North of the Creaux’s Nest
AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS—-
If you’re a political student or an interested observer, this is the week in the primaries we have been waiting for. By now, we have a good idea who the leaders are. In the final week those running behind will always go negative. Over the weekend, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison started her negative television ads. Going negative is akin to the lawyer creating doubt in the jury’s mind. It sometimes works. Negative campaigning works sometimes in state and national races because many people haven’t made up their minds yet. However, going negative the last week doesn’t work in local races because most candidates are well known and by now people who intend to vote know who they will vote for. Going negative locally in the last week tends to turn the voters off and is viewed as desperation, mud slinging or baby crying. On the other hand, even though voters say they don’t like negative races, it often does what it’s supposed to in national and state races. What Sen. Hutchison is hoping to do is force Gov. Perry into a runoff. A few weeks ago it looked like a runoff was a sure thing, then Debra Medina pulled a boo-boo on “The Glenn Beck Show.” That knocked her down from 24 percent to 16 percent. Now Hutchison is trying to pick that vote up and hold Perry under 50 percent. In most cases, the leading candidates in a runoff will come out the winner. Not always. Kay is just hoping for another shot at him. Locally, in a runoff, the one running second seldom wins. The last time I remember was Sheriff Huel Fontenot, who led in the primary but lost the election. DON’T BE MISLED BY GIMMICKS. Both Democrats and Republicans have been guilty of using propositions that are misleading and will accomplish nothing. In a primary election it’s only an opinion poll. It’s also designed to boost turnout. An e-mail is circulating that is designed to see what kind of people want to continue prayer in school and the Ten Commandments displayed in public places. The proposition is on the Republican ballot. It’s useless and does absolutely nothing. It’s bait and apparently, from the phone calls occurring, some people are falling for it. The truth is that there is a bill now in place for prayer in school. Also, the Ten Commandments Bill putting “In God We Trust’ words on the House chamber walls became law in a bill co-authored by Rep. Mark Homer, a Democrat from Paris. In this case the Republicans are attempting to use God to fool people and boost turnout but the statewide turnout shows the gimmick seems to be working. I believe it was put up by Gov. Perry to be at Hutchison but others are getting caught in the trap, even Democrats. Using God that way seems somewhat sacrilegious. Don’t fall for the gimmick because you’re just wasting your time, it does nothing. *****Well, I’d best get down the road. Hop on board and come along, it won’t do you no harm.
BRIDGE CITY BANQUET LIKE OLD HOME WEEK
It was a very enjoyable evening. Van Choate’s crew did a good job with the dinner, the Chamber put on a great, high-class show. The banquet honored Steve Worster, All-American in high school and twice All-American at the University of Texas. He was part of a state championship team in high school and two national championships at Texas. He was drafted for the pros, No. 4 overall, and also nominated for the Heisman Trophy. Steve, who is basically shy, has always been very humble about his personal accomplishments and what it had done for a little unknown community on Cow Bayou. He has never taken himself seriously. He credits teammates and good coaching, allowing him to take advantage of his talent. Last Saturday’s gathering will long be remembered by those in attendance. Several team members of that championship team were spotted including Darrell Segura, Johnny Miller, Jerry Burd and Jerry Jaynes, who presented Steve with a video of the entire championship game. Cheerleaders spotted were Mary Alice Cole Heartsfield, who is still team mother, Pat Doucet, Sharon Smith and Becky Andrews. Jeff Anderson served as master of ceremonies. Longtime Bridge City Superintendent Glen Pearson, who came to BC as a basketball coach in 1958 and went on to be the longest serving superintendent in school history, honored Steve. He spoke about those championship years and the youngsters who put Bridge City on the map. He and Bill Godwin, who played football at Texas A&M in 1956-59, at the time had the two prettiest wives in town and they are still lovely ladies. Bill, who came as a coach and ended up principle, related those great times and stated that throughout his coaching years had never seen a better football player than Worster. Moe Litton went on to serve 30 years, including all those great years in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. To a man, all former BC athletes say Moe didn’t have much compassion for those in pain but he always had you ready to play on Friday night. Dot Eshbach was in attendance. Dot was so much a part of the business community back in the 1960s and 1970s, and a big backer of the early sports program at BC High. She knew everyone of those boys and their parents on the 1966 state championship team. Judge Carl Thibodeaux, Commissioner John Dubose, who wasn’t here in 1965 and 1966, went away very impressed with the banquet and Steve’s accomplishments.
