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7.02.2009

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Fireworks = Celebration Of Liberty or Fireworks = Chance To Blow Up Stuff?
  • As U.S. troops engage in a 4,000 person "major offensive" in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured a U.S. soldier. This could get messy.
  • The oldest Jonas brother is engaged? Let me be the first to say, "Kid, are you out of your freakin' mind?"
  • And why do they call it a "proposal"? That sounds like the opening offer before extended negotiations. Then again, maybe that's the way it should really work.
  • News released this morning: The U.S. unemployment rate is now at 9.5% -- the highest in 25 years. I still think we could be in for another economic implosion.
  • Rhome PD appears to be picking on rock trucks lately.
  • Speaking of Rhome, whatever happen to the wacky news that the mayor, city council, and police used to give us on a weekly basis? I hate stability.
  • South Carolina still has an adultery criminal statute. (Or so said my radio.)
  • "Two Fort Worth lawmakers seek independent inquiry into Rainbow Lounge incident." That's just grandstanding. They are lawmakers, not enforcers.
  • (Note to Ticket fans: There's news about The Hammer)
  • New book I downloaded: Assassination Vacation.
  • They still haven't caught that "pervert" in Grapevine.

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Barry, you well know that the stimulus money will keep us from imploding. Hasn't it been great thus far?

Anonymous said...

that is a nice pair in the picture.
wow, make that a nice pair of nice pairs???

Anonymous said...

Thank GOD and the GOOD citizens of Rhome that we do have stability. I have been just as disturbed as anyone. We have always had a great mayor, but his hands have been tied by a stupid backward thinking council. We now have a good council with the exception on one person and I hear there is a petition to remove them. The Police Chief is a great public relations and community oriented leader. His personality lends itself to stability. The Police force is at an all time high as far a morality is concerned. They are professionals in every sense of the word. And yes, it does seem the rock trucks are on the radar, but consider how many times the citizens of Wise County have been terrorized, maimed, or killed by ROGUE, drunk, (yes I said drunk),rock truck drivers. Our officers PROTECT the citizens and travelers through Wise County by targeting rock trucks with defective equipment.

Anonymous said...

The messenger update cofirmed the rumor of forced blood tests this weekend. My question is what happens if they draw blood and you aren't drunk? Do they pat you on the back and tell you no harm no foul? Give you a ride to the impound yard and wish you luck on getting your car back without a second mortgage? I would have to think that this is going to have someones nuts on the table. The liability if wrong is not looking to good for the boys in blue.

Anonymous said...

I've heard so many terrible things about the Rhome PD... and have been told numerous times that it takes them 30 min. to an hour to get to a location! keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Big Dick Hunter comes through for "the hammer"

Anonymous said...

"I still think we could be in for another economic implosion". You THINK?

Lets get this straight with some common sense. Some of us can absorb energy taxes. Some of us have a hedge. But most of the population, especially among those poor people who voted for Obama, do not. If you tax coal and oil, you are raising the cost of every American's utility bill, every American's food bill, and every American's auto expenses. I have a bank account that grows monthly, I can write a check even if my electrical bill doubles. When I drive to work or to the grocery store, my hedge in USO pays for my increased cost of fuel. The poor guy who is making $8.00 per hour does not have an extra dollar
to give the government for fuel tax. He does not have an extra $5.00 to pay a "food tax" passed down to him by the producers and transportors of food. Did not Obama make multiple promises of no tax increase for those making under $200,000 per year? Does he think we are so stupid that he can tax fuel and not know that is a tax that we pay when we fill our tank with gasoline or diesel. Does he think we are stupid and we do not realize that the bag of frozen vegetables we purchased at the grocery store were produced and transported with diesel fuel.

Barry, you can afford it, some people cannot.

All this call for taxing fuel is based on the greatest fraud ever, Global Warming. More water is in the frozen state and polar ice is expanding. Sea levels are lower due to more ice on our planet. We might be headed for an ice age, sure enough not global warming.

Economic implosion? I think so. A hard rain is going to fall.

Anonymous said...

No, they still haven't caught me, uh, I mean that pervert in Grapevine.

Unemployment may be high, but I'm not one of 'em, thanks to Big Dick Hunter.
Stay hard, buddy!

C'mon gals, show The Hammer them big ol' cans!

Triple Fake Greggo

P.S. It's not an either/or proposition
Fireworks = Celebration Of Liberty + Chance To Blow Up Stuff

Anonymous said...

