The Campaign For DA

5.14.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • I was corrected by a higher up at Wise Regional after I said yesterday they were shutting down the Bridgeport Hospital: "Wise Regional is working towards applying for a separate license to operate the Bridgeport facility as an outpatient surgery center." He also said, "You might be surprised to find Wise Regional currently operates 47 locations in eight counties including Wise, Denton, Tarrant, Cooke, Grayson, Collin, Dallas and Johnson." Yes, I am surprised. 
  • I kept hearing that the conductor/engineer in the Philadelphia Amtrak crash has "lawyered up". Well, he gave a blood sample and turned over his cell phone to authorities so I'm not sure that's correct.  (And, by the way, getting "lawyered up" simply means a person refuses to talk because he's smart enough to understand those government employees asking him questions aren't there to help him.)
  • Along those lines, I bet I've watched thousands and thousands of DWI videotapes. And time and time again I see an officer walk up to the driver, introduce himself, and then ask, "Where you headed tonight?" Just once I want the driver to say, "That's really none of your business. Here's my driver's license and insurance".
  • I stopped by Hannity last night and saw that he spent two segments justifying his show running footage last March of scantily clad women during Spring Break. It seems Panama City had now changed some its ordinances regarding alcohol consumption on its beaches and Hannity was taking credit for the chang.  Of course, during these two segments, they did a split screen showing . . . you guessed it . . . scantily clad Spring Breakers.  (But my favorite part was when Hannity called Jon Stewart a "sanctimonious jackass" for pointing out Hannity's perversion and hypocrisy.) By the way, here's a Google image search for "Hannity Spring Break". Oh, my. 
  • Wise County Judge J.D. Clark sent a letter to Gov. Abbott yesterday in an effort to get Wise County declared a disaster area because of the flooding.  (I hope he added the sentence, "By the way, I've got a couple ranchers who have told me that they seen some Obama Gun Boats on the flooded areas as part of Jade Helm 15.  Just thought you'd want to know.")
  • Mrs. LL and the Sixth Grader in the House were late getting home the other day, and I asked the Junior In The House where they were. Softball practice, she said, but they were running late. Then she pulled out her phone to look at an app to find out where they were via GPS.  Apparently, it works in reverse since she then mumbled, "I hate that app."  (Honestly, that technology would have driven me crazy as a teenager.) 
  • Last year, DEA agents seized 10 Gas Pipe locations and nearly $3 million after federal "agents"alleged that they had purchased synthetic marijuana there. (I loved this odd logic to justify the raids: "They label it is not for human consumption, do not smoke, yet they're selling a 3g bag of this 'incense' from anywhere from $25 to $40," said Dan Salter, DEA special agent. "It cost them less than $5 to make." Translated: "I know we can't justify our jobs in this case because it's just fake weed, but they are ripping off the consumers!") Now the feds have arrested the owner and his daughter of the stores.  Too many cops. Too many prosecutors. 
  •  Dallas Morning News today: "Editorial: Prison rape can’t be tolerated."  Way to take a stand. Sheesh. 
  • The reference to "Mudville" below reminded me of just how great Casey At The Bat is. (And rec league softball and baseball leagues are in chaos because of the weather.)



37 comments:

RPM said...

Just once I want the driver to say, "That's really none of your business. Here's my driver's license and insurance".

That's where they ask you to step out of the vehicle and detect an odor of alcohol/marijuana. If you are not white you will certainly make furtive movements at this point.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Okay, I'll admit it, you got a good chuckle from me with the Jade Helm remark.

Katy Anders said...

The answer to "Where ya headed tonight?" doesn't matter.

I have a friend who is a cop, and I asked him once if NOT speaking Spanish is a problem when on traffic duty. He said no, because the answers to the questions don't really matter. He said chit chat is "stalling for time in order to assess the situation."

Whatever that means. (Surely it doesn't mean "desperately trying to find reasonable suspicion or probable cause," right?)

Anonymous said...

The RTG today is certainly following in my footsteps (or something else a bit higher).

