The Campaign For DA

1.09.2017

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • The Golden Globes award show is the best award show ever. (I'll probably do a Meryl Streep post later and Trump's ridiculous response. It is worthy of that.)
  • I updated the Property Values link on wisecounty.com thanks to a reader who let me know the old link was dead and provided me with a better one. (By the way, I registered that domain name 20 years ago when I stumbled upon something called "the Internet." I'll sell it some day.) 
  • I saw on Fox 4 they had a 5K run on the very cold Saturday morning at UTA combating domestic violence called the Jiggle Butt Run. That's funny.
  • Pete Delkus, you need to step up your game (he's insufferable on Twitter by the way). First, KXAS has a Thunder Truck and a new fangled "S Band" satellite which proves they can do bits. And then we get this out of Atlanta on Friday:
  • If you saw the scenes at the Fort Lauderdale Airport on Friday you know that it was absolute chaos. But any talk of moving the security border all the way outside the baggage claim area is silly and makes no sense. If done, you could carry a gun in your luggage and then retrieve it inside the secured area. Heck, at that point you could go back and hijack a plane. 
  • And should we ban people like the shooter? He is an American citizen, a veteran who served in the Middle East, and had a concealed handgun license. 
  • In the last three days, Fort Worth PD has sent out three tweets. Two of them were about a guy who didn't pay a cab fare. Really? That's the biggest thing you got? 
  • Baylor is now the #1 basketball team in the country but this screenshot and caption from Saturday's game is funny:
  • Instead of building mega-churches, why not build mega-homeless shelters?
  • Saturday afternoon near Rhome there appeared to be a major police intervention/traffic stop. DPS was involved. I saw a crazy dark purple unmarked Charger with so many lights that it would make people at a rave go insane. And there was also an undercover truck. Let me guess: A bust based upon edible weed that was bought legally in Colorado. Folks, it's not cocaine. It's not heroin. It's not meth. But Texas classifies THC the same way. If the legislature doesn't reclassify it this session, then I'm living in the dumbest state in the country. 
  • Trump said the hacking had no effect on the election. But he mentioned "Wikileaks" 164 times during the last month of his campaign.
  • I'll post it sometime this week, but I amazingly stumbled upon FBC's Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress appearing on a game show a couple of decades ago. I've got it recorded. It is beyond gold. He refers to strip clubs and is asked how many of 10 college coeds in front of him would prefer their husband be a virgin. (I thought I found an undiscovered treasure but D Magazine already knew about it.)
  • Trump's cozying  up to Russia should make all of us uncomfortable. I liked it better when Reagan referred to them as the "Evil Empire."
  • Great moment with my dad this weekend after talking about Costa Rica and he asks "Have you ever thought about just walking away and opening up a T-shirt shop on the beach?" Hey,  I've got responsibilities, a family still to protect and raise, current clients to protect and fight for, promises to keep,  but I'm beginning to develop a plan to get to the jungle. 
  • After I told Mrs. LL that, she came up with this plan  (paraphrased): "Don't just retire down there. Let's create the equivalent of a Jungle Bed and Breakfast for your crazy blog readers. If they can get down there, we'll take care of them for a week. Show them where to go. What to do. Drive them around. Continue to do your goofy Random Thoughts but advertise the Bed and Breakfast every day." That's a pretty genius idea. 
  • You want to know who won the election? The very smart Republicans who were "Never Trumpers." Talk about holding the "I Told You So" card. 

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

The irony is rich. A reality TV star telling a great actress to stay out of politics!

Anonymous said...

And the whiner is....

The New York Post
Meryl Streep
and Skippy

Lovin every minute of it. And will for at least 4 more years.

The Real Hardy Har Man

Anonymous said...

Give it up LL. You lost the election. We're tired of reading your complaining about Trump.

Anonymous said...

"why not build mega-homeless shelters?"

Dude, you're kidding right? It's a billion dollar business. Also, they love controlling people through scare-tactics.

Triple Fake... said...

Hollywood:
we get it. You're all liberal and your hind ends are sore over recent political events that didn't go the way you expected. But when you receive an award for your work in film or TV, please confine your comments to your work in film or TV. Or at least keep it relevant to something about your own life. That's the only reason you're even standing at the microphone.
People watch awards shows to see celebrities in outfits that cost more than the entire contents of the average closet, and to marvel when they "act" shocked that they won an award where there were only four other people in the running

Anonymous said...

