The Campaign For DA

10.16.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • I walked out this morning and found my car door slightly ajar. (That's definitely a "whoa" moment.) My glove box was open. The console was open. But nothing had been scattered and nothing had been taken. The garage door opener was the first thing I looked for  and it was there. Any ideas what they were looking for?  And do they not fear I have it on video?
  • Hot sports opinion about The Ticket: The main hosts, who have made a fortune, are fed up with Cumulus and are about to go Scorched Earth and walk away.
  • There was/is a crazy wild fire in Bastrop County. In 2011, Bastrop County was hit with a wild fire which gave rise to one of the craziest photos I had ever seen
  • I'm losing touch with technology. I received a PDF document which required a password (which I had.) If opened it, saved it to my hard drive, and then emailed it to someone else they were still prompted to enter a password to open it. I had no idea. 
  • Great opinion at the courthouse the other day: "The Texas Penal Code should grant total immunity for any crime committed by someone after they turn 80."
  • An Albino deer is roaming around Denton. Come see me, brother. I won't discriminate because you are different. (But I'm still mad at your brothers for running away from me on my hike up Guadalupe Peak.)
  • BagOfNothing posted audio yesterday of Christopher Walken reading Edgar Allen Poe's "Nevermore".  I'm going to post in a second about Walken in Flatboy Slim's video, because it just dawned on me why I've always loved it. 
  • More technology: The Kids In The House really don't understand the concept of a "hard drive". For them, everything is "in the cloud." And, you know, almost everything I do is in the cloud. 
  • I wrote this on 4/1/15 in Random Thoughts: "Hillary should select one of the Texas Castro brothers as her vice president nominee. She won't win Texas even if she did, but it could awaken the Hispanic electorate in general. And once they are awakened, it's game over. Not just this election but for years to come." ABC News reported this yesterday: "Hillary Clinton opened the door today for Julian Castro to be a possible pick for vice president if she wins the Democratic nomination, saying she is 'going to really look hard at him for anything, because that's how good he is.'" Does anyone want to hire me as a political consultant? 



48 comments:

Guinjames said...

I think Gov. Abbott should send the Texas Guard to fight the fire in Bastrop Co. They did such a good job protecting us from Jade Helm.

Anonymous said...

Never trust the cloud. I can cite recent examples.

DF Frazzled Southwest Airlines Tech Support

wordkyle said...

I can see your point regarding Hillary Clinton and the Castro brothers, although it makes a broad assumption about Hispanics as a group. However, you're working on the assumption that she'll be in a position that requires a vice president.

Anonymous said...

Barry, one word on your possible car break-in. Raccoons. It always will be those pesky masked four legged bandits. You are lucky they didn't repeatedly dunk your car in water. They give us other critters a bad rep.

DF Opossum

Anonymous said...

Barry, the best Hispanic candidate that would bring folks out in droves for the election would be Eva Longoria. Hot latina wins every time. I'm getting tingles just thinking about it.

DF Tony Parker

Anonymous said...

So you left you stupid car unlocked? With the garage door opener in it? Wow, you are lucky you and the family weren't slaughtered in you sleep. Hope you learned a lessen dear one. Always lock you car...you never know when a child might get in it and can't get out...shame on you.

Anonymous said...

That deer roaming around Denton is not native. He must have escaped from one of the gaming ranches. I saw a pheasant on my property yesterday morning..beautiful creature...very rare in my area. I think it came from the Nine Bar Ranch which is close to me...where the little 8 year boy was shot & killed by his grandfather during a pheasant hunt...at least one of the pheasants got away. I do not approve of the game ranches.

janneba said...

That link for the Albino deer goes to my favorite blogs page to funny to read the ? Squaw and around the Corner over there since they haven't been around for a couple of years.

Anonymous said...

9:24 -

What a weird warning. "you never know when a child might get in it and can't get out." Is that a problem for cars parked overnight in someone's driveway? I don't recall seeing the news report on bands of children roaming neighborhoods at 2 a.m., crawling into cars they can't get out of and then...falling asleep?

Anonymous said...

I saw a couple of misspelling in my comment earlier...sorry..my fingers are bad little dudes when I type fast.
9:24 am

Anonymous said...

Those fires down south scare the crap out of me...already more than a dozen homes lost...it's crazy they can let that happen. It can be put out but I guess it's too expensive.

Anonymous said...

9:29
Children have gotten into cars..unable to get out they suffocate in the heat of the day...no not at night silly.

Triple Fake... said...

The poem by Poe you are referencing is called The Raven, not Nevermore. Oh, never mind!


"Hillary should select one of the Texas Castro brothers as her vice president nominee."
Because, when picking someone who is a twin, it doesn't really matter which one you get because they're interchangeable and either will do, right?
"...she is 'going to really look hard at him for anything, because that's how good he is'"
If he (which one were we talking about again?) was that good, why isn't he already a member of the United Colors of Benetton administration?

Anonymous said...

Clearly what we need to solve the wildfire problem is more wildfires, amirite?

DF Wayne LaPierre

Anonymous said...

9:33 -

But that's not the scenario described. If we're going to warn Barry about any possible thing that could happen, regardless of the context of the story, let's go ahead and let him know that a homeless prostitute could hotwire his car and use it to go on a five-state killing spree in which she murders only Jewish businessmen who are wearing green shirts. I mean, it's possible, so we need to make sure he knows, right?

Anonymous said...

You are probably one of those people that have your garage piled up with $300.00 worth of crap so you have leave your $20,000.00 + vehicle out in the driveway.

