The Campaign For DA

3.05.2018

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • I might need to make this the new "And Another" bullet point because it happens so often. Story. A prosecutor who wants to win more than seek justice is the most dangerous person in America.
  • I was watching Waco in front of the College Sophomore In The House Who Is Home and she was interested but confused. I asked her how much she new about it. It wasn't much. I was almost disappointed then I figured out she was born in 1998, and The Branch Davidian fiasco happened in 1993. 
  • She had a friend who happened to be a boy over last night to watch TV. They wanted to watch something on Amazon and the guy tells me "I brought over a hacked Firestick so it will be easy." I did the slow head turn at him which caused him to say, "Uh, it's just a 'modified' one."
  • I know one faithful blog reader who will find this story very interesting.
  • I told you that Denton County Sheriff was grandstanding, and his curious tough-guy-rant got him  onto Fox News. Do you realize the number of Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs who are in this country who just shut up and do their jobs? But a handful of them want to be the next Sheriff Joe or Sheriff David Clarke. (Side note: I know the cowboy hat is what that masses want to see, but that's a bad brim): 
  • Compare and contrast.
  • Any of these Texas high school basketball scores jump out at you? (And it didn't even involve overtime.)
  • Trump had a rare Saturday midday tweet. I hope he's not going CRAZY. 
  • Gary Oldman won an Oscar last night (or so I have heard.) His best character was his brief appearance in the underrated True Romance
  • This is the most deceptive and horribly reported stories I've seen in a while. WFAA needs to be ashamed. They give the impression that a guy running for DA in Smith County cut a deal on a case involving the murder of a trooper. Nope, it was an unrelated case which they take a long time to mention and don't make clear.  (Side note: Fox 4 News in the last rating period swept every single time slot.) 
  • Five people have filed to run for mayor in Runaway Bay. I'll tell you one thing, that "quiet" community is a constant political storm. 
  • Alex Alec Baldwin did the "cold open" on Saturday Night Live, but in looking for it  I ran across this photo from years back. That's one bizarre cast of characters. I could name three of the four. 
  • Alabama's Roy Moore says he's broke. To refresh your recollection, (1) he was removed from the  Alabama Supreme Court for not obeying the law, (2) lost his Senate bid even with Trump's endorsement, and (3) "dated"  teenagers he met in malls. In a message begging for money (welfare?) he said, ""Gays, lesbians, and transgenders have joined forces with those who believe in abortion, sodomy, and destruction of all that we hold dear. Unless we stand together we will lose our country."
  • The West Virginia teacher strike continues today. Oklahoma teachers are considering it. Texas? You guys gonna just sit back and watch?

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

What drives me crazy about basketball (and why I don't watch it), is that you have one game for 98/99% of it. Then, if it's close, you have to watch the excruciating totally separate and unrelated game of "time-out ball".

Anonymous said...

I believe for some reason or other that Texas teachers are not allowed to unionize and therefore keeps them from being able to strike. Seems like I remember something like that mentioned in college.

Triple Fake... said...

looks like Rupaul, Mugsy, Sir Charles, Curt Kobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselić in the background

Harry Hamid said...

I haven't seen many Gary Oldman flicks, but I'd have to say his performance in "The Professional" is my favorite ("E-e-e-very-y-y-on-n-ne!").

Michael Kenyon said...

Texas teachers are making a fortune compared to OK teachers. The teachers that are about to strike say that if they get fired, they will just move to Texas.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Texas teachers will just sit back and watch. Their union membership is weak, and leaders are the worst of the worst.

Teachers are the worst complainers, yet will do nothing but sit back and take their three months paid vacation every summer and go home at 4:00 every day. I guess in that respect they're smart enough to know they better keep their head down or they might actually have to work a 40-hour week once or twice in between paid summers off.

Rage

Anonymous said...

8:53--teachers can be union members, but it is an open shop--it is not required. There are a few competing unions, in fact, one of the largest of which is a branch of the AFL-CIO.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Because there is not a Teachers' Union in Texas.
For all of the hate directed at Texas teacher "unions", our state does not allow for collective bargaining for teachers. Therefore there is no such thing as a true teachers' union in this state. So groups like the Texas UEA or Texas AFT are basically glorified facebook groups.

DFW Godfather


"Our future grandkids are going to someday ask us, "Where were you during the Russian Invasion of America in 2016?"

Michael Kenyon said...

Houston's retired assistant DA Dan Rizzo needs to spend 10 years on death row. What a scumbag. While were at it, current DA, Ogg needs a good slapdown as well for not declaring the guy innocent. Well, hell, lets throw the lying cops in jail for a few years as well. There is no justice in Houston.

Anonymous said...

Teachers in Texas are NOT union!

Anonymous said...

Teachers need to join the AFT in Texas. They can’t be in a labor union like a rich Southlake AA captain.

Anonymous said...

Texas teachers wont strike. They have Dan Patrick to take care of them.
Has anyone every checked into why he changed from his birth/given name to become Dan Patrick?

Anonymous said...

Rage...as a Texas teacher I work many more than 40 hours a week. I also work in one of the only professions that expects me to buy my own supplies. I have a contract that pays me for the 180 days I work, but I opt to get that in 12 payments. That enables me to receive pay in the summer when I am not contracted to work. You must have had a poor public education to be so bitter (and poorly informed.)

wordkyle said...

