The Campaign For DA

1.30.2018

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Hey you gun guys, you believe this?
  • More sign theft -- this time near Amarillo. (You know, I've never been on I-40 which runs from Amarillo to Oklahoma City. Heck, it actually runs from almost Los Angeles all the way to the coast of South Carolina): 
  • There was the craziest wreck in Saginaw on Sunday morning. Some guy is at an ATM when a guy in big truck comes barreling into the parking lot. Both the driver and the ATM customer were killed. 

  • A few weeks back, I mentioned a Bridgeport couple who had died at a Best Western in Perryton because of carbon monoxide poisoning.  However, there was basically no media coverage of it. Well, the Charlotte Observer, of all papers, did a big story on it a week ago. The couple was Patricia and David Ivie.
  • There are now 36 Republican Congressmen who have announced they will not seek re-election. 
  • In July, the Senate voted to impose sanctions on Russia by a vote of 98-2. The House agreed with a vote of 419-3. Yesterday was the last day for Trump to approve. He didn't. Is there any question that Russia has the goods on Trump. He's a puppet. 
  • Trump gives his State of the Nation Union speech tonight. Let's take a look back at what Nixon said in one of his: 
  • I mentioned yesterday that Texas Monthly was taking heat for essentially receiving $25,000 in social media advertising from Bumble  in exchange for being on the cover. A funny thing has happened. Yesterday I got my issue and, although there is a huge story about Bumble in it, Bumble wasn't on the cover. Below is what it was supposed to look like and what I received. Did they spike the cover at the last minute?

  • The stock market dropped 177 points yesterday. Futures this morning have it dropping 227 points. Uh. Oh. 
  • The Wise County Commissioners approved the courthouse security plan yesterday that I mentioned two weeks ago. Man, funneling everyone into the basement through one metal detector on jury selection days will be maddening. 

80 comments:

Upstairs said...

For the daily something good the Democrats are doing -- Adam Schiff is fighting the good fight to prevent Nunes from deliberately misleading the public with false information, disclosing classified information, and risking our intelligence assets.

Anonymous said...

Hole in board from .408 Cheytac was a keyhole. He was amazingly lucky.
Sonic barrier on that round is somewhere around the 2900 yd mark.
I am sure same kind of odds came into play with the "Andy" in all the texts- "resigning" yesterday suddenly after his boss read the memo the night before.

Not Sam

wordkyle said...

For someone who opines so much on national politics, you sure are avoiding a couple of the biggest stories in DC right now. What's up with that? Some might interpret your silence as meaning you think it's bad news for your side.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Likely aiming for a 4-5' diameter steel gong at that distance. I do believe he hit it. The rifle in the picture likely cost north of $30,000... there's a ton of R&D that goes into something like that. The cartridge and projectile were designed from the ground up to deliver sub MOA (roughly 1" @ 100 yds, 2" @ 200 yds, etc.) at extreme distances (over 1000 yds). If you do the math, 1MOA at the distance he hit is about 53".

Once you've established your projectile can do what you want it to constitently, then its just a matter of accounting for the wind, temperature, air pressure, humidity, the rotation of the earth during the billet flight time, and a little bit of luck.

Anonymous said...

Trump is draining the swamp and you don't like it, that's all. No evidence of Russian collusion. None. Nada. Zip. Zero.

Democrats are liars.

Anonymous said...

This is one of those days where Barry doesn’t understand the news.

Anonymous said...

Even the hyper biased FBI folks thought Russian investigation was a nothing burger, so yes, I have a ton of doubt that they got "the goods" on Trump!!!

Anonymous said...

You still have yet to explain how the State government can “steal” a sign from the State government. People pay you to represent them? No wonder we have such a good win rate here in Wise.

Anonymous said...

The courthouse will be a total cluster phuck from here on out.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like all the Tide Pod chewing has affected the brain into blocking out the #memo!!! You lefties will be washing those pods down with Drano once that puppy drops!!!

Anonymous said...

A fascinating read of our "transactional" president for those of you who think he's a populist champion. I'm not a huge Trump fan, but didn't mind some of the populism thinking it would have limited some of the influence of the swamp - evidently that didn't really work out.

How the Swamp Drained Trump: A year after arriving in Washington promising to hand power back to the people, the president has instead given the city’s insiders precisely what they wanted


https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/swamp-trump/551807/

Anonymous said...

Stock market is simply reacting to an announcement about Amazon, BH and Chase working together to form a new health care company...traditional health care companies are scrambling today.

