5.12.2009

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Decatur fire truck sirens at 7:46 a.m. With all that fog out there, that's probably not good.
  • A kid from a private Christian school was suspended for attending a secular prom with his girlfriend at a different school? I have no problem with that. Private institutions bossing people around who have voluntarily decide to associate with them seems reasonable. Government bossing you around, on the other hand, would be a different story.
  • Isn't it weird how some people consider you to be the equivalent of the Plague yet others light up when you enter the room?
  • I think I observe the world for 95% of the time and live in it for the remainder. I need to work on that.
  • Whenever you see something that symbolizes the dumbing down of America, it is referred to as "Idiocracy" (after the movie.) I saw a bit of it last night at the grocery store.
  • Karl Rove gave the commencement address at Texas Tech School of Law a couple of days ago. Really.
  • Crazy sight: A huge runway baggage container was sucked into one of the jumbo jet's engines at LAX yesterday.
  • I'm headed down to Baylor this weekend for my niece's graduation.
  • With changes in the law regarding court appointment of attorneys and Wise County's skyrocketing criminal cases, I'd love to know the amount the county spent on indigent legal representation fees last year. It has to be exploding.
  • Note to Wise County Messenger: That would be a good story.
  • And we don't have a skyrocketing criminal docket because of more crime, it's because you will get arrested for the slightest of transgressions these days.
  • A soldier in Iraq flipped out yesterday and killed five other soldiers. The Drudge Report had a great yet disturbing headline for the story: "Full Metal Jacket."
  • Limited interest: I saw Margaret Hoover ("Republican Strategist") and Gretchen Carlson (co-host of "Fox and Friends") in a debate on Bill O'Reilly last night. Dumbest. Women. Ever?
  • Mark Cuban rant: (1) He tells one of the Nugget's player's mom on Saturday that her son is a "thug", (2) the mom is at the AAC last night and taunted by fans, (3) Cuban finally apologizes to her on his blog last night at 1:30 a.m. You couldn't just have walked over to her last night and said you're sorry? That guy is classless.
  • And Cuban won' be in Denver tomorrow night for Game 5 citing a prior engagement. Riiiight.

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

BG, why don't you go on a few dates with that Crazy Texas Mom you told us about yesterday? Both of you could blog about the dates. It'd be fun to read about the same date from two points of views.

Anonymous said...

No, we have a skyrocketing criminal docket because we finally have a district attorney who does the job!!!

Anonymous said...

i read your second comment and i wonder how you are a democrat. what you just said sounds like a very conservative thought.

a true lib would be demanding regulation to force the private school to reinstate the kid.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with observing the world around you. Most people don't; which is why they are morons. I'd drive you crazy trying to participate with these people in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Your Twitter avatar pic looks like kind of creepy, but mjkwilson is hawt.

Anonymous said...

8:25 The right to counsel attaches at the time of the arrest. That's why the cops recite the warning to the arrested person that he or she has the right to counsel and, if they can't afford an attorney one will be provided by the state. The District Attorney's decision that a case makes or doesn't won't come until days, weeks, perhaps even months later. Not to suggest that Greg isn't doing his job, I think he is; however, a belief that him doing his job better or worse than the preceeding District Attorney has anything to do with increased indigent counsel fees is misplaced.

Anonymous said...

8:25, the exploding docket is generated by the number of arrests made. The D.A. has nothing to do with the making of arrests.

It IS true, on the other hand, that part of what any D.A. must do to help regulate the docket is see to it that some cases are dismissed out of hand. Those would include all cases in improperly filed, those cases which are just dumb, and generally cases which are unwinnable. Part of being a good D. A. means weeding those out ... and that ALWAYS means stepping on toes of filing officers. Those officers then get mad and begin circulating the complaint that "this D.A. won't do their job." Happens with EVERY D.A.

A "good" D. A. is one who (1) manages their docket efficiently, (2)actually tries only cases that are winnable, and (3) actually wins most of those cases that they try.

Anything else isn't being a "good D.A.", it's being a clusterf***k.

As for our new D.A. It's too early to tell. I wish him well.

Anonymous said...

Mark Cuban is a perfect example of just because you have money doesn't mean you have class. He has no respect for his fellow man and just thinks...hey I am rich I can do anything I want. Sounds familiar and like many people in this world.

Anonymous said...

