The Campaign For DA

3.29.2018

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Social media controls the world now. Time magazine named the Person Of The Year in 2006 as "You" because they saw it coming. And the magazine was mocked for it. The "lame stream" media is always wrong, right?
  • “I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care.” -  Extremely conservative Ann Coulter on Trump two days ago at Columbia University.
  • Trump threw out another blatant lie this morning. Amazon has been collecting taxes for every state since March of 2017. Why does he hate Amazon? The owner of Amazon owns the Washington Post.  (Side note: Isn't the U.S. Postal system a "Delivery Boy" by definition?)
  • My long time iPad died a year ago, and I'm too cheap to buy another one. I used to carry it with me every time I went to the courthouse to take notes for any significant developments. So I tried an experiment: Buy a spiral notepad and keep a journal doing the same thing. I love it. Although I do get kidded for going "old school."
  • One weird thing I experimented with was writing my updated "to do" list every morning. I go back to the day before and look at the list, see what I accomplished, then write it all over again with deletions and additions. It reminds me the first thing in the morning of what I need to do. 
  • This doesn't sound good from the Ellis County DA's office. I wonder if it is ransomware:
  • Still one of the craziest local stories I've seen is when the computers at the Wise County Sheriff's Office were hacked by ransomware. And they ended up paying. (I can't remember the amount.) Boeing was hit by it yesterday.
  • There's a new HBO series called Barry.  I'm honored. (Seriously, not only was the first episode  fantastic, it recreated one of my favorite movie scenes of all time from True Romance)
  • A police "expert" on a conservative talk radio show said there are times when it is OK to turn off the mic on a body cam. Let me tell you, the answer is "never" when they are interacting with or investigating an individual. It's a red flag every time if it happens. 
  • Sheesh. By the way, this guy ran for district judge in 2014 and lost in the primary by less that 1% of the vote. His arrest warrant, which involves multiple allegations, is shocking. 
  • Did some administrator at Decatur ISD get fired? I need confirmation. 
  • One of my first bullet points after Trump was elected was about his conflict of interest problems because of his business interests, and I used his hotel in D.C. as an example. Yesterday a federal judge ruled that a lawsuit claiming Trump violated that conflict of interest because of the Emoluments Clause can go forward. (Let me simplify this: Let's say a judge in Decatur owned a bed and breakfast and lawyers from out of town came into town the day before court and just happened to pay to stay in that bed and breakfast before their court appearance. You comfortable with this?)
  • The Rangers open their season today. It will end on September 30th. By that time, the Texas Longhorns will have already played 41% of their regular season football games. 

51 comments:

DentonDude said...

You should try the bullet journal method for your daily to-do list. https://youtu.be/fm15cmYU0IM

Anonymous said...

Amazon collecting taxes on purchases is not the same thing.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Left
4.3 out of 5
Not bad

Right
3 out of 5
meh

Not bad BG.

Anonymous said...

And the sip’s will have lost 3!!

Don’t care, we’ve got Jimbo

Football guru

Anonymous said...

A vendor on Amazon does not always collect taxes. I purchased something Monday from Amazon and did not pay any sales tax.

Unless the judge in Decatur required the lawyers to stay at his bed and breakfast, I have no issues with it.

Anonymous said...

Football Guru

And you "have Chavis"
And you have "Sumlin"
And end with ...

Anonymous said...

WTH Bacon?! Right is much better than left.

IF USPS is losing money on Amazon, sounds like their own damn fault.

John said...

Is your favorite True Romance scene the one in the drug house between Drexl Spivey and Clarence? If so, I love that scene. If that's the scene, I need to watch Barry.

Anonymous said...

Y’all might remember that interstate taxes were a leading cause of the failure of the Articles of Confederation.

Amazon does not (always) collect, and you do not have to pay, taxes if you are in Texas and you buy something that is shipped to you from out of state.

Amazon has voluntarily settled lawsuits by various states and agreed to collect taxes, but I think Amazon would have won. It’s just not their money they’re collecting and paying, so they had no reason to fight.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I knew what Coulter knew about Trump as well and I voted for him. Judicial nominations are far more important than the puppet that sits in the Oval Office. Many people who voted for him don't approve of his buffoonery. He's a means to an end.

Anonymous said...

Barry --

Why don't you support the President? Your constant barrage of unchecked "facts", Democrat talking points, rumor and innuendo got old even before Trump had been sworn in.

You see, the thing is, you're not winning any friends in your home town and you make yourself look like a crybaby every freaking day with your incessant criticism of everything American. I guess you just don't care.

I know you're a smart-ass lawyer and so it's your job to pretend you're smarter than everyone else, but man you need to get a grip.

David Hooper said...

Is not the role of the USPS to serve as "delivery boy?" If the USPS is not happy with their agreement, pull out and let FedEx and UPS do the work. We would all be better served.

Anonymous said...

re: Trump and his conflict of interest problems because of his business interests,...

I get that this issue needs to be fleshed out, but your judge and out of town attorneys analogy doesn't seem to be exactly the same thing.

Anonymous said...

I rarely pay taxes on my Amazon orders.

Anonymous said...

Mentioning the sport seasons reminds me of what I start hearing every fall. "NFL players are about to start a grueling 16 game season... or as Hockey players call it: October"

-b

Anonymous said...

The whole Emoluments Clause argument is a load of manure.
President Trump had a business interest in the hotel long before he ran for office. The agreements with the federal government were already in place.
Has he altered the agreements? No.
Has anyone found evidence that anyone that has stayed at the Trump hotel has gotten a better deal than if they stayed at the Red Roof in Alexandria? Nope.
Get real. It's not like he's approving the sale of Uranium to a country that just happens to hire his spouse for a speaking gig worth half a million.
What he would make steering someone to the hotel in return for a deal wouldn't pay off a sexual harassment lawsuit in Arkansas.

