The Campaign For DA

12.15.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • I was in a store the other day and saw a drone for $69.99. But get this: It was a glow in the dark drone. (Apparently you have to kick it up a notch.)
  • But new rules yesterday by the FAA require you, as of Monday, to register any toy drone with the government. It will cost you $5 (but it is free for the first thirty days from Monday - very gracious of them.) You will have to give the government your name, address and email. And if you don't do it, it is a federal crime.
  • What's next? Some county commissioner employee is going to be indicted for allegedly providing a Trustee inmate with snuff? Oh, I got a plea bargain offer on that case yesterday: 2 years in prison or 5 years probation and a $1,500 fine. (With the fine, court costs, and probation fees, that would come to at least $5,400 that would go to the government. And also think about the amount of taxpayer money that is being used for the prosecution of this case.) And people think I'm crazy?
  • Man, what happened to the Trump and Cruz love fest? And I was talking to someone yesterday who was convinced that Trump would eventually run as an Independent simply out of spite. They might be right. 
  • Hey, to the commentors who said yesterday that Frazier won the fight that was depicted in that photo below: It was from the Thrilla in Manilla. Ali won. You must have forgotten that I am a Sports Expert.
  • I walked in my house last night and the reconstruction project was in the aftermath of Day One. Every fake piece of wood had been torn up as well the carpet. I saw the concrete foundation and noticed that the original construction workers had written their names on it. So then Mrs. LL and I took out spray paint and did our own graffiti. I think it was the first time that the Kids In The House looked at us with a "You guys are out of your minds" expression.
  • I learned yesterday that if you file as an Independent you don't even have to pay a filing fee. Now I just have to wrestle the money I gave Mrs. LL away from her who took it down to file the application for me. I'd try it but I'm afraid she'd go all Ronda Rousey on me. And win. 
  • I think the attempt to get on the ballot as an Independent was successful. And I think Mrs. LL had a great day. She ended up with a cab driver who only wanted to talk about politics (Mrs. LL was like Marvin in Pulp Fiction who only wanted to say, "I don't even have an opinion"), she got to deal with Republican Death Star, she got to see the Secretary of State's Office (which apparently is one wheels off operation) and then hit Sixth Street. 
  • A DPS lawyer at a hearing in Fort Worth wanted to talk to me about her dad who is suffering from dementia. I spent as much time with her as she wanted. And I could see her pain.
  • I forgot to mention this: "Four of the nine people killed in a melee between rival biker gangs outside a Texas restaurant were struck by the same caliber of rifle fired by Waco police." Good lord. 
  • There was a confused lady in the courthouse yesterday who just happened to be African American. (At least I think she was African American. I don't see color.) She wanted to know if she was in the right place and asked, "Is this Wise County?" I think I got her to the right place.
  • Because of the flooring project in the house, I had to take The Family Pup and The Rescued Family Pup to the office. I'm not sure I've ever seen an office full of women so happy.



48 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHAT PART OF AFRICA WAS SHE FROM? WHEN DID SHE MOVE HERE?

Rex Kramer said...

845 wins the award for angry commenter of the day

one inter-web to you sir.

Anonymous said...

RTG yesterday was a bummer, today--another 10--WOW.

Anonymous said...

I don't care how you file, I'll vote for you.

wordkyle said...

BG, I hate to dispute you on a sports fact, but i believe the photo you chose IS from the fight where Frazier knocked out Ali. In your black-and-white photo, Ali is wearing dark shorts with a light stripe. In the Thrilla, he wore white shorts with a dark stripe.

Anonymous said...

I came in here to say what wordkyle did about Ali-Frazier. My work here is done.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I give you grief on a lot of your political viewpoints and beliefs, but I am with you on the police/prosecution stances you take. Things are out of control in a lot of the areas you expound on.
The snuff debacle is a good example--the justice nowadays seems to have a taxation component to it that is very evident to anyone who cares to notice.

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

Triple Fake... said...

the glow-in-the-dark drone is an example of the Extreme-ization, aka "kick it up a notch", of our culture, a by-product of Idiocracy

No surprise that Trump would eventually lash out at Cruz, because they're vying for the same prize (Donald seems to be treating it like his own version of Celebrity Apprentice: Leader of the Free World Edition). Makes you wonder who Trump would turn to for a running mate if he did somehow get the nomination because he's burning bridges just as fast as he can cross them. In fact, he's torching them before he gets to them, and swinging to the other side while yelling like Tarzan!
He probably will go Independent, though. Just to screw !@#$ up. That seems to be the status quo for the times in which we live. Trump is Extreme-ization personified

Explain it to the county commissioner employee like this:
the fines and fees are paid to the government. That money could be used to pay for any raise awarded to county employees.

