3.26.2010

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The new leaderboard for The Liberally Lean pick 'em contest sponsored by Stagecoach Steakhouse in Bridgeport is here. The big upset last night was Butler over Syracuse, and it's no coincidence that the new top two leaders picked Butler to make it to the Elite 8.
  • The spokesperson for the new Irving Animal Shelter, as seen on Fox 4 this morning, is hawt.
  • The motorcycle death count had slowed down but went through the roof yesterday in Arizona when three bikers were killed while waiting at an intersection. Several more were hurt.
  • We had a verdict in the Tarrant County Intoxication Manslaughter case I was interested in: 16 years - only 4 years short of the maximum. The probation eligible defendant appeared to have some gay qualities, but I hope that played no role in the harsh sentence.
  • KLIF's host Jeff Bolton had no idea how big a 25 square foot plot was this morning. "How do you calculate that?" he said. (California is considering legalizing growing marijuana so long as your personal garden of marijuana is no bigger than that size.)
  • I'd never be friends with anyone who said they "took a power nap."
  • I'll be sitting on my couch holding my Baylor pennant this evening as the Bears are a 4.5 point favorite to move on in the NCAA Tourney. And it's only been seven years since one player murdered another and the coach lied about paying for the dead player's housing suggesting, via secret recording, that they paint him as a drug dealer. (Background.)
  • The "no denial for a pre-existing condition" in the new health care bill seems problematic. If I'm an insurance company and I know a new applicant has cancer and will need $30,000 in chemo, can I set his premium at $30,000? By definition, insurance is protection from the unknown.
  • And I know I'm going to get killed for that observation.
  • Funny moment at driver's license hearing yesterday when a female cop indicated that her name had changed since she had been subpoenaed. "My last name has changed," she said. "Congratulations," the judge said. "Well, actually I'm divorced now." The judge: "Well, congratulations anyway."
  • Channel 8 actually had a story about a DWI where there was a child in the car. Trust me, that happens all the time.
  • To the commenter yesterday who suggested that I bill my clients for time spent "working" on the blog, put down the crack pipe. I haven't billed by the hour since 1989. But I appreciate your concern. Sign your name next time.
  • We are about to set a record for the most consecutive days without hitting 80 degrees. (Cue the anti-global warming nutcases.)

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

Attractive!

Ernest T. said...

That is going to be one of the biggest problems with Obamacare. These people will get this insurance and, immediately they will incur thousands of dollars in bills. The government will limit what their premium can be, so who do you think will have to pay for it? They will raise everyone else's premiums to cover it.

By the way, my boss, a well-known lawyer in Fort Worth who is a Baylor grad, is headed to Houston today for the game. I found her really good tickets for tonight and Sunday. Just thought that I would make you jealous!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Thanks for the Cue...nothing like a fact to get in the way of a good Global Warming Theory.

How did this get political?

Anonymous said...

The no denial for a pre-existing conditions in the new health care bill seems problematic. Ya think?

Anonymous said...

re: pre-existing condition "problem" where cost is concerned:

Nice goin' BG! You just now figuring that out?!

typical democrat: ready.. fire... aim!!

Anonymous said...

CUE ANTI GLOBAL WARMING NUT CASE'ER:

Democrap AL GORE is full of SHEET, as seen in reference to your blog this morning...

That is all...

Good Day!

Anonymous said...

Just one of the flaws of HCR. Finally glad the light bulb was turned on.

wordkyle said...

Funny how things happen in threes. Our esteemed host concurs with me three times in one post:

1) Yeah, there's some interesting math in the Democrat legislation. Would have been nice if they had addressed it beforehand.
2) Obama supporters and sundry Liberals/Democrats will hate you for pointing at the naked emperor.
3) Unaccountable anonymous posters show uncommon courage and ability to make unfounded accusations.

Anonymous said...

Obamacare will eventually have to be paid for by raising taxes more. Beware of a national sales tax on top of income taxes to fund all the spending! Our chance to control the growth of health care costs is gone. 15 million medicaid recipients will be added to rapidly expand the costs of health care. We all know that when anything is free, it will costs more.

