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Officers Receive Life Saving Awards

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/25 17:46:54 (446 reads)

Open in new windowOn Monday, August 18, Police Officer Tim O’Hare and Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal Dy Norng were recognized at a Lewisville City Council meeting for their official actions on April 24.

On April 24, Lewisville Dispatch received a call from a suicidal person and plotted the cellular caller around the intersection of the 121 Tollway and Interstate 35E. The Tollway Authority was also notified and dispatched State Troopers to the area. Lewisville Officer Tim O’Hare arrived and contacted a male sitting on a cross member between two bridges with his leg over the railing. The individual kept shifting his weight which made officers believe that the subject was, in fact, planning to jump. Officer O’Hare continued to engage the man while DPS Corporal Dy Norng approached the man from behind and shoved him at Officer O’Hare. Officer O’Hare quickly grabbed him in a bear hug and pulled the man to safety.

The Police Department’s Awards Committee met to review this incident and recommended Officer Timothy O’Hare and DPS Corporal Dy Norng receive the Life Saving Award. If not for their quick response and immediate actions, this individual would have most likely jumped to his death and possibly even hurt or killed others below. Pictured from left, are Police Chief Russ Kerbow, Officer Tim O’Hare, DPS Corporal Dy Norng, and Mayor Dean Ueckert.

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Movie review: "Boyhood"

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/8/2 14:42:02 (513 reads)

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Boyhood (August 2014)
Written & Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke & Patricia Arquette
Rated: R
Review: 10/10
Open in new windowBy Doug Lane

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is unlike any film you have ever seen before. It’s very rare that a movie that not only meets expectations, but raises the bar in which films should be made; in short, it’s a masterpiece.

The movie follows Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane), his sister (Lorelei Linklater) and their divorced parents (an excellent Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) for twelve years, but the only real antagonist they face is just life itself. In particular, we literally see Mason Jr. grow from an inquisitive, curious boy to a critical, but still curious young man. But to understand how the movie functions, you have to understand how it was made. Linklater fits twelve years of production (with the same actors) into 165 minutes without the film feeling compromised. It feels more like a compilation of Raymond Carver stories as opposed to a Hollywood film.

One would think a project of this magnitude is bound to run into problems, or at the very least lose consistency throughout. However, the film captures the same poignancy from the first frame to the last. Every shot is delicately staged, every song effectively picked, every frame filled to the brim with the stuff that makes the movie flow instead of simply exist. By flow, I mean that time ceases to be a frame. What feels like twelve years is actually only 165 minutes of screentime.

In that aspect, the film is a technical marvel. But even then, the Transformers franchise falls under the same category. The reason I consider this movie a masterpiece is the combination of the technical and the narrative. The movie isn’t concerned with cinematic conventions like an intricate plotline, or an actual antagonist, or really anything that most people would recognize as a movie.

Much like in real life, the mundane becomes extraordinary. Sometimes the best drama comes from a simple conversation between father and son about magic, or remembering the first real conversation with a significant other, or even talking about the perception of time. These are real moments, unfolding off-screen and enchanting us as we live (or relive) vicariously through Mason and his family.

It’s this immersion that gives the movie its real power. We see and feel each character grow, develop and react to each other, their environment, and themselves. Never before have I felt life so accurately depicted on-screen. Watching the movie took me back five years, when I was in Mason’s place, and I empathized with him, but it also individualized Mason as his own character: similar to me, but with a story wholly original to him.

I was genuinely moved by the end of “Boyhood” and don’t know if I will ever experience another movie quite like it. It is a beautiful piece of art that transcends its category of being a “just a film” and into something greater: a generation-defining masterpiece.

Writer's note: MPAA gave this film an "R" rating, but the film's distributors IFC states that they consider the film appropriate for "mature adolescents."


Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/6/30 14:10:00 (671 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowTransformers: Age of Extinction (June 2014)
Directed by Michael Bay, Written by Ehren Kruger
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer & Stanley Tucci
Rated: PG-13
Review: 1 / 10
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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is an experiment in temperament and patience. In Michael Bay’s fourth outing with the series and third with writer Ehren Kruger, the duo once more cram a surprisingly whole lot of nothing into 165 minutes. What the film creates in explosions and action sequences, it forgets in everything else. A talented cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer, can’t save this insipid script from collapsing onto itself.

It’s hard to describe the plot of this film because it feels like six different movies going on at the same time. Cade Yager (Wahlberg) and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) discover that the truck they want to scrap and sell for parts is none other than Optimus Prime. But CIA specialist Harold Attinger (Grammer) wants to kill all the Transformers, so they make an agreement with bounty hunter Transformer named Lockdown to hunt them down, while Joshua Joyce (Tucci) wants to melt old Transformers down for McGuffinium...so he makes a deal with Attinger to give him the scrap Transformers he destroys in exchange for money, which leads back to Yager and company. Then there’s a bunch of running, fighting, screaming, more running, more fighting...you get the idea. The few plot points and story beats that get sprinkled throughout only confused the already bloated story or detract from the explosions and effects.

This seems to be a consistent problem with this franchise: the movies get longer, the plots get increasingly contrived, confusing, and the tone gets surprisingly grimmer. Remember how silly the first “Transformers” was, but it seemed to recognize that it was a movie about transforming cars, so it didn’t take itself seriously? Sure, there were plenty of flaws, but they were manageable in terms of the entire film.

Sure, one could argue that this film isn’t meant to be taken seriously, that it’s just “fun” and that you shouldn’t try to critique a Transformers film. But that seems to bring up two problems, one being how “fun” is this film? Of course that’s a subjective point, but comparatively speaking, I find Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” a fun (if silly and ultimately inconsequential) film. That sense of adventure, character and color is completely drained in this film, leaving only a bleak and grim shell of what this movie could be.

But the second problem, and most importantly, is this: how much does one want to turn off their brain in exchange for actual value? Meaning comes from artistic vision, not spectacle. Bay’s movie falls into the latter: a barrage of meaningless images and sounds, hastily put together so that it feels comfortable, but not engaging. It’s a pure economic transaction between producer and consumer with the art completely stripped away. Producer gets a marginal surplus profit, consumer gets a workable product, everyone’s happy, onto the next one.

With “Transformes: Age of Extinction,” the Hollywood capitalistic machine becomes that much stronger, the magic of filmmaking eradicated, ironically reflected in the film’s tone. The question now isn’t how the Transformers films could become better, but how much worse can they become. It seems that while the money rolls in, Michael Bay will continue being Michael Bay; being one of the best businessmen, while being one of the worst artists.



Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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Sunday Afternoon Update - Half-Way Through 2014 Edition

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/6/29 16:20:00 (1443 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowIn case you haven't noticed, the past few weeks, articles have been sparse here. Honestly, I've had a bit of writer's block. I've got several things I have been working on, and researching, so it's not really a shortage of ideas. Actually, I think it's probably the opposite: being overwhelmed and sometimes not being able to start. I've also been a little stressed out in that I've spent a lot of time at work lately using maximum brainpower, which makes it hard to come home and jump on the computer to do this. It is frustrating, and the kind of thing that forms its own feedback loop that kills motivation. As always, I appreciate all of the volunteer writers I can get here to help us in our mission of filling in the gaps around local coverage. As for me, I don't know what it will take to get over the block, but I need to find something.

Today is June 29th, the 180th day of 2014, which is about half-way through the year. Can you believe half of 2014 is gone already?

Applications are being accepted for Leadership Lewisville - a program of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce.

City of Lewisville’s Horizon Newsletter

My friend Daniel Barnett is the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party’s gun owner caucus, and he and the caucus were featured on this KERA radio report. Texas Democrats are not generally anti-gun. In fact the local Denton County Democratic Party has had shooting events. We do generally support practical and reasonable regulations intended to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys and the mentally ill. Of course, the right-wing noise machine, and the gun rights organizations derive their power from scaring the hell out of people, and continually trying to convince them that someone wants to take their guns away.

