5.26.2015

Is That The Same Guy?

Dallas Morning News tweet:


Fort Worth Star Telegram tweet:



The Morning News story now uses the picture that the Star-Telegram uses.

Fox News' Darling Ann Coulter Has A New Book


And you wonder why the Republicans will lose the Hispanic vote.

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • Obligatory weather observation: Stop Raining!!!!
  • Shocking story in Wimberley: Eight people are missing after the cabin they were staying in was swept up by flood waters. (And the news coverage of this event has been horrible -- which is what you get when no one works on Memorial Day).
  • A crazy picture from the flooding on I-45 in Houston this morning taken by a former Wise County resident. (I don't say "must see" very often but this is "must see".)
  • Lake Bridgeport is 0.40 feet low this morning.  Low? I think the body of water is now just toying with us.
  • Mrs. LL accidentally washed her car keys which, mysteriously, caused her Gangsta Mobile to periodically begin honking its horn the other night. As we stared at the car going crazy in the garage, I told The Kids In The House that  "we have a real live Christine going on here." I received blank stares.
  • I saw some friends in the hardware store yesterday as I once again made a trip to conquer my softball backstop project.  The gal gave me a hug and it was about an hour later when I realized that I had jogged that morning, jacked around in the back yard in the humidity, had covered myself with bug spray, and hadn't showered.  
  • And the backstop project is now beyond ridiculous. I now have PVC pipe within PVC pipe raised telescopically with net being raised with cords (like you see at a college extra point.) But it's pretty impressive if I don't say so myself. But I need strong yet light netting. Help me!
  • President Obama's Memorial Day Address yesterday: “Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”  Thank you.
  • Josh Hamilton joined the Rangers this weekend. I still think he's dumb as a box of rocks but why does he no longer mention God when that was all he could talk about three years ago?
  • Harry Shearer made news the other day when it was announced that the multi-character voice man for The Simpsons would not be returning to the series. Because of that news I stumbled upon his project where he recreates the Nixon Tapes word for word and cadence for cadence. 
  • Back in the 1990s when I had my lake house, I took my boat out one evening even though the lake was closed because of flooding. But that was back in the day when a Game Warden wouldn't stop you you within 50' to do a "safety check". (Before you guys jump me, I was up in the remote north end and went very slowly so as to create very little wake). 
  • I watched most of 12 Angry Men late the other night. It's still great, but it finally dawned on me that "reasonable doubt" was hardly discussed at all. They kept using the word "innocent". 


5.25.2015

New Yorker and The Republican Hopefuls


Take note of one missing hopeful from Texas who is only represented by a pair of empty boots.

