The Campaign For DA

12.18.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts





  • We have a great a mystery going on. Where is the Afflueniza Kid?  Look, I just watched Alpha Dog again. The kid is in Paraguay walking down the sidewalk while "The Girl From Impanema" is playing. Go get him. (That is a fantastic movie by the way. Justin Timberlake is phenomenal, Sharon Stone plays a sad and overweight grieving mom, Bruce Willis plays a pissed off father, and the still relatively unknown Ben Foster may have played the angriest and scariest guy in the history of cinema.)
  • I went and watched a game in Aggieland and now their star quarterback, who was great that day, leaves the team. The Liberally Lean curse continues.
  • One of my favorite songs is REM's "Driver 8". Oddly, for a guy who never listens to music I've heard it twice this week as I push buttons on my car radio. And I love the lyrics. "And the train conductor says, 'Take a break Driver 8. Driver 8 take a break. We can reach our destination, but we're still a ways away.'" 
  • You have to see BagOfNothing's post on a version of Silent Night that was performed in a church. Or Vegas. It is hard to tell.
  • One of the funniest lines I've heard in a long time is the response I got when I told someone that the Texas Republican Party had called me to want to know why I revoked my application after they had already rejected me. That response? "That's like a girlfriend saying, 'You aren't breaking up with me. I'm breaking up with you!'"
  • I haven't opened this letter yet, but they broke up with me in handwriting and by certified mail. That's a nice touch. Personal, yet formal:

  • The photoshop bit in the post below makes me laugh to no end. The Liberally Lean readers are crazy. And smart. And creative. Well, at least some of them. 
  • I saw the first Star Wars in a movie theater in Northeast Mall with my dad (my mom was shopping). We both walked out saying, "I don't get it." And we both believe that to this day. My main beef is that I didn't get any back story and had no idea what was going on. (And that's exactly what The Ticket's Jake Kemp, who saw it for the first time this week, said.)

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, Barry, you can't break up with someone you never dated. Your situation is more like the geek that asks out the prom queen, but the minute he sees the look of horror on her face, insists that he was just kidding.

DF Dr. W.A. Criswell's ghost said...

That version of Silent Night is something that one would see/hear at Grace Fellowship. (They having an Elvis Christmas again this year?)

Seymore said...

First Star Wars movie shown and you didn't get it? It was good guys vs. bad guys. Trying to read too much in the entertainment.

Anonymous said...

Barry
This has been the most entertaining week of Liberally Lean I can remember and I've been following along since the beginning. While I think your political run is analogous to an attempt to urinitate into a high wind I understand your frustration with some of the current DA's prosecutions. I well remember my frustration with your failure to prosecute some cases in the past. Is this political run in honor of the late Steven Hale?

Anonymous said...

When you are a political monster machine, will you do this too?


Price of Obama Vacations -- $70 Million and Counting!

Anonymous said...

Dude, shave off that Chester stache. It's 100% creeper.

Anonymous said...

Rejected by the Republican Party....kinda slap in the face

Anonymous said...

What is your position on the "and another"? criminal...You gonna be extra tough on teacher on student crime?

Triple Fake... said...

When the opening sequence says "Episode IV" that should be a hint that there's oh, about three episodes worth of back story. It's not overly complicated to begin with (like a previous commenter said - good guys vs. bad guys), and figuring out what's going on is more satisfying than having every little thing laid out. The problem with episodes I-III is that Lucas waited too long to make them. He should have tried to stick with the three year schedule.

Jack Kemp was on a presidential ticket with Bob Dole. Jake Kemp is on The Ticket. And his views on space in general are well-known

Staarr Waarzz!
Triple Fake Rhyner

Anonymous said...

Why do some chicks have a gap near their fly trap and some don't? Is one snapped shut and the other hasn't yet?


DF perspiring minds wanna know.

DF Lawyer J. Noble Daggett said...

Anyone who has followed your blog knows that you are over the top liberal. The majority of the people in this county do not share your views. You have made it abundantly clear that you are not in favor of this states drug laws and you are very much anti police. Why would we want these characteristics in our DA?

Anonymous said...

I got 50 shells on Ethan Couch being found in Belize, or BVI. Any takers?!?!?

Anonymous said...

Like Trump, you are entertaining. Couldn't vote for either of you but the entertainment is priceless.

Anonymous said...

The Republican party vettes it's candidates. The weenies, not so much.

Anonymous said...

If they left the country they had to have their passport scanned. The authorities have to know if they are gone and where.

Anonymous said...

Bu you needa to beat our current DA. He has let that power go to his head.

Anonymous said...

In which BG alienates half the Wise County voters by confessing that he "didn't get" Star Wars. Your only hope is to pander shamelessly to the Trekkies, now, B.G.!

Anonymous said...

10:36 It's simple really, as a citizen of this county and a life long conservative Republican I think it is important to elect those with integrity. While I don't agree with much of Greens politics I can see what is going on with the current DA and I think it is actually damaging to the party. I know Green has Integrity because he stands up for what he believes in.

The problem is, and I have certainly been guilty of it, is that we quit caring what the quality of the candidate is as long as he or she is willing to stick an "R" in front their name. It has bitten us before and will do so again if we don't better vet our candidates and going off straight party when we got a bad one.

I also think the idea that just because we are Republican we have to support the police no matter their actions is preposterous. You can have a cop flat out murder someone and I can guarantee we have become so polarized that most Republicans will just brush it off and blame the victim . His criticism sometimes goes too far but it is fair.

I have agreed forever with tough drug laws but I have also seen things not get better for a long time. Is it being tough on someone to simply lock them away or to force them to get help and confront their demons? I don't know the answer but I am open to new ideas. I haven't seen any evidence that shows long prison sentences for drugs is any benefit to society other than to make us feel good about being tough. It also allows prosecutors to go all out on every indictment despite the evidence or the merit of the case.

