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2.22.2011

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Boy, Fox News won't back off dogging the teacher protests in Wisconsin.  But when you have government workers and unions in the same group, you'll be in their proverbial cross-hairs.
  • Great site for weather geeks.
  • Forgot to mention yesterday that 53 people were killed in Juarez last week from Thursday through Saturday. Amazing. 
  • Some people dog me for not mentioning the Decatur ISD and its proposed budget cuts. Frankly, they haven't pushed the panic button like everyone else -- and I'm not sure why not.
  • Mrs. LL oddly fired off the statement, "It smells like updog in here" this morning. If I had responded with "What'supdog?" I think she would have laughed for hours. (I think I responded with something like "What's updog smell like? Do you smell something? We can't have some odd smell in here!!") 
  • Weird: We've all driven by the Coors plant off Meachem Boulevard and I-35 in Fort Worth. Well, Sunday night a cab crashes into a parked 18 wheeler on the service road and the passenger is killed. 
  • Jerry Jones made his first appearance since the Super Bowl: He gave a brief speech at some PBR event/Toby Keith concert at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night. (Pic)
  • Carnage!: The Update reports this morning that the Bridgeport varsity cheerleading squad will be reduced from 16 to 10!
  • The NFL owners will royally screw over the players' union in the upcoming NFL labor talks/lockout.  Those guys have such short careers, none of them are willing to hold out for one year or two. They have to be paid. And now. (Baseball players, on the other hand, would sit out for three years knowing they'd recoup it all when the owners finally caved.)
  • With Libya on the brink, I recall Ronald Reagan's order to bomb Libya with one hard 10 minute strike in 1986. It was the first real "we aren't going to take it anymore" action by the U.S. in my lifetime. And the public loved it.
  • Speaking of retaliation: CNN just reported that four Americans captured by Somali pirates over the weekend are now dead. They didn't deserve to die for it, but that was a foolish, foolish thing to take a boat into those waters. (They were delivering bibles. Edit: Source.)
  • Silly Ticket humor this morning: Gordon: "7-11 University is in town this weekend and they are planning on rolling out some specialty dishes." George: "7-11 University? What conference do they play in?" Craig: "The Big Gulp." 
  • Yankee's co-owner blames 2010 flame out on players "concentrating on their mansions." Jeter has a nice one:


89 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fox News covered doctors giving out sick passes for teachers that cannot legally strike. Glenn Beck has a video online showing drunk, dope smoking protestors that are not teachers trashing the Capitol building. Union thugs from outside the state are protesting. Union tactics of disruption and intimidation are being used to keep union dues coming in so politicians can be bought off at taxpayers expense.

Big labor benefits and pension plans higher than the private sector is unsustainable.

Fox News is doing a great job. The teachers need to go back to work.

Anonymous said...

Who says the world isn't getting better. Six fewer girls in Bridgeport trained in "bump and grind." That's a start!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If collective bargaining is so bad for gov't employees, it is bad for police and firemen in Wi.

Govt Walker is simply using this budget crisis to punish those who supported his opponent and reward the police and fire unions that supported him.

If their benefits/pensions need to be reduced, negotiate!!!! (by the way I think Ft Worth is having the same problem with its police and firement, yet no one has the guts to stand up to them.)

All of this should be a wakeup call for the 20 somethings. You had best plan for your own retirement now, the guaranteed annuity is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Jones made an appearance.

Air pollution!

Anonymous said...

I thought that since the shooting of the senator in Arizona that we were not susposed to use these expressions anymore: "you'll be in their proverbial cross-hairs"

Anonymous said...

Remember that song Kidd Kraddick (sp) made after Reagan bombed the hell out of Gaddafi? I think it was called 'Gaddafi Sucks' and they played it on 97.1 The Eagle. It was a parody of some other pop song.

....aaaahhhh. Memories...........

Anonymous said...

It's OK for liberal weenies to use terms such as in the crosshairs, draw Hitler mustaches on their opponents etc. but it is Talk Radio and Fox News that is the reason for all violence.

Anonymous said...

