The Campaign For DA

6.02.2016

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • I watched 80% of A Streetcar Named Desire. Its ending was revealed in 1947, but I don't know what it is. But I finally understand the screaming of "Stella!!!!"
  • Texas vs. OU will be moved to Fox Sports 1.  It can't even make an 11:00 a.m. kickoff on Fox's main network any longer?
  • Pete Delkus proves he's only doing a bit with his prediction for additional rainfall through Saturday: He says Sherman is expected to get 3.28 inches while McKinney is expecting 1.75.  Tell me how ridiculous that is. First, to give a prediction within a hundredth of an inch is insane, and the disparity between the two cities -- only 32 miles apart -- is dumbfounding. And I didn't even mention his prediction of 0.36 for Gainesville.
  • And the weatherman for Fox 4 this morning was more than defensive as he told the audience what a 30% chance of rain really means and then followed it up with: "I can't predict if it is going to rain at your house." 
  • "WASHINGTON — The largest health insurer in Texas [Blue Cross] wants to raise its rates on individual policies by an average of nearly 60 percent . . . ." Wow. Question: What do you guys pay out there for an individual policy not provided by an employer and what is the deductible? 
  • Why was a Sheriff's deputy running radar on 287 in the rain a few days back? We've got a slew of troopers to do that. 
  • Uber announced yesterday it had raised $3.8 billion from Saudi Arabia. What are they up to? Sidenote: You would think Uber wouldn't cost all that much to manage. They don't have to buy a fleet of cars and the company runs on technology. 
  • Buried under the Kenneth Starr resignation news at Baylor was the other news that running back Devin Chafin was kicked off the team for an alleged domestic assault in 2014 and that seven Baylor recruits who had signed letters of intent in February had asked to be released. I'm coming out the Stage One Denial: This is a disaster. 
  • And if that wasn't bad enough, I heard from a guy I trust yesterday who said there is a video in existence relating to a sexual assault that will rock this thing to the next level (if that's even possible.) I hope it isn't true. 
  • Ken Starr's interview yesterday was embarrassing. He seemed clueless, naive, and lazy. In that regard, did you know he never even spoke personally with Monica Lewinsky? The lead special counsel in one of the most noteworthy investigations in U.S. history never took the time to talk to the most important witness. As a prosecutor, you will be stunned by what you can learn from a witness if you meet with them, make it a casual and non-threatening environment, and listen instead of telling them what you need from them. 
  • Art Briles has issued a written statement this morning. He took the high road.
  • US 281 at the Jack County/Archer County line is under water this morning. Is that around Lake Bridgeport's watershed?
  • "Putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing." - Donald Trump to ABC in 1994.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go to the Facebook page for any of the meteorologists and you'll see why they might get defensive. Those pages are a beating. Any mention of rain results in about 400 comments asking "What about [fill in the name of every single city in the DFW area]? When will it rain here? How much are we going to get? Look, I took a picture of standing water in my flower beds."

Pro tip: if there's a chance of rain, carry an umbrella and look out the window before you go outside.

Anonymous said...

And if that wasn't bad enough, I heard from a guy I trust yesterday who said there is a video in existence relating to a sexual assault that will rock this thing to the next level (if that's even possible.) I hope it isn't true.

You hope there is no video....or you hope the sexual assault is a false claim??

Baylor should quit the sports thing...before someone else dies

DF "Veil of Ignorance"

Anonymous said...

(Insert lawyer name here) seemed clueless, naive, and lazy.

Anonymous said...

I would think maybe the police run radar on rainy days to catch the idiots that are not smart enough to drive to the conditions. It seems there is usually at least one idiot going 85 in the pouring rain and standing water on 287.

Anonymous said...

Art Briles is a class act and will eventually be fully vindicated...

Anonymous said...

What do you guys pay out there for an individual policy not provided by an employer and what is the deductible?

I am covered through my employer. My portion is $926 per month. My deductible is $5,000. My insurance has increased by 25% every year for the past 4 years. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield.

I see everyday the federal government has commercials that tell people to get enrolled with the statement 70% are eligible for government assistance with little to no money out of pocket. I have written my congressman and senator every year complaining. The sole reason I will vote for Donald Trump is that he promises to get rid of Obama care the first day.

Captain Eddie said...