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • Once again, I'm the hardest working man in show business.
  • Lake Bridgeport is at 1.20 feet low this morning, but I'm surprised it's not full. That rain forecast for the weekend seemed to hit more south than north.
  • I'm trying to make a homemade softball backstop for the back yard that will extend over the peremiter fence by about six feet. I'm using PVC pipe and (here's the mistake) orange safety fencing. It'll work, but my goal was to have it easily taken up and down. This has turned into my marathon electrical school project from a few weeks back. But my new revised plan is to make it work like a football net that you'll see on TV being raised and lowered for field goals and PATs. I love this stuff. And I have the best time thinking about what will work and proudly, yet reluctantly, scrapping everything I've done when I discover a new and better way. 
  • I visited Arlington National Cemetery once and it was overwhelming.
  • This story on the alleged Chico murder/arson gave me Tired Head while reading it. 
  • Sheriff Joe says he needs money to pay for lawyers. 
  • I'll echo BagOfNothing today: I never say, "I know what you are going through" or "I know how you feel." I don't know. Nor do you. 
  • Watched a little of the Fox News morning news show yesterday where Chris Wallace made presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee look silly on his assertion that Supreme Court decisions should not be enforced unless all three branches of government agree on the issue.
  • I think I write Random Thoughts every morning for the same reason "you should make your bed". It may be a small and insignificant accomplishment but, nevertheless, it is an accomplishment at the beginning of the day. 
  • The more I think about the Waco biker shootings the more I think the DA is in over his head. It may very well be there is only one murder that can legitimately prosecuted and won. Everything after that is an act in self defense or defense of a third person. (And I'm focusing only on the people involved in the actual shootings -- not the 95% of those being kept in cages for just being there.)
  • A video I wish someone create: A side by side of Eddie Vedder going crazy with the guitar on David Letterman the other night at the end of "Better Man" and Michael J. Fox at the prom in Back To The Future.
  • The Texas Senate passed the Open Carry bill on Friday night which included a provision that cops can't detain someone to ask if they have a license. I'm almost embarrassed to say I watched the process online. Just like an electrician would shake his head as he watched me work on the Junior In The House's school project, I had Slumped Shoulders as the Senate argued about "probable cause", "investigative detention", and "consensual encounters" with no idea what they were talking about. 
  • Just saw that a fan ran up to Roger Federer on the court at the French Open and tried to take a selfie.  Federer was friendly at first and then seconds later became nervous. If he wasn't thinking, "Hey! Monica Seles was stabbed by a fan on the court, right?", I'd be surprised.
  • Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd posted a Twitter pic this morning about Memorial Day. Note to judge: When you put your name in the graphic, it is obvious that you are pandering.
  • Fantastic photo collection of the damage caused by the storms in Texas and Oklahoma. (Thanks, W.C.)

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5.24.2015

Doesn't Quite Do Whatever A Spider Can

Let's Check In On A Newly Formed Wild River of Boerne (TX)


News Of The Death of "A Beautiful Mind"


John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said. More.

5.23.2015

Are We Going To See Lake Bridgeport Not Only Full But Over The Banks?

Now just about 2 1/2 feet low on Saturday morning. Amazing.

Here's the rain forecast from National Weather Service (Note: The Liberally Lean Weather Center has not confirmed these projections. We've still got some maps to look at and some animals to consult.)


I hate the labels on that thing. "Bowie" is a dot probably where the "w" is in its name. Wise County is below it and Jack County is to the left of Wise County. That's important because . . . 

This is the often mentioned but rarely understood "watershed" for the lake:


So if the watershed sweet spot is above Jacksboro, that rainfall map has it in its cross hairs.

That's all for now. I'll throw it to the very dramatic Clarice Tinsley so she can read some inane comments from Facebook and her phone that she is currently holding.

Clarice: "Thank you Liberally Lean. The comments on the rain are just on fire on our Fox 4 Facebook page. Jim Bob from Cundiff writes, 'We been praying for rain but I think we need to stop praying.'  That's so right Jim Bob. You nailed it. So true. You're spot on. Couldn't have said it better myself.  And Dakota from Cottondale says, 'If I had known this was gonna happen, I'd built an ark like that Noah guy."  Absolutely! We should have all thought of that!  You might want to get to work on that ark, Dakota and [Production note: Clarice becomes serious as she looks at the camera] don't forget to gather up those animals. They need our love and protection during these trying times. We'll be back after this."




5.22.2015

Getting Off Barstools In A Creative Manner Taking You Into The Weekend


Speaking Of Wise County Park


Today's View From The Boat Ramp


Aerial View from April, 2014

That Guy Is Still Showing Up On The Front Row Of The NBA Playoffs


I wrote a post about him four years ago.

