Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 12, 2016


  • I miss big time college football games being called by Keith Jackson or Brent Musburger.
  • I like the presentation of colors during last night’s College Football Playoff National Championship. The drumming was done with one drummer from each team’s band. It was a cool message, yes this is competition, but we are one nation.
  • @darrenrovellBama’s strength coach made $420,000 this year, Clemson’s made $245,000 – The highest paid strength coach in college is Iowa’s who earns $515,000. As for the top ten, an Oklahoma State and University of Texas coach make the list.
  • @darrenrovell – Nike bonuses for winning title: Clemson: $25,000 Alabama: $100,000
  • My first and only job in retail was at the now defunct Coach House Gifts in the Mall of Abilene. My manager was a huge fan of David Bowie, and I thought of her immediately when I learned of his death. She was a fan of ‘The Addams Family’, even naming her child Wednesday and used a modified child coffin as a baby crib. She later left Coach House Gifts to manage Victoria’s Secret where she tried to recruit me to be a stock boy and even offered a raise, but good ol’ BaptistGeeding just couldn’t do it, I feared the girls on the HSU campus would think I was a perv. Maybe I was, but I didn’t want them to think that, and my dating scene was already hurting pretty bad in the first place.
  • I recently bought one of those telescoping electric chainsaws to trim the trees. The box it came in was too big to fit in the recycling bin, but instead of cutting it up with a knife, I used my new electric chainsaw pole to cut it in pieces to fit in the bin.
  • I’m slowly becoming Mr. Mom. I the one in the family that cleans the bathrooms and does the laundry, and I also do my fair share of the cooking and the dishes. Yesterday I sewed a pair of WifeGeeding’s pants together where the split in the seam. And until now, I can’t believe I haven’t joked with her one bit that her rear was expanding.
  • I’m surprised the Texas Lottery is still around with conservatives solidly in control of the state government as long as they’ve been. They often claim it’s like a tax on the poor, immoral, and funds aren’t really going where they need to be going. At least, that’s what I hear.
  • If I ever won the lottery, I’d do whatever I could in my power to not let a soul know about it. If I were required to be in a press conference, I’d disguise myself to the best of my ability, change my voice, and speak with an accent. If I couldn’t wear a Chewbacca costume to the press conference, I’m going drag to the Nth degree.
  • I usually don’t post any newspaper opinion pieces, but one of Ted Cruz’s former law professors wrote about Cruz’s view of “original meaning” and “living Constitution” interpretations and how it applies to a “natural born citizen”. It’s always been my view, in order to be eligible for president, one would need to be born on U.S. soil. I would prefer that would include children born on a U.S. military base located in another country, but I recently found out they aren’t considered U.S. soil (see ‘Citizenship’) due to extraterritoriality. Basically, the country hosting the base agrees their laws don’t apply on the base, but the base is still on their land. Personally, I don’t like it. It doesn’t seem fair for someone serving their country to have their child disqualified because of their deployment or assignment. We’re still a young country, but this stuff should be clearly defined without any ambiguity for the highest office in the land. If John McCain (born at Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone) or Barry Goldwater (born in the Arizona Territory which would then become a state) would have won, perhaps it could have all been settled.
  • Random tidbit from Peter King’s MMQB – The Bengals last won a playoff game in 1990. Here’s how long ago that was: The playoff win was over the Houston Oilers. The next week, in Los Angeles, Bo Jackson suffered a hip injury that ended his football career and led to the end of his athletic career.
  • Cowboys Club in Frisco starts selling memberships to public
    • Membership includes access to the Cowboys Fit club, where the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will train.
    • A family membership costs a one-time fee of $4,500 plus $350 per month.
    • The club has views from a terrace overlooking the team’s outdoor fields so members can watch practices. The opposite side offers views at the 50-yard line of the indoor stadium.
    • The club also offers multiple dining options, private and corporate meeting space, a private rooftop swimming pool and billiards tables.
    • The total number of memberships will be limited to 700 to 800.
  • ‘Sherlock’ beats ‘Star Wars’ at South Korean box office
  • The Daily Caller – Five Times Kids Defended Themselves From Crooks Using Guns 
  • Texas falls to 43 in national education ranking – Texas is now ranked 43rd in the nation, falling from 39th last year in the annual “Quality Counts” report from national education publication Education Week.
  • Bloomberg – This Football Helmet Crumples—and That’s Good
  • All The Money In The World, In A Single Chart – A recent chart from The Money Project attempts to visualize all of the money in the world, from Bitcoin to the mind-bogglingly massive derivatives market, and compares them by size. Each small square on the chart represents $100 billion.
  • The new trailer for the next season of Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ is intense and I wouldn’t watch it at work.
  • Imgur – How to scare the crap out of your neighbors‏
  • Imgur – The inside of a fire alarm is just a simple switch.
  • The Verge – You can now play Jeopardy with your Amazon Echo speaker
  • The Verge – Watch the first minute of the X-Files revival (article) – (actual video)
  • Language warning – YouTube – Foo Fighters – Under Pressure
  • Buzzfeed – This Story Of David Bowie Blasting MTV For Not Playing Black Artists Is Going Viral
  • Reports: North Texas-raised model Jerry Hall is engaged to media mogul Rupert Murdoch
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11 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  1. John Mackovic says:

    – It's simple, Ted Cruz is eligible because he was born a U.S. citizen, and never needed to be "naturalized."

