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- I’m now into season four of ‘Game of Thrones’. I now understand the greatness of the Red Wedding scene. Somewhat related: Hodor Is Sick of Being Asked if He’s Sick of Saying ‘Hodor’
- I’ve been trying to teach DaughterGeeding simple arithmetic for a while now, but last night was the first time I introduced the number line, and it seemed to make everything click for her.
- DaughterGeeding calls Frosted Flakes by the name of “tiger cereal”.
- DaughterGeeding is able to recite our address, but ends it with, “Lewisville, Texas, in AMERICA.”
- Somewhat related: Welcome to Texas, Queensland (Australia)
- A friend, whom I shall now call the Toilet Slayer, broke my toilet seat. Since I needed to buy a new one, I bought one that was kid friendly that has a mini-seat attached to it.
- I know some Buick and the late Pontiac cars had a windshield display in which you could see your speed and other information on the windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. I wonder if integrating a smart phone with a car so texts can be read on the windshield next to the mph would be a smart idea and if it would help prevent accidents.
- WifeGeeding informed me that when the kids were at their grandparents there was a moment in which DaughterGeeding’s only place to go number-two was out in nature.
- Dallas will be getting a two story Alamo Drafthouse movie theater very close to downtown. The second story will have a beer and food lounge as well as outdoor patios. Gosh dogit, that sounds like a good idea. I’m not sure why, but I was surprised that that article provided a link to Google Maps.
- Taylor Swift wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal. I have a feeling there’s a ghost writer hiding somewhere.
- I bet the electric bill will run high and parking will stink - Dubai to build biggest mall on the planet, complete with theme park, theatres, five miles of covered streets and 100 hotels
- I usually try to avoid using “that that” in a sentence.
- John Cornyn aims to draw Vietnamese-Americans to GOP
- Buzzfeed - 16 Vines That Show You What It’s Really Like To Be An Astronaut
- Consumerist - The New York Times Offers Helpful Explanation Of What A Phone Booth Is
- Lifehacker - The Most Common Hidden Airline Fees, All In One List
- The Washington Post - The ‘perfect Aryan’ child used in Nazi propaganda was actually Jewish
- Vox - Colorado offered free birth control — and teen births fell by 40 percent
- Business Insider - This Company Saved A Lot Of Money By Tracking Their Employees With Fitbits
- MIT And Dropbox Alums Launch Inbox, A Next-Generation Email Platform To Take Down GMail
- Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely?
- This guy had to get his foot amputated and had a great attitude about it. Here’s a Reddit link that may answer any questions you have regarding the amputation.
- An interesting read of the daily schedules of Presidents 44, 43, and 42.
Kruger National Park – Lions Sands Game Drive. A pride of 18 lions kill two African buffalo, in haste to eat, a lion cub eats into a buffalo’s anus and get’s his head stuck!
- WifeGeeding and the kids have been gone for four days, so GeedingManor has been Frozen Song Singing, Crying, and Pee-Pee Accident free for four days. But gosh darn it, I miss ‘em.
- Jury duty didn’t even last 15-minutes as the trail was canceled, neither of the parties showed up, not even the lawyers. Heck, we didn’t even get our ten bucks, but we did get an early start to a three-day weekend, which basically made it a four-day weekend.
- I did catch a typo in the jury handbook. Those sort of things annoy me. Last week I got an alumni newsletter that had a typo in the third sentence.
- If you think I’m a hypocrite for being annoyed by typos when this blog is full or grammar, spelling, and typo errors, well, there’s a big difference between what I provide for free as a hobby and what people publish professionally.
- While watching the latest episode of ‘Rectify’ this line just kind of stood out, “Obesity is the only thing that is thriving in this economy.”
- The one major plot hole in ‘Games of Thrones’ that kills me in the first season is that no one, not even King Robert himself, was able to piece together that the prince wasn’t his son. I’d love to create a parody version in which the prince is black.
- I checked out the new Potato Flats at Trinity Groves. It’s basically Chiptole for flattened baked potatoes and sweet potatoes. It has some potential, but I was disappointed they didn’t have everything offered on the menu. I took a decent picture of Large Marge (the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge) and downtown Dallas from outside the place with my camera phone.
- I’ve got a friend that took his bike (the one without a motor) in to get fixed on Saturday so he could ride this weekend, but since they couldn’t get it back to him until Monday, he just bought another bike.
- I hear there’s a Chicken Express in Ellis County that prints Bible verses on their receipts.
- WifeGeeding’s FBI friend is visiting from D.C. Her husband is one of the many lawyers working on the AT&T and DirecTV merger. If I understand correctly, his firm directly bills the client for more than $100,000 daily.
- Over the weekend Twitter informed me of my sixth anniversary, I had no idea I’ve been doing it for over four years.
