The Campaign For DA

4.24.2017

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • The Tarrant County DA's misdemeanor section went 4-4-1 (the "1" was a mistrial) last week with one case still ongoing. Crappy cases need to be killed at intake. But if they are filed, misdemeanor prosecutors need the discretion to cut a deal instead of being told, "No, just got try it and see what happens." (The absolute most reckless and dangerous attitude any prosecutor can have and a guaranteed sign they don't care about justice.) Note: The DA's office always post their ongoing trials here but it is reset every week -- I don't think they archive the results online.
  • Former OU running back Joe Mixon and the student he cold-cocked reach a civil settlement last week less than one week before the NFL draft. In an unusual move, they issued a joint statement where the victim praised Mixon and basically said he was a "swell guy." That was so transparent. Her lawyer said, "Look, Mr. Mixon lawyer, the draft is coming up and your guy's stock is plummeting. Give me [$xxx] as a settlement and we'll issue a great joint statement, and his draft value might rise so much that he may recoup the settlement amount immediately."
  • The Dallas cop who was fired after he ran over a guy on a bicycle was found not guilty late last week. It's hard to convict an officer. 
  • We had another airline passenger/crew incident -- this time on American Airlines. Here's a suggestion: Everyone calm down!  Flight attendant: Calm down. Mr. "I'll knock you flat" Passenger: Calm down. And even momma holding the baby: Get it together. 
  • You'll hear the Secretary of State or Defense Secretary say, "All options are on the table" when dealing with Syria and North Korea. When are all options not on the table with any country? 
  • After 100 days, Trump has won the distinction of having the lowest approval rating per the Gallup poll in the the history of the Gallup polls.  (The NBC/WSJ poll has him at 40%. Fox News has him at 43%)
  • The Rangers released Josh Hamilton, and it appears he is done.  The Angels gave him a 5 year contract worth  $125 million in 2012. They got one and half years of work. He is in year five right now and still being paid even though the Angels got rid of him after year two.
  • The New York Times reported over the the weekend that Fox News' Sean Hannity gives advice and counsel to Trump. (Once again, we are all going to die.) Anyway, Hannity had a paranoid response: 
  • I didn't know Hannity, champion of Family Values, went to the Bunny Ranch one time.
  • This is a big week for Republicans. (1) They promised Tax Reform within 100 days, but will allegedly only announce the plan this week, (2) the White House shockingly said there would be a vote on Repeal and Replace this week (it won't happen and that was an insane assertion) , and, (3) A government shutdown could happen on Friday. The shutdown might occur if Trump is presented a funding bill that does not include funding for The Wall so, as a consequence, he won't sign it. (Don't worry about that "Mexico is going to pay for it" thing.) 
  • Erin Moran, Joanie from Happy Days, died over the weekend. I didn't know she had her home in California foreclosed on a few years back and was living in a trailer in Indiana. 
  • The Waco DA's office continues to kick the Twin Peaks Biker cases on down the road. They now say that can't try any of the cases because the Feds have a case pending against one of the biker gangs. That's nothing but an excuse. Oh, and you want to know how much this fiasco has cost the taxpayers? The county has spent $208,239, and the federal government has kicked in $268,527 to the city of Waco and $248,941 to the county to cover other expenses. And not a single trial or plea after almost two years. 
  • Random college sports note: In lacrosse, the men wear helmets. Women do not. 

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

You still don't get it. Trump is a buffoon, but he has smart people (generally) around him to call the shots. Gorsuch is confirmed and if Trump gets to appoint another, it is all worth it.

Anonymous said...

'Gallop' poll? A gallop pole would be found on a carousel.

Anonymous said...

Some foreign policy options like military invasion, assassination and first use of nuclear and chemical/biological weapons were not "on the table" for our government. Trump seems to be indicating a basic change. Sad and very scary.

Anonymous said...

Any biker lawyer who hasn't filed a speedy trial motion by now is an idiot.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Re: Hannity at the Bunny Ranch. You liberals are going to spend the next four years trying to destroy FOX and any others in the conservative side of news.

Anonymous said...

Let the government be shut down..that would be a victory..
for Mr. President, it means he's not scered of anything or anybody

Anonymous said...

Aren't these the same pollsters that said he would never win. Including you.

Harry Hamid said...

When in a bad situation on a plane, it seems like just because you're in the right doesn't mean you have to "win." Maybe I'm a pushover, but sometimes, de-escalating things is a better long-term strategy.

wordkyle said...

