The Campaign For DA

10.08.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • I dog WBAP's Brian Estridge a lot but he did a good job this morning doing a couple of interviews about the Waco Twin Peaks Police/DA/Judges Massive Screw Up (my words, not his.) The only way the DA's office gets any conviction out of the more that seventy that are arrested will be if someone takes a plea bargain to avoid being unjustly convicted. The DA is incompetent, but the the Waco Police are lying about what happened. 
  • "[Dallas DA] Susan Hawk admits she felt paranoid. Admits she made her employees feel uncomfortable. Admits that in the darkest moments of her life, she was not the best district attorney she could be. No more, she says." I believe all of that except that last four words. 
  • Two guys carrying fake rifles scared a lot people along Dallas' Katy Trail yesterday. And you realize the could have carried a rifle, shotgun, or an AR-15 and they wouldn't be breaking the law, right?
  • When I was at Love Field a couple of weeks ago, two twenty-somethings were running around the terminals using the modern day equivalent of a hover board. The only thing that made me think less of them was when I heard them speak, and I realized they had no idea what "conversation" means. 
  • For some reason, I'm getting slower and slower to recognize when I'm sick. 
  • The Ticket's Junior Miller got called back to the dermatologist for more skin removal after a mole tested positive for melanoma. He's fine and was joking about it on the radio this morning, but that would have scared the heck out of me. 
  • This has to be a Texas Monthly Bum Steer award, right?: Tarrant County Tax Assessor will no longer encourage employees to donate to the United Way because the organization has "ties" to Planned Parenthood -- even though the United Way does not provide any funds to Planned Parenthood. But here's the kicker: Although the thinks the United Way does some good,  he will “remind all of [his employees] that Hitler made the trains run on time."
  • I'd love to be a fly on the wall if Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, Konni Burton, Jonathon Stickland, and Dan Patrick were all in the same room. I just imagine the kid from Step Brothers being in the room and saying, "What these guys' deal?" 
  • I had a Bridgeport banker tell me yesterday that his son wanted to debate me on my proclamation that Superman would crush Batman in a fight. Why? Batman, who has no special powers, has incredible human courage.  (I actually pondered this for a while.) 
  • Allen High School has won 49 straight football games. The Texas record belongs to Celina with 68. I'm going to guess the Wise County record has to belong to Boyd since they went on a state title run back in the day, but I have no idea what the number is. 
  • There's a 25 year old from Alvord who died. I haven't heard the cause. Edit: Motorcycle accident.
  • I don't understand: "Yemen (CNN)- Airstrikes hit a wedding celebration in Yemen, killing at least 30 people and leaving dozens more unaccounted for, local officials said . . .  It wasn't initially clear who had carried out the strikes." Huh?

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice job today on the RTG Barry.

Anonymous said...

Welp,

BG's foray into centrist political views didn't last long. He is back to being a left wing shill.

I will pray for you.

DF Robert Jeffress

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Batman, here's a great theology post about Batman and the Joker: http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2015/04/batman-and-joker.html

Anonymous said...

Barry, At your age, regular steady state exercise is similar to having a degenerative disease.

You need to be strength training. Focus on the five main barbell lifts.

Anonymous said...

The trains run on-time in Germany now. No Hitler necessary. Getting things right is more of a cultural mindset than a need for oppression...

Anonymous said...

If Junior Miller is still around in a year, you'll know he was fine. Until then, nobody has any real idea, even if they did a sentinel node test.

DF Melanoma "Survivor"

Anonymous said...

I know it's not a life or death issue, but the Allen High School football records strike a nerve with me. I have no dog in this fight but with a population of almost 85,000 and a student count of over 21,000, why haven't they opened another high school? Winning state championships in football is the deciding factor on how many schools they need? If I recall correctly from my football days, only 11 of us were on the field at any given time. If football is a good teaching tool, give as many kids as you can, an opportunity to experience all the great things about sports.

Anonymous said...

Obammy also bombed a doctors without borders hospital. Mission accomplished.

Anonymous said...

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses your Superman vs Batman fight.
http://www.businessinsider.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-batman-superman-fight-2015-10

Anonymous said...

