2.23.2011

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Heard this morning that Somali pirates are holding over 700 hostages from 33 ships. Wow.
  • And the Right Wing Talkers were blaming Obama for the death of the four hostages yesterday because "no one fears America anymore." Incredible. 
  • Saw an elderly man in the Wise County Courthouse yesterday sitting in the hallway reading a newspaper. It surprised me what an iconic and unusual sight it was.
  • It's always good to get a call from a prosecutor who says he has some "Brady material." That means: (1) he has learned of some evidence that tends to show my client isn't guilty, and (2) he's honest.
  • Wandered past the Military Channel last night and they had a show on about the battle of Iwa Jima. For me, that's as good as anything on TV. (And I didn't realize how tiny and remote that island was.)
  • Along the World War II lines, the book I read last year about the Bataan Death March, Tears In The Darkness, has really stuck with me. 
  • Whenever I see a map of Libya on the news (and that country might explode any day now), I hear the line, "From the shores of Tripoli."
  • Decatur is getting a second Swap Meet -- the new one being held in the Fall. I've dogged the Swap Meet for years, but it's probably been 20 years since I walked through it. Maybe there would be a little nostalgia if I tried it again and saw some cars from my youth. But probably not. 
  • Viral video yesterday: Cafeteria fight at Alabama State University. 
  • The most important person in the world to the Family Dog is whoever is walking in the house at that very moment. 
  • Heard some didn't get the "updog" reference yesterday. (Explained: "It smells like updog in here." "What's updog?" "Not much, what's up with you?") And, yes, it was a bit on The Office this week.
  • Some school named California Tech had lost 310 conference basketball games in a row - a string that spans 26 years - until last night
  • The Dallas Morning News web site now looks to be about 90% behind a pay wall. That can't possibly work, can it?
  • Of course it is none of our business, but does anyone know what happened to the 25 year old named Jennifer Lynn Toles who is listed in the local obituaries?
  • I made a rare change to the wisecounty.com home page the other day by adding links to Facebook and Twitter and deleting meaningless search engines Ice Rocket and Ask.com.  That was about three years too late. 
  • Everyone who sees The King's Speech rant and raves about it. I would never have guessed that.
  • The same reviews laud The Social Network. Now that I predicted. (The first time I heard of Facebook was over six years ago when my niece had signed up for it for her first year of college. I remember being so curious that I made her explain it to me, but back then you couldn't get on it unless you had an .edu email address.)
  • A faithful reader brought by a couple of these stickers which would be great Liberally Lean insignias. But what the heck does the double L really stand for?



38 comments:

Anonymous said...

I liked Ask.com. Just sayin....

Anonymous said...

Barry, sometimes the family dog is the only one who listens and loves you - no questions asked. It's like a mini vacation to spend a little time with the dog.

Anonymous said...

I read Tears in the Darkness last year, too. My grandfather was a Japanese POW in WWII and spent 42 months in captivity. He didn't participate in the Bataan Death March, but he was a part of the Lost Battalion (2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery of the 36th Infantry Division, Texas National Guard) which was captured in Java in and which built the Burma-Siam Death Railway. He lived in Wise County at the time of his death, nearly 10 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I wish they would add the new link to the jail website! Its been down since the end of October! Does it really take that long?

Anonymous said...

Typo - It's "Iwo" Jima, not Iwa.

Kathleen... said...

The King's Speech is terrific for many reasons; from the personal view of a royal family, to the shaping of history that we've all read/learned about growing up, and best: the "bromance" factor of two strong male personalities in a cooperative effort who develop a genuine friendship. <-- that part is truly moving and a joy to watch coming about.....

The Social Network is one that I resisted from day one. Why? I don't know...viewed it as industry hype, I suppose. Finally saw it out of desperation over the snow days; loved it. I don't think it's a Best Picture, but the back-story of how a kid dreamed up Facebook is fascinating.....as are his lonely narcissistic motivations behind the phenomenon.