Speaking of polls, the recent ABC News/WaPo poll found that if the election were held today -- despite all the negative coverage the media could throw at him -- Trump would defeat Hillary 46%-43%. That is, Trump would also win the popular vote.

wordkyle said...

933 - It's not just FOX. Look at what's happening at Berkeley. Liberals intend to destroy anyone and everyone who doesn't think like them. It's totalitarianism at its finest.

Anonymous said...

Barry and Kat are elitist HATERS! All that hate is going to give you cancer, goonies.

Sam Brows said...

Barry, I suspect that you've over-valued Mr. Mixon's pre-draft value. I don't think he has the coin to fund the sort of settlement you suggest took place. I think the power play of the young woman's counsel sounded more like this: Yo, Mr. Mixon's Agent...your guy's draft status is all over the board. Let's work together to pump him up a bit. All it will cost is 10% of that first contract.

"all options are on the table" is merely a phrase used to make certain the offending party understands that sanctions aren't what's being contemplated in a given situation. That all options are on the table if any nation, say, sinks one of our Aircraft Carriers, is a given. But, when a nation's President acts the fool and says stupid stuff, you don't automatically start talking "all options" because it lessens the value of the phrase if you use it all the time.

Anonymous said...

Liberals are not destroying anything. Fox News is destroying itself. People who use terms like "libs", "libtards", "elitists" are the ones dividing the country. Learn to have a discussion, and don't get so angry.

Anonymous said...

I always forget--when are polls good, and when are they bad? Also--when are we supposed to believe ABC and the Washington Post, and when are we not?

DF Pollster

Anonymous said...

Ditto to what 10:35 said. And in addition, now Hannity is alleged to have exhibited the same behavior of Ailes and O'Reilly in regards to sexual harassment. FOX should have t-shirts printed up for all the horndogs. They could field a softball (not hardball) team. Yea, that's the ticket.

DF Keith Olbermann

Anonymous said...

Josh Hamilton at age 65 is going to have some major orthopedic issues. Major.

DF Doctor Bones

Anonymous said...

Two to one odds that the government shutdown happens Friday, at least for a short time. Too many stupid folks in the White House and in Congress. Most of them have an "R" after their name. Some donkeys, but mostly elephants.

DF Mexican Standoff

ps - and we're not paying for your wall, gringo

Anonymous said...

Only reason Trump's rating is so low is because dumb libs dont support him

Anonymous said...

@10:35

Fair enough. But have you read the comment section on Huffpo when the article is about a Repub? That's true vitriol and hatred for you.

Anonymous said...

10:35, When you say, "Learn to have a discussion" are you talking about how the conservatives are trying to have those discussions but are being shut down like at Berkley? The weenie snowflakes believe shutdown includes violence.

Anonymous said...

Here's the thing about Donnie's supporters: the majority of them will die in the next 2 years due to their opioid addictions and/or health issues and/or old age. When the government shuts down this week, it will hit his supporters bigly, so bring it on.

Anonymous said...

Part or Erin Moran's economic troubles may stem from the network not paying up.
I remember a story from a few years ago where many of the HD actors were going after (CBS?) for royalties from syndication and from merchandising (HD lunch boxes, t-shirts, etc) that the network wasn't paying as they should have been.

Anonymous said...

Why is there a women's lacrosse team anyway? Or a men's? Equal means equal. There should just be "lacrosse", and everyone tries out and plays. Same in all other sports. Isn't that true equality?

Anonymous said...

We have ALWAYS had incidents and dust ups between passengers and employees of airlines and airports. Every day, lots of times per day. The only difference now is that everyone is a videographer.

Anonymous said...

I wonder, if Erin Moran had been living in a 1,900 square foot wood frame house in southern Indiana if you would have mentioned it. Course not. But a trailer...and somehow that's relevant. People in trailers might have plenty of money and might be the happiest people around, and people in big houses can be broke and utterly lonely and miserable. Nice profiling there, chief.

Anonymous said...

11:47, You're right that the government shut down will hit me hard. I'm not sure if I'll ever get over not being able to visit Big Bend National Park next week even though I can always reschedule it at any time.

Anonymous said...

Wordy, please... Conservative pundits have no trouble destroying themselves without help.

Anonymous said...

Once again, Skippy has said the most profound statement. "We're all going to die." I place him right up there with Confucious.

Sam Brows said...

1:25, You're right on the money there. Seems like nobody's been able to shake that 100% number associated with death.

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouJ1xvB_qps

Barry,

Thought you might find this funny

wordkyle said...

