The Campaign For DA

6.04.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts




  • Rick Perry is announcing his bid for President today after unveiling his web site in the middle of the night. I think he's the 10th Republican to announce. Delicious.
  • Ted Cruz told an old "joke" about Joe Biden at a function yesterday. Biden's son died of brain cancer less than a week ago. When a light bulb finally came on above Cruz's head, he apologized.
  • Josh Hamilton has strained his hamstring and will miss four weeks. Hey, I dislocated my shoulder because of a 6" high snow sled jump once yet I can confidently say that he's more fragile than I am. 
  • Pacman is 30 years old today, and Google celebrates by letting you play with the keyboard arrow keys. Edit: I screwed that bullet point up big time. 
  • Hillary Clinton was in Dallas last night for a fundraiser at the home of PI lawyer Frank Branson. I know someone who was there and am waiting for an update. 
  • For the first time since leaving office, slightly more than 50% of Americans have a "favorable impression" of George W. Bush.  Bill Clinton has been above 60% since 2009.
  • BagOfNothing has a video of an Addison cop smashing out the window of a car when the driver refused to identify himself. The youtube description is "Addison Cop violating my rights when I refused to SUBMIT to his bogus claims. Brown v Texas - Officers CAN NOT demand a person to self identify unless then cops has seen them in a commission of a Felony. I was just going from point A to B... this is at 9:30 am on a Saturday morning going to work." Sorry, buddy, you're wrong. 
  • But the driver also said, "Did you realize in the state of Texas that speeding in and of itself is not illegal?"  You know what, he's right. Edit: link fixed. 
  • "Texas lawyers this year notified hundreds of corporate clients that their hourly rates were going up. Junior partners at many large law firms now charge $650 an hour. Associates only three years out of law school bill $400 an hour." Story.  How this fraud on the the public continues to survive is amazing. It's robbery. 
  • A few weeks ago, a friend of a friend was in a car accident which was not her fault. She had some minor injuries but nothing significant, and filed a claim with the other driver's insurance company to pay for the car repairs. She said the claims adjuster was "so nice" and was even willing "to pay me a little extra than the property estimate" and suggested they meet at Starbucks. Yep. Waiver and settlement agreement was signed at Starbucks in exchange for the check. 


45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hillary spoke last night about the income inequality between men and woman by pointing out that Bill gets 500 thousand a speech and she only gets 300 thousand.

Anonymous said...

Barry,
Would you do a post about what Brown v Texas actually does mean?

As a fine, upstanding citizen, I would like to know what my rights actually are.

Anonymous said...

I can almost make out the RTG's Aerial Olay when I zoom in.

Anonymous said...

Ted Cruz told an old joke about Joe Biden. Joe Biden is an old joke.

Anonymous said...

Barry, the PacMan article you linked to was written in 2010, meaning PacMan is 35 and your article is five years out-of-date.

I remember PacMan being around long before 1985.

Katy Anders said...

Woohoo! Governor Rick is back! I don't know how many of you know this, but I was a huge Rick Perry supporter in 2012 and even owned the domain name www.BigamistsForPerry.com

I wonder if that's available again...

Anonymous said...

BG, did Hillary Clinton tell your friend at the Dallas fundraiser to go to the back of the line?

Anonymous said...

2015-1980= 35 years old for Pacman. Gone are the good ol days of Space Invaders, Galaga, Asteroid etc...Todays kids have no idea.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale

4 out of 5
She is very very cute

GJ BG!

Anonymous said...

Ask your friend if the people at the fundraiser had to lower the thermostat to below freezing to match Hillary's body temperature.

Anonymous said...

How much again did it cost us when the Obammycare website was launched that didn't work?

zsleepwalker said...

Not allowed to view the blogger article about speeding not being illegal. Maybe you can quote it instead?

Anonymous said...

When I tried the link above (about speeding not being illegal in Texas) it wouldn't let me view the page unless I signed in.

Anonymous said...

Bad link on that lawyer jargon.

Typical.

Anonymous said...

Two days in a row! Bacon is back! Yippeee!!!!!

This blog is a better place when you are here.

Anonymous said...

Katy, Did you get Bruce Jenner's left overs?

Anonymous said...

Always wanted my own PacMan arcade game, but I bought a pinball machine last year instead. Always wanted one, and completely worth the scratch. The kiddos had a hard time figuring it out.

Anonymous said...

"Texas lawyers this year notified hundreds of corporate clients that their hourly rates were going up. Junior partners at many large law firms now charge $650 an hour. Associates only three years out of law school bill $400 an hour." Story. How this fraud on the the public continues to survive is amazing. It's robbery.


How did this get in your blog?? There must be some virus or something.

I couldn't agree more with the writer. What a colossal rip off

Anonymous said...

