The Campaign For DA

3.08.2016

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Well, I've been up all night in the Liberally Lean Mega Storm Super Center Laboratory studying charts, radars and data that most of you wouldn't understand. I predict more flooding in Bridgeport. I predict more flooding in Paradise. And (drum roll, please) I also predict Lake Bridgeport flooding which will cause the Runaway Bay bridge over the lake to go under water. 
  • I ate at Rudy's BBQ for the first time. It was good, and I'm a huge fan of the table side BBQ sauce. The only downside was that I had to listen to some bro-country music.
  • Dear Boyd PD: That L3 Communications video recording software. "Flashback" they sold you is the biggest piece of junk I've seen in all my years of reviewing police videos.
  • My head exploded when I learned that the verdict in the Erin "You Saw Me Naked!" Andrews case was $55 million. Idiocracy continues to arrive. There are two issues here. First, is the hotel liable at all? No! They simply granted a request of a guy for a specific room. The second is the amount of damages. That is, how harmed was she? If you are a young neurosurgeon who was paralyzed and will also be in constant pain due to someone who was grossly negligent, that might be fair. But for that amount of money to be awarded to someone who was (possibly) humiliated is a joke. Who out there wouldn't take "only" $1 million to be videotaped naked without theirconsent? And I will concede that I'm in the minority on issue number two. Mrs. LL thinks I'm out of my mind. 
  • But here is the question of the day: What is your price if someone videoed you naked without your consent? Mine is around $50. I'd go down to $25 if I was caught flexing my muscles and sucking in my gut. 
  • There were two lightning strikes near Decatur yesterday around 11:45 which were about as loud as I have ever heard.
  • Paradise received almost 4" of rain yesterday? That's insane and was not predicted. 
  • Shout out to the one reader who is a Dennis Prager fan: Yesterday he said, (1) Fracking was wonderful and pointed out that its "founder" had died in a car accident and then said "rest in peace"  -- he declined to mention the guy had been indicted the day before and probably committed suicide. (2) Later he actually asked if Iraq  is considered to be in the Middle East. (I'm not making that up.)  (3) And earlier he pronounced Mark Cuban's name as "KEWbawn".   And I get all this by listening to him about 30 minutes every month.
  • 60 Minutes had a segment last week where they interviewed Texas death row inmates. I'll say it for the millionth time: In 50 years the public will look back in horror that the government was allowed to kill people.
  • Fox 4 fill-in traffic guy Todd Carruth is a faithful reader. Mrs. LL saw him this morning and thought he looked like Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element. She even created a side by side photo.
  • I always forget the name of the tree that blooms white every March. This year, unlike the past, has been beyond beautiful.
  • I had a fantastic conversation yesterday with one of Fort Worth's most prominent and nicest lawyer there is. He told me things relevant to Wise County that even I didn't know.
  • There is a bird that chirps outside every morning and it sounds exactly like "skeet skeet (pause) skeet skeet" which then causes me to have Get Low stuck in my head.







52 comments:

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Left
4.8 out of 5
She is HOT HOT!!!

Right
2.5 out of 5
meh


GJ BG!!

wordkyle said...

I agree that the Andrews award seems excessive, but so are many of those things. I completely disagree with your "everyone has a price" philosophy. You assign your own low price to everyone else.

Anonymous said...

What Boyd PD bought junk. With that glorious and outstanding city leader they have that's shocking He does no wrong in his eyes Next B Davis in the making

Anonymous said...

I believe you're referring to the Bradford pear.

Anonymous said...

50 years from now the public will look back in horror that people like Barry Green killed and consumed animals. The opinions of dead, white, male, leftist carnivorous will be dismissed with the opinions of dead, white, male slave owners.

Anonymous said...

You're dead wrong on the video issue. I don't think the hotel is liable, but she should get paid for the video. That level of intrusion is not acceptable simply because she's hot and makes money. What if it was the junior in the house?

Bradford pear?

Rage

Anonymous said...

Mrs. LL thinks I'm out of my mind.

I suspect that by now she knows it for a metaphysical certainty.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. LL is correct.

Anonymous said...

8:54 , at least you had Rod and not Brandon.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Bridge will remain above water.
Bridgeport got 6+" yesterday.
Bradford Pear Tree
Northern Cardinal

Anonymous said...

Boyd is Rhome, but without B Davis, so that's a plus.

Anonymous said...

In 50 years the public will look back in horror that the government was allowed to kill people.

Bless your little pea-picking brain, you're probably right. And anarchy will rule. The miscreants will have long ago learned that there are no boundaries, just brief time-outs and nit-wits singing kumbaya on their behalf. Yes, it will be idiocracy.

