The Campaign For DA

10.03.2017

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts




  • The Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on the Zeke Elliott suspension yesterday, which, in itself, is bizarre once you think about it. But the press thinking they would rule from the bench like Judge Judy made me laugh.
  • The BagOfNothing guy made a donation to SPCA in honor of our recently deceased dog.  I've never met the guy. 
  • Any chance the Cowboys would be much better over the last few years if they had a coach who wasn't a robot? 
  • Speaking of dogs, the Yorkie in the House and I have a bit. When I need her to move off my chair I don't say, "Move", I say "Oh, Skeet! Skeet!" She moves every time. ("From the window -- to the wall!")
  • It's weird how seeing the news of any tragedy is more real if you've been there. I've never stayed in Mandalay Bay but Mrs. LL and I have been in the Luxor right by it. 
  • That guy owned over 40 guns? Why? Was the war on country music coming?
  • Japan had 11 gun deaths in 2008. 11.
  • And there is no obvious motive. And he had no online presence. None. That's weird.
  • I'll find it later, but the largest mass shootings in U.S. history have all occurred in the last 15 to 20 years.
  • I had an honest trooper at a hearing yesterday, and it didn't do anything to jeopardize the State's case. Nevertheless, people like that will always have my respect. A few years back one got in trouble for being honest in court with me and got chewed out by his supervisor. He quit. 
  • Tom Petty's death still seems unreal. 
  • Does Dez paint his head? 
  • Twitter will slow my Chrome browser down to a snail's pace sometimes. Anyone have any suggestions? 
  • Serious question: I see a lot of people using ATMs. If you have a debit card, why do you need paper money? 
  • I actually started crying last night when I saw the photo below. I told Mrs. LL, "She looks like you."

78 comments:

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Valet parking is one reason I'll get cash. Gotta get that tip karma. If I'm traveling soon, I'll get a couple hundred to hold me over in the event my card gets flagged for fraudulent activity. If I'm going to sporting events the concession lines are much shorter with cash or just hollering at the beer/peanut man.

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Anonymous said...

People sure have short memories. Worst shooting in US history? Really? Can't think of even one deadlier time in our history? Hell, for the past couple of years we've been removing all signs of one of the deadliest times here (Robert E. Lee statues, Confederate flags, etc.), but that seems to have been forgotten overnight.

Anonymous said...

WHY IN THE WORLD DOES A PRIVATE CITIZEN NEED A CAR THAT EXCEEDS 85 MPH?... WHY IS THERE SUCH AN OUTCRY ABOUT SOME TRAGEDIES, BUT VERY LITTLE ABOUT OTHERS? 28 DWI DEATHS DAILY, 1700 UNBORN BABIES MURDERED DAILY, 527 MURDERS IN CHICAGO SO FAR THIS YEAR

TF GHOSTS OF WENDY DAVIS'S FETUS, SAM KINISON, AND MICHAEL HILLARD

Anonymous said...

I say "Oh, Skeet! Skeet!"

Umm, you might want to research that phrase. I would run, too.

Anonymous said...

"I say "Oh, Skeet! Skeet!" She moves every time. ("From the window -- to the wall!")" Clearly you do not know what that song is about.

Anonymous said...

Hillary Clinton the failed Presidental Candidate immediately called for gun control. She would like everyone to immediately turn in all of their weapons and then curtail the sale of guns. Doing so would ensure that only criminal have access to weapons and they will be easily identifiable for the police. We will all be safer because we won't esperience any accidential shootings. I am heading to the courthouse to turn in my slingshot. Join we.

Anonymous said...

Get a mac...

Triple Fake... said...

From the WCM Update on Bridgeport annexation of land: "The meeting is open to landowners in the current annexation plan, landowners outside the current annexation plan and people interested with the group’s efforts."
So, will you have to show a copy of your deed, or fill out a questionnaire to prove your intentions? Cuz otherwise, it's open to the public.

"If you have a debit card, why do you need paper money?"
because your babysitter, yard guy and drug dealer don't accept plastic

Anonymous said...

"I'll find it later, but the largest mass shootings in U.S. history have all occurred in the last 15 to 20 years."

I'm not sure that's correct.

DF Cochese

"Twitter will slow my Chrome browser down to a snail's pace sometimes. Anyone have any suggestions?"

Stay off Twitter.

