The Campaign For DA

4.14.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • From time to time I get a comment telling me WiseCounty.com is down.  That is almost never true.  If it ever happens, you can check www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com to find out. (It just dawned on me I've owned that domain for almost 20 years.)
  • The Ticket's morning show is doing a tour of local college campuses this week and broadcasting from five of them. They ran into a roadblock with TCU which would only let them broadcast from the press box of an empty football stadium. No where else on campus was offered. They won't be going to TCU.
  • The Tulsa cop who killed the guy when he allegedly thought he was using a taser instead of a pistol was actually a "volunteer" who had donated thousands of dollars of vehicles and equipment to the local Sheriff's office. 
  • "15 things to know about the Dallas County DA’s new top assistant." Hey, Dallas Morning News, I'm in the criminal justice business and even I don't want to know 15 things about her. 
  • "If you are a Christian or a white man man in the USA it is open season on you. Therefore Hillary Clinton has an advantage." - Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. (Screenshot.)
  • I listened to a little bit of Marco Rubio's presidential announcement last night and was struck by a thought that applies to every person running for president whether Republican or Democrat. They all have a theme of how they want to make America a place where you, the voter, should be able to make more money. Couch it in terms of "opportunity" or "success" or "dreams" or "economic opportunity", the dominant theme is money. It's very Joel Olsteen like. It's all a version of, "In the end, if you listen to me and support me, your life will be better because you will have more money." 
  • The North Central Council Of Governments will do a transportation and "thoroughfare study" which will include Wise County and will cost $500,000.  Give me a second . . . Ok . . .In the future, 114 will need to be expanded, I-35 will need to be expanded and 380 will need to be expanded.  (In the spirit of fairness, I'll settle for 1/2 of the price of the study.)
  • Notice how I didn't make a Ranger prediction or Maverick prediction? It would be too easy. 
  • If you use the term "low information voter" I immediately know who you've been listening to.
  • We've got a Roku streaming TV device at home which I don't use nearly enough. But I noticed today that Amazon's streaming device now has a function where you can push a button during a show and it will identify every actor on the screen and tell you what other movies/shows they've been in (using IMDb's database.)  Pretty cool.  
  • A couple of years ago I was taken to task when I asked if college kids still took a TV to college for their dorm room.  With a laptop, why would they? Heck, every now and then I think that we should "cut the cable".
  • At around 9:30 at night, The Family Pup will silently walk upstairs and stand by the closed bedroom door waiting for us to go up. 
  • I hadn't thought about for Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips for a long time. Back in the day when college running backs were king, he was the king of kings. The sixth overall pick in the 1996 draft, he soon flamed out and got into criminal trouble.  He was ultimately sentenced to 31 years in prison. Now he is accused of murdering his cellmate. (I seem to remember Dale Hansen, a huge Nebraska fan, going off on a rant about Phillips even when he was in college. He was signing the screen even back then.)


44 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Heck, every now and then I think that we should 'cut the cable'."

We did 4 years ago, and haven't missed it. We watch a lot of Netflix and Amazon Prime. It's greatness.

Anonymous said...

You might want to rethink your campaign when you do a travelling show in a van named Scooby. Another hint might be when you go into a Chipotle's and no one knows who you are. Hillary promises to protect us from the 1%when she gets her money from the 1%. That doesn't sound like Joel Olsteen to me, it sounds like a Clinton or any other democrat.

Anonymous said...

Half a million to NTCOG is nothing. And they've actually got some pret-ty, pretty smaht traffic boffins, up there.

Anonymous said...

Bet the brush is thick there. Check out those arms.

Anonymous said...

RTG is hawt, even with the Butter Face syndrome.

Anonymous said...

The irony is that anyone who uses the term "low information voter" is branding themselves as one.

Anonymous said...

If you are a Christian or a white man man in the USA it is open season on you.


I guess you are safe.

Anonymous said...

If you use the term "low information voter" I immediately know who you've been listening to.



Sounds like you have been listening too.

Anonymous said...

TCU has a deal with ESPN. Wonder if that is why they wouldn't allow the Ticket anywhere on campus, but wanted to hide them.

wordkyle said...

If, when you hear the words opportunity, success, and dreams, the only thing that comes to mind is money, then you're a very jaded and cynical person indeed. Money is just a way to keep score. It's not the driving force in human beings to achieve and accomplish.

Anonymous said...

You said it yourself, the voter should be able to _make_ more money.
We now have our third generation of gimmes who think money comes from the post office.
Hell yeah, when we earners are supporting 1.6 people each, we want to make more.

Anonymous said...

Is it wrong that I've never considered criminal defense attorneys to be part of the criminal justice system?

Anonymous said...

Typical leftist Barry is obsessed with money.

Anonymous said...

I would prefer the $500,000 be spent on the traffic problems we have to deal with like navigating Hwy. 51 in Decatur to go shopping and expanding Hwy. 114. Also, Hwy. 101 expansion near Chico limestone plants should be completed. After the study is completed, where is the money going to come from to implement a thoroughfare? Not with oil prices down 50% in Wise County.

Anonymous said...

NCCOG study.

You never cease to impress me at how civic minded you are.

Anonymous said...

Love the Repubs in our legislature. Their mantra "local control" EXCEPT if you vote to restrict drilling in your city limits, classify your city as a sanctuary city, etc.

And of course they want to interfere in bedrooms and medicine cabinets.

Life is good

Anonymous said...

I can see a college not wanting the distraction of a radio show doing a remote during the middle of the week for no particular reason. Especially with finals a month away.

Law enforcement has been earing their bad rep as of late, I feel for the Tulsa guy. From what I've read I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I would suspect I'm in the minority in that regards.

