The Campaign For DA

9.20.2016

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • “I understand that, upon my retirement, I will receive, during the remainder of my lifetime, an annuity equal to the salary I was receiving at the time of retirement.”  - Included in a Waco federal judge's resignation letter to President Obama. That's odd. He'll get what he is entitled to get so why tell the President -- of all people -- what he understands he will get. By the way, he earns $203,100 and has been dogged for years by sexual harassment allegations. 
  • So Decatur ISD is providing Android tablets instead of iPads this year? Someone told me that but I have no idea if it is true. 
  • Here's a question: Would kids in grades 6 through 12, if given a choice, rather use the Android operating system than the one from Apple? I'm betting they would.
  • This murder of the girl whose body was found near Lake Grapevine might be a crazier case than the Arochi trial I've been following. The kicker came yesterday when it was learned that "Someone used her Twitter account Friday — after her body had been found — to tweet 'Never knew I could feel like this.'” They arrested a guy out of Haslet who worked as a bartender at Urban Cowboy in Fort Worth and has, I've heard, a creepy Facebook page. They were last seen leaving a bar in Denton (but I've not heard the name of the bar.)
  • Edit: The Dallas Observer reproduced this Tweet of hers before her death:
  • Someone on WBAP this morning talk about how "sophisticated" the bombs in NY/NJ were. Then I look at my Twitter feed and it dawns on me that "sophisticated" is in the eye of the beholder . . . 

  • Side note about these bombs: Does everyone else know what a "pressure cooker" is besides me? Yeah, I've heard of them but I've never seen one, and I have no idea what is cooked in them. In fact, I have no idea what in the heck pressurized cooking is. 
  • I think I just went into a What's-The-Deal-With routine.  
  • Experts say that if Trump loses Florida, it's over. That is, he could win the remainder of the swing states but would still lose the election. Why isn't he camping out in Florida?
  • George H.W. Bush will be voting for Hillary. (And since when has the whole Bush clan been referred to in a derogatory fashion as "Bushies"? I heard Mark Davis call them that this morning.)
  • If you hear people arguing about politics today and you are confused by Skittles making an appearance in the conversation, this link will explain the controversy that this graphic caused:
  • The Daily News headline writer has to be a great gig. The job description must be, "Think of something clever each day." 

69 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Android operating system is more widely used and a better overall system. Apple is the evil empire of tech.

Anonymous said...

"Rage" is waiting on an email telling it what propose today.

Anonymous said...

"Rage" is also checking it's account to verify that it received it's deposit last night.

Anonymous said...

Im outraged at young Trump for his insensitive analogy, Skittles deserves more respect!

Anonymous said...

Barry,

Pressure cookers were the pre-microwave quick cookers.
Cooking a roast in an oven might take an hour and a half, the pressure cooker could cook the same meal in 1/4-1/2 the time.

I cook my pinto beans in a pressure cooker. Takes about 30 minutes.

There are high tech programmable pressure cookers on the market that double as rice steamers and yogurt makers.

Anonymous said...

"Think of something clever each day."
Good thing you just write this blog and go to ALR hearings.

Anonymous said...

Entitled.


That about sums up most people.

Anonymous said...

I think the Skittles analogy is great.

He dumbed it down for people like you.
Now please don't tell me you STILL cant comprehend it!

Anonymous said...

My grandmother used a pressure cooker in canning and preserving food for the winter. She did not have electricity or a refrigerator. I still like to make jelly from wild fruit.

Anonymous said...

Ban pressure cookers.

Anonymous said...

Chromebooks not Android Tablets

Anonymous said...

Experts say that if Trump loses Florida, it's over. That is, he could win the remainder of the swing states but would still lose the election. Why isn't he camping out in Florida?


Let there be no mistake, though, cuz you think Hillary gone win anyways!

Anonymous said...

I think that Muslim Terrorist was a slow cooker himself. What a dumb ass.

Anonymous said...

No surprise on GW. All the Bushies are moderates left leaners anyway.

Anonymous said...

Syrian Skittles and Mexican Borracho Beans can and do kill innocent people.
Vietnamese Noodles, Canadian Moose Burgers, Tibetan Lamb, English Fish-Chips, South African Grilled Kudu and Australian Tuna Steaks have very few if any casualties attributed to their consumption.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

LL official :
https://www.instagram.com/p/BKhILj4AEp0/?taken-by=britneyspears

Anonymous said...

I think jelly made from Not Sam would taste weird.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who would vote for Hillary Clinton is an idiot regardless of who they are.

Anonymous said...

