The Campaign For DA

3.17.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • I've always wanted to write a book, and Mrs. LL and I stayed up way too late talking about one last night: The Bridgeport basketball championship and everything swirling around it.  Think about it. Small town with no basketball history. Four new move-ins.  The impact of "select" sports programs today. Why Bridgeport? The race angle. The Cuban connection. That house.  And that just scratches the surface. Look,  Friday Night Lights was a fantastic book about Odessa Permian's football program but what we just saw trumps that to the nth degree. But I would need your help with information.
  • Edit: You guys realize that Friday Night Lights was an eye opening critical piece, right? 
  • From Channel 8 News last night: "WISE COUNTY — A bag full of abandoned puppies was dumped into a rural Wise County creek bed on Sunday. Now the family who took them in is pushing for the owner to be held accountable."
  • For some reason I ended up following Chuck Woolery on Twitter and was amazed at what a right winger he was. Then I noticed he is a spokesperson in commercials which appear on Fox News for a product that has to be a scam called the "Willow Curve". It looks like an electronic device out of Star Trek to cure joint pain. Wait a second! Throw out very conservative opinions to become beloved to an elderly Fox News viewer with pain and then try and sell that product? That has to be a coincidence, right?
  • Very obscure sports observation: In light of SMU's tourney appearance in more than two decades, coach Larry Brown was interviewed a lot yesterday. He talked slowly and seemed beyond lethargic. He's 74. Something didn't seem right. 
  • The video didn't show much, but last night the metroplex media had a story of police shooting a mentally ill guy at almost point blank range. Amazing. Edit: The Dallas Observer has posted the unedited video. The shooting happens right after the 1:00 minute mark. You've got to be kidding me!!!!
  • The Texas Senate approved Open Carry yesterday for those who have a concealed handgun licenses.  Hey, I understand those who want a CHL, but why would you ever want to carry a gun that is exposed? 
  • If a program comes on dealing with monkeys, our house shuts down. 
  • I didn't see the HBO mini-series on Robert Durst but if they are going to try and convict him based upon his "bathroom confession", good luck with all that. I could only think of the scene in Presumed Innocent when Harrison Ford sarcastically and angrily uttered in the hallway, "Yeah, you're right. I killed him" to the prosecutor. Later the judge would say (and I paraphrase): "In my neighborhood, if someone were to be falsely accused they would respond with 'Ya momma.' But I suppose in his neighborhood a person would respond with, 'Yeah, you're right."
  • When I was in elementary school I was riding in the car with my mom to school on St. Patrick's Day when I realized I wasn't wearing anything green. My mom looked around frantically and came up with the idea to paste a Green Stamp to my belt. (I laugh just thinking about it.) But I ended up getting pinched all day because no one noticed it. Question: Do kids still pinch one another for not wearing green? I would think not. 
  • The Liberally Lean Tourney Pick 'Em. Don't forget. Sign up. We had 57 who did so yesterday. Couple of funny names in there.



55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Although not the exact same picture, this is the Bright White Teeth RTG from January 22.

Anonymous said...

By all means, Barry, write that book and include the mindset of most schools that sports seem to have much more importance than academics.





Anonymous said...

In reference to the shooting of the mentally ill person, watch the full unedited version. Then go back and watch it again, but this time try to go frame by frame by pausing, play, pausing, play, etc.

What you'll see is the soon to be shot guy lunging towards the officer to the right (non-bodycam wearing officer).

Nice try with the qualified "the video didn't show much." It in fact shows a lot, if you care to actually look at it.

As a point of note, no, they're not kidding you. Police will normall shoot you if you lunge at them with a screwdriver.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

You vastly overestimate a single winning season in a small town for a mediocre sport, versus a powerhouse dynasty of the main sport in Texas.

Anonymous said...

Because idiot moron cops do this over and over and over again, majority of the world population hate cops. I understand there is a hand full of decent cops but people believe most should be in prison.

Anonymous said...

Possibly the cop could have just retreated a bit, but who am I to judge. The guy lunged towards the cop and he defended himself. A screwdriver in the neck would not be good. This is tragic, but does not compare to the video where DPD shot the guy sitting in a chair in his driveway from about twenty feet.

DF Quincy, ME

Anonymous said...

9:46: I'm curious if your definition of an "idiot moron cop" includes those who defend themselves from being stabbed with a screwdriver.

