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6.10.2009

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Got my Internet fixed last night. Then woke up this morning to find it down again. I'm no technician, but replacing the router/modem two times in one week has not fixed the problem.
  • I forgot to mention, no one struts more than the high school track athlete.
  • Seeing a kid's chalk art on a sidewalk makes me smile.
  • It's rare for KRLD not to steal the news from some other source, but they are the only ones that posted about a "gruesome accident" that occurred this morning in Lewisville.
  • Taser Fun: A 72 year old granny and a mouthy motorist. Here. I love the taser over the firearm to diffuse a situation, but cops seem to be a little quick on the trigger with the thing.
  • Taser should be spelled Tazer. It's cooler.
  • I've never seen Palo Dura Canyon.
  • I'm reading a book on the collapse of Bear, Stearns. I'm not much of a business guy, but it is fascinating. (And it made me feel a little insignificant when I read the part of one silk suited lawyer picking up the phone and dialing the number of the head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank at his home - and the guy taking the call.)
  • Another earthquake in Cleburne last night. That makes four. Can't we have at least one up here?
  • At least one lawyer is reporting that the Tarrant County judge who was arrested for DWI last year (but who had the case thrown out for a defective search warrant) will not be running for re-election.
  • How did GM go bankrupt? I mean, look around at all the GM cars that are on the road.
  • And this GM bankruptcy/nationalization can't be good for business. I'm not sure things aren't going to get worst for them.
  • I wonder if I'm too old for a Nissan 370Z?

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

No, Barry, you aren't too old! It would probably make you look hotter than you are!

Anonymous said...

I dont know but one of my parents do alot of work for them. Really stressed right now.

Anonymous said...

Not too old, just need a mullet to go with it! :)

wordkyle said...

Regarding GM: The bigger question is what will the federal government's intrusion into the auto industry do to the marketplace? Think legislation favoring GM will be coming soon? Will taxpayer funds mean GM's cars will be cheaper than the competitors'? How about more pro-union legislation designed to cripple non-union automakers, who happen to be GM's competition?

Politicians are already calling GM demanding preferential treatment (e.g., Barney Frank insisted that a Massachusetts GM plant be kept open.) Their personal agendas will take precedence over good business decisions.

Now impose all this mess on healthcare and you've got the Democrat plan for America.

Anonymous said...

If you like the Nissan 370Z, read up on the GT-R

Anonymous said...

* Palo Duro Canyon (not "Dura")

* ... get worse for them (not "worst")

I know. It's just a blog; you're in a hurry; you can't help it; etc. Just makes me crazy. And I can't help it.

Go buy the car.

Anonymous said...

You say cops are a little quick with the Taser, but the use is justified in that one video when the cop asks the woman several times to get out of her car. In the old days she would have been jacked up and put in a head lock, then she would have sued for her "injuries".
Next to the Taser, the video camera is probaly the greatest tool cops have on patrol.

It's Palo Duro, not Dura

Don't wish for an earthquake - please think of my treasured NASCAR collector's plates! They're practically guaranteed to increase in value

Anonymous said...

Are you having a mid-life crisis Barry???

Bill in Birdville said...

The unions have a lot to do with their bankruptcy. I'm not saying fair wages and all aren't a good thing but the unions have no give for bad times nor do they care about long term profitability. Look at car companies that aren't unionized that also off fair wages and benefits that are profitable. It's not hard to find if you look for it.

Anonymous said...

everyone needs to read the "cash for clunkers" bill going through congress. The government just doesn't learn from their own mistakes. They just patched the burst auto bubble, now they want to make it bigger. My 2007 Tahoe qualifies for this idiotic bill.

Anonymous said...

8:38 when I read your comments it almost makes up for all the times Barry pokes fun at others :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know how old you are, fortyish, I'm guessing, but I say go buy what ever car you like.

You only live once and life is short.

Anonymous said...

Take a breath guys. GM will be fine. Eventually. Our government will sell our 60% stake to the same guys who got us in this mess in the first place........remember the Saving and Loan debacle.

Debt is the problem in all our lives and we all suffer the consequences when we get out of control.

And yes, when we restore some sembelance to our economy we are going to have to address national debt, but if anyone thinks there is one, a single one, in Congress
who is interested.........well

Health care will have to be addressed. Instead of crying foul before we even know what it looks like isn't particularly helpful. Or giving up without trying.

For 55 years now, I have paid my own health care, and I am confident I am paying for smokers, obese people,pregnancies, and visits to emergencies rooms that have nothing to do with me. I still support some version of national health care.

HHL said...

my 350z has been the best car i've ever owned. it's a 2003 model (first year they were available), and it has held its value really well. it's 6 years old and still worth about half what i paid for it. 60k miles and never had a significant mechanical problem. the only downside -- if you haven't already thought about it -- they are tiny. trips to the grocery store are ok; trips to home depot are not. (though it does have a neat diagram explaining the necessary procedure for getting two golf bags into the hatchback.)

don't worry about how old you are. every guy should have a kickass sportscar sometime in his life.

that all being said: go for the GT-R! sure, it's twice the price, but you can afford it, no one else in the WC will have one -- and they are awesome.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of bail-outs, why hasn't anyone commented on this blog about the gigantic and very constroversial one in Bridgeport right now? There's a grass-roots opposition movement forming to protest the city council's decision to protect their own investments by using tax payers' money to bail out the sinking ship of the B'port hospital. Can anyone say "conflict of interests"?

Silicone Alley said...

The 350Z is an incredibly sexy car....Can you handle it?

And make sure its a stick.