Anonymous said...

What's next? Some county commissioner employee is going to be indicted for allegedly providing a Trustee inmate with snuff? Oh, I got a plea bargain offer on that case yesterday: 2 years in prison or 5 years probation and a $1,500 fine. (With the fine, court costs, and probation fees, that would come to at least $5,400 that would go to the government. And also think about the amount of taxpayer money that is being used for the prosecution of this case.) And people think I'm crazy?

Here's an idea....No fine, no probation, minimal court costs and a comment from the judge..."don't do that again". Then reprimand the prosecutor.

The good ole judicial industrial complex at work.

Anonymous said...

Same caliber for four deaths? Coincidence. Just coincidence. Could have been a biker shooter behind the grassy knoll.

DF Waco Police

wordkyle said...

eh, a correction to my correction. Although Frazier did win the fight in question (their version of "The Fight of the Century,") he did NOT knock Ali out, but rather won by decision. I fell prey to internet hyperbolic descriptions. The wordkyle research staff regrets the error.

Skeeter said...

Leave it to wordkyle to obsess over Ali's shorts.

Anonymous said...

Appoint prosecutors don't elect. They are now politicians who campaign constantly, which brings in all the problems associated, PLUS got to get every convection possible with max punishment to show how tough on crime they are. So we end up with these petty no real harm to society crimes and less time,focus on more serious crime. This case is example, one more skin on the for prosecutor come election time.

Baylor Too said...

So you are seriously running as an Independent? The RPT website still has you listed as a candidate as of 6:57 last night.

Look---if you are just trying to make a statement and don't really want to be DA, then run as an Independent. If you want to WIN, then you need to stay on the Republican ballot. I just don't see any way that you can overcome the number of straight-party ballots that are cast.

Anonymous said...

So, let us make sure we understand. The County establishment condones the snuff investigation and prosecution. And they find the "offense" so aggregious that their plea offer is for jail time and/or extended probation. HOWEVER, the Wise County DA would not sponsor an Opinion Request to the TX AG for Rhome CC open meeting violations. AND the Wise DA and County Prosecutor have refused for years to take up all kinds of obvious open meetings violations perpetrated by the Rhome CC council and lately actions that classify as official oppression on the part of our police chief (see 80 pages of official misconduct complaints he himself had released under an open records request). The excuses have ranged from "we don't investigate our own" to "we just don't see a violation" even when presented with city ordances and clear documentation to the contrary. YET our country establishment also doesn't subscribe to asking for a special prosecutor to investigate and let the facts see the light of day in an official investigation. The establishment is hereby put on notice that at least some citizens of this county (and the City of Rhome) have had it with the good old boy network and the notion of "trust us, we know what's best for you". We need debates and open forums this election cycle to publically quiz candidates for all offices to see what they are made of (and in some cases to see if they can walk and chew gum at the same time). We need to make INFORMED decisions in the voting booth as to who will really represent US as the people who elect them. Barry, you are a person who will always do what is right. You've earned that reputation. You have my vote. As to our current elected officials and certain employees in Rhome, you have a reputation, alright. Thanks to you we are the laughing stock of the counyt and beyond. And don't say it's all those who post and write letters to the WCM or various blogs. If you didn't act the way you do and perpetuate the underhanded schemes you do, we'd have nothing to write about! Didn't your mothers ever tell you that when you point a finger at someone, you're pointing three fingers right back at yourself? Be forwarned that we will have candidates to run against you as your terms come up AND we'll be in every race to win!.

Sam Brows said...

Best of luck running as independent. The straight party thing SHOULD be a concern for you, but if you campaign it right I think you can win.

Anonymous said...

9:37 - Reprimand the prosecutor? The Sheriff's Office filed the case, the prosecutor shouldn't just dismiss it. It is a law, he shouldn't be able to just pick and choose the ones he wants to prosecute because he doesn't agree with the law. What if the DA didn't think DWI or drug possession was much of a crime? Dismiss all those too?

CT said...

You have my vote. Let me know how i can help.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I look forward to your victory & you using the following opening statement in your first trial as DA:

Well, I'm with you folks. I'm a forgive-and-forgettin' Christian, and I say, if their rambunctiousness, and misdemeanoring, is behind them...

Good luck.

DF Governor Pappy O'Daniel

Anonymous said...

11:52 The DA does not have to prosecute every case presented to them. It's called prosecutorial discretion.

Anonymous said...

"I think it was the first time that the Kids In The House looked at us with a "You guys are out of your minds" expression."

Ah, that's cute. You've had a teen in the house for quite awhile now and you think that's the first time you've gotten that look?

Anonymous said...

