The Campaign For DA

1.18.2014

Random Video



Footage of an Iowa high school senior making a basket this week is making the rounds on the Internet — and after watching it, you’ll understand why.

Video of the unorthodox shot was uploaded to YouTube Thursday and has attained nearly 40,000 views.

It shows Hinton senior Logan Jurgensmeier attempt bouncing the ball off of opponent Noah McWell from SC West.

But, things don’t go as planned.

Instead, the ball bounces off the floor and then, to the dismay of everyone, finds its way into the basket.

Above The Fold

1.17.2014

Some Gal Named Laura Cremaschi Taking You Into The Weekend


And Why Should There Not Be A Warrant Requirement?




Of course, we'll hear from the "I wouldn't mind. I've got nothing to hide" crowd shortly.

(A similar case is before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals but it's been months since it was argued without a decision. I'm guessing they'll put it on the back burner until the Supreme Court makes a ruling.)

Guy Proposes Marriage Using Bike Ride And GPS Tracking Software


Daily Mail-A cyclist has spelt out his love for his girlfriend – by using a GPS app to map a romantic marriage proposal. Rider Murphy Mack traced out the words ‘Marry me Emily’ surrounded by a heart, using the free software Strava, favoured by cyclists to record routes, speed and elevation. His romantic gesture on the streets of San Francisco which took in 18 miles and burned 749 calories in 80 minutes was enough win over his girlfriend.Strava allows people to use a smartphone or Garmin to track their athletic activity and then view the route they have taken on a map.

It's getting tough out there, fellas. 

Edit: I apologize for accidentally deleting the comment of "Whatever happen to the days of hitting them over the head and dragging them back to the cave?"

The "Knock Out" Game Comes To Dallas




Link.

And they speculate that the elderly man beaten in the parking lot of Campisi's might have been the subject of the "game" as well.

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • Tarrant County juries found defendants not guilty 17% of the time last year. That's truly a shockingly high number when you think about it. 
  • Ticket Fans: In 1982, Mike Rhyner made Channel 8 News after would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley wrote KZEW.
  • With the death of The Professor yesterday, only Ginger (80) and Mary Ann (75) remain.
  • And the fictional Professor said on one episode that he had degrees from SMU and TCU.
  • "LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S." Keep screwing up like that and the death penalty will be abolished more quickly than it inevitably will be.
  • For all the past budget fights a few weeks back, a $1.1 trillion spending bill soared through the Senate and House this week.
  • And where was Ted Cruz throwing a fit about passing a budget without the repeal of Obamacare? (He is on the cover of the new Texas Monthly holding a copy of the Constitution.) I hope he runs for President simply because of the entertainment factor. And he'd get crushed. 
  • Also in the magazine is an article penned by Joaquin Castro on his first year in Congress. The whole thing is online. (I wonder how they decide which articles to publish for free?)
  • The judge assigned to the dead-pregnant-woman JPS case has recused herself. She didn't say the reason why. I wonder if it's because of that well known technical legal reason of  "I want no part of this political hot potato."
  • If you like Major League Baseball and Jeopardy, you have to see three gals try to answer a question about a Red Sox pitcher involved in a steroid controversy who has been denied entrance into the Hall of Fame.
  • Fox 4 had the video of Josh Brent at the Privae nightclub. That was one happening place.
  • If the defense is trying to sell the "he was above .08" at the time of the blood test but he was "below .08" at the time of driving, good luck with all that.
  • The Texas Bar Journal (horrible publication, by the way) had a section in its most recent issue where it profiled a few lawyers and asked them a series of questions including "What's the worst mistake you've ever made?"  Yeah, right. They are going to truthfully answer that? One guy responded that his worst mistake was working too hard. The correct answer for any lawyer is (1) missing a deadline or (2) being completely oblivious to an issue that could have helped your client.
  • A random Bridgeport lake house in a high tone area is on the market for $849,000 but on the tax rolls for $436,000. Overpriced or undervalued?
  • Obscure question: I think D Magazine's Tim Rogers really hates DMN's Steve Blow, but I could have sworn someone commented on here one time that he was just doing a bit. 
  • Late yesterday, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of conviction of a Wise County man for attempted capital murder. The opinion isn't particularly interesting, but it does mention by name a Wise County deputy, trooper, and Texas Ranger. If I remember the proceedings correctly, the defendant was a nut who wouldn't listen to anyone who tried to represent him. 
  • Also from the court, the government got to keep seized property of "$381,244.75 in U.S. Currency, 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, 2001 Ford Pickup Truck, and the Proceeds of the Sale of the Property Located at 2900 Kyle Cove" in Wichita Falls because the guy didn't file a brief on time. I hope there's more to the story than that. (I looked the guy up and he got a life sentence for running a convenience store that sold a ton of ingredients used to make homemade meth.)
  • The lead item in the Update deals with local campaign contributions and expenditures. You can see the original documents for any candidate here


1.16.2014

Hope he finally got that radio fixed




Edit: Oh, my. Another sitcom star!

