The Campaign For DA

4.15.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts




  • I was out of pocket on Monday, but did the Messenger incorrectly report that Bridgeport ISD had been locked down due to the missing kid who has a gun? If they did, I don't blame them. I had a client tell me the same thing at the courthouse. 
  • Ranger problem (or a baseball problem): "Tuesday’s game had a turnout of 21,805. On Monday, the gate was 18,401, the lowest for the club since July 2010." Yeah it is April, yeah it's a school night, and yeah the weather is a little cool. But those numbers are a problem for the first homestand of the season. (And the announced paid attendance is always grossly greater than the actual attendance.) 
  • I had a faithful courthouse employee yesterday show me how recently installed security cameras were clear enough that she could read my open iPad if I stood in a certain place in the hallway.
  • The Texas Senate passed a budget yesterday which includes $811 million for "border security".  Sen. Jane Nelson said, “I wish the federal government was assuming its responsibility so we could take that money and spend it on education, health and human service and other needs.” If the federal government gave Texas $811 million for border security today, there isn't any way that lady would spend that much on education and social programs. 
  • And talk about waste, I'd bet anything that the number of Texas law enforcement officers assigned to the border are driving and sitting around in SUVs every day bored to death. (And we are about to get 300 to 500 new ones.) 
  • And speaking of potential waste and corruption, DPS has contracted with some outfit called "Abrams Learning and Information Systems" which has been described as "helping to design the state's border program."  That contract and private company, which has cost you almost $20 million in five years, was under criminal investigation by the Travis County DA's office until Rick Perry killed the Public Integrity Unit of that DA's office. Perry said that he killed that Unit because of the DA's arrest for DWI and she couldn't be trusted. Is there more going on here? Do we have a smoking gun? But wait, there's more. The head of DPS, Steve McCraw, swore before a legislative committee last month that he ended the contract in July of 2009.  Turns out he signed an extension in 2010. That committee will call him back to explain himself. 
  • McCraw, a public servant, makes $183,498 with benefits. 
  • That jury in former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez's murder trial has been deliberating for almost a week.  What will drive me crazy is if they now come out with a guilty verdict. Not because he's not guilty, but because those 12 people have to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt. If you argue for a week, someone has a reasonable doubt. 
  • I agree with the concept that you should try not to get a tax refund because "that means you've given the government an interest free loan." Then again, it's not that big of a deal. A one year CD (remember them?) will pay you around 1% -- if you're lucky. 
  • Rick Perry says that if he runs for president he will do a better job because this time he is healthier and more prepared. I guess that means he won't be doped up on pain pills due to a back surgery. 
  • The New York Post is sometimes nothing more than a high school bully . . . 


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic RTG.

I'm saving this one on my iPhone.

Idio Sphere said...

Keeping the black man down, one Big Mac at a time.

wordkyle said...

Re tax refund - You earn 1% on a CD, but save 18% or more by applying your money to credit card or high interest loan payments instead of giving it to the government. "Take-home pay" is a concept big-government proponents don't like to talk about.

Anonymous said...

And how many firefighters in Texas, right now, are sitting in stations drinking coffee and not putting out fires or responding to accidents or otherwise "doing their jobs"? 95%? Higher maybe? What a waste. Why don't we just fire all the firefighters and save a ton of money? On aggregate, they are always bored and doing nothing. What wonderful logic.

Anonymous said...

Well, here is your answer, Barry

http://abcnews.go.com/US/aaron-hernandez-found/story?id=30155008

Anonymous said...

What professions make frequent use of the word "aggregate?" I'm doing an analysis of 9:38. The word "aggregate" has popped up in comments several times lately.

DF Grammar Analytics Specialist

Anonymous said...

The NE Patriots can start looking for that permanent replacement for Mr. Hernandez now. He will be otherwise occupied for several years to come.

DF Coach Barry Switzer

Anonymous said...

9:28

Bu doesn't carry balances on his CC.

Sam Brows said...

Personally, I'd like to see the Rangers' attendance hover around something that looks like the first half of the Cleveland Indians in Major League and see Jon Daniels demoted all the way to Peanut Vendor. Then maybe the newish owners will bring in someone that knows what they are doing and get things back on track.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Rick Perry & politics, the neighbor (a public official conspiracy theorist) says there is a piece of legislation about to be passed that will require local school board members to file a financial statement with the Texas ethics commission or face a class "B" misdemeanor. If convicted for noncompliance, this would disqualify them from holding office. Wonder how many WC school board members are going to comply vs vacate the board seat?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hernandez should aggregate well in his new surroundings.

wordkyle said...

1141 - I was talking about regular folks, not BG and the rest of the 1%.

Anonymous said...

Those jeans that Brian William's wife is wearing reminds me of Leonard Cohen's song "Suzanne". "She is wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters". Most people don't know that the ragged jeans look originated from the hippies buying their clothes from the Salvation Army and Goodwill. The last I read about Suzanne Verdal is that she was living out in LA in a homemade camper top on the back of a pickup. Cohen did not share the money he made off of that song with his friend.

Anonymous said...

11:44

I think Jon Daniels couldn't have had anything to do with the injuries that have decimated the rangers the past couple of years.

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

If law enforcement at the border is bored, it's because they are not allowed to enforce the laws currently on the books. Barry, you're an idiot.

BPG said...

On point #5
I have a friend that works for DPS in some sort of specialty group where he assigned to work the border. He is on a group text with a bunch of other guys and is always sending selfies dressed up in camouflage and in front of drugs they confiscate from illegal immigrants. He also send videos of helicopter "patrols". Judging from the amount of pictures he sends of himself, he is EXTREMELY bored. But I doubt its any more boring than sitting on the side of the road waiting to write speeding tickets.

Anonymous said...

2:29, the issue is why do we need them doing either one? The roads are safer, crime is lower, and the border less porous than it has ever been. Why should Texas lay out massive amounts of cash doing something that has proven, by the DPS director's own testimony, to be ineffective?

Rage

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

All time low for Random Thoughts Comments?

Anonymous said...

Jon Daniels powerplay to run Nolan out of town did not sit well with fans. As soon as Nolan left, things went to Hell in a handbasket. It's called karma. Welcome back to the cellar via the Jon Daniels Expressway.

Sam Brows said...

Jon Daniels didn't have anything to do with the injuries, no; however, he had ample opportunity to focus on pitching during the 2014 free agency period, and instead of spending money on pitching, he went for big bats. John Hart also thought that was the way to build a winner and he was wrong too. Had Daniels focused on pitching before last season, instead of the Chin man and the porcelain first baseman, last season would not have been the disaster it was and this season wouldn't be the disaster it is going to be.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Mike

While we got your meaning, 3:49(a) was an all-time low for Random Thoughts comments.

Anonymous said...

The number of comments here is down as much as Rangers attendance. Barry, did you put JD in charge?

Anonymous said...

Decatur Walmart employee busted!

http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/crime/2015/04/15/wal-mart-employee-accused-of-stealing-nearly-240k/25820299/

DF Scoops Callahan

Anonymous said...

[I]"And talk about waste, I'd bet anything that the number of Texas law enforcement officers assigned to the border are driving and sitting around in SUVs every day bored to death. (And we are about to get 300 to 500 new ones.)"[/I]

Actually, I have it on good authority that they'really annoying local sheriffs down there by enforcing the hell out of Penal Code 49.04 On those sheriff's constituents.

Anonymous said...

Superb RTG, but the resolution shows that the photo was taken with a potato.