by Julia Robb . Sam Houston told us not to do it. And Houston was the sitting governor when he opposed Texas joining the Confederacy, as well as hero of San Jacinto, twice President of the Republic of Texas and a former U.S. (TX) senator. Joining the Confederacy would ruin the state, Houston warned, then ordered Texan Rangers to guard the federal arsenal in San Antonio. Texas secession leaders, Houston said, should “learn to respect and support one government before they talk of starting another.” Texas didn’t listen. In February, 1861, the state legislature appointed a special Texas “Secession Convention” […]

When Are We Going to Forgive?

by Julia Robb I’ve been writing about Texas history for the Heart of Texas Blog because it’s important for Texans to know how the past shaped our culture. If you stick with me in the coming weeks, I’ll tell you all I can about the good, the bad and the ugly. In the meantime, I’m a little discouraged because some readers are taking up the old fights. Rather than picking up a gun, or a fist, however, they’re verbally slugging it out It’s not just one side. Some Hispanics are angry with Anglos for taking Texas away from Mexico and […]

Texas and the Comanche Nation

by Julia Robb Matilda Lockhart’s nose may not have started the Comanche wars in Texas, but it’s fair to say the condition of Matilda’s nose escalated the Comanche war from skirmishes to a furnace of death and destruction. And the Comanche wars created Texas culture. If we are a tough-minded people, it’s because Texans fought the Comanche for more than 35 years. Briefly, here’s what happened. Comanches raided in Texas from the time settlers began arriving in the 1820’s, but it wasn’t full-blown warfare. Then in March, 1840, Penateka Comanche leaders said they wanted peace. (Comanche bands included, among others, […]

CSCOPE: The illusion of helping Texas school children

by Alice Linahan On Monday evening in Carthage, Texas, the ladies of were invited to a symposium to discover what is behind CSCOPE, an online technology curriculum that is in 75% of school districts in the state of Texas. What was uncovered is that CSCOPE has major issues from who is behind it, how it was implemented and the fact that it is not helping districts who are struggling with failing students. CSCOPE is without a doubt connected to the Common Core philosophy of education that is being forced on 45 states across the country. It was clearly shown […]

Parents told to pay to see CSCOPE

Controversy over Texas program that described Tea Party as terror escalates by John Griffing   A controversial school curriculum management system in Texas that once included a description of the Boston Tea Party as terror, and has referenced Islamic terrorists as freedom fighters, now has been found to be trying to charge parents hundreds of dollars to see the instructional materials being used by their own children, officials said. However, under Texas Education Code Chapter 26, all parents have the undisputed right to see any and all instructional materials used in state classrooms. The program is CSCOPE, and Amy Zimmerman, […]

Why I Oppose the Internet Tax Bill

by Senator Ted Cruz . Basic tenets of economics dictate that when you tax something, you get less of it. That’s why it’s incomprehensible that the U.S. Senate is moving to raise taxes on one of the brightest sectors of our struggling economy. . The Internet is a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurial freedom that should be protected and nourished. It has allowed new businesses to compete in the national marketplace in ways that would have been impossible 15 years ago, and it empowers consumer choice. But tax-hungry politicians view the Internet as yet another source of revenue to bail out […]

Admiral Chester Nimitz at Pearl Harbor

Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history: . Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, “Reflections on Pearl Harbor ” by Admiral Chester Nimitz. . . by Amy Rutherford-Close (Nimitz Foundation) . Sunday, December 7th, 1941–Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. […]

My dear fellow Texans: A personal letter to everyone who reads this website

by Julia Robb I’m writing this message to you in the form of a letter because it is very personal to me. My blog, “The Real Reason Texas Rebelled Against Mexico,” was printed yesterday in the Heart of Texas Blog. In the last paragraph, I wrote Hispanic Texans fought with Anglo Texans against dictator Santa Anna and his army. I should have put that paragraph at the beginning of my piece because some Hispanic Texans did not read the entire blog and their feelings were hurt. They thought I was attacking them, rather than Santa Anna and his government. I […]

Pentagon Moves to Court-Martial Christian Soldiers

by Ken Klukowski The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. … Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis.” . The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians—including chaplains—sharing the gospel […]

The Pigs and the Scale

by Brent Beasley Here’s a little something I wrote this morning in honor of STAAR testing: The farmer wants his pigs to be fat. Of course he does. The fatter the better. He became concerned when he realized that, even though he fed them all the same, some pigs were fatter than others. The problem, he concluded, was that he wasn’t weighing the pigs enough. So he began to weigh the pigs …a few times a year. Still, while some of the pigs were getting plenty fat, many of them were still skinny or, at least, not fat enough. . […]

Jackie Robinson, “42”, and Texas

by Melvin Edwards Jackie Robinson had two Texas connections. First, he was court martialed while serving in Fort Hood in Killeen. (He was acquitted, though admittedly “guilty” of refusing to give up his seat on the military bus. He was “Rosa Parks” 10 years before she was.) A couple of years later, he served as the basketball coach at Sam Huston College — now part of Huston-Tillotson University — in Austin. . . The first of those Texas connections was barely mentioned in the current movie “42” and the second one wasn’t relevant. Though subtitle of the movie is “The […]

William Barrett Travis and his Critics

by Julia Robb   Texas has a problem. The wimps of this world hate courage. And because so many intellectuals are wimps, they pour contempt on Texas, on Texas heroes and our history. Small people tear down big ones, especially when the bigger souls are dead and can’t fight back. Faced with the Mexican army, those same wimps would run. I’m going to tell you about our Texas heroes in coming weeks, but this blog is about William Barrett Travis, commander of the Alamo when it fell on March 6, 1836. Travis was born in South Carolina in 1809 and […]