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  • Texas Lawmakers Make Musician Phil Collins An Honorary Texan (for donation of Alamo artifacts)

    03/14/2015 8:45:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    AP via pollstar ^ | 07:01 AM Thursday 3/12/15 | no byline
    State lawmakers have named pop star Phil Collins an honorary Texan, saluting his donation of hundreds of Alamo artifacts back to the historic outpost – while offering numerous quips referencing his song lyrics. ...Last year, he gave 200-plus pieces of his collection to the Alamo. Collins grinned as many lawmakers took to the floor to joke about “feeling it in the air tonight,” ‘‘one more night” and Texas having a “groovy kind of love” for its newest honorary citizen.
  • To the people of Texas and All Americans in the World...

    03/06/2015 8:10:21 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 20 replies
    William B Travis ^ | 2/24/1836
    To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World- Fellow Citizens & compatriots- I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna - I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man - The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken - I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls - I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call...
  • Phil Collins gives vast Alamo collection to Texas

    10/28/2014 10:11:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6 hours ago
    British pop star Phil Collins on Tuesday handed over his vast collection of artifacts related to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution to the state of Texas. Collins was in San Antonio to donate what's considered the world's largest private collection of Alamo artifacts. It includes a fringed leather pouch and a gun used by Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie's legendary knife and letters from garrison commander William B. Travis. "There's things in there that will make your mouth drop," Collins said. The 1980s pop artist and Genesis singer-drummer has joked that he spent all the money he...
  • Phil Collins donates large collection of Alamo artifacts

    10/28/2014 8:13:16 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    KSAT ^ | 10-28-14 | Paul Venema
    As a truck containing five large wooden crates arrived outside the Gallagher House adjacent the Alamo, British pop legend Phil Collins was there to personally oversee the operation.
  • Forget the Alamo: Why Ted Cruz Needs to Learn How to win a National Election

    10/27/2014 6:57:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/27/2014 | Henry Olsen
    Senator Ted Cruz is a very bright man with a bright idea: Conservatives have no power because their leaders have no principles. Rediscover the latter, he says, and we will recover the former. Would that it were so. Start with Cruz’s retelling of Republican presidential history. He claims that beginning with Richard Nixon, every Republican nominee who was elected ran as a “strong conservative,” while every loser ran as a moderate. Cruz was born in December 1970 and clearly has hazy memories at best of the 1968 and 1972 races, the latter of which saw National Review endorse John...
  • Phil Collins donates private collection of Alamo artifacts

    06/27/2014 9:42:58 PM PDT · by texas_mrs · 37 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 6/27/14 | Associated Press
    Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins sure does. The British 1980s music icon was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in downtown San Antonio on Thursday, announcing the donation of his collection of related artifacts — one so vast it's considered the world's largest such private collection. Collins, the 63-year-old Genesis singer-drummer, joked he'd spent "all the money that I made from music" on 200-plus pieces related to the battle where 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to 200 Texans. He said he wanted to ensure the collection was better cared-for in the future. "Some people would...
  • Phil Collins to donate artifacts to Alamo

    06/25/2014 12:01:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    News Observer ^ | 6-25-2014
    The Texas General Land Office manages the downtown San Antonio shrine to Texas independence, and Collins is said to have the world's largest private collection of Texas Revolution artifacts, Patterson said. The General Land Office is developing plans for an Alamo visitors' center to provide more space to exhibit artifacts about the fort and the 1836 battle that made it famous. Collins has said he owns "hundreds" of cannonballs, documents and other artifacts from the Alamo, with his most prized item being a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barret Travis for 32 head of cattle used to feed the...
  • San Antonio's Mayor Castro to be Newest Far-Leftist on Obama's Cabinet

    05/17/2014 2:39:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is about to be tapped by President Barrack Obama to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is the second time Obama will have asked Castro to serve in his administration. The move for Castro comes at a time where a big game of musical chairs is going on in the Obama Cabinet. Castro will be asked to replace HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who is expected to move to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • ULUS-KERT: An Airborne Company's Last Stand

