8.21.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Saw a shot this morning of the inside of the Cowboys Stadium with the football field on it. Cool.
  • Inglourious Basterds opens today. It looks like something I'd be interested in but, then again, I get sucked in by anything Tarantino does.
  • Someone else's kindness is impacting my selfishness.
  • Did ya see where that Bolt guy ran a world record 19.19 second 200 meter yesterday? And he doesn't even look like he tries. Breaking news: He's fast.
  • Ok, this is the most tense video to watch in the history of ever. It's called "Drunk Girl vs. Glass Table." (And it contains a couple of F bombs so be warned.) But after you recover from the 1:20 seconds of stress, you'll realize you've learned a new dance: "Percolating."
  • I've practiced criminal law for almost 20 years and I've never heard a cop, prosecutor, or anyone connected with the system refer to someone as a "perp."
  • On reports of school supplies this mornings, I heard a reference to "trapper" something on two different channels. Have no idea what they are talking about. Edit: Yep, "Trapper Keeper". I think I'm the only person in the world that had no idea what it was.
  • I was in a convenience store this morning that was extremely inconvenient. And, not that it's that big of a deal, but the clerk never spoke.
  • The Update this morning has news that Decatur ISD has a new touchy-feely "commencement walk across the stage but don't graduate" policy.
  • The Lockerbie Bomber who was released yesterday sure did return to a hero's welcome. You would think that Libya, which has made efforts to be in our good graces over the last few years, would have throttled that back a bit.
  • Before conservative commenters Wordkyle, Jarhead, and Denny Crane were here, there was a guy name ReaganRIP. He got mad one day when someone impersonated him, and he never came back.
  • Favorite overnight email: "Are the commentors on your blog acting more crazy lately?"

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Trapper.........keeper? As in the coolest binders ever to have when you were in grade school? YES!!!

Anonymous said...

I would forego new school shoes in order to have a Trapper keeper. If you had a Trapper you were IN.

Anonymous said...

Lockerbie...

Read where our Obammy told Libya NOT TO give the bomber a hero's welcome...

Check out the "red carpet" they laid out for him in spite of Obammy's warning.

Way to go Obammy!!!!!
they shudder.

Danny Boy said...

With the way schools are now, the "trapper keeper" (how did you not know that?)is the only thing they can have to themselves. All the other supplies go into a community pool and just go to everyone. Not only can the system not get a kid educated, yet kiss their ass (Decatur), the kids cannot be themselves anymore.

Letting kids walk who did not do the work is an insult to all the other kids and their families. Unfortunatly, this is common, but is a f'n insult. Is the whole point of the ceremony not to reward the kids who did the work?
Hillary was right, it takes a village. I guess this includes the village idiot also?

Anonymous said...

The update also reported that 18 taxpayers showed up to protest the increase in county taxes! That is a record for the county since only a few had bothered to attend the public meetings on the county budget. One stated small businesses are laying off employees and how are they going to pay taxes. Good point.

The Decatur ISD allowing kids who are not graduating to go through the motions of graduating is just not fair to the kids who pass and do the work.

Anonymous said...

Good grief, 9:05, that you would somehow associate your sneering dislike of President Obama with Scotland releasing the Lockerbie bomber is amazing. That's quite a stretch there, Rush.

Anonymous said...

Danny Boy, you forget one important thing about the right to walk. It was about someone who passed the school’s test but didn’t pass the TAKS Test. Something is wrong with this picture. If you can pass the Schools criteria but not the State’s, then either the school is not teaching the right thing or the TAKS test is about the wrong thing. They should be the same. Just saying.

Anonymous said...

One again Barry your lack of knowledge on the Rangers shows up
This is not the same ole Rangers they are not going to fade if you would watch the games you might realize this. Do us all a favor keep your HSO off the blog and stick to looking for pretty girls

Double Fake Nolan Ryan

Anonymous said...

"Drunk Girl vs. Glass Table"

I'll never understand you white people.

Anonymous said...

"Perp" short for Perpetrator is derived from east-coast law enforcement and has been promoted by many of the post-OJ Trial, TV crime shows. It should be considered a socio-environmental colloquialism of that area and profession. whereas us bible-belt post oak sorta police use the term "scrote" derived from scrotum.
10-4

wordkyle said...

