The Campaign For DA

3.05.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • What an insane snowstorm that turned out to be. I can look out the window forever at that stuff coming down. And I did even after everyone else in the house went to bed. 
  • If one more local TV reporter tells me, "If you don't need to go out, stay inside", I might lose it.
  • That being said, the live news shots of metroplex traffic this morning show that it is worse than anything over the last two weeks.
  • Local Government Awards: Offices of the City of Decatur and the Wise County Appraisal District open later this morning. All others are closed
  • I owe Alvord ISD and Paradise ISD an apology from last week. I dogged them a little bit for announcing their school closings almost at 8:00 a.m. I didn't realize that they had already delayed opening until 10:00 a.m. so parents actually had plenty of notice instead of being caught off guard at the last second. 
  • Even though it is not going to get above freezing until after noon, this stuff will start melting  this morning pretty quickly.  Even when the temperature is below freezing, an unobstructed sun will melt it. (I think it has something to do with science.)
  • I'm a fan of the flowering crape myrtle trees, and I've figured out that they bloom generally around March 10th. I hope this weather doesn't ruin that. Edit: Dang it. I meant Bradford Pears.
  • There is nothing worse than visiting with a client who is about to agree to a plea bargain that requires prison time even it is the smart and wise thing to do. They are, in a bizarre way, the most intimate of conversations. And I'm devastated afterwards each time.
  • There was an argument in the Supreme Court yesterday about the meaning of a phrase within the thousands of words in the Obamacare statute. From a legal standpoint, I'll admit to being clueless because it would take me an hour of serious study to understand exactly what's going on. 
  • Pete Delkus was doing a bit on Twitter last night by announcing school closings with the phrase, "I've decided that I will close [name] I.S.D. now".  His comedy is not any better than his forecasting. 
  • A radio caller the other day identified himself as a retired forensic hypnotist. I hadn't thought about that in years. DPS used to actually have "experts" that they would use to "hypnotize" witnesses in an attempt to produce repressed memories. I don't think the Texas courts were ever dumb enough to allow such testimony. 
  • Does a postal delivery worker smile if he delivers an actual handwritten envelope that looks like it includes an actual handwritten letter? Ninety nine percent of his deliveries have to be junk mail and bills. 
  • My obligatory shot at Mark Cuban: Forbes annual list of billionaires lists him at #603 with a net worth of $3 billion dollars. Didn't he have a little more than that in the 1990s after Yahoo! buried him in cash? It's been over fifteen years and he's not been able to increase his net worth?
  • GOP Golden Child Ben Carson presidential aspirations slid off into a ditch after voicing his theory on gays. It's not the gay issue that dooms him, it's the fear of his ability to reason. If he sees x there is no telling what his y conclusion will be.
  • Jane McGarry now has a full time job at Good Morning Texas. She's an odd bird. Online she is shockingly funny and witty but if you ever hear her interviewed she seems to be boringly normal.
  • Commercial disguised as a newscast/broadcast:  I noticed a few months back that various radio hosts on WBAP, The Ticket, and others would casually throw in Fandango, the movie search engine into a conversation. I heard it at least four times in one week. I haven't heard it since.


50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Melting snow while temp below freezing and sun is out = radiation heat transfer. Reverse phenomenon on a clear night near freezing when frost firms on your windshield exposed to deep space temperature of absolute zero. Radiation beat transfer is proportional to temp difference to the 4th power.

Anonymous said...

From the Mess....

"According to our WCM Weather 1 team in the field,"

I wonder what teams 2 and 3 were doing?

"(I think it has something to do with science.)"

Bu...don't panic. Slowly, very slowly, take 3 steps backwards, turn around and walk very slowly away from this cliff.

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson: I don't see why that's controversial. He believes being gay is a choice (so do a lot of people)and he believes being of a certain race is not a choice. Wow, where's the problem here?

Anonymous said...

Melting snow while temp below freezing and sun is out=global warmism.

Anonymous said...

Golden Child Hitlary Clinton presidential aspirations slid off into a ditch after the NYT reported her using private email accounts to run official government business. Just kidding, even a report of her having Vince Foster killed or the truth about Web Hubbell being Chelsea's father couldn't derail the Clinton machine.

Anonymous said...

No McGarry hat tip? That's it. Just try bringing relevant posts without me.

Fake Justice Willett

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, Check out Camille Paglia's theory on homosexuality. You have probably never heard of her, but she is one of the first lesbian feminist. She has been disappeared by the left because of her politically incorrect thought.

She is an impressive person.

Anonymous said...

"Crape myrtle tree blooming in March". I don't think so. Try mid summer.

Triple Fake... said...

Today's RTG mélange is the perfect antidote to the frigid conditions outside. I could look at their stuff through the window forever, even after they've all gone to bed.
Creepy, right?


Man, I bet being a forensic hypnotist is great!
"You will give me a ridiculously generous retirement package. Now, cluck like a chicken!"

Triple Fake Retired Forensic Hypnotist

Anonymous said...