Hot Aggie Wife Leaves Assault Weapon In Rental Car



Sun-Sentinel - A New York mom vacationing in South Florida was expecting a healthy dose of sun, surf and fun. Imagine her surprise when her daughter unzipped a bag in their rental Nissan Rogue and found a rifle — a big rifle. Looking just like the ones real soldiers use. Horrified, she immediately called E-Z Rent-A-Car and then drove to the nearest police station. And there would be one more surprise: The AR-15 semiautomatic had been left behind by model Lauren Tannehill, the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. (More)




Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Former FAN host Richie Whitt is getting married in Bora Bora. Have you ever looked to see where Bora Bora is? Good grief.
  • Sports: (1) The third Texas Tech quarterback in the last month has announced he will leave the team. What's going on there? (2) Los Angeles Dodger pitcher and Highland Park product, Clayton Kershaw, received an extension which will pay him $30 million a year -- that's basically $1 million a start. And that's insane. (3) There are a record 90 underclassman entering the NFL draft but only three from the Big 12. (4) Johnny Manziel was revealed to be #1 on ESPN's Mel Kiper's draft board yesterday. Is he doing a bit? That would be a gamble of all gambles. (5) Mark Cuban's accidental plan to run the Mavericks into the ground seems to be working perfectly. They led by 17 with 4:49 to play last night and still lost. (6) Cable TV available on the Baylor campus has the Longhorn Network but not ESPNU. (Which was good thing last night as Texas Tech thrashed the Bears on ESPNU last night.)
  • My two year old laptop computer has Blue Ray technology but I've never owned a Blue Ray disc. That is, until Christmas: I got the first season of House of Cards.
  • An "expert" testified yesterday that Josh Brent would have had to have 17 "drinks" to get to a blood alcohol concentration of .18.  The courts accept such testimony but its very close to voodoo science.
  • My hot legal opinion: If Josh Brent gets out of this thing with less than 10 years, he should consider it a win.
  • A little kid came to the door yesterday selling cookies. I think it was $2 for 4. Once he was gone we discovered they were nothing more than store bought cookies placed in a baggie. (But he was funny as he freely admitted he wasn't raising money for any organization but was instead selling them as a "businessman".) 
  • My stock market confusion: Best Buy announced that same store sales were down 1% over the Christmas season compared to last year and that news caused its stock to fall more than 30% in pre-market training trading.
  • I heard a commercial this morning for Lt. Governor candidate Todd Staples which focused almost exclusively on "comprehensive immigration reform" with emphasis on "securing our borders" and not offering "amnesty." Uh, I presume he knows that's a federal issue so why exactly is he making that part of his platform for a state office? 
  • The teenage daughter of the producer of the Mark Davis show tweeted last night (according to her mother who asked people to support her): "My hardcore liberal English teacher put down my values while reading my paper to the class."  My reaction? Roll with it and grow.
  • Here's the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence report on Benghazi that was released yesterday. Few will read it, instead relying on silly Facebook "postcards" to get their information.
  • Most newspaper headlines about the report referred to the tragedy as "preventable". Isn't every act of terrorism preventable? 
  • Dennis Prager is throwing a cruise vacation for an average of $6,500 per person. I bet that's a party!!!
  • The Ticket's Corby Davidson, in talking about the Derek Holland injury yesterday, said "everyone" would lie about how they were injured if it meant the difference in receiving $3 million in salary. I'm shocked by that statement. 
  • Oscar nominations just released



1.15.2014

Things I Learn

I read this book about Quanah Parker . . .


Then learned that a familiar name was running this year for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as a Libertarian . . .


Googled the guy and learned the Internet has a long memory . . .


The trial ended up in a mistrial and was subsequently dismissed (and, by the way, one of the lawyers in the case is a big Liberally Lean fan.)

A blog writer?

Five Year Anniversary of Miracle On The Hudson


I remember it because the "twitpic" came across Twitter moments after it happened. I figured it was photoshopped, but nope.

The story of the guy who took the pic with his iPhone and posted it is here.  Interestingly, he had only 170 followers but with "retweet" after "retweet" it swept across the nation like wildfire.

