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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Random Wednesday Thoughts

--The Brit sailors on the HMS Ocean have a pretty funny Christmas schtick. The ending was actually pretty good.

--A ship named Ocean seems kind of odd. Like naming a car the "Highway," or "Road." Well, there was the "El Camino," but at least we jazzed it up with a Spanish name.

--Former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich just got 14 years. Given that he has to serve at least 85% of that, he'll be in federal prison for at minimum just shy of 12 years. He did a great job during sentencing of making himself look like someone to feel sympathy for. He acted like he didn't know that it was wrong. He pointed out that his family would suffer, and his kids-- "It's not like their name is Smith." I mean come on, think of them, wouldja? All this to distract from the fact that the former Governor tried to auction off 1% of our nation's Senate, and get himself a Cabinet seat in the process. There's a reason why people have zero faith in their government in and around our nation's third most populous city. When you catch a fish that big in your corruption net, you don't throw him back. He should have gotten still more.

--Chicago's often called "Second City," so I had to look it up to see how it ranked in population. (I'll bet that the population density is a lot higher in Chicago than in sprawling Los Angeles.) Look at the changes in ranked cities from 2000 to 2010, and you see some trends. Houston (still #4) increased in population by 19.8%. Phoenix: 34%. San Antonio: up 22%. Charlotte: +36.6%. Las Vegas rose from the 63rd largest city to 30th, garnering 85% more population in ten years. Tuscon (+20%), Fresno (+20%), Colorado Springs (+28%), and Arlington, TX (+27%). Most are in the south. Most (with the exception of Charlotte, NC and perhaps Colorado Springs) are big gathering places of Hispanic populations.  People seem to be fleeing a lot of the colder older population centers (Philadelphia -4.3%, Detroit -7.5%, Baltimore -11.5%, Milwaukee -11.5%, Cleveland -5.4%.).

--Rick Perry doesn't seem to realize that he's been written off. He's not yet quite as irrelevant as Michelle Bachman, but he's running a close second. I've never understood the silliness of a candidate looking into the camera, and after having delivered a 27 second spot himself, saying "I approve of this message."  Well no pshit, Sherlock. You just said it. The line wasn't completely pointless when it was uttered after an actor had made a campaign advert for the candidate. But when the candidate gives the advert himself, and then utters it, it makes him sound like either he's dumb, or he thinks that you are. Oh, and for what it's worth, Rick? Your religion wasn't your big selling point before.
--I wish that sex had as much to do with my straight marriage as RINO presidential candidates seem to think that it has to do with gay ones.

--I got re-measured for bunker gear this evening. Maybe someone didn't believe the measurements. Given what they're about to spend on the gear, maybe I'd measure twice, too, before ordering. This stuff is off the hook.

--They're kinda touchy about firepeople being armed, for some reason. I assume that I wasn't considered to be on duty while getting fitted.

--We had a brief discussion about how I felt about split duties. I was fine with it. I get the concept of Area Of Responsibility quite well, actually.

--If you're 23, and you've been drinking, and you've got warrants, having a 16 year old in your pickup at 2:00AM isn't helping your case any. I'm just saying.


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At Thursday, December 08, 2011 7:49:00 AM, Blogger TOTWTYTR said...

Rick Perry was a great disappointment as a candidate. I say was because he's as done as a well cooked steak. I guess he's just another example of a big fish in a small pond. As big as Texas is, it's not national politics.

I think that the candidates have to put that "I'm .... and I approve..." thing in because of federal campaign regulations. It's silly.

Turn out gear is hugely expensive, so it better fit right the first time.

The south, gulf coast, and south west seem to be the places to be these days. MA lost a Congressional seat in the last census despite the efforts of the Democrats to rig the count. More than likely a southern, more red, state picked that up.

My son is looking to move his family south and in a couple of years there will be no real reason for the Mrs. and I not to follow.

At Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:34:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Fixit said...

Ok, I've missed something somewhere. Bunker gear? Fire people being armed?

what are you up to?

At Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:01:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Holler at me once in a while, Fixit, and you'd know. You gots mah digits. :)

At Thursday, December 08, 2011 12:59:00 PM, Anonymous Stingray said...

Jeez, Matt. Can't you ever stop persecuting people for personal choices in medication, recreation, and religion? What's your witch hunt against that 23 year old? Way to treat a citizen exercising their rights of life, liberty, and property as a criminal, man!

At Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:07:00 PM, Blogger Texan in Wisconsin said...

16-year-old scotch or 16-year-old SWF = same problem if you've had "only two beers". ;-)


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