The Campaign For DA

2.22.2016

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout-out to a guy who only knows me through this blog who responded to my thoughts about wanting to buy a kayak. He had a used one, offered it at a below market price and then delivered it before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at Lake Bridgeport. And he threw in a life jacket, a fantastic paddle, and (importantly) instructions on how to use the thing. 
  • And, in the middle of it all, he asked, "How is your dad doing?" You, sir, have a heart of gold. 
  • Mrs. LL immediately got on the kayak and, get this,: She paddled from Twin Hills to that small little island next to the 380 bridge as you enter Runaway Bay. (You have to be from Wise County to understand that.) And people think I'm crazy. Side note: A friend of the 7th Grader In The House stared out the window and said with a defeated voice, "Your mom is much more adventurous than my mom."
  • I forgot that you have to have a fishing license to, uh, fish in a public lake. Think about that. You have to have government approval to fish? And a legal question I don't know the answer to off the top of my head: Does that apply to fishing off of your own private property? 
  • Me to Mrs. LL this weekend: "It's hard to catch a fish in February but come April I'm going to slay it." Her expression: "I don't even know you anymore."
  • Trump wins. Cruz comes in third. Jeb quits. Hillary wins.  It's on. 
  • The author of To Kill A Mockingbird has died. Perhaps my favorite line, and I'll admit I'm biased because of what I do, is:  "Miss Jean Louise," kindly Reverend Sykes gently admonishes [after the guilty verdict]. "Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing."  You fight the good fight that only some people can understand. Video from the movie.
  • Then again, the O.J. Simpson mini-series is campy but great. 
  • Terrell Owens gave an interview at "Ticketstock" this weekend and he actually sounded sane. But he called out Jason Garrett for leaking false information to the media back in the day.
  • Steve Martin, one of my favorites, gave a surprise stand-up routine. His first joke was along the lines of (and read it with his voice and pauses), "I was was in the bathroom before I came out here, and I must say I'm a little angry.  I saw a sign that said, 'Employees must wash hands'. I want to tell you, I could not find one employee to wash my hands!" 
  • There are so many commercials and billboards about varicose veins. Why should you care? If you are alive and healthy, the last thing you need to worry about is how your legs look.
  • Weirdest thing I saw yesterday: Someone riding a horse on the shoulder of highway 380 just outside of Bridgeport.







80 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't have to have a fishing license for private water. You have to have "government approval" as you call it to drive on a public road with your drivers license, what's the difference?

Anonymous said...

A license on private lakes or ponds is not required.

Anonymous said...

Vote for Brandon Davis!

Anonymous said...

My husband went fishing yesterday-- caught 7! Why wait until April? And NO, you don't need a license to fish on your own land.

Anonymous said...

Upon careful inspection, the RTGs don't appear to have varicose veins...

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one...

Anonymous said...

My favorite line out of the movie also. I'll get choked up when I try to recite the line when I'm describing the scene to someone.

If you're standing on your property, but fishing out of a public lake, you need a license. Private pond/tank/etc.--no.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I know you grew up in Wise County; but, perhaps you have been away too much. There are many, many people in WC who have a heart of gold. Don't let the few bad apples spoil your spirit...just pass it on to others. People like him are special messengers God sends to us to remind us of how blessed we are and to not lose hope.

wordkyle said...

Wouldn't it be interesting if neither Trump nor Hillary were the final candidates? Trump could drop out because he lost interest/made his point, and Hillary out because the piper finally demanded to be paid.

Janneba said...

You need to get out more people ride horses all over Wise and Montague counties on the side of the road.LOL

Anonymous said...

mescins ride up and down highway

Anonymous said...

Vote for Pedro!

Anonymous said...

Do you get on a kayak or do you get in a kayak? Just curious

Anonymous said...

That is Rattlesnake island there near Runaway Bay....right?

Anonymous said...


