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10.03.2008

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The debate was a big disappointment. Politicians are too good these days to screw up.
  • But there were a couple of "heavy breathing" moments from Biden. And that lock of hair that covered one of Palin's eyes drove me a little nuts (and kind of jazzed me) there in the beginning.
  • But both wore flag pins to prove they weren't radical muslims.
  • One final debate point I stole from The Ticket this morning: Both candidates should have to wear shock collars so that once they deviate from answering a direct question they could be zapped with a pretty good jolt of electricity.
  • If you're a long time DFW resident (and I mean loooooooong time), you'll be interested to know that former weatherman Warren Culbertson has died. I hadn't thought of him in 20 years.
  • While you were sleeping: Wachovia abruptly broke up with suitor Citigroup and eloped with Wells Fargo.
  • Lindsay Lohan is at the beach in Mexico with her girlfriend. Even I'm tired of seeing those pics.
  • When Wells Fargo took over the old bank in Decatur, there were a ton of complaints about the bureaucracy that was implemented. (You'd stand across from a teller who had know you for 20 years but they had to see your ID.) But people got used to it.
  • McCain has pulled out of Michigan. (Kerry won the state in 2004).
  • Anybody else get the "hypothetical" email yesterday about why membership in a local church would be denied to a couple but that same couple would be welcomed in heaven after being run over by a Chaney truck? (Not sure why Chaney got thrown under the proverbial bus.)
  • For two days in a row, I've had someone in my office come back to me and say, "Someone is up front and they want to talk to you about something that's on your blog." That will give rise to some brief tension. (Both times it turned out to be nothing involving violence.)
  • Stock quotes no longer to be printed in the newspaper.
  • I noticed Bridgeport finally received some votes for the 3A Top Ten football poll but still hadn't cracked the top ten. It doesn't help that the guy voting for the Dallas Morning News left the Bulls completely out. (Can't find that proof online right now.)
  • In this month's issue of the Texas Bar Journal, they reprinted a funny deposition excerpt I sent in to the magazine in, gasp, 1990. A pdf of it is here. (And it reminds me of what a beating it was taking worker's comp depositions.)
  • I learned that I was ever so briefly considered as the moderator for the proposed debate for the Wise/Jack County District Attorney's race between Gerald Hartley and Greg Lowery. That would have been great. First question: "Tell me how you feel about a gay woman who is considering an abortion so she can go fight the terrorists in Iraq."
  • By the way, the debate was canceled when some basic ground rules couldn't be agreed upon. For example, one candidate wanted the other candidate to agree that he wouldn't mention his endorsements.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is Palin runnin for VP of the US or PTO?

I was glad she kept her cool. No melt down....no tears.

Anonymous said...

I came in your office yesterday...can't you do something about the smell?

Anonymous said...

I had an appointment with your partner in crime, and told him I enjoyed your writing. This was before the blog. He told me he doesn't like to relay the complements because you'd get a big head. You were out that day. I missed my brush with greatness. Le sigh.

Anonymous said...

Darn, I was wanting to ask Gerald Hartley who paid for his campaign signs and why he left off the required disclosure. Since they could not agree on the terms of a debate, I would guess Gerald didn't want the Republican candidate to say he was endorsed by law enforcement. Gerald is endorsed by the Wise County Active Democrats. Checking online with the Texas Ethics Commission, their treasurer has been fined three times. First time, $500 for being late on the first report, second time, $10,000 for failure to report before the primary and recently another $500. The political action committee now owes $11,000 in fines to the State of Texas! Guess they can figure out how to pay the fines now that they won't be a sponsor for a debate between only two candidates, leaving out the independent who is a write-in for District Attorney.

Anonymous said...

Candidates are not required to answer the questions. Barry, there is no judge telling them to answer the questions.

Palin did a great job and so did Biden. Palin reached out to the common person like Ann Richards was able to do. She reminds me of Harry Truman. She is refreshing and I believe a good person who will try to reform Washington.

She was the winner!

Anonymous said...

I would like to impale myself in Palin or somethin.

Anonymous said...

