From the Creaux’s Nest
VOTING OFF TO GOOD START
Voting got off to a great start Monday and voting was steady Tuesday. That’s a good sign because Orange County, over the last few years, has been notorious for low turnout. I’ve been asked how many people I believed would vote. That’s a hard one to call. Even though it looks promising with more early voting interest, it could just be that those who are regular voters decided to early vote, cutting down on Election Day voting. In other words it could be the same people that usually vote anyway. What might boost turnout some is that two precincts have a race. Local candidates are more likely to do grass roots campaigning. Also in Pct. 2, there is a wet/dry election. While the voters in that race are at the polls, they may as well vote in the General Election. In the Bridge City School District, a bond issue election is being held. For the first time since Jim Turner was our congressman we will elect a congressman that is not from the Houston area. That’s reason enough to go vote. The governor’s race hasn’t created the excitement it usually does. It could however get more women to the polls that usually don’t vote. The propositions on the ballot won’t be much of a draw. There are 50,000 registered voters in the county. We would hope that half would vote but that hasn’t happened in a long time and never in a mid-term election. I have had people guess as low as 12,000 votes. I’m a little more optimistic. We should run 30 percent, which could be around 15,000. Nothing to brag or write home about. The most important thing is if you take the time to vote. Please be an informed voter. Don’t be led to the straight party trough just for the sake of voting for a national party. You can, if you wish, vote a straight party ticket and still vote for a candidate for the other party. It will still record you as a straight party voter. I hope you know what I mean. Vote qualifications, that’s your best bet. Please vote. *****I’ve got to move on. Please come along, I promise it wont’ do you no harm.
POLITICS OF HATE AND FEAR
All the rumble you hear today will all go away the day the Nov. 4 election is over. The critics have gone as far as to call Ebola an American epidemic. They are preaching the fear factor that our government is not on top of the situation. There are 300 million people in the U.S. and only three known cases of Ebola. That’s one case for every 100 million people, hardly an epidemic. Last year, 36,000 Americans died with the flu. You have fools such as carpetbagger Scott Brown saying if Romney would have been elected, we wouldn’t have the Ebola problem. Then Keith Ablow, the psychiatrist and Fox News contributor, saying that Obama hasn’t imposed a travel ban from the Ebola infected countries because of his race. “His affiliations are with them not us,” Ablow says. Then of course, here comes Ted Cruz on CNN. He says he has been calling on the President to impose a ban on people coming from African countries to the U.S. when Candy Crowley asked him why the President should ignore the advice from medical experts Cruz replied, “Because they are political hacks.” The President must weigh the pluses and minuses of a travel ban. For example, with a ban the 4,000 reservist he sent over, including soon to be County Judge Brint Carlton, would be unable to return to this country as long as a ban is in effect. There has been one known carrier of the Ebola virus entering the country. President Obama responded, “We can’t just cut ourselves off from West Africa while the efforts of containment seem to be working far better than a travel ban might.” The whole fear factor is an attempt to reap political gain from what is a terrible disease. It has been made into a political football. Gov. Rick Perry at every turn talking about how Texas is handling the crisis. He has about as much experience as Ted Cruz with health issues. In fact, there is not today one case of Ebola in Texas so why was Perry talking to the nation Tuesday. You see it’s all political hog wash. Unfortunately, some will drink the slop of fear. These are folks being used. After the election the Ebola fear will fade into the past. We need sensible approach to managing Ebola and the fear mongers are making it as difficult as they can.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
10 Years Ago-2004
The Willie Nelson show at the Lutcher Theater Oct. 25 was a big hit. Tickets went on sale Sept. 10 and in a few hours they were all gone. He kicked off the show with “Living in the Promise Land,” a large flag came down behind the band and the crowd came to life. Willie followed up with “Whiskey River” and the Texas flag appeared. Nelson, 71, is from Abbott, Texas. For an hour and a half, he belted out one song after another. He even did some Hank and Gospel. The Orange crowd praised his performance. (Editor’s note: I’m sure some of you recall when the country legend played the Lutcher. Willie, who is 81 now, still picks and sings.)*****The Bridge City Cardinals cross country team is ranking first in the state according to the coaches poll. Coach Miller has been running against 4-A and 5-A schools and beating them. They haven’t been running in their 3-A class. *****A unique date in the annals of baseball history will be recorded on Wednesday, Oct. 27, when for the first time in history, a total lunar eclipse will occur during a World Series game. Millions will watch game four at Bush Memorial Stadium between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. An hour after the game begins the moon will be in total eclipse for one hour and 22 minutes. (Editor’s note: Do you remember who won the World Series? In fact, if Houston Astro’s manager would have put Roy Oswalt in to pitch the bottom of the twelfth instead of Dan Miceli, Houston would have played Boston in that World Series game. The Astors most exciting games were played in 2004.*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Bessie Lee Coon Smith, 85, of Bridge City, died Oct. 23.*****Stanley Edward Shelton, 60, of Orange, died Oct. 24.*****Gladys O’Kelly, 89, of Orange, died Oct. 22.*****Alvin Lee Miller, 55, of Orange, died Oct. 17.*****Betty Herring, 76, of Orange, died Oct. 22.*****Fredrick Russell “Fred” Falgout, 76, f Orange, died Oct. 18.*****Jesse Louis Moore, 73, formerly of Bridge City, died Oct. 2.Jesse was a direct descendent of George Washington’s wife Martha.