Probably because Decatur has found a way to keep it's teachers in place. Whoever is handling their numbers and found a way to make the budget work deserves everyones applause!!

Anonymous said...

8:44, Please read up on the facts and get informed before you bloviate on here and show your ignorance like Rage does. The Governor of Wisconsin is not trying to reduce their pensions. He is trying to get them to actually pay into it which they have never done in the past. The taxpayers are the ones that are totally subsidizing their pensions. Wouldn't you love it if you were actually lucky enough to have a job where someone else payed into your pension for you? Also, the fireman and police unions actively campaigned against Governor Walker so you make it sound as though he is in their back pocket. I hope this bit of truth brings you up to date on your narrow perception of what is really going on.

Anonymous said...

"Decatur hasn't pushed the panic button"???

The disturbing facts are:
that the Board did adopt a large facilities improvement package, primarily targeted at athletic facilities;
that Administration did initially strongly state that "no teachers would lose their jobs in the current budget crunch," although incentive pay and discretionary budgets would be cut;
that the Board then gave a $10,000.00 raise to the brand new Superintendent who hasn't even been on the job for a year yet; and
that Administration is now reporting that 20 certified teachers will lose their jobs, along with a number of teacher-aids and 3 administrators.
At least one Board meeting was held with the bare minimum of public notice, and as a result was attended by no one except Board members and Administrators.
Other Superindendents in this area have publicly refused to accept offered raises, and one has notably insisted on taking a pay cut. Meanwhile, the new Decatur Superintendent - billed as a common sense straight talker - has refused to comment upon his raise.

I would think that all this would at least merit one of your bullet points. The rank and file at DISD have traditionally supported their Board, and have felt that support was returned. But feathers are a little ruffled now, with some reason. And good will towards the new Superintendent may soon start to run thin.

Anonymous said...

8:44;

Collective bargaining for public employees IS a bad idea.

You can't negotiate with someone you hired. Unions use dues (paid from wages paid by taxpayers) to support certain politicians sympathetic to their cause. The same union votes en masse for these politicians. If the government is represented by those with union interests only, the negotiations are leveraged and unfair for the taxpayers.

Now the taxpayers of Wisconsin have voted for people sympathetic to their cause, and the teachers and unions are having a conniption fit. I say it's about time.

Anonymous said...

8:31 am is a jackass. Everyone knows all union members are rich millionaires!

Anonymous said...

Don't be a cheerleader hater.Just because your daughter is a dog.

Anonymous said...

Mrs.LL must of watched The Office the other night!

Anonymous said...

If we limited ourselves to shows of force when necessary, instead of our current policies of empire building, maybe America would be as great as it could have been under Reagan (if he hadn't helped spur the recession of the 80's, anyway). But our attacks are a normal thing now, and hated more than respected. They're used to create terrorists, they don't deter anyone.

Rage

wordkyle said...

From what I've read, the proposal in Wisconsin is not to "cut" pensions, but to increase the percentages that public employees have to contribute toward their pensions and insurance premiums. They currently contribute next to nothing to their pensions; the proposed increase was to 5.8%. (Compare that to the private sector where an employer match of dollar for dollar, or 50% employee contribution, is considered a good deal.) Walker also proposed an increase in the percent of the insurance premium they would pay -- to 12.6%. (Nationally, people pay about 21% for single coverage, 32% for family. Source.) I can see where the employees would be unhappy about this, but isn't their anger similar to the reaction you'd get if you took the keys to the Cadillac away from your teenager and made him drive the Chevy?

Anonymous said...

How would you like to be a Cowboy Cheerleader and be drug out to every truck pull, rodeo, boxing match, watermelon seed spitting contest that Jerry promotes?

Anonymous said...

Skippy, I'm glad you realise that when slick willie bombed the aspirin factory in Iran on a Saturday night that it wasn't a real response of we aren't going to take it anymore. Even though he said afterwards something to the effect of "Mission Accomplished".

Anonymous said...

