The Campaign For DA

11.15.2016

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • There was lots of discussion yesterday about "fake news" stories (or at least their headlines) which were rapidly passed around Facebook and Twitter and even published by Google News over the last few months.  They were both on the left and the right. And I've even seen some people even regurgitate the false reports in the comments here. The frightening thing is that the fake news is so easy to spot. 
  • What happened to the big sign at Grace Baptist in Decatur? It looks like it was destroyed and cleaned up (right around the same time as street construction was going on all around it.) 
  • Lakewood's Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas has basically split from the governing Baptist organizations by voting yesterday to grant full membership to LGBT. Here's a question: What happens if an openly gay guy professes Christ as his savior and asks for membership in a Wise County Baptist Church which is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention?
  • I should have known about the possibility of Trump's victory when I talked to a client who lives in New Jersey two weeks ago and he told me, "I can't believe she might win."  Did I mention he was from New Jersey?
  • Mark Davis said on his radio show that he had to stop himself four or five times over the weekend to remind himself that Trump won.  I have finally reached common ground with the man. 
  • Trump weighs in this morning on the "you didn't win the popular vote" narrative.
  • Side note: Did he mean Texas instead of Florida?
  • Hypnotized?
  • John Battaglia is back in court to determine if he is mentally competent to be executed. (Writing that feels really weird.)  It was a horrific crime that occurred near Deep Ellum -- and right along the path of the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. And death row has aged him: 

  • One of my many ex-wives was fascinated with that case.
  • With the Texas Legislature about to fire back up, it's time to remember that Bedford Rep. Jonathon Stickland is crazy. 
  • I wonder what BagOfBaylorHate BagOfNothing thinks about the recent "success" of private Baylor University. 
  • Rudy Giuliani is the rumored first pick for Secretary of State? Sid Miller for Agricultural Secretary?  Now that should be fake news.
  • Executive Decision (much like Die Hard) is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. It was on this week, and I recalled that one of the stars was Marla Maples -- ex-wife of Donald Trump.
  • Shout out to the guy who chewed me out yesterday for not giving a "spoiler alert" before I "ruined" the ending of twenty six year old Presumed Innocent. Quality comedy.

59 comments:

wordkyle said...

The "Hillary had more votes" crowd would be amusing if they weren't serious. They act as though they hold some sort of moral high ground. They're basically bragging that Hillary won the wrong game.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that a gay Christian seeking membership in a Wise County Baptist church would be treated much like the occasional black visitor from back in the day. They were never there more than once. If they didn't get the hint on their own, they were "counseled out." I'm sure the preacher man rationalized that it was "out of grace" that the counseling was conducted, since "their needs" could be met better elsewhere.

Which makes those churches very (white) Baptist, but not very Jesus-like.

Triple Fake... said...

fake news stories:
it's not ideological and political differences, or supposed climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels that will destroy the planet. It's our dependence on technology, specifically the interwebs and its insidious creep into the most basic aspects of our lives. It's almost impossible to know anymore what's real because of misinformation and bias. A story on Facebook: "Bernie Sanders could take the Presidency from Trump using a loophole..." The story then says the headline was used to entice you to click on it, where it says there is no loophole. But if all you relied on was the headline, you'd be inclined to believe it. Then there's those sideline stories that say Eastwood, Stallone, or Will Smith are dead/gone. Why are they even allowing those when they're so misleading? I mean other than profits.
Meanwhile, our cars and homes are getting "smarter", and we're all getting dumber because we're staring at lie-filled screens (said while staring at a screen!)

Anonymous said...

9:09 - Use their superior morals against them! We are on the long march through the institutions! Tear it down from the inside!

Anonymous said...

Sid Miller Sec.of Agriculture. Can you just imagine how much he's going to skim off the top of that budget? Those Jesus shots ain't cheap!

Anonymous said...

9:09
I'm betting your 1st hand knowledge is very limited.

Anonymous said...

