6.16.2009

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • It's Bowling Tuesday. Apparently.
  • Yesterday I got an email from a guy I don't know who told me, "I read your blog every day in Iraq. It kept me entertained." That was a little humbling.
  • I wonder if I should get some yellow magnetic ribbons printed up with "Liberally Lean" on them?
  • I finally got my home Internet fixed after a visit from two, count 'em two, technicians yesterday. (That brings the total to seven.) And the last guy was pretty cocky about what the problem had been (a faulty copper panel in the neighborhood box). I'll take cocky if the guy can fix it. I think he has.
  • The new Calvin Klein billboard in SoHo in NYC is indeed shocking. A clearer picture on Flickr is here. (Warning. It's pretty risque.)
  • My random link to the Texas DA and CA message board: A trooper stops a car and finds 82 grams of cocaine. The problem: The stop was based on driving in the left hand lane of a two lane freeway while "not passing" even though no other cars are in sight. If the stop is without justification, the evidence of cocaine cannot be used against the defendant. Note to DA: Good luck with all that.
  • Today's Random Thought Girl is hawt.
  • The Boston Globe always has the greatest photo galleries. They've now posted one of the protests in Iraq Iran over the recent presidential elections. Good stuff.
  • Craziest accident ever yesterday: A guy goes off the Berry Street overpass in Fort Worth over I-35 at 4:00 in the afternoon, lands upside down on the freeway below, doesn't get hit by another car, and survives.
  • But I struggled with the words of witnesses on the news yesterday who said, "That man is blessed!" So the blessing began a second before impact? Why not before he went over the guardrail? And why does no one want to have an open, honest, and reverent discussion about such things?
  • WBAP's Hal Jay this morning asked Nolan Ryan if any of today's pitchers train by running the bleachers backwards like Nolan used to do. Nolan told him he had never done that. Awkward pause.
  • On my early morning jog yesterday, I came face to face (or shoe to face) with an armadillo who immediately jumped and then made a beeline for the tall grass. We were within two feet of a very uncomfortable encounter.
  • Which reminds me of a mean looking dog who ran at me while jogging two weeks ago but decided just to hit my calf, hard, with his nose. That scared me. I was waiting for the feel of teeth.
  • More details about the Jacksboro shooting. Sounds like a mess.
  • My electricity went out this morning. Having an automatic garage door is not handy in those situations.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't that Nicole Richey...if so NOT HAWT!!

Anonymous said...

Not Nicole Richey.

Anonymous said...

o yes i would

chupacabra said...

Iran not Iraq

Anonymous said...

It's a difficult task to remove an armadillo from your shop. They jump every time you get near them and if you corral them with something to move them, they jump and piss large volumes at the same time. Great fun!!I highly recommend it as fun for the whole family.

Anonymous said...

"Today's Random Thought Girl is hawt."
I bet it would be, um...interesting to watch her bowl in that outfit.
That is definitely NOT Nicole Richey

An armadillo?! Were you running in the LBJ Grasslands?

The signs say "Left lane for passing only". If you're driving in the left lane and NOT passing anybody, you need to be pulled over and quizzed about why you're such a dumba$$ and can't follow simple rules. (Right Jar?) The fact that nobody was around is irrelevant. Don't you have to stop at a stop sign even when nobody else is around?
"He needed pulling over, your Honor" should be as valuable to prosecutors as "He needed killin', your Honor" is to defense attorneys

Anonymous said...

It took the phone company around 6 months to get my internet to work reliably after they first installed it. I had about 10 different technicians work on it I guess. It would be okay for a few days then get worse or worse (or maybe it bugged me more and more until I called them again). Finally, according to the last tech, they replaced the line from my house to the pole, then from that pole to the next pole, then from that pole to the next. Not sure how far they went! But after that it was rock solid. At least for a few months. :-)

Anonymous said...

Looks like she hit her right eye on somethin hard or somethin.

Anonymous said...

She looks like she likes black guys.

Anonymous said...

As to Iran--it's interesting to see the amount of people who live in those Muslim countries who also think the "kill-all-infidels" radical Muslims are crazy, too. They realize that the best quality of life is to be peaceful, productive, and cooperative with the rest of the world--something that is impossible to comprehend (as simple as it is) by those radicals.

Anonymous said...

Barry--have you abandoned The Spin? Or was Last week just a really slow local news week?

Anonymous said...

It's ridiculous for there to even be a law about driving in the left lane for passing only. What's the purpose in that? Why does it hurt to drive in it when there's no one else around. The cops were just lookin' for someone to harass, as usual. As for the blessing deal, anything and everything can be considered a "blessing" by some people. Ususally it's just coincidence or blind luck, I figure. I sincerely doubt if God really gets involved in all our daily tiny struggles. You find a good parking spot, probably luck, not heavenly intervention!

Anonymous said...

Barry, they make garage door openers with a rechargeable battery, for the times that the power is out. A great invention. It's very difficult to grab the cord to unlock the track device, and then try and get behind the vehicle to open the door. It's a good investment!

Anonymous said...

i am a black guy and i approve 9.03

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Nelson (the guy who was shot in Jacksboro) & Weldon Harris are the grandchildren of the late Weldon Harris of Greenwood, who died prematurely of stomach cancer nearly a decade ago. Just wondering and remembering a dear, old friend...

Fast Eddie said...

Barry, maybe you were blessed when the dog hit you with it's nose instead of it's teeth. Did the blessing start after the dog made it's way toward you? Why not before the dog came running at you?

