5.22.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

The lake: The beach:
  • Three day weekends are a-good.
  • I don't think most people understand the concept of "insurance" when it comes to medical/dental. It does not mean that every year you should receive more benefits than you pay for. That's not insurance at all.
  • Eighty percent of the students at UT are admitted under the "Top Ten Percent" rule.
  • In the South, "UT" refers to the University of Tennessee.
  • I finished higher in my class at Baylor Law School than I did at Bridgeport High School.
  • Huge power down feeling yesterday as I heard a ton of people talking about American Idol.
  • The Cowboys might be getting rid of Greg Ellis. Good riddance. That guy has been whining about his contract(s) for 10 years.
  • Hot tennis player to have breast reduction surgery. And just when my day was starting out OK.
  • I've never been to a garage sale.
  • There was a DWI trial in Wise County with some out of town defense lawyer. I heard the case involved a gal who left Bone Daddy's in Grapevine to go to her home in the same city but ended up in Wise County. Last I heard, the jury was deliberating yesterday evening.
  • I keep my eyes shut for most of the time while getting a haircut.
  • I think I should have kept my eyes open yesterday. She treated me like I was a sheep getting sheared.
  • Why would anyone buy anything from a company that uses spam email with a misleading subject line?
  • The high tone blogger Anobiter is in Ireland this week on one of her many vacations a year. She tweeted about five hours ago that she was "Going to have some great crack tonight at a group pub outing." I have no idea what that means.
  • The uncertainty about the future of GM certainly can't be helping current car sales.
  • I've got some friends that meet once a week for an early breakfast at a restaurant north of Decatur. I think that would be a beating.
  • I've heard more out of Dick Cheney in the last month than I ever did during his 8 years as VP. Note to Cheney: You're not in office any more.
  • Motorcycle wreck on LBJ in Dallas this morning at around 7:15 a.m. (Radio report.)
  • I saw what looked like a pretty nice BMW on fire on the shoulder of I-30 yesterday in Fort Worth. And I mean it was flaming as the presumed owner watched from behind.
  • Think that guy wants a do over?
  • Then I looked up and had to avoid a metal stool bouncing on the highway that had just fallen out of a truck bed.
  • My cat-like reflexes kept me out of danger.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cheney is just trying to warn us of the dangers of a socialist approach to terrorism. Al Gore is just trying to make billions on his 50 companies that make money on global warmism.

wordkyle said...

Hmmm...Dick Cheney keeps pretty quiet for eight years while Democrats and the media wage a full-scale assault against him. Once out of office, he starts to speak his mind and more people start to have a more favorable opinion of him. Think people like what he has to say? Like this:

"Critics of our [Bush's] policies are given to lecturing on the theme of being consistent with American values. But no moral value held dear by the American people obliges public servants to sacrifice innocent lives to spare a captured terrorist from unpleasant things. And when an entire population is targeted by a terror network, nothing is more consistent with American values than to stop them."

Anonymous said...

At least Dick Cheney has a spine in contrast to all the invertebrates leading our country today.

Anonymous said...

how long will obama get to ride the wave of Bush hatred?

Anonymous said...

you never told Clinton and Carter that they were out of office.

Foghorn said...

You are a ligar, that is where your cat like reflex comes from. According to that internet thing, you are a real thing and not just a Napoleon Dynamite inspiration.

You now have no known natural enemies, since you fear nothing, except the occasional knock on the door late at night. Finding a chick will be tough because you will want to kill them at some point, since you are the hybred king of beast.

In Wise County speak, you are like a cross between a Duroc and a Hampshire pig, only different and better than each individually.

Now you know why you have those strange feelings deep within.

FOGHORN

Anonymous said...

Cheney had his eight years he needs to back off. He is an arrogrant SOB.

Helmut said...

Crack or craic is Gaelic for "fun, enjoyment, abandonment, or lighthearted mischief; often
in the context of drinking or music".