Our premiums will go up, our taxes will go up, medicare has been robbed of $500 Billion to pay for adding the uninsured and when it is not enough, we will pay for it with a national sales tax.

We will be so burdened with taxes, we will never be able to accumulate any wealth. There will be no more middle class, just like Europe. That is the result of the liberal social Democratic agenda.

Anonymous said...

i think the global warming is occuring where the glaciers are - no question they are melting. maybe they should name it something other than "global" warming. perhaps "polar" warming.

Anonymous said...

25 square feet is: 5 foot X five foot.And I will be glad when I can grow mine here in good ole Texas.

If the government wasnt so corrupt allready we could have a decent run health system...we could use the funds that we use for researching"why the yellow bellied white lipped tree frog that lives in the amazon basin,penis turns red before mating.

Anonymous said...

I try to take a power nap daily!

Anonymous said...

hell yeah, im sure that when the police state sets the BAC threshold at a measly .08 theres gonna be some kids the car when folks get pulled over. thats pretty much anything over one beer.

Anonymous said...

There is no denial for pre-existing conditions in the Obammycare plan. The teleprompter lied to all of you again and the media doesn't even bring it up. Be careful. Obammy's lips were moving again.

Anonymous said...

Insurance is protection against loss or peril. The unknown part is a given...unless you're talkin' 'bout a death policy. We all know that's gonna happen. Oh, and taxes!
I'll just leave that last sentence hanging and let somebody else jump on the taxes/insurance issue

The juxtaposition in the photo indicates that gal better juxt find her a position that's not out in the open

Anonymous said...

you bill your clients for time spent "working" on the blog.


the backdoor intruder

Anonymous said...

The spokesperson for the Irving Animal Shelter is certainly not a dog! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

I'm not sure this Country can make it three more years under the present Administration. My personal opinion is that Obama is the Devil's son, Pelosi is the Devil's sister and Reid is the Devil's step-brother, hey, I had to get him in there somewhere. The way they're turning this Country around is no different than Hitlers playbook, just read history. Good Luck America! It will only change when the people of this Country get the "Nads" to change it. It appears that Washington's goal of getting the general public to believe we're stupid and they're smart has started to work. There is power in numbers people and there are more of us than there are in Washington politics and I don't care if you're a Republican or a Democrat.

Danny Boy said...

In regards to the Insurance premium idea on the cancer patient. You would have to imagine that as important, smart and coddled that these politicians are, they would have already thought of that.

I would assume there is a clause in there where they can only charge so much. I mean, why would we let a public comapny set their own rates anyway?

Bryan said...

The driver in the Arlington case broadsided a nearly stopped car at 70 mph with twice the legal limit of hooch in her system leaving one occupant dead and the other one in a wheelchair and you're worried that the jury was hard on her because of her little boy hair cut?

Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting concept: if you have kids in the car - dont't drink! Better yet, if you plan to drive - don't drink!
If your BAC is over .08, and you have kids in the car, you are endangering their safety. And if just one beer is enough to put you over that limit...
What's the point of having just one beer? That's some screwed-up priorities if you put alcohol ahead of your own children's safety

Anonymous said...

Actually the weather is only a sign of global warming...never the opposite

Anonymous said...

Yes, clearly the cancer patient should be denied health care insurance when without it he or she will either die or rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal debt. And heaven forbid any of us or the government shell out one hard-earned cent of our own to help.

I wonder how Christ would feel about healthcare reform if He were around right now. He seemed to feel a little bit differently about helping out his fellow man. Oh, and the Bible? Also seemed curiously positive about the idea of giving to the poor and helping the sick.

Anonymous said...

Not rejecting applicants due to pre-existing condition and no rescission are part of the bill.
A good part.

Costs to the insurance company are meant to be offset by the public mandate to carry insurance. Thereby, giving the insurance carriers thousands of new customers paying premiums.

Further regulation of insurance carriers are needed. Similar to the way utility companies were formerly regulated by State Utility Commissions. Whenever a rate increase was requested, the commission analyzed their profits and service and approved or disproved the rate increase and the amount of the increase. This was a consumer protection.

Insurance Carriers profits are fine. But they should not profit from denying claims or extreme premium rates. Since they are not ethically inclined to make those choices, guidelines should be set.

