The Campaign For DA

10.27.2016

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts





  • Didn't there used to be "mobile" or "temporary" early voting locations? Didn't we have one in the Walmart parking lot in Decatur once? I always thought it was weird and probably illegal. Where you put that location in some races in some counties could directly impact the election. 
  • If you haven't seen the NBA's Double Bird Guy video, you probably should. I think I'm more entertained by Westbrook's reaction than seeing a middle aged man child. 
  • Saw a long ad on Fox News or CNN for some medical product for Hepatitis C which "may have been lingering in the bodies of Baby Boomers for years." That is praying on fear. And it is directed at the older demographic of America. 
  • I'd tap the brakes on the "polls tightening" in the presidential race.  I'm not sure that Bloomberg group didn't fudge Florida's numbers for Trump just to break from the crowd and get a ton of publicity yesterday  -- which it did. And even if Hillary wins Florida, they can point to their margin of error and still say they were accurate.
  • Selfies aren't banned at the polls in some states, cameras are.  And even that seems to have some constitutional free speech issues. 
  • Trump caught heat yesterday for being in D.C. to open up a new hotel instead of being in a swing state. I don't have any problem with him being there. He was all over TV so that worked. And his bit of "look what I can do in this city of do-nothing" was a smart theme. 
  • There's a trial I haven't followed very closely going on in Collin County which is a who-done-it. It's a circumstantial case where a woman is found dead in her garage and the husband is later arrested.  But this tweet from reporter Valarie Wigglesworth caught my attention yesterday as she covered the trial: "[Detective] spoke to neighbor Stephen Brockway who lives on Newport Dr; Brockway arrested 2 mo later on unrelated murder for hire."  Good grief. That's one heck of a neighborhood.
  • I don't know how to fix CPS in Texas but it seems a lot more complicated than simply paying the current staff more money. I'm sure they might need a pay raise, but that shouldn't impact the performance of the current make up of CPS. 
  • Watching a girl have a panic attack on Survivor was fascinating depending on how much you know about them.
  • The hunt for ZuZu has taken a couple of turns. The police are saying they are "focusing" on Brewster and Presidio counties means they have no idea where she is. Secondly, the Alpine police called the boyfriend and his "family" the dreaded "persons of interest" until yesterday when the boyfriend, who had retained an attorney, suddenly became the "suspect." 
  • Let's look at that situation from a different perspective. The Alpine police have a high profile case on their hands which they can't solve. The police chief feels heat. The last person the girl was with is the boyfriend. So let's name him a "person of interest" to send the message that we are actively working on this case and making progress. (And we all know that term officially doesn't mean suspect.) Plus, the police named his family as "persons of interest", too, to give them wiggle room. Ok, for the sake of discussion, let's assume the boyfriend is innocent. He is now widely known as the focus of police. Let's say he knows of how people can get railroaded in Texas (see Michael Morton) and gets scared and hires a lawyer. The lawyer tells him not to talk to the cops because who in their right mind would? The cops, now with a greater opportunity to take the heat off them, name him a "suspect" pointing out how he has retained a lawyer and call it "not cooperating."  See how the boyfriend's reputation has been ruined? But here's the ultimate question: Why are the police naming anyone a "person of interest" or a "suspect." They know where he is!!! What's the purpose -- other than to take off the heat?
  • Mrs. LL had her Katie Couric Procedure at a facility that was dedicated to that procedure. Five doctors on staff and they were churning out three to four people an hour. All professional, however. We even had a brief doctor's visit and written report before we walked out the door.


51 comments:

wordkyle said...

"I'm not sure that Bloomberg group didn't fudge Florida's numbers" - So now we share the same opinion on the integrity of polls.

Anonymous said...

There was a voting place IN Walmart in Decatur once. Just a question: the location of a polling place is where you draw the line on legality??? SMH.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry--speaking to early Wise County voting locations--why don't you check in on the "glitches" taking place yesterday about 2:30 at the Boyd location?
Relative had his straight R default to Hillary twice--he was in disbelief--as he had heard about this happening all over the state but thought it to be anything but machine shenanigans- till he saw it happening with his own eyes. He called the poll worker over--the lady next to him same thing--while the poll worker was helping them--two more out of the six total was having it happen?
Poll worker said there had been "glitches" happening a lot………..
Move on people--nothing to see here……
Figured with your vast investigative skills and Wise county connections you could inquire about this and get back with us?
Wonder if these glitches are happening in the reverse--with straight Dems going over to Trump?

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

Trump catches heat everyday from Clinton News Network, Always Been for Clinton and Nobody But Clinton. I don't watch Hitler style brainwashing news. If you don't understand Clinton taking over the news media then read some old text books printed after WWII.

Anonymous said...

Preying on fear, not praying. Unless you're praying to the "gods of fear"! I only point that typo/grammar goof because it's a "leetle" funny! :-)

Anonymous said...