The idea that teachers work a 40-hour-week ("go home at 4:00") is laughable. Band practice, football practice, UIL practice, football games, basketball games, baseball games, contests -- those all require teachers to work long, long hours. (And often involves summer work. So much for "three months off.")

I'm not a big fan of unions, but I do recognize that teachers work harder and longer than they're often given credit for.

Anonymous said...

9:23 - At least they are doing a great job and the education system is better than it has ever been.

Anonymous said...

9:26 - Teachers are concerned with adult careers not student education.

Anonymous said...

The only branch of a union for teachers in Texas is AFT.

Anonymous said...

Teachers can #blockvote to #canDan.

Anonymous said...

9:39--they absolutely can be members of a union--they are just not allowed to collectively bargain, like 9:29 mentioned.

And that's a good thing--as it is, Houston has been prevented from offering performance-based pay by the weak collective of riffraff teachers as it is. Imagine what would happen if they could continue to not educate our kids and then decide not to work until they got a raise.

Rage

Anonymous said...

BG: "A prosecutor who wants to win more than seek justice is the most dangerous person in America."

"This is the most deceptive and horribly reported stories I've seen in a while."

Producers and reporters in the so called journalistic media, and bloggers, posters on social media, etc., who create, "retweet", and "share" deceptive headlines and stories (fake news), and the people who believe it to be true, are just as dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Uh-oh, looks like Wordkyle must be a teacher.

Anonymous said...

Anyone that sends their kids to public school in this day and age is a buffoon!!!

Anonymous said...

I beg your pardon! I’ve been in education 25 years. Pretty sure I’ve never worked ONLY 40 hours! Too bad you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about! And three months off? I wish!!!! Paid for the months off?? I wish! We get paid for the days we work. It’s just divided out over 12 months. BIG difference in that and having paid time off. Know the facts before you talk.

Anonymous said...

Classic movie....

Anonymous said...

No sir. There are no unions. An association is a far cry from a union! Know the facts!

Anonymous said...

Rage is clueless about Teachers,my wife starts every day around seven thirty and never gets home at four. Teachers should make the legislature change where they can get their Social Securitie . They're insurance is outrageous,retirement is awful and I could go on and on.

Anonymous said...

I am just glad the Oscars come around once a year so that those in Hollywood can remind all white men that we are pieces of trash. Sometimes it slips my mind.

Anonymous said...

I love it when Rage gets bitch slapped daily!

Anonymous said...

I hope she is not the English teacher!😂

Anonymous said...

Barry always know that above all other things that you are a fool.

Anonymous said...

There were 500 armed police officers guarding the Oscars last night but the Hollywood elites don't want you to be protected. Also they had 10 ft. high fences to keep out the riff raff. We should all be so protected. Hypocrite much?

Anonymous said...

The liberal weenies put up a statue in Washington D.C. of the crack smoking Marion Berry but they tear down the statues of true heroes.

Michael Kenyon said...

Man, that Rage guy is an idiot and must have never talked to a real teacher in his entire adult life. My wife used to be a teacher. After about 5 years, I asked her to quit. The hours she worked versus the low pay, high stress and crappy administrators were just not worth the stress. She quit and we have not missed the stress or barely minimum wage paycheck.

Oklahoma teachers look at Texas like it's the promised land of teaching; that is how bad their pay is. Their average teacher pay is the lowest in the nation. I hope they strike. The legislature here is a joke and couldn't pass a bill to do the right thing if they had a gun to their head. Maybe having to watch their kids all day will force their hand.

Michael Kenyon said...

Man, 12:39 pm came out of nowhere. What brought brought about that fit of statue rage?

Anonymous said...

10:04 - weeks off forChristmas, spring break, lots of three day weekends, sick days, etc...

They might work a solid nine months out of the year.

Anonymous said...

Whoa there, Roy! Hold up on that sodomy thing being bad. One person's sodomy is just another person's Alternative Sex. Trump said so when he was talking to me about Alternative Facts..

DF Kellyanne Conway

Anonymous said...

On the "horribly reported" story. Is your hearing comprehension that bad? It was obvious, once we got past the lady and the dude meeting in high school blah blah, that she was complaining about the defendant getting a deal in an earlier case, in a different county.

Anonymous said...

Teachers are compensated for the days Theywork. That is a contract agreement they have with the district. The normal teacher contract is 187 days a year. Most teachers will choose to take their paychecks and 12 equal Payments throughout the year so they can spread the money that they get throughout the year. If you do not like my grammar blame it on Siri.

Anonymous said...

“Texas teachers get paid more than Oklahoma teachers” is like saying you could be a starving child in Africa, so eat what you are given. What a bunch of bull!

Anonymous said...

Rage is a shithead troll... best not to feed the troll.

wordkyle said...

834 upvote

Anonymous said...

Rage, your first comment is one of the most ignorant things I have seen in a long time... and I have been watching both MSNBC and FOX News clips on Facebook.... so you really had to try.

If you think for one second that teachers work only 40 hour weeks, you are delusional. And even at, say 52k for a year long contract, if you cut that into a standard 2080 work year, that amounts to $25 an hour. Not poverty level, but certainly less than they should be making.

You might get an extra 2k if you have a masters degree. Yes, there is a cost associated with the convenience of having summers and other times off. That cost seems to be lower pay. But to suggest that that time is unearned borders on despicable.

-b