35 Years Ago-1979
Pareice Horn crowned homecoming queen at Little Cypress-Mauriceville. Bears quarterback Clint Plant leads LC-M to victory over liberty. The Bears are coached by Randall Dorsett. *****Bridge City quarterback Richard Slaydon leads Cards to shut-out over Jasper 14-0. Slaydon completed 10 of 14 passes with no interceptions. Running back Tony Mulhollan rushed for 127 yards.*****The Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department returns from East Texas’ annual fall convention in Jasper with several trophies. B.C. fire chief, Jerry Pesson, is installed as president of the association. Harold F. Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Lee, Jr., was chosen as mascot. The three-man team winning trophies were Tommy Comeaux, Bobby Aycock and Fred Lee. Ladies winners were Mrs. Callahan, Mrs. Pesson and Mrs. Lee.*****West Orange homecoming beauties are; queen, Christi Hall, band sweetheart, Terri Nimitz and Pat Siebert, football sweetheart.*****P&S Tire celebrates 2nd anniversary. Owners are Jerry and Bobbie Pesson and Bobby and Peggy Smitherman. Employees are: bookkeeper, Jean Addison; office manager, Donna Hinton; John “Frenchie” Greduer,head mechanic; C.V. Brookins and Robert Hebert, mechanics; Eddie Quebodeaux, appliance tech; David Soileaux, tire man; Richard Donnelly, fleet service; Kevin Alexander, utilities and beginning mechanic, Mike Hale.*****Conn’s Appliance slates grand opening in Orange. Fain Holbrooks, a native of Alabama, will be store manager. An eight year resident of Orange, he has 15 years experience in the appliance business. His first job here was for Jimmie Conn Furniture. He has been manager of Verrett’s Wilshire’s and Morrow’s appliance stores. Conn’s is located at 5648 MacArthur Dr. *****Corky Harmon brings a couple of newspapers from Brazil that cost $3 each. It’s the only English paper in Brazil. (Editor’s note: By today’s price that would be about $10.)*****A big birthday party is held for Ed Lovelace at the Airport Towers. *****Tim Hughes of Superior Tire is giving away sugar with a set of tires and calling it a “Sweet Deal.’*****Sharon Bearden is on a diet. Any idiot can see that it ain’t working. *****Thanks to Ducks Unlimited, Huey Simon now owns a $150 shotgun that cost him only $700. John “Cash” Jack Smith will be the auctioneer, with the help of cattleman Doug Harrington, at next year’s event. *****Barbara Ann Becker is now at Phyllis’ Hair Fashion in Bridge City.*****On October 30, 1974,Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the 8th round of a 15 round fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, in the “Rumble-in-the-Jungle” fight to regain the world’s heavyweight championship.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
We received a call from Debbie Bisson shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, telling us Steve was, at that very time, undergoing liver transplant. The surgery lasted four hours and Steve‘s color is returning and the liver is a #1, the best. He is getting dialysis to get his kidneys working which is normal operating procedure. Steve will be required to stay on all anti-rejection meds. There are about 13 of them and the first four alone will cost $500 per prescription. That’s out of pocket cost. The Bisson’s are still in need of donations to their account at WellSpring Credit Union and are grateful to all the kind people who have helped at this time. *****Judge Derry Dunn attended the Lunch Bunch get-together last week and brought with him a photo record and emails from the time he first went into the hospital and everything afterward. It is a very impressive chronicle of care of a patient who is a victim of the flesh eating bacteria. The Judge still goes to Houston every other week but he’s healing well and the bacteria should be stopped. He was very fortunate. *****Denver Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning is now the NFL’s all time touchdown leader. Manning threw touchdown number 508 to tie Brett Favre and then threw no 509 to Demaryius Thomas to break