The Campaign For DA

4.22.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • I may have had a full blown nemesis on my jury panel yesterday.  He didn't get selected and the trial is still going on, but I'll explain later. Plus, I have to confirm what I think was going on. 
  • Did I see what looks like a police car in town that had Wise County Regional Public Safety on it? Is that a private security car? They don't have an authorized mini police force do they? 
  • The in-state Republicans are fighting over the concept of "local control" after the proposal for overturning the Denton fracking ban by the passage of a state law. Some are saying the cities are to Texas what states are to the federal government. Other than State law trumping  municipal law, that analogy is not correct. There's no equivalent of the 10 Amendment for cities in the Texas constitution.
  • I've got a ton of thoughts on the school electrical project including our educational system, the way your mind works, and the role of parents. I'll get to it maybe later today. 
  • An email friend wrote me about my post from yesterday of the Bridgeport man who died at 44.  He thinks it is unhealthy for me to ponder life's moments like that. I've always consider those posts to be a moment of reflection by me of how all of us need to stop and think about our lives. (And sorry I didn't get back to you buddy. I've been busy . . . . And I as I just quickly typed those last two sentences  I think I just inadvertently made my point.)
  • Fort Worth police killed a man last night. They say he fired a weapon at officers. 
  • Lots of news reports about how the autopsy of the motorist who was shot dead by a Grapevine officer which show the now dead man was "legally drunk".  So what? (That's the case where they won't  release the video but have no problem releasing the autopsy report.) 
  • In my trial yesterday, I abandoned using Powerpoint for the first time in two decades.  I just had a feeling of the need to put down the electronics and just be engaged. I don't know if it helped or hurt, but it felt better.
  • My computer maps show a big chance for some storms later today. Get ready for Over The Top Pete Delkus.  And I'm serious. He will be in full Armageddon mode because this is the day he's been waiting for. 
  • I've seen reference to a Batman vs. Superman movie. Hey, how is that even a fair fight? When I was a little kid there was some cartoon on Saturday mornings that had the combined fighting force of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Superman.  I even thought back then: What's Batman bringing to the table in that group?
  • There will come a day where not only will every TV channel  be broadcast over the Internet but you will either decide to pay directly to that channel/company to get it. You want one channel? You got it.  The concept of "bundling" by cable and satellite companies will be gone, right? 
  • And when I mentioned cutting the cable the other day since most everything is online anyway, I had completely forgotten about HD over the air antennas for local programming. They actually work.  How many channels can you get for free that way?
  • Forgot to mention The Family Cat is back to normal after some brief sickness. And I'm not sure that's a good thing. 
  • Great legal question if the new Texas Open Carry (if you have a concealed license) law comes into effect: Cops can stop and detain you if they have a reasonable suspicion that some criminal activity might be afoot. If an officer now sees someone in Walmart with an open handgun, can he stop them to check for a license? He wouldn't have a "reasonable suspicion" that the gun was illegally carried, would he? 



45 comments:

Anonymous said...

"When I was a little kid there was some cartoon on Saturday mornings that had the combined fighting force of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Superman. I even thought back then: What's Batman bringing to the table in that group?"

Easy.

His detective skills.

Anonymous said...

How many channels can you get for free that way?

I'm about 3-4 miles NE from you, and I get 2, 4, 5 (1&2), 8(1-3), 11, 13(1&2), 21(1-2), 27(1-3?), 33(1-3), 47(1-2), 58(1-?), 68(1-?), with just a cheap amplified rabbit ears. Would probably pull in more if it were in the attic.

Wurdkyle said...

That was the Justice League, Barry, and that's what the Batman vs Superman movie is leading to. The creation of the justice league.

Wonder Woman is in this movie, too.

See, Batman is important in that group because he has no super powers to lose. Often, in the comics, a bad guy would come up with a way to remove everyone's super powers, which would leave them all helpless.

All of them except Batman, who always saved the day.

Batman is gonna kick Superman's butt in this movie.

Anonymous said...

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

Anonymous said...

There is a Seinfeld explanation concerning your nemesis.

He's seen your blog

Anonymous said...

I've got a ton of thoughts on the school electrical project including our educational system, the way your mind works, and the role of parents. I'll get to it maybe later today.


