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Don Julio

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  1. I had the misfortune of hearing Rush Limbaugh the other day. My capricious mind is unable to comprehend the immeasurably gargantuan single-mindedness that goes into thinking of new ways of saying, "I hate liberals," three hours a day. Every single day. For 20 years. Never pausing for a moment to consider that you might be wrong about something. And to whoever feels the need to defend Limbaugh as an "entertainer": I find him to be about as "entertaining" as the late George Lincoln Rockwell. What a dreadful, dreadful human being. http://www.dickipedia.org/dick.php?title=Rush_Limbaugh
  2. http://victoriaosteen.com/blog.shtml God's Economic Stimulus Plan Thursday, March 5, 2009 I'm so grateful that everything we need in life is found in the Word of God. His principles remain true no matter what is happening in this world's economy. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that He's always had a plan for our good.
  3. I believe that the moon is made out of green cheese, because when I look up at the night sky, it looks exactly like a ball of green cheese. I'm just going to pretend that 500 years of physics and astronomy don't exist, because that would upset my Green Cheese Theory.
  4. There are few certainties in life, but one of them is this: if a person prefaces their comments on evolution by stating that "it's just a theory," there is a 100% certainty that the rest of what they say will be specious nonsense.
  5. Okay folks...I had to dig DEEP in the archives to find this...you won't find these photos in Blood and Money or The Chronicle Archives... The Heartbeats in 1968! John Hill on tuba! Denton Cooley on bass! Detail of Hill: The Heartbeats on stage! Album liner notes
  6. 40 years from now, we'll look back to this thread as "historic photos of Old Houston."
  7. Thanks, Niche. I deserved that. I know that chimpanzees are, indeed, higher primates, but overzealousness brings with it chimp-like outbursts like mine. Your second paragraph is the finest piece of writing I've ever seen on this or any other forum. It would be ludicrous for me to even respond, except to say thank you. The Darwin quote is from his concluding paragraph to The Descent of Man. Here is the entire paragraph: "Man may be excused for feeling some pride at having risen, though not through his own exertions, to the very summit of the organic scale; and the fact of his having thus risen, instead of having been aboriginally placed there, may give him hope for a still higher destiny in the distant future. But we are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with the truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it; and I have given the evidence to the best of my ability. We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which he feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system -- with all these exalted powers -- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin."
  8. Of course I agree that abstract thinking separates higher primates (like us) from our lesser brethren. But abstract thought based on myth and hearsay from 2,000 years ago is a humble reminder of just how limited our ability to engage in abstractions really is. We can never fully shed what Darwin called "the indelible stamp of our lowly origin."
  9. One of the great ironies of modern history is how the anti-evolution mob demonstrates that we humans are, indeed, half a chromosome removed from the chimpanzee. Their ridiculous protests simply prove the essence of evolutionary theory.
  10. Education board OKs standards for teaching evolution By APRIL CASTRO Associated Press March 27, 2009, 7:02PM AUSTIN -- State education leaders forged a compromise Friday on the teaching of evolution in Texas, adopting a new science curriculum that no longer requires educators to teach the weaknesses of all scientific theories. The State Board of Education voted 13-2 to put in place a plan that would instead require teachers to encourage students to scrutinize
  11. Maybe you should actually try to learn something about the theory of evolution before posting? Here's a great introduction to the subject. Please read it.
  12. That's the smartest thing you've said all day.
  13. This is the equivalent of asking why, if you 'believe' in germ theory, why is it important to you that others believe the same? Modern biology begins with the theory of evolution. If you wish to live in pre-1859 conditions, that's up to you. But I hope you never have to go to a hospital. While you're at it, you might want to start protesting outside Baylor College of Medicine. They teach post-1859 science heavily indebted to Darwin's theories. You will also look like the biggest fool in the world.
