The Campaign For DA

1.21.2016

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • The Northeast is about to be hit with a massive snowstorm, and I would love to be there. 
  • There is a $120 million expansion planned for the Gaylord Texan. Wow. That thing isn't big enough? It will soon have 1,511 rooms. Amazingly, there is one hotel bigger in Texas: The Sheraton in Dallas has 1,840 rooms in downtown according to that link. (Is that by the Reunion Tower? I had no idea it was that large.)
  • I'm not surprised by the stock market "correction" -- we all knew it was coming. It might bottom out in the 14,000s and then it would be time to go in -- that is, if any of us had any money to go in.  And the dumbest thing you can do is sell right now. Just ride it out. 
  • My hair has become incredibly soft over the last few months, and I haven't changed shampoo. Is that a medical sign of something? (Please forego the "gay or not gay" comments.)
  • My car fired up the two times I turned the key yesterday and again this morning without a hitch. However, if I were smart I'd schedule an appointment to get the starter changed. Let's see if I'm smart. (I'm not sure I'd bet on myself.)
  • Devon announced layoffs yesterday at some town hall meeting? And oil dipped below $27 a barrel? What a disaster for Texas. This is worse than the early '80s. And it may just beginning. 
  • BagOfNothing wrote today that he had never heard of the Bloom County comic strip I posted yesterday.  I bet most people haven't heard of it either. In the 1980s, I couldn't wait for it to come out in the paper. It was the smartest comic strip I had ever seen. And still is. 
  • I was listening to The Ticket yesterday evening and they were talking about the Cowboys' Jackie Smith dropping a pass in the end zone against the Steelers in the Super Bowl back in the '70s. (33 second Youtube video here.) For guys my age, you'll never forget it. The anguish on Staubach's face (he knew it was drop but also knew it was a bad pass), and Smith literally flinging his body in frustration while on the ground is one of my all-time painful Cowboy memories. But yesterday things really got ramped up when teammate Charlie Waters randomly called in during that Ticket segment to talk about it and you could still hear the pain in his voice. I don't care if I do have Old Man Syndrome: Things in the NFL were much different back then. The players cared more than the fans.
  • Get off my lawn!!!!!
  • A new planet may have been discovered. I shall not recognize it until they apologize for the way they have disrespected Pluto. 
  • Whatever happened to Focus on the Family? I can't even remember the guy's name who ran it.
  • That Decatur/Bridgeport basketball game was apparently over the top. I'll be honest: I'm out of the loop on what's going on, and I probably shouldn't let comments go through about that game. 
  • I have never sent a solicitation letter to any one who was arrested in Wise County. And my standard line is that if I ever do, I'll hang my head in shame, and then walk out the back door never to be seen again. 
  • My morning was going pretty well until I heard a Jimmy Buffet commercial for his upcoming billionth appearance in the metroplex. Nothing, and I mean nothing, sucks the life force out of me more than Margaritaville.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Focus on the Family--James Dobson

My (now 92-year-old Dad) loved Bloom County back in his 60s and 70s up until it stopped. He's pretty cool and "hep" for a World War II Naval Aviator!! :-)

Anonymous said...

If you don't have time for an appointment to have your starter replaced, locate the starter on your car and carry a long enough rod in order to hit it if it won't start. Short term solution but tapping on it will will release the contacts.

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised by the stock market "correction" -- we all knew it was coming. It might bottom out in the 14,000s and then it would be time to go in -- that is, if any of us had any money to go in. And the dumbest thing you can do is sell right now. Just ride it out.


Good Lord....handing out investing advice? Better quick publish a disclaimer.

Where do you get off saying "one of us"? You are not "one of us"

Anonymous said...

Devon announced layoffs yesterday at some town hall meeting? And oil dipped below $27 a barrel? What a disaster for Texas. This is worse than the early '80s. And it may just beginning.

When did you start to care? Seriously...when?

Anonymous said...

If you don't have time for an appointment to have your starter replaced, locate the starter on your car and carry a long enough rod in order to hit it if it won't start. Short term solution but tapping on it will will release the contacts.

