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3.29.2012

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • Dirk Nowitzki is engaged according to that hot bed of news station KSCS. Hey, I wonder if his crazy ex-girlfriend is still locked up?
  • Those trying to overturn Texas tort reform finally took a shot in federal court in East Texas. They lost this week. (The link is primarily for my plaintiff lawyers friends since its a press release from the insurance industry that will drive them crazy.)
  • Motorcycle death last night in Dallas. That's two in two days. 
  • Having a refrigerator repair guy in the house is weird because someone gets to go through your refrigerator. 
  • Craig James' new ad defending his Helicopter Parent actions while his kid was at Texas Tech proves he has the ability to suspend reality.
  • There have been two Major League regular season baseball games already played. Now those teams go back to playing pre-season ball. Weird.
  • There was a wreck in front of McDonald's in Decatur this morning. 
  • Mrs. LL asked me what I would do if I won the Mega Millions jackpot. My answer: "Disappear."
  • My odds of disappearing because of winning, by the way, are 1 in 176,000,000. Well, those are the odds if I actually bought a ticket (and if you can't "quick pick" it, I wouldn't go to the trouble.)
  • Cool picture: A group of Confederate veterans standing on the Wise County Courthouse steps in 1906.
  • Another angle of pregnant Jessica Simpson.
  • I don't think I've ever asked for an apology from anyone. 
  • The Obamacare analogy of the government already forcing us to buy auto insurance makes sense to me. You can say "but you don't have to drive", but that is simply not true in Texas. We have to drive.
  • There was a grand prix race track that was built in northeast Wise County a few years back. At least I think it was built. Has there ever been a grand prix race there?
  • Man, that police video of an apparently uninjured George Zimmerman isn't going to help the Trayvon Martin controversy.


52 comments:

Anonymous said...

RTG: She's hiding something in them drawers, BEWARE!!!

Anonymous said...

Craig James might be too self delusional even for DC standards.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4.2 out of 5
She is cute.

Uppercase Matt said...

"...but that is simply not true in Texas. We have to drive."

Which is why the arguments against Voter ID based on "but many many voters don't have and can't get ID" is specious.

The Ranter said...

That Grand Prix track has never had a major race, it is about a 1/4 mile past the gun range on FM51.

Anonymous said...

Was this photo taken in the late 80s (judging from the hairstyle)?

Anonymous said...

Im on the fence with the whole Obamacare issue. I see good and bad points. But being forced to carry health insurance on yourself doesn't really compare to auto insurance, because auto insurance is not required to cover you, or your car. It is available, but the only requirement is to carry liability. To cover the car the is not at fault.
my 2 cents

Racer said...

The track, Eagles Canyon Raceway, has never had a national level race because it is not that type of track. It was not built or designed for a "Grand Prix". It is used for local and regional races of all types - cars, karts, motorcycles.

They have done toy runs the past three years every Christmas and donated quite a bit to the community.

We'll be racing there in two weeks. Come see it.

www.eaglescanyon.com

Anonymous said...

Now that it has been 10 years since the famous tort reform, I would like to see a couple of doctors respond with the actual numbers of how much their insurance has dropped.

Anonymous said...

The grand prix track is just past the gun range on the farm road?

Wise County sure sounds like the place to be.

Insurance is only mandated to protect third parties. You don't buy health insurance to protect other people, and you can't be forced to buy car insurance to protect yourself. Just the minimum to protect someone you might injure, and then only if you're at fault.

Obamacare is a totally different animal and the auto insurance example doesn't fit. I agree with Obamacare, generally, but it's not the same.

Rage

BigTex said...

Man, that police video of an apparently uninjured George Zimmerman isn't going to help the Trayvon Martin controversy.



The video is after the paramedics cleaned the blood off of him, as they will testify to. Good try Barry.

Anonymous said...

I normally side with Bacon on 90% of all his ratings because us curvy girls gotta stick together, but he must have been rushed by a co-worker today and had might have had to make a snap decision. He needs to re-think this one : )

Anonymous said...

What would I do if I won 500 million???

HOOKERS & BLOW!!!

The Devil said...

I have a sister that lives in North Dallas, she never drives. She uses the DART rail to go to work or shopping, bikes to the local market for groceries or other events fairly close to home.

Anonymous said...

Eagle's Point has races, but they are usually club races. Some pretty cool videos on YouTube.

On the insurance thing, you can't vote without a driver's license. You can't get a driver's license without insurance.

HarveyLee said...

I can't believe an attorney that honestly thinks the Federal gov. has the right to make us buy something like the States do auto insurance.
The Constitution, counselor; powers NOT GRANTED to the Feds belong to the states/people.

