The Campaign For DA

5.01.2015

Random Friday Morning News




  • “Every girl wants to be swept off her feet. It’s when you put her in the trunk that she starts to freak out.” - Facebook post of a Denton City Councilman.  It was deleted and he later blamed his 16 year old stepson. I think I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.
  • I'm not sure what class it is, but the Junior in the House has a project where she has to plan a wedding within six months and come in under a budget of . . . wait for it . . . $25,000.  (I almost went all George Bailey like he did after ZuZu got sent home from school in the rain. I'd change the line to, "What do you mean talking marriage to a Junior and what about that crazy budget???!!!") Mrs. LL laughed at me saying, "So this particular project now makes you care about their school assignments?"
  • Random thought about fines in criminal cases. In plea bargains, prosecutors are pretty consistent about the fine for a particular case.  That sounds fair but it really isn't. For example, a fine of $1,250 on a Class A Misdemeanor is petty cash to some and financially crushing to others.  And even without the extremes, that punishment is different to some degree for everyone. I don't have an answer unless a prosecutor is required to review someone's tax return before making a plea bargain.
  • We watched a Modern Family episode last night where heavily accented Gloria told her older husband Jay that he never goes out and has fun anymore: "You go to bed at 9:00 o'clock right after you get mad at the news!" I think Mrs. LL laughed a little too hard.
  • That kid in Parker County who killed his mom and sister took a plea bargain of 45 years. He will be eligible for parole after serving one-half of the sentence.  (The Supreme Court has ruled that a juvenile cannot receive the death penalty or even life without parole.  This kid was 17 at the time of the crime.)
  • NFL Draft thoughts: (1) I didn't watch or listen to much of any of it yesterday and I used to love it, (2) I think #1 pick Jameis Winston will be a colossal bust, but I am awful at QB predictions despite being widely known as a sports genius, (3) Commissioner Roger Goodell, who made $44 million in 2012, didn't know how to pronounce the name of the second person chosen, (4) I've always thought "take the best player available" regardless of need was the dumbest thing ever. That is based on the 100% wrong assumption that you know who the "best player available" is. (5) The NFL draft has an odd slave auction feel to it. "You are coming to work for me and we now have a rule which tells me exactly how much you will be paid. There is no negotiation."
  • In the past, rioters would be countered by police with a fire department sized water hose. (I'm talking about just arcing the stream into the crowd).   Just spraying the crowd with water changes the dynamics because an individual rioter no longer felt shielded by the masses because he was being personally effected by getting wet. It was more of a mental trick than a physical one.  But I guess there is no way a water hose will be used in this day and time because there would be unfair comparisons to images of Alabama. 
  • There was a carjacking case in Dallas last night where the suspects were apprehended after a chase. Their ages were 13, 15, and 17. And the 13 year old was driving. 
  • I see so many 18 wheelers around Wise County which look like they are being driven by someone who is getting groggy. 


40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone else in that family will give him the death penalty. F_ _ _ the Supreme Court. I wish they would stop writing law. How can they interpret the Constitution in ways that go against everything that our founding fathers believed in and the customs they went by?

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Planning a wedding for you is going to be a slow hanging curve ball. First, find a cake maker, florist and caterer. Tell them it's a gay wedding and the one's that refuse to offer their services, you sue the hell out of them and then the sky is the limit on the money you can spend on the wedding. Plus you get your name in the paper and the LGBT community nominates you as "Light On Your Feet Citizen of the Year." And your daughter gets and A+.

Anonymous said...

That school project is pandering to the wedding industry's grip on wedding expectations to line their pockets. Suggestion, have a nice small church wedding with some cake and punch and save your money for the divorce.

Anonymous said...

Do the guys in the class have the same assignment? Sounds like the teacher is using her students to do the pre-planning for her own upcoming wedding. Or she has watched too much Bridezilla & is obsessed.

DF Father of the Bride

Anonymous said...

The water hoses worked ok by themselves. But throw in a well trained German Shepherd or two in the mix, and you've got yourself the perfect anti-riot combo. And some great entertainment, I might add.

DF Rin-Tin-Tin

Anonymous said...

I want to snuggle up to RTG's room key

Anonymous said...

"The NFL draft has an odd slave auction feel to it." What's even odder is that people pay good money to watch the slaves go out and pick cotton every Sunday for huge sums of money and fame.

Anonymous said...

If the 25 thousand includes one of the parents wiring the church, she should get and A.

Anonymous said...

So, can the Junior in the House have a $3,000 wedding, use $20,000 toward the down payment of a house, and then use the residual $2,000 to start a retirement account for each spouse to complete and pass her project? Let's teach kids it's OK to have a $25,000 wedding, but no financial plan past the wedding day. Nothing like teaching fiscal irresponsibility.

Anonymous said...

Mawij.
Mawij is what bwings us togetha.

mrjohnson.3516 said...

