The Campaign For DA

2.16.2018

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Did you know DPS has a program where older troopers can "retire and then be rehired in order to collect retirement benefits and a salary." And that's your money.
  • "I don't care who is president. We are all doomed anyway." - Wise County probation officer yesterday speaking some wisdom at the courthouse
  • A Plano West student brought a gun to school yesterday.  I'm sure that didn't freak anyone out. But wait, there's more: A Flower Mound Marcus student brought a gun to school yesterday as well.  And coming in with the Silver Medal is a kid from South Garland high school. Does this happen every day but we are just hearing about it because of Parkland?
  • There was news yesterday that the Parkland shooter was a member of a White Supremacist Group, but later people were tapping the brakes on the claim. Apparently the group is know for being attention seeking Nazis.
  • The way I feel before any ice skating routine.
  • There is always news about mussels invading Texas lakes. When I was a kid, there were mussels the size of your hand all over the shores of Lake Bridgeport.
  • "Just over 1 in 3 millennials in North Texas have a college degree, which ranks next to last among the metros selected as finalists for Amazon’s next headquarters."
  • The Parkland shooter had his first court appearance yesterday. Here's a photo. I can 100% predict a comment that's forthcoming.
  • The Fourth Circuit struck down Trump's travel ban yesterday. This, without even getting to the almost 300 page opinion, gives me Tired Head:
  • A Kansas guy running as a Republican for Congress thinks it is a good idea to have an AR-15 giveaway.
  • Let's go with a double front page today:


35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you know Texas teachers can "retire and then be rehired in order to collect retirement benefits and a salary." That is you money also

Anonymous said...

You guys sure love to toss around "sensible" and "common sense" when talking about gun confiscation and dissolution of the 2nd amendment! If that's not the end game then stop using "but but Australia" every time this conversation comes up. We know your endgame!

Anonymous said...

Parkland is all the more reason we need guns in our homes more than ever. It's just further proof of the degradation of society, the moral decay brought about by years of liberal policies and the impending collapse of our society. It's my god given right to protect and feed my family. God bless those kids at Parkland but they are in heaven and the folks still here have survive the hell on earth that is coming.

Anonymous said...

And just what "Sensible" gun control would stop this?
Fact, millions of AR-15 style and other magazine fed semi-auto rifles are in the hands of Americans, along with millions of rounds of ammunition.
Fact, these same rifles are used in a very small number of crimes.
Fact, if a person is set on mass murder there are easily obtained options that can and will inflict the same amount or more damage- OKC, Bath Michigan.

Find the actual combination of factors that cause someone to carry out an act like this and even the strongest 2A supporters will approve legal action to keep people safe. The same politicians that will preach for new gun laws will not allow research into the number of mass killers that have taken anti-anxiety or anti-depression medications.

Anonymous said...

Why is the left jumping on Trump about gun control when Obama did virtually nothing about it? He had the opportunity to declare Marshall law and remain as president indefinitely but he bowed out. He is why the kids died at Parkland!

Anonymous said...

Bravo good sir! Another fine week of RTG's! You are the hardest working journalist/blogger/weatherman in the World.

Anonymous said...

WOW... I FIND IT COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE THAT DPS HIRES TROOPERS TO REPLACE RETIREES....
SHOULD STUDENTS AND ALL VISITORS TO SCHOOLS BE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE BUILDING ONLY AT CHECKPOINTS LIKE WE SEE AT RANGERS AND COWBOYS GAMES? MAYBE GO AHEAD AND POST SWAT AT ALL "GUN FREE ZONES". NO, LET'S PASS LEGISLATION THAT TURNS MILLIONS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS INTO CRIMINALS. YEAH, THAT'S THE ANSWER. I ALSO WOULD WELCOME MUCH MORE DIALOGUE REGARDING NEWTOWN AND VEGAS SHOOTINGS. I HAVE MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT BOTH

Anonymous said...

Barry,

An honest question...

Does the left not understand that any new gun law will have no appreciable effect on stopping these shooters.
The bad guys don't follow the law now and I sincerely doubt they will follow any new laws you might put on the books in the future.



Anonymous said...

OH PHOEBE!!

DF Judge Reinhold

Anonymous said...

Gun control: It seems to me that the original intent of the Second Amendment was to make sure that the citizens and their local militias could not be overpowered by a larger national military, avoid another revolutionary war against a tyrannical, overreaching government, and to allow citizens to band together and protect themselves if the government begins to wield its power in a threatening manner.

Why not make any weapons ban a true weapons ban? If having an AR15 available for purchase is the cause of mass civilian shootings, then ban it. Don't allow the citizens nor the government to own or use them. After all, if no citizen owns an AR15, then no government entity will have a need for one.

If a weapon is banned and a mass killing happens, then admit it didn't work and lift the ban, because the gun was not the problem. Ban the new weapon that was used. Repeat this process until either the killings stop or people shut up about banning the weapons.

-- Non-weapon-owning-2nd amendment-fan

Anonymous said...

Until FOX News starts backing gun control and NRA donations dry up nothing will happen.

Anonymous said...

You do know that lots of people retire with social security and then keep working on into their seventies, don't you. Because retirement checks are earned and so is working a job, I see no problem with that.

