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“Fix” for school finance is the same old non-fix both parties repeat

“$9B more for schools, raises for state workers in two-year Texas budget approved by House panel,” read the Dallas Morning News headline over a story by Robert T. Garrett. It … [Read More...]

Texas city to install “Virtual Gate” of surveillance cameras

West University Place is rolling out a virtual gate to monitor those coming in and out of the town. A small Harris County town will be the first in the country to install a … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/19/2019

Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: HB3: $9B school finance bill advances to Texas House - … [Read More...]

Doc’s Cigar Corner: Bobalu Cigar Co. of Austin’s Blue Label Double Maduro Toro

Robert Pratt has asked me to write a section reviewing cigars for his website! What an opportunity to get feedback on my cigar opinions from other aficionados and help introduce … [Read More...]

Is it weirdo Beto Pancho or just failed dilettante Beto Pancho?

Kyle Smith’s “Weirdo O’Rourke” story at National Review received a good bit of attention for good reason: Smith has well summed up what we’ve guessed, sensed, or had an inckling … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/18/2019

Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: $9B more for schools, raises for state workers in two-year … [Read More...]

McBride’s Steakhouse on Maplewood

McBride's Steakhouse is located on Maplewood Avenue in Wichita Falls, Texas. Locally owned and operated since 1992, McBride's Steakhouse cooks all of their steaks in-house with … [Read More...]

Trump calls out Beto Pancho’s aggressive hand gestures

While taking questions at the White House, President Trump was asked about his reaction to Beto Pancho’s announcement of a run for president. “I think he’s got a lot of hand … [Read More...]

Texana 3/15/2019

Photos capture Big Bend's largest bluebonnet bloom in decades Fort Belknap set to make some renovations VIDEO Texas Rangers Unveil Two Pound Chicken Tender for the 2019 … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 3/15/2019

Items that make the show stack or upon which I wish to comment or simply news of Texas I think it important to know: There will be no “fix once and for all” for Texas public … [Read More...]

Mills: Forecasters predict flat oil prices for 2019

By Alex Mills The price of crude oil in the United States and internationally is expected to be flat throughout 2019, according to a study by the US Energy Information … [Read More...]

There will be no “fix once and for all” for Texas public school finance

It’s time to once again claim my listener-given title of Texas’ Political Swami with a big I-told-you-so on school finance. Julie Change’s story in the Austin American-Statesman … [Read More...]

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On Virtue & the Republic

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them. -- Edwin Meese III

On Political Pessimism

Defeatist cynicism is an arrogance that we too know an outcome – we do not. Our Creator expects us to fight for good until He ends the game, not us. -- Robert W. Pratt, Pratt on Texas

On Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart

On Right

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. -- Nicolás Gómez Dávila

On Political Correctness

Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense. -- Milo Yiannopoulos

On pessimism and difficulty

When you encounter difficulties, you need to be optimistic. The pessimists tend to die. --Zhou Youguang

On American Liberals

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. -- William F. Buckley, Jr.

On universities

Universities have become a place to provide economic and political protection for those who hold economically and politically unpalatable ideas. — Robert Pratt

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