When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up? No sir, they whip out their secret weapon. Not the candidate's spouse. The real ace up the sleeve -- The October Surprise.
Every campaign has one. Or more. It's a piece of opposition research stashed away for a rainy day. For safe-keeping, behind glass, like a fire axe: "Open in the event of impending doom." Something so incendiary it's concealed in an asbestos-lined box buried deep in the back of the campaign manager's underwear drawer.
A surprisingly large segment of America tuned into the first presidential debate, but for some odd reason, President Obama did not appear among them. Who was in charge of his debate prep, Clint Eastwood? Even an empty chair would have provided a sturdier obstinacy.
The Committee to Re- Elect the President will obviously try to convince us that, like the economy, the commander in chief's sub-par debate performance can be traced back to the Bush administration, but darker forces may be at work here. The Ghosts of Debaters Past.
We learned Mitt Romney wants to kill Big Bird, but that was about it as far as fireworks go. No word on the Cookie Monster. But it doesn't look good. Mr. Romney always seemed more of a Masterpiece Theatre sort of guy anyway.
Perhaps the president was suffering from altitude poisoning, or distracted by missing his 20th wedding anniversary, or maybe the duties of Leader of the Free World are more exhausting than one thinks, because he fumbled and rambled, and gave the overall impression he was told the winner would be determined by time of possession.
It's Heerreee.. in my creepy little voice. Bring jackets to any outdoor event you have planned tomorrow though Saturday. You're going to need it. And ladies, or men with long hair, you might want to not wear it down. The winds are really supposed to kick up with this front, reaching up to 20mph.
What does it cost you to drive in the DFW area? It's your money. How do you want it to come out of your pocket? A little more in taxes, or a lot more elsewhere? We could fix our roads and all save some money if we would just increase the gasoline tax and index it to inflation.
Economist Robert Reich explains how the Romney Ryan economic plan will raise unemployment, increase the national debt, and raise taxes on the poor and middle class to pay for tax cuts for the rich.
Samuel L. Jackson says "Wake the fu** up!"
Farmers Branch was ordered to change their City Council to single member districts after a successful federal lawsuit by plaintiffs alleging Latinos there had no way to elect representation of their choice. I think eventually Lewisville may have to move to a single-member or hybrid system. I don't think (at least not right now) that it would be driven by the voting rights act though. I think it would be done if we annexed Castle Hills. The geographic divide between Lewisville and Castle Hills is a river and two "mountains". We generally shop in different places and go to different schools. We're not at all cohesive as a city, so I think you would want to guarantee that they had some representation from there, and that the current Lewisville also has representation.
I do think you hold off as long as you can, because single member districts have an unfortunate down side: People form little serfdoms, and try to buy votes by steering spending to their district versus the others. That's why I think we would need a hybrid system of at-large with a couple of SMDs - or maybe 3 at-large and 4 SMDs.
By Erin Floyd Ya'll asked for cooler weather... ya'll got it! If you ask me, anything below 60 is too cold. I'll be digging out my sweaters and jackets this weekend. I'm just glad I'm not living in Northern Minnesota anymore, where they are expecting another 6 inches of that crazy white stuff called snow! Tomorrow might just be the last time we will hit a comfortable 90 degrees this year.
Wednesday Night Clear. Low of 63F. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 90F. Breezy. Winds from the South at 15 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy. Low of 72F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph.
Friday Partly cloudy. High of 88F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain after midnight. Low of 52F. Breezy. Winds from the NNE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 61F. Breezy. Winds from the NNE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Saturday Night Overcast. Low of 45F. Breezy. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 68F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday Night Clear. Low of 48F. Winds less than 5 mph.
The City of Lewisville wants its residents to know that it opposes the expansion of the Camelot Landfill, which it says may pose an "imminent and substantial endangerment to the water supply" and is looking for citizens to provide comments to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Sunday morning, the Lewisville website had an alert message added to the top of each page advising residents about TCEQ's public meeting on the landfill permit request. The meeting will be held October 25th, 7 p.m. at Creekview High School in Carrollton. [Map]
The Lewisville City Council tonight discussed the issue in closed session.* In June, the Council had previously authorized the City Attorney to take all actions necessary, including a lawsuit, and had budgeted $350,000 for legal expenses.
As a result, also in June, the City sent a Notice of Intent to Sue letter to the City of Farmers Branch, and Camelot landfill, advising them that their operations were in violation of federal law under the Resource, Conservation, and Recovery Act (RCRA). Not only does Lewisville want to stop expansion plans by Farmers Branch, it's demanding that they take immediate action to prevent further pollution. Under federal law, the notice of intent to sue must come at least 90 days before any action in federal court. That would have allowed the City of Lewisville to take action any time after September 12th.
