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2.17.2009

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Finished the Sicko documentary by Michael Moore last night. I know to take his schtick with a grain of salt, but if the health care systems in Canada, France, and England are that different, we are shockingly behind.
  • I wonder if many Americans, for the first time, are thinking about moving out of the country because they don't see a future they want to be a part of.
  • Get ready for three New Deal thoughts (which is certainly a first for me.)
  • I question the motives of those that think FDR's New Deal didn't have a favorable impact on the U.S. economy.
  • I didn't know the New Deal was responsible for building the Will Rogers complex in Fort Worth
  • I tried to find out how much the New Deal would cost in today's dollars. Good luck with that search. Nut cases on both sides prevented me from finding that needle in a haystack.
  • The word "companion" in yesterday's Random Thoughts got a surprising number of thoughts. Good thing I didn't go with "escort."
  • A bar code tattoo is borderline clever.
  • There's a move to impeach Court of Criminal Appeals judge Sharon Keller for closing the court at 5:00 p.m. when she knew an emergency writ was coming that good could have stopped an execution. I just want her impeached because she sides with the State 99.9% of the time.
  • I'm not sure what is going on in the contract negotiations between Tech and Mike Leach, but it has become bizarre. And the school imposing a deadline of today for him to sign the extension is just silly.
  • I ordered Nutrisystems for the heck of it. How they make that stuff so good is beyond me.
  • When I see footage of any outdoor music festival where people are packed in as far as the eye can see, I can only think that would be the ultimate beating. (But Coachella in California looks like a good one.)
  • I've been to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas once but that was almost 15 years ago.
  • I'm going to set my GPS to the Texas Theater where Oswald was captured, too.
  • Lots of people have sent me a link to the Dallas Desire women's lingerie football team. Huh?
  • Ugh. One of my headlights went out. I opened the hood to see how difficult it would be to replace, and I'm pretty sure I'd have to remove the engine block. James Wood, here I come. (It cost me about $70 two years ago for the other light.)

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do they make that nutrisystem so good? Do a little research. You'll probably find MSG or other chemicals that don't really belong in your body. But as long as you're under the illusion that that crap is good for you, well, let's just say there's one born every minute

Anonymous said...

I saw a picture earlier of Obama with 2 flags over his shoulder in the background.

My first thought why, is that so he can spit on one and wipe his rear with the other?

Then I thought Come on, that's not right- there are actually 3 flags.

Anonymous said...

Have fun replacing that headlight. My parents had to change a headlight on their Trailblazer last year. We practically had to take the entire front end off of the truck to get it replaced.

Anonymous said...

Lots of times the people/garages that inspect vehicles will do minor repairs like that. You might call around before contacting James Woods.

Nutrisystem: is it really good or is that sarcasm? It looks good on the commercials but then again, frozen dinners look good on the box. I realize that it is all about portion control and I'm not scared of MSG...

Anonymous said...

"Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court said it would consider a Kentucky case questioning the constitutionality of lethal injection, Richard was executed for the 1986 rape and murder of a Houston-area nurse. Richard’s lawyers argued that extra time was needed on his appeal to respond to the new circumstances. They also said computer problems delayed printing the motion."

Good thing a lawyer would never lie or use any other kind of ploy to win a case especially such a political one.

I'm against the death penalty for the money wasting, judicial vengeance, societal debasing crap it is but, lawyers of those scheduled to die would keep courthouses open to the minute the condemned person dies if they were allowed.

Anonymous said...

There's a move to impeach Court of Criminal Appeals judge Sharon Keller for closing the court at 5:00 p.m. when she knew an emergency writ was coming that good have stopped an execution. I just want her impeached because she sides with the State 99.9% of the time.

Barry, change "good" to "could"... Just a heads up.

Anonymous said...

i dont think the issue is about how much the new new deal will cost or if it will work. to me, its about massively empowering the federal government in our lives and economy. i dont believe the constitution allows that, and if we keep depending on them to fix it we will all end up slaves to it.

