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KLB Presents Free Fall Vegetable Gardening Class

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/8/3 21:10:00 (700 reads)

Open in new windowKeep Lewisville Beautiful will hold their August Garden Secrets class at the Lewisville Library’s Crawford room located at 1197 W. Main St., Thursday, August 16th, 2012 from 6:00-7:00pm. This informative class on “Fall Vegetable Gardening” is the perfect class for learning why Fall is the best gardening season in Texas. Come learn what will give you lasting color in your garden as well as what vegetables will produce before the ground freezes. The key speaker for the class, Trish Percy, is an active Denton County Master Gardener. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this informative fall 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 info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.

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Wednesday Morning Update

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/1 10:18:49 (976 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville lake was at 519.21 feet ASL as of this morning. That's nearly 3 feet low, with the lake at 87% of conservation pool.

Here is an update on the City of Lewisville's fight against mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus. So far, there have been nine confirmed cases, most of which are in the Northwest part of the city.

Councilman TJ Gilmore posted his thoughts on the July 16th Council Meeting, containing about the 35,154th explanation of what CDBG funds can and can't be used for, and what the purpose and guidelines for the program are. We happen to think that helping the elderly and the poor with repairs on their homes for their health and safety is a good investment, regardless of any property tax that may flow back in the future.

On a somewhat-related note, an editorial in the Dallas Morning News talks about breaking the slum cycle.

Michael Hiltzik's column about the Chick-Fil-A controversy is the best I have read so far on the issue. Dan Cathy has a right to express his hateful, bigoted, and ignorant opinion however he wants to. But Cathy has no right to expect that the people he hates, and their supporters will patronize his business, and fund the hatred. We expect a certain amount of corporate advocacy on issues that affect corporations; for instance, we wouldn't have hardly raised an eyebrow if Cathy had expressed an opinion about federal farm subsidies for potatoes, or regulations relating to raising chickens. These are after all his bread and butter. Whether we agree on subjects like that or not, we could still support the enterprise. The difference here is that Cathy is engaging in hatefulness towards a particular group, that he feels are inferior, and wants to use the government to deny rights to. That is what makes it personal. And since the "what about freedom of speech?" arguments have already started, please read this piece in Slate by Eliot Spitzer, talking about the difference between a boycott and government action.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants him some "glory hole". Ugh.

LA Times has a five-part series on the world's population explosion. If we expect to maintain a sustainable way of life on this planet, we are either going to have to slow the growth, or change our behaviors. I have zero hope that we can change our behaviors, short of extreme market signals like prices that reflect scarcity.

According to The Consumerist, $32 billion in federal student aid is going to students at for-profit colleges, where the student loan default rates are highest.

Here's another real Republican, honest enough to push back at the idiocy his party is currently permeated with.

Lewisville Yoga instructor DeAnna Shires Nielsen has a great column about how gossip is a destructive habit, along with some tips for how to deal with it.

Denton Record Chronicle has a story about how DCTA is in compliance with open meeting laws.

This article is a couple of years old, but it has an interesting definition of "liberal", and a good examination of the intelligence behind altruism.

Here's a part of the story that we missed about the coach at Hedrick Middle School, who resigned after allegations that he picked up a student by the head: The student apparently was a target for bullies after that.
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LISD Board Member Jeff Knapp Resigned After Move

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/8/1 0:40:00 (1557 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWe just learned Tuesday night that Lewisville ISD Board Member Jeff Knapp (pictured, right) has resigned his position as a trustee after moving to a new home outside of the district. Knapp and his family had lived in a modest home in Southern Lewisville, but they sold that home on June 25th, and closed on a more upscale home in Corinth on July 10th.

Trustees are required to live in the district in which they serve, and Knapp was reportedly in the process of moving Tuesday. According to Knapp, they had been looking for a place with more land, and tried to find places within the district, but ultimately found a place with over an acre just outside the district. Knapp said that he regretted having to leave the post, but that he put his family first, and it was a family decision to move. Knapp has two kids who have already graduated from Lewisville High School.

It is expected that the Trustees will discuss the vacancy at the next scheduled board meeting on August 13th.

