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   Tuesday, December 31, 2002
I don't know if this qualifies as an area blogger or not. It probably does. Meet Kathy from Fort Stockton, a Computer Science Major at some obscure school back East called MIT. Congrats on your Finals!

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   Sunday, December 29, 2002
Here is a thought: I know that by regulation the local affiliates can force the local cable providers to take their signal (at no charge). But if access to the signal is refused by the local affiliate can Cox simply bring in a feed from the ABC affiliate in Lubbock or San Angelo....or even Abilene? Does anything prevent them from doing this?

posted by Stevenson 5:27 PM

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Meanwhile, the manager of the local Radio Shack is trying to convince corporate to ship him ten thousand TV aerials before the Super Bowl.

posted by Stevenson 5:19 PM

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Big Gold Dog has another view on the war between the monopolies. Although I agree that Cox price increases have been somewhat aggressive over the years I also know that alternatives to their service are available now in the form of satellite television (which is prohibited from carrying network feeds to protect the local this case KMID) and also cable television from (at least) BurritoGrande Communications of stadium fame. For ABC programming there is, by market regulation and not market decision, only KMID. Where I do agree is that sympathy is hard to muster for either of the involved parties.

I do percieve a problem for KMID here in that none of the other local network affiliates are asking for Cox to collect this surcharge for them.

posted by Site Admin 4:59 PM

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Here is KMID General Manager Mark McKay's
open letter to the public. The most disingenuous paragraph in the whole letter is this one:
"When cable television first started, the only channels they had to offer was local channels that they picked up for free, and resold to you, the customer. It’s the only industry I know that was allowed to take another business’ product, package it for free, and resell it for a profit. And because of the federal government, it was completely legal. But that doesn’t make it right."
When cable originally came to town the service provided was clear pictures in almost any weather without the hassle of maintaining finicky antennas (remember those) on the roof. On top of that they threw in two or three stations from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. What cable did then (and does now) is make it much easier for people to have access to KMID's signal.

Left out of the letter is the fact that KMID has a monopoly on ABC programming in this area and can't seem to make enough money with it and wants Cox to begin collecting some for them.

There is obviously some pressure on KMID here for one reason or another. For them to make such an unprecedented move like this may mean that their traditional business income sales...are somehow down or threatened. But all in all (for this subscriber, anyway) Cox is providing more value to KMID than KMID is proving to Cox. Either KMID backs down or new to the cable lineup will be TRN.....The Receivership Channel.

posted by Site Admin 10:38 AM

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Now comes a second letter to the editor blasting Nancy Adamson for her critical review of the Neil Diamond concert in Lubbock a while back. Note to Ms. Adamson: The children of the sixties have few things they hold dear but their pop/rock idols are their gods. Don't mess with them. This whole episode reminds me of the time a few years back when Nike (or someone) had the audacity to use one of John Lennon's greats (Imagine?) in a commercial to sell their shoes. There was a huge outcry from Lennon fans that were absolutely offended that one of the great ones song's would be used commercially (as if Lennon himself gave them away). Of course, no one gripes when Mozart is used to score a Toyota ad.

And how is it the MR-T, which can't seem to scrape together the wherewithal to ask the CFR any real questions and do a story on them rather than just quoting them, can send a reporter to Lubbock to cover (and pan) Neil entertainer so well known and around so long that it is not possible for the MR-T to actually add any useful information.

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   Saturday, December 28, 2002
Some predictions for the New Year from National Review Online:

The Funniest:
"What is: Nachman and Donahue?" Will be the winning response for the $500 Jeopardy category "Reasons MSNBC is a Nature Channel Now." --- Jonah Goldberg
The Scariest (Tie):
"There will be a need for mass smallpox vaccinations somewhere in the world in the next 12 months." --- Mark Steyn


"Revelations in a post-Hussein Iraq of Saddam's frightening weapons, torture, and mass murder will shock even realists." --- Victor David Hanson
Most Likely To Come True:
"Saddam Hussein will lose control of his country — he will either be killed or removed from power." --- John J. Miller
Least Likely To Come True:
"Liza and David will stay married." --- Mark Steyn
And here are a few that shouldn't come true but probably will:
"Martin Scorsese will win the Best Director Oscar® because Gangs of New York will be considered just good enough to warrant giving him the classic long-over-looked-director Oscar®." --- Jonah Goldberg

