The Campaign For DA

4.04.2017

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts




  • News this morning is that Tony Romo will go into the broadcast booth. I think its weird that some network would pay him a  bunch of money to do a job he's never proven he could do. Then again, considering all the football talking heads out there, the bar for TV is very low. Edit: How do people read that and think I'm criticizing Romo's football career?
  • Texas is rolling out some of the worst looking statues in the history of statues: 
  • You want to know why there were weird lines on the Ranger's outfield grass last night? During the off season they had a golf course out there.  Here you go: 
  • The Washington Post reported late yesterday that the founder of the corrupt Blackwater held a secret meeting in the Seychelles with Russian spies in January. He also contributed $250,000 to Trump after the Republican Convention. His sister  is Betsy DeVos who now serves as Trump's Education Secretary. And he was seen in the Trump transition team offices in New York in December. 
  • I never text while driving and no one should. But any law to make it a crime is unenforceable. 
  • I've got Showtime's Disgraced, a documentary on the Baylor basketball scandal, but it's amazing that just three days after it airs Baylor's coach at the time, Dave Bliss, quits his job at a small school in Oklahoma. Why he agreed to be interviewed for that documentary is beyond me. 
  • Oh, my:
  • Let's check in on opening day in Washington: 
  • Parker County "constable was charged with abuse of his ex-girlfriend after he was 'caught putting a tracking device on her car'" There's a lot going on in that story

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy James Earl Ray Day!!!

Anonymous said...

...the bar for TV is very low.

It's similar to the one for blogs.

Anonymous said...

Those Texas statues are indeed awful. But they got rid of them 2 years ago. They were all destroyed except a few random pieces (footballs, helmets) that were for sale.

DF Bevo XV

Anonymous said...

Still can't believe the constable position still exists. This is government waste at its finest. A worthless position that could be covered by the sheriff's department.

Anonymous said...

The officiating for the NCAA championship game was awful (and mostly favoring NC). After a long season and grueling tournament, it's unfortunate they could not let the players play without constant whistles.

Anonymous said...

Not unenforceable at all.
The bill as it was written a few weeks ago- gave the LEO authority to search your phone for the timeframe evidence.
The old adage about throwing the baby out with the bath water comes to mind.
If some of these people that say something along the lines of " if your not doing anything wrong" bs - aren't worried by the proposed law then all is lost.
Living me some of this Texas "Freedom" thingy.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

Parker County constable story: There are two mugshots. One is from Wise County Jail. Why, if this all took place in Parker County, as the story implies?

Anonymous said...

Green unlike most who read this daily I tend to agree with much of what you say but today you are off your rocker. First Tony Romo more than proved he is an NFL QB. He's had a very nice, well paid,productive career. No he's not a hall of famer and never got his team to the superbowl but to say he never showed he could play the game is well just assine. Next to say we shouldn't pass a law against texting because its unenforceable is well see above. I see people texting or reading text all the time so I'm sure trained officers can manage to do it every so often. No you can't catch them all or even more than a few but a law and potential fine will have some deterance just like seat belt law.

Anonymous said...

One of the few things Perry did right was vetoing texting while driving bills.

Not only is it unenforceable, the facts show that people do it anyway, and just try to hide the phone down out of sight, meaning they're looking even lower than usual when they do it.

Rage

Anonymous said...

You don't have to post this, but you need to listen to "S-Town" from the "This American Life" and "Serial" folks. It is an incredibly interesting 7-part podcast. I think you'd enjoy it.

Gary

Anonymous said...

The Texas statues were rolled out in 2010 and the University Co-op had them built. The University itself had nothing to do with these. Barry's right on the cutting edge in his reporting as usual.

wordkyle said...

"The Washington Post reported..." And the rest is, what? Innuendo, maybe, might, could have, lookie lookie. There's a lack of any hard information in all these attempts to undermine Trump. The underlying theme is this -- "Hillary Clinton should have won. Something nefarious must have happened." The Obama administration used its resources and government agencies to defeat Trump, and still he won. Now it's a strategy of shadows and whispers in the media to make sure the Washington establishment regains the power it lost.

Anonymous said...

"I think its weird that some network would pay him a bunch of money to do a job he's never proven he could do. Then again, considering all the football talking heads out there, the bar for TV is very low."

