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Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Flush, we need the water!

Despite Texas Drought, Trinity River Still Flowing

  • In a curious development amid the year's record-setting drought, the Trinity River — which runs south from Dallas and empties into the Gulf just east of Houston — has kept on flowing. Dave Fehling of KUHF News reports on where all the water is coming from.

    This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at

    Brownwood Working with State on Wastewater Recycling

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    SiriusXM's Radio Hanukkah helping us celebrate Hanukkah

    Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.

    Blessed are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.

    Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, she’asah nisim l’avoteinu, b’yamim haheim bazman hazeh.

    Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who made miracles for our forefathers in those days at this time.

    Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, shehekheyanu, v’kiyamanu vehegianu lazman hazeh.

    Blessed are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us and brought us to this season.
    learn more here

    Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa With These Recipes
    How about some Matzo Ball Soup, Swedish Pancakes and Ground-Nut Stew?
    read more here

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Beef Tenderloin

    Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin on the Food Network

    Merry Christmas , Happy Holidays and Seasonings Greetings

    July 19, 2011

    Wow, Steve!

    A friend and I came in and I had your Split Pea Soup. This was absolutely wonderful! I have never had it before nor have I ever wanted it. Tired it there and loved it!

    Is there any way that you would be willing to share your recipe with me or tell me some of your ingredients. I would really like to try and make some for my family. They look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them it was so good.

    Thanks for your consideration!
    Cathy ____ton


    August 2, 2011

    Morning Cathy, Sorry it took so long to get back with you. We're glad you enjoyed our Soup. I don't cook by recipe so I'll give you the general, quick basics of the Split Pea Soup.

    4 Boxes Chicken Broth
    1 small can Beef Consomme
    2 Med Bags Frozen Peas
    Chopped Garlic
    2 Diced Yellow Onions
    3 Tomatoes
    2 individual Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce
    1/2 bunch fresh Cilantro
    3 teaspoons Cumin
    1 teaspoon Black Pepper
    1 quart Heavy Cream
    shredded parmesan
    crushed Fritos

    Place chopped onion and chopped garlic into soup pot. Add chicken broth and beef consomme. Turn heat to med and bring to slow boil. Add frozen peas and cook for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Chop tomatoes, 2 chipotle peppers, and 1/2 bunch of washed cilantro and add to soup pot. Blend with immersion blender or puree in blender/food processor in small batches. While on low heat add cumin, black pepper and heavy cream. Serve soon with grated parmesan if desired. Crushed Fritos are also very good served on top! Gives it another layer of flavor and that's usually well received.

    Good Luck. I know yours will be delicious too!

    Regards, Steve Harris
    Steves' Market & Deli

    Linda's Spiked Tomato Bisque

    Getting your Soup On: Abilene, Brownwood and Valera !

    Soup's On

    Poverty grows in Rick Perry's Texas

    Poverty grows in Rick Perry's Texas

    Texas healthcare system withering under Gov. Rick Perry - Los Angeles Times
    read more here

    Obama admin sees growing number of young adults gaining coverage through health overhaul - The Washington Post
    read more here

    Obama Stimulus at work in Rick Perry's poverty rich Brownwood/Brown County Texas
    read more here

    Wolf Creek Snow Report

    Let it Snow!

    Wolf Creek Snow Report for Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Summit Base Depth: 70"
    Midway Base Depth: 66"
    New Snow (24 Hours): 9"
    New Snow (48 Hours): 17"
    New Snow (72 Hours): 23"
    New Snow (7 Days): 23"
    Year-to-Date: 186"

    Brownwood Community Garden Thrives

    Homeschool student is first Community Garden intern - Brownwood Bulletin - Brownwood News from Brownwood, TX: Local Area: brownwood news, brownwood, community garden, daniel coers, daniel graham: Daniel Coers is 12 years old and in the seventh grade. He wants
    to be a firefighter when he grows up. He has a typical love/hate
    relationship …

    "The garden is funded through economic stimulus money, complete with in-ground irrigation and rainwater catchment, and sits on the back property of Salvation Army."
    read about it here

    read about it here

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    The Truth Behind the Lifting of the Horse Slaughter Ban | Petside

    Read about it here

    Digging Through the Dirt: Former U.S. Rep. Argues for Horse Slaughter

    Controversial return of horse slaughter piques interest in Big Country
    Law makes it possible, but funding short

    * By Brian Bethel
    * Abilene Reporter-News
    * Posted December 1, 2011

    Read Brian's report here

    Brownwood's Republican Mike Conaway votes in favor of Slaughtering Horses for Human Consumption.
    more here

    The Desert Independent

    Morris Kight, of Comanche County, is right!

    State-Certified Handgun Instructor In Texas Refuses To Teach Muslims, Obama Supporters
    read more here

    Muslim Cab Drivers Refuse to Transport Alcohol, and Dogs
    read more here

    Iowa Baker Won't Make Lesbians' Wedding Cake
    read more here

    "I do not feel challenged by organized religion. In some cases it is helpful, and often is harmful." Morris Kight
    read more here

    Turd Blossom Texas!

    Reality TV is obsessed with making fun of Texas: Everything from Top Chef to Big Rich Texas draws groans

    all groans are local!

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    Cilantro in the house!

    Love It Or Leave It? 4 Healthy Benefits Of Cilantro

    SM&D: Successfully and ambitiously serving it up Deep in the Heart of Texas since 1996. We are definitely on board Team Cilantro.

    Saturday, December 3, 2011

    Sadly, all Religious inspired discrimination is local!

