12.07.2012

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Edit: Oops. I was debating with RTG to post and forgot to make a decision.
  • It sounds like a funny bit: There is talk of Cowboys Stadium hosting four college basketball games to be played simultaneously.  But, logistically speaking, wouldn't the multiple buzzers and whistles drive all the players crazy?
  • There's something that makes me uncomfortable about the Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign. 
  • Pictures of Decatur guys shooting deer, a coyote, and a bobcat(?). 
  • Unemployment rate news this morning: It has fallen to 7.7%.  I guess America will survive the presidential election after all!
  • Mrs. LL last night: "Help her with geometry." Me: "You're kidding, right?"  Her: "It's only geometry."  I felt like Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes was bearing down on me as I picked up the homework page with a shaking hand. 
  • There's a whistleblower lawsuit involving an assistant principal in Fort Worth which is filed in Wise County and was mentioned in the Fort Worth Weekly this week after a recent ruling. 
  • A three year old from Decatur was listed in the Update's death notices.
  • I mentioned this from time to time: More than a decade ago the Update used to list the names of individuals who were admitted to the local hospital. That sounds insane now. 
  • There were reports from the metroplex of a huge meteor around 6:45 a.m. this morning. 
  • News video of people smoking pot under the Space Needle in Seattle yesterday was just plain weird. (It was the first day Washington's legalization took effect. Oddly, it is still illegal to smoke in public but no one seemed to care.) 
  • The McAfee anti-virus guy who is accused of murdering a man in Belize has been arrested and is blogging from jail.  That man has lost his mind.
  • If murder was legal, how much would it escalate? Twice as much? Ten times? More? 
  • I am so out of the music loop that I have no idea what a song by Mumford & Sons sounds like. I just see their name all over the place. 
  • Professionally, I may have had the greatest emotional experience over the last seven days. I came in contact with a man who was skeptical and suspicious of me who now is concerned I might not be around to help in the future. 
  • Thing I learned this morning: Lee Harvey Oswald was only 24 when he did the deed.
  • It seems like the electrical-poles-catching-fire story would have been bigger than what it was.

49 comments:

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Top
3 out of 5
She is cute

Bottom
Repeat
4.7 out of 5
She is hot.....such a great body.
I am going to get a verbal beating today....
GJ BG!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

540,000 people dropped from the labor force!

wordkyle said...

Funny thing, Obama's unemployment rate falling. There were 191,000 more people in the workforce in November than in October, but 122,000 fewer people working. And unemployment goes down. How does that math work again?

Anonymous said...

Barry said:There's something that makes me uncomfortable about the Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign.

Baby Jesus said:Could be you're selfish and self centered and need to open up your cold negative pessimistic heart?

Anonymous said...

I liked the music on Mumford and Son.

Lamont you big Dummy.

DF Fred Mumford

wordkyle said...

Sorry, my mistake. The Civilian Non-institutional Population increased by 191k. While that number increased, the labor force actually decreased by 350,000 with 122k fewer people actually working.

Anonymous said...

Mumford & Sons music sounds as if theymight be the bastard nephews of Peter, Paul and Mary. Very retro folk sounding. They suck, so it is no real surprise that they got a gig playing SNL this fall. remember when the Stones played SNL? Oh wait, that was when the show was relevant.

Anonymous said...

I saw the meteor heading into work this morning, I was on 287 about to take the 114 exit to towards grapevine when I saw it. First time I've seen one that big. It was pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

Gallup says unemployment is 8.3%. I don't understand the difference.

http://www.businessinsider.com/gallup-the-unemployment-rate-surged-in-november-2012-12

Anonymous said...

RTG:
Top- nice, love the tats, face-not so much
Bottom- repeat pic of an orca, christ that girl is FAT!!
She;s the one your mom tried to set you up with, you know, shes got a pretty face, great personality, all that crap.
All in all a dissapointing twofer BG, Bacons on crack BTW>

Anonymous said...

If you've heard one Mumford n Sons song, you've heard them all. They all sound exactly the same.

Exactly

Hawg Wire said...

I have been to Iraq and supported recovery efforts following Hurricanes Rita and Ike. Without question, the one organization I saw doing good things for people that needed and deserved help in all three places was the Salvation Army. I do not pass up a Red Kettle at Christmas time without putting a donation in it.

Anonymous said...

Mumford - the moment I hear a song of theirs come on the radio I change the station. Terrible.

Anonymous said...

Mumford & Sons = good sleeping music, don't listen to it in the car

Triple Fake... said...

If murder was legal:
We would all be playing The Hunger Games - Super Deluxe Extreme Home Edition!

