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1.19.2011

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • I really didn't know much about Sargent Shriver who died yesterday, but he sounded like a great guy. 
  • The Christmas decorations on the Wise County Courthouse were taken down yesterday. I was hoping they'd make it to February. 
  • I was joking yesterday when I asked if Tony Romo was out of the hospital, but I didn't know he was schedule to team up with John Daley next month in a golf tournament. I'm about ready to rank Romo right behind Danny White. Or maybe far behind Danny White. 
  • Jon Stewart goes after Fox and Friends more than I do.
  • Some lady avoided a trial in the Wise County district court yesterday by accepting some plea agreement. It didn't sound very exciting: Dope. 
  • I'm sure you've seen it, but the price was announced yesterday to buy a ticket to sit/stand outside of the Super Bowl: $200.  Any one want to think about the weather on February 6th? And, yes, those buying a ticket will be counted towards the "total attendance" of the game. 
  • Someone asked what former Bridgeport resident and longtime New Jets linebacker Kyle Clifton's first penalty was in the NFL. I remember it because it was a mid-game highlight during a different Cowboy game. Anyone?
  • A lot of criminal defense law practice is avoiding disasters.
  • The Dallas Morning News has started implementing it's pay-for-content plan. It seems any story on their home page with a little "d" in a circle is pay only. 
  • Former Southlake Carrol and failed North Texas coach Todd Dodge is now quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh? I'm serious: I'd rather be the head coach of Abilene High School.
  • You know, the parade following the upcoming Royal Wedding (and, yes, there will be one) would seem to be a security nightmare.
  • Idiocracy at the convenience store that I saw: Right above the "5 Hour Energy Drink" was a similar bottle labeled "6 Hour Energy Drink."
  • A MLB pitcher walks away from a guaranteed $12 million in the last year of his contract because he can't pitch. My new hero.
  • You know who the Muslims believe to be God? They believe Him to be the one Abraham spoke to. (Yep, the same Abraham in the Bible who was willing to sacrifice his son.) And did you know that Jesus is spoken of reverently in the Koran? It even speaks of him ascending into heaven. Yep, I learned some stuff on the Smithsonian Channel last night -- it was part of their "Islam and the West" series.
  • Funny quote from Mark Twain that I read in Newsweek when someone asked him whether a significantly paid corporate exec had a "tainted salary". "Yes", he said. "His money is twice tainted: 'taint yours and 'taint mine.”


50 comments:

Anonymous said...

BG - Abilene reader here. Hope your comment about Todd Dodge's new coaching gig was not meant as an insult to our fair city :)

Scott said...

I can't believe that the NFL is going to do this with Jerry "P.T. Barnum Jr." Jones. How in the world are you going to count people that are not even in the stadium? Might as well count everyone sitting at their homes, in bars and everywhere else watching the game.

As for Tony Romo, he needs to make a decision. He is too busy trying to be a professional golfer, a celebrity and the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. You can't be all three.

Sure, we had other quarterbacks with other interests, but the never allowed it get in the way of their football. They always put football first.

Anonymous said...

Todd Dodge QB coach @ Pitt: Barry, this is a GREAT move for him! Pitt just hired Todd Graham from Tulsa (had the #1 offense in the nation last year) and runs a hybrid spread..........Dodge will get his Mojo back, his QB's will put up big numbers, be in a BCS conference, AND when TCU joins the Big East next year, will be part of a pretty competitive league! The name of the game in college football is the willingness to move around.....look @ former Dallas Cowboy's coach, Jimmy Johnson's career as an assistant college coach. I'd take Dodge's gig @ Pitt over "Abilene HS" any day.

Anonymous said...

Bary:

I've been to Pittsburgh and on the Pitt campuus. I've also been to Abilene.

Trust me. You would rather work in Pittsburgh for Pitt than Abilene.

wordkyle said...

"Gang Green" - There you go, counselor. If you don't copyright/trademark or infringe on the copyright/trademark of that phrase somehow, you're no daisy at all.

House of York said...

Love love love the look of leather.

On my jackets and furniture......

skitshivins said...

Just wondering how a person gets through twelve years of public school, four years of undergraduate school, three years of law school and who knows how many sessions of Sunday school without a basic understanding of the relationship between two of the worlds great religions.

Anonymous said...

Sargent Shriver was a nice guy. He was the architect of the war on poverty. How many trillions has that cost us and did we win that war? Why do you liberal weenies keep believing in socialism when it's proved over and over that it doesn't work?

Anonymous said...

Just a local drop... Wonder how the DISD Board meeting will go tonight? I've heard there might be some news being made on this one BG.

SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION – The Decatur School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 tonight at the administration building for the annual superintendent evaluation. The board will also review a facility study and capital projects priorities.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has studied world religion to any point (which I did in college years ago)knows that all the major world religions believe in and worship a higher being, regardless of the name they assign to it/him/her. We're all basically the same, worshipping the same God, regardless of what the Christian fundamentalists want to claim. They are the divisive ones, not the other major religions. Most of them just live their beliefs and don't try to convert the rest of the world to their own, but have respect for everyone's beliefs. Now...I wonder which group God prefers????