This may happen: Cruz and Hillary wins their party's nominations and then Cruz is disqualified by the Supreme Court and Hillary is indited for using her personal computer for top secret government information. Does that mean we can keep Obama in office? By the way wordkyle, under common law, no way is Cruz a natural born citizen. The Supreme Court has said on several occasions that definitions of words and phrases used in the Constitution are based on common law.

wordkyle said...

936 - I assume your opinion is based on Vattel, and his Laws of Nations. Are you that same guy? The expert?

Anonymous said...

You sir, are no Atticus Finch. Not even close!

Anonymous said...

9:36

If Cruz is not eligible, then Obama was not either. Ok for your side but not ours?

Triple Fake... said...

going to Aledo on Friday, I saw two people on horseback. Think it was on Hwy 51.
I think it's weird that you categorize it as weird. Somebody riding a camel? THAT would be weird!

Were the instructions for the kayak or the paddle? JK!
Instructions: Sit here, face this direction, keep this side up

Anonymous said...

Lawyers always reference fictional character Atticus Finch when they want to cite an example of a good lawyer. Aren't there any real life good honest lawyers they can mention? No there are not any at all. Nada. Zilch. None whatsoever. Forever and ever. Amen and amen.

Anonymous said...

I forgot that you have to have a fishing license to, uh, fish in a public lake. Think about that. You have to have government approval to fish? And a legal question I don't know the answer to off the top of my head: Does that apply to fishing off of your own private property?


I thought you LIBS liked all that governmental control and regulations.

Anonymous said...

Weirdest thing I saw yesterday: Someone riding a horse on the shoulder of highway 380 just outside of Bridgeport.


Don't understand why that is weird.

Anonymous said...



Wordkyle, you might want to take a look at the works of law school professor Mary Brigid McManamom. I am no expert but I do take the advise of experts. The last 10 pages of McManamom's paper are devoted to a listing of children of English subjects that were naturalized (not made natural born citizens) by Parliament. Mcanamom also points out that the U.S. Supreme Court stated that U.S. common law and English common law were the same. I will not further quote her work. Go read it.

Anonymous said...

Varicose vein treatment can be purely for cosmetic reasons, but is often to improve blood flow and prevent the formation of clots in the blown out vein. If you ever saw a picture of me in shorts. you know why I have knowledge regarding this health issue. Ugly legs.

DF Clint Eastwood
DF make my day

Anonymous said...

Someone riding a horse on the side of the road in Wise County? What is weird about that? I see it all the time.

Anonymous said...

"Vote for Brandon Davis!"

Who keeps posting that? Brandon Davis? God?

Mrs. LL said...

9:36am,
It wasn't Rattlesnake Island - it was a different one with the nickname Gilligan's Island. It is on the right when you first start to cross the bridge going west.

Anonymous said...

Depends if it's a sit in or sit on top.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of bathroom, wondering if with the gender reassignment if Bruce as Caitlin can use this: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-open-air-urinal-san-francisco-20160128-story.html ?

Anonymous said...

9:36, your an idiot! That is all...

Anonymous said...

9:36 maybe if Cruz came up with Birth certificate from a hospital that didn't exist at the time of his birth it would be fine, right? Do you really think he hasn't verified his eligibility before spending millions of dollars on his campaign? I know it's a liberal wet dream but it's not going to work so give it up.

Anonymous said...

@9:35....it depends.

There are sit in kayaks and sit on top kayaks. Difference is how low in the seat you are.

Anonymous said...

You need instructions on how to ride a kayak? really?

Anonymous said...

That author friend of Truman Capote also wrote something about calling a watchman in which the urban girl character does not know about "the birds and bees"! That is more weird than someone riding a horse!

Anonymous said...

Instructions: Sit here, face this direction, keep this side up

It's thoughter than you hard it was.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Mrs. LL immediately got on the kayak and, get this, she didn't even read the instructions first.

Nasreen Iqbal said...

Didn't we just pass a Constitutional Amendment stating we have a constitutional right to hunt and fish?

Maybe someone should now go back and challenge the license requirement.

Anonymous said...

"Do you get on a kayak or do you get in a kayak? Just curious."

