The Campaign For DA

11.24.2014

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • Stolen from Bud Kennedy: A guy shooting a feral hog makes the "Lifestyles" section of Texas newspaper. (There's a pic) But I hope that shooting a hog is never on my "bucket list" like this guy proclaimed.
  • I read Skip Hollandsworth's recent Texas Monthly article over the weekend about a murder in Dallas. Another example of cops jumping to conclusions.  And it cost the city $1.2 million. 
  • Remember that story last week where the North Texas teen was driving to Walt Disney World and a wreck caused the death of five of his family members? The cops wrote him a ticket. 
  • Garrett Creek Ranch near Paradise closed in 2010 and was to become an addiction recovery center. Did it ever happen?
  • In May of 2010 we were worried that Lake Bridgeport could overflow if a huge and consistent storm moved in. 
  • While jogging over the weekend, I came across parents in a park filming a teenager slowly and gingerly walking away from her wheelchair. Obviously, I don't know her history (genetic or injury) but did I stop and cry? Come on. Do you know me at all?  
  • Mark Davis on Twitter this weekend on show halls cancelling scheduled appearances of Bill Cosby: "Only reason to cancel #BillCosby appearance is slow ticket sales. If public wants in, shame on venues canceling due to unproven allegations." How moronic is that? The dollar controls everything? A private business can't make its own decisions? They can't send a message like Chick-Fil-A or Hobby Lobby? 
  • Sports: (1) It is Thanksgiving week and both Baylor and TCU are talking about legitimate national championship hopes. How insane is that? (2) Baylor has gone for it 32 times on fourth down this year. And converted on 25. (3) That catch last night was the greatest one I've ever seen. I was upstairs and wanted to run down and tell the Family Unit, "You've got to see this!!!!" Then I remembered it was a house full of girls watching Finding Nemo again. (4) For the life of me, I do not understand how a grown male over 40 cares about who wins a professional sports game. Watch it for entertainment? Sure. Care about who wins? Come on. (5) “TCU is like a cockroach. It’s not so much what he eats and totes off, but what he falls into and messes up.” — Darrell Royal, 1962. (6) Dallas cleared the over/under line of 7.5 wins. Like I said a couple of weeks ago, I'm retiring as a Sports Expert until 2015.  I can only be a genius for so long. (7) On ESPN's Game Day at the Harvard/Yale game on Saturday they kept saying that the players "were not on scholarship." Trust me, they are. Those schools say they don't give out sport scholarships but check out the number of those players who are on academic scholarship.(8) Shockingly, it is the 20th anniversary of the greatest high school football game in Texas history. (9) Prediction: RG3 becomes a star again in Philadelphia. 
  • Important news over the weekend which will be ignored by Fox News: "WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees."  That's the Associated Press. Read that again. And again. 
  • "I think the report is full of crap," Lindsey Graham told CNN on Sunday.  *Sigh*
  • I turned over to one of the new classic hip hop stations and heard "The Humpty Dance".  Stayed on it for the whole song and smiled. 
  • I listened to the first episode of the Serial podcast. It was really, really good but I mainly thought that the public was finally figuring out what I've known for years: This American Life knows how to tell a story,
  • The Right Wing seems infatuated with the pending grand jury decision in Ferguson. I wonder if they want rioting just so they can condemn the conduct of minorities 

44 comments:

wordkyle said...

"I wonder if they want rioting just so they can condemn the conduct of minorities." Probably not the stupidest thing you've ever posted, counselor, but a contender. Definitely a contender.

Plus I'm not sure how you arrive at the conclusion that the "Right Wing is infatuated" with Ferguson, any more than other segments of the public. Care to explain? Or is this another thing you've just made up out of thin air to take a whack at people you don't like?

Anonymous said...

Re: Garrett Creek Ranch. Not sure what happened to the funding on the recovery center, but another nonprofit has purchased the property and is turning it into a camp for the disabled. See
http://campsummittx.org/support-us/camp-summit-capital-campaign/

Anonymous said...

concerning the rioting, uh, I don't think so.

RPM said...

Best shot of "The Catch"

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3LK5b3IEAApuNE.jpg

Wurdkyle said...

The cops wrote him a ticket.

What kind of person could see a tragedy like this and write a frickin' ticket to the poor kid who just accidentally killed his whole family?

The kind of person who wants to be a cop.

And some cop or family member of a cop is going to get on here and try to justify it saying that he's only doing his job or some BS like that.

