Thursday, August 20, 2009

This explains alot

Today a poster in a school room caught my eye. It wasn't of a kitten dangling from a tree, or of a boat sailing above an inspirational quote. The poster featured a cartoonish rendering of the Alamo and the words to one "Texas Pledge." Astounded, I asked my co-workers if they knew about this craziness. "Yes," they replied. "The kids say it every day!" I shook my head.

The words to the Texas pledge of allegiance are:

Honor the Texas flag;
I pledge to allegiance to thee, Texas,
one state under God,
one and indivisible.

(The God part, if you're keeping track, was added two years ago, to "acknowledge our Judeo-Christian heritage" and "the presence and influence of God" in the U.S.)
I am surprised I haven't yet heard a recitation of this pledge, in school or at the rodeo. I am intrigued to see if everyone takes off their cowboy hats to say the pledge, and if it's appropriate to shout, "Yeehaw!" at the end.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


First, Harry Potter and friends cope with the horrors of the Dark Lord returning and puberty hitting by gulping down butterbeers in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Then, President Obama eases racial tensions by inviting Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Sgt. James Crowley over to the White House for a beer summit.

I would like to suggest that when butterbeer and Bud Lite isn't strong enough to solve life's major problems, world leaders and heroes turn to other culinary strategies for help.

When meeting with key figures in North Korea to discuss nuclear disarmament, Hillary Clinton could arrive armed with cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. Or when visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy, she could bring the Franzia. In Iran, she could bring Bobby Flay for a "throwdown."
Bon appetit!