The Campaign For DA

9.30.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts





  • One thing I regret while in El Paso was that I didn't have time to see the Bridge of the Americas. I wanted to do it because I could automatically trump anyone in an immigration debate by simply saying, "Let me tell you something. I've personally taken my own human body to the border. I've looked with my own human eyes across the the Rio Grande at Juarez. I may have even seen El Chapo in the distance."  That's all it takes to win, right? 
  • I actually wanted to see it because I thought it was the bridge the Josh Brolin used to cross into Mexico in No Country For Old Men -- but I was wrong. But it was the filming location for the short lived FX series named, obviously, The Bridge.
  • Does the first item in The Update have viral potential?
  • Sports: (1) I finally got to watch the Texas/OSU game including the crazy defensive holding penalty on UT and the subsequent flag on Charlie Strong. The Evil Empire was wronged. But if the Evil Empire was wronged 20 more times over the next few years, they still will be ahead in the Official Wrong/Not Wronged Ledger. (2) As crazy as that TCU play was to win the game, the Tech Crazy Train Play that actually ended the game was 10 yards away from infamy. It started with a throw from the 32 yard line of Tech and ended at TCU's 10 after multiple laterals. That was 10 yards away from replacing California/Stanford's last play as the most insane play in college football history. And it could have happened. Don't get tackled! Launch the ball! You may lose on a fumble recovery but don't get tackled! Watch it here from a fan's video in the stands -- love these things.
  • I got duped, right?: The people "camping out" to buy a home in a new development in McKinney have to be doing a bit and a publicity stunt. 
  • DMN story from it's "Biz Beat Blog": "Forbes has just announced its annual roll call of the 400 richest Americans — and there are 36 Texans on this year’s list, with Walmart heiress Alice Walton yet again topping all of them with $36 billion. (And that’s before she sells her ranch outside of Fort Worth.)" Hey, I'm an idiot when it comes to business, accounting, and math, but the fact that the ranch hasn't sold yet has nothing to do with her net worth and being "rich".  I love to simplify things: If all a person has is a $150,000 house and is debt free, that person has a net worth $150,000. If he sells that home for the fair market value of $150,000, he now has a net worth of $150,000. 
  • Also from the story: Mark Cuban's new worth remains at $3 billion. Exactly how much did he personally get when Yahoo.com ridiculously paid $5.7 billion in 1999 for his company, Broadcast.com, which had never turned a profit?
  • I'll never hear the word "SMU" and "Death Penalty" without remembering me and four of my buddies as high-schoolers on the campus of TCU in the summer of 1979 checking out a cheer-leading camp. Out of the blue, we saw 18 year old Eric Dickerson walking around because, we discovered, he was there for a high school THSCA All-Star game. (Box score, anyone?) He was just walking around by himself but had a jersey on that had "Dickerson" across the back. Sport's Illustrated had just written that his college jersey would have "National Championship" on the front and "Heisman Winner" on the back when all was said and done. We had him sign his autograph five times on the back of an envelope and he used my back to do it on. We then carefully tore the envelope up and all took one autograph. I've still got mine. (My buddies, if my memory hasn't failed yet again, have the familiar Wise County names of Bilby, Clifton, McQuiston, and I think Ralls or Lawson. And I promise we listened to a new 8-track tape on the way there by a new group who had just released "My Sharona". We talked about whether The Knack was the second coming of The Beatles.) 
  • And I just looked up that "Ralls" and noted that his mother died less than two months ago. 
  • Dallas DA Susan Hawk has left treatment and plans to return to work on Thursday. My first reaction was that she needed to come into work at 5:00 a.m. to avoid all cameras. But upon further review, I think I'd tell the media I'm walking in the front doors at 8:00 a.m.  It's time for her to be on the offensive to save her job. 
  • I'm often reminded of the line from Harrison Ford, as Jack Ryan, to the president in Clear and Present Danger when the President's long time friend had been found murdered on his yacht by the cartel after he had stolen some laundered drug money: The President was wondering how to respond if the press asks him if they were good friends: Ryan told him to say, "'No, not good friends. We were lifelong friends.' There's no sense defusing a bomb after it's already gone off."


19 comments:

David In Red River said...

That Jack Ryan line is 100% dead on! If politicians..heck, anyone...would use that logic and just get it over with then things would get smoothed out much more quickly. BTW..glad you're back, BG.

Anonymous said...

Anyone out there in Liberally Lean land who remembers Harold Taft & Icky Twerp need to look at this:

http://hometownbyhandlebar.com/?p=18416

Andy Stevenson said...

I never hear the words SMU and "death penalty" without thinking we had just tied the #1 team in country when SMU ran a very slick trick play on TTU on the kickoff and scored with no time on the clock. Next to the large sucking sound of American jobs headed south due to NAFTA, that was the largest collective exhale I've heard in my life. I hated Craig James long before he helped fire Mike L.

Anonymous said...

Her net worth will actually probably decline after liquidation. DMZ, short for dumbazz?

DF Jeff Bezos said...

Also BG, turning a profit is often over emphasized, especially with tech companies. Who cares about profit if you have enormous positive cash flows? Certain not Amazon.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, You could have also been able to tell people that you had seen dead bodies decomposing in the desert and all the trash that the illegals leave behind and the tons of drugs that are being brought in.

Anonymous said...

El Puente en "Old Country for Old Men" esta el puente veijo en Piedra Negras/ Eagle Pass.
Para tu informa.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I cannot believe you missed the biggest area news item of the day. Vance Godbey has announced they are closing the restaurant in two weeks. No more Sunday family buffet after many many decades. Will still cater, but no more restaurant. Did you ever eat there as a kid?

DF Sad Old Guy

RPM said...

9:33 thanks for the link on Harold & Icky. Great stuff!

Baylor Too said...

I saw a mule deer today, on my way back from the courthouse (in Cripple Creek). It was hopping all around. Glad to know more about deer varieties, thanks to this blog.

Baylor Too said...

@Andy Stevenson, I was at that game. It was awful.

Anonymous said...

Barry, Are you ready to issue retractions on all of the attacks you made against Prager?

Anonymous said...

You were a child Barry, now your a man.

Anonymous said...

You missed the building collapse in Halsell in Bridgeport!

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, The 80's called and are asking why you voted twice for Obama.

Anonymous said...

Hey Skippy!

Nothing about Russia in Syria...Iran, etc?

Hey, remember that time that Romney said Russia was the biggest threat to world peace? Obama told him the 80's wanted their foreign policy back. Member that?

Hey, remember that time that Obama told the old president of Russia that he would take care of that ole defensive missile thing in eastern Europe, after that ole election was over? Member that?

Yeah, good times.

Yo buddy Obama sure is a doozy, huh?

Andy Stevenson said...

The silence was deafening.

Anonymous said...

You should have saw the bridge of the Americas through mine and my buddies eyes at two in the morning when we were crossing with two shot shotguns and what was left of two cases of beer when we left home .Little bumpy u-turn but we made it and got a cab .RIP buddy I still remember you and (the good times)

Anonymous said...

Most of No Country for Old Men was filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico.