The Campaign For DA

12.18.2014

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • If you object to restoring relations with Cuba, you are living in the 1960s. Doing what the President has proposed seems like a no brainer for at least the last 20 years. 
  • It will take decades, but Cuba will eventually have a ton of beachfront hotels and casinos which will be huge destinations for Americans. Win-Win. 
  • Sony's decision yesterday not to release The Interview came after the top five movie chains announced they would not show the movie. I still think my civil liability theory I proposed yesterday is behind all of this (as opposed to "bowing to terrorists"), but I haven't heard anyone else mention it. 
  • A good movie would be one about how the making and releasing of a movie caused an international incident after computer hackers got involved. 
  • Mark Davis this morning said that every theater should have released the movie even if it took "six cop cars" around every one of them and if "anyone so much as looked crossways at you they would be taken down." Good grief. Talk about "terrorists winning". 
  • Starting today, there will be ten state high school championship games at Cowboys Stadium this weekend.
  • It'll probably be in the Update, but southbound 287 out of Decatur was shut down this morning because of a wreck in the construction zone. Completely shut down. 
  • The death sentence, even in this era of rare death sentences, was pretty much expected in the trial of the Ex Kaufman JP. 
  • I can kind of understand the post verdict "victim impact statements" in that case (although I'd never give one -- what's done is done), but I don't understand a judge grandstanding after the sentencing (which he had no control over.) The judge said, in an effort to pander for the cameras, "You murdered a little old lady, and you would have murdered two other innocent people if you would have had the opportunity. That puts you right there with Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer and Richard Speck. But the people of Kaufman County know you've been scared for the last couple of years. There's no reason to be scared anymore."
  • And I'm not sure those last two sentences make any sense. 
  • I suspect most people don't know who Richard Speck was. He's been dead for almost 25 years. 
  • And the post verdict prosecutor/investigator photo op drives me nuts. There's a great phrase I've always loved for those engaged in public service: "Do your job and then go home."
  • Mrs. LL recorded Survivor and watched it when she finally could last night. I woke up near midnight and she was still downstairs. 
  • I have no control over whether that crazy Captcha keyword requirement appears for comment posting, but it sounds like it is gone. 
  • Beginning right now in 1983, the metroplex would experience 295 straight hours of temperatures below freezing. Man, I remember that. 
  • Hey, I don't care about the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, but how would you like to be a player for the University of Pittsburgh? In the last 24 hours, your coach resigned to go to coach Wisconsin and the school then fired the Athletic Director. Now go out and practice!
  • No injuries this morning, but this is a pretty crazy picture after a school bus T-boned a car in Grand Prairie. 
  • It snowed on Christmas here about three or four years ago.  I was smart enough to sit back, relax, and watch it realizing I might never see that happen again. 


73 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh, Barry, it says there was serious injuries to the driver (of the car, I guess), in the bus/car collision!

Anonymous said...

Cuba move right, timing wrong, but will there ever be a right time? Timing did put FL in the GOP camp for the next cycle....bet the other Dem running for Pres will not be happy.

The movie being cancelled? wrong move but understandable from the business view - if proof North Korea dis this, that the "threat" was from them, then that is a act of war, and the nation should do something. But, knowing this President he will wan the AG to read them their rights first!

One last thing, how the no boots on the ground working out? Reports say our Special Opns guys were on the ground directly engaged on Monday in a fire fight!

Anonymous said...

If you object to restoring relations with Cuba, you are living in the 1960s. Doing what the President has proposed seems like a no brainer for at least the last 20 years.

Right, and Isis is the Jayvee team and the 80's called and want their foreign policy back.

Obama and his sorority sisters are incompetent fools.

Anonymous said...

"I suspect most people don't know who Richard Speck was...." There you go again, thinking you know stuff that other people don't. Seems to be a pattern.

Anonymous said...

According to news reports, that was the judges last trial before retirement. Maybe he needed to take a curtain call.

Anonymous said...

At dinner last night I made the point that I want to see Havana before all the high rise hotels get built on the beach. It is in a time warp now and I would like to see it.

Anonymous said...

I want to be able to go in to Havana, and buy up all the 50's cars!

Anonymous said...

Where is Dennis Rodman when you need him?

wordkyle said...

A lot of Cubans who escaped Castro's regime to live in America would disagree with your assessment of Obama's move. Armando Valiadares' book "Against All Hope" spells it out pretty well. Castro is/was a dictator who terrorized his own people. The Cubans who got away from him don't want to see their new government embrace their old one.

Anonymous said...

Richard Speck is the reason I'm pro-Capitol punishment.

He was spared from it, but 20 years ago a video surfaced of him living it up in prison, doing disgusting things with drugs, other inmates, etc.

He looked at the camera and said "If they knew how much fun I was having they'd turn me loose."

