11.11.2009

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • I had two back to back dreams: (1) I ate dinner on a yacht, which I owned, surrounded by 50+ empty tables but all decked out with lighted candles on each, and (2) I was on trial for an unknown criminal offense with the proceedings being held in Paradise under a pavilion that was flown in by helicopter every morning.
  • My dreams are more exciting than my weekdays.
  • Obama did a good job at the Fort Hood Services yesterday.
  • I had never seen the "roll call" where the name of the deceased soldier is called out among the names of other soldiers that are present.
  • But Obama is "seriously considering" sending 35,000 more troops to Afghanistan? Sheesh. Don't do it.
  • Texas executed someone else last night. And three more are scheduled next week. Must be the holiday season.
  • I always thought Sesame Street, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, was just a little weird.
  • Jarhead unfriended me on Facebook and Twitter. And he didn't even tell me we were breaking up.
  • Getting "unfriended" is a new social phenomenon.
  • Hottest double amputee ever. Seriously.
  • A caller on Rush Limbaugh yesterday said the Obama Administration didn't want to refer to the shooting at Fort Hood as a "terrorist act" because that would prove "Obama has failed to keep us safe like President Bush did." Rush agreed.
  • Texas Coach Mack Brown referred to playing Baylor this weekend as a "great challenge." Really? Maybe a great challenge not to score 70.
  • It seems weird that you can wear sunglasses in those ESPN poker tournaments since having a "tell" is apparently a big deal. Why not wear a full mask?
  • It took me forever to figure out that those "Left For Dead 2" billboards were for a video game.
Edit: The Messenger now has a blurb on the Chico coach which has been mentioned in the comments all day.

71 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey barry, been readin your blog for a bit now and i gotta say , It's not bad!!! i'm probably just as conservative as you are liberal, but you run a good blog!its the fifth or sixth site i check out when i fire up the web every day. your a BIG lib and im a hardcore conserv. but im just gonna be happy disagreeing with you and readin your blog

And i REALLY like the chic today!!! nuthin better than a HOTTT brunette!!!
hot hot hot hot so hot my eyes, they burn!!

'Bama DID do a good job at the service

HOTTT amputee is correct!!! you go girl!!

And lastly, DAMN RIGHT 'bout the poker!! i wanna go play poker in a lucha libre mask, or halloween mask, or as santa or somethin' you seen that unabomber lookin guy? or even face paint or a hadjib!

rock out with your socks out barry!!!

Downtown RealReal B-Town

wordkyle said...

Regarding Rush's caller - The transcript of the caller's remark shows the discussion was about the term "terrorist attack" and how Obama -- given that he is weakening America's defense and intelligence capabilites -- would suffer in comparison with Bush if that term were used. The call was at the end of Rush's discussion of Obama's warning not to "jump to conclusions" when Obama himself did just that with the Gates situation. It was an illustration of Obama's pro-Muslim double standard. (Just ask Israel.)

Anonymous said...

Today pic wow i say at least a 12

Anonymous said...

7

Anonymous said...

Damn...now even the handicapped are out of my league!

Anonymous said...

What the hell did you do to Jarhead? He is all kinds of pissy on your blog and he unfriended you? There is something your not telling us

Anonymous said...

Why does Jarhead have his panties in a wad???? I thought Obama did an excellent job yesterday at Fort Hood.....Thanks to all the troops that serve our great country !!!

Anonymous said...

I actually disagree with you about Sesame Street. Although I like the Muppets better (especially the Prawn, Animal, Beaker and the two old guys in the theater balcony), I like the ones on Sesame Street, too. What's not to like about Oscar the Grouch, the Count, Super Grover and the two-headed monster (one with horns up and ones with horns down--i.e. one a Longhorn fan, the other a Sooner fan). Even Bert and Ernie, who are possibly gay, make me laugh. But then again, I'm not a homophobe.

Anonymous said...

Can we get WordBile to unfriend this blog?

Anonymous said...

Was pete Hart fired from Chico.....

Anonymous said...

Barry doesn't like kids so why would he like Sesame Street?