9:48: The cop DID retreat a bit. And you are correct, this is nothing like the guy who got shot sitting in the chair. Both of those cops (the one who shot and the other who went along) are both being charged with the shooting and the perjury on the affidavits. To be clear, they did wrong. They committed a crime and they are being held accountable for that, as they should.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

Always happy when a mentally ill person, especially a violent one, is at finally at rest. Poor cops.

Anonymous said...

I think the outrage is less over the content of one video and more over what seems to be a growing number of police officers who, for whatever reason, have a seemingly reflexive action to use deadly force, knowing that there will be almost no consequences to their job or status.

But now this officer (and others who have killed on the job) are going to have to carry that for the rest of their lives, where perhaps improved training or a heightened emphasis on de-escalation could have prevented the shooting from occurring.

I'm not naive enough to believe that police shootings will ever be eradicated, just like I don't believe crime will ever be eradicated. Cops across the country are presented with thousands of horrible situations every day. But I think the concern is that the response to those situations has been to increase the use of deadly force.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:14. You are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

If I were a cop I would shoot someone as often as I could...think about all the paid vacation time.

Anonymous said...

9:37 AM said...

You vastly overestimate a single winning season in a small town for a mediocre sport, versus a powerhouse dynasty of the main sport in Texas.

But you go ahead...give it a shot; I bet you will find something else shiny to do shortly



Anonymous said...

Write the book Barry, but get it right. The real story in Bridgeport is about a coach and basketball team that grew to love and respect each other. They became a family and the whole town fell in love with that and have so much respect for them! They have awesome basketball talent, but they are so much more than that. The have brought Bridgeport to a place that very few communities get to be. We love where we live, we love our kids and we will stick together through whatever the media or your bloggers want to say about it. Because at the end of the day it doesn't matter, We Are Bridgeport! We are Family! Go Bulls!

Anonymous said...

i wonder if the guy that was shot was white? would you even hear about it?

DD

Anonymous said...

Barry.... you are right....the Bridgeport HS basketball story is bigger than any power house story any day. It's like a modern day Hoosiers in a sense, with a twist.

What they achieved, from where the program has come from to the ultimate is a truly amazing story.

There is much to be said about a programs history putting a mental ceiling on success ....and that is why so many schools have no winning history even when talented kids roll through.

The Bridgeport story is a break through of that ceiling. Truly Truly Amazing.

Anonymous said...

10:27 Thank you! I get so tired of reading all the rumors and negative comments about these CHILDREN! We love our coach and we love our team!

#dembullz #weAREbridgeport

Anonymous said...

Allowing open carry for CHL holders eliminates the problem with inadvertently "displaying" your firearm. As a CHL holder I have no desire to carry openly but not being arrested because I mistakenly allowed my pistol to be seen would be nice.

Hawg Wire

Sam Brows said...

I am so disappointed. The topic of sarcastic confessions arises and we get some weak reference to Harrison Ford's "yeah right" from Presumed Innocent instead of:
I Shot the Clerk?!
Yes,now we'd like to know when you shot him.
I shot the Clerk!
That's right.
From My Cousin Vinnie.

all that said, it sure didn't sound like Durst was being sarcastic...more like the misplaced ramblings of a guy worth about thirty million bucks who thinks going on the lamb means dressing like a woman to cop a crappy 300 dollar a month room in a boarding house and then stabs his across the hall neighbor. FYI: Spain has no extradition with the U.S. and I hear the beaches there are wonderful. No, I think one way or another he meant what he said. But, regardless of that, he said it while he was in the middle of doing his business in the water closet. No Judge lets that in, because there's a ton of cases saying an individual has a privacy expectation while he's in a place where he has a reasonable expectation of privacy and the Judge would flat out have to ignore those to let the recording in.

Anonymous said...

10:27

That's all nice, feely good and all and no doubt it's true.

The unique story is that a team with 4 move ins... with no history of winning at this level breaks through and does something never done before.

Any team that wins a state championship would say the team, coach and town came together with spirit became a family... but that doesn't make the Bridgeport story any more special than other state championship teams.... and its certainly to be included, but not unique to other championship teams.



The the story to sell is what is unique.... a team with no history of winning, wins with 4 move ins.... that is unprecedented... and good for them to make it work.

Anonymous said...

10:27 Is Spot ON!

Anonymous said...

...but why would you ever want to carry a gun that is exposed?

10:50 pretty much nails it. When the law was first passed, any exposure that allowed a concealed carrier's firearm to be seen by the public was grounds for suspension, or possibly revocation, of the license.

