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10.30.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • When anyone is forced to submit to "diversity training", I don't have much hope that it will take.
  • Chris Berman Applebee's commercial = Beating.
  • My ranking of scariest movies: (1) The Exorcist, (2) Halloween, (3) The Blair Witch Project, (4) Rosemary's Baby.
  • I don't get too excited about the NFL, but I'm interested in watching Brett Farvvvrrraaaa return to Green Bay on Sunday. I love tension.
  • "Prominent" Houston plaintiff's attorney John O'Quinn died yesterday in a traffic accident. He made most of his money off of breast implant litigation (which one of my close lawyer friends involved in that litigation called "more like extortion than practicing law.")
  • O'Quinn was also involved in the bizarre "what to do with Anna Nicole Smith's body" case before the goofy judge in Florida. I was so horrified by his performance at the time that I wrote about it here.
  • And O'Quinn was one of five hand picked lawyers to split the $3.3 billion fee in Texas' litigation against tobacco companies. That whole thing was so seedy that former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales went to federal prison for his wrongdoing.
  • But I have no idea if he was a good guy or not.
  • Allen High School has 638 members in its high school band, and it takes 18 buses and three trucks to transport them?
  • This is hard to explain, but I stumbled upon a metroplex high school game on TV last night (Channel 21 or 27?). It was halftime, they were promoting - on the sideline - some radio station at 93-point-something, and then they cut to a shocking dance competition of hot girls of a local club. Did I mention this was a high school game telecast?
  • I wouldn't mind going to some church's "Hell House" because I'd like to see how Wheels Off it has become.
  • I think Cowboys WR Roy Williams is a complete bust. And his attitude drives me insane.
  • A 20 something Fort Worth teacher received probation from a jury for sex with an 18 year old student (an act that is only illegal because of the teacher-parent student relationship.) But the judge, who I've always thought was extremely uptight, gave the guy 180 days in jail as a condition of the probation.
  • A baseball player gets killed when struck by a ball and his parents sue. Well, they just won almost a million dollars from the obvious culprit: The aluminum bat manufacturer.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

(an act that is only illegal because of the teacher-parent relationship.)

I believe you mean, "teacher-student" relationship.

Anonymous said...

Scary Movies: Remember The Other with Uta Hagen, circa 1970s? Seriously creepy. Big twist at end. Don't confuse with the Nicole Kidman movie of the recent decade, The Others. Also, cannot watch Shining all the way through. Makes me turn on all the lights in the house.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Here's a juicy "rumor" for the blog. Decatur football player is caught with weapon in vehicle ... and administration whitewashes the incident to keep from having to send him to alternative school (like any non-jock).

Hey, it's like deja vu all over again!?!?!

Jack in Jacksboro said...

Shouldn't someone be suing the ball manufacturer? Why not the coach who taught the boy to throw the ball hard enough to have a fast reaction after being hit? Why not the coach who taught the hitter how to hit it that hard? I also think we should be suing golf club makers because they are creating weapons to hit projectiles that could be dangerous. Maybe we should sue the parents who allowed their child to be put in harms way.

I do feel sorry for the child and the family that they were involved in a horrible accident but many of us have played sports and allow our children to play knowing the inherent risks involved.

Surely it will be appealed and the bat company will not be held liable.

Anonymous said...

Radio station is the old 93.3 the bone,they had format switch to top 40. They now compete with 106.1, which explains the the commercial.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget John Carpenter's The Thing, the first Evil Dead flick, and the 70's era made-for-TV version of Salem's Lot (starring David Soul). All great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Chris Berman - regardless of circumstance or setting = beating

The aluminum bat lawsuit is ridiculous. Those parents should be ashamed for profiting from their son's death. And that's exactly what this involves. Don't anybody try to justify it. It's tragic that they have lost a child, but the decision in this case does nothing to rectify the situation that led to their son's death. Aluminum bats and wooden bats are equally dangerous

Do I detect a hint of "It's okay for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student, so long as the student is legally an adult"? Because it's not
There's a good reason for the teacher-student sex law. And this guy appears to be a serial student "dater". Normally, I'd say he shouldn't have to register as a sex offender if the partner is an adult. But this guy...not so much

gern blansten said...

