The Campaign For DA

8.22.2016

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • Breaking this morning: "A federal judge in Fort Worth has blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity." Red alert! Red alert! All school resource officers to the bathroom stalls! Repeat! To the bathroom stalls!
  • The Messenger went after Tax Assessor Collector Monte Shaw for not allowing the Wise County Appraisal District to collect Wise County taxes saying his refusal costs the county $160,000.  At least three employees in Shaw's office would have to be let go if the change was made.
  • I watched the first season of Stranger Things. I've got a lot of hot sports opinion about it which can be summed up with: "Why does the Internet force good shows to be labeled as great." It was like a Stephen Spielberg movie made back in the day -- cheezily entertaining but has more holes than Bonnie and Clyde's death car. 
  • The AP College Football poll was released yesterday: OU #3 and TCU is #13.
  • News broke on Friday of a Baylor player to be sanctioned for beating his dog. My thoughtful commentary: 
  • The Trump campaign (for some reason) released a two paragraph statement from Rudy Guiliana who actually shoehorns in "my best selling book" in the statement.
  • The Bridgeport city pool used to have an elevated spring board. It had to have been 30 feet in the air. And I don't remember any age or height restrictions. If you were brave enough to go launch yourself, have at it. 
  • Texas has 95 new DPS troopers as of Friday.
  • I think something was wrong with that yellow line in the Cowboy game:
  • Can we tap the brakes on Dak Prescott as the second coming of Staubach?
  • A fraternity student died of an overdose at aTm over the weekend and four of his fraternity brothers were arrested for drug possession when a search warrant was issued for the fraternity house. (I'd love to see the search warrant affidavit if it tried to justify the search of a third person's room. personal belongings, or person. None of the arrests were related to the death.)
  • Also over the weekend, thirteen people were shot at a house party in Bridgeport . . . Connecticut.
  • The Ryan Lochte story became accidentally famous because a Fox Sports Australia reporter just happened to be sitting by Lochte's mom in an early morning shuttle. The mom had hurt her foot and the reporter, not knowing who she was, asked her if she was OK. "She proceeded to tell me how terrible her stay had been. She’d broken her foot and now her son had been held up at gunpoint." And then it was on. 
  • I wouldn't buy a car from Southwest Kia "which includes New World Auto Imports Inc., New World Auto Imports of Rockwall Inc. and Hampton Two Auto Corp." The reason: "Dallas-based Southwest Kia will pay an $85,000 penalty to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it violated a 2014 consent order barring it from deceptive advertising."
  • Bud Kennedy had to backtrack on his Friday "Angry White Man" column when it turned out the Angry White Man wasn't white. 
  • Bridgeport ISD installed solar panels a few years back. The company behind them maintains a web site where you can monitor cost savings. They claim $84,326 for Bridgeport. I wonder how accurate that is. 
  • The Liberally Lean crack investigative staff has been referencing Fentanyl lately. Well news over the weekend revealed that's what killed Prince. (The drug -- not the investigative staff.)
  • The legal world is changing when a federal appeals court judge takes a his own camera and snaps a picture (of an inflatable rat, no less) and then publishes it in his opinion in a decided case. 
  • Lake Bridgeport is over conservation level again. And it is late August. That doesn't happen.




32 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an RTG post to start the week!

wordkyle said...

"it turned out the Angry White Man wasn't white." It doesn't matter. People believe what they hear first, even if later the story turns out to be untrue. You got to establish the lie that promotes the world view you wanted.

Anonymous said...

Members of the satanic left such as Barry and Bud Kennedy are obsessed with other people's money and race. That's how they divide us.

Anonymous said...

I'm totally with you on Stranger Things, it might not even be good, it is just nostalgic.

I'm also with you on Dak. He may be great one day but he hasn't seen anything from NFL defenses yet. But he does pass the eye test, which I never could never say about Kellen Moore or Stephen McGee.

Anonymous said...

Monte Shaw ran to transfer all collections to the appraisal office in 2004; but has not fulfilled his campaign promise! Judge Clark is not considering the income generated by the fees for collecting taxes for the county. If the tax/assessor office collected the fees for all taxes, how much would it increase in revenues for the county? Would like to see the math on this issue. The Messenger needs to check into this before backing the County Judge position. Also, why did the county borrow money for capitol improvements and then transfer borrowed money to the operating fund? Why not repay the debt if the capitol improvements are not going to be spent? Revenue is not going to be better next year, so go ahead and make tough cuts. The oil/gas boom is over.

wordkyle said...

Incidentally, why is the race of the Angry Man no longer relevant?

Anonymous said...

The Messenger is wrong about many, many things. Fortunately they are not confined to printing the truth.

Anonymous said...

Good for Monte Shaw!! We do not need the appraisal district collecting our county taxes....that is for certain.

Anonymous said...

Dak is the second coming of Quinthy Carter.