    Iowa Baker Refuses To Bake Lesbian Couple's Wedding Cake | Neon Tommy

    Kudos to the bakers who stood up for equality and hospitality! Here's a Three Chicks cookie nesting at our Deli. They've arrived and they are delicious!

    Bakers Weigh In On Wedding Cake Controversy

    Dromgoole: New Cookbooks feature tasty a wide variety in Texas fare | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

    “Fritos Pie: Stories, Recipes and More” by Kaleta Doolin (Texas A&M University Press, $22 flexbound) tells the story of Fritos Corn Chips, founded by the author’s father, accompanied by more than 150 recipes.

    What Makes Steves’
    Frito Chile Pie Legendary ?
    It starts with “ The Stove ” we purchased in 1997 !
    ( The stove we use in our kitchen to prepare your meals was purchased right out of the
    Kitchen of Woolworth's on the Plaza of Santa Fe New Mexico where the Legendary Frito Chile Pie was introduced in the 60’s by Woolworth’s Employee Teresa Hernandez. )
    Woolworth's demise marks end of era in Santa Fe
    Reuters, Sunday, July 20, 1997 at 13:38 ( By Andrew Hay )
    SANTA FE, N.M., July 20 (Reuter) - On the corner of Santa Fe's popular downtown plaza, a scruffy Woolworth five-and-dime store looks out of place, surrounded by chic boutiques and art galleries.
    Woolworth Corp's (NYSE:Z) decision last week to close its 400 five-and-dime stores nationwide after 118 years in business allows this northern New Mexico city to remove a relative eye-sore from its glitzy downtown area that could further boost its powerful tourism industry. It looks misplaced now, but Woolworth's was where people shopped for baking tins, penny candy, Christmas knick-knacks and other simple items for 62 years, or sat at the food counter for a modest bite to eat. Though no date has been set for the plaza store's shuttering, for many its eventual demise will sever the last link to an ethnic, quaint and more familiar Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe or San Antonio ?
    Humble pies: A survey of Santa Fe's Frito pies
    By ROB DEWALT | The New Mexican October 6, 2005
    “ The Santa Fe camp puts its money on Santa Fean Teresa Hernandez, who introduced the dish at Woolworth's on the Plaza in the 1960s. San Antonians claim that Daisy Dean Doolin, mother of Frito-Lay founder Elmer Doolin, concocted the recipe in 1932 in Texas.”

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    "Marines are at war, America is at the mall."

    Arlo Guthrie

    Greenspan admits Iraq was about oil, as deaths put at 1.2m

    4485-US Military Deaths in Iraq as of
    November 22, 2011

    97 percent of US death toll came after Bush’s 'Mission Accomplished'

    1,721-US Military Deaths in Afghanistan
    as of November 22, 2011

    Army: Bush 'Hamstrung' Troops In Afghanistan

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Guy Fieri reportedly asks to be ‘warned’ when talking to gay people | Celebrity Buzz | a blog

    Guy Fieri reportedly asks to be ‘warned’ when talking to gay people | Celebrity Buzz | a blog

    If true, maybe Guy hasn't met the right Gay people or maybe they were just water wasters !

    Wasting water is weird

    Confrontations between preachers, 'mockers' provide downtown drama | Religion | Dallas-Fort W...

    Confrontations between preachers, 'mockers' provide downtown drama | Religion | Dallas-Fort W...

    “historical journalist and ordained theologian" murders Liberal West Texas minister

    Fake it to make it?

    How Reality TV Fakes It,9171,1154194,00.html

    Taxpayer funded "faked" Reality TV in Palin's Alsaka/Perry's Texas?

    Reality TV invades Alaska

    "Why people choose to go on reality TV rather than see a therapist is beyond me."

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry stays course on film incentives despite advocacy group's criticism

    TV in a Lone Star state of mind
    A&E Network Presents New Original Real-Life Series 'American Hoggers'

    "Ranch Style
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Pure BS. The first season of this show was already “in the can”, so the heat excuse doesn’t wash.

    However, it is well known that they were turning hogs loose for this show. A friend of mine saw them turn them out of a trailer at a golf course and then pretend to be catching them to save the country club etc.

    I saw the check written by the production company for one of the hogs that they later turned loose.

    Texas really does have a legitimate hog problem. They are destroying crops, property and in some cases, livestock. However, turning them loose for a show is fake and it’s wrong."

    Brownwood facing severe water shortage

    “These types of projects you will see springing up all over the place where there are severe water shortages,” said Michael R. Markus

    All Drinking Treated Waste Water is local!
    Would You Drink Treated Waste Water? - Abilene News Story - KTXS Abilene

    Interactive Map: Texas Cities at Risk of Running Out of Water
    Thunderbird Bay Subdivision Lake Brownwood

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Media Life Magazine - 'American Hoggers,' this dog don't hunt

    Media Life Magazine - 'American Hoggers,' this dog don't hunt

    Quotes on Reality Television

    “I think all reality TV is bullshit,”

    And it’s not like viewers have set their expectations really high for reality show authenticity anyway

    "Pork choppers socialism" Texas style

    "Texas has fewer opportunities to get on TV than New York and so it's my speculation that the locals are more willing to jump through whatever hoops they're asked -- even if that means reducing themselves to cliches, like Levi the "cowboy" "

    'Top Chef' producers fight release of documents that led to $400,000 in Texas tourism dollars

    'Top Chef' producers fight release of documents that led to $400,000 in Texas tourism dollars

    GOP led Texas is a "Pay to Play" Socialist State!

