1.30.2014

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Bridgeport used to have a drive-in theater? And more than one theater downtown? ("Yes", per the comment section yesterday)
  • Breaking: Nine dead, including eight children, in house fire in Kentucky. 
  • I'm reading a Texas Monthly article on Ted Cruz which is really interesting. It included a photo of him with Dewhurst from their debates which reminded me of how angry Dewhurst got. 
  • From the Update: "The Senior Class of Alvord High School will hold a Drag Queen Contest Friday night during the Varsity Lady Bulldog/Bulldog basketball games at AHS." We've got Glee breaking out in Wise County.
  • I think I've had the most grateful client and the most ungrateful client ever this week. 
  • You may recall the woman found dead in her freezer in Mineral Wells. She was later to determined to have meth in her system. Yesterday, her husband was charged with the little known crime of providing a controlled substance to another which caused death or serious bodily injury. Good luck with all that. They have to prove he provided her meth, that the meth in her system was the same meth that he provided her, and it was the meth that caused her to fall in the freezer. (But he has such a criminal history that the DA will be about to brow beat him into some kind of plea.)
  • Junior Miller on The Ticket talked about jogging the six mile route in Central Park in Manhattan yesterday. That's definitely on my bucket list. 
  • The 2014 Wise County Hog Contest starts this Saturday. Sign up on The Hunting Game blog over there if you want to kill a hog. ---->
  • A conservative political consultant believes that George Bush may have been the last Republican president. One of the main reasons on her list: Demographics. I've been preaching that for over a decade. 
  • I'm not a fan of lawyer advertising, but one guy sure has an interesting way to target the club crowd. (h/t BagofNothing)
  • An alleged sex offender wanted in Wise County was on the run but caught yesterday in Louisiana. 
  • Two years ago, I criticized Wendy Davis for trying to make political hay out of the goofy act of a homeless man setting her office door slightly on fire.  (Who is fair and balanced? This guy!)


58 comments:

Anonymous said...

No more Republican presidents? That is probably correct for the reason that Alexander Tytler preached in the late 1700s:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage."

Skippy Bob said...

Oh! Skippy the conservatives are going to go all Skippy over you for that last Republican president comment! Skippy is gonna Skippy your Skippy this Skippy for Skippy!

Anonymous said...

If your prediction is true, that will signal the end of the U.S. and eventually the end of the civilized world.

Anonymous said...

If your prediction is true, that will signal the end of the U.S. and eventually the end of the civilized world.

Anonymous said...

Barry cites a leftist website as his conservative source predicting the end of republican presidents. Who's fair an balanced?

RPM said...

I remember Bridgeport having 2 theaters. One was open as "The Teen Club" the other was across the street, now known as Main Stage. Remember watching Bonnie & Clyde there.

The closest drive-ins I remember were at Decatur, Jacksboro and Bowie. A Bridgeport drive-in would have to be pre-1963.

Anonymous said...

Bush may be the last Republican president, and the Republicans in D.C. may be spineless R.H.I.N.O. wussies, but at least there will be enough defiant Republicans and Tea Partiers in charge of many state governments.

They aren't going to go along with this liberal bull**** even if you try to force them :)

They're already proving it by making it difficult for Obama to enforce Obamacare :)

Anonymous said...

8:41 Beat me to the punch. Yes demographics have a lot to do with the premise--but the actual root cause is the fact that we have an entitlement based government now and any actuary can tell you that the number of people that get dressed and go to work in the mornings vs. the number that are waiting for some kind of check to arrive are at a tipping point. At the point that the hands-out demographic outnumber (which is very close now) the go to work crowd then the Republic is doomed.
I am not Sam...

Anonymous said...

fair and balanced my ass

Anonymous said...

Could someone tell me where and when the next bear club meeting is?

SpanishWarDonkey said...

The author of the political piece you mentioned also stated something like 25, 31, and 41 identified as R,D,I, respectively. I didn't see any numbers about how many people were surveyed but that is good to see more people claiming to be independent. The author also makes a good point that if and when Texas goes blue, it will be game over. Not necissarily game over for the US, but the Republican Party in the executive branch. It will be red in congress for several more decades due to the simple fact that there are hundreds or even thousands of people with millions of dollars to burn in local and state elections supporting the republicans. That and the control they have now is pretty insane.

Other good points the author made were, in no particular order of importance: an increasingly secular culture, which has stemmed from years of secular indoctrination in the schools; a media that, overall, is much more in favor of liberal policies than conservative ones and; most importantly, an electorate that is increasingly dependent on government for survival. A caveat of note in that regard is the people that depend the most on government, also tend to procreate more than those that produce and pass along the ideas that government will provide for them.

What will be funny, and where part of me hopes to see the day while another part hopes I'm long gone, as it will be very ugly, will be when the producers stop producing, and the people that depend solely upon government for survival will begin to reap what their ancestors have sewn.

