4.19.2011

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • I watched The Bridge a while back - a documentary about suicides of people who jump off of the Golden Gate Bridge. With a survival rate of only 2%, a 16 year old girl is lucky after she jumped on Sunday.
  • I really don't see how high humidity plays a significant role in deterring wildfires.
  • There's a Burn Ban today in Wise County: Let me suggest that anyone dumb enough to create a fire outside today is too dumb to be aware of a Burn Ban.
  • I'm not certain it starts today, but a trial of a Wise County inmate who has made verbal outbursts at docket calls for the last few months is about to be tried. For months he wanted to represent himself but had a change of heart at the last minute. 
  • Upper 90s today? (Nope, it's no proof of global warming, but I wonder where the skeptics are that always post when it's an unseasonably cold day.)
  • Update on the Texas deputy killed yesterday: The victim was a part-time female deputy and the alleged shooter was a 21 year old inmate with mental issues. He was caught about an hour later. 
  • I dread my water bill and electricity bill if the weather doesn't change.(And did we really have to be recreating Antarctica when I walked in the door last night?)
  • President Obama kind of jumped on a local Channel 8 reporter yesterday. (It made USA Today, but doesn't seem to be that big of a deal.)
  • I've given her a chance, but I think Fox 4's Lauren Przybyl is to Good Day what Angela is to The Office. (Both went to Baylor, by the way.)
  • The headline all over the place yesterday was "45% of Americans Pay No Taxes." For a while, I thought that meant that 45% of Americans owed no additional taxes above their withholdings on tax day. But, nope, the story means no taxes.
  • Baylor cheerleaders in the pool. Hey, now. 
  • The stripper who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape has been arrested for murder
  • Easter and Mother's Day sure are close together this year.
  • Girl builds life sized Barbie --- with the exception of that small head, she's kind of hot. 





79 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the DISD board pursuing its athletic facility agenda Thursday eve?

Can't tell. It's not an regular agenda item, but "fence and parking" are hidden away in the consent agenda. No discussion and no recorded vote when done this way.

This after puting 30 teachers in unemployment lines but giving their "good ole boy" supt a 10K raise.

I would hide it too!

Anonymous said...

When I was at Baylor Law School, spring was my favorite time of the year. The cheerleaders started practicing outdoors, and the coeds started showing more skin. (Hey now!)

I bet that has all changed now that the law school is not in the middle of campus any more.

Bacon Scale said...

Todays pic
2.5 out of 5
I do like the colors.

Anonymous said...

Today's pic is great. Very Nice water bottle(s)

wordkyle said...

The media continue to try to pass off Democrat talking points as news. Nearly half of all households pay no taxes at all, yet what's the media spin?

- Associated Press: "Super rich see federal taxes drop dramatically"
- ABC News: "For Super Rich, Taxes Keep Falling"
- Huffington Post (AOL): "The Top 10 Tax Breaks -- And How They Help The Wealthy The Most"
- San Francisco Chronicle: "Wealthy Americans not paying fair share of taxes"
- New York Times: "The Idle Rich Should Give Something Back: Taxes"

Contrast that spin with this information: 1) The top 5% of income earners pay nearly 60% of all taxes; and 2) Tax revenues from the "rich" went up in the years immediately after the 2003 Bush tax cuts, in both amount and percentage of all tax revenues collected.

Anonymous said...

Megan Henderson is so missed.

Anonymous said...

For some reason, I'm beginning to think your being taken advantage of. All signs are there.

Ernest T. said...

How dare Brad Watson ask Obummer about anything but his golf game, basketball or his family! Must not have gotten the memo from the White House!

kevin said...

Hi Barry:

Re: humidity and forest fires. My guess would be that humidity in the air raises the flashpoint - the minimal temp at which the oxygen in the air ignites and causes bad things to happen.

BTW, any bluebonnet sightings in your area?

Cheers,
--Kevin

Anonymous said...

Brad Watson is a rude jerk. Sat beside him at a play in Dallas and he was rude to everyone around him.

Ricardo Perry said...

Brad Watson is a Perry-phile. Watching his "Texas Politics" show is like watching Faux News lite.

Of course when a reporter treated a republican President like that there was outcry from the right saying the media is disrespectful...

RPM said...

