The Campaign For DA

10.26.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • Ben Carson is leading in Iowa and just happens to be a Seventh Day Adventist. And then Donald Trump said at a rally on Saturday: "I'm Presbyterian . . . . Boy, that's down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don't know about. I just don't know about." Things seem to be going well for the GOP. They need a leader.
  • I made Mrs. LL watch Rear Window on Saturday. I had forgotten how great that movie is. It's about a guy who looks out his apartment window because he has nothing else to do because of a broken leg. He begins to have suspicions that something is amiss and people think he's crazy. But he ends up being right. Two other things: (1) Man, there was some racy parts in there for a PG rating, and (2) The script was brilliantly written with comedy all over the place. (Just read some of the quotes from IMBD).
  • Movie thought: I told Mrs. LL this weekend that I thought Leonardo DiCaprio was the greatest actor of this generation. She disagreed. But I told her I'll give her time to name her choice. I'll let you know. 
  • I mentioned below that I went with Mrs. LL back to her hometown and she showed me around. That included seeing Abilene play Midland Lee in football.  At halftime I heard Midland Lee's band play Dixie. And then it dawned on me: Midland Lee.
  • I saw a crazy coach vs. ref confrontation at the game. A player was hurt and the game was stopped as the coach and the trainer went onto the field to tend to him. There is an issue these days of faking injuries to stop the "hurry up" offenses but, if that kid was faking it, he needs an Academy Award.  But as the coach and trainer were walking the kid off the field - but were still on the field - the ref blew the whistle to resume play. That was insane. I had never seen that. And the coach went ballistic on the ref while on the field. It involved screaming that could have been heard in Odessa. About two play later the ref, with equal vitriol, went off on the coach who was now on the sideline in a "respect my authority" retort.  Mrs. LL told me, "Welcome to west Texas football."
  • Get this: There were two males who performed in what old me has always referred to as a "pom pom routine" at halftime. It was right out of Glee. I'm sitting in the middle of redneck west Texas and watching that. I felt like the guy in the Double Rainbow viral video who said, "Is this real life?"
  • No one knows what is the cause of the lady plowing into a crowd and killing four at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade. Everyone assumed it was alcohol but that might not be the case. But even in Wise County we know that sometimes people drive crazy and it has nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. 
  • I put up a post on Friday about a court opinion invalidating a police stop based upon a girl asleep in the passenger seat. There was a comment made which sounds like it was from a smart cop (or possibly an unethical prosecutor.) I'll paraphrase the comment: "I would make the traffic stop. If I'm wrong then the worst thing that can happen to me is that evidence gets thrown out. If I'm right, I helped a girl." You know what means: "I don't care if what I do is against the law, if I'm doing it for my personal belief of what is the greater good, I don't care." That, gentleman, is a police state mentality. It's OK for Batman to think that, but not the cops.
  • Baylor's quarterback has a fractured bone in his neck. (Think about that: Football causes a broken neck -- You sure this sport will survive in the future?)  But back to sports, I said three or four weeks ago that the backup was better than the starter. I guess my designation on Sports Genius will be tested again. 
  • I was watching CNN's Headline News on Saturday morning. They ended the segment with a quick bit about mortgage rates. The next commercial was from a mortgage company. 
  • Cowboy game observation: Greg Hardy is a psycho.


62 comments:

Anonymous said...

Midland Lee? Good Lord man. I knew that when I was 12. Pull your head out sir. GJ on the RTG BTW. Bacon will sizzle.

Anonymous said...

Best actor-Hugo Weaving.

Anonymous said...

Robert Downey Jr. Is hands down the best actor of this generation.

Anonymous said...

"Things seem to be going well for the GOP. They need a leader."

And the Dems have one?

Why don't you ever muse on Billary or Bern Dog?
There is plenty of material there, but you are a good little leftist.
Keep up the good work Barry.

DF Howard Dean

Anonymous said...

And then it dawned on me: Midland Lee.

You ever wonder how naive you are? It's good, I guess, but with such a blind spot it's hard to effect real change. You have to know there's a problem before you can fix the problem.

Anonymous said...

9:04 - Barry just wants to watch the world burn.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly in Rear Window! I agree--fantastic and surprisingly racy for the time. And Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) as the bad guy! Priceless!

Now for all readers--Perfect Halloween movies--the original "The Haunting", and the the 1940s "The Uninvited". The first is seriously scary without gore, and the second is also seriously scary/spooky, but also has great clever humor. Both available on Amazon!

Your Courthouse Movie Buff

Anonymous said...

I think that cop was saying "I'll do what I believe is right and deal with the consequences".
I have made those kind of decisions before, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do what I believe is correct. I'm a Border Patrol Agent and have no jurisdiction over traffic violations (i.e. DWIs), I don't pull people over for running a red light but when I see someone weaving in and out of their lane and a tragedy may occur, I will act upon that. The repercussion of not pulling this vehicle over maybe the death of innocent people. Mr. Green people who have to make life and death decisions don't get a second chance to act. We get one chance, that's it.
Mr. Green, have you ever had to make any life and death decisions on the fly? I think not.

Anonymous said...

