6.26.2008

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


- I can't tell you the number of times a married guy with kids has told me that "if I were you, I'd" walk away and go run a bar/surf shop/etc. in Mexico.
- The underlying facts of the No Death Penalty For Child Rape Case handed down yesterday were as about as awful as anything I've ever read.
- But I don't think the world will end just because a child rapist is locked up for life instead of executed.
- I you stole an ATM machine, is it hard to open?
- Coldplay was on Jon Stewart last night and, after the performance, Stewart looked short standing next to the lead singer. I checked The Google and found out Stewart is only 5'7".
- The Wire is great.
- I completely forgot to watch any of the final game of the college world series. The tell me that Fresno State, which entered the tournament as about the 50th ranked team, won.
- Note to the Star Telegram: Look up the case of Dr. Lydia Grotti handed down by the Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday - you missed it. (I will now bet my sixth wife that you will now see a story about it in tomorrow's paper. You're welcome.)
- I once held a $3 million insurance check in my hand that was being paid to a wrongful death claimant. Her husband had died of skin cancer after her doctor failed to send off a skin biopsy to the lab - and then lied about it by telling the now dead guy that the lab had said it was benign.
- Random girls on a boat. Rethinking my rant about boats.
- After giving it some thought, I think all the coverage of the Wise County duct tape case was overblown. I'm not saying that's good parenting, but it's not exactly chain-up-a-kid-in-the-basement crazy.
- A group of people at the courthouse thought that I was nuts when I claimed that around 1979, when gas prices soared, that the pumps weren't capable of calculating gas prices over $1.00. So, in response, gas station owners would set the pumps to 1/2 of the actual price with a note on them that the actual price you would pay would be double the final reading.
- Crazy new Mexican midget video on youtube.
- Somebody complained to me yesterday about the male nudity in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. I saw that movie and don't remember any male nudity.
- Tim McGraw kicked a fat cowboy out of his concert (via youtube.)
- If you don't watch anything else today, watch this compilation of reporters getting owned.
- I've never been impressed with Stonehenge. (OK, that's the most random thought of the day.)
- I've thought about for two months: The Fountainhead is the most juvenile and simplistic book every written. And the movie is worse.
- I've thought about buying a cemetery plot. For me.
- I bet the only reason local TV wasn't interupted last night with constant "Breaking Weather News" was that the weathermen weren't around since the storms came completely out of nowhere.
- Some of my readers know defense lawyer Jim Shaw out of Fort Worth (he makes an occasional appearance in Wise County.) If you do, check out the end of this story. If you don't, move along.
- NBC has settled a lawsuit brought by the sister of the assistant DA who off'd himself when To Catch A Predator came after him. But no one will say how much was paid. (And I've pointed it out before, but if you're interested and have some time, this Esquire article has the best story of what really happened. And it has the most eye catching title, "Tonight On Dateline: This Man Will Die.")
- I was serious when I said I didn't think the United States would last for another 200 years. But I think it'll last for 150 years. And, as Pat Buchanan has said, I can see the southwest United States basically turning into an extension of Mexico. (Some people try to equate if to Kosovo or Croatia - I think - but I don't know enough about that to even have an opinion.)
- Most people seem to be on a cell phone all the time. They can't possibly talking about anything that deserves to be talked about.
- My tires on my car are out of balance and my steering wheel now vibrates slightly.
- At 8:42, Mark Davis on WBAP said he's worried about today's upcoming ruling by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the D.C. gun ban. That's just dumb. It'll be struck down. (And I'll double down the bet on wife #6 because I'm so sure. We'll find out in moments.)

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

My ole ladies front end is out of alignment and I vibrate slightly.I think it's her bushing or somethin.

betty boop said...

You're first thought just made me sad...I would love to know your response to these men, and I'll bet no one forced them to get married and have children. The "grass always looks greener", doesn't it? And I wonder how many women that faithfully read your blog and perhaps know some of the same people you know, are thinking to themselves, I hope my husband wasn't one of the ones who said that...

Anonymous said...

The male nudity in Walk Hard was difficult to miss (in both the R and non-rated versions)!

Anonymous said...

Face it, with each addition to the family a new "agenda" or priority is added to the mix thus making life incredibly complicated for the original two.

As a bachelor, however, look before you leap. I promise you, that all you do is exchange one set of problem with another.

That beach-side surf shop has its own set of problem

Jarhead said...

