1.25.2012

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • How many times have you heard, "How about that rain?" this morning?
  • But that is a lot of rain. 
  • A guy came up for parole in a case that some say gave rise to the most famous headline ever by the New York Post: "Headless Body In Topless Bar."
  • The more I watched the State of the Union, the more convinced I became that President Obama will win re-election. And it may not even be close.
  • He started off with a boom: We are out of Iraq and no longer have to fear Osama Bin Laden.
  • Business quick hits: (1) The company behind Del Frisco is going public after having grown to 31 restaurants in 18 states -- I had no idea they were that big, and (2) Apple Inc. just had the second most profitable quarter in the history of any company in America with a net income of $13.06 billion -- Exxon holds the record.
  • Mrs. LL signs up for a lot of workout programs. Some of them pretty odd. 
  • Someone commented about the difference between the "effective" income tax rate and the "marginal" income tax rate yesterday. I don't think many people understand that. 
  • Admittedly weak Random Thoughts. I had an 8:10 appointment that was a must-do.
  • Since we love talking about field turf, looks like a high school in Beaumont is having trouble with theirs:


57 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's it? That's your best effort for the day Barry? Weakest random thoughts ever. I wish I could fire you.

Anonymous said...

Mitch Daniels gave the opposition's response saying half of 30 year olds are unemployed and 1 of 5 men are unemployed. Seems to me if the Republican candidate can use jobs and debt as issues, Obama will not be re-elected. Obama won election with a large number of younger and minority voters who are not able to find full employment. Class warfare on those who are successful does not create job. Mitch Daniels understands we have a chance to avoid bankruptcy if we get our spending under control.

Obama did not have anything exciting or any idea of how to change the downward spiral of a failing economy.

Now if the Republicans will dump Newt and get behind Romney, we may have a chance of getting back on track with a sound energy policy and fiscal responsiblity.

Anonymous said...

Man, that's a lot of rain.

My Other Brother Darryl

ps - Oh, you've already heard that?

Anonymous said...

obamma killed osamma = BS

cant wait on that guvmnt healthcare

14 trillion? really?

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
3 out of 5
She is not bad.

Anonymous said...

i like the way 'he' looks down his nose and pauses between words during his speeches.

Anonymous said...

Barry Green on Tuesday:
“The State of the Union is tonight. Beat. Ing. (And I don't care who is in office.)”

Barry Green on Wednesday:
“The more I watched the State of the Union, the more convinced I became that President Obama will win re-election. And it may not even be close.”

What a difference a day makes!

You and Chris Matthews have a lot in common in the leg department!

Anonymous said...

The important thing to remember is that the topless killer said he didn't do it.


Those chicks got some love handles.

wordkyle said...

Obama and "out of Iraq" - That's true. It's the plan George Bush proposed. By the way, what's the body count of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan these days? I haven't seen that figure in years. (After exhaustive research, we find that 1257 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan since Obama took office. Where are those headlines?)

"no longer have to fear bin Laden" - That's also true. The intelligence that led to his elimination started under George Bush. Remember how Obama wanted to prosecute CIA agents when he first took office? Then he found out that the Bush program was working, and has since simply been following the Bush program.

In reality, Obama has had two significant accomplishments since taking office -- forcing through the stimulus bill and forcing through Obamacare. Those two pieces of Democrat legislation, their perceived benefits weighed against their costs and damage, are a major part of what he should be judged on.

Anonymous said...

I pray he doesn't get re-elected he has done enough damage already.

Anonymous said...

I like the way he whistles when he says a word that ends in an s. It shows a sign of intelligence never before matched by any president. With over 20 million people out of work, capital cronyism never before seen in such a blatant manner, spending faster than he can borrow, spending millions on vacations while people suffer, appointing communists to czar positions, appointing recess appointments to positions while congress is not in recess, clearly sidestepping the constitution that he hates, and shoving a healthcare system down our throats will assure him a re election.

Anonymous said...

God I can just hear the steam cooking out of wordkyle's ears. If Obama gets re-elected he's going to stroke out.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Obama is my man, if for no other reason than keeping Wordkyle occupied. WK isn't a hater tho........

Anonymous said...

How about that rain ?

That speech last night was just an reelection bid announcement

I hope we can vote him out, out, out, out
Well you get the message

Anonymous said...

Hey, Barry, I can forgive you for having to do some work at 8:10! It's gotta happen sooner or later! I'm just amazed you so consistently get out a rather large "Random Thoughts" everyday.

Anonymous said...

