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Texas Progressive Alliance July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance is overloading on the Olympics as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff notes that for a guy who claims to hate the federal government, Rick Perry sure gives them a lot of opportunities to get involved in Texas’ business.

BossKitty at TruthHugger was on a roll this week. America and Collateral Damage and Double Jeopardy, the NCAA went overboard when they punished past, present and future Penn State students.

Too many Americans have been tricked into believing that the government can no longer help them and their families. Until enough people realize that as a lie, take back the government, and use it to bring economic equality back we will continue in this depression. WCNews at Eye on Williamson says it’s It’s the inequality stupid.

As long as Mitt Romney didn’t bring bacon-wrapped shrimp to the Knesset after leaving London, then last Thursday was the worst day of his European vacation, writes PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that Republicans at Texas A & M are thrilled to give our money to North Carolina while screwing Texas workers.

Neil at Texas Liberal wrote about an interesting and expansive definition of life that he read about in New Scientist magazine….

Texas History for the Week of July 30

Yesterday, July 29 1958

Eisenhower signs bill creating NASA  July 29 1958

On this day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The national commitment to a broad program of space exploration, including manned space flight, came in response to the Soviet Union’s successful space launches, begun in 1957. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy set as a national goal the achievement of a manned landing on the moon by the end of the decade. NASA began to reorganize and increase its space establishments. Central to the agency’s new future was the construction of a manned-space-development aggregation, including facilities in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. NASA also elected to build a new space-management, crew-training, and flight-control center on Clear Lake in southeastern Harris County, Texas, thanks to the efforts of Texas Congressman Albert Thomas. The Manned Space Center opened in 1963 and was officially renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center ten years later.

Fire-breathing preacher indicted for murder  July 29, 1926

On this day in 1926, J. Frank Norris, the controversial minister of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, was indicted for murder. He had been zealous in promoting prohibition, condemning gambling, and attacking the alleged teaching of evolution at Baylor University. Though he had begun the first regular radio ministry in the United States in 1920, he also openly supported the Ku Klux Klan and attacked the Catholic Church. His unrelenting criticism of Baylor, Baptist leaders, and state Baptist policies caused the Baptist General Convention to deny seats to Norris’s congregation at the meetings of 1922 and 1923. In a quarrel with Mayor H.C. Meacham, Norris shot and killed Meacham’s friend D.C. Chipps. The fiery fundamentalist was acquitted on grounds of self-defense.

July 29, 1867 – Fort Griffin was established on the right bank of the Clear Fork of the Brazos to protect settlers.

July 30, 1941 – The US Army declared eminent domain over Texas’ Matagorda Peninsula, establishing a bombing and machine-gun range on the land during WWII.

July 31, 1845 – The present-day community of Corpus Christi was started when US General Zachary Taylor landed troops on Corpus Christi to form a base camp during the Mexican War.

Governor removed from office for balking at Reconstruction  July 30, 1867

On this day in 1867, James Webb Throckmorton, first governor of Texas after the Civil War, was removed from office for being an “impediment to Reconstruction” On the grounds that the state of Texas did not support the Fourteenth Amendment, he refused to support it himself. He declined to increase protection for former slaves and to advocate Radical Republican policies. This “Tennessean by birth [and] Texan by Adoption” was a physician and politician who had a long and distinguished record of service to the state, the United States, and the Confederacy. He died at McKinney on April 21, 1894.

Legendary frontier merchant dies  July 30, 1902

On this day in 1902, Charles Rath died in Los Angeles, California. Rath, born near Stuttgart, Württemberg, in 1836, came to the United States in 1848. About 1853 Charles joined William Bent’s Colorado trading empire, working as an independent freighter hauling supplies and trade goods across Kansas. In the early 1870s Rath brought Andrew Johnson into his employ. Rath was among the first to take advantage of the growing buffalo-hide trade, hunting, freighting, and marketing the hides for a high profit. Often the hideyard of the Rath Mercantile Company was filled with 70,000 to 80,000 hides at one time. In 1874, as the buffalo slaughter moved south into the Texas Panhandle, Rath and a business partner opened a combination store and restaurant at Adobe Walls, near the site of William Bent’s old outpost; Rath himself was back in Kansas on June 27 and thus missed the second battle of Adobe Walls. In the 1870s, Rath and partners such as Frank E. Conrad and William McDole Lee opened commercial establishments at Fort Griffin, Mobeetie, and Rath City. By 1879, however, the buffalo supply was exhausted. Although Rath and his associates profited briefly from the bones their crews hauled away and sold for fertilizer, his fortune soon decreased as his debts from unsuccessful land speculations mounted. He lived in Mobeetie for a while before moving to Los Angeles, where he died of “mitral insufficiency.”

July 31
Pirate resigns as ruler of Galveston Island (1817)
Tarrant County Junior College founded (1965)
August 01
Baylor declares himself governor of Confederate Territory of Arizona (1861)
First election in Texas (1731)
Gunman opens fire on students at UT (1966)
August 02
Texans oust Mexicans in battle of Nacogdoches (1832)
Law arrives west of the Pecos (1882)
Legislature grants Katy a Texas charter (1870)
August 03
Murder of sheriff candidate kindles feud (1898)
Clash with Rangers radicalizes rancher (1915)
August 04
Stevenson becomes governor of Texas as O’Daniel departs for U.S. Senate (1941)
Bracero program supplies labor during World War II (1942)
Texas Revolution participant marries future memoirist (1836)

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