The Campaign For DA

6.22.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • I've dogged Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd for years because she normally writes drivel. But big kudos to her for her column on FBC Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress over the weekend as she took on "the gay-baiting, Obama-bashing, Islamophobic, end-times-a’-comin’ politico-theological extremism" pastor. 
  • Backstop project: Initial softball blasts into the net at half speed were beyond successful, but I wasn't going to press my luck so I abandoned the test. There was no way I wasn't going to ruin the greatest day of my life. Background: It's a ridiculous homemade backstop using PVC pipes -- attached to steel poles of a privacy fence -- which can be raised telescopically about six feet in the air to catch the (hopefully) rare errant softball pitch.
  • The Dylann Roof, the Charleston Church Shooter, appeared via camera on Friday for a bond hearing. For some reason, the family members of those killed were allowed to address him. That was odd. It was a bond hearing not a post guilty verdict victim impact statement. News reports said that was allowed by South Carolina law but a cursory search couldn't back that up. 
  • A Mabank, Texas volunteer firefighter thought it would be a good idea to post that Roof "needs to be praised for the good deed he has done."
  • The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina is within five miles of Fort Sumter. (And on a more lighthearted note, when's the last time you've seen "Methodist" and "Episcopal" in a church's name?)
  • Someone pointed this out from Friday's Update: "JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The annual Juneteenth Celebration begins 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur with face painting . . . . " Yeah, we know what they meant but still
  • The U.S. Open was shown in prime time this weekend. What a great idea. Put it on the west coast during the longest days of the year. Good stuff. 
  • An Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer shot and killed a former client at his home after a "confrontation". The deceased was released from prison last year after two decades.  There aren't a lot of details but this sure seems reminiscent of Cape Fear.
  • I saw an odd commercial for the Texas Veterans Land Board with Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in it. It had a very campaign ad feel to it.  Probably genius on his part. Lawfully spend taxpayer dollars to promote himself. 
  • "Dallas - One man was killed and another was wounded after a robbery and shootout outside a popular North Dallas restaurant. Police said just after 10 p.m. Sunday two men tried to rob two people as they were leaving Benihana on Banner Drive." Two points: (1) One of the victims had his own gun. (2) There are still Behihanas?
  • After two hours of yard work and seeing a bird hang around on the ground since it obviously couldn't fly, I couldn't stand it and rounded it up. The Evil Neighbor Cat was lurking nearby.  From there, I turned it over to Mrs. LL. Not sure what happened after that. 


44 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess you did not have any AME churches growing up in Bridgeport or in the gated community you now live in.

Anonymous said...

Note: Fairly sure the girl on the left is not a virgin. Please adjust your eyes accordingly.

That is all.

Baylor Too said...

I turned on the US Open yesterday, but I found it unwatchable. The fairways and greens were brown and the sand in the traps was gray or purple. Every single hole looked the same. (Or maybe they were just broadcasting from one location, I don't know.) I turned it on mid-afternoon and the top scorers hadn't even tee'd off yet. I sure wasn't going to sit there watching for another five or six hours. I turned it off.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get this disgusting photo of these women? Auggies on eagle mountain?

Anonymous said...

Can we please have another RTG today!!!

Anonymous said...

I usually don't comment on the RTG because, who am I kidding, I'd probably enjoy the company of 95% of them.

Today is clearly within the other 5%. Holy crap.

Anonymous said...

The huge repub field of candidates for pres failed the leadership test miserably when they didn't to a man rise up and condem the shooting in Charleston as racist. They look even more foolish after the website manifesto was released.

Considering the makup of their base, no one expected them to call for gun control or retiring the CSA flag to a museum, but good Lord what can it hurt to call the event what it was?

Anonymous said...

Hey, Barry! I think it's about time you let us see a photo of your (so-far) completed backstop project. :-)

Anonymous said...

"And on a more lighthearted note, when's the last time you've seen "Methodist" and "Episcopal" in a church's name?"

About 30 seconds ago when I Googled it and a dozen or so came up in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington. Another fine of something that doesn't exist because it doesn't brush up against your lily-white sphere of influence.

Anonymous said...