    03/01/2014 8:54:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 9 replies ^ | Michael D. Wilmoth, Peter G. Tsouras
    In four days of desperate fighting, from 29 February to 3 March 2000, a large force of Chechen fighters wiped out a Russian paratroop company in the harsh defiles and ridges of the Argun Gorge in the mountains of southern Chechnya. Although the battle was a catastrophic tactical defeat for the Russian airborne force, the company's stubborn defense to the last man and the concentration of Russian relief forces inflicted a strategic setback on the Chechens. The Russians stumbled into this catastrophe through poor unit leadership, but Russian blood and valor transformed it into victory. Hatred to the Bone In...
  • John Wayne's "The Alamo" in 8.5 minutes with Original Soundtrack

    04/10/2014 3:59:36 PM PDT · by South40 · 9 replies
  • The American Flag Daily: The Alamo Falls

    03/06/2014 3:57:14 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 9 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | March 5, 2014 | FlagBearer
    The Battle Of The Alamo took place on March 6, 1836, following a siege which began on February 23rd. In the battle, which lasted less than an hour, 189 Texas defenders inflicted more than 600 casualties (dead and wounded) on General Santa Anna's army before finally being overrun and eventually killed. "Remember the Alamo" was the battle cry as Texas avenged the defeat later in the year and eventually gained their independence. Today we honor the memories of the brave men who defended the Alamo and inspired a nation.
  • The American Flag Daily: Sam Houston

    03/02/2014 6:06:06 PM PST · by Master Zinja · 3 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | March 2, 2014 | FlagBearer
    Born on this date in 1793, Sam Houston was governor of Tennessee, president of the Republic of Texas twice, and later senator and governor of the state of Texas, and a leader in the war of independence between Texas and Mexico. Today we raise the flag of Texas in his honor.
  • March 2nd is Texas Independence Day. Lets Celebrate! (vanity)

    03/01/2014 6:44:44 AM PST · by The Bat Ladys Husband · 51 replies
    Celebrate Texas ^ | 03/01/2014 | The Bat Ladys Husband
    Texas Delegates declared Texas Independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836 to become an independent republic. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEXAS. Celebrations in Austin, San Antonio, Washington on the Brazos and other locations this weekend.
  • The American Flag Daily: Battle Of The Alamo

    02/23/2014 4:41:37 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 8 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | February 23, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On February 23, 1836, the siege and battle at the Alamo began, as 189 men defended the mission from the 1800-strong Mexican Army during the Texas Revolution. The small Texas force, including Jim Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett, would hold against the Mexican Army for 13 days and eventually cause as many as 600 Mexican soldiers to be killed or wounded in the battle before falling. The defense of the Alamo would become a rallying cry for Texas, leading to the Mexican Army defeat at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21 and ending the Revolution with Texas...
  • JOCKO: I say this, "I BELIEVE!"

    01/13/2014 11:52:40 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 2 replies
    Waiting for the axe to fall, the soldiers discuss the hereafter. Jocko: I say this :I BELIEVE ! I can never find a way to argue down you that don’t believe, but I believe in the Lord God Almighty,all knowingand all forgiving. [Music.] And I believethat Good shall be triumphant in the endand that evil shall be vanquished. I believein a hereafter. Bob: Me, too. I figure a man’s got to believe in those things, does he want to believe in the good things about man — ?about his very own self — ? [Green Leaves…] the real good...
  • Castro requests funds to pay World Heritage dues

    12/26/2013 7:21:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | December 26, 2013 | Scott Huddleston
    SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is seeking support of an appropriation by mid-January to resume payment of dues to a United Nations agency, in order to protect a World Heritage Site nomination for San Antonio's five Spanish colonial missions. In a letter last week to leaders of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Castro said he fears that nonpayment of dues since 2011 to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, could harm the nomination of the missions and other proposed U.S. sites. The United States lost its vote last month on the 21-member World...
  • What Business of the U.N. Is the Operation of the Alamo?

