The Campaign For DA

1.08.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Kinky Friedman was on ESPN's Outside The Lines yesterday and referred to Jerry Jones and Chris Christie as being in the "most important latent homosexual relationship since Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson."  Host Bob Ley suddenly became very uncomfortable. 
  • There was an allegation last year that a Wise County deputy had photographed registered sex offenders in various stages of dress. Now Wise County has been sued in connection with one of the alleged incidents. (Note to Messenger: That's cause number CV14-12-924). I don't know if the lawsuit has any merit but there's an odd reference in it to former Wise County Sheriff Leroy Burch and Chief Deputy Sheriff John Yarbrough. (History.)
  • WBAP's Hal Jay brought up some weird study this morning that proclaimed that if you are born during a lot of solar activity you are more likely to die earlier than someone who was born when there was not. When a co-host asked what the solar activity was like in June of 1955, Jay said, "It was June! Of course there was a lot of solar activity!" (He was not joking.)
  • College Game Day has set up shop in Sundance Square this weekend for the National Championship Game. Might be a tad chilly. 
  • I just learned that The People's Choice Awards was on last night (I wouldn't have watched anyway) but all you need to know is that Best Comedic Actor went to Adam Sandler. Really.  Is this the 1990s?
  • It is almost poetic that Cowboy great Jethro Pugh passed away on a week when the iconic image of him digging in the ground for footing during the Green Bay Ice Bowl game has been shown on TV about a million times. 
  • Troy Aikman said this morning that he wasn't surprised that Jason Garrett went for it on 4th and 6 last week and "kind of expected it." Riiiiighhhhhttttttt.
  • Let me tell you the conclusion of any scientist studying the earthquakes in Irving: "It could be just natural earth movement. We can't rule out fracking but can't say it didn't contribute to it. And we can't predict the number or the magnitude of quakes in the future." 
  • Yesterday, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned that terrorists are still out there “and they want to kill us wherever they can find us.” I didn't realize we were that hard to find. 
  • "The pen is mightier than the sword" didn't seem very accurate yesterday. 
  • For a couple of years I dogged the Tarrant County DA's office for hiring a Public Information Officer who seemed to be used as more of a campaign spokesman than a government DA's spokesman. (Although she was really good at her job.)  This morning she announced she had quit eight days into the administration of the new DA, Sharen Wilson.  Smart move. Smart girl. Someone hire her. She's a former Star-Telegram reporter. 


42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned that terrorists are still out there “and they want to kill us wherever they can find us.” I didn't realize we were that hard to find.


If Obama had a son, it'd be you.

Anonymous said...

Countdown to TurdKyle blindly taking up for Mitch McConnell in 3...2...1..

Rex Kramer said...

you are off to a good start this year with the RTG.

Triple Fake... said...

Troy wasn't surprised by the 4th down call because he was coached by a gambler who would have made the same call because his offense was better than this one. Oh, and their defense was better than this one, too. Just in case they didn't make it.
It's win or go home time. Nobody should be surprised at that call!

Those scientists they consulted about the earthquakes, those were seismologists, right?
Because they sound exactly like meteorologists. "Maybe something will happen or did happen, but we're not sure. Pay us to tell you that even though we're less accurate than your grandpappy making predictions based on the feeling he gets from his swollen bursa!"

The pen is mightier than the sword (gotta watch the spacing on that one!), but the sword is swifter. And terribler

Triple Fake Julia Ward Howe

Katy Anders said...

In Oklahoma a couple years back, they were saying that the earthquakes attributed to fracking were easy to identify.

First, they were shallow earthquakes, and didn't originate as deeply in the Earth as earthquakes normally originate.

Second, they were in areas that ordinarily never get earthquakes.

Third, when fracking operations were temporarily stopped (due to problems landing planes at a local airport?), the earthquakes stopped.

