12.22.2011

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • TCU won last night in the Poinsettia Bowl but the game recorded its smallest crowd in its seven year history: 24,607. I don't blame anyone for that. If it is not a BCS bowl, the game better be in driving distance.
  • The placement of the traffic signal by the Sheriff's office on 380 is dumb. Any traffic signal erected on a highway is there because people in the past is due to a driver not being  patient at a stop sign on an adjoining road. (In Paradise and at Tater Junction restaurant on 114; Pleasant View road on 380.) 
  • "If you don't learn from the past, it could come back to bite you." - WBAP's Steve Lamb this morning. (Dumbing down a famous saying.)
  • Sounds like they are backing off the "White Christmas" forecast.  But I've noticed that the National Weather Service is beginning to act like Pete Delkus in its early alarmist forecasts. 
  • Man, I've got to say this about the comments in the Palo Pinto Sheriff post below: If you hold the the belief that it is fine for your government to kill a citizen simply because he is committing a crime, you are 100% nuts.
  • Baylor cheerleader gallery.Kind of disappointing. 
  • I've always liked December 23rd and 24th more than Christmas Day.
  • Magazine opinion: Over the past two years, Time has become immeasurable better than Newsweek. (And I actually subscribe to both.)
  • Legal folks: Do you think this question posted on a Texas criminal defense lawyer message board made me slap my forehead?: "Has anyone had success in suppressing the results of a mandatory blood draw? Do you have a motion you could share?"  (For the non-legal folks, that's kind of like asking, "Does anyone have a good generic closing argument to get a not guilty verdict? Could you share it?")
  • I'm always the first to get up in my quiet house in the mornings, and I could have sworn I heard the faint sounds of "Silent Night" this morning coming from a clock radio. I stopped and looked at the Christmas tree for a moment. Nice moment.
  • Then I saw a Christmas ball on the other side of living room -- presumably due to The Family Cat who does not acknowledge the concept of a silent night. 
  • WBAP question of the day: "If the world did end one year from today, how would you spend that year?" That's not a novel question, but it occurred to me that no matter what you did you would have in the back of your mind:  "This will all end soon."
  • At least sixty dead in Iraq this morning due to 14 bombs detonating. That has to be just the beginning. He may be a good man, but that invasion and mess that was left behind in Iraq will be George W. Bush's legacy.
  • Remember how I said the Tarrant County DA's office new press relations gal (former Star-Telegram employee) was a genius hire? She tweeted this morning: "DA's office warns of door-to-door scams. See Star-Telegram article today: http://bit.ly/w0FFSB"  Any bets on whether she basically wrote the article for the newspaper?
  • If I were forced to place a bet in Vegas right now on the winner of the next presidential election, I'd take Obama. And, if they were honest, I think most Republicans would make the same bet.
  • I listened to a podcast yesterday that explained that Christmas in America as we know it basically started in the 1820s. Regardless of the subject, we are all guilty of believing that "now" represents how "it" has always been. 

69 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re: Family Cat/christmas ball

The family lawyer has foresaken that hallowed principle of "presumption of innocence."

Anonymous said...

Your comment on Palo Pinto--I'm not 100% nuts, and your comment is totally wrong and dondescending to most of the general public. Sheesh!

Your comment on Republicans quietly supporting Obama: How can a flaming liberal Demo predict what a rational person feels? Sheesh!

Sylvester said...

What is the family cat's twitter feed. I'd really like to know how he responds to the nonstop smear campaign on this blog.

Anonymous said...

immeasurably better. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

And I'll wager that Mitt Romney will be the next president....not that I'm particularly pleased with a Republican-In-Name-Only (RINO) holding the White House.

And be careful of any poll that says Obama's approval rating is up.....unless it clearly states it was a sample of likely voters, which the new polls don't say.

Anonymous said...

If you're so certain that Obama will be re-elected, then perhaps all of you Democrats should just stay home on election day!

Bubba Solstice said...

Where's all the nekkid dancin' and wine drinkin' gonna be today?

Anonymous said...

I'm watching CNN at this very moment, and the liberal bias and hostility against Republicans could not be more transparent.....if Obama gets re-elected, it's because we have an intellectually dishonest media in this country.

Fix the media....and you fix the country!

Anonymous said...

Bush's "invasion" of Iraq does not happen if Iraq had not invaded Kuwait.

wordkyle said...

