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9.21.2012

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • The "Oh. Seriously. So Gross." commercial makes me laugh every time.
  • Texas high school football is turning into a video game: A kid from Marble Falls passed for 715 yards last night. I remember a time when there wouldn't be 715 yards in passing for a whole season.
  • I'm an iPhone fan but I do not understand the fuss about the iPhone 5. (Here's a pic of the guy who was first in line in Fort Worth. He seems well rounded.)
  • There's a Brandi's Country Kitchen in Bridgeport?
  • Since Casa Torres in Decatur has reopened after the expansion, what's the verdict?
  • Rick Perry said this week that the "separation of church and state" is a "myth." I'm speechless.
  • Funny Fox 4 screenshot from this morning. (Facebook.)
  • Cowboys Stadium will have a new addition of the home opener on Sunday: The five Super Bowl Champion banners. (Pic.) It was originally planned that they would be on display in an adjacent Cowboys Museum, but that didn't pan out. 
  • This week an Iranian soccer player found a grenade on the soccer field, tossed it aside, and it exploded. Video. That's not a "grenade" as we commonly know one is it? I would think those guys by the explosion would have been brutalized by flying shrapnel. 
  • Broke Vince Young once spent $6,000 at a T.G.I.F. restaurant, and bought about 120 seats on a Southwest Nashville to Houston flight so he could have the plane to himself. That's a good start on blowing $30 million. 
  • I had another DWI set for trial yesterday but it settled at the last moment. A buddy later told me he was called to be on the jury panel and he intended to pelt me with Ticket shtick. 
  • All the right wingers are going nutty over the Obama campaign's "Obama American Flag".  I think it's kind of cool. 
  • Decatur teachers are getting 100 Macbook Airs. I make post like this all the time, and no one really seems to object to the subject.
  • Chico is playing the Texas Leadership Charter Academy tonight. That's a three year old charter school out of San Angelo. I'll admit that I don't really understand the concept of a "charter school."
  • "Moody's upgrades to Baa2 from Ba1 the rating of the City of Bridgeport's (TX) General Obligation Limited Tax debt." I don't really understand that either. 


86 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our money says "In God We Trust", and yet a cheerleading squad can't say "trust God" on their own banner.

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres - Great looking, horrible tasting. Go to Julio's in Chico instead, it's a hole in the wall with great food and service. Casa Torres seems to be hiring their staff from the labor pool at Primo's lately.

Anonymous said...

If you read the comments under the video of the grenade on the soccer field, someone claims its a handmade fireworks thing, that explodes when it is thrown on something hard, therefore no shrapnel. You're right, if it was a real one, you would have seen some shrapnel injuries. The comment seems to be accurate.

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres ? I'd rather eat Rhome Dairy Queen leftovers.....

Anonymous said...

If Obama needed a flag to represent his campaign, why didn't he use the rainbow flag. It is a closer representation of his ideals and he doesn't appear to be ashamed of that one.

Martin BUber said...

I am genuinely grateful to the Guv for providing me with the ultimate concept in responsibility shirking--blame it on Satan. Have I suffered a deserved setback? Have I screwed the pooch? No problem. Satan is always there to accept the blame no questions asked.

Thanks Rick--you are an eff'n genius.

Rex Kramer said...

I'm not even going to look at the Perry story, but I've been saying something very similar for years.

No where in the Constitution does the phrase "separation of church and state" appear.

The framers were leaving a country where the head of the Church, was also the King. You guys learned that in History class right?

Could it be that was the situation they were trying to avoid...? I think people like to conveniently forget that when they pretend to be outraged by the mention of Jesus or God in a public setting.

Somehow this has become misconstrued to the point where the sheep now think public religous observances are verboten.

One more thing to rap your faux intelligent minds around, other commenters are going to bring up the Establishment Cause eager to show how "progressive" and righteous" they are.

How is banning public observances, the Ten Commandments, etc... not a violation of the aforementioned clause?


Rex Kramer said...

I lost focus earlier, I meant to say

Random Thought Girl = Nice

Would have been Double Nice, but those sunglasses kinda ruin the moment

Anonymous said...

RMT girl is a multiple repeat, but that's ok.

Anonymous said...

The "obama flag" is a disgrace. What is wrong with this man that he will NOT pay respect to THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA flag? Does that not bother you people who think he's just the best thing since sliced bread? OUR flag symbolizes the freedoms we enjoy in OUR country because of the blood that has been shed by those who have FOUGHT to keep those freedoms! IT IS TO BE RESPECTED! Those who do not respect it for what it is, and those who think it is "cool" to desecrate it by changing it up need to get a clue. We are Americans here and we want our country to exist for our children, grandchildren and beyond. If Democrats are willing to destroy America and vow respect and patriotism to an "obama flag" then you are NOT TRUE AMERICANS!

I have never in my years seen a man so arrogant as Obama. I have never seen in my years so many stupid people supporting a man who is a traitor to this country.









Anonymous said...

Obammy flag - OH. HELL. NO.

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres is beautiful, nice, friendly staff, great atmosphere, and great food as always! Worth the wait!

Anonymous said...

It seems that only conservatives know that the term separation of church and state do not appear in the constitution. It's also interesting that Jefferson in his letter where that phrase appears did not mention mosques, shrines, or other eastern religions. From that we can conclude that at the time of writing that the establishment clause of the constitution which uses the word religion meant Christianity. So all you Muslims and other atheists convert or face the comfy pillow.

Anonymous said...

The Lamborghini at Hebron HS is owned by the well to do boyfriend of the HS's boys mother according to WBAP this morning.

Anonymous said...

So the teachers get free Macs. In the private sectors most employees have to pay for their tools of trade. I don't feel so bad about the techers paying for supplies out of their pocket now.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather see school districts spend money to make sure students AND teachers have the latest technologies. There are fewer and fewer fields where computers, that are often on large networks, are used. Employers expect new hires to already have a working knowledge of this technology not to have to train their employees in basics. Kudos to all the Wise county districts for recognizing this trend and being proactive. Not all schools are as fortunate.

On another front, I consider myself a moderate, middle of the road republican but Rick Perry scares the crap out of me. That guy hangs on the edge of unhinged.

LOOK AT THAT BODY! said...

RTG = REPEAT A GOOD REPEAT

Anonymous said...

I love Casa Torres and don't know anyone who does not. Must be a rival commenting about the food.

wordkyle said...

Perry was playing to his audience in that conference call, but he's correct about the "separation of church and state" business (which the article incorrectly describes as "constitutionally mandated.") The modern justification for government hostility toward religion -- specifically Christianity -- stems from Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black in 1947. Prior to that decision, the Supreme Court routinely cited religious involvement in government affairs. (And before you trot out "Jefferson's Danbury letter," read this. It might put things in better perspective.)

Anonymous said...

Charter schools are for Christians who believe that they the only way for them to not be of the world is to not be in the world.

Every home schooled or charter school kid I know is socially inept.

Anonymous said...

Rhome Dairy Queen..oh my, really??? Only thing I like from there is ice cream.

Anonymous said...

You may not Casa Torres but, its parking lot is full every meal so plenty of others like it. Barry, Brandi's has been open in Bridgeport several years. Where have you been. That's the place Mike Bement ran into a couple of years ago with his car.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know about Brandi's. It sounds great! Speaking of food, does anyone know who sells chicken fried steak sandwiches in Decatur? Sonic doesn't have them anymore and my hubby wants one.

Anonymous said...

Is the city of Bridgeport still paying on the Hospital Bond, or did that place finally shut down because of poor money management yet?

Anonymous said...

8:45
Take it off of our money

Anonymous said...

The bond rating improvement shows that the city of Bridgeport is taking care of business and they aren't as high of a credit risk as before. With the hospital risk and all the land and buildings that were bought 5 years ago the city became a risk for bank loans and bond interest were higher.

DF Don Majka

Anonymous said...

The new facility is nice - nothing special, but nice. Not necessarily since the new building opened but since the restaurant opened....................... increasing prices, smaller portions. Torres is getting greedy.

Anonymous said...

Governor Perry thinks that we are still under the Articles of Confederation.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Dairy Queen. Duh

Anonymous said...

Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner in "Today's Silliest Display of Right Wing Paranoia and Twisted Logic."

"If Democrats are willing to destroy America and vow respect and patriotism to an "obama flag" then you are NOT TRUE AMERICANS!"

Seriously? Where do you crazy people get these ideas? Where have you seen one single person "vow respect and patriotism" to a campaign t-shirt logo? Are you out of your freaking mind? What color is the sky on your planet?

That's enough. Turn in your voter registration card.

Anonymous said...

Smaller portions higher prices and longer wait for your food at Casa Torres.

Food taste good but those other issues can really bring a place down over time.

Anonymous said...

It's great alright. A great source of overpaid oilfield trash, greasy food and silicone.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Yesterday's have a chick fried steak sammich?