Anonymous said...

"...but if the health care systems in Canada, France, and England are that different, we are shockingly behind."
Socialized health care? You kidding me? I can't imagine it would be any simpler than the layers of bureaucracy you get now with HMOs

"Ugh. One of my headlights went out. I opened the hood to see how difficult it would be to replace..."
I'm no expert, but experience tells me that you generally change headlights from the front (outside). That's one of the basic car things every guy should be able to do. Check with your "companion". jk

"A bar code tattoo is borderline clever."
Yeah, but somebody came up with that idea years ago. It would have been more interesting if she had put it on a different body part, instead of her neck. That pic brings up images of Idiocracy, or death camps.

"I wonder if many Americans, for the first time, are thinking about moving out of the country because they don't see a future they want to be a part of."
Well, if we couldn't get Alec Baldwin and the other liberals to go like they promised following Bush's election...
The up and downs on the rollercoaster usually last between 4-12 years

Nice work on today's pic. Much closer to ideal than the milk wagon from yesterday afternoon.

Anonymous said...

1.FACE THE VEHICLE SO THAT BATTERY IS ON YOUR RIGHT;
2.REMOVE THE BLACK PLASTIC PIECE THAT RUNS OVER RADIATOR BETWEEN HOOD LATCH AND FAN. IT IS ABOUT 53 1/2" LONG AND HOLDS THE HOOD PROP CLIP. (3 PLASTIC PUSH RETAINERS & 2 SHEET METAL SCREWS);
3.REMOVE THE GRILL ASSEMBLY UNDERNEATH THE PIECE IN STEP 2 BY PUSHING DOWN FIRMLY ON 4 RETAINER CLIPS WHICH RUN ALONG THE TOP. USE A WIDE SLOT SCREWDRIVER. PULL UP GENTLY ON GRILL ASSEMBLY. IT WILL POP OUT. THE GRILL ASSEMBLY EXTENDS UNDER EACH HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY (HA) AND IT DISPLAYS THE CHEVROLET LOGO IN THE MIDDLE. MY GRILL ASSEMBLY POPPED OUT EASILY AND ALL THE OTHER RETAINER CLIPS ON THE BOTTOM AND BENEATH AND TO THE SIDE OF HA WERE AUTOMATICALLY RELEASED WITHOUT ANY FUSS;
4.ON TOP OF HA SEE ONE TAB (ABOUT 1" LONG)ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND ONE ON THE LEFT (THE ONE ON L IS CLOSER TO THE FENDER);
5.PULLUPWARDDIRECTION ON TABS. THEY WILL SLIDE UPWARD A COUPLE OF INCHES AND WILL RELEASE THE HA WHICH YOU CAN THEN PULL OUT TOWARDS YOU;
6.AT BACK OF THE HA, REMOVE 2 ROUND RUBBER CAPS (ABOUT 4" IN DIAMETER)--ONE FOR LOW BEAM--ONE FOR HIGH. REVEAL BULBS. UNSNAP THE WIRE HARNESS FROM BULB BASE AND TURN BULB 1/4 TURN CLOCKWISE (REMEMBER YOU ARE FACING THE TRUCK)
7.REPLACE BULB(S). #9006 BULB IS GRAY-BASE, FOR HIGH BEAM ON OUTSIDE. #9005 IS BLACK-BASE, LOW BEAM TO INSIDE OF HIGH BEAM.
CHANGING HIGH AND LOW AND REASSEMBLY TOOK ABOUT HALF HOUR. GOOD LUCK.
ALTERNATIVE: IF YOU ARE REPLACING THE PASSENGERSIDE HEADLIGHT JUST REMOVE THE AIR FILTER COVER AND PULL PLUG OUR FROM BEHIND HEADLIGHT AND REPLACE. BE CAREFUL HANDLING LIGHT BULB. TO CHANGE THE ONE ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE JUST REACH IN FRONT OF THE BATTERY TO ACCESS THE PLUG AND HEADLILGHT. TOOK ABOUT 5 MINUTES. ENJOY YOU TRAILBLAZER, GREAT TRUCK.

