The Campaign For DA

8.24.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • The stock marker just opened down over 1,000 points. Don't panic. We knew this would eventually happen. And this S and P chart puts it all in perspective.
  • Dallas DA Susan Hawk hasn't been seen in three weeks.  Great line from the story is that her office makes jokes about Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Regarding the Baylor scandal, I forgot my own advice: In this day and time of a 24 hour news cycle, just ride it out. 
  • Edit: Dang it.  I forgot what I was going to say about the investigation ordered by Baylor president Ken Starr: We know from history it will cost millions of dollars with no results. 
  • The Ticket's Corby Davidson went nuts on Friday and went off for two segments on Baylor and then went back again in his routinely ill-prepared Community Quick Hits.  As always, he had a little trouble with facts. Sidenote: The awful Ben and Skin Show on The Fan is beating The Hardline in the ratings as well as ESPN's Mosley and Cowlishaw (which, by the way, isn't bad.). How times have changed. The most powerful station insports talk radio in Dallas for two decades now has a show in third place in drive time. 
  • Try this some time: Try to find the traditional blue post office drop box at a location other than at a post office. 
  • I've learned that if I ever try to take a shot at one person in a bullet point (and I do mean a blog bullet point) that I'll inadvertently hit others who think I'm talking about them. 
  • Thoughtful and weird black hole I went down last night: Some commentor complimented me (I think) yesterday  under the name of Double Fake Marcus Aurelius. There was no way I wasn't going to research that. I found out he was a  real Roman Emperor who had been depicted in Gladiator and murdered in the beginning of the film. Connection?: I constantly refer back to the line in the film of, "Are you not entertained?" That led me to learn that Aurelius' writings had been preserved and published. I then found a review of them and it said this: "'Do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life,' he advises - you can commit injustices by doing nothing. Above all, strive to make yourself a better person. Control your arrogance. Stop getting angry with stupid and unpleasant people. Be upright, modest, straightforward and cooperative. When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that what makes you human is working with others. And when people become a pain, and you want to get away from it all, to the country, beach or mountains, remember you can escape any time you like, by going within, to 'the back roads of your self'". Connections? (1) I always mention "walking away" from it all and normally mention a beach, (2) The "back roads of your self " sounds like  "mindfulness" that I have promoted, and (3) that same phrase made me thing of Glen Campbell, who I've oddly mentioned a number of times and who suffers from Alzheimer's. Recall his lyrics: "That keeps you in the back roads -- By the rivers of my memory -- That keeps you ever gentle on my mind"
  • I know that just sounded like the ramblings of a lunatic, but I'll explain it all some day. 
  • There was an article yesterday in the Dallas Morning News about Mark Cuban's views on Trump and guess what? It just happened to once again mention an app he constantly promotes and has invested in. Twice. 
  • If your top issue in the presidential election -- above everything else -- is illegal immigration, tell me why? This seems to be the catalyst for Trump's surge. 
  • Special note to a DFW radio personality: Were you sending a message with bumper music on Friday?  Probably not. But if you did, it was brilliant.   


56 comments:

Anonymous said...

What troubles me most is that you are an attorney in your 50s, holding a Juris Doctorate, and you didn't know who Marcus Aurelius was except by reference to the movie Gladiator. THAT says something troubling about the state of education in America.

Anonymous said...

oof! Dat RTG!

Anonymous said...

The Democrats know that all they have to do to stay in power forever is to bring in as many illegal immigrants as possible. To make this work, Democrats subsidize them with as many taxpayer-funded benefits as possible. These illegal immigrants become naturalized and vote for Democrats forever....and turn Texas blue, just like you want, BG.

Never mind the fact that the country can't afford to take in so many new people who have nothing productive to offer the country....aside from some really cheap labor for the Chamber of Commerce Republican types.

Anonymous said...

Very nice RTG!! No plastic surgery and no tattoos!

Anonymous said...

Wow!

That RTG IS THE BEST IN A LONG, LONG TIME!

and that bikini bridge tho...

Good Job, BG!

Two thumbs and another appendage up!

DF Gene Siskel

Anonymous said...

Barry,
Barry, you need to get out more. Seriously. You don't know why illegal immigration is the hot button issue? Probably because folks that aren't making a lot of money, feel it every time they look at their check stub and then see all the tax money they are paying and knowing that is going to illegal immigrants. Or they have a hard time finding gainful employment and then they hear that there are million's of illegal immigrants here and wonder how many of them are taking jobs that they could be doing.

And please don't reply to this message about all the jobs that illegal's do that Americans won't do. That is a big load of crap that you have no real source that will back up that claim. Anecdotal evidence does not qualify.