Bailing wire and a hammer...standing standard equipment if you own a Ford

Anonymous said...

Here is your info about Focus on the Family...

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and chairman emeritus of Focus on the Family. In May of 2003, Dr. Dobson resigned as President of Focus on the Family (although he retained his position as Chairman of the Board). Dr. Dobson stepped down as Chairman of the Board in February of 2009, and a year later, he released his radio and newsletter responsibilities when he resigned from Focus.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/about_us/ministries.aspx

Anonymous said...

Berke Breathed became a published cartoonist while in Law School at the Evil Empire in the late 70's/early 80's. Back in the day, his strip Academia Waltz was the primary reason we read the school newspaper. I wonder if he ever practiced law?

Anonymous said...

Reunion = Hyatt. How long have you lived in this area BG?

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport schooled Decatur.....end of story!!

Anonymous said...

James Dobson was the founder of Focus on the Family,. He parted ways with the org in 2010. Some thought he became "too political" for their evangelical taste. He's now associated with Family Talk.

Anonymous said...

You should post the rest of that cartoon as it is the greatest Bloom County ever! Only men would understand it completely. I have it saved somewhere.

Triple Fake... said...

the headline for the NY Post is just wrong! You couldn't make an inversely "colorful" comment referencing the BET Awards without getting called out for it.

Anonymous said...

My kids grew up on Focus on the Family VCR tapes.

Bear said...

I would think as a liberal that you would have enjoyed the Doonesbury comics as well.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until I see how much my property taxes have dropped now that oil is under $27/bbl. You are going to drop our tax valuations aren't you Mickey Hand? I mean you wouldn't cheat the citizens of Wise County, would you?

Anonymous said...

No, it is not worse than the 80's. It may get bad, but Texas is far more diverse economically than in the 80's. Maybe it will send yankees back north.

Anonymous said...

go home yankees

Anonymous said...

Are the intertubes slow today or is it just my Altair 8800?

DF Bill Gates
DF Waste Not Want Not

Upstairs said...

BG - Where is your rant about the forfeiture laws in Texas? Surely they are being abused as much in Wise County as they are out here in the wild west.

Anonymous said...

hey 9:04am....
I was at UT when he wrote his strip in The Texan. I remember it as being named "Steve Dallas." Did he write 2 strips or is my memory hazy?
You are correct about him being the only reason we picked up the paper.

Anonymous said...

Do yourself a favor, go to AutoZone, get a new starter and replace it yourself. You will save a few hundred. In the mean time, take a hammer with you. If the starter won't kick over, just hit it with a hammer a few times. Works 50% of the time.
AK

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:04am....I guess I could have googled Berke Breathed and found out I was mistaken

Anonymous said...

I love cheap gas. I love buying jacked up 4x4's on the cheap from dipshits that lived beyond their means even more. Maybe you boys shoulda stashed some money back. Not my prollem.

Anonymous said...

Al Gore promised us no more snow!

Anonymous said...

There was a food poisoning / contamination incident at the Jester Center cafeteria once when I was at Texas. Berke Breathed's cartoon the next day concerned that incident. I had a meal contract and a lot of students were talking about the cartoon while in the dining hall.

I wasn't cool enough to only read The Daily Texan for Academia Waltz however.

Anonymous said...

"Nothing, and I mean nothing, sucks the life force out of me more than Margaritaville".

How about Ann Curry singing "Margaritaville"?

Skeeter said...

How do you know if it is the starter or just the solenoid or the battery needs a charge (which could implicate the alternator)?

I know----pick out the most expensive of these (the starter) and go with that.

SMH.

Baylor Too said...

Focus on (your own damn) Family report from Colorado Springs: The number of Focus employees is down by half or more since the peak back a decade ago. After James Dobson left, the publicity died down. The new guy in charge, Jim Daly, used to make occasional appearances on local media to discuss controversial subjects such as gay marriage, but I haven't heard anything from him in a long time.

Anonymous said...

Replace the starter yourself. As a 19 year old college female (many moons ago) I even figured that out myself!

