Mixed Blessings of Roses and Thorns


A retrospective of the past year offered mixed blessings. Just when we thought there was much to celebrate, along came the seagulls with their dump and run on our parade.

After a disastrous legislative session, Texans rejoiced when Governor Perry left the state before he could create more havoc.

• Alas, the Gov’s nationwide campaign antics did little to alleviate the perception that Texans are barely evolved primates. As a positive, maybe some of our critics will back off in a gesture of sympathy.

The first lady drew national attention as she promoted healthy eating initiatives to combat childhood obesity.

• The Tea Party protested nutrition guidelines in the schools as too much government interference. When they take back the country, they will have a healthcare plan for diabetics and heart disease, won’t they?

Post holiday, television networks will soon return to regular programming instead of re- runs.

• Television networks returned to regular programming by featuring The Bachelor followed by Celebrity Wife Swap. If the lowest common denominator determines programming, that would explain Tea Party popularity.

Two television personalities, Khloe Kardashian and Glenn Beck moved to Texas.

• Khloe sponsored a toy drive that benefitted a local children’s hospital.

• Glenn Beck is sponsoring an event “Restoring the Love”, a three day event, starting with a meet and greet, a day of community service and finale at Cowboy Stadium. No word on who participants would be meeting and greeting other than the Bart Simpson look alike.

Beck is offering a new live network, GBTV.com featuring his daily program plus news, documentaries and reality shows.  A monthly subscription is $9.95 or annual fee is $99.95 per year.

Note to reader regarding Beck reality show: see paragraph regarding barely evolved primates.

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