Anonymous said...

Needed better planning years ago for our courthouse and a sub courthouse for all the county agencies in buildings scattered all over Decatur! The tiny courthouse elevator holds a couple of people or one fat person. Serving on jury duty requires going up several flights of stairs, waiting in line to go to restroom. During the Barnett Shale gas boom, tax revenues were available. Next time I get a jury notice, I'm going to send in my old age pass! Not riding in that creepy elevator!

Anonymous said...

"There are now 36 Republican Congressmen who have announced they will not seek re-election."

That's Great!! Drain the freaking swamp!! You do realize, Barry, that there are a lot of Democrats that are not or will not be running too?


"The stock market dropped 177 points yesterday. Futures this morning have it dropping 227 points. Uh. Oh."

Good ol liberal Barry. The market, as usual, makes a slight correction and it's doomsday. Yet, You never acknowledged the tremendous growth of almost 1000 points in the last 6 months.

Anonymous said...

I used to live in Albuquerque and did that AMA-ABQ stretch more times than I want to remember - not much to it - tie the steering wheel down, put a brick on the gas pedal, and kick back for a nap.

Anonymous said...

From OKC to the west, I-40 is the modern day rewrite of the iconic Route 66. There are many places along the way where the old "Main Street of America" is preserved and you can go back and drive it. Worth a bit of research and maybe a weekend trip.

DF Tod Stiles

Anonymous said...

Troop will brag about how high the stock market is and take credit for it tonight. Also will take credit for low unemployment, while individual debt rises as credit card s are maxed out. Savings are lower, inflation rising while interest rates go up. If income tax cuts are used to pay down credit card debt, consumer spending will slow. Health care stocks responded to Amazon, Warren Buffet, JP Morgan non profit health care for their employees. Sort of a private single payer plan, that can expand to other companies.

Anonymous said...

It would be a good idea for the Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff and the Commissioners to give the public good reasoning for all this change to courthouse security. Maybe some examples of threats made - any information that would let the public know why all this business with the four closed doors. What about visitors to the courthouse from out of town, school groups, etc.....so they gotta go to the basement too? And yes, we know about potential dangerous folks trying to enter. Why can't a guard check folks out with a wand (at the glass doors)?

Personally, this sounds like a horrible idea -making folks go to the basement to enter the Wise County Courthouse. It is dank, scary and plenty ugly down there. Wouldn't be surprising if some folks just turned around and left. Maybe that is part of the idea - let folks see the basement, spread the word and folks won't want to ever come to the courthouse.

Betcha big bucks are ahead for the tax payers to put all of this in place. And if revisions to the elevator are in mind, they will likely run head long into the Texas Historical Commission. These folks have a lot of power.

Have an artist draw up some examples of how this is going to look to the public. Draw the interior of the basement - where the stairs are located and the elevator and what revisions, if any, will be put into place. Provide us with specifics.

If our tax dollars are going into all of this security, we have a right to know how much it will cost.

Anonymous said...

This is one of those days when Barry reveals himself to either be stupid or a liar.

Anonymous said...

No puppet. No puppet.

DF Jake Kemp

Anonymous said...

8:55
ARE YOU JACK REACHER?

TF JOHN KOTT

Anonymous said...

Hey Bu...


I know how hardly anyone points out a mistake or disagrees with you on your blog, but I have to point this one out.

It is State of the Union, not State of the Nation.

Anonymous said...

Oh well, another courthouse comment. All of this potential change to how folks enter it, may be just a way to rile up enough Wise County Taxpayers that they will be willing to pay for a sub courthouse rather than join the ghosts and crickets in the basement just to get in............:-)

Who knows?

Anonymous said...

Maybe you have been on I-40? You just didn't know it because the coppers stole all the signs!

Anonymous said...

It's called transparency in government and it is of zero risk to any intelligence assets. The people need to know what our government is up to above all else!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for copying Wikipedia for us dipshit!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Atlantic๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚!!!!! You truly are a gullible clown!!!

Anonymous said...

Just don't load down your RV with Colorado sativa on the way back!!!

Anonymous said...

Honestly, the courthouse really is a dump anyway. Take a look at the exposed plumbing with shit stains on the pipes from leakage, etc. Looks like an old steamship someone has done patchwork to.

Anonymous said...

