The Campaign For DA

3.07.2017

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Mrs. LL may have the flu. That puts me at home and praying I don't get the flu.
  • I've never seen so many people sick this winter/spring. I learned yesterday a gal at the courthouse had pneumonia. 
  • And winds of 40 miles an hour during blooming season doesn't help allergies. That was insane yesterday.
  • Trump, after his goofy "tapping" tweet, pretty much has hide from public view for two days. 
  • Jimmy Buffett is opening up a Margaritaville Retirement Community. First restaurants. Then hotels. He's been a cash machine for those willing to hear and buy into the same crap for years. (Seriously, how can people pay money to listen to Margaritaville for the millionth time?)
  • At the same time the College Freshman Not In The House is home for spring break, Mrs. LL has placed an envelope next to my recliner that is from "fedloan." I don't want to open it. She's a master of getting me to agree to stuff when I'm not paying attention. 
  • Alleged Fort Worth bad cop.  
  • The Republicans have released their replacement for Obamacare. It includes pre-existing conditions. The concept is great but that is not a viable business model for the open market. I said it a couple of weeks ago: Write down what your premium is now and what your deductible is and check back with me in four years. Both are going to explode.
  • Banking in Wise County has become very creative based upon an ad in the Update. 
  • I feel sorry for copying companies. I filed a Petition last week in Austin by e-filing. Just five years ago I had to go get 10 copies, bind it, and mail it. It's like the scene from Michael Scott in The Office when he tells a class of college students "Write this down. Paper is the future." and then the camera pans to the students who all "write" it down on their laptops. 
  • But there are just a handful of e-file companies who are approved by the State of Texas and they are making a fortune. There has to be so much corruption there to get that deal done.
  • I'm beginning to wonder if the prosecutors in the John Wiley Price trial know what they are doing. It took two hours to read the indictment and they have bored the jury to death during the first week. You don't win cases that way. 
  • Weight loss ads are the worst. I actually heard a radio ad this weekend which said, "If you experience too much weight loss from [the pill], just cut the dosage in half!" Come on. That's fraud. And the morning guys of WBAP should be scared about being sued for fraud -- they have consistently promoted weight loss programs that are worthless. 

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Somewhere, on every weight loss ad, is the fine print about "when combined with diet and exercise". It's how they all avoid fraud.

Anonymous said...

Dear people who always praise and give God all the credit when someone is pulled from a wreck or otherwise spared a likely fate...does your God not know the way to Wichita Falls?

Anonymous said...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/03/06/khizr_khan_s_travel_reportedly_under_review.html

"Khizr Khan Reportedly Told His “Travel Privileges Are Being Reviewed,” Offers No Comment"

There's no possible way this is true, but in the current environment I'm not sure "no possible way" exists.

Anonymous said...

The President was of course correct in his statement....and you well know he hides from nothing. It is refreshing to have a leader in the White House. Have another liberal day.

wordkyle said...

"Trump, after his goofy "tapping" tweet..." - From the New York Times, January 20, 2017:

"The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House."

Trump's accusation may be accurate and correct, or it may be incorrect. Obama perfected the art of plausible deniability long ago in the Chicago political machine. That he personally, on the record, ordered wiretaps is doubtful. That such were his wishes, and that such wishes were carried out by flunkies several layers of deniability below him, is not unreasonable at all. The political targeting of enemies was a hallmark of the Obama administration.

Anonymous said...

On a positive note for once on this site, Dirk , the big German , is amazing and all a sports figure should be. To score 30,000 points in the NBA is quite the accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

Here is a stat.
Oct 1st 2009 renewal of 90/10 - 1500.00 family - 247.00
Policy does not exist now.
Oct this year anniversary.
70/30 - 5000.00 family- 873.00 month

Grubered.....
This was you and your ilks making of a soup sandwich.

Question Barry?
Where does that school teacher making 50 grand a year and living week to week get that $5000.00 when she finally decides, reluctantly to go to the doctor/ hospital for that pain in her lower abdomen?
Answer: credit card.
Try to figure the 30 percent copayment out later.
The Dems on this thing they passed on a late night during the holidays when they thought nobody was looking.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing that you recognize the errors that the prosecutors are making in the JWP case and put them in your blog. Now let's just cross our fingers and hope that one of them reads your blog today.

Wait, what's wrong with me? Of course your blog is read widely across the legal community in North Texas.

Anonymous said...

9:08 AM
Congrats to the big German!

Anonymous said...

Hey Dirk.....Wanna move-in to Bridgeport?

Anonymous said...

Here's a little something we call Greggo's Corner:

Graduated Summa cum Laude from TCU..wanna inspect my 3.9 GPA?..admit it..I'm smart..and you are an uneducated imbecile
--thus spaketh the Greggo on Twitter.com. Greggo was a big star at 1310 the ticket radio station

Did Greggo graduate with honors? Doubt it.
Did Greggo graduate at all? Perhaps. Perhaps not.
Does Greggo constantly lie about any and almost everything? Yup.

