Another politician lands at Rice.
We lost one of the best with the passing of President George H.W. Bush. Here’s to the Greatest Generation.
Old politicians don’t fade away, they just end up at Rice University. Following in the footsteps of former mayor Annise Parker and Lee Brown, outgoing County Judge Ed Emmett will be teaching a class at his alma mater. We always admired Emmett for his no-nonsense attitude, so here’s a word of warning to any students hoping for an easy A from the newbie prof: Hunker Down.
Emmett may be on the outs of the Texas Republican Party, so who is left on the inside? How about a self-described white nationalist? Check out the Texas Observer’s exposé on Ray Myers, a GOP activist who helped write the party’s platform and said on Facebook last Tuesday, “Damn Right, I’m a WHITE NATIONALIST and very Proud of it.”
You’ll need a caddy to handle all the golf puns after Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the PGA is moving its headquarters to Texas. “That’s par for the course for economic development,” he said on Twitter. A real hole-in-one for the guv, but a little birdie told us not everyone is excited. The $1.5 million in financial incentives involved could drive a wedge within the Republican Party. Did Abbott tee himself up for a fight? Any way you slice it, he still has bragging rights.
Are you ready for some football? No, not the University of Houston (playing in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23), nor the Texans (playing the Colts on Sunday). We’re talking XFL! The “extreme” league is back, and Houston has been picked as an exhibition city. Games, which start in 2020, will be played at UH’s TDECU Stadium. Now all they need is a name and a mascot. Thumbs’ vote goes to The Grackles, with the mascot Screechy.
We did it! After much speculation and prediction, the United States officially became a net exporter of crude oil for the first time in 70 years. That’s great for the fracking fields, but given all the risks of climate change, maybe we should make exporting green energy technology the next item on our national to-do list.
Rock and roll can never die — so sang Neil Young — but those old rock venues can’t last forever. After 40-plus years of hosting concerts, Fitzgerald’s is closing down. The rickety old home is going out with a New Year’s Eve bash if you want to get in one last thrasher.