The never Trumpers won? They've been brought to bear. Perry is in the cabinet assuming he can remember what building to go to for confirmation hearings, Cruz actually campaigned for him, Paul Ryan is pushing his agenda, and Trump has actually made the crazies pushing the ethics panel ban withdraw it.

I'd say Trump is right where he wants to be, and will run rough shod over Democrats and any dissent within his own party.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I want a Cost Rican tour guide who has his day ruined by a TV meteorologist's Tweets. Lighten up man.
Baylor good....blah blah blah
Trump bad....blah blah blah
Police bad ....blah blah blah

Anonymous said...

I like your wife's idea! Sign me up.

DF Rick Steves

Anonymous said...

Your wife is on to something... Add a YouTube series with an episode every couple of weeks to entice us to come, and you're set.

Anonymous said...

I passed all that commotion, looked like a bunch of guns out there! Maybe it was some "bad hombres" our president elect was speaking about!

Anonymous said...

Trump is just taking his reality TV show to the oval office! He makes sure his make up and hair are perfect, stages events! He is good at salesmanship and creating an image of the alpha dog in the room, but underneath he is an addicted to attention, thin skinned weakling! He is the con artist, the bully and will become a tyrant when he takes office!

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

There was an award show on last night?

Anonymous said...

9:16 - I disagree. It is important to express and hear dissent. While I agree that it is easy for you to classify actors as liberals, they offer a unique perspective and are citizens. Why can they not use their platform to express their political views? What does it hurt? I feel you could argue that it is the responsibility of people in positions of power to express their opinions.

Additionally, while they are rich, most of the wardrobe/jewelry is on loan from designers and used as advertisement.

Gary

Anonymous said...

Why would "thousands" of people be stranded without identification at that airport after the shooting started? How many people, at any given point in time, are actually separated from their purses or wallets or backpacks or pockets so that thousands of IDs are just left scattered all over the terminal. Makes no sense at all. Maybe a few people who are at the moment having their IDs looked at by someone, and some people that, for whatever reason, had their wallets and purses laying on the floor or the coffee counter when it started, but that's it.

Anonymous said...

I'd stay in a jungle B&B. Great idea!

Anonymous said...

"And should we ban people like the shooter? He is an American citizen, a veteran who served in the Middle East, and had a concealed handgun license."

Skippy, Are you the kind of weenie that only reads the first paragraph of a news story? The guy went to the FBI and told them he was being controlled by the government and was being forced to watch ISIS propaganda. They new he was mentally unstable and that he owned a gun but did not follow up with him. I think the FBI is to blame on this shooting too, just like the San Bernadino shooting.

Anonymous said...

Love it when parents are cool with weed, until kids get stoned out of their minds and school work goes downhill and friends start changing for the worse, then suddenly those same parents forget that they are cool with weed.

Anonymous said...

They should take those abandoned malls and make some sort of homeless community. You could run used clothing shops, re-purpose the food court to support food bank activities, it would be easy to volunteer, etc.

Anonymous said...

It's kind of funny. We are leaving the era of the most corrupt and/or incompetent administration perhaps in history....and you are making fun of the incoming president.

Anonymous said...

The Golden Globes: Take advise from someone who "play-pretend" as a career at your own peril.

Fort Lauderdale Airport: Until we address the REAL problem (mental illness) all of these acts of violence will be blamed on the gun.

Trump/Russia: Why wasn't it a bad idea during the "reset button" timeframe in the Obama administration?

Retirement: You don't "fight" for your clients. You defend them. Stop romanticizing the effect you have in the criminal justice system.

Stay Classy

Anonymous said...

You relentlessly predicted the demise of the Republican party. Oops.

Anonymous said...

We may be the only country in the world where the entertainment industry thinks they are smarter than the voters.

I am proud to be a member of the ignorant masses who have taken over 1,000 major elected positions in the last eight years. Now we shall proceed with replacing judges who think their job is to amend the Constitution.

Anonymous said...

"There was an award show on last night?"

This.

Rage

Anonymous said...

"They new he was mentally unstable and that he owned a gun but did not follow up with him."

