The Campaign For DA

8.10.2016

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • I've seen it with my own eyes on Lake Bridgeport: There is a technique where you can actually surf behind a slow moving boat sans a rope. (I posted a video a few weeks back with a couple of kids doing that trick with a dog sitting on the surfboard.)
  • The diving pool turning from blue to green in Rio is weird. It looks like the water at Six Flags on the old cave ride. 
    Six Flags creeping a kid out back in the day
    Compare and Contrast in Rio
  • The Tarrant County case of Ed McIver Jr. is a perfect example of the State jacking with someone. A grand jury declined to indict him earlier this year on attempted capital murder of an officer charges. (If you can't get a grand jury indictment, a prosecutor should thank his lucky stars because he has been saved from an eventual acquittal by a jury on an incredibly worthless case.) Despite the no-bill, prosecutors fought to keep the guy in jail. A judge reduced his bail and he got out. The State then threw him back in jail for alleged "violations" of his bond conditions. Yesterday, the Tarrant County DA's office again tried to have him indicted on attempted capital murder by simply going to a different grand jury. Once again, the DA's office was told it was out of its collective mind.
  • I don't know if Art Briles, who for some strange reason was at Cowboys training camp yesterday, will ever coach again at the major college level. Probably not.
  • In "happy birthday" news from a Texas paper . . . 
  • I'm frustrated that I didn't take up kayaking on the U.S.S. Liberally Lean until after Olympic qualifying. Everyone would be talking about my gold medal this morning instead of Michael Phelps.
  • John Oliver's show this week spent the majority of its time focusing on the importance of newspapers and the dismissal state they are in. They are so desperate they've stumbled by trying to incorporate social media into their content. (I noticed the Dallas Morning News' new beta site is dumping a couple of Facebook comments directly into the body of a story without comment or acknowledgement. You just suddenly see a couple of embedded comments from spare strangers.)
  • In that same vein, the Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy took Judge Larry Myers to task for posting the fake "no parking" signs in his neighborhood. When I looked at it, there were three comments using Facebook logins at the end of it (with one of them being someone shoehorning in their own unpaid ad.) And the first comment had the following insight: "What do you expect from a LIBERAL judge, laws aren't for them don't you know! They are experts at breaking the law, just look at their mullah ovomit, now isn't he something special? Go Trump!" Yep, newspapers really need that social media contribution.
  • I bet there will come a day when high school volleyball no longer uses the term "kills". 
  • Courthouse discussion yesterday: Name the country artist who shot a music video in Decatur, what movie was it from, and what year?
  • Trump didn't actually threaten Hillary yesterday. The trouble is that Trump supporters have to constantly jump back and forth between, "I support Trump because he's a straight shooter who means what he says" and "Oh, well, he didn't mean that." 
  • The BagOfNothing guy had an epiphany yesterday when he realized the joy of anticipation. Being the hardest working man in show business, I wrote about that eight years ago when I referenced this clip:
  • "If [Susan Hawk] is the county's top attorney, that office works at peak efficiency when she's gone." - The Ticket's Gordon Keith on the oft-absent Dallas DA.
  • Answer: Faith Hill. Pearl Harbor. 2001.


53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Barry looks to the lowest members of society for inspiration. He's just a cog in the wheel driving late stage culture.

Anonymous said...

Not sure which is more astounding: listening to Trumps actual statement or watching his surrogates ate,ping to explain it away. They might have well said up is not up and down is not down

Anonymous said...

One big problem with Wake Surfing is the damage it causes on floating docks. The wake that is required to surf is much larger than the wake of a regular ski boat. When the larger wake strikes a floating dock, it can damage the floats, the guide wires, or the winches. Just a friendly reminder to wake surf in the middle of the lake, so the wake can diminish a little before it get to the shore.

Thank you from a floating dock owner!!!

Anonymous said...

If you admire V Putin, naturally assignation is part of your bag of tricks.