    11/13/2013 2:25:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 13, 2013 | Victor Keith
    In a possible development that would have Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis rolling in their graves, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is considering designating the Alamo a World Heritage Site. Such a designation brings along a myriad of restrictions, and although proponents of the designation, such as San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, insist that the State of Texas would still have authority over the site, many serious concerns of the people of Texas are not being addressed. For one thing, such a designation establishes a "buffer zone" of some 4,500 acres around the site,...
  • No, The U.N. Won’t Own Or Run The Alamo, But…

    10/31/2013 6:38:01 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 32 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/30/2013 | Ryan Campbell
    Recently, alarms sounded when Infowars reported that the United Nations was going to take over the Alamo. Infowars also stated that the UN Flag could fly over the Alamo once it fell under UN control. We decided to investigate this, since the Alamo is the most historically significant symbol in Texas. We discovered Missions of San Antonio as the primary advocate of this movement. According to the Missions of San Antonio Facebook page, their email contact is a National Park Service email address, We called Missions of San Antonio and they did confirm that they are, in fact, staffed...
  • ‘Two countries’ Alamo speech validated by ‘progressive’ rhetoric

    10/23/2013 6:28:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 October, 2013 | David Codrea
    “There is abroad in our land the growing thought that America is now in fact two countries sharing a common border and (mostly) a common language but divided along the answer to this question,” citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh told approximately 600 activist gun owners, many carrying long arms, who gathered at The Alamo this past Saturday. “Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?” “This is not a question [that] can be finessed, compromised or negotiated,” Vanderboegh explained. “It is either the answer of individual liberty or that of the collectivist Borg … For our...
  • Armed gun rights activists rally at the Alamo

    10/20/2013 4:31:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/19/13 | Christopher Sherman
    **SNIP** Organizers had also hoped that seeing a large peaceful gathering of armed citizens in the downtown of the country's seventh largest city would be a step toward making people comfortable with the sight. There were people of all ages in the crowd, including young children. Some waved flags that read "Come and Take It," others dressed in period costumes, but most looked like anyone else one might encounter on the street, they just happened to be carrying rifles. Men strolling through the streets with rifles isn't an image to which Hilary Rand thinks people should have to grow accustomed....
  • Live WebCam of Alamo Open Carry Today (next hour and 20 minutes)

    10/19/2013 9:44:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The Web cam at the link shows the open carry event going on now. There is a pretty good crowd, by my browser is only showing an image about every half a second, I would say. Here is the link: Alamo Open Carry Live Web Cam Link I can hear some noise in the background, but I cannot make out the words. Lots of Gadsten flags and a "Come and Take It" Gonzales flag. The crowd looks well over a thousand to me. It extends beyond the frame of the camera. Dean Weingarten Link to Gun Watch
  • Armed protest is today at Alamo

    10/19/2013 7:24:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | October 19, 2013 | Scott Huddleston
    At least 1,500 demonstrators with rifles and other firearms are expected to gather Saturday at the Alamo, in the face of forces they feel are at work to undermine their right to bear arms. “There's never been an event like this before at the Alamo,” said Murdoch Pizgatti, an event coordinator who lives in the Dallas area and is co-founder of the gun-rights website The rally is set to open at 10 a.m. with remarks by three political candidates and several gun-rights advocates. Demonstrators, many carrying rifles, shotguns or 19th-century pistols, will then walk a few blocks at about...
  • ‘Unprecedented’ language targets those with traditional values

    The San Antonio City Council is doing some housecleaning to combine all of its anti-discrimination rules and ordinances into one. The consolidated ordinance states a desire to adopt a “comprehensive and expanded non-discrimination policy with revisions to outdated terminology.” According to Pastor Charles Flowers of Faith Outreach International, the city leaders want to add two categories to the policy: sexual orientation and gender identity. - See more at:
  • Travis' 'Victory or Death' letter returns to the Alamo

