The Campaign For DA

11.26.2014

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Thoughts on the ABC interview of the cop who killed Michael Brown: (1) He's younger than I thought he would be, (2) he's more composed than I thought he would be, and (3) I have no idea if he is telling the truth.
  • Protesters in Dallas shut down part of I-35E last night.  How dare they!  Do they think they have the same right of civil disobedience as was exercised in Selma, Alabama in 1965? Hey, it's 2014. We've got places to go!
  • For me, Ferguson isn't a black vs. white issue. It's a debate over the increasing haphazard way cops sometimes use deadly force. It's a unilateral death penalty imposed by a jury of one and is always worthy of examination. 
  • All of this reminded me of the great VH1 documentary, Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots. (Full episode here.)  I can't recommend it enough.  (And you get to see a very angry Ice-T on stage back in the day.) 
  • And the Ice-T reference reminds me of Mrs. LL asking me, "Who is this Coco you are always talking about?"  (Google her with caution.)
  • A prospect for the Texas Rangers (the baseball ones), who had already received over a $3 million signing bonus, was killed this week in an auto wreck in the Dominican Republic. (Edit: Make that "involved".) One month ago,  St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in a wreck in that country as well. 
  • Random Google Alert I have for "Bridgeport, Texas" revealed this nugget from the Jackson County [Minnesota?] Chronicle this morning: "David M. Jennings, 29, Bridgeport, Texas, was fined $225.70 for speeding in 55-mph zone (20-24 mph)."
  • Last night I got home and found an empty house. Changed clothes. Settled down in my chair with the Family Pups. Hit "play" to reveal the most recent college football standings that had been released 30 minutes earlier (but which I had avoided coverage of with incredible discipline.) I hear garage door open. Mrs. LL walks in and says, "I'm sorry."  Me: "For what?" She then looks at the paused TV screen and has Wild Eyes. Yep, she decided to express sympathy to me that Baylor had remained at #7 before I knew they had remained at #7. (But she gets huge Sports Cred for having any idea that there are rankings. Then again, she knows "Ragonk" and "Not Purple".)
  • Am  I old, or does the guy pictured in the Wise Wireless ad over the Update have crazy hair? (And I mean no offense.) 
  • Burleson's Reagan James was voted of The Voice last night. There used to be a time where runner ups in reality talent shows could go on to become stars. But those days are over. 
  •  Mrs. LL took issue with a commercial that said "Auto-tune had us singing like crazy in 1998." That did seem a little early for the synthesized tricked up voice technology so I googled it: Yep, Cher's "Believe" was released in 1998. 
  • Someone explain to me the first item in the Update: "BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL TO BECOME COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC."  When I read stuff like that I always think, "Ok, so what's really going on here?" 
  • That Update item is almost confusing as the one about the Decatur teenager performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York while KISS plays.  (I had so much confused amusement while I typed that.) 
  • Can we pretend the lady below is thinking, "Oh, no you didunt . . . . "


42 comments:

Ernest T said...

It is about deadly force, but it is deadly force that a Police Officer has to use in order to protect himself from a criminal who is attacking him. Maybe instead of second-guessing every move this officer made you should actually talk with officers and take a ride-along with them to learn what it is truly like. I had done it before and it is very interesting.

By the way, did you know that Wilson was born in Azle and lived there for a while?

Anonymous said...

After watching footage of Michael Brown's mother and stepfather encouraging people to burn down Ferguson it's hardly surprising that they raised a thug!

Police power may be a legitimate concern, BG, but idiots exist and they are raising their kids not to have morals or respect for the law.

Address that problem FIRST and then we can talk about problems with police brutality.

Anonymous said...

Remind me not to use you as my lawyer since you miss important dtails like the fact that the Ranger prospect was INVOLVED in a fatal accident, not killed. The other person involved, a motorcyclist, was killed, which should trip your trigger …

Anonymous said...

Barry mourns for Mike Brown, but can't name a single police officer who was murdered in the line of duty this year.

Anonymous said...

Hospital to clinic means that the level/type of services that can be provided is being downgraded/no longer available.

Similar to comaparing levels of trauma centers, or out-patient vs in-patient facilities.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps not drawing a gun or attacking a police officer is a great way to avoid being shot by one. It's worked for me.

Anonymous said...

By "haphazard" are you referring to their lack of planning? Irregularity? Randomness? or Chance?

"...is always worthy of examination." Well done counselor! You agree with what is ALWAYS done after a police shooting...an investigation.

As far as you not know if he (Officer Wilson) is telling the truth, you must not have paid attention to the DA's explanation of the GJ proceedings.