- Random Conspiracy Theory – Facebook was created by the NSA and people voluntarily give up their personal information.
- It can be a hairy situation – An Arizona State University professor gave extra credit to females who didn’t shave from the neck down and to males who did shave from the neck down.
- A lot of last night’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ focused upon the Cabbage Patch Kids craze and a hurricane that hit the DFW hard in 1983. I the hurricane had to be either Alicia, Barry, or Tico. It was probably Tico.
- Craig Miller of The TICKET completed a full Ironman.
- I’d like to buy a used smoker and try to smoke my own brisket and beef ribs, even though I really don’t have any idea of how to properly do such a thing.
Happy Fourth, Y’all!
- I hear it’s a thing to now consider any veterans suffering from PTSD when popping fireworks, at least according to Reddit. The thought of that never crossed my mind.
- My father never allowed me to pop fireworks for two reasons 1) it’s just money going up in smoke 2) too damn dangerous.
- When my father told me spending money on fireworks was just “money going up in smoke” I didn’t have to courage to ask him, “Why is it okay for you to smoke cigarettes?” Thankfully he quite when I was about in the second grade, but I do remember that thought going through my mind.
- I have municipal jury duty today, which is a first. The only other time I had jury duty was for Denton County about seven years ago. Of course, when I think of jury duty, I think of this 30 Rock bit.
- I’m really starting to get into ‘Game of Thrones’. What really helped was checking out some of the Wiki sites to get a better understanding of who was related to who and who understanding character relationships. But when you do that sort of thing, you gotta be careful or you’ll step into some spoilers, so I mainly stuck to the episode recaps.
- I usually fall asleep between 12:30-1:45 AM and wake at 7:00 AM.
- In high school when the English teacher asked us to do a fictional or creative writing assignment, I always used my classmates as characters, and most of the time the teacher would read it aloud or have me read it. Over time, I was expected to use my classmates as characters and the pressure to make it fun and creative became stressful.
- Here’s an article about former POW Sgt Bowe Bergdahl’s “reintegration process” into society. The process seems to protect the former POW and take things very, very slowly. It makes me want to research how POW’s from Vietnam, like John McCain, were “reintegrated”, if at all. I’m also curious to know what McCain thing about this process, not if he agrees with how we got him back or whether Bergdahl is any sort of traitor; but as a former POW himself, what does he think of this program of reintergration.
- A pretty cool baseball bat bench.
- A Ranking of Texas Whiskeys Under $40
- Omaha City Council unanimously OKs liquor license for shooting range
- Rolling Stone – Lone Star Crazy: How Right-Wing Extremists Took Over Texas
We’re making it easier to see how a particular cable channel or network is performing on PunditFact’s Truth-O-Meter.
Each of the news networks that we routinely follow — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC/MSNBC and CNN — now has a scorecard that breaks down that network’s performance on the Truth-O-Meter. The scorecard tallies each statement we fact-check on that network and groups the rulings by percentage.
What does that mean?
Right now, you can look at the NBC/MSNBC file and see how that network’s pundits and on-air talent stand. For instance, 46 percent of the claims made by NBC and MSNBC pundits and on-air personalities have been rated Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire.
The comparisons are interesting, but be cautious about using them to draw broad conclusions. We use our news judgment to pick the facts we’re going to check, so we certainly don’t fact-check everything. And we don’t fact-check the five network groups evenly. CBS, for instance, doesn’t have a cable network equivalent, so we haven’t fact-checked pundits and CBS personalities as much.
Our scorecards only include statements made on that network by a pundit or a host or paid staffer. That means they do not include statements made by elected leaders, candidates or party officials.
Also, if a Fox News host appears on NBC and makes a claim that we fact-check, that rating would appear on the NBC page. In this case, it’s about the network that aired the content, not the person who said it.
I’m surprised a place like this hasn’t opened in Texas, but more of a breastaraunt concept. Actually, I’m a bit disappointed that someone in Texas didn’t come up with this first, it’s like we aren’t living up to the stereotype. Dag nabit. I can totally picture folks like Ted Nugent holding a fundraiser in this place for Ted Cruz or Greg Abbott with this picture of Gov Perry on the wall.
The chances of a dine-and-dash happening has to be zero.
When waitress Ashlee Saenz takes your order at Shooters Grill in Rifle, she not only carries a pad and pen — she also packs a loaded Ruger .357 Blackhawk handgun holstered on her leg, Old West style.
It’s loaded and she knows how to use it.
Saenz and her co-workers, along with customers who come into Shooters, are encouraged by Shooters’ owners to pack heat in the restaurant, as allowed by Colorado law.
The restaurant also hosts concealed carry training — the $75 price tag includes dinner — that qualifies customers for Colorado and Utah permits.
In a nation torn in recent years by emotional Second Amendment debates, fueled in part by mass shootings, there’s no such controversy in this town of 9,200 that’s centered in ranch and natural gas country.