DF Dolly Parton

Anonymous said...

RTG .... Turn around, don't drown.

Anonymous said...

Not answering "where are you headed" is one of those things that sounds good on paper, and you have the right to do it. But just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should do it. How many officers will just let that roll on by without escalating things (needlessly)? Some will, sure, because there are good cops out there and they're just making conversation/killing time "to assess." But the other 60% (70%? 90%?) will ruin your evening, I promise.

High risk, low reward = I'm not trying it. Let some young punk try it and upload it to YouTube. Then you can post the link and we'll all have a raging debate in the comments.

Anonymous said...

I bet the kids will figure out how to disable their GPS locator if they really need to.

Triple Fake... said...

Triple Fake the Onion today:
Editorial: Tossing the salad involves neither tossing or salad

It may not be true in all cases, but "Where ya headed tonight?" can be a loaded question. A response of "None of your business", or pointing forward and saying "That direction!" may prompt the inquisitive officer to find SOMEthing wrong with your vehicle.
You may be within your right to not answer, or give a smarta$$ answer, but he also has the right to apply the old foot-in-the-ass technique, lawfully speaking

Triple Fake Red Forman

Anonymous said...

I think the public perception is our Bridgeport hospital is closed since it doesn't operate as a community hospital! It seems like a big mistake to announce future plans to build a tower for patient beds while Bridgeport is closed. Why the city of Decatur hospital authority has all those facilities outside the county makes me question why they feel the need to provide medical services so far away from Decatur residents.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet some of the facilities the Wise Regional source referred to included their recently acquired multiple nursing homes scattered across North Texas.

DF Dr. Ben Casey

Sam Brows said...

Heard a caller on a sports-talkshow this morning refer to Jamis Winston's immaturity as an inability to distinguish the difference between "can" and "should". Seems like that distinction is an appropriate one when one considers how to best respond to an officer's inquiry concerning one's destination.

Casey @ the Bat possibly the best poem written by an American. It tells a compelling story, it rhymes and over time it has stood up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for steeping up your RTG game, Barry.
This one can float!

Anonymous said...

9:54 -- You say "You may be within your right to not answer, or give a smarta$$ answer, but he also has the right to apply the old foot-in-the-ass technique, lawfully speaking"

This is not true. A LEO is bound to remain within the constraints of law exactly as much as a citizen.

Anonymous said...

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) that was editorialized in the Dallas paper contains misinformation. About the only thing that is correct is that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice originally opted out of striving for compliance, but has since decided to participate. As a matter of fact, the Bridgeport Correctional Center (men's unit)and the Bridgeport Pre-Parole Transfer Facility (women's unit) just recently underwent a very thorough PREA audit. Both facilities were found to be 100% compliant with all of the federal standards, which is not easy to accomplish. There are approximately 50 standards that must be in compliance and the auditor, additionally, the auditor spoke with numerous offenders and staff regarding the process. PREA is a very necessary process and few facilities can boast about 100% compliance.

Unknown said...

It's all about Hospital power that be getting big pay and BONUS

Anonymous said...

How many times do drivers start off by saying "I'm headed to...."

???

Anonymous said...

Can you say BONUSES for hospital big shots

Anonymous said...

So Hannity is against scantily clad women?? so let me get this straight; Spring Break.....Panama City....SPRING.....BEACH..... WTH does he want them to wear?? Business suits on the beach?

Anonymous said...

Putting GPS locators in teenager's cars is not good. You don't need to know that they are at a Gas Pipe store buying synthetic drugs. Teach your children well.

Anonymous said...

Casey @ the Bat possibly the best poem written by an American. It tells a compelling story, it rhymes and over time it has stood up.-Sam Brows

I completely disagree with your assessment.

DF Man from Nantucket

Anonymous said...

Hannity is a deeply closeted Nathan Lane.

Anonymous said...

I agree completely with DF Man from Nantucket.

DF Lady from Niger

Anonymous said...

