The Campaign For DA

12.22.2017

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Odd: Papa John's came to Jerry Jones' defense during his recent battle with the Commissioner and this morning we have learned the head of Papa John's has stepped down. No reason given.
  • Rockdale won a state championship yesterday and I think their head coach used to coach at Jacksboro. (Side note: I can never hear "Rockdale" without thinking of that old R.E.M. song.)
  • TxDOT has been "treating roads" for possible winter weather next week. Anyone else think this is the biggest waste of money there is? And does anyone think that "treatment" a week in advance would work?
  • Dick Enberg, a legendary sportscaster, has died. And he is who I stole my often repeated phrase of  "Oh, my!" from. I grew up watching him as a kid, and it is buried in my brain. 
  • U.N. members passed a resolution 128-9 rebuking Trump's decision to  recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. I've said before I really don't understand all of this. However, doesn't it make you think something is very amiss when the world is against you? Allies including Britain, France, Germany and Japan are part of that 128. 
  • Highland Park will play for a State Championship (Jerry Jones' grandson is the QB and very, very good). But let's take a look at the diversity from years gone by. (Honestly, I don't know the date of this photo. I'll update.) Edit: Good lord, I didn't see it in the corner. That is this year's team.
  • The Seattle Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not following "concussion protocol" for QB Russell Wilson during a game in November. I'm sure Wilson's CTE brain appreciates that. 
  • The New York Times did a story on how Trump is often compared to P.T. Barnum, the ultimate huckster and propaganda man from circus fame, and found this quote from January 2016: 
  • I watched some of the "live" version of a A Christmas Story on NBC that aired on Sunday. It was horrible. It was so slickly produced that I turned to Mrs. LL and said, "This doesn't even look 'live'." I'm not alone as professional TV critics agreed: "No one watching would’ve known this was a live production if not for the periodic cheers from an invisible audience and the occasional blown line."
  • Football fans: If you want to go down a rabbit trail, Google the "touch the pylon with the ball and you score" rule, and then look at where they put the pylons. In bounds? Out of bounds? And then think about the number of ways a guy could hit the pylon with the ball. 
  • A fire alarm went off at Love Field this morning. Merry Christmas travelers!

  • I don't understand Bitcoin but I've expressed my concerns about it. Last weekend, its value went to $20,000 per coin. It is now at $13,000. That seems like a very stable investment. 
  • Ted Cruz turns 47 today. Only 47? You kidding me? At least he will "serve" long enough to eventually get kicked out of office once the voting demographics change. 

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't go back to Rockville. But I see the trigger for you memory. And God bless Trump for naming Jerusalem as the capital. Israel is our only true friend in the middle east. Netanyahu supports the decision. The world still by and large hates Jews. It's hard to believe so many Jews vote for Democrats.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip about Highland Park's football team being all white. I had no idea and I'm sure other people are as shocked as I am to find out. It's that kind of breaking news that keeps me coming back here every single day.

The Christmas Story live performance was on Fox, not NBC. I only had to look at the address of the link you posted to figure that.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

The pre-treatment stays on the road for quite a while, so long as it isn't washed away by heavy rain. You can see the lines roughly 18" apart across the entire width of a lane.

It's best to start early in the north Texas area. They don't have a lot of winter weather equipment, so waiting until "we're 100% sure it's coming" is just asking for trouble. Doesn't make sense to purchase millions of dollars of equipment that will be utilized once every 3-5 years. Better to have it and not need it type of thing.

Lastly, in the scheme of the budget, it's a drop in the bucket. And I can promise you anyone that has lost a loved one due to winter weather would tell you there's no price too high.

Cryptocurrency is fun. It's basically just gambling but you've got 50/50 odds, maybe better. 30-50% swings aren't unheard of. I just tell myself that money is spent and forget about it.

Yeah, HP is full of white kids (shocker). But really, the fact they're even competing at that level with that lack of diversity is a testament to how good those kids are.

The UN thing is just a formality, really. No country in it will ever surrender its sovereignty, so the organization itself is a lot of showmanship. Yesterday was really just them publically saying "we don't agree with the United States' position on Jerusalem."

Anonymous said...

It’s satisfying confirming how simplistic Barry’s thought is every morning. He is an amazing example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Anonymous said...

