4.27.2011

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Edit: Ugg. A Repeat.

  • It seems like the National Weather Service issues a hundred times more warnings and watches than they used to. I mean, they'll issue ten consecutive "thunderstorm warnings" for small areas as a storm moves across North Texas. 
  • And if you watched Channel 8 at 6:00 p.m. you saw Pete Delkus in pure Fearmonger Mode. Their helicopter was over Corsicana and they spent 15 nonstop commercial free minutes watching a cloud claiming they could see some type of rotation. It, of course, was nothing.
  • And I've heard that Delkus thought Ben Wheeler was on the phone instead of the name of a town. I hope that's true and not a joke. 
  • Tech stuff: I'm a huge fan of Gmail, Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs.
  • College football: On Labor Day weekend, TCU/Baylor has been moved to Friday night and gets a national broadcast on ESPN. Aggies/SMU has been moved to Sunday night and will be shown on Fox Sports Net.
  • Mrs. LL referred to my hand watering of the grass while listening to my iPod as "my therapy."
  • Heard on the radio this morning that they used to have high school smoking sections (perhaps outdoors) for students. Really?
  • Idiocracy headline: "Teen Mom stars Leah Messer and Corey Simms allow MTV to film their emotional divorce."
  • As goofy as the Birthers were for claiming the President wasn't born in the U.S., I'm at a loss to understand why it took them so long to release the long form birth certificate (post below). It might have been pure stubbornness.
  • "At least he'll have a future in gay porn." - Most bizarre thing I heard at the courthouse yesterday. 
  • "Administration sources say President Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, would take the CIA chief's job." The Defense Department and the CIA will now have a basic understanding of how the other one works? That is change I can believe in. 
  • Saying the wildfires at Possum Kingdom are "90% contained" seems like a percentage that needs to have a huge margin of error associated with it.
  • Charlie Sheen comes to the American Airlines Center tonight but they are only using half the arena, the upper deck will be closed off, and it is not sold out. (The Q and A session will be hosted by Kidd Kraddick.)






57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Repeat picture...But I Like it.

Anonymous said...

Yep, they did have smoking areas at my high school - Trinity in Euless. That was where all the cool kids hung out. You had to have a pass, and each semester was punched with a specially designed tool.......didn't take long for some engineering type students to come up with a way to counterfeit passes - I bought one for $25.00

Anonymous said...

My school did not have a smokin area, but allowed students to walk across the street to the store and smoke like hell.

Good times at SHS...Go Panthers

Seymour High

Anonymous said...

Today's hottie is a repeat from just a few weeks ago.

I got my first haircut in Ben Wheeler.

Anonymous said...

I went to school in Mineral Wells & we had the north parking lot as the smoking area. Saw lost of teachers smoking side by side with students those days.

Anonymous said...

Your pic is a repeat from only last week, but I don't have a problem with that


Ace Frehley turns 60 today
"I-I-I get up to pee-e-e all ni-i-ight/
And take a nap ev'ry day"

Konstantly
Ingesting
Stool
Softeners

Triple Fake Starchild

wordkyle said...

Obama's birth certificate, and the refusal to release it, was more of a curiosity to me than anything else. I'm wondering why they brought it out now. The guv of Hawaii -- a Democrat and friend of Obama's -- made as much of a controversy out of it as anyone, so I thought they were using the subject as part of their political strategy, to paint (and thereby marginalize) all Republicans as "birthers."

I think the interest in the subject shows how many Americans don't think they really know enough about Obama. Accurate or not, they still perceive a lot of mysteries and unresolved questions about the man. (Of course, these types of questions are usually resolved before someone is elected President. Thank you, mainstream media!)

Anonymous said...

The Metro DC Police Department is also investigating why Charlie Sheen got a similar escort from the airport to DAR Constitution Hall when he "performed" here. Guess money really does buy privileges.

Anonymous said...

I think Carrollton/Farmer's Branch High Schools had designated smoking areas. Some of my cousins attended RL Turner.

