6.09.2008

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



- New report: "The Justice Department has released a new report showing the nation's prison and jail population reached a record 2.3 million people last year. The United States leads the industrialized world in incarceration . . . . In fact, the U.S. rate of incarceration (762 per 100,000) is five to eight times that of other highly developed countries, according to The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice think tank."
- The kid who played a young George Bailey and got slapped around by the drunken pharmacist in It's A Wonderful Life has died.
- Rangers manager Ron Washington said last night on Channel 4 that he wouldn't "validify" any rumors about why a pitcher was released.
- Read this somewhere: A District Attorney needs to be trusted but not necessarily loved. I'll buy that.
- The Cure was at American Airlines Center last week. And it's amazing how quickly video turns up on youtube. (Although a 50 year old Robert Smith dressed up all goth-like is a bit disconcerting.) But me loves me some Cure.
- Troy Aikman sounds mentally challenged when he appears in any commercial.
- You would think theft of gas by siphoning would become a problem
- Had "Special K With Cherries" for breakfast and the box had a ton on cherries in it.
- The Geico commercial with Mrs. Butterworth doing the speaking made me nervous the first time I saw it. I had her confused with Aunt Jemima.
- I ate at On The Border on Friday off Western Center Boulevard. When did your average dining crowd begin to look like it was headed to NASCAR?
- I don't know who Wayne Rooney of the soccer team Manchester United is, but this outdoor pic of his bachelor party makes me want to distance. He's the one wearing my bathing suit.
- Fox 4 weatherman Ron Jackson (who is filling in on the the morning show this week), just said he normally wakes up around 11:00 a.m.
- The two year old song, "85 Feet and Falling" by the Dallas band Sorta gets me every time. It's about a guy who killed his girlfriend by throwing her off a Dallas freewway and then jumping to his death as well ("It happened when they left their Knox/Henderson apartment . . . . Fifty miles away in roaring rush hour traffic, her body came to rest on Janet Durham's Crown Victoria." (That pick-me-up of a song is available in a free mp3 download here.)
- News about the new Apple iPhone as well as the software update news for the old one will be released today around 11:30 a.m.
- If it takes longer than 10 minutes to prepare, I won't cook it.
- Second gasoline thought: You would think that teleconferencing via webcams would finally come into its own.
- Third gasoline thought: How much is gas at a lake marina?
- Oddest article in this month's issue of the always horrible Texas Bar Journal: "Lawyer Marketing With Twitter." You think some question marks are going to be forming over some lawyer heads?
- After God ends poverty, I'd appreciate it if He'd work on the Texas wind.
- The Supreme Court opinion on the right to keep and bear arms should be released within the next two weeks and possibly today. I'm guessing you'll be able to keep your 12 gauge.
- D Magazine made a big mistake this month. And it does not involve pictures of high school seniors.
- WBAP's failed "The Reporter" bit was on this morning in an attempt to do comedy about the Governor Mansion fire. Bad idea. But, from a different source, I learned that Rick Perry was in Europe at the time of the fire. Best. Job. Ever.
- Not sure why five Aggies lost in the ocean for nine hours but being rescued is not a bigger story.
- Time lapse photos of Cowboys' new stadium.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

The average crowd at On The Border looks like they are going to NASCAR because on Friday evening they were. NASCAR truck races at TMS.

Anonymous said...

Man, you are treading on some thin ice talking any kind of trash about our boy Troy. Trying to rustle up bidness for yourself by creating defendants is just plain unethical, even for a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

BG - usually when people are on their way to the speedway they dress for the occasion. kinda like when you go to court you were a tie.

danika was in town, duh!

Anonymous said...

The Steve Jobs keynote at the Apple WWDC begins at noon CST, not 11:30AM.

Anonymous said...

Fasination Street is the song that made me want to learn guitar and vocals. Never did either but,it made me want to.

Anonymous said...

anybody know why lawyers wear their ties so tight????????

Anonymous said...

Random thought of my own: Do we have more crime in the US b/c the punishments are so weak? I mean you can kill somebody and literally get probation if things work out right. And in China they tell you how many kids you can have so I could only imagine what would happen if you broke the law. Seems to me that the only reason to commit a crime and be in a rational state of mind would be b/c you did not fear any real consequences.

Anonymous said...

If you're not a Manc,you're a wank-mate.

Anonymous said...

Ron Jackson - he's living the life of a Rock Star!

He's got the look - hair and suits (we're talking 1975 - bitch!)

Troy

Anonymous said...

that girl is perfect except fer those two moles on her arm and that ringworm in her arm pit.

Anonymous said...

She could stand a nose job though.

