The Campaign For DA

6.23.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • Reports this morning say that Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles will resign. He lasted much longer than I thought he would. After he brought with him a 31 year old "communications director" at a salary of $185,000 (who just happened to be very attractive) but who would quit almost immediately once the press got wind of her hire, I didn't think he would make it through 2013. And I felt pretty good about my prediction when his wife and son "moved back" to Colorado in August on 2013.  Prediction: Get ready for a huge severance package to be announced as well. 
  • Speaking of schools and tax dollars,  Highland Park ISD hired a new superintendent at a salary of $325,000 a year (not to mention a $1,000 a month car allowance.)
  • I had the pleasure of cutting one of those pieces of green metal edging with a hacksaw last night. I don't think those guys who broke out of prison in New York worked that hard. 
  • There was a major melt down at the beginning of Fox 4 News last night as the camera got stuck on an their empty weather center as they tried to throw it to remote.  It got so bad they just cut straight to commercial without even the obligatory, "We're having technical problems . . . . "
  • And an odd ending to the that newscast as well as they showed a "news segment" on a "Buc-ee's" opening in Terrell. Afterwards, Heather Hays said Buc-ee's is great because "the employees always greet you" and the "always make sure their bathrooms are so clean."  Steve Eager had a defeated look of "can't we disguise this ad just a little bit better?" (Or maybe it was a look of, "Girl, you've never been in a Buc-ee's in your life.")
  • You guys are correct, I do say "beyond" too much.
  • An "officer working for the Texas attorney general's office shot at an alleged carjacker in Dallas" about a week ago. I never thought about the Texas AG having "officers". (The crux of the story, however, is that the new Texas AG won't release even the most basic of information about the incident.) 
  • Piece of trivia from the rather overblown Texas Supreme Court opinion last week on "same sex divorce" in Texas: "Several lawyers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office were present during the hearing" in the district courtroom when the divorce was granted. Several? And they were monitoring that?  (Ok, I had to look: The budget of the Texas AG was over a half billion dollars in 2013). 
  • Very Random Observation: The "teacher" from Van Halen's Hot For Teacher video turns 64 this year. 
  • I posted last Saturday that it was the day of the death of the Confederate Flag. And, man, was I right. Even conservative politicians are flocking to ban it from government displays. Not to mention Walmart no longer offering it for sale. (Although the CEO of Walmart saying "We don't want any of the merchandise we sell to be offensive" is about to get him torched once the masses start posting pictures from the T-shirt sections.) 


36 comments:

Anonymous said...

yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

at least the girl is hot.

Anonymous said...

So, once Wal-Mart and South Carolina ban the Confederate flag, racism will no longer exist?

And as soon as we tell the Jews and the Muslims to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, there will be peace in the Middle East.

And everyone will live happily ever after.

- DF Simpleton

Anonymous said...

Walmart rushing in to announce they will no longer sell a particular product I've never once seen at that store in the first place seems like overkill. The people who are really passionate about the flag (a big part of Walmart's target demo) will boycott the store. I don't know if it will hurt sales or if the boycott will last, but it could do a little bit of harm to the store's bottom line.

It's awfully convenient how the Confederacy is being used as a scapegoat in all this.

Didn't that Roof kid have on a Gold's Gym shirt in one picture?

If we're going to play the guilt by association game then I think we need to talk about a boycott.

And we also need to talk about Obama's friend Bill Ayres.

Anonymous said...

I have never owned a Confederate flag but think I will get me one before laws are passed banning them. The current situation reminds me of Hitler and him deciding what was right or wrong.

Anonymous said...

Walmart customers will eventually need beer and cigarettes whereupon their boycott will crumble.

Skeeter said...

@9:00 "The people who are really passionate about the flag (a big part of Walmart's target demo) will boycott the store." Where the hell else are rednecks going to shop, if not at Walmart??

Anonymous said...

Okay, the "is it an ad or is it news" bit is getting old. Surely you don't think there's some grand conspiracy where places like Buc-Ees and Whataburger are bribing every local news outlet to run stories, right? This isn't FM radio in the 50s and 60s, where every DJ in a major market got payola.

