The Campaign For DA

3.25.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • I heard about "Ted Talks" two weeks ago for the first time. Now I've seen it mentioned in various places. What's this about?
  • Great comment yesterday about the dueling church music in Decatur: What if it was the Muslim "Call to Prayer?" that was being blasted out? 
  • "He was born in Canada. If you know and when we all studied our history lessons, you are supposed to be born in this country, so I just don't know how the courts will rule on this." - Donald Trump questioning Ted Cruz's qualifications to run for President. (I'm just sitting back and getting my popcorn ready.) 
  • Speaking of Cruz, what was one of the biggest criticisms during President Obama's first run? Oh, yeah. He was a freshman senator with no "executive experience."  (I can still see Sarah Palin saying that.) 
  • That OU kid who engaged in the racist fraternity chant will make a statement today. You know, that's not a bad idea.  If that moment of stupidity is going to haunt him on the Internet forever, he might as well get an apology out there which shows up on the first page of a Google search in the future.
  • The Kids In The House left handwritten birthday cards for Mrs. LL around the house in various odd places.  I had nothing to do with it and it was incredibly touching. She thanked them sincerely last night and they replied with, "You're welcome! What's for dinner, mom?"  
  • I spent my obligatory 10 minutes with the opening of the Mark Davis Show today and have never heard him more unprepared. He was set to question whether a Dallas teacher should be fired for displaying a nude photo of herself to a class. But once he played a Channel 5 news clip of the story on the air he realized he had no idea what the facts were. One photo? Two? Cell phone? Computer? Accidental? Intentional? Number of students who saw it? He bailed out of the segment in a hurry. 
  • The first assistant DA in Dallas County who was fired sure did strike back yesterday saying the office deserved  “a leader who is stable and competent.”  Wow.  That "stable" word sure does stick out to me. Is it possible Dallas and Tarrant County have two female DA's who will damage the perception of female professionals for years to come? 
  • A Van Halen tour with a stop in Dallas? Yawn.
  • Do they still have the UIL academic competition of "picture memory"?
  • I don't care about the Mavericks but even I can tell that's one screwed up team. It's composed of guys who respond like lazy children. You dramatically chew them out for not cleaning up their room as they have promised to do so every day so they go clean up their room. It looks good. Then they go back to being lazy children. 
  • Baseball rule change suggestion: A foul ball with two strikes is an out. Three balls equals a walk. A game is seven innings. MLB has to do something to change. 





56 comments:

Anonymous said...

RG girl: Nice up tops. Looks like she's sweet.

8.3

Anonymous said...

Poor Van Halen can't conjure enough fans for a large venue. They are a year or two away from playing casinos. They should quit before going down this road.

wordkyle said...

"a freshman senator with no "executive experience." - Now that is a valid criticism of Cruz's candidacy. Congratulations on your first time.

Anonymous said...

I heard about "Ted Talks" two weeks ago for the first time.

Seriously? The hardest working man in the news biz has been unaware of the liberal darling thoughtmaker forum?

Anonymous said...

How has Barry never heard of Ted Talks?

Anonymous said...

Baseball keeps talking about shorting the game. Just go back to one minute for commercials between half innings instead of 3 minutes = game about 30 minutes shorter.

Anonymous said...

Barry proves that he really doesn't care about our country when he makes his "getting popcorn ready" comments.

We patriots are embarrassed for our country when politicians show their incompetence.

Anonymous said...

With their well remembered hit Hot for Teacher. I would think Van Halen would be the officially sanctioned Liberally Lean rock band.
Que?

DF Sammy Hagar

PS - what info do you have on the east coast teacher who had high school boys line up in her basement waiting to get jiggy with her?

Seymore said...

I don't care what country you were born - but don't you dare mess with my baseball.

Anonymous said...

As a taxpayer, I would like to understand how officer Graham got his job back. Is it commonnplace for a company to hire back an employee that was fired? Or was it more like- "Come back after things cool down a bit, and we'll put you back on". Just wondering, since we all pay that extra salary.

Anonymous said...

Barry's homework: channel 5's coverage of Cruz and being born in Canada stated his mother was/is a U.S. citizen. I don't know of any exception like that. Only exception I remember is being born on a foreign U.S. military base which is considered U.S. soil. Is there any question that Obama's mother is/was a U.S. citizen at time of his bearth?

Baylor Too said...

You just now heard about TedTalks, counselor?

