The Campaign For DA

1.12.2017

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • I don't mind people who are smart and who disagree with me. In fact, I love it. Heck, I live for it. I've got friends up at the courthouse and we go at it all the time. And I don't mind people who just don't care and go on their merry way. What I cannot stand are those people who inject themselves into conversations who (1) are willfully dishonest or (2) willfully ignorant. 
  • The greatest redneck fight ever. Both drunk and fighting over the last beer. 
  • Most of you don't get to hear it, but The Ticket will do a segment every few weeks about the idiocy of Fox 4's Viewer's Voice where either Clarice Tinsley or Steve Eagar will read Facebook/Twitter comments and then retort. Pure gold. 
  • Why did Trump yesterday blame our intelligence agencies for releasing the salacious details of his alleged romp in Russia in the 35 page report? They didn't release it. Buzzfeed did. Does he not know that? Why attack the CIA and FBI? Why does he hate those agencies?
  • Why did he refuse to take a question from a CNN reporter (which even caused Fox News to come to CNN's defense) claiming CNN released "fake news"? They didn't release the 35 page report. Buzzfeed did. CNN reported the security briefing included a two page document that Russia might have compromising information about Trump. That is actual legitimate news that the security officers thought Obama and Trump needed to be aware of it. 
  • But Trump was in propaganda mode again this morning: 
  • And the existence of the 35 page report is not even "fake news." (The New York Times has a great story of how it came into existence, even naming  the former British spy who authored it, and  and The Guardian has an equally great story of how John McCain sent an envoy overseas to get a copy of it and how the spy met with Mother Jones back in October.)  
  • But I'm excited about Trump's news conferences in the future. They will be absolute train wrecks. 
  • TCU beat UT in Austin last night. The last time it happened was 30 years ago and the Star-Telegram ran a photo on the cover which depicted then player and now current coach of TCU, Jamie Dixon. (h/t Bud Kennedy.)
  • Let's see what Trump is up to this morning. Ummmkaaaay:
  • There's a lawyer advertising on The Ticket about an upcoming "warrant round-up" offering a 25% discount off his fee. (I have, for years, said there are no "warrant round-ups" for traffic tickets. I believe it's a scare tactic by the government to get you to pay your tickets.) I went to the lawyer's website and in his short bio he brags that he passed the bar on the first try. That's the standard now? 

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Redneck Fight--"Stop--Stop!" Hilarious! The present state of Pro Team Sports Fans.

Anonymous said...

It's Thursdau Barry

Anonymous said...

BG
What ever happened to Brandon Davis after he was arrested???

Anonymous said...

Good article in the USA today on the Obama administration and how they started the trend on the media and would not release any documents.

Triple Fake... said...

Is that the same lawyer advertising on The Ticket who used to have a spot where he said "I'm partially shocked"? Or was that a tax attorney? Or dee-vorce attorney?


not Thursday...Thursdau!

Fix this @#$%, Rich!


Anonymous said...

At least Trump is giving press conferences and they're actually un-scripted too. Both preferred over Obama's practices....

Anonymous said...

I have, for years, said there are no "warrant round-ups" for traffic tickets. I believe it's a scare tactic by the government to get you to pay your tickets.

When I worked in the Metroplex, I participated in at least 5 of your non-existent Warrant Round Ups. We would arrest upwards of 100 outstanding traffic warrants in a few nights.

Anonymous said...

Trump wants to discount the validity of CIA and FBI in the eyes of his supports so that if they ever release anything negative on him his support will disregard it – it’s the same strategy he has successfully used on the media. The “Media” are a bunch of lairs therefore anything they say bad about trump must not be true.

It’s a genius approach. Great for him – bad for the country.

Anonymous said...

Just a hypothetical:
What if Pence, since he takes his oath first and is sworn in before Trump, immediately swings into action and declares Martial Law. He then has Federal law enforcement officials standing by on the dais to take Trump, Manafort, Lewandowski, Bannon, Conway, Pierson, Wiley, et al into custody under a Federal Material Witness warrant and held incommunicado until evidence is collected, reviewed, investigated, analyzed, and finally decided if appropriate charges are warranted regarding collusion with the Russians. If Trump and his people get a clean bill, then the Donald is sworn in, just a little late. If not, Pence fully assumes Presidency under the 25th amendment. Seems the best way to eliminate any questions.

