The Campaign For DA

5.29.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • I've got a fancy weather app which has arrows showing the direction a storm is traveling and at what speed. I knew there was a problem last night when that line of storms hit the metroplex and, when I checked back 30 minutes later, I noticed it was moving backwards at five miles per hour.
  • Watched the last two standing in the National Spelling Bee last night and was happy to see that one of them was Vanya Shivashankar - a girl who I followed for weeks on the show Child Genius. It made me unjustifiably feel smart. 
  • Few minutes ago: "Sachse Fire-Rescue is trying to get an officer out of his squad car. He is stuck in high water." Photo.  Hey, turn around, don't . . . . Dang it, I can never remember that phrase.  Edit: Of course they rescued him with a helicopter.
  • BagOfNothing referred to a Punky Brewster episode of a kid getting locked in a refrigerator. I don't think I ever saw a single episode of that show but being warned about playing arpimd an abandoned refrigerator was a huge public service campaign back in my childhood. Which now has me thinking: Was there an epidemic of abandoned refrigerators back in the day? 
  • Saw FBC Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress embarrassing his church again by going on a political rant on Hannity.  I almost expect the IRS to try and take away the church's tax exempt status because its leader is more of a political pundit that a religious leader.
  • Lake Bridgeport is 2.27 feet high this morning, and I believe the spillway is open.
  • There were pictures released yesterday allegedly showing Jerry Jones partying with a couple of women. I don't think that's Jerry. 
  • Official Liberally Lean Baseball Player Chris Davis has 11 home runs this year but I haven't mentioned a single one. 
  • The Open Carry bill is now back on track with the amendment of "police cannot detain to check for a CHL" language taken out of it.  It's absolutely amazing that Tea Party favorites Konni Burton and Jonathan Stickland have been going on rants saying the legislature has no respect for the 4th Amendment for striking that language. That shows a complete lack of understanding.  The bill's amendment provided greater protection than the 4th Amendment -- a state can do that. But with the bill's amendment gone, it is the 4th Amendment which will control what police can and cannot do when they see an openly carried handgun. 
  • Three of the Waco bikers have been released once their bonds were reduced to $25,000.  But innocent people who were arrested without probable cause sit in jail down there. Amazing. 



36 comments:

Anonymous said...

WTH? I couldn't even read the random thoughts! Has your wife asked you to stop putting attractive women on here? Damn! Come on man, it's Friday.

Anonymous said...

Jerry? That picture with the girls looks more like Buddy Ebsen playing Barnaby Jones.

DF Tex Schramm

Anonymous said...

I remember that Punky Brewster episode. This was back in the day when sitcoms like this and Different Strokes would agree to do public service announcements through one of their episodes.

There was no actor breaking character to deliver the message — although I remember Kirk Cameron doing that on a Growing Pains episode to lecture us about cocaine.

Having said all that, I don't remember an epidemic of kids locking themselves in refrigerators either.

I suspect a lot of this was television networks trying to kiss up to the FCC by saying they performed a public service so please be nice to us.

Anonymous said...

Come to think of it Different Strokes once did a PSA episode about pedophiles and it was VERY uncomfortable to watch.

It involved Mr. Carlson from WKRP trying to feel up Gary Coleman and his little friend Dudley. Mr. Carlson kept using disgusting, graphic metaphors involving ice cream to discuss sexual acts and functions with little boys.

And Mr. Belvedere did the same type of episode. It was advertised, of course, as "a VERY special episode."

Anonymous said...

Girl looks like Marilyn Manson

Triple Fake... said...

You must be old enough to remember the old-style refrigerators, back when they were still referred to as iceboxes. They usually had a latch on the handle, before they figured out how to magnetize the door seal. If a kid got in there and the door shut behind them, they couldn't get out. Gradually, it became less of a problem as those older models wore out. So there's not much danger in playing arpimd abandoned refrigerators any more

today's RTG is a bit of a letdown. You had a string of five strong consecutive hits and then...meh. The view behind her is slightly more interesting

"Chris Davis has 11 home runs this year but I haven't mentioned a single one."
You just fixed that by mentioning all of them at once

Are there any Anglo kids left in this country now who can spell? Or really work at being smart? Every year, the spelling bee is won by a kid with a name that wouldn't fit on the back of a jersey. Or whose name could be used as part of the contest. The geography bee is the same way.
A discussion by the Musers yesterday went like this: with keyboards the norm, and spell-correct and auto-finish, how long before school kids aren't even given lessons in how to spell or write?

Anonymous said...

Punky Brewster grew up to have boobs so huge that she had major back problems by the time she was 21 and needed breast reduction surgery.

True story.

Anonymous said...

Probable Cause

Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime.