LOL that bag of nothing video rocks. I wish the video would have kept rolling while they sacked that idiot up!

Anonymous said...

The irony about Cruz' "joke" is that to a lot of folks, the mere mention of Ted Cruz elicits either a laugh, a grimace or a groan. That man is an embarrassment to our state.

Anonymous said...

Watched the Addison cop video. Have never seen service/campaign ribbons on a police uniform before. Is this a trending thing? What would the ribbon be for the Belt Line Kerfuffle of 2011?

DF General George Patton

Anonymous said...

A few weeks ago, a friend of a friend was in a car accident which was not her fault. She had some minor injuries but nothing significant, and filed a claim with the other driver's insurance company to pay for the car repairs. She said the claims adjuster was "so nice" and was even willing "to pay me a little extra than the property estimate" and suggested they meet at Starbucks. Yep. Waiver and settlement agreement was signed at Starbucks in exchange for the check

So what is the point of this "observation"

With the way fly by night insurance companies are allowed to behave these days (Thank you Texas)Why would you want to settle quickly? What if other unseen damages (either automobile or human)arise? Isn't their liability complete after signing?

Anonymous said...

"Josh Hamilton has strained his hamstring and will miss four weeks. Hey, I dislocated my shoulder because of a 6" high snow sled jump once yet I can confidently say that he's more fragile than I am."

You say some things that make me shake my head sometimes. He's no more fragile than you are. It would take you 6 months of jogging and snow sled jumping to put your body through the same stress that his goes through in 6-8 hours on a game day.

Anonymous said...

Josh Hamilton "yet I can confidently say that he's more fragile than I am. "

Tell me, what are you doing the the millions you are getting? Do you snow jump about 150 times a year for 10 years?

you continue to scoff at successful folks......could it be penis envy?

Anonymous said...

I never forgot Rick Perry saying in the debates that he supported in-state tuition for illegals. That did not set well with me when my niece from Orgeon had to pay out-of-state tuition at Texas State. She should of traveled to Mexico and then entered illegally across the Rio Grande. I will stay home and not vote if he is nominated. I do recall that after him making that remark that he went to near zero in the polls.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip 8:48, I believe I can as well.

wordkyle said...

Oh, c'mon BG. You cite Bush's increasing popularity without even giving the headline of the Washington Post article you cited? "George W. Bush now polls better than Hillary Clinton and Obama." Sure, they try to minimize that fact by comparing it to Bill Clinton's numbers. That's unremarkable, given how Bush was hammered by the media for his entire presidency, and Bill Clinton was kept afloat by that same media. With that in mind, how bad must be the Democrats' current and future choices for president, if even Dubya's viewed more favorably?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle - Is it your position that the bashing of Bush by the "media" was unjustified?

Anonymous said...

The 'reasonable and prudent' aspect of speeding has always been there.
It does not make it not a crime, it is just a defense to prosecution or something you could tell the officer on the side of the road, hoping he wont write you a ticket. But he probably will.

It is very misleading and untrue to say that speeding is not a crime.

wordkyle said...

1123 - Unbalanced. As was their coverage of Bill Clinton. And Barack Obama. (Even ultra-Liberal Bob Schieffer admits that, in hindsight, journalists should have been more skeptical of Obama.)

Triple Fake... said...



article in today's paper about illegal aliens and the detention of pregnant women. One woman said: “No one has ever told me to lift my shirt, we’re going to look to see how your baby’s heart is doing,” said one Central American mother, who is in her second trimester. “That’s what doctors do in my country.”
So, you voluntarily leave your own country, enter this country illegally, then question the level of medical treatment that is provided at no charge to you?
And somebody will probably say "Oh, but things are bad in their country, and they want a better life for themselves and their children." Then I guess it's okay if the so-called downtrodden in this country moved - illegally - to Canada, where services are socialized. And I hear good things about the south of France, also socialized.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article23033238.html#storylink=cpy

Anonymous said...

BG, how dare you mention the results of a Washington Post survey without also describing how great republicans are.

DF Wordkyle at 1057

Katy Anders said...

I'm not sure how it can be considered surprising that a President's approval rating goes up significantly after he's out of office. Even the least popular and least-redeemed President of modern times, Jimmy Carter, probably has more than twice the approval he had while in office.

Six years from now, Obama will have a 50%+ approval rating... once it doesn't matter anymore and he's not in the spotlight.

That being said, Bush or his people did a great job with hiding him for a few years before rolling him back out. He's a very likable guy, and once he could be separated from those deeply disasterous years of 2001-2008, people could start remembering why they liked him.

I don't mean this to sound like a lecture... I've always assumed it was common sense.

Anonymous said...

11:23
I am not speaking for WK, only myself.

I read his main point on that issue to be that there was a great disparity between the way the same media covered the two mentioned presidents. Is it your position that that did not occur?

