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Wednesday Night Update - Post Icepocalypse Edition

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2013/12/12 3:40:14 (3710 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowI suppose this post will probably be the last of the Icepocalypse posts (for now). We may end up with Icemageddon around Christmas time, but we will see.

Lewisville Lake is currently at 513.77 feet, and has risen has risen 2.4 inches since the Icepocalypse began. As the ice continues to melt, we're hoping to see it increase even more. We're still about 8 feet, 3 inches below conservation pool.

Speaking of the lake, new rules just took effect to fight zebra mussels. All boats must be trained, and live fish cannot be transported outside of the lake.

The name of the victim in the fatal truck crash off the Lewisville Lake Bridge last week has been released. It was 21 year-old Kayla Gawalek, a graduate of Lewisville High School and current student at NCTC who was on her way to work in Denton.

A National Guard unit from Lewisville helped stranded motorists during the storm. By the way, LTJ says big thanks to all the first responders and troops who helped out.

Newt Gingrich remembers Nelson Mandela - and took some heat for it, but fired back. Unfortunately, many on the far right have bought into some propaganda that Republicans should view Mandela as a terrorist or communist, or whatever “ist” they’re hating this week. Mandela fought for his people, who were oppressed under the brutal regime of apartheid. Just as our country fought the British, and our founders might have been called terrorists, Mandela did what he had to do, and in the grand scheme of things, it was justified. What made him the hero was that he was the bigger man, and pushed for reconciliation, rather than retribution. It’s too bad that Ronald Reagan was on the wrong side of that.

There have been more earthquakes. A 4.5 - 4.8 magnitude in Oklahoma Saturday, and a 3.6 near Azle on Sunday, and a 3.7 magnitude on Monday. I’d just about bet a paycheck that injection wells have something to do with it. Of course, just like the tobacco industry did for decades, they’ll ensure we’re good and fracked before the science catches up and is able to conclusively prove it.

Speaking of “fracked”: Here is some new video of the blowout at the Eagleridge wells in Denton.

Bakery Boss on TLC did a show on Kristi's G's cupcakes in Vista Ridge Mall. Here is a preview.

I have never been able to understand why some people lie about who they are, and try to claim military service and recognition they never earned. But it seems to be a pretty common con, and almost a go-to tactic for pathological liars. Chrissy Axtman spun a pretty sorry tall tale.

Bill Moyers: The criminalization of everyday life.

The Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Salinas v. Texas, and it has chilling effects on our fifth amendment rights.

The State of Texas gained its first statewide elected Democrat this week with the defection of Judge Lawrence Meyers, who sits on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He is running for Texas Supreme Court, which is the highest state court for civil cases in Texas.

Via LLELA: Would you and your family like to celebrate Christmas as they did in the late 1800s? Join us for a Homestead Christmas on Saturday, December 21 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a tour of the historic Minor-Porter Log House, make a corn husk doll or an ornament to take home to your own Christmas tree, create a hand-dipped candle, make gingerbread in the Dutch oven and churn butter to put on it, enjoy music and snacks, and more. Visitors are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and join in at their own pace. There is no additional fee for this activity beyond regular admission to LLELA ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free). Musicians with appropriate acoustic instruments get in free to participate in a holiday jam session at the cabin—please contact or 972-219-3930 to participate.

Of the 20 biggest high schools in Texas, Lewisville High School is #16.

First Med EMS service, a private emergency medical transport service operating in 6 states suddenly shut down service last week. Reading things like this makes me so proud that in Lewisville, we own our EMS and operate it with the Fire Department. Some of these cities are screwed. Can you imagine putting your trust in a private company that may or may not be there tomorrow, and has no accountability to the citizens? I consider my tax dollars for Lewisville Fire Department to be well spent!

Tom Thumb Gas stations began offering a “cash discount” for gas, which they say doesn’t violate the prohibition on credit surcharges. Since there are only two ways to pay (cash or credit), it seems like we have an issue of semantics that either means the law is messed up, or Tom Thumb is breaking it. I don’t have any problem with a cash discount per se, and I actually like to see businesses push back against the financial industry’s de-facto “tax” on the transactions which cuts into profit and makes us all pay more.

This is a very long read, but very good: “Invisible Child - Girl in the Shadows: Dasani’s Homeless Life”.

Contrast Dasani’s story with that of 16 year-old Ethan Couch, who killed 4 people drunk driving. the judge apparently took pity on him because his wealthy parents never let him learn about consequences for his actions. That is some serious bullshit. 20 years in prison would have been too harsh, but 10 years of probation does not seem to do the trick. I do believe in redemption, and I hope the boy gets the help he needs to change his life and atone for what happened. I just would have felt a lot better if he spent some time in prison.

Denton County Health Department is offering free flu shots. Hours and locations can be found here.

This coming Saturday, navigators will be available to help people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Coming soon, we’ll have more information about the people who have filed for elected office in the Democratic and Republican primaries. We’ve mentioned Daniel Moran before as the Democratic candidate for State Representative, Texas House District 63, which covers part of Lewisville. The Lone Star Q published an article today about Moran: “Meet the 20-year-old bisexual atheist from Texas who’s vying to become the nation’s 1st genderqueer elected official”

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