    And here we are – an AG ruling and lawsuit later. All over some food, some greed and a pay-to-play agreement that may or may not bring some hungry people to the state.

    porkNetwork - Feral Pigs Still a Nagging Threat - Quick Hits

    porkNetwork - Feral Pigs Still a Nagging Threat - Quick Hits

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Drew, how about a "Reality" Road Trip to Comanche ?

    "Texas wine makes me vomit.". Drew

    American Hoggers Episode: "Sour Grapes"

    Let's bring the A-List Dallas, Most Eligible Dallas and the American Hogger characters together. Now that would be a Reality Texas show full of characters.

    ‘American Hoggers’ enjoying a fast start on A&E - Brownwood Bulletin - Brownwood's News Leader: Local Area: campbell, jerry dean campbell, television, mass media, jerry campbell

    ‘American Hoggers’ enjoying a fast start on A&E - Brownwood Bulletin - Brownwood's News Leader: Local Area: campbell, jerry dean campbell, television, mass media, jerry campbell: The new A&E network series

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    All "Grace Flights" are local!

    Grace Flights

    FlightAware Photo GRC710
    (all flights) (photos)
    Grace Flight ""

    Alert Me
    Aircraft INTER-AIR Bellanca 260C (piston-single) (B14C/I - track or photos)
    Origin Brownwood Rgnl (KBWD - track or info)
    Destination Hooks Mem Arpt (KDWH - track or info)
    Other flights between these airports
    Route BILEE RIICE3 (Decode)
    Date Saturday, November 12 2011
    Duration 1 hour 6 minutes
    Status Landed 29 minutes ago (track log & graph) Track flight in Google Earth
    Distance Direct: 235 sm Planned: 254 Flown: 242 sm
    Scheduled Actual/Estimated
    Departure 11:30AM CST 12:07PM CST
    Arrival 12:53PM CST 01:13PM CST
    Speed 158 kts
    Altitude 9,000 feet

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Pat Tillman Foundation

    November 11, 2011

    Dear Pat Tillman Foundation Supporter,

    Every November as communities throughout the country take time to celebrate Veterans Day, I am grateful that I have the privilege through the efforts of the Pat Tillman Foundation to honor military families and the sacrifices they make each and every day of the year. I am often asked what I enjoy most about the work that we do at the Foundation and the answer is simple – spending time and interacting with our amazing Tillman Military Scholars.

    In June, the Pat Tillman Foundation welcomed the third class of Scholars into the Tillman Community by investing over $916,000 in educational scholarships. It was a highly competitive application process that saw over 1200 applications narrowed down to the 60 outstanding individuals that were selected. This summer, I had the pleasure of spending several days in Maryland at our annual Pat Tillman Legacy Summit with 90 of our 171 Tillman Military Scholars and was honored to see and hear first-hand the impact that Pat's life, the Foundation and our supporters have made in their lives.

    As I listened to the Scholars share their very personal stories with me, explaining why they chose to serve, what their experience was like and the challenges they face upon their return, it is clear that there is still a tremendous amount of work that needs to be accomplished. In addition to a lack of understanding by the general population, servicemembers are returning at unprecedented rates to an unstable economy and highly competitive job market resulting from high unemployment rates. Obtaining a degree is no longer an ambitious goal, but rather a required step to ensure economic stability. Through the Tillman Military Scholars program our goal is to bridge the gaps left by the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. By removing obstacles that would prohibit a servicemember or spouse from achieving academic success, the program aims to provide the financial and educational resources needed to prevent undeserved debt and establish a foundation for greater career opportunities.

    Today, we invite you to join us as we fulfill our mission of investing in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

    Below are just a few of the many ways you can get involved:

    Run, Walk, Honor
    Join 35,000 participants, volunteers and spectators from throughout the U.S. at the 8th Annual Pat's Run. Registration is now open and space is limited. Register today to participate in the 4.2 mile run/walk or .42 mile Kids Run or donate your time and talents as a volunteer at the event.

    Commit. Challenge. Support.
    Become a member of Team Tillman. The Pat Tillman Foundation is honored to be recognized as an Official Charity Partner with guaranteed entries to participate in some of the most prestigious marathons in the world including the ING New York City Marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon. Individuals can also earn gear and raise funds to support the Pat Tillman Foundation in conjunction with any race or athletic event nationwide.

    Give. Donate. Invest.
    Invest in veterans and military families by making your secure tax-deductible credit card donation online now.

    Stay Informed
    The Pat Tillman Foundation is upgrading our e-communications tool and respectfully request that you confirm your preferred e-mail address to stay up to date on Scholar achievements, news and upcoming events by completing this form. We also invite you to Become a Fan on Facebook - Pat Tillman Foundation (Official) and Follow us on Twitter @pattillmanfnd.

    Since the Foundation was established in 2004, through the generous support of individuals and organizations nationwide, over $4 million has been invested in men and women committed to a life of service, both in and out of uniform. In recognition of Veterans Day we invite you to take a moment to view the interactive Scholar map online to learn more about the Tillman Military Scholars who are making a difference in your community.

    Thank you for helping us honor Pat's legacy by inspiring others to create their own.

    Warm regards,

    Marie Tillman
    Co-Founder & President

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Should Media Report the Majority or the Minority?

    Should Media Report the Majority or the Minority?

    The Media should report on both in our opinion. Do the Mason area Christian Preachers support Crockett? Anyone asked them? Crockett knows his base of support in rural Texas just like Republicans know their base! He's just selectively marketing his services to the majority of the area. Since this is a time tested winning conservative political/business strategy, who's really shocked? If Rick Perry, and his "friend" The Aga Khan, were to enter Crockett's store would Crockett refuse services to Rick's friend because he was a Muslim?

