The Campaign For DA


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Anybody else see the commercial for the movie Quarantine that was shown during the Cowboy game last night? Seemed a bit too intense for prime time football.
  • Here are nine minutes of fans jacking with a sleeping guy at Shea Stadium. As much as I never thought I'd watch all nine minutes of it, I couldn't turn away.
  • I'm thinking about growing my hair longer again. I tend to alternate every year.
  • The Cowboys are great, but I just have a bad feeling about this team.
  • Probably mentioned before: If I take an afternoon nap, it takes me an hour to fully wake up. And I'm incredibly confused when I wake up thinking that it is morning.
  • Texas Tech is in the Top Ten for the first time in forever. (But we don't know much about them since they've only beaten Eastern Washington, Nevada, SMU, and Massachusetts.)
  • The Dallas Morning News implemented a "comment section" on most of its stories about a month ago, some times it doesn't know how to deal with them. Case in point, Barefoot Sanders (the federal judge who presided over the Dallas ISD desegregation) died over the weekend. Most of the initial comments were racist diatribes which were immediately taken down.
  • Odd note from that Barefoot Sanders story: "1936 -- Is named freckle champion of the State Fair of Texas." Say what?
  • I always wanted a cool nickname. I don't think "Barefoot" is cool.
  • It seems like only yesterday that we didn't trust the reliability of email. Now it's a rare occurrence if one doesn't make it to its recipient.
  • Another home invasion in northwest Tarrant County, and another home intruder dead. What is up with these stories?
  • Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM were injured in a plane crash this weekend that killed four but they survived. I think I've heard a Blink 102 song, but I had never heard of DJ AM.
  • That "Eveyone's Going To Choctaw" jingle is getting on my nerves.
  • I attended one game in Yankee Stadium and saw a fan blow out his knee as tried to hop down a several rows of empty seats.
  • Craziest obituary ever in the Dallas Morning News?
  • So the federal government is going to buy $700 billion in bad loans? Does anyone else think this magic wand trick may one day implode?
  • And I've said it before, if you are a simpleton like me and want to understand how this mortgage crisis came to be, you have to listen to the one hour speciall of This American Life: A Giant Pool of Money. I actually listened to it for the second time this weekend. Fascinating.
  • I've seen maybe 15 minutes of Grey's Anatomy but I bet it's pretty good.
  • Edit: The Ticket just mentioned that the holder on Martin Grammatica's failed field goal yesterday (the game doesn't matter) was wearing a watch while on the field yesterday. Off.


Anonymous said...

Per the Saving and Loan Crisis, watch these very bad loans sold back (at firesalel prices) to the very yeahoos who made the bad decisions in the first place.

It is a 700 billion "welfare for the rich" scheme.

Our only prayer is that it stays at or below 700 and doesn't go 1.5 trillion.

Thank you Phil Graham!!!!!!

The fox doesn't stop preying on the chicken house till all the hens are gone.

Capitalism is wonderful with check and balances. Without moderate regulation, the fox just does what foxes do.

M-M said...

When I nap more than 20 or 30minutes I have the same recovery problem, but if it's 15 to 20 minutes I am re-energized and feel great. I love those power naps.

I don't like any of those bailouts, I think we the taxpayers, are yet again getting royally screwed. And it won't do any good in the long run, if regulations are not put into place to stop the lending practices that got us into this mess in the first place.

Cowboys: I wish Romo would wear his hat turned around the right way. He looks like a dork with the bill in the back.

Anonymous said...

If you let your hair grow out we will not be able to do the cup trick on you at the next game. You would look like a redneck with a pony tail anyway.

Anonymous said...

did the messupper shut down or what..!

Anonymous said...

"What's up" with these home invasion stories where the intruder is killed? The intruder is getting what he deserves, THAT'S what's up! Hooray for courageous homeowners who refuse to be victims!

Anonymous said...

From crazy obit: "His older sisters regularly beat him up, put him in dresses, and then forced him to walk to the drugstore to buy their Kotex and cigarettes."
Hey!? That's what I was gonna have the family put in my obituary. Except for the forced part - I did it voluntarily. What a co-in-ki-dink

"...the holder on Martin Grammatica's failed field goal yesterday...was wearing a watch while on the field..."
Maybe they were filming one of those old Timex commercials: "It takes a kicking and keeps on ticking!"
I'm just sayin'

Triple Fake John Cameron Swayze

Anonymous said...

where was yoko romo????

