The Campaign For DA

2.01.2016

Random Monday Morning Thoughts




  • Ted Cruz was called an "anchor baby born in Canada" by Donald Trump. That's a goofy line but kind of funny. 
  • I've been interested in the "legal" gambling of Draft Kings and Fan Duel and how states have tried to shut them down. But the fatal blow may just have happened: The leading payment processor for them said they will walk away. 
  • Two Plano East girls commit a double suicide?
  • New theory out there: O.J. Simpson's problems were caused by brain injuries from football. You know, I won't outright dismiss that all. Lack of judgment and impulse control are factors.
  • I'll say it again: If you have license plates from the southern states driving southbound on 287, either the DPS or Sheriff's Office will look for a way to stop you. And if they do and tell you that you are coming from Colorado, get ready to be detained -- most of the time illegally based upon a strong Supreme Court case from last year.
  • There is a new trick that law enforcement is using. If they suspect drugs during a traffic stop where the passengers are traveling, they ask them to identify their luggage and put it beside them and then ask consent to search the luggage. That way there won't be an issue as to whose luggage belonged to whom. (Not a bad trick, by the way.) Here's a trick if you get stopped: Shut up. There is no deaf, dumb and blind man in prison.
  • Along those lines, I was reviewing a video of a marijuana traffic stop this weekend and heard an officer say this to a person who was being detained: “Marijuana is still illegal in Texas and we don’t recognize any kind of cars or nothing like that.” Riiiiiiggghhhhtttt.
  • Our goofy tweeting Texas Supreme Court justice outdid himself on Friday. He decided to offer a concurring opinion in a rather complicated procedural issue regarding the "Texas Cheerleaders Religious Football Banner" case. The concurrence was not necessary, he sent a strong message on how he would rule in favor of the cheerleaders (inappropriate since the issue was not before the court), and started out with a reference to The Lion King
  • I went and dropped off a flower at my mother's grave yesterday since it was her birthday. It was hard but went much better than I thought it would. From there, Mrs. LL and I walked around Bridgeport Cemetery, and I begin to say time and time again, "This man worked as a . . . " "This lady was . . ." "This man lived on . . . " I went on and on as I recognized names. She finally said (in a very loving way), "This is not possible unless you grew up in a small town."
  • For some reason I stumbled upon Charlie Sheen in the old movie The Chase this weekend. That movie was way before its time and almost a bit of Idiocracy. Cops over the top. The media over the top. Politicians over the top. (And with a very hot Kristy Swanson in the film as well.)
  • Yes, I know Baylor was the focus of ESPN's Outside The Lines yesterday.
  • I have to stop watching "pastor" Keith Craft. I don't know what gets me more worked up: His horrible preaching, his ramped up style, his begging for money, or the empty seats in the congregation. 







33 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a ridiculous, blowhardy exercise by J. Willett. If you want to write an op-ed piece, feel free. But to write a "concurring" opinion that states "I know I'm not supposed to talk about this, but I just can't help myself" benefits no one. And then, he closes by complaining that "well, we answered the question before the court, but by not exceeding the scope of our powers and answering the question(s) I want to answer, we just might end up with another appeal in the future that addresses those things, and won't that be a waste?" Yeah, buddy, that's how our system works. You answer the questions that come before you, not the ones you want. If the parties continue to appeal, they have that right, and maybe you'll get to actually weigh in then.

And of course he incorporates the nonsensical phrase "deeply held religious beliefs." What does that even mean? Does the fact that the beliefs are "deeply held" render them somehow more worthy of protection? How are the KISD cheerleaders' beliefs any more deeply held than those of Westboro Baptist? Or ISIS?

Or is "deeply held religious beliefs" just code for "good old 'Murican Christian values" which are clearly under attack here. Because goodness knows, God's favorite team is KISD. I mean, their banner says right there - "If God is for us, who can be against us?" We all know God cares about the outcome of a high-school football game, which is why KISD has won every one of its games in the history of ever. Oops. Maybe God isn't for them every time. Perhaps some of the boys need to do a little repenting?