Przybyl is Czech for beating. Put her on waivers and pinch hit Fiona until you can find another Megan.

Anonymous said...

Yay for Brad Watson for calling the prez out! Does nobody remember that Obammy shut down the space program and gave it to the muslims? Look it up.

janneba said...

The people who start the wild fires could care less about what they have done, if they even know they started one. It's kind of like some people have no common sense like the family that went out on a boat over the weekend and a 6 year old died when the winds capsized the boat. who in their right minds goes even near water when the winds are like we have been having.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

I would rather walk into Antarctica than the Belgian Congo I usually am greeted with. (Yes, Mrs. Mike Honcho, that means you. ;) )

I have been a longtime Fox 4 watcher in the mornings, but I have just about given up morning TV altogether. The Happy Talk is about to push me over the edge. And it is getting worse.

Re: the humidity thing... Moisture content in air is one of the factors in determining ignition temperature of combustibles. The dryer the air, the lower the ignition point. The lower the ignition point, the faster the fire spreads. Or something reasonably like that.

Barry, if you get a chance, watch the documentary Okie Noodling. And enjoy.

PS - Big props to the firefighters near PK. Lots of out of area units responding.

Anonymous said...

8:47am

Does the DISD want Principal Gina? We will make a hell of an offer.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, My guess is you must be one of those "super rich" living on the plains of West Texas (sarcasm).

mzchief said...

Here is a table to let you see what percentage, each income bracket pays, of all the federal income taxes collected.

To help make the numbers relevant think about what percentage of income is earned by the top 1% verses the bottom 50%.

The top 1% makes approximately 20% of all the income and pays 38.02% of all federal income taxes while the bottom 50% makes approximately 12.75% of all the income and pays only 2.7% of all federal income taxes.

Clearly, the rich are paying, not only their fair share but a significant portion of the bottom 50% share.

FYI...The ├╝ber-rich, making $1,800,000+ only make up .1% of the top 1% of earners.
Source

The US government spends $51,000+ per second which is approximately $5,000 MORE than the annual income of the average US household. The total income of the top 1% was nearly $1.7 trillion which only covers about 1/2 the current federal budget.

The US government does not have an income problem it has a spending problem.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Mr. LL,

That honey you got is yummy. I have always had a thing for five heads.

Could have made her a star back in the day.

Anonymous said...

Man, that Crystal Mangum chick is one ugly, monkey faced, banana eatin, spear chunkin, blue gummed nagger....

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's me, but doesn't this morning's hot chick seem small in the breast department.

Barbie

wordkyle said...

948 - I'm not one of the super rich (or even rich) but I aspire to be, and I'd like not to be punished or vilified for making it.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does the random girl kinda look like the life size barbie...

nate555 said...

Its gonna be 90 degrees today... not 190... there you go Mr Green :)

Anonymous said...

Global warming equals junk science.

Todays fire will carbon offset all you Prius driving weenies.

Random girl better save her cash for hair plugs.

Anonymous said...

Your comment about the temperature inside your home reminds me of why I'm glad I'm divorced. I can regulate my home however I want to and not have some man bitching about it. My home, my money, my way. Wouldn't go back!

Anonymous said...

Answer to our financial problems.

Much wiser spending

Flat tax, no deduction, no loopholes, death penalty for failure to report income.

We are doomed, each side wanting to gore the other's goat.....not solve problems.

I cannot think of a single class of people in US that isn't receiving some form of subsidy/tax break. The welfare state isn't coming, it is here

Anonymous said...

8:47 - are you referring to a certain principal in Bridgeport?

Anonymous said...

Oops, looked at the wrong time - talking to 9:36 - are you referring to the Bridgeport Principal Gina? Just curious, what's up?

Anonymous said...

More Bridgeport school trouble - air was out this morning pretty much everywhere except the gyms. One boy already hot and sweating from athletics workout, and got light headed and passed out. Ambulance was called and school sending kids home. Wow, between all the bad weather days and now power and air issues this month, these kids have missed quite a bit. Wonder how many days we will end up having to make up before the summer break can officially start?

Anonymous said...

Didn't Bridgeport ISD's board hire two new administrators last night? Is this not newsworthy here or at the Mess Update, or am I wrong about when the BISD board met?

Anonymous said...

There's something wrong with black people. I mean it, I'm not even kidding. There's something wrong with their DNA or something.

