The Campaign For DA

4.09.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • When I mentioned yesterday that "first responders" were having a bad week, I totally forgot about the Hunt County deputy who hit a pregnant woman. And Hunt County Sheriff Randy Moon Meeks came off as a buffoon yesterday. Looking like Buford T. Justice, he called a press conference to say there were two different "narratives". He went on to say one "reads:  'Hunt County Officers Beat Pregnant Woman' . . . Another narrative could read:  'Pregnant woman attempts to take Deputy’s gun'.  Now, you can draw a conclusion by looking at the 31 second clip that could be a possibility?  I believe that we can say that is a possibility. . . .So, which narrative is correct?  I don’t know." Thank you, Sheriff, that clears it all up.  Edit: I'm not sure why I typed Randy "Moon" but I think he was with Wise County Probation in the 1990s and my brain misfired. 
  • I'm not a NASCAR fan but I feel sorry for the Texas Motor Speedway attendees this weekend since a lot of storms are predicted. 
  • And Texas Tech is sponsoring a car at the race? Is this common? Is it just a one race deal? 
  • The Texas House worked late into the night and considered bills to increase the types of synthetic drugs/marijuana that should be made illegal. It seems the synthetic drug manufacturers just slightly alter their product's molecular structure to make them legal and the legislature has to catch up. But with each tweak by the drug manufacturer, the stuff becomes more volatile, unpredictable and dangerous. Anyone see a problem here? What do you think is going to happen after the new law passes? 
  • There was big wreck on 114 in Wise County yesterday which involved two people from Weatherford in separate vehicles. Didn't I mention another Wise County wreck a couple of months ago that involved Weatherford people in different cars? 
  • The first item about a felony sexual assault trial in the Update is bizarre. A lawyer in the courthouse told me yesterday that the female "victim" and the defendant spent the night before the trial began in a hotel together. She testified at trial that "she no longer considered [an incident in 2013 to be] a sexual assault and it was instead a role playing sexual encounter."
  • A long article that I hope to read: A former UTEP basketball coach had his career spiral downwards and ended up mysteriously dead while coaching in Vietnam. 
  • This is pretty complicated, but the bottom line is that it looks like a Collin County Grand Jury has possibly gone rogue and focusing on new Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  The interesting part is that it looks like the DA has no control over their investigation (and there is nothing the DA can legally do to stop them.)
  • I keep forgetting that the Boston Marathon Bomber trial was a federal case. Then I began to wonder how the federal government had jurisdiction in addition to the state of Massachusetts.  I looked at the indictment (which gave me Tired Head) and it appears to be a variety of federal crimes that invoke "interstate commerce." The same clause that lets Congress do anything they want also lets the federal courts obtain jurisdiction over any crime they want. 


56 comments:

wordkyle said...

Are you actually defending or justifying synthetic marijuana use? Are you somehow blaming the legislature?

Anonymous said...

Very nice RTG. You're on a roll. (Tuesday's was greatness, though.)

Anonymous said...

blah blah blah , yawn

Katy Anders said...

I'm not sure what sort of human activity, if taken in the aggregate, would NOT affect interstate commerce.

After all, the Wicker v. Filburn standard is basically, "If everyone did this, it would have an effect on interstate commerce."

The only real exception to that was the gun case where Congress forgot to state in the law that it found interstate commerce was affected.

I'm not sure why Justice Thomas isn't being more proactive on this point.

Anonymous said...

Sorta ironic that big, bad, government overrides Mass law re death penalty.

So maybe big government isn't always bad if you want your pound of flesh.

I personally think he should have to wait say some 60 70 years for his virgins instead of getting them in the next year or two.

Anonymous said...

I liked Tsarnaev better when he was on Numb3rs.

Anonymous said...

The Texas House worked late into the night and considered bills to increase the types of synthetic drugs/marijuana that should be made illegal.


What a brilliant idea!
That way we can never cure cancer.
Peoples health will decline faster and then we will surely need death panels to sweep you hippy tards under the rug when you become too expensive for medical treatment that I am paying for anyway.

Anonymous said...

After Lopez (1995) and Morrison (2000), I figured that Raich would be a great nail in the coffin for the net-widening of the Commerce Clause. But noooooooo. We had to expand the hell out of it.

Thanks, Obama!
(Oh, wait...)

Anonymous said...

9:08

That may be the most blatantly ignorant comment I've ever seen on this blog. And trust me - that's saying something.

Anonymous said...

Did Ken become Kim?

How does mysteriously dead differ from dead dead?

Inquiring minds want to know.

- DF Ned

Anonymous said...

Did ol' Wordy actually fall for the "Barry asks a question so that MUST mean he supports [fill in the blank with an outlandish opinion/position]" gag? Or is he just playing along?

RatherBeSailing said...

I am a NASCAR fan but promoting the race by citing bratty behavior between drivers after the race is pandering to the lack of control mind set. " You can judge the size of the man by the size of the things that upset him."