In case you hadn’t heard, the State of Texas will soon be getting rid of inspection stickers for passenger vehicles. You’ll still get your vehicle inspected, but your inspection results will be transmitted to the state, and you will not be able to renew your vehicle registration until you have it done.

Mayors see nature as weapon in battle against climate change.

The Frisco City Council considered whether council members need an increase in compensation. Locally, the Lewisville City Council receives $50 per meeting - an amount that probably is below minimum wage, given the number of hours they put in, not just in meetings, but in reviewing agendas, corresponding with constituents, and researching issues. My thought is that in Lewisville, Council compensation ought to be something decided by the citizens as part of a charter election. I will be serving on the Charter Review Board this year, and that is just one of the various issues to look at.

Conservatives and Liberals choose differently when it comes to buying consumer products, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science. Conservatives favor established brands, while liberals are more likely to go with generic or new brands.

The United Kingdom and Germany are breaking records for solar power generation. On June 9th, Germany generated over half of its electricity demand from solar energy.

A black 2003 Peterbilt 379 show truck with trailer was stolen in Lewisville this week. The truck was a Gold Star Mothers show truck decorated with patriotic graphics honoring fallen soldiers.

The HomeE is a touch-screen device for managing family life that is being developed by Lewisville entrepreneur Mir Ali and his family. It will have calendar and meal planning features, allowing families to securely connect and share information. The Android-based device, still in the design process, will be free to households that request it. The company hopes to find advertisers willing to pay for highly geographically targeted ads on the device. The company is developing mobile apps to let family members interact with the device and its data. If you sign up by June 30th (Monday), you can get a device beginning in January, 2015.

The Dallas Observer says that Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden is alienating voters one Facebook post at a time.

Speaker John Boehner’s attack on President Obama’s executive orders ignores history, says the Washington Post.

Here is a SWAT Team Demonstration by the Lewisville Police Department from 2002, just uploaded to YouTube this past week.

Speaking of SWAT teams, did you see the officer look to see what was in the room before he threw the flash-bang device in? I didn’t either. Here’s the heartbreaking story of a SWAT team who threw one into a baby crib in the middle of the night, looking for a drug suspect who wasn’t there. The child was severely burned, and had a hole blown in his chest that still exposes his ribs. The mother says she was held at gunpoint while her son was screaming, and she could see a pool of blood forming.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, public SWAT teams operated by law enforcement councils, funded by public tax dollars, have refused open records requests, claiming that they are private corporations. Their officers carry badges and deadly weapons, empowered by the government to arrest or even kill, but they say they are not accountable to the public.

For what it’s worth, I’m not against the concept of SWAT, but I am very concerned about the over-militarization of our police forces. There is a time and place for the use of deadly force by police, such as when someone has taken hostages or is threatening imminent physical harm to another person. But I think that the “war on drugs” has gone too far. As a society, we tell people they shouldn’t do drugs because they are dangerous, but then we lump in harmless substances with the extremely harmful substances, then use our police and courts in a way that is imminently more harmful in many cases than the substances themselves.

Lewisville Police helped bust a Utah school teacher who had allegedly uploaded child pornography. Edward Greene, 54, a 5th grade teacher in Alpine School District, was charged with 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the report.

Here is a nice article about last weekend’s Best Little Brewfest in Texas.

A bicyclist who was the last to see Wesley Hixson before he went missing and was later found dead, has spoken out about the experience. Hixson was 30. The cause of death is still pending toxicology and histology, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Do-it-yourself abortions are on the rise in Texas.

Don't sneak.

