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1.12.2010

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • For the first time in the history of ever, the Evil Empire is #1 in the AP basketball poll. When will this madness end? But the #22 team caught my attention.
  • 90 people killed in drug violence in Juarez since first of the year? Wow. And make no mistake about it: That violence is the result of drugs being illegal.
  • I've actually searched for property for sale in Costa Rica.
  • Girl arrested during "Undie Run" (Which I wouldn't mention unless a pic was included in the link.)
  • I think I forgot to mention that American Airlines found my bags and delivered them to my doorstep by 6:00 p.m. the next day. Heck, on my return trips in the future they can lose them, find them, and deliver them the next day as often as they want.
  • Sarah Palin is going to be a Fox News contributor. And to think in her resignation speech as Alaska's governor she said her decision was motivated by a "higher calling."
  • The new book, "Game Change", has received more free publicity than Sarah Palin.
  • I'm not sure I had ever heard of the "Doomsday Clock" which is set to change this week. (I suspect we will now hear from the 2012 Guy.)
  • Mark McGuire admitted to using steroids yesterday (shocker) but then said he could have still hit 70 home runs in a season without them. And he also said he didn't take them for enhancement purposes but for "health reasons." Riiiiight.
  • I didn't realize that the horrific story of the Fort Worth woman dying yesterday while trying to save her dogs in a freezing pond occurred at Basswood and I-35 (just as you go into Fort Worth from Wise County.)
  • Every time we took the five minute walk to the beach last week, two dogs would appear out of nowhere, follow us, run and play crazily on the beach the entire time, and then follow us back. Absolutely fantastic.
  • If I had as much money as Simon Cowell, I wouldn't just quit American Idol, I'd retire,
  • Idiocracy: Not only does a metroplex kindergartner "refuse" to cut his hair for school, but the public and news media actually care about the story.
  • For lawyer friends only: Those new SCRAM devices (alcohol detecting ankle bracelets) might be reliable, but the company employees may not know how to read the results: Shocking case out of Austin.
  • Fox and Friend's Steve Doocy kidded someone this morning for saying he would later "see you on the radio" because Doocy thought they had made an error. Obviously not a fan of the old Charles Osgood Sunday morning show.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

The mother of the son with long hair said it was a "justificated" reason. Another smart parent vs. a school district.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't believe the kinder hair story until I saw the parents on TV. Said they "had to support their kid!

What 4yr old kid cares about the length of his hair. I remember my response to parents decision to cut my hair........yes, sir/mamm.

America is doomed!!!!!!!!

wordkyle said...

"That violence is the result of drugs being illegal." -- Is the inverse then true? If drugs were legal, there would be no violence? That ignores the um, vigorous competition between drug suppliers, does it not? If drugs were legal, consumption would arguably go up (hey, it's legal so it must be okay, right?) creating a larger market for the feuding cartels. It seems to me the violence is a result of the drug cartels not being able to find a more civilized solution to establishing market share.

A rather inept attempt on your part to justify drug legalization, counselor.

Anonymous said...

Great! Now I'll have to go around the house changing all my clocks to "Doomsday Saving Time"

We saw the long-hair kid a couple of weeks ago. I think this is the next trend - people getting TV time with their stupid "news" stories. It's "reality news", popularized by Balloon Boy. Fasten your seatbelts. It's gonna be a bumpy decade!
A 4yo gets his opinions and attitude from his parents. Hold them down and shave THEIR heads. On the news this AM the dad says: "We'll cut his hair when he says he wants to." Yeah, I can just imagine what the kid is gonna be like at fourteen. "He'll stop smokin' dope and knocking up his girlfriends on his own schedule."

Your attitude on the drug murders is puzzling. Other murders not involving drugs occurred. That violence is the result of murder being illegal. (I know that sounds stupid - but, in a way, so does your statement) Most criminals do illegal things where they see an opportunity. If it weren't drugs, they would be shaking down folks and killing them for something else.
Criminals aren't a product of drugs...drugs are a product of criminals

Anonymous said...

As for the kindergartener, too ridiculous for words. Tell the brat he's getting a haircut...kids today are given way too much control! Parents need to stand up and be parents.

Amer Airlines lost my bags for a couple of days last year and I called and received a $150 voucher towards my next flight. That's standard if you request it, so be sure to call and request one "for all your trouble".

Dog lady story was truly sad. I, too, love my little pups far more than I like most people. I'd be much more inclined to jump in to save them than I would for most anyone else on the planet, except my own children of course, who are the only ones who rank higher than my dogs in my life!

Anonymous said...