Anonymous said...

Barry,
There is a blue post office box at Runaway Bay at the Shell station.

Anonymous said...

No person regardless of race should be allowed to break the law and not go through legal process. (A lawyer should be cognizant of that.) It is past ridiculous for people to be in this country without going through the process. Illegal people in this country should be removed immediately. If they commit crimes, they should be executed. If they keep returning, they should be executed. Independent, Republican, Democrat, Raza Unida, or confused...no one should be in favor of illegal immigrants living off of this country and for certain they should not share in ANY of the benefits of the hard working American. We have enough of our own deadbeats that will not work.

Anonymous said...

https://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/italy/rome/marcusaurelius/0023.jpg
Link to THE statue of Marcus A in Rome. Classic ancient Roman bronze now moved inside for preservation from Roman smog.

Anonymous said...

As we age, all those wise sayings begin to make great sense and would be a model for living your life. So that begs the question , why did we not think so in our 20's? Did we not hear of them then or just too caught up in ourselves and " fun ". As George Carlin said once something to ponder.

Anonymous said...

We don't need none of that ancient history about all those Roman queers prancing around in togas and spouting all that liberal touchy-feely crap. Our Texas history books talk about the Bible and Jesus and the Magna Carta and the War of Northern Aggression, which was most definitely NOT about slavery, thank you very much, and how things started downhill ever since women's suffrage and that damn FDR and his "New Deal" communism and how Joseph McCarty was misunderstood and how Ayn Rand was right and how Ronald Reagan saved the world. I can't wait for the updated editions in 2016 that reveal how B. Hussein Obama was in fact a Kenyan Muslim anti-Christ and Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! and how President Trump and Vice-President Cruz have restored our country to greatness.

Anonymous said...

8:52 --
Ditto, brother! Well said.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, If we have to explain why illegal immigration is such a hot button issue, then go ahead and pull the lever for Hillary. I am going to take Marcus' advice and quit getting angry at stupid people.

Anonymous said...

9:25,

You are one delusional and stupid human. Remember, "stupid is as stupid does", STUPID!

Anonymous said...

Gentle on my mind lyrics were written by John Hartford, not Glenn Campbell.

Anonymous said...

Trump scares me. But yesterday's Bloom County seemed to me to explain his attraction for a lot of people.

http://on.fb.me/1Luw211

(no idea if that shortened link will work for everyone -- that's a link to the actual cartoon on Berkeley Breathed's Facebook page)

Anonymous said...

http://www.mailboxmap.com/

This might help.

HarveyLee said...

I quit arguing with people when I noticed they just feel bad when they find out how wrong they are.

Anonymous said...

I love the RTG's Red Snapper.

NoseALot said...

I normally don't comment on the RTG, but this one is outstandingly everything!

Triple Fake... said...

Recall his (Glen Campbell's) lyrics:
The lyrics are not his. Most of us from that time would call the songwriter's version better. It came out first and was fairly simple in its arrangement. Campbell did well with it and made it the theme song to his TV show.

"Gentle on My Mind" is a song written by John Hartford, which won four 1968 Grammy Awards. Hartford himself won the award for Best Folk Performance and Best Country & Western Song (Songwriter).
from wiki


The Hardline suffers from the Corby Rant, where he screeches like a barn owl for fifteen minutes on one subject. Even if you agree with his position, it gives you tired head because he won't let it go. And the sound of his voice alone is enough to make some folks punch out

Anonymous said...

9:33 -

Your inability to see that 9:25 is doing a bit speaks volumes about your intelligence level. But then, "stupid is as stupid does," right?

Anonymous said...

" How times have changed. The most powerful station in sports talk radio in Dallas for two decades now has a show in third place in drive time."

The Hardline has been a wasteland for over a decade. They just needed decent competition to expose how mediocre they've become. Mosley and Cowlishaw cover more sports in the first five minutes than The Hardline does in the first three hours. What holds Mosley and Cowlishaw back in the ratings is the anemic ESPN program that precedes them [Steve Dennis].

DF Greg the Hammer Williams said...

Ben and Skin is AWFUL, and Corby does fly off the rails a little with his half cocked opinions, but lets tap the brakes on giving your Baylor Butt Buddy Matt Mosley any credit of being good.... he is the definition of a pussy when it comes to opinions because he always takes the opposite view of Tim just for the sake of argument. if you were worth you salt at all in broadcasting you could pull off a productive show by agreeing sometimes too! between every other segment being about how long he licked on Art Briles ball sack over the weekend and Cowlishaw breathing into the mic non stop as if he had just ran a marathon... ESPN is the worst talk show in drive time by far!

Anonymous said...

