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1.21.2011

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • In 2007, the Texas legislature stupidly (good word) took away the right of a jury to give probation in a murder case. Amazingly, in a trial in Austin last week, the judge, defense lawyer, and prosecutor didn't now that. So the jury, when given the option, gave the defendant probation.
  • There's an old saying: "Doctors bury their mistakes. Lawyers print theirs in books."
  • Oh, and why was it stupid to take away the right of a jury to give probation in a murder case? Think about it: The elderly married couple mercy killing, the homeowner killing an intruder who didn't technically comply with the so-called "Castle Doctrine"; and the list goes on.
  • This Saturday is the first sports television wasteland that we've had since August.
  • This week Texas Tech backed out of a game with TCU for this fall. And, to take another kick, the conference that TCU is leaving is considering moving new member Boise State's game against TCU from Fort Worth to Boise.  
  • Everyone keeps telling me to see True Grit. And although they all describe it as "really good", I've noticed no one gives it an enthusiastic "It's great!"
  • Two things in the Update which are tailor made for Liberally Lean audience: (1) Newark passed a "trailer ordinance" and (2) the Decatur ISD is spending over a million dollars on sporting facility improvements but the story specifically mentioned that turf would not be included. 
  • I was asked to spell "unh uh" last night. That's a heck of a lot harder than you think.
  • "Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right." - Ricky Gervais on the (pretty darn entertaining) Piers Morgan Tonight show last night on CNN.
  • And I'm a huge fan of Gervais in a world where I'm a very huge fan of almost no entertainers.
  • And when Gervais, English born and bread bred, spoke of his past weight problem, he said that he had "weighed 14 stones." This caused Mrs. LL (and I'm not making this up) to yell at the screen: "Oh, come on! Speak American!!!" Love it.
  • A video "Hey, Now."
  • Hey, you guys over at Wise County probation: What does it mean that the proposed budget slashing state appropriations bill will eliminate "funding for misdemeanor probation supervision and reduces the felony probation formula funding per diem to $1.37, based on the LBB June 2010 population projections"?  It's Greek to me, but it sure doesn't sound good for your typical probation department.
  • The lawsuit against TCU by the former student who was allegedly sexually assaulted on campus gives the public another justifiable reason to hate lawyers.
  • Jessica Biel went to the beach. Not sure what I think about her. 
  • Think it was cold in Wise County this morning? It was -41 in International Falls at 5:00 a.m. according to the weather gal on Channel 5. I didn't believe her, so I checked it out.  Yep, minus forty-one!


63 comments:

Anonymous said...

You better go back and reread the update. It said turf would not be included at the TRACK. Sure didn't say the Football Stadium. Sneaky is as sneaky does!

Anonymous said...

Go see True Grit. It was GREAT! Much better than the original.

Anonymous said...

SOME lawyers bury their mistakes, thanks to the death penalty.

Anonymous said...

Why do we need bleachers at a work out field? We have a track and bleachers at the other track that was built after it was voted down 3 times. This is the same old BS they are goning to do it no matter what the voters say. It's still the voters money you are blowing for a slect few.

wordkyle said...

Regarding True Grit - If you wait to see only movies that enough others describe as "great," you'll be a long time between movies. TG had legs, eventually overtaking the lowest-common-denominator Ben Stiller idiotathon for the #1 spot. That only comes when a movie gets good word of mouth advertising. Add in (for quantification) that it's the biggest hit for the Coen brothers, and you'll likely be safe spending a few hours watching it. (And you can watch this subtitled lesson first to understand Jeff Bridges' Rooster Cogburnspeak.)

Anonymous said...

I did not see on the news that Al Gore would be in International Falls this morning!

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

born and "bread"? Would that be white or wheat?

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with a movie being really good, especially when you consider some of the junk Hollywood puts out. I saw it and I would agree with their assessment. The comments are probably due to comparisons with the original movie

The lawsuit against TCU doesn't make me hate lawyers (more), because it was either the victim's idea, or she had to sign off on it to proceed. And it's awful what allegedly happened to her, but the reason for the suit is stupid. The school didn't commit a crime, and it didn't look the other way while the crime was being committed. If she were to win the lawsuit, she would get a ton of money and the school would have to provide a disclaimer saying that it's mostly safe, but you might get raped if you attend school there. If she wasn't a student, but just residing in Ft Worth, who would she have to blame if the same thing happened?

Jack Daniels said...

born and bread?

I too like a good typo!

Anonymous said...

Is that temperature from International Falls or Frostbite Falls? I always confuse the two.

Loved the recent True Grit. Better than the original. And John Wayne movies are the only ones I watch on cable or DVD, so that tells you something.

