Monday, December 31, 2012

Good news about Pres Bush-41

We got good news about Pres Bush:

"Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular patient room at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

"President Bush's condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery. The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," a family spokesman said Saturday. 

"The president is alert, and as always, in good spirits," Jim McGrath said on Friday. He was reportedly singing with the medical staff. 

He said physicians are "cautiously optimistic that the current course of treatment will be effective." 

The 88-year-old has been hospitalized since Nov. 23. He was moved into intensive care on Sunday for treatment of a fever following a bronchitis-related cough."
 
On Sunday, I found that picture from years ago when I met Pres Bush.  It happened when Pres Bush visited Dallas to greet some of his supporters.  I had worked with other Hispanics in Texas during the '88 election.
My recollection is that Pres Bush was very nice, a real gentleman.  We joked about Cuba and he told me about his son in Florida.  (He was talking about Jeb, or the future governor of Florida)
Very nice moment.  Of course, the best news is that Pres Bush is improving and may go home soon.
  

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Taxes going up? Blame the "low information voters" who reelected Pres Obama!


Pres BO, and many in the media, are avoiding the reality of January 1st.  The fact is that taxes are going up and it has nothing to do with "the fiscal cliff".  It has everything to do with Obama-Care, the single most irresponsible & expensive piece of legislation in US history.

This is a sample of the taxes going up from Americans for Tax Reform:

"Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1.  In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office."

We will soon see:

1) "Medical Device Tax:  Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year.  In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from pacemakers to artificial hips more expensive."


2) "The 30-35 million Americans who use a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs will face a new government cap of $2500. This will squeeze $13 billion of tax money from Americans over the next ten years. (Currently, the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set a cap.)"

3) "The Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income: This is a new, 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single)."

And there are others.

Of course, the Obama "spin" is that the rich will pay more, or their "fair share".  In fact, the rich won't pay more.  They will invest less, hire fewer people and move their dollars to tax shelters overseas.

Again, don't blame me because I voted for Romney.  Blame that "low information voter" who voted for Obama because he is "hip" or "cool".

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A dysfunctional government brought to you by 'low information voters'

This is my new post at American Thinker

The news that TIME named President Obama as "person of the year" was no shock.  I'm sure that Governor Romney would have been selected if he had won the election.
 
The most interesting part of the article naming President Obama was a paragraph in the 2nd page:
 
"Few experts predicted two years ago that Obama would be busy writing his second Inaugural Address. Pre-election polling showed depressed enthusiasm among young people and Latinos, for example, amid soaring interest among white evangelicals and the elderly. But the poll questions did not account for Obama's secret weapon: the people who don't much care for politics. A sizable chunk of the President's most ardent backers don't admire either party yet think Obama is somehow above it all, immune to all the horse trading and favor mongering that politics entails. These voters aren't political in the cable-TV sense of the word. But in 2012, they stuck by Obama. In the last month of the Obama campaign's voter registration, 70% of those signed up were women, minorities or people under 30."

By the way, put me down as one of those who logically looked at voter registration among Hispanics and predicted a low turnout.

Also, put me down as someone who predicted a 51-48% Romney victory.  I just made the logical conclusion that the voters would reject a man who has been such a lousy executive, from bringing people together to forcing Senate Democrats to pass a budget to getting his own party to send him an immigration reform bill.

Yes, I was wrong or just too logical.  President Obama had a dismal record but that does not matter anymore that "low information voters" get their impressions on "The view", MTV and Letterman.

Yes, President Obama was reelected by people who do not follow politics or care much about it.  He was reelected because the campaign was able to connect with voters who don't have a clue, not even a clue of what President Obama stands for.  

For example, the TIME article pointed out that Obama got 71% of the Hispanic vote.  At the same time, President Obama never sent Congress a proposal or ever address the nation on TV as President Bush did.

The direct consequence of having "low information voters" decide the election is evident in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

We see a president who feels immune from accountability.  He knows that the media will cover for him and the "low information voters" will stand by their man. 
 
We can only hope that the "low information voters" go back to sleep or stay home the next time around.  
   

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's Bush's fault: Pres BO & Dem Senate will continue his wiretapping policies

Another victory for W, or the man who used to be accused of raping the Constitution and make us so unpopular with "the sophisticated" class of Europe.

Yesterday, the US Senate voted 73-23 to continue the policies of Pres Bush:

"Congress approved a measure Friday that would renew expansive U.S. surveillance authority for five more years, rejecting objections from senators who are concerned the legislation does not adequately protect Americans’ privacy.

