9.15.2009

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Patrick Swayze seemed like a good guy. And Dirty Dancing is both corny and great.
  • A Cowboy Stadium observation I forgot to make: All the urinals have flush handles -- meaning they aren't automatic. That's weird.
  • I was a liberal this morning: I helped a Hispanic guy with broken English jump start his truck at a convenience store. It'll probably be the best thing I do all day.
  • A child, with no previous health problems, died from the swine flu yesterday in Garland. Can you imagine if that would have happened last Spring? Every school in Dallas County would shut down and we would all go into panic mode.
  • I had the funniest new client yesterday. Most criminal defendants are stressed (and so was she) but she had just a perfect attitude on life.
  • This a complete news story on NBC 5 this morning: "Starting today, you will have to answer more questions when you buy a ticket on American Airlines. The Fort Worth based carrier is rolling out the government's Secured Flight Program which is designed to make flying safer. Passengers will now have to provide their full name as it appears on a government ID, their birth date, date of birth and gender." Really. That was the story. So what's new?
  • The Yale student murder is a sad story, but it filled up the first eight minutes of The Today Show yesterday. Not sure I understand that.
  • To the guy who keeps accusing me of "not being fair" on what comments go through: The problem is you keep making disparaging statements of fact coupled with being anonymous. I'm not going to post that.
  • I let 90% of the comments through.
  • Anyone else getting tired of the sign off of, "just sayin!'"
  • NFL Note: Has any team suffered more heartbreak than the Buffalo Bills? How in the world did they lose that game last night?
  • "Tractor Crushes Toddler On Texas Farm." Man, I just cringe when I see headlines like that.
  • You would think "cringe" would be spelled "cring."
  • The yellow first down line on football telecasts has been the greatest sports invention in the history of ever.
  • It was silly for Decatur to cancel the football game on Saturday. There wasn't any lightening just a swamp of a field. It would have been a great memory for the kids.

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does helping someone make you a liberal? That seems a little narrow minded, while I do not always agree with you I have never thought that about you, until now.

Anonymous said...

The yellow first down marker is greatness, rarely wrong. But did you notice last night the ref's gave a first down for New England even though the ball was a yard short of the yellow? Conspiracy by the league to have NE win, you betcha.

I always wondered why they could not have a laser marker on both sides of the field and just beam accross the field to measure for a first down. Cut down on fat guys running, fewer heart attacks, lower health care cost. Although it might put an eye out.

Other viewing improvements includes putting the little tics for timeouts on the header with the score, time remaining etc.

Football guru

Anonymous said...

BG
The Decatur pee wee teams played ALL DAY 3 miles up the road form where Decatur would have played.

Anonymous said...

8:44 Decatur pee wee teams rock!

Anonymous said...

I'm on noard w/ 8:38. Perhaps i read more into the line than was intended, but it sure seemed as if you were implying that only liberals perform random acts of kindness.

And Dirty Dancing was O.K., but wasn't Ghost a better Swayze movie?

Anonymous said...

Come on Barry let just one of those comments go through. Give the guy his 15 minutes of fame.
Plus you could point out the "bad" stuff & use it as an example.
Oh yes, greaat picture today. Three flesh...er fresh looking young girls.


P.S. I hope they are legal.

Anonymous said...

Argyle has field turf as well. Might have damaged the fragile playing surface had they played the game.

Anonymous said...

Yes, aiding an illegal alien is so liberal. You can have the yellow line which runs up your back and I'll take instant replay.

RPM said...

I'll give them my birth date, but the date of birth is none of their beeswax.

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you how Buffalo lost that game - the dumb return guy trying to get one more yard, when he should have just went to the ground. Instead, he loses the ball - they lose the game
That game would have been a perfect win-win for me (and probably others) if NE had lost and TO had a season-ending injury. (Notice how many times they cut to him on the sidelines? Glad we don't have to suffer that any more)
I like the old-school Bills uniforms - classic, neat look.

I figured you would say that those itty bitty bikinis the female beach volleyball players wear would be the greatest sports invention ever. Huh...

I don't think you have to defend yourself against accusations of unfairness. It's your blog. If somebody doesn't like the way you run it, they can start their own, or stop reading this one. It's not a democracy

I'm just sayin'
And that's pretty much my personal sign-off statement (among others). Thanks, everybody else, for trying to ruin it!

Marissa said...