To Mark Dunn and the chamber board and staff, we congratulate you on an event and honoree whose “time had come.” A musical CD of top hits recorded by Kenneth L. Webb, the Pearson’s son-in-law, was made available to guests. The Chamber also held a raffle and gave out several prizes. They extended the night at the Senior Center.
VIEWS FROM DIFFERENT POINT OF INTEREST
– The 2010 census in 2010 will cost $14 billion to count everyone. The cost doubles every 10 years. The census determines congressional seats and how much money comes back to each state.
–Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, not running for re-election, is a matter of reading the tea leaves. The polls showed he probably would not get re-elected so he makes this grand exit, blames Washington, etc. What that tells me is that he will run for governor of Indiana. Wait and see it, I’m right.
– California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rags republicans who voted against the stimulus and riled against. Then show up for the photo ops and take credit for local projects they had nothing to do with.
– In a poll, 86 percent of the American people say our government is broken. Eighty-one percent say it can be fixed. Proof that gridlock is hurting both democrats and republicans. Maybe the Repubs are getting a little the worst of it in the long haul.
– Tom Cruise is no longer Hollywood’s top star. The 47-year-old, from the time he did the jumping episode on Oprah’s couch, has seen his career going down and probably has peaked. Don’t feel sorry for him however, he will still earn $20 million as secret agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible IV.” Hollywood’s A-list actors can’t demand most of the pie anymore. For the first time Cruise will not get a percentage of the ticket sales. For most it’s the times. For Cruise it’s that his time has come.
– What a bummer. Baylor is hiring Ken Starr. Still out there is an unfavorable justice department report on the conduct of Starr’s office of the Independent Council. The report remains locked in a government archives. Starr’s prosecutors have aggressively fought to keep it under wraps. Starr spent four years and $75 million investigating President Bill Clinton. Starr’s witch-hunt began with a small real estate deal known as White Water, got tangled with Paula Jones’ sexual harassment suit against Clinton and culminated in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Starr released every lewd detail. Starr’s office pressured and questioned her even as she asked repeatedly for an attorney. The hero of the entire fiasco was Susan McDougal, the White Water defendant, who spent two years in prison rather than be forced into lying. Starr wrecked lives remorselessly and is not the good Baptist for Baylor University. Even now he says he will join the Baptist Church if he must. He’s not even loyal to his own faith. Ken Starr changed White Water from “A criminal investigation to a presidential hunt.” I can’t possible see how Baylor can be proud of this great pretender they have chosen to lead their university.
– At last weekend’s conservative political action conferences Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck were the stars. Rep. Ron Paul won the straw poll for 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He won with 31 percent, Mitt Romney, 22 percent and Sarah Palin, 7 percent. Ten thousand attended but less than half cast ballots. Now folks, I’m even starting to believe the country is going wacky.
