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10.19.2012

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • If you get a chance to see either the President or Mitt Romney's comedy routines at the "Alfred E.Smith Dinner" last night, do so. Both guys were really, really funny. I actually stumbled upon it live and I had no idea what was going on when Romney zinged the President and then they cut to the President laughing. 
  • I stumbled upon Guys With Kids on NBC this week and it was absolutely awful.  There are some comedy shows that seem written by really unfunny people. It's night and day when compared with "Modern Family" and the like. 
  • The district judge in cheerleader-religious-banner case yesterdat said the banners could stay. What did you expect in that small county? The judge was appointed by Rick Perry last year after trying to unseat the sitting district judge who thereafter died before his term expired. There's no way the new judge is angering the conservative voter base. That case needs to get in federal court. 
  • Before this week, the Northpark Mall area was getting a reputation for being dangerous despite being next to Highland Park. Two days ago, a lady was allegedly kidnapped from its parking lot, put in a  trunk, and driven to Nacogdoches (see story below). And the murder/robbery at Shamrocks early yesterday morning occurred right across North Central Expressway from Northpark Mall. 
  • I didn't get a full physical yesterday, but the beginning of it has begun. It started off badly when I think I gave the nurse a heart attack when she saw my high blood pressure. Is 162/96 bad? Apparently so. I'm now on blood pressure medicine. 
  • In case you didn't see, they found the boy's body in Eagle Mountain Lake.  Edit: Ugh. Wrong lake again. 
  • Tom Hanks dropped and F Bomb on Good Morning America this morning and was really embarrassed afterwards. 
  • Got a call from Citibank (my credit card company yesterday shortly after 5:00 p.m.) The computerized message said my account had been frozen until I called in because of possible fraudulent activity. I went on line and found a new charge of around $1,100 to woot.com out of Carrollton and a small $3.50 charge out of Canada.  So I called and verified the woot charge was unauthorized -- the live person on the other end said it had been made at 5:03.  No problems, they would reverse the charges. But one thing I didn't get an answer to: How in the world did the woot charge get flagged? I've had that card for over 15 years and have made purchases bigger than that without an issue. So how did they know there was something wrong with that one? Anyway, kudos to Citibank security. 


44 comments:

Anonymous said...

No wonder it took so long for them to find that boy's body. He jumped off a cliff at PK but finally found his body in Eagle Mountain.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Girl in White
3 out of 5
Not bad

Bud Light girl
3.8 out of 5
Dang she looks HOT!!

Anonymous said...

I believe you mean Possum Kingdom Lake.

Anonymous said...

You might want to get a second opinion from another doctor on the blood pressure medication. High blood pressure shouldn't be diagnosed with one blood pressure reading. There are numerous things that could make it spike. If your BP is high after 2 or 3 visits to the doctor spaced several weeks apart, then it may be time to for blood pressure medication. Sounds like your doctor jumped the gun.

Anonymous said...

The IDEAL blood pressure is around the 120/70 level. 162/96 is NOT GOOD.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Not that I care, but while you are getting your physical, tell the doctor that you are doing a lot of stumbling lately.

Anonymous said...

we won't be satisfied until all references to God and Religion are purged from our society.

Darrel said...

Don't know if it is complete but the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner can be found at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SmithM

Watching the debates has become a chore to which I have to attend.

Anonymous said...

I'm terrified with what will fill the vacuum in our future Godless society.

Anonymous said...

The credit card company probably knew about the woot.com fraud and had it flagged for all cards.

Anonymous said...

The flag was because it was an international charge and you didn't notify them you were going to be travelling.

That's always a good thing unless you travel with minimal cash and forget to notify your CC companies.

Ever do 3 days in Cancun on $47?

DF Anthony Bourdain

Anonymous said...

The $3.50 charge in Canada is what tipped off your credit card company. That was a trial hit by the thieves to make sure your card was good. Followed quickly by a large charge that doesn't fit your charge profile is was the final flag.

Darrel said...

This is not meant as a rhetorical question. I really would like your answers.

