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11.20.2012

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Talked to someone who saw Lincoln last weekend. Gave it a big thumbs up. That's no surprise but I keep hearing, "It's not exactly like you would think." 
  • I caught a little bit of Kevin Burns' Dust Bowl on PBS last night. And from the sounds of it, it'll happen again. 
  • Israel has a great anti-rocket defense system. If I saw the news segment correctly, if multiple missiles are incoming, an anti-missle rocket launcher will target only those that are headed to a populated area.
  • One of the rabbits made a break for it when I was out of town and found a hole near a kitchen baseboard. Mrs. LL and tow teenagers then removed a portion of it and sent the cat in to go get it. The repair job was actually pretty good.
  • I got yelled at for eating a cookie yesterday when the Fourth Grader In The House turned me in to her momma.
  • Those who go shopping on Black Friday (or Black Thursday) are crazy.  Those who camp out in advance of Black Friday are certifiable and have no idea about the value of time. 
  • This morning Mark Davis called Walmart workers "punks" who were contemplating striking on Friday.
  • WBAP had some guy on from Doomsday Preppers who said he's planning for the "social unrest" that is coming. Not surprisingly, he managed to plug a book and website. 
  • Speaking of hacks, when did Oliver North jump the shark?  He was on Hannity last night going crazy over Israel and then said, "It all comes back to Benghazi." Say what? Fox News has become an Echo Chamber that borders on ridiculous.
  • Sports: (1) Maryland and Rutgers joined the Big 10 yesterday Maryland and Rutgers?! (2) But I loved Maryland's president yesterday who said the move was about one thing: Money, (3) Yeah, I know the Lady Bears finally lost last week, (4) I've got the Longhorn Channel and it broadcasts UT's outdoor pep rallies every week -- the phrase "you can be louder than that!" is a common yell, (5) Mack Brown walks into it like he's the President greeting Congressman at the State of the Union, (6) UT basketball was beat by Chaminade last night. I hadn't heard "Chaminade" in years. 
  • The picture of the home explosion in Indiana a week or so ago is amazing. And now they are calling it a homicide investigation.
  • Prediction: Over the next four years the economy will rebound in a big way and it would have happened regardless of who had been elected President.
  • I traveled I-35 through Temple on Friday and now this happens on Monday:

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Barry,
1. Thought it was Ken Burns, not his brother Kevin.
2. Speaking of Echo Chamber, watched much MSNBC lately?
Jim

wordkyle said...

Love your prediction on the economy. Of course, the argument could be made that the economy might have already recovered in a big way if different (or fewer) government policies had been implemented the last four years. So the Obama administration may still find a way to put off recovery for several more years and spoil your prediction.

Anonymous said...

>Prediction: Over the next four years the economy will rebound in a big way and it would have happened regardless of who had been elected President. <

And what would be the mechanism for this "rebound"? We are four years into a failed recovery.

We have lost over a hundred thousand companies in the last four years. So what the hell is going to bring it back, oh great Karnack?

Anonymous said...

Get tired of all of the echo chambers, left & right. That is why I enjoy C-SPAN. I can see the elected leaders speak in their own voice & I can interpret it myself. Wow, I actually have to use my own intellect to judge how believable they are. Novel idea.

My Other Brother Darryl

rangerjim60 said...

What Lincoln shows is that politics hasn't changed much over the last 140 years. And yes the movie was awesome - Daniel Day Lewis wins the Oscar!

Anonymous said...

Word:

I am not sure that I understand you. Are you actually claiming that Obama stalled the recovery?


Anonymous said...

I read the obit for Samantha McNorton. Survived by 2 girls. I am wondering why all the fb pages say she also as a 2 yr old little boy..was he not hers? BTW her kids have been living with their daddy and grandma awhile. Why in the world would she take up with a freaky Malone guy..I think the only thing that would cause a woman to leave her children is for meth, around these parts.

Consilium ac prudentia said...

Glad to see your optimism Counselor. I predict just the opposite. We will continue to bicker and fight, the debt ceiling (if not eliminated as Geitner wishes) will be raised again and again, the only changes in government will be additional entitlement programs or expansions of those in place, gas prices will reach record highs in the US, food prices (which are climbing weekly) will become ridiculously high, unemployment will remain above 7 (if not climb back above 8 and stay there), businesses will flee the country, we will become more divided than at any time since the antebellum era, and the middle class will see unprecedented tax hikes. Or we could end up in a liberal utopia. Same thing.

Anonymous said...

Dust Bowl documentary was very good, and yes the way they explained it, it did seem very possible that it could happen again.

Cleverly Disguised said...

>We have lost over a hundred thousand companies in the last four years. So what the hell is going to bring it back, oh great Karnack?

Would you cite your source for the above assertion?

Anonymous said...

NEVER drive on I 35

Uppercase Matt said...