Bullshit. The police gave him back the gun that the FBI confiscated.

That's follow up. Just not in a good way.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Sorry BG, but I will not stay in your B&B. I go places like that to get away from jackwagons like this.

Rage

Anonymous said...

"Why would "thousands" of people be stranded without identification at that airport after the shooting started? How many people, at any given point in time, are actually separated from their purses or wallets or backpacks or pockets so that thousands of IDs are just left scattered all over the terminal. Makes no sense at all."

Are you setting up a false flag conspiracy, just because this guy would seem to be a conservative's wet dream?

But if you like, I'll come take a few shots at you, and we'll see whether or not you drop everything and run. Including a load in your pants.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Which part of "WikiLeaks" is it that bothers you? The possible hacking by someone( if the Russians were really able to do it, would they leave a trail back to them), or that the leaks revealed the black heart of the DNC?

Anonymous said...

"Love it when parents are cool with weed, until kids get stoned out of their minds and school work goes downhill and friends start changing for the worse, then suddenly those same parents forget that they are cool with weed."

Is this a "weed should not be legal" argument?

Because it will not be legal for kids to have, just like alcohol and tobacco aren't.

But kids already have all three, so prohibition alone isn't working.

DF single issue per post Rage

Al Catraz said...

since you think you live in the dumbest state, do us a favor will ya, move to Colorado.

that would raise the IQ level of both states

Anonymous said...

@9:56 When did BG suggest parents that are "cool" with weed would condone their children smoking it? I'm sure he was referring to of age adults. I would prefer America be stoned rather than drunk if I HAD to pick one or the other.

Anonymous said...

Baylor should be disqualified from intercollegiate athletics forever.

Anonymous said...

Really.....megachurches are just another version of watered down christianity, I bet most have never even read the bible.

Anonymous said...

My God, I'm tired of the anti-Trump leftists who are against everything the man ever said or did. Was he my FIRST choice for the Republican ticket? No, but he has said what needs to be said.
-We have to stop the flow of millions of illegal immigrants while balancing on the tightrope of helping those who are here working and being good people gain citizenship. If they don't want US citizenship, they need to re-think their choice to live here.
-ObamaCare has been the ruin of the insurance industry and poor people still don't have care. There will always be poor people. If you divide every nickel up evenly, in a month...some will have none, some will have a lot.
-Social issues only play well to a sympathetic audience. Middle class America is no longer sympathetic.
-Chicago is a wasteland. The home city of the Obamas. It has very tough gun laws and a lot of gun crime, with little enforcement of those that occur. Even their police department spokesman says that Chicago needs tougher sentences to control crime. "The largest obstacle remains the lack of serious repercussions for those we arrest for repeated gun crimes," Gugliemi said. Maybe they need the Texas Rangers to come in (wasn't the saying 'one man, one fight'?), or the National Guard. When was the last time the National Guard stepped up when a city became a riot zone.
-Leave the 'celebrities' out of it. Unless they are a politician, their point of view is no more important than the next fellow!
Give us a break, Barry! I grew up not a mile from where you grew up. I'm not ignorant and all of Wise County is not liberal. I'm just so tired of all the crap being put out as 'the truth'.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Dairy Queen:
http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/01/dairy-queen-closes-extremely-racist-franchisees-store.html

DF DQ Dude

Anonymous said...

Build mega-shelters instead of mega-churches? Barry, this may the single greatest post you ever put on this blog. Good job!

DF The Apostle Paul

Anonymous said...

Those NY Giants should have learned from my mistake. Never go on a short vacation while in the play-offs.

DF Tony Romo

ps - also never date Jessica Simpson and her dad

Anonymous said...

I would like to think that since the public will generally not support homeless shelters in their own communities and these churches' followers will, however, dump mega $$$ into mega churches, that these mega churches could support 2 or 3 homeless shelters and other ministries. So, instead of building one homeless shelter, they could support a number of them.

However, that doesn't seem to be the case now does it?

DF Every Megachurch Pastor on TV

Anonymous said...

OK, here we go. 12:21 says:


"-My God, I'm tired of the anti-Trump leftists who are against everything the man ever said or did. Was he my FIRST choice for the Republican ticket? No, but he has said what needs to be said. "

I am also tired of the constant gripes of the sore losers (sorry, BG), although I have no faith that he will do what's right of the country. I think you will look back on Obama's years as the good old days when we still had a middle class. Unless, like Wordkyle, you simply blame all the bad things as "started under Obama"....