To label this approach as socialism is extreme rhetoric.

It is common sense.

Anonymous said...

how can you tell when a nigger is lying..?

Anonymous said...

9:46 - interesting points and of course, we are well aware there are no Christian Democrats - only Republicans who are so opposed to HCR.

Ah, compassion!

Anonymous said...

The pre-existing condition is going to be a huge problem. In your example of chemotherapy, I dont think people realize how expensive those drugs are.
Some regimens can cost as much as $25000 per session. And considering what the type of cancer, you could be looking at anywhere from 4-12 treatments. The math doesn't look pretty.
And, by the way, that doesn't include the doctor's, hospital fee.
Socialized medicine here we come.

Timmy in Trophy Club said...

I just woke up from a power nap and had to mention it so we could maintain our relationship.

Sic 'em Bears!

I would be for the healthcare if it also included a provision where I could stay home and still get paid by the government for not working. They should be taking care of all my needs. I want a BMW too. Do you hear me Mr. President?

Anonymous said...

So those who disagree with global warming are nut cases? I wish you would show some independence and stop forming all your opinions based on those of a political party.

Climate change has been the greatest boon to research ever invented. All researchers in just about every field can study the effects of climate change. There’s simply no end to this fake science. Even with new evidence showing it is BS, they continue to defend it. They dare not kill the goose who lays the golden egg.

Enjoy your electric bills. February had the fewest number of minutes of sunshine in a long, long time.

Put your money where your mouth is and follow the example set by this house in Plano:

http://welserver.com/WEL0043/

You can read his electric consumption 24/7. He has his pool on a separate meter that is also there for viewing.

The global warming racket in this country is a major supporter of the Democrat party. They subsidize the wind turbines of T Boone Pickens. Gore has a corner on carbon credits. It is a racket.

Indoor temperature control is probably the biggest energy absorber in America. Current non-geothermal HVAC systems have SEER's up to 24.5 for the cooling side and COPs of up to 3.5 for the heating side. Install one of these and cut your electric bill in half. Wrap the cost into a new mortgage and you have no out of pocket costs. Your mortgage payment will go up about $6 per thousand dollars spent on the new HVAC. Your lower monthly electric bill will more than offset the slightly higher mortgage payment. So you have more money in you pocket at the end of the month. If you want to save even more add a desuperheater to the system and get some free hot water.

If the government wants control of us then let them step in and help pay for updating HVAC and stop subsidizing the wealthy businessmen who are installing bird chopping wind turbines that are killing eagles and migratory birds. I know there are tax credits for individuals but if we redistribute the money going to the "green" racket and spend it on the people, then the country would have a much less dependence on fossil fuels. And each of us would have lower electric bills and more money to spend. And that would stimulate the economy.

Trivia: 90% of the homes in Israel have solar water heaters. They hate buying energy from the Arabs

fakchk said...

Anti global warming folks confuse weather with climate.

Climate is the average course of conditions (temperature, wind, percipitation) over a period of years in a a particular region.

Weather is what happens on a particular day.

wordkyle said...

Easy to control medical costs. Roll back medical treatments to those available in 1970. There's no reason for anyone to expect the top-notch, Cadillac-quality medical treatments invented since then, and also to expect the pharmaceutical companies to write off the billions of dollars it took to develop them. Someone else will always have to bear the full cost of whatever the government provides for "free." The so-called "right" to health care is one which depends on the forced labor of other people at reduced wages. Not quite up to the "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" standard of what constitutes a right.

Anonymous said...

Unless you're a teeny-tiny person, it is physiologically impossible to get to a .08 BAC on one beer (unless it's the size of 4 beers). On an average, it takes 4 beers slammed at once to get a person to .08 BAC. Therefore, .08 is NOT a measly amount. The staff of a nationally published motorcycle magazine once had a controled test, using staff members of all sizes and drinking habits (from teetotalers to "heavy" drinkers). They ALL had to admit that they had lost the normal use of their driving capabilities by the time they got to .08--many BEFORE that point. Even the "heavy" drinkers who had scoffed at the .08 limit came away convinced. It is an OLD inaccurate MYTH that says that .08 BAC is too low for a limit.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure if you become diagnosed with cancer and you don't currently have health insurance it isn't my problem. The person should have taken the necessary steps to purchase the coverage prior to being diagnosed. Health insurance is affordable but it might not be a priority. That is where the probably lies. I gripe about price but I definately don't think it is important enough to adjust my lifestyle.