Smart.

Anonymous said...

Barry, two words on your possible car break-in: snow monkeys. They have been known to start up a tractor with a brush hog attachment and run it straight through a tomato patch.

Anonymous said...

That's called a Burglary of Vehicle, to commit a theft or enter with the intent to commit a theft. Glove box and center console are good resource for personal information such as car maintenance receipts. Also bad guys will take your copy of insurance and alter to match their vehicle. I would look thru my car and ask " what would I hand over to someone else", and remove everything else. Oh yeah, lock your car

Anonymous said...

9:36 Ironically it is common place to set more fires such as back burns, burnouts and back fires to combat a large wildfire. Thank you for affirming what those of us with common sense already know, more guns in the right hands are the only way to combat violent criminals! An ounce of prevention ese`!

DF Smokey the Lapierre

Anonymous said...

Barry either doesn't understand or doesn't care what it will mean to America and the world if Hillary wins.

Anonymous said...

9:31 - the RTG gives me a fire down south

Anonymous said...

"And do they not fear that I have it on video?" That answer would be no. What they do not fear is, if they know who you are, is that it's a gun free zone.

Anonymous said...

10:11 -

Analogy fail. If fighting wildfire with wildfires is good, then fighting bad guys with guns by giving more bad guys guns is good, too.

Your analogy would be appropriate if DF Wayne had said "what we need to solve the wildfire problem is more FIRES." Fire, when used properly, is a good tool. Wildfires? Not so much.

Guns, when used properly, are a good tool. When used by bad guys? Not so much. But that's the problem - the proliferation of guns in the US means that a good guy's guns sometimes end up in the hands of a bad guy. Fewer guns, fewer "spares" floating around for the bad guys.

Anonymous said...

Damn, now I have to go change shirts.

DF Jamesonstien

Anonymous said...

Cash, guns, jewelry, credit cards, checkbooks, and electronic devices.

Anonymous said...

I don't see the ticket guys blowing that gig up. Maybe Mike since he's always mentioned as retiring.

Until contracts run out...at least.

Katy Anders said...

Sorry about the car. I was looking for an aspirin.

Anonymous said...

Still nothing on the sheriff retiring/taking another job?

Anonymous said...

11:01 My analogy was spot on. More guns in the right hands, key words there, will be just like a back fire...a key tool in prevention. In the "right hands" means people who properly secure their guns when not in use. If you can afford a gun but not afford to secure it properly, then you don't possess the "right hands"! If that leaves us with less gun owners overall but more guns in the right hands, I'm fine with it. Your poor comprehension skills in no way invalidate my analogy, but nice try there limpy!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sorry about the car BG. I was looking for your balls but your wife's purse wasn't in there! ;-)

Anonymous said...

@11:35

You forgot drugs.

DF 2K Pawn Shop

Anonymous said...

That is an interesting racist assumption that Hispanics would vote for an idiot like Hillary based on the race of a running mate. Are we really that shallow in America? Of course we are!

Anonymous said...

Just wait until the illegal aliens voting block wakes up!!! And yes....don't pretend we won't let them vote too.

Anonymous said...

Right 9:40 AM...so many reason to lock you car. And, my goodness garages were made for vehicles.

Anonymous said...

My kid spent a few minutes last spring visiting with Julian Castro (kid worked for State Rep. Bernal who served on SA city council when Castro was mayor). His assessment? "The guy has lost more smarts than 99% of the people in this country ever start with".

Anonymous said...

11:57

What about it? Grown ups can make their own decisions.

Anonymous said...

Please leave the keys in your car tonight. We'll be back around 3am.

DF Neighborhood Ne'er-Do-Wells

Anonymous said...

12:27 -

You seem to misunderstand the difference between the words "fire" and "wildfire." But by all means, please continue your lecture on comprehension.

Anonymous said...

I would have thought Hillary would choose Fidel rather than Julian.

Anonymous said...

Most people think those bright spots in the smoke are actual flames. Not. Just the sky behind.

Anonymous said...

2:00 - Your kid sounds like a sycophant.

Anonymous said...

As hard left as Hillary went in the debate I think Fidel has a better shot than Julian!

Anonymous said...

Hey Katy he wasn't visiting montrose but good try.

Anonymous said...

hilary has already won.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, So a Rubio or Cruz presidential ticket won't awaken the Hispanic electorate? Why in this new generation of race based politics does a certain group have to have a D by their name just to get elected? Is it because the democrats insult their intelligence by promising them free stuff instead of offering them opportunities?

whisky O said...

Katy = win
9:31 = idiot

Anonymous said...

Your still not Gordon Keith

Anonymous said...

"I walked out this morning and found my car door slightly ajar. (That's definitely a "whoa" moment.) My glove box was open. The console was open. But nothing had been scattered and nothing had been taken. The garage door opener was the first thing I looked for and it was there. Any ideas what they were looking for? And do they not fear I have it on video?"

Usually it's youngsters, going car-to-car, trying to jack your quick valuables. Lots of people leave petty cash, credit cards, checks, GPS's, cell phones, tablets, and guns in their car. Also, drugs (legal and illegal) are often in cars. The good news is, in 15 years of answering such BMVs, I've only had two where the actor actually forced their way in. Generally, they just check to see if the door is locked, and move on if it's not. So the easiest answer is: lock your doors to your car. Video is cool, and cheaper by the day, though. Nice 6 camera systems come with a DVR and all the wire to run them (they just plug in; it takes no expertise) for about $400. The cameras have active infrared, so the kids won't even know that they're being video'd.