The Campaign For DA

4.24.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • The grand jury chose not to indict the Dallas officers involved in the shooting of the mentally disturbed guy holding a screwdriver on his doorstep after his mother called the police because of his erratic behavior. Hey, I'm not sure the cops should be charged with a crime, but they sure chose to use deadly force in the blink of an eye. Isn't there something short of a bullet that can be used in that situation? Whatever happened to say . . . uh . . . tasers?
  • I'm not making any accusations, but there does seem something a little odd about the death of that Bridgeport boy. 
  • I've spent very little time in hospitals, but I've been inside a couple recently. They seem to be kept functioning by thirty-somethings which move pretty fast and do a pretty good job. 
  • I'm proud to learn that I had never heard of the Kylie Kenner Challenge until I heard two young ladies talk about it up at the courthouse this week. 
  • If I click on the Star-Telegram home page, leave it there for just a few seconds and then click the "back" browser, it appears that I have visited the site 8 consecutive times. Some of you tech geeks explain that. 
  • I mentioned that I had a "nemesis" on my jury panel this week, but it's hard to explain because I want to be fair to the guy, and I might even be wrong. Here's the deal: I believe he was audibly scoffing when I spoke to the potential jurors about some basic principles of a criminal jury trial. (I've talked to one other person in the courtroom that morning who heard it. Others didn't.) I didn't want to ask him if he disagreed with something I said because he had already said something that caused me to know I didn't want him on the jury. (Yes, there are ways I could have used him to actually make my points, but I had a sense of danger.)   Later, when he and the rest of those not announced to be on the jury were excused to leave, he got everyone's attention to announce that a young man who served in the military was on the panel. I may be wrong about him, but there are people like that: Incredibly patriotic but have a hard time appreciating rights the Constitution provides those for a person on trial for an alleged crime. Sir, if you didn't scoff, I apologize. And if you did, thank you. That's something I wanted to know. 
  • We've had another "And Another" out of Dallas. I'll admit it: Even I'm tired of my "And Another" bit. 
  • With the new Star Wars trailer out, I'm going to say something for the millionth time: I do not understand the fascination with that series, and I'm a guy who loves Star Trek.  I actually saw the original Star Wars at Northeast Mall as a kid. But you know who really loves that stuff?: People ten years and younger than me. 
  • Whomever comments about departures of assistant prosecutors under the new Tarrant County DA, they been busy over the last couple of days mentioning that there have been more departures this week. 
  • At the beginning of a story from a Lubbock paper about a lady eating three 72 ounce steaks "not being recommended by a doctor", there was this disclaimer: "(Editor’s note: A phrase toward the end of this story may be too graphic for some people.)"  Can you find it? I can't after a quick scan. Is this the equivalent of "click bait" to get you to actually read a story? 
  • I was just scanning through Texas front pages for this morning and came across the following. I know nothing about it other than it involves and auto wreck, but I'll check out what it is about. 


27 comments:

Anonymous said...

We should always remember that everyone is at different stages -ALL the time. I'm not talking about growth, interests,knowledge,taste and so forth.

It's personal timing and acknowledgement in mundane situations. We can only judge our minuscule senses against each others in a small car (the body) while driving 24/7.

That is one simple analogy -very simple way to even throw a lasso around the Sun of egomaniac things.

I actually thought about deleting what I just said I'm sleepy so if you don't like it. .mm I don't care

Anonymous said...

It appears to me from these postings that female teachers are far more predatory than male teachers. I don't see the word "rape" when a female teacher is the offender.

Anonymous said...

The deal with the Star-Telegram may be related to all of the pop-up ads that come up on it. I have quit viewing the paper through the website because of this issue.

Anonymous said...

Fridays RTG Really???? WTF?

Anonymous said...

Is the graphic phrase "epic diarrhea"? I can't imagine that's too much for those readers to handle - I thought that was just life in Lubbock.

Anonymous said...

