8.25.2011

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Steve Jobs resignation from Apple can only be seen as an anticipatory obituary for a man who has battled cancer over the last few years. (And I still love the iPhone and long for an iPad or Macbook Air.)
  • Don't look now, but the Rangers lead over the Angels has shrunk to 2 1/2 games. (It was at 7 about a week ago.)
  • Ok, the first softball practice is under my belt. I stand in front of juries all the time, but I'm not sure I've ever been as nervous as standing in front of all those girls and their parents. 
  • "This might be a little tricky" -- My thoughts when a simple "play catch with your partner" drill turned into a war zone of errant softballs. 
  • I don't think I've got any problem parents -- at least not yet. (One parent, who seemed really into girls softball, asked me if the league used "designated pitchers." I told him I didn't know when I was really thinking, "What's the heck is a designated pitcher?") 
  • Oh, and some of you softball gurus out there, tell me what the "Look Back" rule is.
  • How do I know Hannity, Grace and Sheriff Joe are putting on a persona? The same way that I can spot a bad actor in a movie.
  • A guy who was stopped for DWI-Third Or More in Decatur and received eight years in prison, had his appeal denied by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday. (Underlying opinion.)
  • Same thing happened in this Bridgeport assault case.
  • The Bridgeport pre-parole facitlity, which employs about 60 people, had its contract extended yesterday.
  • The Tom-Bishop-Will-He-Be-Forced-To-Drive-A-Pickup Saga won't be answered until Monday at the earliest. All the Commissioners are out of town at some type of legislative training (which might be a little excessive in its own right.)  Edit: Commissioner Harry Lamance is in town 
  • The Update has a story of some kid who burglarized a Decatur home and stole, among other things, a Yorkie. The cops probably caught him when he returned the dog after a couple of hours of constant yelping. 
  • The media loves to track a hurricane. The process always reminds me of a line from the Simpsons: "Better than the act. Better than the memory. The moment of . . . . anticipation."
  • And I keep singing, "Come on, Irene" instead of "Come on, Eileen."


52 comments:

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4.3 out 5
Very Very nice today I like all those curves.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, Your blog is mentioned in today's WCM. The guy who gave the teacher's training was bad-mouthing your blog. You might want to read it!

Anonymous said...

I keep singing the "Come on Irene" too! glad I'm not the only one that remembers that!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty woman today.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Random thought girl... a hot angel from above - with baby makin hips.. Kinda stirs something below.

Ann Curry this morning was looking MILFy hot with that hair swept a little over her left eye, mmmm-mm!

Anonymous said...

Tom Bishop RULES!!!!

Anonymous said...

Once that ball is possessed by the pitcher in the circle, a runner must decide whether to return to the last base she possessed or advance immediately to the next one. You may have heard that she is allowed to stop once... this is correct. From that stop, she must advance or retreat immediately. If a runner stops on the base, that is all she can do. Trying to advance after stopping on the base is a violation and an out.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I'm ashamed of mankind after yesterday's posting of Leann Rimes. The hottest pic ever posted on this blog and all everybody else wants to talk about is the price of gold. Geeesh everybody, get your priorities straight!

Anonymous said...

The look back rule is just as confusing for the girls, new to the sport, as it is for the parents.

Triple Fake... said...

I concur with the Bacon judgment:
curvy = good

Anonymous said...

The random Tuesday pic looks like a Decatur Lawyer!!!

Anonymous said...

Runner at third must commit one way or the other, they can not take a lead and act like they are returning back to 3rd and run back to home plate once the pitcher has the ball in the pitchers circle

Anonymous said...

"How do I know Hannity, Grace and Sheriff Joe are putting on a persona? The same way that I can spot a bad actor in a movie."

At least that clarifies things. You suck as a movie critic too.

Judy said...

Break down and get an iPad. We love ours!

wordkyle said...

Ah, c'mon, BG. You're better than that, and you can do better than that. "Spot a bad actor in a movie"?? If a celebrity's/pundit's persona's shtick was bashing evil big business and their ill-gotten profits, and they then invested in those same businesses, you'd have evidence that the persona was false. What you've basically said so far is "I don't like 'em because I don't like 'em." (You actually said you "despise" them.) While that's fair -- because it's based solely on your perception and opinion (I don't like Hannity's personality much myself) -- your "fake persona" accusation presumes them guilty of doing something wrong, insincere or false. You present the accusation without presenting your evidence. How many people would you let get away with that in either your personal or professional life?

Anonymous said...

The last movie I saw starred Al Sharpton, Rachel Madcow and Joe Biden. I'm thinking Oscar.

Anonymous said...

The Ranger lead a week before it was 7 was 2.5. Have faith, dude. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

Mr Green I can't believe you havent jumped on the fact that the man kidnapping his children- no chase BUT women steals jeans from Old Navy chased at over 100mph. hmmmmm?