Anonymous said...

10:15 am
Why you should worry about cheap gas prices...it is your prollem, after all!
#1...if you stashed money away, I hope the bottom falling out of the oil industry doesn't hurt your 401K, or whatever you have!

http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/21/investing/oil-crash-fallout/index.html

Anonymous said...

1157 - Barry's mommy and daddy sent him to private university. Do you really think has any experience working on his vehicles?

Anonymous said...

And isn't there a Black Actor's Guild just for the promotion and celebration of blacks? No whities on their board of directors? No whities win the big awards? This doesn't make sense!!

Anonymous said...

11:57

Bu got his undergrad degree from UNT in Denton. He went to law school at Baylor.

If you don't know the facts, don't post.

Anonymous said...

Another approach you may want to think about regarding your vehicle...

Get rid of it. Trade it and pick up a new one.

My wife had a Jeep Commander that would just stop running as you went down the highway. The last straw was in July of 2014 on a trip to Austin. We were going south on I-35 doing about 75 mph in moderate traffic about 15 miles north of Austin and the engine just stopped running. She worked her way to the right and low and behold, there was an off-ramp available. We coasted down to the access road and pulled into an NTB parking lot. It was about 9:30 pm and they were closed. We gathered our wits and tried starting the car and it started right up, but the check engine light was on. We cautiously proceeded to downtown Austin and spent the weekend, never moving the Jeep. We drove home on hwy 281. During the trip, the check engine light turned off.

The next weekend we traded the vehicle for a new one before the check engine light came back on. We made the deal on a Saturday The following Wednesday, Chrysler issued a recall for Jeeps for ignition problems where the engine would just stop of no known reason.

Just a word to the wise.

Anonymous said...

1:50
What is wise about that? If you still owned the car...you would have gotten it fixed because of the recall.

What did I miss?

Anonymous said...

1:38 - You need to follow your own advice... or edit your post.

Anonymous said...

12:48 PM

I'm deeply vested in the bio-med industry. So no, It's still not my prollem.

Anonymous said...

With all these petrol layoffs, Douchebags With Toetags (Rednecks With Paychecks) will be a helluva lot smaller this year. And that Ain't a bad thing.

Bear said...

The problem with the cheap gas is that it wont last for long. As soon as the domestic companies have all gone out of business, the Saudis will shut off the flow and the price will skyrocket to $5/gallon or more. Then, about the time all the domestics get started up again, here comes the free flow again.

The government needs to figure out how to level this off at some point.

Glassing the Middle East would be a good start.

Anonymous said...

Good advice on the stock market.... exactly what I am telling people. It's a correction just like we get every couple of years... see the big picture.

In fact... now is the time to buy more.... buy low sell high

Anonymous said...

Skippy, It's too bad you aren't in the northeast for the blizzard. You would fit right in with your New York values.

Anonymous said...

9:28 You are not serious are you? Personal property taxes will necessarily go up with oil and gas values down.

Anonymous said...

You mean the lio-med industry...right!

Anonymous said...

It's headline news when the government propaganda tells us that the unemployment rate drops a tenth of a per cent but when today it's reported that the jobless claims climbed 10,000 in six days to a 7 month high, there is complete silence. But ask a liberal how the economy is doing and they will tell you it's never been better.

Anonymous said...

Screw exploring sources of wind, solar, and nuclear energy. Let's nuke the Middle East instead!

DF 2:33

sparkerr said...

I loved reading The Daily Texan at UT, way back in the day (mid to late 1970's). I wonder if it's still a newspaper now or online. I remember waiting for class to start and half the class would have The Daily Texan in front of their faces, reading. Professor walked in, papers folded down. Good memory.

Anonymous said...

Rednecks with paychecks is -

A. The Rhome City Council
B. An off-road drunken orgy of 4x4 madness
C. All of the above

Anonymous said...

I love when Skippy gives advice on investing. Telling us to buy in when the market hits 14 thousand, if any of us have any money to invest. But according to him the Obammy economy is booming which means all of us should have money to invest, except for the 90 million unemployed.

