The Campaign For DA

2.25.2016

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • This struck me as odd: A Dallas Uptown organization is paying Dallas police for extra patrol. Huh? I understand an off duty cop being hired by a single bar for security but an organization is paying for just general patrol on the street? Isn't that the job of the police in general?
  • There are Crime Stopper meetings in Wise County where you can learn the balance of the Crime Stoppers account? (That's based on a comment yesterday.) And a question: Is Crime Stoppers a private or public organization? And who is in charge of that account in Wise County?
  • Weird story: A Rangers pitcher sued Victoria's Secret for not getting what he paid for in his VIP package at a convention.  He had paid nearly $70,000. 
  • How in the world is reporter Erin Andrews going to claim damages in her lawsuit against a hotel for lack of security after a guy filmed her nude through the peep hole? It's the greatest thing that ever happened to her career and made her even more famous. Then again, as a defense lawyer for the hotel in that case, that's a dicey argument to make. 
  • "When Justice Antonin Scalia died 11 days ago at a West Texas ranch, he was among high-ranking members of an exclusive fraternity for hunters called the International Order of St. Hubertus, an Austrian society that dates back to the 1600s . . . . Members of the worldwide, male-only society wear dark green robes emblazoned with a large cross . . . . " Conspiracy!!!!!
  • I would like to announce that I wish to form the International Order of Liberally Leaners where we all fish for crappie while we wear bright robes with the image of Speedo Man on the back. And women, you will not be excluded.  #PossibleCampaignSlogan? #ButTooHardToPutOnBumperSticker #DangIt
  • Is everyone on here an English teacher? Good lord. I get kicked in the crotch before 9:00 a.m. every morning. I'll say it for the millionth time: I bang this thing out at rapid speed every morning writing about anything that caught my attention or anything that happened in my life. I then hit "Publish" and get to work for my actual real job. I'm not submitting these things for a Pulitzer Prize.
  • I had a blog post below about a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge who (with judges who joined) started his opinion with a quote from The Wire. That crazy Justice Willett is causing all of them to start doing bits.
  • Wanna feel old?: Ferris Bueller's Day Off came out 30 years ago this week. And when Ferris sang Shake It Up Baby, the song was "only" 23 years old at time.
  • WFAA is reporting that Trump is now tied with Cruz for the Texas vote. This is insane. 
  • A guy once told me that once the kid in your house gets a driver's license you will initially be scared to death. Then you will realize that you life has become so much easier because she will become the taxi for the younger one. True that. 
  • I dropped the 7th Grader In The House off at school for indoor softball practice yesterday at 5:50 a.m. (The taxi doesn't work that early apparently.) If allergies don't kill me, that routine might.
  • I've had Matchbox 20's These Hard Times stuck in my head for the last three days, and I can't think of a reason why. 
  • There is nothing funnier than seeing the First Dog In The House go up to the 22 Pound Fat Cat and look at her inquisitively only to see the Fat Cat, with no fear, haul off and slap her upside the head.
  • Snake Eyes is an underrated movie. My favorite scene is when Nicolas Cage mockingly and sarcastically holds up his hands and (I'm paraphrasing) says, "Shut the whole place down! It's a crime scene!" I do that from time to time when Mrs. LL gets on to me. One of these days it might turn into a crime scene when she kills me for doing that bit.




50 comments:

Anonymous said...

The uptown Dallas organization hiring a cop is not a new thing. There is a high class neighborhood in Fort Worth who hires off duty cops to patrol most nights from 10pm to 4am. Yes, the general duties for cops is to patrol neighborhoods, but if you've got money to throw around, why not pay to have a cop in a patrol car assigned to only your neighborhood?

Anonymous said...

barry those people that harp on you for you're (lol) spellin are nuttin but little pricks. they are the ones who had no friends in school. they are miserable little lonely turds.
prolly libturds to.

df: mr. BHS

Anonymous said...

Shake it up baby was not the song............it was Twist and Shout. Get it right.

Anonymous said...

Like I said before, The Wire was overrated!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you and your wife are a lot like the first pup and the 22lb cat.

Baylor Too said...

Trump should have a YUGE advantage in Texas because of the open primary. Registered voters who might not vote in a primary can show up and cast a ballot for the Donald.

Compare that to outsider Bernie Sanders' structural disadvantage in Colorado, for instance, where voters had to register as Democrats by January 4 in order to caucus for Bernie on March 1. Hillary is going to win that contest.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of hunters….
Yet another fine example of the moon bat legacy is bestowed upon us lesser mortals.
Can't make this s..! up.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3459780/Zimbabwe-wildlife-reserve-threatens-cull-200-lions-control-population-explosion-hunters-scared-outcry-Cecil-s-killing-U-S-dentist.html

Not Sam...

Anonymous said...

And so the macho alpha dogs of the Order of St. Hubertus allowed Obama to send someone in to their high tone fortress and put the kibosh on Justice Scalia while he was in his room... well then again Obama had that done to Osama Bin Laden. Part of Jade Helm?

Guinjames said...