"Bolstered by America's victory in Iraq, Iranian reformers will succeed in toppling their own government. The New York Times will declare that the Iranian example proves war was unnecessary in Iraq as well." ---- Jonah Goldberg

"Upon the surrender of Saddam's regime, France will offer to contribute military forces to the coalition against him in form of a team of French generals to oversee the U.S. occupation." --- Joshua Muravchik

posted by Site Admin 11:20 AM

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Saith? I thought it was sayeth. And by all means continue to smite your enemies and drive the forces of whatever back to their wherevers.

posted by Site Admin 9:43 AM

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Mr. Site Admin: Does your Christmas day epiphany mean that we can no longer smite our enemies? If so, I’m signing off. Vengeance is mine saith Ignatius.

posted by Ignatius 9:38 AM

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   Friday, December 27, 2002
Granted, Mr. Doreen is not paid to be the local economist but this statement from his article bears some further thought:
"ECISD, in giving their coaches approximately $3,000 more than Midland's coaches, is paying for potential. MISD should pay more for its proven winners. "
Isn't it possible that ECISD is overpaying their coaches? Midland has teams in four of the last five state finals for x amount of dollars per year. ECISD pays x + 3000 for zilch. Nada. Nothing. Snake-eyes.

OK, snake-eyes doesn't fit this analogy. We still have 100 temporary classrooms spread across the district and an aging infrastructure that needs updating. The obvious first move here is to make our head football coaches the highest paid in the district, isn't it? Perhaps Mr. Doreen could initiate a request to the Midland Development Slush Fund Corporation to provide $3,000 worth of "incentives".

After all, don't we have to........wait for it........level the playing field?

posted by Walsingham 10:25 PM

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Just another one of those things that you run across where it dawns on you that we may never pass a bond issue to improve the schools:
"We would like to see all teachers in Midland get raises in 2003, starting with our head football coaches."
Read the rest of Stewart Doreen's article

posted by Walsingham 10:20 PM

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   Wednesday, December 25, 2002

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

posted by Site Admin 1:13 AM

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   Thursday, December 19, 2002

Meanwhile, our CFR "Watchdogs" turn out to be asleep and barkless when, under one proposal, buildings bought at auction for $100,000 less than a month ago would be sold to MISD for just under $900,000.

(Yes, if you are wondering, these are Basenjis.)

posted by Walsingham 10:32 AM

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"If MISD had maintained the buildings properly to begin with........."

For the sake of argument only let us stipulate that MISD's secondary schools have been as badly maintained as critics of the current administration purport. My question is this: How would these people know if the buildings weren't maintained correctly? These buildings have a forty or fifty year history. Was it bad maintenance personnel early on? Or bad personnel later on? Was the maintenance great at first but really crappy only in the last, say, ten years? Did San Jacinto start out with a genius in charge of maintenance but now they have had a total nincompoop in charge of the maintenance for 12 years? Or was it the other way around and the guy in charge of maintenance now is totally handicapped by neglect from before his arrival? Was maintenance mishandled by the administrators in the 40's? The 50's? 60's? Or was it only after the greatest malefactor of them all, Evil Joe Baressi became Superintendent years ago?

Seven secondary school buildings, some of which date back to Eisenhower, several Superintendents, at least some turnover on the School Board every two years, and literally hundreds of maintenance personnel come and gone. Where did MISD go wrong? And when exaclty? And who? These people have no friggin' idea.....they just claim incompetent maintenance and go on down the road.

posted by Walsingham 9:55 AM

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There is a new community type web site for Midland over at They have an open forum if you want to tell the world that MISD administrators shouldn't be paid more......well, more than "grouchy" gets paid anyway. That is probably the real rub with 'ol grouchy.

posted by Site Admin 9:39 AM

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   Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Top 5 stories you will see on the TV station that brings you “News You Can Use” from now through Christmas:

1. Holiday thieves come out at Christmas. (Tip: Lock your car doors while shopping at the mall!)
2. Depression hits many during holidays. (Tip: If a loved one is drinking heavily while idly spinning the chamber of a revolver, ask him if he wants to go see “Home Alone Christmas” or “It’s a wonderful Life” or try putting a Chipmunks Christmas CD on the stereo)
3. Icy roads cause accidents. (Tip: Slow down, dumb ass!)
4. Cold weather can be dangerous. (Tip: put on a coat…and don’t forget your hat!)
5. Excessive celebration can cause headaches. (Tip: Try substituting non-alcoholic beverages, divert party goers’ attention with fun games like twister!)

