The Campaign For DA

7.07.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Some kid caught a 25 pound catfish at Lake Mineral Wells. Is there a place which shows "official records" for Lake Bridgeport?
  • Dirk agreed to being paid $5 million next year. Some call it a "home town discount" but, from a basketball standpoint, I'm not sure he's worth more than that. From a Mav's PR and commercial standpoint, he's probably worth three times more than that. (And anyone think Cuban has promised him a side deal once he retires?)
  • One other Mav's point: The worst thing that could happen is to not be a lottery team again next year.
  • Heard a very disturbing story from a credible source of an attorney calling people who were arrested in Wise County and stating bold face lies in order to scare them into hiring him and paying a ridiculous fee. I'm trying to verify.
  •  Have you seen the German police use those water cannons on the G-20 protesters? "Cannons" is exactly the right word. Man, they are powerful. 
  • What a horrible wreck that killed the Paradise teenager yesterday. FM 2123 has always made me nervous.
  • I lost over half of the house's water pressure last night and fully expected to be bone dry this morning. (Fortunately, that didn't happen.) But the event did give rise to a bizarre dream of Ice-T showing up and talking to a repair guy who flipped a massive switch outside causing water to come flooding through the ceiling. Pure insanity.
  • Toyota officially opened its headquarters in Dallas and it was borderline silly. Someone thought it would be good to have rope dancers rappel off a glass covered building in this heat and do a routine.

  • This morning's handshake, and the video is grainy. What year is this?: 
  • A Denton County case where a guy got 60 years was reversed late yesterday (but the opinion wasn't up as I wrote this.)
  • The unemployment rate, it was announced this morning, is slightly up to 4.4%:
  • It's an "Ozone Action Day" today which can always be translated to: Hot and humid but, most importantly, very little, if any, wind. 
  • I didn't know this park existed. It's not far from Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth: 
  • Bridgeport History: Someone asked me if I remembered a swimming pool, once located behind where Bridgeport Automotive is now, which had island in the middle of it. I don't think I do. 

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember the pool. Between Sonic and Bport Automotive. When i was a kid in the 80's we used it as a skate park.

HarveyLee said...

RTG: How many photos did you use for this one. The body part don't seem to match.

RatherBeSailing said...

I saw Billy Powers with a thirty pound catfish back in the day.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if they're still doing it, but the Polizei used t use warm water in those cannons. They would use them after releasing CS (tear gas) smoke grenades and the warm water actually created more discomfort than cold water.

Anonymous said...

1) Dirk- look at how much money he's left on the table over the years
and I disagree, in the NBA current market, he's worth a lot more than that, he's just an outstanding man and individual
2)Toyota is in Plano, buddy

wordkyle said...

"The unemployment rate, it was announced this morning, is slightly up to 4.4%" ...and, coincidentally, so was the Labor Force Participation Rate. Neither move was statistically significant, but funny how they seem to go together, hmmm?

Andy Stevenson said...

FM 2123. I've been over that hill 100's of times in my 57 years where yesterday's collision occurred. I'm always ready to take evasive action when I approach it but with closing speeds of over 100 mph and no where to bail out, it could have just as easily been me in the 1 ton truck avoiding an unplanned obstacle in my lane.

Anonymous said...

"Heard a very disturbing story from a credible source of an attorney calling people who were arrested in Wise County and stating bold face lies in order to scare them into hiring him and paying a ridiculous fee. I'm trying to verify."

If true, this guy or gal, at a minimum, needs to be run out of the District. Keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

That pool must have been there in the 1940s. I always heard about it, but never ever saw it, and we wandered (explored) a lot of that territory when we were kids in the 50s & 60s.

Anonymous said...

Dirk made $25 million last year and many people considered that a discount. There's no way his value decreased 80% over one season. Like 9:14 said, look at the state of salaries in the NBA right now.

Anonymous said...

That is maybe the worst girl you have ever posted.

Anonymous said...

There's something really weird about that RTG's body. It sorta looks like a dwarf's body with a photoshopped head stuck on it.Very creepy.

Anonymous said...

http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/programs/fishrecords/recordsearch.phtml

Texas Parks and Wildlife Fishing Records for every lake in Texas.

Anonymous said...

Maddox to lead decaturs baseball team will be a disaster!

Anonymous said...

When i was a child i watched Benny Roberts take a 55 pound catfish out of a live tank in his back yard and kill it with a sledge hammer to the head. He caught it on a trot line.

Anonymous said...

You should see my rope routine after my six pack of Keystone Light at lunch.

DF Wise County Window Washer

Anonymous said...

You don't fool with German cops. They expect things to be in ordnung, or else.

