The Campaign For DA

6.15.2016

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • horrific vacation story this morning out of, incredibly, Orlando: A two year old boy was attacked and dragged into the water by an alligator off the shores of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. He was wading in about one foot of water with his father at around 9:30 p.m. last night. He is still missing. 
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  • The exact name of the body of water is Seven Seas Lagoon which is surrounded by Disney hotels and the monorail system. I swam in it as a kid. 
  • I watched Part 2 of the 30 for 30 on O.J. last night. It's getting really good and far more of a history lesson than an O.J. lesson. (I had completely forgotten about Latasha Harlins  who was a 15-year-old African-American girl who was shot in the back of the head in 1991 by Soon Ja Du a 51-year-old female Korean-American store owner. It was caught on video. She received 5 years probation which led to racial unrest.)
  • Donald Trump was supposed to make a stop in DFW but Grand Prairie said no and then Irving said no. The cities claim it was a logistics problem. Some think it was a potential protester problem.
  • Speaking of protests, Trump's visit to San Antonio on Friday might be pretty eventful.
  • I think this is big Texas news that is flying under the radar: "The Texas Attorney General's Office has found a new way to punish parents who are behind on child support payments: Blocking their vehicle registration renewal."
  • I wondered how long it would take Alvord's native son, Danny Neighbors, to get back into coaching. 
  • I do need to get out more: I had no idea that Frilly's had opened up a Tex Mex place and will soon open up a BBQ place at Sean's old location. (Speaking of BBQ, I've heard good things about the new place up near Alvord in the old Cow Camp location.)
  • Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford had a funny quote about Facebook which helped his agency solve a theft case: "Something positive finally came from social media."
  • I've been listening to a multi-part podcast on World War I which I know nothing about. I was stunned by this number: On the first day of Germany's full blown invasion into France, France lost 27,000 men. Holy cow. The bloodiest one day battle the U.S. has ever gone through is Antietam in the Civil War which left 7,650 dead (and that includes those who died in later days and weeks from injuries.)
  • I had a defendant (not mine) in court the other day who randomly started complaining to me about President Obama's portrait hanging on the wall. "Why?" he asked. "He don't even know how to put his hand over his heart."  I'm sure the guy didn't enjoy being called to court, but that was some misplaced anger right there.
  • Did you know there are actually four stanzas of the National Anthem?  There are always over/under prop bets for the Super Bowl on how long it will take to sing the anthem and they normally come in at around 2:20. So to sing the whole thing would normally take nine to ten minutes. 
  • Very random trivia: The longest #1 Billboard hit ever was Don McLean's American Pie which clocked in at 8:36. The Beatles Hey, Jude ranks second at 7:11. And, now, for the most random link in the history of ever: Listen to the Brady Bunch do a cover of American Pie here.
  • I've mentioned before about how often I think flags are flown at half-staff. I'm right. Last year they were officially flown in that manner on 64 days (not to mention how local entities take it upon themselves to lower it on additional days for local incidents or deaths.)

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wednesday at Frilly's Tex Mex is Pupusas special day. These are from El Salvador and are like thick corn tortillas stuffed with meat and cheese and grilled and topped with a crunchy slaw. I tried them a while back and am hooked.

Anonymous said...

They said on KRLD that the lagoon in Orlando had "keep out of the water" signs that the family ignored.

Anonymous said...

Hirinng Neighbors wasn't cheap. Aren't we in a huge budget deflect?

Anonymous said...

Alvord at its best!

Anonymous said...

Well one thing is for sure. Countless people will offer "prayers" for the child that was taken by the alligator; to the same God they claim has a plan for all. And God's plan for this small child was what, exactly?

Triple Fake... said...

The new BBQ place at the old Cow Camp is Leeper's Creek. Been there several times and it's really good.

The Brady Bunch covering American Pie? No thanks. Madonna ruined it enough to last a lifetime.
The Brady Bunch covering any song? I'll pass on that as well

Anonymous said...

Re: Podcast - I am also listening to that same Podcast Series, BG. It is very, very good. I am up to about 1917 and background of the Russian Revolution and US participation.

It is mind boggling to hear of the casualties in WWI. I think our generations understand History from WWII pretty well. And we tend to think of WWII being the worst when it comes to casualties. I had no idea that WWI was so much more deadly to the troops involved. Later you will hear Dan talk about Verdun and the Somme and its just heartbreaking.