13.06 billion? That's peanuts. Obammy can spend that much before his morning round of golf.

Anonymous said...

I love the hypocricy of the repubs.
They use the fillibuter to obstruct bills to improve the economy.....and blame O for no improvement.

They obstruct then blame O for not accomplishing anything.

With "greed is good" as their motto, they stifle all dissent as envy.

What I admire most is their ability to do/say all this with a straight face.

Anonymous said...

"The more I watched the State of the Union, the more convinced I became that President Obama will win re-election. And it may not even be close."

Baaaaaaaaaa, baaaaaaaaaa, baaaaaaaa, baaaaaaaaaaa!!

Triple Fake... said...

the informative tax lecture from yesterday pointed out the difference between effective and nominal - not marginal - rates

Addressing the state of the union address:
quote from today's FWS-T -
"...and he urged a new agenda of taxes and government spending to tilt the playing field away from the rich and powerful and more toward the rest of the citizenry."
Hmmm, sounds a lot like socialism to me.
Continuing: "...if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement."
Apparently, you have to stop once those items have been accomplished, otherwise the gubmint will start taking away your extra money and give it to somebody else. Middle class = good, wealthy = evil hoarders
HEY! If you're so intent on evening things out, use the amount that you would have taken from the rich and cut taxes on the middle class to equal that same amount. You wind up cutting out the middleman - the government - because we all know how prudent and careful they are with our money.
Giving more money to the gov to spend how they see fit seems like the least effective method of growing the economy. Leave it in the hands of the folks who earned it. To me, that's the basic difference between the two parties

wordkyle said...

It will be a major upset if the eventual Republican nominee beats Obama in November. Obama has the advantage of the incumbency (last night's SOTU/Obama campaign ad is a prime example;) he can give government money away however he wishes; he's got record amounts of campaign money to spend; plus he's got the media doing everything they can for him.

If a Republican were to prevail against all that, it would be nothing less than a major upset.

Hey 937 - What bills have Republicans filibustered? Maybe a budget? Oh wait, that's right...the Democrat Senate (led by Harry Reid) have not passed a budget in 1000 days. You repeated a tired, threadbare phrase that you read somewhere, without substance to back it up. Provide a list of "bills" (actual legislation, not just big talk) that Republicans have filibustered.

Anonymous said...

Apple did it by research, development and great marketing of a luxury product. Exxon did it by riding a global market wave on an essential commodity. Good business being in the right place at the right time but does not compare to Apple's accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

The more I watched the State of the Union, the more I thought the exact opposite, though I agree it may not even be close.

9:37 - Over 30 jobs related bills out of the House. No movement by the Senate or the White House.

Countless new burdens on business and claims the small business owners aren't paying their fair share of taxes.

An administration that believes that government has unlimited funds and an unlimited ability to spend, completing forgetting that the government can only spend money that someone else earned and that they took by force of law.

Learning a Little Law said...

That high school is my alma mater, and man, that field was a big news story back there when it was installed. Of course, it was part of a multi-million-dollar renovation of the high school football stadium. Money well spent, right? Certainly couldn't have used that bond money for things like more teachers or supplies . . .

(And PN-G, or Port Neches-Groves, is a high school that combines two small communities south of Beaumont. You don't want to risk alienating your readers from what is called "Mid-County" by saying they're from Beaumont.)

Anonymous said...

State of the Union Speech...Barry, i watched that sppech as well, and i'm hard pressed to reach the same conclusion as you based on that. Required by the Constitution, the State of the union Speech was, until the advent of radio and television, written up and hand delivered to Congress, as opposed to a speech. Obama would have gotten more mileage out of that crap he was spewing last night if he'd have followed that format instead of giving a speech (has ANY President EVER tried harder to deliver a joke during a speech than Obama did last night with that "spilled milk" line?). I looked briefly and couldn't find anything that looked closely at the best and worst State of the Union Speeches over the years, but that one last night seemed to be overly reliant on "send me this piece of legislation" tag lines, and did not offer much in the way of leadership.

The crying shame of all of this is that the Republicans can't seem to do any better than Mitt or Newt. Mitt seems to want to be President so badly he would say anything to make it happen (go ask John Kerry how that strategy works) and Newt is a selfish, greedy, open marriage liberal prancing around in conservative pajamas (who out there would like to bet that if Newt had ever gotten some one night stand preggers he's be more than willing to foot the bill for her abortion, while standing up against it in public?). Obama is one of the worst Presidents in the history of this country. Time will prove this to be true given that this country will be paying for his budget mistakes three or four generations from now. The democratic party may never recover from what he is doing (assuming the country does)...how sad the Republicans are too fat and slow to take advantage.

