The Campaign For DA

5.18.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • The Texas House Republican Caucus approved a pledge of a "one man, one woman" standard for marriage on Friday to show how conservative they actually are. I loved the formal text of the document which starts off saying they all support the Texas Constitution which has "been in effect" since 1876. But they quickly had to admit that the gay marriage ban contained in that Constitution has only been there for less than nine years.
  • By my count, the Wise County grand jury just indicted 53 people.  Of those, 27 were for drugs. 
  • I used to mention the ultra conservative DA from Williamson County, John Bradley. He ultimately lost re-election after he opposed DNA testing requested by the ultimately declared innocent Michael Morton.   What I did not know is that he is now a prosecutor in the AG's office of . . . the country of Palau. (Survivor was filmed there in 2004).
  • The attack on Twin Peaks by the Public Information Officer for the Waco PD continues to strike me as incredibly odd.  I'm not sure Waco PD simply didn't immediately go into CYA mode after shootings.  They obviously knew there was a potential for trouble -- you can't say Twin Peaks had been uncooperative without knowing trouble was brewing -- but it happened anyway. So what did the PD do? Immediately blame the restaurant instead of the bikers gangs. Look at this statement: “What occurred here today is the worst-case scenario when a business owner puts profit over human lives.” - Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton. That is beyond bizarre for a police officer to say that while the bodies are still warm.
  • And my CYA theory is bolstered by this comment by Swanton: "I will be extremely transparent throughout this process. We will not hide anything from anybody." That's a statement of someone who is worried about being blamed.
  • You thought biker gangs didn't exist? Richie Whitt, back in 201 2010,wrote in the Dallas Observer about how they gather every weekend all over Dallas at restaurants/bars.
  • I watched abouts six episodes of Mad Men and then bailed.
  • Mrs. LL will turn on women's college softball if nothing else gets her attention. Last week I walked in and she was watching the Big Ten Network.
  •  "Obama announces restrictions on distribution of military-style equipment to police." Finally.
  • I haven't paid any attention to it, but I saw the Houston Rockets made the Western Conference Finals. "That's not a very good team over there." - Mark Cuban back in April before the Mavericks faced them in the playoffs.



48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regardless of whomever should take the blame, Twin Peaks is handling this badly so far from a public relations standpoint.

They put out a statement saying how glad they were that none of their patrons were hurt.

Umm.....the bikers WERE patrons yesterday.

And now there is news that the Twin Peaks' owners hosted the bikers anyway having been warned by police that bad things might happen.

They better be careful how they handle this, or else people are going to tag it as a place where violent motorcycle gangs congregate, and that will be bad for business.

And since I love me some scantily clad college-age girls, and since their food is so much better than Hooters', I want this place to stay open.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if Jay Patel of the Waco TP franchise management group is the same one that's GM of a Decatur lodging facility?

Anonymous said...

Chico has a large contingent of people into the motorcycle gang lifestyle.

I wonder what they have to say?

Wise County Messenger, that's your cue!

Anonymous said...

Waco Pd supposedly had 12 officers at that location due to possible trouble. They warned them to ban the biker gang guys and they wouldn't. You take any jab you can at LEO's but what else could they have done?

Anonymous said...

So, evidence of a crime is presented to a grand jury. There is enough evidence shown for them to indict. What is your point exactly?

Anonymous said...

When obammy leaves office, he will only be remembered as America's first, almost black president. Nothing more.

Anonymous said...

By my count, the Wise County grand jury just indicted 53 people. Of those, 27 were for drugs.


Man, if those drugs were legal, the country would be a better place!

Anonymous said...

"Obama announces restrictions on distribution of military-style equipment to police." Finally.


That is stupid.

If I'm shopping at Blood Bath and Beyond in Waco, and a biker war breaks out, I want the local police to go in with all that they need to protect the citizens.

Anonymous said...

"Obama announces restrictions on distribution of military-style equipment to police." Finally.

How many deaths have resulted in the police use of military style equipment? Zero?

Tell us all about police use of military style equipment, Dingle-Barry! Nobody knows military like ol' Dingle-Barry who researched AWACS aircraft for a debate! Dingle-Barry knows! Oh yes he knows it all!

Anonymous said...

You thought biker gangs didn't exist? Richie Whitt, back in 201, wrote in the Dallas Observer about how they gather every weekend all over Dallas at restaurants/bars.



They didn't have motors in the year 201.

Anonymous said...

So what did the PD do?


You read 1/2 arsed.

If you read further, it states that the police were told they were not allowed in to TP because they thought it would start something.

TP is the one's who need to start with some CYA.

I guarantee you your perspective on this entire deal would be different if you were eating there or nearby.

Anonymous said...

The police will never ever do a good job in your eyes.


I sure am glad they do not work to please you.

Anonymous said...

Barry things the police was somehow to blame for what happened at Waco? In other news the sun rises on the east.

Anonymous said...

Palau hired Bradley? I guess all of Putin's gulag prosecutor positions were filled.

DF Trotsky

wordkyle said...

"I will be extremely transparent throughout this process. We will not hide anything from anybody." That's a statement of someone who is worried about being blamed. -- Sort of like "the most transparent administration in history"?

Anonymous said...

I watched abouts six episodes of Mad Men and then bailed.

I'm not surprised you didn't get it

Anonymous said...

Cuban apologized like a man. Can you?

