2.10.2011

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • Guitar Hero will no longer be manufactured? How did that thing run out of steam so fast? Maybe if the game involved killing a few people in a violent manner then it would have survived. 
  • For such a big buildup, the Blizzard of 2011 II turned out to not be much of anything. 
  • But I did get out and walk around the block yesterday morning, and that's as cold as I've been in a long time. 
  • Fort Worth ISD is seeking a waiver from the state to avoid having to make up the lost school days over and above the two make-up days already built in. Do Wise County schools seek waivers?
  • If I develop a country, I think I'll make one that takes Wednesday off. 
  • The judge telling Lindsay Lohan that he'll revoke her bond if she violates the law -- and he's really serious -- is almost comical.  If I ever practice criminal law in another state, it'll California.
  • When I asked last night which dog we were rooting for when the family of girls was watching The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, I was met by the sound of crickets chirping. Tough crowd.
  • The more I read, the more it seems that local school districts are about to get killed due to state budget reductions. And I mean devastated. The Arlington ISD Superintendent (I just stumbled upon this last night), sounds like Armageddon is coming.
  • Random sports observation: (1) A team won on a last second four point play last night, (2) I'd like to see a Duke/North Carolina game because there is no similar environment in Texas, (3) Spud Webb dunks 25 years later but obviously uses a step ladder out of camera range, and (4) the Baylor's women team may not lose a game over the next two and a half years.
  • The weather guy on WBAP a second ago: "We did hit a record low of 15 but we're already up by 10%. It's now 17 degrees."  I'm at a loss. 10%? (And could you ever have a percentage change in temperature since theoretically there is no minimum or maximum temperature?)
  • Between the Glee and Modern Family episodes this week, there sure has been a lot of gayness on TV.
  • Rumors yesterday that Twitter might be the target of a takeover by either Facebook or Google. The price, it is speculated, would be between $8 to $10 billion.
  • Motorcycle death yesterday in Fort Worth. Why in the world would someone be on a motorcycle yesterday?
  • A New York Congressman has resigned after posting a photo of himself on Craig's List while trying to pick up a woman. Other than being married, a father, and a Republican, there was nothing wrong with that. 


59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, there is a theoretical minimum temperature, and it's around -460F. Just do a search for "Absolute Zero".

Anonymous said...

There's no way the congressman could have been a republican. They have such high morals. No Way! Never! Actually, when the story broke I thought he was probably sending the topless pic of himself to another man. What a hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

Modern Family is one of the best shows on tv.

Anonymous said...

...and our local school officials spend over a million dollars on sports miscellaneous expenses just before a big cut from the state....

Anonymous said...

It is cold this morning but the wind is not blowing so it does not feel so bad. That is not good since the load on heating systems is higher the second day into a cold snap. There is not enough wind anywhere in Texas (in fact the whole United States) to spin a wind turbine. All the wind turbines together will not light up a 60-watt light bulb. What a fraud. At this minute, one high efficient heating system would save more electricity than all the wind turbines in Texas are now producing. Some guy said the other day that wind power was a "supplement". Stupid. We could use some supplemental generation this morning to help with the heavy load. I better send this before the rolling blackout hits and erases it.

Anonymous said...

Budgets for education? What do you expect when you are required to educate twelve percent of the children of Mexico.

Anonymous said...

To your question about the waiver for missed days, yes the schools that miss more than the alloted 2 days will get a waiver from the state, just like when they miss a week due to the flu.

Anonymous said...

Enough with the wind energy crap

Kirk said...

Did you watch the video by the Arlington Superintendent. Wow! That's leadership. Any superintendent that thinks that the educational party is going to go on like it always has is in for a rude awakening.

Anonymous said...

All schools affected by the recent closures will be seeking waivers from the state.

Republicans send shirtless pics to other women, Democrats send shirtless pics to other men and their pets.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone actually witness the truck pulling into the motorcycle?
If not, then nobody really knows what happened. If he did, I suspect he didn't even feel the contact and continued on his trip down the ice rink. That guy on the motorcycle should not have been on the ice! I'm sorry it happened; but, these things sometimes can't be avoided.
Rest in peace dude.

Anonymous said...

Here's why Republicans AREN'T hypocrites:

When a Republican gets caught in a sex scandal, he resigns, either from shame or pressure from the party's higher-ups. You never hear from him again!

When a Democrat gets caught, he screams that the people who caught him are lying or part of some elaborate conspiracy. When the charges are proven, he refuses to resign and screams about the intrusion into his personal life. The party higher-ups then go on TV and say that what happened is really no big deal as long as it doesn't affect his performance in office.

Nobody cares if it's a Democrat, because I suppose their standards are lower!

Anonymous said...

Anybody who thinks that what's been going on in education during this administration is a "party" has no idea what he's talking about.

wordkyle said...

I'm no expert, but wouldn't you think that entities such as cities and schools would develop a set of priorities for expenditures? And wouldn't lower-priority items be the first cut when revenue decreased, and then move up the ladder if more cuts were needed? Whenever budget reductions are mentioned, it always seems that police, firefighters and teachers are the first items cut, and that makes me wonder about priorities.