Anonymous said...

What's the news on Diamond..?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the "Giant Pool of Money" piece. I concur with your comment, very interesting. It sounds to me that Alan Greenspans plan totally backfired on his sorry arse. Maybe that's why he stepped down from his "non-goverment employee role in his non-goverment job with the non-government fed". He got out before it all came crashing down. Something he knew would happen. Typical piece of Washington work at it's finest. I don't mind paying taxes, I just wish they knew how in the hell to spend it and they haven't known how for the last twenty years.

Anonymous said...

Since Governor Palin was chosen for McCains VP I've read comments here on Liberally Lean regarding all the following falsehoods related to her, this list comes from

"Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she increased funding and signed a bill that will triple per-pupil funding over three years for special needs students with high-cost requirements.

She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term.

She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska's schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."

Anonymous said...

That obituary made me laugh; he must have been a fun guy to know. Although, I hope they were just kidding about leaving behind unpaid taxes. His daughter isn't going to get anything until the taxes are paid first.

Anonymous said...

Can I loan the government $700 billion that they don't(and i don't ) have ,and shore up the gap with tax dollars? Just trying to make some gas money off the interest!

Anonymous said...

FWIW, I don't think Barefoot was his nickname

Buckwheat said...

Barefoot was his grandmother's last name.

I'm just sayin.

Anonymous said...

What's the matter,Barry? "PIGEYE" not good enough for you?

wordkyle said...

This article gives an analysis of the mortgage/Wall Street crisis. Essentially, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac blew up, and bystanders were injured in the blast.

John McCain co-sponsored legislation in 2005 to more carefully regulate Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, legislation that might have helped avoid the current mess. However, Democrats effectively prevented the legislation from being voted on in the Senate.

Since 2005, Obama has received $112,000 in political donations from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. (McCain has received $16,400.) Moreover, Obama chose James A. Johnson, former head of Fannie Mae (and who got in trouble when it was found he had made $21,000,000 while there,) to head Obama's Vice Presidential selection committee.

Draw your own conclusions about which candidate tried to help and which one is closely linked to Fannie Mae -- and the bailout..

Anonymous said...

"Barefoot was his grandmother's last name"
And her married name was Enpregnant - I think that's French for "great with child"

SHUSHU said...

Travis Barker was married to Shanna Moekler (miss america a few years ago, i think) and have 2 kids together, but got divorced a couple of years ago.

DJ AM dated Nicole Richie for a year or 2 i think, until they broke up and Nicole Richie started dating Joel Madden (member of Good Charlotte) who now have a child together.

Thank you Tyler Durden.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle 12:09PM said - Let's Blame Obama. Really?

Just for fun, take a look at former Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Lobbyist and now working for McCain's campaign:

Aquiles Suarez, listed as an economic adviser to the McCain campaign was lobbyist for FMFM 2003 to 2006

Charlie Black, one of McCain's top aides, worked for Freddie Mac from 1999 to 2004

Wayne Berman Fannie Mae for lobbying firm Ogilvy Government Relations.

Arther B. Culvahouse Jr., the VP vetter who helped John McCain select Sarah Palin, worked for lobbying and law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

And others, but you can look them up yourself.

For years McCain campaign manager Rick Davis was head of the Homeownership Alliance, a lobbying association that included Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac.

The real knee slapper - Davis' organization opposed congressional attempts at regulation of Fannie and Freddie. He went on record in 2003 stating no further reform was needed. WOW!

Hey! You're right! Jim Johnson held an unpaid position shortly on Obama's campaign on the VP selection committee. Left in June 2008, months before VP choosen. Not much of a fact, but what the hell, let's make a really big deal about it because it's all you got.

OK - What about all that money donated to Obama? I see you are quoting figures that match what you want it to say. The same list all Republicans are using right now. However, if you research it, you will find different campaign donor lists floating around. Indeed Obama received more money from FM/FM "Employees". However, McCain has received $116,000 from FM/FM Directors and lobbyists.

