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3.30.2011

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Fatality accident on 380 near Krum this morning that shut down the highway. I always worry that it's a Wise County resident because I think we use that stretch more than anyone else. 
  • The assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan occurred 30 years ago today. For me, that doesn't seem that long ago because I remember it. Kennedy's assassination, on the other hand, seems like a historical event that I can only read about. 
  • Idiocracy:  Dallas radio station K104 has unveiled a new radio show called "Te Crazy Azz Morning Show."
  • Chico school employees were told yesterday to expect a 5% pay cut across the board.
  • Since my confrontation with the Neighbor Boys, things have been pretty quiet. I'm demanding my household thank me for 20 days of keeping them safe from attack.
  • I told you I had a bad feeling about the Aggie/Baylor women's basketball game. The Lady Aggies beat them like a drum (with a smothering defense.)
  • My prediction that the Rangers won't make the playoffs feels pretty good right now. That team has a bad vibe, and a bad pitching staff, coming out of spring training.
  • The 5 Hour Energy Drink commercial where the guy says "Let's do this!" as he walks out the front door annoys me.
  • The high school hockey brawl (which I still think I'm responsible for at least some of the local media explosion about) is a little odd because it was an amateur league that used high school team names. The UIL isn't involved at all. 
  • But appropriate credit for the video: It looks like the first place it was posted was at Ellis County's The Observer on Monday night. 
  • A school open house (went to one yesterday) makes me wonder how a teacher can keep a class of kids focused all day long. 
  • I got my hair chopped off for summer yesterday but had to endure the chatty hair-cutter person. (Was it OK to pull out a short-haired-picture of myself on my phone to show her what I want to look like.)
  • Lots of folks commented yesterday about the title of the Skip Hollandsworth article about the serial murderer "you've never heard of."  Hey, I had never heard about that story at all. 
  • "Obese Ohio Man Found Fused To Chair He Sat In For Two Years." Ok, how many questions jump in  your mind right now? His live-in girlfriend called for help when he became unresponsive last weekend. Uh......girlfriend?
  • Anyone have an opinion on Chuck Klosterman's series of books?
  • The prosecutor in Willie Nelson's marijuana case might have been joking, but there's something amiss about his statement (other than proving he's a knucklehead): He said he would offer a plea bargain of a fine only if Willie would sing, and I quote, "Blue Eyes Smiling In The Rain" in open court. 
  • College football fans: The Fiesta Bowl scandal that broke yesterday might be the beginning of the end of the BCS.
  • The tweeting snake is still a funny bit. 


Edit: I'm killing any further Chico ISD posts. It's all been said, it's getting too personal, and some of the comments are pushing the envelope as to allegations.

70 comments:

Joe Hallenbeck said...

Umm, tweeting snake is pretty funny. But how about those dirty Xtina pics. They seem a lot more interesting.

Anonymous said...

I like the soft white one on the right.

But I bet the one in the middle tastes better.

Double Fake Silence of the Lambs

Anonymous said...

Barry,

Since you are already making your year end assumptions for the Rangers, will you refresh us on what your prediction was last year?

And any final thought about the Mavericks?

Arthur said...

I'm reminded of Casablanca where Captain.Renault announces, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" when people talk about the BCS. Really? Ask any MWC, C-USA or WAC fan if they are. Let's face it, the BCS may be a cartel within a cartel the thought of which makes my brain hurt. I'm hoping either Jarhead or Wordkyle could explain if that's even possible. Seriously.

In the meantime, enjoy all the Arizona Republic's coverage of the scandal at azcentral.com. I'm off to thesportseconomist.com/wordpress to see if they've got anything.

As Flounder said in Animal House, "This is gonna be great!"

wordkyle said...

Regarding Willie's case, as the Eagles said, "You can't hide your smilin' eyes."

Anonymous said...

So click on the Ellis County Observer Link and scroll down the comments - notice name of poster at 12:00 a.m. this morning. (And yes, I grew up in Ellis county).

Upstairs said...

About the Kennedy Assassination -- If you were born in 1961 forward, you don't remember. Those born in 1960 pretty much remember. I was born 2/19/1961 and don't remember. Friends born in December 1960 do remember. This lead to some fascinating college discussions in Dallas when the Sr/Jrs remembered and the Soph/Freshmen didn't.

Anonymous said...

That's pretty much everyone's consensus on the Rangers last year.

Considering the vast majority of teams in any given year do not make the playoffs, your "tap the brakes" predictions are hardly noteworthy.

Why don't you start predicting teams that will make the playoffs?

Anonymous said...

If you like the BCS, take a look sometime at what "Not For Profit" PBS stations and producers spend. There is boatloads of money floating around, and everybody profits.

Anonymous said...

Today's pic looks like a reverse Oreo. The creamy white ones need to hang around outside for a while.

