The Campaign For DA

8.25.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts







  • Fox 4 had a story last night about some Fort Worth standoff where two women were brought out and a reporter told us that "both were handcuffed with zip ties for their own safety. Moments later they were released and are not suspects". (I would give you a link but going to the new Fox 4 website is like sinking in quicksand while blindfolded.)
  • Donald Trump entered the Alabama football stadium last weekend for his rally to the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and exited to Twisted Sister. 
  • Throw in Trump (and other Republicans) current attack on the constitutional requirement regarding "anchor babies", and this is getting insane. Those who already love you (politically speaking) may love you more for these hard lines, but your chance for love by others is being destroyed.
  • Loved this moment on Meet The Press from last week: Donald Trump doubled down on calling Hillary Clinton "the worst Secretary of State in the history of this country."  Host Chuck Todd then asked,  "Well, it begs the question. I'm a history buff. Who was the worst before her then in your mind?"  What a great question. If you believe X is worse that A through W, you need to know A through W before you can compare them to X. Of course, Trump just went on an irrelevant rant. 
  • Wise County will given sheriff's deputies a $1 an hour pay raise. What's an entry level deputy make per hour?
  • Lots of news story said yesterday we saw "the largest single day point drop in the history of the stock market." Technically true. But isn't it the percentage that it dropped a more important stat?
  • The NFL for some reason put a video on its website of a Rookie Symposium where Chris Carter told the new guys they needed a "fall guy" to run with. That is, someone to take the blame for you if you get caught breaking the law.  It really was amazing. But I'm almost more amazed that a reporter with the often praised Monday Morning Quarterback controlled by Peter King was in the room at the time. He didn't report Carter's statements because the NFL told him not to.  And you wonder why Peter King is considered a lap dog for the NFL. 
  • Dale Hansen went Unplugged on Baylor last night (and signed the screen to let us know the views coming out of his mouth are really his words.). It wasn't much of an effort. But the weirdest thing is that he brought the University of Texas into it. He said, "Texas football coach Charlie Strong says he knows how to handle the Sam Ukuwachus of the world, and I hope he does. I really do. But I just don't know if he really means what he says, and — unfortunately — we'll probably have the chance to find out."  Does Hansen know something that's coming? If he doesn't, the shot at UT is just plain bizzare.
  • There were 32 million email addresses released by the hackers of Ashley Madison -- the adultery site. And to think that many who opposed the same sex marriage decision by the Supreme Court said it would destroy the sanctity of marriage. 
  • Ad disguise: KXAS, The Dallas Morning News, and The Ticket all mentioned yesterday that Whataburger will be available for delivery by some service called DoorDash.  Really? That's just a coincidence? I don't know if they were ads for Whataburger, DoorDash, or both.  KXAS even did a preview of their 6:00 p.m. news by teasing the Whataburger story. (A story that was so important they didn't get to it for 17 minutes.)  The Ticket was weird because The Hardline, which talked about it, acted for minutes like they had never heard of DoorDash when they talked about the app just a month or two ago. 
  • If those weren't ads, Whataburger is a master in getting in the news. Recall just in the last couple of months their were stories about it cutting its breakfast hours (and then coverage again when those hours went back to normal) and there was news coverage of the chain opposing Open Carry. 
  • "Judge denies request by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to skip his arraignment on Thursday" in Collin County. That reminded me of a couple Texas laws which make no sense and/or ignored. "Art. 26.011. WAIVER OF ARRAIGNMENT. An attorney representing a defendant may present a [written] waiver of arraignment, and the clerk of the court may not require the presence of the defendant as a condition of accepting the waiver." Ummkay. But the "clerk" never requires anyone's appearance. If the statute read the "judge may not require", this would make more sense. Also, there is "Art. 26.03. TIME OF ARRAIGNMENT. No arraignment shall take place until the expiration of at least two entire days after the day on which a copy of the indictment was served on the defendant . . . . " The defendant will certainly eventually see the indictment, but he is never  "served" with an indictment. They are supposed to be, but there is no legal repercussions if they are not. So that formal process is ignored.



44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chuck Todd asked Donald Trump a fair enough question, but ever notice how the mainstream press asks tough questions of Republicans and throws softballs at Democrats?

Anonymous said...

Pictures of women exiting the ladies room as your RTG?

Will tomorrow's RTG be a picture Borat took of women actually in the act?

Anonymous said...

