The Campaign For DA

2.09.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts





  • No details yet, but a Montague County deputy was shot and killed last night.
  • "WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007 . . . ." Down 33% since 2007 is a shocking decline. 
  • Another disaster in the Tarrant County DA's office: Letty Martinez, former chief child abuse prosecutor in Tarrant County, resigned on Friday after two decades of public service.
  • And there is now a fake Tarrant County DA twitter account. There seems to be an underlying theme that the office is not friendly to prosecutors who have children. 
  • I was stunned to learn the other day that DPS required all ten fingerprints to renew a driver's license. (A new legislator introduced a bill to stop the procedure.) No need. DPS says it will discontinue the process.
  • The number of Iraqi civilian deaths during our invasion of that country are estimated to be anywhere from 150,000 to 1,000,000.  And I don't remember seeing a single one during American Sniper.
  • The median starting salary for lawyers is $62,000 -- down 13% over the past six years. Surprising? Yet check out how the salaries of government lawyers have increased over the same time period. 
  • I watched two episodes of what may be the greatest show I've seen in years this weekend: The BBC show Black Mirror.  Trust me! It's a bizarre modern day Twilight Zone. Start with The Entire History Of You (would you want to live in the world where everything you see, and your partner sees, is recorded from a device in your eyes?) and then go onto The National Anthem (would the Prime Minister be willing to do an unspeakable act on national TV to save a kidnapped member of the Royal Family?)
  • Maybe I was tired, but the Better Call Saul better step up its game.
  • An email Mrs. LL received four years ago from a stranger: "My wife is very upset that your husband posts daily pictures of young girls in bikinis. For what purpose? What do you think this does to the wives when they discover their husbands are reading your husband's blog when there are a million other blogs with excellent discussions without the photos? Are any of the pictures of you, or your daughters, or your girl friends, nieces, etc? Woman to woman, do you approve of what he's doing?"  I think that was written by a woman who forgot she was ghost writing the email.  
  • The Grammys were on last night and I kept asking, "Who's that?"
  • Let me backtrack from Friday: I'm not sure Brian Williams survives this. But if he's not gone by the end of the week, he'll make it. 
  • Mrs. LL and I always watch movies with closed captions on. We watched one this weekend which had the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter playing in a scene.  The closed caption at that moment?: "[Peppy music]". I would have paid money to be in a room with Mick Jagger at that moment.  
  • I'll send notes to myself sometime for potential random thoughts. This is one that I emailed to myself yesterday: "coat hanger door lock memory."  Ironically, I have no idea what that means. 
  • Mrs. LL worries about my memory.  I heard The Ticket's Bob Sturm talk about how he has noticed he can remember incredible details from decades ago but when it comes to remembering things from the last five years, not so much. 
  • The missing dogs of Wise County will not go away . . . 

49 comments:

Katy Anders said...

I really want to make a joke about Barry not liking the first episode of a series about a sleazy defense attorney, but I assume someone else here has that joke covered.

Anonymous said...

I liked Better Call Saul but agree, based on last night's episode, that it's not Breaking Bad quality.

I think all those marvelous reviews set our expectations too high.

Anonymous said...

You used a coat hanger to unlock a bathroom door.

Anonymous said...

Government employees, whether lawyers or otherwise, are underworked and overpaid compared to people in the private sector.

Government work has such low standards.....but such high benefits.

Lower my taxes!

Anonymous said...

Your Iraqi civilian death toll number is inaccurate and intentionally misleading.

You pitiful leftist don't want to fight evil, but you want to fight those who do fight evil.

wordkyle said...

"drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems" - Is there a reason you ignored the other part (and arguably the main point) of the story? -- "...but there has been a large increase in drivers using marijuana and other illegal drugs". The story includes a lengthy passage on the dangers of smoking pot and driving.

Anonymous said...

"Coat hanger door lock memory"

Maybe you or someone you know locked themselves out of their car and you used a coat hanger to unlock the car by inserting it thru the door jam and wrangling the door lock knob with the twisted wire to open the door?

Unfortunately, I've had to do this a couple times in my life, once while double parked in the passenger drop off area in front of the Minneapolis airport, with a cop yelling at me.

Anonymous said...

What is the conspiracy at the FW stock Show?
I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Re captions in movies. I do that also, and I am often shocked to see how often a semi-important line is uttered, and No One, no matter how young or old their ears are, could possibly have heard the line, due to background music or special effects.

Also, have you noticed how bad tv shows are getting with loud "background" music covering up the voices onscreen (it ain't background unless it's in the, uh, BACKGROUND). I may not be as young as I used to be, but now I look over at people with "young" ears and they're shrugging their shoulders at what was said, too. To prove how bad it's gotten, you can now order a device that connects to your audio out on the tv, that digitally edits all out except voice dialogue on a separate speaker. Google it or look in Amazon for it!

that guy said...