A sign on the front door of Shooters Grill reads, “Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”
Shooters owner Lauren Boebert of Rifle said she is simply allowing customers and employees to exercise their constitutional right.
“We encourage it, and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights,” Boebert said. “This country was founded on our freedom. People can come in carrying their gun, and they can pray over their food.”
“I consulted with my Christian friends and everyone said ‘Shooters’ sounded like a bar or a strip joint,” Lauren Boebert said with a laugh. “But I thought, this is Rifle — it was founded around guns and the Old West. We called it Shooters and started throwing guns and Jesus all over the place.”
You can find more info about them on their Facebook page. Somewhat surprisingly, their photo page is more full of pictures of their food than anything of the gun carrying variety.
This author should have at least invested in a ten dollar microphone, the sound quality of this video that promotes his book makes him come across as amateurish, when this former editor of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) Magazine is actually a somewhat accomplished author and speaker.
Has America changed God–that is the question that Matthew Paul Turner explores in his new book, Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-growing Deity.
Americans love God. We stamp God on our money, our bumper stickers, and our bodies. With a church on nearly every street, it’s hard to deny our country’s deep connection with the divine.
Yet culture critic Matthew Paul Turner says that God didn’t just change America-America changed God. As a result, do we even recognize the “real” God?
Whip-smart and provocative, Turner explores the United States’ vast influence on God, told through an amazing true history of faith, politics, and evangelical pyrotechnics.
From Puritans to Pentecostals, from progressives to mega-pastors, Turner examines how American history and ideals transformed our perception of God. Fearless and funny, this is the definitive guide to the American experience of the Almighty-a story so bizarre, incredible, and entertaining that it could only be made in the U.S.A.
No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this book will challenge and delight with its razor sharp wit, social commentary, and savvy historical insight. It will make you reconsider the way you think about America as a “Christian nation,” and help you re-imagine a better future for God and country.
Ultimately, Turner dares to ask: Does God control the future of America-or is it the other way around?
- What a bummer. It turns out the Belgium version of Side Show Bob and Prince Harry was just too much for the U.S. soccer team. The ride was fun while it lasted, and who would have thunk soccer would have captured the attention of so many fans. I’m proud of our team, and will now forever call one of my favorite breakfast items “Freedom Waffles”.
- AT&T Stadium had a much larger crowd than I expected, and it was cool seeing all the watch parties across the country. It’s great seeing American’s unified inn something for once. I wonder if the stadium, with free admission and parking, broke even or made money. On one hand they had to pay staff for the event like security and utilities probably increased, but on the other hand I’m sure concessions were open as well as the pro shop.
- I found it odd that the commenters starting to reference the American football movie Any Given Sunday during the broadcast.
- It was interesting to see the two head coaches of each team actually embrace each other in a hug during play, and I kind of liked how the American coach just wore a polo shirt and sneakers when most other coaches were in a suit.
- Tim Howard probably deserves his own post, if it wasn’t for him, we would have gotten bludgeoned:
- Per @ESPNStatsInfo - #BEL scored on its 31st shot of the day to go up 1-0 in extra time. #USA has 32 shots in the entire tournament up to this moment.
- Two great lines I read on Twitter about Howard: 1.) Tim Howard could have saved my parents’ marriage. 2.) I tried to follow Tim Howard on Twitter but he blocked me.
- The guy has lots of tats and a PETA supporter
- Tim Howard when he’s not on the field:
- Now that it’s July, I’m no longer an active deacon at my church as I’ve completed my three year commitment. Usually when I serve in such a position at a church I end up leaving shortly thereafter, but not this time. I’m left wondering if that’s maturity on my part or just how good the folks are at this church is, or both.
- One of the most dangerous and ridiculous professional wrestling moves I’ve ever seen.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars are bragging they now have a larger video board than the Cowboys and Texans. Hey, if there’s one thing Jerry’s got right, it’s putting that vidja-board over the field for all to see, which is much better than having to crane your neck left or right to an endzone, such in the case for Houston or Jacksonville. Advantage, Jerry. Gosh, I loath giving Jerry credit for something.
- Founding Father Alexander Hamilton founded the New York Post.
- Buzzfeed - 34 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Breaking Bad” – I’m not sure how many people actually looked at the URL, but it gave me a giggle. Usually with these Buzzfeed lists I know most of the stuff on them, but I was pleasantly surprised with what they dug up.
- Speaking of ‘Breaking Bad’ - Better Call Saul will take place before, during and after Breaking Bad
- Some folks may consider this real life Elsa and Anna a ‘Hey Now…’.
- First look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’
- If you know anything about topography, then you’d appreciate this table.
- Relentlessly farting dog rescued after being returned to shelter
- I could never see those images in those Magic Eye posters.