The Campaign For DA

3.23.2016

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts




  • Fox 4 Morning news has changed their set and format. Consultants!
  • Trump wins Arizona! The craziness continues. It's over.
  • Basically the only "civil case filings" I do are for Essential Needs License. But over the last year, it has become mandatory to do it electronically in the State of Texas. The "new" fees associated with it are outrageous. Instead of having my assistant walk across the street, file it, visit with friends in the office, I now pay a fortune.
  • All three terrorists in Brussels were brothers. And the more I look at that photo the more they look like they were shopping at Walmart.
  • Today "the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Little Sisters of the Poor’s legal challenge to the Obama administration’s so-called religious 'accommodation' to its contraceptive mandate." Let me go down a rabbit trail: Is there a more weird name for a group than "Little Sisters of the Poor"?
  • The lady who allegedly killed her two kids in Benbrook had been released from a mental hospital. Everyone did a fine job on that case. Good lord.
  • Trump and Cruz got into a Twitter fight about a nude wife and "spilling the beans". I love this campaign.
  • Some 50 year old kills another 50 something year old neighbor who was at Walmart in Kaufman because he was seeing his estranged wife. Maybe I don't understand relationships, but  my attitude would have been: "If she doesn't want me, take her."
  • Jeb Bush announced at 5:00 a.m. this morning that he was endorsing Ted Cruz. What odd timing. And, man, that endorsement of a failed candidate named Bush will change this campaign. #Sarcasm
  • I hope the new Sheriff of Wise County is making some personnel changes. I watched a WCSO traffic stop video yesterday which made me yell because of the absolute illegality of the detention. The new Sheriff is a good man. Get that place in order. 
  • And note to law enforcement: It is not your job to lecture anyone. The only possible consequence is that the situation will escalate and something horrible might happen. 
  • I started to grow my hair out, it got long, but the wind drove me crazy so I had it all cut off yesterday.  (Every hair cutter loves me because I always say, "I don't care what you do, I won't complain. Just make me look good." And then I tip her very well. She ends up giddy.)
  • The current Rhome City Council vs. Police Chief dispute (see Update) is better than an episode of The Housewives Of Wise County I've been considering developing
  • I had a funny conversation with a guy yesterday when we talked about how as kids we jacked around during church sermons only to have one of our parents wear us out after the fact. (Some of you will understand the phrase "wear us out".)
  • Funny moment yesterday when I got into a social policy debate with an elected official at the courthouse and two administrative assistance started eavesdropping and I heard one of them say, "I learn so much when they have these fights!"
  • What's up with this crazy crayon type hair color for some women?



42 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had high hopes Lane would make some major changes at the sheriffs office. However, looks like more of the same, different version. That place needs a completely new admin team. Have you seen who he made patrol lieutenant? Lol. Then we have Montague County 2.0 still in charge. High hopes and unparrellelled service lost!

Anonymous said...

Just the tip

DF Buzz

Anonymous said...

Re: 50 year old kills neighbor. As Rusty Weir says in "I Heard You Been Layin' My Old Lady", I guess I'll give Sue and those snotty nose kids to Joe!

Anonymous said...

We deserve a screaming demoness who will allow her demons to rule over the world...

Anonymous said...

Rhome Police Chief Vs City council. Actually it's the chief and council versus the mayor, citizens and every policy pertaining to inappropriate conduct that would have anyone else suspended and fired long ago. Do a search on WCM.com and over the last year alone chief has: 1) spoken on behalf of city to media where that is designated to the mayor by practice; allowed non-city employees to ride in his city vehicle violating practice and insurance; been insubordinate to the Mayor who is his boss in the media, CC meetings and in on-the-record conversation wth others; ignored direct orders to desist behaviors that were not officially delegated to him; harassed and intimidated citizens (see 80 pages and recent Burger Hut incident) and in general acted as though the mayor does not exist. Then again why should he. His head is so far up the collective you-know-what of Wilson, BeCraft, Robison and especially Moore that he knows he's protected no matter what. Wilson has never forgiven the citizens for not electing her Mayor last May. She'd do anything they don't want to stick it in their faces before she leaves office. The CC ignored a petition of 100+ citizens (slightly less than the collective votes for mayor in last year's race to appoint BeCraft to a vacancy. Why? To protect their 4 majority vote in matters involving personnel. And then the favorite. Is Wilson going to have the current city attorney fired this week? This pick - hers by the way - almost doubled the hourly rate versus Leonard. Real Smart just on economics. And this attorney knows his stuff and is not afraid to stand up to her. She can't have that, can she?

