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  • Glenn Beck: Remember the Alamo(Transcript)

    01/29/2009 1:05:17 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 39 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Glenn Beck Program ^ | January 29, 2009 | Glenn Beck
    Audio Available: GLENN: A lot of people call this program and they say, "No one's fighting, no one's listening to me, I'm tired, I'm alone, I can't do it anymore, I'm not willing, I'm going to unplug, this is hopeless, there are too many problems, the odds are stacked against us." Look at what's happening in the world. I've been doing a lot of thinking for the last month on this particular problem. Where is the hope? Where is the true belief, not, "Everything's going to work out." Where is the true belief that we're going to make it? Because...
  • Alamo sees return of David Crockett

    01/28/2009 3:19:24 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 574+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/28/2009 | Scott Huddleston
    David Crockett re-enlisted at the Alamo Wednesday afternoon. But despite having a famous name, he seemed a bit overwhelmed by the pomp and color of his re-enlistment ceremony in front of the Alamo Shrine, not to mention the visitors asking him to sign his autograph or pose for a quick photo. “I really didn’t expect all this,” said Crockett, whose full name is Staff Sgt. David O’Neal Crockett. After 14 years in the Army, Crockett, surrounded by about a 70 spectators, including a dozen soldiers, took his re-enlistment oath. He said he plans to serve about eight more years in...
  • Sad Anniversay: The Alamo falls to Mexican Army (March 06, 1836)

    03/06/2008 6:17:14 AM PST · by yankeedame · 36 replies · 1,534+ views
    "DAWN AT THE ALAMO" A painting hanging in the Texas State Capitol Building*. Ballad Of The Alamo by Marty Robbins In the southern part of Texas, in the town of San Antone, There's a fortress all in ruin that the weeds have overgrown. You may look in vain for crosses and you'll never see a one, But sometime between the setting and the rising of the sun, You can hear a ghostly bugle as the men go marching by; You can hear them as they answer to that roll call in the sky: Colonel Travis, Davy Crockett and a...
  • March 6..."Remember The Alamo!"

    03/06/2008 4:17:28 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 25 replies · 233+ views
    Texas Military Forces Museum ^ | March 6, 2008 | BG John C. Scribner
    One of the most gallant stands of courage and undying self-sacrifice which have come down through the pages of history is the defense of the Alamo, which is one of the priceless heritages of Texans. It was the battle-cry of "Remember the Alamo" that later spurred on the forces of Sam Houston at San Jacinto. Anyone who has ever heard of the brave fight of Colonel Travis and his men is sure to "Remember the Alamo." Besieged by Santa Anna, who had reached Bexar on February 23, 1836, Colonel William Barret Travis, with his force of 182, refused to surrender...
  • Women battled over fate of the Alamo's Long Barrack

    02/10/2008 11:44:12 AM PST · by Racehorse · 13 replies · 420+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10 February 2008 | Scott Huddleston
    It's been 100 years since a feisty woman who stood 5-foot-3 began "the second battle of the Alamo." Adina De Zavala barricaded herself in the Long Barrack, not knowing her three-day protest would save the Alamo's oldest structure, but cast her in a shadow of controversy. De Zavala is thought to be the first person to use civil disobedience to preserve Texas history. A commemoration is set for 3 p.m. today at the Alamo. "She's almost an unsung hero," said Marcie Ince, San Antonio Conservation Society president. "She was the first to really set the way for others to follow...
  • City drops charges against man who burned Mexican flag[at the Alamo]

    10/16/2007 9:29:43 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 30 replies · 216+ views
    KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 10/16/2007 | Joe Conger
    A former peace officer burned a Mexican flag in protest of the U.S. policy toward undocumented immigrants, and his demonstration at the Alamo has garnered national attention. David Bohmfalk was set to go to court on a case of constitutional law regarding his right to burn a flag — any flag — on the steps of the Alamo. Now it appears the city is unfurling the white flag of surrender. Bohmfalk's protest took two minutes, and the result was a $198 ticket for burning without a permit. Free speech, Bohmfalk says, is worth fighting for. But now he won't have...
  • Man cited for burning Mexican flag[at the Alamo]