Here's the simple answer: there is too much time spent on "news" reporting, thanks to the 24-hour news cycle. Thus, the "news" is no longer about what's happening, it's about filling time with talking-head debates where "experts" give their nonsense opinions, all for the purpose of killing time. Plus, all of these cable news stations have to raise ad revenue, so they try to stir up controversy by hiring as many outlandish commentators as they can.

It's just as true on the local level - look at how much time they have to fill. Fox 4 airs four and a half hours of news in the morning, a half hour of news at noon, 90 minutes starting at 5 PM, another 90 minutes starting at 9 PM, and a repeat hour-long broadcast at midnight. That's 9 out of every 24 hours that has to be filled with stories about something.

Anonymous said...



In 1987 Bill Clinton Signed Law Honoring ‘the Confederate States of America’
Read more at http://dailysurge.com/2015/06/flashback-bill-clinton-signed-law-honoring-the-confederate-states-of-america/

Anonymous said...

Wow, it only took 4 comments today before Hitler showed up. That has to be close to a record, at least for this month. Bravo, LL readers!!

Triple Fake... said...

What's the big deal with the AG office not commenting on the shooting? It didn't happen in the course of the person performing his duties, did it? That would be the same as expecting Wal-Mart to comment on one of their employees involved in a shooting on his personal time. They would tell you (anybody asking for a comment/info) to refer questions to the law enforcement office that investigated the incident.
And the reporting requirements are for police agencies to give info on people being shot (not hit-and-miss, which this one was) by one of their own officers. Any info on this should come from DPD, not the AG's office

Anonymous said...

Have always had one of those bad "gut feelings" about the Dallas ISD sup. Something's a little off center here and will eventually be discovered.

Anonymous said...

I agree that people bring me up all too often as a comparison. Also, I have great sympathy for the Stars & Bars. Our black swastika on a red background is just a celebration of our German history and regional pride. In no way should it be connected to genocide or the invasion of neighboring countries. You folks just don't understand its true meaning.

DF Adolf

Anonymous said...

HOLLY COWS !!! Walmart first gives their employees a raise (From below poverty wages to just plain poverty wages), Then they announce they are going to give the employees better scheduling with their hours (No more .. "Come in and work 3.5 hours take 4 hours off (Unpaid) and then come back and work another 3.5 hours for a total of 7 hours ... Part time employee). And NOW THEY ARE SAYING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IS OFFENSIVE??

Good news is they still show you how to file for food stamps when you hire on and Walmart still takes out life insurance policies on their employees "just in case you die". AND they still have "Please donate food drives" for their employees around Christmas time.

WalMart Profits: Nearly $20,000 (Per Minute, That Is 24/7/365 days per year). Yep you just reading this "RANT" made them 20K.

Anonymous said...

The "is it an ad or is it news" has been around for a long time barrister. And yes the bit, as most of the ones you do, are getting old and really overused.

Then again originality was never your strong point was it? Considering 90% of your "random" comments are just regurgitated rubbish from The Ticket or tired old criticisms of hal jay, that judge, or fox news.

Don't think you gotta worry about booking your ticket to Marshall just yet...

Anonymous said...

I would like to suck her saltiness.

Goober's Cousin Gomer said...

Miles is the stereo-typical Jeckyl-Hyde school supt. His knowledge and skills in instructional matters is superb. He knows how to achieve educational results in both test scores many real learning and refuses to compromise in that arena. But he runs roughshod over employees to reach those goals. Should the principals in question have been fired? I don't know all the facts surrounding them. But if they had been offered opportunities for training and/or transfer and significant improvements in educational achievement did not occur, then yes, fire their butts and get someone in there to do the job. And if the board interferes as they obviously did in this case, then take their money and resign. The same thing is going on in Wise County. Of Slidells 4th grade reading & writing, Chicos 8th social studies, and Alvord & Paradise 8th science scores at least two of those districts have boards preventing the campus principals from making changes that would improve educational instruction. And this is the fourth year in a row that Alvord 8th science scores have been this dismal. So now go try to convince the world whose running the 8th grade campus.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 9:18.
Barry, please let the ad or news obsession go. No one cares but you.

Sam Brows said...

