The Campaign For DA

11.19.2014

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • I'm not particularly interested that the new Tarrant DA has hired the head of the civil division, but including a sentence in the press release that "He represented clients in litigation" while in private practice is the most generic thing I've ever read. 
  • Sports: (1) My headed exploded last night when Baylor didn't jump TCU, remained at #7, and was jumped by Ohio State. (2) Make no mistake about it: If the committee can keep Baylor and TCU out of the Top 4, they'll do it.  This is beginning to look like an ESPN controlled college football ratings based upon potential TV ratings. Ohio State will bring more eyeballs than a couple of private schools from Texas.  (3)  There's a Dan Jenkins and Tiger Woods war.  I'll catch heck for this from the old-timers, but I've never thought Dan Jenkins was a fraction as clever as people make him out to be. 
  • Yesterday I was reading an article (behind a paywall) about the lawsuits prompted by the Aggie Bonfire tragedy that happened 15 years ago. A Fort Worth lawyer was quoted at the end of the story saying that, despite the millions that were collected, the "most important" thing was the agreement that was reached requiring safety precautions which must be followed if the bonfire ever returns. Really? The lawsuit wasn't primarily about money? It was about safety in the future? Seems like that would have been easy to resolve. 
  • But the fact that crazy bonfire structure, which was like putting an elephant on stilts, was built on the campus of one of the greatest engineering schools in the land is beyond ironic. 
  • I want to be clear about something when I post the old Shootin' Blinds: That was the way it was back then. Hey, when I was born, there were still a few "Black Only" water fountains still in existence. 
  • Heard some talk about Happy Days on the radio this morning. I had no idea it ran until 1984. (And almost everyone of them was directed by Jerry Paris, the dentist/neighbor in the old Dick Van Dyke show.) Man, I'm getting old. 
  • Wikipedia's entry for Decatur says five "Union supporters" were hung here. Is there an independant source for that? 
  • That failed Keystone Pipeline vote in the Senate is bizarre politics. The only reason it was brought to a vote was because the currently Democratic controlled Senate forced the vote to help a Democratic Louisiana Senator who is in political trouble. Democrats generally oppose the pipeline but the Senator is in a runoff and she wanted to vote for the pipeline so she could campaign on how she tried to bring jobs to the state. Republicans, even though it was a political ploy by the Democrats, had to vote unanimously for the pipeline because they are, after all, Republicans. But it didn't pass by one vote. But now: (1) The Louisiana Senator can campaign that she at least tried to get jobs to the state, and (2) The Republicans can easily pass the legislation anyway once the new Senate comes in.  Oh, politics. 
  • Had the ol' smoke-detector-battery-is-low-beep go off at about four a.m. 
  • I think telephone conversations are shockingly inefficient. They may serve other purposes (bonding, opening a dialogue, creating a relationship), but they are not efficient. 
  • It always seems weird that a school district will buy hundreds of Macs when the average person can't afford a Mac. 
  • Caught about 30 minutes of Cold War Roadshow last night on PBS which was about the 13-day American tour taken by the Soviet premier, Nikita S. Khrushchev, in September 1959. (I had no idea.) Everything went relatively great. And President Eisenhower was set to return the favor by visiting the USSR until they shot down one of our spy planes which we denied existed. I guess we made it colder. 
  • "Bachelor party bungee jumping prank."
  • That snow in the Buffalo area coming off the lake is insane. Four to five feet is expected or has already accumulated. Pic. (And we went nuts over our Sunday night "dusting".)    



46 comments:

RPM said...

I'm shocked TCU held on to #5. The championship committee is a farce. Condoleeza Rice is a voting member fer Christ's sake. I remember those 3 TD's she made for Denver City College in the '89 Rose Bowl...

Anonymous said...

That school districts get Macs largely makes sense. Apple provides a deep discount to school districts (it makes them look good, and it gets future consumers comfortable with the products). The Mac operating system is generally more user friendly, which means less instruction time spent on the mechanics of using the thing. And since Macs are less-frequently targeted with viruses, there is less possibility that the school's machines will be corrupted when a student downloads the wrong thing.

All that being said - I'd love to have a Mac, but can't make myself pay that much when I can get a PC to struggle with for much, much cheaper.