    The GOP has declared war on American Muslims
    Sheila Musaji
    The GOP has declared war on American Muslims

    Republican "Southern Strategy"
    Boogie Man Excerpt - Lee Atwater and the South

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Guns and religion meet ignorance, intolerance

    Guns and religion meet ignorance, intolerance

    Texas gun instructor draws heat for anti-Muslim ad

    "Mason County, as Eames described it, is "white bread" — the population was 93 percent Caucasian in the latest census, and all Republican statewide candidates won with at least 70 percent of the vote in 2010. Keller said he wasn't aware of any Muslims in Mason County, nor could a handful of locals name one.
    Eames and Joyce Arnold, a real estate agent, said they worried about the radio spot embarrassing the city. Eames ran what she described as a successful sex-toy business in Mason before opening the jewelry store, and Scott Haupert, co-owner of the Sandstone Cellars Winery, said Mason is more tolerant than Keller's comments would suggest.
    "I voted for Obama and I'll vote for Obama again," said Haupert, an avowed Democrat. "If I signed up to take his gun control class, he would not reject me."

    Texas gun instructor draws heat for anti-Muslim ad

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Brownwood Dedicates Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

    Brownwood Dedicates Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

    Martin Luther King Jr: War As An Enemy of the Poor | Common Dreams

    Martin Luther King Jr: War As An Enemy of the Poor | Common Dreams

    With Wildfire Risk High, Military Alters Training

    letter to the editor: Camp Bowie fires - Brownwood Bulletin - Brownwood News from Brownwood, TX: Opinion: To the editor:

    Appreciate the military - Brownwood Bulletin - Brownwood News from Brownwood, TX: Opinion: To the editor:

    Should censor letters - Brownwood Bulletin - Brownwood News from Brownwood, TX: Opinion: To the editor:

    With Wildfire Risk High, Military Alters Training

    * by Kate Galbraith

    CAMP SWIFT, Texas — Camp Swift, a training area for Texas soldiers, lies several miles north of the area charred this week by the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. But 1,500 acres of the camp burned in a different fire last month, after a soldier used a grenade simulator in an unauthorized place.

    “This stuff went up like a Roman candle,” said Col. Robert Crow, the commander of the training centers for the Texas Army National Guard, as he gestured toward dead pine trees.

    As the worst one-year drought in Texas history wears on, officials at Camp Swift and other military installations around the state are figuring out how to keep training while reducing fire risks.

    Some large fires have begun this year on firing ranges, including a 3,700-acre blaze that started last week and is now mostly contained at Fort Hood (in total over 14,000 acres have burned on the base's range since June, officials say). At Camp Bowie, a Texas Army National Guard training site roughly 150 miles northwest of Austin, tracer fire sparked a 4,000-acre blaze this spring.

    Billy Rhoads, the fire chief at Fort Hood, estimated that more than 50 fires had occurred since the drought began, “and I may be low on that,” he added.

    The Tribune thanks our Supporting Sponsors

    Fort Sam Houston, near San Antonio, has had four small fires this year, as opposed to two last year, according to Karla Gonzalez, a base spokeswoman.

    The tinderbox conditions across Texas seem likely to continue: La NiƱa, a Pacific Ocean phenomenon that experts blame for the drought, has returned and is expected to persist into the winter.

    The military is making adjustments. In May, Crow banned the use of tracer ammunition at all Texas Army National Guard camps, including Camp Swift and Camp Bowie. (Other military personnel also train at these camps.) Tracers, which are normally fired every fifth round, are phosphorous-tipped, allowing the trajectory to be a visible red streak, but they are also highly flammable. Crow has also banned the use of most pyrotechnics, including smoke grenades and artillery simulators. The areas where soldiers are allowed to smoke cigarettes have shrunk as well.

    In past years, devices like smoke grenades did not generally cause issues, but “now they’re just as culpable to start a fire as a lit match,” Crow said.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    3 Days in the Field: Something for Everyone in Brownwood | September 2011 | TPW magazine

    Something for Everyone
    Destination: Brownwood
    Travel time from:
    Austin – 2.75 hours
    Brownsville – 8 hours
    Dallas – 3 hours
    Houston – 5.25 hours
    San Antonio – 3.25 hours
    Lubbock – 4 hours
    El Paso – 8 hours
    Museums, wineries and abundant nature-watching make Brownwood a destination for every taste.
    By Melissa Gaskill

    For a number of years, my family passed through Brownwood every few months on trips from Austin to Lubbock to visit relatives. We gener­ally timed it to have lunch at Underwood’s Cafeteria, which serves barbecue, all the sides and deservedly famous rolls. The kids called it Underwear’s, based on a misreading of the enormous sign out front when they were younger.

    About six years ago, while researching a guidebook on hiking in Central Texas, I discovered Lake Brownwood State Park, home of some nice trails and, in my humble opinion, the state’s coolest cabins. These experiences, and the fact that my mother had been born in nearby Rising Star, represented the extent of my knowledge of this area. I decided it was time that changed.

    I grabbed my 23-year-old daughter, Holley, a fellow outdoor enthusiast and fan of wine and food, and headed out for three days in Brownwood. Located near the geographic center of the state on Pecan Bayou, which feeds the Colorado River, the town became a county seat in 1857, a railroad stop in 1885 and, by 1910, a junction of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe and Frisco railroads, all of which kept it bustling for decades. Camp Bowie, just outside of town, served as a World War II training camp from 1940 to 1946, with eight divisions passing through and as many as 30,000 men on site at any one time, including German prisoners of war. In more recent years, the town and surrounding Hill Country have attracted hunters, fishing enthusiasts and those seeking a respite from the big city, including my daughter and me.