=chance to burn half the f'n county to the ground..!

Anonymous said...

Not sure what your point is, 9:33. Are you advocating we feel sorry for those who didn't choose to get an education or a real job and now can't afford gas or food? Not sure what the point is. We can take the increases because we were smart enough and industrious enough to make it happen and not lay back and expect others to take care of us.

Anonymous said...

Loved hearing the White House Deputy Press guy yesterday say "If costs go up I don't think Americans are going to blame the President."

Anonymous said...

Rhome sounds pretty and nice. I think I might go there after a few days laying around Neverland.

I can hang with Greggo, sounds like we have a lot more stuff in common then folks would think. Or maybe I can hookup with the fun guy in Grapevine, lots of common interest, perhaps.

They weighted me the other day. I was a stiff 110 pounds.

DF Dead Michael Jackson

Anonymous said...

Let's all blame George W. That seems to be the fix all. If he had done 1/4 of the things that the new fool in the white house has done in his first 6 months he would have been publically linched by now. His rubber stamp fix for everything seems to be a choice of two things, (1) print more money or (2) tax the ever-lovin' shit out of everything you use to live from day to day. What's next? Tax on bread and milk? Sugar and flour??

Anonymous said...

The last guy or gal standing gets to pay for everything.

Anonymous said...

>South Carolina still has an adultery criminal statute.

But since he crossed state lines, wouldn't this be a federal issue? :)

Jarhead said...

I thought rock haulers preferred meth to booze...

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks they are immune from this economic crisis are self-righteous nuts. Your turn will come.......either thru a Madoff or job disappearing.

The real problem are those taking advantage of it........like the grocery people who didn't lower prices when gas went down and now are adding on top of what they already added a year ago. That's just one example.

The health insurance industry is trying to stop "health care reform/universal health care" unless it is all directed thru them so they can rape and pillage all of us.

The Right Wingnuts like to talk about our "Christian values" so it may be time to exercise those values like loving your neighbor (not your neighbor's wife)
as yourself.

The attitude of "Ive got mine, you get yours" isn't helpfull.

Anonymous said...

9:53, I may have financial security and an education and am a conservative but it does not mean that I think only of myself. My position in life is directly tied to and was built with the skills and labor or the less fortunate in our country. I count as my friends many who have worked for me. People with your attitude will destroy any hope for a conservative to gain the office of President.

Anonymous said...

To 9:25 a.m. The problem is that you believe what you have heard. I know for a fact that the response time is faster than 30 min. Where did you get that number, why not 26 min or 32 min? The only time that the response time would be slow is if there is a major incident going on in the city such as a wreck or domestic violence or burglary/robbery in progress. When that happens Wise County will dispatch a Deputy to assist. Why don't you get off of your high horse and go ride with the officers and see what it is really like.

Anonymous said...

Garry, you are the man. Lets get this party started.

-Nasty Nester

Anonymous said...

Nice use of the words major offensive there Skippy. You don't want to use the word surge because that would make us think of how successful W was in Iraq. Uncle Sammy Obammy doesn't catch flak for increasing troops in his war because he can do no wrong. Even though you can use the same old talking points about his war such as Afghanistan did not attack us, we are only there for the oil, war only helps his war machine buddies, and it's just a deception to take our attention away from the economy. Why can't you call a spade a spade?

Anonymous said...

I believe 9:33s point is this (if not, then it's mine):
Two things can happen to the less fortunate when the economy goes south.
1) they ask for and receive help from the government in the form of welfare, food stamps, etc. That government help comes from the rest of us.
2) They can't help their families on what they make, so they turn to crime. OR they give up on trying to help their families, and turn to alcohol or drugs, and turn to crime to feed those addictions. That results in increased police protection, increased prison populations, etc.
I'm not saying ALL poor people will fall under the previous 2 conditions, but you can be assured that enough of them will...and it'll have an effect on everybody else.
Putting the squeeze on people with money causes them to put the squeeze on the people who work for them. Putting the squeeze on the people with less money causes the government to put the squeeze on the people who still have money left, in the form of government programs.
Bottom line - Unless you are extremely wealthy, if you think you will be immune in an economic downturn, you're very naive about how the economy affects you.

Anonymous said...

10:06 -
The current Prez has yet to "print more money," borrowed, yes, but not print.

Tax on sugar and bread? Many states have been taxing groceries for decades. Texas has not because of our oil and gas revenue, we have not needed to.

