Less than a year away and the dance has begun for Texas governor

This isn’t the Texas two-step, more like musical chairs. Continuing what I wrote about having a web site to be a candidate, those web sites will come and go and they may switch focus before we vote in November 2010.

Just as soon as Tom Schieffer announced that he will not run for governor, Houston Mayor, Bill White, had a press conference to announce that he will decide by (Dec 4) if he will run for governor or stick with his original plan and run for a US Senate seat – the one presumably vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison – but White wants to hear from the people of Texas as to what he should do. You can tell him what to do at his web site.

Seeing as how KBH said she will not vacate the Senate while health care is up in the air. I don’t see White filling that seat. The others on the Republican dance card are Larry Kilgore and Debra Medina.

The Dem-dance so far includes Farouk ShamiFelix Alvarado, Kinky Friedman, Hank Gilbert.

Looking at their web sites, I want to scream, “Neeeext?!”

10 Years After Bonfire Collapse

Today, on the 10th anniversary of the Bonfire collapse at Texas A&M University, the mood is somber and reflective. We remember the 12 that died and the 27 that were injured. There are remembrances and stories of the past. The local television news on KBTX asked the question:

Where Were You When Bonfire Fell?
As a community marks ten years since 12 Aggies lost their lives, people are remembering where they were and what they were thinking a decade ago. Source: Where Were You When Bonfire Fell? | KBTX.com

My post was as follows (I know I misspelled St. Joseph.)

Posted by: Chris Location: Bryan on Nov 18, 2009 at 09:37 AM

I was with my ex-wife in the St. Joesph emergency room. She was waiting for a shot for a migraine when the nurse came in and said we had to leave. She said that Bonfire collapsed, and they were receiving several injured.

Collapse of Bonfire 1994
Collapse of Bonfire 1994

As I blogged earlier, the debate about Bonfire’s return is still going on after 10 years. The governor, and former Aggie, Rick Perry, thinks it will come back to campus, maybe as soon as 2010, but he left it up to the Board of Regents and the students.

Lest we  forget, in 1994, the stack collapsed as seen in this picture from youtube.com. Two cases of collapse – although for different reasons – should stand as a reminder that stacking thousands of trees upright is very dangerous. Even if they are engineered to stand-up, gravity wins out sometimes. With that amount of risk, and its safety record, I don’t see how any insurance company will cover the cut, build and burn of Bonfire.

I also think burning thousands of logs is not only dangerous (sparks can fly for miles) but it is very ecologically irresponsible. I thought that the first time I heard of Bonfire (1995) and I think that now. I’m not a tree-hugger, but I don’t cherish the thought of billions of tons of CO2 going into the atmosphere for nothing – no homes are being heated, no electricity is created, no waste is being consumed.

…burning a tree is the carbon equivalent of driving a gas-guzzling SUV 15,000 miles a year. Source: SUVs vs. Trees, CO2 Emissions & The Environment

You aren’t in a political race until you have a web site

It seems like a truism these days: “You aren’t in a political race until you have a web site.” Looks like another gubernatorial candidate joined the World Wide Web. In addition to Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison, these guys hope to make their mark as governor of Texas.

Farouk Shami fires up his campaign Web page

Hair care millionaire Farouk Shami fired up his Farouk for Governor Web page today in anticipation of his official launch Thursday into the campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Others in the race include Felix Alvarado, Kinky Friedman, Hank Gilbert and Tom Schieffer.
Source Farouk Shami fires up his campaign Web page | Texas Politics | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.