The first Katie Couric procedure I had was done was at the original Wise Regional West Campus, without anesthesia. The doctor who performed it was assisted by his normal OR nurse and they joked all the way through it...even telling me that if I felt the need to pass gas, just go ahead...they had masks on. I had no issues with that at all. No pain, no problems at all.
Ten years later, same facility (Wise Regional, East Campus), it was a full-blown operating room facility with anesthesiologist and staff. I have no idea how many staff were present, but I saw at least 5-6 people before I 'went under'. Still no issues, but much more invasive IMHO (as if poking instruments up your butt is considered non-invasive by anyone).
Both were routine colonoscopies, not for any medical issue or concern.

Anonymous said...

Is there some Katie Couric's Disease that I am unaware of? Is it like the Tommy John's of plastic surgery or something.

Anonymous said...

SO, YOU WATCHED SURVIVOR LAST NIGHT? ... DID YOU NOTICE THAT THE SUN CAME UP THIS MORNING? I'VE BEEN TELLING YOU FOR YEARS IT WOULD COME UP AGAIN.

TF ALL CAPS GENIUS

Anonymous said...

Why are the police naming anyone a "person of interest" or a "suspect." They know where he is!!!

Easy there, little fella. Maybe some nice Chamomile tea would do you some good.

Anonymous said...

I remember a temporary voting table set up at a Bridgeport football game (behind the home stands). This would have been sometime between 1998 and 2004. I believe that there was a bond election on the ballot, because I remember thinking that the "vote yes" group was
going to get a lot of votes from this crowd.

Ernest T said...

The "heat" that Trump is taking over taking a few hours off to celebrate the opening of his new hotel just goes to show how corrupt our media is. He took this time off to celebrate a new accomplishment of his business.

Hillary took the day off to attend an Adele concert. Not a word of criticism was spoken about that.

The media is simply doing exactly what the Clintons are asking them to do. I don't know if I have ever seen an election where the media is so biased, not even in the last two for Obama.

I also question the polls as very suspicious. How do you explain the large crowds showing up for Trump speeches and the small crowds showing up for Clinton speeches and then turn around and say that Hillary is leading?

Anonymous said...

By some of the reports and complaints, you'd think that it was the CPS workers themselves that were abusing and hurting kids. Kind of like the blame that's put on police officers for all the people in jail or prison. As if being an incredibly bad parent or a criminal had nothing to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Then why didn't the mess come over all those years you said it would? Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Anonymous said...

Good, thought-provoking bullet point about looking at ZuZu's boyfriend and the Alpine Police investigation from a different perspective. I had not looked at it that way before and that makes me realize how important it is to view all sides rather than rush to judgment. Well done.

mzchief said...

Another Brit who gets it. This video explains why Americans must defeat Evil and vote for Crazy.

Anonymous said...

GJ BG on the RTG !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Brexit.
Latched on like a crazed English Bulldog.
The peeps have had it with the elitist politicians.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

You should rename this discussion...."I have no idea"

Anonymous said...

Barry, the CPS mess is even bigger than reported in the news, if you can believe it. Yes, the workers are woefully underpaid. And forced to use their own vehicles to visit homes (lousy mileage reimbursement). But they are committed to protecting our abused & are willing to take on the job in spite of poor pay. The insanity that burns them up and drives them away in droves is having a caseload in the hundreds per CPS professional when it is physically impossible to visit that many clients. Is it any wonder the system is cratering? Kind like the Wells Fargo mess. Sell a hundred banking products a month every month or you are gone. Mentality at CPS admin (with pressure from Legislature) - we'll "challenge" you by piling more & more cases in your basket. But the real folks to blame for this trainwreck is our wonderful Texas Legislature and Governor (Bush, Perry, Abbott). They refuse to budget serious money for MORE case workers and better salaries. Instead they nibble around the edges by changing out CPS leaders whenever they feel the heat. And trying to privatize foster care (cost more for lousy service). And now considering lowering professional caseworker standards to only a high school degree. But still refuse to hire more caseworkers. Just a mess. Thank you Phil King and Company (using sarcasm font).

Akin to giving firefighters a hand sprayer and a PlaySkool shovel as their only equipment to fight fires, then wondering why all the houses are burning down.

DF One Who Knows

Anonymous said...

You are correct...you know nothing about CPS. Those case workers deal with the dregs of society (that your liberal policies have enabled). These folks risk their safety to help mistreated children. They have to go to court and deal with idiot lawyers representing incompetent parents. Thank you liberal America.

Anonymous said...

Drain the swamp.

Anonymous said...

"Five doctors on staff and they were churning out three to four people an hour"
Jiffy Lube?

Anonymous said...

Problem is that some fired cops who were dirty now work for cps

Anonymous said...

The left destroys everything that it touches.

Anonymous said...

If you have not spent a day with or have someone close to you that is a CPS worker on cases, or an EMT, or a teacher, or cop, and so forth, then any opinion you have one way or the other on matters regarding these jobs or the people that do them, is completely uninformed.

wordkyle said...

mzchief - Very nice.

