7.26.2011

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • It looked like it was raining on the west side of Wise County this morning. 
  • Last Thursday, Georgia executed a guy with a twist: They filmed it. (Story).  Why aren't they all filmed? Why aren't they all not broadcast - at least on the Internet? If the answer is that it is simply too gruesome for the public to see, does that say something about the practice? 
  • I bet the players got screwed in the NFL lockout resolution for this reason:  It took only a majority of them to approve the deal proposed by the owners, each player got one vote, there are too many players who have careers of three years or less, and those guys are not going to vote to miss one paycheck. They've got to get paid and get paid now
  • For those dogging me for eating at Taco Bell, ever heard of their Fresco menu?
  • The Rangers scored 20 runs last night -- far short of their record of 30 set in 2007. But it's such a bizarre feeling to flip over to the game as I did and see a number like "16" in the box score.
  • (For you hard core Ranger fans: Is there any more of a bizarre case study that Chris Davis? His major league woes continued as he went 0 for 6 last night.) 
  • I'm not sure who Adriana Lima is but I'll nominate her for the Hey, Now Mother Of The Year.
  • Saw a guy in the district courtroom yesterday with  a "I [Heart] Beer" T-shirt on. I don't think he lasted long. (I truly don't think people like that are being disrespectful. I think people like that are simply dumb. On the other hand, if he was charged with Felony DWI then he was making a statement.)
  • I think I'm one of the few fans of Home Owners Associations. (Never know when someone might put up a "I  [Heart] Beer" sign in their front lawn.)
  • Not an HOA issue, but does Decatur have an ordinance about parking vehicles on lawns? I'm seeing a lot of that on College Street. Tacky.
  • Texas Tech's coach didn't show up for Big 12 Media Day.
  • I think I've always been oblivious to Grassland partying. That's where the kids had been before the big crash on Saturday, and someone reminded me of a really bad crash a couple of years ago on 287 which killed three kids headed to a Grassland party.
  • The Older Girl In The House had a friend spend the night which caused the Younger Girl In The House to be excluded from some activities which caused a late night emotional crisis. I wished Mrs. LL good luck and went to bed.
  • Call me confused: The Update reports that Bridgeport ISD is cutting its tax rate and giving the employees a raise? What happened to the budget crisis?
  • Bud Kennedy wrote me in response to my question of the worst mass killings in the metroplex. How quickly I had forgotten about the Wedgewood Baptist Church (7 dead in 1999).  The worst one he knew about was a 1960s firebombing of a club in the Como area of Fort Worth called Lucky's Grave. Some of you Internet researchers try to find something on it -- Bud sent me this clip of the front page of (oddly) a Wisconsin newspaper. Without it, I wouldn't have any information at all. 
  • This Debt Ceiling Debate has me conflicted. Yeah, someone finally needs to draw the line, and I appreciate the GOP for that. But why didn't they ever raise a stink when it was raised 18 times under Reagan and 7 times under W? 
  • If you are a local guy or gal and unemployed, check out the cover of USA Today:







75 comments:

Anonymous said...

The sibling left out effect happens every time my kids have a friend over. I've found that it's easier to have both kids bring a friend. I feel Mrs. LL's pain!

Anonymous said...

Re: Decatur ordinances

Someone has to care to enforce them - i.e. North McDonald Street

Dogs running loose (especially after hours when folks know animal control is off duty), old truck on vacant lot that hasn't moved in months. Past few weeks there was a trailer parked on the street with garbage (finally got dumped this weekend).

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
3.6 out 5
She is hot.
Mother of the year
2 out 5
She is ok

Anonymous said...

Jobs are available in many venues. They just may not be the high-profile jobs people think they merit. I say if they get hungry enough and we don't feed them for free, they'll take that janitorial job or sling hash with pleasure. Or perhaps even go to school and get an education. Imagine having to actually put forth effort to advance in this world.

Anonymous said...