Anonymous said...

I like the smell of Leather in the morning.

House of York said...

Because they are weak individuals, 8:59.

Evidently, they were not taught to be strong and independent while growing up. Instead, they were taught to always look for a handout and blame everyone for their problems.

Anonymous said...

Islam speaks "reverently" of Jesus as a prophet, but not as the messiah and the only son of God, which Jesus claimed to be. Islam does not believe Jesus' messianic claims. Therefore--TOTAL conflict between Christian and Islamic beliefs. Regardless of whether you believe in one or the other (or neither), you can't reconcile the two beliefs as similar.

Logic 101

Anonymous said...

I sense there will be a lot of denial from Christians with the discussion of Christ being a part of Islam.

Anonymous said...

Allah is not the same god as the Christian God -Yaweh. Sounds like the Smithsonian Channel is trying to soften us up to the Muslims. Dont be fooled. They hate Christians. Dont forget the Muslim rejoicing in the streets at 9-11. Google pics of their protests in Europe and see. Their population will dominate the world before you know it. That's a fact. They spit out more babies than other cultures. Khaddafi (sp) said something like Muslims would dominate the world without a single invasion, just by populating at the rate they are doing now......and he is correct.

Anonymous said...

Jesus is a historical figure that is why most religions recognize him in some form. Most think he is a profet or a great teacher.

The problem is that isn't who Jesus says that he is. He claims to be the messiah.

So either he is:
1. the messiah
2. a liar
3. crazy

Everyone at some point has to decide which one he is. Only the christians believe him to be the messiah.

Anonymous said...

Breaking..about an hour ago a man was killed on a drilling rig near Boyd off CR 4461..hit by pipe?

Anonymous said...

If you took a 5-hour energy drink, PLUS a 6-hour energy drink, would you have the cumulative effect of an 11-hour energy drink? Or would it average out to 5.5-hours of energy?

Jon Stewart is good, but he often comes across as preachy...and screechy. Colbert does a much better job of subtlety, even when he's doing the in-your-face pseudo-conservative parody. He'll hammer you with a viewpoint, then sneak in with a one-eighty at the end

I don't agree, but it makes sense that the Super Bowl attendance numbers would be ambiguous. Few people inside that stadium are actually watching the action on the field - they're fixated on the big screen. So the lines will be blurred when counting the number of people at the game who are "at the game" but not actually "watching the game"
Can they still be called "air quotes" even though they're "typed"?

My understanding of the religions is that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all followed the same basic history to a certain point. The difference is that the other two believe that Jesus was a minor prophet, not the Messiah

Anonymous said...

wuz it a smokin pipe ?

Anonymous said...

I loved the pick me up the first time as well as the second time. Thank god for plastic surgeons.

mzchief said...

* Stewart's continual mocking, of the mental midgets on Fox and Friends, proves Stewart is all too eager to pick low hanging fruit to garner raucous laughter. One of Stewart's best is when he outed Carlson for comparing being a morning talk show host with being POTUS.

* The fact there are people willing to pay $200. to stand outside of a stadium to watch a football game is just another indication Idiocracy has a stranglehold on civilization.

* Imagine that, religions, for millenia, have killed MILLIONS of people for saying the wrong prayers to the SAME God. Merely proof, religions are based on nothing more than myths and fables upon which men, with agendas, control the populous.

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca 4 BCE - 65 CE

House of York said...

Do Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe that heaven is the ultimate goal of their religion?

Anonymous said...

Try reading the Bible Barry, you are really going to be surprised one day. Oh, thats the same book Mzchief read to find out there is a God.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief has never claimed there isn't a God. You are an idiot, 10:36. What I hear her say and what I agree with her on is that anyone who believes the bible as if it were total truth is ignorant of the fact that the supreme being IS a part of all religions. Only the christians try to claim the bible is totally true, when in fact it is nothing more than a collection of stories by MEN with an agenda. So whatever it says I don't take as fact but as a story. That is why I truly and honestly believe that upon death, those Christians will be amazed at all the other faiths in 'their' heaven

mzchief said...

To anonymous 10:36...
WRONG, AGAIN!

Just because you think you know me does not mean you do know me.

*SMuG GRiN*

mzchief said...

To anonymous 11:04...
Spot on comment.

However, I truly believe, people who BLINDLY buy into what some rabi/priest/mullah/preacher tells them, without researching the FACTS from various sources, are no more "saved" or "faithful" than is an atheist. Someone who does not seek their own relationship with God has no more of a relationship with God than does an atheist.

wordkyle said...

1104 - It's amazing to hear some people describe what Christians "believe" about the Bible. One group of Christians does believe the Bible is 100% historically accurate exactly as written. Others believe many of the stories are parables meant to illustrate a lesson. In fact, a professor of religion at a Christian university once explained to me five different levels of belief in how the Bible came to be written. Just because you want to confine all Christians to one little piegeonhole in your world does not mean that's where they actually are.

Goober said...

