The Campaign For DA

3.19.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • Last chance for Liberally Lean Tourney Pick 'em.  Yahoo! shuts down the entries at 11:15 today. 
  • Shouldn't Spring Break always be this week instead of last week? 
  • Everyone can save all the rants about the Cowboys signing Greg Hardy who was convicted and then not-convicted (yep, odd) of domestic abuse.  We'll see two days of outrage and then everyone will forget. And that includes the current ranters. It's an ADD world. 
  • And how can anyone praise Dale Hansen from last night? He went off on the Hardy situation with one of his borderline cartoonish "Unplugged" segments but went too far when he dogged Jason Garrett ("He's either a fraud and hypocrite") and then went after his father: "You taught him well, Jim You taught him well." And that was after he said Jerry Jones would sign a player even if he beat Jones' daughter if he would help the team. The only thing bigger than Hansen's self-righteousness, is the love of himself. He managed to get on Ellen last year because of one of his "Unplugged" segments. So what's left to do to get back? Just ratchet it up a notch. Much like the writers of Jackass trying to figure out what can be done for a sequel.  And there's some executive at WFAA who is shaking his head in journalistic embarrassment but sits idly by because he knows it means ratings and job security in a volatile media business environment.  (Side note: TV "expert" Ed Bark was praising him last night on Twitter afterwards. He can't see what is going on?)
  • The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial took a field trip the other day to see the boat where the defendant was eventually found. Why? 
  • Another metroplex police chase. Another injury
  • Every time I hear about the potential confirmation of new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch I hear Loretta "Lynn".
  • For the one Dennis Prager listener who reads this: Yep, I know he was in town last night. I even listened to him a bit yesterday for the first time in a couple of months, and he yet again went off on higher education within 10 minutes of me tuning in. Amazing. He fears it because it "indoctrinates" young people with liberal ideas. Translation: Everyone would think like me if they weren't exposed to new ideas and allowed to make their own decisions. 
  • Some commenter took a shot at me for watching Fox 4 News since it is so "conservative." I fear a man/woman who doesn't understand the difference between a network and an affiliate.
  • I keep hearing that a house that goes on the market in Denton/Wise Counties gets snatched up almost immediately. Oftentimes by investors.
  • Under the radar, the State Bar is seeking sanctions against the prosecutor in a 1992 arson/murder case which was the center of controversy a few years ago. Once again: A prosecutor hiding evidence. 
  • Chris Kyle's widow wrote an "open letter" to him on her Facebook page on what would have been their anniversary? You kidding me? I was afraid she was going to reference her new book coming out but she didn't go that far. 
  • The second item in the Update is a bake sale to raise money for the medical care of a baby who was born premature.  And our great health care system does not need to be revamped?
  • I was watching the National Geographic Channel last night and saw and ardvark. I extended my arm from nose and talked with my hand saying, "Get out of the hole you silly ant!"  I've never seen Mrs. LL so confused as I was recalling an obscure cartoon from my childhood.
  • Mistake: I dogged Kay Granger yesterday for only coming to Wise County for a fundraiser. I was wrong. The admission charge was to cover the cost of the event, and I should have known that. 






52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mistake: I dogged Kay Granger yesterday for only coming to Wise County for a fundraiser. I was wrong.

Kudos to you for the correction, Barry.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I almost never agree with you but you are dead on with your Dale Hansen comments. This has been building for a long time. He gets worse every year. There was an epiphany in his life a number of years ago and it completely spun him in a different direction. And maybe it was for a good reason that he changed. But his self-righteousness is so annoying. He has fallen into the same category with all other folks that appear on TV or in movies regularly and use their celebrity to tell all the rest of us how to think. STFU! We don't care!!

Anonymous said...

In my experience, the liberal ideas espoused by people in higher education are made by people who (1) are intolerant of points of view other than their own and (2) have no experience outside academia and therefore don't know squat about how the world really works.

Anonymous said...

I'm the one DP listener I guess. Barry, are you dishonest or just stupid? DP does not want want everyone to think like him. He wants universities to be a forum for all ideas and ideals. They, for the most part, are not. Liberals make up most of academia these days. That's because most conservatives are out working in the private sector where you actually have to turn a profit.

DF This Reporter said...

Another metroplex police chase. Another injury.

Check your sources - police involved only after homeowner called that his house had been hit by a car.

Anonymous said...

WAY TO GO DALE . ALL YOU HATERS DO YOU REALY BELIEVE THAT HARDY IS A GOOD BOY???

Anonymous said...

Don't agree much with your liberal views and commentary but you nailed it with Dale Hansen. Arrogant, pompous piss ant ! He should be careful his skeletons don't slip out of the closet !

Anonymous said...

"And our great health care system does not need to be revamped?"

You finally acknowledge Obamacare was a failure!!!

Anonymous said...

Seriously you know that little about the healthcare system?

The premature baby and family would have little to worry about if they had chosen to purchase health insurance.

The money could be going to the family for the missed time at work, meals outside the home, ect...

But with your assumption it makes you exactly like the ones whom you target on a daily basis.