Find us a lesbien wanting an abortion to fight terrorism and I'll show you another medal of honor receipiant. It comes down to dedication of beliefs, exactally what this county is founded on.

House of R and R said...

That smell is from all those dead animals hanging on the wall. I know... because we have the same problem here. :)

Anonymous said...

Warren Culbertson was pretty "down-home country", if you get my drift. My brother used to always laugh at a TV ad about the Channel 4 weather forecasting because they had an excerpt of Warren Culbertson saying, "the fish bite best when the wind's from the west". Kinda corny, you think? However, he seemed like a very nice person, and I was greatly impressed with his bio. He probably wouldn't make it in metroplex weather forecasting nowadays, and that's meant to be a COMPLIMENT to Warren!

Anonymous said...

I didn't get to see the debate but, Palin must have DESTROYED Biden- the liberal media is grudgingly giving her the nod "after a shaky start."

Anonymous said...

I would lick her toes

I bet they have those white porcelin tips on them. Those are nice.

House of R and R said...

White porcelin tips? Hon, that's nail polish. White nail polish. It's called a french manicure.

The Prawn said...

I was happy with Palin's performance because it was about what I expected and she was pretty much awful.

My favorite moment illustrated her tactic for the night of if a question was asked for which she had no answer on her note cards, just start randomly talking about something else. For example when the discussion moved to bankruptcy laws, Palin ignored the question and started blabbering on about energy independence.

Her biggest mistake was the misrepresentation of McCain's stance on the "Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act". McSame doesn't support it because it closes a loophole in current federal bankruptcy law that prevents primary residences from have their mortgages restructured by federal bankruptcy judges. Currently, second homes, seventh homes, and yachts are eligible for such restructuring, but not primary residences that are being lost at a record pace in the current foreclosure crisis.

Palin was nothing special, she did nothing to help herself or her campaign, the neo-con stranglehold is almost over!

Anonymous said...

How bout that tuff little blonde medic the county has on the Ambulatory service WOW she is a little Hottie! I hope she comes to my rescue somtime!

Anonymous said...

Was it Warren Culbertson that would sometimes show some kid's coloring on TV? He really seemed like a nice guy.

I thought the debate was a draw. Palin did a better job than anyone expected. Every time Biden is on camera, he brings up the tragic accident that took his wife and child, then starts to choke up and cry. He did it again last night during the debate. On one hand, it shows he can be a caring man, but after breaking down so many times on TV, I wish he would not do it. I don't want to see him cry anymore.

Anonymous said...

Moderator's statement to Biden: "You did a real good job" And to Palin: "See, It wasn't all that difficult." The microphones were left on, so these statements wee picked up after the debate. Is this condescending or just good old sexism?

Anonymous said...

There were a few time last night during the debate, when Joe Biden looked over at Gov. Palin with a look that spoke volumes. It appeared as though he was saying to himself, dang I wish we had her on our side or dang she is hot or dang she has more hutspa than I thought or dang, somth'n, somth'n, somth'n. I'll leave the somth'n to your imagination.

An informed Democrat of Wise County said...

1.What does a gay woman having an abortion have to do with anything concerning the DA's office?
2. I would like to have heard a debate between Gerald and Gregg about things that pertain to the office of DA.
3. The Wise Active Democrats do not owe any fines. You need to get the complete facts.
4. Gerald Hartley has every thing required on his signs that he paid for himself. Show a picture of one that is not right.

Anonymous said...

Not one of Hartley's signs has the required language according to the Texas Election Code Title 15 Chapter 255. No Paid Political or right of way language is visible. Check the code. Does not matter if he paid for them himself...the language must be present to be legal. I wonder if anyone will file a complaint?

Anonymous said...

James Garner was the Mavrick wasnt he? They need to stop with reptitive mavrick crap! Darn and Heck and "Got NO" made her sound way too back woods! She did a great job considering the fact everyone had cut her to pieces before she went on air for the debate! I laughed when she said we need to leave him and also said Mc Cain had Tapped her already anyone else catch any of those slips? She obviously had been doing her study's however as she was better than most predicted!

Anonymous said...