When Obama took office in 2008 public debt was $10.6 trillion, which has now risen to $14.3 trillion. STOP IT NOW

Anonymous said...

We as thenthitive liberal weenies cannot stomach watching a convict strapped to a gurney being injected with lethal chemicals and watching him go to sleep, but we sure do like our video games of people being blown up or TV shows with all the violence they can muster or movies where nothing is left to the imagination.

Anonymous said...

Jobs are plentiful everywhere. Careers though are a thing of the past. Have shovel, will work.

wordkyle said...

Re the GOP interest in the debt ceiling: First, thank the Tea Party movement for making this an issue that politicians finally have to deal with. American taxpayers have been like the frog in the pot. Republicans ran up a huge tab under Bush, for which they were criticized from all sides. They were punished at the polls in 2006 & 2008. That was at least a somewhat gradual heating of the water. Democrats (especially under Obama) criticized Bush & co. for spending, but then made matters worse by going on a taxpayer-funded shopping spree. They plunged Americans into boiling water. What's happening now is that the GOP is responding to voters, actually fighting back -- and that outrages Democrats.

Workin' for the Man said...

Counselor, don't you have a shirt that says "I [heart] guys who [heart] beer?"

anon said...

I don't have to do any internet researching to know as much or more about Fort Worth than Spuds McKennedy.

Triple Fake... said...

Things going through Twins’ coach Ron Gardenhire’s mind during their 20-6 loss last night:

Now I know how Morris Buttermaker felt. I wonder if Amanda Whurlitzer is available to pitch

Team Edward, Team Jacob…Team Edward, Team Jacob…

I wonder if my old job at the tire shop is still available

Rosebud was the name of his...sled?!

I’ve got a headache and it’s THIS BIG!

Calgon, take me away!

“Hey, Nolan – how many runs are you guys planning to score tonight?”
“Ohhh, ‘bout thirty-five…thousand!”

Anonymous said...

You bet the NFL players got screwed? Are you serious?!? These chumps make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and in most cases millions of dollars a year plus endorsements for playing football. And the only thing you have to hang your hat on is the avg career of 3.x years in the NFL? Are you really that stupid to think these guys aren't making off like bandits? Idiot.

Anonymous said...

Decatur is just a poor mans Kennedale anyway. It just keeps going downhill. Before long it will be as trashy as chico.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, I know you are a fan of the HOA, but try flying the American flag on flag day and see how fast you get a letter on your door. Oh wait, you're a liberal weenie and the flag offends you. Never mind....

Anonymous said...

Chris Davis is never going to be the everyday major league player that the Rangers are dying for him to be.

Anonymous said...

The weenies always vote no to raising the debt ceiling when a Republican is President and yes when a democrat is President. No one raised a stink back then because the debt was not out of sight and left to be shouldered by our children and grandchildren. Isn't it Obammy who has spent more than all other President's combined?

Anonymous said...

Nice try Bubear but technically, it would also be too gruesome to show someone getting their hand caught in a fan blade of a motor too.

Recording and displaying it or an execution for all to see would show people, LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU---

Anonymous said...

Buy a townhouse in Greathouse Estates and then see how much you like HOA's. The old broad in charge of the HOA over there is a nuckin fut!

Triple Fake... said...

One more:

Hey Wash, could you send Chris Davis to the plate for all of your at-bats?

Anonymous said...

If executions were recorded and put on YouTube, I'd watch everyone.

Anonymous said...

I want to know what grassland partying is.

Anonymous said...

Now THAT was funny, 9:05!

Anonymous said...

Re: Debt Ceiling; I think that in his genes Barry is a JFK Democrat. He has roots in, and respect for Kennedy's Executive Order 11110.

Anonymous said...

9:25-The above referenced Greathouse Estates Nucking Fut "resigned" her leadership months ago. Peacefully and tranquility current reign.

Anonymous said...

Triple fake, hilarious.
At least Davis dating a wisecounty hottie.

Anonymous said...

Downtown Decatur is becoming more and more of a little Mexico. Sad!