    10/10/2007 1:27:11 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 92 replies · 3,822+ views
    KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 10/09/2007 | Joe Conger
    It caused some controversy, but it was supposed to. Now, one man is headed to municipal court for burning a Mexican flag in protest in front of the Alamo. The city is charging 46-year old David Bohmfalk with burning without a permit, even though no one gives permits to burn a flag. "I was raised to respect my country," Bohmfalk said. All the rallies and talk of amnesty for undocumented immigrants in May 2006 lit the fires of patriotism for Bohmfalk, he said. "I just got angry," he said. "I decided I had to do something, make my statement, and...
  • Texas buys Crockett's last known letter

    09/04/2007 7:39:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 36 replies · 1,051+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 4, 2007 | LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON ap
    AUSTIN — Just two months before he perished defending the Alamo, Davy Crockett described to his daughter and son-in-law the land he treasured enough to die for its independence. "I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world," the famed frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee wrote. "The best land and the best prospect for health. ..."The Texas Historical Commission announced Tuesday it bought the letter, which is believed to be the last that Crockett penned before he and about 200 other Alamo defenders were killed by Mexican forces led...
  • Plan in works for fortifying the Alamo

    08/05/2007 1:43:06 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 564+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 08/05/2007 | Scott Huddleston
    The new vision for the Alamo, it turns out, involves returning the old mission to its past. Restoring the icon's two oldest structures to their 1836 appearance, adding buildings for archives, lectures and youth programs, and giving visitors a better sense that Alamo Plaza is sacred ground — not just a magnet for sno-cone vendors — are goals of a new master plan for the state's top tourist attraction. The plan envisions the Alamo being more welcoming to its 2.5 million annual visitors, with a shaded waiting area by day and soft lighting for after-hours tours by night. Some have...
  • George W Bush could have a fine, simple and genuine legacy (vanity): "Mr. Bush, build this fence."

    06/30/2007 9:46:03 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 57 replies · 1,506+ views
    Build a fence. It's not rocket science. Then. Only then. Raise the issue of amnesty. Heck, citizenship at that point. Because finally, then, people will BELIEVE what we're told by our so-called representatives. For those who complain and protest it's not practical: The Ming Dynasty in China, built a solid wall wide enough for two soldiers on horseback to ride side by side, from brick, more than 500 years ago, several thousand miles long. Across mountains. Containing all the troops in Mongolia. They didn't have bulldozers. No trucks. No machines. They did have determination. Israel has built, an extremely effective...
  • Michael Ramirez Cartoon: George Bush's Immigration Alamo

    06/27/2007 7:21:34 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 18 replies · 1,986+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 27 June 2007 | Michael Ramirez
    Michael Ramirez's cartoon take on Bush's immigration Alamo is here.
  • Not the Alamo I know

    06/04/2007 12:04:48 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 44 replies · 1,804+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/3/2007 | Rod Dreher
    What if this noble defeat starts to be seen as a glorious Mexican victory? 03:23 PM CDT on Sunday, June 3, 2007 Sometimes little things tell a big story. In a South Dallas classroom, a sweet-tempered Latino fourth-grader, the son of poor immigrants, told recent visitors about Santa Anna's historical greatness. He innocently explained why he found the Mexican general's victory at the Alamo to be – wait for it – inspiring. I thought: We have just heard from the future. According to the state demographer, by the time that fourth-grader is a father of schoolchildren, Texas will be a...
  • (On This Day In History) June 22, 1876: General Santa Anna Dies In Mexico City

