The Campaign For DA

4.28.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Fox News' Jesse Waters, after making the sexually suggestive comment about Ivanka Trump, has announced that he will be taking a "vacation."  That's what Bill O'Reilly announced before he fell into the abyss to never return.
  • In Waco, a criminal trial was disrupted when one of the jurors couldn't make it to court. The reason? The juror was in jail in another county on weed and controlled substance charges. Legal nerd stuff: Oddly, the case is proceeding with 11 jurors which can only occur with consent of the parties (why would the defendant consent?) or if a juror is disabled (and this doesn't seem to qualify as "disabled".)
  • The guy who got dragged off United plane by security settled with United yesterday for an undisclosed amount. Mark Davis on the radio this morning guessed it was for $5 million. That's stupid. A good standard for personal injury suits is to ask yourself: How much would you be willing to accept in order to go through what the Plaintiff went through? (And that's when liability is clear. Heck, in this case, United didn't hurt him. Security did. And it's possible a jury would think it was 100% his fault for not obeying orders.)
  • TCU football had a home and home scheduled with Ohio State. That's cool because Ohio State would come to Fort Worth. Well, no more. They've changed it to just one game at Jerry World in 2018. (And get this home and home announced by TCU with Purdue. One game will be in 2019. The other will be in 2029.)
  • Being in the U.S. illegally ("unlawful presence") is not a criminal offense. That person might be violating U.S. law, but they are not violating U.S. criminal law. 
  • NFL Draft thoughts: (1) That crowd in Philadelphia was massive. Estimates were at 70,000, and I believe it. The NFL claims 100,000. (2) Thanks, Dallas. I've been beaten down with "Taco" jokes all morning. (3) Why did the #1 pick Myles Garrett, at his home in Arlington, have the player's union banner behind him? (4) Chicago traded way too much to move up one pick in order to select a guy who will probably be a spare. (5) The most fascinating pick was be Tech's Pat Mahomes who the Chiefs traded up to get. I liked it.  (6) Watch a first round pick cuss on live TV. That man is intense. A little unhinged, but intense.
  • Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, who famously defended Cullen Davis, has died. (He represented someone from Boyd in the early 1980s on a tax evasion charge in federal court in Dallas.)
  • "There's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea, absolutely." - Trump told he president Reuters.  The scary part is that I think he wants it.
  • Nutcase Alex Jones lost his child custody case.
  • Overthinking the Update: "BOARD COMMITS TO RAISES – Alvord trustees Thursday committed $120,000 to pay for raising the median pay for all district employees." What does "rais[e] the median pay for all employees" mean? "Median" means to line up all employee salaries from smallest to largest and then find the number that is right in the middle. That is, if you have 100 employees, you rank the pay, and find what the salary is for #50 which would be the "median pay for all employees." You could probably "raise the median pay for all employees" by manipulating three or four salaries.

26 comments:

wordkyle said...

"The scary part is that I think he wants it." - Other than pure partisan political pique, why would you say such a thing? Do you really think that, or are you willing to say something so callow simply because the Democrat candidate lost an election six months ago?

In either case you seem to be dropping ever closer to the insane "let's burn all the books" level of your "antifa" anarchist partners. And that's not a compliment.

Captain Eddie said...

You said "Being in the U.S. illegally ("unlawful presence") is not a criminal offense. That person might be violating U.S. law, but they are not violating U.S. criminal law."

OH MY GOD . . . . I feel much better now. (whew) For a second there I was worried about the bad guys infiltrating our society. All is good. No criminal activity here. No passports or documents needed. Just come on in. You're safe here. Keep moving . . . .

Anonymous said...

Side Note: Big Twelve only had one player go in the first round.

Anonymous said...

Bill Clinton never took a vacation and got fired for his unacceptable treatment of women? What is the difference?

Anonymous said...

When a US citizen 'violates the law', they are also violating criminal law, correct? If we can go to jail for unpaid parking tickets, why do failure to pay income taxes and unlawful presence get a pass on accountability? That's not racist or extremist at all - it's the understanding the government is to treat its' constituents equally, giving each the same rights and responsibilities.

Anonymous said...

Surprised that you didn't comment on Trump's other statement, saying that he thought being president would be "easier than his old job."

...and here I was thinking that I was being an irrational alarmist thinking Trump was woefully unprepared.

Anonymous said...

The leader of North Korea has stated, absolutely and definitively, that he plans to launch nuclear missiles at the United States as soon as he can. And so he's testing missiles and building those nuclear weapons now, with plans to attack the United States immediately upon having the ability. And we know this. He's said it, over and over. And yet somehow Trump is the one viewed as having an itchy trigger finger and scaring people because he "wants to" do something about it. That idiot in North Korea is doing the equivalent of raising his pistol and aiming it at a police officer. And naturally, the preferred position here is the police officer's job is to just stand there and die.

Anonymous said...

Team trades up for white QB (whom you have never seen play a down) and you don't like it. Team trades up for an ethnic QB (with a white QB skillset) you maybe seen once or twice and you think he is the next Aaron Rodgers?

Anonymous said...

(6) Watch a first round pick cuss on live TV. That man is intense. A little unhinged, but intense.

I thought Deion Sanders handled that kid well. He toned that kid right down by first saying something positive...I love your intensity, but you gotta channel that.

That being said, I would not want to be the quarterback on the other side of the ball with that guy thinking about his promise to grandma. This guy will be a dangerous man in the NFL I believe, and a great name to boot.

