The Campaign For DA

8.12.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • The Arlington police chief fired the new officer who shot and killed the unarmed teenager at the car dealership. Honestly, I wasn't expecting that. There is no way he gets fired two years ago. 
  • And what would be the instant reaction today about the Fort Worth police shooting in 2013 which killed a 72 year old in his garage when the cops went to the wrong house?
  • The sign at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur reads: "The Devil Is Immediately Fired". 
  • "The whole #MegynKelly thing: forgotten. Like it or not #DonaldTrump back in command with brilliant press conference and speech in Michigan" - Tweet by conservative talk radio host Mark Davis last night. Once again, I'll say (1) the GOP has no idea they are committing suicide, and (2) this is the most bizarre presidential campaign in history.
  • Speaking of Davis, former Farmer's Branch mayor Tim O'Hare (who ran the city into the ground by getting it sued) is filling in for Davis this week. Note to O'Hare: You are a horrible talk show host. You don't listen to what your callers are saying, and you stay on topic just about as much Dug the talking dog does. 
  • There was a couple arrested at Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus, Mississippi after the Feds accused them of attempting to fly to Damascus to join ISIS.  WBAP's Brian Estridge said this morning, "The shocking news is that there is a direct flight from Columbus to Damascus."  I looked it up. There isn't. But that would have been shocking. 
  • This week the University of Texas had a true freshman linebacker and and a redshirt freshman running back leave the program. There were high expectations for both.  If the Empire has a bad season (which most predict), coach Charlie Strong will have one more year to show results or he will be fired. And I'm not certain he would get the extra year.
  • Random state legislator that I think might be crazy and/or clueless: Konni Burton. 
  • If you follow Mark Cuban on Twitter, you will be beaten down by his constant reference to an app which he has invested in. Despite the nauseating promotion, it will not survive. However, I've noticed that when the Dallas Morning News writes about Cuban they will always refer to that app in the story. Uh, payola? 
  • But today's Cuban ad did have him saying this: "If you don’t agree with every platform of the [Republican] party not only are you called a RINO, a 'Republican in Name Only.' You are considered unelectable in primaries and become a source of scorn on Fox News. That's a problem." I'll  be dang. I agree with him. 
  • Norm Hitzges is celebrating his 40th year in radio broadcasting. He's mentioned how he was paid only $15 for one hour's work at his first job on local public radio. A random inflation calculator told me $15 in 1975 is the equivalent of $65.00 today. 



41 comments:

Anonymous said...

" (2) this is the most bizarre presidential campaign in history."

um, the most bizarre was 2008 when the weakest man on the planet was elected POTUS.

Anonymous said...

Nobody would raise an eyebrow if the Jerry Waller shooting occurred today. He was white.

wordkyle said...

Regarding Mark Cuban's message about Republicans, he also says "The Republican Party requires that all their Presidential candidates Conform to Consensus." It would be interesting to know which Republican Party he's referring to -- the Republican leadership (e.g., McConnell and Boehner) or the Republican "upstarts" that those leaders constantly criticize.

Incidentally, he finishes his piece with this: "And btw, I know a lot of the same can be said about the democrats, but I don’t want to be a democrat."

Anonymous said...

"the GOP has no idea they are committing suicide"

Nice to know you have such concern for the GOP's well-being, BG.

But every time we take advice from the left and put up a dispassionate, moderate presidential candidate many people on our side stay home and we lose elections.

I still say Trump will be a footnote in the race this time next year, and I don't like Trump's past liberal remarks, but I'm just glad SOMEONE running for president is speaking for me and not some wealthy Chamber of Commerce donor who is big into crony capitalism and/or cheap labor for illegal immigrants.

Anonymous said...

If Republicans are committing suicide then at least we do so with the courage of our convictions.

Anonymous said...

There is no way he gets fired two years ago.


HUH?

Anonymous said...

How about that Target Stores news story yesterday? Now THAT was an ad for Target.

Anonymous said...

You don't listen to what your callers are saying, and you stay on topic just about as much Dug the talking dog does.

So basically, he is just like Mark Davis.....

Anonymous said...

.......and (2) this is the most bizarre presidential campaign in history.

Well, technically, if you look back thru the history of US presidential elections and campaigns, its not the bizarre-est.

Anonymous said...

Arlington PD Chief - his uniform shirt looks to be 2 sizes too big.

Anonymous said...

You probably would get no reaction or about the same news coverage today as then becasue the 72 year old was white. White live matter too!?

Anonymous said...

By "Republican Upstarts" Wordkyle is referring to the likes of Cruz and Stickland, who will kill the GOP in the end. They're not upstarts, they're nut jobs.

Anonymous said...

We need Gary Coleman to survive as long as possible in Austin. He will set that program back for years. There's no program more deserving of such a tire fire.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, unless you live in Farmers Branch, don't make claims like he ran our city into the ground. O'Hare was a good mayor trying to protect our town. Now look at the national problem we have.

Anonymous said...

Barry, (the self proclaimed Libertarian)have you ever criticized a Democrat on this blog? Sure seems like everyone you criticize (and some justifiably) are Republican. You are not a Libertarian BG. Stop the masquerade and let your leftist freak flag fly. BTW, I don't know about Republican party suicide just yet when the Democrats are only offering extremely damaged goods (Hillary) and a someone who is perhaps even farther to the left than you (Sanders). This Sanders hype won't last when his platforms are examined deeper.

Anonymous said...