    06/22/2007 7:59:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 794+ views ^ | June 22, 2007 |
    (On This Day In History) June 22, 1876: General Santa Anna Dies In Mexico City Embittered and impoverished, the once mighty Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna dies in Mexico City. Born in 1792 at Jalapa, Vera Cruz, Mexico, Santa Anna was the son of middle-class parents. As a teen, he won a commission in the Spanish army and might have been expected to live out an unspectacular career as a middle-level army officer. However, the young Santa Anna quickly distinguished himself as a capable fighter and leader, and after 1821, he gained national prominence in the successful Mexican war for...
  • Trench discovery unearths Texas Revolution artifacts

    04/06/2007 6:46:26 AM PDT · by laotzu · 2 replies · 320+ views ^ | 4/5/07 | (not given)
    SAN ANTONIO — Historians say an old trench discovered in San Antonio might have been used by Mexican soldiers as fortification against Texan rebels during a siege that preceded the Battle of the Alamo. Workers found the trench off Main Plaza, San Antonio's historic city center, as they were digging up the street a couple of weeks ago to install a storm-water line, city officials said. Archeologists think the trench was built by Mexican forces under the command of Gen. Martin Perfecto de Cos. From October to December 1835, the city was under siege by Texas rebels in an early...
  • Trench discovery unearths Texas Revolution artifacts

    04/05/2007 9:35:27 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies · 816+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 5, 2007
    SAN ANTONIO — Historians say an old trench discovered in San Antonio might have been used by Mexican soldiers as fortification against Texan rebels during a siege that preceded the Battle of the Alamo. Workers found the trench off Main Plaza, San Antonio's historic city center, as they were digging up the street a couple of weeks ago to install a storm-water line, city officials said. Archeologists think the trench was built by Mexican forces under the command of Gen. Martin Perfecto de Cos. From October to December 1835, the city was under siege by Texas rebels in an early...
  • Alamo heroes helped make Texas free

    03/06/2007 7:44:05 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 51 replies · 1,207+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Editorial
    PEOPLE WHO HAVE grown up with freedom and enjoyed it all of their lives may have a difficult time understanding the driving, passionate desire for liberty in the hearts of people who do not have it. One need look no further than the Alamo, which fell to Santa Anna's army on this date in 1836, for a vivid example of such passion. The 189 defenders of the Alamo are legendary - not just in Texas but around the world - for their valor and heroism in the face of overwhelming odds. But underlying that death-defying courage was a love of...
  • Truck full of migrants rolls over, killing 1 [South Texas Illegals]

    02/01/2007 9:34:17 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 38 replies · 727+ views
    ALAMO — The driver of a pickup full of apparent undocumented immigrants was killed Wednesday after losing control of the vehicle while trying to outrun border agents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The accident happened at a rural intersection about 2 a.m., ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruneda said. Pruneda said Border Patrol agents got information about a truck leaving a brushy area loaded with people. Agents were pursuing the truck when it rolled over at a high speed, Pruneda said. The driver, a Honduran, was pronounced dead of his injuries about 3:30 a.m. The remaining six were treated at area...
  • America's new Alamo -- we must not lose again

    08/09/2006 12:29:33 PM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 12 replies · 981+ views
    Renew America ^ | August 8, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Almost two centuries ago, a small band of national patriots joined Texans to launch a battle for freedom and sent a unifying rallying cry through out our nation "Remember The Alamo!" Our nation is being threatened by a new Alamo, and the army is between 12 million and 20 million strong. The army is one that is creeping, walking, swimming and being driven in shadowy caravans across our nation's state borders. Instead of being armed with weapons of violence, this army is simply overwhelming American health care, education, and justice systems by refusing to enter our country legally. But the...
  • Texas ranks at bottom among border states on standards for Mexican history (cry me a rio)

    06/06/2006 12:33:12 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 101 replies · 1,312+ views
    DALLAS (AP) - Texas ranked lowest among the nation's four southern border states in its standards for teaching Latin American and Mexican history, according to a national study released Monday. The study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, said on a scale of zero to 10, Texas scored a five - just above the national average of 4.2. California, meanwhile, scored a 10. Arizona scored a six and New Mexico scored an eight, said Walter Russell Meade, a senior fellow for the council on foreign relations who conducted the study based on a review of...
  • Invasion(Illegal Immigration) from Mexico?