I'm not sure how much we know about such connections, but if those are general rules of thumb, it seems like it would relatively easy to form the connection.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why anyone would question Aikman's insight into Jason Garrett's decisions. There's no one in the media that played longer with or is closer to Garrett than Troy Aikman.

Anonymous said...

Did Barry ever study history and understand how many of the world problems relate to migration? Examples are the Sudetenland, Bosnia, America, Israel, South Africa and Rhodesia, Ukraine, etc. etc. The migration of Muslims has really stirred the pot. As with all the others, war is the solution. Sorry, but the current generation is not more intelligent or understanding or otherwise superior to those of past generations. Many of you feel superior to your parents, grandparents and great grandparents but you are not. America will fail. China and Russia will excel.

Anonymous said...

Can the author of this blog acknowledge that their is a problem with Islamic radicals?

Anonymous said...

9:40 - China and Russia are corrupt like all of the rest of the non western world.

Anonymous said...

Smart move. Smart girl. Someone hire her. She's a former Star-Telegram reporter.

She can restart the Shootin' Blind column at the Index! Shootin' Blind with whatever her name is.

Start spreading the news
She's leaving today
She wants to be a part of it
Bridgeport, Bridgeport

Anonymous said...

National sports show comes to town & we have a winter blast of frigid temperatures and snow or ice? OMG, it's the curse of the Death Star again!!!

DF Darth Jerry Jones
sponsored by ATT

Anonymous said...

Unless one of those quakes opens up a crack in AT&T Stadium fifty yard line and Tony Romo falls in, nothing will move Texas governmental leaders to action. Too much oil & gas money at risk. Fracking has unlocked the bank that is shale oil & gas and no one is willing to close the vault door.

DF Sid Richardson

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize we were that hard to find.

Perfect.

Rage

Anonymous said...

9:43 Howard Dean has told us all that there are no such thing as Islamic Radicals, those that carry out terror in the name of Allah are just some other cult not associated with Islam. That is why Timothy McViegh or any abortion clinic bomber cannot be considered a Christian Radical; they only belonged to a cult that masked itself as Christian. Now we can all breathe deep sigh of relief, Muslims and Christian extremists never truly existed!!! We can all live side by side in harmony and without fear.

I find it refreshing that our progressive leaders never show signs of naivety, you can't sneak one by them. We should extend an olive branch by turning over the vast majority of our nuclear arsenal to Islamic countries, we got nothing to worry about, and the Koran ensures us of that.

Anonymous said...

We will rebuild....

Anonymous said...

If we just kill all the Hadji's we would have no prollem.

Anonymous said...

Can the author of this blog acknowledge that their is a problem with Islamic radicals?

I bet he can. Can you acknowledge that there is a problem with Christian radicals?

Rage

wordkyle said...

it's always amusing to watch someone think they're being clever; e.g., creating false equivalencies using anomalies on one hand against standard behavior on the other.

Violent behavior in the name of Christianity is rare, and is quickly condemned by mainstream Christians. Violent behavior in the name of Islam has become increasingly common worldwide for the last four decades. They are not the same, not equal, not equivalent. Even the Egyptian President admits that Muslims have a problem.

Anonymous said...

Beat me to it Rage.

Anonymous said...

@1:07PM

Christian George Bush famously said that "God told me to invade Iraq."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/13/AR2005101301688.html

95% of the murdering rapists in jail are Christians. You are a blind, smug, sheep. Hitler did all of his business in the name of a Christian god.

Religion is for babies who don't want to grow up and be adults. You miss Santa and the Easter bunny, don't ya? No need to debate me, because I don't listen to people who believe in fairy tales, brutha!

-Sane Athiest




Anonymous said...

It's not a false equivalency at all. For centuries atrocities have been committed in the name of both Islam and Christianity. You want to talk about the last four decades--we had to directly intervene in Kosovo to stop the genocide Christians were waging against Muslims in the Balkans--in the name of Christianity, no less. We invaded a country with no connection to 9/11 that was no threat to anyone outside its borders, purportedly because Bush said God told him to do so; we have set up dictators time and time again in the middle east and Persia, only to have them taken down by the citizens they exploited, tortured, and killed. They are reacting politically but using religion as a sword, not a shield. They are not true Muslims any more than Falwell calling for the execution of every Muslim in the name of the Lord was a true Christian.