Anonymous said...

Baylor and TCU need to count their good fortune that they are in the Big 12 (10) that maintains a record of wins for them. Some have it as good as they do....and certainly Ohio State is one of those. If we were honest, and certainly we are not, the play off would be in the SEC West...period.

Anonymous said...

You well know Barry...if a democrat votes for an important bill concerning the creation of jobs, there is a ploy involved.

Anonymous said...

If the mainstream media would cover the upcoming Ferguson riots like they have been the Jonathan Gruber remarks, it should last about a half a day.

Anonymous said...

Happy Days was such a weird show!

Any time a regular cast member, or even a recurring semi-cast member, walked through the door the studio audience had to spend the better part of 30 seconds wildly cheering him or her while actor/actress just stood there, in character, awkwardly unable to acknowledge the applause.

I never really saw that on any other sitcom, except to a smaller extent on Married With Children.

Anonymous said...

It sucked being white back in the day when there were "Black Only" water fountains. I'm still angry about it and want repairations.

Anonymous said...

Interesting articles from Buffalo. What I need explained to me is how global warming can cause the cooling of the earth's surface and an increase in Arctic ice.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure most people in Buffalo would gladly pay a carbon tax so that they wouldn't have to shovel all that global warming out of their drive ways.

Anonymous said...

Barry got Grubered.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Charlie Manson's buddies are going to prank him like that at his bachelor party? If I'm not mistaken, isn't this the first time he's been married?

Anonymous said...

I am a Texas and a Big XII fan and am rooting for TCU and Baylor to do good. I see no issue, though, with there being two SEC teams in the top 4. A one-loss team in the SEC is much better than a one-loss team in the Big XII.

Like it or not, the SEC is simply the best conference in the nation at the moment. If they wanted to do so, they could probably make all top 4 from the SEC alone.

Anonymous said...

If you have issues with the rankings, then go over to the Gaylord in Grapevine. That is where they meet each weekend to discuss it.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Obammy have to bribe Landrieu to get her vote on Obammydon'tcare?

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Re: FBS rankings - doesn't look good for Baylor or TCU.

Re: Decatur Hanging of 5 Suspected Unionists - I first learned of this when I read the book "Tainted Breeze" by Richard B. MaCaslin. Been a while since I read that, but it should have sources listed. There is a brief mention of it on the Texas HandBook Online...

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/jig01

Re: Cold War - Thanks for the heads up, I want to check that out, BG. Occasionally something will come up that makes me remember back to the 70s and 80s Cold War era I remember and I try explaining it to my kids. And they don't have the foggiest idea what I am talking about. That's a good thing, right?

Re: Voice Calls - I agree with you. If the purpose is a social chat they are still the best thing going. And FaceTime calls make them even better. But if you are just trying to pass on info, ask/answer a question, etc the Text is much better.

Re: School Laptops - Here to stay and frankly, after you see what kids in High School and Middle School can do with technology, I have no issue with it. Heck, there my middle school son makes better power point presentations for his school projects then most of my employees can do. And there is probably a case for some money savings with a <$1000 MacBook purchase vs. 4 years of paid textbooks, but I'm not gonna look into it.

wordkyle said...

" telephone conversations are shockingly inefficient" - It seems like that would depend on what the purpose of the telephone conversation is. Is shooting the breeze face-to-face any more efficient than doing it over the phone?

Baylor Too said...

"It always seems weird that a school district will buy hundreds of Macs when the average person can't afford a Mac."

The average person can afford a mac. It is a matter of priorities. I'm sitting here on my MacbookPro that I've had for four years, I've had zero problems with it, and I figure it costs me about twenty-five-cents per hour to operate. That's cheap.

Anonymous said...

Obama's oval office thermostat is set at 80 degrees. Why does he not turn it down to 70, stop making such a huge carbon footprint and share some of the energy with people from Buffalo? Reminds me of Al Gore's 250,000 megawatt hours of electricity consumption per year at his home.

Anonymous said...

Execution of Union sympathizers in Decatur was part of Gainesville hanging (over 40) and carried out by capt. John Hale. There were executions in Denton and Sherman also. Plenty of sources with a google search.

