5.16.2012

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • There was a wrong way driver on Central Expressway last night, but I'm not sure the car hit anything.  
  • Even boxers are no match for an angry ex of a girlfriend swinging a (probable) golf club. (Graphic pics.)
  • When I saw the picture (below) of the Trinity River alligator, I thought of those concerts last summer where folks would float in the Trinity on inner tubes as the band played.
  • I don't know if the story has legs, but there's the possibility that an innocent man was executed in Texas. 
  • Yesterday, GM pulled its $10 million a year ad campaign off of Facebook claiming those ads don't work. House of cards?
  • I kept seeing reports yesterday that the Boyd ISD Superintendent "cleaned out his desk" but I have no idea if that is true. 
  • I had to look up the status of that silly Roger Clemens perjury trial only to find out that there have been two jurors dismissed by the judge because of sleeping during the proceedings. The federal government must be putting on a heck of a case. 
  • That Big Tex discussion yesterday was pretty thought provoking.
  • Ted Cruz is the highest profile candidate who is a golden boy of the Tea Party, but it looks like he doesn't stand a chance. Is the Tea Part relevant anymore?
  • Senior Prom is still overrated, isn't it? 
  • Someone explain to me why the Bridgeport City Council voided almost a quarter of a million dollars of "underbilled" debt to Bridgeport Tank Trucks, Bridgeport Independent School District and LaQuinta Inn?
  • When will the under 30 crowd give up that goofy "sideways peace sign" when they are photographed?
  • There is more student debt in this country than credit card debt or auto loan debt. But here's the kicker: You can't get rid of that debt by bankruptcy, collection fees are astronomical, and the government can garnish a portion of your income and all of your IRS refund. That sounds like the Next Big Financial Crisis.


55 comments:

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Left
WOW
4.6 out of 5
She is hot hot

Right
2 out of 5
She needs to eat and put some meat on those bones.

Anonymous said...

Student loans. Quit borrowing money to get liberal arts degrees for which the ROI is negative.

Anonymous said...

Facebook can't go public fast enough if you're Zuckerberg. Go on, Mark, take the money and run!

-Fake Steve Miller

Anonymous said...

You are wrong about Cruz, just like you were wrong about Trayvon. Cruz will be the next senator.

Anonymous said...

The only reason the City of Bridgeport voided the money is because the rest of the citizens will pay for it. The monopoly electric grid continues.

Anonymous said...

Parents when your child goes off to college without having a clear plan to get a degree which will result in a high paying job, tell then you're not paying for it. Tell them to "find themselves" by getting that history or music degree at night on their dime after they get an engineering or nursing degree.

Anonymous said...

Man, I'm a judge and that article on Carlos DeLuna was disturbing and thought provoking!

Anonymous said...

gm pulled its add cause facebook founder renounced his citezenship, check it out. government/union motors cant have that

Anonymous said...

I guess you really can't ban Big Tex when we all know we are still thinking about the points he makes if he would just take it easy with the racial slurs. And I agree, that sideways peace sign has GOT to go.

Anonymous said...

Barry if you would call someone from the city of Bridgeport you would understand why the electric bills were waved. Our mayor publishes his phone number and takes all calls. He has taken mine several times and discusses openly on the questions I had.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to pull Bacon's man card. Dude, those chicks are 1.5's.

Anonymous said...

8:52--better yet, be a responsible parent and plan for your child's education by saving for it yourself! I believe that if student loans must be used, they should be used minimally! Problem is, lots of students get money and SPEND IT ALL (just because they got it). Then reality slaps them in the face when that little "coupon book" shows up in the mail.
I'm actually pretty proud of the fact that our planning will allow our son to graduate from college COMPLETELY DEBT FREE! We are in no way RICH, just planned ahead! He's educated and we actually get a pay raise when there are no more tuition payments (or loans to repay!). How can we expect this country to get out of debt when even our young adults just starting out owe more than they can ever repay? DISASTER!!!!!

Seymore said...

Can I get government loans while taking some years and learn to become a professional gambler? Why not?

Anonymous said...

Re City of Bridgeport electricity gifts to area businesses: according to the Messenger Update, the accounts in question demonstrated underbilling between 2007 and 2009...such underbilling issuues sound in implied contract/unjust enrichment, for which the state of Texas Legislature has established a two year statute of limitations. The City didn't file suit within that period of time and thus and suit later filed would have been groundless and subject to sanctions. Sounds like the City got good legal counsel in reaching the decision.