Anonymous said...

Being a biker myself, and no I am not into black leather and looking like a 1 percenter.(look it up) I know of several people who only have a motorcycle to get around. I have had these truckers around here try to run me off the road looking right at me and smiling.

So Barry what makes you so scared of motorcycles?

Anonymous said...

Does the state verify the days school districts take off? As if it was really necessary?

Yesterday, the roads were clear and they closed.

Anonymous said...

Of course ALL schools apply for waivers. They all operate under the same rules, dude.

Modern Family: best show on TV

Glee: gay crap

Anonymous said...

9:21 again.

Before someone brings up David Vitter, let me say this:

I will say, however, that not a lot of Republicans came out and supported him in droves the way Democrats defended Clinton.....and I know A LOT of Republicans in Louisiana who despise him and wanted him to resign

But....Republicans NEVER were cheerleaders for him. either (like Dems did with Clinton).

Remote Controller said...

Usually the state signifies service, education and retirement in a "General" pool of expenses and that is where they cut first.

I am curious to see what Texas will do, this is a trend for budget cuts. It will continue. More and more states are going away from this, "test to fund" philosophy and finding alternate sources and educating methods.

Schools will undoubtedly get worse. Maybe it is time for the community and not the state or feds to take control. But then again that would mean we would actually have to take responsibility for our kids education.

Anonymous said...

Blogger wordkyle said...

I'm no expert,


No kidding?

Brewcrew said...

Even if there aren't absolute limits to temperature you still can have a percentage increase in temperature as long as you have a beginning number as a point of reference.

Brewcrew said...

On a lighter note, I've been monitoring this LiLo situation for a while. I don't care how hot she is she should be thrown under the jail. Any of these crimes alone is not a huge deal, but all of them together is a pattern of someone who thinks they're above the law. "Oh, I'm so stupid, I forgot to take off the store's earrings AND necklace". Anyone remember Wynona Rider being arrested?

Anonymous said...

Do you really want as your Congressman someone dumb enough to post that on Craig's List? Gee, I'm a United States Congressman. Let me put a sexually forward posting on a public forum. Maybe no one will notice. Sheeesh.

Anonymous said...

Remote, Your last paragraph is spot on. How have our schools improved by throwing billions at it?

Anonymous said...

All the school budget cutbacks mean is that parents (of non-poor) students will be forced to foot the bill, e.g., having to buy certain school supplies not only for your child, but for the whole class. I bet the day isn't far off when parents will have to buy their kids' school books.

gern blansten

On Your Face said...

No ladder for Spud Webb, he gave them just enough time to lower the goal while jawing and taking off his jacket...

He has no more jump left, that's for sure...

Anonymous said...

Workyle,
You speak blasphemy. First, schools don't prioritize anything. That requries planning. There are lots of "plans", but most are just paperwork requirements. Second, publically, the "priorities" are education of all students. But we all know better. For the real priorities to be known would be political suicide, so we can't say what they are, however, we can make sure they don't get cut.

Anonymous said...

Hey, "Learn with Gern" is back.

DF Wild and Crazy Guy

Anonymous said...

10:58 gern blansten:
I already buy all the supplies for the poor students. Have you looked at a kindergarten supply list recently? My son had to bring in 6 boxes of crayons and 4 bottles of glue. I'm sending Crayola brand and Elmer's. I told him if his teacher tried to pass him out some Rose Art crayons, to throw a fit and tell them he was allergic! I'd certainly back him up. My 4th grader's list asked for 96 pencils! Really? I sent in the largest package I could find (50 pencils) and told her teachers if/when she used 50 pencils I would buy more. I'm thinking my fairly responsible 4th grader can do better than to average 1 pencil per 2 days of school!

Anonymous said...

8:48 a.m. "There is not enough wind anywhere in Texas (in fact the whole United States) to spin a wind turbine. All the wind turbines together will not light up a 60-watt light bulb."

Really?

Anonymous said...

10:45 Absolutely not. And I don't want them to be stupid enough to hide bribes in their freezer and while being caught red handed to deny the charges and remain in office. I don't want them to do drugs and drive while under the influence and almost run over a capital policeman and then not be charged and driven home by the police and then remain in office. I don't want them to avoid paying taxes on property in Puerto Rico and then fight the charges and remain in office. I don't want them to run a gay prostitution ring out of their basement and remain in office.

Candance said...

Everyone beat me to the waiver thing. Way to go, Smart Readers, cause I was feeling all good about knowing some junk.

Anonymous said...

10:02
I am not a fan of wordkyle either but this is one time that he makes perfect sense. What do you have against priorities based on simple logic??

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Can we drop the wind energy rant every day? You made your point and no one cares.

I am pretty sure they will be able to light up at least one 60 watt bulb with wind energy.

*sheesh*

Anonymous said...

The percentage change in temperature makes no sense unless you start from absolute zero.

Anonymous said...

