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1.30.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • I confirmed yesterday that Decatur PD arrested a man for the Class C offenses of "no seatbelt" and "defective headlamps" on Wednesday night. (Actually I got a call from an irate person who said, "Can you believe this!?" I then looked the guy up to verify it was true.)
  • It was odd that the cops couldn't immediately "confirm" the ID of the man killed in Sunset this week. (They could, of course, they just didn't release it.)  Trust me, I've had two cases over the last two years where officers in Wise County got a quick glance of a stranger in the dark and wear willing to swear who it was within two hours. (Both guys got arrested. Both cases got dismissed.) 
  • A loyal reader posted a "Police Dog's Oath" yesterday.  I'm not sure those dogs all agreed to that.
  • From the Update: "A memorial service for Pepper is being planned for next week at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise."
  • I'll admit I've never heard of the Meridian Highway but Decatur was a part of it and the Texas Historical Commission is celebrating it -- including an "outreach meeting" here on February 3rd
  • Listening to every sports radio station broadcast from Radio Row at the Super Bowl has done something I didn't think was possible: It has made me believe that the non-profit and tax-exempt NFL is  even more corporate, corrupt and sterile than ever.  Hey, Mark Cuban is always wrong these days, but I actually hope his prediction from earlier this year is correct: “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion. When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.” 
  • And The Ticket boys expressed their displeasure yesterday when comparing the current state of affairs to years gone by: Radio Row is less populated, potential guests roaming Radio Row (whose sponsor pay for the access) are just hawking stuff, face value of game tickets being $1,000, and the press conference with the halftime music guest has turned into a staged unfunny bit (only reporters from major networks or shows get to ask a "random" question -- which they probably paid for the right to get.)  And NFL officials confiscated two very funny one-tooth Mexican puppets at the Katy Perry press conference who had been hanging out all week. 
  • And if it's greed doesn't destroy it, when an NFL player dies on the field from a hit, it's over. 
  • 615 people died while confined in Texas prisons and jails last year.  I'm guessing most of them were those who are truly a threat to society: The elderly. 
  • There was an Islamic prayer before the Fort Worth rodeo and people were upset about it? This State has done a tremendous job of embarrassing itself this week. 


63 comments:

Anonymous said...

The backroad known in Decatur as "the Old Alvord Highway", and in Alvord as "Old Decatur Road" was a portion of the Meridian Highway.

Anonymous said...

"And if it's greed doesn't destroy it, when an NFL player dies on the field from a hit, it's over."

Are you kidding me?

High school football players have died on the film, yet those games continue.

A killer whale killed a woman at Seaworld, yet that park remains open. Same with Six Flags, where a woman fell out of the Texas Giant two years ago.

Nothing short of massive disinterest and a lack of money will kill the NFL.

Ernest T said...

I agree with you about the NFL. Something needs to happen because they are getting so greedy.

Just heard on the Ticket this morning that, at the absolute cheapest available, you are looking at spending $ 6K approximately for one person to go to the game. There is no way that the average person can afford to attend the game.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure I could ever get to point that I respect Decatur's board president, but I might have more respect for the remaining board members if they would just cut to the chase and say:

"There are some nice things out there for kids and we would like to have them for our kids."

Anonymous said...

Barry is a case study in moral confusion.

Anonymous said...

Did you hear where the Mecca 25 (prestigious camel race held every year) officials, had a Baptist preacher say a prayer at the opening ceremonies?
Nope, nobody has ever heard of such a thing.

Anonymous said...

Re: Keystone Pipeline

That oil isn't for US, it is just passing thru to a refinery and then export.

It does provide for a few temporary jobs and even fewer to maintain it.

This bill exempts owner from regulations US companies have to adhere to, plus it does not require owner to place money in advance/annualy in escrow for potential spill/cleanup There are five active spills in US as we speak. The owner could declare bankruptcy and walk away leave US to clean up the mess.

Anonymous said...

Here is a little salient trivia fact regarding the march and inroads of islam.
The Americas only have at present one mosque South of the United States--that being the mosque on the embassy grounds of Saudi Arabia in Mexico City.
Now, Uraguay (arguably being the most progressive and liberal of the Latin America countries) has plans to allow some to be built there. As much as some people like to fault Latin culture --they have resisted and flat out forbidden the efforts of the muzzies up till now and have been saved from most of the "rewards" of embracing the PC approach towards them.
Political correctness will be our undoing.