Barry - you need to watch other channels besides Fox 4. I watch the 10:00 news on Fox 4 every night and then I read your blog the next morning and it is nothing but a rerun of what I watched the night before! YAWN! BORING!

Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, since prohibition ended I haven't heard about any firefights between Budweiser and Coors.

Anonymous said...

please stop talking about the f'n beach..!

Anonymous said...

we must put walk-thru metal detectors at all schools nationwide and every classroom will have student marshalls to protect all of us and, and we must do whatever it takes to protect our cute teachers so they will be able to teach us those other things when we get to high school.

Anonymous said...

Legalize pot and half the insanity would stop.

wordkyle said...

915 -- ....illustrating a solution to establishing market share (reinforced by strict law enforcement) superior to -- or at least less violent than -- what the drug cartels are doing. There are also no firefights between McDonald's and Burger King, Coke and Pepsi, or Macy's and Gimbles. The drugs seem to be the root cause of the violent crime.

Anonymous said...

The Libertarian Position on: Drug Laws---(and mine for what it's worth)

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Drug Laws Do More Harm Than Good. Repeal Them.
Alcohol prohibition tore America apart once. Now it is the war on drugs. Harsh laws and the threat of jail and fines will not stop drug use. All they do is make it harder to help people. And just as Prohibition created organized crime, today's drug laws keep organized crime alive -- with all the violence and corruption that goes along with it.

Before drugs were illegal, Americans handled them with few problems. Let's respect the right of people to control their own bodies.

Decriminalize drugs, help those who need it, and let the police spend their time protecting us from real crime.



But if drugs were legalized, wouldn't there be millions more drug addicts?
I, too, want to live in a society where people are healthy and productive, not destroying their lives with addictive drugs. All of the hard drugs were legal before 1914, and there were few addicts. Studies show that even addicts can be productive, and also that they do not engage in crime when they can get their drugs inexpensively.
We have addicts today despite drug criminalization. We also have the violence that is caused by drugs being illegal. Let's decriminalize drugs so we stop the violence and get help to those who need it.

Anonymous said...

Texas is also #1 in the college baseball preseason poll.

Anonymous said...

Legalize it and see more drug induced DWI's Win,win? I think not.

Anonymous said...

Just become Amish and the government will stay out of your life.

M-M said...

BG, I agree with Wordkyle on your assessment of the murders in Juarez. It is mainly because of the different cartels as they are fighting each other for territory and smuggling routes.

The kid with the long hair. The parents are absolute idiots. The school district just needs to kick his butt out of school if they do not comply.

wordkyle said...

1003 - How else was life different before 1914? Less leisure time, longer work days, more intense labor -- perhaps less interest in recreational drug use and more interest in surviving?

You say that there were few addicts before 1914 (when drugs were legal) but that we have addicts today (when drugs are illegal.) Are you arguing that there would be fewer drug addicts if recreational drugs were legal, inexpensive and easier to obtain? If not, please correct my inference. If so, please reveal your logic.

Recreational drug use does not benefit society. Legalization would encourage their increased use. The problem is not drug laws; it's drug users who use despite the illegality of their actions. Want fewer drug users in jail? Then reduce the number of drug users.

Anonymous said...

wordkyle...don't see the Budweiser people gunning down the Miller people over territorial disputes about shelf space.

I for one wouldn't start taking heroin if it were legal. And someone who would..probably does.

Waving my magic wand and reducing drug users.

Anonymous said...

Still don't see the harm in recreational marijuana use. In the places it's legal, it's not any more of a big deal than alcohol, and there's no reason a person can't use these things to relax. It's a personal choice, not one to be made by government, society, or any conservative fundamentaist who doesn't know how to have a good time.

jim said...

Chico hired a young go getter AD last night. Last name Carter, coach from paradise. Now if we can just keep Craig Moss away from him it might just start turning around. He doesn't have any access to school funds yet for him to allocate to Moss backhoe so we should be good for now.

jim said...

Your welcome Barry for getting the comments rolling.

Anonymous said...

Many decades ago it became a running joke in the department after my college advisor lost his bags on five separate trips to research conferences over three years. All on American Airlines. Never got any of them back. Bad luck or bad airline?

My Other Brother Darryl

M-M said...

Mark McGuire should be banned from having anything to do with major league baseball, (he's supposed to be a hitting coach for the Cards? I think) and should not be allowed in the hall of fame.

wordkyle said...

1053 - Think there's anyone out there who's thought about using heroin, but didn't because it's illegal?

1056 - What are the effects on the lungs of marijuana smoke? Good or bad? You are inhaling unfiltered burning weed and paper when you do it. Do you agree that many pot smokers become psychologically dependent on it? Ever know a longtime potsmoker who burned out? What is the benefit to society in that? (A real question, out of curiosity: if they offered to legalize THC in pill form, would pot supporters be as enthusiastic about it? Or is the act of smoking the appeal?)

