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Ask any displaced Texan what they miss from home and they’ll likely list a few items: brisket, football, higher speed limits, tacos and kolaches.

Now, if you’re lucky enough to have had a kolache, you know it’s a Texas staple, but if you haven’t had one, you’re probably still trying to figure out how to pronounce the word. It’s “ko-lah-chee.”

Kolaches are Czech pastries made of a yeast dough and usually filled with fruit, but sometimes cheese. The ultra traditional flavors — such as poppy seed, apricot, prune and a sweet-but-simple farmer’s cheese — can be traced back to the pastry’s Eastern European origin.

As Czech immigrants founded communities during the 1880s in rural Texas, later known as the Texas Czech Belt, the flavors and fillings evolved. Pineapple, blueberry, strawberry and cream cheese are just a sampling of flavors available today.

The Czech Pastry That Took Texas By Storm, And Keeps Gaining Strength

Photos: Courtesy of Republic Kolache and Victoria Milko/NPR

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February 23rd 1836: Battle of the Alamo begins

On this day in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo began between Texan and Mexican soldiers, near the modern city of San Antonio. The Alamo was a former mission founded by Spanish settlers, which, by the nineteenth century, had become a fort for Spanish troops. In the 1820s, Mexico fought a successul war for independence from Spain, which led to increased migration of American citizens into the Mexican province of Texas. As the American population in the area grew, a revolutionary movement gained traction. War eventually broke out in 1835, and early on, Texan volunteer soldiers successfully captured the Alamo garrison from Mexican troops, and with it gained control of San Antonio. While Texas’ commander-in-chief, Sam Houston, was apathetic about keeping the fort, its defenders - including Colonel James Bowie, Lieutenant Colonel William Travis, and famed frontiersman Davy Crockett - insisted on defending the Alamo. Only around 200 soldiers defended the fort, and on February 23rd 1836 were besieged by a formidable Mexican army, numbering thousands of troops, led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Despite overwhelming odds, the Texans managed to repel the attack for 13 days, before being overpowered on March 6th, when most of the defenders were killed. Mexican forces thus regained control of the Alamo fort, but Texans rallied around the incident as a symbol of their resistance against Mexican oppression; “Remember the Alamo!” became a popular war cry. In April, Houston’s army - buoyed by new recruits inspired by the Alamo - defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, and Texan independence was secured. The Republic of Texas was short-lived, as Texas was annexed as the 28th state of the United States in 1845. The annexation enflamed sectional tensions, as it raised the question of whether the new state would be slave or free. The action also exacerbated underlying tensions between America and Mexico - as Mexico did not recognise Texas’ independence - and led to war in 1846. The Alamo remains a powerful symbolic moment in Texan and American history, having been immortalised in numerous works of fiction; the site of the battle attracts over 2.5 million visitors a year.

On this day, April 21 in 1836, REMEMBER THE ALAMO - The Battle of San Jacinto, was fought in present-day Harris County, Texas. It was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. Led by General Sam Houston, the Texian Army engaged and defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army in a fight that lasted just 18 minutes.

Santa Anna, the President of Mexico, was captured and surrendered the following day and held as a prisoner of war. Three weeks later, he signed the peace treaty that dictated that the Mexican army leave the region, paving the way for the Republic of Texas to become an independent country.

After the controversial election of 2016 the United States of America split into 4 new countries. The Republican States of America, led by King Donald Trump; The Liberal States of America led by President Hillary Clinton; The Socialist States of America headed by Prime Minister Bernie Sanders; and The Godly Republic of Texas which is supposedly led by the Christian God himself. Describe what life is like in these nations after their split. How do people live. What issues are popular in government? What are the new laws and how do they affect the citizens?