Anonymous said...

The solar savings for the Bridgeport ISD may be accurate.
Solar is a coming thing in the future!

Anonymous said...

I quit following Bud Kennedy on Facebook a while back. I got tired of seeing him pass on deleting hate filled comments and then get testy with posters who attempt to address the horrible comments. My respect for him is nil these days, and this situation just adds to my feelings.

Anonymous said...

If the Bridgeport schools are buying electricity from the city owned power company the savings are probably correct. If they could buy from Oncor or anyone else for that matter it would be considerably less. The city owned electric utility is a text book example of a monopoly. People are moving out of Bridgeport because of the high electricity rates. Not sure if anyone regulates the city's rates but if they do they are doing a terrible job.

Anonymous said...

Beware of the solar panel industry. It is filled with fraud. Years ago, installers across the country ran off with federal grant money while providing non-working equipment and today much of the business is tied up in pyramid schemes.

Anonymous said...

Tax collection; This dead horse had all the hair beat off of it years ago. Appraisal districts were created to correct inequities in appraisals. In the old days if you had a piece of property in the city limits the city, county and school district all did their own appraisals and they varied by as much as 25% (I'm an old hand and have the documents to prove it). The legislature never intended for the appraisal districts to collect taxes. The county by default has to send a tax statement on every parcel in the county. A former county auditor correctly made the argument that the county could collect taxes much cheaper than the appraisal district. All they have to do is add a line on the statement for each entity they are collecting for. Even though the taxes are only held for a short time before being distributed to the entity to whom they belong the interest earnings are substantial and the collector keeps them. Judge Clark is going to get an education about one elected official telling another what to do. He can't and when he does via the bully pulpit it causes hard feelings and the thing about elected officials is they never forget. Hang in there Monty!!!

Anonymous said...

In other news HRC's top campaign aide, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.

SPEAKS VOLUMES DOESN'T IT?

Anonymous said...

One computer model has it possibly moving into the gulf as a mega-hurricane. The first video was made two days ago by a very knowledgeable Fox weatherman.

Warning/10 Days Until Impact
https://youtu.be/r_s6W3rx6d4

URGENT: 2 Hurricanes Impact East Coast America 8/30/16
https://youtu.be/r_s6W3rx6d4

Anonymous said...

Are those RTG's old enough to be RTG's ?

Anonymous said...

I've heard of Holy Water, but I have never heard of Holy Backpacks. New one on me, Laredo.

DF Pope Francis
DF the cool Pope

Anonymous said...

Monte's employees need a union

Anonymous said...


The appraisal district is funded by the taxing entities. The tax/assessor county office is funded by county tax dollars. The only control the County Judge and court have is the budget. If the appraisal office collects all the taxes, is there a decrease in the amount the taxing entities pay? The tax/assessor office fees for collecting taxes is a revenue for the tax office so fewer dollars from the taxpayer. Judge Clark, why are you on the side of the taxing entities and not the taxpayer?













Anonymous said...

I believe Monty Shaw said he is not giving up collecting taxes and no one can make him! He has four more years and by that time he will be ready for retirement with full county pension benefits. He can work whenever he wants, just like the commissioners! Being a public official is not bad!

Anonymous said...

I know Lake Bridgeport is full but I hope they don't release so much water that it floods down here at Boyd. Its out in the pastures right now.

Anonymous said...

Let's bash those Chicago teachers instead of those in our backyard.

Anonymous said...

95 new troopers, and about that many that retired or left the force, right? And by the way, of the 5,000 to 10,000 vehicles that rolled southbound along 287 today with NON-Texas tags...how many got stopped? And yesterday? The day before? About .001 percent?

Anonymous said...

@ 11:10 AM What's your endgame with this catchphrase? Why are you so angry? And what exactly are we supposed to get out of these "VOLUMES"? Where do you get your news? And what exactly has Secretary Clinton ever done that directly impacted you in a specific way?

Anonymous said...

I pudendas er- I mean PANDAS...

Anonymous said...

State Dept. Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens

Probably unrelated to the $400 million ransom payment.

Anonymous said...

Connecticut needs stricter gun control laws.

Nasreen Iqbal said...

How can a federal district court in Texas enact a nationwide injunction, including in the 37 states that were not part of the lawsuit?

Anonymous said...

Nobody took the bait on your transgender trolling?
Isnt it true these are just guidelines, and not law????

Why is anyone giving 2 craps??

You are a lawyer. You should know better.

Anonymous said...

For a small or large fund a priest will bless anything . We had a man die that worked with us so a pot was made up to help her out She gave it all to her priest topray him out of purgatory . NOTHING LEFT !! Stupid her ,
sorry assed priest !

Anonymous said...

9:11 - that sounds so ludicrous and unbelievable

goanna have to call BS on that. Everyone knows Joel Osteen is not a priest.