We’re already come on another week. Boy, the weather has been just great. Unfortunately a change is coming.*****The Super Bowl season of politics, the playoffs, have begun. President Obama lost the first round. It always has amazed me how fickle the American people are. If one debate can swing the polls so drastically, who knows where they will end up after two more debates. More importantly, this Thursday is the vice presidential debate between VP Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Biden is one of the most experienced people to serve as vice president, the youngest ever elected to the United States senate, served under six presidents, has served in every senate committee and is considered a foreign policy expert. Challenger Con. Paul Ryan is a Wisconsin congressman who had considered running for senator however the polls showed he couldn’t win. He’s the author of the controversial Paul Ryan Budget that Mitt Romney has signed on to. It’s far right wing legislation. Usually the VP race doesn’t affect presidential outcomes but this one debate could reach those fickle voters.*****Just a point of interest while watching the Vice-presidential debate. When Paul Ryan, who has a good size ego is proud of himself, you know “the I got you attitude,” he will press his lips together real tight. When he’s nervous his Adams Apple moves up and down. I know that doesn’t have anything to do with substance but it will be interesting to watch when he becomes the cheerleader for Mitt Romney and defends the Ryan Budget.******The United States job picture is steadily improving. We had predicted, when unemployment was at 10.1 percent, that it would be down to 8 percent or below by election time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last Friday announced that unemployment has fallen steady for 31 straight months and is down to 7.8 percent. Meanwhile, the entire economy is on the upswing. New home starts are up, consumer confidence is up, domestic oil production is at a 50 year high. The economy has a long way to go but has made up the ground lost in the great recession. The economy is healing. My prediction is that by this time next year we will be well below 7 percent unemployment and that there will be a business boom in late 2013. That is if we stay on the present economic policies. If we go back to square one and start over all bets are off.*****Well, it’s time to get on down the line. Come along, I promise  it won’t do you no harm.


I know you expect me to comment on the presidential debate. President Obama lost. I had predicted he would lose the first debate, but where he lost the most was that Mitt Romney was on the ropes, his money was drying up, he was making large loans. Down ticket candidates in his own party were running away from him and his approval level was dropping like a rock. Obama gave him new life. It was hard to tell which was the most moderate candidate. Romney spun one sided stories, some were bogus, others not the whole truth. Fact Finder identified twenty eight issues that were totally false or greatly exaggerated. He said he would balance the budget in eight years but hasn’t offered a complete plan. He pledged to cut taxes by 20 percent. Well, in his 47 percent government depending  video, to $50,000 a plate donors, he said those people don’t pay taxes, so that leaves 53 percent who would get 20 percent cuts, including the super wealthy, who would keep their Bush tax cuts and get an additional 20 percent break. Romney who pays 14 percent would now pay six percent to eight percent. So we would have to require cuts that affect the 47 percent. Deep cuts, squeezing the bottom 47 percent. Cuts such as school lunches, Pell grants, Amtrak, Big Bird, and everything in between, also a voucher program for Medicare. Romney claims he will eliminate some tax breaks but refuses to say which ones. He’ll give $4.8 trillion in tax brakes and add $2 trillion to the military budget. Who will pay for all that? You guessed it, Romney’s 47 percent of free loaders will feel a lot more hurt with the loss of necessary safety nets. His campaign has already back tracked on his “pre-existing conditions” being covered. He was in the debate attempting to deceive voters on this issue. That was only one of many misleading and dishonest claims. Like cutting off Medicaid, denying health care to millions. He actually agreed with Obama’s health reform, 75 percent of it anyway. Romney won the debate or mastered the theatrical performance. Romney claims were fundamentally dishonest and President Obama should have called him on them. He let a great opportunity to put Romney away get away. There will be two other debates. What Romney did was play a word game with voters, pretending to offer something substantial while actually offering nothing. He simply lied about what his policy proposes would do. Newt Gingrich said about Romney during the primaries, “He is fundamentally running a dishonest campaign and will say or do anything to become president.”