And oh yeah, an oil and gas company holds the record for the highest quarterly profit return in the history of corporate America? I am shocked! Shocked, I say. Who knew they ran such tight ships? I mean, it has to be that right; because we all know that Exxon's profit margin doesn't have anything to do with the price of a gallon of gas at the pump. HaHaHa!

Anonymous said...

10:09

I wonder if it is all those Indianettes kicking around on the field causing the trouble...

Anonymous said...

If Obama is re-elected it'll just go to show how stupid and ignorant of the facts that the general public really is! If he is re-elected, we can all kiss our country, its greatness, and it's capitalistic way of life goodbye! If Obama gets re-elected, we can all forget the next generation being better off than we are because they'll all be mired in so much Obama debt, they'll never be able to get anywhere or do anything. Then the generation after that will also be much worse off, and so on, trying to pay off Obama's government teet people's cost.

Anonymous said...

God forbid, Barry...our country can't afford Obama's lunacy for another term. He is everything that we do not need in a president.

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt President Obama will be re-elected....I know the repubs will try to elect one of the bozos who are battling their way to become their elite candidate .... not only do they despise Democrats but.they despise each other! I think the GOP. candidates are very entertaining and are definitely the best "reality" TV show on these days...great comedy after a long day at work! Just keep it coming, don't disappoint us now!

Anonymous said...

I know you hate to hear this, but the random girl pic is a repeat.

Anonymous said...

Can't spell LOSER without the O.

Anonymous said...

"The more I watched the State of the Union, the more convinced I became that President Obama will win re-election. And it may not even be close."

Wishful thinking on your part. You must have missed the part of the speech about amnesty for the illegal aliens. This time next year, president Flop Ears will be writing a book with Jimmy Carter on how to bring peace to the middle east. No more Oprah, no more ACORN, no more Obama.

Anonymous said...

Mitch said HALF of people under 30 are unemployed.
Of course half of people under 30 are under 15 years old.

Anonymous said...

"The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse: the percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. One in five men of prime working age, and nearly half of all persons under 30, did not go to work today."
Mitch Daniels
11:55 is right. Half of people under 30 are under 15. They didn't go to work because they went to school.

wordkyle said...

Here's an interesting article -- from the AP, no less -- that gives a bit more rigorous analysis of Obama's speech than our host gave it. The article is titled "Obama pushes plans that flopped before."

Anonymous said...

The metroplex's largest employer is about to get gutted by Bain Capital, and people are going to lose their jobs and retirement. Not a Democrat either.

Anonymous said...

How reassuring it is knowing that the rest of the country is far more enlightened than many contributors to this blog discussing Obama. For example: Simply repeating false claims doesn't make them true. Overlooking how much the stimulus did, indeed, help the economy grow out of the Bush mess (ever consider how deep the ression could have gotten?). Our improved image around the world (credit Hillary, too). An actual attempt to contain health care expenses and properly treat sick and injured citizens. Throw out No Child Left Behind and start real education improvement. This and much more with an obstructionist congress where Republicans won't even allow key issues to come to the floor for a vote (because they insist on a 60% majority). etc. etc.
Yes, you'll have 4 more years to bitch about how bad things are after the Nov. election.

bordandstroked said...

Was there a different speech on some other channel that I somehow missed? Because the one that I heard sounded like a clown taking credit for things he didn't have anything to do with. Guess I should have switched channels!!

Anonymous said...

RTG = another beer-gut fat chick with ugly fat boobs. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

11:55 12:01

Technically, the population from birth to age 15 is greater than the population from 16-30 because the older you get, the more chances you have of passing away.

But don't worry, people on Facebook will pray for the ones that don't make it to 30.

Repost if you give a damn!

Remote Controller said...

Don't forget people, even his rival romney agreed the economy has improved under Obama.

wordkyle said...

1227 - How about some specifics? For example, what did the stimulus actually do? The head of the CBO said Obama's stimulus actually reduced America's GDP. Your "ever consider" opinion overlooks the fact that the recession might have been milder and shorter in duration without Obama's policies.

By "improved image," do you mean weak and ineffectual? You have Obama's personal popularity, but how's that "reset policy" with Russia working out? How does Eastern Europe feel about Obama after he throws it under the Russian bus? Give evidence for the "improved image around the world" if by "world" you include Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia and of course Israel.

