Screed #30

April 30, 2010…


We, here at The Federation, have been wallowing in a deep and lingering malaise as of late, which is the reason why we’ve been so quiet the past few months. It’s basically because of everything we see around us. This country just seems to be in a permanent decline. Our government can’t seem to get anything done. We are tired of the constant bickering amongst Republicans and Democrats. They both just seem to be interested in their own personal interests, and don’t care about fixing the problems we have in this country.

Wall Street still seems to be ripping us off just as much as they were before the whole bailout fiasco. The special interest groups seem to get more and more power with each passing day, to influence laws and elections — including companies in foreign countries. We were sickened to see the Supreme Court grant them more power a few months ago. It definitely makes us think that all these Supreme Court judges are bought and paid for, just like the politicians. Everyone seems to be on the take these days. Perhaps we should be too.

Then you have the Tea Party nutjobs who are getting more and more popular, thanks to everyone being fed up with our federal government. We are too, but we certainly don’t think Sarah Palin and the teabaggers are the answer. Don’t these morons even realize what the term “teabagging” means?

We have to admit that we haven’t even been following the news lately. It just all seems like white noise and static these days. Every day you turn on the news and hear about another politician who was caught, literally, with his pants down.

So far, 2010 seems to be just like 2009 which was just like 2008 which was just like 2007, and so on. After awhile, it all seems to be a big joke. The only problem is, this joke is on all of us.


Goodbye, Texas Stadium (Validation #4)

April 28, 2010…


On April 11, 2010, the iconic Texas Stadium was demolished. It was a sad day for all Dallas Cowboys fans, which, naturally, includes The Federation‘s members. It was the home of our beloved Cowboys during our childhood years of the 1970s and ’80s, when they were, more than at any other time perhaps, America’s Team.

With a seating capacity of 65,675, and a European soccer-style retractable roof, it opened its doors in Irving, Texas on October 24, 1971, and closed them on December 20, 2008 (with an unfortunate 33-24 loss to the Baltimore Ravens), making way for team owner Jerry Jones’ billion dollar monument of ego, Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington. It was the site of dozens of great games and hundreds of classic memories – too many to mention, in fact.

We think of all the great players who once called Texas Stadium home: Roger Staubach, D.D. Lewis, Tony Dorsett, Danny White, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Drew Pearson, Randy White, Michael Irvin, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Herschel Walker, Charlie Waters, Everson Walls, Jay Novacek, Golden Richards, Calvin Hill, Billy Joe Dupree, Lance Alworth, Mel Renfro, Bob Lilly, Bob Hayes, and the list goes on and on, right up to Tony Romo.

Then, of course, the greatest head coach in Cowboys history, Tom Landry, who will never be forgotten, as well as Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells.

Texas Stadium, along with the old Yankees Stadium, is now just a memory in our hearts. It’s sad to see these iconic stadiums being replaced and demolished. Perhaps it’s just a part of so-called “progress.” The America we once knew, though, is slowly being lost. Another part of it was reduced to rubble on April 11th. We’ll always have our memories, though, and you can’t destroy those.

Long live Texas Stadium!