The Campaign For DA

3.11.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • The other day I said I thought there was a real free speech issue with the University of Oklahoma kicking kids out of school for the words they utter. I was pleased to see yesterday that a smart legal expert believes the same thing
  • But it was shocking to listen to The Ticket yesterday discussing that issue. Corby Davidson said, "Government has nothing to do with this."  Mind blowing. OU is the government. Craig Miller said this morning, "It's similiar to whether an employer fire an employee if he learns that employee has ties to the Klan."  Double mind blowing. Private employers are not the government. And I heard several times that this free speech issue was a moot point because none of the kids would challenge their expulsion. Ummkay. Let's just accept it. 
  • Someone pointed out that freshman five star OU running back Joe Mixon was kicked off the team for one year for slugging a woman in a bar but will be given a second chance and allowed back on the team this year. 
  • That Superbowl ticket fiasco trial is driving me crazy. Jerry Jones testifies for two and half hours yesterday? And the Cowboys aren't even a defendant. I'm stunned that a federal judge in a federal court has allowed this to drag on. Heck, it wouldn't happen in the district court in Wise County. 
  • There's an item in the Update about an Aurora City Councilman who has filed for re-election despite entering a plea to a sexual offense in Wise County. What jumped out at me: He received three years deferred adjudication probation via a plea bargain for Indecency With A Child. Historically, an agreement like that normally means the State had extreme concerns about whether they could win their case, and the defendant was willing to accept the deal because of the risk of getting hammered if things go south in front of a jury. But that's just a guess in regards to this particular case. 
  • Sports: (1) I forgot who said it yesterday, but the line that the "first five hours of NFL free agency is more entertaining than the first five months of baseball" is spot on, (2) I've said it for two years, the Mavericks are about to hit a ten years of horrible basketball once Dirk is done. And he's done. (3) I always brag about Baylor sports, but their baseball team is horrible. 
  • Some Dallas lawyer filed a class action lawsuit against Toyota, Ford and Gerneral Motors because the new cars they manufacture can be "hacked". Two things: (1) The lawsuit was 342 pages long, and (2)  Whenever you see "class action" there will only be one group of people who will benefit: The lawyers. Whether it be those for the plaintiffs, defendants, or both. It's really amazing those things are allowed.
  • After the Sixth Grader In The House said "What?" three straight times to the same question by Mrs. LL, I got to softly utter to myself the Pulp Fiction lines of, "Say 'what' again. I dare you. Do they speak English in What?"
  • It's half price day at the Fort Worth Zoo. Ask yourself: Is saving $4.50 per child worth that chaos? 
  • Tarrant County DA's Office watch: A prosecutor talks to a judge during a capital murder trial about upcoming evidence when the defense lawyer isn't present and then later blindsides the defense with the evidence? (Star-Telegram story so there may or may not be a paywall. And the story almost buries the lead.)   Edit: My bad. Case is being tried in Tarrant County but the Tarrant County DA is not involved. 
  • Eleven service members were killed in helicopter crash in the Florida panhandle last night. How does that happen?
  • I'm no home builder, but I'm guessing that putting a new house on a truck doesn't help much with its structural integrity . . . 



43 comments:

Anonymous said...

The correct phrase is "buries the lede."

Anonymous said...

Deferred adjudication for indecency with a child is a joke. I knew a case where this was offered because of having to put the child on the stand in the trial. The parents agreed so that the child would not be put through that. The man started dating a 16 year old (he was 28) no one did anything, then they married and he had 3 girls. Can you imagine what those little girls probably had to endure? Just sickening, but that's our judicial system.

Anonymous said...

I was at a local college last night and filmed several frat boys using the N-word repeatedly and constantly. There was also graphic language degrading women.

I whipped out my cell phone, recorded what I saw and sent it to the local media thinking this sort of thing needs to be exposed and that my video would go viral.

But nobody, not even the college president, was interested in it.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I filmed a black fraternity?

Anonymous said...