It depends. Do you have instructions or onstructions?

Anonymous said...

You need a license to fish from your own land in a public lake or waterway --

If you don't own the water, they're not your fish.

wordkyle said...

1016 - McManamon, and you, may indeed be correct. On the other hand, Jonathan Adler, Neal Katyal, and Paul Clement may be correct in their opinions that under U.S. law, the fact that Cruz was born to a U.S. citizen mother makes him a citizen from birth. In other words, a “natural born citizen.”

I will say that McManamon kind of ignores the text of the Naturalization Act of 1790: "And the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond Sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens." Since many of the Framers were in the First Congress that passed that act, their intention was pretty unambiguous, was it not?

So you might be right, if those other opinions and sources don't count.

Anonymous said...

In addition to private lakes, you also do not need a license to fish, from the bank or dock, in any Texas state park.

Anonymous said...

"I forgot that you have to have a fishing license to, uh, fish in a public lake. Think about that. You have to have government approval to fish? And a legal question I don't know the answer to off the top of my head: Does that apply to fishing off of your own private property? "

No and you OFTEN don't need a license to fish in a municipal lake and oddly, DO NOT need one for a STATE PARK after entrance fees are paid.

Your mind is blown. I'll let all that sink in.

King Luther Martin Jr Jr said...

Compare and contrast the sreiousness of Atticus Finch with Richard Pryor's parody...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE1f4awlxVc

Anonymous said...

12:14

"I will say that McManamon kind of ignores the text of the Naturalization Act of 1790: "And the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond Sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens."

The Naturalization Act of 1795, which superseded the N.A. of 1790, does not use the words "natural born", they were removed, and have not been reintroduced in N.A.s since.

Bear said...

11:57

The State of Texas owns all of the surface water in the state. Even if it is on your land, the state still owns it.

Anonymous said...

Dang the blood bath @ Devon is still going on!! Let a lot of good people go. Hope KH and her crew are able to sleep tonight. It looks like a lot of politics and good ole suck up is better that sleeping with your boss now days. SH enjoy your time BH,MR,BH and the rest have a good day you will be next

Garry Solmonson said...

The state of Texas also own all the deer, so even if you have them on Your land, the get to regulate your harvesting of them.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, Congress cannot change the Constitution by passing laws. The natural born citizen clause, with the common law meaning at the time of the framing of the Constitution, stands unless amended. A Naturalization Act is not an amendment and in no way changes the Constitution.

wordkyle said...

125 - You are correct (I guess, I haven't checked so I'll take your word for it.) Nonetheless, wording of the earlier act seems to pretty much reflect the Framers' intent. Is there any phrase anywhere in the founding documents which says as clearly that such a child is not a "natural born citizen?"

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:38:

Did they get Hamilton? He is the AH that REALLY needs to go!

Anonymous said...

It Must be God.. No one else will vote for a guy that picks on an old man in an electric scooter...

Anonymous said...

1:38

Am I the first BH or the second BH?

Double Fake Confused BH

wordkyle said...

212 - "...with the common law meaning at the time of the framing of the Constitution" That's precisely what I referred to earlier. It's the most reasonable assumption to believe the language of the 1790 act reflected the meaning of the framers, since many of those framers were in that First Congress. Your argument would indicate that they meant one thing in 1789 and something else in 1790.

Anonymous said...

2:25

Don't ask me to prove a negative. This is one of the techniques you employee when you get shown up, and one of the major reasons I believe you to be a complete fraud.

From the N. A. of 1795, last section:

"SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Act intituled, “An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization,” passed the twenty-sixth day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety, be, and the same is hereby repealed."

Repealed - 1. To revoke or rescind, especially by the action of a legislature.
2. Obsolete To summon back or recall, especially from exile.

That means, what was in the N.A. of 1790 is no longer law or relevant to the courts.

http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2009/05/natural-born-citizen-through-eyes-of.html

http://www.indiana.edu/~kdhist/H105-documents-web/week08/naturalization1790.html

Anonymous said...