Triple Fake... said...

Erin Andrews:
the creep who taped her is responsible for half the announced amount, so halve the total because he has no money. the hotel will appeal and the amount will probably be decreased. Standard procedure to aim high because the final amount will almost always be lower.
"What is your price if someone videoed you naked without your consent?" Your answer to this question concedes that your level of embarrassment and humiliation (which is apparently zero) disqualifies you from passing judgment on her case. I doubt that she really cares whether she sees a penny from this. She just wants them held accountable for their negligence in security and his crime. As usual though, all the legal eagles will get their cut regardless. Too many lawyers...?

Anonymous said...

Boyd PD? Oh, you mean the rednecks that have been rejected from every other agency in North Texas and bought pickup trucks for patrol vehicles.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, blog. Knife to a kid's throat because we have "too many cops" and thugs must be free.

Anonymous said...

Rudys=Great creamed corn

Paradise is up to 7.5" since yesterday am, per sand plant gauge

Anonymous said...

I ate at Rudy's BBQ for the first time. It was good


Yeah Rudy's is good and one of the better chain BBQ restaurants.

Dickey's BBQ, another chain, isn't horrible but it's not great either.

Bill Miller's, yet another chain and out of San Antonio, is a restaurant that I will never eat at again.

The best BBQ that I've ever eaten at a chain store (restaurant) is none other than H-E-B and their True Texas BBQ. There are only 5 or 6 True Texas BBQs in H-E-B stores so far. It's almost as good as what you get at your local favorite place. Mighty fine. Mighty fine.

Anonymous said...

The internet goes to TF today. Bravo!

John said...

Hilarious that he thought Aubrey McClendon invented fracking. All McClendon did was get rich off of polluting our air in the Barnett Shale and the air and water in Pennsylvania. George Mitchell is considered the "Father of Fracking" b/c of his role in fracking shales, the most recent type, e.g. Barnett, Marcellus, Eagle Ford...

Anonymous said...

You must have more than one Prager fan, since I'm one, too. You LISTEN to him about 30 minutes a month? You mean, we can CALL and harass you, too? We don't have to type it and wait for approval?
All that being said, giving McLendon credit for 'inventing fracing' is akin to saying Gore created the internet.

re: Ft. Worth's most prominent and nicest lawyers conversation: What, pray tell, does he know that we must all need to know? Don't keep us in the dark!

Anonymous said...

Anyone that thinks she should be paid 55 million for that is a moron.

Anonymous said...

Dogwood Tree

AK

Anonymous said...

Redbud Tree.

And Jim Lane is the lawyer you talked with.

Or maybe it was Jack Strickland who lost the Cullen Davis murder for hire trial and then blamed Tarrant County juries. The Cullen Davis - Judge Joe Eidson murder for hire trial was in Fort Worth.

Anonymous said...

Yes, $55M is probably excessive - but as noted by a smart reader above, it will be reduced. But your question trying to compare what we would take is invalid. None of us (with the exception of Todd Carruth) is famous, and thus we each have much less to lose than Erin Andrews. Further, I'm guessing she makes much more money than 99% of your readers, so $1M to us has much more impact than $55M (or whatever it's reduced to) is to her.

Also, I feel like you're trolling us, because I'm pretty sure you understand that punitive damages are used as a general deterrent. Essentially, this judgment tells the hospitality industry "Hey, if you have a guest come in who asks for a room next door to a hot celebrity, you probably shouldn't honor that request." Which should be a no-brainer, but apparently it's not...

Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney = Warren Jeffs

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to know which candidate for President Wordy is hoping will win. Please please please tell us!

Leddy Foster said...

Barry, you have to have the smoked tenderloin at Rudy's. It's Friday and Saturday only until they are out. Pepper crusted, smoked to a medium rare. Fantastic... And breakfast there is the best... Great sauce.

Anonymous said...

How can you say the hotel wasn't liable? An EMPLOYEE (remember respondeat superior) granted the creep's specific request to put him in a room next to hers. Reasonable people would assume the guy was up to no good and it was negligent to place him next to her.
Further, we could argue that security was so poor that he had the time to install the camera in a peephole that was not his.

Having said that, the amount awarded is ridiculous and will be knocked down.

Anonymous said...

The Cullen Davis - Judge Joe Eidson murder for hire trial was in Fort Worth.

The first CD murder for hire trial was in Houston I think and ended in a mistrial. The 2nd was in Cowtown. I remembered this and did not Google it.

Anonymous said...