Hannity's issue is not "scantily clad women," 11:43. It's alcohol. Try to keep up.

Anonymous said...

Me likey the RTG. Good job BG. Milk, milk, lemonade, around the corner fudge is made.

Anonymous said...

I have always denied to answer the "where you headed" question and I have probably been pulled over a dozen or so times in 25 years of driving. I caught flak for it from officers until I hit my thirties. Never escalated to anything just got a few ass chewings but I am also white and educated. Not making any points just stating my experience with it.

I wouldn't teach my children to do it because I think times have changed and I was probably a very lucky young man. I just think it is sad we have accepted that it is ok to be afraid to exercise our rights. There is no freedom in that.

Anonymous said...

11:28 - It's all about proofreading.

11:29 #2 - Yes, I can.

Triple Fake... said...

11:06 -
my point was that the officer can use your refusal to give a civil answer as an excuse to legally start poking around to find something that merits a citation. Most law-abiding citizens (such as myself) know it's unwise to be surly or flippant while an officer is only trying to do his job.
If you got pulled over because you forgot to turn on your taillights, it may get you a citation instead of a friendly reminder or a warning. You might beat that in court, but not without some hassle

I'm not insinuating that the officer will go all medieval on the driver.
"apply the old foot-in-the-ass" is merely a figurative term, much like "go all medieval"

Anonymous said...

As a young boy in the late 1960s I remember my dad being pulled over for speeding.
He was all "yes sir" "no sir", and the cop treated him with respect in return (and gave a warning only). Fast forward 15 years and the same thing happened to me. I wonder if it is still true?

Anonymous said...

Triple fake, I've never been pulled over for failing to turn on my tail lights I guess because there is not a switch for that.

Anonymous said...

1:50 -- I do appreciate your comment, but still object to the notion that a LEO may "start poking around to find something that merits a citation".

If there is no cause, he has no reason to even stop you. If he goes fishing without a reason, it's because he's got issues of his own. The law is supposed to protect us from this sort of behavior.

Personally, I am always polite but I don't give any more information than I have to because LEOs do play word games if they don't like your looks or the bumper sticker on your car or whatever puts them into a dangerous mood.

If I get asked where am I going, my typical response is that I am headed to the east side to pick up a dime bag. Does my answer give him/her the excuse to search my car? Not unless I look like (or sound like) I am under the influence.

Am I being detained?
Am I free to go?

Police play fast and loose with the law. Why shouldn't we?

Triple Fake... said...

2:34 -
I have.
The cop quizzed me; I told him I had just pulled out of the convenience store near where he was parked. I drove past him and didn't realize I forgot to turn on the lights.
I got a warning.
It may not be true for all vehicles, but for some you have to manually turn on the taillights. The headlights turn on automatically. And the dashboard lights will be on. If you don't switch the lights on, the taillights aren't on.

Anonymous said...

3:53

Is that a Daewoo?

Double Fake Kim Jong-un

Anonymous said...

Triple Fake, You must have one of the last remaining YUGO's

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of unethical things going on with the higher ups at wise regional. Ever wonder why they are buying or leasing all these other facilities out of wise county.? There needs to be an inquiry into their dealings. Seems nobody has the courage to call em out

Anonymous said...

Publicly owned nursing homes receive millions of increased medicaid reimbursements so big bonuses can go to administration. Why would the hospital board approve big bonuses? We depend on the hospital but only the voters who vote for Decatur city council have any voice in how it is managed. People need to be concerned about all the debt and expansion because county tax payers can't bail out $94 million in debt! Barry, stay on top of the Financials.

Anonymous said...

Bonuses for doing what?

Anonymous said...

Bowie hospital was paying $300,000 for administrator plus big bonuses from medicaid/medicare reimbursement and now the community faces losing their city hospital. What kind of salaries, bonuses and benefits are the top administrators getting at Decatur? Financial management is as important as quality health care. A publicly owned nonprofit hospital board should be transparent with the public on policies for earning bonuses. In other words, what above their job description are they doing to earn a bonus.