3.31.2009

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • The Senate has passed DWI Roadblock legislation (although, if passed by the House, it won't apply to Wise County because of our size.) They say there will be minimal inconvenience to drivers since officers will be subject to strict guidelines.
  • Officer Robert Powell, who was subject to strict guidelines, minimally inconvenienced Robert Moats.
  • The justification is, as always, "if it saves one life." Then why don't they require all drivers to wear helmets and fireproof suits?
  • I must have awakened in Communist Russia. Is this Russia, Danny?
  • There were reports of "baseball" size hail in the metroplex last night. But with everyone and their dog having a camera phone, there's not one single picture? (Although there was some pretty good size ones.)
  • Fox 4 weatherman Dan Henry was acting a little like Pete "Run For Your Life" Delkus last night.
  • I think you guys lost your sense of humor yesterday.
  • Everyone is going Conficker crazy.
  • Someone at the Sheriff's Office says the rescue at Lake Bridgeport over the weekend also included someone clinging to a boat "for a few hours." How was this not huge news?
  • Of the three presumed drownings in the metroplex over the past week, I don't think they've found a single body yet.
  • Good grief, I just heard on the radio that a guy is now missing in Lake Lavon as of Monday night.
  • Another story that got little press: Crazy Mike Leach out at Texas Tech had one of his players study at a desk on the football field for an hour and half after practice. It was in the 30s with some snow flurries.
  • WBAP's Mark Davis (who is sounding a little crazy himself lately) plans on getting a colonoscopy and will "tweet" about it. Certainly, the apocalypse is upon us.
  • Some people are big chit-chatters. I'm not one of them.
  • A man from Newark was arrested for DWI on a motorized bar stool. Unfortunately, it wasn't our Newark. Although it certainly could have been. Edit: Photo!
  • I'm about a fifth of the way through A Confederacy of Dunces and I'm not sure what to think. There's some craziness in it.
  • The government honoring GM car warranties, in case the company fails, does not give me comfort.
  • Photo gallery of Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleader tryouts.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh, you don't remember Katie Couric getting a colonoscopy on live TV?

Anonymous said...

"I think you guys lost your sense of humor yesterday."
Look between the couch cushions. That's the repository of lost stuff

"Everyone is going Conficker crazy."
Oh yeah, it's all over the interwebs, in a manner of speaking

"WBAP's Mark Davis (who is sounding a little crazy himself lately) plans on getting a colonoscopy and will "tweet" about it."
I didn't see the guided tour of Katie Couric's insides. Why would I be interested in this one?

Danny said...

Not 60's - 90's Russia yet, but getting there...

Russian Focus = Military

Obama focus = flavor of the week

wordkyle said...

Was there something humorous yesterday?

Anonymous said...

I remember Katie Couric's show on that....I'd probe her in a heartbeat!

Anonymous said...

How could Obama fire the CEO of GM, or did I just dream that?

Casual Observer said...

He's the great Messiah, the Chosen one. Remenber?

He can do anything he wants.

Anonymous said...

Mark Davis and a colonoscopy?

Nothing new - we all knew he was full if it anyway.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the tales of Ignatius and his pyloric valve. An enlightened choice, Sir. Funniest book ever? Top 10 for sure. Top 5 probably.

Anonymous said...

I heard Mark Davis' colonoscopy was delayed because it is taking so long to 'clean' him out because he is so full of $*!T!

Anonymous said...

Here, kitty, kitty...

Xanthippas said...

He's the great Messiah, the Chosen one. Remenber?

Just wondering...how many times do you think you can type that over the next four years?

Silicone Alley said...

Jeeze..It seemed that everyone had a stick up their a** yesterday!

Anonymous said...

If the government backs GM warranties it will be something GM hasn't done for years.

Anonymous said...

Funny how BG is all against cops having extreme rights, but is ok with his President running global companies.

Jarhead said...

There are some angry people in this world.

Good thing they have this forum in which to vent in lieu of beating their wives and kids.

Anonymous said...

Quit making fun of Mark Davis, he is a personal friend of mine. I've been to his house many times, gone out to eat with him, and if I ever need a reference he said he would be happy to do that for me.
Stick a feather in your hat now.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

100% agree with Barry on the DWI legislation. Spot on with the first four bullet points.

Got tired head from all the hail excitement on the news last night. But also felt happy that my town and vehicles were spared...

Casual Observer said...

Hey Xanthippas, that was tongue in cheek.

Anonymous said...

Getting behind the wheel drunk is serious.

There are about 17,000 alcohol related car accident deaths in the United States each year, this means that there is a drunk driving death every 31 minutes. Alcohol was a factor in 39 percent of all fatal accidents and in 7 percent of all crashes in 2004.
Additionally about 248,000 people are injured in accidents where police reported that alcohol was present, thus one person is injured in a drunk driving accident in the US every 2 minutes.