Never had the Offensive Line Troy had, never had Emmitt, never had Michael.
And never had Jimmy as a Coach, who thought speed was pretty important on Defense. Another small tidbit of the game Tony never enjoyed.
And its not "some network" note it is 3 CBS, FOX and NBC.
Really?

34,183 PASSING YARDS
248 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
97.1 PASSER RATING

ALL THE ABOVE DALLAS COWBOY RECORDS

And a 4x PRO BOWLER

Not to mention, he accomplished those records with an Offensive Line that was marginal many years at best.
I seem to recall him running for his life most of his career. And to think of the injuries he played thru.

Barry, you should be embarrassed.

You wouldn't recognize Greatness if it came up and bit you in the arse.

Anonymous said...

Networks have them go to studios and watch and call past games so he's not unproven. Aikman talked about doing the same when he got started.

Anonymous said...

Even if Trump was sitting next to Putin on election night there is still no proof that Russia rigged the election. Did they force people to vote Trump or change the votes? I forgot you are saying they had a hand in uncovering the truth on Clinton. So if you have two kids in the house and one tells you all the lies the other is doing and it's true do you punish the kid that told you?

Anonymous said...

9:29 - I think you need to read Barry's bullet point again. He said nothing about Romo's performance as a QB.

I heard speculation that Romo might replace Phil Simms at CBS. That would be a step in the right direction for CBS. Maybe not a big step, but at least a small improvement. Simms and, God help us, Boomer Esiason have got to be two of the worst broadcasters in the business.

Anonymous said...

Not Sam should look up other instances where statutes granted the authority to search drivers in various instances for various reasons without a warrant. And then read the Supreme Court cases declaring those statutes invalid.

Is the the Constitution the baby, or the bathwater to him?


Rage

Harry Hamid said...

Still a little amazed that so many conservatives seem so paranoid and partisan that they truly believe that the ONLY reason someone would be concerned about Russian hacking and corruption is because that someone loves Hillary Clinton and wants to prove Trump didn't really win.

I didn't vote for Hillary and can perfectly well believe that Mr. Trump won. I'm still concerned.

He won. That doesn't give him a Get Out of Jail Free card for life.

"Sure, he nuked Phoenix for no reason. But let's not ask questions because would you rather have had Hillary?"

Anonymous said...

Looking for texts is one thing, but whats to stop LE from doing a broadscope data fishing trip? The Supreme Court unanimously voted against data searches without a warrant a few years back but I feel that given the opportunity, LE will try to circumvent this law. In the end it will bite them in the ass-butt.

Anonymous said...

That was a moronic question as to who the baby was. I am fully aware of almost all instances of erosion pertaining to the 4-5th.
Both sides of the aisle are guilty under different guises.
You see, we always start the erosion and eradication of certain rights by framing it in the context of "well, if it saves just one life.........."
Then it is worth it.
Technology is on our side with this particular battle-
I very rarely text while driving- only on a lone highway- and a morse code length message at that.
Easy enough for the manufacturers to disable text function unless gps is enabled and vehicle is under let's say three mph- or a wifi hotspot.
Easy button lit up here- without the velvet glove of an iron fist approach.
Or as you and the rest of the libs are fond of blaming it on a fascist regime.

Not Sam.

Anonymous said...

9:53. The 2007 team had a good OL a good defense went 13-3 lost first playoff game after Romo's trip to Cabo. 2014 had a great OL the NFL leading rusher and won one playoff game. Just because you have great stats doesn't make you a winner it makes you great at getting stats aka Dan Fouts, Dan Marino and Warren Moon.

Anonymous said...

With existing geotracking technologies, text functionality could be disabled if the device is exceeding a minimal speed. Like 2 mph.

Anonymous said...

Constables jobs need to be eliminated?
Geesh! If any county job needs to go it would be ANY precinct commissioner position in any county in this state.

All they do is point to the asphalt truck or road base truck and tell them where to drop the load. Most of the time it is on the commissioners route.

They are overpaid and do jack squat!

Constables are not overpaid at all. And they have a crappy job that still needs the support of the sheriffs department. That goes for any county in this state. I would not want that job without help.

Anonymous said...

Not Sam speaks only in metaphor and incomplete sentences. I read his 10:43 comment a couple times and still have no clue what he is talking about.

wordkyle said...

The Obama administration surveilled the Trump team before the election, then released to the public information from what they gathered. The DNC actively cheated to sway the primaries to ensure that Hillary didn't lose to Sanders. The Russian "hacking" resulted in Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote (a point that Democrats beat to death for months after the election.) If there is a corruption scandal regarding the 2016 election, the investigation should start in the Democrat henhouse.