Favre’s record. It came in the second quarter. Manniing threw four touchdowns passes in the game and was 22 for 24 to beat the SF 49ers. The record football was bagged and headed for the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Roy, who has a signed Brett Farve football, is wondering if it’s less valuable now. *****I understand our friend, banker, Carlos Vasek, who is a former TCU football player and strong supporter of the school drove to Fort Worth to attend the game Saturday. He attends most games but this time he ended up watching the game in a hotel room after getting aggravated over a parking space. Anyway, he got to feeling bad and ended up at the hospital with a light heart attack. He was due to be released this week. Now here‘s a guy who runs over 30 miles a week, never smoked and practices good health habits. It goes to show you. We wish this good guy a speedy recovery. *****Bruce Jenner’s look continues to evolve. Rumors are that he’s undergoing a gender transition. If he is, I will never be surprised at anything again. Wife Kris Jenner recently filed for divorce from the former Olympian. She says they have been saying that since the 70’s. It’s the same old stuff but she’s bailing out anyway. *****We understand Gerald Morris is doing much better and will be moved to a nursing home for rehab. *****Judge Don Peters is home despite still being very ill. He is hanging in there and fighting every day for recovery. I understand he is not under Hospice care at this time. *****A few folks we know celebrating their special day in the next week. On Oct. 22, Bill Butler, Roy Farias, Bob Frank and Vance and Cindy’s boy, Bryan Chauvin, celebrate. Also celebrating are actress Catherine Deneuve, 70 and country singer Shelby Lynn, 45. *****On Oct. 23, our buddy, Judge Claude Wimberly turns 80. Also VFW’s John Clark, the boy from Old Dime Box, celebrates along with Bridge City teacher Lisa Stewart, Eric Brinson, Sara Ethridge, Larry Myers, Thomas Fleming and Sarah Halliburton. They are joined by soccer player Pele, 73, Martin Luther King, III, 56 and Nancy Grace, 54.*****On Oct. 24, three of my favorite gals, Debbie Fusilier, Mary Stanton and “Scooter’s” mom, Brittney Stillwell celebrate. Also Tammy Scales Ballard, Scott’s bride, Dale Morris and Bailey Berry. They share birthdays with actors Kevin Kline, 66 and F. Murray Abraham, 74. *****On Oct. 25, Sandi Huckabay, who we have known since she was a young pup, celebrates. Also Ken Soileau and Connor Ziller. They join coach Bobby Knight, 73 and singer Katy Perry, 29. Also on this day, 2013, our friend Doug Harrington passed away. *****Oct. 26 finds Toni Dyer, Evan Swenson, Don Commings and Hunter Smith celebrating. They join Hillary Clinton, 66, Pat Sajak, 67 and figure skater Sasha Cohen, 24. Also on this day in 1893, Roy’s dad, Clay Dunn, was born in Rising Star, Texas. *****Oct. 27, is a special day for some special folks. A couple of months ago we though this day might not come for a very sweet lady but it did, Pearl Burgess will celebrate her 94th birthday. For that we are thankful and will look forward to the 95th. Also a very special lady, longtime friend, Corky’s better half, Betty Harmon, active community leader, celebrates. Also celebrating is Kee-Kee and Nancy’s boy, David Dupuis. They join country singer Lee Greenwood, 71, Kelly Osbourne, 29 and actor John Cleese, 74.*****On Oct. 28, Heather Dubose, commissioner David’s lovely wife, celebrates. Now here are three old boys that are a good start on a straight flush. Joe Kazmar, Judge Don Burgess and Ron Sigler. They all celebrate on the same day. It’s ironic that Burgess, who has his first dollar and a bunch more joins Bill Gates, 58, the world’s richest. Also country singer Brad Paisley, 41 and actor Dennis Franz, 69. Happy birthday to all. *****Here in our congressional district we have one distinguish ion, we have the nuttiest U.S. Congressman ever. Steve Stockman said out loud, “I’m wondering if President Obama has launched the Ebola virus in America so he can take over the economy.” Stockman, a Republican, is what you get when you vote a straight party ticket and don’t know the candidates. Thank God, in a couple of months, we will be rid of Stockman, hopefully never to be heard of again.