Did I mention he somehow, in prison, had gotten breast implants?

So much for the argument that not having the death penalty forces murderers to ponder what they did!

that guy said...

I like what the President did should really help thins in South Florida

DF 2016 GOP Nominee

I don't think Mark Davis is really that nutty, he knows his audience is though.

If I were you, I would be careful about those weather predictions (white Christmas). Maybe a little mainframe time will help you understand

DF Jack Hall

Anonymous said...

Good move Mr. President!!! There is absolutley no reason Cuban refugees should influence national foreign policy for 54 years

Now if you would work on lessening the influence of the New York Jewish lobby on our budget. That bunch has been sucking on the hind teat too long.

Anonymous said...

Obammy, Do you know where I can get a 52 chevy?

Anonymous said...

Darnell Dockett?

John Russell said...

I don't agree with Obama or BG on much but on Cuba they got the right idea. We cut off all diplomatic relations because of communism and Castro. Here we are 50 plus years later and communism is still there and a Castro is still in charge. It doesn't seem like that policy worked very well. It's time to try something else.

Anonymous said...

Beginning right now in 1983 was the official start of global warmism. Me and Al remember it well.

Anonymous said...

Today's ranking of Kyle's comment:

20% marginal
80% absurd

Sweet! Like I said previously, I prefer it when he leans to the absurd.

Tell us more about what a lot of Cubans think! What are their favorite foods? What music do they like? Please, tell me more about the thoughts of a whole group of people!

I bet they would just hate for our two countries to have a good relationship so that they could visit old friends and families freely!

Put your blind hatred of our president aside for one second, and actually think about what he is trying to achieve, you imbecile.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Green, I lived in the 1960s. They weren't
that bad.

Ernest T said...

The thing that Cuba had to give nothing up for this to happen. We still have the same Communist government in charge over there. Nothing has changed.

Are we going to go in and require Cuba to give back lands that they stole from people in the Revolution? They stole lots of property from people then and that should be a requirement of any normalization.

Also, the embargo is still in place right now. The Senate and House have control over removing it, and there are several Democrats who are not happy with this move by Obama.

Anonymous said...

I think more people know who Richard Speck was. In case you dont, he was a mass murderer who tortured, raped, and killed eight student nurses in one night.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that part of the Cuba agreement is that Castro will unlock his mental institutions and high security prisons and Obammy will allow them free amnesty into the US just like Jimmy Cartuh did.

wordkyle said...

937 - You're flaunting your ignorance. In addition to the book I mentioned, I've paid attention to the Cuban exile community in Florida because as a group they are pretty staunch Conservatives.

So rather than "blind hatred for the president" -- an ignorant mischaracterization which I've addressed before -- my comment was informed by my reading and conversations with Cubans.

How did you arrive at your conclusions?

Anonymous said...

And the post verdict prosecutor/investigator photo op drives me nuts. There's a great phrase I've always loved for those engaged in public service: "Do your job and then go home."

Hell has frozen over...you have finally said something that makes sense.

I would change one small thing, I would just like people in public service to DO their job.

Anonymous said...

Do they disbar lawyers who are convicted of capital murder in Texas?

The judge should have mentioned Texas murderers instead of Manson, Speck and Dahmer. I'm thinking Kenneth McDuff and the Cowtown Strangler James Cross would have been more appropriate for a Texas murder case. James Cross murdered 2 young women in Austin, but he was from the Fort Worth area. James Cross was released from prison in 1992. I wonder if that POS is still alive.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Wordkyle...you always say things so eloquently. Do you think 9:37 will understand what you wrote?

"Flaunting your Ignorance"

Kind of a blanket statement?

Anonymous said...

Barry, speaking to the tribute to gun-toting "could be" residents of Wise county--check out the following link. Should make someone like you reach for some duct tape to wrap your head. She is supposedly a former Wise County resident from what I understand (Boyd) and someone might remember them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhH25xLkvz8
I am not Sam, but I love green eggs and ham!

P.S.
Barry please enlighten us? Is your president for torture of prisoners or not.
Hashtag Cuba?

Anonymous said...

Since Barry only blows sunshine...

The U.S. Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011.

"Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children," said the Census Bureau, "lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program."

Obama's hope and change is sure rebuilding the middle class

Anonymous said...

"I woke up near midnight and she was still downstairs."

Of course it all depends on when she started.
But either way, maybe should take Viagra instead of testosterone.

Poor girl, sounds like she's working hard and you fell asleep.
Sheesh

Anonymous said...

wisecounty.com is down

Anonymous said...

9:37 Wants to reward evil dictators.

Anonymous said...

Have the terrorists in Africa brought Moochelle Obammy's girls back yet?

Anonymous said...

Faryion Wardrip

Anonymous said...

