5.16.2011

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • Digging up old roots from a flower bed just about can kill a man. Well, at least this man.
  • The Mavericks bandwagon sure is getting full.
  • The Family Cat now has decided she wants to slap at the water in her bowl until every drop is on the floor. 
  • The Colonial Golf Tournament sure seems to be a shadow of its former self. And it's simply wrong for it to take place before the Byron Nelson and not on Memorial Day Weekend. 
  • Went down to Baylor this weekend to watch my nephew's graduation. I can now say I've been in the same room with Kenneth Starr. (But it was a very big room.)
  • I think the general consensus of the audience of a college graduation is: I'll sit through all of the names to show respect, but I don't necessarily have to pay attention. (Phones, books, magazines are prevalent. But a lot of folks do leave.)
  • Don't know about Pat Green's music, but his fans are aesthetically pleasing.
  • Posting the Hottest Female Texas Sex Offender's seems a bit wrong. And I wonder if you'd be made if you were eligible but were left off. 
  • The Messenger got a lot of heat in its Letters to the Editor for publishing the picture of the eight year old daughter of the alleged Run-Over-The-Guy-Near-Bridgeport defendant.
  • Human nature makes you want to click on that link. 
  • Someone asked me if I knew anything about the criminal prosecution in Denton of a man allegedly responsible for the deaths of Alvord teens Delaney Mancil and Samantha Rogers in a car wreck last year. Best I can tell, there is no criminal prosecution.
  • The new Love's in Rhome won't be able to sell alcohol when it opens because Rhome, although wet, annexed the land the store sits on after the wet-dry election. Thus, a new election is required. I guess Love's new that when they started the project. Edit: Ok. Ok. Ok. Slap a "k" in front of that "new".
  • I did not know that the Angel Tattoo Lady in the Miley Cyrus post below was her mom. But a ton of you sure did. 
  • Is Golden Triangle Mall still there?
  • Argyle elected a mayor who has a pending DWI. Heard on the radio: "That just proves the town wants a mayor who knows how to get his party on."
  • The head of the International Monetary Fund is arrested for attempted sexual assault which gives rise to two thoughts: (1) He might want a nickname other than "The Great Seducer" right now, and (2) anyone else besides me completely clueless as what the Fund does?
  • Nothing like waking up and finding your back door open by about a foot. (And then sleepily checking the place out while holding a baseball bat because you're 99% sure everything is fine but there's that 1% fear.)
  • The BagOfNothing guy posted a short video his pastor played in church.  I was certain I'd know how it would end, but man I was wrong. How this didn't become an Internet sensation three years ago is a mystery.
  • If you oppose a higher tax rate for the wealthy on the basis that the government shouldn't mandate that the few benefit the many, I guess you'd also be opposed to the intentional flooding of Louisiana rural area in order to prevent major damage to  New Orleans. 






79 comments:

Anonymous said...

aesthetically pleasing and YOUNG, very, very young....

Anonymous said...

Golden Triangle Mall was the place to be 20 years ago...now it's a joke. Then again that POS outlet mall out by I35/288 is still getting by...I figured it would be shut down long ago.

Anonymous said...

The rich already pay the vast majority of the taxes.

Anonymous said...

Can we get a little lower on that Bikini bottom?

Anonymous said...

Just want to hug that kid.

Anonymous said...

Big story about Golden Triangle last week on the news. Seems it will be re-done and the newest hotspot. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

Only the last sex offender is remotely even cute... The rest are gross.

Anonymous said...

This attitude the Messenger has about sensationalizing the news, whether it's this or their incessant need to report (and photograph) thorough details of every major traffic accident is unethical. Most newspapers of similar (or larger) size don't do this if they want members of their communities to respect them. I'm not saying don't report it — but don't sensationalize it either!

The Messenger's business plan/approach to journalism always seemed kind of cockeyed to me. They do this stuff all the time, yet their circulation numbers continue to go down (trust me, some of the employees there have told me to my face).

Oh, and in case any one accuses me of not knowing what I'm talking about, then I can only say that I have a communications degree, so perhaps I do know a thing or two about the subject at hand.

Straighten up WCM!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like she's had a bad knee job.