10 Years Ago-2002

An artist rendition of the new Bridge City High School is released. The two story building will be 125,000 square feet and can house up to 1200 students. The new school will have plenty of parking. The cost is $11.9 million. Superintendent Sam Lucia said “It will be the most impressive school in Southeast Texas.” Asst. Supt. Joe Chenella agreed.*****The Bridge City Rotarians prepare for it’s 16th annual gumbo dinner to be served  from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the homecoming game. (Editor‘s note: Do they still do that? If so it would be the 26th year now.)*****Sniper in Washington D.C. Virginia area claims 11th victim. Police have no leads. (Editor’s note: Remember that? They eventually caught a young man and older guy.)*****On the Bridge City homecoming court are Summer Stephson, Mattie Neely, Christy Baker, Rachel Comeaux, Shanley Hubbard, Gabrialle Freeman, Brittany Anderson, Dana Allen, Jessica Blanda and Rachel Briggs. (Editor’s note: Today I bet they are scattered throughout the country. Some probably married with kids.)*****The Stark High classes 1950 to 1955 hold reunion. The reunion was held at the Country Club with over 250 in attendance. Everyone bragged on the food Pat Johnson served. Skipper Free said the reunion was better than her last Pap Smear. Charles Pence came the farthest, (Idaho), Betty and Bob Cary were married the longest.*****A new Whataburger coming to former B.C. Burger King location. A new hangout for the old folks.*****Jim Larkin is manager of Novrozsky’s in Bridge City. He reminds folks they will open late on football nights. (Editor’s note; Uncle Jim is still with Novrozsky’s in Orange. The one in Bridge City closed when Ike came to town.)*****In 1936, a lot of talent was born in Texas. Buddy Holly, was born in Lubbock, Kris Kristofferson, born in Brownsville, Freddy Fender, born in San Benito, Roy Orbison, Wink, Texas. (Editor’s note: San Benito is also the home town of Gracie, one of the area’s best waitress, who serves you at Robert’s Restaurant. Robert was from just down the road at Brownsville.)*****Matt Bryant kicked a 38-yard field goal for the New York Giants. Matt is still perfect on field goals and extra points in 2002.

35 Years Ago-1977

A trip this week to Farmers Mercantile finds the smell of hot roasting peanuts that Mr. Gus has roasted on the stove. Maggie Dorman and Helen Ratcliff wait on customers while Mr. Gus sits at his desk holding court with visitors. The popular Orange landmark opened for business in 1928 and is still one of the state’s unique stores.*****Bill Joyce, considered one of the area’s best when he worked as a criminal investigator, passed away this week.*****Also Bing Crosby, who has touched so many lives as a singer and actor, died this week. His “White Christmas” will live forever.*****Mrs. Leoma Carroll Knee, 73, died this week. The former DuPont nurse was once married to John Carroll and was mom to Betty Drake.*****Daenan Denison, a victim of leukemia for the last two years, spends most of his time nowadays at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. Daenan is the 6-year-old son of Johnny and Cindy Church Denison. There will be a benefit dance at Sparkle Paradise Oct. 27.*****Orange County Judge Pete Runnels and the entire court attended a conference in San Antonio this week. The court will also go to Austin where Judge Runnels will make a presentation urging the state to build a second Rainbow Bridge. Many Orange countians and all area chambers will attend.. Judge Runnels has been a driving force in attempting to get another bridge over the Neches. (Editor’s note: The second bridge, the Veteran’s memorial Bridge, was ultimately built.*****Hazel Forse, OCDD secretary, was honored by KOGT as lady of the day.*****Pam Updike becomes Mrs. David Guidry. An exceptional young couple we hope will be together for many years.*****J.R. and Carolyn Wilson become parents of a baby girl. They named her Robin.*****Ann and Jimmy Segura fly to the east coast to visit son Tommy, his wife and baby.*****Glenn Harrison is the new service manager at Harmon Chevrolet.*****Vera Dolly is in St. Elizabeth hospital.*****Gov. Dolph Briscoe appoints Sam Naifeh, Orange County coordinator of his 1978 gubernatorial campaign. He joins Marlin Thompson in the post they held in the governor’s 1974 campaign.*****Janet and Paul Eason are the proud parents of a 9-pound, 6-ounce baby boy.*****The West Orange-Stark Mustangs have a bass club under the sponsorship of Tommy Humphrey. Tourney winners over the weekend for WO-S were Stephen Bogoyas, Keith Hood, Craig McCauley and Phillip McCarver. 