The bill passed the Senate 73 to 23…

The lopsided Senate vote authorized a continuation of the government’s ability to eavesdrop on communications inside the United States involving foreign citizens without obtaining a specific warrant for each case."
 

By the way, the House passed a similar bill and Pres BO is expected to sign it Monday.

My reaction is a combination of joy and anger.

First, thank God that there is sanity in the Dem Senate.   The Dems are certainly a lot less concerned about the "rights" of terrorists now that they run the government.   Remember closing GITMO or having "unconditional meetings" with "the low life" of the world?

Second, aren't the Dems a bunch of hypocritical jerks?  Who is going to apologize to Pres Bush or VP Cheney.

Third, where are the marches?  Were are the "Pink Ladies"?  Where is the international left now that Obama is Bush?

Fourth, will the "intelligent" people at The Nobel Peace Prize committee ask Pres BO to return it?  He has betrayed all of those promises to reverse the Bush policies that the "intellegent" and "sophisticated" Europeans hated so much.   

God bless George W Bush and he had the political toughness to do the right thing and not listen to people like Senator Barrack Obama!



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Let's trade Sotomayor for that French judge!

Good news from France and Europe:

"France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax rate to be introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the public deficit."

WOW!  Somebody in France woke up on the right of the bed this morning.  Or maybe common sense is finally starting to prevail over there.

There are probably constitutional reasons for overturning a law that targets the rich in France.  After all, this is no longer Marie Antoinette's France! 

There are also sound economic reasons for stopping this "class warfare" and madness of going after the rich.   It makes no sense to go after those who work and create jobs.  They may decide to leave the country, as so many already have.

A few days ago, our Justice Sotomayor ".....rejected an emergency request for an injunction to prevent HHS from enforcing the contraception mandate on Hobby Lobby’s Catholic owner..."

Let's send Sotomayor to Paris and bring that French judge here! 


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No hockey (or hockey fights) is a bummer this winter in Dallas

In recent years, we've had a perfect sports year for DFW fans.

From the Rangers to the Cowboys to college football to the Mavericks to college basketball and to the Stars.

We've something to watch or follow just about every night.

Unfortunately, the "circle was broken" again this year with another NHL labor dispute.

Frankly, I get what both sides are angry about.  The owners need some concessions because the NHL does not have the big TV contract that other sports have.  Also, the owners "overexpanded" and there are simply too many teams in too many places without a hockey heritage.

On the other hand the players are the stars.  Fans pay to watch them not the owners.  I can't blame players for seeking the best deal that they can get.

Sadly, the fans are just watching this 'labor fight' rather than our heroes with hockey sticks and "punching" for real.

It's a bummer, a mess and I hope that someone breaks the deadlock.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Obama like Evita

This is my new post at American Thinker:

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie "Evita", a musical story about the late First Lady of Argentina.  It was fun, enjoyable and very eerie.  It reminded me of President Obama.

First, Evita told everyone what they wanted to hear. She sold the Argentine people an unsustainable list of promises. It got her husband reelected but it also wrecked the country.

Second, she "walked on water" for her supporters. She was "Saint Evita" for millions of people who wanted something to believe in. At the end of the day, she got people to vote for her husband (President Peron) by demonizing the opposition and scaring voters.  (Does that sound familiar?)

Third, she campaigned for her husband (the aforementioned President Peron) by making promises no one could keep, telling the unfortunate that a fortune was around the corner, and getting a free ride from a media madly in love with her too.  (Again does that sound familiar?)

There is a lot of "Evita" in Obama, especially the personality cult of so many of their supporters and the willingness of so many to overlook "results or performance". 

I am just hoping that the people of the US are smarter than those of Argentina. Unfortunately, Argentina is still paying the price of Peron's populism sold to the masses by Evita's charm.   



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Friday, December 28, 2012

Where is Sec of State Clinton?

Our friend Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda has a good post today on the whereabouts of Sec of State Clinton:

"Of course, it's possible that Clinton will run out the clock and leave office before she has to testify before Congress about Benghazi.  However, as I understand it, she could still be subpoenaed, and would still be under oath.
 
If she's seriously ill, we the people have a right to know about it.  She's the highest-ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line for the presidency. 

Does the media have questions?  Or don't we question the queen?"

Bill is right.  We need to know more about what happened in Libya 3 months ago.  We lost 4 citizens, including the US Ambassador.  

There are serious questions still waiting for an answer.

First, why didn't we try to rescue these men under attack at the US facility?