They are essentially intellectual circle jerks. You have to be invited to attend the talks---not as a speaker (those have to be invited, too), but as a member of the audience. Only "important" left-leaning individuals get to attend. It's kind of like Mensa for the rich and popular kids. For instance, people who attend or watch TedTalks like to congratulate themselves for how thoughtful they are about climate change, carbon footprints, and the environment, and then they climb aboard their private jets and head to Aspen or Martha's Vineyard for vacation.

Katy Anders said...

Baseball is so unbearably boring that I recommend a rule change that allows runners to fight off other players with a bat as they round the bases. They already HAVE the bats!

This might not be welcomed by the type of people concerned about brain damage in professional football, but those people are just PC wimps anyway.

Make baseball a more manly game!

Anonymous said...

Barry you always comment about cops shooting people but it seems you turn the other way when cops are getting killed.

There are several in today's news and you don't care to mention it.

Anonymous said...

The last tour Van Halen had was a sad beating going to their concert.

Eddie Van Halen and his son are fine...and still had something.... but David Lee Roth danced and moved like Fred Astaire.

He has clearly lost the rock star image and crossed the line into old man hood. He played the image perfectly with a cane and a top hat.

Anonymous said...

Well the Mavericks beat the SA Spurs last night and Spurs did win the championship last year JS

Anonymous said...

Yeah, TED Talks are super exclusive. They only allow the invited people to attend, and then they post them on a super-secret data transmission server called the Internet.

Anonymous said...

I sincerely don't think a couple of hard charging female prosecuters are going to damage the image or credibility of female professionals for years to come. Maybe within the boys club where they work, but outside of that most folks won't even remember it come cocktail hour.

Anonymous said...

Teachers have been using Ted-ed for a good while to have videos available in class for students. Topics range from discussions of "Music: the math behind the beat" to 'How big is an atom?" Students and teachers can take a lesson and modify, add to or use it for research. There are questions available for in-depth thought and to link that ted-ed to others that might enhance or change points of view.
Like Khan Academy, they are quality tools for students to use to take learning to a different level.
PSA #1011 on why technology works in schools

Anonymous said...

MLB has posted a countdown clock for any time game is delayed (pitcher change, walk to mound, etc.). Saw it being used at Spring Training in Surprise. Wonder how much it's really going to help.

Anonymous said...

If you shorten the game to that degree nobody will attend the games at the park anymore. Ballpark attendance would drop, and that is also core the future of the game. I would think someone with the mind of a lawyer would appreciate the sport more. All the late game scenarios, the on base situations, how to pitch a certain guy in a specific situation and where to put all your moving pieces based on years of experience and new age analytics.

Baseball is only boring to those who do not understand the intricacies of the sport. Do changes need to be made...yes, but nothing that drastic! You simply cannot change the amount of innings or the ball/strike counts. There are other ways to speed the game that are less intrusive to the soul of the sport.

I understand that baseball is not as popular as it once was but it is better to die a slow death in purity than to be passed on to ADHD riddled, instant gratification millennial jerk-offs in some watered down video game format. Anyone that thinks different can kiss my Louisville Slugger and rosin bags.


DF Angry Middle-Aged Man

Anonymous said...

Katy you kill me love your smarthyness ( I know that's not a word but you get)

Sam Brows said...

Make a rule change to take out one of the most exciting aspects of the game (the hitter that works the pitcher over physically and mentally by taking a full count of five pitches up into double digits) and just toss it aside. What a capital idea. NOT.

Anonymous said...

TED talks are often amazing. Don't make the mistake of watching the TED-X vids, though. They're like daytime television.

Check out this video on photography so fast that it can capture a photon in flight.
Check out this guy discussing how he held his breath for 17 minutes.

Triple Fake... said...

perhaps the sad beating at the Van Halen concert was due to...bad seating?

I'm sorry. So sorry


Baseball, in order to be more exciting, shouldn't be simplified or shortened. Make it more complicated - two pitching mounds with pitchers throwing to two different batters simultaneously. And any ball put into play can be used to record an out on any baserunner.
Or, increase the number of defenders to ten. The players can be placed anywhere on the field, and shifted as necessary based on the batter or situation. Also, overturn the restriction of not returning players to the line-up once they have been pulled from the game.
These are crazy suggestions, but baseball needs to tweak the rules to slide into the 21st century

Anonymous said...

The outraged mother on the accidentally-showed nekkid picture of the teacher is simply a self-righteous, pompous bitch. If the photo was shown inadvertently, and it's only a photo of an unclothed body, then it's not "pornography," lady. Suspend the teacher, put a letter in her file, and move on. It's an oopsie. Sure, it's a serious judgement violation. But every one of the students who saw it sees nudity occasionally, even if only when they step out of the shower in front of the mirror.
Nudity is not an assault.
I'll bet that mom's a real pleasure to be around. . .