Decatur is trying to fly under the radar due to spending money on sports after it was voted NO. How about we have a Rollback election and a school board cleaning asap.
They have a good track with bleachers and a field house but no they had to sneak one in at the new school

Anonymous said...

Speaking of retaliation, who was President when we invaded Somalia and got our ass kicked and for the first time in our history cut tail and ran?

Anonymous said...

Only 53 killed in Juarez? That's what you call a slow weekend in Chicago. Isn't that where Obammy was a community organizer? That man is brilliant. He can pick the wrong side of any issue 100 per cent of the time. Basetball Jones Obammy dribbles one of of his foot and out bounds again.

Kat said...

9:47,
Yea I did! I made Mr. LL stop down his morning to watch that part of the show. I laughed out loud all over again.
I love that show.

Mrs. LL

Anonymous said...

Now if they had been Americans delivering Korans, you would see one angry Commander in Chief. I'll bet Rage a paycheck that our great annointed one has nothing to say on the subject. Retaliation is only in his dictionary when it comes to Governors that he does not agree with.

Anonymous said...

How would you like to be a Cowboy Cheerleader

Oh man, I'd love to be a Cowboy Cheerleader. I'd never get anything done though, I'd be playing with my boobs all the time.

Rage

Anonymous said...

10:09: why is everything a partisan issue with you turds? I criticized current policies, and it's not like Bush is still president.

You're dumber than a bag of doorknobs.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Amen, 10:01. DISD is just hoping no one noticed their poor decisions to spend money on sports crap and a nice fat raise for the super and now they ARE planning to cut teachers' jobs. At least that's what the local 'mess' is reporting. Not only teachers, but parents and taxpayers should revolt. They truly must think we're stupid.

Anonymous said...

Re: Fox News - they were all for demonstrations when it was the Tea Party and disruptions of Town Halls. Now that we have unions demonstrating in Wisconsing that terrible. All I know is the public employees have basically agreed to the give-backs, Gov Walker insists on busting the unions. How transparent, and the Koch brothers are behind it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not in favor of ANY public sector employees having collective bargaining. No group should be able to shut down a school in order to protest their contracts.

However, I do wish that teachers could collect the social security benefits earned by their spouses. Back when the Republicans had contol of the House, Senate, and Presidency, all of the teacher groups (UEA, AFT, etc.) sent out weekly emails protesting this injustice, and assuring teachers that voting for Democrats would right this wrong.

Once the Dems took over both houses, you heard only the sound of crickets chirping...

Anonymous said...

I just wish teachers could collect on their own Social Security. All those years I worked in the private sector mean nothing if I want to collect from TRS. So I'm not allowed to get back the money I paid myself into Social Security...I don't care who is in office, it's a stupid law.

Anonymous said...

WE LOST OUR BEST TWO BOARD MEMBERS IN THE LAST DISD ELECTION. I HEARD KYLE STORY TALKING ABOUT WANTING A TURF FIELD 10 YRS AGO. I THINK IT WOULD B CHEAPER TO CHANGE OUT STORY. ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE KIDS IN H.S.BALL RESULTS IN THINGS LIKE BLEACHER SEATS ECT.ON THE SUBJECT OF SPORTS WHY ISSUE 60 UNIFORMS,WHEN OHENLY ABOUT 30 GET PLAYING .HEAD COACH AND ASSISTANT IS ALL YOU NEED.DONT WANT TO HEAR TOO MANY TO COACH,THEY DID IT WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL AND THEY DO IT PRE SCHOOL BALL. THEY EXPECT TEACHERS TO DO 35 TO ONE RATIO SHOULD BE THE SAME FOR COACHES.

Anonymous said...

Tea Party=Disruption of town hall meetings. Union teachers and hired thugs=shutdown of state government.

Anonymous said...

Rage, I back up my arguments with facts and you name call. Who is the bag of hammers?

Anonymous said...

Delivering Bibles? I can't find anything on that....

Anonymous said...

How is forcing a union to only negotiate pay increases called union busting? Can any of you bag of hammers answer that one?

Anonymous said...

Back up[ your arguments? I criticized a Democrat, and you responded with "oh yeah, well, CLINTON SUCKS!"