    03/30/2006 9:55:00 PM PST · by DollyCali · 88 replies · 8,149+ views
    Chairman_December_19th_Society ; dollyCali | Chairman_December_19th_Society
    Invasion(Illegal Immigration) from Mexico? Invade--vt...2. To encroach or intrude upon, violate. ... 4. To enter and spread harm through. [The American Heritage Dictionary] Unbelievable acts have taken place throughout several cities in the United States. Most noteworthy are the illegal demonstrations by illegally resident aliens in Los Angeles. Not only have folks who have been in this country not been worried about getting caught and deported, but they have brazenly and publicly displayed their anger toward any attempt to identify and remove them. And why not? Just yesterday, the INS apologized to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...
  • Today In History: March 6, 1836 - The Fall of The Alamo

    03/06/2006 8:54:11 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 55 replies · 1,151+ views
    Admin Moderator: I wasn't sure whether to place this in News/Activism or Chat. Pleas feel free to move it where you see fit. Today is the 170th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, an epic battle that almost everyone has heard of. Though I'm not a Texan, I'm reminded of their sacrifice every year. Today, take a moment and think how the defenders of the Alamo stood up to foreign tyranny and said "Enough!" Click on the source URL for great information regarding the battle and events being held in San Antonio regarding the anniversary/commemoration.
  • College Football Live Thread - 28 December 2005

    12/28/2005 1:07:19 PM PST · by MikefromOhio · 63 replies · 656+ views ^ | 28 December 2005
    We have the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, ID pitting Boise State v. Boston College and The Alamo Bowl with Michigan v. Nebraska. Should be a fun day....
  • Republicanism in decline [Normally Mild-Mannered Tony Snow Hits GOP "Packed with Cowards]

    12/03/2005 6:27:44 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 439 replies · 6,196+ views ^ | Tony Snow
    By Tony Snow Dec 3, 2005 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When Democrats gibber about Republicans' writhing in a culture of corruption, they're on to something -- but not what they think. The Republican Party in Washington is in trouble not because it's overrun by crooks, but because it's packed with cowards -- and has degenerated into a caricature of the party that swept to power 11 years ago promising to take on the federal bureaucracy and liberate the creative genius of American society. The collapse stems from the simplest and most natural of causes, the survival instinct. Within months of seizing...
  • Nickelodeon slavery claim outrages Alamo keepers

    05/10/2005 5:59:14 AM PDT · by sixpounder · 118 replies · 2,652+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon May 9, 5:25 PM ET | Reuters
    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The latest shots in the Battle of the Alamo are being aimed at an unlikely target -- the children's cable TV network Nickelodeon. Keepers of the Texas independence shrine in downtown San Antonio are outraged by a Nickelodeon short that said the 1836 battle there was fought so "white farmers could keep their slaves."
  • Nickelodeon tells kids: Alamo fought for slavery

    05/09/2005 10:23:55 AM PDT · by thebaron512 · 51 replies · 2,515+ views
    Most Americans believe the 189 Texans who died at the Alamo in 1836 were fighting for independence and liberty, but Nickelodeon, the award winning television network for children, is telling kids that Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and all the rest were actually fighting to defend slavery. In a short "Nick News Bump," currently being broadcast, the kids network features the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, site of the battle between a small group of Texans and a large Mexican army under Gen. Santa Ana, "the Napoleon of the West," as he described himself. The Texans, who had taken refuge in...
  • Nickelodeon tells kids: Alamo fought for slavery (REWRITING HISTORY BARF ALERT!!!)