Obama was favored to be re-elected before he was elected the first time. His supporters voted for him for who and what he was, not for what he had ever accomplished. 2012 will be the same way. The Republican candidates beat each other up. The media subject every GOP "frontrunner" to a colonoscopy to expose past trivia (e.g., Rick Perry's college grades). Meanwhile, on the Democrat side, Obama is untouchable and untouched. Don't believe me? Try to find Obama's college grades. The game's been stacked for decades. Republicans realize they have to beat both the Democrats and the media. If Obama is voted out of office, it will mean that even his worshippers finally took a look around at what he's done to the country.

P.S. - Without rendering an across-the-board opinion on the matter, Dirty Harry's policy (@ 2:20) on when to shoot comes to mind.
- Bush's legacy will be determined by those who have proper distance from the situation. Who does history respect more, Neville Chamberlain or Winston Churchill?

Anonymous said...

Killing a person because he's committing a crime - no. Killing a person before his actions he's engaged in at the time could kill someone else? Absolutely!

Anonymous said...

Way to make up for a crappy picture yesterday. Today's RT girl is smokin'!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm an honest conservative and you are probably right Skippy. But not because we will field a candidate that will beat Obammy. It's because the media will make sure of his winning. The poll numbers between now and the election will show his approval numbers going up, there will be good news about the economy and the unemployment rate going down and we will be pounded with stories of all of his accomplishments in the last three years. If you were an honest liberal weenie, you would agree with me.

Anonymous said...

A hell fire missile from a Predator drone directed at the fleeing criminal would have probably been alright.
100% nuts.

Anonymous said...

Bill Nelson is an idiot.

Anonymous said...

9:15

You may have the wrong Bush!

Anonymous said...

I'll take that bet!!!
SUCK-ERRR!

Triple Fake... said...

TCU has been a pretty good draw the last several years. Maybe the problem was having to play LaTech on national TV? They played a good game last night, but how many folks outside of Bayouville give a nutria's hind end about them?

Most of the impatient drivers at that intersection are behind somebody that has no confidence in their driving abilities. Every time I roll up behind a vehicle there, it ends with me usually screaming "Just !@#$ go - how much room do you need? We could have both gone by now!" (not to self: renew BP meds)
They should have skipped the light and put in an express lane

Family Cat to New Human: Expect a visit on Christmas Eve from Santy Claws. I hope you've got Linus on speed-dial. You'll need his uplifting message about the true meaning of Christmas after I go all Grinch-style medieval on your presents
Other than that - have a happy holiday!

Nice job on the pic today
"I drink...your Rock Star!"

Triple Fake Daniel Plainview

Anonymous said...

Installation of any traffic control devise based on decisions of the TXDOT engineer assigned to Wise County is asking for dead people. One prime example: Traveling west on SH114 from IH35. Upon crossing the Wise County line the speed limit is immediately increased to 70 mph, encouraging motorist to accelerate to the speed limit. However, within a few hundred feet they are confronted with a red light. Many times I have accelerated at that location only to have the light turn yellow. Why would a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in civil engineering not made a decision to increase the speed limit after the red light instead of before it? The man is stupid or loves death.

Mark my word. Placing a red light on 380 at the sheriff's office will result in rear end collisions and an increase in deaths in Wise County. An adjustment to the speed limit is needed at that location due to cross traffic and visibility problems.

Anonymous said...

Before we invaded Iraq, you never heard the stories of how Hussein was murdering his own people. Throwing them feet first in wood chippers while they were still alive, his son's rape rooms or how he would have his goons throw people off of buildings while they were bound and gagged. But now our Obammy water carrying press will make sure you know of all the bad things going on over there and whose fault it is.(Wink, wink)

Anonymous said...

Nice RTG, but we REALLY want Marilyn to take us into the holidays! MAKE IT HAPPEN, GREEN!!!

Anonymous said...

Bill Nelson IS an idiot. He proved it first with the 380-287 junction. Now all these traffic signals on a busy highway. But we must remember he IS an engineer and by definition an engineer is a person who is educated beyond their ability.

Anonymous said...

For the sake of our country, Obama cannot win in Nov 2012. Personally, I believe you're completely wrong on your prediction that he will win and in your own way, I figure it's just your contribution as the liberal media in Wise County, since you are the only liberal media here. Even Democrats who are not left wing liberals won't vote for him again because they see the true danger in the direction he's tried to, and taken, the country so far in just 3 years. Nice try though!

Anonymous said...

