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10.30.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • Police shot and killed a guy in Mesquite this morning and it looks like it was all caught on tape by local news. This may or may not get bad. 
  • I mentioned the line from Pulp Fiction earlier this week of, "What's Fonzie say!?" And today is Henry Winkler's birthday. 
  • Man, I finally have gone back to watching local news in the morning and it has a different feel. I think the consultants have come in and yelled, "Do it with intensity!" Even the mild mannered traffic guy on Fox 4 looks at you and tells you, "I'm about to give you information to get to work on time." And they even projected that on a stretch of road in Dallas that the drive time is 19 minutes. Idiocracy.
  • It's almost November and the Montague DA has still not released the records requested by the Wise County Messenger. Why? 
  • Halloween is coming up and it was insane in Bridgeport back in the day. It was water balloons and "rotten eggs" that we would later throw at each other. My group of friends actually went to a grocery store (Foodway?) and met with the owner and asked if he had any rotten eggs in the back since Halloween was coming up. He gave us a case.
  • On Halloween night, Scott Bilby and I launched rotten eggs at State Trooper Grant Drale from 50 yards away (we lobbed them). Trooper Drake for some reason had stopped someone on my dead end street. He lived down the road so he probably saw someone driving like an idiot in the middle of a TON of trick or treaters. Throwin eggs was dumb and stupid and disrespectful thing for us to do. But kids do stupid things. You know what would happen today? I'd be charged with a felony of Attempted Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon. And my life would have been ruined. 
  • And I'm going to dog Fox 4's Dan Godwin for this morning reporting that a 12 year old was custody for drawing a map and making a threat. That's fine. My problem was that he said the kid was charged with "exhibition of a firearm" even though he "didn't have an actual firearm. Huh? I don't know what any of that means.  Edit: I've received more than one communication that there is an obscure provision in the Texas Education Code that makes this a crime. If I'm wrong (and perhaps I am -- I'm on it), I'll admit it. 
  • Hal Jay on WBAP said this morning that a particular Constitutional amendment changing the qualifications for president could actually happen because of the "influx" of Asians, Hispanics and Middle Easterners into this country. He named all three. Does everyone who works with him back off from their mics every morning?
  • One expected thing and one odd thing about the Mavericks game last night: Expected: They got drilled 104-88 and the Mavs owner trash talked the other team before the game. Hey, he's the smartest guy in the room, right? Odd: Coach Rick Carlisle said after the game, "We really would have had to play a perfect game and from a shooting perspective, we couldn't hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle." What does that mean? It's like a high tone guy suddenly deciding to act like Art Briles and try to fire off some back porch country witticisms.
  • I mentioned Natalie Merchant the other day because I'm still pissed off that a particular song wasn't played at Bass Hall which she had performed on MTV's Unplugged.   I tried to Google the MTV performance and  stumbled upon this performance by her at an outdoor festival. It is fantastic (although she might look a little drunk). She is truly happy and truly thanking everyone who supports her as she sings with unmitigated delight. 



62 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coach T.Foolery > Coach R. Carlisle

Quadruple fake Skinlannon Brothers

Anonymous said...

Why are you dogging poor Dan Godwin for reporting what the kid was charged with, instead of dogging the cops who charged the kid?

Anonymous said...

He lived down the road so he probably saw someone driving like an idiot in the middle of a TON of trick or treaters. Throwin eggs was dumb and stupid and disrespectful thing for us to do. But kids do stupid things. You know what would happen today? I'd be charged with a felony of Attempted Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon. And my life would have been ruined.

And what was your punishment?

Anonymous said...

On Halloween night, Scott Bilby and I launched rotten eggs at State Trooper Grant Drale from 50 yards away (we lobbed them). Trooper Drake for some reason had stopped someone on my dead end street. He lived down the road so he probably saw someone driving like an idiot in the middle of a TON of trick or treaters. Throwin eggs was dumb and stupid and disrespectful thing for us to do. But kids do stupid things. You know what would happen today? I'd be charged with a felony of Attempted Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon. And my life would have been ruined.

Exaggerate much? Isn't it about time you grow up? I thought that was what this little thing was going to do

Anonymous said...

No comment on JWP and his ongoing corruption trial?

Anonymous said...

Police shot and killed a guy in Mesquite this morning and it looks like it was all caught on tape by local news. This may or may not get bad.