If DWI road blocks prevents any deaths, I support it.

Cops like Robert Powell should be fired and police departments should do a better job screening their applicants/employees for authoritarian attitudes. It should not be used as a scapegoat for properly protecting the public.

Anonymous said...

Those chicks aren't that great. Future heroin addicts.

Xanthippas said...

Hey Xanthippas, that was tongue in cheek.

My bad...it so frequently isn't, that the otherwise obvious sarcasm is easy to miss.

Anonymous said...

wordkyle:
Yes. Something humorous happened yesterday.

Mount Redoubt erupted yesterday. This volcano has erupted 18 times since March 22.

In Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal response to President Obama's stimulus bill, he said it was full of wasteful spending and lard such as $$ for volcano monitoring.

Funny thing is, the people in Alasaka consider it a life and death matter - in the same way people in Louisiana consider hurricanes a life or death matter.

In fact, a Republican Senator introduced a bill that would provide $15 million annually for the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System.

Anonymous said...

The government will now cover warranties on cars and make car payments for those who lose jobs. Wow.

Anonymous said...

This may not be funny, but if the government puts $18 billion into a company that has a total market capitalization of about $1.5 billion, don't you think maybe the government (we taxpayers) should have some say in that companies management?

Anonymous said...

Barry I couldn't agree more about the lame argument that "if it saves on life" than it is worth it. If that is the case, why not reduce speed limits to 15 mph so that no fatal accidents ever occur. Or, let's go for prohibition, again (MADD's ultimate goal). Or, implement a breathalyzer in every car law regardless past DUI activity. Or, well you get the idea...

And I thought Texas was run by Republicans...not nanny-state big government types.

Chicago Right-Winger

Anonymous said...

Drunk driving is NOT a problem. Millions - get that - millions of people drive home after happy hour every damn day without incident. And for there to be only 17,000 deaths a year - most of which are the drivers themselves - is a pretty good safe driving home success rate.

What it has come to is the effing MADD groups are now filled with all the effing Baptists and Church of Christs who have a problem with other people drinking and want to jump on the "lets all be safe" bandwagon.

Anonymous said...

Why in the world would a sane person buy a GM (or Ford or Chrysler for that matter) these days? My God, this is a Company that is pretty much banking the future of their company on the new redesigned Camaro. Jeez.

American cars have shorter warranties, will break down sooner and will almost always have higher repair costs (parts and labor).

Xanthippas said...

This may not be funny, but if the government puts $18 billion into a company that has a total market capitalization of about $1.5 billion, don't you think maybe the government (we taxpayers) should have some say in that companies management?

Sure...if you believe in SOCIALISM/MARXISM/FASCISM.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't Obama fire the CEO of AGI?. Is he just gonna pick and choose who to fire. Obama shouldn't have that power, now we the people on the other hand, but really can Obama just come into a company, point his finger and say,'You'r the One! Too Much Power

Anonymous said...

So I have a question.. is our country turning into a Communist Country!?!?!

Anonymous said...

The Republican Party of Texas is all about staying out of the lives of the citizen accept when it comes to:

1. Taking money from drug companies to make sure legislation gets passed and signed into law.

2. Making sure that money intended for closing deals on moving businesses to Texas is actual raided to be used at Texas A&M. Which is already adequately funded by the PUF. Your Governor was in the Corps of Cadets.

3. Makes it possible for state teacher retirement funds be used to secure funding of some state highway contracts by companies located in Spain.

4. Makes sure that every Texan has a more difficult time in voting in general elections.

Anonymous said...

The DOLLY posts were humorous.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

10:12am...

No one wants ANY death to occur.

BUT... why on earth do police need the power to randomly invade my privacy to check to see if a crime is being committed without suspicion or probably cause?

Do they need the power to randomly search my house for weapons without probable cause to see if I am going to murder someone?

Do they need the power to randomly drug test teenagers without suspicion?

Do they need the power to randomly review my mail... cell phone logs.. etc. to see if I am plotting any nefarious acts? Even if they have zero suspicion or probable cause?

No. No. No. and No.

I am not a conspiracy nut. But I do believe we let government get away with too much. And I would be interested to see how this new legislation will stand up in court.

Anonymous said...

If you had been paying attention at all you would see just how oppressive government has become in the last 40 years.

Ooops, my bad, Of course you weren't paying attention. Too busy watching TV and growing lard on your behinds.

Anonymous said...

God, you guys piss and moan about everything under the sun...but, drinking and driving is okay because, "Millions - get that - millions of people drive home after happy hour every damn day without incident."

There's a lot of pedophiles out there that haven't been caught in the act either...but, I'd still like them caught and stopped.