Anonymous said...

The little girl in the picture isn't eight, she's six. She is in kindergarten. The Messenger was negligent at best and possibly criminal by printing and publishing her picture not only without permission by her parents but without any sort of thought or decency.

It's because of just this sort of stupidity and carelessness that I quit supporting the DECATUR paper with my money years ago.

Anonymous said...

spell check
Angel, Knew

wordkyle said...

A flawed and narrow slice of reasoning on the "flooding = taxes" example, counselor. You stretched a bit too far in trying to make your philosophical point. (Here's a more accurate example.) The decision about flooding in Louisiana is more like Sophie's Choice.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why anybody would pay to read the non-journalistic crap that WCM pushes as being "news". You would think that whoever is in charge over there would wise up, hire a few actual news journalists, and rebuild their image/brand that has become so tarnished. I guess when your the only game in town it's easy to take your customers for granted and stay lazy.

Anonymous said...

Heart goes out to the Cajuns. Flooding for the greater good is still flooding. Lots of lives disrupted.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

10K-Rod and his "Merry Band of Seven" continue this Thursday spending money on athletics.....once again tucked away in the consent agenda rather that an agenda item that would call for discussion and a recorded vote.

Hope they have a plaque for each section of the bleechers that reads "In memory of Teacher X"
who is now unemployed.

Anonymous said...

I guess Love's new that when they started the project.

Hey GED man, it's KNEW, not new. Geez

Anonymous said...

A lot of your readers must also read What Would Tyler Durden Do? if they knew that was Miley's mom. They ran an item on that photo last week.

Anonymous said...

9:07...Seems to me someone with a communications degree would know that circulations are down across the board industry wide due to a little thing they call the internet (Twitter, Facebook, Blogs like LLLDQ). It might or might not have to do specifically with WCM's business plan/approach. Seems to me you are just using nonsensical data to back up your opinion; no different than saying global warming doesn't exist because it is unusually cold in May in North Texas. What do I know, I only have a business degree, stupid me!

Kat said...

Ahem....
Make that a *pink* baseball bat!!

Love,
Mrs. LL

Anonymous said...

Decatur I.S.D. is posting openings for teachers and administrators. Why not rehire some of those that were let go last month? Oh, I see. The way they "encouraged" teachers to resign gives the teachers no recourse to yell "foul" because they did resign. A school district that makes one proud and a school board that could not care less as long as athletics gets everything it wants under conscent agenda so the public won't know what's happening. I doubt the board really knows unless they actually read the fine print in the agenda.

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you. Because of Mr. Daniel Studdard of Little Elm Texas. Two beautiful young promising young girls are dead. 2 counts of criminally negligent homicide no billed. If you want to kill some one by driving on the wrong side of the road go do it in Denton County because apparently the grand jury over there does not see that a gross negligence. I hope none of their family members end up dead on that road because of someone driving on the wrong side of the road! The law is on the side of the criminals not the victims. Leaving blood draws up to the trooper's discretion is negligence. All fatal accidents should have blood drawn. Mr. Daniel Studdard of Little Elm Texas decided to drive east in the west bound lane how do you walk away with no charges! You should should be in jail!!

Anonymous said...

The Messenger did get a lot of flak about the photo but no one has said a word about why that little girl was still with her mother. The mother and the man she killed had been fighting for almost two years according to the story and the police had been called almost a dozen times. Where was child protective services? Why didn't the Bridgeport police alert the agency that is supposed to protect kids from this? Who is responsible for the child remaining in that situation for that long? This is the real problem, not the photo.
Uncle Wally

Anonymous said...

The video of the girl who won the race even after falling and catching up to win, is absolutely the best example of "always finish the race". Never give up on life.

Anonymous said...

"I don't understand why anybody would pay to read the non-journalistic crap that WCM pushes as being "news". You would think that whoever is in charge over there would wise up, hire a few actual news journalists, and rebuild their image/brand that has become so tarnished. I guess when your the only game in town it's easy to take your customers for granted and stay lazy."

