The Campaign For DA

12.02.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • There was an interesting comment yesterday after I posted a couple of Alvord news clips from back in the day. To paraphrase, it was someone complaining that if you weren't born in Wise County you will never feel accepted by the old-timers. And further, why does just being born in a particular place give you the right to feel superior? (Now consider that statement and think about people trying to enter our country for a better life.)
  • In the high school playoffs in 2002, Everman beat Lake Dallas 78-0.  And I think it was around that time (maybe) that a kid was paralyzed playing for Everman. I wonder what ever happened to him.
  • Did you see the video of the metroplex female officer who was swept away in rushing water. I don't know if she was brave or clueless. There is no way someone could think they could walk through that. 
  • That hearing yesterday for pre-trial motions for Texas AG Ken Paxton was a waster of time and nothing but grandstanding. (And I wouldn't dare to try to use Power Point in a hearing in Wise County.)  I'm kind of surprised that the respected Tarrant County judge allowed all that grandstanding. 
  • Pitcher David Price received a new contract yesterday of 7 years for $217 million. Guaranteed. Parents: Don't hand your kid a football. Hand him a baseball. (And Price has basically zero chance to suffer from the effects of concussions -- save the line drive off his noggin.)
  • I've mentioned Looking For Captain Zero a couple of times now because I have a hunch that my contractor for the floors in the home may be the guy who went looking for him. And then Mrs. LL reminded me of how all of this started. When we were in Costa Rica in that village, we were briefly introduced to Captain Zero who looked borderline homeless and was riding a bike. That's what caused me to go buy the book in the first place.  And she remembered something else I had forgotten: He was wearing a University of Texas cap! There is a Texas connection! 
  • Wow: "MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. — A Mecosta man is charged with a felony for obstruction of justice and misdemeanor of tampering with a jury for passing out fliers about jury nullification rights on the sidewalk of the Mecosta County courthouse." His bond was set at $150,000.  The guy was arrested for just telling potential jurors that they can find someone not guilty if they want to on the basis of fairness and common decency? 
  • I arose from my illness (still getting better, by the way) to watch the new Muppets show last night on ABC. It was like the writers of Modern Family took over this resurrection. It was laugh out loud funny. 
  • The Mayor of Chicago fired the police chief because of the murder of the kid by one of the chief's officers. Why? The buck ends with him. Along those line, after  all of the bad press that DPS in Texas has received (see example, below), how does DPS Director Steve McCraw still have a job? 
  • From the Update: "HELICOPTER SANTA – Santa will be landing his helicopter at The Community Bank in Bridgeport at 5 p.m. Thursday. Cookies will be served." I remember my dad almost freaking out when I was a little kid when we had a Helicopter Santa land in narrow downtown Bridgeport between a bunch of power lines in front of a massive crowd. It got so close to the lines that we almost had a small town Hindenburg. Oh, the humanity, indeed. 
  • The Ticket's Gordon Keith won an award for writing -- primarily based upon one column about the anticipated death of his mom earlier this year. A guy who is a smart ass, writes too much, talks too much, thinks about deep things too much, and had a loving mother.
  • The "almost" final Top Four for the college football playoffs are out: (1) Clemson, (2) Alabama, (3) Oklahoma, (4) Iowa.   Bet the house: Michigan State will replace Iowa next week. All else will remain the same. #SportsGenius
  • If you are a fan of The Ticket and a fan of the movie Love, Actually (which I am), this might make you laugh out loud.




56 comments:

wordkyle said...

",,,the right to feel superior..." - Sometimes, BG, you stretch too far to try to make your political point. This comparison is sort of lame. You certainly wouldn't appreciate if a group of homeless people started camping out on your front lawn.

Anonymous said...

RTG: Good Job BG!

Anonymous said...

Did the RTG forget to inflate the other one?

Anonymous said...

Corey Fulbright Everman High
http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/article3833454.html
AK

Anonymous said...

The Mayor of Chicago fired the police chief because of the murder of the kid by one of the chief's officers. Why? The buck ends with him.

... you don't seem to take this stance when it involves others. Look at the list of issues involving subordinates of the POTUS. Heck, we blew up a hospital full of innocents.

Anonymous said...

You are not Gordon Keith Barry.

Anonymous said...

