6.29.2012

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Back to normal: Parked Dallas police car crashed into last night. 
  • The only thing more boring than the NBA is the NBA Draft. Unless you are drafting in the top five to ten (depending on the year), the chances of finding a starter are almost nil.
  • There's a show on the Ticket that has a great summer bit: They try to book a bizarre set of guests who aren't A-list stars, not sports related, but who we all know. Yesterday they had on William Zabka. Who's he? He's the actor who was told to "sweep the leg" in the Karate Kid. Amazingly entertaining stuff. (Oddest part yesterday: "I never got into the drug scene. I've never even tried cocaine." Host: "Why not?")
  • Both Cruz and Dewhurst oppose abortion even in the case of rape and incest.  I've you are pro-life, I've never understood how you could make any exceptions. 
  • One thing the Obamacare ruling will do is give the President an opportunity to sell the program to the public in response to Romney's attacks. The Democrats did a horrible PR job the first time around.
  • After the ruling yesterday, it seemed like Facebook had been taken over by the Klan. People are crazy. 
  • January Jones stops me down. 
  • When I first mentioned my Mormon book that I'm reading, someone commented about how incredible it is that the Haun's Mill Massacre is not taught in history class. I got to that chapter yesterday. Holy cow. (And that attack was far more government sanctioned that the link describes.)
  • And I had forgotten how the "Book of Mormon" mentions Jesus traveling to North America after the Resurrection to stop a battle between two groups. I guess that would explain why the Bible is relatively silent as to Jesus' actions post crucifixion. 
  • For obvious reasons I can't talk about the removal petition filed yesterday in Wise County, but can someone tell me if that "Lane Akin" is the former Texas Ranger or his son. I'm guessing the latter. 
  • Texas AG Attorney General Greg Abbott this morning said one bright lining about the Obamacare decision was that it was the first time since FDR that the Commerce Clause has been reigned in. Not true. The court invalidated a federal law prohibiting guns in schools in 1995 on that basis. 
  • I hate having the cruise control on, slowly approach a vehicle in front of me, and then having to hit the brakes and disengage the cruise control because I'm slowly being passed on the left. (First World Problem.)



66 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bevi of Brown Breasted Mattress Thrashers.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for Yahoo News to post some unintelligent story (with typical bad grammar and spelling mistakes) about the 7 different ways Obamacare is good for us, or the 7 misnomers of Obamacare, etc.....

Anonymous said...

I hate having the cruise control on, slowly approach a vehicle in front of me, and then having to hit the brakes and disengage the cruise control because I'm slowly being passed on the left. (First World Problem.)


We are 3rd world, man.

Anonymous said...

It's Lane Akin, the retired Texas Ranger.

Anonymous said...

Under Obamacare, 1/3 of all US citizens will be on Medicaid! Under Obamacare, the federal government will mandate what kind of health insurance the employer will provide (even church employees). Now, how can Democrats sell this? Oh, the mandate to purchase insurance, it is NOT a tax! That is how they got it passed through the House and Senate.

Why do I care if more people are on Medicaid? My medical provider will be seeing more patients to keep the doors open with patients who have private insurance. Urgent care centers and hospitals will be hiring fewer employees trying to stay in budget due to low reimbursements for medicaid patients.

My taxes will go up to pay for expanding the medicaid benefits for the poor. Health care is very expensive so it will have to be rationed. Do we want rationed health care and universal health care like other socialist countries.

If we don't, we have to vote the Democrats out of office in 2012!

Obama does not want to sell Obamacare before November.

wordkyle said...

"The Democrats did a horrible PR job the first time around." They didn't need good PR, they used muscle and lies. Getting the legislation passed was more important than anything else. Some Democrats had to understand they were throwing themselves on their sword politically, and others were probably as fooled as the public. Even disregarding the specific wrongs with the details of the legislation, there's a stench about how this $2 trillion monstrosity was created in the first place. With every new revelation, this Democrat golem is more expensive and more intrusive than even its opponents thought.

Anonymous said...

The Republicans nominated the ONLY candidate who cannot credibly attack Obamacare. Unreal.

I can foresee the debates already. Romney attacks Obama for the Affodable Care Act. Obama giggles and responds "Mitt,I stole the idea directly from you. Why the complaining?"

Anonymous said...

Jan 1, 2012 – Chief Justice Roberts Defends Kagan


Is it possible Kagan and Roberts have something going on???????????

