The Campaign For DA

6.09.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts




  • I got sucked into the TCU/Aggie extra inning baseball game late last night but couldn't stay with what was ultimately a 16 inning, six hour game. TCU won despite a historic meltdown in the 9th inning to go to the College World Series. 
  • Vincent Bugliosi has died. He was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and became famous for writing Helter Skelter about the case.  He was also a little over the top. He wrote a book on the JFK assassination which was 1,612 pages and, if that wasn't enough, it included a CD containing an "additional 958 pages of endnotes and 170 pages of source notes." I remember reading his true crime book The Sea Will Tell and, although my memory fails me, I have a faint recollection about him saying something in there peculiar about his trial preparation. (I quick Google search revealed he claimed he would spend 300 to 400 hours preparing for closing argument. Since he just died, I won't call him a liar.)
  • No question there was a Starbucks ad disguised as a news story on Fox 4 last night. That news item informed us there will be six new flavors of Frappuccinos beginning today. 
  • Do we know the story behind the adult in jorts who just stands around during the McKinney police vs. pool party attendees melee?
  • I've mentioned before how all of the commercials for The Wounded Warrior Project had me a tad suspicious (along with their high overhead and "expenses"). Now we learn they have been "'repackaging givers’ personal information and selling it off to third parties, making more than $1 million in the process."
  • Very random: Saw a news blurb about a fire in the office of dentist Jay Leftwich this morning in Dallas. When I was a kid, First Baptist over in Bridgeport had a youth director whose last name was Leftwich. (Right? Someone help me out.) The dentist's website shows he's a young guy and spends an odd amount of time mentioning his faith. Any connection? (Like I said, very random thought.)
  • Why in the world did they open the roof at Cowboys Stadium for the Rolling Stones on Saturday.  That had to have been a sauna in there.
  • There's a Texas home price bubble going on right now. 
  • American Pharoah vs. Secretariat on split screen videos. That's really cool. Secretariat schooled him. How is that over the last 50 years humans have become bigger and faster but horses haven't?


36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jorts. The perfect fashion for any near-riot event.

DF Old McKinney Guy

Anonymous said...

Starbucks.

This convinces me that all journalists are lazy.

wordkyle said...

Re American Pharoah vs Secretariat. Maybe, on average, modern horses are faster than fifty years ago. You can't judge that by comparing AP against maybe the greatest racehorse ever. (I vote for Secretariat as the greatest athlete of the twentieth century.)

Anonymous said...

Sad how some really good causes (Wounded Warrior, Susan G. Komen, MADD, etc) become all about making money for the management folks over the the needs of the charity. 500K for a charity CEO salary & perks? Not on my donation, thank you very much.

DF Old School Guy

Anonymous said...

Very nice RTG today.

John said...

Have you seen this Barry? Its a FB post from guy who supposedly lives in the subdiv where the now infamous pool party was.

Michael Quattrin
Facebook friends and family – PLEASE HELP! That (now viral) video of the officer in McKinney subduing a girl in a bathing suit was in OUR neighborhood. The situation was NOT what is being reported…

A DJ setup in a public space next to the private pool in our neighborhood on Friday and played loud explicit (F-bomb) music for multiple hours (it is unclear if he was invited by a resident as no one has claimed responsibility). The teenagers (both black and white) were being brought into our neighborhood by the carload because the DJ was tweeting out invites to a “pool party” for $15 (obviously unauthorized by our neighborhood). The teens began fighting with each other and pushing their way into our private pool. Some were jumping our fence. The security guard was accosted when he tried to stop the beginnings of this mob scene. Some residents who live around the park/pool area tried to come out and settle things down. The teens started yelling racial slurs at our neighbors and started assaulting people and property (throwing bottles at cars and attacking a mother at the pool with 3 young children). The first officer on the scene was by himself. At that time, the party had grown to a large, aggressive crowd. As the officer arrived, many teens started running through our neighborhood. Many of the teens were being very aggressive and yelling at the officers as more arrived.

This was a very dangerous situation for the officers AND the teens/residents not involved. The news media has refused to hear the neighborhood’s side of this story. The video being distributed is only a very small segment of what happened. This information being distributed by the media and others is extremely distorted and in some cases outright lies.