Anonymous said...

I didn't watch Obama yesterday. Did he happen to apoligize on behalf of the FBI and CIA for turning the other cheek while a muslim was plotting to attack on US soil?

Anonymous said...

That girl running with those flippers on looks WIERD. There! I said it out loud so anyone who was thinking it can relax now. I'll take the heat.

chupacabra said...

I think maybe Jar is leaving the unsavory elements of his past behind for a future in politics.

Dude, you would give Obama praise for a great leg lift on a fart.

Anonymous said...

Sesame Street is awesome, as it's entertaining and teaches tolerance of all faiths and races. Bert and Ernie were named for the cop and taxi driver on "It's a Wonderful Like" with Jimmy Stewart. I think that's cool.

Anonymous said...

"On 1/26/2000, Simpson and three co-defendants went to the residence of an 84 year old white female. They taped her mouth with duct tape, tied her hands and feet, put her in the trunk of her vehicle, drove to the Nueces River, tied a rope with a block to her, and threw her in the river, causing her death. Simpson and his co-defendants were in possession of the victim's vehicle at the time of arrest."

The story of one of the monsters the state will be killing.

Anonymous said...

I would lick her toes

Anonymous said...

The teleprompter never once said that the terrorist that shot the 13 soldiers acted stupidly.

Anonymous said...

Facial tells are only a subset of the many types of tells. The hands, the body position, the way a player handles their chips, the types and amounts of bets they make, they way they move their chips into a pot, all of those are tells.

There are players that cover their faces completely when they are in a pot. Probably the most well known is Phil "Unibomber" Laak. He wears a gray hooded sweatshirt when he plays. He'll pull the hood over his head and use the drawstring to close the facial opening leaving a hole just big enough to breathe through(thus, the Unibomber moniker).

Double Fake Crazy Mike Caro

Anonymous said...

Did he apologise for what a crappy country America is while he was there?

Anonymous said...

9:22 What would make you think he was fired, I mean with his winning record and all.

Anonymous said...

Did Pete Hart get Fired? Someone talk!

Anonymous said...

Who is Pete Hart?

Anonymous said...

I think the two old guys in the balcony are Waldorf and Steadman. Great hecklers

Three more stamps on our execution card, and the next one's free!

The gal with the springy prosthetic legs is very, um...yeah, I guess hot would be the word. But in order to declare hottest, we need to see the other candidates

Maybe the Administration's reluctance to use the "T" word has more to do with the religious affiliation of the alleged perpetrator. Wouldn't want to offend anyone now, would we?
And that crazy quote from the imam? Saying the shooter was a hero and had conscience? Do those words have different meanings in his dictionary? Nobody forced him to join the army. And he was supposedly troubled by taunting. He's a freaking psychiatrist!? How is he gonna help others with their problems if he can't handle that?
And he was troubled by his upcoming deployment. How many thousands of troops have deployed to this point? And not one of them has thought that going on a shooting rampage was the answer to their trepidation. He'll claim insanity, and we'll get to feed and house (and safeguard) him for the rest of his life

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you were dreaming about your funeral. Nobody in attendance on your yacht. Could there have been a big hole dug under that pavillion in Paradise?

Anonymous said...

10:00 He joined the army to get his free edumacation. You know, like many others who only join because of that.

wordkyle said...

922 - All it would take is the host's asking me to leave. That he has not done so before now is a tribute to his unique position -- a Liberal who doesn't try to silence opposing viewpoints.

Anonymous said...

9:27

Obama is not going to apologize for something that was not his mistake. Read the papers about this and you will see that the Fort Hood guy was being investigated back in 2008 and believe it or not Obama was not the president at that time...It appears Bush's administration dropped the ball on this one dude. Like it or not...facts are facts...

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE fishnet!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Poor people have been voting for Democrats for 50 years and they are still poor". - Charles Barkley

Anonymous said...

10:28 Obama is part of the government, correct? It doesn't matter who, when, where or how.

The fact of the matter is at the PRESENT time he is the POTUS who should make the apology.

