3.14.2011

Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • The Texas Supreme Court ruled against some Wise County residents in a drilling case on Friday. 
  • The Messenger's web site seems to have gone behind a pay wall. That's a dicey move.
  • First a younger mother of five gets hit by a car in Dallas, and then over the weekend a pregnant mother of five gets gun downed in her car at around six in the morning. It was actually caught on survelliance tape (they knew each other.)
  • I told you we should be concerned about those nuclear reactors in Japan. Now 17 U.S. navy men have tested positive for radioactivity over there. (Did you know that the best thing to do in that situation is to simply take a shower?)
  • Dave & Buster's has a new item called "Chicken and Shrimp Tsunami".
  • Should I be concerned that Mrs. LL, in her ongoing war with the neighbors kid, set up her phone in an upstairs window and streamed a video via Ustream to catch them taunting the dog? And it worked.
  • Loved this guy's hair in the crowd of a basketball game. 
  • I'll put up the Liberally Lean Pick Em Basketball Tourney later.
  • Hal Jay on WBAP this morning: "It's down to the Sweet Sixteen after just one weekend?" 
  • On my jog yesterday, I passed a family which in order was (1) a girl walking a dog who looked like the 7th Grader in the house, (2) the dad pulling a handicapped child in a red wagon, and (3) another handicapped boy walking in front who waived at me with biggest smile. For those that know me well, you can guess what happened to me next. 
  • One of these days I'm going to the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Greenville Avenue. Then again, I say that every year.
  • Mike Huckabee spoke at the First Baptist of Dallas over the weekend and the Dallas Morning News said he brought his "trademark humor." Really? If they mean trademarked-not-funny-humor, then I forgive them. 
  • You might want to scroll down to March 5th in the Wise County crime reports.




52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the Update included in the fee to read the Messenger online? Can't pull it up this morning.

Anonymous said...

that crime report is the only positive thing the messenger has done since the new owner took over. the new online pay to read sux and my bet is online advertising shrinks dramatically.

Anonymous said...

I believe I could look at Audrina everyday, good job Barry!

Anonymous said...

I am glad people keep sueing gas companies but do they really think they are going to win with our current RRC and Supreme Court? With Republicans in charge and a corporation wants something an individual may as well just bend over.

Anonymous said...

The Decatur Messenger sucks. That is why I refuse to buy it. I'll spend my money on the Index at least it covers schools other than Decatur.
That paper has gone to poo.

Anonymous said...

I've decided not to pay to read the Messenger online. Will depend on Barry's blog and online Star-Telegram for emergency news and obits. Will not miss Ken Hughes and Tracy Smith's letters to the editor.

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to be a happy camper if I have to pay to see the update!

Anonymous said...

"Trademark Humor." Really? This from the guy that thinks Keith Gordon is funny.

Brewcrew said...

I go to the parade every year. It was great this weekend. The warm weather brought out tens of thousands of people. Floats were pretty weak but all the people then follow the parade to the block party on Lower Greenville. Carry your own beer and watch the idiots.

Anonymous said...

What kind of phone does Mrs. LL have? I tried to put an ap on my iPhone but the website said it was not available for the iPad or iPhone yet.

Anonymous said...

Is there anyone working at the Messenger today? They on spring break too!

Just try filling out the subscrition form free or otherwise.

Just spent a hour fishing out old copy to find sunscription number.

Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

Are we going to have to hear Pappa Bush and Slick Willie beg for donations to the Suenammy victims again?

Anonymous said...

WC crime reports:
"A man reported that his ex-wife shoved a Ding Dong in his face."
Wonder if she had any comment during that incident? Cuz I'm thinking it was something like "Not so much fun being on the receiving end, huh?"

Yeah, the Tsunami thing is a goofy marketing ploy (tidal wave of flavor! - um, what does chicken have to do with a tidal wave?), but enough with the political correctness on natural disasters. Like Gordo said this morning, they thought up the name before last week's events. They're not trying to capitalize on what happened in Japan.
What's next...we have to change the name of the Baylor Bears because somebody got mauled?