PLEASE HELP US STOP THE BROADCASTING OF THIS IGNORANCE. The media is trying to make it look like our neighborhood is a white’s only, racist area. Anyone who has spent even a few minutes in our area knows this is an outright LIE.

The unfortunate result is that our neighbors are now being threatened. We have also had cars and property in and around the park area vandalized this weekend. Unfortunately, the press and social media are trying to enflame the situation.

I am asking for your help for my family and my neighbor’s safety…PLEASE, PLEASE do not rebroadcast any of these lies.

Anonymous said...

A few years ago I listened to Bugliosi speak on his JFK assassination book. He hand wrote the whole thing and had a secretary type from his notes. Just one footnote was over a hundred pages long, thus the need for the CD sold with the book containing all the footnotes. His talk regarding the assassination was very convincing [just one lone gunman--Oswald], however the book he wrote had been written a decade before, as in "Case Closed.

I've always been suspicious of the Wounded Warrior Project with so much money going to the commercials and less than 60% going to the vets. I once read that there are over 60,000 charities with the word "veteran" in the name.

Anonymous said...

The guy in jorts who is standing around (and holding back kids who are rushing the officer) is the guard/staff member at the pool.

The other adults you see walking around are homeowners who live by the pool.

Anonymous said...

I have never read this guy's blog before, but this is the only account that I've read that has the facts right about this "party promoter" who set up the event that created the problem.

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/06/08/the-full-story-of-the-mckinney-texas-pool-mob-inside-the-craig-ranch-subdivision/

(I live in Craig Ranch, FWIW)

Anonymous said...

Three MS-13 street-gang members from El Salvador are being held without bail on charges they forced a 16-year-old New York girl into the woods near a golf course, and two of them raped her while the third kept watch.


And they were all brought here by our government along with thousands of others!

Triple Fake... said...

jorts guy conjecture:
A gawker - probably a neighborhood local, thus the cops were not interested in detaining or chasing him away. What kind of "story" did you want? A complete bio on the guy, or why he thinks jorts are still a good idea?

Horses: already near-perfect creatures, and running is what they do best. The right combination of muscle and speed. Different breeds are adapted for sprinting, long-distance, endurance. The only way you could really improve on that is through chemistry. And then it wouldn't be much. Let's just call it enough (by a nose, maybe?) to win a race every now and then
Humans: I think most humans are more middle of the road - neither too speedy or muscular. Now, there are some humans - let's also call them "breeds" for expedience - that are better suited for speed, strength, endurance. The potential for improvement in any of these areas can also be realized through chemical enhancement. The difference here can be one or two runs or touchdowns.
Basically, horses are already great at running. They're like Gaga...born that way. Humans didn't start dedicating themselves seriously to specialized physical training until recently



today's RTG:
probably the most awesomest ever!

"Like anyone can even know that!"
Triple Fake Kip Dynamite

Anonymous said...

Why was the roof open at the Rolling Stones? Simple. To get rid of all of the smoke from those smoking dope.

DF Ronald Joseph Morel Turcotte said...

Secretariat was without a doubt the greatest race horse of all time and it is doubtful ANY horse could best his record.

Oh Jeah said...

Do we know the story behind the adult in jorts who just stands around...

He's the guy who claims to be an internet author and father. Whatever you say, buddy. Whatever. You. Say.

Anonymous said...

McKinney swim party - Ecstasy(MDMA) was the causative factor, not racism. Teach your children well.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I understand the "advertisement as news" issue. Companies issue press releases all the time. News organizations are free to report the information or not. If you're suggesting that companies pay for "news" time, I'm sure that happens. But I doubt the Starbucks "news" is an example of that. Large companies like Starbucks get news coverage for silly things like new coffee flavors because it attracts viewers/readers.

Anonymous said...

Any prosecutor who thinks he's great by getting a conviction of someone who admitted his crime, well, that ain't no big deal. He would inly need to spend that long on his closings if he really sucked.

We've been breeding horses far longer than athletes. They're just ahead of the curvRage

Anonymous said...

I was at the Rolling Stones concert and even with the roof open, the temperature was actually very comfortable.

Anonymous said...

