Alex Trebek Raps To The Fresh Prince Theme On Jeopardy!

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Ted Cruz Auditions for The Simpsons 

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 29, 2015

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  • I tend to not trust Yelp reviews, but I’m a big fan of Trip Advisor, mainly because there’s a lot of user submitted photos.
  • It used to be when I saw a headline with “Bush” in it, I knew it referred to the former 41st president.  When his son started his run for the presidency, I knew any mention of “Bush” referred to George W. Bush.  After his two terms, it was about a 75% chance when you saw “Bush” in the headline, it referred to the 43rd president.  Now when I see “Bush” it basically only is in relation to Jeb.  You kinda have the same problem with “Clinton” but to a lesser extent since you are basically only dealing with two of them.
  • By now it might be driving WifeGeeding batty, but I’ve been playing Florence and the Machine’s “Dogs Days are Over” everytime we get in the car.
  • WifeGeeding and I wanted to see Avengers: Age of Ultron last night and our only option was the AMC Grapevine Mills 30.  It’s been close to seven or eight years since we’ve watched a movie there, and to our surprise you could select and reserve your seats and they provide table-side dining, and it was great.  The seats were uber comfy and made out of leather, and while the food was a bit pricey, it was pretty good.  As for the movie, we loved it and was pleasantly surprised at how many characters they were able to fit in, though they should have included Agent Phil Coulson.
  • For the last six months or so, my left knee has had a sharp pain.  It’s not excruciating, but noticeable.  Yesterday, that knee started to make a grinding noise.  I’m about $500 away from my deductable, so I may have it checked out.
  • The promotional poster for AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ is a take off the Jesus footprints in the sand poem, me thinks.
  • U2 performed ‘Gloria’ for the first time in 10 years – Though Bono incorrectly stated it’s been 20 years.
  • The Times-Picayune – Bobby Jindal’s latest campaign slogan: ‘Tanned. Rested. Ready.’
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education – Why Is It So Hard to Kill a College?
  • A nifty article and interactive chart from The Atlantic – The Least Diverse Jobs in America – For instance, 81 percent of lawyers are white, down from 89 percent in 2000.  – I only threw the lawyer stat in there as click bait because I know at least five lawyers read this blog.
  • Make Your Own Supreme Court Decision (And See How The Real One Voted)Everyone loves a good 5-4 split. But how often do they happen?
  • Back to the Future remake? Over my dead body, says Robert Zemeckis
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“I Am Chris Farley” Documentary Trailer

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The Terminator Saga in 5 Minutes-ish

Expect some cursing.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 29, 2015