Barry, you're killing me. You know damn well that Kenneth Starr didn't need to interview Monica Lewinsky because the impeachment charge against Bill Clinton had nothing to do with HER. It had everything to do with his LYING to Congress. By the way - I am not defending Kenneth Starr or bashing William Jefferson Clinton. Just stating fact. Honestly, you're lack of the facts is beginning to worry me. If I were a client of yours I would have serious doubts about your legal arguments. Oh, WAIT - I forgot - you're a lawyer for the DEFENSE. Bunny trails over here - Bunny trails over there. DIVERSIONS, Diversions, diversions. I bet you're really good at "slight of hand". (Damn, those pesky little facts again . . . . . )

Anonymous said...

Did Art Briles just say the Pepper Hamilton Report is not independent?

And he can only assume that the report supports the conclusions that the Baylor Board of Regents has already drawn?

So let me get this straight; the Philly law firm of Pepper Hamilton had it in for the Baylor Bears all along, no wait the Baylor Board of Regents had it in for the Baylor Bears all along, no wait its Ken Starr, he had it in for the Baylor Bears all along.

Starr, Briles, McCaw are all either blatant liars or morons. There is no 3rd option.

Whats an occasional rape, we made it to the top 10. It was a win at all cost mentality. The entire coaching staff should be fired.

The hypocrisy is disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to explain to the editor(s) at USA Today that there's a difference between a "litigator" and a "litigant." Pretty sure Trump's not licensed to practice law.

Anonymous said...

9:23 -

If that's the sole reason you're voting for Trump, you're wasting your vote. You know the President doesn't have the power to "get rid of" laws, right?

(And inaccurate comment from Wordy about Obama in 3, 2, 1...)

Anonymous said...

Mine will go up over 200 per month. Obama is a God send.

Anonymous said...

My insurance numbers are much the same as @ 9:23 for a family out of pocket with Aetna through the school district. Both my husband and I are educators. We have priced private companies, but are able to take our insurance from our wages pretax. What is offered through our work pretax is still less expensive.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you BG, and I see the S.O. quite regularly running radar on 287, in the city limits of Decatur, and just outside of city limits. Run radar on the county roads where people drive well over the posted 40mph.

Anonymous said...

I thought BG said that Obamacare would fix everything? How's the national debt looking?

Anonymous said...

I agree, Briles took a high road and didn't burn the bridge so that it would be absolutely impossible for him to get another similar position in college football.

I agree with some of Captain Eddie's comment at 9:36. You are stuck in the mode of "what if I were defending Bill Clinton", and you would use diversion in presenting your case. Congress did not impeach him, nor was he disbarred, for having an affair with Ms. Lewinski. What did Ms. Lewinski have to do with his lying under oath?
"Objection, your Honor, Relevance?"
"Sustained."

Anonymous said...

OMG! It just hit me after seeing your newspaper frontpage. Donald Trump is the white man's O. J. Simpson! No matter how much evidence is presented to show what scum they both are, black folk still think O. J. was a victim of racism & didn't kill his wife and white folk think Trump is an incredible leader. We are all doomed.

DF Moving to New Zealand

Anonymous said...

"Pete Delkus proves he's only doing a bit with his prediction for additional rainfall through Saturday: He says Sherman is expected to get 3.28 inches while McKinney is expecting 1.75. Tell me how ridiculous that is. First, to give a prediction within a hundredth of an inch is insane, and the disparity between the two cities -- only 32 miles apart -- is dumbfounding. And I didn't even mention his prediction of 0.36 for Gainesville."

.......Last night (Wednesday June 2, 2016), Bowie got 6.5 inches of rain at the Bowie News office. Here in Forestburg, we got 1.6 inches of rain last night. Bowie is about 22 miles from us.

Anonymous said...

It's usually the cop that is passing the guy doing 70

Anonymous said...

