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6.13.2012

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts





  • With the price of gold out of sight, do kids still use it for their high school rings?
  • A Birdie Lunsford was found dead in a Fossil Creek park a couple of days ago. I searched her name and found this portion of a court case in Fort Worth where a Birdie "Lundsford", whose age is the same, testified about being a victim of a crime in a Fort Worth park when she was 13. Weird.
  • Texas Senator John Cornyn, obviously trying to get in the news, was down right disrespectful to Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday. As designed, he was on radio shows in the afternoon bragging about his performance. I'm not saying Holder doesn't deserve criticism, but that's not the way a "stately U.S. Senator" is supposed to do it. That's for the House. 
  • I didn't watch a second of the Heat/Thunder game.
  • Car bomb kills 63 in Iraq. "Let freedom reign."
  • Heard the boys on afternoon drive on The Fan talk about the Dallas Gun Show and how they were surprised there was a lot of Nazi memorabilia for sale. I was more surprised that they wanted the sale of such stuff to be illegal.  
  • That Mary Griffitts, a DFW attorney who was on Fox 4 last night talking about the Shiner-man-killed-child-molester case, brings nothing to the table. Steve Eager started the interview asking a very good question about whether prosecutors soft sell some cases to grand juries and she gave some goofy answer which included the phrase "the prosecution is going to have show legally this was a crime." What insight! I suspect she has never been in a grand jury room. 
  • Speaking of that Shiner case, the shooter killer has apparently said he didn't mean to kill the man. Man, don't back off now. I think he should take the Samuel L. Jackson approach in A Time To Kill: "Yeah, I meant to kill him and I'd do it again." 
  • Sports Talk Radio: Around 7:15 last night, The Fan played the audio from The Ticket where Nolan Ryan explained his connection with snow monkeys. And they didn't hide it. They said the audio was from "KTCK". It was edited so no Ticket personality was heard asking Ryan a question. 
  • The new Dallas ISD Superintendent said over the weekend that he wasn't "friends" with his new $185,000 a year communications director and "never had coffee" with her. It took three days for Channel 5 News to bust him on it
  • I think the Messenger's web site is down this morning 





51 comments:

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
2 out of 5
Not good BG.

Anonymous said...

I read your link on Birdie Lunsford. The black guy she testified against was up for murder and attempted murder. He pled guilty to the drive by killings and received 60 yrs, plus several more 20 & 10 yr terms. Apparently he exposed himself and did a sex act in front of her and younger kids at a park when she was 13 yrs old...weird.

Anonymous said...

Yep Messenger down.

Anonymous said...

The Feds went in to Ruidosa Downs to get some high dollar racing quarter horses owned by the Mexican drug cartels. One racing horse won $1 Million in a labor day race back in 2010! Hopefully, they will track down more laundry money schemes run by the Mexican durg lords!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why school administrators should make over $100 to $200,000. and more. The teachers do the grunt work for very little pay.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Have you ever seen a city screw so many things up as Dallas?

Screwed up the Cowboys relocation.
Screwed up the Cotton Bowl.
Worst City Council in the metroplex?
One sad story after another about their ISD?
Trinity River Greenspace program...

Uggh.

Anonymous said...

Holder should resign. He is a turd.

63 people dead is not good, but it is better than it happening over here. 63 is better than 64. Those people have been killing each other since their (un)civilization started.

Anonymous said...

Love A Time to Kill! Very poigant scene.....Yeah, I have 3 daughters

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the guy in Shiner beaten to death and not shot?

Anonymous said...

The administrators don't give a crap about the teachers. Teachers in Decatur will never get any respect here. That's why the ones that find some place to go get the hell out of here. What should be on Decatur ISD's website:

Come to Decatur...a great place to be a disreputable and hard ass administrator that likes to treat teachers like crap.

Has anyone noticed that the decent administrators that can actually be good leaders don't last beyond 3-5 years here?

Anonymous said...

What exactly SHOULD the salary of the CEO of a $1.4 billion budget be paid? Dallas ISD total budget is over $1.4 billion.

Anonymous said...