DF Robert Ludlum

Anonymous said...

Being a Trump guy myself, as are most (I said most, not all) of your readers, I am amazed at how enthralled over him you are. Every day it seems you devote a large portion of the blog space to him. That's fine with me, I know he gives you lots of ammo but as even you admitted, you were wrong about him once you know...

Anonymous said...

You're off the rails, Bu. Your business will suffer for it.

Anonymous said...

9:38

Pence is sworn in as Vice-President, not President. The Vice-President cannot declare martial law.

Obama remains President until Trump is sworn in.

There is not a window of time where Pence would be considered President on inauguration day.

Other than the fact your hypothetical can't work, it was interesting.

Double Fake Jason Bourne

Anonymous said...

Damn, 9:30 guy. That is the craziest conspiracy theory ever.

Anonymous said...

9:44 - you are delusional if you think most of the readers on here are Trump supporters.

Anonymous said...

Over/Under on length of Trump Presidency before impeached... 3 years. Republicans are going to lose big at the midterms because of his jackassery. The Republicans still in office will turn on him and install Pence in the hopes of any chance to win in 2020.

Anonymous said...

The press conferences are only train wrecks for the leftist press who are accustomed to being treated with respect.

wordkyle said...

The issue that most of the critics is that a) He's fighting back, and b) especially the way he fights back. Trump doesn't have the benefit of the career politician's stable of hatchet men and media toadies. His methods sting the sensibilities of those used to the usual Republican genteel capitulation.

Anonymous said...

Sad day come Jan 20th--
TOTUS will be out of a job.


Not Sam.

Anonymous said...

944, he IS the President. Usually a big news maker dontcha think?

Anonymous said...

I hope Trump revokes the press credentials of all of the lying bastards from CNN and MSNBS and the other ultra-liberal haters who did their darndest to get crooked Hilary elected (unsuccessfully - woohoo!!!). If you don't have any respect for the office of the POTUS, bye-bye. Get your news second hand from Fox or other fair-and-balanced agencies.

The Real Hardy Har Man

Triple Fake... said...

There's one giant hole in your hypothetical there, Mr. Ludlum:
After Pence is sworn in, he'll still be just the VP.
Exactly how much power does the VP wield? According to you, enough to declare martial law, even though Obama, up to that point, hasn't vacated the office yet. I would be beyond "partially shocked" (call back!)
There might be something in the Constitution calling that a major no-no. I'm fairly sure seizing power is frowned upon, but the wording may be different. Maybe we can get some of those legal experts from yesterday to weigh in on that.


Anonymous said...

You probably thought Obama was going to turn all the midterms democratic to didn't you how did that work out? If Trump does half of what he said he would do mainly the economy it will be a long 8 years for you.

Anonymous said...

The issue most people have with Trump's style is not that he's fighting back. It's simply that he behaves like a spoiled 5 year old. So, I guess that is the way he fights back. That, and he repeatedly lied in accusing CNN or releasing the salacious, golden shower report.

Sam Brows said...

not trying to be intentionally dishonest or ignorant, but isn't Trump lashing out at CIA and FBI as being the entities that leaked the reports to Buzzfeed? I mean, they were the ones in possession of the reports before Buzzfeed got them so he's asking: how did Buzzfeed get the copies?

Anonymous said...

Still think a campaign hit piece by a former British spy is real news? It's news that Buzzfeed released it, but it is still fake news because none of it is credible! Ironic how the lefties lecture on fake news but buy into the biggest fake news story ever!!!

wordkyle said...

If I understand today's Washington Post story right, the two-page "dossier" is merely a summary of the info in the Buzzfeed story. I was getting the impression that some folks thought they were different information.

As for Trump attacking intelligence agencies, even the no-friend-to-Republicans Post said this: "linking a collection of unsubstantiated allegations to a classified report that is supposed to convey the intelligence community’s firmest conclusions about Russian election interference has blurred the distinction between corroborated intelligence and innuendo."

