The Campaign For DA

1.15.2016

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Goldman Sachs got hit with a big fine for being crooks during the mortgage crisis but finally this time the government sanctioned them with a $5 billion penalty but ordered $1.8 billion of that as restitution to the victims. Finally. When the government orders all of the fine to go to them,  a business will just pass it along to the consumer. Here, the consumer will get at least something.
  • I'm sure I can find it, but I have no idea what the word "revenant" means in the Oscar nominated movie The Revenant means.
  • Breaking this morning: "The Coast Guard is leading a search off the Hawaiian island of Oahu after reports that two Marine helicopters had collided." The two helicopters carried a total of 12 people. 
  • "The National Transportation Safety Board wants to decrease the legal driving limit to one drink, lowering the legal limit on blood-alcohol content [from .08] to 0.05 'or even lower.'” Well, that would certainly generate a ton of cash for the government. (And the very astute of you may ask how the federal government can dictate to the states what their state laws will be. Simple: The federal government threatens to withhold highway funds if they don't.)
  • The Liberally Lean curse/blessing continues: I mentioned for Decatur resident Ronnie Gage last week and now he has become the AD and head football coach at Paradise. 
  • I'm writing this before the Update comes out, but I heard that the million dollar lottery winners are actually a group of employees from a "well known" business in Decatur.
  • Ted Cruz started off really well in the debate last night when he challenged Trump on his "birther" claim but then took a couple of haymakers as the debate went on.  Overall, it was a horrible week for Cruz. He was exposed for a federal disclosure violation regarding a $1 million Goldman Sachs's loan, and picked a fight with the state of New York (population: 20 million -- and those  20 million people have friends and relatives who live all across the country.) 
  • Probably the best part of the debate was the commercial for this summer's movie, Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. It looked like the plot is about someone sneaking onto the set of Jim Cramer's Mad Money show on CNBC, puts a bomb jacket on him, and wants an explanation as to how he has lost all of his money listening to him but everyone else on Wall Street is getting rich. Julia Roberts is producing the show live and has to decide whether to broadcast it. Official trailer here. And it was directed by Jody Foster. 
  • Lindsey Graham endorsed Jeb Bush this morning. Well, this race is over. (Honestly, the Duck Dynasty guy's endorsement of Cruz a couple of weeks ago is worth about a million times more.)
  • There a commercial for a Verizon Theater show of Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy. Please tell me they still aren't doing those  tired "you might be a redneck" and "git-r-done" bits.
  • Oil dropped below $30 a barrel this morning. 


45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Already made the news yesterday. Karl Klement employees won.

http://cw33.com/2016/01/14/winning-5-decatur-co-workers-win-1-million-in-powerball/

Ernest T said...

One of the news stations reported that the winners were five employees of Karl Klement....

Anonymous said...

i'd rather listen to Foxworthy than Obammy. At least Jeff isn't trying to blow smoke up my ass.

wordkyle said...

revenant - "a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead."

Don't feel bad, I had to look it up myself.

Guinjames said...

Revenant- one who returns from the dead or a long absence

Upstairs said...

I have successfully ignored all your other petty mistakes but the director's name is Jodie -- not Jody. She is an amazing talent.

Anonymous said...

The name of the country should change to Obamastan.
He has brought the middle east turds to this country to ruin it and he has done all in his power to ruin and weaken it.

Triple Fake... said...


Merriam-Webster definition of revenant: one that returns after death or a long absence
There was a good series on Sundance called Les Revenants (The Returned)


Not a good idea to knock somebody else's tired bits. Your blog is densely populated with tired bits. That's why a lot of us keep coming back. It's also why Mssrs. Foxworthy and Cable Guy are still extremely popular

Anonymous said...

I am glad the RTG is a Christian girl and not some terrorist Muslim. Though, I could have overlooked that in this one instance.

DF Discriminating Lech

SpanishWarDonkey said...

By "well-known business", you mean Wal-Mart.

Anonymous said...

It's hard for me to understand how we can be so focused on DWI and so blind to texting and driving. I believe texting and driving has become a much greater threat.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4.6 out of 5
She is smoking hot!

GJ BG!!

Anonymous said...

Yep, I remember how the lowering of the speed limit during the first oil crisis of the 1970s happened. The heavy hand of the Feds. They told the states that it was totally the decision of the states, but if they didn't follow the "suggestion" then no Federal highway funds.

DF Big Brother

Anonymous said...

Humblebrag much?

Goober said...

Thank you Daily News! At least you didn't ask him to go back to Texas.

Anonymous said...

Complete this sentence: It's OK to drive after drinking alcohol and becoming impaired because.....

Anonymous said...

Why would blind people be driving anyway? And would it even matter if they are texting as well, they're blind!!

Anonymous said...

Revenant=sexual molestation by a bear!

Anonymous said...

.05 would kill the bar and restaurant business. Uber would kill it though.

Anonymous said...

I don't see Ted's comments any more rude or condescending than those coming from north eastern politicians for the last fourty years. He wasn't going to get 2% of the new york vote anyway, and it will probably help him in the "super Tuesday" primaries.