Anonymous said...

How can Willett concur in an opinion when he spends several paragraphs saying he's not sure what has been preserved?

Anonymous said...

small towns = good life

Anonymous said...

the mexican federales do the same thing with the luggage

Anonymous said...

Why would I need a trick if I get pulled over? I'm not a drug dealer. Frankly, I kind of like it when drug dealers get found out.

Anonymous said...

There's a story in this month's Fort Worth Texas Magazine on Hal Jay who is one of Barry's favorite radio personalities. Hal Jay = Greatness. The great Brian Estridge, who Barry also loves, gets a favorable mention in the Hal Jay article.

http://www.fwtx.com/articles/fwtxmagculture-fwliving/fwliving-culture/radio-star

Another electronic journalist makes the back cover of FWTX Magazine. The man is endorsing a Mercedes Benz dealership. His name? Glenn Beck. Yes, that Glenn Beck.

Anonymous said...

BG, quit watching TV preachers, and attend locally. That's the way the Bible has it designed.

Anonymous said...

Remembering a loved ones birthday, date of death, special occasion (or any day for that matter) by taking flowers to their grave is a commendable gesture of love and respect. I am certain your mother would approve and agree! It is also extremely therapeutic for the one(s) left behind. It's something I practice frequently after losing grandparents and both parents. Sometimes when I am missing them badly or especially when having a rough spot in life, I go "visit" them and it helps immensely. Despite the fact that I know they are in Heaven, just be close to them is comforting. It is part of the mourning process but also part of the "living" process as well. There will be tough visits and comforting ones as well over the years, but I can't imagine burying a loved one and never paying my respects. God bless and comfort you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Of course it benefits someone. It's an advisory opinion (which they are not supposed to offer) that tells the side that he wants to win (the cheerleaders) exactly what they need to do in order to prepare their case for appeal so that when it gets in front of him again he can rule in their favor.

Some Houston lawyer

Anonymous said...

9:10 #2, you forgot the footnote:

*unless the small town is Rhome

Anonymous said...

If the cheerleader case gets to the Texas Supreme Court, would Willett have to recuse himself? He's made it clear by his statements that he's biased. Also wonder if he would feel would feel the same if they were quotes from The Quran. Islamic fundamentalist's beliefs are deeply held, too.

Anonymous said...

It is strongly thought in an athletic department not in Texas, that UT pushed ESPN to do the Baylor article at just the right time before signing day. UT is competing with Baylor for several recruits. I would currently put it at 90%. ESPN lost their journalistic integrity years ago.

I'm going with an Anon signature here.

Anonymous said...

10:12 The local churches are not any better. Try that nuthouse Victory church up on 287. I fully expect that crowd to be marching at the funerals of dead soldiers with signs about gays. My wife and I tried it out and left asking ourselves what the heck just happened. Very televangelist like with all sorts of gimmicks and such. We are both small town folks, boots and jeans, country life and clean living (tattoos are more in place here)....not a single soul in that place acknowledged we were new visitors, shook our hand or even cared we were there. It seemed very cliqueish and by the time we had checked out dozens of churches around Decatur we realized that was a common theme.

We are very sad we moved here thinking it was a place that shared our small town values but it doesn't. For a while we settled on a local church until they told us in a round about way we weren't tithing enough even though we had just moved, bought a house, both changed jobs to be here and have a child with expensive medical needs. When I tried to volunteer they told me that all the volunteer work was already filled? The final straw was when a homeless man caught me in the parking lot leaving church, I invited him back in and promised him a coat (we had donated coats and jackets) and I was told that another church in town was who gave out coats and not to offer that again without clearing it with someone. We actually drive an hour and a half every Sunday to visit her hometown church now.

Anonymous said...

We ain't got no time for no victims, we busy building a stadium.

wordkyle said...

"Hillary Clinton is Not Electable" A HuffPo blog written from a Liberal's point of view. One passage: "However, I think if, IF, Hillary wins the nomination, it will be bad for the Democrats. People like myself, and there are millions of us, that got involved due to Bernie, will just back away from politics because we will not be willing to vote for Clinton."

