The Campaign For DA

6.02.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Straight ticket voting in Texas is gone beginning in 2020. I can't believe the Republicans in the legislature did that. (But apparently Democrat straight ticket voting in Texas' largest counties is the reason. They see what is coming.)
  • Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord by saying,  "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." That pretty much sums that guy up. (And I bet he backed out because the NATO leaders mocked him during his speech last week. He takes that very seriously.)
  • French President Macron wished to retort:  "We all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again."
  • The Ryan/Ventura fight will become a mural in Deep Ellum. I've seen the video taken from center field a million times, but I had no idea Pudge was holding Ventura during the beat down. Let me speak blasphemy by saying that fight might not have been that great. 
  • This is bizarre and sad. An 18 year old kid plowed into a home in Mesquite last night, allegedly while drunk, and killed a guy sleeping in his bed. (Credit Fox 4.)
  • The parking lots adjacent to the Decatur courthouse square have been mysteriously empty for the last two weeks.
  • After the hung jury in the Agg Assault case of the Fort Worth cop, I predicted the D.A.'s office would wisely not retry him. I was right
  • Hot opinion I stole from others: It might not be a bad idea if the Texas Legislature was a full time job. Right now they meet briefly every two years and pass half-cocked laws that do nothing but cause havoc.
  • "Anthony Robinson, a longtime employee of the Dallas County district attorney's office, avoided federal prison Wednesday despite admitting taking a $200,000 bribe from a man attempting to keep his name off the sex offender registry.  Robinson rose through the ranks to become District Attorney Craig Watkins' chief investigator from 2007 to 2013." You kidding me?
  • Is the routine practice of having inmates shackled for routine court appearances unconstitutional? The Ninth Circuit says so. 
  • The Soon To Be Freshman in the House wanted me to catch for her softball pitching yesterday. I hadn't done it in a year. Let me tell you something: Those pitches come in fast. I finally put on a mask. And she managed to bust part of the fence behind me. That's one window and one fence in one week.
  • Wordkyle. Our blog turns our lonely eyes to you: 
  • Remember the crazy RV police chase that ended in fire in Arlington last week? Here's the gal that jumped out of it: 
  • In the seventh inning of the Washington/Oregon softball world series game last night, I'm fairly certain I saw the Washington pitcher intentionally hit a batter (that was idiotic) and then a pinch runner for the hit batter try to break the ankles of the second baseman on a slide. Mean Girls. 

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Climate change is a joke thanks to Al Gore , Thanks President Trump

Anonymous said...


As to quitting the Paris agreement on climate change the Republicans now proudly stand with Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries to refuse to participate.

I now expect them to repudiate the Geneva Conventions because trump thinks he was elected to represent Grand Rapids not Geneva.

Anonymous said...

THE BROKEN FENCE IS ON YOU. THERE'S A REASON YOU WERE ASKED TO BE THE BACKSTOP.

TF HAMILTON PORTER

Anonymous said...

Strickland would love to be a full time legislator. He'd finally have a full time job.

But no way in hell should we let them stay in office year round, every year. The only reason they don't screw more things up is because they don't have the time.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Trump stiffs the Paris Accords. Climate Change Deniers celebrate. Humans really do deserve to go the way of the dinosaurs. Maybe the cockroaches can do better with Old Mother Earth when they evolve and are in charge.

DF Charles Darwin

Anonymous said...

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/02/us/austin-mayor-wonder-woman-response-trnd/index.html

Anonymous said...

Nice job on the RTG today Barry!

wordkyle said...

BG - So now the "not in the labor force" number means something to you? You've got eight years of denial to 'splain.

Anonymous said...

Thank you President Trump. Global warming is the biggest fraud ever. The sun determines if the earth is hotter or colder. Take a look at the record temperatures of each of the 50 States and observe how many of the records were set prior to WWII and how many record high temperatures have been set since Al Gore started his crap. Figures don't lie, liars figure!

SpanishWarDonkey said...

The Paris deal is garbage for us. It was nothing more than a transfer of $1.5-3 TRILLION dollars over 10 years to China and India. It had no teeth to hold countries that it was targeted to (see China and India again) accountable in the likely event they couldn't hold up their end of the bargain. I hate to say it, but I agree with Trump. I'd like us to propose an actual agreement with teeth, but this wasn't it.

Anonymous said...

You put on a mask to catch a girl throwing a softball?

Congratulations sir, you are officially declared a pussy.

Anonymous said...

