The Campaign For DA

1.28.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Breaking: Word on the street is that the surprisingly upstart Bridgeport High School basketball team is about to be hit with a couple of player suspensions. It's unconfirmed, but I trust my source.
  • And, remember, I grew up on the mean streets of Bridgeport. #Connected
  • Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks appeared at media day yesterday during Super Bowl week and answered 29 questions with the answer, "I'm here so I won't get fined." (He's not a fan of the media.) But that was the most entertaining interview of the hundreds/thousands of other interviews what will occur this week. 
  • I've heard on the news that the subway system in New York City was shut down for the first time ever in anticipation of the (not) blizzard that hit yesterday.  It wasn't shut down on 9/11?
  • There were 125 criminal exonerations in the U.S. last year -- an all time high. And that doesn't scratch the surface of the damage unethical and/or incompetent prosecutors have caused. 
  • Oh, and Texas prosecutors have taken $486 million from people in "civil forfeitures" in the last decade. (Remember that's one of the reasons why Wise County got its reputation of being corrupt in the 1980s.) Shockingly, the prosecutors get to keep a share of the forfeiture proceeds.  How conservatives don't care about this issue is a mystery to me.
  • Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said yesterday that "Open Carry" probably didn't have enough votes to pass. I haven't heard the response from the bill's sponsor, Jonathan Stickland, but I'm guessing it is something along the lines of, "Ok, daddy." 
  • But our own (and basically absentee) State Sen. Craig Estes filed a bill on Friday that would authorize open carry of modern handguns in Texas by anyone with a license, so long as the handguns are carried in shoulder or belt holsters. Why are we so obsessed with clinging to guns all of a sudden? 
  • I don't know if it made the print issue, but People magazine's website has reported on the missing dogs from Wise County. They cite many media sources but the Messenger is not one of them.
  • It's going to be 80 degrees today. 80.
  • I now know why I had to initially rescue Family Pup #2 from the middle of the road. That dog is dumb. Loveable, but dumb. (I'll get up in the morning and go down stairs, return, and she begins to growl and bark at me like she's never seen me before. Or she's barking because she wants to be petted. Either way, the dog ain't right.)  Edit: Someone asked if she might have an eye problem. I've thought about that. I've performed the very technical test of "OK, dog, follow my finger" and she passed. But I'm not ruling that issue out. 
  • Only one person will understand this: "Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters" was on Hannity last night and went off on a rant against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (the guy who left his post in Afghanistan). Peters came across as someone who needs to go through anger management (Hannity even seemed taken aback). But he is probably just looking for a gig on Fox News. So angry. So old. So white. Heck, he might get the job.  (Here is the clip all cued up.)
  • I'll actually watch the Golf Channel this week only to see footage of the 16th hole at the Phoenix Open -- the craziest scene of any golf event. 
  • My assistant at work (who does a great job by the way) told me yesterday that she reads Random Thoughts so she'll know what kind of mood I'm in. That's funny. 
  • I'm an early riser. A very early riser. And yet I'm still stunned when I see elementary school kids get on a bus at 7:00 a.m. Getting up that early is fine for old men like me (we like to brag about it), but I'm not sure about kids doing the same. 


58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your family pup #2 may have a hearing or sight problem...have a vet check it out.

Anonymous said...

I didn't even read today's post - that RTG is top notch

I'll come back later after I've had time to (ahem) compose myself

That's the best I've seen in a long time

Good Job BG

DF Bacon's Ghost

Baylor Too said...

I watched a few minutes of that Hannity clip. Jeez, how can people watch that stuff? I could feel my pulse and blood pressure rising, and I don't even have blood pressure problems.

Anonymous said...

Why would us liberals not care about the forfeiture pot? We have said nothing....we are always depending on the conservatives to stand against stupidity. It is nauseating.

Anonymous said...

Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters is justified in his outrage. Barry doesn't get it because he has different values. Barry is concerned with race and climate change. Peters is concerned with confronting and destroying evil.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering how you missed mentioning the most amazing comeback by the Seahawks over Green Bay. Far more interesting than the single catch/non-catch by Dez.

Anonymous said...

OMG.

Today's RTG is my daughter Kayla.

Take that photo down immediately!!!

Anonymous said...

Surprisingly, Stickland didn't follow Daddy Dan.

1:30 mark for his comments:
http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/27957241/fight-for-open-carry-halted

Anonymous said...

There were 125 criminal exonerations in the U.S. last year -- an all time high. And that doesn't scratch the surface of the damage unethical and/or incompetent prosecutors have caused.

Yeah, but bad defense lawyers are right there with 'em.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said yesterday that "Open Carry" probably didn't have enough votes to pass. I haven't heard the response from the bill's sponsor, Jonathan Stickland, but I'm guessing it is something along the lines of, "Ok, daddy."

Actually, his son is a district judge in Houston. He tweets form the bench, but he's not (quite) as annoying as Willett.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I've gone from someone that never really had an opinion about gun ownership and didn't really care if people owned them or what guns they owned to now just being downright scared of them.

I don't like feeling like I can make an argument against open carry without feeling the person I might have the argument with would have a distinct life-threatening advantage over me.