Totally agree about Dirty Dancing! Whenever it's on tv, I have to watch. Loved, loved, loved Patrick!!!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Decatur schools and football brings to mind a totally unrelated issue which I want to voice: Rann Elementary has only ONE water fountain in the entire building that the kids can drink out of without sucking the water out of the spout! The pressue is so low, and has been for MONTHS, and nothing is being done. A teacher at the school told me that all the kids try to drink out of the one working fountain, in which the water is WARM! This is atrocious, and ludicrous, considering we are a) trying to control flu and other infections and kids are having to suck on the spout and b) we're even being asked to CONSIDER improvement for the High School jocks! Our elementary kids are not even being provided a safe drink of WATER. Is anyone else outraged by this?

Denney Crane said...

A liberal would have called a government agency to help the person.

However, a liberal would make note of his race if other than caucasion...

Anonymous said...

Urinals with flush handles, won't that spread germs? Don't forget to floss...I mean flush! H1N1 will spread like wildfire.

Anonymous said...

hickory dickory dock....just sayin

Anonymous said...

Arlington ISD is not going to bus students to the new Cowboys stadium to hear George W talk. That is just wrong. Would have been a good opportunity for most of them to witness an amazing site...the new stadium.

Anonymous said...

On another sports note...I can't stand Jennifer Engel of FWST, she's a little troll!

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that MANY of the players had signed up to take the SAT on Saturday. They had already paid their money and registered, never anticipating that the game on Friday night would be canceled. The coaches were respectful of the fact that it is expensive to take that test and that it is important for Seniors to take it now in case they need to re-take it at a later date to try to improve their score and get into the college of their choice.

I actually think it had very little to do with the rain and more with common sense by Coach Story.

jim said...

Damn the pics r much better this week

Anonymous said...

If we only had that Turf then we could have played the game.
Do you think that Story is going to use this come election time????

Please remember to Vote NO come election time. and next school board election remember the ones that voted for this BS.
Class of 77 when we were still Blue&White

M-M said...

Indeed, a conservative such as myself would never stoop to help someone like that.

I liked Ghost better than Dirty Dancing.

Jerry spent $1.2 billion and couldn't afford to get automatic urinals. Crazy.

I was at the game for Decatur Friday night, and I think they scheduled the game for Saturday in haste, because they soon discovered that quite a few players were taking the SAT test on Saturday and the Eagles are low in numbers anyway.

Anonymous said...

A true liberal would have told him how to cheat on his taxes and recieved federal funding while doing so.

Not so Wise in the County said...

Ghost, Dirty Dancing.. gesh!

How about some Road House (throat pull) or some good ole Red Dawn... Woolverines....................


just sayin

Anonymous said...

The Decatur 5th grade team played in Argyle during pouring down rain. We had more players, cheerleaders, and fans in the stand than the home team did. Strange that the little kids could play, but not the HS.

Tom said...

What's new is you have to book your airline ticket using the same name that's on your ID or Passport.
So I have to be Thomas, not Tom, on my ticket and my ID.
The rest is the same old NBC 5 teaser grabber promo that makes my eyes roll.
I love you, Jane.

Anonymous said...

Were they (Decatur) going to play on artificial TURF?? Did they cancel the game because they didn't want to tear up the costly artificial turf? hmmmmmm?

Anonymous said...

9:11, you really should put your concerns in a letter to the editor in the Messenger. Most people have NO IDEA of those other problems our schools face....because athletics will always take front seat. Let the people of Decatur KNOW so they can make an informed decision when it comes time to vote for those ridiculous stadium improvements. That stadium is about, what, 10 years old and we NEED to make improvements? We spent over 1 million last time. Are we going to need improvements every time we get a new "set" of parents?

Also, Class of 77, when we were still blue and white.

Anonymous said...

I'm DHS class of 1972, blue and white. No need to add the black OR to "improve" the athletic facilities, in my opinion. DISD and Coach Story are out of control, and the public needs to fight back. There are so many REAL improvements that need to be made in all the DISD schools, air conditioning, water, ceiling tiles, the list goes on and on, and some idiots can't see beyond the revered athletic program and the coaches. That say a lot about where the district's real concerns are directed. I blame the school principals and other administrators, as they are responsible for FIGHTING to see that the needs of their schools are met and to keep fighting until they get action. The Board needs to be informed of these areas of deficiency. If they are aware and just not taking action, they need to be voted OUT.

Anonymous said...

Help me man !

Anonymous said...

I was a Conservative this morning....I actually employed a couple of probably illegal (I didn't ask) aliens to help with a retaining wall and fence project. I will pay them a fair wage at the end of the day so they can save it to pay for heath ins. for their families.
They promised me they would not spend it on rims, or any shiny trinkets for their vehicles. They double promised me they wouldn't dare buy any Meeler Light or Dallas Cowboys apparel. Finally, they triple promised me they wouldn't wire any of the money back to Mexico so as it would be spent only in the States.

