5.03.2012

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • "The Scream" painting (bet you can guess what it is) sold at auction for $120 million.
  • Me + Jogging = I'm beginning to feel my age.
  • For the millionth time, a person possesses methamphetamine not methamphetamines.
  • The crazy guy who sexually assaulted the girl in Dallas who was on her way to school was kicked out of Prairieville Baptist Church. They have standards?
  • Mrs. LL got a tiny trophy for running a 5K last weekend. I looked up yesterday and saw that it's on our mantel. I think she's doing shtick. I hope. 
  • I've never heard anything positive about ultra-conservative Tarrant County judge Sharen Wilson. Why doesn't someone run against her?
  • College kid sleeping on the couch during a drug raid is told he would be released but instead was placed in a dark cell, handcuffed to a wall, and forgotten for four days. Incredible.
  • One of the buyers of the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Magic Johnson, is Fort Worth resident Bobby Patton. I knew Bobby back when he was a criminal defense lawyer who pretty much earned a living like everyone else. Then in 2005 the Osteopathic Hospital in Fort Worth got foreclosed on and he scrambled and bought it at auction for $6 million (I'm not sure how).One week later he sold it to the University of North Texas for $16 million. 
  • But there had to be even more windfalls than that in order for him to be part of that buyer's group.
  • I've started reading Blackhawk Down. I've never seen the movie. I was hoping for more background but it may be more of a battle intensive book.
  • The video of Junior Seau's mom grieving yesterday was really hard to watch. 

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thought you would post something about the road change at 51/114! What a mess---accident waiting to happen. I hope the construction company and the engineer who designed that change over have paid up their insurance!

Anonymous said...

I saw Seau's mom too. I feel for that poor lady. This may not read well, but that reaction was a lot more natural and normal than most reactions we see on the news.
Have we turned a corner in our culture so that reactions like that are now newsworthy and not reactions where a lawyer is standing in the middle of the family making statements about who will be sued over this death?

Anonymous said...

Me + Jogging = I'm beginning to feel my age.

Switch to a bike. It'll save the joints.

I've started reading Blackhawk Down. I've never seen the movie.

Don't. The movie is 100% schtick. It seems to be an afterthought, produced only to have something to play that cheesy song with. It is one of the worst war movies ever made.

Rage

Anonymous said...

The kid who was lost in the jail is suing the DEA. I expect a huge settlement.

Anonymous said...

Bobby has made quite a bit of money. The $10M on the Montgomery property was great, but he has made much more, and lost much more than $10M. He works his ass off and takes risks.

Anonymous said...

no mention of the manslaughter charge against a wise county man for killing a wise county woman..?

Anonymous said...

To take the hard core law and order side, I that kid had not been a doper, he would not have gotten picked up in the first place, and would never have been in the cell to be forgotten.

I am all for personal freedom, but you still have to follow the causal chain.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4.4 out of 5
Those eyes are amazing!
GJ BG!!!

Anonymous said...

Bobby Patton was definitely at the right place at the right time on the TCOM deal.

My Other Brother Darryl

ps - Somebody needs some time in jail on the Asian stoner screwup. No excuse. At all.

Anonymous said...

the ratio of Liberally Lean followers to them buying a boat b/c of your Random Thoughts girls is going to be crazy high......know anywhere i can buy a boat?

Anonymous said...

Conservative judge.
Sounds positive to me.

Kid did get released,
so he wasn't lied to.

Had better paintings
on my refrigerator.

Triple Fake... said...

The Scream painting was up for auction and I missed it?

Oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhnooooooooooooo!!!

Stephen said...

I have to disagree with Rage on the movie version of Blackhawk Down. I think it is an outstanding war movie that is fairly accurate. I do not even recall the cheesey Dave Matthews song in the movie, only in the theatrical trailer. I do recall SRV in the movie. The movie is scored using an orchestra rather than a reliance on pop music. Even though you have some Brits and Aussies playing US soldiers, the acting is outstanding. Get the special edition DVD, it has the documentary as well. It is a great movie.

Anonymous said...

Black Hawk Down book: The book is always better than the movie, but both are good.

In the book, Mark Bowden goes into a lot more detail on the back story and point of view of the somalies and not just the point of view of the Rangers and Delta soldiers that are seen in the movie.

