The Campaign For DA

3.13.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • I said yesterday that the prosecutor in that horrible double child murder in Graham had caused the jury to question her credibility by telling them the defendant loved his children whom he had killed. Yesterday, that jury decided against the death penalty.
  • The failure to get the death penalty in that case is telling. That would have been a no-brainer for a jury 30 years ago and just shows how the public has now turned against it. If the Texas legislature never has the courage to abolish the death penalty, a civilized society might do it for them by never imposing it.
  • Historic day for Bridgeport basketball as it plays in the state tournament at 1:30 p.m today. 
  • Jeopardy fans: Watch only one contestant make it to Final Jeopardy as the two others end in the negative number. 
  • Had a kid kind of circle me on a bike yesterday while I was jogging and at one point pulled out a cellphone. I could only think about the scene in Breaking Bad where a kid on bike turned out to be a hitman. 
  • For America to be a Christian nation, we sure have a lot of experts on Islam.
  • I haven't mentioned it, but I was really disturbed of the footage of ISIS from a couple of weeks ago destroying rare works of art in an Iraq museum.  Then I heard someone say that its crazy how that video can cause in some people a more emotional response than the numerous executions. (Side note: I learned from an On The Media podcast that most of the works of art which were destroyed were simply duplicates with the originals having been moved for safe keeping before the arrival of ISIS. A quick search found a similar report from Newsweek.)
  • Got behind an extended cab white truck this morning on College and then Hale streets and it was going 10 mph. Not 20 or 15. 10 mph. That's sloooooow. But it was staying in between the lines and came to a complete stop at a stop sign and signaled. It was just barely moving. It was too dark for me to see the driver. 
  • I can't find a news article on it, but an Austin reporter covering the legislature noted yesterday that the heads of agency after agency lined up a hearing asking for millions of dollars to repair and upgrade government buildings. 
  • Grapevine cop involed shooting update: I'm not sure what I think about the lady who claims she came upon the victim laying by his car with no cops around. In essence, she is saying after the cop shot him, that cop left. The videos in the case would give us the truth but they are not being released. If she's right, this is going to be bad. 
  • "Innocent Driver Injured In Carrollton Police Chase." 
  • From all of the mercenaries on the Mavericks to the crazy number of players changing teams during NFL free agency, Jerry Seinfeld had it dead right: "When it is all said and done, we're just cheering for laundry." 



48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Barry believes that in a civilized society all murderers should live.

Katy Anders said...

I remember the old days of Huntsville killing two in one night. We were up in the hundreds annually, weren't we?

Part of it is the chance of life without parole now, which it seems to me wasn't an option until recently. Didn't the governor used to veto or threaten to veto that every time it came up?

But yeah, nationally, support for the death penalty is down since its heyday in the Nineties. The problems with administering it in recent years probably have not helped...

Anonymous said...

The reason Murray ran for so many yards last year is because he's the one they kept giving the ball to. Cowboys will get another back and the others they have on the team are actually very good. The line is what makes it go.

Anonymous said...

In a civilized society, only innocent victims should die, it seems.

Anonymous said...

A civilized society is a socialist collective. Like a beehive. Bees don't murder each other.

Anonymous said...

Someone find the name of the chick in the black bikini...holy mother of jesus is she got legs and a bubble butt....

- OJ Simpson

Anonymous said...

The chick on the left could suffocate me easily if she so chose....

DF Turd Ferguson said...

So if a contestant ends in the negative on Jeopardy, shouldn't they have to pay Alex?

wordkyle said...

"For America to be a Christian nation, we sure have a lot of experts on Islam." - LOL Not near as many as there are anti-Christian "experts" who are always eager to explain Christianity to Christians.

Anonymous said...

You wanna know who was driving that white truck? It was the kid on the bike!

They're after you, Barry.

Anonymous said...

For America to be a Christian nation, we sure have a lot of experts on Islam.


What does that even mean?
I dont understand what you are trying to say.

Anonymous said...

I would like for you to show your work on "the public has now turned against" the death penalty. One isolated case out does not equal evidence.

