The Campaign For DA

5.13.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Big Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia last night that killed six.  (Oddly, I just keep thinking of Bruce Willis walking down the hospital hall in Unbreakable.)
  • I've got a commenter who has fired off a "you refuse to publish my comment" a couple of times.  Since you mentioned what the content of it was, I went back and checked. Nope. Not submitted and not in Spam comment folder. I think we have a YP instead of a MP.
  • I'm not sure about this: If I see high water on the road should I turn around? 
  • And I was just struck with a crazy old memory from the old Dick Van Dyke show where Rob or Buddy were having a pants crisis requiring one of them to remove his pants. They told Sally who was in the room to "turn around." She did a full 360 and said, "Ta-Da!"
  • Lake Bridgeport is now 14.66 feet low. With rain predicted over the next week, if a storm would park itself on the saturated watershed, you would actually see what everyone always says: It can fill up in two days. 
  • "A Wichita Falls woman is behind bars after police say she and her boyfriend were smoking meth in the Rathgeber Hospitality House at United Regional." I'm more worried about the boyfriend who said he gulped down nine grams of meth as security was knocking on the door. 
  • An "apparent stripper" from Oklahoma is seeking a protective order against a Tea Party Texas State Senator. Who knows if there is any merit it to it, but when the AP uses the phrase "apparent stripper", I'll run with it. (Her twitter account is a one hot mess.)
  • Odd discussion up at the courthouse yesterday when three buddies I was talking with had already ranked the ways to commit suicide. Then we debated the pros and cons to various methods. (Trust me, the conversation was not dark but funny.) 
  • I'm not sure where I saw it last night, but Jeb Bush is taking heat from fellow Republicans for saying he would have fought the Iraq war all over again. I was stunned that so many Republicans now finally acknowledge what a horrible mistake that war was. 
  • The 37 lawyer firm of Hermes Sargent Bates in Dallas will (oddly?) disband after six "equity partners" couldn't agree on a long term lease for the firm. (Story - probably behind paywall.) By June 1, the firm is done. (There's something that rings a bell with me about that firm, but I can't recall it.)
  • Serious question: Why did the Wise Regional Hospital buy the Bridgeport hospital only to close it? (And here's the latest financials on Wise Regional. Sounds to be in pretty good shape but it is interesting to note it lost $2.4 million in 2014 on its new Parkway Surgical and Cardiovascular Hospital in North Fort Worth.) 
  • The Sixth Grader In The House is a pretty good softball pitcher but she will launch a ball over the neighbor's fence from time to time. I'm envisioning creating my own temporary safety net with PVC pipe. 
  • Note to goofy Texas legislature: If the Supreme Court decides there is a constitutional right to gay marriage next month, you can't "thwart" that ruling with a state law. 


48 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad we have so few things to focus on in Texas that our legislature, which only meets every other year, can burn time trying to pass legislation that will almost certainly only result in losing litigation against the federal government. Seems like a great use of our tax dollars.

Ernest T said...

It will be interesting to watch and see if that loss at Parkway will continue year-to-year or if it was a factor of just opening and people not really learning about the facility being there. The biggest issue I see with it now is that there is now so much competition in North Fort Worth with hospitals, including one right across the street.

wordkyle said...

Regarding the Jeb Bush/Iraq war/Republican criticism -- All of the stories contain phrases like "knowing what we know now" and "20/20 hindsight." Everyone's a genius and an oracle after the fact. Regretting decisions made based on bad intelligence is not that remarkable.

Anonymous said...

I love that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick follows the "apparent" stripper on Twitter.

Anonymous said...

Are you paying attention? If anyone is, I predict today or tomorrow will be the day that the "official" death toll in Napal due to earthquakes passes the 10,000 mark. Sad, desperate situation.

Anonymous said...

It is an obvious given that we do not have the information that the president did when the decision of war was made...therefore ridiculous to say if it was a mistake or not. We did send a good number of Muslims to meet the virgins...never a bad thing for all.

Anonymous said...

Why do we need legislative branches in a democracy when we have courts that now make our laws and override the values and morals of our founding fathers?

Anonymous said...

Wise Regional bought the Bridgeport hospital to keep out competition. The financial reports a high debt ratio to cash;however plans are to borrow millions more for a "tower" three years! Not unless the cash revenue increases. I don't understand how a fitness center and sports medicine facility can improve cash flow in a rural county. The aggressive expansion may bankrupt the hospital requiring a bailout by creating a county taxing authority. Sooner or later you can't borrow your way out of debt or continue to operate on borrowed money.

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that pulling our troops out of Iraq after the war was won was not a wise decision.

You fools who voted for Obama have the blood of innocents on your hands.

Anonymous said...

Sissies turn around and don't go thru high water. Grab a gear and plow forward like me. The helicopter ride was a blast. #vortecpower

Young Killa

Triple Fake... said...

Apparently, being an apparent stripper is similar to allegedly backing your car up to run over a cop. The qualifier is transitory in nature. There may not be proof - yet - but there's plenty of evidence that suggests they've done the dirty deed

I don't know what's making your bell ring, but the story reminds me of an old Army buddy: Master Sergeant Bates. He was a real hands-on leader! He wasn't in it just for himself

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about this: If I see high water on the road should I turn around?


