The Campaign For DA

8.25.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • After I mentioned Gibson's yesterday, someone reminded me about the old Texas "Blue Laws." You could go to Gibson's, which was one of the few stores opened on Sunday, and there would be sections blocked off because you could not buy certain products on Sunday. That included "clothing, furniture, kitchen utensils, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners, electric fans, washers, dryers, radios, televisions, cameras, hardware, power-driven hand tools, jewelry, silverware, watches, clocks, luggage and musical instruments." That'll make your head spin. And I think I'm right when I say car sales are still prohibited on Sunday because of the remnants of the Blue Laws.
  • If the forecasts are correct, Houston is about to be flooded like it has never been flooded before.
  • Gov. Abbott has declared 30 counties a disaster area before anything has happened. It's kind of like a Pre-Crime Division.
  • Troy Aikman has sold out to the dumbest car salesman who advertises on The Ticket. But he's keeping it real. 
  • Private plane question from a guy who has no pilot's license and has no intention to get one: If I wanted to fly from Decatur's airport (which I presume is public and tax funded) to, say, a similarly small airport in Florida, can I just do it? Do I have to file a flight plan with someone? Are there any searches or security measures? I remember taking a flight on a private plane in the early 1980s with Mike Simpson (shout out) and we just took off from Decatur and landed in Waco, and I don't recall having to check in with anyone.
  • The person who won the lottery called it a "a pipe dream."  I thought she used the term incorrectly, but I now think she's right. And the origin of the term is fascinating. 
  • Bad constable
  • I got through one hour of the 30 for 30 on the Carter Cowboys. My initial reaction is that it is very, very good. That last 30 minutes might make it great. (I loved the old high school game footage from old Texas Stadium and old Baylor Stadium. And the presence of Texas media is a great sideshow.)
  • The travel warning from the State Department because of alleged Cartel violence in Cancun and Los Cabos will kill the tourist industry in Mexico. And I kind of think it might be Trump's retaliation for current and former Mexican presidents constantly mocking him. 




38 comments:

Anonymous said...

RIP Rich Piana

Anonymous said...

The blue laws gave almost everyone a legally mandated day of rest.
Employers can now require you to work 7 days a week.

Progress?

Goober said...

I'm very disappointed in the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. Delkus was on last night with all kinds of neat new graphics, pictures and moving exhibits of the hurricane and weather in North Texas. And you haven't even posted a weather forecast from the Canadian Idiot or fired up the LL weather center. What gives? You are about to lose your HWMIS title!

Anonymous said...

ARE YOU BLAMING TRUMP FOR A STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUED TRAVEL ADVISORY?... YOU HAVE ISSUES WITH THE GOVERNOR TRYING TO GET OUT IN FRONT OF AN IMPENDING DISASTER?... REGARDING COLIN KAPERNICK, WHY IS VINCE YOUNG STILL OUT OF A JOB?... WHEN WILL JOSH GORDON (THE GREATEST RECEIVER IN NFL HISTORY) BE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME?

TF MICHAEL "BROWNIE" BROWN

Triple Fake... said...

those Reagor Dykes ads are a beating, but at least they're straightforward, and "keeping it real". They got nothing on those moronic Meador spots and their lame attempts at humor. Just awful! And when he says "...in sunny south Fort Worth", like that's a thing.

Ernest T said...

The 30 for 30 last night was pretty good. I had forgotten a lot of the details of just what went on with that. It also showed how good all of the guys are doing now. Many went on to college and are now working and haven't gotten in trouble again.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you can just take off from Decatur and fly to most any other airport. You make radio calls on what is known as the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency for that field in order to let other airplanes in the vicinity know what you are doing, but otherwise you are free to go. No, you do not have to file a flight plan with Air Traffic Control as long as you are flying under what are called visual flight rules, but it's a good idea (they'll help you with traffic, guide you around weather, help you in an emergency, come look for you if you crash, etc.). You also have to communicate with ATC if you're flying inside certain busy airspace (around DFW, for example) or from controlled fields (such as Meacham). If you are flying under instrument flight rules (flying in clouds, for example), you must file a flight plan and be given clearance by ATC and guided by them throughout the flight. There are no searches or security measures when leaving a general aviation airport (e.g., Decatur), other than perhaps having to go through a locked gate to get to your plane. You can carry firearms, etc., without any problem. Security at your destination can depend; generally speaking, there is none. There are security measures and customs checks if one flies internationally. Fly safe.

Anonymous said...

It depends on the flight path for a private plane. If you don't get near any controlled airports and do not get too high, you do not need to speak to anyone, file a plan, or do anything but fly.

Anonymous said...

"Pipe dream" is attributed (by some) to the dreams created by smoking opium. Hence a pipe dream not real.

Anonymous said...

9:00 - He seemed like a good dude.