Taylor Jagoe, Barbara Fournier, Bob Bullard, Janell Matthews, Jenny Betz, Jessica Franklin, Jenny Betz, Anita Ryan, Laura Allen, Preston Pittman, Sadie Sellers, Shannon Maloney, Alan Johansson, Barabara Nixon, John Cochran, Katherine Jackson, Leslie Anderson, Tara Edgerton, Wade Higgs, Miltion Briggs III, Sharon Bilbo, Suzanne Barlow, Timothy Tremont, Brad Lapeyrolerie, Janet Taliaferro, Logan Burns, Sheri Wright, Alexia Willingham, Anita Triggs, Ashley Theriot, Edna Collins, Jason Sellers, John Heyduck, Eloise Stewart, Martha Kile, Ronny Arnold, Stacy Rhodes, Trey Miller, Dillon Crabtree, Eunice Barrett, Jerry Evans, Olivia Hubbard, Shirley Hudson, Becky Lafleur, Kory Freeman, Jennifer Peveto, C.J. Benoit, Sonny Childs, Sue Freeman, Kory Freeman, Suzanne Miller, Allison LeBlanc, Derek Borel, Eleanor Dahl, Morgan Lamb, Nancy Newton, Wayne Mulhollan, C.J. Larkin Jr., Barbara Harmon, Brad Brown, Christopher Brown, Edneshia Johnson and Channing Larkin.


Sammy Frank Lucia went back to work six months after retiring as BCHS Superintendent. He‘s working with Texas Region V Education Service Center as Facilities Program Coordinator. We hear he was called to jury duty Monday.*****Frank’s wife Judy, Karen Jo‘s sister, had her purse stolen from her shopping cart on the morning of Sept. 26 at the Orange Super Wal-Mart. Two of West Orange Police Chief Mike Stelly‘s finest, Brown and Tarver have taken fantastic care of her and she‘s been bragging about them all over town. Judy wants to warn ladies to pay careful attention to their purses while loading groceries into their vehicles. It can happen in a matter of seconds.*****Commissioner John Dubose is hosting a “Lunch in the Park” catered by K-Dans on Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited. The lunch will be held at City Park Pavilion, next to the Bridge City Community Center.*****Tommy Reed is recovering from surgery on his arm which he broke a few months back. It seems that arm just wouldn’t heal.  Good luck Tommy.*****Jacque Craft, former administrative assistant to County Judge Carl Thibodeaux, has returned to Orange for good. She had moved to Michigan but found she didn’t like the cold winters. She is recovering from knee replacement surgery at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur but hopes to be in her new home in Lindenwood before Christmas.*****How our Orange County guys in the NFL fared. Bridge City’s Matt Bryant connected for a 53 yard field goal for his Atlanta Falcons. He’s now 10 for 10. The Falcons beat the Redskins 24-17 and are 5-0 this season.***The pride of West Orange-Stark, Earl Thomas, had another good day for the Seahawks, who beat the Panthers 16-12.***Orange born, Coach Wade Phillips, who heads up the defense for the Houston Texans had another great game Monday night beating the New York Jets 23-17. The Texans are 5-0. They join Bryant’s Falcons as the only two undefeated teams. This is the first time in Houston franchise history to be 5-0. The boys from our little part of Texas ain’t doing too bad in the NFL.*****In other sports notes: The New Orleans Saints waited until the last few seconds to beat Phillip Rivers and the Chargers 24-31. Saint’s quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ 52 year record by throwing a touchdown pass in 48 consecutive games. The nearest to Brees is Tom Brady with 37.***I also told you Geno Smith, West Virginia, would invade Austin. WV defeated the Longhorns 48-45.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day. Mr. Mac McCullough, on Oct. 10 will celebrate number 91.***Charlene Guest, receptionist at Orange County Sheriffs’ office also celebrates on Oct. 10.***Alan Johansson, Leigh’s boy, was born on Oct. 11.***Janie Johnson, who worked at American Red Cross for many years and now is the executive director at United Way in Mid-County and Port Arthur, celebrates Oct. 12.***Chris Drucker, a supervisor at Peak Industrial Services and Lane Mooney, a sheriffs’ office investigator, both celebrate birthdays Oct. 13.***Our good friend for nearly 50 years, Harry Stephens, celebrates his birthday Oct. 14. To celebrate he is having an appliance storewide sale.***October 15 is a big day for County Judge Carl Thidodeaux, the boy from Mamou, is the longest serving county judge in Orange County. He also was the first guy to introduce Cajun singer, Hunter Hayes, to Orange County before he was a teenager. Today Hunter is number one on the Country Music charts.***Derek Borel celebrates on Oct. 15 and so does Sonny Childs.***Wayne Mulhollan, longtime husband of Barbara, a good guy who has just rolled with time, is a year older come Oct. 16. Happy birthday to all.*****Kevin and Katie LeBoeuf celebrate 21 years of wedded bliss on Oct. 13. Congrats.*****Good News: Alzheimer’s drug shows promise in mild cases. Two combined studies show experimental drug slows mental decline.*****I understand that Skipper Free’s daughter, Laura, who turns 50 soon, had planned a trip to Hawaii to celebrate. Unfortunately Laura broke her leg right under the knee so the trip is off. Skipper was really looking forward to it.*****We are hearing some really good things about Swamp Pop Sound Shop, on MacArthur Drive. Check them out. They are experts in car audio and video. Lots of great specials.


