Daily Update: Monday, March 2nd, 2015

03-02 - Texas Declaration of Independence

No Saints today. My late father (who was born on this date in 1929) would have been the first to point out that today is Texas Independence Day, when the Republic of Texas formally declared independence from Mexico at the  Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Today we also remember Richard’s father, who died on this date in 1992.

The Texas Revolution had begun in August of 1835, and forty-one delegates arrived at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos on February 28. In short order a Declaration was issued; historians speculate that George Childress, head of the committee to draft the document, had already written most of it before the Convention convened. Based primarily on the writings of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson, the declaration proclaimed that the Mexican government “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived” and complained about “arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny”. The declaration officially established the Republic of Texas, which existed as a sovereign state until its annexation into the United States in 1845 as a State (bypassing a Territorial phase). Contrary to popular myths, the documents governing Texas’ annexation to the United States of America do not mention any right of secession, although they did raise the possibility of dividing Texas into multiple states inside the Union. My late father (died 1998) was born on this date in 1929, and today we also remember Richard’s father, who died on this date in 1992.

On Sunday evening our New Orleans Pelicans beat the Denver Nuggets by the score of 99 to 92.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and I bagged up the trash and put the trash can on the curb. I forgot to bring Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur with me to the casino. I did my Internet Devotional Reading, and once we clocked in Richard was on a Blackjack table, and I was on Mississippi Stud.

After work we went over to the Clinic. I called my psychiatrist’s office to confirm my 2:30 pm tomorrow, and found that my appointment will be at 2:00 pm tomorrow. Meanwhile, Richard had blood drawn for lab work for his appointment with our Nurse Practitioner on March 9th. On our way home we picked up lunch at Taco Bell. Once home I ate my hard tacos and read the morning paper; our paper noted that our LSU Women’s Basketball team will play Friday in the SEC Tournament. I then took a nap for the rest of the day. I got a robot call from my psychiatrist’s office (that went to voice-mail) advising me of my 2:00 pm appointment tomorrow, and our New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Dallas Mavericks by the score of 93 to 102 (they will play a home game with the Detroit Pistons on March 4th). And I did not do my Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Katharine Drexel, Virgin. We will work our eight hours on Friday at the casino, and on my breaks I will do my Daily Update via WordPress for Android. After I read the paper at home I will head to Lafayette for my 2:00 pm appointment at my psychiatrist’s office. I will then go to Barnes and Noble to put in some comfy chair time, and on my way out of Lafayette I will pick up my library books at the Lafayette Public Library – Southside Branch. And our LSU Baseball team will play a home game with Stephen F. Austin.

Our Parting Quote this Monday afternoon comes to us from Winston Churchill, British Conservative Party politician. Born in 1940 in Chequers, Bucks (Churchill’s legal surname was Spencer-Churchill: his ancestor George Spencer changed his name to Spencer-Churchill when he became the 5th Duke of Marlborough, but starting with his great-grandfather, Lord Randolph Churchill, his branch of the Spencer-Churchill family has used the name Churchill only in its public life), his father was Major Randolph Churchill, and at the time of his birth his grandfather, for whom he was named, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His parents divorced when the boy was five years old, and his father soon remarried. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He took up the profession of a journalist, notably in the Middle East during the Six Day War, during which time he met numerous Israeli politicians, including Moshe Dayan. He published Six Day War in 1967, recounting his experiences. In 1970 Churchill became Member of Parliament for the constituency of Stretford, near Manchester, until the 1983 general election. Boundary changes which took effect at that election made his seat more marginal (it was subsequently taken by the Labour Party), and he transferred to the nearby Davyhulme constituency, which he represented until the seat was abolished for the 1997 general election. Although well-known by virtue of his family history, he never achieved high office. During his time as a Member of Parliament Churchill visited Beijing with a delegation of other MPs, including Clement Freud, a grandson of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Freud asked why Churchill was given the best room in the hotel and was told it was because Churchill was a grandson of Britain’s most illustrious Prime Minister. Freud responded by saying it was the first time in his life that he had been “out-grandfathered”. Churchill was the subject of controversy in 1995 when he and his family sold a large archive of his grandfather’s papers for £12.5m to Churchill College, Cambridge. The purchase was funded by a grant from the newly established National Lottery. After leaving Parliament Churchill was a sought-after speaker on the lecture circuit and wrote many articles in support of the Iraq War and the fight against Islamic terrorism. He also edited a compilation of his grandfather’s famous speeches entitled Never Give In. In 2007 he acted as a spokesman for the pressure group UK National Defence Association. He was also involved with the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged, as trustee from 1974 and chair from 1995 to 2010 (died 2010): “My very first memories are of the wartime years when, apparently, I was very insistent that I needed a model railroad. And, of course, there were no toy stores during the blitz in London, but [my grandfather, Winston Churchill] had inquiries set on foot and, to his huge delight, managed to track down a secondhand railway set. And he actually got down on his hands and knees on the carpet with me and set about setting this thing up – a circular track. And to his huge delight, he saw it had two locomotives – clockwork. He said, `Winston, you wind one up.’ I must have been about three-and-a-half at the time. `I’ll wind the other one up. We’ll put them back to back. Let’s have a crash.’ That’s my very first memory of him.”

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