Look. Cops are paid to protect us. Period. So, for instance, if a cop sees a car on a busy highway that has too dark of tint, should he pull that person over and create a dangerous situation on the shoulder just to ticket the guy?
NO.
But most cops just want to be the bully now that they are no longer nerds being pushed around in highschool, so they pull the guy over who didn't use his blinker or some other crap just to prove that they can.
Get back to PROTECTING the people who pay your salary!

Triple Fake... said...

If you watch a game and don't care who wins, what's the point of watching? Humans are genetically wired to care about the outcome of competition. That's why organized sports were invented.
And it's not just guys and sports - as a test, ask the Females in the House if they would watch American Idol or the Voice, or the Bachelor and not care who wins

Anonymous said...

The Right Wing seems infatuated with the pending grand jury decision in Ferguson. I wonder if they want rioting just so they can condemn the conduct of minorities


Maybe government officials and those in public service are concerned about the safety of innocent citizens. If a certain faction of people determine the grand jury decision is incorrect and then that justifies their irresponsible behavior.

You can bet one thing, you progressives hope it happens.

Sickening; how do you justify these comments?

Oh , that's right...you're a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

I found an underground video of The Humpty Dance...for a rap, which I don't care for, it's pretty cool. BTW the rapper looks like he is from India, not black..surprising.

Anonymous said...

Humans are genetically wired to care about the outcome of competition.*

*Citation needed.

Anonymous said...

The ticket(s) (for a number of things) should have been written to the parents for allowing their children to NOT be wearing seatbelts. Oh, that's right, they couldn't because they were killed as well for not wearing them. Now the kid has to live with his parent's bad decision that killed most of his family. Sad all the way around.

Anonymous said...

The Benghazi report is the lead story on the Fox News website. I have not watched Fox this morning, but I'm sure that they are covering it.

Barry and the other frauds on the left are the ones that bury stories.

Anonymous said...

Barry is obsessed with Race.

Anonymous said...

@9:21

The name of the group is Digital Underground, and the main rapper, Shock G, is black. He wears a Groucho Marx mask when he performs which is probably why he looked indian to you.

Anonymous said...

Let's just give out participation ribbons to all teams and not keep score.

DF Bubear

Anonymous said...

Tiger Woods ain't got nothing on Bill Cosby!

Anonymous said...

The Right Wing seems infatuated with the pending grand jury decision in Ferguson. I wonder if they want rioting just so they can condemn the conduct of minorities


Where do you come up with this stuff? The entire media is talking about this situation and a lot of it is over the concerns about protecting innocent people and property when all these people brought in by Al Sharpton riot.

By the way, what about Al Sharpton calling for riots all over the US after the verdict. They plan to riot whether or not he is indicted. All of this led by a man who owes $ 4.5 Million in taxes, but blames it on "racism."

Katy Anders said...

I am so disappointed. I came here expecting an intelligent, sober discussion of race in America.

Triple Fake... said...


Humans are genetically wired to care about the outcome of competition.*
*Citation needed.
9:27 AM

Seriously?!
How about if I amend that statement to "Humans are genetically wired for competition. (can you doubt that?) We compete for jobs, mates, possessions, and recognition. If we didn't care innately about the final score, sporting events wouldn't exist."
Struggles on the field were supposed to be a substitute for armed struggle on the field, but not everybody has gotten the memo.

See: The history of sports from the ancient Greek Olympics to present day

Sam Brows said...

Yep, the right wing is concerned about Ferguson. One segment hates to see an innocent man (o.K., maybe not an innocent man, but one that you can't for certain say needs to be indicted), charged with a crime just for the sake of placating Al Sharpton's gang of thieves. And the tin foil hat wearing segment is waiting with baited breath for the rioting to start, spread to other cities, and Obama to institute Martial Law to he can suspend all future elections (Don't kid yourselves, those people are out there, really).

Anonymous said...


10:23 AM said

I am so disappointed. I came here expecting an intelligent, sober discussion of race in America.


Read his blog Katy, he incites hate; he doesn't make reasonable observations.

Hopefully you understand the difference

Anonymous said...

B.S. Green wrote:
Obviously, I don't know her history (genetic or injury) but did I stop and cry? Come on. Do you know me at all?

Why don't you know what's going on with the people in your community? A caring guy like you? Come on now, Bull Sh*t Barry.

Did you shed a single tear or did you blubber like ol' Dale Hansen does for people he doesn't even know? Does anyone here still remember Dale Hansen?