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  • Saturday morning I casually mentioned that free samples of sangria were available at Klyde Warren Park, and the next thing I know WifeGeeding had me driving there with the kids.  I saw about four sets of people throwing footballs and about three quinceañeras going on.
  • We ate at Off-Site Kitchen again this weekend.  After our meal, WifeGeeding and I played ping-pong outdoors for about half an hour while the kids watched and fetched stray balls for us.  That may have been the best part of the weekend.
  • We made our first visit to Trader Joe’s since it’s so heavily hyped.  The best parking spot, actually, the best two parking spots, were taken up by a heifer driving a brand new Chevy truck.  And it wasn’t one of those accidental bad parking jobs, she deliberately parked square in the middles of the white line.  As she came out the store and saw me looking at her truck, she gave me a ‘go to Hell’ look as if she did nothing wrong.
  • Trader Joe’s is significantly smaller than I thought it would be.
  • An unexpected $39 check arrived in the mail.  Apparently it was part of a class action lawsuit that involved current and former Fidelity Investments employees.  I left Fidelity in May 2008.
  • Normally I wouldn’t care how an escaped convict was captured, but three shots to the head certainly caught my attention.
  • Buzzfeed – A Guy Got Mad At An NBC Station For Its “Gay Colored” Peacock Logo
  • I was a bit surprised at how quickly Amy Poehler said no – Amy Schumer on Why She Turned Down ‘The Daily Show
  • My drunk history recap for last week – Two gay prisoners escaped the Supreme Court and were caught taking down the Stars and Bars in South Carolina.
  • CNN host calls out Donald Trump: ‘What’s traditional about being married three times?’
  • I have a feeling something negative was said regarding Friday’s Supreme Court decision at more than half of all South Baptist churches, and each time the congregation applauded.  If that didn’t happen, then there was a mention of the moral decay of America with a bunch of head knodding.
  • Twenty years ago there was no way I’d be accepting of gay marriage.  Over time, I got to know some gay people through work and became friends with them, and an old roommate actually came out of the closet.  I had the misconception all they cared about was a sexual relationship and they all didn’t care for Jesus.  Yet I found many do love Jesus and understood they desired everything I did in a heterosexual relationship, which is much, much more than sex.  It would be insulting to say my relationship with my wife was primarily sexual, love is much deeper than that.  Many see their lifestyle as sinful and immoral from a Christian point of view, but I’ve come around on that regarding a committed relationship and any explanation from me would take longer than I’d like for this post.  I’m still uncomfortable seeing two men kiss, but then again I’m still uncomfortable around people who carry firearms.  However, I can’t allow my uncomfortableness to get in the way of anyone’s right.  And I totally support the right of any house of worship to deny a religious ceremony of two of the same sex as the government doesn’t have the right to tell churches how to do things. And I’m sure none of this coming from me today surprises any of you.  I’m not asking any of you to agree with me or tell me where I’m wrong or right, I just wanted to share my perspective.
  • President Obama has had some big Supreme Court victories, but FiveThrityEight points out, he’s the least successful percentage wise by a large margin, at least if you track back as far as Truman.
  • In my 39-years of life, I’ve only lived through three Chief Justices of the Supreme Court.  The average tenure of a Supreme Court Justice is 16-years, so I guess that kinda makes sense.
  • It’s interesting following the official White House photographer, Pete Souza.  I understand many don’t like Affordable Care Act, but it would be interesting to capture the moment when President Obama was informed of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law, and that’s what Souza did.  There’s a series of three pictures, one when someone walks into the Oval Office and the President turns his head, another of him trying to process or comprehend the news, and then a moment of victory.
  • Antonin Scalia Is the Supreme Court’s Greatest Writer
  • Have any Supreme Court Justices had the same name?Two Associate Justices were named John Marshall Harlan. The first served from 1877 to 1911. The second, his grandson, served from 1955 to 1971.
  • Historical GIF of the day – 25 November 1941: Sailors on the hull of the HMS Barham as she capsizes and her magazines explode – All those sailors look like ants, and then you see the explosion which is jaw-dropping.  Per Wikipedia – Out of a crew of approximately 1,184 officers and men, 841 were killed. 
  • What Is Airplane Smell? – Read at your own peril.
  • Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont and Maine prohibit billboards.
  • Article about the recent massacre in Tunisia – ‘You must kill us first, but we’re Muslim': Tourist reveals how hotel workers formed ‘human shield’ to stop gun maniac shooting more dead as Britons tell how they played dead to survive
  • The Calcio Storico, the most brutal sport on earth – in pictures – The Calcio Storico – ‘historic football’ – is an ancient form of football from the 16th century, which originated from the ancient roman ‘harpastum’, and is played in teams of 27, using both feet and hands. Sucker-punches and kicks to the head are prohibited but headbutting, punching, elbowing, and choking are all allowed
  • My Wise County Blogging Lawyer friend would label her a “Hey Now” – Meet The “Spearfishing Huntress” Who Is Taking The Internet By Storm
  • Speaking of the Wise County Blogging Lawyer, his recent post on the Attorney General of Texas’ reaction on not issuing marriage certificates is one of his finest, and lands in the top five of my favorites posted by him.
  • Indiana Jones/Darth Vader conspiracy theory
  • After watching last night’s ‘True Detective’, I thought George R.R. Martin might be a contributing writer.
  • ‘Ballers’ was slightly better than last week and ‘The Brink’ still held up quite well.
  • There seems to be a lot of divisiveness with our country this week, and for some of us, the church as well.  When this happens, I like to lean on these words by Ralph Waldo Emerson — ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.’
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, June 26, 2015

