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1.15.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • Dez Non-Catch Controversy, Part 8,657: For those of you who think the ball didn't touch the ground.
  • So the cops bust a couple in Southlake for growing pot and all the stories say they had "numerous firearms and ammunition" in the house. Anyone want to speculate on the number of Texas homes with numerous firearms and ammunition in them? So what we got here is some pot growers. (Although the book-in photo appears to be what anyone wishes to talk about.)
  • Long term readers know I've ranted for years about how the FBI learns of some idiot "terrorist" on the Internet, sucks him into a plot that he has no capability of carrying out, sets him up, arrests him, and then claim a great victory on the War on Terror. It happened yesterday with a 20 year old in an alleged plot to plant pipe bombs in the nation's Capitol building. Somehow this has made national news. Note: FBI officials said he was no threat to the public during the course of the investigation. That's pretty much all you need to know.  (He did buy two M-15 semiautomatic rifles yesterday but the gun seller was working with the FBI, and I bet the FBI even provided him the money. Oh, and the kid was working with an FBI informant -- a guy who has something to gain -- instead of an undercover FBI agent.)  
  • Mrs. LL had some little kid relative over on Sunday and five minutes before the Cowboy game she (the kid) came up to me and said, "Change the channel to Sponge Bob Square Pants." I was looking at the computer and, without looking up, said, "Not a chance, kid."  Mrs. LL suddenly appeared from upstairs with a, "Honey, you can watch it in the game room. I'll help."
  • I actually watched a little of Sponge Bob an hour before that. Whomever writes that stuff does so when high.
  • On Tuesday, probable right wing presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told People that he questions the parenting skills of Barack and Michelle Obama for allowing their daughters to listen to BeyoncĂ©.  It didn't take long for critics to pull out the video of him playing Cat Scratch Fever with Ted Nugent on his show from 2011. Recap.
  • Watch the Open Carry nuts, or more specifically the Open Carry Tarrant County nuts, harass a state legislator yesterday. 
  • "Starting Friday, the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant [the the Muslim call to prayer], or adhan, from the Duke Chapel bell tower." Source.
  • That's a crazy mystery in Fort Worth: A car crashes in a field and two bodies associated with the vehicle (a mother and her baby) were found 500' away. Both were nude.
  • Question about those two guys who "free climbed" the 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park. Where did those safety ropes come from? 
  • "MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that 'one cannot make fun of faith' and that anyone who throws insults can expect a 'punch'."  I guess the Pope would agree with my poke-a-rattlesnake comment from yesterday. 
  • Oscar nominations released this morning. 


50 comments:

BagOfNothing.com said...

That's a great photo of Dez, but it's just one frame and could have been taken just after his forearm first hit the ground as the ball moved to the side and then hit the ground.

#CowboysZapruder

Rex Kramer said...

so does that make Pope Francis' remarks a tacit threat?

if that's the case Bill Maher and the like better watch their backs.

perhaps we can expect a catholic suicide bomber to hit the SNL studios...

no one expects the Spanish Inquisition

DF Michael Palin

Anonymous said...

Way to go Messenger! You go to Bridgeport to interview two of the new basketball players, then somehow your article featuring them becomes about Decatur. Not even a quote from those boys, background...nothing. I have to read about Decatur's record LAST YEAR in district!!! You had a chance to do a great story, but just couldn't help yourself making it a Decatur article featuring a little Bridgeport. How about everyone come over to Bridgeport next Tuesday at 8pm and take a look for yourselves. This is the best basketball this area has ever seen, and it's not in Decatur.

Anonymous said...

Well, I hope the "separation of church and state" hardliners step in and squash that Islamic Duke situation, since they would be throwing a fit if Christians did something similar!! :-)

that guy said...

@0900

Duke is a private university.

Just FYI

Anonymous said...

For those of you who need help translating Wordkyle's posts, this article explains the reason why he has written everything, ever.

http://io9.com/8-logical-fallacies-that-fuel-anti-science-sentiments-1679442426

Anonymous said...