I'm not sure what he has said that needs dot be said though. It's clear he's said some racist, sexist, bigoted, rapist things. Which of those do you think needed to be said?



"-We have to stop the flow of millions of illegal immigrants while balancing on the tightrope of helping those who are here working and being good people gain citizenship. If they don't want US citizenship, they need to re-think their choice to live here."

Obama deported more people than Bush ever thought about deporting. How is this going to be different under Trump, who has already started walking back on every promise he made regarding deportations?

And you know most illegals come in through legal checkpoints, right? That building the wall may stop an occasional drug mule, but the "mass of immigrants" y'all are so worried about (when you're not hiring them to do odd jobs), come in on the highways.


"-ObamaCare has been the ruin of the insurance industry and poor people still don't have care. There will always be poor people. If you divide every nickel up evenly, in a month...some will have none, some will have a lot."


So glad to see that you are concerned about poor people not getting care. How would you suggest fixing that problem? Expanding Medicaid? Sorry, your party has already refused to do that. I've been saying for years that I would love to hear what Republicans have in mind. "Free market" healthcare won't work by itself. That's what gave us exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and millions of uninsured. It's more expensive under Obamacare (for some, not for all, and not for me), but at least people are getting the care. If you think they are not, please provide numbers. If you have insurance, you can find a doctor. It may not be down the street, and there may be a wait, but that goes for those of us with better insurance plans, too.



"-Social issues only play well to a sympathetic audience. Middle class America is no longer sympathetic."


And yet middle America constantly votes against its own interest. Because God. Or 'Murica.



"-Chicago is a wasteland. The home city of the Obamas. "

Obama was a senator for two years. He had no control over state or local laws. Do we blame the millions of uneducated and uninsured and hungry and homeless Texas children on Bush because he lived here?

(Crickets.)

Of course you don't.

"-Maybe they need the Texas Rangers to come in (wasn't the saying 'one man, one fight'?), or the National Guard. When was the last time the National Guard stepped up when a city became a riot zone."


It's "one riot, one ranger". But that was back when they would shoot the rioters in the back. Today, they're just ineffective DPS troopers in a nicer felt hat. A glorified beat cop, living on their reputation as remembered by those who ignore, or never knew, their racist past.



"-I'm not ignorant..."

All evidence to the contrary.



Rage

Anonymous said...

And the best stupid thing thing of the day/week/year/ever in history. Trump is calling home every U.S. ambassador to every country in the world by Inauguration Day. Not do your job until I can replace you (like every other New President has done), but instead you are fired on the 20th. Immediately. Pack up and get out. Also he is cutting loose the appointed administrator of our nuclear weapon stockpile and processing facilities before the 20th. Will take months to get a replacement through Senate hearings. Wonder who benefits from all this insanity? Could it be - PUTIN!

DF The Real Life Manchurian Candidate

Anonymous said...

Your wife's idea has a basic flaw. If your readers could afford to go to Costa Rico, they would have fled wise county long ago and they would no longer be readers. Sorry about that chief.

Anonymous said...

Costa Rica and the Yucatan Penninsula, being low lying areas subject to ocean sloshing, will find the flood tide washing over them during the hour of the shift, washing away or drowning all who live there. For Panama, of course, there can be no question as it is already threatened by rising seas. Higher points in Central America, the mountains of El Salvador and Nicaragua, are riddled with volcanoes, which will be regularly erupting as the shift approaches and will explode violently during the hour of the shift itself. Thus, there is little safety there, even temporarily. During the time when the plates are slamming into each other, Central America and the Carribean will suffer, as the weak link. These small plates will crumble and be crushed, creating such instability that anticipating a land ride in any of these locations is an extreme toss of the dice. After the shift, the rising sea level will put all who survive under water in these locations. Those who wish to survive and have the means to take action are advised not to be in Central America or the Carribean during the shift.

ZetaTalk ™

wordkyle said...

114 - Re: ambassadors. Please explain how this makes Trump unique.

(Never mind: Here's a quote from a December 3, 2008 Washington Post story: "The incoming Obama administration has notified all politically-appointed ambassadors that they must vacate their posts as of Jan. 20, the day President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, a State Department official said.")

