You may have noticed that LTJ's website was down for a bit on September 10th. The outage was caused by network problems at GoDaddy that took down thousands of websites. GoDaddy has apologized and assured us that at no time was any information compromised.
Lewisville's Fighting Farmers beat Irving in football action tonight, 24-10 .
A Keene police officer arrested a 77 year-old woman who refused to identify herself when asked during a traffic stop. I think she deserved to be arrested. The officer lost his cool, but he eventually would have had to take her under arrest, if a bit more calmly.
State Farm is seeking to raise homeowners insurance rates by 20%. The Tea Party types will wail and screech if your local government tries to raise your property taxes a penny or two to pay for fire and police, or educate your children. But when your state government lets shit like this slide through, well that's when you hear crickets chirping. You tell me which one of these will hit your house payment more.
Item 8 on the Flower Mound Town Council agenda for Monday night is a change to their Town Ordinance to allow residents to keep poultry in their yards. I hope Lewisville is next. We all need some yard hens out there eating bugs and providing us with fresh eggs.
Friends of the Lewisville Public Library used book sale is this weekend:
Friday 11-2 Early Bird Sale for City of Lewisville Employees Saturday 10-5 Open to everyone Sunday 1-5 Open to everyone
The sale is in the community room and can be accessed through the children’s section of the library. FLPL raises money to support the Library in many ways, including purchases for the children’s library, etc.
Voters in Denton County to need to check their voter registration. We've had reports of people having messed up records with the wrong precinct. This is not the kind of thing you want to discover on election day, but our readers all do what we recommend and vote early, right? So it’s prudent that everyone check their information either via the Voter Registration Database Search or by calling Denton County Elections Administration at (940) 349-3200.
It would be terrible to go to vote only to discover you can’t because of an error in your voter registration record.
Video from the Doggie Dive-in, held recently at the Sun Valley Aquatic center, right before they shut down for the season.
* The "not for printed publication" refers to the use of a ruling as precedent for other cases by publishing it in the case law. Most appellate court decisions these days have that notation. The ruling is public record and published here because it is newsworthy.
Let's speak about The Bounce, shall we? The Bounce being the jump that a three-day, red-white-and-blue infomercial is expected to produce on a candidate's polling. The idea is to use The Bounce as a slingshot of momentum to whip you down the campaign straightaway directly into the swivel seat behind the desk of the Oval Office. Or close enough to let the Supreme Court appoint you. One or the other.
What usually happens, after both conventions have drop-kicked their last balloon, is an equilibrium is struck. One side goes up four to six points, then the other side goes up four to six points and you're pretty much back to where you started. The Bounce evens out. Not very exciting. Like sugar-free cookies. Or kissing Andrea Mitchell. Knocking back a shot of non-alcoholic wine. Otherwise known as grape juice.
This time around, the net result of two weeks in the Southeast in the dead of summer is President Barack Obama got a cumulative bump of between 3 and 5 points. Hard to say which event was more responsible for his ascension: his own Democratic National Convention, the Republican National Convention or Hurricane Akin.
Gov. Mitt Romney got the same kind of Bounce you'd expect from an anvil dropped onto a swamp. Even his own staff called it "not large." Yeah. Not large being a euphemism for non-existent. It was not large in the same way that August in Charlotte does not feature a cluster of destination luge runs. Similar to how Kim Kardashian is not a Nobel Prize-winning nuclear physicist. Banana fritters aren't magnetic. An echoing abyss of whistling emptiness.
Parents of children zoned for Lewisville ISD's Hedrick Elementary and Central Elementary schools have the option of having their children attend other schools within LISD this year, because of a federal law requiring it when a school fails to make "Adequate Yearly Progress" in a particular area for two consecutive years. Letters would have been mailed to parents this summer, explaining the attendance options and that the district must provide free transportation.
Lewisville ISD said Tuesday that there were 42 students who left Hedrick for other schools, and only 10 students who left Central Elementary for other schools.
