The Campaign For DA

8.11.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • The fire in south Fort Worth at the recycle plant yesterday evening was incredible yesterday. With no wind, the smoke just went straight up. It could be seen from Rhome and even further away.
  • Is is just me, are there a lot of ridiculously number of jacked up trucks around these days?
  • Conservative talk radio doesn't know how to handle Trump. If a host suggests he might be a little over the top and might be causing GOP damage, a ton of caller blowback will be received. And all of those callers have just one theme: "They are tired of political correctness." They also sound older and male and don't seem to care about anything else.
  • Trump is supposed to be on Fox and Friends this morning after he went scorched earth on Fox News (which didn't hurt him in the polls one iota -- something I do not understand.) I haven't heard anything crazy from yet from the appearance. 
  • I've ranted about the term "person of interest" because it's code for "suspect" and only used in an attempt to avoid disparaging someone in the event they are innocent. McKinney PD really ramped it up yesterday by releasing photos of 35 people as "persons of interest" in a credit card abuse case at a restaurant.
  • Parasailing death at South Padre Island.
  • The fact that we are catching a "break" in the heat because it will "only" be 100 today is why I hate living in Texas for this stretch. But its a small price to pay for a normally great 9 to 10 months a year.
  • Columbia House has declared bankruptcy. Remember them? You could get 10 or so albums for a nickel or something like that if you promised to buy 5 or so in the next 5 years. Then every month they would send a mailer requiring you to specifically write them back declining their "album of the month". If you didn't, you would receive it, and be billed an inflated price plus shipping.
  • "Frisco ISD Board approves construction for 10th high school. Memorial High to have price tag of $85.7 million."
  • Arlington PD said they had asked the FBI to investigate the circumstances surrounding the police shooting of the unarmed teenager at a car dealership. The FBI says, "Naaaa, we'll pass."
  • The reaction to this shooting is interesting. The kid broke into a dealership and was damaging property. He's was either a nut or high as a kite. But I don't understand how someone use those facts to justify his killing.  (The Ticket's Hardline said yesterday they "100% support the cops in this one".) If the kid charged the officer or acted like he had a weapon, fine. But what if the rookie cop just lost it and decided he was sick and tired of these types of crime and decided to blow the kid away? You wouldn't support that.  (I hope.) I'm just saying we know nothing about why the officer decided to pull the trigger four times so how can you we take a position one way or another? 
  • "Former Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is no longer paying its staff because fundraising has dried up, campaign and super PAC officials and other Republicans familiar with the operation said late Monday."  I'm no Karl Rove, but I'm pretty sure that's a bad sign.


40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Frisco ISD caps the max number of kids that can go to each campus, in order to maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio. Thanks to the population boom, the new schools are needed to maintain that ratio and they have the money to build them. It will be interesting to see what happens 25 years or so down the road, as the Frisco population ages. Right now there are tons of young families, but who's to say that's what it will be in the future?

Ernest T said...

You might want to say the same thing to all of the protestors in Arlington last night. They have already decided that the kid was brutally murdered by this officer. Same as in Baltimore and Ferguson. Forget the facts. The only thing that matters is that the officer was white and the kid was black.

Most people are willing to wait it out and see what the findings are before they make a final decision. If it does come out that the officer was wrong in killing this kid, then most people would support him being prosecuted for the death.

Anonymous said...

Another unarmed person killed by law enforcement. Should there not be a review of basic assumptions, policies, and training of law enforcement personnel?

The tipping point for me was the boy who was killed in Cleveland with the toy gun by a 20 year veteran of the force in less than 30 seconds. 30 seconds for goodness sake.

Nothing in the security video of the Arlington shooting that appears to be justifyable homicide.

If this continues, police officrs better be prepared to go to prison.

Triple Fake... said...

