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2.23.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • It was probably 10 years ago, but on one snow/ice day Fox 4's morning show just locked onto a TxDot camera showing an overpass in Fort Worth where almost every car would slide or almost slide off the road. So silly. So entertaining. 
  • And what's up with this new technology of trucks spraying some kind of brine solution two days before the ice? I need sand trucks! I need sand trucks on standby!
  • The Messenger posted a "man on the street" video this morning about the weather conditions on Facebook. I follow that guy of Twitter and I was disappointed he didn't do a bit. 
  • New Tarrant County DA Sharen Wilson had a case she resided over as a judge reversed on Thursday for the most basic of reasons: She refused to allow an attorney defending his client to speak during a hearing before she sentenced his client to prison. Excerpt: "Defense counsel: Can I make a closing statement when the time comes? The Court: I don't need one." Think about that. After I got over what an amazing basic legal error that was, I became more amazed that she didn't want to listen.  Heck, I wouldn't say that to a waiter who asked, "May I make a suggestion?"
  • A high school student went viral last year when he tried to get his yearbook picture to include his cat. He has now committed suicide
  • We need more laws: A legislator (who has no idea how laws are written) wants to make it a crime to go into the public bathroom designated for the opposite gender. As written, it would include accidentally doing so.
  • I love you NASCAR fans, but I stumbled upon the last laps of the Daytona 500 yesterday and I just don't get it. 
  • I've developed this weird fascination with Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman over the last few years. So it stopped me down when Dallas music/movie guy Bob Wilonsky said on The Ticket on Friday that it might be his favorite song ever. Paraphrasing, he said, "It is an incredible song about yearning". (I heard on NPR a fantastic background about the writing of the line, "And I need you more than want you, And I want you for all time" but I can't find it for the life of me.)
  • Anyone else have a little uncomfortable with Chris Kyle's widow attending the Academy Awards in the middle of his murder trial? 
  • And the Academy Awards show is a major beating, but I watched almost all of it. Mrs. LL and I were fearful that Lady Gaga was going to butcher her Sound of Music medley but it was great. 
  • I told Mrs. LL that I was going to look like Jared Leto once I retired.
  • I made Mrs. LL watch Hot Tube Time Machine after she proclaimed it to be stupid before ever seeing it. She laughed. Almost too much. 
  • A commercial came on last night which had ELO's song of "Oh Ho Ho It's Magic" and the Junior In The House began singing it. How does she know the lyrics to that? Edit: Dang it. I just thought is was ELO. Wordkyle called me out. 
  • Channel 5 has a "Thunder Truck" right out of Idiocracy.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lowe's in Decatur is going to have a fire sale on the duct tape oversupply they had in the event "Sniper" won last night. The libs are safe, and you will be able to function today without your head looking all grotesque.

Anonymous said...

Real shame that the social engineering agenda, ie. "Selma" was a big FAIL last night. Guess history will be saved from that version of revisionist garbage.

wordkyle said...

ELO? Pilot, maybe?

Anonymous said...

Pilot sang that song you're referencing about "magic". ELO sang "strange magic".

David in Red River said...

Pilot sang the song you're thinking about. ELO sang "Strange Magic".

Katy Anders said...

It's not just ANY state legislator trying to protect our restrooms... It's Debbie "Pit of Hell" Riddle.

Sure, her bill would seem to mean that we'd have to get chromosome tests before using a public bathroom, but what's a couple hours' wait when you really need to go?

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry. I've loved your blog for years and, as a retired THP Trooper...I've always thought you were very kind with your thoughts on the DPS. That aside...I thought you might like this link. It's a behind the song article about "Wichita Lineman" that is pretty neat. http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/01/behind-the-song-wichita-lineman/

Have a great day.

David in Red River, NM

Anonymous said...

Music of yesterday was soft and sweet. It was about love, lost love and loneliness. One of my favorites is Joan Baez's version of the Carter Family's "I Never Will Marry". Joan and Bob Dylan belonged together but it never did happen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYTNatfCjN0

Anonymous said...

9:10..David...thanks for the link..that was a great review of Wichita Lineman.

Anonymous said...

Need a do over with the morning girl picture worst one in a long time. Pink one is a little fatty

Anonymous said...