Mike Huckabee should stick to the issues that the voters will be looking at with a presidential candidate.

His "preachy" comment about the Obama girls watching Beyonce is irrelevant and none of his business.

Boy that's all we need in this country is an over the top religious fanatic President.

Please no!

Anonymous said...

RTG is awesome

Anonymous said...

it's a good thing 9:14 is computer savy enough to read other blogs that are linked to off of this one

otherwise he wouldn't be able to make such witty comments.

Rage must have a few illegitimate kids running around with an extra chromosome or two

my apologies to rage, on second thought this guy is too half-assed to have come from Rage's loins...

but, we haven't heard from 'wurdy' in awhile

Anonymous said...

My only issue with the Dez catch is what is considered a football move. He caught the ball, pulled it into his body, put his left foot down then right foot. Then switched the ball to his left hand put his left foot down and dove to the endzone. What constitutes the end of the process of a catch? It's all a judgement call. Somehow his was incomplete yet Cobb's was ruled a catch. SMH

Anonymous said...

9:28

You mean, like, yesterday?

Anonymous said...

The very purpose of satire is to make fun of 'sacred cows', in the hope this will lead to critical thinking. It is NOT in the hope that the reader/cartoon viewer will come to agree with the satirist; but rather that one will think critically, evaluate, and re-evaluate. Some may come to agree with the satirist; some will not.

There will, of course, always be those who choose NOT to think critically, and to simply feel insulted and enraged.

To suggest that this means that the satirist is wrong to engage in the satire is wrongheaded.

Anonymous said...

The Pope is not an American. He doesn't know anything about real freedom.
He is just a man who isn't any closer to God than any of us fools.

Anonymous said...

The pope is a marxist like Barry.

Katy Anders said...

In the 1860's, the Pope (Pius IX) condemned Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Religion, "Americanism," etc.

There's no real way to repeal papal statement like that in Catholicism, so I suppose the Syllabus of Errors has to stand to this day.

What this Pope is saying is therefore consistent with the Catholic position.

Anonymous said...

Back up one or two frames and you will see him streaching his arm forward in an attempt to get the ball past the chalk. That act indicates that he had control. Good photo shopping but the resolution is too high to have not been altered.

Anonymous said...

Re: That's a crazy mystery in Fort Worth: A car crashes in a field and two bodies associated with the vehicle (a mother and her baby) were found 500' away. Both were nude.

1. Do you find it alarming that LE couldn't find the bodies and yet they were found by a man fixing a fence only 500' away?? I mean really...

2. My best guess, someone kidnapped them and she wrecked thinking it was best way to survive and ran and perp caught them and did who knows what to them then took the clothes to eliminate any potential DNA.

Weird nonetheless......

Anonymous said...

Hey BG, big difference between being an adult and hosting a show and having Ted Nugent as a guest, and being a parent and letting your girls listen to lyrics like "he Monica Lewinsky'd all over my dress. Meanwhile 5 more GTMO detainees have been freed to go listen to Beyonce.

Anonymous said...

They climbed the route, scouting it and putting in carabiners prior to the actual accent. The "safety ropes" are used to belay each other, but offer no aid in the climb. They just keep them from dying if they fall. And, one fall would have negated the whole "free climb" aspect of what they did.

Anonymous said...

Where was the criticism of the parenting skills of Obammy and Moochelle when one of their daughters twitted a picture of herself wearing a T shirt with the logo of a gang banger rapper who put out songs about killing police officers?

Anonymous said...

Barry, that was kind of you to let Mrs. LL set you up in the game room to watch the game so the relative could have the big screen. Oh? Did I misunderstand?

DF Hen Pecked Liberally Lean Husband

Anonymous said...

If you are gonna jump on board with the Pope about his stance on freedom of expression, then do you agree with him on his stance on abortion too? I didn't think so....

Anonymous said...

Obammy just declared Duke University a community college so he can send his daughters there for free.

Anonymous said...

9:14,

That was an interesting, although completely one-sided article. Furthermore, I don't see that it has anything to do with Wordkyle's posts. Perhaps you could break it down for us.