As in, "Let's have some wicked craic tonight"

Almost as fun as the British term, "Who pinched my fag?"
which of course means who stole my smokes.

Anonymous said...

Ah, Irish crack - a night of good friends, good conversation, good Guiness and good music.

Roxie McFinn

Jarhead said...

I think Anobiter has been in Ireland too long and is trying to learn the Irish language.

I believe she meant "craic" which means something like "fun, enjoyment, abandonment, or lighthearted mischief; often in the context of drinking or music."

It is, however pronounced "crack."

I had a metal stool the other morning. Too much cheese or something.

John Adams had a pretty good quote about former presidents actions after their terms of office had ended. I can't remember it exactly, but I'll give it a shot.

Once thou hath lefteth office, keepeth thy piehole shuteth.Good advice for Cheney, Clinton and especially Carter. What an old woman that guy is.

Anonymous said...

That Belly Button ring could be a bag snagger if you not careful!

Anonymous said...

8:42 - exactly what I was thinking. ALGORE, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter continue on and on and on....

Anonymous said...

Clearly, BHS students are a lot smarter than the Baylor law students.

Anonymous said...

"I've heard more out of Dick Cheney in the last month than I ever did during his 8 years as VP. Note to Cheney: You're not in office any more."

--Like the arse whooping Al Gore didn't become a much more public figure after the Clinton admin. was finished.

Jarhead said...

Wikipedia rocks.

Anonymous said...

Having breast reduction surgery is like slapping God in the face.

wordkyle said...

So Obama releases to the public the details of the Bush administration's consideration and use of advanced interrogation techniques. This creates a firestorm against those who approved of the techniques, including Cheney. Cheney responds with a request to the Obama administration to release the results of those interrogations, which is refused.

Cheney's supposed arrogance -- a term with which I might or might not agree -- has nothing to do with wanting both sides of the issue to be aired. As long as Obama continues to blame and vilify the previous administration, those attacked have the right to fight back. Cheney is doing so very effectively.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Dick Cheney one of those things Punkers and Goths have attached to themselves?

Anonymous said...

9:49 Carry them around for a while and see who you would slap.

Anonymous said...

maybe Cheney could take obama quail hunting or something. know what i mean, VERN???

Anonymous said...

I've been in England for the past week. Got another week and a half left. Love being away from the Land of Dairy Queen.

Propagandist said...

Did Barry compare himself to Catwoman?

Anonymous said...

i think the jury in the above mentioned case, were all just as dumb as the defense lawyer!!! Unbelieveable

Anonymous said...

Here’s the deal: Cheney’s personal popularity could not go any lower, and the Bush Administration is set to go down in history as one of the least successful presidency in history.

Cheney knows his only chance of changing this perception is to continue to preach that their aggressive interpretation of laws and their (totalitarian) interpretation of the Commander-in-chief powers of the Executive branch was required to keep America safe, AND (God forbid) to have another terrorist attack on America soil. He will be redeemed if this happens, because this did not happen while they were bending the laws of the land.

That's just a thought.

Anonymous said...

The beach has some hot buns in the background. Score.

Anonymous said...

so hes keeping the bush policies in force but just changing the names. bamy needs to quit campaignin and presidentin.

RPM said...

8:41,

About 7 more years

Anonymous said...

Re the Lake picture:

She appears ready to smack you upside the head with her empty Tecate bottle if you don't get a fresh brew for her RIGHT #$@!*&^ NOW!

Frightening glare!

My Other Brother Darryl

wordkyle said...

1130 - Your opinion certainly qualifies as a thought. Cheney's popularity in the CNN poll is 37%. Congress's approval, averaged among polls, is less than 36%. This after years of the media barrage against Cheney. And if you want to discuss presidential power grabs, Obama's first 100 days certainly match Bush's eight years.

My opinion is that history likely won't judge Bush or his administration based on contemporary popularity polls conducted by a hostile media. His main historical liability, in my opinion, is the huge increase in federal spending during his presidency. If history judges him solely on that basis, then the lowest he can go is second-lowest ever, because Obama will be the lowest.

