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11.17.2010

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Got a report that the part of 380 where the Alvord girl wreck occurred was shut down yesterday -- probably for an accident reconstruction investigation.
  • Attended a 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Play last night. Kind of cute. And it comes in under 30 minutes.
  • Since the Family Unit watches Glee, I end up halfway watching Glee. Apparently every episode has a dance number which "mashes up" two songs: Last night it was Rhianna's "Umbrella" and Gene Kelly's "Singing In The Rain." That wasn't bad.
  • I then pulled up the Youtube clip of the famous dance scene from the movie "Singing In The Rain" and proclaimed to the kids that it was Fred Astaire. I saw my error this morning. Fail.
  • I've been injury free for two years despite my jogging. Now I've got this weird pain in my hip. Hope I don't need a bionic replacement.
  • I'm submitting a client to a polygraph exam this morning. I rarely do that, but if he passes the case will be killed. If he fails (which I doubt), the results can't be used against him.
  • As I write this, northbound I-35 by the old Reunion Arena is completely shut down due to --- you guessed it --- a wrong way driver.
  • If I see microwave directions to set the timer to say, oh, 1:30, I'll always choose an odd lesser number like 1:13.
  • Had forgotten this bible verse from Jesus: "I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." I don't think that verse is honored very often. 
  • Some people think Sarah Palin's daughter is surviving on Dancing With The [Kind of] Stars because of the Tea Party vote. I believe that.
  • Sat down to watch a DVR's Baylor girls v. #1 UConn girls last night and, as it comes down to the wire, I noticed that I failed to add extra time to the recording. So as the game goes under one minute with the teams neck and neck, the record ends. 



63 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope the lady on the left is not a roll model. Great pic on the right

Anonymous said...

NICCCCCCCE!

wordkyle said...

It's amazing how much venom there is about Bristol Palin making the cut on DWTS in the comments for the Yahoo story. As much as Tea Partiers may or may not have supported her, the anti-Palin crowd (eerily similar to the anti-Bush crowd) responded with a vengeance, cursing everything in sight. Never mind that the entire vote was how the game show is played. They simply didn't like the result. (And to get that torqued about a game show? Puh-leeze.)

Anonymous said...

I would roll with that model on the left.

And oh the conspiracy that is abound on DWTS....why is there always some conspiracy?

Anonymous said...

What is going on with the 3rd grade in disd? My daughter goes to one of the elementary schools in decatur. The math and science is out of control. One week they are learning multiplecation, then the next it is word problem form. How about some time to grasp the concept of multiplying before you start putting it in wod form? Secondly, the science test was over fulcrums. How many people know what fulcrums are and how they are used? There is a reason why decatur has a private school and there is a reason why homeschooling is on the rise in this town. The taxpayers of disd Are not getting their monies worth. I think it is time that the cirriculum is put under scrutiny. This makes no sense!

Danny Boy said...

BG, Are we sure that Mrs. LL isn't to blame for the sore hip?

Also, do Tea Party supporters really watch that DWTS crap, don't think so. And who would really have a conspiracy for the daughter of a wanna-be politician turned "star"?

For anyone who wants to complain about education, please sound educated yourself.

Anonymous said...

Dem's, suck it up! You are on your way out! And don't toast Palin's kid -- At least she doesn't whine, cry, carry on, blame the judges, etc. etc. She is just as common a person as you or I. She isn't a professional, but is still great! She's got my vote, and I'm not a Tea Party member, either. Sheesh

wordkyle said...

919 - I have no connection with your child's schools, so I don't have a dog in the fight -- but is your question about a fulcrum for real? Your complaints about the school may be justified, but I'm not sure learning about levers and fulcrums in science class indicates a bad school.

wordkyle said...

919 - I have no connection with your child's schools, so I don't have a dog in the fight -- but is your question about a fulcrum for real? Your complaints about the school may be justified, but I'm not sure learning about levers and fulcrums in science class indicates a bad school.

Answers? I don't know the questions. said...

I think you may be right on the Bible verse. Now, that's just an opinion and not a guarantee. lol

Richard said...

Barry, you need to do some more research before you make a blanket statement about the people not visiting the prisons and clothing the naked and visiting the sick. There are literally thousands of ministries doing that very thing each week.

I will say that we in todays society we do not take in the strangers like we should.