    02/23/2013 8:22:03 PM PST · by Rabin · 16 replies
    .star-telegram ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Steve Campbell
    When it left the Alamo in the dark of night 177 years ago, William Barret Travis' "Victory or Death" letter had to be slipped past the Mexican army before courier Albert Martin could deliver the besieged commander's stirring call for help that never came.
  • Remember the Alamo! February 23 – March 6, 1836

    02/23/2013 10:11:24 AM PST · by GregoTX · 25 replies
    The Alamo ^ | February 23 1836 | The Alamo
    On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio López de Santa Anna's army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texians and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna's army. William B. Travis, the commander of the Alamo sent forth couriers carrying pleas for help to communities in Texas. On the eighth day of the siege, a band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived, bringing the number of defenders to nearly two hundred. Legend holds that with the possibility of additional help fading, Colonel Travis drew...
  • Steve Jobs' Yacht "Venus" unveiled in Aalsmeer the Netherlands (with video)

    10/28/2012 8:12:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 96 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | 10/28/2012
    “Earlier this year, it was revealed that French designer Philippe Starck was working with Dutch shipbuilder Feadship on a new yacht for the family of Steve Jobs,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors. “The yacht had been mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs as a project he had been working on since 2009, but the ship was not completed before his death last year.” “Dutch site One More Thing now reports [Google translation] that the ship, christened “Venus”, has officially launched, with Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs and their three children participating in the event,” Slivka reports. “The aluminum-hulled ship...
  • Mom of DNC Conv Star Called Alamo Defenders “Drunks, Crooks And Slaveholding Imperialists”

    09/06/2012 5:29:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 60 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 5, 2012
    How lovely. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The young Texas mayor whose keynote speech wowed the Democratic National Convention crowd Wednesday night draws political inspiration from his mother – who is a member of a radical civil rights movement and who reportedly thinks the truth behind the Battle of the Alamo is that Texans swiped Mexico’s land.Maria del Rosario Castro, the mother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, said in 2010 that she grew up being told the battle was “glorious,” only to learn the so-called heroes were really “a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that...
  • Mother of Dem convention star Castro called Alamo defenders 'drunks,' 'crooks'

    09/05/2012 6:30:46 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 87 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/5/2012
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  The young Texas mayor whose keynote speech wowed the Democratic National Convention crowd Wednesday night draws political inspiration from his mother – who is a member of a radical civil rights movement and who reportedly thinks the truth behind the Battle of the Alamo is that Texans swiped Mexico’s land. Maria del Rosario Castro, the mother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, said in 2010 that she grew up being told the battle was “glorious,” only to learn the so-called heroes were really “a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t...
  • The Six Requirements of a Gushing Julian Castro Profile (Barack Obama #2)

    09/05/2012 11:13:51 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 25 replies
    nro ^ | September 4, 2012 8:33 A.M. | Jim Geraghty
    If you have any doubt about what Democrats think of their keynote speaker tonight, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, take a gander at this cover image from the San Antonio Current, one of the alternative weeklies out there: Beside the C in the style of the Obama logo, in case you can’t read the small print at the bottom, it says, “CASTRO FOR (insert here)”.When convention organizers announced Castro would be their keynote speaker, I took a look at his record . . . and found little to cheer about in his three years as mayor: When Democrats announced that...
  • Romney Screws the Pooch on Immigration

    06/15/2012 8:14:40 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 165 replies
    National Review ^ | 6-15-2012 | Mark Krikorian
    Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best metaphor, but he fumbled an important opportunity. The problem with the president’s amnesty decree is not that it “makes it more difficult to reach that long-term solution because an executive order is, of course, just a short-term matter — it can be reversed by subsequent presidents.” The problem is that it’s u-n-c-o-n-s-t-i-t-u-t-i-o-n-a-l. You would expect Allen West and Steve King to be forceful in denouncing this usurpation, but even Amnesty John McCain and Rick “you don’t have a heart” Perry were strong. Heck, Lindsey Graham — Lindsey Graham — denounced the move as “possibly...
  • An unlikely keeper of Texas lore: Rock star Phil Collins, collector of Alamo artifacts

    05/11/2012 9:40:40 AM PDT · by Til I am the last man standing · 16 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 5/11/12 | Steve Campbell
    Sandwiched between two respected Texas historians on a hard church pew, the compact Englishman looks nervous, stroking his stubbled chin as he eyes 60 or so people crowded into the Buffalo Gap Chapel waiting for the sound of that voice they couldn't have escaped hearing over the last 40 years.
  • It’s Time to Draw the Line. Remember the Alamo!