Anonymous said...

If you added a speed limitation on texting that some have suggested, then no one that is a passenger could text either? Not a good solution.

Triple Fake... said...

Yeah, I don't get how people hear "Romo was a great QB, but...TV?" and come up with "how dare you question his ability to do something he's never done?"
Somebody mentioned Phil Simms earlier, and that's a perfect example of not making a smooth transition to the booth. And there are plenty of B-team color guys - and play-by-play guys, too - who broadcast from Snoresville.
If he's got a firm offer from one or more networks, then they obviously have an idea, or have tested him, and feel he might work.
We'll see


I'm all for using technology to disable texting functions while driving, but if it can't tell the difference between the driver's phone and any others in the vehicle, then you've got a big problem

Anonymous said...

11:17
I don't whether you realize it or not, but this is a blog site. Not a forum for attempts to recreate a Tolstoy masterpiece like "War and Peace".
Believe it or not some of us when we add comments in here are multi-tasking, so syntax may be a little off- there might be some metaphor/analolgies used to convey what otherwise might be "spell it out for you" line of thinking. I believe most that read my comments get the intent and content quite well- without turning to sophomoric attempts of shooting the messenger thru " you said potatoe vs potato" potshots.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

Well said, wordkyle
Happy Days are here again

Anonymous said...

I'm for eliminating both!

Anonymous said...

Barry,

When you say......

"I think its weird that some network would pay him a bunch of money to do a job he's never proven he could do."

Ambiguous at best!

Edit: OVERRULED

Anonymous said...

I always wondered what line of work former OU cheerleaders went into.

DF Barry Switzer

Anonymous said...

Barry, Honestly. Duckface. Corona beer. Step up your RTG game, son!

DF It all about the setting.

Anonymous said...

So the founder of Blackwater met with Russian agents in January. So?
That's a little late to hack the election don't you think?
BTW- the characterization of BW as some kind of evil empire is bunk. They were largely contracted by government and non-government groups to provide security in very hostile areas, without benefit of a government's arsenal. Yes, some of their people broke the rules. They were also dealing with an opponent that has no rules.
Did you ever consider maybe the Russians want to meet with BW to use their services under a different name or business model?

You're losing it Barry. You see a cloud that looks like a bear and it's Trump and the Russians.

Anonymous said...

RT girls are perfection x 3! Also, 49 years ago today MLK was assassinated. Now, I'm sure all you good ol boys will celebrate that fact, but, in reality, it was a sad day and its also sad that we still have so far to go in this country as far as civil rights and equality for all.

RatherBeSailing said...

Did any of you Country Music fans notice that the CMAs honored Chuck Berry but said nothing about the passing of Jean Shepard and Merle Haggard?

Anonymous said...

He was a notorious philanderer!

bencat said...

The RTG's are my kind of threesome. My goal is to make it a foursome.

Anonymous said...

The OU cheerleader's mom and dad must be very proud of their daughter and are glad to spend all of that money to get her a good education.

Anonymous said...

10:43--you really are dumb.

Also, my car has wi-fi. So I would still be able to text under your parameters.

That makes you dumb twice in the same post. I wish I could say that's a first for you, but it clearly is not.

Anonymous said...

"The Obama administration surveilled the Trump team before the election, then released to the public information from what they gathered."

FALSE

Unless by that you mean the Obama Administration (and by that we mean the justice department and spy agencies) surveilled foreign agents, and the Trump campaign folks called to collude with them so they were incidentally recorded, then, yeah.

Stop lying, Wordkyle.

mzchief said...

There was no Russian "hacking." Podesta was an idiot that had a simplistic password that was provided to a phishing scheme. That's not hacking.

The DNC data, that proved that the DNC was in the tank for Hillary and did everything they could to burn Sanders, was leaked and not hacked.

Hack: When someone in a remote location electronically penetrates operating systems, firewalls or other cyber-protection systems and then extracts data. Our own considerable experience, plus the rich detail revealed by Edward Snowden, persuades us that, with NSA's formidable trace capability, it can identify both sender and recipient of any and all data crossing the network.

Leak: When someone physically takes data out of an organisation — on a thumb drive, for example — and gives it to someone else, as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning did. Leaking is the only way such data can be copied and removed with no electronic trace.


