The Campaign For DA

2.24.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts (Which Didn't Get Published When It Was Supposed ToO


  • For some reason, Mrs. LL bought three heavy plastic sleds as Christmas gifts, and I'll be dang if we didn't get to use them yesterday. (But she went very dark as I prepared to launch myself down a hill which had a few trees on it: "Don't Sonny Bono yourself," she said,)
  • We later asked both kids if they knew who Cher was. Not a clue. 
  • And I was reminded yesterday that a few years back I separated my shoulder while Mrs. LL and I were sledding on the same hill. We got back to the house, I laid down on the couch in pain, and told her "You can pop it back in. Google it!". She did Google it and proclaimed there was no way she was going to do that.
  • And that injury occurred right in the middle of the biggest snow day in the history of DFW. One second I'm having an almost spiritual moment as I surveyed my surroundings, and the next my shoulder is hanging out of its socket as a dog licked my face. 
  • Snow days take you back to your childhood.
  • And it is weird how weathermen refer to the potential for ice, snow or sleet as "bad news" when basically everyone at home is thinking "Please give me an excuse not to go into school or work". 
  • Thanks to all those who sent links to NPR regarding my post yesterday about Wichita Lineman. But I went into Captain Ahab mode last night as I tried to find what I know I heard a few years back: The line "‘I need you more than want you; and I want you for all time" came together because of a mistake or accident. But now I am beginning to believe I'm having a Brian Williams episode. I am 100% sure I was listening to NPR as I pulled into my office parking lot one day, and I remember being captivated by the discussion of that song and that line in particular. But after searching online for way too long and listening to old interviews of songwriter Jimmy Webb, I'm beginning to believe I've lost my mind.
  • I did most of my searching while Mrs. LL was watching The Bachelor. Can I say this: I've got a serious problem with that show, and I don't know why there's not more of an outrage.  The conservative/religious types should be yelling because it is beyond morally bankrupt, and the liberals should be offended about how it reduces women to objects. I almost wanted to yell at the screen last night and go on a rant. (Yes, I know I'm going to be killed in the comment section.) 
  • I'm on the verge of buying a book on "Mindfulness" which is beyond bizarre for me. 
  • American Sniper Trial: "Capital murder defendant Eddie Ray Routh appeared to be faking insanity after his arrest and may have formed wild stories about 'pig assassins' by watching reruns in his jail cell of Seinfeld and the Boss Hog reality show, a mental health expert [Dr. Randall Price] testified Friday." That testimony from Friday disturbs me to no end. We have a man facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, and the judge allows an "expert" to testify about something that has to be nothing more than a guess and conjecture. And a silly one is that.
  • But I am equally incredulous about testimony from experts from both sides that Routh did or did not know "right from wrong" at the time of the shooting. No one can possibly know that. 
  • I get a false sense of satisfaction when the Sixth Grader In The House asks me, "What does that word mean?"  
  • John Legend at the Oscars on Sunday night: "There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850." I'll be dang, he's right.
  • I've kept away political news for a couple of days. You know, not that bad. 
  • Something seems weird about Fox 4's Steve Eager. It caused Mrs. LL last night to say, as she watched Eager's interaction with Heather Hays, "I think they hate each other."



35 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm the first one to comment! (I think)

gern blansten

HarveyLee said...

Was Legend blaming that on the white man? I didn't watch that part.

David in Red River said...

Steve Eager and Heather Hayes both used to give me tired head. They seem to want to be television personalities more than newscasters. But that also seems to be the norm these days. IMHO

that guy said...

if it wasn't on NPR, maybe it was during one of Ed Wallace's "a moment in Rock N' Roll history" segments.

I think I listen to him just for it and his Backside of American History bits.

As close to Paul Harvey as you can get nowadays.

Anonymous said...

Is it really my fault that more black men are in prison now vs. how many were slaves in 1850?

Or is it the fault of black people who brought it on themselves?

Or is it the fault of LBJ and the federal government who destroyed the basic family unit with the War on Poverty programs?

