3.25.2009

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Odd eighth grade Bridgeport basketball memory: Our team went into a "four corners" routine at a tournament and the other team didn't come out to guard. I bet we ran off half a quarter in one possession by just standing in place and dribbling. But I have no idea if we won the game.
  • I used Google Street View to look at the Katrina damaged Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans the other day. It's pretty much a ghost town. I wonder if it's safe to drive through it?
  • I haven't been inside a Dairy Queen in years.
  • I never heard back from the lawyer that told me the use of "Dairy Queen" in my graphic might be a trademark infringement and that I needed to remove it. So long as I never hear from him again, I want you folks to go buy a bunch of Hungr Busters and stuff.
  • I didn't watch Obama last night. Baylor was playing in the NIT on ESPN.
  • The Messenger has a story today of a five and half year old Intoxication Manslaughter case that was finally indicted last week. I'm not sure what is going on there with the long delay, but our new DA seems to be going back and digging up some old cases.
  • And the default statute of limitations for felonies is three years. There's a specific provision allowing for no limitation for "murder and manslaughter" but the question will be whether that "manslaughter" includes "intoxication manslaughter." They are not the same thing. There's a specific "manslaughter" crime (reckless killing) under one section of the Penal Code and "intoxication manslaughter" under another. That may have already been decided, but I don't know it off the top of my head.
  • That gave me early morning Tired Head.
  • I don't know what I think about the Messenger running out to an accident scene, videoing it, and then throwing the video up on youtube. They did it yesterday.
  • A city wide nighttime curfew has always bugged me. The concept of a daytime curfew seems downright unAmerican.
  • My dream last night consisted of two hot girls, an intentional car crash that resulted in a fiery death at the Bridgeport Dairy Queen parking lot, and a guy with a knife.
  • The previous bullet point was in no way meant to disparage the parking lots of Dairy Queen.
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison was on WBAP this morning and was specifically asked whether our military should be used to help secure the border with Mexico. She answered that we needed to "do more to increase border security." In typical WBAP fashion, they didn't force her to answer the question.
  • We can now all get drunk at Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor.
  • Watched a little of a DWI trial in Wise County yesterday. It involved an out of county teacher -- I felt sorry for her. And she looked pretty good on tape. The jury begins deliberations this morning.
  • Official Liberally Lean figure skater: Tanith Belbin
  • About once every 18 months I get a new credit card from Citibank with a new number because my old one "may have been compromised" due to a security breach.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

"We can now all get drunk at Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor."
Um, not in this economic downturn. Did you see in the S-T this morning that a 16 oz cup o' suds is gonna go for about $6.00? I could stay home with a six-pack for about that price and not have to deal with a bunch of idiots and their kids

"I haven't been inside a Dairy Queen in years."
Drive-thru man, huh? Don't you know your idling family truckster is destroying the ozone? Get green, Mr. Green!

"A city wide nighttime curfew has always bugged me. The concept of a daytime curfew seems downright unAmerican."
And probably unconstitutional. That'll get challenged

"My dream last night consisted of two hot girls, an intentional car crash that resulted in a fiery death at the Bridgeport Dairy Queen parking lot, and a guy with a knife."
You had me at the start, then I kinda lost interest. Lay off the spicy food before bed time.
And don't even THINK about closing off the Dairy Queen parking lot. Then you would have gangs of retirees roaming B'port looking for a place to light where they can gulp coffee and grumble about politics/religion/everybody younger than them. Hi, Uncle Bill!

Anonymous said...

Great, puke on the water rides and slung from the coasters.

wordkyle said...

A metaphor for how he solves problems? Last night at his news conferrence Obama didn't use a teleprompter. He used a giant TV monitor instead. Easier than knowing what you're talking about, I guess.

Anonymous said...

You should grace DQ with your presence at least once a week. DQ in B-port has a good chicken fried plate.

Anonymous said...

I got a new card to. They don't tell you that after you activate the new one you should immediatly call and cancel the old one. My card was used in Oklahoma city when I had it in my wallet right here in Decatur. Keep an eye on your activity! And they won't tell you which business managed to compromise it so you can avoid that one in the future.

Anonymous said...

Re: the beach girl

Wearing white before Easter? How gauche!