Katy Anders said...

I don't know about the "last Republican president" thing. I'm not that old, but I have seen one of the two political parties declared DOA approximately every two years.

Whites seem to vote increasingly Republican, blacks vote Democrat, but neither of those demographics is growing.

So we're talking about Hispanics, who currently don't vote and probably don't have the absolute refusal to vote Republican that the black community does.

We'll see, but I think it is still more than feasible that a Republican wins in 2016.

Anonymous said...

Importation of illegals from Mexico adds to the Democrats base of voters. Last year was the first year that Hispanics made up a majority (51%) of the students enrolled in our public schools. That indicates to me that the end is near for the Republican Party. With Texas as a blue State the electoral vote is a solid Democrat majority.

Anonymous said...

Nice camel toe.

Anonymous said...

Bush was a moderate wuss. He was okay, but not conservative, in the least.

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG is a repeat from January, 2011.

Anonymous said...

From the Update: "The Senior Class of Alvord High School will hold a Drag Queen Contest Friday night during the Varsity Lady Bulldog/Bulldog basketball games at AHS." We've got Glee breaking out in Wise County.

Good idea. And when those pics are in the infinite inter-web, don't go crying cause everyone thinks your ghay.

Anonymous said...

Democrat-Republican-Independent, it doesn't matter. Our government - country is controlled by Wall Street so it doesn't matter who you put in there. Not one single solitary person has ever even been prosecuted for the illegal acts that led to the 2008 financial crises. The 99% are just cattle for the 1%.

DF Richard "Racehorse" Head said...

lawyer advertising - this guy is a marketing genius. Excellent idea.

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG:

Nice

Double Nice

Drink Nice

Moose Knuckle Nice

Seriously

My week just got better

Even after reading the comments from your fellow political hacks

Seriously

Awesome

yahoo.com said...

A candidate for Texas Lt. Gov. is basing his campaign on border security and stopping illegal immigration, something outside the abilities of a Texas Lt. Gov. State senate candidates are running against Obama with no mention of what they can do for Texas..
The Republican congress's biggest brag is making it harder for people to get health insurance.
They do these things to get the fringe vote but they can't be elected by the fringe vote.

Bush might be the last conservative president but if the party is willing to change future Republican presidents are possible. Republicans need to move back toward the center to be viable nationally.

Anonymous said...

RTG: That's a c@ck, man!!!

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing McHales Navy movie at the Bridgeport Drive in as a child. It was located where the current waste truck manufacturing facility is on the lake road. It used to be Wichita Construction Yard as well. I think the old concession stand may still be there.

Uncle Ed

Anonymous said...

A review of IMDB shows Mchales Navy released in June 1964.

Anonymous said...

Who will liberals blame without Republicans? Themselves ? One party Rule. Maybe Obumbles can be the first American Dick-tater. We will all be required to have at least one photo of Dear leader in our homes. A far left Liberals wet dream. All churches will be transformed to Dear Leader worship centers. I can hardly wait.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

The arcadia theater was located in the building where the current theater is downtown. It showed movies in the 60s.

The National theater shut down in the 40s (I think) and was located across the street. It was the teen club in the 60s.

The Drive in was out on lake road past the Mexican Cemetary.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of being an underdog; it will be nice to be the minority for a while. I could care less if we have a Republican president ever again. The country will become more and more divided in every aspect and I love that and welcome it. We will finally see who the truly intolerant party is.

Anonymous said...

My tongue just starts wiggling uncontrollably when I look at the RTG's pic.

HarveyLee said...

Move your hand, girl; you're blocking my view.

DF Roger Ebert said...

Actually, the MOVIE McHales Navy came out on 1997. The TV series ran from 1962 thru 1966.

You are welcome.

Anonymous said...

Ban house fires!

Lou Brown said...

There was a McHale's Navy movie made in 1964 with the original TV cast.

Anonymous said...

Wendy Davis has imploded herself- good. Thank God.

We dodn't have to relearn historic lessons about giving political reins to somebody, as they are anybody but a conservative, middle aged white guy.

Anonymous said...

We don't need any Republicans or Democrats, just Obama. We have a President that does not need a Congress to pass legislation when he can rule by executive order. Reminds me of Hitler grabbing power in the 1930s.

Anonymous said...

1:09 Hilter...where have I heard that before...

Oh yes. I remember.

Obama has associations, family, and such who fought to keep Hilter in charge.

FACT

Anonymous said...

1:56

Hilter? Twice?

Pay attention.

wordkyle said...

The Republicans may indeed be a declining force politically. More important than the demographics is the changing nature and attitude of the electorate, regardless of race.

