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3.16.2011

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • President Obama filled out a men's bracket and a women's bracket with the top four seeds in each to get to the final four.  He puts in as much effort as I do. (And he's already receiving criticism for taking a little time out to do a bracket. Sheesh.)
  • I think Decatur's internet is screwing up again this morning. 
  • Mrs. LL doesn't seem to understand that the front bumper of her car is about three inches off the ground. Yet another incident yesterday which caused me to "whisper yell" at her according to a member of the household. 
  • The Caravan Inn sign on Jacksboro Highway may soon be a thing of the past. When I was a kid, we'd always take that road into Fort Worth, and the sign would always catch my attention. "That must be a really nice hotel," I'd think to myself. It wasn't then. Certainly isn't now.
  • Dumb question: When was 287 from Rhome to Fort Worth built? I remember 114 into Dallas as a kid but don't have any real memory of 287 until I was a teenager. Might just be my faulty brain. 
  • Rick Perry apparently agreed to reach into the Rainy Day Fund and take about three billion out of it to balance the budget. But it looks like this doesn't change the school funding crisis one single bit. (I think the money is going to be used to cover the shortfall before the budget for the next two years even kicks in.)
  • A teenage girl's song has 8.7 million hits on youtube. It's an earworm. Edit: I finally listened to it. I dare you. Friday! Friday! Friday!
  • Completely under the radar: Protesters in Bahrain are knocked back by Saudi troops which have entered the country. Saudi troops? Yep. If it weren't for the Japanese earthquake, this might be the lead story. Edit: Wow. Shocking video released this morning. 
  • Three or four helicopters landed at the Decatur Hospital last night. Was it a drill?
  • I don't condone violence, but the viral video this week of a bully receiving a beat down almost made me condone violence. (Warning: Youtube wouldn't even keep it up.)
  • Dumb service advertised on WBAP: Have weather alerts sent to your cell phone for $2 a month. 
  • The Texas Senate agreed to allow employees to have guns in their cars at the work place. You think those folks in the northeast, where guns are like leprosy, are shaking their collective heads?
  • The story behind the headline in the paper below is weird. I just hope that DA's office in Denton doesn't indict someone over it. 





76 comments:

Scott said...

Of course, the president is taking heat for doing the brackets! I mean we have a possible nuclear meltdown in Japan, rioting in Bahrain, riots in Libya where they have been asking for our assistance, war in Afghanistan and our economy is in the tank.


Meanwhile, what is our President doing? Instead of jumping out front to handle these issues, he is too busy doing the brackets or playing golf to run this country.

Obama is completely over his head. He is actually making Carter look like a great President! Can't wait until 2012 when we can get him out of office!

wordkyle said...

My first and prevailing thought about the bully-slam is that he got what he deserved. On the other hand, if he is messed up for life, then that may be a bit of overpayment. But he surely deserved some kind of beat down. The bullied kid clearly should not be punished at all. (It will be interesting to see if the Australian people sue as readily as Americans.)

Anonymous said...

Yes, some of us care that our country's financial future is spiraling out of control care that Obama could find time to fill out a bracket and talk about it but can't find the time to make a difference on the budget talks. Even some of the other liberals are complaining about is level of inactivity!

Anonymous said...

Our neighborhood bullie met his match outside my kitchen when our chubby son took the older kid down to the ground and sat on him while his younger skinny brother held his glasses. He later became the student body president and all district line backer! The lesson is "don't mess with chubby kids".

Anonymous said...

Re: Pres. Obama filling put bracket. You know BG I recall a time when Pres. Bush was slammed by the left and the liberal media for playing golf while America was at war. Remember what happened? I do. He never played golf again while POTUS. But hey I understand you lefties have that whole hypocrisy thing down pat. America is still at war, Lybia is still in meltdown, Japan faces a crisis of epic proportions, the rest of the Middle East is following Lybia's march toward crazy town, America still faces a major budget deficit and ongoing recession, but hey what's a little time out for Obama's 62nd round of golf since assuming the presidency. And what's a little time wasted on basketball. It's sports after all. The most critical thing our president can address right now. Hopefully he will find time during his golf and basketball tourney picks to fix the looming football crisis too. Man you lefties can sure turn a blind eye sometimes. Wake up America this president is a joke. He is trying to rival Carter for most useless POTUS in American history.

Anonymous said...

The school budget crisis is going to get interesting. Perry has not lifted a finger to help the schools, and he's the one who created the mess that put them in this position.

Frank Deford suggests that high school football be canceled before schools cut the arts and music.

