7.23.2008

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • That charisma factor between McCain and Obama is a no brainer.
  • Minimum wage has been boosted to $6.55 an hour beginning today. Incredible. That $262 a week before any deductions.
  • This heat is getting to me. And I work indoors.
  • I saw Wall-E last night. It was really pretty good. But has there been any reference at all to how the old school robot looks exactly like the one from the movie Short Circuit? Have I messed that? Edit: Someone has thought about it.
  • That back road behind Denny's and Braum's off of Western Center Boulevard now has a pothole in it that is as deep as . . . . well . . . a huge hole.
  • I really don't care for the manager of a restaurant coming around to see how my "dining experience" is going
  • I hate waking up, looking at the clock, and realizing the alarm is going off in five minutes
  • I'm not real sure who Sophie Monk is but I saw some beach pictures of her yesterday and they were-a-good
  • I keep a pump shotgun in my house. The reason? I had a buddy tell me once that the sound of putting a shell in the chamber was "universal" and that sound alone might cause an intruder to flee.
  • WBAP's Hal Jay was shocked today to learn that some of his co-workers had purchased things off of Ebay.
  • Paul Harvey is back on the radio. He doesn't sound dead at all.
  • Odd thing I did as a kid: I designated March 1st as "my holiday." No reason. I just wanted a day designated for me like any other holiday. I celebrated it for almost five years straight by drinking a coke or something. But I didn't tell anyone because I was afraid they would think it was weird.
  • I think I'd like being a long distance truck driver.
  • Forbes list of Top Five movie actor earnings last year: 1. Will Smith - $80 million, 2. Johnny Depp - $72 million, 3. Eddie Murphy - $55 million, 4. Mike Myers - $55 million, 5. Leonardo DiCaprio - $45 million. (How'd #3 get in there? Oh, yeah. He does that donkey voice in Shrek.)
  • The murder of two young girls in Oklahoma who went out for a walk gets very little press. And I don't understand why.
  • When I was a boy, I came across at least 10 head of cattle that had been slaughtered in a field near my house. (Near where Overland Drive is now.) They were all within 30 feet of one another and, stay with me here, their stomachs were ripped open. I told my dad who called the owner but I never really got an answer as to what had happened.
  • Has anyone else seen that NFL/Reebok "migration" ad? It's kind of creepy but kind of cool. For about two seconds (at the :42 mark), you can see a group of Cowboy players but the only one I recognize is Greg Ellis.
  • Kind of nerdy, but some commenter on a Texas Criminal Justice blog created a little skit taking civil libertarians like me to task. It was pretty funny.
  • Stumbled across "Brooke Hogan Knows Best" - a new reality show on MTV of VH1. Awful. Completely staged and awful. But she's kind of hot. I watched the whole thing.
  • I loved Mystery Science 3000 but, man, it was the show where you had to watch with undivided attention.
  • Speaking of hot, Megen Henderson of Fox 4 mysteriously missed the 5 o'clock hour this morning but showed up beginning at 6 o'clock. I'm not sure I've ever seen her do this before.
  • In a metroplex of a krillion people, is it really news when someone tries to steal an ATM machine?
  • The DPS office in Decatur used to be in the basement of the courthouse
  • I like Chipotle and Rosa's as far has quasi-fast Mexican food goes.
  • Great "ATM out of service" video.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Girls in Oklahoma, get no press for a few reasons.
1. Not old enough to have hot swimsuit pictures they can put on FOX every 10 seconds. (Natalee Holloway, and the missing newlywed couple).
2. White and middle class. If rich, they would plaster everywhere, if African-American I am sure Rev. Al and the boys would have it put on every outlet as racially motiviated hate crime.
3. Rest of U.S. is pretty sure the Indians are still raiding for white women on Oklahoma and think this is normal behavior.

Anonymous said...

Amen on that Pothole Brotha...Loves me some sakltgrass happy hour(half price appetizers) and Shady Oaks Bar b Que is the BOMB but that PotHole is a ASS Whip!!!