Vince Vaughn is the best actor of all time!



DF Seth Rogen

RatherBeSailing said...

Johnny Depp in my opinion is the best actor of the current crop. He is so good I don't like him.

Anonymous said...

Lets see how fast Warden Briles tries to get him back on the field to play. I have read about the Baylor fans thinking that their backup is so good. No matter what he is a freshman and isn't used to getting hit, playing under duress or playing away from that stadium. Welcome to big time football because you have been playing scrimmages up until now with that pathetic schedule!

Andy Stevenson said...

I hate how national politics focuses so much on the religion of the candidates.

DF Thomas Jefferson

Faking injuries to stop the clock. Phillip Byers did it every 4th Q in Boyd a few years back. Of course I think he did it more to get a one play breather whereupon two plays later he would be miraculously healed.

Anonymous said...

Greg Hardy is indeed a psycho!!! Tony Romo is as missed as Greg Hardy is Psycho! With Romo Cowboys win that game yesterday!

Anonymous said...

Scary movie suggestion from years back: The Other. Starred the wonderful Uta Hagen as the loving grandmother in farm country. You will never look at twins the same way after seeing this scary oldie.

DF Alfred Hitchcock

Anonymous said...

Presbyterian? That's just crazy talk. You can't rely on a Presbyterian.

DF Decatur Baptist

Anonymous said...

Rear Window is movie greatness! And Grace Kelly was a babe! Darn that Monaco royal for steeling her away.

DF Jimmy Stewart

Sean Elliott's Dirty Dead Kidney said...

Don't forget that the partying composer was played by Ross Bagdasarian, who went on to create Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Anonymous said...

Get the big decision out. Are you going to start testosterone injections?

Anonymous said...

Naïve, hypocritical, codependent, coward, incomplete

Anonymous said...

Russel Crowe

Anonymous said...

@9:44

Fair enough, but from the record of the trial court, this was not a life or death situation.

Nice Try

DF Saul Goodman

Anonymous said...

Baylor's quarterback broke a bone. This kid (the seventh this year) died:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/25/us/illinois-high-school-football-player-death/index.html

Anonymous said...

Johnny Depp

Anonymous said...

I wonder how Tyler Lee H.S. got their name?

Double Fake Earl Campbell

Anonymous said...

You know what means: "I don't care if what I do is against the law, if I'm doing it for my personal belief of what is the greater good, I don't care." That, gentleman, is a police state mentality. It's OK for Batman to think that, but not the cops.


I don't think that is what he meant.
It sounds to me like he is saying he would do what is necessary to ensure the welfare of the concerned individual and if the courts throw out the resulting case then at least no one was hurt and he did his part.

Anonymous said...

Leftist like Barry are impressed with Hillary's ability to lie.

Sam Brows said...

On the cop who would have made the stop and dealt with the details later...I tend to agree with the guy who said in matters of life and death, you only get the one chance to act. Making the stop, in my opinion, isn't the wrong thing to do; however, trying to shoehorn the evidence obtained from that stop into a conviction is. Make the stop if the situation so dictates, but then come up with a way to solve the problem that doesn't involve the court system if your hunch wasn't correct.

With respect to whether the backup qb in Waco is better than the starter, I understand that the backup was a five star recruit, but doesn't that just mean he has potential? What makes him better? Leadership? Quicker release? Better deep ball accuracy? Better ability to digest what the defense is doing at the line of scrimmage? What? We need to know.

Rear Window fantastic movie.

When I read the line about Leonardo, my first thought was what about Christian Bale; however, given a minute to think about it...what about Heath Ledger? He's dead now, so there's some question as to whether he technically qualifies as an answer. But if one looks at the grammatical structure of the sentence, it seems an argument can be made the actor does not have to be alive today to qualify as the best actor of that generation...and Ledger's intensity was, in the movies I've seen him in, much more believable than Leonardo's.

Anonymous said...

Rich white leftist like Barry are destroying our country.

Anonymous said...

Tom Hanks .....best actor of this generation.

Anonymous said...

Leftism is a corrosive.

Triple Fake... said...

An officer making a stop to check on someone's welfare is not illegal, is it? The illegal part may come afterwards, when any criminal activity is deemed inadmissible. Setting aside his motivation, you seem to be saying that it's better to ignore his instincts when he's concerned about somebody's safety.
And aren't all laws (supposedly) based on the collective "greater good"?

Paramount Studios knew what they were doing with Grace Kelly in Rear Window. Ditto in To Catch a Thief. She was gorgeous and regal before she was actually a royal. The movie-going public enjoyed seeing someone like that acting like a normal human would. And she was playing opposite two very gentlemanly actors in James Stewart and Cary Grant. Extremely tame by today's standards, but yes, racy for the time.


Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see-e-e

Triple Fake Freddie "Double Rainbow all the way (or either way)!" Mercury

Anonymous said...

Rich white leftist like Barry were born into the greatest, freest and most decent Nation in known human history. They enjoyed all of the benefits while ensuring that it would eventually be destroyed from within. Gratitude is one of the greatest human qualities and leftist like Barry are devoid of it.

Anonymous said...