9:09 --

Expert on knowing what Jesus would do, are ya? Disease does not have a right to spread unless you invite it in. Homosexuality is abnormal and leads to sadness and destruction.

Those of you who think you know better are welcome to bugger one another but leave the rest of us alone.

Lou Brown said...

These Clinton supporters sound like the fans of losing baseball or football teams. They knew the rules going in -whoever scores the most runs or scores the most points - no whoever has the most baserunners or gains the most yards. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

wordkyle, moral high ground for overturning the electoral college is overturning the founding fathers protecting slave owners and only allowing white men to vote! We found the moral high ground to allow women to vote and to allow blacks to vote! Why not just go to the popular vote?

Anonymous said...

9:36 -- and I'm betting you've never let empirical evidence hold you back! Just go and take a look at the Wise Co. Baptist churches of today and give me a report as to how black and gay they are. They are white and they are hetero.

9:43 -- that sounds just like Jesus's stand on leprosy! I just pray you're not an elder, which you probably are.

Tommy Boy said...

John Battaglia is mentally ill. Is he too crazy to legally execute? I don't know but I worked with John for 10 years and I knew he wasn't right long before he did what he did. If it is within his power, the judge should commute his sentence to life without parole. The people of Texas are not served by his being killed and don't talk about cost or retribution. These are not the bases on which we should decide to kill someone. John is out of circulation. He cannot do it again. Stick him in a cell somewhere and forget about him.

Anonymous said...

If you disregarded the electoral college, the already ridiculous budgets of the campaigns would have to increase exponentially and the process would start sooner; please no...

Sam Brows said...

9:09 i'm not an expert on knowing what Jesus would do; however, I believe that in order to have any idea, an individual has to strive to develop a walk with Him. Let's say you had a brother. You're related, but he's older than you and lives in another state and you only see him at Christmas and Easter. How can you possibly know him well enough to know what he would or wouldn't do in any given situation? So 9:09, how's your walk?

Blog postings aren't a great way to fully understand what another person means because you miss out on the 90% of non-verbal communication that would otherwise come from a face to face discussion; however, your post struck me as condescending and uncaring. My walk indicates to me that Jesus would have a different response rooted more in compassion that critique.

a group of religious leaders lead a whore to Jesus and essentially asked for His permission to stone her out of adherence to "the law". Jesus told them they were free to get busy with the stoning and the guy who had no sin in his life was free to throw the first stone. They walked away one by one without throwing a single stone. Confronted with their own individual failings, these men were shamed. if you're free of sin sufficiently to tell a homosexual to seek the ability to fellowship with a body of believers elsewhere...well, you're a better man than I, and your walk is stout.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

"I was wrong about the Cowboys and I'm not a sports genius."

Say it. It's so easy.

Sam Brows said...

9:09, sorry, my post was meant for 9:43.

Anonymous said...

9:54 - How about only tax payers can vote?

Anonymous said...

10:03 - Should we ever execute anyone?

wordkyle said...

954 - Why not just go to the popular vote? Reason #1 is because the Electoral College was set up by men building a country, with a system that has lasted for over two centuries, and the call to destroy their work is from sore losers who aren't even as smart as the last generation, much less the dozens of generations before that.

Reason #2 is because the rest of the United States doesn't want to be governed by California and New York. As has been pointed out before, democracy -- your "popular vote" -- is like having two wolves and a lamb vote on what's for dinner.

Anonymous said...

If one Jesus shot is supposed to sure you forever, why would he need more? Are you doubting the power of Jesus?

Rage

Anonymous said...

And this, folks, is why Trump is going to be president.

What is the degenerate-religion version of Idiocracy?

Rage

Anonymous said...

Or run for office. That would have saved us from Trump, for sure.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I'll be keeping an eye on your posts to check in on your walk, as well. his was an excellent post. Let's see if you can keep it up.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Battaglia may have mental issues, but from all news reports, he had the presence of mind to know exactly what he did in murdering his children. The guy was and is a criminal narcissist. If anyone ever deserved to be removed from the face of this Earth, he does. And when they inject him, please don't use the usual painless death cocktail. Please push straight sulfuric acid through the needle. Slowly.