*****Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood to host the 48th annual Country Music Awards to be shown Nov. 5 on ABC. It will be the seventh time in a row for the pair to host. Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child. That announcement could come at the CMA show. Meanwhile Blake Shelton’s “Bring Back the Sunshine” album is number one on Billboard’s best. ***** Speaking of Country Music, Roy says, “It’s not really country anymore. This week he writes, in his Down Life’s Highway column, about two country music pioneers, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams. He tells of their lives and their influence on him as a youngster when country was country. *****The Texas Aggies, New Orleans Saints and Texans have all been disappointing. Meanwhile, the Cowboys continue to surprise. It’s likely we will see two of our former college start as quarterback in NFL games this weekend. University of Texas’ Colt McCoy could play in the game for the Redskins when they meet Dallas. Johnny Manziel, A&M, is expected to start for Cleveland against Oakland. *****The World Series started Tuesday. Neither the Kansas City Royals or San Francisco Giants turn on my light but I love baseball and plan to watch. I’ve never missed, listening to or watching some of the World Series.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Two old Jewish men, Sid and Abe, have been traveling throughout South Louisiana when they found themselves at Shuck’s Oyster Bar, in Abbeville. Sid, him asked Abe,“Do you know if any people of our ancestry were ever born and raised here in the Cajun country?”
Abe replies, “I don’t know, let’s ask the waiter.”
Bosco Comeaux, da waiter, arrived. Abe says, “Tell me young man, are there any Cajun Jews here?”
Bosco say, “Me, I don’t know, I go axe da cook.”
Bosco returns and says, “No sir, da cook say no Cajun Jews.”
Abe is not satisfied and asked, “Are you absolutely sure?”
Bosco realize he is dealing wit some persistent old mens so he says, “I go check one more time me.”
While Basco was gone Sid said, “I find it hard to believe that there are no Cajun Jews, our people are scattered everywhere.”
Bosco returns and says, “I check wit everybody, even da boss, we don’t got none.”
“I can’t believe that,” says Abe.
Bosco frustrated say, “Look mister, we got orange jews, grape jews, prune jews, tomato jews and apple jews, but we don’t got no Cajun jews, jes like I tole you.”
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Kyle Murrell, Roy Farias, Becky Carter, Bob Frank, Bill Butler, Brian Prevost, Bryan Chauvin, Eldon Pendergast, Mittie Ledoux, Eric Brinson, Jewel Merchant, Jimmy Byrd, Laqueta McLellan, Lisa Stewart, Pat New, Sara Ethredge, Sarah Halliburton, Shery Martz, Thomas Fleming, Brandy Cardner, Danny Jennings, Lainey Zenos, Beth Wilson, John Clark, Larry Myers, Debbie Fusilier, Jordan Schamber, Cheyenne Sweet, Bailey Berry, Ron Batchelor, Tammy Scales, Victoria Brown, Dale Morris, Darren Wilson,, Marilyn Fonthieu, Ramona Scott, Ramona Valentine, Connie Curphey, Mary Chamblee, Roy Lee Helm, Ken Soileau, Rachel Sanders, Tanner George, Connor Ziller, Evan Swenson, Phyllis Yeats, Deedra Wilson, Toni Dyer, Don Cummings, Geneva Buker, Hunter Smith, Rene Marsolan, Dan Sanders, Brent Burch, David Dupuis, John Lumpkin, Nathan Coffey, Pierce Butler, Pearl Stanfield, Betty Trantham, Becky Cooper, Derrick Cole, Chris Stone, Ronna Dickman, Ronnie Moerbe, Barbara McLellan, Cori Woodard, Heather Dubose, Beverly Brown, Brandon Allensworth.
The Lunch Bunch will dine at Novrozsky’s this week and back to Robert’s next week. Everyone always welcome. *****Got to go, thanks for your time, mine is up. If you are registered but don’t usually vote, this is a good time to start. Go do it. *****Be sure and check us out 24 hours a day on our website, therecordlive.com. Take care and God bless.