Bad as in the reporting? Geez, WFAA reporter sounds like they pulled the janitor from the night shift and stuck him out there to do live reporting.

Anonymous said...

BG, your right. It's a beating watching Dan Godwin

Andy Stevenson said...

My friends and I used to draw these elaborate mechanisms where a dropped ball would start a chain of events that would eventually result in some sort of macabre (hanging, decapitated, shot, etc) ending for a teacher or the principal with their names clearly identifying them as the victim. Our teacher knew they were totally harmless musings of kids. What's changed?

Anonymous said...

Wow!! Just saw the WC update and little ole' Chico really whooped up on Alvord last night at the Varsity Football Game. The new AD must really be doing a great job!!

wordkyle said...

A minor quibble for which I apologize in advance, BG, but Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite films. The dialogue from the scene goes like this:

Jules: We're gonna be like three little Fonzies here. And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda what's Fonzie like?
Yolanda: Cool?
Jules: What?
Yolanda: He's cool.
Jules: Correctamundo.

Anonymous said...

Don't you remember that drake was allergic to eggs??? Out of another yard was about 50 kids throwing eggs at his car, he stopped to check us all out and one got him in the eye, everyone ran but a few, by the time he got to the garage his eye was swollen shut. We would all be in prison today probably.

Triple Fake... said...

"This may or may not get bad."
While you're in the corner you've just painted yourself into (NOT!), turn right around and stick your nose in there as punishment for the really inane comment that means nothing

What's the prob with the AM news giving you a probable ETA on a certain stretch of road? Isn't that some useful information, or are you bothered that they didn't just round the number up to twenty?

Anonymous said...

First, Natalie was not drunk. She may have been stoned. Her and everyone else in that Birkenstock wearing crowd. Second, she sounded like she was in pain. I'm not sure what you think is fantastic about her or her performance. But to each his own I guess.

Anonymous said...

Education code "exhibition of a firearm" includes threatening to take a firearm to a school.

Anonymous said...

"Police shot and killed a guy in Mesquite this morning and it looks like it was all caught on tape by local news. This may or may not get bad."

Brilliant deduction counsellor. But to elaborate for you - Bad if dude was black. No big deal if dude was white.

Anonymous said...

. You know what would happen today? I'd be charged with a felony of Attempted Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon. And my life would have been ruined.

If you were black, you would have been shot

Anonymous said...

9:21 - Nope. No comment on JWP.

Also no comment on BMW, IBM, CIA, FBI, ABC, 123, IRS, or WWI.

DF Guy Who Thinks BG Should Cater to My Personal Interests

Goober's Friend Andy. said...

What? Nothing on the Thumping Decatur gave Gainesville or Chico gave Alvoid?
And ALVOID hasn't lost to Chico since sometime in the 1990's. Even ENIS beat Chico! This is what happens when the school board starts hiring the coaches. And ALVOID used to be perennial state qualifiers in Cross Country. Now they don't even field a team. My how times have changed. HEY ALVOID, IS IT BETTER?
Remember, your contractor board members promised it would be!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a transcript or an audio link of Hal Jay saying this stuff?

I only ask because the liberals I know CONSTANTLY take me and other conservatives grossly out of context when talking about the things we say.

You've been dogging this guy for years. I'd like to see some sort of corroboration of this on your page.

Anonymous said...

Your Bridgeport Halloween story doesn't have a trace of veracity in it. No way in hell did a grocer give you eggs to throw at people. And we're supposed to believe that a wimp like you lobbed eggs at a cop? Cool story, bro! You're killing me here, bro!

HarveyLee said...

Ref the BB coach: The original quote was, " You couldn't hit a bull in the butt with a bass banjo, Bill."

Anonymous said...

Re-Throwing eggs at ANYONE. Never mind what the authorities would have done to me, my parents would have killed me.

Eric Wilson said...

Hitt street in Boyd will be nuts tomorrow. By the way, throwing eggs was a right of passage back in the day.

Anonymous said...

@ Wordy:
Pulp Fiction promotes drug use and illegal activities. I would have hoped that someone as high on a soapbox as you would not tacitly endorse such behaviors. Tsk tsk tsk.

DF Robert Jeffress

Anonymous said...

Geez wordkyle... you are definitely "that guy."

Don't know what I mean by "that guy?"

Everybody else here does;)

Anonymous said...

