The Campaign For DA

12.10.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts




  • I spent more time and added more Christmas lights to the front house lawn yesterday. As I was on a rickety ladder to put up way too many tree lights and then walking across the street time and time again to take a look at my perfection, it dawned on my that I am Clark Griswold.
  • I haven't been snow skiing in forever. And now I think I'm too scared to do so because I fear I'd break every bone in my body. (Colorado/New Mexico is about to be buried in snow, by the way.)
  • There's is a commercial on the Ticket for a company which can remove load bearing walls in your home to create more space. But the commercial begins with Reagan famously saying, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." That's bad taste, right?
  • A federal judge in Dallas denied a state of Texas request for a second temporary restraining order to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees here. I wonder if the Order read: "The court finds Texas Attorney General Ted Paxton is a moron. It is so ordered."
  • Mark Cuban complained about the refs yesterday after another Mav's loss.
  • One of TCU's offensive coordinators turned down an offer to take the same job at Texas with a raise. He said no.  Man, have times have changed.
  • Bloomberg poll on Trump's "ban all Muslims" position: Republicans: 65% support, 22% oppose; Democrats: 18% support, 75% oppose: Overall electorate: 37% support, 50% oppose. Those last numbers might be the election results if Trump wins the GOP nomination. 
  • The Supreme Court yesterday heard, once again, an Affirmative Action case regarding the University of Texas law school. Justice Antonin Scalia  suggested that "most black scientists in the U.S. benefit from not being admitted into top-tier programs . . . . They're being pushed into schools that are too advanced for them . . . . Most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools." 
  • And then it gets crazier. The Twitter account of "@TexasExes" wrote: "Although we take no position on the Fisher case, Scalia's comments today were racist and offensive. #BlackTexasEx"." And then, out of the blue, a Texas Supreme Court judge (Jeff Brown who must not be very bright) tweeted, "@TexasExes You speak for too many Texas Exes to behave this irresponsibly. You've unjustly smeared a U.S. Supreme Court justice." (And did he tweet that on a government computer or government phone while the taxpayers were paying him?)
  • Speaking of Austin, am I going to be forced to drive there tomorrow? Seriously?
  • This is yesterday's cover, but I like it:



44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey all you Muslims...................New Year's Eve party at Barry's crib!
Bring your own goat! Make plans to stay over!

Anonymous said...

37% support, 50% oppose... That's roughly the numbers of Wise County voting if EVERYONE voted. 65% support, 22% oppose... that's the numbers Wise County voting of those that actually cast ballots.

DF Silent Majority

Anonymous said...

Yes, you are correct Barry, it is poor taste to use President Reagen's famous words for a construction company. The flip side is that it is worthy in that we can be reminded that we once had presidents who were opponents of ridiculous things and wanted America to be strong enough that such words were acted upon.

Anonymous said...

“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” -- HL Mencken

Anonymous said...

It could always be worse... you could be Cousin Eddie. :)

And BTW, daaaaaaaaaaaayum! Dat RTG!

Anonymous said...

Trump is a buffoon. He is supported primarily by other buffoons. Hey, his trip to Israel has been cancelled because they don't want him there. He doesn't have a clue about the Constitution or religious freedom. As for terrorists and mass shootings: in 2015 there have been 355 mass shootings - 2 by Muslims. Trump is a buffoon.

LARI BARAGER said...

Isn't almost everything on The Ticket in poor taste?

Anonymous said...

As I drank some fine Panamanian coffee this morning and was perusing the new headlines, one in particular really jumped out at me and really drives home what is driving the deep -rooted animosity towards the present presidency and thus Trumps rise to power.
The headline reads, "Middle Class is in the minority for the first time in forty years".
Just as has been said countless times, by every conceivable source that Bush caused Obama's ascendancy to the White House--thus, it is my supposition that Obama has created the Donald Trump "ascendancy".
Obama and his policies either directly and/or indirectly has been an attack on the middle class across the whole spectrum of parameters.
Now the immigration issue is the most blatant of these policies with which almost all the sympathetic and positive response to Trump can be associated. This open door policy and Obama's total dis-regard for common sense enforcement can be seen in Trumps numbers and rise. The "common" folk know it to be the number one issue as far as national security and the long-term health of this country and employment overall. The only factions that are against the Obama immigration "doctrine' is the Chamber of Commerce type of Republicans on one end of the spectrum, and the moon bat liberal on the other--for reasons we all know--the emplacement of more Democrat voters and entitlement enrollees.
The Trump factor cuts a huge swath across the big middle of the electorate and the "middle" knows it--it just seems that the media, the moon bats, and the Jeb Bush republicans are all tone deaf.

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

Anonymous said...

You sir are no Clark Griswold

Anonymous said...

Never take out a load bearing wall. Never. Never. Never.

DF Liberally Lean Construction Manager

Anonymous said...

Very nice RTG this morning, counselor!

Hopefully, the liberals and conservative readers of this blog can agree on that.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

9:29. Hahahaha 355?! Where was yesterday's? Lay off the controlist propaganda.

Anonymous said...

RTG: BOOOOOOOOIIING!!!

Anonymous said...

