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Monday Morning Update

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/20 6:35:51 (2514 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowWell, another weekend has come and gone, and here I sit wondering where it went. Friday night was the Lewisville High School Hey Day event at LHS stadium. I can't really estimate the crowd with any accuracy, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were 1,000 people there. They had a lot of booths with community organizations, local businesses, student groups, and feeder schools. We got there around 6, and hung out for awhile, but left before most of the ceremonies got under way. The kids got bored, and we all knew that there was a plate of snow crabs waiting for us at Tierney's.

Saturday was a fun day of shooting down at Elm Fork range; a buddy borrowed an AR-15, and I took my SKS, and we burned up a couple hundred rounds. I'm really coveting the AR, and that's probably somewhat due to nostalgia, since that's basically what we used in the Corps.

Sunday morning, we shot video of men's roller derby action in Denton: Denton County Outlaws versus Twin City Terrors. It was a very exciting game with one of the biggest comebacks I've ever seen. Men's derby is the same game as women's derby, but seems to be played quite differently. It's less about grace and speed than it is about power and agility. I'll get that posted soon; I'm just a little behind in processing video. I've got video from the August 6th LISD workshop uploading now as I type this.

Lewisville Lake is currently at 518.53 feet elevation - about 3 1/2 feet low, and 84% full. Corps of Engineers records show that the rainfall we had over the weekend barely registered. I was a little surprised by that.

Erin Floyd is a storm-chasing photographer in Lewisville who has graciously offered to join us and provide periodic weather updates. She posted her first one tonight. We're glad to have her.

Yes, I'm fully aware that this is a double-standard, but where the heck were teachers like this when I was in high school? I know it's wrong, but I would have gotten over it. Anyhow, she was convicted and got 5 years prison over it. To me, that seems excessive, and based more on a moral judgement of her conduct than of its impact on others - which is what should be the basis of our laws. If it had been up to me, she would have lost her job, her teaching certificate, and been ordered to do community service and serve a few years probation.

Man walks around the neighborhood in a thong.

LISD Board Meeting Recap

The Denton County Bass club planted some native aquatic plants along the shoreline of Lewisville Lake.

Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell and LISD Board President Carol Kyer have been appointed to the board of United Way of Denton County.

Here's a GOP Rep who says that women who are victims of "legitimate" rape can't get pregnant. The willful ignorance and anti-intellectualism of some Republican members of Congress is stunning.

Our Land Commissioner and Texas Republican Jerry Patterson has aspirations for higher office and is playing political games with Texas children. The announced candidate for Lt. Governor voted last week to withhold $300 million that Texas voters demanded go to Texas public schools. Patterson, the Chairman of the 3-person School Land Board that made the decision to keep the money in an account his office controls, even though voters approved a constitutional amendment to send that $300 million to our kid's classrooms last November. Tell Jerry Patterson to obey the voters' will, and release $300 million to fund public education.


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