posted by Ignatius 9:15 AM

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   Saturday, December 14, 2002
The heartbreaking outcome aside, that was simply the finest High School football game that I have ever witnessed. Midland High alum Wallace Craig comments.

posted by Site Admin 3:39 PM

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   Friday, December 13, 2002
UPDATE: Coach Yenzer did select Ratliff Stadium in Odessa as Midland High's "Home Site" but several e-mails have explained that they were not flipping for an actual "Home and Home" choice. San Antonio Judson's actual home stadium is too small to hold such a game so their "Home" stadium was a near but technically not "Home" site (Alamodome) and Midland High then selected Ratliff for the same reason. Glad we cleared that up.

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   Thursday, December 12, 2002
Now that Mr. Glasscock has declared that his building is worth $900,000 to $1.2 million he certainly couldn't object if the Midland Central Appraisal District were to agree with him and begin taxing him accordingly now could he?

posted by Site Admin 11:39 AM

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More info from an attendee at the school board meeting. It seems the CRC/CFR made a joint pitch with Woody as their front man, flanked by Sparks. When Tighe asked why the price of the buildings had gone from $100,000.00 to $900,000.00 Woody deferred to Sparks who said something to the effect that “well in our discussions with the board we mentioned that the buildings could be in that price range.” With the implication clear to all present: Glasscock paid $100k. MISD might be willing to pay as much as $900k. What’s wrong with a guy trying to make a buck (or 800 thousand bucks), as long as MISD gets stuck with the bill? And the whole time, this citizens’ protection agency, these same watchdogs who go ballistic over waste, the guys who tell us that MISD is full of incompetent managers who over pay for everything from toilet paper to administrators, yeah....the C.F. and freakin’ R embodied by its regal jefe himself, Wayne Woodside, has the cajones to attempt to foist this scam upon the taxpayers of Midland County. Can we get a transcript of the meeting? This is too good.

posted by Ignatius 10:15 AM

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OK, sorry MRT. You were working on the story while I was busy criticizing your indolence. Today’s article exposes Mr. Glasscock’s motive: pure profit. His best line was, "It became a business venture at this point," Glasscock said. "I was looking at it as an investment." At what point? At the point you saw an opportunity to pocket $800 large? Jesus, this guy and his CRC make Kimball and the CFR look positively altruistic.

posted by Ignatius 7:27 AM

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   Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Nice try Mr. Walsingham but your pleas will fall on ignorant ears at the MRT. Remember “entrepreneurial law enforcement?” The MRT covered the biggest story to hit Midland since our own eponymous well, by reprinting the Dallas Morning News story day after day. They had access to the players, could have walked right into deputy McKinney’s office and asked, “so are we really chasing small time drug pushers all over the country so you guys can drive cool, confiscated camaros?” but that would have taken a little initiative. No, the CFR has duped the paper for too long. The MRT would have to admit their gullibility to start asking tough questions after giving the CFR a free ride for two years. So how ‘bout we join ‘em? Think where we might provide the “other side” of a story and create a non-existent group to be available for interviews on a moment’s notice. We’ll be media stars! I’m not really fond of telethons (Easter Seals, NPR, any of those things) so how about we start a group called Citizens for Resuming Actual Programming – CRAP. You be the smooth-talkin' Mark Kimball, OK? I'll be Mr. non-sequitur, Woody. And we'll get Ernie to play himself. He's just in it for the pub. anyway.

posted by Ignatius 8:23 PM

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From today's MR-T article on the newly proposed bond:
"CFR also says it could complete project costs cheaper than MISD's proposal. The project costs in its proposal are consistently lower than those estimated by MISD. CFR President Woody Woodside said these costs were developed by local builders and developers but did not have documentation to support the projections."
I am reminded of the last scene of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" when Indiana Jones is trying to find out what the U.S. Government has done with the Ark. The government bureaucrat tries to assure Jones that "top people" are studying it. Knowing that the number of top Egyptologists in the world is very small and that he would know who they are, Indiana Jones asks the simple question: "Who?" The answer is merely "Top.....People."

Well, Indiana Jones had to stand for it because the government had the artifact and all of the power. My point is that the Midland Reporter-Telegram does not, in fact, have to stand for this answer from Mr. Woodside.