The first line in the second paragraph reads: "We've never been more dependent on science." I would be more sympathetic if it read, "We've never been more dependent on technology." The second statement is much closer to the truth, I think.

To put some balance into the mix, please look at:

http://www.holoscience.com/wp/sciences-looming-tipping-point/

Here's a teaser:

"A ‘tipping point’ in science is supposed to happen when the weight of evidence against a theory tips the balance of opinion against it. But we are dazzled in this space age by computer-generated ‘virtual reality’ and the sheer technological brilliance of applied science. So it can come as a surprise to be told that modern theoretical science is in crisis."

Anonymous said...

"Perhaps you could break it down for us."

Sure: You're stupid.

9:14

Anonymous said...

Barry,

How soon you forget the Tsarnaev brothers. Had they been caught a week prior to the Boston attacks you would have said they were just a couple of young knuckleheads incapable of carrying out an attack.

You liberals seem to forget, apologize for, and blame Bush whenever a terror attack happens.

Anonymous said...

I guess the Pope should condone an attack on MSNBC then! Maybe the NY Times as well...hell, why not CNN too.

The current Pope was a huge mistake for the Catholics and I hope they realize that. He was put in place by the Obama admin and the UN.

heh heh heh said...

Barry you should join the Open Carry group in Tarrant County. You should also start wearing those Trilby hats that the leader of Open Carry Tarrant County wears. Trilbys were made for clueless douches like you.

Like George Dubya Bush would say: heh heh heh

Anonymous said...

"The Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound in the world." This is a direct quote from one of Obammy's two autobiographies. The most interesting man in the world has to have two autobiographies. Stay thirsty, my friend. Obammy once gave a pep talk before a football game and both teams won. Women will not swallow his DNA so they can sell it on the black market. He tells the teleprompter what to say. Whenever he has an idea, more than one light bulb comes on......

The Donald said...

So the cops bust a couple in Southlake for growing pot and all the stories say they had "numerous firearms and ammunition" in the house.

They don't look so much the Southlake type...

Watch the Open Carry nuts, or more specifically the Open Carry Tarrant County nuts, harass a state legislator yesterday.

At least you're starting to show some discernment. Truly, the Kory Watkins circus is solely for the aggrandizement of KW, and is only a detriment to OCT and decent 2A supporters. I hate to call names, but, man, that guy is a dickhead.

Anonymous said...

Obammy congratulated the two free climbers of El Capitan by tweeting a picture of himself.

Katy Anders said...

11:04: You mean like conservative hero Joe Walsh recently did?

https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/555439146253426688

Anonymous said...

10:50,

I guess we need "science" to protect us from stupidity. Since you seem incapable of being the spokesperson, perhaps Bill Nye will do. Wait, check that. He's too white. Let's go with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Thank you for your measured and illuminating response.

Anonymous said...

Duke isn't Blue Devils for nothing.
How stupid.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Aren't you going to toot Obammy's horn about the Reuter's story on the Dept. of Labor's report of U.S. jobless claims rise to a 4 month high?

Anonymous said...

10:11... I assume you mean "one fall" without ropes. There were plenty of falls during the climb.

Anonymous said...

Joe Walsh: The smoker you drink, the player you get.

Anonymous said...

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Those are my thoughts today, in short hand.

Anonymous said...

He caught the ball, took three steps, lunged for the goal and the ball popped out. Catch and ground caused fumble and since ground can't cause fumble well you get the picture. No one said the ball didn't pop out….but he caught it first!!

Anonymous said...

Katy,

What Walsh said was in anger over the self censorship and appeasement of extremists, but he had a point. However his tweet had absolutely nothing to do with my comments on this subject.

My point was that those networks regularly bash Christians, namely Catholics, so the Pope should condone attacks on those networks for "poking the rattlesnakes" on the Christian far right when and if an attack ever occurs. If these networks are truly concerned about the “safety” of their employees then they will discontinue imbedding reporters in war zones. I think it is pretty clear that they side with the terrorists or they are just major hypocrites.

