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Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • The fog lasted a long time yesterday and heard some horror stories. One of them concerned the I-35 tollway near Basswood. And I heard 114 into the metroplex was a white knuckle ride.
  • Here's my expert driving tip: Your automatic headlights very likely don't come on in foggy conditions during the day.  (Actually, Mrs. LL told me that, but I told her I'd steal it.)
  • How right wing darling John Bolton has suddenly become Enemy #1 of State TV is something to behold.
  • Shout out to the boys at Karl Klement's Body Shop. It's always weird to walk into a room of strangers and hear, "Don't put me on that Liberally Lean!" (Seriously, the process of getting an estimate from them was about as smooth as can possibly be imagined.)
  • Hey, do you teachers feel pretty good about those who are running your retirement plan? The Austin American Statesman uncovered that the administrators of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas have leased three floors of a new Austin high rise called Indeed Tower at a cost of at least $326,000 a month.
  • Two a week.
  • I've mentioned before that a Decatur law firm won a $98 million dollar verdict several months back in a Dallas banking/lending case, and it is on appeal. Today, January 28, 2020, oral arguments will be held in the case before the Dallas Court of Appeals.  I don't want to pick on anyone, but just glancing at the documents recently filed in the appeal, I think I see an error from one of the parties.
  • Ken Starr made his presentation against impeachment yesterday while somehow forgotting he was Ken Starr.  And how did he think this was a good look? I actually had that same overcoat in 1989. When I entered a room once at the law firm I was with, one of the firm's partners actually pulled me aside and said, "Lose the coat." I never wore it again. And I've never forgotten the moment.
  • Uh, oh. Trump got mad at CNN's Don Lemon last night once he found out Lemon got tickled by a guest saying that "Donald Trump couldn't find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter 'U' and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it." 
  • I was watching MSNBC moments after the Kobe Bryant news broke. I heard what she is talking about, and it certainly caused me to have a "Whoa!" moment. (Video.) I feel sorry for her for getting tongue-tied, but I'm not sure it was "Nakers" that she said. 
  • An ironic malpractice tip this morning.
  • There's a lot of talk about the utility of the iPad on it's 10 year anniversary. I'm a huge, huge fan. And a few months back I broke down and bought and Apple Pencil. I may never use a legal pad again. 
  • Craig Miller on The Ticket had a segment about Jim Lehrer's quote below. He, like most folks it seems, interprets it to mean "A reporter should never publish information unless he also sites the person from whom he obtained it." I don't think that's what Lehrer meant at all. Confidential sources are a critical aspect of journalism. "Anonymous" means "of unknown name or origin." So isn't he admonishing the reporter about using information from an unknown person to that reporter instead of using information whose source is an unknown person to the reader? (A quick search didn't give me an answer.) And, as support of my position, isn't admonishing about using a "blind quote" mean using a quote that the reporter himself doesn't even know the source of?
  • I think Decatur has an inordinate amount of hotels (many built during the natural gas boom.) And although I'm not sure how all of them are going, the parking lot of the Marriott based hotel out by the Decatur Convention Center is always packed. 


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Here's what Kobe Bryant's helicopter looked like. 
  • ABC News' reporter Matt Gutman rocked everyone when the news first broke of the helicopter crash with this statement on the air:  “The fact that four of his children are believed to be on that helicopter with him, all daughters, one of them a newborn . . . . " Obviously, that turned out not to be correct. ABC News put Gutman back on the air for the evening news and made him say the following. Heck, they even made him post the video of the retraction of Twitter. That boy might get fired. 
  • Maybe I'm an NBA idiot, but doesn't winning the spare Slam Dunk Contest seem extremely out of place on this list? 
  • Wichita Falls sure is producing a lot of criminal justice news these days. And not in a good way. 
  • That was some serious fog this morning. That's Reunion Tower.

  • The Bridgeport Index will cease publication this week. The penultimate column of the editor on Thurday said he didn't have any "venom" for the local retailers because you could count the number of them in Bridgeport and Chico on two hands.  I'm not sure what he was getting at.
  • Parts of John Bolton's new book have leaked and it should come as no surprise, as seen and heard from a guy in the room, Trump specifically withheld Ukraine funds until Ukraine announced a Biden investigation.  That's John Bolton saying this.  Of course, Trump's reaction was predictable:
  • How his supporters just let him get away with lie after lie will always be a mystery to me. He's at it again this morning.
Trump this morning vs. the news from last October.

  • Speaking of. 

  • Mark my word, give it two weeks and you won't hear anything more about the coronavirus.
  • Whey was there a guy in skeleton makeup just casually sitting in the audience at the Grammy's last night?
  • This was a pretty wild video that hit the Internet over the weekend. Your taxpayer funded White House religious consultant has thrown some hot sermons out there in the past.
  • Pretty cool: The first game for both schools this fall is Southlake vs. Westlake. Son vs. Father. At Jerry World. 
  • Remember that plant explosion in Houston on Friday morning? Look what happened by that afternoon. Too many lawyers?


It's Friday. Let's Get Out Of Here.