Anonymous said...

Barcode tatoos??? Hummmmmm??? It's the mark!!! Obama the anti-christ will make everyone take it to be able to buy gas,groceries or anything else! Soceity as we know it is near the end. Christians rise up the time has come!! Whatch the sky we will be leaving soon!

Just sayin.....

chupacabra said...
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The Accomplice said...

The bar code tattoos kind of remind me of the Holocaust tattoos. Just saying.

Anonymous said...

Have several friends and relatives living in Canda and their health care is quite good. It isn't free, everyone pays a basic fee. It really works on the preventive side. Yes, there are some waits, for some things but nothing alarming.

We are going to have to fix ours. It is time for everyone to put down the incendiary language, work for the best compromise and fine tune it till it works like it should.

Currently I pay $1000 a month, have to call someone in India to get permission to go to a hospital, and wait. There has to be a better way.

I am not holding my breath however, because the nutcases have fulltime employment if they can stall, discredit, obstruct. etc.

chupacabra said...

That tattoo probably says in barcodeese:

"You are doofus number 112 to enjoy this view"

Anonymous said...

8:25AM A big round of applause!!!

Many are already slaves to it
...take a look at where our $ go
(2007 figures)
22% Defense & Security
21% Social Security
21% Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP
9% Safety Net (SSI, food stamps,
school lunches, low-income
rent assistance, etc.)
9% Interest on debt
18% All other
(Quiz: which of the above were envisioned when our constitution was written?)

Anyone taken a look recently at what is happening to many who have been living beyond their income?
Might I suggest that you broaden your picture and include most states and our US government.

We are living on borrowed money and I find that frightening...
especially when you look at where we are borrowing it.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Sixth Floor Museum tour when I was in the sixth grade our tour guide took us along the route and then stopped at the grassy knoll he then turned to us and with a shaking voice, pointed out where he was taking cover with his sister that day...it was one of the most heartbreaking, amazing things I have experienced in my life

Adolf Oliver Bush said...

I changed the headlights on my 2006 Chevrolet pickup and it was super-easy. No tools required.

Anonymous said...

GM has probably got the easiest headlight system there is. You can remove the grill,headlamps and parklamps on some vehicles without any tools at all. It doesn't get much easier than that!

Anonymous said...

dow -253 already. how much fuel does air force 1 burn flying to denver to sign this fraud in front of solar panel burn? around 20000 gallons. more than you burn in 40 yrs in you suburban.

God help us.

Anonymous said...

Did you know the New Deal, or the WPA to be specific, built the old DHS - (the one that has a basement that houses the day care now) and Decatur's old Post Office(across from the Messenger)? And they also built the red brick roads in Fort Worth.

That old high school was certainly built to last. It's a great building - you can tell the point was to give jobs, not to get it done in the quickest amount of time with the cheapest construction.

The Donald said...

Where do you get all these pick-me-up pix?

Have never been to the 6th floor museum, but was fortunate enough in 2007 to attend the premiere of "Oswald's Ghost" in the newly renovated Texas Theatre, the week of November 22. Pretty cool.

During the intro, I think it was by Paul Coggans, one of Oswald's arresting officers stood up and showed his hand...with the ring that caused the laceration on LHO's forehead seen in all the photos.

wordkyle said...

If you want to talk about motives, you might start by questioning the motives of Democrats in Congress who rushed the "stimulus" legislation through without giving all members the chance to even read it. Or Democrats' motives in breaking their promise to post details of the bill online for 48 hours before voting, so the public could see it. Or Obama breaking his promise that there would be no earmarks/pork in the stimulus package. Weighing the motivation of the two groups -- doubters of the New Deal, or the Democrats who control Congress -- which seems more threatening to your standard of living?

