The Campaign For DA

4.27.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • A belated thought about the NASCAR race in Texas this month: That backstretch looked completely empty. Didn't that use to be full at these races?
  • Last week, the chief scientist of NASA (not NASCAR) said that there will be "strong indications" of alien life within a decade and "definite evidence" of it within 20 to 30 years. That sounds like something someone would say if they were trying to drum up funding from Congress.  
  • There were lots of comments on the Chico Bond election post that I couldn't let go through. Hey, if you want to call an elected official or anyone for that matter an idiot or incompetent that is fine. But I can't allow an accusation of a crime being committed or some act you believe to be immoral unless you can offer some proof or be willing to be identified.
  • I love those those who say President Obama's skit at the Correspondent's dinner was below the dignity of the Office.  Have you forgotten George W. in 2004 did a bit at the same event alongside a W impersonator? Or how about W joking about not being able to find weapons of mass destruction in 2007 as he displayed a picture of him looking under furniture in the oval office?
  • I'm a little confused about the the "standoff" described in the first item of the Update. So there's a domestic violence situation in Decatur (which will result in a misdemeanor) and a 911 call that the accused is about to fight another man in the front yard. He goes back in the house when Decatur police arrive. There was no mention of a weapon and officers were able to communicate with him through a window. So this requires Sheriff's office "negotiators", DPS troopers, a Texas Ranger and a Game Warden? Am I missing something?
  • I ran in a 5K fund raiser at the request of the Junior in the House over the weekend who had made claims she would beat me in the race. At the starting line, I made sure she started before me because this was chipped time even.  My strategy: Let her start before me, catch her along the way, and then just run with her the rest of the way. If we then finished at the same time, I'd win. But my moral dilemma was going to be the near the end of the race. Should I pass her? Should I let her "win" in appearance but still lose in chip timing? And my plan worked out flawlessly.  I caught up with her at the halfway point and ran with her the rest of the way. As the finish line appeared over 100 yards away, she took off like a rocket. I went after her.  Two things: (1) I hadn't sprinted that hard in years, (2) I couldn't catch her to save my life and she actually put distance between us. (3) Five minutes after the race I had someone walk over to me and hand me a bottle of water because she didn't think I looked too well.  Final result: I actually beat her in the chip time, but I had no desire to mention that to her. 
  • If the numbers I'm seeing are correct, the water level of Lake Bridgeport has hardly moved. With all this rain, that's disturbing. 
  • A six second clip from Married With Children which foreshadowed what would become of Bruce Jenner. 
  • The Josh Hamilton trade is mind blowing. The Angels owe him $80 million for the remainder of his contract. They trade him to Texas with an agreement from Hamilton that he would reduce his contract by $6 million to make it $74 million. Of that amount, the Angels will pay $68 million of it and Texas will pay $6 million.  Wow: The Angels will pay Hamilton $68 million to play for a division rival just to get rid of him! You know, Hamilton may never be productive again.  But this is the equivalent of Texas paying $6 million for 100% insurance that he will never be productive for the Angels again and have the Angels take a financial payroll hit. Not a bad idea. And if he does recover and become productive for Texas, this deal is a is a double steal. 
  • I'm not a big fan of inspirational quotes, but I often mumble to myself, "Keep pounding that rock" when I need help to continue on (whether it be work or exercise or even life struggle). I learned of that phrase from San Antonio Spurs coach Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich who explained it this way: “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before."



60 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nascar is nowhere as poular now as it was 5-10 years ago.

Katy Anders said...

If NASA knows when it's going to find the aliens, why doesn't it skip all of the things it's planning to do between now and then and just go right to the finding part?

It's like people who say that their keys are always in the last place they look. They should just jump right to the end.

There. I just saved our space program billions.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing the kinds of PC-free humor Married With Children got away with 20 years ago.

That lesbian actress (who played a straight woman) was the butt of constant jokes on the show about looking like a man or a 12-year-old boy.

A gay pride parade on that show was something to run from instead of something you were under pressure to embrace.

I miss those days.

Now, half the characters on sitcoms are flamboyantly gay, when, in real life, they might make up 5 percent of the actual population.

Even Al Bundy has a gay son now.

Never mind these new shows aren't even entertaining or funny.

On a downward spiral, we all are

Anonymous said...

I am completely surprised that you did not have a bullet point citing:

"Rain Wrapped"

I heard that 400 times yesterday from Pete Delkus.

DF David Finfrock

Anonymous said...

If the entire universe were the size of Earth, our solar system would EASILY fit within one grain of sand. We now have spacecraft that, after being sent out in the 1970s, have finally made it out to the farther reaches that sand grain, travelling all this time at tens of thousands of miles per hour. One grain of sand against the whole earth. We will NEVER know if there is life somewhere out there, and "they" will NEVER know us.