Knapp was first elected in 2010, along with trustees Julie Foughty and Brenda Latham, sweeping out three incumbents. Knapp's term expires in May of 2013.

Under Texas Education Code (Sec. 11.060), the remaining trustees may appoint a member to serve out the unexpired term, or may call a special election. Since there are only nine months remaining in the term, the district is not required to fill the vacancy, and may allow the seat to remain empty until the regular board election in May. This option might be preferable due to the cost of holding a special election.

Our readers may recall that when Lewisville Councilman David Thornhill passed away last year, the City was required under the state constitution to hold an election to fill the position. That provision only applies to municipalities (not school boards) where elected officers serve 3-year terms.

Knapp said that he would stay active in work for Lewisville ISD, finding opportunities to help out however needed. "I'd like to stay involved and see some things through. I won't be riding off into the sunset," said Knapp. Saying that his experience on the board was very rewarding, Knapp says he would even think about doing more in the schools after he retires.

Update 8/3/2012, 9:00 a.m.:
The LISD Board will conduct a workshop / special meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 6th. Stated agenda items are to address this vacancy, as well as to conduct the annual budget workshop. LTJ will be there to shoot video.

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Election Results - July 31st, 2012 Primary Runoff Election

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/7/31 13:00:00 (996 reads)

Open in new windowResults are in for the Democratic and Republican Primary Runoff elections.

U.S. Senate - Republican Nominee: Ted Cruz
U.S. Senate - Democratic Nominee: Paul Sadler
Texas Railroad Commission: Christi Craddick, and Barry Smitherman will be the Republican Nominees.

Supreme Court Justice David Medina was defeated by John Devine.

The Republicans' selection of Cruz as their nominee will drive some moderate voters to Sadler, who actually has some legislative experience, and works across the aisle. Of course, we can only imagine what the TV attack ads on Sadler will look like.

Denton County results amplified the statewide results, with local Republicans choosing Cruz by 65%, and local Democrats choosing Sadler by 77%.


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Vote Today in Primary Runoff Election

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/7/31 2:00:00 (1217 reads)

Open in new windowAfter a week of early voting, election day is now upon us.

Election Day Polling Locations:
On election day, you must vote in your assigned precinct location. Your precinct is listed on your voter ID card, or can be found online here.
- Democratic Primary
- Republican Primary

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Lewisville Texan Journal will post results later tonight.

Candidates:
Republican Primary:

U.S. Senator:
- Ted Cruz
- David Dewhurst

Railroad Commissioner:
- Warren Chisum
- Christi Craddick

Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired)
- Greg Parker
- Barry Smitherman

Supreme Court - Place 4:
- John Devine
- David Medina


Democratic Primary:
U.S. Senator:
- Paul Sadler
- Grady Yarbrough


Who Can Vote?
All registered voters are eligible to vote in the primary of their choice. However, voters who voted in a primary election or participated in the convention of another party cannot vote in a runoff election for another party.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLTJ Endorsements
The Lewisville Texan Journal endorses Paul Sadler in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senator. Sadler's legislative experience and get-the-job-done independence give him a shot at beating the Republican nominee. Sadler's opponent is a perennial candidate with a familiar name, but no real qualifications and no chance of beating a well-funded Republican opponent. Both Republicans in the race seem more bent on appeasing extremist elements of their party than dealing with the issues that will advance all Americans.

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Thursday Morning Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/7/26 9:50:00 (894 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowGreetings from somewhere other than Lewisville. Your editor and his family are on a family road trip, but the kids are still asleep, so we thought we would share some links with you. Hopefully Uncle Chainsaw and his buddies from the joint are taking good care of the house, and our pets. I'd better not find anymore motorcycle burnout marks on my dining room floor. I also counted all the ammunition before I left, so it had better all be there, or I want to see the police report. Got that, buddy?

Former Lewisville Mayor David Denison is being investigated by the FBI in relation to his role as a board member of the North Texas Tollway Authority. Nobody's talking about what the investigation is about, but NTTA is on the hook for $148,790 in legal bills, uncovered by the Dallas Morning News. I don't see how you rack up that much in legal bills unless it is a serious crime being investigated. Denison has not been charged with a crime at this point. This article we linked to in 2011 mentioned that Denison voluntarily disclosed that he had been a consultant and investor in a land purchase that involved land where a tollway was being built.