1) Democrats and many "independents" still support Obama even though he's repeatedly deceived voters, and laughed in their face about how he deceived them. How can such a man have any credibility at all left?
2) Minorities who might agree with and want to support Republican or Conservative policies are subjected to absolute venom, isolation and intimidation from other members of their minority. Look at the names Herman Cain and Ben Carson have been called by prominent black (Democrat) leaders.

Katy Anders said...

wordkyle: I think that candidates win Presidential elections and not parties. A good Republican Presidential candidate with some media savvy could pull it off.

I don't think anybody loves Obama all that much, but he looked preferable to Romney to enough people in 2012 that he won.

Both parties benefit form that kind of thinking, "Yeah, we suck, but we're slightly better than the other side!"

Anonymous said...

As long as they don't take my feed stamps away from me.


DF Angry Black man

wordkyle said...

Katy, I'll agree with you to a point. Obama could not have won on his job performance for the first four years; his record was pathetic. But he is absolutely worshiped by a large percent of the population, regardless of what he does or doesn't do.

Obviously you're right about Obama/Romney, the results speak for themselves. Again, how could Obama retain any credibility whatsoever?

Katy Anders said...

wordkyle: I just don't know that I agree that he's worshiped. he has a sort of celebrity status among some folks equivalent to any other TV personality, but I haven't seen the sort "Obama is my savior" attitude that conservatives claim from anyone since early in his 1st term - let alone a "large percentage."

Of course, I never thought of him as better than a C-level President, but I do know a lot of democrats.

wordkyle said...

Katy, does thinking something like "Obama is my savior" have an expiration date? You are correct, that the worship started even before he took office. But more recently...

Piers Morgan, December 2013: "... after the perfect Barack Obama - who’s a perfect physical specimen to many people's eyes - does it matter?"

Chris Matthews, July 2012: "He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong. He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American."

Jerry Springer, January 2014: "Is there a human being on the planet Earth that wouldn't want Barack Obama as a son?"

The biggest example, of course, was the 2009 celebrity video featuring stars pledging to "be a servant to Barack Obama." This was shown to school children in the fall of 2013.

Anonymous said...

You know, that book about Charles Manson - "HILTER SKILTER"

Anonymous said...

4:20 (how appropriate)

Democrats bad, Republicans good.

Next.

Anonymous said...

"The biggest example, of course, was the 2009 celebrity video featuring stars pledging to "be a servant to Barack Obama." This was shown to school children in the fall of 2013."

Exactly how many school children saw this video at Hudson Middle school? Take your time, any number will do.

Once again you overstate the preponderance of how many school children actually saw the video by failing to mention it was shown at only a few schools by crazy few administrators and imply that it was shown nationwide by not presenting the facts.

And seriously, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Dave Grohl, Justin Bateman, give me a frik'n break. All high-level, top political minds of the 21st century as we all know. NOT

Your rhetoric has become ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know school children could vote.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Springer? You're using a Jerry Springer quote to sell your point?

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

Check out that blue mound with a camel toe... wish she would not back hand the kitty....

Anonymous said...

7:22 They can't vote but they can quite easily be indoctrinated.

Katy Anders said...

I have to agree with the other commenter, wordkyle. I am not convinced that Jerry Springer and Chris Matthews represent a good cross section of any demographic.

It's like saying that the White House Press Secretary or the lobbyist for Coca-Cola represents Everyman.

Anonymous said...

The Bport drive in was still open in i964.Stephen Curley owned both theaters.

Anonymous said...

Talk about old times! Does anyone have any pics of the community Christmas tree that was always put up just on the east side of Rex Bird's station. Its where Duckwalls was. Was a big deal for us poor kids. All the merchants helped with it.

wordkyle said...

Trees for forest, kiddies. All my examples are illustrative of the Obama worship that consumes the Left.

Anonymous said...

All my examples are illustrative of the Obama worship that consumes the Left because I say so!

FIFY

wordkyle said...

Well, illustrative to those who are not already committed to Obama's deification and the accompanying obdurateness. Knotheads (including the subset of Obama worshipers) don't let little things like reality inform their opinions.

Anonymous said...

RTG: Quite Strong to VERY strong.

Anonymous said...

Obdurateness? Conservatives (Tea Partiers/ Knotheads) shut down the government, tried and failed 40 times to repeal healthcare reform and caused this to be the least productive Congress in history.

Don't go pulling your $3 words. We all know who's pachydermatous around here. You're consumed with hatred for anything thing left of a tax free religious based police state.

wordkyle said...

a) Check James Madison's words on Congress's constitutional role and duty in the budgeting process.

b) Words are free when you pay attention in school. But maybe you have to purchase your vocabulary.

c) You not only misunderstand (or purposely misused) the word hatred, you also misunderstand (or purposely mischaracterized) my political disposition.

d) None of which have to do with the fawning, subservient idol worship Democrats have toward Obama -- and the damage that attitude has inflicted on the country.