DF Scales of Justice

Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with the Electoral College, it does give the small states some leverage so we don't just advocate programs that are good for NY, Florida, Texas, and California. Perhaps there should be a number of National Electors, an odd number so we would not end up with the stupid House and Senate thing. The number could be the same as the largest state (55) but that seems too high and obviously the number of the least state is too low. Perhaps the median of what the 50 states get? (I haven't calculated it) When I started thinking about this, the number 19 came out of thin air. But I don't have time to do the math so I don't know if that would have made any difference to Gore/Bush or Clinton/Trump.

Anonymous said...

Get used to losing Barry. It's going to be delicious? Getting your popcorn ready?

Anonymous said...

9:54 Let's leave who won or didn't win out of the discussion for a minute.

Let's look at large cities in general and pose some questions that have to be answered before deciding to go with the popular vote.
~Where is the most violence? Not over voting, but over any real or perceived wrong? Do you really want those people to determine who runs your country?
-If the popular vote determines who runs the country, do you really think they will care what happens in rural areas? Do you think they will vote for hospitals for podunk county when the money could set up another clinic in the inner city? Can we really afford the tax rate it requires to have a hospital, or roads, or any of the other things that are partially funded by federal dollars?
-Think back to the Trans Texas Corridor that was the baby of NAFTA and hailed by Dallas, Houston and Austin as a way to battle traffic congestion and support economic development. Was there concern over the millions of acres of land to be confiscated in that 4,000 mile stretch of concrete? Is that what you want? It was rural outcry that ended it.
-Let's move right here to Wise County. Every drought season and every flood season, we hear about how the Tarrant County Water Control District shouldn't have the right to hold water (the lake and floods) or let water out (lake is dry to the bone, while Eagle Mt. Lake has constant level). How do those city folks feel about Wise County needs then?

Anonymous said...

Are there gay people posting on this site? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Rage is obviously gay, and since he lost he needs to STFU!

Anonymous said...

To Sam at 10:11: Now the rest of the story. "Go now and leave your life of sin." Jesus did not encourage the whore to continue her sin. The Church is Dallas is going to have marriages between sinners.

Anonymous said...

ASK WENDY DAVIS

Anonymous said...

They were both on the left and the right.

THERE WERE ONLY TWO FAKE NEWS STORIES?

Anonymous said...

If Jesus walked into a Wise County Baptist Church today, he'd be "tar-n-feathered" for being a liberal.

Anonymous said...

Curious or bi-curious? The only out of the closet poster is Rage.

Anonymous said...

Jesus was a loser, got nailed to the cross! I like winners!

Anonymous said...

And we have today's winner!

Sam Brows said...

10:11 you are correct about "the rest of the story", but is that the point of the story? I think the point is the whole who gets to throw the first stone nugget. Romans 1 is where Paul tells the church that God released some souls to defile themselves with men "committing what is shameful". O.K., I get that. But Romans 1 is a long chapter, so read it to the end. Do you honestly think that the church in Dallas, or any church anywhere for that matter, doesn't already have people serving in official capacities that don't struggle with sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, strife, deceit, gossips, backbiters and on and on? COMEONMAN! Jesus did in fact tell the whore to go and sin no more...and He'd tell anyone afflicted with the sins listed at the end of Romans 1 the same thing. So are you saying that the church is ok catering to the needs of people afflicted with all manner of other sinful behavior, but you draw the line at being gay? if you are, tell me where that one is singled out at the one sin equivalent to be aposte?

Anonymous said...

No that headline wouldn't make you inclined to believe it unless you had the IQ of a cartoon character.

Anonymous said...

Log Cabin Republicans like to post on blogs too

Shane Hardin said...