Anonymous said...

the guy with the weird hair at the basketball game looks like a photo negative of Al Sharpton

Anonymous said...

What is the correct website for the messenger now? I subscribed on Saturday for paper and online access. Please help if you can!

Anonymous said...

Great pic today

Anonymous said...

What does Mrs. LL plan to do with the tape call the city law or show their mother?

Anonymous said...

The Messenger's web site seems to have gone behind a pay wall.

Well, that's just BS.

Anonymous said...

It only took 6:21 minutes.

http://gizmodo.com/#!5781566/this-is-the-scariest-first+person-video-of-the-japan-tsunami-yet

Anonymous said...

The mess is not worth your money folks. There is nothing of any interest in it. The news on this blog is free and I learn more from it than from the mess or any other source daily. save your money!

I think Ms. LL is taking this dog thing way too far. She needs to lighten up a bit. Keep the dog away from the kids if they're a problem.

As for suing the oil companies, I say shut the hell up. Drill baby drill! It's GOOD for Wise County, our economy, and my own personal economy. they can punch holes in my land and drill all they want as long as those nice fat checks keep rolling in.

Denney Crane said...

I wonder what the Messengers online advertisers are going to think about that? I know that will surely have an impact on viewers, unless the Mess can boast some very big numbers...

When I was a young man, I tested positive for egalitarianism. The doctor told me there was no known cure, but I could move to Texas and lead a somewhat normal life since most of the people there were infected...

Anonymous said...

The folks at the Messenger do indeed read this blog and know the critical comments they get about their product — yet they never acknowledge it openly amongst themselves (I have inside info).

In their minds, they dismiss what they read. When they do talk about it openly (on rare occasions) they think the negative comments represent the feelings of only a small percentage of Wise County residents or people with a chip on their shoulder because of some negative article from 10 years ago — but, in fact, they represent the feelings of a good majority of people here.

And I think their circulation numbers reflect that — with or without Roy Eaton in charge.

They might put out a better quality paper if they weren't in such denial!

Anonymous said...

After reading the WIse County Crime report I think two things:
1. Living on a country road increases the odds your neighbors are idiots.
2. The police officers in Wise County could never be paid enough to put up with such a large population of childish ignorant residents. God be with them.

Anonymous said...

The guy with the odd hair at the basketball game: Santa Claus during his off-season.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

10:46 You must be one of the few people in wise county that owns the minerals on their property.

Anonymous said...

Calm down all you Messenger bashers!

If you register, an e-mail is sent to your e-mail address. Once you read the e-mail, it will tell you that you are now a member. You can then go to the Messenger and read the Update for FREE.

Do you people never register for anything??

Anonymous said...

http://www.wcmessenger.com/
Here is the messenger link.
I don't usually buy it anymore; and, I don't care to read the rest of the story anyway.

Anonymous said...

The people who bash the Messenger are totally justified.

My nephew is a reporter in Georgia. During a visit here, he took a gander at the WCM and said it spent too much time sensationalizing horrific traffic accidents, which most newspapers won't do for ethical and sensitivity reasons.

I know some people whose relatives were horribly injured or even killed at the scene of some of these accidents. While none of them objected to the accident making the paper, they did object to the fact that Joe Duty has to constantly be at every one of them to take photographs (even EMTs are offended by this). They also objected to these stories constantly making the front page, as a tool to sell more papers.

mzchief said...

RE: Wise County Messenger

Just register, as stated on WCMessenger.com, registration is FREE. After having registered, I have FREE access to the Update and the entire article after clicking "Read more" to access the full article.

Anonymous said...

I predict "NEW OWNERSHIP" WCM - July 2011.

Anonymous said...

10:46

The problem is that when you don't own the mineral rights, your surface is confiscated and abused, and the surface owner is never allowed back on the property that they still own and pay taxes on. The abuse of the surface land and water table has to be contained. The oil companies all to often dismiss every claim as money grubbers, when in actuality, they have just cause to be upset. The oil companies think they are God in this state, and the courts let them get away with it. I had the legal right to keep them off of my property, but because I could not afford hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, I could not "prove" my right to keep them off. It should be the other way around. They should have to prove they have the right to confiscate my land for their own personal gain.

