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6.05.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • I know we've got the youngest Mayor in the state (23 year old J.D. Clark of Chico), but I'm also told that Newark has a 95 year old city councilwoman.
  • Overheard two days ago from one mother to another: "Kindergarten graduation is retarded."
  • "But when Karen, 19, first moved from Colombia to Irving 10 years ago, she spoke no English and had to repeat the third grade at J.O. Davis Elementary, where she started out in bilingual classes" Today she is the Valedictorian of Irving MacArthur High School. (Her brother is the Salutatorian.)
  • Good idea for the Messenger: Track down Wise County Valedictorians from 10+ years ago and find out what they are doing now.
  • I'm halfway considering driving down to the State Track Meet. Added bonus: Texas and TCU are playing in the NCAA Baseball Playoffs in Austin this weekend as well. But I'll probably not do it.
  • A football note you don't care about: The Baylor v. Wake Forest game will be an ABC regional game on opening weekend. Baylor hasn't been an ABC regional game (much less a national game) since 1997. That's sad. (And I still have my unused ticket to that 1997 game where Miami, with little known Edgerrin James, went into Waco and won 45-14)
  • What size denim does Kelly Clarkson wear these days? Oh, My!!!!
  • The "Air Guitar Championships" are back in Dallas. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is dumber.
  • Oil is back to almost $70 a barrel. I guess the Barnett Shale boom is back on.
  • Seventeen in North Texas are arrested on a drug investigation by "the FBI, ATF, IRS and a host of other law enforcement groups." And your government throws a fancy press conference with high priced graphics in order to justify their jobs.
  • After I wrote that, I realized I had forgotten to look for a code name for that drug interdiction because there is always a fancy code name. I found it: "Operation Highwaymen." Sheesh.
  • They need to call it "Operation Time Waste."
  • Channel 8's Dale Hansen taking all of June off due to depression? Uh, I'm suddenly suffering from depression and would like to take all of June off with pay as well.
  • Fox 4 reporter forgets where he is the other day. (But you have to wait through a 15 second commercial. Ugh. We know anybody over there that can do something about that?)
  • Craziest line I saw written in anger yesterday by feuding Wise County relatives on Facebook: "You wouldn't know Jesus if he slapped you in the face." (And I'm not making that up -- somehow the fight broke out on my page.)
  • Yesterday, there were some comments made on here about how much it will cost to park in the new Cowboys' Stadium. Today, Bud Kennedy has the answer.

49 comments:

mzchief said...

I keep forgetting I have a FB page.
Be right back......

Anonymous said...

How much it will cost to park in the new Cowboys' Stadium? ....Too much!

soz said...

"You wouldn't know Jesus if he slapped you in the face."

funniest. dumbest. most classic WTF line i've "heard" in a loooong time. because, you know, really, Would Jesus Do That?

Fast Eddie said...

Barry, I wish higher oil prices would help the Barnett Shale. Natural gas prices are what affect the shale production and those prices haven't risen.

I am with M/D Totco - we put electronic monitoring on the gas rigs.

Anonymous said...

I always knew that Kelly Clarkson had potential. The potential to weigh 300 pounds.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know where the $40.00 parking is? I am a season ticket holder and my parking was $75.00 per game. I am thinking of selling my complete package now, if I can. We never could get any information from the Cowboys on where the parking was going to be. Instead in our season ticket invoice they put the $750.00 parking cost and added to our season tickets cost. It was an option though, you did not have to pay for it. Thanks Jerry.

Anonymous said...

This blog doesn't fill my needs any longer.

Anonymous said...

Okay BG,
You can make fun of air guitar (it is indeed quite dumb, but maybe not the dumbest thing ever), but when you make fun of Kelly, you have gone too far. I'd rather be with her than any of those anorexic rails they force on us nowadays. She can sing to me any time. mmmmmm...

Anonymous said...