TIL that homeless people (immigrants?) camp out on people's front lawns.

RatherBeSailing said...

Years ago there was a man who passed out fliers on the sidewalk in downtown Ft Worth telling jurors that they were the ultimate authority and they could overturn a judge's instructions.

Anonymous said...

Folks on the left, such as our blogger, believe that they think deeper and are more nuanced.

Andy Stevenson said...

I think the whiners who say they don't "fit in" in Wise County need to 1) ask themselves why would you want to feel a sense of belonging in that crowd anyway and 2) get a life and move on.

Anonymous said...

Barry, If these "refugees" were coming to America to embrace our values and not just be a burden then we would welcome them. You might want to look back in history to the Ellis Island days. They were not allowing immigrants to flood into the country back unchecked back then. They would lift up every immigrants eyelid with a button needle to check for trachoma. Now we don't even care what diseases or ill intentions that they have.

Anonymous said...

Equating someone moving in from a US area outside of Wise County to the refugee issue, come on Barry, you are much smarter than that. Go do a short tour of the Middle East, then get back to me. This is not as black and white as both sides are trying to make it. Putting aside the terrorism and religious aspects, dropping in a large group of Syrian refugees into a US community will still cause problems, huge problems. To do this right, they will need considerable training and assistance to become productive members of society. Is that going to happen?

Anonymous said...

It sounds like Barry thinks that Obama should be impeached. What did Rahm Emanual say?

Anonymous said...

RTG had me goin' till I saw the booger in her navel.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle said...

",,,the right to feel superior..." - Sometimes, BG, you stretch too far to try to make your political point. This comparison is sort of lame. You certainly wouldn't appreciate if a group of homeless people started camping out on your front lawn.

That wouldn't happen Kyle.....

Barry's gotta gate

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Britney!

Anonymous said...

ol crooked boobie

Anonymous said...

You said you received a comment yesterday about being accepted in Wise county. I don't know about the whole county; but, it is certainly true about Bridgeport. I've lived in several towns over the years, and B'port is one of the worst for excluding newcomers, and I lived there about 17 years. Never was included except as an afterthought or when someone was needed for a job no one else wanted to do. I find the rest of the country much more accepting.

Anonymous said...

I've never understood those outrageously high baseball salaries. When they pan the camera around the stands, there are more empty seats than full ones.

Triple Fake... said...

RANT!:
Citing massive amounts of money as motivation for encouraging your kid to do well at sports (or any profession, really) is terrible parenting advice. How about helping them: get an education, be a productive member of society, and attempt to have a happy life.
I know it was just your attempt to steer kids away from the whole concussion ordeal, but your alternative recommendation is unrealistic. Cy Young-type pitchers, and the contracts they sign, are extremely rare

Anonymous said...

"I don't know if she was brave or clueless. There is no way someone could think they could walk through that."

You do know there is a reason why cops don't moonlight as brain surgeons- right?!

Anonymous said...

Barry said...

"A guy who is a smart ass, writes too much, talks too much, thinks about deep things too much, and had a loving mother."

commented the guy that just hasn't done too much

Anonymous said...

Here's all you need to know about Europe immigration.
It is 25 minutes, but quite stunning

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=44vzMNG2fZc&feature=youtu.be

Anonymous said...

The Ticket's Gordon Keith won an award for writing -- primarily based upon one column...

Gordon Keith won an award when he first started writing for The Morning News. As a matter of fact, Keith won after writing only one column. One column. One. And now he's won another.

A Dallas electronic journalist who I respect said that journalists are actually in the advertising business and he said that is the most self congratulatory business of all. Journalists refer to themselves as award winning all the time. Look at the ticket radio station for example.

Anonymous said...

If you are a fan of The Ticket and a fan of the movie Love, Actually (which I am), this might make you laugh out loud.

Wow the Ticket has another loser board operator who they constantly poke with a stick. How original.

Anonymous said...

10:01...Did you ever stop to think maybe you are an asshole and therefore the lack of inclusion is your fault? Seventeen years is a long time to be an outsider, maybe you should move on.

Anonymous said...

10:03 has clearly been watching a lot of Rangers games...

Anonymous said...

10:20 - The only women and children in the video are European fools welcoming the hoard of primitive murderous men.

Anonymous said...