Pastor Jeffress is the textbook definition of a drama queen. Loves his moments in the public eye, even if acting the part of the buffoon is what it takes to gets there. Seems he would be too busy visiting members of the congregation in hospitals, or shut-ins, or doing charitable works in the community to have any free time for Fox News, if he was a true Minister to his Flock.

DF The Apostle Paul

Anonymous said...

AME churches exist in mist cities/towns with a Black population. Nothing new or startling or even questionable about that.
Methodist-Episcopal is hovering on the horizon again. It's probably a General Convention or two away from this year's. They share the same socio-, quasi-religious agendas.
US Open: the guy with vertigo who played through with it...I'm impressed! That must have been hell for him.

Anonymous said...

Baylor Too -

This was the first year that Fox has broadcast the US Open, and I think they were pretty awful. I'm sure they wanted to capitalize on the primetime scheduling, but starting coverage at 1 p.m. was...interesting. I like watching golf on TV, but I don't want to see 9+ hours of it. No one is following every shot of the 64th-place finisher except his mom, and she's probably there in person.

Fox won a 12-year contract to broadcast the US Open, so I hope they get better.

As for the course conditions - it's a US Open, so they're notoriously difficult. That course is a links-style course, so it looked like one. I'm guessing you're not generally a fan of the British Open, either. That's one of the great things about golf - every course has its own character and feel. I enjoyed this one.

Anonymous said...

I find it BELOW fantastic that you use BEYOND fantastic to describe everyday events...

Triple Fake... said...

So the DMN columnist was a no-talent hack, until she wrote something you agreed with. Suddenly, she's great?

I'm still mystified by your overuse of the word beyond. How can something be beyond successful?

AME churches are common in the community. Take a drive thru Stop Six in Fort Worth sometime.

"Lawfully spend taxpayer dollars to promote himself."
The president does this on a regular basis. And I'm not being critical of Obama - they all do it. So do governors, senators, and every other one that gets the opportunity. "Blah blah blah; I'm getting face time and that's crucial to winning over the voting public."


"...the gunman approached and asked for a lighter. The robber then put on a mask and pulled a handgun"
Yeah, the robber was never gonna be too successful in that field. If you put on a mask to conceal your identity AFTER interacting with the victim, you can be IDed. It's just Bad Guy 101.
There are actually three points to the story: (3) Guns aren't bad. Guns in the hands of bad people are the problem (is the problem?)

Has anybody else seen the goofy ad on late night TV that is trying to sell coloring books to adults, as a form of stress relief? (Here's a hint to the marketing department: It's still just a coloring book. You're using a crayon to color in a drawing. Doesn't matter if it's some weird modern art design, a smurf, or a pony. Any stress that may be removed in the process will be dwarfed by the hell you'll catch by anyone who knows you're using a coloring book!)
They will probably soon be required with the purchase of a weapon, at great cost to the taxpayer

Anonymous said...

Geezz...Even I, a non-religious person wouldn't dog someone who is weak and needs religion in order to function on a daily basis.

I'm so confused by those on the left who do. You want EVERYONE to be accepted no matter what but, dog religious people on a daily basis.

It makes you look bad.

Anonymous said...

I saw the RTG. I threw up in my mouth.

Anonymous said...

Not a fan of Jeffress, but it's interesting that everything you've read of Jacquielynn Floyd (whom I've personally never heard of) "normally writes drivel." But, now that it is about a Christian and someone you apparently loathe, it is not drivel. You make it to easy counsellor.

Anonymous said...

President Obama spent the weekend in somber reflection over the Charleston killings. He also visited numerous AME churches and other African American churches.

Wait, who am I kidding?

Obama spent the weekend on the left coast at high dollar fund raisers for the Democrats while also playing golf. When Air Force One returned to Washington he refused to leave the jet until the US Open golf tournament had ended so he could see who won.

What a guy, eh?

wordkyle said...

First, the church killings were godawful and my sympathies to all the victims. But the discussions and news stories raised in my mind a question that I don't have an answer to.
Was the SC killer a guy whose racism manifested itself in a crazy act?
Or was he a guy whose craziness manifested itself in a racist act?

I'll hang up and listen.

Anonymous said...

