The Campaign For DA

11.08.2017

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • It was a Republican blood bath last night in Virginia with the Dems taking the top three state positions and the New Jersey governorship going back to the Democrats as well. Regarding losing the governor's race in Virginia, Trump was not pleased as he Tweeted from South Korea: 
  • It is amazing he lost because Trump said earlier in the day Gillespie could make crime "be gone."
  • The funniest race was for the Virginia legislature. She beat "a 13-term incumbent who called himself Virginia’s 'chief homophobe' and earlier this year introduced a 'bathroom bill' that died in committee." That is the definition of being "owned." 
  • It's going to be a beautiful day today. Get outside and enjoy it!
  • The new tax plan eliminates the deduction for teachers who buy their own school supplies. 
  • I'm confused:
  • "Hillwood Communities, a division of Ross Perot Jr.'s Hillwood, has closed on its largest residential development yet — a 1,157-acre tract near Interstate 35W and FM 407 in Northlake that will bring more than 3,000 homes to North Texas."  The traffic going into Fort Worth on I-35, morning or evening, is already insane. It just got ramped up. 
  • I'm the worst businessman in history, and I always shake my head on how they can pull the trigger on deals like that. But if the price is right on the land, that's really all they need. They'll contract out the home building and won't have any risk. And if there is a real estate crash, they'll just wait it out. It's just shifting money from a cash account to a land account. (And it's probably just a low interest loan and not even their cash. If you were a bank, would you lend to Hillwood and take a lien on that property if the Perots' say, "This will work"? Oh, yes, yes, yes.)
  • Funny line from a Defendant, who might be a little unstable, up at the Wise County Courthouse (not my client) to a court administrator: "Why do I have to pay court costs? I didn't bring the charges! The State brought the charges!" Strangely, he has a point. 
  • How can you tell these days?:
  • Someone broke into home last night and was shot and killed by the owner. You might hear some discussion about the Castle Doctrine. You can ignore it. If someone breaks into your home and you kill them, no Texas jury will ever convict you. 



41 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Hillwood transaction is essentially land investment for now. As a developer, they won't start development activity (grading, water, sewer, storm, paving) until they've already contracted to builders for the lots they construct. The risk is the builders walking the lot contracts once the lots are constructed (losing some earnest money), but in today's DFW real estate market, another builder will immediately take the place of any departing one.

With phased development activity, Hillwood is only at risk for the phase they construct, so the 3500 homes gets broken down into 300 lot phases.

As long as the interest carry on the land doesn't kill them, Hillwood is good to go in this market and through a down cycle or two.

Anonymous said...

More farms gone. More cookie cutter housing.

Anonymous said...

THIS BLOG WAS MY SOURCE FOR INFO REGARDING THE EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS AND STOCK MARKET. CAN WE GET AN UPDATE?... HOW DOES A LITTLE CHURCH IN TEXAS HAVE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF A HORRIBLE CRIME, BUT MANDALAY BAY IN VEGAS HAS NONE OF PADDOCK CARRYING TWENTY-THREE RIFLES TO THE THIRTY-SECOND FLOOR?.. BTW, DO YOU KNOW ANY GOOD LAWYERS? I MIGHT NEED ONE.

TF MICHAEL AREGA

Anonymous said...

Really figured you would have a bullet point on the UCLA kids getting arrested in China.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

"I'm confused:"

Don't weenies think of Fox News as fake news?

Anonymous said...

Blood bath is a bit extreme Mr. Barry Maddow. Neither of those states are solid red. I think your former partner saw that his political career would never get off the ground if he remained linked to you. Good call.

Anonymous said...

It might have won, but it's no she.

Anonymous said...

Amen 9:27. Frisco used to be some of the greatest blackland cotton and milo country you ever saw. Rich dark fertile farmland growing a bounty of crops. Now it's asphalt and concrete, growing nothing but Ikea and Jerry's Star complex. I'm not sure that is better.

DF Old Farm Boy

Anonymous said...

Texas should have jumped on the marijuana bandwagon like Oregon. You may not agree with pot, but growing fields are better than concrete and 7-11’s

Anonymous said...

Court Costs are actually adult day care costs. You act like a child and commit crime, that is the reason you are there so you get to pay the rest of us to have to deal with your ass.

Anonymous said...

I've got a bet for all the liberal weenies. You can have more gun control laws, closing the loophole on gun show purchases and digital data bases if you outlaw abortions. In a years time which ever one saves the most lives gets to keep that law on the books. Deal?

Anonymous said...

Damn Skippy, you would have thought your team won the Super Bowl last nite. Take a deep breath, it was just governors races.

RatherBSailing said...

Is it possible that we will eventually pave over all of the farmland and have to buy food from third world countries that hate us?

Anonymous said...

"I'm confused"

So. What's new?

Anonymous said...

10:58 for the win.

Anonymous said...

"The new tax plan eliminates the deduction for teachers who buy their own school supplies."