Put me down as interested in joining the I.O. of L.L.

Anonymous said...

I've had Matchbox 20's These Hard Times stuck in my head for the last three days, and I can't think of a reason why.


Is it the song that never ends? Does it go on and on my friend?

Rage

Anonymous said...

#SpeedoManFishers - I'm on board!

Anonymous said...

Order of Liberally Leaners

Bumper sticker: Leaning left while hanging right.

Anonymous said...

The bikini top on the gal on left looks like eyes from a cat or some other animal..

Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney complaining about Trump not releasing tax statements has to rank up there! I can't stand Trump but anyone who humbles sleezeball Cruz can't be all bad. Dear God let Cruz move back to Canada and become a Methodist......sorry Methodist but right now he claims to be Baptist.


Anonymous said...

they are paying to have cops assigned to that specific area for a specific purpose. we call them special assignments. during that event those officers respond only to calls related to that event. if a report call is dispatched a block down the road then a beat unit takes that call - not the special assignment unit.

if they don't pay for special units then the beat cops would respond as they are dispatched. then you could have a situation where all the beat cops are a few blocks away taking report calls when a stronger police presence would prevent illegal activity at this event.

you may also have a situation where the agency has exceeded the limit of overtime or the officers are not allowed by policy to work on-duty jobs for that many hours (but they can work off-duty jobs if they wish). so it is hard to tell why the need for the paid off-duty.

man you really hate the police don't you?

Anonymous said...

Just like republican voted in the 2008 democratic primary for Hillary, democrats will vote in the Republican primary for Donald Trump! Trump or Clinton, I'm staying home in Nov!

Anonymous said...

"Is everyone on here an English teacher? Good lord. I get kicked in the crotch before 9:00 a.m. every morning"

I'm just happy when you stay away from math.

Anonymous said...

9:11 for the bumper sticker win......so far

Anonymous said...

8:50 for the win!! Funniest thing all week. Spit coffee all over the keyboard. Except Mrs. LL might take exception to being called the Fat Cat!

Anonymous said...

Barry, we are sorry. It is either proof read and mark up your blogs each day OR send embarrassing photos to hot 17 year old hunks in our English classes. The first activity keeps us out of trouble and employed.

DF 40 Year Old English Teachers on our Third Marriage & Bored

Anonymous said...

Man, that could have been me! Dang you, Cruz!

DF David Dewhurst

Triple Fake... said...

"It's the greatest thing that ever happened to her career and made her even more famous."
I poke fun at you on a regular basis (sometimes before 9:00am, sometimes after) and it's generally free of malice, but this may be the stupidest, most insensitive statement you have ever made on this blog! It's not a Kardashian we're talking about here.
Would it be okay if somebody did this to you? It would provide tons of free publicity for your career and campaign. As DA, how would you handle this case? "Hey, you're famous now! What's the problem?"
With a house full of females, I would expect you to catch hell over that comment

Anonymous said...

$70K to go to a Victoria's Secret Fashion show? Gosh, you can walk into the VS Northeast Mall store any day for free, sit down & watch. Or come with me to my "clubs" and enjoy much the same for a few George Washingtons.

DF Jerry Jones
DF Do You Have Bottle Service?

Anonymous said...

In Dallas, the DPD "Extended Neighborhood Patrol" is a huge business. Most more-affluent (ungated) neighborhoods pay for off-duty cops to patrol in DPD patrol vehicles. I pay about $300/year as my share of the fees for a patrol we share with two other neighborhoods -- we get about 80 hours/week of actual patrol time (on a non-published, changing schedule -- only our ENP coordinator knows when they'll be patrolling each week).

As part of being paying members (it's not required; many in our neighborhood are deadbeats who have chosen not to participate), we can call the officer on a dedicated cell phone at any time (leaving a message if there's not one working at the moment), have them watch the house when we're on vacation; and generally get a lot more personal service. I had one incident when a city vehicle damaged my property -- they're required to get a police report or won't pay a claim. DPD said they'd be there in 2-3 hours. I called my ENP officer, he was there in 90 seconds, and had it all taken care of 10 minutes later.

DPD patrols the high-crime areas. If you want patrols in an affluent low-crime area, you pay for for them to do it on their off-duty hours. Not the hypothetical ideal, but I'm glad to have the relatively-cheap option.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of conspiracies, how can the criminal Hillary Clinton be considered a lock in the presidential election at such an early date? Barry, you love to talk about the other candidates yet you have nothing to say about Hillary or her murderous reputation. How can it be that Vegas oddsmakers have her winning the 2016 election? Do you ever consider conspiracy?

Anonymous said...

As several others have said, it's pretty common for neighborhood associations to hire off-duty cops for night security.

I love that so many details of Scalia's death make it seem like the whole ordeal was tailor made for a truther movement: he died at a meeting of a super secret upper echelon society, he was found with a pillow over his face, the cause of death was determined by someone that never saw the body, his body was cremated despite the fact that he was a devout Catholic. I'm sure there's more. And there's the convenient counter argument that will be so easy for the truthers to ignore: the man was noted for eating calzones and fettuccini by the truck load and probably had blood with the consistency of marinara. It's too simple to think he just died because his heart exploded.