Anonymous said...

where did your "approved inferior blogs" link go?

Anonymous said...

That pothole has been eating my car for years now. I think they want us to stop at Denneys and miss all the good eatin' down the road.

Anonymous said...

Restaurant owners/managers come around and ask you if everything is alright because they want to be sure it is. They don't want to be surprised that you did not enjoy the meal, service, etc, and read about an unenjoyable experience in some Wise County blog the next day. McDonalds not included of course!!

Anonymous said...

...and the contract between Iraq and US Army that ships chemicals out of Iraq to Indiana for disposal isnt getting much press either. The chemicals were found early on and were used in a factory to make "things". Hmmm. Ask any service man, they will confirm.

Anonymous said...

Sophie Monk is the Austrialan version of Britney Spears but hotter...

trappedinchico said...

Mystery Science Theatre > *

Anonymous said...

Stopped at the Decatur IHOP at
2:00AM on the way home from a ball game this week-first time we'd been there in a year or so. Horrible, horrible service. We were the only "customers," but there were a dozen or so teens goofing off and socializing with the person who was supposed to be our waitress. We finally just left.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, you really oughta keep that gun loaded. Maybe too late if you have to put a shell in it. I'm pretty sure the sound of a gun actually firing will also cause an intruder to flee, or to lay there dead if your aim is good.

Anonymous said...

McCain and Obama..Kind of like that story about the turtle and the hair. We all know what the outcome of that race was! Hopefully for all, it will repeat itself.

Anonymous said...

As to those dead cattle, maybe they were "cattle mutilations"!! The Aurora spaceship's kin finally got here, discovered their relative was dead and buried, and got mad and took it out on the cattle! We should call Fox and Mulder at the FBI (X-Files reference)!

Anonymous said...

9:15 the story wasn't about a turtle, it was about a toitus dumbass...!!

Anonymous said...

those hats ,like the one the girl in the picture is wearing, look stupid.

Anonymous said...

8:49 well please stop doing this, we will let you know if'n there's a problem..that's part of why we are there, to let cho ass know if we have a f'n problem..jew got a prolem wit dat...? next time jew f wit me when i'm tryin to enjoy this overpriced shit,,i'm gon let jew met my little freennn..!!!

Anonymous said...

The goofy Cowboy hats on the girls are stupid. We can all thank Toby Keith and Tim McGraw for the pathetic look. I am not sure why hot chicks think the hats make them hotter. Girls in real Cowboy hats look good, sometimes.

Anonymous said...

A. About that pothole, film crew was there a few months back, working on that new "Journey to the Center of the Earth" movie.

B. 9:30, what's a "toitus"???

Anonymous said...

That charisma factor between McCain and BHO is your reasoning for voting for an empty suit? God help us. The Chigaco radical doesn't even know what committee he is on, or how many states there are. But he sure can give a good speech. Take him on in an interview and he stutters like Porky the Pig.

RPM said...

I noticed that Wall-E and Johnny-5 looked like twins. Everyone I pointed it out to just looked at me like I was nuts.

Jarhead said...

My new favorite quote:

"Liberalism tends to appeal to the worst of human instincts: greed, envy, laziness, victimization and every line of division. Its practitioners appeal to constituent "feelings," and they thus convert emotions into political capital."

Liberals do, and always have, mistaken charisma for substance. They love the "cult of personality" but like 10:13 stated ~ it's nothing more than voting for an empty suit. They can't see beyond the fa├žade.

You can put lipstick on a pig...

Charisma ≠ competency

mzchief said...

* HYPE The Obama Effect film is being released September 1, 2008 and will explain the packaging and HYPE that is responsible for all the simple minded folks buying Obama's snake oil and excusing Obama's thin resume, racism, fascism and flip flopping.