Anonymous said...

I still disagree about the commerce clause implications. The lack of buying insurance is an inaction. And inaction cannot be commerce. Therefore it cannot be regulated under the commerce clause. Big deal. The commerce clause does not apply unless commerce occurs. It was not reigned in, it was held that inaction cannot be regulated.

Just try to take [some] action and see if it cannot still be regulated by the commerce clause.

Rage

Anonymous said...

There's a show on the Ticket that has a great summer bit: They try to book a bizarre set of guests who aren't A-list stars

Bob and Dan have done that particular bit since their inception.

I recall actors from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Back to the Future appearing on BaD radio. The movie characters were Mike Damone and Biff respectively. There were others I do not remember.

Oh and the NBA isn't boring. You are.

Anonymous said...

The Bible is actually pretty clear on the post-resurrection activities of Jesus. It is understandably silent on unforeseen, relatively recent, made-up stories about so-called activities of Jesus in North America by a cult.

Not to mention the complete lack of archeological and sociological evidence of the Mormon church's pseudo-history of North America. (Surprised by people's ability to believe in such embarrassingly obvious make-believe "history"? Just examine Germany's buying into the Nazis pseudo-history babble about the so-called "Aryan" race.)

However--nothing in our Constitution (or the spirit of freedom in our country) would EVER condone what happened in Maun's Mill!

Anonymous said...

8:52

Back off the cool-aid a little bit.

It is going to be fun watching the Repugs repeal and replace..... first the main features of Affordable Care like no cherry picking clients, no cap on coverage, no excepting pre existing conditions, limited spending on administration are so popular that Repugs are now hedging on these.

Yet these cut into insurance co profits, so those companies will need those 20 mil new customers created by the mandate.

Romneycare in Mass has 100% of children covered and 98% of all adults covered. It works, and works well.

Anonymous said...

Good point about inaction cannot equal commerce, Rage.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I realize you don't step in to these forums, but could you please elaborate as to the "Klan taking over Facebook" remark?

Are you saying that your Facebook friends got on Facebook and started throwing out racial epithets in response to the ruling?

Or are you saying that you equate anyone opposed to ObamaCare as being no better than a Ku Klux Klansman?

The Jackal

Anonymous said...

Lane Akin's son is not named "Lane." Well, it is his middle name...

My son is the same age, and I heard Akin the Younger's momma call him by his full name on occasion...

Anonymous said...

Lefty loosey righty tighty.

Anonymous said...

Well, Jackal, one of my "friends" on Facebook actually wrote "On election day, vote white folks" yesterday evening, and nine people "liked" it. I'd call that pretty racist.

Anonymous said...

I may be against Obamacare, but there IS this one counterpoint to make. There would never have been the drive to "fix" the medical care situation in our country, if the whole "industry" (consisting of the convoluted financial relationships between doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies), hadn't been so screwed up to begin with. They couldn't/wouldn't "clean up" their act, so now good-old "guvmint" has stepped in. A classic example of a broken-down system refusing to regulate itself and "clean up" its act.

Anonymous said...

When did Rhome get a police motorcycle? Didn't they try that once?

Anonymous said...

I actually feel sorry for the ignorant libs who think the ACA will actually help the poor. If it follows what has gone on in Mass. it will do nothing more than expand Medicaid, and fully consume state budgets. Currenlty, 54% of the Mass. state budget goes directly to healthcare.

Sure, it lowered the overall number of uninsured, but only by expanding Medicaid (Free), only 2% actually bought private insurance. With the Supreme Court ruling yesterday, now Big Brother has little power to force states to expand Medicaid, thus leaving the folks you so hoped to extend insurance to in the same boat. Of course they can obtain private insurance on their own, but obviously they cannot afford it, or won't sign up for the free stuff anyway. Over 50% of those who qualify for Medicaid never sign up.

Collections on the tax for those who don't purchase insurance will do nothing more than create another government cluster, punishing those who can't afford it, because they will not be smart enough to show they qualify for the free stuff. More intrusion, more debt, and more penalties...just what these folks need.

You libs are like the old lady who takes in every stray animal, your intentions may be noble, but it always gets out of control, and those you were trying to help end up suffering more.

Anonymous said...

I'll clarify that one for you Jackal, he was saying being against the ACA is racist.

Anonymous said...

Its a good thing all the politicians have to be on the same plan as required in the Obamacare plan.
That makes it fair for all.

Anonymous said...