Idiot.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Well, he does suck. But show me where I responded by saying that.

Anonymous said...

In honor of Presidents Day, Campbell Soup came out with a new soup called Clinton soup. It consists of just a weenie in hot water.

Anonymous said...

In honor of Presidents Day, Chrysler has come out with a new car commemorating Clinton called the Dodge Drafter.

Anonymous said...

No mention that today is National Margarita Day? Thats just wrong.

Anonymous said...

In honor of Presidents Day, Chrysler has come out with a new car commemorating Clinton called the Dodge Drafter.

Please justify Bush dodging the draft with an ANG post that he never completed. I think that's called desertion.

Rage

wordkyle said...

That darn documentation just keeps getting in the way of your accusations, doesn't it? (In case you're looking for it, Bush's honorable discharge is about 3/4 of the way down the page. Not bad for a deserter.)

Anonymous said...

Where did i say, "Oh yea, well, CLINTON SUCKS"? Rage, is your real name Dan Rather? Fake but accurate.

Anonymous said...

Crickets churping..............

Anonymous said...

I BET THE NEW SUPERINDENTSWIFE KEEPS HER JOB.LAST HIRED LAST FIR.ED. WHY DO WE ALWAYS MAKE A JOB FOR THEIR WIVES WHEN THEY ARE HIRED,SAME GOES FOR COACH WIVES

Anonymous said...

Are they still trying to put in turf in the new stadium? I thought this was a dead issue - the taxpayers have spoken - yet I still hear rumblings of this going on. Somebody please clarify.
Thanks,

Anonymous said...

9:31 is wrong. Union dues cannot be used for politics. That's why they have a separate fund. Look at the International Association of Firefighters page, they have a separate VOLUNTARY fund for just such thing. They cannot and DO NOT use dues for political reasond.

Anonymous said...

Tea party members support communism.....just look at the AK 47's they carry. They should be buying US made ar-15's!

Anonymous said...

Hey Rage,
I figured you were smarter than that! Proof: If I were a Dallas Cheerleader I would be playing with the OTHER cheerleaders boobs!!!

Anonymous said...

The teaching atmosphere in Decatur has been awful for a long time. Teachers, though, are much to blame for allowing decision after detrimental decision to be made without any protest. If I've heard it once, I've heard it a million times, "It's just the way the system is." Teachers in Decatur never put their foot down on anything. So, now we are micromanaged to the point where our bathroom breaks are probably noted somewhere in our PDAS evaluation. Between CSCOPE, intervention, TAKS, RtI, SpEd, etc., we don't teach anymore, we just cover other people's asses and we have allowed it to happen by being silent all these years. Oh well, right??? It's just the way it is.

Anonymous said...

1:12, Rage didn't get to be famous because of his brains or his boobs.

Anonymous said...

hey! i do buy ar's

Anonymous said...

1:39 If only you and your fellow teachers would organize, go before the school board, and protest. This board obviously doesn't care what the public wants, but you hold some of the cards...you can threaten to walk.

RPM said...

Speaking of retaliation, who was President when we invaded Somalia and got our ass kicked and for the first time in our history cut tail and ran?

10:09 AM
Somalia wasn't "the first time in our history" to cut and run. Does nobody remember Reagan pulling troops out of Lebanon after they were attacked?

I suppose that was a strategic withdrawal and not "cut and run" because it was Reagan?

Was Glenn Beck your history teacher?

Anonymous said...

I say again. Too much money spent on sports in our schools. They need to keep their freaking noses to the grind stone (ABC's).

Anonymous said...

9:29 - Right on! Anybody making the salary already being paid to the superintendent BEFORE his raise should GIVE back the raise. Cutting people's jobs while the head honcho takes close to a 10% raise is just insane. Secondly, the people on our school board should be tarred and feathered. the million + on athletic miscellaneous is absurd. If they didn't know budget cuts were coming from the state, then they should resign due to "stupidity".

WHERE IS ANY ONE WITH SOME GOOD OL' COMMON SENSE???

Anonymous said...