Man, Blair Witch Project really got to me. That movie was unreal scary!

Love,
Gern

Anonymous said...

Night of the Living Dead (black & white version) House on Haunted Hill and Motel Hell. Scary!

Anonymous said...

Is there a Hell House this year ? I haven't heard of one.And if so where is it?

Anonymous said...

The world is a much better place without O'Quinn. I am glad he's dead.

chupacabra said...

The judgey wudgey in the ANS case was an imbicile- I remember the newscast of that embarrasing episode well- absolutely ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the movie "It" about clowns? Clowns at the circus are just scary. A movie about scary clowns will terrify! Stephen King, right?

Anonymous said...

This is off topic. I read an opinion piece by a Democratic rep by the name of Dingell. He states that if left unchecked (by the gov, no doubt) health care costs will escalate to become 100% of GDP within 4 years and enacting this absurd bill will cut the deficit by several trillion dollars.

Either he's the stupidest human walking the planet or he thinks we are. You guys believe in this party's ability to do the right thing?? Why?

Anonymous said...

Good thing that lawyer parasite did all that suing to protect us from silicone and nicotine. I guess he needs to go after auto manufacturers next, huh?

Wonder how much ice you can buy in hell with a few mil?

Anonymous said...

I forgot about Salem's Lot. That's a good one...love the vampire genre
Blair Witch Project was lame. Nothing ever happened. The TV special I saw before the movie, explaining the legend behind the Blair Witch was much more scary. But that was because I didn't know they were making the whole thing up

Psycho - the original
After seeing that one I hid in the hallway because I was afraid to take a bath (it was a shower scene, but...same setting). My mom made me fill the bathtub, but I was too scared to get in, so I just sat on the edge of the tub and splashed the water around very loudly.
Saddest part is - I was 32 at the time. ~rimshot~

But no, that actually happened when I was about 8 or 10

Happy Halloween, Charlie Brown!
You blockhead

Anonymous said...

The Shining is just classic and still haunts me when I see programs about the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park upon which it was based, as it's reputed to be truly haunted. Stephen King's "It" is also haunting and made me hate clowns forever! GREAT STUFF! Love Halloween!

Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters are both having marathons today and tomorrow....I'm there.

Anonymous said...

Why am I NOT surprised by the jock from Decatur with a weapon in his vehicle? Because that happens WAY too often in the good ol boy town of Decatur!! If your parents are "somebody" or you are a good athlete you can get away with just about anything at DISD! It is just sickening!

Anonymous said...

What a "ding-bat". I'm just saying.

Anonymous said...

Have not thought about Dan Morales in a while. Married a former Abilene stripper. Was an up & coming latino politico with a lot of buzz until the tobacco suit conviction. All promise & no gravitas. The attempted siphoning of tobacco legal fees via an old drinking buddy lawyer was world class stupid. And he was a lousy Attorney General. Honestly, Fellow Texicans, we need to pay better attention at election time. We have elected some real wieners (no, it's not a typo).

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

you are fools to fear any movie..you should be very afraid of what our corrupt government has already done to our freedom loving country.

Anonymous said...

Hey dude, Halloween and scary movies are fun. Lighten up a bit, huh?

Anonymous said...

Decatur school bond tidbit--The Freshman & JV football games were played at the field by the old high school last night, rather than at the stadium. We all thought it was to help the campaign for turf. In reality, it was to turn out the vote. Early voting was at the public library last night and they were giving people rides in golf carts from the stands to the library to vote. Unbelievable the lengths these people will go to!!

Anonymous said...

Talk about Scary...The White House has this Spook loose and it that roams the halls making noises and stuff.

If you watch the nightly news,you can sometimes catch glimpses of it.

It scares the Hell outta me.

Anonymous said...

You need to find out the FACTS of the story on the Decatur athlete before you go making your tacky little comments!! There is more to the story than you obiviously know. It was a 3 inch pocket knife that was in his parents vehicle that he was driving that day.

Noevadeaux said...

Hey Anon 9:33AM - thanks for reminding me I have a couple of real photos a friend took for me of the Timberline Lodge (the exterior shots of the hotel used in The Shining) that I need to dig out.

