2.23.2010

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Best line yesterday from a friend: "Sheesh, doesn't anyone know to practice discretion anymore? When did that stop?"
  • You can do things with a girl while ice dancing at the Olympics that you can't do after five dates in the real world.
  • I've noticed that the ice dancing couples do a lot of "over bowing" at the end of the routine once the applause comes.
  • OK, I wrote the last two points while watching ice dancing. I'm switching to ESPN right now.
  • New credit card regulations went into effect yesterday in order to "protect consumers." When I was 18, I got my first credit card. My dad simply said, "Don't do anything stupid. You have to pay for what you charge." Those were all the regulations that I ever needed to hear.
  • This should be its own post: A buddy of mine pointed out how foot loose and fancy free the rules are if you fly a private plane by visual flight rules instead of by instrument. You can take off and fly to a different airstrip and never tell anyone that your doing it.
  • The term that sticks in my head coined by John Mayer after his Playboy interview from last week: Sexual Napalm. That guy is crazy.
  • Still my favorite John Mayer song: Comfortable.
  • The Fox 4 weather guy this morning was already talking about "black ice" for tomorrow since he really didn't have anything to talk about when it wasn't snowing.
  • It's amazing how every ad for a guy/gal running for judge in Texas is the same: A "true conservative." Won't legislate from the bench. Will interpret the law instead of make law. Tough but fair.
  • Late Tiger apology thought: The best apology had to be that of Jimmy Swaggart - full out weeping and crying. Now that's the way it's done. And, while channel surfing this weekend, I ran across a Jimmy Swaggart Ministries' show with a preacher that has to be his son. Looked just like him.
  • The two alleged church arsonists in East Texas don't look like a couple of rocket scientists, do they?
  • There's talk of a criminal investigation into Toyota? Sheesh. We've got too many cops, investigators, and prosecutors in this world if they are looking for things to do.
  • The San Diego Chargers let LaDainian Tomlinson go yesterday after nine years. Yep, he's done. How long did the Cowboys keep Emmitt Smith before allowing him to leave? Thirteen years.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are these noses on the girls this week one of the side effects of silicon implants?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the investigation into Toyota -

You think that they would be doing this if the government did not own a big part of one of their main competitors? We have had issues like this before, and they have never done that as far as I can remember.

Anonymous said...

"You can take off and fly to a different airstrip and never tell anyone that your doing it."
And your point is? I can do the same in my pickup, motorcycle or even a Ryder truck! Nut-cases use vehicles for weapons ... You just can't regulate crazy homicidal behavior!

RPM said...

LT has always been "one of the good guys". Even from his days at TCU he gave off a positive vibe. You never heard of a scandal or selfish tale about him.

The world needs more LTs and less Tigers.

wordkyle said...

I'm as skeptical of conspiracy theories as the next person, but isn't it amazingly good fortune for the federal government that within a year of its takeover of GM, Toyota and Honda both have recalls, and Toyota has a scandal on its hands (according to the media) regarding the poor quality of its cars?

Regarding Tiger Woods -- I understand his wife wanting his scalp, but why the bloodlust from the media and the public? How in the world did he let them down? (And you have to believe his too-long apology statement was at his publicist's insistence, to give the crowd their pound of flesh.)

Regarding Texas judges' campaigns -- Politicians know what sells. Let's hear again how dead Conservatism is. Even Democrats (including Barack "No tax increase" Obama) spout Conservatism while they're campaigning. The American public is predominantly center-right politically and socially. Politicians tell them what they want to hear.

The Barnstormer said...

Birds also have no flight plan with the FAA. We need to change that..some crazy ass geese almost sank a plane load of people in the Hudson last year. Where's all the "knee jerk" legislation for that?

Ease up on the "fancy free" talk. All Joe Stack wanted a "fancy" way out of his crappy life. Timothy McVeigh wanted somthing a little different..all he did was rent a "fancy free" moving truck with a "fancy free" recipe out of the Anarchists cookbook for the explosives and took out half a fed building along with many lives.

I'll leave you with this...

"He who trades Liberty for Security deserves neither"- Ben Franklin

Fly Safe,
The Barnstormer

Anonymous said...

Texas judge campaigns=pandering to the idiotic white trash masses.

Anonymous said...

did anyone see or know what happen at the decatur skate lastnight? the road was closed for hours.

bigbossman said...

8:47 i think she looks awesome. It must be hard for you ....you know being perfect and all.

Anonymous said...

8:47, the nose versus implant relationship is a fundamental issue in plastic surgery. Lady comes to surgeon and says "I want to do something about my big nose." The surgeon says "You have two choices...I can cut off half of your nose, or I can inflate your tatas to the point where nobody will notice the nose."

Anonymous said...

Barry, I see in the Star Telegram where the Sheriff and the Bridgeport Police Chief attended a immigration meeting in Weatherford yesterday. Photo is in the paper to prove it. I wonder if they are going to raid Bridgeport soon and fill up Walker's Hotel with "immigrants"

Anonymous said...

I agree the best public apology ever was that of Jimmy Swaggert. I agree he should have won the acadamy award. I really liked the part where afterwards, he climbed aboard his lear jet to the Bahamas. The difference between Jimmy Swaggert and a petty thief is that a petty thief snatches watches.

Anonymous said...

