3.13.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Convenience stores in the metroplex seem to feel more dangerous these days.
  • Had this discussion yesterday: Most, if not all, sin is based in selfishness.
  • For some odd reason, it is the Chicago Tribune that reported on a story that is gaining legs: Cops in a small Texas town seizing a ton of property and money from motorists and then taking it, via the state's forfeiture laws, in exchange for not charging them with a crime.
  • This happened to 140 people over a two year period which is a shocking number. I bet less than 10, maybe less than 5, forfeiture actions are filed in Wise County every year.
  • The Dow is up three days in a row? Economy. Solved.
  • Saw a lawyer in a driver's license hearing yesterday in Fort Worth that did not have a clue what he was doing. It's always uncomfortable when that happens because every lawyer in the audience starts looking at one other with cocked eyebrows.
  • That Geico stack-of-bills-with-eyeballs is weird.
  • I think I saw a story about Texas considering paying students for good grades. ($20 for an A, $10 for a B, etc.) Anybody else ready to give up?
  • Update: Forgetting Sarah Marshal didn't do much for me.
  • I always expect a convenience store clerk to become overly excited when I pay with exact change. Rarely happens.
  • I'm not sure what I think about the overly pillowed bed.
  • Lawyer news: A huge firm in Texas has canceled next summer's associate program. I've never heard of such a thing.
  • I TIVO'd the Travel Channel's "Bridget's Sexiest Beaches" with Bridget Marquardt last night. It looked like a "Hey, Now" kind of show based upon the previews.
  • NFL Draft thought: Everyone always says "Take the best player available." Um, ok. The tricky part is figuring out who that is.
  • I really like today's pic.
  • Drives me nuts: Driving down the highway in the rain and having someone pass me on the left only to immediately get right in front of me and spraying me with gunk.
  • Finally heard a radio interview with the Dallas Mavericks' coach. Sheesh. That guy is a tremendous jerk.
  • St. Patrick's Day is coming up. I hope I remember to post my favorite video of "I wanna know where da gold at!"

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Tenaha story is unbelievable; it's stories like this that give both Texas and small town cops a bad name. What idiots.

Anonymous said...

what cowboys really need most is a player who is hungry to prove he can and will win...that player is m. vick, give him a chance to prove what he can do....

Anonymous said...

I know that girl...seriously! She is from Detroit and I went to A&M with her...no joke, her name is Sally (Sal). Can't remember her last name...but I'm about to find out through the old roomate, just to make sure it is her...

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:40 M Vick????????? Surely that's a freakin joke? Dallas really needs some more ex cons. Maybe we can think of some more famous ex, future, current cons that will work also. I would first nominate Charlie Manson, he's gonna be burning with the will to win when he get out, and the ponzi scheme guy...........etc

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't "selfishness" have its foundation in "pride"?

Anonymous said...

"I wanna know where da gode at! Gib me da gode! I wanta gode!!!"

The sketch of the leprechaun is priceless. And the guy at the end with his armor and flute is hilarious.

Anonymous said...

That Babe has got to be the hottest one ever posted. I don't know if it's her eyes, her body or what but she is sharp! Hello Friday!
Paying studnts for good grades, wouldn't that be considered bribery by a State Official? However, if they would like to deposit that into an educational fund I'll take it, bribe or not.
Found out yesterday from a reliable source that the majority of healthcare cost is for administration, bonuses, golden parachutes, etc. About 70%. Call me stupid, it's O.K. I had no idea. No wonder they get so dang rich. The Doctors get very little. There's a problem.
Do teachers have Lobbyist? I would guess not as crappy as the TAKS test is and I'm being nice. I have other words for it. It's the most Chicken S--- thing I have ever seen. What would happen if every school district told Ausitn to take the TAKS and stick it? What a joke.
O.K., I went back and looked at that Babe again, she's still HAWT!! She's just standing there as if to say, "you likey". My reponse, oh yea, I likey. Keep up the good work Barry, you're the man!!

Anonymous said...

Teachers do have lobbyists that are paid for by teacher professional organizations (which should put it in perspective when considering teacher salary.) BUT the last time I heard teachers weren't allowed to form unions in Texas.

Anonymous said...

Michael Vick = Killer Instinct

Xanthippas said...

Lawyer news: A huge firm in Texas has canceled next summer's associate program. I've never heard of such a thing.