8:57 makes a very valid point. Getting rid of the flags isn't going to put an end to racism. Heck Roof can be seen making doodles in the sand in one of his "manifesto" pics. the doodles are numbers 14 and 88, both white power references due to their association with the "14 words" and the phrase "heil hitler". THAT guy was run to ground over seven decades ago and idiots still find a way to gravitate to him and his hate. But, with that said, most big box stores like Walmart, Target, J.C. Penneys, Sears, etc., don't sell merchandise with a swastika on it either. Why? Because that symbol is associated with promoting hate. And that is where the Confederate Flag has been relegated to. No longer is it associated with the brave men and women who fought against an ever expanding federal government, now it is a symbol of hate and hate crimes. Congratulations on putting the cherry on the Sundae Mr. Roof.

Anonymous said...

Keep doing the "Is it news or is it a paid ad" bit. People need to be reminded to keep an eye out for this crap.

Anonymous said...

10:17 before you group every school scores are bad in certain subjects and changes need to be made you need all the facts. I teach one of those subjects mentioned and yes the scores were low this year but every other year before this they were way above the state average and one the highest in the county. Get the facts before you start calling out people and stick to your own school district (Alvord??)

Anonymous said...

"(not to mention a $1,000 a month car allowance.)"

If you're not to mention it, why did you mention it?

Katy Anders said...

I am beyond disappointed that the word "beyond" is apparently getting axed around here.

But you know what? The fact that it is getting axed speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

All news are ads of some sort jackass. The bit was never funny anyway.

Anonymous said...

Hey Cousin Gomer and 11:08

If you look at the AISD website you will see unlike the other county districts ALVOID did not even put STAAR test results on their board agenda to be discussed openly. Guess they were afraid that might have a negative effect on their upcoming bond election. I'll also bet before the end of the week they hire our exAD Carter. You know, the one who told the MESSENGER he was looking at employment OUTSIDE education. They deserve each other.

Anonymous said...

The Highland Park $1000 car allowance seems high? Why don't the Wise County tax payers check out how many employees get a car allowance of $700 per month last time I checked. The tax payers are being taken for a ride. Why does the tax accessor, treasurer, county clerk need a car allowance to drive to work? They are not driving that many miles, pay them per diem for when they go somewhere. Even the appointed ones get this allowance. The EMT director get this money,,why???? to drive back and forth from his other job??? So the 1000 for highland park isn't so bad.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to look this morning if the person that lives just south of 380 & Trinity (730) was still flying the Confederate Flag.

Will they be asked to take it down?

Anonymous said...

@9:18, Yes, and don't call me Shirley..

Anonymous said...

I don't like the Mexican flag being flown in this country either. We fought them more than once. Racists.

General Pershing

Anonymous said...

You made me laugh, Katy. Well done.

Anonymous said...

So, once Wal-Mart and South Carolina ban the Confederate flag, racism will no longer exist? - 8:57

Chief Justice John Roberts has already stated that racism no longer exists when he gutted the Voting Rights Act.

Anonymous said...

The danged Dog Catcher even gets to drive a county vehicle home using county gas. News Flash for all you "conservatives" voting straight Republican tickets... The people you're electing aren't "conservative". But please continue to vote straight Republican ticket without looking at who you're voting for. It's the only thing keeping the Army from invading Texas and sending you to a secret Walmart reeducation camp, right?

Anonymous said...

Black man attacks white woman with machete and I see nothing on the major networks. It does not fit into their agenda. The victim has to be black and the criminal has to be white for it to make the news.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3136617/Machete-wielding-homeless-man-slashes-woman-New-York-s-Bryant-Park-leaves-yoga-class.html

Anonymous said...

Barry, you can apply for the vacancy left by Becky Oliver's retirement at Fox 4. We will have to change your name to Barry Oliver. Your first assignment will be this fake news advertisement fiasco perpetrated by your employer.

DF Steve Eagar

Anonymous said...

Glad someone finally said it. I AGREE WITH YOU.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clearing that up: from all of us rhome cc members, rhome pd n rhome city hall! If we cld read or write we would have put it on the agenda at next klan rally er uh meeting!

Anonymous said...

...ever expanding federal government! What school did you learn your history from, Trump school for the advancement of the kkk?! Ignorance 101? Brandon Davis is that you again?