Right on the heels of the relatively obscure St. David's Day, today is Texas Independence Day. On this day in 1836, a group of white dudes got together on the banks of the Brazos River and said:
"Hey, man, we don't wanna be Mexicans."
"Yeah. Our Spanish ain't so good."
"And we wanna keep slaves."
"Yeah. That, too."
So, with clandestine military support from the United States, the Texans bravely went about wearing down a financially strapped Mexican military that didn't really want to get into fight. Mexico's fate was sealed when its military made the colossally bad decision of taking a nap next to a swamp.
Thus the Republic of Texas was born. The honeymoon lasted for nine years, until the country, crippled by debt, became part of the United States in 1845*.
All of this comes from memory -- it was drilled into my skull as a child, albeit in more glorious fashion.
An interesting fact about Texas: the state constitution has all the pieces in place to allow it to return to being a sovereign nation. I'm sure there are a number of people, several million, in fact, who wouldn't mind seeing Texas become its own country again. I assure you, people are working on it.
OK, so I'm not the only one with a criticism of The Current. In REV 105's defense, though, they played Spearhead pretty heavily and they did play Nas.
Man, there is nothing funnier than an obese rat.
Make your blog legible to rednecks and cockneys.
I have decided that even though I hate baseball, this year I should become a totally superficial fan of some team. I may just go with the Twins because they would be easiest to follow. Any suggestions for others?