Anonymous said...

And one in the county jail has charges of "Waste - Garbage E General" and "Accum Discard Items - Decay". Another has a charge of "Obscene Wholesale Promotion" - what in the world are those about?

Anonymous said...

"615 people died while confined in Texas prisons and jails last year. I'm guessing most of them were those who are truly a threat to society: The elderly."

You sure about that, BG?

A year ago, Texas had more than 156,000 prisoners in 111 state prisons. That's just prisons. Not including jails.


That's a mortality rate of 0.0039423%, excluding jail prisoners (Which would make the rate even lower. Larger population, same number of deaths.).

Nationwide, our population of 316.1 million experienced 2.5 million deaths last year. That's a mortality rate of 0.0079089%

Huh. Apparently it's about half as fatal to be outside of a Texas prison as inside of one.

Not that this would stop your speculations.

--EmmGee

Anonymous said...

And when someone pulls out in front of this vehicle with defective headlights and gets T-boned and killed...I guess the "irate" person will be the first to go over to the grieving family and say "well, you know, at least driver that killed him didn't have to suffer the indignity and inconvenience of an arrest to get him off the road.

Triple Fake... said...

Should we have somebody rattle off a Wiccan incantation prior to the Super Bowl, for the one practitioner who might have accidentally tuned in?

Looking at the photo you linked to, it appears the puppet has two teefers, not one. Get your facts straight!
It also says that the pre-game entertainment will be Adele Dazeem, probably introduced by John Travolta.
And isn't it ironic that the NFL had to step in to stop some puppets that were doing a bit while the gal with the sweater puppies is doing a bit

Have a happy football!

Anonymous said...

Nothing from you about the female University of Oregon student who filmed a porno in the school library?

Anonymous said...

It's official then. All serial child molesters who have reached their golden years get released and moved next door to famous bloggers.

Anonymous said...

9:09

"what in the world are those about?"

Bad cops not having enough to do.

Anonymous said...

RE: Pepper

I'm almost positive Pepper was Lutheran.

Anonymous said...

A loyal reader posted a "Police Dog's Oath" yesterday. I'm not sure those dogs all agreed to that.


That's a dumb statement.
Its not a matter of the dog agreeing, its just what dogs do anyway.

Matt G said...

9:30-- the cops are employed by their jurisdictions to enforce those. Apparently, they're doing what their bosses want them to do, and are enforcing laws that the State wants enforced.

"I confirmed yesterday that Decatur PD arrested a man for the Class C offenses of "no seatbelt" and "defective headlamps" on Wednesday night. (Actually I got a call from an irate person who said, "Can you believe this!?" I then looked the guy up to verify it was true.)"

BG, you did not clarify if those were on-view instanter arrests (legal, but rare for a Class C) or for warrant. I assume that you checked, right?

Occasionally, the officer will stop a citizen for a violation, and attempt to issue the citation for the violation observed, and the citizen will declare that: 1. He is not going to sign it, and 2. He is not going to respond to the summons.

This is seen by many as reasonable grounds to bring the citizen instanter to the judge, via the local jail; the citizen gets arrested.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a criminal can extend their life expectancy by going to prison.

I wonder what the life expectancy of a gang banger on the streets of Chicago is compared to that of youth in prisons. With those people in jail the innocent also live longer by not being robbed and shot.

Lawyers hate prisons because they like repeat business paid for by tax dollars funding public defenders.

Anonymous said...

There was an Islamic prayer before the Fort Worth rodeo and people were upset about it?


After reading the article you linked, I am in agreement with the shock and reactions of the spectators. WTF wants to welcome people who do not stand up against crazies in their own faith that want to kill every american man, woman, and child?????

Anonymous said...

Them police dogs are perty smart.I didnt know they could read.They have to take an oath and do they have to repeat after me as they say.With his right hand (paw) held up?

wordkyle said...

924 - Nicely done.

whisky O said...

Islam is a cult, we should all be upset.

Triple Fake... said...

my understanding was that Pepper didn't subscribe to a single established dogma

Ernest T said...

