The Campaign For DA

2.13.2017

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • For some reason I watched re-watched The Cable Guy (which is beyond fantastic once you realize all the now famous actors who show up in it) and laughed out loud. I then watched This Is Us and the movie The Descendants -- both which are great. I think I'm at the point in my life where I'll stick with The Cable Guy -- it's easier to take.
  • While trying to get a picture of either a police raid or an eviction in my neighborhood on Friday the Family Pup ate my Sonic burger with not one bit of remorse. Edit: And I'm getting killed before 9:00 a.m. for the wording of this sentence. Deservedly so, but still. 
  • Alvord wants a $13.6 million bond package. If you don't think government runs the economy, you're wrong. 
  • The special prosecutors of AG Ken Paxton want a change of venue out of Collin County. Translation: We can't get a conviction in Collin County.
  • I been watching Continuing Legal Education videos because my mandatory deadline is due. It is so easy to spot from the start those who actually know what they are doing. 
  • The Trump Administration trotted out some 31 year old guy named Stephen Miller for all the Sunday morning talks shows and he was destroyed every time. (He would have been more believable if he would have broken out into Take The Money And Run.)
  • The President of the United States decided to attack Mark Cuban yesterday. Incredible. 
  • What a crazy story about the pilot who was set to fly from Austin to San Francisco.
  • We've entered Idiocracy even further as the U.S. Department of Education proves it is not that smart.  (Uh, that's supposed to be W.E.B. Du Bois.)
  • And then they followed it was this:
  • That Bridgeport shooting that leads the Update sounds very complicated. 




34 comments:

Anonymous said...

"While trying to get a picture of either a police raid or an eviction in my neighborhood on Friday the Family Pup ate my Sonic burger with not one bit of remorse."

That's a pretty damn amazing dog - can hold a camera (or, more probably a phone) in one paw, operating it with no thumbs, and a burger in the other - again holding it with no thumbs.

Grammar counselor, grammar.

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed that your dog can take pictures while eating.

Unknown said...

Your pup can take pics and eat at the same time? That is one talented pup (or one awkward sentence).

Anonymous said...

nothing like trying to pass a 13.6 million dollar bond with 5 million worth of stuff in it. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE

Anonymous said...

Let me understand this illegal immigrant thing:

We hate your constitution.
We hate your flag.
We hate your president.
We hate your laws.
We hate your country.
We hate white people.

But we want to stay here?????

Anonymous said...

You are right about the government-run economy. When a bloated overreaching government can tell you what to pay your employees rather than allowing the free market to dictate the level of pay...then you have government idiots running, thus ruining the economy. If a government tells you which customers you will serve is equally ridiculous.

Triple Fake... said...

Well, the Department of Educatin' made a typo. That's unfortunate, but it's not like they misquoted Mr. De Bois...oops! Or posted a photo of someone else.
The real irony here is that you pointed out their mistake and followed it with one of your own semi-famous mistakes.

Can't say that I blame the Family Pup. Whenever I go to Sonic, I always tell them to hold the remorse. And the mayo

Photo accompanying the story in DMN:
Mexican citizens are protesting the actions of our government concerning treatment of their citizens. Why aren't they protesting the inaction of their own government that allows the corruption and crime that causes them to emigrate from there (that's a callback!) and permanently relocate here? Plus, they turn their backs while people from points south of them travel the length of their country to get here. You know it must be bad if they look around and think "Um, yeah, rough neighborhood. Don't make eye contact. Just keep going."

Anonymous said...

RTG...goodness gracious. Well done, sir.

Gary

Anonymous said...

I love when people who complain about government bloat are receiving money from the government (and usually voted for Trump). Social Security is a government welfare program. Look it up and see how it is classified. Along with workers compensation. Most of the pro-Trump commentators on this blog are on welfare. It is going to be fantastic when the Republicans get rid of these programs and you are all screwed.

Anonymous said...

10:15 - I agree with you, with exception to the to the work comp. Work comp is a state program financed privately through insurance companies, except for Ohio, Washington, Wyoming, and North Dakota, which provide the financing through their respective state funds. I do not believe the federal government has any involvement.


Gary

Anonymous said...

nothing like trying to pass a 13.6 million dollar bond with 5 million worth of stuff in it. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE -9:05

Hey a certain local builder that has hit the skids needs that cash infusion.

Bear said...

10:15

I disagree with the comment that SS is a welfare program. I send in several thousand dollars a year to that program. And I expect to get most of it back at a later date.

How is that Welfare? Just because the government considers all money their's, doesn't mean the program is now welfare.

I guess my 401K is also welfare from the investment companies?

Anonymous said...

I wish I could get all the money from the Social Security entitlement program that I paid in. And I wish I could get it with the interest that it would have earned in a private savings account.

Anonymous said...

I am no expert in construction, but I was looking at the list for Alvord also. That seems to me like a highly-inflated number they are using.