These are interesting times.

Anonymous said...

After reading Adrian Peterson's comments, I think I am in the wrong field. Does anyone know of any slavery openings?

Anonymous said...

adrian peterson has got to be the dumbest person i have ever heard speak...

Anonymous said...

Guns...Why should we give a rat's ass what people in the northeast think of us?

Anonymous said...

Do you think the Decatur board will give teachers a raise this year like they did the superintendent?

Anonymous said...

I'm not an Obama supporter, but what is the big deal with him filling out a bracket? Does everyone expect him to be on the job 24/7? I would be concerned if he was glued to the TV, watching every game, but the guy should be allowed ten minutes or whatever, for himself. Stop nitpicking and concentrate on the really important stuff he's screwing up!

Anonymous said...

I don't begrudge Obama's side interest, and I didn't begrudge Bush being away from his desk 30 days at a time.

I sorta feel both know/knew what was going on and had underlings hard at work..........I think you call it an administration for a reason.

Anonymous said...

The DISD Supt got a 10K raise for doing what the Booster Boys wanted: protecting athletics/athletic expenditures from the budget cuts.

If the teachers can in someway prove they are advancing the cause of athletics, they too might get one.

Anonymous said...

Growing up in Decatur, we always went to FW to shop at the downtown Monnigs and Striplings. I, too, used to look at the Caravan Motel sign and think how great it must be. We always went through Saginaw and 199, but I think I remember 287 being completed while I was in my teens, which would have been in the mid-late 1960s.

The helicopters were patients transferring in to WRHS. The ED has been very busy the past few months.

Anonymous said...

The 287 freeway was built in the '70s, I think.

Before that, the highway went through Saginaw on Main Street.

Anonymous said...

So after filling out his african handball bracket, it's off to Brazil for some me time. Now that takes leadership skills.

Anonymous said...

Good grief; you people complaining about the president filling out a basketball bracket are ridiculous.

Like ANYONE could work every waking moment on their job and be halfway efficient!!! Relaxation and physical recreation is good for the brain; good for job performance. You guys are just looking for something to criticize about Pres. Obama.

And don't be so sure about 2012. There are many of us that will vote for him again. Just kills you guys, doesn't it?

And BTW, Just because some complained about Bush playing golf, doesn't mean all of us that didn't like his politics complained about it. Most small children know that they can't justify bad behavior by saying someone else did it.....

Anonymous said...

9:47 - Can you tell me when Obama actually WORKS? He spends all of his time playing basketball or golf or going on vacations. He is too busy having fun to actually work!

Anonymous said...

I bet the 3 or 4 Wise County weenies are shaking their collective heads too.

Anonymous said...

MAN!!!! That was one vicious body slam! Getcha some, Fat-Boy!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bush logged more vacation time than every other president combined.

Now watch this drive!

Rage

The Secret Police said...

"I won't rest until.....(insert crisis here) is solved)"

Super Duper Quadruple Fake Barrack Hussein Obama

P.S. Don't taze me DF!!

Anonymous said...

High five to the kid who kicked the little "tough guys" @$$. The reason we are so "aware" of bulling all of the sudden is because we won't allow our kids to take up for themselves. Bet the little jerk thinks twice before picking on someone again, wonder if he would have done it had no friends been around to impress..

Anonymous said...

What- Transit officials describe area plan?

Anonymous said...

Hey Libs..how's that "Hope and Change" workin' out for ya now?

I sure do hope things change soon!

Jack Daniels said...

Today's pic ---. Epic fail.

Anonymous said...

I think it's mostly because doing "brackets" or whatever that is so retarded.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lefties

There's a time to play and a time to get serious.

EXAMPLE

"Johnny, you may go outside and play as soon as you clean your room."


KA PEESH?

Or, is that over your heads?

Anonymous said...

The Texas Constitution requires Governor Perry to present a balance budget for the next biennium. The Comptroller's Office estimates what the revenues should be that the State has to work with. Now, the Governor and legislators have to come up with expenditures that match. Not their fault that roads, law enforcement, prisons, medical care, colleges and public schools are the areas they have to work with to reduce costs. Want to keep all the teachers? Then open all the jails. Don't like that? Then let all roads go to pot. No? Then make people sit outside hospital emergency rooms and die. All the complainers need to offer a solution...because everybody complains, but NOBODY says "tax me more" so we don't have to make these choices.

Anonymous said...

Wish he played golf everyday, just wonder how much he cheats. Hopefully when he is on the course,
nothing is getting done in Washington. Just wishing.