Ernest T said...

NASCAR is really waning in popularity nowadays. Look at a lot of the races and pay attention to the stands. Instead of showing empty stands now, many tracks are putting huge advertising banners on sections of stands.

Anonymous said...

Did we kill some more innocents with a drone?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the stand off in Decatur..I'm thinking all officers had nothing better to do at the time and our sheriff wanted to make sure there would be no cop shoots unarmed man in Decatur...lot of uniforms but you never know what you need so Decatur sends everything they have at the time...it's a good thing. But, not sure I would call 911 about two mexicans fighting in their front yard...probably it's an every Sunday event.

Anonymous said...

The racing story with your little girl is amusing. It's so great that you do things with those girls...they are lucky to have you in their lives.

Anonymous said...

That old "Clinton-did-it-first\Bush-did-it-firsf" bit ran outta gas a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your raving defense of Obama....even comparing him to when we had a president. Good job Barry!!

Anonymous said...

Update has a better account of the domestic violence story if you look below today's version to the announcement that was made last night.

Anonymous said...

Them gals seem to be trapped in some kind of fishing net. They need help!

DF Captain Ahab

Anonymous said...

Pres. Dubya was pretty damned dumb. Dumb as a box of box of hammers.

Anonymous said...

It's almost time to vote early for the DISD bond packages 1 & 2 . it's easy VOTE NO TO BOTH ..

Please don't be fooled by it's for the kids. It's only for the ones that play sports..

Anonymous said...

Two Messkins fighting aint nothing, you oughta see two trailer park girls go round the outside.

DF Slim Shady

Anonymous said...

Hamilton will need a 24/7 babysitter now, since he's divorced and all. Tick-tock tick-tock.

Anonymous said...

9:27 AM

Nobody cares. At all.

Anonymous said...

Barry, your "pound the rock" comment made me think of this guy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashrath_Manjhi

HarveyLee said...

I agree with 0900.

Anonymous said...

Re: "standoff"

After obtaining a warrant, the deputies in our area always seek out a game warden to accompany them to serve it.
4th Amendment goes out the window with a GW on the scene.

Anonymous said...

9:25 at least he was an American.

Anonymous said...

Bush had class and joked about him self. Obammy only slings mud and insults at others.

Anonymous said...

Katy - people find their key in the last place they look because after they've found them they stop looking.

Anonymous said...

Heels and Hills?

Anonymous said...

Or CMR?

Anonymous said...

You are correct about Bridgeport water levels being disturbing. Tarrant County Water likes to drain it for other lakes. The water shed is small with no major lake or river feeding it. So unless it rains directly on it or just north of it, no movement. Add in dry conditions, and water doesn't make it to the lake. Plus, all the rain lately has been south of Bridgeport.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport Lake = Still Empty

Anonymous said...

regarding the top story of Decatur PD. Sounds like an overactive bladder of the Sargent on scene to call all cars out. Really two people fighting takes every officer in the county to help Decatur PD? They need training in the de-escalation of the Hispanic population?

BagOfNothing.com said...

I thought this moment dressed in drag for a Bob Hope skit was more telling of Jennnar. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2968915/Picture-Bruce-Jenner-dressed-woman-1981-sketch-comedy-special-resurfaces.html

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the day we elected Obammy the day the sea levels were going to lower? Now he says they are rising. He wouldn't lie to us would he?

Anonymous said...

Eagle Mtn is shockingly low also. But we'll all water our grass 3x a day regardless.

Anonymous said...

I am appauled that the DISD voters and board members are allowing the football coaches wife to push the bond election. She has encouraged people to write letters to the editor, is putting out vot yes signs, and holding town hall meetings. I have a big problem with this since I am paying for her salary. Im not sure what her title is, but i know for fact that she is being paid better than the hard working teachers who put up with the mismanagement of this district.

Anonymous said...

10:42 AM

You ever tried to de-escalate two fired up Messkins? Holy Sh!t!!!

Anonymous said...

9:10, you are thinking too small. The universe is far larger relative to a grain of sand than you describe. The thing is, some of the grains of sand are smart, and can narrow the scope of the search. In any event, they're not talking about finding aliens, they're talking about finding life--bacteria, and such. That's a no-brainer. Hell, that's how we got here, so in effect they already have.


NASCAR is really waning in popularity nowadays. Look at a lot of the races and pay attention to the stands. Instead of showing empty stands now, many tracks are putting huge advertising banners on sections of stands.

I used to go to a stadium that did that exact same thing. One third of the stands were covered with a big tarp that said: B A Y L O R.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Josh Hamilton has always been and always will be a train wreck. In his younger days, his athletic gifts made him worth the risk. Those days are rapidly slipping away. Hope he has banked those millions in safe investments. Sad for him and his family. Some bad choices.