Obama stopped a DEA investigation into Hezbollah which the largest crime syndicate on Earth so that it would not interfere with his Iranian deal that gave the mullahs billions in cash and will allow them to develop nuclear weapons.

wordkyle said...
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wordkyle said...

Perhaps traditional allies such as the UK and France voted against the United States in the UN because Jews in their countries don't riot, kill people, and blow stuff up. Being anti-Israel is a safe bet in this day and age, while expressing anything critical of Muslims will get you killed. Violence works.

Anonymous said...

RTG's: Kneeling women? More than once this week. Wow BG, you have taken your objectifying women to a new level. How come your goofy Democrat buddies haven't kicked you out of the club?

Oh wait, the Democrat mantra: Do as I say, not as I do!

Anonymous said...

It's not just touching the pylon. The ball must cross the plane. If the ball is inside the pylon or touches the inside portion of the pylon, the ball has crossed the plane. If the ref calls touchdown, it is automatically reviewed. If the replay shows the ball touched the outside of the pylon but did not break the plane, it will be overruled.

Anonymous said...

Ted Cruz is a joke. Not even Republicans like him. At least at first, Cruz claimed to be too principled to back Trump and huffed and puffed about it. Then Cruz phone banks for Trump. According to 538, Cruz votes with Trump 92% of the time. Cruz is spineless and even Republicans know it

Anonymous said...

9:35 - Cruz recognized that he was wrong about Trump. We’re in an age of miracles that fools like can’t see.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered Janelle Brandom on WFAA!!!!!!!!!!
Need I say more?????

Anonymous said...

However, doesn't it make you think something is very amiss when the world is against you?

The Bush/Cheney administration didn't slow their rush to invade Iraq when most of the world opposed them. Old Europe among others didn't know what they were talking about concerning weapons of mass destruction according to war mongers Bush/Cheney.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bu...

The Highland Park team photo is from this season.

In the bottom left corner, you'll see the score from their opening game this season against Rockwall, which they lost 53 to 49, their only loss this season to date.

You can also see Stevie Jr. in the front row wearing number 9.

Double Fake LL Crank Research Staff

Anonymous said...

So why is it wrong to recognize the city a nation calls its capital as its capital?
As for the sackless mass of the U.N., look at some of the aid dollars going to our friends in Europe (look under Department of Energy).
Not recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel basically says a sovereign state cannot decide things for themselves. It falls right in the same category as giving China a pass on carbon reduction because they're not developed while we choke our own manufacturing economy and raise utility prices on everyone to kiss Europe's butt.

Anonymous said...

People like Barry despise Israel just for existing.

RatherBeSailing said...

The HP team is good also because of their coaching. Look at the size of that staff. Their head coach, Randy Allen, has been there a long time and is excellent or he would have been gone long ago.i watched him play at Cooper High in Abilene in the sixties.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Move the UN to Mexico.

Anonymous said...

10:54 - Move the UN to Costa Rica.

Anonymous said...

Hey AT&T Trumpers from yesterday: they're laying 300 people off in the FEW area. What a great tax plan for companies!

Anonymous said...

TxDOT has been "treating roads" for possible winter weather next week. Anyone else think this is the biggest waste of money there is? And does anyone think that "treatment" a week in advance would work?

1) it's a waste until that first sleet pellet hits before you head out the back door to go home, then it's "I'm glad those guys thought ahead".

2) Any one who understands Solution Colligative Property chemistry knows it really doesn't matter much if it's a liquid that dries (the sprayed precoat) or a solid broadcast (salt or ammonium nitrate) when the ice hits the warm surface & starts to form a solution, the freezing point of the solution is lower than that of pure water. Yea, I KNOW pretreating works, assuming it doesn't get washed away w/ rain.

DF Svante Arrhenius

Anonymous said...

Hey 11:30, they are being laid off because people are cutting their cable, not because of the tax cuts. You're welcome!!!

Anonymous said...

And as 11:30 has probably already surmised, I'll bet the sum of the salaries of the 300 layed off employees is between 25% &50% of the announce $1K bonus/employee. Couple that with the trumpite tax break and salt of the earth, pillar of the community ATT comes up w/ a net profit for management to share. And this is how the Republican economy operates. Enjoy your season of Good Cheer, you poor unemployed Trumpites!

DF Donnie Trump, Savior of Corpoate America

Anonymous said...

11:30 hates her father.

Anonymous said...

200+ U.S. Sailors aboard the Liberty might disagree with you, 8:48

Anonymous said...