So now it is the big bad media! The same media that will run a gazillion anti-Obama ads by large coroporations (thank you Roberts court)because it is profitable to do so. Watch the superpacs and the proportion Dem/Republican.

Bottom line, the economy is bad. An obstructionist Congress has thwarted any plan to correct it.
Big Corp are sitting on 2 trillion in cash rather than putting it to work creating real private sector jobs. Goal: increase our access to the public trough in/thru the next Congress.

The Devil said...

"Man, I've got to say this about the comments in the Palo Pinto Sheriff post below: If you hold the the belief that it is fine for your government to kill a citizen simply because he is committing a crime, you are 100% nuts."

Agreed, but painting a picture that a rogue sheriff recklessy killed a young man without cause (and you did paint that picture whether you back away from it or not) with out all the facts is just as nuts.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the liberal weenies will have a cow when they find out that the CEO of the New York Times is walking away with a golden parachute of 15 million dollars? I doubt it. They only have cows when it's not one of theirs.

Anonymous said...

9:48
"Why would a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in civil engineering not made a decision to increase the speed limit after the red light instead of before it?"

You answered your own question:)

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Baylor Cheerleaders: Do you know what you always say to a Baptist girl at a holiday party?

Darling, do you need help holding your hair back while you puke? And where did you leave your panties?

DF Jimmy "I have sinned" Swaggart

The Devil said...

"If I were forced to place a bet in Vegas right now on the winner of the next presidential election, I'd take Obama. And, if they were honest, I think most Republicans would make the same bet."

You may be very well right on this but if you were honest with yourself you would admit that Obama is no better than any of the republican candidates you so love to laugh off. Liberals want to continually imply that the Republican party is in shambles, but what they are really saying is Obama has performed so poorly we are flabbergasted they (repubs) can't drag up a shoe in candidate that would easily defeat him.

Anonymous said...

9:52
It is estimated that Saddam killed 3,000 of his own people each year. We have been there 8 years and 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed...hmmmm.....that comes to about 12,000 a year, Saddam was an amateur when it came to killing his people.

Anonymous said...

10:19
Please hurry and take your medication!!

Anonymous said...

If you hold the the belief that it is fine for your government to kill a citizen simply because he is committing a crime, you are 100% nuts.

Right on, brutha.

Problem is a lot of these hillbillies are OK with the government killing its citizens, even if some of them were innocent.

Not very conservative. And not Christian, at all.

Rage

Anonymous said...

He may be a good man

But then again, he may not be.

I'm always the first to get up in my quiet house in the mornings

Didn't you wake up recently to find the wife gone and a post-it stuck to your forehead about the cat being in the garage?

Christmas in America as we know it basically started in the 1820s

Jon Stewart had a funny bit recently about how in the early colonies "Christmas" was actually outlawed. Some "Christian" country they started, huh?

Rage

Anonymous said...

10:19 Well done.

10:14 Your are a dumbass and have not a clue of what the word "Engineer" means or stands for.

Anonymous said...

Seems like the biggest reason that a light is being installed at 380/Bus 380 is due to poor planning. The state built an overpass for the Trinity/FM 730 intersection. That intersection sees about half the traffic as 380/Bus 380.
Poor planning.

wordkyle said...

1037 - Not sure where you got your numbers. From the NY Times: "[Saddam Hussein] murdered as many as a million of his people, many with poison gas. He tortured, maimed and imprisoned countless more." Your implication also is that the US is responsible for those 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths. That's quite forgiving of the terrorists who intentionally target civilians. You're correct about Saddam's ranking as a killer of his own citizens, however. Liberal Democrat and Marxist heroes Stalin, Mao, and Castro certainly inspired him.

Anonymous said...

Bill Nelson's killing field at SH 214 and FM 2123 was eliminated when the County Judge and other elected official forced him to reduce the speed limit on the railroad overpass.

Anonymous said...

10:37, apples, oranges

Anonymous said...

The guy in Palo Pinto County was not killed for committing a single crime. He committed multiple felonies and evaded all reasonable attempts to make him stop endangering other people by his continued actions.

Barry - If you have a better idea of what the authorities should have done to contain this guy, please tell us what it is so we can consider.

Anonymous said...

10:19, Pigs eat from troughs.

Anonymous said...

Stop light on 380 by the sheriff's office is necessary. Just review the number of accidents occured there.

Ron Paul is our next president.

Anonymous said...

Rage, Are liberal weenies OK with their government killing innocent citizens? Does the word abortion ring a bell?

wordkyle said...

