The Campaign For DA

11.11.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • I look at the above photo and can only hear The Joker's voice asking, "Why so serious?"
  • From the Update: "DUMP SITES CLOSED – Wise County dump sites will be closed today for Veterans Day." There's something about that sentence which makes me uncomfortable. 
  • I  watched one of my client's DWI videos yesterday, and I want to tell you that I know a prosecutor whose head will explode when he sees it. (A guy begs to do the One Leg Stand test but the officer won't do it, the officer tells him he "should" give a blood sample after being asked if he should, and tells him his license "will" be suspended for a longer period of time if he doesn't give a blood sample.) And he just happens to be a young officer. 
  • Whenever I see a Nebraska Furniture Mart commercial, the only thing  I can only think of is, "If you can find lower prices anywhere then my name isn't Nathan Arizona." (And is there any funnier line than, "Would you shop at a store called Unpainted Huffheins?")
  • "Texas troopers caught skewing racial profiling data by labeling Hispanics and blacks as white"
  • GOP debate last night: I think one of the most fascinating moments was when Gov. John Kasich focused on calling Donald Trump's plans to deport all undocumented immigrants "a silly argument" that "makes no sense." And to think that just killed his chances to win the Republican Nomination. 
  • How odd is it that when Neil Diamond's Coming To America came out that we all thought it was inspirational, but now most hate the concept? "On the boats and on the planes, They're coming to America, Never looking back again, They're coming to America." Today!
  • I've mentioned I've recently began watching morning news again and how I think it seems so intense. (Cue the consultants.) Yesterday, I noticed the traffic guy on Fox 4 frantically talking on the phone as the camera just happened to cut to him as they went to break. Staged. And bad. And I feel bad for anyone in TV news. 
  • "Outrage sells" - Gordon Keith on The Ticket this morning. He's talking about the current news industry and how you can't turn it on without seeing someone angry. It's the equivalent of my my constant rant that "fear sells" when it comes to politics. 
  • I've dogged radio guy Mark Davis for years because I rarely agree with him. But this morning he talked about actually watching his Father In Law die of cancer in the hospital. The man refused to extend his life with drugs and wanted to go out on his own terms. "I've never gone through anything like that," he said as his voice was cracking. Buddy, for today, we are friends. You normally make me angry. Today you made me cry. 
  • I was watching the Natalie Merchant festival video again at home and the Senior In The House asked me who she was. I told her Merchant's name (any chance in the world she knows who the 10,000 Maniacs are?) and, for some reason I said, "She's a powerful woman." Sometimes you say things and you don't know why you say it. But what you say might have an impact in the future. There. Are. Powerful. Women. 




60 comments:

Anonymous said...

The trooper link no worky.

wordkyle said...

"There. Are. Powerful. Women." You never knows what will strike you as profound. My own response to that statement is "Well, yeah." Throughout history there have always been powerful women, so the concept doesn't strike me as particularly noteworthy. But if in that moment, you believed you were communicating a novel concept to your SitH, then more power to you.

Anonymous said...

Leftist fools like Barry can't distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.

Katy Anders said...

Will Farrell had an SNL skit years ago where he played Neil Diamond on "Behind the Music." The story behind each one of his songs was something like, "This is a song I wrote about the time I killed a drifter."

The "Coming to America" one was suitably anti-immigrant.

Anonymous said...

"Or my name *ain't* Nathan Arizona!"
--Double Fake Nathan Arizona

Anonymous said...

We don't mind them coming to America LEGALLY.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Texas Trooper story - the problem begins with the TCIC/NCIC system that holds the drivers license, vehicle registration, and warrant data. In that system you used to have only two choices when you ran someone: Black or White. White is everyone except Black. (sorry to sound so harsh but that was the way it was described to me) So Hispanics are White, Asians are White, Indians are White - Everyone except blacks are white. Well some people from India or the Middle East are very dark so should they be classified as White or Black in that system? The state does not provide clear direction.

If you have a trooper that for the last 15 years is using only two demographic labels and he just happens to be training new troopers - well the data will obviously be skewed.

Truth is - they should drop the race thing all together.

Anonymous said...

Natalie Merchant--"powerful woman"? Real powerful women--Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher. Good grief!

Anonymous said...

Yes, please do come to the United States. Legally.

Anonymous said...