Anonymous said...

What country's history will look down on Bush? Perhaps the history of the United Socialist Republics of America (aka USSA)being formed from the former USA.

Anonymous said...

You can have your opinion on Greg Ellis but I think some of that comes from the media's portrayal of him regarding contract discussions in the past. Contract problems aside, he is one of the most motivational, hard working, and heart felt players on the team. His peers say the same thing. His coaches say the same thing. Its all about money and draft picks. Just not too many players these days with his type of character. Greg will definitely be missed.

p.s. Why do I see tons of grammatical corrections on this blog and the comments? It's like English teachers on Ritilin having to correct a teenager's texts. Only commented once before, and was called out in class for my error (by the way I was wrong) but REALLY chill out on the corrections - this isn't English Comp. 101 --- its a friggin BLOG!!!! Thank you! Feelin much better now.

Anonymous said...

Barry I drove by the office today and some dumb ass was standing out back staring up into the sky. Or maybe staring at some bird houses ??

Three Wise Men said...

My opinion is that history likely won't judge Bush or his administration based on contemporary popularity polls conducted by a hostile media. His main historical liability, in my opinion, is the huge increase in federal spending during his presidency. If history judges him solely on that basis, then the lowest he can go is second-lowest ever, because Obama will be the lowest.You're daydreaming. As far as I can recall FDR did quite a bit to expand government, and people seem to regard him quite favorably. His predecessor...not so much. So if you're hoping for budget numbers to vindicate your President in the eyes of future historians, you may be out of luck.

Anonymous said...

its because liberal arguments cant hold up to common sence, so they bitch about the spelling.

Xanthippas said...

Also, Cheney is a liar, and gullible people like Wordkyle lap it up.

http://attackerman.firedoglake.com/2009/05/22/more-and-more-cheney-truth-squadding/

But who cares about the truth if you can just recycle tropes like "The left hates America!" and "torture works!"

Anonymous said...

Xanthippas, "torture works!" Waterboarding saved Los Angles from the same fate as NY City. Prior to waterboarding the responce to questions about the planned attack on LA were "you will find out soon enough." Think you could have sweet talked the information from the terrorist that revealed the planned attact on LA? You are f--ing crazy if you are willing you put up with an attack on an Americian city because waterboarding is a little uncomfortable for three of our enemy. I would stick a glass rod up their penis and break it to prevent another 911.

wordkyle said...

Xan, be specific. What, in the Cheney quote I mentioned above, is a lie? Since you say he's a liar, then is everything he ever said a lie? Do you have a specific example of a lie you think he told? I guess I'm gullible enough to believe that American morals do not include mass suicide. You and I may just have to agree to disagree on that one.

(And apparently something worked, or else Obama would have eagerly released the CIA memos showing the results of enhanced interrogation techniques.)

Jarhead said...

Uh oh, someone's getting their feathers ruffled... startin' in with the name calling.

Anonymous said...

DISD is wheels off with a 7 am meeting one day and another the following at 8 am ?

Xanthippas said...

Jeez, wordklye, try following the links I provide. I do that specifically to avoid typing up a 2,000 word comment that others may or may not read.

Also, if you believe that a handful of CIA memos are going to "prove" that torture defeated certain specific schemes, in the face of testimony from those in the know that it did not, you are truly and staggeringly naive.

BTW, I don't bother to respond to people who believe that not torturing suspected terrorists is tantamount to "mass suicide" in the hopes of persuading them. I hope the conversation is somewhat enlightening for others though.

Anonymous said...

Thinking about taking up knitting, however my bikinis may lack quality and taste.

George in Dallas (near SMU)

Anonymous said...

The 7am meeting involves a senior who will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies because she missed passing one part of the TAKS test by 1 point. She passed all of her classes, was nominated homecoming queen and Ms. DHS, also was part of the UIL chior program, in which she placed. She's a good kid, good student, well liked, but is being told she will not receive a diploma because of 1 point on a pointless test.