– The quote of the week might just come from Beck, who says the GOP deficit soared under their eight-years watch. “Republicans sold the American people out. I’ve always said I was a Reagan-style conservative but I don’t think Reagan was a real Republican. He just maintained some shared values.” What Beck is saying is that if you remember Reagan, former labor leader and the Democratic governor of California, he slipped on a Republican coat and kept on his Democratic vest.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
30 Years Ago-1980
Mr. and Mrs. Butch Lormand celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Feb. 24. Butch also celebrated a birthday on the 21. *****Lori Landry turned 10 years old on Feb. 19. (Editor’s note: That should make her 40 this week.)*****Janice Smith turns 18 this week. ***Bernice Fisette celebrates on Feb. 29. She is the mother of Harold, Dr. Rod and Billy Fisette and has 10 grandchildren. *****Congrats to Don and Angie Breaux on the birth of their first child Angellia Daniell, she arrived weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and all of 20 inches high. *****Louis Garriga, Bridge City football standout, signs with Lamar and will major in chemical engineering. *****Bum Phillips will be honored May 30, with a banquet in the Port Arthur Civic Center after the ‘Bum Phillips’ invitational golf tournament. *****According to Judge Pete Runnels, Orange County officials will present Phillips, an Orange native, with an award at the banquet. The city of Orange and the Orange chamber will also participate. Orange County had wanted a “Bum Phillips Day” and parade but because of Bum’s schedule it was not possible. (Editor’s note: Oh yea! Well, why haven’t Orange and Orange County honored him during the past 30 years? He and native-born son Coach Wade should both be honored. They are our most famous natives.)*****Ray Price, the Cherokee Cowboy, came down to fish Lake Sabine with Wilson Roberts. The ex-police chief has a lot of time to fish these days. *****American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49 dedicates its new home at 105 W. Green Ave. It was the 49th Post and one of the earliest which now numbers over 600. Lloyd Grubbs was the first Orange casualty in World War I. A native of Goliad, he moved with his family to Orange as a child. He was valedictorian of his class of nine students. He graduated from the old Henderson school that preceded Orange High. First Savings and Loan financed the new building. Davis Cooper is president. Over the past year Bubba Voss, Howard Turner and Shon Hudson each secured 100 members.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Pat Doucet and Becky Andrews, who were both cheerleaders on the Bridge City 1966 championship team and attended Saturday night’s Chamber banquet, lost their father early Sunday morning. A.J. “Al” Blanchette, 85, died Feb. 21. Al was a good man. He had been ill for sometime. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to his entire family. Please see obit. *****Also Saturday after the banquet Darrell Segura, a player on the ’66 team, returned home to find his wife Sharon had suffered a mini-stroke. Sharon, who also was a cheerleader on the ’66 team, had not attended the banquet because she was feeling ill. We’re happy to announce that she is doing much better. *****Our condolences to the family of Paul Shelton Hebert, who died Sunday. His wife Cora, a longtime Record employee, preceded him in death. Please see obit.*****Happy birthday to a few friends having birthdays this week. On Feb. 21 Chris Menard, our buddy, celebrated his 30th. Happy birthday Chris. ***Also on Feb. 21, our coffee-making, carpenter friend Ray Cravens celebrated 62. ***Happy birthday also to beautiful Regina Harrington who turns 55 on Feb. 24. That one is hard to believe. It seems like just a few years ago when she and Doug married. It’s actually been 30 years. She and Doug have had a good life and raised a lovely daughter.***Also celebrating this week is our young buddy Logan Dubose. He doesn’t miss a Cajun story.***David Claybar, Doris Byrd, Butch Choate and Ms. Gretta Brinson are all a year older. Happy birthday to all.*****We heard from Preston Conway, who now lives in Hemphill with wife Margaret. In two years, thanks to Leap Year, on his date of birth, Feb. 29, he will be 21 years old. He says finally he will be old enough to buy a drink in a bar. Preston set the record straight by phone Monday about hitting that herd of cows in 1946. He was on his way to Orangefield to pick up his date and a friend, Jimmy Johnson, when he ran into the cows. His windows were down and the cow manure covered him and went throughout the car. He had to clean it, take a bath in a No. 3 washtub and borrow some clothes before picking up his date. The smell stayed in the car for a few days. *****Our great friend G.L. “Red” Garrett is now a resident of the Meadows. After 60-years, the former city councilman quit smoking and we hear his appetite has really escalated. “Bugger Red” is one of the great guys we’re been fortunate to know. *****March 2 is Texas Independence Day. On Feb. 27-28, Washington-on-the-Brazos will host the 174th signing of the Declaration. Everyone is invited for the two-day celebration. Orange Countian Claiborne West was a signer. For more info check their Web site, Washington.Brazos@tpwd.state.tx.us.*****State Rep. Mike Hamilton is planning to open a first class restaurant in Lumberton where Wayne Reaux will be building a large complex. *****Longtime Nederland Babe Ruth baseball coach was seen braving the cold weather Monday night to watch the Bridge City Nederland baseball game. This time he wasn’t pulling for Nederland however. His son, Chad, is Bridge City’s head baseball coach. Clint is also Kevin Angelle’s uncle. Kevin leaves for Florida to join his baseball team next week. Clint also claims Coach Sam Moore as his cousin. A real baseball family.*****Benny Hinn’s wife, Suzanne, after 30 years, has filed for divorce. This will be another messy preacher’s story involving multi-millions. Hinn will need his “Miracle Crusade” to bail him out of this one.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Lois Gephart, Regina Harrington, Scarlett Fontenot, Taylor Brownlie, Bill Bennett, Doris Byrd, Angela Brinson, Betty Sherman, Claudia Williams, Eleanor Shult, Marilyn Powell, Zachary Gilliam, Amanda Beeson, Bailey Noah, Beth Mathews, Butch Choate, David Claybar, Gretta Brinson, James Wilkinson, Lindsey Moreau, Sarah Havens, Allisha Bonneaux, Amy Ball, Kathy McKenzie, Kurt Reeves, Royce Pendergast, Ginger Romero, Logan Dubose, Will Brinson, Kevin Jones, George Cassidy, Jennifer Thomas, John Gooch, Louise Hamilton, Monica Wilson, Robert Foster and Aiyana Bland, Kay Butler, Tommy Andrus and Brittany Waguespack.