Trust me, that newsroom is not well managed, and that was the case even before Roy Eaton left. The best thing that could happen to Wise County is for a another newspaper company to come in and compete with the WCM.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure there are no criminal charges for the deaths of the two teens killed in Denton? One of the girl's mother is hoping for the death penalty on her facebook page.
Couldn't it only be vehicular manslaughter? It was a terrible accident, so I don't think anyone would deserve the death penalty. I know it's hard to lose a loved one that way, but accidents do happen; and, I am sure the one who caused the accident will never be the same.

Anonymous said...

Why are you surprised at the incompetence of the Bridgeport Police Department 10:03?

Remember them ignoring a man who was acting strange when he entered their facility before he killed that police officer.

Anonymous said...

"9:07...Seems to me someone with a communications degree would know that circulations are down across the board industry wide due to a little thing they call the internet (Twitter, Facebook, Blogs like LLLDQ). It might or might not have to do specifically with WCM's business plan/approach. Seems to me you are just using nonsensical data to back up your opinion; no different than saying global warming doesn't exist because it is unusually cold in May in North Texas. What do I know, I only have a business degree, stupid me!"

True, but the problem usually hasn't been as prevalent at smaller papers. And the idea is to lure more readers by sensationalizing the news in Wise County. So why isn't it working?

Anonymous said...

Strange 10:10. I thought that mother along with several others were blaming 380 for the her child's death by going door to door with a petition. Now, she's blaming the driver who caused the accident?

Anonymous said...

@10:17

Furthermore, your post said nothing about the ethical issues of the WCM sensationalizing the news, regardless of the business aspects of it.

Anonymous said...

10:10 AM IT IS NOT AN ACCIDENT WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD! She blames the driver that caused the accident the driver that hit the girls and TXDOT for not doing their part and widening the road when they had the 74 MILLION DOLLARS to do it. Those girls moved off the road to avoid those idiots but because of that road was not done there was nowhere else for them to go. So 2 mother's blame two negligent adult drivers and TXDOT!!! And the facebook post is one of the girls sister NOT her mother. And no there were no criminal charges. He just walked away. And he should never ever be the same. I HOPE he thinks about it every single day for the rest of his life like those two mothers do thanks to his negligence!

Anonymous said...

Are you waking up in the morning wondering where your old comfortable life went yet?

Anonymous said...

A flawed and narrow slice of reasoning on the "flooding = taxes" example

wordkyle, you can just sit back and admit you don't understand something. For once. It will be liberating.

Also, Mrs. LL sounds crazier than the Family Cat.

Rage

Anonymous said...

10:18 I think she is also blaming 380 because it was in an area where it is only two lanes and her daughter had no way out to avoid the collision. She is fighting for a divided highway. A wide mediun would help to stop these fatal accidents, along with people who do foolish things while driving, of course.

Anonymous said...

10:14, Remember his family doing the same? BPD could do nothing about a person "acting strange". If they could lock people up for that we would all be in trouble.

Anonymous said...

9:09,
How do you know permession was not obtained to print the picture of the child?

Anonymous said...

was there for the grand opening of golden triangle mall many many years ago. they had the lone ranger and billy dee williams.

also met coach hicks at the athletes foot right before he got his new gig in decatur.

i definitely rocked luca pizza, orange julius, oshman's and spencers gifts.

good times.

Anonymous said...

Well, it seems to me that someone is still shocked that the (Minnesota) Lakers got swept out of the playoffs. The German Wunderkind will lead Dallas to win the NBA Championship. Go Mavs Go.

Anonymous said...

When the levee breaks got no place to geaux . . wooo hooo

Anonymous said...

If it were your beautiful, wonderful, talented 17 y/o daughter that was killed on hwy 380, your heart would be shattered in millions of pieces too. so if she takes comfort in placing blame on 380 or even the guy who caused the accident, then let her be. She is a Mother suffering the loss of a child!!

Anonymous said...

Do you get your random thoughts girls at some website,

www.naveljewelry.com

Anonymous said...

Trying to figure out what the big deal is about the little girl in the picture with her murderer momma.

The mother is the one who should be ashamed not the Messenger.

When I look at the pic all I can think about is what a sorry piece of trash her mother is for doing what she did with the child in the car.

I guess the people complaining are more concerned with the picture the Messenger took than with the mother putting her child through an act of murder.

