1.29.2009

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • It was foggy driving in and I feared The Freezing Fog. But it didn't happen. I didn't even have the build up on my antenna that normally makes it shake like it's possessed.
  • The House has passed the katrillion dollar (which means $819 billion) Economic Stimulus Package with every Republican voting against it. Probably a smart move --- the economy is headed to darker times so distance yourself from the party in power. (The first trillion dollar package passed under Bush with Republican support.)
  • Yesterday morning, Channel 5 news kept a camera on an exit ramp in Fort Worth for about 30 minutes straight as cars tried to maneuver onto it. It was great TV. Really.
  • Any show depicting food tasting has one major flaw: There's not much the host can say after he puts the food in his mouth other than, "Ummmm. That's good. That's really good."
  • George Bush was at the Baylor/Oklahoma women's basketball game in Waco last night, and he even gave the Lady Bears a pep talk before the game. They lost.
  • WBAP's Hal Jay, after learning that Bush was at the game, asked this morning, "Do you think he had a salted pretzel?" I do not understand how he has a job.
  • I saw on of Ricky Gervais on "Inside the Actors Studio" last night. He's one of the few people that make me laugh by simply walking on stage. And I bet every George Carlin fan doesn't remotely understand what makes Gervais funny.
  • When I find someone that irritates me, I tend to listen or watch them more and more.
  • I got 500 thread count sheets for Christmas. I finally got them on my bed, and I still don't know what I think about them.
  • Saw a lady buying a gallon of ice cream in the store yesterday. That just seemed weird.
  • "High school dance team disbanded after provocative routine." Story. Video.
  • If you pass on that, there's an Interactive Youtube Jacuzzi Girl. (Thanks, Keith.)
  • People are beginning to suggest "walk away from it all" movies for me to see.

32 comments:

James in Jonseboro said...

What's wrong with high school girls simulating lap dances? Maybe it was the girl on the left who missed the chair or the heavyset girl who couldn't keep her shorts down or her socks up.

Anonymous said...

$2,000,000,000,000 divided by the approximately 100,000,000 taxpayers in the U.S. equals $20,000 per taxpayer. Can you imagine the debts that would be paid off, the bad loans that could be made right, and the cars and trucks that could be bought, and the sales tax dollars that would support local governments...and so forth...if we just wrote every taxpayer a check for 20G? We're giving it away anyway, and it's our money!!!! Come to think of it, how in the world can the government give out what amounts to $20,000 per taxpayer?

Anonymous said...

Quote: Yesterday morning, Channel 5 news kept a camera on an exit ramp in Fort Worth for about 30 minutes straight as cars tried to maneuver onto it. It was great TV. Really."

Admit it, as you sat there watching, at times, you secretly wished they would play a little bumper cars, and slide into each other.

Anonymous said...

Bush was a cheerleader when he was in college. Bored to tears in Crawford so you drive to WACO?

Anonymous said...

Barro, see Steve Blow's column in DMN about Judge Elizabeth Berry

I'm just sayin

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell us why we still have Christmas lights up on the square? Noticed that again last night, they are even lite up.

Anonymous said...

I"m surprised there's been no mention of Bridgeport's All State Football selections. Either bragging or complaining, I expected BHS fans to be on top of this one.

Anonymous said...

Girls sleep with a boys....but a women will sleep with a man with 500 thread count sheets. ;) and take note of the quality of the man and the sheets I agree 500 thread count sheets and a man make a big differance ;)

Anonymous said...

Republicans want to be the party of opposition now. They voted for $700 billion pkg to bailout banks, but not this one. Not because it is the right thing to do. Just because it fits into their strategy.

Republican Strategy -
1. Create the mess,
2. offer no real solution,
3. vote no to everything,
4. do some name-calling,
5. blame Democrats for everything,
6. jump on some simple minded issue to excite the base, like flag burning
7. run for office,
8. campaign on bipartisanship
9. promise to stop the petty bickering and get things done,
10 get re-elected
***Start again at #1***

This is the same old lame a$$ leadership we have seen from the Republicans for years. Never mind that we are in a economic free fall here, their goal is to ensure their own re-election and fight for the power of the Republican party.