If the sign said, "If Allah if for us, who can be against us?", would you have a different opinion?

Anonymous said...

i think its amazing how people think theyre a medical expert because theyve been to the hospital or on plavix.

Anonymous said...

Who will continue on with LL after you stroke out from high blood pressure?

On Nov. 7th, 2012 your blood pressure will rise dramatically!

Anonymous said...

RTG: HOLY S**T BATMAN!!! YEEE HAWWW I do love me some cowgirl! She is SUPER fine, thanks BG!

DF Thomas Jefferson said...

It says a lot about the right wing that they can't seem to comprehend the Establishment Clause. Removing "government endorsed religion" from our society will not harm Christians, God, or our society in any way.

If you think Christianity will fail because 2nd grade teachers can't proselytize to their classes or school-sponsored Bible verses aren't placed before us at every turn, you don't have much faith in your religion.

If you want your kids to learn religion, YOU teach them. YOU take them to church. YOU make sure they are educated. Be responsible and stop blaming the government (city council, legislature, school, county commissioner, judge, police officer, president, governor, etc.) for not instructing your kids as to religion.

You claim government is bad, wasteful, and not any good at what it's doing and yet you want it to teach religion (well, Fundamental Christianity only).

You make me sad.

Triple Fake... said...

Kind of surprising how many folks on that site jumped all over the Tom Hanks faux pas.
Sounds like the interviewer asked him to do a voice from his upcoming film, and he prefaced it by saying it was characterized by lots of profanity. If an unintentional F-bomb on live TV is the worst you can say about him on a personal level, that's forgiveable.
He's a really good actor, and generally considered to be an all around good guy. I don't agree with some of his political beliefs - or Spielberg, or Ron Howard, Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy at least some of their professional efforts. If a person boycotted every entertainer or corporation that they disagreed with politically or morally, might as well become a semi-professional barn-raiser with a slow-moving triangle symbol on the back of your buggy

I'll second the questionable BP reading. Consider that you might actually have high/borderline BP (like me), but you register higher due to lab coat syndrome (I used to). The anxiety experienced during a doctor's visit can elevate your BP higher than normal. Just be conscious of your mood before they start. I usually take a couple of slow deep breaths and try to disconnect from the situation and surroundings

Fun D. Mentalist said...

"I'm terrified with what will fill the vacuum in our future Godless society."

Perhaps reason and rational behavior?

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ, I wish the "war on Christmas" and "Islam is taking over" morons would STFU.

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=not+persecuted&num=10&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=651&tbm=isch&tbnid=BJhdAR54SVcPtM:&imgrefurl=http://saltcitysinner.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-smug-and-persecuted.html&docid=3IK9zPrbiVkTzM&imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AR6-lXnpdq8/UDJYxPs9-YI/AAAAAAAACt4/SXNWSWCF4Kc/s1600/not-persecuted.jpg&w=400&h=650&ei=e2qBUMnHFYeE8ATsuICIAQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=131&sig=100884813348077533822&page=1&tbnh=156&tbnw=90&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:73&tx=73&ty=53

Rage

Anonymous said...

Republican friendly oil, until the Canucks try to take your land!

Anonymous said...

The cheerleader flap reminds me of Muenster and Ennis and the German Catholic towns where students had to learn Hail Marys and the classrooms had portraits of the Pope.

Back then, it was the evangelicals who complained. Now they think it's all just fine.

FYI, the standard for "high blood pressure" has been lowered to spur more medication sales.


Anonymous said...

8:52 AM We won't be satisfied until you and yours are purged from society, you are an idiot

Gary said...

Barry - Big Tex caught on fire at the state fair. Post a pic.

wordkyle said...

944 - You go on about the Establishment Clause, but don't mention the equally important Free Exercise Clause. You clearly have a particular view of the First Amendment and its application. In your mind, does the EC have priority over the FEC?

Anonymous said...

Big Tex or Big Gay Tex?

Anonymous said...

Credit card charge was probably
a gun, a bible and an I LOVE
AMERICA T shirt. No wonder it
got flagged.

wordkyle said...

