Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

I consider this my own personal Holiday. I earned this one. ADJ3 Batchelor U.S. Navy 1972-1976

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."[2]

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.[2] A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day'."

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the "Father of Veterans Day."

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.[3]

Thanks Wiki.

OK My. BAD on SeƱor Beans playing at Aspens Saturday. I misread the entire text from Vince. Ben will be playing THIS Saturday the 16th. Sorry for any confusion.

To get your Saturday started be sure to come to the Club House for the Civic Clubs umpteenth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. That old building will smell better than a new car. If you’ve been in the past you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t had the pleasure you do not want to miss this. Watch for Club emails all week long. Not getting Club emails? Do we need to renew your membership? or maybe just your emil address…drop me a line at

From Neighbor Ramsey:
My husband and I live at 1010 South Shore Drive and we came across a very unhealthy cockatiel off the side of the road on our way to the Farmer's Market
on Saturday.  The bird was found in front of Aspen's and wasn't moving, however we have nursed it back to health and nothing seems to broken.  It seems to be a juvenile cockatiel as the green feathers on it's head are still coming in.  Can you perhaps please send an e-mail out to the islanders asking if anyone is missing a pet cockatiel?

We owe our WorldWar II veterans - and all our veterans - a debt we can never fully repay. 

Doc Hastings


ab said...

I've been a bit limited in my wandering around our little slice of paradise for a few weeks but when I do venture out notice our officers quite often. This latest string of burglaries is an aggravation to be sure but there is no doubt in my mind the slime will be caught. If you believe there is a lack of patrolling in your area you really should stop in and see the Chief or Captain Donaldson. If you are time strapped like a lot of us why not drop them an email? At any rate we need to be as connected to our Police department as we can be. My two cents.

Anonymous said...

You tell that slippery little lock picking cockatiel that this time he escaped,but next time things won't be so easy. Vengence is mine you feathered fuzzy little cracker eater!!!

Anonymous said...

Sure is a great time to think about a bon fire. Wasn't there talk of it once?

Anonymous said...

Just heard on the news that the Obama care website has cost 600 million to date and still doesn't work right..... a freaking website 600 million.... They went on to point out that is four times the amount of money it took to create and Develop the iPhone. It makes me wonder what is going to break this country faster Obamacare or its website. Only in the new America. Thank you Obama and all of you that support him. I'm going to go puke now.

Anonymous said...

Yep I just saw that on the news also and it was Diane Sawyer on ABC so the real number is probably 800 million. This country is so screwed thanks a bunch liberals

Anonymous said...

The outrageous cost makes me wonder if an opponent of the liberals sabotaged the website. The only goals of the right is to oppose and stop progress.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, the only goal of the right is to oppose and stop progress. No worries though. The hatred based ideology can't sustain itself. Calling anyone who doesn't hate gays or obama a liberal seems to be their platform. The party has divided itself. Keep it up Tea Party clowns. You're going to get what you deserve - Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Typical Liberals no facts your statements just putting down the conservatives you said nothing about the extreme cost of the website or why it is happening because you probably don't have a clue

Anonymous said...

How is it, folks, that a story about Veterans Day and a cockatiel can morph into a battle of political ideology? I have a simple answer to bozos on both sides of these political issues: "I'm right, you're wrong, and we'll discuss this later when you see things my way." That is what I used to tell my ex anytime we had a disagreement.

Anonymous said...

Again, there you go with the liberal thing. That's your whole argument. Anybody who disagrees with the tiniest thing you say is a "liberal". The healthcare rollout is a wreck. There is no question about that. Who said it wasn't?
Next topic. You are basing your entire platform on hatred. Half of your people want to "take back 'Merica" and a third of you want fiscal responsiblity and a rest of you are waiting for Glenn Beck to tell you when to start yelling about Benghazi again. That's why you losers are doomed to the fate you deserve. You can't get your act together enough to even find a leader... who is it going to be Ted Cruz or the Palin? HA!
I'm not a liberal by any means... and I would qualify that by saying I'm more conservative than the Health care touting (ref. the Mass. state healthcare program) presidential candidate you last nominated that you coudn't even elect - I'm telling you that rolling around in all this hatred doesn't support your political objective, it only supports Glen Beck and Rush Bimbo and Fox news and as long as they can make you yell "LIBERAL" at every contested point then they win. You never will. Stop fighting and pay attention to what you're doing to the party. Stop letting people convince you that you hate something. Make your own decisions based on your own observations. Not your am radio talk show hosts opinions.
Did you notice how good the market is doing today?
Did you notice home foreclosures are down?
Did you notice we're out of Afghanistan?
Did you notice we're done in Iraq?
Did you notice the auto industry has done alright after the bailout?
Did you notice that corporate profits are the highest in our country's history?
Did you notice that under the current administration the Government employment has declined for the first time since WWII? That means that the government is shrinking under this admin. "but them liberals just want big gub'ment!!" (You can google that)

And still,I don't want a Democrat for a pres. If you took the time to form your own opinion I bet it would be close to mine, but let's not just spew hatred and call names. Otherwise somebody might come along and elect us to congress against our will

Anonymous said...

The only thing the original poster said was the website has cost 600 million so far and it appears he or she thought that was too much money the first poster after that declared it a conspiracy by the Republicans the next poster rambled on about the tea party and then we get this long post about hatred and a bunch of other nonsense To get back to the original post yes it is absolutely ridiculous that it could have cost 600 million so far just To create a website that doesn't work. And I am personally unhappy about Obamacare because now 1% of my salary goes towards paying for others to get free healthcare while my health-care premiums climb and climb and climb and the plan on the Obamacare deal is worse and more expensive than what I've got now and may lose it is out-of-control if There is a liberal out there who can address the facts and not the alleged conspiracies and rhetoric about the tea party please let me understand why Obamacare is good using facts Not rambling Rhetoric

Anonymous said...

Yeah. We don't want no ramblin'. Exceptin unless it's me doing the ramblin.