Since then, the rules have been relaxed - you could even say liberalized - somewhat, to accomodate for 'wardrobe malfunctions', such as a jacket or shirt flapping up or open, exposing a SOB (small of back) or shoulder holster rig. Most of the persistence for OC is rooted in bridging the 'inadvertent display' gap, although there are some who may desire to carry fully open.

My prediction is that if this passes, any of the latter will quickly tire of the novelty, as well as the hassle of having an extra appendage, with the weight of a large soft drink, on their hip snagging every seatbelt and doorframe. Before long, it will assimilate into the culture, and fade into benign acceptance, much as it currently is in 30+ other states.

Anonymous said...

Barry, your man Dennis Prager is suppose to be speaking in Plano tomorrow night. Are you going to his little money maker?

Anonymous said...

Hey 10:02, why am I an idiot? Please endulge the readers with your infinite wisdom.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

HSO.... Bridgeport will win state again next year with those 4 starters coming back!! Mark it down right now!

Anonymous said...

Durst was a huge democratic supporter.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who dumps an animal to just die should be automatically fined 10K!

Anonymous said...

Why isn't the Bridgeport Bulls boys bball team in the NCAA tourney? They're the best team on the planet!! Go Bulls/Flowermound Rebels

Anonymous said...

Maybe you need to read Beer and Circus as a reference for your new book.

Anonymous said...

10:27,

Give me a break. Those transfers don't give a dang about Bridgeport! They wouldn't give a dang about Decatur either if they transferred in. They care about playing basketball! Don't give that family junk! My 5 year old niece could have coached that team to a state championship!!
#truthhearts

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport won state - get over it. The record book won't mention any of these idiotic blog opinions! Who cares how they did it? The transfer kids are legal according to UIL, they are great ball players and they ARE now a part of something no one will soon forget. I say they deserve to be able to celebrate without people trying to crap on the parade. Any way you look at it, they are kids who have worked their butts off to be at the top of their game. They are state champions and will likely go on to play ball at the college of their choice. Good for them!!!!

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't #truthhearts be #truthhurts?

Dumb-D-DumbDumb

Anonymous said...

Your 5 year old niece could probably spell hurts too. ~laffs~
#truthdoeshurtidiot

Anonymous said...

You have no idea what that family has done here that is not basketball related.

Anonymous said...

9:14/9:56/1:04, if they were dealing with a person with no known history of mental illness, you might have some room to argue. But in this case they knew before they arrived that the suspect was a mental patient that was off his medication. They acted like he was a sane person who would respond to commands.

Perhaps you and the police would benefit from watching this short training film with the latest methods. Sure nobody gets shot, but it's worth a watch. Oh, and try to be classy for a change, Mmm'kay?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUiMSwcIsO4

Anonymous said...

You do know that the quarterback that was the Friday night lights guy works for Devon don't you.?

Anonymous said...

What everyone needs to remember is that your comments are being made about 4 boys! No matter what "you have heard" unless you know them you shouldn't speak. They are great kids that anyone would be proud to call their own, even if they didn't play bball!! Yes, Bridgeport did welcome this FAMILY with open arms, the same way WE where welcomed when we chose to move from Decatur to Bridgeport(NO my boys don't play BBall). It's sad that grown people are using such hurtful words and not uplifting "WISE COUNTY KIDS" But I guess that is why we "Choose to Live in Bridgeport" and NO Mark Cuban isn't my relative! "Go Bulls"

Anonymous said...

Okay lets get this right. Bridgeport went 12-17 last year got beat in the first round by 30 points. Bridgeport gets four move ins, wins state by 30 points. At least we can agree that the Bridgeport kids had nothing to do with this. Every coach in the state knows that and you all should too. It might say Bridgeport on the jersey but that was not the Bridgeport everyone is used to. That's the truth, accept it or not.

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal! We ALL know that Bridgeport would not have won state without the 4 transfers. Bridgeport got lucky that they chose our town. The boys are now members of the Bridgeport community, and they do love being here. They are fun to watch, they are extremely talented & they are great individuals. Are we not supposed to support them? It is a unique situation & everyone is aware of that. Lets just drop this whole Decatur vs Bridgeport BS & enjoy this crazy ride that this TEAM has brought to Wise County. Yes, rivalry is part of the game, but at the end of the day we should be supporting every team in Wise County no matter what!

Anonymous said...

Love the Decatur whining about the Bridgeport title.

We lived in Decatur for years, had boys who were outstanding athletes (both went on to play ball at the college level), and we transferred them to another district to get away from the Decatur "Daddy Ball" mentality.

Anonymous said...