I totally understand questioning the use of deadly force with an unarmed suspect, but you have to take into consideration that these are usually split-second decisions. And the police are dealing with SUSPECTS! In this case, they didn't just suspect he had done something illegal, they were witnessing it in real time. And that was some wheels-off crazy behavior. (He's was either a nut or high as a kite.)
My concern is why the family and supporters of the "victim/perp" don't question why their loved one was committing a crime. "He was a good kid" or "I just saw him yesterday" doesn't really justify his behavior. Or they refuse to believe that he was involved in criminal activity at all, or they find it inconceivable that someone (Sandra Bland) could take their own life.
When you continually see the world as "us vs them", it would make sense that the "them" in this equation (law enforcement) sees it the same way

Anonymous said...

RTG - NO THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

1 less thug in Arlington!

Anonymous said...

9:05, you do not appear to be concerned with the blacks in Baltimore that are dying. I saw one report that through July 7 in 2014 there were 105 murders. Through the same date this year there were 155 murders. That is an additional 50 dead people. Where is your concern? Would you like more police enforcement there or just go ahead and let those Africans kill each other?

PS: Update - 200 Baltimore murders so far this year.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on bullet point #2. There are a ridiculous number of jacked up trucks, with many of them modified to be as loud as possible.

To have a truck like that as your primary vehicle (not a weekend toy) makes zero sense to me. I guess I missed that period of my male development.

Anonymous said...

"there a lot of ridiculously number of jacked up trucks around these days"

Overcompensating cowboys.

Why do you think they can wear their jeans so tight?

Anonymous said...

Barry's Trump observation

"They are tired of political correctness." They also sound older and male and don't seem to care about anything else.

You know Barry, every day you expose your hypocrisy and complete lack of what society is today. Is this a bit to incite idiotic dialog? Is this really your thought process?

People who try to be productive are being squeezed in every way possible. All levels of government add more taxes, fees, surcharges, tolls, inspections and regulations while reducing freedoms. Read that sentence again and again until you understand it! These needless regulations in many cases line the pockets of crooked contractors and corporations. Corruption is rampant at all levels. Political correctness is a phrase you parasitic liberals feed off of.

These "tired of political correctness" people have a point. Do you think you could understand that? You make fun of these people with your cute little quips and observations.


Anonymous said...

"They also sound older and male and don't seem to care about anything else."

Well, where else can the older male express his opinion and not get shouted down?

Freedom of speech still exists, does it not? You get your blog. The older male, probably white, has a right to his freedom of speech.

Anonymous said...

The young lady in the purple bikini bottom behind the RTG has classic bar stool wedgie. There should be government funding to study that problem. I have a wealth of research I would be willing to share.

DF William Jefferson Clinton

Anonymous said...

McKinney PD really ramped it up yesterday by releasing photos of 35 people as "persons of interest" in a credit card abuse case at a restaurant.

And they are all Black?

Racist Police!

Anonymous said...

RTG - can you give us a closer shot of the girl in pink in the background?

Anonymous said...

You are right about the Arlington shooting on one respect. Ten minutes after it makes the news 95% of the blacks get their black lives matter signs out and cry bloody murder, and 95% get their guns and say the cops are right. Truth is no one outside those involved know all the events leading up to the shooting. In some cases we have seen cops out of control using deadly force in a cavalier manner and in some cases they may truly fear for their life or someone around them. We need a state agency independent of local police to investigate these shootings . In Texas, the Texas Rangers should be called in every time a police or trooper shooting takes place. Their findings can then be turned over to the Atty. General,s for further consideration. They may refer to local DA and grand jury or recommend the case be dropped.

Anonymous said...

BIG TRUCK = SMALL PECKERED OWNER.

Anonymous said...

I think the cops certainly deserve the benefit of the doubt in this case. After watching the video it is obvious that the kid was “either a nut or high as a kite.” I would think it more likely than not that he made some threatening moves towards the police that resulted in the shooting and we only know he is unarmed after the fact.
I’m glad that police brutality is being regularly highlighted in the news these days but the movement needs to choose victims more carefully if they want to be effective.

Anonymous said...