The late (time-wise) commenter from yesterday who claims that younger folks know the names of Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, but not Corll/Henley - I think you are grossly overestimating the pop culture savvy of the younger generations

Willie should take his pot bust case to trial. Any prosecutor in Texas who gets the title of that song incorrect can't be that smart

The Rangers' starting rotation isn't radically different from last season's. A couple of faces are different, but the general feeling of shakiness is there, and they didn't do too bad. Let's not forget that a mid-season Cliff Lee-type trade could shore it up again. I think the offense will take the reins this year

Having a pic of yourself to show the hair cutter seems a little...uh, questionable.
If you can't paint a picture with words of how you want it to look, and then live with the results if it's not exactly how you wanted it...yoooooou might be a metrosexual!

Triple Fake Inverse Jeff Foxworthy

The Secret Police said...

The "Lets do this!" guy annoys me too.
What's he gonna do? Trim his nails?

On the obese guy, those stories always make me shake my head.

Old Cried Pants said...

Re: Klosterman

Start with Killing Yourself to Live, and then go to Eating the Dinosaur.

You won't be disappointed.

Anonymous said...

Love me some willie! He's the man.

I was born in 1953 and well remember the kennedy assasination. I never got what everyone was so broken up about since he wasn't in my personal life, it really made no difference to me. I was in third grade and more concerned with what was for dinner.

Anonymous said...

Tried to be a open minded about women's college basketball, and watched a good chunk of the second half of the A&M v Baylor game. Wow. Aside from the overall poor foul shooting, poor field goal shooting, and poor ball handling, it was great. If that was supposed to be a game between two of the nation's best programs, ouch.

Anonymous said...

10:02

You and I are the same age and I'm ashamed to admit that since all TV was preempted starting Friday around 1pm until the funeral was over, my biggest concern was that there were no Saturday morning cartoons. When you are a kid, you haven't yet lost the ability to prioritize.

Anonymous said...

I will take the one in the middle please...

Anonymous said...

I'll bet you a billion dollars the wrong way driver that killed the tank truck operator yesterday was a drunk Messkin.

Anonymous said...

The folks at the Ellis County Observer seem certifiably insane to me. That Joey clown acts like his four websites covering four of the smallest towns on the planet is a media empire.

Anonymous said...

The biggest difference between Reagan and Kennedy’s presidential terms was that Reagan survived the assassin’s bullet.

These two presidents had very similar views on foreign policy, defending America, and economic policy. Who spoke the following words?

"The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit but to achieve the more prosperous expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus."

Obama basicaly says that Kennedy was full of BS in the following youtube posting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScMvZinMb6E

Mr. Obama, please don't contradict my hero. He was much smarter than you.

Anonymous said...

10:20 I agree. Have to admit I'm still more concerned with what's for dinner than any type of news going on in other parts of the world which don't affect me!

Anonymous said...

10:28 You are correct. drunk messkin. But today it was probably a white guy who crossed the line on 380 and hit a UPS truck. Sorry he died, but it was apparently his fault/accident?

Anonymous said...

"Smiling Eyes" ???????? hahahahaahha
WORDYKYLIE u MY FRIEND R AN IDIOT!!!! HAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

If your Ranger prediction is like last year and most of your other predictions, we should expect a World Series win. Just saying.


LL Family Cat

Anonymous said...

Commenter at 10:02 baffles me. I was born several years after that and I vividly remember the events of that day, and how it affected me - because it was THE PRESIDENT!
However, I also admit to some TV angst after several days because of the total coverage. The only option was Channel 11, so you were stuck with reruns. It was the first time I saw the same thing on all three major stations AND Channel 13

Anonymous said...

hey,11:00 -
subtle humor called
no message
please return call
URGENT!

Anonymous said...

Ok so now instead of just taking the teachers jobs Chico is cutting there pay too. Hearing that and reading the paper today maybe that lady was right and they are all SOB's on that board. Seems like last year the board was handing out no bid jobs on the construction work to THEMSELVES and now they are short on money. HMMMMMMM My rocket science degree tells me that these things might just be linked together in the long run...

Anonymous said...

10:48
you sound like fun to hang out with...about as deep as a cookie sheet

it was 10:02 that was talking about dinner; 10:20 commented on cartoons

Anonymous said...

Remember what happened last year when the Rangers came out of spring training with a sketchy rotation and tons of question marks?

And who the hell goes to a woman to get their summer hair cut? Summer hair cuts are only to be handled by barbers that cuss and smell like cigarette smoke.

Anonymous said...

chico school board is one group of buddies that dont mind bending the rules and breaking a few if it fits there best interest. but u know what if the rest of the town doesnt do anything about it then what do they expect. the town and the school has dropped so far its sad the last ten years and its been since this group has been in control. such a great place and system back in the day too.