And, My Other Brother Darryl, yes to "The Other". That is one of my all time favorites - it even has John Ritter in it. I still watch it when it comes on TV, although I have it on videotape somewhere around here. And the book too.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the bat: John Grisham's 2008 The Appeal actually laid out the case against an (presumably) fictitious aluminum bat manufacturer. If i recall correctly, it has something to do with the company having tons of study data indicating just how much faster a ball traveling off of an aluminum bat travels compared to a ball hit with the same force traveling off of a wooden bat. But that was a work of fiction. No corporation would ever put profit over the lives of teenage kids. Oh wait, THAT'S the fiction.

CEP

Anonymous said...

It is not called Hell House, but there is a House of Judgement in Denton, I believe at FBC. Scary movies are just that, scary movies. If they get too scary we can turn them off, as opposed to lots of other things.

Anonymous said...

Is it really necessary to protect an athlete when your football team has only won 1 game? I'm thinking that's not the case.

The game was moved so the football field wouldn't get torn up from being wet and having 2 games played on it. I don't really care about that but would like to see turf so the soccer team would have a better facility and field to play on.

The only thing worse than listening to people accusing others of small town politics is listening to the whiners who want to be somebody so bad they talk bad about others. Brilliant.

Anonymous said...

10:38. Yeah, he used the Timberline for the setting of The Shining and the Stanley was his inspiration after a stay there in which he had some personal encounters with spirits and heard the stories of many others. His stay at the Stanley gave him the idea for the scene of the kids in the hall and the haunted bar, as those are among the ghost stories some visitors to the Stanley have told, regarding sounds of kids playing on the fourth floor all night and rolling balls, laughing, etc., when no kids were even registered in the hotel. Pretty cool Halloween talk----love this stuff.

Anonymous said...

5.25, 6, 6.25

Anonymous said...

10:23. Interesting. I hope the people they "bussed" to vote voted against the bond. Would serve them right in their devious conniving to spend our money for frivolous athletic pursuits rather than academics/students/teachers.

Anonymous said...

How did Decatur arrange the rain yesterday?
They must be well connected!

The district has been moving gaming from Eagle Stadium whenever the field gets too wet to protect the turf. Saving it for Varsity.

So who arranged for the rain on Thursday?

We need to get that person to work on smaller issues like fixing the economy!

Anonymous said...

Vote Yes For Bridgeport ISD!

wordkyle said...

Jaws. That kept a lot of people out of the water for a while.

Anonymous said...

This looks like the Boys year to win it all.

Jerry Jones is working his magic!

Anonymous said...

True; Jaws was awesome. I still won't go in the ocean! The Birds was a cool older flick, too, that I still think of often when I see large flocks of birds.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a general bias on this blog against plaintiff's attorneys, and I suspect most readers have forgotten (or are too young to remember) how Ford Motor Company knew that the design of its gas tank on the Ford Pinto was dangerous, that it had a tendency to explode when the car was hit from behind, and that drivers and passengers of the Pinto could be expected to be killed or burned as a result of such accidents. Rather than redesign the Pinto to make it safer, Ford simply insured itself to cover what it expected to pay out in personal injury lawsuits.

Only after aggressive plaintiff's lawyers uncovered the internal memos revealing Ford's insure-rather-than-redesign strategy, and only after juries started awarded plaintiffs and their families significant damages and imposing punitive damages against Ford did the company discontinue (rather than redesign) the Pinto.

In short, many of the safety features in today's products are the result of intensive product liability litigation, and not the conscientious business decisions being made by companies (this is more directed toward the hateful comments about O'Quinn than about the baseball lawsuit, which is stupid).

I'm sure some of the women who were seriously injured by leaking breast implants wish they had had better information about them before they bought them, and it appears that implants are safer now than they were many years ago. That's not because Dow decided on its own to make a better product.

Anonymous said...

11:37, at what point a woman puts something in her body that didn't originally belong there and didn't stop to think something bad might possibly happen, how can someone else be responsible? Every surgery I've had has included a brief discussion of what could go wrong. Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

Don't know the story behind the Decatur athlete but just sayin' I am not surprised. I have known it to happen before and I'm sure it will happen again. I happen to know of a kid that the EXACT thing with the knife happened to him and HE ended up in AEP for several weeks.