Best RTG in a long time.

Anonymous said...

9:08

Oh....there is a tat alright. Look in the area of where her appendix would be.

Anonymous said...

Smells like fish.

wordkyle said...

953 - It also illustrates the way lot of people argue against Trump.

Anonymous said...

As with the Baylor issue.... too many media types are taking bits and pieces of an issue they hear from other media types and painting a big picture of over-moralistic judgement to fit an agenda. (or they are TCU, Texas or Texas Tech fans piling on and that's their agenda)

The kid in trouble had no record of any illegality in Boise St. How can Baylor be held liable for something that wasn't big enough to get arrested for in Boise? And the most ridiculous thing is that Briles should be fired for that? HA!!

Why isn't Saban being called for being fired? Why isn't Stoops called out to be fired? They have kids on their team who WERE arrested for assault and those kids are still on the team. LSU's QB Metenburger was arrested while at Georgia for a crime against a female and he went to LSU with no call for firing LSU's coach.

Ride it out.... I've been saying that too. Let the 24 hour news cycle do it's thing. This too shall pass.

Anonymous said...

Another reason why trump is so popular:
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Teen-Faces-Life-in-Prison-for-Allegedly-Extorting-Explicit-Photos-from-Underage-Girls-322578631.html

Anonymous said...

The comments on this blog are so funny some days. Barry throws out a rhetorical challenge about blue mailboxes that seems intended to highlight how things change with the passage of time. It's a harmless little piece of nostalgia, written in a subtle way, to give the readers something to think about on a Monday morning.

As a result, multiple people comment with instructions on how to literally find a mailbox.

Good job, LL readers.

Anonymous said...

That "sounded like the ramblings of a lunatic" only to the lunatics. A lot of us get it.

Anonymous said...

Ironic that 4 of 5 of Trumps kids are products of immigrant! Are they anchor babies or just his cash was an anchor to those chicks that marry him?
Not sure why the woman in this picture is even bothering to wear a swimsuit bottom!

Anonymous said...

Grouper not snapper.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

She has a pretty mouth

Anonymous said...

Why I think that illegal immigration is a major issue! My first job as a teenager was mowing grass after school and in the summer. My next job was roofing houses. Now I am a college graduate with a good income. My health insurance is high because when I go to the hospital I pay for three patients. First, I pay for myself. Second, I pay for the illegal who shows up in the emergency room. And third, I pay for the unemployed American citizen who was roofing houses before the illegal came across the border and took his job.

No country, except America, has such an open, unenforced border.

Trump for President.

Anonymous said...

I was sitting in a restaurant in Panama Wednesday night getting ready to come back the next day and the TV was on their national news service TVN. Varela, the President and a couple of popular representatives were having a very profound and animated interview about a crisis. Their crisis was the fact that they were staring at a POSSIBLE budget deficit in 2024 if more revenue wasn't generated between now and then. Queer and surreal was the best description I can think of as to how I viewed this TV scene. I realized that as an US resident it was so ingrained into my Psyche to think that budget deficits of trillion of dollars to support every manner of social entitlements and welfare--that to hear something otherwise, was foreign to my ears. So, as far as Trump goes, and how the media loves to tell all of us, just as you do Barry, that what Trump is saying about the wetbacks, is not how the majority of the population feels is beyond bogus.
The truth is, the majority of the US public would love for an electric fence be put up and stop this nonsense cold. This feeing cuts across all spectrums of the political spectrum except for the Wall Street Right and the Moonbat Left. The middle ground is held by the sane people who knows that it will be downfall if left status quo. What scares the Body Politic is that Trump cuts thru to the Blue collar Dems too on this one and has almost universal appeal.
Put that one in your pipe and smoke on it.

I am not Sam, but I love green eggs and ham!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to flounder around in that snapper.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I was thinking that she might be down for some grouper action.

DF Bacon

Anonymous said...

If your top issue in the presidential election -- above everything else -- is illegal immigration, tell me why? This seems to be the catalyst for Trump's surge.


Seriously, you are that unaware?

I guess you have had too many years of direct deposit to not look at your check stub and worry about the future. I know, I know, these illegals are your clients and you need clients. Look at what they have brought to this country. They are destroying it and the Republicans and Democrats are helping. I never thought I would say this, but Trump looks and sounds like the only one who hasn't lost his mind.

Goober said...

"Dallas DA Susan Hawk hasn't been seen in three weeks. Great line from the story is that her office makes jokes about Desperately Seeking Susan."

Bet you a dollar to a dime she is in the rehab trying to dry out.