I live in Decatur but am a move in, only been around about 9 years. I am seriously getting worried if my child will ever get a chance to play a sport or participate in other extracurricular activities in Decatur. I grew up in a small town so I understand how things can be a bit clannish, just never seen it this bad anywhere else.

Anonymous said...

In the late 90s I sat at the Decatur athletic awards ceremony, and watched an "Old Decatur" mom pull out her video camera as the AD got ready to announce the Iron Eagle award. In his remarks, it became obvious that the winner of the award was a kid who had overcome incredible odds, and was not an "Old Decatur" kid.

The mom in front of me slammed her video camera back into its case, muttered about "this travesty", grabbed her husband by the arm, and positively stalked out.

That AD was not around much longer.

Anonymous said...

Any move ins on that Decatur volleyball team or have they all been playing together since grade school? just asking!

Anonymous said...

They all been together forever

Anonymous said...

I like the story on facebook of how a dad was so proud that his little boy got in the game and hit a 3 from the corner. Sorry pops but that 3 meant nothing in 30 pt blowout win with under a min left to play.

Anonymous said...

1:57 What kind of person are you?
The kid that hit the 3 was a FRESHMAN! It was a dream come true for him. How many people get to say that they sunk a 3 pointer in a state championship game. I'm shocked that an adult would say something so disgusting! It says alot about the kind of person you are. Unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

2:37, ignore the bitter washout. Everyone in the stands was thrilled for Horton. Everyone on the court was thrilled for Horton. Everyone still in town was thrilled for Horton. Even the Fox SSW announcers were thrilled for Horton.

The only ones not thrilled for Horton were the jealous bitter washouts.

Anonymous said...

It would be cool if the dad bought those 4 studs a gift for helping make his sons dream come true

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

1:57PM, I guess the guys calling the game on TV got it wrong then. They got very excited, replayed it a few times, and recognized it for what it was... a special treat for that young man.

Some of this sour grapes/trolling/douchiness would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

DF Craig Way

PS - Lot's of assumptions that every negative comment posted is from a Decatur person. I don't believe that at all. Trolls be everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Decatur Volleyball team (starting 6 or 7), Mayfield, Leonard, the Lowery girls all started kinder in Decatur. Martin 5th grade, Hutchins 3rd grade, Oxford 2nd grade, & Roberts 5th grade. The previous years state champions were about the same. Isham & Estrada started kinder in Decatur. Billmire moved to Decatur in 2nd grade. All Decatur girls from elementary until graduation.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was more of a shot at his dad

Anonymous said...

How much do we need to donate to help these kids get their rings???

Uncle Mark

Anonymous said...

3:25, that's how it's supposed to be! Ahh, the feeling of winning a state championship with home grown talent feels so good!! Sorry Bridgeport, you wont ever be able to feel that!

Anonymous said...

Let me tell you something about "Those Boys" and "That Family". They are real people with real names. They chose to move to Bridgeport. If it was because of the area, the land , the people, or the basketball program. Those are their reasons. They followed the rules. They did what needed to be done for them. They work hard everyday. They have earned everything they have gotten. While all of you may not like it, they are part of Bridgeport. They earned that too! They didn't come here with attitude and the idea they were better than anyone. They came here made friends, laughed,joked, and had a good time. The students fell in love with them. The town went to watch them play basketball because yes we too heard they were awesome. And they are awesome but not just on the court, off the court too! They stop and talk to the fans, they stop and listen to our kids and even take pictures with them. And I haven't seen the sighs or eye rolls about taking another picture with another kid that you get from some teenagers. They are happy to do it and happy to be here. The town watched as the basketball team became a family. We watched them cheer each other on and include all the team members and it seems like they made sure not to leave anyone out. Their interaction with the team, kids, other students and the town; their joy laughter and smiles that they shared with us. Those are the things that made the town love them and stand behind them.

They worked hard. They earned the love and respect of Bridgeport. They earned their title. They are Bulls and they are the 4A State Champions!

Anonymous said...

Those boys deserved every accolade coming their way. They worked hard. They were coach-able. They worked together. They are kids. but.........Bridgeport had better watch out. There may be someone who is going to take advantage of this victory and try to influence all decisions concerning ALL the athletic program.
The school board and the superintendent better have the strength to resist the onslaught.

Anonymous said...

I like the post Uncle Mark. Hey fella just so you know. Mr. Hawk has twice the money Uncle Mark has. He just likes working with the younger kiddos and not the pros. Also all the kids both boys and girls go and work out in his gym. They have been busting their butts over there. Glad he's here for the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S I sure thought Wise County was a proud tight nit community. was once guess I was wrong