That's terrible advice from those married men! Why would you want to run off to Mexico? I think the Cayman Islands would be much nicer.

Anonymous said...

I think that the Constitution, as it was written in 1787 and admended with the Bill of Rights in 1791, permitted capital punishment for various crimes. Rape was one crime that carried the death penalty in all of the original thirteen States. That penalty has been carried out before, during and after the Constitution was drafted and ratified. Does anyone think that it would have been ratified, as written, if the people and their representative knew what the United States Supreme Court would rule that it prohibited the death penalty for raping a child?

Anonymous said...

Kids are only in your day to day life for about 20 years. Have a family, and then retire on a beach in Mexico.

mzchief said...

To Barry...
You are psycho...errr...psychic.

The SCOTUS just struck down, 5-4, the D.C. handgun ban.

AnObiter said...

I can see Shaw saying that too; and really, does anyone disagree? Jail vs. the in-laws? Hmm.

gern blansten said...

Man, that reporter stuff is something from which you just can't look away, sorta like Faces of Death videos or something...

Anonymous said...

The car doctor suggests that you get a new tire and keep it properly inflated. If you are driving a big car with a tire that is low on air, your tire heats up more than normal and may blow. You therefore risk harm to yourself which is not good for you and may not be good for others.

Judge Mom said...

I guess everyone wants to escape to a beach somewhere every once in a while, but the happiest times I have ever had have been with my kids. Enjoy them while you can. Things will be too quiet sooner than you know.

Anonymous said...

Barry, your comment that the world won't end if a child rapist gets life imprisonment rather than death may make sense to you, but to a family who has been through this (the trial, etc.)a death sentence might give them some closure.

Double Fake Carl Ridley said...

Cayman Islands.....I'm sure you visit there frequently, with suitcases full of dough, Slopjarlid, kind of like that guy in the movie "Haven".

Anonymous said...

Something amazing about the Dr. Lydia Grotti trial transcript...I just read about two-thirds of it!
However, I couldn't tell you what the outcome was, I mean besides the patient dying

Expert trial witness
Double Fake Dr. "Bones" McCoy

Anonymous said...

Kill people to bring closure to another group of people? Strange logic ,very strange.

Anonymous said...

ummm toe lickin goodness there. Om nom nom.

Anonymous said...

me likes me some girls on a boat!!!

Anonymous said...

i remember gas was under
1$ a gallon myself and had to
rig the pumps, just never got around to changing them back...


double fake dennis hudson

Anonymous said...

Yeah,wet girls are great!

Anonymous said...

Stonehenge always intrigued me until I was old enough to realize it has been taken over by a bunch of dirty, new age,Pagan wannabe hippies.

RPM said...

Why move to Mexico when you can move to Belize? The beaches are nicer, you can own real property and live there tax free!

Oh yeah, they also speaky the english.

Anonymous said...

Go Green, Barry. Consider the option of cremation versus entombment.

Double Fake David Fisher

Anonymous said...

Anybody heard any good sodomy jokes lately?

gern blansten said...

Mexican midget video:

1. Isn't that the... uh, thing/person/whatever that advertised the Quiznos subs a few years ago?

2. That's GOTTA be a dude... oh. PLEASE let that be a dude!

Anonymous said...

that is obviously not Lake Bridgeport.....

Anonymous said...

12:06 - some members of the judicial system would disagree with you.

Why do you think family members are allowed to see the death penalty carried out?

For entertainment?

Nope. It is for hopeful closure.
Not much different than an ordinary viewing at a funeral service. Same thing.

Anonymous said...

Chris Martin the lead singer for Coldplay is tall at 6"2"

Anonymous said...

Girls on the boat, they are Licker, Lickee, and Lucky. Not sure which is which.

Anonymous said...

i bet #85 has some sweet hoo hoo!!

Anonymous said...

For vengeance?

bigfan said...

I just read the Esquire article. Not sure how I feel about it. I'm all for getting perv's off the street, as long as it's legal. I think it's sad, no matter which way you look at it.

Anonymous said...

both of those sweet young things got that "if you catch me you can kiss me or whatever look"

Anonymous said...

6:40 is mine sayeth the_____?

Anonymous said...

It would be Fiji for me if their civil war is over. If my years of reading National Geographic taught me nothing else it's all the women there are amazingly beautiful and they spend all day showering under a waterfall and rubbing cocanut oil straight from the cocanuts all over themselves.

Anonymous said...

9:24 Oh Lord won't you buy me a _____ ____?