The Campaign For DA

1.05.2017

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • America has become a showplace for atrocities caught on video. Yesterday's news: A cop body slamming a kid at school. Four hooligans torturing a handicapped kid (live streamed on Facebook even.)
  • I should have mentioned the passing of Fort Worth lawyer Jim Shaw yesterday. Great guy. The Star-Telegram's headline while I was out: "He fought cancer as hard as he fought for his clients."  That makes me want to head back to the jungle. And one thing about a battle with cancer: It's not a fair fight. 
  • Trump might implode even before he begins. He praises Julian Assange, mocks our FBI and CIA, and says he knows more about the Russian hacking than others. And have we already forgotten that he dared Russian hackers to find Hillary's missing emails? What if the FBI and CIA has found out he was in cahoots with the Russians so that's why he's trying to discredit them? 
  • Hugh Hewitt this morning says Ted Cruz told him Assange "did enormous damage to the United States," and "tells me he cannot imagine ever saying anything good about him."
  • There's a guy in Bakersfield, CA who will send me videos of movies and music from time to time simply because he reads the blog every day. That's an incredibly nice gesture.
  • If Baylor beats OSU this weekend, they will be the #1 basketball team in the nation on Monday. 
  • The Republicans have a mess on their hands on their stance to strike down Obamacare. There's no way they can agree on a replacement. And I don't think they are crazy enough to repeal it without having a replacement. 
  • And if they do make a change, even if it is a repeal with no replacement, does anyone think premiums will be cheaper four years from now? 
  • I wonder if there is a Texas Monthly college football curse:


  • Question at the courthouse yesterday: Who was the Decatur police chief before Rex Hoskins?
  • The new Texas "fetal burying" rule will be struck down in the next couple of weeks. 

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is betting that four years from now you will be no closer to figuring out President Trump and will still be buying into DNC bullsh#t.

Anonymous said...

Comrade Trump doesn't trust CIA and FBI? Go figure. Remember when GOP thought WMD were real just moved?

wordkyle said...

There was something like 85% satisfaction with the quality of health care before Democrats imposed Obamacare. That's not a bad place to return to.

Anonymous said...

"Hugh Hewitt this morning says Ted Cruz told him Assange "did enormous damage to the United States," and "tells me he cannot imagine ever saying anything good about him."

But I still support our party's candidate for president.

DF Ted Cruz


"The Republicans have a mess on their hands on their stance to strike down Obamacare. There's no way they can agree on a replacement. And I don't think they are crazy enough to repeal it without having a replacement."

This is where we disagree. They backed down on the ethics bill because their voters think congress is full of liars and cheats. But those are the same voters that hate Obamacare. They kept saying repeal and replace through the campaign, but the campaign is over. Now it's just repeal.

The only thing they might consider keeping is the students staying on until they're 26. That's because they're generally healthy and that is the most profitable age group for insurance companies. Other than the profit motive, they'll tank the law.

I bet you a new kayak paddle they do it.

Rage

Andy Stevenson said...

Wasn't it Chief Chauncey "Clancy" Wiggum before Hoskins?

Triple Fake... said...

Yesterday's RTG was better, even with only 1.5 legs



Why are you subtly skewing the question so that the time frame coincides with the end of Trump's term? If there's no change to Obamacare, does anyone think premiums will be cheaper four years from now? Aren't premiums much higher now than they were eight years ago?

Anonymous said...

"Trump might implode even before he begins. He praises Julian Assange, mocks our FBI and CIA, and says he knows more about the Russian hacking than others. And have we already forgotten that he dared Russian hackers to find Hillary's missing emails? What if the FBI and CIA has found out he was in cahoots with the Russians so that's why he's trying to discredit them?<

Well, let's see now. Obama has been proven to use his administration to attack his political enemies: IRS vs tea party, NSA vs James Rosen, State department vs anyone attacking HRC, just to name a few...

So, why should not the American people be skeptical of what may come now, at the end of his presidency. He and his sheeple, including you BG, are trying to undermine Trump before he even takes office.