If pot had been legal all along, then criminalizing it would be ill advised (see Prohibiition.) However, it's been illegal for over seventy years, and everyone under the age of eighty who took up the habit of smoking pot did so understanding they were committing a criminal act. Does longterm use of pot improve one's judgment? If pot were legal, would you want heavy machine operators smoking dope on the job? If not, why not?

Anonymous said...

damn!!!!!!!!!!
you sure like them thick women.......
proves beyond a shadow of a doubt you were raised in WiseCo.

Anonymous said...

If you have never smoked pot you have no business discussing whether or not it should be legal or not. If you haven't ever smoked it, go smoke you some and then come back and tell us whether or not it should or should not be legal. I guarantee you'll change your attitude about pot once you have. You'll realize it is nothing compared to the effects of alcohol. You people that think alcohol is OKAY are within the group of the dumbest people on the face of this earth.

Michael in LH said...

Portugal has decriminalized all drug use. It is now treated as a health problem. Usage has actually gone down. Most people who want to use drugs already do them today. Making them legal brings the problem out into the open where it can be dicussed and treated as the health problem that it is.

Legalizing drugs will not end all crime but it will eliminate the violence and most of the organized crime of the cartels. Companies with legal products do not murder their competitors to get more shelf space.

You want kids to stop using drugs? Today, it is easier for kids to buy drugs than it is for them to buy cigarettes. Why is that? Don't drug dealers check IDs before selling their pot?

wordkyle said...

1207 - The "if you've never done it, you don't have the right to discuss it" argument fails. I've never committed murder or hit znd run. Do I have no business discussing those issues? In fact, you sort of make my point. You ascribe very powerful psychological effects on one's judgment to pot smoking. How does that affect someone in the longterm? (P.S. I don't think alcohol is okay, either. But it is legal.)

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm...Wordkyle tsk tsk. Alcohol is legal and it doesn't improve one's judgment in the least. Most companies have rules and regulations about drinking on the job too so that hogwash you threw out about heavy machine operators smoking on the job is a joke. Pot is no different than alcohol except for the fact that alcohol is much worse. What's your point?

Anonymous said...

11:39 last time I checked CIGARETTES are legal so what's your point?

Anonymous said...

Excellent points, 12:43. I am 1056 and was garnering these arguments myself till I saw you'd beat me to it! We don't condone driving or operating machinery with alcohol, so pot's no different. The effects on the lungs....my business and no one else's. I personally don't smoke it anymore, but when I did, the effects were much LESS than alcohol and much less physically detrimental. Alcohol damages the liver, the pancreas, the brain, and yet it's legal. You folks think nothing of downing a few beers, but the tokers are evil law-breakers. I bet you'd be absolutely amazed at the professionals I know in this community alone who smoke it on a regular basis and are upstanding productive citizens. Their recreational smoking is no different from your recreational drinking.

Anonymous said...

Once again Wordkyle proves he is an upper case BOZO.

Anonymous said...

What are you doing Wordkyle trying to compare murder and hit and runs to pot? LMAO. You may know about a lot of things but pot is not one of them. You’re only stating what you’ve read somewhere. Get back to me when you have personally experienced pot then I’ll listen to your argument about why it should not be legal like alcohol or cigarettes.

Anonymous said...

Considering strictly health effects, alcohol and tobacco have been proven to be much more harmful than marijuana in long term users.

wordkyle said...

1245 - Not sure what you're referring to, but if cigarettes were currently illegal I would not be for their legalization either.

1243 - So marijuana does affect one's ability to function, right? It impairs judgment and physical coordination. That does not equate to "harmless." Again, legalizing such a drug for recreational use does not benefit society.

1238 - Illicit drug use among most age groups in the United States also declined over the past several years. According to at least one expert, "Portugal is a small country and the cyclical nature of drug epidemics — which tends to occur no matter what policies are in place — may account for the declines in heroin use and deaths." Which is corroborated by the US statistics.

Moreover, the Cato report cited -- and which vigorously wants to promote drug legalization -- actually shows an increase in drug usage rates among 15-24 year olds since decriminalization. I think more time needs to pass before the effects of Portugal's experiment can be fully evaluated.

115 - The comment you reference was about opinions, not about pot.

Anonymous said...

Clearly that mother of that 4-yr old is as dumb as a box of rocks.

Her quote.

"If I braid his hair, his scalp will bleed and his hair will break."

WOW, so all the kids in the world whose hair is braided have this problem.