Anonymous said...

At least we knew where Bush stood on important issues.

This guy taking up space in the White House is way over his head.

Anonymous said...

where Bush stood on important issues

At Crawford, mostly.

Rage

Anonymous said...

It is Hwy 81/287 with Hwy 81 being labeled first (1926). Before that in Texas it was State Hwy 2 (1911) and before that in Oklahoma the chisholm trail.


State Hwy 114 is relatively new
(1933)

Anonymous said...

My thoughts on the protester shot by Saudi troops.

Maybe he should have thought of that before he left the house.

The rounds they were using were 'less than lethal' crowd dispersal types as any type of buckshot or grenade would have torn his head off or the ones to his chest would have killed him in his tracks from blunt force trauma.

Yes, he's still possibly dead by now.

I won't say he had it coming to him, but REALLY- getting in armed mens faces who have warned you multiple times to get out of those same faces?

A Saudi sergeant had at that point already been killed by a protester -where's the outrage?

If Bush had been in the White House we would not have had to find out about this from Barry's blog- it would have been pervasive. Huffington Post only put it up because they knew thay had to since they've never failed to scream about our dirty ties to the Kingdom when Bush was President (and yes they'd like to do their part to take down the governments there they don't like).

We assume inalienable rights we are born with- other governments and regions do not and even the protesters themselves may not be demonstrating for what we naturally assume they are.

Anonymous said...

Cutting football before arts and music?

Ha! Good luck with that.

However, it's a good example of what is good, reasonable, practical and correct not standing a chance.

Anonymous said...

College african handball is a training ground for future slaves. DF Adrian Peterson

Anonymous said...

There was an identical Caravan hotel in Gainesville with the palm tree sign until about 10 years ago. It was at 35&82. Building is still there but now under a newer name and it's gold.

Anonymous said...

imo, no leader is better than a bad leader. so obama should keep playing golf and basketball and brackets just not mess anything else up.

mzchief said...

I would hope, if under attack by US rebels attempting to overthrow the US government, the US government would us violent/military force to thwart any attack against the US government.

I do not blame Gaddafi, Saudi Arabia and/or Bahrain for using military force in an attempt to defend their governments from being overthrown by rebels. Just because people in the US do not like the governments of Libya, Saudi Arabia and/or Bahrain does not mean those governments should not be allowed to defend themselves against rebels.

If civilians do not want to get killed by the established government of their nation, it would be best for civilians not to take up arms against their government.

Anonymous said...

Rage, Up until the invasion of Iraq, Bush let us see his drive. Now that Obammy has troops committed to Iraq and Afghanistan, he won't even let us see his sissy swing.

Anonymous said...

I would hope, if under attack by US rebels attempting to overthrow the US government, the US government would us violent/military force to thwart any attack against the US government.


SECEDE!

(Let me know when you get my point.)

As for the rest of your rant, well, the founding fathers you profess to love wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire if they heard you say that.

Rage

Anonymous said...

11:42, that wizzing sound was my point going over your head.

Rage

mzchief said...
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Anonymous said...

"Wow and I thought our DA could get a murder conviction on anyone with or without a body"

From the comments section on the Clark death story.

Stranger things have happened- maybe it was so his spouse could collect on a life insurance policy more easily or get the full amount of the premium.

The Secret Police said...

Well then be grateful Troll, they would definetly piss on you, fire or not.

mzchief said...

Please, Don't Feed The Troll, Rage.

Anonymous said...

Rage, Your points are about as sharp as bowling balls.

wordkyle said...

Obama filling out a bracket - meh. There is so much more to criticize about his Presidency that this doesn't even register.

Anonymous said...

287 was completed like it is now about 1962. it went around Al void about 1966 for the complete job of 4 lanes in wise co.

Anonymous said...

It was not a drill. It was 3 or 4 helicopters landing.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love this Drudgereport headline.."All White House events Wednesday 'closed press'--except for ceremony praising Obama's commitment to transparent government"

Anonymous said...

1:34 I already SAID that....WRHS ER has been really swamped lately. Those were transfers in from other facilities and accidents.

And yes, I also already said 287 was finished sometime in the
1960s.

Anonymous said...

What kind of fools would give their superintendent a raise when they knew they were going to need to cut teachers and teacher salaries?

Unbelievable!!!!

Anonymous said...