So a large group of bikers involved in an all out street battle with guns, knives, and other weapons does not lead to the reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe the biker guy standing before him is POSSIBLY involved in the criminal action?

Were there reports of guys in polo skirts and khakis being arrested without probable cause?? Or were those arrested dressed like and acting like those that were committed a crime??

Let me ask this another way. Let's say I put on a white robe and pointy white hat and take an innocent stroll through a wooded area. While on that stroll I come upon a group of people DRESSED JUST LIKE ME taking a man and hanging him from a tree. So a reasonably intelligent and prudent person that comes across that scene would be wrong to believe that I was participating in the criminal activity?

If you do not want to be arrested for being in a biker brawl that left NINE people dead then DO NOT dress up like a biker and ATTEND A BIKER BRAWL.

Anonymous said...

Man, you need to get your eyeglasses checked. That RTG broke mine.
I cannot un-see her either.

Anonymous said...

The problems with just relying on cops to act reasonably when "it is the 4th Amendment which will control what police can and cannot do" is that there is no direct penalty to law enforcement to violating it. If they stop an open-carrier without any reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, and in fact no crime is being committed, then there's no downside for them - exclusionary rule will only kick in if they're actually getting prosecuted. In fact, I'd love to see the case where they stop an open-carrier simply to see if he has a CHL, and he doesn't, but then the case gets kicked because they unlawfully stopped him in the first place.

"But innocent people who were arrested without probable cause sit in jail down there. Amazing" -- It's amazing, since after all that's a case where "it is the 4th Amendment which will control what police can and cannot do." And the police and DA are being so scrupulous about the whole bill of rights thing.

Anonymous said...

RE: Refrigerators

Back in the old days, refrigerator doors had external handles that latched to keep the door closed. It was impossible to open them from the inside. It was not uncommon to see stories in the newspaper(no internet or cable TV back in those days) of children being trapped and dying inside abandon refrigerators/freezers while playing.

By law, when disposing of a refrigerator, either the door had to be removed or a chain had to be wrapped around the entire unit and locked in place.

Refrigerators eventually moved to the magnetically sealed doors which can be opened from the inside, but you still come across stories where the unit is lying down and the kids jump in, the door closes on them and they are not strong enough to push the door open.

The latched models were discontinued but some are still around. Just as an example, my parents still have a working latch style model in their garage they use to keep drinks cold.

Wonder Bread used lead paint on their packaging back in those days, there were no seat belts or air bags, and nobody wore helmets while riding their bikes.

I miss the good ol' days.

Anonymous said...

Lake Bridgeport and the Trinity River in the watershed in Jack County continue to rise. My normal route that I travel to Decatur is the low way across the river that is flooded so I have to take the high way around and take twice as long. Now I know where the word "highway" came from.

Anonymous said...

Arresting 170 people for a murder is beyond absurd. Only a few may be prosecuted, and probably unsuccessfully.

Anonymous said...

I remember studying the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Perhaps the Trinity Flood of 2015 will make the history books. Lets hope it is not followed by a repeat of the Dust Bowl. If there is a repeat please do not say it is caused by global warming.

Anonymous said...

her face looks like she is from chico, but her body looks like she might be from bridgeport

Anonymous said...

Edit: Of course they rescued him with a helicopter.

That is, of course, how they do it.

Triple Fake... said...

Here's are quotes from a story on the front page:
"Immigration is never going to stop because, in our countries, there is great poverty."
"...Central Americans...escape poverty and crime at home."
So, according to the guy quoted, poverty (and crime) can never be overcome, so the solution is to give up and leave. And we should just accept that people have given up, and change immigration laws to accommodate their failure? Nicaragua and El Salvador combined have a population of over 12 million. How many should we expect to see here?

Anonymous said...

Few minutes ago: "Sachse Fire-Rescue is trying to get an officer out of his squad car. He is stuck in high water." Photo. Hey, turn around, don't . . . . Dang it, I can never remember that phrase. Edit: Of course they rescued him with a helicopter.

You seem disappointed. Was his life not worth the helicopter? Is that what you are intimating?

You have a problem bud

Anonymous said...

That shows a complete lack of understanding.

How dare those ninnies in the legislature try to conduct the State's business without first consulting with the omniscient legal scholar from Wise County.

Anonymous said...

Official Liberally Lean Baseball Player Chris Davis has 11 home runs this year but I haven't mentioned a single one.

