The Campaign For DA

12.28.2015

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • That was a pretty big snow storm for Decatur this morning. It caught me by surprise, my car got stuck, and I had to walk the last quarter mile to work. (I left very, very early.)
  • I saw a true Idocracy commercial this weekend. It was for something called "Emergen-c" and it actually claimed to have "more electrolytes!"
  • I saw The Big Short this weekend. I had read the book but that stuff is still complicated. But it is a fantastic movie and did a great (and funny) job of explaining it.
  • Mrs. LL got me a tiny drone for Christmas. I told there was no was I was going to try and fly it and end up destroying the thing on my first try so she got the first shot. There was nothing funnier than her flying that thing around the house trying to figure it out -- with the high points being when she crashed it into the fireplace and later into her chin. And I had to duck once or it would have smashed into me. 
  • One of our dumb dogs stole beef jerky out of a stocking, removed the wrapping, and ate it. 
  • A very funny bit that I had never seen was John Oliver's segment on how insane it is that how most judges have to run for election. (And he threw in some insane and hilarious commercials they had found.)
  • Very, very underrated movie: Saving Silverman
  • Mrs. LL and I used Uber for the first time yesterday. It was fantastic. 
  • Old school weather guys: Here's a photo of Harold Taft, Scott Chesner, and David Finfrock.
  • Pete Delkus did a good job during those crazy storms but he almost seemed to apologize for having to mention their "free" weather app all the time (which I'm guessing has ads on it). And that concept of him and the new guy staring at a computer screen which we cannot see explaining breaking weather developments just screams of the work of a consultant. 
  • And apparently people were dogging Delkus on Twitter. There was a bowl game going on and WFAA went to a split screen but some of the bowl watchers were not happy with him. I could swear that I  heard him say, when they went to full screen, "the game is over so you guys can stop the death threats." 
  • Washington Redskin's quarterback taking a knee instead of grounding the ball was almost painful to watch. The clock then ran out.
  • I always talk about too many cops and too many lawyers. The Dallas Morning News jumped on that concept with a story of an escalation of cops and lawyers in the Texas AG's office and, more shockingly, how their salaries have skyrocketed -- primarily in the white collar crime unit which rarely has exclusive jurisdiction over anything. It's the local DA's job normally. And get this:  Under AG Greg Abbott in 2014, you, the taxpayer, paid for $50,000 in ammunition for that white collar crime unit. They may spend more time having fun at the gun range than working. 
  • Randy Galloway had his "final" column (and began it by saying he had a few final "random thoughts"). One interesting one was his rant about why there is no legalized gambling in Texas. One explanation he wrote about: Goofy (my term, not his) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has received over $250,000 in contributions from people who make money off the fact there is no legalized gambling in Texas. And Rep. Jane Nelson is also guilty of accepting contributions and fighting legalized gambling.
  • Shout out to the Messenger for referring to the Liberally Lean blog as "infamous". That was funny and made me smile.





24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re: "The Big Short"

I found the movie tedious. In addition, it ignored obvious factors which were crucial to the story:


For starters, everybody knew there was a US housing bubble and a mortgage bubble. Dr. Burry was not the only one, but the credit default swaps was a brilliant approach to shorting what was bound to fall sooner or later.



Everybody knew that a large number of mortgages were junk. You could read about it on the internets every day.



Everybody knew that, since Clinton, banks were required to expand mortgage availability to high credit risks. This was not voluntary.



Naturally, banks did not want to keep that junk on their books. They packaged them and sold them to sophisticated willing institutional buyers around the world, same as any other asset a bank did not wish to hold. Can't blame the bankers for doing that. It's their job to sell stuff. It's common sense.



One good thing was included: the slipperiness of the debt rating agencies.

Anonymous said...

Gordon Keith hanging the Grandpa Urine moniker around Randy Galloway's Turkey Neck was pure genius. It's about the only funny thing that Gordo has ever done. But it is just right in every way and is one for the ages.

Baylor Too said...

Election is not a great way to select judges, but it is the best system we have.

In Colorado, judges are appointed and later must stand for non-partisan retention elections. Colorado judges are not any better than Texas judges, and in many ways they are worse. The appointment selection process creates judges who have good resumes but who often don't have the type of personality necessary for judicial temperament. Anybody who has spent time in front of specialty courts (like CPS courts) or administrative law judges knows the difference in personality of those judges from elected county court-at-law and district judges. The appointed-types are bureaucrats.