    Our visit, most fortunately, fell on the second Friday of the month, when Brennan Vineyards in Comanche hosts a dinner (reservations required). Nearly 60 people from near and far, many of them dressed to the nines, gathered in Brennan’s limestone production facility to sample the winery’s signature product, a Viognier, and then strolled through a row of lighted trees to the Austin House next door. Dinner featured black-eyed pea bisque, beef tenderloin or herb-crusted fish, hominy mash and sauteed squash, and a winter fruit tart — served with three wines. The food was excellent, the company even better. Our table mates were well-read, well-traveled and generally charming. A White House state dinner couldn’t have topped it.
    Open for six years, the winery began with the purchase of the historic McCrary house as a weekend home for owner Pat Brennan’s Fort Worth-based family. The structure now serves as a tasting room, open Wednesday through Sunday, with complimentary tastings on weekends.

    3 Days in the Field: Something for Everyone in Brownwood | September 2011 | TPW magazine

    Baked Seabass with Homemade Garlic Butter and Herb Bread Crumb Topping
    Baked Seabass with Homemade Garlic Butter and Herb Bread Crumb Topping on the Food Network

    Brennan Wine Dinners

    Experience the artistry of perfect pairing at a Brennan Vineyards wine dinner. Each festive occasion will feature Chefs Steve Harris and Steven Puckett, of Brownwood's Steves' Market and Deli, preparing a delicious meal expertly paired with specially selected wines. It's an entertaining and educational experience that can't be missed. Wine dinners will be held monthly on the second Friday.

    Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Texas wines win big at international competition - Your Houston News: :

    Texas wines win big at international competition - Your Houston News: :: "The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association hosted the 28th
    Annual “Lone Star International Wine Competition” on June 6 and 7
    at the Grapevin…"

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    Save Honey Boy

    Argyle Horse Rescue Group Works To Save Neglected Animals

    Ranch Hand Rescue

    "He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher

    "Save Honey Boy" Horse Loses 800 Pounds from Neglect - BigCountryHomePage
    Reported by: Michelle Ashworth - KTAB TV
    Wednesday, June 08 2011

    Bob Williams has welcomed a new visitor to Ranch Hands Rescue, a severely malnourished horse named "Honey Boy."

    "We have to grind up his food. We have to soak up his hay and all of his food because he can't chew it," said Williams.

    Williams says Honey Boy's former owner in Brown County left the horse tied up with minimal food and water for months, and the neglect may have been going on for years. When news of his condition reached the owners of Steves' Market and Deli in Brownwood, they jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand.

    "It was shocking just to see the animal and the condition he was in, it's our responsibility as good neighbors to help our neighbors in Argyle to take care of an animal in Argyle that came from our area," said Steve Puckett and Steve Harris in Brownwood.

    The ranch relies on donations to be able to rehabilitate abused and neglected animals, so they are creating a "Save Honey Boy" fundraiser to make sure he gains the 800 pounds he has lost.

    "Once you find out, once you know something is going on, you have to stand up. You know you can take two roads, you can either stand up or you can just turn a blind eye," said Harris.

    Not turning a blind eye on Honey Boy, Puckett and Harris got the ball rolling by making a $100 donation of their own.
    Brownwood media responds
    Brown County Horse Sent to Rescue Ranch
    "it takes dedicated people to pick up where Law Enforcement leaves off."
    Denton County's Deputy Kirk Sissney

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    Memorial Day


    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release May 27, 2011
    Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2011

         For over two centuries, brave men and women have laid down their lives in defense of our great Nation.  These heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice so we may uphold the ideals we all cherish.  On this Memorial Day, we honor the generations of Americans who have fought and died to defend our freedom.

         Today, all who wear the uniform of the United States carry with them the proud legacies of those who have made our Nation great, from the patriots who fought at Lexington and Concord to the troops who stormed the beaches at Normandy.  Ordinary men and women of extraordinary courage have, since our earliest days, answered the call of duty with valor and unwavering devotion.  From Gettysburg to Kandahar, America's sons and daughters have served with honor and distinction, securing our liberties and laying a foundation for lasting peace.

         On this solemn day in which Americans unite in remembrance of our country's fallen, we also pray for our military personnel and their families, our veterans, and all who have lost loved ones.  As a grateful Nation, we forever carry the selfless sacrifice of our fallen heroes in our hearts, and we share the task of caring for those they left behind.

         In his second Inaugural Address, in the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln called on our embattled Nation "to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."  On this Memorial Day, and every day, we bear a heavy burden of responsibility to uphold the founding principles so many died defending.  I call on all Americans to come together to honor the men and women who gave their lives so that we may live free, and to strive for a just and lasting peace in our world.

         In honor of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.  The Congress, by Public Law 106 579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

         NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer.  I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

         I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.  I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
    twenty-seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Eat My Words :: Texas Wine of the Month: Brennan Vineyards Viognier, 2009

    Eat My Words :: Texas Wine of the Month: Brennan Vineyards Viognier, 2009
    “Every human being has the right to love and be loved, and I want to be a bridge between LGBT and straight communities to create a kinder world.” Ben Cohen

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    The Right's 'Big Lie' Strategy: When Losing, Simply Rewrite History | | AlterNet

    The Right's 'Big Lie' Strategy: When Losing, Simply Rewrite History | | AlterNet

    Shut Up About My Body, Glenn Beck

    Shut Up About My Body, Glenn Beck

    Want Brownwood based Glen Beck type on-air body humor ? Rex Tackett's FOX watching KXYL (Hate Radio) is your answer !