Barry,
We are leaving for the track meet tomorrow morning @ 5am. You can ride with us. Our itinerary is:
Fill up the car with gas and us with coffee.
Leave Decatur @ 5am (sharp).
Restroom stop @ gas station on Old 287/Saginaw.
Stop in Burleson (restrooms) and take picture in front of sign: "Welcome to Burleson. Home of Kelly Clarkson, American Idol Champion"
Stop in West, Tx for an authentic Czech breakfast. Use restrooms.
Stop in Waco. Never been to the Branch Davidian site. Hopefully, there will be restrooms.
Plan to arrive @ Austin in time to walk around campus, find restrooms, and then over to the track stadium.
CHEER ON THE DECATUR GIRLS!! GO BIANCA, CYNTHIA, HANNA, AND Z!!
Walk around Austin, grab an early dinner and leave @ 7pm

Anonymous said...

Kindergarten graduation IS retarded, as are all graduations prior to the final high school one. I firmly believe that the trend towards praising kids for each and every little thing, which was EXPECTED in the "old" days, has led to a generation of twenty and thirty-somethings who have an overblown sense of entitlement. Just doing what you're supposed to do like obeying authority or completing a grade level is not "over and above" nor reason for high praise. That's not the real world. In the work world, you get a pay check for that, not merit raises or promotions. Those come with exemplary performance. What are we teaching when Johnny gets a "good boy, great job" when he simply obeys or brushes his teeth?

Anonymous said...

Barnett Shale is mainly GAS not oil! Gezz leave to a lefty attorney to think it's oil.

wordkyle said...

I normally don't comment on the photo, but kudos for finally posting a picture of a young lady who is bleast and who doesn't also come across as a hoochie.

Casual Observer said...

They need to call it "Operation Time Waste."

Busting drug dealers is a waste of time?

Damn Skippy, how liberal are you?

Anonymous said...

9:08 - agreed

Anonymous said...

New Shocking Poll Results!
99%- Most of the posters on this blog suck!
1%- No we don't

Anonymous said...

UIL Track Meet Update: Zulima Palomo from Decatur (9th grader) got 3rd place in the 3A 3200 meters!!! Hanna Galloway got 6th! Way to go girls!

Anonymous said...

Photo not a hoochie? I wouldn't want my daughter to show that much. Leave something to the imagination. She's no tramp just a classy ho.

Anonymous said...

The air accordian contest is also this week-end in Penelope

Anonymous said...

I hate it when bloggers (males, I suspect) make fun of real "normal" women when they put on weight. It happens to everyone. Why make fun of people and act like that's what's important in a woman? It's degrading. Kelly Clarkson looks ten million times better than the grotesque fake-boobed hos posted on this site! Thinking like some of these bloggers is what sends our little girls into the bathroom to vomit after eating. Don't you realize what this mentality has created?

Xanthippas said...

Channel 8's Dale Hansen taking all of June off due to depression? Uh, I'm suddenly suffering from depression and would like to take all of June off with pay as well.

Alright, now I'm no Dale Hansen fan but I don't think we need to be making jokes about depression.

Kindergarten graduation IS retarded, as are all graduations prior to the final high school one. I firmly believe that the trend towards praising kids for each and every little thing, which was EXPECTED in the "old" days, has led to a generation of twenty and thirty-somethings who have an overblown sense of entitlement. Just doing what you're supposed to do like obeying authority or completing a grade level is not "over and above" nor reason for high praise. That's not the real world. In the work world, you get a pay check for that, not merit raises or promotions. Those come with exemplary performance. What are we teaching when Johnny gets a "good boy, great job" when he simply obeys or brushes his teeth?

That's silly. If my kid has a kindergarten graduation I'm going to tell him he did a great job, and then in the coming years I'll pester him about doing his homework, working hard, honoring his commitments, etc., etc. In other words kindergarten graduation isn't to blame for the downfall of civilization, and it isn't a symptom of bad parenting either.

Jarhead said...

How about "Operation Recipe Retrieve"?

Anonymous said...

Kelly Clarkson is overweight. It is not something to mock, but she is not a healthy role model for women or young people. Being anorexic is not healthy, but neither is being overweight.

