The Campaign For DA

5.06.2015

Random Tuesday Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • I watched a little of Fox News coverage of Mike Huckabee's presidential announcement and, of course, it was glowing. But in a news clip/political commercial, Fox said he was influenced by a massive "Jesus Rally" in Dallas, Texas in the 1970s where more than 100,000 attended. I had never heard of it. Wiki tells me it is was Explo '72 where much of the rally was held on the ground now occupied by Woodall Rogers Freeway and and there were also nightly rallies in the Cotton Bowl. 
  • There has been a lot of buzz about the app and website "Periscope" which allowed people to watch the Mayweather/Paq fight on Saturday for free. It's pretty simple: Some people paid for the fight on pay per view, then directed their phones toward the TV screen, and the fight was broadcasted back to Periscope where others could simply watch what that person had paid to watch. That could be done for anything on TV and seems, or at least feels, to be illegal. (Isn't that the equivalent of the old Napster or Limewire which allowed users to transfer copyrighted data to one another through those sites?) 
  • UncleBarky.com wrote about his experience Saturday night using Periscope and was pretty brazen about it. "So is this piracy? It’s hard to see it that way." He equates to buying the fight and then inviting 100 people over to watch it. 
  • An opinion came out from a Texas appellate court yesterday reversing a case because of the shocking conduct of a judge during jury selection.  You can read the exchange here.  She actually threw a potential juror who was a Jehovah Witness in jail on the spot.  That witness expressed reservations of having to look at alleged child pornography in the trial because of religious reasons. The judge told him that "my God" says he should watch it and, if it grossed him out, "you can take it out on the person in punishment." (Good lord. Most judges would be talking about the Presumption of Innocence at that point.) But it gets really ramped up: She tells the potential juror that if he gets on the jury and fails to do what she orders him to do, she would lock him up. ""So you want to find out what my God will tell me to do? Let's test it, Buddy. Let's test it."  The judge's name was Susan Criss, who (thank my God) is no longer on the bench. 
  • A guy who escaped from prison 56 years ago was arrested this week. He is now 79 and in a wheelchair.  But here's the kicker: The Ohio State Reformatory where he was previously imprisoned was the backdrop of the 1994 prison escape movie The Shawshank Redemption.
  • Odd Back to the Future discussion yesterday with a buddy: When Marty first travels back to the past and ends up in the home of his mother when she was a teenager, he sees what will later be his uncle in a playpen.  "So you're my Uncle Joey? Better get used to these bars, kid," Marty tells him. The movie had begun with a very funny cake being thrown out because Joey "didn't make parole again."  But despite Marty making changes in the past which forever change his life and the life of his family when he returns to the future, we never know if Joey still ended up in prison.  (I told you it was an odd discussion.) 
  • Crazy legal thought: What if every time a Draw a Muhammad Cartoon convention occurs some type of violence takes place. Every time.  It's a crime in Texas if a person "makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace."  Now that's a heck of First Amendment free speech case. 
  • Tech receiver gets busted for pot! If my Google Map search is correct, he would not have been committing a crime four hours away (by car) in a state in the United States. 


43 comments:

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

in before the avalanche I hope...

It is Wednesday. Not Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike what day is it?

Anonymous said...

What day is it?

Anonymous said...

It's a crime in Texas if a person "makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace."

Then, every Democrat/Liberal involved in any of their fraud events should be arrested. Violence erupts 99% of the time.

wordkyle said...

BG, your if/then comment about the Tech receiver skips over a more basic point. If he had not had the pot in the first place, then he would not have been busted for pot possession. It's not as complicated as you make it.

A better observation is to question the judgment of people who feel compelled to possess/ingest a recreational drug when that possession/ingestion can cost them so much.

Anonymous said...

So no more cartoons mocking Islam because it causes violence. Don't you think radical Muslims will be offended by something else. What if a pastor preaches against Mohammed?
I think we are at war with the
radicals and they are going to attack whether provoked are not. Law enforcement will be targeted.

Anonymous said...

It is a sad comentary on our parenting, school systems and local churches that "hate/bigotry sells."

Shouldn't an individual run into the concept of tolerance somewhere during the formative years?

wordkyle said...