We send condolences to our good friend Peggy Albair and her family on the death of her mother, Ida Arceneaux. Peggy’s on the Bayou will be closed Thurs and Friday and will reopen on Saturday. Please see obit.


Brett Favre turns 43 on Oct. 10; Mario Lopez, 39; Dale Earnhardt Jr., 38 and Tanya Tucker, 54.***Steve Young will be 51 on Oct. 11; Luke Perry, 46; and Joan Cusack, 50.***Hugh Jackman will be 44 on Oct. 12; Kirk Cameron, 42 and Bode Miller, 35.***Paul Simon will be 71 on Oct. 13; Marie Osmond, 53; Jerry Rice, 50 and Kate Walsh, 45.***Usher will be 34 on Oct. 14; Ralph Lauren, 73; Jon Seda, 42 and Stacy Keibler, 33.***John Mayer will be 35 on Oct. 16; Suzanne Somers, 66; Penny Marshall, 70 and Tim Robbins, 54.


Leo Boudreaux stick his head into Alsid Trahan’s barber shop and he ax, “Trahan, how long before I can get a haircut me?”

Trahan, da barber, look around da shop and he say, “’About two hours.”

Boudreaux, him , he leave.

A couple days later he comes back, stick his head in da door and ax, “Trahan, how long before I can get a haircut me?”

Trahan, he look around at da shop wats full of customers and he says, “About tree hours.”

Boudreaux, he leaves.

A week later here comes Boudreaux again. He sticks his head in da barber shop and ax, “Trahan, how long before I can get a haircut me?”

Trahan, da barber, look around da shop and says, “Bout an hour and a half.

Trahan, him, by dis time, is intrigues. He look over at a friend in da shop and he say, “Clovis, how bout  you follow dat fool and see where he goes him.”

Clovis take off. In just a little bit, he comes back in da barber shop killing himself laughing.

Trahan ax, “Clovis, tell me where did he go wen he left here?”

Clovis he’s laughing so hard tears are in his eye, and he answer, “Trahan, dat fool went to your house.”



Folks in swing states can’t turn on the TV without seeing a political ad. Some people claim to have been polled as much as five times. Nearly a billion dollars will be spent by both presidential candidates. We’re not only missing out on all the action, we won’t have anything to do with who is elected. It doesn’t matter what I say or how we vote, or if we even vote. It’s out of our hands. Purple states will decide, not red or blue ones. Even if it doesn’t matter I found it interesting that a new Associated Press fact check on Gov. Romney’s foreign policy speech Monday not very kind to his truthfulness on the facts. They called it a one sided story. They knocked down everything from terrorism to defense cuts and most everything in between. One thing for sure is that sanctions on Iran are working. Food supplies are short and their currency is devalued by 42 percent. The Iranian citizens are getting restless with the government. I bet when this election is over they will be looking to make a deal. Assad, in Syria, will also be on the hot seat after the election if Obama is re-elected.*****Next Tuesday is another debate. President Obama won’t lose that one. Some will see it as tied but my bet is that the President will win the last debate big. If not, he’s done. He has to stop the decline in the second debate. Well since there is little interest here in the race I’ve probably used too much space on it but it’s the most important game played every four years.*****Thanks for all the great response and thanks for your time. Read us cover to cover and please shop our family of advertisers. Tell ‘um we sent you. Check our web site regularly for the latest TheRecordLive.com. Take care and God bless.