Nice RTG to start the week

having participated in that invasion, let me tell you the that the rules of engagement were such that it made killing bad guys next to impossible because of all the consideration paid to civillians.

Thing is, the bad guys knew it and spent their time hiding amongst the civillians.

A large number of the civillian casulaties I encountered was the result of suicide bombings. They were better at killing each other than they were us, hence the modets casulty numbers on our side.

Consider the job of sniper - you take shots with surgical percision. It would make sense that a sniper wouldn't have many oopsy-daisy moments.

What was the line from Devil's Advocate, "there are now more students in law school than lawyers walking the street"..... with the glut of available labor, would make sense that wages would be depressed.

Government lawyers, like other federal employees are on a built in, union negotiated, pay scale. I think they start at GS-10, if you look at the historical pay scales, there hasn't been much wage growth in the past decade or so (I'm currently enjoying a 1 percent pay raise this year - and not an attorney btw)

See above comment to know my thoughts on bikini gals

Anonymous said...

The number of Iraqi civilian deaths during our invasion of that country are estimated to be anywhere from 150,000 to 1,000,000.

OK, that's a pretty wide range, and we've no idea of who's making the estimate.

Nonetheless, for discussion's sake we'll assume/agree that lots of civilians died in Iraq between 2003 and [whenever the data end]. And we'll further posit/assume, even absent the contextual framework, that these were violent, not natural, deaths.

So, then, what exactly do we have left? Meaningless drivel. I don't dispute that our (U.S.) presence resulted in Iraqi civ deaths. But the 'factoid' does nothing to clarify whether that was the proximate cause, or simply the by product of trying to build a stable civilization in that country (admittedly, a fool's errand).

As some old white dude [reportedly] said: "There's lies, there's damned lies, and there's Brian Williams war stories.", allegedly as the writer was sharing a bottle of bourbon with the NBC legend one winter evening.

Anonymous said...

The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007 . . . ." Down 33% since 2007 is a shocking decline.

But the story notes that the numbers are based on volunteers: "They gather data in dozens of locations across the country from drivers who agree to participate."

A more reasonable conclusion is many more drinking drivers have the sense not to participate in such a "survey," but stoners aren't that smart. Or that the presence of drugs is found much more often just because it's detectable for so much longer than alcohol.

Anonymous said...

Try to think back to the first few episodes of BB....very slow. It's called setting the stage. Vince Gilligan needed to show how much it sucks to to be a broke ass attorney and what led Saul to become a scumbag.

The fake Sharen Wilson twitter is pretty entertaining. She is going to flip out.

Triple Fake... said...

Yeah, odd that you reference the story about drinking and driving, but omit the real point of the article: stoned driving.
But how accurate are the statistics? They gathered data "from drivers who agree to participate."

The e-mail complaining about the RTG pix loses some of its punch by citing "excellent discussions". Ri-i-ght! A good point will be made occasionally, but there is rarely an excellent discussion

I almost always watch movies with CC on. Unless you're watching something visually stunning, it doesn't matter. A healthy dose of foreign films sets the table. Plus, anything British, Irish, or Scottish pretty much requires captioning, cuz they don't talk 'mericun!
I've noticed that the captioning provided by the TV is more generic (thus "peppy music"). Watching Netflix (with CC from the movie) is more specific. They will often identify the artist and song when a clip plays.

Anonymous said...

Let's see, Bridgeport basketball without two of it's best 6 players, on the road, double-digit win...I think it's been established who the better team is. And it's not even close.

Anonymous said...

Bad memory, bad hearing, and closed captioning... Is it Senior Day on the blog?

Leddy said...

Saul was great. The opening scene calling back to the last time we saw Saul, "if I'm lucky, a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a cinnabon in omagha," was great. And then the appearance of Tuco leading up to what hopes to be an explosive second half tonight? Thought it was full of fun, although slow for sure as it sets us up.

Anonymous said...

An email Mrs. LL received four years ago from a stranger....

I think that was written by a woman who forgot she was ghost writing the email.


I don't think the woman could have asked for more attention from her email.

You read, saved and posted this so-called ghost written message that your wife received 4 years ago, genius.

A normal person would have completely ignored it.

God almighty you are dense.

Anonymous said...


Go Bulls!

TF Mark Cuban

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:25. The wife and I watched the first two episodes of BB when it launched and I remember saying to her that this will get cancelled. She agreed and we didn't watch it again for years. I caught an episode in the 4th season on a business trip and immediately texted her that we needed to go back and watch it because it had gotten insanely good. We binge watched it till we got caught up and never missed it again. Not saying BCS is going to be that good, but I am willing to ride it out.

Anonymous said...

I hope Beck picks up some new fans after his grammy award. He is a musical genius.

Anonymous said...

