A SAD DAY IN DALLAS

A lone gunman, a military man, went on a shooting rampage as a peaceful protest march came to an end last Thursday causing it to become the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9-11. Five police officers died and nine others were injured in the Dallas attack. President Obama, Vice-president Biden and former president George W. Bush and their wives attended the memorial for the downed officers in Dallas. A lot of rubbish has come out about the incident by talking head Rush Limbaugh. who called the “Black Lives Matter” supporters a bunch of terrorist. That’s a lie. Over 30 percent of those involved in the powerful Dallas march were white college kids. Most of the young leaders spoke very intelligently. Hannity called them a “radical group.” Mayor Rudy, who is always looking to be in the limelight, called the demonstrators “cop haters.” Bill O’Reilly wants to blame “Black Lives Matter” for the action of one shooter who wasn’t from Dallas and didn’t belong to the group. No doubt there are some bad actors in the group but its wrong to blame them all for the actions of one. No doubt the President is caught in a box. He’s in a no-win situation. Not Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or anyone else can stop anyone from killing if they are willing to die for their deeds. What I found unnerving at the Dallas parade was people walking around with assault weapons. Texas has open carry law but no place in this country should anyone be allowed to walk around in a crowd with assault weapons other than the police or the military. Assault weapons away from a shooting range have only one use, and some day we will see slaughter in a crowd as assault weapons crossfire bullets. I support the Second Amendment but allowing assault weapons on the streets is stupid. Every mass killing in the U.S. has been with assault weapons since 9-11. We haven’t seen anything yet if we don’t pass a law to curb those kinds of weapons.***** I’ve got to move on. Please come along. I promise it won’t do you no harm.

THANKS  TO DONALD TRUMP

GENDER GAP GROWS

Women, in national polls, give Clinton the highest level of female support of any candidate in more than four decades and the widest gender gap ever recorded. She leads Trump by 24 points in the latest Pew Center research poll. Much of it is a deep distaste for Donald Trump. The women vote is across the board even women who typically vote Republican. The poll also showed African Americans 90 percent, Latinos, 71 percent, millenials (18-35) 68 percent, white college grads, 62 percent, women over all, 59 percent, generation X, (36-51), 55 percent. The polls are expected to get even better after Bernie Sanders endorsement Tuesdays in New Hampshire. Another survey showed that Clinton was at 255 in the Electoral College vote. Just 15 short of the 270 needed. Obama got 320 in t he last election. Trump is at a 190, eighty short. Clinton needs one toss-up state, Trump needs most of them.

SAYING GOODBYE TO “Tonker”

R.L. “Tonker” Hoosier, 81, passed away July 5. He and I were both young family men when I first met him nearly 60 years ago. He had married pretty Frances Bendy from a well known Bridge City family. They had three children, daughters Sherry and Pam and son Bobby. All of them attended Bridge City schools with our children. Over the years we remained family friends. “Tonker” for many years, until his retirement, worked off shore. He would be gone for long periods then be home for several days. That was his life and he loved it. For the most part Frances kept the house and managed the children. They had 60 good years together. Like most families they were not without their tragedies. They lost grandson Travis Hebert and his dad Owen Hebert. Also son Bobby was badly burned when the oil well he was working on the Gulf blew up and caught on fire. Bobby was a human fireball when he hit the water 100 feet below. It was a long process in the Galveston burn unit but Bobby, with the help of family, endured. “Tonker” was a quite, nice guy. He never minded anyone else’s business. He loved the outdoors and kept his lawn manicured and spotless. Fortunately he wasn’t ill long. He started getting sick in April but was spared a long suffering illness. He loved his family and he and Frances, like so many grandparents today, had to help from time to time with the grandchildren. “Tonker” caught the bus home. May this good man rest in peace. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, July 16 at Bridge City Knights of Columbus Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please see obituary.