Rage:

Correction, it's STICKLAND, not Strickland. But you are correct. When you look at how the so called"Freedom Caucus" performed in the state leg. you end up asking yourself 1) who would vote for that bunch of mental pigmys & 2) how much more politically stupid could they become? They represent old white fat men that are being bypassed by rapidly changing 21st century Texas society, and they're not smart enough to recognize it. And like Barry implied, the day is rapidly approaching when they are going to be waylaid by Texas new demographics. But for heavens sakes don't let them in the capital anymore Han absolutely necessary.

Anonymous said...

And 9:43 (take your pick) comes forth to represent the "I'm for Trump" bubba factor demographic.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:43a, why don't you tell us all now how stupid fluoridation in the water supply is. Mental midget.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

From Yesterday Re: kids baseball Rings...

Yep. Big cheesey rings for the 1st place teams in Tourneys and also the second place teams in tourneys. This isn't just for the end of the year championship. This is for the numerous weekend tourneys.

If you are playing in leagues where you pay $2500 plus travel expenses so you can be told Johnny might have a chance to play college ball... then yeah, you need to get some "bling" to feel special.

Those rings are an object lesson in everything that is wrong in "Select" sports.

DF Coach Buttermaker

Anonymous said...

Nicaragua was not a part of the Paris Agreement because, Nicaragura felt, the agreement did not go far enough. So it's really just the US and Syria.

97% of NASA climate scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made. (https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/)

wordkyle said...

1) If "manmade climate change" (nee "global warming") is so dead certain, why has there been so much cheating, deception, and disregard for data that defied the "consensus?"
1b) Why have so many of the computer model predictions been wrong, when the results are observable in real life?
2) What is the temperature of the earth supposed to be?
3) Is it not true that scientists are more likely to confirm findings that will ensure their continued funding? You can easily purchase a consensus.
4) Even if climate change is happening, and even if it's caused by human activities, and even if the consequences may be dire, when has massive international government intervention been effective? Even disregarding the 99% corruption that occurs, other than redistributing money (usually to UN bureaucrats, often to warlords and tyrants, occasionally to the cause it's earmarked for) what have they accomplished?

All of this to say that a healthy skepticism of climate change alarmism is a rational response, and that massive government intervention should be viewed with a suspicious eye.

Anonymous said...

Drunk kid kills guy in bedroom with car: And we want to legalize another intoxicant???? Idiocy at it's best!

Anonymous said...

10:34 - Environmentalism is a secular cult.

Anonymous said...

If the earth is warming and sea levels rising then why is the mean sea level mark carved in rock at the Isle Of The Dead by the English sea captain in the 1840's still indicating the same level today?

Anonymous said...

So where are those broadband surveys online?

Anonymous said...

You are right, it wasn't a great fight. But the outcome was fantastic. Our hero punching the crap out of the wormy Robin Ventura. We didn't want it to be a great fight. We wanted it to be exactly what it turned out to be. Perfect!

Anonymous said...

I read an article on the internet so I know it's true, that said by us pulling out of the Paris deal the world will warm .3 degrees by 2100. We are freaking doomed!

Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC HERE, BUT I WAS WONDERING "IS THE N-WORD ALWAYS RACIST OR ONLY WHEN CONVENIENT?"

TF JULES WINNFIELD

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle and 9:43a

Do you, or do you not, think it is a good idea to try to limit the amount of pollution factories and cars put into the air we breathe?

That is the part I don't understand. You wouldn't stand in you garage with the car running, because you don't want to breathe that stuff.

The upside to getting off fossil fuels: Energy independence, sustainability, green jobs, livable cities, renewables, clean water & air.

So what if climate change is a hoax and we create a better world for nothing?

Anonymous said...

The sun determines if the earth is hotter or colder. - 9:43

Of course the sun makes the Earth hotter. The problem is we lose our sunscreen and create a thermal blanket with greenhouse gasses. You ever notice that it's cooler in the shade?

DF Beakman

Sam Brows said...

Having been at the game at the time of the fight, I thought it was pretty darned remarkable. Seeing Ventura looking like Big Mable Murphy's husband after the game was even better. I think Barry's dislike of the home team, and its historically great players, makes it easy for him to offer the critique.

W/K, your note on unemployment was spot on and rather beautiful in its simplicity.

10:34 environmentalism isn't so much a secular cult as it is an alternative lifestyle. Pulling out of the Paris Accord is a risky move on Trump's part, but if it gets everyone back to the table to put teeth in the agreement for countries like China and India, who's to say it isn't smart?

Anonymous said...

4) Even if climate change is happening, and even if it's caused by human activities, and even if the consequences may be dire, when has massive international government intervention been effective? - Wordbile

Ever hear of a little thing called The Dust Bowl? While it wasn't an international intervention, government intervention made farmers adapt to new methods that stopped erosion and stopped the erosion.