"I actually started crying last night when I saw the photo below. I told Mrs. LL, "She looks like you.""

I get your point, but that picture is misleading. The shooting is evidently over by this point, judging by the people just standing around back there. Still--good photo. Should have cropped it closer.


Rage

Anonymous said...

Jason Garrett is not a robot. But, you'd have to be around him at Cowboys practices, etc. and in other, non game-day focused situations or guarded, scripted media interactions to realize that.

Anonymous said...

The number of guns one owns has nothing to do with their mental stability. I know, and have known, several people who have 50+ guns because they like to collect shoot them as a hobby. These are all fine folks. Teachers, Scout leaders, regular I.T. folks, etc... all across the spectrum. On the flip side, I know more certifiably insane folks that own no guns.

I would wager that many of the folks you encounter on a daily basis are either carrying... or have a few in the closet or safe at home.

Anonymous said...

Question; What do you call it when 59 people are murdered in America in one day?

Answer; A slow day at Planned Parenthood.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

2 - 1 - 3 - 4

Anonymous said...

Japan's murder rate:

Limitations on firearms ownership is a factor, but more important is Japan's basically mono-racial society/culture, and high in group trust. They don't have a mass of underclass ethnic competitors.

Trust and diversity:
http://archive.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2007/08/05/the_downside_of_diversity/

Anonymous said...

I thought that Geeding visited you in the hospital after your stroke.

Anonymous said...

Some of you people have genuine issues...

"Cars kill people everyday. Let's ban them." is an illogical argument and is overused as a comparison.
We have laws restricting who and how you can operate a car. We have speed limits. We have seat belt laws. We have to get our vehicles inspected to make sure they are safe.
With a gun, you have to be over 18 and in some circumstances, you have to a background check. That's it.

I know the other retort is, " its my 2nd amendment right". Before the Supreme Court was bought by the Heritage Foundation, the 2nd Amendment was interpreted to be used in its entirety - protecting the gun rights of the militia.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". It wasn't until 2008 that the Supreme Court interpreted that to mean ALL citizens. These amateur constitutional "experts" do not realize the intent in which the 2nd amendment was written nor do they realize that the 2md Amendment, like the 1st Amendment, is not absolute. There can be restrictions on both (cannot scream "fire" in a crowd movie theater). But there is not a politician in office with the balls to submit and support gun control legislation meanwhile our 1st Amendment rights are under attack daily (i.e. kneeling at a football game to protest black brothers/sisters that turn up dead while in police custody). There needs to be a serious and honest debate about why we have this kind of gun violence in America.

Stay Hard Tom Petty.

DFW GODFATHER

Anonymous said...

If that shooter was brown and wearing a towel on his head, you people would be losing your minds right about now...

Anonymous said...

All A cups. Very bad RTG day

Anonymous said...

10:02--I agree with the diversity issue. Completely. America's peculiar history means that there is a TON of baggage that comes with our diversity.

BUT

One white guy shooting up a crowd of other white people is not a diversity issue.

One white guy shooting up an elementary school is not a diversity issue.

And removing their guns from them may not end their anger/mental illness, but at best they can just internalize it into weird pervy things like the Japanese do, or at worst, they go on a stabbing spree and just get a couple people (instead of shooting hundreds) before the crowd takes them down.

Actually, I take that back. The worst that can happen is if we let them have dozens of automatic weapons and do nothing to stop them, because "that's the price of freedom", as Republicans say.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Serious question: I see a lot of people using ATMs. If you have a debit card, why do you need paper money?

Bookies don't take debit cards

Anonymous said...

@10:12
WHO HERE ARGUED FOR BANNING CARS? I WAS JUST CURIOUS WHY ANYONE NEEDS A CAR THAT GOES FASTER THAN 85 MPH. AS YOU STATED, THERE ARE LAWS AGAINST EXCESSIVE SPEED. SHOULD WE ONLY ALLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO HAVE FAST CARS?

TF TOM SLICK

Anonymous said...

America Is A Gun

England is a cup of tea.
France, a wheel of ripened brie.
Greece, a short, squat olive tree.
America is a gun.

Brazil is football on the sand.
Argentina, Maradona's hand.
Germany, an oompah band.
America is a gun.

Holland is a wooden shoe.
Hungary, a goulash stew.
Australia, a kangaroo.
America is a gun.