I wish that the federal income tax rates were itemized, by general percentage, so that each actual taxpayer could see just how much of what they pay each year goes to things like providing health care and education for people who illegally immigrate here. Imagine if the government said, "hey, you get another $2,000 back from taxes...oh wait...no you don't...we need that money to pay for such and such."

Triple Fake... said...

You're blurring the lines concerning the Coming to America song. There is a big difference between legally entering this country, as they did back then by being documented through Ellis Island and other points of entry, and sneaking across the border and staying off the government grid.
Your average sensible person, regardless of political affiliation, does not hate the concept of immigration. Quoting the profound statement of anonymous 9:06 "Yes, please do come to the United States. Legally."

I'm pretty, pretty sure you were being facetious with your comment about John Kasich killing his chances to win the Republican nomination. However, he could have scored major points by saying something along the lines of: "Let's concentrate on not allowing any more illegal entry into the country. Plus, focus on documenting the illegals who are here now. It doesn't help our cause by deporting the parents of children who, under the current laws, are legal US citizens by virtue of their birth."

Anonymous said...

"Nobody sleeps nude in this house!" - Triple Fake Nathan Arizona

Anonymous said...

"I've mentioned I've recently began watching morning news again and how I think it seems so intense."

For the love.......BEGUN, not began! Bridgeport grammar at work here.

Anonymous said...

I Like Ike!!

Anonymous said...

Donald Trump will win based on his stand on illegals. You, the Democrats, the Republicans, etc can say what you want (or try to ignore the issue and not even bring it up as was done in the last two elections) but thank God finally we have someone willing to enforce the law as the President elect does swear he will do during each swearing in to office.

If you do not like the law then change it through new laws passed by an elected Congress and enforced by the executive branch. Don't make laws and ignore them.

I don't care what other issues are up for discussion. I will vote for Trump for his position on a single issue.

Anonymous said...

Check out a powerful woman having a bad hair day on the DrudgeReport. And you weenies want to see and hear that for the next 8 years?

Anonymous said...

Actually, they were a quadroon, maybe a high octoroon.

DF DPS Statitician

Anonymous said...

Illegals are here because the Democrats want their votes and the Republicans want their labor.

Anonymous said...

"Texas troopers caught skewing racial profiling data by labeling Hispanics and blacks as white"


The Black and White choices have been all any department has really had for over 15 years. I always thought it was an effort to hide the Hispanic population.

Anonymous said...

Didn't NBC label George Zimmerman as a white hispanic?

Anonymous said...

Nebraska Furniture ads? Not as good as the furniture ads on the Shootin' Newton TV show every Saturday on Channel 11.

DF Cowboy Weaver

Katy Anders said...

9:51: In the federal stats I have to do for our grants, Hispanic isn't a race but an ethnicity.

This means that Hispanics are a subset of the other races, and we have white Hispanics and black Hispanics.

I've never heard that term used on news stories, though, so the Zimmerman thing would have been unusual in doing that.

Anonymous said...

Katy, the Zimmerman thing was brought to you by the Brian Williams news agency. Try to keep up with current events.

Anonymous said...

Not as good as the furniture ads on the Shootin' Newton TV show every Saturday on Channel 11.

Yeah his EZ TV rental / rent to own store ads were funny. Or Eeeee-Zeeee TV as Jimbo called it. EZ TV was at the northeast corner of Rosedale & Hemphill in Cowtown. I'm fairly certain it wasn't Berry & Hemphill.

Andy Stevenson said...

The key line of ND's song is "never looking back." Today's immigrants come to help Barrack transform America into a 3rd world Sharia outpost. The thought of assimilation never crosses their minds.

Anonymous said...

"for some reason I said, "She's a powerful woman." Sometimes you say things and you don't know why you say it. But what you say might have an impact in the future. There. Are. Powerful. Women."

God, you're gay homes. I mean I like you but man- you are ghey.

Anonymous said...

Several of the commentators are being disingenuous in making a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. If democrats in congress passed a law to open up our borders and allow unlimited legal immigration from Latin America would you then welcome these people with open arms because they were coming here legally? Of course not. You say you welcome legal immigration because you know poor Hispanics will not be allowed in thru legal channels.
I don’t like Hispanic immigrants any more than your average Republican voter does but I think you make a great point about the Neil Diamond song and the way our attitudes have changed since then.

Anonymous said...

Well Barry, I see you omitted my earlier post--afraid it would catch traction?

