The Campaign For DA

7.14.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Back in November, Lt. Gov's Dan Patrick's son was defeated in an election in Harris County and thrown out as a district judge. Yesterday, Trump appointed him as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. Patrick is Trump's Texas campaign manager. I knew something like this would happen as I wrote in November of last year but I just didn't think big enough: 
  • There were a bunch of stories of a worker being "stuck" behind a Bank of America ATM and sliding notes out of it to customers in order to be saved. Anyone else skeptical? Every story sure does prominently display the Bank of America name. Publicity stunt? 
  • Crazy story out of Pennsylvania: Four young guys go missing this week. They are eventually found dead with the help of the murderer after prosecutors cut a deal with the him to take the death penalty "off the table."  (Regarding the accused: "[P]rosecutors said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He also suffered a head injury in an ATV accident a year ago.")
  • It was a great moment seeing President Clinton and President Bush together in Dallas yesterday. I miss them both. And this was a great moment as Bush poked fun at himself: 
  • And the meeting gave rise to a fantastic picture:
  • Both Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick are proposing mandatory salary increases and bonuses for teachers. This makes teachers love them. This makes administrators and school boards cringe because, by and large, the local districts have to come up with the money. Patrick's explanation yesterday:  Districts "have to be better about how they spend the money. They have to put more focus on teachers." (Related note: The Update reports Boyd ISD might be facing a deficit.)
  • New New Yorker cover:
  • I'm don't know if it will happen, but there's a sentencing this morning in the Wise County District Court for a woman who allegedly stole over $200,000 from one of Karl Klement's businesses. If I'm reading the docket notes correctly, she pled guilty earlier this year, waived a jury, and chose to go to the judge for sentencing. At the time, the judge was John Fostel who has since passed away. Now she'll face a visiting judge. The uncertainty would make me very nervous.
  • NBC News with a scoop this morning. Probably not a bombshell but just proof there will be more and more coming. There was someone else at the Trump Jr. meeting: 
  • That inflatable marijuana thingy is funny: 
  • The Houston Chronicle has now picked up the Bridgeport cop-almost-hit-by-alleged-drunk-driver story, and refers to his "fancy foot work" as saving his life. 
  • How many times did every Republican Representative and Senator vote to completely repeal Obamacare when they knew the vote didn't matter because Obama would veto any bill trying to do so? And how many of them made a campaign promise of "I will vote to repeal Obamacare!"

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Barry wonders why he can't experience genuine emotion.

wordkyle said...

1. You think Bush was poking fun at himself?
2. I agree with your implication about the Republican politicians and their Obamacare repeal promises.

Anonymous said...

NOT ONLY ARE YOU THE LILLIPUTION LAWYER, YOU ARE A GENIUS. REGARDING BULLET POINT ONE, WHO COULD HAVE EVER GUESSED POLITICAL FAVORS WOULD BE REPAID?
TF MIND BLOWN

Anonymous said...

"The Update reports Boyd ISD might be facing a deficit."

But have you seen their football stadium? Fee nom in ole.

DF Ribby Paultz

Anonymous said...

"Patrick's explanation yesterday: Districts "have to be better about how they spend the money. They have to put more focus on teachers." (Related note: The Update reports Boyd ISD might be facing a deficit.)"

The Special Session is considering a bill that would limit how much money a local school district can raise through property taxes.

Abbott and Patrick are big on local control when it comes to Washington, but when it comes to Texas, everything needs to be approved out of Austin.

Anonymous said...

Are you fixated on republicans and stupid enough to think that democrats aren't corrupt, take care of their cronies, and look out for their constituency? Get a life.

Anonymous said...

A shortage of legal marijuana at the state incensed stores in Nevada? Say it ain't so. Next thing you will tell me is that all the hookers are on strike and the hotel slots are down for 200,000 cycle tuneup & maintenance.

DF Steve Wynn
DF just bring money, lots of it

Anonymous said...