Matthew 25:43

Richard

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:19 - WTF! How far did you get in school? Are you upset cause you do not know how to multiply, or spell, or what a fulcrum is? A fulcrum is one of the most basic tools there is and toddlers figure out how to use them before they can talk.
Yes there is a reason Decatur has private and homeschools. The reason is, people want to protect thier precious little babies from the real world we call life, so they can grow up to be spoiled little self centered don't have a clue brats just like mommy and daddy! Decatur is full of them. Don't blame the schools. Look at the parents and grandparents first. There is alot being taught there. (or not - depends on how you look at it)

Anonymous said...

9:19 might want to get a little education yourself before you post any comments on education.

Anonymous said...

"The lady in red...."
Scha-WIIINNNGG!!!

Anonymous said...

9:19 your kid must be stupid.

df iq

Anonymous said...

9:19 is getting her arse busted!

Anonymous said...

Better dancers than Bristol are being eliminated, that'w why some folks are upset. The fan votes are how the game is played but it still goes against the fairness grain. It is like watching the 100 meter dash and the first place medal is awarded to who came in third because she is more popular.

Anonymous said...

9:19 This is from the third grade science TEKS from the Texas Education Agency website...

(6) Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that forces cause change and that energy exists in many forms. The student is expected to:
(A) explore different forms of energy, including mechanical, light, sound, and heat/thermal in everyday life;
(B) demonstrate and observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects to show work being done such as swings, balls, pulleys, and wagons; and
(C) observe forces such as magnetism and gravity acting on objects.

I think under the fulcrum falls under "(B)"

Link:
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ch112a.pdf

Anonymous said...

The pain in your hip is from undercooked microwave meals.

wordkyle said...

1040 - Several years ago the Cowboys lost a game because a loose ball bounced right into the hands of an opposing player. It's not fair that the ball is funny-shaped and takes weird bounces.

- It's not fair that Gretchen was voted out in the first season of Survivor.
- It's not fair that it always rains right after I wash my car.
- It's not fair that George Lucas doctored up Star Wars so that Greedo shoots first.

What makes you think that the purpose of DWTS is to find the best dancer? Why do you think the TV audience gets to vote?

Anonymous said...

Well I mean look at his color,shouldn't we have expected this?

I mean really.

Jack Daniels said...

BRAVO 9:59. Well said.

9:19 - I figure you are dumber than your precious little child.

A fulcrum is what would be needed to produce enough force to PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS!

Anonymous said...

To help you out 9:19, I have gone through and corrected all of your spelling. Here is the corrected version......


What is going on with the 3rd grade in DISD? My daughter goes to one of the elementary schools in decatur. The math and science is out of control. One week they are learning multiplication, then the next it is word problem form. How about some time to grasp the concept of multiplying before you start putting it in word form? Secondly, the science test was over fulcrums. How many people know what fulcrums are and how they are used? There is a reason why Decatur has a private school and there is a reason why homeschooling is on the rise in this town. The taxpayers of DISD are not getting their money's worth. I think it is time that the curriculum is put under scrutiny. This makes no sense!

Anonymous said...

DAMN! Come on 9:19, post another pearl of wisdom. This is great entertainment!

Anonymous said...

TITilating toesome

Doc Feelgood said...

Rangel is sleaze personified. As long as we keep re-electing people like him, we deserve what we are getting from our gov't. D or R, matters not, the trash needs to be taken out.

Anonymous said...

11:24 - look on the positive side.....a beginning has been made with getting rid of Rangel.

You are SO right about our deserving what we get from government, since WE KEEP re-electing the sleaze.

Anonymous said...

If the idiots responding to the problems with the DISD elementary would do research first they would probably find (…again they are idiots) that the real problem is a lack of communication and cooperation from the school administration and teachers. We all want what is best for our children and one elementary school in particular is not providing it.

Newark, Class of 94, 95, 96 and 99! said...

You folks are all a bunch of idiots!!!!

They are most likely talking about fulcrums in class right now simply because the holidays are around the corner. Everyone knows that you tend to produce more crumbs on your plate when you continue eating after you are full. Over time they shortened the word from "full crumb" to "fulcrum"!

Definition--Fulcrum: Large amount of crumbs or remnants of food left over after a sizeable meal; typical outcome of overeating, or eating past the full feeling.

After gorging himself on Thanksgiving dinner, little Timmy's relatives were awestruck by the amount of fulcrums on his plate!