Anonymous said...

Did Jerry really spend $1.2 billion or was some/most of that money from Arlington tax payers? Just so you know, I voted against the stadium.

Anonymous said...

A lib would have suggested the man get his cash for clunkers voucher from the state, so he could benifit from the man. "Why pay for a new car, let the government give you one?"

Anonymous said...

Wow people, I don't want the turf here either; but those of you who will drag that issue into any conversation involving football are going off the deep end. And that's what is wrong with American political "discourse" today. Every anecdotal fact becomes a screaming point, irrationally drawn into whatever your sacred cause of the moment may be.

The cancellation of the game against Argyle Liberty Christian had NOTHING to do with the turf issue, and never will.

Next point, to those of you who are all agog over peewee football games, ... peewee football is nuts. And peewee football is killing high school football. Some 16-year olds have now been playing this game for TEN YEARS. Guess what. They're TIRED OF IT. And I don't blame them.

10:42, The use of black and gray mixed in with the blue and white doesn't bother me. After all, Decatur would still be purple and gold but for a shipping mistake in the 1930s. But I agree with the rest of what you said. The whole DISD "administration" has sold out to the coaching staff ... but then a lot of our principals are ex-coaches. I lay the problem at the feet of the Superintendent, who doesn't really seem to give much more than lip service to real education issues. Who I do NOT blame is Coach Story. Can't blame a guy for trying, on the turf issue. And Saturday he goes and CANCELS a FOOTBALL GAME (?!?!?!?!) to let his Seniors take the SAT!?! Sounds pretty classy to me. I just wish the Administration would listen more to the teachers ... who are also trying. Instead, the administrators act like teachers are an annoying irritant. I get the idea sometimes that the DISD administrators think the students and teachers are there to support THEM, instead of vice versa.

9:00, you're a riot. You accuse Barry of having a yellow stripe down his back ... and promptly sign off as "anonymous".

Speaking of which ....

Anonymous said...

BRAVO to the comments of the Class of '77 and others. Class of '78 (and I say this even though our class has been embarrassed by one of our own, which I will not name that board member) here and PROUD to be BLUE & WHITE. Don't know who has let the black get so out of hand, but it needs to be stopped. Have they changed the school song yet? What happened to loyalty to the BLUE & WHITE.

Anonymous said...

Barry, gracias por ayudar al MEXICANOS. Y si, los mexicanos tambien peirden el pelo.

El Mero Chingon

Anonymous said...

8 minutes on the Yale student murder. Hey, it's NBC.

TMG

Fast Eddie said...

Liberals have the corner on helping people? I've done that same thing numerous times. If you want to be specific, the progressive way would be to confiscate someone else's money (taxes) to send a mechanic to jump start the car. Barry, you are a liberal, not a progressive. Those that you are arguing for are progressives. A liberal is an old style libertarian.

Anonymous said...

10:42 The board is informed of all these deficiencies and if you will take the time to look at the bond information when it comes out, you will see that they are all being addressed, not just the stadium. Please folks, get all your facts straight before you start posting a bunch of misinformation on here. All you're doing is showing your lack of knowledge.

Anonymous said...

You were not a liberal this morning, you were a great conservative. A liberal would have taken someone elses car who "didn't need it as bad", and given it to the Hispanic guy in need.

Anonymous said...

That child didn't die from swine flu, she died from run of the mill bacterial pneumonia which I know just doen't sound as sensational and scary as SWINE FLU oh my God, we're all going to diiiiiiiie! Arrrrrrrrgh. Help us Mr Black Man. Help us Uncle Sam, we're all dying here. Save us!

But, a natural fact is she did - not - die - from swine flu.

Anonymous said...

The tractor thing tears me up. I know a couple that lost a son that way.

When raising my sons, I had actual nightmares about the scenario.

Anonymous said...

11:45, if the Board is informed about the other pressing issues and STILL called a bond election then I am sorely disappointed in them. All they had to do was say our money will be spent FIRST on repair of school buildings and classroom needs. Stadium "repairs/updates" will not be considered until all other needs have been met. Our stadium is in perfectly working order for games.
So, are you SURE they are completely informed?
AND, you will notice these comments suggest that Decatur citizens (not just the board) be informed so they can make a truly logical voting decision.

Anonymous said...

