The Campaign For DA

12.23.2016

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • Greg Abbott's pardons yesterday are mind boggling. Such courage. Such bravery. Putting himself on the line for the most wretched of society! How will he ever survive the political blowback??!!
  • Seriously, it makes you think everyone on that list is there not as the result of merit but because of a political favor. Not for them but for someone else. A big donor's maid? Dan Patrick's secretary's nephew? Rick Perry's pharmacist's  daughter? 
  • Shout out to David West at James Wood Motors. He put me in the poor man's Mach 5 cheaply and easily yesterday. (Actual Mach 5 pictured here for you youngsters. Real car only looks like that in my mind.) And shout out to the manager of the sales department who acknowledged being a Liberally Lean reader. ("He's a liberal, but he writes good stuff.") 
  • After getting past Trump using Twitter to talk about nuclear weapons when all previous presidents referred to them very carefully, when's the last time a president advocated increasing them?
  • Dallas won the NFC East last night with an Eagles win. Academy then opened up to sell "NFC East Champions" shirts. Why would you ever want one of those? If that's the best that happens, that's a "good" season followed by failure. You can't equate it to a SEC, Big 12 or Big 10 championship shirt. Heck, there are only four teams in the NFC East. 
  • That Fort Worth cop is done. You can't arrest people because you're pissed. But from the start of that video it looks like he was just having a bad day. I understand that. We've all performed poorly at our job at one time or another because of a bad day. That being said, he should have just separated everyone, talked to all parties, and assured the Angry Momma that he would file a report but that he couldn't make an arrest even if he believed the child had been assaulted. Then go back and make the report. (All that sounds like a beating. And he was probably thinking of that as all of it was unfolding in front of him. And he was also probably thinking, "If that kid hadn't littered, I wouldn't have to go through all this crap.")
  • Mrs. LL found a very, very funny movie named All-Stars about coaching 10 and under girls softball. It is straight out of Best in Show and Spinal Tap -- and there has to be some connection because Fred Willard plays a major role. Trailer here. (I don't know if the thing was even released in theaters. It has an IMDB page which says nothing about the box office and the movie isn't mentioned anywhere on Wikipedia.)
  • Trump is mad that the "cool kids" really don't want to have anything to do with him: 
  • We need to check in on the pulse of Fort Worth and the stock price of Lockheed Martin: 
  • That guy loves exclamation points!
  • The weirdest story of the year might be the guy accused of slashing his wife's and baby's throats in their home near Harmon and 287. He was arrested yesterday on his way to Las Vegas after being stopped in Colorado for driving without a back license plate. (Recall that Timothy McVeigh was arrested after the Oklahoma City bombing because he was stopped for the same violation.)
  • A couple of Arlington officers responded to a stolen Christmas gifts call and found it to be true. They then decided to take the mom/victim to Walmart and paid to help replace the gifts. That truly is a touching gesture. But it is ruined when the PR director of Arlington PD decides to take advantage of it by putting the officers and the victimized family in front of an Arlington PD banner and calling a news conference. Kindness does not need to be exploited. 
  • The Berlin Market Attacker has been killed in Milan, Italy. That's a lot of border crossing going on. They gonna build a wall around every country in Europe? Didn't we work to tear down those that existed over there?




22 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Governor's pardon list must be edited. Surely there's a jaywalking ticket, public nuisance for loud stereo, and failure to yield citation in there somewhere.

DF Dead Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox

wordkyle said...

"The Berlin Market Attacker" - You're talking about the Islamic terrorist, right?

Andy Stevenson said...

F-35 is the largest wink wink nod nod weapons program in the history of US defense spending. It was sold to the American tax payer from day one as low risk and low cost of which it was neither and everyone on the inside including me knew it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if these people would respect the law and talk reasonably with people this might not have turned out the way it did.
(the full video will be on the officers body camera)so lets not rush to a conclusion like most liberals from the far left do.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to the left and right -to the middle and people who have no position, I may envy you the most .

Happy Holidays!!!!

DF Joe Mixon said...

who the hell drives around with out a back license plate, ESPECIALLY when you are wanted fro MURDER!!!
even a bigger dumb ass!

Anonymous said...

Ooof. Gonna' need a pick me up.

wordkyle said...

I wasn't for sure what the deal was with the governor's pardons, so I read a couple of stories on the matter. What I got was this:
-The governor can grant pardons only if the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole recommends them.
-Holiday season pardons are an annual ritual for Texas governors.
-Typically, a few people are cleared of relatively minor offenses that occurred years in the past.