Say what you want, but for anyone who has been paying ANY attention for the last 20 years, McCain has been VERY ANTI-REGULATION.

I could go on, but jeez!

Do you REALLY believe all the things you are saying? Or are you a ditto head just repeating all the republican talking points? Come on. Take a look around. This kind of crap is destroying our country.

Final point - Fannie/Freddie was only part of the problem. This financial crisis would have never hit the nuclear level had it not been for PHIL GRAMM WHO REPEALED THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT IN 1999 AND WROTE THE COMMODITIES FUTURES MODERNIZATION ACT IN 2000!! These two pieces of deregulation caused this disaster!!!!

LandShark 5150 said...

3:32 I recktum that good ol'boy ,And I'll give him the title PRESIDENT which the office deserves,Clinton Had notta to do with it or was he just following good ol'boy (PRESIDENT)Carter.We can find a common ground-WE THE PEOPLE- have to , in the words of a great Patriot,protect OUR Country from OUR Government.We might differ on policies but I am Sure that you are not a Marxist or Socailist , even thee beloved PRESIDENT J.F.K. could and would be considered a "WAR-HAWK" building up the military, a, dare I, conservative with that Tax cuts to promote economic stimuli and of coarse my fav "ROCK-STAR" with his affairs. Just a little fun there.Cant hep-et my unedgamacted racist conservative hypocritical ass is a hanging-out. REALLY ,it will take all of us or maybe U.S. -WE THE PEOPLE we of all GODly beliefs or non beliefs, WE of all races (hopefully the Human), We of all walks of life or crawling(out of the wood-work,over the boarder ,at this point whats the diff) which reminds me What are talking about? Lets ALL grab a I'm green bio-degradable cup of non-sugared,non-caffinated, cup of Kool-Ade, sing Kumbaya , and take our metrosexual ass build a house for, a non-tax paying oops less fortunate member of society, humanity(kinda redundant is'nt it!)

wordkyle said...

332 - I linked to McCain's sponsorship of the legislation. Dispute that if you want, it doesn't change the fact. Readers can judge for themselves.

I quoted the figures on Fannie Mae's political donations to Obama cited in the LA Times. Not a talking point, not what I "want" it to say -- it's information from federal campaign finance reports.

Obama selected the discredited ex-head of Fannie Mae to lead a vital committee. He had to backtrack on that decision.

Obama spent twenty years in Jeremiah Wright's church, ostensibly without hearing what Wright was saying. Obama had to backtrack on that decision.

Obama bought a mansion under suspicious circumstances, the transaction tightly interwoven with Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko, who was convicted of bribery, money laundering and attempted extortion. Obama had to backtrack on that decision.

Using the most generous interpretation, Obama's judgment is suspect. Or you could say that he's an opportunistic politician who readily drops shady associates who prove a liability when the media finally report Obama's questionable activities.

McCain took action three and a half years ago to try to head off the Fannie Mae debacle. What action did Obama ever take, other than extending his hand for political donations (the most of any politician?)

What have I said that was incorrect? Do you dispute the truth of any of my points? Please point out anything that you can prove is false. It's all documented.

Anonymous said...

when will you idiots figure out they are all corrupt.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the obituary, that was hilarious. Since I FARK.COM around, I saw that someone had prevously listed this one, which I attempted to one-up with Mr. Merritt's. The one I had to compete with was this:

Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark
Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark, who had tired of reading obituaries noting other's courageous battles with this or that disease, wanted it known that he lost his battle as a result of an automobile accident on June 18, 2006. True to Fred's personal style, his final hours were spent joking with medical personnel while he whimpered, cussed, begged for narcotics and bargained with God to look over his wife and kids. He loved his family. His heart beat faster when his wife of 37 years Alice Rennie Clark entered the room and saddened a little when she left. His legacy was the good works performed by his sons, Frederic Arthur Clark III and Andrew Douglas Clark MD, PhD., along with Andy's wife, Sara Morgan Clark. Fred's back straightened and chest puffed out when he heard the Star Spangled Banner and his eyes teared when he heard Amazing Grace. He wouldn't abide self important tight *censored*. Always an interested observer of politics, particularly what the process does to its participants, he was amused by politician's outrage when we lie to them and amazed at what the voters would tolerate. His final wishes were "throw the bums out and don't elect lawyers" (though it seems to make little difference). During his life he excelled at mediocrity. He loved to hear and tell jokes, especially short ones due to his limited attention span. He had a life long love affair with bacon, butter, cigars and bourbon. You always knew what Fred was thinking much to the dismay of his friend and family. His sons said of Fred, "he was often wrong, but never in doubt". When his family was asked what they remembered about Fred, they fondly recalled how Fred never peed in the shower - on purpose. He died at MCV Hospital and sadly was deprived of his final wish which was to be run over by a beer truck on the way to the liquor store to buy booze for a double date to include his wife, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to crash an ACLU cocktail party. In lieu of flowers, Fred asks that you make a sizable purchase at your local ABC store or Virginia winery (please, nothing French - the *censored*) and get rip roaring drunk at home with someone you love or hope to make love to. Word of caution though, don't go out in public to drink because of the alcohol related laws our elected officials have passed due to their inexplicable terror at the sight of a MADD lobbyist and overwhelming compulsion to meddle in our lives. No funeral or service is planned. However, a party will be held to celebrate Fred's life. It will be held in Midlothian, Va. Email for more information. Fred's ashes will be fired from his favorite cannon at a private party on the Great Wicomico River where he had a home for 25 years. Additionally, all of Fred's friend (sic) will be asked to gather in a phone booth, to be designated in the future, to have a drink and wonder, "Fred who?"

Fred, through his obituary, is now an internet legend, with various copies being publicized, but I must say Mr. Merritt merits some consideration. Bravo to his obit writer - probably his only daughter.

Anonymous said...

3:32PM FTW - thank you for saving me all that time to dispute Wordbyle.

But, I have to remind myself, he is a hopeless, lost cause, so I just don't bother so much any more. I've come to understand we are just so totally different, there is no dealing with it. He's no different than all the racist redneck arseholes in Wise County.

I still don't understand why Wordbyle glommed on to Barry's site.

Anyway, excellent job 3:32! Bravo. I really mean that. We've got your back.........

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the facts Wordkyle. You did not mention some guy named Dodd who was at the top of the list of those who received money from Fannie and Freddie. I believe he is head of the Senate finance committee that is working on the 700 billion bail out. Seems like a conflict of interest to me. McCain's foresight into the future failure of Fannie and Freddie shows that he has a better understanding of the economy than Obama.

wordkyle said...

610 - Since you compared me with "racist redneck arseholes" I feel free to ask you: Which part of my posts do you dispute as incorrect? Easy enough to prove my information incorrect, if you have other evidence. But if you do, please provide documentation, as I have.

My goal is to provide accurate information to counteract the disinformation machine that Liberals have established, and which you seem to regard as sacrosanct. Why does it throw you Liberals in such a tizzy when I post information so people can see for themselves? You must feel threatened, as you always fall back on name calling. Embarrassed at getting called out?

Anonymous said...

You think that song is annoying?

You ought to live up there with them little red devils for a while?

Anonymous said...

Don't grow your hair out again -- it's not flattering. Too thin. Makes you look kind of skeezy. Stick with short.

Anonymous said...

06:10 your welcome. Appreciate your comment. But I see your point. wordkyle started a conversation about the current US financial disaster, so I responded. Not sure if he understood, because now he is talking about preachers. (he's using typical republican strategy....can't win so change the subject to something goofy, say, for example: lipstick, preachers, flag lapel pins)

Wordkyle did not respond to any of my points about mccain, his lobbyist campaign advisors, his best buddy phil gramm and the fact that he deregulated financial instruments like derivatives and credit swaps allowing banks to get involved in 'gambling' on mortgage-backed securities, creating a shadow market, toxic credit and ultimate failure of major banks.

Without that deregulation by phil gramm, these bank failures would not have occurred. Gramm also put a little gift in the CFMA 2000 Act for his wife Wendy. Wendy was on the Enron Board of Directors. She got the 'Enron Loophole' and we all know what happened to Enron....ur, well, maybe wordkyle doesn't know.