Union dues cannot be directly contributed to parties/candidates/federal PACs...BUT a labor union may use the dues money of members to engage in a host of other political activities such as non-partisan get-out-the-vote drives, political "education" campaigns directed only at members and their families, issue campaigns, lobbying, PAC administration costs, etc.

Yeah, lobbying...that's not political!

Anonymous said...

RPM, you're right. I forgot about the hostage rescue attempt by Jimma Carter that failed miserably.

Anonymous said...

Rage went from a boob to a chirping cricket.

Anonymous said...

1:39...great,great,great observation. Teachers are so afraid of losing their jobs and DO NOT speak up for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard whether basetball Jones Obammy has denounced the Somalia pirates and plans to retaliate? I still hear crickets.

Anonymous said...

If you read all the headlines on DrudgeReport you would think that Dec. 21, 2012 is right around the corner. Oh wait, it is.

Anonymous said...

You asked who was in charge during Somalia. Why would it matter, if not an attempt to divert attention to Clinton?

I have a job, folks. I can't spend all day on here showing you what idiots you are.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Hey Rage, Ready to take me up on the bet about Obammy not saying a thing about the Somalia pirates?

Anonymous said...

Rage, You might want to consider getting a job because the one you have is having the reverse effect from what you think it is. Not that I mind hearing how absurd and hypocritical the liberal weenie mindset is.

Kathleen... said...

The Somalian pirate story is SO tragic. Sailing around the world giving out Bibles....and murdered. Disgusting. I had to wonder though: will this story get as much traction, Presidential attention, etc., as it would had the people been out trying to save baby whales instead of doling out Bibles? Hmm....color me cynical.

Anonymous said...

2:14
It is illegal for Texas teachers to "walk out."

RPM said...

4:01 PM you also forgot about Vietnam. Pretty sure Nixon was a Republican as well.

This is yet another example of conservatives trying to rewrite history to fit their agenda.

Anonymous said...

NAPALM THE PIRATES

Anonymous said...

If they were passing out Qurans
he would be on it pronto.

Anonymous said...

2:14 it is also against the law for texas teachers to engage in collective bargaining when it pertains to their jobs, but many of them do. Lots of administrators who just look the other way instead of culling teachers who are problems in our schools.

Anonymous said...

Obama had already authorized the use of force. Just like he did with the last set of Somali pirates.

Y'all need to learn how to read.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but with all the stuff going on that makes us all unhappy...I am STILL laughing about the updog thing, and everytime I think about it, I laugh again! I just want to say thanks for that, Mrs. LL :-)

Anonymous said...

If we had Union teachers in Decatur, we would not be in this mess.

Anonymous said...

The only idiot Coach Rage has exposed lately is himself.

WordKyle spanked him the other day on some topic soundly. Today, he has decided to go down the "Bush is a draft dodger" route like Dan "I'd rather make up the facts than report them" Rather. Another brilliant move by Coach Rage. He is now whining that we take things he says as partisan issues. Wow!

On a post a while back, Rage claimed that he would put up his degree in political science and law against any of us. Not impressed yet, pal.

Keep playing with your boobs and doorknobs.

I wait anxiously for Coach Rage's next ridiculous comment.

Anonymous said...

I am going to take Coach Rage's advice and learn to read. I am thinking that if I learn how to read, maybe I can make some sense out of the stupid things he says. He is just killing me with this stupid crap.

Do you really have a law degree? Really?

Anonymous said...

I wait anxiously for Coach Rage's next ridiculous comment.

Being new here, I'm truly flattered that you sit around on the internet and wait for my comments. I hope you learn something.

You'll have to forgive me if I don't recognize anything you say as worthy of note, as it seems to be indistinguishable from the rest of the white noise on the internet.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Get out the vote rocks! International Assoc. of Firefighters!

Anonymous said...