As for your "political favor" comment, I couldn't find any of the details you mentioned. Was that real, or were you being sarcastic?

Anonymous said...

Since the end of WW II, I do not recall the US being involved in border security for Europe. The lack of security in Europe is a relatively recent phenomena. They are paying for it now with the onslaught of muslim migrants from Syria and North Africa -- specifically from areas that are opposed to the culture of White Europeans, which equates to a formula for disaster.

Why complain about the Texas governor pardoning associates when our illustrious federal leader is pardoning drug dealers and traitors by the hundreds? It seems a bit disingenuous, Barry. Don't you think?

Clay Poyner has legal options. The fire chief is a crybaby. This little matter is a good example of the egos of the guys and gals who work for the government in Wise County.

Anonymous said...

Sure, Boeing...just "price out" a complete redo of your F18 Super Hornet so that it can take off like a helicopter, like the F35 has been designed to do.

Anonymous said...

Sharen Wilson sucks and is hated. Courthouse talk: expect at least 4+ high level asst da's to leave by june.

Anonymous said...

It was not sold as low cost. It was sold as an expensive plane that could be distributed across multiple platforms, which would drive the cost down per unit once production was complete. It has a Naval/catapult version, a Marine V/STOL version, and an Air Force air-superiority version, instead of having a different plane for each branch. The Marine Harriers were particularly awful.

Combine with stealth and a more advanced set of technology than any other plane ever, and once the kinks are worked out nobody will be able to touch it.

An F/A-18 is not even close to stealth. They're good planes, but only after the hard work has already been done.

This is not the first platform to have trouble or be unpopular or run over on costs. Many still think we should have gone with the YF-23 instead of the F-22, and bagged on it endlessly throughout its work up. Most were from the -23's company and who would have been building the -23, just like Boeing is beating on Lockheed today. Once the -35's are fully vetted, we'll be in great shape.

P-51's sucked until we put the British Merlin in them.

M-1 Abrams were going to suck until we put them in British Chobham armor.

Funding for B-2's was started and stopped more times that you can count ad the damn thing could barely fly at all until the upgraded the computers, well after production started.

V-22 Ospreys were panned by everyone until the same types of kinks were worked out, now they can get more troops farther and faster than any helicopter ever could, but helicopter manufacturers still hat eon them.

F-35's will get there too,

Anonymous said...

Did Marc Rich ever have to pay back the 43 million dollars in back taxes, who Eric Holder lobbied on his behalf to Bill Clinton to pardon?

Anonymous said...

9:12

Barry can phrase the statement as he wishes since it is his blog after all.

If you want to present a different context, do it on your blog.

Anonymous said...

12:58 --

Barry can frame the statement as he wishes because of the First Amendment. If anyone cares to offer a reply, they can also do so because of the First Amendment to our Constitution.

Now, if Barry wants to censor statements, he can do that too. My guess is Barry doesn't want an echo chamber anyway. Different opinions are what makes this blog. Think about it.

But you know, I think blogger.com (Google) is the real owner.

Anonymous said...

My complaint with the F-35 is not the technology. My complaint (which falls clearly on DOD shoulders) was trying to buy a multi-role plane that fit every service's needs. It was TFX/F-111 deja vu all over again. The F-111 was a great medium bomber with all-weather capabilities, as well as laser targeted weapons capability. It was not a fighter nor a carrier-launch plane, which McNamara wanted. Lot of money wasted on neutered versions never produced. The F-35 should be an air superiority fighter, period. Re-open the F-22 production line and streamline the mission list for the F-35. Unfortunately, no one in the Pentagon has the cojones to face the heat from Lockheed and other defense contractors, as well as home state politicians, to propose that fix. Very unfortunate.

DF Les Aspin

ps - The Warthog A-10 and its budget should be transferred to the Army for close air support. The Air Force never loved it and it actively trying to kill it to release funds to the hungry F-35 program. The Johnson-McConnell agreement of 1966 should be thrown in the trash can.

Andy Stevenson said...

Concur.

Anonymous said...

11:49 read my mind.

Anonymous said...

12:58 is a hero.

Anonymous said...

Listen everyone. The Berlin was to keep people in. Not out. Repeat. The Berlin was kept people from leaving.
Dum arsses

wordkyle said...

1258 - What the heck are you afraid of? That rephrasing or clarifying the comment might give a reader more context? Your worldview must be extremely fragile.

Anonymous said...

Your right Barry....Only 4 teams in the division. I also hate it when they say they are World Champions....What? The NFL stands for the NATIONAL Football League....give me a break!