12.18.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The locker-falls-on-kid-in-Bridgeport story was on Fox 4 News last night. (Video). I'm surprised school administrators talk to the press so freely about it. Edit: Whoever gave the hot legal opinion in the comments, you're wrong. There is limited immunity, but not in the way you state.
  • I've never experienced a White Christmas. And I've never experienced a Christmas Day outside of Wise County.
  • Did you see the guy named Kenneth Bain testifyduring his trial before a judge in his accidentally killing two cyclists with his car? I felt sorry for the guy. He received 2 years in a state jail in one case followed by 10 years of probation in the other.
  • The case had some problems: Although the defendant had marijuana in his system, his blood alcohol level was only .05. Edit: A commentor tried to school me on retrograde extrapolation. Sorry, hoss, it ain't that easy.
  • The judge did something interesting: Since he had the right to access 180 extra days in jail as a condition of the probation, he broke that down to 18 days a year to be served, in part, around the birthdays of the victims.
  • A camera's megapixel capacity doesn't seem to be a big selling point anymore.
  • I've got a female friend who traveled last night to Vail where she will spend three nights alone in a nice cabin until her family arrives. I'm envious.
  • Heck of a tanker truck fire on the tollway last night. (Amateur video which always seems better than professional video).
  • I've not seen one crazy and unstable Santa-giving-the-baby-Jesus a present yard display this year. That makes me sad.
  • I've got a case that involves three Wise County DPS troopers, three arrests, and firetruck and ambulance personnel who were called out to check on one of the arrested folks when he became light headed. And what crime prompted this massive taxpayer expenditure: A misdemeanor amount of marijuana.
  • The indictment referenced in today's Update happened a week ago.
  • For Ticket fans only.
  • Only nine death sentences in Texas this year. What? Are we no longer barbarians?
  • Why can't wallets and purses come with cheap GPS tracking devices to locate them if lost? Note to self: Patent that.
  • Bad Metroplex Police: Alleged-intoxicated-manslaughter-cop and provide-alcohol-to-minors-and-watch-porn cop.
  • Update on my "not guilty" prediction in a Tarrant County murder trial: The jury has not reached a decision after nine hours. They reconvene today. Edit: Verdict reached. Prediction = Fail.
  • This has been criminal news intensive.
  • Is there a word that describes when-I-do-this-with-hyphens?

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Barry, if we are barbarians for carrying out the death sentence for society's guilty ones, what does that make folks like you and many of your lib weenie buddies for carrying out the death sentence on society's innocent ones via abortion???

Anonymous said...

If you have no liability for your faults (schools/school districts), it's pretty easy to talk about how you screwed up. CPRC 101.051 limits a school's possibility of liability to operation of motor vehicles. Thus, you can't sue the school when lockers fall on you.

Anonymous said...

hyphenate

Anonymous said...

there was a white christmas just a couple of years ago

Anonymous said...

His blood alcohol was only .05 two hours after the crash. Do you really not think that his body did not metabolize the alcohol after the crash?

wordkyle said...

I don't normally comment on your choice of photos, but today's looks like an outtake from the bar scene in Fargo.

Hyphen use. You often use hyphens as a phrasal adjective, aka compound modifier. (e.g., the Rangers' wheels-off season; the alleged-intoxicated-manslaughter cop, the locker-falls-on-kid-in-Bridgeport story.) Is that what you meant?

Anonymous said...

hyperhyphenate

Anonymous said...

N/A, N/A, 4.5

Anonymous said...

Use this example Bart

12-21-2012

Anonymous said...

"I've never experienced a White Christmas". You might try going to Copenhagen where delegates from 193countries are discussing greenhouse gas emission cuts.

From Bloomberg.com: "Denmark has a maritime climate and milder winters than its Scandinavian neighbors. It hasn’t had a white Christmas for 14 years, under the DMI’s definition, and only had seven last century. Temperatures today fell as low as minus 4 Celsius (25 Fahrenheit)."

Anonymous said...

Yo Barry,
Once you replace everything, give up the wallet! Stream line your life and go to the clip. Drivers license/p.o.i, one credit card, debit card along with a thin gangsta'roll, what more does a man need?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of cops gone bad, whatever happened to the Denton cop who assaulted his boyfriend. Doesn't seem to appear on the website as ever having been filed. How can that be when Denton has a strict "no drop" policy on domestic violence?

