The Campaign For DA

4.08.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • There was a fire at Barry University yesterday. Yep, there is a Barry University. (I actually have a couple of T-shirts promoting the school which I don't actually wear. One says, "Live the Barry Life" which makes go into deep thought every time I see it.) 
  • A guy does a blog post about the monetary value of his stay at home wife once he calculated what it would cost to hire someone to do all the household tasks.  He became a national sensation. Thanks a lot buddy. The rest of us would like to have a little word with you.
  • I ran by Bill O'Reilly last night and fell in love with guest Kirsten Powers. Man, they do not like each other. And you could see the fire in O'Reilly's eyes when, during a debate about immigration, she said, "We know how much you love the children, Bill." 
  • Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the craziest Donald Rumsfeld memo ever. (And I had never heard of it before yesterday. H/T Keith.)
  • That Waxahachie volunteer firefighter story drives me nuts. Man, that case would make me very concerned if I had to represent any of them. If it truly is an incident which was videoed and shows an act against the will of the guy while the others are yukking it up, this could get really bad in front of a jury. Any type of hazing is stupid. That type of hazing by adults borders on being psychotic. And this type of hazing might just get you a prison term. 
  • Technical legal note about that case: I predict the "Improper Photography" charge against the person videoing it will be changed to the same charge currently against the others (aggravated sexual assault) because she will be considered an accomplice.  In Texas, so long as she had the same intent as the others, she just had to "encourage" the act to be equally responsible. I bet she said something that equates "encourage".  (Also, the Improper Photography statute has been ruled unconstitutional.) 
  • I like Rand Paul but he has no chance. I'm basically a Libertarian as well but even I know some philosophical dreams simply can no longer come true. Those ships have sailed. 
  • BagOfNothing has been monitoring the blooming of crepe myrtles and still hasn't seen any blooms. They bloom in mid-summer don't they? (Someone get Neil Sperry on the horn.)  
  • UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma may be the cockiest man on the planet. And he has every right to be. 
  • There sure are a lot of advertisements for the Rolling Stone concert. They have to advertise? 
  • Stellar day for first responders yesterday: (1) The South Carolina cop shooting -- I'm about to go on a rant about that in a couple of minutes, (2) The firefighters in Waxahachie, and (3) Let's throw in a 11 front desk officers in Dallas averaging $30,000 a year in overtime pay. 


38 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's the weirdest RTG pic I've seen in the seven years I've browsed this site.

Anonymous said...

Barry, with as many times as you've come out in favor of big government, you're NO libertarian.

You're a LINO.

Katy Anders said...

It's only been 12 years since the Rumsfeld memo, but I am glad that guy is not my boss.

"Katy: Still no solution for world hunger. Also, how are we coming on our project to learn the secret of life? Let's get this finished. Don"

Anonymous said...

Todays RTG - In memory of Bacon?

Anonymous said...

During last year's tournament I came to the conclusion that Geno was in fact very cocky. Didn't like him at all. Really wanted ND to win last night just so he didn't get to the 10th championship (this year). BUT I backed off of him after the win. I thought he was gracious to ND and his team. They clearly respect him. I lightened my opinion. You certainly can't argue that 10 championships isn't a tremendous accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

I know libertarians. I served with libertarians. Libertarians are my friends.

Counsel Green, you're no libertarian.

Anonymous said...

Katy-very funny fake Rumsfeld.

As far as the guy that "calculated" the fictitious salary worth of his wife, what part of what she does for her son is her responsibility versus the "job" that she is doing? Is he calculating that she is a sitter 24/7? When would the period where she would just be a mom not be monetized? The shopping? That was a calculation. I'm surprised he didn't calculate channel changing and bathroom tissue exchanging. What part of having the boy is her responsibility? Should everything she does be monetized? Does he not think she loves the boy as her son, but as the employment that it gives her?

Stay at home mom's get all the praise, then working moms do, too. What about dads that work or stay at home?

Anonymous said...

8:50, I have concluded that there are some people who are predisposed to spite, who respond to reading anything they don't understand or don't like by concluding that the person who wrote it is a 'big government liberal'. (It used to be 'communist'; but 'big government liberal' seems to have replaced that.)

I have read Barry's blog for years. He is a libertarian. "Libertarian" is a term that covers a broad and inconsistent spectrum of opinions. So is 'liberal' and so is 'conservative'.

The only thread running consistently through "libertarianism" is that we have surrendered too much control over our lives to the government in the name of (pick your favorite cause, security, social justice, or whatever), and laziness.

My take on this blog is that Barry falls somewhere along that spectrum. Maybe not where you fall, or where I fall, but somewhere along it.

Sam Brows said...

Sexual assault with a chorizo...wrong on so many levels.

Anonymous said...

are you a foreign policy libertarian or a fiscal libertarian Barry? Conservative ideology isn't as simple as the leftist dogma that you are familiar with.

Anonymous said...

At least Paul offers something besides warmongering!

Anonymous said...

Barry a libertarian? Which part do you believe in?

Anonymous said...

A guy does a blog post about the monetary value of his stay at home wife


Hey, Stupid. Anyone who has raised a family has most likely already done the math. That is nothing new. Big deal. And there are women out there who love their children, but don't like being at home. They get cabin fever onset fairly quickly. Many women like to feel more self worth, and they want to work.

Anonymous said...

If you watched Bill O'Reilly you would know that Kirsten Powers is on the show weekly. They often agree on issues also. Just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't mean you dislike or "hate" them. We are becoming too sensitive in this world. Having conversations and debates without ending in violence seems to be going extinct. I am sure you are hoping that everyone can't read peoples eyes as well as you, could mean more guilty verdicts for you.