I was going to comment on the stepson and the trunk but then, I read the first 9:01 post and that knocked the ball out of the park.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

re: swerving 18-Wheelers - See it all the time. Its called "playing with the phone while driving." And I see the same with cars and pickups. All the time.

Anonymous said...

And, I keep asking, "What class is she taking with these kind of assignments?"

Anonymous said...

RE: Wedding Plan

Get a license. Dress up. Invite family(if you have to). Invite friends(if you want to). Go to the local J of P office. Get married. Go to the bank and deposit $24,500+.

Live happily ever after.

Katy Anders said...

Fines are easy: Go by % of annual income.

Speeding ticket? 0.5% of your income for the year. That way, it hits everyone about the same.

Anonymous said...

TEAR IS FAILURE

John Russell said...

Hear, hear 9:01. Well said.

Anonymous said...

Which 9:01 is receiving accolades? There are 2 9:01 entries. Vote for me; I was 9:01 number 2.

Anonymous said...

9:01 #2, If it makes you feel better I'll vote for you even though #1 was by far the better entry.

Anonymous said...

Some countries already do fines as a %age of income. That's how you end up with a $103k speeding ticket.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/03/finland-home-of-the-103000-speeding-ticket/387484/

Works for me!

Anonymous said...

Slave auction? History must be wrong then, I was unaware slave got millions of dollars to be the first ones picked.

Anonymous said...

Average cost of weddings these days: $30,000. Most parents these days are still paying off the wedding when it's time to help pay for the divorce lawyer. Craziness! We had friends and family do EVERTYTING for us (yes, they offered), wedding dress on clearance rack, etc. Going on 30 years of marriage (to the same person). In our 50s with a paid-in-full mortgage. Hmmm. How about a little responsibility. We are just as married as the $25,000 wedding couple. Lame assignment for this day and time. Why aren't they teaching financial responsibility instead of "Here's another way to blow mommy and daddy's money". My kid would be coming in way under budget then using some stats to show how much money she could have by her early retirement if she invested responsibly throughout the years. Maybe the teacher will learn a thing or two.

Katy Anders said...

@10:10: Thanks for that link! Every time I come up with what I think is an original idea, it turns out someone in Scandinavia thoguht of it first.

Anonymous said...

My ex-and I spent close to $10000 (1993 money), divorced after three unfulfilling years. My current wife and I eloped to Vegas, got married by a rent-a-preacher, spent maybe $1000, we're still married after 13 mostly happy years and have two kids. Is there a lesson in there somewhere? maybe...

Anonymous said...

All Scandinavians have bug eyes and black mustaches.

Anonymous said...

Black eyes and mustache bugs? WTH?

Anonymous said...

11:09, Those are Wise county Scandanavians.

Sam Brows said...

9:01 # 1 better comment.

I'd call the Commissioner and idiot, but the fact is he has somehow managed to make more over the course of his time as Commissioner than any player actually suiting up on Sundays over the course of that time, so he is either smarter than i'd like to credit him for being....or he has some fairly distasteful photographs of a handful of NFL owners.

And there's nothing slavery-esque about the draft. Nobody's getting hobbled if they elect to not play for a team, or leave in free agency...and they are all getting paid huge sums of money. So just cut that silliness out.

Anonymous said...

Katy, that would not treat everyone the same. Why should anyone who makes more money pay more for tickets? What an asinine thought.

You are such a socialist just like Green.

Anonymous said...

11:32

LMBO!

Anonymous said...

So true Barry, we have put the water hoses up and opted for anarchy and destruction of property.

Anonymous said...

What kind of sick president do we have?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3062846/Obamas-BRAIN-Initiative-yields-study-results.html

Anonymous said...

Why did you change Thoughts to News?

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG: awful! 'Cept for a cuppla things...

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked the seemingly apparent socialists like green, katy and rage aren't rushing to set up a go fund me page for their leader George Soros. He's going to need help paying that $7B he back owes the IRS.

What a joke you are.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised the young lady had space for that room card/credit card in her yellow top. Looks pretty full to me already.

DF Dolly Parton

Anonymous said...

Barry please consider putting an "idiocracy warning" under the DQ logo.

It seems appropriate at this point

Thanks

Anonymous said...

You that are in favor of basing $ fines on income, are you also in favor of basing jail time on age, as in how much time to some avg. life expectancy?
A 5 yr sentence for a 25 yr old would be no big deal, but it would be devastating to a 65 yr old. Agree?

Anonymous said...

Any Baylor Bears taken in the first rd this year?

Anonymous said...

"The NFL draft has an odd slave auction feel to it. 'You are coming to work for me and we now have a rule which tells me exactly how much you will be paid. There is no negotiation.'"

Cry me a river. These guys are in their very early 20s, making $420,000 their first year, with the prospect of tens of millions of dollars over the rest of their career, playing a child's game.

I am in my forties, and have worked steadily through college and I haven't made $420k in my lifetime.