Lewisville Lake is currently at 519.53 feet, or nearly 2.5 feet low, and dropping by .06 feet per day.

Most North Texas earthquakes have been in the same area as most of the injection wells.

Six most popular crime-fighting techniques that don't work.

Police shoot at women and children in near-riot in Anaheim. Citizens were upset at police after they shot a man in the back. Police there also let a dog loose to bite a bystander. Time for some mass firings.

Mitt Romney's Damon Corporation committed Medicare fraud, alleges this video. ABC News has some background. Forbes Magazine has more.

There was another drowning in Lewisville over the weekend.

When a rape victim doesn't feel like she has received justice from the court, her free speech rights can be taken away by the judge. Justice denied, and first amendment rights denied.

Here's a New York Republican with a *fabulous* campaign website. (Gag me.)

It seems that a lot of gullible people are still falling for the Romney campaign's lies about what President Obama said in a recent speech about people owing a large part of their success to the efforts of others, and the contributions of government. Here's one hypocrite shilling for Romney about how he built his business on his own, yet we find out that he has taken government loans, and does business with the Defense Department - which proves Obama's point.

How do you know if you suck at your religion?

Lewisville Police Chief's weekly update

Here's the recipe for a hate-free chicken sandwich, similar to what is served at Chik-fil-a. When I get back home, I'm going to try this.
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Sunday Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/7/22 12:20:00 (1471 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWeighing heavy on our hearts and minds this morning is the act of senseless violence that took place Friday in Aurora, Colorado. Graduate school drop-out James Holmes opened fire in a crowded theater, killing 12 and wounding 59 more. Compounding the evil act, he stacked his apartment with booby traps that would have destroyed his entire apartment building and killed first responders. Reuters has more about the shooter's background.

These kinds of tragedies are always shocking, but sadly the responses are not. Satire website The Onion has an article that nails it.

It is human nature that when something like this happens, we want to find answers. We want to understand what causes it, because we want to prevent it. We want to make sense of the senseless. These are good traits, and this desire is what helps us to be civilized. Unfortunately, what always seems to happen is that in doing so, they miss the point that some things are simply senseless and tragic, and without rational explanation. Their words and actions after a tragedy can range from insensitive to downright hurtful. I can cut a little slack to those whose intentions are good, but I think you see the true colors of others when they exploit tragedies like this for political reasons.

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert blames the massacre on the separation of church and state. He says God was not there because society has said they do not want him around. You can't get any stupider than that. It's extremely ignorant and superstitious, as well as theologically unsound and just insensitive to the victims for this idiot to say something like this. His statements should be career-ending, but sadly we know they will not.

For those of us who actually care to help the victims of this tragedy, Huffington Post has published a list of organizations that can use your help. I think the need for mental health services will be tremendous going forward, so we're sending a few bucks to the Aurora Mental Health Center.

Open in new windowA young mother, 21 year old Sharaha Marie Darisse, (right) was charged with abandoning and endangering a child after leaving a toddler in a car seat yesterday at a Lewisville Walmart on Round Grove Road. Temperatures reached 107 degrees Saturday, setting a new record, breaking the previous 105 set in 1939. Police were told that the child had been in the car for 30 minutes* with the vehicle off and windows cracked, and was not looking good. Paramedics also responded.

A store security officer had opened the car at about 7:45 p.m., but was afraid to remove the child. Darisse came out of the store and started yelling at security. She was arrested at the scene after a short investigation and held overnight in Lewisville jail on $5,000 bond.

We are told that the child was okay, and went home with the father. *Update: Police said the child had been in the car for about 15 minutes.

The big news this week in North Texas has been that invasive zebra mussels have now been found in Lake Ray Roberts, which is upstream from Lewisville Lake. Our drinking water source now is at risk for a seemingly inevitable invasion by the bivalve pests, which clog water intakes and stick to hard surfaces, causing maintenance hassles and increased costs for water plants and boaters. Denton Record Chronicle has more.