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle for the stupid comment of the day, right out of the gate.

Anonymous said...

DEATH!!! Why should we pay for 3 hots and a cot for the rest of his life!

Anonymous said...

8:48

Synthetic marijuana would be a moot point if natural marijuana was legal.

Anonymous said...

The Hunt County sheriff's name is actually Randy Meeks.

Anonymous said...

Barry you must discuss The Queen of And Another

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/mary-kay-letourneau-vili-fualaau-sit-down-with-barbara-walters-photo-201584

wordkyle said...

You pilgrims need to take a break and clean all the dirt clods out of your brain pan. I wouldn't address one of BG's comments the way I did unless I had a reason.

His "Anyone see a problem here? What do you think is going to happen after the new law passes?" implies that he thinks the problem is with the legislature passing laws. Given his disdain for marijuana laws, that's not a huge leap in logic. And if the problem is the law,, then it follows the problem is not with the drug.

Another interpretation is that BG thinks the legislature needs to make a huge leap in prohibiting a broad class of chemicals that make up synthetic. That, however, is not consistent with his past postings.

Anonymous said...

Legalize cannabis so that all this synthetic crap will go away.
Legalize it, don't criticize it.

DF Peter Tosh

Anonymous said...

This whole synthetic marijuana conversation hits close to home - my son committed suicide after dabbling in this stuff. Apparently the high doesn't last as long as real pot, so he used it more and more frequently.

This crap took a happy, healthy young man out for kicks and twisted his mind to where he shot himself, leaving behind a wife and two little girls.

I ain't got NO USE for this stuff!

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

@1141

I like this guys thought process

if deviant behavior is legalized/normalized then it ceases to be a problem.

sign us up

DF North American Marlon Brandlo Lookalikes Association

Anonymous said...

Keeping pot illegal just allows for a market for more dangerous drugs, dispirit. I mean wordkyle.

Anonymous said...

Put Tsarnaev in prison. That we have can be the prison virgin 72 times.

Hawgwire

wordkyle said...

1230 - You'll need to explain your reasoning. Following your line of thought, there's no point in any laws, because stupid people will do stupid things to get around them, with predictably stupid results. So please elaborate.

Anonymous said...

11:30

As usual, you missed the point completely. The legislature is spending our tax dollars coming up with more and more laws to eliminate a synthetic product, which in various chemical combinations has been legal in the past, instead of just solving the underlying problem which is fake weed is legal and real weed is not.

If real weed were legal, fake weed would follow the path of the Ford Edsel. Folks could grow their own, at home, next to the tomatoes in their gardens, and all those nasty artificial chemicals in fake weed would become a non-issue.



Anonymous said...

Wordkyle is just the master of logical fallacies today. Next he'll be appealing to the authority of Sarah Palin, claiming that you can actually see Russia from her back yard.

Rage

Anonymous said...

In Soviet Union, drugs smoke you.


DF Ivan Danko

Anonymous said...

Oh, I think there is a lot of doubt in the Boston Bombing case. Just because a newspaper headline announces that the entire affair is "Beyond Doubt" doesn't mean sh*t.

wordkyle said...

"If real weed were legal, fake weed would follow the path of the Ford Edsel." - Other than wishful thinking, what do you base this on? One of the key arguments potsmoking proponents make is how easy it is to get pot now, even though it's illegal. If that's the case, why is there a market for synthetic?

Are you claiming that synthetic pot customers are committed to staying within the law, more so than regular pot smokers?

Anonymous said...

Synthetic pot smokers do so because they are subject to testing for use of real pot. The synthetic tests are less widely administered and therefore inadvertently promote synthetic use. Legalize weed and synthetic goes away. Do you follow now Wordy? Or does it need to be broken down even further? Seriously, Republicans who focus on pot and gay marriage will be the downfall of the Republican party, but you just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Life at the Supermax. For those of you who think is a cakewalk, do some research.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle wants you to have access to nothing harder than spring water. Anything else is an intoxicant or a stimulant and you know what that leads to... dancing!

DF Shaw Moore

wordkyle said...

350 - No offense, Mr. Anon, but your logic continues to look like wishful thinking. Your claim is probably correct for some Spice smokers, but what percentage? The NIDA says that "easy access and the misperception that Spice products are “natural” and therefore harmless (sound familiar?) have likely contributed to their popularity." Is drug testing more of a motivator? And how do you know?

Anonymous said...

“We don’t have a quota. We have expectations. And what that means is, you will make so many arrests a month, you should write so many tickets a month, and you should haul so many dumbasses to jail a month."--Glenn Ball, 21 year veteran of the Kennewick Police department

https://youtu.be/dqTelihgPnM

Anonymous said...

Texas Lawmakers to Consider Police Body Cameras
by Neena Satija April 9, 2015

Anonymous said...

S. Carolina urged to 'stop dragging feet' on police cams after Scott death. April 9, 2015 10:33AM ET
by Philip J. Victor

Anonymous said...

