10.19.2008

Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • As goofy as the public is, I'm amazed at the continued popularity of 60 Minutes. I actually watched it for the the first time in a while last night and was surprised to see one of the stories anchored by Lara Logan, who has the great combo of being hot and having a sexy accent. (And I recognize the inherent irony of this random thought.)
  • Movie box office rankings for the year. I love stuff like that. And when I panned down to the bottom I saw Kevin Costner's Swing Vote which looked so awful that no one saw it.
  • I can't believe the UT is as good as they are, and I don't know who can possibly beat them. Scary thought: They are supposed to be better next year.
  • One more UT note: QB Colt McCoy was 29 of 32 in passing on Saturday. Absolutely insane. I can't believe I'm saying this but right here, right now, I wouldn't put take him out even if I had Vince Young on the sideline to replace him.
  • I want to see Oliver Stone's W.
  • The State Fair's web site suggests everyone take the same exit if you are approaching on I-30 from the west. That's dumb. I overshot the caravan of cars trying to take it on Texas/OU weekend, took the next exit, and was parked within 10 minutes.
  • From the Dallas Morning News on Sunday: "Last season, there were probably 1,000 [deer] shot in Texas that would qualify as trophies by almost any whitetail hunter's definition. At least 90 percent of them were shot while they ate corn." That is, corn that was released by battery operated feeders. That is the equivalent of fishing in a barrel.
  • Just when you thought the McCain backers couldn't get any more beaten down, Colin Powell endorses Obama. And most McCain backers would rather vote for Powell than McCain.
  • Frequent commentator Denny Crane.
  • Messenger photographer Joe Duty reflects back about drag queens in Chico. (Oddest. Sentence. Ever.)
  • BoDunkADunk. Or, as I tend to say, "Hey, now."
  • There are calls to fire Wade Phillips this morning and handing the reins to coach-in-waiting Jason Garrett. Uh, what's Jason done that qualifies him as a genius?
  • Ate lunch at Bone Daddy's in Grapevine this weekend. Hottest waitresses ever?
  • Someday, soon, some player is going to die in the NFL. (Prompted by the hit Ike Hilliard took last night on Sunday Night Football.) Other observation: The rule about "not leading with the crown of the helmet during a tackle" is ignored on every play.
  • Game 7 of the American League Championship series was on TBS? "Enjoy" baseball while you can - it will be dead soon.
  • Craziest story I didn't see until this morning: "Man kills himself at crowded Hurst park"

73 comments:

Anonymous said...

Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama came as no surprise to me. Powell is an independent thinker and even disagreed with Bush when he was in that administration.

We absolutely need more politicians like Powell - willing to stand up for what he believes is right. Most of those jerks in Washington don't think for themselves - they just think ABOUT themselves and being re-elected.

I applaud Powell for his endorsement of Obama..... Only one problem: I wish HE HAD RUN FOR PRESIDENT INSTEAD OF OBAMA.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the spell check Barry! Some body has to keep me in check!

Joe

Anonymous said...

I haven't been to the Bone Daddy's in Grapevine, but the waitresses at the one in Plano (or is it Richardson) sure are nice.

I prefer the Twin Peaks in Lewisville the most!

Anonymous said...

Soon you will have to find girls with more clothes on. It is getting to cool in the morning to wear such little skimpy outfits.

Anonymous said...

Barry, we call it "Bone Daddy's House of Skank."

Anonymous said...

Grow up ... I seriously hope you are not married and don't have a daughter.

Anonymous said...

Amen to 7:59 AM's wish that it was Powell running!

Anonymous said...

Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama was eloquent. He clearly stated the thoughts of most Americans.

McCain and the Repblican party has so many problems. They are way off track.

Obama is the BEST candidate for President of the United States!

Anonymous said...

powell has always been a liberal, he just knew who to suck up to to get a cabinet seat.
he has sold out to whoever seemed most likely to win his entire political life including the Reagan admin.

wordkyle said...

Powell denies that his endorsement of Obama is about race...although he had previously said that an African-American President would "electrify the world." The article also said that Powell was distressed over the "prejudice and bigotry" the country was displaying. But it's not about race?

