The Campaign For DA

8.03.2016

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts




  • Anyone else uncomfortable with white police officers in Virginia stopping blacks in order to give them ice cream? (And concerning the issue of "Can they legally do that?" the answer is a resounding "no".)
  • Cowboy Rolando McClain  is probably done after it was revealed that he tested positive for the Purple Drank. I just watched an episode on that stuff on Vice TV and walked away more confused than informed.
  • That "Vice" family of networks is confusing. There are Vice documentaries on HBO. There is a Vice Channel. There is Vice News production team (which a big wig at NBC just left to join). And I think there is a Vice magazine.  It's normally pretty good stuff. 
  • Another Baylor player was arrested -- this time for stalking. What's next? A devil worshiping child trafficking case?
  • It's not so much that I'm surprised by Trump's implosion this week, it's that I'm surprised it has taken this long. 
  • A plane crash landed in Dubai a couple of hours ago. Six Americans on board. No fatalities.

  • In one of the weirdest legal stories I've seen, we've got a lady in Parker County who had her DWI plea bargain set aside. She asked for a new trial because she alleged sexual assault by her lawyer, a hearing was held, the lawyer took the Fifth, the State agreed to the Motion, the Texas Rangers are investigating, and a former long time prosecutor who quit when the new Tarrant County DA took office is on standby as a special prosecutor. 
  • Oil has fallen below $40 a barrel again. 
  • And the greatest of these is apathy . . . 
  • The over/under for Cowboys wins this year is 9.5.  I don't even need to see a pre-season game. Take the under. Lock it. 
  • BagOfNothing points out that the Mineral Wells paper is taking heat for this in a story about one of the dead men in the Lockhart balloon crash: "He is a former in [sic] Mineral Wells police officer who, in 2011, was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication for setting as many as four fires in the Mineral Wells area a year earlier, including one that injured a firefighter. He was ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution, fees and fines." I'm not sure I understand the heat. It's a news story. The guy recently pled guilty to crime and had been in charge of the public trust. The news story wasn't supposed to be a glowing obituary. 
  • When some people die, you know their crimes will be mentioned. John Hinkley, Jr., Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, and, heck, even Oliver North. But all of those people are famous because of their crimes. I'm trying to think of another example where someone dies in a newsworthy way (i.e. balloon crash) and then their past is brought up. I can't come up with one. 
  • I question this: Mansfield police have released the "forensic bust" of a lady found dead in hopes of identifying her. An "investigation reveals the victim was an African-American woman anywhere between 5'2" and 5'10" and somewhere between 35 and 55-years-old at the time of her death." Wait a second. The best you can give me is a 20 year age range and an 8 inch height range? And you expect me to believe the "forensic bust" is even close to accurate?
  • I'm not jazzed by the Olympics.