Anonymous said...

10:28, Does that mean that you will finally admit that 9/11 was the fault of the Clinton administration?

Anonymous said...

11:04 your wasting your breath. OSAMABALAMA worshippers can see past all that black pubic hair.

Anonymous said...

11:04: Just a theory on why 9/11 was carried out when it was: yes it was being planned during Clinton's reign, and likely even before him, and I believe a Tomahawk was sent to Afganistan by Clinton. But as soon as Bin Laden saw another Bush come into office he figured the Americans, by their majority vote (lets not go into the FL vote count debacle), truly wanted someone with aggressive leanings against Islam, in control of our military, and therefore decided to take the first (cowardly) strike. Yet cowardly terror attacks don't justify the bad intelligence Bush used to fire everyone up about unilaterally attacking Iraq (his self admitted largest regret).

wordkyle said...

1200 - Let's clarify: Bush's "biggest regret" was the intelligence failure in Iraq which formed the basis for his subsequent decisions. Of course he regrets not having accurate information -- but it was the same information members of Congress from both parties and almost all other nations had.
And you might want to rethink that "unilateral" label. It's a bit inaccurate.

M-M said...

What are we accomplishing in Afghanistan & Iraq? I only hear of our people being killed. Are we catching Al Qaeda or Taliban folks or better yet killing them? I never hear anything about that kinda stuff. It is only that our solders are being killed that I hear about. What are they doing while they are over there?

Anonymous said...

12:57

I love my country, but what are our troops actually "winning" over there? We will never "win". There is nothing to win!

Bring them all home safe. What a savings our country will have regarding the budget. Iraq alone is estimated to be costing our country $2 billion/month. Of course you cannot place a price tag on a person's life taken in combat. Enough is enough, bring them home! Our military is being redeployed so many times now, that they will never return home the same.

I know, I know, all the republicans are going to start screaming "but if we fight the terrorists over there, we won't have to fight them here." Good grief, that is not good enough any more. Too much blood on our military's hands over there. If the terrorists want to come here to fight, they will; regardless of where we are fighting in other countries.

God Bless the USA!

Anonymous said...

M-M, good questions. A hard working ant is probably looking at Osama right now. Why can't our trained army ants find him after all these years? We quickly found Saddam hiding in a hole and then his henchies, years ago, why aren't we out of there by now and putting some shock and awe effort into finding Osama? They're doing nothing but milking and fueling the war machine, paid by us citizens (as if we can afford it now), and Iran is the new excuse to 'maintain a presence in the region'. We can't continuously piss off more Muslims if we're not in their back yard with guns now can we? Israel's mere existence hasn't proven to be enough, so we had to make shit up and sell it to Congress. All we've accomplished since 9/11 is create a new and broader generation of Muslims (thats a %age of alot of people ya'll) who are willing to die kamikaze style to kill a few Americans. If they ever team up with the Chinese, who we seem to like to piss off also, we'll be quicker history than the Romans speaking Mandarin and reading the Koran in schools. I say we get out now and take care of issues within and regarding our own borders(i.e. Ft Hood); if they want us, let em come get us.

Anonymous said...

Well said, 1:43. ditto!

Anonymous said...

wordkyle: I think regret is putting it mildly. His actions were extremely aggressive and irresponsible. All data seems to point out that Bush had it out for Saddam since day 1, was posturing as such all along, did not want to believe the UN or his own CIA (Tenet), who were telling him there's no WMDs and no connection between AlQaeda and Saddam, but he chose to not share that with Congress before the vote and apparantly not even with C Powell, sending his reputation down the tubes in front of the UN. I'll give you the unilateral comment, mine was in reference to acting outside of the UN charter, altho Blair was his only significant partner and I have no idea how he got duped, maybe you have a link for that also.

Anonymous said...

I love the liberal weenie teabaggie mantra. It was Bush's fault.

Anonymous said...

