The Campaign For DA

3.31.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • Dallas DA Susan Hawk dodged questions yesterday about her bizarre behavior saying it was time to "move forward."  I wrote last week about how the Junior In The House tried to avoid reprimand by using the same line. 
  • I haven't seen the Scientology documentary on HBO yet, but I will. Their beliefs sound crazy but Danny Balis stopped down the Hardline on The Ticket yesterday when he said, "You know, there are some pretty crazy things in the Bible, too."  
  • That reminded me of a Julia Sweeney bit from a few years back when she compared Mormonism origins to Christianity origins and the faith that both groups have to have. (It's too hard to explain. I was just going to link to it and, I'll be dang, she did a "Ted Talk" about it.  Two weeks ago I had never heard of Ted Talks and now I can't stop seeing references to them.)
  • Very crazy story about a lady leaving the  King's Spa in Dallas and then leaving her seven year old in a trash bin outside of it for 10 hours.  King's Spa is getting a bad rap here and is just an innocent bystander. I wrote about visiting that place after a  neighbor family was headed there one morning.  It is 100% opposite of what you would think it is. 
  • There are some reports that the marijuana being legally sold in Colorado has some stuff in it that isn't marijuana. We are through with Big Tobacco lawsuits, but could there be a different round with marijuana?
  • On the news last night, a reporter introduced a lawyer as head of the Dallas Bar Association. The Sixth Grader in the house looked at me very confused and said, "bar association?"  That is a little hard to explain. 
  • Rolling Stones in Cowboys Stadium on June 6. I remember when they came through in the early 1980s and there was serious talk that it might be their last tour. 
  • Strange story of the week: The Missouri state auditor killed himself last month and now the person who was his spokesman does the same thing. 
  • Sean Hannity had both Ann Coulter and Dennis Prager on last night. No way I was going to subject myself to that. 
  • Mrs. LL went to a trampoline park group workout last night (I'm still not clear on that) but there were also a group of special needs kids who just happen to be there. The kids began cheering on the women with unadulterated excitement. Mrs. LL said it was one of the inspiring and heartwarming things she had ever seen. 
  • Pulled out the gas powered weedeater this weekend for the first time since last fall and it fired up on the very first pull. Nothing good happen after that to ruin the weekend. 
  • Everyone was raving about the story in The Messenger about the new family over in Bridgeport who moved in with a group of star basketball players. It sounded glowing. I know nothing about them, but I like their kitchen
  • Saw a tons of new stories yesterday about McDonald's considering offering its breakfast menu all day long.  Was that an ad disguised as a news story? It was a national story so it would have cost a fortune, but McDonald's has a fortune. 




53 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard the Hardline segments on Scientology. I felt like it was only Corby that was tripped up by Danny's comment. Rhyner seemed to agree that the bible could be filled with crazy made up accounts as well.

Anonymous said...

There maybe some crazy stuff in the bible but most Christian chruches don't heap praise on their most prominent members, setup special positions in the church for them and their families, and keep their financial activities hush-hush while building lavish facilities......doh!!!

Wurdkyle said...

"Some" pretty crazy things in the Bible?

Yeah, and Ted Cruz makes "some" ridiculous comments.

Anonymous said...

Christianity does have some weird tenets.

God rapes Mary. We get Jesus. Jesus preaches God. Jesus gets killed. Jesus zombifies. We eat Jesus. Now we can eat ham. Somehow this was God giving up his only Son, and this is JC dying for all of our sins.

The Old Testament is even weirder. Adam and Eve made all the babies? Incest? Abraham was going to kill Isaac 'cuz God said so? Slaves? Multiple wives? Solomon kills his soldier to have the soldier's wife?

Then Revelations: creatures covered entirely with eyeballs.

Big Dumb Danny is right on the money.

Anonymous said...

Prager and Coulter remind Barry that he has been wrong his whole life.

Anonymous said...

Dallas DA Susan Hawk dodged questions yesterday about her bizarre behavior saying it was time to "move forward." I wrote last week about how the Junior In The House tried to avoid reprimand by using the same line.

Instead of drug testing welfare applicants lets drug test every politician in the state!