They have their marching orders. Their Republican leader, Rush Limbaugh, wants to see Obama fail.

Anonymous said...

"Yesterday morning, Channel 5 news kept a camera on an exit ramp in Fort Worth for about 30 minutes straight as cars tried to maneuver onto it. It was great TV. Really."

I have to agree. It was fun to watch. When the El Camino guy decided to go around all those just sitting there, and others followed him, someone said they had "El Camino attitude". What a great line!

The Prawn said...

Ricky Gervais is a funny bloke.

Anonymous said...

8:31 - We can't give out money to taxpayers, because less than half of the US population pays taxes. The liberals, including Barney Frank, would argue that it is unfare to exclude the lazy assess at home on the couch watching Judge Judy all day.

Anonymous said...

I think it is just as well to disband the dance team - didn't appear to be too much aptitude for dancing.

Anonymous said...

Please let me out of your trunk.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bare-wii! you and the football fans out there should check this out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHH-6ZQktRQ

wordkyle said...

It was great to see that bipartisanism can exist in Washington, as 11 Democrats voted with Republicans against the Obama/Democrat stimulus bill.

Anonymous said...

1) House Republicans are asleep at the wheel on this situation. You have to do something otherwise we're doomed to at least a decade-long recovery. They voted no, but where are their better ideas? Are they trying to be the "do-nothing and wait for Obama to fail" party?

2) If you cut taxes today, then you wouldn't see the results until 2010. We don't have time.

3) The dirty secret: "trickle down" economics only works on paper. Both 40 and 43 have proved that in practice it does not create jobs; it just creates a larger gap between the Haves and the Have-nots.

Anonymous said...

12:01, you hit the nail right on the head. We also seen the try by the Reagan Administration to introduce a sub-minimum wage, like if you can hire someone for half the price, then you would automatically hire two people. The Republicans are such a joke and the people still think they are taking care of them.

Anonymous said...

anon 11:32! Loved it!

Anonymous said...

I see a bunch of name calling from the liberals but I don't see any solutions. Obviously the bailouts by Republicans haven't worked because they are still asking for money. So is there a chance that they see this is not the solution after all. Just a question.

I personally believe it is a crying shame that the government is having to give money to these multi-billion dollar business because they are unable to run a successful operation. I do understand that if certain things happen then the country could be in bigger trouble but sometimes bad things have to happen in order for more successful things to take place in the future.

wordkyle said...

1201 - You can see the Republican tax proposal here. It lowers the bottom tax rates so that workers would see an increase in take home pay immediately.

Economist Thomas Sowell said that no economist during the last two centuries had ever advocated a "trickle down" economic theory. He said that many people -- not you, of course, I know you've done your homework -- confuse that term with supply side economics. "That theory is that tax cuts can generate more tax revenue for the government because it changes people's behavior, causing more economic activity to take place, leading to more taxable income, as well as a faster growing economy." Tax cuts did their job in the 20s, as well as during the Kennedy and Reagan administrations. It was Democrat icon JFK who said "A rising tide lifts all ships."

Anonymous said...

9:50 Do you know what is in the stmiulus package. You blame the current mess on the Republicans. Have you ever heard of the Community Reinvestment Act? Are you aware of what a foreclosure is? Do you know which group or groups of homeowners that most foreclosure occur in? Are you aware that the current package includes a $7,500 gift in the form of tax credits to first time home buyers (high forclosure group). Even if the buyer owes no tax they still get the check from the IRS. This is more of the same Community Reinvestment Act that devistated our economy. You are right Barry, the Republicans will blame the Democrats. How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?

I am going to sell one of my houses through a third party (lawyer) to my son so he can get the $7,500 gift. He is going to college and has no income. I will be looking for other areas that I can harvest some of this money.

Anonymous said...

Re: Woman buying gallon of ice cream.

You can estimate the life expectancy of a person and their family by what you see in their grocery cart. Another indicator is what rows they frequent at the grocery section in Walmart.

Anonymous said...

If Obammy had given the lady bears a pep talk before the game they would have won 100-0.

Anonymous said...