There is a relationship between temperature and the color of objects on the ground. That is related to the ability of lighter colored objects to reflect light. If it is not reflected it is converted to heat. The Antarctic ice cover is 33% above normal and is reflecting more light than in a normal year. Hence we have global cooling. The same thing happened last year when those idiots got their ship stuck in packed ice while trying to prove that the Antarctic was melting.

How much energy is in the light impacting the earth? Try around 1,400 watts per square meter when the angle of impact is perpendicular. That is a lot of energy.

Enough of the light impacting the snow and not being reflected is enough to raise the temperature to melt it if ambient is just below freezing. That is simple since the temperature of snow and ice is 32 degrees.

Al Gore understands none of this.

Anonymous said...

One reason the snow melts in the sun while the temperature is below freezing is that the "official" temperature is actually measured in the shade. It is always significantly warmer in the sun than it is in the shade, even when it is cold outside. Here's an article about it, including a picture of a thermometer in the sun showing 80+ degrees when the temp is actually in the 20s. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/resources/askjack/2006-08-21-shade-temperature_x.htm

Anonymous said...

RTG pic is wonderful. Except the one on far right. Holy cow sausage fingers!!

DF Jimmy Dean

Anonymous said...

Even though it is not going to get above freezing until after noon, this stuff will start melting this morning pretty quickly. Even when the temperature is below freezing, an unobstructed sun will melt it. (I think it has something to do with science.)

No it's global warming...it never used to do that

Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of the flowering crape myrtle trees, and I've figured out that they bloom generally around March 10th. I hope this weather doesn't ruin that.

Sure you're not confusing it with Bradford Pears? I thought crepe myrtles bloomed all summer?

Anonymous said...

9:32

Excellent job. Wrong audience. It's global warming.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing worse than visiting with a client who is about to agree to a plea bargain that requires prison time even it is the smart and wise thing to do. They are, in a bizarre way, the most intimate of conversations. And I'm devastated afterwards each time.

Gosh I would of thought being a victim or a member of a victim's family would kinda be worse...huh?

Aw screw it...no more prisons

Anonymous said...

I don't think the Texas courts were ever dumb enough to allow such testimony.

Doesn't matter. The real job of the hypnotist was to make sure the witness went along with whatever the state's theory was, so the trial testimony of the hypnotist was never necessary. They were just there to suggest to the witness who the defendant was, what he was wearing, etc.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Todays photo....

Yes, yes and yes

Thank you

Anonymous said...

I believe it is a choice too.

Why is it that all these gay couples take on traditional marriage roles; i.e. butch and wife and feminine / subservient?

Why do gay males use that queer voice?

To attract other gays!
And they do this by choice.

Anonymous said...

Online she is shockingly funny and witty...?


Shockingly? Really? Cite one example of her being shockingly funny and/or witty. You can't do it.

Droopy Jane McGarry was funny when she was caught drunk driving and that's about it.

Anonymous said...

And I'm devastated afterwards each time.

A drunk driver is off the roads and no longer threatening the lives of the good people of Texas. Oh the humanity! My gut is wrenching!!

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Barry, I miss your old Index photos. Here is a vote for restarting that bit in the future.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Well, I feel a sense of relief. Rage hadn't said anything incredibly stupid for some time, so I thought his brain injury healed.

And then he goes and make a idiotic statment...again.

So I'll start with...Rage is an idiot...as usual.

A forensic hypnotist doesn't make suggestions, doesn't "walk" the subject into a preconceived idea, or anything of the sort. Read a book Rage, you'll at least appear much smarter.

Forensic hypnotist were almost never even considered to be witnesses at trials because there was no point. Their job was to attempt to allow the subject to recall their own memory. Anything a hypnotist would say at trial would be hearsay (reciting what they heard the subject say).

So, while to the untrained eye, Rage may come off at semi-intelligent, he is, in fact, an idiot.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

10:40, you are glossing over the practical reality of every criminal case, ever.

Your bias is showing.

Rage

Sam Brows said...

On Ben Carson: First, I'm not so sure he de-railed his campaign, though I will admit it is possible. What he did was tell the world, "I'm willing to give you my honest opinion on a controversial topic, regardless of whether it will cost me votes" (and before anyone says, well, he was preaching to his own choir, how was that costing him votes, recognize it isn't the republicans that get a republican elected, or the democrats that get a democrat elected, it is the folks in the middle, and maybe some of those won't go his way because of what he said).

I'm with him on the whole idea that it is a choice, but I'm not sure the prison theory supports him. I know these two dogs who live with a family. One is a pup, the other somewhat older. The pup is constantly trying to put his paws on the neck of the older guy, which is generally considered a sign of domination. He does this until the older dog has had enough and then turns around and bites the younger dog, who goes away and licks his wounds until it is time to start the whole mess all over again. What many would describe as homosexual behavior in prison isn't really that at all, but rather is dominant behavior. Anal rape that takes place in prison isn't consensual by the victim, and in most instances isn't anything more than dominant behavior by the aggressor. Yes, there are individuals who put out the signal that they are up for sexual escapades in prison, and those who respond to the signals, but those folks, in many cases were pretty much "any port in a storm" kind of guys on the outside world anyway.