Apparently, all of Wise County has been really going after the "defective headlights" lately! Just had one of our employees, an African American man, driving a company van get stopped in Rhome on 287 the other day for "defective headlights" in the middle of the day.

I really think that they were hoping to find drugs or something else in the van just because it was a black man driving a van.

Anonymous said...

Even you should be ashamed at that TF.

Rage

Anonymous said...

RTG in the pink bikini: you need to get the surgeon's number from your friends! Poor girl, you were not blessed up top.

Sam Brows said...

Like MMA and boxing before it, professional football is a violent sport that appeals to a large segment of the population on the basis of the possibility that someone will be brutally injured and/or killed during the game. If you think people aren't drawn to that sort of macabre exhibition, ask Joe Theisman whether any one of his thousands of plays are anywhere nearly as popular on YouTube as is the hit from LT that essentially ended his career. Some will be tempted to suggest that's because Joe is a jerk, but that's not the only reason that clip is as popular as it is two decades later.

9:26 Use of the extreme to make a point seldom makes the point. the reason that most folks think that arrest is laughable is because it would have been real easy for the officer to suggest to the driver, presuming his headlights were in fact defective, "Hey, look, I can't let you keep driving, it is dark outside and your lights aren't working right. Who can we call to come pick you up and take you home so you can pick the car up in the morning and get the lights fixed?" But that didn't happen. Now either the driver was a jerk that got himself arrested by being a jerk, or the cop was a jerk who took advantage of a situation just to run someone in. Either way, the extreme example of how this officer was all about saving someone's life from the defective headlight driver is silly.

mzchief said...

Why are prayers, of ANY religion, appropriate at the Ft. Worth Stock Show?

Buuutttt...I've said this for a looong time. Christians need to get ready for the prayers of other religions, to be offered, if Christian's continue to demand Christian prayers be offered, at public non-religious events.

Religion is a personal matter and should be kept PRIVATE and/or only practiced at appropriate RELIGIOUS situations.

People who believe they have the RIGHT to foist their religious persuasion on to a disinterested population don't understand the TRUE purpose of religion and need to get right with their God/god.

Anonymous said...

Reference all the people dying in jail.

It's not just about being a threat to society. It's also about paying the penalty for their crimes. Remember when people used to be held accountable for their actions? Those peoe dying are the old ones from back in the day when we actually punished people for their crimes.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

Texas law allows arrests for all class C misdemeanors, including traffic violations, that occur within the officer's view. There are only a couple if exceptions.

The fact that these arrests are so rare as to be remarkable tells us the system us working.

In other words, you have to be a real douchebag to be held instanter for headlight and seatbelt violations.

Anonymous said...

RTG - There's just one thing I don't understand/You say he's a liar and he put out your fire/How come you still got his gun in your hand?

- DF Donald Hugh

Triple Fake... said...

Even you should be ashamed at that TF.
Rage

You'll have to be more specific.

Besides, the other guy started it with that Lutheran comment (if that's the shame to which you're referring)!

Anonymous said...

I think Pepper was a true American Hero, even if he really never punched a former Minnesota Governor in the face in a bar

Anonymous said...

Mzchief -- Allah be praised for your even-handed response. There is but one God and Muhammad is His Prophet.

Anonymous said...

Dogs have no soul. Why are they having a church service?

Triple Fake... said...

If I truly wanted to be ashamed, I might say something like...in recognition for bravery in the line of duty, Pepper has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Sgt.

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends

Anonymous said...

People who believe they have the RIGHT to foist their religious persuasion on to a disinterested population don't understand the TRUE purpose of religion and need to get right with their God/god.

Actually, that is the purpose of religion. It is not, however, the purpose of faith.

No, TF, everybody makes fun of Lutherans. But they're good sports about it.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I just hope the field isn't a big pile of goo like it has been for the last few big games at that stadium.

Anonymous said...

ALL dogs go to heaven.

Anonymous said...

"Besides, the other guy started it"

TF, c'mon man!

I thought the dogma line was pretty funny.

The Lutheran.

PS, I started to suggest Pepper was Jewish. That would have caused a tizzy amongst the WC clan.

Anonymous said...

If all dos go to heaven do they bark up there too? Cause I'm kinda tired of barking dogs.

Anonymous said...

As a cop, I will admit to being squeamish about calling canine an "officer." See, at my academy, it was discouraged to poop in the yard, and lick our own balls.

