"The university in America is a wasteland — it is a moral and intellectual wasteland. It is the center of America hatred, of Western civilization hatred.”
Will Texas A&M Become Free Speech U?
Earlier this year, we discussed the fact that modern progessivism is not just a more extreme version of liberalism, as it is often on opposite sides of important issues enshrined in our Bill of Rights. One obvious example is campus speech. So hegemonic is the left's control of many university campuses that the kind of fair and honest debate expected of academic institutions is being threatened by written and unwritten speech codes. These codes purportedly exist to protect the sensitivities of protected groups, but in reality create safe spaces from intellectually challenging thought and echo chambers for unrebutted liberal propaganda.
The administration of Texas A&M has voiced its commitment to maintaining a liberal (in the traditional and best sense of the term) campus speech culture. A great example is Texas A&M's chapter of Young Americans for Freedom's Dinesh D'Souza event.
I haven't seen his latest movie yet, but America: Imagine the World Without Her was a well done documentary and powerful rebuttal to the anti-Americanism currently fouling our own nest. Think that's hyperbole? Note that a company like Nike with a massive customer base, has calculated they will attract more customers than they will lose by deliberately identifying with it.
Although this free event is technically "sold out", we plan to have additional seating available for walk ups. I don't expect you or I will agree with everything we hear from Dinesh this Wednesday night in the Bethancourt Ballroom of the MSC. But isn't that the point? I realize many of you would rather see A&M reclaim the title of Linebacker U, but the 1st Amendment is kind of important too.
Help SHIP's Work in El Salvador
We are blessed in this community in ways citizens of most other countries can only imagine. One highly effective ministry serving the poorest of the poor in El Salvador is right here in Bryan and needs our support. SHIPinternational.org
You may recall that last year's main fundraising event was hijacked by the agenda of a Social Just Us Warrior invited from campus to be the keynote speaker. This year, we need to help them reach as many vulnerable children as possible. Christians may have honest disagreements about our responsibility to open our borders to the world's poor, but there should be no controversy with respect to helping desperate children receive a safe, quality Christian education in their community.
This year's luncheon will be at the Hilton on Tuesday, October 30th from 12-1. Let them know that you're coming at email@example.com and I'll see you there!
Aggie Football Renaissance on Schedule
The Beagle accurately predicted we would be 5-2 at this point in the season thanks to Kellen Mond (the consensus was for Nick Starkel to remain the starter) and a rejuvenated Aggie defense, but failed to consider the impact of an ACC officiating crew on the outcome of the Clemson game. Otherwise, we would be a game ahead of where I thought. Now with 3 of the final 5 games (@ MSU and Auburn, home against LSU) being toss ups, you can dream of a 9 or 10 win season and a Sugar Bowl invite or Chick Fil-A matchup with tu. For the record, I would play them anytime, anywhere, anysport. Get the picture? If you don't, well then, I'll paint U A Birmingham.
And I'll upgrade my forecast on the season to 9-3 from 8-4. Consider how much they've accomplished with a negative turnover margin which typically reverts to the mean, with or without props. Plus our quarterback depth and paucity of injuries at vulnerable positions like linebacker, sets us up for a strong finish.
EZ Stop on Harvey Road for a Quick Mexican Meal
I know you like Garpez, but is it really worth your time? Stopping by after another thrilling game of 7 year old soccer at Veteran's Park, you won't spend under 20 minutes at the counter or drive-through. About 200 yards farther west down Harvey, on your right is a hidden gem of good, fast breakfast or lunch No Taco Bell dollar menu Beto Burritos here (made with artificial beans?). Just real Mexican food made by (if you remember the Los Nortenos commercial) "real Mexican weemen."
Fusion Peru for a Change of Taste
What an amazing variety of cuisines we have here now. My friend Jorge Chunga moved his popular Fusion Peru food truck indoors to 2501 S Texas Avenue. Peru is near and dear to our hearts as we've spent several spring breaks in medical mission clinics there, with my Spanish speaking kids acting as translators. We fell in love with the people. . .and the food. Now we can have it whenever we want! Jorge hired my daughter this year, so I must tell you the service is as good as the food.
Like the people of Peru, its cuisine has been infused with indigenous, Spanish and Asian influences, so I don't know where to start with the menu. EVERYTHING is good and large enough portions for sharing. Take some home so you'll have some room for Jorge's homemade ice cream made with real Peruvian fruits. Deliciosa!