Anonymous said...

With the mission of the Dept. of Education to dumb down America, it's time to endorse home schooling and vouchers.

Anonymous said...

If you don't think government runs the economy, you're wrong. 

Would you like to buy a vowel, counselor?

(i)

Anonymous said...

The $13.6 million is far less than the $399 million Northwest is going to ask for after getting a $255 million passed in 2012, $260 million in 2008 and $224.5 in 2005. If they get the $399 million passed this year that is over $1 billion passed in a 12 year timeframe! RIDICULOUS!!!

http://www.nisdtx.org/about/board_of_trustees/bond_updates/bond_history/

Triple Fake... said...

Regardless of how it's classified, the Social Security program is primarily funded through payroll taxes. Wage earners pay into the program, normally for the duration of their working lives. It's then paid out upon retirement or disability. That's our money they're giving back to us, and they are doing a poor job of managing it.
Your comment "Most of the pro-Trump commentators on this blog are on welfare" needs some documentation.

Anonymous said...


Sorry, but I don't understand how you can call Social Security 'welfare' when workers are forced to pay into the program. Please explain.

Anonymous said...

10:15

You're an idiot. I am not a proponent of SS but it is not a welfare program. You and your employer pays 15% into it out of every paycheck. The government has mishandled this program and used proceeds for other (welfare) programs. I would have been happy to forego my SS benefits 25 years ago if they would have let me keep what I paid in to invest on my own. As for workers comp, the employers pay for that as well. In fact, some companies have gone belly up because of the premiums they were required to pay. Get a clue!

Anonymous said...

Donald Trump’s Tweets Turned Into An Emo Song Makes You Wonder Who The Real ‘Snowflake’ Is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CopDK_jI6DI

Lawyer Too fka Baylor Too said...

Let me tell you about airline pilots these days: they are paid very, very little.

Remember the old days 20 years ago when airlines pilots had unions and they easily made six-figures? Those days are long gone.

I am not surprised to hear that one of them went off the deep end. Pilots work in a stressful industry, and have stressful jobs with huge responsibility. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the field improvements for Alvord will more than likely not make it in the bond but, Thanks to Trice, Alvord is in need of the gyms. The only usable gym is at the High School. Trying to schedule practice and games for volleyball and basketball is a nightmare. Whoever designed the Alvord Middle School should go back to their high school drafting glass and start over.

Anonymous said...

Workers Compensation is a government mandated, but employer funded, benefit for former employees. There has never been one dime of taxes collected by the government to go into that program, nor is any $ withheld from employees' paychecks. Employers fund that benefit 100%. The government speaks of it using insurance terms, government sets the mandated "premiums", which are required to be paid by the employers. The "premiums" are on a sliding scale, supposedly based on how many former employees of a company are drawing benefits, but the scale is unfairly heavy on employers who have never had a former employee draw benefits.

Triple Fake... said...

Pretty sure the pilot in question went off the deep end not because of the stress in her job, but because of the stress in her life.
And how does more money decrease the amount of job-related stress?

Anonymous said...

2:05...You may need to check your facts. Workers Comp has nothing to do with "former employees" although a former employee could receive benefits. Some states, not all mandate workers comp coverage. There are a handful of states with a monopolistic work comp system so technically the rates are set by the state. All other states are competitive and companies may charge what they want or what they can sell. There is no sliding scale, premiums are determined by classification codes that vary according to the hazard of a particular job. Each employer typically has multiple class codes on their policy and they report the payroll associated with each job under the appropriate class code. Clerical is charged one rate while a laborer would demand a higher premium. After three years, employers are assigned an experience modifier determined by claims experience. A good safety records earns a credit modifier and above average claims will earn you a debit modifier.

Anonymous said...

We must change black history month to January because that month has more days to learn how to spell Duboise.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes listening to you people go on makes me thankful that I am deaf.

Anonymous said...

11:39

"I" is on the board.

Anonymous said...

"and then they followed it was this" Huh? Shouldn't sentences written to make fun of mistakes in other sentences be able to at least pass the same scrutiny?

Anonymous said...

What the board and the so-called "community" committee with four members from the same family won't tell you is they are planning on having bond funds left over so they can add artificial turf to the football field without telling the voters they are going to add turf. It's the same bait and switch crap the Alvoid Mafia has been running for years.

Anonymous said...

Neither local builder will benefit from the bond . Both are doing fine financially I'm sure. However, 13.6 is way too much. Put winners on the fields of play and then come back and ask me for my tax dollars. Out coaching staff from top to bottom on the girls and boys sides are terrible. Our supt is a spineless coward and I'm not sure our board can spell! If we are going to pass a bond we need people In place to make this district thrive. That isn't here

Anonymous said...

2:05 - you are way off on your understanding of workers compensation insurance. But, kudos for cavalierly stating your alternative theory.

Anonymous said...

Apparently you missed the Valentine's Day pilot union protest at
American.