In the 1800s, Anglos migrated illegally into Texas, which was then part of Mexico, in greater and greater numbers and gradually drove the tejanos (native Texans of Mexican descent) from their lands, committing all manner of atrocities against them. The Battle of the Alamo, in which the Mexican forces vanquished the whites, became, for the whites, the symbol for the cowardly and villainous character of the Mexicans. It became (and still is) a symbol that legitimized the white imperialist takeover. With the capture of Santa Anna later in 1836, Texas became a republic. Tejanos lost their land and, overnight, became the foreigners.
—  Gloria Anzaldúa, “Borderlands / La Frontera”
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Jailed Cowboys fan suing NFL for $88 billion over reversed call 

A man who is jailed in a Colorado correctional facility filed a lawsuit against NFL officials seeking over $88 billion in damages because of an overturned call.

Terry Hendrix, who we assume is a very dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan, is seeking $88,987,654,321.88 from the NFL in the wake of the controversial replay reversal in the Cowboys’ NFC divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers.

He names NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, referee Gene Steratore and Commissioner Roger Goodell by name in his suit.

In the handwritten lawsuit filed Wednesday, Hendrix asks for the astronomical sum of money “for but not limited to: negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and also reckless disregard.”

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant made what was first ruled a catch on a fourth down pass down the sideline.

After Packers head coach Mike McCarthy challenged the call, it was ruled that Bryant didn’t complete “the process” of a catch.

Reaction to the play and the ambiguous rule primarily followed the “bad rule, good call” narrative. Hendrix believes his team and its fans were cheated.

He calls the video review and reversal a “fraud” and a “gross negligence” that caused “true injury” to the Dallas Cowboys.

Had the pivotal play late in the Jan. 11 game been ruled a catch, Hendrix believes the Cowboys would’ve been in position to secure a win and advance to the NFC Championship.

“Dean Blandino, Gene Steratore, and Roger Goodell are wrong and have stolen a victory from the plaintiffs,” Hendrix wrote in the lawsuit. “The Cowboys’ offensive line would have perfectly created an ‘Autobahn’ for DeMarco Murray to drive into the endzone for the score and victory.”

Hendrix presumably arrived at the figure close to $89 billion because of Bryant’s jersey number — 88. The desired sum begins and ends with the number, and Hendrix refers to the Cowboys’ star wideout as “Dez Bryant #88″ numerous times in the lawsuit.

Hendrix, an inmate at Fremont Correctional Facility in Cañon City, Colorado, states that he appears as counsel for “Dez Bryant, all Dallas Cowboys fans and all people in or from the sovereign republic of Texas.”

The suit seeks permission to move before court within 35 days.

In conjunction with the suit, Hendrix filed an application to continue with the case without paying the court fees.

 

The other day I had a dream that Donald Trump was elected president, and the country rioted. The death toll was enormous. Washington DC burned to the ground.

Then the country fractured. Blue states decided they no longer wanted to be a part of the United States of America. Red states called them hypocrites, claimed they put up with Obama so the blue states could put up with Trump.

But everything was already too broken. The military got called in, intending to force the rebellious states back into line. The Republicans, ironically, fulfilled their worst fears, with the government becoming a threat to its citizens. But it was ok, because it was their government, and those citizens didn’t even want to be citizens anymore.

Tech got involved. First with cyber-attacks, bringing down the technological infrastructure of entire cities, entire organizations. The NSA, CIA, FBI, armed forces. All of their systems went down, practically overnight. But everyone knew that wasn’t enough. So the West Coast Republic was formed. Mandatory service was instated for everyone under the age of 35. You didn’t have to go the military route, but if you weren’t already doing something to help your nascent country, you would have to start doing something. Whatever was needed.

The North East States formed a union as well, an economic force to be reckoned with. Their friendly relationship with the West Coast Republic meant tech had their backs.

Texas took the opportunity to once again become its own nation, much to the surprise and chagrin of its red state neighbors.

Poor Colorado, surrounded by red states, was in a precarious position. Once all parties realized the United States of America, as it had once stood, would never exist again, a window was opened, when people could move from one state to another, cross from red to blue or blue to red.