Anonymous said...

Why not walk into a fire station and shout "grass fire? That's all you got?" As if you would prefer the firefighters go out and set some buildings on fire so they'd have something to put out the might impress. Cops can't win. Nothing bad happens, and we complain. They try to stop criminals, we complain. Crime is up, we complain they aren't doing a good job. My wildest dream is for police to just all say "screw it, we're out of here" and let us fend for ourselves. That's what we deserve for the way they get treated by so many. But, they're too good to do that to us and their own, so they plug on being hated for helping you.

Anonymous said...

...why not build mega-homeless shelters?

Why not fix the economy and then we wouldn't need so many shelters?

Anonymous said...

Seems the only Commandment not yet violated by our new President is the 6th and I am checking on that one. Trump does know those were carved in stone by the finger of God? The Lord Almighty was kinda serious we do our best to follow them.

DF Moses

Anonymous said...

WK - Sorry I didn't make myself clear. Yes, new presidents asks for resignations of political appointees, including ambassadors, as a matter of course. But most are left in place until their replacement has been vetted, approved, and they are on their way to their new posting. Particularly in political hotspots. It is judged on an individual basis. Ambassador to Lichtenstein? Come on home. Ambassador to Estonia? Stay on the job until I get your replacement since Vladimir is on the border and watching for someone asleep at the embassy.

My citation below copied from Snopes:

WHAT'S TRUE: Donald Trump's transition team said no exceptions would be allowed for ambassadors requesting to extend their postings past Inauguration Day, while other presidents have made exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

WHAT'S FALSE: The resignation of politically appointed ambassadors at the start of a new administration is commonplace, not unprecedented.

DF The Real Life Manchurian Candidate

Anonymous said...

Trump has no temperance, nor integrity. He will be the worst president in history. The uber rich will get richer. The rest of us will continue the march to idiocracy. Our nation is devolving.

Anonymous said...

I know this sounds coldhearted, but healthcare & insurance are a privilege for the people who work & pay for it. Yes, some people will get sick & die, very sad. I'm probably one of those people. Life is not fair. Grow up people & accept it.

Anonymous said...

..why not build mega-homeless shelters?

Why not spend your plethora of free time helping the homeless instead of running this blog?

Put your money where your mouth is.

Anonymous said...

@6:35

Seriously. I've challenged Barry to post what he has actually done for the needy and the less fortunate. He won't take the bait. Probably because I stipulated that a garbage bag full of 10 year old Gap tshirts to Goodwill doesn't count for much.

Anonymous said...

6:33--- It doesn't sound nearly as coldhearted as it sounds mindless...or, at least, ignorant. We live in a developed nation (the richest in history), not in a third-world dystopia.

Anonymous said...

for 6:35p:

Jefe, what is a plethora?

DF Barry "El Guapo" Green

Anonymous said...

It's funny when someone bullies an older, smiling, nicely put together lady, for no reason, across social media? That guy, who CLEARLY is in a position to judge the appearances of others, is a grown man with nothing better to do than make fun of someone who in no way intended to be in any photo or otherwise put themselves in a position to be made fun of. Wow. And you endorse the bullying. Nice. What a mean person.

wordkyle said...

524 - From your same Snopes citation:

Asgeir Sigfusson, a spokesperson for the American Foreign Service Association, was even hesitant to say that Trump's no-extensions policy was unprecedented. Instead, Sigfusson noted that AFSA members had called it "unusual," while Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association noted that Trump's policy was atypical

John Kirby, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, also said that the policy was unusual and that previous administrations had granted a "handful" of exceptions, but he confirmed that political appointees should have no expectation of staying at their posts beyond the term of the president who appointed them


The larger point being that Trump's ambassador move is not a major transgression of protocol, federal policy, or anything other than giving Democrats a straw man to gripe about.

Oh, and your hinting that our embassies would be left with no one in charge? Sigfusson says this:
It’s important to point out that embassies have a Deputy Chief of Mission, a career diplomat who serves as chargé d’affaires until a new Ambassador is confirmed. That person is always a career Foreign Service officer, typically with decades of experience, and is selected with the expectation that he or she is fully up to the task of running an Embassy.”