A looseley associated thought:

Watch the video of the gaffemaster flash Biden and Couric on the bus when he starts talking about FDR getting on TV to encourage America when the depression hit about 10 years BEFORE TV was available. Pay attention to Couric-she looks enraptured, ecstatic. I was afraid she was going to pull his pants down and begin pleasuring him orally in front of God and everybody.

Watch the interview clip of Couric and Palin ( there's one back a few pages here) Couric positively glares at Palin, absolutely staring her down in disgust. I was afraid she was going to rip off one of her heels and shank Palin in the eye.

The End

Anonymous said...

Y'all might as well get used to it, she's going to be your VP and President after 2012.

We'll be fine, she's going to be great.

Obama will take your guns, money, dignity and future. We don't want that do we?

Anonymous said...

Why is it that,you're going to bed and know you have to pee but go to bed anyway and then have to get up and go after you get everything feelin just right?

Anonymous said...

I have the facts straight. Wise Couty Active Democrat Tracy A. Smith is currently on the Delinquent filers list through the Texas Ethics Commission. Here is the link:

http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/dfs/PAC_delinquent.htm

At the very least is shows that she has failed to properly pay/file the required paperwork under Texas law. And, before you say that it has been "fixed" the report was updated TODAY.

Informed Wise County Democrat said...

Brenda,
I have a sign in front of me that has both disclosures. One says, "Pol adv pd for by Gerald Hartley with his address and that it is against the law to put a sign on the right of way. Perhaps you need to borrow my glasses. I can take a picture for you.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to drill Sarah Palin offshore until my bit breaks off.

Anonymous said...

9:30, I picked up on that body language of Biden's toward Palin too! Very evident! He was enamored!

Anonymous said...

Just checked it out on Texas Ethics web site under delinquent filers list. $11,000 owing in fines under Wise County Active Democrats.

Gerald Hartley's campaing sign Sign Hwy. 51 next to Greg Lowery's sign has NO disclosure on it. He needs to correct this violation of election code or risk being fined.

As a voter I have a problem with someone who will be enforcing the law, not following a very simple law under the election code requiring disclosing who pays for a political ad. A campaign sign is a political ad.

The proper disclosure is: Pd. Political Advertisement by (list campaign treasure w/address).

Anonymous said...

Both Joe Biden and Sarah Palin did well last night, As a voter, I appreciate that from both of them. I do believe however that Palin won the debate. She is a Washington outsider and the average citizen appreciates that fact and also that she talks like most of us, less that accent of course. Both are good people in their personal lives and both have sons that will be in a War Zone soon.

Anonymous said...

Can you believe Gwen Ifill's questions last night?? OMG I am outraged!!!! How dare she asked Sara Palin those impossible irrelevant questions that were SO obviously biased and unethical!! THAT, my friends, is the liberal media for you! I bet Ifill and Obama did a fist bump right after the debate was over (or more). Ifill is clearly a angry black militant and hates all white people. This was her chance and she really showed them. WHY do Republicans tolerate this again and again??

I agreed with Wordkyle comments yesterday...."What I don't understand is how Republicans always manage to get snookered like this. Ifill, PBS, and the Commission on Debates are doing what they do; we don't expect anything like ethical behavior from them anyway. "

Yup, yup. Snookered again.

wordkyle said...

Holy smokes, I just realized somethng. Last night's debate emphasized that the Democrats want the "rich" to pay more taxes, even though they pay like 90% of all taxes anyway. That's what they call "fair." Democrats also talk about all the people in need that they will take care of. So the Democrat philosophy in a nutshell:

From each according to his ability;
To each according to his need.


The underlying philosophy of the communist system. It's not even a polemic now, it's accurate. The Democrats are Marxists for real. I always hated saying something like that because it's such an extreme charge that it sounds like a cliche. (Much like Democrats calling Republicans Nazis.) But is the description not accurate?

Will a Liberal Democrat please tell me how my perception is incorrect? I really, really don't want a major American political party to be communist in nature. Explain the difference to me.

wordkyle said...

