8.13.2009

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Fox 4 reporter Emily Lopez has a whole lot of Ann Curry "fake concern" in her.
  • I watched a traffic ticket trial yesterday in Wise County where the defendant won because the officer couldn't say for sure if the guy sitting at the table was the same person he wrote the ticket to. That was an honest officer.
  • Our DA, Greg Lowery, was not pleased with me for leaving out what he felt were critical facts in my post about the dope trial yesterday. That job will beat you down in a hurry.
  • I will go to my grave believing the War on Drugs is the dumbest thing this country has ever done. You right wingers don't want the government running our health care system, but you want it to have enough power to lock someone up for smoking a joint on their couch in their home. Makes no sense.
  • I have to admit I really didn't know anything about Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
  • What was with the weird claymation like recreation of a missing person on the local news last night?
  • I think I've found a time to visit the new Cowboys' Stadium: There will be four high school games
  • I can't find the link on the Star Telegram's confusing web site, but some place named "Fred's" won the best burger competition. I'm not familiar with it.
  • Tried to stop by the new Flip's off of Western Center Boulevard on Friday two weeks ago. Every parking space was taken.
  • My dreams have become really bad lately. They aren't nightmares, just stressful. And I wake up breathing hard with tense shoulders.
  • I watched a staff member of one of the prosecutors up at the courthouse field an angry phone call from some out of town lawyer. I can easily proclaim that he was one stupid lawyer. Rule #1: Never hack off the member of a staff of a prosecutor.
  • That being said, for the first time in years I snapped at someone in the County Attorney's office yesterday. I spent the next hour apologizing. (I think everyone was worried that I was losing it--which might be true.)
  • If Channel 8 were to leave Victory Park, it would be a ghost town of biblical proportions.
  • Maybe this is the cause of my sleeping problems.
  • Bridgeport Main Street has joined Twitter. Bet that's going to be riveting.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re: Your Sleeping Problem cause

Barry, that is exactly why I don't let my dogs have party hats or a FLICKR account.

Pink couch cover, Very Disturbing.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Also, Baylor and Texas Tech a the new Stadium on Nov. 28th.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lowery seems thin skinned! I chuckled at the post yesterday re the prosecutor "had" to prosecute.

Give me a break. He has incredibile lattitude on who he takes to trial, not to mention the lattitude to even take to the grand jury, not to mention his influence on the grand jury.

If all else fails, he can blame the police for screwing up the evidence, warrant, procedure, etc.


Anyone remember a "right last name" defendant lately? Anyone notice how the trials pick up right before election time? So much for "having to."

Same for law enforcement! Wish I had a dollar for every "right last name" given a ride home instead of thrown in the slammer like the poor slobs who aren't connected.

Neither Right Nor Left said...

I think the idea for the war on drugs was to keep people from doing crazy stuff. If everyone was going to sit on their couch and smoke their hooch, it wouldn't be as big of a concern as the people who smoke their hooch, drink their booze and jump in their car. I've had 3 people close to me and my family killed in these kinds of accidents. If you want to get wasted at home, that is one thing. If you want to get wasted and be out in public, that is another.

Would it be less costly to take care of everyone who got addicted to drugs that were legalized? You seem to be the expert so I'd like to know the answer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for making me click on that disturbing flickr pic. You're not the only one who is affected by that thing now.
How is that guy not a statistic by now? Equally disturbing was all the responses the pic got

You can beat a traffic ticket if the officer can't positively ID you? Good stuff to know

Today's random pic gal is posing as if she just won "Best Bod in a Brown Bikini" contest. She's got my vote. Mmmmmm...curvy

Anonymous said...

You left wingers want the government running our health care system, thereby supposedly protecting us from evil doctors and insurance companies, but you don't want the goverment protecting us from illegal drugs.

Makes no sense.

I am neither right or left wing and I don't want the government involved in either one.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely think it would be cheaper to take care folks addicted to drugs versus what it costs for the war on drugs. We spend billions(trillions?) of dollars to prevent the use of drugs and yet millions of folks still find ways to aquire them. We spend billions(trillions) of dollars prosecuting and imprisoning offenders. Legalize drugs, tax the you know what out of them, make laws for driving while loaded prohibitive, keep drug testing at work and use part of the tax revenue and the savings from the prison system to rehab those addicted. Of course this would result in a whole lot of law enforcement jobs going bye-bye. Oh well....I vote libertarian by the way.

Anonymous said...

The purpose of making certain drugs illegal was never about stopping "people from doing crazy stuff." Read your history. It was mostly about racism.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know why we haven't had a post on the guy found in Decatur that apparently committed suicide?