Anonymous said...

Half of the citizens don't pay taxes- still think we aren't socialist and aren't on track to get worse?

Anonymous said...

It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

I think I'll get a tattoo with that statement.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

What happened to Portage Glacier?

Anonymous said...

Today's girl looks like her face has been smashed in.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, I am a global warming skeptic, and I'm right here. The new term for global warming is climate change. Keep up with current events. Ever since I can remember it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I wonder if Jesse Jackson demanded his money back that he was going to pay to the negro girl for her college tuition that lied about being raped? Doubt it. And probably more than 45 per cent want the rich to pay more in taxes.

Anonymous said...

Brad Watson had a right to ask the pres whatever he wanted. I think Obamy was very gallant when he nicely whispered his request that he be allowed to finish his answers, after the interview was over. He can sure keep his cool, while he was certainly not very happy with Brad's manner. Or, possibly he is simply a well trained politician.

Anonymous said...

The glacier melted. Increased solar activity caused it, same as
reduced activity has caused the earth to cool since. So don't blame my big truck or my barbecue pit and don't sell me any BS carbon credits to help Gore get richer or subsidize the lazy asses
suckling on the goverment tit.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I don't pay taxes like the majority of you. Mr. President....please....

Brad Watson

Anonymous said...

We would all like to be rich, Wordkyle, but since you're in the lower portion like the rest of us, don't be deluded into thinking they (the super rich) have anything in common with you or other common folk.

Anonymous said...

Man that girl has a big forehead.
It really jazzes me!

Anonymous said...

doesn't matter whether one believes in global warming or not, fact is, we are polluting our planet and that should be enough of an incentive to find cleaner energy.

wordkyle said...

144 - What in the world does "having something in common" have to do with the price of taters? If I work longer hours to make more money, take the risk of getting financing to start my own business, and wind up making a million dollars -- (This is how the majority of "millionaires" do it) -- why should I then be subjected to all the abuse the Democrats dish out on "the rich" for no other reason other than they are rich?

(I am, in fact, in the 55% who do pay taxes, just to clear that up.)

Anonymous said...

Jealous much, 1:44?

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

She has a fivehead, 1:45pm.

Anonymous said...

11:22am, it would have been newsworthy if the one at the intermediate school left.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 1:44...
Are you really saying that because you have nothing in common with the "super rich" you have a greater right to their income than they have to their own income? With your line of thinking, the mere fact you have nothing in common with a minority, gives you a right to exploit them.

That is immoral. You nor anyone else has a right to the fruits of another person's labour.

Here is something you and your ilk are missing. As long as the 45%/takers believe they will never have to pay for benefits they will always demand more from the makers. If the 45%, who pay no personal federal income tax, had some skin in the game there is no doubt they would care how the government spent money and would be screaming for the government to STOP SPENDING.

The thing you and the takers seemingly have forgotten, you can take every dime of annual income earned by the top 1% and you still will not have enough to cover 1/2 of the proposed 2011 US Federal Budget.

Anonymous said...

DISD will resolve some issues in parking and fencing.
It is about safety. Maybe it will help athletics too but you have to have priorities.
Go Eagles

Supt deserved the raise given the stuff he deals with from know it alls

Anonymous said...

A $10,000 raise for a leader in a year when staff get stiffed

That is all about teamwork and Leadership

The old we are all in it together

Anonymous said...

Barry, just looked at the Baylor cheerleader link. Are the Dancing Baptists the one straddling the necks, while the Orthodox Baptists are the young lasses sitting side saddle? Just wondering.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

I don't know Gina, but I'd trade you a Jason and Cindy for her.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Gina, but I'd trade you a Jason and Cindy for her.

Anonymous said...

When DISD can't justify its spending it brings out the ole "safety" rationalization. Who can be against safety?

We have been geeting by for several years without these "extras" and can for a few more years until the economy improves.

With this crew it is about the kids, the athletic kids. Elementary learning be damned!

Anonymous said...

4:54
Lewisville ISD has 67 schools. They are NOT letting go a single teacher. Not. A. Single. One. Coaches will have reduced stipends.
It's about priorities.

Anonymous said...

