The Campaign For DA

1.27.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • I was watching Aerial America last night (maybe my favorite show ever) which was featuring Oregon. I had no idea that a Japanese submarine off the West coast fired upon Fort Stevens during World War II.
  • And I discovered last night that the narrator for Aerial America is the professional voice for promos on the Ticket: Jim Conrad. I'd love to have a job as a voice guy. 
  • I often say I'm no longer a music fan but I stumbled upon 91.7 FM where I heard, for the first time in two decades, Elton John's Madman Across the Water followed by the Cranberries Linger and then some new stuff which was pretty cool. Anyone else familiar with this station?
  • Music note #2: I heard a review of Billy Joel's concert he had in Dallas last week in a sold out AAC. He was described as energetic and engaging with the crowd during a two hour show.  For a guy who hasn't put out a new record in twenty years, that's pretty impressive.
  • The President's approval rating is rising. And fast. That's unheard of for a lame duck president entering his final two year.
  • Attorneys for Kaufman ex-JP Eric Williams want a new trial for the convicted killer, saying that his “brain is broken” and that newly discovered “brain damage” could have changed the outcome of his trial. His lawyers might should have thought about that before the trial.
  • "During a lecture at the University of Florida on Jan. 20, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged evidence that proved 'beyond a shadow of doubt' that Texas executed an innocent man in the 1980s." That seems like it should be pretty big news. (You can spend more than a day exploring the case he was referring to here. I found that link a couple of years ago and was fascinated.)
  • “[There has not been] a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred… the innocent’s name would be shouted from the rooftops.” - Justice Antonin Scalia in 2006.
  • The Messenger seems miffed that their "missing dogs" story went national but they aren't getting any credit. That's understandable. 
  • I've been a long time critic of Sport's Illustrated's Peter King because I think he has a big bag of nothing and is a lap dog for the NFL. He's had a 10 minute show on the Ticket this fall year, and I've noticed that when he has a hot sport's take he will preface it every time with "I think" or "In my opinion." That gives him wiggle room. 
  • Speaking of the NFL: News came out yesterday where they might be in possession of a video showing a ball boy for the Patriots removing the balls from the field in Deflategate. They are able to obtain that video within 10 days but couldn't get a hold of the Ray Rice video of him beating his wife? 
  • "Do you mind if I un-invite you to Arkansas for this weekend?" - Mrs. LL last night. (The Sixth Grader In The House didn't want to make the college visit trip with the Junior In The House so I now get to stay home and babysit.) 
  • American Airlines, which went through bankruptcy,  had a record net profit in 2014 of $4.2 billion which is up 115% from 2013. In 2003, when the airline was on its knees due to 9/11, I bought some stock in it as it plummeted. Those shares are now up a mind boggling 1,564%.  The problem is that I bought very, very few shares. (And for every hit like that, I've got an equal -- or more -- number of misses.) 
  • I'm not sure I understand the first item in the Update other than to learn Wise Regional Hospital seems to be getting deep into the nursing home business.
  • Based upon the news coverage last night, I'll be stunned if anyone in the Northeast is alive this morning after the snow storm. (CNN had a reporter running around in "Blizzardmobile".)


44 comments:

Anonymous said...

91.7 KXT is a member supported station and plays tons of local artists and has lots of variety but their target audience is mainly hipster dads. I love it.

Anonymous said...

Referring to Don Lemon as a reporter is quite the stretch.

Triple Fake Scoops Callahan

John said...

91.7 is the best thing to happen in DFW in a long time (if you are a music fan). I've listened to it everyday since its inception 2 years ago. I heard about it just a few days after it went on the airwaves, and never change the station. No commercials...you can't beat that! Now I can't stand listening to any other station b/c of the commercials.

Anonymous said...

The mid-term elections are over, which means people are focusing less on the harm Obama has caused. Plus, Obama can't do any more harm to America, short of executive action, thanks to a Republican majority Congress and Senate.

In addition to all that, it helps to have a mainstream media propping Obama up every day and portraying his political opponents as dangerous extremists.

I guarantee you the mainstream media will not report the latest CBO numbers showing what a disaster Obamacare is.

THAT is behind Obama's 50 percent approval rating.

Anonymous said...

91.7 is the metroplex's best kept secret. No ridiculous DJ's or obnoxious commercials. The music ranges from the obscure to cutting edge and very hip. It is an upbeat vibe with cleverly crafted playlists. Congratulations on your discovery!!

Triple Fake... said...