I just looked at my 2016 tax return and plugged in the new numbers from the new tax bill. I am not rich, live in a 1300 sq.ft. house and drive a 12 year old pickup but I will have an additional $1,000 to spend and pump into the economy. Since Wells Fargo made $15 per hour their minimum wage when the tax bill passed, I will be moving my bank account over there.

Anonymous said...

The history of Jerusalem is amazing. If there was ever a truly international city, it is it. The sole reason for Israel's claim to it is the fact they captured a significant portion of it they didn't control by force of arms during the 1967 Six-Day War. Prior to 1967, it was partitioned city. I always thought that the idea that author Tom Clancy incorporated into one of his Jack Ryan books was genius when it came to solving the Jerusalem problem. All parties (Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians, etc) would give up their territorial claims to the physical land of Jerusalem. It would then be turned into an international city governed by a three person board of a Christian priest, a Jewish rabbi, and a Muslim imam. They would administer city services and act as a trial court for criminal offenders, assessing punishment. The police force would be a hired body of Swiss Guards, thus keeping the U. S. and other nations out. This would eliminate cries of favoritism or bias, since the Swiss had no role in prior frictions. Plus the Swiss Guards are a crack paramilitary organization who can handle themselves. A really far out there solution, but very interesting. And if a country in the area, such as Israel, still wanted to place their capital in Jerusalem, they still could. They just would not own the land under their capital building.

DF Student of History

Anonymous said...

Wow, had almost forgotten the three girls disappearing from Seminary South back in the 1970s. Very sad and very creepy story. Surprised nothing solid has turned up over the years.

DF Cold Case

Anonymous said...

Biff and Trump? Yea, I can see that commonality.

DF It's All Hollywood

Anonymous said...

11:30
Forgot to mention anything?
Those employees being offered to be relocated to San Antone or Missouri on Att's dime.
The truth IS out there......

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

12:01 is a typical conspiracy theorist who can’t answer the question of “why?”

Anonymous said...

11:46 DF Svante Arrhenius is the winner of the Liberally Lean Comment of the Day for incorporating Solution Colligative Property into his posting. Good job and how did you accidentally land on this blog site? Not our usual level of comment.

DF Liberally Lean Research Staff on Crack

Anonymous said...

Take that USS Liberty nonsense elsewhere jackass.

Anonymous said...

How very astute of you to go back a whole 50 Year’s worth of history to make your historical claims. That’s not lazy at all.

Anonymous said...

RE: AT&T

I've been contracting with AT&T the last 7 years.

They had huge layoffs in late 2015 when they were buying DirectTV and again this year while trying to conserve funds to buy Time Warner.

Overtime for contractors has been off-limits for over a year. My team went from 20+/- projects per release to 3+/- as AT&T execs were forced to cut IT spending to save funds.

Contractors were forced to take "furlough days" which are basically unpaid vacation days, in order for payroll to make their numbers.
This has been happening since early 2015.

Third party vendors that supply contractors had their rates cut as AT&T came up with a "preferred vendor list", meaning a list of vendors willing to cut their hour rate to keep AT&T as a customer. A few refused, and no longer have contractors or very view contractors working at AT&T. Accenture would be one example.

How do I know this? I and several other folks with our contracting firm replaced a team of Accenture contractors this summer because our company's hourly rate was roughly $40/hour less than Accenture.

And the party mentioning 300 in the DFW(sp) area, I can tell you nation wide, between contractors and employees being squeezed into early retirements, the number is in the 10's of thousands.

But, somehow, AT&T managed to find $100 million to refurbish and relight the main building in downtown Dallas.

I hope you enjoyed the new lights that were unveiled Thursday night. Many people lost their jobs this year to make the building look all purty at night.

Anonymous said...

two oh 4, go ahead and explain "why" for all of us.

Anonymous said...

1:08 - There is now “why.” That’s the point dummy.

Anonymous said...

What are the chances of Decatur getting the muenster or rockdale coach and get rid of our no defense playing coach?

Anonymous said...

there is "now" why 915? Hahahhahahaha!
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the coach and his entorage.

Anonymous said...

Better watch out... I had wells Fargo for 15 years. They ended up buying some of my bad debt, then (short version) exercised a "legal recovery setoff" to drain all 3 of my accounts (+/- 7k) overnight... left me penniless other than my rainy day fund...