Anonymous said...

Mostly, it just means that someone reporting on what the Alvord trustees are doing has no clue what words mean, that's all. But hey, since when is that important in today's society anyway?

Anonymous said...

"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."

Anonymous said...

In addition to being a terrible standard, your "what would I be willing to accept" is often absolutely unrelated to what the damages should be, or the strategy you use as a plaintiff to settle a case. Most personal injury cases are based on returning the Plaintiff to the same position he was before the injury. In this case that may not be much. In a car wreck case, it may be hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you might be willing to go through it for less.

To me, sure, I'd get in a fight and get dragged off a plane for a few thousand dollars. It might even be fun (and it would have taken more cops). But what's it worth to United? In the days after this happened they lost tens of millions of dollars in market capitalization, and if you don't think it was important to them to make nice with this guy, even to the tune of millions of dollars, you are crazy. They have revamped numerous procedures, established an app for bumping passengers, and done any number of things that they never would have bothered with if not for the publicity. Trust me, it was worth millions to them to make this go away. Especially if it was done this quickly. How much you'd take to get a little roughed up is absolutely unrelated to how much United is willing to pay to make this go away.

Anyway, how much would you and Mrs. LL be willing to give up to have one of your kids break a leg or die in a car wreck? Still think that's a good standard? If the guy that hit them was drunk (for the sake of argument we'll assume he's not a client), and it was his third DWI, do you think he should get punished extra for it? Does his level of punishment have anything to do with how much yo'd otherwise be willing to take? Do you even believe in punitive damages?




For 9:16:

https://books.google.com/books?id=uc46h62racMC&pg=PA476&lpg=PA476&dq=leaders+who+create+external+enemies&source=bl&ots=vGEQsf019S&sig=zf_E7EbsAX8zf7RLslTH68RwEUc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKxPiRusfTAhXHRCYKHSNeDNUQ6AEINjAE#v=onepage&q=leaders%20who%20create%20external%20enemies&f=false

Anonymous said...

9:40, what you don't know about the law would fill volumes.

Rage

Anonymous said...

1. United has already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. It has nothing to do with kill me man's damages.

2. A defense attorney would absolutely agree to proceed with 11 if he thought he had the right 11. You want to risk going back for the wrong 12?

Out Rage

Anonymous said...

Chuck Norris style douche!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:06 well said
He needs his shit blown away for the threats the liberals just let him get away with.

Anonymous said...

Was the Alvord salary bump based on the Mean, Median, or Mode? Big differences among the three measures.

DF Mr. Statistics
DF yes, people avoid me at parties

Anonymous said...

Sorry, WK. I don't believe Trump has a politically nuanced bone in his body. He literally shoots from the lip and worries about it later. No strategic thinking whatsoever. Even though he has some talented folks (the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Advisor), he has been known to go rogue, in spite of advice. That unknown quality and control of nuclear weapons is not a good combination. Not Democrat/Republican issue, but instead it is a Crazy/Not Crazy thing.

DF Sleeping in the Bomb Shelter

wordkyle said...

1127 - Thanks for the opinions. But even in your criticism you don't claim that Trump wants war with North Korea. That kind of claim is what the Left has come to in the last several months, a steep descent into madness.

1022 - I have no idea what you called me out for. Try again, please, a little less obscurely.

Astonished Ed said...

If I were an Alvord taxpayer I would be walking the streets with pitchforks and torches. When ad in the Montague County Shopper against the $13+M bond proposal I got curious and went to see my neighbor who used to teach there. Then I took what neighbor told me & checked WC Messenger past stories. Here's what the AISD Board Brainiacs have done:

1) 2014 - Supt. tells employees school is in deficit situation and about to go broke; can't afford to hire people for empty slots etc.; board gives supt. big salary and they hire two coaches.

2) Aug 2016 - Supt ask board for 5 cent tax increase to support academic program. Board says no. Supt. tell Messenger they will simple trim $200K/yr off budget for the next 2-3 yrs. to balance budget. Next meeting, board adopts a DEFICIT BUDGET.

3) FEB 2017 - Board call $13+ M bond, mostly for athletic facilities and $700K addition to worn out ag barn, and rooms @ elementary neighbor says they don't really need because enrollment is steadily decreasing.

4) APRIL 2017 - Board finds $120K to raise teacher pay (a slight of hand in hopes of getting the bond to pass)

These incompetent so-called trustees should all be taken out, tarred and feathered. How shameful can one group of idiots be? And you wonder why the public doesn't trust schools in general.

Anonymous said...

No matter how many times you repeat the same lies, they're still lies.

Anonymous said...

wanna see John Wiley Price do the short step..he be doining it now..but do he get that million dollars back seized by FBI?

Anonymous said...

1:39 You don't have to go much further than DISD for even greater incompetent and shameful trustees and Supt.

Anonymous said...

And we have a loser for an AD

jon spencer said...

If Dr. Dao and United went to trial, how many times would the beating and dragging have been shown on TV with pictures in gossip magazines and newspapers?
As many times as OJ's white Bronco?
And every time it was shown United Airlines would have had their name and logo displayed for everyone to see.
If part of the deal was that Dr. Dao does not speak or write about the incident, United will have gotten a pretty good return on investment.

Anonymous said...

Just a lingering question, how did Alex Jones get primary custody of his kids -- in Texas -- in the first place?