Ernest T said...

Faith Hill
Pearl Harbor
2001

What do I win?

Anonymous said...

"John Oliver's show this week spent the majority of its time focusing on the importance of newspapers and the dismissal state they are in."

You may want to consider changing "dismissal" to "dismal".

Anonymous said...

That reminds me, I need to pick up my sheet at the cleaners for the birthday party.

DF Grand Kleagle

wordkyle said...

"a prosecutor should thank his lucky stars because he has been saved from an eventual acquittal by a jury on an incredibly worthless case" As was proved true with Ronnie Earle, who needed six grand juries before he got an indictment against Tom DeLay -- and the case was ultimately thrown out. (But not before DeLay's political career was destroyed, which was the partisan prosecutor's objective all along.)

Anonymous said...

You get insight into the real core values of a man when you see him commit to a college and back out 48 hrs later. Back in the day a mans word was his bond!

Anonymous said...

Newspapers and "the importance of newspapers and the dismissal state they are in". Good typo. Like most news, they have become so pointedly liberal, they are easily dismissed. When they took the editorials from that section and every article became editorialized, I quit reading or watching, or listening.

Anonymous said...

"2nd amendment folks can deal with" means get out and vote. No explanation needed. No threat made. Move on.

Anonymous said...

Netflix...Shameless...funny..

Anonymous said...

Even if the DNC had that staffer killed, leftist like Barry won't care. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet?

Anonymous said...

You talk like you got a pretty big dock! I'd focus on keeping the winches off of it.

janneba said...

I had singer right but movie wrong I thought it was from Gone girl. LOL

Anonymous said...

Malia Obammy. Starting her own choom gang. Like father, like daughter.

Anonymous said...

The DNC staffer committed suicide like Vince Foster. He shot himself twice in the back of the head.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the RTG: I've seen better heads on nickel beer. Is that Paul Stanley without make-up?

Anonymous said...

Trump really puts the "ass" in "assassination". Twice.

Anonymous said...

I don't think a trump was serious, but no way in hell did he mean for people to get out and vote. Y'all can't be that stupid.

And another "but (someone else)" from Wordkyle. Big surprise. Just deal with something on its merits, or shut up. Again, we'll all thank you for it.

Anonymous said...

Vote for Gary Johnson!!!

Anonymous said...

In other news the murdered DNC staffer has been linked to being a whistleblower for wikileaks. I am sure the timing is just a coincidence that the whistleblower is shot multiple times in the back of the head and DNC emails leaked w/in 2 weeks of each other.

The UNDERWOOD'S look like saints compared to the CLINTONS.

SPEAKS VOLUMES DOESN'T IT?

Anonymous said...

Well, been watching more Olympic coverage today, getting psyched up for Water Polo. I don't know how the animal rights activists haven't gotten this sport banned; figure I'll watch it because it will be gone soon.

Also learned that Judo is literally worthless like all those other fancy pants Karate spinoffs. It won't keep you from being beat down on the beach and robbed. I can't watch fencing, not an appropriate event. I nearly got nabbed for selling stolen property one time, doesnt belong at the Olympics. One last thing, I wish the swimmers would quit tricking up their techniques in the pool and just swim. If one guy wants to swim on his back or flop forward with both arms at once I think a standard swim beats him everytime.

wordkyle said...

1120 - Merits? Of BG's observation? That was the point of my comment. Since he has the bully pulpit I try to provide another point of view for balance. No thanks necessary. (Your offer sounded a little disingenuous anyway.)

Anonymous said...

11:20 -

I agree. Trump was just mouthing off the way he does, but there's no way he meant "get out and vote." And the people in the room didn't take it that way, either. Listen to the nervous laughter, and watch the reaction from the couple just over his left shoulder (woman in white shirt, man in red).

Anonymous said...