I am not Sam, but I love green eggs and ham.

Anonymous said...

The immigrant debacle isn't about rescuing people from third world ghettos. Rather, it is about Democratic votes and turning America into a cesspool.

Are you sure you want to be a cheerleader for the end of our great nation?

Anonymous said...

Why does being a good singer make her a powerful woman?

Anonymous said...

Yea Natalie Merchant is such a powerful woman. I never heard of her before you posted about her and now that I have I can't find a single important thing she had done to qualify as special. She sings. Lots of people sing. If she didn't song others still would.

You're not really a deep thinker

Andy Stevenson said...

@11:17 Yes some people probably use the illegal/legal argument to hide their dislike of any race that is not their race. The vast majority of Americans who want the immigration laws on the books enforced desire so to save America from a influx of people who have no desire to assimilate and in fact come to change America.

Pharoah's biggest mistake was letting the Israelites live separately in the land of Goshen versus making them Egyptian.

Anonymous said...

11:45 - You first learned of Natalie Merchant on this blog? Really??

You are living a very unusual life.

Anonymous said...

Well Barry you see it is like this.
What you and the rest of the moonbats don't seem to realize is that:
The guy shoveling coal in Kentucky and,
the mid-level manager in the neighborhood tax preparation kiosk and,
the barista in that funky little bistro you ol so love and,
the production operator in the petrochem plant and,
the retired teacher that is worn out from attempts to force her out because she s not bi-lingual and
the police officer that is tired of catching wets and seeing them released before ICE arrives,
and so on and so on,,,,,
are a lot of the people that straddle the middle of the political spectrum and are the so-called swing voters as the media and political hacks like to refer to them.

And they know beyond a reasonable doubt that the "Clear and Present Danger" to the continuation of this country with any semblance of solvency and fiscal future resides in the fact that regarding immigration--something very drastic has to be done--no more chewing around he edges of the sandwich--we have to bite the pickle--pucker up- and swallow it. These same people mentioned above make up the true polling regarding the subject and the electorate as a whole are ranging around the 70 percentile mark approving of deportations, military on the border, and an enormous -huge wall being constructed to keep their kids futures from dissolving before their very eyes.
Cruz said it better than I have ever heard it verbalized.
He said that the conversation would be basically be a moot point and no discussion/argument if it had been lawyers, bankers and journalists wringing the water off their backs after crossing the river.

Don't worry Barry, your Cobb salad will still be on the menu, and the fruit selection at Central Market may look a little different, because the produce will not rot in the fields,
the hammers will still be swung, and the grass still mowed,
the only thing different--just being done by people who don't tend to roll their R's.


I am not Sam, but I love green eggs and ham.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle... you are just the biggest turd in all of turdville.

Anonymous said...

11:45 - She got divorced once.

Anonymous said...

"Well Barry, I see you omitted my earlier post--afraid it would catch traction?"

Catch traction and what? Lead to the blog being shut down by some shadowy government agency? Lead to an uprising among the anons who comment here and make them leave in droves, never to read the blog again? Lead to dozens of (additional) abusive comments against Barry in the comments?

Some people are certainly quite impressed with their own status in this life. It's a shame none of the rest of us feel the same.

Anonymous said...

Man, I don't get some people dogging Barry for his Natalie Merchant thought. People can be very powerful in many different ways and within smaller groups and circles. Her power resonates with him on a different level and he realizes what she means to her fans, that is part of what he is saying. The other part I think is a subconscious moment he had with his daughter. Something in him wanted to let her know women can be powerful, and maybe he didn't pick the most prototypical woman based off of society's views (he seemingly acknowledges this) or the perfect moment, but he became conscious of it in the moment and stuck to it. And his daughter will be better off than most because of moments like that.

I find it very revealing of the type of person that would attack him on something personal like this when he offers plenty of political fodder on a daily basis. To do so is juvenile and petty and sickens me a bit that this is the one random thought that stuck out to a number of folks on here. To those that did I suggest you find a mirror, then a Bible!

Anonymous said...

I just think the problem with the DPS can be explained by racial fluidity. In today's times you can pick your gender or race without question. These folks just wanted to identify as black or white.

DF Rachael Dolezal

Katy Anders said...

Yes, clearly the song's meaning is a bit unclear due to the paucity of English words that rhyme with "legally."

Anonymous said...

Katy, have you ever watched Camille Paglia's Reason.tv interview? She is one of my heroes.

