The Campaign For DA

4.13.2017

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • I've have never seen such horrible reporting regarding Dallas' new "cite and release" policy for misdemeanor marijuana. So many news agencies say that Dallas has reduced the punishment for those crimes to nothing more than a Class C offense like speeding or jaywalking. That's completely 100% wrong.
  • Here's what's the change is: Currently, Dallas PD arrest someone found in possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. They are taken to jail. In a few hours they post bond, released, and are told to wait for a notice to appear before a court for either a Class B or Class A misdemeanor (depending on the amount possessed.) The new policy requires the officer to not arrest the defendant but to release him on his own personal recognizance on the spot, and tell the defendant to wait for notice to appear before a court for either a Class B or Class A misdemeanor. The only thing that has changed is that you are no longer initially taken to jail and have to bond out. 
  • The Texas legislature approved "cite and release" 10 years ago. A trooper in Wise County (or any officer) can legally "cited and release" any misdemeanor marijuana defendant.  The only reason that doesn't happen is because of policies of the agencies. 
  • The local media has been horrible. KXAS Channel 5 does not have a clue about the meaning of "cite and release". WFAA equally doesn't understand. The Answer's Mark Davis went on a 20 minute rant this morning about how the City of Dallas had "reduced" the penalty for marijuana to the equivalent of jay-walking. Fox 4 is interesting. They have had guests on which have been deadly accurate on what the "change" in Dallas PD police means. Then last night their graphics department proved they hadn't been watching Fox 4 news: 
    No, they didn't. 
  • Nerdy legal point about how the new Dallas policy is probably unconstitutional: The new policy only allows Dallas residents to get the benefit of "cite and release." If you live out of county but are caught in Dallas, you go to jail and have to make bond. That probably violates the Equal Protection Clause. 
  • I did miss the fact yesterday that Bill O'Reilly has taken an immediate and mysterious "two week vacation." It begins. 
  • One of the first thing Trump did was institute a federal hiring freeze. Yesterday he reversed his own decision.
  • Speaking of Trump, he's saber-rattling again on Twitter -- the perfect place to develop foreign policy. We're all gonna die. 
  • "Secret A.T.F. Account Paid for $21,000 Nascar Suite and Las Vegas Trip." WBAP's Hal Jay this morning said he didn't care about the theft of taxpayer money and considered it just a bonus for "working hard and risking their lives." His co-workers, as they are doing more and more often, expressed shock at his position.
  • The Bridgeport Bulls will be going to the state championship in soccer. How many state championships were left on the table over the last 10 to 15 years because the school refused to have a soccer program? 
  • I don't know anything about Decatur High School, but I saw that Macy and Mallory Downe finished first and second in the 100 meter dash at the district meet. Are they twins? Sisters finishing first and second at district is beyond cool. 

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Imagine that....the justice department under Loretta Lynch doing something dirty and not playing the rules. I'm just shocked!

Anonymous said...

After his tweet the Chinese placed 150K troops along the North Korean border and their President publicly stated that they would deal with NK.

Anonymous said...

Who is Hal Jay?

Anonymous said...

The news/media being wrong and stupid. Dog bites man! :-)

Anonymous said...

Serenity Now!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the Bulls soccer team! Can't wait to see all the (white people) hypocrite Bulls fans saying how much they enjoy watching the boys play soccer when truth is they only care now because they have advanced to the state finals! Where were you during the season? A true Toros soccer fan

Anonymous said...

HAVE YOU BEEN HAPPY ABOUT ANYTHING SINCE NOVEMBER 8, 2016?

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Oh, blow it out your rear 9:34. "I'm better than you blah blah blah."

Look up in the stands, see ALL the fans and be proud. All the ones I saw last night had smiles on their faces... reflecting those on the field.

DF There Is One in Every Crowd

Anonymous said...

Must be a true blue Decatur fan? Why are you so negative on Bridgeport fans for supporting the Bulls regardless of the sport?

Anonymous said...

Vamos Toros!

Triple Fake... said...

I, and some fans I know, were attending the games of other Bridgeport teams. It's unfortunate that conflicting schedules make it impossible to attend every sports' games.
Parents attend the games their kids are involved with. Have you ever seen how small the attendance is at a Sissies' softball game? They could be asking you the same question about their regular season games.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:49 and 9:52 I've been to every game! I'm simply saying the people that are there now could have cared less about the sport 3mos ago and are only now supporting because the boys have worked their asses off to achieve the success they are having and in typical Bridgeport bandwagon fashion they are claiming how big of fans to soccer they are now. Hell 3yrs ago the same people didn't even want the sport at the school! Arriba Toros!

Anonymous said...

@ Mr Mike Honcho you're the one on the front seat of the bandwagon!

Anonymous said...

9:34 from the beginning of the program the Bridgeport Fans and students, of ALL COLORS! have fully supported both the girls and boys soccer programs each game and we are so happy for them! You must have a miserable life. Congrats Bulls!

Anonymous said...

9:34 = sour bitter mescin

Anonymous said...

Really! Who is Hal Jay.. He has been around Radio for ever...WBAP in the mornings with Hal Jay and Dick Siegel..

Anonymous said...

Don't you mean a true racist Mexican Toros fan?
And bring me some more hot sauce.

Anonymous said...

Yes sir Barry. Macy and Mallory are twins. The Downe family ran a dairy in wise county for years. Outstanding people who I know are very proud of their kids and grandkids!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

@9:34, what a sour outlook. The team themselves are thrilled with all the fans, and they think it gives them a boost on the field. But I suppose you would prefer that the only people who attend now are people who never missed in the regular season? I guess you think everyone should have to prove some kind of soccer fan street cred in order to earn a ticket? Of course attendance picks up in the playoffs, and the further they go the more people want to be there. Most people would be excited at how the town is supporting this team. But Mike Honcho is right--there is one in every crowd.