Yes, teachers do a lot of grunt work for much less pay. However, there are a lot of clerks in large businesses that do a lot of grunt work for very little pay as well. There are a lot of 7-11 store managers and cashiers that do a lot of grunt work for much less pay than their CEO. I think you should write a letter to the editor or post ugly comments on the blog because 7-11 pays their CEO too much.

Wait, what about hospitals. Did you know that there are people in hospitals that get paid much less than the chief executive that have to clean bedpans? Oh, and there are nurses that get paid much less than the chief executive too. But they care for sick people. They should get paid just as much.

Anonymous said...

lots of racing horses in grand prairie are sold for CASH to mexicans. it is a very well known fact

Anonymous said...

"Heard the boys on afternoon drive on The Fan talk about the Dallas Gun Show and how they were surprised there was a lot of Nazi memorabilia for sale."

WW2 re-enactors would be possible buyers for such items. They endeavor to be as authentic as possible and the one's I know are real sticklers in that area.

Learning a Little Law said...

Your post about Mary Griffitts piqued my curiosity. It would appear that she is less attorney, more media wannabe. At least, I presume this is the case because she has an IMDB page, a personal homepage that includes headshots and a video reel (http://www.marygriffitts.com/index.php?pageID=6830_2), and runs a trial consulting firm that opens up by bragging about having helped Dr. Phil with his Oprah case (http://www.trialconsultingenterprises.com/tceaboutpage.htm).

But when I opened up her blog and read the sentence "Good things happened in three's" I was done. Someone who placed random apostrophes gets no respect from me. I'd be willing to bet that she misuses "it's" too.

smh

Triple Fake... said...

This is what..the twenty, twenty-first century already? You'd think by now the interwebs would have invented a virtual class ring hologram or something.
There's an app for that, right?

The Ticket has been featuring the Nolan spots a lot lately. It's funny as hell just hearing him drawl out the lines "I was the snow monkey ambassador" and "I had to go meet with the snow monkey people."

Jump on this, Syfy Channel:
"Snow Monkey People vs DinoYeti"

The statement from the Shiner case reminds me of a quote from a current case being tried locally, where the gangbanger wounded two officers serving a hot warrant, plus one of his friends. He started firing blindly when his friend came running in from the garage where the officers were planning to rush in. He says he didn't mean to "intentionally" hurt anybody. You're firing a pistol toward a noise inside a house!! It would be interesting to see what kind of damage this guy could do with some effort. I bet his teachers used to say he didn't apply himself!

Anonymous said...

Yes, corporate company CEO's make all the big bucks and some of the underlings make large salaries. But, schools are state jobs...not the same to me.

Anonymous said...

Every place I worked people griped and conplained...it got worse over the last several years. No one is ever satisfied. I found it was better to do you job well and follow the rules...and best to not hang with the gripers, as it is highly infectious. People need to be glad they have a good job right now, especially in these hard times. If you are not happy teaching, then get out in the real world and see how you like it...you will have to drive at least 40 miles to find a good paying job, btw. That will spin the wheels off your car & money off your salary and you will still probably have a crappy boss to complain about. So, don't worry be happy! If you decide to stay, I think teaching is a most noble profession...when it is your calling and for that I thank you. This from a woman who spun her wheels at a few good jobs far away that made a difference to neither me or anyone else, as far as I can see.

Anonymous said...

9:52 Brilliant factual point! Too bad those complaining won't get it. They have a hard time excepting the truth.

Anonymous said...

10:19

Clever or stupid? Liberals always "except" the truth. They believe everything "except" the truth. They do not "accept" the truth.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Obviously you forgot about your favorite liberal weenie Ted Kennedy and the way he disgraced Bork and Thomas. Eric Holder should be, in the words of Chris Mathews, frog marched to prison for his handling of Fast and Furious. And speaking about the car bombing in Iraq, have you seen the body count of all the shootings in Obammy's hometown of Chicago?

Anonymous said...

Car bomb kills 63 in Iraq. "Let freedom reign."

This is by far the stupidest thing you do in your random thoughts from time to time.

