8.31.2011

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • The fire at Possum Kingdom reportedly has hit "The Cliffs" -- the fancy golf community.
  • The fire is a big story, but Fox 4 spent the first 12 minutes of its broadcast on it last night. 
  • The sonogram/abortion law in Texas has been mostly struck down. Although its proponents claimed it was about "informed choices", some of them -- like our own Sen. Craig Estes -- got a little honest once they got back home. He admitted in front of small gathering the purpose of the law was to get women to "change their minds" about the procedure. That's a big difference. 
  • One of my softball girls tried to catch a long fly ball with her face yesterday. I'm thankful that she's OK. I also thankful that it was her dad who hit the ball. 
  • Still no problem parents on the team. Fingers crossed.
  • Dick Cheney has a new book out and, to listen to him promote it yesterday on Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, I was stunned they just didn't come out and tell him, "Dick, I'm in love with you."
  • Karl Klement Ford has a fancy new electronic sign out on 287, but I could have sworn it read 184 degrees yesterday afternoon.
  • Breast cancer rates are rising in Texas if you live where the Barnett Shale is being drilled. And Wise County is near the top of the list
  • The Update says Bridgeport ISD cut its tax rate. I'm so confused about that School Budget Crisis everyone talked about. 
  • It has to be all over the media if even I know that Lil' Wayne has a new album coming out. (I refused to say the album "drops".)  It's said that it will sell almost a million copies in its first week which probably means it would sell almost two million if not for the illegal downloads.
  • The album cover has a kid with face tattoos which probably has some significance that I have no idea about.
  • The Family Sedan is in the shop, insurance issue basically resolved, and Mrs. LL has a rent car. Let me clarify, Mrs. LL has a rent truck. And that's by choice.
  • I noticed that the Star-Telegram lost a really good courthouse reporter who has now joined the Tarrant County DA's office as its Public Information Officer. What a smart move on the DA's office -- feed the press with someone who knows exactly what the press wants. That's a great way to get a positive spin on a story. 
  • Depressing bullet point of the morning: A UT student fell to his death this week, a motorcycle death in Houston maybe one of the more bizarre ones of the year, and an out of state suicide method [link fixed] will make you cringe.
  • Credit the BagOfNothing.com guy this morning with at least two interesting notes: (1) Troy Aikman questioned reporter Skip Bayless' sexual orientation on local radio yesterday, and (2) Fox News and Gawker are in a fight over Bill O'Reilly having a police officer investigated for allegedly having an affair with his wife. 


63 comments:

wordkyle said...

Gosh, I wonder if you're going to receive any comments today pointing out all your mistakes? (If you do, they won't be from me.)

KatyDid said...

How could Rush and Hannity NOT get choaked up about the Good Old Days?You know, nostalgia for the Good Old Days when we tortured people, got into unecessary wars, passed rights-stripping PATRIOT Acts, gave away the store to the top 1% AND WERE PROUD OF IT!

Not like now, where our executive branch STILL does all of those things even though it campaigned on getting ridding of it all, and acts vaguely guilty about it.

wordkyle said...

Political pundits are wowed by a political figure? That's never happened before. In their defense, Cheney is a fascinating character. He stands out as an adult, compared to the current crop of adolescents in Washington.

Anonymous said...

So what if it changes their mind,that would be one less murder it is murder!!

Anonymous said...

After the spring fires wouldn't you think people would attempt to "fire proof" their homes as in cutting grass extremely short, removing trees anywhere close to houses etc, removing kindling and underbrush.

Mountain communities are required to do it as part of the zoning.

And it isn't a lack of money for the Cliff people.

Anonymous said...

2 bullet points on Lil' Wayne? C'mon man!!!

Anonymous said...

Remember, Skip is the one that questioned Troy's sexuality, openly, in the '90s. That's the reason he left the market.

Anonymous said...

I think that is lil Wayne when he was a child but with the tattoos he has now.

Anonymous said...

Did her head snap back?

Triple Fake... said...

I heard Troy talking about it yesterday, and they rehashed it on the Ticket just now. Troy said he hasn't seen Skip Bayless since he alleged in a book that Troy was gay, with nothing to back up the claim. Troy just kind of off-hand said "I think Skip is gay", and that he is not sure what he would do if/when he sees Skip in person. The Musers inquired as to whether a smack-down might be a possibility. Troy didn't rule it out.
Whatever happens, I just hope a camera is there to record it!

