The Campaign For DA

1.16.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • I probably could use the Google, but what happened to the Bridgeport guy who won the bid to jump the Snake River Canyon?
  • "Oilfield services giant Schlumberger cuts 9,000 jobs". They have, or at least used to have, a pretty big presence in Wise County.
  • I completely missed the story of the seven year old who survived a plane crash in Kentucky which killed her parents, sister, and cousin. She then walked 3/4 of a mile through thick woods to a home. She told them she thought everyone was dead but hoped they were only sleeping. 
  • Kentucky's basketball team played an eight day exhibition schedule in the Bahamas in August which had a total cost of $792,845.68. Coach John Calipari stayed in a $1,550-per night hotel suite at the Atlantis.
  • I'm not sure what I think about every Oscar nominee for Best Actor and Best Actress being all white. I suppose it's a fluke but it's a crazy fluke. 
  • Based upon some Gov. Perry's farewell speech yesterday, it appears he has been abducted by aliens: "Over the years I have come to see our approach to non-violent drug offenders as flawed," he said.
  • Here's a great picture taken from behind Perry during the speech, but there sure are a lot of empty seats where legislators normally sit. 
  • I think I would be happier if I just stuck to the National Geographic Channel, the Travel Channel and the Smithsonian Channel. (Except the NGC over the last couple of nights has been featuring Africa where there's a heck of a lot of animal on animal crime.) 
  • Our TV is on Nickelodeon quite a bit (I have no scene control), and I rolled my eyes the other day when I saw a commercial for a new series called Bella and the Bulldogs about a middle school cheerleader who takes over the team's quarterback position. But it is interesting that the female star lives in Saginaw.
  • Update thoughts: (1) There are 13 death notices in there. That might be a record. (2) The guy mentioned in the first item might be the most unlucky guy ever.
  • I didn't know that NFL Executive of the Year Jerry Jones, when he replaced George Dunham with Jody Dean as the PA guy for Texas Stadium back in the day, called Dunham personally to let him know. 
  • Sports Illustrated has named Baylor/TCU as the #1 college football game of last season.  It's polar opposite, Baylor/Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl was #6.
  • It seems like the general consensus is that the Texas oil industry could handle these low prices for about six months but then the massive layoffs would start. 



67 comments:

Anonymous said...

one day folks like yourself will consider the merit and character of a person rather than the skin color.

Anonymous said...

When they have merit and character we will but so far we've seen none.

Anonymous said...

"I probably could use the Google, but what happened to the Bridgeport guy who won the bid to jump the Snake River Canyon.?"

Typical liberal.

You want everyone else to do the work for you!

Anonymous said...

I just love that Brown Breasted yellow incrusted mattress thrasher.

DF Decatur Bird Watchers Society

wordkyle said...

You do realize, don't you, that if someone of another political persuasion had made the Africa/"animal on animal crime" comment, you would have been howling about its being proof of that person's racism?

Anonymous said...

9:00

What a reach.

Making up for no posts yesterday?

Anonymous said...

As a rig manger, I just laid off 42 people in the last 2 weeks... just wait. We go first, then the completion and service hands go next. H&p has lost 40 contracts this month in the Permian basin alone.... it's fixing to get rough... what a lot of people don't realize is: as an oilfield hands, we have the purchasing power of about 3 home depot or Wal-Mart employees, when we stop spending, it will effect everyone. We can't afford to tip 30 percent at the restaurant, if we even go out to eat. We can't buy 60000 dollar trucks from the local ford salesman, we cut back on the beer and driving (which might hit close to your wallet) etc. With current inflation and interest rates, this busy could be the next great depression if things don't get back on track REAL soon!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what I think about every Oscar nominee for Best Actor and Best Actress being all white. I suppose it's a fluke but it's a crazy fluke.

Maybe it was based on ability rather than PC.

Ernest T said...

Since we have to do your work for you....

On his FB page back in September, Big Ed Beckley posted that there was some issue with the TV side of the deal. He has not mentioned it again lately, but keeps talking about new news coming out.

