The Campaign For DA

9.29.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • My bullet point about the Decatur EDC purchasing the land from the "Wise County Consortium" (what is that and who is involved?)  gave rise to a comment I didn't post because I can't verify it. I know I'm being vague because I have to. But it was fascinating. 
  • The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases involving automobiles and the Fourth Amendment. I love this stuff. 
  • Puerto Rico to Trump might end up being what Katrina was to Bush. Trump was more concerned about the NFL than people dying. (Any chance he had no idea they were U.S. citizens?)
  • Cowboy's Sean Lee is hurt again.What else is new? 
  • Face Blindness actually has a name. It's called Prosopagnosia. And head injuries can cause it yet leaving you with all other cognitive skills. All my good friends know I suffer from it. It's frustratingly bizarre.
  • Below: A letter from a high school principal telling student athletes they cannot kneel during the national anthem. He should be fired because of his basic ignorance of the constitution. The government, and, yes, a public school is the government, cannot tell any student to do this.
  • Tarrant County DA Sharen Wilson released a list of financial supporters. The number of criminal defense lawyers on it is shocking and proof that we need District Attorneys appointed and not elected. And I encourage you to click on the link just to see how she labels the levels.
  • The Texas State Fair starts today. #NeverForget.
     
  • Good lord, the goofy Texas Supreme Court judge, Don Willett, will be appointed by Trump to the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Make no mistake about it, the guy is a fraud. He's a conservative judicial activist who used Twitter to come across as an "Aww Shucks" yokel using dad jokes and pictures/exploitation of his kids to endear himself to the Bubbas of the world. And an appointment to a federal appeals court? Normally that is reserved for federal district court judges who know at least something about federal law. 
  • It's a lifetime appointment, by the way.
  • Somehow Trump never saw this tweet during the campaign:
  • Let's check in on Trump's mental health: 
  • This pic is from yesterday. And right now these lyrics popped into my head: "Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though they're here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday."
  • Shout out to the City of Bridgeport for being very responsive to a request I had. 

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be bizarrly (sp?--although we know that's not why you avoided it) frustrating?

DF Aw Shucks guy.

Anonymous said...

Wise County Consortium LLC is managed by J Mark Duncum and Jody C Adams, and shows a registered address of 2201 S FM 51 Ste 600 in Decatur. Duncum is the President of Double Creek Capital, and Adams is the Vice-President. Double Creek Capital is a commercial real estate developer.

Bear said...

Since the students in LA school are minors, isn't there something about not being able to make their own decisions? Their parents are then responsible for their actions.

wordkyle said...

Regarding the high school principal and the case you cited: Is there a difference between the school compelling particular speech (as in the Supreme Court case) and the school forbidding particular speech (as in Parkway)?

Anonymous said...

WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL'S ORDER TO STAND AND THE THINGS WE MAY HAVE DONE TO STAY IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN THE '70'S AND 80'S? I KNOW GUYS THAT MISSED FOOTBALL GAMES BECAUSE THEIR HAIR WAS TOO LONG, MISSED BASEBALL GAMES BECAUSE OF MOONING, NOT SIGNING A PLEDGE SHEET, ETC... THE COACH DECIDES WHO MAKES THE TEAM AND PLAYS. IT IS NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE THE VARSITY QUARTERBACK

TF RANDALL FLOYD

Anonymous said...

8:59 -

You beat me to it. It's crazy how many topics are posted here as "questions" that can be answered by a single Google search and looking at the very first result.

Ernest T said...

Personally, I have always wondered why we elect DAs and Judges. Most of us never know anything about the candidates and only vote depending on whether there is an R or D after their name.

An well-known attorney that I used to work for is on the list. When I was in her office, she would donate to both sides running. It totally was to get in the good graces of whomever won.

Anonymous said...

Athletics at a high school are considered extracurricular activities. Students are not required to be involved in these activities and in being involved subject themselves to extra rules and regulations (drug screening for example) that "regular" students cannot, by law, be subjected to. The students only showing up for class each day can kneel all they want and the school cannot prevent them from doing so. Students who voluntarily participate in extracurricular activities such as UIL (LHSAA in Louisiana), FFA, FCCLA, etc. are, by their involvement, agreeing to abide by rules established by the administrators of these organizations. The schools are in no way obligated to keep any student in any extracurricular organization. They are, however, always obligated to educate the student.

--DF School Defense Lawyer

Anonymous said...

I saw this morning in the update where Bridgeport Country Club will host the Decatur Police Dept. "3rd Annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament." Why wouldn't this be played at the Decatur Country Club ?

Anonymous said...

9:16
Beat me to it.
Amazing that Barry holds himself out to be an attorney with his lack of knowledge on the difference between a Right and a Privilege.
Barry, when trolling for the big ones- presentation of the bait- not just the bait itself- is wholly paramount.

Not Sam

Why Guy said...

No body scribbling/drawings, piercings, or nails??? It's on! Good job!

Anonymous said...

Children in school do not have freedom of speech. I am about your age and when I was in school i could argue with a teacher about a subject until they didnt want to argue anymore. then it was done. this is no different.

Anonymous said...

Lot of commentary - Thank you BG

Those are some interesting names on the Tarrant County DA's sponsor list - a few names on there cross reference with some heavy tea party contributors.

Libertarian wet-dream judge Willet finally got his appointment. He is a solid vote for the side of big business - free market foolishness. Texans are so stupid to buy into his act. Check his twitter following and I will bet you a beer there are more than a few Russian bot accounts.

DFW Godfather

Anonymous said...

