10.06.2011

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Mrs. LL went to bed early and emailed me this while I was still downstairs. Geek humor.
  • Funny: During jury selection in my trial this week, the prosecutor briefly brought up this blog. (Only five or six people had ever heard of it.) But as the prosecutor was leaving the subject he, mostly joking but perhaps 1% serious, said that he just wanted to make sure no one on the jury panel posted by the screen name "Rage". Good times.
  • Another odd moment. One potential juror identified himself as a state trooper. Five minutes later another potential juror said, "I don't trust what any cop says." 
  • I saw the breaking news of Steve Jobs' death on a device he invented. (After I wrote that sentence I looked over at bagofnothing.com and learned President Obama had already made that observation.)
  • Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford has been getting lots of buzz since his death yesterday. I actually sat down and watched it last night. The content is excellent. The delivery - reading without true emotion - is awful. (He talks about death at the 8:50 mark.)
  • Texas/OU is my favorite sporting event of the year. The Sooners are a 10 point favorite but, and I'm serious, I've got this weird feeling that the Empire might win that thing outright.
  • Newsweek had an interesting article last week about how much Fox News controls the GOP debates. Not only on what questions to ask, but when to go split screen or focus on a candidate's reaction when he's being skewered by another candidate. That's a lot of power.
  • I know no one heard it, but KLIF's morning talk show host did a segment this morning at 7:05 with the CEO of Worthington Bank to purportedly discuss bank fees that have been in the news this week. It was 100% a paid infomercial disguised as a talk show segment. I've been ranting about ads disguised as content for years now. Watch for it. 
  • I missed it, but a "Squirrel!!!" ran across home plate last night during the Phillies/Cardinals game. (Video.)
  • Anyone flown Spirit Airlines out of DFW? They have really good travel deals but I don't think I've ever even seen one of their planes. 
  • The most bizarre feeling in the world. Watching someone handcuffed and taken to jail inside of the courtroom and then walking outside and realizing how much I value simply, well, walking outside.
  • Sarah Palin announced she wasn't running for President at a carefully timed 5:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon so that it  would be the "news of the day" for Thursday. ("Family comes first.") Then word of Steve Jobs' death broke one hour later. Goodbye headline. 



32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Took a trip to Vegas about 2 months ago on spirit and very good trips no complaints here

Anonymous said...

Long live Feefers.

Anonymous said...

Spirit Airlines is a no frills airlines out of Florida and nickle and dimes you like crazy. Worse than the others.

Anonymous said...

RT girl looks like she could be pretty handy in a bar brawl... ♫

Arthur said...

(Steve Jobs = visionary) > (Sarah Palin = pundit).

Jobs was known for his Reality Distortion Field. How else could one man horse whisper us into buying products we didn't know we had to have? Politicians would sell their families into slavery to have a fraction of Jobs' RDF.

Anonymous said...

Watch out for Spirit. Charge you for soft drinks on the plane and $40 for your baggage, checked or carried on either way. When prices are too good to be true, they're too good to be true.

Anonymous said...

I'll die some day and who'll cry for me?

Anonymous said...

On banking fees...nothing could make the banking community @ large happier than the complete closure of the United States Postal Service. A captured America will suddenly find payment of all bills (which will be by either hand carrying a check to the Creditor, or by the Internet) more expensive than the interest charges.

On Squirrel, i'm curious as to the number of folks that get the reference of it being in quotation marks. Very funny.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4 out of 5
She is HOT

Triple Fake... said...

I'm with you, Art!
I'm still mad at that (con) Edison for getting me hooked - by electrifying up the whole dang country. How dare he improve our lives and make us more comfortable with the lighted glass bulb and Victrola magic music contraption?
Making your product or service optional is one thing, but forcing it on us is quite a different story!
Harrumph!

Triple Fake Anachronistic Grumpy Old 1920s Guy

wordkyle said...

- Who invented the iPad/iPhone? Jobs himself? Or Apple engineers whose names we'll never know?