Propagandist said...

Go ahead and buy the Nissan 370z if you don't mind girls assuming your penis doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

Love Palo Duro!

Ride the Sad Monkey Railroad. Very hokey, but loads of fun. Also, time your trip so that you can attend the play TEXAS!. Great outdoor presentation. Makes you proud to hail from the Lone Star State.

My Other Brother Darryl

18clues said...

Hey Cleburnites! Stay on the rocks and wait for Kevin Bacon.

Anonymous said...

Z cars have ALWAYS been mid-life crisis cars. I call them "Leisure Suit Larry" cars. Its a classic game.

Anonymous said...

Your looking in the wrong place, Barron. People out here buy GM cars out of some misguided "supporting America" jingoism. Not realizing that cars like the Aveo are just re-brands of Korean cars.

If you observe in other areas of the country, GM has long been left behind as a has-been. The people out here don't care, but most of us care about interior quality, fit and finish, and vehicles other than trucks.

Don't get blinded by thinking Wise County is representative of the country.

Anonymous said...

OK Barry,
Your contradictions are killing me. Today, you say the cop is too quick with the taser, but yesterday, you said Federer should have been quick to swing his racket at the crazy fan. So which is it? Wait until the nut-job slices your throat or try to use your best judgement to head it off at the pass?

Double Fake Keep it Consistent Police

Anonymous said...

The head of the Federeal Reserve New York is Jamie Dimon the CEO of JP Morgan the savior of Bear Stearns. I worked for Bear during the collapse being on the inside was quite scary.

Anonymous said...

9:12
I guess since no one commented on it then it is not "very constroversial"

Anonymous said...

Our undisciplined narcissistic government cannot take care of its own operations within any reasonable or unreasonable budget...we certainly do not want them reaching beyond into the private sector. It needs to be stopped immediately.

Francine Fishpaw said...

See Foghorn, I told you that you should buy a boat. I am pretty sure that picture was taken at the Hula Hut.

Anonymous said...

Surely you haven't forgotten these words of wisdom...

Age is a question of mind over matter...if she don't mind it don't matter.

Anonymous said...

I think the question is "are you gay enough for a 370Z?".

Anonymous said...

10:14: guess you're wrong. I personally know a large group who are organizing yard signs, a petition, and all sorts of protests including direct contacts with council members. Hide and watch.

Fast Eddie said...

When you talked about wanting the Infiniti, I told my wife that the Infiniti was overpriced and a maintenance nightmare. I suggested a Nissan "Z" car - however, I didn't know what number they were using now. 370Z would be a great car to get. I don't think that it's "gay".

Fast Eddie said...

Oh, and get red or black!

Anonymous said...

9:12 Your name wouldn't rhyme with Eaton,m would it?

Anonymous said...

If you buy that car, you'll look even more desperately lecherous than ever. Besides, with all of the divorced moms you date, where will all those kids sit?

Anonymous said...

11:57: Don't understand your question. Just have lots of people I work with and know from Bridgeport who are up in arms about it. I personally don't live there, but am hearing about it every day from a group who do and who have organized a large number of protesters. Seems like anyone with a brain would protest tax dollars being spent to bail out a failing institution just because a certain group has a vested interest. Anyone who would sit still for that deserves to be ripped off!

Anonymous said...

To the citizens of Cleburne...

I'm sorry...ok?

I've been a little gassy lately...get over it. I mean I've only blown a 2.8 on the Richter scale. I could hit a 6 without even trying if I wanted to. Ask your buds in LA about that.

And to the citizens of Wichita Falls...see, all this time people thought you were the rearend of Texas...hehehe

Double Fake Mother Nature

Anonymous said...

1:01
Uh-it's become "the American Way"...

Foghorn said...

Francine had a 300z, so some words of warning.

Dalmation dogs find z cars tasty. They will eat the wiper blades and try to dig the windshield washer spigots out with their little paws.

That kind of action by the family dog makes the dog whisperer in me get my gun loaded.

So, please, in the name of gawd and all that is holy, don't mix dalmations with Zs.

Glad I could help.

Anonymous said...

1:01
Again, it looks like you are the only one that is upset about it. And to me, it looks like you are trying to stir things up a little with the new hospital. Since you are not from Bridgeport; 1. why do you care what our city does with its money and 2. why do you want us to have to travel to Ft. Worth for good healthcare?

According to the Mess article, there is just a bond covenant that prevents the hospital from paying on the note while the bond is restructured. I would rather my city pay a couple of interest payments (that will probably be repaid by the hospital) and not loose the $3,000,000 in tax money that was pledged. Call me funny that way.

Anonymous said...

zcars are just phony corvettes...get a real car.

Anonymous said...

how old are you anyway?

Anonymous said...

Hey BG--if you do get a Z make sure you post a picture of it with the tag number prominently displayed. I could then forward it over to THP--Decatur and make sure the car gets all of the attention it would so richly deserve.

If you got a Z would you pimp it out or go for the typical Wise County customization (rip off the front or rear bumper cowling and then reattach it with duct tape)?

Anonymous said...

Ed Wallace article in Star-Telegram said when this GM mess started, that if the autoworkers worked for free, GM would still be in trouble. Mismanagement greed maybe?

Anonymous said...

EB is not running again for judge. will serve out her term unless pressure for resignation so that good-hair can make an appt.

Anonymous said...

Oh Baby! You are never too old for a "Z"! I was 36 when I bought my first one so since you are about that same age or at least look it :), go for it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Has Wise county not ever spent money on DECATUT'S hospital.That expense includes Bridgeport's people too.