War is destabilizing and takes many years before the violence wanes. Just look to our own Reconstruction after the Civil War. Knowing the atrocities carried out during the Reconstruction, do you think that war wasn't worth the eventual outcome.

Point being, there are far better reasons to criticize the Iraq war if you were against it. The violence they experience now existed before we came, hopefully in the years to come the Iraqi war will help shape that country into something more positive and more free for its citizens.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the 2 new board members at DISD will make a difference in the relationship between Administration and the Teachers. I am saddened by the comments about how terrible DISD is to work. There are lots of good happy people that have committed their lives to the schools and the students they serve.
I would guess that the complaining people have never thought about running for a position on the board,
or they cannot be elected. It is always easier to arm chair quarterback instead of actually getting involved.

BigTex said...

Car bomb kills 63 in Iraq.

Thats a drop in the bucket to the amount of people that were murdered by filthy black gangsta thugs here in the USA this past weekend.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/11/12166475-chicagos-bloody-weekend-8-dead-40-plus-wounded?lite

Anonymous said...

I am a former teacher with a husband who had a high position in a regular business. I would assume the superintendent's job would be comparable. Unless you have been in a position like this, you don't know about all the work, responsibilities and time that this job takes. Yes, it looks good that they are seen in public, smiling, and shaking hands. They would rather be home, eating at their own table, with their families. Sometimes, they work until late at night.
Teachers don't make enough for the jobs they do, but neither do bank tellers, retail clerks, administrative assistants, substitute teachers, etc.....
No one is ever satisfied with their pay. But teachers knew going in that the pay was crappy. There are other rewards, however. Getting to be with young people, fewer actual workdays, seeing kids learn, and doing something you love.

RPM said...

Maybe The Fan is finally giving some Tit for Tat. The Hardline still plays Greggo drops daily. I thought they wanted nothing more to do him, so why keep playing his audio YEARS after he left? Because they haven't been funny since he split.

Anonymous said...

Well surprise surprise surprise -- a school administrator that lies! Fact is, people should realize that just about all school administrators lie. I believe they are taught in administrative school just how to lie, or circumvent the truth.

I have no problem with paying administration higher wages IF they are doing their job and doing it honestly. Today, too many school administrations pass along their responsibilities TO the teachers and tell them to "do this report, have that meeting and give me your feedback, etc."

So there we are: administrators who will and do lie to public and to their own staff and faculties -- and administrators who will not do their own responsibilities and who are not honest.

Major problems in all school districts! What to do?

Anonymous said...

Barry.....I miss The Spin.


oh well...

Anonymous said...

From the WC Update

DRIVER IN WRECK THAT KILLED TEENS INDICTED — While checking some criminal records this morning, we noticed that Danny Nalley, 18, of Fort Worth was indicted and was arrested for four counts of criminal negligent homicide. He was the driver in a wreck last July 23 that killed John Darren Rangel, Vincent Williams, Kevin Brickey and Vincent James Lagrassa. The accident happened on FM 730 north of Decatur as the teens were leaving a trip to the LBJ National Grasslands. He was booked into the Wise County Jail last week and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Anonymous said...

Average teacher salary for Texas is $41,744 per year and they work 9 months a year. I would call that a pretty good deal!

Anonymous said...

12:28

What to do? Take school control away from Washington DC and give back to locals. That would fix everything in our schools.

Anonymous said...

You missed a hell of a ballgame last night. Go Thunder!!

Anonymous said...

Sure glad I don't have to defend that unscrupulous Eric Holder, Chief Law Enforcement Officer of this great nation.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

12:35PM

Almost correct... 10 mos a year is more correct.

That works out to $49K/yr after 10 years teaching with a 4 year degree plus specialization training.

Not saying that is bad, but curious as to how it compares to similar paid professionals.

Anonymous said...

I'm a teacher. With 12 years in and extra stipends I make about $54,000. My husband makes roughly the same.
We don't get three months off like our teachers did when we were in school. It works out to about 8 weeks off. The nest part is that we get tome off together. I suppose I could make more money in another profession but I wouldn't trade the time off. I need that to recooperate from the idiotic "yoots" that I spend 9 months with.

