3.09.2009

Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • With a public that make Mall Cop the #1 movie in America, how does 60 Minutes consistently rank in the top ten?
  • I'd like to be a criminal law professor. And I think I'd be great at it. (Most cocky statement ever?)
  • Trial judges who are simply following orders from above to release a prisoner based on DNA results do a lot of showboating for the cameras.
  • I went back to short hair this weekend.
  • I watched The Great Gatsby this weekend after having read the book last year. The movie didn't have a lot to offer.
  • I can't tell you how much "the blues" played on the guitar beats me down.
  • A high of 45 degrees on Thursday?
  • Jackie Murphree's proposed stem cell treatment is fascinating.
  • I actually saw Aaron Tippin on TV yesterday. I'm pretty sure I would have never thought of him ever again.
  • The Today Show on Sunday dedicated a segment to a new fiction book. Is there any chance the publisher pays NBC for that?
  • If I take a nap, I feel drunk for the first hour after I wake up.
  • I watched Alexandra Pelosi's documentary, "Right America: Feeling Wronged" on HBO over the weekend. It was great. And scary.
  • We can't agree on anything, but we all abide by Daylight Saving Time.
  • The Wise County Messenger's Update has turned into a community announcement sheet.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Daylight Savings Time - I had forgotten about that! I guess that's why your post seems earlier than normal today :)

We're nonconformists out here in AZ - where the clock never changes.

Anonymous said...

re: Daylight Savings Time

Observed by all except Hawaii, Arizona, and the Hopi Nation. Another exception once included Indiana, but they have fallen in line now.

My Other Brother Darryl

Goober said...

1) DST SUCKS!!!!

2) I think you would make a GREAT Criminal Law Professor as long as you didn't try to POST PHOTOS or play the HANKY-PANKY w/your students.

Anonymous said...

Too weird about Aaron Tippin. Yesterday I was just telling my daughter and her friend about knowing him several years ago and each time he came to town for concerts he always had backstage passes for me. My most memorable concert was when a new female singer opened up for him.....Faith Hill! Grrrr! I was in awe when I met her backstage!

Anonymous said...

Where are all the sanctity of life people about the stem cell treatment? Funny how you change your tune when it'll help somebody you know. With China's one child per couple policy, those stem cells come from aborted fetuses.

If Bush hadn't denied funding for stem cell research, she wouldn't have to travel across the world for treatment.

Anonymous said...

Why is 60 Minutes consistently in the tip 10? Maybe, because too many liberal weenies have nothing better to do on Sunday evenings?

Anonymous said...

8:25 Bush brought a halt to embryonic stem cell research. Neural stem cells can also be harvested from adult nervous systems. So there are other sources besides killing innocent babies to get them.

Anonymous said...

Messenger Update has become pretty much worthless. Quit viewing it or picking it up about 3 months ago. :-(

Anonymous said...

I've met people who actually think there is an hour more or an hour less of sunlight going from Saturday to Sunday when the clocks change.

wordkyle said...

825 - Bush denied federal funding for stem cell research involving new embryos, not a blanket denial of all stem cell research, or even all embryonic stem cell research. Other stem cell techniques have already proven effective in treating disease, yet the cries for new funds is always on embryonic research. Why the focus on an unproven technique? (Answer: Obama has always been a big proponent of abortion, so why not let somebody make some money off the by-products, right?)

* I'll see Right America later today, but without yet seeing it, I predict that Nancy Pelosi's daughter Alexandra made Republicans look ridiculous, stupid and dangerous. How close am I? Think there could be an ideological motivation there? (What's the word for that? -- pr..prop...propa... -- "propa" something.)

Anonymous said...

8:25
They are called self stem cells, taken from the patients own bone marrow, retina, etc depending on what is being treated. The majority of donor stem cells used around the world come from umbilical blood. I am not saying that fetal cells are never used but those are the most rejected and unstable (they do, however, have great potential), self stem cells have no chance for rejection. I did a paper on this, sorry about the boring information.

DB said...

"The Today Show on Sunday dedicated a segment to a new fiction book. Is there any chance the publisher pays NBC for that?"

My wife works in this industry and I have learned that yes, the author pays for things like this (assuming it is not John Grisham or someone like that). To make it big you need to write a good book and then have your own PR machine behind it getting it mentioned on TV, radio etc. The publisher generally does not pay for it.

Anonymous said...

