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"He's like the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty rolled into one..."

Hank Hill on Big Tex.

On the first day of Texas Governor Abbott gave to me,
An 80 mile an hour speed limit.

On the first day of Texmas Governor Abbott gave to me,
An Airbus Beluga A300-600ST Super Transporter.

Nyah-ha-ha-ha!

On the second day of Texmas Gov. Abbott gave to me,
Two ice cold mugs of Lone Star.
And an 80 mile per hour speed limit.

On the second day of Texmas Governor Abbott gave to me,
Two prefabricated airports.
And an Airbus Beluga A300-600ST Super Transporter.

We have a civilian and a military airport now. The prefabricated building components were transported by the Beluga and assembled on the construction sites. Nyah-ha-ha-ha! ;)

Fort Verden wrote:On the second day of Texmas Governor Abbott gave to me,
Two prefabricated airports.
And an Airbus Beluga A300-600ST Super Transporter.

We have a civilian and a military airport now. The prefabricated building components were transported by the Beluga and assembled on the construction sites. Nyah-ha-ha-ha! ;)

How did the Airbus Beluga landed without an airport on the first and second day?

Edge Calibur wrote:How did the Airbus Beluga landed without an airport on the first and second day?

The hard way:
Clear a very long strip of land and level it.
Rig approach lighting landing lights, marker beacons and Localizer and Glide slope of ILS (instrument landing system).
The plane is now able to land on autopilot when both pilots enable it, guided by the landing lights, ILS and marker beacons.

The easy way:
The plane lands at the nearest airport.
A convoy of flatbed trucks are used to transport the prefabricated building components to the construction sites from the airport.

On the third day of Texmas Gov. Abbott gave to me...
Three toll roads
Two Lone Stars.
And an 80 mile per hour speed limit.

Hello friends!

Forest's fourth annual Photo Contest is beginning and as has been the case in past years, submissions are open to anyone from our embassy regions. We'd love to see some submissions from y'all! :)

You can find more information here:

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Forest Photo Contest 2018

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December is now upon us, and that means 2018 is coming to an end. Whether you're still finishing up leftover turkey or just waiting for 2018 to be over, it's time to look forward to the next year. But wait! The fourth annual Forest Photo Contest is here to spice up the last month of the year!

Here's what you need to know:

🌲 We have four categories this year:

  • Trees (this category is permanent each year)

  • Night

  • Earth - Stone, dirt, and the stuff we stand on

  • Man-made Nature - Nature purposefully shaped or created by humans

🌲 You may submit up to 12 photos total. You may choose how to divide those among the different categories, but please do not submit more than 12.

🌲 Please post your photos in the appropriate thread on our forums, located Linkhere. You may also submit photos in a telegram to Mount Seymour.

🌲 The photos must be taken by you.

🌲 Anyone in Forest or in a region which has an embassy with Forest may submit photographs for the Contest.

🌲 Timing:

  • Submissions will be open from December 1 at 03:00 GMT (10:00pm Nov 30 EST) to December 23rd at 23:59 GMT.

  • Voting will begin on December 24th at 23:59 GMT and end December 31st at 23:59 GMT, so that we will select the winners in the first minutes of 2019!

🌲 Voting will take place on a Google Form. Needless to say, please no puppeteering!

🌲 The photographers with the top three photographs in each category will have their photos acknowledged on our RMB and on our World Factbook Entry. A banner will also be created with a collage of the top photos to applaud the winners, and participants in the competition will be encouraged to add it as their nation's custom banner. Forest's flag will also be changed to the 1st place photos in each category for a week after the Contest.

Now it's time to head out and start photographing! Good luck to everyone!

Any questions about the Contest should be directed to Mount Seymour or Turbeaux.

Read dispatch

Happy photographing!

On the third day of Texmas Governor Abbott gave to me,
Three modular crude oil refineries.
Two prefabricated airports.
And an Airbus Beluga A300-600ST Super Transporter.

President Bush, Sr, has died at age 94.

Trecdom2 wrote:President Bush, Sr, has died at age 94.

May he rest in peace.

Edge Calibur wrote:

Too bad we can't have a Texas themed Advent Calendar as well.

I'm happy to oblige by creating an Advent Calendar. Unfortunately it is not Texas themed because I missed that part. Mea culpa and my apologies.

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Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

I'm very happy when I'm given the opportunity to bring joy to people. It brings me much joy in return. Therefore it is with joyous pleasure that I present the first message of this Advent Calendar that I've filled with inspirational quotes, stories and poems:

Advent Calendar
Dec 1, 2018

Through Me

Through me
let there be kind words, a warm smile, and a caring heart.

