The Campaign For DA

1.20.2016

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Our Texas Attorney General, who is under indictment, issued a non-binding opinion yesterday that daily fantasy football sites are conducting illegal gambling under Texas law. Hot sports opinion: (1) Does anyone trust his judgment?, (2) The only people who care about this issue are those who engage in it so he just alienated them, (3) How is any form of gambling illegal? It is your money. You can go in the backyard and burn it but you can't bet that Cam Newton won't have a great game? (4) What is the point of a "non-binding" opinion anyway? I just issued four non-binding opinions. 
  • The Coast Guard has called off the search for the 12 marines missing after two helicopters crashed into each other in Hawaii. How horrific will it be if some vacationer comes across a body washed up on the beach? 
  • The Palin endorsement of Trump yesterday was one for the ages. I'll post sound bites later because she went full throttle (but your ears might bleed.)
  • In honor of Glenn Fry, I will reissue this bullet point from 2013: "One thing from the Eagles documentary that stuck with me was Joe Walsh, when discussing the line, 'There's a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford' [slowing down to take a look at me], said it was great one because it was able to cram in girls, cars, and redemption.  Edit: I knew someone would point out that Walsh had nothing to do with the song. No question. But he was the one on the documentary talking about the lyrics."
  • "Gov. Greg Abbott flew to Israel Saturday on a plane belonging to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and megadonor active in Republican national politics." Well, at least he didn't waste our tax dollars.
  • I had the dreaded moment of turning the key and the car not starting yesterday. Then it started fifteen minutes later. Then it wouldn't start four hours later. And then it started this morning. Great. I now own Christine.
  • Mrs. LL with the mini-drone she bought for me for Christmas is getting a little scary. 
  • I've always been fascinated with Pablo Escobar, the documentary Cocaine Cowboys, the film Blow, and even the fictional MedellĂ­n movie in the fictional HBO series Entourage. (I've got Narcos, about Escobar, on Netflix on my watching bucket list.) But I had no idea Escobar owned a mansion in Miami Beach. It is is currently being torn down so a nicer house can be built on the property.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your starter is going out. Fix it before it strands you.

I don't know how much it costs for a limousine.

(Cuz you're a limousine liberal ... get it?)

Anonymous said...

Narcos is a freaking great show. You will watch all 10 episodes in one sitting very good show and it's amazing how much the actors look like the actual people

Anonymous said...

You have got to watch Narcos. It will suck you in. Great show, very well done.

DF Gary Cogil

Anonymous said...

Is the http://wcmessenger.com working for you?

Anonymous said...

emailed WCM earlier. Issue is on their end. Todd is working on it.

Anonymous said...

Whether you trust Paxton or not, AGs across the country are going after daily fantasy sites, so he's not exactly doing something that's all that unusual. Isn't this all about regulation and making sure the government is getting their piece of the action?

Anonymous said...

Hey Bu...

It's Frey, not Fry.

Anonymous said...

How did the Home Grown Eagles do vs the rented slaves from Bridgeport last night. Or they still just move in boys

Anonymous said...

No WCM not working.

wordkyle said...

I'm so glad that you're discussing presidential politics again. This morning I read in the Washington Post about Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server, that it contained "intelligence material classified at the highest levels, according to a new letter by the inspector general." Her hubris compelled her to carelessness (at best) in handling information important to the security of the nation, and she has consistently lied about it. Is this finally the time, after thirty years of having underlings take the fall, that Hillary Clinton pays for her own misdeeds?

My political fantasy scenario: Hillary is on the verge of winning the Democrat nomination. The FBI concludes that evidence supports charges being brought against HRC. Obama, who loathes the Clintons more than any Republican does, and sees a chance to fulfill his vendetta, declines to halt the prosecution.

Y'know, that scenario seems likelier every day.

Anonymous said...

Gambling is illegal when the state don't get a cut..

Anonymous said...