    05/08/2005 4:08:21 AM PDT · by txradioguy · 83 replies · 2,493+ views ^ | 08 May 2005 | Staff Writer
    Children's TV show says Texans died to preserve human bondage Posted: May 8, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Most Americans believe the 189 Texans who died at the Alamo in 1836 were fighting for independence and liberty, but Nickelodeon, the award winning television network for children, is telling kids that Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and all the rest were actually fighting to defend slavery. In a short "Nick News Bump," currently being broadcast, the kids network features the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, site of the battle between a small group of Texans and a large Mexican army...
  • Nickelodeon PC Texas Alamo history (Elerby-it was about farmer's slaves, Santa Ana freeing slaves)

    05/07/2005 8:46:43 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 28 replies · 1,193+ views
    Nickelodeon TV | May | Linda Elerby
    Nickelodeon is no running an "educational" commercial which purports to be the true history of texas. If emphasises that texas was in fact part of mexico, BUT it has a little girl narating that the white farmers were trying to keep their slaves after mexico outlawed slavery. A group of the IMPLIED slave owner farmers were holed up in the alamo and Santa Anna showed up with 5000 mexican soldiers and killed them. Basically Linda Elerby is quoting "La Raza" material. This is what Nickelodeon is directing at children of the united states. Even a V Chip will not protect...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers the Alamo (1718 - 2005) - May 2nd, 2005

    05/01/2005 9:50:04 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 75 replies · 1,453+ views
    Wild West Magazine | February 1996
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • Tejanos' presence in revolution called 'major'(Texas)

    03/28/2005 1:17:45 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 686+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/28/2005 | Scott Huddleston
    With the wide-eyed wonder of a 10-year-old, Timothy Miranda entered the hallowed, dimly lit church of the Alamo. It was in the venerated shrine that his great-great-great-great-grandfather, then a 13-year-old and named Juan Losoya, is said to have watched his older brother, José Toribio Losoya, die fighting for Texas independence in 1836. "I saw a bunch of cool stuff here," Timothy said, reflecting on his first visit to the Alamo. It was a well-timed adventure. Timothy has been studying Texas history in his fourth-grade class in Houston and found out just last year that he had ancestors at the Alamo....
  • Dawn at the Alamo

    03/07/2005 9:37:54 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1,148+ views
    Express-News ^ | 03/07/2005 | Amy Dorsett
    Their umbrellas knitting a colorful nylon canopy — if obstructing the view — hundreds of the faithful dripped before the Shrine of Texas Liberty before most others were awake Sunday morning, solemnly honoring the 169th anniversary of its fall. Among them was Fred Wachter, who made the trip from St. Louis especially for the day, though he didn't know he'd encounter "Dawn at the Alamo," the annual event hosted by the San Antonio Living History Association. Wachter, a hospital maintenance worker, planned to stroll through the grounds between 5 and 7 a.m., the same time as the battle, and was...
  • Flag's battle never ends (Alamo flag)

    03/06/2005 5:44:25 PM PST · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 45 replies · 1,420+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 3/6/2005 | Diane Jennings and Brendan M. Case
    Remember the Alamo flag?More than a decade ago, just as Texas officials stepped up efforts for Mexico to return the only remaining banner known to have flown at the Battle of the Alamo, the Mexicans said they lost it.But recently, a reporter found the flag once more on display in Mexicos' National History Museum, a faded scrap of silk hung in a glass case amid 19th-century rifles and portraits. The once-blue fabric is faded to dirty white. Its fringe is intact, an eagle still spread across the middle over the words "God and Liberty.""It's well taken care of," said Nina...
  • Texas: The Heroic Ideal

    03/06/2005 2:45:53 PM PST · by B-Chan · 10 replies · 278+ views
    BitPig Online ^ | 2005.03.06 | BitPig [B-Chan]
    ...Texas is not merely a piece of land with a particular history and government; it is an idea -- the idea that Godfearing people should be left alone to do as they will on their own land. We here in the Lone Star State still believe in the romantic idea of the Hero -- the individual who stands alone against those who would dominate him, the man who values freedom under God over any other earthly wealth, and the man who is willing (and even eager) to fight and die rather than submit himself to the rule of the outsider....
  • Remember the Alamo