"...Mrs. LL has a rent truck. And that's by choice."
Party pooper!
I bet you get some twisted fun out of popping kids' birthday balloons, too

suicide method:
He wanted to send the message that he was reeeeaaaaaally serious about ending it!

Anonymous said...

Suicide in Castle Rock? I wonder if it was one of the guys off of Stand by Me?

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Dude... that was very Drudge like throwing out the HSO that Breast Cancer is up in the Barnett. Maybe even Fox Newsish. Of course, our incidence rate is still well below the national average. Neat, but no correlation. IMHO, more likely due to increased preventive testing.

Troy. I love ya. We sure miss those good ole days, but still enjoy listening to you call a game and pick on Ticket hosts.

And HOORAY for new Texas Laws that go into affect on Sept 1!

SB 321 - Will allow most employees to store a firearm and ammo in their vehicle at work. Hello Deer Season. Straight to the lease from work.

HB 2189 - Legalizes Noodling in Texas!

Anonymous said...

Peggy Heinkle-Wolfe, writer for the Denton Chronicle, is anti-drilling in her reporting and her attempt to blame breast cancer on gas drilling in the Barnett Shale is fear mongering.

My maternal great grandfather died young of cancer, my maternal grandmother died of breast cancer and all lived in Wise County long before any drilling for natural resources located here.

My mother-in-law, Wise County resident, died of multi-myeloma, a blood cancer, long before the Barnett Shale was discovered.

Friends and family members who live outside the Barnett Shale are dealing with breast cancer.

Heinkle should use facts and studies before finger pointing to an industry she is always demonizing.

Anonymous said...

wow, look at that toe man..

Anonymous said...

Give the "good ole boy from Hico" another $10,000 raise.Tax rate the same at DISD.

wordkyle said...

"...gave away the store to the top 1%..." Really? Is that hoary chestnut still around? It's like someone bragging about that Edsel they used to own.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:29! He was given that raise because of the high morale that his presence brought to Decatur! Can I get a hip, hip, hooray from my Decatur High School comapadres? Yep, I'm typing this while working. Actually, I'm taking one of two allotted bathroom breaks...a little blogging while sitting on the can.

Anonymous said...

Heard the Forest Service and the National Guard were out at PK this morning. I think it is time for their budgets to be cut and those "job creators" to hire their own private fire department.

Relieved said...

I sure am glad her head was so strategically placed in the photo. If that had been a clothing-optional beach and she had moved to either side no telling what we would have seen.

Anonymous said...

The link you put for the suicide is from 2007. There is another one that happened in Chicago yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Re: your comment on Cheney appearing on Fox. Uh...MARK!

Anonymous said...

High morale at DISD....guess that is why all the teachers are so "happy" about all the new programs added but NONE taken away, plus the new extended hours and overcrowded classrooms. Hey, but Eagle stadium looks great!

The Secret Police said...

I heard the Dick Cheney interview yesterday and it was darn good. I love Dick Cheney, but when he mentioned Obama's name I had a tingle going up my leg.

Barry, you claim to be soooo upset by young people in the obits., but you have a problem if a woman decides against an abortion. Again you prove the point that liberals lie, and I thank you for that, keep telling us who democrats really are nowadays.

Who gives a CRAP about Lil Wayne?

Anonymous said...

Didn't wordkyle promise just a couple of days ago that he'd never chime in again? I knew it was too good to be true.

Anonymous said...

Mr Honcho and 9:11Am,

You both need to wake up and smell the polution. Peggy may lean too much in one direction against Oil and Gas, but you two go too far in the "completely ignorant" direction not wanting to at least acknowledge that industry's large part in their excessive clean water usage and resulting ground polution with their injection wells and air polution. We need some middle ground thinking to solve those two very serious problems and still permit that industry to operate, as we all need it to.

John Holmes Ghost said...

Funbags!!!

That's four random busty beauties in a row (well, the second one had disproportionate legs).

Anonymous said...

Fires cleanse and cause the flowers to grow. We wouldn't have this trouble if they were allowed to burn more often, the problem with them is totally man made.

Anonymous said...

Ha! He said,"hoary".

wordkyle said...

1048 - On grammar/language mistakes. I tried to do a good deed and got clumped in with grammar nazis. Life just ain't fair.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the increased cancer rate has anything to do with the need to pay for the new facilities at Wise Reginonal. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Nothing like fear of death to get you to turn over all your money to the medical profession.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4-AKcH3eC8&feature=player_embedded#!

The time has changed for come!

KatyDid said...

@wordkyle:
More applicable now than ever, I'd say.
Go look up the history of the past decade, if you're lost on that...

