The Campaign For DA

1.14.2016

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts




  • It wasn't the Powerball, but someone in Decatur won between $1 and $2 million last night. It was sold at the Horizon in Decatur off of 287. (But, of course, they could live somewhere else.)
  • "Olympic Gold Medal Winner Picabo Street Charged With Assault".  Not sure about the charges, but I always have thought that was a cool name.
  • Over the holidays, my family asked me, "Is it legal for someone to fly a drone over your home." Like anyone can really know that!
  • Awkward moment last night on Bill O'Reilly when interviewing Ben Carson (who just happens to be black.) O'Reilly asked him, "I heard tomorrow at the debate we will have 'Carson Unchanged'."  Good lord.  Why didn't he just say, Django Unchained?
  • There was nothing more bizarre when HBO's Hard Knocks show had NFL star Antonio Cromartie try to name all of his children. He now has 10. And now he and his wife are expecting twins.
  • Trying a case by yourself is exhausting. But it does do one thing: Motivate you. You prepare because you know it is all on you.
  • I stumbled across a speech of Trump at a Florida appearance last night. His reception by that group was insane. It was like he was appearing at Rednecks With Paychecks.
  • I know I'm in minority, but I'm not "outraged" by  U.S. sailors having to momentarily keep their hands over their heads once they were detained for going into Iranian. Afterwards, they were fed and promptly released. There are people on a U.S. traffic stop which will be treated worse today.
  • There were three winning Powerball tickets last night -- none in Texas.
  • Ted Cruz seems to be in hot water. His 2012 campaign was fueled by a $1 million loan from Goldman Sach's where his wife worked. The problem is that he didn't disclose it on federal forms.
  • Dozens of people are camping out around a ChikfilA in Arlington. Am I missing something?
  • Hans Gruber from Die Hard has died.







78 comments:

Anonymous said...

IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS WITHOUT HANS GRUEBER.

Upstairs said...

No worries. You are not alone. Some of us are nothing short of thrilled that two of our ships went into Iranian waters and the worst thing that happened to our folks is that they had to put their hands on their heads. Had any of the Republican candidates been president, we would be in WWIII by now instead of glad we got out of there alive.

Not only will folks be treated worse than that at traffic stops in the US today -- they will be treated much worse than that in Texas today at traffic stops.

Anonymous said...

'Some Chikfila's give free meal's each week for a year for the fir'st hundred folk's in line when a new re'staurant open's. 'So thats getting 'some 'special attention.

Anonymous said...

Barry is also cool with our female sailor being forced to wear a head scarf.

Anonymous said...

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.

DF Sir Alexander Dane

Anonymous said...

RTG - a little thick around the middle and she's got a cancer stick in her right hand. Yuck! We permit you a mulligan on this one.

Anonymous said...

"Ted Cruz seems to be in hot water..."

Last night I listened to a law professor make an argument, based on an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post, that Ted Cruz is not a natural born citizen but a citizen who is naturalized by birth. Based on her research, as she explained it, Cruz may, in fact, have a problem. The meaning of "natural born" goes back to common law. It means born on native soil. If there are no cases setting precedent in U.S law, which there are not, then the Supreme Court goes back to English common law. She explained that Cruz is "naturalized by birth", which congress is allowed to define, but he is not "natural born" as defined in common law. The constitution does not give congress the authority to define "natural born".

At the very least, someone could raise a legal challenge as whether he is "natural born" as it was meant when the constitution was written and for which there are no U.S. cases.

Anonymous said...

I thought Hans Gruber died a long time ago. Didn't he fall out of a building?

Anonymous said...

Boy Barry,
you might check and see if you have red phenylene poisoning--I mean they were supposed to have discontinued it from the Kool-aid, but as long as you have been drinking it , you might have had it stockpiled and are getting close to a detrimental dose.
Won't the truth regarding the Iranian incident--check out the CDRSalamander blog form the ship/freighter captains that overheard the radio chatter during the "incident". Seems in a poetic type of way that the commander blamed the breakdown of the boat on the "green" bio-fuel that the Navy is being forced to use from guess who? Wait for it, wait for it…..
Biden and Kerry both lied thru their collective teeth yesterday to try and make it sound like friendly party of grab ass on the high seas--but the video being shown all over the Farsi-speaking world tells another tale altogether.
Simple truth is this loser wants the us and the US to wallow in the same pit of self-loathing that he feels for this country--and some us won't play down there with him.
But then again the word quisling is fast coming back into vogue it seems.