...and a few years before you:
In Boyd, they chained the axle of the deputy's car to the railroad track, then peeled out, racing through town.
In Bport and probably every other Wise Co. town, outhouses were burned. In BP, it was at the corner of Halsell & 16th.
Chickens, goats, pigs (whatever was in the ag pens) wound up on top of what is now the middle school. That happened tegularly, not just at Halloween.
Rotted cantaloupe from Sand Flats area were thrown, along with rotten eggs, and buckets of green manure.
Life in the country!

Anonymous said...

86' or 87' Halloween Bridgeport PD either deputized or they took it upon themselves to allow oil field workers and such to go around town and round up the hooligans.

It worked as us hooligans werent worried about a normal pick up truck coming down the street, they were getting egged quickly, Then those guys would come out like a Linebackers and crush tackle our dumbasses and take us to police station.

50 bucks an egg, or 2 saturdays at the jailhouse writing an essay on why it was stupid to throw eggs. I went out and picked up garbage in the park, just to get out of that old decrepit basement we called Police HQ.

Man in these days we could sue the heck out of those vigilantes and the police dept for roughing us up.

Dad thanked them and whooped my arse as he should have.

Back then, I was like well I got caught, I earned it, lets do this thing.

Times have truly changed.

Anonymous said...

10:44

I and may others that grew up in Bport can verify Barry's egging story. Egging, water balloons and balloons filled with "other" substances were common place, especially on Robinhood.

Back in the day, the Robinhood Lane, Edgewood, Nottingham Circle area(also known as the Sherwood Forest edition) of town was the "wild" part of town on Halloween night. We were actually lucky no one was killed or seriously injured.

I could tell my own stories, but I'm not sure the statute of limitations has passed.

Double Fake Former Robinhood Lane Resident

Anonymous said...

10:48

You are assuming the parents knew, which in my case, they did not.

Anonymous said...

Decatur Eagles winning their district again finally! Story should have been gone a long time ago! See!

wordkyle said...

Well, my remark was addressed to BG, who understands my posts well enough to take my quibble in the spirit with which I offered it. Those of you who want to make more of it than it was, either miss that point entirely or have something else on your mind. In either case, it's your issue and not mine.

Anonymous said...

Keep selling insurance! Football is NOT your thing! Our move in and move back out didn't help Alvord any!

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle said

Well, my remark was addressed to BG, who understands my posts well enough to take my quibble in the spirit with which I offered it. Those of you who want to make more of it than it was, either miss that point entirely or have something else on your mind. In either case, it's your issue and not mine.

Wordkyle...you missed one other option...11:33 has NOTHING ELSE on his mind

Anonymous said...

I hope BG's big news will be a ban of Wordy!!!

Anonymous said...

Will someone explain when and why Alvord came to be pronounced "Alvoid?"

Anonymous said...

I hope Hal Jay is correct and we reeducate Americans on what the framers of the Constitution meant when they required that the President be a Natural Born Citizen. They had Vattel's "Laws of Nations" in their libraries. It is now free for online reading:

http://files.libertyfund.org/files/2246/Vattel_1519_LFeBk.pdfs

I, myself, am not a Natural Born Citizen because, although born in America with a father who was a citizen, my mother was Canadian. I was not the son of "parents" who where citizens. Only one was a citizen, so the plural of the word excludes me. That is how I understand the plural "parents". The framers understood Vattel's reasoning.

A Chico Parent and Damn Proud of It! said...

Amen, 11:43!

I know that family and their school board buddies. They and the move-in YANKEES are the future of Alvord ISD! In a few short months we will be kicking their ass not only in athletics but in academics as well. That board has scared/run off their supt. (retirement was just an excuse according to Jones) and more good solid teachers in the last three years than most schools our size has ever been lucky enough to have. And then the home builder campaigned for a guy who took 14 years to get out of school against an educated professional who is a college professor. It all goes to show how smart the Alvord voters are. And one of the parents told me after the election how things were going to get better. ARE THEY?

Anonymous said...

Nothing on Treyvon Boykin ' s game last night? I know you're in the bag for Baylor but this kid is every bit as good as RG3 was and he is just plain cool. The fist bump last night was legendary! If a Baylor player did that or made the connection like he did with the Iowa State girl you would be fawning all over him!

DF Jim Wacker

Anonymous said...