Workin' for the Man said...

I think that Coach Briles had had a few pops before he was interviewed.

Anonymous said...

I think we should as worried about our (Texas') northern borber as we are the southern border.

Big Ed

Anonymous said...

Are you really trying to justify eating at Taco Bell? Whether fresco or non fresco...dog food is dog food. That's just sick.

Anonymous said...

Why are Republicans so scared of 'liberals,' anyway? If they learn to read, they'll be liberals too!

wordkyle said...

And if Liberals learned to think, they'd be Conservatives.

Anonymous said...

REPLY TO HOA COMMENT: As a resident of Greathouse Estates I agree whole heartedly about the "nuckin fut" that was in office.. VERY fortunate that she "gracefully resigned" her position, but she is still a menace. I would like to know how to get an HOA involved in getting rid of an unruly resident, who's nothing short of a tattle tail & one that causes ALL the strife!!! Who wants to be STALKED & PHOTOGRAPHED on a daily basis??? Who cares if I have my car parked in MY OWN driveway??! This woman patrols the neighborhood like she's Sergeant Security, ruling with an iron fist.. & people are afraid to come out of their houses & actually live/socialize in this neighborhood because they are afraid of offending or getting turned in for actually living. I just pray the ones on the board now can hold their willingness to work as a voice of the residents,(as per their committment) & not be intimidated by this femi-nazi that evidently has no life if she can take written logs on who does what & when. If this is what it's like to live in other HOA controlled areas, with ppl constantly trying to manipulate & turn their fellow man against each other, then after I hopefully sell, I will have no part in such a community!!!

Gary the Graboid said...

"And if Liberals learned to think, they'd be Conservatives."

WK, you must have edited yourself. The post should have been "And if Liberals learned to think [only about themselves], they'd be Conservatives.

Anonymous said...

HOA - Modern day stalag with shrubbery, but without razor wire.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

1:24 Your the idiot. I dare you to go investigate the people that live on the streets, live on welfare, and are just plain poor then come back and tell us what you find out.

You're going to find out what Conservatives have known forever.

Can you do that or are you simply too dumb?

wordkyle said...

Gary, that attempt was kind of cute. Maybe you better just continue to leave thinking to the grown ups.

Juan Seguin said...

We don't need yankees or southerners or even califoriegners. I say close the north, east, and west borders as well.

Anonymous said...

1:24 Only a moron or should I say Liberals/Democrats would have compassion for people who are nothing more than lazy worthless good for nothing living off the government slobs.

Conservatives are smarter than that.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle is no better or smarter than anyone else here. And he will be in the same boat as the rest of us because the ladder will be pulled up (or greased anyway).

Here is the best website for him:
http://youarenotsosmart.com/

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle and his type suffer from a severe case of the "Backfire Effect"

http://youarenotsosmart.com/

wordkyle said...

Yup, you're right. I'm no smarter or better than average. Never said I was. "Think" is a verb, not a personality trait. Anybody can do it, unless they choose not to.

Anonymous said...

Team Wordkyle!

The Secret Police said...

To Gary the Graboid, I think about those less fortunate with MY money that I have earned due to the fact that I still have a job. What tax bracket are you in Bro?

Anonymous said...

The next time I buy a house, it will be inside an HOA.

Anonymous said...

8:04 Everyone that turns a job down should be cut off unemployment .
9:20 If everyone that works on autos had to watch a hand caught in a fanbelt there would be less of that also,just saying.
9:25 A little message written on the lawn
with a sprayer with weed killer or gasoline might help,
10:04That's what pissed off the guy in Norway wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

Haven't read this blog in months...now I remember why! Never again! You're all clowns!

Anonymous said...

School districts can cut tax rates and still have more money to spend if the taxable value increases sufficiently.

Gary the Graboid said...

I'd guess that both WK Mz have already read this piece as it has been around a long time and surely their ideologically-driven net-surfing has hit it on more than one occasion. I am also sure it fired them both up for very different reasons. For those of you playing on the hater team it should be required reading.