DF Henry C. Groseclose

Anonymous said...

11:59 - where is all of the pollution?

Anonymous said...

12:24 - Apparently we have too much ozone now. The hole closed up and now we need it open.

Anonymous said...

11:59 - Yes, the cities are "unlivable." There also controlled by packs of wild dogs.

Anonymous said...

12:24 - Maybe we need another Mount Tambora eruption?

Anonymous said...

Friday should be a fun day but I have read your blog all week and this morning the irritation has caught up to me, foul comments, here goes:

1. The Paris Accord is a joke, too costly in terms of jobs and money for no real benefit.......for a 100 years from now no less.
2. The President of France would be speaking in German if it were not for people, like the people who voted for Trump, that changed WW2, what a wussy little socialist prick. "Make the world great again".......the US is the world.....what a moron.
3. Trump is right, America first....we owe nothing to the world and trust me, they NEED us way more than we NEED them.
4. No offense but girls softball........another Title 9 yawnfest. (And I really hate saying that as it sounds mean; the poor girls don't know that they are being dooped into thinking it is something more special than it is).
5. With regard to #4, men's baseball......a dying joke of a sport slightly more acceptable than girls softball.....ever so slightly.
6. I nearly puke when I hear people swoon over Nolan Ryan. And I would bet heavy that Ventura would have kicked the crap out of him in a real fight in a normal setting. And I don't even know Ventura or how tough he is but he has to be tougher than that old bag of bones.
7. I really do not understand why people dislike Trump so much. It's as if every politician before him was a perfect saint.
8. This state will be blue at some point (realizing that doesn't make you some great prognosticator) it's common sense. From the whack jobs from other states moving in to the immigrants who will eventually vote.....what do you expect? The great state of Texas will go by the way of the once great USA.
9. The 18 year old drunk who killed the man.......find a rope and a tree. Poor man laying in bed trying to live life.........anything less than a quick execution is injustice.
10. People, in general, are either too soft, too ignorant or too greedy to see the world as it is. There is much good no doubt but trouble always comes around and we never seem to learn from it.
11. I used to think I could be friends with a guy like Barry; I'm just not sure anymore and it is pathetic to have doubts......we should try to be friends with everyone if possible.
12. The fact that I type this and post as anonymous makes me a bigger wussy than the President of France. So to those who will attack me for these comments and do so anonymously........you are a wussy too!!!


Anonymous said...

"Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said 'being black in America is tough'


'being deaf in this world is tough'
'being blind in this world is tough'
'being wheelchair bound in this world is tough'
'being Christian in this world is tough'
'being White in this world is tough'
'being poor in this world is tough'
'being middle-class in this world is tough'
'being aborted in this world is tough'
'being a school child in this world is tough'


Get over yourself and your race, LeBaron.

Anonymous said...

The Ryan/Ventura fight will become a mural in Deep Ellum. I've seen the video taken from center field a million times, but I had no idea Pudge was holding Ventura during the beat down. Let me speak blasphemy by saying that fight might not have been that great.


Pudge was doing good by protecting his pitcher and teammate.

You need to go to confession for those sins!

Anonymous said...

No attack but you appear to be a very angry individual.

Anonymous said...

Paris Accord: For the amount of money the US would be obligated to pay into it until 2080, we could build 630 nuclear power plants in the US and provide free electricity for the entire country.

Anonymous said...

Is that a white sting on the RTG's top or is she pouring milk into that glass from her you know whats...

Anonymous said...

10:43 The Isle of Dead watermark shows rising ocean level. Google it. Read about it.
Or check this explanation....

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/ancient-tasmanian-tidemark-helps-scientists-track-sea-levels-5352647.html

The reason you can still see it today....tides.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:47

We could be friends...but here are a few corrections.
#4 wrong...Softball is awesome. Good quality softball is awesome to watch.
#9 You steppin on Barry's livelihood.
#10 correct
#11 I always wondered if this whole blog is just a "bit". Could he really have some of these issues?

Anonymous said...

Climate change is a hoax just like Fracing was supposed to ruin all the drinking water and stop all the animals in Dish from breeding.

Yes it's Fracing not with a K.

Anonymous said...

What's your name? "My name's Roosevelt E. Roosevelt." Roosevelt, what town are you stationed in?. "I'm stationed in Poontang." Well, thank you, Roosevelt. What's the weather like out there? "It's hot. Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking." Well, can you tell me what it feels like. "Fool, it's hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It's damn hot! I saw - It's so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It's that hot! Do you know what I'm talking about." What do you think it's going to be like tonight? "It's gonna be hot and wet! That's nice if you're with a lady, but it ain't no good if you're in the jungle.