Not Sam.


Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4.2 out of 5
She is hot!

Anonymous said...

Hans Gruber died when he fell from the window back in the 1980s.

janneba said...

Dr Phil is doing a show on Making a Murder tomorrow at 3 on cbs I tried to sit thru Nancy Grace's show on Sunday about but I cannot stand her expressions and she acts like everyone is stupid.

Jenny Mack said...

I heard about this site posting objectifying pictures of women and I had to come and see it for myself.

This is disgusting, Barry, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

I also think you're a narcissist, Barry, based on the stuff you post here.

You're not as important as you think little man!!!!

This is just gross.

Triple Fake... said...

"happens to be black"
Okay, you're just doing a bit now. Or have been all along, since that phrase always attaches itself to an ethnic minority.
However, his "condition" is noteworthy in the context of this story.


Hans Gruber: What idiot put you in charge?
Sir Alexander Dane: By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged.

Anonymous said...

Hey brain trust - Hans Gruber died in 1988. It was Alan Rickman that died.

Anonymous said...

Every Trump appearance is like Rednecks with Paychecks. That kind of low class has more to do with what's inside than how much money you make.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure that posture is SOP. We would have done the same. Haters gotta hate

Anonymous said...

Antonio Cromartie is a very potent man.

Anonymous said...

It must be the Chick Fil A on Collins. They closed down to remodel, and people are camping to be the first 100 when it opens

Anonymous said...

RTG FAIL!

Ugh.

Anonymous said...

RTG gets a double thumbs up.

Anonymous said...

"I stumbled across a speech of Trump at a Florida appearance last night. His reception by that group was insane."

You've said this a few times recently and it's almost like you're surprised. Are you completely new to the concept of a political campaign rally? They are put on for and by their supporters. I would be concerned if the crowds weren't enthusiastic. Dead as their campaigns may be, if someone put on rallies for Rand Paul and Jeb Bush today, the participants would be losing their minds.

Anonymous said...

And your buying the company line on the Iranian story? IF they were in Iranian waters, it wasn't unintentional but no way did two boats break down at the same time. More likely Iran ran them down in international waters just to thumb their nose at us.

Anonymous said...

Alan Rickman was a fantastic actor. For all of his considerable talent for dramatic roles, he was equally adept at comedy. His performance in Dogma--a movie many LL readers probably wouldn't be fond of, I'm guessing--was outstanding. His Hans Gruber is legendary, but to a generation of Harry Potter fans, he'll always be Professor Snape.

$@&! cancer.

Anonymous said...

Anybody have Cromartie's phone number?

DF Octomom
looking to add to my numbers

Nasreen Iqbal said...

At least now, Alan Rickman and David Bowie can be together again.

Cleverly Disguised said...

I find it silly that folks who couldn't find Iran on a grammar school globe know so much about their history, culture and intentions towards the US. It must be the FOX they digest that gives them such a powerful intuitive sense.

Anonymous said...

Louie Gohmert's take on the Iran-sailor thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJVBWcbgSRw

Anonymous said...

Goldman Sach's? What's up with all the apo'strophe's that are not nece's'sary?

Anonymous said...

Are you missing something? That's hysterical. You are missing almost everything.

Anonymous said...

Like, um, it does like, um, you know what I'm saying?, seem like kind of like dumb, you know? to get on like someone that um adds um, you know, those like apostrophes for like no like reason um but I guess um like at some point, like, you know what I'm sayin? somebody like needs to um draw the um line like in the sand like before we um become like total uh idiots.

Anonymous said...

9:11

I love you Jenny.

Double Fake Forrest Gump

Anonymous said...

8:54, I missed that on Cruz's ineligibility. The definition of natural born citizen can be found in Vattel writings. Obama was ineligible but since he is exempt from the Constitution I guess it was okay.

Benjamin Franklin’s letter to Charles W.F. Dumas, December 1775:

“I am much obliged by the kind present you have made us of your edition of Vattel. It came to us in good season, when the circumstances of a rising state make it necessary frequently to consult the Law of Nations. Accordingly, that copy which I kept (after depositing one in our own public library here, and send the other to the College of Massachusetts Bay, as you directed) has been continually in the hands of the members of our congress, now sitting, who are much pleased with your notes and preface, and have entertained a high and just esteem for their author”.