I don't see the point in commenting on what Bill O'Reilly has to say. His niche is editorializing to a specific audience. Based on ratings it would seem he's doing a pretty good job.

Politicians have been doing that for years. Sadly the sheep will line up and cast their ballot for whoever promises the most. They don't pay attention to the how, only care about what's in it for them.

Mavericks could surprise us, you get hot in the playoffs and who knows. Rangers... I won't be holding my breath

wordkyle said...

I had to look up who you were talking about in your "low information voter" reference. I assume you mean Limbaugh, since I know he uses the term. But according to Wikipedia (the Fount of All Knowledge):

"Linguist George Lakoff has written that the term is a pejorative mainly used by American liberals to refer to people who vote conservative against their own interests, and assumes they do it because they lack sufficient information."

So I have to ask -- who did you mean?

Anonymous said...

I got rid of my cable a year ago and do Netflix and iTunes only.

It's a wiser use of my time and resources.

Anonymous said...

Re Rubio:

How do you portray yourself as "new" and "up coming" when you spout the same old garbage your older opponents do.

His one attempt at being different lasted about two months then he backed off his own bill on immigration.

And of course his thoughts on Cuba are certainly new for say.................the 60's

Anonymous said...

Low information voters exist on both sides of the spectrum. The 60 something year old rural Republican and the inner city Democrat come to mind.

Anonymous said...

9:16 Yes, yes it would be wrong of you. Otherwise the "system" would run all over the Constitution.

Anonymous said...

***FICTIONAL ACCOUNT***
Mac Engel's fingerprints are all over that TCU snub of 1310 The Ticket.
***END OF FICTIONAL ACCOUNT***

Mac the Hack works for The Fan in Dallas as well as the Startlegram and he was once employed at TCU.

Anonymous said...

ok techno BG what do u do when it's just me

Anonymous said...

re: Cutting the cable.
Only if you live in town. My internet will not support streaming. Well, it will, but I pay over a hundred dollars a month for the only satellite internet available in my location. We (2 of us)go over our allotted 15gig every month. We MAY stream one movie a month.
Man, the Bulls state semi-final game really ate up that allotment in a hurry.

Anonymous said...

Leftism is the default position of those who don't know very much. It's a childlike comfort of being taken care of.

Anonymous said...

I bet male democrats vote for Rubio or Cruz because they both have super hot baby making wives!

Anonymous said...

"low information voter"

same thing as

STUPID VOTER!!

And BG, you left out Hwy 287 and Hwy 51 - because they already both need expansion.

CT said...

hmmm, sounds like someone NCTOG) wants to put a bullet train or the like thru Wise County?? See how the Ellis County folks like that particular idea..

Anonymous said...

From Mike Honcho comment in italics on earlier post:

Bates' attorney, Clark Brewster said he doesn't believe the charges against Bates should have been filed.

“It was an excusable homicide, in my opinion, and the circumstances were not intentional, it was an accident.”


I think the majority of Americans believe this was NOT an excusable homicide. Now whether they are brave enough to come out and say it is another matter.

Americans being killed by "friendly fire" is not part of the American dream. These bullets can accidentally penetrate the walls of your home and kill one of your family just as easily.

Even if you think it's excusable, do you believe shooting at an unarmed criminal is worth the risk of killing innocent bystanders?

Anonymous said...

Looks like that reserve deputy got his gun and badge the old fashion way. He bought it.

Anonymous said...

Retirement is mandatory for all Federal LEOS. There is a good reason for that...

Anonymous said...

The NCCOG is part of the overall Sustainable America ordeal, aka Agenda 21.

NCCOG will throw a lot of money out to aid local governments on the premise of directing growth. After you sign up and take their money you will have to have their approval to make changes. The fine print will read that they or their directors will have final say in your county on transportation.

I mean really, do you believe they want to give you that money and want nothing in return?

Old news, read all about it!

Anonymous said...

And your solutions for thoroughfare issues throughout the rest of North Central Texas? Be sure that you integrate all those with the plans for light rail, the bullet train...make sure you incorporate individual cities' land use planning and development. With all that, and a hundred other things...$500k is a bargain.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who does not vote for Cruz or Rubio is RACIST!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Being the Baylor fan that you are I can see you like to bash TCU at any opportunity. The facts are The Ticket was offered a space at the BLUU but they decided to whine and cry that they weren't given this access to begin with. They were also offered a place outside of BLUU and in Moudy. Instead they decided to make a mountain out of a molehill. Kind of like you do on twitter when it comes to Patterson.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why Walmart laid off thousands by closing 5 stores nationwide simultaneously on Monday, citing plumbing issues?


Wurdkyle said...

That link to the Bill O'Reilly screen shot has a great image on the left-hand side of the screen talking smack about Reaganomics.

Conservatives get so caught up in the social issues and the Christian part of being a Republican that they forget it is their own party's fault that both parents have to work now to support a family.

Before Reaganomics, one person could work in a factory or in an office and make a decent wage. Now, only the rich get richer.

Of course, all of the conservatives that visit this comment section are super rich I suppose, so that doesn't matter to them.

Anonymous said...

1:38 - Maybe it's a government test to see what laid off employees do when they're receiving 1/3 of what they were making. Sort of like when the government temporarily stopped the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program a while back.

Anonymous said...

If you use the name "Liberal" we know you are a low information voter.

Anonymous said...

i haven't been able to get wisecounty.com for weeks now. rebooted,typed in manually, used a link on google. nada. cleaned cookies, let me know if there is a fix.

Anonymous said...

11:43 sounds more like The Mafia, sure we will give you this money in return we might need a favor some where down the line from you,

Anonymous said...

Girl in picture is probably dead now...likely killed by all the crazy cops that kill millions each day, eh?

Anonymous said...

Yes. What 3:16 PM said. You speak with forked tongue BG.