FOX AILES IN THE HEN HOUSE

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment law suit against FOX CEO Roger Ailes. Carlson, who hosted, “The Real Story” the leading cable news show in its afternoon time slot. She previously was co-host of “FOX and Friends.” The lawsuit claims she refused his sexual advances and severe and pervasive sexual harassment. This is not the first time a big wig at FOX has been charged. Bill O’Reilly and FOX paid $10 million to settle a sexual harassment case against O’Reilly. Complaints have also been made against co-host Steve Dooly. This is not the first time women workers have complained about Ailes’ advancements.

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

10 Years Ago-2006

According to Jeanette Clark, Sean Brinson, 17, of Deweyville, a young hero who pulled a man from a burning car and waited with him until the ambulance arrived, has been nominated for a National Life Saving VFW award. The award will be presented on Labor Day and VFW Post 2775 nominated him. The 21-year-old he saved is Brandon Cruthirds of Burkeville. He is still recuperating from a broken collar bone and back problems. A passenger, Jeff Green, 21, also of Burkeville, was covered with cuts from broken glass as he was thrown through the window and landed in the distant brush. Sean is the son of Darryl and Gretta Brinson. (Editor’s note: As I recall, when that happened Sean’s dad was editor of the Record Newspapers. Sean is now 27.)*****A very special, beautiful lady, Carmen Davis, will celebrate her 88th birthday on July 17. (Editor’s note: The former real estate agency owner is 98 years young this week. According to her daughter-in-law, she is still pretty and doing quite well.)*****Mosquito war continues in the county. Mosquito Control director Patrick Beebe says he has already used 2,263 gallons of mosquito chemicals. Commissioners approved another $25,000 to continue the fight, the worse in many years because of the influx of mosquitoes after Hurricane Rite, Sept. 24 of last year.*****Twins Halli and Hanna Malagarie turn two years old on July 15. (Editor’s note: The gals are 12 years old this week.)*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Betty H. Stegall, died July 11. Gravesite services were held July 13. She and her husband Max were the owners of Stegall’s Jewelry for 28 years until Max’s death. Betty was active in the Orange PTA, served on the Board of Education and was an Alturas Club member. She is survived by her daughters Nancy Sanders, Linda Bedair and their families.*****Robert “Bob” Aaron Blacksher, 83, of Bridge City,  passed away July 11. He was a World War II veteran. After retiring as a welder from the Gulf Refinery, he established Blacksher and Sons with his two boys, David and Danny. They developed Waterwood, one of Orange County’s most exclusive subdivisions. He was a good, honest man who contributed a lot to mankind and left his mark.*****Dale Crandall Dunbar, 42, of Orange, passed away Friday, July 14. Services were held July 19.  He is survived by daughter Brittany Nicole Dunbar, son Dustin Dunbar siblings Delane Navarre, Ronnie Dunbar, Joe Dunbar, Vickie Foreman, Kelly Dunbar, Tommy Dunbar and one grandchild Abigail Stevenson.*****Evelyn Inez Jones, 87, of Bridge City, died Sunday, July 16. Services were held July 19. She was a retired librarian for Hatton School in Bridge City. She was past  president of Bridge City/Orange PTA and an active PTA member. She is survived by her husband, J.B. Jones, son Dr. James B. Jones, daughter Cynthia and son-in-law Dan Ray Hooks, grandchildren Dr. David Jones, DeeDee Viator and Shae Lynn Franklin, great-grandchildren Jacob and Amber Viator.*****Ruby Mary Norwood Courville of Orangefield, passed away July 13.  She is survived by her husband Curly Courville, and step-children Melanie, Charles, Ray and Father Jim Courville.

40 Years Ago-1976

Robert Hanks is sales manager of Flair Real Estate, Edward Patton is in sales.*****The Bridge City/Orangefield Community Center pledges have reached $72,712. Helena Litton heads up the door-to-door collection campaign.*****BCYRA names queens and princesses chosen from Little League sweethearts at coronation. They are Pee-Wee queen, Kellie Bradley; Minor League queen Valli Lemoine; princess is Dawn Hanson; Major League queens are Rosalyn Dailey and Angie Welch, princess is Janet Brunell.*****Bridge City Knights install new officers at Sunday mass at St. Henry Catholic Church. Officers are Mason Hebert, senior grand knight; Father Frank Schanzer, chaplain, Lamar Roach, deputy grand knight; Mayo LeBlanc, chancellor; Herbert LaPoint, recorder, Lou Garriga, financial secretary; Don Calliquet, treasurer.*****On July 20, Gordon Baxter will celebrate 31 years in radio broadcasting. He’s put time in at radio stations KOLE, KPAC, KOGT, KTRM and KLVI. His audience ranges from little old ladies, housewives, rednecks, students, merchants and some hippie freaks. (Editor’s note: Before his 50-year time in radio was up Bax appeared on several other stations. In most cases he left after being fired.)