Second, who told Amb Rice to go out and peddle the video story?  Why was Pres BO peddling the same story for weeks?

Third, where was Pres BO during the attack?  Was he told about the attack?    

My guess is that Sec Clinton will speak next week or right before Sec Kerry is confirmed.  It won't be a pretty meeting and we will learn a lot about a very ugly incident.  

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Get well President Bush!

We just learned that Pres G H W Bush will be in the hospital a bit longer:

"A “stubborn” fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet, his spokesman said Wednesday. 

Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, had said earlier in the day that the fever had gone away, but he later corrected himself.
“It’s an elevated fever, so it’s actually gone up in the last day or two,” McGrath told The Associated Press. “It’s a stubborn fever that won’t go away.” 

Doctors at Methodist Hospital in Houston have run tests and are treating the fever with Tylenol, but they still haven’t nailed down a cause, McGrath said. Doctors also have put Bush on a liquid diet, though McGrath could not say why. 

The bronchitis-like cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital on Nov. 23 has improved, McGrath said. The 88-year-old is now coughing about once a day, he said. 

Bush was visited on Christmas by his wife, Barbara, his son, Neil, and Neil’s wife, Maria, and a grandson, McGrath said. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy, will arrive Wednesday in Houston from Bethesda, Md. The 41st president has also been visited twice by his sons, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida."

We are hoping that Pres Bush recovers and goes home.  We want him fit and ready so that he can attend the first Rangers-Astros baseball game in April.  Texas will open the 2013 season in Houston!  We are hoping that Pres GHW Bush will throw the first pitch now that Houston and Texas will be rivals in the AL West.



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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kerry nomination proves Obama doesn't understand Latin America

This is my new post at American Thinker!

Last spring, President Obama attended a meeting of Latin American leaders. We remember that meeting because of the Secret Service scandal. It was also the meeting when Latin American leaders complained that the Obama administration does not have a policy toward the region.

I was very happy to see that Mary Anastasia O'Grady of The Wall Street Journal posted an article about the nomination of Sen Kerry to be Secretary of State. She pointed out that Sen Kerry has been on the "left" side of every major event in the last 40 years:
"Mr. Kerry's record of promoting American values abroad is dismal. It isn't that he opposes U.S. intervention-far from it. The trouble is that he has a habit of intervening on behalf of bad guys. A left-wing world view and an earnest conviction that it is his destiny to impose it on others may make him a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet. But it won't be good for poor countries or for U.S. interests."
* Mr Kerry supported "the Sandinistas" over "the Contras".
* In Honduras '09, Mr Kerry supported Sr. Zelaya, an ally of Chavez, trying to violate the country's constitution.
* Add to this Mr Kerry's opposition to free trade agreements, from the very successful NAFTA to Colombia, Chile, etc.

Mr Kerry will be our next Secretary of State. They will probably cheer in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela and scratch their heads in Mexico, Colombia and Chile.

Like the president, Sen Kerry has a "Peace Corps" view of Latin America. They are still living in the 1950s and thinking that we need another version of "The Good Neighbor Policy".

However, most of Latin America is living in the 21st century signing free trade agreements and developing a middle class. They want to do business with the US and anybody else (like Canada) who will buy their resources. The countries of Latin America are not afraid of Marines landing on their shores but rather a continuation of the president's indifference toward the region. They don't want "Yankee go home" but instead "Yankee do business with us!"

Yes, it is now confirmed: the president does not understand Latin America. He has just nominated Sen Kerry to be our next Secretary of State. We will probably spend the next four years hearing about climate change rather more than trade with Latin America.


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President Harry Truman died 40 years ago today

We remember that Pres Truman died 40 years ago today.  He was the 33rd president of the US and one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century.

Harry Truman became president when Pres Roosevelt died in April '45.  He faced some huge challenges in Europe and Japan.  He decided in the summer to drop two atomic bombs in Japan.  It was a tough decision but it ended the war.

Pres Truman was elected on his own in 1948 but his second term was very tough, from economic problems to the war in Korea.  He left the presidency with very low approval ratings and was succeeded by the very popular Pres Eisenhower.

Today, we think of Pres Truman as a decisive and strong president.  His legacy gets stronger and stronger with time.  He made decisions and that was his greatest asset.

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Kathy Rabczuk Bru one of the best people of 2012


Who doesn't love a great love story?

We learned this year about the story of Kathy Rabczuk Bru and her fiancee Juan Kudelka.

Unfortunately, Juan has been sitting in a Bolivian prison.  