Anonymous said...

I'm predicting that Dallas Madison will beat the Flower Mound Rebels*. Oops, I meant the Bridgeport Bulls and not Flower Mound.

Seinfeld was right. It is all about the laundry even at the high school level I am sad to report.


*4 Flower Mound Rebels transferred to Bridgeport in case anyone was not aware of what's going on. What's going on. What's going on. What's going on. I'll tell you what's going on

Sam Brows said...

So society is just going to become alright with murderers? Just going to go to a strict "Lockdown and Enlightened" approach to that aspect of criminal society? I reject that idea as strongly as possible...on religious grounds. The Bible clearly sanctions capital punishment, so as long as society continues to have an element of Christianity to it, there's going to be strong sentiment that capital punishment is alright. However, I completely understand that there is a growing margin of society who believes not in the teachings of the Bible. To use a Miz line, these folks believe the Bible to be a "book of fairy tails". So, for the sake of the capital punishment argument, let us suppose that this segment of the populous is correct and the Bible is not the divine word of God that believers see it to be. Well, then, where did it come from? The only possible answer for the non-tinfoil-hat-wearing crowd is that PEOPLE are responsible for creating a belief in God and all that follows that belief...and if people can come up with the idea that it is ok for people to execute those who refuse to live in harmony without killing other people...well then those people are going to find a way to keep that notion alive. Would it be better if all executions were public? You bet! But changes to the system will come and go...but capital punishment isn't going anywhere.

Bull Fan said...

10:34 - Sour Grapes Mr. Decatur Eagle?????????

Anonymous said...

10:39

Do you want to enforce an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth(death penalty) or do you want to enforce turn the other cheek(life without parole)?

Both are Bible based, and mutually exclusive.

Anonymous said...

ditto wordkyle

when 911 happened I read the Koran. I cant understand why everyone keeps saying islam is a peaceful religion. if it is then it should be in they're sacred book don't you think.
maybe you should read it barry, It might give you some insight into the truth.

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Anonymous said...

Keep up Barry...your president tells us that we are not a Christian nation. Also, Islam is not a big secret....they broadcast their religion and film their heinous murders for all to see. Their unholy book is available to read which it appears you need to study it.

Anonymous said...

10:56, how is life without parole turning the other cheek?

Anonymous said...

10:34
Why can't you just be happy for the Bulls? Oh yes, thats right, Decatur upset the boys didnt pick them to move to!

Anonymous said...

It's only fair that America embraces the Koran as much as the Bible. Right, Barry?

Anonymous said...

If the Texas legislature never has the courage to abolish the death penalty...

Why are you whining about the death penalty in the instant case? Innocence was never an issue, and the jury opted for the lesser sentence. Sounds to me like the system worked.

Liberal utopia only exists in fantasyland. From a probabilistic perspective, the U.S. judicial system has taken Blackstone's construct to the level where an incorrectly decided capital case is less likely than the aggregate ambient risk from other hazards in society.

Anonymous said...

I think the cops sense the death penalty going away so they have decided to just become judge, jury and executioner!

NoseALot said...

You are getting back into Bacon territory with the RTGs

Anonymous said...

"Innocent Driver Injured In Carrollton Police Chase."

Here's a solution: Ban the police from stopping people who drive stolen cars - let State Farm take care of it. Decriminalize robbing the 7-11 - Lloyd's has enough money to cover it. "By the way, I'd like all the money that you haven't put in the safe with my Slurpee."

As well, OWS 'community organizers' should picket outside of Schlage, Kwikset, Stanley, and Master Lock for enabling the oppression of the downtrodden, who are, after all, just trying to get a little more for themselves. Allstate will cover the 'redistribution' of wealth.

D'oh! Looks like I've just written one of the planks of the 2016 DNC platform.

Anonymous said...

WK, my thoughts exactly.

Anonymous said...

RTG WOW WOW WOW

ROLL TIDE!!!!!

Good Job.

Anonymous said...