BG, can you site anything, at any time, where Wikileaks got it wrong? Why are you not concerned with the information they disclosed, but only with how they got it? Or do you believe that democrat-media collaboration is OK? Is DNC favoring one candidate over another OK with you?

Nothing on those things?

Nothing?

Ever?

Anonymous said...

I think Obamacare needs to repealed. It puts too much hardship on employers and responsible individuals. Premiums sky rocketed with Obamacare and are too high for people who have insurance. People need to put their priorities in the right place. There are families/individuals that have huge homes, drive two $50,000+ autos, have deer leases, ATV's, kids playing select ball, wives going weekly to get pedicures and manicures, etc & say they can't afford health insurance. It's called living within your means. If you truly can't afford health insurance there are already government programs in place, Medicaid and CHIPS.

wordkyle said...

I just now read the story about the video of the kid being tortured. Boy, did you leave out some key details!

Anonymous said...

TrumpCare to help 750,00 Texans to not have insurance, the majority of which voted for him. Change you can feel!

Anonymous said...

Trump is not a lifetime political liar so you should expect him to call out everyone in politics to get the shit straight:)
It does not mean he is out to get the Democrats
He just wants to get the dumb ones out of the way so he can make this country better.(He just started with the president and that is what bothers the left wing party)Just ask Newt he will give you the truthful answers about it.

Anonymous said...

Padaddy was the chief of police. He managed the Renshaw Ranch after retiring.

Anonymous said...

1) Insurance premiums having been increasing since inception, but nobody on here wants to admit that
2) While reading has become a virtual "lost art" and besides, "Bubba" graduated w/a 5th grade reading level, check out two books which are the blue print for a Trump administration: "The Power Elite" by C. Wright Mills (a Texas boy/UT grad) and "The Devi's Chessboard" by David Tabot. Read the two books (if you're able to handle the vocabulary) and try to convince yourself Trump isn't a disciple Foster Dulles we haven't voted ourselves down the river.

Anonymous said...

I know @ one time he worked for WCSO, but wasn't "Shotgun" Fellers the Decatur Chief @ some point in the past?

Anonymous said...

I am not certain all the Healthcare Providers want back in the game under the previous parameters. It would seem to me, if Obamacare was repealed, they would hold all the cards. I fully expect them to play their hand.

Upstairs said...

OSU lost to Texas last night. That's bad. Texas has looked awful all season. I can't imagine that beating OSU would help anyone's national ranking.

Anonymous said...

I know I will sound like an ungrateful wretch complaining about this, but here goes anyway.

LL content has become stale and predictable.
....Trump sucks, blah blah blah
....Another embedded news ad, blah, blah, blah
....Cops are bad, blah, blah, blah
....Baylor is not that bad, blah, blah, blah

Come on man...comments are down not because of idiot commenters.

Anonymous said...

Where is that figure from (85% satisfaction)? Does that figure include people excluded for preexisting conditions?

Anonymous said...

The same liberal idiots that bashed Bush for listening to intelligence are now on Trump for questioning intelligence. Obama has mishandled everything domestically and even dealing with our friends and enemies. Rather than making stupid inferential leaps, just wait until Trump has a presidential record. The country is already much better on several fronts since the election. Trump has accomplished more with a couple of tweets that our embarrassment of a president has done in eight years. Wake up.

Anonymous said...

And more fake news buried within Democratic talking points and sports news.

Anonymous said...

Do the post-Obamacare numbers include some factor for all the time and effort the Republicans spent gutting the law, only to complain it doesn't work and is too expensive?

Anonymous said...

Rage: "They backed down on the ethics bill because their voters think congress is full of liars and cheats." Whaaat?

"Now it's just repeal." Whaaat? It is reported everywhere that they are negotiating a replacement. Neither of us know what it will look like.
Charles Schumer said "There's no way they can throw out the bad and keep the good." Why would he be opposed to Congress making an effort to do that?