Anonymous said...

I beg to differ on the "Look Back" rule. The "Look Back" rule states that when you look back on this episode in your live, you will know why uncle "Sparky" has that little tic when you ask him about working with electricity.

Anonymous said...

8:54 Bad mouthing this blog? I'm pretty sure he was responding to the haters on this blog instead.

Anonymous said...

"spot a bad actor in a movie" -- put King Obamy at the top of the list, please.

Anonymous said...

The RT girl is hot but is it just me or are her boobs lopsided? The right seems just right but the left seems to have left. (My right and left not hers)

el chupacabra said...

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Softball-2562/2010/4/Look-rule-3.htm

For a good explanation of the LBR. I'd print it and read it slowly. The basic idea is fairly simple- the minutiae ridiculous.

I could be wrong, but I don't think Steve Jobs is long for this world. In multiple recent pics he looks very rough.

Scott said...

The WC Messenger is now reporting that Dennis Hudson will switch to Republican and run against Bishop in the Primary.

Anonymous said...

I think that anybody with a pulse can beat Bishop in the next election.

Anonymous said...

Well, if he wins we're at least rid of scary but replaced with lazy!

Anonymous said...

Bishop has way more arrest than any constable in this county. I'm not sure that any other constable has even done an onview-warrantless arrest in this county.
The a**h*** Staiton, County Attorney prosecutes the arrest for DWI.. that Bishop makes on 380 all the time, so he is doing something right.

Triple Fake... said...

I don't understand the whole "I won't drive a pickup" stance. What can you do in a car that can't be done in a truck? the list is very short:
1. Lock stuff up out of sight in the trunk.
Solution: install one of those lockable covers on the bed
2. Pull a quick u-turn across the median when you tag somebody speeding in the opposite direction.
Solution: don't do that! In fact, stay off the highways altogether. There's a reason the DPS is unofficially named "the highway patrol"; they patrol the highways. They're specially trained to perform dangerous maneuvers, and that includes high-speed pursuits.
It's commendable that you want to go the extra mile, so to speak, in your duties as a public servant. But, if you want to be supercop, join the police dept or sheriff's office. You'll probably get that opportunity after the next election

Anonymous said...

THESE CONSTABLES ALL NEED TO GO. DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO GO TO AUSTIN. YOU CAN GET A NEW MILLION DOLLAR COURT YOU CAN GET RID OF ALL FOUR OF THESEPOSITIONS OR AT LEAST MAKE IT WHERE NO ONE WOULD WANT IT ,EXCEPT FOR GETTING A BADGE.

Anonymous said...

11:30 you made his points...
except it's not just stuff he needs to lockup in the back, it's people, and you can't put them in back of a pickup.
The THP isn't the only officers patroling our highways. I also see THP on County Roads working all the time.
The sheriffs dept wouldn't give Bishop a job because there still pissed that his wife helped get the concrete pouring Sheriff arrested by the Feds that wasn't doing his job as a Sheriff but extorting money from drug dealers and gay people from the roadside park.
Unfortunatley Sheriff Walker has the same Chief Deputy Whitehead that was and still is here. Phil Ryan managed to demote him for a while but River Rat Whitehead managed to return. Whitehead is only drawing a paycheck so he can get a lap-band for weight loss and insurance to pay for it.

Anonymous said...

11:30 You don't mention Decatur PD working 287 & 380...
There not THP.
What is your problem with a constable performing duties he has been elected to do?
Pct. 4 drives a hot lookin car that looks like an undercover officer, black with windows that I would question the darkness of the tint as legal. This constable patrols FM2123 all the time for speeders... and is married to the lady RAB cop.
There are alot of things a constable will help you with that the Sheriff Dept or THP won't.
Need a civil standby to get your belonging after you are served with a protective order issued by a JP without a fair hearing...
No wonder Barry doesn't live in Wise Co. with Barney Bulls!
At least Tom has a wife that can give him legal advise, Lady Lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Why should taxpayers pay for a lockable cover for a pick-up?

Give Tom what he wants since there is no cost difference. He's the one driving.

When that speeder or drunk kills your loved one you'll wish there were more like Tom.

Anonymous said...

If the commissioners court members doesn't give Bishop what he wants I'm campaigning against everyone of them that vote against when their up for reelection, because their idiots using our budget to get even!!!!!!!!!!!

Elmo said...

11:58/12:07/12:13 -

Tom Bishop, aren't you supposed to be protecting our county instead of spending time on this website?

Anonymous said...

Scott: Dennis should have switched to republican 10-15 yrs ago with all the republican "straight party" voters in WC. By the way, I bet he CRUSHES Bishop next election, a lot of people were very upset when Bishop won.....

Triple Fake... said...