DF Angela Merkel

Anonymous said...

Toyota does not have a headquarters in Dallas. The ropes and dances are culturally symbolic, which was pretty well known by those invited and involved in the project; that would be lost on those who aren't in tune with other cultures or involved in such things but feel the need to be critical anyway.

Anonymous said...

Drivers on facebook and drifting across center lines scare me, not roads.

Anonymous said...

The RTG is a little severe & scary today. I think she could hurt me. Which might be nice.

DF Soft & Pasty Liberally Lean Reader

Denney Crane said...

Personally, I think Dirk's brand in DFW is much more lucrative when it comes to endorsements. It should far outweigh the money he turns down by moving to another team.

Anonymous said...

Putin and Trump. That longing look in their eyes and gentle press of the flesh as the music rises to a crescendo says it all.

DF Danielle Steel

Anonymous said...

Toyota headquarters is right across from the Frisco mall at 121 and the tollway.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about the Ice-T as a Plumber dream. But if you start dreaming about Tupac as your HVAC repairman and Biggie Smalls as your yard guy, call me ASAP.

Dr. Phil

Anonymous said...

Trump's White House Braintrust of Big Thinkers forgot to book hotel rooms for the G-20 until the last moment? You telling me no one in the West Wing had an Orbitz account? Lucky they didn't get stuck in the German version of Motel 6. Lousy mattresses.

DF Travelocity

Anonymous said...

http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/action/waterecords.php?WB_code=0109

Sam Brows said...

Over the years, Mark has always taken pretty good care of the Big German guy, so yeah I suspect when he retires, there will be a cushy front office spot, or maybe even a share or two of the team for a very modest buy in that has never appeared formally on any contract signed by Dirk. But to suggest that the 5 Mill is about all he's worth is crazy-town. There are a ton of different ways you can break down a contract, but if you just look at what he did last year, 14.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game, and try to find guys with similar stats, you are looking at names like Tyler Johnson, Miami, 13.7 ppg and 4.0 rbg, 3.1 assists,currently under a contract that pays him 12.5 million bucks annually on average; Tim Hardaway, Jr., 14.5 PPG, who just signed a 71 million dollar contract with the Knicks (o.k., that's the Knicks, which might explain part of that #), and Markieff Morris with Detroit, 13.2 PPG 6.4 RPG, playing for 7.5 million next year. Dirk is old by professional sports standards, and Cuban is right not to tie huge sums of money up in him long term anymore, but his productivity is something nobody will really appreciate it until they try to replace it for the same dollars, good luck with that.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Stay Woke!! The missiles are flying in North Korea!! What is Trump thinking today?

KILLER said...

The Airfield Park is a Trinity Trails trailhead located on Pumphrey Drive....about a hundred yards before the front gate of Naval Air Station Fort Worth JRB. The entrance to Lockheed is about 5 miles away.

Anonymous said...

Dateline Des Moines, Iowa: Voter Fraud Proved! According to an AP story, an Iowa woman entered a guilty plea In June 2017 to voting twice by absentee ballot in the November 2016 General Election. On both ballots she voted for......Donald Trump!?!

Never mind. Obviously Fake News.

DF The Republican Party

Anonymous said...

+1 to Killer's comment about the park.

Great park and definitely worth visiting.

Anonymous said...

The falls are also fantastic after a big rain. They look like true falls instead of limestone ledges.

Anonymous said...

You can't catch a channel cat without Benny Robert's punch bait.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

But when labor force participation was down all you harped on was how unemployment numbers were calculated.

Anonymous said...

RTG-even her feet and toes are creepy

DF- Dr Scholls

Anonymous said...

Puleeezz...1:55. Tator tots work just as good.

Anonymous said...

They just recently opened the Airfield Park entrance to the falls. It's near the Reserve Base front entrance.

Before, you had to walk a mile or so from one of the other trail entrances.

Anonymous said...

@1:39 DF Repub

Do you really expect the cheating voter to tell the truth about whom they voted for?

My first inclination is to believe exactly the opposite of what they say.

wordkyle said...

202 - Only in response to boasts about Obama's "low" unemployment rate. And today I observed that the numbers are connected, just as I did all those times before. So your problem with that is...?

Anonymous said...

My dad used the pool when he was a kid ! Was born in 1911 left here in 1929 after his dad was kill in a coal mine accident !

Anonymous said...


4:10---------------------------------------------------------

Man, that's a sad story. I wish I knew what the hell it was about.

You got a lot of spare time on your hands, I guess?

Anonymous said...

I challenge you to a catfish smackdown!!!

1:55

Anonymous said...

