I woke up late, but hey, I’m on vacation.
I listened to the radio most of the day. Joe Pags at KTRH ***warning — at the momment this sicko has pics and links on his “blog” that you probably don’t want to see*****is a seriously overbearing yahoo. He insults his callers if they even present a little disagreement with him. Today his topic was the law that makes two-time sex offenders eligible for the death penalty. Ok, yes this is Texas and we do have laws on the books that if in the commission of a felony someone is murdered, one can receive the death penalty even if not the murderer. It is my understanding that the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a defendant cannot receive the death penalty if no death occurred.
One young man who called in was a youth minister and articulately argued against Joe Pags’ point. (If it’s KTRH, you are guaranteed that the host is a ‘kill them all’ raging maniac.) Pags went straight for the personal. You could hear a child in the background on the callers line, and Pags demanded to know the child’s age. I stopped what I was doing — hoping hoping that the caller would tell Pags that it was none of his business. The caller hesitated, but in the end told him. Big mistake. Pags laid into him and by the time he was done, and from there on out, Pags discredited the caller as a bad parent.
Next up, Rush’s sub — some guy from Cali — yammering for hours about Alberto Gonzales. I had read a tip on Think Progress earlier and gotten a call from R this morning about it (and other things), so I knew it would be a topic. KTRH broadcast Bush and Gonzales and bonus Michael Vick pressers. (Local news it advertising a piece about Gonzales’ “hot job prospects” here in Houston. Great. Wingnut welfare.)
At 2, I switched over to MAN-TALK to listen to Baker and Hunt — possibly the most inept show on the airwaves. Baker keeps blaming the problems on the idea that this is a new station — it’s not — just a new couple of hours programming that he and Michael Berry can’t seem to do right. Why do I listen? To mock Baker, to see if Cynthia Hunt will improve, and to laugh (at them, not with them.) Today’s topic was Michael Vick and Baker’s same old same old argument: “but what about the football d00ds who impregnate women? They are just as bad or worse!” He also regularly insults Hunt and she never gets in a good dig at him in return. She tried last week by saying the Baker is too fat to have a “hot young wife.” I am so very tempted to email her the Lexus/Nexus article about Baker getting liposuction a few years back.
The Astros news conference came on. Garner and Purpura are out. I’m glad. Houston baseball has been crap for the last couple of years. At least it was the Rangers in that record setting 30 run game and Barry Bonds didn’t hit that homer here or against Houston pitching — minimal silver lining. ***Added — Cecil Cooper moves up from bench coach to interim manager. This seems promising.***
I switched back over to KTRH for Baker’s solo show. It was a lame version of sports talk. Finally it was time for the real news.
When I got on the intertubes, I caught up with the whirling news of yet another “values” Republican get busy in a public restroom. I ran into Kathleen on a comment thread, trying to be funny (I guess) with her and another commenter trying to tie the Republican perv to a Edwards. I think that called attempted deflection.
Lest one thinks that I spent the day on my ass, wrong one would be. Yesterday I bought a beautiful new vacuum cleaner at Sears. It’s a Eureka Optima. It’s a fantastic machine — the power! — the attachments! — the easy of cleaning! — why didn’t I buy this years ago?!?!?!? The four-footed ones HATE it; Cisco is trying to recruit it to his side — to use it against Tam, I suspect. I rearranged the living room and the Optima ate all the dust bunnies. Great Value. I love Sears.
Links in a bit, I want to watch the news.
I’m so distracted, links will have to wait.
Local news DID NOT report on Gonzales’ future employers.