Some people stayed in their homes, unwilling to leave. But many fled to more friendly territory. Mass migrations moved up from the South into northern and western states. Rural members of blue states moved inland, heading for the South and the Midwest.

The world looked on, mouth agape, at the joke that the United States, once the most powerful nation in the world, had become.

Rome, officially, had fallen.

My dream self looked around at the post-apocalyptic landscape, and couldn’t believe it had come to this, couldn’t believe I had seen chaos like this in my lifetime. Suddenly I lived in an entire country of refugees. Nothing was sure. Nothing was safe. All the security of my youth was forgotten, a half-remember dream that didn’t seem real anymore.

My dream shifted forward, to me, withered and old, telling my grandchildren about the 2016 election cycle, how everyone knew it was different, but no one understood the madness it would bring. My dream self told them about the day Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. The day the United States crumbled.

When I woke up, I took a deep breath and assure myself, that would never happen. And then I remember my dream self talking about how none of us ever thought it would happen. Not here.

Now I’m way more freaked out about a Trump presidency than I already was, so let’s band together and stop this dude.

This is your chance to kill Hitler before he takes power. Except, by “kill” I mean “not elect” and by “Hitler,” I mean “Trump.”

the-republic-and-face-of-texas  asked:

This new deleted scene has me all messed up... It has literally changed how I view Loki, there are too many feelings for me to handle all at once!

Same!! First I was just SO EXCITED because it was finally Loki in fur but then it turned sad pretty quick.

Unless you’re super happy and content with your life, I think most of us in a moment of peace indulge in a little make believe in our heads of a better life. Loki wants to lose himself in this fantasy so hard and forget reality altogether. We already know he doesn’t have the best grip on reality since coming out of the void and now he’s locked up alone with the occasional visits from his mum and all the time in the world to think. And what does Loki fantasise about? Not of escaping his eternity in prison, not of ruling Midgard, not even of what could have been if he had remained the legitimate King but of being Thor, the very picture of perfection whose shadow he grew up in. He can try as much he wants to pretend to hate him, and maybe he does hate him but that hate comes from love. More than the throne, he wants the love and adoration of his friends and citizens, which Thor has effortlessly.

And really this very likely isn’t the first time Frigga has walked in on him pretending to be Thor, he’s probably been doing this since he was a kid and whereas then he would have been embarrassed (“Mother, I didn’t hear you knock… Why am I wearing Thor’s clothes? I’m not quite sure, something must have gone wrong. I’ll do some more reading on the theory after dinner”) now he’s just past the point of caring. I’ve seen some people say he just continues the illusion to be a child and get a sympathetic reaction from Frigga, and I agree a little because Loki is all about trying to get a reaction, but I see it differently. It’s more like 3 stages of illusions and people witnessing them: 1- illusion, what illusion? *your* eyes must be playing tricks on you, 2- wait, if you can see it too then it must be real, right? and 3- what do you mean it’s not real, of course it’s real?

So Loki at this point is at stage 2. He *knows* it’s not real, it’s hollow and pathetic and he’s on the verge of tears but then Frigga arrives and he instantly perks up for a second hoping she’ll indulge him and let him believe everyone is truly cheering for him. But Frigga brings him back to reality. It’s her presence that’s keeping him somewhat grounded because let’s not forget Loki’s already reached stage 3 in the past- “I remember you tossing me into an abyss.” 

It’s a popular opinion in the fandom, and one I share, that Loki favours solitude over company. But preferring to stay alone in the comfort of your favoured spots is vastly different to a prison cell with only one visitor. It’s not good for anyone’s mental state, least of all Loki with all his self worth and identity issues. (*cries forever*)

I have an idea. Let’s just let Texas secede from the union, make Trump their president, and anyone who needs to own 12 automatic weapons can just move to the People’s Republic of Texas.