This is a joke, right?

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about this: If I see high water on the road should I turn around?


This is a joke, right?

aekupp said...

In the angry comment guys defense. That darn "Publlish your Comment" button is hard to find. Right there below this box. What a dumb place for the button. Shouldn't it be at the top?

Anonymous said...

A 50 year old career stripper that literally strips in the middle of NO WHERE. Seriously. She went from working in Dallas, to a middle of no where college town, and now working in an area with the population of the southpole. She obviously is a hot mess of nothing.
AK

Denney Crane said...

9:32 AM

Our government, starting with George Bush, has innocent blood on their hands in the Iraq war. He rushed in to save face after 9/11 because Americans wanted revenge!

I am not innocent because I voted for the dumbarse and agreed at the time to invade Iraq. Justifying it now with the bad information excuse does not make us unaccountable for shedding innocent blood.

It is my prayer that we never forget the lesson learned from the experience. Never, ever trust the words of a politician, let his actions do the talking!

2 Rules (not new)

1. A politician never tells the whole truth.
2. When a politician is telling the truth, refer back to rule #1.

The problem with the truth is that you seldom hear them say, "I don't know", because most of the time that's actually the truth.

Anonymous said...

Angry Unpublished-Comment Guy,

If you use a proxy server, that could be your problem. When you click "Publish Your Comment," look at the top of the comments box. If it doesn't say something like, "Your comment will be published after blog owner approval," then your comment wasn't sent.

Denney Crane said...

Speaking of innocent blood, America has shed more innocent blood in the last 50 years than all of the wars combined in the last 500 years.

God will not allow America to go unpunished for abortion, aka murder. But that's just one of a long list of sins .

The worst part, by biblical standards, we have become more vile than any other country in the world. When this happened in Israel, bad things happened.

Anonymous said...

Denney Crane,

Who were the innocents that were killed by U.S. forces in Iraq?

Anonymous said...

The hospital in Ft Worth/Keller is mostly a large minimal evasive heart/back surgery operation...not an emergency type hospital. The hospital utilizes doctors who practice in Ft Worth and Decatur...some patience are sent to this hospital...it's expensive too.

Anonymous said...

I hear through the grapevine that Coach Carter is out of coaching at Chico. I haven't seen it in the update so not sure if it is true.. Can anyone confirm this?

Denney Crane said...

We are in no position to judge the guilt of a nation (Iraq) because of the actions of Osama Bin Laden's terrorist group.

What were the soldiers in Saddam Hussein's army guilty of, other than following orders? If someone invaded your country, what would you do?

It is not our place to dictate American values and policies to other countries. It is up to the people of those countries to stand up and fight for it themselves.

Is being on the winning side of a war the same as being on the right side?

We went over there to eliminate the threat of WMDs. Now our gov. is trying to allow Iran a road to obtaining nuclear weapons. How safe is that?

How many noncombatant civilians have suffered and died due to our invasion? How many people continue to suffer from the turmoil we instigated in the Middle East.

Rest assured, we lit up a hornets nest and the battle is raging. We have helped create this chaos, and now we have no choice to see it through or have it blow up in our face.

There are many more people in the Middle East just trying to survive than there are jihadists. Most are just doing the same thing we would do if we were in their situation.

I have no problem killing Jihadists, but there are always innocent casualties in any war. We have helped create thousands of homeless and starving refugees, but you won't hear that on the 6 o'clock news...

Anonymous said...

Hey, strippers are people too! Some even marry politicians (Texas Attorney General Dan Morales) or just date (U. S. Congressman Wilbur Mills).

DF Gypsy Rose Lee

Anonymous said...

Here here! Bring back slavery!

Rage

Anonymous said...

9:19 Never a bad thing huh? So all those sons and daughters are joining ISIS and want nothing more than to kill Westerners and Christians. Not sure that's a good trade off.That type of thinking got a lot of good American Boys killed you think that's a good thing?

Anonymous said...

RTG has nice up-tops, but that zit tumor on her forehead is distracting.

Anonymous said...

Denney Crane,

We did not instigate the problems in the middle east. They were killing each other for a long time before the U.S. came along.

Anonymous said...

Wait.

Jeb Bush says he would have invaded Iraq on suspicion of having WMDs (as we did) even if he knew to a certainty that Iraq did not have WMDs (as we know now)?

What???? Is this really what he said and meant?

Anonymous said...

9:14 AM said
Are you paying attention? If anyone is, I predict today or tomorrow will be the day that the "official" death toll in Napal due to earthquakes passes the 10,000 mark. Sad, desperate situation.

Once this happens...then what are you going to do?

Katy Anders said...

There is a difference between saying:

1) "Based on the information available in 2002, we made the right decision going into Iraq," and

2) "Even knowing what we know now about WMDs and the repercussions to the war in the region, I believe going into Iraq was a good idea."

I didn't see the clip. Did he give answer #2?