2:13...I wouldn't start an argument with anyone, especially wordkyle, with a reference to the UN Charter. Look closely at the UN and tell me it is a legitimate body. The travesty of this is we keep funding our own demise with dollars sent to the United Nations and no one in the US has the balls to put a stop to it. If we pulled out of the UN, it would die a very quick death because there is no other country willing to fund it.

Anonymous said...

Lmao! Jarhead befriended you, that is hilarious! Lucky you. That guy is a real douche

wordkyle said...

213 - In order: "regret" is likely accurate but inadequate; "aggressive," yes, "irresponsible," no. Bush's decisions were based on information provided by the experts. "All data" vague and self-deceiving. George Tenet: "Based on an assessment of the data we collected over the past 10 years, it would have been difficult for analysts to come to any different conclusions than the ones reached in October of 2002." (That Iraq had chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, or that such weapons were in development.) "Chose not to share" is simply an unsupported wishful declaration on your part. Read this.

Sometimes links are wasted, as when Bush-haters simply switch to a different accusation when the initial one is proven false. After nine years it's still your primary tactic. One of the benefits of posting anonymously, I guess.

Anonymous said...

If Bush had only put some faith in the UN he would have legitimized our funding of its purpose by their ultimate findings and truth of what happened in Iraq. Because of his actions, I agree, we should pull out of the UN immediately. The great imperialist USofA decided its OK to screw the pooch right on the front porch.

Anonymous said...

How is posting anonymously any different than having a profile that provides only a little information, such as favorites lists, about a blogger.

wordkyle said...

Someone posting as "Anon" can simply fade into the woodwork after having been spanked. Someone using a screen name, say "JarHead" or "Mzchief" for example, faces the online music for stating his or her position. When I post something, readers can judge its value to them based on my previous posts. With an Anon, credibility has to be established with every post. (Something most fail to do.) That's the difference.

Anonymous said...

I just worry that if we quit chasing the "Terrorists" all around Afganastan will that give them more time to plan our demise? I vote to keep them on the run so they can't fully concentrate on killing us one by one....Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Word, Debating a liberal weenie is like debating a fence post.

wordkyle said...

355 - I would normally agree with your point. Liberals are generally close-minded and uneducable. However, it galls me to let Liberal lies, distortions and half-truths go unchallenged. I'm not really replying to them; I'm talking to folks who are too busy to wade through all the static. Most people just want a fighting chance at getting the truth, so I try to give them the chance. That's why I use so many links in my posts, so people can check things out for themselves.

Anonymous said...

In the end, the ultimate reasons for starting the war were never found, so whats your point? That we had 'just enough' data to jump the gun early on a very serious war. I am right to put the blame on the Commander In Chief, regardless of what party he/she belongs to, its ultimately the CIC's responsibility to make a proper call. His 'regrets' are no more than valuable than my farts. I would prefer apologies: to those collaterally damaged in the attacks, to the families of fallen soldiers of the entire coalition, to the communities and cultures we have disturbed, and to the many victims worldwide caught in the financial wake.

Anonymous said...

4:29, If you are holding your breath waiting for an apology from the liberal weenies who gave Bush the authority to take out Saddam, then you might want rethink your Christmas wish list.

Anonymous said...

True, 3:55. It's a deluge of logical fallacies and emotional trigger points.

wordkyle said...

429 - To be consistent, you would also need apologies to our grandchildren from Obama and his Democrat Congress for the trillion dollar "stimulus" bill that didn't. Additional apologies required for government-mandated healthcare reform that won't.

You guys have always had trouble (mis)characterizing Bush - according to your need of the moment, he's either an evil genius or a drooling idiot. Consistency is not your strong suit.

Anonymous said...

You have to be kidding!
Right!
Run off Coach Hart and a district championship is on the horizon!
Can anyone say 0-10

M-M said...

Anon 3:52 If we are chasing them all over Afghanistan, are we catching any of them or killing any of them? I mean you would think that to justify being there we would at least hear of some successes in wiping out some of those folks. I never do. I just wonder what our soldiers are doing over there day in and day out. The general over there wants 40,000 more troops. What does his intelligence reports tell him to justify such a request? I don't know, I've just been pondering this whole middle east thing and coming up with a lot of unanswered questions.