    03/06/2005 4:44:27 AM PST · by Rightly Biased · 79 replies · 2,003+ views
    War of Independence ^ | 1997-2004 | Wallace L. McKeehan,
    3 March 1836: Travis' Report and Appeal for Aid for the Alamo. On the night of 3 Mar, Travis sent out the last message from the besieged Alamo with courier John W. Smith. He penetrated enemy lines with the message from Travis to the Texas Independence Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos which describes the situation at the Alamo in detail: In the present confusion of the political authorities of the country, and in the absence of the commander in chief, I beg leave to communicate to you the situation of this garrison. You have doubtless already seen my official report of the...
  • OVERTON JOURNAL: In Small Town, the Fight Continues for Texas Sovereignty

    02/13/2005 7:52:28 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 14 replies · 597+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 13, 2005 | SIMON ROMERO
    Michael Stravato for The New York TimesThe Republic of Texas settled in Overton in 2003 after acquiring an old hospital to serve as a capitol. OVERTON, Tex. - The road to the capitol winds through a landscape of pine trees, rusting pump jacks and a few tidy churches in this East Texas town. Literature in the lobby describes how citizens can apply for passports or enlist in the interim defense forces. The building is the headquarters of the Republic of Texas, a sometimes militant organization whose members repudiate the authority of Austin and Washington and believe Texas should be...
  • Preservers of Alamo celebrate 100 years

    01/26/2005 4:53:02 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 67 replies · 1,157+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/26/2005 | Amy Dorsett
    The icon of Texas independence as their backdrop, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas celebrated 100 years as custodians of the Alamo this afternoon. Several hundred Daughters, dignitaries and tourists applauded the group's achievements since Jan. 26, 1905, when the Legislature handed over care-taking of the Shrine of Texas Liberty, which was then in a state of disrepair with private developers inching in. “Your custodial work, your care of this building – you've done one heck of a job,” said Councilman Chip Haass. “Thank you for allowing San Antonio to be a shining star to the state and the...
  • Researcher Studies Historic Alamo Graffiti

    11/10/2004 2:50:36 PM PST · by nascartex · 20 replies · 758+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2:13 pm CST November 9, 2004
    Writings Of Less Famous Names Uncovered At Shrine SAN ANTONIO -- Those who left their mark on the Alamo are getting a closer look from researchers at the shrine of Texas independence. Travis, Crockett and Bowie usually come to mind. But historic graffiti dating back to the 1830s includes the writings of Billy Water, L.B. Wood and Leonard W. Groce.
  • PETA protester shows her stripes; half-naked lady joins many who have made their point at the Alamo

    06/05/2004 6:08:25 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 33 replies · 1,342+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | June 3, 2004 | By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News
    PETA protester shows her stripes Half-naked lady joins many who have made their point at the Alamo11:52 PM CDT on Thursday, June 3, 2004By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News SAN ANTONIO – By noon, the day's heat began rising from the limestone walkway in front of the Alamo, just as the half-naked lady showed up. At first, no one noticed. Tourists were busy capturing every angle of the venerable Alamo chapel in digital images for the folks back home. Raspa vendors hailed the cooling powers of shaved ice and sticky-sweet syrup in 10 flavors. Day-care kids climbed out...
  • Over 200 show up for San Jacinto battle Battle re-enactment cancelled due to weather

    04/24/2004 9:40:11 PM PDT · by weegee · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2004, 9:51PM | By JEANNIE KEVER
    For all of her secret life as the wife of a soldier in Santa Anna's army, Patty Tristan has tried to adhere to one policy. No camping in the mud. There was no such luck this weekend, when Tristan and more than 200 other people gathered at San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park to recreate the 1836 victory that gave Texas its independence from Mexico. The battle re-enactment was cancelled after a thunderstorm Saturday morning was capped by a lightning strike to the 570-foot tall monument in the middle of the park. Lightning, static electricity and 100 pounds of black...
  • New Alamo motion picture shows role of Esparza family in battle