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Today's nudie looks like a composite photo. Waist down - female - Waist up - male.

Ah, the discriminating tastes of our blog author!

Anonymous said...

Think you could make a speech without all your research papers spread out before you Wordy?

soz said...

the messenger thing is creepy. but, you gotta give them props for thinking of ways to not go down like the rocky mtn news did.

that figure skater looks like brittany murphy.

Anonymous said...

Interesting comment about your Citibank credit card.......

I am experiencing the same problems with my Citibank card. I am also receiving citibank security emails saying multiple attempts to sign in to my online account have failed and I must reset my account. I didn't even know I had an online account.

Wonder how many other card users are having these same issues.

I never carry a balance on any credit card. Now, I am thinking it is time to say Goodbye to citibank card.

Anonymous said...

The people at the Messenger need to learn about journalism ethics, at least according to my son.

My son is a reporter for a newspaper in Alabama, and he took a look at the Messenger while visiting a few months back. He said he was "appalled at the Messenger's gratutitous use of accident photos." He said most newspaper editors and publishers don't normally do that sort of thing for "ethics reasons."

AnObiter said...

Was in a Diary Queen on Monday. Big interest on the kid-level. Too many fatty (yet seemingly yummy) choices for my grown-up butt. I had a big Diet Coke though...love their ice.

Drunkness at Six Flags. On one hand, a cold beer after trekking all over the place w/the kids? Oh, wow...sounds great. The drunkards who'll inevitably puke on someone after riding the Shockwave? Doesn't sound so great.

Curfew? I so understand why some cities want to enact one (with the hoodlum "tweens" and teenagers out there these days), yet there's that whole rights-of-the-home thing that it seriously violates in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

So, your position is that Intoxication "Manslaughter" is not "Manslaughter" under the statute that says that there is no limitation on murder or "manslaughter"? Can you really make such a ridiculously absurd argument with a straight face? And as a followup: should there be ethical sanctions against attorneys who waste court time with patently absurd "legal arguments"?

Anonymous said...

DQ dipped cones are amazing. Go try it.

Anonymous said...

i love the wcm posting video of the big things like accidents and fires. it's kinda like having a local newscast since the big tv stations only come out when some is dead or murdered.
i'm curious as to where the wcm is going with this - are we soon going to have a newscast at the end of the roy with good ol boy roy eaton as the anchor to let us know of all the news in the county that day, such as the singles club meeting at armondoes?

M-M said...

Didn't miss much with Obama, same rhetoric, long winded non-answers.

I have never been impressed with Kay Bailey.

The picture above is how I have always pictured Mzchief. You know how you always imagine how someone looks like on the radio or on this blog, based on how they sound etc.

Anonymous said...

Man shoulders......

wordkyle said...

939 - As a matter of fact, I can and do. Often.

Anonymous said...

9:46
Whatever you do, do not open up those emails from Citibank and do not put in your user id or password, this is a scam and someone is trying to get your information. I've had the exact emails sent to me and I forward them on the the fraud and investigation team at Citibank. If you go to www.citibankonline.com you will find a link to send it to the fraud department.

Anonymous said...

Photoshopped or not I wish she'd spank my bo hiney with the paddle until it made a big impression on me.

Anonymous said...

as far as the 9th ward goes it is a ghost town still. We worked with our church youth group down there the last 2 summers. We never felt like it was unsafe down there, probably because there is no one there. Except for the occasional tour bus rolling through looking at the damage which is pure sorryness.

Anonymous said...

I used to just stand in one place and dribble and I've never been a winner.

Anonymous said...

9:49 - you son knows little, why else do you think he works in alabama? just because his newspaper does not have the staff, equipment or knowledge to improve its online presence does not mean that our local newspaper has not ethics, it just means they are staying ahead of the joneses. You read every day how newspapers are falling by the wayside, and that is because everyone is moving to the web. kuddos to the mess for staying ahead and not sitting back look others such as those in alabama and wyoming.
the dallas morning news has videos of breaking news, and thats because they are a great media outlet.
if we see a dead body or something in at messenger video, then that is crossing the line, but until then, i love the new and improved web site features.

Bigwillie02 said...

Looks like Jessica Biel to me.