One Halloween a friend brought his dad's old beater hay truck to town. Loaded up between 15 and 20 youth on the truck (which had no stakesides) with trashcans of water balloons. Made several rounds of the town before we all wised up and called a halt to the mobile bombing. Came close to several falling off the truck as it rounded corners at speed. Lucky no one was killed. Happened decades ago, yet old friends still laugh and cringe about how stupid we all were. Needless to say, we don't tell the story to our kids.

DF Should Have Known Better

wordkyle said...

1255 - Are you at it again? Your perspective was discussed pretty thoroughly on March 25 of this year. Please address the Congressional Research Office's point regarding Vattel and the nature of citizenship in the Constitution:

"[Laws of Nations] in the editions available at the time of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, did not actually use, either in the original French or in English interpretations at that time, the specific term “natural born citizens.”

It was not until after the adoption of the Constitution in the United States did a translator interpret the French in Emmerich de Vattel’s Law of Nations to include, in English, the term “natural born citizens” for the first time, and thus that particular interpretation and creative translation of the French, to which the Vattel enthusiasts cite, could not possibly have influenced the framing of the Constitution in 1787.

Furthermore, and on a more basic level, the influence of the work of Vattel on the framers in employing the term “natural born” in relation to domestic citizenship within the Constitution is highly speculative at best, is without any direct historical evidence, and is contrary to the mainstream principles of constitutional interpretation and analysis within American jurisprudence.

There is no reference or discussion of [Laws of Nations] at all in relation to citizenship at the Convention, in the Federalist Papers, or in any of the state ratifying conventions."

Anonymous said...

11:54---

Just like clockwork, or should I say moonbeams, you got your regular monthly WK cramps. I have suggested certain medications. Your doctor might know of others. Hysterectomy is probably another path open to you. But your moaning all over this blog every month ain't making you any friends. It's making you a laughingstock. If WK bothers you so much, don't read him. That's how I deal with posters that repulse me.

Or just do us all a favor and post your comment with one of those cool blue titles so we can identify and avoid your monthly flow

Anonymous said...

Barry has a female brain. That is why he falls in love with criminals. Barry loves bad boys.

Anonymous said...

Anyway you slice it, Wordy is a natural born douche-bag! That we can all agree on!

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle is a tortured soul. Pity him.

Anonymous said...

2:07

You need to post this on your own blog. It is boring enough to qualify.

Anonymous said...

Morning news is insane, alright. It's because it is totally not needed, yet they are forced to do something because the little green light is on.

Anonymous said...

Right. Because the founding fathers didn't know a thing about France, or French. And Benjamin Franklin's nickname wasn't the Father of France. Nope.

Stop lying Wordkyle.

Anonymous said...

Rhome always looks like homes have toilet paper in the trees and like someone egged it.

Anonymous said...

Is the WHY you went back to watching local morning news start with that Jenny girl?

Anonymous said...

Trouble Me and These are Days are the best.... Natalie Merchant rules

wordkyle said...

430 - Sorry, but your comment has nothing to do with mine. Please explain, if you can.
407 - My comments are marked with my name in bright blue letters. Feel free to skip them, if you can.
402 - You may be right. But for everyone who's not as smart as you, how did you come to your conclusion?
357 - I'm glad you keep me in your heart and your soul.

For those who didn't get the context of my long post at 2:07 -- This poster is winding up his spring to start declaring Ted Cruz as ineligible to be president because of citizenship. He tried this in March, and I responded as politely but effectively as I could. Today I just went back to that argument and did a bit of the old C-and-P as a response. To do so required a bit of acreage, for which I apologize. (But again, you have the option of skipping over it.)

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, you must not realize that many of the framers of the Constitution were fluent in French. In fact Jefferson's personal and well annotated in the margins copy of Vattel's Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law 1775 French edition is now in the possession of the Library of Congress.

Anonymous said...

Without The Communist Manifesto there would be no Communism, without Mein Kampt, there would have been no WWII and without Vattel's "Law of Nations" there would have never have been a United States Constitution. It laid an outline for the framers to go by.

Anonymous said...

To the WK hater...You really need counseling.

I thoroughly enjoy wordy's thoughtful, intelligent posts. You on the otherhand are a waste of time.

Have you not figured out yet that your Alinsky tactics are not going to work?

You are a poor soul.

wordkyle said...