This should be good

Anonymous said...

In my trial yesterday, I abandoned using Powerpoint for the first time in two decades. I just had a feeling of the need to put down the electronics and just be engaged. I don't know if it helped or hurt, but it felt better.

We all know it's not about justice or doing the best you can...did you win??

Anonymous said...

The in-state Republicans are fighting over the concept of "local control"

Barry what do the Dems think???

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as an "HD" antenna. All antennas will recieve HD. The signals are carried on the same frequencies. My roof mounted antenna that I've had for 25 years pulls in HD channels just fine. Calling them "HD" is just a marketing ploy to make you think you need to replace your old rabbit ears with a new antenna.

Ernest T said...

I think that most hospitals have some type of security force working on their locations. Texas Health in Fort Worth has a security force in police cars. With as many locations as Wise Regional now has, it just makes sense for them to have one.

Anonymous said...

WISE County Public Safety vehicle is WRHS hospital security.

df-Barney Fife

Anonymous said...

To that last point-- they just added verbiage to the bill which would expressly prohibit officers from stopping open carriers to check for whether they had a carry license.

That's dumb law, because we already have a 4th Amendment against unreasonable detentions. But if you have an officer arrive on the scene of a disturbance, and he sees that one of the potential actors in the reported situation is openly carrying, the officer is in a quandary-- "Can I ask him to identify himself and make sure that he's legit?"

Triple Fake... said...

FWPD shooting:
this is one where it's likely they will release the video, quickly

Nitpicking the Batman/Superman question:
People sometimes mention Batman among superheroes. Wrong! He's vulnerable to all things same as every other mortal Earth being; has no superpowers. He uses gadgets and smarts to outwit his opponents.
The emphasis on Batman is that he's a man. The emphasis on Superman is that he's super. Thus, Batman taking on Superman would be like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

"He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He pulls some Kryptonite, you make sure you've got on your lead skivvies! That's the Metropolis way!"
Triple Fake Jimmy Malone



Anonymous said...

I do not have cable or satellite we have an out side antenna that works just fine. We get 4,5,8, and 11. We also get some of the other channels like 13, 21, 27, and 33. Why should I pay for TV when all the ones I watch are free?

Anonymous said...

And I PROMISE you that there will be a lot of pearl-clutching, and crazy "disturbance" calls made by people seeing a guy with a gun on his hip in the Brookshire's.

Anonymous said...

Batman--Has no superpowers, rescues superheroes on a regular basis.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you're "runner", right? What do you think about the Bridgeport preacher running in the next Boston Marathon? I wonder where they "drafted" him from?

whisky O said...

Legally drunk, illegally here.
That's two things.

DF Caaaarrrrrrllllllllll

Anonymous said...

RE: Over-the-air channels.

We don't have cable or satellite, just an antenna in the attic. We get a ton of channels... I'm guessing maybe 75 or so. But probably half of those of either religious programming or they're in Spanish (or both).

The only thing I miss about not having cable/satellite is sports.

Anonymous said...

Fort Worth police killed a man last night. They say he fired a weapon at officers.


I have no problem with this.

If only the public knew how many times policed answered calls like this or rolled up on people doing this exact same thing and the suspect dropped the weapon as the officers trigger finger was moving, they would not make a big deal out of this.

Every Friday and Saturday night in many numerous metroplex Section 8 crap-hole projects, this same thing happens w/o the officer shooting.

DF Wyatt Earp said...

Open carry is going to cause more problems and deaths that we can imagine. How stoooooopid.

Anonymous said...

My favorite superhero is the Flaming Carrot.

Anonymous said...

"I may have had a full blown nemesis on my jury panel yesterday."

Maybe they are an electrician by trade and read your blog. They may have issues with your circuitry.

Anonymous said...

Even though open carry will be legal...do places like Walmart still have a right to ban you to carry a gun in their stores? I hope so...scares me to think of any Walmart patrons with a gun.

Anonymous said...

I get a lot of channels free. I mean a lot with just my rabbit ears. And the best app I ever put on my phone was the tv guide app. With just one push on my phone I know what is on all those channels. That and my ROKU and I am perfectly content. Cut the cord Barry!

Anonymous said...