12:07 -
you made my point:
have the constables perform the duties that are not already covered by the SO and DPS. Serve warrants and act as bailiffs

11:58 -
I believe the pickup is a full-size four door model. You can put as many people in the back of that as you can in a car

Anonymous said...

Hudson to seek constable position as Republican

Former Precinct 1 Constable Dennis Hudson announced today that he will run for the office of Precinct 1 constable as a Republican in the 2012 primary election. Hudson, a former Democrat, lost to current Precinct 1 Constable Tom Bishop in the 2008 general election.

Once a DEMOCRAP always a DEMOCRAP, spots don't change the leopard.

Chicken and Dumplins Republican

Anonymous said...

Elmo you are wrong, it's not Tom. I'm sure he is way more educated than I when it comes to grammar. I just have commen sense.
Hudson is really a democrat changin sides in hopes of getting a free check like most dems.
He'll run his gas station and get a free check. Tell me what Hudson did for this county while he was in office, besides inspect your vehicle and charge you for it.
Reminds me of the Sheriff pouring concrete in Kansas while drawing a check here.
Wise County is changin slowly but it is, get used to it.

Anonymous said...

I wish all citizens that could show up for one of the commissioner meetings would start showing up, paying attention to what the people that are elected are really doing with our budget.
See their facial expressions...
Several are very unprofessional.

RPM said...

You cant put people in the back of a pickup? Better tell that to Leonard Denney. Last time I counted his pickup had 4 doors. It just doesn't have a suped up interceptor motor.

You want to be a Super Trooper then join the DPS, Mr.Bishop. If you are the superior law enforcement officer you claim to be, they should be happy to hire you.

Anonymous said...

I believe alot of the current elected officials switched their party so that they would get elected.
They are traitors that still act like dems (jackarses)

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what happened in the walmart parking lot this morning? I am wondering if someone was hit, but my husband wouldn't slow down long enough for me to look! also, what is the deal with the homeless beggers? I've seen three new ones in the past week, to go along with the two regulars. Do we have a law against that?

Cleverly Disguised said...

Random Thought Girl

Oh My.....

Anonymous said...

1:05 They vote straight ticket for a reason, they don't want a dem faking republican.
If he wanted to be a republican 10 or 15 years ago he should have changed then, BUT he didn't.
H E L L O - R E A L L Y
Elephant not Jackarse...
As an elephant I'd spray some water on your hot sticky arse!

Anonymous said...

Look Back Rule:

You are walking with your significant other, hand in hand, and a beautiful person of the opposite sex comes walking towards you and passes by. You choose to "look back" to check out the person as they walk away from you. Your significant other catches you "looking back". You just violated the "look back" rule.

Anonymous said...

Obituary --- Very Interesting
If you've got kids, or hope for a future, or give a damn, read this.
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.. >From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury,with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning
of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these
nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
The Obituary follows:
Born 1776, Died 2012
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2
McCain: 2.1
Professor Olson adds:
"In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just howmuch is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.
This is truly scary! Of course we are not a democracy, we are a
Constitutional Republic. Someone should point this out to Obama. Of course we know he and too many others pay little attention to The
Constitution.
There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.






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Anonymous said...

Didn't you read the Mess? The homeless folk come to Decatur from Denton because there is a law against panhandling in Denton Co!

I say move 'em on out!!!!

Anonymous said...

2:52, I'm assuming the information you posted was received by you via email. I further assume that you did not research it prior to posting.

Very similar information circulated regarding the 2000 election (Bush/Gore). You can read about it here:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/athenian.asp

Snopes.com is an excellent resource for researching the accuracy of those wild emails we all get.

All that said, I agree: Our once great country is in serious trouble!

wordkyle said...

423 - You're correct about the posting by 252. However, the quote about democracy is correct, if not necessarily correctly attributed. The Founding Fathers were concerned about the power of the mob; that's why they designed our government as a republic (or representative democracy) rather than as a true democracy. However, with Washington politicians using taxpayer money to see who can purchase the most votes, the quote on democracy seems more pertinent than ever.

Anonymous said...

11:58 Has some valid points and I love the River Rat reference. I really do believe that we need to look for someone to run for sheriff and do some house cleaning. And while we’re at it, we need to replace a few county commissioners. Some of the decisions that have been made recently have been very foolish and expensive. By the way, please explain to me how the county commissioners can decide what vehicle an elected official must be forced to drive. I understand that it’s county money but why does the elected official not get a say in this. The word bully comes to mind, not ethics and is this legal?

Anonymous said...

2:51 PM, you're wrong on the Look Back rule. You are referring to the "Beetch elbowed me in the ribs again, but i could have avoided it if i wasn't being a dumb azz" rule.

Anonymous said...

i would eat that like a box of doughnuts.