I just hope Aaron Sorkin doesn't win Best Screenplay. The man's revolting....

Anonymous said...

9:10 Not just the jail, but the clerk's office's records also. Wise County is soo sloowww. Remember this at voting booths next go around. We do have some new comers coming in but we also need a new experienced sheriff. The one we have is nothing but a political animal.

Anonymous said...

Nice Beach towels

Anonymous said...

barry, i highly recomend "unbroken. the story of a WW11 pilot" by laura hilenbrand (she wrote seabiscuit) .
it will blow your mind.

Anonymous said...

So, do you know anyone that fears the U.S. these days? Our current administration is comprised of a bunch of pacifist wimps.

KC said...

you can get the county clerk records at www.texaslandrecords.com

Diggler said...

I thought about giving you the lesbian lover sticker bit I was nice. I bought some hard wood flooring from lumber liquidators and thought of you when I snatched the stickers. Get it on your truckster!

Hobbes said...

10:51: Should our nation be feared? Should we look upon ourselves as the all punishing arm of planet earth? I guess pacifism hasn't worked that well aside from Poland, India, Egypt, and American civil rights.

Anonymous said...

11:19, Absolutely! The U.S. should command a reverential fear of other countries which is based on respect and nothing else. The sad thing is this current admin has pretty much obliterated any potential respect on behalf of other countries towards the U.S. Pacifism has never been the solution to avert any crisis.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke

Anonymous said...

Today's Liberally Lean chick doesn't have anything, compared to the hotties at Woodhaven Bank!

Anonymous said...

@11:40 "The sad thing is this current admin has pretty much obliterated any potential respect on behalf of other countries towards the U.S. Pacifism has never been the solution to avert any crisis."

What the hell is wrong with you people? Aren't we still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan? Aren't we still flying drones and dropping bombs into Pakistan?

If anybody caused the U.S. to lose respect, it was GWB and his neo-con advisers.

Anonymous said...

"Fear" is not what the United States as a whole should try and re-establish. Respect is what we need to get back. How? Well, for one, we can try and get the tree huggers to stop protesting every time we try and right a wrong that has been done to us.
It's ironic that some of you are talking "fear" and how we lost it. Some are the same ones who came on here and raised holy hell because of Iraq and why we are ther or Afganistan( remember..they are the ones who were behind 9/11)
"Fear"? Not, we don't need to be feared. We need to be respected. Respected in a way that all know that if you hurt us or our friends, our country or our assets, we're going to kick your butt. Not just say we are, but do it. Go in, get the job done the way it's supposed to be done and get out. No tree hugging, no ACLU winnies, no cry babies saying we shouldn't drip friggin water on some terrorist even if it would save numerous American lives. No G'ovt contracts to "special interest" individuals or companies.
You declare war, kick some serious butt, come home. Screw paying them money to help rebuild. They started it, they can pay for it.

Old Corps
Semper Fi

Anonymous said...

Amen 12:11....couldn't have said it better myself!

Anonymous said...

12:11 HOOO YAAA!! I agree!
I often wonder why people who have NUMEROUS children pay little to no ISD taxes... as a land owners we have for them to go??? You make'm you pay for them!!

Anonymous said...

On the nose 1211. But the liberal weenies cry and everybody caves in the name of fairness. I just wish all the liberal weenies would finish migrating to California. Then they could secede and see just how long they make it without grassroots conservative republicans supporting their fantasy land.

Anonymous said...

11:53 I have to aggree... HAWT

Anonymous said...

Screw paying them money to help rebuild.

That's WW1 mentality. It's also what directly led to WW2. So, about 90 years of history would show you that you're wrong.

That's why we use Marines to pull triggers, not make policy decisions.

They started it...

What did Iraq start? Nothing.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Funny thing those Californians! They initiate something, 5-10 years later the rest of the union follows suit.

Anonymous said...

Today's bikini girl is kinda like a Chicken E lunch special - two breasts and a roll.

Will said...

Not "California Tech." Caltech, as in the single most prestigious science and engineering school not named MIT, which is part of why they're horrible at sports.

