Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 11, 2016


  • Sorry folks, I did the old AM/PM thing when scheduling this post.
  • I think Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown have performed admirable and said exceptional things to the media. The humility and grace they’ve displayed come in marked contrast to the political posturing elsewhere. I also thought Gov Abbott was respectful and dignified.
  • CNN had a great article on Cheif Brown’s career.
  • I’m surprised, in a good way, FBC Dallas’ Robert Jeffress or John Wiley Price haven’t found a way to garner any of the spotlight over the weekend. But our Lieutenant Governer is another story.
  • I’m also a bit surprised there isn’t a popular hashtag or slogan that has popped up. Boston had #BostonStrong. I’m not saying I think there should be one or I’d like one, I’m just surprised in the world we live in something hasn’t popped up. EDIT: I saw something about a Dallas Stong event. Double EDIT: The Dallas Morning News has a meme generator – #MyDallasIs
  • I guess one can compare any decade to another, but this weekend I felt we were reliving the Sixties. Random comparisons off the top of my head –  First black Supreme Court Justice – first black U.S. President; UT Sniper – Sandy Hook or the sniper in Dallas this weekend; bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham – Charleston church shooting; Mississippi civil rights workers’ murders – police shootings; LBJ’s war on poverty – Obamacare; Vietnam War – War on Terror; tensions with Russia; hippies – hipsters; the popularity of marijuana; NASA reaching new frontiers.
  • A lot of folks were surprised the Dallas Police Department used a bomb attached to a robot to kill the suspect. Somewhat related, Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram tweeted a link to an article about the Philadelphia police dropping a bomb from a helicopter on a house to end an armed standoff 31-years ago.
    • After nine days of deliberations, the jury said the city used excessive force and violated Move’s constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure when the authorities dropped a bomb from a state police helicopter onto the group’s fortified row house in the West Philadelphia section on May 13, 1985. The bomb ignited the fire, which destroyed 62 row houses in a black working-class neighborhood of schoolteachers, merchants, ministers and police officers.
  • We gave LeafGeeding a good little range test on Sunday. We drove from Lewisville to our church in Irving, and then to Hutchin’s BBQ in Frisco by way of LBJ and the tollway, and then back home taking Preston to Sam Rayburn (121). Nissan’s website allows us to see our driving stats, and it said we drove 60 miles. We made it home with the range gauge saying we still had 23 more miles to drive until empty. I’ve noticed highway driving and maxing out the AC will decrease the range rapidly, but I really didn’t hold back on this test.
  • The grounds of GeedingManor had some storm damage over the weekend. Yesterday I busted out the chainsaw and felt like George W. Bush clearing brush at the Crawford ranch. Seriously, it felt good to be outside and work up a good sweat, like I was doing something manly. I can totally see why he did that sort of thing when out of Washington, but I wonder if he still does that sort of thing.
  • D-Magazine has ranked Neighborhood Services as the best restaurant in Dallas and their burger is also ranked one of the best. We decided to give their burger a trying on Saturday. It was one solid burger, but it was so big you couldn’t get a good bite. It’s important for me to to get all bun, bread, and everything else in my mouth. I also found it too juicy, which is normally a good thing, but with the size and all the juice, it was just one sloppy experience. And before any of you comment, get your mind out of the gutter.
    • But I did think their Addison location has some cool Texan and patriotic decor
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  • It’s 7/11 which usually means you can get free Slurpees at 7-Eleven.
  • The pop-culture fad of the summer of 2016 will be remembered for Pokémon Go. It’s everywhere. But this meme is relevant to me.
  • Last night on ABC a revised version of the old game show ‘Match Game’ aired with host Alec Baldwin. It’s hard watching Baldwin as a television host because I kept thinking it was an SNL bit. I do thoroughly enjoy his podcast though.
  • If you are a fan of the show, this is a clever piece of marketing – Mr. Robot season premiere ‘leaked’ on social media by show’s creators
  • Weatherford news – Texas Inmates Break Free from Cell to Help Jailer Who Suffered Heart Attack
  • WWII veteran reunited with dog tags lost on Italian beach 70+ years ago

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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, July 11, 2016

  1. Ben W. says:

    Agreed re: the tone of both the mayor and police chief. And I'm no fan of the governor, but acknowledge and admire his appearance on Friday after experiencing what is purportedly a pretty severe injury on Thursday.

    The use of the bomb robot is such a tangled question. I just wish our other Constitutional rights (e.g., 5th Amendment's due process) were as passionately discussed and debated among the public as the 2nd Amendment is. I'm not saying the use of force wasn't justified in this instance – but what a can of worms it opens up.

    You're not alone in your thoughts about the 60s – my wife and I had the same discussion this weekend.

    After two (maybe three?) weeks, I'd say Match Game has mostly been hit or miss, depending on the panel. There have been some really funny moments, but you have to find innuendo funny.

    Is Mike Rawlings a baby boomer who is actually willing to take some generational responsibility? Fascinating.

    • John Mackovic says:

      Good point, the people who would love to take away our 2nd Amendment rights aren't exactly big fans of the 4th or 5th Amendments. That was clearly evident with the whole "Lets take guns away from people on the secret do not fly list" discussion a couple of weeks ago.

  2. AndreaJN says:

    We saw the new Match Game and didn’t care for it. Among other problems, Alec Baldwin is no Gene Rayburn.

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