9:04 -

It is a good analogy. But to be factually accurate, the bowl would need to be a little bit bigger, since a person's odds of being killed by a refugee (ANY refugee - not just those from Syria) is 1 in 3.6 billion.

But hey, dehumanizing people for the purposes of fearmongering is literally how this campaign started, so why not keep beating that drum? Not like Trump voters care much for factual accuracy, anyway.

Anonymous said...

Pressure cookers were used a lot more back in the days of preserving foods. My grandmother used one for canning summer produce for a winter food source.

Anonymous said...

My cat's breath smells like cat food.

Rage

that guy said...

Pressure cookers have been around a long time, you've probably enjoyed food prepared in them before.

DF Colonel Sanders

Anonymous said...

I love how all you cut rate lackeys on here continue to mention my name. I am in your head and it was so easy. Like moths to a flame baby.

Rage

Anonymous said...

The one and only reason that the establishment Republicans won't endorse Trump is because he screws up the balance that both sides of the isle enjoy. Meanwhile, we keep taking it up the you know what! GHWB may just be the only one that is being honest. The rest of that sorry bunch is going to vote for Hillary as well. They are all about money and power and Trump will upset the balance that provides all that money and power. Democrats and Republicans will all circle the wagons to keep out the intruder. But true patriotic Americans are hoping there are still enough of us out here to vote Trump in and bring down the whole sorry system. If not, many of you that are not anywhere close to retirement will be working for less net income than any generation in the history of this country. But don't worry, all those Obamaphone folks will appreciate it.


Anonymous said...

9:59

1:3,600,000,000

Factual accuracy.

Good one.

The analogy is pointing to the number of killers in the refugee pool, not odds of an individual being killed by a refugee.
It's rhetorical. Makes the point masterfully.

Meme magic is real.

Don't dialectic all over our rhetoric, bad form, don't you know.

Anonymous said...

My childhood memories have a near constant soundtrack of the hiss and rattle of my Mom's pressure cooker.

wordkyle said...

959 - I'm afraid you're not one to judge what's "factually accurate." A very quick and shallow Google search reveals headlines such as "Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack" and "Teen Syrian refugees in Austria murder man and dump his body" and "Swedish asylum worker killed at refugee center." Also "Germany's migrant crisis: Refugees committed more than 200,000 crimes last year." (Not all were murder. Assault, robbery, and other predatory crimes were only 36,000 of the total. Only.)

Your "one in 3.6 billion" claim is absolutely inaccurate.

Trump's illustration IS accurate. A given number of the refugees arrive with the intention of doing harm to their hosts. (That includes you and your wannabe savior pals, pal.) Admitting any number of people that you know include terrorists and murderers, without any attempt to weed them out, is suicidal madness.

Anonymous said...

Back in the day; most womens used pressure cookers to can vegatables.
There are also some bars aptly named pressure cookers

Just Sayin

wordkyle said...

You guys pay too much attention to something that's stuck to the bottom of your shoe.

Anonymous said...

Pressure cookers like the one they showed used to make the bombs are really pressure canners. I use one to can produce in the summer, just because I think it's a neat thing to continue doing. Lots of folks that are into the homesteading/off-the-grid movement use them to preserve much of their food, since the end product doesn't require electricity like a freezer does.
Beans, peas, corn, okra, etc. can all be pressure canned.

Anonymous said...

10:16 - It's a war for civilization. Leftism & Islamism against Americanism. You have exposed yourself.

Anonymous said...

You are in my head "rage." All of you creatures are.

Anonymous said...

The doctor said I wouldn't have so many nose bleeds if I kept my finger outta there.

Rage

Andy Stevenson said...

Pressure cooker. Boiling is boiling no matter how much you crank up the heat on that pot of stew. Put a lid on it with a seal and now your boiling point goes up a few degrees and food cooks faster and in the case of food storage, microbes are killed. Use that same sealed container filled with nails, BB's, black powder and an igniter and you have yourself a bomb.

Anonymous said...

Hillary only draws 200 people at a liberal college of 30 thousand and Trump draws thousands at coliseums and has to turn people away. Sounds like Hillary has it all sewn up! Here is a list of Hillary's appearances for the rest of this week..

Anonymous said...

RTG very nice!

Anonymous said...

Apple rules!!!

Anonymous said...

10:43 -

Or, instead of Googling anecdotal stories about things that happened in other countries, I could read the story that Barry posted and find the link to this nugget, from a Cato Institute report:

"From 1975 through 2015, the annual chance that an American would be murdered in a terrorist attack carried out by a foreign-born terrorist was 1 in 3,609,709. Foreigners on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks, whereas those on other tourist visas killed 1 in 3.9 million a year. The chance that an American would be killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee was 1 in 3.64 billion a year."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/19/donald-trump-jr-inadvertantly-encourages-america-to-scoop-up-refugees-by-the-handful/

But, again, let's not let facts get in the way when we can use anecdotes to stir up fear.