Finally, is that belt holding up anything in the pict today? Looks like a steer gave its life and leather for no productive purpose.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

To the video.. HOLY HEY KNOW

Anonymous said...

I do think turf inside the practice track was on the table.

Anonymous said...

It is cold this morning. Not like International Falls but 18 degrees is still cold. My electric heat pump is running full time, no thanks to the wind turbins at Pampa, Texas. Coal, nuclear and natural gas are the fuel that keeps us warm and/or cool. Like last August when Texas set a record for electrical power consumption, the wind is not blowing and the blades are idle. Only 5 mph at Pampa (T. Boone project) this morning. What a waste of money and destruction of our landscape just to get the tax credits. I read that 40 protected golden eagles are chopped up each year at the wind farm outside Oakland, California.

Anonymous said...

DISD board is totally irresponsible.

Why duplicate what is already at the Hwy 51 track. This board duplicates everything. Count the number of auditoriums/stages in the district. 200K would have gone a long way maintaining the 51 track.

This is to be expected from board, but had hoped for better from new Supt. Read Good ole Boy.

Anonymous said...

Wait for the spin!

We had to reduce our reserve fund or the state was going to take it.
Let's see the letter from TEA saying so.

We had to reduce our reserve fund or TEA will reduce our revenue next year.

Bull----t.

Obi said...

True Grit = worthy of its nomination rumoring. I never saw the original (not a big western fan), but I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The kid out to avenge her father's death is terrific.

And if anything, see it for the single reason being that Jeff Bridges has absolutely breathed all new fire into his career by taking on roles that don't make him all too attractive....meaning, there's a lot of self deprecating meat to the role and I always love it when an actor is willing to sign up for something that won't necessarily land them in the "hottest" People issue.

Anonymous said...

That Hey Now Video is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Very classy young girls with lots of talent, without it looking vulgar. I really enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Is that a ringworm on her right leg? yikes!

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the original True Grit cannot be improved. The new one has a few scenes it it that seem "out of the blue" and really have no purpose being there at all. While it was an entertaining movie, and Bridges and that "little girl" were awesome in their roles, it just was not as good as the original. After seeing the new one, go back and watch the John Wayne one and I'll be you'll agree.
Ending on the first one was much better!

Anonymous said...

Decatur ISD is spending $ 1.1million when other districts across the state are screaming about funding reductions

Is Decatur immune to a loss of money or.....

These are dollars that could be used to avoid layoffs

What are these Rascals up to

The fox is watching the hen house d

Anonymous said...

Per today's update:

"The projects will include improvements at the high school track, baseball and softball complex, Eagle Stadium, support services building and sidewalks at Carson and Rann elementaries. The largest project would be the addition of bleachers, pressbox and restrooms at the high school track at an estimated cost of $200,000. The improvements do not include the installation of turf at the high school track facility."

Did you all really catch that last sentence? Wonder why it was worded that way, huh?

Anonymous said...

9:38 The information you have about Oakland Ca. is an isolated area regarding the bird killings. Have you ever looked at the amount of birds cars and trucks kill? Are you going to quit driving? How many gas wells have ruined the view around here? How many have killed wild life. Go outside and take you a big breath of the frosty benzene enhanced air or take a sip of the polluted water around the county and keep bitching about the wind mills in California.

BTW-Enjoy that heat pump I have one also, and yes they suck when it gets below 35 degrees.

AL

Anonymous said...

No a ringworm---forgot to take the cigar out of my mouth.

Anonymous said...

E-gad, she keeps talking like her opinion matters. Pfft...

Anonymous said...

Regarding True Grit...the new one tracks with the book much better. The poetic language from the book is also reflected in the new TG better than the old movie. Indeed, I have to say that I like the new one better than the JW version...and I love the Duke.

Anonymous said...

10:59, The Oakland, Calif. bird choppers is not an isolated situation. Dead raptors are found wherever wind turbines are errected. And no, there is no other location away from wind turbines where 40 golden eagles are killed each year by cars, trucks or any other man made devise.

If all the wind turbines are installed over the next 20 years along the central United States you can count on eradication of the endangered whooping cranes who use the same area for their migration path.

I am not a tree hugger but do realize what these turbines are doing. I have family in west Texas and have seen the dead hawks myself. Research has shown that the birds do not have to come in contact with the blades but their lungs can collapse due to the pressure drop in proximity to them. Fact is that wind turbines produce only 25% of their stated capacity. Fact is that for the money the State of Texas has funded for installation of transmission lines we could install 1,000,000 new high efficient heat pumps. The savings in electrical power and the job creation would be almost immediate. On the hottest and coldest days when power is being used at it highest, the new high efficient heat pumps would be doing what they were designed to do. And the wind turbines would set idle in a 5 mph wind.