Keep Lewisville Beautiful will hold their October Garden Secrets class at the Lewisville Memorial Park Recreation Center located at 450 B. South Valley Parkway, Thursday, October 18th, 2012 from 6:00-7:00pm.
This informative class on “Earth Kind Gardening” is the perfect class for learning about types of gardening and landscaping that promote environmental responsibility and care. Come learn how to combine the best of organic gardening practices and traditional gardening principles that will make your garden both beautiful and perform well in North Texas weather conditions.
The key speaker for the class, Iris Cromarty, is an active Denton County Master Gardener. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this informative gardening class. We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget to bring your questions for the question/answer session. And the best part…..it’s free!
Reservations are required for this free class, so please call to reserve your spot! For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or email@example.com.
Lakeside Arts Foundation will hold “Fall For the Arts,” a wine and cheese fundraiser, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.
The event will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the MCL Grand Black Box. Tickets are $20 per person, $30 per couple, and include beverages, snacks and musical entertainment. The evening will include a silent auction featuring items donated by area businesses and professional sports team, as well as original artwork and photographs by local artists. For ticket information, visit www.lakesidearts.org or call 972.625.1726.
Lakeside Arts Foundation is a non-profit based in The Colony whose purpose is to support and promote local fine arts and art organizations.
Carrollton Police seized 150 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $750k. I just want the authorities to know that you can definitely get high from smoking ragweed. It's a new epidemic in our schools, and it leads to even worse drugs like Jenkem and geritol. So, you folks in law enforcement need to go out there and do your best to eradicate it okay? (This message brought to you by my sinuses)
The Lewisville Leader has a reader survey, and it looks like they want to see how they can improve. We want them to succeed, because we think Lewisville deserves a good newspaper. There will always be plenty for us to write about. Since we often post links to their stories, most of you are therefore readers, and should go take their survey. Now that I think about it, LTJ should probably do a survey too. I would be interested to know what you think we should do next.
Wendy Hundley of the Dallas Morning News has an excellent article on how the "Flipped Classroom" is letting Lewisville ISD educators innovate and disruptively transform an education system that tends to do things "because that's the way we've always done it". Instead of lecturing one-way at the students for an hour, then leaving them to do their homework on their own, these teachers are using class time to engage with students in meaningful work, and saving the lectures for the students to do at home on a computer.
...Derow and Bradley are part of a growing number of teachers who have embraced the “flipped classroom” method of instruction that’s turning the traditional teaching model on its head at schools in North Texas and throughout the county.
With the flipped concept, a student’s typical homework assignment is to watch recorded lectures on their computers or smartphones.
They walk into class ready to discuss the topic, collaborate with other students and work on assignments based on what they learned from the videos. Freed from lecturing, teachers say they can use class time to delve deeper into the subject, focus on difficult concepts and work individually with students.
We need to support this concept and do what we can to close the technology gap so that all kids have the access they need to participate in this.
Speaking of LISD, one of the things I'm busy with is a re-branding initiative. Several of us who were on the Strategic Design Team are now on a committee to work with a local media firm to come up with a new brand for LISD that more accurately reflects who we are, and where we have decided to go. Several years ago, my regular readers may remember that I came up with the alternate tagline to the right there, after my frustration with what seemed to be a big lack of transparency. There has been a big turnaround in that regard.
But anyhow, I spent hours this weekend looking at the logos and brands of other school districts just to see what is common, what works, what doesn't work, what fits, and what doesn't. I thought you might be amused to see these logos for other districts: Don't worry, there's no danger of LISD choosing something that trite. Dr. Waddell flat out said he would veto anything with an apple on it. I support him on that.
One last LISD update for tonight: Dr Waddell has a new edition of his "Insights" monthly video, where he answers questions from elementary school students.
Pennies and Pies is a yearly fundraiser put on by the Denton County Abused Children Fund. Members of the community bake pies, and enter them in a popular contest of sorts. Attendees sample a bit of each pie, and vote with tickets - each of which costs $1, in the tip jar next to each pie. The pie with the most money wins bragging rights, and all proceeds go to take care of the extra needs of children in the care of the state, for things the state won't do - like birthday presents, or braces for a kid who needs them.
I took my kids last year, and we pigged out, enjoying some really delicious pie. I'm sure we'll be back this year if we can make it.
A stupid email being sent around by people with Obama Derangement Syndrome, a disease afflicting primarily right-wing radicals, claims that President Obama has signed a vast number of executive orders, and that some of them are evil. People need to check Snopes before forwarding this crap, but the people with ODS want to believe this crap so badly, they never will. That, or they just rationalize that the fact checkers must be biased or in some conspiracy. There is no hope for people like that, unless you cut off their cable and radio to disconnect them from their Fox News and talk radio brainwashers.