The Campaign For DA

7.26.2017

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • It was a fascinating reaction to the bizarre Jason Garrett press conference yesterday. The Millennials seemed to have a reaction of, "Why doesn't the press just ask football questions!?" Others are interested in so much more than that. 
  • I both love and hate docket calls at the Wise County courthouse. But it is perfect for a guy like me who loves observing the human condition. The defendant who walks in for the first time and is scared to death (or the other who might be defiant.) The bailiff who does a second glance at someone causing his/her mind to race. The out of town attorney who has to ask around for "who is the prosecutor?" or "how does this all work?" The dramatic differences among prosecutor/defense lawyer conversations. Those being brought in from jail who anxiously look into the gallery for family members who are there just to support them. 
  • The Dallas Observer will post a series of picks from time to time of "pool parties" normally featuring a hotel in Uptown. They generally feature people you wouldn't want to hang out with. But this one in the series got my attention. A baby?
  • And in case Mrs. LL has any nefarious thoughts, let this me a lesson to her! (Thanks emailer.)
  • Trump held another bizarre "political rally" last night in Ohio. Make no mistake, he does it because he needs to be loved.  But this was gold: “Sometimes, they say, ‘He doesn’t act presidential,’” Trump said of his critics. “And I say, ’Hey look ― great schools, smart guy ― it’s so easy to act presidential. But that’s not going to get it done. ... With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office. That I can tell you. It’s real easy.”
  • The Texas Association of Business is running a massive radio ad campaign against the Bathroom Bill. The one on The Ticket features a very bad actor getting very angry when he learns it might cause major sporting events to avoid Texas. (Good intention. Bad execution.)
  • This just broke. He loves fights. He knows his base.: 
(I got real nervous at this moment)
Huh? 
  • Medical costs?
  • Remember this during the campaign?:
  • Per today's Messenger, the Wise County Sheriff's Office wishes to apply for "an impaired driving mobilization grant." 

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

The dockets used to be posted online on the Wise County Sherriff's page (I believe) for the public to see but I haven't seen it there for a while now...Is that information posted anywhere else?

SpanishWarDonkey said...

If Trump were smart, he'd embrace the more liberal social issues. His base wouldn't dare admit they were wrong or go against him, and he'd even have a chance to pull in some more moderates. Sweet Jesus 2018 is going to be a circus.

Anonymous said...

Medical costs -- trans military community believes military should pay for counseling, surgery, and any other related medical expenses for "transitioning" military members.

Anonymous said...

8:52 is wrong again. Sad.

Anonymous said...

The decision on the Trans people is awful. But let's not mince words about the purpose of the awful decision: to distract from the other awful things Trump's colleagues are doing, namely, eviscerating healthcare from 20-30 million people.

Anonymous said...

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

wordkyle said...

944 - "...eviscerating healthcare from 20-30 million people..." The majority of which are those who, no longer forced to buy insurance they don't want or need without the Democrat-imposed mandate, simply choose to drop their insurance.

Anonymous said...

An analysis of national polls by MIT political scientist Christopher Warshaw and Stanford political economist David Broockman showed that the AHCA "is the most unpopular piece of major legislation Congress has considered in decades" more so than Troubled Asset Relief Program legislation ("the bank bailout") and much more unpopular than the ACA.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/upshot/gop-senators-might-not-realize-it-but-not-one-state-supports-the-ahca.html

Anonymous said...

10:15, Can you name 5 things about the legislation that you don't like? It's not even been debated yet, but it is the most unpopular?

Anonymous said...

Let me provide five sources from, what I consider to be, five reputable organizations. They'll perhaps be more credible to you than an Anon.

1. The AARP.

(http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2017/aarp-opposes-healthcare-bill.html)

2. The American Medical Association.

(https://searchlf.ama-assn.org/letter/documentDownload?uri=%2Funstructured%2Fbinary%2Fletter%2FLETTERS%2F2017-4-27%2520AMA-Letter-to-Hill-re-MacArthur-Amendment-et-al.pdf) and

(https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/default/files/media-browser/public/washington/ama-letter-on-ahca.pdf)

3. The American Hospital Association.

(http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/letter/2017/170308-aha-health-orgs-american-healthcare-act.pdf?ref=rss_whatsnew)

4. The American Nurses Association.

(http://www.nursingworld.org/ANA-AHCA-OppositionLetter)

5. Organizations who oppose on religious grounds.

(https://networklobby.org/news/20170724healthcare/)

6. Others opponents include...

(http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/politics/interest-groups-politicians-american-health-care-act/index.html)

(http://www.cbsnews.com/news/doctors-health-groups-denounce-ahca-health-care-vote/)

In a sentence, the GOP bills -- whether the House or the Senate bill -- tend to increase costs on the class of people most likely to need insurance to the acheive tax breaks for a smaller group of wealthier individuals.

Not to mention the CBO scores...

Anonymous said...

Bamm!

Anonymous said...

11:28 Amen.

Anonymous said...

It is really funny how some have sipped the McConnell Kool-Aid on one of the answers to our ACHA Repeal-Replace mess. That is Block grants on Medicaid to the states. The party line goes that it will allow states to do things best for their states, streamline the process, and eliminate inefficiencies. Hogwash. Read the proposals and you see the proposed block grants are fewer Fed dollars than sent down years ago. The block grant proposal is just a way to cap the Fed money and pitch the whole mess in the state's lap. It like me telling the spouse that her household budget has grown too large in grocery purchases for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From this point forward I will giving her a single block grant check to buy household food. It will only be enough for a single cheese sandwich to share among two adults and four children, but she can eliminate waste and inefficiencies in her food purchases and everything will be rosy.

DF Crazy Talk

SpanishWarDonkey said...

See, the mistake you're making is thinking there is even one single shred of evidence that would make Trump apologists rethink their positions.

Anonymous said...

12:44, I disagree. Statistics show that his base of "strong approvals" is shrinking.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trumps-base-is-shrinking/

My hope is that the more Trump stacks his cabinet with Goldman Sachs executives and his colleagues attempt to pass law that unethically victimizes the same blue collar folks who voted for him, the more those voters wake up to the fact that they've been the victim of a bait and switch.

Anonymous said...

Boys, hold on to your hat! Rex Tillerson is hacked off enough at Trump and his White House minions to be considering exiting the State Department before the end of the year. If that happens, the grownups in the room will start asking if the Trump Crazy Train needs to be put on a side track. And the current National Security Advisor is getting his belly full too. Soon, no one will be left standing but the true nut jobs and mental midgets (Rickey, I'm looking at you). It really is turning into a reality show. A bad reality show.

DF Wake Me When It's Over

Anonymous said...

"The majority of which are those who, no longer forced to buy insurance they don't want or need without the Democrat-imposed mandate, simply choose to drop their insurance."

The health insurance participation rate now? Geez

Anonymous said...

But, I'm not wearing a hat!

Anonymous said...

1:23, Those aren't statistics. That is from a poll. The same fivethirtyeight.com poll that showed Hillary would win in a landslide.

wordkyle said...

341 - Not an apt comparison. Unlike the millions forced out of the workforce in the Obama recession exacerbation, these folks would drop their insurance voluntarily.

Anonymous said...

Finally! A POTUS that listens to his military advisors. Nice...

Anonymous said...

Trump would win in a landslide in the next election if he would push to legalize cannabis. There are alot of conservatives/independents that would support him wholeheartedly. Before Wordy says I'm nuts, I didn't say all or even a majority. I said alot.