Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 8, 2016


  • An MD was kind enough to leave a comment yesterday. I always wondered if being called “Doc” is annoying to them, like the abbreviation and lack of use of the last name is disrespectful. Or when they hear they phrase, “What’s up doc?”, do they immediately think of Bugs Bunny or it’s so commonly used it doesn’t do a thing.
  • Timewaster – The Google allows you to play tic-tac-toe.
  • I knew every MLB ballpark had different field dimensions, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I learned not all home and visitor dugouts are on the same side. In case you are wondering, 18 clubs (including the Rangers) have their home dugouts on the first base side, 12 have their home dugouts on the third base side.
    • Random bit of dugout trivia – Historic Cardines Field, home of the Newport Gulls, uniquely features both dugouts on the first base side.
  • Times have changed – Playing on natural grass a rare luxury for Texas football teams
    • Synthetic field turf had been around for a decade and a half and now it’s everywhere. Among 6A and 5A programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, only Cleburne plays all its home games on grass. The Frisco schools use Toyota Stadium on a regular basis but their other two home sites have artificial turf.
  • There was a lot of talk yesterday about The Dallas Morning News endorsing Hillary Clinton, the first Democrat in 75 years and nearly 20 elections.
    • That made me wonder, why the heck wouldn’t they have endorsed LBJ, a product of the Lone Star State? Thanks to television critic Ed Bark, I learned it they decided to abstain in the 1964 LBJ and Goldwater race, and then it made sense. An endorsement of the home state boy who became president in your city only after the acting president was assassinated in your city would have been in bad taste and/or a conflict of interests.
    • The Star-Telegram’s Bud Kennedy provided an image of the Dallas Morning News’ last endorsement of a Democrat for president, I think.
    • I never understood why a newspaper would endorse a candidate considering the media is supposed to be unbiased.
  • Florida news – Woman seeking revenge on ex-boyfriend sets wrong car on fire
  • Recently spotted in a Florida Wal-Mart
  • California news – Woman sees her photo on funeral fund jars, but she’s not dead
    • If that happened to me, I’d like to know how much money was donated.
  • Spotted in South Carolina
  • There was a story on the ‘CBS Evening News’ (video) in which Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally was interviewed. In the segment, a picture of the retired United States Air Force Colonel as a pilot was shown, and I thought she was a Top Gun “Maverick” doppelganger.
  • How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart childrenA long-running investigation of exceptional children reveals what it takes to produce the scientists who will lead the twenty-first century.
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 8, 2016

  1. Triple Fake says:

    the twin towers of soda display is the height of tacky advertising.

    Your link to the AZ congresswoman goes to a story about a WWII vet. But your description of her as a Top Gun “Maverick” doppelganger seems to fit: she was the first American woman to fly in combat following the 1991 lifting of the prohibition of women in combat, flying the A-10 over Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Southern Watch. She is the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron (wiki)

    The amount of money raised in the fund jar scam is irrelevant, because they're donating to someone they don't know. The only value, so to speak, on the amount of money donated is based on the photo attached to the jar. If a donor recognized either the name or the photo on the jar, they would know one didn't match the other. And if people who know you donated, they must not know you very well to just assume you're dead without having heard about it somewhere else.

    • Geeding says:

      I'm known to link to incorrect stories, but that one is correct, which is a rarity. Congresswoman Martha McSally helped a woman get her grandmother's ashes interred at Arlington National Cemetery. The grandmother was one of the "Women Airforce Service Pilots, a group of female pilots who flew military planes in noncombat missions in order to free up male pilots for fighting." WASPs were considered civilians and denied the honor of being laid to rest at Arlington, even though they 38 WASPs died serving their country and served in a military capacity. Here's a written article about it, I just posted the CBS video since that's were I saw the picture:

      • Triple Fake says:

        my apologies; you are correct. I only saw the first bit of the clip and didn't realize she was a part of the story. That's the kind of politician we need to run for higher office, instead of what we're stuck with now!

  2. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Re: Newspaper endorsements… heard on the Ticket this AM; during the primaries there were 80 major papers who endorsed Kascik, 40 who endorsed Rubio, and 4 who endorsed Trump. The most prestigious of those four was the National Enquirer. Two others were also tabloids.


  3. Ben W. says:

    Re: newspaper endorsements – while newspapers are presumed to be unbiased in their actual reporting, the personal opinions of the editors have long been voiced on the op-ed page, which is where you'll find candidate endorsements. Typically you'll see endorsements for candidates that the editor(s) feel best represent the needs of the community that the paper services. At one point they were important and sought after, though now I'm doubtful that many voters are swayed by endorsements. But before the internet and talk radio, op-ed pages were a critical outlet for editors and the general public to voice opinions and discuss issues.

    Now, in reality, we know that newspapers can have a slant even in their actual reporting. But that's another story…

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