The Campaign For DA

9.01.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • As I was walking to the office this morning on the courthouse square, I heard gun blasts in the distance. What the heck? Ahhh . . . the first day of Dove Season. 
  • I mentioned how I like the new signs in Decatur directing people to the football stadium, downtown, police, etc. But I've noticed many of them are in peoples' yards. And not on the corner like a stop sign. I mean at the center of the front property line and recessed about three feet back. That's weird, isn't it? Does a city have an easement? Is there some state law? If not, shouldn't they have to pay for the taking of property under eminent domain rules
  • What?! The legislature passed, and Gov. Abbott signed, a bill which now allows Texas "felons convicted of drug" crimes to receive food stamps. You guys gonna put up with that? 
  • I had four different meetings yesterday where I witnessed three people cry in three of them. I won't tell you if the tears were the result of gratitude, sadness, or relief. But I will tell you I have intense, emotional meetings all the time.  I guess that explains why someone seems to ask me every day, "Are you OK?" 
  • Just thought about Dan Fogelberg's Same Old Lang Syne: "But in those eyes I wasn't sure if I saw doubt or gratitude."
  • I've learned that Attorney General Ken Paxton (sheesh) has given an opinion allowing the Montague DA to not disclose certain information to the Wise County Messenger regarding the shooting I mentioned yesterday I'll post the relevant portion of the opinion later. There's something not right. I'll need you Open Records experts out there to provide some guidance. 
  • Get ready for my annual Medical Examiner rant . . . 
  • I've yelled about the "rulings" of medical examiners for years. How about this one yesterday: "The death of an Arlington man [at the hands of jailers] in the Dallas County Jail lobby was a homicide that was compounded by drugs, heart disease and stress, according to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office . . . . He died from homicide with 'combined effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, compounded by hypertensive cardiovascular disease and physiologic stress associated with struggle and restraint,' the medical examiner’s office said." Ummmmkay. 
  • My beef this time is with their definition of "homicide" (and this comes up time and time again). Look at the Harris County ME's site where they define it. They say it includes "a death from . . . an act of another person to cause fear, harm or death" but does not necessarily mean intent to kill. That is a crazy definition. And, if the Dallas ME uses that same standard, do they believe the jailers wanted to cause fear, harm, or death?
  • My normal beef with ME's is that they offer opinions they aren't qualified to offer. They are doctors. If they have a body in front of them, they can give an expert opinion that the cause of death was due to strangulation (his throat was collapsed and he lost the capacity to breath). I'll even let them say the throat collapsed because of an outside force (i.e "something" like a rope). But they can't tell me it was a homicide (caused by another), suicide (hung himself), or accident (i.e. David Carradine). And don't give me this crap about they have "other information". Why do we have cops and crime scene investigators to make that conclusion if the great ME gets to trump them with his "expert" opinion. 
  • Blue Bell . . . AGAIN! . . . 




31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re signs and easements--the city easement goes back further into the yards than most people think.

Anonymous said...

Another blonde-haired Aryan.

When are you gonna have some women of color?

Kilo Kimonte Brown

Anonymous said...

What?! The legislature passed, and Gov. Abbott signed, a bill which now allows Texas "felons convicted of drug" crimes to receive food stamps. You guys gonna put up with that?


Trolling, Trolling, Trolling
Keep them doggies trolling
Though they're disapproving
Keep them doggies Trolling
LibTards



DF Jake and Elwood

Anonymous said...

Decatur is following Rhome in the sign department.

Anonymous said...

Get ready for my annual Medical Examiner rant . . .

You watched too much Qunicy, M.E. as a child.



DF Jack Klugman

Anonymous said...

I guess that explains why someone seems to ask me every day, "Are you OK?"



Or maybe you just carry your feelings on your sleeve to get sympathy like a soft male. Because many times on here you are a jerk to anyone conservative or in the law enforcement field. So while you rant and act tough here, you are wussy around your peers to get attention.

Am I right?

Anonymous said...

The Decatur signs are probably in the city easement; however the home owner mows the easement. I know how long a sign would last in my yard. Not going to mow around it. Signs should be at street corners, not residents yards.