Anonymous said...

The only religion Perry doesn't want to separate from government is Christianity. That is supposed to get you to heaven but it won't get you to paradise and 75 virgins. These decisions are hurting my head.

Might have to settle for Paradise, TX and a 75 year old virgin.

Anonymous said...

Be careful eating at Rhome DQ. The Rhome City Council will try to add an extra tax on you so they can hire their handycap friends to play fireman.

Anonymous said...

Brandi's namesake is easy on the eyes!

Anonymous said...

I was always taught that it was against the law to desecrate the American Flag.

Anonymous said...

First 9:15

Agree with your post completely! He is the most arrogant POTUS we have ever had!

Anonymous said...

9:21

The Lamborghini at Hebron HS is owned by the well to do boyfriend of the HS's boys mother according to WBAP this morning.

HUH?

Anonymous said...

8:45 Could you inform the cook at Julio's not to burn everything.

The three times I've been there I've had to deal with eating shoe leather textured food.

Anonymous said...

10:49

There was a post here a couple of days ago about a Lamborghini in the Carrolton Hebron HS parking lot. Speculation by BG was that it was a step child type situation. This morning on WBAP they discussed it as belonging to the boyfriend of a student's mother. So BG's clairvoyance is once again confirmed.

Anonymous said...

Drive to Runaway Bay and eat at one stop ..... then stop on your way back in 20 minutes to use the bathroom..... hope you make it.... that is to the bathroom.

Anonymous said...


Todd Dodge is the Marble Falls coach.

His son, Reilly???, graduated from McNeese and is a Grad Assistant at A&M.

Football guru



Anonymous said...

10:23 Thank you for the tip! I found Yesterday's website...yes they do have chick fried steadk sammich and much more..thanks for the reminder. Not a good location for me, have to head north, make a u turn & head south, but I will make the trip..hope it's good.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

9:23 - I'm not sure I know of many private sector jobs where your desktop or laptop isn't issued to you by your company? I know self-employed folks that do this, but I would venture its pretty reasonable that most companies furnish these. I can't think of any teachers nowadays that aren't issued computers by the ISD.

Brandi's has been open for a long, long time. It will take years of it being non-smoking to overcome the cigarette smoke that is still lingering there. Unfortunately, the waitstaff is still there.

Never understood the whole Cult of Casa Torres thing.

DQ still has a Dude sandwich. (CFS Sandwich)

Anonymous said...

10:37

Christianity is not a religion. Just sayin'

Anonymous said...

10:49

It isn't THAT hard to figure out.

The kid has a Mom. The Mom has a boyfriend. The boyfriend owns the car. The kid drove the car to school.

I wonder if you are a WBAP P1.(?)

Anonymous said...

RTG can repeat anytime.

Anonymous said...

Dairy Queen Dude = chicken fry steak sandwich. Not bad either.

Anonymous said...

Can you please give us an Update link that works?

el chupacabra said...

The grenade appears to be a point detonating flash/bang probably left from a previous riot on the field.
There're designed to disorient and don't form shrapnel.

Anonymous said...

The key differences between charter schools and regular public schools lies in three elements that help define them:

1. They are held accountable, not just in general, but to achievement goals embedded in their charters.

2. Their student body is made up of children whose parents chose the school, and the school is tailored to the student body’s needs.

3. They are given freedom from certain bureaucratic procedures with the idea that this will give them a greater ability to focus on creating academic emphasis.

Anonymous said...

No where in the Constitution does the phrase "separation of church and state" appear.

This demonstrates how little you know about the Constitution. More than that even, it demonstrates that there's no use even trying to educate you, because you have a fundamental level of ignorance that no rational discussion could overcome.

Speaking of food, does anyone know who sells chicken fried steak sandwiches in Decatur? Sonic doesn't have them anymore and my hubby wants one.

Get in the kitchen and make one, woman.

Rage

Anonymous said...

The words "separation of church and state" so not appear in the constitution but the concept is in the first sentence of the first amendment.

Anonymous said...

I was always taught that it was against the law to desecrate the American Flag.

Nope. Just a picture of Mohammed.

Rage

Anonymous said...

A charter school is a public school without a taxing district. Pretty basic

Rex Kramer said...

If I thought you were capable of engaging in rational conversation, I would be more than happy to take part.

As it stands, it seems you are just smart enough to name-call and enjoy the smell of your own farts.