Calm down and count your blessings.

Sandrabag said...

We really liked "Assassination Vacation." Funny, smart and really interesting.

Anonymous said...

11:33 Being calm hasn't helped so far. The "act like it isn't happening" approach doesn't seem to be working too well. Maybe some of us need to "calm-up" a little and take a deep breath in the real world. The total number of US dollars in circulation has gone up drastically in the last 9 months. The first round of stimulus checks went out long before any talk of borrowing any money from China or elsewhere. At the bare minimum, all of that was "printed" to cover the cost. I guess if the reserve still has checks, we still have money. Is that how you operate as well? Wonder what the return check fee is on a federal level?

Anonymous said...

Thank You Rhome for taking a stance against these Rock Haulers. I have 3 cracks on my windshield of both cars.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 11:33. The economic changes haven't affected me or those I associate with one bit, and I can't see how it ever would. We have stable jobs and the education to find another one should something happen. Sure, taxes might increase, but most of us could deal with that. Yes, we are among the "haves" but that wasn't luck....it was old hard work and initiative, something the majority of the "have-nots" are not familiar with. And no, they are NOT my problem.

Anonymous said...

I keep a bunch of Pennys in my cup holder and EVERY mng when the rock trucks get in the left lane on 380 I pepper there windshield...dumbasses will learn DO NOT GET IN THE LEFT LANE

Anonymous said...

Let me guess how The Hammer will end his time on the BDH show? Same song, tenth verse.

Anonymous said...

12:59
I sincerely hope that those words never come back to haunt you.

The economic changes haven't affected me either-yet. But I'm not going to say they never will. THAT would be hubris.

Anonymous said...

12:59, you and 11:33 are both living in a make-belive world if you can't see how the economy could ever effect you. Your level of education must be a lot lower than mine if you can't see the obvious. Lets not even go to your common-sence level.One morning you will wake-up and your world will be turned upside down and you will be the ones crying the loudest.(With you diploma from The University of Pheonix in hand, I might add! Ain't mail-order great)

Anonymous said...

1:32, my degree is a post-graduate one (master's level), and not from a mail-order university, thank you very much. Might also point out that you misspelled "sense" which says alot for your education. Either way, the economic changes have not affected me and I maintain that the only way I can see that they would is by increased taxation to cover the "poor" masses who can't pay their own way. That would mean I might not be able to eat out as much or travel as much, but certainly would not affect my day-to-day life. That was my point. I still maintain that I should NOT have to pay for others who are too stupid or too short-sighted to support themselves, and my position on that will not change.

CaserAnn said...

8:53-- How much are they paying you for PR?

Anonymous said...

Let us put this in an all encompassing, specific, and erudite package.

Economically speaking, at this time:

We can't fish no 'mo. Coons done got in the bait box.

RR

Anonymous said...

To 1:06....funny! I knew a guy who kept marbles in his console to get the trucks who spill the rocks all over us!

Anonymous said...

There are people all across American standing in un employment line and their degrees are doing them little good, for right now there are simply too few jobs.

Yes, there are those who scam the gov........its almost in American DNA.

However, there are a lot of good folk suffering through absolutely no fault of their own.

We "Haves" might not be so arrogant. Marie Antoinette was a "have" at one time.

Anonymous said...

1:54
There is no such word as "alot." It's two words-"a lot." I knew you would want this error corrected.

Anonymous said...

2:02
Now THAT'S funny...

Anonymous said...

1:54
I'm not the one you have been debating, but apparently you didn't read my post @ 11:18.
None of us WANT to pay for social programs that provide food and money for others. However, we all do, including you, in the form of taxes. The fact that you should NOT have to doesn't change the fact that you do. Most people (myself included), even those without a post-graduate degree know how the system works. We fund programs that GIVES money to others.

Anonymous said...

11:33/1:54, I couldn't agree more with your view on taxing the working to pay for those that do not, by choice or situation. The present economy hasn't affected my day to day life much either. Yet. At the current rate of decay, without a change , I think anyone who doesn't at least give some thought to the coming possibilities would have to be looked upon as a fool. If you don't agree,I'm sorry for you and your like. As for my mis-spelling, I ask your eternal forgiveness,an oversight on my part from rushing and not proof-reading first. Will try not to let it happen again, but as I am writing and working at the same time ,I can promise you little. PS. If things continue as they are now, we can use your post- graduate diploma as toilet paper,as we won't be able to afford the real thing anymore.I have no post-paper to use , for I like many others went to work and didn't have someone to pay for it, as I feel you more than likely did. I just hope you the generous sort and will let me use the corners.