1019 - Obama has his share of favorite big corporations. GE is one. GM, taken from investors and given to unions, is another. I think he can count on their support. Not to mention the support of Black Panthers who may feel moved to "guard" polling places with billy clubs.

The idea that Congress can "do" anything to correct the economy, other than step aside, is questionable. And when you say "obstructionist Congress," do you mean the Democrat-controlled both houses of Congress from 2009-2011? The still Democrat-controlled Senate? Bill Clinton managed to work with a totally Republican-controlled Congress for most of his administration. If Obama had any previous experience in either an executive position or as an active politician, he might be more effective in getting things done with Congress.

Anonymous said...

11:58:

First of all, I don't know what liberal weenies think.

Second, I am pro-death penalty, so your implication that I am not is kind of stupid. Well, it's really stupid.

Third, I am also personally pro-life. That makes your stance even more stupid, if that was possible.

Fourth, your question is a non-sequitor (look it up)-- just because one thing happens, doesn't mean another thing should or should not happen. And does the government strap fetuses to a gurney and inject them to put them to death?

Fifth, why can these issues not stand on their own? Can you not engage in an honest debate without whining about "liberal weenies" or "OH YEAHHH, WELL WHAT ABOUT..."? Death penalty and abortion are two different issues. Treat them as such, if you can.

Rage

Anonymous said...

11:26

Halt the pursuit. They knew who the guy was, there was no need to keep chasing him.

When I was in high school, I had a classmate that thought it would be a good idea to try and outrun the cops. In his case, I think they were trying to stop him for speeding. He was surprised when the cops stopped chasing him, he thought he had managed to get away. He hid out for a couple of hours, got tired, got hungry and decided to go home. Ten minutes after he pulled in to his driveway, there was a knock at the door.

Guess who it was?

The cops had his license plate number, looked up his stats and just waited for him to get home.

By the way, he is still alive today, and a grandfather.

Anonymous said...

We're not nuts... The Sheriff has training, knowlegdge and experience in the area of knowing when deadly force is justified and the general public is well aware of this... Yet you, who we hold to a higher standard than the general public, choose to overlook this because you cannot support law enforcement!!!

Anonymous said...

Hwy 380 and Bus 380 would have been safe if the off ramp would not have been removed! Sometime what engineers see as progress is just dumb and unsafe.

Anonymous said...

The US is responsible for every death in Iraq since we invaded. You can look this up, there was not a single terrorist attack or car bombing in Iraq under Saddam.

Anonymous said...

You might blame Bush for the foreplay in the screwing Iraq is taking, but Obama pulled out before they could make a baby.

Anonymous said...

Random Thoughts girl: Perfect, except for the trash on her hip.

Anonymous said...

Damn BG. I was beginning to despise you for several months there now, I think you might actually be OK.

Anonymous said...

WORDKYLE does the name Adolph Hitler
ring a bell or do you remember the rigt-wing, goverenments of Latin America in the 60,70,80's that surpressed imprisoned and killed their own people, not to mention Franco and Mussolini.Not even the far right wing idiots on this blog could consider these people liberals(no I don't consider you one those extreme nut jobs)your arguements are at least thoughtful and considerate. Point is simply that neither the extreme right or left have a monoploy on murder evil is evil regardless of how you spin it. Also Hussein was evil no doubt but no worse than leaders of N. Korea,Iran,several African countries or many others in the last 60 years that we did not choose to invade. But they didn't plot to kill a daddy of a President or have a oil riches or didn't occur when we had a VP beholden to Haliburton.

Anonymous said...

The US is responsible for every death in Iraq since we invaded. You can look this up, there was not a single terrorist attack or car bombing in Iraq under Saddam.

Nice. Remember, when they bite, set the hook. Hard.

Rage

wordkyle said...

159 - I dunno, do you know if they've determined the cause of death of the thousands of Iraqis found in in those mass graves? They appear to have died a bit violently.

wordkyle said...

315 - What?

Consilium ac prudentia said...