As long as I can still get a Cuba Libre at my favorite bar.

DF Desi Arnaz

Anonymous said...

Could one of you resident libtards please explain how the Cuba policy, for the last 50 years, has not worked?

What were the goals?

Why has Cuba remained a desperately poor country all these years?

I would say the policy, of many presidents over many years, has done exactly what it was designed to do. Reign in a dictatorship, and keep it from expanding to other Caribbean nations. If the government failed, and fell, then great.

Why would the US want to help an intolerant, oppressive dictator? Cannot Obama just take notes from afar?

Is Venezuela next? How about N. Korea?

Does anyone know if Obama supported apartheid in South Africa? Inquiring minds want to know.

Now, could you please explain how Obama's actions will change living conditions for any of the normal Cubans?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

Fairly certain Obama has a whole series of things lined up, that will continue to destroy the US. The last thing simply takes previous screw-ups out of the headlines. Pretty good strategy, if you hate the US.

Time to actually rebel.

Anonymous said...

You think Raul Castro would swap Cuba for a package of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, with Rick Perry thrown in as the Gimp? Maybe a little cash to boot & two scratch-offs?

DF Monty Hall
let's make a deal

Anonymous said...

RE: Cuba

I'm not seeing a lot of comments about freeing up the actual people of Cuba. If Cuba was a better place, they wouldn't have to build boats to get off the island.

And as far as the embargo goes, you folks realize the US is the only country doing that, right? Canadians and Europeans come and go as they please to Cuba. It is only we 'Muricans that are barred from travel and trade with Cuba.

From a global perspective the Yanks are looking pretty stupid on this one:

http://rt.com/news/un-vote-cuba-embargo-940/

Anonymous said...

Hey look Kyle... some Hillbilly commenter on here thinks you "put things eloquently"!

That's got to make you feel pretty good, right?

"I've paid attention to the Cuban exile community in Florida because as a group"

Sure you have, buddy.

Anonymous said...

Obama's reaction to a gift of his first legal Cuban Cigar.

http://imgur.com/6iaAmCJ

Hey that's Wordkyle just behind Obama's right shoulder!

Anonymous said...

You guys shut up! Kyle read a book, so obviously he's the expert here!

wordkyle said...

1238 - So...you doubt my claim because why? Because you don't want it to be true?

Just an FYI, you can read things, too.

Anonymous said...

12:38

I like how you think if someone likes Word Kyle then they are a hillbilly. You guys cant stand for him to talk intelligently and if he does you have to insult him.

Of course thats what uneducated liberals do, they cant find a legit reason to argue so they just start bashing someones character for being smarter than them

Anonymous said...

If Michael Moore is right about Cuba having better health care than the US, we should all be glad that now we can travel there for health care to escape Obammycare.

Ernest T said...

The only people who stand to benefit at all in the Cuba thing would be the Castros and their friends, who have a hand in every business in Cuba. There have been many businesses operating there who have left over the years because they were under such regulations to help benefit the Castros.

You know that, for example, someone starts building a hotel there that the Castros would make sure that their construction company would get the job and that their people would be the ones running the hotel and that their company would be the ones supplying food, towels, etc. to the hotel.

The Castros stand to make hundreds of millions, if not a billion, off of this. The regular Cuban person will still be living in their shack like they are now.

Anonymous said...

11:55 is the only one who makes sense.

Anonymous said...

1:17

You know, you're right. Lifting the embargo makes no sense.

How about we do like we did in Irag and invade their country, kill of their government leaders, kill off thousands of American's in the process and leave the country a better place.

Yep, that's a much better approach...and history shows us it really works.

Anonymous said...

The sorry MF needs to be killed brought back to life and killed 2 more times for what he did.

Anonymous said...

2:02 - history will show thst Iraq was stsbalized and then Obama pulled out all of our troops allowing the "jayvee" team to come into the power vacuum.

Anonymous said...

Obama and his sorority sisters are going to start WW3.

Anonymous said...

One person who wrote a book dislikes Castro, who is now dead. Several conservatives in Cuba also hated him, but now that he's dead, that's moot.

Over the years we often threatened Castro with removing the sanctions. He used the sanctions as a way to control his people--without that level of control, Castro's regime would have fallen long ago. So, the people who hated him the most actually wanted the one thing--sanctions--that helped keep him in power for so long.

wordkyle said...

202 - It's true that the U.S. embargo didn't end the Castro regime. Neither did JFK's Bay of Pigs invasion. But Cuban exiles can't be blamed for feeling bitter about your president embracing the man who murdered their families. No sympathy for them?

Anonymous said...

2:02, Don't forget about the approach Obammy took in Libya and Egypt by taking out their leaders and empowering the Muslim Brotherhood and made those countries enemies that we'll have to fight later on. Yep, that's a much better approach.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 11:17? We all bag on B.G., but let's leave his family out of it, okay?