Crazy does not even start to describe Jonathan Stickland - An unemployed, dope smoking high school dropout.
More importantly, the majority of laundered dark money from 501(c)3 and 4's goes to Stick. He is the special interest king of DFW. Pulls in massive amounts of campaign money but he is absolutely worthless within the Texas Legislature. He has taken up Lon Burnam's old title of "Capitol Furniture".

Anonymous said...

In case anyone is wondering, Home Depot has a great buy on stainless steel cross nails. Blood won't rust them. A lot less than thirty pieces of silver.

DF Judas Iscariot, Home Handy Man

Anonymous said...

Remember sinners, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

DF Matthew 7:12
DF and tell Luke I wrote it first. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Anytime we see the word homosexual mentioned in the Bible, it is contemplating heterosexual men who are doing an end run (pun intended) around adultery or fornication. It is not talking about monogamous, committed, same-sex couples.

I've heard all the arguments as to why this is not the case, and the "spirit" of the arguers invalidates their arguments, with their wrong fact considerations being a very distant second.

Anonymous said...

Not a single post from all caps guy? Are you sensoring him Barron?

Anonymous said...

DAMMIT GREEN IF A GAY FELLER ACCEPTS JESUS CHRIST AS HIS PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR THEN HE ALSO ACCEPTS THE BIBLE AS GODS CHOSEN WORD. THE BIBLE SAYS GAYNESS IS A SIN. SO THAT GAY FELLER WOULD NEED TO GET RIGHT WITH THE LORD AND GET HISSELF A GAL. THE PROBLEM IS NOW ALL THESE FELLERS THAT LOOK JUST LIKE GALS(SOME UNS EVEN HAVE THE BOOBEES) IT'S HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE.

Anonymous said...

I had some log cabin syrup one time.

Anonymous said...

Word has it that the Grace Baptist sign was torn down by a truck cutting through the parking lot of the Church. The driver then made a run for it and was stopped north of Bowie. The sign is supposed to be repaired.

Anonymous said...

On homosexuality - you guys/gals should be thankful that you weren't born gay. While I may be heterosexual, my family has several gay friends and their life ins't easy. It is really sad when you hear of their struggles. I believe they would change their sexual orientation in a heartbeat, if they could. Alas, it is a genetic difference and they cannot change it.

All that being said, what happened to "God don't make no junk"? How can we not love and cherish all things under God? Why is it so hard to accept these people? Listen, I get it, thinking of male on male sex is not appealing, but neither is 350lb people heterosexual sex. I don't kick fat people out of my life or affiliated organizations because I don't like the idea of them having sex or procreating - and yet there are tons of overweight people in church. Also, we let dumb people have kids all the time.

And yeah, the bible says homosexuality is bad. But the bible says a whole lot of other crazy shit too. If you really know how the bible was put together, you might trend more toward the loose interpretation. Either way, if a gay person wanted to worship at my church, they would be more than welcome. I don't go to church, but if I did, you would be welcomed.

mzchief said...

To Barry...
In this day and age FOUR ex-wives isn't "many."

*maniacal laughter

Anonymous said...

RE: Trump Tweet

I think he meant the 3 states he mentioned. I believe he considered TX his all along.

Now....someone needs to tell the man to stop sending out tweets that make him look unworthy of the office he is soon to hold.

Anonymous said...

You should try kicking fat people sometime, you might enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

THERE AINT NOBODY BORN GAY YOU IDIOT.

Anonymous said...

259,

Homosexuality is not a genetic disorder, nor a genetic order. Homosexuality has nothing to do with genetic makeup. There is no "gay" gene.

Genetically and evolutionarily speaking, homosexuality is about as impossible as female hemophilia. Further, if a mutation occurred that caused homosexuality, it would quickly be "non-bred" out of the gene pool.

Now, there are genetic mutations that occur, that cause issues. But most of these issues result in sterility. This is an infinitesimal number of individuals.