I don't fault Carson for his position or his willingness to admit it, but he's got some logic problems.

NoseALot said...

Three normal looking RTGs? Wow!

Anonymous said...

Rage, having an intellectual understanding of what the subject matter is does not make someone biased. It makes them an informed contributor to the conversation.

Your lack of knowledge on the subject matter, while speaking as if you do understand, makes you...an idiot...once again.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

If prison turns people gay, doesn't that mean that we shouldn't imprison anyone because that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment?

Anonymous said...

The sun heats with infrared radiation. Infrared heats objects not air--in this case snow on the ground.

In addition to the Bradford Pear tree, you might also see a Tulip tree bloom at that time of year.



Anonymous said...

11:01 AM said

If prison turns people gay, doesn't that mean that we shouldn't imprison anyone because that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment?

Did I miss something? Did the research staff and contributors of "Liberally Lean" determine that prison makes you gay??

Eureka!!!

Katy Anders said...

Dr. Carson apologized, said he doesn't believe what he said, and then said he's not being gotcha'd again by being tricked into answering questions.

It's a shame he walked into this first thing out of the gate.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Stay Classy, as a former prosecutor, I've used hypnotists for that exact reason--to confirm what I wanted the witness to confirm. I never intended to call the hypnotist. Are you kidding? You think they're there to actually hypnotize someone to discover new facts?

Anonymous said...

Hey science guy @9:32.

You almost pulled off looking kinda smart until you finished by declaring snow and ice to be 32 degrees. They can and generally are much colder. You have confused thetemperature of snow with the temperature at which Iice and water exist together

Anonymous said...

@0918

Crape Myrtle's are blooming all over Houston right now

Anonymous said...

suck it 1143

DF Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

You people must have Crepe Myrtle's mixed up with some other tree. The Crepe Myrtle blooms during the summer:

http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/crepe-myrtle-trees

If they are blooming in Houston now then I am going to have to admit that I am wrong and Al Gore is right.

Anonymous said...

11:43,
Then you were misusing or attempting to misuse the forensic hypnotist. Which is a common blunder for lawyers, both defense and prosecutors.

Your attempt to use them also showed your intellectual deficiency in the subject matter. I'm actually surprised they guy/girl agreed to testify. Possibly because of the expert witness fees that are offered for such testimony?

Forensic hypnosis is specifically designed to be administered without the use of suggestion, direction or leading question.

So, if the any of this is done during the interview session, then it should be excluded from trial, because it was administered incorrectly.

Stay classy

Anonymous said...

My Bradford Pear trees were already budding before the first blast of ice! Wish "someone" would get the seasons right!

Anonymous said...

1:41, I wish "someone" would not plant trees that are totally foreign to this part of the country and then expect those trees to bud only after the last cold snap.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Stay Classy can't even read.

Anonymous said...

I would lick everything on the blonde in the center. She is smoking hot. Probably not fat enough for Rage though

Anonymous said...

Ben Carson, who I thought might be better than the rest, says being gay is a choice. Shaving ones head is a choice, being bald is not.

Anonymous said...

619,

So, if homosexuality is not a choice, then please explain:

Bisexuality

Gays becoming straight.

Straights becoming gay.

If being gay is not a choice, then it must be a genetic factor. Please explain how those genetics can be passed down over millennia.

The genetics for being gay would be self limiting, much as female hemophilia.

Ben Carson is right.

I AM Not a Brain Surgeon...a Geneticist.

Anonymous said...

Bradford Pears are trash trees in the landscape community. They grow fast, but are weak as hell and snap easily. It figures that Skippy would like them.

DF Neil Sperry

Anonymous said...

I owe Alvord ISD and Paradise ISD an apology from last week. I dogged them a little bit for announcing their school closings almost at 8:00 a.m. I didn't realize that they had already delayed opening until 10:00 a.m. so parents actually had plenty of notice instead of being caught off guard at the last second.

Points awarded to the blog host for owning up.

Anonymous said...

It is cute you have a pet name for your crush. Skippy.

Anonymous said...

That RTG trio is too danged young. As a father of teen girls, I don't want to look at teen girls in swimsuits. Please keep 'em up in the 20s, or at least at an apparent age where I could believe that they were in their 20s.

--Not An Ephebophile

Anonymous said...

6:43 Research epigenetics. Ben Carson is wrong, and is not very "well-rounded." But who is?

Anonymous said...

1121,

Well familiar with epigenetics. It explains NONE of the questions I asked above.

Ben Carson may not be "well rounded", but he surely knows of what he speaks in biology fields.

BTW, every geneticist, or anyone remotely related to the field, that I know, agrees with Carson.

Suck it up.

Anonymous said...

6:36 You may be familiar but not up to snuff in the area of epigenetics. New theories are exponentially evolving. Most likely you take continuing education classes as required, but not out of interest. You're done with education and just paying the bills. "Self education is the only education." I think Einstein said something to that effect.

The greatest gift we humans have besides love and emotion is curiosity; the desire for knowledge. Necessities of everyday life (sort of a life of indentured servitude/slavery) chokes that gift right out of us.