8.11.2009

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • I'm sick of seeing "inspirational quotes" all over the place. Ann Curry's twitter feed is full of them.
  • I've never heard of a crime called "Disregard Police Officer" but a black guy in Denton got arrested for it yesterday. (Source).
  • On Sunday I posted the video of the "tire gone wild" almost striking a constable. Yesterday a loose tire killed a construction worker in Lewisville.
  • You right wingers were in a lynching mood yesterday based upon your comments.
  • G.I. Joe led the box office over the weekend with $54 million? You've got to be kidding.
  • There really aren't any movie type of movies made any more. It's either mass explosions, animations, or silly comedies. No Country For Old Men was a rare exception. (Here are the box office leaders so far this year to prove my point.)
  • I'd like to be placed under house arrest.
  • If the street construction around the square in Decatur is costing over a million dollars, we ain't getting our money's worth.
  • I watched most of the the Teen Choice Awards last night. Our future does not look bright.
  • My weekdays are very Groundhog Day like.
  • Jarhead's guest blogger suggests, rightly so, that we 'mericans don't know much about Canada and Mexico. (Jarhead, when reached for comment, could only mumbled "get me more tequila and a donkey.")
  • Do not mess with Hillary. (If you haven't seen this, you must.)
  • Legal drinking age map.
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi caught a little heat yesterday when she called the protesters at the town hall meetings "un-American." She's wrong. Yelling, name calling, and refusing to listen is distinctively American.

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, right wingers (especially the religious ones) - LOVE on Sunday but hate the rest of the week.

Sheesh.

wordkyle said...

"Yelling, name calling, and refusing to listen" - Perfectly describes the Democrat response to the protests.

Anonymous said...

"You right wingers were in a lynching mood yesterday based upon your comments" Yes we were and yes we are.

How far do the liberals want to carry this change thing? I think the following sums up the way many of us feel: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Anonymous said...

RE: tires gone wild....

One recent Saturday, my spouse went to the local vegetable stand. As he was getting in the car, he heard a thud on the passenger side. A truck going around the corner lost a tire from the back of the truck and it came rolling against the side of our car. Now if I had been with him, he could be collecting on my insurance policy right now. I guess that explains his sour mood lately. (OK - the last part is tongue in cheek - I think).

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle - that describes both political sides in reality. Independents likely have no voice. Nothing new there.

Anonymous said...

BG, if you don't like Ann Curry then why do you read her tweets? You are causing your own pain.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to have an embroidered thing hanging on the wall with a quote you had a while back (I may be paraphrasing here):
"I've never been a big fan of inspirational quotes."
Barron Bu-bear Green

Did you see on the drinking map where the legal age in all of western Europe is sixteen? 16!? And the rest of Europe is eighteen. Man, teenagers are stupid enough as it is, and those people are letting them get a head start at killing off brain cells.

Nancy Pelosi better hope she doesn't catch too much heat. That plastic face of hers will melt faster than that Nazi in Raiders of the Lost Ark
"Don't look at it, Republicans!"

You have to remember that in addition to the usual dumbed down action movie crowd, summer at the googleplex is ruled by kids. I haven't been in a theater in several years, and I especially avoid them while the kids are out of school

Your chances for house arrest are pretty slim. Usually you have to be famous/infamous for that. Not sure which of those directions you are headed with this blog. However, admitting that you watched the Teen Choice Awards - childless, at your age - may get you on some sort of, um...registry or neighborhood watch. Would an ankle monitor fulfill that spot on your bucket list?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the leagal drinking age in Europe....My friend's son came back to the states recently from Europe and was telling us about all the 16 year olds at the bars. He said, however they are more responsible about it over there. They don't drive because if the police suspect that you are intoxicated and you refuse a breath or blood test, they just beat you until they can get a blood sample! And it's perfectly legal!

Anonymous said...

Wheeoooo...Way to go Hilary. She really looks like she'd been hefting a few. Wildeyed!!!

Poor, poor Bill...No wonder he strays(used to-probably can't anymore) and stays (away).