My school did not allow smoking.One of the vice-principals even climbed into a tree to hide and catch the smokers who smoked out by some trees on school property. He fell out of the tree and was called squirrel from then on.

Anonymous said...

What pissed me off most about yesterday's insane weather OVER-coverage by Pete Delkus, was the fact they had Coleen Coyle in a helicopter! If she had been killed in a crash, I would never forgive them. She's a HECK of a lot easier to look at than Pete Delkus! Stick PETE in the helicopter! :-)

Anonymous said...

Stubborness?

Hardly!

Obama enjoyed keeping this birth certificate issue a mystery because he could paint the small percentage of the population who were birthers as kooks/likely Tea Party types.

But when 38 percent of the country started to believe Obama wasn't born in the U.S., and when a well-known and credible figure started hammering him on it, then Obama had no choice.

Make no mistake, this is a win for Donald Trump, and it gives him lots more credibility.

Obama handled this issue poorly!

Jeff said...

The Possum Kingdom Fires, if the person in command calls the fire 100% contained or completely out all state and federal assistance stops this is why you will see a fire of that size called 90% contained for several days or weeks after active firefighting has stopped and they are just watching for rekindles or flare ups and working to maintain fire lines.

Anonymous said...

In the '70s, Gainesville High School had "the smoking dock" outside a back door where teachers and students went between classes. I think they stopped it when more than just cigarettes were being smoked!

Go Big Red!!

Anonymous said...

The reason why it took so long to release Obammy's birth certificate is because it took that long to create a fake document to look like the real thing from 1961!

Anonymous said...

Their helicopter was over Corsicana and they spent 15 nonstop commercial free minutes watching a cloud claiming they could see some type of rotation. It, of course, was nothing.

I'm sure there was some wind coming out of City Hall.

Triple Fake Corsicana Tiger


I think the interest in the subject shows how many Americans don't think they really know enough about Obama. Accurate or not, they still perceive a lot of mysteries and unresolved questions about the man.


Uhhhhm, no. It shows how the Tea Party and fringe Republicans can convince their members that the sky is falling on any wedge issue they choose to make important.

That helps the Republican Party keep their members snowed in on issues like abortion, prayer in schools, and where Obama was born, and keep them voting Republican even though the Party elite wants policies and tax strategies that are not in the interest of the average Republican.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Wordy and with 9:14. Bammy had a reason for releasing this now, and it certainly leaves much room for speculation as to motive. He not only handled this poorly, but he continues to manipulate the American people (at least the stupid, trusting ones). This has nothing to do with race. This has to do with an idiot trying to manipulate and control the people of the US for a hidden agenda. Anyone who can't see that practically ANYONE would be better in the White House than Bammy must be blind.

Bacon said...

Bottom pic Bacon scale
2 out of 5
I hope she is not sleeping she is going to get sun burned.

Anonymous said...

No smoking at my school in the '60's. Heck we couldn't even have a Coke, only orange drinks.

I am sick of all the tv stations staying on air for the tornado events. All you need to know is they are in your area, so be prepared. What will be will be.

Anonymous said...

I was at Grand Prairie High School (graduated 1980) and my freshman year they had a smoking lounge complete with coke machines! They did get rid of it by my sophomore year. We (the NON-smokers) used to watch from upstairs to see who all the smokers were.....like we couldn't just smell them!! LOL

Jack Daniels said...

Latest TV weather buzz phrase----
Rain Wrapped Tornado. Bet Ch. 4 said it 200 times. I guess it has replaced the last weather buzz phrase--- We have a Hook Echo on the radar.

Anonymous said...

Not a birth certificate. It is a cetificate of live birth, which has been out there for awhile. This proves nothing.

wordkyle said...

919 - The Republican party has shown itself pretty inept at organizing anything (See "Presidential Election, 2008.") The Tea Party movement is characterized by its relative un-organized status. Democrats, and the Obama team specifically, have proven masterful at controlling the message. (See "Presidential Election, 2008.") Any "convincing" done has to originate with some other source besides the Republican party.