Anonymous said...

Barry is always on the side of evil.

Anonymous said...

I see the reaction from Waco PD more of an I told you so. My only curiosity is how many of the dead bikers were killed by police.

Anonymous said...

Blood Bath and Beyond

Anonymous said...

Hey, you know what? You don't have to be a lawyer to know that same sex marriage is wrong.

Police with tanks and full automatic firearms and NSA-type access and military equipment? You have got to be crazy. On the other hand, it probably takes a psycho to catch a psycho...

God help us all.

Anonymous said...

"I will be extremely transparent throughout this process. We will not hide anything from anybody." That's a statement of someone who is worried about being blamed.

No, that's the statement of a police agency who didn't shoot an unarmed black man and has nothing to hide. However, they didn't show up in full riot gear like cities do when they hear there will be protests over the shooting of an unarmed black man. No SWAT team, no armored vehicles, no tear gas. Just 12 cops.

In an instance where they should have reacted with military-like gear they did not.

Rage

Anonymous said...

If that shootout in Waco was between the Bloods and the Crips instead of the Banditos and Cossocks, they'd be blaming the cops..

Anonymous said...

Makes one wonder if the blame stems from the type of establishment? Would the same thing be said if it had been a Chili's or Cracker Barrel?

Anonymous said...

9:00am let's not fail to mention the idiots over in Bridgeport involved too.

They change their facebook names to put the gang name up front.

Anonymous said...

"They better be careful how they handle this, or else people are going to tag it as a place where violent motorcycle gangs congregate, and that will be bad for business."

Ha Ha are you kidding? After what happened yesterday by the trashy motorcycle gangs, I'm sure that is the future of Twin Peaks.

Anonymous said...

9:52 if the police killed most it was well deserved.

Ernest T said...

Hate to remind you, but Twin Peaks was warned by the police beforehand to not have these gangs in there for fear something might happened. When Twin Peaks continued to allow them there, the PD even went so far to station 12 officers outside in case there were any issues.

If anyone is needing to do a CYA in this case, it is Twin Peaks and not the PD. The PD did just about all that they could do short of shutting the business down.

Anonymous said...

Twin Peaks: Right of free assembly. Freedom of speech. Keep and bear arms. (Thankfully the Texas State Legislature legalized switch blades in the last session so that those were available for them when the fight started). Next is the right to counsel and a speedy and public trial. Lastly the Press is getting to report it.

Anonymous said...

For you liberal jerks on here and you conservative don't-give-an-inch pro-police idiots: freedom is a good thing.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

The HQ of Twin Peaks is already discussing their investigation of the incident and revoking the franchise of its license. All due to the way the franchisee handled the situation prior to the gunfight.

Anonymous said...

10:24 -

Good question. I was wondering this morning if Waco was living up to its ultra-conservative stereotype and just raining down judgment on an "immoral" breastaurant like Twin Peaks.

Anonymous said...

This is the very reason me and my motorcycle gang only go to Lubys.

Anonymous said...

How's that progressive far left strategy working out? So far racism and biker gang activity is back to the 1960's era. The more things progress the more they go backwards.

Thanks Bamma

Anonymous said...

Ref the Waco shoot-out -- Police Sgt. Swanton said it was the worst carnage he had seen in 34 years.
He must have been on vacation during the Davidian Siege...

Anonymous said...

Who should be blamed?

The Cossacks for wearing "Texas" on their vests (which caused the uproar) when they weren't given permission to?

The Banditos for following through with their warning, don't put "Texas" on the vests?

Or, Twin Peaks for hosting an event after being warned not to?

Anonymous said...

I'm just glad the Black Widows weren't involved. That woulda been nasty.

DF Philo Beddoe

Anonymous said...

12:28

He's with the city police. The Branch Davidian incident didn't happen in his city. I don't think he was talking about the worst carnage he had ever seen on TV, or the worst carnage he had ever been within 50 miles of. Just sit back down in your recliner and take it easy.

Anonymous said...

You take any jab you can at LEO's but what else could they have done?

Just remember that it's dogma for the blog host to cast aspersions or blame on LE in all situations. Doing elsewise is not conducive to CDA street cred.

Anonymous said...

He must have been on vacation during the Davidian Siege.

Or, it could've been that it was another agency-ies that were involved (ATF/FBI), ya know?

Anonymous said...

2:29

Cute comment with the recliner bit. STFU.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, After you questioned the logic of Wise Regional, last week, about their `closed' hospital in Bridgeport, and them continuing to build & expand even more in Decatur, they have blocked your website !
...Don't be messin' with the big boys....

Big D Strongarm

Anonymous said...

uhh 3;20pm..Not blocked, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Same Sex? After the wedding, my wife told me I was stuck with her and the SAME SEX until death we do part. You mean I actually had other options? Dang it!

DF Henpecked Husband

Anonymous said...

If Janet Reno had of ran this deal there would have been a horse trailer full of reporters and cameramen to show the world. After this mass murder we had the Oklahoma city bombing as a payback .She should spend eternity in hell in a flooded basement with dead bodies . WE FORGET THE REASON WHY PEOPLE DO THINGS !!

Anonymous said...

@3:15 - after the man tells you why you are a dumbass, the best you can come back with is STFU? Dumbass...

Anonymous said...

Did Rod Serling just enter the room?

joshua cochran said...

As we all know...Han shot first.