Looks like that loser Brandon Davis has either deleted his FB accounts, or they have been made private. Even his "Brandon Davis for sherriff" is gone. HAAAA HAAAA HA HA HA!!!

Anonymous said...

Well Hopefully Brandon leave with his tail tucked between his legs...His good at that.. Looser!!!!

wordkyle said...

319 - okay

But all of that doesn't address the language, which was your earlier point. "the common law meaning at the time" you said. The very next year after the Constitution was created, they put their meaning into very clear words.

I'm sorry you think I'm asking something exceptional from you. It's just that the words exist which expressly disagree with your point. I asked if you have any comparable citations which prove your point. Is that a technique?

Anonymous said...

1:38 PM

Lemme guess, you didnt make the cut...? Bet you're wishin' you did a little more politicin' right about now, aintcha?

Anonymous said...

Rhome CC agenda for Tuesday night has Executive Session under 551.071 and 551.074 (closed meeting) with subject: Police Chief. Assume that's to review suspension and the recent Burger Hut rants of Brandon Davis. Don't know if Davis himself will attend executive; but it's high time his wife, Councilwoman Davis does the right thing and recuses herself from participating (I.e. Being in the room) in any executive session discussion of any type that pertains to her husband's performance, salary, contracts, or even his department. That's the honest thing to do to insure that 1) Mr Davis doesn't receive an advantage that other employees would not receive; because no other employee by the open meetings act can have a relative in executive session when their performance or department is reviewed 2) Sanctity of closed meeting discussion is preserved - unrealistic to think Mr and Mrs Davis will not discuss what's said and who said it. Yes, I know she does not have to recuse herself from the discussion only a vote; but it's the right thing to do and it protests both sides. Rhome CC members need to think long and hard how they handle this latest issue. The behavior is escalating and moving from one-on-one to public venues with multiple witnesses. If any other employee had half the past and present complaints Davis does Wilson and Moore would have personally escorted them off the job and out of town. At the rate this is going someone is going to get seriously hurt or worse. Don't let this end up to the a 20/20 segment where everyone says they say the signs but no one did anything proactively to stop it.

Anonymous said...

Did they get GH?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about McClintock or Karl Klement, but my expert opinion says Cruz will get a pass after much legal wrangling simply because Obama.

Anonymous said...

1:38 tell us more!

Anonymous said...

That old guy that the chief cussed should show up at the next council meeting on his scooter and peel out on the carpet with a huge Akin for sheriff sign on the back.

Anonymous said...

Do you really expect him to be fired? Council members associate with him and have donated to his sheriff campaign. This is not good.

Anonymous said...

Not related to today's Random Thoughts but just wanted to pass along an article on one of your favorite topics - tweeting judges

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/02/22/some-judges-using-social-media-badly/?mod=WSJBlog

Anonymous said...

Those 2 sold out their voters. They won't be back and won't bother running. It is sad when you no longer support the hometown families. They are putting the police bully over their lifelong family friends. The new Rhome is here.

Anonymous said...

#Giantbutgerbreakfastcustomerslivesmatter

Anonymous said...

403 it is too late. I expect to see some bad "accident" happen to the old timer and friends that gave statements against him.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle: The 1790 Congress expanded on what was provided in common law to include children born beyond the seas of parents who were citizens. That is written law passed by Congress and not common law. If you have not read in its entirety "The Natural Born Citzen Clause as Originally Understood" by McManamon and only read a two page review of it then please do so and at the conclusion of the paper take a look at the list of children that were naturalized and the standings of their parents as citizens. McManamon will also point you to where the Supreme Court said that English common law was the same as U.S. common law.

I really respect your views on all matters and would like to see what you have to say about McManamon's research paper.

Anonymous said...

3:51

Apparently you can't read or have lost your ability to comprehend. I made no statement regarding "the common law meaning at the time". I'm guessing you have me confused with one of the voices in your head(In your head...In your head....In your heeeeeeeeeeeeead(The Cranberries).