Anonymous said...

2:25: there are jobs everywhere. Note the signs in many fast food chains, convenience stores, etc. Those who have no job do not want to work, at least in this part of the country. They may not be able to do what they were trained to do, or even what they want to do, but there are jobs....everywhere. Clean houses, mow lawns, work a counter, fry up some burgers, but DON'T whine about how there are no jobs. Locally, there are a number of jobs available. The hospitals are still hiring, as are the school systems.

Anonymous said...

1:54
I really MUST know in which sector of the job market you are involved that a faltering economy will not affect you.

My daughter left the retail industry, got her secondary teaching certification, and has not found a job in over a year of trying. She spent the past year as a substitiue in a large district in order to gain a toe hold, but they are only hiring experienced teachers.

Many districts in north Texas have frozen all hiring. Assistant principals and counselors who leave are not being replaced.

I'm pleased for you that the economy is not going to affect your life, but it is certainly affecting my family-and every member of my family has at least one degree.

Anonymous said...

Aren't the rock trucks to blame for the economy? You folks blame them for everything else under the sun.

Fact: More speeding tickets are written to cars than trucks.

Fact: There are more car v car wrecks than car v truck.

Fact: There are more DWI's given to car drivers than truck drivers.

Fact: You idiots will still blame the rock haulers for everything.

Anonymous said...

2:59, you might want to refer your daughter to one of the areas mentioned in the post by 2:56. Your daughter may not find a teaching job, but she can probably cook burgers or clean houses.

Anonymous said...

You may have to crawl before you can walk. But if you have a post-graduate degree, you start running and slip into hyper-drive from there and never have to look back. Isn't that right 11:33/1:54

Anonymous said...

We could get rid of all those rock haulers if all you goobers in unnecessary SUV's and doolies would start using them to haul the rocks. It seems like.

Anonymous said...

3:14
She's actually cleaning houses this summer-since the age of fifteen she's never been without a job of some sort. What I want to know is what faltering economy-proof sector exists? I always thought it was teaching...I was wrong.

Anonymous said...

When I graduated and got my teaching certification in 1995, every person in my graduating class who applied for teaching positions was hired. That isn't happening now. Teaching certification is no longer a fool-proof fall-back position.

And heaven help those poor people who spent thousands going the alternative certification route when they already had a degree in another area. Many districts will not even accept applications from those folks.

Anonymous said...

12:59/11:33
So, rising gas, utility, food, clothing, and all other consumer product prices will never affect you? Having to retro-fit your house to be energy efficient (according to government standards) before you can sell it will never affect you? Taxing health care benefits? Inflation?

By the way-one of the original lobbying camapigns for cap and trade came from Enron. Remember Enron?

Anonymous said...

N. Ron?

Was he L Ron's brother

Anonymous said...

3:47, what schools won't even look at those with alternative certifications? I've been in several schools over the years and MANY teachers who have absolutely NO certification have been hired. Oh wait, well, they do have a certification....it is called EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION and they are paid a teacher's salary even though that emergency status was granted by the school district. There are teaching jobs all over the place. Has your daughter checked the Reg 11 Service Center for openings in the region? That is where she should be looking.

Big time degrees may not prove to be as profitable as they once were because some employers will now consider those who have them as "over qualified" which means they will have to pay them a larger salary. Therefore, jobs may go to those with lesser education and/or lesser experience because salaries to those will not have to be as large.

It is a tough time, but jobs are there and I still believe teaching jobs are some of the best and most stable if you are a good teacher. However, if one checks the papers, I don't see blank spots where the "hiring" sections are.

Anonymous said...

Schools are not hiring????

um, check out this link:

https://www.searchsoft.net/ats/job_board_frame?COMPANY_ID=00012139&APPLICANT_TYPE_ID=00000001&softsort=COMPANY_ID&10121016133933583Nav=|&NodeID=596

Anonymous said...

or this one:

http://www.decaturisd.us/102610101910024970/blank/browse.asp?a=383&bmdrn=2000&bcob=0&c=53996

Anonymous said...

6:04
LISD (where my daughter did her substituting) will not accept applicants with alternative certification. Her certification is English Language Arts 8-12. English teachers requested her as far in advance as they knew of an absence because she actually TAUGHT-they didn't have to leave a movie for the kids to watch.