I think I've got this right:
Neural stem cells from adults can only be used as what they already are. Embryonic stem cells from fetuses can be grown into whatever you want them to be. That's the advantage of using embryos.

Anonymous said...

I believe President Obama is funding research on currently available sources of embryonic stem cells but not future sources.

Anonymous said...

"If Bush hadn't denied funding for stem cell research, she wouldn't have to travel across the world for treatment."

825 You silly goose if the US doesn't spend a gazillion dollars on stem cell research you're not a liberal weenie.

The fact she's going to China only proves they are loving, desparate parents- not that killing babies is cool.

Anonymous said...

The Wise County Messenger's Update has turned into a community announcement sheet.

I don't see a problem with that. They make announcements about the community. Isn't that what you would want a newspaper to do? You get breaking stories, sports, weather (sometimes), obits, and planned activities. And you're getting that every weekday from a paper that publishes twice weekly. I've never been a big fan of WCM. It's mostly a place to check for game recaps and a weekly crossword. But the Update (print or e-version) is something they get right as far as I'm concerned.

Jarhead said...

All of you trying to explain the differences in types of stem cells to kooky liberals like 0825 is like trying to explain rational thought to Frankenstein.

No matter what you tell them, their response is the same [in my best Frankenstein voice] "AAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH BUSH BAAAADDDDD! ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH! OBAMA MY ONLY GOD! ARRRRRRRRGGGGHGHHHHH!"

I'm not surprised that so many of you are smart enough to do your research [that's called an "informed opinion" for all you Lefties] before popping off about a topic, but I'm afraid you're wasting your time here with the likes of 0825.

Anonymous said...

The update is handy to find out who died and when the funeral is going to be held.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the editor. Skip was so much better!

Foghorn said...

Stuff you need to know.

That pic is from the Playboy club at the Palms in Vegas. Last weekend the bartender bunnie was from Canton. You think she would rather be a bartender there are have a space at 1st Monday trade days?

Highlight of evening for pretty wife and I was bunnies dancing on tables with sparklers. LOVE SPARKLERS.

We played that same pinball machine. I miss the old school pinball machine.

Anonymous said...

That girl trying to mount the pinball machine...bet that makes its flippers flutter!

Anonymous said...

I think you would be better than my current crim pro professor. I find it odd that there are academics in criminal law. Shouldn't professors, at least in this area, be practitioners and academics?

[Now back to regularly scheduled arguing about stem cell research...]

Anonymous said...

seems like you ought to have crooks be criminal law professors

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much they want for the pinball machine.

wordkyle said...

A followup to my previous comments about Pelosi's propa-whatsis.

The Jon Stewart video from last Thursday's post was edited to misrepresent what Jim Cramer actually said about Bear Stearns. All it took was eliminating the actual question Cramer was answering -- five seconds of video.

Stewart also implied (as does the Obama administration) that there is widespread mortgage foreclosure going on. However, USA Today had a story showing that half the foreclosures are concentrated in only 35 counties. These counties are almost all located in areas where home values were vastly overblown, and speculators were going crazy buying and selling, trying to take advantage of the situation. Not quite the picture of widespread homelessness that Obama and the media (including Stewart) has painted for us, is it?

Just pointing out how manipulative the media can be with partial information. You can't believe your own eyes any more.

Anonymous said...

speaking of media the Star Telegram has been listed by 24/7 Wall St. as one of the 10 most likely news publications to either go bankrupt or go to a strictly online version

Anonymous said...

Conservatives, here’s the deal: in today’s world knowledge is power. If the USA does not invest in embryonic stem cell research, then the scientist will get on planes and fly away and do the research in other countries. In order to maintain our super power status we must to continue to be among the leaders in math and science. We became a super power because we could fly to the moon, put satellites in orbit, invent personal computers, and build atomic bombs. Knowledge is power in this information age.

Just Wondering said...

If you don't understand the moral controversies over embryonic stem cell use and cloning, and want to do so, watch the DVD: "The Island". If you don't understand, and don't want to do so, I wonder if you also don't understand the issues surrounding late term and partial birth abortions, have never viewed diagrams or videos of those procedures, but continue to be supportive of them. Just wondering.

RPM said...

Righ America: Feeling Wronged is pretty darn accurate. The rightwingers will dismiss it because of the director's last name. But that does not change the truth.

You need look no further than commenters here or at Flamewarriors.net to see just how accurate she is.

There are some real nutbags out there.

Anonymous said...