Anonymous said...

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is best known for founding the Special Olympics. Apparently, started out in her back yard ~ she was in the pool as well. This was a very "hands on" woman who worked very hard her entire life for promoting special needs folks.

Silicone Alley said...

Bah-wee, This pic is a repeat.

Anonymous said...

The reason for your sleeping problem is the same as ours: O B A M A !!!!

Anonymous said...

if the officer can't identify the driver, how does the red light camera work? that couldn't have been me cause i was drinking a bud longneck!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on the war on drugs, at least where marijuana is concerned. That's so innocuous and so widely used that Texas should take the lead of Alaska and legalize its use in private homes. The folks of Alaska believe in the rights of the individual, as long as they practice their tokin' at home. I don't see the harm in that, and it would save lots of taxpayer $$$$. I have come to detest prosecutors in almost any venue. I find myself pulling for the defendants anytime I watch the news! Big Bro is just way too big....might just move to AK when I can.

Anonymous said...

Fred's is about two blocks south of W. 7th street, about 2 blocks east of University in Fort Worth, hole in the wall place but Terry the guy that runs it is top notch.

Anonymous said...

The war on drugs and the war on poverty are both lost causes. One is propped up by the republicans the other by the democrats so how about we throw our hands up and admit defeat on both fronts. Lets see how that works out.

Anonymous said...

You never hear much either about the Kennedy daughter that was retarded. You know the one that Pappa Joe had intitutionalized and given a lobotomy?

Anonymous said...

the guy in decatur that shot himself was being investigated for touching little kids. saved us tax payers some $

wordkyle said...

a) What benefit is it to society to legalize another mood-altering drug for recreational use?

b) Get a sleep study done. From your descriptions (today and in the past) you're exhibiting symptoms of sleep apnea. A CPAP can make a world of difference in the quality of your sleep and your life.

Anonymous said...

10:40, The "War on Drugs" was a term coined by Nixon. It has been a war waged since the early 1900. But you did get it correct on the War on Poverty. We can hang that one on good ole LBJ.

Anonymous said...

10:52 I totally agree!

Anonymous said...

How shortsighted must one be to not see the domino effect that would be initiated by the legalization of marijuana. Decline of society will take on a whole new meaning.

House of R and R said...

What benefit is it not to legalize them, wordkyle?

People are going to do them whether they are legal or not. The trick to these people is whether or not you get caught. And, most people who get caught are not going to stop.

Oh...unless they find JESUS.

Unfatcat said...

Fred's is on Currie st. just west of Downtown by about half a mile or so. They do indeed have great burgers but I'm wondering if they beat Kincaids which, for years was the best hands down. Byt the way, is that the party cove on lake Ray Roberts? Looks familiar.

Anonymous said...

I had to stop smoking weed because I couldn't find Jesus. Man that mexican always had good dope, and wielded a weedeater like some do a banjo. (sorry banjo man, I had to do it)

wordkyle said...

HoR&R - Why are pot smokers so eager that they'll risk jail to do it? I'm not understanding why people take up a habit that they know is illegal, then complain that they get arrested for it. Is there some crying need for another mellowing recreational drug? It reminds me of an exchange I once heard during a job interview:

Interviewer: "What is your greatest weakness?"
Applicant: "I push myself just too darn hard." (Unspoken implication: Then I smoke a doobie to take the edge off my day.)

Anonymous said...

11:40; you are so correct. They are currently used just as much, just in secrecy. I'm sure those proclaiming the demise of society would be shocked to know the number of white collar professionals who use pot on a regular basis. They've been telling us about that domino effect since I was a teen in the 1960s, and it's simply not true.

House of R and R said...

Wordkyle, why do people drive drunk and kill people? Because alcohol is legal?

Anonymous said...

8:59

To be neither left or right winger you surely throw that "left winger" with a certain attitude.

I think I smell a right winger!

wordkyle said...

HoR&R - Yes, precisely. Subtract the alcohol and you have no drunk driver. If alcohol was illegal, I would be against its legalization also.

Anonymous said...

Wow, wordkyle...I'll bet you're lots of fun at parties! What do you do for fun, dude?

House of R and R said...

My point is... it's makes no difference whether something is legal or illegal. If people want something bad enough, one way or another they will find a way to get it.

Anonymous said...

Barry, lay off of the right wing French garbage. Anyone with a brain does not want the most inefficient entitiy in history running healthcare. Wake up...and never call me a right winger....I like correct winger much better.

Anonymous said...