I have no sympathy and I don't give a ratz ass what the Bible says.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, take care of them through your church if that is what you are compelled to do. Don't make it my responsibility.

Anonymous said...

1048 is right - weather is not climate

while the climate change deniers were crowing about cold weather this winter (imagine that)- brazil was experiencing record temperatures and canada was trucking in snow for the winter olympics. both of those anecdotes are as meaningless as how many days it is warm in some podunk town in texas

Anonymous said...

Ease up there nut case's... I think another Island around India just disappeared the other day. I'm not a tree hugger, but you have to admit the Oceans are rising at an alarming rate.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure it said you cant be denied for pre-existing illness - pretty sure it did not say your preminume would be the same as everyone else.

Anonymous said...

Weather is not the same as climate.

Remote Controller said...

I thought global warming meant global warming? Not Wise County warming... Don't they take the averages of all climates and record them against previous data points?

I will agree though... Wise County warming sounds much better.

Anonymous said...

"... medicare has been robbed of $500 Billion.."

Actually this is the net saving by having Medicare Part D managed like the rest of Medicare and not giving the insurance companies the extra profit.

By the way - in case you forgot Medicare Part D was the George w Bush completely unfunded program that cost more then the current reform.

Anonymous said...

I'm an attorney here in town and have had several clients who have used your services, one of whom has actually commented on your billing...it was a favorable comment. All of these clients have had positive results from using your services...so i'm behind you on the crack pipe commentator.
CEP

Anonymous said...

I got an idea to get everybody together for a nice warm and fuzzy event and get away from all this blarguing! Why don't we hold a 3000 egg easter egg hunt, free to the entire community, and have it right next to a major interstate!

Anonymous said...

OK 9:46---Obviously you are not a Bible student. Yes, we are commamded to take care of the poor and sick, BUT, the scripture you are referring to is talking about YOU as an individual taking care of them, not the government forcing a redistribution of income. So my question to you. WHO are YOU funding insurance for?

Jack Daniels said...

Nor would I ever be friends with anyone who said "power down!"

wordkyle said...

Regarding global warming: There is really only one argument. Should government impose massive legislation on citizens because of it? Given the controversy over the methods used by prominent scientists to promote the manmade global warming theory, you have to ask yourself these questions.

Is the earth actually getting warmer? If so, what will be the results (better or worse for the planet?) If the earth is getting warmer, is it man's fault? If it is man's fault, will the legislation do any good? The last three of those questions are not definitively answered, and the first one, if answered yes, probably depends on the sun more than anything else.

Anonymous said...

Nut case here, trying to educate the ignorant. Please read this link and then come back with your stupid Al Gore arguments.

http://www.john-daly.com/ges/msl-rept.htm

Historically, sea levels have varied. Some are the result of projects such as the reclaiming of the Zuider Zee and damming out of the North Sea. Others are due to tectonic plate movements. Recent research in Israel shows that sea levels have fluctuated around a meter in the past 2,500 years. So the changes to a tiny island off of India are nothing new

Anonymous said...

I am a midget clown who likes spider monkeys and texas river otters (per my description in eharmony).

How many beers will it take me to get to .08 given my size and my interest?

Football guru

Anonymous said...

Man, where is the love today? Seems like everyone commenting today took their grumpy pill. Sheeeesh!

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly the current pre existing condition clause is that an insurance company can not deny you coverage for a pre-existing condition if you have had insurance within the past 6 months. I could be wrong though. Here's my devil's advocate comment, now take into consideration that I'm not considering myself affiliated with either of the major political parties. I am in need of a kidney transplant. I do have private insurance as my primary and medicare as my secondary. After my transplant I will require anti rejection medication for the rest of my life. The numbers I have seen, before insurance covers any of them, will be around 2-5k dollars a month for meds. If for some reason, after my medicare ends which will be 3 yrs after my transplant, I have to change insurance companies for whatever reason, everyone thinks it's ok for me to be denied coverage because of my pre-existing condition?