DF Adrian Cronauer

Anonymous said...

The great of Texas was solid Blue before right wing hate radio propaganda kicked in. In Wise county, political candidates could not get elected dog catcher running as a republican. Are you so young you don't remember the term solid south?
You are full of yourself. Get over it. Eldon Moyers could not get the nomination for sheriff as a dem so he would run as a republican so he could be on the ballot. After a few trys, he did get elected as a republican. Old timers can remember how that turned out.
not a DF old wussy

Anonymous said...

Everytime I see this scene, I think of the Trump True Believers:

[after slicing one of the Black Knight's arms off]
King Arthur: Now stand aside, worthy adversary!
Black Knight: 'Tis but a scratch!
King Arthur: A scratch? Your arm's off!
Black Knight: No, it isn't.
King Arthur: What's that, then?
Black Knight: [after a pause] I've had worse.
King Arthur: You liar!
Black Knight: Come on, you pansy!

Next they will deny the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

DF Michael Palin

Anonymous said...

How many have actually looked into the "historic climate pact"? U.S. companies have paid through the nose to meet domestic regulations and international accords to lower emissions, etc. Maybe, just maybe, the President is sending a message that the U.S., and specifically U.S. companies and workers, are TIRED of playing by the "rules" of cleaning up the world while the air in China is so thick on a good day that it chokes billions. Maybe, just maybe, it IS A BAD DEAL for the U.S. You know, when you are at the top of a ladder, or live on the highest ground in town, and others want to discuss the living arrangement, usually your end of any "deal" is downward. The want to make "deals" with you because you are on top.

Anonymous said...

One volcano puts more pollutants in the atmosphere than 100 years of pollution from cars, trucks, coal plants and all other types. Volcanoes need to be banned.

wordkyle said...

1159 - Are you arguing that every factory, every car, every jet, every motor or engine, every generator, every machine should be shut down forever, and none ever made again? That we should return to the agrarian society at pre-1800 levels? Of course, you wouldn't want coal to be used to cook or heat homes, either.

That sounds like a marvelous idea! And it is the ultimate expression of your desires. (An added bonus would be that the third world countries would be equal to, if not ahead of, what are now considered "developed" countries. Socialism in action: Everyone's equally miserable!)

Of course everyone wants clean air and clean water. It's a stupid comparison to bring up. But your definition of a "better" world ignores the advances that have lifted billions of people out of the bitter starvation and poverty that had been the normal condition for 99% of the human race prior to the industrial revolution. Ask the starving villagers in Africa if they'd rather fight climate change or have electricity and potable water.

Again, I'm for prudent change based on dependable data. My questions above show why the current situation, especially regarding international agreements, demands skepticism and suspicion.

wordkyle said...

1231 - And what exactly did the government do to end the drought? After all the government efforts, "The land still failed to yield a decent living."

Occasionally, the government accidentally does something right. Those occasions stand out in their rarity. But the more expanded the government (e.g., United Nations) the less efficient, the less effective, and the more corrupt and wasteful the results.

Anonymous said...

5:08 is a dork.

Anonymous said...

Straight ticket voting is not gone. Unbelievable lie. I'm pretty darn sure I can vote for everyone within a party if I want to, if I stand there an extra few moments to do so.

Harry Hamid said...

Yes, SURELY, since the unemployment numbers have always been rigged so badly in the eyes of whatever party is out of power, we can finally all agree to fix the way unemployment is counted to have it reflect reality, right?

wordkyle said...

"Both parties do it" is a trite argument. With the unemployment rate, Obama specifically benefited because the Labor Force Participation Rate dropped so drastically during his time in office. That drop is what artificially kept the unemployment rate low, and that low rate was BG's (and Democrats', and the media's) Obama bragging point for years and years.

The clifflike drop in the LFPR is obvious and graphic on the BLS website. (I can't link to it, but google "labor force participation rate historical" and go to the BLS website. Set the parameters for the last 15-20 years.) So it most definitely isn't a "both parties benefit" situation.

Anonymous said...

It will take a generation before we can trust government statistics again. The leftist destroyed the trust of the American people during Obama's eight years of fundamental change.

Anonymous said...

The amount and degree of ignorance exhibited in this blog comment strand is disheartening. Ignorance and blind proclamation of "fact" may be more dangerous to us than any natural phenomena. Seems that everyone is an expert on everything...at least in their own mind. Geez.

Anonymous said...

We see your area of expertise in this comment. You are a self proclaimed expert too.

Anonymous said...

I can vote straight ticket if I want to.

Anonymous said...

7:44 wants to be Wordkyle's friend, but he feels rejected.