115 - Maybe so. But the Liberal Democrats/anarchists are doing their violent bit to shut down opposition. That's any opposition, anywhere, anytime. Again, Berkeley is just the latest example.

Anonymous said...

Apparently 10:35 has never perused the comments section of articles from Politico, Huffers Post or Mother Jones and the like.
Lmao.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

Funny, the same people that just gave 1.3 billion to Iran are now worried if we can pay for the wall.

Anonymous said...

Only reason Trump's rating isn't lower is because dumb Republicans don't know a fraud when they see one.

DF Harry Truman

Goober said...

I'm sorry I don't understand, so could someone please explain this to me:

The Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress and control the White House. It would seem that if one group has a majority in any organization (State gov, city council, school board, etc.) that they could dang well do anything they they wanted to; they have the majority of the votes. So why is it that so many on this blog are whining that the Democrats are going to shut down the gov't. on Friday when they don't have the votes to stop the Republicans from doing anything the Republicans want to do? I just don't understand. (let's see how long it takes for the PERSONAL attacks to begin)

Anonymous said...

2:29, you need to get your facts from something other than Breitbart. Check the Fortune Magazine article dated August 5, 2016. We froze $12 billion on Iran deposits in 1979 after the embassy capture and staff hostage taking. We dribbled out some over the years for transfers back to Iran, payment to US businesses on Iranian debt, and escrow for future legal action. A big bone to the radical clerics was a $400 million early payment that the Shah made just before the revolution for some big military hardware. We froze shipment and kept the money. The payment negotiated at The Hague in 2015 would have $1.7 billion returned to modern day of Iran for that seizure. That was the original 400 million, plus interest, all legally Iranian money. And we still have some on deposit for future claims. And yes, it was part of the overall negotiations to settle several hanging issues like the nukes and civilian hostages currently held at that time. So, if you want to make it all about Trump's alternative facts of Obama paying cash for hostages, I'm okay with the swap. Iranian cash for US citizens. Good deal. Now show me the Mexican pesos on deposit in US banks to pay for the wall.

DF Alan Greenspan

Anonymous said...

Yea, drain the swamp! Kick Washington in the crotch! We are better off with no government!

What, you say we won't have:
1. VA/FHA loans not processed? But I need to close on my new house now.
2. federal guaranteed college loans not processed? I need my kid in school now for summer.
3. payments to secondary VA approved doctors frozen? I have surgery on Monday.
4. income tax refunds frozen? but I filed early to get my cash back. Need it.
5. Washington museums shut down? I'm sending the youngest kid on a school trip to the Smithsonian next week and the airline tickets/hotel are non-refundable. Who pays me back?

Maybe I need to re-think this whole shutdown thing.

DF Regretful Tea Party Person

Anonymous said...

If you read the second to last paragraph on the ABC/WP poll article it says that if the election were held today, Trump would still win the Presidency and get the popular vote too! Notice how the media doesn't say a thing about that!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Waco pillars of society cost taxpayers more than the bandidos.

Anonymous said...

There were five total Not Guilty verdicts last week for the TC DA's misdemeanor section plus that one mistrial. The last Not Guilty came in late Friday evening. Their felony section is just as bad. Sharen Wilson has ruined that office.

Anonymous said...

PS -Sharen's fundraiser is tomorrow and there are rumors of a dark horse Democrat who is going to announce and be backed by some very deep pockets. I was at multiple dockets in felony courts last week and so many of her own prosecutors openly talk about how much they cannot stand D.A. Wilson. One high ranking female prosecutor joked back and forth with her judge about how hated the D.A. is by everyone.

Anonymous said...

When women start crying it generally means they have lost the argument..

Anonymous said...

So we do negotiate with terrorists! First off, we have no way to verify Iran's nuclear agreement, secondly there was a regime change and we no longer owed the current Iranian government that money, and finally the bigger issues at play (nukes) are more important than a few hostages. Handing them back that money was the most foolish thing ever and they just laughed at us ever since! We will pay dearly one day for this mistake.

Anonymous said...

Sharen Wilson makes former Tarrant County Sheriff David Williams look like a genius. I don't think we have ever seen a person like Sharen who is so disliked by others - judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, civil lawyers, her own staff, other electeds, law enforcement - and the list keeps growing. The only people who seem to like her are Republican senior citizens in northeast TC whose only contact with her is by attending luncheons where Sharen speaks. They get to listen to manipulated office statistics that she makes her staff prepare all the time. Of course, the staff is working on these stats at taxpayer expense. Hopefully enough Republicans will run to at least force a runoff. She is bad for Tarrant County.