Anonymous said...

11:42, I put something in my girlfriends body that didn't originally belong there, and I'm responsible for him(he's 18 y.o.a.)
everyday. I was poking fun at her & she got really serious. He came into this world owing 9 mos. carrying charges & I'm the one that put him in the hole!

Anonymous said...

lord help deecatur if they lose any star athlete's..

Anonymous said...

It is understandable for conservatives to be Halloween scared of the current administration. Right-Wing Radio and Faux News keep them scared out of their wits. Scare tactics keep them obedient.

Anonymous said...

Tv miniseries by Steven King, Storm of the Century, gave me poo poo pants.

Football Guru

RPM said...

It doesn't hold up well, but "I saw what you did and I know who you are" was scary.

Anonymous said...

Do any of you believe those women wouldn't have gotten breast implants even if they were given stronger warnings? Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

uh.. don't ask me how i know this, but that girl in the middle is Lia19. google it.

Anonymous said...

You made the extortion comment as if it were unique to fake boobs....... most lawyers are extortionists and more lawsuits have the extortion element. I wish you guys could see yourselves for what you are.

Anonymous said...

There is definitely a double standard at Decatur High School. If you can throw a football you are treated differently than everyone else. Supposedly, this young man was treated differently because it was a first offense--I guess if you don't count all those other offenses--one of which landed him in AEP a year ago! Zero tolerance should mean just that--NO tolerance for weapons of any kind in our schools. It is the school's duty to keep its students safe. If we allow anything that can be used as a weapon to be possessed in our schools then we are jeopardizing the safety of our children. Frankly, I as a parent and taxpayer are offended by the fact taht we are willing to put other students at risk because of who you are!

Anonymous said...

2:03

"Frankly, I as a parent and taxpayer are offended by the fact taht we are willing to put other students at risk because of who you are!"

You are going to get in trouble by the spelling and grammer police. They are perfect and will now tell you how dumb you are.

Please proceed know-it-alls.

Giggle snort.

Anonymous said...

2:03, zero tolerance policies are for lazy people who would rather get off easy than actually think and make an upright decision. Nobody wants to actually take the time or be held accountable for decisions--they'd rather treat everyone the same. Guess what? Everyone's not the same. Columbine > Accidentally-left-my-hunting-rifle-in-the-truck-before-school (for example). Doesn't take a genius to distinguish between the two.

Anonymous said...

10:25...That was just wrong...funny as hell, but wrong.

Anonymous said...

2:03 Almost anything can be used as a weapon, pencils, pens, scissors and on and on. Gonna keep all the kids in AP (or whatever it's called).

Anonymous said...

I would love to be frisked by the one in the police costume. Violate my rights please>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

If you cannot distinguish between a pocketknife in a car and a weapon in school then God save us from ourselves.

PS - Sounds like DISD is catching up with BISD on election rigging.

PSS - VOTE NO TO $7MM FOR MACS

wordkyle said...

1247 - That "Faux News" thing is stale - although no one ever accused your run-of-the-mill Liberal of being overly imaginative. Faux means fake, or imitation. Can you demonstrate where Fox News has created a fake story, presented as news? Specifics, with citations, if you can. Mindless repetition of other people's lies don't carry a lot of weight.

Of course, other news media frequently falsify stories to promote their agenda. Dan Rather's falsified report on Bush's National Guard service weeks before an election (here), and NBC's falsified report on GM trucks exploding (here), are the first that come to mind. There are plenty of others, of course. They promote their agenda by the stories they choose to emphasize (NY Times and Abu Ghraib) and the ones they choose to ignore (Van Jones, ACORN scandals.) That none of them publicly oppose Obama's "enemies list" tactics against Fox News illustrates their position. The media crucified Nixon for a far tamer version of the same offense.

Anonymous said...

11:37, thanks for that explanation. 11:42 - No, Dow didn't include the dangers even in propaganda to Physicians who themselves weren't aware of the danger. And Barry, O'Quinn was a really good decent man, who gave millions to those who needed it.

One of my Judge friends called me to talk of the loss of a good man.
She had known him for more than 20 years and spoke of his kindness to others.