How does the State decide whether you can afford your own Attorney?

wordkyle said...

Why is it significant that Rove gave the commencement address?

I can't argue with your low opinion of the debate between Margaret Hoover and Gretchen Carlson. But dumbest women ever? With Janeane Garofalo, Wanda Sykes, Rosie O'Donnell, Ariana Huffington, Susan Sarandon, Margaret Cho, Barbara Streisand, and the women on The View to choose from?

Anonymous said...

Suspending the kid due to dancing?

So stupid.

There are so much more serious things than that under the heading of "sins"

And Baptists are some of the best dancers around.

Sheesh.

Jarhead said...

Barack Obama is giving the commencement address at The University of Notre Dame [and receiving an honorary degree] a couple of days from now. Really.

Anonymous said...

Man, it would suck to have to go to that private school. He is gonna be old one day and look back at what he missed and he will definitely have a grudge against his parents making go there.

I hope he had a great time at that prom, got real boozed up and maybe gotten him some.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we need to tie little yellow ribbons on our trees and have banners sayin' "please don't kill our own troops".

Anonymous said...

Why is it significant that Rove gave the commencement address at Tech Law School? Perhaps because of the irony that one of the key architechs behind the Bush Administration's steady assault on the Constitution would dare to darken the door of a place where they actually teach (or at least should teach) respect for the rule of law, due process, separation of powers, Constitutional rights, democracy, trial by jury, you know...little things like that.

I will admit that Rove has his place in history and political analysis because of who he is and what he's done, but he dang sure doesn't represent any concept of justice or lofty democratic ideas.

Anonymous said...

#1.. I actually have a friend who has a pair of the slipper genies and was quite excited about it.. yea lol

#2.. Cuban is an a$$.. and Kenyon Martin can be a thug but he's successful and still damn sexy!

AnObiter said...

I'll bet Barry has a pair of those genies and skates around every night mooning at Cuban. LOL

Xanthippas said...

a true lib would be demanding regulation to force the private school to reinstate the kid.No, a true lib makes fun of people for volunteering to send their kids to a school that will suspend a kid for hanging out with scary "secular" kids. You know, cause libs aren't afraid to let their kids hang out with people who aren't quite like them.

wordkyle said...

1051 - Congratulations, that's a great repetition of the standard Liberal Democrat line -- verbose and chock full of cliches and Liberal Democrat assumptions, without supportive evidence. Simpler and more honest to just say "Because I disagree with his politics."

Anonymous said...

Kids need exposure to a variety of types of people. This is no threat if the parents are secure in their beliefs and non-jugmental of others, but then of course, that lets out the fundamentalists who send their poor kids to those schools. Segregation among only those like yourself was NEVER condoned by Christ, at least not in my Bible. He hung with real people and scorned the hypocritical "church" people. Is there a lesson in there somewhere?

Anonymous said...

I am starting to agree with you on the Mark Cuban thing. I've always defended the guy, but I think it's time he hang it up and sell the team like he's recently hinted he was close to doing. As a business owner, I understand being emotionally involved. It your business, your investment dollars and your livelihood. But he takes it over the edge.

Anonymous said...

BG do tell what these slightest of trangessions are. I would like to know what I can be arrested for that is a slight trangression. How many of these slight trangression cases get court appointed lawyers. Not trying to fight with you just trying to figure out what a slight trangression is. It would seem to me that a slight trangression might be in the eye of the beholder. Just want to form my own opinion as to your statement instead of believing it is so because you say it is so.

Anonymous said...

Wordie, don't get your pointy white hat all bent out of shape just because someone expressed a view different from yours, but unlike you (mercifully) chose not to sprinkle "supporting evidence" with metatags throughout the comment. It's a comment to a blog, not an essay exposing Rove's many faults. Dial it down, old bean.

moma247 said...

12:02, this is a blog, not an encyclopedia. Almost everything posted, whether on the blog or a comment, is an opinion unless it is otherwise cited. And from what I can tell, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. So have at it, come to your own conclussions.

wordkyle said...

1208 - Which white hat are you referring to? My KKK hat, I gather - subtle (and not so subtle) references to racism are another part of the Liberal template. You lose points for unoriginality. (Does it matter that my grandfather was threatened by, and fought against the KKK? Probably not.) I don't like to let Liberal allegations go unchallenged. Allegations, not a "different point of view." The Liberal "different view" can usually be summarized as "I disagree with his politics, therefore he is evil." Any other basis for forming an opinion is unnecessary.