Anonymous said...

The driver that initially caused the accident and was "no billed" in the 380 accident that resulted in the death of two girls was cited by the officer for Homicide. He was written a friggin ticked for homicide. He told the officer he was on medication and the officer STILL did not request a blood draw because it isn't "mandatory". No, it isn't mandatory, which means it is at the "descretion" of officials. He crossed the center line into the west bound traffic, struck another vechicle causing it to cross the east bound lane, Samantha swerved off the highway, into a bar-ditch (because there was on 15' for her to avoid the accident) and was struck by the 2nd vechicle that pushed them into the trees. There was no where for them to go. 15' foot of clearance for vechicles traveling in excess of 60-70 MPH.
The driver of the 2nd vechicle, which actually struck the girls had driven from Pennsylvania and was going to B'Port and was over his log book.
The Denton Co. DA said there "wasn't sufficient evidence to prosecute". If that piss-poor excuse of a D.A. wants "sufficient evidence", Come to Alvord and I'll take you to the Alvord Cemetery where my step-daughter and Delani are buried and show you "sufficient evidence". Bring the sorry excuse of your grand Jury with you.
I hope the people of Denton County are satisfied with the standard of justice you have there. Just hope nothing like this happens to any of your family in Denton County.
The D.A. there is just the prime example of what is worng with this country and our legal system. You will be handcuffed and hauled to jail for stealing a gallon of gas, shop lifting a $10.00 garment or pack of cigarettes or illegally shooting a deer or catching to many fish. BUT, be the one responisble for the death of two kids and there"isn't sufficient evidence to prosecute".
I hope every day Daniel Studdard is alive he feels guilt, I hope every time he is with his family for any wedding, birthday, Christmas or any gathering I hope they look at him with remorse. I hope every day he looks in the mirror he feels guilt. I hope every waking moment of his life he sees their faces. I don't want him dead. I want him to live to be 120 and every day think about what he was responsible for.
I hope the same for the D.A. and the Grand Jury members there also.
We will not be attending Sam's graduation in two weeks. She won't be here for her 18th Birthday in a few weeks. We will not get to celebrate Christmas, Mothers Day or any holiday ever again. We won't get to see her walk down the aisle or hold our grand baby.
YOU DON'T CALL THAT "SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE"?
I damn sure do.

Vic Czerniak
Samantha Rogers Step Father

Anonymous said...

... an unhealthy person rages against ill luck...

Anonymous said...

I think flooding New Orleans is great idea.

Anonymous said...

"Trying to figure out what the big deal is about the little girl in the picture with her murderer momma.

The mother is the one who should be ashamed not the Messenger.

When I look at the pic all I can think about is what a sorry piece of trash her mother is for doing what she did with the child in the car.

I guess the people complaining are more concerned with the picture the Messenger took than with the mother putting her child through an act of murder."

It's bad enough the child will have to live with what the mother did. This is more an issue of the WCM publicizing who the girl is. Can you imagine the grief she'll get at school because her classmates saw the picture?

Normally, a newspaper would have enough sense not to publish a child's picture like that. It seriously crosses an ethical line. If the child had been 18 or over, then it wouldn't be an issue (public domain, etc.).

Anonymous said...

... an unhealthy person rages against ill luck...

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
3 out 5
I do not like her face. Everything else is great.

Anonymous said...

1:12, 2:05,
It wouldn't be just "ill luck" if your daughter was involved. And the fact that these parents are trying to make people accountable for their fault in these two deaths doesn't make them "unhealthy," just motivated.
The reason the man was not tested is the real mystery - especially if he did declare he was on "medication." I think that in EVERY fatal accident, the accused should be tested. Then there would be NO DOUBT.

Anonymous said...

well i guess this explains why the killer momma driver hasn't accepted my friend request.

Anonymous said...

Unhealthy persons raging against ill luck changed the world for the better many times in our history. They may have endured poor health in their rage but they made the world a better place for their children! By the way, there is no such thing as ill luck, there are only bad circumstances made worse by ignorance and poor attitude!

Anonymous said...

There may be no such thing as ill luck but there is such a thing as a ill eagle?

Anonymous said...

