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.