And the song is called Twist and Shout, not Shake It Up Baby.

Anonymous said...


http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/its-official-idiocracy-writer-says-his-satire-about-a-dumber-america-has-become-a-reality/

DF English teacher said...

Is everyone on here an English teacher?

Banging this thing out at rapid speed equals misspells. Has nothing to do with crappy grammar. Nice try at an excuse, but no cigar.

whisky O said...

I don't understand how anyone could vote for Joe Pesci, umh Donald Trump.

Anonymous said...

Call the WCSO, ask for the Crime Stoppers Deputy. They will be able to tell you when the meetings are. Monthly, like first Tuesday or something like that IIRC. They are a non-profit org.

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with using a Lyft or a Uber. There is always a drvier around to pick you up. AK

Anonymous said...

"Is everyone on here an English teacher? Good lord. I get kicked in the crotch before 9:00 a.m. every morning."

Ha ha ha!! That made my day before 11:00am! Thank you, sir!

Anonymous said...

"It's the greatest thing that ever happened to her career and made her even more famous."
I poke fun at you on a regular basis (sometimes before 9:00am, sometimes after) and it's generally free of malice, but this may be the stupidest, most insensitive statement you have ever made on this blog! It's not a Kardashian we're talking about here.
Would it be okay if somebody did this to you? It would provide tons of free publicity for your career and campaign. As DA, how would you handle this case? "Hey, you're famous now! What's the problem?"
With a house full of females, I would expect you to catch hell over that comment!

What he said!!!

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

"I bang this thing out at rapid speed every morning..."

But not as fast as we did when we were younger.

- All men in 40s and older

Anonymous said...

Honcho for the win!

Anonymous said...

I'm not Bernie Sanders, but if there's ever been a clear example of the impact of income inequality, it's the discussion of cops-for-hire today. Hey, some people are going to be more wealthy than others, that's how the world works. But there's a significant portion of our country that thinks there are no consequences to that fact. Today's discussion disproves that.

Anonymous said...

"It's the greatest thing that ever happened to her career and made her even more famous."

Interpretation: "Suck it up, Erin. Look at all the great things that have happened to you as a result of being videotaped naked, without your consent, in a place where you had a reasonable expectation of privacy." --- Barry Green, Esq., Candidate for Wise County DA

I think I understand your point regarding "damages." But good grief. It doesn't sound good.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Mike Honcho retains the Liberally Lean Champion Blog Commenter Belt once again. Great observation, sir!

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Skippy doesn't say anything about the crook Hitlary Clinton because he knows he could end up committing suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head 3 times like her best friend Vince Foster.

Anonymous said...

I ain't as fast as I once was, but I'm as fast once, as I ever was?

Rage

Anonymous said...

What I used to do all night, now takes me all night.

Anonymous said...

Hey now 9:38 don't want to wind up on Barry's blog as a "AND ANOTHER GIRL"
Nice one 8:50
Might be a lot of voters joining 9:26 at home come November

If Cruz becomes a Methodist I'll have to become a Baptist and move to Canada

Anonymous said...

Count me in the IOLL!!

And, maybe it made her more famous, but I am all for suing the hotel and the dirtbag himself for invasion of privacy. A couple of years in jail isn't good enough for that stalker.

Good thing that wasn't my daughter...

Anonymous said...

I once paid 7,000,000 pennies for a VIP package.

DF Decatur Penny Mom

Anonymous said...

With that many pennies you could purchase every VIP package out there and have enough leftover actually uncover Victoria's Secret!

DF Bad at Math Lottery Guy

Anonymous said...

In comment to the paying for more police patrol, I live in an apartment complex in the city of Dallas and there is a monthly fee residents pay as a line item that is for increased patrols. Given there was a armed car jacking here two weeks ago seems like money well spent, but yeah it exist.

Anonymous said...

Ferris Bueller's day Off? most overrated movie ever!

Anonymous said...

3:35 those voters that stay home are idiots including you. That also means no bitching and moaning when the country circles down the toilet because they didn't get their candidate of choice. Grow up and be Americans.. I will now climb down off my soap box.

Anonymous said...

BG, you're a sexist jerk. How about some guy illegally taping your wife nude, then spreading it all over the internet. It'll make her famous! Wouldn't you be proud? Still don't understand? How about your under-age step-daughter? It'll make her famous! You don't get to decide whether or not it was devastating to her.

Anonymous said...

"A Dallas Uptown organization is paying Dallas police for extra patrol. Huh? I understand an off duty cop being hired by a single bar for security but an organization is paying for just general patrol on the street? Isn't that the job of the police in general?"

You kinda want it both ways, right, Barry?
You feel that there are too many police, but then you feel like the cops ought to put more on patrol? This organization is paying overtime rates for officers to put in extra patrols, off-duty, in uniform. It's not uncommon. It might be unnecessary. It's their money. If they choose to spend it saturating their neighborhood with patrols, that's their business.