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1019-24.htm

wordkyle said...

As I said, thinking ain't for everyone. Gary, if you had ever read Mz's comments on Christianity in the past -- any of them -- then you'd see the irony of citing her to post a link to a discussion of Jesus's political views.

Anonymous said...

There isn't much "thinking" involved when you have selective memory and selective research..........sure the produce the desired results.

RE: those who don't work. I have yet to be behind a black, Hispanic using a foodstamp card at Walmart.

100% young white females with baby on hip

Anonymous said...

Gary,

I started reading the piece you referenced. Didn't get too far. That line about nobody should be afraid of liberalism as defined by the dictionary. Such a stupid statement could not be followed by anything intelligent.

No, we aren't afraid of definitions. We are afraid of the reality in which tax-eaters outnumber taxpayers, and insted of working for a living, said tax-eaters vote for a living. And they enthusiastically vote for liberals who promise to give them more of my earnings, all the while requiring them to do nothing but vote as a means to get them.

In 235 years our country has turned exactly 180 degrees. The taxation without representation has now become "representation without taxation"

We're sunk and you, sir, are a huge part of the reason.

Thanks a lot Butt-head

Anonymous said...

Poor poor Gary. hehehehehe

Gary the Graboid said...

"I am also sure it fired them both up for very different reasons."

Ergo--the very different reasons comment.

I seem to remember a post from my favorite LL skeptic that--when referring to typical conservative Christians--made liberal [no, strike that], uh, copious use of the term "hypocrite." The anonymous "faith-based" conservative posters that pay lip service to the supposed basis of their faith with pro-God and pro-church comments and then a few minutes later post comments spewing vitriol at those less fortunate are the folks that give conservatism a black eye.

wordkyle said...

I agree with you in deploring "spewing vitriol" at any group -- including those less fortunate.

Hypocrite is one of those words rarely, if ever used to describe Liberals. "Hypocrite" only applies to someone who has established a standard of behavior for themselves and failed to live up to it. By eliminating the concept of unacceptable behavior for themselves, Liberals are free to indulge in any behavior, without worry of being called out for not measuring up.

Anonymous said...

Gary,

Please read your Bible. Jesus never told any government to give to, or help the poor. It is not the responsibility of the government under any criteria.

Jesus told US, including YOU, to help the poor.

Giving money to the government is throwing it away. It does not help the poor, but rather makes them slaves to the government, in particular the liberals. It will tend to keep them down permanently. Then, it hurts the folks who are forced to pay taxes, taking away resources that could be used to expand the economy.

Please wake up. It is a big ole world with many developing capitalist countries. US businesses do not have to stay here and put up with this BS. You and your ilk are killing the golden goose of the free market that made this country great.

Anonymous said...

4:34, You need to stay out of the express lanes and wait behind the blacks and browns with carts piled high.

Anonymous said...

Reduction in tax rate is likely related to the I&S portion of the rate, which is dedicated to bond payments. It is totally separate from the M&O portion which helps fund everything else.

Every district's situation is unique. But all are getting a cut in revenue per student compared to prior years. Perhaps BISD's situation is similar to the district where I work. In preparation for what the Lege was telling us this spring, we identified several levels of potential budget cuts. Most districts even had to make staffing decisions with incomplete revenue information due to statutory deadlines. When the revenue cuts came in at lesser levels than anticipated, the districts had/have the option of implementing more of the prepared budget cuts than absolutely necessary in order to fund items they feel have a higher priority. The raise you mention may fall into that category. The raise is likely to help out with health insurance premium increases, which will range from around $300/yr to over $1000/yr. This is seriously being considered at our district, where non-professional staff have not received a raise in two years.

Anonymous said...

BISD has eliminated many positions and programs. It's probably easier to give a raise when there are fewer positions between which to spread it. According to the Update, we're talking about a "step raise" anyway, which probably means it's the $300-700 that used to be mandatory allotment from the state pay schedule. Similar to a cost of living increase.