Anonymous said...

Remember to be vigilant tomorrow, folks. Trust nobody! The terrible people in your life will be betraying your trust with their lame April Fool's pranks.

Anonymous said...

Nice job, 9:06. I initially thought you were serious!

Anonymous said...

@9:27

Prager and Coulter remind Barry that he has been wrong his whole life.

Ha! Haha!

Heehee....

Bawhahahahahahahahahah!!!!

ok... I think I can hold it together....

Bahahahahahahahahahahahah!

Can't...stop...laughing....AT you...

Bahahahahahahahahah!!!!

Anonymous said...

Unrelated -- a little taste of Sanger, Texas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xYW6j7zy3Q

Sam Brows said...

McDonalds, I don't think that the story was a "news ad" for the simple reason that McDonalds has always been hyper rigid with respect to ordering Breakfast. show up a minute after the menu says they stop selling it and man...it is like being in the Soup Nazi's kitchen.

Bible and crazy things. My thought here is that the idea we all evolved from sea creatures is more fantastical than anything written in the Bible. So if you just look at it logically, on the one hand you can believe in the Bible and what it has to offer and if you're wrong, oopsie, there's nothing on the other side. Or, you can believe in evolution and all it has to offer and if you happen to be wrong there...ouch, hell, fire and the devil poking you in the butt with his pitchfork daily. At the end of the day, we believe what we are called to believe and that's called free will. Exercise your own wisely.

Anonymous said...

There is a name for that Barry, Baader-Meinhof complex/phenomenon. It's when you see a new word or reference and it keeps cropping up.

Anonymous said...

This may have already been mentioned but the "Ted" in TED Talks is an acronym for Technology Entertainment Design. There are some mindblowing TED podcasts, there are also a lot of fluff to pass up. I am pretty sure they have had a TED conference at SMU or TCU. I had listened to the Julia Sweeney one in the past, I would probably pass that one up.

Wurdkyle said...

@sam 10:38

Sam, I respect what you are saying, but there isn't just two hands. You speak as if there are only two options. There are hundreds of religions. Only one that I know of uses the bible. A wise man once said something to the tune of: "Once you understand why you dismiss all over the other gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

You brought up logic, and pretty much every story I ever read in the bible defies logic.

My question to you is: What about religions that don't believe a man dressed up in a red suit is going to "poke you in the butt" after you die? (a concept so insane I won't even go in to in here.)

What I mean is, what happens to buddhists, or people in the world that never heard of the bible? In your opinion, Sam Brows, are those people going to "hell?" In your opinion, does my belief in evolution automatically condemn me to "hell?"

wordkyle said...

I can't believe that there's anything wrong with the pot sold in Colorado. Marijuana is such a pure, such a harmless product. We all know that there are no bad consequences from smoking pot, ammirite? Critics need to just chillll.....

Anonymous said...

Religion and your bible was created 10min after man realized he had free will. Got to keep the masses behaving somehow! Its a great story tho.

DF Great story, brah

Anonymous said...

Nothing good happen after that to ruin the weekend.

What trying to say Sensei?

Anonymous said...

Good one.

Anonymous said...

does wurdkyle want to be taken seriously now?

Anonymous said...

Again Wordkyle,

Your logic and critical thinking skills need some work. Any product that has things added to it that do not belong there could make it harmful. Metal shavings in food, mold in food. You keep smoking your pipe and drinking Scotch. Now those are harmelss products... oh wait.
Barry, please provide a link to these reports. Your blurb doesn't sound very credible.

Anonymous said...

So, we are actually believing what those know-nothings on the Hard Line say about anything at all?

I heard that segment, too. I also heard the segment about NFL rules changes, where those three dumbasses had no idea that they can already put cameras on the ground (they do it in NASCAR and the cars drive over them). Nor did they know that in the NFL, extra points are already run from the two yard line.

They. Know. Nothing.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle is:

For increased government regulation of Colorado's pot.

Against regulation of anything else, such as the largest polluters in the country.

Wordkyle: 100% hypocrite, 100% of the time.

Anonymous said...