Anonymous said...

Too bad the Messenger staff is in such denial...from what I hear at work, no one bothers with it anymore. From what I hear it's a majority of the folks who feel it's worthless rather than the few. It'll all come out when their rates drop so low they have to close. I hate not only the repeated accident coverage which is insensitive as well as the stupid human interest articles on people no one cares about, many who have done things which are certainly not something to admire!

Anonymous said...

Are those crab bites on that chicks leg?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I MUST go register so I can be just like Mzcrapola!!!!!!!

mzchief said...

To anonymous 2:17...
REALLY!!! REALLY??

Your life honestly sucks so much it truly makes you feel better about yourself to post those type of comments?

You really need to get over me and get on with YOU becoming someone you like.

Anonymous said...

2:08 - likely warts - sad we have to see such imperfection.

Anonymous said...

12:33 Yes, I do, and I own the mineral rights on lots of others, too, purchased in the 1060s. Not everyone around this area hates the oil companies. Some of us profit very nicely from them.

Jack Daniels said...

Purchased in the 1060s? Damn, that was a while ago. Who you buy them from? Henry IV?

Anonymous said...

Newspapers are the new buggy whips.

Anonymous said...

You tripped and fell scuffing your Barry knees?

Anonymous said...

Hee hee- "track hoe". The Messenger said,"Hoe"- ha, it is to laugh.

Anonymous said...

You could just go to Alvordonline and read her BS, including a recent poll the so-called editor did asking - "With Alvord ISD facing a $900,000 deficit over the next 2 years, and the possibility of impending job cuts, do you think it was wrong or right to hire an Athletic Director? 59% said it was wrong, 41% said it was right. What she failed to mention on this "unbiased" poll, was that the current boys coordinator makes more than the current AD and he doesn't teach a class. She also fails to ask - "If the new AD can do the job of three coaches and teach a core subject, would that make him a "right decision" or a "wrong decision."
Come-on Ms. "editor" - just because he wasn't your choice, doesn't mean he wasn't the right choice. If you're going to put an opinion poll out there - don't riddle it with YOUR opinion, because no one really cares to hear it!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if those WARTS extend to her public area.

Anonymous said...

A court did something right for once and justice prevailed.

Miracles will never cease- I'm gonna go buy a lottery ticket.

Can we dial our time machine back to the time of my divorce so that court could hear my case?

Anonymous said...

3:38

So you profit at other people's expense and seem damn proud of it. I don't begrudge you the right to own mineral rights, just give the surface owner a little more respect. After all, you have to walk through my house to get your product out of the ground and to the market. I should get a little more consideration than I currently get. Especially when it is my right to keep you off, I just don't have the money to prove it in court.

Anonymous said...

Dear 1:56 did you not read your deed before signing on the dotted line??? someone SOLD away the rights before you so please don't hate me for my mailbox money check I get off your land!

Anonymous said...

4:39, why don't you and other bitter Alvordians give it a rest? At least keep your drivel on Alvordonline and spare the rest of us. We don't care!

Anonymous said...

Obviously I meant the 1960's rather than the 1060s! And I agree with 6:01. You knew you didn't own the mineral rights when you bought the land. Love that mailbox money!

Anonymous said...

But you don't own the surface rights. Why do your rights superceed mine? It should be some sort of compromise.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Jog with a few kleenexes Barry...

CM in Lake Conroe

Anonymous said...

12:09, fact is, when you purchased your property you signed knowing the mineral rights can still be "had" by those who own them. If people would stop buying land that way, then maybe things would change. But as long as property owners (surface and mineral) can sell the surface only to "suckers" without signing over minerals, well, then this fiasco will continue. Remember this: Texas land owners are wise enough to realize that minerals under their surface go all the way to the center of the earth! There is no telling what all will be discovered as the ability to drill deeper and deeper continues. Folks with mineral rights would be quite foolish to give them up. Don't want to mess with that problem? Then don't purchase their property!