Funny thing Barry how all things seem to come full circle. More on that in a minute.
I too loved Narco's the series and whilst touring Colombia in October -took the chance to hire a cab driver for a Pablo tour while in Medellin. He took us to his house he grew up in -the barrio --his mom's house- the little church he attended--the Ochoa brothers horse ranch- the apartment complex he had blown up--the square where he had the bomb hidden in the bronze statue- the police station where he was held for a while, ect, ect.
The paiso's there still admire him and love him because he did a lot of good things for them. He brought and paid for a water project to be brought down the mountain at little over a million dollars to supply his barrio where he grew up. He built numerous houses, ect…..
But what I found fascinating was when he took us up above Medellin to his disco and the bluff it set on--the same bluff where his lieutenants would watch the military and police with binoculars and monitor their movements. Common knowledge to many of the patrons at the disco and who seemed to be Pablo's guest on numerous occasions. William Jefferson Clinton. Pablo use to wine and dine him and run the chicas thru there for him with the unlimited blow for accouterments. Seems the Mena, Arkansas/Panama enterprise was an ongoing thing that forced Bill to have to (gosh darn it) make numerous trips to the disco.
The people of Medellin were the friendliest people outside of Texas that I have ever met.
Just in case inquiring minds would like to know.

Not Sam.

Anonymous said...

Starter. Could also be the Anti-theft sensor in the ignition switch. Mine started going out and would start sometimes, sometimes not. Replaced it.

Anonymous said...

No you cannot burn your own money in the back yard. Mutilating or destroying currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code, punishable by up to six months in prison.

Anonymous said...

Drones 1984 KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR

Anonymous said...

Ever been on a trade mission? Ever spent several days in a row meeting and greeting and eating and receiving and promoting anything? Ever been responsible for a State's economic policy, and the jobs and tax base that result from that? Try it...you'll fall down exhausted. Do you have a thought as to how many jobs in Texas, and closer to home, result from international trade? Example, anybody in the area ever had a job at Lockheed in FW? And built F-16s bought by Israel? And those deals happen how? By phone? By postcard? No...by establishing and building relationships.

Anonymous said...

Cowboy Mafia

Anonymous said...

You seem to have a lot of questions, 10:46.

Anonymous said...

The recruits from Bridgeport won again. Eleven point difference.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone from Decatur please explain why their coach runs an offense that is in stall mode 80% of the time and it burned off almost a full minute with two minutes to go and down by 10 or so before they took a shot? I thought they were suppose to have the better coach. Just asking.

Anonymous said...

12:46

Maybe he didn't want to get beat by 20 so DHS wouldn't drop so far in the polls.

Anonymous said...

Vote for Brandon Davis. All the cool kids are!!!

Anonymous said...

Either your starter is going out as previously mentioned by 8:45, or you have some corrosion which is causing a bad connection on your battery terminals. Disconnect your battery and put some baking soda on your terminals and pour some vinegar on them to eat away the corrosion, or just pour a coke on them. Wipe off and reconnect.

Triple Fake... said...

12:46 -
amen to that. A couple of times, while they were passing the ball around rather prolifically, somebody in the B'port crowd yelled out "bo-ring!" Hint: Stout defense usually counts toward about half in all B'port's wins.
I guess D's coach thinks he's controlling the game or setting the pace of play. But if you're behind, and not working on shrinking the amount that you're losing by, you control nothing. The defense will let you pass the ball around the perimeter all you want if you're not attempting to score.
I think the question of better coaching was determined at the end of last season when the Bulls' coach watched his team hoist the state trophy. And some of you will say "but he's got those imported players, of course they won." Maybe, but they have to be used properly. The players have to be coached, and pushed in practice, and provided with plays that work. We're seeing great players with great coaching

Anonymous said...

Decatur, get a grip on the Bport basketball team and players. Your newspaper did an investigation as well as the UIL, and both proved no wrong doing by Bport. Just admit you got beat and had poor sports on your side of the court last night. Your coach should have been SUSPENDED for what he said and did last night. Decatur students were no better in their signs posted on the Bridgeport side along with their chants/taunts. You need to class up, Decatur!

