Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 18, 2016


  • I didn’t have any interest in listening to the retirement press conference of Dallas Star Brenden Morrow, but listening to him speak was touching. One thing that stood out was thanking all the people behind the scenes that set stuff up do he could play a game. I always found it fascinating how he married a teammate’s daughter. I know that former NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin coached his son-in-law, but this is a different dynamic.
  • Political junkies will remember the name Lee Water. It wasn’t until reading this article that I learned he apologized to Dukakis for the “naked cruelty” he displayed in the 1988 campaign.
  • Arm-Chair Political Strategist – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is denying confirmation hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. I get that he wants the party to appear strong and united against Obama, but I think this approach is too much of a gamble and going to backfire in the long run because they are going to be viewed as obstructionists and can harm a future Republican president if he or she is placed in the same situation. McConnell has stated the Democrats started the SCOTUS war back in 2006 by attempting to filibuster Samuel Alito’s nomination, and Republicans are citing that Joe Biden argued for delaying a Supreme Court nomination due to the election season back in 1992. I’d suggest to McConnell and the GOP to use this ammo in a different way. At every opportunity state these two things over and over again, to the point of ad nauseam, then state that despite the immaturity and flip-flop nature of the Democrats and their unwillingness to work together for the good of the American people, he and his party are above petty politics because the American people elected them to get things done. But behind closed doors, make sure all Republican members of the Judiciary Committee are on the same page and vote down every nomination. This way he and the party appear strong and united and don’t appear as constitutional obstructionists and get the same result, keeping the Supreme Court vacancy open until after the election.
  • I remember when Obama was the president-elect and there was a lot of talk of what he should be saying in regards to the economy and Syria, and he stated, “The United States has only one government and one president at a time, and until January 20th of next year, that government is the current administration.” That statement always stuck with me and has come to mind since this SCOTUS nomination fight. It showed respect for the outgoing administration and displayed stability in our form of government.
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • Texas Agriculture Commissioner news – Less than a month after taking office, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller flew to Oklahoma City with a top aide, billing the taxpayers at least $1,120 for flights and a rental car, budget records show. – I found this part quite interesting – “Miller, a former rodeo cowboy who suffers from chronic pain, told the Houston Chronicle earlier this year he has received the “Jesus Shot,” a controversial but legal medication administered only by a single Oklahoma City-area doctor who claims that it takes away all pain for life.”
  • FiveThirtyEight – John Goodman Is America’s Greatest Supporting Actor
  • Tyler man says he found fossils from Noah’s flood – One East Texas man believes he found fossils from Noah’s flood and a self-proclaimed fossil expert says he’s right. – I got a kick out of how the article ended – For the record, KYTX has not independently verified if the rocks are, in fact, historic.
  • This quote is mistakenly attributed to C.S. Lewis but I like it anyways, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.
  • That quote also makes me think of the adage, “The days are long but the years are short.
  • Do it to do it, not to have done it.
  • Scans of King Tut’s Tomb Reveal New Evidence of Hidden Rooms – Radar scans on those walls have revealed not only the presence of hidden chambers, but also unidentified objects that lie within these rooms. These objects, Eldamaty said, seem to be composed of both metal and organic materials.
  • That Time An SR-71 Made An Emergency Landing In Norway After Spying On The Soviets
  • Several years ago the NCAA changed things up with March Madness by making all the basketball courts look the same, which I thought was a big mistake. The venue used to use their own court and you could easily tell one location from another. Then they made all the courts look the same with the exception of the host city name on the corner of the baseline, which was hard to see and you couldn’t easily tell what city or region the game was on. This year, I’ve noticed they finally took my suggestion of keeping all the courts the same but have some of the outside border a different color. Now it’s easy to tell the regions apart. Sure, there’s the “Info” button on the remote, but sometimes you don’t have that option when you are at a sports bar and looking for a certain team that’s playing in a certain region.
  • I’m sure Little Rock and Yale ruined many a bracket yesterday.
  • Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Museum in a New York Sanitation Garage
  • Back in 2014, I mentioned how CBS News has a lot of women serving as war correspondents. Elle magazine now has an article about it – For The Women War Correspondents At CBS News, The Office Is A BattlefieldThere are no glass ceilings in a bunker. – It’s a darn shame Clarissa Ward is no longer a part of the network, her work is exceptional.
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11 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 18, 2016

  1. RPM says:

    Man that Ag Commissioner story burns me up. Wave the "conservative" flag to get elected then as soon as he's in office starts bilking the taxpayers. I'll bet the farm not a thing happens to him for it, either.

    On the other hand the SR-71 story was pretty darn cool.