Anonymous said...

Really, Wordkyle? You are going to criticize the President for using a TV screen instead of a teleprompter? Really?

At least he gives frequent press conferences; some of us like that.

And Obama doesn't know ahead of time what the questions are going to be, so no TV or teleprompters are going to be used for the answers.

Man, you are digging deep to find something to complain about Obama. Really deep.

Anonymous said...

If the little urchins were in school where they belonged...there wouldn't be a need for a daytime curfew.
Home school students should be required to be getting their "home schooling" during the same hours that public school students are.
Too many "what if's" about why they are not in school.
If you ain't in school, you better be sick....period

wordkyle said...

1143 - Much ado has been made about Obama's eloquence, but the gap between his scripted presentations and his non-scripted remarks is huge. Without the teleprompter (or bigscreen TV) he frequently makes mistakes and gaffes, which he then has to go back and explain or apologize for. Google "Obama, eloquent" and you get over 600,000 hits. You can't tout a politician's supposed strength like that and then become sensitive when he's called out on it.

Anonymous said...

Tanith Belbin...Official LLFS...
Citibank...compromised credit information.

I'd like to compromise Tanith Belbin.

Anonymous said...

I think that's Jessical Biel in the photo? I thought she was hot. But uhhhhh not so much buddy.

Anonymous said...

Discover card did the same thing 2 me a couple of years back and now they call me all the time 2 verify my recent activity

Anonymous said...

11:53, it's not that simple. For example, let's assume that a Dallas police officer sees three juveniles get off the train at the Dallas Zoo and head for the Zoo entrance. Does he bust them for truancy? What if those kids don't live in Dallas or go to Dallas ISD, but instead go to school in some other school district for which that day was NOT a school day?

Anonymous said...

wordy - anyone complaining about Obama's lack of knowledge or eloquence need only think back over the past 8 years to see real inelegant incompetence. The contrasts are stunning.

wordkyle said...

235 - Let me reiterate: Obama has been glorified -- almost deified -- because of his speaking ability. Yet when he speaks on his own, instead of reading, there is a huge dropoff in skill. Obama seems to be a fantastic reader; not so much a speaker.

As for Obama's knowledge, he hasn't proven himself very knowledgable yet. He didn't even know that his own administration pressured Congress into approving the AIG bonuses! Surprise, surprise, surprise.

M-M said...

2:35 Actually not that much of a contrast when you compare the two when speaking off the cuff. Obamessiah1 stutters and stammers and says aaaaaaaa and can't come up with a word worse than Bush. In my humble opinion of course.

Xanthippas said...

Let me reiterate: Obama has been glorified -- almost deified -- because of his speaking ability. Yet when he speaks on his own, instead of reading, there is a huge dropoff in skill. Obama seems to be a fantastic reader; not so much a speaker.

I'm just curious..is there anyone who speaks better on their own than with a teleprompter?

Anonymous said...

wordy - you again use your own opinion on Obama's delivery or knowledge as fact. You’re entitled to your opinion but that doesn't make it a fact.

As for the regrettable "bonus" issue - the bonuses were written into those yoyo’s contracts - before Obama ever became president. Yes, the bonuses are obscene; however, they were approved by their employer, AIG. OK, violate the contracts and get sued (if they have the balls to actually file the suit). But you as a devoted conservative must understand the significance of existing contracts. I'd like to focus more on the various Boards of Directors of all of these big companies who routinely approve these excessive pay scales.

3:18 said...

you should go to dairy queen, bg. the one in decatur, not bridgeport. i heard bridgeport isnt doing very well.

i think the messenger lacks a lot of respect for those involved in the accidents. plus it sucks, definitely not worth the 75 cents it takes to buy it.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, well, I heard the DQ in Decatur is in Decatur. So, haha!

Not even the Star-Telegram is worth 75 cents. It keeps getting smaller all the time. They should just fold into the DMN and give us one big paper

wordkyle said...

315 - Let's stay on topic. The subject was Obama's level of knowledge. His administration pushed for ("insisted," said Christopher Dodd) the language okaying the AIG bonuses, yet Obama was "shocked" (to use his word) when he found out about them -- weeks later. Knowledgeable? Obama had to ask an advisor what he was signing in his own Executive Order. Knowledgeable?