The petition to require all elected officials in Texas to take all of the standardized exams they require of Texas kids has 816 signatures. In one sense, yes - I think this idea has a snowball’s chance, but in another sense, the ridiculousness of the idea of adults taking it to prove themselves does make a broader point. In school, they beat every ounce of creativity out, and replace it with rote memorization of a bunch of facts that stuffed shirts in Austin think are so vitally important to remember, that they are happy to deny a high school diploma to a kid who can’t fit them all in his head. By the time we are adults with our own children, we lose a lot of that shallow knowledge, and couldn’t pass many of these tests, but remain imprinted by being exposed to it. Politicians intuitively know this, but still insist that if we just test more, and raise the stakes by tying it to teacher pay, we could have more “rigor” and these “lazy teachers” would find sufficient motivation to try to get these kids to remember the stuff that we have all forgotten.

Please be safe on the water, and we beg: wear a life jacket!

Chicago Tribute Authority played the Sounds of Lewisville this past Tuesday.

Coming up on Tuesday for this week's Sounds of Lewisville is The Free Loaders - Tuesday, July 1st, 7 p.m. at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater at the corner of Charles and Main Streets.

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Police Arrest Serial Robber

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/6/24 21:53:33 (733 reads)

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Lewisville Police reported that from April through June of this year, a lone suspect committed ten offenses in Lewisville (seven aggravated robberies of convenience store clerks and one aggravated robbery of an individual). The suspect was also suspected of committing several similar offenses in a neighboring jurisdiction. Patrol officers and detectives were working to identify and locate the suspect during that time frame.

On June 18th, an off-duty peace officer discovered a suspicious person sleeping in a vehicle at an apartment complex. Lewisville officers responded and discovered that the subject had outstanding warrants for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. After his arrest for the outstanding warrants, officers located items that seemed to connect the subject to the string of local robberies. Lewisville Detective Scott Kelly looked into the matter further and ultimately developed probable cause to charge the suspect with the crimes. During his interrogation, the suspect confessed to a total of 15 offenses.

Lewisville police have charged 22 year-old Charles Ray, Jr. with seven counts of aggravated robbery, one count of robbery, and one count of theft in connection with the Lewisville offenses. Ray is currently being held on a $210,000 bond. Ray is also expected to be charged in connection with the offenses from the other jurisdiction.

From a submitted report

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Movie review: "The Fault in Our Stars" - 8/10

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/6/12 19:00:00 (848 reads)

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The Fault in Our Stars (June 2014)
Directed by Josh Boone, Written by
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Starring Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort
Rated: PG-13
Review: 8 / 10
Open in new windowBy Doug Lane

"The Fault in Our Stars" is a movie that, by its own definition, defies conventions; it begins by narrating (or outright demanding) to the audience that this isn’t a happy or traditional love story. And while the film does willingly fall into these conventional trappings it fights so hard against, it doesn’t make the journey any less worthy.

To say this film has a plot would be an overstatement, but what this film does have is actors digging deep to find what a life shaped by death would be like. Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus “Gus” (Ansel Elgort) are terminally-ill cancer patients struggling to find meaning before their life becomes inevitably cut short. Hazel recludes herself to a life of reality shows and chemotherapy, wishing her life was as glamorous as the ones on television. So of course when she meets hunky bombastic Gus, making glamourous speeches about oblivion and being remembered, she’s instantly attracted.

They seem like a legitimate young couple, not worrying about the future while time seemingly stops between their eyes. She sees the glamour in him, while he sees an audience in her. In a sense, they both find missing meaning within one another: the inevitable future seems to cease and for a moment, it seems that they’ll both make it out of this alright.

Woodley and Elgort’s chemistry oozes, but this is Woodley’s movie more than anyone. Even when the movie descend into campy rom-com territory, Woodley’s Hazel is strong, powerful, but vulnerable. She’s the heart and soul of this movie, radiating from ecstasy to pure heartbreak and back to hopeful again. While Elgort’s acting flaws are more noticeable by comparison, it only detracts in select places.