Anonymous said...

I got a scholarship to pay most of my school. I only owed 12K when I got out. If these YUPPIES want a free ride...EARN IT MF'ERS!!!!!!!

Lazy turds....and yes, it was a athletic scholarship, and I graduated in 2001. So, the typos are b/c I didn't graduate with a 3.0...

Anonymous said...

Is that a mother-daughter picture?

DF Hugh Hefner

Anonymous said...

The Facebook IPO is WAY over valued. There is no way they soak up the ad revenue projected in the proposal. No way. Of course, unrealistic projections haven't stopped American investors from buying over-priced stock issues in the past.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Barry, you need to stop posting pics of teenagers. That RT girl on the right has GOT to be underaged!

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

Good for GM!

Anonymous said...

regarding the City of Bridgeport comments:

The city underbilled several businesses to the tune of $250,000 several years up to 2009. LaQuinta, Bridgeport Tank trucks, BISD, and Crisp Ind. The underbilling was data entry errors made by the workers in city hall. These went undetected for a long time.

While the underbilling was ongoing, the city still had to pay for the electricity it was distributing. This added to the "loss" during those months and was a part reason why rates had to be higher.

The previous city administrator told the businesses that were billed wrong to just forget it, it was the city mistake. He did not have the authroity to do so.

For the past many months the city has let it sit but not done anything firm about it. The business where notified in time for statute of limitations but since then have not been able to negotiate a settlement.

In the end the city decided to gave up and wrote the money off so it will stay uncollected.

Anonymous said...

Tea party was relevant in Nebraska
Senate race yesterday. Underdog, outspent Deb Fischer wins over
GOP favorite son.

Anonymous said...

ahhh...all you nuts who stood up for Trayvon Martin sure do look bad now.

LOL

Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-ted-cruz-a-candidate-as-good-as-it-gets/2011/06/14/AGdrmWWH_story.html


Barry, you would not not look so stupid on here if you would arm yourself with facts instead of liberal wants. Ted will be your next senator because of the Tea Party endorsement. Get use to it.

Anonymous said...

You'll get to see how relevant the Tea Party is come November! Obama-one and done!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
ahhh...all you nuts who stood up for Trayvon Martin sure do look bad now.

LOL

11:25 AM


What can I say? Stupid people do stupid things, and there are plenty of stupid people on here.

Anonymous said...

DISD and overhaul had me at 1st then I found out that it's the other DISD. We can only hope for the same next election

Anonymous said...

City of Bridgeport needs to wake the "f" up.....they will help out those like LaQuinta with a $30,000+ check last year and this year they void their debt, Bridgeport Tank Trucks voided debt and that make a crillion dollars a year, and the BISD which charges a sh%t load of taxes and has a piss poor performance rate.....NOW they, the City of Bridgeport will help all them out, and my 80 year old mother forgets her electric / water bill and POOF NO ELECTRICTY OR WATER after being ONE DAY LATE...needless to say my mother was at fault, BUT she is now confused and worried if they will turn it off again. When she paid, it was over 8 hours BEFORE it was turned back on. City of Bridgeport is a joke....I now understand why people are building business outside of Bridgeport and are moving out of Bridgeport......sad as I grew up there before I moved up north....I hope this BLOG and the Messenger and Index hammer their ass for cutting breaks to businesses and screwing those that are a little late and those that cannot afford their dictatorship electricity rates

Anonymous said...

Amen.... I totally agree with you
1:09. I live in Bridgeport and my child goes to another school because the schools here are ridiculous!! And the City is a joke. I have my house up for sale and can't wait for it to sell!!

Anonymous said...

*I don't know if the story has legs, but there's the possibility that an innocent man was executed in Texas.

Why would they amputate his legs? Isn't that over kill?

Anonymous said...

Note...to....self...

When....picked...for...jury....fall...asleep....then....you....can....go....home.

Anonymous said...

1:33
Like most others you gripe and run. Many of the city council seats and school board openings go unopposed each year. Heaven forbid you put forth the effort to fix the issues. Instead you gripe openly without the full disclosure of information available.

Good riddence. Hope your kids don't get hooked on meth in Paradise.

wordkyle said...

No, the Tea Party is not relevant. Pay no attention to anything they do or to any news of their successes. Ignore them and continue down your narrow Liberal path. The country will be better for it.