My heat pump cut my electrical consumption by 5,000 kwh per year. Multiply that by the 1,000,000 high efficient heat pumps that could be installed instead of paying for transmission lines and the savings would be 5,000,000,000 kwh. And at the exact moment that peak power is needed in Texas the heat pumps would be saving the most. And the blades on the turbines would set idle.

Anonymous said...

I still stand behind my idea that Decatur and Bridgeport should build a stadium right in the middle of Big Sandy and share it. Then there would not be empty real estate every Friday night.

Anonymous said...

Birds: couldn't care less what happens to a bunch of birds...we have plenty of them.

DISD: bunch of sneaky liars who think we're stupid enough that we believe anything they tell us and think everyone lives and breathes athletics...again...couldn't care less about the athletic facilities. Want my money to go for academics.

wordkyle said...

After watching the newest version, I realized that the 1969 TG was designed as a vehicle for John Wayne. That made it a different kind of movie -- not bad, but different. The new one is apparently closer to the Portis novel. I think I'll enjoy it more on subsequent viewings.

wordkyle said...

Well, at least a few of the treehugger websites dispute the "myth" -- their word, not mine -- that wind turbines are cuisinarts for birds. I'm so confused! Isn't there any source of energy that is without consequences?

Anonymous said...

12:22 Yeah. Ok whatevever you think.

Al

Anonymous said...

She needs a spanking with that BIG ole Belt...bad girl...amen OBI Bridges is the Bomb, nothing will ever top is roll as the Dude..good stuff

Anonymous said...

Decatur is bleeding money

Wait till they lay off teachers whose salary could have been paid these excesss dollars

Why didn't they let us vote on this million?

Anonymous said...

8:53, I believe the bleachers at the middle school track were bought by the Eagle Mothers back around 1984, not by the tax payers. The reason why the bleachers were put on just one end is because that is where the finish line is for the track events. That field was never intended to host football games. But since Story, no one is allowed on the turf at Eagle Stadium except the high school teams. In some cases only the varsity can play their.

Anonymous said...

It's about time they updated the facilities at the DHS Track. Kudos to DISD.

Anonymous said...

Hey Now!! That money could have been a down payment on another much needed Middle School!! But if the school board says we need it for "sporting facility improvements" they know what is best for Decatur ISD.


DF - S#*! Starter

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

12:22... you can talk up those heat pumps all you want. In the summer, they are great. In the winter, THEY SUCK. Trust me, when you see the Aux Heat light pop on that thermostat you can rest assured that your meter is spinning.

40,000 or even a 100,000 birds a year doesn't bother me. From googling the net it looks they are killed much more by airplanes, cars, flying into glass windows and even cats. Get rid of airplanes? Windmills? Glass Windows? Cars? Lol...

Now, I could get behind getting rid of Cats...

+1 on the Big Leather Belt

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

By the way, just read the book True Grit and loved it. The remake is definitely much closer to the book. I agree with the previous comment that the first version was a showcase for the Duke.

I love them both, but the second one was indeed great. Ready for it on Blu Ray.

PS - The actor playing Mattie Ross in the original, (Kim Darby), still beats me down when I watch it. Loved the young girl who played Mattie in this version.

Anonymous said...

Word: Wind turbines are not a praticle source of electricity because they do not produce it when it is needed. They do however provide tax credits for the wealthy like T. Boone Pickens. I hope everyone enjoys paying the $4 per month that is going to be added on to their electrical bill to pay for the 4.93 billion dollars set aside for the transmission lines to bring the power to larger cities. This is real stupid.

Anonymous said...

Again, if I gave a damn about a bunch of birds, I'd have a lot less on my plate that the normal individual. Who the hell cares???? They're BIRDS! **it happens. Get over it.

As to 3:36. I agree, but even HOPING they'd actually be fair and treat the taxpayers to the coutesy of a vote is ludicrous. Everyone knows that DISD does exactly what they want to do, regardless of what the common taxpayer wishes. They're a bunch of hypocritical ***holes who want to make everyone think they're in it for the kids. They're only in it for their special interest kids who play sports....little ignorant jocks.

wordkyle said...

615 - Hey, your beef is with the environmentalists who think it's a good idea, not with me. I say access oil and natural gas (if you want a lot of relatively safe energy) or go nuclear (if you want relatively clean energy.) I've done a bit of study on the viability of using a wind turbine for an individual home, and I know that some sort of battery storage is a must. Large scale, I don't know about. But even out here on the plains, the wind doesn't blow all the time.

Anonymous said...

