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3.05.2010

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The lady who was shot in East Dallas yesterday morning looks to be the victim of a "hit". It was crazy: Man comes out of no where after she drops her kid off for school and guns her down. She drove a BMW (if that matters), and her husband was killed in Mexico last year.
  • Somebody at the Messenger was up in the middle of the night to cover a wreck on 287 via photographs. They they even put it on the Update at 5:10 a.m. Has to be a coincidence. No one is getting out of bed to cover a generic wreck.
  • Regarding the guy who was sentenced yesterday to 8 years in prison for DWI: If we just separate him from alcohol then he's the same as you and me, right? Is the only way to accomplish that to put him in a cage?
  • I'm really liking the book Game Change. I had forgotten how far Obama trailed Hillary Clinton (by 33 pooints) in the early stages of the campaign.
  • Looks like the Muhammad Ali impersonating Lady Bear basketball player will be suspended for two games.
  • Irving is going to open the "red" parking lot to the public when Texas Stadium is imploded. I think I'll go. It comes down on April 13th.
  • I flip over to WBAP sometimes during the many commercial breaks from The Ticket in the morning. Have they retired the horribly unfunny character "Sam from Sales?"
  • I've never had an interest in American Idol. Don't we have enough generic pop singers in this world?
  • Did you know you'll be moving your clocks forward one hour next weekend? Doesn't that seem a little quick?
  • Heard this morning regarding the concept of prayer: "God is not Santa Claus."
  • The #1 Google image search yesterday was "Jesus Arm Wrestling With Satan?"
  • According to a story in the Star-Telegram today, every lake in the Trinity River Basin is full. Except Lake Bridgeport.
  • It's always bugged me that the sign before the bridge in Runaway Bay says, "Bridgeport Lake."

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

So glad I'm not the only one who has to think about the "Bridgeport Lake" sign!

Anonymous said...

Barry, the old Cowboy Stadium is coming down on April 11th not the 13th.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the dwi case : what else can you do Barry? If he's been caught twice & still doesn't understand he has a problem then I think that's the only option left. Next time it might be a "Jackie" situation & the ones suffering will be completely innocent. Let him sit & think on this for awhile, might be the thing that turns his life around.

Anonymous said...

As to the separating the man's driving from alcohol by "putting him in a cage", and then the question--"was this the only way". Well, all the OTHER ways used during the TWO PRIOR CONVICTIONS obviously didn't do any good, and he CHOSE to make that very point when he CHOSE to drink until he was intoxicated, and then drove a vehicle YET AGAIN. It was his own actions that declared loudly, "you don't have any choice but to lock me up, baecause I won't stop driving while intoxicated until you do". The jury just decided to take him at his "word" (actions)!

Anonymous said...

Big thumbs down on the pic.

Anonymous said...

I thought the legal name of the facility WAS "Bridgeport Lake". ??

wordkyle said...

From Glenn Reynolds: "I think Obama's 'charisma' was based on voter narcissism—people excited not just about electing a black president, but about themselves, voting for a black president. Now that's over, and they're stuck just with him, and emptied of their own narcissism there's not much there to fill out the suit."

Anonymous said...

I forgot to list my alternatives to caging convicted drunk drivers:

1. Remove the criminal's liver to make drinking just not worth it
2. Revoke the criminal's driver's license, because nobody dares drive without a license
3. Execute him, always an option in Texas, but closely related to option 1
4. Reinstate chain gangs, thereby eliminating the cage concept and gaining free labor
5. Just let the criminal keep driving drunk, if he happens to be involved in a collision, the victims are to be considered collateral damage
6. Tell the criminal to stop it
7. Establish a mandatory blood/alcohol level of .08% to level the playing field

--Fake Barry Green

Anonymous said...

Yes they did retire Sam from Sales

the triple fake "Will he Landum"

Anonymous said...

Two game suspension is a freaking Joke!!! Baylor is a freaking joke of a university!!! Its sad when the girl who suffered the broken nose will be out longer than 2 games.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport Lake might be what it used to be called, just like your "clubs" used to be called beer joints.

Danny Boy said...

1) After that pic, I am going to need an early morning pick me up!

@) you are right on the DWI guy, but that is a typical defense lawyer arguement that holds no weight. This guy may be my neighbor, but he got drunk and drove for at LEAST the third time.

BG, I know you make a living and go to Costa Rica off of these guys, but come'on. Saying he is just like me is stupid. I have never drove drunk, killed someone, or intentionaly taken a 6k lb. weapon and played Russian Roulette with innocent lives.

If someone knowingly breaks the law and endangers lives, they are not like me or you now are they? They are what is commonly called a "criminal".

Anonymous said...

The only good thing about Obammy being elected was watching Hitlary Clinton go down in defeat after proclaiming to Katie Couric that she would absolutely win because she was entitled to be President.

Anonymous said...

it's all just a bunch of generic bullshit!!!

Anonymous said...

from FW Star-Telegram today:
Oncor, as a result of reduced electricity consumption, isn't earning the rate of return that is allowed by the PUC. "During slower-growth economic times, utilities need to go in more often for rate reviews"
They're asking for a rate increase late this year on in '11, because they didn't make as much money as they planned to. Apparently, we consumers are required by law to use a certain amount of electricity, even during a recession/depression, otherwise the provider will raise our rates to make up the difference.

