The Campaign For DA

8.04.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • Yesterday the girl who successfully encouraged the boyfriend to kill himself was sentenced to 15 months in prison. This may be one of the biggest free speech case since the flag burning decision in Texas vs. Johnson. 
  • Heard a story on the radio yesterday (the Hardline) about how they were on a plane which was headed down the runway and, seconds before lift off, the pilot shut it down. That happened to Mrs. LL and I once and it is beyond unnerving. 
  • They were headed to Canton for the Hall of Fame game. I went there a couple of years ago and getting to Canton ain't easy. And once you get there, your first thought is: "How in the world is this thing in Canton?"
  • Dallas Morning News lede from yesterday: "A Houston police crackdown on men masturbating and exposing themselves in a park near downtown has led to the arrests of an FBI agent, pastor and a sheriff's deputy in recent years, authorities say." My head is spinning.
  • I love the guy who called me out for posting the story about the grand jury being empaneled in the Russia investigation because "I" once said "a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich." First, did someone get indicted I don't know about? That story just means this investigation just got very serious. Secondly, that's a very old saying dating back to 1985 that I didn't come up with.
  • Can you imagine Trump being called in front of a grand jury and being forced to testify before some of the best prosecutors in the nation? He would be advised by his lawyers to take the Fifth. But would he do it? 
  • We had a guy flee a traffic stop in Decatur yesterday. Based upon the lack of information released, it sounds like he got away. 
  • Did you know Kenneth Starr had never prosecuted anyone prior to going after Bill Clinton? And that he never personally talked to Monica Lewinsky? 
  • The female doctor from Keller who died at the Grand Canyon after getting lost while going to look for water is referred to in every story as an "experienced hiker." It sure doesn't sound like it. 
  • Sean Hannity's new attempt at humor with his "Final Word" is very puzzling. 
  • Trump announced four more nominees for U.S. Attorney yesterday. That brings the total to 33. And 32 of them are men. Just 1 woman. 
  • The more I hear people talk, the more I'm convinced people are having trouble making ends meet.  I don't know if it is suppressed wages or people spending every dime they make.
  • When I worked in my dad's dry goods store as a kid, I got to learn the markup of everything that was sold. One thing I didn't understand was that the markup on Dickie's work pants was the smallest of them all. I asked my mom why. She told me that people who bought those work very hard and "your dad understands that."









53 comments:

wordkyle said...

First Friday of the month, BG, and no unemployment report from you. What gives?

Anonymous said...

Barry puts the random in random thoughts....who is they?

Anonymous said...

I would also say that Kenneth Starr probably didn't speak much with Art Briles either

Anonymous said...

From the man who spoke with such disdain about "the front room crowd" at Mattie's, I tend to call bullshit on that Dickie's work pants story. Either you embellished it, or you learned the wrong lesson from It!

Anonymous said...

It seems as though we've lost some understanding, LL. Keep on, keepin' on.

Anonymous said...

Dickies are mighty fine pants. Mighty fine.

DF Roomy in the Seat

Anonymous said...

Anyone who hikes regularly can be considered an experienced hiker. This usually just means you can follow marked trails and calculate what provisions you need for the length of hike. This doesn't mean you have back country or survival skills. Most "experienced" hikers don't have these skills because they spend most of their time on well marked urban hikes. Sadly a $50 water purification system would have likely saved this woman, or just staying put with her kids.

RPM said...

Saw Mary Jane Hartsell passed away at 99. Used to own the feed mill in Bridgeport. She was a sweet lady.

Anonymous said...

Interesting hypothetical:

What would the fall-out be if Trump's lawyers argued that he could not respond to a Grand Jury summons to testify because he was mentally impaired (dementia, early on-set Alzheimer's, etc)? Would impeachment proceedings in Congress be started the next day? How would it play out with his supporters? Would they now argue that a person without full mental ability was still the person to MAGA? Could his Executive Orders be challenged in court because when he issued them he was not in full command of his faculties? Interesting thought exercise.

DF Reading Between the Lines

Anonymous said...

Trump would be like Col. Jessup if forced to appear in a court of law. And Wordy no unemployment report because you've told us how skewed they are for the last 8 years

Anonymous said...