The O.U. Students who led and participated in the racist chant should be identified, criticized, ostersized, and shoved aside but not expelled. Put on probation watched closely and maybe even encouraged to transfer would be proper.

Anonymous said...

9:11 -

I'm calling shenanigans. But if it's true, put your money where your mouth is and send the footage to Barry and let him post it. I guarantee it won't be ignored.

Anonymous said...

Nice rack on today's RTG. But the rest of her is quite disappointing, BG.

Anonymous said...

Nothing about Hillary????

Katy Anders said...

9:17: I'll second that!

Baylor Too said...

If you don't allow class action lawsuits, then you are effectively saying that large corporations can steal a little bit from large numbers of people and get away with it. Do the lawyers make alot of money from class action suits? Sure, but makes sure that corporations are careful.

Anonymous said...

"Nothing about Hillary????"

Nope. Nothing in BG's post today about Hillary.

You know, there are literacy programs available. Learning to read would save you the trouble of having to ask others to read this blog for you.

Anonymous said...

I suspect the ACLU will accept this case of 1st amendment violation. However unsavory the speech, it seems to me legal.

I wonder what happened to my mother's admonition about sticks and stones... but names will never hurt me?

Anonymous said...

The murder case has nothing to do with the Tarrant DA. This is a Young County case being tried in Tarrant by the AG because of the widespread publicity in Young County regarding the case. The judge is from 90th DC in Young County.

Anonymous said...

Butterface: See today's RTG

DF Urban Dictionary

Anonymous said...

9:11(1) Good point and very true. We all know that black people cannot be racists.

Anonymous said...

9:16 -- What is "ostersized?" Is that when former NBA big man Greg Ostertag comes to your house and guards you?

Anonymous said...

No news on shooting in Montangue County? I smell a coverup.

Anonymous said...

The OU mess just proves that yes 50 years past Selma we as a nation have progressed,but there are still "pockets" where racism, bigotry are part of the fabric........like an OU frathouse, the deacon body of nearby Baptist Church, and of course a subset of writers on this blog.

The most basic solution is for these people to meet blacks, gays who are not the stereotypes, but functionting, successful, people and of all things learn they are people just like us.

I totally support free speech and freedom of religion, but these great precepts can/should never be used to foster/excuse bigotry.

Anonymous said...

I had never met a black man until I served in the US Army. It didn't take long to realized the only difference between them and me was pigment.

Anonymous said...

9:17 and 9:37 (Katy Anders) seem to live in a world where black people never use the N-word amongst themselves or sing violent gangsta rap lyrics.

And I'm dead certain 9:11 was being sarcastic, although if he/she set out to do it, finding such a black fraternity would not be difficult.

Katy Anders said...

10:10: I don't romanticize any group of people. But 9:11 made a claim. My calling him on his bs does not mean I don't believe that any group is free from racist and stupid talk. It means I don't believe what he said.

You're in over your head in this discussion.

Sam Brows said...

Katy - go get 'em, girl.

As for appropriate punishment for the folks involved, if it had been me, I'd have said, "hey, we're closing the s/e house effective immediately, and we recognize what a hardship that may work on some folks, so we've arranged for each member of the frat to have housing for the remainder of the year...in the athletic dorm." This doesn't result in the kids being kicked out of school, but rather gives them the option of spending the next three months being very uncomfortable, or moving on down the road of their own accord. The fact is, those kids signed up to behave in a certain fashion when they got their Student Handbook from the university. They elected to depart from what they agreed to and now they get to pay the price for that. It is called an education.

Anonymous said...

Here's the truth (no sarcasm).

I was at a Walmart (outside Wise County) last week and overheard two middle-aged black men call each other the N word repeatedly in I guess what they consider a polite, civil conversation.

I'm sorry, but if black people find the word so offensive then they need to stop using it amongst themselves — otherwise it gives racist white people justification to continue using it.

The same is true for naive white people who use it to try to fit in with blacks (with unfortunate consequences).

Anonymous said...

One of the OU men has issued a statement that says he "withdrew" from the University.

