The Campaign For DA

5.07.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts




  • Former Texas Congressman Jim Wright passed away yesterday. I remember seeing him for the first time on a news show when I was 16 or 17 and telling my dad that I thought he was pretty good. I think dad responded with something along the lines of, "I'm not so sure about that." 
  • And I knew Wright resigned in the wake of a scandal but learned this morning (via Bud Kennedy) that he wrote a book and then had bulk sales of that book which were never delivered. But those who bought the books didn't care (and even expected) that the books would not be received  because they only wanted to donate to him. It was just a way around campaign donation rules. (I've learned he used the money to give his wife an $18,000 a year job -- not good -- but I can't find out how much other money was raised from fake sales.)
  • ISIS appears to have declared war on controversial Draw A Cartoon of Muhammed organizer Pamela Geller. She doesn't seem to be concerned.  She might need a crash course in "situational awareness."
  • The NFL released its "Deflate-Gate" report yesterday about whether the New England Patriots intentionally used underinflated balls in a playoff game.  All the sports talk shows were very confused about the finding that it was "more probable than not" that the Patriots organization intentionally broke the rules. That's pretty easy to understand: They probably did it. The investigators my have a belief of 51% to 49% the Patriots are guilty up to 99% to 1%. Any belief within that range is the equivalent of "more probable than not".  
  • Source: Long time Tarrant County prosecutor Greg Miller is the next assistant to DA to resign under the new administration. But first, oddly, he is presenting the Grapevine officer involved shooting case to the grand jury. 
  • There's a crazy capital murder case going on in Dallas about an alleged Craigslist killer.  After reading the article, the only thing jumping out at me more than the seediness of the story is that there isn't much evidence against the defendant. And this is his second trial after the first jury couldn't reach a verdict.  (Side note: It has always stunned me that double jeopardy does not prevent a retrial after the State fails to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and a hung jury results.)
  • I've always been interested in the gasoline tanker driver as he makes a delivery to a gas/station convenience store. Never really occured to me that one would be shot -- an event which happened at a QuikTrip off Bryant Irvin in Fort Worth last night. 
  • It won't make it all the way to becoming law, but we had a big surprise yesterday when the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved a bill to make marijuana legal in Texas.  The bill is authored by Republican state Rep. David Simpson who says that marijuana was created by God and "God did not make a mistake." He may have a point. It is just a plant.  


51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Should Geller really be concerned about the so called JV team? Your leader may have been on to something if the last attack was representative. Why hasn't the media discussed what a bad a$$ the Garland cop was that took them out with only a pistol?

RE MJ....full Federal legalization will occur within 10 years. Texas will never legalize prior to Fed legalization.

Anonymous said...

Remember that time when the guy who painted Piss Christ (with taxpayer money) had to go into hiding because so many Christians decided they had to kill him?

Neither do I!

Anonymous said...

Source: Long time Tarrant County prosecutor Greg Miller is the next assistant to DA to resign under the new administration. But first, oddly, he is presenting the Grapevine officer involved shooting case to the grand jury

Good for him, hope he finds a better job

Anonymous said...

Barry's father said...

"I'm not so sure about that."

Didya listen?

Anonymous said...

The hate lady thrives on the attention as it only drives up her income....sorta proving that old Biblical adage " a fool and his money are soon parted."

Anonymous said...

Deflate gate

It amuses me how you just nibble around the edges of an issue.

Roger Goodell said
"Ignorance is no excuse"

Really, you think a lawyer would know better than to say that.

Isn't that how you make a living...spreading ignorance?

Anonymous said...

I have had a great deal of experience with under-inflated items. The patriots are guilty. Trust me.

DF Marilyn Chambers

Anonymous said...

If something didn't impact the game, why all the fuss?

One ST writer demanding six months suspensions for QB and coach! Really? Impact an entire season for a crime that didn't impact a game? HMMMMMMMM

Maybe it will help the writer's favorite team

Anonymous said...

"God did not make a mistake"

So Rep. Simpson doesn't oppose same-sex marriage? No wait, I forgot, homosexuality is a choice.

Why the heck would you kill a gas tank truck driver? I can't imagine that was occupation related.

Anonymous said...

ISIS appears to have declared war on controversial Draw A Cartoon of Muhammed organizer Pamela Geller. She doesn't seem to be concerned. She might need a crash course in "situational awareness."


Not that I like that lady or agree with her, but all she did was draw into the open the terrorists that already live here and are waiting to strike and kill. This would have happened eventually.

Anonymous said...

Forget pics of girls in bikinis, Barry.

We want bras and panties please!

Anonymous said...

9:11 #1 - That's an old English proverb, not a Biblical one. But it's a good point nonetheless.

mzchief said...

If a religion is so flawed that a cartoon of their "prophet" shakes the foundation of the religion and its followers, to the point that death to the artist, is the only means of saving the religion, it isn't much of a religion.

ANYONE who argues that the Muhammad Cartoon Contest was inciting terrorism has to agree that a girl in slutty clothing is inciting her own rape and deserves what she gets.

