Bag of Randomness for Thursday, October 22, 2020


This Halloween season, I have the family watching The Twilight Zone. The first episode we watched was “Nick of Time”. That’s the one with William Shatner and the devil fortune-teller machine. In the episode, he and his new bride entered a cafe and ordered iced-coffee. I thought iced-coffee was a relatively new thing made famous by Starbucks.


Texas Roadhouse restaurants are headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky but founded in Clarksville, Indiana.

Speaking of “headquarters”. It always cracks me up when I hear the local news do a story from the “Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas” as if they have offices and teams in other parts of the world. I suppose it’s similar to MLB referring to their championship as the World Series despite only two countries being able to play in it.


I can’t remember if I told y’all, but I finally was released my buddy with covid from the hospital. He spent about ten days there. It hit him hard, and he’s not a smoker nor morbidly obese. And, for the most part, he’s a healthy 44-year-old man.


There’s a new Hummer commercial narrated by LeBron James which is a bit funny since a Hummer got high schooler LeBron James investigated back in 2003.


I’m just not a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy, but I like him as a dramatic actor.

Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat filmTrump’s personal attorney has indiscreet encounter with actor playing Borat’s daughter in hotel room during pandemic


This story is heartbreaking, and it’s heartbreaking that most of us will barely shrug our shoulders and move on.

Lawyers say they can’t find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administrationAbout two-thirds of the 1,000-plus parents separated from their kids under a 2017 pilot program were deported before a federal judge ordered that they be found.


North Pole ice cap too thin for testing Russia’s giant icebreaker


Drive-up Heimlich

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 8:52 p.m., Deputy Clayton Rideout was finalizing a traffic stop at South 51st Avenue and South 78th Street in Tampa, when another vehicle pulled up to the scene honking its horn. The driver then got out of the car and waived his hand in the air. Deputy Rideout realized the man was choking and ran to render aid. Within seconds, the man’s airway was cleared.


Found: A Shipwrecked Nazi Steamer, Still Filled With CargoIt carried soldiers, military vehicles, and sealed crates that divers can’t wait to open.

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 21, 2020


The 14 coolest features of the $113,000 2022 Hummer EV ‘Edition 1’ — GMC’s all-electric ‘super truck’ coming next year

  • For instance, it has a four-wheel-steering feature that lets the vehicle drive diagonally in a move GMC calls a “crab walk.”
  • The Hummer EV Edition 1 boasts front and rear underbody cameras to help drivers tackle challenging terrain and choose the best path over obstacles.
  • They can choose how much torque to send to the front and rear axles, or choose a “terrain mode,” which bumps up the truck’s ride height by 2 inches.
  • It also comes with a transparent roof made of removable panels that can stow away in the truck’s frunk.

Not $50k, fifty dollars.

Lawyers spurn Trump campaign in individual donations, including from Jones Day

Lawyers at Jones Day, which has earned millions as outside counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, have donated nearly $90,000 to the campaign committee of Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden. Contributions to the Trump campaign by Jones Day lawyers totaled just $50, records show.


Some people are wondering where Troy Aikman stands politically. Well, I remember a story he told the Musers one time about some Oklahoma lawmakers recruiting him to run for office. Basically, it turned out they were Democrats and Troy revealed in a subtle manner that he was a conservative. My guess, he’s still conservative at heart but like so many in his party, this administration has disheartened him. Either way, I agree with this statement, “It’s unclear whether Aikman and Buck are against the flyovers or are mocking critics who oppose them.”

The story also states flyovers don’t cost the taxpayer anything, which surprised me. “Flyovers are conducted at no additional cost to the taxpayer and serve as training and meet proficiency requirements for our pilots,” Navy spokesman Lt. Rob Reinheimer told CNN.

Broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman caught on hot mic appearing to mock military flyovers as wasteful


Las Vegas is getting an Atari Hotel. Austin will get a later version.

Guests will be immersed in the culture with amenities aimed at esports fans and creators including nostalgia-inducing arcades and retro-themed speakeasies, nightclubs, and restaurants.


This event happened in the geographically confusing town of Nashville, Indiana.

Superintendent issues apology after student listed as ‘Black Guy’ in Brown County High School yearbook


Funeral homes to offer older voters free rides to polls on Nov. 3 nationwide


I still haven’t seen the first Avatar, which is very unusual for me.

Sigourney Weaver Filmed ‘Avatar 2’ Underwater by Tying Weights to Herself, Holding Breath for Six MinutesSigourney Weaver was 70 years old while filming “Avatar 2,” but that only motivated her to pull off her own stunts.


How North Texans can track mail-in ballotsOnce filled out and mailed, counties offer ways to confirm your ballot was received and counted.


This Texas farm connects special-needs kids with injured animals: ‘They’re just like me’

Just as they welcome all animals, all people are welcome, too: “We don’t care about the choices you made in the past, what you look like, who you love or what you eat. We concentrate on no judgment at all,” said Wallace-Griner.


This big old flag once flew on a ship.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, October 20, 2020


I voted yesterday at Music City Mall in Lewisville. Walking through the mall felt like walking through an abandoned haunted house, but I was in and out in less than ten minutes.

Every time I vote, I’m required to fill in a rectangle (about 1 cm x 1 1/2 cm) with a ball-point pen they provide me. The process would go by much fast if felt-tip pens were provided.


Yesterday, around 10:00 AM, one of WifeGeeding’s students was removed from class because a parent was COVID-19 positive. Supposedly, no one had contact with the student and a cleaning crew immediately sanitized the classroom.