Anonymous said...

She could stand a nose job though.

fwrecondaddy said...

Gee....what could cause crime to rise at such a rate in the U.S.?
1.Outsourcing jobs and 2.5 million Americans on the unemployment stats. Not to count the ones who dropped off the "lists" because they have been without work for a couple of years.
2. If a criminal commits a punishable act and is arrested,
a. he has all the laws on his side until sentencing,b. the police don't,....i.e.
Joe Badguy shoots a cop(innocent until proven guilty)......ACLU will protect his "Civil Rights" until he goes to jail...where he will receive free medical, dental, clean clothes, cable t.v., internet, library use, telephone access and not have to work.

Cop shoots bad guy (guilty until proven innocent).....Administrative leave pending Grand Jury inquiry, possible suit for "violating criminals Civil Rights" and jail time. All the while trying to figure out how his family will now be able to afford Medical,dental,house payments, groceries, cable t.v.,clothes and laundry,,,,,,while he's trying to find/work a 2nd part-time job
Why is crime up?....go figure

Turn off the A/C in prison, cancell the cable t.v., 4 to a cell, and have their butts up at 5.a.m. and working 6 days a week (kinda like us law-abiding folks have to do) making SOMETHING to sell (like they used to do making liscense plates) and earn part of their upkeep. Make it not alluring to go to prison

Jarhead said...

I'm pretty sure Rooney is the one wearing the hat... check your sources, law dawg.

I figured the SCOTUS would ban all firearm ownership so I gave my shootin' irons to the homeless. People helping people, I always say.

Anonymous said...

The 2.5 million unemployed people in the US still have a better chance of providing for theirselves than any other country in the world. Not to mention the fact in the paper there is a whole section with people hiring.

Anonymous said...

Funny,I've never heard prison being described as "alluring". It has a certain ring to it though. It makes me want to Riverdance.

Anonymous said...

iPhone 2.0 software update not until early July. No word on iPhone hardware 2.0.

Anonymous said...

iPhone 3G is herre

Anonymous said...

iPhone 3G w/ GPS, $199 for 8GB $299 for 16GB. Available in July.

RPM said...

Wow fwrecondaddy, I never realised prison was such a resort. Maybe I should cancel my all-inclusive trip to Jamaica and book a week at the TDC Gatesville Unit. It sounds fantabulous! How long have you spent there? How was the shower facilities? Were the towels nice and fluffy?

Say what? said...

fwrecondaddy, I visit a family member in Tx prison: No A/C, little heat; I think it's 68 men to a "dorm"-bunks 2 deep lining the room walls and no vacancies, lights on, some of them snore, many are up all night "rapping", slamming their steel locker door trying to get it to latch, or otherwise making noise; No cable-only network news and some sporting events - mostly NASCAR (far and away the fav of the "guests" of the state), the TV is on the wall by the showers, so anyone watching TV is also watching you shower; breakfast served daily at 4AM, and always surprises on a menu chock full of culinary delicacies; he works M-F, occasional special tasks on Sat. Are you just misinformed, or intentionally misleading?

Anonymous said...

Over time I've visited family/friends in members in 5 different prison facilities both state and federal. Other than meeting areas for family I don't think there are areas inmates can go that have A/C although they're be heated.
And as for the work details? Until about 6 years ago I know for a fact an inmate at Huntsville might find himself chopping weeds with a hoe in a gang in a crop field or bar ditch 6 days a week. At the womans prison in Gatesville I saw a few times women chopping weeds and working around their jail often in 2005. They lived in barracks style buildings and the windows were always open.
A few prisons allow certain tvs that are bought in the commisary in the cells. Everyone I've asked says you could only get broadcast tv no cable.

Anonymous said...

Some of us just wish we could have better punishment for crimes like China. Now they are Communists, but we don't want that part. Just the Punishment and Right-Wing heavy handed government that is forced on their citizens. China is communist, but most of it has a hard core "Right-Wing-No Bleeding Heart Here" folksy-feeling that people disappearing during the night is a Conservative Type Act.
Wingers do not recall that Communists are "Right-Wing Conservative Mean" and can do at will what they want. Just like it seems Right-Wingers in Government here do.

Anonymous said...

Oh Barry!! You killed me! Talking about Troy! Not Troy! Is nothing sacred with you? He's my hero. Now he's my "getting a little older" hero! Guess what? I've discovered I'm getting a little older too! Who knows...maybe you are too! Don't dis Troy! Not now...now ever...leave us something!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The keyboardist for Sorta was the guy who got shot in the head when his girlfriends neighbor shot a 'warning shot' at him through the door