I said in this column the day after the revolution started in Egypt, that President Mubarak might as well pack his bag. The genie wasn’t going back in the bottle and revolutions are hard to stop. Mubarak’s fall came as suddenly and surprisingly as his unlikely rise to the office 30 years ago. Egypt rose up against him, the streets and squares filled with hundreds of thousands of young protesters, 30 years old and younger. He could no longer deny the inescapable conclusion. Eighteen days later it was time to go and he did. He served longer than any leader since Muhammad Ali, the founder of modern day Egypt. The country plans to start over, with a democracy. Meanwhile, under military control things won’t be all rosy. Thugs, robbers and terrorist will make their move while the country is in transitions. It won’t be an easy road, but one well worth the risk. Dictators everywhere should be concerned. Young people and the Facebook revolution is no longer being held in the dark, fed only the news governments want them to have. The genie is out of the bottle. In the future young adults will display their interest around the globe. Computers, I-Phones, etc. will be their weapons. I believe in my lifetime, their influence will be felt even in this country. *****I have a lot I’d like to cover if time doesn’t catch me. I’m getting a late start. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


Candidates appeal for support from the GOP conservative base. Tea Party “sentiment” is pulling the Republican presidential contest too the far right. More than 11,000 attended for the three-day event. Texas Libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, for the second year in a row, won first place with 30 percent of the vote. Gov. Mitt Romney was second with 23 percent. The rest got single digit numbers. Newt Ginrich, five percent, Sarah Palin, three percent, Mike Huckabee, two percent, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one percent. Most others shared five percent. Texas Governor Perry and Donald Trump didn’t register one tenth of one percent. Fifteen candidates sought CPAC support. More than two of every five delegates said they wished the GOP had a better field of candidates. “They are looking for somebody and haven’t found that one candidate with presidential statue yet,” said one delegate. Gov. Perry flopped just like his book did. The best he can hope for on the national scene is a political appointment that would earn him $200,000 plus a year if the GOP can win the White House. Right now it looks to me like the GOP will take the senate, lose members in congress but still hold the majority. I believe President Obama has a better than even chance to get re-elected, especially if unemployment falls to eight percent or below. That would really make for a divided government, but that’s not all bad. A Republican, Tea Party take over of all three branches would be a rubber stamp government like Texas and Obama’s first two years. In just a couple of years we will find out if I’m right or not. If the GOP is to win the White House, it will take a candidate that we’re not yet aware of at this time. The GOP is too fragmented, the Tea Party, tying in with the Republicans, will make the regular machine republicans seem way to radical. The old abortion issue, Obama not being an American or Christian won’t sell.

Americans are way to educated to buy into extreme, bottom of the barrel talk. I believe enough people will consider that President Obama has gained some valuable experience and can’t do any harm without control of the House and Senate. Two other facts also will help him, he will be the first candidate ever to raise $1 billion dollars to run on, plus independents and centrist will consider that the Republican Party has moved too far to the extreme right with the Tea Party, Palin etc. That’s strictly speculating on my part. I’d like to know what you think. E-mail me at news@therecordlive.com. No garbage, disagree with me if you wish, but in a mature manner. Just give me what you speculate will happen in the 2012 elections. Example: you might not believe the GOP will take over the Senate so tell me why.