The MR-T should at least start with these few simple questions. It is called investigative reporting.

Which contractors and developers? Give me names. Where are the working papers? Can we see them? What was the range of estimates? Who was high? Who was low? Who is on the CFR's research committee? What is their background? Education? Construction? Procurement? Finance? Do you have any data that shows which elementary schools should be closed? Have you talked to any parents of students in that area? How do you propose to convert an elementary school into use for high school students for zero dollars? Do you consider your proposals less complicated than those proposals set forth by MISD last September? How much are your buddies going to charge MISD for buildings A, B, & C on Desta Drive.....and how much did they just pay for them?

When the school district and the CFAC committee came up with their propositions they laid everything out on the table.....committee members, costs, meeting dates, time consuming taxpayer surveys, comparisons to other districts, different options that either won or lost in committee, .....verifiable months of work by knowledgeable people. The CFR strolls in with their ridiculous package offered up by undisclosed committee members, un-named builders and developers, and with no paperwork to show that they have really looked at anything that you would want to base a $60 million dollar note on and the MR-T treats them the same.

But can you blame them, though? I mean, why shouldn't the CFR operate this way if they are allowed to by the local news gatherers? If the MR-T were just to get off of its dead a** and ask these questions of the CFR and show them for the ghost organization that they are it would be worth more than nine thousand of their sanctimonious editorials.

Faced with the response from Mr. Woodside quoted above a real reporter's mouth would begin watering. Instead it is just transcribed and the paper is put to bed.

End of story.

posted by Walsingham 6:53 PM

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Reader Chey the Dog checks back in:
"I am thinking "Six Citizens from a Smoke-Filled Room for Fiscal Responsibility" and McCarthy had a lot in common. The MRT reports: "CFR also says it could complete project costs cheaper than MISD's proposal. The project costs in its proposal are consistently lower than those estimated by MISD. CFR President Woody Woodside said these costs were developed by local builders and developers but did not have documentation to support the projections."

OK, Woody. No documentation, huh? Now there is a shocker, because you are usually so credible when you offer up numbers and facts. By the way, how many communists did you say work in MISD?

The reality is that ANY private construction project will usually cost less than a public one because of (1) the cost of preparing and submitting competitive bids,(2) higher safety standards of public buildings (especially schools), and (3) state HUB subcontracting requirements.

I say we let CFR build all these buildings and maintenance functions for the lesser price and THEN we will pass a bond issue to reimburse them. We promise.

I also think it is funny the the MRT slams the CFR on Sunday, and then goes on to reprint every word and every objection they air. Where were the the CFRs ideas at the town forums and school board meetings? I have a visual of the CFR sitting around a table like the bulldogs playing cards on black velvet, when one says, "Hey! Get rid of the freshman schools!!" and the other says, "I'll meet your freshman schools and raise you two southside elementary closings."

---Chey the Dog

posted by Site Admin 1:09 PM

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Of course the CFR isn't going to support the new MISD bond proposal. Their patented chin music serenades notwithstanding, they weren't even going to support their own proposal. And neither was anyone else when it dawned on them that it would mean going away from the neighborhood school concept that it took years to get back to. "Sure Louisa, we can get you your south side elementary school just like we always promised.....all we have to do is close Jane Long and Quanah Parker first."

posted by Walsingham 9:18 AM

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   Tuesday, December 10, 2002
You can add my name to the long list of those who will not be seeking to replace Larry Combest in the United States Congress. If nominated I will not run. If drafted I will not serve. But if you were to serve me a draft or two, I may waiver a bit.

posted by Walsingham 2:00 PM

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It started as a whisper, but grew louder and louder until the Midland voting public cried out in one deafening voice: Walsingham! Walsingham! Now, please step forward to assure us that you are not a candidate for congress. Whew, that was close.

posted by Ignatius 1:24 PM

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This tip from a reader:
"Judson athletic director Frank Arnold said that he tried to work with Midland on finding a neutral site for their possible meeting, but venues in Central Texas and Austin - specifically Memorial Stadium - were unavailable. Both schools ended flipping for home-and-home, with Midland choosing Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.".
Here is the link. I don't remember reading about this in the MR-T......but I have been out of pocket. Any help here? Was the $48 mmmmmmmillion dollar BurritoGrande Communications stadium already booked? If not.......

posted by Site Admin 1:04 PM

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Hey guys, this is kind of fun. If you do a Google search using the term "Midland Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility" it returns Jessica's Well at the TOP of the list. If you use just Midland CFR it only drops to number 4. That has to hurt!

posted by Stevenson 10:59 AM

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"CFR stubbornly refuses to release its membership roster. We don't know if this shadowy organization has 600 members or six. They refuse to tell us. Its data is often porous. They are self-appointed, not chosen by ballot."
Don't forget the other pertinent questions: Any By-Laws?. Regularly scheduled meetings? Voting procedure from the, ahem, membership in order to take a position on an issue? Is there a secret handshake?