Anonymous said...

@11:02

Hopefully you understand that she was being sarcastic.

And by the way, let's not take a blog that seriously.

Incites hate? Maybe for someone like you who is easily incited to hate.

The only thing this blog incites within me is a smile and a good laugh! Thanks Barry!

Anonymous said...

For the life of me, I do not understand how a grown male over 40 cares about who wins a professional sports game. Watch it for entertainment? Sure. Care about who wins? Come on.

So why did you travel to Morgantown to watch your alma mater play WVa? Handing out business cards? Because you could? Curiosity? People watching? See if they really burn couches?

You make no sense at all.

Anonymous said...

10:23 For an understanding of race; start with the early prototypes of man.

www.zetatalk.com/worlds/w30.htm

Triple Fake... said...

Today's RTG reminds me that Thanksgiving is near. I'm a thigh & leg man, but there's plenty of breast meat there, so...

Anonymous said...

11:44, very interesting summary. I know that within the canine species some races (aka breeds) can run faster and some make better fighters. Others,like the border collie, are more intelligent. In the human species Africans tend to be stronger and more violent prone but of lower IQ. This helps them on the track and football field but hurts them in the classroom. I did not believe any of this until I was forced to study Darwin that went against my religion.

Anonymous said...

Pure breeds are few, we are all muts in some way or another. If not, we are headed in that direction, as planned. We all have intelligence, it's just the culture/environment that shapes it. Love/empathy is what it is all about.

Anonymous said...

According to Bud Kennedy--some guy bagged Hillary Clinton?
Sorry if there is a misunderstanding, as sometimes I have a Rorschach perception when I read certain things.

Anonymous said...

What a classic lovely RTG.

Anonymous said...

1:08, It only happened once, and his name is Webster Hubbell and the childs name is Chelsea.

Anonymous said...

11:15, citing a college game to question BG's comment about professional sports makes no sense at all.

Anonymous said...

12:58, I am a mutt, with a mixture of a long line of Jewish physicians, Scottish grandmother and English grandfather. We did not study love and empathy in genetics class. Those words are not in Darwin's "The Orgin of Species". My border collie and my Irish wolfhound both grew up in the same environment but the border collie is smarter and the wolfhound can run faster. If they were not both females and had puppies, none of the offspring could run as fast as the pure wolfhound nor would they be as smart as the border collie. So, since we are all mutts, our pure bred ancestors, like Einstein, were smarter. The American population has to be getting dumber. I am just trying to follow your education.

Anonymous said...

1:08 Comedy and realism: I enjoy!

Anonymous said...

True, we are possible dumber. But not dumb. The number (incalculable) of geniuses around you would surprise you.

"...researchers have produced a replica of the 28,000-year-old brain and found that it is about 15-20% larger than our brains."--phys.org

Anonymous said...

Addendum: Einstein was a German Jew, as was my Father's ancestors.

Anonymous said...

A small percentage of all races:

http://www.creativitypost.com/create/how_geniuses_think

Anonymous said...

Katy,

You crack me up! In a totally good way.

Barry,

My 2 cents -- I was under the impression the Left was driving all the news on the Ferguson thing. One man's ceiling...

Anonymous said...

"Remember that story last week where the North Texas teen was driving to Walt Disney World and a wreck caused the death of five of his family members? The cops wrote him a ticket."

As they should have. It's absolutely up to the prosecutor if he wants to dismiss the citation, and I'm not saying that he was wrong to do it; I might well have done the same thing. But the officers' job was to show the proximal cause of the crash, and then document that they took appropriate corrective action. They did that.

There's no happy ending, here. Things happen.

Anonymous said...

The Redskins should be starting Colt McCoy! RG3 is horrible!

Anonymous said...

You see what we are. Anything forceful or not.

Anonymous said...

I hope all of the people that protest the grand jury decision act like decent folks so the damn media will be disappointed. Ain't gonna happen.

Anonymous said...

Humpty Dance is the one rap song I know all the words to. And I can perform it to this day!


gern blansten

Anonymous said...

It just came to my attention; I did not actively seek. Respect to Buckminster Fuller, I am obligated. The writer plagiarized, almost entirely. The original writer was Buckminster Fuller. The first URL is plagerized, the second URL is Buckminster Fuller's.

www.creativitypost.com

https://creativethinking.net/Archive/DA01_ATheoryAboutGenius.htm

Anonymous said...

Love and empathy. What do these words mean? I know many things but not these.