    01/22/2012 4:56:52 PM PST · by Nita Nupress · 35 replies
    today | me
    Yes, that was deceitful, but i really DO need a title -- I'm no good at that. My boring choice was, "How Does The General Election Relate To Texas History and a "Last Stand?" :)This isn't about Rick Perry, btw. It's about you and me and our future as a Constitutional Republic. Rick Perry -- in an act of courage, conviction, and wisdom -- has stepped aside and endorsed someone whom he thinks can lead our charge. For that, I am thankful. Even if you disagree with his endorsement, you probably understand that nothing is more important than stopping the...
  • Remember the Alamo (Mega barf alert!)

    12/25/2011 3:38:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2011 | GAIL COLLINS
    Well, what a relief. Just in time for the holidays, Congress showed us it can work in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation to pass a two-month extension of a popular tax cut. On its own! With perhaps a small amount of prodding. The payroll tax cut bill zipped through Congress on Friday... --snip-- No, I think the moral here is pretty clear. We have talked for nearly three years about how the Tea Party is terrorizing the Republican establishment, until the old country-club, deal-making model was verging on extinction. But it now appears that if the new populist right does...
  • Alamo : Davy Crockett's defiant stand at the Alamo 'lasted just 20 minutes', claim historians

    08/16/2011 6:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/16/2011 | Mail Foreign Service
    The legend of Davy Crockett, the buckskin-clad 'King of the Wild Frontier,' has been cast into doubt by new claims that his fabled last stand at the Alamo may have only lasted 20 minutes. For 175 years, the Battle of the Alamo has been one of America's most cherished historical events. Celebrated in song, story and cinema, the story of heroism against all the odds helped define the young nation's pursuit of liberty. But, according to a new book, the brave last stand depicted by Hollywood stars like John Wayne was a myth. In reality, author Phillip Thomas Tucker claimed...
  • They Died for a Just and Honorable Cause. (Did They, Really?)

    06/22/2002 1:28:14 PM PDT · by Mom_Grandmother · 26 replies · 592+ views
    DreamScape ^ | 6/22/02 | Mom_Grandmother
    The Mexicans,They Died for a Just and Honorable Cause. (Did They, Really?) I Seem to recall Americans saying the same thing about our men at the Alamo! But today I hear more talk about how damn brave the Mexicans are and how they are going to take this state and that state back. From everything I have been able to gather, we're going to let them have what the hell they want and the hell with the Alamo and it's Hero's. We have finally become the "Roll Over and Play Dead Nation" I don't feel like fighting if it does...
  • The Texas Declaration of Independence

    03/02/2011 6:53:08 AM PST · by waterhill · 8 replies
    lonestarjunction ^ | March 1st-2nd, 1836 | Childress, Conrad,Gaines,Hardemann, and McKinney
    The Texas Declaration of Independence (March 2, 1836) The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight. Its urgency was paramount, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under seige by Santa Anna's army of Mexico. Immediately upon the assemblage of the Convention of 1836 on March 1, a committee of five of its delegates were appointed to draft the document. The committee, consisting of George C. Childress, Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman, and Collin McKinney, prepared the declaration in record time. It was briefly reviewed, then adopted by the delegates of the convention...
  • Remember the Alamo!

    The Daughters of The Republic of Texas Library is part of the Alamo complex in San Antonio, Texas. The 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo is upon us. Brave Texas patriots fought bravely and gallantly from February 23, 1836 to March 6, 1836 for freedom, liberty and independence. The vicious Mexican dictator General Antonio López de Santa Anna was ultimately humiliated by General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836. Shortly thereafter the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted on March 2, 1836.
  • Texas Drifter Wisconsin America's Second Alamo?