"I've learned that if I ever try to take a shot at one person in a bullet point (and I do mean a blog bullet point) that I'll inadvertently hit others who think I'm talking about them. "

That is the first lesson I tried to teach my kids. If your going to take a shot at someone (professional, political, moral, etc.) don't be surprised if you end up hurting the one person you did not want to hurt. It happens time and time again. Be patient. What goes around eventually comes around. (And I then give reference to former Decatur players Reeves and Goodwin).

Anonymous said...

you never mentioned the name of your "mindfulness" book you seem to bring up often

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Baylor scandal, I forgot my own advice: In this day and time of a 24 hour news cycle, just ride it out.

Edit: Dang it. I forgot what I was going to say about the investigation ordered by Baylor president Ken Starr: We know from history it will cost millions of dollars with no results.

Those female victims are just going to have to get over their rapes, losses of scholarships and assaults.

DF Proud to be a Baylor Bear

Anonymous said...

Blue drive-by PO in Springtown. Decatur should get one on the WalMart side of town.

Anonymous said...

Barry, it was a definitely a compliment. And my DF Marcus Aurelius sign-off yesterday was definitely a message on another level, for the analytical mind to examine. Good play, sir.

DF Double Fake

Anonymous said...

Please tell me you realize the ticket ratings you posted are from April of 2015 right? This is August. The ticket is back on top at least according to the latest article I saw on the topic.

Anonymous said...

So that's a real butterfly?

Anonymous said...

easy to see what she used fro bait.

Anonymous said...

You should know better than to ask about a Republican's kids. You couldn't ask Cheney why he was anti-gay when his daughter was a lesbian, and you can't ask Trump why he hates anchor babies when his kids are anchor babies.

That's just good ol' common sense.

DF Wordkyle

Anonymous said...

Skippy, I would explain why illegal immigration is the main issue above everything else, but I would have to bill you by the minute and it would run into hours if you're that stupid.

Anonymous said...

The Old Grey Wolf is still decent when he decides to contribute. For the last several years he's become the King of the layout. Sometimes he never even speaks during a segment. But Corby and Danny are the reason The Hardline is sinking fast. Corby was a half decent yuk monkey but in no way shape or form is he a drivetime host. He doesn't know the subjects he talks about and puts no effort into learning. Danny is just bitter and snarky. He needs off the air period.

DF Rocko Pendola

Anonymous said...

It's simple. Illegal immigration and expulsion of resident illegals (and their families) is the main issue is because it is a simple concept. Simple minds like simple issues with (apparently) simple answers. Nuclear agreements with Iran is complex. Tax laws and international trade are boring. Immunization of children causes conflict. Climate change is too controversial. And women's reproductive rights divide the thinking and moral population. Infrastructure building and repair costs too much without taxes and we know we can't have them. How much military of what type at what cost is unanswerable. But really 'portant stuff like immigration is easy - and Trump has the really, really smart answer (whatever it is today).

Anonymous said...

Median family income has dropped by 5 grand a year, since your messiah has been in office. Many things he has done to cause this.

One of the biggest things is not stopping illegals from coming across the border, and not deporting many of the ones who are caught.

Simple supply and demand dictates that when you increase the number of individuals here that can work, then more than likely they are willing to work for less wages than those already here.

Then Obamacare, EPA regs, Dood Frunk, etc, have stifled the normal American economy engine, so that we do not have the jobs for current population, much less those coming across the border. The US is losing more companies than we are creating. We cannot compete in the global economy with our corporate tax rate and regulation.

So higher income folks lose their jobs, take retirement, go on the public dole, move back in with parents, etc. Immigrants get those jobs, at a lower wage. Not just veggie pickers, and milkers, but also computer programmers, etc.

So now, the stock market bubble is bursting, as predicted a while back in these LL pages, even while STILL having a zero fed interest rate. WOW. I thought it would happen when the fed raised rates. About to be some crying and gnashing of teeth on many levels.

The one bright spot is, it is happening while O is still in office, so no doubt where the blame lies. And all of it happening with a compliant fed, providing zero percent money, deficit spending out the wazoo, and more US tax receipts in the history of ever.

Don't worry Barry, I am sure Hilly and Bernie will come up with a socialist answer for these problems. Oh wait...

Anonymous said...

The ticket is back on top at least according to the latest article I saw on the topic.

1:25 PM

You need to re-read that article. The Ticket is getting killed except for The Musers. The biggest shocker is that BaD Radio is in 3rd place. They are much better than G-Bag Nation.

DF Arbitron Nielsen

Anonymous said...

Now that the truth is out about Susan Hawk, people should be ashamed of making fun of her. She's suffering depression.

Anonymous said...

Barry, youarenot fooling anyone, lots of corruption stories in wise county