Well with all the perks and benefits and this $1.00 an hour raise minus the recent increase in health insurance it works out to $1.00 an hour.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with the $1/hr raise for Deputies. The way our Country is going to Hell with people just setting up LEO's to be shot that $1 is nothing. Its frightening

Anonymous said...

Loved this moment on Meet The Press when F. Chuck Todd asked Hillary Clinton what her favorite ice cream is and if she was going to the Taylor Swift concert, and if she was, could he go with her.

Anonymous said...

Sheriff seeks raise for enforcement division

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Walker told commissioners in the budget workshop Monday he would like to give the 60 employees in the enforcement division a $1 per hour raise. This would include “everybody that is wearing a gun,” he said, which includes investigators, patrolmen and officers serving civil papers.

The current starting rate of pay is $18 per hour, but he said that is anywhere from 31 cents to $1.31 less than many neighboring agencies.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Can you quote in the 14th amendment where it says a baby born to an illegal alien in the US, is a naturalized citizen?

Anonymous said...

In all fairness, Chuck Todd was an Obama staffer for the '08 elections. He's going to try and hit Trump hard, where he'll let Clinton off the hook.

It was a damn good question, though.

I am increasingly liking a Biden/Warren ticket. I've always liked Biden because he says what's on his mind. Sometimes it's stupid, but if all he ever does is say stupid shit, instead of doing stupid shit, like rescind the ACA and want to keep bombing the ME to no end, well, that's the least harmful government official we will have ever elected. And Warren knows finances better than Trump ever will, except how to declare bankuptcy.




If he doesn't, the shot at UT is just plain bizzare.

UT's athletic honor code has a requirement to "respect all women". Basically, he's trying to take a stand against what Baylor only covers up and cancels women' scholarships for.



But the "clerk" never requires anyone's appearance. If the statute read the "judge may not require", this would make more sense.


I agree it's unclear, but I think it's a throwback for the way things used to be scheduled. Clerks used to have a lot more power (at one time there were more former county clerks in jail than any other elected official, because they could steal easily and not be caught for a long time, or because they would be in charge of files and scheduling, and were easily bribed). Nowadays I think court coordinators do a lot of the work that county clerks used to do.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Please, please, please for the love of all that is good and holy (although that won't matter to you BG) please give up the obsession with ads disguised as news. It is called business and is no different than a "sponsored link" on MSN. Let it go Barry.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* This again? It's not an ad - it's stupid "news" departments trying to fill time, and Whataburger (or whatever fluff piece) is an easy story. Whataburger stories in Texas are going to get attention, and all Whataburger has to do is issue a press release. I'm sure In-N-Out does the same thing in California, where it is the iconic burger place.

If you think someone from Whataburger is skulking around to random local TV stations and paying them to run stories every few months, you've been listening to too much Art Bell or Alex Jones. It's simply a matter of stations having too much time to fill with "news." Fox 4 has has to fill 8 hours PER DAY of "news" content - and then they re-air their evening news at midnight, for a total of 9.5 hours daily.

That's a lot of time to spend, and you know they're not going to spend that time talking about global political issues or the complexities of the European or Asian financial markets - because we're all too dumb to care about that. No, they're going to talk about the weather and traffic every 7 minutes and fill the time in between with stories about Whataburger and waking kids up for the first day of school.

The answer to your question "Is it an ad?" is definitively "no." So what is it? It's Idiocracy.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Charlie Strong has already faced this situation. Last summer 2 players were arrested for raping a coed after a night of partying on 6th street. I think their dorm rooms were cleared out by the time they were released from custody.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Gonna have to try harder than reposting memes from left leaning Facebook pages there, BG.

32,000,000 accounts, of which, 5.1% are in America. That gives us 1,632,000 Americans. We also know that 34% of all accounts are fake. To make it easy, let's assume that holds true for the U.S., which gives us just north of 1,000,000 verifiable US accounts. Recent data shows 83% of Americans claim Christianity as their religion. Of the roughly 318,000,000 citizens, that gives us almost 264,000,000 professed Christians in America. That being said, even if every single verifiable account in America were a "Christian", that would mean that just 0.4% of Christians were involved in the scandal. While the percentage as the number is likely much higher, it would also have to be noted that the number of cheaters that also identified as "practicing Christians" would also be much lower.

The more you know.

Anonymous said...

Having Warren Sapp instruct rookies in the NFL is like having Nate Newton tell them how to smuggle 100 pounds of pot out of Louisiana twice and stay out of prison for life.

Anonymous said...