Japan is a thermal spring.
Scotland is a highland fling.
Oh, better to be anything
than America as a gun.

Anonymous said...

You can't legislate EVIL out of our society! An evil-doer, no matter the color or his/her skin or their background will do evil things. Gun, knife, bomb, airplane, automobile....name your weapon. Passing more laws that make EVIL illegal obviously doesn't help. Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens (you know, the folks who actually obey the law)will not help. If you set out to do evil things, you will find a way, legal or otherwise.

wordkyle said...

"Second Amendment only applies to militia" argument is old and busted around here. The "only since 2008" is a new twist, but just as busted.

It's been pointed out that as far as "intent" goes, the Founders based the majority of the Constitution on English law, including the English Bill of Rights, which specifically refers to the individual's right to bear arms for self-protection, without any mention of a "militia."

Read this discussion from four and a half years ago then get back to the rest of the class.

Anonymous said...

10:12 what if he was a white nationalist?

Anonymous said...

Why don't people like rage get upset over black on black gun crime every weekend in Chicago?

Anonymous said...

10:16 - There is ammonium nitrate fertilizer and lots of other ways that we don’t even know about.

Anonymous said...

Why do I need cash?

Hookers and blow, buddy.

Anonymous said...

10:36 - The United States Military is the greatest force for good in this world.

Anonymous said...

10:39 - That dude gets $100 per post from Soros.

Anonymous said...

Spanish Jackass, please tell other ways you need cash. Inquiring minds want to know!

Anonymous said...

10:49 - Because they have other motivations.

Anonymous said...

The real fear of gun control is give an inch take a mile, and that is wrong.

We don't let the mentally challenged drive vehicles and it's a family duty to step in and say 'you know Dad it's time we start driving you around now'. The same logic should apply to guns.

Can we stop what happened in vegas? No. Can we as responsible family/friends and via sensible regulations do a better job of preserving the rights of responsible citizens like me who wish to own guns? Absolutely.

The NRA is leading the take no inch fear based campaign and as I write this they are lobbying for more deregulation. I have zero fear of the USA ever taking guns from its citizens and hence no need or respect for the NRA agenda. Wake up fellow Punishers the real enemy of 2A is not regulation.

DF (:=

Anonymous said...

rage 10:16
The diversity comment was in response to Barry's Japan comment.

10:50
I made millions in the dot-com bubble.
I spent most of it on drugs, fast cars, and hookers.
The rest, I just wasted.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

If it weren't for that pesky 2nd amendment, I know, right? Also, cars are a privilege. The government cannot force one to register a vehicle or even have a license to operate one so long as they do so on private grounds.

Now, all that said, I think if people would stop listening to the NRA and CNN, they'd realize most (like 99%) of gun owners are pretty reasonable people. I'd be the first to back gun control legislation that respects our constitutionally guaranteed rights and could actually make us safer. My problem is I've yet to see any legislation proposed that is actually enforceable and would actually have a chance of working. Feel good bans are just that. Hell, Connecticut turned 50,000 citizens into felons overnight because nobody surrendered their rifles after Sandy Hook. The same Connecticut that went to Hillary by 14.6 points.

I've also got a pretty big problem with politicians telling me I shouldn't be able to own a weapon when they have armed security details that deliver them back home to their gated communities. I'll be damned if I'll ever admit their life matters more than mine or my family's. They can shove that attitude right up their ass.

Lastly, save me the Australia, Japan, or U.K. examples. Those are homogenized island nations with populations 1/10th the size of ours, not to mention the 300m+ guns currently in circulation here. I'm afraid the genie is out of the bottle when it comes to guns here, as sad as that may be.

Anonymous said...

"It's been pointed out that as far as "intent" goes, the Founders based the majority of the Constitution on English law, including the English Bill of Rights, which specifically refers to the individual's right to bear arms for self-protection, without any mention of a "militia.""

Little lesson in statutory construction for the rest of the class: When words are used that limit past concepts, those words are to be given effect and the limitation applied. For instance, when common law referred to "all people", but a specific law limits it to "militia", then the limitation applies and the intent is clear--to limit it. So if the "majority" of the Constitution had one meaning, but a specific Amendment contains words that, if given effect (and why else would they be there, if not to be given effect), diverge from the general principles to which the "rest of" the document refers, only someone as dishonest as Wordkyle would ignore its implications to the specific provision to which it applies.