You missed a motorcycle death (and an example of marital devotion)

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/11/19/4427174/woman-dies-after-falling-off-motorcycle.html

Anonymous said...

Greece. Coming to a country near you soon.

Anonymous said...

I went to see Lincoln last night. Not a person under 30 in the theater. Great movie. Focuses on the last 8 months of his life. Very long run time.

Anonymous said...

Which portion of the rabbit did the girls remove? Is it still alive?

Anonymous said...

Funny that wordkyle still thinks that the Republican policies that caused the problem would also have cured the problem.

What was it that Republicans like you were saying in 2000? 'You lost. Get over it.'

Sound familiar?

Rage

wordkyle said...

849 - I'm saying Obama's and other Democrats' policies, statements and actions created uncertainty in the economy that inhibited business and investment activities which would have stimulated recovery.

That ought to clear things up.

Triple Fake... said...

Ohhh, it finally makes sense now - what Three Dog Night was singing about in that tune from the 70s:
"How does your light shine, in the halls of Chaminade?"

Maybe the Fourth Grader In The House needs a reminder of what happens to snitches!

The baseboard/rabbit/cat story seems very shaky.
You have a hole in the baseboard big enough for a rabbit to fit through?
Somebody gave a cat instructions to fetch a rabbit? And it complied?
Somebody convinced a cat to go through a small opening in the wall, and it wasn't the cat's idea to begin with? Yeah, right!
Let's see...girl, rabbit, cat, strange portal. Did Some Person In The House recently brush up on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, perhaps?

Triple Fake Hookah-smoking Caterpillar

Anonymous said...

"Prediction: Over the next four years the economy will rebound in a big way and it would have happened regardless of who had been elected President."

Unless there is some revolutionary technical innovation to spur the economy on (the spread of the Internet in the 1990s is what saved Bill Clinton's reputation, and nothing else), the economy will worsen. Barry Green is a lawyer, not a businessman, so what does he know?

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that employers are going to start cutting hours and laying people off because of Obamacare requirements (some already are).......and seeing as how Obama wants to tax the rich, the rich will have less money to hire people.

The unemployment rate will only go down if government expands and hires more people......but then you have the fundamental question of who will fund government if people are spending less and there is less tax revenue coming in.

See how liberalism is a self-defeating philosophy?

BTW, Lincoln is a good movie, but I highly recommend waiting for the Blu-Ray, when you can use the stop/pause button. Two and a half hours of political talk is too much to take in all at once.

The Jackal

Anonymous said...

Looking at the Random Thoughts pic, there is an absense of arms and presence of an arm that makes no visual sense. Each girl could be missing an arm, but the girl in the middle, may have 2 right arms. One blocking the sun from her face, and one holding a purse or bag in front of her.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have to applaud Triple F for finally coaxing a smile. It has been an arduous journey, reading through his tremendously lenghty plonk, only to finally see him produce this modest dissection of a true gift from our Blog author.

Anonymous said...

10:09, If the picture is from WC, I am going with 2 right arms, otherwise I think it is just as wonky visual.

wordkyle said...

For those who need visual cues -- and it's clear at least one non-human participant does -- here's a graph illustrating my earlier point. It's from that notorious Conservative rag The Washington Post. Surprise! The economy's not recovering as fast as it has in the past! Conveniently reported two weeks after the election.

Old White Guy said...

I watched all 4 hours of "The Dust Bowl". I grew up in that area and heard stories from those who lived through it, including my parents. It is good example of how human activity can affect the environment. Also gives lie to the Republican/talk radio idea that being poor is a choice.

Coincidentally, I just started "The Grapes of Wrath" a few days earlier. Would be a much better book if I hadn't seen the movie several times. I do recommend the book, and later the movie.

Triple Fake... said...


@ 10:17 -

I feel that the level (I'd say, about...third grade) of my comments has been fairly consistent. Maybe all the other ones just went over your head. I recommend a broad-brimmed hat.
Those backhanded compliments are always, uh, something:
"That was amusing! Took you long enough!"

Anonymous said...

they left out the part where lincoln woke up from a 3 day drunk and said "I freed the what..?

Lawdog said...

Rage - do you just read liberal blogs? You seem to have overlooked the fact that liberal politicians are responsible for the housing crisis. They made sure that everyone that wanted a house could buy one even though a HUGE number of the folks that bought houses shouldn't have been approved for a loan on a doghouse! Liberal politicians messing with the free market system! It's never been successful. I enjoy reading your posts on here but some are just plain dishonest. It's ok to admit that liberals can muck it up.

Anonymous said...

Yes Samantha Did have 3 kids... The funeral home messed up.. they are going to fix there mistake

Anonymous said...

Jackal, your assertion that "...and seeing as how Obama wants to tax the rich, the rich will have less money to hire people" seems to assume that IF the rich are not taxed, they hire more people. Not so fast, my friend.