The Arlington chief was pretty quick to put all of the blame on the lowest ranking member of the arrest team. But I wonder if by accusing the trainee of exercising poor judgement he isn't leaving the city open to liability for poor supervision. I thought it was a little too early to be affixing blame, particularly on a guy who is still in training. From the scenario, it sounded like the probationary officer was being charged and that the first round fired and the taser did not affect the suspect. Basic common sense: if you are armed you are not going to allow yourself to become unarmed in a wrestling match.

I wish Trump would just accelerate this whole WWE/Presidential campaign: burn an American flag and watch his ratings soar.

Anonymous said...

There is no way he gets fired two years ago.

Politicians running scared...the pendulum swings.

Anonymous said...

Leftist need to resolve their daddy issues before they destroy the world.

Anonymous said...

The two cops who shot Jerry Waller, a law abiding citizen in his own home, were never punished in any way for his murder yet the cop in Arlington is fired for shooting a criminal caught red-handed and acting crazy? I find that infuriating.

Anonymous said...

9:23 Apologize now, the media has told us time and again that is not true!

Anonymous said...

Arlington property values are falling like a snowball headed for hell. They are following the path of Ferguson and Baltimore. Blacks do not want to live in high crime cities. That is the reason for sinking property values. I wonder if they know they are destroying their own net worth by turning against the police.

Anonymous said...

Cuban's message today was spot on in its entirety. I've been saying the same thing for the last few years. We actually need Trump to put the death knell in the old guard as well as the new wave of Tea Party nuts who constantly troll the old guard as RINO's.

Anonymous said...

"Gary Coleman"

You made me laugh, 9:46!

Anonymous said...

Cuban's social media app, "Cyberdust" has found a niche with intellectuals, start ups, investors, and other savvy minded individuals. In other words, way out of your league.

Triple Fake... said...

Today's Update lists obituaries for people with the nicknames Cotton, Cowboy, and Shorty

Anonymous said...

Interesting difference of reactions. The trainee draws and discharges a handgun multiple times. The supervising officer draws and fires a Taser at roughly the same time. I guess it is about the experience.

DF Quickdraw McGraw

Anonymous said...

Jerry Waller wasn't black!

Anonymous said...

Well the FTO of the Arlington officer just got $%cked by default.

Anonymous said...

"White live matter too!?"

I think I just found the name for my new band.

The Play list....

"Rock of Stages" Def Leppard cover

"Goils, Goils, Goils" Motley Crue cover

"Stranger Gold" Uncle Ted cover

"Stairway to Wal-mart" Led Zeppelin cover

"Symphony for the Devil" Rolling Stones cover

"Highway to One Stop" AC/DC cover

"Rock and Drool All Night" KISS cover

"Cover of the Rhoming Stone" Dr. Hook cover



wordkyle said...

945 - In mentioning "upstarts," I was referring to every Republican who disagrees with the Republican establishment's "Democrat lite" style of politics.

Really, Cuban was stating a philosophy similar to one expressed by Bill Buckley, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh. All of them refer to supporting the "most Conservative" candidates (with some slight differences in how they expressed it.) Their point is that no candidate is perfect, and with whom you'll agree 100% of the time. So BG finds himself agreeing with some of his sworn nemeses. (But not Ann Curry.)

Anonymous said...

Katie, please come back!

DF An Anonymous Blogger from Lubbock

Anonymous said...

3:41

It amazes me how you can look at a pile of bat guano and call it an original Picasso.

Do you wear X-ray glasses, like you can order out of the back of Tiger Beat magazine? Or are you just whistling as you pass the GOP cemetery?

Anonymous said...

8:53, you might have to fill me in. I assume that Waller was white. Logic tells me that.

Anonymous said...

No one knows what the end result of the investigation of the Arlington shooting will be. Quite possibly the newbie officer did nothing wrong.

But in the current political environment, with 2 national sports franchises in a town of a quarter million, it was pretty much an imperative for the CLEO to sack the trainee, even if it ends up being a chicken-$hi# thing to have done, as a palliative to inoculate against those elements who have no interest in being or becoming constructive members of society.

Welcome to the Socialist States of Amerika.

wordkyle said...

459 - You'll need to explain what you tried to say. Maybe just say it and don't try to be clever.

Anonymous said...

5:23

I would suggest the fact that a police officer killed an unarmed mam while they were being extremely stupid, may have something to do with the firing.

I think some 5-0 are failing to understand the finality of death.

Anonymous said...

I was about 3 blocks from
Cowboy Stadium pumping gas; it's a horrible area. I feared for my life. Arlington needs to do some major cleaning up. Everyone feels sorry for the dude that got shot. I guess I'm just a cold hearted bitch, but did he not break into a business? Obviously he was up to no good, I really don't have a problem with him getting killed. He was black, but if he were white I'd feel the same way. DON'T BREAK THE LAW! How hard is that for people to understand? Be responsible for your actions.

Anonymous said...

7:35

There you go again(Ghost of Ronald Reagan), avoiding a response by implying the question is not relevant.

Same song, 2nd verse.

You are becoming an irrelevant joke.

Anonymous said...

I bet the chief's announcement that he was bailing out on the officer that shot the fool in the dealership put a lot of Arlington police looking elsewhere for a job . Talk about a save your a$$ politically correct ##$$$ard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

9:43---

Is that you Katy? How's the Prozac working out for you? Still bitter, I see, but a little more under control.

wordkyle said...

943 - Other than the fact that you apparently don't like me, you're not getting your message across. Once more - would you like to clarify?