The accusations of the brother of the guy who died in the lobby of the sheriff that his throat was crushed doesn't explain his crazy behavior. He was restrained because he was out of control. No one had intentions of homicide.

Anonymous said...

Most lawyers have mommy issues.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Most folks don't realize that just because they mow and water the grass, it does not mean they own that particular piece of dirt. You'd be amazed at how many homeowners who have lived in a place for decades haven't once looked at a survey of their property.

Anonymous said...

Nice redemption on the RTG. I'd like to buy a gallon of Blue Bell and turn her into a human banana split.

Anonymous said...

I am sick to death of hearing about Blue Bell...not going to buy anymore.

Anonymous said...

I would just let the grass grow up around the city signs and then tell them their sign needs mowing.

Anonymous said...

If a person qualifies for food stamps...I don't care who they are, they should get it...it's for people who can't afford food.

Anonymous said...

BG, did you see LL's official girl Britney at the VMA's on Sunday? If so, why isn't she the hot girl of the day?

Anonymous said...

Determining whether a crime or not was committed is reached by a grand jury based on the totality of the circumstances (witnesses, police, investigators, prosecutors, medical examiner's). I'm wrong here?

Anonymous said...

Hey, if they have it on video that the officers crushed his throat..it was homicide..buddy.

Anonymous said...

If Obammy's economy and stock market are doing so good(oops, never mind) then why are so many people not able to afford food and have to have food stamps? Why do you think he's called the food stamp president?

Triple Fake... said...

I can think of no situation where it reminds me of Dan Fogelberg, other than accidentally hearing a song of his

I would have assumed that drug felons (any felons, really) were qualified for food stamps already, provided they met all the requirements. My only concern is that there should be a limit for the length of time benefits are given. Same with welfare or any other public assistance that most people don't get because they earn a living otherwise.
Suckling at the public teat is not a profession, and shouldn't last a lifetime. Unmotivated is not a disability.
The only people who definitely should not get benefits are ones convicted of fraud by use of those benefits

The Donald said...

Good Fogelberg reference.

Anonymous said...

Our long national nightmare is over. Blue Bell is back.

Anonymous said...

Illegal aliens receive food stamps?
How is that possible? Anchor babies who we can't possibly let starve.

Anonymous said...

A grand jury may decide the crushed throat was an accident...just because and ME says it was a homicide does not mean a jury has to agree. There will be a civil suit by the family, I am sure.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/nyregion/grand-jury-said-to-bring-no-charges-in-staten-island-chokehold-death-of-eric-garner.html?_r=0

Upstairs said...

When I unlocked my office door yesterday morning one of the 80 year old farmers from out in the county was already standing there waiting on me. He began to tell me about the $60,000 plus he sent to get his lottery winnings to some guys in Florida. He ended up crying in my office. His wife doesn't yet know that he squandered their life savings. I have cried off and on ever since -- including at the courthouse yesterday and today -- because I just feel so sorry for him.

Everyone keeps asking me if I am ok. I want to scream from the top of my lungs that NO, THIS IS NOT OK but I couldn't do so without disclosing confidences.

I hope there is a special place in hell for the people that tricked him out of this money.

Another Brother said...

If a person qualifies for food stamps...I don't care who they are, they should get it...it's for people who can't afford food.

RIGHT ON BROTHER!
(your card renewed for September yet?)

Anonymous said...

@8:55

What he did wasn't trolling, dummy. Trolling is more subtle. He was being sarcastic.

Anonymous said...

In consideration of your emotional meetings, I suppose you must have high regards for pastors and others in the ministry.

Anonymous said...

Re: Jail death not a homicide, in my opinion anyway, but Grand Jury will decide if indictment is forthcoming or not. I am sure a civil suit is or will be filed already.

Re: felon food stamps- I have mixed feelings about this, but not too many folks will hire felons, so there you are. No one wants them or anyone to starve.

Re: Bluebell-YES GLAD IT IS COMING BACK!

Anonymous said...

The Blue Bell Listeria Crunch just isn't the same. But the new Salmonella Swirl is quite tasty.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Bluebell, a marketing genius if I ever saw one

Thanks BG, no cottage cheese today

Anonymous said...

Some of the artsy bathing suits (like today's RTG) leave really funky tan lines. Just saying.

DF Sunset Naturist Ranch