If our kids are having to put their mouths on the water fountain and suck the water out, then the issue is more serious than one involving athletic facilities. It doesn't take a bond to maintain facilities. They should have fixed those water fountains IMMEDIATELY to prevent the spread of infection and to provide COOL water for our children. Obviously, someone just doesn't care enough, whether it's the principal, the super, or the Board.

Anonymous said...

11:45

Seriously...we need to pass a bond to get a stinking working water fountain for the germ infested kiddos....GET REAL....cost of water fountain vs. cost of kids life...but lets get to the most important issue...the TURF

Anonymous said...

All you guys that are still complaining about Decatur adding gray or black, need to just move on. We've had black as a contrast color for years, at least 10 or 11.

How sad to live in your past like that. Go forward. Just because it's not done the way it was when you were in HS, doesn't make it wrong.
Times change.
Deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Vote NO to anything that will increase your taxes. They just got one passed a year or two ago and will keep coming back until people say NO!

They get the elderly to vote for these tax increases and then exempt them from it. The whole thing is a sham. Taxation without representation.

Anonymous said...

I would lick their toes

Anonymous said...

Has anyone who posts on here about "school issues" ever even been to a board meeting? You know...there is an open forum time that you can present to the board if you arrive early enough and get your name on the agenda. Why don't people actually show up and discuss these issues instead of posting half truths and lambasting people for things they don't even know to be true???

Anonymous said...

Liberal?

Did you have the dude mow your lawn and then bill your neighbor for it or what?

Anonymous said...

2:00 I DO know this to be true. It was told to me by a teacher in the school who works there each and every day and says the kids haven't had a working cool water fountain since sometime last year. I figure she knows a lot more about it than you do. You just don't want to accept that perhaps the wonderful people running DISD might have their priorities misplaced. Are you one of them?

Anonymous said...

11:25, My name is Tom, what's yours?

Anonymous said...

9:11 - thank you for that post. My son goes to Rann and I will make sure he brings a water bottle to school. That is sad. Even prisoners are entitled to a safe drink of water.

Anonymous said...

Talk about drinking fountains not working, let's talk about the air conditioning not working at Carson..One minute it is freezing cold and the next time it is HOT. DISD does not need more facilities to keep up with, as they are now unable to maintain the ones they have. Yes, go and speak at the board meeting.

Anonymous said...

you're a 'liberal' all right barron. you think your way is the only way and everyone else is stupid. anyone with a differing opinion is uneducated, a racist or red neck. you're the only person that cares even a little bit about their 'neighbor'. you believe that everyone else should share their 'wealth' , even though you, yourself share very little. you think the world is against you. you think your jokes are the funniest.
in fact barry, u little prick, your statement really teed me off.

Anonymous said...

Is the bond for new facilities or just to fix what is not working?
DA!
Something is not working.
No, we should not consider funding the repair of what needs to be fixed.
It is more fun to complain.

Anonymous said...

Bond or no bond, it ALL costs money and the money WILL come from taxpayers, period. Money should be spent FIRST on fixing school buildings and meeting classroom needs. If that doesn't take all the money, THEN talk about a bond election to SEE if people want to blow money away AGAIN on a stadium that is PERFECTLY FINE!

Anonymous said...

i helped an old white lady who had a hair lip cross the street today. i didn't know if i should, because she was white and spoke with a lisp and i am neither white nor hair lipped, but i thought helping her would make me such a good person that i ignored all her deficiencies and did it. i'm a regular mother teresa just like bg.

Anonymous said...

11:25 way up at the top. That's the most common sensical post I think I have ever heard on here. BTW I, too, am NOT for turf, but again, I agree with you whole-heartedly.

Anonymous said...

2:00, the reason teachers don't speak up is because they will find themselves on an administrative "hit list." You see, teachers in DISD are set up to start the day behind. It's basically a sweatshop factory and if you speak up, it's easy for administrators to whip you into line (ruin your reputation, lack of administrative support, and/or a growth plan) or you just have to go somewhere else. That's why DISD keeps losing great teachers to other districts...especially at the secondary level.

Anonymous said...

8:01, adding the turf to this bond is insulting to the taxpayers. Don't piss down my neck and tell me it's raining.

Anonymous said...

Now it's my turn. The scoreboards at the MPB do not work, yet middle school teams are already playing down there. Is that something the school could look into getting fixed? It shouldn't cost too much?

Anonymous said...

They said ( Mr. Bakker ) they had all this extra money to put the turf in? why not use it to fix some of this other broken stuff?

Anonymous said...

7:02, 8:28 here, you and I seem to be thinking quite alike. Wonder why more folks don't think such common sense thoughts? Sad, isnt' it?