Anonymous said...

I think Ted Cruz is only running for the experience (for a future campaign) or just to make sure the Tea Party's interests are represented in the campaign.

Because let's face it, a first-term senator isn't experienced enough to be president.

Obama proved that.

mzchief said...

The debate regarding Ted Cruz being a "natural born citizen" of the United States was settled prior to Ted Cruz showing his smarmy face in politics.

sources:
Cornell University Law School
NPR
Independent Voters Network

Has anyone really checked out Cruz's credentials? The guy has some amazing educational/professional credentials. How does anyone, with that type of pedigree, go bat SpiT crazy?

Anonymous said...

Sam, you touch on a good point there and also how much would home run totals drop (the most exciting play in the game to most). Many home runs are hit after a slugger fouls off a pitch. I was always a power hitter and I knew instantly when I'd just missed on a pitch, that if I got that pitch again I was going yard. You see it all the time and Albert Pujols is a prime example. I equate it to your drive in golf, how many of us would hit the fairway if we got a mulligan.

Home run totals would probably drop by a third...I doubt that would captivate the casual fan. You already lost the fan who is just sitting around hoping the game was over an hour earlier. Game length isn’t the issue, it is game action. In my opinion steroids are the answer….we loved the steroids era, we just refuse to admit it. The game then was exciting to even the casual fan. Ok, maybe we just make it more offensive friendly with some rule tweaks, shorter fences, etc. Point is, if there is more action, length isn’t that important.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr.Billmire you speak the truth about the DISD school board and the Turf deal You speak for a lot of us voters. It's not only the indoor practice field but how they keep giving Dodd all the bids to screw up

VOTE NO TO ALL BOND PACKAGES

Anonymous said...

The debate on if Senator Cruz is eligible for the presidency has more to do about his parents than his place of birth.

You don't have to be born in the U.S. in order to be a citizen, or even a NATURAL born citizen. U.S. territories, etc. are also fair game.

The term given is NATURAL born citizen, not just a citizen by birth or naturalized. And the presidency is the only place in the constitution that has this specific wording.

If you take the time to actually read the Federalist Papers, one can clearly see that the intention was to prevent anyone with any foreign ties becoming the president.

The only way to reach this goal is by having a birth of a child of whose parents are both citizens of the U.S., and only the U.S. (the inference is no dual-citizenship from either of the parents or split citezenship between the parents).

Taking that into consideration, Ted Cruz would not be elibile for the presidency, just like Barack Obama was not.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

Radical baseball idea. At a per-determined time, have a hidden sniper shoot a random player on the field. Talk about incentive to play quick and keep your game under that time threshold. Also give a free Whataburger and drink to whatever fan has the shot player's number in their baseball program. I love merchandizing.

DF Jerry Jones
thinking baseball

Anonymous said...

I would think it would be more appropriate given the makeup of the two churhes in Decatur if they just played dueling banjos!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds right for this country. According to Obama's grandmother, he was born in Indonesia (she reports she was there for the birth). So now, let's worry about Senator Cruz.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:47, what do you call 50 dead cops?

A good start.

Anonymous said...

Taking that into consideration, Ted Cruz would not be eligible for the presidency, just like Barack Obama was not.

Stay Classy

Slight difference in that Obama was born on American soil, Cruz was not. I corrected your spelling, too.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else sick and tired of Charlotte Fitzgerald's posts and comments about the DISD bond proposal. We get it, you have nothing better to do with your time. Oh and have you ever thought that maybe you are doing more harm than good? Give it a rest, we all know your kids are superstars and they deserve the best.

Flower Mound Rebel Fan

Anonymous said...

Cruz is not a natural born citizen and therefore not qualified. Here is an excellent explanation of who are natural born citizens:

https://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/minor-v-happersett-revisited-2/

Anonymous said...

Ah, the Internet - where I go to learn about the Constitution and its "true" meaning, despite a court never having issued an opinion on the matter.

wordkyle said...

Yeah, this "birther" thing gets old. The Congressional Research Office and real experts have pretty much said a "natural born citizen" is one who is classified as a citizen at birth. (As in, not naturalized later in life.)

But craziness generates a lot of energy.

Anonymous said...

The Congressional Research Office cannot amend the Constitution. Lets take this to the Supreme Court.

Anonymous said...

The Congressional Research Office cannot amend the Constitution. Lets take this to the Supreme Court.

Anonymous said...

Why do liberals care so much about whether someone who is "unelectable" is a natural born citizen or not?