My wife and I are 58 years old with no children. I am self employed in the investment business.I have no employess so I have a personal policy that is a PPO so my doctors at UT Southwesten and Carrell Clinic accept it. HMO's are cheaper but none of my doctors accept those. I was with Blue Cross for years but they quit offering my policy in Texas last November because they lost half a billion dollars in Texas on that PPO in one year..I am now with Humana. I pay $1500 a month for the 2 of us and we each have a $6500 deductible with no co pay.I am having my second total hip replacement in 2 weeks so I will beat them this year, but 9 years out of ten they beat me. I basically have the insurance for catastrophes as that type of medical problem can bankrupt you. Both Blue Cross and Humana have been very nice and easy to work with.
Bottom line....the whole medical cost problem is out of control and will only get much worse with obamacare, plus we are living so much longer now that the cost of care has skyrocketed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the officre who pulled someone over saved the lives of some kids riding in the back seat of a car that otherwise would have been rear ended by the idiot speeder at a red light or stop sign. I'm fine with speeding, even going as fast as you want. But before you wreck please cancel your insurance first so rates don't go up, don't go to the emergency room after you wreck, and don't have your death or injury cause the government to pay out in benefits, and don't do it when other people are on the road. I don't care to be impacted physically or financially by someone else's perception that it's "none of my business" or "hurting nobody".

Anonymous said...

Go to the funeral of the mother killed by the speeding driver and tell her husband and her kids to their faces that you, for one, are glad the speeder wasn't stopped up the road by an evil, overbearing cop. This funeral is much, much better than pestering someone that just wants to go 80 mph in a 50 in the rain.

Anonymous said...

The problem with individual health insurance policies in Texas is, they are no longer available since March 30th. With the exception of the very limited Scott & White Baylor PPO, the only product available to an individual (not employer sponsored)is and HMO or EPO. The EPO is basically an HMO with a different name. The Obama administration was warned this would happen and chose to ignore the warning. The whole legacy thing got in the way of rational judgment. For Wise Countians without an employer sponsored plan, the choice are next to nothing since there are very few providers accepting HMO's in this county. I don't blame the doctors or the hospitals, they cannot stay in business with reimbursement offered by HMO's. Insurance companies on the other hand, cannot stay in business losing $400mm per year in Texas.

Anonymous said...

Ken Starr's interview yesterday was embarrassing. He seemed clueless, naive, and lazy.

It mirrors your DA campaign.

Anonymous said...

$1,385.00 / month
$750.00 deductible

Anonymous said...

At 5 years tenure, I got free insurance from my employer, thru BCBS, for me, my wife, and two young kids. $20 co pay, no deductible...

Last year, we had to change it up because we were fined under the Cadillac plan clause (had to pass it to know what all was in it), now thru UHC, I pay $560.00 per 2 weeks, and $5000 ded.

Thanks OBAMA!

Anonymous said...

281 is under at the little Wichita river

Anonymous said...

Which feeds into lake arrow head

Anonymous said...

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/06/aclu_state_leader_quits_after_daughters_frightened_by_biological_males_in_restroom.html

Anonymous said...

Briles said he would have done things differently. I think I've heard that before. Oh yeah, that's what Hillary said about her email server.

Anonymous said...

Before Obamacare: my individual policy with BCBS was $125 a month with $1500 deductible.
Today: $400 a month with a $5000 deductible.

Anonymous said...

Obama power!

Anonymous said...

9:23, Texas refused to accept federal money thru Obamacare. That's why your insurance cost is higher. Blame Rick Perry, not Obama.

Anonymous said...

Individual policy for me and child. BCBS $490/mo. $4500 deductable. Goes up every year.

Anonymous said...

It's a mystery to me how anybody can afford insurance. Oh right, it's the law -- you have to pay, otherwise you'll be fined. Makes perfect sense.

Anonymous said...

11:48...Texas refused to expand Medicaid, rightfully so. The Federal Govt promised to reimburse losses due to the expansion for 3 years and after that, the state would absorb the additional cost from expansion. That is a little different than what you claim. Once states that expanded Medicaid have to start footing the bill themselves, the tune will be much different. I cannot stomach Rick Perry but on this, give him his due. He didn't "kick the can" down the road to participate in an unsustainable program. The federal money he refused was a bandaid to a much bigger problem.

Anonymous said...

11:48

All I can say, is I hope you are spayed or neutered.

Anonymous said...

The Cadillac tax doesn't go into effect until 2020.

Sincerely,
Actual benefit person

Anonymous said...

10:52 AM -- the Cadillac tax doesn't go into effect (if at all) until 2020

Anonymous said...

Briles is a classy man. He was fired because things happened on his watch not for predicating these acts himself.