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  • Re-reading books and stores or re-watching movies can be a trip.  They stay the same but depending where you are in life, the perspective is quite different.
  • I was wondering if any two Supreme Court justices have voted alike 100% of the time.  Off hand, I’d think Scalia and Thomas would come close, or maybe Kagan and Sotomayor, though they are a bit too new to the bench to really get a good sampling. I couldn’t find anything that sampled the entire history of the court, but the closest answer I could find was from a 2014 NY Times article about the current bench.  Here are some highlights:
    • Reagan’s appointees, Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony M. Kennedy, have agreed just 82-percent of the time.
    • Clinton’s nominees, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, 88-percent.
    • Bush43, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., have agreed 93-percent of the time.
    • Obama, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, have agreed 94-percent of the time.
    • Justices Scalia and Thomas have agreed 93-percent.
    • The two who have disagreed the most, who have agreed 66-percent of the time – Justices Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who a close friend thinks looks like Frau Farbissina from the Austin Powers movies.
  • I doubt the Supreme Court will release their decision on same-sex marriage today.  They seem to like the spotlight, and Friday isn’t the day for making news.  Also, with the funeral for South Caroline state Sen. Clementa Pinckney being held today, I tend to think they want the attention of the nation to be on healing and closure.  But hey, whatdoIknow.  EDIT: Well, they did announce that decision today, and it shows I’m no Supreme Court prognosticator.
  • Bill Clinton was often labeled as “The Comeback Kid” but I’m beginning to think President Obama has also earned that moniker.  No one thought the health care reform would happen, and Affordable Care Act came into being, and has been upheld twice by the Supreme Court. He had bad favorability ratings, and he won re-election (with Joe Biden).  There were debates over federal spending and increasing the debt limit, and that ended up working out.  And last week the news outlets were stating that his own party dealt him a huge blow by turning their back on him about his trade deal, even after visiting them in the Capitol, and it was considered dead in the water, but yesterday the bill actually passed Congress.  I’m not saying he’s a great president, but just think he’s often labeled down and out and then comes out with a win.
  • For some reason, ESPN and ABC reporter Darren Rovell thinks Wheaties will be off store shelves in about three years.
  • Other than East Texas, I don’t think there’s a lot of Confederate pride in Texas, but the Dallas Morning News provided a map of Confederate symbols in the area.  As for my small hometown, all I can recall is a school named after Robert E. Lee, which had a black principal.
  • I can always remember the difference between “principle” and “principal” because the school “principal” is supposed to be your “pal”.
  • My mobile phone is about two-and-a-half years old and yesterday it just turned off while speaking to a friend and wouldn’t boot up.  I tried a soft and hard reset to restore it to the factory settings, but it still won’t boot up.  My contract with Sprint ends in September, and I was trying to hold out before switching to a competitor.  So if you don’t get a reply to a text or phone call, just know, my phone is dead.
  • It just won’t die – US Navy pays out millions to Microsoft to keep running Windows XP – That story reminds me of another story about the new jet fighter the military is adopting and how dependent it is on software, which makes me wonder if we’ll one day hear of one being hacked.
  • I bet the average teen can name more Kardashians than Supreme Court justices.
  • ‘X-Files’ returns: New EW exclusive photos – It’s nice to see that Annet Mahendru from ‘The Americans’ is part of the cast.
  • Here’s what happened to every single woman Jerry dated on ‘Seinfeld’
  • Everything you need to know about the Mavs second-round pick, Satnam Singh Bhamara.
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Deep Fried Big Mac

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What happens when you illegally park in a handicap spot in Brazil

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Mom upset over this bear

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Here’s the reason why.

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Giant Intake Vortex – Denison Dam, Lake Texoma

Here’s a very unique view of an intake vortex, created as water enters the Denison Dam spillway on Lake Texoma.

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