Nicolas Cage

No? Follow me here... His on-screen acting is horrible. But he keeps getting parts. So he must be "acting" the part of a great actor.

Still no? Okay, you're right. He just sucks.

Anonymous said...

Just read that the wife of the jogger who was killed by the ex A&M kid committed suicide. Such a sad series of events. We desperately need to reform our mental health system in this country. So many tragedies occur because we won't address what is right in front of us. All our politicians want to talk about is guns but they shy away from the root cause which always leads to a lack of mental health care.

Anonymous said...

If I observe a car passenger who appears to be passed out, and I call the police to express my concern, what is the proper thing for the police to do?

DF Texas Ranger said...

So, I heard the OK ST thing and immediately thought of Terri Johnson... I saw today for the FIRST time ( and I have looked for a while) a link that discussed autopsy results, there-in it just said no alcohol was found, but it doesn't mention drugs or that it WAS indeed related to diabetic issues.....
I think the truth is still out there and IT DOES matter what happened.... I feel for her family, and respect their wanting some sense of closure and normalcy..... but I bet the victims family does too.....

Why the cover up and HALF truths?

Anonymous said...

Any actor that is hetero and conservative would have my vote for Best Male Actor of you Generation, however, there are non that fit that.

Anonymous said...

The comments today make me realize what a failure our schools and churches of the past have been! Even if 50 percent were misguided attempt at humor we still have a problem. Keep plugging Barry! You may pull a few from the dark side. I give you high marks for your effort


Anonymous said...

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Anonymous said...

I realize that being a school board member and elder in your church makes one omnipotent, but those same two positions might also lead one NOT to call out a former high school student, a child of a fellow parent for faking an injury to buy time.

I'll go with the kid.

Anonymous said...

Rear Window was an incredible movie. James Stewart was an incredible lead. The movie was witty, funny, suspenseful, and well-paced. One of our greatest classics.

Anonymous said...

The most insightful post on this blog today....

Anonymous said...

"I put up a post on Friday about a court opinion invalidating a police stop based upon a girl asleep in the passenger seat. There was a comment made which sounds like it was from a smart cop (or possibly an unethical prosecutor.) I'll paraphrase the comment: 'I would make the traffic stop. If I'm wrong then the worst thing that can happen to me is that evidence gets thrown out. If I'm right, I helped a girl.' You know what means: "I don't care if what I do is against the law, if I'm doing it for my personal belief of what is the greater good, I don't care." That, gentleman, is a police state mentality. It's OK for Batman to think that, but not the cops."

Nice rephrasing of what the poster/officer said. I thought that he was very clear. But you changed the meaning. He didn't say that he didn't care if it was against the law. In fact, because it went to appellate court and a split decision, it wasn't very clear whether it was or was not.

Police make stops based upon their Community Caretaking Role all the time. Why would it be assumed to be a Police State mentality that the officer decided to check on the status of the impaired or sick passenger?

Consider Commonwealth v. Alvarado, 427 Mass. 277, 693 N.E. 2d 131 (1998). There was a report of shots fired and an illegal weapon. The officers made the stop of the car in question, to protect the community. Even though it could be articulated as an investigative detention, the court allowed it.

Basically, BG, you feel that the officer had an ulterior motive, and lied about reason for the stop. Look, if you're going to be a bear, be a grizzly. No one will like you any more, but they will respect your honesty, more. Speak plainly.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Barry! And I'll bet anything it was a Rhome cop! All you had to do Is mention police state and that gives it away!

Anonymous said...

Do yall not actually watch football! Hardy had to carry the whole defense! Nobody was griping when he deflated Brady more than a few times! What does Romo do? Stays on sideline hurt! And thank God for Witten! I bet he can play qb position he has to play everybody else's! As a lifetime cowboy fan I can tell it like it is and be real! Fire Garrett and Linehan n maybe we'll win one!

Anonymous said...

Says the Rhome cop!

Anonymous said...

Better than being a white trash redneck racist right wing hawk!

Anonymous said...

Gene Hackman

Anonymous said...

Clint Eastwood

Anonymous said...

Robert Redford

Anonymous said...

Matt Damon

Anonymous said...

Mark Wahlberg

Anonymous said...

Jenna Jameson

Anonymous said...

Denzel Washington

Anonymous said...

Robert Deniro

Anonymous said...

Charlie Sheen

Nevermind

Anonymous said...

Dez' chimp has more class than Greg "Machine Gun" Hardy. Look at that little monkey run!

DF Ghost of Howard Cosell

Anonymous said...

5:39 is a Huffington Post sicaphant.

Anonymous said...

Jenna Jameson wasn't acting when I was in the scene!

DF Ron Jeremy

Anonymous said...

Barry, your RTG today has that "jane mcgarry at the beach" quality. Very nice.

DF Mike Snyder

Andy Stevenson said...

I'm not on the school board and I'm certainly not an elder in my church. I thought Phillip's tactics were brilliant. Go Yellowjackets.

Anonymous said...

All the homer Baylor fans are saying the backup is better than the starter. So what you are saying is Briles is clueless otherwise he should be starting amirite?