1034 - I'm so befogged by my last post that I can't tell if you're joking or not. Despite my dread, Ifill did a pretty decent job. She was fair in her approach to both candidates.

My point yesterday still remains: Republicans should have disqualified her long ago. (As should have the Commission on Debates.) Politically, the national Republican party has shown itself to be incredibly clumsy. The only thing that wins elections for them is that the American people agree with most of their political philosophy.

Anonymous said...

ALERT..JURY NOW DELIBERATING THE FATE OF O J SIMPSON...

Anonymous said...

o j looks like a unich at an orgy with these 12 white jurors who will decide if he goes to prison for the next 20 years..i sure hope they do the right thing..!

Anonymous said...

10:34 You crazy Lib. Go back to dailykos.com and prattle on with the other retarded liberals. We are way too smart for you here.

Stone, cold , busted huh? Man your face is red. Get a job and you could probably use a haircut too, you noodnik.

Yup yup (whatever thaat means)
Haw-haw.

Anonymous said...

It never ceases to astound. Obama/Palin are the BEST the Democratic party could do? I kept hoping for some 11th hour magic but, they never fail to dissapoint.

I've been a Democrat all my life and I know I'll be voting for McCain.

Anonymous said...

Well they passed this b.s. they call a bill. I have decided to pass on thier political futures. It is time to begin the Hanging of politicans who comitt TREASON. And in my opinion that is exactly what this bill is --look even the market is falling .

Anonymous said...

The House Approved the bailout. Now what happens?

11:15, did someone jump ship while I was sleeping? Obama/Palin? Wazzup with that?

Anonymous said...

9:21 the foclosers r at 2.75%
the same as 1999

Anonymous said...

the prawn=retard

You obviously didn't watch the same debate. Palin nailed it and left Biden wishing she was on his side!

Anonymous said...

"11:15, did someone jump ship while I was sleeping? Obama/Palin? Wazzup with that?"

Oops, sorry I'm a goofball. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I was expecting Gwen Awful to do an awful job at hiding her bias last night. (Yes I meant for that sentence to be written that way) Even though I am not voting for the new Messiah I believe she did a good job.

Anonymous said...

Um, prawny you nitwit, whether you like it or not after the election the message is going to be driven home so forcefully and effectively proving that the Dems are to blame for the foreclosure crisis and profited like no other and after the Mccain/Palin Whitehouse has enough time to be deemed a success, we are going to have a legislature and supreme court that is so beautifully conservative and good for this country- Zombie Reagan himself might rise to be part of it.

You might as well get used to it if you want to be an Ameri- can instead of an Ameri- can't.

Decide NOW to be a winner!

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

Anonymous said...

Today is the anniversary of our victory in the Battle Of Mogadishu in 1993.

Anonymous said...

When you compare Obama to someone like B. Clinton you thought at the time Clinton was running Yeah, there'll be some heartburn after he gone waiting for some radical, leftist justices to die. He'll hurt us with new taxes and bad social legislation but, we can get around all that and fix it later. The wheels will still turn and the thought of being being President was more distasteful than frightening.

Obama is a not too bright dimwit that just might usher in an apocalypse.

Anonymous said...

The real debate Question should have been? Explain WHY Wise County DOes Not do anythiing about Domestic Violence, What will you do to change this oh so ever relaxed attitude Wise County Officals Have, Good Ole boy Hand shake! Coming from someone who has been in this spot!!



















mind id you smack her around as long as you don't send her to the hospital without insurance! Wise County Needs Change someone who is going to make Texas and GOvernment Laws be followed accross the board regardless of who you are and who you know!!!

Anonymous said...

You people who want LOWERY !! Are a joke!! Wise County Needs change!!!!

Anonymous said...

Gerald Haretly Would and Is the best person for the job. Speaking from someone who has befriended him and have hired hom. He is HOnest, straight spoken, no b.s and believes change is needed. He goes above and beyond an attorneys duty. I have found he plays no games, shows no favoritism, and believes you get paid to do a job, do it to the best of all abilties. He does not care who you are or who you know the laws the laws and all should abide. You go Mr. Hartley! You deserve it more than anyone. YOU HAVE MY VOTE