Anonymous said...

Again--if you tap a Russian's phone because you suspect they are interfering with the elections, and catch an American in the Trump campaign talking to them because they called or accepted a call from the Russian, you still have not tapped Trump's phones.

Still saying Sessions met with the Russian only once and in a crowded room Wordkyle?

Anonymous said...

Largest jump in the trade deficit since 2012.

How're those bilateral agreements working out?

Anonymous said...

"But there are just a handful of e-file companies who are approved by the State of Texas and they are making a fortune. There has to be so much corruption there to get that deal done."

Any evidence or proof of either? Or just mere speculation as usual. E-filing in theory is fine. The only problem is every County does it differently and what is the procedure in one County is wrong in the other.

Out Rage

Anonymous said...

There is no solution for health care insurance. The math doesn't work any more. Too many people on the "needs" side now, more than what normal disease rates would cause. We've amped it up due to incredibly lazy and unhealthy habits.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes...Fedloan. They want to shim their way into the student loan repayment process. Instead of directly paying back a student loan, they'd like the student or payer to work through them, so Fedloan can make some money, too.

Triple Fake... said...

"...just cut the dosage in half!
Come on. That's fraud."
No, it's called creative advertising (reference your other point about bank loans).
Anyone who is desperate enough to try pills for weight loss and believe they will lose too much weight, absolutely won't split the dosage. If that were the case, the company selling the pills would be selling only half as many of them.

"how can people pay money to listen to Margaritaville for the millionth time?"
There's a Beatles tribute tour going on right now, and one for Hendrix, too.
Maybe people convince themselves they're hearing it for the first time, the way you do when you hear songs from that group you mentioned last week?

"I don't want to open it."
An attorney getting served papers. Priceless!

Anonymous said...

How much did Community Bank pay you for that ad?

Anonymous said...

Kyle Word, you are really, really good at writing fiction. I need to by that book of yours!

Harry Hamid said...

I'm getting used to the e-filing thing. I haven't had one rejected yet. On the other hand, the fact that there's a $2 transaction fee even for filing no-fee documents and a monthly fee for most of the providers adds some costs in.

Anonymous said...

Since Obamacare:
Deductible was 750, now 7500.
All prescriptions covered. Now generic and only after the full deductible is met.

Premium has gone up.

Obamacare was and is the cause of the entire Medical/Insurance fiasco.

People who don't get sick now are forced to pay for every hypochondriac.

Get yourself on some welfare, you dont have to pay a dime for insurance or a deductible.

Criminal Enterprise does not get any better than our medical system is right now.

Sam Brows said...

Insurance: There's no way my premiums are going up in 4 years @ the same rate they went up the day after Obamacare went into effect.

E-File: not so long ago, you wanted to file a pleading, you packaged it up and dropped it in the mail for the price of postage and a clerk unpackaged it, file stamped your copy and returned it to you. Easy Peasy. Today, every Court gets to select its own e-file system and seemingly they all use different ones, so you have to be familiar with the nuances of each one, and you have to pay for every filing. It is a HUGE racket. And we still have just as many Court clerks working in the Courthouses today as we did before e-file.

JWP: he has to get off, right? I mean, sure he's guilty, but there's no way a jury in Dallas convicts him.

9:08 Dirk is indeed awesome!

9:00 I haven't seen the proof he was right about the taps. Sure it probably happened, but i'd like to see the proof and am curious if he has it, why he hasn't shared it yet.

9:02 Obama had nothing on LBJ, a man who once told his campaign manager to quietly get the word out to reporters that a Senate opponent fornicated with pigs. The campaign manager told LBJ he couldn't spread that rumor as it wasn't true. LBJ's response: I know. I just want to hear him have to deny it.

Anonymous said...

Elective Surgery Loans: Care Credit has been around for years. My mom had one of those cards she used to pay for some very expensive oral surgery. The shame is that some of these procedures are not covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance plans.
For the elderly, not eating properly is a medical issue! Have you read a label on soup or those protein drinks? Those are the two major food groups for those over 75.

Anonymous said...

Mercy, I love when you bumpkins dabble in appellate law. Even with e-filing, you still have to file 10 paper copies within 3 business days. See TRAP 9.3.(b)(2).

Anonymous said...

Your hot sports opinion on healthcare.
Hardly a peep on the billions spent (and wasted) to set up Obamacare. What a failure! As a result of this liberal disaster...fewer people than ever have "meaningful" healthcare. Unless you are the 20 million on subsidized healthcare. The Republican plan WILL be more fair than what currently exists.

Anonymous said...

Is Lisa Villegas for or against going to the bathroom with me?