Anonymous said...

with the exception of Al Sharpton (who held an emergency meeting), does anyone really care about the demographics of the Oscar Nominees - sounds like sour grapes hiding under the guise of social justice.

the UK trip, sounds like you have to spend money to make money. That basketball program generates a lot of profit (profit being the key word) for that university, tangible and intangible alike.

Think of your evil empire, a lot of donor money comes in that supports a lot of departments because of the popularity of their athletic department.

You gotta remember Perry is a Democrat, he just switched parties because you need to be Republican to hold office in this state. I believe professional operatives would refer to this as savy. Now that he's not campaigning for the desk in Austin, he can let some of his more liberally lean colors show.

You should listen to Ed Wallace on Saturday morning on 570 if you want to hear some interesting insight on energy policy. That guy is beyond sharp.

Personally I think energy prices will remain low till they increase the gas tax, probably not a bad idea by the way (roads cost money), then a "catostrophic" terrorist/economic/manufactured/whatever you can imagine event will happen and prices will jump back up.

Anonymous said...

9:08 AM sounds like a friend who once said, "I'll spend 90% on wine, women, & song. The rest, well I'm just gonna blow"!
Sorry dude, but there's gonna be a tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

9:08 - Wordy's crush on Barry may have been a bit off yesterday, hence no posts.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what I think about every Oscar nominee for Best Actor and Best Actress being all white. I suppose it's a fluke but it's a crazy fluke.

Because the only black actor is Samuel Jackson and everyone is tired of his no talent, always the same, bad attitude.

wordkyle said...

908 - Oh, it's not that big a reach. You fellas are always ready to point out racism every chance you get, even if it's not there. The counselor's phrasing, expressed by another -- the right kind of other -- person, would have caused screaming and foot-stamping and moral indignation.

Anonymous said...

Barry is obsessed with race.

Anonymous said...

I hope Al Sharpton stages a protest at the Oscars this year, paid by the billionaire who paid for the protest in ferguson! Al Sharpton extorts money from companies by threatening accuations of being racists! He is a complete fraud and disgrace.

Ernest T said...

Al Sharpton is just doing another good old-fashioned shakedown on the movie industry, just like he has done with Wal-Mart, etc. Give me x amount of dollars every year and I will not say that your company is racist.

Wonder if he is now starting to do a proper reporting to the IRS of his income or will he continue to grow the $ 4.5 M debt that he owes?

Ernest T said...

Al Sharpton is still made that "Soul Plane" didn't get Best Picture!

Anonymous said...

Barry have you already pre-purchased your "Selma" tickets along with the little personal-sized tissue packet to take into the cinema?

Anonymous said...

"Based upon some Gov. Perry's farewell speech yesterday, it appears he has been abducted by aliens: 'Over the years I have come to see our approach to non-violent drug offenders as flawed,' he said."

Uh, BG? Have you forgotten that almost exactly a year ago, Perry surprised people by promoting the concept of states de-criminalizing marijuana?

Look, even I didn't want to vote for the guy for POTUS. But you and others seem to have this concept of who he is, and ignore everything else that doesn't fit your narrative.
Sort of how the bigots do with Obama (whom I don't care for, but will give credit to when it is due).

Is there much difference between seeing Obama as a Muslim, Kenyan, socialist (maybe even communist!), ghetto-shilling Manchurian Candidate... and seeing Perry as a frat-boy, jingoistic, separatist, xenophobic, closeted Nancy?

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what I think about this years BET awards for best rapper being all black.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, I just found out that all the nominees for every category at this years BET awards are black!

Anonymous said...

Typical liberal.

You want everyone else to do the work for you!-8:57

Typical conservative. You don't know the answer, but you're gonna bitch about someone asking the question.

Katy Anders said...

The oil and gas folks here in town are getting nervous.

I work right in the center of all of those companies, and I was in the underground area a few weeks back and heard two talking to each other:

Oil Guy A: "How are y'all doing? Get a bonus?"

Oil Guy 2: "Okay, yeah. All things considered, though, another pipeline break might be better for us!"

Anonymous said...

10:29, 10:32, wordkyle, et al., need to breathe between trolls.