I explained in my earlier post the difference between campaign donation reports from employees and donation reports from lobbyist. But, guess that didn't fit into his argument, so he couldn't take the time to read more about it.
So he can click here and read about it, or he can go to many various other non partisan sources to read about it as well.

Bottom line, Obama received money from individual employees working at FM/FM.
These employees sent money to Obama because of individual reasons for wanting him to be elected.

McCain received $116,000 from FM/FM LOBBYIST. Lobbyist donate to campaigns to pursuade McCain to vote in favor of legislation that would allow their company FM/FM to make a greater profit.

AND if wordkyle wants to talk about being '''''tightly woven'''' with a crooked ass, we haven't EVEN began to talk about McCains involvement with KEATING!!!

But like you said. It is a waste of time. It's late. We will save the entire KEATING discussion for another day.

wordkyle said...

It's great that you guys are sticking together. Birds of a feather, and all that. However, my original point still stands. McCain took action to prevent the mess, whereas Obama did not. (No surprise there; Obama is not known for his record of accomplishments.)

So who did money influence? Did it influence McCain, who co-sponsored legislation to add tighter regulation to Fannie Mae? Or did money influence Obama, who did nothing?

My other points about Obama's shady associations were to point out that his choice of a discredited Fannie Mae official for a high-level assignment was the latest in a long series of indications that call Obama's decision-making into question. Clearly there is no point in trying to discuss any accomplishments in his past, so we're stuck with trying to analyze what few things he does do. Obama has consistently chosen to associate with people who can help him politically, regardless of whatever else they do.

Obama's strategy seems to be second-guessing those who have had to make hard decisions, with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight. That strategy in itself reveals much about his character.

Anonymous said...

wordkyle - the fact that you keep pointing to irrelevant rhetoric tells me that you clearly do not understand the root cause of the problem. Nor are you making any effort to learn more about it.

But this does not surprise me. Because of ignorant, brainwashed voters like you explains why we are in this mess today.

Keep believing the BS and keep voting republican. you are a lost cause. Go back to limbaugh. I am moving on.

wordkyle said...

I gather that by "irrelevant rhetoric" you refer to John McCain's sponsorship of legislation to more strictly regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I guess a person can take that position if he wants to. A Senator sponsoring legislation seems to be a bit more than that to me.

I appreciate your last shot of namecalling before you move on. It confirms my belief that a person with weak arguments has to fall back on such tactics. With all of your verbage, you have disproven none of my points. McCain took action while Obama did nothing.

By the way, you went to considerable lengths to divert blame from Obama & Co. onto Phil Gramm. Here's a column that offers an alternative to the Obama-led Liberal demonization of Gramm.

As I've said before, nothing infuriates a Liberal bully more than standing up to him. It makes them want to "move on." Maybe your assumed air of superiority will be more convincing somewhere else.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

9:06 I am moving on because I am bored with you. You included a link to a conservative opinion writer!

I was not name calling. You have proven yourself to be ignorant meaning you are not knowledgeable on the subject you are trying to debate. Why? because you are brainwashed by limiting your thoughts to right wing sources. To prove my point, you sent a link to a right wing opinion writer. He thinks gramm is a hero and tells you why you should thinks so also.

Referring me to right wing columnist is the best you can do? And you said MY argument was weak. Right!

wordkyle said...

"Bored." Right.

My "right wing sources" included the LA Times and the Congressional Record. My link to the columnist was offered as an alternative, which is what I clearly called it. Once again you don't give any evidence disproving what he said.

You call me "ignorant" because I'm "brainwashed" by "limiting my thoughts" to right wing sources. Using that logic, since my sources are not limited to right wing -- see above -- I'm not brainwashed, and therefore not ignorant. Which means that you are, in fact, wrong about me across the board, and thus "name calling." I'll expect the apology forthwith. (Not.)

You have still not disputed the fact that McCain co-sponsored legislation to more tightly regulate Fannie Mae. You also passed on the opportunity to dispute the claims defending Gramm in Lowry's column.

Your entire argument seems to be based on "I'm right because I'm right!" (By the way, I loved your use of exclamation points!!)

Simply put, McCain tried to do something to prevent the Fannie Mae disaster and Obama didn't. Why didn't Obama do something? Why did partisan Democrats prevent a vote on the legislation?