When people complain about the amount of their electric bills, what's the first thing the provider tells us to do? Turn down the thermostat one degree; figure out how to use less power. Sounds like we're doing what they told us to, and now they're crying foul about the result. And the utilities wonder why they have an image problem!

Anonymous said...

9:45, Just wait and see what your electric bill is after Obammy and crew pass Cap and Trade. Thanks, Al Gore.

Anonymous said...

News said today that many of the high utility bills were due to the new "smart meters" installed. Seems the techies who installed them "accidentally" added more kilowatts to the consumption rate than they were supposed to. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

Anonymous said...

I agree with what I think BG is saying about the DWI. I DON'T think it's ok to give probation after 3 DWIs but I also DON'T think prison is the answer. I think after one, probation is the best choice. After the 2nd, there should be mandatory time spent in a rehab-type incarceration. My loved one has been incarcerated in a general prison for a term for such an offense and it is simply ludicrous that a young person is just warehoused with murderers and rapists rather than sent to a facility where they can be locked up but receive counseling and treatment. I think the current TDCJ system is totally screwed up, doing nothing at all but warehousing people who could be productive members of society if the money were spent in getting them help instead of long term incarceration. Prison time, space, and dollars should be going toward those offenders who are violent or who committed INTENTIONAL crimes, not young folks who made a serious mistake in judgement, which the vast majority of us have done at some point in our youth.

Anonymous said...

Amen 9:35.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Maybe because of the little town there called 'Lake Bridgeport'?

Anonymous said...

BG, you kind of touched on it. I love 1310, but I can't stand all of their commercials. I keep hoping their ratings will go down so maybe they will have LESS commercials. It really is a beat down when they come back for 3 minutes to talk about what the next segment will be, then go to commercial. The Hardline is worse than the Musers though.

mzchief said...

* There is little doubt that the "hit" in Dallas is further evidence that the US had better do something, FAST, to secure the US/Mexico border and PROTECT US citizens from narco-terrorists. Bush did a good job of protecting the US from Radical Islamic terrorist but was an EPIC FAILURE at protecting US citizens from narco-terrorists and the invasion of ILLEGAL ALIENS. With 17,000 people murdered, during the past 3 years, in Mexico due to the Drug War the need to secure the US/Mexico border grows more urgent with each passing month. There is the other issue of doing something to keep the 20,000,000+ ILLEGAL ALIEN population from increasing.

* FANTASTIC PHOTO!
The Messenger photo taken from the overpass at the scene of the accident is AWESOME.
Rarely does a single photo tell the entire story. EXCELLENT job by the photographer.

Anonymous said...

Lake is at the end in a lot of places:
Joe Pool Lake
Possum Kingdom Lake
even our own Black Creek Lake

???

Anonymous said...

I just looked on the Sheriff's web site and couldn't find McDuff in the Wise jail inmate list. Anyone know where he went? Couldn't be TDC yet, it takes a few weeks to get a bed space.

mzchief said...

BTW...
The ugly chick in the photo has some nasty looking warts on her knee.

Most guys are NOT impressed with chicks who have visible warts. However, I realize, BU-Bear is not "most" guys...*;)

Can genital warts migrate to the knees??....anyone? anyone at all know the answer to that question??

Anonymous said...

i worked the accident this morning and was very surprised the wcm showed up. we only see them at about 1 out of every 3 or 4 accidents over the last six months or so. dont know if they lost their main breaking news reporter or its just budget crunch.
i agree though - the overpass pic was a good one

Anonymous said...

That little girl is cute and all but I'm thinking jail bait.

Francine Fishpaw said...

Wordkyle...

Nobody is taking the bait...I don't get it. I thought that would start a diatribe by someone.

Interesting observation.

Anonymous said...

It must be warts - there's no way it could be, oh, maybe...SAND?!

Anonymous said...

McDuff is not in the Wise County Jail because he posted an appeal bond. for most crimes if you are sentenced to ten years or less you are allowed to post a bond and stay out of jail during the pendency of your appeal.

Anonymous said...

good theory 10:02, but they have to want to help themselves, I'm not saying that the prison system could more, but it take two to tango

I'm just sayin

do they allow banjos in prison ?

Anonymous said...

Knee Herpes?

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

11:07 - You're wrong about the sand. MzChief is right, again. Today's homely random thoughts gal has verruca vulgaris warts on both knees. They're highly contagious. Leave it to Barry to have a random girl with some contagious virus.

Anonymous said...

B.G.'s back on the booze!
girl is a skank

Re: DWI

Standardize the punishment.
Some have had 6,8 and 12 DWI arrest BEFORE conviction. Revoke DL for 1 year automatic, 2nd offense, 6 months MANDATORY. It's not the point of removing them from the alcohol....it's the point.....don't do it or you go to jail.
3rd offense-1 year in jail( no 3 for 1 b.s.)

Danny Boy said...

