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Not Quite

Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler (Arlington) wants all high school students to pass a civics test before they can graduate, similar to the one I mentioned in Arizona a little while ago.

What caught my attention from this article was the last paragraph.

When asked whether he took a quiz, Zedler said, “No, but I think I would do pretty well. I know the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. I know World War II was started Dec. 7, 1941. I know what the Civil War was fought over.”

He may want to brush up on his WWII history.  That war started before U.S. involvement, buddy.

Funniest quote from Reddit regarding this article, “Obviously it’s not a World War until the US is officially in it, right? Before that date, it was just the pre-season.”


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Way to go, Paul

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America’s best-selling cars and trucks are built on lies: The rise of fake engine noise

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades.

It’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.

Fake engine noise has become one of the auto industry’s dirty little secrets, with automakers from BMW to Volkswagen turning to a sound-boosting bag of tricks. Without them, today’s more fuel-efficient engines would sound far quieter and, automakers worry, seemingly less powerful, potentially pushing buyers away.

Full Washington Post Article

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Will Ferrell Throws A Basketball At A Cheerleader’s Head For A Movie

Most folks will probably just stare at the head shot, but I get a kick out how her legs split out and she lands right on her bottom.  I hope she had some padding on her booty, because that looks like it would have hurt.

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  • I was informed my doppelganger was at the State of the Union last night.  The ‘CBS Evening News’ had a story on him last night, he lost both his legs on patrol in Afghanistan in 2012 when he took a knee and set off a roadside bomb.
  • Actually, here’s a somewhat recent picture of me with a shorter beard.  Oh, who am I kidding, I look more like this.
  • I’m still not over my illness and visited made my second trip to the doctor this year.  This was the first time I was tested for the flu, and it hurt like the dickens as he shoved a very, very long swap down one of my nostrils.  Thankfully I tested negative.  I’m also going to start getting allergen immunotherapy as it appears I have really severe allergies all year long.  Right now, mountain cedar is kicking my arse.  So for the next three to five years, once or week, I’ll be going in to get an injection of the stuff I’m most allergic to in hopes of building up a tolerance.
  • At the grocery store yesterday an older lady rudely cut in front of me in the 10 Items or Less line.  It didn’t really bother me as I was in no hurry, but I did raise an eyebrow when I counted she actually had 12 items.
  • I got a second email from AOL stating my GMail email address was being used as an alternate email for an AOL account.  Once again I didn’t click any links in the email (which look legit per hovering over the links and seeing the URL tool-tip) which stated “Yes, I made this request.” and “No, I did not make this request.”  It’s actually two different AOL email addresses that have done this.  I contacted AOL and all they wanted me to do was forward it to their fraud department.  Weird, and a bit unsettling.
  • My employer decided to use a new FSA provider this year.  With the old FSA, if I used my FSA card at a medical facility or their website, there wasn’t any need to provide an itemized receipt, and I thought the new FSA provider would have a similar policy.  However, my claim for for the ER facility with the new FSA was denied because I didn’t provide an itemized receipt with billing codes even though I paid for it online.  I look through my paperwork, but their invoice doesn’t list any billing codes and Explanation of Benefits from my insurance didn’t exactly match dollar amounts.  Since the ER facility is nearby and next to Whataburger (which I was craving) I thought I’d just drop by and ask them to print a quick receipt.  It turns out a simple request to just print a receipt falls under billing, which means I actually have to contact their billing office in Houston.
  • With the news of the New England Patriots possibly deflating their own footballs, I’m surprised how many people, especially sports columnist or reporters like Rick Gosselin, didn’t know that each team use their own footballs on offense.  For the longest time I’ve known it’s been that way in Texas football, college, and the NFL.
  • That Waco meteorologist that got shot came back on the air and wore a Superman t-shirt.  Dude, your shooter is still on the loose, don’t tempt him.
  • I wonder if IHOP even contacted her – Golfer Brooke Pancake signs endorsement deal with Waffle House
  • Craig Miller of The TICKET recently lost his dog, Lucy, of 15 years and wrote a touching blog post about her.  What he doesn’t mention, and I’m sure it was part of the bond, was how Lucy was there before his marriage and after his divorce.
  • Galveston cop pulls over girlfriend to propose
  • A chance to watch ‘Princess Bride’ at Alamo Drafthouse with Mandy Patinkin
  • Buzzfeed – I Crashed A North Korean Wedding And Things Got Creepy
  • Buzzfeed – State of the Union Batting Average Every year the president asks Congress to pass a lot of stuff at the State of the Union address. What if we treated each request like an at bat in baseball and measured how successful each president was? – So far Obama has a .304, GW Bush a .427, Clinton .444, and the highest on their list is LBJ with a .529.  Ford comes in last on the list, but it’s not like he really stood a chance with what he was up against and his short tenure.
  • A veggie burger? – Whataburger gets hit with inconceivable petition from school nutritionist
  • J.C. Penney Brings Back Its Print Catalog, After A 5-Year Hiatus
  • It’s like A-Rod is a part of that SNL “Bad Idea Jeans” sketch – Barry Bonds tutoring A-Rod at Bay Area facility
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  • The Dallas Morning News had a photojournalist at the smoke camp I attended last night.  So if you happen to see a bearded-half-Asian in a blue shirt sucking in his gut, that’s me.
  • Part of the event included a free beer and beer tasting.  This is is about the third time I tasted beer, and I still don’t like it.  The beer tasting focused on stuff from Revolver Brewery from Granbury and I also tried Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing.
  • The Lockhart Smokehouse in Plano uses two smokers that cost $30,000 apiece and controlled by Smokey Jesus.
  • I thought it was “a piece” and not “apiece”, but I used this as my reasoning.
  • During the smoke camp, the pitmaster and owner would often reference techniques used at Franklin’s, Pecan Lodge, and others, which I found helpful.  It also seems like the owners and pitmasters of all these places all have a good respectful relationship.  However, the pitmaster didn’t have favorable things to say about Hard 8 and Riscky’s.  Neither seemed to like the Dallas Morning News food critic, saying she only critiques on the surface.  For instance, she overlooks the tradition of not using sauce or utensils that’s associated with Central Texas smoking and will ding them for that.
  • Something else I appreciated at the smoke camp was how they told us they would cook differently for a competition, for mass consumption such as a restaurant, and what they’d do if they were cooking in their backyard.
  • All their leftover ash is actually bought by a blacksmith.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Secretly Got A Name Change – TLDR – “fructose” or “fructose syrup”
  • TLDR – Too Long; Didn’t Read
  • Leno seems open to going on Letterman’s show and I’ll have to agree with his assessment, “I think I’m a better stand-up than a host, and I think Letterman is a better host than a stand-up.”
  • Hooked ‘Em – University of Texas tops list of students with ‘sugar daddies’ – And they’re the only Texas school on the list.
  • Dolly Parton: a musical career expressed through language statistics
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Five-year-old boy gets an invoice for missing school friend’s birthday party