A FEW HAPPENINGS

The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dines at ‘JB’s BARBEQUE this week and at Robert’s Next week, everyone welcome.*****I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older everyone whispers.*****An All-Star game will be played Tuesday. I plan to watch but it will be shown after my deadline. My favorite infielder and second baseman Jose Altuve, who stands 5-5, 165 pounds. At the half way break he’s hitting 341 and looks to win his second batting title. The 26-year-old is fourth in on-base percentage, with a .413 mark. Altuve is on pace for a third consecutive 200 hit season. He won his first “Gold Glove” award last season. When he was 16 years old he attended an Astros tryout camp in his home town of Maracay, Venezuela. The team scouts sent him home because they thought he was lying about his age. The next day he showed up with his birth certificate and impressed the Astros so much that they signed him to a contract. The rest is history. Nine years later he has become Houston’s hitting machine. I never believed anyone would ever replace Craig Biggio, Astro Hall of Famer. The MVP contender is well on his way to be someday in the Hall of Fame.*****Speaking of baseball, Sean Gros, now in Petaluma, Ca. attending a special Coast Guard training school, was able to catch a Giants/Diamondback game Sunday. He saw pitcher Madison Bumgarner, pitch the entire game. He had a no-hitter until the eight inning. The Giants won 4-0. Sean said he was pulling for a no-hitter but he was thrilled anyway to just watch the Giant pitcher work.*****Charlene Wapplu, ANE Insurance, is now “YaYa” to her new granddaughter, Julia Grace, who was born July 10 and weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20.5 inches in length. Parents are Mallory and Josh Lemoine.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day. On July 13, Virginia Cox celebrates her 88th birthday. She deserves a good one. She has been putting up with Millard for 68 years. Neighbor Cox sure loves that woman and cares for her every need. Happy birthday Ms. Ginny. Also celebrating today is Coach Billy Bryant, Steve Sarver, Kristen McCurry and Marsha McCullough. This also would have been the birthday of the late Judi Hidalgo. Celebrities having birthdays on this day are actors Harrison Ford, 74, Patrick Stewart, 76 and Cheech Marin, 70., also boxer Michael Spinks, 60.*****On July 14, Dee’s other half, Mayor David’s big brother, Calvin Rutledge celebrates. Also longtime educator Ella Stuebing, Lance George, Jared Ganze and Ledia Miller. They are joined by actress Jane Lynch, 56 and Dancing with the Stars, Peta Mergatroyd, 30.*****On July 15, a great guy, Tommy Harmon, celebrates as does David’s better half, Peggy Claybar, and pretty Melissa Eshbach.*****July 16 finds Preston Fuller, Jack-of-All-Trades celebrating. Also Phil Dickman, Lorie Dubose, Mary Dorsey and pretty Carlis Roy. Celebrities joining them are actor Will Ferrell, 49, football player Barry Sanders, 48 and former Cowboy coach Jimmy Johnson, 73.*****On July 17, a special lady, a former beauty queen and hard working woman, Ms. Edee Pratt celebrates. Also Deborah Ashcraft, Harold Lonadier and Don Hightower. They join country singer Luke Bryan, 40 and actors David Hasselhoff, 64 and Donald Sutherland, 81.*****On July 18, former Bridge City City Manager Don Fields is a year older. So is Cheryl Richard, Harry Barclay and Cynthia Chataignier. Actor Vin Diesel, 49, entrepreneur Richard Branson, 66 and astronaut John Glenn, 95 also celebrate birthdays on this day.*****July 19 finds Robin Tibodeaux, Marion Whittle, Kurt Moerbe and Preston Wayne Sullivan. Joining them are Anthony Edwards, 54 and basketball player LaMarcus Aldridge, 31. This also would have been the birthday of Michael Hoke who died much too young.*****John Clark stopped in. Of course John, who we have known 40 years, was hustling something free. This time it was for a free ad for the Sheriff’s Department Blue Santa program. They are having a big free dance Friday, July 15, at the VFW. Admission, just one new toy. (See ad in this issue.)*****Airplay chart, compiled by Mediabase, listed country artist Keith Urban “Wasted Time” as #1;  Jason Aldean, “Lights Come On,” #2; Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells,” #3; Florida George Line, “H.O.L.Y.” #4; and finishing the week, at #5, is Eric Church’s “Record Year.”