BTW, Wikipedia actually does a very good job discussing free speech in public schools.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_speech_(First_Amendment)

The problem with eliminating elections for D.A.'s and Judges is when you live in a state like Texas, God only knows who our tea party governor & lite governor would want to appoint to office. There needs to be an elimination of party affiliation with these races but I am not sure the fix wouldnt be worse than the problem.

Stay Hard HEF!

DFW Godfather

Anonymous said...

VOTE NO TO BRIDGEPORT ANNEXATION!!!

Anonymous said...

Jody Adams previously worked for the City of Decatur.

Anonymous said...

RTG two thumbs way up!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Babe! After seeing you, my pants are on fire. But so is my shirt and cowboy hat.

DF Old Big Tex On The Make

Anonymous said...

Barry, good point on Trump and Puerto Rico. Today's trivia question: What are the three unique citizenships that native Puerto Ricans can hold?

DF Wikipedia

Anonymous said...

So now we have had a U. S. President and a Federal Circuit Court Judge make it into office on the back of Twitter. What is next? Electing Congressmen and Senators based on who has the most Friends on Facebook? Insanity.

DF Luddite

Anonymous said...

The Collins v. Virginia case on Fourth Amendment rights is HUGE! If it goes the wrong way, another big step to my book, 1984, coming to reality.

DF George Orwell

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Face Blindness actually has a name. It's called Prosopagnosia.

A high level FAA employee (division director in DC) always brings up prosopagnosia when speaking before a group of employees. We all think he does it so he can act ignorant and not try to remember names when he goes around the country.

Anonymous said...

Trump was more concerned about the NFL than people dying?

Skippy, Ever heard of Benghazi?

Anonymous said...

I didn't know of Leftist Barry's blog during the Bush Administration. Was Barry a fan of GW?

mzchief said...

Public school students aren't afforded the same right to free speech as other Americans. For decades, students have routinely been prohibited from wearing clothing with "offensive" slogans as well as clothing that is considered disruptive and/or sexually provocative. Some school districts forbid students to wear clothing depicting the American flag and/or political slogans.

Source

There's also the matter of schools requiring male students to not allow their hair to grow past a certain length.

Source

Anonymous said...

Of all the ignorant comments on this page that may be the dumbest ever.

Anonymous said...

No but anyone with an IQ over 80 would want Bush or any other former president over the POS we have now

Anonymous said...

What happened to that earlier fundraiser she held where she allegedly emailed her prosecutors' personal emails? All allegedly, I say by way of disclaimer.

KnowsALot said...

Took me a while to notice but the RTG has HUGE hands. : )>

Anonymous said...

"Of all the ignorant comments on this page[,] that may be the dumbest ever."

FYI: Depending on how you view the comments, the "Reply" function doesn't always appear, meaning all comments are posted in chronological order only.

So your post, 11:08, is just standing out there on its own. There's no way to know which comment you're referring to... which kind of makes your comment look like the dumbest ever.

Anonymous said...

10:12

Don't think there will be a vote on it. They can do anything they want to since becoming a charter city. Should have voted that down. Too late now.

Anonymous said...

This is all you need to know about the liberal left on college campuses today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv_yVqJ_l9c

Anonymous said...

I've been your client before, you always walked right up to me in a courtroom full of strange people.

Drink Driver

Anonymous said...

The only reason many voted for Trump was for judicial appointments. The fact that you are disturbed about these appointments brings me joy.

Anonymous said...

DF Coach Leonard Skinner

Anonymous said...

Checking on Trump's mental health there...

Trump did not say what your quote says he said. That is a total lie.

But then, veracity has never been your strong suit.

Anonymous said...

8:59
So, in other words, the good ole boy system still alive and well in Decatur.

Anonymous said...

9:33
I saw this morning in the update where Bridgeport Country Club will host the Decatur Police Dept. "3rd Annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament." Why wouldn't this be played at the Decatur Country Club ?



Answer...Because the Decatur Country Club course is just flat out terrible. There is a reason the DHS HS team never went out there (when the DHS HS team was going to Region and State on a regular basis).

What is sad is, several years ago a prominent Decatur family offered to buy the course and make major renovations including expanding to 18 holes, adding a driving range/short game practice area, build a new clubhouse and complete reworking of the course. Would have been a multi million dollar project.

Did not happen because a hand full of older members didn't want anything to change.

Very sad.

Anonymous said...

11:10 - Wrong.

Anonymous said...

11:08 - It was an organic response to a YouTube video.

Anonymous said...

Conservatives don't understand that all rights can be reasonably regulated. But not prohibited outright.

So, add "reasonable" to the list of words Mzchief doesn't understand.

Harry Hamid said...

Kids in public schools DO have freedom of speech. It's just that the courts have determined that relatively weak state interests overcome that right. I'm not sure what sort of state interest there is in forcing kids to stand during the naitonal anthem.

I don't understand this conservative value of forcing shows of patriotism on citizens. The conservative web has been pushing an argument this week of "You wouldnb't be able to kneel in many totalitarian countries, so therefore you shouldn't kneel."

A show of patriotism at gunpoint is not patriotism to anyone but a tyrant.

Anonymous said...

Obama was the most clueless idiot that ever lived...having no clue what Memorial Day was about, nor how to pronounce corpsman....and you are trying to guess what Trump knows or prioritizes? You are a nut.

Anonymous said...

PR Mayor claims it's a genocide...behind her were pallets upon pallets of food and water.

Anonymous said...

The Tinker case states that "It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate."

With that being said, athletes are not required to be on the field, court or track, so therefore they have no RIGHT to play; thus more specific rules can and may be applied here.