Anonymous said...

2:05

You missed...

First, the Jeep would have had a lower trade if value after the recall was announced.

And B) there is no guarantee the recall would resolve the issue completely.

Anonymous said...

I never read Bloom County in the newspaper - I read them all in their collection in a book. That's the way to go!

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

IT IS NOT A NEW PLANET

Why is this article simultaneously exploding on major media? It is not describing Nibiru, aka Planet X. It is describing the Sun’s binary twin,
http://www.zetatalk.com/science/s36.htm
which we have described as being 18.74 Sun-Pluto distances
http://www.zetatalk.com/science/s106.htm
away from the Earth’s Sun. Note this object, termed Planet 9, is described as being “20 times farther away from the sun than Pluto”. Precisely. Zetas right again! We have described this binary twin since the start of the ZetaTalk saga,
http://www.zetatalk.com/science/s100.htm
and the perturbations caused by this binary twin of the Sun have been known to ancient astronomers.

There is great confusion between the Sun’s binary twin and Nibiru, a planet that orbits both foci. Nibiru comes from the direction of the binary twin, and returns in that direction. In the early 1980’s, what is now being termed Planet 9 was being termed Nemesis, and is the reason that NASA/JPL went looking for the source of this perturbation in 1983 with an infrared balloon sent above the atmosphere. They found an object out in the direction of Orion. Nibiru, at that time, was approaching for its next passage around the Sun. A front page article in the Washington Post,
http://www.zetatalk.com/theword/tword26c.htm
published December 31, 1983 documented this search.

What is the reason for the media blitz at this time? Astronomers are clearly aware of the Sun’s binary twin, and the existence of Nibiru, and have for decades been severely repressed from speaking about these issues. Many deaths have resulted to keep this secret, on the excuse that the public would panic if they knew. Now that Nibiru is so visible
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/19de2015.htm
that the public is regularly seeing a Second Sun and the brilliant Moon Swirls, as well as the body of Nibiru itself with its double helix of its two most dominant Moon Swirls, the announcement is viewed as inevitable. We have described the planned announcement as a multi-pronged event
http://zetatalk.com/ning/09ja2016.htm
that cannot be sabotaged. This is one of the prongs.


http://poleshift.ning.com/forum/topics/zetatalk-chat-for-january-23-2016

Anonymous said...

5:58, Thanks for clearing that up.

Anonymous said...

What a disaster for Texas? Clearly not paying attention to all the companies and increased economic diversity in the State, and particularly in DFW, that have emerged in the past 30 years. You know, due to things like governors taking trips to talk to countries and companies about investing here. There are a TON of sectors and companies that do fantastic in Texas when oil and gas is low. Thanks to forward thinkers that a lot of people ridicule, Texas is now vastly more capable of handling a period of low energy prices.

Anonymous said...

Just clean and tighten battery cables first .Check to see if the other ends are loose , to ground and to starter . Go to Auto Zone and get them to check it for you .Not likely you need a starter .

Anonymous said...

2:05 You missed...

First, the Jeep would have had a lower trade if value after the recall was announced.

And B) there is no guarantee the recall would resolve the issue completely.

Wrong

Bear said...

@2:33

If you want to go back 100 years to wind power, you can. Don't expect me to pay for it. Solar will never provide the amount of electricity we need with today's technology. Nuclear is unsafe according to the Government. How do you propose we get rid of the spent fuel rods?

Oil, gas and coal are the power source of our time and our government is trying to outlaw their use. They allow a handful of third world leaders to control our entire economy. Our lives are run by a handful of sheikhs that could not care less about our country.

Bury your head and dream of unicorns if you like. I prefer to solve real problems with real solutions.

Anonymous said...

Bear, I think you have a slight misunderstanding of the economy, the energy pie and technology as a whole. They are using wind and solar to offset fossil fuel usage, not totally replace it. The more we offset and the more domestic oil we produce, the less dependant we become on foreign oil. We ARE solving real problems with real solutions and that is why the shale boom lasted as long as it did.