Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • A friendly neighbor called me close to 10:00 PM to tell me a stranger has been pacing in front of GeedingManor for more than two hours. But more important to me, he told he his wife’s cancer returned and I could tell he needed to talk. She’s out of state on business and called him with the news.
  • I wonder what kind of security measures or screening goes on across the pond, at least compared to what we do in the U.S.
  • The morning show on The TICKET had former President George W. Bush as a guest yesterday. I know the man is laid back and many have commented about how down to Earth he is, but I was surprised at how loquacious he was in the sense the hosts didn’t really need to ask any questions, he just went from one story and one thought to another without really being prompted. It was funny hearing him mention Bono and the Dalai Lama in the same sentence, hearing him playfully goof up Bono’s name, and referring to the other simply as “Dalai”. Bush stated he wouldn’t be at the concert and one of the hosts playfully invited him stating he had an extra ticket, and he replied he’d just call up Bono if he wanted to go.
  • Bush also eloquently stated (seriously) how presidential candidates, including himself, will state positions during a campaign and then due to current events will have to change course. As an armchair political pundit, things would have gone a lot more smoothly if his administration communicated the same thing. But hey, hindsight is 20/20. And one more thing, he said that presidential candidates don’t get the gravity or understand the perspective of things until they actually become president and will often find themselves going back on campaign rhetoric. That’s a pretty common assertion, but as the son of a president, I would have thought he’d have a better expectation than others. But then again, most folks, no matter how well coached or counseled, don’t “get it” until they actually experience things themselves. It’s like the great philosopher Michael Gerard Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
  • Final thought on the Notre Dame graduates walking out on Vice President Pence – I liken it to people who get bad restaurant waitstaff service and leaving a penny as a tip. They want to show they aren’t too cheap to tip but also want to send a message they were upset. I’m not defending or justifying either action, I just think they are related or similar.
  • Per Peter King’s MMQB, it sounds like the NFL is going to lighten up on touchdown celebrations. The league should have never penalized any celebrating to begin with.
  • The first step in getting a customized football helmet, which will set you back $1,750.
  • Texas Monthly ranks Cattleack as Dallas’ best barbecue joint; Pecan Lodge slips
    • I like that I was able to “discover” Cattleack before “everyone else”. The owner is a real salt of the earth kind of guy and it’s neat following them on Twitter since he posts about this cooking experiments. His wife, who runs the register, is as tenderhearted as they come, and she’ll give you a free beer as you wait in line. But I’d like to know their backstory. The location is horrible and they used to only be open on Thursdays, so I’m curious to know what they do for income being open for only two days a week. Now they will sometimes open on Saturdays and thankfully expanded their space.
  • The first photo has me totally stoked for the season – ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Exclusive New Photos
  • A history of the Old Spice bottle
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  1. RPM says:

    I felt like Navin Johnson when TM released​ the list.
    The new phonebooks are here! The new phonebooks are here!

  2. Liz says:

    Pence believes that gay teenagers should have electroshock therapy, so the walk out during his speech was a nice way to protest vs. what he deserves.

    • Micah says:

      I'm in no way trying to defend Pence, but i'm not sure your statement is completely accurate. Based on the data Snopes has gathered, it seems like a stretch to say "Pence believes that gay teenagers should have electroshock therapy". For more details, check out the snopes info at….

      • Liz says:

        Try again:

        When Pence advocates for parents to have the ability to use whatever means necessary to "address" the gayness of their children, that includes elctroshock therapy. If you read the NYT article, it also means the use of other therapies that are even more heinous. Pence should not be invited to speak in an honorary fashion. What he and the Republicans advocate for is horrible. Maybe this is why the US is not allowing gay refugees to come from Chechnya: Those in power feel that what is happening there is the correct response.

        • Micah says:

          umm, okay…i'll try again. I read the NYT article and it seems to support my position that your original assertion, "Pence believes that gay teenagers should have electroshock therapy", is a stretch. Maybe it's just hyperbole, but i don't see how after reading the NYT article you can draw that conclusion. From what i gather, the statement on Pence's website that has been interpreted as supportive of conversion therapy is as follows:

          Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.

          He makes no statements about shocking teenagers. Supposing he does support conversion therapy there is not enough information to draw conclusions about which methods he does and doesn't agree with (which you have done). On top of all of this, the only comments he's actually made on the topic are to deny that he supports conversion therapy (as a response to speculation about the above referenced statement on his website).

          It also appears that you're conflating Pence and the Republican Party Platform when you say "Pence advocates for parent to have the ability to use whatever means necessary to address the gayness of their children…". I can't find anywhere in the link you provided Pence advocating for this. The closest i find is a reference to the Republican Party Platform focused on the sentence that reads "We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children." Additionally, i might be missing something but based on the words in this platform document, It seems like a stretch to suggest that this is specifically referencing conversion therapy (never mind that these aren't Pence's words).

          I'm not a fan of Pence or conversion therapy, but i just can't find evidence that supports some of the statements you've made. Help me understand if i'm missing something.

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