Also, that vaunted Liberal "tolerance" really showed itself when it came to Miss California, didn't it? I think the school is wrong in expelling the kid. But for people to tout the mythical Liberal "tolerance for other beliefs" is laughable.

Anonymous said...

Karl Rove is pure evil.

Anonymous said...

Is it Legal for 14-16 year olds to get boob jobs!?!?

Anonymous said...

12:51-----------------

Not if ACORN pays for it

Anonymous said...

maybe they sent theyre kid to private school because they actually wanted him educated, and the "school experience" came second to them. either way its theyre choice, and considering the abomination that is public school, i dont blame them.

Anonymous said...

Tuesday's Girls are kinda cute, they all look natural.

Anonymous said...

8:25
is your name Jana?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but they are like 14 or 15 years old... come on now!

Anonymous said...

They gotta be older than 14 or 15 don't they? When I was 15, girls didn't look like that a'tall.

Anonymous said...

Wordy needs a new graphic AND an editor.

Anonymous said...

I think I am going to renew my subscription to Barely Legal.

Anonymous said...

Fried Oprah gave the commencement at Duke and spoke of how great it was to have your own private jet and mansions. Isn't that kind of contrary to what Obammy is telling heads of companies?

Anonymous said...

9:02 -

Actually, the right to counsel attaches at the time a defendant is questioned (in custody) regarding a crime. That's why cops DON'T read people their rights after they are arrested (that's just television, Junior) UNLESS the arrestee is to be interviewed/interrogated about the offense... If no one's asking you anything about the offense you don't need a &*#$ attorney.

In other words, you can be arrested for aggravated camel-humping and not have your rights EVER read to you as long as the cops aren't asking you anything about the crime.

Of course, none of that has beans to do with the changes in the law regarding indigent defense requirements, which standardizes the attorney appointment process in Texas.

But I'm not a high-powered lawyer or anything...

Anonymous said...

What do you get when you cook welfare checks inside cornbread?


African American Fortune Cookies

Anonymous said...

12:45 - precisely, because he is a Republican.

Anonymous said...

12:37, that is the typical Republican rhetoric to blame everything on the Democrats. The leadership under Bush and Company distorted everything they touched. They trampled the Constitution to accomplish their goals and even today after the majority of the people gave them a resounding rejection at the polls, they are still trying to spread their distorted views that the American people rejected.

Anonymous said...

CUBAN made sure after the rukkus in Dallas that if the Mavericks won he would have a prior engagement on the Denver date.... Sold out a team, "Get your popcorn thrown at U big fella". SELL OUT, and thank GOD they are done in 5.

Anonymous said...

12:08 & 3:49 -
Man, have you got it right!

No matter what someone says, Dubya Kay gives the same tired rant about liberals.

wordkyle said...

1208, 349, 416, et al - Do you seriously think BG put in the Karl Rove comment by accident? Go back to the beginning and read my original question, then the first response. Barry knows I won't let Liberal silliness like that go, and he can always count on you guys to post personal attacks and Bush-bashing non sequitirs in response. Voila, more hits. Counselor knows what he's about.

The question you have to ask yourself is this: Why do I play along?

Anonymous said...

WK-

I'll answer your last question.

Because Barry is magic

Anonymous said...

No, wordkyle, that's the question you must ask YOURself.

And BTW, you're quite full of yourself that you think Barry post his thoughts because he is thinking of how you might respond.

That's pretty funny that you think that.

Anonymous said...

Good heavens, but Wordie is mighty full of himself today! To think this blog revolves around him...my, my. Just lay back and enjoy your banishment to the political wilderness, Wordie!

wordkyle said...

As usual, you guys miss the point. Those who want to understand it, will.

Anonymous said...

We might (or might not have) missed the point you INTENDED to make, WK.

But we certainly got the point you UNINTENTIONALLY made - that you think Barry writes stuff anticipating that you will respond because "Barry knows I won't let Liberal silliness like that go."

Thanks for the laugh.

wordkyle said...

As I said...

Anonymous said...

BG, why did the wcm can their comments? are they scared to be as 2009 as you?

Anonymous said...

As the turd turns.......