    02/22/2011 1:28:28 PM PST · by kathsua · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 02/22/11 | Marshall's Law
    Marshall’s Law Dateline – Is following struggle as important to America’s future as events at crumbling old church were as important to early Texans? News reports: Obama’s Democratic National Committee has decided to throw its support behind the pro-public sector union protesters in Wisconsin. “The only thing that Scott Walker is asking these state employees to do is to pay basically half the amount that everyone else pays on their pension and healthcare coverage.” Was Col. Travis right when is in 1836 he warned Texans everywhere: The power of Santa Anna is to be met here; we had better too...
  • Alamo scout's ranch is one of 10 most endangered sites (Texas)

    02/10/2011 8:30:52 AM PST · by Racehorse · 5 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 10 February 2011 | Scott Huddleston And Lynn Brezosky
    A ranch south of San Antonio and two Rio Grande Valley sites are among the 10 most endangered historic places in Texas, a preservation group said Wednesday. With its ties to the Alamo and its rare 1800s jacales, huts built by Tejano settlers, the Blas Herrera Ranch in Von Ormy was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September. SNIP The jacales, made of natural materials such as timber, stone, straw and mud, are vulnerable to the elements. “Because of the construction, any time it rains, they're susceptible to deterioration,” said Stuart Johnson, preservation field representative with the...
  • Alamo ready for big year, but big celebration on hold

    01/07/2011 3:51:08 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 21 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 6, 2011 | SCOTT HUDDLESTON
    SAN ANTONIO — While T-shirts commemorating the 175th anniversary of the legendary battle are now on sale at the Alamo, the star-studded, fireworks-laden concert planned in March has been pre-empted by a state investigation. Alamo marketing director Tony Caridi thought last year that he had corporate sponsors ready to put up $400,000 to stage a free, nationally televised concert for 60,000 people, but none of those backers have since made a firm commitment. As a result, an opportunity to raise $2.5 million in television rights and DVD and merchandise sales to benefit preservation and expansion of the state-owned Alamo site...
  • Unlikely hero may quell new battle of the Alamo

    12/20/2010 3:01:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies · 2+ views
    London Times ^ | December 19, 2010 | John Harlow
    A second Battle of the Alamo is raging in Texas and Rick Perry, the lone star state's governor, has called in an unlikely peacemaker: Phil Collins, the British rock drummer. At home Collins, 59, has been mocked as the purveyor of middle-of-the-road hits such as In the Air Tonight. But in south Texas he is respected as a wealthy collector of Alamo memorabilia qualified to mediate between rival conservationists and historians. He admits he is obsessed with the former mission in San Antonio.
  • Matthews' Strange Election Metaphor: Dems Like Bowie's Men At Alamo

    11/01/2010 2:48:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This could go down as the strangest simile of the election season . . . Introducing this evening's Hardball, Chris Matthews likened the electoral plight of Democrats to the Battle of the Alamo, "as seen from inside the mission." In other words, Matthews casts the Dems as Jim Bowie's Americans, fighting a hopeless battle against the Mexicans, in which role Chris casts . . . the Republicans! View video here.
  • 'The Alamo' turns 50

    10/24/2010 1:45:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 24, 2010 | Hector Saldana
    "In San Antonio, the Alamo is venerated as a sacred shrine. But it does not belong to Texas alone," Wayne told newspaper reporters. "It belongs to people everywhere who value the priceless treasure that has always been bought with blood — human freedom." Pilar Wayne says that was no act. "I feel that he wanted to show what America stood for and the courage and the love of the country," she said. "To him, it was a very important message that he wanted to put out there. Mainly, it was his love of America." "The Alamo," which was the most...
  • (Musician) Phil Collins to Follow 'Going Back' with Book on Texas (Alamo and Texas independence)