Anonymous said...

9:33 Which Hair?

Anonymous said...

Eagles Canyon Race track is on FM 51, about 3 miles north on FM 51 from where FM 1204 to Greenwood intersects FM 51. Going north on FM 51, it's on the left hand side of FM 51. The Fossil Ridge gun and skeet range is just before the race track, but is on the right hand side of FM 51. Both are approx 10 miles north of Decatur on FM 51.

Anonymous said...

The Devil has a sister? Is it Marilyn Belew?

SpanishWarDonkey said...

No mention of the chosen one's budget being voted down 0-414 in the house counselor? Must really suck that your proposals are so bad you own party won't vote for them!

Anonymous said...

Is that Rhasid Wallace or Gene Shallett in them drawers

Anonymous said...

It looks like she's got Marshmellows hidden down there.

Anonymous said...

Someone opened a KillZimmerman account at Twitter. One of your liberal scum pals, eh Barry?

Anonymous said...

Rage:

Nice try, but a swing and a miss. Requiring people to buy health insurance protects me from having to pay for their health care.

HarveyLee:

Perhaps the Feds should get out of the Health Care Business and let the problem fall on the shoulders of the States?

You can't be all about States Rights while still taking the Fed Dollar and abdicating your responsibilities to The People. (Ricky can you hear me?)

Anonymous said...

Would the auto insurance analogy make sense to you if the State demanded all folks old enough to drive whether they owne a car or not had to have proof they owned a liability policy. I think not... bad analogy, makes no sense

Anonymous said...

I understand the auto comparison, but the one that makes more sense ot me is the homeless comparison: hey, we have a homeless pronlem in America, so I as the Commander in Chief will sign an executive order that compels every American to buy a house, or face a government fine, whether they can afford one or not. Tada! I've solved the homeless problem in America. I'm on a roll, so why not solve the obesity problem: executive order #2, every American who 50 pounds or more overweight must have lap band surgery within the next two years, or face a government fine, whether they can afford it or not. Problem solved. And all you ugly people, better start thinking about some plastic surgery on your ownself, before I get another idea.

Anonymous said...

OK Republicans
If we do away with mandatory health insurance (which is amazing because most of you demand everybody be fiscally accountable for themselves) then eliminate ANY healthcare for people without insurance...men, women and children.

Triple Fake... said...

10:27 -
what road is it on again??

Anonymous said...

10:00

You can vote without a drivers license.

Anonymous said...

The Fossil Ridge gun and skeet range

It's Fossil Pointe, but who's counting.

Anonymous said...

11:18 Please tell me you are smarter than that.

PLEASE!!!!!!

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Wow... Today's randy girl is worse than yesterday's horse mouth who I can't help but imagine saying "Wilbur."

That said... I'd still hit it, cause you I would!

HeartStillinTexas said...

What I don't understand is how can the federal government require you to give to Medicare, and Social Security monthly. Why is that constitutional and yet this mandate to cover your ass so I don't have to cover your ass is not constitutional.....lawyers?

Anonymous said...

Spin Doctor to the main stage. Barry has done it again.

The video of Zimmerman was taken long after he was already evaluated by the medics at the scene.

And using the word "apparently" is just attorney talk for "that's what we are going to claim.

Do tell, how would you defend Zimmerman?

Stay Classy Counselor

Anonymous said...

The odds are 176 million to one because there are 176 million possible number combinations. I wanted to buy 176 million tickets with each combination and then pocket the 324 million. My credit union wouldn't give me the loan because I still owe $753 on my '97 F-150. I managed to scrape enough money together to buy 2 tickets. If I win I'm payin' off the truck.
uncle wally

Anonymous said...

For 9:40: 50%

Anonymous said...

It is auto LIABILITY insurance to help cover another person, not yourself, if you cause the accident. How does that comparison make sense?

Anonymous said...

12:32 Thanks for the laugh

Anonymous said...

Requiring people to buy health insurance protects me from having to pay for their health care.

Wrong. Because you'll be paying higher taxes to cover it anyway, so your expense is still there.

Try to keep up.

Rage

Anonymous said...

did he mention FM 51?

Anonymous said...

The point many are overlooking about auto insurance is that the government is forcing you to by a product not that it is the same as health insurance. As pointed out they are not the same product but it is still a government mandated purchase if you want to drive and it's irrelative of who or what it covers you have no choice except to run the risk of not getting caught.

Anonymous said...

I never been to Fossil Ridge on 51north. I'v been to fossil Point a few times and it's on 51 north thats 51 north about 9 miles from Decatur on 51 north just passed Greenwood cut off on 51 north. y'all know where 51 north is? it's just passed the Malone compond where they don't sell weed.