Here is Powell's description of Obama's qualificiations:"...his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities..." Powell said Obama had "style and substance," but he couldn't list any of the "substance."

The article quoted Rush Limbaugh: "I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed."

I realized the other day that this election is all about race.
* Obama gets more than 90% of the black vote.
* Obama uses any excuse to accuse Republicans of using racist attacks against him, while he uses racism himself (e.g., saying that he "doesn't look like those other presidents on the dollar bills," again implying racism on the part of his opponents.)
* Obama's reference to his grandmother as "a typical white person."
* Heavy media attention to the "Bradley effect" -- white racism that can throw off polls.

Even for those (like me) who didn't realize it, this election is all about race, because one side wants to make it so.

Anonymous said...

Powell's endorsement of a Democrat will likely further fracture the Republican party - but I don't think that was his intent at all. He just has the strength to stand up to some in his own party that are off track as 9:02 says.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you are wrong when you make the ridiculous hasty generalization that most McCain supporters would rather vote for Powell than McCain. Probably saying voting for anyone other than a liberal, clueless Obama would be better. Have you ever considered that Powell could be in the 95%+ Blacks that are supporting Obama? If that isn't the case, Powell has been one of the greatest imposters (or liars) for quite a while, since his ideology in the past has been far from a liberal like Obama. Powell is much more shallow than heretofore realized.

Anonymous said...

Talk about Powell standing up to people in his own party, McCain has done that for the last number of years. Powell is voting for Obama because of race, period. I'm just wondering, with all the money Obama has collected for the race, did he pay any of that to Powell for his endorsement. If Biden can take $2 million for his family why couldn't Obama pay Powell.

Anonymous said...

8:43, you are the one that needs to grow up. those girls are smokin hot, and if they did not want to be looked out, they would be telemarkers.
shut up!

thank you barry. but, i agree with the other poster, twin peaks in lewisville has got it going on baby!

Anonymous said...

One of Powell's many reasons for endorsing Obama was McCain's shameful selection of the vastly under-qualified Palin as his vice-president. McCain has reluctantly caved in to the ideological right-wingers ever since he lost to them in 2000. Now he is one of them. It's too bad for our country that McCain did not win in 2000. We can only hope he doesn't win this time.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Powell was great when, as Secretary of State, went again Bush and said that the people of Taiwan have no sovereignty and are just property of the CCP.

Jarhead said...

Haven't heard from "The Pawn" this morning re: "his Red Sox."

Do you think it killed itself?

Anonymous said...

I was sitting in jury pool today when you "settled" out in the hallway. It was relieving that I did not have to admit in court that I post on your blog :)

But it was disappointing to hear Judge Cude "rave" about Greg Lowery as an attorney. Since he had NOTHING to do with the case. I think this close to election time that it was not only inappropriate but maybe illegal. But on the other hand it is my belief that Judge Cude never looked at it like that .... Maybe Barry you can mention it from Juror 24.

Anonymous said...

Read one person's account that perhaps Powell's endorsement of Obama will smoke out the racists.

Should be interesting!

Anonymous said...

10:58, if you think mccain is right wing, you are a blithering idiot. he is as far left as you can go and still get any republican votes.

Anonymous said...

Whatever, Wordkyle.
(BIG yawn)

Anonymous said...

wordkyle:

You cannot understand why black people are enthusiastically supporting the only legitimate, high profile, serious political candidate they have ever had the opportunity to back since they got their right to vote? Shame on you for trying to play the reverse race card. Try going back to the history books and reading about how horrible slavery was for our country at its founding and into the Civil War, when we finally were forced to face up to that issue. Are you afraid to confront the history of slavery and what it has done to the United States? Obama is a necessary step that our country must take to correct the problems that slavery brought to this nation.

Denney Crane said...

When's the last time you tried to catch fish in a barrel?

Anonymous said...

How about this? If McCain was running against anybody else besides Obama, would he have picked Powell instead of Palin as his running mate? To do so against Obama would seem like playing the race card trump
Just wondering

Anonymous said...

11:46
apologist
You think handing the Presidency to Obama is compensation for slavery?