If you expect your wife to drive around Wise Co. with a three inch clearance and not tear up the bumper that is crazy thinking. We have pot holes at least six inches. Get a vehicle with more clearance, problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief: A prominent board of Retardologist's recently met and after 5-7 minutes of in depth analysis,their diagnosis regarding you're mental state is as follows.

YOU ARE A TARD NO MATTER WHAT.

Please do not respond to this message as it was automatically generated.

Anonymous said...

Rage -
Good points, as usual.

I got a good laugh at your 10:45 comment.

Keep on messing with 'em. You're good at it.... and it's entertaining to see the responses.

Anonymous said...

287 did not become a four-lane until the mid sixties South of Alvord and the early seventies north of Sunset. The loop around Alvord was not completed until the mid seventies.

The Secret Police said...

Yeah wage gwate points, yer tho thmart and funee, pweeze keep methin wit um!! (wrists bent over hitting myself in the chest)

The Secret Police said...

Your awesome Secret Police! I think you have the biggest brain in the blogosphere.
And that guy Rage is as F'd up as a football bat, and I LOVE it when you mess with him.
Keep up the great work

Anonymous said...

Ah, the Caravan Inn/Motel. Many pleasant memories. One includes an invite to a private party after the Fort Worth Stock Show/Rodeo one night. Who was there & three sheets to the wind but my former high school freshman English teacher (now newly single she repeatedly told me). Took her class her first year out of college. She - 28 & out for a night of wanton abandon. Me - 21 and vigorous. I still think about her congugation skills. Ah, Caravan! If those walls could speak!

My Other Brother Darryl

CT said...

Great pic of the troll, Mz. I kinda pictured him that way..

Anonymous said...

2:42, unbelievably foolish fools would. And they all need to go!

Anonymous said...

Secret Police said Your [sic] awesome Secret Police! Secret Police said...

Anonymous said...

Proof Rage is an idiot...

"Bush logged more vacation time than every other president combined."

He/she's words, not mine.

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe a true leader would consider a raise under such circumstances.

Point to ponder!

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

"Minute Order 016701, 09/26/1939

From the Texas/Oklahoma State Line via Stratford to Dumas, then follow US 87 from Dumas to Amarillo, from Amarillo via Claude, Estelline, Childress, Quanah, Vernon, Wichita Falls, and Henrietta to Bowie, then follow US 81 from Bowie to Ft.Worth, then from Ft. Worth via Waxahachie to Ennis, then follow US 75 from Ennis to Corsicana, then from Corsicana via Palestine, Crockett, Groveton, and Corrigan to Woodville, and then follow US 69 from Woodville to Port Arthur. General redescription of Highway System. "

Officially, it became the 287 part of US81/287 in 1939.

Anonymous said...

before the minute order of 1939 it was one of the original 26 state highways of 1917. Between Fort Worth and Rhome it was State Highway 2 and split at Bowie and continued north into Oklahoma (the original Pan American Highway) The other route from Bowie to Amarillo(current 287) was State Highway 5.

Anonymous said...

Really - you fault our DISD elected school board members for giving the district's leader a raise?
Really?

And you fault them, the same elected leaders, for the budget crisis? Really? Because, last I checked it was someone else who caused all this mess.

So, if the board has enough faith in their newly hired leader to offer him a raise, then so be it. His $10,000 isn't going to save a teacher's job anyway, and in fact, might in turn, save more, with the board's vote of confidence.

Did I mention that we, the voter's of the DISD, elected them, and NOT by a close margin. So the few in the minority vote obviously got beat - accept it, run again next time, or heck - get on board and help out by doing something other than selective reporting through this blog and other public forum means.

Anonymous said...

Harder to believe an educated board would consider a raise under these circumstances. Sounds like American Airlines decision making!

Arthur said...

@10:17 I believe the Italian word you're looking for is "capisce" or "capisci" depending the noun not "ka-peesh."

Don't be a hayseed, it's unbecoming. Be like the great P. J. O'Rourke or the late yet erudite William F. Buckley, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Educated???????

Not all are!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

10;46 is your husban on the school board? you must be one of the bunch that want to spend all of OUR money on sports and turf.

Anonymous said...

So!

What ya going to do about it?

Anonymous said...

Yes, 10:46, we lost in our board elections. That means YOU who did win with your candidates should be proving us wrong. Sure isn't happening that way. In fact, the board's actions are proving US (those who voted against the current newly elected members) extremely right! They are doing exactly as "we" predicted------- not making smart decisions with the taxpayers' monies!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Howard and Quanz should make another run......

Anonymous said...

I think they ran outta money the last time they lost!