-boy
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To: Texas Peartree

Also, didn’t the French prevent the evacuation of the British at Yorktown (vaguely remembering from school)? If we had had an assist at the Alamo, maybe we’d have won there, too.


12 posted on 03/02/2010 12:48:59 PM PST by Texas Peartree
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To: Texas Peartree

Right you are, Texas Peartree...


13 posted on 03/02/2010 12:51:19 PM PST by Boonie
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To: Texas Peartree; Boonie; equalitybeforethelaw; Le Chien Rouge
Here you go. And this is why they joined the Union. Happy Texas Independence Day:

Remember The Alamo!

14 posted on 03/02/2010 12:51:50 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Texas Peartree

Say, didn’t Virginia also vote for Obama? We won our fair share of battles, too. Ask Robert E. Lee what he thought of Texas’ soldiers. The Battle of San Jacinto was right after the Alamo.

Thought that would get a rise. As I recall Bobby Lee was a Virginian and he did have a good opinion of Texans. Likewise North Carolinians. Just thought you needed your Texas cage rattled a little. Groove on Texas Peartree.


15 posted on 03/02/2010 12:56:51 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Texas Peartree

Also, didn’t the French prevent the evacuation of the British at Yorktown (vaguely remembering from school)?

Another Virginia triumph, getting the French to fight.


16 posted on 03/02/2010 12:58:00 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

No worries, equalitybeforethelaw. We Texans need our egos checked from time to time.


17 posted on 03/02/2010 12:58:10 PM PST by Texas Peartree
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To: Texas Peartree

No worries, equalitybeforethelaw. We Texans need our egos checked from time to time.

None intended - just fun. Now if you are a Dallas Cowboys fan we are going to go to fist city.


18 posted on 03/02/2010 12:59:41 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Dallas Cowboys

The greatest team to ever step foot on a football field. And I can see why you're jealous. LOL!

19 posted on 03/02/2010 1:03:31 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Now THAT is an accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 03/02/2010 1:04:11 PM PST by Boonie
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

OMG, I smell a damned yankee.


21 posted on 03/02/2010 1:04:20 PM PST by El Gran Salseron
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To: massgopguy

“What a feeling to be there.”

I felt a “presence” at the Alamo. There was complete silence but still there is something about going there, isn’t there?

It is similar at the graveyard at Normandy, the U.S.S. Arizona monument and the WTC site.


22 posted on 03/02/2010 1:08:25 PM PST by El Gran Salseron
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To: writer33

Dallas Cowboys
The greatest team to ever step foot on a football field. And I can see why you’re jealous. LOL!

“All roads lead to the NFL.” anonymous wise man said

“Redskins rule.” another anonymous wise man said

“Sammy Baugh was the greatest football player to grace the grid iron.” Equalitybeforethelaw said.

“Dallas is an over rated, over hyped football team.” General consensus of all football fans.

Any takers?


23 posted on 03/02/2010 1:10:35 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: El Gran Salseron

That is exactly the feelings I got at Gettysburg...You could feel the soldiers around you...just standing there....


24 posted on 03/02/2010 1:15:32 PM PST by Boonie
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Jim Thorpe over “Slingin’ Sammy”....


25 posted on 03/02/2010 1:16:57 PM PST by Boonie
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To: El Gran Salseron

OMG, I smell a damned yankee.

Hope that wasn’t directed at me. Couldn’t be further from the truth.


26 posted on 03/02/2010 1:17:40 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Boonie

Jim Thorpe over “Slingin’ Sammy”....

Not even close. Jim Thrope just played offense. Sammy played offense, defense, and special teams and was a star at each position. He also modeled the performance of the modern QB that Unitas later followed. Sammy was the only player to throw for 3 touchdowns and score three touchdowns (through interceptions) in the same game. Gonna be hard to beat these numbers.


27 posted on 03/02/2010 1:20:21 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Yeah...A Texan, A virginian, and a Tennessean...

Nope...don’t see no yankees.....


28 posted on 03/02/2010 1:20:30 PM PST by Boonie
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To: writer33; Squantos; Eaker; BuckeyeTexan; Xenalyte; 2ndDivisionVet

two words:

Darrel

Royal

!!!

G-d Bless Texas!

And a howdy to anyone on the TX freeper list I missed!


29 posted on 03/02/2010 1:21:26 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

I surrender.....*G*


30 posted on 03/02/2010 1:21:50 PM PST by Boonie
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

LOL! Good stuff.