How plain does it have to be? The mighty CFR is Woody, Mark, sometimes Ernie, and a Treasurer that I would bet is either related to or employed by one these three. When it comes to the CFR, there is no there there.

posted by Walsingham 10:37 AM

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A proposal to move San Jacinto Junior High School into the A, B, and C office buildings on Desta Drive? Can the owners of the Western United Life Building downtown be far behind with a proposal to fill up their money losing office building?

posted by Walsingham 10:13 AM

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Another MR-T Online Poll:
"DECEMBER 9, 2002 ( - Have you put up Christmas decorations yet? Go to today's Online Readers Poll and tell us what you think."
Go to the poll and tell us what you think? The question is "have you put up your Christmas lights yet" and they want to know what you think? It was at least a Yes/No option.....although perhaps they should have included the usual "Not Sure" or "No Opinion" options also.

posted by Site Admin 9:43 AM

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Wazzamatter Iggy, you don't think simply getting a statement from both sides constitutes comprehensive reporting on an issue? You ain't from around here are 'ya, son?

posted by Walsingham 9:34 AM

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Roone Arledge, creator of Monday Night Football, Nightline, 20/20, and other shows died this weekend. As would be expected, much was made of this by the national media that he was a part of. The national media always goes completely bonkers when it loses one of its own and it was no different this time. But as much fanfare and attention was given to Arledge, the all time winner in the How-can-we-ever-get-by-without-the-elite-media-icon-now-dead sweepstakes still has to be Katherine Graham.

posted by Walsingham 9:17 AM

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   Monday, December 09, 2002
Oops, sorry, I just read today’s front page and under “MISD ready to officially set date for referendum” we are treated to…you guessed it, another story chock full of CFR reaction. I give up. The MRT is hopeless.

posted by Ignatius 11:22 PM

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Sunday’s MRT editorial was a classic – “School Board must face difficult task in difficult times.” After two years of printing every gaseous emission from the CFR they now tell us that “CFR stubbornly refuses to release its membership roster.” And “We don’t know if this shadowy organization has 600 members or 6.” Well, no S*** Sherlock.

Every time the MRT published a story about the last two bond issues, they always gave equal column inches to the CFR. They covered every bogus CFR “news” conference, solicited then lapped up Mark & Woody’s easily refutable “facts” never once questioning why a group of 8 to 10 wackos deserved equal time with elected school board officials and the “open to all” volunteer citizens committees that the CFR snubbed because their Mercedes needed waxing or their beards needed trimming. The MRT says our society should “encourage rather than muffle debate.” Bull. They gave the CFR life because they are lazy. It’s easier to call and ask Ernie what he thinks about an issue than it is to put down the office basketball pool and check out the facts.

It’s like their Letters to the Editor policy. Again in the guise of free speech they publish every letter from every lunatic who can afford a stamp. It’s pure laziness. It fills the paper. These nut jobs who continue to pile-on about the administrative salaries are hilarious. For God’s sake MRT, don’t you notice a recurrent theme in these deals? This week two different writers used the “I’ll take my ball and go home” analogy. Last week at least three people wrote in on the “extortion” theme. Why not check it out? Confirm that MISD’s administrative salaries are in line with comparable west Texas towns and then give us a little “editor’s note” if you insist on extending first amendment rights to the criminally insane who transcribe Woody’s incoherent coffee shop ravings and proudly mail them to the MRT for guaranteed publication.

