Got this in an email from Dub today:

From: The People of Texas

To: All Concerned Voters

With the presidential campaign in full swing, Texas has a message for all those complainers out there. After seeing the whiners, the folks from Texas have decided that we might just take matters into our own hands.Here is our solution:

  1. Let Kerry become President of the United States (all 49 states).
  2. George W. Bush becomes the President of the Republic of Texas.

So what does Texas have to do to survive as a Republic?NASA is in Houston, Texas. We will control the space industry.We refine over 85% of the gasoline in the United States.Defense Industry – we have over 65% of it. The term “Don’t mess with Texas, ” will take on a whole new meaningOil – we can supply all the oil that the Republic of Texas will need for the next 300 years. Yankee states – sorry about that.Natural Gas – again we have all we need and it’s too bad about those northern states. Mr. Kerry will have to figure a way to keep them warm.Computer Industry – we currently lead the nation in producing computer chips and communications: Small places like HP, Texas Instruments, Dell Computer, EDS, Raytheon, National Semiconductor, Motorola, Intel, AMD, Atmel, Applied Materials, Ball Semiconductor, Dallas Semiconductor, Delphi, Nortel, Alcatel, Etc, Etc. The list goes on and on.Health Centers – We have the largest centers for Cancer research, the best burn centers and the top trauma units in the world and other large health planning centers.We have enough colleges to keep us going: Texas A&M, U.T., Texas Tech, Rice, SMU, University of Houston, Baylor, UNT, Texas Women’s University, etc. Ivy grows better in the south anyway.We have a ready supply of workers. Just open the border when we need some more.We control a good portion of the paper industry, plastics, insurance, etc.In case of a foreign invasion, we have the Texas National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. We don’t have an army, but since everybody down here has at least six rifles and a pile of ammo, we can raise an army in 24 hours if we need it. If the situation really gets bad, we can always call Department of Public Safety and ask them to send over a couple of Texas Rangers.We are totally self sufficient in beef, poultry, hogs and vegetable produce and everybody down here knows how to cook them so that they taste good. Don’t need any food from anywhere else.This just names a few of the items that will keep the Republic of Texas in good shape. There isn’t a thing out there that we need and don’t have.Now to the rest of the United States under President Kerry: Since you won’t have the refineries to get gas for your cars, only President Kerry will be able to drive around in his 9 mile per gallon SUV. The rest of the United States will have to walk or ride bikes.You won’t have any TV as the space center in Houston will cut off your satellite communications. You won’t have any natural gas to heat your homes but since Mr. Kerry has predicted global warming, you will not need the gas. Signed, The People of Texas

Too funny… Thanks Dub.

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This weekend Evan and Shadel brought Ella to Austin. It was their first trip to Austin since we moved into the new house, and Ella’s first trip ever (there are going to be a lot of those ‘firsts’ aren’t there?)

We had a great, relaxing and fun weekend.

On Friday night, we stayed home and watched a movie, then Christine and I took turns watching the baby during the night.

On Saturday, Christine and Shadel treated themselves to a visit to the salon. Evan and I spent the day visiting Home Depot, killing wasps nests, mowing the yard, replacing a few sprinkler heads, playing PS2 and Nintendo, and watching the baby. We all then went to Hula Hut for dinner before calling it a night at 8:30 or 9:00.

Sunday brought french toast and Lil’ Smokies for breakfast courtesy of Christine, and then Evan and I took a trip to Home Depot again before getting the garage somwhat into shape with the addition of 3 nice shelves and a little organization.

Then we had a late lunch at Freebirds World Burrito before the three of them headed back to Bellville.

Ella’s all of three weeks old now, and is a wonderful baby.

Josh and Elise came over for Sunday night dinner and Suprano’s. Josh made a mean queso for all of us, and we enjoyed the show while catching up on each other’s varied happenings.

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