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My grandfather Justino was the Benjamin of a long list of siblings. The older ones were more surrogate parents than brothers and sisters. The records show that he was born in Cameron County, Texas, in 1897, however the family folklore says he falsified the records to enlist for World War I when he was a minor. Justino grew up in San Benito, a typical Texas town of the beginning of the twentieth century, where the railroad tracks marked the segregation boundary, on one side was San Benito, for Texans and Mexicans, and on the other, was Harlingen, for the new conquerors.

Grandpa’s family had been in Texas for over two hundred years and they were Mexican in the sense that Texas was once part of Mexico. My grandfather would refer to himself as Texan, without qualifications, to Mexican migrants as “pelones” and to the invaders as “gabachos.” Continue reading

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flour tortillas

I have eaten flour tortillas like that in two places, at home when I was a boy, and in Beeville. Beeville is the county seat of Bee County, Texas, with a population around thirteen thousand. It is the birthplace of … Continue reading

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a luxury

Texas Panhandle City Says ‘Enough’ on Middle East Refugees by BOB PRICE12 Jan 20162,265 The city of Amarillo now sports the dubious title of having the country’s highest ratio of refugees from Middle East nations. City officials are asking for … Continue reading

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Texas police excessive force against teenagers

There has been a spate of events where police in Texas overplays the use of force against upper-class non-white teenagers. Most recently, Mohamed, a 14 year old freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, was taken into police custody … Continue reading

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“If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it’s good enough for me.” (A U.S. Congressman to Dr. David Edwards, head of the Joint National Committee on Language, about the necessity of a modern commercial nation to be multi-lingual.) Art. … Continue reading

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Scientists Weigh In On Climate Impacts Of Texas’ Devastating Floods by Emily Atkin Posted on May 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm Weather is not the same as climate, but the weather events in Texas and northern Mexico are unprecedented in … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby

The decision, written by Justice Alito, is beyond disturbing. It essentially grants for-profit corporations a free pass not to follow laws by invoking their “religious rights” under RFRA. While Alito and his buddies said their ruling was narrow, nothing could … Continue reading

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a $17 trillion debt

Uploaded on Nov 4, 2011 The United States debt limit explained. A satirical short film taking a look at the national debt and how it applies to just one family. http://www.debtlimitusa.org. Oct 16, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today … Continue reading

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The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty…Not only would it violate Texans’ Second Amendment rights, including the right to self defense, it also raises U.S. sovereignty and national security concerns. Senator John Cornyn On 2 April 2013, the General Assembly adopted the landmark … Continue reading

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San Antonio has no tornado sirens

Three tornadoes ravaged the Dallas area this week, destroying hundreds of homes — but amazingly, no one was killed. That’s partly because Dallas has tornado warning sirens to let residents know when they’re in danger, a crucial safety measure since … Continue reading

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