Anonymous said...

Let's throw something out on the floor-

If Obama had promised to release his taxes, was elected, then still didn't release them. Wordkyle would be hounding him daily. Of course, that's not the treatment he's giving Trump for lying about releasing his taxes.

Wordkyle can deny it all he wants, but that's exactly what would have happened. He's a hypocrite. He knows it, and so does everyone else here.

Anonymous said...

With the recent North Korean missile test, it was interesting news the other day that as Obama was leaving office, he left analysis that one of the biggest dangers to the U. S. was a narcissistic leader who cared not for the welfare of his citizens and was only interested in showy demonstrations that pumped up his ego and image on the world stage. His only goal seems to be carve his name on every edifice of his nation. Our strategic partners would be challenged in formulating a way to deal with this megalomaniac who now had control of nuclear weapons and a hair trigger juvenile temper.

Besides the danger posed to the world by this comically inept leader with laughably bad hair and poor fashion sense, Obama said we should also be worried about Kim Jong Un.

DF C-SPAN

Anonymous said...

Weight loss ads are always a scam and prey on the gullible. Remember the San Antonio company several years back that advertised on most of the Metroplex radio stations? It seemed every radio host had a wonderful story of using the product & losing a ton of weight. Finally the feds rained on the fraud parade and the company shut down while its owners went to court.

DF Meatloaf

Anonymous said...

The new federal health plan is all about tax credits so I can buy my own insurance? Dang, that would be wonderful is I made enough to pay taxes. Zero taxes, zero refund, zero health insurance money. Yea, Mr. Ryan. That certainly works for poor folk.

DF Circular Logic

Anonymous said...

Barry, you are right about the copying business. But it was good while it lasted.

DF Kinko Copies

Anonymous said...

RTG= A+++

TheQuack said...

LL: Get some Tamiflu immediately.

Anonymous said...

You are right about deregulation of Obamacare, except the Republicans didn't go far enough. Only a complete dismantling and a open free market will drive insurance rates down.

Anonymous said...

We suggest everything in the Green household be sprayed with Lysol, including Mrs LL, twice a day. And wear full body haz-mat suits. The only sure protection from the bug going around.

DF Wise Regional

Anonymous said...

Dear people who always praise and give God all the credit when someone is pulled from a wreck or otherwise spared a likely fate...does your God not know the way to Wichita Falls?

8:58 AM


No answer will satisfy your question, as you are intent on questioning the ways of God. You will always find God guilty simply because He does not follow your particular ideas. You deny His very existence by punishing Him. You have no reverence for God, therefore, people like myself who believe, will never be able to give people like you the answer they want. A believer will be to always hold that God is always good in what He does, even though sometimes a believer in God cannot understand how some things can be good. God gave man free will, and if God controlled all the bad things from happening, there would be no free will.

Maybe your question should be directed to the parents of the child. Or better yet, you should technically be asking your question to God. But since you don't believe in God, you have to misdirect your question to humans, whom you know will never satisfy you with their response.

Anonymous said...

8:58 -- Yes God does know the way to Wichita Falls. More importantly, I think Satan-The Devil-Lucifer-El Diablo has unfortunately found his way into your soul. Sorry :(

Anonymous said...

My guess is that half of the people who got to the Jimmy Buffet parking lot do not even go to the show. It is not something you go to the day of the show, you arrive a day or two early for the festivities....

Anonymous said...

RTG is looking very hot in that pink suit...

Anonymous said...

It's obvious 8:58 has never been to Wichita Falls or he would know what a godless hell hole that town is.

Anonymous said...

We need pics of the back side of some of these RTG's

Anonymous said...

11:42 - Well put.

Harry Hamid said...

10:36: You posted a reference to the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Barry said he'd filed a petition.

So far as I know, the only time you have to file a hard copy w/in 3 days of e-filing an original petition is when you're probating a Will. You also have to eventually file an original fingerprint card if you're doing a name change.

Other than that, in most cases, attorneys cannot do paper filings. Pro se litigants can, though.

The Devil said...

Hey...hey now, no need to talk like that, bring the heat down a notch. Unfortunately I know the way to Wichita Falls as well since it is my home base these days. In my household we affectionately call it hell on earth, and if you've ever visited it would be hard to disagree!

Anonymous said...

Harry--go here: https://efile.txcourts.gov/ofsweb

There is no monthly fee to use them. While some counties charge a fee for no-fee documents, not all do. I get charged when I file in Harris County, but not in some smaller ones, like Jefferson or Fort Bend.

The clerks accept or reject filings, so that can be a pain. In Harris County, they want multiple lead documents, so that can increase your costs. Some counties (like Harris) want affidavits filed separately from the motion they're attached to. Others, want them as part of the lead filing.