Anonymous said...

During breaks at my high school, we ingested something even more powerful than cigarette smoke: Ding Dongs!

Anonymous said...

I need a version of this new girl that you can zoom in on. Gotta check out the tummy.

Anonymous said...

wordkyle, the wedge issues are widely known as a Republican tactic. Say what you want, the Republican party elite have been controlling that message.

Anonymous said...

Delay on releasing birth certificate same reason magican has a pretty girl on stage.

Diversion

Better watch what he is doing with his other hand.

wordkyle said...

1026 - "Wedge issues?" Please explain that thought, and how those differ from simple "issues."

Anonymous said...

9:14AM "....Donald Trump, and it gives him lots more credibility."....are you serious? Donald Trump and credibility will never be three words used together.

From Newsweek 4-24-2011: "(Trump)has also filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, most recently with his casino unit. “I do play with the bankruptcy laws—they’re very good for me” as a way of cutting debt, Trump says."

You probably supported Sarah Palin, didn't you? What a doofus!

Anonymous said...

Seriously wordkyle?

You either have no business talking politics or you're still being intentionally dishonest.

http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&source=hp&q=wedge+issue&aq=2&aqi=g5&aql=&oq=wedge+i&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=65be2f32a6d185d3

mzchief said...

To anonymous 9:58...
Just shut up! Just stop it! If you cannot help yourself, find someone to tie your hands to your side. Seriously, just stop being a MORON.

Hawaii does not issue a birth certificate. Hawaii issues a Certificate of Live Birth, which Obama has finally released, and a Certification of Live Birth which Obama released several years ago. There is a difference between the two documents but now Obama has provided the ONLY types of proof of birth documents provided by Hawaii.

Just let it gooooo. Suck it up and deal with the fact that Obama is POTUS. Try to FOCUS on the real issues that makes Obama unfit to be POTUS.

Anonymous said...

Let's see ... look at the typewriter font on that thing. Obviously did not exist back in 1961 and the paper is of a type manufactured in a small backwoods hut in India only after 1962. He ain't no Merican I tell ya. Conspiracy STILL ALIVE!

wordkyle said...

1128 - I understand the concept of wedge issues, believe it or not. I wondered how you could see it as a particularly Republican tactic. Wikipedia, the first hit in your Google link, cites examples from both parties, and even one -- illegal immigration -- that both sides used as a "wedge issue."

I wanted to see your take on it, but you disappointed me. You spouted talking points without points.

Note: "Abortion" is an issue. "Government spending" is an issue. "Terrorism" is an issue. They are only wedge issues in that different sides feel strongly about them. "Waiting in line at the DMV" is an issue, but not a wedge issue, because everybody agrees that it sucks.

Anonymous said...

West Kings District High School - Nova Scotia - '79-'80 all my friends were smokers, so we hung out in the designated smoke pit outside the biology lab - 'Garvock's Gardens'

Anonymous said...

I would vote for ANYONE other than Bammy....seriously. That man scares the hell out of me on many levels.

Tornado coverage sucks. I agree with 9:38. Just tell me if it's in MY area once, then take me back to my programming. I dont' give a damn what's happening in corsicana and I don't care to watch the storm's progression. If I hear it outside, I'll take cover. Otherwise, give me my TV shows!

Anonymous said...

When I was in elementary school, we lived across the street from the school. I remember the little white smoke shack. we would use it as a playhouse after school was out and no more smokers were in it. I remember teachers and students, mostly male, smoking together also.

Anonymous said...

Delkus is a beat-down. Long for the days of Troy Dungan, Dale Milford, and Harold Taft.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

re Tech Stuff, exactly why I switched to Android. Google is taking over.
Unsettled Assimilator

Anonymous said...