Anonymous said...

If only liberal weenies would listen and let Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, etc., tell them what to think, they would be conservatives.

Anonymous said...

Hitler had the same idea as the guy in Norway did;called it crystal nach.

Anonymous said...

If Teabagist/Republicans/Conservatives
were in total control of the country, it would be like 40's/50's/60's Russia, Communist China, or Iraq under Saddam Hussein without the frills, perks, and benifits.

Anonymous said...

The last year or so, of one of the greatest presidents the USA ever had, Bill Clinton, the debt clock had been completely turned off. Clinton, being a great president, is why teabagist and conservatives hate him so much. Can't stand a winner in the other end zone. It did not take GWB long before the debt clock was back to running. Of course 911 played a big part, but things had been under control. And the small government that Bagist/Conservatives always talk about, balooned really big under Doobya. So, bullshit that conservative really want small government, unless it is something they want, as well as spending tax payer money, as long as it is tax money they want to spend. Teddy Roosevelt was the Bull Moose party. Today's conservative's, are the Bullshit party. As can be seen on TV, as they want to bring the country completely down because they don't like Obama. Conservatives don't want what is best for the USA, but what is best for the Bagger/Repub party. Another "Bullshit" is in order for the Bullshit bagger/repug party. so, Bullshit. Raise the ceiling, and try and work it out later. It can be done without killing social programs. Maybe first step would be to cut congress pay in half, and make them get their own health insurance. Maybe get some advice from Bill Clinton. Might be helpful.

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious. Boehner has to be the worst Speaker of the House, ever. The only remaining viable option is the Senate budget bill, because he can't get Republicans to vote as a bloc, which they are known for doing.

In the last forty or so years, which president tripled the deficit? Reagan.

Which president doubled it again? Bush II.

Which one had a balanced budget and a surplus? Clinton.

All of you mouth-breathing morons who voted for these idiots that are trying to implode the country, you are getting what you deserved. Even with a super majority you can't get what you want done, so the only remaining bill is one sponsored by Democrats. Obama is making you look like fools, which isn't hard, but is pretty impressive when you consider all of the "political capital" y'all thought you had.

Anonymous said...

Texas is number 1 in minimum wage jobs and behind Mississippi on education. God bless Wendy Davis and screw Gov. Hairdo!

Anonymous said...

ByWell estates and it's white trash are why we need city ordinances enforced in Rhome. Decatur needs them because of cars in yards. Chico needs them because of meth heads. Paradise needs them because Main Street looks like a typical unkempt road in Danny White's district.

wordkyle said...

Wow, with all the "I ♥ Clinton" bumper stickers that showed up, it got all Edgar Winter-y up in here.

Anonymous said...

Dude, I've heard you say some gay things beofre, But,"Ever heard of their Fresco menu?"
That is just gay.

Anonymous said...

Another weak response from wordie. Try and address the issues, genius.

Anonymous said...

11:03 That's better than the downside where the pursuit of happiness is to live on welfare.

wordkyle said...

So very sorry that my response didn't meet your expectations. What exactly is the issue you wish me to address? (And thanks for the "genius" label. I was afraid you hadn't noticed!)

Anonymous said...

But you don't claim to be smarter than anyone else...

Your response met my expectations exactly. When confronted with a real issue, all you do is obfuscate and don't respond to the substance.

wordkyle said...

Ah, it's sad...nobody appreciates practitioners of satironicasm any more. When people smoke dope while skiing topless, it's just not really a high priority.

Mr. (or Ms.) Anon, unbranded cattle all look alike to me. Be a bit more specific about which issue raised by which no-name poster you mean, and I'll see if there's anything customer service can do for you.

Anonymous said...

If you zoom in you can see her hair!HEHE

Anonymous said...

Well I be 4:16 you are right. How about that _ _it sports fans.

Anonymous said...

Well, Parrot, just point out the parts that are not true while you were going all Edgar Winter-y.