Anonymous said...

I'd like to be placed under house arrest with you.

Would you rub my feet?

Anonymous said...

Street construction around the Decatur square costs HOW MUCH? You could lose a VW in the pot holes in most of the city streets and the "powers that be" choose to piss away that kind of money for goofy looking cross walks? If they want bricks implanted in the road do like Ft. Worth did years ago and get some convicts out there doing it. Does the city have a "stupid project" fund? Why can't some of that money be spent to provide something to keep the teens entertained and off the streets?

Anonymous said...

good ole america should ask the brits how that drinking age of 18 is workin out for them.

Anonymous said...

We never expected you to be excited about inspirational quotes for we have never seen any in your work. Also, regardless of your political persuasion, Nancy Pelosi has been, is, and always will be an idiot much like the first contributor that made an asinine statement about people loving Sunday above the remainder of the week. (I suppose he/she was borrowing the right wing label from France which had little to do with religion or the days of the calendar.)

Anonymous said...

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi caught a little heat yesterday when she called the protesters at the town hall meetings "un-American." She's wrong. Yelling, name calling, and refusing to listen is distinctively American"

You are right. Jeremiah Wright comes to mind. And Cindy Sheehan And Senator (Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot)Al Franken

Anonymous said...

Hey we need those beautiful walkways in Decatur to match our wonderful streets. That revenue that was promised from the sales of beer and wine has indeed given us the best streets in the county. The public (particular alcohol consumers) and the easiest to dupe.

Danny Boy said...

If I am not mistaken, is the right to assemble,speech, and petition not in the 1st Amendment of the constitution? It is amazing how politicians from all sides, red, blue, green and whatever color Independent is, will bitch and point fingers at the first sign of blame. Of course the protests have someone backing them, lobbyist can't do everything.

Although Cornyn and Hutchinson really f'd themselves as well as the other Blue bloods for not voting for Sotomayor, there went their chance in 2010, good job guys. You just piseed off the fastest growing population in the country.

Anonymous said...

I think Hillary really made a complete fool of herself on this latest rant. That was totally unnecessary. Maybe she really did have a few under her belt.

She and George Bush should bar hop together.

Anonymous said...

You are right most people don't know much about Canada or Mexico.
Me? Not much about Canada, spent a month backpacking in the mountains is about all. It's cold and there aren't too many people. I suspect their cities are much like ours.

Mexico, on the other hand I know lots about, having lived there over 15 years and still own property and visit frequently. People are much poorer, by our standards. Funny thing is they are universally happier and more tolerant than we are. And healthier. Less obesity, more walking, less TV, more work around the house.

The government there doesn't do much either for or to the people. That seems to be a good thing. All this relying on ours to dictate life to us isn't doing us any good. On the contrary, it's the worse thing that could happen, but that doesn't seem to stop you libs from wishing for it. Well you will regret it in the end, and those self reliant Mexicans will own your country when it's all said and done. The handwriting is on the wall but you are all so busy worshiping Barak Obama that you don't see it. Kind of a shame but I guess I'll be OK. You guys are wishing yourselves into oblivion, Barry.

Xanthippas said...

"'Yelling, name calling, and refusing to listen' - Perfectly describes the Democrat response to the protests."

If by that you mean "blogging about and making fun of ignoramuses who don't know they're on 'socialized medicine' already" then yes, that would be accurate.

Anonymous said...

Here's your "Desregard Police Officer", it's in the Transportation Code (and has been there for years):
Sec. 542.501. OBEDIENCE REQUIRED TO POLICE OFFICERS AND TO SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS. A person may not wilfully fail or refuse to comply with a lawful order or direction of:
(1) a police officer; or
(2) a school crossing guard who:
(A) is performing crossing guard duties in a school crosswalk to stop and yield to a pedestrian; or
(B) has been trained under Section 600.004 and is directing traffic in a school crossing zone.