Guess we know how you go from being a doormat to National contender in 5 years...

This could either be the police botter in McLennan County or a list of Art Briles recruits.

Mike Orakpo, LB – Orakpo was recruited to Baylor after being expelled from Colorado State University following an arrest for a “savage beating” that injured four people, two of them seriously, and led to a drug probe when police found evidence of drugs and anabolic steroid at his residence. According to a 90-page police report, a search of Orakpo’s and another expelled CSU’s residence yielded foil packages marked as anabolic steroids, as well as hypodermic needles, nine unmarked vials, eight of them refrigerated, and three used syringes. Possession of anabolic steroids is a felony in Colorado (but apparently not in Waco). With full knowledge of Orakpo's issues, Briles welcomed him to Baylor.

Tevin Elliot, DE - Baylor player recruited by Briles who was sentenced to twenty years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being convicted in January 2014 of raping and sexually assaulting four Baylor women, including a freshman girl twice at a party at a Waco apartment complex. Prosecutor LaBorde called Elliott a violent serial rapist who can’t admit he did anything wrong because he doesn’t think he did anything wrong. Briles called Elliott a sweet young man who was a good football player and deserved a second chance.

Josh Gordon, WR – arrested by police after being found stoned and asleep in the Taco Bell drive-thru at 3:30 am on Wed night prior to game with Tech. Briles played Gordon against Tech (but held him out of warm ups and Baylor's first drive as punishment) and said he was sticking by him because he was his kind of player. Gordon eventually left the Baylor program because of his third arrest for drugs in Waco, transferred to Utah where he never played because of failing another drug test and ended up at San Diego State. However, Baylor claims Gordon as one of the players it has put in the NFL. Gordon was suspended from the Cleveland Browns for a year for failing yet another drug test.

Daryl Stonum, WR – kicked out of Michigan following his third run-in with the law in three years at Michigan. When dismissed, Stonum was just coming off a season-long suspension in response to his second DUI arrest. Briles welcomed Stonum to Baylor's progam and campus.

Lache Seastrunk, RB – Recruited to Baylor under questionable circumstances after initially signing with Oregon after street-agent Willie Lyles was found to have accepted a $25K payment for delivering the recruit and leaving Oregon under investigation by a toothless NCAA.

Shawn Oakman, DE – Recruited to Baylor after kicked out of Penn State’s football program (and they put up with a lot at PSU) for theft.

Sam Ukwuachu, DE – Recruited to Baylor after being kicked out of Boise State following an arrest and an unspecified violation of team rules. Ukwuachu started in 12 games for Boise State as a freshman and was named a freshman All-American; however, he is no longer welcome at Boise State. Briles welcomed Ukwuachu to Baylor's football program and campus.

Anonymous said...

oh wait there's more..

Ahmad Dixon, DB – Dixon was represented by a street agent during his recruitment and surprisingly decommitted from Texas to sign with Baylor, the first 4-star player to sign with Baylor during their streak of winless seasons. Dixon was arrested for criminal assault last last September during the season. According to the Waco Police Department, the 21-year-old male victim arrived at an apartment where Dixon and his friends were playing video games on the night of Sept. 16. Dixon became angry and began to assault the victim, punching him numerous times in his face and head causing pain and injury and a possible concussion. The victim waited until the next day to report the assault after Dixon made threats to the victim and victim‘s family . Waco police arrested Dixon who was subsequently bonded out of McLennan County Jail. Briles continued to play Dixon during every game that season because he was not actually incarcerated at the time of the games.

Antareis Bryan - Dallas police have arrested a Baylor football player. Antareis Bryan, a Dallas native, has been charged with aggravated robbery. He was booked into the Dallas County jail early Saturday morning on a $25,000 bond. Bryan is a starter who started every game for the Bears during 2009 and 2010.

Willie Andrews, DB - A Baylor football player was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Police found $6,800 in cash and a 1/2 pound of marijuana in Andrews' unregistered car. Subsequently, Andrews was arrested at his home and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm when police responded to a call that Andrews allegedly pointed a handgun at his girlfriend's head during an argument. Andrews had previously been sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. The gun was found in his car by Texas State Troopers during a traffic stop. At the time, Andrews was serving a two year probation.