The boys from Colorado grow their pot all wrong, it's too damn stinky and way too strong.....

wordkyle said...

You scamps. Trying to put words in my mouth, and you know that ain't sanitary.

It's a shame that you can't tell that I was using a bit of irony to point out that smoking pot for recreational purposes has never, ever, been good for the pot smoker or for society. The "it's not as bad as..." argument is illogical and based on stupidity.

Anonymous said...

Wurdkyle is my favorite kyle on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Barry -

Always use the appropriate STA-BIL product when storing lawn/garden equipment that has a gasoline engine. It keeps the equipment gum/residue free and ready to work the next season. I am a believer. I put it right up there with WD-40, Liquid Wrench, and J-B Weld as something every homeowner should have stored for emergency home projects.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

I am really surprised that Yolanda Saldivar hasn't been shived in prison yet by a Selena fan. She should hunker down and serve her time, because it would be riskier for her on the outside.

DF Flaco Jiménez

Wurdkyle said...

Oh Christ now Word is using his snark to attack pot.

Who hurt you, Kyle?

What did the bullies do to you in highschool?

Anonymous said...

RTG observation

Looks like this lady caused several young lads to pitch tents.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, then I suppose you are in favor of a ban on sodas? I am just using your logic; they have never, ever, been good for the soda drinker or for society.

wordkyle said...

245 - MiniMe, I wish you could know how hilarious your comment was to me. I am absolutely amazed at what you guys conjure up in your own minds. (And what happened to you that you feel compelled to identify yourself as a pale imitation of someone you don't like?)

Anonymous said...

2:13

Once again, you show your ignorance. The even the Surgeon General has commented about the medical benefits of marijuana.

Are you smarter than the Surgeon General?

I'm betting you are still sofa king stupid.

wordkyle said...

438 - Hmmm. Ignorance. Interesting word, that. It shares roots with the word ignore, as in "Why did you ignore my use of the word recreational in my comment?" You made an entire case -- including insult -- based on a wrong premise. Are you smarter than the Surgeon General? Are you smarter than anyone? Are you smarter than a sofa?

wordkyle said...

413 - If sodas had never been legal in any of our lifetimes, and the only ones who wanted it legal were simply toddlers screaming "I want it! I want it!" then I'd probably be in favor of not legalizing it, just because its supporters were so stupid.

Anonymous said...

Wow, the libtard that cannot compete with WK gets served again, in very short order.

When will he ever learn.

But I guess, since he has no job, or life prospects, he does not lose much by spending all of his time here.

Sad really.

Anonymous said...

And the stalker thinks wordkyle invented mixed metaphors just last week, on this site.
Smitten, I tell ya...

Anonymous said...

About the only tactics the losers have when trying to argue with Wordkyle are name-calling and personal attacks. Debating skills probably developed around a junior high lunch table.

Anonymous said...

@Wordy
It's a shame that you can't tell that I was using a bit of irony to point out that smoking pot for recreational purposes has never, ever, been good for the pot smoker or for society. The "it's not as bad as..." argument is illogical and based on stupidity.

Actually it is quite logical. I have identified myself as a conservative for the last twenty years, but people like you that lack critical thought have pushed me to lean Libertarian. Having said that, I can never vote Libertarian, because it is a wasted vote.
Clowns to the left of me jokers to the right.

wordkyle said...

912 - Please explain the logic.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle @5:34: Wow, your moral relativism is in high gear these days. So your grounds for what is good for society rests largely on whether a substance has been legal or not before. I think you are in favor of what is politically expedient for your constituents and you form your opinions solely around that framework. As the Tea-Party goes so goes you.

wordkyle said...

1012 - Well, no. I oppose legalizing pot for recreational use because a) It causes physical and psychological damage to the user; b) It damages society by robbing its users of initiative and motivation as well as warping their judgment; and c) Its users -- who until very recently never smoked it legally -- insist that "because I want it" is good enough to make it legal. A very good case could be made that the judgment of people who developed a dependency on an illegal substance should not be trusted when it comes to that substance.

