5.27.2009

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Those were some crazy clouds yesterday with crazy spurts of rain.
  • Despite golf ball size hail (or larger), I'm not sure there was much damage last night in Decatur.
  • Do people still think they are clever when the say "intestinal fortitude" instead of "guts"?
  • Thought about that this morning when a caller to KLIF said "we don't have someone in the White House that has the intestinal fortitude to bomb North Korea." Good lord.
  • I shake my head a lot in disbelief when I'm alone.
  • Everyone seems to be optimistic about the economy (consumer confidence was up yesterday) but unemployment continues to rise and GM is headed to bankruptcy. I think we just got tired of being pessimistic. I call it Tired Head Economics Syndrome. That just might win me a Pulitzer right there.
  • I should have made the TAKS/Graduation ceremony issue a completely independent post. I misjudged the emotions about that one.
  • If I find a gas pump that is ridiculously slow, I'll stop it before I fill up. It makes me feel like I've taught the pump a lesson.
  • The right wing is already going crazy over the clip of the new Supreme Court nominee having stated that courts "create policy." They fall back on "judges should interpret the law, and not create law."
  • Oh yeah, and yesterday Supreme Court conservative majority overruled 23 years of precedent by holding that cops can initiate interrogation of a defendant without his lawyer present even though a court has appointed a lawyer for him. Unless that rule was buried in the Constitution (it's not), that is creating policy.
  • When did $80 loud print T-shirts get popular? And why?
  • I now use my debit card for almost everything and never go to the cash machine.
  • But shouldn't the scanner know it's a debit card without it having to be asked?
  • I've begun reading Outliers and it's great. It's basic premise is that hard work is certainly needed to get ahead, but circumstances and luck play just as an important role. I believe that.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

A little boring this morning Barry

Anonymous said...

its not making policy if your undoing a policy created by an activist court.

Anonymous said...

Judge:
–noun 1. a public officer authorized to hear and decide cases in a court of law; a magistrate charged with the administration of justice.

Supreme Court Judge... hum...

should be called:
Supreme Court Lawmaker...

Wait, I thought we already had people called lawmakers?

Anonymous said...

The way Obama handles the N. Korea situation will surely define his presidency.

(I breaking ground on the underground bunker this weekend.)

Anonymous said...

I do believe the machine knows it's a debit card...however, most institutions issuing them recommend that you process as a "credit" card. Comes out of your checking account regardless...
go figured. Security reasons?

Anonymous said...

Stop aggravating the gas pumps! History will probably pinpoint you as the seminal influence for the whole "machines rising up" a la Terminator-movie-franchise

I hope this whole TAKS/graduation thing has been put to bed now, but that's being optimistic. Some folks just won't let controversial school policy go. Please, let it go...such tired head!

I'm with you on the debit card usage. I never visit the ATM. If I want paper, I just hit up Walmart for the cash-back option when I'm in there. And I hate when a cashier says "debit or credit?" - It doesn't matter; they're charged the same way.

$80 print t-shirts are probably popular because parents are like the aforementioned ATMs. (Sensible adults don't fork over that kinda dough for a t-shirt!) Stop catering to your kids' every whim; you're not doing them any favors.

ha ha - I said seminal!

Anonymous said...

Decatur is just dumbing down like everywhere else in our country.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot - nice random pic today
real or fake?

moma247 said...

With debit cards, you have the option on whether to use debit or credit because of the different daily limits on some cards. You might want (or need) to use one or the other depending on the amount the purchases come to.

Judges set precedents when they interpret the laws they rule on. In doing so, aren't they in essence "creating policy"?

Anonymous said...

After Outliers, read (or listen to) Gladwell's other two: Tipping Point and Blink. Both good.

Anonymous said...

If you use it as a credit card you don't have to press in your pin number.

Anonymous said...

Nothing says summer like saline/silicone and palm trees.

Bring on the Cuba Libres!

My Other Brother Darryl

Jarhead said...

I believe that most judges these days do make policy [indirectly] by interpreting the laws.

Most of them however, are smart enough not to say it out loud.

In direct opposition to what she states in the video [which is what I found interesting in my post], she has also been quoted "toeing the judicial line" by stating: "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it."

Let's face it. Every judge interprets the law based on their own individual biases, no matter what they say to the contrary. Hell, we all do it. Look at this blog, for example. You can post an apparently benign story of someone doing something good for another person and there will always be someone who opposes. It's human nature.

