Shhhhh. (whisper) Today is Texas Independence Day. Hope the Local Latino PC Patrol doesn't hear me. Hey, they got rid of 1836, maybe they'll try to rip March 2 off the calendar. The sad thing, betcha if you polled (call it the WonderVATO test) all the Latino students at all the high schools within Harris County, Texas, not even one in four could tell you what happened on March 2, 1836 - March 6, 1836 - or April 21, 1836. Duh, 3/6/1836 was the day the siege at the Alamo ended - at least that's what John Wayne said. 4/21/1836 is the day Sam Houston and his fellas routed Santy Annie at the river banks down the street from where I grew up. I bet most Latinos don't even know that Texas - at one point - used to be a country. I still think that 1836 could have been used as a tool to teach young and old Latinos about our local history. Hey, they didn't ask Daily Commentary - gotta get my 1836 T-chirt.
"Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera," Yul Bryner, The King And I, "I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man." Robert Duvall, True Grit, "That'll be the day." John Wayne, The Searchers, "If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone." Al Pacino, The Godfather, Part II.
"We're all part of the same hypocrisy." Al Pacino, The Godfather, Part II, "Here's looking at you, kid." Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca, "You ain't heard nothin' yet." Al Jolson, The Jazz Singer, "It's good to be the king!" Mel Brooks, History of the World, Part I, "It's true, it's true." Madelyn Kahn, Blazing Saddles, "Win just one for the Gipper." Ronald Reagan, Knute Rockne All American.
"Shaken, not stirred." James Bond actors, James Bond movies, "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you." James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy, "I'm king of the world!" Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic, "I'm Spartacus!" Various Actors, Spartacus, "Yippie -kii-yay-muthaf____!" Bruce Willis, Die Hard.
"Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico." Edward G. Robinson, Little Caesar, "They call me Mr. Tibbs." Sidney Poitier, In The Heat Of The Night, "Bond. James Bond." Various Actors, James Bond Movies, "It's alive! It's alive!" Colin Clive, Frankenstein, "Greed, for a lack of a better word, is good." Michael J. Douglas, Wall Street.
"Y'know what I think? Don't really matter what I think. Once that first bullet goes past your head, politics and all that sh_t just goes right out the window." Eric Bana, Blackhawk Down.
Tomorrow - best movie line of 2005.
March 2, 2006 9:00AM