Anonymous said...

Denny Crane ... Still want to make that 1000 dollar bet on the outcome of this Presidential election ??? We can have Barry hold the monies !!!!

Anonymous said...

Powell's son is campaigning for McCain.

wordkyle said...

1146 - So now you claim that I am somehow trying to "play the reverse race card"? I called attention to the racism that is already being used by the Obama. Why the quick anger at me for bringing it up?

At the same time, you argue that Obama's candidacy is validated because of slavery, and that he is a "necessary step" to correct problems that caused slavery.

Either your post is a joke, bait, or you are a sad but illustrative example of exactly what I was talking about.

I actually feel a bit naive over how long it took me to realize that Obama's race is the primary ingredient of his campaign. Other than race, how is he any different from every other Liberal Democrat candidate of the last decade?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle -

Colin Powell is a respected and distinguished national figure who has served this country admirably.
Read his history and accomplishments in Wikipedia
He served as in the US Army at home and in combat. Additionally, he served as a US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. He has supported Republicans, campaigned for them, and served in their Administrations.

He has never previously supported black candidates.

The characteristic that distinguishes him, is that he has stood up for what was right for this country, even when it meant disagreeing with his party or administration. He has been admired for his courage, intellect and integrity by both the left and the right.

For you, and other Republicans to suggest that Powell's decision to endorse Obama is based on race, is deplorable. Your loyalty to your party at this level is disturbing and reminiscent of those that followed Adolf Hitler.

Anonymous said...

Helloooo This is Joe The Plumber and I'd like to lay some pipe at her place later.

The Prawn said...

i didn't kill myself Jarhead, i'm just defeated and depressed...go Phillies.

Anonymous said...

your right wordkyle, if obama wasnt black he'd be the next dukakas. its really all he has.

Anonymous said...

wordkyle:

Especially in the white man's Texas world where you and I live, race, gender and religious preference are important differences. Blacks, hispanics, women, and non-Christians, (for a few), all have to deal with the ignorant discriminatory views that come up in politics. Your's has been around for several hundred years. Sorry you refuse to see that.

Denney Crane said...

Oh brave 11:52 AM Anonymous poster,

Sure I do, I haven't moused away anywhere.

I just don't want to believe that the Presidency can be bought for $150 million plus perks.

Can't use Barry to hold the coin though, my anonymity will be breached... email me!

Anonymous said...

The change the liberals are looking for must be Obama's skin color because that's all the guy has that sets him apart from the others. Take it as a racist comment if you wish, but it's not, it's the truth. What does this guy have other than, looks, he's eloquent, major rhetoric, nice teeth and can remember his lines very well? What does irritate me, to a degree, is when he's speaking and depending on whom he is speaking to, he tends to put a little Jessie Jackson jive into his speeches, usually at the end of a word. There's something about this guy that bothers me and I am not sure what it is but regardless, he still won't get my vote.

Anonymous said...

Libs wont be happy until whites are made slaves.Thats the ultimate justification.

wordkyle said...

1210 - Thanks for the history lesson. Until this weekend, I didn't realize that Colin Powell was a public figure. Isn't that weird? Did you know that there was a war with Iraq back in the early 90s? Wow!

Colin Powell's own previous statements indicate that his endorsement is at least partly race-based. My own thought is that a decision based on race is deplorable. Yet that appears to be the very thing that many Obama supporters -- including Powell -- are doing. (By the way, my loyalty is to Conservatism, not the Republican party. I've criticized Republicans repeatedly for ignoring Conservative principles.)

And wow again, you compared me to a Nazi. Good for you, high marks for originality.

1232 - Other than something about my discriminatory views, what exactly did you say? Were you confirming that blacks vote for Obama simply because he's black? Making a statement about the plight of all non-white non-males? What? And I'm not exactly sure what "view" of mine that's been around for several hundred years. That each person should be judged on his or her own merits, and not the color of their skin?

Anonymous said...

11:15, the only racism is on the dem side.so if he smokes its out all the better.
if there were any racism on the republican side it would have long ago been beaten out.

Anonymous said...

