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Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • What a crazy scene in and around Ellis County last night. Two brothers get stopped for a traffic violation and end up taking the officer's SUV (I want to see the video of that.) They are later stopped and a standoff began which was broadcast live over the air and Internet since the police "negotiator" and the suspects were communicating over police radios. (I haven't heard the recorded audio yet, but it's coming.) Then one suspect killed himself, the other guy announced he was getting out to kill cops, and he got out with a shotgun and you can guess what happened next. 
  • There may have been a murder in Jacksboro yesterday.
  • "Deputy secretary of state says U.S.-led coalition has recorded more than 10,000 ISIS deaths in 9-month campaign."  I'm not sure what "U.S.-led coalition" means exactly, but we know the U.S. trained Iraqi army is a joke. When they cut and ran when ISIS approached last year, most news sources said we had spend $25 billion in training and arming them. 
  • Only 25 of the Waco Twin Peak bikers have been released on bond. One person I haven't called out is McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson who was the person who initially set bonds at $1 million for every single one of them. He's incompetent at best and a moron at worst. It's good to see at least someone has filed a complaint with State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
  • I have never seen so many Fort Worth lawyers coming into Wise County to get court appointments for indigent defense.  And it pays next to nothing. Here is the fee schedule as of 2011.  (When it says you get x dollars for a "plea" that isn't just for the hearing for the court to accept the plea. That fee is for the entire representation: investigation, file review, client visits, research, negotiations with prosecutor, etc.  Hey, I always say there are too many cops, but there is a lawyer glut of biblical proportions in North Texas. And UNT's law school hasn't even opened yet. There will come a day when "indigent defense" means the defense lawyer is the one who is broke. 
  • If I can make automatic payment by credit card for my monthly bills, I'll do it. That also means I'm in for a monumental beating when I get issued a replacement card (which will occur even because of a new expiration date). 
  • My backstop project has become my Moby Dick.  I'll get it done and then figure out a way to do it better even if it means starting from scratch.  I'm opening a salvage PVC store when I'm done. 
  • Remember: When Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bill at a press conference, he is doing it only for show. In Texas, any bill passed becomes law unless the governor vetoes it. He doesn't have to sign or approve any of them. 
  • Sports: (1) Everyone can calm down on Joey Gallo. It is one game. (2) I'm not going to watch any of it, but a twelve day delay before the NBA Championship series begins seems a little silly. (3) But not as silly as the announcement that the two semi college football playoff games being played on New Year's Eve.  (4) The Seattle Mariners manager got thrown out of game last night and went on an "epic rant". Translated: "Look at me!!!"


Anonymous said...

The U.S. cut and ran after we had achieved victory in Iraq. That is one campaign promise that our ignorant community organizer kept.

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG is a winner!

Anonymous said...

Victory in Iraq? What planet have you been living on? It can't be Earth. Reminds me of when Nixon declared victory in Vietnam as an excuse for beating a hasty Get-Out-of-Dodge. Obama has a lot to answer for, but screwing up Iraq is not one of them. Dick "Lord of Darkness" Cheney and GWB have the lion share of that honor.

DF Henry Kissinger

Ernest T said...

We may not have had a Victory in Iraq, but we d*$m sure had the situation under control. Unfortunately, our Community Organizer In Chief was determined to keep this one campaign promise, even though the people who knew what they are doing told him how bad of an idea it was.

So the President said yesterday that we are the "Most Respected Country" now. He actually said this with a straight face. Apparently, he is so used to lying now that he must only laugh when he tells the truth.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen so many Fort Worth lawyers coming into Wise County to get court appointments for indigent defense. And it pays next to nothing. Here is the fee schedule as of 2011. (When it says you get x dollars for a "plea" that isn't just for the hearing for the court to accept the plea. That fee is for the entire representation: investigation, file review, client visits, research, negotiations with prosecutor, etc. Hey, I always say there are too many cops, but there is a lawyer glut of biblical proportions in North Texas. And UNT's law school hasn't even opened yet. There will come a day when "indigent defense" means the defense lawyer is the one who is broke

Waaaaa! Thank God Barry you have your own little niche

Anonymous said...

9:32 - Just remember what our community organizer said in 2011.

When President Barack Obama removed the last U.S. forces from Iraq in December 2011, he announced that—as he had planned—the U.S. was leaving behind a “sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government.”

It was a "moment of success," he said.

You are also ignorant in regards to Vietnam.

Anonymous said...

Can I assume that you believe the Ellis County deal was the cops fault?

Anonymous said...

That court fee schedule seems completely adequate to get back to work.

Anonymous said...

If you believe anything from the State Dept. then I have a presidential candidate that wears pant suits that I think you will really like.