Basic fundamental rule: If the testimony from a witness is corroborated by the evidence.... (I'll let you finish the sentence)

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

@0857

neither can you without the aide of google.

unless you are closely related to one, in that case you are baiting and not very masterfully.

Anonymous said...

If you attack me in my car and hit me in the head and continue attacking I am going to shoot your ass dead. It does not matter the color of your skin. Law enforcement cannot run just because someone they confront attacks them. Can you imagine a policeman telling his boss he had to run because the man he confronted hit him. When attacked, cops always pull their guns.

This has been nothing more that black on white racism and the news media fanning the flames. They do not fan the flames when whites are killed by blacks which is much more common.

Anonymous said...

To both of the first two commenters: I wholeheartedly agree! Well said!

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

Come on Barry, you were a prosecutor and understand ballistics and blood splatter, especially blood splatter inside a policeman's car. Would you believe the witness who said that the punk was shot in the back but there were no bullet wounds to the back. Bullets cannot turn 180 degrees in flight. Or would you believe the written testimony from the black girl whose account agreed with that of the policemen.

Anonymous said...

It is all over the Internet that both the man and his stepfather were members of the Bloods gang. There are pictures of them flashing gang signs.

Anonymous said...

So somebody from WRHS answer this question? If the ER in Bridgeport becomes a "critical care" center, will it be open all hours as an ER is, or only certain hours?

THAT is a critical question for folks who get really sick in the middle of the night.

Triple Fake... said...

"I have no idea if he is telling the truth."
You keep making these kinds of references to that story, which makes me think it's code for "I think he's lying but there's no way to prove it." without coming right out and saying it

Hey, protesters! Protest all you want, but do it over there out of everybody else's way.
And why would the girl in the photo be thinking
"Oh, no you didunt..." when that's probably the exact thing she di-id want to happen. Protesting is legal. The handcuffs go on when you start doing illegal things associated with it and ignore requests from law enforcement, like "don't block the thoroughfare. Stop setting police cars on fire - that's public property. And don't run off with that TV - it's private property!"

There's nothing between the lines of the hospital story. They're converting it to an urgent care clinic - to save money. Period.
It was a bad idea to build a hospital that close to an existing one in a county of this size. They (the original investors) should have went with the urgent care idea to begin with, and then expanded as the need increased

Anonymous said...

Looks like all the hype about Bridgeport boys basketball was premature. Lost first two games. Meanwhile, Decatur boys are ranked #17 and just beat a ranked Argyle team. Sorry Bridgeport, it just ain't gonna happen for ya...ever.

John Russell said...

Michael Brown didn't die because he was black or that he was a thug. He died because he was really stupid and really stupid people often die. When a man with a gun tells you to do something and you don't do it that's stupid. When a man with a gun and a badge tells you to do something and you don't do it that's really stupid.

Katy Anders said...

Everybody except me seems to be experts on exactly what happened to Michael Brown and the intricacies of the grand jury process.

I have no idea. I didn't get a "liar" vibe off of Wilson. But I also think there's a real problem in the US with an out-of-control militarized police force.

Not every news story proves every opinion I have.

wordkyle said...

BG is correct in that too much power should not rest in a single person's hands, whether it be a police officer, a 6'4", 300 pound hoodlum, or the president of the United States. Systems exist to restrain them, and to punish them if they exceed their authority. Some people believe restrictions don't apply to them, and the system deals with them accordingly. That's called civilization.

Anonymous said...

Can we change the subject. This is not good heading into Thanksgiving.

The northeaster U.S. is getting hit by more global warming for the holiday. Global warming has also caused the arctic ice extent to be at decadal record levels for every day this month. Come on Al, get it melted or please explain to us less educated people why it did not happen on your schedule.

Anonymous said...

I have found that if I don't hit a policeman after I steal cigars from a convenience store I usually just go to jail, bail out and get a chance to do it again.

Anonymous said...

9:22 am

Just wait!!!
(by the way the season just started)

Anonymous said...

9:22 You have no idea...

Anonymous said...

9:00 - I'm not mourning Mike Brown.

Anonymous said...

9:22
Bridgeport still had some boys playing football.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

LOL @ 9:22...

Let's see, I'll mark a couple of dates down for you; 1/20/15 and 2/6/15. Decatur can see first hand what the "Hype" is about the Bulls.

We would have loved to seen that matchup at the Ponder tournament (that Bport won). But Decatur didn't make it into that side of the bracket. Maybe we can see that matchup at another tournament before district play begins?

Anonymous said...