When you get too many minds thinking about the same thing, you get CrazyTownTiredHead.

Anonymous said...

it's all just a bunch of bullshit anyway..all of IT..!!!

Anonymous said...

The credit card machines know if your card can be used either way...
BUT
It defaults to use debit BECAUSE there is no charge to the merchant if a debit card is used. Credit cards charge the merchant a percent (like 1.5%) if a credit card is used.

Anonymous said...

This blog is kinda like the CB radio except there ain't no whoop aerial on your car.

Anonymous said...

8:53.... also moaner or screamer?

Anonymous said...

A hundred years from now no one will even remember your name or care about your pointless life.
You might as well try to get a kick out of it all right now

Anonymous said...

Just to restate 8:28's point. Reversing a previous Court's interpretation versus creating rights out of thin air / or altering legislatively enacted laws are two different things. I know you (Barry) know the difference. You're being a little disingenuous by pointing to that case as an example of conservative judges 'creating' law in response to what conservatives are saying about 'creating' law.

Anonymous said...

She looks like a screamer...not that it matters

motorboat!
Bbbrrrrrrbbbbrrrrrrr

Anonymous said...

correct 9:47; also in some cases there are reward points implications also

Remote Controller said...

Stores have your pin numbers and the card number referencing it stored in their local network. They then automatically purge the information according to a set schedule (i.e. once a week, once a month, etc.). The problem stores like Wal-Mart, Kroger and other merchants have is that the manager and sometimes the assistant manager has access to these numbers (Also, it is pretty easy for a confident hacker to break encryption to local merchants' databases. This is not the case with bank machines and bank security.

Identity theft isn't done by looking over your shoulder anymore and credit card databases have much tighter security now-a-days. Understand, that stores are not bound by the same regulations that banks and card companies are. If I wanted to, I could setup a computer from Bestbuy in my store, put a 6 digit password on it, link the card swipe to it and my register then start grabbing pins and numbers as you buy from me. After a while I would probably start going on vacations on your dime.

Moral of the story: Don't use debit cards unless you are at the bank or your bank's ATM.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, screamer big time.

Anonymous said...

9:54 - it is slipping a bit isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Re: Obama's choice of Supreme Court Judge. I wonder if Americans of European ancestery thought that the Kenyan, Obama would attempt to overturn the Hopwood case with his appointments to the Supreme Court they would have voted for him. I think that Barry should be required to hire a black law clerk for his office. What about lets require a higher percentage of court appointed attorneys in Wise County to be black.

Anonymous said...

HAHA, I do the same thing when I get a slow pump, except I'm trying to teach the gas station owner a lesson.

Barry, was the 23 years of precedent buried in the Constitution? No? I thought so. Oh, so SCOTUS overturned SCOTUS's previously created policy. Ho Hum. Although yesterday's decision was bad, I fail to see how changing court-created policy is a problem. If people want it bad enough, there IS a way to amend the Constitution. That's how we thumb our noses at the lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you probably will never win a Pulitzer....but certainly a Nobel Prize is not out of the question....even the greatest idiot of our day, Al Gore snagged one.

Anonymous said...

Barry -

To correct some of the credit/debit card information above:

It will vary per individual contract, but most retailers (including me) pay a standard percentage on BOTH debit and credit transactions. For me, those are both currently 1.7% of the item price. In addition, I pay fees on authorization and processing. In addition, if it is a rewards or airline mileage card, I pay higher fees. The only advantage to debit cards is that the money is guaranteed to be in the account and I don't have to subscribe to Telecheck.

A retailer is underwriting a large portion of cost for the convenience and "freebies" the consumer mistakenly thinks the card company provides. Not so.

So hug your retailer after you have purchased that 75% off clearance item and then use your American Airlines rewards card to pay for it. I cringe as I smile and thank them for their purchase.

Had to vent.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

I think Barron and 11:11 have a lit'l sumpin going on -- and I am absolutely in luv with that Jarhead guy today!! Luv is fickle.

Anonymous said...

to 10:30
just leagalize pot

MarmiteToasty said...

I to do what you do at the petrol station... only I double click it about 4 times and say 'get a move on' one day someone will see and here me and I will be sections under the mental health act.... that might not be a bad thing, I could do with a little holiday LOL

x

CaserAnn said...

My favorite is when you go to Sonic and use a debit card to pay, they ask, "Do you know your pin?" If you reply No, it just pops up Approved!

really now?