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12.08.2010

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Creepy: A party, a couple leave, car crash, man dead, lady passenger missing with footprints in the snow leading away from wreckage.
  • The mayor of Farmers Branch wants to create a Farmer's Branch ISD separate and apart from Carrollton. Let me guess: He wants to kick out some illegal aliens trying to get an education? Wants more bureaucracy? Wants to spend more taxpayer money on legal fees?
  • I guess Political Correctness was invented so people wouldn't be offended but, in the end, a lot of people get needlessly offended while witnessing Political Correctness.  If I ever get to the point where I'm offended by someone telling me "Happy Holidays", it'll be time to reboot my life.
  • State Rep. Jane Nelson's proposes a lifetime driver's license suspension for those convicted of two DWIs. Clueless. Even MADD thinks the bill "is a distraction from those good bills that have been filed."  After watching the legislature for years, it is easy to come to the the conclusion that no one is more of a look-at-me-politician than Nelson. 
  • There's certainly nothing funny about a lady falling in the background of a live newscast. Ok, maybe a little funny.
  • The pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas is a nut. And he comes across as someone who'll be involved in some scandal some day. 
  • You would have thought we would have cared about him: Did you know the Taliban has held a U.S. soldier for 526 days? Have you ever heard his name?
  • It's the 30 year anniversary of the murder of John Lennon.  It was my mom who woke me up with the news since she was watching Monday Night Football where the news first broke.  I remember her telling me that a "one of the Beatles had been murdered." I remember groggily asking, "Who? McCartney!!???"
  • And I had forgotten how Howard Cosell had broken the news as a last second field goal was beginning to unfold on the field. (Watch it.)
  • President Obama doesn't have to apologize for agreeing to keep the "Bush Tax Cuts" in place. 
  • I don't know why everyone thinks the Cowboys beating of the Colts seals Jason Garrett as the team's next head coach. An injury ridden Colts team out gains the Cowboys in total yardage and almost wins despite turning the ball over four times including two interceptions returned for touchdowns.  To almost lose that game tells you the Cowboys had a horrible performance. 
  • I actually watched the famous Jimmy Valvano speech from the 1993 ESPY's last night -- something I'm not sure I've ever done. He would be dead of bone cancer in less than two months afterwards.
  • At one point, Valvano, while smiling, tells the audience that a guy in the back is telling him that he has 30 seconds to wrap up. "I got tumors all over my body. I'm worried about some guy in the back going thirty seconds, huh?"
  • And one more as I lead you into the cover of a North Carolina newspaper:  "Cancer can take away all my physical ability. It cannot touch my mind; it cannot touch my heart; and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."




36 comments:

Anonymous said...

The mayor of Farmer's Branch is a nutcase, and the city council is right behind him. Trying to form a new school district because he's mad the district won't back him up on a mentor program just because he hates LULAC that much? Seriously? 2,000 kids in Farmer's Branch. That'll bump them right down to 3A. Not to mention finding land, buildings, staff, and all the administrative costs. If I were a taxpayer in Farmer's Branch I'd be finding out just when Mayor Whackjob is up for reelection, and hoping it's before he can do too much damage.

Scott said...

Jane Nelson just loves the attention that she gets. This bill is a joke.

By the way Barry, thought that you might be interested. I work for Mimi Coffey and we are working on getting the surcharges repealed. We have sued the state and are also working with a State Rep on a new bill.

There was a story in the S-T a couple of days ago about us.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/05/2681442/drunken-driving-surcharges-faces.html

adam said...

"If I ever get to the point where I'm offended by someone telling me 'Happy Holidays', it'll be time to reboot my life."

Well said.

Anonymous said...

How about all those people offended by Merry Christmas, maybe they need to reboot as well. It is just a greeting, not a sermon.

Anonymous said...

That guy in Farmer's Branch all but said he wants their kids broken away from the blacks and mexicans in Dallas. I don't blame him. Dallas is apparently passing the kids, but are not teaching them on a high enough level. No child left behind mentality. I made the break from Ft Worth years ago for my kids. White flight it was called. I say go for it FB.