"Four of the nine people killed in a melee between rival biker gangs outside a Texas restaurant were struck by the same caliber of rifle fired by Waco police." Good lord.

Not particularly definitive there, counselor. Inasmuch as they were likely firing .223 or .308 - well, those are hugely popular calibers, in no way restricted to LE.

One supposes, though, given the context, that not so many bikers carried rifles to the restaurant, so there's a probability that the rounds were from the po-pos.

However, if the shoe were on the other foot, no question you'd be advancing the ubiquity/reasonable doubt angle to the hilt.

Anonymous said...

You fall prey to the Internet every time you provide source material to defend one of your nutball candidates or one of their out of touch political positions.

Anonymous said...

One day you jail a man over snuff the next you are wondering why you are holding a pistol and asking a family to line up at a mass grave.

Anonymous said...

Seeing as the bikers were using handguns, kinda narrows down who fired those shots. Don't it 1:13?

Anonymous said...

Springtown SRO accused of inappropriate relationships with students

http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/local_news/former-springtown-sro-accused-of-inappropriate-relationships-with-students/article_034efb6c-0eb2-51e1-948a-ecc6af8e6ee9.html

Anonymous said...

Do you live in Wise or Jack County Barry?

Anonymous said...

1:44(b) - I think that's what 1:13's third paragraph says, no?

Anonymous said...

Isla de Maiz, Nicaragua

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

Anonymous said...

Not the Thrilla in Manilla. Just watch the fight on Youtube and you'll see.

Anonymous said...

Ali wore white trunks, and Frazier solid dark trunks, in Manila.

Anonymous said...

The Army Corps of Engineers will need millions of dollars to repair the Lewisville Lake Dam, one of the nation’s most dangerous. A breach could put 431,000 people in harm’s way.
http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2015/lewisville-dam/

Anonymous said...

The long time residents are appalled at how the old town council members have betrayed them as well. Their parents would roll over in their graves.

Anonymous said...

Smaller counties driving US jail population growth
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/12/15/smaller-counties-driving-us-jail-population-growth.html

Anonymous said...

Aren't you actually surprised that of all the shots fired, and as densely packed as they were, the Waco cops only shot four people? Seems like their head count should have been way higher to me.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Well if that is true, he can apply at Rhome. They take in all the fired Springtown cops that end up in WFAA news.

Anonymous said...

If the Caucasian, beat cops at ringside aren't enough of an indication that the photo is NOT from a fight in Manila, then watching the actual Ali-Frazier III fight in Manila on You Tube ought to be. It's the first fight, Frazier won.

Anonymous said...

Well said 10:56. Homegrowns who did business deals with Rhome sure regretted it. Rhome runs off it's own residents. One guy opened his oil change place next to the same type of business in Boyd, just because of Rhome and their past dealings. The list of local prominent families done wrong by Rhome is why others have their business outside the city limits

Anonymous said...

Support the Rhome tax rollback.

Anonymous said...

The picture is not of Ali - Frazier at all, it is just the fight scene from Gorillas in the Mist!

Anonymous said...

Where is the petition to remove Chief Davis? Sam needs to pass that out asap and force the council to act according to the people's wishes

Anonymous said...

And now you know what DA Barry Greens campaign platform will be. No drug prosecutions, no DWI prosecutions - he don't believe in them. "Prosecutorial Discretion"

Anonymous said...

8:35PM - strongly suggest someone use a public records request to daylight a copy of Davis' current contract, any misconduct write-ups as well as his 6 month probation completion and annual performance reviews. If we're going to square off with the CC over his conduct, we need to know what we're dealing with.

If he really has a contract as Police Chief, don't recall it being "presented" to us citizens to see before approved by the CC. Most employment contracts have a morals or misconduct clause. If there is one, would have thought it would have been used by now to at least write him up given all the actions he has used against the Mayor (his supervisor), citizens and employees in the last year. Since nothing has happened that we can "see" from past CC Agenda for Executive Session, that contract might just have a clause that requires an act of the US Congress to get rid of him!!!!!

Hoping now that we have a City Attorney firm that knows and follows the rules, we'll see the contract that the CC comes up with for the City Secretary before it's approved.

Anonymous said...

Rhome CC meetings are stale and smell like a pack of Dad's Lucky Strike cigs.

Anonymous said...

Rhome Texas Taco Casa will attract trailer trash and meth. It might help land a company that makes cinder blocks though.

Anonymous said...

Rhome had better fire that crazy chief. His treatment of citizens and wasteful spending is going to cost the his council a lot of money on the rollback election. Shame on the elected officials for allowing this.

Anonymous said...

11:12 So the Taco Casa will attract the citizens of Rhome...not sure what the problem is!

Anonymous said...

They blew their money on methamphetamine. They don't eat.