The Naturalization Act of 1790 was repealed(IE, disemboweled, destroyed, obliterated, erased) by the Naturalization Act of 1795. That means, the language does not matter, no matter(no pun intended) how much you want it to, it is no longer law, an act or an executive order(one of your favorites).

The reason folks are looking at the Naturalization Act of 1790 is to get a definition of "natural born". There are no other references that can be found.

Since "natural born" is not defined by law, any cases submitted to the court as has been done in Illinois and New York, are viable, material, and should be heard.

Do you agree or disagree?



Anonymous said...

4:03 why should councilwoman Davis recuse herself? Councilman Lewis Godfrey did not recuse himself when talking about admin in closed session, (his wife being admin) and he even voted to give department heads a raise....ie: his wife.....at least councilwoman has always recused her self from voting on anything that pertained to Chief Davis' pay. talk about people wanting things both ways, or double standard. and councilwoman Davis did recuse herself from closed session when it had to do with the chief.
Him being chief should not keep her from voting on anything for the department as a whole as long as it does not benefit her financially.
After all Mayor Pittman has always voted on things for the fire department her term and half and she was an officer in the fire dept. more double standards...and she even voted for incentive pay for the firemen.....pot calling the kettle black...

Anonymous said...

Rhome PD officers show up and request the security tapes.. I sure hope Big Z kept a copy of it.. The one the officers took will probably disappear. Brandon is a NUT JOB.. A loaded gun just waiting to go off and someone is going to get hurt..

wordkyle said...

854 - When you work anonymously, expect to be confused with other anons. (See 212). You are arguing legal/legislative, while your twin is arguing language. And people ask why I post so much. You actually said kind of what I've tried to say: "The reason folks are looking at the Naturalization Act of 1790 is to get a definition of "natural born". There are no other references that can be found." So thanks, I guess.

550 - "The 1790 Congress expanded on what was provided in common law" - That opinion only works if someone accepts your point of view. Rather than an expansion, might that phrase not have been a clarification? My observations on McManamon were based on her column on the subject in the Washington Post. However, upon your advice I read (most of) the 43-page paper.

On pages 17-18 she expends a lot of verbiage on the pertinent-in-1790 argument that while foreigners should be able to own property, they should not be able to enter government. That evoked the discussion of citizenship, bringing up the clarification that children born of American parentage in another country were still considered "natural born citizens." And, by virtue of such, were eligible to hold government office.

Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about McManamon's opinion. You might, in turn, read Katyal's and Clements's article in the Harvard Law Review. They are just as, if not more credible than McManamon, and their conclusion is summed up in a very sensible idea: The phrase “natural born Citizen” has a specific meaning: namely, someone who was a U.S. citizen at birth with no need to go through a naturalization proceeding at some later time."

Lisa Wilson said...

5:07 My right to donate to whomever I wish right ? That is the American WAY RIGHT ? Nothing sneaky just what I wanted to do. How many Rhome Forward (so called social club) members have contributed to Lane Akin or others. A lot of signs in their yards. Free country, we are a democracy that is what makes USA so great

Anonymous said...

That is the problem with Rhome. It's too family owned and operated. The money still goes back to their home. Two wrongs don't make a right. Nepotism is making your town look very bad.

Robert Mahaffey said...

So glad we moved from that HELL HOLE in Rhome. What the heck was I thinking taking my wife back to that God forsaken place???

Anonymous said...

Well said 1208.

Anonymous said...

Rhome is a great place to live if you have no ambition in life but to live with your parents until you go to the nursing home.

Lisa Ann Wilson said...

Sticks and stones you have no idea 4:00 pm facts are obviously missing from your so called judgemental life as you yourself must be so perfect you might want to check your own closet you might just find a skeleton or reasons to why this is have a wonderful blessed evening keep bashing you must be so perfectly unflawed as to pass judgement

Anonymous said...

I saw two gentlemen riding in the median of 380 right outside the chicken express in Bport. What's so strange?