The Campaign For DA

7.28.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • One odd and sad thing about the Sandra Bland case is that she couldn't afford a bond fee of $500 to $1,000 so she remained in jail.
  • Yes, I saw the DA released the toxicology report which showed Bland had marijuana in her system. I'm not sure how that's relevant unless there's a list somewhere of people committing suicide after smoking a joint. 
  • I haven't heard whether the trooper in the Bland case will even receive a reprimand for his unprofessional conduct from much maligned DPS Director Steve McCraw.  Recall that McCraw, when he's not involved in his own controversies, was very upset with a trooper who posed with Snoop Dogg a few months ago. 
  • Weird Dallas story: A guy gets in a one car wreck in the middle of the afternoon, calls his sister to tell what happened, and then vanished.
  • I've tried to lay off my "ads disguised as news" rants, but it really is fascinating. I was watching the end of Fox News Sunday and after the round table, they ran a three minute segment on Marriott hotels. It was nothing more than a "story" about how the founder had a vision, how well the company is doing, and the many brands they now work under.  
  • The "Open Carry" new law may have a "flaw" (depending on your views.) As written, a prosecutor's office, a probation department, or a clerk's office cannot ban openly carried handguns by a CHL holder. (That may come as a shock to my buddies across the street.)  However, since a ban is allowed for  the premises of a "government court" and the "offices" of that court, one DA has asked the Texas Attorney General if the ban can apply for the entire court building even if it houses a clerk or prosecutor's office.  That is very relevant for the Wise County courthouse and almost all Texas courthouses. (But since the Wise County Clerk and Probation Department are in standalone buildings, they seem to be out of luck.) Here is the letter asking for the AG opinion which is really informative. 
  • The Ticket afternoon show mocked UT coach Charlie Strong for laughing earlier in the day (a little too much) when asked the question, "Of all the places you coached, which fans have the greatest expectations?" He was laughing because he was thinking, "You want me to give an answer of anything other than 'Texas' fans? You know what that would mean?"
  • Fox 4's Steve Noviello had video last night of him confronting a lady in a hotel that she had rented with his credit card number.  It was cheesy yet riveting -- Is this sweeps time again?  I did roll my eyes at the end of the segment when Noviello was complimented by Heather Hays for keeping his cool during the confrontation. After plastering the lady's image on their show for six minutes, Noviello said he didn't think he needed to "belittle" her. 
  • Back to UT, BagOfNothing mentioned today that former great Jamaal Charles competed in the Special Olympics as a child. He wondered why and did some research. Made me wonder if BON ever heard the high school interview of Charles by Rick Renner at an all-star game. (It's on youtube but has offensively been visually tricked up.) 
  • Very random front page below but the "Speeders Beware" headline got my attention. There is a reference to "grant money" from TxDOT for this program ("Operation Lead Foot" perhaps?) which will be used to pay for overtime for the cops. That pays for 45% of the overtime the officers will receive conditioned on the city agreeing to pay an additional 55% in overtime. So state and local government agree to pay a huge chunk of overtime pay to government employees to write speeding tickets which will generate more government money. Of course, all of this is to make "the roads safer." (I'm pretty sure this is the TxDOT "Step Program" which has been implemented in Wise County in the past.) 


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The trooper in the Bland case is on administrative leave for violating procedures and courtsey polices, is what I read. So, yeah, they know he made some incorrect judgement calls...and he certainly did.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Cuz MJ is evil Barry! DUH! Everyone knows if you have any in your system, you're a homicidal maniac with PTSD just waiting to murder a bus load of white children.

Or, you know, she'd probably smoked a day or two before, it might have even helped her with what I'd assume to be depression. She damn sure wasn't high when she got pulled over because if she was, it would be the first time in the history of mankind someone had tried to start a fight while high.

Anonymous said...

Your criticism of Steve Noviello is based on homophobia.

Anonymous said...

Marijuana is bad, mmmmkay?
It makes people crazy, mmmkay?
People kill each other and themselves after smoking the weed, mmmmkay?

TF Wordkyle

Anonymous said...

If you can't get a person or a bondsman to put up $500 toward your $5000 bond for THREE DAYS, there's something going on about you. They've given up on you for a bit, and have decided that a little stint in jail would do you some good.

I know that if any member of my nuclear family, or my best friends, called me and told me that they were in jail on such a charge, I would move heaven and earth to get them bonded out immediately. That's what you do.

Anonymous said...

If you can't afford bail, obey the law. Don't smoke pot, don't disrespect police and don't run stop signs.

Anonymous said...

The guy in the police cruiser looks like Vic's daddy.

Anonymous said...

The credit card thief certainly did not need to be belittled, she needed to be shot behind the ear.. Have your identity stolen and that is what you'll feel like.

Anonymous said...

Is it not strange to you that ALL the people that are so concerned about her now couldn't (or possibly wouldn't) raise the bail money for her? Could there possibly be something more to this than you or any of your liberal friends know?

Ernest T said...

I am with 9:49 on this...

There is more to this story when the family doesn't get the $ 500.00 together. I don't think that it is a case where they can't scrounge that together.

Maybe Sandra Bland was so messed up that her family even thought that she would be better off in jail for a couple of days?

I know that wouldn't fit the Liberal narrative on this case though!

Anonymous said...

10:48 - Remember, facts don't matter to those on the left.

Anonymous said...

I think she cut a deal with Obama to kill herself so as to start another race riot here. Yeah....that's the ticket

Triple Fake... said...

On Monday, an initial toxicology report was released for Bland that two experts said raised the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody.

The amount of THC, one of the active components of marijuana, in Bland's system was 18 micrograms per liter, according to the report. That's more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Colorado and Washington, states that permit the recreational use of marijuana.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article29111551.html#storylink=cpy

Anonymous said...

I've tried to lay off my "ads disguised as news" rants...

Hey dummy the news piece was centered on how marriott is changing their hotel room layouts with the times and centering them around millenials and how the owner at 85 years old is still working 50 hours a week...not the founder. The founder was his dad JW Marriott.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how that's relevant unless there's a list somewhere of people committing suicide after smoking a joint.

It's not, of course. But in the present era of where every nonsensical factoid is fodder for the zoo atmosphere that is modern news, current society - and this blog - the lack of reason and causality between her substance use and presumed suicide ends up being no more (or less) important the non-correlation of the trooper's tactlessness and her subsequent death.

Stay tuned, the bleach-blonde airheads come on at five...

Anonymous said...

Well. She is black you know and they do things differently and need a little slack. People were probably tired of bailing her out. When you have one call make sure it's to someone who really loves you instead of one who needs a lesson.