I gotta say, is that much of a loss? Given that this economic crisis might (MIGHT) fundamentally redo the structure of big law firms and how they pay their associates, will it really be necessary to pay ignorant law students a ridiculous amount to do minimal work and get taken out to firm social activities? Honestly, in how many fields are you practically promised a job after only your second year of school? If firms end up hiring people based on how they do in the entirety of law school, including their performance at other internships and legal jobs, that can only be a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if she'd like a Nanner split.

Anonymous said...

Actually convenience stores in the metroplex are safer since the 1996 concealed carrier laws.

Anonymous said...

Dalla Mavericks coach.......
"We have to put this game behind us and go on". I have heard that so many times.

Anonymous said...

back to teacher issue. Teachers need lobbyists to prevent several things. It is clear the locals are not interested in helping. Look at the interest in school board elections.

Anonymous said...

Is Joe McCoy the "real McCoy"?

Anonymous said...

A hard rain is falling.

You may call me Your Majesty. In fact, I insist. said...

TRX, that was really pathetic.

The only parts of Forgetting Sarah Marshall that were funny were the ones featuring Russell Brand.

I hate those Geico stack of bills ads, but they achieve their purpose...even if you hate them you remember them.

Anonymous said...

james 3:16
"For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,there is disorder and every evil thing."

Anonymous said...

Is it the camera angle or is that woman deformed? Looks like she has a 21 inch inseam.

Anonymous said...

Remember the last three days as the only bright spot of Obammy's administration. Thank God we only have 46 more months of his lies and shenanigans. What is the difference between Jesus and Obammy? Jesus was a carpenter and Obammy can't assemble a cabinet.

Casual Observer said...

tig ol bitties!

Anonymous said...

Sin is based on behavior that some group, a long time ago, did not approve of, and decided to incorporate as word of God into what we call the Bible now.

Anonymous said...

8:23 yuo must be new to wise county. It looks like Leroy has been reborn and has muved his old gang to Tenaha.Anybody got AL Boxe's curent address.Maybe someone down there found an ald Wise county messenger.DAGO

Anonymous said...

Don't you think it's a little clever on the Geico eyeball ads that they're playing the '80s song, "Somebody's Watching Me," by Rockwell?

Anonymous said...

You should pass out your business card to the guy that sprays you with gunk. He's probably drunk and will need defending.Quit being so negative and think of it as an opportunity.

Anonymous said...

When my daughter goes to college, I pray she has enough sense and decency to wear more clothes than those making Barry's top 10,000 list!

Anonymous said...

She is the best random thought in a while!!!

AnObiter said...

Bad, bad shoes. Just sayin'. And Anon @ 8:51, I'm so with you.

Barry, do a Friend a favor and at least post within your age bracket? I'm afraid the Perv. PO-lice will eventually come and haul you off!

Anonymous said...

9:02
I'm curious about your objections to the TAKS test. What is it about the test itself, not how schools prepare for it, but the ACTUAL test, that causes you such distress?

For any of you who are curious about the TAKS tests, released copies from previous years are available on the TEA website. Or, you can do a Google search for them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a TAKS fan, and I'm looking forward to the move back to end of course exams that will replace TAKS in a couple of years. However, I too vividly recall the era of NO state wide testing and the number of my peers who graduated without being able to read, write, or do more than the most basic math. We have to have some sort of accountability.

Anonymous said...

8:12, yep...the world is full of us idiots who graduated years ago when no state mandated tests were required. Doctors, Lawyers, heck, I bet even Obama didn't even have a state mandated exam he had to pass. You TRULY believe that a state mandated exam will prove that everyone who graduates can read/write/etc? My my...

I KNOW there are many who graduate... never learning the above because there are STILL "modified" exams... waivers...etc.

Thing is, those kids who will learn are going to learn regardless of any state mandated exams. Those kids who will/can not learn will still graduate with a diploma just as they would have with no state mandated exams.

THEREFORE, the TAKS...and all the TAKS modified exams (too many exist to name them all here) ARE NOT DOING A DANG THING except causing headaches for school personnel, parents, and kids. STRESS that is not necessary!

Step out of your little bubble and really pay attention to what is REAL....not the crap that TEA and school administrations continue to cram down everyone's throats.

We're such BLIND and DUMB sheep to keep putting up with state mandated exams!

Anonymous said...

Most Teachers don't like the TAKS either! They don't have a choice if they want to keep a job!

Students that can't read very well or do math very well are still passed on! Do you really want a 15 year old in sixth grade or a 13 year old in fifth grade!

Testing is okay, but within reason!
A person can get along in this world without being a math whiz. It's called a "calculator"!

chupacabra said...

She dresses like an off duty stripper.

Not sure why I know that.