What Wordkyle (and every Muslim hater) refuses to admit is that people killing people in the name of Islam is not the Islamic mainstream. Muslims all over the world have decried the terrorists. Hell, wordkyle even cites to the president of a predominately Muslim country calling it a problem.

We may be witnessing the Islamic Middle Ages. Except mainstream Islam doesn't get behind the killings like the mainstream Christian church did for centuries during our own Dark Ages.

But in the end, is using Christianity (which we have done, despite Wordkyle's protestations) to justify going after them any worse than using capitalism as an excuse? National security? What right have we had to interfere in their lands over the last several decades and set up murderous regimes for our own benefit?

Wordkyle needs a serious history lesson. He can't claim "they're worse than us" and ignore our actions altogether, many of which have been waged in the name of God.

Rage

that guy said...

@1230

I say we agree that Christian Radicals aren't the effing problem.

It's like blaming Democrats for racism in the South - historically interesting but not really applicable in today's world.

but I guess it is hard to sound intellectually superior and snarky you are dealing in reality.

Maybe you and wordy should play a few thousand games of D&D and leave the thinking to the grown ups.

Anonymous said...

Atheisism is the true religion. No atheist has ever committed a crime in the history of ever.

wordkyle said...

133 - Christian George Bush famously said that "God told me to invade Iraq." "Famously" is a bit of a stretch. As your article said, "this is Abbas's account in Arabic of what Bush said in English, written down by a note-taker in Arabic and then put back into English."

"95% of the murdering rapists in jail are Christians." Citation, please.

Religion doesn't appeal to you because it's based on faith in the unknown, right? You decide to live your life based on what you, yourself, know for a fact. Except you base that belief on what other people have said, strangers who you don't know. Maybe their ideas are based on science -- or at least as much science as is known (or believed) at this time. More power to you -- but your certainty is at least as shaky, if not more so, as religious faith.

Anonymous said...

1:15 = Rage

1:33 So 95% of the "murdering rapists" (I guess all rapists are murderers now) in jail are Christians? I think a citation is needed there pal! We live in world full of different religions and I doubt you are going to find too many "murdering rapist" Christians jailed in Jakarta or Mumbai. In China I would think the majority of "murdering rapists" were probably atheists like you. Silly to me that you think only Christians are capable of violence or sin. I guess you also think all atheists are sin free since you all have no set of morals to guide you.

I also find it funny that as an atheist you have no problem with Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. only Christians. My guess is that your parents never had the talk with you about Santa and the Easter Bunny and cruelly let you stroll into class your Senior year after Christmas break and you proceeded to tell your buddies what Santa brought you....then when your tears dried up you decided to be the smug little prick you are today as a defense mechanism. But hell, I can’t blame you…you probably make the best damn Caramel Macchiato this side of the Mississippi in the over 35 age group!

wordkyle said...

Bosnia/Kosovo was a localized war based on politics, ethnicity, and religion. Those who committed genocide were prosecuted for their crimes. Slobodan Milošević died in his cell from a heart attack while being tried for war crimes.

When word got out about the genocides, Christians worldwide condemned it and pressed for action to put a stop to it. The same as they did when word got out about Hitler's persecution of the Jews.

The reason the Egyptian President's words were noteworthy, and the reason I mentioned his speech, was the uniqueness of his position. (Unless you count Anwar Sadat, and we all know what Islamists did to him.)

I don't hate Muslims at all. I hate that a large number of Muslims are eager to kill all non-Muslims, especially Jews and Americans.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, no matter how much you try, or how much C.S. Lewis you read, you cannot justify faith logically. You just can't. Don't try to argue with an atheist about what is stronger, because your faith (and mine) isn't subject to their presumptions about reason.