BG: "...he dared Russian hackers to find..." That's a misrepresentation. It was his cute/condescending way (just as you did with your "And have we already forgotten...?") to warn/remind us that the Russians continue to be active in the affairs of the USA (as is the USA in the Russian's). It's called espionage, it did not stop with the break-up of the USSR, or the supposed end of the Cold War.

"Trump might implode even before he begins." Maybe. Obama may be imploding as he ends.

"What if the FBI and CIA...?" Hmm, OK, I'll pull one out of the air, too: What if the FBI and CIA have found out that Michelle O and Putin are having an affair so that's why the POTUS is trying to discredit him?

"...he's trying to discredit them?" You might be correct in your criticism. It could be redundant effort, since those agencies, along with the Att Gen and Justice Department, the State Dept., IRS, DNC, the media, and others that he discredits, are doing a great job of it to themselves. Wait, I don't know where I got that, there have been no scandals during the current Admin.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same poster from yesterday with the comment on Republicans and marriage/divorce?

Because it's another winner.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Hasn't Baylor been the number one basketball team in the country recently? And won a national championship?

wordkyle said...

1034 - In 2006 the National Institutes of Health cited data that indicated 84% of Americans rated their overall medical care as either "Excellent" or "Good."

Anonymous said...

People were focused on Obamacare (really named the ACA) by the strategists at Fox News/Republican Hdqtrs because it was good press & an easy sell. Ladle a new government mandate (this ain't Russia!) on a president already disliked by Cracker America (the Muslim Kenyan born on Mars & not 'Merican!) and you had a winner. On the sidelines, smiling all the way to the bank was Big Insurance. They were guaranteed a place at the table because politicians were loathe to try to sell Big Government (the single payer plan) versus Big Insurance (private companies offering policies through exchanges). So they made money hand over fist. When their profit margins shrunk as they actually had to pay out claims, they screamed bloody murder and jacked rates. And America blamed Obama, not the Insurance Giants. They have played the game perfectly. Obamacare is spiked and they are left as the only game and only required to insure healthy folks. Hello huge profit margins again! And add this bit of trivia to your memory: not one stocked owned Health Insurer has gone bankrupt since the Great Depression (except for embezzlement). Not one. Big Auto, Big Oil, Big Mining, Big Steel, etc have all faced insolvency challenges in the last 100 years. Not Big Insurance. Yea, it's all Obama's fault on the cost (written in sarcasm font)

DF Mr. Humana Aetna United Health

Anonymous said...

So I am supposed to trust Assange and Russia more than I trust the FBI and CIA? And Trump says that Putin is a good guy who knows how to manage and who is just misunderstood? Did I just die and go to Bizarro Heaven? Didn't you people read my books?

DF Dead Tom Clancy

Anonymous said...

Serous question: Why haven't the Baptists stepped in as the underlying religious orthodoxy to Baylor's existence and created a commission to investigate this mess on the Brazos? Seems like the sullying of the finest in Texas Womanhood would get the churches inflamed. Just wondering.

DF The Brazos Queen

Anonymous said...

Obamacare should be repealed, and why should the GOP have a replacement? The Government should not be in the healthcare business, this should be left in the hands of the free market. Offer up some good competition and rates will go down.

Anonymous said...

None of this changes the fact that Obamacare has been a huge disaster and top level Dems even agree. They shoved a feel good bill down our throats and now we are seeing the true fallout. If we are going to Socialize Healthcare then the single payer is the only option....but get ready to shift away policing the world, our military will require massive cuts. It would fundamentally change our economy and our future as a superpower...but you don't want to get into that now do ya snowflake!

No, it is clear to anyone with a brain that repeal with no replace is the best option. Keep the preexisting condition requirements, scrap the rest.

Anonymous said...

$

Rage

Anonymous said...

11:46 for the win!

Anonymous said...

Rage @ 11: Nope.

Way to dodge, champ.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree

RatherBesailing said...

Is it feasible to have an 'assigned risk' pool health insurance for preexisting conditions similar to the auto assigned risk pool in Texas?

Anonymous said...

Heard great things about Jim Shaw from my stepdad who recently lost his battle with cancer. Too bad another great person fell to that horrible disease. RIP

Anonymous said...