The Tarrant County Tax Assessor needs to get his historical references right. It was Mussolini who got the trains to run on-time (better - not perfect all the time) after years of notoriously late and laughable schedules. Big hit with the traveling Italians, except for that whole WWII thing. Hitler's claim to fame was almost eliminating the handicapped, mental illness, immigrant, and non-Christian problems. He sent them to the concentration camps and the ovens. Mr. Wright, your old high school wants that diploma back.

DF Raoul Wallenberg

Anonymous said...

Not that it matters to someone who clearly has a disregard for the facts, but it was Mussolini, not Hitler, who "made the trains run on time." But I guess Godwin's Law trumps actual history every time.

Anonymous said...

See the 2014 movie, Good Kill. According to the CIA, any Yemeni crowd will have at least some Taliban. And it's easier to kill a crowd than kill an individual. Just good use of strategic resources.

DF William Colby

Anonymous said...

"And you realize the could have carried a rifle, shotgun, or an AR-15 and they wouldn't be breaking the law, right?"

Yes, we do. What's your point? It hasn't been breaking the law in Texas since, well, ever.

Certainly it was a stupid thing to do. In the current mindset/hysteria, they could've been shot. As well, for the same reason, it wasn't a nice thing to do. Probably caused some weenie jogger/walker to wet his/her pants.

While it's not clear what their motives were, absent the current fearmongering promoted by the media, carrying a firearm openly in Texas should be - generally - unremarkable. I'd be interested to know their thoughts, but rationally, it'd have been much more alarming/concerning if they had been darting through the forest adjacent to the walking trail.

Anonymous said...

Your question regarding the 5 elected Repub state leaders in a room also shows that we would never be able to build enough mental wards to house all the crazy people walking around Austin. Yes, I'm talking about our state leaders.

DF Dr Greg House
take a dose of lithium and call me in the morning

Andy Stevenson said...

Muslim ring bearers and flower girls eventually turn into terrorist so bomb em while the gettin is good.

Anonymous said...

"For some reason, I'm getting slower and slower to recognize when I'm sick."

Following up on yesterday and 8:56, after age 40 strength training is just as important as running. Also lay off all the sodas and fruit drinks. I listened to an endocrinologist speak last week; he explained how the human liver did not evolve to handle the massive amounts of sugar we now consume. The stuff's really toxic and most people have more than their maximum daily amount before they finish breakfast. A Big Gulp has more sugar than early humans consumed in a year.

Anonymous said...

Made the trains run on time? It was Mussolini's claim to fame, not Hitler.

Anonymous said...

Sickness: The lines at the pharmacies will soon stretch out the doors. People will be there to pick up their antibiotics for upper respiratory infections and while they are there they will pick up hand lotion for their chapped hands. The cause of this syndrome: When weather gets cool folks stop drinking as much water and also increase the intake of their favorite diuretic - coffee. They are not sick, just thirsty and dehydrated. Dehydration not only causes chapped hands but it drys the tissue in your sinuses also.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't UNICEF support abortion too?

Anonymous said...

Haven't given to UW for that reason for 15 years.

Anonymous said...

No more, she says." I believe all of that except that last four words.

You thinking she made a crazy sex tape during those dark days???

Anonymous said...

It was Mussolini, not Hitler, who fixed the hot water heaters.

Anonymous said...

I just saw where the are showing a new documentary next week called are you ready?
HITLER'S SECRET UNDERGROUND PLAN TO MAKE THE TRAINS RUN ON TIME IN ITALY. They have discovered some old grainy film and it shows Hitler and Mussolini getting out of old convertibles and such. This could help those Politicians who might see mirrors of themselves as they quote their history.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of people have been watching "Evolution of Evil" series on AHC.

wordkyle said...

For the sake of accuracy: United Way released a statement in which it confirmed that several dozen of its chapters do indeed provide support to Planned Parenthood. The parent organization, United Way Worldwide, does not provide money to PP.

Anonymous said...

For the sake of accuracy, anyone who wants to put barriers in front of poor people who can't afford to have more children and want access to birth control needs to rethink that one.