Intelligence people have many ways of punishing those who offend them. Giving ignorant people the impression that unsubstantiated allegations are credible is one of those ways.

Anonymous said...

Warrant round up is real if you live in stop 6 or poly.

Anonymous said...

probably cutting a deal to rat on certain council members in rhome in exchange for a plea deal.

Anonymous said...

The honky's on here never hit that neighborhood. Plus this is the land of DQ, not William's fried chicken!

Anonymous said...

All good points on the what-if I threw out there. The discussion flow at coffee time this morning that led to that question was:

1. The new elected leaders (pres & vp) officially take office at 12 noon following administration of oath on Jan 20th. By inference, that means the old team (Obama/Biden) go out at the same moment, so there is brief moment where Pence is the only legal national leader actually installed in office.
2. Full presidential power can be transferred temporarily to VP under the 25th amendment voluntarily by pres (like bush did to cheney when he went in the hospital) or the VP can assume it in the best interest of country with concurrence of majority of cabinet without becoming full fledged President. Kind of an acting President. The folks he would be asking would be the old cabinet since no one can legally accept their resignations until pres in office. New cabinet would not be approved yet by Senate.
3. If Trump is found to be a Russian stooge, VP might be able to complete the actual possession of the office legally under the 25th because the top office is officially declared vacant, Trump being ineligible to take the oath being in Federal lock-up (maybe he could still serve office in prison?).
Just a thought exercise of multiple moving parts different from going the impeachment route.

DF Robert Ludlum

Anonymous said...

Wordy, Rage , et all:

I'm going to say it again. Read The Devil's Chessboard and The Power Elite. They are trumps blueprint and playbook.

Anonymous said...

"Giving ignorant people the impression that unsubstantiated allegations are credible is one of those ways."

WHAR'S THE BURTH CERTIFICATE~!

Barack HUSSEIN Obama

HE'S A SEEKRET MOOSLEM!

HE WANTS SHARIA LAW!

They're killing babies in a pizza parlor!



...And on, and on, and on.

For Wordkyle to complain only when it suits him is simply more of his dishonesty.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I remember when I thought Wordkyle was kinda fun.

Anonymous said...

2:21, if you study up on your Latin, I'll read that book.

Rage

Anonymous said...

2:53

I concur, 100%.

Anonymous said...

1:57

Nice try, but no.

In your own words:

"The new elected leaders (pres & vp) officially take office at 12 noon following administration of oath on Jan 20th."

http://uspolitics.about.com/od/presidenc1/tp/Presidential-Inauguration-Day-2017.htm

Point 1, that means, both Trump and Pence are Pres. and VP at noon, regardless of when they are actually sworn in, so they both take office at the exact, same, time. The transition of power moves from Obama to Trump, seamlessly, at noon eastern time. Pence is never in the Presidential seat.

Point 2, under specific circumstances, you are correct, like the ability of the President being compromised for some legitimate reason, such as being put under anesthesia during surgery. The odds of Trump being legally "out of it" on inauguration date are slim and none, plus, Pence will be VP as the same moment Trump is P, regardless of when they are actually sworn in.(See Point 1)

Point 3, there is that whole innocent until proven guilty thing you have to work around. Let's just assume for a moment that Trump is guilty as hell for treason or some lesser crime that would prevent him from holding the office of POTUS at the time of his inauguration. He would still need to charged, have a trial and be convicted before he could be removed from office. Google "due process under the law" and get back to us.

BTW, your novel "The Road to Gandolfo" SUCKED. All caps intended.

Double Fake Michael Shepherd

Anonymous said...

I hope Trump revokes the press credentials of all of the lying bastards from CNN and MSNBS - 11:02

I doubt you will acknowledge today's news that Biden confirmed he, Obama AND Trump were briefed on the 2 page report which is exactly what CNN reported. Trump is just butthurt and throwing a tantrum. Get used to it. Plenty more of them to come.

The Last Sane Texan

Anonymous said...

Where do you think wise co honkys buy their weed when Newark is dry?