I'm a little upset that you no longer get asked about me in void dire. Maybe I need to kick it up a notch? Or maybe Wise Co. jurors are seeing the light that I'm shining?

And Wurdkyle, you're wrong in part. There are two super powers that Wonder Woman will never lose.

Rage

Anonymous said...

"There will come a day where not only will every TV channel be broadcast over the Internet but you will either decide to pay directly to that channel/company to get it. You want one channel? You got it. The concept of "bundling" by cable and satellite companies will be gone, right?"

Ah, yes. You are speaking of the unicorn that is a la carte cable. Promised to us for probably close to 2 decades, but it has yet to truly come to fruition. The new HBO streaming app (HBO Now?) that is not tied to a cable or satellite subscription package is probably the first real step in that direction, but as far as I know it's not available outside of Apple devices at this point (no Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, etc.).

Anonymous said...

Nice strawman argument with the Grapevine Police not releasing the video, but releasing the toxicology.

The toxicology would come from the Medical Examiner's Office, not the PD. And, in fact, autopsies are open records, including the lab results.

So the "They" you're referring to is the ME's Office, not the Police Department. But I guess if I wanted to muddy the waters and blame the PD for everything, I would have posted a remark just like yours.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

12:33

Bu used the word "they", not GPD, DA or ME.

Anonymous said...

hey wurdkyle:
The Sat. morn show about the Justice League was called "Superfriends" and also included those two twins that would fist bump and say "Wonder twin powers, ACTIVATE!"

With, of course, the great Ted Knight doing narration.!

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

@12:33,

Baaauuuuuummm!

@9:09
You have never seen an HD channel delivered in HD have you?

Anonymous said...

Someone doesn't understand "strawman" very well! He wasn't arguing or debating anyone he was just pointing out the hypocrisy of the system. The video should be an open record if you wish for true transparency in government; the DA's office is who isn't releasing the video.

However, since you are the type that automatically thinks the cops are always in the right and we should never question their actions you should be pretty happy. See what I did there!

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG reminds me of a picture that would be used in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. One of those tragic disappearance episodes

of course that tan line screams GGW

Super Friends was a great show, an updated Justice League show can be seen on the cartoon network.

Kinda Awesome

Anonymous said...

Yippee I cant wait for the electronics lecture from Barry, Queen of Sots.

DF DF Guy

Speaks volumes.

Stay classy.

Anonymous said...

Look. No cartoons with men in tights beats Star Blazers. Or even G-Force, really (the original one, not the weird hamster one). Voltar was a mean mofo.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Anybody need a sidekick? Not much work for me these days. I have my own tights.

DF Robin, Boy Wonder

Anonymous said...

Bruce Jenner is a card carrying Republican.

Anonymous said...

I think Bruce Jenner would make a better woman president than Hillary.

Anonymous said...

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But how could you do it so you could turn all the bulbs on/off via the master switch and each bulb on/off independent of the master switch? You may use single-throw single-pole, single-throw-double pole, double-throw double-throw, or more complicated similar type switches, but no integrated circuits.

Anonymous said...

My drawing didn't come too good. Just space over the second row of vertical lines and the vertical line next to the bottom switch over to the far right.

Anonymous said...

Body found by kids in Bridgeport? Who knows what?

Anonymous said...

Anyone charging a police person has a death wish as far as I'm concerned ,. One might be unarmed when it starts but it's a 50/50 chance after that. Chootem and get home today.

Anonymous said...

Cut the cable if you're not heavily into sports. Get yourself an aerial antenna for about $100 online and TiVo for about $20 a month (3 years ago.) TiVo really has some great features that other DVR's don't. You get what you need: Local news, national news, PBS, and re-runs of "Two and a Half Men" etc... Just stuff to watch while your eating breakfast or dinner. Cowboy games, Baylor games, etc... What else do you need? Netflix movies and various popular serials, although you may have to wait awhile until Netflix gets them.

Anonymous said...

"Too many vitamins can give you CANCER, major new study warns the millions who take them."

Why? Vitamin/supplement companies buy their bulk ingredients (which are full of heavy metals) from India and China, but their labels say "Made in _______,___, USA."

Anonymous said...

Word up, 9:49.