12 Years Ago-1999

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 16 at St. Paul Methodist church for Bridge City pioneer Roy Melvin Hatton. Born April 23, 1919, in a house where Entergy Sabine Station is now located, he was an operator for Texaco 46 years. He served on the Bridge City School Board for 13 years. Hatton Elementary School was named for his father. Mr. Hatton was best known for his knife making. A Hatton Knife is a sculptured handwork, molded with skill. He created over 500 knives. They were famous because of the Scrimshaw art, an ancient art form, on the handles. In World War II, Hatton made 38 survival knives at the request of the United States Navy. He was a real artist and made most of the furniture in his home. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; sons, Ray Michael and Mark Curtis; daughter, Milla Don Rampmaier; and brother, Frank. Editor’s note: Since then, Frank has died. Ms. Mildred and the children are still around and doing well. Ms. Mildred is 90 years old and her health has slowed her down but she’s still a beautiful, kind lady who lives with her son, Mark, and his family. The Hatton’s of Bridge City blazed a trail going back to the 1800’s.)*****Orangefield running back Beaux DeVille received the 1999 prestigious Willie Ray Smith Award for Offense. In the 1998 season, he earned 2,101 yards and 25 touchdowns, leading the Bobcats to their first playoff in ten years. *****President Bill Clinton was exonerated on two articles of impeachment by the U.S. Senate. The Republican controlled House, led by Henry Hyde, spent two years and $50 million by hired gun, Ken Starr. Rush Limbaugh, Bill Bennett and the disseminators of venom, who worked overtime, joined them in the hypocritical culture war to get Clinton. They lost at every turn. The American people saw it for what it was. *****Dr. Jimmy Smith is named president of Lamar University. *****Bennie Johnson, one of the pillars of Orange, died in Dallas. He and wife, Bernice owned Southern Printers. *****Ed “Buttons” Bacon III, died Feb. 6 at age 45. Like his dad, Ed, he was a fun loving guy. He is survived by wife, Karen; daughters, Bobbi Fife and Shonna; son, Ed Bacon IV, sisters, Joyce, Vera, Brenda, Bonita, Shonna and Patty; and brother, Hilton.*****Our deepest sympathy to the Jerry Stone’s who lost son Jeremy, age 16, on Feb. 15.

37 Years Ago-1974

Jack Luther made the mistake of his life. He agreed to fly to Dallas with pilot/airplane owner, Doug Harrington. Jack said “No restroom, not even a tin can.” In awful pain, Jack threatened Doug with his life. Doug finally landed in a cow pasture near Mexia so Jack could relive himself. *****Little Cypress-Mauriceville Coach Jim Crossland left for a new job as defensive  co-coordinator with the Chicago Fire football team, in the new World Football League. (Editor’s note: Has that really been 37 years? Unbelievable.)*****Donald Lewellyn is robbed and killed. *****The Scarborough’s, a family singing group from Little Cypress, entertains at a benefit for Laure Fish, a leukemia patient. Band members are Randy, Ricky and Robert Scarborough, Matt Carlin, Guy and Scott Gann. *****Gasoline was 29 cents a gallon last month. A shortage has jumped the price up to 48 cents a gallon. People wait in line at stations. *****Watergate stories are dominating the news.

Inez Jones, Judy Brownlie, Mandy LeBauve, Patricia Davis, Vicky Stanley, Ann McDuff, John Chauvin, Kim Harmon, Mellisa Tuttle, Rolf Schulz, Alayna George, Tom Edwards, Ashley Floyd, Bernice Say, Justin Broussard, Jeremy Crocker, Betty Drachenberg, Betty Smith, Leah Gunstream, Charlotte North, Ruby Sanders, Christy Faulk, Darrin Havens, Jason Clark, Martha Pittman, Ty Broussard, Nathan Dickman, Ron Teaff, Sydney Peet, Allison Floyd, Erin Boren, Beverly Satir, Jim Izer, Amanda Newman, B.E. “Bob” Hankins, George W. Stevens, Chad Boatman, Harry Risher, Jasmine Lindner, John Curphy, Leslie Braus, Wesley Arnold and Brint Carlton.