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, I made no mention of the purpose of the show, in fact I said the "fan votes" is how the game is played. I simply pointed out why folks with a normal fairness radar are upset.
Bad analogy, the bounce of the ball is how the game is played. Nothing unfair there.
I've never watched Survivor so you've got me on that one.
I live in Wise County so I welcome the rain to wash the crusher dust off my car.
Don't know who Greedo is so that is lost on me. I have never seen a Star Wars movie. I'm waiting until Lucas makes the last one then I will watch them in order.

Anonymous said...

11:45am
You are correct. Thank you.

Oh and 12:03pm
Thanks for the laugh. :)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps one reason for the word problem is to make the math relevant to the child. There is plenty of practice for the skill, but on that wonderful test we call TAKS, the questions are in story form, not just straight math.
The kids need to know how to take the test for one, and for two, they need to know how to apply this skill to the real world.
I say, "Hats off to the teachers in Decatur. Theirs is not an easy job."
Try being a sub sometime and find out what's going on. I am and I am constantly amazed at the innovation and skills of the teachers with little public support and not enough pay. But they do have plenty of paperwork.

Anonymous said...

No niggers in politics or dancing with the stars. what yall think they don't vote anymore? they must be bad if they don't vote for each other.

Anonymous said...

DWTS: Palin is doing fine. She's just a normal everyday person and doing much better than most of the folks who are criticizing. The show is never "fair". Audience popularity is a big factor and always has been. If you don't like it, quit watching it. The girl has guts and stamina. I sure wouldn't go on national TV and put myself up for ridicule by you idiots.

Your hip hurts because you're aging and jogging is the WORST thing a middle-ager or older can do to their joints. Probably inflamed the joint. Try something calmer...you're not 30 anymore!

Jack Daniels said...

Newark, Class of 94, 95, 96 and 99!

You sir are a genius!

Kat said...

"I've been injury free for two years despite my jogging. Now I've got this weird pain in my hip. Hope I don't need a bionic replacement."

Check out this video I found on The Youtube.

I quote, "This may be the greatest bit, EVER!"

Babe, how's that shoulder feeling?

;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm submitting a client to a polygraph exam this morning. I rarely do that, but if he passes the case will be killed. If he fails (which I doubt), the results can't be used against him.

And who foots the bill?

House of York said...

Mmmm...I like my a-cheeks in the back, not on my chest.

wordkyle said...

1207 - As Will Munny said to Little Bill, "Fair's got nothing to do with it." I'm not trying to be unnecessarily harsh with you, because I understand the sentiment. When someone invokes fairness, however, it implies criticism of the winner for winning. My humorous, but apparently obscure, references were to point out that sometimes "fair" doesn't apply.

(And as for your example, if they pointed out in advance that the 1st place medal for the 100 yard dash would be given to the most popular runner, then the result would indeed be fair.) (And maybe you shouldn't wait too much longer for that final Star Wars movie.)

Anonymous said...

Newark, Class of...
that was a very long way to go for a very lame joke

11:42
Rangel hasn't been ousted, unless there was a new development today. Being found guilty of a charge by fellow congressmen isn't the same as in a court of law. At worst, he'll probably get an official slap on the wrist. It's up to his constituency to decide if he stays in office, unless he does the right thing and resigns first. He was reelected this month with an overwhelming majority of votes even though his ethics trial was looming on the horizon

"The full ethics committee will recommend a punishment to the House, possibly a censure vote deploring Rangel's conduct. Rangel also could be fined and lose some House privileges." - msnbc story

House of York said...

Rangel runs more scams than a Nigerian Banker.

~Don Rickles~

Anonymous said...

Is Don Rickles still alive?

Jack Daniels said...

Birth name Donald Jay Rickles
Born May 8, 1926 (1926-05-08) (age 84)
Queens, New York, United States
Medium Stand-up, television, film

House of York said...

LOL. I found that on the internet. It says Don Rickles. Who knows?????

Anonymous said...

Rangel is an embarrassment to our society. Get him out of there!!!!

Anonymous said...