If I am wrong about whether the phrase "separation of church and state" appearing in the Constitution than show me that, and then o.k... I was wrong.
Thanks for the block of instruction,

but just spitting out same lame-ass half baked response is beneath even the guys who post anonymously,

Really, you should slap yourself.

Rex Kramer said...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

Please explain to me how I am wrong.

Thanks in advance for the block of instruction

Anonymous said...

RageBitch,

So give the designation in the Constitution where "seperation of church and state" appears.

That is what the writer wrote.

Anonymous said...

LOL at 8:45. Julio's in Chico is an offshoot of Casa Torres, with the same menu and same food and owned by the same family.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight...

Rick Perry makes yet another statement that helps prove he's an idiot.

Then Wordy, who clearly knows better, decides he would rather back Perry than call him out on his stupidity.

Night follows day.

The sun rises in the East.

All predictable.

Anonymous said...

If I am wrong about whether the phrase "separation of church and state" appearing in the Constitution than show me that, and then o.k... I was wrong.

We're all quite capable of understanding what you mean--by stating that it does not appear in the Constitution, you argue that it is some sort of fantasy, that it doesn't exist. That there is no reason for it.

I could go into several issues, such as how everything in the Constitution can or must be implemented or regulated in some way, for starters. That concepts in the Constitution are implemented, and how if a mechanism (separation) is necessary to enforce a concept (the prohibition against the establishment of a religion), then the courts decide on whether or not that mechanism is legal by one of several methods. However--you seem to argue that just because a word or phrase is not in the Constitution, it can never be Constitutional.

You are profoundly wrong. I just did not bother with the explanation--and truly still have not. I tried to dumb it down enough for you.

Note that I also never said that the phrase was in the Constitution, nor did I explain to wordkyle why he is similarly wrong, regardless of the Danbury letter. He has a similar mental block where ideology colors reality, and a similar lack of understanding of Constitutional concepts.

I do enjoy the smell of my own farts though. Don't you? Don't lie to me now.

Rage

Liberal Larry said...

Charter Schools are a scam under the guise of freedom. In reality, they are schemes to milk money of the public dollar, much like privatizing roadways to Cintra.

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres food=bland and tasteless just like its greedy owner who will ask you to eave if u linger too long. I like DQ's CFS sandwich. It just feels awkward ordering it."I'll have a dude with cheese" lol. Obama sux as do all his hate breeding Muslim brothers. I think they should all go home and herd goats like their fathers did. Then all the jobless here could take over the hotels and 7-11's.

Anonymous said...

It's a matter of time before public education implodes. Charter schools, private schools, and home schools are the new form
of segregation (not racial as much as wealth). Teachers that can afford the pay cut are getting out of the factory and sweat shop grind of public education to teach in alternative schools from private to home school networks. It's a no brainier for parents that can afford private-Victory Christian is growing by leaps and bounds. And with all the Internet access to curriculums, Museum schools, biology classes at places like Dallas and Fort Worth arboretum and zoos, and select athletic sports all the way through high school, home school isn't what it used to be.

Anonymous said...

Rex did yo momma ever say you can catch more flies with honey? Try to mellow out a little and have a civil discourse.

The phrase you are looking for does not appear. The 1st amendment begins "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;". The Supreme Court is charged under the constitution with interpreting the constitution. It has decided that any government, at any level, sponsoring anything of a religious nature is prohibited by the 1st amendment. That makes it the law of the land, including Perryland.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Rage has an idea what he's talking about, where you Scalia wannabes are fighting with both hands tied behind your backs.

Where ar ethe tax returns?

Anonymous said...

3:13

Time to shut up and find a new gig.

Anonymous said...

9:23

No, not really. I've been in IT my entire career and I've always been supplied with a computer by my employer.

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed there are no posts about the "new" iPhone. Gee whiz, the screen is about 1/4 inch bigger (same size as many other existing phones), now does 4G LTE that other phones have had for a long time, it needs new connectors (so Apple can sell you more stuff)etc. So the lemmings will scoot out an pay bunches for stuff they can't even use and seemingly be happy to pay more for it. This is common to most all Apple products - so much hype at higher cost. Great marketing to undiscriminating customers.

Anonymous said...

I'm suprised that more people have not taken a positive stand for Casa Torres. I think they can hold their own with any restaurant serving Mexican food. They are a great family that is not afraid of work and who have helped many others make a place for themselves in this country. Their new restaurant is very classy and the food is wonderful!

RPM said...

"I'll have a dude with cheese"

Nobody and I do mean nobody puts cheese on a chicken fried steak sammich. It's like Ketchup on a hotdog... just plain wrong.