Anonymous said...

Where are all the people who loved talking about what a great job Obama is doing? Please come back, it made the reading more fun. I realize he's sucking it up but come on, start talking, please!
Oh yes, in case you missed it our Secretary of State has promised $100 billion dollars a year to assist with the climate problem. Where will she get that money? Uhm.....let me think....oh wait a minute, I know, she'll pull it out of her butt. No just kidding, you and I will get to pay for that. Yes, pay for something that is complete over kill and doesn't exist to quite the level the goofballs want you to believe but hey, Al Gore has more money now than he's ever had. Oh Joy!! Oh Joy!! And for all you political correct people, Happy HOLIDAYS!

wisenurse said...

Regarding the guy who ran over and killed the 2 cyclists I think he was truly sorry and showed remorse BUT it was a horrific tragedy and he has to pay for it. (but kinda made me feel bad too)

Anonymous said...

6-9 6-9 6-9

Anonymous said...

the update had something a week old? wow, its a mirror of the newspaper edition - always a day late and dollar short. we are used to this, so no biggy.

Jarhead said...

All the "Double Fakes" have been quiet lately.

Wonder why?

Steeeeeve? Where'd you go, bro?

LMFAO.

Anonymous said...

As to a White Christmas--I have photos showing snow outside of the window where our Christmas tree was located in 1987, 1988, and 1989--the first three years of our marriage. However, I'm not dead sure they were taken on Christmas day itself--it may have only snowed while I had the tree up.

Ali said...

Have you looked for wallet under everything and between cushions and etc and in the most unlikely places. Get your friend to come help you look for it.

Anonymous said...

Copenhagen has four inches of snow today. We are going into and ice age.

Anonymous said...

10:00, let see - we will borrow billions of dollars from China and then give it back to them so we can save the planet. If the earth is warming and ice is melting, why are the oceans at the same levels that they were in the 1840's when English sea captains marked in stone the mean sea levels?

Anonymous said...

10:35 Why must everything have someone who has to pay? I don't see why the law can't recognize when something is an ACCIDENT vs intentional harm to others. That is a point I've never believed in with our court system. Everyone has ACCIDENTS. Following this line of thought, so granny hits the accelerator instead of the brake because she's incompetent, not from alcohol, but from being an old woman who is a menace to society. Lock her up and throw away the key just we do the others who make mistakes. I'm not talking about long-term abuser, but accidents sometimes occur as isolated instances and I don't believe that every time someone should pay. Sometimes it's just not your day to live....God's will and all that. My opinion.

Anonymous said...

White Christmas: 1975. Started snowing heavily on Xmas Eve and we had a white one here in Wise Co.

wisenurse said...

11:39 that's a good point - I guess the difference is it's not illegal to be a granny but illegal to drink, smoke pot then drive. In this case I believe he was truly sorry but it's still breaking the law and if there was not a consequence to pay none of us would be safe. I put myself in the victims family shoes it was senseless and you would want justice. But enough of that TGIF

Anonymous said...

Global Cooling in Washington DC. Up to 20 inches of snow in the forcast. Following from NWS:

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO 6 AM EST SUNDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
6 AM EST SUNDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...HEAVY SNOW WITH ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 20 INCHES
THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

A majority of the record high temperatures in the U.S. were recorded prior to WWII. Al Gore is no scientist and does not know what the Scientific Method is.

Anonymous said...

Yes, just two years ago there was about a foot of snow on the ground Christmas morning.

Anonymous said...

How can anyone go to jail if they "accidentally" kill two cyclists? Doesn't accidentally mean it was an accident? Or do those words have no relation?Wouldn't an example of "accidentally" be that just before a car passed two oncoming cyclists on the road, a deer bolted out from the woods, jumped into the car, went through the windshield hitting the driver and forcing the car to veer left into the oncoming cyclists? Would the driver go to jail?

Anonymous said...

If the driver that hit the bikes was accidentally smoking marijuana after accidentally drinking, then he should not go to jail at all.

Anonymous said...

Barry,
Your memory has failed you, we had a white Christmas when I was nine. That was in B'port. That would have made you about 13 or 14.

Anonymous said...

Skip, skip, major motorboat action.