3:15 your argument is ridiculous. Fascisim is arguably not right wing but even if you say it is, did the US not go to war to stop Hitler and Mussolini? As to your assertion that the US only invaded Iraq because of their oil reserves I ask you, why not invade other oil rich countries? Iraq is not even in the top 3 largest oil reserves in the world. I believe you have been persuaded by the liberal media. As to your assertions of non-involvement with other dictators or dangerous regimes may I remind you of the Korean war, Cambodia, Laotia, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo. Need I go on? To assert that the US has only intervened when oil and oil riches for greedy evil VP's can be obtained is asanine. You have a liberally skewed view of history and might do well to study US foreign involvement better. I think you would find that the US generally has a history of involvement that enriches the lives of those freed from evil and if our illustrious leader had the courage to see through the second phase of the Iraq War we would not be poised to succumb to a repeat of the Vietnam War which was lost by weak kneed Democrat politicians who saw no value in finishing what we started.

aroundthecorner said...

He didn't get killed because he was committing a crime, he got killed because a crime was being committed. You make a bad decision, bad things can happen because of it. You were fishing for comments with your bias opinion that the Sheriff killed him without cause. Stick with it, your in the minority, as always.

Anonymous said...

BG,

Many thanks for proving that Obama is nuts.

Killed that mullah raghead from San Diego.

Wikipedia:

In April 2010, American President Obama approved Al-Awlaki's targeted killing,[29][30][31] an action unprecedented for an American citizen and an action unsuccessfully challenged by al-Awlaki's father and civil rights groups.[32][29][30][31]

Al-Awlaki was believed to be in hiding in Southeast Yemen in the last years of his life.[23] The U.S. deployed unmanned aircraft in Yemen to search for and kill him,[33] firing at and failing to kill him at least once,[34] before he was killed in a drone attack in Yemen on September 30, 2011.[35] Two weeks later Al-Awlaki's 16 year old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was born in Denver, was also killed by an American drone strike in Yemen.

The kid running from the sheriff at least had a chance.

Let us see...You can blast a sheriff without knowing the facts, but sing the praises of Obama at the drop of a hat.

Any defense?

Anonymous said...

Hitler was a socialist. Far left.

Anonymous said...

Democracy will never work in Iraq.
It doesn't matter if we pull out last week, next week, or ten years from now. It will go back to its natural state. Iraq and Afghanistan are like buckets filled with sand, oil, and water. As long as an outside force is there to keep it stirred up it will look like it is coming together. When you quit stirring the sand will go to the bottom, the oil will rise to the top and the water will remain in the middle, a natural state. When we are gone there will be a revolution, the strong will govern, the military will enforce, and the weak will be exploited, the natural state as it was before we got there.
Everyone will blame Obama because they don't have a clue about what has been right before our eyes for centuries.
x

Anonymous said...

8:17 is mostly correct. But please recall that it was Prez Bush W. who agreed (a contract)to remove all combat troops by end of 2012. Iraq was formerly ruled by Hussein - a Sunni. The current leadership is Shiite (which is by far the majority in Iraq). There is tons of animosity between these groups and the Shiites will be exacting some measure of revenge. BTW - there were some 1 million Christians living in Iraq before the invasion. Since we liberated them from Hussein, only about 100,000 remain. The rest were killed or have had to move out. Not exactly a success there, either. And then there's the Kurdish situation in northern Iraq and SE Turkey. More separation and dissention pending there, too. Yup, Iraq was a mess before but now we must take some responsibility for the future mess.

Anonymous said...

Ooopse. Bush agreed to be out by end of 2011 - not 2012.

yellow dog demo said...

hitler was not a socialist or communist. He actively sought to destroy both groups and in his crazy writings attacked and condeemed both groups. I think 3:15 was trying to say that both left and right wing goverments use murder and repression to control their people. Also that we went to war in Iraq not because of some B.S.high minded reason of saving the Iraqi people because there are obiviouslY many other dictators in the world both today and in the past just as evil that we did not go to start a war with.Those points are in my opinion correct if poorly stated.

Anonymous said...

1:59, Now that we are out of Iraq, is Bush still responsible for the 60 deaths there today?

Anonymous said...

Obama over Perry....yep!
Obama has not ruined us like Perry has.
Theses dumb Wise County rednecks will bash working people in Wisconsin, but have no problem with Perry collecting a pension while still employed as Gov.

Anonymous said...

Any defense?

Hey dipshit. When that happened, he openly criticized Obama.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Time has improved and Newsweek has degraded into a pop mag. My Newsweek subscrption has run out but they continue sending it anyway.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Wendell on this one. If you don't fear the law then what is left to do with you???

Anonymous said...

Hey dumbass, you consider BGs thoughts on Obama killing US citizens the same as raking over the sheriff?

Think about it...Obama signed two death warrants. The sheriff's act was not premeditated.

Rage, you are truly a douche.