Some critics have called the third act manipulative, and indeed it is. Director Josh Boone and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500) Days of Summer) are not subtle with their manipulation, nor do they try to be. From an emotional standpoint, it’s perfect: the acting, the soft-beating soundtrack, the close-ups of teary-eyed faces really jam their way right into the heart.

But this also seems to be the movie’s conceit: a movie that claims to be against romantic cinematic conventions falls neatly into them, only slightly altering how we look at them. It’s self-perceived subversion is just that: self-perceived. It doesn’t break any new grounds, but it explores familiar territory well. You feel for Hazel and Gus, you feel their love and their sadness, even though you know what’s going to happen. Maybe an alternative rock album or soft-focus close-ups aren’t realistic, or necessarily helpful, but maybe that's the point.

Art constantly struggles to depict life, and at best, it's only a description, a perception of it. The Fault in Our Stars isn't making a strong argument against romantic cinema, but an argument for it: maybe putting these conventions in a particular fashion can still mean something. Sadness is a journey, always seeming unending and awful, only given real perspective upon retrospection. So while we all know the ending to our lives, we don’t feel that way. It's the moments in between that are definitive.



Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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Annual Charity Art Gala Scheduled for April 18th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/3/31 20:38:32 (1190 reads)

Open in new windowThe Ninth Annual Cloud 9 Charities Art Gala benefiting Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC) and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Denton County (CASA) will be held on Friday, April 18 from 7 - 10 p.m. at Le Beaux Chateau, 2701 Corporate Drive in Flower Mound. Guests will enjoy free valet parking, wine provided by The Naked Grape and delicious food prepared by Chef Morris Salerno.

Seventeen artists will display their works throughout the building with several art pieces and reproductions available for sale. Mediums include metal sculptures, pastels, watercolors, photography, pottery and jewelry. Each artist donates a piece to the Live Auction that begins at 8:30 p.m. and is led by Tim Willett.

Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased online at www.cloud9charities.org/artgala.

Richard Nunez is returning to paint live during the event. Other returning artists include Wanda Grice, Linda Bourgault, Julie Redmond, Linda Chidsey, Deb Kreimborg, Ken Caperton, Daren Fagan, Jackie Haugen, Manuel Sarmiento, and Obsidian. New to the show this year are Bianca Elise, Mary Carradine, Larry Garcia, Chris Henderson, Cathy Shepherd, and Charlotte Kimball.

The charity event is hosted by Lead Concepts, The Naked Grape, Le Beaux Chateau and Bistecca - An Italian Steakhouse. Mobile Music, PBP is again providing the music.

For more information, email info@cloud9charities.org or call 469.265.7026.
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Saturday Morning Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/3/29 11:18:16 (1558 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville-based mortgage company Nationstar is moving 1,300 jobs to Dallas.

In Denton, the group looking for a ban on the hydraulic-fracture stimulation (fracking) of gas wells has got enough signatures to force a referendum.

No drought-buster is in the forecast for North Texas.

Here is some aerial video from the River Walk development in Flower Mound, under construction.

Denton County Officeholders’ holdings detailed in public documents seen by few.

15 Extremely Powerful People Who Think Pot Should Be Legalized

Lewisville was recently the host to Texas’ largest “vaping” convention. We’re generally supportive of anything that helps people to quit smoking, but there is definitely some concern that the poisonous nicotine can pose a hazard to children.

At the MCL Grand Theater, artistic expression abounds. Director Jim Wear writes about how it has been in the first three years of the facility’s existence.

Lewisville-based medical device manufacturer Orthofix announced the appointment of Ronald A. Matricaria as a Director and Chairman of the Board.

House Republicans passed the “no more parks” act.