Anonymous said...

Good I'm going to find those chapters that support PP and donate to them.

Anonymous said...

Barry, what is going on with the local restaurant scene? Crazy times. The Keg in Cityview lost their lease and is closing. Customers are told drive to the Arlington Keg location for prime rib. Blue Mesa is moving out of University Village and building a new location down in the West 7th yuppie development this summer. And Vance Godbey is closing the buffet after this Sunday's serving. It like food apocalypse!

DF The Galloping Gourmet

Katy Anders said...

I thought Mussolini's big accomplishment was clearing the swamps?

Well, that and he worked with the Church to set up Vatican City at its current borders.

If he made the trains run on time TOO, then it's sort of amazing they hanged him.

Anonymous said...

But what if they are carrying a long gun in public?

Rage

Anonymous said...

Batman defeats Superman in The Dark Knight Returns. Proving that the super wealthy will always stamp out illegal aliens in this country.

wordkyle said...

1103 - Are you talking about the abortion factory Planned Parenthood?

Anonymous said...

I wonder why Wordkyle isn't interested in the sake of accuracy when conservatives post something inaccurate, like the guy Rage busted for lying yesterday about background checks being required for all gun sales.

DF Curious

Anonymous said...

Katy,

Walt Disney (or, more accurately, his brother Roy) is the guy who cleared the swamps. Well, at least 40 square miles or so.

DF Michael Eisner

wordkyle said...

1245 - You answered your own question.

Anonymous said...

Okay, let's get the United Way folderol straight please. An individual has always been able to direct their United Way donation to a specific non-profit, thus the United Way acting as a pass-through. I have done this to help Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. United Way gets brownie points on its collection goals and I make sure the money goes where I prefer. To the best of my knowledge, UW has not granted funds directly to Planned Parenthood when moneys were split up by the UW Funding Board. In my younger days, I served on the local United Way funding committee. We, per UW practice, didn't award money to "controversial" charities and non-profits. Most money coming to UW comes with no strings attached, so the decisions are made by the United Way Funding Board/Committee. But if it does come with a directive, the donor's wishes are honored.
So all you folks jumping down United Way's throat, you should instead go to war with your fellow citizens who don't make their charitable donations according to your personal moral code. It seems we forget this is America, land of personal freedom. So hold back your UW donation if you choose. You are actually not affecting PP, but you are affecting Scouts, Little League, Drug abuse centers, mentally handicapped jobs centers, prosthetics for indigents, etc.

DF Your Community Chest

Katy Anders said...

2:45: Yes, that is more consistent with what I know about United Way.

The nonprofit I work for has gotten UW money in two different ways.

1. A direct grant for a specific purpose from United Way; and

2. Donations through UW. Several of the oil companies here in town offer to match employee donations to UW-affiliated organizations. So we basically have a UW day at these companies where we tell employees about our organization in the hopes they will choose our org to give to.

I've never seen any controversial orgs associated with UW, but I'm guessing that anyone can go to the website of their local UW to see whose being funded.

Anonymous said...

Right. That you're a disingenuous liar.

wordkyle said...

245 - Well and lengthily said. People choose whether to donate to United Way or not, guided by their conscience. However, my comment was to address BG's claim that "United Way does not provide any funds to Planned Parenthood," which is false/incorrect no matter how you slice it.

United Way's statement cites "less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue" going to Planned Parenthood. Since "total revenue" last year was $4.1 billion and that's the yardstick they used, it's reasonable to assume that UW gave PP something in the neighborhood of $4,000,000.

Anonymous said...

11:08 -- Good! You must be a conservative, because that is the way it should be done. We all choose who we donate to and the government stays out of it with public money.

Anonymous said...

Katy why don't you make your big claim to fame be to clear montrose. Start with yourself and rage...hint hint.

Anonymous said...

Why do you need UW to dole out the money when you can donate directly to the charity of your choice and the UW doesn't take a slice of it?

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone need a hot water heater?

Katy Anders said...

5:41: Clear Montrose of what?

Townhouses? Cats?