In all honesty, I see far more overweight and obese teens and children than I do anorexic ones. As a society we feel comfortable speaking out against anorexia, but it is still taboo to talk about obesity. Perhaps because it steps on too many toes?

Anonymous said...

No one said it was the downfall of civilization, dude. Just that I work with 20-30somethings and their sense of entitlement is just stupifying! They actually asked me once what they got extra for showing up for work. My reply: your PAYCHECK. I just believe that when we act like doing the right or expected thing is some huge deal we are leading our kids to expect that when they show up for work or make a good choice they should be compensated, and that's not the real world.

Foghorn said...

About this time 65 years ago thousands of young men were getting into landing craft to go to Normandy.

Similar things going on in Afgan and Irag probably today.

Sometimes I just need to be reminded of the sacrifice.

Anonymous said...

Valedictorian from DHS 10 years ago was Jared Hedges. I do believe he is one of a few Decaturites to have a near brush with fame.

Anonymous said...

I would gladly take Kelly Clarkson's weight IF ONLY I could also have her voice...

You can fix the butt but you cannot acquire her voice.

Anonymous said...

10:28 regarding kindergarten graduation. what is the point really? high school graduation you are going on to something completely different. after kindergarten the only thing that is different is that you can now just list a number as your grade level and not a letter.

i think what the previous poster was getting at is that kids are being rewarded too much for doing what is expected of them. reward for going above and beyond but not for doing what you are supposed to be doing. i have school aged kids and their elementary did not have kindergarten graduation while others within the district did. i was very happy their school did not because i think it is just silly.

how many of you readers had kindergarten graduation as a child? and i'm talking the 30 somethings and older out there. we didn't because going on to first grade was expected.

Anonymous said...

and graduation from high school is a release in a way. you don't have to go to college if that is your choice. you can chose to get a job and just start your adult life.

after kindergarten you pretty much have to go to first grade...

RPM said...

If I was Dale Hansen I'd be depressed, too.

Anonymous said...

Right; completing kindergarten is not an accomplishment or a big change. Does anyone really think we should have a "graduation" everytime a kid leaves one grade and enters another? That's just nuts.

Anonymous said...

10:54...Really? You telling me you don't think there's too much emphasis on being pencil thin? Kelly is not skinny, granted, but most real people aren't. I maintain that it's far better to be slightly overweight than way under, which the media and many in our society push young girls to be. The current trend towards anorexic bodies is far more dangerous than being slightly overweight. I'm not talking about obesity, but curviness. there's nothing nedically wrong with that, and you who promote skeletal looking females are feeding right in to the media's hype for perfection at any cost. What happened to "beauty is only skin deep"?

Anonymous said...

Maybe everyone thinks Kindergarten graduation is silly, but evidently graduating from Decatur is also. You don't even have to pass tests, just have parents with friends on the school board, cry in front of them and have mommy complain that her child is going to be "scarred" by not being able to "party" I mean "walk" with her friends that did bother to pass the tests.

Oh, and by the way I did graduate from Decatur back when you did have to pass all the requirements to "walk".

Anonymous said...

Maybe Dale's depressed with today's classy chick photo.

Sorry, but our standards are much lower, please address this issue with senior management.

Greggo
and a group of guys hangin' at Baby Dolls

Anonymous said...

I remember a time of innocence and bliss. Now all of those things are replaced with rules and regulations. How can you complain when an already faulty system breaksdown? Just go foward and feel happy that you matter to someone. Jello-Mold and Pancakes.

Anonymous said...

9:08, very well said. They do everything now to take going to high school and graduating from high school less special or less of an accomplishment. Kindergarten graduation is silly as is getting yearbooks for every year you are in school...when I was young, kindergarten wasn't required, I started in the first grade, and we didn't get yearbooks until we entered high school.

But with all that being said, when my grandkids "graduate" from kindergarten, I will be right there, and I won't care that even I think it's silly :)

Though I totally agree that we have raised a generation of kids who "expect" too much, it is up to us as parents to shape our children, not the school.

Anonymous said...