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • Lake Bridgeport this morning is only 4.72 feet low.  I predicted at 6:00 a.m. this morning to a faithful reader that it would be full by Thursday. I would like to revise that prediction to Tuesday. And you might want to take the under. 
  • Being a past Lake Bridgeport homeowner with a boat dock (not a bad life, by the way), I can safely say that we have Boat Dock Chaos going on out there. Floating docks have old cables now breaking, and stationary docks have motors and cables that are malfunctioning. 
  • Never doubt the Liberally Lean Storm Center. The following was a Random Thought from nine days ago (Hey, Delkus, I'm gunning for your job.): 
  • "Waco, Texas (CNN) Texas law enforcement officials are investigating what they say are new threats against officers from biker gangs in the wake of a recent shootout in Waco. Members of the Bandidos biker gang who are in the military 'are supplying the gang with grenades and C4 explosives,' according to a bulletin issued Thursday by the Texas Department of Public Safety and reviewed by CNN. The bulletin warns of plots targeting high-ranking law enforcement officials and their families with car bombs."  The Bandidos have disputed this. In light of how t DPS has recently had its credibility severally damaged under the leadership of Steve McCraw and seems to be operating based upon the Politics of Fear, I think I'll believe the Bandidos on this one. 
  • Nothing stuns me more than conservatives, in connection with the Waco shootings, saying "Lock 'em all up and figure it out later." 
  • The Texas House has tentatively approved a bill to protect ministers from lawsuits if they refuse to preside over a same sex marriage. I had heard that was a major problem in Texas much like the invasion of chupacabras.  Side note: This bill, as we spiral towards Idiocracy, was offer by Wise County representative Sen. Craig Estes.
  • In March of 2010 Texas Monthly published a story encouraging people to complete our “Bucket List”— “63 Things That All Texans Should Do Before They Die”. A Baylor law student did them all in one year.  As much as admire the guy, I'm worried Baylor Law School isn't as tough as it used to be. 
  • David Letterman has been doing his show since 1982, and his finale had 13.9 million viewers. The finale of TV's Breaking Bad, which had only 62 episodes on a cable channel you had to search for, had 10.3 million. 
  • Back in my DA days in the 1990s, the Wise County Sheriff and I drove past the entrance to Wise County Park. There was a sign for the park which read, "By order of Sheriff: No alcohol allowed."  I looked at him and asked, "Can you that?" He said, "I don't know, can I?" I replied, "I have no idea."  Those were the good old days. 
  • MADD and some Texas legislators will soon be holding a news conference announcing that a bill has been sent to the governor requiring Ignition Interlock devices for all people convicted of first time DWIs. And then I'll explain how they are completely wrong.


5.21.2015

A Selfie Stick, Driving, Singing, And .... We Could Have Died



(Delayed edit: Oops. Language warning.)

Side note: I'm very confused by the appearance of this group of friends. And how old is the guy who looks like Forest Gump after he ran across the country?

Side note #2:  A group called Player sang Baby, Come Back but don't you dare question the Internet which seems to have a strong belief it is Hall & Oates.

I Told You The DA In Waco Was A Goofball



From his first interview:

  • "McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna defended the $1 million bonds keeping most of the arrested bikers in jail, and said the ones claiming to be victims need to start acting like victims and cooperating with police investigators."  That is beyond moronic. The government arrested them. The government accused them. The government is keeping them in cages. The government has the burden of proving their guilt. If you can't do it, figure that out immediately and release those people who deserve to be released. And you want them to cooperate after this law enforcement fiasco? Do you think those people believe they are going to be treated fairly if they do? No way. How about this: Get to work, do your job, and stop being a politician for the camera.
  • "'As many weapons as were found out there, they weren't out there just to eat lunch, they weren't out there to just have their little meeting, they meant business,' Reyna explained with a serious look." Oh, you're looking "serious"? Kind of reminds me of A Few Good Men: "Oh, you strenuously object?"
  • "We need to see what that evidence reveals, but I can tell you this - we're gonna get to the bottom of it and law enforcement is all working together as a team, and I'll [bet] on our own gang before I bet on their gang," Reyna promised.   Will they have patches that say, "A Gang Who Doesn't Know What The Evidence Reveals"? And, buddy, I wouldn't go to Vegas just yet. 
  • "Nobody's going to come into McLennan County and do something like that.  Not on my watch."  Oh, my. It looks like we have us a regular Charlie Bronson here. (With apologies to Drexl Spivey from True Romance.)

Stop A Legal Gathering On Private Property By Shutting Down Public Road?


Links.