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy to see the improvements to our "historic district!" Mostly, I'm VERY pleased that the city streets are finally getting attention. Those around the northwest section of town have been AWFUL for years. Walnut (going up the hill to 287) was an embarrassment to the city! The streets should not ever be neglected like they have been for the past 30 years. (Will Oak street ever get finished?????)

Now, if the city would just do something about all the little homes that look like CRAP on the outside! Isn't there some ordinance about keeping ones home up?? Keeping one's yard mowed??? Keeping trash out of the yard/porches?

Anonymous said...

I can't believe Clinton was so quick to jump on that poor reporter like that. I sense a bit of jealousy, hmmmm?

Anonymous said...

BG, I love you.

Anonymous said...

Nice Bodies... Uggggllly Faces...

Anonymous said...

Were you fogging the 'ol office for bugs over the weekend Barry, or just hiding?

Anonymous said...

"I'm sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic and we should stand up and say, we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration." Hillary Clinton

Gorilla said...

That drinking age map is amazing - Good ole USA - land of the free! Just one color shy of Saudi Arabia!

Anonymous said...

Our wonderful commissioners and city officials don't seem to mind spending the tax payers money. What about the 210,000 to the firm to design a new courthouse? What's wrong with the old one? The street work going on around the square sucks because when they get through tearing up the street it's bumpier and looks uglier than before. I can say one thing for Wise County and that is we all live in a bubble up here! No recession, no job loss, just a perfect little world!

Anonymous said...

I know a lot about Canada. I wish my Canadian mother never had of left there. Then I would be a natural born Canadian citizen rather than a Canadian-American. I hate being only half American like my African friends. I guess my grandmother could have filed a Certificate of Live Birth in Vancouver. Would that not make me full blooded Canadian? Why does a real birth record have to have a hospital and doctor's name on it except if (1) you were not born with a doctor present in a hospital or (2) if your name is Obama? Are there any experts out there?

Anonymous said...

10:58
My two kids born in Alaska do not have a hospital or Dr. name on their birth certificate. Looks very similar to HI certificate. My child born in Texas has so much crap written on it that I can't read the info. My Alaska babies certificate is titled a Live Birth Certificate...Texas child Birth certificate....

I wonder why France, and other nations with better outcomes in health and a system that covers all citizens and even those of us that visit them, are not changing to our American system if it is so great.....Just saying.

Anonymous said...

Who knew school crossing guards had so much power?

wordkyle said...

1133 - Please provide evidence to support your "better outcomes in health" statement, and how it is attributable to the health system and not lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

11:47
We rank 37th in outcomes....age of death, infant mortality measurements. We take twice as many meds spend twices as much yet we have worse outcomes in common health measurements.
Perhaps drinking age of 16 in Europe contribute to this!! However this issue has been studied for years. Several countries like Cuba are even ahead of us. We are fatter but we also smoke less. It is clearly not that we don't spend enough because we as a nation spend double, get more than double the surgeries, and meds. Perhaps like most things we do too much when less is just as good...which has been proven with many surgeries (CABG, tubes in ears, tonsilectomies, hysterectomies..etc....)But we Americans like to do stuff even if not needed...just to make us feel better. But I wouldn't want to change our great system of medical delivery cause.....I am stupid and I like paying more for worse outcome.....just to make me feel better.

Anonymous said...

"Yelling, name calling, and refusing to listen" - lousy attempt at deflecting. Yelling and name calling has become increasingly common as the REACTION by people submitting appropriate questions to people in positions of responsibility who are neither listening nor responding, e.g. elected officials, AARP leadership. What those are yelling about is the gratuitous nonanswers they are receiving to their questions. Frustration is increasing rapidly, and if the course doesn't change, more destructive reactions are inevitable.

Anonymous said...

These days, movies seem to shake. It's as if a handheld camera that bobs and weaves in order to prevent the viewer from focusing is the new rule of film making. Wonder who had the brilliant idea that it would be cool to make a movie that was unwatchable.

Anonymous said...

For the first time in my life I feel sorry for Bill Clinton.

wordkyle said...