About your crazy legal thought -- So the way to defeat your political enemies is to commit violence at every one of their meetings. Eventually their point of view will be made illegal.

Sounds like a Liberal plan to me.

Anonymous said...

If my Google Map search is correct, he would not have been committing a crime four hours away (by car) in a state in the United States.

Well then, perhaps he should head his Scooby- Doobie van up 287 and 25 and see if he can get on the squad at CU, huh?

Anonymous said...

Barry would not be so thoughtful if it were Christians reacting with violence. Cowardly.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Re: Periscope - No, actually it is stealing. Or, rather, illegally broadcasting copyrighted material. It is not just "Inviting your friends over to watch." To do that... umm, you would pay for the fight yourself and invite others to share your TV set in your home. Using Periscope is a straight up piracy app, a la bittorrent, etc. There is no intent to share only with friends. Its for people to "rip" copyrighted material and distribute.

Ed Bark's comments about Robin Hood were revealing. But, when you Steal from the Rich to Give to the Poor it is still Stealing.

You can argue the ethics of pirating Big money boxing-studios-television-software... but it's still stealing.

re: 79 YO convict being caught - Gotta agree with the Musers this AM. If I was the arresting officer I would probably just hand him back his ID and call it in as a no-go.

re: cartoons - I assume the 1st Amendment is still in effect? Just checking if I need to go order that case of Brawndo.

DF Sea(haw)n Parker/Fanning

Anonymous said...

West Texas rain. Lake Alan Henry caught 94000 acre feet if water yesterday. That's 31 Billion gallons of water. Filled the lake up. Lake Bridgeport needs an event like that.

Anonymous said...

Susan Criss? Wasn't she the judge in the big Durst trial in Galveston? Yes, our friend the Google just confirmed it! Small world.

DF Judge Dredd

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry it's JUST A WATER HEATER.

Also, Judge Criss's Twitter feed came unwound last night. She got actively trolled by a Houston lawyer, and went on the attack.

By the way, aside from losing her most recent state rep bid, I believe the last bench she ran for was the CCA. Consider yourself lucky.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Also, it may surprise y'all (8:56) to know that some statutes that are still on the books are not enforceable. Sodomy is still illegal in Texas, because nobody wants to be the Texas legislator who repealed the anti-gay law, despite the fact that it was declared unconstitutional years ago by SCOTUS.

Rage

Anonymous said...

If I bought a fight and broadcasted it to 100 others, I would charge them...that makes it piracy.

Katy Anders said...

It's stupid to say something (i.e. draw pictures) just trying to provoke someone to shoot you.

But it would make me really nervous having the government criminalize speech on the grounds that it could provoke someone or was wildly unpopular.

There was a minister a few years back who was going to burn a Quran, and the government told him if the police had to be called because of this, they would charge him for the cost to the police department.

So his unpopular speech wasn't banned, but he could have been billed for it.

It's a cost of having free speech, it seems to me: The government has to come and arrest people who punch you for saying stupid things.

Anonymous said...

ISIS has put a hit on Pamela Geller, the organizer of the cartoon contest. They also rape women and deprive them of equality with men.

Anonymous said...

Honcho: There are exceptions to every right you have. In fact, the exceptions often swallow the rule--this applies mostly to the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments, but the 1st has them too. Once something offends community standards, it is no longer protected free speech. The law cannot target specific speech, i.e., it cannot say "you cannot draw a cartoon of Mohammed", but it can target classes of speech--hate speech, etc.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas also attended Explo 72, the Christian Woodstock.

My mother wanted me to attend with kids from my church who went to Dallas every day in the church's Volkswagen Type 2 vehicle (bus, micro-bus). Thanks mom, but no way. The summer of '72 I needed driver's ed and my jump shot needed work against the college guys who were home for the summer.

There were a good number of Jesus freaks at my church who were much more into religion than I was. I'm not using the term Jesus freak condescendingly. My church friends growing up were great and I had a friend or at least an acquaintance at nearly every high school in Fort Worth.

Now enough about Huckabee & Jeffress and back to me. There I was...

Anonymous said...