Anonymous said...

Had my Mac for 8 years, no problems no virus.
One you go Mac, you never go Back!

It's called Climate change....due to the warming of the earth, no longer called Global Warming cause idiots on Faux news can't understand science and that the changing of the earth temperature can causes Climate Changes in the atmosphere.....But since you don't believe in it you refuse to learn the science. It can cause changes other than hot air but the continued jokes every winter are hilarious and make you all look so intelligent, keep them coning!

Katy Anders said...

9:26: The high profile bribe over Obamacare involved Nebraska's then-Senator Nelson - called the "Cornhusker Kickback."

I'm not saying Landrieu - a horrible Senator who has been hanging on by her fingernails for years - didn't get something behind the scenes as well. But it was nelson who got the big bribe.

Sam Brows said...

On the alleged inefficiency of telephone calls...I agree with WK in that the nature of the communiqué determines whether a phone call is or is not productive, but I'd have to add that in most instances a phone call is going to prove more efficient than a text or an e-mail in situations where an exchange of information is required (as opposed to just letting someone know you agree with what they previously said, or want them to know the meeting is at 8:00 instead of 7:30, for example). 90 percent of communication is non-verbal, which means that a phone call at least gives you the advantage of hearing a tone of voice, dialing back rhetoric before it escalates a bad exchange into a horrible one and asking questions as they come up in the course of the discussion, as opposed to having to read a message, makes notes on what you think is important, ask for clarification and then respond.

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that global warming is actually a lessening of the cushion of atmosphere protecting the earth, leading to higher highs and lower lows. This means colder cold weather and hotter hot weather. I don't get why so many people refuse to acknowledge that, unless it's a reading comprehension level so low that they literally can't understand anything past the word "warming".

wordkyle said...

1025 - "since you don't believe in it" And therein lies the basis of the Manmade Global Warming crowd. It's a religion now, no longer science. You try to stifle debate over things that ought to be debated, no matter your side of the argument.

Why can't scientists explain the lack of warming the last decade and a half?
Why have so many of the predictions made over the last fifteen years been incorrect?
Why have so many MGW-advocating scientists been caught fudging data?
Why do so many respected climatologists and other scientists reject the MGW theory?
Why do so many MGW alarmists want to stifle debate and discussion?

Until such questions have been debated in a serious way, a certain amount of skepticism is reasonable. Certainly enough to oppose massive government clampdowns on citizens, business, and the economy.

Anonymous said...

10:42, Hotter hot air peaked in 1936 during the Dust Bowl. The number of days over 100 degrees have been decreasing. The global warming people have been picking and choosing which thermometers that they will include. The earth's surface at DFW airport is warmer today than when it was farm land back in the 1950's. Thermometers in rural area have been steady or show a slight cooling, but those in urban heat islands like DFW airport will give a false impression that the entire earth is heating. The real temperature of the earth is reported falsely because of the disproportionate percentage of thermometers located in urban heat islands that make up a small portion of the globe.

10:25, I will not let you Gruber me. I am a scientist.

Anonymous said...

The only writer I can think of who is worse than Dan Jenkins is also from Fort Worth. His name? Dud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram or McClatchy's Millstone as I call it.

Anonymous said...

Wordkye - the catastrophic MGW alarmist see humankind as an intrusion on the planet/nature.

Anonymous said...

10:25 and 10:42, Can you please explain how by paying a carbon tax to Al Gore that the temperature of the earth will adjust to a reasonable level for all of mankind?

John Russell said...

I'm an old-timer and you're right BG but you're wrong too. You're right about an old-timer thinking you're wrong about Dan Jenkins because Dan is as clever as we old-timers make him out to be. Now I see Lindsey Vonn is defending Tiger Woods. That's a shame. I used to like her. Of course once upon a time I used to like Tiger too.

John said...

That was the first major incident for bonfire since its inception in 1909. I worked on it and it was very safe, well run, and drinking was not tolerated. It WAS a great engineering feat.

Anonymous said...

This comment proves that your blog is read by a bunch of rednecks who can't spael. I love it...repairations

Anonymous said...
It sucked being white back in the day when there were "Black Only" water fountains. I'm still angry about it and want repairations.