I do upscale remodel work.
Mostly $30k bathrooms and $70k kitchens. I guess most of my customers are rich. Maybe $500k- Several million annual income. They all seem to be smart, hard working people with very high moral standards. If you want to soak them for more taxes I guess it will probably cost me a considerable portion of my business, as they will have less to spend on cool bathrooms and kitchens. Then I'll buy a lot less tile and light fixtures and that sort of stuff, so my suppliers can suffer reduced sales as well.

So tell me again why the government ought to have more of my customers' money? Would that be so I can quit earning money and paying taxes too?

You liberals kill me.

Thanks a lot, Butt-Heads

Anonymous said...

The DISD board is kinda wacky!

Anonymous said...

Most of those 45% are stay at home women -- think about it -- they offer nothing to society and then collect SSI and Medicare on their husbands dime. Sorry but he should gave to pay double or little wifey gets nothing. Let her try to buy insurance at 65! Got no problem with them sitting around all day that's cool but why the heck should they be eligible for SSI and Medicare?

Anonymous said...

Athletic facilities and buildings are paid for by bonds that the community voted on and approved. Yep that's what happens when you have local control. That money cannot be spent to pay for anything else. Teachers in Texas are not unionized and school board members are NOT paid! So if your solution to the budget problem includes any of these please go educate yourself!

Anonymous said...

The day is about here, when the 55% who do pay taxes are going to say "no more" to the 45%.

At that point, what are they going to do? Throw all of the tax payers in jail?

Anonymous said...

Not jealous of the super rich; Good for them. Point being, they have nothing in common with you and their needs are not the same as yours. They have little in common with you and probably don't care much about you.

It's interesting then that folks who have nothing in common with the "super rich" are so vociferously defensive of them.

Anonymous said...

8:34 Women that stay at home should draw on what their husbands paid in. They take care of the home and the kids and that is work!
When the honey leaves them he darn well should pay so welfare doesn't have to.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 8:34...
Another failed attempt at thinking, for you. It is not 47% of Americans. The 47% is the percentage of tax returns for households that are filed that had no personal income tax liability or actually received a net gain in the form of tax credits. Imagine that, people who have no personal federal income tax liability are actually being given money. That is what is known as the redistribution of wealth.
Source

From the sounds of things, you were probably raised by wolves and would have benefited by having been raised by a loving, stay at home mother. FYI...Though I was a stay at home mother, I have paid, in full, sufficient quarters to collect my own SSI. Oh, just a question, when was the last time you maxed out paying $6,621.60 SSI on the first $110,000. of your annual income? See, that is how most stay at home mother's SSI is paid. Their spouse typically makes enough to cover the stay at home mother's SSI payment by paying the maximum in SSI taxes.

Jealousy and ignorance are diseases, you really need to find cures.

No need for you to answer my question about you having ever earned over $110,000 in a year because if you had you would have been more than aware of the information I shared with you.

Anonymous said...

8:11, you hire illegals and dont pay a decent wage so STFU !

Anonymous said...

Just wait until the 45% grows to 51%. Then we'll have a problem.

Anonymous said...

Wow 11:02. You are so smart! And judgemental! Oh, and wrong, but I guess that doesn't concern you, as long as you get to insult someone you don't know. Let me guess, you are a liberal!

For the record:

No, I don't hire illegals. I don't hire anyone. My son, 21, is my partner. I'm 53 and have skills developed over 35 years of honest work. We do it all. You hand me the keys to your home and nobody else ever comes into your house. Just me and my son. It is a very effective business model. Maybe that's why we have a 6-9 month wait list, and my "rich" customers wait for me.

But I want to repeat that your desire to tax my customers out of my business can only result in taking at least two more people out of productive employment.

Thanks again, Butt-Head. Let me guess, you voted for Obama and think hope and change is a practical way to run an economy. And that astronomical government spending followed by severe taxation will fix everything

Dumbass

Sincerely----8:11

Anonymous said...

8:11
The rich will not suffer a lack of remodelitis if they go from a 37% to a 39% tax bracket which is what would happen if the Bush tax cuts for the rich are dropped. Speaking of butt heads, look these things up before you start whining. You will be ok if he tax cuts go back to the pre Bush days. If it's scary for you I will get someone to hold your hand and keep the nite lite on.

Anonymous said...

Why should someone who hasn't paid in be able to draw on anyone else? Marriage should have nothing to do with it. You're the ones draining the system. Why should working couples both have to pay yet you get a free ride?

wordkyle said...