Xan - There was not as wide a gap in skill level when Bush spoke without a teleprompter. Obama is a great orator when reading words that others write for him; otherwise, not so much. Yet that is consistently touted as one of his strengths (and qualifications for President, apparently.)

Anonymous said...

barry cant you do us women a favor? how about some pics of cody canada?

Anonymous said...

wordy - you again avoid addressing the fact that the bonuses were prior contractual obligations. I agree with you and Obama that they are infuriating but that they were, in fact, "legal." Therefore they had to be allowed for in the legislation to get the job done.

You are, in my opinion, overly generous with your evaluation of Bush's extemporaneous expression compared with Obama's. I also suggest that Obama is much more open and exposes himself to a far broader set of audiences.

wordkyle said...

458 - I'm staying on topic, which once again, is Obama's level of knowledge. His administration pushed for the bonuses to be paid, inserting specific language to ensure it, yet Obama expresses shock that AIG execs are receiving bonuses. There is no explanation that flatters him. Also, you infer much more from my discussion of AIG than I imply.

Also, I am not comparing Bush's speaking abilities to Obama's. I am comparing the gap in their respective skill levels between reading from a teleprompter and speaking off the cuff. Obama the Great Orator only exists when reading other people's words.

Xanthippas said...

Xan - There was not as wide a gap in skill level when Bush spoke without a teleprompter.

Is that because Bush could be near incoherent when he spoke with a teleprompter, because he would mangle words presumably spelled out for him on screen or on paper?

This idea that Obama is not a good speaker is silly. Anyone who is not utterly biased who has watched Obama give either a speech or an interview will realize that he is both articulate and well-spoken. Also, it's quite well-known that Obama largely wrote his own speeches on the campaign trail so I'm not even sure where you're getting this "other people's words" business from. Honestly, you need to stop reading those crazy conservative blogs.

Anonymous said...

yes, barry. cody canada.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Word - we can all chose what topic we want to address; it doesn't mean we are off-topic just because someone's point addresses another issue other than your own.

When you say, "Obama the Great Orator only exists when reading other people's words," you are expressing your opinion, but not everyone's.

I personally think he is a great and informed orator when he is answering questions and using his own words. Not that I would EVER expect you to agree to that, but after all, opinions are just that - opinions. And opinions do differ.

Anonymous said...

to 11:53
there you go with the "what if's"
if the other school districts are out of school(for whatever reason you can dream up for your sake of arguement) more than likely most other schools are out also.
If a Dallas cop uses common sense (pray tell that should happen).....then he would "assume" that these students, after checking I.D.'s and hopefully the students local law enforcement that they ARE in fact out of school that day.
give me another "what if".

Anonymous said...

Try to quit using credit cards to pay for lap dances,worked for me. DAGO

Anonymous said...

cody canada please!!!!!

wordkyle said...

655 - You're absolutely right. I was discussing one topic, and you wanted to discuss another. We don't have anything to discuss.

Xan - Bush "near incoherent?" Not correct, but merely another overstatement from someone who opposed him. Bush was never considered a great orator, but he somehow managed to be understood. How many times since he's been in the spotlight has Obama had to "clarify" a point?

Even the Huffington Post acknowledges Bush's ability to communicate: "When Bush was not confined by the limits imposed by prepared remarks, he had an innate ability to connect with his audience. He had a great sense for the mood in a room and he played to it. Without being told precisely what to say, his core beliefs and passion came through in the words he spoke. Frequent mis-deployment of his linguistic arsenal earned him a good deal of criticism, but it also helped endear him to many Americans. Even those who deplored his policies saw an honestly in what he was advocating."

Meanwhile, here's what happens when Obama's off the teleprompter. Also here and here. Interested readers can form their own opinions. Remember, these are all from the last year or so. Bush was in the national spotlight for a decade or more. So yes, there are lots of examples of "Bushisms." Obama is a great orator when he's reading a speech. His skill drops considerably without the crutch of a teleprompter. That's been my point all day long. The fact that there are already collections of "Obamaisms" (with lots of material) says something about his so-called ability.

Anonymous said...

"You can't have manslaughter without laughter!"

Heh heh heh