As long as you don't get caught, I guess that makes it okay.

Anonymous said...

Most all of the problems we face are caused or exacerbated by overpopulation. We need to quit running amok saving all these lives.

It would be a better idea to figure out a way to get rid of a billion or so non-productive units.

That should reign in those greenhouse gases a little.

Anonymous said...

12:51pm ...

It seems to me that you don't get it. Your response seems to be that we think it is OK so long as you don't get caught. When did anyone promote that? What some people are concerned with is the State's intrusion into everyone's lives in order to 'save one life'. There are trade-offs we make as a free society when we don't allow the State to have complete control over our personal lives.

I think it was Benjamin Franklin that said those that give up liberty to obtain safety deserve neither, or something like that...

Chicago Right-Winger

Anonymous said...

I'm tired of looking at these pictures BG. We need an afternoon pick me up. How about the girl in the pink bikini from a few weeks ago?

Anonymous said...

Our government can't even contoll its borders or keep a positive check book balance. I'm thinking they don't need to try to run an automobile company. We certainly don't need an inexperienced community organizer with no executive experience trying to make such decisions.

hangman said...

madd moms acting dumb and dingy. we dont need road blocks all they do is tie the strreets up wheat we need is for groups like madd to stop calling for laws and get out aned do somthing to help prevent the problem like giving a ride to someone that has had a little to much but then agian they would not be able to get on the tv as often with that approach

Anonymous said...

Re: Feline-female in photo

Wouldn't the cat costume be more effective if we could see her puppy?

Anonymous said...

0209 - If'n that skirt was another inch higher, I reckon we could...

Anonymous said...

Hangman, your spelling is attrocious....(intentional?), but your sentiments are right on. MADD needs to get a grip on something else to whine about for awhile....maybe they could organize and find the missing bodies in the lakes??? Kinda weird...I'm curious about where they went....maybe drunk driving aliens abducted them! Wow...set up MADD roadblocks...Big Bro has to do something to keep us under the thumb, right?

Anonymous said...

Pick me up!! Pick me up!!! Pick me up!!! Pink Bikini girl!!

Anonymous said...

Random Comment...there are people that can make your job absolutely miserable...a job that you once found inspiring.

Anonymous said...

The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to reduce the number of people Driving Under the Influence.

Results indicated that sobriety checkpoints consistently reduced alcohol-related crashes, typically by about 20 percent

If people think they are more likely to get caught, they are less likely to take the risk. THAT is the goal. Do not take the risk.

Is there something that works better? If so, let's use it.

Bigwillie02 said...

MADD is usually a bunch of mothers or parents whose child has been killed by drunk drivers. So obviously those of you who go to happy hour everyday don't care about taking that chance of killing another person. (Because you know that would never happen to you.) Y'all shouldn't be disrespecting MADD, you wouldn't want to trade places with them, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

We can get riled up about our gov stopping us to check for DWI but barely speak up when the gov is wiretaping our phone calls, checking our credit purchases, even looking at our library cards.

Something is wrong.

Anonymous said...

It is helpful to stay informed on everything. AIG CEO was removed. Citi board replaced........so it isn't just GM.

As I remember it, when I applied for a house loan, the bank pretty much called the tune, and I danced.
If you want the money..........

Those who are so quick to call for bankruptcy need to spell out the consequences in lost jobs, more foreclosures, medicaid, etc. I don't think there is an easy answer for this mess.

Need to keep in mind, the auto people probably wouldn't be at this point if people could get a loan to buy a car........it isn't disatisfaction with the cars but the ability to buy.........even the foreign carmakers are hurting even with the help of state and foreign funds propping them up.

Silicone Alley said...

I dont read anonymous comments.

Anonymous said...

I don't want the gov controlling ANYTHING I do, 3:16. They need to fix some of the probs in gov. and leave the citizen alone. If I don't wanna wear a seat belt, that's my choice. Road blocks will be a nuisance to everyone, and I SURE don't want my phone tapped. As for your comment, BigWillie, everyone has a story and everyone has problems. Doesn't mean they need to get sympathy from the rest of the world...whine, bitch, and moan....never promised us a rose garden.

Anonymous said...

sili-alley
i feel the same way about your dumb excuse of a blog

Anonymous said...

I got a DWI once - cost me about $5,000 in total costs. When the dust settled I caused about $5,000 in damages to a parked police vehicle and municpal building.

That's how I roll.

Anonymous said...

4:22, you "roll" in the IDIOT lane! Stupid!

Anonymous said...

good for you 4:22

If more people would roll like that the scum-sucking leeches might be dissuaded.

Anonymous said...

"Dunces" was one of the funniest books I ever read. I wish the author had written more.