In the battle of biology vs theology, bet on biology...

Anonymous said...

Geller was on FOX last night and was asked about facing death at the hands of ISIS and her response was "Give me liberty or give me death".

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle at 9:05 says, "A better observation is to question the judgment of people who feel compelled to possess/ingest a recreational drug when that possession/ingestion can cost them so much."

A better discussion would be to question why the law exists in the first place.

Katy Anders said...

Did you see that Susan Criss has a blog where she defends her decision to jail the juror? She states that what the record did not show was that the juror was refusing to partake in the process, had his arms crossed over his chest and was attempting to leave when she found him in contempt:

http://diaryofamadtriallawyer.com/2015/05/06/the-requested-context/

Anonymous said...

Amazing. Another Liberal blogger fails to tell the COMPLETE truth.

Apparently, something went wrong during your upbringing.

Anonymous said...

Katy,

In ref to 9:48, I think it is not a matter of saying "stupid" things, but rather, saying things (or having opinions) others may disagree with. Yes?

Katy Anders said...

10:45: There's no real difference so far as how they're handled, is there?

She's got the right to say stupid things or unpopular things, and either could get her shot at.

Like I said yesterday, if I insult your mother, that's legal but it's probably goiing to get me punched.

Anonymous said...

1045

You stepped right into that one.
All she has to do is say "No", and then label you stupid.
That's just the gdm way they think.

Anonymous said...

Pretty soon it will be Oct 21 2015.

Anonymous said...

Katy, thanks for the link to the Criss blog. Fun read. She certainly throws Vik Vij under the bus at the end. Sitting on exculpatory evidence? Wow!

DF Judge Roy Bean

Anonymous said...

11:09 -

Except she didn't do that - she carried on the discussion in a reasonable manner.

She didn't choose the option of posting a passive-aggressive comment. Maybe it's time to rethink how "they" act?

wordkyle said...

1012 - That's certainly a viable conversation to have. Having it doesn't negate the fact that the laws exist. People who violate those laws are, um, violating the law. Knowingly and willingly, despite the consequences, to partake of a recreational drug. That's an extraordinary compulsion.

Wurdkyle said...

If he had not had the pot in the first place, then he would not have been busted for pot possession.

I have a sneaking suspicion that wordy was the kid in school who would ask the teacher if we had any homework 30 seconds before the bell rang.

Anonymous said...

12:10

And was room monitor when the teacher left the classroom, taking names of all who offended him....I mean....broke a rule.

Anonymous said...

Katy,

Maybe I'm thick, but something just doesn't follow in that reasoning. Stupid, unpopular, or just different? I'm really not trying to pick a fight here. I wouldn't punch you for insulting mom anyway. I can handle an insult and mom did have her problems. I enjoy your posts.

Katy Anders said...

12:38: Haha...

I don't think the government ought to treat the speech differently regardless of whether it is stupid speech or unpopular speech or "different" speech. I say stupid and/or unpopular things all the time.

I'm not the government, though, so I can characterize what Geller and company did up there. Provoking a fight with people you know are crazy seems like a stupid thing to do.

It doesn't make her Rosa Parks.

She picked a fight with crazy people and is now celebrating the fact that the crazy people behaved in the way everyone could have predicted.

I guess I just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

So "artists" have displays that portray Jesus in some very unholy situations. Are you as equally concerned about the inciting of violence with those Skippy? Of course not, because potential for violence associated with one of those events is infinitesimally small.

Anonymous said...

11:19, Vik was actually exonerated in that case--he did nothing wrong. Now the other ADA on the case did. Vik called Criss o, so she's trying to take shots at him. She lashes out in every direction, all the time.

Goober said...

Not exactly the same thing, but go read Justice Potter Stewart's opinion on free speech regarding obscenity; "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that."

Anonymous said...

1:22

You mean the white guy with blue eyes and brown hair(sometimes blonde)....that was born and raised in the middle east?

Anonymous said...

@3:16

You know I mean Jesus Christ and your point is????

Anonymous said...

4:16

Just making an observation of the portraits depicting JC that are not accurate.

Anonymous said...

Geller makes me think of that old saying :some animals eat their young.