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

LOL, 10:52am, I am all about making sure Oil and Gas do what is ethical and right for the environment and our people.

But lets not try to paint them out to be NAZIs reborn by finding every bit of mud to sling their way.

This article does nothing to link the Barnett with increased breast cancer, although it wants you to walk away believing that.

(BTW, I must have missed where my comment showed "complete ignorance"?)

Anonymous said...

hey think about this fema is running out of money and now we have a large fire that will end up with the ztate asking for federal help ofcourse since we didnt vote for terrorist in office we wont get the money

Anonymous said...

Since Super Cop Bishop wont drive the new truck is Mrs. LL driving it to put some miles on it?

Did she clear this with Mr. Hudson since it will be his soon.

Triple Fake... said...

Possum Kingdom fires:

"...hire their own private fire department."

from yesterday -
"Republican Alley, they can afford a new one."

Simple solution:
If your house goes up in flames, make sure you're there with a copy of your tax statements in hand, to prove need. Otherwise, they're gonna say "Oh, they can afford to rebuild. Pack it up, guys. We'll just wait for some poorer folks to call in."

wordkyle said...

KD - It's a vague statement that doesn't really say anything other than "I support class envy," and I'm sure you stand behind that 100%. So what exactly is it that you claim is "more applicable now than ever?"

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness KatyDid has become a regular commenter on here. It gives us a window into the minds of our elementary children. Wait, what? She isn't eight years old? Oh my.....that certainly puts her predications and elucidations into perspective, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

from now on when bishop gets a call to serve some papers, i think he should run out of the building and slide across the hood of his truck

Anonymous said...

Mr, Mike Honcho said.

"This article does nothing to link the Barnett with increased breast cancer, although it wants you to walk away believing that."

He must have missed this paragraph in the article.


Because the rise in local cancer rates occurred in the same counties as those with the Barnett Shale’s most intense gas drilling development, some residents are concerned about toxic exposures.
In 2010, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality inventoried emissions sources from natural gas production equipment in all 24 counties of the Barnett Shale. The six counties with the most production equipment are Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties — the same six counties with high breast cancer rates.
Uncle Wally

Anonymous said...

wk,
Aside from me clumping you with the grammar Nazis, I am dissappointed that you didn't mention how clever my "Using a double negative in sentence is a no-no." joke

Anonymous said...

Only people who weren't aborted are able to have an opinion in favor of, or conduct, or have, abortions.

Anonymous said...

10:48 - TRUE, TRUE, TRUE!!

Anonymous said...

8:43 and it would add many more babies that require government assistance. I am so happy about that. We must take care of people who can't help themselves.

Sparky said...

8:44 Yeah, the whole PK area should have been wiped as clean as dirt to avoid the fires.

LMAO Dumbass

wordkyle said...

105 - I couldn't read past the first few lines because I couldn't see through my wordkyle tears.

HeartStillinTexas said...

You guys make my head hurt.
You want government assistance when it helps Tx but when it's LA or East Coast then FEMA is a waste of your tax dollars.
You want people that don't want and can't afford children to have them, and then when they want assistance you say you shouldn't have had kids.
You want government to stay the hell out of your life and do as little as possible, except when it has to do with a crisis in Texas or a woman's health care issues.
You don't want to help those dar foreigners across the ocean with your tax dollars....except when Dick Cheney and his Haliburton buddies say it will help him make millions.
I need an aspirin.....oh wait can I take one, I'm a woman and might be pregnant!

Remote Controller said...

Why hasn't anyone mentioned the terrible job of picking out Random Girls for this week. Barry has one good week and then he slacks off!!!!

That should be more important than anything going on in PK right now.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

No Wally, I didn't miss it. But how can you take a few years of cancer incidence rates, overlay it with qtys of gas well production equipment in those counties, and proclaim a solid link?

You can't.

Take these two paragraphs...

"The average of the six counties’ rates has risen from 58.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2005 to about 60.7 per 100,000 in 2008, according to the Texas Cancer Registry."

"From 1975 to 1999, breast cancer rates nationwide rose from 103 breast cancers per 100,000 people to an all-time high of about 141. Those rates have dropped ever since, to about 127 per 100,000 in 2008, the latest year national data was available through the National Cancer Institute."

No where does the article state what the actual incidence rate is for Texas. (Its 112.8 per 100,000 as of 2007 per the CDC).

For the national incident average to be 127, and the Texas rate to be 112.4, then these county's combined rates of 60.7 would leave me to believe that they have some of the lowest incident rates in the state.