Some people should have been aborted I tell ya.

Anonymous said...

The "legalize pot" crowd is always amusing...but in a sad kind of way

If Portugal and all the other Euro countries jumped off a cliff, would you do that, too?

Anonymous said...

I used to smoke dope. I WAS addicted. Every damn day.

Luckily, I got help and got off of it.

Dope is the devil. Please keep it illegal.

Anonymous said...

12:43 here

I don't do it either 12:58 but, I was a kid once and to this day I will never understand why alcohol is legal and pot isn't.

Anonymous said...

OK, i'll bite. I am one that HAS smoked pot in my youth and thinks it should remain illegal. Pot is, many times, a gateway drug. Maybe not for YOU and ME, but for a lot of friends I grew up with, it wasn't much of a jump to go from one illegal drug to another more dangerous and destructive one (ie. heroin, coke, etc.) Most of the time, it is the pre-adult that is experimenting and looking for an escape through these methods, when their brains aren't developed or experienced enough to rationalize the consequences. Making one drug easier to obtain will solve none of these problems. Organized crime will always find things to kill each other over. The end of prohibition should have killed them off using that logic.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, you have too much time on your hands.

Candance said...

The long haired kids dad confirmed my long held belief that some people shouldn't be interviewed on the news, even if the story is about them. I was actually kinda on the kid's side since my son has that longish, shaggy hair a lot of the boys have now, then the dad opened his mouth and I was like, "Cut it!" Plus, the parents had it in a ponytail on top of his little head like a Sumo wrestler. That's not cute on anyone-not even actual sumo wrestlers.

Anonymous said...

You better throw drinking and smoking cigarettes in on the gateway wagon also 2:46? FYI, most kids who are drinking and smoking cigarettes during their teen years are not just drinking and smoking cigarettes. I know from personal experience.

Anonymous said...

The "OK with alcohol being legal" is always amusing...but in a sad kind of way too.

Anonymous said...

2:03 that's funny. Uh No I would not jump off a cliff because someone else did. Good try though.

I sure hope your not someone who is a drinker. If so that would explain your problem.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I have to admit I am shocked at your seemingly affection towards animals. I would never have guessed that. Makes me want to tear up, sniffle sniffle.

Anonymous said...

don't you people understand pot is illegal only because the big pharma's can't control it's distribution. our govt is controlled by them so they have made the determination that it is harmful and a gateway drug...bullshit folks, it's all about the $$$$.

Anonymous said...

how many people have overdosed or died from smoking pot.....? O that's how many...does pot make you smarter..? hell yea..!

Anonymous said...

You hit the nail on the head,
3:53. It'll be legal before long everywhere...already is in some states and most other countries.

wordkyle said...

Two points about todays pot discussion: #1 - It's always surprising to see the energy with which pot smokers argue for its legalization (although the arguments invariably end up with "it's not any worse than tobacco or alcohol." #2 - Almost universally, those who call themselves Libertarians almost always have "legalize pot" near the top of their agenda. (Addendum: I never got an answer to the "THC in pill form" question.)

353 - Nice conspiracy theory. Any evidence to back it up?

431 - Capital "o" is how many people have overdosed on pot?? If you're right, and pot makes you smarter, then you may be underdosed.

Anonymous said...

Uh if alcohol isn't illegal how come they can make you wear an ankle bracelet and tell you you can't drink?
Pot is illegal, but you can still get it. Papers are illegal but you can buy them, then go to jail just for posession of them? Cigarettes to, if your to young, even if their your parents in their truck.
Ridiculous...

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, I'm a full blown Conservative Republican and I don't see a problem with legalizing pot. So, don't think its all about Liberals.

A THC pill, smoking it, putting pot in brownies, cookies, cakes, whatever. What's your point? It's all the same isn't it?

I'm curious what life is like in Amsterdam due to pot being legal. Are there people who have OD'd on the stuff? Is crime out of control? Has it created complete choas in the city?

Anonymous said...

arguing with turdman about pot is about the same as bill o'reilly, neither have ever smoked pot or been around anyone who has..so why bother, they are both ignorant about the subject. please refrain from offering an opinion on a subject in which you know nothing about.

wordkyle said...

757 - My question was out of curiosity, not an attempt to score points off of anyone. Does the form of the drug matter to those who want to legalize pot?

902 - "...there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy..."

Anonymous said...

i would like to see the tatoo on the four year old's father's back.Small wonder he is just now being seen.He pobably likes boys in ponytails or is pretty used to them.The mother looks like a dancer.Now they come out with this crap that he is growing it for his cancer stricken aunt.Cut his hair or put a dress on him.DAGO

Anonymous said...

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