8:56 - it is entirely possible that there's no collusion, though Manafort was deep in bed with the Russians and their fellow travelers. It is undeniable, however, that Russia actively engaged in our political space to the detriment of a candidate Putin intensely disliked and for the benefit of a candidate Putin does like ... or at least thinks he can get something from.

The part that bothers me, as a citizen, not as a Rep or Dem, is that the GOP has decided that it is more important to go to mind-bending lengths to protect Trump (and denigrate our institutions) than to name and shame Putin. Russia and the FSB's goal is to destabilize the US specifically and the West generally to allow Russia to do as it wishes. We cede that space to Russia at our peril.

Not a DF federale with access

Anonymous said...

I 40 sign looks too small to be the actual highway sign.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell me the number of terrorist attacks on the courthouse? I lost count at 0.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

9:50

You're welcome! I'm always happy to explain things so children can understand them.

Anonymous said...

For someone who opines so much on national politics, Wordkyle sure is avoiding the biggest story in DC right now. His Messiah,Trump refusing to sign the sanctions against Russia. What's up with that? Some might interpret your silence as meaning you think it's bad to punish Putin. Eh, Comrade Wordy?

wordkyle said...

959 - " the GOP has decided that it is more important to go to mind-bending lengths, etc..." Please elaborate. I'm interested in seeing how you arrived at this opinion. Does the information that's been made public enter into it? Do you depend on a particular politician, pundit, or media source to guide you? "Mind-bending lengths" indicates that you think something is completely unreasonable, and I'd like to know what specifically made you think that.

Anonymous said...

Amen 9:38 - There are tons of reasons why not to add all this security unless there is a real need. Just because Craig Johnson thinks we need it is not good enough for me. You elected officials need to remember it is our money you are spending.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

https://twitter.com/mepfuller/status/956729170700259329

Aaaaand back to the car chase.

wordkyle said...

1031 - Is that the biggest story? BG's link gave a pretty good explanation, that the threat was stronger than the execution. I figured anybody interested enough to comment would read it and have an answer, so no explanation from me was necessary. You might not like the answer, but there it is. Did I overestimate your abilities?

Anonymous said...

@ 8:51 - You will recall that I asked Barry Green to put in his blog just one thing each day, something good the Democrats are doing to help the citizens of this country. Are you Barry Green? Maybe, not sure.

And you call Adam Schiff trying to cover up the misdeeds of the crooked leadership of the FBI, a good thing the Democrats are doing for the citizens of this country?

Barry, please give it a try. Surely there is one lone Democrat in the house or senate that is working for the people and not just against the Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Is it me or does the RTG look like she's farting?

DF Febreze Rep

Anonymous said...

Uh oh, it's not looking good for the Obammy economy!!

Anonymous said...

9:59 - The entire investigation is based on lies provided to the DNC by the Russians. You and Barry are going to be sad.

Anonymous said...

It appears that Texas Monthly Bumbled the cover. I'll show myself out.

DF Takes the Easy Joke

Anonymous said...

Drain the swamp? Trump can't even drain the toilet. And he leaves the seat up.

Df Melania

Anonymous said...

You elected officials need to remember it is our money you are spending. - 11:01

You're new to Wise County, aren't you? That's not how it works around these parts. You get elected, spend like there's no tomorrow, pocket all the cash you can and retire with a nice fat county pension.

DF Lived Here Since '62

Anonymous said...

Trump is a man you can count on. When you buy him, he stays bought.

DF Putin
df do you take rubles?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the District Courtroom needs to be moved out of the old Wise County Courthouse to a building with ground level access and modern restrooms. Please forward my consulting fee.

DF The Obvious Answer

Anonymous said...

36 republican rats leaving a sinking ship.

Anonymous said...

Well, another thought about the courthouse. I understand NOTHING can be altered to the outside of the building, but obviously things have changed over and over to the inside (which is ok)........SO, will we eventually see ($$$$$$$) - a project to install a new elevator/elevators?

The Courthouse is a gem to Decatur and our whole county. To shut those glass doors keeps out a lot of visitors from all over (just check out the visitor's registry) outside the County Judge's office. Folks love coming in, reading about the history, viewing pictures, just being inside this beautiful facility that J. Riley Gordon designed.

Hopeful that the commissioners and law officials give a LOT of consideration to what they propose to do. Obviously we want to keep out those who want to cause harm, but what about others?

Harry Hamid said...

The victim in the ATM accident is pictured in clerical garb and his last name was "Bible"?