I hope the outcome is good for her. She deserves it.

Hannahbelle's aunt

wordkyle said...

Xan - Enlightenng is this: You prefer to cite a website full of allegations instead of choosing one to champion as your own. It's certainly easier on your part to simply holler out vague generalizations than to have to commit to one. That way, when one allegation is disproved, you simply move from one accusation to another, a "never-proven-wrong" Frogger.

Do you disagree with Cheney's point above, that Obama & co. would be willing to forego unpleasant treatment of a terrorist even if thousands of American lives were at stake? That seems to be their (and your) stance. At least publicly; Obama reserved for himself the right to waterboard prisoners if he thought it necessary.

Anonymous said...

Well, Cheney sucked as a VP and Obama sucks as a President. I am not a Republican or Democratic, but choose to vote for the best overall interest of our country... If memory serves correct, we have never seen the effects of the current presidential policies until years, even decades after there presidency ended... Just think about it for a bit, nothing happens overnight and the common folk may reap current benefits but the overall effect will hit the rest of us in the years to come.. I am tired of giving the handouts, when will it be my/our turn to reap the benefits. Hell, I thought that we could all drop our personal/company based insurance on January 20th, but low and behold, I am still paying almost $800.00 a month for health and dental, what happened to being taken care of with a nationwide insurance for everyone approach? Instead, I see my taxes going up and my benefits decreasing. As far as tactics, like waterboarding, who cares.... Those camel jokey's have no soul, should we have one??? We all need to go to the polls and capitals and state what we need, instead of letting the Big Money, make the decisions on who is President and who get the welfare.... Really can't stand those who bitch and moan about current politics and those of our past, when they were too lazy or couldn't vote because of pending warrants. Don't complain about the past and present if you didn't vote. That even goes for my wife and family...

Anonymous said...

If your folks want to complain about our national politics, they should consider moving to Runaway Bay, Texas. I moved there a year and half ago, and no politics at all, Ha Ha.

Anonymous said...

3:58 p.m.
I am sorry for the disappointment and heartache, but like others in our school system, I had to pass the TAKS Test before being eligible to graduate.. Being popular is not a class at school, as best I can remember. Wish you all well in your appeals to the school board, if it works, publish your findings and maybe to other 27% of failed graduates in our country can get there diplomas..

Anonymous said...

"Conservative Chicago radio icon Erich "Mancow" Muller became the next in a line of journalists and media personalities to get waterboarded."
Mancow lasted 6 seconds. You recreational waterboard fanatics could probably be made to su** Obama's liberal weenie in that length of time. It is not torture! Not torture! Somebody said they waterboard their kids for fun, and the kids like it! Not torture! Ol' tough, Conservative, Mancow did not like it very much. Google search and watch the video. Hannity said he would, but hasn't yet it seems. Guess Hannity is afraid it will be so much fun, it will be addicting, like dope or something. Maybe water parks can add waterboarding as one of their attractions so anybody can do it and have fun. There was also a Navy Seal that said give him Cheney, one hour, and a waterboard, and he would have Cheney confessing to the Tate murders.

Anonymous said...