As for the New Deal, according to Wikipedia -- font for all truth and wisdom -- at least a quarter of all economics and history professors believe that New Deal policies not only didn't help, but actually lengthened and worsened the Depression. In opinion polls conducted in 1939, more than half of Americans (the ones who actually had to suffer through it) believed the same thing.

Phillip J Hubbell said...

We will have several trillion dollars in deficits by the end of the year and yet the Democrats still want to take over the health care industry. Like Ron White says...you can't fix stupid.

Anonymous said...

World War II pulled us out of the depression; the New Deal made it last longer. Cattle were slaughtered but not fed to the people; however, history has been changed to read the people were fed the cattle.

Obama's health care plan is still employer based with government intervention. It is worse than any bad HMO plan because we do not have a choice to override the agency working with our doctor to determine our treatment!

8:25 understands history and how freedom is lost by becoming dependent instead of taking responsiblity. Progressives who are incaple of being self reliant will welcome a dictator or Savior.

Anonymous said...

If the pork bill was so urgently needed to fix this economy, why is the Messiah waiting 4 days to sign it after it passed? Are you liberal weenies happy now? Of course not.

Anonymous said...

A hard rain is going to fall. Pretty heavy now. I am going to be crazy and stock up on canned food. No soup lines for me, I like the Campbells Chunky Beef. I appreciate having been very poor as a child. I appreciate my indoor plumbing. I can now downsize and not lose my joy for life.

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Hey Obama & Pelosi, do you have another trillion?

Anonymous said...

When I was in High School, those New Deal Lions kicked our arse in football every year....Coach Mayo has always had a good program there.

Anonymous said...

Ever Notice the British peoples teeth? thats what you get with the system (health)they have there! Dentist here in the States make damn good money as do their assistance(cleaning techs)... Makes us in the U.S.A. have better and nicer looking teeth! You get what you pay for....Or dont as the case is in ENGLAND!

Bigwillie02 said...

Just junk your car and go buy a new one. If they won't beat Your deal they'll just friggin give it to you.


Dub Fake: "we're blowing the S?/+ out of high prices. Guy"

Anonymous said...

Check the license plates on cars in the parking lot of any health clinic on the US side of the Canadian border and the majority of the cars have Canadian plates. All of the healthy Canadians love their health care system and love to brag on it to any US citizen that will listen. But an elderly friend from Canada had to come to Florida to have a procedure done to relieve back pain because the Canadian system would not provide the service due to her age. Similarly, her husband who is in his 80s will not receive a much needed hip replacement, also because of a government ruling on his age. I am self employed, have no where near the insurance to handle my medical needs, but I at least have the peace of mind of knowing that in this country, today I still have the ability to receive treatment for a condition based on my CHOICE, not a government employee in Washington, DC.

Tee Shirt seen on last trip to Canada:
Definition of a Canadian- An unarmed American with health care.

Anonymous said...

If you were a true Obama patriot you'd junk oyur crappy vehicle and buy another made in America like a Nissan

Anonymous said...

Bottom line- France, Canada, and England have longer life spans than we do. Look it up.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

barry, no thoughts on the 13 yr old father from london?

Anonymous said...

"Bottom line- France, Canada, and England have longer life spans than we do. Look it up."

France, Canada and England ration health care. Americans will not stand for that. Even if universal health care becomes a reality in the US, the wealthy will have supplemental insurance, just like England. And I could bore you for hours on the reasons why European and Asians live longer, but the major points would be: Illegal immigrants (who actually are heathlier that many Americans, but still stress our medical systems), poor prenatal care, drug use, cheap food/obesity.

BTW, the American government is the biggest provider of healthcare. Ask any veteran or Medicare recipient what they think of it.

WWII saved us from the depression. However, I am all for WPA-type projects instead of the spendulous plan that was just past.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you are so silly. No militia types will move without their guns. I suppose we could move to Mexico, but then we would have to actually use the guns.

No, I'm sticking right here with my arsenal. I'll need it when the zombies come.

Anonymous said...

Turn in your man card Green.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle 9:32

The Republicans (talking point) now say that they did not have enough time to read the Stimulus Bill.