12:10 Once again if someone is against Obama's socialist agenda he or she is called either a racist or a Nazi. Very interesting. Sounds like you're the one who's intolerable of views other than your own.

Anonymous said...

1:36 Wordkyle

You said your loyalty is to Conservatism. Thank you for clearing that up. Obviously, your loyalty is NOT to your country.

Neo-conservatives, like you, have destroyed the Republican party and would like nothing more than to tear this country apart.

Americans are ready to overcome that oppression and to move forward with a vision that improves the lives of everyone.

Anonymous said...

My Colin's swollen and may go powell!

wordkyle said...

208 - First of all, please explain what a "neo-conservative" is, and how it differs from a Conservative, which is how I identify myself politically. You seem to be confused as to what Conservatism means.

To help clear up your confusion, this column helps explain what I think Conservatism means, and this one explains what Conservatives aren't.

I can't find anywhere in the Conservative handbook where it talks about destroying the country. I'll keep looking. What does strike me as important, however, is the following passage:

"Conservatives understand that every person is a part of a family and a community; they understand that each generation is just one link in the long chain of human history; and they understand that each person and each generation has duties to those who went before, those who are living today, and those who will come after us."

Get back to me with that explanation of what you think the difference is between a "neo-conservative" and a Conservative.

Anonymous said...

2:08 - your last sentence said it all.

Thank you.

I would add that the religious right has done a lot also to tear up the Republican Party, plus Limbaugh and his gang of hatred spewers.

Fanatics get little done other than make people miserable who have to be in their presence...

...or read their "facts".

Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that Obammy is accepting Powell's endorsement when it was Powell that went to the UN and spoke of how Iraq had weapons of mass destruction? And now the liberal weenies are gloating about how they have his blessing. I just hope that Rumsfeld comes out and endorses B. Hussein. That would surely sink his candidacy. This is more fun than watching a monkey hump a watermelon.

wordkyle said...

um..."improve the lives of everyone" sounds nice, and apparently inspires 238. What I would like to know is how the lives of people who work hard, live frugally, save and invest, and make a higher income are made better when the government takes money away from them and gives it to those who are lazy, live beyond their means, spend more than they make and have a low income? Does "everyone" not include those who achieve?

How about the Liberal dogma that certain classes of people are not smart enough to get into college without lowered entrance standards? How do you think that affects the dignity of the people in those classes? And what happens when students who enter through the lower standards are confronted with the too-rigorous requirements of college academics (for which they're not prepared because they've never been held to the necessary standards,) and they fail and drop out? Whose life is "improved" then?

There are too many examples to list, that illustrate the irreparable damage done by the Liberal philosophy. Look at the results of the Great Society for evidence.

Anonymous said...

Guess what Wordkyle? - I am an old woman - probably twice your age (don't know) who has a nice savings account, pays her bills, doesn't live off the government, lives within her means, votes, goes to church, is well educated and paid for it myself, am married to one man for fifty years and teach privately. I am also a Democrat and am the 2:38 poster.

For the most part, I enjoy your thoughtful posts, but find them more about wanting to be right than anything else.

Lighten up. You can't win em' all!

:-)

Anonymous said...

Denny I have the coins ready to go and as far as your anonymity have one of your friends drop the cash off to Barry. Or just be a man and grow a pair. Nothing worse than someone whom wont face the people and look them in the eyes for what they stand for.

Or let me guess ... you are a elected public servant who jumped ship from the democratic party to get elected and now want to position yourself to come back when the tide turns. Ah .. yes ... A true politician !!!

Anonymous said...

4:10, He is not trying to be right. He is right and just wants you liberal weenies to start thinking about the errors in your ways. He also backs up his posts with facts.

Denney Crane said...

2:38 PM

As a member of the religious right, I sure hope someone tears into a political party and promotes family values! I'm an Independent, not a Republican.

You said, "Fanatics get little done other than make peope miserable who have to be in their presence..."

Congradulations, you have just described our Democratic Congress!

Go hug a tree or something!

Anonymous said...

wordy continues his pattern of stating a false premise then prattling on about how those he associates with that false premise are wrong. Poor logic, poor wordy.

Denney Crane said...

