12.24.2009

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Christmas on Friday is a good thing. Most of us are off on Thursday and then the weekend comes right after. Good times.
  • I think the "holiday airport rush" is a hoax. (Stay with me here.) One time before 9/11, I was by the DFW airport on Christmas Eve and heard a radio report of how busy it was. With nothing really to do, I thought I'd go inside one of the terminals to watch family reunions. I promise the place was a ghost land.
  • My favorite sad Christmas song.
  • That American Airlines jet came within feet of going into the ocean in Jamaica yesterday. (New pictures out this morning.) And the thing actually broke in half.
  • Unfortunate new Brittany Murphy movie poster.
  • People always dog the Messenger, but can you imagine how hard it would be to produce a newspaper twice a week?
  • The Senate passed the health care bill this morning. What does that mean for us? I don't know.
  • I made a donation to This American Life the other day. (They had a brief "donation ad" on their podcast which basically said, "You know if you don't donate, we'll still be here next week." I appreciated the honesty.)
  • This Denton book-in photo kind of looks like a chunky Paul McCartney.
  • Whenever I have a new client come to visit, I normally ask them "How you been doing?" as we walk back to the office. Most of the time they reply, "I've been better." (I do 100% criminal defense.)
  • TCU's Gary Patterson was voted "AP Coach of the Year" yesterday. Two years ago it was Kansas' Mike Mangino who won the honor -- he was fired this year.
  • Last football note: TCU's "big wins" were over BYU and Utah this year. I saw where Utah has already beaten California in one bowl game and BYU beat a good Oregon State team in another.
  • When the police announce they need help in locating someone (like the donut shop owner's killer), you know they are having trouble.
  • I like Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

10, a freaking 10!!

Double fake Brian Epstein said...

Ya think maybe that Paul hit the Figgy Pudding a bit too hard on an overnighter in Denton? That or the Shepherds Pie? Probably looking for wife number three at UNT.
Just kidding, I like Sir Paul, but he damn sure isn't John. but then, who is?

Anonymous said...

What does the Senate vote mean? More taxes, less health care coverage for the working AND paying guy, and LESS coverage for the working AND paying guy. Sad times for Americans ............

Anonymous said...

Barron, I think you've had to much egg nog, it's Mark Mangino, not Mike.

Anonymous said...

'This American Life' on NPR aka
'I'm better than you and I do more interesting things than you and I do it with a lisp.'
NPR is so highbrow, self-important it makes me want to puke. Luckily there are a couple of programs on there that are listenable.
One of them is NOT Garrison 'I can't sing but I'm gonna force you to listen anyway' Keillor.

Anonymous said...

With all these good Christian folk around here, you'd think they'd be ecstatic about getting poor people some type of health care. I personally believe Jesus would have bent over backwards to award the common people such a luxury as good heath.

chupacabra said...

I predict snow

chupacabra said...

On The River- it's a tossup, maybe that comminist Joni Mitchells version a little better.

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas Eve more than Christmas day, too. Today there's so much excitement and anticipation. Christmas Day is almost a let-down, because all the fun's over so soon and the afternoon is just a bummer, cause the whole thing's over. LIVE FOR TODAY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS, YA'LL!

Anonymous said...

BG - if you had a staff of 50 people i think you would manage to produce a newspaper twice a week. come on now. they got yahoos that do nothing but wash company cars for goodness sakes.
now putting together a newspaper like the DMN every freakin day would be a mind boggle.

Anonymous said...

All them Christian folk around here would be ecstatic about getting poor people some type of health care by doing something about frivilous law suits by making loser pay which would reduce the premiums that doctors pay that would reduce what they charge, getting government to reduce the waste and fraud that runs in the billions of dollars in Medicare that could be used to insure the uninsured without having to affect everyone else, letting insurance companies compete in every state which would lower everyone's premiums and doing away with government mandates. See how simple it is to reform health care without having to write and force a 2000 page bill through congress that is so complicated that nobody can read? Life is so much more simpler when you get the government out of it. I can see Jesus smiling right now.

Anonymous said...

It's Mark Mangino..aka Mangino Bear.

Anonymous said...

Jesus commanded us to aid the poor, but I don't remember his ever mentioning that Caesar should be involved. Every person that I have discussed this with agrees that reform is needed in health care, and all of them believe that the way Congress is structuring this "reform" is very bad for all of us. Why do you think the health insurance companies are silent on this issue, hmm? Why are some states going to get a sweetheart deal? Why is Congress exempting themselves and others from participation? Why is it being rushed through? Why is there a provision that specifically prohibits repealing the legislation in the future? Who thinks that's a good idea?

Anonymous said...

By God, I think that it is Paul McCartney.

Anonymous said...

9:21--You must be one sucking from the government tit. I DO believe in helping the poor. I DO give to the underprivileged. I just don't want to be told I have to do these things by a government that cares about nothing other than socializing our country. When we have no choice in giving to someone or something, it ceases to come from the heart.

Anonymous said...

For the next 48 hours, let us put aside the things that divide & celebrate our commonality.

Merry Xmas to all & to all a good night.

And a special Christmas blessing to Barry for putting up with us all the rest of the year.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Is that air evac 69?

wordkyle said...

If you give a dollar to a poor person, he has the dollar. If you give a dollar to the government, there are administrative costs, Congressional salaries, pork projects to fund, payoffs to political allies and supporters, and interest on the existing debt that have to be paid. The poor person gets what, 50¢? Less? So is it more charitable to give a poor man a dollar, or to give him half a dollar?

Anonymous said...

"People always dog the Messenger, but can you imagine how hard it would be to produce a newspaper twice a week?"

Actually, I work hard to put out a newspaper seven days a week where I live, and I also work hard to make sure that it contains material that people actually want to read (instead of terrible traffic accidents or, the rest of the time, pure fluff)!

Although, Joe Duty IS a gifted photographer, I must admit!!

Anonymous said...

7.25

Candance said...

Knowing that you do 100% criminal defense and knowing that you once represented one of my students that is just the sweetest kid ever, makes me really want to know what he did. I'm not going to ask him, but still...

Anonymous said...

joni mitchell's is the original and much better -Ally McBeal/Robert Downy Jr. tried to pull this song off too, remember?Airports do suck on Christmas DAY.
After the Christmas hype, it's kinda sad..all the giving seems to go up in smoke, and all the spending equates to one big waste of time of money.

Anonymous said...

i concur, christmas eve is waaaay better than cristmas day. (and yes people are nicer then!)