Are you kidding me? I watched Cspan and they ALL, one by one, told us why they thought it was such a terrible bill!

NOW they say they didn't read it!!! If they didn't read it, how do they know it is so bad?

Give me a break. What a bunch of losers.

Anonymous said...

Yes. I plan on being an ex-patriot. No choice. Played by the rules - Worked hard, saved money, but they changed the rules.

America the best country in the world? Sadly, no longer true.

Next time you vote for someone because they seem like a guy you'd want to have a beer with, stop and think about it. There is too much at stake.

wordkyle said...

152 - Actually I was talking about the Democrats who hadn't read it. That complaint was from Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg. Many members voted "no" on the legislation because they didn't have adequate time to read the whole thing before voting on it. And, as we have seen, the devil is in the details.

Now, let's look at this. The legislation is created by the Democrat leadership with almost no input from Republicans. It's chock full of pork and earmarks for Democrat special interest groups. The full 1,071 page text of the legislation is released early Friday morning, with the vote coming Friday afternoon. The $790 billion "stimulus" bill is rushed through by Democrats without even being read, much less analyzed or debated. The question is why would anyone vote "yes" on such a huge expenditure with such little preparation? Yet that's exactly what Democrats in Congress did. So yes, I do think it's reasonable to question their motives.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know how President Obama had anything to do with our current economic situation? Didn't he become Pres in January, and now the current economic situation is his fault?? Give me a break, Bush deserves to go down as the worst president in the history of the United States! Hell, I'd voted for my 5 year old grandson for pres before I'd voted Republican. Put the blame where it belongs-all on Bush!

Anonymous said...

The dems in the house are screwed up - that's for sure. But in the senate the system worked - the republicans that cared enough about impacting the future made sure the legislation was changed. The other rep’s just want to get some video for there next campaign….and by the way….right or wrong the elected officials never ready any bill – it’s left up to their staffs – that’s on both sides.

Anonymous said...

speaking of rushing thru bills thru congress - don't we all want to thank Paulson and Bush for the great way they handled thier $350 billion part of the TARP - that money is gone and there is nothing to show for it - that should be a crime -

The Barnstormer said...

Sorry Barry, but what got us out of the mess that was the great depression was WWII. There are only so many projects to build with so much cash and eventually that bubble bursts as well. It is still unsustainable growth and you also cant invest in a bridge or a road or even sell it to someone (no GDP either).Furthermore, These Roads,bridges, structures that, for the most part, do not generate growth over time (tax revenue) and only cost more money to maintain in the future. Not much "bang for the buck" if you ask me. But can you invest in a factory or a business? Yes. The more the gov. tries to keep paying for projects the more debt the gov. accrues. The more debt the gov. accrues the more you are have to tax and high taxes destroy wealth. Wealth that was taken to build a public project. And around and round we go and eventually the New Deal spending creates jobs- New Deal Taxing destroys jobs by destorying the wealth of the consumer. Also, the gov. can ony get $$ from taxpayers and selling treasuries. So, all that money it is sucking up is redirected out of the private sector that could have been used for private investment (in a business or factory). You can only keep the game going for so long and WWII "bailed" us out of that cycle.

wordkyle said...

322 - I can't argue with your point. Bush lost fans in both parties because of his lack of fiscal restraint. However, "Because Bush did it" is not much of a rationale for more of the same by Democrats. The Democrats hurried the legislation, nearly a trillion dollars in spending. It went through Congress in record time. One would think that when dealing with such huge numbers (especially after the non-results of TARP,) a little more deliberation was called for. Bush can be blamed for a lot, but not for the $790 billion legislation that Obama just signed into law. The question Democrats can't/won't answer is What's the hurry? They seem not to have learned from history as recent as a few months ago.

Anonymous said...

The recovery bill has now signed – but as yet no money has been spent. Obama says there will be unprecedented openness in how it is spent – I voted for him – he better be right or he will lose support on both sides. Many parts of the recovery bill are WPA type projects – they are long lasting capital projects that will create jobs while they are being built and have long term benefit.