Anonymous said...

funny pic of the pos prez holding a big ole samwich on Drudge.

Since he's the gay prez he must like them big'uns.

Anonymous said...

WOW Jeremiah Wright is looking better than Oblamo at this point.

LMAO

Triple Fake... said...

to expand on what the commenter @ 2:35 said:
I don't see how very many people can complain about Bridgeport's city governance, considering the miniscule amount of votes that were cast. There were only around 200 for city council seats, and that's pathetic

Anonymous said...

On the left: Yes
On the right: Can I see your ID? Then, two chicks at the same time!

DF Lawrence

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

regarding City Council races in Bridgeport... 3 positions were open, only one brought any "contestants", less than 200 voted in that race.

<200.

In a town of almost 6,000.

Bridgeport Residents... You wanna look at the where the problems are in Bridgeport? Go look in a mirror.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of ROI,just wait until those new ladies on the DISD board
get rolling ! Rann Principal will be gone, Townsend will be gone, High School Principal will be gone.
I am thinking they could be the long sought answer to all the problems. The best will be the one that promised to stop high stakes testing !!

Anonymous said...

Here we go again. A bunch of big mouthes talking about something they know nothing about. Check the facts before opening you mouth it will keep the dog sh*t out.

Anonymous said...

4:30

No one can promise and deliver the end of high stakes testing. We aren't independent from the State of Texas funding and we do what they tell us. Right now, they tell us to test, so we do. And if any idiot says that they can stop it, they are lying to you.
I also think that if the majority of the board wants to keep the people you named, they will.

Anonymous said...

Boyd needs to stand up and support their Super
So area districts failed to do so in the past and then headed south
The problem is not the Supt
Change needs to occur elsewhere
At least DISD has begun addressing this problems
It is never too late

Anonymous said...

It's sad that anyone has to borrow money to get a good education. I think graduates should be able to work a job part time and be able to pay for college by paying as they go. This would make them appreciate their education so much more.... That's just my way of thinking!!!

Anonymous said...

Amen 4:45 you are exactly right.

Anonymous said...

Yes
Everyone gone
Then bring back Howard and Quanz to run the place
Great idea

Anonymous said...

We have some more house cleaning on the board to right this ship

Anonymous said...

City of Bridgeport, clerical error, I don’t think so, this has been going on for a long time, And intentionally, city employees paid under the table, that is why the meters were hooked up wrong, not enough legs, to charge the companies less, as so is some city buildings. It is the new electric department that is correcting the issues now. It is easy to blame someone that is no longer there, I can guarantee the last city administrator did not know about this, but if he did he probably would have done what was said anyways. The person involved is currently employed with the city of Bridgeport, and has been there this whole time, the same person who is in also makes the decisions for the water plant. The city would be in a lot better shape if the council would open their eyes and get rid of him. If you don’t believe the paid under the table part, ask about the expensive and extravagant trips he has made in the last two years.

Anonymous said...

Change is coming to DISD

Anonymous said...

maybe with all the water meter money in Bridgeport, DISD could get some turf????? I mean, with turf, it reduces the need for water.....it's like it's meant to be! It's a sign from above I tell ya! By the way, what is the deal with the high school principal, every time I see him at a sporting event he is with a Board member.....they seem to like him???? Am I missing something?????

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:46---------------

Everything changed.

And then changed again.



Half-Baked Tom Petty Groupie

Anonymous said...

I hate, hate, hate this talk about Decatur ISD. I think it is hateful and negative talk about good people. It is all fine and good to not agree with someone but it is another thing to try to ruin them. The fact of the matter is, all the complaining going only delays and derails any progress schools try to make. Board members with a vendetta against employees are there for themselves. Distraction is all it is. Hardly productive.

Anonymous said...

8:46 lets hope so I would hate to think I was fooled one more time to get my vote.

Anonymous said...

6:02. You sound very stupid. You need to get back to what you do best. You know.... Snooping on teachers Facebook pages. Hope you find more pictures of people holding a beer.

Anonymous said...

Teachers in DISD have to "teach the test" because our kids are plain dumb compared to the rest of the world. Material included in CSCOPE is a part of everyone elses' normal curriculum - hence no need to "teach the test" at better schools. All the Mexicans and white trash have made it that way here in Decatur. I doubt very seriously that Marsha Hudson is the solution to this problem. LOL

Anonymous said...

Yes, Wordy and we would be better without YOU!

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