Amazing. I'm going to guess that the commissioners and sheriff of Palo Pinto County are very conservative.  I'm also guessing they aren't very bright.

The Sheriff actually said, "We will be on both ends of it with armed security, We will have other contingency plans ready in the event a large number of them do show up."

Freedom Of Assembly? What's That Mean?

Edit: And I would tap the brakes on the reports that the biker club "agreed" to cancel the event. It's that Sheriff who said that and in other reports he was quite as definitive: "I believe I have prevailed upon their national leadership to call this rally off."

Edit: And I thought the Sheriff had been in the news before . . .
  

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • Lots more damage in Runaway Bay from the toronado than what we initially thought. It was all over the local TV news last night. But it did lead to this educational fact: The ranking of tornadoes (F1 to F5) is based upon damage caused and not by size or wind speed. (They said that on Fox 4 and I didn't verify it). Edit: Fox affiliate in Austin says this: "A tornado's strength cannot be determined by just looking at it. Examining the damage will give you a better idea of the strength of the tornado. This is where the Enhanced Fujita Scale comes in." So I guess that's saying you can determine speed by the damage. Something not very scientific about that. 
  • Police in Waco initially said "thousands" of weapons were seized from the gunfight on Sunday. They have now revised that to 318 "and counting" (huh?) with only 118 handguns found.
  • Doesn't Memorial Day seem early this year? (And the weather over the next four days is going to a beatdown for the Colonial golf tournament.)
  • A Northwest ISD school bus ends up in ditch because of rain this morning along 114. (No injuries but pretty eye opening photo.)
  • Hey, I haven't dogged Dennis Prager in a while. Turned him on yesterday and heard him say if "You have no hope or opportunity, it is your fault." What type of elitist hole does he live in?
  • I've said it before, that new Northwest Eaton High School right passed past the Wise County line on 287 is a massive. (And it already looks like they've got four or more athletic fields installed around it. Is that artificial turf?)
  • Lake Bridgeport this morning is at 828.77 which is -7.23 feet low. Now we're talking.  I think that's a sixteen feet increase this month. 
  • Someone clarify this for me. The Messenger has been reporting that Denton County spends $40,000 on indigent burials while much smaller Wise County spends $30,000. Someone at the courthouse pointed out to me that there isn't much unincorporated area in Denton (meaning not part of a municipality) compared to what Wise County has so that explains the stat. But that gives rise to this question: If someone dies within a city and is indigent, does the city pay for the burial? Is a county only responsible for indigent deaths occurring in unincorporated areas?
  • I've often dogged Plaintiff's lawyer Tony Buzbee (who a big Aggie who brags about multi-million dollar verdicts). But, I'll be, he has done it again.  After coming in late to a business dispute lawsuit, he got a $35 million verdict.  The story is behind a paywall, but he said he looked at some of the video depositions that had already taken place before he was hired and considered the lead defense lawyer's "sidebar comments as gratuitously ungracious." Ok, that's a shot, but he went on: "Rarely in the law practice do we have the opportunity to teach [an opposing lawyer] a lesson." Oh, my. 
  • I didn't watch David Letterman's last show but I'm sure the highlights will be all over the place. For some reason I'm recalling an HBO movie about the Letterman and Leno battle to replace Carson. I remember reading that Letterman mocked the scene which showed his character in his backyard throwing baseballs at an archery target as he became angry over negotiations. "Like I would do something like that," is what I thought he said. 
  • Wait. I just heard that Letterman didn't end the show addressing the audience? They did a photographic montage? You kidding me? 
  • Houston District judge Ryan Patrick, son of Tea Party favorite Texas AG Dan Patrick, posted a graphic showing a pretty incredible increase in the "caseload" increase of dockets in Harris County  over the last year. But what really got my attention is that he (?) thought he had to overlay the graphic with "Increase noted in this area here" in order to explain it. 
  • The great Skip Hollandsworth wrote a long read in Texas Monthly in 2007 about bikers gangs in Texas.