Regarding the dead hiker.... Must you always be such a snarky turd with stories of accidents? Regardless of her choices, a kid lost his mom. You must be part of the so called compassionate left.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is a "dry goods store"?!? So, your dad didn't sell anything wet? Real question.

Anonymous said...

But officer, when my buddie asked me if I wanted to go out to the park and toss it around, I completely misunderstood that he actually meant a baseball. Easy mistake to make.

DF Guy in Houston Park

Anonymous said...

I know a few people who are having trouble making ends meet also, but would actually be able to make those ends meet quite easily if they were willing to act reasonably and responsibly with the income and resources they have.

Anonymous said...

How is the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton? Yeah, I guess people might wonder that, until they went inside and learned why. Kind of like the reason the Alamo was built in the middle of downtown San Antonio, right?

Anonymous said...

If you make 50,000 a year you need to try to live on 25,000. Because you never know what your unemployment report is going to look like tomorrow!

Triple Fake... said...

"How in the world is this thing in Canton?"
Well, if you've been there, you should know that it's considered the birthplace of professional football.

Your doubts about the "experienced hiker":
There are lots of examples of experienced, or even professional, people making mistakes that cost them their own, or others', lives (lifes?). Doctors, pilots, divers, law enforcement, military personnel. You get the idea

The gal whose boyfriend offed himself has a certain degree of culpability here. Personally, I don't think the First Amendment covers encouraging somebody to kill themselves while they're in the act of attempting it.

Anonymous said...

That story about your dad is so sweet. We need more Americans like that. Also? Aborted landings are even worse. Happy Friday! I hope we have more interesting birds to identify.

Goober said...

1). Everyone on here needs watch their mouths about Mr Green. There was never a more honest, caring, community minded business man on the face of earth. You could all learn something from the model life he has lead.
In regards to wages vs living standard issue, I refere you to the story below. VERY eye opening. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/

Anonymous said...

The Hardline have a lot of nerve promoting airline delays. It's an airline delay commercial disguised as a story!

Anonymous said...

I might have gone to a different Pro Football Hall of Fame in a different Canton. It seemed pretty easy to get there. Flight, airport, 45 minutes down an interstate, exit at Hall of Fame.

Anonymous said...

9:13 Bam, you took the words right out of my mouth!

Anonymous said...

I always believed there's no such thing as a stupid question.

But then, 9:10 happened.

wordkyle said...

932 - That's a really good article, assuming the information is correct. The article is about how few people could handle a $400 emergency, and the financial insecurity modern Americans face, mainly because of the amount of debt they have. One passage lights up the reasons:

Some economists say that although banks may have been pushing credit, people nonetheless chose to run up debt; to save too little; to leave no cushion for emergencies, much less retirement. “If you want to have financial security,” says Brad Klontz, “it is 100 percent on you.”

Anonymous said...

Funny, all the people I know that are struggling financially have been impacted by major events that sunk them. Job loss, cancer, loss of spouse and a major shoulder injury are just the events I've seen personally devastate 4 families I know. Before that they were all trudging along just fine.

That being said it's abundantly clear that companies began operating differently after the last recession. They have kept wages down, decreased incremental and performance increases, and leaned out benefits. The cost of housing is way up. Basic entertainment for families has skyrocketed. Healthcare isn't affordable due (group or Obama) due to high deductibles. I'm amazed that more folks aren't on the street.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how when you get a little ahead your told you "make to much". Either by colleges, the irs, etc.

Anonymous said...

I pay $10,000 dollars a year for healthcare and still pay for everything out of pocket. Thanks Obama!

Anonymous said...

The Leftist Media is open to discussing issues now that they never would have touched when Obama was in office.

Anonymous said...

ESPN Transforms ESPNU to ESPN8: “The Ocho” August 8!
http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2017/08/espn-transforms-espnu-espn8-ocho-august-8/

It's a bold strategy, Cotton!

DF Pepper Brooks

Anonymous said...

I'm calling shenanigans on the Dickies work clothes story.

People wearing Dickies work clothes do work hard for a living and they are very well compensated for it. Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics and most skilled tradesmen have money to buy what they need. Buying work clothes is just a part of the job unless their employer provides uniforms. That's true today and true when you were young.