Just an open, honest, reverent thought. :-)

Anonymous said...

"I wanna bowl with the ganstas."

Double fake Weird Al Yankovik parodying Chamillionaire.

Fred in Fredricksburg said...

Always happy to sit down and have a reverent discussion with you regarding the guy going over the rail. Post a reply here and I'll get in touch with you.

Silicone Alley said...

Hey now! I think you just linked some porn to your blog! Watch out those Wise County triple fake Christians might report your blog to Google.

Jarhead said...

"...driving in the left hand lane of a two lane freeway while "not passing" even though no other cars are in sight" should be punsihable by death.

0914 said "Why does it hurt to drive in it when there's no one else around."

You only think there's no one else around ~ you have the "I'm the only person on Earth" mentality.

There's a 100% chance that I'm going to pass you on the right because, you know, that's the lane you're supposed to drive in and the left lane is for passing only, you dickweed. We all learn that when we're taking driver's ed at 16 years old.

Some people are morons.

Jarhead note: I typically don't resort to name-calling, but in this case I feel it's appropriate.

P.S. I passed a girl this morning ~ of course she was in the left lane ~ talking on her cell phone and texting on a second phone so you'll excuse me if I'm a little bit sensitive to this topic.

Anonymous said...

The billboard serves its purpose...getting your attention. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

Barry - You might want to study up on your traffic law. "If the stop is without justification, the evidence of cocaine cannot be used against the defendant. " The stop was a clear violation of Texas law and it is clearly written. Why would you post this indicating that they had stopped them for something that was not a violation? Unless you clearly do not know the laws? Or just to get a rise out of those reading this?

I wish it were enforced more... that would keep the morons that stay in the left lane and clog up traffic out of the way.

Barry Green said...

10:29: I appreciate the comment but, it's not against the law to drive in the left lane if you're not impeding traffic and a sign has not been posted advising you that the left lane is for passing only.

The message board link was a question from a prosecutor asking the question because he/she thought there was a problem. Other prosecutors have chimed in, but the general tone of the thread was that there wasn't a violation in that case.

Anonymous said...

I am glad I am too old to live to see the billboards of the next generation.

Anonymous said...

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/06/15/fired_inspector_general_on_glenn_beck.html

Lee Williams said...

I was in New York last week and saw the racy billboard ... let's just say that my two sons, ages 15 and 17, were in major stare mode for a couple of minutes (as was their dad!)

Anonymous said...

Bubear, your legal buds are going to need some duct tape and super glue to hold that case together.

Double Fake Ben Matlock

Anonymous said...

I had a weird experience with an armadillo. I was letting my dog outside and heard a big splash in our pool and i saw a big armidillo gasping for air in our pool. I ran and got the pool net and tried to lift him out, but he was too heavy and I hollered for my husband, which of course didn't hear me.(usually happens when ther is a big emergency) So, I ran the armadillo a few laps around our pool keeping his snout above water and then finally I thought ok this is crazy,take him to the step and see if he can get out. I ran him over to the step and he crawled out gasping and I was too. He finally slowly took off. I don't know why I was so determined to save the "Shelled beast"

Mark said...

Did you know armadillo's are blind in the daylight?

Anonymous said...

(Right Jar?)

Anonymous said...

Armadillos also may carry leprosy.

RPM said...

I'm definitely not a legal expert, but didn't the SCOTUS recently rule that even if the stop was bad the evidence was still admissable?

I found this after a quick search (No pun intended)...

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee and conservative voice on the court, found that the mere fact of an illegal search does not necessitate throwing out the evidence obtained. He wrote that if evidence is to be excluded, the exclusion must effectively deter future illegal searches.

"To trigger the exclusionary rule, police conduct must be sufficiently deliberate that exclusion can meaningfully deter it, and sufficiently culpable that such deterrence is worth the price paid by the justice system," he wrote. But in Herring's case, the police error was isolated, so the gun and drugs may be used in court.

Anonymous said...

7-10 split?

Triple Fake Ernie McCracken

Anonymous said...

Next time you have a visit from a internet technician - do what I do and hold a gun to his head and tell him that he ain't leaving until the f*cking computer is fixed. That seems to get the job done quickly.

Anonymous said...

I use to jog in the early mornings many years ago and had encounters with crazy dogs, crazy people, even this huge black dude on a horse. I now do my cardio at the gym.

You should try weight training too, Barry. It has really helped me with my knees and overall strength. The guys commit all the ttime about what great shape I'm in. BTW, I'm a 50 year old female.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Jarhead....

Anonymous said...

Armadillos by Morning

Double Fake Jorge Straight

Anonymous said...

9:14, how would you like it if the cops were coming to your aid without a second to spare and some asshole was driving 50 in the left lane and the cop has a wreck changing lanes at high speed and can't come to your aid? You must be from Okalahoma as I've noticed that they drive in the left lane without fail, and usually at the same speed as the right lane,and won't move over.

Anonymous said...

Armadillos young are born either male or female regardless of the number of babies.

Anonymous said...

is it true that father's day and juneteenth celebration will be held together in decatur this year..?

Anonymous said...

9:12-
only for those folks who whose father was named obama

Anonymous said...

9:14 How would you know how they drive in Oklahoma, you don't even know how to spell Oklahoma! They darn sure don't pass on the right their on the shoulder at intersections like ya Texans do.

Anonymous said...

It's OK to drive in the left lane if going to a Tea Party.