This doesn't seem like a tough issue for Bush to address if he's pulled into a lot of questions about it: "It's easy to play Monday morning quarterback, but the leadership in both parties made the right decision in 2002 based on the information they had at the time."

Anonymous said...

So...
Your gonna do us all a favor and kill yourself

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Jeb Bush story- The war itself was not a bad idea and was justifiable. The problem is how it was handled after it began and throughout.

Anonymous said...

WRHS is run by clowns. Get your xrays at the urgent care center in the parking lot for around $80 or at WRHS for over $280...
Get an MRI in Denton for about 1/3 of what WRHS charges.
How is that serving the community of Wise? So they want to compete in Fort Worth(to serve the citizens of course) but close down the extension in Bridgeport? (I live in Bridgeport and I agree the guys that ran it before WRHS were not much better)
The hospital is filled with great doctors and nurses... just run by morons.
WRHS had a terrific heart surgeon in Dr. Cai, but Steve Summers and Leon Fuquay cannot leave well enough alone. Their job is to inflate costs, farm out services to large contract groups and now they think they want to compete with north fort worth hospitals' services? Total joke. Your city (Decatur) supposedly owns WRHS but there is no accountability. Not only that, but how did a city councilman (Wren?)get approved to dually serve as WRHS in house legal counsel? Isn't that a conflict of interest if the councilman is supposed to hold the hospital to account on behalf of the Decatur citizens, yet he is the legal counsel for the hospital?
You Decaturites need to get a handle on your assets.

Anonymous said...

Katy,

#2 was asked. He answered #1.

MK did not ask again for clarification.

Anonymous said...

Who cares. He's a POS!

Anonymous said...

So, Katy we invaded Iraq because of intelligence telling us they had WMD's and now we are negotiating with Iran to allow them to develop WMD's? So, once we're finished negotiating with Iran, can we turn around and invade them under the suspicion they have WMD's?

Anonymous said...

Why can't the real truth of the Iraq war be said? Come on, Bush is a Midland oil man - and Cheney with Halliburton? Send em' to Iraq - it provides JOBS. And we voted for these greedy politicians.

It's about oil. We want it. We go get it and we will continue to destroy countries and kill folks for it. We cannot live without our luxuries in America.

American greed at work.

Anonymous said...

632,

Your argument has been disproved over and over.

If we went to Iraq for oil, where the hell is it?

What US companies are reaping the oil, and shipping it to the US?

Is Iraq oil production greater now, or before the war?

Get a clue.

Anonymous said...

Wise Regional billing system needs improvement! Medicare patients with supplemental insurance are not billed on approved procedures, however the bills are sent. When the error is called to the billing clerk, the quickly say to disregard the bill but the problem is not corrected. The only medical provider I know that bills the patient when they have insurance to pay!

Anonymous said...

8:05 - have it your way, but a LOT of Americans disagree with you.

Saddam Hussein? Weapons of mass destruction?

Wake up and smell the oil.

Anonymous said...

Interesting fact: Exxon, Chevron, Shell and others spent gobs of money in 2000 to get Bush and Cheney elected.



Anonymous said...

Interesting Fact: George Soros a terrorist, and others spent gobs of money in 2007/2008 to get Obama elected. Let's not forget the money used to block information on who Obama really is.

wordkyle said...

603 - When you say "a LOT of Americans disagree with you" are you expressing your own opinion without taking ownership? Do you keep your opinion despite information?

Anonymous said...

Ok 8:18 - can we agree that elections on a national level are all about money?

I don't trust EITHER political party.

It is still about power and greed.

Anonymous said...

Wordy, you are always wanting an argument. Dude, go get a law degree and enjoy the rest of your life.

As for "information", where do you get yours?

wordkyle said...

940 - I don't mind arguments (in this type of forum,) but I don't seek them out. 803 simply dismissed any disagreement with "have it your way, but..." That tries to win the argument by implication ("everybody knows...") rather than with information. I don't care for that tactic, so I addressed it.

For example, Cheney and Halliburton were mentioned earlier, as though it meant something. It doesn't. It's pure fabrication, an attempt to win an argument without knowing anything. I demolished that myth in this forum on 10/18/2011.

As for me, I get my information from a variety of sources. Anything else you wanna know?

Anonymous said...

Word, I'd like to see you come on here and give BOTH sides of your research and then just relax and let the readers "think for themselves".

Conservatives do not have all truth. Nor do Democrats or Independents. Most folks have a little bit of all of that in their political thinking.

Do you?



wordkyle said...

558 - I believe in a couple of things when it comes to discussions/debates/arguments in forums like this. First, a valid idea should be able to stand up after taking a pounding from points being made by both sides. Second, I believe that valid arguments should be based on their own merits, and not on demonizing the speaker or using implication, "everybody knows," or "the debate is over" tactics.

On some things there is a Truth. The Cheney/Halliburton meme I mentioned earlier, for example. Cheney went to great lengths to divest himself of Halliburton to ensure that he would not benefit whether their profits went up or down. That's the Truth. Yet commenters like the one above try to just mention the two together as though they had a point.