    10/07/2010 8:45:08 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    Billboard ^ | October 05, 2010 | Gary Graff
    Having made what he says is a musical swan song with his R&B covers album "Going Back," Phil Collins' next project will be in the book world -- and situated deep in the heart of Texas. Collins tells that he's in the midst of writing a book about his extensive collection of Alamo and Texas Revolution artifacts, stemming from an interest in the topic that started when he saw the Walt Disney film "Davy Crockett" as a child. "It's a huge collection of memorabilia from the Alamo and before and after it, basically the Texas Revolution in general," explains...
  • Alamo displays cannon likely used during battle

    09/24/2010 10:31:29 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 24, 2010, 10:54AM
    SAN ANTONIO — A cannon thought to have been cast in Mexico and possibly used by the Texan army during the 1836 Alamo battle has taken its place at the historic mission. If its presumed link to the Alamo is proven, it would be the only known bronze Spanish cannon used by defenders that has been recovered, the San Antonio Express-News reported Friday. As was the case with other cannons seized and disabled by Mexican troops after the famous 1836 battle, the cannon's cascabel and trunnions, which are used to pivot and aim the weapon, have been broken off. "It's...
  • Mayor's Mom Says She 'Hates' Alamo

    05/13/2010 6:39:52 AM PDT · by laotzu · 151 replies · 3,017+ views
    KSAT ^ | 5/12/10 | Charles Gonzales
    SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was recently profiled in the New York Times, which referenced him as the next national Hispanic leader and perhaps president. "It's been a very promising response," said Castro. "It's a very flattering article." But comments he didn't make could draw some strong opinions. His mother, Rosie Castro, had strong words when asked about her memories of the Alamo, a symbol of Texas independence. "They used to take us there when we were school children," Perez told the Times. "They told us how glorious that battle was. When I grew up, I learned...
  • An open letter to Rush Limbaugh - American Conservatism at the Alamo

    04/08/2010 2:39:11 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 20 replies · 662+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 4/6/10 | DJP I.F.
    This post is an open letter to Rush Limbaugh pertaining to his question he asked his audience today, “Is It Conservatism's Finest Hour?” Dear Mr. Limbaugh, Greetings and Dittos from the Ignorant Fishermen Blog. Pertaining to your question on your show today, we - the Ignorant Fishermen - have the answer. It brings us no joy or pleasure in our response to your question, but as you have so honestly taught us, we must have courage to look at the truth. We ask of you to do the same also. In this sobering reply we do not leave America hopeless,...
  • American Conservatism at the Alamo

    03/22/2010 3:36:24 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies · 256+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 3/22/10 | DJP I.F.
    Today Conservatism in America - and in the world - is at the “Alamo” of its existence. As we shall see, there is no way that we as a nation - let alone a global society - can survive the devastating secular impact of the past 50 years. We are at the imploding point even now. The overall structure is ready to collapse by the overload of godlessness and decadence heaped upon it by the American people. The dam is about to burst, and the “lawlessness flood” of oppression, tyranny, global war and human catastrophe is soon to deluge the...
  • Why I Love Texas

    03/13/2010 6:40:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 17 replies · 956+ views ^ | March 13, 2010 | Jim Vicevich
    I keep hoping a business in Connecticut will have the “cashews” (thank you Larry Elder) to do something like this. This picture sent to me via our iPhones from blog captain Steve McGough. It’s a marquee in downtown San Antonio. It’s just one of two Texas cities i have spent time in. I love it, more so now.
  • What I Witnessed at Work Today (vanity)

    03/11/2010 8:26:32 PM PST · by Kimmers · 27 replies · 1,477+ views
    I have the pleasure of being a school nurse in a small private school in Dallas and I wanted to share with y'all what I witnessed at our school. The second grade teacher does a great job of teaching TX history. A few weeks ago they had Cowboy day, the kids were dressed in their finest western attire. Saddles were placed on racks so the kids could ride their horses and test their roping skills. They even had a fire with branding irons so they branded pieces of wood. Of course for lunch it was beef stew cooked the cowboy...