You may have seen some fear-mongering posts on Facebook recently about a radiation leak in New Mexico, and a “plume” visible on weather radar. Here are a couple articles that shed light on what happened, and why there is no cause for panic.
- New Mexico nuclear repository mishap leaves Los Alamos waste quandary
- Dept. of Energy says article allegedly causing radiation fears in New Mexico, West Texas is false

Via Cross Timbers Gazette: Friends of LLELA put Nature on the Map

Here’s an update on Lewisville Softball and Maribeth Gorusch’s two-hitter against Marcus.

Spellmaster in the house. Lokesh Nagineni, an eighth grader from LISD’s Lamar Middle School won the regional spelling bee.

Here’s an article on how the latest oil spill in Galveston is affecting Matagorda Island. Back in 2009, I took this photo of a ship carrying wind turbine blades into the port of Galveston. I know that wind energy is not entirely interchangeable with oil, but to me, it's worth pointing out that we've never had to clean up a wind spill. I really hope to see electric cars and the batteries that power them improved so that we can see cars powered by renewable energy sources like solar and wind.
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Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a program where counties or municipalities finance energy efficiency or renewable energy (solar and wind) improvements for for residences. The owners then pay back the cost over time through an assessment on the property that is collected in addition to their property taxes. The assessment stays with the property, rather than going against the property owner’s credit. Your editor would love to see this in Lewisville if the details work out. Keeping PACE in Texas is a non-profit business association that promotes PACE.

From D Magazine: How the Lewisville Fishing Barge Is Like a Time Machine - I think we’ve been out there only a couple of times. My biggest complaint about the place is that it’s just not very clean. You can find chairs with fish guts in them, cobwebs and trash and dust everywhere. I know that fishing is not necessarily a sterile sport, but we’ve always thought it would be a nicer place to go if it were a little cleaner.

The University of North Texas is facing an investigation into financial irregularities.

Here is video of Lewisville’s Jerry Galler Training Center dedication

Das Rad Rocks is a cute short film about a couple of animated rock piles who experience mankind’s development on a geological time scale. It sort of puts in perspective that no matter what we do, the Earth is going to be just fine. It’s our human habitat that we need to be concerned about, and that relies on a good balance with the habitats of all living things.


Things that red-state liberals would like blue-state liberals to know.

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Thursday Night Update

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/3/13 22:47:03 (2554 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowLast Friday, Fluffy and I got to go out for a kayak-based litter survey and mini-cleanup on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River with Keep Lewisville Beautiful. The trip was hosted by Kayak Power, which operates kayak trips there from just below the dam to the crossing at FM 3040. Overall, the river wasn’t too filthy. The worst part were the shores just below SH 121. Still, we pulled a few bags of garbage out. It really wasn’t at all like work, but more like sport. By the end of the trip, Fluffy and I had gotten pretty good at swinging our two-seater kayak around and navigating to the garbage and extracting it. This is really just a great trip, and Mike did a great job of outfitting us and showing us what we needed to know. Check out their Facebook page, and their website for more info on how you can kayak the Elm Fork.

If you haven’t been to LLELA, you really should try to make it out there. Michael D. Fox has posted an online album of the photographs he has taken there.

The 2013 crime report has been released, and the City of Lewisville has written a bit about it. For various reasons, crime statistics are tricky to interpret, so I don’t think the headline “Crime rate sees 18.1 percent drop in 2013” should necessarily have too much read into it. There are different types of crime, and different levels of seriousness. There are also crimes such as murder where the city has only ever had a few per year, so any increase or reduction there always looks dramatic. Other types of crime, such as sexual assault often go unreported, and thus the statistics can be misleading. We strongly encourage interested readers to go straight to the reports page and read through them. Our police do a lot of work, and it’s apparent when one reads just how much crime they deal with.

An appeals court has upheld a verdict that Lewisville ISD is not liable in the 2010 suicide of 9 year old Montana Lance. The trial court ruled that Lewisville ISD had no constitutional duty to protect Lance from his fellow classmates. I think that as long as we have compulsory attendance for Texas public schools, then there ought to be a constitutional duty to protect.