DF Pete Rose
takes one to know one

Anonymous said...

11:12 AM

See 9:36 AM.

Anonymous said...

The new track down by Austin seems pretty popular.

DF Eddie Gossage
wanna race?

Anonymous said...

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.

DF Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Anonymous said...

9:36 I'm nobody and I care. Vote NO!

Anonymous said...

"strong indications" of alien life within a decade and "definite evidence" of it within 20 to 30 years. That sounds like something someone would say if they were trying to drum up funding from Congress. "

Sounds kind of like the 'Global Warming' crowd, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

11:12AM

I am appalled that you would try to include Paul in a conversation that has nothing to do with him...

Did you play basketball in Bridgeport?

Anonymous said...

VOTE NO!

I care.

Anonymous said...

12:21 PM

Good for you. Keep it to yourself, slapuntz.

Anonymous said...

1:22 PM

That horse is dead. Quit whipping it.

Anonymous said...

1:23

Cause we don't allow no politic'n round here?

Anonymous said...

And a BIG thanks to J.D. Clark for making sure House Bill 40 passed thru. You helped kill even more jobs, dipsh!t. Way to go, Wise Co for electing this kid.

Wurdkyle said...

@12:41

The "Global Warming Crowd" that you referenced are called scientists, you ignorant turd.

Bear said...

@2:37

You are aware that there are just as many "scientists" that disagree with man-made global warming aren't you?

You are too stupid to be called ignorant.

Anonymous said...

The rumor is that the coaches wife was seen at Oaklawn cemetery digging up potential votes. Also, the voting bus leaves her tax paid office at 10, 2 and 6. All who ride on the bus to the polls gets a free letterman's jacket for their son and a patch for the sleeve that says "I VOTED"

Anonymous said...

@ 2:37

On the occasion of perhaps the fastest evolutionary process in the history of mankind, the Global Warming crowd morphed into the Climate Change crowd, as it suited their agenda, i.e. funding.

Science? Methinks not. Magic dust sounds more like it...

Anonymous said...

2:37, I am a scientist and am also arrogant about the "Global Warming Crowd". Those people did not study under the same physics professors that I did. If this was the hot 1930's where around 25 of the 50 states trace their record high temperatures to, I might call them scientists and believe their BS. If the submarine USS Skate surfaced at the North Pole in open water like it did back in my college days I might believe the earth was getting warmer and might believe in global warming, and those who preached it. If the mean sea level bench mark scratched into rock in the 1840's at Isle of the Dead was now submerged I would believe that melting polar ice caps was causing a rise in sea levels and the earth was getting colder.

Anonymous said...

re; Lake water levels.

Eagle mountain has come up over three feet in the last two weeks. Yes, it's still down but that's a lotta watta. Seems our storage system is pretty much working as designed. The real question is why aren't we (as a nation) building dams as fast as we can? With population increases and higher water demand more storage would seem prudent.

Anonymous said...

Hey WurdTurd, Al Gore, Obammy and the Pope are scientists?

Anonymous said...

5:51 No, they are not scientists but they read and hear from scientists. These are scientists with specific expertise in climate physics from all over the planet. There are plenty of climate change deniers but unfortunately the rest of us will suffer due to delay in taking action to mitigate the changing condition of the planet.

Anonymous said...

"So this requires Sheriff's office 'negotiators', DPS troopers, a Texas Ranger and a Game Warden? Am I missing something?"

Says the very first person to call into question if they had taken a more decisive route.

Why do you put "negotiators" into quotation marks, BG? There is actual training, certification, and designation for this skill.
I know, I know: your JD makes you an expert, and if you can't fathom it, then it's wrong.

I will give you the benefit of the doubt and hope that you actually are asking a legitimate question, but I'll be honest, you look quite arrogant, sir.


Anonymous said...

8:52, I don't deny that the climate changes. It's been happening since day one, no thanks to man. And what action do you propose to stop the climate from changing and how much more is it going to cost us? And who do we make the check out to? Please answer me that.

Anonymous said...

Your right. SETI is big money nonsense. We are here and have been here forever. The government has known this since the 60's. Think Leonardo Da Vinchi, and the genius caveman. Yes, he they contacted us first. Yes, we know all the beauty of life.

Anonymous said...

Last night at Decatur High School was impressive. There was a fine arts show in the auditorium and a fitness program. As a parent I appreciated the evening as a celebration of what is great about the DISD. If you weren't there, you have no opinion.

Anonymous said...

Were you the one sitting at the polling booth acting like you give a crap about the arts. You guys are pathetic.