Katy Anders said...

1:32: No, I know her name but nothing about her.

Anonymous said...

RTG...serious look to go with some serious ta-tas!

Anonymous said...

12:37 -

tl;dr

Anonymous said...

1:16 I gave up on reading all that after the word "man".

Too much.

Anonymous said...

Natalie Merchant is a STRONG woman. She is so courageous for singing about things. She REALLY has the power to influence with her deep, over-whelming lyrics. She is such a BRAVE leader and trend setter.
The way she motivates the audience is DARING and FEARLESS. I've never seen such a BOLD artist who is so humble. She truly is very heroic.

Anonymous said...

1:15 For the win!

Anonymous said...

Andy Stevenson,

Could you provide a source for your claim that "Today's immigrants come to help Barrack transform America into a 3rd world Sharia outpost"?

Anonymous said...

9:31 Thank you. Lady Jane is turning over in her grave.

Anonymous said...

@1:16
Are you new here or just part of the butt-hurt generation?
Wait patiently....the waaaambulance is on the way.

Anonymous said...

Too many cops, too many prosecutors...

http://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/Raider-linebacker-investigated-for-barking-at-6622818.php?

"The player allegedly lifted his shirt, pounded on his chest and began barking at the dog as he was heading toward the field for the game, according to officials with the sheriff's department. Taunting a police dog officer is a third-degree felony charge in Pennsylvania."

Anonymous said...

How odd is it that when Neil Diamond's Coming To America came out that we all thought it was inspirational, but now most hate the concept?

Well, it's kinda like Motel 6 leavin' the light on. At some point, once it's full, ya gotta turn out the light, ya know?

- DF Tom Bodett

Anonymous said...

The Fox 4 traffic guy on the phone.. It's not staged.. It is typically one of 3 things:

Last minute map changes to the producers
Talking to Txdot for updated information
Taking a call from assignment desk for info he asked them to check out.

Source - I'm the guy calling him from the assignment desk

Chip Waggoner said...

Chip Waggoner Fox 4 News here. First: thanks for watching! 2nd: Nothing I do is staged. My job is not about me, but about you the viewer. Sometimes it calls for me to be on the phone getting the absolute latest info as I go on the air in order to be the best servant I can be. Thanks again for watching & for the opportunity to respond. Please feel free to contact me if any clarification seems necessary on your part.

Anonymous said...

Populism is why the anti established candidates are leading, because blue collared republicans wages are lower because of illegals pouring into our country. Look at Europe hundreds of thousands Muslims from Africa and Syria invading countries with open borders, majority being young men. Conservatives don't like big business cozy relationship with big government that provides cheap labor. It will bite us in the butt as the tea party movement has figured out. Who will win? Trump, Carson, Cruz or establishment big business candidate Marco Rubio?

Anonymous said...


My point will be a little more self serving but, I have to work all day with the um-pa, um-pa tuba background only to come home to listen to it emanating from the homes being built behind me.

It's no longer about legal or illegal, it's about investation VS infestation.
These people want act and treat this country (opportunity) the same as they do there own. Next stop, open sewage in the streets...
Mexico here we come/are.

See which Neil Diamond tune you can hum to this crap-hole then.................

Anonymous said...

Can anyone document illegals voting? Waiting....

Katy Anders said...

9:17: I can!

I get all of Ken Paxton's press releases emailed to me, and he issued one on Monday that started with this:

"The Texas Attorney General’s Office has arrested Tarrant County resident Rosa Maria Ortega for two counts of illegal voting, a second degree felony. The case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Prosecutions Division with assistance from Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson’s Office.

“Protecting the integrity of elections is essential to our democracy and a top priority of my administration,” said Attorney General Paxton. “As long as there are criminals seeking to exploit our system of elections, we stand ready to investigate, prosecute and restore confidence that the will of the people of Texas is heard.”

"Ortega is not a United States citizen and is identified as a legal resident and a citizen of Mexico. Upon discovery of the possible illegal voting offense, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office referred the illegal voting allegations to the Texas Attorney General’s Office."

That's right. They found one.

Anonymous said...

Now with equal effort, how many tax cheaters could be found? How many child support cheaters, how many illegal tax exempt orgs, etc? But I'm glad they found the one illegal voter.

Katy Anders said...

12:01: And I doubt that Paxton's office issues a press release when his office makes a single arrest for any of those things.