By contrast, it takes a certain amount of confidence to pay the filing fee, put your name on the ballot, and run for office. You have to want the job more, and put yourself and your reputation more on the line to win an election.

Anonymous said...

Too many cops and too many lawyers. The solution is simple: Decrease the number of criminals on the street by stop letting them out of jail so they can do their thing once more. That means fewer calls to police for help and fewer calls to lawyers for help. That would also mean fewer judges needed. One of the largest industries (crime, cops, lawyers, judges, jailers, etc.) in the nation would be cut in half. Every consider what the murder rate in Saudi Arabia is or what their DWI rate is?

Anonymous said...

The weather hasn't been the same since the passing of Harlod Taft. His absence may even be the cause of global warming.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid my dad somehow got us down to ... it was WBAP Channel 5 then, right? ... and we got to meet Harold Taft and watch the newscast. He gave us the hand-drawn weather map after the show. I don't know what happened to the maps, but sure would like to have them now.

Anonymous said...

And how many cops would there be a year from now if no crimes were committed starting today? Five years from now? You'd need about as many police officers as you would elephant herders. And yet, I suppose we'd be ticked off at having too many elephant herders if we were overrun with elephants.

Anonymous said...

Boy, you can always spot those people who have no clue what it takes or what it's like to be a cop, teacher, nurse, etc. by comments like "overpaid"..."too many"...etc.

Anonymous said...

You will not get elected if you continue to bait clients with anti-police post.

Anonymous said...

The mortgage crisis is another example of the left ruining everything that it touches.

Leftist fools like Barry then watch "The Big Short" and blame rich Republicans and big banks.

Anonymous said...

Since cops, and not criminals, seem to be the problem...why not run for office on a platform of getting rid of police officers except for a skeleton crew that makes minimum wage?

Anonymous said...

10:15

I think you are missing the point. When there is an abundance of lawyers and officers, life is not "safer". It just means the extra lawyers and cops have to find something to keep them busy and make money(specifically lawyers) and to prove their worth(the cops), by creating work, which means, the general public gets stopped more often, pursued harder, charged with anything that can be imagined requiring "we, the people" to hire lawyers to defend us.

More police means a police state, not a safer state.

Anonymous said...

11:08 - I used to have several of Harold Taft's old maps. I bet they gave out a bunch of them.

Anonymous said...

Precipitation.

Double Fake Harold Taft

Anonymous said...

I've never understood the difference between intentional grounding and grounding the ball.

Anonymous said...

Why does Harold Taft have a tweeter account...he's dead!

Anonymous said...

8:47 If you are so smart why didn't you short it and get rich?

Anonymous said...

"Under AG Greg Abbott in 2014, you, the taxpayer, paid for $50,000 in ammunition for that white collar crime unit. They may spend more time having fun at the gun range than working."

How many officers were equipped by that expense, and for how long? Are you aware of the cost of a box of duty ammunition? Are you aware of the number of rounds required for a qualification? Are you aware of how many qualifications are recommended in a year? Are you aware of how many practice sessions are recommended per qualification? Are you aware of how many rounds a law enforcement officer carries on his person as a recommended load?

I'm going to bet, B.G., that the answer to every one of these questions is "No."

But I will bet that you would jump HARD on an errant round cast by an officer in the line of duty.

Yet again, Barry Green speaks to things that he really doesn't know about.

Anonymous said...

Emergency-c has been around for years. I drank it for hangovers in college in the 90's.

Anonymous said...

Shit dude you sound like such a fag.

Anonymous said...

Why do such a high percentage of high ranking military officers and most every police or fireman retiree claim disability pay? Are these guys all serving disabled before retiring? Or are they just padding their retirement pay at our expense?

Anonymous said...

I set there's some 70,000 Texas oil industry jobs lost. Is that Obama's fault? I thot he wouldn't let us find more oil. It seems they found so much that the price of oil and gasoline has dropped to levels not seen in decades. Makes the need for the Keystone pipeline even more questionable.

Anonymous said...

My honey got a drone from my parents. As I was sleeping in front of the nice fire he hovered it over me 14 feet above and then suddenly it dropped on my face in front of my parents. Good thing I was sleeping with the reading glasses on.

Anonymous said...

6:10----

Cool story, bro. If only it were true