Enthusiastic pulg: If anyone is interested, it is Dan Carlin and his podcast series called Hardcore History. The WWI series is called "Blueprint for Armageddon." It is fantastic, covering the First World War. Most of us Americans have a pretty vague understanding of the War and its causes. Dan Carlin does a great job of relating and retelling it in a way that is very understandable. I highly recommend it.

Matt VH

Anonymous said...

I think this is big Texas news that is flying under the radar: "The Texas Attorney General's Office has found a new way to punish parents who are behind on child support payments: Blocking their vehicle registration renewal."

This isn't news...where you been?

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'll ask...who hired Neighbors?

Anonymous said...

Obama has no idea when the flag should be flown at half-staff. The flag code says "On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff, and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia. When the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, or the Mayor of the District of Columbia, issues a proclamation under the preceding sentence that the National flag be flown at half-staff in that State, territory, or possession or in the District of Columbia because of the death of a member of the Armed Forces, the National flag flown at any Federal installation or facility in the area covered by that proclamation shall be flown at half-staff consistent with that proclamation. The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.

Though well-meaning, it does not include terror attack victims or as a sign of mourning.

Anonymous said...

wuz the sighn in Mexican or muslim?

Anonymous said...

9:33 Alvord did.

Anonymous said...

9:45
It a state's decision to lower the flags as a sign of mourning. Chris Kyle, Whitney Houston etc. were determined by the Governor of the state they were in.

Anonymous said...

I'm with a group that has sung the Anthem at the Ballpark a number of times -- in auditions, they require that it last no longer than 1:16.

Anonymous said...

9:21 -

You've got to remember, if this God's eye is on the sparrow, it has to be on that gator, too. So it would seem His plan for the child was to serve as provision for the gator.

It's the ciiiiircle of liiiiiiiife...

Anonymous said...

San Antonio Trump visit should be interesting. A bunch of law breakers (illegals, kin of illegals and their liberal enablers) protesting, beating up on United States citizens, while demanding that laws are changed to accommodate their lawlessness.
BTW: I went to the Colombia vs Costa Rica game in Houston this past Saturday, the national anthem was played, the music, no words, the crowd sang the national anthem and both nationalities cheered the anthem, what are the chances that that same thing happened when mexico played the other day?

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:32. Wait until you hear about the casualties in later battles. And the aftermath of WWI was WWII.

Anonymous said...

The bbq place is terrible with terrible service. Pete Hart hired Neighbors. So basically Pete hired his replacement.

Anonymous said...

Trump should book the Decatur civic center.

Anonymous said...

Noticed Doug Parr getting reprimanded in the paper. What does a constable do? How does he run a construction business and still have time to serve the tax payers?

wordkyle said...

As battle casualties go, wasn't the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII worse? The Axis suffered 850,000 total casualties (wounded, killed, captured). The USSR, according to archival figures, suffered 1,129,619 total casualties; 478,741 personnel killed or missing, and 650,878 wounded or sick. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) (But it's backed up by the Encyclopaedia Britannica.)

Anonymous said...

I will never forget going to a Paradise post season playoff game. The game was tied with a few seconds left in the fourth quarter with Paradise in possession. Danny Neighbors had the team take the snap and run the clock out rather than throw a Hail Mary pass. The other team won the coin toss for overtime and a few plays later took the ball in for a touchdown and won the game. That was pure ignorance.

Anonymous said...

What happen to Sean's anyway?

Anonymous said...

I'm not eating a Papoose I don't care how you top it!

Anonymous said...

Sustenance!

Anonymous said...

I hope the alligator said "grace" before eating that child.

Anonymous said...

I went in Leper's Creek several times but everyone there had sores all over there body.

Anonymous said...

11:22

You missed the phrase "one day battle".

A frustrated Alvord parent said...

Ok Green. Let's try again. Neighbors needed a job. Daddy cried to Schedcik & Schedcik told the supt to hire neighbors and his board servants to go along. (Same thing with teffertiller) Core teacher positions are now being replaced with coaches while they have cut an ag teacher position in a trumped up budget deficit. And Pete better be working on his resume because he will be gone in 6 months (or retired). But one thing is for certain. With four teams going neighbors should be able to say they made the playoffs. Chico has now risen academically above Alvord.

Anonymous said...

11:00 good idea

Anonymous said...

Barry must be listening to Dan Carlin''s podcast.

Anonymous said...

11:20 are you a certain builder who also serves on a school board? Haha

Anonymous said...