    – I agree about the lottery, it's a tax on people who don't know math.

    – I remember that Houston Oilers loss, I was a big fan back then. (when the Cowboys were still terrible)

    – Your old manager sounds like a wierdo.

    • Geeding says:

      I can't agree with your assertion that "it's simple" since "naturalized" was never clearly defined in the Constitution and scholars and experts still debate the meaning. Though I will concede many of them believe a person born of a U.S. citizen qualifies. I believe Cruz is a U.S. citizen by birth, but his place of birth makes him ineligible. But since there is debate and we know this situation will definitely happen again in the future, it needs to be settled.

      • John Mackovic says:

        The writers of the constitution stated that Congress had responsibility for defining what "natural born citizen" means through immigration laws. (See Article 1, Section 8) According to immigration law at the time of his birth, he's a United States citizen, and the location of his birth is irrelevant.

        • Geeding says:

          I do appreciate you taking the time to comment and let me see your perspective, and I've really enjoyed researching Article 1, Section 8, it's been a while since I read it. That lead me down an Internet wormhole where I found all sorts of information about the Citizenship Clause, United States v. Wong Kim Ark, and a lot of related stuff. I'm more informed, so thanks for giving me the motivation. However, I still side with the opening paragraph in the original link I provided which was written by a Harvard constitutional law professor who provided a source on why the issue is unsettled. He may be wrong and you are sure to disagree with him, but it works for me. I don't want to bog you down with links or explanations (other than the original one I posted which started the conversation), and my intent isn't to change your mind (I know that ain't gonna happen) or say you are wrong. I just disagree.

          • John Mackovic says:

            Thanks for the response. It's just my interpretation. I'd actually prefer that the "natural born" part wouldn't be in there at all, and that any citizen above the age of 35 should be eligible.

            • Geeding says:

              Because I appreciate your thoughts, here's a question. Knowing what you know now, and you had the ability to go back in time and help frame the Constitution, what two things would you want to tell the framers to consider or further detail/explain?

              • John Mackovic says:

                Great question! Only two? 🙂

                – I think it goes without saying that would have been a good thing to include some pretty important stuff that was later fixed via amendment – outlawing slavery, women's suffrage, presidential succession…

                – Maybe a a "We really mean it" clause to the 10th amendment so we wouldn't have the terrible consequences of the Wickard v. Filburn ruling.

  2. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    I'm a middle-leaning conservative. And I don't view the lottery as any kind of tax. No conservatives I know of care about any kind of gambling. I think is dying away with the previous generation. Kind of like "Dry" towns. My hometime was proudly "dry" for many decades. It voted itself "wet" several years ago. All the grocery, "dollar" and convenience stores sell beer and wine and we have 3 Liquor Stores. And no one cares.

    Re:Keith Jackson – I just watched the 30 for 30: Trojan War. It was great. Keith Jackson was on for several scenes and I enjoyed hearing him, but got a bit sad seeing how he has aged. He's good people. BONUS POINTS: I forgot how much I thought Carroll was a chump for bailing on USC like he did. EXTRA BONUS POINTS: I still get all warm and happy watching VY score the final TD. Hook'Em.

  3. Bryan says:

    So, if you're Dan Snyder, is the $4500 start up fee and $350 a month good money spent if you put a scout in that fitness club every day and it gives you a much better chance at 2 easier wins a year?

  4. Jason says:

    Back when the Constitution was written, they wanted someone actually born a citizen–there were a lot of recent imports. Law had to develop as to what the phrase meant for a citizen born outside the US, and it just hasn't been developed fully.

    That being said, I don't really care. Cruz is not nationally electable.

    However, it drives me a little nutty that the GOP has had three candidates that were born overseas to US citizens (AuH20, McCain, and Cruz), and Cruz to one citizen parent, but when there was a shot at excluding Obama who was the son of a citizen, and therefore a natural born citizen regardless of where he was born under the same argument now used by Cruz, the response was OMG SHOW ME THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!!!!!!! And we had years of birther BS.

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