9 of 10 goats agree that keeping Muslims out of America is good for grazing. RTG has a 100% safe haven granted should she be classified as Muslim.

Anonymous said...

Excellent non-biased assessment of the present political situation in which we are finding ourselves as a country--9:36 AM!!! Well said!

Anonymous said...

You really think Obama is responsible for the decline of the middle class? What exactly did Obama do to restrict the middle class? Discussion of one person having that much power is simplistic and lazy. You really think the GOP gives two shits about the middle class? I'm not so sure the democrats do either, but the republicans do not. The way I see it, money greedily gobbled up like Hungry Hungry Hippos by the upper class has removed capital from the marketplace, thus restricting the development of the middle class. Have you ever considered the simple math behind investment and debt? It doesn't balance, and never will. For one thing, the concept of an ever growing economy is not feasible in principle, but if it isn't a balanced equation anyway, you will always see a need to redistribute.

All that aside, the fault lies with the citizens. The social contract has been breached, if anyone even knew it existed. The American people let big corporations and monopolies eradicate small business. WE choose to go to WalMart. WE choose to do all our shopping at Amazon. WE choose to use natural resources at a pace that is unsustainable. WE choose to support businesses that are the cheapest, regardless of whether or not they are operating at a loss, in order to eliminate local competition, because deep down we don't really give a damn about the middle class or lower classes. Can you deliver the new Star Wars toy to my house? Then do it, who cares about the local comic book or hobby store that could order it down the street. That would require me to actually drive down there, and I have a "Walking Dead" episode to catch up on.

America has evolved into a "let me get mine" mentality, and now we are sad because the middle class has declined? You people talk about jobs and money and stuff that really doesn't matter, because you are too dumb to know better - you just want to make sure you get your hands on that new iPad that has the 12" screen. If you could only get that, then you'd be happy. When people talk about the redistribution of wealth, we panic and holler "Socialism!" and "Entitlement!" and immediately disregard the concept because we are afraid someone might take away our daily latte. History has shown, that once the gap between the rich and the poor reaches an event horizon, the wealth is redistributed anyway, but usually in a very bloody and unorganized manner.

We look to the heavens and politicians like ignorant little children to solve these problems. It doesn't matter who you put in charge, because the only thing we know is how to consume, and how to compare our consumption to that of our neighbors. It's weak, hollow, and ultimately dissatisfying, but we won't realize that until we are on our death bed. At least Barry takes the time to occasionally appreciate the more aesthetic side of life.

I know this comes off pretentious and condescending, and I apologize in advance, but it seems like we are arguing over who is playing the trumpet as the titanic sinks.

Well...I feel better. You?

Anonymous said...

@9:29 - We certainly agree that Trump is a baffoon. However, using that 355 number kinds shines the same light on you. Perhaps you should research how those numbers were reached (the count included BB guns, stray police fire, etc.) before laying them out as fact. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

So 11:00----------

You chastise me for using to much fossil fuel then tell me to drive down the street to buy stuff?

Anonymous said...

1100,

You are wrong. When Obama was elected, what did he SAY? He said he was going to fundamentally change America, and he has.

Thousands of pages of laws, rules, and regulations, have stifled our economy. Tax rates are too burdensome for US companies to compete with foreign companies. Those are just facts.

More businesses have been destroyed under Obama, than have been created, for about the first time in US history. The reason is, only large companies can afford the accounting and legal departments needed to exist in this regulation environment.

Unfettered immigration, along with legal immigration, has suppressed wages to the lowest in decades. This has forced more people onto welfare..the most in decades. Don't believe it? Ask any white guy that used to be in construction or worked on a farm.

You need to wake up. Liberals have consistently produced laws that harm the rest of the country.

Seven of the top ten most affluent counties in the US surround Washington DC.

Put down the Koolaid and wake up.

Ronald Reagan

Anonymous said...

11:00
I do believe that Obama's policies are directly relevant on how the degradation of the middle class has taken place.
Take Obamacare--prime example. We can argue till we are blue in the face whether it helped those on the cusp, so to speak on picking up coverage for the HC disenfranchised. But the fact is the chickens are coming home to roost. Those individuals that had one 40 hour a week job working for XYZ company now find their job replaced if they are lucky working one 29hour job and another part time job elsewhere.
That same individual that does all this because of pride and refuses to get into the entitlement circus- then finds that his HC premiums without subsidies have nearly tripled--and heaven forbid he or she actually needs a procedure--because then-not having any savings will probably have to charge $5000 on a credit card for the deductible.
Those windmills you see on the horizon that the moon bats are so proud of--does anyone actually think they brought down your electricity prices?
Those wetbacks coming over by the droves--do you think that those off the book jobs they are taking are benefitting the guy that was swinging the hammer for Perry Homes five years ago and feeding his naturalized family?
Or the cook in the kitchen at your beloved Chipotle?
Or the mechanic at Discount Tire?
What about those tax portion of the Ad Valorem that is the hospital district--you think a major portion is not going for indigent care of the wetbacks? Or the State Universities that have decided that a 18yr. old from San Luis Potosi should have the same rate as the your kid on the tuition that you as a "middle class worker" are struggling to pay--well there is always TCJC I guess.
What about those unseen taxes that you and I pay on everything we touch because the corporate rate has been raised--and we all know that corporations never pay increased taxes--the consumer does.
I can go on and on, but yes, Obama AND the schill Republicans have presided oner this one.
The voters decided early on in 2010 that the their was a change needed and it happened (NOT).
The voters decided that a change in the Congress was needed to cancel out the entitlement crowd that voted him back in in 2012.
In 2014 we tried once again, to only learn once again--that we are not being listened to.
Trump is the answer that the dis-enfrachised have come up with --right or wrong--he is the symptom of a electorate that is at its wits end and doesn't know where else to turn.