Anonymous said...

Chico is like a nuclear site now with all those tank trucks in town like that. Everybody needs to just move away and stay clear and then maybe the radiation will wear off someday and people can return and rebuild it. Whoever let that be placed right in town ought to have to pay double for there water bill. (Paradise joke)

Anonymous said...

I heard all the Chico board members weren't running this year. They said there was no money in it anymore.

Triple Fake Moss Backhoe spokesman

Anonymous said...

Chico's problems are self inflicted for putting un-educated people in charge. Its like giving 6 monkeys a loaded gun and then blaming the monkey for eventually figuring out how to pull the trigger and killing another monkey.

Uncle Fester

Anonymous said...

Klosterman is definietly good if you like writing on Pop Culture. I've read Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and IV and am about to read Eating the Dinosaur. All good stuff.

Anonymous said...

The wreck involved a 25yr old Bridgeport man according to channel 4.

Anonymous said...

Sssssssilly humansssss. I can't tweet becaussssssssssse I do not have opposssssssssable thumbsssss. Thissssss guy issssss obvioussssssssssly an imposssssssster.

Double Fake Ssssssimon

Anonymous said...

Chico is Rhome without oilfield traffic, and less drugs.

Anonymous said...

I am 10:02 AND 10:48, 11:26. It's YOU who didn't get it. And I'm plenty 'deep'. Just don't really give a damn about dying presidents and world events. I have a graduate education, 3 grown professional children, and am a professional myself, but that doesn't mean I give a *** what happens to people outside my world, because I don't. To expend energy caring about something you can do nothing about is a total and simple waste of time. I felt that way in 1963 when kennedy was shot and I still feel that way today at 57. Doubt you'll convince me to give a care in the next 20 yrs or so, either.

Anonymous said...

11:09 You baffle me. Explain...is the president's life more valuable than the rest of ours? Do you go into a state of mourning every single time a person in the world dies? Must suck to be you.

Anonymous said...

11:48 your such a stupid a##. That tanker truck business has been in Chico longer than you can count.

And, 11:57 no doubt you are living in the la la land of a democrap/liberal. I really hope you are one of the "not required or needed" that got your a## fired.

Anonymous said...

Is 12:40 related to the troll Rage?

Anonymous said...

Chico and Decatur school boards are all about the same. Did they give the new supt. and his wife a job too? Does chico school board want turf and bleachers around a track that no one voted for too? Yep they must all be kinfolk,

jim said...

All I gotta say is I told yall so last year and no one listened. Those people leading chico led them straight to a cliff and now are pushing people off trying to save themselves.

jim said...

p.s. love the monkey comment

Anonymous said...

no chico spent a couple hundred grand on a practice football field for a team that hasnt "played" football in years. but a school members company built it so all is well..

Anonymous said...

12:53
It's like this - Maybe the office of president isn't as prestigious as it used to be, what with scandals and everything over the past several decades, but back then the death of our country's leader was a big deal - at least to a six year old. And the fact that it happened right over in the next county was also unnerving to that six year old
I think some of the shine has come off of my wide-eyed innocence, but back then the undisputed leader of the free world registered pretty large on my radar.

I'm not really sure if it sucks to be me. I've never been anybody else, so I have no perspective other than mine. I know that if given the chance, I wouldn't want to be you

Anonymous said...

and purely rumor but i heard that the super dodged a question about getting a raise but in reality his contract paid him more this year than last. technically yes he didnt get a raise but he does get paid more while others are getting 5% cuts. sure he doesnt mind the cuts across the board then. purely rumor until someone actually asks him that.

Anonymous said...

re-worded to clear the filter.


what are you going to do if they are one of the ones that got let go already 12;53? fire them again???

Anonymous said...

The funny thing about Chico is they have a lady running for the board that lives in a shack behind her parents house. She spoke at the meeting and said she was a productive member of society. Lets see.....not paying taxes, living in a shack behind your parents house.....doesnt seem too productive to me.

Anonymous said...

1:43 I think you actually meant to address me, 12:49. As a child, the president meant no more to me then than he/she does today. Just another person to be forced to hear about on the TV when my parents listened to the news. Now, as an adult, I just don't turn on the news...problem solved. And just for the record, I wouldn't want to be you either.

Anonymous said...

I knew some of the story of "The Lost Boys", only because I have seen some of the graves at Sam Rayburn. In the late '70's or early '80's, when I was 10 or so, my uncles and their families purchased property for a cabin, and 2 of the graves are right next to that property. They are mostly filled in with dirt now, but when I was a child, they were 4-6 foot long, 2-3 feet deep, holes in the ground. You could still see remnants of the lime in them. We go out there every Thanksgiving, and this year we took some of the children to see the graves. When our son is a little older, we'll tell him some of the story, in order to reinforce why you never get in a car with a stranger.