    How Fox News Outfoxes Americans (Brownwoodians too!)

    To understand how so many average Americans can be duped into embracing right-wing positions that go against their own interests, you must look at how Fox News (and right-wing media outlets) use faux populism and phony outrage as propaganda techniques, a topic explored by Danny Schechter in this guest essay.

    How Fox News Outfoxes Americans

    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    The Texas climate change solution: God

    The Texas climate change solution: God

    Love that Patsy Cline

    Watch below linked clip and you'll better understand the Brownwood area Lee Atwater/Arthur Finkelstein style politics ! It's crazy but it works well for those in positions of power !

    Democratic consultant Tyler Jones showed up at a South Carolina Tea Party rally on Monday, camera in hand.

    As reported by Dave Weigel at Slate, Jones “interviewed around 25 people total and probably 75 percent of them said they were supporting Donald Trump, and just about every single person is a birther.”

    Jones then edited his footage down to six minutes of pure Tea Party delerium.

    Democratic consultant captures Tea Party on video in its native haunts | Raw Replay

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Historic Downtown Brownwood Power Outage

    Our, SM&D's, Email to ONCOR

    On Tuesday April 5th, around 11am CST, many Downtown Brownwood
    residents and businesses experienced a two hour power outage.

    Two questions we'd like to have answered:

    1) How many electric metered customers lost power during this 2 hour
    blackout ?
    2) What was the cause of the 2 hour blackout ?


    Steves' Market & Deli
    Steve Harris & Steven Puckett
    ONCOR's response

    P.O. Box 660476
    Dallas, TX 75266-0476

    April 8, 2011

    Re: Service Outage

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Please accept this letter as confirmation that based on Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s records, the below-specified address experienced a power outage as indicated:

    Steve’s Market & Deli/ Steve Squared
    110 E. Chandler St.
    Brownwood, TX 76801

    ESI No. 10443720002225304

    The power outage began at approximately 11:21 AM April 5, 2011 and was restored at approximately 1:41 PM April, 5, 2011. The power outage was caused by a device failure (jumper). The power outage affected approximately 1,191 customers in the area.

    Should you need further assistance, you may contact our office at 1-888-313-6862.


    Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC
    Customer Contact Center

    Was this power outage reported by the Brownwood Bulletin or ?

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Darian Cain Obituary: View Darian Cain's Obituary by Abilene Reporter-News

    Darian Cain Obituary: View Darian Cain's Obituary by Abilene Reporter-News

    RIP Darian

    Darian was one our longtime BEK Delivery Drivers. He was a great individual and a great friend who loved his family. You will be missed my friend.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Empty Bowls: Community Works Together to Fight Hunger

    Empty Bowls: Community Works Together to Fight Hunger

    We were honored to be invited to participate in this fundraiser last year and look forward to participating again this year. So many needs in the Brownwood Village.

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Effort to Draft Tommy Lee Jones is "Absolutely Serious"

  • In recent weeks, an idea of Houston attorney Geoff Berg's turned into a Facebook page and then became a website that he hopes might spark a movement. The message: "Draft Tommy Lee Jones for Senate."

    Berg, a left-leaning commentator and host of the radio show Partisan Gridlock on KPFT, says he is "absolutely serious."

    "I can't think of another Democrat in Texas," Berg says, "that has the necessary name ID, that has positive name id, that would be able to raise money, and that would have at least the potential to attract string voters and a substantial number of Republicans."

    Berg says he would "love" to see former Comptroller John Sharp or former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The only problem, he says, "neither one of them can win, and I'm certain they know that."

    So which Texas Democrat has a legitimate shot? He's banking on Jones, Al Gore's college roommate and the Academy Award-winning star of such films as The Fugitive, Men in Black, Men in Black II, and No Country for Old Men.

    Assuming Berg's right, does that say more about Jones or the state of the Democratic Party? "It probably says a lot about both," Berg says, "and it also says a lot about the state of our politics."

    So far, Berg does not believe the Republican field for 2012 is particularly inspiring either — but "whatever right-wing extremist they nominate is going to waltz right in if the Democrats don't have a credible candidate."

    A legitimate Democratic star could change that, he believes. Think of it this way: the three-plus minute YouTube video former Republican Dallas mayor Tom Leppert released after jumping in the race doesn't hold a candle to Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

    To make this point, Berg recently released a YouTube video of his own:

    Berg says that since he first publicized his push for Jones, he has received positive feedback from many active Democratic players in Houston. He has not, however, heard from the man himself. Jones' publicist did not respond to an email this week from the Tribune.

    Berg insists he'll continue making the case for Jones until an equally or more plausible candidate steps forward, though he isn't holding out hope. "There is no one," he says.

    This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    Doritos black-and-white bags invite consumers to vote for new flavor

    Doritos black-and-white bags invite consumers to vote for new flavor: "Distinctive black-and-white bags signal the start of another Doritos campaign..."

    "Doritos is not bad for you ... Doritos is nothing but corn mashed up, fried a little bit with just very little oil, and then flavored in the most delectable way." — PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi

    Dorito Chicken

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Israeli Flag Flying @ Steves' Deli - Brownwood, Texas

    Op-Ed: Wis. governor’s plan threatens workers and Jewish values

    By Laurie Zimmerman · February 28, 2011

    MADISON, Wis. (JTA) -- More than 100 Jews from all three Madison synagogues gathered Feb. 25 to celebrate Shabbat with services in the Wisconsin State Capitol. Four Madison rabbis led the services for the community members who had crammed into the North Gallery.