Having spoken to one of the Delta guys that was actually in that operation, I have it on good authority that the book is about 80% accurate and the movie is about 70% accurate.

Of course the movie will alway have more "Hollywood" to it.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:14, me too> I was wondering why no mention? Client maybe!?

Anonymous said...

Maj. Jeff Struecker, one of the Army Rangers who played a prominent role in the battles portrayed in Black Hawk Down, spoke at the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Christian Prayer Breakfast last week. Incredibly powerful speaker with an absolutely riveting story. FWIW, he said the book BHD was very accurate. He continued to serve in the special forces as a chaplain and is now a Christian speaker. Best talk I've heard in a long time. Much respect.

Anonymous said...

I want to suckle peacefully.

Anonymous said...

Whatever. Battle: Los Angeles was a better war movie than Black Hawk Down. It may have been accurate, but it made a horrible movie and was horribly produced. The Zapruder Film was 100% accurate, but not something I want to watch. And if accurate, BHD highlighted the fumbling, indecisive, and incompetent leadership on the ground. Those men died because their commanders were stupid.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Rage,

That was actually one of the points of the movie: The fact that there was an absolute breakdown in communication from the commanders in the rear.

The task force was using a "newly integrated" command and control system that was no yet battle tested. That operation started off the same as any of the other hundreds of operations that they ran...all without incident.

I just so happened that the shit hit the fan on that particular one. The commanders didn't have a problem making the decision on what to do. It was the failure of the new C2 system that slowed down the process.

And by the way, the reason there were as many survivors...is because the command on the ground was exceptional. They had to read and react based on a fluid war zone without guidance from their commanders.

I'm sure you have a box on your bucket list that reads "Talk about the BHD incident as if I actually know what happened." You can check that box now.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain the Rhome political sign drama ? Rumor has it a council member got their depends in a wad over another newcomer candidates sign for the election. The people of our subdivision are sick of this old guard entitlement family inbred mentality harassing new ideas and fighting any change in this town! It is time to get off the couch and go cast a vote for new energy! Vote out all the old and give Rhome a fresh start! We need something besides a truck stop and beer store. Ricky Vaughn, are you listening????? Get us some new business. Vote Vaughan, Pittman, and anyone else who isn't on there now! We don't need anymore bums walking business 81 with 40 ounce cans of malt liquor!

Anonymous said...

Hah!! Rage got bitch slapped. Good job 12:42

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Rage on one thing...

Consider a bike Bubear. It moves the pain from your joints to your derriere.

And don't forget your helmet....and training wheels.

Anonymous said...

I told you last year, young man! Jogging is bad for your body. Fast walk if you must or get a push lawn mower..that'll put some muscle on your arms, if that's what you want.

Anonymous said...

He has his version 3:23, and those involved have theirs. Suffice it to say that there are several versions of what happened, and those who are at fault love to point the finger at new technology. It's how they keep from getting demoted, after all. The official version of the JFK assassination was that a single bullet made several right-turns and caused several wounds, after all... Call it a bitch slap if you like, I call it just more excuses by people who weren't on the ground. Stay Classy, indeed.

A trainer (I like fluid trainers) would be better, 4:03. Sounds like those Wise County roads are full of drunks and meth-heads, so it might be best to keep it off the road. Plus, you can get a more comfortable seat and not look like an old lady. Just switch the seat when you take it out on the road.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I agree with Stay Classy, one of my best friends was there in actual combat he was pilot - he carried his buddy out of there. He also was on set as a consultant for the movie - And of course they have to "hollywood" it up for people to watch it. Sadly it is based on truths.

Anonymous said...

Newark is the place to be. Downed helicopters everywhere.

el chupacabra said...

Blackhawk Down is just a very good book- much less a great war book. Watch the movie after you finish the book.

Francine Fishpaw said...

Your question re. Judge Wilson....

The local republican women love her. Republican women are the foot soldiers in the election army. No one would have a chance of beating her. The times I have been around her she has been very nice, but I understand that may not be everyone's impression of her.

Anonymous said...

"one of my best friends was there in actual combat he was pilot"

Yeah, not actual combat. Not even close. It's not like the Somalis had fighters. Your friend, if he was there at all, most likely was flying a bus back and forth, carrying those who really were in combat.