Anonymous said...

I'm confused 1:14. If and when your Medicare ends you will be changing insurance companies.

You wrote this at the beginning of your post.

"If I remember correctly the current pre existing condition clause is that an insurance company can not deny you coverage for a pre-existing condition if you have had insurance within the past 6 months.

So what's the problem? Wouldn't you just get another insurance within 6 months?

Anonymous said...

9:00 - "Pretty much anything over one beer" will get you past .08? Only if you're the 12:42 midget.

10:57 gets it right - a typical 180 pound person will add about .02 per drink equivalent (12 oz beer/a glass of wine/mixed drink) to BAC. So it would take four drinks to get to the limit. Oh, by the way, normal metabolism will burn off about .02 per hour. Accompanying food intake may delay the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.

So, absent complications from a medical condition or prescription/OTC meds, getting to .08 is not generally the result of normal social imbibing.

I attend an awards dinner every January that runs about three hours. The first hour is cocktails, and my colleagues and I generally down about three drinks each. A glass or two of red wine with a normally-portioned dinner, and a cup of coffee or two with dessert as the speeches wind down.
No problems navigating the parking garage, or driving home. I'm about 200 lbs, and if I had to guess, would figure my BAC might be around .03-04 when I leave.

It's all about common sense and personal responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Your posting on a "Harsh" 16 year sentence is crazy. It's not "Harsh" to sentence someone to jail for 16 years for killing another person. I think you might be a little innoculated to the fact that a lot of people that kill other people get lighter sentencing because of the "just give the guy a hug, sing a song, and recite the Lord's prayer and he'll be healed" folks out there.

It's easy. You kill, you go to jail...for a long time. That's not "Harsh," its appropriate.

Anonymous said...

1:52--Be careful with your fuzzy math. Assuming the drinks are consumed over a two hour period, the computer simulator puts you at .07 BrAC.

http://www.intox.com/wheel/drinkwheelresults.asp

gary the graboid

Anonymous said...

BG-

You know what bothers me? Genetics.....my dadgum dad had a sort pecker, thus I can not be a TV star...

Adios!

Go Bears said...

Baylor has this game unless they completely fall apart which isn't likely.

And the St. Mary guards look like high school players. One of them shoots the ball at chest level which is what some middle school players do.

Anonymous said...

No I'm not planning on changing insurance but things can happen. So I'll try and pose my hypothetical, god I hope it is hypothetical and doesn't actually happen now that i bring it up, situation. What if, after my medicare expires, for some reason I need to change insurance companies. Should they be allowed to deny me coverage because my condition is pre-existing? Everyone seems to be extremely aggitated about the pre-existing clause in the new bill so I'm just wondering. I mean I can understand if someone had never had insurance and tried to get insurance just to pay for their condition but medical records would be able to remedy that problem unless health providers are falsifying records.
So it just seems to me that most people are classifying the pre-existing condition situation as an individual trying to rob the insurance companies and not considering the fact that there are people with pre-exiting conditions that should be required to be covered by an insurance company.

Anonymous said...

as a two time dwi offender and a client of bg...i won't step out off my property after one sip...i don't care how much .08 is.

Anonymous said...

Nut case, back again. I can't let this name-calling go and let Barry promote Al Gore. Someone on here used the erosion of a hunk of mud at the confluence of a river and the ocean in India to make claims of global warming. The fact is that "temporary estuary islands and sandbars appear and disappear all the time worldwide." Erosion of the earth's crust is a fact. I don't know about that river in India but the Huang, aka Yellow River, in China dumps 1.52 billion tons of silt per year into the sea. That can also be expressed as 13.4 CUBIC MILES of silt per year. You do the math, oceans cover about 335,258,000 sq. km of the earth's surface. Other rivers such as the Mekong in Vietnam continue to fill our oceans. As they do, sea levels rise unless offset by some other geological occurrence. The Mississippi has piled up new acreage along its' confluence with the Gulf to such an extent that the Louisiana coast has advanced into the ocean at the rate of 15 to 50 miles over the past 5,000 years. Man made structures has slowed this down until the New Madrid fault can do its thing.