I'm not going to change your mind about the policy aspects of should we/shouldn't we accept refugees - but to say that "Trump's illustration IS accurate" is stupid on your part. You're better than that.

Anonymous said...

Sure "Rage", you're just a small town pizza lawyer who assures us that all of this is completely legal

Anonymous said...

If three of the Skittles are Muslim terrorists, how many are prosecutors that convict people with false evidence, or cops that kill people without recourse? 50?

We have far more to fear from our local law enforcement officials than we ever will from any terrorist.

Rage (the real one)

Anonymous said...

11:54
The plural of anecdote is data.

Anonymous said...

The US homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was 4.5 per 100,000. The 2014 total follows a long downward trend and is the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1963 when the rate was 4.6 per 100,000. To find a lower homicide rate, we must travel back to 1957 when the total homicide rate hit 4.0 per 100,000.

Deport Americans to Syria!

https://mises.org/blog/fbi-us-homicide-rate-51-year-low

Anonymous said...

Would I take a handful of those Skittles?

It depends on how hungry I was.

Anonymous said...

While I do like pizza, I like yesterday's description of my 'masturbatory world' better. I mean, who wouldn't want to live in that world? Sounds like a pretty fun place to me. Today's RTG (without the piercings) is there too. She looks fun.

Rage

Anonymous said...

11:54

The odds are, you're probably not going to be killed by a refugee, I get it.

You could improve those odds greatly by stretching the sample period back to the country's founding instead of just 1975, when there were practically no muslim immigrants.

The odds of an American murder victim of a refugee being dead are 1:1.

Factual accuracy, riiighhht.

Anonymous said...

Someone's jealous that they're not the center of attention.

Anonymous said...

No he's not. You know this.

Rage

wordkyle said...

1154 - You used a not-so-subtle change of terms to justify your argument. "Terrorist attack" is one thing, "murder," "assault," and "predatory attacks" are other different terms. Did Trump say "terrorist attack?" That's what you based your entire argument on.

Also, I didn't say, and don't believe, that we shouldn't take in refugees. (Your description of my stance.) What I do believe is that allowing scores of thousands of strangers-- among whom we know are terrorists, murderers, and others who wish us harm -- into the country unvetted is stupid and suicidal. I'm advocating a more deliberate, thoughtful process. A conservative process. Those who need help and who don't want to kill us, we help. The others we deal with accordingly. That shouldn't be a controversial stance.

Anonymous said...

We're also supposed to believe that "rage" is a heterosexual male.

Anonymous said...

"Rage's" weird creepy algorithm throws in a generic heterosexual male statement when it is worried about being discovered.

Anonymous said...

You have to remove your jacket repeatedly in that world!

Anonymous said...

So let's compound our problems by adding terrorists to the mix?

Anonymous said...

You want a more "conservative" vetting process? Here's the current one:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/11/20/infographic-screening-process-refugee-entry-united-states

Which of these steps is insufficient? Which should be expanded? Surely by "conservative" you don't mean "smaller government," because that would almost certainly eliminate steps. So what does "conservative" mean to you in this context?

Anonymous said...

I am old enough to remember the refugee crisis when we pulled out of Vietnam. Those trying to escape an oppressive communist regime were held in refugee camps, primarily in the Phillipines, and their basic needs were met by various relief organizations. In order to come to the USA, each refugee and/or their family had to have a sponsor, a place to live and a job. Many churches and other religious organizations were sponsors, as well as some individuals.That process took a lot of time. The Vietnamese refugees have assimilated very well, have jobs, educate their children, and are gratefule to be in Amercia. They go home to visit relatives, but are proud to be Americans. Why would this same process not work now? People in agreement with accepting refugees could become sponsors! And it can't be true that Syrian refugees are vetted for 2-5 years, as they are already living among us. Texas is a popular destination, probably because of our job market. The acceptance of refugees, no matter their country of origin, has to be safe and manageable. Every person,school, agency and even government entity has limited resources!

Anonymous said...

I'm cool with refugees from anywhere as long as they aren't Muslims. I'm not worried about terrorism, I just don't like those crazy bastards.

Anonymous said...

So....what about the guy that killed the pretty female TWU student...cut her up and burned the body parts near Lake Grapevine?

Oh, white dude, btw.

So which religion or race should we blame that one on?