That wreck in the southeat Texas paper was caused by a woman driving 157 Mph through a stoplight in a small town. Killed 3 women, plus an unborn child. Horrible.

Anonymous said...

I think the "epic diahrea" comment from the lady that ate the 3 steak meals was the graphic phrase.

wordkyle said...

Re the A-J's graphic phrase -- It's got to be the "epic diarrhea." The A-J's primary readership is senior citizens who feel nostalgia for what the paper used to be. A certain percentage of them will be offended at vivid descriptions of bodily functions. The question is why the writer would include the phrase in the first place. The story would have been just as complete without it. Maybe you're right that the editor's note is just a tease to get people to read through.

Anonymous said...

@0858

because it's a commonly accepted double standard.

i don't view it as rape, I view it with a little bit of jealousy.

We toss our young men to the wolves and expect them to make their way in the world (assuming the wolves are hot babes)

Young ladies need and deserve our protection

I honestly don't believe that you can't see the difference.

quit your whining and take your oppressed self somewhere else

Anonymous said...

Wisdom is just split. You know animals. I know? Nothing. ..lol! Split the difference! But seriously. ..I keep saying -when I come down show me around

wordkyle said...

903 - Do you live somewhere so fantastic that an anonymous smug (and junior-high level) cheap shot at Lubbock seems appropriate?

Triple Fake... said...

I think you mean Kylie Jenner, but hey, you missed it by only one letter!
And I've never heard of it either, but I'm not patting myself on the back about that

Anonymous said...

Taser's don't come in a .44 mag auto mag!

DF Dirty Harry

Anonymous said...

I'd rather do the Kylie Jenner challenge than the Bruce Jenner one.

Anonymous said...

I am with 8:59! The RTG is pathetic. I don't know what Euro and Middle East websites you troll but you've got to get off them. Please stick with women from the good old USA. Stop wasting our valuable time with these foreigners!

Anonymous said...

Pretty, pretty good RTG, despite her butter face expression. Or is that RBF?

Anonymous said...

I actually saw the original Star Wars at Northeast Mall as a kid.

I actually saw it as a 20 year old man in San Diego California. We happened to be in port and I took a bus over the Coronado bridge to a theater in San Diego.

I saw Carrie in SD too. I was attending a firefighting school at 32nd street. That was during the Christmas/New Year holidays 76-77.

Anonymous said...

I also think there is something not right about the missing Bridgeport teen found dead. Lots of strange comments about his mother and step father on the Messenger fb page; and, her fb page shows her to be a non grieving nut case. Mother saying his being bullied at school directly led to his suicide. I don't think the authorities have even declared it a suicide yet. Seems some think he did not commit suicide. Reading all this on fb makes me hope the Texas Rangers get involved to find out what truly happened to this young man.

Anonymous said...

I never saw anything on the wreck yesterday morning on 287 you saw. I only read in comments that she died.

Anonymous said...

9:42, Is your name Darwin, as in Origin of Species?

Anonymous said...

Behind every "something's strange comment" is a lurking accusation waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

9:42, I guess you agree with the system that gives longer jail sentences to adult men who rape teenage girls that those given to adult women who rape teenage boys. I thought we were striving for a culture where both men and women are treated equally.

Anonymous said...

11:00 AM

Great story, bro. Tell it again.

Anonymous said...

Boy was 125 yards from is house and NOBODY searched for him . I se on the news all the time where a group gets together and walk places like that out.

Anonymous said...

Whomever comments about departures of assistant prosecutors under the new Tarrant County DA, they been busy over the last couple of days mentioning that there have been more departures this week.

Great! Keep getting rid of the dead wood.

Anonymous said...

I think you should comment on the biases of the judicial industrial complex and use the Jim Dent saga as your case study?

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that the Tarrant County DA just promoted a very inexperienced young misdemeanor prosecutor to an elevated felony position. Morale has reportedly dropped even lower after this move.