OPINION — With Joe Biden’s inauguration, readers have been asking me what I think will happen during this new administration, and how it will affect hunting, fishing, the environment, the economy, religion, and my column. People are understandably concerned about their future, especially in light of the disasters of the past year. Plus, according to the Texas Dept. of Agriculture, lizards the size of dogs are invading Texas in droves.
OPINION — Here’s a little quiz for you: What do Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley, Peter Egan, Ed Sheeran, Dame Judi Dench, and Piers Morgan have in common? I mean besides the fact they’re all people you’ve never heard of. Except for Ricky Gervais and Piers Morgan. You’ve heard of them, because they’ve appeared in this column, although they probably weren’t happy about it.
OPINION — In my 22 years of active duty service in the US Army, I learned many lessons in leadership. I would be happy to share them with you, as they are enshrined on the 3×5 cards I carry. Having served in combat, my first combat tour was 30 years ago in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. It became very apparent that when bullets begin to fly, it is the resilient, resolved, and focused commander that inspires victory. I have always stated, “no one follows a Frantic Fannie into combat.”
OPINION — I had been in Nashville for six long years I started as an agent forThe Hubert Long Agency, then hired on as a tour consultant for two years with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. As that tour came to an end I got a call from Tom Collins, a well known producer and head of Charley Pride’s Pi Gem music. Could I meet with Charley next Tuesday? Of course.
OPINION — Whenever someone asks me what my favorite Christmas movie is, I usually say Die Hard, because it’s funny to watch the shapes their faces make while they try to decide whether Die Hard is actually a Christmas movie, or just a movie set at Christmas, in which Bruce Willis shoots a bunch of large Europeans with Augs and funny accents. For the record, Die Hard IS a Christmas movie, but it’s not really my favorite. That would be A Christmas Story.
OPINION — On November 2, members of Students for Trump at Texas A&M and myself, the president of the organization, placed “Trump 2020” signs within different areas on campus. Before finishing, officers from the University Police Department (UPD) asked us to pick back up the signs due to the risk of ground damage. After clarifying with their supervisor, they concluded that we are within our jurisdiction and our rights to place these signs. This conversation was followed by them asking if we would like to press charges on individuals who were found removing our signs. We decided to not press charges on those individuals.
OPINION — Christmas is definitely going to be a little different this year, due to the COVID-19 thing, although you shouldn’t allow that to dampen your holiday spirits. Well, unless you happen to work for the USPS, FedEx, UPS, Amazon, or any of the nation’s other fine freight carriers. What with people staying home for the holidays and mailing gifts this season, those poor folks are going to be busier than a one-legged cat trying to bury poop on a frozen sandpile. On behalf of our steadfast, diligent, dedicated, and hard-working delivery personnel, please try to refrain from sending your loved ones any bowling balls, weight sets, or large shipments of ammo for Christmas. It’s the right thing to do.
OPINION — About twenty years ago, in Mason, Texas, I bought a 4WD Chevy Luv pickup with Montana plates that looked like it had lost a fight with a Brahman bull. It had, in fact, hit a moose, which was probably worse. There was no part of the body that was not rusted, dented, perforated, torn, bent, deformed, or missing. A lot was missing. It was difficult to look directly at this vehicle without experiencing acute eyeball discomfort.