I believe you about as much as I believe Trump.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with 9:07.

There are times when you come across as caring, sensitive and thoughtful, but there are also many times when you come across as a complete asshole in the face of other people's tragedies.

Anonymous said...

Goober-----

That's a joke, right? Barry is a business man? Yea, about like he is a humming bird.

Brainchild is all one word.

Anonymous said...

Goober, why is there a Brown spot on the end of your nose?

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Truth is not a value for the Left.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like your Dad was one hell of a good guy.

Anonymous said...

Rude!

Goober. said...

It's sad the parents of people like 11:55 & 11:58 never taught them the meaning of honesty or integrity or just plain decency when they were younger. But then again they probably think Trimp is a right stand up guy. It's people like you who make this country look clownish to the rest of the world.

Anonymous said...

No one said Barry was a businessman, but his mom and dad were. They were also well aware that some of the people who shopped at Green's might need a break. Layaway was standard, shopping the sales was standard, and knowing what Dickies sold for at Leonard Brothers in Ft. Worth kept the markup low. Good people! Wish there were still a dry goods store in Wise County.

Anonymous said...

11:33, you are way out in left field. Yes, there are well compensated trades folks who can incorporate the cost easily into the expenses of doing business. But there are probably an equal number of folks pinching their pennies and buying a new set of Dickies is a decision based on available funds and what else they have to pay for this month. Several good friends are tenant farmers. They don't own the land they farm, so no oil/gas largess. One pays a cash lease, the other works off a percentage of his crop (hay) to the property owner. Buying work clothes is NOT pocket change to them, since each has families and all the associated costs. So 11:33, you need to get out and rub shoulders with more regular working stiffs to broaden your perspective.

DF The Rest of the Story

PS - I never had the pleasure of meeting Barry's dad, but he sounds like a man who cared for his neighbor, even when it cost him some profits. Think of how many people you know today who are out for number one only and screw everybody else. Sad.

Anonymous said...

The Hickman boy is dangerously close to screwing up everything that makes the Fort Worth Stockyards special. Hope he doesn't get total control of Bill Bob's. His daddy had the right motivation, him not so much.

DF Old-timer

Anonymous said...

Tenant farmers....really? I call double BS!

Anonymous said...

I paid my way through college working a job that required Dickies as a part of the uniform (pants in the winter, shorts in the summer). Most honest and physically demanding work I've ever done. At the end of it all it was very satisfying to come out of school with limited college loan debt and appreciation for those doing blue collar work. I would encourage any student to do manual labor in college to appreciate what that diploma gets you.

Anonymous said...

1:19 - How would he screw it up?

Anonymous said...

My manual labor job in college wasn't so fancy, Mr fancy pants!

Anonymous said...

12:02

Change "was" to "is". He's still alive and kick'n.

Anonymous said...

I keep waiting for this to be funny...

Anonymous said...

12:52---------

Did you even wonder what that whooshing sound was as a perfectly good joke went right over your head? Or are you just a bitter POS who wanted to insult somebody whose humor was over your head?

Haymaker is all one word.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

If you somehow were a rig hand, that's about the only blue collar job I can see that would allow you to pay for college tuition with minimal debt. Otherwise I'd say you're referencing a time 30+ years ago.

Harry Hamid said...

The girl in the middle has a birthmark. With my incredibly high standards, that's a deal breaker. No thanks no way.

Mastubaters in Memorial Park? I knew there was a reason I run at Rice instead.

jon spencer said...

Could not the President walk into the Grand Jury room, say to the Prosecutor "your fired" and walk out?

Anonymous said...

jon------

Not really. He'd have to say you're fired. Otherwise everyone would just sit around waiting for the remainder of an incomplete sentence.

Anonymous said...

Jackass@4:40--------

'Cept for the fact that between 2008 and 2013 (that might have even coincided with a recesion?) my daughter earned a degree debt free working two part time jobs with flexible hours. Waitress and pharmacy tech at Walgreen's. Lived at home and commuted to Stephenville. It would seem you might not possess enough information about how life works.

Get off your high horse. Priorities are key.