Of the students who left Hedrick Elementary, these are the counts for where they went:
Of the students who left Central Elementary, these are the counts for where they went:
College Street : 3 Independence : 2 Lakeland : 2 Lewisville: 3
The issue came to light at Monday night's LISD Board of Trustees meeting, when Flower Mound resident Jason Hitt addressed the board during the citizens' forum. Hitt was upset because he had heard that children from Lewisville were being bussed to his children's school, Garden Ridge Elementary, in Flower Mound.
"Influx" from Lewisville Irritates at Least One Flower Mound Resident Hitt had emailed the Flower Mound Town Council on the matter stating his objection to the Lewisville students attending, based on the assertion that residents like him had spent "great sums" to move to Flower Mound for the exemplary schools.
Wednesday Clear. High of 93F. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy. Low of 73F. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Thursday Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 95F. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the WSW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40%. Thursday Night Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 66F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.
Friday Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 86F. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.
Lost among all of this, however, is perhaps one of the most impressive new features from the city in a long time: a layered, interactive map of the area. Using Google Maps as a base layer, combined with several sets of Geographic Information Service (GIS) and city data, the map allows the user to compare multiple forms of data in numerous ways. Although still officially in beta (testing) stages, the service should be extremely useful to business owners, potential homeowners, or residents (and writers and readers of the Lewisville Texan Journal, of course).
I’m such a Heinz 57 variety political guy that it’s really hard to fit myself into anybody’s pigeonhole. I like it that way, and my suspicion is that I’m not alone. We are silent, or so it seems, because no one truly speaks for us. We are offered choices that really don’t matter at the dawn of a new era (postmodern) in which the best we can do is hope for something different. Just like life itself, we can either live it or hope to live it, the former coming with great risk while the latter offering the same old, tired-but-comfortable options.
Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative and many other political groupings are all designed by our top-down culture to suit, well, our top-down culture, but if we believe that “top-down” doesn’t cut it anymore, then we need to start thinking differently when it comes to how “we, the people,” govern ourselves and, by extension, our country. Anybody wishing to start something new must fit himself into the old political portal mindset, which is by nature designed to prevent such intrusion without incredible cost.
I was the executive producer of The 700 Club in the early 80s, a wonderful adventure to which I gave my all but ended up broken. I was an outsider, of sorts, and even though I often led worship services at the ministry, I’d like to think I still managed to nourish and maintain my observer roots. In board room meetings on a host of issues, for example, Pat Robertson would often look at me for reaction to what he was proposing-cum-ordering, because he knew my head could and would move in both directions. I’m proud of that (book forthcoming some day, I promise), and while I’m sure many thought I was conflicted internally, the truth is I rather enjoyed being in that place at that time. Never try to judge what somebody’s thinking on the inside by his or her outside performance or circumstances.
And now a few words on the Democratic National Convention, which was ALSO interrupted by bad weather, and from this we can deduce that God is not overly fond of politicians. Proving that he/she indeed has something in common with a majority of the American public. We are special.
The Dems opened their quadrennial confab headlining Michelle Obama, and the president's wife loud wowed the crowd. Authentic and classy and inspiring, people immediately started examining the 25th Amendment for loopholes that would allow the First Lady to jump to the top of the line of succession. At least leapfrog Boehner. If not Biden.
The next day, Elvis re-entered the building. The Obama folks buried their '08 bones of resentment in yesterday's backyard to let the Big Dog off-leash, and the whole house howled at the moon. For 48 minutes, Bill Clinton barked it out old-school. Some naysayers scoff the only reason he was in North Carolina was confusion over whether Charlotte was host city or a dinner date set up by Eharmony.com.
No matter the motive compelling the 44nd POTUS to attend, it became obvious from the get-go that whatever it was that Hillary's husband at one time had, he's still got it. In spades.
While thunder rumbled just outside the Time Warner Cable Arena the real electricity was on the inside. Single-handedly he systematically laid out the most persuasive argument yet to re-elect President Bill Clinton... er, unh, Barack Obama.
