Not since Pee-wee Herman asked to see the basement at the Alamo have workers at the Texas landmark witnessed this much confusion. The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) is investigating a possible theft from an Alamo office, where some believe an original copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence was swapped with a fake. Here´s the catch — leaders at the historic site never knew this original copy of the document ever existed. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) — which currently runs daily operations at the Alamo complex —
Not a problem. See the White House office of fake documentation. I think there may even be a Czar for that. Their talented staff can whip you out a replacement that will look good enough to fool millions of people.
There was a book titled ´Texfake´about how some well-known Texas book and document dealers were engaged in the faking and/or stealing of high-priced Texas books and documents. It is a big-money market - lots of well-heeled collectors chasing a limited supply of items.
A DRT in 1969 who heard me speaking with another ´Yankee´ PhD historian as we walked around the Alamo, in our USAF officer´s uniforms, decided our Yankee accent was ´offensive´ and had a Texas Ranger escort us out of the Alamo....They were a lovely bunch---would that they paid more attention to artifacts rather than accents!
George H.W. Bush sure does get around. The former president was on hand Wednesday night when the new 2013-2014 Houston Texans Cheerleaders squad was announced — and he looked mighty pleased to be there. Bush, a close friend of Texans owner Bob McNair, sported a big grin as he presented each of the 35 cheerleaders with a red rose and thanked the squadmembers who visited him during his extended hospital stay late last year. Amid the almost surreal scene, observers didn´t know what to look at first — the scantily-clad cheerleaders with abs of steel
Roberts Elementary recently welcomed new neighbors when a parliament of baby owlets and their mom (or dad) nested up in a tree outside of the Texas Medical Center-area campus. They must have taken a few wrong turns on the way to nearby Rice University. CultureMap reader Annie Kansas brought her camera along in the carpool line and snapped a few portraits of the new family, which has been "creating lots of excitement" among teachers and students at the school.
In the not-so-distant past, the 1994 American-French film Stargate spawned a television series, comics and video games and ran over and over again on some network akin to Lifetime, on a kind of channel you tuned to when nothing better is on. Whether it´s the film´s provenance or the premise that deciphering symbols could connect seemingly dissimilar worlds, there´s a comparable element of connectivity and alignment — minus the science fiction, ancient Egypt component — when considering the proposition of the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts collaboration with Paris collective 9éme Concept.
As the world´s premier maker of luxury leather goods, Hermés creates treasured items from the most beautiful materials on earth. The art of craftsmanship remains the company hallmark. But for inspiration, designers retreat to a small space above the famed Hermés Paris flagship store on Faubourg Saint-Honoreè. Here, in what was once the office of Émile-Maurice Hermés, who headed the company from the 1920s until his death in 1951, they return to the past amid the many treasures the Hermés family collected over the years.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade included more than just cowboys and high school bands. There was a significant military presence. Here, the U.S. Marine Corps Band from New Orleans performs. All of the military participating were invited to the World Championship Bar-B-Que Cook-off with the Goody Girls BBQ team offering to feed them all.
A lawsuit filed last week in Harris County claims the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People did not pay its bill at the downtown Houston Four Seasons Hotel for its 103rd Annual Convention in July. The hotel claims it is owed $99,500 for room, banquet and finance charges. The convention, most notably recognized by national media as the event where Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney drew loud boos for his health care reform views, was held July 11 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
In college football, the only time it pays to be No. 1 in January is when the final polls of the season are released. But the Texas A&M Aggies are certainly abuzz, thanks to CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd. On Tuesday, Dodd released his 2013 preseason power poll. Never mind that the college football season doesn’t start for eight months. He has the Aggies as his No. 1 team. Yes, Texas A&M. Even though Alabama won the national title and proved that they reload in Tuscaloosa, not rebuild.
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly
President Obama, former president George W. Bush and their wives departed Washington Monday morning on Air Force One on their way to a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are being accompanied by Mr. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the flight to Johannesburg. A four-hour memorial service will be held on Tuesday for South Africa’s first black president. Mr. Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary, died on Thursday at age 95. Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea are traveling separately to South Africa. Former President