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK 

Virginia Cox, Judi Hidalgo, Kristen McCurry, Marsha McCullough, Mary Morton, Rodney Barrett, Steve Sarver, Susan Everett, Angela Zenos, Billy Bryant, Donna Peterson, George Millsap, Jared Ganze, Joe Rion, Melani Woodruff, Calvin Rutledge, Ella Stuebing, Lance George, Ledia Miller, Mark Grizzaffi, Melissa Darbonne, Melissa Eshbach, Mitchell Heil, Peggy Claybar, Tommy Harmon, BJ Graham, Cassey Polk, JB Jones, Marlin McKinney, Rhys Outlaw, Phil Dickman, Clarence Dale Newton, Lorie Dubose, Mary Dorsey, Carlis Roy, Edee Pratt, Theresa Krout, Deborah Ashcraft, Don Hightower, Harold Lonadier, Cheryl Richard, Cynthia Chataignier, Don Fields, Harry Barclay, Kurt Moerbe, Marion Whittle, Matthew McKinney, Michael Hoke, Robin Thibodeaux, Dorothy Hagy, Melissa Martin and Preston Wayne Sullivan.

CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK

Clovis and Sostan dem, are always trying to out do each utter. Da utter day at LuLu’s baber shop, Sostan told Clovis, who was sitting in da barber’s chair, dat he was out of clean shorts (underwear).

Clovis say, “Sostan you should be as smart as me,  I got seven pairs of underwears, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

Clovis answer, “Well, dat’s nutten, I got twelve pair of dem me, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December. Wat you tink bout dat, hanh?”

C’EST TOUT

“There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Donald  Trump has billed himself as the “law and order” candidate. That is laughable. He’s the guy that tells folks in his audiences to “bust him in the mouth” or “knock the hell out of him.” He’s the guy who  says he would violate the law and instruct the military generals to water board prisoners or worse. I’m sure he will wear a “Star of David,” his deputies will be the “White Supremacy” group. No doubt chief deputy will be “David Duke. Tuesday’s USA Today reports that Trump has been involved in 4,055 law suits. Look up the details at USAToday.com. It will blow your mind. Next week, the Republican convention will be held in Cleveland. I mentioned a long time ago that shyster Trump would wreck the Republican Party, and he would do the same to the country. It’s no longer the GOP, it’s the Trump family party. There is already talk about his son Eric running for governor of New York. Two national groups are organizing opposition in hopes of blocking Trumps nomination. They are planning a first ballot surprise. The odds remain long but they have 400 committed GOP delegates. Several dozen are from Texas and enough support from rank and file activist to upset the image of party unity that Trump will need to project on prime-time TV. Trump will put on a show, his ego will really shine and he will eat up the speakers bragging on him. The law and order candidate better wear two pistols at the convention because the fireworks won’t only be outside the hall, there will be plenty Republicans gunning for him inside. Sheriff Trump wouldn’t make a pimple on Hillary Clinton’s behind when it comes to government knowledge. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. You can’t make a law and order sheriff out of a idiot.*****I’ve gotta go now. Thanks for your time. Read us cover to cover and check us out on the web therecordlive.com. Shop our family of advertisers and tell them we sent you. Take care and God bless.