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

Anonymous said...

P.S.
Trump is a last ditch effort to what H.L. Mencken was speaking to.

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
H. L. Mencken

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

Anonymous said...

"As I drank some fine Panamanian coffee"

How I know I'm about to read the ramblings of a narcissist!

Anonymous said...

Except for Cheryl Hopwood Barry would be clerking in Walmart or working the oil patch. And he would be a conservative and pissed off for not getting in law school.

Anonymous said...

Today's RTG is a double WOW!!!

Anonymous said...

12:34
Might try some Lexapro for your anxiety.
If I was a narcissist, I would have said Kona brand and had some reference in regards to my upcoming Hawaii holiday trip at the taxpayers expense. The Panama reference was to show that I love our newfound immigrants from Central America.

DF
Barack and Michelle.

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

Anonymous said...

Lexapro sounds like a printer/copier. Anywho, simply responding in attack mode proves your narcissism. And, BTW, Kona is not a brand of coffee but the market name for coffee from a specific region in Hawaii. It is like saying I'm drinking Champagne brand sparkling wine.

Anonymous said...

Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that '"most black scientists in the U.S. benefit from not being admitted into top-tier programs . . . . They're being pushed into schools that are too advanced for them . . . . Most of the black scientists in this country do not come from the most advanced schools.'"

Is it racist if it is backed by verifiable fact? I say this as a person who is anti-racist, wants to see black people regarded equally, etc, but who recognizes that we still have a disproportionately high percentage of blacks underperforming in today's society, if we measure performance by education, income, marriage, and staying out of jail. A racist would say it's because they're black. A liberal would say it's because of our racist society holding them back. A thinking person would say, "why is this so, and what can we realistically do to fix this?

Anonymous said...

Obama is a buffoon. He is supported primarily by other buffoons. Hey, his trip to Israel has been cancelled because they don't want him there. He doesn't have a clue about the Constitution or religious freedom. As for terrorists and mass shootings: in since 9/11 there have been 75 Muslim terrorist attacks in the USA - ALL by Muslims.
Proven fact!

Obama is a buffoon.

Anonymous said...

Dang it! I still want to know about those Jade Helm secret tunnels under Wal-mart. Can Trump get us the answers?

DF Obsessive Conspiracy Guy

Anonymous said...

The engineers that design bras just don't get enough credit.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for setting Barack straight on the Kona thing.

DF
Todd Carmichael
Host of "Dangerous Grounds".

RatherBeSailing said...

Wow! Lots of long winded responders today.

Anonymous said...

When is MzChief gonna' come in here and tell us why we should vote against the front runner of her own party again? I really need her help!

Anonymous said...

No problem!

DF Juan Valdez and his trusty donkey Conchita

Goober's Friend Andy. said...

To All:

Barry will enjoy this, many could learn from the history, but I fear the lesson will fly over the heads of most on this blog. A good read for down time during Christmas: "The Witches: Salem 1692" by Stacy Schiff. Here is a sample, "We too have been known to prefer plot to truth; to deny the evidence before us in favor of the ideas behind us; to do insane things in the name of reason; to take that satisfying step from the righteous to the self-righteous; to drown our private guilts in a public well; to indulge in a little delusion." A most profound read with many applications to current society. Class dismissed.

Anonymous said...

The American Left has destroyed generations of black Americans and they still lecture us on racism?

Anonymous said...

2:17 - Go to hell.

Anonymous said...

What! No bullet point or posts about the relocation of illegals to Rockwall County and Ellis County. Those poor 18 year old children.........


http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/texas-news/2015/12/09/surge-children-border-hundreds-coming-north-texas/77066520/

The good stories just go unnoticed!

Anonymous said...

11:00am

Take some government provided chill pills then go out and find a job.

Anonymous said...

Trump is the candidate the republican party deserves.

Anonymous said...

it is my supposition that Obama has created the Donald Trump "ascendancy".

Aaah yes, the problems with my political party are all Obama's fault. /s

Anonymous said...

1:24

Ain't NO ONE tuning in to this blog, or any other form of media, to listen to the crap you just wrote. If it ain't knee-jerk emotional thinking you want to write about then just keep that problem-solving shit to yourself.

Anonymous said...

Barry, aren't you afraid that your Christmas lights will offend your muslim brothers?

Nasreen Iqbal said...

8:09: None of the Muslims I know would be offended by Christmas lights.

Of course, I know peaceful, modern, educated Muslims.

The violent ones living in the 7th century? They'd flip out about it.