Objective and fair coverage of the POTUS is good. Biased bashing or protective and apologetic coverage is bad, and that's the way it happened.

Anonymous said...

11:57

The Bush presidency was disastrous for this country in many, many ways. I would argue that was not the case for Clinton and is not the case for Obama. Neither of these men have been perfect, but I think I could make a very good case (and bore a good bit of the LL readership while doing so) to support my opinion.

Signed: Bush and Cheney are the Reasons I'm Now a Democrat

Anonymous said...

11:57

To answer your point directly, I wholeheartedly agree that objective and fair coverage is good. My argument is that, on the whole, Bush was treated fairly. He was a disaster and the press ultimately caught on to that fact. Clinton, if anything, was mistreated due to this country's (and its press') Victorian preoccupation with sex. Obama may well have been treated with kid gloves initially but I would argue that the thinking press (i.e., not the echo chamber of the Fox nut cases) treats him fairly.

Signed: Bush and Cheney are the Reasons I'm Now a Democrat

wordkyle said...

That low unemployment during the Bush years was terrible, huh? The economy -- until the crash very late in his term of office -- was doing quite well, especially compared to the last several years. But the numbers that Bush was bashed for in the media were better than those under Obama, yet very few of the mainstream media stories have harped on it as they did with Bush. Even our host tries to tout "improving economy" messages...even if the numbers are reversed the next month. (e.g. Remember the stories from December of "strongest economic growth in 11 years?" GDP fell .07% the first quarter of 2015. How much have you heard of that?)

The word "disaster" is tossed around with no meaning, other than to express one's own biases.

Anonymous said...

Old video games? Galaga was greatness. Wish I had a machine now.

DF Aged Geezer

Anonymous said...

2:00 - Fools like you don't realize that it was the Republican led congress that drove legislation during the Clinton Years.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle

I don't toss the word "disaster" around lightly. I'll give you three reasons for my use of the term:

1) The US was actually headed to surpluses until Bush assumed office. His misguided tax cuts and war spending sent us into deficit hell. My source for this statement: consult the writings of Bruce Bartlett who held senior policy positions in the Reagan and W. Bush administrations. He also served on the staffs of Jack Kemp and Ron Paul. I would not consider Bartlett a left winger by any means.
2) Bush and the neo-cons led us into an ill-conceived war in Iraq which has cost us, in very round terms, a couple of trillion dollars. I would remind you that W. and company also deceived the electorate regarding the cost of the war by at first lying about the estimated cost and then omitting it from deficit calculations. Even more damning is the fact that the supposed fiscal conservatives borrowed the money for the war instead of increasing taxes to pay for it.
3) Bush gravely tarnished the moral authority of the US by condoning torture. And lying about it.

I could go on and on but have work to do.

Signed: Bush and Cheney are the Reasons I'm Now a Democrat

Anonymous said...

2:45

Nothing like going back in time 23 years to prove a point.

Like I care what you think.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle at 2:45pm:

Right on, WK! We were making good time and it was a great cruise until that little iceberg thing, so don't judge me by one small event.

DF Captain of the Titanic

wordkyle said...

405 -
1) The 90s dot-com bubble, responsible for the huge economic activity while Clinton presided, burst in 2000. Regardless of what happened, the deficit was going to grow. Bush's "deficit hell" as you describe it, over eight years, was about the same as that under Obama in six. Yet Bush has "disaster" while Obama is described as "improving." (Psst...that Clinton budget "surplus" somehow increased the federal debt every year Clinton was in office.)
2) See above about deficit vis-a-vis Bush and Obama.
3) "Moral authority" is a vague, unmeasurable term. Since Obama took office, he has turned his back on our allies, emboldened our enemies, and reduced America's influence to practically nothing. Everyone agrees that torture is bad -- unless it saves lives. But what occurred under Bush hurt America's influence and reputation far less than whatever you call what Obama has done.

428 - Was that "first quarter of 2015" reference too out-of-date for you?

457 - Actually yes, America's economy under Bush was doing very well for several years, especially considering that um, unpleasantness in 2001. Trace the collapse of 2008 to hundreds of thousands of people who couldn't pay their mortgages. Whether they should have had those mortgages in the first place is a valid conversation to have. How they somehow got mortgages they shouldn't have qualified for is another.

Anonymous said...

428,

Obviously, considering your post, you DO care what WK thinks.

To the history class failures on this blog...You do realize that Clinton left a freaking recession for Bush to clean up, right?

You do realize that Newt Gingrich's, Congress balanced the budget, and kept taxes relatively low, which lead to the expanded economy? You do realize that during the Clinton years, five major technology sectors were introduced, which greatly expanded the economy?

But then, at least Clinton went along with the Repubs, and did not screw it up. Cannot say that about Obama.

Anonymous said...

Very nice RTG.