He'll have the money Friday.

Kingfish said...

Word,

I see what you did here. Shame shame shame. The Great Society? Really? You want to go there?

Since it's you, I will use the Foxworthy logic.

If you use an interstate highway, or have used an interstate highway, then you might have benefitted from the Great Society.

If you have ever recieved a student loan, then you might have benefitted from the Great Society.

If you believe that everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, has the right to vote, then you might like the Great Society.

NPR, PBS, Medicaid, Medicare, federal aid of secondary education, Peace Corps, truth in lending act, food inspection, and many other beneficial programs find their establishment in the Great Society.

You reap what you sow. You said, "less government is better." It's never been bigger. It's never been more intrusive.

You said, "your either with us or against us." When you label your own people as un-American and un-patriotic, you are not looking in the mirror when you should.

MANY, many, many good Democrats have spilled their blood for the Constitution too.

If Obama is half the man that LBJ was, then that is 10 times better than Cheney.

Denney Crane said...

And since you've grown a large pair all of a sudden...include your name with your coin...

I'll introduce myself!

Anonymous said...

(((((I))))) - hey Denny, this is hugging a tree. It's fun.

BOTTOMLINEGUY said...

YOU GOT IT RIGHT WORDKYLE.KEEP TELLING IT LIKE IT IS.THEY'LL JUST KEEP DRINKING THE KOOLAID,BUT THATS WHAT LIBERALS DO.

Anonymous said...

Denny I didn't have to grow a pair. They were always there and you may not want to see them or me my friend. Just be glad that you may get away with only loosing 1000 bucks.

If Barry will hold the money then Friday it is. What you waiting on ??? County doesn't pay till Friday ?

Let me know ...

Jarhead said...

Hey Denny, I'll bet you a grand that your coin will be awfully lonely come Friday...

Anonymous said...

Wow, bottomlineguy - you are one smart fellow.

Yep, Wordklye keeps on keeping on and the religious fanatics keep on drinking the koolaid.

I have always wondered what political party Jim Jones identified with? ...or perhaps what denomination?

Does anybody know?

Anonymous said...

Jarhead ... Please bring your grand too ;) Or are you also afraid to let Barry know who you are and why wait till Friday?

You work for the county also and thats pay day?

Anonymous said...

How does Crane type with a straight jacket on? He can go pee wearing the straight jacket with WK unzipping his pants and aiming for him, but he must employ a contract typer. One who does not make over 250 mil a year.

Anonymous said...

So Barry would you mind holding some coins until election day?

wordkyle said...

KF: Some points. LBJ gave his first speech on the Great Society in May, 1964.

1) The interstate highway system was begun in 1956.
2) The 15th Amendment to the Constitution, giving blacks the right to vote, was ratified in 1870.
3) The mention of PBS and NPR is laughable. They are Liberal lapdogs shilling for Democrats.
4) Food inspection dates back to at least the 1880s.

Despite some $7 Trillion dollars being distributed -- much of it spent on administrative bureaucracy -- the "war on poverty" is no closer to a conclusion.

As for the benefit to blacks, I'll quote Thomas Sowell:

"Rates of teenage pregnancy and venereal disease had been going down for years before the new 1960s attitudes toward sex spread rapidly through the schools, helped by War on Poverty money. These downward trends suddenly reversed and skyrocketed.

"The murder rate had also been going down, for decades, and in 1960 was just under half of what it had been in 1934. Then the new 1960s policies toward curing the "root causes" of crime and creating new "rights" for criminals began. Rates of violent crime, including murder, skyrocketed.

"The black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life."

So much for the "Great Society."

Anonymous said...

Denny Crane did not mean "hugging a tree" he meant "humping a tree" which is a big waste on those 5 buck blue pills he has to take to hump said tree or trees if tree orgy is involved. It is a waste because he wants to be be sticking it to.....MMMmmmmmm. Goooodddd...... Mmm.

wordkyle said...

238 - If you are twice my age you are well above the average lifespan.