AS for the "legal or not before" point, pot supporters often point to Prohibition. The difference is that alcohol was legal and ubiquitous prior to Prohibition. Changing the status quo didn't work. Marijuana has not been legal for eight decades; changing the status quo means adding a harmful product onto the many harmful products (e.g. alcohol, tobacco) already legal in our society.

And that's how I formed my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle,

So let me get this straight...alcohol does both a) and b) and we count on alcoholics every day in almost all phases of our lives. To drive our buses, fly our planes, teach our children, etc. You are ok with that because changing the status quo way back when didn't work and of course the prohibition on marijuana has gone so well, unlike with alcohol? Man you are conflicted...can't get out of that Tea-Party framework can ya!

wordkyle said...

1215 - I'm sorry you don't/can't/won't understand my point. When did I ever say I was okay with alcoholism? It's an evil that many people -- people like you -- don't think is enough of a burden on society, that we need to add another one. I believe that the problems with alcoholism are not diminished when we legalize another mind- and mood-altering drug for recreational purposes.

Anonymous said...

Your point is hypocritical. If you think I am advocating a burden you are wrong! History on prohibition for alcohol and marijuana cannot be ignored. One failed and the other has long been failing; we stay blind to that on marijuana because of the social stigma associated with choosing it over alcohol. I would rather spend the money we typically spend on enforcing prohibitive laws on education about the personal pitfalls of both as well as the social ills. My point is, prohibition is not the humane or civil approach to a population driven to partake. They are going to do it no matter; criminalizing it only compounds the social ills.

Anonymous said...

Agreed Wordy.
Let's prohibit tobacco and alcohol and legalize weed. I bet if you took a toke of some good sticky dank bud you would agree. Don't knock it til you try it. Marrying a black woman was never legal til the civil rights movement either. Should we have left that one as is because awww shucks it has always been that way?

wordkyle said...

308 - Okay, you ignored my point either because you didn't get it, or because you didn't want to get it. To wit: When one evil exists, adding another to it increases the evil. That has nothing to do with "it has always been that way."

207 - Your points are well-taken. However, legalization gives tacit government approval of the drug's use. Given my now often-repeated points of the harm recreational pot use inflicts, there is no virtue of any kind in approving of it.

Anonymous said...

I understood your point fine Wordy. There are plenty of people who only drink because they can't imbibe MJ due to societal/job/criminal repercussions. Alcohol consumption would in fact decline if MJ were legalized. And that would be a good thing because it is less harmful to society than alcohol.
Take off the blinders. You are exhausting.

wordkyle said...

"Alcohol consumption would in fact decline if MJ were legalized" - Sources, please.

Anonymous said...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2013/11/01/economists-predict-marijuana-legalization-will-produce-public-health-benefits/

Anonymous said...

http://daily.jstor.org/marijuana-and-public-health/

wordkyle said...

952/954 - My compliments on having sources. Source, actually, since both stories are based on the research of one guy.

This is a direct quote from your Forbes story: "If the two products are complements, states that legalize marijuana can expect to see more consumption of both, exacerbating existing health and safety problems."

Sales of alcohol in Colorado have increased since pot legalization.

If research studies are more your thing, here's an article from Fortune based on a study similar to yours. A quote: "it appears that in places where medical marijuana became legal in recent years, alcohol consumption has actually increased."

So your claim that pot legalization would decrease alcohol sales might be true, but it's just as likely to increase alcohol sales -- in addition, of course, to the increased use of pot.

Anonymous said...

Your Fortune article referenced Medical MJ only. Not the same as full legalization. And the quote from fortune also says "IF". The lead paragraph presented two scenarios and the meat of the article did not support the quote you cherrypicked. Re Colorado alcohol sales...who knows why? As you like to say it might be correlated to legal weed it might not. It could be related to a continually surging population along the Colorado Front Range, which is already the Napa Valley of craft beer.

wordkyle said...

1222 - Well, the article YOU cited had the quote about increased alcohol sales, and alcohol sales in Colorado increased. That's one thing.

You point out - correctly - that there are questions about why alcohol sales increased. Yet the fact remains that reality disagrees with your earlier assertion, "Alcohol consumption would in fact decline if MJ were legalized."