Therefore, I feel as though everyone making this argument are just bullies, as proven by those idiots that harassed the legislator in Austin a week or so back.

This is out of control. It is ridiculous. It is embarrassing and it is uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

Big news coming out of Bridgeport High School!!! Let's just say the next Decatur game will be a lot closer!!! LOL Bridgeport!!!! True "colors" shining through!!!!

Anonymous said...

9:15.... Maroon?

Anonymous said...

Shockingly, the prosecutors get to keep a share of the forfeiture proceeds. How conservatives don't care about this issue is a mystery to me.

Hello!? Weasel News hasn't told them to get upset about it yet. Duh!

Anonymous said...

RE: 2015 RTGs

Hey Bu...

You've really been on a roll this year, but I think you are just teasing us.

I dread the day you post a retina ripper at the top of the RTs.

Anonymous said...

RTG only rates as 2 Stars?

mzchief said...

To BUBear,

"According to the MTA, this the first time the entire subway system as well as bridges and tunnels will shut down because of a winter storm."

You are still a lawyer, right?

janneba said...

That guy on Hannity is crazy! My great grand-daughter goes to school in Alvord she gets on the bus at 6:20am and gets home at 4:40pm and we live about 7 miles from the school in NW Wise county and she is 8 been doing it since 1st grade, can't afford to take her every day.

Anonymous said...

Airline profits will continue to skyrocket per the headline piece. Fuel price has basically gone in half. Airlines made ticket prices go up insanely fast and high due to "High Fuel Prices" but they do not ever seem to go back down with the "Fuel Prices".

Same with foodstuffs, and most everything you buy, it will just stay up, profits go up and we say nothing because gas is cheap. We still getting the shaft due to everything else going up.

Anonymous said...

Alright, even I have to give MzChief that one. FUnny.

Rage

Anonymous said...

i wish who ever is stealing dogs would come steal the strays that keep coming up to my house

Anonymous said...

So angry. So old. So white. Heck, he might get the job.

The good Colonel seems more than a little agitated that's for sure.

Carry on with your childish insults, Green. That's all you got, boy.

Anonymous said...

I have heard these New move ins have been nothing but trouble. Do you sacrifice a team for a few individuals. Are we really winning here?

Anonymous said...

9:10 - What has happened to make you scared of them?

I suppose you realize that those making the argument to remove restrictions on carry use the exact same line of thinking to come to the other conclusion: that someone intending them harm, for whatever reason, might "...have a distinct life-threatening advantage over me." And not simply that they might possess a firearm or other deadly weapon, but what if they simply had a significant physical advantage, and were willing to use that? 2 cases in point are the Ferguson policeman incident, and the Trayvon Martin incident. I know nothing more about either of those cases than what was reported in the media, but in both cases, prior to being shot, both men were reported to have been on top of the shooters pummeling them about the face and head.

I agree that those "...that harassed the legislator in Austin..." exhibited foolish behavior, and I offer no defense of them, but you lose me with "...everyone making this argument are just bullies..."

One big problem with the restrictions as currently written and enforced is that one could be intending to carry concealed legally, but if the covering garment should happen to flap open, or if the handgun should visibly print through the clothing, or the towel covering it in one's car moves and leaves a recognizable portion of it uncovered so that it may be seen, one is subject to criminal prosecution and revocation of that right. And yes, this is reliably reported to have happened.
Because of this, there are those that have come to favor rescinding the restrictions on carrying.

As far as BG's question of "Why are we so obsessed with clinging to guns all of a sudden?", it is simply the expected reaction to all the efforts in taking that right away from law abiding citizens. I've got to also comment on the wording of that question, BG: Wow.

Anonymous said...

Man, I agree with you on the school bus thing. Early mornings are rough on kids, particularly the ones whose parents have them out shopping at Walmart at 11:00 p.m.

I'm not sure what the solution is, though. Parents have to go to work. What are they supposed to do with their kids?

Anonymous said...

So white? Are you really so filled with such self-loathing that you feel compelled to publicly make comments such as that? Man, I do feel sorry for you and I mean it too. If I didn't think your ideas were so dangerous, I'd pity you.

People should be allowed to protect themselves with open carry. It makes more sense than concealed carry.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:06 can I please have her phone number I will tell her about the photo

The RTG police

Anonymous said...

10:52AM you heard wrong. One is trouble but a kid who deserves to be fought for. The others are smart, sweet, hard working kids. Keep your comments to yourself if the source is you "heard"

Anonymous said...

So angry. So old. So white.

I guess in Utopia, the above described demo is not allowed to voice any opinion.

Being caucasian, north of the half-century mark, I wouldn't self identify as 'angry', but nor will I squelch reason and truth in the face of idiocy and political correctness.

It would be unthinkable to describe someone as "So black/latino/LGBTI, so young, so strident" in a respectable medium. Why, then, is it OK to so deride white folks?

Anonymous said...

aliens are getting dogs and making tamales

Anonymous said...

@1:03 - I completely agree with you and certainly could not have articulated my thoughts any better.