  14. Wow, Texas Monthly does an article on Washington Avenue, and manages to overlook everything significant about Washington Avenue? How very Texas Monthly of them. Here's my Washington Avenue tour, heading west from Downtown: 1. AVENUE GRILL (Washington@Houston) -- The only old fashioned greasy spoon still left in the shadow of downtown? Quite possibly. Been there forever. 2. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT SHOP (2020) 3. SALVATION ARMY (2118) Also a Wash Ave landmark. A welcome relief from the Mid Century Modern store across the street...for people who think paying $1500 for a chair (which you can't sit in) makes sense. 4. STAR PIZZA (77 Harvard @ Wash) I'm not into deep dish pizza, but those who are rave about Star. 5. HICKORY HOLLOW (101 Heights @ Wash) BBQ and country music -- a Washington Ave tradition since the '30s. 6. GUADALAJARA BAKERY (4003) No menu -- says it all! The Chron did a story last year on it being sold to some developers, but it's still open. 7. WALTER'S (4215) Still keeping live music happening on Washington despite the odds. 8. LAREDO TACO PLACE (915 Snover@ Wash) Great tamales, and of course tacos, this place is always packed. 9. EL REY CUBAN & MEXICAN CUISINE (Shepherd @ Wash) Extra points for the drive thru 10. DOS AMIGOS (5720) My personal favorite, Mrs. Cantu is always super friendly, and the nachos are the best. Been there for at least 20 years now. 11. SPEC'S (6010) The only new business really worth mentioning. 12. SHIPLEY'S DO-NUTS (6115) Was this the original location? Great '30s era pic on the wall showing Mr. Shipley and crew. A Houston institution, great that they're still going strong. I refuse to buy donuts anywhere else.
  15. Anybody here remember Don Barthelme? There is a 581 page biography about him that has just been published. There is a review in today's New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/review/index.html?8dpc Also a great pic of the interior of the Barthelme pad in 1951. Very hip!
  16. Here's Eloy Perez in action in the '50s. Possibly at the Pan American club on North Main (anybody else remember that great place)? Anybody remember the Ace of Clubs on Old Galveston Road? It was around for a long, long time. Here's the venerable Bar X Cowboys playing there in the '50s. Note Grand Prize beer sign.
  17. Here's Jerry Irby and the Bar X Cowboys at the Main Street Dance Hall (105 1/2 Main) in around 1944. They had a midget trumpet player and drummer at this time.
  18. Clark Clem also played in "The Chancellors, Ltd" with Brian Evans of Evans' Music City. They made a record, "You Be the Judge." Written by Dene Hofheinz. The Deuces Wild didn't make any records...so, no, nobody remembers them.
  19. That's great...caged go-go girls was very 1966, so it had to be around that time. So far you're the only soul in Houston to actually remember Lou's Ricksha Lounge, a "semi-hippy hangout," according to Blues Unlimited magazine.
  20. So did your mom go to 105 1/5 Main during it's "western" incarnation, or earlier? Never heard of the Acapulco, but Eloy Perez was very well known locally.
  21. Here's a few highlights... January 10, 1901 - Spindletop erupts 1912 - Rice Institute opens 1913 - Houston Symphony formed 1914 - Ship channel dredged to 25 feet; navigation district established 1924 - Museum of Fine Arts opens in its current location 1927 - Houston Junior College (later U of H) opens 1939 - Eldorado Ballroom opens 1945 - Texas Medical Center established 1946 - Lightnin' Hopkins makes his first records 1947 - TSU opens Late 40s/early 50s - zydeco music invented in Frenchtown 1955 - Houston Grand Opera formed 1962 - Colt .45s usher in the beginning of major league sports in Texas 1963 - Johnson Space Center opens 1965 - Astrodome opens 1999 - Enron field opens
  22. Amazing panorama, thank you. What if you could go back in time and tell the people in this picture, "Nearly everything you see in this picture will be demolished by 1970."
  23. There was a place located in the 100 block of Main for many years known as "105 1/2 Main." In the 1940s it was called Main Street Dance Hall. Around 1950 it became R.D. Hendon's Western Jamboree Dance Hall. (I'm not aware of a "108 Club.") The End o' Main was, as you say, at the opposite end of South Main. It was around for many, many years but I've never seen any documentation or photos of it.
  24. I double-checked on this today, and "Udemi Lane" is correct. Here is the 1962 Houston city directory: UDEMI LN (from a dead end south 2 blks to Westheimer Rd., 2 west of Kitty) 2426 Manuel Udemi 2509 The Key Club - private 2510 Tomy (sic) Udemi The 1964 city directory is the same except "Jester Lounge" has replaced the Key Club. So I'm guessing that "Udemi Lane," with just three lots, was the start of Midlane north of Westheimer. Except nobody noticed that it was called Udemi Lane. In a related note, "The Bird Lounge" was on 2305 S. Shepherd. It was called "The Little Jazz Bird" in the 1962 city directory, and just "The Bird" in '64. I've confirmed that it was inspired by Charlie "Bird" Parker and obviously was a jazz oriented club, not a "folk" club like I initially speculated. It was replaced by "Lu's Ricksha Lounge" by the 1966 city directory. Lightnin' Hopkins played both incarnations.
  25. Here's Leon Payne at Magnolia Gardens in 1950: Biff Collie and Little Tommy Sands at Magnolia Gardens, 1950: The Raley Brothers at Magnolia Gardens, 1950:
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