The Haun's Mill incident is indeed crazy and deadly and should be taught in history... But what I actually wrote about was The Mountain Meadows Massacre, which is also featured in "Under the Banner". Both are equally brutal, intriguing, and disgusting.
Let me know after you've read that part.
ER

Anonymous said...

9:58
I understood that Congress exempted themselves from the requirements in the ACA. Is that not correct?
I also understood that they exempted 3 states. I also understood that the Administration, not Congress, has exempted something approaching 400 companies from the requirements of the ACA. Is none of that correct?
If my understanding is correct, how can that be a good thing?

Anonymous said...

The bikini babe second from the left has a future in pictures. Naughty, naughty pictures.

DF Cecil B. DeMille

Anonymous said...

What? No picture of party girl Rosharon Lummus to start the day? Barry, you are slacking.

DF Matthew McConaughey
wearing my break-away pants

Anonymous said...

Cant be much going on between Kagan and Roberts. Think she don't swing that way.

Anonymous said...

On December 21 2012 we will all be covered.

Anonymous said...

Talking about Ranger baseball, the most enjoyable thing among many enjoyable things so far this season:
Snow Monkeys. I almost spit out a lung laughing so hard every time Nolan Ryan talks about them.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Lawyer's blog, read by lawyers and
nothing on Holder being held in contempt of Congress?
Nevermind, forgot who's side he is on.

Sean Elliott's Dirty Dead Kidney said...

I see your Haun's Mill Massacre and raise you a Mountain Meadow Massacre. Neither appear to have been officially sanctioned but the LDS does acknowledge members' roles in the Mountain Meadow Massacre.

http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=1c234dc029133110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&locale=0

http://mountainmeadowsmassacre.com/

adam said...

Part of the Violence Against Women Act was also ruled unconstitutional as exceeding congressional power under the Commerce Clause in US v. Morrison (another Rehnquist Court ruling).

Anonymous said...

Currenlty, 54% of the Mass. state budget goes directly to healthcare.

I can think of few better things to spend it on.

Rage

Anonymous said...

OMG! Forget Obamacare already! Rhome has a police motorcycle!!!!! Which do you think will screw you worse?????

WAKE UP AMERICA

DF Ron Paul

Anonymous said...

9:14 (first post) Just like the federal plan, the Mass plan grossly underestimated the cost of that plan. I have relatives in Mass and they are experiencing the same problems associated with socialized medicine. What good is there to being covered if you have trouble getting in to see a doctor?
What many people do not realize is insurance is "cost plus". The insurance companies will make their profit no matter what. If they aren't allowed their profit, they will exit that line of business and then choices become more limited and basically go to a single payor system such as the "european model". It doesn't take much research to figure out we should not want to go there. Removing the profit motive from health care sounds all warm and fuzzy in theory but how many innovations have come from socialized medicine in the last 25 years? Affordablility of insurance is a relative thing. If a new car means more to you than insurance, you buy the car and claim you can't afford coverage.

Anonymous said...

Rhome got a motor cop to patrol Loves for all the hookers that are ripping off truck drivers and their citizens.

Anonymous said...

Rage

Nice try, spin yourself as all compassionate on healthcare. Yeah it is all great and good until you have a recession and cannot pay for it. Notice how this bill did nothing to attack the cost side of health care....oh unless all these poor folks go head over heels for preventative measures, give up cigs, sodas, foaty oz. beers, cheetos, burritos, doritos, jarritos, and allow a Dr to stick a probe in their cornitos.

Anonymous said...

Decatur ISD is bleeding teachers......
OUCH!

Anonymous said...

10:44 Obama is at the Loves in Rhome?

Anonymous said...

I don't have "friends" like that.

Anonymous said...

Rhome public safety is a joke from one end to the other. Too busy being too big for their britches to even do the little things right.

Anonymous said...

Purple wins, hands down!

Anonymous said...

Rhome police must be like their fire department. They have a fire truck for every member, and they drive them around like their personal vehicles. They spend more time at tater junction than they do in the fire station. I've seen them go to traffic accidents with one person in them. Don't think that's how it works. I hope I never need them.

Anonymous said...

11:18, if he was, it would be the ONLY class in that town!

Anonymous said...