Anonymous said...

I hope she is not on the Cancun beach this week during the Global Warming confrence with Al Gore. Cancun is setting all time record low temperatures. 55 degrees is too cold for swimming.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about Elizabeth Edwards. She fought a good fight. When there is cancer I don't believe I would fight it at all.

It certainly was not funny to see that poor girl fall behind the news reporter. I felt sorry for her. I hope she didn't hurt herself.

About the greetings, Happy Holidays should always be used if you feel there should even be a greeting, as there are many holidays at this time. You cannot offend with this greeting. I think the stores should only say hello can I help you and thank you. The customer should only say thank you for your help, or simply thank you.

Anonymous said...

amen to both of you...8:41 & 8:43!

Love to watch people fall....greatness.

Nelson's bill...stupidity and short-sightedness at best.

Anonymous said...

That stupid Farmers Branch mayor. How dare him not wanting to bring down students to the level of stupid LULAC influenced losers. I mean, hell, if a kid shows up for school, smokes a fatty behind the bleachers, throws paper at a teacher, and doesn't get past writing his name on his paper for an assignment, he deserves an A!

That dude is not a nutcase. He is like the last one with NUTS around that place!

If I was wealthy, I would donate to their legal fund.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of turd kids in that area of CFBISD.........and they are not dying to get an education as you say.....

Anonymous said...

Tis the Season to be Jolly fa la la la la la la la...Am I gay?

House of York said...

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukka' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukka!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'

~Dave Barry

Anonymous said...

The surprising thing about the latest Cowboys game isn't that they almost lost to an injury-riddled Colts team, it's that they still managed to beat a Colts team led by Peyton Manning. Sure, they got burned for 35 points, but that guy can make an average defense look bad, and make an average receiving corps look great. Ever heard of any of those guys before they subbed for the injured star players?
Did you watch the game? The announcers were saying how Manning always had great receivers and at times, decent running, but now it would be impossible for him to carry the team by himself. Well, he almost did that the other day.
Garrett's ability to shake the "interim" from his job title won't be based solely on his W-L record (I hope - right, Jerry?). The difference in the way these guys are playing is like night and a partly cloudy day. Also factor in their change of attitude, the discipline, the accountability, and the (mostly) straight talk/direct answers from the coach during news conferences. The fuzzy math and roundabout style of non-answer is better left to the owner - that seems to be his forte.


The FB mayor claims that his motivation for leaving the ISD is that the board has gone soft on accountability and grading. Sounds great, but leaving an established system and starting from scratch doesn't seem viable (financially or legally). Wouldn't a more realistic solution be to work toward changing the permissive culture that's pervading the ISD he's in? Or, if the board is easing the rules in order to pass kids, figure out WHY kids aren't passing and fix that?

Anonymous said...

9:28
depends...have you donned your gay apparel, as per the instructions in the song?

wordkyle said...

Very few people actually take offense at someone greeting them with "happy holidays." What's odd -- some might say offensive -- is when someone meticulously avoids any mention of Christmas at this time of year. (At least in American culture.) Just as with cigarettes in old cartoons and guns in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, there seems to be an attempt to bowdlerize the Christmas holiday so that there's no actual trace of Christmas.

Anonymous said...

9:46 Well actually I have but no one has seen me with it on yet.

Anonymous said...

Very good rebuttal 8:43! I agree!

Anonymous said...

hey Barron, yesterday i saw Barack 'look and listen to me'Obama on the news talking about terrorist on capital hill and made claims about how the american people were being held 'hostage'.
do you know what is up with this? please give us your insight.
i am unaware of being held hostage. personally. but i guess i am if 'He' says i am.
sincerely
poor stupid person

Anonymous said...

So you secretly hate Paul McCartney don't you?

Anonymous said...

yes, barry, oback bohama does indeed owe the american people and apology.

Anonymous said...