Anonymous said...

Barry is obsessed with race.
9:47 AM


Dat sho aint no jive, bro.

Anonymous said...

Katy, I heard pretty much the same conversation between Al Sharpton and Jessie HiJackson but the topic wasn't about a pipeline break. It was about a white cop shooting a black thug.

Anonymous said...

10:53, Pointing out absurdity just goes right over your head doesn't it?

Katy Anders said...

11:14: INteresting.

I've never actually met anyone who cared what Sharpton or Jackson have to say except for conservatives, who seem to sp-end about 75% of their time thinking about them.

I won't judge, though. If you want to spend your time thinking about Sharpton and Jackson, then have at it.

Anonymous said...

Intelligent 9:08

You are so right about the economic impact of the oil industry.

Hate to see these good paying jobs leave.

Anonymous said...

Katy, I feel sorry for you and all the liberal weenies that don't think about how Sharpton, HiJackson, Obammy and Holder are driving a racial wedge into this country. You need to come out of your bubble sometime and see what the real world is like.

Sam Brows said...

Katy - the only reason Sharpton upsets conservatives so is that he makes life more difficult for everyone. It'd be one thing I suspect if his efforts to rally support for various causes were genuine, but they aren't. He has a non-profit corp. that sucks money out of some of the poorest of the poor in this country in the name of racial justice, and that's not at all what he preaches. He preaches bigotry and hatred, black to white. When people listen to that crappola it makes it difficult for folks to get along. Also, if he really wanted racial equality, he'd be working to fix the injustice that 10:32 notes.

Baylor TCU was the best college football game I've ever watched, and I was rooting for TCU.

10:00, at last check, Al still owes the IRS a cool 4.5 million bucks, which, one presumes, is collecting interest at a daily rate. Meanwhile, the government sent IRS, ATF and Homeland Officers in full combat dress to the offices of a very pasty white Danny Porush yesterday, just to investigate him in case he's been up to no good. He is a V.P. of some Florida company that sells medical devices these days, though he is most well known for being the real live guy that Jonah Hill played in Wolf of Wall Street.

Anonymous said...

Katy, the exposure they get every time those two go somewhere and speak, by both the lib & consrv media, indicates that someone does, and I think it must be more than conservatives. If it is true that Sharpton has a $4.5MM tax bill, and since he doesn't produce anything other than words,and mostly dumb ones at that, are conservatives funding his taxable income?

Katy Anders said...

11:37: Well, Holder and Obama are different because they hold actual positions in the government. In contrast, I thought Jackson was pretty much retired and Sharpton just stands up front whenever he sees a crowd and a camera.

11:43: I think conservatives vastly overestimate his influence. Plus, every time there is a black-on-white crime, the internet explodes with conservative cries of "Where is [the illiterate MSNBC host] on this?!" I've never known a black person who cared what either had to say - at least in the last 15 years.

Anonymous said...

Katy just got bitch slapped more than Rage at a FemiNazi lesbian convention.

Anonymous said...

Katy, If you thank Al doesn't have influence, why does he have his own TV show on a major network, and when a white person says something that they perceive to be racist, they have to go have a meeting with him to apologize and kiss his ring so that he won't boycott them?

Anonymous said...

Resist we much!

Anonymous said...

The racist industry must pay very well if you accrue a 4.5 million dollar tax bill.

HarveyLee said...

Katy: Use another photo; that one is creepy.

Katy Anders said...

11:48: I don't have much to say about Sharpton outside what I already wrote. To me (and I don't see much of him, since the conservative media is more focused on him than the liberal outlets) it always looks like he's chasing down the cameras more than them chasing down him.

Maybe I am vastly underestimating his influence, but he's always been a bit of a joke with black people I know.

12:08: Having a cable show = being influential? MSNBC is a major network? I always feel sort of sorry for him when I see him on show, sounding out the words on his teleprompter.

12:27: Don't be a mustache hater.

Anonymous said...

12:00

Not really. Your evaluation criteria has room for improvement.

Anonymous said...