Anonymous said...

UNT's law school just finished its first year of classes. They'll graduate in 2 years. What percentage will pass the bar is another question...

Anonymous said...

8:56, you are a genius. Yes, Obama, when he went by the name "George W. Bush," signed an agreement, before Obama was elected, to "cut and run."

The U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (official name: Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq) was a status of forces agreement (SOFA) between Iraq and the United States, signed by President George W. Bush in 2008. It established that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. combat forces will be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.

Anonymous said...

We use a credit card for all of our monthly expenses, too, since it's such a good way to earn points/rewards. In the span of 5 months, our card changed 3 times thanks to fraud at stores like Home Depot and Target.

What. A. Beating.

Anonymous said...

10:04 - Right, and Obama had to go along with what his daddy Bush agreed to in 2008.

Bush had the whole thing figured out years in advance. You are the genius.

Anonymous said...

I recall Joe Biden saying that Iraq will be Obammy's biggest successes. Also Obammy declared Yemen to be a success. Haven't you Kool Aid drinkers had enough of this phony clown?

Bacon said...

Been a while but...

Bacon Scale
4.8 out of 5
Smoking HOT!!!


Anonymous said...

Re: Making automatic payment by credit card for monthly bills AND monumental beating when issued a replacement card.

I just had a thousand dollar plus payment to the phone company because the credit card on file had expired. Every other single place I pay sent a notice that the credit card on file was about to expire. I didn't check on the phone payment (my fault). They let it ride six months without any notification. The only thing we saw happen with service was that we couldn't make long distance calls from one phone number. When we called to check on that issue, they said, "Oh, you're behind six months."
Strange! They email me regularly with offers of other kinds!

Anonymous said...

Slippin' Jimmy would be fine with that fee schedule!

Upstairs said...

But Joey Gallo put on a great show last night. Maybe he isn't the next best thing to happen to baseball but don't discount that he was carrying a lot of expectations on his shoulder; he showed up and didn't disappoint. That is more than a lot of folks can say.

Not only that -- Fielder was a class act. Telling the young kid to take a bow and helping him have his moment was way cool.

We can be jaded and skeptical in all aspects of our lives but last night with Joey Gallo was true sport -- parents, teams, performance, win, etc. Very cool. Wish I had been there in person. Worth the price of admission and the expensive beer.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you cut and run when you win. Once you've won, you leave.

But--I don't think we won, and don't think we ever would. I'm fine leaving, since it saves American lives and we should never have been in IOraq in the first place.


Anonymous said...

Graphic showing 2015 police shootings:

Anonymous said...

We missed you Bacon!

Anonymous said...

@10:25AM. There is a strong correlation between stupid and "forgetting" you owe a monthly bill for a service you consume everyday.

Anonymous said...

10:26 wins the Internet today. Well done, sir/ma'am.

Anonymous said...

No comment here again wth

And yes i know how to work the comment section

Anonymous said...


Like Germany, japan and South Korea?

Anonymous said...

At some point, we turned Germany and Japan over to themselves to govern--we could never do that in such a volatile environment like Iraq. There are too many internal factions and external threats. Germany and Japan had borders that had been recognized for a long time, if not centuries. Millennia in Japan's case. We drew a bunch of lines in the sand in the middle east in the 40's, and expected them to become countries, despite the multitude of ethnic and cultural differences in the area If you think there are too many immigrants in the US, try that with an area that has never really had recognized boundaries until the economic interests of western powers tried to force boundaries on them.

And of course, it goes without saying that the Korean war is not over, it's just in a state of cease-fire. And that we still have bases in Iraq and other ME countries, like we do in Germany and Japan. But I guess you'd have to know a little about history to know that.


Anonymous said...

@ Rage

Ahhh yes yes yes. Mmmhhh Hmmmm

Anonymous said...

Don't want to calm down on Joey Gallo! Baseball is FUN again! Jealous much????? He's a 21 year old kid who had an awesome game last night, with his parents in the stands. Can't you even give him credit????

Anonymous said...

Terrible day! For once, I have to agree with Rage. He is right today.

Before some of you start priming the pump to send our troops over to Iraq to clean up the ISIS mess, you might want to give a little thought to what it will look like when they cut the head off of one of our special ops guys or auction off the services of one of our female soldiers on youtube in the wake of what happened to the Jordanian pilot earlier this year.

Will you be willing to go? Will you be willing to send your own sons and daughters? Before you answer, consider the fact that the Iraquis have refused to fight for themselves now for more than 25 years. They did not put up a fight in Desert Storm, Iraqui Freedom, Mosul, Ramadi, etc... Now you can answer.

