3.24.2010

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • My bathroom scale is a brand called "Thinner" which is also the name of a Stephen King novel about an attorney who starts losing weight and cannot stop.
  • Texas A&M student hits Baylor student while texting which led to a jury verdict last week of $22 million. But since there was little insurance money, this verdict truly "isn't about the money."
  • I saw the Tarleton State (??!!) "gay Jesus play" story yesterday morning but didn't mention it because I thought it was too easy of a target. Then Fox 4 led its 9:00 p.m. newscast with it last night.
  • If the play was going to run for a month or so, I bet the school would shut it down under pressure. But it's only a one time deal this weekend so I bet they'll weather the storm.
  • "Weather the storm" is an odd phrase.
  • The stock market is the highest it has been since President Obama took office. I've said it before: It is the economy, and nothing else, that will determine the next presidential election.
  • What? A USA Today poll this morning shows that Americans favor the health care bill by at 49%-40% margin. If the Republicans run on a "repeal the bill" platform this fall, they won't get very far.
  • Wise County Courthouse painting that stopped me down yesterday.
  • They finally found judge-to-be Tom Zachry's body yesterday. In an odd twist, his judicial seat will be filled by someone chosen by the local Tarrant County Republican Party. "[The party chair] said that she has received inquiries from potential candidates to replace Zachry but that 'I'm trying to encourage people to wait until after any services.'" Good lord.
  • I'm constantly stunned how few people make eye contact on Decatur sidewalks. It's like being in a zombie movie sometimes. (Happened to me twice yesterday).
  • My point yesterday questioning Republican outrage over the health care bill is not that they were outraged, but why it took them this long to get really outraged.
  • All the AG's can say the health care bill is unconstitutional because "Congress doesn't have the authority" but under the Commerce Clause, Congress has been able to do anything it wanted for almost 100 years. I agree with the limited federal government proposition, but I gave up that fight a long, long time ago.
  • There was a DWI trial going on yesterday in Decatur but I'm not sure what happened. The good thing for the defendant is that there were no field sobriety tests. The bad news is that he cussed out the cop in the patrol car when he was alone but didn't know the cameras were running.
  • There should be a rule in basketball that no timeouts can be called during the last 60 seconds.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen to your comments about basketball timeouts during the last 60 seconds. Close games result in two completely different sports--basketball as usual, then basketball in tiny time spurts (with lots of standing around aANDlots of commercials for the TV network--which I'm sure is what drives the whole timeout thing, anyway).

Anonymous said...

Eh... before you get all excited about the "poll" that ABC used, you might want to check out the sampling data. Talk about home cooking....

Anonymous said...

AG lawsuits run amok! Let's also saddle up the old "IRS is illegal" lawsuit, as well as the new "President can NEVER federalize National Guard troops" lawsuit. That should keep the courts busy (for two seconds). Seriously people, these issues were settled at Appomattox.

WWGJD

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

The outrage was always there, just coming out more vocally with all the back room dealings and vote buying within the democratic party. Consequently, the funny thing about the whole Stupak deal is that it essentially doesn't stop this healthcare deal from funding abortions, just does so indirectly. Money will be held in seperate "pools" where the potential abortion recipient will contribute and that money will cover a portion of the abortion--gov't will cover the remainder.

Anonymous said...

If you work at Dairy Queen your employer will have to pay 50% of your health care reform, so you like the reform. If you make $22,000 you will be on medicaid, so you like like health care reform. If you are a kid 26 or under, you like it because mom and dad's employer probably pays for your health care. If you are a low wage earner, you will get help to pay for health care insurance.

If you are everyone else, you just can't wait to pay 3.8% on interest income, increase your taxes if you earn $200,000 or more or be one of the small business owners who will be forced to close the doors because they can't pay %50 of their employees, including part time, health care insurance.

And there went the dollar menu at McDonalds. Where will all the poor people with government mandated health care eat????

Ernest T. said...

Agree with 8:46. I would like to see the sampling data on this. For all that we know, 48% of the people questioned were Dems. I always get suspicious on polls that are completely the opposite of every other poll that has been taken in the last few months.