It was the great "Constitutional Originalist", Scalia, whose judicial activism helped do away with the limitations and created the 2nd Amendment as an individual right, when the founding fathers clearly intended to limit it to a militia. Because despite his boisterous claims to the contrary, and despite the ignorance of people like Wordkyle, Scalia was a judicial activist.

Thus endeth the lesson.

"Why don't people like rage get upset over black on black gun crime every weekend in Chicago?"

What makes you think I'm not?

Rage

Anonymous said...

10:12 - Towel Head? He?

Anonymous said...

Boys cry in the face of evil. Men cry when they see acts of kindness and courage.

harveyLee said...

Hey Anon 10:15. Is your fixation because you were weaned early and potty trained late, like LL?

Anonymous said...

Concession stands at HS football games: most do not take debit cards. Or admission into said games.

Anonymous said...

I'm a builder. Cash works best for bribing inspectors and paying wet backs under the table to avoid taxes and insurance. God I love this country

Anonymous said...

"What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground? How can you run when you know?"

Anonymous said...

Stop using Tom Petty ammo, and get some Ted Nugent ammo.

Anonymous said...

If douchebaggery was measured in money, WordKyle would be Warren Buffet.
Cocky, arrogant, and absolutely full of himself and bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Rage had a different anti 2nd amendment argument a few years ago. It’s probably not the same people today behind the “Rage” moniker, but their motivation and goal is the same.

Anonymous said...

rage 10:16
The diversity comment was in response to Barry's Japan comment.

I understand that. Barry said "no guns = fewer deaths, just look at Japan". In response, you said "that's because they aren't as diverse as us, and therefore have less baggage that leads to murders."

And I get that. I was just pointing out that while that may apply to some situations (Chicago, for example), it does not explain the majority of our mass shootings--which are very often white-on-white crimes.

So.


"U.K. examples. Those are homogenized island nations with populations 1/10th the size of ours, not to mention the 300m+ guns currently in circulation here. I'm afraid the genie is out of the bottle when it comes to guns here, as sad as that may be."

I think the UK is a great example. People have quickly forgotten how violent Ireland was just up until the 80's--in part because disarmament has worked.




Rage

SpanishWarDonkey said...

I can't name any others that would pertain to you. Those I didn't mention are reserved for people of means and manners.

Craig Moore said...

You and the BON guy should schedule a meeting since you have never met. I would like to see the analytics of folks like me linking from your site to his and vice versa on a screen in the meeting room ....Make it an event for all your readers with a party and I will bet you a lot of us would attend. The meet would be better if once the crowd is seated yall enter on opposite sides of room/stage so we all experience the reaction.

Yall could talk for like an hour about why you started the blogs,where you find your info and what keeps you going...and hell if religion and politics between you get going then we will have a blast.....Give it some thought, yall are more popular than you resalise.

Bring the press!



Anonymous said...

10:16

Gun crime in the US is overwhelmingly a diversity issue. Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, E. St. Louis have firearm deaths every holiday weekend.

We don't have the full story yet. He targeted a group that he could reasonably expect would be 70-90% Trump supporters and mostly white. The Dems go-to response of more fascistic control of the law abiding and not letting a crisis go to waste isn't unexpected.

I would think the worst that would happen in the absence of firearms would be them rigging up a fuel air explosive in a crowded area.

Anonymous said...

STFU

Anonymous said...

Democratic politicians for years have been talking about confiscation. They have also been talking about regulation to the point ownership was nearly impossible. Many have been very open about there intentions to make guns illegal. Get your head out of the sand.

Anonymous said...

Because you only get mad, post about white shootings dumbass.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

A brown skin beauty on the RTG pic... About time... I loves me some brown sugar e'ry now and then

wordkyle said...

Obviously you're not a golfer.

Sorry you disagree with my points. Even more sorry you seem to take it so personally.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle...obviously, youre a douchebag

Anonymous said...

2:21

Is that really you or is it the...."Ghost Writer"?

Don't you have a manuscript about big fish you need to finish?

Anonymous said...

Cash needed for strip clubs. No accessible slot on the stripper to swipe the debit card for tips. Hey, hey.

DF A Fiver

Anonymous said...