11:46

Let me put this where even your simple mind will understand: BULLSHIT!!!!

Anonymous said...

12:27...We had an assigned risk health plan in Texas prior to the ACA and it worked great. Each health insurer in Texas contributed 2% of gross premiums to subsidize the plan and premiums were much less than premiums now. There were also subsidies available for low income. You had to exhaust all available coverage prior to signing up. If you qualified for COBRA after leaving a job, you had to use those benefits first, etc. Prior to ACA, coverage for kids was available through CHIPS. Even though it was free in many cases, many parents still didn't enroll their children. Seems you just can't force someone to be responsible....go figure.

Anonymous said...

Dems,

You need to learn the damn difference between health care, and insurance. Health care means going to a doctor or hospital, and receiving good treatment.

Insurance does not implicitly mean you are going to get the health care you need.

Most folks can only afford Obama's "bronze" plan. For people that actually have to pay their premium, they cannot possibly afford the $12,000 yearly deductible. So they do not go to the doctor for anything other than life preservation. THAT is not health care.

If you want good health care, save your money in a health savings account, go to the doctor of your choice, ask about prices, negotiate, and pay cash.

You will get the best deal on health care, and receive THE best health care in the world. You can get a catastrophic policy for the serious stuff. Very cheap.

Proof is in the pudding. Check the professional service charges for the following:

Veterinarians
Dentists
Opticians...including Lasix surgery...SUREGERY WITH LASERS
Plastic surgeons.

All very cheap. Why?

No insurance companies involved, and NO damn government involved.

Free markets fix everything in economics.

Anonymous said...

You left out Manziel's ridiculous Texas Monthly cover. And, not college, but the Tony Romo cover came out the week he was injured in preseason.

Anonymous said...

What is it that has made it more expensive, 12:01?

1. Limiting its scope from what was originally intended (through lawsuits to keep employers like Hobby Lobby from having to comply); and
2. Allowing pre-existing conditions.


So you want to keep the two most expensive parts of the bill, and somehow think that will fix it?

Get a damn clue.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Yes. It's called the Affordable Care Act.

As an alternative, states could expand Medicaid.

Both of these things were fought tooth and nail by Republicans, and most Republican governors refused to expand Medicaid even though the feds would subsidize it heavily and it would have helped millions of people.

You can thank Greg "my paraplegic lawsuit and gov't insurance are OK for me, but not for thee" Abbott for that in Texas.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I agree get government out of the healthcare business, services are cheaper in the free market.

Anonymous said...

2:23

You must be going to Mexico for your health services.

I would not describe vets, dentists, opticians or plastic surgeons as cheap.

Anonymous said...

Rage...the federal government only guaranteed the increase in Medicaid payments for the first three years. After that, states are on their own. Every state that expanded Medicaid to 200% of the poverty level is facing a very difficult time in 2018. The only thing accomplished by expanding Medicaid is they kicked the can down the road a little further. It is not a coincidence the inherent problems with the ACA were designed to not surface until after 2016.

Anonymous said...

I would have no problem calling it the affordable care act if the government subsidized my insurance but they don't, so therefore you and I are paying for other peoples insurance that can't afford it.

Anonymous said...

Dumbass Rage, I never mentioned Hobby Lobby, bullet point 1 or the expense of it. I only mentioned preexisting conditions. I don't want to keep any part of the Act, but change insurance law to accommodate preexisting conditions through private insurance. Guess what, that means "big insurance" will make less and be forced to cover high cost policies...you ultra libs should appreciate that. I'm not talking about "fixing" Obamacare....learn to read!

Anonymous said...

What is the explanation for Obama’s bizarre behavior; where he expels Russian diplomats and even looking back over the past couple years, campaigns for Hillary? Going back even further, why would Obama appoint Hillary to be his Secretary of State, given that her criminal history was well known and firmly established? It has been rumored that Hillary had proof that Obama was born in Kenya, and started this rumor in 2008 in an attempt to discredit him. It is true that the CIA has been grooming Obama for decades for the White House, and forged the Hawaii birth certificate. But in 2008 Hillary had hope that they could blackmail Obama into supporting her, so she could win in 2012.