The evidence on Obamacare is accumulating, showing that Obamacare has already increased costs to Americans. Democrats are admitting that rationing is part of the Obamacare package. Obama himself said sometimes it's better to just give someone a pain pill, rather than treat them.

Are any of these points false?

Anonymous said...

Bacon, yesterday a 1, today a 3?!!!! Are you ranking today's picture on the basis of how much bacon she has hanging off her bones? Man, get with it.

Anonymous said...

Wk,
Man, you are going to be a miserable puppy for the next four years.

Remote Controller said...

WK- using the CBO's long term outlook is like saying that it will rain on a specific date, at a specific time, in a specific place ten years from now. Even the author of your link admits it is presumptious at best.

Why didn't you mention that the stimulus package has created over 2 million jobs. That the republicans in the financial side of things admit that the economy is better off right now. That the CBO even admits that the ecomony is better then if the stimulus was not passed.

The "Reset" policy has "IMPROVED" Russian and USA relations. However, NATO's push without diplomacy is what threatens it.

Obama's decision to abandon the missile defense shield program and to put in place Patroit missile in Poland and the Czech while creating a better relationship with Russia has beenin the works since Bush.

On you last point.... I am against Obamacare, so i cannot say anything.

Anonymous said...

2:11, and you'll be right there with him.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice the China slams during the speech?

Nothing like PO'ing the country with the largest standing army in world...much less the country that still uses lead based paints on all the crap they export to us.

Consilium ac prudentia said...

3:02, don't forget they own the majority of our debt as well.

wordkyle said...

RC - No, the CBO statement is that the stimulus will create "a drag on the economy and a net loss in economic performance relative to what otherwise might have been." Which stance the author indicates as "worth noting."

That same CBO reported that Obama's stimulus package created fewer jobs than expected and “crowds out” private investment.

A report from Obama's own economic advisors reports that the "two million jobs" supposedly created (or saved, don't forget "saved") cost taxpayers $666 billion, or $278,000 per job.

You'll need to document your "in the works since Bush" statement. Eastern European countries had counted on the shield, and Obama pulled the rug out from under them. Why would any country ever depend on America's support again? Russia has allowed the United States to get away with certain international moves in exchange for that bit of appeasement, but it cost the US the trust of other nations.

Remote Controller said...

I agree what it cost, however, it did create jobs in the private sector and it is still growing the economy, albeit too slowly.

Foreign Minister Radek
Sikorski stated, "even though the interceptors would not be emplaced in Poland, the United
States would still transfer armed Patriot anti-air missiles to Poland, as had been promised under
an agreement the two governments signed in August 2008."

That excerpt was from "Long Range Ballistic Missile Defense in Europe" published in 2009. It recounted the order of events of the defense shield in Europe.

Anonymous said...

RC thanks for engaging the always irrepressible WK. Not only are private sector jobs increasing - public sector (govt.) jobs are decreasing. Missile shields are ridiculous. Russia has hundreds of times enough missile to overwhelm any defense - so do we (Mutually Assured Destruction MAD). And the goofy statement that China owns "most" of our debt is straight from False News. We Americans own some 80% of that debt. I'm sure Wordy will provide more oblique links to slanted information.

wordkyle said...

RC - The CBO's findings imply that there would be more jobs without the stimulus spending, and explicitly say it crowds out private investment. And at the bargain price of a quarter million dollars per job. All of which indicate that the economy might have been further along in recovery without Obama's spending. That's speculation, of course, but at least it didn't cost a trillion dollars.

Thanks for the reference. The summary at the beginning clearly states that Bush proposed the particular missile program and that Obama cancelled it. That point is repeated in "Recent Developments." A great deal of discussion is about the perception that America got nothing in return for cancelling the program, other than to mollify Russia. Is that really and "improvement" in relations?

Anonymous said...

I don't believe you watched the same Union address that I did last night. If you have half a brain, you heard where he wants ALL the money and ALL the control in Washington for ALL of his ENTITLE PROGRAMS! Wake up, America!!

Anonymous said...

The wife asked me some questions during the SOTU speech last night.

Her, "Is he telling the truth?"

Me, "Is he a politician?"

Her, "Yes".

Me, "Are his lips moving?"

Her, "Yes".

Me, "He's lying his butt off."

Anonymous said...

The problem is none of those boys running can beat him. You all are idiots if you think Gingrich can fix this country...

Anonymous said...

Newt gets a lot of squirrel

Anonymous said...

All I see is Democrats will vote for any Democrat nominated and Republicans will vote for any Republican nominee. The independents will decide who wins. Better start courting them.

Anonymous said...

Now that's grade A choice right there!