Just get more black cops then when the shoot one of the sweet little thugs they wont protest. no black lives matter signs for black on black violence it happens every day. JS When are they going to carry around a sign that say WHITE LIVES MATER? more whites are killed by blacks than the other way around in the real world

Anonymous said...

RTG Girl fail again.... I am so disappointed it hurts. he girl in the pink behind the RTG Girl has an atomic wedgy on a cheese covered booty. My bar scale would be to drink 10 jack and cokes and hurry out the next morning before she wakes up. And that goes for both of them. Hey, its my scale and I'm sticking to it. No names for the author will be provided due to harassment and possible hurt feeling that could pursue my censorship.

Anonymous said...

Perry dismissing his staff - a bad sign. I hope it is a good sign. It could also be some kind of situation to get attention.

Interesting discussion out there on body language from the candidates. The take on Trump and his flying arms outstretched and otherwise - insecurity.

I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

Where has Nancy Pelosi been? I just realized the stupid factor is down from the "progressives". Is she having some work done on her face? Erase some of the ugly? Perhaps a lobotomy (we can still have dreams can't we)?

Whatever it is....rest assured I am paying for it

Reeper said...


Justified by Texas Law

SUBCHAPTER D. PROTECTION OF PROPERTY



Sec. 9.41. PROTECTION OF ONE'S OWN PROPERTY.

A person in lawful possession of land or tangible, movable property is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to prevent or terminate the other's trespass on the land or unlawful interference with the property.





Sec. 9.42. DEADLY FORCE TO PROTECT PROPERTY.

A person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property:

(1) if he would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.41; and

(2) when and to the degree he reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:

(A) to prevent the other's imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime; or

(B) to prevent the other who is fleeing immediately after committing burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, or theft during the nighttime from escaping with the property; and

(3) he reasonably believes that:

(A) the land or property cannot be protected or recovered by any other means; or

(B) the use of force other than deadly force to protect or recover the land or property would expose the actor or another to a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.





Sec. 9.43. PROTECTION OF THIRD PERSON'S PROPERTY.

A person is justified in using force or deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property of a third person if, under the circumstances as he reasonably believes them to be, the actor would be justified under Section 9.41

Anonymous said...

What will a Democratic debate look like this election cycle? What new tactics and scams will be used to buy votes?

How can you tell them apart? How many ways can you spin "you are a victim"?

Free this and free that. I will raise you a free education and a job for life!

no,no more free food stamps.......for everybody YEA!

So ugly, so disgusting

Anonymous said...

Barry, you are 100% correct about Arlington shooting. We do not have enough evidence. So why are you only questioning those who already believe it was justified and not the "protesters"? Because the protesters really do not care about black lives, they care about villifying cops. Some of those cops, as recent events have shown, deserve villification....others do not.

Anonymous said...

"I'm just saying we know nothing about why the officer decided to pull the trigger four times so how can you we take a position one way or another?"

Part of me completely agrees with you on this. The vast majority of my thoughts agree with you, come to think of it. (And I'm a cop.)

But there's also a little part of me which says, "Because the officer is a proven Good Guy (tm) and the decedent is a proven Bad Guy (tm)."

Absent a reason to believe that the officer is lying, I'll take his side. Assuming that he must be lying unless we have video is part of why we're in the mess where we are.. We need to prosecute lying cops, and support the officers who are doing their jobs with honor and good faith. (Which is the vast, vast majority.)

Anonymous said...

Frisco is a ghetto in the making. So are a lot of other communities built by developers who put a kazillion houses on blackland prairie. Cracked earth is a norm in that area. In a few years, those slabs are going to go. So are the wealthy young families. Yep...it's a disaster waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

Always got to report what the Ticket says don't you...

BREAKING NEWS BARRY

You are NOT Gordon Keith or Spud Kennedy

Anonymous said...

9:05 here:

Response to 9:43: The argument you seem to be trying to make is that to save black lives in Baltimore, the police must have the ability to shoot unarmed individuals. Is this the point you are trying to make?

Also, what does race have to do with my original point?