Anonymous said...

LOL @ 10:40! I bet you can find a government squatter on the council too. It's an inbred, live off the government, kind of town. Don't look at stop 6 or negrotown for people on disability, welfare, or grown ups still living with their parents, look no further than Rhome.

Anonymous said...

2:44 If may be owned by the same family, but the people are friendly and the food is out of sight! Casa Torres hires people that have no better manners than a WC Roughneck after 20 cans of keystone. The place may be new but the food tastes like chit. The place is packed because it's across from the hospital and even the nurses dont eat that hospital junk. Its like voting for the lesser of two evils.

Anonymous said...

I know some people do think their kids get a better education at home or in a private school. I've been a public school teacher and I would have to disagree. I've seen kids come back into the system after being at home or private school. Usually, they are behind. Either academically or socially or both. They have been sheltered and there are no standards for what the kids need to learn. When a parent homeschools, they may be very good in one subject, but no person can be effective in all subjects after about 5 or 6 grade.
As far as Victory goes, I'd hate for my kids to be so inundated with religion that is so conservative. There is no room for questioning or freedom of thought. It's very uptight, believe every single word of the Bible or else. Actually, I want my kids to be educated in the basics at school and religion at church. It's actually scary. And yes, I have talked to them at Victory. It seems that if a kids has trouble in public school, parents trot them over to a cozy environment. What a shock to these kids when they get out in the "real" world, like high school, college, and a JOB! These are places where not everyone loves you and may have different ideas about religion. It will be tough!

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres will boot you out. if you take your time and don't eat like an ape. They are more Korean acting than messican.

Anonymous said...

Looks to me Casa Tores competitors are posting here. The old and new store provide good food, service and price. We have always been welcome and never rushed - even with others waiting. From RAB.

Anonymous said...

I tried the new "Casa Torres" I found the portions to be the same. The quality of the food is the same. The building is beautiful. It was crowded as usual. We called ahead so our wait was only 10 minutes which is about the same as the old casa T. The food was served quickly just like it was at the old place. I love Casa T and missed it when it was closed. I eat there about twice a week. The new building is a great addition to the city of Decatur. I wish them well.

Anonymous said...

7:56, it's the throngs of homeschooled kids that don't have to re-enter "the system" that are successful. I would count the ones that have you have known to re-enter the system as faliures, too. It's not that parents are taking the entire education of their homeschoolers soley upon themselves anymore. Parents are acting as curriculum coordinators. If you have the money and the time, there are so many better options out there. There are algebra teachers and as I said before, biology classes at the zoo and botonical gardens. There are art, music, and language lessons to be taken (which is dying on the vine in public school). That's why you are seeing more and more homeschooled kids becoming National Merit Scholars, National Spelling Bee contenders, and now pro-athletes such as Tim Tebow that are examples of successful homeschooled kids.

Homeschooled no longer means isolated, far right wingnut, religious zealout types. You are seeing parents that are fed up with the lack of opportunity for students because of government beauracracy. Now, all you hear about is standardized testing, teachers on strike b/c they are burned out and angry, and the struggle in Washington to take over local control of education...George W Bush's NCLB and now Obama's Common Core Standards.

I'm telling you, educated, wealthy parents are cluing in to the trainwreck that is happening in public education and more and more you will see a shift in demographics, not because their is a surge in a racial population or socio-economic level, but because people that can educate their children in more meaningful, effective atmospheres whether it is a private, charter, or homeschool are pulling them out of public school by the droves.

School population may increase, but not with the diversity that you want to see.

Candance said...

Decatur does a lot of cool stuff with those MacBooks and don't just allow them to be a distraction in class. I'm not a huge fan of schools issuing the laptops to students because they tend to be a horrible distraction, but Decatur is doing it right.

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres food is still great... Parking still sucks. Should have made a extra entrance/exit. We got in in there and there was no parking spot then we couldn't even get out cause entrance was blocked by others trying to get in!!

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres sucks and so does the parking and the posters from RAB who are never rushed!

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres should be on the square....NO PARKING!

and when you do find a spot, you run the risk of an illegal alien hitting you.

Anonymous said...

10:21 watch your mouth. Our hospital food is a million times better than that slop at casa!

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres is as great as ever, and beautiful facilities. Top notch!

Anonymous said...

8:55 you are right on most accounts, but I've been in public education for many years, and most home schooled kids are well-adjusted, but every once in awhile a young 'en re-enters the public education system and can't simply walk from one classroom to another. It's very sad.