So he crossed over the line. That is an accident. No one crosses the line on purpose. He still should have been found guilty. Guilty of causing the accident. Denton County was wrong!!!
The poor girls were at the wrong place at the wrong time. It was their fate. We all have to face it and go on. And we must look at these things from both sides of the table. Any one of us could have made the same mistake.

Anonymous said...

1:41 keep ranting. Still don't get the blow-up about it.

The picture shows a mother who had no regards to her daughter being in the car and that's all.

Anonymous said...

Last I heard it was illegal to drive on the wrong side of the road. But I guess not in Denton County they must have special laws. People should be held accountable. That is the problem with society today. The justice system DOES NOT WORK.

Anonymous said...

When you have an accident your insurance pays for the accident. All the law requires is that you pay for the damage. How can you jail someone for an accident, as horrible as they can be it is not malicious murder.
I suspect there will be a civil suit next, just to try and ruin the driver financially; and the guy who hit them did not cause the accident, it was the guy who hit him. All accidents. I wish the families involved peace.

Anonymous said...

Denton County does have special laws! People are prosecuted for murder without any evidence.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

How is that bikini bottom staying up there?

Anonymous said...

to the Messenger: I think if you had permission from the mother to take the picture, you better publish the fact, or you may lose some more readers. you still may because you ultimately chose to run the picture.
I would like to know how the fender was bent out. did he get caught in the wheel and his body pulled the fender out?

Anonymous said...

3:56 PM Your right anyone of us could have made that mistake. But if you are paying attention and being responsible you do not cross the center line. Denton County is wrong. The driver was wrong. If it were your child, husband, mother, father, brother or sister would you just face it and go on or would you want the person responsible held accountable? You bury your child or loved one because of someone's irresponsible inattentive behavior and lets see if your point of view changes. You bury your child or loved one and lets see if it is ok with you to just let the person walk with not so much as community service or a fine he just picks up and moves on to do the same thing to someone else. Being held accountable for his actions may'be next time he will pay attention before he gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. Where is the justice for the victims? He get's to get up every morning and go about his life with his family. While 2 families have to try and "face it and go on" without their children because of his negligence! You teach your children responsibility. You correct them when they are wrong so they learn from it. You teach them that their actions have consequences. What did this guy learn? NOT A DAMN THING! That you can kill 2 innocent people by being stupid and get away with it!

Anonymous said...

Here's another problem that doesn't add up.
According to Alvord Online:
"An Analysis Of The Election"

Candidate votes % of votes cast
Hamilton 320 57.35
Fitzgerald 238 42.65

Ward 334 59.1
Randall 232 40.9

"The significance is that it takes just seven more voters to edge up to 50% and "change" would be the voting voice of the people."

7 more voters = 50%????????

Now we know "Her Story" and everything we needed to know about her "agenda." Give it up man! The Wilson posse lost - AGAIN! - Get over it.

Anonymous said...

4:37 You do have to face it and go on. He got a ticket didn't he. What else do you want for the accident, stupid as it was? Have you not ever done a stupid thing in your life? Do you not still carry guilt in your life for some things you have said or done? How easy do you think it would be to live with the guilt of knowing you are responsible for the deaths of two lovely teenagers? Don't you think the driver will be punished in life - yes he will and the after life. For your own sake I beg you to find peace, as I am sure the girls would want you to go on living the best way you can.
I am very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

4:37 you should really let it go. Do you think those girls would want you to be miserable for the rest of your lives?

Anonymous said...

4:37 you should really let it go. Do you think those girls would want you to be miserable for the rest of your lives?

Anonymous said...

The problem with your taxes=flooding analogy is mathematical. See, we know that flooding one place will alleviate flooding somewhere else. The engineers can calculate this result mathematically.

The soaking the rich (or flooding the poor with OPM)will not solve or even dent our deficit problem. That's how big it is. The idea is liberal emotional hysteria with no basis in history or math

Anonymous said...

4:38 YOU need to "get over it"! So many in Alvord with hateful agenda. Haters who ruin careers and lives. If you had any kind of class about you, you wouldn't be plastering your hate on this blog. Be content that your "side" won and have a little dignity instead of sounding like the red-neck trouble maker that you are. I guess we'll see how things progress now with your "side" in control. Will be very interesting, or very sad.