1211 - Let's use infant mortality as a measurment. How is that attributable to the health system? Does that not have more to do with the expectant mother's lifestyle and habits, and the prenatal care she chooses to give to the baby? (Prenatal care, by the way, is provided free via Medicaid/PCAP.)

Age at death can also be attributed to lifestyle rather than the health system. The DOJ says that black males 18-24 years old had the highest homicide victimization rates. Of all murder victims, 44% were 20-34 years old. Think losing all these young murder victims might lower the American average?

Where does America rank in medical research, discoveries and breakthroughs? That would seem to be a better measure of the quality of American healthcare.

wordkyle said...

1253 - Blame MTV and music videos.

Anonymous said...

Mtv doesn't show music videos

Anonymous said...

1:07
So is the inverse true. In Sudan where life expectancy is 44 is that because of their lifestyle or their poor "lifestyle" choices?
Many countries make discoveries...interestingly many of our pharmaceutical companies have been bought...including the one I worked for in the 80's...by foreign companies.....,but having discoveries is great but only if your citizen's can benefit from them. We have airplanes that can fly overseas at half the speed but most of us can not ressonably access that invention.....so is true for much of our health care. When pills cost 10 - 25 dollars a day, when a simple hospitalization cost $2500 a day, when a healthy visit to the peditrician cost $150 plus..then we are pricing people out of health care.

wordkyle said...

158 - Your complaint, then, is not about the quality of healthcare, but its distribution, correct? Also, are you claiming that the American lifestyle is, or is not, a major factor in life expectancy and infant mortality?

Anonymous said...

then regulate pricing from drug makers, doctors, hospitals and such!

soz said...

as far as drinking ages go, personally, i think if you are deemed old enough to fight, kill, and die for your country, then you are old enough to drink a beer. they give these kids assault rifles but don't trust them with a drink??? makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

Amen, "soz". I've always thought they should've left the drinking age at 18, like it was when I was that age. It's ridiculous, and you're no different at 21 than you are at 18. As for healthcare, 12:11 hit the nail on the head. We USE it way too much in this country...everyone wanting elective surgeries like bariatrics instead of getting up and working out and putting EFFORT into it. Or plastic surgery, used to a ridiculous amount in this country. It's not the hospital's fault; it's the fault of the public...they want certain services no matter how much they run up the cost of healthcare and no matter how much any type of surgery actually risks your life. Elective surgery=playing the odds with a bad outcome...stupid.

Anonymous said...

Most elective surgery is not covered by any type of healthcare plan. That's why it's called "elective". You are electing to have that done on your own. Comes out of the pocket of the person wanting the procedure done.
However, that might change if the gubmint takes over. Wouldn't want those folks feeling bad about themselves

Anonymous said...

2:32
YES. No one is complaining that the US provides bad care for those that can afford it. We infact rank number one in emergency care due to our amazing military medical complex that has saved thousands of lives in battle, and then taught our physician in training in their VA's at places like Dallas, Houston and other VA's affilitated with medical schools. If I am in a car wreck I want to be in the US.
Do we dole out too much? Yes. We do too many unneccessary surgeries, give too many drugs, etc, but the care is still pretty darn good.
Do we cover as many citizens for the double amount we spend...no..and for those with insurance a person with less than a college degree decides based on a sheet of paper in front of her (and I say her cause it usually is) whether Johnny can get a med or a procedure.
Is our lifestyle to blame for our poorer life expectancy and infant mortality rates? Well that is a good question.....however we do prolong life with machine help to a much greater degree, can bring an infant born in premature stages to full term and because we fear death will elect to sustain brain dead people for years on end. As for the "black criminals", I ask you: would the "white trash" that shows up at Parkland overweight, smoking, and diabetic; the high number of suicides of "white" teenagers; the very long longevity of asian families living in California and Washington state that rely on eastern practices scew the statistics if "taken out of the equation"? It might. But we spend twice as much money. We pay to have someone tell us no. I have great insurance, my spouse is a phycisian and I work in the health care industry. I am sorry but CHANGE of the distribution of health care in this country is needed. Did you know that the CEO of the health company is making 105,000 an hour while he says no to your childs operation. I paid him to say no....and I am tired of not receiving what I paid for....I am also tired of telling other people their health does not matter, even though they have a job and provide a service to the community...because they can't afford insurance, and since they work they can't get it through medicaid.