All the generalizations of the report paint the whole school administration and coaching staff because names were not named of who did what. Because of this, everyone on the Baylor staff / administration is thrown under the bus and now every sliver of negativity is piled on to fit the story monster.

Like Gordon Keith of the Ticket stated yesterday.... each person is going to make the facts fit their opinion of Baylor regardless of who did what or who knew what.

Anonymous said...

11:48 "9:23, Texas refused to accept federal money thru Obamacare. That's why your insurance cost is higher. Blame Rick Perry, not Obama."

You are either woefully misinformed, or wish to misinform others. What Texas did in the matter to which you refer is not connected to the general population's health insurance premiums.

I'm guessing you vote the Democratic straight party ticket. Everytime. Lifelong. 'Cause your daddy told you "We are Democrats". Am I right?

Gotta love that partisan loyalty! It's what is keeping America great.

Anonymous said...

The board of regents needed scape goats all along, that is what he is saying. If you look into the board I guarantee you will find close ties to Pepper Hamilton.

Who is more responsible for campus safety, the President and Board or a football coach? They run the university and should set policy on what type of students can be recruited to their university, not the other way around. They should also have had in place a system where assaults were reported directly to the President and Board immediately, and investigated immediately out of their offices in conjunction with campus and local authorities. You can't tell me all along that they didn't know about the assaults and the involvement of football staff in the investigations. The leadership of the university should have stepped in from day one.

I'm not saying Briles didn't do wrong, but a report has been released ruining a man's career without the evidence backing it up. Briles should have known not to get involved in the assault investigations or talking to victim's but the University leadership turned a blind eye because he brought success and prestige. He had to go, his judgment alone was bad enough for dismissal, but he was greatly enabled by the inept leadership at Baylor!

Anonymous said...

Family of six: before obamacare it was $550/month with $1500 deductible. Now it's $1825/month with $6000 deductible. BCBS. Sucks big time what he's done to the healthcare system.

Triple Fake... said...

Your one sentence quote from the old Trump interview is a nice bit of disingenuous spin. The meat of the interview indicates that he regrets putting ex-wife Ivana to work with him during their marriage, and that having a spouse as co-worker can put a strain on work and spouses. I'm sure lots of folks can empathize with him on that point

Rex Kramer said...

@1148

I'll give you credit, you tried to formulate an opinion based on what I'm guessing was limited information.

Keep trying my friend, opinions are a fine thing to have, but you might want to work a little harder on being right next time.

Anonymous said...

The more that comes out about the Baylor situation, the more it seems that Starr and Briles are for 100% transparency, and the Board of Regents is not.


Looks like the BOR didn't want to fight the media onslot and gave in to media pressure.

The media outcry is just for firing anyone and everyone with no regard for facts of who did or didn't do what.

There will be backlash once the media pile on stops

Anonymous said...

Scapegoat is all one word. Brainchild too.

Anonymous said...

We are self employed with a child with a lot of medical needs (scripts, apptmts, etc.). Instead of purchasing insurance, we opt for Samaritan Ministries, a Christian sharing network. For a family of 6 we pay $405/mo and we are covered up to $200K per year/or incident, no deductible or co pay. Pay everything in cash up front (or get billed), then submit your receipts to be approved for reimbursement from other families. I'm probably not explaining this very well. So far our pregnancies, broken bones, stitches, ER trips have been covered. It does not cover chronic illnesses, scripts, dental/optical, yearly exams but we haven't had anything yet that's been denied. We have Medicaid for our son who takes a lot of meds and sees a slew of specialists. If we are every denied Medicaid I have no idea what we'll do since his stuff costs thousands a month.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is wrong with you liberals? Honestly, please tell me what the hell bigger government is getting the average hard working person in the US?

What freaking government agency is doing a good job? Or anything positive whatsoever? Obamacare, VA, TSA, EPA? The Ponsi scheme of SS and Medicare is quickly failing. We are 19 trillion in debt. Median family income down by $4000. 94 million people out of work, not counted in workforce.

More companies and small businesses going out than being formed.

7 out of the top ten most affluent counties surround Washington DC. The feds are sucking up all of the vitality in this country.

And you want to give the cackling harpy an opportunity to continue this BS?

Anonymous said...

Just wait until you hear that evidence reveals that Baylor also paid players. You heard it here first.