917 - Do you think I'm defending rich "people?" The individuals don't mean anything at all to me, just as the individuals Democrats demonize don't matter to them. Look at it this way -- I'm fighting off vandals who are trying to wreck the house where I plan to live someday.

My point is that Democrats punish success, both legislatively and in their rhetoric. That should strike everyone as a profoundly stupid philosophy, especially those people who are working to become successful.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 8:34...
It is truly laughable that you would entreat people to think when you have failed at the very thing you have encouraged others to attempt. It is not 47% of Americans who do not pay any federal income tax. The 47% is the percentage of tax returns for households that are filed that had no personal income tax liability some of which actually received a net gain in the form of tax credits. Imagine that, people who have no personal federal income tax liability are actually being given money. That is what is known as the redistribution of wealth.
Source

From the sounds of things, you were probably raised by wolves and would have benefited by having been raised by a loving, stay at home mother. FYI...Though I was a stay at home mother, I have paid, in full, to Social Security, sufficient quarters to collect my own SSI. Oh, just a question, when was the last time you maxed out paying $6,621.60 SSI on the first $110,000. of your annual income? See, that is how most stay at home mother's SSI is paid. The working spouse typically makes enough thus pays enough to cover the stay at home spouse's SSI payment by paying the maximum in SSI taxes.

Jealousy and ignorance are diseases, you really need to find cures.

No need for you to answer my question about you having ever earned over $110,000 in a year because if you had you would have been more than aware of the information I shared with you.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 9:17...
I have far more in common with the hard working "super rich" than slackers who believe they're entitled to the fruits of the labour of other people. It is due to having similar morals and ethics.

********************************
AHEM....

For you ignorant twits gritching about non-working spouses receiving SSI benefits.

If you had bothered to educate yourself about Social Security, you would know, the original intent of SSI as stated in the name Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) was intended to take care of the aged, widows, fatherless children and people physically incapable of working. In 1933 very few women worked but were entitled to SSI because their husband paid into the insurance plan.
Source

disclaimer...I believe SSI is a crock of crap and nothing more than a ponsi scheme dreamed up by Roosevelt to keep people from obtaining independent/familial wealth and to grant the government more control over vast wealth and an even larger percentage of the US economy. People should be allowed to plan for their own retirement. If they're unwilling, lazy and/or too stupid to do so, then they should live and die homeless or with a relative.

Anonymous said...

6:31 AM You just don't get it.
I know staying home taking care of kids is work. Husband wouldn't want to do it for nothing. Wives should benefit. You wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for yo mama.
If a man divorces his wife she should get half of what he paid in.
Not saying she paid anything but she is part of the unit that did.
The Bible says women are the weaker vessel, and you shall be held accountable someday.
Quit your whining.

Anonymous said...

8:47

The DISD board announced up front these athletic "extras" would be paid from reserve fund.....that's tax dollars not bond money.

Putting 30 teachers (mostly elementary) out of work was an emergency or so we were told.

New fences and parking lots are not an emergency unless you are a board member with a son about to graduate and you want it done just for him

Anonymous said...

Wow mz gets nasty when it dawns on her she one of the freeloaders with an entitlement attitude.

Anonymous said...

8:47 we voted that bond down that had all the athletic spending in it. educate your self

mzchief said...

To anonymous 5:34...
Obviously, you are projecting because nothing I have stated indicates anyone is entitled to anything but being left to their own devices to take care of themselves.

I have worked and earned everything I have. I have never expected anyone to give me anything.

Anonymous said...

Mz will probably refuse any Social Security money when the time comes because of her outstanding and high conservative values. Maybe she can have it sent to the very rich to offset those terrible high taxes the wealthy has to pay.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 11:12..
I will take EVERY dime of SSI and Medicare, for which I have paid.

FYI...My family's federal income tax liability, for 2010, was more than TWICE the average household's annual income. Clearly, I have more than paid my fair share in federal income taxes and have paid more, into SS, than I will EVER receive in a monthly SSI benefit.

Anonymous said...

Well, however, you could still send it to the very rich that has to pay so much of their money in taxes. However, if your total income ix 2x, maybe you already fall into the category of the rich. If so, great for you. Keep it instead.