    Below us, the Capitol Rotunda was teeming with energy -- protesters from all over the state were waving signs of opposition to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget repair bill.

    Singing Shabbat psalms and reciting prayers, we had found a Jewish expression for our deepest values -- values of community, education and justice; values of respecting the elderly and caring for the poor, the sick, the mentally ill and the disabled; values of discussion, debate and compromise.

    The governor’s legislation threatens these values.

    His budget repair bill has nothing to do with solving an emergency budget crisis, nor does it have to do with curbing the excesses of labor unions. This is about political power: Destroy the unions and you have destroyed a key institution representing the interests of the middle and working class.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    All injustice is local

    Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while supporting the striking sanitation workers.

    "What happens in Wisconsin affects every man, woman and child in America. Nothing less than the fate of our middle class is at stake,"

    "We have a common enemy, which is right-wing corporations that want to bust unions and attack gay, lesbian, bi and trans rights. " Comanche's Morris Kight

    “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world.” -The late people’s historian Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)

    GOP's War on Labor Unions Will Backfire
    Markos Moulitsas

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers Join Solidarity Movement for Worker's Rights to Unionize by Dave Zirin

    Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers Join Solidarity Movement for Worker's Rights to Unionize by Dave Zirin

    Is Herbert Kohler’s Union Deal a Possible Blueprint for Wisconsin?

    Last November I wrote a story about Herbert Kohler, Jr., the chairman and chief executive of the $4.7 billion (revenues) private plumbing company in Wisconsin that bears his name. The story focused on how the 72 year-old had grown his family business into a global powerhouse, and how his own love of golf had turned him into one of the game’s leading men, with his Whistling Straits courses, property in St. Andrews, Scotland, and more golf-related ventures on their way.

    But a smaller part of the story has come into sharper relief, thanks to Wisconsin’s ongoing union strife.

    During my reporting of the story, Kohler was in intense negotiations with the 4,000 union employees at the company’s flagship plant in the pretty Wisconsin town named after his family. Kohler has gradually transformed the town from an industrial site to a resort town, with high-end American Club Resort Hotel, and the nearby golf courses at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. But a large part of the town’s charm lies in the fact that a portion of the company’s manufacturing still takes place right there. Tours of the plants—in which visitors can see the making of the toilets and baths that have anchored the company—are a must-do for all visitors.

    But when Kohler spoke of the negotiations with the unions, he said, bluntly, that he was “worried about it.” The Kohler plant with its 4,000 employees is the company’s most expensive by far. (Employees made an average hourly rate of $22.54, one of the highest union wages in the country; most of Kohler’s 30,000 employees work overseas.) Kohler told me that he desperately wanted the plant “to become viable.”

    Perhaps adding to his anxiety was the fact that the Kohler company is no stranger to union troubles. From 1954-1960, the company endured the longest industrial labor strike in American history. Herb Kohler himself was attacked by a handful of teenagers during that strike and escaped only when he struck one of his assailants with the butt of a pistol.

    Hearing in the matter of the Kohler Company, Federal Union no. 18545, Kohler Workers Association. - Wisconsin Historical Society

    Hearing in the matter of the Kohler Company, Federal Union no. 18545, Kohler Workers Association. - Wisconsin Historical Society

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    "Greening Up" Brownwood One Can at a time

    USA: Competition inspires cities to recycle 107 million aluminum cans

    Habitat builds home from can funds

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Bible Belt Segregated Bathrooms

    Jim Crow in America Timeline

    Read more here

    All GOP Lies are local !

    Wish he had mentioned the Finkelstein formula in his floor presentation since it has been used so frequently in Texas' 11th Congressional District (includes Brownwood) !

    Arthur Finkelstein Is Screwing Up America

    #82: Arthur "Element of Hypocrisy" Finkelstein

    "GOP Consultant Weds His Male Partner" (New York Times, 4/9/2005). There's a headline you don't see every day. Not that there's anything wrong with it. It wouldn't be worth mentioning if the consultant hadn't, through most of the 40 years of that domestic partnership, worked on behalf of some of America's most rabidly homophobic politicians; if he wasn't "the architect of Jesse Helms's political rise"; if he wasn't acclaimed as "the guy who slandered the term 'liberal' in American politics"; if he hadn't worked for presidents Nixon and Reagan; helped elect the likes of George W. Bush, New York Governor George Pataki, Senator Alphonse D'Amato, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "To the Right of Attila Sharon" Netanyahu; advised Sharon; helped the Swift Boat Smearers for Bush smear John Kerry's military reputation; and announced that he would be spearheading the "Get Hillary" campaign to defeat Senator Clinton's reelection campaign in 2006.

    All that, and more, is on Arthur Finkelstein's resume. If you haven't heard of him before, it's because he made sure you didn't. As CNN reported in 1996: "He is the stuff of Hollywood: A man who can topple even the most powerful foes, yet so secretive that few have ever seen him." Finkelstein has been compared to criminal mastermind Kaiser Sose in The Usual Suspects, who lay so low that some doubted he really existed. CNN captioned its photo, "Only known photo of Arthur Finkelstein." This after 20 years in big-time politics.

