The Campaign For DA

10.05.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts (As I Finally Realized I Didn't Title This Until Late Afternoon)




  • Weirdest moment of the weekend: I was sitting on a bench in my front lawn listening to 10,000 Maniacs and getting angry at Natalie Merchant for not performing Because The Night with the orchestra behind her at Bass Hall two years ago. Then two guys get out of their car and walk up to me, point at the Senior In The House's car, and ask, "You want to sell that?" 
  • How hard does the Texas Supreme Court -- full of twittering judges -- work? October 2nd: No opinions issued and no new cases granted to be heard. September 25th: Same. September 18th: Two boilerplate decisions. No new cases granted to be heard. September 11th: No opinions issued, and no new cases granted to be heard. And the number of majority opinions written by Justice Willett over the last calendar year: 4. Salary excluding benefits, health care and pension: $168,000.
  • Ads disguised: On Friday, The Ticket's Hardline spent a weird amount of time on a "Supper Club". Over the weekend, the Dallas Morning News did the same. So how do I know it is a paid ad? This line from the DMN story: "The second dinner on Oct. 15 will feature six courses from Joel Orsini, sous chef at CBD Provisions in downtown Dallas. The $95 per person dinner is already sold out, but the guest list is always open [and here was a hyperlink I deleted where you could go to pay]". Ummkay. If you consider that the The Ticket and the DMN are in a partnership, that Cumulus and Belo are bleeding money, you will have your answer.
  • BagOfNothing documented his trip to Walt Disney World over the weekend and it was good stuff. The most amazing thing? He bought a soft drink that had a chip embedded in the cup that would limit the number of refills. And it had a timer so there was a fixed cutoff time 
  • Interesting comments on Friday when I said I wouldn't listen to Dennis Prager on "relationship advice" since he's on his third marriage. Some said should a person not listen to drug addiction advice from someone who was once a drug addict? Sure they should. But I would only listen to him if he openly admitted being a past drug addict. Prager never admits to past failures at relationships. That's what makes him a simpleton and/or a con man.
  • Sports: (1) Was that the lowest moment in UT football history being down 30 points in the first quarter to TCU? (2) I remember an article once about UT beating of TCU in 1974 by a score of 81-16 as "They Day TCU Football Died". I looked up the box score of that game this weekend and noticed that UT had total yardage 334. So how did Texas score 81 points? I finally saw it: TCU had 7 turnovers. (3) Who would buy a "Western Division Champions" t-shirt even if you were a big Rangers fan? Do you think an Alabama fan would buy an "SEC West Champion" t-shirt? (4) I'm not saying Baylor will win the National Championship, but I am saying this is the best chance they will ever have to do so for the rest of my life. (5) DFW television ratings from yesterday: Cowboys, 37.3, Packer game, 12.8, Giants game, 9.8, and critical Rangers game, 6.0. 
  • I had a weird dream involving a 10 foot rope thin snake that had wings by its head. Pretty creepy. 
  • GQ magazine long read: "The Untold Story Of The Texas Biker Gang Shootout". 


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't sit in your front yard.

wordkyle said...

"Prager never admits to past failures at relationships. That's what makes him a simpleton and/or a con man." I'm sorry, BG, but that statement reeks of an opinion expressed because you don't like him for some other reason. Halo effect?

Anonymous said...

It is cold at the beach!!! Thumbs up

Anonymous said...

A 16 year old shoots an 8 year old - who is to blame?

Anonymous said...

C'mon, Barry, winning the pennant (division championship) in baseball is like winning the WHOLE SEC in college football. BTW, saw plenty of Baylor fans wearing Big 12 champions t-shirts Saturday as they were overhauling my beloved Red Raiders. They were not the "One True Champion" either.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you have found your second career by accident. Selling cars out of your front yard. Sweet.

DF Carmax Auto Sales

Seymore said...

OK, What kind of car?

Anonymous said...

I was charged with a DWI in college, and the court made me go to alcohol counseling. The guy they had me go to had never had a drink in his life. He was comically misinformed about EVERYTHING.