We are so proud of Kathy's efforts to fight for Juan.  It is really a great story.  I am happy that our radio show could tell her story to many others.

We pray that Juan and Kathy can be together soon. 

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012


We wish you and family a very Merry Christmas & Feliz Navidad....here is a special audio message for all of my friends.  We had a nice conversation with Virginia Prodan about the story of Christmas:


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Monday, December 24, 2012

A CHRISTMAS EVE MESSAGE FOR ALL OF MY FRIENDS


Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  I hope that you and family can get together and enjoy this very special day.  We will go to the Midnight Mass and enjoy our sons.

Here is my favorite Christmas song.  It is still the best after all of these years:



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40 years since the last mission to the moon?

Yes, it was 40 years ago this week that the lunar missions ended:

"The Apollo lunar-landing program ends on December 19, 1972, when the last three astronauts to travel to the moon splash down safely in the Pacific Ocean. Apollo 17 had lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, 10 days before."

Who would have believed that 40 years ago?  I certainly did not!

The moon landing program was one of our greatest accomplishments.  

First, we beat the USSR to the moon.   By the way, that was no small feat considering the the Soviets had an early start with Sputnik in 1957.

Second, we expanded technology and showed the world that the US was indeed a superpower.  NASA's scientists and engineers gave us computers, calculators and paved the way for what we have today.

Will we go back to the moon?  I don't know for sure.  However, it is hard to believe that we spent the 1960s committed to a lunar program and then just pulled the plug.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Carpenters and "Merry Christmas darling"


Christmas music is great.  I love the traditional favorites based on the birth of Christ, such as "Holy Night" or "Silent Night".  

There are some good pop songs.   "Merry Christmas Darling" was recorded by The Carpenters just in time for Christmas 1970.  It became a classic immediately.  It is one of my favorites.

 Here is the song:


 "Greeting cards have all been sent The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make A special one for you
Merry Christmas, darling We're apart, that's true
But I can dream And in my dreams
I'm Christmasing with you
Holidays are joyful There's always something new
But every day's a holiday When I'm near to you
The lights on my tree I wish you could see
I wish it every day The logs on the fire
Fill me with desire To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas Happy New Year too
I've just one wish  On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you
The lights on my tree I wish you could see
I wish it every day The logs on the fire
Fill me with desire To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas Happy New Year too I've just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you I wish I were with you
Merry Christmas, darling?

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

A very nice Christmas tree story

We usually speak with Dr Ileana Johnson-Paugh about the US economy and other related issues.  It's been great having her as a guest this year.

Yesterday, we spent a big part of the show discussing her recent article:  My Christmas Tree

It is a recollection of a young woman growing up in Romania.  She lived in a country that downplayed faith.  It also forced its citizens to live with shortages and under repression.  It was that way in every communist country, from the USSR to Cuba.

Here is the article:

"As long as I can remember, my Dad came home every December with a scraggly blue spruce, fragrant with the scent of winter, tiny icicles hanging from the branches. The frozen miniature crystal daggers would melt quickly on Mom’s well-scrubbed parquet floor. I never knew nor asked where he had found it, or how he could afford it. His modest salary of $70 a month barely covered the rent, utilities, and food. Mom had to work as well to afford our clothes. Prices were subsidized by the government and salaries were very low for everybody regardless of education and skill. We had to make do with very little.
No matter how bare the branches of my Christmas tree were, it was magical to me. Two metal bars forged by hand helped Dad nail the tree to the floor at the foot of the couch where I slept in the living room that doubled as my bedroom. Our tiny apartment only had one bedroom where my parents slept.

Decorating it was a fun job every year since I made new decorations from colorful crepe paper. We had to be creative; we could not afford glass ornaments. We made paper cones covered with craftily rolled crepe paper and filled with candy. I hung small apples with red string, tiny pretzels, home-made butter cookies, candied fruit, raisins, and an occasional orange wrapped in tissue paper with strange lettering, coming all the way from Israel. Each year we bought 12 small red and green candles which we attached to the tree with small metal clips. We were careful to clamp them at the tip of the branch to keep the tree from catching fire when the candles were lit. The tree would live for two weeks before the prickly needles fell all over the living room floor.