Anonymous said...

9:34 is from Decatur, don't take the bait!

Go Bulls and as anyone knows when your winning your fan base will grow!
Enjoy it and don't miss a minute of this time with your kids!
Great Memories like this are few and far between.
Best of luck and Congrats!

rangerjim60 said...

Trump didn't reverse his federal hiring ban. It stated it was a hiring freeze to give OMB 100 days to rewrite some federal hiring policies before hiring could resume. They did and it's resuming. Never was a total ban.

Anonymous said...

US dropped huge bomb just now. largest non-nuclear bomb on earth.

Anonymous said...

9:34
I don't go to many sporting events since I have no family participating right now. I am an alumni (BHS, Class of 1966) and a former Bridgeport ISD employee. These kids went through middle school when I worked there. I guess I am on the bandwagon that's proud of the soccer team for advancing to state, (without ever attending a game at all). Yep, I'm white, but nope, I'm not racist and I'm not a hypocrite.

Mary J Howard
#VamosToros

Anonymous said...

Fuel air bombs..aka Daisy Cutters' serious bout killing Isis, Osambo's muslimbros­čśá

Anonymous said...

Yes they are twins.

Anonymous said...

I used to live in bridgeport a few years ago and, for the life of me, cannot understand why they continue to call their girls' teams "sissies." I remember a story in the Wise Messenger about it, so I know the boys teams used to be the "Bullies. One question: Why hasn't bridgeport gone back to being called the Bullies? Just wondering...

Anonymous said...

B'port athletes, whether your balls are round and brown, small and white, elliptical and stitched, or round and white; we support you all. Win!

DF Local Athletic Supporters

Anonymous said...

I am from Decatur and I am wishing Bridgeport all the luck in the world. Like the paper said these boys are homegrown Bridgeport kids, who didn't get benched so they could bring in a whole team to win the championship. I really hope you win tomorrow

Anonymous said...

Daisy Cutter was not a fuel air bomb, it was a cheap ammonium nitrate slurry mix.

Triple Fake... said...

Obviously, "Bullies" has a negative connotation to it nowadays. A Bullies mascot would go around asking "Why are you hitting yourself?" and taking people's lunch money. Much easier to associate a team with an animal as mascot.
You can't call the girls' teams Lady Bulls or Bullettes - that's nonsensical. What else is there? Cows, Heifers? Uh, no way!

Anonymous said...

For those of you trashing the BISD about not allowing soccer earlier, until they installed field turf we did not have a field for soccer. A soccer field is wider than a football field and before renovations, the sidelines were sloped for drainage and the grass field could not be widened. Once the facility was in place, the school board listened to and granted the request to add the sport. I know this doesn't play into the storyline many want to throw out there, but it is the truth.

9:34...As for the bandwagon crap, just because I am not a soccer fan doesn't mean I can't support the program and the kids. I haven't been to a single game but I have been writing checks and sponsoring soccer teams for years and it makes me wonder, how many checks have you written? Sounds as if you would rather people stay away if they haven't been to a game earlier. I seriously doubt the kids feel that way. Mark Clark put more into soccer in Bridgeport than anyone I know of over the years and he seemed pretty happy to see the fan support. You might want to look for the good in this instead of bitching about it.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

@10:31, yep. I get to my seat there after going to Softball, Baseball, Track, Basketball, Volleyball, Football games for BHS, BMS, BYA, and cheering, volunteering, donating to and even coaching the same. I even travel to support students at Academic events (Gasp!) Come on down to Georgetown and watch this team win a state championship. Then after you and 9:34 can whine some more. I'll cry through your whole movie.

Anonymous said...

Who is Dick Siegel?

Anonymous said...

Hey Honcho--I'm in Austin this weekend. How about a beer somewhere in between? Bring TF!

Rage

Anonymous said...

"You can't call the girls' teams Lady Bulls or Bullettes - that's nonsensical. What else is there? Cows, Heifers? Uh, no way!"

Certainly not heifers, AMIRITE?

DF former high school star athlete

Rage

Anonymous said...

Keeping Austin douchey!

Anonymous said...

Honcho, I'm pretty sure 9:34 and 10:31 are the same person. There can't be that many people who are such d-bags about the Bulls having too many fans at the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

One reason why Bridgeport has not had soccer more than two years: Danny Henson. Henson was forced to add soccer to the program. Without pressure from the school board, there would have been no soccer. Period.

Anonymous said...


I am a former DHS basketball player from over 40 years ago. We always dreaded playing BHS because those Sissies were tough! They had a great coach & talented players. Years later I enjoyed getting to know those tough Sissies & becoming friends with them. I worked with many of them when I taught school in Bridgeport. We are basically all the same. We are just people who love our school & hometown. Sometime along the way we just grow up, spread our wings, & see a little more of the world around us.

Congratulations Bulls!

Anonymous said...

On the Hiring Ban: No, it really was a full-term hiring ban. People who had quit their jobs and had moved due to an offer to start working with the government had their offers taken away (some less than a week from starting). Trump just changed his mind, because it didn't make sense and it impacted the military too.

Anonymous said...

The leader of North Korea has said he wants to have a nuclear device, put it on a missile, and wipe out America. And has said when he has one, he will launch. What more do we need to know? The U.S. has been the idiot that just stands there after someone says "I'm going over there to get my gun then walk back here and kill you". The cockroaches that will be left on earth to live forever on twinkies will wonder "wouldn't it have been better to stop those Koreans from building the bomb in the first place"?

Anonymous said...

I smell feathers at 9:34. Nice try!