931 - One other explanation is the student's ability to cheat on tests during regular class, but lack of that ability under more stringent conditions.

Anonymous said...

Barry

What is a DWLI?

Danny Boy said...

9:31, from my point of view, you are right on both points. The schools cannot seem to teach the right material because the regulators tell them what to teach. Then a different set of regulators set up the TAKS test which covers different subjects. A school districts only goal now is to have a great rating to get more of my money.

It is amazing how failed our kids are because the schools have the wrong goals. Sh!&&y pay, parents who don't care, unbalanced resources, different goals. If you don't get a diploma you don' walk. You get more than one shot at it.

Teachers are unsung, underpaid hero's, but they can still do a better job. Paycheck v. making a difference.

Anonymous said...

I don't think some of you understand that walking across the stage isn't a question of whether or not the student did the work--it's whether or not they passed the TAKS test, which is a STATE requirement. Our school board is recognizing the fact that the student DID the work, just wasn't able to pass the state mandated test, for whatever reason. Some students just don't do well on a test, but can do all the work and pass. This isn't about getting an education, which is supposed to be the goal--it's about a test someone is Austin decided all Texas student should take.
It isn't even about how well the teachers did and what they're teaching. I resent the fact that the teachers have to teach a test and can't do anything extra or off TAKS. THAT is what taxpayers should be upset about.

Anonymous said...

Re: "Libya, which has made efforts to be in our good graces over the last few years"

Remember how the Kadaffi problems all miraculously disappeared overnight, when a missile went thru his bedroom window? Sorry about his daughter but it did get his attention.

Anonymous said...

OMG, I'd suck on both those straws.

Anonymous said...

The whole TAKS test thing is stupid. If the kids complete the courses and pass, they should walk. Screw the TAKS test.

Anonymous said...

As far as the pic. I'll take a double

Anonymous said...

DWLI=Driving while license invalid.

potroast06 said...

Honestly, I know why the DISD made the changes in their graduation policies... It only took: One Fat A$$ Mom, who works for her mom, whose husband is one of the wealthiest men in wise county, whose grandaghter failed the Taks test MUTIPLE times, only because of her being LAZY and gets everything she wants. TRUE STORY! And I bet almost all of you know THESE people. By the way (PAT.NO.) Nice Comment....

Anonymous said...

The TAKS test is doable for all but the challenged.

There is no excuse for walking without passing the TAKS.

One of Mr Haney's friends didn't pass, thus the change.

Some things about DISD never change.

Anonymous said...

For all you TAKSsuckers (heh, see what I did there?), if it is so great, then why is it going away in 2013/14?

Yep, end of course tests are replacing the sacred TAKS tests, but guess what company is developing and scoring those tests? Ding, Ding! Correct! It is Pearson. Coincidentally, the same company responsible for the TAKS test (and TAAS before that and so on). Find out who is behind that company and how they are related to the power brokers in your state government and that should clear up how qualifications to get a diploma are established.

By the way, the girl you all love to berate for walking in the spring has passed the test and has diploma in hand now. Guess the TAKS test isn't so great if she can pass it is it? What you gonna bitch about now with education? Teachers, administrators, school board members, legislators, test company execs, well-to-do parents, property taxes, curriculum, etc?

Anonymous said...

Would have been a good time for the jews to nuke the airport.We don't have the guts.Obammy thinks a shoulder hug is all it takes.Bet he lives more than a year unless Mosad runs across him.DAGO

Anonymous said...

TAKS! TAKS!!!TAKS!!!! scream. poot. scream. poot. scream.
YYYIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE! TAKS!!!!

Anonymous said...

WK must be an expert on cheating.

Anonymous said...

8:35

You sorta prove the point that if someone can pass it in July, they can pass it the first five times...........if they are focused

All the board has done is to allow slackers to slack some more with no consequences.

Which brings us back to the point that the playing field isn't level in DISD. In DISD, if you are connected there is no accountability.

Anonymous said...

THESE KIDS AREN'T SLACKERS!!!! Lighten up. Can you not feel the humiliation they must feel over all this? Knock the chips off your shoulders. They're dragging you down.

Anonymous said...

Geez, 8:19, does that chip on your should ever get heavy????

And as for your comment, "You sorta prove the point that if someone can pass it in July, they can pass it the first five times...........if they are focused," you are in way over your head...really ignorant comment.