Robbie Rhodes, WR – Rhodes was arrested on drug charges and evidence tampering in May 2014. Because Rhodes attempted to hide the drugs after being apprehended, he was also charged with tampering with physical evidence. Briles said the matter would be addressed internally and added that he expected Rhodes, who is a starter, to start every game next fall so long as he is not incarcerated at game time. However, after Briles presented evidence to the McLennan County prosecutor showing that Rhodes had once previously passed a drug test at a prior time in his life, the prosecutor said that he was dropping all charges including the evidence tampering charge due to the fact that Rhodes was too important to Waco and to Baylor’s football program. Rhodes was a four-star member of BU’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 8 wide receiver in the country and the No. 8 player in the talent-rich state of Texas at any position. With the legal path now cleared, Rhodes is expected to be a significant contributor to Baylor’s high-octane offense in 2014.

Cordell Dorsey, Safety - An Abilene Cooper football standout who has committed to play for Baylor University was arrested Wednesday for alleged aggravated sexual assault of a child. In addition to his arrest, 18-year-old Cordell Dashun Dorsey has been suspended from Cooper’s football team “indefinitely,” Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns said in a written statement. Cordell Dorsey has a verbal commitment to Baylor University and was recruited by Baylor Head Coach Art Briles."

Anonymous said...

Joe Biden? OMG

More of the same... he is truly an idiot. What has he ever done?

Where can I right in President Comacho

Anonymous said...

You know Barry if there is a ticket to safety after the collapse of this country...I'm pretty sure you don't have one either.

Anonymous said...

Rage....I find your continued endorsement of the ACA a little fascinating. Blue Cross Blue Shield is cancelling 376,000 individual PPO policies in Texas effective 12-31-2015. The losses from mandated coverage in the ACA and restrictions on recouping losses makes those policies unsustainable. I have seen the devastating effects of the ACA firsthand. While it helps the unemployed and poor, it is absolutely devastating to those in the middle income range. It will be interesting to see how people react to the next round of rate increases as well as the reaction of people being forced to an HMO instead of a PPO. If you thought access to healthcare was poor prior to ACA, wait until you try to see a doctor as a member of any HMO.

Anonymous said...

A recent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland in the first three months of 2006 were illegal immigrants. That's 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in Dallas !!!

The hospital spent $70.7 million delivering 15,938 babies in 2004 but managed to end up with almost $8 million dollars in surplus funding. Medicaid kicked in $34.5 million, Dallas County taxpayers kicked in $31.3 million and the feds tossed in another $9.5 million.

The average patient in Parkland in maternity wards is 25 years old, married and giving birth to her second child. She is also an illegal immigrant. By law, pregnant women cannot be denied medical care based on their immigration status or ability to pay.

And you wonder why people love Donald Trump?

And why the rest of the politicians are copying him in their own way!

Anonymous said...

http://www.county.org/about-texas-counties/county-data/Documents/SalarySurvey2014.pdf

Anonymous said...

@10:13 AM

Sir, this is a political discussion. Please do not include facts in your comments. It seems unfair to most that want to argue this point.

Anonymous said...

Baylor has one of the dirtiest programs in college football. But the administration allows it. Be proud Baylor. You're the scum of Texas colleges now.

DF Grant Teaff

Anonymous said...

Where did you get this info? I'm a Baylor grad with some pull on the board, and I have never heard of some of these.

Anonymous said...

What has he ever done?

That's exactly the point, doofus.

Rage

Anonymous said...

So what you're saying is that it helps the people who need it the most and corporations are protecting their profit margins? Well, duh.

I've had HMO's in the past as a younger adult. It was a hassle, but I had plenty of access. All I had to do was go to my current doctor for a referral. While on an HMO I received treatment from Kelsey Seybold (a Houston-area clinic with multiple local locations) doctors, who are very good, St. Joe's, and MD Anderson. If you want to say that being "forced" to go to MD Anderson was bad access to healthcare, well, you don't know what you're talking about.

Rage

Sam Brows said...

If having Trump in the race is entertaining for some, then there is certainly going to be a segment of the population set to be entertained when Joe Biden formally announces. It was the summer of 87 when Biden last announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Shortly thereafter he would give a speech that he lifted off of the then Head of the British Labor party, without any real credit being given. Then word came out that he was flunked in law school for plagiarism. Then a voter openly questioned his ability to reason well enough to be President and he told the voter "i'd venture to say my I.Q. is higher than yours" (great way to win the popular vote right there), and went on to say he had graduated in the top half of his law school class, when in fact, he was number 76 in a class of 85. So close. And then he dropped out of the race. Joe is coming. PREPARE TO BE ENTERTAINED!

Anonymous said...