Katy,

While I don't always agree w/you, I am a fan of your mind and your humor. Not to pick on you, but Sharpton has visited the White House 61 times since 2009. I mean, it's not a stretch to say he's having some influence on the President, yes?

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/394476/al-sharpton-white-house-brendan-bordelon

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks the current crisis in the petroleum industry is made up or fabricated obviously hasn't talked to one of the many many people in Wise County who have already been either forced to move or laid off altogether. One random conversation about bonuses that may or may not have actually occurred is pretty insignificant in light of the very real toll this has taken on families in this area.

Ytak Sredna said...

I've never actually met anyone who cared what Palin or Cheney have to say except for liberals, who seem to sp-end about 75% of their time thinking about them.

Fixed it for you!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:09 said...

Anyone who thinks the current crisis in the petroleum industry is made up or fabricated obviously hasn't talked to one of the many many people in Wise County who have already been either forced to move or laid off altogether. One random conversation about bonuses that may or may not have actually occurred is pretty insignificant in light of the very real toll this has taken on families in this area.

This audience is generally uncaring but thank you for sharing the reality of what is beginning to happen in the oil industry. It happened to me in the early 80's.

Anonymous said...

From the Messenger:
"MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd is 6 tonight at Christian-Hawkins"
That should put our moaning and complaining in perspective.

Katy Anders said...

12:57: 61 times to the White House is, um... strong evidence that someone must consider him pretty important.

1:11: I agree with you, especially as regards Palin. Never understood why liberal sites spend so much of their time worried about what Rush or Palin say.

Ytak Sredna said...

Katy,

Maybe we could all agree to toss out the two and grade on a curve.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Man, I gotta, you've been on a roll with those RTG's. HOT. Most days, My right hand is too busy or cramped to be able to type anything, if you know what i mean...

Anonymous said...

2:31

Sredna Ytak would have been for logical.

Anonymous said...

I recently found out, if you're non-white in Wise county you don't stand a chance at trial.

Sredna said...

3:04...I think it was, yesterday!

Anonymous said...

Obama and Holder are making some good moves lately.

Breaking down Holder’s move to limit civil asset forfeiture abuse.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/01/16/breaking-down-holders-move-to-limit-civil-asset-forfeiture-abuse/

Anonymous said...

9:08, ever thought that you guys in the oil industry are not the entire economy. Here is the way it is: Each motorist will have more money to spend because it was not spent on gasoline. I can now take my family out to eat once a week because I have the extra cash that was not spent on gasoline. Or I can go to Home Depot and spend it. This holds true for EVERY family in America who has been buying gasoline. That is a lot of money to redirect away from the oil industry to other places.

Anonymous said...

Katy, Who said anything about a mustache?

Anonymous said...

What about those high school dropouts who have been driving trucks or drilling holes that an education will serve them better than muscle. Now they can drive to the unemployment office in their F250's and spend their food stamps on beer. (The repo company may have openings for work in this area.)



Anonymous said...

You can't buy beer with food stamps, nor dog food. But you can buy the ingredients to make wine and feed you dog inexpensive wieners and chicken livers.

Anonymous said...

9:08, Welcome to the real world.

Anonymous said...

Fried crickets and meal-worms anyone?

Anonymous said...

Yes, we can survive! Along with the crickets and meal-worms, grow/eat sprouts for their micro-nutrients and phytochemicals. They grow very fast.

http://sproutpeople.org/

Anonymous said...

you mean all being white not being all white. all of us got a little negro, mexican, or injun blood in us. well except for you. you dumbass.

Anonymous said...

Grubs, earthworms, mushrooms, Dandelions? We can survive! We are omnivores!

Anonymous said...

7:54, It is by intention that there are varied races. It is intention that these races interbred; limiting failure and catapulting success.

Anonymous said...

ZB signing out, unless you have a question unanswerable by the common man.

Anonymous said...

Defining race: Race is what you appear to be according to other eyes. You may be majority DNA Caucasian but appear not, therefore you are a race minority.

Anonymous said...

I will LMAO when Devon folds

Anonymous said...

Big Ed was injured in an accident about 8 months ago