Anonymous said...

I'll side with the drooling idiot team, even an evil genius would have eventually slipped up on the nucular pronunciation. Don't forget to include Bush and Paulsen when you talk about the TARP and automotive stimulus plans, and don't forget the ESA of 2008 which the GOP supported. Didn't you see? We're officially out of the recession, all the stimulus worked. Its a bona fide jobless recovery. The mighty dollar has been officially sacrificed, indefinitely, so that the rich minority in control have a chance to recoup most of their equity and commodity losses before they sell out and sell short, raise interest rates and begin the double fleecing of all the sheeple late to the recovery party. I'll say it again, I despise all major party politicians, but I despise some relatively more than others. Don't have to convince me that our Dem congress has done their part to screw us over, but don't try to convince me that Bush and the GOP are anything but a representative of a different breed of wolves.

Anonymous said...

Great points. M-M. What I see and from what I read it seems like they are killing them. By doing that they have also had some civilian deaths. Our guys are now under orders to wait before they fire or bomb. They say the stress is amazing. Just a bad situation.

RPM said...

3:30, the difference is with a profile or even a fake name, you know who you are talking to and can track a conversation.

wordkyle said...

603 - Funny you should home in on Bush's pronunciation as your evidence. According to language expert William Safire, Presidents Eisenhower, Carter and Clinton also mangled the word "nuclear." Drooling idiots all? Merriam-Webster indicates Bush's version as "a pronunciation variant that occurs in educated speech but that is considered by some to be questionable or unacceptable." Nowhere do Safire or M-W use the pronunciation as an indicator of intelligence level.

All moot, really. Whenever you need "war for oil" as your point, Bush will be back to being a master strategist who manipulated the world to help his petro-friends.

Anonymous said...

3:30 Here Word, so I can track comments but you do not publish who you are in real life. That seems like the truly credible way to go, if you really want to stand by those comments. We all know that few are willing to do this, but wouldn't it be really cool if anyone posting a comment had to divulge their full id. I mean otherwise it would really be easy for some loser living in his/her Mother's basement with no job, to simply create a fictitious life via blogging. He/she would probably even have plenty of time on his/her hands to Google up a plethora of links to support his/her view points on a variety topics. It could happen, but since I am not willing to go full ID for fear of someone might actually hunt me down and shoot me in the street, I will stop short of accusing anyone of doing such.

Anonymous said...

I luv liberal weenies ;-)

Anonymous said...

Coach Hart is not the reason Chico loses every year. I hate to say it but they lose at everything in all ages. Just go watch. Grades and drug tests keep him from fielding a full team most years. Bad thing is the freshman and sophmores have more talent than all classes combined in the last five years.

wordkyle said...

845/330 - When I decide to let a no-name make life decisions for me, you'll be the first to know. Please post your name, address and phone number here so I can contact you.

As I've said before, you guys make way too many assumptions. If the image of me that you've dreamed up comforts you, then by all means continue. But here's the truth: I'm just a normal guy with a normal education, living a normal life. What bothers Liberals here the most is that some Everyman like me can get under their skin so easily -- merely by presenting an opposing point of view.

Anonymous said...

3:30 Here Word, I am not a liberal at all, far from it, and I agree with your viewpoints for the most part. My point was anyone with a blog might or might not be what they say they are. I rarely comment, that is the reason I do not feel the need to create my own blog; plus I am just a regular guy too so it would probably be fairly boring. That is unless folks want to hear about diaper changes at night, or what new beer I tried this week (Major digression). However, when I do comment I always post the time so my comment can be tracked, unless I am just copycatting the double/triple fake guy.

Anonymous said...

Word, this is 603. Why'd you waste your time on your essay about my nucular JOKE response to your joke, and say nothing about the serious content that followed? I'm curious, do you really believe the Dems are solely responsible for the stimulus handed out the past few years?

Anonymous said...

Barry, Sesame Street was not created for you. It was created for children. By the time it started on tv, you were too old to appreciate it.

wordkyle said...

1106 - Joke?