Montague Shooting: Via Wichita Falls News station
http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/28060446/montague-county-deputy-shot-and-killed

Anonymous said...

The POINT, Mr Green, is that the "dogs of Wise County" HAVE gone away!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/02/mass_incarceration_a_provocative_new_theory_for_why_so_many_americans_are.html

Off topic for today's RT, but an interesting article on our incarceration rates in the US. I always suspected that the amount of non-violent drug offenders in our prisons was a much overstated number. We could release all drug offenders in our prisons and still have, by a wide margin, the largest incarceration rate in the world. The real increase is broken down to the uptick in more aggressive charges being filed by DA’s across the county. My guess is that no matter the party affiliation, the local DA that promises to be the toughest on crime usually wins. They also are more keyed in on the fact that they have more bargaining power with tougher sentences and have fewer people arrested that have the financial means to hire affective counsel.

CT said...

Who the heck is Beck???

Anonymous said...

11:16 - You millenials love to broadcast your ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, How about a climate change update?

Reality is testing the faith of you true believers.

Anonymous said...

Like Beck's music, don't care for his belief system (Scientologist). But freedom to believe what you choose and all that. Yea America!

DF Texas Muslim

Anonymous said...

I heard the new Tarrant County DA fired a man close to retirement, because he lost his peace officer's license, because he has Parkinson's. Not sure if it's true or not. Pretty dispicable.

Anonymous said...

Barry is a liberal Donkey(JA)...
I really am tired of your Left Wing Propoganda and I will exercise my right to no longer read your blog. Good day.

Anonymous said...

We'll miss you, 1:03.

Anonymous said...

I hope someboy recognizes all the missing dogs...somebody has them or they are dead bait dogs.

Anonymous said...

Read the article again Wordkyle.
Just because illegal drugs are detected does not mean that one is under the influence. Clearly distinguishable from alcohol. The guy that smoked a joint last night in his home poses no danger.

Don't cherry pick to support your position. No one should drive while impaired on anything, but I would rather be on the road with stoners than drunks if I had to choose.

wordkyle said...

218 - When the article has such quotes as

"The rising prevalence of marijuana and other drugs is a challenge to everyone who is dedicated to saving lives and reducing crashes,"

and

"Drivers should never get behind the wheel impaired, and we know that marijuana impairs judgment, reaction times and awareness," and

the entire point of the story is that drugs are replacing alcohol in drivers, I don't really consider that "cherry picking."

Anonymous said...

Best random girl ever. Starting the week off right.

Anonymous said...

Don't drive angry! Or tired. Or hungry. Or sick. Or horny. Or just after you've eaten. For sure, don't text and drive. Don't smoke and drive either. Do not listen to the radio or speak with your passengers while driving.

Additionally, the car shouldn't start until after you've fastened your seat belt and filed a trip plan with DPS. Anyone who drives should be regularly drug-tested as well. Like, every time they get behind the wheel.

If it saves one life, it was worth it. Think of the children.

Anonymous said...

I'll say it again for you...the guy that smoked a joint last night is not impaired today. The tests have no way of showing time of ingestion. The guy that had two Martinis at lunch quantifiable with regards to time, amount of alcohol in system.

Anonymous said...

If you care...

Love the site, and look forward to the RTG every morning...Thanks!

Anonymous said...

11:21am--you must be an idiot. Millenial? hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Brian Williams is the Chris Kyle of broadcast news.

wordkyle said...

301 - Thanks for repeating yourself. Pot stays in your system longer than the high. Got it. But we go back to the statement that says "marijuana impairs judgment, reaction times and awareness." The survey also found marijuana smokers more likely to be involved in accidents. (Although that may be because there are so many young pot smokers involved in accidents.)

The article's not about lab blood test results, it's about traffic accidents. Conclusion? Pot smoking is a hazard.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is where Brian Williams learned to lie:

http://www.salon.com/2010/05/20/bushreagan/

Anonymous said...

2:26

Since you are the blog resident expert on cherry picking, I believe you 100%!

Anonymous said...

Barry, I thought you would have some thoughts on the personal injury lawyer who does marathons in the Startle-Gram today.

DF Phil Knight

wordkyle said...

406 - Basically you just drew an incorrect conclusion and then agreed with yourself. Was that your intention?

Anonymous said...

Barry, check out the Ticket P1's group feed for a story from Stephen Hinkle.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ticketp1s/
You'll get an "And Another" and also a link to her facebook page. She may rival Deb LaFave.

Anonymous said...

They should make a show about a hick town ambulance chaser.

Anonymous said...

Median salary for starting lawyers is a totally different ballgame than the salaries of all lawyers who are in government.

Anonymous said...

wordkyle:

Pot could be a hazard because you're trying to drive and simultaneously hold your nachos and big gulp after the required trip to 7-11!

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