What's wrong with that? I don't get a tax deduction when I buy supplies for my job either. It's not a requirement for the job. It's just something a nice person does sometime.

Anonymous said...

"If someone breaks into your home and you kill them, no Texas jury will ever convict you. "

Nice slam on Texas Barry. Truth be known, that is the case for most of the states, not just Texas.

Anonymous said...

9:27

I agree with more farms gone, but, 'cookie cutter homes' ? No way this is the case because of where this development is.

Anonymous said...

@10:58 have you driven through the vast swaths of farmland in the Midwest and southeast? There's plenty.

Anonymous said...

11:08 - Just something nice you do? Obviously you don't have any elementary school teachers in your family. If you did, you would hear the stories year after year of kids coming to class without the basic supplies. Even kids from well off families, but especially the impoverished kids. School doesn't have enough to outfit every kid (football - yes, but that's another discussion) with basic supplies, it seems. So the teacher steps up so that class can go forward. Yea, it's not just to be "nice".

DF Old Educator

Anonymous said...

I had an old-timer tell me once there was a sign on the outskirts of Greenville, Tx once that said:

Greenville, Texas - Home of the Blackest Land and Whitest People. Welcome!

Is that true or just an old canard? I'm not sure I trust the Google.

Df Seeking Truth

Anonymous said...

Beautiful day? Enjoy it outside? Trolling, Barry, trolling.

Df Enjoys a Good Snarky Joke

Anonymous said...

Cookie cutter homes indeed. 350k and up , but cookie cutter nonetheless. Just a different package of brick or Austin stone. Harvest, Canyon Falls, etc

Anonymous said...

Did you see the picture of Hope Hicks in her tuxedo at the diplomatic party during Trump's tour through Asia? Nice looking! Melania can't be happy that Mrs. Donald Trump Version 4.0 is getting better press than the current FLOTUS.

Df Women's Wear Daily

Anonymous said...

8:54, except there are already houses on the land, so development has started. Combined with Harvest, 407 is going to be horrible.
Virginia was supposed to be a lot closer, hence the bloodbath comment. It really was a bloodbath for Trumpers and the Republican party.

Anonymous said...

Roem ran a smart race to beat Marshall by focusing on issues that matter in Northern Virginia like traffic. She ignored his attempts to bait her through mispronouning her throughout the campaign. Marshall also refused to debate her which always seems Chickensh*t.

Anonymous said...

"Clinton will also be adding her book “What Happened” to the Teen Vogue reading list. Clinton’s book tries to examine how she lost the election, blaming her stunning loss to President Donald Trump on misogyny, former FBI Director James Comey, racism and sexism.

Teen Vogue once printed a “how to guide” teaching teenagers the best way to have anal sex. Complete with graphics, the article informed teenagers that anal sex is a “perfectly natural way” to have sex."

Having Hillary as a guest editor for this magazine is a great excuse for liberal weenie snowflakes to have your teen daughters add this to their must read propoganda sources.

Anonymous said...

12:38 - Billions of dollars and they maybe work 9 months out of the year.

Anonymous said...

In the current tax law, teachers can only write off $250 of unreimbursed expenses on the front of the return. My teacher clients spend way more than that, but that is the limit for front-page deductions, the rest have some other itemized deduction hurdles that no one ever passes. But, in the name of tax simplification, the deduction should go away, along with many others. The teachers will be better off with a larger standard deduction.

Anonymous said...

12:43, U need to view the old pic from the 50's of Sunset, Texas. That sign got removed later years.

Anonymous said...

Trump = Still Winning

gary tidmore said...

Someone broke into home last night and was shot and killed by the owner. You might hear some discussion about the Castle Doctrine. You can ignore it. If someone breaks into your home and you kill them, no Texas jury will ever convict you.

AS IT SHOULD BE.

Harry Hamid said...

Danica Roem is also the vocalist in a metal band (seriously). Good for her for her win!

RatherBsailing said...

Anon 12:43. Yes the sign was there. I saw it as a youngster. My grandparents lived in Farmersville and I had aunts, uncles and cousins who lived in Greenville. I is true.

wordkyle said...

Regarding the "castle doctrine" and all the associated circumstances, I only recently discovered that the Supreme Court ruled that the police do not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm.

I was shocked to learn this, but it clarified a thought. If the police are under no obligation to protect citizens, then it is up to citizens to protect themselves. Gun ownership, the castle doctrine, self-protection, they're all up to us.

Anonymous said...

Whatever Harry

Anonymous said...

3:07
We should also add a $50,000 tax deduction award to the homeowner for savings to the court system along with a ride in the convertible with the Grand Marshall on the 4th.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

And the sign that was on the overpass coming into Bridgeport was N don't the sun go down on you here ! Was on there there until I was in 5th or 6th grade

Anonymous said...

Trump = still tweeter whining

Anonymous said...

Dang it! We just let the subscription to Teen Vogue lapse. Where's that renewal card?

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