Anonymous said...

I think the current auto dealership law is that you can be open one day per weekend. The dealership gets to choose. (Or at least that's the way it was a number of years ago. Maybe it's changed...)

Anonymous said...

Barry doesn't believe that there is cartel violence in Mexico.

Anonymous said...

come up to the 3rd floor of the court house and I can tell you a terrifying story of a week ago trip to mexico. RC

Anonymous said...

And you can pick your employer! People like you are garbage, don't want to work, just want to collect a paycheck.

Anonymous said...

I hope someday 9:35 gets hit with a charge of driving while intoxicated, whether justifiable or not. Then we'll see if BG is just out to "collect a paycheck". MORON!

Anonymous said...

Uh...not sure if you failed blogging 101, but that wasn't directed at BG!

Anonymous said...

Barry, your hero Dud Kennedy, the bloated face of Fort Worth journalism, won a Fort Worthy award! Dud is so gallant!

https://twitter.com/startelegram/status/900875402377400320

Anonymous said...

I think car dealerships can open on Sunday if they close on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 9:16 on flight plans. I used to have a client who jet-setted all over the country on Million Air (google it--it makes the bank in Conroe look humble). It was kind of an early airplane version of Uber. We flew on Terry Bradshaw's plane, and a few other notables, like Pat Robertson's. Roll right up to the gate, get out, get in and out of the plane on the tarmac next to the car picking you up, and zoom off. No security. No lines.

But expensive.

Abbott also activated the laws that enhance punishment in disaster areas for assault and looting. I'd be interested to hear your opinion on whether that will stand up on appeal.

I do agree with him activating the disaster area law's though. Past governors and presidents were all caught flat footed. Good for him for getting ahead of it--it's a rare moment of lucidity and preparedness for him.

Some Houston Lawyer

Anonymous said...

Have not heard anyone mention Gibson's in a long time. Anyone remember
Treasure City.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Barry you going rolled up sleeves, loosened tie and jacket off for this hurricane weekend?

Anonymous said...

So the governor declaring a disaster early, thereby opening up additional resources that will be needed unless Harvey suddenly makes a U-turn, is foolish in your mind?
Is it that, or did you want him to wait till things got really bad and responses were well behind the power curve so you could bash him?

Anonymous said...

"alleged" cartel violence? Good Gawd Skippy

RatherBeSailing said...

How about S.A.G.E.? You had to play like you worked for some branch of government to shop at " Serving All Government Employees". This is going waaaay back.

Anonymous said...

Leftist are loathsome creatures.

Anonymous said...

I do, in Vegas. I think it's called the Spearmint Rhino now.

Anonymous said...

The "Blue Laws" were ushered in by Baptists. It was unholy to shop on Sunday. Now churches sell just about anything they can turn a tidy profit off of in the church before/after services. Jesus was a capitalist!

DF Robert Jeffress

Anonymous said...

This is Progress:

The blue laws gave almost everyone a legally mandated day of rest.
Employers can now require you to work 7 days a week. Employees are free to work at an employer that requires them to work less than 7 days a week, say 5 days a week, or on a part-time, flex-time, or telecommuting basis. Employees are also free to become employers that mandate employees get 7 days of rest.

The Backdoor Intruder

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the frontier town newspapers back in the 1800s ever had stories like "Cowboy survives five days all alone out on the range"...I think those folks back then, in all their relative backwardness, would get a good laugh that someone who survives a few days in the woods in 2017 makes national news.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you can fly anywhere you want, but we will always be watching. No matter how low or high you fly, we will be watching.

DF Homeland Security

Anonymous said...

A brand new car for your 16 year old? Troy, baby, don't spoil your kids. Get them a junker for their first set of wheels.

DF Kinnard Motors

Anonymous said...

Buffalo Bayou needs a good flush every now and again.

DF City of Houston

Anonymous said...

Yeah, gotta love the Carter story. All victims, naturally, of injustice. Perhaps, instead of prosecuting convenience store robbers, we should instead prosecute the store clerks for allowing themselves to get robbed.

Anonymous said...

When are the county commissioners going to rename Wise County? I wasn't offended about living in a county that was named for a Confederate general until I found out that he was one.

Anonymous said...

"The travel warning from the State Department because of alleged Cartel violence in Cancun and Los Cabos will kill the tourist industry in Mexico."

Fake news. Mexico has strict gun control laws, which everyone know eliminates murder and violence.

Anonymous said...

My nephew travels to Mexico on business a couple of times a year. He's done this for about 6 years, and the company he works for has armed escorts accompany him from airport to hotel and every time he leaves the hotel.

Anonymous said...

I hope those crackers on the Houston Chronicle cover have a Jack Hammer handy to bust up those bags of Sakrete after they get wet and then dry.

DF Charlie Bibles Ghost