Is that the Democrat Party imploding?

Anonymous said...

The Draft Kings/Fan Duel predicament is likely a result of some Operation Chokepoint-esque government maneuvering.

The Backdoor Intruder

Anonymous said...

I'll say it again...

Because you have OCD?

Anonymous said...

I love the LEO line of "which pieces of luggage are yours?". A long time friend and former police trainer once told me that a favorite trick of police pulling you over was to engage you in seemingly harmless banter initially, gleaning information on you in the process that might be used against you later. Whether you are arrested or just chatting with a seemingly friendly officer at the side of the road, keep your mouth shut. Exercise your right to remain silent. Don't be rude, arrogant, or assume an attitude. Just be quiet & let the officer do all the talking.

DF Colonel Wilson Speir
DF Texas Department of Public Safety

Anonymous said...

10:47 wins the gold.

Anonymous said...

I'm with 9:33

Anonymous said...

11:55, welcome to the cult of Decatur. You are right on topic.

Anonymous said...

11:55
Check out Ascension & St. Mark's (halfway between Decatur & Bridgeport). You will be welcomed without being singled out, there is a resale shop you can volunteer in or make donations to, local charities as well as the Union Gospel Mission in Ft. Worth are supported, and I guarantee if somebody needs a coat, they will leave with one. It's definitely a boots and jeans kind of place.

Anonymous said...

11:55 - I wish I had a suggestion for you. My family floated from church to church for a long time without finding a home. It's no wonder attendance is stagnant or falling at the vast majority of churches.

Bear said...

My daughter's family attends Victory. I have joined them on a few occasions and each time the preacher gave a sermon on tithing. Does he preach this every Sunday? Also felt very uncomfortable there.

My parents and most of my mother's family are buried in the Bellevue cemetery. I was visiting my parent's grave site last week and while there I visited my grandparent's and great-grandparent's grave sites. I also found three of my great-great grandparent's grave sites,too. This goes all the way back to the mid 1800's. How exciting to find these sites that I did not know of before.

Again, small towns are great.

Anonymous said...

11:55====

Cool story, bro. Try to cut the length a little. It'll get more air time

Denney Crane said...

Obviously, someone didn't tell the NY Times that Hillary is unelectable since they came out Saturday and publically endorsed her.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/opinion/sunday/hillary-clinton-endorsement.html?emc=edit_na_20160130&nlid=59624784&ref=cta&_r=0

This will probably be the ugliest Presidential campaign in our history. The man with the most integrity doesn't have a chance...

Anonymous said...

11:55 AM

Sorry to disappoint you, but the criteria in many churches is stringent, much like that of an exclusive country club.

At least you are found out where you weren't really wanted, that's a blessing in disguise. If you would have told someone you were a scratch golfer things would have gone quite differently.

Remember, Christ had the biggest problem with religious people, the same ones that led the charge to have him crucified.

Anonymous said...

11:55
FUMC Bridgeport

Anonymous said...

It is strongly thought in an athletic department not in Texas, that UT pushed ESPN to do the Baylor article at just the right time before signing day. - 11:32

Did UT push Baylor players to be rapists, too?

Anonymous said...

Avoid the Chisholm trail church. The leadership complains to the off duty parking cops about how cheap the tithes are

Anonymous said...

4:58 I'm actually a 5 handicap. Those west Texas wind cheaters I grew up hitting came in handy.

Anonymous said...

"Along those lines, I was reviewing a video of a marijuana traffic stop this weekend and heard an officer say this to a person who was being detained: 'Marijuana is still illegal in Texas and we don’t recognize any kind of cars or nothing like that.' Riiiiiiggghhhhtttt."

That's how you want to roll? Calling police liars???
You realize that you're running for District Attorney, right?

Anonymous said...

11:22

Anyone that believes that cops don't target certain vehicles/people are either crazy, naive or stupid. Which are you?