The Rhome VFD rocks! Had my first threesome there!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Rhome, they will have Music in the parking lot this weekend. This event will be kick ass and feature drinks, hot dogs, a water slide provided by the fire department, local businesses and their wares, and boot scootin music by ronald more. This is a great time to meet your neighbors, socialize, and get down to some country music. There is no alcohol or fireworks allowed, but nobody is gonna say anything as long as you put it in a cup and dont act a fool.

Anonymous said...

I need obamacare just from eating at any rhome restaurant. The beer store/ shell is nasty! You will step on more roaches than in cheech and chongs ashtray just to get a bottle of boones farm. The whole town needs to be fumigated.

Anonymous said...

I am sick and tired of hearing about the lot lizards at Love's. Every time I go over there looking for them, there are none to be found.

Anonymous said...

11;54, if you got half price at Tater Junction, and could use the city truck with free fuel, wouldnt you??? You just keep on complaining about the ACA, and keep paying city taxes pal, because I am hungry.

Anonymous said...

12:50, you have to go to the back, and it helps if you dont go when the cops are smoking out front. Dont be such a cheapskate either, take a 20 instead of a 10, this is NOT your daddys big Z hookers!

Anonymous said...

12:50, Next time try finding their pimp first, dumbass!

Anonymous said...

12:47 So, why would you put your fireworks in a cup?

Anonymous said...

So you really can't see the difference between a rape pregnancy and an inconvenient pregnancy?
You cannot fathom how a woman might feel differently about the pregnancy under those opposing circumstances? You can't see that she may absolutely loath the child and relive the brutal attack every time the baby moves under her skin? The existance of the child reminding her of the moments when violence stole away her innocence and self worth.
But millions of babies are murdered in the womb every year because the young woman just can't be a mommy right now. She either doesn't think she's going to stay with baby daddy or maybe she just doesn't want the responsibility of raising a child right now.
Barry you really don't understand the difference between: "oops the condom must have broke, that could be bad" and "Please God don't hurt me, how did you get into my home?! I don't want to do this!"
Really Barry? Really?
Let's stop the abortions based on convenience first and THEN we can discuss the abortions based on rape and incest. We will save millions of innocent lives if we can just get to that point.

Upstairs said...

Cruz and Dewhurst are prolifers opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest. But I bet they support the death penalty. All live is scared except the ones they don't approve of. Riddle me that.

Anonymous said...

However, if someone got on there and said "Don't vote for the Cracker", no one would've cared. Reverse racism at its finest.

Anonymous said...

Exactly.

Anonymous said...

Easy, the felons who are on death row have taken an innocent life, voluntarily. Babies in the womb have done nothing, they are innocent of any charge.
You seriously can't see the difference?

Anonymous said...

Put them in a cup instead of shoving a roman candle up your smart ass!

Anonymous said...

So you really can't see the difference between a rape pregnancy and an inconvenient pregnancy?
You cannot fathom how a woman might feel differently about the pregnancy under those opposing circumstances?
2:01

According to Pro-lifers there is no difference. Pregnant is pregnant. How's that zero tolerance working for ya now?

Anonymous said...

Rhome and abortions....go figure.

Anonymous said...

Rape sucks

Anonymous said...

A good lawer knows the law and a great one knows the judge.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Lopez was a great case, setting back the Interstate Commerce Clause for the first real time since Wickard. Then Morrisson (2000) upheld Lopez. Yay, we're reining in the Commerce Clause! But then in Raich v Gonzales (nee v Ashcroft) came out and declared that the federal government could regulate any fungible thing, regardless of whether it was for sale or had been sold, and regardless of whether it had crossed a state line, we saw the gains against the Interstate Commerce Clause lost.

--EmmGee

Anonymous said...

You cannot reference William Zabka without pointing out this AWESOME self-deprecating video that he directed and starred in for the band No More Kings.

Funny, funny stuff.

Wait. Was it you who pointed out that the "Put him in a body bag" kid has apparently had a hard go of it since then?

Anonymous said...

My medical provider is going to be so overworked, stressed out and underpaid, my Obamacare is going to really suck!!!

Anonymous said...

"Cruz and Dewhurst are prolifers opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest. But I bet they support the death penalty. All live is scared except the ones they don't approve of. Riddle me that"

I have no idea if "all live is scared". Live what?? Chickens?
Humans? And what are they scared of?
Riddle me that?

But if you are trying to communicate that the two politicians believe "all LIFE is SACRED" then how do you speak for them? The murder/rapist's life was at one point sacred. Now the sacred life will be removed to no longer rape and murder. Do I need to riddle you that?