Monday, March 10, 2014
Monday Night Madness-March10 Style
The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum is one of my favorite things in Terrell. The good folks there have a dinner-dance event each year – a fun time with 40's big band music and such – which was great fun Saturday night. It is a good reminder to appreciate those who have paved the way to the world as we know it. More Pics here. And at the Tribune.
It is easy to skip our local historic places and go on into Dallas. Sounds like some good blog posts for the future....
• The Kaufman Herald has instituted online subscriptions for news. (Their sister paper the Terrell Tribune has been behind a paywall for several years now) It is hard to keep newspapers (and news organizations in general) afloat these days, so it is hard to criticize them for charging for their work. On the other hand, I would love to see businesses step up and pay enough for online advertising to provide the news for free. It is a transition that hasn't gone well anywhere I'm afraid, leaving local papers understaffed and communities underserved.
• That said, I also heard complaints that those two papers required ad purchases from political candidates for inclusion in their shared Voter Guide special section. I don't know if that affected any votes, but it is sad to see any moves in the direction of paid content on the editorial side of the newspapers, especially for broadly important things like elections.
• Seems unnecessary, but 101 reasons to live in Texas. (Thanks Chris C)
• Another great Texas thing... Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.
• Paul Burka's brief wrap-up of election night. Despite the liberal Austin vibe, Texas Monthly is another thing to be proud of in Texas. They make a great magazine.
• Speaking of which... I tend to agree that the media has missed the boat in trying to create a delineation between Tea Party and "Establishment" Republicans. It just isn't that clear and voters would be better served by accurate reporting than lumping candidates into one camp or the others. Of course, I've done the same myself because it is just so easy.
• And an interesting bit on Trial Lawyers' attempts to spin the election in their favor by adopting conservative names.
• I love this. Small government and socially conservative values reach way beyond the current demographics of the Republican party. It's time that people noticed that.
• Has global warming science gone outside the realm of actual scientific principles? I'd say probably, given the absolute certainty with which so many so-called experts argue. That's the one thing about science, so very few things are actually settled.
• An Undertaking ... A woodworker takes on the task of making his grandmother's coffin. (H/T @jdblundell)
An Undertaking from Dark Rye on Vimeo.
I hope you all have a great week!