There are a lot of things that we don't know or can disagree about predicting. But, one that that we do know is that our history of cutting tax rates for the wealthy has NEVER helped the middle class and the concept of trickle-down economics has NEVER worked. The most recent report from the Congressional Research Service (a bipartisan think tank for public policy research) determined that for over 30 years, that approach has failed.

Did the Republicans take that information and try to alter their approach to utilize this new compelling data? Of course not...they worked to suppress the release of the information until after the election.

So your concern for our growing budget and debt is laudable and we can all agree that we need to get a handle on it. However, your decision to cling to a failed concept is not.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, 11:19, I just read liberal blogs. Like this one:

http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Unemployment-falls-in-75-percent-of-US-states-4053318.php


It says that unemployment is falling in 75% of the country. Note that it doesn't say job seekers are falling off the rolls, it gives examples of jobs that have increased, in case you or wordkyle wanted to trot out the same tired and unsubstantiated claims about "the numbers" being deceptive.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Modern agriculture is strikingly different from the 1930s. We are much better educated about the land, the crops, and soil management. From contours and terraces to no-till drills and conservation tillage, we have learned how to conserve the soil and prevent this level of devastation.

Anonymous said...

Word:

To repeat myself:

Deny, deny, deny,

Make stuff up,

deny.


Lawdog:

Please explain how unqualified buyers forced Mortgage Banks and Brokers to commit widespread fraud, package the loans and then use the cash to invest in derivatives???


You guys sometimes make valid points, but your slant is just absurd.

Anonymous said...

Bacon is so awestruck...he can't even comment. I like all six of them.

Anonymous said...



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Anonymous said...

I am sure I saw Obama on the 3rd row, stage right.....cheering as the last of the 14th ammendment votes was counted......Nay

Anonymous said...

Meth will make you give up everything you love. Add that with dating a Malone, and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Anonymous said...

France just lost AAA credit rating.
Yep, we beat them again. And the
game ball goes to the Democrats.

Lawdog said...

1:25 - you are correct that Wall Street did gamble with subprime mortgages. But without Barney Frank and his crew, the subprimes would not have existed. To secure votes from low income constituents, Frank pushed the Community Reinvestment Act and used his influence to push Fannie Mae to lend to people that could not repay the loans. Mr. Frank also convinced Alan Greenspan to reduce interest rates artificially. The banks were loaning money to everyone. All this pushed home prices way above their market value. You know very well what happened next. When all these ARM's started to default, the crash was on. When you remember why the the economy went south, remember the whole story. And take some time to research Barney Frank's role in the collapse.

Anonymous said...

2:25 Are you talking about Bawwnny Fwank?

wordkyle said...

125 - What are you even talking about? "Repeat myself"? As though anyone knows who you are? Clarify there, little buddy. If you've made an argument at some point, you didn't move it forward any with this post.

Anonymous said...

Geez, this whole Malone thing is strange. She files sex assault charges on him, then goes back to him, and ends up dead. I'm sure more will come out. Life in the trailerhood...

wordkyle said...

Jackal, your point about higher taxes on the rich preventing them hiring people is correct. The argument against "trickle down economics" isn't even relevant.

Higher tax rates discourage behavior. That's why Liberals want to tax cigarettes, to prevent people from smoking. So that concept is universally accepted. Now imagine that you're a rich person, and you can put your money wherever you want. If you invest in a business, which uses that money to pay employees, suppliers, contractors, etc., you will pay higher taxes on whatever income you make on your investment. Or...you can park it in a tax-free municipal bond and pay no taxes, which you choose to do to maximize your return. The higher tax rates influenced your behavior, and deprived the employees, suppliers, contractors, etc. the benefit of your money and the federal government of revenue.

But by God, it was fair.

Anonymous said...

Cleared up. Yes, somebody's nose is cleared up Hannity's butt. cleared up.

Anonymous said...

Well I watched Lincoln and you as a Liberal Attny w love it, I'm glad he got shot and I hate the Negro and always will and I hope I have passed it along to my children. God Bless the South and we eliminated Lincoln as well as JFK. If we could just get Spud Kenndy to keep eating Butter, Bob Ray Sanders to self destruct and Obama to get Sickle Cell I will consider my Life Complete

Anonymous said...

Would the financial genius who blame Freddie Mac and Fannie May for making bad loans cite when they ever iniated a loan? They buy loans made by banks. It was greedy bankers - not Freddy and Fannie who caused the mess.

wordkyle said...

546 - "Hannity"? That's it? With all the material I give you guys, Hannity is the best insult you can come up with? Nobody's expecting Shakespeare out of you, podnuh, but it's like you're not even trying.

C'mon, Goose, step it up a bit.

wordkyle said...

1208 - Please explain the premise for your analysis of the cause of "the mess." Include your definition of the word "greedy." Lawdog was essentially correct. The FM's bought the loans from banks that did, under pressure from the government, lend money to unqualified borrowers.