10:01

Where you turned away at a local church? Did a local bank refuse to open an account for you? Did someone at Dos Chiles or Pronto's refuse to serve you? Assuming you have kids, were they denied entry to the local schools? Were you denied housing?

What, exactly, is the definition of not being accepted?

coachmaz said...

Gordon Keith is greatness ,you sir are not. I do enjoy your blog but this guy is a professional writer, humorist. Sorta like the difference between Art Briles and Bill Belichick.

Anonymous said...

Clock boy is feeling homesick and wants to come back to Irving, where he was profiled and discriminated against. Hey Skippy, call his attorney and see if he still wants to sue for 15 million.

Anonymous said...

Obammy won an award also. The Nobel peace prize. And peace broke out all over the world.

Anonymous said...

Why would a god-fearing, gun-toting, anti-immigrant-syrian-mexican, muslim hating, 'send them all to hell' kinda guy ever, ever, ever visit cigar chomping, rum chuggin, commie lazy ass half breed cubans in the first place?

hypocrite

Katy Anders said...

10:07: Based on what I've seen lately, I'd be more concerned about brain surgeons moonlighting as cops.

Anonymous said...

Just pray Santa doesn't toss any Xmas turkeys out of the copter. It could be very ugly.

DF Less Nessman
Radio WKRP

Anonymous said...

Based on what I've seen the last 7 years, I am more concerned about a community organizer moonlighting as president.

Anonymous said...

This woman risked her life to attempt to rescue a 70 year old woman, and you all can't wait to call her stupid? Cowards...

Anonymous said...

RTG didn't ahhh couldn't notice she had on a mismatched top and bottom.


DF Booty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Anonymous said...

Rhome will let you fit in and if you own a rebel flag, will encourage you to run for city council.

Anonymous said...

1:08 -

Performing a stupid act for heroic reasons does not make the act any less stupid. And it's not a binary choice - the act can be BOTH stupid and heroic.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle doesn't like it when you turn an analogy around on an issue. He likes his spin in one direction. Prototypical hypocrisy.

wordkyle said...

155 - Is that what you got from my comment? Your cheese really has slid off its cracker. (And think about this: While I apparently burn a hole in your cerebral cortex, you mean nothing to me. Enjoy your shroud.)

Anonymous said...

My family wasn't homeless when they moved to Wise....just sayin'!

Anonymous said...

Well, YOU certainly fit in well with that judgmental and typical WC attitude. I never said we didn't "fit in" just that some people treat you differently based off tenure. I laugh it off, always have and I raise my children to understand how weak minded, isolated rural people sometimes act this way.

Anonymous said...

I am am award winning anonymous blog commentor. I have the award hanging right here in my parents basement! One day I will graduate to having my own blog handle so I won't be quite so anonymous. Maybe I can win an award then too...big dreams, big dreams I tell ya!

Anonymous said...

Just imagine one trying to play president.

Rage

Anonymous said...

2:12

So why reply?

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle--Says anon comments mean nothing, responds to every single one!

HarveyLee said...

Katy; thanks for changing your photo.

wordkyle said...

326- Do you think I was replying for his benefit?

Anonymous said...

10:44--I DID move on, after 17 years. That was the point. Every where else I have lived I have been included no prob.

Anonymous said...

11:24 Seems I struck a nerve. Yes, I was allowed at church--that is where I was only included to clean up after, or look after the one child no one else wanted to babysit at six flags. Banks are, of course, required to follow laws and they want the money--that is not a personal relationship.
I wasn't comparing myself to an alien with possible evil intent, just that the little cliques that formed in high school were closed to outsiders--you will remain an outsider, only on the fringes.
Now, where I live, a completely different atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

10:01 It seems I struck a nerve. It was at church where I was expected to only ever be included to clean up after, or to babysit the boy no one else wanted to watch at Six Flags. No, I am not an illegal alien, so schools and banks must follow the law. Banks, of course, are interested in making money.

Anonymous said...

No, sadly we all realize you reply only for your benefit! You have one highly self stroked ego though...so you always have that!

Anonymous said...

539,

Geez dude...it is so obvious you are enamored of WK. What are you getting him for Christmas?

Ah, you will most probably wait for Valentines. Not sure he swings your way.

Katy Anders said...

4:33: Well, I knew the mustache freaked you out a little.