The Follies will be held in Orange at the Lutcher Theater, Feb. 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone has a great time at the Follies. Those folks do such a great job. *****Harry and Margie Stephens are having their annual “President’s Day” sale at Harry’s Appliance. Great deals. They also service what they sell, usually with a one-day turn around. I’ve heard horror stories of how some people have waited weeks and sometimes months to get their appliance back, not at Harry’s. Free delivery also. Check them out. It’s a great time to buy plus I enjoy looking at Margie. *****Nederland has announced that they will name a road for coach Bum Phillips. He and son, Wade, are both Orange natives. For years I’ve advocated we should honor our hometown folks who we are proud to call natives. A year ago I said Mid-County would beat us and honor the country’s most beloved Bum. It has been on the books for us to do so I hope the county will act on it soon.*****Danny’s and K-Dan’s are advertising their steam table specials. You can always find a great meal at either. *****Judge Michael Shuff has decided to hang up his County Court at Law robe effective Feb. 27. For many years Judge Shuff has run a good court. For most of those years he had the only County Court. We wish him the best in retirement. Who’s going to fill his shoes? That’s the big question. What will the Commissioner’s Court decide to do with the Law Court? I understand they are looking at several options. If they appoint someone to fill the two years, they should appoint someone who wants it enough to run for it. I don’t believe in caretaker judgeships. Appoint the best qualified and have the guts to let the hair go with the hide. *****We were sorry to hear about the death of V.J. Zeto, age 86, who died in Dallas, Feb. 5. V.J., along with the Zeto family, contributed a lot to the building of the city. At one time they were one of our most prominent families. The only member of the Zeto clan left is Charles Jr. Brother, Frank and sister, Rosalie Lakin died several years ago. To V.J.’s wife, Jean and her family, we send our condolences. *****A long time friend of ours, Harry Delano, 85, passed away Feb. 11. Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Harry served in WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was a former boxer, policeman and had retired from Texaco. He was one of the great guys who we were proud to know. Our deepest sympathy to his daughter, Diann Ray and her family. *****On Feb. 9, Jack Granger, 65 died at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. He was a great guy who will be missed by his wife, Charlotte and their large family. May he rest in peace. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Dorman Funeral Home. *****On Feb. 18, Norman Berry will turn 71. Norman is a prince of a guy, always a friend and always helpful. He’s a longtime member of the KKK, Kroger Koffee Klub. *****Our buddy Ray Cravens turns 63 on Feb. 21. Ray can fix anything but a broken heart. *****The Rev. Leo and Ivaln Anderson will mark their 51st wedding anniversary on Feb. 18. A great couple who constantly does the Lord’s work. They will go anywhere someone needs prayer. *****The NAACP sponsored Black History Parade will be held Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week. It’s always a great place to eat and a large group of the finest folks is expected. Next week, the Bunch will dine with Uncle Jim, at Novrozsky’s. It’s a very informal get together and everyone is always welcome.


Thursday evening the Bridge City Chamber will hold it’s annual banquet. Dr. Jamey Harrison will be honored as “Citizen of the Year.” Dr. Harrison will be leaving his post as BCISD superintendent to join the UIL. Bridge City folks won’t soon forget him nor will he and his family ever forget the three years they spent in one of the states finest communities. The Record Newspapers will also be recognized as “Business of the Year.” For over 50 years, our Penny Record has been the voice of the Bridge City/Orangefield area. We’re proud to serve those communities and are honored to be recognized. I understand Judge Carl Thibodeaux will do the honors and that’s like icing on the cake. It will be a nice event. I hope many of you will attend. *****Speaking of attending, we made it to the Bridge City Alumni Baseball Game last Saturday. That was a fun afternoon. The weather was great and we got to watch some of Bridge City High’s former greats.