Guns have become the new porn of the New Millennia. The more you get, the more you want. The more you want, the more you get. And EVERYBODY secretly wants it. 38s,44s, sawed-offs, full autos, Colts, Glocks, etc.

DF The NRA

Anonymous said...

12:45-----

"majority of our mass shootings--which are very often white-on-white crimes."

That's you making a spurious argument that assumes I'm stupid. I'm not. So...let's do some math, moron. Add up all the deaths from those majority white shooters. Then add up all the violent gun deaths in Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Oakland, etc, etc, ad nauseum, day in, day out. (Getting dead from being shot one at a time is the same kind of dead as being dead from a "mass shooting" BTW.) Then tell me which number should be addressed as the more egregious violence facing America.

Being bad at math is a distinct disadvantage when you purport to solve problems.

Anonymous said...

"Rage had a different anti 2nd amendment argument a few years ago."

Show me.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I don't give a crap about black violence in inner cities. That's felons shooting other felons with an occasional bit of collateral damage to future felons or the irresponsible breeding sows of said felons. These mass shootings of innocent white people are harder to internalize.

Rage

Anonymous said...

RE: cash

The Indians at Winstar prefer wampum. If you want to get it there, the ATM fee is $6.95 and there is a charge to cash personal checks.

Throwing your debit card into the pot in the poker room will make you look like an idiot get you laughed out of the room.

"FLOOR!!!!"

Anonymous said...

Why do you need cash?
Because Joe T's only takes cash!!

Anonymous said...

10:12
Don't jump the gun son...ISIS claims he's a crypto-towel head.

Anonymous said...


Dude--I said MASS shootings were mostly white guys. You then proceeded to want to add up every single one-at-a-time drug deal gone wrong in every urban area.

Gun deaths as a whole account for over 30,000 deaths a year. Mass shootings are not the largest part of that. I never said they were. Nor did I say that one was worse than the other.


"That's you making a spurious argument that assumes I'm stupid. I'm not."

All evidence to the contrary there, sport.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Let's have a head count for the people on here that believe Trump is Fascist?
Post up.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

I have been impressed with the honesty and integrity of ALL State Troopers! The cream of the crop!

wordkyle said...

I'll just refer interested readers to the link I cited earlier. That discussion covered a lot of points, including the problems faced by those who claim that the Second Amendment -- and only the Second Amendment -- gives rights to "militia" while every other amendment refers to rights as belonging to "the people." (As does the language of the Second, yet another problem for those folks.)

Anonymous said...

Not one single law in place could have prevented this or any shooting. If you ban guns, they can be obtained illegally. If no guns were available, he'd do like the terrorists in Europe by driving a large vehicle through that crowd killing and maiming. I get so tired of these things happening and then the rhetoric is exactly the same thereafter.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, she hot, fu'real, but the latina to left of her has my vote, fu'real.

Anonymous said...

A true contractor thinks with his hear and not his wallet. Remember what happened to the contractor who roofed Dominic "babyface" Bambino's house? Cash isn't always the answer.

Anonymous said...

Video tour of the room where the shooter attacked from .....

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/the-strip/video-shows-mandalay-bay-room-where-shooter-fired-at-las-vegas-festival/

Anonymous said...

“Rage” I doubt I would be able to find your group’s comment from late 2013. It was an addition to the argument that the 2nd amendment only applies to militias. Back then, you “people” were testing an argument that referenced some documents outside of the constitution. It didn’t get traction and your group moved on.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

On an island nation where guns weren't ingrained in their culture. In the scheme of things, we're not even 100 years removed from a lot of Americans acrually needing guns for survival.

Forget that the U.K. ban confisacated a whopping 200,000 guns in a 15 year period. Hell, we've got 2x as many NFA items in Texas alone. Let's say for a moment we ban everything here in the US; how do you propose, from a logistical standpoint, the government would go about that?

Again, I'm all for gun control that we think will work. I'll be the first to back that legislation when it happens because it'll be the first time. GC as it stands now is death by 1000 cuts, and Bloomberg and Brady make no qualms about that being their endgame.

Anonymous said...

I like to have cash for fast food, gas and any places I don't trust with my bank or credit cards. But I bank at Wells Fargo with the teller or their ATM...I never go a night.

Denney Crane said...

I don't know what you consider "mass shootings", but I think there were several large ones when American Indians were killed in scores.

Anonymous said...

Very good point Mr. Crane.