Anonymous said...

4:11
...."How can you jail someone for an accident, as horrible as they can be it is not malicious murder...."

I guess if it had been a gun that went off and killed a kid, it would be "a horrible accident...get over it." If you were drunk or under the influence and ran over someone...it would be a horrible accident....get over it.
Under the influence of a medication that is known to cause drowsiness and poor reactions is also a horrible accident and we should get over it.
An individual who is WELL KNOWN for texting and crossing the center line possibly being on medication would be a horrible accident...get over it.
I only pray you never have to deal with something like this. If you do, well, get over it.

Anonymous said...

The loss of banjos in the flooding will be a disaster. The worse disaster will be they will make more.

Anonymous said...

The International Monetary Fund usually loans money to third world broke on their asses countrys.He was here to to Obama but we didn't have any coladeral,China hasn't shipped it yet.Oh yeh for three thousand a night he thought she was part of the deal.

Anonymous said...

If a person is driving drunk and kills someone in an accident they are guilty of vehicular manslaughter. This being because before you are drunk you make a sober decision to drink, knowing full well that you will get drunk and probably drive your car. That would deserve death or life in prison.
If you are sober and you accidently, but not intentionally, cause a crash that kills someone, that is an accident. It is not a criminal offense.

Anonymous said...

Many of us have dealt with a variety of bad situations. We have to deal with it the best we can. Perhaps we never really "get over it", we only get through it with faith, family and friends.

Anonymous said...

I know how I would deal with losing one of my kids. A person can survive without water for a short period of time.

Tater Salad said...

Sue the County, sue the driver, sue the guy who painted the stripes on the road, SUE SUE SUE!!!! Dolla Dolla Bill, Y'all!!!

An accident is exactly that, AN ACCIDENT. Yeah it sucks, but please let these poor girls rest in peace. That anger is gonna burn you up inside, Sir.

Anonymous said...

"So many in Alvord with hateful agenda. Haters who ruin careers and lives. If you had any kind of class about you, you wouldn't be plastering your hate on this blog."
8:21 - you obviously haven't read her "blog" or you would be sending her the above message. But then again, maybe using your own children to call attention to your own agenda is what you call "class".

Anonymous said...

I honestly sincerly hope that every single one of the people who are so quick to jump on and tell the people who lost their daughters, grandchildren, sisters, and friends never have to feel the pain we have felt since Sam and Delaney's accident. Heartbroken does not cover the way we have felt for the past six months and six days. Before you are so quick to jump on a blog and post your opinions, walk in our shoes for 1 minute and you would change your mind. Feel the pain we have felt for one minute. I bet at the 30 second mark, you'd be ready to quit. So many opinions from people who have no idea.

Anonymous said...

9:14 Really?


Before you are so quick to jump on a blog and post your opinions

Walk in our shoes for 1 minute and you would change your mind. (Check)

Feel the pain we have felt for one minute. (Check)

I bet at the 30 second mark, you'd be ready to quit. (Nope, didn't give up)

So many opinions from people who have no idea. (Sorry but I do)

The commenters are right. One of of these days you will realize it too. I did.

Anonymous said...

Tater Salad....you're an idiot.....
it's not about money. The family doesn't want one single penny from him. Just for him to accept responsibility.

Anonymous said...

11:07..
Bless you, I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad to hear that it gets easier, but for me it just hasn't yet.
I do hope you realize I wasn't speaking directly to you. I apologize for offending you, but hope the other people who haven't had a loss such as this will think before they post opinions and tell people to just move on. Sometimes, it's just not that easy.

Anonymous said...

Its the end of the world as we know it. lets just go out and kill every one rob banks, loot, steel cars what does it matter we'll get away with it! whooo hoooo...then we will just get over it!

Anonymous said...

Well... Let me just put it too you, like this until each and everyone of you knowingly sees what he goes through everyday, I think you should keep your comments to your self! Answer me this.... If it had been a 84 yr veteran? mr. Studdard is a close and dear friend of mine! I have seen the shit he deals with!
*Not saying he sure not a been charged with a DUI but homcide is a bit much!

Danny always here for you!