On Feb. 25, Sean Astin will be 39; Carrot Top, 45; Sally Jessy Raphael, 75 and Bob Schieffer.*** On Feb. 26, Michael Bolton, 57; Fats Domino, 82 and Eryhan Badu, 36.***Josh Groban, 29; Chelsea Clinton, 30; Mary Frann, 67; Ralph Nader, 76; Elizabeth Taylor, 78 and Joanne Woodward, 80.***Feb. 28, Robert Sean Leonard, 41; Bernadette Peters, 62; Gilbert Gottfried, 55 and Mario Andretti, 70.***Feb. 29 (Leap Year Babies.)) Antonio Sabato Jr., 38; Tony Robbins, 50; Gretchen Christopher, 70 and Jack Lousma, 74.***March 1, Donovan Patton, 33; Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 36; Booker T, 45 (wrestler); Ron Howard, 56 and Harry Belafonte, 83.***March 2, Jon Bon Jovie, 48; Lou Reed, 66; Mikhail Gorbachev, 79 and Daniel Craig, 42.***March 2, Jessica Biel, 28 and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 45.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Joe Premeaux tell his frien ‘Tee-Man’ Dartez, “My old barn, it’s completely infested wit rat, big rats. I tried everyting, me, and can’t got rid of dem.”
Tee-Man say, “Joe, I know xactly how to get rid of dem rats, you got to get you one of dem bull constriptons.”
“Wat’s dat?” Joe axed.
“Man, dats one of dem big snakes dat loves to eat rats and swaller dem whole.” Tee-Man answer.
Da next day Premeaux bougt da biggest bull constriper in da store. He turn dat snake loose in the middle of his barn and he sat dere and watched. He watch for a long time, nuttin happen. Dat big snake jus curled up and slept all day. He don’t move. Dem rats jus run all around. Premeaux him, got real frustrated and he call his frien, “Tee-Man, “Dats some bad advice bout dat snake. Dem rats still run around and dat snake jus lay dere sleeping.”
Dartez say, “Joe, I know wat to do, give dat snake some Viagra.
“Premeaux say, “You crazy Cajun, now tell me wat good Viagra gonna do hanh?”
Dartez answer, “Me, I was jus listening to da radio and da man say dat Viagra is da best ting to use for a reptile dysfunction.”
Well, I’ve come to the end of the line. They say snow will be all around in a few hours. No, I’m not in Boston; I’m in Orange County, Texas.*****We’re having a statewide election. Today early voting is open until 5 p.m. and also Thursday and Friday. Election is Tuesday, March 2, Texas Independence Day. The sky will be clear Thursday and Friday but another front is coming Monday and Tuesday that could bring bad weather. You might want to vote early.*****I see Willie Nelson is supporting Kinky for Agriculture Commissioner. Now that’s bringing it down to earth. Farmers like Willie. Kinky might be their best bet. By the way, before I forget the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t endorse candidates. They don’t endorse all this soggy weather either. Seriously, it’s important that you vote. If you don’t, the world will know it because your name won’t be on the public list which shows the people who did their duty and voted. The rest don’t have a right to ask for a favor or complain about government. I sure want my name on the ‘voted’ list.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch drew a large crowd at Robert’s last week. This week they will dine at Novrozsky’s, next week it’s the big seafood dinner at Van Choate’s Tuffy’s where Cathy Clark always makes everyone welcome.*****Gotta go, thanks for your time. Take care and God bless.