And he was killed by a guy who is pictured wearing a "Make America Metal Again" hat?

This sounds like a Reefer Madness-type warning film from the 1980s.

Anonymous said...

11:41 for the win. Family owned and operated

Anonymous said...

Interesting read about McCabe.
http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/371384-outgoing-fbi-deputy-director-andrew-mccabe-owes-us-some-answers

Anonymous said...

The Fort Worth Star Telegram had an article about Carbon Monoxide poisoning last Wednesday about the Ivie's. David Ivie was a super nice guy.

Anonymous said...

...the threat was stronger than the execution. - ComradeKyle

Congress seems to disagree with Putin's puppet. The Senate overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on Russia, joining the House in approving the measure by veto-proof margins.

The vote on the bill was 98-2. The House passed the measure by 419-3.

I'm sure you will have an explanation for this as soon as you translate it from the original Russian, eh Comrade?

Anonymous said...

11:21 you forgot to add losers at the end.

Anonymous said...

The cynic in me believes you guys harping about new elevators aren't thinking big picture enough. Would it be possible that aspiring/conspiring commissioners might have hatched a plan to make security at the courthouse such a pain in the ass that rank and file voters, when, say in 18 months or so, are presented with the opportunity to raise county taxes by half a penny or bond up enough $ to pay for a new "annex", might be convinced that a new place for court might be a good idea? The idea floated to have the Sheriff identify the threats that this new security is supposed to protect against is a pretty good one, and if there's no threat, then why the hassle?

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Anonymous said...

@WK from 9:59

The GOP promised good governance and fiscal responsibility and has unmoored itself from those promises (unqualified judges for lower courts, a trillion + addition to the deficit to name two big ones). It has turned a blind eye to the moral and character issues of its head (outright lies by POTUS, big or small; his treatment of women, his wife/marriage; his apparent sympathy for the alt-right). Feel free to google away for any of those. I think whoever posted that Atlantic article was right - the GOP, as the Senate Majority Leader said, has found someone who'll sign anything they put in front of him.

Anonymous said...

Once again, we are ignoring the easy answers.
1. Trump wants wall between us and Mexico.
2. Russians have great experience in building wall with the old Iron Curtain.
3. Trump and Putin are big buddies.
4. Why has no one asked the Ruskies for help/advice on the the American Version of the Iron Curtain?
5. New Name - Taco Curtain? Frijoles Curtain? Tecate Curtain? Mescal Curtain? others?

DF Logic Sequence

wordkyle said...

1215 - If you actually knew anything, I might be inclined to agree with you. However, I'm pretty sure you are unaware of what actually happened.

Do you know who does know something? Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. He seems pretty calm about Trump's actions.

You know who else knows something? Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who "said he was not concerned that the administration did not announce sanctions by Monday’s deadline."

You know someone else who knows more than you about it? Jonathan Swan, reporter from Axios, and not known as a Trump fan: "I’ve spent the morning talking to Russia hawks on Capitol Hill. What the administration did yesterday re sanctions is NOT concerning to folks who understand the issue and are typically unafraid of calling out Trump on Russia."

Of course, if you know more about the situation than these folks, please feel free to elaborate.

Anonymous said...

What did I tell you all yesterday about 11:21!

He is now engaging in alternative "facts"; not all of the members of congress have the so-called MEMO, but he's on here tell folks EXACTLY what it says and what the facts are in the memo. I'm sure he will watch FOX NEWS tonight to get more info on an as yet released congressional document. #MAGA (MORONS are GOVERNING AMERICA)!!

wordkyle said...

155 - A reasonable response, some which I agree with. Let's take a look at your particulars.

"unqualified judges for lower courts" - I assume your source is the ABA ratings. How do you regard accusations of the ABA's bias, and how previous presidents dealt with such ratings?

"a trillion + addition to the deficit" - I agree with this. However, in contrast to Democrats, at least the increase is primarily due to allowing Americans to keep more of their own money. Spending cuts are mentioned (also a contrast) but that's hard for a politician to do.

"It has turned a blind eye to the moral and character issues..." - I'm not sure a "blind eye" is accurate. There is such a thing as reality, and the reality is that Trump's the President of the United States, whether they like it or not. Any politician attacking his own party's president risks destroying his own career. I wouldn't take their trying to work with him -- their job -- as some sort of implicit approval.

Again, I appreciate your reasonable response, even if I disagree with some of your conclusions.

Anonymous said...