On the poor, poor little elementary school children that have to be on a bus by 7:00 AM, you and your ilk are at the top of the list of what is wrong with our weak, soft, and lazy teens. My very simplistic answer to what is wrong with the modern American society is "we left the farm". I won't go into a long explanation of that statement because those of you smart enough to understand, don't need an explanation. Those of you that don't understand, never will, no matter how compelling my explanation.

Anonymous said...

Your buddy got a full time gig!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cape-breton-amateur-weather-man-is-a-viral-video-star-1.1342904

Anonymous said...

Why are we so obsessed with clinging to guns all the sudden? I don't know, but it began when a black man got elected president.

Anonymous said...

Those kids wont be suspended. I'm sure its just a big misunderstanding!

Anonymous said...


I dunno, 3:10. For me it started a little before that. Like when I noticed blacks' propensity to violent crime. I've been robbed twice. Once at gunpoint, once with a straight razor at my throat. Both times by niggers. So yea, you're right, it has something to do with black men, just not quite like you think.

I am always armed now. I'm in my sixties. You got a better idea?

Anonymous said...

Why do you constantly use the color of skin "so white" to describe so many media ppl and others that you don't agree with?

Goober's Cousin Gomer said...

After all the comments from Cheer Leader Mom et.al., I say call the Alvoid School Board President. He'll have the village idiot up there filing grievances against the school bus driver and supt. and get this problem SOLVED!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey wordy, I thought you said health care costs were skyrocketing? Looks like having more insureds in the market is driving costs down, to me:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/politics/budget-office-slashes-estimated-cost-of-health-coverage.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1&referrer=

Anonymous said...

2:54, I completely agree with your statement about leaving the farm. Farming builds character and strong work ethic, among other things.

However, I'm not seeing the correlation with getting on a school bus at 7:00 a.m. How are you connecting those dots?

Anonymous said...

3:24:

Bullshit.

Anonymous said...

You don't know the first thing about these kids - they are just that..still kids and make dumb decisions. That doesn't make them good or bad just means they have to learn from their mistakes. I for one hope they don't get suspended but that is up to the school. Hopefully they will use the same standards they impose on all others and don't just use this to make an example of someone. The boys on our team area all good kids on and off the court. If you are judging them then I am willing to bet you don't know them, you just listen to some other jealous person running their mouth.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody please tell us how many kids on the team are involved and what are they being accused of doing?

wordkyle said...

451 - Can you explain to the rest of the class the basis for your comment? Specifically, the "more insureds driving costs down" part. How did you arrive at that conclusion?

This line from the article you cited is interesting: "the coverage provisions of the health care law will have a gross cost of nearly $2 trillion over the next 10 years." Does anybody remember the Obama administration using that dollar amount when they were telling the American public what Democrats wanted to do to them?

Anonymous said...

Well at least it wasn't a DWI/MIP like football team a few years back. Stay Classy Bitchport

Anonymous said...

Those elementary school students need new buses

Anonymous said...

This is one conservative that has been pissed for years for the police to seize cash from travelers. Four Mexicans get stopped on the way to buy a car or going home and have cash on them are going to be robbed. They know they will have no recourse in the legal system . Show back up and get deported . I'm surprised some of them don't get shot sooner or later by someone they have robbed. OLD WHITE CONSERVATIVE

Anonymous said...

Do the star tattoos on the RTG girl signify anything? And, she is smoking hot.

Anonymous said...

@451. Farm kids have done a lot of chores and breakfast and get ready for school well before 7:00 AM. Visit a small family dairy.

Anonymous said...

6:31

So you are actually reading the articles being linked to.

Nice job.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Follow the model of Jesus

Anonymous said...

7:00?? Slackers. Our ISD has kids getting on buses at 6:15. Some of those kids are in bed at 7:30-8:00.

Anonymous said...


Hey 4:51-----(#3)

Have a go at robbing me, dude. You'll find out how much bullshit I didn't just tell you.---------

xxx....3:24

Anonymous said...

3:24

You gotta stop hangin' out at strip joints after midnight.

Anonymous said...


Well, 8:31, My kids' bedtime was 8:00 during their elementary school years. And they always got up at 6. If it wasn't school, it was work. They're all better off for it now as adults.

Go figure, we had a family farm.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clarifying. It is the blacks.

Anonymous said...


4:34 PM Goober's Cousin Gomer aka Cheer Leader Mom aka the DISGRUNTLE "LOSER" AISD EX SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

PLEASE, some bulldog lick those ace wounds that occurred when she took that beating in the May elections because those ace wounds seem to be effecting her brain, maybe "MAD DAWG DISEASE". Also you might want to check her lunch lady hair net because it might be squeezing her brain.
Oh never mind the hair net goes on her head so probably not squeezing her brain.

Anonymous said...

How conservatives don't care about this issue is a mystery to me.

Isn't your [persistently mistaken] belief that conservatives don't care about CF the real mystery here?

Anonymous said...

9:10 candy ass

Anonymous said...

Guess the students didn't get suspended at Bridgeport after all or sent to DAEP. One showed up at last nights basketball game in Springtown which is definitely against the rule. The BB high school students showed such disrespect at the singing of the National Anthem that the Supt. got up to watch them.