Well Helloooo...yes I am here for my massage.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

re: everyone bagging on the government for owning GM and investigating Toyota and Honda... a simple google search will turn up plenty of government investigations into safety issues at GM, Ford, Chrysler... heck all of them. I hated the deal with GM's bailout too, but you might want to check into the allegations against Toyota. Seems to be getting pretty ugly.

VFR has been part of Civil Aviation for a long time. It doesn't bother me in the least. Crazed wackos bother me a lot. People calling said wackos heroes REALLY bothers me.

wordkyle said...

Mike, I'll refer you to another commenter's pithy (but unvetted) observations here. A snippet:

"...the Feds have found no clear cause to the accidents...There's nothing like using big generalities and the distinct possibility of malfunction to drum up consumer doubt. Just add up the pieces: an economy in recession, a failing domestic auto manufacturing industry, the success of Toyota, WTO trade agreements, and our own media going crazy over a couple accidents which have no clear cause."

Anonymous said...

Mike,

Tell me just how many times has it involved Senate hearings and the such? Sure, we have had NTSB investigations before, but they have never gone to this extreme before.

Anonymous said...

10:38...Does that mean that Jimmy Swaggert watches snatches?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Jimmy Swaggert ever snatched a kiss? Know what Jim Bakker did in prison...took a bar of soap and whittled out an offering plate.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Mike, I stand with you on this issue. If a corporation can have the rights of an individual in political contributions (per the Supreme Court), why shouldn't it be held accountable to applicable criminal statutes? Group think can lead to some horrific actions that would never occur if an individual had to stand up in the bright sunlight & take INDIVIDUAL responsibility. If a corporate committee balanced 200 lives against several additional million in delaying a recall, let the courts mete out justice.

Sorry for the rant. The idea that corporations can do no wrong just rankles me. Anything created by man can be flawed, because man is flawed. Post hoc.

My Other Brother Darryl

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

11:20am, IIRC testimony was given before Senate subcommittes for the Ford/Firestone debacle earlier this decade.

WK, as to those comments, I would refer you back to the admissions of Toyota themselves...

"Meanwhile, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, who will testify before a separate panel on Wednesday, said he took "full responsibility" for the uncertainty felt by Toyota owners and offered his condolences to a San Diego, Calif., family who were killed in late August, reigniting interest in the problems.

"I will do everything in my power to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again," Toyoda said in prepared testimony for Wednesday's hearing to the House Government Oversight Committee. "My name is on every car. You have my personal commitment that Toyota will work vigorously and unceasingly to restore the trust of our customers," Toyoda said." - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100223/ap_on_bi_ge/toyota_recall_54

Anonymous said...

Darryl,

We aren't saying that corporations can't do any wrong. We are just saying that Toyota was treated differently on this issue due solely to the fact that the major stockholder in GM right now is our U.S. Government.

wordkyle said...

1149 - Then who in the government should be held responsible for mandating automobile standards that they knew would increase deaths from accidents? With the government's requirement for ever-increasing fuel mileage for cars, they condemn Americans to die unnecessarily on the highway. (Some 50,000extra since 1975.) Thank CAFE standards.

I agree that any business should be held accountable for ignoring safety. That same accountability should apply to politicians. To crucify Toyota and give the government a pass is hypocritical.

wordkyle said...

Mike, I haven't followed this story very thoroughly, but all of the "admissions" by Toyota execs add up to CYA comments, rather than confessing wrongdoing.

From your link, I thuoght this testimony by an affected driver was odd: "Also testifying were Toyota drives, (sic) including Rhonda Smith, a Sevierville, Tenn., woman whose Toyota-made Lexus suddenly zoomed to 100 miles per hour as she tried to get it to stop — shifting to neutral, trying to throw the car into reverse and hitting the emergency brake. Finally, her car slowed down before she crashed."

That kind of story cries out for verification before I can believe it.

Anonymous said...

New question:

How can the Court of Criminal Appeals reject a new trial when it is proved that the trial judge (Verla Sue Holland) and the Collin County prosecutor were doing the horizontal mambo & intentionally never disclosed it to the defense? Barry, what law school dictum taught this behavior as permissible? Has Ethics been dropped from the curriculum? Love who you want, but please give me the right to request a new individual to sit in judgment of my life/death. Sorry, today is rant day.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

I don't see how Toyota could have handled this any better. They immediately admitted fault and issued a recall. That's a lot more than GMC or Ford has done when they're crappy vehicles were involved in two accidents! I'm a Toyota fan for life.

chupacabra said...

You girl quality is going up after a disturbing trend of dismality.

Anonymous said...

Barry,

Here is one that deserves its own post....you may have seen it but I am including link....this is the BEST Jack-in-th-Box commercial ever....

Craig Moore in Montgomery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pDPWH_cCW8

Anonymous said...

11:32, You have an incredible knack for grasping the obvious.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

The allegations are that Toyota delayed recalls on defective products to save $$$. That is a bad thing.

And I am tired headed over this already.

PS - Banjo. Tuner.

Smartass said...

Ice-T and Ice Cube are both black Ices

Anonymous said...

Toyota = Money and Jobs for Japan. Maybe you people should speak to some WW2 vets. Buy American...Fly American.

Anonymous said...

Toyota should quit outsourcing their jobs to America where they build cheap cars and move their plants back to Japan.

Anonymous said...

7.75

Anonymous said...

My toyota is not involved in the recall because it was built in Japan, not the US, where nothing but crap is made. 9:17 is exactly correct. It's those made in their American plants that were recalled, because American cars suck.