A while back I watched the doc "When Dallas Rocked" on KERA, about the music scene in BigD back in the day. They talked with old-timers John Rody and Tempie Lindsey, among others. He mentioned KXT so I started checking in occasionally. Sometimes they play a song I like and sometimes they don't. That's to be expected with a station that has an open format. My favorite so far is We Go Together Like Traffic & Weather by Fountains of Wayne.
The Old Gray Wolf, Mike Rhyner gets a shout out in the doc.
Also worth noting - on the very first album recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughn, the band he played with in the studio had, as a member, one Ned "the Head" "Needle-nose Ned" Ryerson aka Stephen Tobolowski, also from Dallas. The album was called "A New Hi"


"I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple times until you told me not to anymore?"
"Am I right, or am I right, or am I right? Or am I right?"

Anonymous said...

(The Sixth Grader In The House didn't want to make the college visit trip with the Junior In The House so I now get to stay home and babysit.)

It's not called baby sitting when its your kid.... It's called parenting :)

Anonymous said...

Hospital is able to buy rest homes because they charge 7500 dollars for M R I that you can get done for 500 dollars in Ft Worth

Anonymous said...

Anyone who bought AA stock around the bankruptcy announcement got very lucky that equity shareholders weren't wiped out in the bankruptcy, which is what happens most of the time (see KMart for example). It's a high stakes gamble of hero or zero. But sometimes hero wins.

Anonymous said...

As skewed as the numbers were for the original cost of "Obamacare", and the unemployment numbers, I wouldn't take much stock in an insignificant survey like "approval rating". Our hope is that for the brief remainder of our country, he will remain the most clueless, asinine, narcissistic, community organizer in our history.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Mrs. LL heard back from her hillbilly paramour in Fayetteville. It's on like donkey kong!

Anonymous said...

The new CBO numbers are out this morning and very positive for Obamacare.

Thank you Mr. President

Shame on you Republicans. The hypocrisy of it all. Obamacare allows insurance companies to keep 20 of all premiums. A tax on our health insurance that should be a single payer, much cheaper plan. Obama care allows private plans, and competition which should/used to be Rebublican trademarks.

Anonymous said...

I recall last February the NY Times ran an article saying, that due to global warming, snow was becoming a thing of the past. They forgot to review the study out of Rutgers University that showed there was a steady increase for the past 45 years in snow:

http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_seasonal.php?ui_set=nhland&ui_season=1

Reminds me of the global warming researchers who got stuck in record ice in the Antarctic last winter.

Anonymous said...

DOG THEFTS: Primo's is featuring "mystery tacos" this week. You can bet yer ass those wetbacks will eat everything but the bark.

Anonymous said...

91.7 sux. All I get is this damned music stuff all the time. Where's my commercials!?!?

Anonymous said...

Wise Regional buying nursing homes outside Wise County with borrowed money makes me think they are desperate for more income. Decatur Hospital Authority debt is just under the debt for the hospital in Midland. Why are they trying to get bigger while they close down the Bridgeport Hospital while operating a new hospital at Alliance? Perhaps working toward a buyout? I hope a buyout; not a county tax funded hospital. Paying all the interest on borrowed money must be why they keep borrowing more to borrow their way out of debt.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere there is a pack of about 40 dogs roaming the countryside and having the time of their lives. Eventually, those who don't get run over by a car will sneak home early one morning and snicker every time they pass one another.

wordkyle said...

1020 - What numbers from the CBO report do you consider "very positive" for Obamacare?

Anonymous said...

On CBS This Morning (1/27/15) national weather anchor, Lonnie Quinn, uses the term "wobble" about three times in explaining why the forecast was 50 miles off. Although he doesn't say the earth wobbles - he says the storm wobbles... nevertheless, I thought it was a notable choice of words... [The clip has since been censored and replaced.]

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=3863141%3ABlogPost%3A814050&commentId=3863141%3AComment%3A991235&xg_source=activity

Paco Sinbad said...

Dude, 91.7 is the music only station of the KERA family. Awesome sounds, but don't let too many righties know about it or they might wanna pull the funding.

CT said...

BlizzardMobile was the thing on the twitter last night--hilarious!

But, Don Lemon does not make my list of reporters:" I am standing outside so you don't have to"

Yeah, buddy, because you saw the the tweets slamming you!

Anthony Graves said...

“[There has not been] a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a WHITE person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred… the WHITE innocent’s name would be shouted from the rooftops.” - Justice Antonin Scalia in 2006.

FIXED!