12:24 Hart is retiring. That was already in the works long before Neighbors was thought of.

Anonymous said...

As with everything, Wordy, you aren't listening. I doubt a single American died in Stalingrad. So it is unlikely to be the deadliest day for America.

Tell us more about the bad economy--I just took a distribution from my partnership for the first time ever, and it will triple my salary. Tell me how bad Obama has been for me.

Anonymous said...

Neighbors sucked as a head coach and will make a terrible assistant.

Anonymous said...

God, Wordy, you are the most boring person on the planet. Probably Mars, too.

Anonymous said...

All you Alford people have missed one thing that anyone who works at Devon can tell you: Schedcik don't take a dump without the stamp of approval from a certain former Alvord board member Devon employee. An d this guy is a Neighbors disciple. Neighbors coached him in high school and he has wanted him back at Alvord for YEARS. Congratulations dumbasses, your school is about to get what it deserves.

wordkyle said...

1242 - Thanks for your comment. Since I wasn't listening, can you tell me how many Americans died on the first day of Germany's full blown invasion into France, when France lost 27,000 men, which BG referenced?

Enjoy your financial windfall. Dozens of millions of other Americans aren't as fortunate as you. Stay classy.

1211 - I didn't miss it. But our host is big on body counts, so I thought I'd throw him a bone.

Anonymous said...

On the Coach Neighbors thing. If a player has a prominent family he has it made. At paradise more often than not it was who you were and not so much how good you were. Neighbors plays favorites and tha t is what finally caught up with him. And I should know, I played on his teams.

WTF? said...

I love you for posting a link to the Brady Brunch singing American Pie. I can't quit smiling. LOL

wordkyle said...

139 #1 - Thanks for your comment. I'll pass it on to Customer Service.

Anonymous said...

I swam in it as a kid.

Q: Why didn't the alligator attack the would-be lawyer?

A: Professional courtesy.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the irony of Wordkyle referencing how many other Americans are not as fortunate as 12:42. This sounds like a decidedly liberal argument, no? I thought that the model changed in America to "let me get mine." Am I operating under different rules or something? I am confused.

In my earlier life, I thought that wealth and prosperity should be somewhat fair and equal. As I have moved into my late 30's, it became evident that no one else believed this. So now you feel that things should be equal? How dare you come at us with these socialist views.

This is obviously tongue-in-cheek, but the point remains.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the tension in the field hours when you work with an OC you didn't even interview, didn't want and know his goal is to replace you as soon as possible. As an Alvord parent you realize one of your teachers hasn't been in the classroom for 30 years, the new suiperintendent must be a lap dog. The only winners in this is James Woods

Anonymous said...

He's talking about WWI, genius. Just go away.

Anonymous said...

2:35 -

Pretty sure that joke doesn't work right unless it's a shark. Nice try, though.

Anonymous said...

1:40

No...no....

It is you trying to run the blog, which I find interesting since you could not run your own blog successfully.

Anonymous said...

People, you should have been aware that there were gators about the premises. Also, keep your eyes on Goofy. You how he can get.

DF Mickey

Anonymous said...

Well at least redman will play some offense now

Anonymous said...

4:21-------------------------


Midol, sweetie. Midol

wordkyle said...

347 - Oh, that's right. Battle of Antietam, circa 1914.

421 - So commenting in the comments section is now trying to run the blog?

Anonymous said...

Devon sux ass now has 3 puppets on the board and one washed up coach on his team. When will the people wise up and see what is going on

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle --

Honestly, thank you for bringing the voice of reason to this progressive cesspool. With democrats, it's really about the acquisition of raw power. Truth, reason, even fairness, are missing from progressive philosophy and it can readily be seen by the ridiculous thought processes of Barry Green and his ilk.

Sorry bu, just sayin' it like it is.

If the ideas I see expressed here weren't so dangerous to the well-being and freedom of American citizens, the daily drivel from Green's mouth and the 2 or 3 other registered Wise County democrats would be funny.

Anonymous said...



8;16 -See you this evening at the Trump rally?
I'll be the one with the AR-15 slung over my shoulder, exercising my Democratic raw power.

You? The one with the beer belly and ketchup stain on your tattered wife beater??
Hit me up, we'll do some raw power stuff eh?

Anonymous said...

1:07 --

You couldn't be further from the mark. Why don't you put some of that raw power on display so we'll know to recognize the target?

Me? I'm the one working for a living. KMA