Anonymous said...

I thought the Decatur mafia had all the move-ins in jail.

Anonymous said...

Why was the Decatur coach talking to Devonte? The guy needed to be t'd up when he is always on the court. The Decatur student section was horrible. The best chant you could come up with was Neal Hawks?

Anonymous said...

3:16 PM

I remember hearing something about a water jug laced with hydrocodone at BHS.

Anonymous said...

the Decatur coach is neither a good coach nor a good sportsman. his childish antics are the same as last year and his treatment of the referees are deplorable. and it obviously bleeds over to his players and the students, you can see it in their attitudes on the court and the actions off the court. and yes the door swings both ways on each side of the creek. im surprised the Decatur school board and the athletic director in particular let him act that way, but hell it is Decatur after all.

Anonymous said...

So the head master has some young meat.

Anonymous said...

Next year when the rented players are gone then it will be a real game but different score

Anonymous said...

4:07

That is soooooooo last year.

Anonymous said...

4:23

That is sooooooooooo next year.

Anonymous said...

He acted pretty childish last night. You will never see Alan Green act that way.

Anonymous said...

Barry is your car a Chrysler product? Probably an electrical issue that can be fixed for about $5 but may take all day to track down. I've owned 4 Cryslers over the years and stopped buying because of the dreaded electrical issues that pop up over a few years.

Anonymous said...

Little education for Wordkyle. Although I'm sure he knows this already, but would rather spout his usual lies.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/election/national/article/Fact-Checker-Trump-s-claim-that-the-unemployment-6772413.php?t=9029df361e438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium

wordkyle said...

657- What in the world does that have to do with me? Or are you comparing what Trump said with Hillary's lies? Please elaborate.

Anonymous said...

There are two sides to the story. Those of you from Bridgeport that think D was innocent are totally mistaken. Those from Decatur that think Coach was justified are mistaken. Facts are after the dead ball, D went to Decatur bench and said something to Coach Coffman. Coach Coffman responded. D then mouthed back and Coffman pointed at Green and pointed out that D was still in his area on his bench. D walked to other end and Green then subbed him out. As D passed bench, he stopped again and there was another exchange of words. This is when Decatur player told D to go sit down and received a technical. I don't agree with Coach Coffman handling, but in no way is D innocent nor justified in approaching another teams bench and speaking to a coach, using profanity and threats. Just because Coach Coffman apologized after the game on the court and in the hallway outside the locker room does not mean he caused it, in spite of what is being represented by the west town. It simply means he acknowledges his role in the incident, took responsibility for his role and apologized for this. I believe D to be a very athletic, passionate player, but his passion is overcome by a lack of class. He's a punk and it's evident. He refuses to even acknowledge Green when he's exiting the court. Green enables when he should discipline. It's unfortunate his behavior is accepted, condoned and even encouraged because given the right parameters, D could bring his exciting game and be a model for kids to look up to. Instead he'll be a caudled athlete that will fall on hard times when the pimp is done with him. Speaking of pimp...let's be honest Neil's money and Chasteen's coaching win for Bridgport. Green is simply the puppet in disguise. His job is to get out of the way and keep a few parents happy by rotating a few players.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't Walsh talking about those lyrics. It was Jackson Browne. He was the one that had began writing the song. Watch the movie again. Walsh was too stoned to care about lyrics.

Anonymous said...