Why should I as a taxpayer fund private research using aborted babies? My grandparents didn't have to pay Alexander to invent the telephone.

Jarhead said...

I think I'll make a documentary about Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and Harry Reid and see how unbiased it will be. I guarantee I can be totally objective.

I'm sure it'll be "pretty darn accurate." Oh, you Lefties can dismiss it because you know my political leanings, but it will not change the truth.

You need look no further than commenters here or at Moveon.org or jesusisaliberal.org to see just how accurate my assessment will be.

There are some real nutbags out there.

The moral of the story:

Come on. Think before you post, RPM. Using LLFTLODQ and Flamewarriors as frames of reference to back up your argument? Seriously? Do you judge African Americans solely by the words that come out of Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan's mouths?

You're better than that.

Anonymous said...

A baby is not a baby until it is born. That is when it is given a name, birth certificate,etc. Until then, it is a part of a woman's body and she should be able to do with her body as she sees fit. The higher the abortion rate, the lower the crime rate (would probably be a good idea if the government to fund abortions). Why the evangelical folks cannot get with the 2000s, put down the bible and realize and accept that most Americans accept abortion in our society and this is something that the Supreme Court has ruled on and it is time to quit bring up their old outdated views on human life.

Anonymous said...

8:25
Jackie is NOT having embryonic stem cell treatment. Her treatment will use her OWN stem cells.

wordkyle said...

Pretty vigorous defense of the propriety of removing the unwanted unborn from the dance card. Why is devaluing human life such a fundamental part of the Liberal mythos?

Is it the opinion of the majority of Liberals that protecting unborn babies (and even those who are born - see Obama's voting record) is simply unfashionable?

Anonymous said...

To be pro choice you first have to be born.

RPM said...

No Jarhead, I don't. But are you saying these nutbags don't exist? Are you saying she scripted the comments?

C'mon, I'll admit there are leftwing nutbags just like the one shown in RA:FW that got his arse kicked. You think the right doesn't have just as many Froot Loops in their cupboard?

Alexandra made an accurate documentary. My reference points are accurate as well.

wordkyle said...

RPM - Pelosi's show is "accurate" only in the sense that she didn't fake anything. It does not mean representative (as she even states at the beginning of the show.) Nor does it mean complete. Selective editing can tell any story you want. Look here for the best example I've seen lately.

The major difference between the extremists is that Liberal wingnuts run the Democrat party.

BarHead said...

"AAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH BUSH BAAAADDDDD! ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH! OBAMA MY ONLY GOD! ARRRRRRRRGGGGHGHHHHH!"

Jug, should have commented to read:

"AAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH BUSH BAAAADDDDD! ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH! OBAMA, MY GOD! How did this happen!!! My vote for W. Bush last time 04 made this possible!!!!!!RRRRRRRRRGGGGHGHHHHH! I think I will kill myself!!!!!"

Anonymous said...

Insightful portrayal of Pelosi's HBO movie Barry. I'll get right on watching that. Or, I can just continue to read your blog...hmmm...decisions, decisions.

Jarhead said...

20:59,

You, sir or madam, have proven my point more adroitly than I ever could have.

Carry on.

RPM said...

Word, I'm sure you could make a similar film about liberal voters and edit it in a similar fashion. That would not make it less true.

Seriously, I think LLFLDQ is about as open a forum as you can find that represents WC. Alexandra could have filmed that whole thing right here and come away with the same thing.

The point is she didn't stay in one place. She followed the campaign and interviewed the people that showed up.

Again, you could have followed the Obama campaign and found a mirror image of Froot Loops. Because Joe The Plumber chose to attempt media manipulation in a different manner is his own fault. He could have made the retort to this film, but didn't.

I watched The Best Man the other night on TCM and was reminded that dirty pool and fear mongering are nothing new in politics.

wordkyle said...

rpm - I guess my point is that the portrayal of the people in Pelosi's show was only a portrayal of the people in the show, and that attempts to draw conclusions about a larger group from that portrayal would be misguided.

Anonymous said...

I wish you were my CrimLaw professor! We just finished Rape and didn't cover half the cases. We didn't even cover Statutory Rape (I read In re G.T., 758 A.2d 301 (Vt. 2000) about the 14-year-old boy convicted of Statutory Rape for having sex with a 12-year-old girl "on my own").

And they wonder why our bar passage rate was so low this past year????

Anonymous said...

WordKyle said "misguided" ha ha. Funny.

Anonymous said...

21:13, in your dreams maybe......