Islam is no different at 1500 yrs old than Christianity was at 1500 yrs old. Islam, like Christianity at the same age, believes heretics/blasphemers need to be killed. If people allow history to repeat itself, a LOT more people are going to die. I've said this before, religions and their followers need to understand, the dogma of ANY specific religion is intended to be adhered to by the people who ELECT to follow that religion.

Anonymous said...

9:11

Thank you for the lovely compliment but last I checked, my writings were still being excluded from the Bible.

Double Fake Thomas Tusser

Anonymous said...

RE: RTG

Is that beach in Kentucky?

Anonymous said...

True Libertarians do not believe that the government should pass laws against owning or possessing drugs. That is a personal liberty they believe and as long as they don't drive drunk or others including children by the ownership, then it is not any of the government's business. In other words, the person is responsible for their own conduct of using or not using and it is not the government's business unless the use causes harm to someone else.

Anonymous said...

10:06

Right there with ya, brutha.

Double Fake P. T. Barnum

Anonymous said...

Making a plant illegal was one of the first things God did.

whisky O said...

Now your a math expert too? Thanks for the in depth explanation.

Anonymous said...

I just received a text that yet another experienced felony prosecutor in the Tarrant county da's office resigned this morning. Won't name her since it is not confirmed, just a text from a defense lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Re: Garland

You got antagonists, cops, and terroristic religious martyrs.
Everyone at that venue got exactly what they wanted...

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

"If God created it its OK. He didn't create mistakes."

Careful there... There will be some heads exploding with much more of that talk.

Anonymous said...

1013,

If a guy can buy cyanide or arsenic OTC, he should be able to buy a bit of plant matter.

Anonymous said...

10:42

It was forbidden fruit, not a plant.

And as a side note, apples are on sale at Brookshire's this week. Stock up sinners!

Anonymous said...

how is the re-trying of that case you mentioned not double jeopardy? is he not being tried for the same crime...I'm obviously not a lawyer, but that seems clear to me??

Anonymous said...

1121

Not to go all chicken-or-the-egg on ya, but WTF you think that fruit came from?

Anonymous said...

11:54

They ate the fruit, not the plant. There is a botanical difference between the fruit of the plant and the plant itself.

For example, being in Wise county, you understand how pecans are harvested. The nut within the shell is the seed of the pecan tree. They are either gathered from the ground or the tree is shaken by a machine and the nuts are caught in a round tarp.

No part of the tree or leaves is eaten.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I wish there were LIKE and DISLIKE buttons on each comment!

Anonymous said...

Poppies are plants last time I checked. (opium/heroin)
Ergot is in the plant phylum. (LSD)
Coca leaves are of plants. (cocaine/crack)
Hell, even yeast is a one-celled plant. (alcohol)
What's your point?

Anonymous said...

At what point does a seed (i.e. fruit) become a plant? Is a seed not just an underdeveloped plant?

Anonymous said...

As I watch and read the posts here I know that I am witnessing the disintegration of a world power. All the values that were part of my family and those of my ancestors going back to the founding fathers are being criticized and shot down by the liberal people in this country.

mzchief said...

Ahhh...Let me help out you pseudo-biblical "scholars."

Within the Jewish Book of Enoch, the Tree of Knowledge, (from which comes the "Forbidden Fruit" you're referencing) is described as a species of Tamarind tree with fragrant fruit that resembles grapes.

However, if you people are happier changing the fable and portraying the Tree of Knowledge as an apple tree, have at it. After-all, what do those Jews know, they just wrote the book so that Christians could come along and edit it to make it better, right?

Anonymous said...

MzChief, not that your errors aren't easy enough for anyone with half a brain, but I thought I'd point out for those with less than half (apparently you qualify) that assuming all Muslims think heresy = death is flat out stupid. The analogy to all Christians is the same. Martin Luther was alive in the 1500's, and didn't kill a soul. He was considered the heretic, in fact. St. Francis lived in the 1100's, and didn't kill a single person.

The terrorism we see is not because of Islam. It is because people use Islam as a ruse for their politics.

Again, no surprise that you still don't get that.

Rage

Anonymous said...

109, do you understand you only use the 'bud' or flower of the marijuana plant? No part of the stalk or fan leaves are used.

DF Harry J. Anslinger

Anonymous said...

2:06

You need to keep up.

The arguments presented, in order:

MJ is a plant.

God banned a plant.

No, God banned a fruit, not a plant.

What's the difference?

Fruit is not part of the plant, it is the way plants procreate by creating seeds and food for the seeds to grow.

When you use MJ, you ARE using the plant(see argument 1), not the fruit(see argument 2).

If you are using MJ and seeds and stems are involved, you need to learn how to clean it better before using it.

Anonymous said...

1:54

Actually, many fruits, other than the traditional apple have been suggested to be the fruit described in the Bible.

There is also an interpretation where the "fruit" is not fruit at all, but a reference to the female womb from which life comes(for humans).

That view states that God basically told Adam and Eve not to screw around, but they did anyway without his permission, thus tasting the forbidden fruit, incurring original sin, pain during child birth for all women, etc, etc, etc.

God apparently had not created the 12 gauge pump shotgun at that point in time.(insert round racking sound here)

Anonymous said...