@Wordy,

Because I am a defense attorney. I talk with people about these issues a lot. I don't have time to make a spreadsheet and calculate statistics for you. And I assure you, real MJ is plenty easy to find according to these same clients. You may be on to something with kids that have never smoked real MJ before in that there is somehow a perception that it is not an "illegal drug." I will stand by my assertion that synthetic use would diminish greatly if the real deal were legalized. Stop focusing on non-issues if you want the Republican party to have any chance at relevancy.

Anonymous said...

your first bullet point on friday should be WHY IN THE HELL NOBODY SAID anything about the guilty verdict in the sexual assault trial totally ridiculous

Anonymous said...

please explain why the trial went on sorry it was an after thought

Anonymous said...

3:39

Where have you been?

Synthetics can be bought over the counter legally. Real pot cannot be bought legally except in CO and WA.

wordkyle said...

946 - Wow, thanks for the update. I had no idea. Er, what in my comment prompted you to reply with this? I'm pretty sure in my 3:39 comment I noted that pot is illegal.

729 - If you say so. "I'm right because I'm right" is sort of a circular argument. If you're actually an attorney, for your clients' sake I hope you argue better than you have in this discussion.

Anonymous said...

@Wordy

Ooohhh. You got me there. I didn't say I am right because I am right. You love to make shit up. I told you why I believed that based on conversations with real people. I hope you do not make decisions in your occupation that actually have some importance. And you still won't address the fact that people like yourself are driving the current Republican party to irrelevance.

wordkyle said...

1238 - Sorry, pal. Your argument is full of holes, centered by your attitude of "I'm right because I'm right."
a) You're on the internet. You can say you've had whatever personal experiences and it doesn't mean squat.
b) You may actually be an attorney, but that doesn't mean you're not lying about "conversations with real people."
c) All of your argument is based on whatever you choose to say, not on anything remotely resembling something other people can verify. (i.e., "I'm right because I'm right.")

This kind of thing isn't difficult. Provide evidence to support your claim. As an attorney, isn't that part of your training?

Anonymous said...

We are not in a court of law and you are not a judge. I have no burden of proof to someone who basically calls me a liar because you disagree with me. Now piss off. By the way...you ever going to address my contention that self righteous pricks such as yourself will be the demise of the Republican Party?

wordkyle said...

924 - My apologies. I thought that you, having trotted out "I'm an attorney and I talk with people" to strengthen your point, might welcome the opportunity to demonstrate skills that an actual attorney might have, such as providing verifiable evidence of your claim (what you call "burden of proof".) My mistake.

And while this is not a court of law and I'm not a judge, you are being judged by anyone who has followed this discussion. Do you think you convinced them of the validity of your claim?

Anonymous said...

Ok Wordy, since I am a "fake attorney" and you presume I am lying, here is your evidence:
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/05/15/3642604_military-adjusting-drug-tests.html?rh=1

Case closed. Have a good weekend. By the way...how about the Republican relevance thing?

Anonymous said...

And another:
http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/synthetic-marijuana-often-undetected-by-drug-tests-for-people-on-parole-or-probation/

Anonymous said...

and another:
http://news.discovery.com/human/health/why-is-synthetic-marijuana-so-toxic-131007.htm

Anonymous said...

Oh Wordy....
http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/signs-symptoms-spice.html

Now that we have the evidence you were seeking, can we move on to the relevance of the Republican Party with mindsets such as yours?

wordkyle said...

No wonder you tried to fall back on your supposed attorney credentials. I'm still looking for the evidence to support your claim "Legalize weed and synthetic goes away."

Synthetic marijuana is still sold in Colorado. Real life disproves you.

Anonymous said...

And there are plenty of employers that still test for MJ in Colorado, i.e. the military. Try again smart ass. It's called logic and critical thought that supports my claim. Something you have very very little of.

wordkyle said...

857 - Your claim was "legalize weed and synthetic goes away." It hasn't in Colorado. Are your "logic and critical thought" superior to reality?

Anonymous said...

So..., synthetic didn't go away, then?

Sorry, friend, but you made a flat, seemingly irrefutable pipe dream of a statement that simply doesn't hold true. By your own admission, synthetic MJ _didn't_ go away with organic legalization. You even provided an example of its further usage.

Anonymous said...

I should have been more clear in my assertion. Legalization by the Feds would end synthetic use. Legalization on the state level still promotes synthetic usage to avoid drug testing.

wordkyle said...

"Legalization by the Feds would end synthetic use" - Just as speculative and based on wishful thinking as the last claim.

Anonymous said...

By your logic, legalization of crime would end crime.

Again, you've made a flat statement that you must now defend.
Meat markets and produce abound in our grocery stores, but we still hunt, fish, and raise a garden. Even those endeavors are legislated in the form of game laws, legal pesticides, etc.
By de facto rules, personal experiences and knowledge lacking a source or link are worthless in internet debate.
In other words, when you find yourself in a hole, put the shovel down.