Anonymous said...

3:53 - your comments are insensitive.

Anonymous said...

3:39 -

"And it can't be true that Syrian refugees are vetted for 2-5 years, as they are already living among us."

But you know the Syrian civil war/conflict began in March 2011, right?
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syrian-civil-war-timeline-tracking-five-years-of-conflict-a6929411.html

Since we're big on anecdotal evidence in these comments, I'll also include this:

The acceptance of families like the Haj Alis has become a campaign issue, and Donald Trump insists that the United States knows little about the refugees it accepts. “We don’t know where these people come from,” he told supporters Wednesday night in Canton, Ohio. “We don’t know if they have love or hate in their heart, and there’s no way to tell.”

Rabia countered with a laugh that, “If there’s a detail about me the Americans don’t know, then I probably don’t know it myself.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-a-chicago-suburb-a-syrian-family-adjusts-to-its-new-american-life/2016/09/19/d7d897ea-7e7a-11e6-ae22-bfe3092ac7cc_story.html

Anonymous said...

3:53
Can't we say it was a lone wolf act of workplace violence committed by a mentally ill individual, whose actions in no way reflect on any race or religion?

Anonymous said...

No one is talking about the whoopin the Eagles are going to put on those sissies!! Oh and it will be televised for the world to see!!! Agh!!!!

Anonymous said...

"That's odd. He'll get what he is entitled to get so why tell the President -- of all people -- what he understands he will get. By the way, he earns $203,100 and has been dogged for years by sexual harassment allegations."

He's saying, "So long, suckers! I still win!"

wordkyle said...

233 - Conservative, as I mentioned earlier, as in deliberate and thoughtful. FBI Director Comey already testified to the gaps in the refugee screening process. Senate Democrats blocked a tightening of the process. To meet its own quotas the Obama administration reduced the refugee processing time from the usual 18-24 months to 3 months. None of those facts strike me as ensuring American security.

All of which also reinforce Trump's point.

Anonymous said...

"Side note about these bombs: Does everyone else know what a "pressure cooker" is besides me? Yeah, I've heard of them but I've never seen one, and I have no idea what is cooked in them. In fact, I have no idea what in the heck pressurized cooking is."

The depths of your ignorance about common, everyday things continues to astound me.

Consider: Putting more heat into a given food (Like meat or beans) makes it cook faster, and makes it tender faster. At sea level, water boils at 212 degrees F/100 degrees C. If you want to get your food hotter than that, you have to pressurize it. This will let you put more heat into a given amount of meat, and to evenly heat it, much, much faster. So when you have an hour to make chili, you can get the meat tender and cooked. If you have already soaked them, you can make a big pot of beans in under an hour with this method.

We should review if you retained your knowledge on how to change a tire.

Anonymous said...

I think Barry's mom was a professional work outside the home mom is why he doesn't know what a pressure cooker is. She certainly grew up in the day the were being used; but perhaps her mom had one.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:46

You do realize that's the textbook definition of racism, right? You don't deserve to call yourself an American.

- Ire

Baylor Too said...

Best RTG in a long time.

Anonymous said...

Liberalism...Next question!

Anonymous said...

"The "some are poisonous, so we can't take that chance" analogy appeared in another form decades before, in a children's book called The Poisonous Mushroom (or, in its original German, Der Giftpilz):

A mother and her young boy are gathering mushrooms in the German forest. The boy finds some poisonous ones. The mother explains that there are good mushrooms and poisonous ones, and, as they go home, says:

“Look, Franz, human beings in this world are like the mushrooms in the forest. There are good mushrooms and there are good people. There are poisonous, bad mushrooms and there are bad people. And we have to be on our guard against bad people just as we have to be on guard against poisonous mushrooms. Do you understand that?”

“Yes, mother,” Franz replies. “I understand that in dealing with bad people trouble may arise, just as when one eats a poisonous mushroom. One may even die!”

“And do you know, too, who these bad men are, these poisonous mushrooms of mankind?” the mother continued.

Franz slaps his chest in pride:

“Of course I know, mother! They are the Jews! Our teacher has often told us about them.”

The mother praises her boy for his intelligence, and goes on to explain the different kinds of “poisonous” Jews: the Jewish pedlar, the Jewish cattle-dealer, the Kosher butcher, the Jewish doctor, the baptised Jew, and so on.

“However they disguise themselves, or however friendly they try to be, affirming a thousand times their good intentions to us, one must not believe them. Jews they are and Jews they remain. For our Volk they are poison.”

Anonymous said...

Muslim is a religion, not a race...keep up pal!

3:46