Anonymous said...

Dale Hansen strikes me as the kind of guy who might get himself into some Greg Hardy type of trouble one day. Folks that with an ego that huge and with all that self-righteousness usually fall the hardest. I just wonder how much has already been swept under the rug and how many times he has been slapped on the wrist in the past.

Anonymous said...

9:02 I think DP is more of a visual experience than a listening one but kink it up however you like...to each his own.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be so opposed to universities exposing kids to liberalism/socialism/communism if they'd just balance things out with some mandatory libertarian and conservative books and lectures.

But the curriculum is almost always exclusively left of center.

So much for a well-rounded education.

Anonymous said...

That's not just any arson/murder case, it's the Willingham case - the one where Texas absolutely executed an innocent man because of a shady prosecutor, bad forensics, and a governor who refused to consider any of it. (Perry called Willingham "a monster" and shut down the investigation into the matter.)

If you support the death penalty, please read about Willingham's case. Are you okay with killing an innocent person just for the opportunity to also kill the guilty ones?

Anonymous said...

9:12 I am guessing you are a "doesn't understand the difference between a network and an affiliate" kinda guy! BG wasn't endorsing Hardy by dogging Hansen on his over the top remarks, most of which were directed at Cowboy's personnel and not Hardy himself. If you can’t see that I got to say I fear that you can likely vote, own a gun, etc.!

Anonymous said...

I haven't thought about the Aardvark and Charlie cartoon in years!

Anonymous said...

Your right about our "new" healthcare system Barry. Everyone's monthly healthcare insurance payment should be more than their house note like mine would be "if" I could afford to pay the premium. for now I am one of the uninsured. I heard Dave Ramsey tell a woman who called in to his talk show complaining about the new cost of her health insurance that she would have to downsize her house and car situation to help pay for her health insurance. My response was that we all can't do that can we?
and the cost is only going up from here.

Anonymous said...

9:18 -

Even with health insurance, a catastrophic illness can leave a family with more than "little to worry about." My wife IS insured and had a serious medical issue last year. She is self employed, which means her only available source of insurance is through private insurance (not group) plans.

Not counting the nearly $400/month premium, our out-of-pocket expense for medical bills last year was nearly $13,000. Note to the trolls: I'm not fishing for sympathy or bemoaning my plight, I know others have it much worse; this is just illustrative of a bigger issue.

The process surrounding the cost of and paying for our healthcare is broken. It seems like invariably the people I hear who think otherwise are those who have or have had employer-provided healthcare for years, if not decades. If you've been working a job that provides you with health insurance for the last 5 years or more, I urge you to go out and just shop around to see how much it costs to purchase health insurance for yourself and your family - and actually look at the cost vs. coverage that you get (premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket max, prescription benefits, etc.). I promise it will be an eye-opening experience.

Anonymous said...

9:16 The failure is the mother didn't enroll in Obamacare and had no insurance. Now her bills are picked up by taxpayers and a bake sale. Good luck with that.

Anonymous said...

Am I wrong to assume that you believe that police should not chase people? That is their job.

Anonymous said...

Kay Granger thingy: Somebody said that it was a "Fundraiser" for the Wise County Republican Party. I don't think you can call it a fundraiser if it's just to cover the cost, and besides, where is the Public Disclosure?

Anonymous said...

Silly Barry. you should know that after a child is born the care and concern Republican conservatives have disappears.

Anonymous said...

"Everyone would think like me if they weren't exposed to new ideas and allowed to make their own decisions."

Are you saying this about yourself? It sounds like it.

Triple Fake... said...

I always liked the old Aardvark cartoon shorts. The dry humor using the short, clipped Jackie Mason voice (not actually J.M., I know!)

Hansen makes a good point, but you and others are also correct in that he is a self-righteous jerk. He has never cared for Jerry. And the question of Charlotte dating the guy is ridiculous - he's on the labor side, which is beneath them. Besides, when you've got that much money, it's gauche to involve the authorities in domestic disputes, and I'm not talking about the hired help

Did you miss that little bitty headline on today's front page: President talks of mandatory voting.
That's an awful idea, but the article explains why he thinks it's a good idea

"This isn't Russia. Is this Russia? This isn't Russia."

Triple Fake Ty Webb

Anonymous said...

Hansen has never gotten over being fired by Jerry therefore whenever possible he rags on him.

Anonymous said...

Health care is expensive because we fear death. It is like having a flat tire when you are in the middle of a dessert in August. You pay for help regardless of the cost.

Anonymous said...

The less said about Dale Hansen the better.

The Dallas Observer cover story / exposè featuring Mr. Hansen told me all I need to know about him. Hansen is in no position to judge anyone over anything.

I still do not understand why Hansen did not sue The Observer for defamation if what they wrote about him was untrue.

Anonymous said...

Well I guess that explains why food costs so much, too.

Anonymous said...

Anybody with any journalistic integrity left after Belo sold WFAA to Gannett.

DF Mike Shapiro

Anonymous said...

10:46 - Hansen ragging on Jones is not a result of Hansen being fired, it's the reason he was fired.