Honcho, I now realize a nerd scientist has no place in a spam sucking trailer trash county so I will check out and honor your value system after this last comment. Maybe one 60-watt bulb will light up. A turbine rated at 29 mph will produce only 33% of the quoted kwh at 20 mph, 4% at ten mph and 1/2 of 1% at five mph. This wind map of the United States shows that winds are five mph or less throughout the area of Texas where the turbines are located:

http://www.ambientweather.com/cuunstwimap.html

Enjoy your February utility bills. I know T. Boone Pickens will enjoy his share of what your pay as well as his income tax credits. I will check back in in mid March to listen to the bitching about how sorry the city of Bridgeport is for what they are charging on electric bills.

Anonymous said...

that guy might be a republican, but first he is a politician. which makes him the lowest form of life on the earth to begin with.

Brewcrew said...

It makes sense if it's a percentage change in temperature from one point in time to another. As in "it's 10% warmer today than yesterday".

Anonymous said...

Rangers e-mail reports that the club and Josh Hamilton have agreed to a 2 year contract and avoided a Feb 14 arbitration hearing.

DF Snow Monkey Reporter

CT said...

regarding buying scool supplies for the whole class: been going on for 10 years. My kid is a junior in high school, and we purchased a lot of crap she didn't use, nor did we get it back at the end of the year, when she was younger. Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

nor did we get it back at the end of the year, when she was younger.

She got younger as the year went on? That's a little odd.

Anonymous said...

Is the girl behind the bikini girl catching a specimen in that cup?

Anonymous said...

4:26, Does wearing pink make you pee pink?

Anonymous said...

One in pink =yes.. one in blue = i'll do it myself.

Anonymous said...

The lack of wind for the turbines could be easily fixed by placing a battery powered portable radio, so not to sap energy from the wind turbines, in front of the blades and place the dial on WBAP radio and let Davis and Limbaugh light up the country with hard blowing hot air wind. Of course, the hot wind coming from them, both ends, contribute to global warming, but those turbines would spin like crazy just like their talk show rhetoric. Lack of wind problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Gern forgot the say "love"

Anonymous said...

Lewisville ISD is starting their cuts with cutting back on mowing the grass on all campuses, and by only watering the grass enough to keep it alive. They estimate that will save a couple of hundred thousand dollars. Not nearly enough, but they are starting the cuts in places that won't have any impact on the students.

Anonymous said...

Pugs resign because usually they weren't worth a sh!t to begin with. If they were worth a sh!t, they would not resign. They do something, as members of the moral, regressive, conservative, hard hot link party, just like a liberal weenie would do, and the hypocrisy of what they have done makes them ashamed as a God fearing moral conservative, so they just take the easy way out and resign.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Decatur Supt will lay off his wife if jobs need to be cut? That would take some gumpshion.

Anonymous said...

8:12, They just take the easy way out and resign. It's called doing the right thing. What do you suggest is the hard thing to do. Stay on and become a laughing stock like the liberal weenies?

Anonymous said...

Regarding buying school books...If parents had to buy them, perhaps kids would take better car of them. When I was in elem school back in the 60's parents had to purchase our workbooks. If parents where asked to purchase Phonic workbooks now only about 25% of the parents would pay. They other parents would say they couldn't afford to pay and expect someone else (parents, PTO, churches, etc) to pay for their kids books.Believe me, some people think they are entitled to handouts everywhere and especially in schools. They sat they can't pay library fines when their kids ruin library books, but sure have the money to sign them up for peewee football/cheerleading. I know from experience, whenever people have to pay for their own things they take better care of them and expect their kids to learn more and behave better in school.

Standing strong said...

I think the weather guy meant that 17 degrees is 10% warmer than 15 degrees. 15 x 0.10 = 1.5
You can't have 16.5 degrees, so you get 17 degrees. But, I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

No, they just can resign and still be a conservative hard hot link laughing stock.

Anonymous said...

9:26

Who is paying for the books now? Taxpayers. Aren't they also the parents?

Anonymous said...

Wise County has the answer to cheap, renewable energy. We just need someone to come up with the technology to generate electrcty from grassfires and rightwingnut bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Did the Decatur Superintendent really accept a $10,000 raise with all this budget stuff on the horizon?

Now that my friends...is great leadership!

Did the board actually approve it!

Unbelieveable!!!!

Anonymous said...

from gern blansten:

Thank you for all your replies. However, I don't think I made my point clearly: I meant that parents having to buy supplies for more than just their child would INCREASE in the future. I have already experienced the buying of extra pencils, crayons, tissue paper, etc. when my kids were in elementary school. I just think parents will be responsible for even more costs in the future! Let no more school districts or educators ever mention the words "free education" again. There's no such thing!

LOVE,
Gern

Anonymous said...

10:48 Not all taxpayers are parents of school children. Many of the parents in our district live in rental properties, so therefore do not pay any school taxes. Who pays school taxes? Property owners! I'm tired of paying taxes for all these kids who are not mine. I still say, if all parents had to pay for the children's education, then they would make sure their children were better behaved, had their homework, studied for tests, and took better care of their books, (i.e. reading them and not using them as weapons).

Anonymous said...

Thanks Gern