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  • I failed to mention that for Christmas, WifeGeeding gave me a pocket calendar full of giftcards.  The giftcards corresponded to a date circled on the calendar for a date night she planned throughout the year.  She even went as far as already having a sitter scheduled for each date.  Last night was the first of those dates, a simple trip to the movies.  We watched The Imitation Game and both really enjoyed it.
  • I also forgot to mention that we gave our mail carrier a Christmas treat, and she was nice enough to give us a hand written thank you note.
  • The Fox pregame show had Jimmy Johnson go out to fish market and reenact a play with market workers wearing football jerseys and throwing a fish in place for a football.  It sounds really stupid, it is really stupid, I was thoroughly entertained.
  • Here’s a fun little read/quiz for you longtime DFW folks – it’s easy to name the current sports anchors of our local stations, but can you the name the person they replaced?  It was harder than I thought.
  • A great picture of Troy Aikman back in 1983 at Jimmy Johnson’s Oklahoma State Football Camp.  It’s funny the guy next to him ended up being his lineman, he was pretty tiny back then.
  • I’ve been listening to the new NPR podcast Invisibilia.  It was this article about a twelve-year-old boy that basically became a vegetable, but was aware of everything around him, and then twelve years later coming out of it.  But I was really disappointed they didn’t go more in depth about what happened after he “woke up”.  The second podcast was about fear and I learned that about 400 people have a genetic disorder in which they are incapable of feeling fear.  They talk about one woman with this fearless gene and he experience of once being held at knifepoint and at gunpoint.  That “disorder” also reminded me of an episode of “House” and Tony Dungy’s adopted daughter, both had a rare disorder in which they are unable to feel pain.
  • The Dallas Observer has another article about Gwyneth Paltrow’s love for Dallas (which I’m suspect of), but this one is about a blow dry bar called Blo Blow Dry Bar.  I had no idea such a thing existed and if I heard this in conversation would have considered it some kind of joke.
  • Speaking of that paper, with the Marvel Experience Tour in town, they turned into the Daily Bugle and wrote about a Hulk sighting at Parkland Hospital.
  • A female Christian blogger stated to feel conviction and decided to stop wearing leggings to keep men from lustful thoughts.  This seems like something the girls at Hardin-Simmons would do when I was a student. Seriously, it was a common thing to hear that they were “dating Jesus” instead of them trying to commit to a relationship or go on a date.  I have a feeling things haven’t changed that much.
  • The X-Files could be coming back
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Six-year-old asks Neil deGrasse Tyson, “What’s the meaning of life?”

Though many will disagree with his answer, I was impressed with how graceful he was and how quickly he was able to answer it.  I thought it was quite touching when you see him get down to the kid’s level to connect with him.

When you read the YouTube description you see that young Jack is a huge fan of Tyson, even asking his pediatrician if it’s possible to change his skin color so he could one day be a black doctor.

When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, Young Jack always gave the same peculiar reply. From the age of two until about the age of five, Young Jack wanted to be… a black doctor. With tremendous enthusiasm, he told anyone and everyone who would listen. When he told his pediatrician this—when he asked his pediatrician if we could make him black—the kindly white-haired woman peered at us over her bifocals with an air of disbelief not frequently displayed by medical professionals. Young Jack and I both, you see, have the approximate complexions of hospital sheets. I quickly explained Young Jack’s affinity for the PBS Program NOVA, and especially for its frequent host, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson’s doctoral work is in the field of astrophysics, but he is a doctor. He is also black. Knowing not-too-much about astrophysics, and nothing at all about race, Young Jack nonetheless knew what his ideal future would hold; when Young Jack grew up, he wanted to be Neil deGrasse Tyson

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