    • Ben W. says:

      I join you in being angry over the Ag Commissioner. This is the same guy who posted a meme on his Facebook page advocating nuking the "Muslim world" and refused to offer any form of apology. And, per the article posted here, has hiked up fees on the state's farmers & ranchers, hired a bunch of his buddies, and given out more bonuses in less than a year than his predecessor did in 2.5 years. Small-government Republican, or Texas politics as usual?

      • RPM says:

        Did some research and found out a little more about our "conservative" Ag Commissioner.

        While other officeholders squirreled away cash, Miller outfitted his new office with stuffed sheep and hairy Western furniture. When the Dallas Morning News inquired about the purchase last July, campaign spokesman Todd Smith said the commissioner believed that the bland office failed to evoke the ag department’s special character. “I hate to say this,” Smith said, “but when Commissioner Miller got there, it looked like the Texas Department of Insurance rather than the Texas Department of Agriculture.”

        With a little spit-shine and $55,000 worth of furniture and decor, today it looks more like the set of a John Wayne movie directed by Lars von Trier, an ornate tableau of expired wildlife lurking in every corner. Chairs assembled from hides and horns dare visitors to try to relax. Deer and hog heads on the walls keep a watchful, glassy eye. There really is a life-size cutout of John Wayne in the back of the room.

        Miller also paid for certain lifestyle perks from his campaign account — no luxury rental car or extravagant apartment, just a rich assortment of day-to-day expenses, including $10,000 on dining out. That’s a lot, but it’s not unheard of. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick spent as much on a single lunch. What sets Miller apart is the frequency with which he dipped into his account, especially in a year when he wasn’t even running. Campaign donors covered the tab for 129 of his meals in 2015, some fairly fancy ($1,800 on meals at the Austin Club), others less so ($20-a-plate engagements at Big Eddie’s Eatery, Luby’s and Poor Boy Lloyd’s). In one week in March, his account covered 10 meals, many of them in Austin.

        What really burns me up is this guy will get re elected in a landslide because he campaigns as a "God fearing Christian conservative". Idiocracy in action.

  2. Jason Truitt says:

    If only Democrats had a monopoly on flip flopping…

    Sid Miller is as bad a crook as we have in office right now. And that’s in a world where Ken Paxton exists.

  3. Ben W. says:

    The SR-71 is such an amazing aircraft. And I never tire of hearing stories from its pilots.

    That trash museum is fascinating. One man's trash truly is another man's treasure, I suppose.

    Suggested headline improvement for the fossil finder: Biblical Literalism Leaves Local Man Misguided

    I think your suggestions regarding the SCOTUS nomination would be better for the GOP to follow than their current strategy of blatant obstructionism for the sake of obstructionism. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, and how the voters respond. It will also be interesting to see who Pres. Trump will nominate…

  4. John Mackovic says:

    – I bet the Brendan Morrow dynamic was a little less tense the Delonte West-LeBron James relationship.

    – Greatest supporting actor of all time -> Samuel L Jackson

    • Ben W. says:

      If we're going by money, why not go with Peter Mayhew? By that chart, put him in your film and you're going to average $474M.

      • Brent says:

        When it comes to supporting actors, it's hard to best John Cazale. Five feature films (six if you count posthumous footage in Godfather III), all nominated for best picture (3 won). Pretty good resume.

  5. Mott says:

    For the 'Murica' posts, are you trying to make fun of those in the pictures or you/me/us/America? I think you are going for the former, but getting the latter.
    Reddit sure has a lot of material, that is easy to recycle.
    FYI, it's Lee Atwater

    • Geeding says:

      I'm not trying to make fun anyone, it's just stuff that makes me chuckle that's related to patriotism, mostly found on one of the Reddit subreddits I subscribe to.

      I've made no secret I grab a lot of material from Reddit, I tailor what I find from there and other places to fit the "personality" of this blog.

      And you're right, it's Lee Atwater as the article states, it was a typo on my part.

  6. Drama says:

    "Arm-Chair Political Strategist – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is denying confirmation hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee…"

    There are a score of senators up for re-election this year. Should they be voting in the Senate this year if they may, in fact, be in the last year of their term in office?. Should they suspend their voting until we, the people, determine if a candidate from another party will fill their seats? The McConnell Rule: no member of congress who is up for reelection should take part in voting on new legislation until after the election.

    "Reddit sure has a lot of material, that is easy to recycle. "

    I appreciate the service BON offers me in reviewing countless websites and then providing me the content that I want to see. It saves me a lot of time and is tailored to what I want to see. Good work! That is why I continue to subscribe to the website. Oh snap, I forgot, it's free and I visit here because I like what I see.

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