Another third grade parent here. We can compare TEKS to the curriculum and probably find that the curriculum is in alignment. However, when the vast majority of your kid's day is spent focusing on how that curriculum manifests itself in the TAKS test, it's not very engaging for the average 8-9 nine year old. My kid's teachers do some neat things occasionally, but when your kid is having worksheets flipped at her like a deck of cards all day most days, that's boring. It's HOW the curriculum is delivered that matters just as much as what is in the curriculum. When we had open house at my kid's school, we talked about the TAKS test, not about the books my kid will read or the engaging methods that will be used to teach my kid math. We learned that they have to PERFORM on the TAKS test. I want my kid to learn about fulcrums and everything else. But according to other parents that I talk to and our children, our kids are not looking forward to school and that's very frustrating to see this early in their academic careers. By the way, my kid will be on the all A honor roll this report card period.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle,
I thought you would apprecite my Star Wars joke. You were the only one that appreciated my pedophile joke last week.
As far as Bristol goes, it's not about fairness, or popularity. It's not about good dancers or bad dancers, it's about Sarah! There, now are you happy??

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the teachers for the curriculum...blame C-scope. Contact your board and curriculum director as this is being pushed down the teachers' throats. Crapscope!

Anonymous said...

Rangle is a Dangleberry on the ass of America.

Newark.... said...

2:12... Apparently you did not get the full gist of the joke, the lameness was exactly the point! Re-read all the posts prior to mine and then re-evaluate or just lighten up a bit! No need to be such an insufferable ass all the time.

By the way it makes more since to just link to the msnbc story, that way those who care can read your reference material...wordkyle is an expert at this, try to be more like him and less like you!

Anonymous said...

To add my two cents, I can say with absolute authority that the third grade teachers at Young Elementary work incredibly hard at their jobs. They balance and carry off for their students, parents, and administration that which would overwhelm the best Ring Leader in Barnum and Bailey's Circus Act history. My hat is off to those ladies!

wordkyle said...

536 - Sorry, your subtlety snuck by me. I thought it was just another ignorant anonymous comment. Sign your work from now on so I can appreciate your cleverness.

Anonymous said...

Accident free for 2 years???? Barry, didn't you go to the ER during a snow day????

Anonymous said...

6:51pm
So which teacher are you or are you the principal? That place is a circus and the Ring Leader is NOT the principal.

Anonymous said...

6:21--CScope didn't write the curriculum, only a program bought into by the district. (I work in a neighboring ISD that uses CScope) You must look toward Austin, sir, at TEA for someone to blame for the curriculum.

Anonymous said...

8:50, For the record, the teachers never "bought into" the C-Scope curriculum that Pam Holland made an arbitrary decision to submit to a clueless school board (no disrespect intended to the school board, but they have no idea what it's like). She brought the teachers to sessions and made us sign our names for attendance purposes and despite our protests, she bought a curriculum that was sold on the pretense that "if it isn't on the TAKS, it isn't in C-Scope." There are roughly 40 DISD employees that can attest to the C-Scope sales consultant telling us that when it was being rammed down our throats. C-Scope does a piss poor job at sequencing the TEKS. The lessons are full of mistakes and errors; they include material that isn't covered in the lessons that go with it. The curriculum is shallow and is a sorry excuse for the word "rigor" that administrators like to throw around. It is a thinly disguised TAKS prep course. I'm not quite sure that Pam Holland ever taught a core subject and if so, I'm sure she isn't as well versed on the nitty gritty of English, math, science, or social studies. She should have listened to the teachers, her experts.

Anonymous said...

Parents, please HELP your local school districts by bringing a diluge of the "had enough" demands to TEA in Austin. Believe me, most teachers are sick to death of TAKS. But, there is good news on the horizon. TAKS will soon be replaced!!! The STAAR test is the "new deal!" It's even more difficult!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, 8:50, TEA is responsible for the TEKS! Everyone needs to get off CScope. They only created a program for seeing that all the TEKS are taught. Your previous super and board approved the investment in that program.

Anonymous said...

TEKS are skills. Curriculum is what you use to teach those skills.

Anonymous said...

C-scope is absolutely the worst thing to hit our kids since TAKS. I am an experienced teacher, no longer with this district, who feels that if I had to follow the "script," I would wonder why I had to have a professional certificate to do this job.
Parents and grandparents, you need to protest this. Let the teachers teach!
When determining a curriculem, let the teachers in on it. THey're the ones who have the background and experience. Why let someone who hasn't seen the inside of a classroom in years write it?
DISD has excellent teachers--let them do their jobs.

Anonymous said...

8:37 Just what does this C-crap have to do with our need for TURF?

Dbl Fake
DISD School board member

Anonymous said...

NO pass NO play = No Turf.

Anonymous said...

Teachers are like walmart cashiers. You don't like it? No problem. There's a new kid that will take your place for less pay.

Buh-bye.