Good to hear your man crush is back on the juice

Anonymous said...

texas:

two days in jail, pre-conviction, with no est probable cause:

Booking #: 85184 Wise County Sheriff's Office
Facility: Booked: 05/28/2015 Released:

Warrantless/On-View POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA JP 2




A peace officer who is charging a person, including a child, with committing an offense that is a Class C misdemeanor, other than an offense under Section 49.02, Penal Code, may, instead of taking the person before a magistrate, issue a citation to the person that contains written notice of the time and place the person must appear before a magistrate, the name and address of the person charged, the offense charged, and the following admonishment, in boldfaced or underlined type or in capital letters:

"If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving violence where you are or were a spouse, intimate partner, parent, or guardian of the victim or are or were involved in another, similar relationship with the victim, it may be unlawful for you to possess or purchase a firearm, including a handgun or long gun, or ammunition, pursuant to federal law under 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g)(9) or Section 46.04(b), Texas Penal Code. If you have any questions whether these laws make it illegal for you to possess or purchase a firearm, you should consult an attorney."


Anonymous said...

"Wonder Bread used lead paint on their packaging back in those days, there were no seat belts or air bags, and nobody wore helmets while riding their bikes."

That explains many of the comments on here. Head injuries and lead poison...next thing you know you run a blog no one reads out in nowhere TX while trying to convince everyone the tea party isn't made up of a rag tag bunch of crazy, racist old farts!

Anonymous said...

10:21-Of course they are going to keep coming. I keep arresting them (I'm a Border Patrol Agent) and the government keeps telling me to release them (into the United States)

Anonymous said...

2:00 a.m. band aid on loneliness............followed by a lifetine of regret, guilt and the inability to wash the memory out of your mind!!!

Anonymous said...

douches. All. RTG is hot and she wouldn't have any of you!

Anonymous said...

I can say factually, without any uncertainty, that images circulating as it were on the internet today, are not representative of images considered to be consistent with prior images of me that have been posted on the internet. I'm not saying the two young ladies are unattractive, or gold diggers, or that I don't personally or actually know them by name or recognize the location of where the images were taken, as it were, but let me be clear about one thing; how 'bout them Cowboys!!!

Double Fake Jerry Jones

Anonymous said...

RTG looks good from her neck down to her front-bottom. The rest is remedied with a light switch.

Anonymous said...

"Lake Bridgeport is 2.27 feet high this morning, and I believe the spillway is open."

The spillway is always open. What you mean is that the flood gates to release water from the lake are open. The spillway is the fail safe to divert the water a certain direction when the lake fills up to a certain point.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that I agree with your implication that cops will always be free to hassle people who are open carrying. If its legal to open carry, cops can't assume that unlawful possession is the "default status." See Northrup v. City of Toledo, No. 3:12-cv-01544 (6th Cir. 5/13/15)

Anonymous said...

We need a sensible work program for workers to cross the border, work without fear, and be accountable for paying income taxes and SS

Israel has such a work program for Palestinians and it works beautifully.

The biggest obstacle to immigration reform is should we do it, politicians won't have an issue to fire up the ignorant in their base.

Ok, they will still have abortion and gay marriage.

Anonymous said...

The IRS would certainly go after a Baptist Church whose pastor who uses his freedom of speech before they would go after the Rainbow Coalition where that idiot leader pays a salary to his pregnant mistress while using "Reverend" before his name. Another reason why we are going rapidly down the drain with no stable hand hold allowed.

Anonymous said...

11:35 is correct. The RTG is hawt. Her face is slightly ordinary, but the body is excellent.

Anonymous said...

BG, you're almost certainly correct-- most of those charged and held down in Waco will be released without conviction, or probably even a trial.

But they won't beat the ride, will they?

Which, frankly, is the point in Waco.

9:30 is also correct: If you want to dress up like a badass, and act like a badass, and bad things happen while you're present, don't be shocked when the local police treat you like you're a bad ass.

I would remind you, BG, that you would have a pretty bad case of NIMBY, if your local restaurant had such gatherings culminating in such an event.

But take heart--- it will be guys like you who get the majority of the bikers off the hook (probably correctly) for lack of evidence. Just like you would have done if this had occurred in Wise County. I don't hold that against you, B.G. That's your role. My role (and probably 9:30's) is to put away guys like that, and try to protect the public by making a good case that guys like you can't poke holes in.

It is the classic dynamic struggle which makes us what we are. And people are clamoring across our borders to come join us. Who wouldn't?

Anonymous said...

Oh NO!!!

This is not good for the left!

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/bombshell-new-york-times-reports-wmds-found-iraq/

Anonymous said...

Oh NO!!!

This is not good for the right!

http://news.yahoo.com/dennis-hastert-allegedly-engaged-sexual-misconduct-during-time-202654802.html

Anonymous said...

I'll bet the winner of the spelling bee was homeschooled, just like they all are. Doesn't say much for government run indocrination public schools, does it?