Geometry - the version you're being asked to help with - is fairly basic. You post at least one pic every weekday that is based on and emphasizes angles, shapes, and volumes.

Did you forget to remember Pearl Harbor (the historical event...the movie of the same name is forgettable)? Or is December 7, 1941 a date which no longer lives in infamy!

Triple Fake Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson

Anonymous said...

The murder rate would not increase. It would be like going back to the old west. An eye for an eye. Most of the punks committing murder don't have to worry about the victim being armed. If murder was legal everyone would be prepared to defend themselves at all times.

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing is uncomfortable because no matter how many times you put money in the jar you feel obligated to donate each time you walk by.

I haven't been shopping where they are set up yet but when I do I am going to make one lump sum donation and not worry the rest of the time when I walk by the bucket.

Anonymous said...

The math works the same way it always has, wordturd. You weren't complaining when Bush was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month.

Anonymous said...

RTG;
I am not hung up on physical appearance, will take either. Not that that matters to them. Judging by facial expression, tattoos, glasses, etc., I think the repeat (second one) would be more fun afterwards, when you have to talk to them.

Anonymous said...

Chick in bottom pis is PRIMO! My kinda babe. Jazzes me up.

Anonymous said...

The Bottom is the best RTG ever! love the repeat!

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle:

Instead of continuing to make comments out of context, would you please tell us which recent Republican President you would like to us as a baseline so that we can evaluate Obama in a rational manner?


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Consilium ac prudentia said...

I'm glad to see the unemployment rate down. I am concerned that it is due to seasonal hiring though. We'll see come Jan-Feb.

Anonymous said...

you feel uncomfortable walking by the red kettle because liberals only feel good about giving other peoples money away.

Anonymous said...

If you were an 18 year-old serviceman at Pearl harbor on 12/7/1941, you would be 89 years old today.

Its hard to believe that most of the servicemen there that day are probably deceased today.

Anonymous said...

You know, if you need help with the geometry homework you could post the problems on your blog and folks would probably give you the solutions.

That way you don't have to strain your little math-challenged brain with Pythagorean theorems and definitions of things like scalene triangles.

wordkyle said...

1008 & 947 - The number you're looking at is the Labor Force Participation Rate. As you can tell by the graph -- and I know you'll check it out, because you challenged me on it and your intellectual honesty will compel you to research it -- for nearly all of Bush's term in office, that rate held fairly steady. Under Obama, that rate has declined dramatically. Those not in the labor force are not working, but are not considered officially unemployed, and so not included in the unemployment rate. In other words, under Obama, increasing numbers of Americans are "hidden" from the unemployment rate calculations than ever were under Bush.

Anonymous said...

We have Miss scank-o-lot on top.Then there is Big-N-Thick on bottom. I guess it's going to be one of those friday's. I'm bummed hopefully you can make up for it this afternoon. Oh and yes Mr. chubby chaser aka.Bacon your nuts! But hey big girls need lovin too.

Anonymous said...

Which Republican president to use
to compare Obama to?
Not quite four years in and with
over 5.6 trillion in new debt,
hell pick any of them.

Not Wordkyle

Anonymous said...

Word and Not Word:

Are you declining to answer the quesiton? What recent Republican President is the bench mark that we should be measuring Obama against?


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Anonymous said...

I. think #2 would turn my loins into Aspic. Nonetheless, ink is for white trash so I choose #2

Anonymous said...

In other words, wordturd, baby boomers continue to retire at an increasing rate, as expected because, you know, they're getting older.

Anonymous said...

I once had scalene triangles. Applied Gold Bond Powder & problem solved!

DF Pythagoras

Anonymous said...

Compare the pos to all of them.

Anonymous said...

how many of the pot smokers died or od'd or got sick, or had wrong way collisions??? zero..

Anonymous said...

12:56
What rong wit white trash?

wordkyle said...

105 - Data to back up your claim? how about some real, legitimate numbers? Even unsupported, your point would only work for 2012 (when those born in 1947 turn 65,) except the pattern of rapid decline is consistent with the three years prior.

1239 - I thought my 1047 post indicated pretty clearly that you can compare Obama's numbers to Bush's. Or anyone's before him, Republican or Democrat, back to Carter, who had LFPR similar to Obama's.

The biggest indicator is that the number has gotten progressively worse.

Anonymous said...

Word:

To claify, I am not talking about just unemployment numbers. Who's Presidency should we be compaing Obama's to overall?

Anonymous said...

Compared to Carter it's a push.

wordkyle said...

256 - Pick'em, pal. Of course you don't want to talk about the artificially low unemployment numbers under Obama, which is the topic of discussion. But choose your own poison.