Anonymous said...

Katy, you can't banish a word from the English language, but blacks are keeping that word alive through their own actions.

Were it not for that, I think it's possible these 20-year-old white kids might not have even heard the word. Sure, maybe they would have heard it on a documentary or from racist grandparents, but they just as soon would have forgotten it.

But since they hear the word constantly in gangsta rap and amongst black people, the word is still in use.


Anonymous said...

...putting a new house on a truck doesn't help much with its structural integrity...

Damn urban squatters...

Anonymous said...

A question. After reading this entire comment section, my question is... how the hell can ANYONE be over their head in ANY discussion in this section?

Compared to the comments herein, Gomer, Goober and Barney look like Einstein, Planck and Hawking!!!

Come to think about it, this is actually comparable to the Andy Griffith Show.

Katy Anders said...

11:24: I agree. That's what made it so remarkable that he managed to agree with my conclusion while attacking me for the comment.

Anonymous said...

11:24 is a hoity toity snob.

Anonymous said...

niggers will never be allowed in montague, they will be hung from a f'n tree first!

DF Montague Mafia

HarveyLee said...

Katy: Please change your picture.

Bear said...

While I was at UTA in the late 70's, the Sig Ep house (white fraternity) was located across the street from the Omega's house (black fraternity).

It is my understanding that the Sig Eps were founded in the deep south during the War of Northern Aggression (Civil War) and they stick to those roots. They even flew the Confederate Battle Flag every day.

Made for some interesting entertainment.

And the Omegas used to brand themselves with an Omega symbol using a heated coat hanger, as a badge of honor.

Which was more demeaning? The flag or the branding like cattle?

Anonymous said...

People are killed in Helicopter crashes when in it's normal course of operation it ceases to operate normally,typically impacting the ground in an uncontrolled manner. Severe bodily injuries result causing trauma, burns and decapitation of the various occupants are often experienced.

This is purdy much what happens.

DF NTSB Wannabe

Anonymous said...

helicopter malfunctions and crashes injuring/killing occupants and you want to know what? "How does this happen?" A mechanical part breaks and it crashes. PI lawyers have not made everything idiot proof.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:42

Why are your posts consistently reflective of the thought processes most commonly attributed to dirt and boxes of rocks?

Anonymous said...

Two words.
FUN BAGS!

Anonymous said...

The helicopter lost altitude before it crashed.

Anonymous said...

Yes 5:02. That is technically correct but the real problem began when it quit losing altitude

Anonymous said...

9:11 was being sarcastic Katy. Wow it doesn't take much to go over your head

Anonymous said...

Good try Ole Tony boy but its still a NO VOTE TO ALL BOND PACKAGES

VOTE NO

Anonymous said...

The OU football team endorses the honor system. Yes, your honor. No, your honor.

Katy Anders said...

@6:03: That wouldn't be "sarcasm" under any definition.

Look, it's clear you like to bicker, even when there's nothing to really bicker about. I don't. Have a nice evening, sir.

Anonymous said...

How does that happen?

Its called gravity baby. The big metal sky bird falls down and goes boom.

Anonymous said...

The frantic push to live better than the Jones, the focus on the World Series, the chatter about the SETI project - all are put into a different perspective. It is as though all of humanity were in a trench and could not look out except for a few who stand tall. Those too short to see behave as though all that matters takes place in the trench, in their own little world. Those few tall enough to be glimpsing beyond know better, but can do little more than look at each other and smile at the ignorance and short sightedness around them. Such it is with members of Contact Groups, who find they can only talk honestly among themselves. There is a Transformation going on, a personal Transformation, but no less important in the scheme of things. Great dunes are built from many grains of sand, and eventually the collective consciousness is such that this transformative momentum begins to affect society. Ideas presented at the table receive support rather than argument. Programs that affect the public are slanted toward the broader view in subtle ways. The little grains of sand are making mounds, where no one has noticed, as the wind blew them just a few at a time.--Zetatalk