The actress who played Mattie in the original movie True Grit also played John Cusack's mother in my favorite 80's comedy "Better Off Dead". Nice movie trivia right there!

Anonymous said...

3:50 if you remember that track was built after it was voted down and the reason for no bleacher was the school had to borrow money the next year just to start school. ask McKay he will tell you. I know Jeff and Gary said it's for the kids you know when they were running for election. How did we end up with a field with lights at the new high school anyway? when did we vote on that?

Anonymous said...

8:04, I asked that same question several months ago when I noticed those lights on the new HS practice field. Bet there's the new artificial "turf" on Eagle Stadium's field come fall. If that comes to light, tax payers should revolt with a nice rollback! Spending is out of hand on athletics while academics and space for classrooms continues to suffer. DHS needs to bring in an athletic director from a smaller school who will be estactic with the facilities we have already! What makes the board think there are no talented smaller school AD's? They have to start somewhere!

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Decatur bail out the Bridgeport Hospital if they have all this extra money?

It could save some jobs this Spring in Bridgeport!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sports facilities last a long time. They are a great investment for our community.

Teachers come and go!

I agree, I would cut some teachers if it meant better facilities.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 8:27 completely. Taxpayers should revolt in a big way and show DISD we are fed up with their athletic focus. Your idea about a new coach from a smaller place who will be delighted might work only if the Decatur Boosters with their delusions of grandeur for their little darlings are effectively shut down as well. And a new board with less focus on athletics is definitely in order.

Anonymous said...

12:22--I own property right on Big Sandy! I'll be happy to sell, except I don't think they can afford my asking price. And if they can, SOLD!!!

Anonymous said...

7:52 Though from what I hear from the B'port City Council meeting this week, the B'port hospital needs bailing out because even the city's tired of it and isn't getting repaid, no one would want that money pit. It's not an investment anyone in their right mind would bail out, though I hear they're trying to get someone to buy them very agressively. anyone with any business acumen would just laugh in their faces. They were idiots to start it in bitterness and they'll pay for that in the end.

Anonymous said...

Why would Decatur blow about over $1 millions with looming teacher layoffs?

Strange Decision!

Anonymous said...

Belt is probably Vinyl. And, is probably a designer Chasity Belt.

Anonymous said...

I am a teacher in Decatur ISD and have heard rumors of pending layoffs in the district. I shudder to think the board would spend over a million dollars that could have been used to protect teacher jobs. Unacceptable!
It is time for teachers to step forward if layoffs occur after this spending spree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Not only is it time for the teachers to step forward, but the taxpayers as well. If they're spending ANY money on athletic crap, NOT ONE TEACHER should be laid off. Decatur citizens need to get their heads out and protest!

Anonymous said...

Decatur ISD is operating like the hospital in Bridgeport!
Any connections in leadership?????????

Anonymous said...

Texas schools are facing $10 billion in budget cuts. Many schools have cut as much as they can cut, and now will come the cutting of teachers/support staff/custodians/administrators. There is talk already in Plano ISD of cutting teachers, and many districts have done a hiring freeze. Positions are being eliminated by attrition, and positions that HAVE to be filled will only be filled by applicants with under five years of experience.
It's about to get ugly...I would not want to be a school board member who is faced with those decisions.

Anonymous said...

Any school board member who votes to spend limited resources on athletics rather than teachers in the classroom should be immediately tarred and feathered.

Anonymous said...

12:02 At least the people of Decatur might get something for their money, even though we don't want the athletic facilities. Unfortunately for the folks of B'port, looks like they'll get a big zero for all the money the city's put into that losing proposition of a hospital. One of their primary costs is "contract" costs, which means agency nurses. They can't even get enough nursing staff to risk their licenses to work there and have to rely on agency nurses, who everyone in the medical industry knows, work agency because they can't keep a job elsewhere in a facility of quality. It's SCARY and the folks don't even realize it.

Anonymous said...

John Wayne was a horrible actor, a wife beater, and a draft dodger. The new one is by far the best, even if you're not a JW hater, like me.

Anonymous said...

Is it comforting to have this board making decisions??????

Think about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Think again!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The district would't do crazy stuff like this if H D and old man Howard were still kicking

Anonymous said...

The Decatur Board has a reputation widely know among educators across the state. It is a sad situation!

Anonymous said...

It is sad those two are gone

Anonymous said...

6:43, I'm sure you'd call any conservative like John Wayne the same BS names. Wayne was adored by many because he basically played himself. He was an AMERICAN patriot to the core. He believed in American values. Obviously you're a left-winged, louse who has self ego issues and nothing to contribute to the well-being of America and her people. Go whine somewhere else. A dead John Wayne still does more for America than you ever will in your lousy life.