The framers of the Constitution did not know how to build a nation but Law of Nations "has been continually in the hands of the members of our congress". So it was Emmerich de Vattel and not John Locke who influenced the framers. I hope you history teachers read this. Drafting the Constitution with Law of Nations open in front of them is like writing a term paper with a book on your subject in hand.

Anonymous said...

The people who won work in decatur, not far from where it was purchased. They may need legal advise on how to split it are you up for the task. lol

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jenny Mack. Welcome to the freak show!

Many of us reacted the same way you did the first time we stopped by, but we're still here. There is a slow degradation of the intellect that takes place while viewing these images and reading these words. Eventually, it'll all seem quite "normal."

Good luck with coping. (Therapy doesn't help, by the way. I tried.)

Anonymous said...

I clearly stated yesterday why it is important to find the Iranian incident shocking given their history with political prisoners. Luckily for our soldiers it is politically advantageous now for Iran to capitulate on this in order to avoid anything that would get in the way of their secret nuclear program. It is really the one positive out of our deal with Iran, they at least have to play nice. The old mullahs learned the err of their ways and the new regime is much more crafty. They are not playing checkers anymore....but we are!

How soon so many forget the incidents with Iran that led to sanctions in the first place. Any decent American had to be worried when the news broke about the sailors. To compare it to a traffic stop is a sad and ignorant way to look at what was a potential international incident. And anyone still pushing that analogy after reading my post needs to consider therapy....or preferably suicide!

Anonymous said...

9:11 AM


Get yer ass back in the kitchen and make me a sammie. Speak when you're spoken to.

mzchief said...

Sooooo, you Right Wingnuts are all buying into the John McCain line of...If we encountered 10, well-armed, uniformed Iranian sailors, in boats with highly sophisticated intelligence gathering equipment, floating around in OUR SOVEREIGN WATERS surrounding a super secret base, we'd just give them assistance and send them on their way...RIGGGGGHHTTT!

The ONLY thing the Iranians did differently, than the US might have done, was to video tape the detainees and the apology offered by the ranking officer. Oh wait....The US MAY have taken them to Guantanamo for interrogation.

As for all of you people screaming "VIOLATION OF GENEVA CONVENTION"....there's a thin line that Iran didn't cross...The DETAINEES were NOT "captives" or "prisoner's of war.

Some of you people need to climb down off of your high horses and THINK for yourself and STOP spewing the BS you see on FOX NEWS....BTW, I watch that BS all the time, usually for the entertainment value. I detest O'Reilly but I watch him and laugh and laugh and laugh at him and the mental midgets who eat up his BS, spoonful after spoonful after spoonful.

Anonymous said...

Man...Jenny sounds like a cool person. I bet if she and Not Sam went on a date, it would be epic. Jenny would be going on and on about how gross everything is, while Not Sam pandered his lame ass conspiracy theories to her deaf ears. Eventually they would enter into some weird sex-less marriage and feign happiness so everyone in America and their church could see how perfect they are together. Jeez...get a grip.

While I haven't ever had green eggs and ham, I am open to the idea, especially on St. Patrick's Day

Anonymous said...

If we were in their waters, of course our sailors had to hold their hands up when first encountered. We would have done the same thing...or much worse...if we encountered an unfriendly government craft in our waters. We, too, would also be demanding an apology for the incursion.

Regarding an earlier post, if one vessel had "broken down" it is highly likely the other vessel would have remained with it. So, the fact that they were both there does not mean that they both broke down.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry,
I'm not sure if you read your comments, but the winners are from Decatur. It was a group of employees from a well known business in Decatur. :)

Anonymous said...

10:31 - I bet you're real pleased with yourself.

Anonymous said...

Myzchief seems to think that Iran is morally equivalent to the U.S.A.

Anonymous said...

Ted Cruz is in hot water and Hildabeast is not in prison?

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, You are pushing that same gotcha type argument as the Muslim woman from yesterday. We don't need to treat Iran the same given their history and extremist views. Iranian soldiers in our waters would be a direct threat. The same is not true for the US in their waters.

I don't believe McCain either, however I'd hope we would we would detain them and send them to Guantanamo or worse. That level of threat would need to be taken very seriously.