To give credit to carbon dioxide for raising the levels of the seas is fraud or just plain being stupid. I think it is fraud because of the goose/golden egg thing.

Even Bob Dylan knew about erosion and where the material ends up when he wrote "How many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea." He even knew the answer!

Anonymous said...

10:05 - Sounds like you got the point. Good for you. Do not waver from your new found conviction.

Jesus said render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and unto God what is God's. I do not believe that Jesus would have been in favor of the government taxing the citizens to fund a cause, whether he was in favor of it, or not. I do not believe Jesus would have been in favor of using tricks that are perversions of the intent of the rules of procedure in order to pass legislation, whether he was in favor of the legislation, or not. I do not believe that Jesus would have been in favor of some members of the United Methodist Church using similar tricks to be able to use the name of the UMC as supporting Obamacare, whether he was supportive of Obamacare, or not.

Anonymous said...

Wordy at 12:25, It's fine for you to pose your questions as if that sums up the entirety of climate change issue. However, not even you claim to be a climate scientist. The vast majority of those actually studied in and qualified to evaluate, recognize the fact that the planet is warming, that carbon dioxide levels are the highest levels in 100's of thousands of years, that CO2 level is ever increasing, that human activities (industrial and agricultural) are having impacts and the changes being brought about are slow and ever increasing, that impacts are being seen in species changes, ocean biology and currents. There is no unanimous opinion on any of this - as there is no unanimous scientific agreement on ANYTHING. But folks much more qualified from the specialized scientific community, industrial (oil companies), Defense Department and more Nobel Lauriats than you can count agree there IS a situation with climate change and the results could vastly alter what we consider human living conditions. Some in Wise Co disagree. Who would you rather place your bet on?

wordkyle said...

1116 - There have been questions for years about the politicization of the science, and how it affects conclusions. The "vast majority" of scientists you mention have funding tied directly to their conclusions. This has led them to ignore, misrepresent or exaggerate evidence, and -- according to the East Anglia e-mails -- marginalize or even conspire to prevent conflicting research from being presented. In other words, the conclusions that you represent as "fact" have been tainted by the flawed methodology. More scientists are daily backing away from the global warming hysteria. (And all of this is completely separate from the IPCC and media malfeasance.) Not only is the debate not over, an honest debate has not yet taken place.

Anonymous said...

1st this health care thing and Decatur getting and indoor turf workout thing myomy how much is my taxes going up this time. I bet next election will be so eazy to pick a winner

Anonymous said...

11:16, your statements about CO2 are fraud and based on a false analysis/omission of available historical data.

As to the island disappearing in the Bay of Bengal, this small hunk of mud was formed in 1970 by the forces of a cyclone. The highest it was ever above sea level was two meters. The island disappeared due to sinking and erosion, not due to rising seas. The landmass of nearby Bangladesh is increasing, not decreasing.

Anonymous said...

wordy - your reliance on the East Anglia emails to refutethe science shows the shallowness of your argument. Check the CIA analysis, the DIA, NASA, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and countless climate specialists. I guess all of their positions are also tainted due to political funding. I can list many more reputable and independent organizations as well that have much more substance than the misrepresented emails.

wordkyle said...

945 - The East Anglia e-mails indicate exactly what I said they do -- efforts by prominent global warming scientists to suppress evidence that does not support their own theories. And yes, the credibility of anyone whose funding depends on confirming a predetermined conclusion is tainted. Those scientists who dissent from the "manmade global warming" conclusion are punished. For the record, I'll repeat something I've said before: Global warming may turn out to be the catastrophe that alarmists insist it is. So far, though, much of the research that supposedly supports that conclusion has been either a) faulty; b) misrepresented; or c) manipulated. Believing the truthfulness and accuracy of the reports of global warming is hard when you know the scientists cheated.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 9:45...
You failed to provide links substantiating your claims. You also failed to acknowledge that the MAJORITY if not ALL agencies who jumped on the Anthropogenic Caused Global Climate Change bandwagon based their decisions on data from The East Anglia pack of liars/charlatans.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle and Mzchief - hogwash. Your denials wear me out. Documentation is readily available but apparently you are to obtuse to honestly access it. Signing off.