1:55 - The West is fighting an existential battle against Leftism and Islamism. You are operating under rules and ideas from a bygone era.

Anonymous said...

Still waiting ComradeKyle. Having trouble translating your talking points on how to explain the near unanimous vote on sanctions?

wordkyle said...

330 - What do you need an explanation of? Why it was near unanimous? Why Trump did what he did? Why no one who knows anything is panicking? What?

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry....lay off the stupid "sign theft" schtick you're on. I worked I-40 and I-20. We got our signs from TxDOT throw aways. Either the holes had been worn out and could stay on poles or they were faded or something like that. You're really starting to bug the s**t out of me lately with your petty crap.

Anonymous said...

To those of you griping & complaining about the historical Wise County Courthouse: revisit an old argument & move the county government across Big Sandy to Bridgeport. Since the oil industry has slowed to crawl, there is plenty of space to buy or lease until the new courthouse could be built with plenty of restrooms.
Food for thought!

SpanishWarDonkey said...

WK

Since you ignored my joke (which was pretty funny, BTW), here's something to actually chew on. Just check the link; there's a long list of GOP obstruction into looking into the Russia stuff from pretty much day 1 it came to light. None of it is subjective, just a simple list and links.

https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/7u340p/paul_ryan_calls_for_a_cleanse_of_the_fbi_and/dthd1sr/

Anonymous said...

Can't we just build a wall around the courthouse? That will keep the bad guys out.

Anonymous said...

Meat curtains?

wordkyle said...

452 - Since I was unaware of any of your comments, I didn't realize I was ignoring you. Sorry if that hurt your feelings. I understand that from your prospective any time any Democrat said "Off with his head!" and Republicans didn't eagerly go along, your side considers it obstruction. As of this time, there have been no big reveals that Trump & co. colluded with the Russians to cheat and steal the election. (Again, since Hillary won the popular vote -- as has been repeated ad nauseam -- I'm not sure how much Russian interference actually occurred.)

Since investigative committees exist in both the Senate and the House, and the FBI is investigating, and a special prosecutor is investigating, I'm not sure how much "obstruction" actually occurred.

Anonymous said...

What do you need an explanation of? Why it was near unanimous? Why Trump did what he did? Why no one who knows anything is panicking? What? - ComradeKyle

The vote was clear as a bell om sanctions, yet your messiah is afraid to enact them. He's afraid to punish his idol Vladimir.

wordkyle said...

1155 - You say "afraid," I say "the threat was stronger than its execution." Do you have the ability to entertain the idea that maybe Congress and Trump each played their part in a very complex game?

You attribute the decision to some vague unproven conspiracy and get your Underoos in a wad, while informed people who know and understand the details (see above) shrug and move on. That's your right, of course, but it doesn't add credibility to your argument.

Anonymous said...

Those long distance shots are gimmicks. It's not fake, but basically after 30 or 40 or 50 tries, with spotters, you keep dialing in your aim until you manage to hit the giant target. Pretty useless, unless your intended enemy is willing to stand perfectly still for a couple of hours, not minding your friends with radios, while you zero in.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

You didn't see that I replied to you early in the day? HA! You're so full of shit it's falling out of your ears. You just can't admit Hannity is a partisan hack of the worst variety and you, along with another 65M Americans, were duped by a guy whose entire career has been one con after another. It's okay. Everyone makes mistakes. Adults just admit them.

wordkyle said...

831 - I already apologized for not paying sufficient attention to you. Is your response what they call "butt-hurt?" I'm not up on all the current slang.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

You could run a drive-in movie with that projection.

Anonymous said...

Every. Single. Complaint. About. Courthouse. Security. Is. Twenty. Years. Old. None of you have thought of ANYTHING that is thought-provoking, new, or relevant. ANY Courthouse with ANY reasonable security ANYWHERE in the ENTIRE country has already done EVERYTHING we are just NOW discussing! DUH.

Anonymous said...

I say afraid because your messiah's idol has kompromat on him, he owes a fortune to Russian banks and dearly wants to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. You can pretend the threat of sanctions is worse than actual sanctions, yet when it comes to the Norks he's full steam ahead with enforcing sanctions. There's also the fact he promised his idol Vlad that he wouldn't approve further sanctions. Better wire Moscow for new excuses, ComradeKyle. And don't take so long decoding them this time.

Anonymous said...

triple nickle, good idea. Especially if Mexico pays for it like the big wall Mr. Trump said Mexico would pay for.