You could get a tobacco pass and smoke or dip in a designated area outside at Sherman High School if you were a Junior or Senior. They did away with it in 1986, although teachers could continue to smoke in the building. They had a "smoker's lounge"!

Anonymous said...

11:34 you really a man? couldn't tell from that mustache i saw you with in Bridgeport.

Anonymous said...

More nothing from wordkyle. Gingrich touts the wedge issues, and always has. It's their political strategy and everyone (who is honest) knows it.

Anonymous said...

Tornado Coverage: Back in BC (before cable), if there were late night storms, they would keep television on. I always enjoyed watching episodes of Dragnet while it stormed.

Gern Blansten

Fruit of the Womb said...

The only "wedge" issue I need to discuss is brought on by my whitey tighties!

Anonymous said...

Might want to cut back on the "Hand Watering the Lawn", I hear it turns the grass yellow. Thats what happens when my Yorkie waters the grass. LOL

Anonymous said...

My only question about the Hawaiin birth certificate is what happens to the last born child of quadruplets in Hawaii?

Anonymous said...

I had a wedge issue once but that was caused by upper-classmen when I was a freshman in high school but I'm ok now thanks to fruit of the loom.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amusing how everyone thinks that their issues are the only ones worth debating. If they don't care, then no one else should care either. What an ass you are Mzchief. If it is important to me, then I have as much right to bring it up as anything. The point is that he did not produce it when originally requested and is now providing what is most likely a fraudulent document. Still of no concern to you that we may have the most dishonest POTUS since Nixon?

wordkyle said...

158 - Would Obama's references to "millionaires and billionaires" (that don't mention the NFL) be considered using a wedge issue? How about Democrats accusing Republicans of starving old people? Have Democrats mentioned the Iraq war in the last three elections? How about tax cuts for "the rich?"

Anonymous said...

Whoaaaaaaa 2:38! Did you just skip over W? Even the latest leaks from Wikileaks proves how dishonest he was re people he jailed in Gitmo.

As time moves on, and his flunkies need money and start to write the "tell-all" books will we know just how dishonest he was.

Anonymous said...

How about Death Panels?

How about SHOW ME THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

How about "KEEP YOUR GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF OF MY MEDICARE"? (which the Republicans are now trying to dismantle...)

How about abortion?

Prayer in school?

Congressional investigations into Islam?

Voter ID, when the only confirmed case of voter fraud I know of was a Republican State Senator named Birdwell?

Funny how all of the Republican wedge issues are race and religion oriented.

Anonymous said...

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

wordkyle said...

I think a certain troll has stopped signing his work.

Nonetheless, it's been pretty well shown that the use of "wedge issues" is not a singularly Republican tactic. And neither is belated American curiosity about the man they put into the Oval Office.

Anonymous said...

3:47 very nice. hope you know that statement goes both ways.

Right?

Anonymous said...

I was in high school from 1972 - 1975. There was a designated smoking area out in the back area of the school. I figured it was because I lived in NC. But my husband went to school in Illinois and they had the same thing. It sure beat going into a restroom that was a smoky haze because of all the misfits huffing away.

Anonymous said...

I'm a tornado magnet.

Double Fake Ben Wheeler

wordkyle said...

Well, now we know why Obama finally released the birth certificate. Although only a tiny part of the news coverage, the story was gaining traction among Americans. Obama can't stand to lose control of his media lapdogs.

el chupacabra said...

At the the old Decatur High School everybody smoked against the wall between it and the auto mechanics shop.
If it was not officially sanctioned- it was decriminalized as in if a teacher or the prinicipal wanted a known smoker they would go out to the 'smoking area' and get said person and no one ditched their cigarettes or anything.
Teachers smoked furiously in their lounge into the 80s. You would stink like you'd been in a bar if you stepped in for an errand for one minute.

Dorothy said...

I thought Bridgeport High (now the Middle School) had a smoking area our freshman year, Barry. You remember that courtyard that wasn't accessible from the outside? I thought that used to be the smoking area.