The Campaign For DA

6.01.2016

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Lake Bridgeport is above conservation level again with more rain forest like weather coming.
  • Two different kind of tweets from Argyle which are weather related: (1) One guy thinks it is a big deal that running water along a curb moved trash containers a few inches, (2) And by contrast, if this is real, we have kayakers navigating a roaring and quickly developing river.  (That's an amazing short video link). 
  • Isn't this a crisis? The Update reports that due to plunging oil and gas prices that Wise County's "preliminary total taxable values are at $6.1 billion, down 19.04 percent."  So the County Commissioners have only 80% of the money they had to work with last year? Seems like a big deal.
  • Houston has given us maybe the most hot "And Another" entry ever. And the facts may set a new bar for the Shocking Index For Teacher-Student Relations. Her:
  • We have another murder in Southlake, and the victim's estranged husband is the suspect. She was a realtor.
  • Unrelated note on realtors:  The National Association of Realtors paid money to the producers of Modern Family to have character Phil Dunphy explain that a "realtor" is different than a real estate "agent" in one episode. 
  • I saw a tow truck from Rick's Towing hauling a broken down dump truck yesterday morning. That tow truck is massive. What's sticker price on one of those things. 
  • Crazy Glenn Beck "was suspended for a week by Sirius XM for not reining in his guest, fiction author Brad Thor, who hinted that maybe President Donald Trump should be 'removed from office' by a 'patriot' because the 'feckless Congress' won't do it."  (The Ticket played one of Beck's all time radio meltdowns this morning. You can listen to it here beginning at the 3:00 minute mark.)
  • There are a series of documentaries called "The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses" which were produced in the 2000s. Wise County's courthouse has to be featured in that right? Reviews indicate that it "featured thirty courthouses." (h/t BagOfNothing.)
  • Wise County's courthouse is its fifth. Three of them have been on the courthouse square with the first two having burned down in the 1800s. The current one was completed in 1896.
  • Over the weekend there was a gunman who opened fire in Houston killing one and injuring six. He was a 25 year old Afghanistan veteran. 
  • Fish out of Water: Baylor has named an interim president (I don't even know his name) and he will spend his second week attending meetings with other Big 12 presidents where they will discuss expansion and a Big 12 title game. 
  • A staff attorney for the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth won the Texas Bar Journal's annual "short story" writing competition.  Stories here. That's a competition I've always wanted to enter but have never got around to doing. (But my entry would probably turn into something from Quentin Tarantino and would be too dark to publish.)
  • Dan Patrick's obsession with the toilet continues. Yesterday he announced that he would send an opinion request to Attorney General Ken Paxton as to whether Fort Worth ISD's superintendent can declare its schools' bathrooms transgendered. Paxton (yes, that guy) is already suing the federal government over the issue so how do you think he will rule?





46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Skippy, Kristol made his big announcement for who he is promoting for president. His name is David French. Election over.

Anonymous said...

So the Fort Worth ISD board, who are locally elected, put in place a superintendent who made a decision, and those locally elected board members aren't taking steps to change that decision, but rather seem to support it.

But because he disagrees with what those locally elected people have done, "small-government" Dan Patrick thinks that the State needs to step in, assert its dominance, and take that decision out of the hands of the locally elected board members? If he understood what irony was, he'd laugh at himself. Since he doesn't, it's up to the rest of us to do it for him.

Anonymous said...

Realtors and or real estate agents are people with no other viable career options. And they do very little to earn the commissions they receive. And often, do not have their clients' best interests as the primary goal.
Not a fan.

Anonymous said...

EMS and the WCSD are budget priorities, capital improvements can wait. The county had a lot of good years to buy stuff but now critical services can't be cut.

Anonymous said...

Double-digit drops in mineral values have made for a dismissal financial outlook form most of Wise County.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bu...

Can I borrow your Baylor Line beanie cap? I need to where it to the Big 12 meeting this week to represent.