Anonymous said...

Why should a public employee have to show up for work? He's on a guaranteed salary, right? Maybe God called him on his AM/FM and told him to take a few days off.

Anonymous said...

When I was kid in school we knew who got worn out. We took showers after P.E. class and a black and blue butt was an indication of who got worn out. Today the parents would be arrested and the child put in foster care.

Triple Fake... said...

While the term "rabbit trail" may have some religious connotation associated with the story cited (your confusion is understandable this close to Easter), what you probably meant was "rabbit hole": a bizarre or difficult state or situation, usually used in the phrase down the rabbit hole. But what's really odd is what you take away from the story - the name of the religious order, which is descriptive and accurate. Their members take a vow of poverty!
Is it any stranger than
Protestant (protest?!)
Latter Day Saint (presumptuous much?)
Seventh Day Adventist (why not everyday Adventist?)


Anonymous said...

Under the 'Approved Inferior Blogs' you have Denney Crane's name spelled incorrectly.

Anonymous said...

"And note to law enforcement: It is not your job to lecture anyone."

I will get right on that.

DF New Sherrif in Town

Anonymous said...

The blind are leading the blind at the courthouse.

Anonymous said...

Rhome CC and its Police Chief: How many has he fired or reprimanded for not following policy, not following chain of command or going over his head in some way. Growing his little fifdom has cost the city dearly in $$ and negative press - with blessing and encouragement from Wilson, BeCraft, Moore and Robison. What about the lawsuits his actions and those of CC have drawn. Don't think all $$ of a settlement are covered under insurance. Where is the city paid portion hidden on the books? Come to think of it where are fines to TML hidden on the books? Last recall the Mayor reporting on a TML fine was sometime last fall. Doesn't appear much has been done to mitigate problems. Did TML decide to turn a blind eye? Or is something being kept hidden from the citizens? Interesting to see how he wiggles out of not reporting absence for 3 days to his supervisor. Wouldn't' it be a hoot if all city employees decided to go MIA for 3 days? Wonder what would happen to them!!!!!!!

Sam Brows said...

The requirement for filing all civil action materials is probably a violation of the Open Courts Doctrine, but more importantly, it makes no sense unless you look at it as a cash grab. Before this requirement was passed by the Supreme Court, court clerks throughout the state spent a portion of their days filing paper that attorneys filed in the various cases on file with the courts for whom they worked. In some instances, all those clerks did was file paper day in and day out. Now, the filing fees are the same, but there's a bonus charge for the required on-line filing, which makes sure that everything an attorney files is automatically filed in a digital file maintained by the Court. So what are those clerks doing now that they don't have to file paper any more? They didn't get fired as a result of Skynet's insidious infiltration of the Court system. About the only real paper files I've seen maintained are the ones in the Probate Court, where the law requires the tender of the hard copy Last Will and Testament to the Court within 3 days of the filing of the Probate Application. So how did Skynet convince supposedly educated members of our Supreme Court and Legislature to purchase a system that would make life more difficult for most attorneys, increase the costs of litigation and result in zero savings? I don't know for sure but...get off my lawn.

Anonymous said...

Everything I read about the brothers indicates that the two suicide bombers were brothers. I get the message that the bomb maker was not related. He at least has a very different surname. He also does not want to die. He makes the bombs...evidently the Paris bombs, too.

Anonymous said...

That helicopter egg drop in the update just sounds like another wkrp/ les nessman disaster.

Anonymous said...

9:33,

Yeah, Protestants were protesting the practices of the Catholic Church. That one's not a stretch.

Anonymous said...

9:53 you are today's winner!

Anonymous said...

"Rabbit trail" is a common idiom, Triple Fake. So Barry probably meant precisely what he said. Thanks for the lecture, though.

Anonymous said...

File an open records request on the amount of money they had to pay Officer Gillock after the police chief screwed up his firing.

Goober's Friend Andy. said...

Counselor!

NO comments on the new (2017) US News Law School Rankings? Please explain: Texas, SMU AND Houston all ranked above your beloved BU? Next thing you know you'll be lower than (GASP) Texas Tech AND Texas A&M! (and just above Texas Southern)

Anonymous said...