But, in fairness, the editorial was a start. Maybe the MRT sees the alternative “Bond Proposal” from the CFR for what it is: another distraction to clutter the minds of the voter. Or, more likely it’s time to do the media’s favorite thing (second favorite, after writing about themselves): destroy your creation a la Dr. Frankenstein. For if not for some very lazy people at the MRT we would all have known what Walsingham has been saying for years. The CFR is 8 guys with an e-mail list for the local media.

posted by Ignatius 10:59 PM

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   Friday, December 06, 2002
I don't think that the NCAA has any rules regarding the "pirating" of coaches, do they?

posted by Site Admin 1:32 PM

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Much as I hate to criticize anything that takes place in College Station, is not this week's hiring/firing farce too much even for one whose blood is tinged maroon? The biggest winner coach is trashed with hardly a "nice to have met you" and a new guy is found and tied up in what must be record time for a Division I job. Is it not fiscally irresponsible as well? At least four years of contracts for work to be not done have to be paid for, as well as really big bucks for work that WILL be done, theoretically.......and the whole spectacle of NCAA rules about pirating coaches being, if not ignored, at least seriously flouted........or is the new coach such a quick decision maker that he can read a contract and know all the ramifications is 10 minutes flat? Would like to hear comment from Aggies and other fans.

posted by Cassandra 1:29 PM

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Dear Mr. Site Admin: How about altering your counter to read “Days with no realistic plan from the CFR?” And would you consider adding Mr. Woodside’s mug to the line-up? This thing they previewed in the paper today smacks of his wackiness, so give him some credit would ya? It reads like an early Gary Ott column minus the Marlboros & whisky & big tips for the waitress. At least Gary titled the column, “Random Thoughts.” Dufford says in the paper today that their proposals “have a little more planning in them.” More planning than what? 6 guys sitting around the coffee shop pulling numbers out of thin air, filling up their buddy’s building (Prude’s A, B, & C) is "more planning?"

posted by Ignatius 8:27 AM

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   Thursday, December 05, 2002
The rumor mill has it that Mr. Dollahite is soooooo impressed with the new plan from the CFR that he only plans to vote against it once.

posted by Stevenson 10:32 AM

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Well, well, well. Today, Louisa Valencia finally should figure out what it means to do business with the likes of the Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. Not only is a South side elementary school not included as part of their plan, the triggering mechanism for its inclusion is the pre-announcement of the closing of two other elementary schools. Under the CFR's plan, Southside school proponents (never known for voter turnout) would have to overcome the political impact of one thousand angry and motivated families fearful of being thrown out of their own neighborhood elementary schools to make room for the new school on the South side. It is brilliant in its simplicity and overwhelming in its cynicism. Will Ms. Valencia finally see that she has been had?

posted by Walsingham 10:06 AM

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As much as I think that the Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility are purposefully shooting for the equivalent of "Springtime For Hitler" (but one that, in fact, does bomb) with their proposed school improvement plan, the CFR has, technically at least, come up with a plan of their own so I will have to remove the counter that has been in the upper left hand corner of the site since September. The CFR has never come up with a plan before so this is good, if only to illustrate how unserious these people are about the whole affair of updating and improving the local school infrastructure.

Another thought here.....wasn't one of the CFR's big problems with the last bond proposal was that it was too complicated?

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   Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Lamar Smith (R-AOLTime Warner) has an article....well...a press release really, concerning file sharing among computers and the transfer of copywrited material. An excerpt:
"Whether the solution is stronger penalties for pirates, authorizing copyright holders to engage in cyber self-help methods, expanding the "fair use" doctrine, a combination of these proposals, or something different is what Congress and the Judiciary Committee on which I serve will examine next year."
Stronger penalties for pirates....OK...sounds reasonable. But look at the next sentence....."authorizing copyright holders to engage in "cyber self help methods". For the uninitiated that means Ted Turner may get to poke around on your hard drive. I vote for stiffer penalties for pirates.

posted by Site Admin 11:26 AM

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   Tuesday, December 03, 2002
Midland has a new blog site. Check out Eric Seigmund's Fire Ant Gazette.

UPDATE: Sorry, I meant to type Eric Siegmund's Fire Ant Gazette. Sorry for the misspelling, bad.....but now you know that someone has read the Fire Ant Gazette multiple times.

posted by Site Admin 9:17 PM

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When the biggest blog site on the planet puts you on its blogroll it is a good thing. Thanks to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit for the blog roll listing! This will generate traffic.....and we haven't posted since last Wednesday. Ok guys and gals....time to get off of our duffs and do some posting. Other major blogs now linking to Jessica's Well: USS Clueless, GreatestJeneration,, and Scrappleface. Now if James Lileks were to ever give us a plug........

posted by Site Admin 8:31 PM

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