Kim Tinkham also died of breast cancer yesterday. She is the one who chose alternative medicine a few years ago to battle her cancer. Her funeral announcement is listed today as "Judith Kim Tinkham".

Anonymous said...

9:05 You are so wrong. Watching folks fall is ALWAYS funny! Bet you don't get a kick out of America's Funniets Videos, either.....what a drip.

Anonymous said...

nothing wrong with what the FB mayor's doing over there. Probably will costs more money & bring legal suits but when are people gna realize you gotta take a stand. He would like to see more from the schools, that's taking a stand against bad education. If he did this in a predometly white district he'd be a hero for taking this stand, throw in more colors & he's doing it because of race. Minorities will never be viewed as equals in this country until they learn to pull they're equal load in all things.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Farmers Branch!!!

LLDQFan said...

So, they have one of our soldiers captive for 526 days, meanwhile we recently released some 500 Taliban fighters, which policy has pissed off all our soldiers over in Afghanistan. What are we doing? Our war and rules of engagement policies are really stupid.

Anonymous said...

12:29
I'm going to tell you something very important now, so look at me and pay attention:
Uh, you shouldn't be talking about others on the subject of education

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard one person that thinks that the Colts win solidified the Head Coaches job for Garrett.

Not one....

Anonymous said...

correct 12:18, I hate watching America Funniest Videos, because people do the dumbest things and I hate stupidity, makes me ill.
To watch someone fall or crash and laugh at it is sadistic. Do you not think they might really be in pain?

House of York said...

The lady falling was priceless. I loved how she got right back up on her feet and kept walking.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, where are you getting the idea that "everyone" thinks the win over the Colts cements Garrett's future with the team? If anything, it's a cumulative effect - every time he wins, he gets closer to the prize. Besides, the concensus is that Jerry has probably already made up his mind, but why let the guy get comfortable before the season is over? Plus, he has to honor the Rooney Rule before making it official
And your convoluted logic about game stats is almost Wade-like! Turn all that around backwards and do your best fake Wade in defense of losing: "Well, we outgained them in yardage and it was tied at the end of regulation. They scored on two interceptions, but we prevented them from scoring on two others. We held them to field goals on those. So, that's a plus..."
The most meaningful stats besides the final score are turnovers, and points scored off of them. If you can score twenty points off mistakes made by P Manning, then you've had a very good day. The fact that his team tore you up for five TDs just proves that he's still very dangerous even when he has a bad day

Anonymous said...

1:24 Uh, not really...couldn't care less. It's still hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Now that Elizabeth has passed, do think John Edwards has nightmares about rehabilitating his reputation? Hope so. Hope she haunts his dreams, waking & asleep.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Today's pic may be a repeat, but nothing wrong with that.

Anonymous said...

THERE IS A FUNDRAISER ON SUNDAY AT 5:30 AT THE CIVIC CENTER FOR KIM TINKHAM.

CHEF

Anonymous said...

Yea to Farmers Branch! Speaking as a former teacher, I can attest to the fact that many parents (the majorly outspoken ones) want teachers to dumb down their expectations for the students. Especially if those expectations include insisting that their child (student) actually does his/her work and turns it in on time. Poor little kids..... big bad teacher is expecting responsibility and focus from the students!

People have absolutely NO IDEA what "concessions" are made in the classrooms because of demanding parents who want school to be "easy" for little Jr. It is pathetic!

So, YEA to Farmers Branch for saying they have high expectations for their teachers and kids.... and for bringing to light the FACT that many schools are dumbing down their curriculum and their expectations.

Oh heck....just pass them all!! Who really cares if they have a real education!

CT said...

Love ya, Chef!!!!!

God rest Kim. She fought hard and was so strong. Rest easy, my sister. We will miss you!!!

And also for Elizabeth Roberts: Rest easy to you, too, ma'am. You were one hell of a woman.

I could only hope to be as strong as these two women in the face of such adversity. God bless both of them, and watch over their families.