Nothing dangerous about that road, or the lines of sight, until drivers fail to drive properly or fail to maintain vehicles. True accidents, meaning situations that are unavoidable, are such a tiny fraction of what are called "accidents".

Anonymous said...

2:36

It's too bad you can only see out of your right eye.

You are completely blind to anything left of the extreme right.

You are smarter than that....allegedly.

Harry Hamid said...

Now that Republicans are in charge of the Labor Department, now would seem to be the perfect time to make the changes to the way that unemployment is calculated - you know, the ones they always complain about when the other guys are in charge.

But now it will be the Democrats who complain about how it's calculated (assuming the numbers look good), and who will proceed to not change the calculus again when they're back in charge.

Argh.

wordkyle said...

Just to be clear, the ignorance you guys show, whether real or feigned, isn't worth trying to educate you. On the other hand, it's an opportunity to once again illustrate the point.

1. The Labor Force Participation Rate dropped like a rock during Obama's term. Not gradually, not smoothly, but drastically, as discouraged workers fell out of the workforce. The number had been fairly constant for years prior to Obama. (And, once again, it wasn't Baby Boomers retiring. Nate Silver refuted that chestnut years ago.)
2. As a result, because of the formula for calculating unemployment, that huge decline in the LFPR resulted in huge numbers of unemployed Americans simply not being counted as unemployed.
3. This benefited Obama politically, as every Democrat, Liberal, and leftist available crowed about the "low" unemployment rate, as though it were an achievement rather than a quirk of the formula.
4. Because of this crowing, as BG did for years the first Friday of every month, I responded.
That's all.

Goober said...

You catfish record fellas better double check. Rufus Martin used to pull some bigass cats out of lake B.

Anonymous said...

10:08

You can't educate someone that refuses to acknowledge reality or refuses to acknowledge that there is a chance they are wrong.

You are in that category.

wordkyle said...

147 - So, regarding my observations about the topic under discussion, what specifically am I wrong about?

Anonymous said...

3:12

You are not considering the baby boomers retiring.

I'm older than you, but not by much.

But...

If I chose to retire right now, I could. In my case, I prefer to keep working. In fact, I have many friends my age and even younger that have retired, including one of my sisters that was born in 1959.

Several of my high school classmates retired in their early to mid-50's. Our graduating class had 90 students.

So your argument of people leaving the workforce is not considering those person who are choosing to leave the workforce to retire, collect their SS benefits, 401(K)s, pensions, etc.

Go Antelopes.

wordkyle said...

554 - With my reference to Nate Silver's research earlier, I'm not sure how you arrived at your "not considering" opinion.

If your argument is that more Boomers are retiring early because of their prosperity, in large enough numbers to affect the LFPR, I'd love to see your data. On the other hand, google "boomers working longer" and see how many hits you get.

Anonymous said...

5:54 that is a good point. However, that logic will now fit in Word World. It's more like: WOW! Trump is president! We have not been looking fo a job because there was no hope, but now, there are jobs everwhere and we will be rich like Trump the president! HooRay for Trump!

wordkyle said...

1151 - 554 presented a valid argument, without stupidity and insults. You did not.

wordkyle said...

And in a timely manner for this discussion, this morning Bloomberg presents this story titled "Working Past 70: Americans Can’t Seem to Retire"

Anonymous said...

Word, I read it. good article. but the old bunch did not just start not retiring when Trump was elected. Why were there less people looking for work during the Obama admin? this is what you would point out when the unemployment rate dropped during Obama's term.

Anonymous said...

In the Bridgeport City Council minutes from the early years of the City, it talks about the Natatorium and it was in the area of Bridgeport Automotive.

wordkyle said...

152 - First of all, as far as I know no one has claimed that "the old bunch started retiring when Trump was elected." Let's go back to my main point -- Obama's economy was praised for the low ("improving" was tossed around a lot) unemployment rate, when it was the opposite of an achievement. It was because more and more unemployed were not counted as such. And Obama benefited politically.

As for why, there are numerous possibilities. Businesses weren't hiring because of the lack of recovery in the economy, or because of uncertainty about Obama administration decisions regarding things like the Bush tax cuts and punishing mandates under Obamacare. Many workers, mostly in the 25-54 age range (according to research) ran out of unemployment and became "discouraged workers" who gave up trying to find a job. These folks were no longer counted in the unemployment calculations, and Obama benefited politically.

I'm not denying that many Boomers are retiring. The effects of that movement were predicted long ago. However, the actual decline in the LFPR far exceeded the predictions. And Obama benefited politically.

So at this point is the "Boomers are retiring early in significant numbers because of their prosperity" argument no longer being presented?