None of the national news is talking about all the blacks that got shot in Chicago this weekend. I guess it was a Fatherless Day special. Blacks killing blacks is not news, blacks killing whites is not news, but just let a crazy white kill black people and the news is non-stop for weeks or for months.

If you want to know about the blacks getting shot in Chicago, here it is:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-violence-20150618-story.html#page=1

Baylor Too said...

@9:48---

I don't mind links-style golf, like the British Open. But at least in Britain, the fairways and greens have some green tint to them.

And one of the criticisms I have of most golf-coverage these days is that they don't show enough of the players: they seem to show only the top six or eight golfers, plus the obscure extraordinary shots by the rest of the field. And so you sometimes have a situation where the top of the field collapses in the final four holes, and suddenly a tournament is being led by some player that they haven't even shown all day---you didn't even know he was playing that day and he wins the tournament. It is ridiculous. (beyond ridiculous?)

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that Captain Daddy Didn't Love Me didn't order a stripper pole to be installed on the SS Methamphetamine.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle: we raised the same question at our house this morning.

Triple Fake... said...

and if you really want to have some fun while driving thru the Stop Six area, approach random folks on the street and ask them where the nearest AME church is located.
That'll be beyond hilarious!

Anonymous said...

@Wordy,

Perhaps equal or some ratio of crazy and racist that fueled one another.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I am glad you are providing some RTG picts now for us carny folk. Makes those long trips hauling the ferris wheel around more pleasant.

DF Carnival Geek #3

DF John (I Ain't No) Baptist said...

Jeffress is just your typical, rule changing Baptist preacher. Ever notice what was a sin to the Baptist in the past is now not a sin? (Dancing, mixed bathing, divorce?)

Anonymous said...

Common chracteristics of recent mass killers:

1. Young white men.
2. Sociall inept.
3. Documented mental problems (mainly school).
4. Documented fondness for firearms (documented on websites like Facebook).

Wouldn't profiling be a good tool to prevent these tragedies?

Anonymous said...

Headline: Dreck blogger disses drivel columnist.

Mabank firefighter comment proves there's no shortage of idiots. MFD may/should be short one firefighter by day's end, though.

Anonymous said...

Juneteenth facepainting on the square? I guess I'm the only racist that thinks that's funny.

Anonymous said...

Was the president calling himself a nigger or was he calling his voters niggers?

It's not nice to call illegal immigrants niggers.

Anonymous said...

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/06/22/the_confederate_flag_is_the_legacy_of_democrats_not_republicans

Anyone who can factually dispute this welcome.

Anonymous said...

What's so hard to understand about ending racism? Just take down the confederate flag in South Carolina and that would end it.

Anonymous said...

12:57 Before you go all ignorant on us. Here's a tidbit you should know.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3133893/Was-Dylann-Roof-driven-racist-murder-GIRL-Cousin-Charleston-massacre-suspect-says-went-edge-unrequited-love-started-dating-black-man.html

Anonymous said...

Susie Jackson on the $10 bill.

Anonymous said...

I celebrated Fatherless Day yesterday by going to South Oakcliff and it was mass confusion.

Anonymous said...

You can always count on ol' Wordkyle to defend the white folks by trying to chip away at the edges of an explanation for what happened.

That's what I like about Wordy. He never met a racist he didn't try to rationalize.

wordkyle said...

438 - "To understand something" is not really your strong suit, is it?

Anonymous said...

438,

You are either delusional, or an idiot.

Specifically Saul, how did you get your post, out of what Wordy wrote?

I know you cannot rationalize your post, but go ahead and further insert your foot down your throat.

Look to the Dems for the true racists. Throughout history, they never met a minority that they did not want to control.

Anonymous said...

I've never been to a Behihanas. What are they?

Anonymous said...

Kinda like chink fast food- you know----flied lice.

Anonymous said...

How about moving the confederate battle flag to the museum for eliminating the use of the n-word and gangsta wrap.?

Bear said...

6:09

I think "Never met a minority that the didn't want to exploit" would work there, too.

Anonymous said...

For a slightly intelligent, educated man, Barry, you sometimes say the dumbest things. I.e. "Methodist-Episcopal" . Perhaps you could investigate a little before you make such dumb statements. What rock do you live under?

double fake Pastor of FBC Dallas