Anonymous said...

10:20 - $50,000 per person per year equals $130 billion per year in debt? That is not positive news.

Anonymous said...

Decatur ISD Bond Election...
Was it not a few short years ago when the district was spending a large amount of money on sports facility and administrative improvements and said they had too much money and needed to spend it before the state took it away? I could not believe my hears back then but now I understand they need more money! How are you going to vote!

Anonymous said...

Global warming does not mean the earth is getting warmer. It means the layer of protection keeping our temperature livable is thinning or being destroyed. So we have colder colds and hotter hots. This is not rocket science.

wordkyle said...

1209 - That hasn't been the global warming alarmists' claim. The claim has always been that the earth is getting warmer because of man's activities and that the consequences of that warming -- melting polar ice caps, glaciers melting, rising sea levels, etc. -- would be catastrophic. Nothing about colder colds.

It's only been since their predictions didn't come true that they changed their claims so that every change in weather is "proof" of their theory. You're absolutely right -- it's not rocket science.

Anonymous said...

10:20, But if I liked my doctor, I could keep my doctor. That's what he said. And he said a family's premiums would go down 2,500 dollars. You must not be allergic to his KoolAid.

Anonymous said...

12:09, So if we are having hotter hots, why are still the hottest temperatures on record in the 1930's. And do you know what the high temperature for Death Valley California was in 2,500,000BC? What caused the Ice Ages and the subsequent warming between the Ice Ages? How by me paying higher taxes is going to adjust the temperature to a comfortable level worldwide at all times?

Anonymous said...

Wise Regional = worst hospital ever!!!

Anonymous said...

"Global warming does not mean the earth is getting warmer."

Thanks, 12:09. That sentence gave me a good laugh!

Anonymous said...

Please elaborate, 1:03.

Anonymous said...

12:09, so we have hotter hots. How come none of the record high temperatures for any of the states were broken last year(claimed by your rocket scientists to be the hottest year)? And how come the Great Lakes remained frozen later in the year and the St. Lawrence Seaway was blocked by ice later than ever on record. Seems like the record warm temperatures would melt it. And more record highs from the 1930's still stand today? I studied a lot of physics and math in college but no rocket science. Logic tells me that in a record hot year you will have some records broken.

Anonymous said...

12:09 has led an unvirtuous life and has been promised absolution if she reduces her carbon footprint.

Anonymous said...

12:09. Earth has warmed an insignificant fraction of a degree Celsius. The climate will increasingly change for the worst up to the pole shift. The climate change is due the wobbling of the earth. Soon we'll have summer snow and winter heatwaves. Go for a walk; there are already flowers.

Anonymous said...

I just learned that you conservo-coockoos had an "Iowa Freedom Summit."

Just put the word freedom in it, and you hillbillies are all over it, aren't ya?

Anonymous said...

12:09, July 1936 still stands in the records books as the hottest month ever. If hots are hotter then why is this record still standing? Since you do not understand the science of solar cycles maybe you can understand the art in this photo from 1936 and its significance in the history of our country and our climate:

http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/ppmsca.23845/

Anonymous said...

I am concerned about the priorities and spending habits of the district. I am not able to vote yes with the concerns that I have!

Anyone else have any concerns regarding the menu of bond items that DISD is throwing put there for us to find?

We are talking about real money!

Anonymous said...

Good lord! 12:09 sure set somebody off!

Calm down there, friend. Take a slow, deep breath of (increasingly warmer) air.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth do men call it, "babysitting"? Upon marrying Mrs. LL, you also took on the role as step-father. The girls are your responsibility too. You're staying home with the youngest. Babysitting involves getting paid to watch somebody else's kids. If Mrs. LL stayed home with the youngest, I guarantee that she wouldn't say that she's babysitting her. You're showing your sexist side!

Anonymous said...

3:40, But by taking a deep breath aren't I expelling CO2 which causes global warmism?

Anonymous said...

Have you been in a cave, KXT has been rocking for more than five years.

Anonymous said...

91.7 is so good, I send 'em $35 each year during one of their pledge drives, just to kick in. They are awesome. WAY back in the day, KERA 90.1 used to play music. When they switched to talk format, I complained. Their program director actually sent me a two-page letter responding.

Anonymous said...

10:30
Aqui tengo tu mojaodo colgando puto!

Anonymous said...

List of districts/authorities with the most debt outstanding as of 2010, Decatur Hospital Authority had total debt service of $193,508,619 ranked behind #6 Richardson and #5 Midland.