Response to Reeper @ 11:47:

SUBCHAPTER D. PROTECTION OF PROPERTY

Sec. 9.41. PROTECTION OF ONE'S OWN PROPERTY.
A person in lawful possession of land or tangible, movable property is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to prevent or terminate the other's trespass on the land or unlawful interference with the property.

Sec. 9.42. DEADLY FORCE TO PROTECT PROPERTY.
A person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property:
(1) if he would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.41; and
(2) when and to the degree he reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:
(A) to prevent the other's imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime; or
(B) to prevent the other who is fleeing immediately after committing burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, or theft during the nighttime from escaping with the property; and
(3) he reasonably believes that:
(A) the land or property cannot be protected or recovered by any other means; or
(B) the use of force other than deadly force to protect or recover the land or property would expose the actor or another to a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.

Sec. 9.43. PROTECTION OF THIRD PERSON'S PROPERTY.

A person is justified in using force or deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property of a third person if, under the circumstances as he reasonably believes them to be, the actor would be justified under Section 9.41

Sec 9.41 does not apply since the policeman was not protecting his own property.

The key phrase, to me, in Sec 9.42, seems to be "he reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary." Sorry chief, but I have not seen anything on the security camera that supports the "immediately necessary" to this point.

Sec 9.43 may apply, but again, the "reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary" part is not evident in the security videos released to this point.

Based on what you have provided here and what has been shown from the security cameras to this point, It would be my suggestion to the policeman that he prepare to spend some time in prison.

I hope, for the good of the policeman, that evidence is presented that exonerates him in this case.

All I am asking is that law enforcement conduct a thorough review of their policies and procedures when it comes to the shooting of unarmed individuals. Shoot first and ask questions later seems to be risky to the unarmed public.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Those honies in the RTG pic have some looong hard miles on them!

Anonymous said...

9:05 The boy in Cleveland had been walking around the park waving the gun around and aiming it at people. He was acting crazy! When police car pulled up he reached in his waistband for the gun as the cop jumped out the car door. He had a split second to make a decision. He had no idea the gun was a toy--it looked real!
The two cops who entered the dealership in Arlington probably faced the same dilemma. The training officer did discharge his taser in the incident and the rookie used his gun. It will be interesting to see ALL the facts.

Anonymous said...

9:05 The tipping point for me was the boy who was killed in Cleveland with the toy gun by a 20 year veteran of the force in less than 30 seconds. 30 seconds for goodness sake.

Nothing in the security video of the Arlington shooting that appears to be justifyable homicide.


I'll alert the media, sir. - DF Hobson

Well, we're all relieved that your point has been tipped, or that your tip is pointed, or whatever. What possible bearing does Cleveland have on the Arlington case? You do realize that these are independent events, don't you? Creating meaningless correlation does not provide anything useful to society, m'kay?

Anonymous said...

If we would just automatically arm everyone over 17 then we wouldn't have all these cops killing unarmed people...problem solved!

DF Charlton Heston

Anonymous said...

1:03...Just call Olshan!!!

DF Robin Ventura's skull

Anonymous said...

11:46 I think she had an "exercise issue"!

DF Harry Reid 's Sunglasses

Anonymous said...

Is there a democratic nominee for president yet?

Anonymous said...

Re: Columbia House

You ordered 10 8-tracks for $1. Then when the next bill came, you wrote "deceased" on it and mailed it back.

Worked like a champ.

Anonymous said...

If that kid acted like the guy in the video above and whipped his hand out. I would have shot his ass in the face once and in the chest twice. Just like a marine. Done.

Anonymous said...

Re: Today's RTG pic

I think you have a male crotch grab working today. Gay dude in the white shorts, right side.

Anonymous said...

6:56: Not done bad-ass. You would be going to prison.

Anonymous said...

Nice that Arlington PD had a sacrificial lamb to give up to the media and traveling protesters.

Maybe the 35 faces were released because they all used credit card numbers stolen from people in the McKinney deal? DUUH! So, they are all persons of interesting, committing crimes against innocent people, and oh, guess what...they all just happen to be black!