Through me
let there be a willingness to listen and a readiness to understand.

Through me
let there be dependability, steadfastness, trust and loyalty.

Through me
let there be compassion, forgiveness, mercy and love.

Through me
let there be every quality I find, O Lord, in Thee.

- Author unknown

“Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go.
You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”
- Rick Warren

**** New WA Resolution Notification *****

There is currently a new Security Council Resolution at vote. When expressing your opinion, please note which Resolution it is for. And remember Texans, your individual vote does count!

The new Resolution is called:
"Condemn The Pacific
A resolution to express shock and dismay at a nation or region.

Category: Condemnation  Nominee: the Pacific  [color=#0000ff]Proposed [/color][color=#0000ff]by[/color]: Topid

The World Assembly,

Recalls the history of the prior "Condemn The Pacific" resolution, which was repealed"...

<see the Security Council for full text and to vote>

Synopsis: The Security Council is attempting to condemn a Feeder with a questionable past. We are tempted in one way to vote for to discourage unknowing nations from moving there, on the other hand, this one really sounds more like a "spite resolution". Zero Stars. NewTexas will go on record as FOR on this Resolution. This is only the opinion of NewTexas. We look forward to other Texans' opinions and comments on this Resolution. If good arguments to the contrary are made, we will reconsider our position.

The Texas response was flat on the last GA vote -- Repeal: "Liberate The East Pacific" -- which was passed after gaining only 89.5% of the vote. As a reminder, all we are looking for is a simple 10% of Texans to say one way or another. We are a force for change in the WA. Every vote counts! There were 3 publicly-expressed opinions on the last Resolution with the final Texas tally running 3 FOR and 0 AGAINST and 0 ABSTAIN and 0 UNDECIDED. Texans were unanimous! Yay!

If you would like to take part in shaping the world you live in, please vote. Voting is a right and a privilege, please consider using it. And, if you are not a member of the World Assembly, we strongly encourage you to join.

All Texas WA Member nations please vote. Please make your Texan opinions known in Texas by 11:00 PM Monday and in the World Assembly voting booth by 11:00 PM Texas Time on Tuesday the 4th. Current voting in The World is running - Votes FOR: 5441 Votes AGAINST: 991

Big Tex

PS: Remember, be sure to vote at the World Assembly too!

***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****

WootWoot! It is Saturday Breakfast Time again! In honor of today's Big twelve Championship Game, we will present the Red River Shootout II Breakfast. First on deck is everybody's Texas favorite, the Sausage Wrap. There is nothing tricky to this treat; it is simply a big, fat, juicy Kielbasa, slow-smoked over hickory hardwood until they are ready to burst and wrapped in a homemade flour tortilla. Simplicity at its finest. Want eggs with that beast? Not a problem! We will take one of those kielbasas, dice it before your eyes and scramble it into hearty, rich, yellow, genuine Texas Grade AA scrambled eggs! That bad boy is then wrapped up nice and snugly in a sturdy flour tortilla. Mmm! Remember, "A whole egg in every taco!®". To keep it wicked simple, that is it. Otherwise, that is it for the breakfast menu today. The Juice Bar is closed because you don't need juice for football. Well, sort of, the Michelada Bar is open today! So, if you want juice, you have to have beer with it. Mmm, Beer for breakfast! Go Longhorns! It doesn't get much better than this! Start your day off the right way; munch out and go back to sleep. Of course, The Never Ending Urn of Coffee is full and ready to help you wash it all down. Come on down and start your day right Texas. You know you want to!®

***** Texas Election Reminder *****

In Texas Election News, the Third Trimester 2018 Texas Elections Nominations Week is winding down. Speech & Campaign Week starts Sunday, December 2nd at High Noon Texas Time (GMT -6). So you only have about 1¼ days if you have any Texans to nominate for the Texas Government Cabinet and Texas Representative Council positions. We have a blank slate of candidates, yep, zero nominations! Should it stay that way, it will mark the collapse of Texas Government and Anarchy will follow. So, get out there and nominate your friend, your neighbor or even your enemy!

If you would like to make some Constitutional Amendments or Repeals to offer and or would like to propose new Articles, then you have until Sunday, December 9, 2018! Or, if you just have questions about how this works, there is a link to the forum at the top of this page! Just to be clear:

Just to be clear Texas Elections are here:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/texas1/2018-3rd-trimester-elections-f271/

Threads are up and ready! Let's go Texas!