Front desk? This is room 1281. I'd like a wake up call at 7 AM on November 9th please. And no maid service until then. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

The worst thing about the Susan Hawk situation is that the mentally-ill absentee DA is still an improvement over the previous DA/ADAs who are being investigated for corruption.

Anonymous said...

That Playboy shoot @ Whistle Stop around 95, oh yes.

Anonymous said...

I am most probably voting Johnson. Would NEVER vote for the crook Hitlery. Trump is just too full of himself to think about other people, and what is best for the country.

Having said that, watching various news sources, the media takes whatever Trump says, and blows it way out of proportion. No matter how innocuous, they will twist anything to fit their narrative

Then they take the very real and obvious problems that Hitlery has, and sweeps them under the rug.

It is truly criminal how unfair media is today. Walter Cronkite, you are missed.

Anonymous said...

1:03 - Walter Cronkite was a punk.

Anonymous said...

12:00

You used the word "balance".

Did you gag a bit when you typed that since your point of view is anything but balanced?

Triple Fake... said...

Olympic gymnastic notes:
Watching last night, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas seem like grown women, in stature and demeanor (if not voice), in a sport of little girls. They're veterans of the last Summer Games and it shows.
Speaking of, how do the Chinese look at the US team and not think "A certain amount of muscle can be an advantage in doing this." All the Chinese gymnasts look to be about twelve years old and maybe sixty-five pounds. And while that may be an asset in the floor exercise, the other routines require some form of strength and power.
Bob Costas put it rather well when he said any one of the Final Five would probably be the best gymnast on any other nation's team

wordkyle said...

207 - Are you actually, or just pretending to be, that slow? I don't want to insult you but you make it difficult not to.

What I've appreciated about BG over the years is that even though he takes a decidedly Liberal stance on issues ("it's in the name"™) he, unlike most Liberals, allows opinions that differ from his to be expressed in his forum.

As for Mr/Ms 207, it's no secret that I believe modern Liberalism to be an abomination of political philosophy that should be eradicated from the planet. It destroys initiative and self worth, and forces a dependence on the state. Modern Liberalism is the most cynical, hypocritical, and least compassionate ideology ever inflicted upon a democratic citizenry. It is condescension masked as altruism.

Anonymous said...

RE: RTG

Seems like a half moon is on display.

The question is, is it waning or waxing?

I vote for waxing.

Anonymous said...

Will Hillary use executive orders and the actions of her Supreme Court appointees to override the 2nd Amendment?

Anonymous said...

2:56

So you are saying.....you are not balanced in your views.

Anonymous said...

It seems like Trump's "Second Amendment people" comment falls into one of two categories: (1) he intended to (not-so-subtly) imply that, if Hillary tried to "abolish the 2nd Amendment" then she would/could/should be taken out by an insurrectionist gun owner; or (2) he was making a (poorly worded, tasteless) joke. I would say there is a third option that he actually meant what his handlers later said he meant, namely that he was calling "2nd Amendment people" to mobilize and vote, but the last year has shown us that Trump lacks the ability to offer remarks that are that carefully crafted and nuanced. The far more realistic answer is that Trump was just off script and "telling it like it is."

This leads to a couple of conclusions. If the answer is (1), then clearly Trump is not fit to lead our country. We're not built on a foundation of leaders implying that their political opponents could or should be murdered. Demonizing and dehumanizing an opponent to the point that your followers view that person as the epitome of evil is never okay. I'd tell you to ask Yitzak Rabin what that can result in, but you can't.

If the answer is (2), then Trump appears to lack the ability to discern that making such a joke is (and should be) out of bounds, and thus he lacks the discretion to lead our country. IMO, it was clearly a throwaway, off-script line to get a laugh, as evidenced by his expressions and the nervous laughter of the crowd. But for a man who was going to be "so presidential," he has yet to demonstrate that he actually possesses that skill set.

I don't like Hillary. I don't like Trump. Out of 300+ million people, these are our two f@$#ing choices??!?!

Anonymous said...