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Another morning. Another Houston plant explosion. Here's a ring doorbell cam catching it happening. Here's the first pic at dawn:
  • He's all about ratings. You just know that in the back of his head he is thinking, "I don't care what anyone says, I outta go down Pennsylvania Avenue and defend myself in person! That would being in the eyeballs!" And, boy, would it. 
  • Here's a hot opinion: All the panic over the coronavirus is completely overblown. It causes flu-like symptoms but is only a fraction as deadly.  The death toll in China is at 26 for the coronavirus this morning . The last year of data collected by the CDC puts the death toll in the U.S. from the flu at 61,000.
  • Wait, there's more: Of "cases who died" (their words) from coronavirus, "many had significant underlying conditions" according to the World Health Organization's Emergency Committee two days ago.  Yes, there are "cases" of people who died from coronvirus without the underlying condition, but even the common flu killed a healthy 34 year old in Dallas a coupleof days ago.
  • Look out! There's an invasion of Dirty Libs occurring right before our eyes!
  • (I'm a little late on this but . . . . ) After that massive construction project on I-35/287 in North Fort Worth, I think they seriously screwed it up.  In all the myriad of lanes, the non-toll I-35 southbound briefly goes to only two lanes at Western Center creating a massive bottleneck. Live Google traffic provides the proof you need:
    Captured at 8:21 a.m. this morning.
    Here's where the cluster begins. 
  • I can't remember the last time I heard someone say they bought something off eBay. 
  • Someone needs to do a story of all the side businesses Jerry Jones has. They are many, they are big, and they are frequent:
    Last summer

    Last Fall

  • On some "nostalgia TV" station last night, I stumbled across the Dick Cavett Show where he was interviewing the odd pair of Ann Margaret and Joe Namath. My curiosity piqued when they started talking about a new movie they were starring in together so I had to look it up: A 1970 film called C.C. and Company -- a movie which ended up bombing and being universally panned.  Cavett must have seen it coming. He brought the director up on stage and played a long clip from the film. Afterwards, Cavett asked, "That's the movie? [ Awkward pause.] You guys have a lot riding on this?"    And, as I went down the rabbit hole about the movie, I found this from the review of Gene Siskel: "Ann-Margret has a brief nude scene in which she proves that in addition to having a foul mouth she is fat." Good lord. 
  • The Alvord man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in Denton County was indicted yesterday.  Side note: That's a heck of a neck tattoo for a 21 year old. And, maybe I'm wrong, I've never associated Alvord with tattoos. 
  • Speaking of I-35, I haven't been through Waco in a while. This looks like a nightmare . . . 


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • The Denton County elections for county commissioner seem more exciting than ours. The full flyer, unfortunately, isn't on his website. 
  • Dear TxDOT responsible for the red light on 380 in Bridgeport at FM 1658 (the road that leads to the spillway/dam): Those lights are seriously screwed up. If you are headed eastbound on the heavily traveled 380, it cycles for 60 seconds on red and only 15 seconds on green. Fix this, Rich!
  • We've got some animal crime just north of us. And shooting a longhorn is some serious sorriness. 
  • I'm not sure what this was about yesterday but someone got a few seconds of footage. Edit: It's in the Update.
  • This is one weird paragraph in Tulsi Gabbard's silly defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton.  [Edit: Deleted. I was duped.]
  • Adam Schiff started Trump's Impeachment Trial with this quote from Alexander Hamilton. It fits so perfectly that I was worried that Hamilton didn't say it. He did
  • I'm really proud of the two Runaway Bay City Council persons who voted against the Second Amendment Proclamation.  I suspect, but don't know, that they did so on the basis of, "Why exactly are we wasting our time on this meaningless gesture? Don't we have roads to fix?"
  • Randomly wondering why NFL players agree to the owners' demand for a "salary cap." The greatest capitalists in America just somehow unanimously agree that the free market is bad in this one aspect of their lives?
  • Very random ending to a Division 3 basketball game. Watch it. He got the shot off, right? But can the ref believe that it is not physically possible to get a shot of in 0.2 so the clock, her ruled, must have had a delayed start? There is no replay in Division 3, but I watched this replay way too much.
  • I never look at a shot clock without having the weird thought of "how can time ever really run out?" Stay with me here. Years ago basketball went to a tenth of a second clock, right? Why? Because without it, and we saw the clock move from 1 to 0 seconds, it actually had to go through 0.9. 0.8, 0.7 etc before it hits 0.0. The buzzer shouldn't sound, we all agreed, when we see 0. It should sound one full second after we see 0. So the rule changed so we could "see" that hidden tenth of a second. But, and this gets to my point, why not go to a hundred of a second clock because once the clock hits 0.0 don't we have to move through the time of 0.09, 0.08, 0.07 etc. to get to 0.00 when time really runs out? But wait. Isn't there still time remaining at 0.00 that we can't see because of the hidden next decimal? Shouldn't we also see the the thousands of a second digit?  When the clock hits 0.00 shouldn't we have to go through 0.009, 0.008, 0.007, etc before we get to 0.000? And this brings us to this: How can it ever end? How about revealing the next decimal place. And the next. There's always time left on the next hidden decimal, right? So, taken to the extreme, how can time ever really run out in a game? (Side note: I actually wrote about this over a decade ago and got scorched in the comments. Then one brilliant guy or gal told me I wasn't a fool at all -- I had actually come up with "Zeno's Paradox" on my own.)
  • The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on a Montana state constitutional amendment that bars taxpayer money from being used on private religious schools. (It is one of 38 states to have a "no aid" provision.) Montana says the law simply enforces the Establishment Clause -- government money should not be used to support religion. Makes sense. And those fighting the provision have another problem: The Montana law prevents taxpayer money from going to any private school, religious or not, so everyone is being treated the same. Despite all that, the Trump Court is somehow expected to rule the Montana law unconstitutional. 
  • I'm an expert on the Supreme Court because I was just there. Here's a pic from an angle you never see: There's actually a double row of columns in the front of the building. 
  • It's a good time to point out that far right wingers always want the Texas legislature to pass a "school vouchers" provision which is just the opposite. That's code for "Let's funnel taxpayer money to Christian private schools."
  • Trump had 132 tweets or retweets yesterday. That's a new record.