***** Texas Chat Reminder *****

The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.

The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php

Please register with your nation name. This is a great opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, we debate, we talk about the weather, we talk about stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff and more stuff. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and talking about the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates at the moment. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome. Texas Chat, 717 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 14¼ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

R.I.P. George H. W. Bush.

TDF

On the fourth day of Texmas, Gov. Abbott gave to me,
Four tumbleweeds,
Three toll roads
Two Lone Stars.
And an 80 mile per hour speed limit.

NewTexas wrote:R.I.P. George H. W. Bush.

This breaks my heart. I first met President Bush Sr. at the opening of the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, TX. Among the rich and powerful, I've never met a more decent human being. He was that to everyone around him. Both he and his son spent every Christmas in the White House so all the people that have to travel with the President could spend it at home with their loved ones. The kind of courtesy he and Barbara extended to everyone is what every one with any kind of power should strive for.

Everytime we met, there was always a warm smile and a handshake for me. Somehow, with all the thousands of people he met over the years, he always remembered my name and asked about my family.

His service to our nation, first as a Navy pilot in World War II, then in various government positions including Ambassador to the UN, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (DCI), Vice President President and many others is unparalleled. They way things are going in this nation, they are unlikely to matched anytime soon.

We lost a good one.

I took these at the opening of President Bush's Library in the late 1990's.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=11q0H0AFSGTyZo5Smk2SdHWsYBUWI2yX3
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZwKV05WJ4nQcxNoymX-zv5jHEBXW2JMy
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BEah5hRpsSYgqsvdeYa7nYKzgWJ3vdqA
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vSxJ0A4Nid7gLGn8RKXCDgdqMLLkfwyq

I know that each and everyone of us is born under a death sentence. But somehow I always hoped that in my case and in HW's case an exception would be made.

Good morning Texas! Here's today's ...

Advent Calendar
Dec 2, 2018

Eight Gifts that Do Not Cost A Cent

"#1: THE GIFT OF LISTENING…
But you must REALLY listen.
No interrupting, no daydreaming,
no planning your response.
Just listening.

#2: THE GIFT OF AFFECTION…
Be generous with appropriate hugs,
kisses, pats on the back, and handholds.
Let these small actions demonstrate the
love you have for family and friends.

#3: THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER…
Clip cartoons.
Share articles and funny stories.
Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

#4: THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE…
It can be a simple
“Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet.
A brief, handwritten note may be remembered
for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

#5: THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT…
A simple and sincere,
You look great in red,” “You did a super job,”
or “That was a wonderful meal”
can make someone’s day.

#6: THE GIFT OF A FAVOR…
Every day, go out of your way
to do something kind.

#7: THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE…
There are times when we want nothing better
than to be left alone.
Be sensitive to those times and give
the gift of solitude to others.

#8: THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION…
The easiest way to feel good is
to extend a kind word to someone.
Really, it’s not that hard to say,
Hello or Thank You."
– Katherine Quinn

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
- Bill Keane

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On the fourth day of Texmas Governor Abbott gave to me,
Four high producing oil wells.
Three modular crude oil refineries.
Two prefabricated airports.
And an Airbus Beluga A300-600ST Super Transporter.

That is really a great post Fort Verden! We have never heard that before or even considered it.

Issues Test Bed, that is quite a nice story. We have never known anyone who has crossed paths with a President before. It sounds like you made quite an impression on him or that he just treated everyone like that. We guess leaders exude those kinds of things.

Thank you both for sharing! Great food for thought. Nom, nom, nom! 🥣

Fort Verden wrote:On the fourth day of Texmas Governor Abbott gave to me,

Suggestion accepted. (Was trying to think of something for the fifth day...)

On the fifth day of Texmas, Gov. Abbott gave to me,
Five oil wells....
Four tumbleweeds,
Three toll roads
Two Lone Stars.
And an 80 mile per hour speed limit.

***** State of The Region Address *****

December 2, 2018

Greetings Citizens of Texas!

It is our great pleasure to announce that the nomination process is over for the Third Trimester 2018 Texas Elections. The following is the slate for the new Government of Texas. This week will be a time for candidates to campaign, debate and make speeches on the offsite forum. Next Sunday we will begin the elections. Join all the fun on the offsite forum at:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/texas1/2018-3rd-trimester-elections-f271/

Election Notes are in that forum as well.