M-M said...

Speaking of spending with nothing to show for it. The national debt increased approximately $5 trillion during Bushs' 8 years. That's 5 trillion plus all the taxes generated during those 8 years, spent. What do we have to show for all that money? They estimate the Iraq war is $1 trillion of that 5. What about the other 4 trillion? Seriously! How do you spend that kind of money and have nothing to show for it?

RPM said...

And not 1 post says Michael Moore's film was propaganda.

Hmmm. Kinda hard to argue with the truth.

Anonymous said...

4:56..............................

"How do you spend that kind of money and have nothing to show for it?"

I guess we'll never know how Bush did it but Obama plans to do it by givin' it away to lazy niggers.

Good plan.

Anonymous said...

What we should do is Stop helping every other country out with their problems and solve a few of our own first! How can we as a Nation help others with rebuilding and money and POLICE action etc etc when we are broke and in dire straits ourselves? Call every one Home who is A citizen in the Military etc and get back on our feet before we set off to fix the Afgans next! Hell we got serious problems here Fix them First !

wordkyle said...

410 - This has been a recurring theme whenever I've discussed Obama. Is there anything he's done so far that makes you think he'll keep his promise? His promise of bipartisanship in two words: "I won." Congressional Democrats crafted the stimulus package behind closed doors without Republican input. Obama promised a stimulus bill with no pork or earmarks. Now it contains more pork than the Bacon Explosion. (e.g., Harry Reid got a high speed train from SoCal to Las Vegas in there. A bit porkish, no?) Obama promised to accept public financing for his Presidential campaign, then reneged.

Based on past experience, what exactly is an Obama promise worth?

Anonymous said...

3:03, I do not think that you understand anything about the economy of why it is having problems. Obama was the second highest receiptant of donations from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Business people and investors do not have any faith in him. The stock market when south when it realized who was going to be President. If you read the following you might get an idea who is to blame. Bush tried to fix the problem in 2003 and again in 2005 but, according to Bill Clinton, was shut down by the Democrats in Congress.

President Carter’s Community Reinvestment Ac, forced banks to lend to un-creditworthy borrowers and prohibited redlining. Banks were required not only to lend to un-creditworthy borrowers but were required to loan in blighted areas. Thus banks were forced to make loans that contradicted sound banking practices because they incurred significantly higher risks.

A young lawyer in Chicago, Obama, joined in a lawsuit to force banks to make loans in blighted areas to unqualified applicants.

President Clinton disregarded warnings from congressional members and instead moved in the opposite direction by requiring lenders to make even more subprime loan.

Reacting to legislation proposed by President Bush, who saw our present problem coming, this is how the two different political parties reacted:

What Republican John McCain said: “I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.”

What Democrat Barney Frank Said: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, and then ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee said: "These two entities—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—are not facing any kind of financial crisis The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing." Frank is an admitted rump ranger who had an affair with Fannie Mae executive Herb Moses. He is known to have referred to Moses as his spouse (parking spaces assigned to spouses at the Capital)

On Sept. 11, 2003 the New York Times ran an article that stated: “The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.”

Democrats in Congress blocked any actions and by their failure prevented a solution to the predictable future problems.

Bill Clinton, on Good Morning America, admitted that the Democrats blocked reform of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Some of the blame is with the lawyer from Chicago. Most of it is with Carter, Clinton and the Democrats in Congress.

Anonymous said...

Yawn!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

We should just blame it all on the stupid poor niggers and the crooked rich white guys. That leaves the other 82.3% of the population absolved of all guilt so we can get with the business of pulling this country up by its bootstraps. I'm ready for that job, and if some Washington genius don't get off his ass and move the dead weight out of my way, I'll move it myself.

That will not be a pretty sight, I can assure you.

M-M said...

Anon 4:59 I think it's just assumed that all of Michael Moore's films are idiotic propaganda and he is totally illogical in his reasoning and full of crap.