This is the kind of crap that happens in Trump’s America – 2020 Marks the first year since 1955 that “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” will not air on television. It’s now an AppleTV+ exclusive.


Our Dallas Stars lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals, and now the Tampa Bay Rays will play in the World Series in our new ballpark. Luckily, the Cowboys don’t play the Bucs this year.


How one man became an assistant coach for a small Alaskan high school without ever leaving his California home.

Welcome to the story of Zank, Dal Bon and the upstart Homer Mariners. Capping a year of virtual happy hours, virtual masses, virtual funerals, virtual birthday parties and virtual road races, they may have unintentionally presented the nation with its first Zoom football team. And they finished the season as conference champions.


Texas leads nation in early voting totals, with 4 million ballots cast


Matthew McConaughey speaks about his father’s death:

“I got a call from my Mom. ‘Your dad died.’ My knees buckled. I couldn’t believe it. He was my dad. Nobody or nothing could kill him. Except mom. He’d always told me and my brothers, ‘Boys, when I go, I’m gonna be makin’ love to your mother.’ And that’s what happened. He had a heart attack when he climaxed.”


Man breaks into home during children’s remote learning class, teacher calls 911

A California teacher jumped into action after she noticed fear on the faces of two students who didn’t immediately sign off after a remote learning session Thursday.

“I was just watching their faces and I can see their faces go from concern to panic,” teacher Jennifer Petersen told KOVR. Petersen said she never logs off until the last student does.

Mother Reyna Luna said the source of her children’s fear was a stranger who broke into the family’s Galt home during the class while she was out.


In Peter King’s latest column, he reported that Ben Roethlisberger said he has the huddle back a couple more yards further back from the line of scrimmage this season because he fears defenders might hear what he’s calling since there’s no crowd noise.


Discover Which Words Made Their Print Debut The Year You Were Born With This Merriam-Webster Tool


Taiwanese baseball player robs homer, but plays possum & lets batter circle bases before revealing prize


 

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 19, 2020


The way I’ve scheduled my remaining earned vacation days I have to take (use it or leave it), I shouldn’t be working a full work week for the remainder of the year. Most of my days off are on Mondays and federal holidays helped make it easier. One day off will be the day after election day, I have a feeling I may be up late the night before and the next day will be packed with news. Yet, I have the understanding we may not know results for weeks.


One of the more interesting local political commercials has a Chinese-born candidate accusing her white blonde0-hair opponent of having Chinese ties.


This Arkansas school turned solar savings into better teacher pay

The project that resulted has helped slash the district’s annual energy consumption by 1.6 million kilowatts and in three years generated enough savings to transform the district’s $250,000 budget deficit into a $1.8 million surplus.

Just as Hester envisioned at the outset, a major chunk of the money is going toward teachers’ salaries — fueling pay raises that average between $2,000 and $3,000 per educator.


Cornyn says he broke with Trump on deficit, border wall, but kept opposition private

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Friday that he disagreed with President Trump on issues such as the deficit and a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but that Senate Republicans doubted their capacity to “change” the president on such issues.

The Texas Republican told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that his relationship with the president was “maybe like a lot of women who get married and think they’re going to change their spouse, and that doesn’t usually work out very well.”

Well, I know who’s not going to win the political Profile in Courage award. Sheesh, what a coward. He wouldn’t be admitting this unless he considers Trump an albatross, thinks the president will lose, or think the race with Hegar is uncomfortably close.


Why Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon, is telling the story her father wanted to tell

  • Helping to produce Warrior, the HBO and Cinemax series based on Lee’s idea, has allowed his daughter to emerge from his long shadow
  • His original pitch has been rumoured to have been the basis of the 70s hit series, Kung Fu. Seeing her father’s vision now realised is a vindication, she says

Mark Cuban’s brother on finding success: ‘I’m never going to be a billionaire and I’m ok with that’

Brian Cuban, billionaire Mark Cuban’s younger brother, says people often ask him about his work, especially since his brother is a famous entrepreneur.

But Brian, 59, isn’t anything like Mark or their younger brother, Jeff.

“We’re different people. My brother [Mark] is driven by different things,” Brian tells CNBC Make It.

“I’m never going to be a billionaire and I’m okay with that,” Brian says.

Brian is a former Dallas-based personal injury attorney, author and addiction recovery advocate. For the last 13 years, he has been in recovery from alcohol, cocaine and bulimia.


I’m sure our governor is proud of this achievement and will claim we are the most “secure” in the nation.

Texas ranks worst in national cost-of-voting study

Texas was rated highest for both the time and cost of voting. In particular, the state does not have widespread online voter registration, limits mail-in voting, closes registration a month before Election Day and has cut the number of polling stations in some areas by more than 50 percent.

Other factors that limit access include staunch voter ID laws and minimal early voting options.

The same study four years ago ranked Texas as the fifth-most restrictive state, behind Mississippi, Virginia, Tennessee and Indiana. Researchers said Virginia has markedly improved access to voting since then by passing an automatic voter registration law, getting rid of its in-person registration deadline and making Election Day a state holiday, among other steps.

Oregon, Washington and Utah topped the 2020 list. Each state has a permanent mail-in voting process.


This reminds me of the time John Ashcroft lost to a man who died in a plane crash and then got appointed to be the Attorney General by president-elect George W. Bush. Ashcroft has the unique distinction of being the only incumbent U.S. Senator defeated for re-election by a dead person.

North Dakota legislative candidate who died of COVID-19 still on the ballot

Do we really need two Dakotas? They were both admitted to the union at the same time and it’s not like they need to be divided because of a hefty population.


Eruption of Sakurajima




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