9:16 AM

Anonymous said...

99 out of 100 coloreds can't spell reparations.

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Dentondude said...

You are nuts regarding your opinion about phone calls. When I have an issue with a customer, a 10 minute phone call will accomplish more than 2 days of back and forth email, solve the problem, and generate a tremendous amount of good will for taking the time to actually call, all with 0% chance of my intentions being misinterpreted because they read my email when in a bad mood.

Anonymous said...

10:48

Even you know that 15 years is a phart in a windstorm when it comes to climate change. Talk to me about 150 years or 1500 years or 15K years, then we'll see.

Anonymous said...

630,

The short term surely mattered to Al Gore, who predicted there would be no artic ice by this time.

It surely matters to all of the wrong climate models developed by the doomsayers.

Since carbon inputs to the environment have been steady for less than a hundred years, the last 15 years would be very significant.

My question is...even if there is an issue with tiny amounts of carbon in the air, what the hell can possibly change, that will not deeply negatively impact billions of people over the world?

I am fairly sure that anyone would rather burn some coal, and stay warm, than freeze to death in this weather. There is ZERO reason to raise energy prices for people that are already suffering to provide for their families.

Anonymous said...

All scientists agree that the climate has been changing since day 1. Always has and always will, whether we are here or not.

Anonymous said...

When the ice was over 2 miles thick during the ice ages, what did scientists blame it on?

Anonymous said...

9:01 If you are honest, are you an Aggie? If not, which team is your fav?

10:25 Funny language you used if you claim to understand science. If you "believe" in it then you are at the very least at a subconscious level putting more credence to info that supports what you "believe", and tend to discount that which does not support your beliefs. Principles of the Scientific Method 101. Scientific evidence abounds that climate change has occurred everywhere and through all time periods which current technologies allow us to collect that type of data. From like, way before humankind began using fossil fuels. Only a minority in the scientific community agree that there is conclusive evidence that anything is out of whack since the Industrial Revolution. And if you are discounting the multitude of known scandalous activities perpetrated by the camp who claims that it is, well, then, sir or ma'am, bless your heart.

Katy @ 10:32: did Nelson get a bigger bribe than Harry Reid and Nevada, or the 3rd state who also was completely exempted, or the Obama Admin and Congress and their people?

10:42 See the above.

John @3:32 I graduated from UT more than 20 years before the tragedy, had friends at TAMU, attended bonfire twice (that was back before the honorable TAMU took the money but defaulted on the home-home contract the 2 institutions shared), and I agree that bonfire was impressive. I was never there for the working. The description I received regarding the build did not include debauchery necessarily, but plenty of adult beverages were most definitely consumed.

Katy Anders said...

7:59: I don't know whether it was bigger. I do know it was so clearly unconstitutional as written and so widely derided that it was ultimately stripped from the law.

Anonymous said...

The world is getting cooler. This is what the North Pole looked like in 1958 and 1959 when the USS Skate surfaced there:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Skate_(SSN-578)

Sorry about that Al Gore, it did not melt again this year.

And can someone explain to me how global warming caused the Saint Lawrence ship channel to the Great Lakes to set a new record this past winter, I mean spring, by remaining frozen and blocking ship traffic until May.

The Donald said...

Wikipedia's entry for Decatur says five "Union supporters" were hung here.

And they was right.

(surprised no one beat me to it...)

- DF Sheriff Bart

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:59 your sips did the money grab, why do you think Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M left. The playoff starts and ends in the SEC West.

Anonymous said...

Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri left for conferences that have a larger TV contract and the shared money is bigger. The Ags left because they were butt-hurt over the Longhorn Network. The Ags were the only school that signed the Big 12 contract while they were negotiating with the SEC, took the bonus money, and then defaulted on their contract.

Anonymous said...

Katy, what was ultimately stripped from the law?

Katy Anders said...

9:17: The feds cover 100% of states' expanded Medicaid coverage for 3 years. Nelson got Nebraska a deal wherein the feds would cover the expanded coverage permanently.

If I'm remembering correctly, it was written out of the law in conference committee the next year - but it had already done its job, which was making the most conservative democrat in the country get Obamacare past a filibuster in the Senate.