Sam Brows said...

DF Big Brother,
And the same thing happened a few years later when the Feds decided that the national drinking age should be raised back up to 21. Highway funds used to extort cooperation and now every state has "voluntarily" raised the drinking age to 21.

Anonymous said...

It's all about the $$$.

Anonymous said...

Complete this sentence: It's OK to drive with a known medical condition that can cause seizures and you failed to disclose because...

Anonymous said...

White Power Party Swears Loyalty to ‘President’ Trump
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/11/white-power-party-swears-loyalty-to-president-trump.html

Anonymous said...

What Barry?? No reference to how well the economy is doing. Dow down $400 plus. Oil below $30.

Anonymous said...

1. The NTSB proposed the same .05 standard for presumed impairment last year.

2. If you drive a commercial vehicle you are already presumed to be impaired starting at a .04 .

3. There is a positive correlation between driver BAC and fatal crashes starting at a BAC of .02 . Interesting that at a .01 you are LESS likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

4. There is evidence that Standardized Field Sobriety Testing can detect driver impairment starting at .04

5. A standard drink as described in the link you provided will not raise a 100lb female's BAC to a .05 . Two 1 1/4 oz drinks in an hour would do it though.

Finally, calling a cab or getting a ride makes BAC moot.

Anonymous said...

You are one to talk on tired old bits. At least Foxworthy's is funny. Yours are tired and not so funny.

Anonymous said...

...non impaired driving isn't much of a challenge!

Anonymous said...

New Black Panther swears loyalty to Obammy.

Anonymous said...

Walmart believes so much in the Obammy economy that they are going to open 154 more stores in the US and add more jobs which will reduce the unemployment rate even more. I guess I was wrong Skippy.

Anonymous said...

.04-.08 drivers are not the ones who are involved in drunk driving accidents. While were at it let's ban eating, messing with the radio and cell phone usage to the list.

Anonymous said...

12:02

That would be 400 points, not $400.

Double Fake Charles Schwab

Anonymous said...

1:24 - Barry doesn't care. He feeds on misery.

Anonymous said...

11:37 -

Please compare the number of accidents caused by drivers impaired by alcohol and the number of accidents caused by drivers who have had a seizure (or any medical condition, for that matter).

Anonymous said...

Check your facts. You're much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if your BAC is .04-.08 than if it is below .02

Anonymous said...

ThanksDouble Fake Charles Schwab. My bad.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the Revenant movie, if the bear rapes you instead of you raping the bear, is it still bestiality?

DF Afraid to Google The Answer on the Family Computer

Anonymous said...

2:50, Please compare the difference in accidents caused by drivers impaired by alcohol and accidents caused by drivers who have had a seizure after knowingly lied by omission of their debilitating medical condition as required by law.

Anonymous said...

The only people who make any real money off DWI arrests are defense attorneys. Governments aren't the ones who benefit - other than taking potential murderers off the road. Don't believe me? Ask our host how much money he's made off DWI defendants in the past year, or 5 years.

Anonymous said...

It depends on what you were wearing, I mean if you were asking for it I see no need to label it.

However, if you can rape a bear and live to tell about it, you can call it whatever you like!

Nasreen Iqbal said...

6:09: I believe you are right. I have been on a jury two times in DWI cases. In both cases, the county had some first year assistant DA up against some slick defense attorney who has been doing this for a living for 30 years.

In both cases, the defense attorney confused the story so badly and the DA was so outgunned that we had to let the defendant off. The defendants were probably drunk, but the DA didn't prove it.

I trust they save the better prosecutors for the crimes considered more serious.

Anonymous said...

11:22 The government makes a ton off of DWI cases. The fines, probation fees and interlock fees usually push around 8-10k per case. DWI cases are rarely won outright even by seasoned defense attorneys. If they do win it was usually a bad arrest or sloppy police work, not the prosecutions ineptness. The system is so stacked that the role of the defense attorney is just a facilitator to an eventual guilty plea in most cases. Also, a large number of people who receive DWI'S can't afford attorney's so they get appointed one.

Anonymous said...

Fines are less than 2k, probation fees don't even cover the costs if keeping someone on probation. Interlock fees go to the companies that install and monitor them. Figure the costs on defendants who are found not guilty - including lawyer fees for public defenders paid by the government and court overtime paid to police, and there's no way it's done for profit.

Anonymous said...

11:22 is right about the prosecution. It's always the youngest, greenest attorney in the office who gets DWI cases. And boy, do they butcher the crap out of them. The "bad arrest or sloppy police work" cases don't go to trial because they only prosecute slam-dunk cases, so I don't know how the cops get blamed for losing DWI cases at trial. I mean, how do you lose a case where the guy blows a .16? Yeah, let's blame the cops.

Anonymous said...

I think I saw the mechanic crew five from Karl Klement at the Pizzaria one day...very nice, polite young men...good for them...and of course winning $200,000. minus tax is not enough to quit your job over...especially when you are young...but a nice little nest egg.