The Campaign For DA

6.07.2017

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Gov. Abbott announced a special session which will include working on the Bathroom Bill. The Texas Capitol is the equivalent of a Clown Car. 
  • Speaking of, last night a state rep was arrested in Dallas for DWI after smashing her car into a tree. She's been in office less than six months.
  • What an horrific five car crash in northern Collin County which left four dead and many injured. The chain reaction started when a car slowed on the roadway for no apparent reason and was struck from behind. I'm telling you: Don't trust the car in front of you and don't trust the car behind you. Fools are among us. 
  • There's a manslaughter case in Massachusetts where a girl is on trial for encouraging a guy to kill himself via text messages. He did. Yes, that's horrible, but there are massive Free Speech implications here. Let's simplify the facts: Does the First Amendment protect you from government prosecution if you were to say, "Go kill yourself" to another? 
  • A texting-while-driving ban will become law in Texas on September 1st.  Great idea. Totally unenforceable. But it gives law enforcement a new weapon to stop you if they can justify having a reasonable suspicion you were texting even if you weren't. 
  • Drunk reporter vs. Very patient cop. She was fired. Language warning
  • The Freshman in the House got to see OU win a National Championship last night in softball in Oklahoma City. Good for her. That was Game 2 of a best of 3 so it could have gone to a Game 3 which she would have missed. 
  • The day after Trump told then FBI Director Comey that he wanted him to end the investigation into former NSA advisor Flynn, Comey told AG Sessions that he didn't want to be alone with Trump. This presidency is exhausting. (Comey testifies tomorrow.)
  • TCU AD Chris Del Conte was on The Ticket this morning. Man, he's a cocky thing. 
  • Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown has a new book (of course), but the Morning News says he has some trouble with the truth in it. For example, about the night of the massive downtown police shooting he wrote, "I stepped up to the mic and delivered the facts as I knew them. 'At eight fifty-eight p.m.,' I said, 'our worst nightmare happened.'" Except he didn't say that. The mayor did. 

37 comments:

SpanishWarDonkey said...

The Texas GOP is a joke. The special session is for pet bills and not much else. Giving teachers $1000 raise, and sounds nice and all, but after taxes it comes out to about $60/month in additional income. Every little bit helps and all, but if you're going to spend that amount of money, make it worth it.

Don't even get started on the waste of time, money, and what it'll cost our economy if the bathroom bill passes. NC learned that lesson the hard way.

Anonymous said...

That crash yesterday was almost at an intersection...they are only saying slowed for an unknown reason because the driver is dead. But there were three other people in the car with him, so maybe they know something. I would think they were making a turn at the intersection, but maybe they didn't know where they were going...but the guy in the red pickup must have been on his bumper or not looking to not have any reaction avoid the car.

Anonymous said...

EVERYTHING in Austin is a clown car.

Anonymous said...

RE: Driving idiots are among us. Many moons ago when I took drivers ed, we were taught to spend an equal time looking out the windshield and rear view mirror to be fully aware of our surroundings. That lesson has served me well in the 30+ years I've lived in Texas. In the las 2 years, one of my biggest concerns has become head on crashes. Almost daily in just a 6 mile RT to the Post Office at last one driver breaks their lane if only a little bit into mine. Upon inspection the idiots are talking on the phone - as in holding the thing up to their ear!!! In this day and age why can't people keep both hands on the wheel and use speaker capability through the phone, an earbud, car speaker or even a device that can now be purchased for less than $50 bucks. I'm a die hard Apple user and was at first very unhappy about the idea of a do not disturb feature if the phone detected the user in motion such as in a car. Lately I've come to accept that it's probably the best way to keep these idiots at least half way aware of their surroundings. Second driving gripe: Most drivers I encounter on the road seem to take speed and other instructional signs as suggestions only!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can put up with a cocky TCU AD for a few minutes anytime he drops a truth bomb "Texas A&M made the mistake to leave the Big 12, so we could get in."

Anonymous said...

Amen, 8:48

Anonymous said...

The Reporter vs. Cop video

Being the cop in that situation wasn't as hard as hard as it looked, that reporter girl was a self righteous drunk girl.

Her words were to ignore ....(and laugh about) kind of like the chatty wife who is constantly nagging.... you just ignore.

Anonymous said...

Enforcing texting while driving laws: I have seen articles on buses with tinted windows and full of cops driving along highways watching cars alongside them for people texting. They video violators and motorcycles ahead pull the killers over.

Anonymous said...

BG - what all was approved during the legislative session this year?

Anonymous said...

8:48: every teacher would love a raise. What we'd love more: AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE! Any raise this year will be eaten up with an increase in premiums.

Anonymous said...

So, counselor ... I regularly use Google Maps ... even when I know where I'm going just to avoid traffic. I also use one of those windshield/suction cup mounts.

If the officer sees that, and sees Google Maps on, does that give him/her PC to pull me over under the law? Is it the intent that PC is only established when the driver is actively manipulating the device, or is looking at Google Maps on the screen "reading an electronic message"?

And no, I don't want to move it down to the vent. The way I have it set up now I don't have to glance down and away from the road.

Sec. 545.4251. USE OF PORTABLE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC MESSAGING; OFFENSE. (a) Defines "electronic message" and "wireless communication device."

(b) Establishes that an operator commits an offense if the operator uses a portable wireless communication device to read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped. Requires that the behavior, to be prosecuted, be committed in the presence of or within the view of a peace officer or established by other evidence.