Uhhh, Republicans actively fight to allow millions of Texans, including children, to stay hungry, uninsured, and uneducated by refusing to adequately fund just about every program that could help them.

But Democrats are the "least compassionate".

Again--Wordkyle is the least honest person on this blog. And possibly anywhere. At least Trump says what he thinks and believes it. Wordy knows it's a lie.

Bear said...

4:06

You are the most disillusioned person I have ever seen on this website. And that is saying a lot here.

You actually believe what you just wrote? If you do, you are the biggest idiot I have ever come across.

You have taken the kool-aid and asked for seconds and thirds.

Anonymous said...

4:06 PM

"Uhhh, Republicans actively fight to allow millions of Texans, including children, to stay hungry, uninsured, and uneducated by refusing to adequately fund just about every program that could help them."

You're kidding, right? What is the cost for 12 years of education? Have you visited the local food pantry lately? What hospitals refuse to treat children?

What government programs are effective to help citizens out of poverty? Just one, jobs.

Spin that crap somewhere else...

Anonymous said...

In 'happy birthday'news from a Texas paper... Senatuh Robert Byrd, Al Gore Sr., William Fulbright, George Wallace and Bull Connor were unavailable for comment.

Anonymous said...

Black Lies Matter turns 1. Once again a legal hate group sponsored by liberal weenies.

wordkyle said...

LOL And right on cue we have the "the government needs more money" defense, without any explanation of why the billions the government currently spends seems to be ineffective. Such an argument absolves the Liberal of ever having to solve a problem, because all he has to do is shrug and say "we need more money." And there's never enough money to satisfy a government program.

P.S. Your fascination with me has become embarrassing. Please find another outlet for your attention.

Anonymous said...

According to Bloomberg Politics, Biden said in the 2008 presidential race, "I'll guarantee, Barack Obama ain't taking my shotgun. So don't buy that malarkey. They're going to start peddling that to you." He added, "I've got two, (and) if he tries to pull my Beretta, he's got a problem." Now I ask you, which proposed a more direct threat, Joe or Donald?

Anonymous said...

You assume, as usual, that only one person is poking holes in your lies. And also like usual, you're wrong.

Looks like 4:06 touched a nerve. All that conservative BS at conflict with y'all's professed religion finally getting to you? Sorry fellas, all your anger and spin doesn't change the fact that you are holding onto your shekels at the expense of real human beings who need help. Good luck explaining that to St. Peter at them gates.

Anonymous said...

Go sell crazy somewhere else. Biden was way more in favor of gun control than Obama ever has been.

wordkyle said...

402 - Or...Trump meant that the powerful NRA political machine Democrats always complain about could do its thing. Would that add to your possible conclusions?

Anonymous said...

4:02 OMG just shut up already, you're embarrassing yourself. You sure did read a lot into his statement.

Anonymous said...

Actually 10:11, I use Egg Beaters. Much neater and healthy too!

DF Barack "call me Barry" Obama

Anonymous said...

The voices in my head also told me there was a 2nd Amendment solution. Did I misunderstand them & it was just a voter registration effort they were recommending?

DF Charles Whitman

wordkyle said...

555 - First, you assume that the government "helps." Explain how hiring a new batch of bureaucrats helps anyone other than the bureaucrats and the Democrats. (P.S. Millions of Conservatives help through their church charitable work, where almost all of their dollar goes to those in need, versus the 30% or less of that same dollar filtered through the government. Speak not of matters of which ye know not.)

Anonymous said...

5:56, Noticing hypocrisy never was your strong suit was it? Joe Biden's idea of gun control was to tell his wife to step out onto the balcony and fire off a couple of rounds of the shotgun, even though they both have 24 hour armed guard secret service protection. Go drink Kool Aid somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Even funnier than McIver was the guy who got kicked in the face by cops, prosecuted for interfering with said police (I guess his teeth got in the way), then acquitted. Its a hotbed of competence at Tarrant County these days.