"Because NSA can trace exactly where and how any "hacked" emails from the Democratic National Committee or other servers were routed through the network, it is puzzling why NSA cannot produce hard evidence implicating the Russian government and WikiLeaks. Unless we are dealing with a leak from an insider, not a hack, as other reporting suggests. From a technical perspective alone, we are convinced that this is what happened."

Source: Baltimore Sun Is not known to have right leaning intentions.

All that being said, let's pretend it was ALL done by the Russians and Trump told them when best to expose the data. Neither the Russians or Trump made Podesta, Brazile or Wasserman Schultz engage in levels of douchebaggery so egregious that life-long Democrats felt better about voting for Trump than they did Clinton.

Blaming Trump and the Russians for the douchebaggery of the Democrats is like blaming the private investigator who outs a cheating spouse.

Democrats need to realise, the BEST they had to offer as a candidate was sooooo horrible she couldn't beat the likes of Donald Trump.

I'm more concerned with the government "unmasking" the name of a private citizen for political purposes. During Obama's reign private citizens, with political views opposite to the admins, were targeted by the IRS. There's no doubt it was practice, during Obama's administration, to deny American citizens their right to privacy and infringe on their Constitutional Rights.

Democrats have a VERY recent history of being douchebags who think nothing of burning private citizens, for the goals of Democrats. Exactly what has Trump actually done, to Americans, that measures up to the abuse and terror of the Democrats?

Anonymous said...

Very common for members of law enforcement to be arrested and booked in a different county than they work to reduce conflict of interest.

wordkyle said...

The news sites are full of stories showing how Susan Rice first denied, then acknowledged, that she lifted ("unmasked") the [classified] anonymity of Trump team members recorded by Obama administration agencies. Also in the news: How, during and after the election, the Obama administration collected [classified] information on the Trump team with the purpose of spreading the information as widely as possible. Were they successful? Mike Flynn's [classified] information made it into the media somehow. Was the Obama administration's intent to reveal [classified] information for political purposes? That's certainly been the result.

Democrats and their defenders are falling back on their tried and true strategy: "Are you gonna believe me or your lying eyes?"

Anonymous said...

Mzchief is a cure for insomnia.

Anonymous said...

Sorry we truncated a prior blog submission. The rest of 1:54pm's post:

And Jeffrey Dahmer. Did anyone credible actually see him make steak tartare out of those men? Maybe someone else decapitated that body and placed it in the bathtub of the house in which he was living. There's probably a perfectly reasonable answer for all the allegations against him. Show me the hard and fast verified facts and I'll believe he was guilty.

Same thing for John Wayne Gacy. Just show me and I'll believe it. Trump, Gacy, and Dahmer: convicted in the court of public opinion unfairly.

But Hillary! Emails! Bengazi! Pizzagate! Hang her!

DF Liberally Lean ISP Blog Postings Storage

Anonymous said...

Isn't every player drafted and signed out of college being paid to do a job they have not proven they can do?

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart, now get back on the porch.

Anonymous said...

It's odd that one can be arrested for selling something when that exact same thing can be legally given away. Or for a couple of drinks. Or a movie. Or for the promise of a fancy lifestyle. Yet charge a few bucks and you end up having your picture in this blog. There are places in America where it's legal to sell it. And in most of the developed world, it's also perfectly legal. Australia, England, Germany, much of developed Asia, and so forth. Wouldn't it be better to make this legal and cut out all the predators from the equation? And make it safer for the women as they migrate through and hopefully try to remedy their situations for the better?

Anonymous said...

3:20
It sounds like you might be one those people that sues McDonalds after spilling hot coffee on their lap while operating your On Star wifi in your Cheby- because you weren't smart enough to know that coffee is hot.
You didn't have the notice written in type 6 lettering red letters on the lid.
The fellow lib working the window didn't verbally advise you.
And no matter what anyone can come up with to help guide you through this precarious life.....
You will always fall back on some nanny government law or reg to protect you from yourself.
Don't text and drive.
It's the logical thing to do.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

Phones have GPS... why not make the phone lockout features (like texts, music controls, internet, etc.) When the phone is moving faster than 5mph? Just like the in dash Navigation system already does.... goes into voice control and emergency calls only mode.... problem. Solved.

DF Alexander "harambedidntdieforthisfoolishness" Graham Bell

Anonymous said...

Cry me a river