957 - "Perhaps reason and rational behavior?" There's your problem. That is an unreasonable expectation. "Human nature suffers irremediably from certain grave faults." Despite all its problems organized religion, like government and law, restrains the brutish nature of our species and provides order and structure to human interactions that mankind is incapable of on its own.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I just had unauthorized charges to our AT&T card that is owned by Citibank. I saw it when looking online. Golf stuff. We don't play golf and never heard of the companies. They cancelled that number so we had to get new cards. Had to fill out a fraud claim also.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to government, separation takes precedent over free expression. Go off government property and express yourself all you want wordkyle. Jesus you need to learn some con law before you spout off.

Anonymous said...

Organized religion restrains us?

Really?

DF Gott, who is mit uns.

Rage

wordkyle said...

1227 - Why does separation take precedence?
Note: not precedent. "The lawyer's memory of precedents seemed to take precedence over his memory of other matters."
There's no reason to trust your knowledge of "con law" any more than your knowledge of grammar.

Anonymous said...

You can have free expression, but not necessarily on government property.

I'm sure wordy doesn't mind that students don't have their full 4th amendment rights on campus. Because he's all for certain gov't intrusion.

Anonymous said...

Hows about letting folks do what they want? Religion, drugs, whatever.

As long as it does not affect you, get over it.

And yes, Muslims can put up their own signs at football games, if they wish. Just do not bomb anyone when the football team runs through it.

Liberals need to settle down, trying to control others lives.

And before you post about a woman's body...Conservatives care about Liberals taking away the bodies of the unborn, before they even have a voice in the matter.

Anonymous said...

Muslims can put up football signs when they come up with concussion proof turban!

Fun D. Mentalist said...

11:36--Do you mean that religion really is the opiate of the masses?

wordkyle said...

232 nope

Anonymous said...

You can see Romney's comedy
at theospark.com

Anonymous said...

my misteak
theospark.net

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Is that a pre-boob job Ashlyn Brooks wearing that hat? Sure looks like her. And Mindy Main is staring at her fun baglets...

Anonymous said...

Bubear....

True story....

I was one of those guys...never, ever went to the doctor...unless I was damn near dying, which, other than a sinus infection or two and a nasty case of poison ivy on my man parts(don't ask), I never did.

But, when I turned the big 5-0, I decided it was time to give it up and go get a physical and start worrying about health stuff.

First BP reading....180/100.

The doctor talked to me, the nurse talked to me, they were thinking I had white coat syndrome, from self-imposed stress around the doctors office. So they let me calm down for a while, and took my BP again.

210/120

Panic set in, an EKG was ordered....STAT!

Btw, I felt just fine. EKG came back normal.

I was drilled with questions about symptoms, like....frequent headaches and such...

Which I didn't have.

They started me off on one BP medication, which worked pretty well, but I was still running 140-150/90-100 regularly. So the doctor ordered an additional BP medication for me.

So now, I take 2 different BP drugs every morning, and clock in under 120 and under 80 every visit.

I've also gone 6 years now, without a headache(except from hangovers, which are self-imposed).

From my experience, I suggest you go by the drug store and pick up a pillbox with compartments for morning and evening doses. Its easier to fill up the pillbox once a week than it is to open a bunch of bottles twice a day.

Double Fake Dr. Oz

Anonymous said...

Yes, let's waste taxpayer money taking a few bible verses that kids (not adults) want on a banner. Seems like everytime someone gets offended we sue. Put Jewish, Islamic, or Wickin (sp?) on a banner too. Seriously, people need to grow up and butt out.

Anonymous said...

Listen to 8:42. I knew a man under 30 who a doctor put him on blood pressure medication because his pressure was high at one visit. They started the medication of to high a dosage and he passed out and has a wreck...careful Barry.

Anonymous said...

Wordy needs to check out the Crusades, Inquisition, War of the Roses, religious persecution that caused some of our early immigrants to come here. Religious differences have been around for a while causing untold pain -and death.