We have a seriously tame round of Elections this time around with no Cabinet positions being contested. As a matter of fact, it is so tame, it is only incumbents running. You know what, as Governor of Texas, that is fine by us. If the current Cabinet was not doing their job, then we would have nominated some peeps we thought could do it better to run against them. We could not think of a department where we would even consider doing that. As we always say, candidates need to remember, there is RL work involved in these positions versus RP work, of which there is some of that too. These are not cushy jobs; just ask any of them. As usual, all races will have the ever-pesky and dreaded No Confidence to run against.

Where the last race for the Texas Representative Council Election was high on incumbents, this one is even higher! It is only the 5 incumbents returning to the race. Yep, an uncontested TRC race. We expect no mud in this race. We like to think that all the incumbents are a tribute to the job that they are doing and have done in the past representing The Great Region of Texas! Kudos nominees!

In these 56th Texas Elections, as in every election, a well-made speech or no-speech may decide the final 5. That is a serious tip for would-be TRC members. * wink * Texas, please join us in saluting all our nominees for Texas Government!

Congratulations to all the Candidates!

Governor (non-elected)
The Incorporated NationStates of NewTexas

Lieutenant Governor
The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of Studly Penguins

Secretary of Defense
The Kentucky Football of Indian Empire

Secretary of State
The Guardians of Trecdom2

Secretary of WA Affairs
The Serene Compassionate Utopia of Safj

Texas Representative Council (5 to be elected)
The Barnes-Free Conglomerate of Ewing Oil Co
The Galactic Empire of Gig em Aggies
The Oppressed Peoples of Issues Test Bed
The Kingdom of Shemiki
The Southeast Texan Republic of United States of Woodward

Let the Speeches and Campaigns begin!

Long Live The Great Region of Texas!

Big Tex
Governor of Texas

I just saw on KBTX.com that George Bush's casket will arrive into College Station by Train and offloaded for a procession at the rail stop at George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road from there it will proceed down George Bush Drive to his Presidential Library where he will be buried next to Barbra and Robin Bush this Thursday.

Fort Verden wrote:I'm happy to oblige by creating an Advent Calendar. Unfortunately it is not Texas themed because I missed that part. Mea culpa and my apologies.

Thank you for your effort to fulfill my request. Apology unneccessary but accepted.
Looks good so far. Please continue it!

NewTexas wrote:
R.I.P. George H. W. Bush.

Amen.

ooc: A Newbie's Introduction

Hiya!

My name's Tessa, I'm female and I'm an artist and graphic designer. My hair and eye color are the same as the hair and eye color of the character Talitha Macer i.e. brown hair and brown eyes. So I wouldn't have to dye my hair or wear colored contact lenses when I cosplay as her. This is the main reason I'm cosplaying and roleplaying as Talitha Macer. Second reason is I like the name Talitha, it's beautiful and more unique and unusual than my name. I'm half asleep until I've drunk my breakfast coffee and I can drink up to 5 cups of coffee a day and still be able to go to sleep at night. You can call me a Coffeholic.

ic: A New Leader Appears
ooc: Post Halo: Nightfall events

ic: As you know, Colonel Randall Aiken who led the SGC sacrificed himself on Alpha Shard so me and Spartan Jameson Locke could escape. Col. Aiken was my mentor and I'm now promoted to Colonel of the Sedran Colonial Guard. That makes me the new leader of the SGC. Looking forward to forging alliances, diplomatic and trade relationships and friendships with everyone.

Colonel Talitha Macer

ooc: Why did I come here? I started out in the East Pacific and it was no good there. Swamped by too many recruitment telegrams. That's weird. So I jumped to 10,000 islands because it's one of the East Pacific's embassies and the name was eyecatching but it's still not good enough. I won't stand out in 10,000 islands, I'll be just another island. The first embassy listed on 10,000 island is Texas so I hope to be welcome here and can make this place is my new home.

Gig em Aggies wrote:I just saw on KBTX.com that George Bush's casket will arrive into College Station by Train and offloaded for a procession at the rail stop at George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road from there it will proceed down George Bush Drive to his Presidential Library where he will be buried next to Barbra and Robin Bush this Thursday.

The Union Pacific painted a locomotive to commemorate President Bush and the opening of the library. Other than maintenance and ops checks, the UP mothballed it until this week.

https://abc13.com/politics/bush-4141-train-to-transport-pres-george-hw-bush/4813537/
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/12/01-up-4141-expected-to-participate-in-bush-funeral-train

Respect.

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