That's my main problem--if you practice in multiple counties (we have offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin), keeping track can be tough. But the rules say that if you file back in the same envelope, the corrected filing relates back to the original, so you don't miss deadlines.

Ive tried several e-file providers, and this one is the cheapest and most reliable.

Rage

Anonymous said...

how did you miss the FW policeman who was fired for falsifying that lost his job 14 years ago being reinstated

Anonymous said...

http://media.star-telegram.com/static/labs/Overtime.html

Anonymous said...

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article136842108.html#wgt=trending

Anonymous said...

As an insurance professional, the problem with healthcare has nothing to do with the ACA (Obamacare). The principle of the ACA is sound, as insurance will not work without the Law of Large Numbers. If you only have the sick, elderly, or unhealthy buying insurance (adverse selection), it is unsustainable. Similarly, if the property holders that bought insurance were only 30+ year old, frame construction, on the coast, there would be no insurance marketplace - similar to what we saw post hurricane Andrew in Florida. Therefore, you need the healthy 20-year olds to purchase insurance.

That being said, the gross lobbying done by medical providers, medical equipment manufacturers/distributors, and pharmaceutical companies make it impossible to make healthcare affordable, as their respective profits are apparently more important than the health of the nation.

But we are not without blame. Until the culture of America shifts from rampant consumerism, watching tv all the time, sitting at desks all day, smoking, etc. - there is no viable solution.

Alright, I'm gonna go drink 10 beers and smoke some cigs to calm down.

Gary

Harry Hamid said...

Rage: I think I've only e-filed in Harris County, but the mutliple counties thing makes sense.

I work at a nonprofit and we use EFSP for our e-file provider. I know it doesn't charge us for transactions, and we're using Affidavits of Inability to Afford in most cases, so there isn't any money changing hands at all.

Some of our volunteer attorneys complain about various fees and charges they get stuck with when filing for our clients using other providers, though. I take their word for it.

Personally, I got the hang of it after doing it twice and have had no major complaints since then.

wordkyle said...

1112 (aka "anon on this comment") - There was so much that Obama did that was more outrageous than not releasing his taxes, that it wouldn't even register on my radar. During a campaign a politician made a promise that he didn't keep? Oh my goodness, as I live and breathe.

950 - Yes, you really do need to buy my book. Then provide a written report to prove you read it. A key plot point will surprise the knuckleheads. (You can order it through here. Thanks for your support!)

921 - Nope. Turns out Sessions spoke to the Russian ambassador in a room full of people twice. That's also twice you've tried this tactic (at least about this subject.) Do you have a reason to keep invoking my name? Craving my attention, maybe? That must be frustrating for you.

Anonymous said...

PDR in CCA requires paper copies to be filed along with e-filing.

Anonymous said...

Wordy, the problem with that specific campaign promise is that it's one that's easy to keep. It's not like a promise about a major policy change that would require support from congress that doesn't exist. It's a simple promise that he could fulfill on his own at very little inconvenience.

We deserve to know what he's hiding.

Anonymous said...

As an insurance premium payer for many years, I thought the MF problem was creating insurance for all the non-citizens, illegals, and forcing the middle class to foot the bill. Guess I was wrong. My bad. Keep taking my money.

Anonymous said...

If you rassle alligators for a living you should pay higher insurance premiums than me. I devote most of my energy to swatting flies.

Anonymous said...

I drank ten beers last night and I feel great.

wordkyle said...

224 - What makes you think you "deserve" anything? Politicians make pragmatic decisions all the time without regard to you, without it being about "hiding" anything. It's not a Trump characteristic, it's a politician one. Trump's finances could be immaculate and the story would be about how he didn't give enough to charity. So fret away, but don't deceive yourself into thinking your concern on this point is about anything important.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why y'all fight with WK. He always comes away looking smart (even when he's wrong) and you always come away looking petty, immature and incapable of civil discourse. (even when you're right)

You might wanna quit being petty and immature. It's not buying you anything

Anonymous said...

So a closeted gay cop goes on Craigslist, finds a young man that says he is 18 years old, they have sex, and then the authorities discover kid was underage. What makes the cop bad? Using Craigslist? Looks like poor judgment, but nothing criminal.

Anonymous said...

"Banking in Wise County has become very creative based upon an ad in the Update."

I hear it can cost you and arm and a leg for a boob job.

MDB said...

Counselor, as a person who doesn't listen to music (your words), you look like an ass when you try to cubbie-hole an artist into one song, and it really stops me down. We know you hate that song, doubt if you could name another by Jimmy. While all of us Parrot-Heads listen to "Margaritaville" over and over, we like to sprinkle in a little "White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean", "Changes in Latitudes,Changes in Attitudes", "A Pirate Looks at 40", and a lot of "Off to See the Lizard".
I don't know who you think is the best songwriter in the history of ever, but I doubt they can match Jimmy in any number of categories.