9:44, I understand your feelings about having to pass TAKS in order to graduate. The thing is this, GRADUATION implies having a high school diploma in hand. One has not graduated until that diploma has been handed over. A graduation ceremony is a public celebration that takes place only ONCE a year. Why not allow those who have earned all their HS credits for graduation, but lack only the TAKS, to take part in that once in a lifetime ceremony? From what I understand, diplomas are not even handed to the graduates anymore, but are mailed to each at a later date. Those who have not passed the TAKS before the date of the ceremony WILL have more opportunities to take that TAKS test again until they do finally pass it and then their diploma will be mailed to them too. Punishing students who have only one opportunity to walk with their classmates because of one test ( in some cases, because of ONE question too many missed on the exam) is ludicrous!
Adults should know better than to take that honor from a kid who HAS completed all their course work! Maybe the school was the one who failed to prepare that student who failed. Does that mean the school should now punish that student by taking away their graduation ceremony??? One other question..... if the student has passed all courses, but cannot pass the TAKS exam..... what does that indicate about that school's standards for passing classes?
Graduation has always been based on completion of credits for High School. Tests come and they go. Already the state is seriously considering eliminating the TAKS tests. How can anyone with any sense base taking away a once in a lifetime opportunity for a kid and base it on a "whimsical" test that will most likely not even exist in the coming years?
DHS has a new board and the High School has a new principal. They have the chance now to prove that they DO have common sense and will treat the students of the school in a respectful manner. I'd be willing to bet that not ONE of them truly feels in their heart that keeping a kid from graduation is the right thing to do. Let's see now if they have heart and sense enough to vote their convictions...regardless of what any other school in this state does. School board memeber, I hope you are reading this, and I pray that you will do the right thing for the students of this community. Step ahead of the other schools that "follow blindly." Put a stake in the groud and say: it is NOT RIGHT to take this opportunity away from a child! Then, fix your policy! (after all, it is not written in stone!)

Anonymous said...

11:41...AMEN and well said! Passing TAKS does Not automatically make a successful person, on the contrary, I've seen many students who were good test takers, but not be able to function in real life.

Hannahbelle's aunt

Anonymous said...

9:44pm, thank you for the kind words, really. But as a teacher, I just can't agree with the policy of having to pass one test in order to graduate.

This girl has worked hard to pass all of her classes, she is active in extra activities, yes, is well liked and just a good person all around.

This girl will go far, trust me, and I just hate to see not only her punished, but her family as well. They will be missing out on a once in a lifetime ceremony as well.

Anonymous said...

3:19 Someone who will do well should have more important moments to look back on then a HS graduation. It's not like she didn't have more than one chance to pass. This is just more of that "building kids' self-esteem" garbage that passes as parenting these days.

Seriously, I have taken the TAKS. Someone who cannot pass TAKS shouldn't graduate. I also cannot remember who couldn't walk at the graduation because they lacked credits. HS becomes totally unimportant once you walk out. If it remains "one of the most important moments of your life" you need to get a life.

Anonymous said...

6:08, evidently you don't have kids or your kids blew threw school with no problems. What I'm saying is this particuliar student really struggle, worked her a$$ off to get where she is.

She has struggled with things I won't write about here because that is private. She deserves to walk across that stage.

Anonymous said...

This diploma battle is being fought in the wrong arena. It's the state that says you don't graduate unless you pass all 4 sections of TAKS. Take it to Austin. DISD has no option to graduate students that have not passed the TAKS.

It's not a question of how "nice" the girl is - there are 1000s of "nice" kids across the state that this happens to every year.

Why would you even WANT to walk across the stage and PRETEND that you are getting a diploma???? That would be such a farce.

Anonymous said...

No, 10:09, the state does not make the decision whether you walk or not. That is a local policy. Local means the school district makes the decision. That boils down to the local school boards vote. You don't know that? Have you graduated yet?????

Anonymous said...

Well, 4:37 Have you learned to read yet?

I said the state says you don't GRADUATE unless you pass all 4 sections of the TAKS.

THat was my point. It seems silly to beg to be allowed to WALK when you are not GRADUATING. The state says you DON'T GRADUATE, you don't get a DIPLOMA if you don't pass TAKS.

The School Board cannot change that. All they can do is allow students to walk across the stage and pretend they are graduating, (which seems silly) but they are not graduates of any public school in Texas until and unless they pass all of the TAKS.

Anonymous said...

If you could READ you might notice what the entire debate is about! It is about WALKING and that is up to the local school boards. THAT IS THE BATTLE DISCUSSED here and that battle doesn't belong in Austin! Pay Attention!