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Significant lower court decisions yesterday: (1) Oklahoma's gay marriage ban was struck down, (2) Net Neutrality by the FCC was struck down -- which has something to do with charging for bandwith usage but that's about all I know, and (3) A district judge says that the multi-million dollar concussion settlement between the players and the NFL might not be enough.
  • Parker County four year old calls relatives once mommy passes out behind the wheel after smoking K2. (There's some brands of that stuff out there now which will absolutely knock a person out. Let that be a lesson to all you mommies out there.)
  • Wendy Davis claimed to have raised more funds than Greg Abbott over the last six months, $12.2 million to $11.5 million. And although Abbott has more "big donors", my eyebrows did raise when I saw Davis received $600,000 from "wealthy Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn and his law firm."
  • There is an eleven full page public notice by Oncor in the Messenger today regarding some new power line. How much did that cost? (And this reminded me of a two year old editorial in the Messenger entitled "Public notices belong in print, not websites."
  • A lady is suing a Dallas detective for falsely arresting and accusing her of killing her boyfriend, and she's kind of hot
  • "(CNN) -- Bombings killed at least 29 people and wounded scores of others in the latest wave of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital." The "Mission Accomplished" banner was displayed on May 1, 2003. 
  • Yeah, it's just regular season college basketball, but the end of Arkansas/Kentucky overtime from last night is worth a look.
  • I don't think I've ever had a flu shot. It's not that I'm philosophically opposed, it's just that I have a history avoiding the flu without it. 
  • When did Grace Fellowship church open an "Alliance" campus?
  • Texas coach Charlie Strong has imposed some very strict rules so as to impose a "culture change."  I suppose lots of coaches have a "my way or the highway" attitude, but you never see the gauntlet thrown down like that in the press. 
  • Bridgeport has a "Community Relations Manager"? (First item in the Update.)
  • Robert Gates is out pimping his new tell-all book, but his neck brace is a bit distracting. (He allegedly fell in his home. Maybe like Derek Holland?)
  • Someone suggested that the Fitbit segment on The Ticket yesterday was actually a commercial disguised as a segment. If true, it's the most dishonest thing The Ticket has ever done. 
  • The case of the brain dead but pregnant Marlize Munoz is so complicated there aren't a lot of hot opinions about it one way or another. 
  • The show Friday Night Tykes, a reality show about Texas pee-wee football looks good, but first you have to find the Esquire Channel to see it. 


Above The Fold

1.14.2014

Incoming In Three, Two . . . .



Edit: Kind of related, Lifehacker.com has a primer on the different types of health plans available in the private sector.

Christian Laettner Didn't Even Have This Kind Of Magic



So much going on here: (1) The first shot goes OVER the backboard, (2) We've got pink shirt, khaki pants guy in charge of getting the ball back to him, (3) Cheerleaders who react as if they haven't had much to cheer about in the past, and (4) Excitement that only a college kid could have when he wins Jimmy John's for a year. Not $10,000 or $50,000 or a scholarship. Jimmy John's.


We've Got Us A Genuine American Hero

ABC – A Punta Gorda man was arrested Saturday after ramming a shopping cart into another man. According to a report, deputies responded to a disturbance call at the Walmart on Taylor Road around 6:30 p.m. A Walmart manager told deputies they escorted 77-year-old William Golladay out of the store after yelling and hitting another customer with a shopping cart. The 65-year-old victim was in a motorized shopping cart purchasing items in the express lane when he noticed Golladay counting his items as he placed them on the counter. When the number of items exceeded 20, Golladay began yelling at the victim saying he couldn’t use that register.(More.)

I pride myself on being able to breeze through the express line (whether self check-out or otherwise.)  And I always use the express line because I go to the grocery store a million times a week and always pick up items that number less than ten.   And it drives me insane when there is some yahoo who just blatantly breaks that most sacred of all American rules: "Twenty items or less."  There is no question I'll be arrested some day when I go absolutely nuts on some guy who breaks that twenty item benchmark. A man can only be pushed so far. 

I'll be Mr. Golladay. And when that day comes, I'll remember his inspiration. The greatest generation indeed. 

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


Edit: Repeat?