I think that we get into trouble whenever we confer the status of human beings to any animal.

Anonymous said...

the cops "wear" willing or should it be were willing??? Just asking..

DF Beelzebub said...

2:43 I feel sure you won't be up there anyway. Not to worry.

Anonymous said...

Barry, why no news on the suspension?

Anonymous said...

Please help me by voting NO to any bond election the Decatur school board comes up with until all on the board is voted off. NO spending at all since we have no veto power to the Afro Turf idea show your support by voting NO to whatever they want

Anonymous said...

I wish they would invite me to give the prayer. The rattlesnakes and cottonmouths would really enjoy a trip to Will Rogers Coliseum.

DF The Reverend Billy Roy Puckett
Snakehandler for God

Anonymous said...

who got suspended?

Anonymous said...

WFAA reporting that Deion's Prime Prep Academy as closed due to financial problems. This could be an opportunity for the Eagles and Porcupines to upgrade their rosters since students are looking new schools.

Anonymous said...

The Eagles don't want any new kids. They only like "homegrown" talent. No one else needed if they didn't live in Decatur their entire lives.

Goober's Cousin Gomer said...

So many comments about cops, bad guys, arrest, etc. What's the deal with the Alvoid School Board Prez.? WCM says he withheld public records & implies he got in trouble with the Atty. General and the Bridgeport Index runs a story about what a great guy he is. Reminds me of the old saying "Something is rotten in Denmark" and also Alvoid me thinks.

Anonymous said...

8:53. Who are me!

Anonymous said...

Goober's Inbred Cousin Gomer

The WCM didn't say he withheld anything. An ex board member said he did, filed a complaint with the AG. The Ag demanded he furnish the info, which he did, and the AG found the only thing needed to rectify the situation was for the ENTIRE BOARD to receive some training. They did and the AG has closed the grievance. Had there been any real issue, punitive action would already have been taken. Wake up.
The time will come when the ex board members posse (composed of individuals not living in Alvord,a school employee and a few others) stops drinking her Koolade and wise up to the fact that the ex board member is just a troublemaker. Just ask around the places she has lived and been chased out of.
Best thing for her is to keep putting mashed potatoes on students trays and pimp her pictures. She's failed at everything else.

Anonymous said...

11:19 Right on! So many don't recognize their hypocrisy condemning other's religious beliefs while forcing theirs on us.

I don't care if other religions are illegal in Saudi Arabia, this is the U.S. of A. We allow you to practise any religion - or none at all.

Anonymous said...

Perry's fund for Texas startups was just a way for him to give tax money ($200 million) to his supporters. Face it folks, Perry is a giant self promoter of very little substance.

Anonymous said...

948,

Perry governed longer than any other in the history of Texas.

During the Obama admin, he has overseen a 1.4 million job increase in Texas.

The other 49 states have seen a 250,000 count reduction in jobs.

Without Texas, Obama would be in a bigger world of hurt, than he already is.

Before you say the Governor of Texas has no power, I am personally aware of many of the companies that Perry had a direct hand in bringing to Texas. So save it.

Anonymous said...

I'm in agreement with 9:48.

Perry is a Republican Howard Dean. Unable to keep his mouth shut, makes a big show and promotes bigger government. His office allows him to cut deals with big business.

Nothing Presidential about him...

wordkyle said...

After the election of Barack Obama, there is no longer any meaning to the word "presidential." The usual criteria such as qualifications and experience don't apply. Literally anyone is capable of winning that office.

Anonymous said...

The NFL

How's that lawyer doin that's running the non profit?

Kinda has his issues with truth, business acumen, integrity? Seems like business understanding would be important. He meets the other requirements.

I don't even think he could run a blog about female teacher pedophiles, envious observations of successful business men, unsustainable political philosophy and pictures of young girls in bikinis

Anonymous said...

1:05 you need to do some research before you post about things you know nothing about.

Anonymous said...

Hey Gomer the only thing rotten in Denmark AKA Alvoid is the disgruntled ex board member. That woman is just one big waste of good oxygen in this world!

Anonymous said...

Goober's inbred cousin sounds an awful lot like The "Dukester" spreading his misconceived slander again. How many people is he going to have to hurt before someone runs him out of town?