Show some decorum. At least for your own self-respect.

Anonymous said...

OK. Let me get this straight. We are going to give Castro no telling how many billions with no guarantee that he will stop oppressing and torturing(where have I heard that word before?) his own people. I wonder if Castro waterboards or if he actually uses torture on his people? Thanks Obammy, sounds like a great deal to me. You're a foreign policy genius.

Anonymous said...

3:08

I would suggest that % is rather low considering the family members that are still alive and the families that never got out at all.

Think of the dead bodies floating along in the gulf stream. The poor souls who tried to leave in boats made of milk cartons and inner tubes that weren't quite strong enough to make it thru 90 miles of open water.

If they could only be pro caliber baseball players, that seems to work out.

Anonymous said...

3:08

Didn't that Democrat Kennedy get the Soviet nukes out of Cuba?

Kennedy WAS a democrat, right?

And I would also suggest the disaster that was the Bay of Pigs probably had initial planning started under a Republican, named Eisenhower. And a war hero, no less.

Anonymous said...

@1:06

Us uneducated liberals don't argue with the religious right because there is no point.

If you believe that there is an infinite being who controls the universe and takes part in the daily happenings of your life, how am I supposed to rationalize with you about anything?

You guys are lunatics. Who would argue with a lunatic?

Anonymous said...

2:39, I think you are forgetting who writes the history books.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, why don't you support the Pope? Why do you hate Christians?

Anonymous said...

3:08--sympathy? You want to continue an embargo based on sympathy for families whose relatives were killed by a now-dead leader?

How about reuniting long-separated families? Do you have sympathy for the ones who are actually alive?

We get it. You want to hate Obama no matter how much sense he makes on any given action. That's a pretty sad way to live your life.

Anonymous said...

2:02 - history will show thst Iraq was stsbalized and then Obama pulled out all of our troops allowing the "jayvee" team to come into the power vacuum.


History will show that Afghanistan was stabilized, and then Bush pulled out all of our troops allowing the "jayvee" team to come into the power vacuum.

Yet history will also show he gets a complete pass by conservatives.

Anonymous said...

I would love to brush butter all over her Sun roasted body with my tongue.

Anonymous said...

405,

"History will show that Afghanistan was stabilized, and then Bush pulled out all of our troops allowing the "jayvee" team to come into the power vacuum."

What the hell are you writing about? When exactly did Bush pull troops out of Afghanistan?

Anonymous said...

405,

Also, when did Bush ever call anyone a JV team? I believe that was Obammys blunder.

Anonymous said...

Snowed two years ago.

Anonymous said...

Today is not "this weekend".

Anonymous said...

Does Elian Gonzalez get to come back now?

Anonymous said...

350,

"You guys are lunatics. Who would argue with a lunatic?"

By your logic, I would wager the vast majority of your ancestors were/are lunatics.

Self hate is a terrible thing. Seek help.

Anonymous said...

I see 4:05 has been studying that commie core history

wordkyle said...

404 - I let it go the first time, but you repeat that Castro is dead. (By all reputable accounts, he's not.) Is this a troll, do you have access to info that the rest of the world doesn't, or are you basing your thoughts on a Facebook hoax? I suspect the latter, and so give your opinion the consideration it deserves.

Anonymous said...

Skippy,
My in-laws were born in Cuba as well as my wife's oldest brother. Castro stole everything they had ever worked for including a beach house, horse ranch, main house, 2 sugarcane farms and 1 tobacco farm. They have done a fantastic job of rebuilding their lives after being "allowed" to leave with absolutely nothing but how would you feel if you were one of the folks that had that happen to them today?

Anonymous said...

Why don't you support the pope wordkyle? Why do you hate Christians?

Anonymous said...

Pope Francis worked to broker the deal with Cuba. Here's a link, wordy likes links:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/17/politics/pope-cuba/

Not surprisingly, wordy doesn't support the infallible messenger of God in the normalization of relations with Cuba. God wants Cuba libre. Wordkyle does not. Why do you hate God, wordkyle?

wordkyle said...

Sorry, pal, I hadn't been paying attention. Okay, let's see what you've been up to....

Oh, I see your problem.
1) You mistook the Pope the political leader for the Pope the religious leader,
2) mistook the Pope the religious leader for Jesus, the only infallible messenger of God,
3) mistook how much emphasis I put on the opinion of the Pope the political leader, and
4) mistook the opinions of the Pope the political leader for the will of God.

That's a lot of mistookin' there, buddy. I know you were trying to twist your little rubber bands into something clever, but you need to start with a better premise. Match your techniques to your skill level and maybe you'll have better results. Don't overreach.