9:50 - don't forget to add Cornyn, who had to get some attention by opposing Hillary Clinton's nomination to Obama's cabinet.

Another jerk Republican.

Anonymous said...

12:01, If you cut taxes immediately, you will see the results on your very next paycheck. Not 2010. What universe are you living in?

Anonymous said...

yes 9:50, gaming "the system" is how we got where we are. But if we do it, it is smart, if the poor do it, well........

I can't imagine fashioning a law that someone can't cheat on to their advantage.........look at the IRS code.

but let's keep trying to get out of this mess. Based on life expectancy, my 401 will recover to 2007 levels the same year I am expected to die.

Anonymous said...

1:39 What a great plan you have n to screw the taxpayers/country by sidestepping the rules and "harvest some of this money" for yourself.

Sounds like the Republican patriotism and high ethical standards we have come to know so well.

Anonymous said...

12:36
"The Republicans are such a joke and the people still think they are taking care of them."

Taking care of them? Seriously? Why on God's green earth would ANYONE want any form of government that "takes care of them"? That's what HAPPENED to the national Republican party-they tried to out Democrat the Democrats and TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE. People need to take care of themselves, and the elderly and infirm in their communities, and let the government take care of building roads, protecting our streets, and waging war.

I think I'm going to be sick...

Anonymous said...

Here is my answer to 6:18. I'm just trying to stay ahead of the stupidity of Obama. Just because you choose to drown does not mean that I am going jump in and let you push my head under in your struggle. You Dems need to stay out of the home finance business. Your Community Reinvestment Act did not work. Your rump ranger Senator, Barney Frank, could not solve the problem because he was too busy getting his perverted sexual gratification with a Fannie Mae executive. Meanwhile Chris Dodd and Obama were receiving huge contributions from Fannie and Freddie. Bush pleaded with Congress to pull the reigns in on Fannie and Freddie and their subprime disaster. The bribed Dems blocked any action. Meanwhile these subprime mortgages got bought, sold, and passed around in the financial community. Who in the hell's fault is this other than Dodd and the Democrate controlled Congress. Bush said stop and they said go. When crap hit the fan in October you and the news media blamed Bush who saw it comming in 2003 and tried to save the country. Senator McCain did speak before the Senate and predict exactly what is happening, would happen. He said if Fannie and Freddie were not reigned in the economy would crash. That is a recorded prediction.

Now you think the government should pass out $7,500 checks for helping 1st time home buyers, a high risk group, to gain home ownership. How stupid can Congress be. I will try to protect myself and my family from the depression to come. As I have been posting here since last summer; A hard rain is going to fall.

A huge devaluation of the dollar is going to be rough. Stupidity does not understand that either. Stupidity will continue to blame Bush for all the problems we are having that have deep roots in the Community Reinvestment Act of Jimmy Carter that was expanded on by William Clinton and the Justice Department.

Please do not regurgitate more crap you here on CNN or read in the New York Times. You might try reading some of the European newspapers online.

Anonymous said...

Stimulus package is a big, big left wing lie because it is a big spending package planned to put in place when the liberal wing of the Party took over and got Obama elected! Call it what it is and stop trying to scare everyone into thinking spending on every social program the left could think of is going to create jobs! It won't work and we look to run-away inflation and high taxes for anyone making $60,000 in the new future.

Anyone who doesn't pay income taxes or is poor will love this new president and the social agenda he is putting into place. They won't care how high taxes go and the left wing Democrats are hoping to count on them to stay in power for decades.

And if you live in a district where a Republican stands up to this wreckless spending, no federal tax dollars are going to flow into their districts. Now how has anything changed for the good?

It is about power and handing out the goodies to those who keep them in power!

chupacabra said...

9:50 am says:"Republican Strategy -
1. Create the mess,
2. offer no real solution,
3. vote no to everything,
4. do some name-calling,
5. blame Democrats for everything,
6. jump on some simple minded issue to excite the base, like flag burning
7. run for office,
8. campaign on bipartisanship
9. promise to stop the petty bickering and get things done,
10 get re-elected
***Start again at #1***"

Interestingly (tellingly?) substitute the word Democrat for Republican and a conservative would say exactly the same thing is the problem.