On the lawyer situation: Lawyers suck.

Anonymous said...

2:25 - We wouldn't even be discussing sending troops to Iraq if we had left 10,000 like Romney recommended in the debate with our community organizer.

Rage, I bet the people suffering for generations in North Korea would prefer to be on the other side of the 38th parallel during this cease fire. You seem to think that you have a special grasp on history.

Anonymous said...

To add on to Rage's comments....

There is a certain area of the world that has been at war for thousands of years. To think that someone has the magic bullet to end the conflict between cultures, religions, economic inequalities, infrastructure inequalities and oil reserves is ludicrous.

To expect an individual(like the US Pres) to have the magic bullet is 1000 times ludicrous.

Speaking of Ludacris, my new album drops 11/15/15.

Anonymous said...

And I'm sure Rage is on board with Obammy in giving Iran a nuke and make the region even more unstable.

Anonymous said...

Rage hopes for the worst possible outcomes.

Anonymous said...


Your comment about lawyers....succinct and well thought out.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Bacon, you picked a good RTG day to come back. Good to have you home!

DF a Wise County Attorney who operates a local blog that shall go un-named

Anonymous said...

Ah, America - a Christian nation. Where the hardcore right hates Obama as much as the hardcore left hated Bush. The frothing at the mouth, blame 'em for everything kind of hate. Good to be home in this sea of "Christian love".

DF Dr. Gene Scott

Anonymous said...

...and he got out with a shotgun and you can guess what happened next.

Oh, my! Couldn't the police officers just scold the rapscallion, or make him write on the blackboard "I will not get out of the Police SUV I just stole, with a shotgun in my hands"?

What zany times we are living in.

Anonymous said...

3:02: As the late, great Dandy Don Meredith used to say, "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, everybody would have a merry Christmas." To continue with this line serves no purpose on whether it is the American people's responsibility to deal with ISIS or not. Since none of the locals seem excited to deal with them, I cannot support sending our people and resources to try.

As for your analysis on North Korea, again, you talk from pure ignorance. I know an individual who used to work for a government agency and is an expert analyst on North Korea who told me that one would think with the general population being starved to death, the population would rise up against the government. But no. The general population's attitude is that if it were not for dear leader, things would be much worse. They are willing to starve themselves and their children for dear leader.

5:06: I love the Dr. Gene Scott reference. "Get on the telephone!"

From a lawyer friend: What do you call 10000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

Answer: A good start.

I still don't care much for Rage, but he is still right today.

Anonymous said...

To the libtards:

So if Bush is responsible for losing in Iraq, after leaving a stable situation to Obama, Obama claiming victory, bragging about it in fact...

Then are we to assume that Clinton is responsible for the housing bubble, then meltdown and resulting recession, since he was the president who allowed for predatory lending practices, as well as allowing Fannie and Freddie to purchase subprime mortgages?

Cannot have it both ways. Bush could have at least released some of the pressure off of the bubble, and Obama could have kept thousands of troops in Iraq, if he wished.

Anonymous said...

6:12: If you are addressing me, you could not be more wrong. Usually it is Rage who calls me names, but again,, today he is right.

Instead of trying to assign blame to everything that has happened, would it not be better time spent on behalf of the American people to try to prevent what has happened from happening again.

1. Using our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, why can we not force the U.S. Congress to declare whomever it is we want to go to war with in the future and determine the terms on what we want the outcomes to be to determine whether we have won or not before committing our sons, daughters, and our treasure?

2. Using our experience in the last financial crisis, can we at least determine why the individuals responsible have not been identified, charged, prosecuted, and sent to prison? (to this date, not one)

I'm tired of the name-calling, finger-pointing, he-said-she-said, their-team-sucks, out-team-rocks, inane generalizations. It is past time for real solutions.

It is time for you to grow up, grow a pair, educate yourself with the facts, and join the debate. Anything less, and you are just making noise and getting in the way.

Anonymous said...

5:50, you and Rage win the Arthur Ashe award.

Anonymous said...

R. Buckminster Fuller Quotes:

Don't fight forces, use them.

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.

Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.

Integrity is the essence of everything successful.

God is a verb, not a noun.

Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees; Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.

Love is metaphysical gravity.

Tension is the great integrity.

What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.

I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself.

Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.

Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery.

People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.

Anonymous said...

I would love to taste the RTG's rainbow.

Anonymous said...

8:33, Do you have a good fried chicken recipe?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

5:50 - you are proud and strong posting on a blog about what you would do if you were in North Korea. I bet you would have taken on the 9/11 hijackers too.

Anonymous said...


Um, no...I was not addressing you. No idea why you would think so.

Narcissistic much?