Delegates swooned. MSNBC collectively spilled coffee on their laps wetting themselves. Even Michelle couldn't hide a secret grin. Wouldn't be surprised to find out Ann Romney had one too. Perhaps even he with the lean and hungry look, Paul Ryan.
Happy Saturday to ya. How about that weather this morning, eh? Cool enough for ya? It looks so nice out there that I'm actually going to try to play base ball this afternoon. That's right, I said base ball, and not baseball. I have no idea what I'm doing, so I'll be reading up on the rules as soon as I'm done with this post. And stretching. Gotta stretch my old body so I won't tear something out there.
Our associate editor, Brandon Cooper went to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention. Here are his updates from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4. Denton Record Chronicle had some coverage too. Back here in Lewisville, about 100 local Democrats converged on a standing-room-only Tierney's Thursday night to take in the President's speech. The atmosphere was electric, with Dems cheering loudly as the President articulated their shared views.
We are SO excited about this year's Western Days. As we mentioned before, we'll have a booth there, and look forward to saying hi to some of the readers, as well as maybe introducing LTJ to a few more, and maybe even finding some new volunteers to join us. We'll have some Lewisville Texan Journal T-shirts there for sale, along with our "Ski Mount Lewisville" shirts.
Here are Lewisville Councilman TJ Gilmore's thoughts on the August 20th City Council meeting. If mental illness can be considered funny, then you should get a chuckle from Gilmore's take on fellow Councilman John Gorena's paranoia about a United Nations takeover if the City should happen to give a crap about sustainability. Gorena has seriously lost it. Hopefully we can get someone rational and sane to take that seat when he comes up for re-election in May of next year. If you or someone you know is interested, I would like to hear from you.
John: yes you are a kook. If I was that kooky, I'd hide my Facebook posts from the general public too. Seriously man, go get some help. Having that kind of constant worry can't be good for your physical health either.
Temple, TX is getting a new quick-start gas-turbine power plant, built by Panda Power. The plant will be able to generate power for peak loads within 10 minutes of starting up, which should help fill in around intermittent renewable energy like wind power and solar. Even though we use 100% wind power in my house, and have done so for the last 7 years, our grid is reliable because of the other power plants, whether they are gas, nuclear, or coal.
This is an interesting development in the Mitt Romney tax return saga: someone claims to have stolen the returns and is trying to blackmail them. I seriously doubt it. I think we would have heard more in the mainstream media by now if there were any truth to it.
Speaking of lady parts, the 14 year-old boy in you will be amused by this, even if it is a bit crude. I know I was: (BTW, that was shared by one of my most staunch feminist friends. Glad she got a chuckle too.)
Oh man… This totally got my adrenaline up, just watching it. Go ducks! Run!!!
Adron Ming, the Lewisville Lake Symphony’s Music Director/Conductor announces the new International Strings Competition. (Photo by Nancy Loch)
Adron Ming, Music Director/ Conductor of the Lewisville Lake Symphony, announced a new competition for college musicians planning a professional career in music. It will focus on piano in even-numbered years and strings in odd years. The first competition, held in 2013, will be for strings.
Said the Maestro, “The competition is open to violins, violas, cellos and bass players between 18 and 24. The first prize winner is awarded $2,000 and performs as guest soloist with the Symphony in the opening concert of the 2013-2014 season in September 2013. The second prize is $500 and an opportunity to perform in the International Chamber Series.”
R Neil Ferguson, the Symphony Association Chair, said that the Symphony received a lot of assistance from board member Dr. Pamela Mia Paul, Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas. “Dr. Paul,” he said, “helped greatly in making sure the Competition’s rules fitted the formats broadly used in the United States and overseas. She also set up the audition venue and logistics at UNT’s College of Music.”
“Although there is always the possibility that extreme weather conditions or an unusual number of generation outages could create unforeseen conditions, we expect to have enough power available to serve a range of scenarios,” said Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of System Planning.