Anonymous said...

So the Congressional Research Office overrode Minor vs Happersett?

Anonymous said...

"The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens, resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners."

"some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdi9ction without reference toi the citizenship of the parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first."

Above from Minor vs Happersett

To reach back in history, this explanation from the Supreme Court matches "natural born citizen" as explained in "Laws of Nations". That is the book that was read by our founding fathers and the nomenclature for natural born citizen was that of the Supreme Court in Happersett.

Anonymous said...

Baseball fixes:

For intentional walks, just send the guy to first base.

After a home run, the hitter and everyone on base just goes to the dugout and the runs count.

When switching pitchers mid-inning, the new pitcher gets 4 warm up pitches.

Once a batter enters the batters box, they cannot leave the batters box unless he breaks his bat, is out, or hits the ball. No resin bag, no visit with the coach, nothing.

No switching balls for the pitcher unless the ball has a physical flaw. Not liking the feel of a certain ball is not an excuse.

No batters being granted timeout while batting unless a significant distraction arises, like a beach ball or trash bag on the field.

wordkyle said...

401 & 359 - You guys will need to be less circumspect. Please elaborate on how either the Constitution or MvH conflict with the definition supplied by the CRO. (Again, defining a "natural born" citizen as one who was a citizen at time of birth.)

Anonymous said...

STOP CRYING!

Everyone knows that there is no crying in baseball!

TIVO it and hit fast forward if you have a problem with it...

You will have better luck changing the constitution...

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, 4:51 covers that. If you do not see a conflict then I would suggest a remedial elementary school education.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, 4:51 covers that. If you do not see a conflict then I would suggest a remedial elementary school education.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle: My father was a citizen but my mother was not. I was born in the US. Minor v. Happersett's definition calls for 'parents" not 'parent" to be citizens in order for me to be a natural born citizen. So I am not. Cruze not only did not have both parents as citizens, he was not born on American soil which is also a requirement from Minor v. Happersett ("children born in a country").

wordkyle said...

Okay, I'll take that one. Minor v Happersett's "definition" was not definitive, and did not limit citizenship to your narrow description.

From Chief Justice Waite's opinion: "Additions might always be made to the citizenship of the United States in two ways: first, by birth, and second, by naturalization." No other "classes" of citizenship are mentioned. (Since Cruz was not naturalized, he is a citizen by birth; i.e. a "natural born" citizen.)

Later, in discussing how common law influenced his decision, Waite writes: "...the children of citizens of the United States that might be born beyond the sea, or out of the limits of the United States, should be considered as natural-born citizens"

The court's opinion in MvH used a basic and incomplete definition of how one is born a citizen, said the woman met that criteria and no further exploration was needed. "It is sufficient for everything we have now to consider that all children born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction are themselves citizens."

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle: Now that you appear to have read a condensed version of Happerstett maybe you can do the same for "Laws of Nations" so you can understand what "nomenclature" meant to the framers and the Supreme Court in the phrase "At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar".

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, one more thing you appear to overlook. Explain that in Happersett, "Laws of Nations" and the Constitution, it is the plural noun "parents" and not the singular "parent" or "one of the parents" that is consistently used.

wordkyle said...

849 - Here's what the congressional Reserach Service had to say about "Laws of Nations":

"[Laws of Nations] in the editions available at the time of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, did not actually use, either in the original French or in English interpretations at that time, the specific term “natural born citizens.”

It was not until after the adoption of the Constitution in the United States did a translator interpret the French in Emmerich de Vattel’s Law of Nations to include, in English, the term “natural born citizens” for the first time, and thus that particular interpretation and creative translation of the French, to which the Vattel enthusiasts cite, could not possibly have influenced the framing of the Constitution in 1787.

Furthermore, and on a more basic level, the influence of the work of Vattel on the framers in employing the term “natural born” in relation to domestic citizenship within the Constitution is highly speculative at best, is without any direct historical evidence, and is contrary to the mainstream principles of constitutional interpretation and analysis within American jurisprudence.

There is no reference or discussion of [Laws of Nations] at all in relation to citizenship at the Convention, in the Federalist Papers, or in any of the state ratifying conventions."

wordkyle said...

858 - Are there any references which use the phrase "both parents?" Looking at the decision, I don't see any such references. That absence is more significant (regarding your claim) than the terms you mention.

Also, all of the plural form "parents" are preceded by the plural form "children." Multiple families with children -- some families containing a single child -- would require the term "parents."

Your hairsplitting is commendable for its tenacity, but not for its logic.