Watch the movie trailer of HYPE The Obama Effect it is tough to get through the first few seconds of Obama dancing with Ellen but it is worth the struggle.
HYPE The Obama Effect on YouTube.

HYPE The Obama Effect website.

* Minimum wage: Other than people with no skills or at an entry level position, who works for minimum wage? When employers have to pay higher wages to entry level or unskilled employees they don't pay as much or give raises to skilled employees. Oh, the increase in personnel costs are always passed on to the consumer. Thank you Democrats.

* Pump Shotgun: The sound of racking the pump of a shotgun is universally recognized and makes anyone take a step back if they think for a moment they are the target. Good job, Barry.

* Long Hauling: I used to think I would enjoy being a long haul trucker until I had to haul a 6 horse trailer 900 miles and realized people who drive cars are inconsiderate IDIOTS when it comes to understanding the dynamics involved in making a trailer, filled with live animals, come to a SAFE stop and avoiding plowing into the trunk of some dipstick who cuts off a pick-up hauling 6 horses that are worth 3xs the cost of the average home. Every driver should have to haul a trailer just once to understand how difficult it is to avoid a wreck and killing people when they cut in front of a vehicle towing something.

* Johnny Depp: I've been in love with Johnny Depp ever since Edward Scissorhands.

* Cheap Bent Cowboy Hat: I do not care how hawt the chick is, if she is wearing a mangled cowboy hat she looks like a skank.

Gleemonex said...

9:29 has it right -- it was aliens, Barry, m'man.

Anonymous said...

i'm bettin she would be good at some missionary style work or sumpin...

Anonymous said...

10:29 jughead your story reminds me of another pig story....a guy gets home, drunk of course, his old lady sitting at table waiting for his ass, the guy walks in with a duck under his arm...he says, this is that pig i've been f'n...his old lady says that aint no pig, that's a duck...guy says i wasn't talkin to you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Forget Obama and McCain. We need to be looking at the VP candidates. When wre they gonna get to that?

Anonymous said...

ok..i admit i stole the pig joke from antonio soprano...

Anonymous said...

Damn Barry, you need to number your "random thoughts"
1. Minimum wage-this is horrific....I remember when I was a kid in high school working summer jobs....$1.25 an hour ( of course gas was .20 cents, movie .25,nickle pickle and .10 popcorn....)
Damn....sob...the world is getting old.....
2.Never take for granted there is a round ready to be put in the chamber.....you may have forgot to re-load after you cleaned it last time. Trust me, the "snap" of a firearm coming off safe is just as much a deterent as the "chambering" sound.

Anonymous said...

Don't be hating on the hawt chick in the hat. BG has had her on the show (I kind of equate this website with the old Johnny Carson version of the Tonight Show, w/ Jarhead as the drunk Ed) before. I think, no, I suspect, he is sweet on this little cupcake.

Romance LLFTLODQ style.

Double Fake Cupid

Anonymous said...

With "W" as your standard bearer, I wouldn't get into a pissin contest re "substance."

I admit O has his issues, but after W, maybe falling back to the position of electing someone who would do no harm to our constitution, world standing, young men, might not be so bad.

I admit O has experience problems, but at least he doesn't have the experience of selling his votes (Keating Five) and employing lobbyist as his campaign gurus. Even W waited till after the election to let the lobbyist write his energy plan.

Both are risk, wish I had someone else to vote for. Both may be good for W.........improve his approval ratings.

As my Dad often said, I'll still have to go to work the next day whoever wins.

Jarhead said...

Why would you ever keep a firearm on "safe"??

Anonymous said...

I have a 12 gauge beside my bed as well....however, the dumb sob that chooses my house will only see a flash....and hear nothing.

Pothole on Sandshell.......HUGE!

What's a "toitus"?

Anonymous said...

I have a 12 gauge beside my bed as well....however, the dumb sob that chooses my house will only see a flash....and hear nothing.

Pothole on Sandshell.......HUGE!

What's a "toitus"?