Boy, you folks love you some Islamic terrorists. Did you masturbate to Amedy Coulibaly’s photo?

Katy Anders said...

2:02: Could you find some sort of nickname or something to sign your comments with so that I don't waste my time trying to talk to someone who is only here to make braindead generalizations?

Sredna Ytak said...

Ok, to appease you Katy I now have a nickname. So you hold the line that the satirists in France and around the globe, as well as the media in general should self censor when it comes to Muslims or any religion for that matter? To clarify and to be fair Charlie Hebdo was the Joan Rivers of satire...nobody was off limits. If we can no longer use satire (as the Pope suggests) to point out the great injustices carried out in this world, mostly by religious groups and political groups, then the entire population of the world loses. It truly is about freedom and we should fight for it in every way...never lie down and be quiet.

I'm not picking on Muslims here but they are just the ones doing the craziest shiate at the moment. Christians have a long history of doing horrible things as well but we need to take into account what groups are committing terror today. I could care less about the kid that broke my window twenty years ago, I only care about the one tossing rocks at it today.

Katy Anders said...

2:54: I'm not sure where you saw me advocating appeasement. If anything I err on the side of more free speech.

Anonymous said...

Hate to break it to you Katy, but you're wasting your time whether he has a nickname or not. We all are.

Speaking of nick names, there ain't no Santa Clause either. Life's rough. Grow a pair

Sredna Ytak said...

All I'm saying is that when it comes to free speech the Pope is doing some pretty piss poor Poping! Maybe a little butt hurt still over the condemnation the church received for hiding rape. I suggest Charlie should take another round at the Pope and anyone else that took offense.

Anonymous said...

3:53,

If that was intentional, very clever!

DF St. Nick

Katy Anders said...

4:23: Yeah, from what I read, his analogy was the same as mine yesterday but his point was different.

My point yesterday, to use a different analogy was this: If you go into a an area with a large minority population and begin shouting racial epithets in the air, you're going to get beaten up.

This is not saying you should not be allowed to use those words. It's not to endorse your getting beaten up.

It is only to say that possible repercussion of one's words and actions should go into the calculus of what every person does in life.

It's just how it works.

If you say something incendiary, something you KNOW is incendiary, there's a chance something bad is going to happen.

The Pope, according to what i read today, appeared to be justifying it more. I suspect a clarification will be issued.

And even as a Catholic, I agree with you that the molestation scandal has undermined the moral authority of the Church for foreseeable future.

Anonymous said...

"Free climbing is a specific rock climbing term that was created in contrast with aid climbing. It refers to climbs in which climbing protection such as ropes, tri-cams, nuts, and other aid-climbing equipment, may be used to protect against injury during falls, but cannot be used in ascending the climb. The term free climbing originally meant "free from aid"." - Wikipedia. Make no mistake, what the climbers accomplished at the very pinnacle of climbing achievement. There are only a handful of people among the 7 billion on the planet who could have done that.

Anonymous said...

"He did buy two M-15 semiautomatic rifles yesterday..."

I realize that you were quoting the news source. but they meant to say "AR-15 rifles, the semiautomatic version of the M-16 military rifle."

Mr. Green, I'm a libertarian who wants less government intrusion. But since we HAVE spent our money on it, I'd frankly like them to put people like this away. He wanted to do the deed. Yes, they helped, so that they don't have to watch him for the next decade, until he gets the wherewithal to complete the deed. I know that you hate this argument, but if your family were amongst those threatened, you would want something done. We put so many non-violent drug offenders (whom I don't like, won't associate with, and am disgusted by the presence of) in prison for questionable reasons; can't we put a stupid would-be terrorist in prison?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but some of you people don't understand that there is a rule for receivers who fall to the ground, even if the ball also touches the ground along with them. If the defender, which you so generously show in your picture, does not make any contact with him when he is on the ground, can legally get up and continue the play with the ball still being alive. Catches it, does not get touched, crosses the goal line, make touchdown. It's not that hard to understand.