I always have enjoyed race horses. Usually medium rare.

DF French Diner

Anonymous said...

Secretariat the greatest horse of all time? I beg to differ.

DF Dan Patch

Anonymous said...

You people just don't understand how money donated to charities and religion works. God wants us to enjoy the abundance.

DF Mrs Joel Osteen
sitting in first class

Anonymous said...

Breeding horses far longer than athletes? I got arrested for that one late night in the pasture.

DF Creepy Larry

Anonymous said...

Since he just died, I won't call him a liar.

Spoken/written just like a lawyer. As in "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I won't say that policeman X is a liar, because the Honorable WFS would request that you disregard the comment in your consideration."

mzchief said...

Secretariat was exceptional in so many ways. One of the most significant was the fact that Secretariat had a genetic abnormality, passed through the dam/mother, that produced a significantly larger than normal heart that actually greatly increased the horse's stamina.

As for American Pharaoh's win. A lot of the horses in the pack had never run a 1.5 mile race. I believe AP had run 1.5 miles in just one race prior. An extra 1/4 mile is a LOT Of race left for a horse not used to going that far.

What people, who don't follow racing or know much about horses/racing is that the horses have gotten better. Horse racing has always required the horse to run full out and burn all they have. The difference these days is that there's not a meat wagon at the end of the track to take away the horses that have been so injured they're destroyed. It used to be common place for horses to shatter cannon bones at the end of a race.

Katy Anders said...

@9:27: That makes sense. The audience kicked back, lit up some joints, and suddenly they all felt like they did back when they were 70.

Adolph Oliver Bush said...

It sounds like Bugliosi counts his closing argument time like Lawyers count their client time. A few minutes here and a few minutes there.....but every time counts for at least an hour.

Anonymous said...

10:23, Interesting, who do you like?

Bear said...

Basic science tells us that heat rises and cold settles. So if the roof is open, shouldn't all the heat go up and out and only leave the cool air inside the stadium?

There is a cave in Arizona called the Fire & Ice Cave. It is on the side of a volcano. The cave has ice in the bottom that stays frozen all year. It stays frozen because the sun never shines in the cave, the volcanic rock is very porous and insulating and the cold sinks while the heat rises out of the cave.

Same principal.

Anonymous said...

Any comment on Rumsfeld now claiming he never thought democracy would work in Iraq. His brilliant boss must never have gotten the word on that. Of course VP Cheney predicted our troops would be welcomed as liberators. And don't blame it on defective intelligence. The intelligence never supported the nuclear claims and inspectors were on the ground and our photo satellites and aircraft did not back up political statements. ISIL is a result of our messing in an ethnic tribal environment that was controlled only by powerful dictators.

Anonymous said...

If I see you today jogging in your superman suit I will salute you. you are my hero.

Anonymous said...

The government is preparing for something big!

Job Title: Maintenance Worker
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

About the Position:

Employees occupying these positions will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US. Employees must pass a stringent medical screening and be prepared to live and work in extremely austere conditions. Work schedule will initially be arduous, with much overtime. Sleeping arrangements may be limited to using a sleeping bag or in the vehicle used to move from location to location.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/404191100

Anonymous said...

Why Is Wal-Mart Preparing For A Major Earthquake On The New Madrid Fault? Posted on July 24, 2014 by Michael Snyder.

According to a Wal-Mart executive, Wal-Mart “participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” earlier this summer.

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/07/24/wal-mart-preparing-major-earthquake-new-madrid-fault/

Anonymous said...

I've attended quite a few games at Minute Maid Park in Houston. During night games, they'll often start with the roof closed and open it up in the 7th inning. Even in a muggy Houston summer, the breeze and breath of fresh air that blows through when it opens up is refreshing.

Anonymous said...

You weenies cry about never finding weapons of mass destruction yet Obammy is in the process of handing our enemies weapons of mass destruction, and the missile systems to deliver them. I guess that's OK with you, just so we know where they are at.

Anonymous said...

4:39 What is the source of your idiotic claim about giving enemies WMDs?

Bear said...

10:04

NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, Fox: All news stations are carrying stories about Obama helping Iran obtain nuclear weapons. Where have you been?