11:05 PM You have a reasonable amount of facts right, but yes, there is even more than you know to everything you seem so confident about. I don't have a dog in the fight, but am close to a few people that do. Yes, Devonte was wrong in his behavior and should be dealt with. He's a kid who was provoked by a professional who is also well known to have no class and is proficient with vulgar language himself, even to his own players. How many kids have quit that program because they can't stand the guy. He doesn't want to be here, as evidenced by him trying to leave every year and actually resigning last year for a day. Maybe this will be another strike to move him on out of here and get someone that sees Decatur as more than just a stepping stone. They both got caught up in it, it's not really the giant deal people want to make of it. The difference is one is a professional and should be setting an example not getting in the middle of juvenile posturing. People have no idea what Devonte has been through in his life, the environment he was raised in, or honestly anything about him personally. You just see the POS on the court and are ready to write him off as worthless. I honestly don't know to what degree coach Green enables Devonte, but you probably don't either. It's not as simple as just disciplining one of your soft little white kids and setting him straight. I guess it's nice for Decatur coaches, players,parents and fans to have something to focus their attention on other than getting your butts whipped. Now you have a bad guy to hate! It really does help deal with failure. My suggestion is man up and compete and quite being distracted by something that's not really in your realm of influence. You want to shut up the west side of the county? Then beat them.

Anonymous said...

11:05,

The coach should have apologized to the entire group of fans publicly. The facts as you stated them certainly aren't entirely correct, you seem to miss the coach chirping at Patterson at the other end of the bench before the rest transpired. And do you really believe the Decatur player got a T for simply saying "go sit down" without any adjectives thrown in ? As far as punks go, there are plenty wearing Decatur blue also, starting with the coach, a supposedly grown ass mature man. It is also unfortunate that the Decatur coach's behavior is accepted, condoned and encouraged also.It is also very obvious that the east town is still dripping with jealousy just as it has been every since George Mitchell decided to base his company out of Bridgeport and not Decatur many years ago to the present with Hawkes choosing Bridgeport over Decatur.

But hey, don't feel to bad yall only have one more for sure , maybe two, ass kickins coming if yall can find your way to Lubbock

Anonymous said...

It looked liked to me The Decatur coach said some something to D first and that started it. Decatur was trying to get in D's head from the start with the physical play . Didn't do nothing but piss him off and Decatur paid the price. Of course we are going to hear that Decatur never starts nothing

Anonymous said...

If it's true that Coffman felt the need to apologize to the kid then I'm pretty sure he said something inappropriate coming from a leader/coach/authority. He's a kid. Granted, a giant full grown kid, but still a kid. Both should have consequences.

Anonymous said...

It's OK Bitchport see ya next year when the Simipros are gone.. Oh You think you can get the UIL to let him play a few more years?

BHS will be lucky to ever have a winning season in BB or FB without move in help.

Anonymous said...

Okay 12:22 go get your ring in either sport then come back.

Anonymous said...

12:22 spoken like a true Dikeater basketball fan

Anonymous said...

Move-ins didn't help with Football for Bport..

2014 Decatur 56 Bport 27

2015 Decatur 59 Bport 27

I don't blame Bport for loving these move-ins. It gets old losing to Decatur in Basketball every year. I would love to see the all time overall record between Decatur and Bridgeport in Bball. Bport would have to get move-ins for the next 30 years just to get close.

Anonymous said...

12:22 here . I have a ring but it's in a non-contact sport unless I hit you in the head with my tee shot 4

Anonymous said...

Do you really think living in a town gives you some ownership in "records"? If you or your kid did not win, then you get no credit. Theres a group a bport kids that have a ring in basketball. Sorry but you can't take it away even if Decatur beats bport the next 100 years, doesn't matter, don't care. Where is YOUR ring? Not a ring earned by someone else in the town where you live. Who gives a S that you happen to live in a town. What did YOU do? For most, the answer is nothing.

Anonymous said...

I live in a town. Some children in my town beat some children in your town in a game. There for I and my town are better than you and your town in all measurable ways. And I hate you and everyone in your town now.

Am I the only one that sees the idiocracy in this?

Grow up and relax.

Anonymous said...

2:48

Those are unusual basketball scores. How about focusing on the point.

Anonymous said...

Colin Jones in the Super Bowl! Let's here these Dikeaters take that away too!