Anonymous said...

I don't see why you "have problem" with how Trump or even how Clinton runs their campaign. It just sounds stupid to say like that.

Anonymous said...

"I don't know how to fix CPS in Texas but it seems a lot more complicated than simply paying the current staff more money. I'm sure they might need a pay raise, but that shouldn't impact the performance of the current make up of CPS. "

The root of the problem? The Right to Lifers. They don't want abortions. That leads to unwanted children, and what do folks in Texas do with unwanted children? They beat them and sexually abuse them. Everybody wants a puppy but nobody wants a half-grown dog.

Anonymous said...

9:17
After her husband died of colon cancer, Couric began advocating for colonoscopies on a regular basis.
"In 1997, Katie Couric and husband Jay Monahan first learned that he had colon cancer. Monahan died nine months after that, at age 42. In March 2000, Couric got a colonoscopy -- on the air. The event was part of a week-long series to promote colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer awareness and screening. She went through every step of the procedure in a now-famous segment that aired on "The Today Show." Experts say her honest portrayal of the process and her feelings about it did wonders to persuade people that they, too, should get screened."

Anonymous said...

I was a volunteer at Court Appointed Special Advocates for ten years and Anon 10:49 knows what he/she is talking about.

Anonymous said...

Don't think about taking any of my money away for more CPS staffers. I have to keep those DPS gunboats on the Big Sandy.

DF Director Steven McCraw
DF bigger guns, better guns

Anonymous said...

There are some good, informed comments here related to CPS (with the exception of 11:12... citation needed on that one).

As already pointed out, the big issue is that CPS is understaffed. And the working conditions don't help. When I had firsthand knowledge (it's been several years), the average length of employment was around 9 months. People would just walk off the job. It was particularly bad in some of the more populated counties, like Dallas.

And working conditions... Many CPS workers on the front lines are fresh out of college, and most are female. Young women, age 21 or 22, are routinely assigned to conduct investigations and even remove children from their homes. Imagine that! How would you react if someone came to your home and demanded your children? That's what these young women are facing.

Again... It's been a few years since I had direct involvement, as my job responsibilities have changed. But it's my understanding that little has changed: huge caseloads, low pay, and lousy (even dangerous) working conditions.

Anonymous said...

You can't put a price on protecting our precious children of Texas. Oh, wait a minute. Yes, you can. Sorry about that.

DF Governor Abbott

Anonymous said...

Just did my duty and Voted Straight party...

Anonymous said...


mzchief -precisely -

Anonymous said...

Well there you have it Rigged election if it defaults to that Crooked woman. Trump might be onto something.

Anonymous said...

Oh It was straight party Republican...

Anonymous said...

Do you agree that the media has been fudged in Trump's favor? If so, then yes. If not, then no.

Learn to think.

Anonymous said...

And now you're pro-Trump.

Like Wordkyle, you have no morals.

Rage

Anonymous said...

By the numbers (with rounding):

Turnover in Dallas County of CPS caseworkers in one year - 56%
Recommended case load per investigator - 12
Case load for some investigators in the Houston area - 216
Requested hiring level for CPS investigators statewide - 12,000 plus
Actual investigative staffing levels in 2012 - 4500
Average border surge DPS hire with overtime pay per year - $89,000
Average entry salary CPS investigator - $32,900


DF Texas Office of Statistics
df numbers are us

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, he's like Paul Joseph Watson's mellower father.

Anonymous said...

11:52 the liberal way, let's just kill the little bastards.

Anonymous said...

Oh well, I must have been at work and not watching daytime TV that week! Nonetheless, ain't nobody performing plastic surgery on my bunghole! Save the tatas...the only real cancer that matters!

Anonymous said...

11:52," That leads to unwanted children, and what do folks in Texas do with unwanted children?"
The true Christian right to lifers adopt them and give them a loving home.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, I followed your advise. I actually felt like I was voting for Supreme Court justices rather than for President. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

That RTG has no secrets. I like it.

Great job, counselor!

bencat said...

Hot RTG with apparent appropriate attitude. Focus and stay on your game.

Anonymous said...

Rage talking about morality -- that's a good one.

Anonymous said...

Is the media rigged in Hillary's favor? Most will say yes; in the primary it was rigged in Trump's favor. So was winner take all states allowing 12 million democrats to vote. Hillary got the Republican candidate she wants to run against; the candidate that was not vetted. The GOP was playing games to get an establishment candidate, not a conservative thinking a moderate would win! So with the help of GOP rule changes, 1 billion in free press, and 12 million Democrats, Trump is the candidate and the polls show a win for Hillary. Yes, the system is rigged but you have to think it was rigged from the time the GOP changed the rules in 2012 for Neil Bush!!!

Anonymous said...

Preying numbnuts- not praying...

Anonymous said...


Rage-
Even his name begs you to give a shit about what he thinks...
We don't... Dude, you should change your name to "Range" and at least let people critique your stupidity on a scale of say - 0-1