Double Fake Dr. David Garland

Guinjames said...

The whole transgender bathroom issue baffles me. If you use public bathrooms often odds are you have shared the facility with a transgender and never knew it and didn't get molested. If you have ever gone to large concerts in coliseums you have shared bathrooms with women with no ill effects. Conservatives get butt hurt easily.

Anonymous said...

ems can wait. Wise county needs an Ice skating rink for the kids

Anonymous said...

So the County Commissioners have only 80% of the money they had to work with last year?


Because we all know just how hard government leaders work and then take the citizens money.

Anonymous said...

The zoo employees killed the gorilla because they saw it necessary.
End of story. I'm not happy about it, but that was the best option.

The zoo is at fault for not child proofing their exhibits. All zoo exhibits should be designed where disabled people or children or elderly can wander into danger.

Anonymous said...

You leftist are the ones obsessed with transgender restrooms. You people want to destroy every aspect of western culture.

Triple Fake... said...

Isn't it beyond redundant to start a point with "Unrelated note", when the majority of your points are unrelated to each other? However, your statement really is related to the previous one, because it, too, concerned a realtor.

Are the county commissioners not smart enough to figure out how to work their budget using oil and gas tax revenue as surplus funds? Or at least set a fixed percentage of it and consider the excess as windfall. No reasonable person would assume that a volatile (pun) variable could be dependable every year.

On the teacher story: Sounds like the parents got some 'splainin' to do. They knew their 13yo kid was "dating" an adult almost twice his age and that she was pregnant, even if they were unaware she was also a teacher. Where's all that Harambe outrage over irresponsible parenting?

Anonymous said...

There are a series of documentaries called "The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses" which were produced in the 2000s.

A show about courthouses built in the 2000's?

Did you do the CL Decatur High school for sale ad also?

Anonymous said...

Wise County is already cutting budgets and not funding positions for next year. County employees are going to lose their jobs because of the lowered budget (yet we can afford new carpet at the SO). The county has just been spending like crazy and now it's going to bite them - just how many command posts do we need? Go to the Commissioner's webpage and look at the Contracts, I saw a new one today that that is a $39,000 stretcher for EMS. That could fund a position that is being lost.

Anonymous said...

Barry what's your opinion on the toilet?

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Contract out your EMS program. Like almost every other county or gov entity already has. Get over your fears and do it.

Anonymous said...

Fish out of Water: Baylor has named an interim president (I don't even know his name) and he will spend his second week attending meetings with other Big 12 presidents where they will discuss expansion and a Big 12 title game.


Come on the president is just a figure head. There will be folks to hold the dudes hand.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Triple Fake... just ask yourself, which county Comissioners are good businessmen? Which have a track record of being good at business? What qualifications did they have that make them good at budgeting and strategic thinking?

Anonymous said...

The weather forecast looks dismissal for the rest of the weak. What is that smell in the are? I think the are smelled better in the 2000th century.

Anonymous said...

How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents?
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

Anonymous said...

Yes, but that one stretcher makes it so a single man can load a bariatric patient into the ambulance by himself... You know, the 400 plus pound, hippy ridge resident who isn't going to pay for the ride anyway?

DF Sir Charles "we need SWAT team ambulances and our own fire truck" Dillard

Anonymous said...

What concerts are you going to where even the women pee in the ice trough?

Anonymous said...

A realtor is not a real estate agent? Yeah, and six is not a half dozen.

Anonymous said...

Mike Honcho, the County Commissioners aren't good businessmen. But they are darn good thieves. Just look at the $1M+ they stole from the Wise County Sheriff's Posse.

Anonymous said...

These shootings will stop only when a benevolent government finally bans and seizes all firearms. Police and army men should have guns, not citizens. If you have a problem with someone, just call the police! How easy is that? Practically everybody has a cell phone these days. The cell phone has a camera! If someone tries to attack you, take their picture! It's so easy, even rednecks and Republicans can do it. You don't need a gun!

