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Saturday, August 4, 2007

The stars at night are big and bright . . .


"Personally, I felt like the Texas pledge had a big old hole in it, and it occurred to me, 'You know what? We need to fix that,' " said Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball.

This issue has so many problems. Let's start with the obvious:

Did you know Texas has its own pledge?

Remember, Texas is the only state in the union which was ever its own country.

Thus, our loyalties are a little offkilter from most Americans.

Anyway, the pledge is:

"Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one and indivisible."

Now add "one state under God" after "Texas" and before "one".

Personally, I don't see the pledge as "having a hole in it". I see it as ridiculous in its original form and awkward as all get out in its new and improved format.

First of all, Texas is NOT "one and indivisible". Part of statehood was an agreement that if necessary Texas could be divided into as many as five states.

That sounds pretty divisible to me.

Second, what exactly am I pledging allegiance to?

Willie Nelson?

Governor Good Hair?

Nolan Ryan?

Odd or Drunken Astronauts?

Michael Dell?

Janis Joplin?

Sam Houston?

The pledge to the Texas flag was ordained into existence 1933. Schools were mandated to give children the opportunity to say it daily during the post 9/11 days, along with the pledge to the U.S. flag, of course.

I would like to know if Rep. Riddle has ever read any of the Psalms. In his writing, King David didn't just randomly throw out statements of praise and glory. His words were meticulously chosen and crafted, creating art in the name of God.

If we must name drop in the state pledge, I think we owe the maker at least a minimal effort in the creative process.

This issue has now irritated me. I'm off to take a nap.

By the way, as of now there have been 3,664 American casualties in Iraq.

5 comments:

Crabby McSlacker said...

I would pledge allegiance to Janis Joplin but that's about it.

Penelope, at some point you may have to persuade Karen to rescue you from Texas and take you to one of the coasts where I swear you will all be happier. I don't suppose you can arrange a kidnapping/catnapping?

Penelope said...

Dude, Texas is awesome. It's the best state in the union.

Unfortunately, my some of my fellow natives have forgotton that part of being a Texan that we are individuals. That individuality needs to be respected more.

--P

"The Captain" said...

Are you going to comment when Bonds breaks the record?
Jeff

Penelope said...

I don't know how I feel about Mr. Bonds. Part of me doesn't want to recognize the record out of principle-- essentially he cheated.

Pete Rose, arguably the greatest baseball player (and biggest asshole) of all time, cheated and he probably won't get into the Hall of Fame. But his plethora of records stand. It's not like he's been erased from baseball history.

Can we prove Bonds used steriods?

No.

Did he probably?

Yes.

What will I do? Got me. I'll think about that tomorrow-- or whenever the dude with the giant head breaks the record.

-- P

Spidey said...

Texas produced Lyndon Johnson and GW Bush and his pop, three presidents that could not seal the deal and could not finish the wars they started.