How about ability to throw a baseball?

Anonymous said...

Word:

Why is it that the more specific questions become, the more vague your answers are? I am perfectly happy to discuss the employment numbers IN CONTEXT.

To be clear, the current numbers suck. They are, in real terms getting worse, not better. Let's move past the surface and talk about how we got here and how to get out.

You can either pick the Overall Presidential Record you wish to use as a comparison for Obama's Presidency, or choose to be a petty griper with no real-world stance on anything. Up to you.

Anonymous said...

3:30

Carter was a democrat, not a republican....but thank you for playing.

Double Fake Alex Trabek

Anonymous said...

Professionally, I may have had the greatest emotional experience over the last seven days. I came in contact with a man who was skeptical and suspicious of me who now is concerned I might not be around to help in the future.


I guess you haven't presented him with the bill yet, huh?

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Did you have a third pick for RTG?

Neither is really up to standards. That said, the one on bottom would be would be soft enough, while the one on top would be crazy in the sack.

I give em each a piece of the the old snake... my standards are low...

Anonymous said...

3:56,

Sure, I shall play...Immediatly strike any law, or government rule or regulation that results in a hindrance or cost to business.

Put in a 20% flat tax. Get rid of all other taxes and the IRS.

Those two actions alone will result in an economic boom. We will once again return to the best business climate in the world, from out current #18.



wordkyle said...

356 - Please, indulge yourself and discuss the unemployment numbers IN CONTEXT. I've spelled things out pretty clearly, at least for the average person. I've given you the opportunity to pick ANY president's term in office and compare it to Obama's. You apparently have something specific in mind you want to say, so please...say it.

Anonymous said...

Double Fake Alex Trabek, you forgot to give your response in the form of a question... and you spelled my name wrong.

Signed,
Who Is The Real DF Alex Trebek

Anonymous said...

4:35 - No idea what you are talking about or how it relates to my previous post.


Word - Thanks for showing that you have no intention of taking a stand on anything that has to be defended.

You constantly say that Obama can't run on his record. Well, he did, and he beat your guy.

You constantly say that Obama proves that anybody is electable. Well, he proved that Romney was not electable (but then all the other big Republicans knew that going in).

What is your problem with naming a Republican that was a better President overall than Obama?

I don't want to talk about a single data point, or a single action that you don't like, I want to talk about a Presidency. The whole term. Actual history, not Republican lies and fear.

You can pretend that you don't understand the question, but like Romney, people are starting to see through your empty bullshit.

Anonymous said...

If murder was legal I can think of three people that would have to look past an armadilloi to see daylight.
the employment figures are overated.They hire more help at Christmas and even some assholes that won't work the rest of the year do then.
Chinas uememployment went way down last month when they lowered the work age from seven to five to cover the X-mas rush.
As for the Salvatation Army the give about ninety percent back to the charitys.It's the reverse for ihe red cross and united way but they have to buy whores and jet airplanes to haul them and the money around.If I passed a kettle for the last tow I'd spit in it.

wordkyle said...

659 - Jesus Henry Christ, Either Bush or Reagan or Eisenhower or Nixon or Ford were better than Obama. Are you so completely dense that my point was not clear to you? Of course you don't want to talk about specifics, because Obama's record sucks on every one. Sorry to tell you this, Petrie, but a "whole presidency" is made up of specifics. On every front, Obama has done horribly.

Economics? He and the Democrats spent more in 3 1/2 years than Bush did in eight. Their policies have delayed recovery from the recession longer than needed.

Foreign policy? America's as hated now as ever, but now that number includes our allies such as Israel, who know they can't count on the U.S. anymore. The Benghazi incident shows that Obama's foreign policy is a Charlie Foxtrot.

How about working of government, that "bipartisanship" Democrats demand? Obama set the tone early in his term when he told Republicans to "shut up and get out of the way," excluding them from constructing legislation because he said and I quote, "I won."

Now his negotiations to prevent the "fiscal cliff" are nonproductive because he insists on the non-negotiable condition of raising taxes on "the rich." This move, by the way, will have negligible effect on raising revenues to solve any budget crisis, as he well knows. His point is to pit one group of Americans against another, using "fairness" as his tool. (He said as much to Charlie Gibson during a 2008 debate with Hillary. If revenues decline because of his move, it's still okay.) That he was elected and reelected despite his record is what makes every other candidate electable. American voters have shown that qualifications and experience don't matter in elections. Those traits only matter when the winner goes to govern, and Obama illustrates the folly of ignoring those characteristics.

At this point, if you're not struggling to be deliberately obtuse, then it's your natural state and there's no hope for you.