Anonymous said...

i know, youd have to be crazy to hire anyone now.

wordkyle said...

So the Democrat health care bill got a bounce in the polls...not odd considering the overwhelming positive press it got after it passed. A bump in popularity was inevitable. But ask yourself: Will the enthusiasm now, likely at its peak at less than 50%, last as long as the animosity? They're not holding rallies with thousands of people to celebrate the Democrat legislation.

As far as Republican outrage, it started as disagreement with the Democrat idea, then moved to active opposition when Democrats introduced the legislation, then became outrage when Democrats bribed, lied, threatened and strongarmed the legislation through. The process -- or rather, its perversion -- is what caused the outrage.

Anonymous said...

I think the new health care will be great for us all. I like Congressman Dingle from Michigan who says: "it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people". He was speaking about socialism and the health care bill. He would have made a great president.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you're one to talk about "no eye contact." I've passed you many times in and out of the courthouse and you have your eyes locked on whatever file you are carrying.

Anonymous said...

Yea, Stupak was against it until they bribed him with grants for the airport in his District. Funny how that stuff works itself out and that "language" turns out like he wants it!

Anonymous said...

Really 9:08?

It was the process that created the outrage? Where was the outrage when John Boehner handed out checks on the FLOOR OF THE HOUSE from tobacco companies? Where was the outrage when the Republicans used "deem and pass" 35 times in one congress? Where was the outrage when the "Patriot" Act was passed without an opportunity for congress to read or study it? Where was the outrage when Republicans held the prescription drug vote open hours past the usual vote time while they made financial and electoral promises to get representatives to switch votes?

Your "outrage" is selective, hypocritical, and exposes you as a hack. You are suddenly concerned about the constitution when the last administration trampled it regularly, you are suddenly concerned about fiscal responsibility when republicans spend like drunken sailors whenever they are in charge. You are a joke.

Anonymous said...

Very well said 10:11. Thank you.

mzchief said...

* My scale does so many things, other than display weight, I have to keep the instruction booklet in a drawer in the bathroom so I can figure out how to make it display MY weight. During Winter Break, I had a momentary stroke when I stepped on the scale and it displayed a weight of 176 pounds and I realized it was displaying my son's weight. FYI...I weigh approximately 60 pounds LESS.

* There is far more to the DOW than just the Index count. One reason the current market appears to be bullish is due to the past 18 month depreciation of the dollar (due to a $12 TRILLION debt). Based on the current value of the dollar, the market would need to hit 18000+ just to be at the 2007 record of 14164.53. People/Institutions have to put their money somewhere and currently, the Market is the best place. It is still too early to invest in Real Estate, expanding business is out of the question due to the current band of fools taxing the hooey out of business and gold is inflated due to outrageous speculation. Thanks to ObamaCare my health care and pharma stocks have gone UP the past 2 weeks.

* I am amazed by the number of random strangers who say "Hello" and smile at me in Bridgeport and Decatur compared to how few do the same in the DFW Metroplex

* A large portion of the US population is FINALLY gritching about Big Government intrusion into the lives of Americans because FINALLY it is THEIR life into which Big Government has intruded. People have for, far too long, sat idly by while Big Government intruded in the lives of OTHER people and now it is to late to do anything about Big Government's intrusion into THEIR lives.

* RE: DWI case...Hopefully, the defendant's lawyer reminded the jury that it is not against the law, in Texas, for someone to be an obnoxious ass.

Anonymous said...

http://politics.newsvine.com/_question/2010/03/21/4048693-the-house-has-passed-an-historic-health-care-overhaul-are-you-excited-or-angry

Check out this poll, shows 67.4@ of those who voted in it are angry about the health care legislation vs 25.4% who are excited about it!

Anonymous said...

10:11,

The very short answer is,...there was outrage against the Repubs for their spending. That is why they lost their base, and we threw the bums out.

Then the Dems come along, and make things WORSE. So they are going to get thrown out also. As many as is possible in November. Then, Obama and another third in '12. Then probably the rest of the Dem senators in '14.

Hide and watch.

wordkyle said...

