5.27.2011

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Slowly dawned on me that the metroplex will be home to the World Series, a Super Bowl, and the NBA Finals in about a seven month period. I suppose there's someone who bought tickets to all three.
  • Went to a luncheon yesterday out at the Civic Center for a reception for the Court of Appeals. They told us about how hard they work and how fair they are. (And the Decatur Civic Center gets a thumbs up.)  Edit: In the mail this morning was a handwritten note from Justice Sue Walker thanking us for our hospitality. Thumbs up to her. 
  • Kind of lost in the news this week was the Fort Worth railroad worker who lost both legs and an arm in a work accident.
  • Not sure who Sasha Jackson is, but she's a "Hey, Now."
  • I end up announcing the time in my house like a public address announcer a lot. (i.e. "("9:14! 9:14!") 
  • A news story about a homeowner who shot a teenager in Fort Worth trying to pry open a window had the Tarrant County DA tell a reporter that the self defense laws about home protection are "complicated." Actually, the laws are so vague there's almost no law at all. With words like "reasonable force" scattered throughout, it's basically whatever a jury thinks is justified.
  • Failing the TAKS test will prevent 22,578 Texas seniors from receiving their diploma. I wonder what percentage of those just give up. 
  • Just found out about a 1991 movie called Rush which is based upon dirty undercover drug cops in Tyler in the last 1980s. Actually, it's based upon the book by the same name which was written by one of the dirty cops. I was surprised to find it for free On Demand on my TV system.
  • Construction workers are putting on a new roof on the building beside my office. I could have sworn I heard one yell yesterday, "I gotta go peepee."
  • Provisions of the Patriot Act were renewed late last night. For as much as everyone gripes about it, it never gets repealed. 
  • They have "select" softball teams for Second Graders? Somehow that just sounds expensive.
  • Lawyer in small claims court objects because the opposing paralegal's breasts are distracting. (I'm getting old, because I was more interested in why in the world there were three lawyers and one paralegal in a small claims court case.)
  • Heat in six.
  • Tony Romo gets married this weekend on Saturday. Is it rude to have a wedding smack dab in the middle of Memorial Day Weekend? (Side note: What does "smack dab" mean?)
  • Don't ya just love this quote from the Romo Wedding planner: “They’re just really neat people so I think the party is going have an effervescent feel to it,” Todd Fiscus told CBSDFW.com. “We did lots of man food. I have a lot of football players to feed.”
  • Meet Todd Fiscus. (I'm going to talk my law partner into re-creating that photo near the bottom for a new law firm brochure.)
  • Deferred adjudication for first time Texas DWI offenders in now a dead proposition. We never go back to reasonableness because lawmakers never want to be painted as "soft on crime."
  • Guaranteed to get your office workers to stop and look at you: "47 Of Maria Sharapova’s Grunts In Her Second-Round French Open Win."




46 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would pay to see a photo of you and Brock like the Todd Fiscus photo. I would make Brock lie on th couch though, his height would be distracting if he stood.

Anonymous said...

They gave the Civic Center a thumbs up because they either weren't paying the bill or they hadn't seen it. Only a bunch of lawyers or an oil company could or would afford what they charge. If they Barnett Shale ever winds down those responsible for the fees at the CC will have to have a reality check.
Double Fake "The Seated Decatur Beggar"

Anonymous said...

Don't feel too sorry for those 20K who won't graduate. First of all just getting a tad more than 50% of the questions correct constitutes passing!

Second, they and parents have had warning since the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades.

Finally, they have 5 opportunities to retake failed sections their junior and senior years.

Go on line, see a copy of the test and you will understand how basic it is.

Jack Daniels said...

One look at todays pic, I threw up a little in my mouth.

Thanks, Barrister

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does Todd Fiscus look kinda sorta like he ought to be missing a front tooth and have some funky Mike Tyson Tat on his face?

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
1 out 5
She looks good for her age but.....one is going one way and the other the other way. I think they took a wrong turn somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Heat in six??? If you don't learn from your mistakes you are doomed to repeat them...Dummy.

DLW said...

The only thing the DWI deferred bill did for your clients was MAYBE avoid the surcharges. Otherwise, their effect was the same as a conviction. IMO, it wasn't a good bill and I'm glad it died.

Anonymous said...

Now that school is coming to an end, are you going to promote "the Second Grader in the house" to "the Third Grader in the house?"

Triple Fake... said...

After reading the article and seeing the quote "I feel like Celine Dion", I have serious doubts that the wedding planner's definition of "man food" is the same as that of the average football player

But I'm sure the whole thing will be...FAB-U-LOUS!!!

Anonymous said...

If the seniors who can't pass the test are that stupid, they don't deserve a diploma. If they quit, who cares? Stupid is hard to fix.

Anonymous said...

In reference to today's pic: I thought Hillary Clinton would look fatter in a two piece....kudos to her

Anonymous said...

9:35
You better care if they graduate because you will be supporting them as in welfare!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Todays chick is a MAJOR FAIL of epic proportions or somethin.

Language Abuser said...

(Side note: What does "smack dab" mean?)

It is short for the reason that Tony is getting married:

SMACK DABooty

Tater Salad said...