I used the term "hair of the dog that bit you."

He said, "Ooh I like that... can I steal that phrase from you?"


Guinjames said...

I thought the whole biker shoot out thing was suspicious to begin with, now, with Waco PD's reluctance to release any info it only makes law enforcement look worse. I hope most of the accused didn't plead out and band together and sue Waco PD into admitting its mistakes. There is room in my opinion for offical oppression charges.

Anonymous said...

Crap. Wordy's back.

Anonymous said...

Heck yea I'll buy a damn tshirt! I've supported for 162 games!
It's a been there, done that, got the tshirt moment! Stadium actually sold out after the game--lines were CRAZY! It's was a great game and we were there...in person........ #162isntenough #nevereverquit

BTW---can't you even say congrats?? All you can do is questions a tshirt???

John Holmes' Ghost said...

NICE RTG...

Reminds me a lot of Tracey Adams (about mid-career), and that one red reminds of a fluffer named Tiffany D. That girl knew how to keep a flagpole erect.

Anonymous said...

Anyone talk to Sheriff Briles lately? Are the Baylor coeds safe from the thugs?

Go Bears....sic em

Triple Fake... said...

There is no title on this edition of Random Thoughts, therefore I have no idea what day it is, other than the first point saying it's sometime after the weekend. But then, it's always either after the weekend or before it, if you don't count hump day. Which straddles the week (probably just a coincidence!)

Your sports comment about UT's low point suggests that there is shame in getting your hind end spanked by a legitimate top five-ranked team. In this case, there isn't. Alternatively, you're suggesting that TCU should not be considered a serious foe, thus the shame is justified. It's not like they got thumped by Rice or UT-SA, although those are possibilities.

You would have an actual complaint if Patti Smith had passed on singing Because the Night.
Being angry with Natalie Merchant really helps explain why you listen to Natalie Merchant. After two years it's time to dry your eyes, Janet!

Anonymous said...

Barry, I can't help it but I laugh every time you say Prager is a simpleton! The guy is extremely smart and well educated. He is certainly not a simpleton. Your liberal bias bleeds through with those comments. And what is it about liberals that makes them want to describe every problem we have in this country as complex? Every time I talk to a liberal friend, they always describe the solutions to our country's problems as very difficult and complex! The only thing difficult (impossible) is getting a liberal to understand a simple issue.

Anonymous said...

Who would buy a "Western Division Champions" t-shirt even if you were a big Rangers fan?

I would since the tee-shirt has the Dallas skyline on it and not tiny town's* skyline. Cowtown morons are up in arms over the tee so that makes the shirt even more desirable.

I have a San Antonio Spurs Western Division champions shirt, but never got around to buying their NBA champion shirt later on.



*Tiny town is what some call Fort Worth's compact downtown area.

Anonymous said...

Fluffer? Is that someone who makes the pillows more puffy?

DF Navin Johnson

Anonymous said...

The Waco police and their actions are exactly why so many people are distrustful of the entire justice system. Also vast majority arrested were whiTe so it can happen to anyone.

Anonymous said...

I like beans.

Anonymous said...

What's the Rhome Forward group mentioned in the messenger letter?

Anonymous said...

The Ranger t-shirt dust-up is a hoot. Yes, Dallas feels they are the big dog around North Texas, even though they aren't. It is truly a METROPLEX these days (which Dallas hates to hear). It has been fun to read the D Magazine blog (Frontburner) the last several weeks regrading the possibility of Dallas luring the Rangers to downtown Big D. All the discussion is about the convenience of an afternoon game to the downtown office dwellers. How very urban chic! Rangers stadium may be moved someday, but it will be for cold hard cash, not because Dallas is entitled to it. Dallas better start saving their nickels and dimes.

DF Amon Carter

Anonymous said...

First Place Texas Rangers

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to the GQ article about the biker arrests in Waco. Very interesting. If even some of the accusations about the law enforcement involved are true, the trials should be entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Saturday's game was bad, but it was no Rout 66.

Anonymous said...

Prager has discussed his failed marriages. If you don't listen to his show them how would you know?