There is a petition to turn Dallas ISD into a home rule charter district. Pardon me if I’m cynical, but it’s hard not to look at this and wonder what the angle is, and how the education privatizers and the testing-industrial complex will benefit. Is the Dallas Mayor behind it? While I definitely support the idea that cities and school districts need to work together to solve problems, I think cities have enough to worry about without being in charge of a school district.

Albertsons grocery chain will acquire Safeway, the parent company of our local Tom Thumb grocery stores. Funny - I guess we figured Albertsons always had a foot in the grave. Fluffy says the reason we don’t shop at Albertsons is that she can’t stand the layout of the store, with the split aisles.

Here is an I-35 expansion update from the Denton Record Chronicle. It looks like the real work is beginning.

Last update, I posted about how Whole Foods grocery store was a Temple of Pseudoscience. Well, here’s an article that takes a different direction: “America’s Angriest Store - How Whole Foods Attracts Complete Shitheads”. You know, I had forgotten about this incident that happened years ago when we used to live in Plano. My wife and I went to Whole Foods for some reason, and I did something that caused me to take a step back and wonder about my own sanity. I think I had already been in a bit of a cranky mood due to traffic, and when we arrived at the store, the whole parking lot was ridiculously full, so I had to circle. I thought I saw a spot right up front, but it turns out that somebody had parked their expensive little car smack in the middle of two spots. Grrr. So eventually I found a spot more distant, and the walk to the store entrance involved walking past this car. No handicapped plates, or any obvious reason why it should be there. I found myself actually spitting on the hood of the car as I passed it. The guy happened to be walking back to his car at that moment, and passed us - looking at his hood, then looking back at me. No confrontation happened, other than my wife wanting to know what the hell got into me. I really couldn’t answer. I haven’t done anything like that since then. I guess it just bothers me when people are inconsiderate, but it was juvenile (yet harmless) to spit on a car.

Are you a visual learner? Do you want to understand how the DNA in our cell nuclei cause our bodies to create proteins? Got four and a half minutes? You have to check out this video.

Speed limits will increase soon on some highways around North Texas.

The U.S. Department of Education has denied Texas’ request to waive double-testing for 8th grade students like my son, who are taking Algebra I, and must pass the STARR EOC, as well as take the 8th grade math STARR.

The US Geological Survey has concluded that a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma was caused by human activity.

A Denton County jailer who was earning almost $102,000 per year was fired by Sheriff Travis, but has been re-hired by the Commissioners’ Court for another job at $36,000, which apparently has angered Travis.

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools.

Remember the Superconducting Supercollider that was to be built South of Dallas, and that got its funding yanked after construction had begun? Well, here’s an even more audacious idea that nearly encircles all of Dallas, and almost (but not quite) reaches all the way North to Lewisville.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens Calls For Six New Constitutional Amendments.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta doubles down on support for medical marijuana.

According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, youth who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to use tobacco.

Here’s a municipal nightmare: Imagine one of your neighbors in your residential neighborhood installs a gun range in his back yard, and your city is powerless to do anything about it. Fortunately, in Lewisville, if you want to shoot in your back yard, you are limited to BB guns.

Local musician of the week: Deirdre Wilson is a singer/songwriter living in Lewisville now. Check out 14:54 - Alright, Alright.

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By the Company You Keep

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/2/21 8:40:00 (1807 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Amy Long-Manuel

People are trying to be so careful not to use the racist word these days. Folks seem afraid to call someone a racist, even when the person goes above and beyond to prove deserving of the term.

I’m not afraid to call Ted Nugent a racist, a sexist, and a predator. Greg Abbott is a racist for choosing Ted Nugent to promote his candidacy for governor.

Here are a few Ted Nugent direct quotes:

"Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters have a president to destroy America," — Nov. 2012

“…I’m beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War.”— Jul. 2012

On Feminism:
"What's a feminist? Some fat pig who doesn't get it often enough?"— Jan. 2012

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