Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday in Texas

I hope you all had a great few weeks.. clearly I haven't been paying much attention to what's going on or I'd have been complaining on here.  Which has been nice.  I hope you also had a wonderful and thoughtful celebration of faith over the last week of Easter.  For those of us who are Christians, it is the source of our hope.  That God not only exists, but created us to be in a relationship with him.  And that he was willing to commit to true sacrificial love in order to make that happen.

With a 3-year-old in the house, Frozen is in heavy rotation here.  While I have a lot of thoughts on how they could have made it a better movie, the idea of self-sacrificing love as the way to mend deeper heart issues is a chunk of truth.

• Murder, for example, shows some deeper heart issues.  Eric Williams may be redeemable to God, but he's sure got a twisted heart.  New revelations of another planned murder in the works is just sickening.

• Anyway...  It has been stormy around here.  I've been playing with time-lapse videos instead of blogging it seems.

• As a guy, I'll admit to feeling a bit out of place in the abortion debate sometimes.  So I really like it when I can just link to a great post like this... Chelsea Clinton's baby isn't worth more than any other.

• Closer to home, Kaufman's wunderkind city councilman busted with pot.

• Kaufman Pct. 2 Constable Joe Don Law is out after getting caught falsifying some certification documents.

$300,000 for road improvements is helpful.  The hard part is picking which projects to use it on.  There are a more than a few roads that need help.

Ha and Ha.

• It is time for the big Terrell Heritage Jubilee this weekend.

• And my favorite local bluegrass band The Acoustic Sound Hounds will be on stage Sunday.

• The South Korean Ferry disaster is heartbreaking.  And infuriating.

• As those families grieve, I was reminded to try to enjoy every day with this guy, who turned three last week.

Have a great week everyone.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday night madness...

It was a dark and stormy night.....

It has been nice to pick up some good rain over the last few days...  and we may get some el Niño inspired rain throughout the year.

• So it seems Ronnie Oldfield knew the jig was about to be up for his private practice as a CPA so he decided to run for County Treasurer?

Here was the exchange at the Kaufman Republican Candidate Forum on Feb. 4, when an audience member (who seemed to know that there was something going on) asked about the candidates' standing with the CPA Board.

During my time at the Tribune I met Oldfield many times and did stories on some of the good work he does there, so I definitely gave him the benefit of the doubt after that forum.  Looking at it now, he definitely downplayed the seriousness of the allegations and wasn't very forthright with voters.  I can't imagine him winning the primary if this was public before the election.

• Big Books and Bargains Sale at the Kaufman County Library April 11, 12 and 14.

• All your maps are wrong!  An interesting read for your cartography nerds out there.

• You know it is going to be a better-than-average flight when ...

Which makes me think... Free airline marketing idea (Southwest might could pull this off ... Murder mystery dinner theater in the air!  Buy a ticket, and assume the identity of a character upon boarding the plane.  If by the end of the flight if you have figured out the mystery, your next flight is free.  Or something.  Ok maybe not.

• It's hard to believe that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is still missing a month later.

• It's also hard to believe that a company CEO got run out of his job for the simple reason that he holds (and supported) a traditional definition of marriage.  Should the government be in the marriage business at all?  Probably not really.  But for mob mentality to take over and equate support of traditional marriage to hating gay people is absurd.

• This could be a lot of fun.  And painful.

Have a great week.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wednesday Wandering and Wondering... April already?

I thoroughly understand that a vast majority of pit bulls will never hurt anybody.  But if you have one my son will never spend time at your house.

Whether or not Dorothy Hamilton was killed by the dogs remains to be determined, but it certainly wouldn't surprise anyone.  Having dangerous dogs is a risk, yet a lot of folks get offended by that truth.  Get over it.  And get a reality check.

For some folks it seems that having the dangerous dog has about the same risky/cool factor of riding motorcycles or something, and I just don't get it.  For a while there were a couple of guys in our neighborhood who would take their pit bulls down the street for a walk, clearly looking for a reaction or some sort of street cred.  It made me simultaneously laugh and check for nearby suitable weapons.

And then there are other folks for whom every furry life is sacred and "hey it's not the dog's fault" and all of that.  OK, feelings are good, but..

This is our Nina dog.
Yes, I'm beautiful, give me a treat.

And here is what I know for sure.  If Nina the lovely labrador ever seems to be any kind of threat to any person, she leaves the planet posthaste.  She is a wonderful part of the family. And she will die before the rest of us anyway.

I feel the same way about pit bulls in general.  Might as well be a tiger.  Some are great pets.  Until they kill someone.  If that risk is OK with you, that is legal at the moment.  But if your dog threatens someone else, don't defend it. Kill it.

There is some emotional distance from our pets that is healthy.  And if having a risky dog is part of your persona or identity, you may have bigger issues to resolve.

In other news..

• Seems like people in Forney are having trouble keeping their cars on the road and shiny side up. Here and Here and Here and Here.

• I think if the Ray Clark / Skeet Phillips lawsuit goes to trial, it could be an interesting exposé of local politics worth sitting in on.

• The Terrell Art Walk will be 4-8 p.m. this Friday.  Of course it might help promote the event if the Tribune would take their promo articles out from behind the paywall.  Note to advertisers... if you are buying ads and also getting promo editorial material, request that the stories be free to readers.  They can do that.

• Also this week, Hal Linden will be in Terrell Thursday night.  I didn't know who he was either, but apparently his is quite a performer, storyteller and musician.

• Why are we supposed to care what apparent whiner Tim Gunn loves or hates about Dallas?

• Nothing all that exciting about April Fools this year, so here are some great hoaxes of days past.

• For my friends in the cattle business... how would these do in the show ring?

• Kudos to DMN's Brad Loper on the image for this story.

• This is AC/DC I can live with..