I've got liberal tired head today. I can't really figure out their moral equivalencies, how they justify certain things using those fallacies to forward their agenda. So often they equate abolishing the death penalty with living in a civil society and get outraged when we execute someone, but when Muslim nations carry out executions and stone women for adultery they tell us we should respect their laws. Then on the other hand they equate anti abortionists with Muslims in regards to women’s rights issues. Do they consider Muslim nations to be civil or not I wonder? Also, they seem to care more about lost or damaged “art” than they do human lives. They equate the destruction of the art with the atrocity of genocide and possibly even consider it a greater tragedy to humanity.

Anonymous said...

WK is dead on today. They always like to quote scripture when explaining Christianity to Christians as well. They take out bits and pieces, pick away at the inconsistencies or contradictions but they never see the Bible as a complete work. I had a sociology professor that was an expert at this....and the other kids around me ate it up. He would even say that the sin of a Christian deserved a greater punishment from man than the sin of the non-believer. At the time I didn’t realize how much this train of thought would come into play in the realm of politics.

Anonymous said...



1:54 What? psycho-babble?

Barry,
Your personal liberal agenda won't affect most peoples feelings...
Hurt one of my kids and I could care less about what is done in the Texas legislature. I would impose the death penalty period. I guaranty it.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport won, 68-60 Final

Bear said...

GO BULLS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Can and will a civilized society impose a ban on abortions also?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, good post!......we have more churches than grocery stores anymore. Every one of them has "the" truth.

Nope.

Anonymous said...

2:41

If you don't understand what 1:54 said, you have the problem.

I think you already hurt your kid by being stupid.

Anonymous said...

In a civilized society abortions and the death penalty wouldn't be necessary. Civilized folks don't murder and they don't get pregnant until they are ready. Until that point comes we should exterminate murderers and unplanned babies with impunity!!! The pretense that we are anywhere close to a civilized people is absurd. We are just fancy animals who have created the illusion of civility though laws which are in no way applied in the same fashion to any two individuals depending on your race, sex, religion, or social status.

Anonymous said...

I heard they looked at playoff history over the last 20 years and it was a no brainer! They moved to Bridgeport!

Triple Fake... said...

"The reason Murray ran for so many yards last year is because he's the one they kept giving the ball to."
Brilliant observation!
Although the more correct statement would be:
The reason Murray got so many carries last year is because he's the one they kept giving the ball to.
- or-
The reason Murray got so many yards last year is because he's a good running back. Also true.
It's a combination of a good RB, a good line, the tight end and other receivers, and a good QB

Anonymous said...

12:11

You let the guilty live out their days separated from society like a pariah(life without parole), but you don't take action to kill them(death penalty.

Anonymous said...

10:39

Have you decided? Eye for an eye or turn the other cheek?

Anonymous said...

Update from TCDA's office:

Appellate attorney turns in two week notice on Monday of this week, is escorted out of the building by TCDA investigator(s) today as if she had been fired. She was crying as she was forced out today.

Katy Anders said...

I'm not sure that simply noting that the use of and popularity of the death penalty have fallen is somehow coming out against the death penalty, let alone condoning murder.

A + B does not equal C.

I read this book about ten years back called "Who Owns Death?" and it predicted that use of the death penalty would fall in exactly the way it has.

It also noted that although there are a lot of lay people who love the death penalty, the people who actually are part of that system rarely do. When asked about their jobs, everyone from wardens to judges to jury members and prosecutors all say that they were just one part of the machine - that they had little to do with the defendant being executed.

That varies a LOT from what I used to see when I lived up in Huntsville and drunk college students would show up at the Walls Unit with signs that said, "Go Death!!!"

Anonymous said...

If any of you actually knew what prison was like, you would really be questioning which was more humane: life w/o parole OR death penalty.

Anonymous said...

"it predicted that use of the death penalty would fall in exactly the way it has" Yes, as with all the rules and values of your grandparents, this society and this country is crumbling.

Anonymous said...

You don't understand what "an eye for an eye means."

It means that a king's life has no more value than a peasant's.

Anonymous said...

Girl on left is a bad Photoshop just look at the blurred top