Anonymous said...

Chicago's shootings have Houston beat. Chicago had 66 shot and 6 dead over Memorial day weekend. Chicago has had over 1500 shooting victims in the first 5 months of this year and what is it the mainstream media focuses on? The use of restrooms and gorillas.

Anonymous said...


Someone please save us from this Gorilla warfare...

They should have shot the child to teach the parents to better mind the child.
Then they could shoot the zoo administrators for not building an enclosure that was safe for 39 years instead of just 38 years it had been in place.
Lastly, we could have Kaley Cu-coo from the Big Bang Theory come and hand feed the gentle giant she so defends...
Problem:
But, alas -the child played with a doll once and may have identified as female in the future.
Therefore, it is a moral conundrum- do we save the Animal? The child? The possible transgendered? It is just inexplicable.
Do we mention the child's ethnicity? (Only if they were white and a crime had been perpetrated against black). BLM all the way baby
Solution:
Suicide - it's the only answer.
And people can't explain Trump's popularity...REALLY?

Anonymous said...

You are baffled by simple biology, men and boys have the penis, women and girls have the vagina. This should be all we need to determine where you go and has nothing to do with identity.

Anonymous said...

DMN is reporting that Starr has resigned as Chancellor of Baylor.

Triple Fake... said...

Well, I don't expect county commissioners to be expert financial whizzes(?), but they should possess some amount of common sense. Maybe that's too much to ask of your basic politician. Maybe somebody should start a "Honcho for county commissioner" campaign. Boom!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:36 PM said...

These shootings will stop only when a benevolent government finally bans and seizes all firearms. Police and army men should have guns, not citizens. If you have a problem with someone, just call the police! How easy is that? Practically everybody has a cell phone these days. The cell phone has a camera! If someone tries to attack you, take their picture! It's so easy, even rednecks and Republicans can do it. You don't need a gun!

How bout we test your theory? Idiot

Anonymous said...

That is what the sheriff gets for rolling with a posse!

Anonymous said...

@12:36
When is the next Hitler Fan Club meeting?
Suck it you naive little piece of rodent excrement.

Anonymous said...

I'll give you my cell phone when you pry it from my cold dead hands, which will be pretty easy to do since only the criminals will guns.

Anonymous said...

We need to get those numbers up, 66 is unacceptable!

Anonymous said...

We have a winner!

Anonymous said...

The gorilla was endangered and there are way too many Africans.. Bad call..

Anonymous said...

We didn't have this problem of who used what toilet back when we all had outhouses. Men, women, children, whatever all used the same outdoor facilities - one right after the other & we had no problems. Folks are just looking for a problem where there is none. Use the restroom & clean up after yourself. End of story.

DF Grandpa Walton

Anonymous said...

JD Clark will save us.

Anonymous said...


12:36

Looking for you to grow a set and bring your benevolent ass for my guns...
Police and Morticians will be called.
Republicans, Rednecks, Bikers and Libtard Democrat's are invited too.
I'll take a selfie with ya...
My cell phone is fully charged..

Anonymous said...

I hope the gunman in Houston didn't break the law and open fire in a gun free zone.

Anonymous said...

I get half of my salary from last year due to a layoff. I have to find a way to make do. So I guess the county should find a way without raising my taxes!

Anonymous said...

1:22 -

You literally had to scroll past a post about that to come to this post and make that comment.

Bravo.

Anonymous said...

66 shot and only 6 dead? Someone needs to get to the range and practice or they need to caliber up!

Anonymous said...

9:11 - RIGHT ON THE MONEY WITH YOUR COMMENT. For some reason, realtors have decided they are big deals. Trust me, ALL they care about is their commission check. Period. They could care less about their clients. Majority don't have sense enough to pour piss out of a boot. As bad, or worse, that attorneys!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Tow truck= around 500k