I think I saw todays chick at Wise Co Park, net casting for bait. Prolly where this picture was taken. I prolly would- just sayin'...

Anonymous said...

God bless the railroad worker. That's why Unions are still needed. The railroad rulebook was written in blood.

Anonymous said...

Right on 9:52. Like they said in Caddyshack...."The world needs ditchdiggers too!!"

Anonymous said...

In regards to the TAKS test:
When I went to high school
('58-'62)you did homework, weekly tests, six weeeks tests, and semester finals tests. You were given grades for each of these things. If you averaged a passing grade you were moved to the next grade level. If you averaged a passing grade in your senior year you were given a diploma. Teachers taught their subjects, not how to take a test. Whatever happened to that concept??
Uncle Wally

Anonymous said...

Of course, these days families of burglars want justice done against homeowners who defend. "This all could have been avoided", the family will say. "This child did not have to die", they'll say. "This could have been prevented if the homeowner would have simply allowed himself and his family to be robbed, beaten or shot by our baby." "Then our baby would still be here", they'll cry. And you NEVER, EVER hear anyone in the immediate family say "hey, maybe if our sweet, good baby wouldn't have tried to rob a house, he's be with us."

Anonymous said...

9:35 sux!

DF DHS dropout!

Anonymous said...

In regards to the Fiscus Foto:

Why don't you just Photoshop the heads of Brock and you on the existing bodies of the two men in the pict & use that? The white jacket would go with your eyes & coloring and Brock always looks good in stripes. Whoops, why do I suddenly feel like Tim Gunn on Project Runway? Time to go watch a John Wayne movie to get my guy cred back.

My Other Brother Darryl

PS - When are you & Brock hiring your new buxom paralegal?

Anonymous said...

I give the Civic Center a thumbs up also. Sometimes, you just have to pay for what you get--there, you get a classy venue, a chef, professional staff, etc. I think it's awesome that Decatur has that kind of sophistication about it. Such a relief to have a place for a nice wedding reception, business meeting, convention, or anything else in town. I'm glad that our city people had the foresight to build it and to keep it going.
Thanks to all involved.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to that concept??

George W. Bush

Rage

Anonymous said...

Tell Mrs. LL that purple isn't really her color, but I'd still pull her hair.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Well you have been wrong about the Mavericks so far this year so keep it up....

Anonymous said...

...So it was George W. Bush who was responsible for Rage's lack of education. At least we know the root cause of the anger and hatred!

Now if we can just determine how Uncle Waldo got eaten up with the dumba$$!


The Rage Cage

Anonymous said...

Rage

Ross Perot

In the 70s people were "graduating" without being able to read, write, or do basic math. Perot pushed for education reform-and here we are today.

There HAS to be a state test, because otherwise, some schools would focus ONLY on the most capable students and simply pass along the others (remember "social promotion?")There has to be an accountability measure.

Anonymous said...

About the guy at walmart taking the photos, the say they know of one of the women but if they would put the pictures up we might be able to identify more of them just a thought.

Anonymous said...

I think it's rude of Tony Romo to get married smack in the middle of the Byron Nelson weekend!

Anonymous said...

Ross Perot's no pass no play was geared toward athletes only. Standardized testing took on a whole new level with George W. Bush ignoring states' rights where education is concerned.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Rage

Not a fan of W, but TEAMS, TAAS, and TAKS came about before W was elected.

And, yes, Perot pushed for no pass, no play, but it was not his only focus. He wanted reform and accountability.

Brewcrew said...

Are you and Brock partners the same way this wedding planner and his "partner" are?

Anonymous said...

With Rage's sudden concern for states rights I have to wonder is maybe he's actually bi-polar and his new meds are kicking in.

Anonymous said...

Flower Mound High School senior "prank"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzNIcbMEt6I&feature=share

Actually, it was a tribute-they thought seniors pranks had gotten lame. They also got their retiring principal to "pass the torch" to the new one.

Nice to see high school kids having fun in school!

Anonymous said...

The seventeen year old that was shot saved us a lot of money by dying at such a young age.I think his momma said he was a born again christian,a FOOTBALL PLAYER,and was going to an alternatative school.Do what!! Dey got football at dem schools?

Anonymous said...

It would amaze most people to find out how silently a line of cars on a switch yard can run over you.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Melinda Reeves will do this week?

Do you think she will attend the Arlington Martin Graduation?

Decatur Graduation?

Have a garden party with a Decatur Board Member?

What's up Doc?

Anonymous said...

Sasha Jackson is a hot British actress.

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2694414336/nm2358356

Anonymous said...

HOLY SHEEP S*** BATMAN!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you choosing the Random skank of the day by weight now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Jerry Howard and Melinda Reeves were very similar principals. Very alike leaders, decision makers, and relationship with staff

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Decatur High School, why is there no news about Thursday's drug bust at DHS? 10-11 students were involved with some taken by ambulance to hospital & some taken to jail.

Anonymous said...

I agree!
Almost twins

Anonymous said...

I thought Reeves cared more about children

Anonymous said...

They both believe all they say

Anonymous said...

Twinkies fer sure