One thing that can tell you a lot about a law enforcement officer is whether or not they have had complaints in the past from citizens that they have arrested. A wise old district attorney investigator told me when I was a young assistant prosecutor that usually the same officers were the ones that had trouble with their traffic stops and their arrests over and over again. That proved to be right. The same officers seemed to be filing resisting arrest or assault on a peace officer over and over again. The good ones would sometimes have problems but knew how to handle the situation and defuse it before it got out of hand. Most likely the young officer in Ferguson MO has a history (good or bad) of making his arrests. It would be interesting his history reputation.

Anonymous said...

9:22
You have zero clue. Come on over and catch a game. We welcome you. Get ya some popcorn.

Billy

Anonymous said...

Barry mourns for Mike Brown, but can't name a single police officer who was murdered in the line of duty this year.

I don't think he mourns. The police are his target.

Yes we should have concerns about police behavior.

We should also have concers about the injustices of the justice system as well.

Anonymous said...

Decatur Boys Basketball Rank #17
Bridgeport Boys Basketball Unranked

The TABC rankings are done by coaches who know these teams.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport beat Nolan Catholic by 2.
Decatur beat Nolan Catholic by 8.

Bridgeport will always be Decatur's B%#$# in all sports. This year is no different. The problem is Bridgeport's teams have been such crap, they get a few decent kids and suddenly think they are state bound! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bu...

Don't forget to take your booster seat to your Mom's house tomorrow, and be sure and wish The Chief and Mrs. Chief, your Bro and families a happy Thanksgiving for me.

Double Fake

Anonymous said...

10:39 I laugh in giddy anticipation of your assertion. I'm not saying that Decatur is not deserving of the 17, but B'port bball is a whole differently level. Might want to go watch sometime soon.

Anonymous said...

Bport beat Nolan Catholic 81-69 but don't let facts ruin a good argument. I don't have a dog in the fight but it will be fun to see these arrogant Decatur people eat crow. They will then cry "they were move ins".

Anonymous said...

With all the talk about Ferguson and how blacks are picked on by the police, yadda, yadda... I keep thinking about Jim Carey in the movie `Liar, Liar' hollering,
"Quit breaking the law, a--hole!"

What fun!

Anonymous said...

My facts are right. Bport beat Nolan Catholic by 2.

http://www.maxpreps.com/games/basketball-winter-14-15/bridgeport-vs-nolan-catholic/11-21-2014-zMRPAoft0EeN5t9DJvRc7g.htm

And to be clear, coaching advantage goes to Decatur by a mile. So even if Bport has a bit more talent (which I'm not convinced), Coffman will have Decatur much more prepared than the appropriately named "Green".

Anonymous said...

What are rankings this early in the season based on? Just curious.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

LOL again at 9:22 and his other posts.

So, we are gonna compare margins of Victory to try and see who is the better team? Instead of head to head play? Um, okay. During the Ponder Tourney the Bulls beat Liberty Christian 81-67. During that same Tourney the Eagles lost to Liberty Christian 78-59.

Which was a shame, because we would have enjoyed seeing those two teams play. Maybe they will meet up at another tournament before district play starts.

Looking forward to this one.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

PS - Watching teams in person is sometimes more beneficial then reading incomplete info online at MAXPREPS or TEXASHOOPS or the Downlow, etc.

Anonymous said...

105, one hundred and five, Ciento Cinco……no matter how you say it or report it, that is the number of police officers who lost their lives THIS year. Apparently there were not enough thugs killed that were assaulting police officers. Review of deadly force is reasonable and should be expected, just as an investigation into the arsons that have occurred in Ferguson, MO, bet they never see a court room

Anonymous said...

Mark Cuban's sister and bro-in-law imported some players from overseas for BP. Just call it a Maverick junior farm club.

Anonymous said...

Carillo's son in law and for the love of God and everything holy I pray you honestly didn't know that.

Anonymous said...

"Protesters in Dallas shut down part of I-35E last night. How dare they! Do they think they have the same right of civil disobedience as was exercised in Selma, Alabama in 1965? Hey, it's 2014. We've got places to go!"

A specious comment. In March of 1965, Alabama, had Jim Crow laws still in effect. Whites were attacking blacks who marched, and also attacking whites who stood with blacks. Cops were taking night sticks to elderly women (which sparked the fatal shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26 year old black church deacon who stepped in front of a nightstick beating of his mother, which sparked the march). Separate But Equal was still in full force in the South, even if it had been overturned a few years earlier in the SCOTUS.

In THIS instance, people are protesting a grand jury ruling in which we know that:
1. The decedent had just attacked a citizen to rob him.
2. The decedent had just attacked a cop who was on duty.
3. The decedent was large and intimidating.
4. The decedent was shot while advancing again on the officer.

I mean, it's EXACTLY THE SAME, right?

Except, it's not. Not at all.