9:16 proves my point!!! on the sensitive issue.

Anonymous said...

Which is why Republicans won't vote for him, 9:22.

Anonymous said...

"(Also, the Improper Photography statute has been ruled unconstitutional.)"

how does a person get arrested and bond out on an unconstitutional charge?

isn't that supposed to not happen in this country?

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Good luck 9:16am. Working Dads are to be unseen and unheard.

Triple Fake... said...

I saw the headline at DMN that said the chief didn't want to pull officers off patrol to cover the duties of the front desk. If you have to spend that money anyway, why not just hire more people? Sounds like you're wasting money by using that much of it for overtime

figuring the monetary value of a housewife's job has been done lots of times before. But the problem is that they add up all the different jobs as if they're full-time. A professional chauffeur does nothing but drive. You would have to pro-rate the time spent actually driving for it to make sense.
Besides, people don't become parents or get married to make money at it (most don't, anyway. The moneymaking is done when you get unmarried!). The payoff is your offspring, or the life you've made. If profit is your motivation, then you should have chosen a career in that field

Anonymous said...

Your libertarian profession was to the detriment of my computer monitor--that was the most assinine comment I have ever heard you make. Libertarians first and foremost adhere to a balanced budget philosophy --even to the point of some un-necessary social services being left unfunded at all, ie. welfare, immigration, bloated military budgeting, and many other "social" programs.
We all know that other than the drug legalization and social morals issues --you are solidly in the moonbat category.

I am not Sam, but I love green eggs and ham.

Bear said...

9:22 & 9:56

Republicans do not favor war. But they also do not fear it. If you make it clear to your enemies that you will not fight them, no matter what they do, they no longer fear you and will do as they please to their respective populations and neighbors.

Liberals have made it clear that they will retreat at the first mention of fighting. How does that stop the bad guys of this world?

It's only the law-biding gun owner of this country that prevents invasion by foreign powers during liberal POTUS times.

Anonymous said...

"It's only the law-biding gun owner of this country that prevents invasion by foreign powers during liberal POTUS times."

That's a joke, right? I'm pretty sure if China wanted to invade the US, they wouldn't be concerned with your .243 hunting rifle and your 9mm Glock.

And if not, you and my father-in-law really should get together and talk about how Obama is going to declare martial law and cancel the next election and name himself president for life. Because he's convinced that's true, too.

Anonymous said...

We don't remember the section on Hide the Chorizo in our last training curriculum.

DF Chuck & DF Larry

Anonymous said...

Now Bear. Liberals afraid to pull the trigger? Run from a fight? I offer for your consideration Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Clinton. All embraced military solutions and vigorously so. The only one that wasn't a fan was Carter. All Democrats - Liberals - whatever. It has been said that when a person achieves the office of POTUS, no matter the party, the first thing they ask when briefed on a developing tense global situation is how close is the nearest carrier battle group. You may want to re-think your analysis.

DF John Foster Dulles

Anonymous said...

was that a one pound chorizo or the 3 pounder?

Anonymous said...

I bet he don't eat no chorizo no mo!

Bear said...

11:24

Japan would not attack the US mainland just because of the gun ownership. How would it be different today. More guns and more lethal guns than WWII times.

If you want to run and hide, go ahead, don't expect me to risk my life saving you.

And, Obama ain't gone yet. Who would stop him if he did what you father-in-law suggests? I would like to meet him. He must be real disappointed in you (kool aid drinker)

Anonymous said...

What is up with the RTGs this week being so beefy. Barry, are you retaining water?

Anonymous said...

Kirsten Powers has been around for some time. She is the contemporary "yellow dog" democrat. She actually has no explanation for most of the asinine positions of liberal democrats...but she makes her beans spouting the liberal talking points. I can see why you would appreciate her, Barry.

Anonymous said...

You say chorizo I say sexual assault. They are lucky they picked a guy that would only call the police two months later. There are a lot of guys that would have put a bullet between all of their eyes. But then again, that's probably why they chose to mess with him.
Poor bastard. And what really sucks is he probably won't be able to collect a dime civilly because the perps are likely all broke dicks. It is also doubtful that a VFD has the funds or an insurance policy to even cover such a thing.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your penis.

Rage

Anonymous said...

It is a shame the Chorizo story didn't come out before the LL March Madness bracket.

Anonymous said...

Do you think we would know if the victim in the firefighter hazing was a different race or gender? Would it take a different tone in the media?

Anonymous said...

Do we not have an answer to the day's most important question: When do crepe myrtles bloom?

I'm onboard with the mid-summer theory. This time of year, my wife and I are usually wondering if our crepe myrtle is still alive.

Anonymous said...

You are asked and approved to work overtime. You do. You get paid. Then, people hate you.

Anonymous said...

11:24 AM may be "pretty sure"

"if China wanted to invade the US, they wouldn't be concerned with your .243 hunting rifle and your 9mm Glock."

Excuse me, I know you're the smartest guy in the room, but...

There are 100 million of us with rifles and guns. Let me assure you, any invading army should consider that a formidable militia. Hell, 10 million gun owners would probably offer to buy a license to get to shoot the enemy.

Most of the world do not know the passion and resolve of hard working, patriotic American people. They have been told about our incompetent leadership and the perversion, decadence and laziness of our culture.

BTW, one does not institute Czars into positions of leadership as temporary positions...

Anonymous said...

Ban chorizo

Anonymous said...

I had to look up Kirsten Powers.

DAMN! She's HAWT!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the hispster douchenozzle that did the math as we say for his stay at home wife: Uh, did he consider hiring a nanny/housekeeper for 1/4 of that?