Anonymous said...

1 P.M.
where'd you go to school Bridgeport?
WWI was started because a nimrod invaded another country. Under the pretext of King Ferdinan(sic) getting assinated.
What the hell did rebuilding have to do with that?
WW II, as I read, started because a group of individuals bombed Pearl Harbor. We had already been helping our allies. Pearl Harbor brought us directly into it. What the hell did that have to do with rebuilding?
When I mentioned rebuilding (to coin an old phrase) "you jackwagon", I was talking about AFTER the war (WW II) when we helped, France,England Italy, Germany and Japan and a host of others rebuild. Those three, Germany, Italy and Japan were our enemies dufus. They started the war dufus. They should have rebuilt their own mess.

Anonymous said...

1 P.M.
where'd you go to school Bridgeport?
WWI was started because a nimrod invaded another country. Under the pretext of King Ferdinan(sic) getting assinated.
What the hell did rebuilding have to do with that?
WW II, as I read, started because a group of individuals bombed Pearl Harbor. We had already been helping our allies. Pearl Harbor brought us directly into it. What the hell did that have to do with rebuilding?
When I mentioned rebuilding (to coin an old phrase) "you jackwagon", I was talking about AFTER the war (WW II) when we helped, France,England Italy, Germany and Japan and a host of others rebuild. Those three, Germany, Italy and Japan were our enemies dufus. They started the war dufus. They should have rebuilt their own mess.

Anonymous said...

1 P.M.
I forgot... your question was "What did Iraq start"
Well sweetie, you're such a history buff....look up friggin DESERT STORM....GULF WAR.
they invaded one of our allies and threatened one of the largest oil reserves in the world. (remember the fires they started because they couldn't have them?)

Anonymous said...

The riot in the U of A cafeteria actually started when they ran out of watermelon slices.

Anonymous said...

12:40 is right! The one in that fancy office by the cookies is a FOX!!!

Anonymous said...

9:10 I too miss the Wise County jail webstite. I think one of our fine citizens paid off somebody so you couln't see that one of their kids was in there.

Ras Malfoof said...

An Enya reference on Liberally Lean! I love it.

Anonymous said...

WWI was started because a nimrod invaded another country. Under the pretext of King Ferdinan(sic) getting assinated.

It's a bit more complicated than that, but you have a very basic understanding of the cause.

What the hell did rebuilding have to do with that?

The Allies put such a demand on the "Axis" to pay reparations that they could not pay for their own rebuilding, and they had an enormous recession and civil unrest. That gave Hitler the perfect climate to come to power. There are many who argue (me included) that the two wars are really the same, with a 20 year hiatus in between. And we're correct. Had we rebuilt Germany in 1919 like we did in 1946, WW2 would not have happened.

WW II, as I read, started because a group of individuals bombed Pearl Harbor.

Good grief. WW2 had been going on for years before that. Go back to school.

Those three, Germany, Italy and Japan were our enemies dufus. They started the war dufus. They should have rebuilt their own mess.

Do you know what Germany looked like after the way? A crater. A crater that was half occupied by Russia, and the other half by us, UK, and France, which is now a great ally to us and has help stave off the Russians during the Cold War and stage out of during the Balkan War--which, by the way, is where WW1 started.

I'd say that you have a very crude understanding of history, but I think that would be a stretch.

I forgot... your question was "What did Iraq start"
Well sweetie, you're such a history buff....look up friggin DESERT STORM....GULF WAR.


Jesus Christ, that has nothing to do with the current war in Iraq.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Ennis is back in Alvord!!!

What is up with that??????

The Donald said...

To, not from the shores of Tripoli.

It's from the halls of Montezuma. You know, that revenge guy.

Anonymous said...

What part of "let's get a picnic basket, a couple of friends and go sailing off the coast of Somalia" makes sense?

Anonymous said...

The young girl that passed away died of stomach cancer.

Anonymous said...

What's an enya?

G.Bush Jr.