One year I spent Christmas with uncle Ion and his wife. A gifted mechanical engineer, Ion could fix and build anything. He promised that he would fashion lights for his Christmas tree. He worked painstakingly for weeks, soldering tiny copper wires into bundles that stretched along the branches of the tree like a magical cascade to which he soldered at least 200 tiny bulbs sold as bike lights. It was a labor of love! When the wires were finally attached to a relay, the bulbs lit up like a waterfall. Nobody had such a fantastically blazing tree in the whole country. 
I was amazed at his dedication and craftiness and never forgot his fairytale Christmas fir.

We did not have a tree skirt but we used one of Mom’s hand-stitched table cloths. The whole apartment smelled like the fragrant mountains and, for a couple of weeks we forgot the misery that surrounded us. We lit up the 12 candles on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.

Every night for two weeks, I would admire my enchanted tree until I fell asleep, wondering what special treat I would find under my pillow on Christmas morning. It was never much, but it was such a cherished joy!
Saint Nicholas Day was celebrated on December 6th. We really didn’t know much about the real St. Nicholas, Santa Claus’s namesake. St. Nicholas was a popular saint in the Orthodox Church and presumed the bishop of Myra in Turkey in the 300s. There were many legends of St. Nicholas - the more famous story that he was the son of a wealthy family in Patara, Lycia. When his parents died, he gave away his fortune. One such random act of kindness involved throwing three bags of gold through the windows of three girls who were going to be forced into prostitution.
On Saint Nicholas Day, I would put my boots outside the door, hoping that they would be filled with candy in the morning and not coals. Grandpa had a wicked sense of humor – he would sometimes fill one boot with sticks and another with candy and a chocolate bar.

Grandpa never bought a blue spruce - we cut a fir tree from the woods. We were careful not to cut down a tree that had bird nests in it. We decorated it with garland made from shiny and multi-colored construction paper. We cut strips, glued them in an interlocking pattern and voila, we had our garland. For ornaments we used walnuts and shriveled apples from his cellar, tied with Grandma’s red knitting wool. 

The warm adobe style fireplace built from mud bricks mixed with straw cast a dancing glow on the tree decked with tokens of food, something our heathen Roman ancestors did during the celebration of Saturnalia. On December 17, the polytheistic Romans celebrated Saturnus, the god of seed and sowing, for an entire week. As Christians, we celebrated the birth of Christ and the religious traditions in our Orthodox faith, in spite of the communist regime forcing the transformation of Christmas into a secular holiday.

On Christmas Eve, after we ate Mom’s traditional Christmas supper, roasted pork, baked chicken, sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls with ground meat and rice), and mamaliga (corn mush with butter cooked in a cast iron pot), we went to the midnight service at the Orthodox Church not far from our house. Sometimes it was a sloshy trek and other times it was icy and slippery. If we got lucky, a heavy snow would turn our walk into a winter wonderland with dancing snowflakes shining in the weak street lights. We had to bundle up well – the church was not heated and we circled it three times during the procession with burning candles in our hands. I always wore my flannel pajamas under many layers of warm clothes. To this day, pajamas are my favorite garment – cozy and comfortable, keeping my body warm.

I decorate my Douglas fir with beautiful lights and shiny ornaments now. My heart fills with loving memories of Christmases past and of family members lost who made our Christian traditions so special.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas from Texas


One of my favorite parts of another Christmas in Texas is that there is so much variety of food.  We have traditional Texan food, plus a bit of the Mexican flavor such as tamales and my mom always has a "flan".

My second part is that we don't have to worry about snowstorms although we've had a couple of surprises in recent years.

Merry Christmas to all! 

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WHEN IT'S CHRISTMAS IN TEXAS BY GEORGE STRAIT


"When it's Christmas time in Texas
It's a very special time for me
In Texas we'll go swinging' 'round the Christmas tree
Dancing' to a Christmas melody
When it's Christmas time in Texas
It might look just like a summer day
There may not be snow in San Antonio
But it's a Texas Christmas to me


When Santa Claus crosses over the border
It'll sound a little different when he sings
'Cause he'll hear those twin fiddle's playing'
Christmas songs with a touch of western swing
There may not be snow in San Antonio
But it's a Texas Christmas to me


When it's Christmas time in Texas
I love to hear those Christmas carolers sing
People on the go children's faces all aglow

wondering what Santa is going to bring
Grandpa's been chasing' grandma around
Trying' to catch her neath the mistletoe
Everything is right the lone star shining' bright
But it's a Texas Christmas to me...
  When Santa Claus crosses the border
It'll sound a little different when he sings
'Cause he'll hear those twin fiddle's playing'
Christmas songs with a touch of western swing
There may not be snow in San Antonio
But it's a Texas Christmas to me...
 
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from Texas and me."


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