    04/22/2004 10:52:58 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 681+ views
    Bee-Picayune ^ | 4/22/04 | Gary Kent
    Few Bee County residents were as anxious to see the release of the new Disney movie “The Alamo” as members of the local Benavides family. The reason was the Benavideses wanted to see how their ancestor, Gregorio Esparza, was portrayed in the motion picture. For them, Esparza has been a link to the past that many family members did not understand until a few years ago. George Benavides, who grew up here before moving to Austin, had heard his grandmother tell the stories of having an ancestor who fought and died at the Alamo. However, he had assumed his great-great-great-great-grandfather...
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - The Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836

    04/21/2004 8:11:39 AM PDT · by Guvmint_Cheese · 18 replies · 1,050+ views
    The Battle of San JacintoThe Battle of San Jacinto lasted less than twenty minutes, but it sealed the fate of three republics. Mexico would never regain the lost territory, in spite of sporadic incursions during the 1840s. The United States would go on to acquire not only the Republic of Texas in 1845 but Mexican lands to the west after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican War in 1848. By early April, Santa Anna had divided his forces in a three-pronged attack: a northern army, under General Antonio Gaona , the central army under Santa Anna and General...
  • The Left Siezes "The Alamo"

    04/18/2004 8:02:22 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 70 replies · 428+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 13 April 2004 | Don Feder
    There are episodes in America's history that deserve to be retold to each generation as examples of the patriotism, heroism and the sacrifices made to keep us free - Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Bataan, D-Day, Iwo Jima and The Alamo. Of these, the Alamo is perhaps the most tragic, and the most inspiring - doomed men who willingly went to their deaths for the cause of liberty. Some day, a movie may be made which does justice to their struggle - some day, not now. The Disney remake, released on Friday, is a disappointment in every way imaginable. It is...
  • Diluted History Hurts Disney's "Alamo"

    04/18/2004 6:15:49 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies · 165+ views
    Disney had a $100 million-plus budget riding on its version of The Alamo, a war epic directed by John Lee Hancock. Box Office Mojo had forecast gross receipts of almost $15 million during its opening weekend and, when it barely reached $9 million, it was clear that The Alamo was in trouble. More than a week following its release, it has become the year's biggest bomb.
  • Remember The Alamo, Sure, As Long As We Remember It For What It Really Is: Something Sinister

    04/15/2004 6:46:23 AM PDT · by laotzu · 42 replies · 5,043+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle (via San Antonio Lightning) ^ | 4/15/04 | Oscar Villalon, Chronicle Book Editor
    (Editor's note; What follows here is a copy of a story that appeared in the Hearst Corporation's San Francisco Chronicle on April 12, 2004. It is reprinted here in its entirety without permission or apology.) As the guy who wrote on the billboard at 24th and Valencia sometime in the night last week phrased it, before what he wrote in orange spray paint was papered over with a new canvas, "F -- 'The Alamo.' " To many Mexican Americans, there's no more succinct, if impolite, wording to get across how repulsed one of the biggest minority groups in the country...
  • Forget "The Alamo" (Watch the 1960 Classic Instead Alert!)