  • A Wise County "conservative Republican" and the Wise County Democratic Party Chairman were in Azle last night seeking answers regarding the earthquakes.
  • Sports: (1) Texas Tech won't let former walk-on quarterback Baker Mayfield play immediately at his new school of choice, OU, instead forcing him to sit out a year. And that's a kid who wasn't under scholarship, (2) I watched the Baylor/UConn women's game last night -- entertaining stuff, (3) Former Cowboy exec Gil Brandt compares Johnny Manziel to Doug Flutie -- a comparison which I take as a criticism if I were Johnny Football, (4) This comes from WBAP's Hal Jay so who knows if it is correct, but he said that once UT pays Louisville the $4 million+ contractual buy-out for Charlie Strong, that the money is considered as income for Strong who'll have to pay income taxes on it. (5) From the Star-Telegram: "TCU's Role Model Should Be Baylor."
  • Interesting strategy in the Josh Brent trial where they are contesting guilt when the blood alcohol content was .18.  Since the victim's family doesn't want him to go to prison, I'd of thought he would have simply pled guilty before the jury, accepted responsibility, and then focus all of his efforts on obtaining probation.
  • The more I hear about the Southwest jet landing at the wrong airport, the weirder it seems. Heck, the GPS on your phone could have prevented that. And did you know that the intended destination of the Branson airport doesn't have radar? 
  • I generally don't have allergies, but I'm certain that Mountain Ceder causes me to sneeze like crazy. We had the highest pollen count of the season this weekend (279) but the count was into the thousands in Austin and San Antonio. 
  • Mrs. LL has started a yoga class and apparently is very surprised by the fitness of the ladies which are many years her senior. 
  • The Sonic commercial guys used to be funny, right?
  • The Musers did a segment on Fitbit this morning. Never heard of it until recently. But a gal up at the courthouse got one for Christmas.  Edit: Someone commented that the segment sounded like a paid ad disguised as a regular segment. That is an interesting take. 
  • I'm surprised that the guy who paid $350,000 to shoot an endangered rhino (still makes absolutely no sense) decided to come forward and identify himself. When he posted on his Facebook page that he'd like to thank all of those for their "comments", the post itself received 1,347 comments (at least that was the number a second ago)
  • I've got the Alex Rodriquez 60 Minutes story on my DVR, but I'm only mildly interested. (But I do like the fact that he sued MLB and the player's union yesterday only because he has the chance to go scorched earth.) 
  • Are cops not releasing auto wreck information as freely as they used to? It seems like every Wise County wreck that occurs the evening before that the name of those involved is not available in the Update even on the following morning. 
  • The Decatur ISD Superintendent got a $6,500 raise last night. He made $145,000 in 2011-2012 per the Texas Tribune.


C

1.13.2014

Mavs Fan Tries To Get T-Shirt


How Much Sinning Can You Do In Montana Anyway?



The very abbreviated worship service created by Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church (Butte, Montana) for the 11 AM service taking place at the exact same time as kickoff for the 49ers - Panthers NFL playoff game.

Hunting


Gordon Keith's latest column in the Dallas Morning News has generated over 350 comments. It's about hunting and the defense of it.

I've never understood it.

I'm not a vegetarian. I understand the meat on the table was brought to me because the death of an animal. I understand the concept of population control.  But I don't "get" the joy of pulling the trigger.


That Cheerleader Took That Charge Like A Champ





I Have No Idea What The Back Story Is

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


Edit: Due to repeat


  • Mrs. LL and I saw American Hustle this weekend. Verdict: Very good. And the late seventies soundtrack was an added bonus/ (Side note: That little Jennifer Lawrence is going to be the next big thing.)
  • I learned I've been confused January Jones and Amy Adams for over two years -- which is silly since they look nothing alike. 
  • And we basically never go to a movie unless it is being shown at one of those places that's a combo restaurant/theater. 
  • Tarrant County DA's press release regarding various cops charged with forging overtime slips: “Based upon the Tarrant County District Attorney’s high ethical standards, these cases are being dismissed in the interest of justice.”  Can you call yourself ethical? Isn't that a term that others should use about you?
  • I saw a tweet about Senate hopeful (and nutcase) Steve Stockman giving a speech that was closed to the press. I wanted to read the story but some outfit called Texas Weekly has a subscription fee of $250 per year!
  • That water outage in Bridgeport is inexcusable, right? 
  • I can't wait to hear the real story of how Derek Holland blew out his knee. I'm guessing he was on stilts in a clown outfit. 
  • Lane Kiffin has been named the offensive coordinator at Alabama. It'll be interesting to see if he can destroy that program as well.
  • If I hear that Bruno Marrs song one more time, I might off myself.
  • Mrs. LL and I ended up watching an episode for the last season of Girls over the weekend. Is it always that intense?
  • The Golden Globes once again proved its the only awards show worth watching.
  • The E! Network made a fun fact out of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease.
  • I haven't been to a high school basketball game in years, but Decatur 67, Bridgeport 33 sounds like a beat down. 
  • They introduced the Punt, Pass and Kick winners during halftime at one of the games yesterday. I remember when they actually had the passing competition during halftime. (Some kid would be dressed up in the opposing team's uniform and get booed. Good times.) 
  • There was some kind of Tea Party "Freedom Rally" in the metroplex this weekend where Ted Cruz spoke. There is absolutely no chance of him winning the Republican nomination but I'd love to see him try. 
  • I've been a long time critic of Peter King and especially the drivel that is Monday Morning Quarterback. Case in point: Just read the small portion where he recounts his interaction between himself and another guy on a train here.
  • "Study finds MTV’s '16 and Pregnant' may have prevented 20,000+ births to teenage moms in 2010." I didn't think kids were that smart.
  • I'm not sure he played (he was nursing a calf injury), but it had to be a pretty interesting game yesterday for Bridgeport's Colin Jones. He was drafted by the 49ers and then traded to the Panthers. 
  • A Southwest airlines flight landed at the wrong airport yesterday. That is beyond comprehension.