Great job on the Monday's random girls, the moral dilemma is a Hottie versus Comfortable girl. a cold day and a great personality go far towards warming the cockles of one's heart!

Anonymous said...

9:20

I agree. "Paranoid" usually put me to sleep.

Double Fake Ozzy Osbourne

Anonymous said...

RTG weight loss ad = before on right / after on left

Anonymous said...

Hey brutha, in all seriousness, and you don't have to approve this as a comment, I love your blog. I used to read the comments section, but I stopped because I can't stand Wordkyle. I like to pretend he doesn't exist.

So please stop mentioning him in your Random Thoughts. Please. Pretty please.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

I appreciate that David. Great song, and the simple composition matches the subject matter perfectly.

Re: Academy Awards... Don't know, didn't watch. There just wasn't anything compelling enough to hook me this year.

But, I will be that Keaton and Fallon reading scripts for Birdman submitted by 7YOs on Late Night was much more entertaining. Worth a look...

Triple Fake... said...

semi-official Oscar review (I only checked in occasionally):
A song comprises only about 1/30th of a movie, so shorten the length of the program by not singing all the nominated songs in their entirety! Announce the winner and sing just that one.
But when they name the nominees for set design or costumes, they show about five seconds of a watercolor drawing, instead of the actual sets or costumes.
The John Travolta/Adele Dazeem bit was funny.
A woman - probably an executive with the Academy - talked about how we need to hear all the different viewpoints and opinions. Great! But your viewpoint has to agree with the Hollywood establishment. American Sniper gets ripped by liberals when the movie-going public embraces it. Plus, if you publicly support traditional marriage, you're labeled a homophobe. If you criticize the President (or support law enforcement), you're a racist. If you have strong Christian values, you're exclusionary. If you champion the Second Amendment, you're just a redneck a-hole.

Anonymous said...

Only women and gay men watch the Oscars, BG.

Anonymous said...

Bad morning TF?

Rage

Sam Brows said...

The bathroom bill is a conservative "head ém off at the pass" reaction to legislation being pushed in other states to require all public facilities to offer unisex bathrooms, instead of mens and womens. It is being pushed by gay/lesbian/transgender folks, but it is important to remember they don't have an agenda. Conservatives wouldn't have to propose goofball legislation like this if liberals saw fit to leave well enough alone in the first place.

And on a morning when I am absolutely certain that Barry and I have nothing more in common than the fact that we are both guys, he goes and posts a positive HTTM reference, thereby proving me wrong. Wickedly written comedy.

Anonymous said...

Holy shizzle of debauchery Anonymous 10:26, if I'd have known I was a woman I could of, Hey, dat bitch dun called me gay! In closing, let's not forget the metrosexual-a gay man afraid of penis. How does that fit in your equation now, 10:26?

Anonymous said...

Representative Riddle can stuff her bill. When the ladies room line is insufferably long at the concert, ballgame, etc, I will still crash the men's room along with my Sisters of the Full Bladder before an accident occurs.

DF Woman Who Has to Go NOW

Anonymous said...

The lack of comments this morning could be attributed to any number of reasons. I like to think that most of the pathetic people commenting are iced in at home and thus conclude the righteous are using the Internet at work on company time. WWJD?

NoseALot said...

Not only did they leave out Joan Rivers in the memorial but Shirley Temple as well. How could they possibly have missed Shirley who died September 2014? They named some obscure marketing execs but missed Joan and Shirley?

Anonymous said...

Looked up the bathroom law and it looks like I can send my sons into the men's bathroom and then go in there to use it too. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Webb, who wrote "Wichita Lineman" on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128544514

DF Glen Campbell

Anonymous said...

Everyone complaining about the jiggly girl on the right are liars. Each and every one of you would be thrilled to roll in the sack with her. Having said that, she really should have worn a one piece.

Anonymous said...

Here's a good analysis of "Wichita Lineman"

http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/01/behind-the-song-wichita-lineman/

I particularly like this quote:

"Billy Joel came pretty close one time when he said ‘Wichita Lineman’ is ‘a simple song about an ordinary man thinking extraordinary thoughts.’ That got to me; it actually brought tears to my eyes. I had never really told anybody how close to the truth that was."

Anonymous said...

I've learned that people that use "brutha" as everyday vernacular are of low intelligence.
It's, typically, backed up by the statement following the greeting of "brutha".