Bear said...

Agree w/ 9:14

Unless he required them to stay there. And unless the judge also lived at the facility or spent all of his time there where he would have inappropriate contact with the lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you don't fully understand the Amazon tax issue.

One cover from Time magazine, that actually gets it incredibly wrong, is your defense of the media? It's not YOU who controls anything, I think the Facebook mess is a perfect example. The only control you have is if you never signed up for social media!

Ever heard of a Franklin planner? Dandy little old school device that I love. I have kept the previous year contents going back 20 years or so.

Anonymous said...

The only people putting retailers out of business are the ones no longer shopping there. Never ceases to amaze when smaller towns cry foul that Wal-Mart is killing Main Street...yet the parking lot at Wal-Mart is full of those complaining about Wal-Mart.

Anonymous said...

10:34, read your statement again. YOU control everything, if indeed you control whether or not you engage social media to being with, which is part of your opinion. You cross yourself.

Anonymous said...

I'm more comfortable with your scenario than the one where the FBI and an outgoing administration use the full power of the federal government to throw an election AND, having failed then try to affect a coup. You're the most dangerous idiot I know. Keep pretending, you delusional child. You are going to rue the day you decided this crap was okay

Anonymous said...

I watched ‘Barry’ and thought it was awful! Completely awful!!

Anonymous said...

RTG's - Before and After

Girl on our left - Before spray tanning

Girl on our right - After spray tanning

DF Coppertone Applicator

Anonymous said...

Amazon used the interstate tax free situation for years and years to grow and take market share from others required to add sales tax. There is truth to the argument of unfair advantage over time. Sure, now there's tax...but Amazon doesn't care because it's accomplished its goal; can't go back in time and take away their competitive advantage that allowed them to become huge.

Anonymous said...

9:39 true

Sincere questions here about the RTGs.
Why?
Do they at some point have the implants removed?
I mean, L already has a gut and cellulite. Do they just grow a gut and butt to match?
Where do they find every-day clothes that even vaguely fit?

Anonymous said...

No no, I anticipated this type of response. I'm speaking about the context of the article and BG's bullet point. My point was it isn't the individual on SM that controls anything but those who mine the data! They control the world. Abstaining from SM just gives you some control over you.

Anonymous said...

Barry, your RTGs today really need a bigger pool, if you know what I mean.

DF 10 lbs of mud in a 5 lb sack

Anonymous said...

Rue the day? This is why I read Liberally Lean every day.

DF William F. Buckley
df let me look that word up

Anonymous said...

Okay, serious grammar question. Are the ladies standing two abreast or four abreast?

DF William Strunk
df The Elements of Style

Anonymous said...

Emoluments Clause? I say it's legal until you catch and convict me of it. Until then, I'll make money.

DF Donald Trump, scam guy

Anonymous said...

CNN has now become the Weather Channel. All Stormy all the time!

Anonymous said...

Skippy, why do you have to write in your notepad that the first thing you need to do is make your bed? Second thing, go pee! Third thing, flush!

Anonymous said...

My how the worm is turning. An IG has opened an investigation into Hillary's phony dossier being the reason that a FISA judge gave the approval for Obammy to spy and wire tap Trump. Remember how Trump was ridiculed when he said Obammy had his phones tapped?

Anonymous said...

Still no comment about the DISD Administrator?

Anonymous said...

Skippy, quit taking things out of context. The police expert did not say it's ok to turn off the body cam mic when interacting with or investigating an individual.

Anonymous said...

I just read a story that Netflix is in production of a documentary on the video that caused the protest in Benghazi. It also mentioned that Susan Rice was named as a board member of Netflix. Hmmmm

Anonymous said...

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest level since January 1973, further evidence that the labor market remains tight, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.

#MAGA #WINNING

Anonymous said...

Barry is a fool.

Anonymous said...

1:54 - people have given up. why file?

#MORONS #WHINING

Anonymous said...

Who got fired and why?

Anonymous said...

Is it fair to say that RTG pic was taken with a (double) wide angle lens?

And...12:51----------You're probably overthinking this one. Best to keep your head on your shoulders in these cases

Anonymous said...

What's with "long time"? Just one word. Yet courthouse and notepad are correct.

Anonymous said...

No one ever gets away with anything.

Anonymous said...

Middle School AP disappeared! No official word from anyone at Middle School or Administration, but she was there one minute and gone the next. Anybody else know any details and why is nobody talking?

Anonymous said...

What is the deal with Decatur ISD?
The board going crazy again?
Time to spend more on Athletics!

Anonymous said...

From what I have heard it seems MMS is light one AP now. Getting a vibe they may be light a principal shortly as well.

Stay Gold!

Anonymous said...

Don't know if this is what you're referring to, but the former DHS principal announced his resignation one afternoon a few weeks ago, just a few hours prior to that night's board meeting - and at that time, he hadn't been approved at his new job yet. And he's gone now. Coincidence?

And isn't there also a posting for elementary principal? Who's leaving?

Anonymous said...

Ha, "pull out".

Anonymous said...

Emoluments!? I'm glad everybody is worried about Presidential hand softness!

DF Lipsey Street Avon Lady

Anonymous said...

Thank Goodness It's Good Friday! Praise God, bless President Trump and the good 'ol USA! I'd sign this but I'm afraid someone might arrange a boycott.

Anonymous said...

Rann Elementery Principal is now Academic Dean at DHS? What's an Academic Dean? Two pages of vacancies? Disappearing AP? Looks like a whole lot of moving and shaking going on at DISD. Somebody's cleaning house!