206

But the plants themselves are also illegal.

Anonymous said...

I once met Mr. Wright in 1996 after he delivered the eulogy for a local leader. No liberal I, I nonetheless shook his hand and addressed him as "Mr. Speaker".

He gave a good eulogy, and although I'd have agreed with your Dad, JW did a lot of good for Fort Worth.

Anonymous said...

1:51

The direct answer to your question is when it germinates.

Google it.

Anonymous said...

Egar - from what I've read on Barry's blog, you are a liberal, angry, gay rancher who claims to be part of the 1% richest in the US. I really don't know about any of that but I can say you are certainly lacking in humility.

In your latest proclamation, you say "The terrorism we see is not because of Islam. It is because people use Islam as a ruse for their politics."

I might be inclined to agree with you if you would stop being so cryptic and identify who those referenced people are. Can you? Will you? Won't you?

Anonymous said...

2:42

Is correct.
And MJ plants grow like 'weeds', so to speak.

Anonymous said...

1:54, liberals are destroying our country, which our founding fathers established? Please get out your history book from school and review. Back in the day, the folks who believed in traditional roles and established ways of living followed King George. They opposed formation of an independent country. The folks like Jefferson and Madison (liberals) thought folks had certain inalienable rights, so they stood up and said no more doing things the old way. You can't re-write history.

DF Patrick Henry

Anonymous said...

I am proud you folks are engaging in scholarly discussion on botanical classification and plant structure today. Raises the level of the whole blog. Except that whole Adam-Eve-Apple thing. Everybody knows now it was really a peach.

DF Luther Burbank

Anonymous said...

If you don't take time to read the Jim Wright article, at least note what came our way because of him:
1. U. S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing - Fort Worth (only money plant other that the original in D. C.)
2. DFW Airport
3. Countless contracts for GD/Lockheed Fort Worth
4. General Motors Arlington
5. Money to fix the East-West Freeway (remember the two lanes each way?)
6. Money for research at UTA
7. The Super Collider - Super Conductor (Gingrich screwed that project up)

A lot of North Texas folks have now and have had jobs in the past because of Jim Wright.

DF Tip O'Neill


Anonymous said...

Next, ISIS will attack all restaurants that serve pork!

Because isn't serving pork provoking violence according to them?

Mary Johnnyseed said...

I'm working on a plan to render useless all marijuana laws and simultaneously break the smugglers' business model. I am going to import 1 kiloton (that's a thousand tons, or a million kilos which is roughly 2.2 million pounds of fertile seeds. I will devote the rest of my life to wantonly planting seeds everywhere I go, kinda like Johnny Appleseed. But since we decided apples caused menstruation and stuff cause of god you shouldn't call me that. I guess you could just call me Mary Jane but that's not very original. And anyway I'm a guy so it'd be a little awkward.

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:09 -- you said (to 1:54) that "liberals are destroying our country, which our founding fathers established? Please get out your history book from school and review. Back in the day, the folks who believed in traditional roles and established ways of living followed King George. They opposed formation of an independent country. The folks like Jefferson and Madison (liberals) thought folks had certain inalienable rights, so they stood up and said no more doing things the old way. You can't re-write history."

Those old white guys are now considered establishment figures and would likely disagree with all the current "progressive" ideas which are primarily aimed at removing sovereign status from the USA so we can all sing koom-ba-yah with the third world and struggle for our existence like they do in their own countries. Liberals, such as yourself, seem to get a lot of mileage out of twisting things around and calling it history. The truth is, freedom and liberty is now defunct. You think we're headed for good times because of it? Think again. Can't re-write history? Gimme a break, the ruling class always rewrites history -- usually just before revolution breaks out.

The "DF" schtik has gotten old. You couldn't carry Patrick Henry's water.

Anonymous said...

Ok - liberals don't get it right, but conservatives don't either.

In thinking about Jim Wright - forget please that he was a Democrat. This man knew how to work with BOTH sides to bring forth good for the whole.

The Republicans are shoving one another to get the right to be nominated for President. Hummmmmmmmmm.

And all the Dems have is Hillary Clinton.

So just who of all these folks will be able to work with both sides?

Our country is broken.

wordkyle said...

409 - The founding fathers were good quiet citizens before England began establishing oppressive government policies and taxes. If England had maintained the status quo, the founding fathers would have continued to be loyal Englishmen. Instead, King George decided to implement progressive (i.e., big government) policies, forcing these otherwise Conservative men to take action against him.

Conservatives don't hate change, but they don't embrace change for its own sake, as do Liberals. The weight of history influences Conservatives. Thoughtfulness, deliberation, and prudence are more important than following the latest popular idea. Conservatives implement change when it's necessary and vital. That's what the Declaration of Independence is all about.

Anonymous said...

I hesitate to agree with Mzchief, but I must on her comment referencing Islam as a flawed religion. Ya think? Religion is of man. All religions are therefore flawed since man is flawed. That's why it's not about religion. It's all about a relationship. A relationship with Jesus Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Anonymous said...

That's a great story 6:58.

Do you think it's true? Or is there an animal kingdom narrative that might say otherwise?