House of R and R said...

I have a stupid question.

Will the public get to vote on whether to allow the Government Health Plan or are you people arguing over nothing you have no control over?

House of the R said...

"something"

Anonymous said...

105,000 an hour?

RPM said...

It's the latter R&R.

wordkyle said...

411 - So your original point that blames the American system for infant mortality and life expectancy is moot, right? You changed the subject to discussing the high cost of healthcare and health insurance.

Once again, lifestyle plays a big role. (So does government interference, but let's put that one aside for the moment.) How many people who can not "afford" health insurance put other purchases ahead of it? This statistic is probably unavailable, but look at the lifestyle of many "poor" people and you see bad financial choices as they give high priority to expensive toys and consumable extravagances, ahead of rent, mortgage...and health insurance.

HoR&R -- We can vote against the politicians who promote policies we disagree with. The next chance is in about fifteen months.

Xanthippas said...

Wordkyle,

Just out curiosity...where do you get your insurance from? How much does it cost you, and what do you do without to afford it? And what does it cover? Do you know? I'm genuinely curious.

wordkyle said...

Xan - We do pay for our own insurance. We make sure we treat it as a priority. Your curiosity on the rest will have to remain unsatisfied. A clue to how I handle my finances: read Dave Ramsey's books.

Anonymous said...

935 got the "Rush" part right.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind when a guy makes a big salary. If my stereo breaks or my shirt doesn't fit I return it and have something in hand for my money. When I pay for health (car, house, and all other) insurance that cash lines the pockets of these guys and they can tell me too bad, I paid them money and I can't get the care....

http://blogs.webmd.com/mad-about-medicine/2007/08/ceo-compensation-who-said-healthcare-is.html

Just saying.....

Anonymous said...

The basic thing is, government can be, and ususally is, all powerful in whatever they decide to take over.

The federal government also tends to be a total screwup, with the possible exception of the military. But then, the job of the military is to kill people and screw things up. So all the same.

There is no way I would ever wish for them to be more in my life. Much less in something as important as health care.

I would much rather deal with an insurance company rep, or hospital rep, whose neck I can get my hands around. With the government, you have NO options in disputes.

Anonymous said...

Word and Xen,
The question is not if you have health insurance. The question is have you ever been seriously ill, or have you had to change health insurance due to a job change. At 60 my brother in law had a stroke. He is a surgeon and can no longer do surgery on you folks. His wife was an at home mom and was going to go back to work. If he leaves his job as he should he is excluded do to pre-existing till Medicare kicks in. If he stays he will do surgery on you folks. If he retires without insurance and has a major stroke all those years of school and work go down the medical care complex. Insurance works great till ya get sick.

Anonymous said...

It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour.

-- Thomas Jefferson

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:01...your entire scenario is false and misleading. Your brother-in-law can access his cobra benefits and if he is not eligible for cobra, he can buy his insurance through the health risk plan offered by the state and administered by Blue Cross. Every health insurance company writing insurance in the state of Texas contributes 2% of their gross premiums into this fund to subsidize the insurance. There is no waiting period for pre-existing conditions. If he is a former surgeon, he should be able to afford it. Also, why did he choose to not buy disability insurance? You should insure you income as well as your health. Sounds like you are trying to scare someone with the prospect of being treated
by a doctor with health problems to make a point.

Anonymous said...

"If you haven't seen this, you must."

Thanks for tricking me into wasting a couple of minutes of my life. Any future recommendations from you have now been rendered null and void.

BTW, is Hilary pregnant? Or just retaining water?

Anonymous said...

She may be pregnant. Wordkyle is a suspect.

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