If drugs truly were a victimless crime, I would agree with you. But they aren't. Ask every member of an addict's family how they feel about drugs. Ask everyone who's had their house or business broken into by dopers who are looking for money for their next score. Ask all the babies born to drug addicted moms. These are not problems that legalization will fix.

Anonymous said...

I get to coach in one of those games! Hope you make it!

Anonymous said...

The War on Drugs and the health care bill have nothing in common. It is the government's duty to guard our borders, not to take over private industries. If you are not a fan of a government entity that is ineffective at a job it was designed to perform, why would you want the government running private industry?

Maybe, instead of the War on Drugs, we need to nationalize the illegal drug trade and the government ineptitude would waste that industry into oblivion.

Elfred E. Newman said...

2:00----

Innovative thinking at its finest

wordkyle said...

121 - Judging my personality or my personal life from my posts on here is a sign of a defective (or pot-addled) mind.

HoR&R - You're absolutely right. And if they choose to do something illegal, then they should not be surprised at the consequences.

mzchief said...

Something I do not understand is the number of people who are all for the government dictating what people cannot do with regard to the use of alcohol/drugs but are among the same people hissing and spitting about the government getting involved in providing health care and vice versa.

Here is a thought; keep the government out of EVERYONE'S personal life and when someone does something to harm another person while exercising their right, drop the hammer on the culprit and lock them away so they can NEVER harm another innocent person.

Let the government get back to protecting the citizens of the U.S. from outside forces and maintaining an environment where citizens have the OPPORTUNITY to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. The government needs to get out of the business of attempting to level the playing field in an attempt to ASSURE everyone has equal success. It is up the the individual to determine if they succeed, not the government.

Anonymous said...

1:33...I would much rather be on the road with someone who smoked a joint than someone on meth, heroin or alcohol. What about you?

Anonymous said...

Well said Mzchief!

Anonymous said...

"I will go to my grave believing the War on Drugs is the dumbest thing this country has ever done. You right wingers don't want the government running our health care system, but you want it to have enough power to lock someone up for smoking a joint on their couch in their home. Makes no sense"

Absolutely true and with rare (for ANY subject) 'unassailable' logic.

We are out our dang minds.

Anonymous said...

Either party can help themselves!
The dems want to do good at terrible cost. The repubs want individual freedom as long as it conforms with their manifesto.

I would be more than willing to tax alcohol, cigs of all flavors to help pay for healthcare.
And yes, I participate is these vices, but still willing to pay.

chupacabra said...

as usual mz is right.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was very interesting that Brubaker was on cable last night, after that post you made about the drug trial. I hadn't seen it in years, so I watched it. That movie just reconfirmed my thoughts and feelings about some involved in law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

MZ is for socialized country protection!

House of R and R said...

4:17 Unless someone has experienced those things...your wasting your breath.

Very well said, mzchief.

Anonymous said...

Today is "Harrison Bergeron," by Kurt Vonnegut, happening for real!

If you haven'r read that little short story, give it a read. It'll show you what is ahead for us all!

Anonymous said...

Well, MZ must be a closet socialist if she wants her country protected by the government. That could be outsourced. RedNecks with guns would be a good alternative. Texas and Oklahoma RedNecks should be enough firepower to ward of China, Russia, and all the "Middle East" crazies combined. Hell, Wise County Rednecks with their guns alone could hold their own to at least one of these threats at a time.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 1:41...
You truly should refrain from posting a comment on The Blog after you get wasted smoking crack.

Have your 8 year old neighbour read and explain to you my comment and PERHAPS you will understand my original statement of, "Let the government get back to protecting the citizens of the U.S. from outside forces"

Not that you will understand but I am a Libertarian/Constitutionalist to such a degree I believe the government has NO right/business stepping into ANY aspect of ANY citizen's personal life/choices unless that person violates the law and infringes on the rights of other people.

You haters are such cretins it is laughable.

*StillLOL@U*

Left and Right Wing said...

Let's legalize murder and tax it. It only affects the person getting killed and if someone is mad enough to kill them, maybe they deserve it. I suppose we could limit it to killing someone in their own house so we could say it doesn't matter what someone does inside their own walls.

Anonymous said...

The only "hater" on here, is you, Mzchief.

mzchief said...

To 8:29...
Anyone murdering an innocent person violates the victim's RIGHTS.

Get your 8 year old neighbour to help you with your next comment so you have a hope in Heaven of coming up with a cogent rebuttal.

Anonymous said...

Oh no, since you need a breathing machine at night guess that ruins the hopes of seeing on this blog someday that you are getting married...
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