Take your prissy liberal white guilt trip elsewhere!

Anonymous said...

John Legend proves that leftism is the default position for people who don't think past stage 1.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on your point of view on the Bachelor BG. Any other time no woman would accept being "played" by their man with 20+ other women and be okay with it. Money hungry attention seeking women is all they are with no self respect to top it off.

Triple Fake... said...

"I don't know if I oughta go sailin' down no hill with nothin' between the ground and my brains but a piece of government plastic."

Triple Fake Cousin Eddie


the weather out there's still a bit dicey, mate. So we drove into work today in the NBC5 Thunder Truck

Triple Fake Angus and Malcolm Young

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, you probably don't care about this right now:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/l-gordon-crovitz-from-internet-to-obamanet-1424644324

You fools destroy everything.

The Donald said...

The conservative/religious types should be yelling because it is beyond morally bankrupt...Yes, I know I'm going to be killed in the comment section.

I agree it's beyond morally bankrupt But if a conservative were to rail about it, he/she would be assailed as 'narrow-minded', having no no right to censor entertainment, and possibly labeled a 'Nazi'. So, what accounts for the relative silence? We turn (I guess that's a bit anachronistic, huh?) the channel.

Met Jimmy Webb in the lobby of Dallas' Kessler Theater after his show there in September '13. Really nice guy. He was amused when I told him I sang myself to sleep with his songs (from the Glen Campbell songbook) in the late '60s.

Howard Roark said...

As the weather creates a stronger demand than normal for a RTG to come along and warm us up, we're 0 for 2 for the last two day's posts...

Anonymous said...

"I did most of my searching while Mrs. LL was watching The Bachelor. Can I say this: I've got a serious problem with that show, and I don't know why there's not more of an outrage. The conservative/religious types should be yelling because it is beyond morally bankrupt, and the liberals should be offended about how it reduces women to objects. I almost wanted to yell at the screen last night and go on a rant. (Yes, I know I'm going to be killed in the comment section.)"

Zero argument, here, BG (and I don't agree with you on much!). It's like a cross between a slave auction, and having the women at the Chicken Ranch all line up to be picked, and an orphanage in my worst nightmares. ("Maybe THIS time, I'll get picked!")

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Re: The Bachelor - What is it? Never watched it.

Re: "John Legend at the Oscars on Sunday night: "There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850." I'll be dang, he's right."

And more people of all races under correctional control today than were held as slaves in 1850.

From the article you linked is a great line for some perspective;

"In some ways, of course, the comparison is misleading. Although there are more blacks under correctional control now than there were slaves before the Civil War, the population has a whole has grown tremendously in that time. The Census {1850} that year found that roughly nine in 10 of the nation's 3.6 million blacks were enslaved. By contrast, one in 11 blacks is under correctional supervision today, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts."

simply put, if you were black in 1850, 9 out of 10 of you in this country would have been a slave. If you are black today, 1 out of 11 would be in jail, on probation, or held waiting trial.

I'm not going to argue the questions raised by the article. I am just irked when statistics used poorly to make a point.

Re: I've kept away political news for a couple of days. You know, not that bad. - Try it for a whole week. Then for a month. And so on. It will make you much happier and stress free.

DF Joseph C. G. Kennedy

Anonymous said...

Don't commit a crime and you want go to prison. Slaves didn't have a choice. Big difference.

DF Calvin Candie

Anonymous said...

yes I member when u broke your shoulder

Anonymous said...

I guess Mrs. LL does not believe the predictions that ice and snow are a thing of the past. That would seem to be her thoughts if she buys sleds for Christmas gifts. NWS shows a 70% chance of more snow around 3 a.m. tomorrow morning continuing into mid morning Wednesday. Then another cold front moving through Thursday night and more snow Friday. But we need to be thankful for our mild climate. The Northeast is about to set a new record for the coldest February ever going back to the 1800's when records were first kept.

Anonymous said...

Freed by Republicans and then imprisoned by white leftist.

Anonymous said...