The point is, it seems like we went from supporting law enforcement and tough prosecutors to giving them carte blanche. They have an awful lot of power for us to just turn a blind eye.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right!

DF Tom Bishop

Anonymous said...

The only way you alienate the half of Wise county that votes is by denouncing incest.

RatherBeSailing said...

The benefit of long drug dealer prison terms is that it keeps them out of the business for awhile and may scare some of the others. Rehab only works if it is voluntary; and then it is not high a percentage recovery.

Anonymous said...

12:33, Why would Skippy want to alienate his base?

Anonymous said...

1:00 Some jurisdictions in other states are running aggressive probation programs where you report daily for alcohol testing and monthly for drug testing. The fees are paid by the probationer and the cost of administration is far less than housing a prisoner. Also probation fees subsidize the system itself. They are seeing a much lower % of recidivism and the offenders are out supporting their families instead of the tax-payers doing that. It is not rehab but you are forcing someone to get their life on track and that doesn't happen in prison.

12:28

Anonymous said...

11:58 AM

Unless they traveled by boat. Or, they simply drove across the Messkin border.

Anonymous said...

12:28 Nothing was said about "R" or "D". In fact, Mr. Green is running as an "I". It's personal integrity.

Anonymous said...

Second!

DF Mark Foley

Anonymous said...

Barry, we forgot to collect some postage due on that Republican Party letter. Pony up and no second party checks.

You Local Mail Carrier
forget that neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stuff

Anonymous said...

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

DF Michael Stipe

Anonymous said...

12:28, I like the cut of your jib. A lot you say makes sense.

DF Big John Connally
want a glass of milk?

(okay, only the really old timers will get that last saying)

Anonymous said...

Would it be out of the realm of possibility to assume that that the dad had both of them put on ice? They've been divorced for years now, but yet her and that brat of a kid are still costing him a fortune in lawsuits and court/probation fees. Maybe the poor bastard just simply had enough.

Anonymous said...

Barry, it amazes me that Texas Repubs hold you at arms length, but welcome folk like Dan Patrick, Phil King, and Ken Paxton with open arms. Just crazy.

DF Governor Bill Clements

Triple Fake... said...

I would agree with 12:28 on about 98% of what was said. An 'R' by the name doesn't guarantee you're getting the real deal.
Conversely, you're not automatically a RINO just because you feel that the justice system can be too harsh and rigid at times. I think this rigidity is what forms Mr. Green's sometimes harsh criticism of law enforcement. The majority of law-abiding folks would say that no amount of drunk driving is acceptable, however, the defense attorney's job is to get the best possible outcome for the client even if that client is guilty. That's his job. If he's working as a prosecutor, then he wants the best outcome for the people of his district.
A DA works closely with the citizens in his area of responsibility and is accountable to them for following procedure. So the initial he may place by his name on the ballot is less important than that of an actual politician.

Many small-time drug abusers could benefit from rehab, counseling, and support. Drug dealers are a whole other story.
I'm not personally opposed to de-criminalization of pot (and only pot!) or even legalization. Whatever that state is on the coast hasn't fallen into the ocean, and the Rocky Mountain High state hasn't floated off on the wind because it's legal now.

Anonymous said...

Your RTG selection today suddenly puts me in the mood for a boat trip.

DF Senator Gary Hart
DF USS Monkey Business

DF Archie Bunker said...

In the update - Wise County commissioners appointed J.W. Johnson of Decatur interim sheriff at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

Lets just change the name to Johnson County.

Nepotism alive and well here.

Anonymous said...

There are several of you folks out there that "don't get it". I'll never understand that.....weaksauce

Anonymous said...

Hey Bu...

I just got done watching Dr. Phil. One of his guests today was Joel Olsteen. Yep.....that Joel Olsteen. He was plugging a new book.

I thought I'd send you into the weekend with your head spinning....lol

Anonymous said...

And....another idea....get a cross tattooed between your eyes, like Manson's swastika.

Wise county folks HAVE to vote for a guy with a facial tattoo of a cross. I think it's a law.

Anonymous said...

Two things I've learned from reading the blog this weak:

1. A shocked percentage of the readers on here watch porn...
2. And the ones who watch it focus on the male porn stars faces!!!

Conservatively Gay in the Land of Hay

Anonymous said...

3:41

We are talking a 2 month period, the guy has experience, the guy is available, the guy is NOT running for the office, the family has several members in law enforcement and county government.

He is probably the best, available, experienced person for the job.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if Star Wars had been directed by Tarantino, used the N word about 200 times, starred Timberlake and Ben-anas Foster, and included a soundtrack by REM then and only then would Barry kind of like it because he is a bit of a non conformist.

Siskal N. Ebert lll

PS Alpha Dog$**+ sucked but I dig Pulp Fiction you dig my N word!

Anonymous said...

Star Wars was first released in 1977, when Carter had just been sworn in as President. It was a time of feel-good, do-good, when one could sleep soundly as the good guys were in charge. Thus, the happy ending resonated. The second trilogy was released between 1999-2005 when a handoff from Clinton to Bush occurred. Election fraud, an invasion of Iraq on false claims of weapons of mass destruction, and an insider job reaching all the way into the Bush White House bringing down the World Trade Centers on 911 as the trigger. The subterfuge shown in the earlier timeline, where evil lurked at the heart of the senate, fit this era, and thus resonated.

What does the current era relay?


http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/star-wars-the-force-awakens

Anonymous said...

Not t denying that. Do we have extradition treaty with them? If we don't, probably so. I imagine the mom checked that out.