The obvious question to you is, why do you feel the need to throw out a stupid excuse for gays? Why do you feel like they need your valuation for their personal life choices? I know a lot of gays, friends of mine, and none of them site genetics as the reason for how they choose to live. They surely should not need that, in a free society.

Further, for all the bisexual individuals, do you really believe genetics can perform that type of acrobatics to explain their personal choices?

You need to do a bit of evolution yourself.

Anonymous said...

6:53 - you sir, are delusional.

Anonymous said...

I prefer sex with other men's wives. I find at least a couple of new lovers every month. Am I welcome to worship in your church? If not, can you please make me a list of what sins you do accept there?

Anonymous said...

So how is identity politics working? Voter turnout was the lowest in 20 years because the candidates didn't try to persuade swing voters, just get out their voters! The election divisive; whites against minorities. Swing voters are decreasing in number.

Something has to change and changing to the popular vote for president deserves serious debate.

The NAFTA Hwy. was a Rick Perry, Republican governor stupid idea that would allow a foreign country to build and own it; we would pay a toll to use it. That is what Republican Elect Trump proposes to do! Democrats in Congress can't wait to let him sell 1 trillion in government bonds! Private companies should not own our roads, bridges, tunnels, etc..

A popular vote still leaves rural voters more influence than urban voters in electing the House and Senate. To continue to disenfranchise urban voters will only divide us more between white and minorities. The protests are not going away; a serious debate about changing from the 18th century would give an opportunity to listen to the young people who will be the future of our country.

I think it is time to listen to the young people in blue states and in the urban areas in Red States.

Anonymous said...

955,

Not delusional. Educated in the field.

If you wish to debate the issue scientifically, I will. But simply labeling me as delusional does nothing. It makes you petty and without merit.

Anonymous said...

9:54 says,
wordkyle, so the sore losers protesting in the streets are not smart but the blue working class voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania who won the electoral college vote for Trump are smart because they believe Trump is going to bring back their jobs, he is going to build a wall, going to deport millions of illegals and is going to make them rich again. And they are going to win so much they will be sick of winning!
The 18th century founding fathers have been challenged twice; women and blacks can vote! Twice in 16 years the Democratic candidate for president who won the popular vote did not win the presidency. Voters in urban areas have to over perform while the advantage to to the rural voters.
What this election has accomplished is young voters will be organizing and become more involved in politics. They will use social media, twitter and new technology to get out their message. Thanks to Trump identity politics, a new generation of activists are going to make changes and perhaps start a new party

wordkyle said...

708 - "...women and blacks can vote!" Yep. And slavery was abolished. Those changes were needed and were made. Yet the electoral college still remains. The wisdom of generations trumps the bleatings of the current generation of wounded snowflakes who, because they don't like the outcome, want to change the rules of the game to their advantage.

For what it's worth, voters in urban areas don't have to "overperform." They are rewarded by controlling their state's electoral votes over the rural opposition in that same state. And heavily populated states control more electoral votes than sparsely-populated rural ones. Check out this electoral map of New York State. Trump won 90% of the state, but Clinton got the electoral votes. Clinton didn't win the state of New York, she won New York City.

Anonymous said...

6:50 am
"To continue to disenfranchise urban voters will only divide us more between white and minorities. The protests are not going away; a serious debate about changing from the 18th century would give an opportunity to listen to the young people who will be the future of our country.

I think it is time to listen to the young people in blue states and in the urban areas in Red States."

"To continue to disenfranchise..." You make it sound like it's a repetitive situation. We have had 8 years of listening to urban voters. We have listened to those young people you cite, who frighteningly, will be the future of our country. "The 18th century..." ended 116 years ago. I think we are beyond it. We've fought the War of 1812, the Texas Revolution, a civil war, two world wars, and countless other conflicts since then. Women have gotten the right to vote and be educated, and by golly, we showed up at the polls and made our point.
If you are representative of "the young people in blue state and in the urban areas in Red States (why, oh why, the capital letters?)...", bless your heart, and thank God for the rest of the young people in the US.