    Finkelstein, a Massachusetts resident, helped direct Republican strategy in 33 Senate races in 1996 alone. Typical Finkelstein ad lines: "Call liberal Paul Wellstone. Tell him it's wrong..." "That's liberal. That's Jack Reed. That's wrong. Call liberal Jack Reed..." "That's the Finkelstein formula," Democratic consultant Mark Mellman told CNN: "Just brand somebody a liberal, use the word over and over again..." Clients called this "Finkel-think." Among Finkelstein's most outspokenly homophobic clients were Lauch Faircloth (R-NC), Jesse Helms (R-NC), Don Nickles (R-OK), and Bob Smith (R-NH) -- four senators whose opposition helped defeat a bill banning anti-gay job discrimination. "I think it's clear that there is an element of hypocrisy where [Finkelstein] lives this kind of sedate, gay lifestyle while making millions of dollars off of candidates who bash gays," Stephen Rodrick, who outed the Fink in a 1996 article in Boston Magazine, told CNN.

    Nor did being Jewish stop Finkelstein from helping to constantly remind voters in a 1978 South Carolina Congressional race that the Democratic candidate, Max Heller, was Jewish. (A poll Finkelstein conducted for the Republican, Carroll Campbell, referred to Campbell as "a native South Carolinian" and Heller as "a Jewish immigrant." Five days before the election, an independent candidate jumped in -- allegedly at the Republicans' behest -- and attacked Heller for not "believ[ing] in Jesus Christ." Heller lost by less than 6,000 votes.)

    A classic Finkel-think tactic was the "independent expenditure" campaign, which, by remaining technically unaffiliated with any candidate, "can avoid spending limits while pummeling Democrats with ads GOP candidates can later disavow," Time explained. The beauty of this arrangement, a Fink colleague once explained, is that "a group like ours [Finkelstein's National Conservative Political Action Committee] could lie through its teeth, and the candidate stays clean."

    Finkelstein's wedding, which was disclosed by an associate, took place in December 2004. "None of Mr. Finkelstein's better-known political clients" attended, the Times noted.

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    All conservative led discrimination/racism/segregation is local !

    Note how the segregated conservative history of the Lyric is avoided in the following white washed "performance" !

    'Gone with the Wind' shouldn't be romanticized
    But it is romanticized in Brownwood

    At least some in the community (Liberals like Towery) speak to the Brownwood "discrimination/segregation/racism" !
    by Britt Towery
    Read more here

    Read about "No Negros Allowed" here

    CHANDLER, WELCOME WILLIAMS | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

    CHANDLER, WELCOME WILLIAMS | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

    There is a State of Texas historical marker in Brownwood, Texas, dedicated to Welcome William Chandler with the wording below. A street in the town is also named for Welcome William Chandler.
    Read morehere

    Q: How many other Brownwood Streets, besides Chandler Street, are named in honor of Confederate "Secession" Heroes ?

    Steves' Market & Deli
    110 East Chandler Street
    Brownwood, TX 76801

    Heritage of Shame: Events Celebrating Secession Glorify the South's Defense of Slavery | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

    Heritage of Shame: Events Celebrating Secession Glorify the South's Defense of Slavery | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Mazelle ‘Cheesecake Lady’ Bohacz dies at 53 | BrandeisNOW

    Mazelle ‘Cheesecake Lady’ Bohacz dies at 53 | BrandeisNOW

    Our World was a Brighter place with our Friend Mazelle in it ! Her Spirit will live on through the many Friendships she made along the way. To know Mazelle, was to love Mazelle. Peace be with you Mazelle, The Steves

    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    Global Deejays - What would "The Sound of Brownwood" sound like ?

    Comanche to San Francisco: All Great Wine is local !

    Congratulations to Brennan Vineyards on their recent awards in San Francisco.

    2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Award-Winning Wineries

    Brennan Vineyards 240 - Viognier - Up to $19.99
    2009 Texas Viognier
    $17.95 Gold
    Brennan Vineyards 451 - Cabernet Sauvignon - $15.00 to $19.99
    2008 Texas Cabernet Sauvignon
    $17.50 Silver
    Brennan Vineyards 496 B - All Other Red Varietals/Blends
    2008 Texas Austin Street Red
    $12.50 Bronze

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    All "Lilly Ledbetter's" are local !

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    Big business, she said, "is too powerful" in much of the South.

    WE: How did people in your community treat you?

    LL: It was mixed. I go to a Southern Baptist Church, and I’d get a lot of flack for what I was doing. When you step out and stand up, there’s always going to be somebody who doesn’t agree with you. But then I’d go to department stores and people would recognize and thank me.

    It was amazing how many men were supportive. Maybe it’s because I told people that this was not just a woman’s or minority’s issue — it was a family and economic issue as well. If the company that I had worked for had paid me at a rate equal to the men, I might have had a better car, more groceries, more steak instead of hamburger, better education for my kids, a bigger house, and more clothes.

    Brownwood's Republican Congressman and Southern Baptist Deacon, Mike Conaway, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (see below)

    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 01/27/2009 Nay Voted Against

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Texas proud?

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    The Texas Omen

    By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

    07 January 11

    These are tough times for state governments. Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas.

    Wait - Texas? Wasn't Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffered? Didn't its governor declare, during his re-election campaign, that "we have billions in surplus"? Yes, it was, and yes, he did. But reality has now intruded, in the form of a deficit expected to run as high as $25 billion over the next two years.

    And that reality has implications for the nation as a whole. For Texas is where the modern conservative theory of budgeting - the belief that you should never raise taxes under any circumstances, that you can always balance the budget by cutting wasteful spending - has been implemented most completely. If the theory can't make it there, it can't make it anywhere.