To read the story makes me sick that the HPD never put the disappearances together, and Brooks and Henley let it happen.

Anonymous said...

Id rather have the shack lady than someone who steals from a school, his secretary, his cousin and his uncle. Oh wait and two other guys he is in business with. No wonder why all the votes are 5-1 and 6-1.

Disclamer: It has not been found that he stole only that he was on the school board and was giving hundreds of thousands of dollars of no bid work.

Anonymous said...

1:52 - That is funny !!!! Does she really think she has anything to offer that will help the business side of the school? Or is she just related to one of those that got cut and hopes to fix teh wrong doing????

Anonymous said...

I think it is time for you to change out speedo lawnmower man for a gal in a Bikini.

Anonymous said...

8:41 your are probably right, one in the middle has a little more seasonings added for better flavor.

Anonymous said...

Barry, in regards to the summer haircut quandary:

Easy to solve. clippers #2.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

2:26 - Where is your proof that hundreds of thousands of no bid work was awarded. Have you bothered to ask to see the bid. Those items would be public record. Do you know what assume stands for? Don't assume that you know what you are talking about because you are very likely to make an a** out of yourself. It seems as though you have a chip on your shoulder or a score to settle. Did someone steal your boyfriend when you where in high school and you have been plotting your revenge for years. Please grow up and quit bashing hard working people who have done a lot in the community. As for the lady who wants to run for a position on the school board and lives behind her parents. Does the community really want to stack that many family memebers into a leadership position. IF she won...big IF, that would make two blood relatives on the board together, an son-in-law/brother-in-law as a principal and a daughter/sister as a teacher. The principal also being the sister-in-laws boss. Can you really reprimand your sister-in-law when she has done wrong or do you just brush the things she does wrong aside? That teacher is very biased and does not like children of wealth. Maybe this is what it is really about...jealousy. Are you jealous of the success that some people have made for themselves? Have you been a complete failure and lurk around trying to bash those who are doing good for the community. The proof is in the pudding...so show your proof or shut your mouth. In other words...put up or shut up.

Anonymous said...

4:04 - for real ? that many relatives in the system = bad business. How could the Board let this happen? Why would the Super allow this to happen? Sounds like most of the problems with the whole school belong to one FAMILY.
What do they do for the community? Besides run the school into the ground?

Anonymous said...

4:04 is it black or morrisy?

Anonymous said...

404 and 432 same network. Posting things to support themselves.

Anonymous said...

And don't you worry. It will be requested very soon as soon as contracts are handed out and others can't be punished for my many many open records requests.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Alvord board for cutting administrators. Decatur says it is cutting admin. also...Ha,ha 3 administrators!!!Wow what a sacrifice.

Anonymous said...

DISD school board members all have kinfols working in Decatur School system it's not only Chico

Anonymous said...

Chico Chicko will put and end to all this nonsense! Vote Chico Chicko!

Anonymous said...

I was twenty and in Germany when J K got killed and said then that he got it for screwing with Castro's life too much.Did'nt like him then don't the ,(Kennedys)now.To compare J K to Regan is being an idiot.Regan was the only one that wasn't scared to death when he got shot.
As for Chico if J D if wants to move his business to Bport we can certainly find a place for one who hires over three hundred people.Tax money ain't bad.I would wonder how much the bitchers pay.DAGO

Anonymous said...

It's great to show us a picture of how u want ur haircut... Takes all the guess work out. Been my experience that once a woman cuts your hair you will never go back to smoke smelling man!

Anonymous said...

IT'S SNAKE PLISKEN!!!!! HE'S TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK!!!!!

Anonymous said...

At least Reagan wasn't killed to death. Makes a diff.

Anonymous said...

10fo, you make WordTroll very happy beings he is the decider of who is a troll. BBaaaaaaahhhhh. Baaaaaaahhhhh.

Matt G said...

1. I refuse to let my wife drive down Hwy 380. That's gotta be a contender for Most Dangerous Highway In Texas. Seems like there's a fatality west of Denton just about every other week. Anyone got any TXDOT stats?

2. I really think that I heard you call into The Hard Line the other day, Barry. Confirm or deny?

3. Clearly the prosecutor needs to hear Willie's classic. But trust me: it's better on CD. The man's ear seems to be getting tinny. Or is he just off-key every time I see him live, because he's baked?

--MG

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm so tired of hearing complaints about DISD's superintendent's wife being given a job--

The last superintendent's wife didn't work in the district, but the one before that (his wife was a counselor in the district) , and the one before that (his wife was an elementary teacher, and the one before that (well, I didn't know him well, so I can't speak for him - McKay was it?).

So, what's so awful about giving the superintendent's wife a job - there was an opening; it was NOT a created position anyway.

This isn't anything new!