11:38
Completely agree. And when the contestants get culled to about four it becomes a sloppy seconds contest.

Anonymous said...

Yes, there are more black men under correctional control now than were under slavery in 1850.
There were 23,191,876 people in the United States in 1850, according to the census.
There are 318,900,000 people in the United States now.

We have a 14th Amendment, a 13th Amendment, a 5th, a 6th, and an 8th Amendment, along with a (admittedly underused) 10th Amendment. We have an Equal Rights Act. We have an Incorporation Doctrine. We have prison reform. We hav police reform. We have federal, state, and local advocacy agencies and groups-- all of which are applied toward preventing the despicable and intolerable unequal treatment of a person based upon race, ethnicity, country of origin, or religion.

We have a black President.

And still, the most over-represented portion of the correctional system is the Black Male.

I am disgusted by racism, and will do what I can to stamp it out. But is it racist to say: "We've done everything that we can. Now it's up to them to stay out of prison."?

Because to keep claiming that it's all the racist culture that they live in is just really questionable logic, at this point. Actually, it's beyond questionable; it's a refusal to admit the plain facts that are staring us in the face.

Here's hoping the Brother Man can get out from under the heel of the Other Man...

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure that episodes of The Bachelor will be playing in hell to torture people. I don't see you being skewered in the comments, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Actually the dlaves DID have a choice.
Other blacks sold them because they were criminals there.

So, maybe, legend should have said something like "haha, the US doesn't have anyone to sell us to."

Anonymous said...

@ 12:33
Nigga please.

You know what they say: see a broad who get all booty-eyed, lay'em down and smack'em yack'em. Ho got to be, you know?

Sheeit...

Anonymous said...

I be willing to be bet most black people end up in jail after the police comes to arrest him/her after a complaint/call from another black individual.

Anonymous said...

Bachelor = Yuk = Idiocracy

Anonymous said...

12:33 - There is a lot of truth to what you're saying, and there are a lot of African Americans who agree with you.

Anonymous said...

Who is John Legend? His name wreaks with self worship and arrogance.

Anonymous said...

"Steve Eager and Heather Hayes both used to give me tired head."

Nah...way too easy.

Anonymous said...

The areas of cities that receive a disproportionate number of calls for police service contribute more to prison populations than areas that receive fewer calls for police service. More calls to 911 are made for Blacks murdering Blacks than for Blacks murdering Whites or for Whites murdering Blacks or Whites. If we have to have our prison populations proportionate to the ethnic makeup of the population then Whites would have to receive harsher sentences than Blacks.

Anonymous said...

>John Legend at the Oscars on Sunday night: "There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850."<

So, does he want to go back to the laws of 1850?

Is he saying it was better then?

Or does prison and slavery have absolutely nothing to do with each other?

I am thinking the later, and this person is simply stupid.

Anonymous said...

This American Life had a two-part episode this month on the perspective of police and how that relates to the disproportionate number of blacks being stopped, arrested, etc. in major cities.

1:51 above is making the same point that was made on This American Life: Police go where the crime is.

Anonymous said...

I just love snow days. Its fun to stay at home thinking of Neil Patrick Harris wearing his tighty whities while I cook myself into unconsciousness . Dude you just lost my vote. Ashlee Bohn for Decatur school board!

Anonymous said...

Over the folks ranting in their acceptance speeches at the Oscars, Globes, wtf ever. JUst thank the people and get the hell off the stage.

And Re: The Bachelor.. gag. Barf. Change channel..

Anonymous said...

"Don't wuup me no mo masser"
"I promise i ba doin better"

Maybe it is because the punishment is not a severe as it was in 1850 for the their infractions?

Anonymous said...

The Bachelor is bad not because of the lack-of-self-respect-or-morals. It's bad because all of the women are so incredibly stupid.

I heard John Legend speak on race years ago and he sounded much more intelligent than he is now. That's what happens when you marry stupid.

Anonymous said...

Slavery not optional. Going to prison is. The concept of not robbing, killing, doing drugs, etc. just not practical I guess.