And Democrats have controlled Congress since 2006. Are they answerable for anything during that time? Draw a conclusion. One thing's for certain: the 2009 stimulus legislation/slush fund is completely the Democrats'. They passed it without public scrutiny, in a hurry, and without any Republican support or input. Anybody think taxpayers got their money's worth out of that deal?

Anonymous said...

Alright! Congress...along with Bernanke, Bush, Geithner, Obama and Paulson. Do you really think Congress can come up with this genius on their own? I guess Bush, Bernanke and Paulson weren't properly informed, supportive Republicans capable of scrutiny and red flaggin; I didn't hear them screaming 'protectionism!' or 'socialism!' while penning and signing the TARP. And the ESA of 2008 had Repub support (early warning sign).

And who got their money's worth? Loads of 'taxpayers' but lets break it down a bit.

Start with the newly jobless taxpaying majority eligible for UI; they benefit b/c now they can pay the bills between jobs; nobody getting rich here just getting by. Won't see that money again, its tactical and gone. But they have to pay income tax on it...

But have you seen the stock market since March? Massive stimulus rally. Millions of private & institutional investors (all taxpayers) have made a ton of capital gains since March, and most all the major financial institutions made so much last quarter from their trading divisions that they're willing to pay back the entire TARP plus hand out billions in bonus compensation.

So what did the Dems get? Some welfare (UI checks) for these relatively poorer, unemployed masses. And what'd the wealthy (most of them Repubs) get? To keep their management and Wall St jobs, bags of cash from their TARP stimulated investments and nice bonuses.

Who's really helped whom the most? Millions have benefited already, and its kept the public panic and chaos from spiraling and we have a fakey recovery possibility.

The trillion $ question is, will the recession truly end, will we fully recover? We're at a crossroads right here, right now, and its looking scary again (dollar and personal wealth getting diluted, market's looking toppy, large scale layoffs ongoing as its the only way to keep the books afloat (see AMAT/ERTS for recent examples), CRE and residential property foreclosures have yet to be resolved). Should we spiral down again, Congress will be forced to vote on yet more stimulus legislation, but under greater public scrutiny. You're an intelligent dude, so what's your vote and answer to this oncoming train wreck? Based on your previous comments, I guess you would vote Nay, we need to stop all the stimulus, and let our economy fail and work itself out with church sponsored bread lines and cardboard boxes? But do you also oppose extending UI? or just oppose bailing out corporations? or both? What would you support?

wordkyle said...

In edgewise: Republican voters repudiated Republican politicians for their profligate spending, including last year's debacle.

A thought: many of the "newly jobless" might have jobs were it not for the uncertainty the Obama administration has caused in the business community. Do Democrats get credit for putting a band-aid on a problem that they helped create?

The stock market rally? One investment officer's opinon: "I think eventually it does end badly, but the good times could go on for a while." And those "Republican" Wall Street fatcats? They are the main beneficiaries of Democrat largesse: "The [debt-financed stimulus] money enhances corporate profits, making stocks appear more attractive." With great profits come great executive bonuses - courtesy of taxpayers.

Contrary to your conclusions, how about this scenario without the Democrat stimulus bill: Democrats could have saved our grandchildren a trillion dollars, the economy could be well on its way to recovery (with jobs,) the stock market could have experienced a healthy rally, and corporate execs could have had to take the consequences of their actions.

Anonymous said...

Band-aid is a correct term and I agree, this 'rally' will end badly; at some point interests rates have to go back up and this will paralyze the market, growth and the time to recovery. I also agree the corporate bailouts did nothing but add poison to a toxic situation.

We likely disagree in that the UI extensions were and still are necessary, you didn't comment one way or the other; job losses would have been ugly regardless of the term length of the recession.

Any further aid would have been better spent subsidizing a green / fossil fuel energy alternative initiative. Obama promised this and IMO is failing us here; that would have stimulated jobs in a sector where growth is necessary and imminent. This on top of our continued presence in Iraq.

Your final scenario is optimistic but would have been a better alternative to Congress' actions.