    04/13/2004 1:32:02 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 316+ views ^ | 04/13/04 | Joseph Farah
    I was a little discouraged last week when I urged a boycott of Disney's new revisionist, politically correct picture "The Alamo." I was concerned because few seemed to pick up the cry. I was beginning to think Americans just didn't care about heroism any more. I was beginning to think Americans had been brainwashed to believe their forebears were all just a bunch of crooks, cheats and criminals as Hollywood and too many of our government schools would like them to believe. I was beginning to think Americans would believe anything the entertainment cartel shoved down their throats. But then...
  • Don't Mess with (Armed) Texans

    04/12/2004 5:13:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 269+ views
    NRO ^ | April 08, 2004 | Dave Kopel
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version April 08, 2004, 12:17 p.m. Don't Mess with (Armed) TexansThe real lesson of the Alamo. By Dave Kopel On February 24, in the year 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, a brave man wrote a letter. It was the last letter ever sent from a missionary fort named the Alamo. To the People of Texas & all Americans in the World — Fellow Citizens and Compatriots — I am besieged by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna — I have sustained a...
  • Disney Deals With Weak Movie Premiere, Changes At ABC

    04/12/2004 9:49:23 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies · 228+ views
    KOAT-TV, Albuquerque ^ | April 12, 2004 | AP
    LOS ANGELES -- There is more bad news for the Walt Disney Co. as its costly historical epic "The Alamo" opened with a dismal $9 million at this weekend's box office. The company faces a big loss on "The Alamo," a chronicle of the 1830s last stand whose budget swelled to about $100 million. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett and Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston. The weak box office results came as Disney planned a management shake-up at its fourth-place ABC network to stem a ratings slide and placate dissatisfied investors. A source close to the matter...
  • Davy Crockett, Libertarian ~ John Fund

    04/12/2004 12:11:26 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 4 replies · 166+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | April 12, 2004 | John Fund
    <p>The king of the wild frontier was also a champion of limited government.</p> <p>The new Disney film "The Alamo" has revived interest in Davy Crockett, the frontiersman-turned-celebrity who then entered politics and thus became an early American version of Arnold Schwarzenegger before he died fighting Santa Anna's legions in 1836.</p>
  • 'Passion' Reclaims Top Box-Office Spot (Revisionist Alamo costly flop for Disney)

    04/11/2004 1:54:55 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 103 replies · 426+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4/11/04 | Associated Press
    Many Christians made "The Passion of the Christ" a part of their Easter weekend, lifting the crucifixion saga back to the top box-office spot with $17.1 million. Mel Gibson's bloody retelling of Christ's final hours raised its domestic total since opening on Ash Wednesday to $354.8 million, passing "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" for the No. 8 spot on the all-time domestic charts, just behind "Jurassic Park." "The Passion" had been No. 1 its first three weekends, then fell back in the pack for the next three before claiming the top spot again. "That's unprecedented. I've never...
  • The battle that Disney slights (San Jacinto and "The Alamo" history)

    04/11/2004 1:01:18 PM PDT · by weegee · 4 replies · 373+ views
    Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle ^ | April 10, 2004, 8:39PM | By RICK CASEY
    Let's state this simply: If it weren't for San Jacinto, The Alamo would not be drawing crowds this weekend. In fact, nobody would remember the Alamo. Yet compared to the Alamo, San Jacinto is the Rodney Dangerfield of battlefield sites. The $100 million epic now at the theaters does conclude by showing Sam Houston's victory over Santa Anna seven weeks after the slaughter in San Antonio. But the movie doesn't bother to mention the venue. If Sam Houston and his men had lost at San Jacinto, the Alamo would be a footnote in Mexican history books. The victory at San...
  • Davy Crockett Crosses Into Texas (Oral Tradition)

    04/11/2004 6:00:05 AM PDT · by YepYep · 35 replies · 622+ views
    Neighbor from Washington, Arkansas | 4-11-04 | YepYep (via Oral Tradition)
    Okay, FRiend, just sit yourself down and listen to the way Davy Crockett (1835 or early 1836) got himself and his Tennessee volunteers into Texas on the way to the Alamo.You see, at that time there were no super highways and bridges, so the way you got over the rivers was by ferry. Also at that time the Red River was considered to be the Texas border. But there were a family/group of thugs, highway robbers and murderers that lived in Miller County (now Texarkana) who had heard that the Crockett party would be coming their way. This group of...