Anonymous said...

12:32

There was actually a group in Virginia some years ago that waited for the VA state lottery pot to reach a value that warranted a group with proper financing to attempt to buy every combination in the upcoming lottery to win the pot. At the time, the VA Lottery had 5 numbers and the highest number was in the 40's, if I remember right, and the pot was $27 million or so.

At the time, the VA Lottery also allowed buyers to use home made copies of the number selection slips required to obtain a ticket.

The group ended up buying roughly 90% of all possible combinations from multiple locations around the state for the upcoming drawing, including the winning combination. They also hit a huge number of 4 out of 5 and 3 out of 5 combinations that added to their haul.

As a result, the VA lottery banned the use of home made number selection slips and increased the total number of numbers used in the lottery to prevent this process from reoccurring.

The Village Idiot said...

Hey Wise County!

I'm surprised you know so little about Eagles Canyon Raceway, nominally in Slidell, but geographically located on 51 N, 12 miles north of Decatur.

The track is owned by a British man, David Cooke and his Canadian wife, Linda Cooke. The business model is that of country club. That is, members pay an initiation fee plus monthly dues and have track rights for all manner of cars and motorcycles on the hobby racing level. In addition the track regularly has sponsored events such as Porsche, Vette and BMW club racing as well as regional semi-pro motorcycle sprint and endurance racing.(CMRA)

Day to day operations are handled by Maggie Williams, a Wise County resident and native and the most friendly and efficient woman in Wise County.

Y'all come check it out and support this local venue. It's good clean fun for all.

And it's on Hwy 51 (sorry, couldn't resist)

N

Valentino F'n Rossie said...

9:40----------

Is that you Maggie?

What are we racing in two weeks?

Anonymous said...

Wise County is a fossil. Neoconoservathral man took over. However, Neoconoservathral likes tea and teabags. The more teabags hanging around, the better. Captain Lipton is so proud.

Anonymous said...

How can building another huge government program possibly reduce the cost of healthcare? Seems to me that would increase costs, as the CBO has now calculated.

Healthcare requires two things...a sick person, and hiring a Dr. If you pay that Dr out of pocket, the cost will be much much less. Ex, laser eye surgery, dental work, plastic surgery, etc.

This whole healthcare system is crazy. Pay for services out of pocket, or on a payment plan for large expenses...doctors and hospitals will do that. They will charge less, they like it better, and healthcare costs will plummet.

Cut out all the middlemen.

Madam Currie

Anonymous said...

She looks like Dee Snider of twisted sister

Noisy neighbors rock said...

Triple fake FTW...Nice.

"The Ranter said...

That Grand Prix track has never had a major race, it is about a 1/4 mile past the gun range on FM51."

Funny you use a lesser known and younger establishment to reference a larger known property that is at least twice the age of the "gun range" otherwise known as "sporting clays" grounds.

But what do I know, I only live 1/2 mile from both of these establishments as the crow flies. So peaceful sleep on the weekends is a thing of the past....

So much for "country living" with all the city yuppies bringing their toys out here to make lots of noise.

Not sure what is worse, 12ga blasts, or the monotonous hum of pretentious german cars with numbers stuck to them....

I think I'll take the shotgun blasts...at least that isn't a foreign sound out here...

Meh...

Anonymous said...

"The Obamacare analogy of the government already forcing us to buy auto insurance makes sense to me. You can say "but you don't have to drive", but that is simply not true in Texas. We have to drive."

No, Barry, you elitist snob, we do NOT have to drive. Back in my college days, I went to a trade school, attended university, and held three part-time-jobs all at once without a car, for about 2.5 years. Secret? I lived in town, and rode a bike. Yeah, if you have to live out in the 'burbs or have a rural house, you need a car. But if you'll live in the lower-impact urban lifestyle, you can take advantage of shorter commutes, local public transit, and economies of scale.

Knowing how to live without a car payment and insurance is a good thing to know, if we're all having to pay for Obamacare, too.

Anonymous said...

Auto insurance is to protect other people(public) not ourselves.

The government doesn't make us purchase the portion of auto insurance that protects your own investment, your car. It is your own fault if you aren't wise enough to do that on your own if your asset is worth insuring.

I believe me being alive is an asset to myself and my family. Worth protecting but many choose not to.

Anonymous said...

Yes 10:33----
You are right. Lots of the activity you don't welcome is the product of city guys bringing their toys out to the country. I ride at that track, though I'm from Weatherford. I guess you probably go into the city occasionally and shop and eat and generally invade their space as well, no?

So, suck it up and co-exist. Or join them and have some fun. Or move where there aren't people. (good luck witht that one)