Anonymous said...

Counselor, what is nalley looking at?

Anonymous said...

1:57,
You must have an Android too. Stupid Autocorrect!!
I hate it.

Susanne Parker said...

I taught at Decatur for about 20 years - great kids, great staff, great fun! I wish everyone had a job as rewarding as mine was.

Anonymous said...

12:35

After 15 years, I make 49,900 for 186 day. Plus, I LOVE what I do. It really is a sweet gig.

Of course, I'm spending $450 of my own money for AP training this summer. I'm not teaching AP next year, so my school won't pay for it-but AP training makes me a better teacher in my "regular" classroom. And I often spend my own money on things that make me better in the classroom.

I'm also going to a week of technology training-but the district pays that fee.

I don't get paid for those two weeks of AP and technology training-but it's okay. My passion for my calling in life makes me happier than money ever could.

Anonymous said...

1:57,
You and your husband make $100,000 a year as teachers?
Plus two months off?

Probably not in Wise County?

Anonymous said...

Damn, I hope 1:57 isn't an english teacher. Maybe she teaches typing. Holy Hell!!!

Anonymous said...

Look what nwisd just gave Karen Rue for a raise. Talk about waste. Isn't she the one that is on record in Austin as being for cuts to school funding? This is the same district that thinks their bus drivers make too much.

Anonymous said...

4:25 damn! You don't have an android. I believe 2:09 covered that.
It's ok to be late to the party just don't act like an imbecile when you get there.

Anonymous said...

Man big tex - I'm right there with you on the chimpout, but you mention that the media doesn't report black on white crime yet you include links to msn.com for your examples of gangsta thuggery.

Truth is, we are all aware of the problem and civilized folks move the f away from these predominately black neighborhoods. If they happen to live in a school district such as Dallas ISD they put their kids in private school. If that is racist, then there are a sh*t ton of racists out there.

Anonymous said...

I delegate my duties as a commenter for the next few days to Mr. Mike Honcho. Always like his thought processes. See you all next week.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

That's about the only way those dbags would get ratings is use ticket material, u really over rate whitt as u do spud kennedy, but u and ritchie use product in ur hair and wear affliction shirts

Anonymous said...

I decided this year to retire after 24 yrs.from the school district. It was a different year than in the past It was the first time a student looked at me eye to eye and told me to "fuck off" and slammed my door. I chased the student down all the while thinking "don't touch her, don't touch her" I honestly wanted to throw down and do some bitch slap moves on her, but needless to say, I kept my cool and took her to the principal's office in which she didn't get much of a punishment and she was already in ISS. Most of the "new students" we are getting have been in trouble at their previous school and live with their crack head parents or crack head uncle jimmy who can't wait to use their new issued apple computer from the school. The poor kids do not stand a chance in life! They start living from house to house and then usually start getting tickets that they can't pay and end up in jail to work the sentence off. One girl told me her cousin had raped her the night before she came back to school and the law had been called and he was out of jail and still living down the street from her and his mother, her aunt, was harrassing her. it goes on and on...and the state can't understand why alot of the students have a hard time passing their standarized test.

Anonymous said...

10:46, no doubt, Fox news and Rush is the truth. You know it.

Anonymous said...

11:28

Thank you for the years you worked with/for those kids.

Some days it does feel like a volcano erupting around you. Without parents who can/will parent, and without administrators who have their teachers' backs, it's an impossible task.

Best of luck on the next leg of your journey in life...

BigTex said...

4:51 the link I posted did not say anything about black on white crime. It did not mention race at all, and that is the problem. 99% of the shootings were done by blacks.

Notice how this story never mentions race. They left out the number one thing these crimes all have in common. They would have you believe whites and asians are commiting these horrible crimes.

http://realestate.yahoo.com/news/most-dangerous-cities-in-america.html


The media needs to tell all the facts and then let us reach our own conclusions about these people. Not what they would like for us to think. They want us to lie to ourselves.

Sick of the lies, Big Tex

Anonymous said...

12:35 should take a look at the school calendar. 9 months - ha ha ha!