- The prosecutor wanted a troll-free jury. Now that's funny.

- Is Fox unique in controlling the format and conditions for broadcasting a debate? I thought the point of that story was how Fox anchors planned to "go after" the Republican candidates during the debate. Nothing new there, the other networks have been doing that for years.

Anonymous said...

Hey! That's "Mr. Judicata" to you, jackwagon prosecutor.

Also: I'm internet famous like Wordkyle!

And finally: It must be tough being afraid that someone on the jury will hold a prosecutor to his burden of proof. But here's the kicker: I have a zero-tolerance policy for crimes against children and believe that serial rapists or molestors of children should be subject to the death penalty. I would have given him the max, stacked. That's just a thought for all of you retards who think I'm some soft-on-crime liberal.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Jealousy is so ugly wordkyle.

Rage

CT said...

the d-bag on trial shouldda gotten 20 years for each count. He is now able to get out and do it again...he pled guilty for God's sake!! HE ADMITTED he did it!

I hope the jury assessing this ridiculous punishment never finds out what it is like to be abused or have a child or family member abused. I know what it is like. Makes me sick to think this guy is back on the street soon.

I think child predators cannot be reformed, so LOCK THEM UP FOREVER or give them the injection! !

And, someone mark it down again. I agree with rage on his views of child predators completely.

The Devil said...

Rage, there was a handwritten and videotaped confession volunteered by the defendant, I don't think burden of proof was a huge hang-up in this case. Congratulations on your new found fame though!

Anonymous said...

Spirit Air - stay away!

Fly cheap and die cheap.

Anonymous said...

I can see the punishment fitting the crime, but not when someone is remorseful, and working hard to change their lives. We have a moral obligation to look at things objectively. We, his "Peers", have now placed him in an environment that will most likely prevent those changes from ever culminating. Thats nothing at all to feel good about... ♫

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to know how old the child was in the case yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I don't think the prosecutor thought you were a liberal, Rage, I think he meant you were just an idiot. By the way, in the same joke he also asked about wordkyle. It was very funny. You're both famous in your own little way. Good goin, boys.

Anonymous said...

Newsweek is in the bag for Dear Leader. You must be the other reader they have.

christine.evans279 said...

Haha...what a great rage comic. Your wife definitely knows what's goin on with the Internets.

Anonymous said...

Where does spirit air do their heavy maintenance? www.flysafeamerica.com

Anonymous said...

Devil, prosecutors have a burden during sentencing, dipshit.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Always enjoyed Texas-OU Weekend in my younger days. Saw things happen in Downtown Dallas that would curl your hair & put New Orleans at Mardi Gras time to shame. Surprised we all survived those days (and nights). Too peaceful now for my taste. All the spunk & fireworks have gone out of the event, except for what happens on the football field. Oh well, times change. And thank you ABC Bail Bonds of Dallas for past services rendered.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Brrrrr...the Texas OU weekend always gives me the creeps.

Reminds me too much of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The Devil said...

Rage, funny, you didn't mention sentencing in your original post when discussing burden. I assume your jumping ahead since he pleaded guilty. Anywho, in this case burden wasn't an issue at any stage...so sad this jury full of layman did not have you there to carefully guide them on such a difficult decision.

Anonymous said...

That is a lot of power. However, how much credibility does an allegation by Newsweek regarding Fox News have, anyway? On any subject? For a long time now.

Anonymous said...

they always die in 3's...

Anonymous said...

Oh no. Apparently the crazies from Westboro Baptist Church are going to protest Jobs' funeral. Their leader tweeted via her i-phone that he had a huge platform and did no good.

Anonymous said...

11:31 - OMG - What difference does it make with the age of a child? That is a stupid comment.

Anonymous said...

3:51 So it was a teenager? Otherwise, answer the question. It's a simple one.

Anonymous said...

I want to nominate Christine Evans for girl of the day.... she's hot!

And true about the KLIF spot.... but that guy in the morning is an ass. I listen to him occasionally but he is still an ass!