2.20.2012

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • Two crime alerts by TCU last week and neither was caused marijuana. (Credit: Bud Kennedy.) The cops might want to spend some time on that. 
  • I didn't watch a second of it, but Jeremy Lin beat the Mavericks yesterday. He's becoming a great and bizarre NBA story. (And one ESPN headline writer lost his job over the weekend for his creation of "A Chink In The Armor" after a loss.)
  • In the house this weekend was a "Scream" mask. (Don't ask.) And it was used to scare me senseless three times by noon on Saturday. The first one occurred when I rolled over in the morning to take my first look at Mrs. LL.
  • Sucker Punch - Watched this movie over the weekend which is quickly becoming a cult classic. It's part Sin City, Inglorious Bastards, Kill Bill, Donnie Darko, and a video game.
  • NASCAR genius: When qualifying for the poll position at Daytona, Fox shows you the fastest qualifier by the use of a phantom/transparent car next to the current qualifier. Very cool.
  • "Doing what I wanted to do in life has never been much of a factor."
  • Failed to mention last Friday that the BagOfNothing guy and his wife had a son. 
  • I discovered this weekend that watching a PG-13 movie with a 13 year old can be very uncomfortable.
  • My Valentine's present to Mrs. LL: Tickets to Bring It On - The Musical in Dallas. We saw it Friday night. Verdict: Good stuff. (Although the crowd looked like it was made up of the cast of Mean Girls.)
  • There's something weird about the story of the Frisco teen who was allegedly kidnapped and freed over the weekend.
  • Mrs. LL watched the end of Scarface on Saturday. The rest of the day she tried to recreate Tony Montana's accent.
  • Uh, oh: I see where the Decatur girls will play Abilene Wylie this week in playoff basketball. It's nemesis time. And that's normally a bad thing. 
  • WBAP traffic gal Laura Houston commented this morning on Whitney Houston's funeral. I didn't hear the whole quote, but she made some reference to Stevie Wonder "flying blind." Wow. 
  • Photos of a Victoria Secret's commercial. "Hey, . . . " Do I really have to say it?
  • Dale Hanson's interview last night with Jason Garrett was great  when he asked him why he is so robotic in press conferences. It's a "process" and he's "getting better." Not that it matters, but he'd get a longer leash from the fans if he'd knock that bit off. 
  • Somebody explain the Newark (Texas) Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation mentioned in today's Update.


30 comments:

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Left to Right
2 out of 5

3 out of 5

1 out of 5

3.8 out of 5

Anonymous said...

Hey now is a bit of an understatement don't you think.

Anonymous said...

Is Bacon a little grumpy this morning?

A couple of them are pretty skinny, but they are eating junk food.

Anonymous said...

They're eating Wise chips.

You never stop promoting Wise county, do you BG?

Anonymous said...

The mask thing is funny. I laughed outloud when I read that. It's nice to be married to someone with a sense of humor.

The Host of LL House Party said...

It's romance time at Casa de LL and, look, it's the lady of the house looking mighty fetching in her Scream mask. Let's all listen in as she sets the mood by whispering "say hello to my little friend . . . ."

Anonymous said...

The Newark Cultural Ed. Fac. Fin. Corp is an entity that allows non-profits to issue non-rated tax-exempt bonds to finance projects. The bonds used to be called junk bonds, because they are high risk but the return is much higher than traditional bonds. This is the same scheme that the Bridgeport Hospital used to pay for their new hospital. They used the Tarrant County Cultural Ed. Fac. Fin. Corp.

It is not a bad deal. They city that sets up the corp gets a fee for basically doing nothing. The non-profit entity gets access to cash for their project. And the risk takers get a better than average return.

The people that really make out are the financing companies and the financial advisors. They get their large fees no matter what happens to the non-profit. If the non-profit entity struggles or goes belly up, then the bond holders lose their shirts. The Cultural Ed. Fac. Fin. Corp that issued the bonds is exempt from any harm. It does nothing to their credit rating or the credit rating of the city that is associated with it.

Anonymous said...

The Rhome thing sounds a little like the emails I get from the widow of the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia asking me to help transfer money to the US. The explanation of "the same scheme that the Bridgeport Hospital used to pay for their new hospital" kind of confirms that. Maybe Newark should have explained it that way to the citizens and see if they were still in favor. What's the worst that could happen? Ask the good citizens of Bridgeport.

Anonymous said...

The headline about the Nicks "dethrone" of the champs is a bit over done. One game doesn't dethrone anyone. I tuned in in 3rd qtr with Mavs up 10. A few minutes later they were down 12. Turned it off and will wait for playoffs. (Maybe there's an NBA conspiracy to allow the Nicks to win and hype it up till playoffs.)

Anonymous said...

I Like this Lin Kid, but it is only 1 game, GO MAVS!!!

Anonymous said...

Newark Culture Education Facility - Any place of business in Newark that has a "No shirt, No shoes, No service" sign!

Anonymous said...

Newark Culture Committee is anyone high class enough to shop at the Rhome Dollar General.

Anonymous said...

The city of Bridgeport was not involved with the issuing of the hospital bonds. They got involved by helping the hospital obtain a line of credit. Bridgeport had nothing to do with the issuing the bonds. The bonds were issued out of Ft. Worth. Tarrant County got a nice check to do nothing, just like Newark will get.

Anonymous said...

10:24
All the good citizens of Brigeport got was a $100 Million dollar hospital project for a small investment of $3M.

I'll take that deal any day of the week.

How many jobs did that $3M create?
How much business development did that $3M create?
How many new doctors are in town becasue of that $3M?

It sounds like the city council made a wise decision to me.

Anonymous said...

11:38, who cares??? Newark City Council is about to get tough on code enforcement!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to BagofNothing guy & wife on the newborn.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

The basketball strike is over?

Rage

Anonymous said...

BagofNothing will have his bag full of dirty diapers in no time.

Double Fake Mr. Stork

Anonymous said...

I don't see what the big deal is. Isn't anytime that Stevey Wonder flies he is flying blind? How about eating blind, sleeping blind, singing blind etc etc. I think the guy is blind.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that Garrett didn't say that he would have to look at the tape.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of the birth of BagofNothing's son. This wouldn't have happened if Obammy's mandate of insurance companies paying for contraceptions would have been in place a year ago.

Anonymous said...

Knicks...not Nicks.

Knicks is short for Knickerbockers which was their original name.

http://www.nba.com/knicks/history/why_knickerbockers.html

Anonymous said...

11:38. Sorry if I was misinformed. What I had read sounded like the citizens and City had been forced into something they had no initial involvement in. I sincerely hope it works out great for all involved. And for Newark too. Sorry if it came across any other way.

Best wishes,

10:24

Anonymous said...

10:55, that No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service sign is what got the Newark grocery store burned down.

Jack Daniels said...
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Anonymous said...

10:24/1:30

The last time I checked the founding fathers set up a representative government not a true democracy. The citizens of Bridgeport elected the city council to make decisions on their behalf. And that is what they did when they decided to help the hospital. There were multiple public meetings that discussed the hospital issue prior to the council making its decision. If the public does not elect to participate, then they get what they get. Their current recourse is to “throw the bums out” and elect some other people to represent the majority’s interest.

And 2:25 I could not tell if the posting was cordial or sarcasm.

Anonymous said...

Doing what I wanted to do in life has never been much of a factor

"Something Borrowed"?

Jack Daniels said...

sarcasm.

Anonymous said...

Dethrone NBA champs?

Knickerbocker, please!

Anonymous said...

2:21 is funny.