Congressman Michael Burgess has introduced a bill to once again delay SGR cuts to Medicare reimbursements. It's time to put politics aside and solve this problem permanently so that seniors can access medical care, and doctors can see them without losing money.



This kind of sounds like a bad idea.

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Barack Obama, the Bully

Jason Stanford
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/7/22 0:40:00 (806 reads)

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When did Republicans become such wimps? If Barack Obama's not careful, he's going to get a call from Ann Romney to get him to stop picking on her husband.

Republicans should have known better. You keep calling out Barack Obama for Chicago-style politics, and eventually he's going to act like a Chicago pol. No more the process-oriented compromiser-in-chief. Now it's Dirty Barry, and Democrats are feeling lucky.

Obama's latest attack ad basically says that if corporations are people, then Bain Capital committed treason. This is the ad in which Mitt Romney sings "America the Beautiful" while we see a thundering denunciation of Romney's record of outsourcing jobs and hiding his money in foreign banks and tax shelters. It might be the meanest ad since Lyndon Johnson said Barry Goldwater was going to blow up the world, and every word of Obama's ad is true, even if Romney's singing is a little off key.

Romney's team tried to change the subject by accusing Obama of trying to change the subject and even demanded an apology that he very quickly did not get. All Romney's response proved was that Hunter S. Thompson's axiom that "true happiness in politics is a wide open hammer-shot on a poor bastard who knows he's trapped, but can't flee" were the truest words ever written about politics.

When Ari Fleischer complaining on CNN that Obama was being too rough, Paul Begala could barely contain his glee: "I'm heartened if we've gone from toothless in Ari's eyes to ruthless. I'd rather be tough. These are tough times."

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The Bain of His Electoral Existence

Raging Moderate
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/7/22 0:29:06 (693 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWill Durst - Raging Moderate

You might say it was a turbulent week for Mitt Romney. You could also say a light lemon sugar wash makes for ineffective mosquito repellent. He claims to have totally left Bain Capital to run the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics even though his company handed the government multiple signed documents stating otherwise, and now financial questions plague his campaign like a swarm of dive-bombing bees in a bathroom stall.

The presumptive GOP nominee finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to convince skeptical voters someone can serve as a firm's president, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, sole stockholder, junior janitor and cafeteria server in a plastic hairnet and still have absolutely nothing to do with the direction of the company or anything that's going on. You might say he's invoking a modified Wall Street bankers' defense.

It boils down to whether he played any active role after leaving in 1999 and his subsequent retroactive retirement. Whatever that means. He says no, dividends be damned. And all those SEC filings listing him as boss were simply corporate publicity moves, like Donald Trump putting his name on various hotels and statuesque fashion models. Which many psychologists define as an edifice complex.

Adding to the confusion, in 2002, Willard successfully disputed tax records listing him as an inhabitant of Utah because he was required to have seven years of residency in Massachusetts for gubernatorial eligibility. Then again, who would quarrel with having a president who could live in two places at the same time?

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Child’s Play…Decorating a Child’s Space

Haute on Design
Posted by Tamela on 2012/7/21 11:35:43 (1057 reads)
Haute on Design

By Tamela Bowie
If you were to ask me what spaces do I like to decorate the most, I would have to say it is decorating spaces for kids. I am at my “creative best” when I am designing kid spaces because it allows my creative and imagination juices to run wild. Decorating kid spaces still require the same elements of design, however, I can create spaces that can be a “little over the top” or a little bit “out of the box”. Whether you decide to decorate the space DIY or hire the services of an interior designer, these decorating tips can help to create a fun and exciting space for your child.

First, choose an inspiration piece for the space. It can be a picture, a pillow or a child’s favorite toy or tv character. In this space, the comforter was the inspiration piece.
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Second, invigorate the space with color. Color will play a very important part in setting the mood and feeling of the space. Be sure to allow the child to participate in this part of the decorating process because they are the ones who has to sleep or play in the space. The color in this space was chosen because the teenage client wanted a more calm and sophiscated feeling.
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