Anonymous said...

Glen Campbell was never given enough credit for his songs. GALVESTON is one of my favorites but will take me back to Viet Nam every time I hear it. Makes my eyeballs sweat.

Katy Anders said...

@11:41: Why are you sending your sons in ahead of you?

@Sam Brows is claiming that liberals are tricking conservatives into doing stupid things. But if conservatives only do stupid things when tricked by liberals then, well, liberals must be better at tricking conservatives than doing anything else...

Anonymous said...

"Anyone else have a little uncomfortable with Chris Kyle's widow attending the Academy Awards in the middle of his murder trial?"

I found it creepy, but then I said to myself, "No, wait...spin move".

Sam Brows said...

Now Katy,
That's not what I said, and you know it.

Katy Anders said...

@Sam Brows: Debbie Riddle has a long, colorful history of offering crazy bills, and it's hardly fair to blame liberals for her craziness.

No one made her offer this stupid bill... or any of the other ones.

Katy Anders said...

@Sam brows: Having said that... yes, I totally took your last comment and blew it up to hyperbolic proportions.

Anonymous said...

11:35

Shirley Temple died in February of 2014.

If I remember correctly, she was on the list presented in the 2014 Academy Awards because she died prior to the show being aired.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess 9:55. You're liberal and abhor the thought of being exposed to any idea outside your liberal echo chamber. Well funny enoughyou could actually not read WK's comments by noting his name in big blue letters at the top. You wouldn't have to remove your thumb from your mouth (or wherever else you may have it) to cry. Most of the rest of us are interested in his views even when we don't agree with him.

Grow up.

Anonymous said...

Kyle's widow looked so tormented standing on the red carpet. There were cameras actually pointing at other people and not a check with her name on it in sight.

Anonymous said...

Kyles widow appeared on the red carpet for two reasons, one to say look at me, the other to say buy the book/ watch the movie...which by the way of the over 3 million she has made on the book she has donated 13,000 to wounded veterans. Yep.

Sam Brows said...

Fair enough.

Anonymous said...

American Sniper gets ripped by liberals when the movie-going public embraces it. - Triple Fake

AS didn't even come close to following the book. They have identified a syndrome among people who worship this film is the true story of an American hero who was torn and conflicted about killing women and children and not some guy who enjoyed killing. It's called "American Sniper Syndrome" or A.S.S. for short. Severe sufferers of this serious medical condition are in the red category and are referred to as having "the red ass".

Anonymous said...

2:15

Let me guess, you have the need to get involved in other people's business and insult people that said nothing to you.

Butt out.

Anonymous said...

"We need more laws: A legislator (who has no idea how laws are written) wants to make it a crime to go into the public bathroom designated for the opposite gender. As written, it would include accidentally doing so."

Not only that, but the idjit wants to make it a FELONY. Yeah, just a State Jail Felony, but still-- felonies are supposed to be the most heinous of crimes. Shoot someone, burn their house, rob a liquor store, stab your wife, rape a kid-- THOSE are felonies. "Walked Into The Wrong Toilet" should not be a frickin' felony.

It's bad enough that a tiny bit of meth under a gram constitutes a felony.

--A cop that's tired of it.

Anonymous said...

Says 4:02, the guy who doesn't read the comments.

That is what you said, right?

Anonymous said...

6:17

2 different posters knumb knutz.

Triple Fake... said...

3:04 -
How clever! Are you more disturbed that people might think the film is accurate, or that he actually liked to kill? Kyle was doing what he was trained for. When you have American servicemembers questioning the validity of their purpose, we might as well all be French.

Would fans of Fifty Shades be known as Grey Bottoms? That movie doesn't follow the source material faithfully either, I've heard.
You know which other film does that? Every single one based on a book!

Anonymous said...

7:09 Why not both? Alvin York hated killing, but did it to save lives and was a hero for it. Chris Kyle is the polar opposite of Alvin York. Kyle's book is the proof. Unfortunately even Clint Eastwood couldn't put that story on film so they kept his name and rewrote the whole thing to make him a sympathetic character.

Anonymous said...

Holy shit 11:30 nailed it! The movie is complete bullshit. His wife appears to be cashing in at every opportunity, but is failing to "donate the proceeds".

Obama!

Anonymous said...

11:47 nailed it. Just like I would.