You guys will need to point out what the Framers' ability to speak and read French has to do with anything I said. The Congressional Research Service (not "Office," as I mistakenly said earlier) comment has to do with the phrase "natural born citizen" not appearing in any version (French or English) of Vattel's book until after the Constitution was adopted.

For the misguided soul who keeps insisting that both parents must be citizens, I'll quote Vattel's own words: "...children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights." If you are going to be consistent in following what you think Vattel said, then he cites only one parent, the father, as necessary in being a citizen for the child to assume the same citizenship.

Anonymous said...

"Throwin eggs was dumb and stupid and disrespectful thing for us to do. But kids do stupid things. You know what would happen today? I'd be charged with a felony of Attempted Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon. And my life would have been ruined."

I know that you're exaggerating, Barry. But the others here don't. They just heard a veteran attorney declare a straight-up falsehood, publicly. You want to clarify your BS statement, counselor?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that Wordy is so vigorous I'm his defense of Barack Obama's citizenship!

Anonymous said...

For Wordkyle to read: "Please note that the correct title of Vattel's Book I, Chapter 19, section 212, is “Of the citizens and naturals”. It is not “Of citizens and natives” as it was originally translated into English. While other translation errors were corrected in reprints, that 1759 translation error was never corrected in reprints. The error was made by translators in London operating under English law, and was mis-translated in error, or was possibly translated to suit their needs to convey a different meaning to Vattel to the English only reader. In French, as a noun, native is rendered as “originaire” or “indigene”, not as “naturel”. For “naturel” to mean native would need to be used as an adjective. In fact when Vattel defines "natural born citizens" in the second sentence of section 212 after defining general or ordinary citizens in the first sentence, you see that he uses the word "indigenes" for natives along with "Les naturels" in that sentence. He used the word "naturels" to emphasize clearly who he was defining as those who were born in the country of two citizens of the country. Also, when we read Vattel, we must understand that Vattel's use of the word "natives" in 1758 is not to be read with modern day various alternative usages of that word. You must read it in the full context of sentence 2 of section 212 to fully understand what Vattel was defining from natural law, i.e., natural born citizenship of a country. Please see the photograph of the original French for Chapter 19, Section 212, here in the original French if you have any doubts. Please do not simply look at the title as some have suggested that is all you need to do. Vattel makes it quite clear he is not speaking of natives in this context as someone simply born in a country, but of natural born citizens, those born in the country of two citizens of the country. Our founding Fathers were men of high intellectual abilities, many were conversant in French, the diplomatic language of that time period. Benjamin Franklin had ordered 3 copies of the French Edition of “Le droit des gens,” which the deferred to as the authoritative version as to what Vattel wrote and what Vattel meant and intended to elucidate.".

wordkyle said...

"...those born in the country of two citizens of the country." And yet Vattel clearly says that the child naturally follows the citizenship of the father. Not the father and mother. (Book 1, §212) From that same section:

...it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it.

That's each citizen. Not each pair of citizens.

When citing Vattel, you seem to be splitting microscopic hairs regarding various translations while ignoring larger, more obvious points. There are many inconsistencies in your version of what you think Vattel meant. How do you reconcile your theory with the above statements?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, I am not letting you get away so easy. I suggest you look at the history of our words and the meanings of "patre" vs "patres". Here is one source:

Liddell-Scott, A Greek-Enlgish Lexicon, 8th ed. (New York: American Book Company, n.d. [1897]).

If you want to be such an expert on Vattel, then please research and understand the language that he wrote in and how the evolved words were used in the literature when he was around. The words would include father, both parents, forefathers, and ancestors. Only one of these would exclude the mother.

Vattel would not trust me to be the head of a country because of my dual citizenship. His reasoning was that my loyalty could be with either country.

wordkyle said...

I'm not sure what you're letting me "get away" from. Your argument seems to rest on implied knowledge that you refuse to share. Vague references to meanings of words don't make your point. I don't pretend to be an expert on Vattel, or on any subject, but so far you haven't shown that you are, either. I raised questions regarding the inconsistency between your opinion of what constitutes citizenship and Vattel's own words. Given your avid support for Vattel's influence, you should be able to clearly address that point.

wordkyle said...

And incidentally, I actually did find the original work in French, and the phrase Vattel used is "d'un père Citoyen" -- "a Citizen father" (i.e., "a father who is a citizen") Singular, not plural.

"Je dis que pour être d'un pays , il faut être né d'un père Citoyen..."

("I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen...")