Anonymous said...

9:43, I'm going to try your argument the next time I get pulled over:

"Officer, I learned on the internet that your job is to chase people. Since I am no longer moving, you are no longer chasing, which means you are no longer doing your job. So get back in your car and go chase someone."

I'm sure that will go over really well!

RPM said...

The Ant and the Aardvark was awesome. Dean Martin and Jackie Mason playing Tom & Jerry. Both voices were done by John Byner. They only made 17 cartoons.

Anonymous said...

Do you suppose colleges are opposed to allowing concealed carry on campuses because they fear a lousy grade may result in some student shooting profs? It will happen - sometime.

Anonymous said...

Borderline cartoonish rant. He doesn't see it.

When I read your post on this (and I'm not disagreeing about Hansen) I immediately thought about some if the rants you routinely go off on in your blog.

It's one thing to point out specific problems, but you seem to really enjoy ramping it up to include whole categories of folks. Prosecutors and police seem to be your very favorite targets (the "too many cops" mantra is a tired bit), although you are way overboard with your drama regarding others also.

I guess if you are in a profession that is generally despised by everyone who is t a criminal (see? now you got me doing it) you have to hit back where you can. Or are you, like Dale, creating drama to boost readership?

A media whore is as a media whore does...

Anonymous said...

If we took the 125 Billion dollars of fraud money that was paid to people over 112 years old last year, we could use it to cover the cost of poor people that deserve quality health care. This coming from a Republican that doesn't care about the welfare of a child after it is born(If it does get born and not murdered in the womb).

Anonymous said...

Dale Hansen was fired from Channel 8 over his commentary last night? Did I miss something?

Anonymous said...

1:46, they are talking about when he was fired from the Cowboys Radio Network back in '96.

DF Frank Glieber

Anonymous said...

Barry, good blog stuff today. Lots of thought provoking topics. And Aardvark cartoon memories to boot! And the RTG is the bomb. Keep up the good work!

DF Ed Bark

Anonymous said...

If it weren't for Dale Hansen we never woulda been caught...

DF 80's SMU FOOTBALL BOOSTER

Anonymous said...

Do we really have the right to tell any football team who they can and cannot pick as players?

I mean, really, we don't go into Wal-Mart and tell them who they can and cannot hire now do we.


Anonymous said...

Glenn Beck abondoning the Republitard party?

http://uproxx.com/webculture/2015/03/glenn-beck-quits-gop/

I always figured once they ran out of other groups to hate, they would eventually turn on each other.

Anonymous said...

9:16 the family does have medical insurance for your information. A lot of what this baby needs is not being covered by insurance nor have they yet to qualify for financial help. This is a wonderful family that needs help. Plain and simple.

http://www.gofundme.com/obaylc

Anonymous said...

Excuse me I meant to address 9:42 not 9:16!

3:41

Anonymous said...

@3:41 What is insurance failing to cover? Is it a problem with the coverage or did they selected an inadequate policy?

Anonymous said...

Go to the link and read, it explains more about what is needed. Their personal insurance information is not for me to share.

Anonymous said...

3:41 Surely, you are not that dumb.

Surely.

Denney Crane said...

Star Telegram headline:

"Cowboys add Hardy, lose credibility"

The Dallas Cowboys lost all credibility to me when Jerry Jones let Jimmy Johnson walk away. I have never been enthusiastic about NFL teams since...

Pride and arrogance is a very unattractive characteristic!

Anonymous said...

9:18 AM You speak out of your butt!

"Seriously you know that little about the healthcare system?

The premature baby and family would have little to worry about if they had chosen to purchase health insurance."


Let me assure you the family will be out at least $8,000 in out of pocket expenses and as much as $25k... deductible, co-pay, non-covered charges.

It is you who need to wake up and realize that having insurance does not come close to covering the entire cost of major medical expenses.

I would appreciate you limiting your comments to something you actually know about!

Anonymous said...

NFL>>>>>Wal-mart
Awesome...

Anonymous said...

9:56 AM wrote:
"Silly Barry. you should know that after a child is born the care and concern Republican conservatives have disappears."

Odd you equate Republicans as conservatives, because that is less and less the case.

But you go ahead and keep promoting the murder of the unborn. I promise you the day will come when you answer for your stance on abortion.

Great evil, the sacrifice of innocent blood...

Anonymous said...

Regarding your Prager comments: Leftist ideas are not new. They caused the deaths of millions in the 20th century.

Most of the world already believes in leftist ideology.

You don't understand macro issues Barry. Stick to Dale Hansen and your sports opinions.

Anonymous said...

THE ONLY THING GOING UP FASTER THAN HEALTHCARE IS THE NATIONAL DEBT

Anonymous said...

The family does have insurance, but after their twins who were born prematurely at 28 weeks, spent 100 days in the NICU, they financially cannot do more than they currently are.
The equipment not provided by the baby's insurance is a 'standing frame' which will enable her to learn to stand and eventually become strong enough to walk. She uses one at therapy, but needs one at home, too.
Thank you for supporting this bake sale 9-4, tomorrow in the First State Bank lobby.