I am one of the few that agree with you 100% sir. I thought it was quite amusing how she showed up in court wearing just short of a potato sack and no makeup. Please! Where are all the dancing with the stars outfits where she doesn't mind hanging it all out there for all to see? I'm not saying the guy isn't a perv and he deserves punishment for that, but 55 mil. Come on. How much have we really suffered as you say. I just find it ironic that now we have an issue with what made them famous in the first place. She might have all the reporting skills in the world, but if she weighed 250 and dressed like she did in court, she ain't getting no sideline reporting job making millions. And yes, I would take the million. Where does that line start?

Anonymous said...

I suspect, but don't know, that many of the huge-award-supporting people are the same types who voted to cap damage awards in medical malpractice suits. I don't understand why this lady deserve $55 million, but a guy who's crippled because of a botched operation is capped (at least for pain and suffering).

10:07: It's kinda hard to win a murder case when the jury is on the take. That's a statement of opinion, btw, not a statement of fact.

Baylor Too said...

Hey, Todd Caruth is my cousin on the Graham side of my family. Hey cousin!!

Anonymous said...

10:38 I think the first Davis trial was in Amarillo not Houston. Look it up. The People wanted to get as far away from Ft. Worth as possible to get a better jury. Too much publicity in Cowtown back then.

Anonymous said...

Wordy is voting for Mitt Romney

Anonymous said...

The tree you are referencing is likely a Cleveland Pear which is often misidentified as a Bradford.

They are gorgeous, cheap and easy to grow- plant a couple homie.

Anonymous said...

I think the first Davis trial was in Amarillo not Houston. Look it up

The Cullen Davis murder trial was in Amarillo. The Cullen Davis murder-for-hire trial was not. Joe Shannon lost the murder trial in Amarillo. Jack Strickland lost the murder-for-hire trial.

Sam Brows said...

11:39 is correct.

The idea that the hotel isn't liable is silly. If she was sitting in her room and he broke in, beat her to a pulp and stole her purse, that logic dictates the concept of premise liability would not have liability attach to the hotel in that instance. The fact that she was embarrassed and suffered humiliation instead of broken bones and lacerations doesn't alter the liability issue.

Anonymous said...

I have suffered at least 55 million worth on reading the comments today!

Anonymous said...

Humans will all be eating synthetic BBQ meats in 50 years.

Anonymous said...

That brisket was grown in a lab.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

RTG: I dont ususllly dig chicks with short hair because:

1) no reins to hold on to (think ponytails)
2) something homo bout it

That said... DAMN that honey with short hair is HOT.
I'll bet she can handle my 14-inch salami

Anonymous said...

Hillary Clinton will ban kayak fishing if she becomes president!

Anonymous said...

"Mrs. LL thinks I'm out of my mind."

Uh, she's not the only one...

Denney Crane said...

In 50 years the public will look back in horror that the government was allowed to kill people.

It has been killing people since established and has never stopped, whether by war, punishment or covert actions.

Anonymous said...

How about being horrified that PEOPLE kill people? How many people would be executed in Texas if nobody was ever killed by other people?

Anonymous said...

Middle East? According to Europeans, maybe. Anyone ever stop to think that people living in the "Middle East" may well not feel like they are east of anywhere? Such an anglo-centric term. It's not geographically descriptive, even...like "Northern Africa" for example; no debating that. But to use the term Middle East for an area of Western Asia is just white folks thinking they've got it all figured out and that the world spins for them. No wonder they hate us.

Anonymous said...

5:23 You may have the most extreme case of white guilt I've ever seen, and that is saying something considering the author of this blog.

I agree that "Middle East" is a bad descriptor though, just not for the reasons you cite. We should change it to Hell on Earth! Now get back to work, that macchiato isn't going to caramel itself!!!

Anonymous said...

The hotel should pay Erin Andrews 5,500,000,000 pennies. That'll show her!

DF Decatur Penny Mom

Anonymous said...

I don't know if anyone mentioned it, but it might be Bradford Pear.

DF Late to Party

Anonymous said...

I am sure the bird you are hearing is a Marsh Wren. A very tiny little bird. We have had a pair return to a bird house on our porch the past four years. They hatched two broods each year. They returned and have babies now. They are noisey little things, especially early morning. They make the skeet-skeet sound but if you see them in the trees they also have a very loud beautiful song too..much more than just skeet skeet. Look them up on line.

wordkyle said...

1135 - Your comment intrigued me, so I looked up "marsh wren" on Youtube. To me, their song sounds more like a sewing machine than a "skeet skeet (pause) skeet skeet."

Anonymous said...

That isn't even enough pennies to fix one peephole!

DF Bad at Math Lottery Guy