1011 - Shall I list everything that outrages me, personally? The list is too long. In response to your points, quickly:

1) Boehner's action was boorish but not illegal, and about what we expect from Washington politicians;
2) Republican "deem and pass" was never used to shanghai 1/8 of the American economy.
3) When you refer to the Patriot Act, do you mean the version introduced to Congress on 9/19/01 or the next version introduced on 10/2/01? Senate Majority Leader Democrat Tom Daschle, as well as Senate Judiciary Chairman Democrat Tom Leahy controlled the pace of the bill, which final version was signed into law October 26. Slow readers may have been left behind.
4) Conservative critcism of the Republican prescription drug plan has been pretty consistent. [Read up on: "Republican Congress, Conservative disenchantment with"]

Regarding my post, public outrage (not just mine, although you try to personalize it) could be due any number of factors -- Democrat bribery, Democrat math, Democrat thuggery, Democrat lies. When I say "process," I mean the whole package. It's hard to point to just one thing. However, I notice that nowhere do you comment on the Democrats' actions. How long will you guys continue to blame Bush for what Democrats do?

Anonymous said...

Barry, That picture at the courthouse is of your great-great-aunt. Btw, she's wearing a styling hat.

Anonymous said...

try to defend yourself for growing a stash of pot - for your own use, on your own property - by stating "congress doesn't have the ability" to storm your property and take you jail because it is unconstituional. the dea would be hardly regulating interstate commerce by doing this. this is an actual court case that took place and guess who won...good ol big bro.


so if they ags want to pursue the constitutionality of this healthcare thing, they will surely run headfirst into one big *ss brick wall.

Anonymous said...

9:01, did you even read the health care bill? It doesn't require small businesses to provide health insurance; it requires INDIVIDUALS to have health insurance.

Anonymous said...

10:11 I have yet but one question, where's the outrage? For the love of man, where's the outrage?

Anonymous said...

10:11
When you received the info re: Republicans using "deem and pass" 35 times, did your source also report how many of those times the leadership of both parties agreed to do so?

Anonymous said...

1117

So Boehner was "boorish, but not illegal" - exactly which Democratic action in passing HCR do you contend was illegal?

Deem and pass was not used to shanghai anything since it was not used, but only talked about. Oh, the outrage, to talk about things...

When I refer to the Patriot Act, I am referring to the Patriot Act - the house passed the USA Act, and the final vote was on the USA Patriot Act - there was only one Patriot Act, I'm sorry you were not aware of this, it was well covered in the news. You are right that Daschle was Senate majority leader, but even a cursory examination of the history reveals the interplay of the White House and Department of Defense in pushing this legislation. Daschle was culpable in letting himself get rushed to bring it to a vote, and for that I condemn him - but I do not let the others off the hook either. By the way, cursory means a quick look without paying too much attention to detail, so it should not be too hard for you. None other than teabagger Ron Paul condemned the way it was put forward and pushed by the White House, I'm surprised that you being Mr. Liberty and all, that you can't as well.

Conservative criticism of the prescription drug bill apparently has not actually led them to DO anything about it - they didn't actually feel the need to DO anything until the Democrats pass a bill.

Their outrage has been so well contained, I guess it was just bad timing that it bubbled over into office vandalism, shouts of N****R, and F****t, "Babykiller!", the publication of a democratic house member's home address and subsequent "visit" by angry people, flying a plane into a building, shooting security guards, and whatever is next.

I guess we're on a circular path here- you assert (with no evidence) that democrats are being thugs, lying, and otherwise ruining the republic, while I point out that republicans did the same and you didn't care, although I guess you were quietly outraged. I'm waiting for an example of anything the democrats did here that was close to passing out money on the floor of the house or holding a vote open long past the deadline. Talk process - unless you think getting elected and passing your campaign platform is somehow wrong - tell me what they did wrong to get there, not just how you don't like where they ended. Public votes were taken, no trickery was used, a majority won. I thought that was what America was all about. It's interesting that the republicans are so concerned about going against the will of the people and ignoring the majority now when they will not let the majority vote in the senate. What happened to "give us an up or down vote" that we heard so much from your side when you were in control?