Anonymous said...

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post wrote, "Fairly or not, some critics are suggesting the 71-year-old Republican candidate is showing his age."

The string of McCain's gaffes is long:

•Has referred to "Czechoslovakia" several times. There hasn't been a Czechoslovakia since 1993.

•Said that Iran was training Al-Qaida. Al-Qaida is Sunni; Iran is a Shiite nation.

•Referred to the troubled Iraq-Pakistan border. The two countries don't share a border. Dumb ass!

•Called Vladimir Putin the president of Germany

Tony Snow - Dead and lovin' it

Anonymous said...

A liberal with a gun? What's this world coming to.....

Anonymous said...

When we used to hang out at Deep Creek & Submarine Hill we used to hear stories about slaughtered animals and it was told to us that they were cult sacrifices, that or the KKK. Never saw either go down so the aliens are probably the most plausible cause.

Jarhead said...

You're naive enough to believe "W" is my standard bearer? You should do your research. Why do I keep telling people that they should do research? Oh, perhaps it's because they're making assumptions about things they know nothing about.

"falling back to the position of electing someone who would do no harm to our constitution, world standing, young men, might not be so bad." And you think the answer is to elect a Liberal? My friend, every point you mentioned in that quote is a conservative value. I'm not talking about neocons like Bush and his buddies. I'm talking traditional conservative values. Yes, even engaging in war is a liberal action. Think about it. War is revolutionary and reactionist and non-interventionalism is conservative.

Let me just say this. I think Atilla the Hun is a bleeding heart, knee jerk leftist liberal.

W ain't my standard bearer and McCain definately is not.

Anonymous said...

"Toitus"
Didn't any of you ever watch the Bugs Bunny cartoon where he was in a foot race with the tortoise? Toitus is Bugs' Bronx way of saying tortoise. Geez!

Anonymous said...

1:21, Has BO been to all 58 states yet?

RPM said...

On the OTR trucker deal. It's fun for the first two weeks. After that it's a beating. ESPECIALLY if you get stuck in the Devil's Triangle (Atlanta - New York - Chicago).

Running the West Coast is cool unless you get hammered by the DOT. I ran OTR for 12 years. Don't miss it a bit and sleep in my own bed every night.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Chipotle & Rosa's. Oh wait, that means we have food in common - weird!

Anonymous said...

I like that you had a holiday for yourself. Kinda like "Festivus"
a holiday for the rest of us. A holiday celebrated by Frank Costanza of Seinfield .

Anonymous said...

and truck drivers have the worst kind of roid rage..hemoroid rage..!!

Anonymous said...

i thought toitus was when two turtles was f'n.....

Anonymous said...

I'm confused.....I thought the liberal procedure when someone breaks into your house was to call 911, curl up in a ball in a closet, and wait for the police to find your body?

Anonymous said...

707 how do turtles toitus anyway??

Anonymous said...

The truck diver profession is not you Barry you !! Stay home and let the professionals do it!

Anonymous said...

The shotgun idea proposed ny your"buddy"= bad idea,very bad. Modern ammo and modern weapons almost never fail to fire when a round is seated in the chamber and ready to go however when chambering or cycling a round a misfeed can happen any time ESPECIALLY with a slide action shotgun. You could just as easily have a shotgun with a round stuck halfway up to the chamber stuck ALL the way up your butt. The "universality" statement is usually made by people who don't understand weapons or the dynamics of human conflict but want to sound good.
You'd be better off 1) Hitting them with a flashlight beam then: 2)If they run call 911. 3)If they are armed-shoot 4)If they do not appear armed and they comply with an order to get down, fine 5)Don't get anywhere near the intruder 6) If they run,don't chase them -ever. Call 911 if not already done.
I don't mean to be rude but,following your buddies advice could get you,um,killed for lack of a better term.

PS make the first round a slug all following oo buck. Make the flashlight as accessible as the gun. You can even tape it lightly to the stock.