All six counties were grouped together for this article. They netted an increase in incidence rate of two cases per 100,000 over those three years cited. That's 3.3%.

Does the increase in incident rate of 2 people per 100,000 tie directly to gas production? I don't know. But neither does that article. Its just speculation. Does anyone track pop growth of those counties, per captia wealth, corporate insurance claims/policies written, etc. etc. There are tons of factors to be explored that were not discussed in this article.

Again, if Oil and Gas companies are doing bad things, lets punish them. But lets investigate it properly first.

Personally, I would like to see the individual rates for those counties incidences and see the trends there. But I could not find the 2011 data reference in the article on the CDC website.

U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2007 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; 2010. Available at: www.cdc.gov/uscs.

The Secret Police said...

Wordkyle tears,,,dude, that's funny. Now I can't see through my TSP tears.

Good one man

Anonymous said...

Mike,
Regardless if those six counties had the highest or lowest breast cancer rate in Texas, they still showed an increase. Those six counties also had the most production equipment, probably because they were producing more. Those six counties may have had the highest pickle consumption, and that could be the cause, but it didn’t mention it. I live a few miles NE of Chico and you can’t travel more than a couple of miles in any direction and not see a gas well, or a rig drilling one. The cracking plant on 1470 is about a mile from my house and there are times the noise from the release of gas under high pressure is deafening and it might last all night. That would be millions of cubic feet. There are land whores all around me letting the drilling companies dump that toxic mud for quick cash. There are private water wells in Alvord that have enough natural gas in them you can ignite the water from the kitchen taps (made the national news). My well water will now leave a deposit of sand in the bottom of your drinking glass. Low levels due to pumping water from the water table for fracking. You can be concerned that the oil and gas companies get a fair shake from me but I will tell you that a few years from now if all we suffer is an increase in cancer rates, we will be lucky.
Before anyone responds that the drilling mud is good for the land, remember this; if it is good you would be paying the drilling companies for it. If it is bad, they pay you to take it.
Uncle Wally

Anonymous said...

wk
1:05 here, okay you made me laugh.Your one redeeming quality is your wit and humor.

wordkyle said...

HeartStillinTexas - Congratulations on a terse, condensed, and complete oversimplification and misrepresentation of your opponents' positions. Since you took a swipe at Cheney -- especially since it was so clumsy and inaccurate -- it's not hard to figure out which terrorist-loving, baby-killing, America-hating former community organizer you likely support. (Blunt, brutal, and extreme descriptions, yet still better documented than your claims.)

Anonymous said...

Is Katydid Tx_Sharon?

CT said...

heck, I always heard that the coal mines under B'port were the cause of all the Breast CA in B'port...I figured those have been here a lot longer than frackin.

Anonymous said...

4:40 I'v worked in the bad old oil field around wise co. for only 33 years and have never been sick.
I mean if it was killing people you would think all of us old hands would be dead along time ago.

as for the drilling mud it is tested before they put it on your ground.
If you were getting money from one of the oil co. I bet you would not have all the health problems are water problems Just saying

Oil Field Trash and proud of it

Anonymous said...

Look around at some of the Devon people that are around the gas wells everyday do you see one that looks sick?? all of them are a little over weight at best.

Anonymous said...

Promise that if y'all will stop using natural gas and other fossil fuels, the drilling will stop. No business rolls out of bed wanting to drill holes in the ground just for fun. Usually, there are piglets on the consuming end of the equation, squealing for their modern conveniences.

Anonymous said...

7:07
You are correct in your signature.

7:09
I don't see any of the dead ones hanging around the gas wells. They all look fine 'til they die.

Anonymous said...

You load up your trash bags in the back of your pickup on Saturday and take it to one of the county's compacting stations. They don't pay you, you pay them to take it, because it's garabage. Drilling comapnies pay you to take the mud, because it's garbage. If it was good for the land there would be a cash market for it.
It's not that complicated, for most.

Anonymous said...

All the oilfield guys have missing fingers.

Anonymous said...

The mud is dead earth , seen it first hand how good it is for the hay fields! They've needed be fertilized every year since because it won't grow for nothing! Got alot of weeds that were never there before due to plowing the mud in I guess, but it sure didn't help the fields like we were told!

Anonymous said...

4:40 most barnett gas well are 8,000 to 12,000 feet deep,now how deep is ur water well that has methane gas in it? Show me a video of ur water on fire and I will shut up. Oil Co will pay you about $1500 3000 to put the drilling mud on your land because they have no where else to put it it only has to air dry thats why they plow it in