31 posted on 03/02/2010 1:32:52 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Texas Peartree

“Texas is not where you were born but at State of Mind, Heart and Attitude.”

Leave us alone to live out lives in peace and we will get along fine, if that is not satisfactory, we will deal with it.

And I am not a transplant, some of my ancestors were born here during the Republic.

Family has farmed in the same county for 100+ years.

For the detractors> “The last time I looked this is still Texas where I live”


32 posted on 03/02/2010 1:45:48 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Peartree

“Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!”

But more important Remember San Jacinto!

This year the US is going to have their own San Jacinto.

And we are going defeat the Lefties and persue the perps who are trying to destroy US to the very gates of hell.

Traitors who are behind this should consider what the penalty of Treason is.


33 posted on 03/02/2010 1:49:30 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Boonie

Sammy Baugh was the single toughest SOB, and if alive and in his prime, would be playing today.


34 posted on 03/02/2010 2:06:26 PM PST by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: Ro_Thunder

Sammy Baugh was the single toughest SOB, and if alive and in his prime, would be playing today.

BTW to all my Texan friends, Sammy Baugh was from TEXAS!!! Happy Independence Day from me - love you guys.


35 posted on 03/02/2010 2:17:31 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Just funnin’. If I go for too long without saying “damned yankee’ I get kind of grumpy. :-)


36 posted on 03/02/2010 3:00:53 PM PST by El Gran Salseron
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To: Texas Peartree; Allegra; Eaker; humblegunner
If I may incorporate a George Strait line -

Texas, is something special.

37 posted on 03/02/2010 3:09:50 PM PST by jla
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To: Boonie
Yeah...A Texan, A virginian, and a Tennessean...

C'mon...what's the rest? :-) Sounds like a setup. Is the next line ``...walk into a bar...''?

38 posted on 03/02/2010 3:28:13 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: jla
Texas, is something special.

And since both Markos Moulitsas and Keith Olbermann absolutely hate this wonderful state, most of its people and all that it stands for, I'm doubly proud to be a Texan on our Independence Day (and election day).

And completely contrary to the vile spewed by Keith Olbermann, I wish nothing but a speedy recovery to his father, Mr. Ted Olbermann. And I have nothing sarcastic, witty or snarky to add beyond that simple statement.

39 posted on 03/02/2010 3:36:08 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: Texas Peartree; humblegunner; TheMom; Eaker; mnehring; Xenalyte
We Texans need our egos checked from time to time.

We do NOT! ;-)

40 posted on 03/02/2010 3:40:49 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Psssssst....I’m a Texan who hates the Dallas Cowboys. ;-)


41 posted on 03/02/2010 3:42:52 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Unlike the Alamo, we won our battle.

Yes, but you bought time for the wrong side.

Strategery is an awesome thing.

42 posted on 03/02/2010 3:43:20 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: jla

You just need to move on down here and make it yer own.


43 posted on 03/02/2010 3:47:59 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

“Any takers?”

You might find some over at DU newby.


44 posted on 03/02/2010 4:01:41 PM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: Candor7; muawiyah; stefanbatory; TexasCajun

Alamo ping


45 posted on 03/02/2010 4:06:15 PM PST by hennie pennie
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God bless Texas

46 posted on 03/02/2010 4:09:31 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: humblegunner
Working towards that.

Isn't this the day that the RN wins the GOP gubernatorial nomination?

VOTE MEDINA!
Texas deserves some TLC...ain't that the truth(er)!

47 posted on 03/02/2010 4:37:58 PM PST by jla
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To: jla
VOTE MEDINA!

Wrong answer, you're fired! ;-)

48 posted on 03/02/2010 4:42:48 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Judging from the latest vote tally it appears Medina and KBH didn’t impress the job interviewer, i.e., the Texas electorate.


49 posted on 03/02/2010 6:22:59 PM PST by jla
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To: Texas Peartree

This song gives me goosebumps:

Let the old men tell the story
Let the legend grow and grow
Of the thirteen days of glory
At the siege of Alamo.

Lift the tattered banners proudly
While the eyes of Texas shine
Let the fort that was a mission
Be an everlasting shrine.

That they died to give us freedom
That is all we need to know
Of the thirteen days of glory
At the siege of Alamo.


50 posted on 03/02/2010 6:25:21 PM PST by TXBlair ("Jim is dead...I'll wager they found no wounds in his back!" Mama Bowie upon learning of Jim's death)
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