10:02

You capitalized the word "intentional" in a way I find ignorant. I take this to mean that you think drinking and driving is not intentional? Can you please clarify what you meant by "intentional"?

I was under the impression that drunk driving was making a stupid selfish INTENTIONAL decision to drink and then drive? Maybe I was wrong?

Anonymous said...

The sign for Bridgeport Lake is accurate, though.

Anonymous said...

Why not just take a huge area of land, manage its border, and instead of prisons just tell those convicted to pack up and head there to live for a while? That way, the only other folks in town for a drunk drive to hit would be another drunk driver.

Anonymous said...

Wordy boy...narcissism...you learn a new word and you wear it out.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport lake was completed in 1931. Runaway Bay is a resrt community that came after that. Obviously until there was a Bridgeport lake there was no bay to run away to.
So you think the Tarrant County Water District should have renamed the lake after a housing developement?

wordkyle said...

1237 - From Stu Price: "You are literally too stupid to insult."

Anonymous said...

I want both of you to stop capitalizing intentional....maybe italics or yellow highlight.
43

Anonymous said...

o

This is the o that I left out of resort.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, no insult taken.

Anonymous said...

Very good comeback wordkyle.You the man.

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:28, I thought my "no insult taken" was a very witty comeback.
Wordkyle is easily set off, I should stop; I'm feeling like a bully. I promise to stop saying wordy boy.

Anonymous said...

Barry, the separating from the alcohol argument is kind of lame, don't you think? Couldn't you use that same argument about anybody? For example, if Ted Bundy didn't want to kill women, he would be just like you...that argument just doesn't fly. It was a felony DWI...that means he had AT LEAST 2 prior convictions, if not more...he had his chance at probation.

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:28, I thought my "no insult taken" was a very funny and witty comeback. Wordkyle is easily set off. I'm going to lighten up. I'm feeling like a bully, promise to stop saying wordy boy.

Anonymous said...

I'm 10:02 and I did intend to capitalize "intentional" because I do think it makes a difference. Yes, they made a decision to drink and drive...stupid, selfish, poor decision. Warrant prison? I don't think so. I think it warrants incarceration with treatment and counseling. I think there is a huge difference in someone who takes a weapon and willfully chops up another human, or rapes a child than a young person who drinks and hurts/kills someone. INTENT is the difference. That means the person who drank and drove might have been young, stupid, selfish, but redeemable by help. To lump them into the same class as a true murderer or molester or rapist is ridiculous. The punishment should fit the "crime" and I believe that "intent" is a paramount consideration when a crime occurs. A vehicular "accident" is just that...an "accident", not a case of premeditated murder and they shouldn't be punished in the same manner. My opinion...my right to my opinion.

wordkyle said...

"Easily set off"? (Twice, yet!) I thought I was taking it easy on you. I guess that's for others to decide -- as well as the degree of funniness and wit of your comeback.

Anonymous said...

Boy I sure am glad the Christians keep imaging Jesus as a puny white guy. It'd be a lot harder to win at arm wrestling if they got historically accurate and finally used a swarthy Arab dude.

DF Satan, Esq.

Anonymous said...

When you pull the case of beer out of the store’s cooler and bump into the customer behind you THAT is unintentional. Drinking the case of beer is NOT unintentional. Staggering out to your car drunk off your backside is NOT unintentional. Fumbling with the keys to start your car while toasted out of your mind is NOT intentional. What IS unintentional is seeing that flicker of blue and red lights in your rearview mirror. So if drunkard McDuff had struck down a family of four coming back from church what should society expect from him? “Ooops, my bad. I didn’t INTEND for that to happen.”

The law is there for a reason. The sentences aren’t tough enough. McDuff and others like him need a stronger deterrent. Something inside his head that says “Hey wait, if I CHOOSE to drink this much how will I get home safely?” or maybe “Wow, I’m buzzing pretty good and I can’t get my key in the ignition, maybe I should call someone to come get me.” McDuff knew what the law said before he bought the beer that lead to his FIRST DWI. LAW-abiding folks call a ride or simply drink responsibly. If McDuff is an alcoholic then he should drink himself silly in the confines of his own home and STAY PUT.

A young person getting behind the wheel intoxicated may not INTEND to have an accident or get caught driving drunk – that doesn’t mean we as a society should say, “that’s alright, you just used poor judgement.”


- Wasted at home

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle,
You did use that word twice in one post which evidently prompted the other guy/gal? to make a joke about wearing out a new word.
That prompted you to evidently use your real name and call him stupid.
Easily set off might be accurate.
jus' sayin'

wordkyle said...

Sometimes you just have to shake your head. It makes you wonder how some people get through life.

Anonymous said...

For 10:02.Jackie's family would probably would think diferent from you.If your (loved one) is in jail it's not the first time he screwed up.He's had his free passes.Have sympathy for your ignorance ,none for him.You need counseling.DAGO

Anonymous said...

The lady in Dallas probaly just paid someone's debt off;maybe her's.DAGO

Anonymous said...

We say intersections are dangerous, but none of us have ever had an intersection attack us.

Anonymous said...

That's because the actualy body of water is "Bridgeport Lake". The town is named Lake Bridgeport.