Anonymous said...

It's not just the bathroom bill, we're doubling down on the "papers please" bill.

People are already trying to relocate things like SXSW, and the NCAA will likely cause trouble of tournaments.

Abbott is a coward for cowing to Abbott, all in the hopes that he won't run for governor.

Anonymous said...

Lawyer, democrat, politician, DUI,

Barry get her back behind the wheel where she belongs

Anonymous said...

In the age of UBER and LYFT....why do so many DUIs still occur?

Anonymous said...

Just think how the bathroom bill will increase government employment! They will need to post monitors at all bathrooms to check birth certificates for proper sex to allow entry. Our underemployment problem will evaporate. However, we'll have to charge for entry to pay for these monitors or we'll bust the state budget.

Anonymous said...

Comey worried she'd get grabbed by the pu**y?

Anonymous said...

Barry, you have Del Conte pegged. The guy is way short in the humility department.

DF Horned Frog (actually a toad, maybe a lizard)

Anonymous said...

Amen Spanish war donkey

Anonymous said...

Neave is hot. Shame she let her thirty-six year old brain get her into trouble. No excuse not to Uber in the Metroplex when partying.

DF Drive Friendly, It's the Texas Way

Anonymous said...

I love you and I will fight for you and I'm invoking my 5th Amendment rights. Now hold my hair while I puke.

DF Victoria Neave

Anonymous said...

Amen, SpanishWarDonkey, amen.

DF Liberally Lean Ilk

Anonymous said...

"This Presidency", as you say, is only exhausting because liberals are power-craving lunatics.

Harry Hamid said...

I hope they get this bathroom bill settled quickly.

I am terrified all of the time using public restrooms. I have no idea what sort of genitalia might be bouncing around in the other people's pants!

John Holmes' Ghost said...

RTG...

Sweet looking girl next door type... Yeah I'd ruin her

Anonymous said...

North Carolina is no comparison to the economy of Texas! Organizations will not pull out of Texas follow the money it was easier for them to grand stand against NC.

Anonymous said...

The texting chick LOOKS mean AND crazy.

Anonymous said...

Horrible wreck. Like many each day. This one caused by dry roads. It's so sad. Could be any of us; and probably will be if we don't do something about the people who drive distracted. It's the worst terror we face because these killers are all around us, each day (if we drive) by the hundreds.

Anonymous said...

RTG....love me some key lime pie!

DF Pie Eating Champ

Anonymous said...

9:35...did you vote for Obama? If so, you are getting the health insurance premiums you deserve but I resent the hell out of you taking me down as well. Every insurer in the land told them what would happen if the ACA became law but they were hell bent to approve something, even if they didn't know what was in it.

Anonymous said...

9:38

What language is the map using? If there is no language, you are not reading. Looking at an image, yes, but you see images on billboards as you drive down the road.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

While anecdotal, the two people I know that work for N. TX Chambers of Commerce both told me they were already having trouble booking conferences and events with the bill simply in line in the House and not towns like Gainesville or Decatur; towns like Arlington or Plano.

I'd wager 1:1 money Jerry is spending some serious cash behind the scenes to get this thing killed. It will cost him a $50 million alone in lost revenue.

Anonymous said...

If you text someone to go "F" themselves, and they do, can you be charged with rape?

Anonymous said...

At least TCU's athletic director didn't cover up rape. Jealous much?

Why Guy said...

UPS trains their drivers to check the rear view mirror 3 times every 10 seconds. It's a great habit for personal driving. You always know what's behind you, so if something in front of you causes you to need to take evasive action, you don't have to then say, "Oh! Please wait while I FRANTICALLY take a few seconds to look around and try to figure out if it is safe for me to take some drastic evasive action!" You already know what's around you because you've been checking it 3 times every 10 seconds. Pretty common sense, no? But, as Voltaire said, "Common sense is very uncommon." Hence, our illustrious drivers with which we're forced to endure sharing our roadways and our drive time. Add in a dose of not driving while texting...!

Anonymous said...

The "go kill yourself" case in reverse: if a woman gets mad and tells some guy to "kiss my ass"...or worse...a couple hundred times and the guy then does or tries to do what she was telling him to do...is he OK when it comes to possible charges? The "go kill yourself" case is very interesting on the free speech angle.

Anonymous said...

I just love the rants about elected officials who are only in office because we elected them. Either by voting for them, or by NOT voting for someone else. It's a very fair bet, on percentages, 9 out of 10 ranters fall into one of these categories. It's like ranting that your own kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes.

Anonymous said...

At some point, there will be a rumble about Oklahoma getting to play all these NCAA softball World Series at home. As softball grows in popularity, don't be surprised if a more neutral location is found. And when will men be playing on these teams? I repeatedly see NCAA commercials that want me to know the NCAA doesn't see gender anymore, just athletes. If men and women are equal, why the special set-aside teams for women? Or men? Everybody just show up at tryouts and let's have one team. And yet, it's divided by gender in all sports. And will there ever be any college softball teams from outside the U.S. playing in the World Series? What a dumb name for our baseball championships. Even 5 and 6 year old kids' local leagues around the country have "World Series" championships. Fun for them, I guess, to call it that. So OK, but at the college level? Or pros? Isn't it the U.S. Series? Can't be world champions unless you invite the world to compete.