I think you are overreacting to the right winger pundits overreactions but their concern is legitimate; the incident just didn't play out as they had hoped. Which is shameful because it means our soldiers would have been harmed but that is the hatred of conservative's for ya...anything that damages Obama! I was honestly suprised when they were released without further incident though! And I think trusting Iran going forward based off of this one incident would be highly foolish.

wordkyle said...

1116 - Again with Vattel? Your arguments based on his supposed influence are consistently inconsistent. You say "The definition of natural born citizen can be found in Vattel" but the editions available to the framers didn't contain the phrase "natural born citizen." You claim that both parents must be citizens for the child to be, but Vattel says it only requires the father. What part of Vattel are you using?

You may actually be correct in your final conclusion, but you haven't proved it with your sketchy reasoning.

Anonymous said...

MzChief, how would they react if we took their Embassy staff hostage?

Anonymous said...

What do the Iranian Mullahs do to sassy gals like MzChief?

sparkerr said...

I love it when skilled actors can bring a character in a book to life in much the way I imagined him when I read the book.

Alan Rickman's Professor Snape was masterful.

Anonymous said...

BARRY!!!!!! POST THIS STAT!!!!!!

The Official Donald Trump Jam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=101&v=vPRfP_TEQ-g

Anonymous said...

10:58 #2 inadvertently makes a good case for not posting anonymously. The ability to sign back in and delete absurd comments might occasionally come in handy.

Like, um, when you, um post some pre-pubescent ramblings that, um, make you look foolish.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, did you know that Franklin used the French edition? I have read that in 1775 he observed the importance of the Law of Nations, on the Founding Fathers and he ordered 3 copies of the latest editions. The Library Company of Philadelphia which holds one of the three copies, lists the 1775 reference to this book, as “Le droit des gens,” from the publishing house of Chez E. van Harrevelt in Amsterdam, Holland, with a personal note to Franklin from the editor of this edition, C.G.F. Dumas. The fact that this particular volume that Franklin ordered is in French is significant because at that time French was considered to be the diplomatic language, and the 1775 edition was considered the most accurate reference of Vattel’s Law of Nations. Which addition are you reading?

CT said...

Mzchief==you tell 'em girl!

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle and that other guy are dropping some serious intellectual shit! I am super impressed. Hopefully, this admission is enough to make them stop. You guys are really smart. Super smart.

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

Anonymous said...

Uhhh, sorry the world didn't end when they released our sailors back to us. I know you wanted harm to come to them so you could point out that Obama is a failure, but sorry, we got them back healthy and in record time.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Mzchief is the moral equivalent of Iran

Anonymous said...

I realize it is Rachael Madcow or shiver down my leg Chris Matthews but,

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/14/blue-state-blues-were-sailors-ordered-to-surrender/

Interesting questions non the less….

Anonymous said...

Have patience....it takes a village and a lot of time to train a lawyer

Anonymous said...

I think the repeated "death to America" speeches coming directly from their leadership is a fairly good indication of their intentions. I don't need any news organization to break that down for me. I suggest you go on a hiking trip through the countryside of Iran and report back to us on their culture.

wordkyle said...

311 - Your "Franklin read it in the original French" point is moot. The Congressional Research Service already looked into this. Until you convince me otherwise, I'll accept the CRS scholarship and research quicker and easier than that of an anonymous commenter.(Apologies to others for the length.)

Here's what the congressional Research Service had to say about Laws of Nations:

"[Laws of Nations] in the editions available at the time of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, did not actually use, either in the original French or in English interpretations at that time, the specific term “natural born citizens.”

It was not until after the adoption of the Constitution in the United States did a translator interpret the French in Emmerich de Vattel’s Law of Nations to include, in English, the term “natural born citizens” for the first time, and thus that particular interpretation and creative translation of the French, to which the Vattel enthusiasts cite, could not possibly have influenced the framing of the Constitution in 1787.

Furthermore, and on a more basic level, the influence of the work of Vattel on the framers in employing the term “natural born” in relation to domestic citizenship within the Constitution is highly speculative at best, is without any direct historical evidence, and is contrary to the mainstream principles of constitutional interpretation and analysis within American jurisprudence.

There is no reference or discussion of [Laws of Nations] at all in relation to citizenship at the Convention, in the Federalist Papers, or in any of the state ratifying conventions."

Anonymous said...

I have never met anyone that liked Barry

Denney Crane said...