She's not an idiot-of COURSE she's registered on the Region 11 site.

6:13
The info on your link is not current. Lewisville ISD has ZERO teacher positions open.

Even so, of the 150 jobs on the link you provided, TWO were for an English teacher. One was for English/French position, and the other was for an English/ESL position. Of the 150 jobs, 22 were for high school classroom teachers (there were several teacher/coach combos).

Last year one of the LISD high schools had 1 English opening. The head of the department (who wanted to hire my daughter but couln't because of the alt. cert.)-told her there were over 200 applications for the one opening.

I'm not saying there isn't a single teaching position out there-but it's not as easy as it used to be. She knows she's going to have to move to east Texas or south Texas if she wants to teach.

Anonymous said...

6:19
ZERO high school teaching positions on the Decatur site.

Anonymous said...

"Rhome PD appears to be picking on rock trucks lately."

IF true, good to hear it. I've only been in Decatur for 3 years, but I have NEVER seen a large truck stopped by the POleece. I've seen plenty in my rearview mirror stuck to my butt like a hemarrhoid though.

Anonymous said...

"http://www.decaturisd.us/102610101910024970/blank/browse.asp?a=383&bmdrn=2000&bcob=0&c=53996"

Heh, only 3 teaching positions listed at the ELEMENTARY level. You FAIL! at the internets.

Anonymous said...

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

The term "Nigger Rigged" is no longer acceptable.

It will now be referred to as a "Presidential solution".

Anonymous said...

Happy to see Decatur HS isn't having the huge turnover that it has in the past 10 years. I sure hope stability comes back to DHS. Speaks volumes for the new principal there.

Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like they HAVE been hiring. Yes, usually by July most positions are filled. If these websites are inaccurate, that isn't my fault, now is it? I was just trying to help out.

Anonymous said...

You have to get in there before JULY for teaching position. That's common knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Wake up guys! The economy has frozen teachers in place......who can sell a house and buy another on a teacher's salary.

Read the papers about the majority of districts are at tax max and are cutting rather than hiring. The legislalture provided a band aid rather than a solution.

For those of you who think flippin burgers is a solution, you haven't been in there in a while. Look at the workers........its the retired trying to supplement their salaries and deal with the economy
Besides do t he math, you can't suppport one much less a family solely on fast food salaries.

Anonymous said...

11:25/7:57
Yes, I understand. And it's not as if my daughter waited until yesterday to apply for a job. She's been applying for over a year. That was my point-even education is feeling the impact of the economy.

There are not as many openings as in years past, and there are a greater number of applicants for each opening. Getting a job as a teacher is no longer a sure thing.

My daughter is fortunate. She has been able to live at home while she subbed, and she does not have a family to support.

It's frustrating to see people write that the schools are hiring-as though one just has to walk in and a job will be there.

Anonymous said...

How to survive the coming economic crash: Get rid of your credit cards, declare bankruptcy, move into a house the size of the house that your grandparents lived in, turn off your air conditioner (lack of it did not kill your grandparents), cut back on your food intake, get rid of all cars except for one, buy your clothes at the Salvation Army (the Inwood Road store in Dallas has a good selection) After shopping at this store you can eat next door at the first and original Sonny Bryans (they stay open each afternoon until they sell what they have cooked for that day), get a cow and plant a garden. You will still be rich by most of the world's standards.

Anonymous said...

10:07, I resent your implying that schools "used" to would have hired anyone that "just walked in". That certainly doesn't speak much for the profession.

Being hired as a teacher has always been tough, especially in the Lang Arts area as there are many in that teaching field and many who have a lot of experience.

I wish your daughter luck, but let's not put down the profession as if they "used" to would have taken anyone!

Anonymous said...

1:00
In the past my daughter, with glowing recommendations from multiple English teachers in an Exemplary school, would have had an easier time finding a job. In the past all of the school districts in the area would hire people with alternative or emergency certification.

I never impled that schools would "Take anyone." 6:04 PM is the one who wrote "what schools won't even look at those with alternative certifications? I've been in several schools over the years and MANY teachers who have absolutely NO certification have been hired. Oh wait, well, they do have a certification....it is called EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION and they are paid a teacher's salary even though that emergency status was granted by the school district."

Direct your ire in the proper direction.

Anonymous said...

1:33, I stand corrected. Best of luck to your daughter.

And a big part of me hopes that the teaching profession DOES begin to be more descriminate, thus improving salaries of experienced teachers.