Tommy Boy said...

Barry, why do you want to take away my guns?

Anonymous said...

It has been reported the Parkland shooter is autistic and I believe the death of his mother in November was probably a driving force in his violence. A huge scream for help and stardom to get himself known. Just plain crazy and unable to deal with life by himself. His mother probably made all important decisions for him that kept him in line. Very little anyone can do to stop this type of killer. Even when people knew he was weird, it could not be predicted or stopped. No matter who our president is either.

Anonymous said...

I bet I know what the comment is you're betting on involving the Parkland shooter--"His ears give him away as a dangerous person"! :-)

Anonymous said...

Think Amazon needs degreed warehouse workers?

Anonymous said...

Zebra mussels are different fro the other mussels you're talking about. They're pretty harmful. Gotta' love redneck "outdoorsmen" who spread them around everywhere.

Rage

Anonymous said...

That’s a budget AR15. It doesn’t even have sights.

Anonymous said...

It's not just DPS - all state employees can do this. (Source: I spent 6 years working for the Employees Retirement System, managing state employee retirement/benefits.) The most common people to do this? Correctional officers. Because they were in "hazardous" positions, they have an earlier route to retirement - they can retire with full benefits after 20 years of service. So you can get a job pretty much right out of high school, work until you're 40, retire, then get hired back three months later and get both your full-retirement pension and your employee salary. If you have the financial discipline to do that (and not quit, cash out your retirement, and come back to work three months later, like we saw all the time), you can be "just a prison guard" and have a $500k house, a lake house, a boat, etc.

Of course, the most notorious example of this was Ol' Gov. GoodHair, who took some flack a few years ago. That resulted in a ban of this practice, but only for elected officials.

http://politics.heraldtribune.com/2011/12/16/rick-perry-double-dipping-on-salary-pension/

Andy Stevenson said...

I liked what Mark Levine had to say last night. “Suppose gun control measures are enacted and don’t work, do you think those gun rights would be restored.”

Anonymous said...

"I don't care who is president. We are all doomed anyway."

Bernie Sanders works at the courthouse?

Anonymous said...

This shooter is sure giving the autistic, big eared, bushy eyebrowed,and monkey looking people a bad name.

Anonymous said...

Only comment I have on the school shooter pic is I swore I saw that kid jump off of the Talahatchie bridge 40 years ago.

Anonymous said...

That Boston globe piece is spot on...until one of the wingnuts walks into a place where someone who's packing returns fire and blows out a spine. Then the face of this stuff will be the wingnut, having his day in Court, in a wheelchair (with any luck also sporting a colostomy bag) for the rest of his locked up, miserable little life. Even the crazies who are willing to do this stuff are intelligent enough to have that serve as a deterrent.

Anonymous said...

Banning tanks = No more wars.

Anonymous said...

The invading mussel is the Zebra Mussel. Not native to these parts. Can gum up power plant intakes, water pumps, in-board boat motors, etc. Easily transported on boat hull, trailers, etc. Real pest. Next to impossible to deal with and noxious results. Kind like Trump.

DF Real Life Examples

Anonymous said...

Zebra mussels are tremendously damaging. Just google them. They clog water pipes, ruin pumps, etc. They also compete with fish for the plankton in the water, thus ruining the habitat for game fish. They are nothing like the mussels you are talking about.

http://www.mystatesman.com/rf/image_medium/Pub/p9/MyStatesman/2018/02/15/Images/newsEngin.21262457_TBK-Zebra-Mussels-007.jpg

Anonymous said...

How many troopers would be needed if lawlessness wasn't so rampant? I don't mind those troopers being able to enjoy those benefits. They've earned it.

Anonymous said...

Want copycat school shootings to stop? Want kids to be better adjusted? If the President "did something" to stop it...that something would be the immediate elimination of facebook, snapchat, yahoo, and all the other factless, caceless hate inducing, anonymous lies and crap out there that's ruining our kids.

Anonymous said...

We need parents to be parents, God back in our schools and ACCOUNTABILITY! President is trying to make the accountability happen (you can come to our country but do it the RIGHT way!), but you butt hurt liberals keep whining about it! You can't have it both ways.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it’s their money, dumbass.

Most of the jobs at Amazon are minimum wage jobs. College degrees are the worst investment of modern times. Especially in North Texas.

Anonymous said...

Every decent person is horrified by what happened in Parkland. Every thoughtful person knows something horrible is going on in American society. Tragedies like this happen for a reason and it probably doesn't have much to do with guns.

Anonymous said...

The size of the DFW market means that 1 in 3 with a college degree creates a much larger educated workforce than most other markets. Would you rather have a 10 pound sack of coins with a third of that weight being pure gold coins, or a 2 pound sack of coins that is one half real gold?

Anonymous said...

Giving away AK rifles? Bad idea. But if the only thing we want to do is save the lives of children by eliminating an instrument of death...collect up all the cell phones and you'll save THOUSANDS of teenage lives that end horribly and painfully and instantly. Let's end "...drifted across the center line..." to save lives. Mr. President..ACT NOW and gather up all the cell phones.

Anonymous said...

5:30pm - We didn't know there would be math on this test.

DF Jethro Bodine
df naught plus naught equals........