We already have one 9:02 ... The Rhome council

Anonymous said...

It's a long way from over, this summer will make 1968 seem like church.

DF Fat Lady

Anonymous said...

I have never seen such a two faced bunch as the council of Rhome. They talk about people in town who are late on their water bill to who is screwing who in crown point. Then what's really funny is when one of the guys makes a crack about the appearance of another female councilman to his pals (all while she is bad mouthing his life) and then 15 minutes later they are thick as thieves. The only ones paying are the taxpayers. Some city employees at the police have made cracks about one council members wife and it just gets uglier. The place is falling apart

Anonymous said...

Never thought we would see the day Wilson sold out old town. She needs to fire Davis

Anonymous said...

And note to law enforcement: It is not your job to lecture anyone.

You are just eat up with animosity for all things LE, aren't you?

Anonymous said...

Let me go down a rabbit trail...

Beware, though, about putting your hand down a rabbit hole, counselor.

- DF Gerry Spence

Anonymous said...

Well the Messenger should look at his record as a council member. He never showed up, so this isn't much of a surprise he'd go on vacation without approval

Anonymous said...

I love this campaign.

I don't doubt that you're sincere in that statement. It's reminiscent of Johnny in the movie Airplane.

The serious-minded among us, though, are not so giddy about the prospect of our next President being either a loose cannon or an abject failure.

Anonymous said...

ain't he the cop that got caught masterbating in his patrol car by the hamburger joint?

Anonymous said...

Is the pavilion going to be ready for the festival this year or is it just going to be a skate park?

Anonymous said...

The terrorist in the hat and glasses looks like Shock G from Digital Underground!

DF Humpty

Anonymous said...

"Alex, give me famous Presidential quotes for $1000.

>"The sweetest sound I know is the muslim call to prayer."<





Not Sam.

Anonymous said...

Released from a mental hospital? No good? But it's OK to release people or not even jail them in the first place in order to allow killings, robberies and drug us to continue on by those individuals?

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's not law enforcement's job to lecture people. But if someone needs a "lecture"...who will? SOMEBODY needs to be giving lectures in this freaking country. Since we refuse to lecture ourselves, and parents don't anymore, it's left to teachers, cops, etc. Or, do we just let the driver move along, continue texting, and die while killing a car full of kids?

Anonymous said...

You know how I can tell you don't know what you're talking about?

Triple Fake... said...

If you thought the first post was a lecture, you might want to skip this or any other class with my name on it. But you will get an Incomplete!
I've never heard rabbit trail used for anything other than an actual rabbit's trail. It doesn't seem to apply in the current context, since he's asking a fairly straightforward, possibly rhetorical, question. (Yes, there are plenty of weirder names for groups) Like I said, the name of their group is descriptive. They didn't just pull it out of...a hat. Hey-O!
Apparently, I'm not the only one new to the phrase. These quotes are in response to someone else's ignorance:
"Rabbit trails go here, there, and everywhere, and pretty much tend to lead nowhere. No one knows what's at the end of a rabbit trail (the point of one's argument). Is there even an end to it? It's a confusing maze of pointless leads. In short, a rabbit trail leads (us) nowhere. It serves only to confuse the prey/the reader. It keeps them preoccupied and confused."
"Rabbit Trails is also an old Southern USA expression to describe people who talk that way and can't be followed. In Psychiatry it is referred to as Tangential or Loose Speech."

Anonymous said...

Amen 12:35pm!

Anonymous said...

11:00

Only the ones that don't do their job correctly.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Borat and his two brothers shopped at Walmart?

Anonymous said...

Skate park... Wait till a kid breaks and arm then the parents sue the city... When that happens you can thank Ronnie Moore for trying to build The Ronnie Moore Starplex...

Anonymous said...

I bet you spend less money on e-filing fees than you do paying your assistant to sit in a gossip circle at the courthouse, and you can charge the filing fees to your client.

A fortune is a bit hyperbolic. You'd have a stroke if you saw what my civil practice pays in fees. Of course, I'm flying to Italy from the free miles for this year's filing fees, so you may be doing it wrong.

Some Houston Lawyer

Denney Crane said...

But over the last year, it has become mandatory to do it electronically in the State of Texas. The "new" fees associated with it are outrageous.

Welcome to the Texas State Republican (RINO) bureaucracy. Funding is secondary to nothing and no one.