Anonymous said...

I am 100% against this whole Obamacare fiasco! I am also 100% against politicians practicing "dirty politics" to get their ideas/bills/etc. passed through - whether that be republican or democrat doing it! I wonder how do these people justify what they are doing to their kids? How do they even sleep at night?

Gorilla said...

in light of the recent healthcare reform, reading the first few sentences of this article is quite amusing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_Prescription_Drug,_Improvement,_and_Modernization_Act

looks like obammy learned from one of the best when it comes to big gubment

Anonymous said...

Deem and Pass was used by the Republicans to pass the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 at costs of $512 billion and $314 billion respectively.

Anonymous said...

127 you can say nigger and faggot on this blog..remember BG is a liberal, thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

has anyone heard that now an employee can receive unemployment after working one day??? some city workers are spewing this.

wordkyle said...

127- tsk, tsk. When you guys get personal, it means you're getting desperate. I have the time, so I'll respond.

1) I never contended Democrats did anything illegal...yet.
2) That the Democrats even brought up "deem and pass" in connection with such monstrous and controversial legislation is what sparked the outrage. (228 - Some documentation, please.)
3) I guess I was too subtle. The Patriot Act was introduced five weeks before being signed into law, giving everyone plenty of time to read it. As I mentioned, Democrat leaders controlled the timeframe. The bill passed 96-1.
4) You completely missed the point on the prescription drug comment. I shan't repeat it.
5) Out of 30,000 people at a protest there are going to be some stupid ones. As for vandalism, shooting, and flying a plane into a building, you'll need to show me the connection to Republicans or Conservatives.
6) As for how I express my outrage against Republicans, why should it involve you? I'm more concerned with defeating Liberals and Democrats than trying to curry favor with them.

* Democrats cooked the numbers when presenting their argument to the public. Ten years of revenue and six years of expenditures don't reflect the real cost of the legislation. (trickery, lying)
* Lousiana Purchase, Cornhusker Kickback, nepotistic judicial appointments, advantageous water concessions, FAA grants -- Some of the Democrat payments for "yes" votes (bribery)

Well, you get the point. At least most people do.

Anonymous said...

Is the random thoughts pic. backstage at the Youth Fair Queens contest? If so where's the tats on
those honeys?

Anonymous said...

The Republiks are outraged alright. Check their websites and try to find one that doesn't ask for a contribution to "help me fight this." They have a salary that helps them fight this.

The extreme rhetoric by a few is going to lead to an assination. Some wing-nut is going to be empowered by the "words"

Anonymous said...

3:49:

Glad that you think only the "Republiks" would try to fundraise off of this. If it was turned around, I can promise you that the Dems would be doing the same thing.

Where were you the last eight years when the Dems did nothing but put down Bush and Cheney? Both sides have wing-nuts. Luckily, a Dem wing-nut did not try anything during that time.

mzchief said...

You people attempting to prove the democrats are worse/better than the republicans fail to realize, you are attempting to discern if horse shite smells worse/better than cow shite and all the while ignoring the fact you have your noses buried in shite.

wordkyle said...

mzchief - Regading my own contributions to the conversation, two things: 1) My initial point was to explain public outrage over the Democrat health care bill, and 2) It's a matter of degree. Five miles over the speed limit is not as bad as fifty miles over the speed limit. The Democrat plan, and Obama's apparent overall agenda, are 120 miles over the limit.

mzchief said...

To wordkyle...
Sooooo, it is to be considered a moral triumph and something about which to brag when a murderer only kills one person rather than a dozen?

Republicans and democrats are guilty of having committed atrocities against the US Constitution. To pretend one side is better/guiltier than the other is, at best, delusional and, at worst, dishonest.

I do not believe you to be a dishonest man.

wordkyle said...

mzchief - Nor am I delusional, but I try to be practical. I can effect change in the Republican party by who I support. I can effect change in the Democrat party by who I help defeat. Since cleaning house completely and establishing a true term-limited citizen legislature is not possible at this time, I have to work with the tools at hand. (Double-entendre intentional.)

Anonymous said...

I think it's time for the guillotines to be put back into service. Really..!