8:36 is sooooo out of the loop. Culling teachers??? Ha! I'd love to experience a little of that! Decatur parents have our adminstrators so wrapped around their pinky, it's a shame! Again, it's been this way for years. There are some supportive parents out there, but man, if a parent becomes disgrunted or has an ax to grind, all they have to do is schedule meetings upon meetings with administrators and they get whatever they want. They can bully a teacher until that teacher has a nervous breakdown. I've seen it many times. When you ask for support, the principals turn a blind eye or give you some sort of stock mumbo jumbo they look up in their Mid-Management Handbook. And the nice principals just don't know what to do. The end result is that the teacher is always left being the one that has to compromise, cope, or worse, give in.

Ha!!! Culling teachers-obviously, you aren't a teacher in the district. My guess is you have a jerk or sadly, a special needs kid that leaves you feeling frustrated and insecure. Or, you are the parent that can't stand the fact that your kid might just be average. You are probably one of those parents that can't be a true advocate for your child or their teacher because you are too busy being pissed off that life isn't treating you fairly, so you take it out on well intentioned teachers and staff by stomping your arse up to the school all the time and complaining...makes us all feel sorry for your kid and hate to see you coming. You spend 99% of your time being angry all the time and will ultimately jade your own child and make many people around you miserable. In addition to your child, the other students in your kid's classmates miss out on fun and engaging activities but your kid's teacher is so busy making sure she has her i's dotted and t's crossed because if she doesn't your going to point that ticky tacky crap out. And when you do, because again, you need to take your misplaced anger out on someone, you will go to the principal who will invariably throw your sorry butt a bone every stinking time.

Do you hear me, administrators, school board? I'm every teacher in the district. We are looking to you for support and leadership. We need it, bad. Step up to the plate.

Anonymous said...

In honor of President's Day, Campbell also came out with George W. Bush soup. Just an empty can. And for his Dad, Cream of Wimp.

Anonymous said...

8:36, admininstrators are too busy getting boners over data to worry about culling teachers. I do give you extra credit for using the word, culling. Nice vocab usage!!!

Anonymous said...

RPM, You're right. I forgot about Korea.

Anonymous said...

Decatur's issues are with the board!

Always has been!

No surprises p!

Anonymous said...

Campbell was going to come out with an Obammy soup but they couldn't fit a watermelon in the can.

Anonymous said...

11:42 it sounds like you might need to be one of the "culled" teachers. And you are NOT "every teacher in the district" so please do not assume your opinion is the same as everyone else's. I am a teacher in the district and you don't represent my views at all.

Anonymous said...

8:06 is probably has been on a growth plan for 10 years!!! Bwah ha ha ha! See what I mean people?
Or, you are one of the special ed teachers that run around like Chicken Little threatening the teachers that "Mamma gonna get you! Mamma gonna get you!" Go suck down more of that Kool-Aide. I for one, am simply pointing out some areas that the district could improve. Considering they are always on the teachers about their growth and performance measures, I think it's time that the tables are turned in a more balanced way.

Anonymous said...

9:02 I have never been on a growth plan nor am I a special ed teacher. You probably don't want to hear how good my evaluations have been over the past several years (both from the current administrators here in DISD or from my previous district) because you obviously are a very unhappy person. If I were as unhappy as you appear to be I might find a new district to teach in and quit bashing the one that currently pays me. It is a free country and if you think the grass is greener somewhere else I encourage you to go grazing.

Anonymous said...

Mooooo!!! You should be an English teacher if you aren't one already. You are fabulous at integrating imagery and word usage. Very stylish.

And you're right, your PDAS evaluations would probably bore me. They are as worthless as the results of a TAKS test.

Let the good times roll, people!!! Bring on the Kool-Aide!

Anonymous said...

Decatur superintendent told the district teachers today regarding his raise that they might not get it but his job would be difficult for the next two years and the school board thought he deserved a raise. I guess he is right. I don't get it! Evidently the teachers aren't going to have a difficult job for the next two years. If they get to keep their jobs they face a pay cut, a loss of health care benefits, larger class sizes and heavier class loads. No sir, I DONT get it!!!!

Anonymous said...

TURF AND BLEACHERS AT THE TRACK IS THE ONLY RAISE YOU WILL GET Sir. Now how proud of your school board are ya.