I guess I do always want to be right -- I find no great value in arguing for a point I know is wrong. You seem relatively polite, so I'll ask politely, how do you arrive at the conclusion that Rush Limbaugh (since you named him) is a "hate spewer?" How has the "religious right" (what exactly is that?) destroyed the Republican party? What is the "oppression" the previous poster mentioned that excited you so?

If you use invective, as a teacher you should be able to back it up with facts. (The word that angered a previous posting Liberal.)

Kingfish said...

Word,

Do you actually think you state FACTS? The only thing factual in your previous retort is about the Interstate highway Act, and you were correct on the Amendment. The rest is just the way you wish things were. Wouldn't that be nice for you if everything Democrats achieved historically was aweful and wrong, and everything Republican was glorious. WTF are YOU SMOKIN?

Once again, there is error by omission. Typical how you quote a source in the wikipedia article, but fail to represent the entire breadth and scope of the articles subject. You just quote the stuff you agree with.

Jarhead said...

I have more faith in the fact that "anonymous better" won't pony up with his thousand than I do in McCain winning the election November 4.

I'm on record as saying that I don't think McCain can overcome the Cult of Personality that is Barack Obama.

Plus Mrs. Jarhead would have my ass if I bet $1,000 on anything.

We're putting in a pool at the McMansion and we need the coin.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to write in Chuck Baldwin for president guys! Really, why vote party when you can vote principle, why put a man over the Constitution?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle 3:26

My daughter went to a local high school and by her own testimony was not prepared by the school to enter college. She has done very well maintaining a 3.1 GPA at a major college. She possibly is one of the liberals that you say will fail and drop out because the standards are lowered. I on the other hand see here doing very well in her life and making it what she wants it to be.

There are definitely people out there that want the government to take care of them, but I would be willing to bet they are not all liberals.

Anonymous said...

6:56 AM anonymous....

Congratulations to your daughter! Sounds like she filled with determination and well on her way to being successful. And because she is a liberal, her life's pursuit will most likely be something that makes this world a better place for us all.

Do not be concerned by Wordkyle's comments. He is narrow in his thought. He does not broaden is search for truth beyond right wing propaganda. He never reads a newspaper or listens to educational broadcasting because it is not right-wing only. As he says himself, he is 'loyal' to conservatism.

May your daughter be blessed in all her endeavors.

Denney Crane said...

To 5:21 PM (big gambler),

The banter alone is worth a dime...

But since you have such a big pair of cohoneys, why do you post anonymously???

You said, "Or just be a man and grow a pair. Nothing worse than someone whom wont face the people and look them in the eyes for what they stand for."

Are you afraid to post your name? I think so...

I can take it almost as well as I can dish it out. And I have become used to wearing a straight jacket...I type with my tounge...yea, I'm popular in several different circles with these skills!

And finally you say, "Let me know ..." I already let you know. Are you gonna put up and shut up or just keep talking about it. My money will be there by Friday! and like Jarhead said...probably by itself.

wordkyle said...

Quickkills:

656 - Good for your daughter. Others in her position have been less fortunate. Let me put my thought another way: Is telling a class of people that they are not capable of succeeding on their own a move designed to build, or to destroy, their self esteem? Those who want the government to take care of them are victims of the Liberal philosophy.

946 - I'm sure you are comforted by the caricature you have created of me and other Conservatives. Arguments from informed, rational, somewhat intelligent people must put a severe strain on your belief system.

KF - I had no desire to write War and Peace to dispute your entire posting. I thought pointing out a couple of your inaccuracies made my point quite well. Sorry if my opinions upset you.

Anonymous said...

Crane and Head are for sure Republican. Violence is in their nature. That is how things are settled. Don't ya'll go nutty like the Disgruntled Conservative Poster Child Tim McVeigh now. We know you want to............. and you have simular personalities...... but you could get in trouble. I.E. Tim McVeigh.... Is Denny Crane and Jarhead your real names, or is that like posting anonymous? Does the Phonebook have these names listed? Do ya'll get really so stirred up over silly blog posts? HaHaHa. Guess so. You are the ones that are pathetic.

Denney Crane said...

10:16 PM

Spoken like a true brave hero... but Anonymously...

Sounds like you're a little stirred yourself...but God bless your dumb ass anyway!