11:57 AM stated, 'So, the fact that they were both there does not mean that they both broke down.'

If only one boat broke down, reason would dictate that the working boat would tow broken boat out of Iranian waters. Their technology/GPS system would still be operational, so they would know the boundaries. Hell, your cell phone GPS could give you that information.

Too many things don't make sense for this to happen. It was too perfect, especially for enemy propaganda and recruitment.

American soldiers look very weak in the video.

Anonymous said...

BG,

"Awkward moment last night on Bill O'Reilly when interviewing Ben Carson (who just happens to be black.) O'Reilly asked him, "I heard tomorrow at the debate we will have 'Carson Unchanged'." Good lord. Why didn't he just say, Django Unchained?"

You really are a democrat.

You democrats are still extremely racist. You always look at color first, substance not at all. Making a point of OReilly's statement proves it.

"Ted Cruz seems to be in hot water. His 2012 campaign was fueled by a $1 million loan from Goldman Sach's where his wife worked. The problem is that he didn't disclose it on federal forms."

So, you dig to find something minor, and admitted to about Ted Cruz, and have faithfully ignored the beam in your eye consisting of Hillary's felonies?

You really are a democrat, and racist.

Anonymous said...

I specifically state below in my response to Mzchief that I don't stand with those who wished harm to show this as an Obama policy failure. I actually think it is a good short term sign that Iran is making efforts, I just don't trust their motives long term.

They are about to have sanctions lifted, which will allow them financially to go full steam ahead on their nuclear program, so no, they had no good reason to keep our soldiers! Now do us all a favor and end your shitty life!

Anonymous said...

5:34

What color filter do you use on your view of life?

Anonymous said...

4:32

I know Barry Green. Barry Green is a friend of mine.(so is his brother, and parents, may his Mom rest is peace) And your sir/madam, are no Barry Green.

So shut the hell up.

Anonymous said...

3:55

You need to replace your BS filter.

Anonymous said...

4:13

You sir/madam, are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

5:34

"Making a point of OReilly's statement proves it."

I cracked up when I read that. Bu's comments don't "prove" a damn thing as far as political affiliation or racism, pro or con.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Crane,

Perhaps they were in the process of doing so?! We don't know the timeline. What we do know is that even Americans screw up and/or run into unexpected difficulties.

Regardless, detaining individuals typically involves asking them to raise their hands above their heads. If the Americans look so weak, perhaps a second look at our defense budget the size of the next eight highest spending nations (on defense) will be reconfirmation of the strength of our military. It is strong, we are generally honorable, and the circumstances of this incident on both sides are perfectly reasonable given the known facts.

11:57 AM

Anonymous said...

9:11 you go on and leave Barry alone he is our superman.
and we love this place better than the messenger who never print the truth
Lois Lane

Anonymous said...

OMG, I'm so mad at Alan Rickman and David Bowie for not standing up 2 cancer. All they had to do was wear a pink ribbon, grow a mustache and they would have lived!

Denney Crane said...

11:57 AM/7:06 PM

'If the Americans look so weak, perhaps a second look at our defense budget the size of the next eight highest spending nations'

ISIS, Hezbolah and Al Qaeda recruits will not see our defense budget in this video. What they will see are our troops, on their knees, bowing to the Iranians, our sworn enemies. TO THEM, and me, our troops look weak in the photos.

The "know facts" have already changed. The first explanation for their capture wasn't believable. With navigation errors, at least they can say they forgot to bring the compass they got out of their Kracker Jacks.

I guess you think money and our budget equates to strong ground troops? Our military budget lines the pockets of billionaires and politicians. Our finest leaders have been kicked out to install a new, more diverse army, chicks with dicks.

Anonymous said...

Rage, Ain't it amazing how fast someone will return our sailors just before you give them 150 billion dollars worth of gold bullion?

Anonymous said...

It also made them turn in a significant amount of their enriched uranium, amirite?

Rage

Anonymous said...

We didn't give them the money. We unfroze THEIR assets. BIG difference.

Anonymous said...

This is where the chess\checkers analogy comes into play. They just sacrificed a pawn is all. The lifted sanctions and unfrozen assets will allow them to do much more with their nuclear program in the long run. We are already one move behind.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Ted Cruz, don't care . I will still vote for him. I will never vote for the old Hillary Hag or the economically illiterate socialist Duh Bernie