As a side note, if you think faith or God can be reasoned logically, it's no wonder your logic in all other areas is so screwed up.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Bosnia/Kosovo was a localized war based on politics, ethnicity, and religion. Those who committed genocide were prosecuted for their crimes. Slobodan Milošević died in his cell from a heart attack while being tried for war crimes.

The last two world wars started because of the Balkans. It was localized because we stepped in and kept it that way.

Not sure what being tried for their crimes have to do with the root cause of those crimes. Except to that extent, we should punish terrorists individually, and not invade their countries.

So, your point is well taken, but in my favor.

When word got out about the genocides, Christians worldwide condemned it and pressed for action to put a stop to it. The same as they did when word got out about Hitler's persecution of the Jews.

As have Muslims about the current atrocity at issue.

The reason the Egyptian President's words were noteworthy, and the reason I mentioned his speech, was the uniqueness of his position. (Unless you count Anwar Sadat, and we all know what Islamists did to him.)

I think your problem is that you have no exposure to views outside your own. Muslim clerics worldwide have denounced the act. Hell, there was a huge protest in Turkey, a Muslim country, at which the cartoons were carried in protest. Just because your limited worldview cannot conceive of Muslim objections to the terrorists doesn't mean there aren't any. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than can be conceived of by your politics...

I don't hate Muslims at all. I hate that a large number of Muslims are eager to kill all non-Muslims, especially Jews and Americans.

Which in your admitted opinion must be all of them, having found no protests to the contrary...


Rage

Anonymous said...

THE RTG MAKES ME WANT TO J.A.C.K.

Anonymous said...

Buddhism is the only true peaceful religion, folks.

Anonymous said...

Too many Rages make my head hurt.

oh, and was it the coat hanger?

DF Sane Agnostic

Anonymous said...

First Ellie Mae and now Jethro. Who's next?

DF Bad Fact Reporter

Anonymous said...

the jailer or whatever he was, that was taking pictures of those nude sickos is just as sick as they are.Put them all on a island with no lubricant.

Anonymous said...

I think the next Cowboys/Packers match up should be called the Ice Bowl Challenge...oh wait, never mind.

DF Late to the Dance

Anonymous said...

I am amazed at how many people on this blog are defending the Islamic terror attacks in France!!!

Anonymous said...

@3:32

if you were sane you would defend them too


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DF Death to America

Anonymous said...

I am amazed at how many people on this blog are defending the Islamic terror attacks in France!!!

You see BG, now that's how you troll.

Rage

Anonymous said...

"it's always amusing to watch someone think they're being clever; e.g., creating false equivalencies using anomalies on one hand against standard behavior on the other."

Like....You?

Anonymous said...

1:07

Yeah, that whole Crusade thing and Spanish Inquisition thing really didn't hurt anyone.

Nor did the KKK hanging people of color in the late 1800's and the first half of the 1900's.

No big deal, right A-hole?

wordkyle said...

743 - Nope.

748 - You had to go back to the Dark Ages for ammo? And the KKK? Are they making a lot of headlines these days?

You guys are doing the Kama Sutra to try to create some sort of equivalence for Islamic terrorism. Go mop your bedroom floors.

Denney Crane said...

-Sane Athiest

You wrote, "95% of the murdering rapists in jail are Christians."

I disagree with this statement.

Just because they claim to be Christian does not mean they are Christians. They also claim to be innocent.

Behavior is a demonstration of ones beliefs, not justification for bad behavior.

Katy Anders said...

I'm not sure what the argument is, really. People throughout history have treated each other badly. Anything can serve as a grounds to do so - religion has provided such a grounds a LOT. Of course, even when spiritual religion was officially off the table (as in the USSR), it did not lead to a war-free society. At all.

People always seem to be able to find something to kill or die for.

The problem is people, not the excuse they're using today.