"Those who already love you (politically speaking) may love you more for these hard lines, but your chance for love by others is being destroyed."

So the one's who won't love him will be Illegal (stress ILLEGAL) Aliens. What's the problem and/or your point?

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sam Brows for the refresher course of Joe Bidens failures in life. All I could remember was Hair Club for Men and plagiarism.

Anonymous said...

Hey dumb shit ads disguised as news have been happening since the dawn of time. Are you really so fkn ignorant that you have just now noticed?

Anonymous said...

Egar,

You of all people should know, stupid is as stupid says. Did you ever get that baseball bat out of your behind?

Anonymous said...

I think Biden is way better than Trump, but he still creeps me out. Reminds me of the creepy uncle who always buy you sexy underwear for Xmas and it's in the right size. EWWWWWWW!

DF Chelsea Clinton

Anonymous said...

Josh Gordon is the best wide out in the NFL right bu? Lol

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the cop that was yankin the cranks of sex offenders? Will he have to register as a sex offender himself?

DF No More Yanky My Wanky

Anonymous said...

Rage...If you call "protecting their profit margins" a loss of $417mm in one year, that is your right. As a non-profit, I think Blue Cross might be more interested in remaining a viable company. I acknowledged the ACA was good for the poor but what makes them need healthcare the most? I thought the idea was to make health care affordable for everyone. As it is, it is only affordable for those qualifying for a subsidy. Once again, I am only talking about those purchasing policies in the individual market. When you have a couple in their late 50's and middle class, is $1700 per month for a $6k deductible Bronze policy affordable? We have only shifted the burden from one group to another and did not solve anything in the process except keep the poor, poor, make the middle class poorer and grow the deficit by an unknown amount.

Accessibility for HMO care is very different in major cities in relation to more rural areas. Wise County has approximately 80,000 residents and currently two MD's and three PA's accept Blue Cross HMO. You are right, it is not a hassle to go to MD Anderson with a cancer diagnosis but what about day to day care? What about having a baby? You are taking the extreme and substituting it for the norm and that invalidates your point.

I asked you a legitimate question and you responded with "duh" and that I do not know what I am talking about while you cite anecdotal instances in your experience. Try looking outside sometime, there is more there than you see from either the right or the left. The middle is truly being forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Electing Biden would be like dropping the kids off with Jared Fogel to go have a drink with Bill Cosby!

DF Alexander Haig

Anonymous said...

The reason Whataburger got in the news for there breakfast hours is because they were the only restaurant/food business to send out a press release about having to change store hours due to egg shortage. THat's it. If any other place that serves breakfast would have sent the same press release, they to would be in the news.

Anonymous said...

Doordash sent a press release to local news outlets that they are testing Whataburger to generate buzz and excitement. By doing so it helps them secure a contract with Whataburger after testing. It is up to the news outlets to determine if this is newsworthy.

Anonymous said...

1:54 - Sensible arguments supported by actual facts stick out like a sore thumb here. You ain't from around these parts, are ya?

Anonymous said...

916, Rage?,

So, you think Elizabeth Warren, an avowed socialist, knows more about finance than Trump, a top graduate of the Wharton School of Finance?

You are really a special kind of stupid, are you not?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:33 AM said...

Where did you get this info? I'm a Baylor grad with some pull on the board, and I have never heard of some of these.

What does that mean "have some pull"

Interwebs brilliant Baylor grad...look it up; it ain't hard

Baylor has earned the death penalty...

DF wappity babbity dale Hanson said...

Damn skippy, did you hear your butt buddy Matt Mosley licking Briles' balls again this afternoon? He is such a liar, and Mosely is still defending his integrity, wow. That's good sports talk right there

Anonymous said...

Here is a quote from Citizenship Clause author Senator Jacob Howard (R-MI) during the debate on the 14th Amendment: “Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction is, by virtue of natural law and national law, a citizen of the [United States]. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers, accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.”

“Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction.."

The key word here is and, which means both conditions have to be true for the Citizenship Clause applied. Illegal aliens fail on the second condition. The illegal alien's status of illegal implies that they are not subject to United States jurisdiction. The illegal has no allegiance to the United States

The Supreme Court has not ruled in any case that a child born to an illegal alien in the United States is granted citizenship under the 14th amendment. If I am lying, cite a case.

The Supreme Court did rule that that the citizenship granted under the terms of the 14th amendment did apply to children of legal aliens in the case of Wong Kim Ark in 1898.

I am waiting.

Anonymous said...

Good 1 801.

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