Some, in just a few short years, have fallen apart. Well, not exactly, but you never would have guessed they were former All District and All State super stars. That what age does to you. Baseball hitting and pitching is something you have to be constant at. Surprising was Rev. Charles Miller, who last played in 1966 and was a coach at B.C. for years. He managed to foul off some pitchers. Steve Sanders who last played in 1970 and still had a swing, not a very good one but the bat went all the way around. ***Darrick Bradley, class of ’97, who I believe is one of the best athletes to come from Bridge City, can still fire a ball. In his school days he ran track and boy could he run. He also played baseball. On some days he would rush from one to the other. Anchoring the 440 relays was his specialty; when making that last turn he ate them up. ***What a great job the coach of the Grey team, Jacob Monceaux did. He kept his players on their toes, made good moves and Dan Hooks style, he confronted the umpire with “Blue, you’re killing me,” and got better calls. Everybody loves Jacob and it was a good day for him, the fans and a great bunch of guys, who gave us many thrills in the past. Not too thrilling Saturday, but it was all in fun. Thanks guys.


On Feb. 16, Ice-T will be 53; John McEnroe, 52.***Feb. 17, Rene Russo, 57; Michael Jordan, 48; Paris Hilton, 30 and Larry The Cable Guy, 48.***Feb. 18, Vanna White, 54; Matt Dillon, 47 and Dr. Dre, 46.***Feb. 19, Smokey Robinson, 71; Jeff Daniels, 56 and Seal, 48.***Feb. 20, Ivana Trump, 62; Charles Barkley, 48; Cindy Crawford, 45 and Rihanna, 23.***Feb. 21, Kelsey Grammer, 56; William Baldwin, 48; Jennifer Love Hewitt, 32 and Drew Barrymore, 36.


GoSleaux Comeaux was standing on da street corner in Mamou, wen a Yankee talking man came up to him and say, “Excuse me sir, but can you tell me the quickest way to get to Ville Platte?”
GoSleaux him scratched his head and axe, “Mais, do you be walking or driving.”
“I’m driving sir,” replied the stranger.
“Dat’s da quickest way.” Said GoSleaux


Well, it’s come on a full moon, nice weather and a bunch of yard work to be done. Winter played hell with outdoor plants. I’m ready for spring and I’m sure you are also. We may have a couple more frosts, but I believe icy days are over. *****Next Monday, Feb. 21, we celebrate President’s Day. I’ve lived under 13 presidents. FDR, who served three terms; Truman, completed a term and served another; Ike, two terms; JFK, 1,000 days; Johnson, who finished Kennedy’s term and was elected to one; Nixon, one and a half terms then resigned; Ford served a half term; Carter, one term; Reagen, two terms; George H. Bush, one term; Clinton, two terms; George W. Bush, two terms and Obama, two years of his first term. It’s hard to rank them in order, different styles, different circumstances, wars, peacetime, etc. Taking everything into consideration, getting us out of the Great Depression, the invasion of Pearl Harbor and being Commander in Chief in WWII, I would say Roosevelt is the best in my lifetime. President Herbert Hoover had left the country in terrible shape when he took office. Next, I believe no one has done a better job than President Bill Clinton when you consider the great economy, peacetime and the financial well being of the country when he left office, He left a balanced budget and a $500 billion surplus, unemployment under six percent, gasoline 98 cents a gallon and milk only $1.89 a gallon. The national debt was $5.4 trillion. In the next eight years it doubled to $12 trillion. Clinton left office just ten years and a month ago but it sure seems a lot longer than that. A lot of things have happened since he left and most have been bad. The invasion of Iraq was the worse; unemployment and the deficit have skyrocketed. The country, in eight years, reached the deepest recession in our country’s history. The auto industry faced bankruptcy; banks and mortgage corporations were failing before saved by a bailout. Things are better and getting better but it’s a long, slow haul. Coming from the Great Depression, I lived through the good times and the bad. The last 10 years have been the second worse. *****Next Monday, at 9 p.m., on MSNBC, Chris Matthews will present a President’s Day special, “Clinton, President of the World.” I look forward to seeing it. It’s amazing what all he’s done around the world since leaving office. *****I’ve got to go now, my time is up. Thanks for yours. If you’re an advertiser or need to get a message out, we invite you to join our family of advertisers. We reach more readers in our market than all other publications combined. Stay safe, take care and God bless.