12:14 PM

I don't disagree that their are dangerous images and standards in the media and society and absurd standards, from that perspective, for thinness. However, Kelly Clarkson is overweight. Not slightly. Not a little curvy. In the picture referenced, she is unhealthily overweight. It just concerns me that that aren't many healthy role models, at a time when childhood obesity is at an all time high. If we say that Kelly Clarkson, as she appears in that picture, is "normal" then we are saying that "normal" is unhealthily overweight, and therefore just fine.

Anonymous said...

The dangers of anorexia compared to obesity...

Starving oneself to death is obviously unhealthy, but so is eating yourself into a invalid.

And no I'm not a man.

The push to be fat or thin shouldn't be about vanity anyway. If everybody would just focus on their HEALTH and stop blaming the media and EVERYBODY BUT THEMSELVES for their health problems! Do a little research and take a little personal responsibility for your health. I bet any one of us can name 15 obese people to every one anorexic person they know. That's why the media is always talking about an epidemic of obesity plaguing humanity. I mean, just look at the rate of childhood diabetes. Come'on! Stop being comfortable with your fatness and hating on people that work for their health!! You SHOULD work for your health, that doesn't make you anorexic!

And before you start calling me anorexic, I can tell you that my 130 lbs simply doesn't qualify as anorexic, lol, I just happen to try to eat more vegetables in a week than cheeseburgers!

Anonymous said...

Seventeen hundred restrooms in the new cowboy stadium?

One for everybody.

Drink yer beer folks - right around the corner you can get rid of it.

Whooosh.

Anonymous said...

I had the joy teaching Jared Hedges. Is he still writing for Dragon Ball Z?

Last I heard he was writing for them and even has his name in the credit line. What a talented young man with a great personality.

CaserAnn said...

Congrats J.D.!!!

Anonymous said...

congrats paige and travis...!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

D.C....you rock, girl!

Anonymous said...

Valedictorian from Irving HS: Great sob story.

Ten years ago a friend of mine who is a legal from England tried to get his son over here but was told they were not accepting any more from England. His son had two children who would be graduating from high school about now. He was getting up in years and needed help in his apartment building maintenance business. So he hired an illegal from Mexico who had four kids.

Anonymous said...

I learned something about school rankings yesterday. In the past, 90% or more of every group (ethnic, economically disadvantaged, plus all students as a whole) had to pass TAKS for a school to be ranked Exemplary. Recognized was 75%-89%.

Now, a school can request 2 "exemptions"_-if two subgroups score in the 80s, a school can still be Exemplary. AND, now, for accountability purposes, if a kid fails a portion of the test BUT shows "significant" improvemnt, that kid is considered PASSING in the accountability rating.

SO, look for a HUGE increase in schools moving up in ranking this year.

I guess it's not just this generation with an inflated sense o self-esteem...

Anonymous said...

The "Air Guitar Championships" are back in Dallas. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is dumber.

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Anonymous said...

Great "snow globes". May I shake them?

Anonymous said...

1:02
I assume you are one of the 700+ people who "voted" on this blog to express your opinion that students who do not pass TAKS should not walk at graduation. What about the now fradulent ranking system that allows a schools to count those same students who did not pass as passing for their accountability ratings?

If the school gets to count them as passing, then they should all be allowed to walk.

It's amazing how upset people will get over the individual kids, but they don't seem to care at all about holding the state and schools accountable. I guess it requires less thought to bash on a kid.

Anonymous said...

2:07 is absolutely correct. There are so many flaws with the TAKS system. Most of all, until TEA gives up on making coaches teach, it's not fair to hold the kids accountable for the actions of someone who simply has his/her name on a class roll so they can blow a whistle on a field or court.

Anonymous said...

11:15
TEA does not require that coaches teach core courses. Larger schools have many of them teach health, teen leadership, street law, and anatomy. They only have coaches who are also ACTUAL teachers in core classes. It's a money issue-not a TEA issue.

In my school, the coaches who teach core classes are amazing. They are masters of motivation and classroom management. Our principal makes it very clear before they are hired that they are teachers first, and if they don't measure up, they're gone.