Patrick had some prior Texas GOP leaders to show him the way in setting up family in state/federal jobs or benefits. Remember Tom Craddick doing a back room deal to get his daughter Christi (now a Texas Railroad Commissioner - thanks dad) state benefits while she was a registered lobbyist at the time? And Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff/Ed Buckham funneled money to spouse Christine Delay for "consulting", though no actual consulting was shown when the Feds investigated.

DF Ethics are for Dummies

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Stay Woke! Is Trump launching nukes into North Korea yet?

Anonymous said...

As of late June, which are the most recent polls I could find, about 17% of Americans support the Senate healthcare bill which is actually smaller than the percentage of Americans who believe they've seen a ghost.

https://www.google.com/search?q=percent+support+for+healthcare+bill&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS751US751&oq=percent+support+for+healthcare+bill&aqs=chrome..69i57.8767j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/10/30/18-of-americans-say-theyve-seen-a-ghost/

Anonymous said...

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others on the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist.

Have any of you liberal weenie snowflakes explained why Loretta Lynch and Obammy would allow her into the country without a working visa at a time when they were expelling Russian diplomats?

Anonymous said...

The Houston Chronicle has now picked up the Bridgeport cop-almost-hit-by-alleged-drunk-driver story, and refers to his "fancy foot work" as saving his life.

Wow, The Chronicle is on top of the news isn't it? They are on things about as fast as Wolf(Breaking News)Blitzer!

Anonymous said...

Jaakillme jaakillme jaakillme jaakillme!

Anonymous said...

Listen up folks-you "forget to include information" on your eQIP security questionnaire and you get fired.

Anonymous said...

If Donald Jr. Would have deleted his emails and everyone at the meeting suddenly committed sucide he would be innocent of all this like Hillary!

Anonymous said...

Starting to look like a set-up to me.

Anonymous said...

Bush poked fun at himself? Compression?

Who did Clinton poke? I don't miss Clinton

Anonymous said...

10:49, you are absolutely right. I agree 100%. Obama and Lynch walked on egg shells and they shouldn't have. They didn't want to look arbitrary, so they bent over backwards to not cause waves. They should have instead:

1. Slammed the door HARD on all Trump's foreign visitors when there was a hint of hanky panky.
2. They should have called out Team Trump as out and out seditionists as the evidence and their statements piled up. Look up the definition.
3. When the intelligence agencies started getting chatter on Trump being in the Russkie pocket, they should have called in the campaign staff of the Orange One for a grilling and depositions.
4. Convened a federal grand jury and refer all charges, even if Election Day was only a few months away.

They played soft thinking that Trump's team had some ethics. Boy, were they wrong.

DF J. Edgar Hoover

Anonymous said...

Teachers do not love Dan Patrick & Abbott, they see thru the political grandstanding they are pulling. Local districts have had their hands tied for over a decade by the cap the n local tax increases. As in the national election, many teachers hold their nose and vote for the republicans based on the abolition issue alone, even if it's against their best economic self issue.

Anonymous said...

In 1950 the cost per pupil to provide K-12 education in this country was $2,300 in today's dollars. 30 years later, in 1980, the average pupil cost was $6,700 in today's dollar. Today, it's about $14,000. These are dollars already adjusted for inflation. Six times more to teach a kid in public school today. Why? It seems that the outcomes were a whole lot better when it was 1/6th the cost, also.

Triple Fake... said...

I think I can solve this mystery for you.
The cost of these has increased:
Salaries for everyone working at the schools.
Building the structures.
Maintaining the buildings, grounds, and vehicles.
Utilities and equipment.

The cost of everything has gone up since 1950. Why should it come as a surprise that education did, too?

Anonymous said...

At least we aren't Rhome.

Anonymous said...

Come on DISD how about some Afroturf for the football field! We don't need no stinking teachers.
It's for the kids you know. Right Elder, Haney, ..

Anonymous said...

The Unholy Left is losing. Good.