Since 8:59 obviously has no Christian values, even though he supports the party of the Conservative Christian, it should be noted that Sargent Shriver spent the majority of his efforts trying to help those born or afflicted with mental issues. His most notable achievment is being the founder of Special Olympics. 8:59 can now commence to explain how those with such afflictions are a detriment to society and do not deserve our consideration. Sucha good Christian Conservative is 8:59!

wordkyle said...

mzchief - You approach the subjects of faith and belief from one perspective, without consideration of other perspectives which are just as valid as yours. You're discussing a relationship with God, yet advise "research" and "facts." That seems a misapplication of the tools.

I've heard the dichotomy described like this: If you ask one person why the water on the stove is boiling, he will say it's because the flames from the burner excite the molecules in the pan, which in turn causes the molecules in the water to speed up, thus generating heat.

You ask another person why the water is boiling, and he will say, "Because I want to make tea." One answer being right does not make the other wrong.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 11:39...
Ahem...Sargent Shriver's wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder of the Special Olympics. Sargent Shriver is well known for many aspects of his public service especially his work toward world peace and being first director and driving force behind the Peace Corps.

Anonymous said...

Wordie, I am commenter 11:04 and I admit you are correct. ALL Christians don't believe the strict interpretation of the bible, such as the Methodists, who actually approach their sprituality with sense and open-mindedness. It's the blind and small-minded brain-washed denominations who I was lambasting. I grew up Methodist and consider myself one still if I believed in attending a church, which I do not. But you are correct...I was taught the bible is a collection of parables, i.e. stories to teach a lesson, not strict truth. Just as most of the sacred texts of the world's major religions, it teaches the same love for others and how to live. It's the narrow-minded exclusivity (my way or the highway) that I abhor and feel absolutely certain God does as well.

wordkyle said...

1207/1104 - Your faith in the correctness of your opinion of the opinion of God is touching. I agree with you on the subject of blind and small-minded people.

Anonymous said...

Romo should not have his name mentioned in the same breath as Danny White....just sayin

mzchief said...

To wordkyle @ 11:53...
If disagreeing on dogma was merely as simple as disagreeing on the reason a pot boils then there would be no reason to be wary of religion. However, the people in charge of the pot (religion) have ALWAYS required everyone agree with them as to why the pot boils. The people in charge of the pot (religion) have dictated that those who disagree with the religion be deprived a relationship with God and/or should be murdered.

ANY religion that has EVER advocated the murder of people for merely refusing to swallow religious dogma should be considered more an advocate of Satan/evil than of God/good.

If you have a redress to my comment, it might take me awhile to respond. Hubby and I are meeting friends for lunch.

Anonymous said...

Then how in the world do you (Mzchief)know about God? Various resources, WHAT? How does anyone know about God except from the writings we have in the Bible.I do know you, mmwwhhaaa. We will all be there one day and we can discuss the Bible then, wait there wont be time then. you cant believe in God and not believe his inspired word. Thank you Word Kyle,right on.

Anonymous said...

YES Christians are the only ones that believe the bible is total truth,DU. All other faiths, im sorry theres only one, Eph. 4:5. Only one religion the christian religion is all God recognizes.

Anonymous said...

religions that say killem if they dont believe the way we do are the same ones you and barry are deffending mzchhuff, muslims, islam.....Read-REaD-rEAd,not your various resources.

Anonymous said...

So was it Isaac or Ishmael with Jacob?

Anonymous said...

Romo needs to go. He threw behind every receiver in the first few games, and is more responsible for the losses early on than any penalties.

Also, get rid of #75 please.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I hope that all of you "Christians" who hate Muslims show the same contempt for Jews. They killed Jesus, and do not believe he's the son of God.

So the Jews must be just as evil as Muslims, amirite?

Rage

Anonymous said...

Aaaahhh! The udder white meat.

Anonymous said...

So Abraham was going to slay Isaac or Ishmael? Jews for one and Muslims for the other!

Anonymous said...

Pick me up is a YES YES YES YES in my book the bigger the better is all I have to say about that.
If you ask her if they are real I bet she would say real fun.

Dorothy said...

Erm...

What about Kyle's first penalty? No one knows? Barry, you gonna fill us in?

Anonymous said...

Rage,

I really didn't read any 'all the Christian's who hate Muslims, etc' comments.

It is apparent, though, that Muslims hate Christians throughout the world.

As for the Jew comment; not really.
Not all Jewish people were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. Mainly, it was their leaders who were responsible.

Liz said...

Scripture is not God for me, it is a human creation, by people who were seeking God, but their humanity constantly got in the way. Scripture is the tribal history of a people who lived 2000 years ago in a small section of the middle east and always evolving.

"The God we have is the God we are capable of having"...Joseph Campbell

liz said...

8:50

The Romans killed Jesus. The Jewish leaders were under their rule and went along out of their own fear for what ever they (Romans) said.

Anonymous said...

All this hate came about cause Abraham had an affair and kids with his mistress. Sara was okay with it till she had a baby and then made Abraham send them off cause she didn't want her son to have to share the inheritance. This totally justifies the estate tax. This story is not based upon any person living or dead.

Anonymous said...

How did yall learn about this except from the bible-----uh various sources- right.

Anonymous said...

Romo has reached his peak;it's downhill from here.