Thus, Hillary held off on releasing her proof, and Obama gave her the Secretary of State position, supposedly to bolster her resume with foreign government interaction. Then by 2012, Hillary had collapsed with a stroke, called a dehydration faint in the media, so she was unable to run against Obama. The pressure on Obama going into 2016 was ramped up to include a very closely held secret that the CIA was using to control Obama. He is gay, and married to Michael, a transvestite, his children adopted at birth. Now at the end of 2016 Obama’s layered Birth Certificate is out and about on the Internet, no longer a secret, as is the rumor about Michelle being a tranny, something Joan Rivers stated openly and the reason she was quickly silenced.

There was more than Obama’s personal secrets at play. The assassination of Karlov
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/24de2016.htm
was intended to trigger World war III, a key part of the Hillary/Soros agenda. Despite Soros’ heart attack and death, and despite Hillary’s loss to Trump, this crime family’s ambitions have not changed. Obama was constrained by dirty bomb threats,
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/31de2016.htm
and has played the game until Dunford and the Transformation Team can clean out the dirty nukes and dismantle the Hillary/Soros crime family. Dirty bomb threats required the use of C-130’s over Denver
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/26no2016.htm
in late November and over New York City
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/17de2016.htm
in mid-December .

Why the flap about Russian hacking? If the Hillary/Soros crime family is demanding that World War III be facilitated, a necessary ingredient is for Russia to be antagonized and for Russia to take the bait! Clearly Obama cannot just order the US Military to attack Russia, unprovoked and without cause. The DoD would refuse, the Congress in an uproar, as only the Congress can declare war and the President can only do so temporarily with clear evidence that an attack is in process. So, provoke Putin, who wisely laughed it all off. The US media can see no clear evidence that Russia hacked the DNC or Podesta email, and Wikileaks takes credit implying that they and Seth Rich were responsible. Meanwhile, Obama must act like a clown.


http://poleshift.ning.com/forum/topics/zetatalk-chat-for-january-7-2017

Anonymous said...

223,

Compared to most non subsidized health services, they are a small fraction. Med for med, hour for hour. Do some research.

Of course, if the government is footing the bill for you, normal health services are probably cheaper. Obama does not cover them.

Anonymous said...

10:59 PUTIN WOULDN'T BE COUGHT WITH THAT SKANK MITCHELLE

Anonymous said...

James Fellers was the Chief in Decatur from 1977 to 1984. Rex has been Chief since 1984

Anonymous said...

@Wordkyle, The thing about studies is you have to compare apples to apples. Since when that study was conducted 20 million fewer people especially those of us kicked out of insurance due to pre-existing conditions could not be interviewed for this study because WE HAD NO HEALTHCARE, that your study is not comparing apples to apples.... But appreciate the thought!

wordkyle said...

945 - Well, the survey was of Americans who had received medical treatment during the previous year. So I guess someone who had absolutely no medical treatment whatsoever would not have been included. And to be clear, it was a question about health care, not health insurance. The two should not be confused.

Anonymous said...

I employ you to read the sources from 2006, 2005, 2003, you referenced my dear.

Sources:
aHSPH/RWJF 2006a;
bGallup Poll 2005b;
cHSPH/RWJF 2003a;
dHarris Interactive Poll 2006c.

wordkyle said...

719 - Sorry, you'll need to be specific. My reference (the "Gallup Poll 2005b" you mention, aka "Table 4") said exactly what I said, right? Eighty-four percent of Americans rated the quality of their health care as as either "Excellent" or "Good."

Here's a direct quote from that NIH study: "In 2006, more than eight in ten [Americans] said they were satisfied with their ability to see a doctor whenever needed (88 percent), their access to high-quality medical technology (85 percent), and their health insurance benefits (81 percent)" That doesn't look like a situation government needs to solve, much less upend the entire insurance industry to do it.

Please articulate the point you're trying to make. Your brief mention of "Sources" ain't cuttin' it.